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April WIB Presents The Value of Volunteerism

Fort Myers, Fla. March 23, 2018 – The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee (WIB) will host its April networking meeting from 4–6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4th at The Burroughs Home at 2505 First St, Fort Myers, FL 33901.  This month’s WIB event will focus on The Value of Volunteerism…

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April WIB Presents The Value of Volunteerism

Fort Myers, Fla. March 23, 2018 – The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee (WIB) will host its April networking meeting from 4–6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4th at The Burroughs Home at 2505 First St, Fort Myers, FL 33901.  This month’s WIB event will focus on The Value of Volunteerism while providing open networking for local professionals.  Local community leaders and volunteers, Marc Collins of Carroll Properties and Kelly Fayer, PA will cover the benefits of community involvement and the importance of donating time and talent. They’ll discuss the immense value that volunteers bring to the table for local non-profits and the value that volunteering can add to your own life, both professionally and personally.
 
Thank you to The Burroughs Home for sponsoring our April Women in Business meeting. Larue Pest Management is the scholarship sponsor for this event, while the non-profit spotlight will highlight the Uncommon Friends Foundation.  All business professionals are invited to attend.  Admission is $10 for Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce (GFMCC) members and $20 for future GFMCC members.  To register, call (239) 332-3624 or visit www.fortmyers.org.
 
ABOUT WIB:
Part of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, the Women in Business committee is dedicated to helping women achieve their fullest professional and personal potential.  A variety of networking and educational programs are offered throughout the year, typically the first Wednesday of every month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Open Easter Sunday

FORT MFORT MYERS, Fla. (March 23, 2018) -- Easter Sunday is a great day to tour the gardens at Edison & Ford Winter Estates as many plants and trees are blooming this time of year. The site is open regular business hours on Easter Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guided and self-guided tours are…

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Edison & Ford Winter Estates Open Easter Sunday

FORT MFORT MYERS, Fla. (March 23, 2018) — Easter Sunday is a great day to tour the gardens at Edison & Ford Winter Estates as many plants and trees are blooming this time of year. The site is open regular business hours on Easter Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Guided and self-guided tours are available throughout the day with the last guided tour at 4 p.m. Self-guided, audio tours and maps are available in English, German, Spanish and French. Guide maps also are available in Chinese.
The Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe and Garden Shoppe will be open for anyone looking to buy a plant or gift for a loved one. The Garden Shoppe is stocked with many blooming plants. The Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops will be closed on Easter.
For more information, contact Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.
YERS, Fla.
(March 23, 2018) — Easter Sunday is a great day to tour the gardens at Edison & Ford Winter Estates as many plants and trees are blooming this time of year. The site is open regular business hours on Easter Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Guided and self-guided tours are available throughout the day with the last guided tour at 4 p.m. Self-guided, audio tours and maps are available in English, German, Spanish and French. Guide maps also are available in Chinese.
The Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe and Garden Shoppe will be open for anyone looking to buy a plant or gift for a loved one. The Garden Shoppe is stocked with many blooming plants. The Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops will be closed on Easter.
For more information, contact Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces sponsors for Breaking Par at Grandezza Gala & Golf Tournament

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 23, 2018) – Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has announced sponsors for the organization’s sixth annual Breaking Par at Grandezza Gala & Golf Tournament in April. UPS is the CEO Academy Program sponsor. The CEO Academy, JA’s flagship program, is a weeklong, business school summer camp for rising high school juniors…

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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces sponsors for Breaking Par at Grandezza Gala & Golf Tournament

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 23, 2018) – Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has announced sponsors for the organization’s sixth annual Breaking Par at Grandezza Gala & Golf Tournament in April.

UPS is the CEO Academy Program sponsor. The CEO Academy, JA’s flagship program, is a weeklong, business school summer camp for rising high school juniors and seniors that’s held at Florida Gulf Coast University.

BMO Harris Bank is the Breaking Par Golf Tournament and Awards Ceremony sponsor. Florida Power & Light (FPL) is the Patron Sponsor. Jaguar Fort Myers is the Breaking Par Gala sponsor. Juniper Landscaping is the FGCU Professional Golf Management Cart and Awards sponsor.

CEO Academy Benefactor sponsors include Entech, First Florida Integrity Bank, Kiwanis Foundation, Tijuana Flats Burrito Company and Wells Fargo.

 

The two-day Breaking Par at Grandezza event will run from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 22 at The Club at Grandezza, located at 11481 Grande Oak Blvd. in Estero. Previous Breaking Par at Grandezza events have raised more than $247,000 to support the CEO Academy and additional Junior Achievement programs.
Tickets for the Saturday night gala dinner are $65, while all-inclusive tickets are $175, which grant patrons attendance at the Saturday evening gala dinner, live and silent auctions, Sunday golf tournament and awards luncheon. To purchase tickets or learn more about sponsorship packages, visit www.JASWFL.org.
About Junior Achievement:

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide. Locally, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida partnered with more than 280 classroom business volunteers during the 2016-2017 school year to provide more than 10,600 students with Junior Achievement programs in more than 440 classes throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. For more information on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or email info@jaswfl.org.

Community Invited to FSW Cultural Arts Festival April 18

March 22, 2018 – PUNTA GORDA, FLA – Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) students on the Charlotte Campus will showcase their artistic talents at the Third Annual Cultural Arts Festival on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. FSW student-artists will present their paintings, crafts, music, poetry and creative writing. The community is invited…

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Community Invited to FSW Cultural Arts Festival April 18

March 22, 2018 – PUNTA GORDA, FLA – Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) students on the Charlotte Campus will showcase their artistic talents at the Third Annual Cultural Arts Festival on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FSW student-artists will present their paintings, crafts, music, poetry and creative writing. The community is invited to enjoy the festival and learn how participating students are contributing to the local arts scene.
“The event began in an effort to showcase the artistic talent we have on the Charlotte Campus,” said Natala Orobello, FSW Professor of English. “Each year our student-artists present their unique talents. In conjunction with the Cultural Arts Festivals is our annual Serendipity Writing Contest. The winners will read their poetry or short stories at the festival.”
The FSW Charlotte Campus is located at 26300 Airport Road in Punta Gorda, Fla. For more information, visit www.FSW.edu/charlotte. For more information, contact Professor Orobello at (941) 637-5659 ext. 0159 or at norobello@fsw.edu.
RSVP to the Cultural Arts Festival using the Facebook event and see all of the activities and events available to students through the Office of Student Engagement.
Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in January 2016. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.

Melissa Koger Joins GATES Construction as Accounting Coordinator

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (March 22, 2018 – GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Melissa Koger as Accounting Coordinator. Koger will ensure timely payments of vendor invoices and expense vouchers, manage collection activities from customers, and maintain accurate records and control reports. Koger has over 15 years of diversified Accounting experience. Koger will…

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Melissa Koger Joins GATES Construction as Accounting Coordinator

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (March 22, 2018 – GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Melissa Koger as Accounting Coordinator. Koger will ensure timely payments of vendor invoices and expense vouchers, manage collection activities from customers, and maintain accurate records and control reports. Koger has over 15 years of diversified Accounting experience. Koger will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.
GATES Construction, with offices in Florida, North Carolina and the Republic of Panama, is a full service general contracting firm providing construction management and design-build services with a diversified project portfolio in all types of commercial, institutional, industrial and residential construction projects.  For more information on GATES, please call (239) 593-3777 or visit the website at www.GATESinc.com.

Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers to host Nelly concert in May

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 22, 2018) – Hammond Stadium, home of the Fort Myers Miracle, will host a concert by acclaimed rapper Nelly at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11 in Fort Myers. Nelly, a three-time Grammy award winner, has announced a swing through minor league ballparks this spring following his “All Work No Play”…

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Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers to host Nelly concert in May

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 22, 2018) – Hammond Stadium, home of the Fort Myers Miracle, will host a concert by acclaimed rapper Nelly at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11 in Fort Myers.

Nelly, a three-time Grammy award winner, has announced a swing through minor league ballparks this spring following his “All Work No Play” Canadian tour. Nelly is best known for his hit songs Country Grammar, Hot in Herre, Shake Ya Tailfeather and Grillz during the 2000s.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 23 and will be available online at MiracleBaseball.com or by calling 239-768-4210. Ticket prices start at $34. Luxury suites also will be available for large groups.

The concert stage at Hammond Stadium will be positioned behind second base in shallow center field. The ballpark’s unique seating opportunity for concerts will allow 3,000 Nelly fans to stand in the infield area and another 4,500 to be seated in the grandstands between first base and third base.

The Fort Myers Miracle, which begin the 2018 regular season on Thursday, April 5, will be on a road trip while Nelly performs in Fort Myers.

About the Miracle

The Fort Myers Miracle are the Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and have played home games at Hammond Stadium since 1992. Notable Miracle alumni include Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Torii Hunter. Follow the Miracle online at MiracleBaseball.com or through its social media channels: Twitter (@MiracleBaseball), Instagram (fortmyersmiracle), Facebook (Fort Myers Miracle) and Snapchat (ftmyersmiracle). Opening Night at Hammond Stadium is Thursday, April 5 against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. For questions or ticket information, call the Miracle at 239-768-4210.

Holocaust Survivor Steen Metz to speak at The Laboratory Theater of Florida April 2.

FORT MYERS, FL (March 20, 2018) – Holocaust survivor Steen Metz will speak at The Laboratory Theater of Florida on Monday, April 2nd at 7 pm. Holocaust survivor Steen Metz will speak about his experiences within a concentration camp in the now Czech Republic.  Mr. Metz is a speaker within the Theater’s expanding tolerance and…

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Holocaust Survivor Steen Metz to speak at The Laboratory Theater of Florida April 2.

FORT MYERS, FL (March 20, 2018) – Holocaust survivor Steen Metz will speak at The Laboratory Theater of Florida on Monday, April 2nd at 7 pm.
Holocaust survivor Steen Metz will speak about his experiences within a concentration camp in the now Czech Republic.  Mr. Metz is a speaker within the Theater’s expanding tolerance and cultural education programming. His question and answer discussion coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Month in April.
Mr. Metz spends his senior years and retirement telling his story throughout the country. He accepts no pay or remuneration for his captivating talks and discussions except that he asks that each person that hears his story share with four more people so that the Holocaust may never be forgotten or denied. There is no fee to listen to Mr. Metz but a $10 donation is suggested. Proceeds will be given to the Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida in Mr. Metz’s honor.
In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah. For the most part, Yom Hashoah has been observed with candle lighting, speakers, poems, prayers, and singing. Often, six candles are lit to represent the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. During this time, Holocaust survivors speak about their experiences or share in the readings. Throughout Florida, synagogues and Jewish service organizations will hold Holocaust remembrance events available for the public to attend. Though the theater is not a religious organization, it is a center for all people. It is through theater and the arts that people get a chance to share and learn from each other. It is our mission to enlighten, bring awareness, and break down the walls of fear and hatred with education and understanding.
Some of Mr. Metz’s  story as retold from a Florida Weekly story in 2015 include:
“I was only 8 years old when my parents and I were arrested,” he said. “It was very early in the morning on Oct. 2, 1943.”
The Metz family and about 60 other Jews were taken by open wagon to a schoolyard where they were assembled to be deported to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia.
“I really had no idea what was happening,” he said.
Mr. Metz said he knew that Denmark had been occupied since 1940. But he didn’t understand that his being Jewish had anything to do with their arrest and deportation.
“I didn’t realize I was Jewish,” he said. “I was not brought up in the Jewish faith. It was a complete shock. Was it a crime to be Jewish?”
Steen Metz

  • Age: 79
  • Place of birth: Odense, Denmark
  • Holocaust experience: Family arrested and deported to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia in 1943. Father Axel Metz died within six months of starvation and hard labor.
  • Family: Married to Eileen, father of two daughters and a grandfather
  • Today: Mr. Metz is a former seasonal resident of Sanibel and speaks to civic and school groups throughout the year about his experiences during the Holocaust. He encourages students to be ambassadors of his story • To learn more: Read Mr. Metz’s self-published book “A Danish Boy in Theresienstadt” or visit steenmetzneverforget.com.

The event is free to the public, but donations for the Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida in Mr. Metz’s honor will be accepted. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis, doors open 30 minutes prior to the event.
ABOUT THE LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA
The Laboratory Theater of Florida, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, through live performance, education, community outreach, experimentation, and the development of ensemble work. The company features ensemble productions, produces classic works, takes artistic risks, which both feature and challenge local performers. For more information visit www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com or the physical location at 1634 Woodford Avenue, in the Fort Myers River District.
 
 

Free Fort Myers Miracle baseball tickets to Opening Night on April 6 available at Wendy’s restaurants across Southwest Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 21, 2018) – The Fort Myers Miracle are looking to pack Hammond Stadium to begin the 2018 baseball season on Friday, April 6, and the ballclub again is partnering with Wendy’s restaurants for a special free ticket promotion. It will be a night to remember for all fans with a special…

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Free Fort Myers Miracle baseball tickets to Opening Night on April 6 available at Wendy’s restaurants across Southwest Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 21, 2018) – The Fort Myers Miracle are looking to pack Hammond Stadium to begin the 2018 baseball season on Friday, April 6, and the ballclub again is partnering with Wendy’s restaurants for a special free ticket promotion.
It will be a night to remember for all fans with a special appearance from the ZOOperstars characters, and the Miracle will light up the sky with a post-game fireworks show, courtesy of Florida Community Bank.
Starting March 25, baseball fans can stop by their neighborhood Wendy’s in Lee and Collier counties to retrieve coupons for free tickets to the official home opener at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 6.
The Wendy’s free ticket vouchers can be redeemed at the Miracle box office for general admission seating in sections 124-127 and 201-217. For an extra $2 per person, Miracle fans can upgrade their tickets to reserved box seats in the first level.
The Fort Myers Miracle, a Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, begin the 2018 season on Thursday, April 5 against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The 140-game regular season schedule runs through Sunday, Sept. 2.
For additional information, please call the Fort Myers Miracle at 239-768-4210 or visit MiracleBaseball.com.
About the Miracle
The Fort Myers Miracle are the Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and have played home games at Hammond Stadium since 1992. Notable Miracle alumni include Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Torii Hunter. Follow the Miracle online at MiracleBaseball.com or through its social media channels: Twitter (@MiracleBaseball), Instagram (fortmyersmiracle), Facebook (Fort Myers Miracle) and Snapchat (ftmyersmiracle). Opening Night at Hammond Stadium is Thursday, April 5 against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. For questions or ticket information, call the Miracle at 239-768-4210.
 

Cooking with Love: Norman Love Confections unveils spring and summer cooking classes for 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 21, 2018) – Esteemed chocolatier Norman Love and his award-winning team of pastry chefs at Norman Love Confections will be offering a series of cooking classes this spring and summer for those interested in learning to create artisan confections and exquisite desserts. “Cooking with Love” features 12 distinct, one-night courses suitable…

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Cooking with Love: Norman Love Confections unveils spring and summer cooking classes for 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 21, 2018) – Esteemed chocolatier Norman Love and his award-winning team of pastry chefs at Norman Love Confections will be offering a series of cooking classes this spring and summer for those interested in learning to create artisan confections and exquisite desserts.
“Cooking with Love” features 12 distinct, one-night courses suitable for individuals and groups of friends looking for an interactive, social experience. Love and his talented team will share some of their baking and cooking techniques with participants, who each will have an opportunity to create desserts to take home.
Participants in Norman Love’s chocolate classes will make mouthwatering chocolate Easter eggs, truffles, candies and other items. Pastry classes including the making of cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, desserts, cakes and three types of succulent Thanksgiving pies.
“Our culinary team enjoys the cooking classes as much as our students, so we’re looking forward sharing some recipes, cooking techniques and decorating styles to take your sweet treats and desserts to the next level,” said Norman Love, founder and owner of Norman Love Confections.
Classes begin March 23 and run through September, and cost $95 per person, plus tax. Each class begins with a reception from 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. at the Fort Myers Chocolate & Dessert Salon, 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers. Participants then move toward the Norman Love Pastry Shop for the class, which runs from 6:45-9:30 p.m. The Chocolate and Wine Tasting class will be held at the corporate office.
Class sizes are limited, so early reservations are encouraged. For more information or to make reservations, please call Norman Love Confections at 866-515-2121 or visit NormanLoveConfections.com.
CHOCOLATE CLASSES
Easter Eggs: Create your very own Easter egg chocolate sculpture filled with delicious Swiss Milk Truffles. Our Chocolatiers will guide you in hand painting your own dark chocolate egg and teach you how to cast and assemble them! You will also learn how to create modern Swiss shell filled truffles and hide them inside your egg. Finally, they will all be beautifully packaged and ready to give or enjoy yourself!
Dates: March 23, March 30
Truffles: Learn why the name Truffle holds such an elegant and delectable place in the hearts of all. In this class you will master the 100-year-old art of truffle making. From the luscious dark chocolate hand formed to the modern Swiss shell filled, you will create these treats by yourself with the guidance of our Chocolatiers and bring the finished treasures home to enjoy.
Dates: May 25, July 27
Chocolate and Wine Tasting: Join us for a deliciously elegant night of Chocolate and Wine pairings. Let our Chocolatiers explain for you the unique qualities of each of the featured chocolates as well as the history of chocolate making and the processes that create the amazing confections we’re famous for. You will also learn about the art of matching a wine to the different chocolates and get to try them both together in raw and finished form.
Dates: May 11, Sept. 7
Molded Candies: Be a Chocolatier for a night! Let the Chocolate Masters at Norman Love Confections teach you how to make the jewel-like treasures we are so famous for! You will be able to make everything yourself with the guidance of our staff from hand coloring to casting liquid chocolate and mixing the custom ganaches to fill your candies! Enjoy a night of sweet success and take home all of your treasures when you are done!
Dates: April 20, July 13
Chocolate Confections: Norman Love Confections is more than just beautiful molded chocolates. We also have a wide variety of chocolate confections which you now have the opportunity to learn. Discover the secrets of our Chocolate Barks, Chocolate Caramel Squares, Chocolate Fudge and Truffle Pops, all yours to enjoy and take home at the end of the class.
Dates: June 8, Aug. 10
Simple Décor: This class will provide an introduction to tempering chocolate and some popular chocolate décor making techniques. Learn how to make chocolate curls, petals, fans, triangles and transfer sheets. Use your décor to embellish a 6” chocolate mousse cake that is provided for you to decorate and take home.
Date: Sept. 21
Shoe Painting: Choose between a premade white, milk or dark chocolate shoe (please provide preference when enrolling in class), then decorate it with melted cocoa butter colors, sprinkles and shimmers. For added delight, learn the technique of making hand-rolled truffles to display in your finished shoe.
Dates: June 22, Aug. 24
PASTRY CLASSES
Cookies: In this class, you will learn techniques for creating some cookies that are permanent classics as well as some new recipes you can add to your repertoire. Master the perfect chocolate chip cookie, the always popular peanut butter cookie, the unique but undeniably delicious coconut macaroon and the classic cut-out sugar cookie.
Dates: April 20, July 13
Cupcakes and Cake Pops: Learn to create fun and festive decorated cupcakes and cake pops. Students will be shown how to make buttercream and create cute and playful cupcakes using various piping techniques, as well as make the surprisingly simple but popular cake pops.
Dates: May 25, July 27
Desserts at Home: A class for the dinner party entertainer in us all! You will learn to master four elegant home desserts that are sure to impress your guests. You will learn how to make the perfect fruit tart, the rich and decadent chocolate lava cake, a delightfully rich chocolate mousse and the simple but delicious chocolate fondue.
Dates: June 8, Aug. 10
Thanksgiving Pies: Usher in the magic of the holiday season with the mastery of your favorite holiday pies! In this class, you will learn to make fresh pie dough, and then use it to make the famously popular pumpkin pie, the nostalgic and comforting apple pie, and the ooey gooey scrumptious pecan pie.
Date: Sept. 21
Naked Love: Learn how to make our Ultimate Chocolate Naked Love Cake, including the super moist chocolate cake, the rich baked chocolate ganache and the decadent chocolate frosting, all layered together to make an attractive, delicious masterpiece.
Dates: June 22, Aug. 24
About Norman Love Confections
Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers, Florida. The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.
Norman Love Confections has four Chocolate Salons in Southwest Florida, and chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys

Owen-Ames-Kimball begins construction of new medical complex for Family Health Centers in Lehigh Acres

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 21, 2018) – Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (O-A-K) has begun construction on a new three-story medical facility for Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida (FHC) in central Lehigh Acres.   Upon completion, the 62,000-square-foot medical center will be Family Health Centers’ largest facility, housing a variety of medical, dental and administrative offices. The…

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Owen-Ames-Kimball begins construction of new medical complex for Family Health Centers in Lehigh Acres

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 21, 2018) – Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (O-A-K) has begun construction on a new three-story medical facility for Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida (FHC) in central Lehigh Acres.
 
Upon completion, the 62,000-square-foot medical center will be Family Health Centers’ largest facility, housing a variety of medical, dental and administrative offices. The $16 million facility will be centrally located at 3415 Lee Blvd. in Lehigh Acres, directly across the road from Sunshine Elementary School, Quest Diagnostics and Palm Acres Charter School.
 
O-A-K’s project manager is Matt Hoffman, the project superintendent is Tim Harkins and the project estimator is Abel Natali. O-A-K also constructed Family Health Centers’ Estero facility and has renovated one of its clinics in Fort Myers.
 
Family Health Centers operates 13 different facilities and 20 practices in Lee, Charlotte and Hendry counties. FHC offers primary health care, preventative health care, disease management and educational services for all patient groups, including the medically underserved, migratory agriculture workers, the homeless and other special populations. About 94 percent of patients FHC serves in Lehigh Acres are considered low-income according to federal poverty guidelines.
 
“Currently, Family Health Centers leases space in Lehigh Acres and provides adult medicine, pediatrics and dentistry to the underserved patient population,” said Marie Andress, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Family Health Centers. “The new FHC Lehigh facility will be approximately five times larger than the current leased space, and all of the aforementioned practices will increase proportionately and additional practices will be added, such as pharmacy, optometry and chiropractic, as well as chronic disease management and lab services.”