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Merry Christmas!

Next Thursday, people the world over will celebrate Christmas. Those who subscribe to the Christian faith will celebrate, once again, the birth of the child, Jesus, who they recognize as the son of God. Those of other faiths or no faith at all may celebrate the Christmas of Santa Claus, silver bells and snowmen. Or they may not celebrate Christmas at all.

Many non-christians have jumped on the Christmas bandwagon, choosing to celebrate the mid-winter holiday without any of the religious trappings or traditions. The reaction to this non-religious Christmas in some quarters is horror. How can anyone celebrate Christmas without Christ? Such blasphemous behavior is an affront to all righteous Christians!

And right there is one of our problems - righteousness. Those that know exactly how the world should be run and how everyone should think, demanding that everyone believe as they do. Wouldnt our world be a better place if we were all a little less sure of our own rightness and a little more humble?

And what better time to make a move in that direction than Christmas? People become more kind to each other, more cognizant of the poor, the lonely, the needy and more apt to reach out to help them. Its as if in December, humanity remembers our commonality and forgets for a brief period, our differences. Theres a reason many charitable organizations focus their fundraising campaigns on the last quarter of the year and its not the tax benefits of giving. People are more generous around Christmas.
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Issue-723's Top Story 4 days ago, 12/18/2014 at 4:06pm

Anson RosenwaldTerrariums From Twisted Acres

Looking for some last minute gift ideas? How about making someones Christmas really special while giving them something unique and handmade - all while supporting a local business? Then head down to Santini Plaza this Tuesday between 9am and 1pm and check out all the great gift ideas at the Santini Sunrise Tuesday Fresh Market. From herbal balms to handmade jewelry and pottery to natural pet treats, there is something for everyone here - along with lots of fresh local produce and seafood too. This week, we interviewed one of the incredible vendors that participate in each weeks Fresh Market - Anson Rosenwald and his beautiful air plant terrariums.

"My fiancé and I started our business, ‘Twisted Acres, several years ago,” the amiable Anson told us. "Ive lived in Florida over 30 years, and have been selling and growing plants for over 15 years.”
Rat Pack 4 days ago, 12/18/2014 at 4:17pm
Dino & The BoysRat Pack Makes Stop on Beach

Dean Martin has a date on the beach next month and he’s bringing along some old friends - Frank, Sammy and Jerry. Or at least it will seem that way as Robert Cabella appearing as Dean Martin along with Frank Frizalone as Frank Sinatra, Geno Monroe as Sammy Davis Jr and Angelo Capone as Jerry Lewis appear in a two-night only show, "Dino and the Boys” at Fresh Catch Bistro/Junkanoo on January 9th and 10th.

This dynamic foursome will bring their special show to the beach for the first time with Cabella leading the group. Born in Philly, he’s known as Mr. Hollywood after 40 years of performing. A man of many voices, he’s performed as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Ricky Nelson and Tom Jones.

Mound House 4 days ago, 12/18/2014 at 4:12pm

Painted BuntingCaloosa Club Donates to Attract
Birds to Mound House

The Mound House – A Cultural & Environmental Learning Center recently received a $150 donation from the Caloosa Bird Club for the purchase of bird feeders, a birdbath and bird seed to attract a diversity of bird species to the Mound House site. The donation came about after the Caloosa Bird Club went on their November 10th birding trip to the Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area and came to the Mound House afterwards for a picnic. Soon after arriving, the Club members were quick to spot a blue-headed vireo and a yellow-throated warbler in the large strangler fig by the picnic tables. Members were excited to add two more bird species to their list, bringing their number of sightings that day on Fort Myers Beach to 60 bird species! Mound House hopes to become part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.

County MPL5 days ago, 12/17/2014 at 6:11pm

The United WayKiker Gives 2014 Chairman’s Award
to Chris Heidrick

Lee County Board of County Commissioners got a little surprise at their final meeting of the year on Tuesday morning, as County Manager Roger Desjarlais and County Attorney Richard Welch –in full 70’s attire - strutted into commission chambers to the tune of the Bee Gees’ ‘Staying Alive’ and proudly announced that Lee County employees raised over $70,000 for the United Way in 2014, exceeding their goal of $50,000.

"Lee County is proud to take part in the United Way,” said Chair Brian Hamman.

Next, Commissioner Larry Kiker asked Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane to come to the podium.


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