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2 days ago, 05/28/2015 at 5:51pm Delete


Islanders suffered a couple of terrible losses this week. Jo Finney appears to have perished in a fast-moving fire that engulfed her home late Sunday. While Islanders await a positive identification, which was not available at press time and may take weeks, Islanders grieve the loss of our friend and neighbor as we await final confirmation. An awful in-between place to be with hope battling grief.

The weekend also saw the untimely passing of Krysten Williamson, who many know from the Sandbar & Grille. Another young life ended far too soon, leaving more questions than answers and a lot of sorrow to live with.

Both deaths have cast a pall over our Island and brought a renewed perspective to many. There’s surprise and sadness and the inevitable, "I just saw her – how can this be?” "You just never know when your time is up, do you?”

As we all ponder the sudden loss of two of our own this week, the silver lining is already showing through the clouds. Islanders wasted no time in recognizing that in the same fire that claimed a life, two Islanders were wounded and lost everything they own. They need help and Islanders have responded.

The Beached Whale and Gulfshore Grill/The Cottage are holding a Block Party Benefit on Tuesday, June 2 for Paulie and Carol, injured in the fire. They’re looking for support and donations at the party that will have music, raffles and a silent auction.

A Yoga event will be held on the beach, just north of Newton House on Monday, June 1 at 8:15am. Yoga Instructor Cristina Denegre will match all donations up to $500.
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Issue-746's Top Story 2 days ago, 05/28/2015 at 4:38pm

Nancy Omonte ClassMeet Beach School
Counselor Nancy Omonte, M.S.

"Kids like boundaries, they also like to be pushed, need to learn what failure is all about, need guidance.Daley Thompson, Olympic Gold Medalist

Almost everyone educated in the El-Hi (elementary through high school) system in the United States remembers a teacher, a coach or a guidance counselor that made a difference in their lives. Traditionally, guidance counselors came into play at the Middle School level; teachers at the Elementary level usually provided guidance help. But the Lee County School District has added School Counselors to the elementary school staffs, providing much needed help with situations that are not readily solved during class time, but that negatively impact not only the child with the problem, but often, their classmates as well. At Beach Elementary, this new position has been filled since November of last year by Nancy Omonte.
Beach Kiwanis 2 days ago, 05/28/2015 at 5:46pm
Kiwanis Kids BreakfastBeach Kiwanis
Celebrates 47 Years

This is a very special week for members of the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club as they celebrate the local club’s 47th anniversary and the 100th birthday of Kiwanis International.

The local club, founded on May 31, 1968 with 25 members, has since doubled in size to 50 current members. Those 47 years have been busy ones for the club as they have lived the Kiwanis motto: "Serving the Children and Families of Our Community and the World.”

Betty Goodacre 2 days ago, 05/28/2015 at 5:41pm

Goodacre - WhiteBetty Goodacre Honored by Fire District

They say if you need to get something done, ask a busy person to do it. Apparently many people in this area asked one busy person in particular - the incomparable Betty Goodacre.

Who was the very first woman Commodore of the Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society, installed in 1988? Who was one of the original members of the Fort Myers Beach CERT team? Who was the choir director at St. Raphael’s Church for 39 years? Who was an original member of the Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus and performed with it as a lilting soprano for almost 40 years? Who was a preferred a cappella soloist to perform the National Anthem at countless events around the county for decades? Whose daughter has been a cherished teacher at Fort Myers Beach Elementary for many years? Who was the professional upholsterer for former Mound House resident Mrs. Long? Who served on the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District Board of Commissioners from 1996 until 2015?

Fire on FMB5 days ago, 05/25/2015

House FireFire Destroys Home on the Corner
of Anchorage and Estero

A duplex on the corner of Anchorage and Estero Boulevard lay in smoldering ruin this morning after a late Sunday night fire left two residents injured and one unaccounted for.

"The fire started at approximately 10:20pm at 3748 Estero Boulevard, and was responded to by firefighters from Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, Iona-McGregor and South Trail,” said Captain Ron Martin. "The cause of the fire is still under investigation.”

Martin told us that the two people who lived on one side of the duplex, Carol and Paul, were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital where Paul was treated and released and Carol was airlifted to Tampa General. The occupant of the other side of the house, Joanne Finney, was still unaccounted for.


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