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Issue 646 Delete 06/27/2013 at 3:59pm

Harry Chapin Food BankHarry Chapin Food Bank
Feeding Southwest Florida

Recently, the Harry Chapin Food Bank was given the honor of being rated as the highest-ranked non-profit organization in Florida and among the top 11 charities in the country by Navigator, America's top independent evaluator of charitable organizations. Many of our readers are aware of the food bank's existence, but few realize the enormous scale on which it operates – providing food for local food pantries, including the beach's Choice Market –
 

Issue 645 Delete 06/20/2013 at 3:08pm

Eddie CollinsBeach Athlete Heads to College

At a young age Eddie Collins embraced the "beach kid” label, reveling in the laid-back childhood pleasures of beach, sand, sun and sea that children raised on Fort Myers Beach enjoy. He also loved sports and the physical challenges they offered. His success in meeting both physical and academic challenges has earned him an opportunity to play college football.

Next month, he will trade in long lazy days on the beach for college classes and early morning football practices as he heads to Seton Hill University in western Pennsylvania where he has accepted a scholarship offer to play football for the Division II Griffins.
 

Issue 644 Delete 06/13/2013 at 4:02pm

John LalloJohn Lallo "All In” For
Time Square and Vegas Poker

John Lallo is on a roll, but don’t call him a gambler. The 30-plus year beach resident and owner of Pete’s Time Out in Times Square has been moonlighting as a tournament poker champion whose sights are set on the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

On July 4th, Lallo will fly to Las Vegas for the crown jewel of poker tournaments, televised around the world on the ESPN networks.
 

Issue 643 Delete 06/06/2013 at 4:06pm

Tropical Storm AndreaHurricane Season Arrives
Are You Ready?

As a large area of thunderstorms churns in the southern Gulf of Mexico, rain bands sweep over Estero Island, reminding residents that hurricane season returns for another six-month stay.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center is closely monitoring the cluster of storms in the Gulf. NOAA has predicted an above average hurricane season with 13-20 named storms, with sustained winds of 39 mph or greater. NOAA also predicts as many as 11 hurricanes, three to six of which could reach major status, with winds in excess of 110 mph.