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4Local Veteran Graduates
With New Guide Dog Nick
Larry Newman retired from the Navy after 23 years of active duty. He had full
vision when he worked as an electrician after being drafted during the Vietnam
War, and when he later performed ship repair, design and maintenance as a
commissioned officer on deployments to the Mediterranean in 1976 and to Bahrain
during the first Gulf War. With two of his four children in the military, including
a daughter on her second Middle East deployment, he’s a proud American and
appreciates Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Paws for Patriots program.
After his service in the Navy, Newman worked in engineering, field biology and as a
high school physics, chemistry and math teacher.
But an unexplained case of retinal dystrophy began to gradually rob him of his
sight, and 14 years ago at the age of 51, the Fort Myers veteran became legally blind.
In 2003, Southeastern Guide Dogs paired Newman with his first guide dog, a male
black Lab named Courage. That faithful companion passed away in 2012, and just
this month, Newman returned to Southeastern to be matched with his new four-legged
best friend, a smart and hard-working yellow Lab named Nick.
Over the years, Larry and his wife have donated funds to sponsor three dogs for
the Palmetto-based charity. Sara was named for Newman’s mother who also lost her
vision due to diabetes. Carey honored the puppy raiser who fostered both Courage
and Nick, and P.J. memorializes two dear friends from the Newmans’ church who
died, Peggy and John.
Larry Newman will graduate with eight other visually impaired men and women
who lived, trained and bonded with their new guide dogs on the Southeastern Guide
Dog campus over 26 days in August. He looks forward to traveling to Washington,
D.C. in October for the Marine Corps Marathon with the social, emotional and pys-
chological support of Nick.
Nine students and their extraordinary dogs will be celebrated at the Southeastern
Guide Dogs graduation luncheon program on Thursday August 27, at Polo Grill,
10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, Florida, at 11 a.m. There will be a Meet
and Greet at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and keynote address by graduate Dan
Jones of Apopka
For more information, call 941-479-6590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Southeastern Guide Dogs graduate Larry Newman of Ft. Myers and his new guide Nick
8th Annual 5K
Anumber of local businesses and
organizations have signed on
to sponsor this year’s Cops &
Joggers 5K and Family Fun Night to be
held on Saturday, October 10 from 5
to 10 p.m. at Centennial Park, located
at 2000 West First Street in downtown
Top sponsors for the 8th annual
event include Beasley Media Group,
Cintas Corporation, JetBlue Airways
and Survival Armor. Additional spon-
sors include Chico’s FAS, Inc., Edison
National Bank, Florida Security &
Firearms Training, Inc., Good Deals
Appliances, Mission BBQ, Scanlon Auto
Group, State Farm Insurance, Suncoast
Beverage, Papa John’s Pizza and
Sponsorship opportunities, from
$150 to $1,000, are still available.
Sponsorships should be reserved no later
than Friday, September 11. For more
information about sponsorships or to
become a sponsor, contact Denise Egolf
at email@example.com or 321-7723.
Benefiting fallen first responders,
this year’s event will take place dur-
ing the evening hours with the glow of
first responders’ lights lining the race
path. The family event will also include
food vendors, music by 96 K Rock and
B103.9, emergency equipment displays,
and a children’s fun area with bounce
houses, a dunk tank, SWAT obstacle
courses and more.
Beginning at 7:45 p.m., the 3.1-mile
run begins and ends at Centennial Park
and will cross the Edison Bridge. The
early registration fee is $20 per adult and
$15 per youth, 17 years old or younger,
on or before October 8. Fees increase
to $25 per person for all participants on
October 9 and $30 per person for all
participants on October 10. The first 700
registered participants are guaranteed an
event goodie bag and T-shirt.
“We hope to reach our goal of 1,000
registered joggers this year and encourage
families and community groups, includ-
ing organizations and clubs, to register
early and help make that goal possible,”
said Lt. Jeffrey Bernice of the FMPD.
“As always, participants are running for
the memories and honor of these fallen
warriors who have made the ultimate
Participating joggers may obtain more
information and register online with the
Fort Myers Track Club at www.ftmyer-
This year’s race committee will be pre-
senting the top three runners and walkers
in their age group with new custom-made
Cops & Joggers race medals, which will
feature the front of a police car with
emergency lights that flash.
The Fort Myers Cops & Joggers 5K
was established in 2008 to assist the
family of Officer Andrew Widman who
was shot and killed in the line of duty on
July 18, 2008. Proceeds from the event
now benefit the FMPD Fallen Officers
Memorial Fund and The Brotherhood
Ride, nonprofit organizations that aid
the families of first responders who have
been injured or killed in the line of duty,
including law enforcement officers, fire-
fighters and emergency medical person-
nel.For more information about the event,
contact Lt. Jeffrey Bernice at 321-7698
Lake Kennedy Senior Center
Lake Kennedy Center in Cape
Coral is partnering with Publix
to offer flu shots on Wednesday,
September 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
and 1 to 2 p.m. Tori Waggoner, Publix
pharmacy manager, will be on hand to
administer the shots, and each partici-
pant will receive a $5 Publix gift cer-
tificate. Be sure to bring your Medicare
and/or insurance cards with you.
Lake Kennedy Senior Center
is located at 400 Santa Barbara
Boulevard in Cape Coral. For more
information, call 574-0575.
Author Bandi Jones will be signing
her book To Be Me on Saturday,
August 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at
Annette’s Book Nook, 7205 Estero
Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach.
To Be Me is a brain teaser that will
challenge your young reader’s mind and
imagination. Children will be left with the
satisfaction of figuring out the riddle.
Jones resides in Parrish, Florida,
where she grew up. She and her hus-
band, Benjamin, are raising two boys.
Her children’s inherent love for the out-
doors and curiosity of the nature of ani-
mals prompted her to publish this book.
This book was originally a high school
English honors project.
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