Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 021216 Contents THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 12, 2016
4Festival Of Light
The Edison Festival of Light
Committee and program sponsor
Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman,
Rice & Purtz announced Deputy Mike
Zazwirsky as the honorary grand mar-
shal of the Grand Parade of Light set
for February 20.
Nominations were submitted by com-
munity members wishing to recognize
exemplary altruistic individuals. The
Rotary Club of Fort Myers nominated
Deputy Zazwirsky. Finalists included
Deputy Zazwirsky, Take Stock in Children
Mentor of the Year Gary Avin, and Big
Brothers, Big Sisters Board member Ben
Simmons. The public placed online votes
to determine the grand marshal.
Zazwirsky is a 12-year veteran of the
Lee County Sheriff's Office, currently
assigned in the North District of Lee
County. Throughout his professional
career and his personal life, Zazwirsky
has been serving those in the community.
One example of his dedication is his
effort to coordinate a holiday food drive
that resulted in food for nearly 3,000
families. "Deputy Zazwirsky truly demon-
strates what our profession is all about,"
said Sheriff Mike Scott. "Not only has he
done wonderful things for the community
when it comes to feeding the hungry, he
also developed a juvenile arrest monitor-
ing system that is being modeled through-
out our agency."
As honorary grand marshal, Zazwirsky
will be spotlighted in the Edison Festival
of Light Grand Parade. In addition,
Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice &
Purtz will make a contribution to a charity
of Zazwirsky's choice.
The Grand Parade of Light is a two-
hour extravaganza featuring national and
local marching bands, unique floats and
giant balloons, local government and
law enforcement officials. The parade,
which has gained recognition as the larg-
est night parade in the southeast, brings
the community out in celebration of the
life and achievements of winter resident
Thomas Edison. The parade is free to the
public and will take place on February 20
beginning at Fort Myers High School at
7 p.m. and concluding in the downtown
River District. A Grand Parade Party and
concert on the river with live entertain-
ment the day of the parade is also free to
the public. The fun begins at 11 a.m.
For more informaion on the Edison
Festival of Light, visit www.edisonfestival.
org or call 334-2999.
Lee County Clerk of Court Linda
Doggett will hold a public seminar
on The Value of Searching Records
and Online Services on Wednesday,
March 2 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
at Northwest Regional Library, 519
Chiquita Boulevard North, Cape Coral.
Public records are invaluable to busi-
nesses and organizations, and can help
residents and consumers make better-
informed decisions in their daily life.
Learn what to do if you suspect fraud,
waste or financial mismanagement
involving court-appointed guardians over
elderly, minor children and incapacitated
individuals. Learn how to search public
records for copies of deeds and mort-
gages; review court records of prospec-
tive tenants, employees, contractors and
doctors; pay traffic tickets online; request
postponement or excusal of jury duty and
The seminars are free. Seating is on a
first come, first served basis and subject
to capacity. Arrive early for best seat-
ing. Check the Community Outreach
Schedule located within the Media Center
at www.LeeClerk.org for additional dates
Clerk of Court Linda Doggett
announced Passport Week to
facilitate busy families and busi-
ness travelers in obtaining the docu-
mentation they need to travel out of the
During Passport Week, extended hours
during the weekdays and on Saturday are
designed to accommodate the schedules
of working families, especially those with
children 17 and under. The Lee County
Clerk of Court's Recording Office hours
will be extended two hours each day and
offer four hours on Saturday: Monday
through Friday, March 14 to 18 from 7
a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 19
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents can always apply for pass-
ports during regular office hours: Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (must
arrive to the office no later than 4:30
p.m.) at the downtown location 2115
Second Street, Second Floor, Fort Myers.
Bring your checkbook or money
orders. The U.S. Department of State
does not accept cash or credit cards. You
need a separate check for each applica-
tion. Fees vary based on age of applicant
and speed of delivery.
County fees: The clerk's $25.15 fee
and $15.90 passport photo fees can be
paid by cash, separate check or money
On Sunday, February 28, VFW
Post 10097 is sponsoring a
poker run to raise funds for the
VFW Relief Fund. All proceeds will be
donated to support local veterans in
Registration takes place at the
post, 17770 Pine Ridge Road, Fort
Myers Beach, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Registration fees are $20 per driver, $10
per rider. Participants may have free cof-
fee and a cash breakfast from 9 a.m. to
noon. The last bike will go out at noon
and last bike returns by 4:10 p.m.
The best hands will be announced at
4:15 p.m., along with raffles and a free
buffet from 4 to 6 p.m.
First prize is a 50-inch flat screen LED
HD TV; second prize, a $500 gift certifi-
cate for FOS Furniture; and third prize is
a barbecue grill and a dinner certificate.
This run is open to everyone with at
least one wheel. For more information,
call Chris at (561) 445-3068.
On Monday, February 15,
President's Day, the City of Fort
Myers Solid Waste Division has
announced that residential and commer-
cial trash and recycling will be collected as
The utility billing office/payment cen-
ter will be closed, as will city hall and all
For questions concerning service, con-
tact the solid waste division at 321- 8050.
Florida Gulf Coast University's
Institute for Entrepreneurship is
facilitating a free program for
veterans in conjunction with four other
Florida universities called Veterans
Florida Entrepreneurship Program. The
three-phase program is funded by the
governor, and will enable veterans to
start their own businesses in Southwest
Florida with the help of FGCU fac-
ulty and mentors from within the local
The program, runs from March 15 to
May 22 (with ongoing mentoring). For
more information, call 590-7433.
The League Of Women Voters Hosts
Open Government & You Program
Open Government & You, a forum sponsored by the League of Women
Voters of Lee County, will take place on Saturday, March 12 from 1 to 5
p.m. at the News-Press Building, 2442 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
in Fort Myers. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the
Democratic government depends on the active participation of informed citizens
and requires that governmental bodies protect citizens' access to public information by
giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings, and making public
Florida has traditionally been a leader in providing its citizens oversight and
review of the actions of its elected officials at every level through its Sunshine laws.
Unfortunately, privacy concerns and influential special interests are working to erode
these laws and erect barriers to transparency and accountability.
The Open Government & You program will:
• Examine the current state of open government laws
• Highlight how these laws are being narrowed
• Present personal testimonials from citizens regarding their experiences with open
Program partners include The First Amendment Foundation, WatchdogCity.
com, Office of the Lee County Clerk of Court, Lee County Chamber of Commerce,
League of Women Voters, City of Sanibel, Florida SouthWestern State College, Barry
University, Lee County NAACP, Fort Myers/Naples NOW, ACLU of Florida (Lee
and Collier Counties), Florida Gulf Coast University Office of Community Outreach,
Sanibel/Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters of Collier
County and the American Association of University Women.
For additional information, visit www.lwvlee.org/opengov.html or contact Charlotte
Newton by email at email@example.com.
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