Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 021916 Contents THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 19, 2016
Cruise And Discover Matlacha Island
Pure Florida's M/V Edison Explorer will take passengers on a Discover Matlacha
Island cruise on Saturday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day begins with
a narrated cruise along the Caloosahatchee River and includes a guided tour of
Matlacha Island, an old Florida fishing village considered a "hidden gem." It is home to
brightly colored art galleries, island boutiques and seafood restaurants.
Passengers will be taken on a Taste of Matlacha Walking Tour, guided by True
Tours, to learn about the island's unique history and sample signature delicacies. Upon
conclusion of the tour, they may have lunch at their leisure and visit the nearby shops
Local attractions include the Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens, home of well-known
artist Leoma Lovegrove.
These cruise tours are guided by Coast Guard-certified captains, also master natural-
ists. Cost is $64 per person. Lunch can be included for an additional charge of $12
per person. The M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford,
2360 West First Street, Fort Myers.
A complimentary bottle of water will be provided, and additional refreshments are
available for purchase. Passengers may bring snacks aboard. For more information,
or to book a ticket, call 919-2965, email FortMyers@PureFL.com or visit the Pure
Florida website at www.PureFL.com.
Pure Florida's Discover Matlacha Island Cruise will take passengers aboard the M/V Edison
Explorer on Saturday, March 5
Pure Florida's Discover Matlacha Island Cruise excursion allows guests to explore nearby
shops and galleries on the island, including the Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens
Aid Formsby Jennifer Basey
If you have a
child in college,
familiar with the
for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA), which
must be completed
to help ensure that
students don't miss
out on federal and
state grants, work-study jobs and loans.
But you might not know that some
important changes will be coming to the
FAFSA during 2016 -- and these changes
can affect both the process of filing for
aid, and, possibly, the amount of aid your
child will receive.
Here are three key changes to watch
• Earlier availability of the FAFSA
-- Currently, you need to complete the
FAFSA as soon as possible after January
1, which means you're probably filling
out the form even before you've filed
your taxes, which aren't due until April.
As a result, you may have to estimate
your income and update the informa-
tion later. However, beginning with the
2017--18 school year, you can complete
the FAFSA starting on October 1 of the
previous calendar year, rather than wait
until January. At that point, you will
already have filed your 2015 taxes, so in
filling out the FAFSA, you won't have to
rely on income estimates.
For 2016 only, this change presents
something of an anomaly -- specifically,
you should fill out the FAFSA as soon as
possible for the 2016--17 school year,
using an estimate of your 2015 income,
and then complete the FAFSA again in
October for the 2017--18 school year,
using your actual 2015 income. In future
years, you'll only have to complete the
FAFSA once, with applications accepted
beginning each October 1.
• Lower "asset protection" allow-
ance -- When you report your financial
information on the FAFSA, some of your
assets, such as your IRA and 401(k), are
not counted toward the resources you're
expected to contribute to your child's edu-
cation. Some other assets are considered
available, but a percentage of these assets
can be sheltered, with the exact amount
depending largely on your age and mari-
tal status. For the 2016--17 school year,
this sheltered asset amount has been
reduced significantly. However, while this
reduction could have some effect on your
student's aid package, it shouldn't be too
severe because income, more than assets,
is a bigger factor in the federal financial
• No more shared mailing list -- When
filing the FAFSA, students can choose up
to 10 colleges to receive their financial
information. Previously, when students
sent their FAFSAs to multiple colleges
and universities, these schools could see
the other institutions on the mailing list.
But starting with the 2016--17 applica-
tion, schools will no longer have this
information. This could actually benefit
your child. Previously, if a school saw it
was listed first on the FAFSA, it might
have assumed it was the student's first
choice and, as a result, may not have felt
the need to be flexible in awarding finan-
cial aid. Now, though, without a list of
its competitors, a school might be more
open to negotiating a more favorable aid
package for your child.
It's a good idea to stay current on
the changes connected to the FAFSA
because it helps determine financial aid
eligibility -- and financial aid is a key com-
ponent of your strategy to pay for your
child's (or grandchild's) education.
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
Juried Art Show
On Monday, February 22, the
Winter Juried Show opens at the
Fort Myers Beach Art Association
gallery, sponsored by Matanzas on the
Bay. Join the reception provided by the
event sponsor, scheduled for February
28, with a gallery talk by Patty Kane at 1
p.m., refreshments at 2:15 p.m. and an
award ceremony at 3 p.m. Admission to
the show is free and visitors are welcome.
This exhibit will be available for viewing
and sale until March 24.
Neil Walling, who is offering a famous
artist workshop at the gallery, will offer a
demonstration at the gallery on February
demo is $10.
The honors include several awards: the
Lee Ackert Memorial FMBAA Member
Award for exceptional use of color, Best
of Show Lucy B Campbell Award, Florida
Watercolor Society Award, first, second,
third, merit (three) and honorable men-
If you are interested in learning to
paint, several short workshops are being
taught at the art association this season
as well as Patty Kane's watercolor classes
on Monday, as well as other classes being
taught from now until March. Check the
website at www.fortmyersbeachart.com to
see all artistic events this season.
For more information, send e-mails to
Pam Flaherty at fmbaapublicity@gmail.
com or stop by the Fort Myers Beach
Arts Association gallery located at 3030
Shell Mound Boulevard, one mile south
of the Matanzas Bridge. Call 463-3909.
The gallery is open daily through mid-
April, Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. and on Sunday noon to 3
Jamie Gisburne has been named to
the Central Methodist University
Dean's List for the fall of 2015.
To qualify for Dean's List recognition,
one must have completed 12 or more
credit hours during the fall and achieved
a 3.50 or higher grade point average on
the University's 4.0 scale, according to
Dr. Rita Gulstad, Provost.
This list is comprised of students from
the main campus in Fayette, Missouri, as
well as the online programs and extended
sites across the state.
Gisburne is from Fort Myers and is a
computer science and communication
studies major at the main campus in
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