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THE RIVER - JANUARY 13, 2017
Singers Sought For
Think you have what it takes to sing
in front of a sold-out crowd of more
than 10,000 people? The Boston
Red Sox are currently looking for new
talent to fill approximately 19 spots to
perform the National Anthem for the
upcoming 2017 spring training season at
Auditions will be held at JetBlue Park,
located at 11500 Fenway South Drive
in Fort Myers, on Monday and Tuesday,
January 16 and 17 from 4:30 to 7
p.m. All ages are welcome to audition.
Reservations must be made in advance
by calling Natalie Johnson at 226-4743.
If anyone is unable to attend these
dates, he or she may contact Johnson
about submitting an audio recording. All
reservations must be made by Friday,
January 13 at 4 p.m. Space is limited.
The Red Sox open its 19-game
exhibition season on Thursday, February
23 at 1:05 p.m . against the Northeastern
For more information, call 226-4783
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The City of Fort Myers Solid Waste
Division will have no change in
schedule for the residential and
commercial trash or recycling collection on
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, observed
on Monday, January 16. All residential
and commercial trash and recycling will be
collected as regularly scheduled.
Fort Myers City Hall and city offices will
be closed on January 16 in observance of
If you have any questions concerning
your service, contact the City of Fort
Myers Solid Waste Division at 321-8050 .
Case For Smiles
Ryan’s Case For Smiles, Fort Myers
Chapter, will make another delivery
of child-appealing pillowcases to
the young patients of Golisano Children’s
Hospital of Southwest Florida on Tuesday,
January 17. This marks a milestone in
the nonprofit’s history, delivering 15,000
pillowcases since its founding in 2009
to the children’s hospital and other local
Ryan’s Case for Smiles’ mission is to
enable children with cancer and other life-
changing illnesses, as well as their families,
to cope with their illness, while building
resiliency to thrive in the future. In short,
helping patients feel better to heal better.
“A hospital stay can be a terrifying
experience for a child,” commented
Evelyn Melchiorre, local CFS coordinator.
“It’s so terrifying that 20 percent of
children who survive cancer meet the full
clinical diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD). That’s a similar rate of
PTSD to all U.S. military veterans since
the Vietnam War. The promising news is
research shows trauma can be minimized
and outcomes can be improved through
experiences that reduce stress. That’s
where Case for Smiles comes in.”
The colorful, home-made pillowcases
will give the children an emotional boost
and remind them they are not defined by
their illness. While seemingly simple, a
pillowcase provides seven proven stress
relievers that enhance the well-being of the
children and their families: comfort, play,
choice, familiarity, expression, connection
and hope. With improved emotional
well-being, the children are more likely to
regain their health faster.
Today, each of the pillowcases contains
an insert card that alerts parents to the
risk of PTSD and directs them to internet
resources for self-assessment, referrals, and
evidence-based coping tools.
For more information, visit www.
From page 3
exhibits is a classroom and objects
(pictured) that bring it to life.
That hand bell that called students to
class dates to the first Williams Academy.
It was found in the Dunbar archives
and donated to the museum by Charles
Dailey, who rose through the ranks of
the Lee County Public School system to
be the coordinator of Education Equity
and School Boundary Assignments/
Once the students filed into the
classroom, they sat at wooden desks
with ornate metal work, such as the ones
pictured here. The desk “unit” was a seat
with a desk mounted on its back.
In pre-air-conditioned times, the
sub-tropical heat made open windows
necessary most of the year, but when those
inevitable cold snaps came along, a desk
near the pot-bellied wood stove was a
Visit beautiful the Williams Academy
Black History Museum to learn more about
Fort Myers history.
Then, be sure to visit the Lee County
Black History Society’s research center,
located next door to the museum at 1936
Hours for the all-volunteer non-profit
organization are 11 a.m . to 4 p.m .
Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4
p.m . on Saturday.
For more information, call 332-8778
or visit leecountyblackhistorysociety.org.
Continue your historical adventure at
the Southwest Florida Historical Society’s
research center. The society is an all-
volunteer non-profit organization open
Wednesday and Saturday between 9 a.m .
and noon and Wednesday 4 to 7 p.m .
It is located at 10091 McGregor
Boulevard on the campus of the Lee
County Alliance for the Arts. Call 939-
4044 or visit swflhistoricalsociety.org for
Sources: Archives of the Lee County
Black History Society and the Southwest
Florida Historical Society, Betty Adams,
and The First 100: Lee County Public
Schools, 1887-1987 by Donald O. Stone
and Beth W. Carter.
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