Gulfshore Business Daily: August 7, 2018

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Lee County has launched a webpage that will allow residents, property owners and businesses to keep up to date on the response to red tide in the Gulf of Mexico and blue-green algae in the Caloosahatchee River and area canals. The page is available at A link is also available through the homepage. The page includes timelines and project updates for both Lee County’s Algae Cleanup Test Project and the Red Tide Beach Cleanup. A map shows the location of dumpsters where residents can drop off fish killed by red tide. There are links included to Lee County municipalities and state agencies such as the Department of Health, Department of Environmental Protection and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


Dunbar High School student Kevin Dimaculangan, 15, has been named a winner of the 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship, announced by Certiport. Dimaculangan is the second student in a row from the U.S. to win the Microsoft Excel category against students from all over the world, with John Dumoulin from Virginia winning in 2017. In its 17th year, the competition attracted more than 760,000 candidates from 116 countries, a 35 percent increase in participation year-over-year. Students entered to prove their skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, culminating the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office and the only one endorsed by Microsoft since its inception in 2002. To enter the competition, students ages 13 to 22 took a qualifying Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. Regional competitions were held worldwide and 152 student finalists from 51 countries competed in the final round of competition in Orlando from July 29 to Aug. 1.


Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Luis Andres Dibos and cardiothoracic and critical care anesthesiologist Dr. Winston Thomas have joined Bayfront Health Medical Group’s team of providers. Dibos is a cardiovascular surgeon and member of the open-heart surgery team at the Southwest Florida Heart Center at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte. One of Dibos’ specialties is beating-heart surgery and has performed more than 2,000 cases of them. Dibos also specializes in minimally invasive valve repair and replacement, complex aortic surgery, and stentless and sutureless aortic valve replacement. Dibos received his medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and completed his fellowships at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and State University of New York in Syracuse, New York. He is fluent in English and Spanish. Thomas has more than 25 years of experience and will be part of the anesthesiology team for the cardiac program at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte. He received his medical degree from Instituto Superior De Ciencias Medicas De Villa Clara, Santa Clara, Cuba. He completed a general surgery internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, anesthesiology residency at George Washington University, critical care fellowship at UF Health Shands Hospital and clinical fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic. He too is fluent in English and Spanish. Dibos is accepting new patients. For more information, visit


The ABWA Neapolitan August Chapter Meeting, themed “The Benefits and Tools of Your ABWA. Connecting to Your Community Connections,” will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the Hilton Naples. Networking will occur from 5:15-6 p.m. Betty Castillo of the ABWA Southwest Florida Council will present the event. Castillo will discuss the ABWA’s social platform “Community Connections.” Through hands-on and interactive training, members will learn how to utilize the various resources and tools, log into their accounts, set-up profiles, access team-boards, upload and download league and national resources and create discussions, announcements and calendar events. Attendees are urged to bring their laptops or tablets to access WiFi with for the review. For more details, visit


United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee elected new board members at its annual meeting. Joining the United Way board of directors are the following Julian Agollari, Publix; Bob Beville, Waterman Broadcasting; Gary Brooks, Bonita Bay Community; Gary Bryant, I WILL Mentorship Foundation; Michael Collins, Collins Vision; Peter Dulac, ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS; Wane Herzog, Costco; Victoria Loyola, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co.; Scott Nygaard, Lee Health; Dan O’Berski, Trinity Commercial Group; and David Oliver, Chico’s FAS. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the community to help support its human service network. The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has raised and distributed more than $167 million since it was established in 1957.  For more information, visit


Elizabeth “Lisa” Nieves, Allied American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) member and interior designer at Clive Daniel Home’s Boca Raton showroom, has been named president-elect of the ASID Florida South Board of Directors for the 2018-19 fiscal year. She will take her oath of office on Sept. 29 during the Design Excellence Crystal Awards event. Nieves will assume the responsibilities of the chapter president in her absence, assist the chapter president in carrying out the functions of that office and performing specific duties delegated by the chapter president, and facilitate the chapter board in understanding its role and responsibilities. She received her bachelor’s degree in interior design, with honors, from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She’s spent 12 years as a professional designer, coordinating contract projects in the Miami Design District and is responsible for major installations in the South Florida area. She was formerly the in-house designer at Concepto Modern Living, the first and largest Calligaris studio in Florida. For the past five years, Nieves has volunteered with the ASID South Florida chapter in various positions.

Charitable Notes

Millennial Brewing Co. to host fundraiser for clean waterways

Millennial Brewing Co. will host a fundraiser for Captains for Clean Water and small businesses impacted by the state of waterways in south Florida from 5-10 p.m. on Aug. 17. Ten percent of all beer sales and 100 percent of all monies generated by a silent auction, 50-50 and other raffles, vendor tables and personal donations will go directly to Captains for Clean Water’s lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. The fundraiser will include the sale of food by beachfront and waterfront restaurants that will replace Millennial Brewing’s regularly scheduled food truck service that evening. Other vendors will include water-based businesses to help locals recoup sales that were lost due to water quality. All non-water-based food vendors will donate 10 percent of their fundraising sales to Captains for Clean Water. Live music will also be available throughout the event. For vendor opportunities, contact Amber Cebull at Donations for the silent auction can be dropped off at Millennial Brewing through Thursday between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m., Friday between 3 p.m. and midnight, Saturday between noon and midnight, and Sunday between noon and 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Valerie’s House receives NCEF grant

Valerie’s House has received a second grant in the amount of $75,000 from the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), which manages proceeds from the Naples Winter Wine Festival. Valerie’s House provides children and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one a safe place to share and experience support with others who are also grieving, while moving through the healing process. The NCEF grant funding provides Collier County youth with arts, music and group therapy to help them identify, express, and process grief, to become mentally healthy, stable and successful in school and life in addition to focusing on school outreach through the Valerie’s House Schools Awareness Program.

HCN earns grant for mobile pediatric office expansion

Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN) has received a $10,000 grant from the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation to support the expansion of its Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (RMCM) program. RMCM is a mobile pediatric office that travels to schools and neighborhoods to deliver dental care and medical screenings to the most underserved children in the community while giving them access to continuing care through HCN’s land-based dental sites. Since 2004, RMCM has provided medical and dental care to more than 32,000 underserved children in Collier County. 

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