Lead Photo: Artist Emily Alvarez at work on the label for Wild Daze Pilsner. Details below.
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COLLIER BEGINS VACCINE DISTRIBUTION; WAITLIST OPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS
COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Collier County began Sunday. While the appointments are all already filled, there are some things residents can do to be prepared. The drive-thru site is at the Collier County Government Center in Naples. But there will be consequences for anyone who shows up without an appointment. Collier County has enacted the appointment and waitlist system, as are many others, WINK News reports.
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LEE COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE RESERVATION SYSTEM, NEW SITE FOR COVID-19 VACCINES
Lee County has a reservation system in place for this week’s vaccinations. Frontline health care workers and people 65 and older can call 833-618-2001 to reserve a slot to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a new site, the old Southwest Florida International Airport terminal site on Paul J. Doherty Parkway, which is off Daniels Parkway. There will be traffic signs in operation to direct people to the site. There will be a tram from the parking area to the vaccination site. The vaccination dates and times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Officials said those with appointments need to show up 45 minutes prior to their appointment, with a photo ID and necessary paperwork. The FDOH-Lee plans to vaccinate 1,000 people on Tuesday, 2,000 on Wednesday, and 2,000 on Thursday, WINK News reports.
LEE HEALTH TO HOST VIRTUAL TOWN HALL THURSDAY
Lee Health will host a Virtual Town Hall meeting at 11 a.m. on Thursday. The Facebook Live event is open to the public and will feature a discussion with Lee Health leaders about the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as include an interactive question-and-answer session. The virtual event will be moderated by Lindsey Morton, senior creative services project manager at Lee Health, and will feature Larry Antonucci, president and CEO at Lee Health; and Dr. Stephanie Stovall, medical director, quality and safety at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The event is free and no subscription or login is required. For those without access to Facebook, the event will also be live-streamed at LeeHealth.org. Upon conclusion of the town hall, it will be posted to the Lee Health website for playback.
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BEACH ACTIVITY BOOSTS BUSINESSES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
After the new year, many people have new resolutions, some include traveling to Southwest Florida beaches. According to AAA, around 84 million Americans traveled for Christmas and New Year’s indicative of the crowds on Fort Myers Beach over the weekend. The crowds at the beach are a welcomed surprise to businesses that have suffered during the pandemic, WINK News reports.
SEMI-ANNUAL HOME & GARDEN SHOW TAKES PLACE THIS WEEK
The 2021 Semi-Annual Home & Garden Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at the new Caloosa Sound Convention Center, adjacent to the Luminary Hotel. Now in its 25th year, the semi-annual Home & Garden Show features more than 100 local and regional companies that display and present products and services to homeowners. In 1991, Bill Anderson’s Home & Garden Show was the first event to be held at the then-new Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers. Expo Management produces the Home & Garden Show. CDC guidelines will be observed during the show and face masks will be required. Attendees without face coverings will be provided a complimentary mask. For more information, visit expomanagementinc.com.
LSI COMPANIES BROKERS MORE THAN 175-ACRE DEAL IN BONITA SPRINGS
LSI Companies Inc. brokered a more than 175-acre property for $6 million. The property is located at 14780 Bonita Beach Road SE, on the southwest corner of Radio Tower Road in Bonita Springs. The site was purchased by Seagate BC Partners LLC from Donmal LLC. The deal was brokered by Justin Thibaut of LSI Companies.
VERPOORTEN NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHIEF CURATOR OF NAPLES ART
Naples Art has appointed Frank Verpoorten as executive director and chief curator, effective immediately. He has more than 20 years of curatorial and artistic leadership in museums in the U.S. and Europe. Verpoorten previously served as director and chief curator for Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum, where he grew and advanced the appreciation of the permanent collection during his seven-year tenure. Verpoorten’s fundraising efforts resulted in significant donations, gifts of art, endowment support, and exhibition sponsorship/underwriting. Verpoorten attended the Ph.D. program in art history at the City University of New York and holds dual master’s degrees in cultural studies and art history from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
MCQUAGGE ELECTED TO UNCOMMON FRIENDS FOUNDATION BOARD
Amy McQuagge, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank’s vice president and director of marketing, has been elected to the Uncommon Friends Foundation board of directors. McQuagge joined the bank in 2018 as the organization’s first in-house marketing director and is responsible for providing direction, guidance and leadership of the bank’s marketing and community outreach efforts. She was previously the senior marketing and event manager for the Lee County Economic Development Office. A lifelong Lee County resident, McQuagge holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Southern College. Celebrating its 27th anniversary this year, the Uncommon Friends Foundation is dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. For more information, visit uncommonfriends.org.
‘DING’ DARLING TO RELEASE BRANDED BEER
The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a privately labeled pilsner beer in partnership with Fort Myers Brewing Co. Profits from sales of Wild Daze Pilsner will benefit wildlife research, education, and conservation at the refuge. JJ Taylor Cos. will distribute canned Wild Daze Pilsner throughout Southwest Florida to restaurants, bars, and stores. The exclusive brew will be available with a limited window of around six months starting in late 2021. The Wild Daze Committee has commissioned native Miami Latina artist Emily Alvarez to design an exclusive label for the canned beer. Anyone interested in serving on the Wild Daze Committee or looking for more information about the beer should contact April Boehnen at 239-472-1100 ext. 4.
FIRST ‘EVENING ON FIFTH’ OF THE NEW YEAR COMES TO FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH
The first “Evening on Fifth” of the New Year comes to Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on January 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Come enjoy live music, shopping, dining and dancing along Naples’ historic Main Street. This popular free event will feature an array of live musical performances up and down the sidewalks along Fifth Avenue South. Restaurants and bars along the avenue will be offering specials on fabulous dining and drinks, and residents and guests will have an opportunity to explore the area’s distinct boutiques, shops and galleries. Evenings on Fifth continues every second Thursday of the month. For more information, call 239-692-8436 or visit FifthAvenueSouth.com.
Little Anthony to headline Naples Senior Center virtual gala
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Little Anthony will headline the Naples Senior Center’s “virtual” Evening for Better Tomorrows, its ninth annual signature fundraising event, held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9. Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine was noted for his high-pitched voice as the lead singer for Little Anthony and the Imperials. The virtual fundraising event will kick off with WINK News Morning Anchor Lindsey Sablan serving as honorary emcee, followed by the entertainment headlined by Little Anthony. Other highlights will include member success stories, a live call to action with fundraising auctioneer Scott Robertson and a presentation of the second annual Volunteer of the Year Award. All proceeds support Naples Senior Center and the continued expansion of services. For more information or reservations, visit naplesseniorcenter.orgor call 239-325-4444.
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Server at Cape Coral restaurant receives $2,020 year-end tip
Servers had it tough in 2020. But to start 2021, it took one person to show us there are better days ahead for people in the restaurant industry. Dawn Sliger, who greets every customer at Masala Mantra in Cape Coral with high energy, good karma made its way back around to her to end the year and start 2021 at a time when she needed it. Sliger said she had been trying to save up for a new car when she got an unexpected boost, a $2,020 tip, WINK News reports.
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