2020 CENSUS RESPONSES NEEDED
Only 59.2% of the population in Florida has completed the 2020 Census, as of July 16, according to Florida Total Self-Response Rate data. This puts the state at risk for losing millions in federal funding over the next 10 years, a news release states. The U.S. Census Bureau encourages Floridians to promote participation in the 2020 Census by joining the 2020 Census Push For Florida campaign, which lasts through the end of the month and sharing the campaign on social media channels with the hashtag #2020CensusPushFL. Respond to the 2020 Census at my2020census.gov or call toll-free 844-330-2020.
HEALTHCARE NETWORK TO PROVIDE DRIVE-THRU COVID-10 TESTING SATURDAY
Healthcare Network, a nonprofit organization committed to the health and well-being of everyone in the community, will provide free drive-thru COVID-19 testing from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at Healthcare Network’s Nichols Community Health Center, 12655 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate. Testing will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as supplies last, for all ages—including children—regardless of symptoms. A physician or provider referral is not required, and those receiving tests do not need to be patients of Healthcare Network. To ensure proper follow-up, a photo ID is required. Results are expected in 7-10 business days.
This is a drive-up testing offering only. For safety, walk-ups or cyclists cannot be accommodated. Drivers and others needing testing must wear masks and remain in their cars at all times. For information, call 239-658-3000 or visit HealthcareSWFL.org
REPORT: COLLIER COUNTY AMONG MOST GENEROUS IN FLORIDA
Collier County ranked second in SmartAsset’s list of “Most Generous Counties” in Florida, following Palm Beach County. To find the most generous places, the study measured how much money people in each county donated as a percentage of their income, as well as the proportion of people in a given county making charitable donations. Collier County was listed with a Donation Index of 37.8, Contributor Index of 59.9, and Most Generous Places index of 60.2. For more information on the study and methodology, click here
DLC OPENS FIRST CERTIFIED RECOVERY RESIDENCE, APPOINTS CFO
David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health
(DLC) has opened its first certified recovery residence: Hope Home. Hope Home is a six-bed recovery residence for men located in Naples—less than one mile away from the DLC Main Campus on Golden Gate Parkway. Hope Home is supported by recovery support specialists with sustained recovery and provides a substance-free and affordable living option for individuals in early recovery. The home is designed to help individuals transition from DLC’s Crossroads residential treatment program or other substance use recovery programs into daily life in the community. The cost to purchase the home and complete the renovations for the five-acre, five-bedroom residence totaled over $630,000. The property has land available to add additional residences as demand and funding become available. To date, 63 donors have contributed $400,000 including in-kind furniture contributions from St. Matthew’s House and the former homeowner. DLC is seeking $200,000 in donations to cover the remaining costs. For more information, visit DLCHopeHome.org
. In separate news, DLC has promoted Krista Patrick to chief financial officer. Krista joined DLC in October 2018 as controller. She brings nearly 20 years of accounting management experience to her new senior management position with more than half of that in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining DLC, she served as the finance manager at Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as the senior accountant with Landmark Management Services in Naples and director of accounting services at Saint Francis Community Services in Kansas. Patrick earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.
SECOND LOCATION OF LIKI TIKI BBQ REPLACES NAPLES SPORTS BAR
A new barbecue joint launched in Naples this week. Liki Tiki BBQ
has replaced Old Naples All American Sports Bar & Grill on the southeast corner of U.S. 41 and 6th Avenue North. The changeover occurred Monday, but the grand opening celebration is Saturday. It’s the same owners, but it’s a new menu and concept duplicated from the Liki Tiki BBQ the Stojkoski family has operated on Fort Myers Beach since December 2018. Expect barbecue favorites such as brisket, ribs, pulled pork and chicken with sides of mac and cheese, baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw and cornbread. The menu also has pizza, tacos, burgers and more. Live musicians perform every day from 5 to 8 p.m. Liki Tiki BBQ, 590 Tamiami Trail N., is open 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information call 239-331-8510.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SWFL ELECTS NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has appointed its incoming board of directors, elected to serve through 2021. The board of directors will be led by chair Scott Fischer, CEO of Scott Fischer Enterprises; vice chair Jeff Fusco, senior vice president for Bank OZK; past chair Curt Todd, senior vice president for Wells Fargo; treasurer Tom Pitser, PIM manager at Robert W. Baird & Co.; secretary Suzanne Specht, small business consultant for Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University; and members-at-large Andrew Buschle, senior vice president for Bank of America Private Bank; Sean Friend, vice president, branch group manager Lee County for IBERIABANK; and Gary Tasman, CEO and principal broker for Cushman & Wakefield, Commercial Property Southwest Florida. For more information on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, visit JASWFL.org
IN THE KNOW
Mottram joins Protected Harbor as executive director
Loretta Mottram has been hired as executive director of Protected Harbor
, which operates two group homes in Fort Myers for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her responsibilities include overseeing the organization’s administration, programs, and fundraising. This hire is a strategic move for Protected Harbor, which has operated for its 10-year history without an executive director. To support the growth of Protected Harbor’s programs, Mottram will be focused on fundraising, marketing, and community outreach in the coming year. Her intention is to connect with local churches, businesses, civic groups, and foundations to expand the 10-year-old organization’s mission to operate permanent supportive housing, enhanced with Christian care, for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Before joining Protected Harbor, Mottram served as the executive director of United Way in Columbia City, Indiana. She brings over 20 years of experience in leading organizations and providing expert business transformation services for multiple corporations.
Miromar Development hires two
Miromar Development has expanded its development team with the addition of Kyle Wiggerly as construction project manager and Jake Davis as CAD (computer-aided design) coordinator. Wiggerly and Davis will work within Miromar’s entire portfolio of retail and residential developments, including Miromar Outlets, Miromar Design Center, University Village Shops & Residences, and Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. Wiggerly has 17 years of project management, site supervision and carpentry experience. He has an associate degree of arts in business administration from Ivy Tech Community College. Davis received an associate degree in CAD design in 2017 from Pittsburgh Technical College and has previously worked for a home builder and an engineering firm as a building information modeling software specialist.
Florida Skin Center physician assistant awarded Diplomate Fellow status
Florida Skin Center
‘s Board Certified Physician Assistant (PA) Soledad Triana has been awarded Diplomate Fellow status by the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA), a nonprofit professional organization. The standardized program was built by the SDPA, testing industry experts, and dermatology professionals to ensure it includes the knowledge and skills necessary to provide exceptional patient care. As a Diplomate Fellow, Triana must maintain her SDPA Diplomate Fellow membership and complete all necessary Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit exams offered by the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Triana earned a Master of Medical Science degree in physician assistant studies from Nova Southeastern University. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina, and an Associate of Science degree in respiratory care from Edison State College (now Florida SouthWestern State College).
Doheny open floor plan in Silverwood by CC Homes
Ave Maria surpasses 200 home sales this year
The master-planned community of Ave Maria has surpassed 200 home sales in 2020 so far. This represents a 40% increase over the same period in 2019, according to a news release. Following record-setting sales for the new home community in May and June, Ave Maria is reportedly on track this July to outperform last year as well. Home sales were reported from the four residential builders in Ave Maria—CC Homes, Del Webb Naples, Lennar and Pulte Homes. For more details, visit avemaria.com
Stock Custom Homes completes Newport model in Quail West
Quail West recently welcomed its newest custom estate model home to the community, built by Stock Custom Homes. The Newport features four bedrooms, a study, four full bathrooms, two half-bathrooms. It is 5,837 square feet under air and 9,038 total square feet, including two two-car garages and an outdoor living area. The Newport is priced at $5.195 million, furnished. Quail West recently announced its year-to-date sales have surpassed $43 million, a 100% increase compared to 2019. Additionally, the average home sales price is 30 percent higher than last year. For more details, visit QuailWest.com
Earn to Learn FL to receive $50,000 in Community Investment funding
Earn to Learn FL will be receiving $50,000 in Community Investment funding from United Way Suncoast
for its Near Peer Coaching for Postsecondary Success program. This program offers 12-month paid stipend opportunities to current college students, or recent graduates, who have been impacted by the economic downturn resulting from the pandemic. These near peer coaches will be deployed to high schools this fall. They will start by coaching 11th graders to navigate the pathway toward their own higher education success. For more information, visit EarntoLearnFL.org
Naples Senior Center awarded Community Foundation grant
Naples Senior Center
, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive programs and social services for seniors, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County. These funds will help the organization continue to meet the increasing demand for emotional support and outreach to seniors age 60 and older who are socially isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Naples Senior Center provides “one-stop-shop” services addressing the emotional and social needs of seniors in Collier and southern Lee counties. Since opening its doors in January 2014, the organization has seen a surge in the depth and scope of need for comprehensive senior services in this region, according to a news release. Since the COVID-19 outbreak in mid-March, the Naples Senior Center has been meeting the needs of area seniors virtually.
The Naples Players Receives grant to expand education offerings
The Naples Players (TNP) has received a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County
to support the expansion of online educational programming. After closing its physical theatre location on Fifth Avenue South on March 12, TNP was the first arts organization in Collier County to take their entire education program into a digital, online offering, according to a news release. Since then, more than 1,200 students have enrolled in over 50 virtual programs and classes offered by TNP. Over 300 of those enrolled were children and adults with special needs who have benefitted from collaborative classes offered to other local non-profit organizations.
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