Lead photo: Quigley Eye Specialists have opened a new facility in Cape Coral. Details below.
Video courtesy of WINK News
EMERGENCY ORDER: FLORIDA BRICK-AND-MORTAR SCHOOLS MUST REOPEN IN FALL
Commissioner Richard Corcoran of the Florida Department of Education signed an emergency order Monday that orders brick-and-mortar schools to reopen for the fall 2020-21 school year. According to the emergency order, all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick-and-mortar schools in August at least five days per week for all students. School districts and charter school governing boards must provide the full array of services that are required by law so that families who wish to educate their children in a brick-and-mortar school have the opportunity to do so, WINK News reports.
LEE HEALTH IN IMMEDIATE NEED OF CONVALESCENT PLASMA DONORS
Lee Health is in urgent need of convalescent plasma donations to help refill supply levels. As a registered participating site in Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Study, it is vital that Lee Health’s supply remains stocked to continue to make progress in the fight against the coronavirus. Convalescent plasma refers to blood plasma collected from people who have recovered from COVID-19 or had an asymptomatic infection. That plasma is then used to treat others with advanced illness as part of the clinical trial. The blood donor must have had a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and be otherwise eligible to donate blood. After donation, the blood is processed in the lab to obtain the plasma component. The patient is transfused with the donor’s convalescent plasma, which contains antibodies that may attack the virus and may help the patient recover more rapidly. Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 whose symptoms have resolved or had asymptomatic infection can volunteer to donate blood. Donors are screened by clinical personnel. To volunteer, call 239-343-2332 or email COVID.plasma@LeeHealth.org. Email is preferred.
LEADERSHIP NEXT TO DISCUSS BUSINESS RECOVERY
Leadership NEXT, a monthly program for advancing business professionals, will host a virtual program from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 14 to discuss business recovery in Southwest Florida. FGCU’s Lutgert College of Business and Marieb College of Health & Human Services recently launched “Restart SWFL” to help the local business community recover from the impact of the coronavirus. During the Leadership NEXT program, Christopher Westley, dean of FGCU’s Lutgert College of Business, will provide an overview of Restart SWFL and the resources that are available to local businesses. Westley will also provide an overview of how to earn the Restart SWFL Seal of Confidence, which designates businesses that have pledged to adhere to the highest of standards involving health, business and ethical practices. Upon meeting set qualifications, business owners can display the Seal of Confidence on their websites or places of business to help raise consumer confidence. The Leadership NEXT program is free for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $5 for future members. Attendees can register in advance at FortMyers.org to receive webinar login credentials.
HODGES CONNECT OFFERING SEVEN-WEEK EMT TRAINING
Hodges Connect is offering a summer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program. Classes start on Aug. 10 and continue for seven weeks. There are also grant opportunities that could cover the entire cost of the program, including books and materials. The EMT program allows flexibility because clinical and internship requirements are scheduled for evening hours and weekends. The program is $4,500, which includes tuition and CPR Certification. There are additional costs, such as the uniform and textbook. Graduates of the EMT program earn preferred status when applying to Hodges University Associate in Science EMS/Paramedic degree. For more information, click here or email HodgesConnect@Hodges.edu.
EVERLASTING FITNESS GYM OPENS IN BONITA SPRINGS
Everlasting Fitness LLC has opened at 10347 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Unit 111, in Bonita Springs. Everlasting Fitness LLC offers personalized single, couple and group training without having to pay extra for a personal trainer, a news release states. Gym members receive a specific workout routine created by a certified personal trainer. Each workout is 45 minutes long and will be recorded in Everlasting Fitness’s database, so no workout will be repeated. The first week is free when signing up, with no initiation fees. The owner, Phil Tomeo, is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast and has been a personal trainer for four years.
QUIGLEY EYE SPECIALISTS OPENS CAPE CORAL OFFICE
Quigley Eye Specialists has opened a new 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Cape Coral. The one-story structure is located at 112 Del Prado North and replaces the previous Cape Coral location on Country Club Boulevard. The phone number remains the same, 239-466-2020. The new Cape Coral office has 18 exam rooms with room for three additional eye surgeons. There are 71 parking spaces. The facility incorporates new advanced technology and equipment, such as the Epic 6100 system, a computerized workstation that determines the best corrective lenses for the sharpest, clearest vision, according to a news release. The technology introduced at the Cape Coral office also will be implemented in other Quigley Eye Specialists offices. The general contractor on the job was Ringland Construction. The building was designed by Albert Dambrose of Studio AD Architect in Fort Myers.
TWO NEW INDIAN RESTAURANTS COMING THIS SUMMER TO NAPLES
Two new Indian restaurants are planning to launch this summer in the Naples area. Up first will be Le Indya at 975 Pine Ridge Road in North Naples. Longtime regional restaurateur Suman “Sam” Chaniyil plans to serve authentic Indian cuisine for lunch and dinner in a building that has been home to Loving Hut and many other restaurants. Chaniyil already operates two restaurants in Lee County: India’s Grill in Fort Myers and Spice Club Indian Grill in San Carlos Park. While his existing restaurants focus on cuisine from northern India, his new restaurant targeted to open this month will feature southern Indian cuisine, including many vegan and vegetarian dishes, Chaniyil said. Meanwhile, Digambar “Chef D” Sahu, co-founder of I Love Curry food truck is expanding his local dining concept with a brick-and-mortar location off Weeks Avenue at 2740 Bayshore Drive in East Naples. Sahu already is fulfilling curbside pre-orders Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from his food truck in the parking lot of the retail strip where his new restaurant will open in August at Gulf Gate South plaza. The new restaurant’s open kitchen will serve a mixture of traditional northern and southern Indian cuisine as well as dishes from his native Mumbai on India’s west coast.
IN THE KNOW
O’Brien appointed to The Florida Bar Family Law Rules Committee
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. Stockholder Christina “Christy” O’Brien has been appointed to the Family Law Rules Committee of The Florida Bar, effective July 1. The Family Law Rules Committee comprises lawyers, judiciary, state senators, state representatives and the governor. O’Brien concentrates her family law practice in matters of divorce and dissolution of marriage, custody, paternity, child support, domestic violence injunctions, post-judgment modifications and dependency issues. She also writes on divorce and family law issues. O’Brien currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Myers American Youth Baseball. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, the Lee County Bar Association, and the Association of Family Law Professionals.O’Brien received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Tampa and law degree from Florida State University.
Zander promoted to senior project manager at Stevens Construction
Jon Zander has been promoted to senior project manager at Stevens Construction. Bringing 25 years of construction experience and completing more than $285 million in health care and commercial construction, Zander joined the Stevens Construction team nearly two years ago. Zander’s Stevens Construction resume includes Village on the Isle’s The Lofts renovation, Viscaya-Prado Veterinary Hospital, Frantz EyeCare and multiple NCH Healthcare projects. As senior project manager, Zander will oversee the field team and transition projects from pre-construction to construction. He also leads standard operation procedure training of the project management and field teams. A Michigan Technological University graduate in civil engineering, Zander is a Qualified Stormwater Management Inspector.
First Florida Integrity Bank promotes Michael Dunzelman
First Florida Integrity Bank has promoted Michael Dunzelman to the position of vice president – commercial lender. Dunzelman has over 23 years of experience in the banking industry and joined First Florida Integrity Bank in August 2008. Dunzelman has been leading the Anchor Rode Branch as vice president – branch manager and director of security sales since the bank’s opening in October 2009. Prior to joining FFIB, Dunzelman worked as a teller at Wachovia Bank (now known as Wells Fargo Bank) in Naples. He also worked at Raymond James and Associates as a registered client service associate and financial specialist at Wachovia Bank. Dunzelman has received his Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Collier Building Industry Foundation awards 2020 college scholarships
More than $80,000 in college scholarships has been awarded to high school and college students pursuing education relating to careers within the construction, engineering, architecture and connected trade industries since 2005, under the leadership of the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) through its Collier Building Industry Foundation (CBIF). CBIF scholarship applicants are students in good standing, recommended by teachers, or returning students having a strong interest in the construction industry and/or related trades who desire to pursue higher education opportunities. The following six students have been awarded CBIF scholarships for the 2020 – 2021 school year: Elaina Cooke, Florida Gulf Coast University; Caleb Froitzheim, Florida Institute of Technology; Jacob German, a graduate of Florida Atlantic University pursuing a Master of Arts degree; Alexis Hernandez, who will attend Florida SouthWestern State College; Oscar Lorenzo, who will attend Florida Gulf Coast University; and Alex Soriano, who will attend Florida State University. The 2021 scholarship application will be available on the website in January 2021.
Arby’s Foundation gives $26,800 to Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida (CAC) received a $26,800 donation from the Arby’s Foundation. The funds will be used to support the programs and services CAC provides to child victims of abuse and their families in Lee, Glades, Charlotte and Hendry counties. The Arby’s Foundation, the independent charitable arm of Arby’s and part of the Inspire Brands Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Atlanta, has contributed more than $90 million to youth-related causes since its inception in 1986. As part of their annual in-restaurant fundraising program, the Make a Difference campaign, this year nearly half of the funds raised were reinvested locally in communities across America.