DOGGETT NAMED CLERK OF THE YEAR
Lee County Clerk Linda Doggett was awarded the Clerk of the Year award by Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, the statewide governing body of the state’s 68 elected clerks and comptrollers. The award was announced at the association’s summer conference banquet last week in ChampionsGate in Central Florida. Doggett received the award for her efforts to lead the development and maintenance of the association’s technology strategic plan. She represents Clerks on the Florida Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission and led efforts to provide new do-it-yourself systems to Floridians seeking court services. Since being first elected in 2012, Doggett has elevated the Lee Clerk’s office through her commitment to adopting new technologies designed to improve efficiencies and provide greater transparency and accessibility to citizens, a press release states.
LEONE JOINS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently welcomed Katie Leone as impact and sustainability manager. In her new position, Leone will work on the Social Innovation & Sustainability (SIS) Team, where she will support the development, execution, measurement and reporting of sustainability initiatives including sustainability initiatives for the FutureMakers Coalition. Prior to joining the foundation’s staff, Leone was the sustainability manager at Florida Gulf Coast University. Leone earned her undergraduate degrees in studio art and Italian studies from Miami University. She holds a master’s degree from Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability. During her graduate program, she completed a climate fellowship at the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute and attained her Permaculture Design Certificate.
ATTORNEY ELECTED TO FLORIDA BAR YOUNG LAWYER’S DIVISION BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. attorney Joseph Coleman has been elected to the Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division Board of Governors. Coleman was elected at a meeting last month and inducted at the Florida Bar Annual Conference in Boca Raton at the end of June. Coleman, along with Kayla Richmond, will serve as the two Governors for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in the State of Florida. Throughout the State of Florida, fewer than 80 lawyers are elected to serve on the Young Lawyer’s Board of Governors. Coleman’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, including contract interpretation and enforcement, libel and slander issues, conversion and civil theft disputes, and copyright and trademark registration and litigation.
COLLEGIANS SELECTED AS PLANNED GIVING SYMPOSIUM SCHOLARS
Two local college students were nominated by their respective schools to attend the annual Planned Giving Symposium (www.plannedgivinglee.org), sponsored by the Planned Giving Council of Lee County and held on June 6 at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). Florida Gulf Coast University nominated Marcela Pulgarin. Pulgarin, 29, is originally from Colombia, migrating to the U.S. in 2007. Following English studies at the Lorenzo Walker Institute, she completed an associate degree at FSW in 2016 and is currently a Bachelor of Arts degree candidate. Florida Southwestern State College nominated Aaron Stanley. Stanley moved to Southwest Florida from Texas four years ago. He maintains a 4.0 GPA and is an inductee to the Lambda Epison Chi academic honor society for paralegals. During the event, professionals in philanthropy, financial services and the nonprofit sector convened to share current thinking and methodology in giving for social impact.
ICE CREAM PARLOR TO OPEN AT BELL TOWER
Bell Tower has welcomed Ice Spot to its list of trendy culinary attractions. The freestanding shop specializes in hand-rolled ice cream, which is made by pouring fresh cream onto a frozen metal surface before using a spatula to scrape the ice cream into rolls. The concept originated in Asia, according to press release, and allows customers to customize flavors and mix-ins, then watch as it’s made on the spot. Ice Spot also will serve boba tea, or bubble tea, a flavored Taiwanese beverage that can contain tea, milk and balls of tapioca. Ice Spot will open in August between DaRuMa and The Walking Co. Bell Tower recently completed a comprehensive redevelopment to modernize the 343,000-square-foot destination through updated architecture, redesigned storefronts, fresh paint and contemporary lighting.
PBS CONTRACTORS NAMED A TOP REMODELER
PBS Contractors has been ranked number 33 of the Top 100 Remodelers in the country by Remodeling Magazine. PBS Contractors ranked in the top 2 percent of firms in the industry. This is the third time that PBS Contractors has been named in the Top 100 Firms as part of the Remodeling 550. The Remodeling 550 profiles the nation’s biggest full-service remodelers, replacement contractors, insurance restoration firms, and franchise operations, according to a press release.
ZOOMERS AWARDED WITH 2019 CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE FROM TRIPADVISOR
Zoomers, an indoor/outdoor family fun center in Fort Myers, has earned a 2019 Certificate of Excellence from the travel website TripAdvisor. Recipients of this award are chosen based on a variety of user-generated content by TripAdvisor. The criteria include maintaining an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five, having a minimum number of reviews, and being listed on TripAdvisor for at least twelve months. Since opening seven years ago, Zoomers has provided rides, mini golf, an indoor arcade, go-karts and more to the Southwest Florida community.
Clothes Mentor locations to host Sidewalk Sale benefiting The Gabriel House
For the fifth year in a row, Clothes Mentor Naples and Clothes Mentor Ft. Myers will host their Sidewalk Sale to raise money for The Gabriel House, a home for abandoned and medically needy children. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 20, customers can purchase a shopping bag to fill with as much fashionable merchandise as they can—all for $20 a bag. All of the sales go directly to The Gabriel House. All of the merchandise offered at the sidewalk sale is donated by the stores. The stores have raised nearly $28,000 for Edward and Annie R. Ravish, founders of The Gabriel House. Clothes Mentor recommends that shoppers plan on arriving early to secure their place in line. Sidewalk Sale rules apply.
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