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Sissil Dep Speaks at FGCU


During May, 725,754 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, an increase of 8.5 percent compared with May 2018. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 9.6 percent compared with last year. The traffic leader in May was Delta Air Lines with 187,907 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (141,576), American (122,639), JetBlue (85,852) and United (83,586). Southwest Florida International Airport had 6,018 aircraft operations, an increase of 3.7 percent compared to May 2018. Page Field saw 9,294 operations, a 29.8 percent increase from May 2018. In addition, slightly more than 3 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in May 2019.




The Leadership Coalition on Aging (LCA) will present “What to Do with All Your Stuff,” from 1-3 p.m. on July 18 at the Naples Daily News conference room located at 1100 Immokalee Road, Naples. Part of the 2019 Senior Empowerment Series sponsored by Seniors Blue Book University, the presentation features area experts addressing the inherent challenges seniors and their families face when decluttering and downsizing a lifetime of valued belongings. The expert panel includes: Barry Nicholls, Paradise Jewelry; Cher Compton, Good Moves; Angela Brincku, St. Matthews House, Eric Weesner, Key Construction; and Marla Ottenstein, Naples’ PREMIER Professional Organizer. The Senior Empowerment Series presentations are free, open to the public and held throughout the year. RSVP to (239) 776-7353.

Sissil Dep Speaks at FGCU


Oceana Global Logistics, a Fort Myers-based independent non-vessel operating common carrier and freight forwarder, is partnering with Florida Gulf Coast University to educate business students about the logistics workforce. Sissil Dep, founder and CEO of Oceana Global Logistics, spoke this week with students within the International Business Program attending Dr. Daniel Rottig’s course. Dep shared on the importance of international shipping and how companies like his help to navigate the logistical process of freight, transportation and customs brokerage. Founded in 2011, Oceana Global Logistics provides international services to meet supply chain needs through air, ocean, road and rail freight to deliver imports and exports in North America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.



The Above Board Chamber of Florida is assembling emotional intelligence (EI) experts from across Southwest Florida in July to speak at two panel discussions. The first luncheon seminar is set from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 8 at the Hilton Naples. Michael Wynn, of Sunshine Ace Hardware, will serve as the master of ceremonies for panelists Dr. Samira Kanaan Beckwith, Hope Healthcare; Doni Landefeld, Metamorphosis Coaching; Claudia Monte, CAM Consulting Group LLC; and Mike Smith, Hodges University. The second panel discussion is slated for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 11 at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops. Amy Oshier, Naples Daily News and The News-Press, will be the master of ceremonies for panelists Landefeld; Wendi Nelson, HireRite LLC; Mike Smith, Hodges University; and LaShaun Collier, Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. The cost to attend is $30 for members and $38 for non-members on or before July 3 for the Naples event and July 5 for the Fort Myers event. After those dates, it’s $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Lunch is included in the price. Register at AboveBoardChamber.com or call (239) 910-7426.



Homewood Suites Fort Myers Airport/FGCU has received a ninth consecutive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, one each year since TripAdvisor created the certificate awards program. The Certificate of Excellence award is based on traveler reviews posted on the TripAdvisor web site over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, meet or exceed a minimum number of reviews, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.



McKenney Home Care, founded in Naples, has opened for business in Venice/Sarasota, offering a wellness model of services including in-home companions and aides and nurses, respite care, healthcare advocacy and facility staffing. Michele McKenney and Patrice Magrath originally opened McKenney Home Care in Naples in 2013. The two relocated to Florida after international careers in healthcare, law and business. The senior management team includes McKenney, administrator; Magrath, chief financial officer; and Jennifer Wainwright, director of nursing. For more information, visit www.mckenneyhomecare.com.



Volunteers are needed for the Neighborhood Accountability Board (NAB) and a free training session is planned for June 29. The Neighborhood Accountability Board (NAB) is a voluntary diversion program for youth who have been arrested. Volunteers attend a NAB conference with the youth, youth’s parent or guardian, victim, and other NAB volunteers to develop a case plan for the youth. Volunteers represent the community in this process to address the harm caused to the community and determine how to repair the harm. To become a NAB volunteer, you must attend a free training session. The next Neighborhood Accountability Board volunteer training will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 29 at Human and Veteran Services in Fort Myers. To reserve a spot or for additional information, contact Nora Donato-Hitchcock at (239) 533-7947 or NDonato-Hitchcock@leegov.com, or visit http://www.leegov.com/dhs/neighborhood/youth. Lunch will be ordered; the cost is between $8 and $10 or you can bring your own. To request an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a reasonable modification to participate, contact Joan LaGuardia, (239) 533-2314, Florida Relay Service 711, or jlaguardia@leegov.com. Accommodation will be provided at no cost to the requestor. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance.



Millennial Brewing to sponsor Uncommon Friends Foundation fundraiser

Millennial Brewing Co. will sponsor the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s Backyard Fourth of July Fireworks Party by supplying locally brewed craft and select light beer. This first-time event is slated from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. for July 4 at the Burroughs Home and Gardens in downtown Fort Myers. In addition to the area microbrewery’s libations, the party will include fireworks viewing directly on the riverfront, barbecued food and vegan options by Bubba’s Roadhouse and Naples Smoked BBQ; kids’ activities; and free valet parking. General admission tickets are $5 per person (general admission attendees may bring a chair), and front-row tickets to the fireworks viewing are $20 per person, including a chair. All proceeds benefit the Uncommon Friends Foundation. Tickets can be purchased here or at the door. There is no need to RSVP.

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