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by Melissa Barlow, Director of Arts and Community Programs, The Heights Center The Heights Center is a 2018 recipient of a Southwest Florida Community Foundation Arts, Community and Culture Community Impact...

by Lauren G. Schmidt, Health Education Program Consultant, Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County   Charlotte County children suffer unnecessary dental complications due to limited dental treatment options for the under...

by Molly Murphy, Communications Specialist, Family Initiative Incorporated At the age of two and half Amanda Stachler was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Her parents, Julie and Matt suspected prior...

How Yuzellie Turned a Dark Experience into a Drive for The Future By Dayhanna Acosta, Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation   Two years ago, Yuzellie Garcia decided to return to school to become the...

By Sonya McCarter, Community Engagement Coordinator, Alliance for the Arts Four years ago, as an actress, my search for plays featuring compelling and interesting African-American characters in Ft. Myers came up...

by Jack Ham, Principal, The Academy, Port Charlotte, Fla. Another school year has come to a close, and The Academy has even more reason to celebrate than usual. Given the school's...

Preventing Dog Bites in Elementary Aged Children in Lee County   By Nicole Ferguson-Morrison, DVM, MS, MPH, MRCVS Veterinarian, Lee County Domestic Animal Services Dog bites are a frightening experience for anyone, especially children....

Every year our tribe of grantees make the journey to the Center for Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida.  While on retreat, the tribe members work on strategies...

Last week I ran into now former Fort Myers city councilman, Mike Flanders in a downtown coffee shop.  I flagged him down on his way out the door to introduce...

I found out last week that I am not the only one with a storied past.  If you are a regular reader of this column you know that I share...

When I was a kid, I fell in love with the band REM.  It was the album Out of Time that changed the way I thought about music and made...

  This column was not written on Saturday, March 24, 2018 between 3:30-4:30 pm or 8:30-9:30pm. The reason I am certain about the timing is my observation of Earth Hour 2018. Every year...

There is something about putting a bow on the year passed and getting a fresh start that always makes a new year exciting.  It’s a time for imagining new goals...

Over the past year the Southwest Florida Community Foundation has sent at least two thousand thank you notes. Every letter we pen, whether electronically or handwritten reminds me of the generosity...

Whenever my adult kids travel home for the holidays I can count on at least one conversation with each of them on the topic of why I didn't push them...

I have always known that lessons come from those you least expect. I have experienced it many times in my life so I was surprised how long it took me...

At 9 and 6 years old, my kids are fully engaged in Halloween.  They imagine their costumes well in advance, constructing a long list of all the things they could...

There was a time when the calendar turned to October and I sought out ways to bring a little fall into my South Florida life.  Years ago I would seek...

Some people like surprises, others do not.  While I like the idea of surprises, not all surprises are welcome. Not too long ago, I discovered the tile floors in my 1950s...