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Gardening to Distraction: Bulb-planting tips

By Charlotte Ekker Wiggins

Posted Nov. 7, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

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Peter Cundall passes on knowledge to Eva, 8, and Ruby Squires, 6, at the Royal …

Peter Cundall passes on knowledge to Eva, 8, and Ruby Squires, 6, at the Royal Tasmanian

Peter Cundall passes on knowledge to Eva, 8, and Ruby Squires, 6, at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
Source: News Corp Australia

PETER Cundall has been getting his hands dirty in the garden for more than 80 years and has noticed countless changes over that time.

For starters, the tomatoes Mr Cundall, 87, grows in his Tamar Valley backyard are more magnificent and a lime tree is beating the odds by flourishing on his veranda.

“I’m getting the most extraordinary crop of tomatoes that I’ve ever had and what I’m doing is experimenting by putting in plants that in the past I would have hesitated in doing,” he said.

“Plants that have been more difficult to grow, such as capsicums and eggplants, are more easily grown these days. I’ve been gardening in Australia since 1955 and the seasons are basically the same but the ­extremes are more extreme.

“We get more unexpected frosts and more unexpected heatwaves.”

Mr Cundall has been providing gardening advice via magazine and newspaper columns since 1961 and radio talkback since 1968.

He began hosting a television gardening segment in 1969 and soon became a household name as the face of ABC TV’s Gardening Australia.

He said in recent years he had noticed certain diseases and pests, including the codling moth that attacked ­apples, had become “more prevalent”.

“I don’t call it climate change or global warming, I’ve been calling it climate disruption,” Mr Cundall said.

With extreme heat more common, he found seedlings were much more likely to ­collapse if planted out during the day.

“I’ve overcome this by planting seedlings in the evenings so they have a full night to become established,” he said.

Mr Cundall said “one of the greatest changes” was the ­reduction in the use of pesticides in gardening.

He said he had always been an organic grower, first by necessity.

“I started gardening in 1932 and, growing up in poverty, I never used chemicals because we couldn’t afford to,” Mr Cundall said

“I followed the baker’s horse with a bucket … I soon learned where the best manure was.”

These days he occasionally uses the daisy-based insecticide pyrethrum to protect his roses from aphids, but he only sprays in the evenings “when the bees have gone to bed”.

Mr Cundall survived the London Blitz and served in World War II and the Korean War with the British and Australian armies.

He knows first-hand the therapeutic benefits of gardening and hosts regular workshops around Tasmania for men and women who have served in war zones.

“I tell [students] I consider them to be heroes and it’s an honour to be there and that’s the only mention [of war],” Mr Cundall said.

“The rest is about how to grow food without poisons and the psychological and physical benefits or growing plants.”

Get more gardening advice from Peter Cundall in the Sunday Easy liftout in today’s Sunday Tasmanian.

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Most wanted: Alan Titchmarsh on handling wildlife in your garden

We all like to see wildlife in our gardens, but some is more welcome than others. Rabbits, moles, squirrels and their friends can do untold harm to a well-tended patch, and for some folk it’s a constant battle to keep them at bay. You can’t turn your garden into a total exclusion zone, worse luck, but here are some ways to limit the damage.


Increasingly found in built-up areas, deer will often go into gardens at night or during quiet times of the day. They don’t graze on grass, but they will browse on woody plants and eat perennials and vegetables. During cold spells, they will munch on the prickly stems of roses.

Deer can easily bound over tall fences and push through small gaps in hedges, so reinforce your boundaries with post-and-wire fencing, block any gaps in hedges with stakes, trim overgrown trees and shrubs – as deer dislike being out in the open – and top any fences with trellis. 

You could also consider investing in a sound-generating animal-scarer or a “scarecrow” device that detects movement and squirts a jet of water at four-legged intruders. Even just hanging tin cans filled with stones around your boundary is bound to help a bit. Nothing short of a 10ft-high fence will work 100 per cent, so it’s best to use several deterrent methods at once.


Once they discover a tasty food supply, rabbits will visit gardens regularly. They will nibble grass, vegetable crops, young perennials and flowers, and when hungry in winter they will kill young trees and shrubs by stripping the bark off at teeth level.

Anything that makes it hard for rabbits to get in or out of the garden can help deter them, as they don’t feel safe without a fast escape route.

The only real solution, though, is to surround your garden boundary (or veg patch) with post-and-wire fencing using small-mesh wire netting, dug into a trench at least 1ft deep at the base. 

This stops rabbits from burrowing underneath and, if the fence stands at least 2ft 6in above the ground, they can’t get over it either. 

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Garden Plot: Tips to shred, store and compost leaves

By Mike McGrath

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Trees and lawns love leaves, just not whole leaves

Beth in Columbia, Maryland, has some great questions about leaves! She writes:
“I’ve been reading that trees need the leaves to remain at their base for
enriching their growth. Is this true? Do you need to put them on top of
newspaper or cardboard? Must they be shredded? I know not to put them up
against the tree trunk.”

Yes, Beth; thanks to deep roots that reach fresh nutrients every season and
the magic of photosynthesis, leaves do feed the trees that dropped them. It’s
why forests don’t need to be fed; they’ve evolved into the perfect sustainable

No; you don’t need, or want, cardboard or anything else down there. You want
the roots of the tree to be able to breathe and receive rainwater unimpeded.

And yes, the leaves must be shredded.

In nature, dropped leaves smother the smaller plants near trees, which is fine
in the forest, but not in a home landscape where those leaves mat down, make a
mess and can smother things you maybe wanted alive, such as spring bulbs and
herbaceous perennials. Shredding the leaves with a lawn mower or a leaf blower
set on reverse turns them into a breathable mulch that slowly feeds your trees
and other plantings without causing problems.

Can this year’s leaves be used right away?

Beth continues: “Your previous plots advise shredding leaves and saving them
for next spring, as opposed to using them right away. Wouldn’t it help the
garden to keep the leaves in place over the winter?”

Yes and no, Beth.

Mowing leaves into your lawn as they fall is a great way to boost the health
of your turf and prevent or eliminate thatch at the soil line. Mulching your
garden beds with shredded leaves is a great way to prevent erosion and
nutrient loss and protect the roots of perennials.

But shredded they must be.

As we can’t stress too often, trees “use” their leaves to smother low-growing
competition and leaving whole leaves in place can injure a lawn and severely
stress small plants. Shredding them unleashes their benefits and negates their

But please save some of those shredded leaves for making compost and mid-
season mulching.

Winter’s the perfect time to tame tall trees

Joe in Rockville writes: “We have two ginormous tulip poplars in the backyard,
which were mature when the house was purchased 28 years ago. We’d like to
allow more afternoon sun into the yard. Should we have any concerns about
having a reputable tree service prune them in late winter/early spring to
allow more sunlight to pass through?”

Not at all, Joe. Although the job will be expensive, it’s an excellent idea
and the dead of winter is the perfect time to do so: The arborists can do
their best thinning work when they can see the bare bones of the tree. And
while they’re up there, they can easily spot and remove the dangerous dead
branches that always seem to adorn the tops of tulip poplars as they age.

Hide the pruners until May

Joe in Rockville has just saved the lives of many precious plants! He writes:
“Should the trimming of overgrown azaleas wait until late winter/early spring?
Or could they be trimmed back now?”

Neither, Joe. (Or is that “nither”?) Either way, don’t do it!

First, no plant should be pruned now, as they are entering dormancy, and
waking them up with an ill-timed haircut can greatly sap their strength and
invite winter injury.

And spring bloomers such as azaleas, rhododendrons and lilacs have already
formed next year’s flower buds. Their rule is the easiest of all plants to
remember: Only prune plants that bloom in the spring right after they finish
blooming in the spring. Pruning in summer, fall or winter can remove flower
buds and destroy their springtime show.

You can prune away as much as a third of the plant after the flowers have
faded. If they need more than that, spread the work out over several seasons.

Don’t position piles on your lawn

Tom, in “Virginia’s western suburbs,” writes: “This is my first year
composting leaves, shredded as per your advice. But I am running out of places
to put my piles because of the number of bags of leaves put out for curbside
pickup that I’ve ‘stolen.’ Would composting some of the shredded leaves on a
grassy area of the back yard kill the grass underneath?”

Oh yes, it would be a bad thing, Tom.

As people who have had mulch delivered learn quickly, anything that smothers
the grass can, well, smother the grass! If all of your non-lawn area is filled
up, just shred, re-bag and store those “rescued” leaves until the spring.
(Shredding them now will reduce their volume so you’ll be able to fit 10 bags
of previously whole leaves into a single bag.)

Or empty a few bags onto your lawn and mow them in. Lawns like those kinds of

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Elizabeth Weihe: A century’s journey from mom to activist to Arlington icon

There is a story, apparently rooted in fact, that in the heat of the battle to integrate Virginia’s public schools in the 1950s, the League of Women Voters of Arlington, which supported integration, dispatched four members to press the matter before the County Board.

But board members apparently didn’t give Ellen Bozman, Mary Marshall, Theda Henle and Elizabeth Weihe the opportunity to speak up. The four mothers were told their viewpoints were little better than communism, and they were given the cold shoulder.

In an ironic twist, two of the four went on to long political careers – Marshall in the General Assembly and Bozman serving a record 24 years on the County Board. The other two never held office, but their records of civic engagement may have been just as impressive.

Weihe, the last survivor of that foursome, died Nov. 2, just six weeks before what would have been her 100th birthday. A resident of Arlington since 1946, she spent her last years surrounded by a host of other senior Arlington civic leaders at Goodwin House in nearby Baileys Crossroads.

Weihe – pronounced “why” and known as Sissy in the family – “represented a generation of Arlingtonians that set the progressive, good-government course of our community,” County Board Chairman Jay Fisette said upon her death.

Indeed: From service on the Planning Commission and Economic Development Commission to a lifelong passion for beautification, Weihe was engaged in the nitty-gritty of planning efforts that turned Arlington from a somewhat run-down bedroom community to the urban village of the 21st century.

“Her fingerprints are found throughout present-day Arlington,” Fisette said of a woman who, when asked to list her occupation on a biographical sheet for the county library system, opted simply for “housewife.”

And it was as a wife and mother that Elizabeth Weihe first encountered Arlington at the start of the postwar period. Born Elizabeth Blaylock in a log cabin (a “dubious distinction,” she noted) in Kentucky on Dec. 12, 1914, Weihe came to the Washington area when her husband, Vernon, took a post with the Air Transport Association. Here, they raised their three children: Dean, Judith and Theodore.

Like many women of the era, Weihe became active in school issues and, ultimately, joined the League of Women Voters. The ideas of the newcomers were not always appreciated in a locality that was still shaking off its rural Southern roots.

“From the point of view of the older, established community . . . we were not all that welcome,” Weihe recollected in an oral history conducted in 1984 by Edmund Campbell for the county library system.

Weihe became active in the “Save Our Schools” effort to overturn Virginia’s so-called Massive Resistance against court-ordered school desegregation. The phased-in integration of Arlington’s public schools started in February 1959.

By the early 1960s, her civic efforts turned to development issues, as she was appointed to the Planning Commission.

“I was the only woman, and I think I was looked on with some suspicion,” Weihe said in the oral-history interview.

She began speaking out for what she termed the “aesthetics of planning,” whether it meant calling for more attractive, spire-like tops to buildings (with little success) or encouraging planting and landscaping in new development (“apparently this was unheard of,” she said, but it caught on).

Weihe served on the Planning Commission for 12 years, a period that coincided with the redevelopment of Rosslyn and Crystal City, planning for transit – she chaired the campaign to support the first bond issue for the Metro system – and the implementation of multiple Neighborhood Conservation plans.

Despite all the money flowing in via new projects, Weihe said the process was a clean one.

“It was never possible, then or now, to buy a rezoning in Arlington,” she said in 1984. “Our government is just honest, and that’s a pretty good thing to be able to say about a community.”

Along with service on the Planning Commission, Economic Development Commission and Beautification Committee, Weihe also rode to leadership of the Arlington Committee of 100 and served on the Public Utilities Commission, all while raising a family, serving as a Girl Scout leader and finding time to engage in a passion for sailing.

Age proved no impediment until her very last months. At Goodwin House, well into her 90s, Weihe ran the What Not Shop and its Christmas bazaar fund-raiser.

Weihe’s oldest son, Dean Weihe Sr., died Oct. 9 at the age of 80 in California. She is survived by her two other children and a host of family members, descending as far as great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held in Kentucky at a later date.

Elizabeth Weihe’s son Ted has penned a softcover book, “Elizabeth Weihe: A Centennial Life,” telling the story of her life as a civic leader and matriarch of her far-flung family. The book is available at by searching for “Weihe.”

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Reeds Spring aldermen call for special session to discuss church – Branson Tri

REEDS SPRING — A special meeting of the Board of Aldermen is set for 10 a.m. Monday morning to decide the future of “the Presbyterian church” following the second to two “visioning meetings” the city hosted earlier this week.

“The most important thing that happened at the meeting was the reading of a letter and proposal I received from a group that is interested in purchasing and restoring the church,” said City Administrator Bill Bell. “They have a timeline that is pretty impressive and are figuring that within four to six weeks they can be completed with the exterior repairs to the building.

“They want to get started as soon as ownership can be transferred.”

The church, which was built in 1907 and was “essentially donated” to the city by the Presbyterian district in 1993, sits on Joe Dwyer Boulevard and is currently home to Vessels of Light Ministries. It is also believed to be the oldest building in Reeds Spring. This summer, several severe storms ripped through the area and caused some damage to the roof of the 107-year-old church.

The city does not have the funds to make the necessary repairs and hosted the meetings as a way to look for alternative ideas on what to do with the property.

Bell said the group is made of Reeds Spring residents David Gilmore, Roy Liljegren and Dennis Perkle. The group also has an outline in place as far as repairs and restoration goes.

“They want to focus on the exterior, then the interior and follow that up with restoring the landscaping,” Bell said. “Based on all the information we have gathered, this group wants to do exactly what the city wants to be done, which is restoration.

“They want to keep it in use as a church, as well as market it as a wedding chapel and use it for community meetings.”

Bell said the city attorney is gathering information as to the exact process the city must follow in transferring ownership. That will be the main focus of Monday morning’s meeting.

“We’ll have a better idea of the timeline after this meeting,” he said. “The sooner we can get ownership of the building in their hands, the better off everyone is going to be.”

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday morning at the Reeds Spring city hall.

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West Colfax on the move

November 8, 2014 by  

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WEST COLFAX -Colfax Avenue, also known as U.S. 40, was once the longest road in America.  The corridor of West Colfax that shuttles commuters from the foothills to downtown is well known for its seedy no-tell motels and car dealerships.  It is all about to change.

The rapidly deploying SLOANS development at the St. Anthony hospital site, is acting as an agent of change for the neighborhood. In spite of hotly contested zoning, height, density and traffic concerns that the new 800+ residential project will produce, its knock-on effect may also re-invent a strip that many would never dream of visiting.

In the early 1900’s the “Old West Side” became home to Jewish immigrants that populated the area. Many came for the clean, mountain air that was thought to cure tuberculosis. The JCRS (Jewish Consumptive Relief Society), founded in 1904, was a magnet that drew people in hope of relief.

Settling along West Colfax they brought a thriving landscape of family businesses.  Amongst them, Foreman’s Bakery, Mrs. Rosen’s Deli, Tobin’s Drug Store, Teigman’s Butcher, and small grocers like the Singers, Steinberg’s and Gardenschwarz’s. The oldest ongoing business in the hood, Lake Steam Bath was founded in 1927. Multiple synagogues were within a two-mile radius. Streets were alive with walking and shopping.  Excellence in education flourished at Colfax, Cheltenham, Lake, North and West.

During the 1960’s the Jewish population took flight to the East Side and a Hispanic culture took root replacing gefilte fish and knishes with burritos and menudo. The activity as a walking street never recovered and gave way to a more permanent car corridor with little heart from the past.

Just as everything old is new again, Denver’s focus on urban in-fill developments and a building binge on the fringes of downtown are replacing the suburban flight of the 1960’s and 70’s, with a return to urban living. West Colfax is gearing up to meet that challenge.

Dan Shah is Executive Director of the West Colfax Business Improvement District (BID). He and his Board of Directors, David Goldblatt, Cameron Bertron, Diane Vollmer, Louanna Romero and Dennis Gonzalez, have several goals for the district. Shaw explained, “We want to create a sense of place and identity for the thoroughfare.  We have placed ‘Welcome to West Colfax’ signs on the eastern entry at Irving, and on the western edge at Sheridan.  We have implemented a way-finding system between 14th 17th Avenue that point out amenities and big districts all with the aim of encouraging walking, biking and light rail use.”  Along the route signs are placed called “Discover West Colfax.”  The website provides history and detailed information about local sites and neighborhood figures like Golda Meir.”  Artistic lighting, landscaping, pedestrian crossings and 2-hour parking zones aim to engage shoppers and safety.

An important initiative that the BID embarked on was a new series of bus shelters. Working in conjunction with RTD Board Director, Angie Rivera-Malpiede, and artist Emmett Culligan they restored and re-purposed 25-year-old shelters.  These outside waiting rooms are framed in unique silver  inspired by the iconic Airstream. The steel metal is heated in a 1500-degree kiln creating rounded sculptural edging to accent the space. The protective shelter is embedded with a richly colored glass in a variety of hues from burnt orange to turquoise, emerald, lime and sapphire. The Colorado sun sets fiery glow to the spaces.  To keep these shelters clean a protective 3M graffiti coating was installed to enable removal of vandals’ etchings. Trash bins were placed aside the new shelters. The RTD team maintains the spaces and empties trash daily.  The new shelters are keeping their promise of tidiness, but where the old bus stops exist trash piles litter the surrounding environs. To create a truly walkable street these challenges have to be met head on.

On October 19 the West Colfax BID hosted “Art in Transition Fall Celebration,” launching RTD’s bus shelter installation.  “Walk Bingo” introduced the site and its interactive map that highlights points of interest, services and transit options. Walk Denver showcased walk audits and pedestrian safety studies. 200 locals enjoyed free lunch, local brews from “Can’t Stop Brewing,” live music by Under the Sun, and scoops of Little Man Ice Cream.

The party was hosted at Win King’s old-meets-new building on the corner of Lowell. The once-upon-a-time auto body shop has been re-imagined with soaring steel angles, milky glass windows and sleek metal fencing. The original yellow brick was retained as a modern, bright accent.  King envisions the space to include a sandwich shop or cafe, and a Colorado brewery with a shared seating area for patrons.

Paul Tamburello, owner of Little Man, is one of the early adopters of this new business corridor with a strong eye for its community and history.  He purchased a building near Tennyson and is building an industrial kitchen that is five times the current space of their Tejon kitchen.  His goal, “We want to generate an engaging environment to not just explore flavors and make more of our ice cream, but to further build and share that joy with visitors. Aside from a tasting window and professional kitchen, we are looking for partners in the two adjacent spaces to revive local businesses in this marketplace.”

Ted Schultz, award-winning architect, is designing the new space.  Said Schultz, “We are inspired by the rich history and look forward to spinning the neighborhood’s past into a wonderful pause today in your life with ice cream.”

Masters of spin, long time proprietors Debra and Gerald Rosen own much of the Perry block in a strip of businesses called the Rose Lady that opened in 1985. It’s a one-stop-shop for everything from tattoos, nails, hair, fashion, chocolate and roses to legal, bail bond and cremation services. Gerald Rosen was raised in West Denver and worked with his wife to reinvent West Colfax’s past by envisioning a series of shops that filled neighborhood voids. Debra noted, “We developed everything we have got. I pull a huge population because we are totally service oriented. We deal with the indigent, social service cases, young and old. We have five incredible artists and are known as one of the strongest tattoo shops in the state.” From her perspective rather than the BID’s investment in ‘way-finding’ signage “The signs should be directing people to our businesses. You don’t go to Belmar or Cherry Creek and see signs for outside places.” Gerald Rosen acknowledges that everyone is trying to capitalize on the SLOANS development, but questions where new families will send their kids to already oversubscribed schools. His challenge is currently being tackled at the Middle School level as parents and faculty rally around Lake to create an education excellence that was a hallmark of the school in the West Side heyday.

Other “pioneers” include Alexis Bennett’s fashion store, Class Act, aimed at trendy fashionistas near Tennyson. Nathan Stern is opening “Gathering Grounds,” a kosher coffee shop at Yates. Ilan Salzberg is developing a brewery incubator on Xavier.

While there are a myriad of Mexican eateries, little has been done for the Jewish community that Ben Stetler, Board member of WeCAN notes, “Is the backbone of our community.” Many ideas are being floated. Shah said, “Discussions are underway for a co-op grocery focused on fresh, local foods, with some kosher offerings.” Rabbi Ahron Wasserman of the Yeshiva Toras Chaim reflected, “We opened a kosher pizzeria, Brooklyn Pizza, on the East side. It appeals to those who keep kosher, as well as a broader audience.”  Hearkening back to the neighborhoods’ Eastern European roots, Shah notes “There is a desire for reinventing a good Jewish delicatessen in the area.”

Opportunities to make a difference in the local landscape abound. Says Shaw, “Once the SLOANS development is fully realized more retail spaces will anchor the center of the corridor along with restaurants and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.” The opportunity is ripe for people with vision. The relatively low cost of renting on this street can start for as little as $10.00 per square foot for people who are willing to meet the challenge with sweat equity. New spaces will cost approximately $12-$20.00 per square foot.

Denver’s next great neighborhood is under construction. Embrace the past. Be a part of the future.

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It’s Your Business: Marco resort gets top award

The Marco Island Beach Resort has earned a 2014 Best in Stay Award from Orbitz Worldwide for being a top-rated hotel in Southwest Florida.

The awards recognize up to five highly rated hotels in each of the online travel company’s 75 most popular destinations around the world. The winners are selected based on the overall numeric score of hotel reviews submitted by Orbitz customers who have booked and stayed at hotels over the past year.

For more information, visit, or call 239-393-1400.

Cypress Cove selects board

Carl A. Barraco, president of Fort Myers civil engineering firm Barraco Associates, has been elected chairman of Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida’s board of directors.

John Noland, the former board chairman, will now serve as vice chairman. They will be joined on the board by Lee County Realtor Dawson McDaniel as secretary and Joseph Catti, Finemark National Bank Trust Co. president and CEO, who has been appointed treasurer.

The Cypress Cove board also appointed businesswoman Claudia Gadd Coward, Fort Myers businessman George T. Mann Jr., and attorney Tom Smoot III to fill three open directors’ seats.

Cypress Cove is a continuing care retirement community, offering a variety of living options to more than 550 residents.


•The city of Naples Airport Authority board elected James T. Rideoutte chair and re-elected John Nocera vice chairman for the rest of the year. The board includes five citizen volunteers, each appointed by the Naples City Council for a four-year term, to govern the airport authority. The board also recently approved the Airport Authority’s fiscal year 2014 annual report, which is posted at, and accepted committee assignments for the rest of the year.

•Laird A. Lile, a board-certified wills, trusts and estates attorney in Naples, was elected by his fellow commissioners as a vice chairman of the Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.

Lile — who was appointed to the commission by Gov. Rick Scott in August 2014 for a term that ends July 1, 2018 — will serve as vice chairman for one year. An elected member of the board of governors for The Florida Bar, Lile is past chairman of the bar’s real property, probate and trust law section. For more information, call 239-649-7778, or visit


•Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will focus on the benefits of reducing employee turnover during Wednesday’s meeting of the Building Managers International’s Collier County chapter, to be held at the Vanderbilt Country Club at 8250 Danbury Blvd. in Naples. Open to the public, the presentation starts at 4 p.m. To register, email or call 239-430-2640.

Schwinn is available to speak to local businesses and organizations on a variety of employment law topics. Reach her at 239-336-6228, or

Rib City continues expansion

Rib City will build its 13th corporate location in Florida, at 6830 Shoppes at Plantation Drive in Fort Myers. The new eatery will span 3,000 square feet and is expected to be completed by late spring in 2015.

Founded in Fort Myers in 1989, Rib City is celebrating 25 years of operation. The national barbecue chain has 12 corporate restaurants in the state, with 10 locations in Southwest Florida, and 17 franchise restaurants across the country. For more information, visit

Lee Clerk to present free seminars

Lee County Clerk of Court Linda Doggett will present “The Value of Searching Public Records and Online Services” on the following days:

•Jan. 14 at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, in Estero.

•Feb. 11 at Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, in Fort Myers.

Seminars will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Doggett will guide attendees through the information available on the Clerk of the Court’s website, including civil and criminal records, deeds and mortgages and county financial and audit reports. Registration is not required. To learn more, email, or call 239-533-2766.

Family law attorney pens book

•Nicole L. Goetz, a local family law attorney, is the author of a recently released book, “Divorce Proceedings in Florida: What You Need to Know” (Quick Prep), published by Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business. The book offers a comprehensive overview of the divorce process in Florida.

Goetz has practiced exclusively in family law for more than a decade. She is the managing member of her own firm in Naples. Her book can be purchased by calling 1-800-328-9352 or visiting


•The Bonita Springs Lions Eye Clinic has selected Dr. Ashish Sharma of Retina Consultants of Southwest Florida as the “Volunteer of the Year” for his philanthropic work providing retinal eye exams for uninsured residents with major eye disorders. He will receive a special award at the first Eyeball Soiree to benefit the Bonita Springs Lions Eye Clinic on Jan. 31 at the Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs.

People on the move

•Harris Katz has joined Goede, Adamczyk DeBoest PLLC as a partner in its Naples office. Katz’s areas of practice have emphasized high exposure cases, including construction defect and complex commercial litigation matters throughout Florida. In addition, he has handled a wide range of cases including environmental liability, mold exposure, architect/engineer errors and omissions, consumer product liability, and catastrophic injury. Before joining Goede, Adamczyk DeBoest, Katz worked for several statewide law firms as a trial attorney. He is a 1989 graduate of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history. He obtained his law degree in 1993 from the University of Miami School of Law.

•Mel Thomas has joined Conric PR Marketing | Publishing as a marketing assistant.

She will assist with the development and implementation of digital, marketing and public relations strategies and communications. She will build client relationships, write news releases, and administer social media accounts and blogs, along with other duties. Thomas spent the past four years as director of basketball operations for Florida Gulf Coast University. She received her MBA from FGCU in marketing in 2012.

•Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida Foundation recently promoted Patricia Ortiz to an executive assistant. Ortiz has served the network for more than 13 years, originally starting as a switchboard operator and most recently working as a departmental administrative assistant.

In her new role, Ortiz will support Healthcare Network’s vice president of operations and the vice president of medical staff affairs. The network, a not-for-profit organization, provides primary medical and dental care. For more information, visit

Hot cakes for heroes

Bob Evans Farms restaurants will offer veterans and active military members free all-you-can-eat hot cakes on Tuesday.

A valid military ID must be shown. The hot cakes will be offered from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Company founder Bob Evans was a veteran, having served in the Army during World War II in several posts. For more information, visit

Finance specialist inks deal for new book

Personal finance specialist James C. Eastman has signed a publishing deal with CelebrityPress to co-author a new book, “Get in the Game: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal How You Can Get Off the Sideline and Start Improving Your Health, Wealth and Lifestyle.” Eastman, founder of Regional Family Offices in Naples, has joined a select group of business leaders from around the world, including TV pioneer Kevin Harrington (Original shark from Shark Tank) and well-known money expert Loral Langemeier, to pen the book.

Eastman has more than 35 years of experience as a certified public accountant and was one of the first to be recognized by the American Institute of CPAs as a personal financial specialist.

The book is tentatively scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2015. Learn more at

Golf tournament raises $1,500 for charity

Crawford Landscaping in Naples raised $1,500 for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children at its seventh annual Crawford Cup in September.

More than 16 foursomes participated in the charity golf tournament at Heritage Bay Golf Country Club. In addition to raising $1,500, Crawford Landscaping clients, guests and vendors donated food, cellphones and clothing to help the shelter.

Since its start, the Crawford Cup has raised $12,000 for local charities.

For more information, call 888-581-5151 or visit

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