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Riverdale Dental welcomes Mitchell Shoemaker DDS

Mitchell Shoemaker DDS is not only new to Riverdale Dental, but to his profession altogether.Having graduated in May of this year from the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Shoemaker said goodbye to Indianapolis just two days after graduation and set his sights on Pine Island. Born and ...

Christine Karow Hair Designs keeping islanders safe and beautiful

During the coronavirus pandemic, many people skipped their beauty regimen in an effort to stay healthy.Christine Karow Hair Designs owner Christine Karow is determined to keep the staff and clients safe, so they can resume visits to her salon without fear.For starters, Karow keeps 15 minutes in ...

New chef at Saltwater Smokehouse

Saltwater Smokehouse owner Michael Flynn said for the time being, everything will be "business as usual" at his restaurant. Having recently changed the kitchen staff won't change the menu, promised Flynn."Andrew was my partner for the past four or so years," said Flynn, speaking of Andrew ...

Ancuram Family Clinic opens in Bokeelia

Daniel and Nadia Hanley are a husband and wife team determined to care for Pine Island. They've recently come here to open Ancuram, their Bokeelia clinic, where Daniel will practice family medicine.Although Daniel suffered profound hearing loss before he'd even learned to speak, he refuses to ...

Keeping island restaurants afloat through the pandemic

A lot of us are looking forward with anticipation to a time we can eat, drink and be merry out in public again. Most restaurateurs didn't plan on takeout being a major portion of their income bu like everyone else, they've had to adjust to a new normal just to survive.If islanders are to find ...

Lee awards contract for new Matlacha Fishing Pier

Last Tuesday, the Lee Board of County Commissioners awarded a contract to replace the Matlacha Fishing Pier to Kelly Brothers Inc. The project calls for the removal and replacement of the fishing pier at Matlacha Community Park.The contract, in the amount of $833,805, is part of a total $1 ...

Matching grant program aims to help local businesses weather pandemic

Southwest Florida businesses can now apply for an advertising grant to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic and thrive beyond it.Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of Breeze Newspapers, has established a $1 million nationwide fund to help local businesses get back to full strength ...

Winn-Dixie caretakers caring for the community

For Pine Island Winn-Dixie store manager, Dan Loughren, caring for people isn't a matter of policy but human decency. Having been the store manager for 13 years, minus a small hiatus in which he was moved to another store, Loughren admits he's come to care for islanders like they're his own ...