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Hurricane Eta brings wind, rain

news@breezenewspapers.com Early last week, tropical storm-turned hurricane-turned tropical storm Eta took a long and winding road across the Gulf Coast that eventually led to Southwest Florida’s door — twice. First on Sunday, Nov. 8, and then again on Wednesday, Nov. 11, Eta delivered ...

Supermarket Sweep set for Winn-Dixie

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island is having a Supermarket Sweep fundraising event Monday, Nov. 23, at Winn-Dixie in St. James City, at 7:30 a.m. According to Kiwanis member Cindy Bickford, many events have been cancelled due to the pandemic, which has ...

‘Adopt a Fish’ fundraiser may flip annual

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Due to the success of the "Adopt a Fish" event on Saturday, Nov. 7, the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce said the event may turn out to be an annual fundraiser at the Olde Fish House Marina Restaurant. According to Chamber President Larry Solin-ger, the ...

Island COVID-19 Task Force member Dr. Hanley provides details on testing

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com According to Dr. Daniel Hanley, who is a member of the Pine Island COVID-19 Task Force, there are two main types of testing for the coronavirus. “One involves directly finding specific parts of the virus, and the other detects the consequences of infection,” ...

Veteran helping veterans: It’s the reel thing

Captain Jennifer Timothy was enthusiastic when approached by a Southwest Florida non-profit to take a local veteran out for a day of casting a line. What she didn’t expect was that veteran to be blind. Bonita Springs resident and Army Desert Storm veteran George Tice handled the rod with ...

Chief said he looks forward to working with new board

pleblanc@btreezenewspapers.com Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District Chief Ben Mickuleit says he’s already met with both new fire commissioners, Neil Price, who was appointed earlier this year and then elected to seat two, and Jamie DeLacey, who was elected to seat one the board. ...

Pine Island Community Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 12

The Pine Island Community Christmas Boat Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, in St. James City at 6 p.m. The parade theme is “Celebrate.” Due to all islanders have experienced for the past 8 months, it is time to “Celebrate,” something islanders have not done in quite some ...

Bert’s Pine Bay Gallery’s annual Holiday Party Dec. 4

Mark your calendars for Friday, Dec.  4, from 5-7 p.m., because Bert's Pine Bay Gallery is ready for its annual Holiday Party featuring multi-award-winning author Robert N. Macomber, the “2020 Florida Writer of the Year!" Macomber, a local favorite, will mark this tradition by sounding ...

Matlacha Community Center welcomes youth for Fun Day programs

The Matlacha Community Center is planning Fun Day events from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23; Tuesday, Nov. 24; and Wednesday, Nov. 25., while public schools are out of session. The Fun Days are $15 per child, per day and open to children ages 6-13 years. Activities will include games, ...

Homecoming princess looks to future of helping others as a Renaissance woman

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Fifteen-year-old islander Brianna Whitney of North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts was recently voted Homecoming Princess of the royal court at school, something she admits was no easy feat. Although she isn’t certain where the future will take her once she’s ...