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Mahjongg Scores

On Thursday, June 24, the weekly Thursday mahjongg game was held at the St. James City Civic Association. We had three tables of four women busily playing and all trying to win their hands and, if not, at least not give it away to their opponents. Laura Carey took 1st place today with 190 ...

Pine Islander among responders aiding rescue efforts in Surfside

Pine Islander Joe Hernandez of Urban Search and Rescue responded to the call early Thursday morning from Miami, just after the Champlain Tower condo began to collapse. As of Friday morning, the death toll in the disaster has reached four as the number of those unaccounted for continues to ...

Island fire crews respond to RV fire

Recently, fire crews from the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District were dispatched to a structure fire off Pompano Avenue in Cape Coral. According to Fire Chief Ben Mickuleit, this particular fire was on the same street as the department's new Station 4 and that proximity made such a ...

Scholarships to help islanders’ education

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com The Kiwanis Club has been giving out college scholarships for years. To date, over $400,000 has been given to students for further education, according to Kiwanis Club Scholarship Committee Chairman Carlyn Herring. The 2021 college scholarship recipients are ...

Root family history owning D & D bait and tackle shop

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Deb Root and her late husband, David, began the D & D Matlacha Bait and Tackle shop, known to most as D & D, in 2001. The couple and their three high school boys came over from Vero Beach in 1998, because Deb had family in St. James City. Once they got ...

Hanley stresses remaining calm and resilient working through the pandemic

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Doctor Daniel Hanley has been dealing with COVID19 for almost the entire year since he’s opened his Ancuram Clinic in Bokeelia. Even with this bird’s-eye view of the pandemic, overall, he’s remained calm, saying that as a country we are faring pretty well. ...

‘Greatest Generation’ veterans to be honored at Spirit of ‘45 dinner

cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com A remembrance and honoring of the “Greatest Generation” takes place this August in Fort Myers, and organizers are looking for additional World War II veterans to salute. Observed each year on Aug. 14 and celebrated the second weekend of that month, Spirit ...

County Commission approves all-electronic tolls

nmayberg@breezenewspapers.com The Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to make all-electronic tolling permanent on its Cape Coral, Midpoint and Sanibel Causeway bridges. The plan will re-instate a $3 administrative fee for motorists who do not have transponders. The fee ...