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Enrollment for School District’s ‘Young Five’ now open

news@breezenewspapers.com The School District of Lee County has rolled out a new program for youngsters who may not be ready for kindergarten just yet. Elementary Curriculum and Instruction Director Dr. Bethany Quisenberry said one of the superintendent’s top five strategic plans is ...

Vintage Market Days at Civic Center attracts a crowd

news@breezenewspapers.com Vintage Market Days, an event that was gaining in popularity before the pandemic put the kibosh on both 2020 shows set for the Lee Civic Center, was apparently missed. Those who like vintage and antique items made up for lost time Friday with thousands attending on ...

PIE students make blessing bags to help those in need

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Principal Tom Millins of Pine Island Elementary School said “what makes PIE amazing is our teachers' ability to teach lessons both in and out of the classroom.  One such example is a class project/initiative from Ms. Jennifer Cann’s second-grade ...

FISH organization gets new president

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com According to Dianne Higgins, president of FISH (Fellow Islanders Sending Help), the very difficulties presented by year 2020 were in part responsible for the connectivity of the organization. “This year it was outstanding,” Higgins said of the various ...

Roskamp Institute executive director addresses GPICA

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com The Greater Pine Island Civic Association held its monthly meeting on Feb. 2, where Mike Mullan, executive director of the Roskamp Institute, gave a presentation on a red tide project being conducted by the non-profit organization. According to Mullan, who is ...

Pine Island Task Force continues to discuss COVID-19 immunizations

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Monday’s Feb. 1 Pine Island Task Force meeting was primarily focused on current vaccinations. According to Dr. Jim Koopman, the length of immunity people can expect after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination is extremely varied. “Some people get practically no ...

Feeling the effects of COVID isolation

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Beacon of Hope Board President Caryl Regan is a registered nurse with over 15 years experience in home health care. Currently, a nurse educator for Home Instead Senior Care in Cape Coral, she is witnessing first hand the effects of what prolonged isolation is ...

Eaglets are returned to nest after health scare

news@breezenewspapers.com After a week of rehabilitation, eaglets E-17 and E-18 were given a clean bill of health and returned to the nest on the Pritchett Farm in North Fort Myers on Friday where their mom, Harriet, soon discovered the nestlings. The eaglets were given food and a third ...

‘Owl Fest Auction’ bidding under way

cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com While residents won’t be able to enjoy Cape Coral’s annual Burrowing Owl Festival this year due to COVID-19, there’s still an opportunity to support the local organization that makes it happen while having a chance at taking home a great prize. In lieu of ...