NEW PIZZERIAS PROVIDE MORE OPTIONS

NEW PIZZERIAS PROVIDE MORE OPTIONS

Motor City-style square slices are available now at the Detroit Pizza Joint, which recently took over the Chicago Beef, Dogs & Pizza space at 3812 Skyline Blvd.

Owner Todd Stern plans a capital investment in new pizza ovens to eventually enable his pizzeria to bake whole square pies.

Next summer, Mellow Mushroom, a stone-baked pizza chain, is coming to Cape Coral. They plan to open a third Lee County location at Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park on Pine Island Road.

FARMER JOE’S IN CAPE CORAL LOOKING FOR HUNDREDS OF NEW EMPLOYEES

FARMER JOE’S IN CAPE CORAL LOOKING FOR HUNDREDS OF NEW EMPLOYEES

A major hiring effort is underway to staff Farmer Joe’s Fresh Market, targeted to open in December on Pine Island Road. 

The owners are seeking 450 employees for the nearly-completed, 55,000 square-foot grocery store. 

“This is going to be the Disneyland of supermarkets,” says Lee Snyder, owner of Farmer Joe’s, which will heavily focus on massive departments on the store’s perimeter. “Our produce department alone is 13,000 square feet.” 

The store has hired as many as 150 people so far, but it needs three times that many. Snyder has sponsored job fairs, commercials, and billboards in an effort to communicate that Farmer Joe’s is hiring.

Publix raises $100,000 for Tools for School campaign

Publix raises $100,000 for Tools for School campaign

Publix customers and associates raised $100,000 for the Tools for School campaign. 

The funds were raised to give back to the students and teachers of Lee County and provide children with the tools needed to be successful this school year. 

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee is sharing $500 worth of Publix gift cards with each school in the School District of Lee County. 

Additional community programs and services will also be supported through this initiative.

ALDI RESUMES CONSTRUCTION ON NEW CAPE CORAL STORE

ALDI RESUMES CONSTRUCTION ON NEW CAPE CORAL STORE

Aldi, the Germany-based grocery store chain, has resumed construction on another new Cape Coral store. 

This one will be located at Santa Barbara Boulevard and Veterans Parkway in what had been slated to be a Lucky’s Market. Lucky’s pulled out of Southwest Florida even before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Aldi, meanwhile, just keeps growing. 

“We’re proud to be one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country,” said Chris Hewitt, Royal Palm Beach division vice president for Aldi. “In 2017, we announced an accelerated growth plan with a more than $5 million capital investment in new and remodeled stores.” 

Aldi has more than 2,100 stores across 37 states, Hewitt said. 

“We’re on pace to become the third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022,” Hewitt said. 

Five years ago, there were two Aldi stores in all of Southwest Florida. Now, there are 16. Lee County leads with 10. Collier County has four, and Charlotte County has two. There are three existing Aldi stores in Cape Coral, including one at the Coralwood Mall. That spot had been slated to become a Fresh Market until that chain dropped its plans to expand, opening the door for Aldi. 

The Veterans/Santa Barbara Aldi, which will be Cape Coral’s fourth store, is scheduled to open sometime in 2022. 

CAPE CORAL ANIMAL SHELTER PARTNERS WITH HOPE HOSPICE TO EXPAND FOSTER PROGRAM

CAPE CORAL ANIMAL SHELTER PARTNERS WITH HOPE HOSPICE TO EXPAND FOSTER PROGRAM

The Cape Coral Animal Shelter (CCAS) has partnered with Hope Hospice to take current services one step further for hospice patients.

In animal rescue, one of the most heartbreaking owner surrender requests is when a person is terminally ill and must give up their beloved pet.  Once surrendered, the person ultimately loses touch with their pet after it is adopted, spending their last days wondering about and missing their companion. 

Finding a home for pets can also be a burden for family members when a loved one enters hospice unexpectedly and they scramble frantically to find a home for the pet.

Hope Hospice created the Hope for Pets program to alleviate that worry and give people in their care some peace of mind that their pets will have veterinary visits, exercise, and, when needed, a new, loving home. To ensure no pet is left behind, Hope for Pets has partnered with various shelters to help coordinate pet adoptions and veterinary care.

Now, CCAS is offering enhanced services to keep the connection between Hope’s pet owners and their loyal companions strong for as long as possible.

Our program will facilitate the surrender of a pet by a hospice patient. However, that pet will stay in the home of the patient until he/she is no longer able to care for the pet.  During that time, CCAS will handle medical care of the pet, transport to and from the patient’s home for vet visits, and supply food/supplies if needed. 

Further, if the Hope Hospice patient enters a hospice facility, CCAS will put the pet into a foster home until the patient passes away.  These fosters will be specifically chosen and trained to be compassionate and understanding of the situation.  They will provide updates, pictures, phone calls, and (if possible) visits to the patient in a hospice facility.  Once the patient passes, CCAS will find a loving, forever home for the pet. 

“We have a network of fantastic foster parents who are specially educated about end-of-life care. They keep in touch with the owner and help them stay connected to their pet with updates, phone calls and visits,” said McCauley.

“We are creating a continuity in transitioning a pet from owner to foster family, while forging a faster pathway to adoption.”

Oftentimes, pet adoptions are delayed due to an absence of medical information or lapsed treatments. Now, veterinary services are brought up to date and pets are given the care they need to stay happy and healthy well before they join their new adopted home, giving the hospice patient and their families great relief during a most difficult time.

Please see the attached link to the office article posted by Hope Hospice for their insight:

https://hopehcs.org/2021/05/https-hopehcs-org-2021-05-expanded-hope-for-pets-program/?fbclid=IwAR3hi0FVyBpcWQBwrgs0SZ8xIEiKyv1OiMDBxnwQ-c4mfeTTbS-vxkfA7UA

GOLISANO FOUNDATION GRANTS $50,000 TO EXPAND BEST BUDDIES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

GOLISANO FOUNDATION GRANTS $50,000 TO EXPAND BEST BUDDIES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Best Buddies International is excited to announce a generous grant from the Golisano Foundation of $50,000 to expand its work in Southwest Florida to serve more individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

“Best Buddies Southwest Florida is honored to have been selected for a $50,000 grant from the Golisano Foundation. With a goal of creating awareness and inclusion throughout Southwest Florida, Best Buddies will use this grant to help forward our mission of providing more opportunities in area schools for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says Melanie Musick, Best Buddies Area Director.

With the Golisano Foundation’s support, Best Buddies was launched in Southwest Florida in October 2017. Initial funding supported organizing the local office, providing for space and operations. 

The Southwest Florida office, located at 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd. in Fort Myers, is staffed with two full-time employees, Area Director Melanie Musick and Program Manager Molly Morrina, who is the school liaison.

Currently, Southwest Florida has Best Buddies chapters at 26 schools throughout the local community. Each chapter is supported by a Faculty Advisor/Special Education Advisor plus a Chapter President, in addition to the Program Manager.

School administrators, teachers and/or parents wanting Best Buddies offered at a specific school location in Lee, Collier, Charlotte or Sarasota counties are welcome to contact Melanie Musick at melaniemusick@bestbuddies.org or 239-275-2510.

Best Buddies is a nonprofit founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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