SWFL Shutter Bugs Camera group is happy to say Paul McKenney has won our monthly photo contest for March. His image, A Truly Golden View, from high up on the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge made us all a little jealous. “Ever wonder about the view from literally the top of the Golden Gate Bridge 800 feet above the bay? It is breathtaking. I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a “tour.” The tiny maintenance elevator’s capacity is three people crammed into a small lift. This photo captures not merely the human eye’s perspective, but rather, an exceedingly wide angle 18mm lens’ more expansive view. My right shoulder was braced against the horizontal cable at the top on a very breezy day. It was delightful to stick my hand in the air and know I was literally higher than the bridge. This photograph was captured toward the south (i.e. San Francisco) shore from the bay side of the bridge. No tripod was used as it is a dynamic, not stationary, bridge. How do you arrange to go atop the Golden Gate? An old and dear friend in a high place helps” says Paul. Paul won a gift certificate to White House Color Correction Printing worth over $100 dollars for his entry. If you are interested in photography, you can find us at http://www.meetup.com/
A gay nightclub here was the scene early Sunday of the worst terror attack in U.S. history since 9/11.
* 50 people were killed inside the Pulse club and at least 53 people were injured, police say.
* The gunman was Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, Florida, a law enforcement source.
* Orlando police shot and killed Mateen
* Mateen called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mention the Boston bombers, according to a U.S. official.
“It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said early Sunday. The shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and “some type of (other) device on him.”
There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack on jihadi forums, but ISIS sympathizers have reacted by praising the attack on pro-Islamic State forums.
Officials, aided by the FBI, warned that a lengthy investigation was ahead given the number of victims and the scope of the violence.
“We know enough to say this was an act of terror and act of hate,” President Obama said in an address to the nation from the White House.
Johnny Rodgers 2.0 now it’s not just 50 and 60 — It’s the History of Rock and Roll – Click here to see photos
Johnny Rodgers will be back on July 30th at Majestic Bar and Grill
BY CATHY COTTRILL
A local animal rescue organization is spreading the word about the plight of dogs in Korea and networking with people in that country to bring golden retrievers here so they can be adopted and live happy lives.
It all started with a dog named Sky.
In late 2014, when volunteers with Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida got word of a purebred female golden retriever living at a dog-meat farm in Seoul, South Korea, they were shocked. Determined to change the dog’s destiny, they raised funds, networked with animal rescuers in Korea and arranged to have the dog — named Sky — shipped to the United States. She arrived Jan. 25, 2015, and promptly became a media sensation and a symbol for the anti-dog-meat movement that is sweeping Asia.
“We can’t change the world, but we can change the world for one golden retriever,” said GRRSWF board member Mark Dahlberg. Today, Sky lives with her adoptive family in Valrico, Fla., and is a therapy dog.
Since then, the rescue has saved 18 more dogs from Korea.
“You would be amazed at how healthy, friendly and well adjusted these goldens are despite everything they had to overcome in their short lives,” said Dahlberg, of Fort Myers, who now holds the title of international rescue coordinator. “They truly represent what is called ‘the golden spirit.’”
On this day…72 years ago.
On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops. (Mil)
May we always remember their sacrifices. Each day, thousands of veterans from the greatest generation are passing. Day by day thousands of volunteers are working tirelessly to archive their stories. World War 2 had an impact on every single family here in the United States. Wether a loved one was serving overseas or here at home, almost every business and factory was contributing to the war effort. It was all or nothing and every American understood that. May God forever bless these amazing Patriots. Written by Brian Ohler
AP IS REPORTING THIS MORNING: The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia who gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat.
“As a woman in the United States Army, I think … we are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I’m powerful, I am dedicated,” Deshauna Barber said. “Gender does not limit us in the United States.”
As the winner of Sunday’s 2016 Miss USA competition held at the T-Mobile Arena off the Las Vegas Strip, Barber will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest.
Marcel Fachler said, “I remember thinking that I must be very special, because whenever uniformed German soldiers in their black boots, with big barking and growling ATTACK dogs came to the gate of the children’s home looking for Jewish children, I was immediately rushed away to the attic, just in case the soldiers came in and searched the home.”
Fachler went to say, “I remember being put in a drum with a false top containing dark oil. The smell was horrible and to this day I can still smell it. The words ‘Motor Olie’ was stamped on the drum. The two letters 0’s had been drilled out to enable me to breath. Black pepper was sprinkled around the drum in case the dogs came near.”
At the children’s home, we were only allowed to play in the garden at the back of the castle. It was like a prison with very strict rules. I remember, very clearly the punishments I received when I peed in my bed, which was often. I was draped with my wet sheets, had to face a corner and not move for one hour, while the other children teased me.
By Jordan Raiff
After being nominated for the 2016 Grammy for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance”, Ghost took much of the music world by surprise. After winning the Grammy, the world began to pay attention. Formed in Sweden in 2008 and clad in thick black suits with metal face masks (minus the lead singer in face paint) Ghost put those who had yet to see them perform on notice; either get on board or get ran over. While stuck to a mid-festival slot, and only 45 minutes of stage time, Ghost was able to capture the attention of nearly everyone in attendance.
Of course a large part of the audience they were captivating was made up of a demographic that until 10 years ago was largely seen as the fringe demographic; 13-20 year old females. After watching three young ladies (among many others) at the security rail for Ghost, I cannot tell you how wrong these record executives were. Jumping up and down trying to catch guitar picks as they sail over their heads, yelling to the band, reaching out in hopes of a moment, doing whatever they could do to show Ghost their devotion. These girls got their wish. As the end of the third song loomed the lead singer Papa Emeritus II made his way towards these young ladies, squatted down and pointed at them as he sang to them in much the same way a crooner from the 1950’s would.
If Ghost can continue to connect with their fans in this way, sell records, and captivate audiences like they did at Fort Rock, there is no limit as to how far they can go. In my opinion, if they can keep this up there is no reason they won’t headline Fort Rock by 2018, and their own tour by 2019.
Sports Authority has reportedly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is liquidating assets, according to reports.
In March, the retailer said it would close 140 stores and two distribution centers. An exact timeline for the closures wasn’t given.
Carrying just more than $1 billion in debt, Sports Authority — under the increasing pressure of the sporting goods industry — reportedly notified the U.S. Bankruptcy court that it would not reorganize. It has 463 stores throughout the country, according to the L.A. Times.
Sports Authority opened its first store in 1987 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
This is the dawning of the age of aquariums, the age of aquariums…(aquaria?)
You probably know by now that true to our EnRichment initiative, there are several community organizations and service projects we’re passionate about, from Cape Coral Hospital’s Pathway to Discovery toTanglewood Elementary’s outdoor classroom to the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and even more. As the expertise represented by EnSite’s team was cultivated by early STEM learning opportunities, we feel it’s important to pay it forward to provide those types of opportunities to the next generation. We will come to rely on them someday – before we know it! – to design communities that are sustainable and that will fulfill the needs of their residents and stakeholders long into the future.
To that end, our own Jon Romine has been serving for a while now as president of the board for the Imaginarium Foundation, serving the interests of the Imaginarium Science Center and Southwest Florida Museum of History. Naturally fundraising is an important function of the foundation, with the Imagine Gala the major function for that function – ha!