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SWFL VETERANS ALLIANCE Connecting the dots

LIN Flag used with Lois article

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TOLIN Lois Bolin BE SELF-EVIDENT… (JULY 4, 1776 )

by Lois Bolin
Old Naples Historian

Last month we celebrated America’s Independence Day. The Declaration of Independence, written a century and a half after the colony of Virginia was first established in 1607, gave several  generations of Colonists a taste of freedom – freedom that was threatened with new British laws and taxes. Yet, the “sacred fire of liberty”, seared into their souls, launched an advanced theoretical case for a revolution, the idea of national sovereignty, and a declaration of independence for the 13 British colonies.

WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES…(SEPTEMBER 17, 1787)

The U.S. Constitution, the oldest written constitution in operation in the world, was adopted on September 25, 1789, and by 1790, the original 13 colonies were called the United States.

SOMETIMES WE FAIL TO HEAR OR HEED THESE VOICES OF FREEDOM… (FDR -JANUARY 1941)

It is the 75th anniversary of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms Speech,” which outline the essential human freedoms: freedom of speech and expression; freedom to worship God in our own way; freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Four and half years later, on August 14, 1945, when Truman announced that WWII was over, Americans rejoiced knowing those freedoms were intact. Americans also knew that the bedrock values that formed the basis of the American Experiment had been preserved. Two hundred and forty years after the Declaration of Independence and two hundred and twenty-nine years after the Constitution was ratified, Naples Spirit of ’45 will again honor these sentinels of liberty with our weekend tribute called the Greatest Generation & Beyond
Breakfast and Taps Across America.

SPIRIT OF ‘45

On August 13th, at the Naples Hilton some 320 plus veterans, sponsors and volunteers come together for a morning to acknowledge a generation who survived the Great Depression, defeated the greatest tyranny the world has ever known then rebuilt a shattered world at home and in the lands of their former enemies. These veterans will be greeted by our newest collaborator,  Thank You Across America, a 70 foot patriotic bus by Rolling Thunder Chapter Five. Patriot Guard Riders
will stand at attention as our guests are greeted then escorted to their seats by Boy Scouts, who will also serve them breakfast.
Along the way will be the Supervisor of Election’s booth, Vote in Honor of a Veteran, the 16 foot Patriot Wall by Melinda Clark and pause for photos with Lady Liberty, Patton and Churchill. The program will feature our MC, Rick LaCosta, USAF Veterans and COO of Physicians Regional Healthcare Systems, along with soloists Steve Smith and Sandra Rommel. After the group photo, they are off to retrieve their Oakes Farm Victory Garden bag.

This year’s theme, And Beyond, pays tribute to those Patriots who stood on the shoulder of these giants and accepted the gauntlet to sustain the bedrock values that formed the basis of the American Experiment. On August 14th (the 2nd Sunday), the official National day to honor the ending of WWII, the 7th Annual Taps Across America at Lowdermilk will continue with its traditional sunset ceremony and M & M Café’s Ice Cream Social.

SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED
This past February, SWFL Veterans Alliance, Inc. 501(c) (3), was formed to continue the Naples Spirit of ’45 weekend, which benefits the Peter Thomas History Fund. The fund pays for local student’s transportation to participate in the state’s Florida History Day competition. As George Washington said, “A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” We concur.

One of the bedrock values of SWFL Veterans Alliance is our philosophy of community, collaboration and connectivity. We collaborate with a host of organization who share a similar mission. In 2013, we introduced fifty WWII veterans into the first Collier Honor Flight and this year, we will introduce Thank You Across America (TYAA) to Florida’s WWII Heritage, who will travel through Florida’s eight regions spreading the Spirit of ’45
along the way.

SWFL Veterans Alliance is proud to work these groups to connect the dots of 1776 to 1945 to today’s War on Terror because the “preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government, is entrusted…” into all of our hands.
“…freedom of speech and expression; freedom to worship God in our own way; freedom from want, and freedom from fear.”

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP MARINE LIFE HEALTHY & HAPPY AT ROOKERY BAY ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER

LIN Rookery Bay Fish tankThe aquaria in the center introduce visitors to the amazingly diverse community of animals found in the estuary and nearshore  marine environment. Three 50-gallon focus tanks enable closeup views of some of the younger, smaller fish and unique marine  life. Tank residents have included hermit crabs, barbfish (a native venomous species), seahorses, polka-dot batfish (the Center’s mascot) and a southern stargazer, which is a fish that is able to emit an electric charge as a defense mechanism. Because oyster reefs are a primary habitat in Florida’s shallow coastal areas, a 300-gallon tank displays a sculpted reef that provides habitat for a small school of goldspotted killifish and sheepshead minnows, as well as tulip snails and other mollusks of the reef.

The 400-gallon seagrass tank has a life-like bed of turtle grass, an important habitat for sea turtles and fish, and houses flounder, seatrout and southern puffer, to name a few. The center’s largest tank is the 2,300-gallon mangrove aquarium. It features an 18-foot tall lifelike mangrove tree sculpture extending its leafy canopy skyward while arching prop roots provide structure for fish swimming below the water’s surface. Kids can even crawl into a ground level bubble to see what life is like for the fish living among the protective prop roots.

rookeryThe most engaging exhibit in the center is the marine life touch and temperature – using Apex Aquarium Monitoring and Control. As long he is connected to the Internet, Trager can check on the well-being of the organisms from afar. The system lets him make adjustments remotely and also alerts him if something is wrong with the aquarium. “I once got a call at four in the morning telling me the pH levels were critical,” he said. Funding has been secured to enlarge and enhance the touch tank, with built-in protection against chemicals on visitors’ hands – sunscreen or bug repellent – which can harm or even kill the creatures in the tank. Previously, the tank had to be drained, cleaned and refilled on a regular basis.

The new tank, which will have a flow-through system providing a steady supply of clean water, is expected to debut during the reserve’s annual National Estuaries Day celebration in September.

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is managed by the Florida  Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office in cooperation  with NOAA. For more information visit www.rookerybay.org.

programs, tours and events

August 5

Kids FREE Friday,

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This popular summer education program provides FREE admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by a paying adult each Friday through August 5. This week’s theme is Animals of the Sea: Predators! Scheduled activities include: story time, feature film, crafts
and activities, face painting, and touch tank. Russell’s Clambakes’ food truck will be onsite with sandwiches, salads and snacks. Registration is
NOT required, cost is $5 for adults (free for members). We recommend a ratio of no more than three kids per adult to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience.

August 8

Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop,

9:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.

This workshop helps photographers get the most out of their digital camera. Learn how to use the camera’s shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students. Cost is $55, registration is required.

Tuesdays, August 9 – 30

Drawing in Graphite and Colored Pencil

Each Tuesday Lee will teach drawing in graphite and colored pencil. Learn a variety of techniques and learn to draw all subject matter including portraiture, animal drawing, flowers, nature and still life. This is a non-structured class and is perfect for beginners or the experienced artist. She will give drawing demonstrations and share examples on how to improve drawing skills based on her proven methods presented in her many art books. This class will meet once a week for four weeks, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: August 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Wednesdays, August 10 – 31

Painting in Acrylics

Each Wednesday Lee will teach painting in acrylics. This is a nonstructured class and is perfect for a beginner or the experienced artist. Lee provides guidance based on the techniques she features in her painting books. All subject matter will be demonstrated, such as still life, flowers, animals, portraits, and scenery. This class will meet once a week for four weeks, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: August 10, 17, 24, and 31.

Each student will work on their own project, and receive one on one instruction and guidance from Lee. Lee Hammond, Rookery Bay Reserve’s Artist in Residence, has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Class fees are $160 per month. Art supplies are not included.

Saturday Sept. 24,

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Don’t miss the annual celebration of the special habitat where rivers meet the sea. Called National Estuaries Day, Rookery Bay Reserve’s day long event includes staff-narrated boat tours of the estuary, introductory 30-minute kayaking trips, paddle boarding on Henderson Creek, marine critter touch tank and other live animal presentations. There will be games and crafts for children, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of the science labs, films, food for purchase and more. Admission to the event is free, and tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis. VIP tickets are also
available for purchase. www.rookerybay.org

September 29

Art Gallery Exhibition and Reception,

5:30 – 7 p.m.

The Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County present the exhibition, Summer II: Water, from September 24 through November 9. Enjoy works by local artists Muffy Clark Gill, Lynda Fay Braun, and John Brady. The Opening Reception will feature wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $3 for the public and free for participating artists and their guest as well as members of the United Arts Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay.

Eggs and Avocados

Erick Carter

Erick Carter

Eggs and avocados are not just great for an omelet, they are great for your hair. An egg can clarify hair, adding needed protein. Just beat an egg, wet your hair and pour over your head. Use a wide tooth comb to help evenly distribute throughout. Let it stay on for about 15 minutes. Then, shampoo as you would do normally and rinse with cold water. This will help to add shine.

LIN August 2016 Eggs and AvocadosAvocados have natural fats that nourish your hair which help to add shine. Using a ripe avocado mash until smooth, wet your hair and spread the avocado from scalp to ends. Let sit for
15 minutes, rinse and shampoo. It’s a great trick when your hair is dry and in need of extra moisture. Try these natural ways of treating your
hair. Email me and let me know how you enjoy the results.

For questions or comments contact me at Erickcre8u@gmail.com or call Salon Zenergy, 239.777.2380.

TAX RULES OF HIRING A CAREGIVER

by Michael Wiener, E.A.

LIN Finance manPeople hire others to work in their homes all the time. They hire babysitters, housekeepers, private nurses, nannies, or yard workers to help take care of their families and their homes. Many people do not realize that even though these people are working in their private home, the government has instituted tax rules that apply to these situations. The tax rules surrounding the employment of a caregiver can be confusing, not to mention costly, if a mistake is made.

The first thing a person needs to determine is if the caregiver is a household employee. If someone is hired to care for a family member and is told not only what work needs to be done, but how the work is done, then that person is considered a household employee. It does not matter whether the work is full-time or part-time, or if the worker was hired through an agency or association. It also does not matter whether the worker is paid by the hour, daily, weekly or on a by the job basis.

cargiverOne of the biggest mistakes people make when hiring a caregiver is assuming they don’t have to pay taxes if they pay the caregiver in cash. This way of thinking is not true. If a caregiver earns more than $750 per quarter or more than $1,900 a year, the IRS considers that person a household employee and taxes must be paid
accordingly. Failure to pay the right taxes can result in fines and penalties. Another common mistake people make when hiring a caregiver is hiring a person who is not a legal resident of the United States. Remember, it is unlawful to knowingly hire or to continue to employ a person who cannot legally work in the United States.

Once a caregiver is hired on a regular basis, the employer and the employee must complete the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Form I-9, no later than the employee’s first day of work. After hiring the caregiver, the employer must also perform additional tasks:
• Find out if he or she needs to pay state taxes
• Withhold Social Security and Medicare taxes
• If the employee requests that he or she does so, then the employer must withhold federal income tax
• Keep good records
• Obtain an Employee Identification Number (EIN)
• Give a Form W-2 to the caregiver or household employee at the end of the year. Also, be sure to send copy A (Form W-2) to the Social Security Administration.
• File Schedule H (Form 1040) with the employer’s federal income tax return (if he or she does not have to file a tax return, then file the Schedule by itself)

It is in the employer’s best interest to pay the household employee through legal means. The immediate costs may be increased, but it may be possible for many of the costs to be offset through tax breaks.

If you should have a topic that you would like me to discuss or if you should have a question, please feel free to call 239.403.4410 or e-mail me at mike@cctaxandaccounting.com.

An enrolled agent, licensed by the US Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the IRS for audits, collections and appeals. To attain the enrolled
agent designation, candidates must demonstrate expertise in taxation, fulfill continuing education credits and adhere to a stringent code of ethics.

SIGNATURE SCOTCH AND EXCEPTIONAL BOURBON AT SHULA’S NAPLES

LIN Shulas couple photoAt Shula’s Naples, our signature steaks and seafood allow you to “Eat Like a Legend”, but our expansive and rare scotch and bourbon collection invite you to “Sip and Savor Like a Legend”! LIN Shulas whiskey glasses

With our rare and noteworthy Scotch offerings, that includes one of the largest collections of the rare and rich Macallan® aged from 12 to 30 years, specifically Reflexion. This whisky is a full-bodied single malt that draws its colour and flavour from the smaller hogshead casks which has a greater wood surface allowing it to interact more with the whisky. Its deep and rich mahogany tone is pulled directly from that cask, and infuses it with a mellow celebration of floral and vanilla notes. Meanwhile the underlying flavors of crisp apple and apricots linger on the palate to finish off smartly. Whether served straight, with a splash of water or with a custom Macallan® copper-pressed ice sphere, your experience will be legendary.

Shula’s is proud to have one of the broadest Macallan® Highland Park collections in the area. The Highland Park scotch 12 to 30 year age, is a rare find indeed, with some bottles having limited production of only 1000 bottles worldwide. In addition to the Macallan® whisky collection, we also offer a very notable collection of single malts from Speyside®, and Islay®, as well as blended scotches Blue, Platinum, and the out-of-production, King George V from Johnny Walker®.

From the rare to the refined, Shula’s offers some very select whiskey brands that have a long southern history, one that includes “Pappy Van Winkle™, the award winning high quality 10 and 12 year reserve offering named after Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle Sr., who started the four generation bourbon making tradition. Other offerings include the uncut and un-filtered bourbon George Stagg, which is aged for almost a full decade with cherry, clove and smoky notes that mingle brown sugar, chocolate and the bold spiciness of rye. Shuffling off to Buffalo Trace® Experimental White Dog Mash, which has a sweet aroma that coats your taste buds with oil and vanilla. Angel’s Envy is a straight bourbon whiskey that is finished in hand selected port wine casks, blended in small batches, and aged for up
to six years. The port barrels are imported directly from Portugal, which adds unique character. A few other southern favorites namely Eagle Rare™, Thomas H. Handy®, a New Orleans rye, and other small batch whiskeys from Colonel Taylor round out the extensive collection we are proud to offer to our patrons.

All of our bourbon, and scotch offerings in our collection are hand selected and in some cases, a rare find. So next time you find yourself craving a meal that fits your legendary appetite, don’t forget to step back a bit and sip and savor one of our legendary pours. Please visit www.ShulasNaples.com for more information.

Shula’s Steak House At The Hilton Naples 5111 Tamiami Trail North | 239.430.4999

SIBLINGS INVOLVED IN TIF BECOME BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN SUCCESS

Steve Kissinger, Widline Duvert, Sandra Andres, Xochilt Zaragoza, Noemi Perezby Steven Kissinger

As we celebrate our 25th anniversary at The Immokalee Foundation, we  look back with gratitude that, so often, the youth involved in our programs inspire their siblings to see brighter futures through our programs.

Perhaps no family illustrates this more than five of the Zaragoza siblings. Amadeo became involved with the Future Builders of America vocational education program in 2007. His sister Anita was accepted to the Take Stock in Children scholarship program while attending middle school in 2006; she is now a student at Florida Gulf Coast University with her sights set on attending medical school. And then came Veronica and younger sister Xochilt, both accepted in 2012. Xochilt graduated from high school in June and is heading off to the University of Central Florida to work on a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Meanwhile, Veronica will finish a degree in elementary education at FGCU in the fall and says her dream is to earn a master’s degree. “I want to go back to my community and make a difference in students’ education,” Veronica said. In fact, as a Career Development program specialist working with TIF high school juniors and seniors, she already has a head start. And fifth, but certainly not least, is Vianey, who was accepted into the Career Development program last fall. Veronica explains her siblings’ involvement this way: “When my younger sisters and I saw that my older brother and sister became involved with the foundation, it motivated us to join the program as well.

Everyone from my town has two choices: We can stay and work for low wages or continue our education after high school. Since I was a young child, I really could not do much to help my parents. All they really wanted was for my sisters, my brother and me to  focus on our education.” “My sister Veronica was able to see my progress through these past few years,” said Xochilt. “She was like a mentor. I don’t know what I would have done without her.” Ruben Lucio forged a similar path for his younger sibling, Benjamin. “As I came into TIF, I was already known because of my brother,” said Benjamin. The brothers ended up helping each other. “It also helped with networking as my brother and I knew different people andIMMOKALEE FOUNDATION opportunities within the program that we could share with each other,” he added.

Ruben graduated from Florida SouthWestern State College two years ago and began a teaching career by giving back the same way Veronica wants to: Lucio became a migrant resource teacher in Immokalee. This year, he will be a history classroom teacher and coach several sports teams, while also mentoring a TIF student. Ana Abarca also is returning to Immokalee this fall with a degree and the desire to teach math to middle school students. She was introduced to TIF by her brother, Jesus, who was in TIF’s Take Stock in Children program during middle school. Now 25, he holds a degree from Florida State University and is a young executive with Lipman Produce.

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about TIF, volunteering as a mentor, making a donation, including TIF in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239.430.9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org. Steven Kissinger, executive director of The Immokalee Foundation, can be reached at steven.kissinger@immokaleefoundation.org.

WINE LEGEND PIERRE LURTON Named Honored Vintner of 2017 Naples Winter Wine Festival

Pierre LurtonThis January, the Naples Winter Wine Festival will welcome Pierre Lurton as the Honored Vintner of the 2017 event, well known for running two of the most acclaimed wineries in the world: centuries-old Château Cheval Blanc and Château d’Yquem, both located in France’s Bordeaux region. He will be joined by revered
vintners from around the world at the 17th annual Naples Winter Wine Festival, scheduled for January 27-29, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL.
For more than ten years, Pierre has ensured that the mythic wines of Château Cheval Blanc and Château d’Yquem continue to build upon their outstanding reputation, complexity, and remarkable longevity.

These wineries have been in operation since the 1800s, and have consistently produced exceptional vintages: for example, the 1811 Château d’Yquem received a perfect tasting score in 1996, and Château Cheval Blanc is one of only four wines to receive the prestigious Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) rank, a title it has enjoyed since 1954.

In his spare time, Pierre produces some of the best red and white Bordeaux wine at his home estate, Château Marjosse. “It is truly a pleasure to be honored at this Festival among some of the most respected vintner in the wine world,” said Lurton. “I look forward to being able to share my experience with esteemed colleagues and connoisseurs, all while contributing to improving the well being of children in need.” At the Naples Winter Wine Festival, Pierre will share his knowledge with guests and pour some of his most lauded wines. No stranger to this event, Pierre has also made his mark on the Festival’s greater mission, with two separate auction lots that included a private tour and tasting at Cheval Blanc and a special lunch with him at Cheval Blanc.

“We are overjoyed that Pierre is yet again contributing his time and talent to the Naples Winter Wine Festival,” said 2017 co-chair Scott Lutgert. “It is wonderful to see such a renowned vintner share both expertise and generosity in supporting an event that does so much for the children of our community.”

This January, guests to the Festival will have the chance to bid on still more wine and travel experiences, each notable not only for its uniqueness and luxury, but also for its connection to a good cause. Since the event’s inception in 2001, the Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised more than $146 million for its founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), which has awarded grants to more than 40 non-profit organizations that have impacted the lives of over 200,000 children. Ticket packages to this exclusive event, limited to 580 guests, start at $10,000 per couple. A $25,000 package is also available that includes reserved seating for a party of four at a vintner dinner and under the tent. To inquire about tickets to the Naples Winter Wine Festival, please contact Barrett Farmer at barrett@napleswinefestival.com or 239.514.2239.

ABOUT THE NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL

The Naples Winter Wine Festival is the most successful international charity wine auction in the world, bringing together renowned vintners and chefs with wine enthusiasts and philanthropists for a three-day Festival that raises millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children.

Every dollar raised under the tent funds the Festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), whose annual grants and strategic initiatives have provided more than 200,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel. For more information, please visit Napleswinefestival.com.

Will the steam oven replace the microwave?

LIN August 2016 Clay Coxby Clay Cox

Every once in a while something comes along in the ever changing appliance industry that truly makes a difference in people’s lives. The introduction of the microwave is a perfect example of that. Although the steam oven is not new to European restaurants the recent introduction of a steam oven for your home is another difference maker. Chefs and culinary enthusiasts have been using these wonderful ovens for many years and now we have the opportunity to use them in our homes.  This home product is being supplied to us by many different manufacturers but the usage is virtually the same,  no matter the brand. Although it sounds that way these  ovens are not all about steam.

These ovens are extremely versatile as they are a true European convection  oven, which we know to cook faster and better than a traditional oven. The basic steam oven feature which, among other things, is perfect for reheating food without destroying the food, as a microwave can do, and steaming vegetables to perfection. Multiple modes can combine the steam oven feature with the convection oven. These modes allow for a result matching your favorite restaurant quality foods that will make your family, guests and you very happy. A temperature probe attachment assists with perfect roasting and bread making (yes you can bake bread in this oven). Among the many options is the ability to bake, brown, roast, grill, defrost, and like I wrote above, warm leftovers.

You may still find uses for your traditional oven like that 27 pound turkey on Thanksgiving Day but I believe you will for the most part forgo that tool for the new steam oven once you have one. With the exception of heating up your coffee and popping popcorn the microwave will not have much use as well. In fact I predict the steam oven will be a permanent fixture in homes all across our great country within the next ten years. Will it eventually replace the microwave completely? I don’t know for sure but I do know you will make that decision yourself when the time comes.  Please E-mail Clay with your questions or comments at clay@kitchensbyclay.com. Enjoy your remodel

Bascom Palmer Clinical Trials

by Jaclyn L. Kovach, M.D. Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

by Jaclyn L. Kovach, M.D.
Associate Professor  of Clinical Ophthalmology

In an effort to bring the latest in scientific and technological advances to our Naples patients, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Naples has established a clinical trials center that conducts industry sponsored and National Eye Institute-sponsored trials. A clinical trial is a research program conducted with patients to evaluate a new medical treatment or device.

The purpose of clinical trials is to find new and improved methods of treating, preventing, screening for, and diagnosing different diseases. During a clinical trial, doctors use the best available treatment as a standard to by Jaclyn L. Kovach, M.D. Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology evaluate new treatments. The new treatments are hoped to be more effective than current treatments. Jaclyn Kovach, MD has pioneered the acquisition of industry-sponsored trials to our Naples facility as principal investigator for several age-related macular degeneration (AMD) trials. Currently we are recruiting patients for an observational study that will teach us more about how the dry AMD progresses. We will soon begin patient recruitment for a clinical trial that will investigate the efficacy of a new, longer lasting treatment for wet AMD and a third study which will investigate a new eye drop for the treatment of wet AMD.

LIN August 2016 eye ballSince 2008, Dr. Stephen Schwartz and Dr. Jaclyn Kovach have been enrolling hundreds of interested patients with age-related macular degeneration in the Genomic Architecture of Progression and Treatment Response in AMD trial, sponsored by the National Eye Institute in collaboration with the Hussman Institute of Human Genomics at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. The goal of this trial has been to identify the many genetic (hereditary) risk factors for AMD and learn about the role they play in the progression of AMD and in response to treatment.

We invite individuals with age-related macular degeneration who are interested in learning more about participating in our trials to contact our study coordinator, Paula Dear, at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Naples 239.659.3962.