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Women Voters To
Meet January 18
How much do you know about gun
laws in the state of Florida? Is
Florida an open-carry, concealed
carry or no carry state? Did you know that
deaths in U.S. firearm-related incidents
compared with total U.S . war deaths are
1.53 million firearm-related, 1968-2015
to 1.2 million U.S . war deaths, 1775-
2017 (USA Today).
The League of Women Voters of
Sanibel has invited Patti Brigham, first
vice president of the League of Women
Voters of Florida and founder and co-chair
of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun
Violence, to speak at the January 18
luncheon program. She will provide a
comprehensive update on the diverse
issues surrounding gun policy.
Brigham has become a respected
leader in the gun policy arena. In 2016,
she helped create the Florida Coalition
to Prevent Gun Violence following the
Orlando Pulse night club massacre that
killed 49 people and left more than 50
injured. It is a broad based alliance made
up of over 125 state and national partners
representing education, faith-based
organizations, health care, minority
communities and other gun safety groups.
In 2016 alone, over 30,600 people in
the U.S . sustained gunshot injuries. The
evidence became clear: Gun violence is a
public safety issue.
Whether you support or disagree with
the plethora of gun bills filed in Florida,
Brigham will help break through the gun
ownership myths that often put Florida
residents in certain danger. Brigham said,
“Recent polls have shown that a majority
of Floridians favor responsible gun legisla-
tion. Lawmakers need continual reminders
that they were elected to represent voters,
not special interest groups.”
Brigham grew up in Orlando, where
she attended the University of Central
Florida, earning a BA in philosophy and
an MA in liberal studies. She has worked
in radio as a reporter, writer and producer.
In her spare time, she volunteers for a
marathon training program and cares for
Callie, her retired racing greyhound.
The luncheon and program will take
place on Thursday, January 18 at the
Sundial Beach Resort, 1451 Middle
Gulf Drive. Registration begins at 11:30
a.m ., followed by the luncheon program
from noon to 2 p.m . RSVP by email
to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Robin
Krivanek at 395-0927 . The deadline to
RSVP is noon on Monday, January 15.
Reservations are $25 per person and
include lunch. Mail your check to: LWV
Sanibel, P.O. Box 1194, Sanibel, FL
33957. Or you may pay at the door with
cash or check.
Happy New Year
by Jeanie Tinch
resolution to give
your home a New
Year’s face lift.
tips should serve
you well as you
move towards an
updated, fresh new
look for your home:
Start a file of magazine pictures of
rooms that you like. Even if you can’t
exactly pinpoint why you find a room
set ting so appealing, by reviewing
your file, your decorator will be able
to quickly understand the feel that you
want for your home.
Involve your professional decorator
at the very beginning of your project.
Doing so will help you avoid the costly
mistakes that many homeowners make.
The most successful decorating projects
are those where the decorator and
homeowner are very candid with each
other regarding tastes, priorities, budget,
timing and goals.
Your first goal should be to design
your home to suit the way you and
your family actually live. Analyze all
the rooms of your home – are some
underutilized and some just exhausted
from use? Maybe it’s time to relocate
some activity centers and redirect some
Be realistic when determining
the amount you plan to invest in the
project. If you haven’t redecorated
in several years, you may need to
acquaint yourself with today’s pricing to
determine your budget range.
Resist the urge to repaint your
interior as the first step in your new
look. There are myriad beautiful paint
colors to compliment your final fabric
selections but painting your walls first
will severely limit your choices in fabric
selections. Color schemes should flow
smoothly from room to room, especially
in the adjoining living areas. This means
some detailed attention needs to be paid
early to the long-range overall color
Forget matching sets of furniture
and mono-chromatic “safe” schemes.
A far more interesting look is a room
of complementing wood pieces and
companionable fabrics in exciting
Something slightly whimsical in
every room will ensure that your rooms
don’t take their new look too seriously.
Lamps, area rugs and other accessories
are all opportunities for a novel touch to
keep rooms feeling light and welcoming.
Use many different textures, materials
and surfaces. Combinations of metals,
woods, glass, woven reeds, fabrics,
ceramics and stone will provide depth
and interest to your decorative theme.
Insist upon good lighting. A well-
planned room will have lighting at
varying levels and intensities appropriate
to the activity of the area. Close
attention should be given especially
to task lighting for activities such as
reading, dining, cooking and desktop
This is one New Year’s resolution
that you and your family will be pleased
you kept for years to come.
Jeanie Tinch is an interior designer
on Sanibel/Captiva Islands. She can be
reached at email@example.com.
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