Bonita-2014-12-01 E-Edition


Improving The Short Game – Pitching

Improving the short game is the most effective way to lower one’s handicap. The four areas of the short game are: chipping, pitching, greenside bunker play and putting. The importance of the short game has always been known by low handicap golfers, but often overlooked by many other golfers. The average number of greens hit in regulation by tour players […]

Susie Robbins: A Master Designer For Quilters

Bonita Springs — “It’s not often you get to play all day long and call it work,” says Susie Robbins, sitting in her Bonita Springs home. It sparkles with color and design imagery, with fabric displayed on counter tops, in wall hangings, and on the delicate dress of an airborne doll she found in a gift shop. The doll came […]

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Spotlight Visits Ireland

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Our Best Friends

Bentley Is All Charm

Bentley is all charm. Only five months old, he already has three girlfriends whom he plays with most mornings at Estero Dog Park: Sharma, Shiloh and Apache. He favors Sharma and they play “pull the bark” with great speed and determination. Bentley’s good looks and loveable face come from his mixture of Boston Terrier and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel heritage. […]

Advanced Lab Propels FGCU Into Hi-Tech Major Leagues

FGCU — When considering top technology and engineering schools, one might think of MIT, Caltech or Princeton, but Florida Gulf Coast University? If you believe FGCU’s inclusion in such a list is surprising, just talk to Professor Janusz Zalewski. He’ll say, “FGCU has one of the most sophisticated technology labs that can be found among education institutions.” The endorsement comes […]

“Stay Out Of The Kitchen!” at Estero Rec Center

Pickleball Senior Games Come To Town

Estero — Fred Bode will be there. At 72, he more than qualifies. Bode will be competing in the 2014 Florida International Pickleball Senior Games and State Championships, on December 12 through 14. It’s the second time the Estero Recreation Center will host the event. “It will be a really good competition and well attended,” says Bode. “I want to […]


Holiday Shopping

Twinkling lights, window decorations and holiday greetings at the checkout line serve to remind us of the fast approaching holiday season. The rising level of stress many of us might be feeling, especially in regard to which present to get for whom, is perhaps another reminder of the “season” lurking right around the corner. However, instead of constantly shopping and […]

Art From The West Anchors Exploring America At The Baker

Naples — The National Museum of Wildlife Art, on the outskirts of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, sits in an iconic western setting. The building, with crenellated walls of Idaho quartzite, is perched on a hillside overlooking living history – literally. At this time of year, thousands of elk fill the valley floor below – the National Elk Refuge, a winter home […]

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Speakers Assembly Hosts Opening Reception

Members of the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida gathered for an opening reception at FineMark National Bank & Trust last month. The Speakers Assembly offers eight events between November and April. Senator Ted Cruz is the guest speaker at its January 16 event at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. For more information, go to speakersassembly.com.


Prescribed Fire Brings New Life, Healthier Forests

Most people’s reaction to fire is negative – often because what they see are news stories about destructive wildfires that cause damage to people and property. Fire can be a scary thing. But in the right circumstances fire does a lot of good. For thousands of years, Florida’s ecosystems have evolved with and adapted to fire. And without it, they […]

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The Museum of Modern Art


The Gorgeousness of Champagne

Everyone loves the ‘pop’ that comes with uncorking Champagne. No other beverage is as closely associated with victory, celebration, ceremony and, indeed, holidays. In my family for example, we’ve stocked champagne for the three adult birthdays and Christmas, all coming next month. But there’s another reason we’ve bought big…3, 2, 1… It tastes really good. Dom Pérignon, produced by Moët […]


A Table Apart Chef Jeff Acol’s profound love for the ocean is rooted in his early childhood years growing up in Hawaii and helps explain his commitment to serving sustainable seafood and seasonal ingredients. This talented chef offers a limited but diverse menu. Dishes offer global fair with Asian and French influence. 4295 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-221-8540. www.atableapart.com […]

Candidate Field Builds for Village Elections

Estero — The filing period for Village of Estero council elections has just opened, and already a passel of candidates has declared. They include Howard Levitan and Jim Boesch, prominent members of the Estero Council of Community Leaders, which has played midwife to the creation of the new village. At press time, ECCL chair Nick Batos, of The Brooks, told […]

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Marketplace Title Honored at Blue Chip Awards


Artis–Naples Dec. 4Around Town Dec. 6 & Dec. 7The Nutcracker Dec. 8Daryl Hall and John Oates Dec. 11 & Dec. 13Masterworks Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Dec. 10Wynonna & The BigNoise: A SimplerChristmas Dec. 13Southwest FloridaSymphony: Christmasin Paradise Dec. 14The Tenors Broadway Palm Nov. 6 – Dec. 27The Great AmericanTrailer Park ChristmasMusical Nov. 20 – Dec. 27A Christmas Carol […]


B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples December 1 Monday Films for Film Lovers — City of God — 7 p.m. Films on Monday nights now in new Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium & Film Center, furnished with a large movie screen and comfortable chairs to watch the best foreign and independent films. Where: 10150 Bonita […]

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Greenwood Family Helps Los Hermanos And Their Neighbors

Bonita Springs — Chip Greenwood was presented a plaque in November by Brother Ben McDonough of the Christian Brothers and Los Hermanos in appreciation for his family’s support of a summer day camp which benefits children of Rosemary Park and other neighborhoods in Bonita Springs. In cooperation with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Venice, Los Hermanos sponsors and supports […]

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Naples Chamber Honors Collier County’s Finest at 11th Annual Distinguished Public Service Awards

Always a Foodie, Now An Entrepreneur

Southwest Florida foodies know that area farmers markets offer more than just fresh fruits and vegetables. They are the place to discover specialty food items that are often new or unique. Barb Gallo’s product certainly qualifies. It’s a brine mix –named Wyndham Farms Brine Mix for Poultry and Pork, the namesake of the home where Barb and husband Rick raised […]

When a Cab Ride Is More Than a Ride

When Mack Rose picks up his taxi customers, they are in for a surprise. With its artwork on the cab’s exterior showing a singing Elvis and the “Rock and Roll Ride” sign, it stands out from the other cabs in line. Then the passenger is handed a mike. This is Mack’s Karaoke Kab. “When people see the taxi, it brings […]

Dr. Lee Welky Takes The Ice Again

Estero — Growing up in Boston, Lee Welky loved playing hockey. But it can be a tough game and, like many hockey players, it cost the youngster a few teeth, and a few more when he played for his college team at Brown University. It got to the point, he says, that his mother couldn’t watch. His dentist had another […]

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Ribbon Cuttings Galore

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An Estero ER: A Brief History of Time

Some kind of emergency care at Coconut Point has long been debated, well before Lee Memorial Health System’s proposal to build a medical village on the 30 acres it owns on Coconut Road. “I chaired the Estero Council of Community Leaders in 2004 when LMHS bought the property, and we invited (LMHS CEO) Jim Nathan to our monthly meeting and […]

Lee Memorial Plans Major Healthcare Complex On Coconut Road

Estero — Forget baby steps; Estero has been taking leaps. Lee Memorial Health System’s plan for a medical village presented in November before the Estero Council of Community Leaders is a big step forward in what has been a lurching, decade-long stumble toward having an emergency medical facility serving the community, as well as the northern reaches of Bonita Springs. […]

Flea Bargain

At Bonita Institution Deals are a Dime a Dozen

Bonita Springs — There’s very little you can’t find at Flamingo Island Flea Market. The hot pink building, which sits just west of I-75 on Bonita Beach Road, has 600 vendor spaces. By December every single one of them will be full. “We can tell it’s going to be a very busy season down here because we filled up the […]

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Spotlight Returns to Amsterdam

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Spotlight Visits Africa

Finally Floating

After several years, Bay Water Boat Club gets its new dock.

A year and a half ago, the Botana family felt like they might never see their dock completed. “We got a call from the Army Corps of Engineers,” says Adam Botana, “They said, unfortunately someone has to take over on this and we have to review your permits and everything.” That was months’ worth of work down the drain. “It […]