Bonita-2015-01-16 E-Edition

Performance Art As Art

Even by the flamboyant standards of Matlacha, artist Leoma Lovegrove is colorful. If you somehow miss her pink, purple and lime green buildings on Pine Island Road, the mannequins sitting on the roof will flag you down. A purple pathway through a garden of polychrome benches and bridges leads to a studio on wheels, where a scarlet haired mermaid watches […]

Estero Election Spotlight: District 1, 4 and 6 Candidates

In this issue, Spotlight shines on Estero Village Council candidates in districts 1, 4 and 6. At press time, districts 1 and 6 each had one candidate running unopposed. In the next issue, we’ll introduce you to candidates in districts 5 and 7. A story about candidates in districts 2 and 3 appeared in the January 1 edition. If you […]

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Spotlight on the Norwegian Epic


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 […]


Treasure Hunting With Your Smart Phone

Legend has it that pirates of old buried their stolen fortunes in remote places, intending to return for them later, often with the use of a treasure map. Today it’s possible to search for hidden treasure with the use of a smart phone or a GPS. It’s called geocaching. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game that can take […]

Come for the Food, Stay for the Dancing at Greek Festival

North Naples — The upcoming annual festival at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, at Airport- Pulling and Orange Blossom, is the area’s signature event for all things Greek – from food and dancing to culture and charitable support. Slated for the weekend of February 6 thru 8 this year, attendance has grown yearly — to over 15,000 last year — […]

A Thank You from Los Hermanos

A recent article “Band of Brothers” in Southwest Spotlight prompted the Christian Brothers to send in this thank you to the Spotlight regarding the support and vital contributions made by the volunteers and local parishes that assist them in their ministry to the migrants. St. Leo’s parishioners, staff and administrators and pastors have been our stalwart support over the years. […]


A Girls’ Daycation at Galt Preserve

When I learned that Galt Preserve was cutting the ribbon and opening the trails to the public I decided to organize a girls’ daycation. Dill, my fearless pooch, was left behind and my one year old granddaughter, Madison, did her best to fill his tiny shoes. Angela, Madison’s mom, came to supervise us both. A trip to the Galt Preserve […]

Our Best Friends

Three Times the Joy With Diva, Olivia and Tiffany

Colleen Kvetko’s three “girls,” Diva, Olivia and Tiffany, fit into her busy life well. “The perfect evening is when I come home from work, and the three girls are sitting near me,” she said. Owning three shih tzu dogs ages 9, 6 and 2 might seem daunting. Kvetko provided puppy training, obedience training and therapy dog certification for each. The […]


The $100 Mind Game

It’s difficult to improve a person’s golf swing in an article of 400 words. But in my effort to improve your golf game, there is a way I can improve your outlook and your mindset as you play this wonderful game. The following information was presented at a PGA seminar by Tim Kremer, Spirit of Golf founder. Ninety percent of […]

Stepping Back 500 Years, Through Artists’ Eyes

Naples — As one travels the waterways and highways of modern Southwest Florida, it’s hard to picture, in one’s mind’s eye, the scene five hundred years ago when the area was the centerpiece of the Calusa Indian civilization. There is, however, a way to get a glimpse. A group of talented artists, working in collaboration with local archeologists, have applied […]

Let’s Put On a Show, Easier Said Than Done

Putting on a full-scale art festival is like having computer problems or finding the source of a noise your car is making: Things can go wrong that previously were unimaginable. Bonita Springs National Art Festival Director Barry Witt remembers attending an event with his wife, artist Susan Bridges, some years ago and finding a parking meter in the middle of […]

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Spotlight Visits Christmas Tree Lane

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Spotlight Visits Radio City


Artis–Naples Jan. 19 Los Lobos Jan. 21 – Jan 22 The Bronx Wanderers Jan. 22 – Jan. 23 Masterworks – Trumpet in the New Year Jan. 24 Audra McDonald Jan. 25 Martina McBride Jan. 26 The Capitol Steps Jan. 27 Rhonda Vincent Jan. 27 – Jan. 31 1950s: Golden Age of Black and White Feb. 1 Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra […]


B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples January 17 Saturday Wounded Warrior Softball Games — 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will play the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 5 p.m. and Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District at 7 p.m. Where: Bonita Springs Parks and Recreation Softball Fields, 26740 Pine Ave. […]

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Why Locals Volunteer

Southwest Florida volunteers make wishes come true on a daily basis. And for them, volunteering brings a joy they never imagined. “Helping those less fortunate” has always been part of Naples resident Brenda Booth-Brown’s life. Since moving here in 2009, she’s applied her business and music background to fundraising efforts and personal service through Meals of Hope, Interfaith Charities and […]

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Green Street Boutique, a Unique Shopping Experience

Bonita Springs — If you’re feeling a bit put off by the predictability of the mall, Sharon Bujak has the prescription for you. It’s the Green Street Boutique, which she owns with her daughters, Lisa Cotto and Carly Steinbrenner. The shop at 3901 Bonita Beach Road is on the southwest corner of Bonita Beach Road and Mango Drive, at the […]

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Spotlight Visits Paris

Wylds Café, a Beach Road Classic

Bonita Springs — My how time flies – when you’re eating well. On January 20, Wylds Café will celebrate its tenth anniversary. And owner Robert Charest can remember when. “My partner and I started with empty space, white walls, tile floors and nothing in the kitchen,” said Charest. “Six weeks later, we served our first customers.” In the ensuing ten […]

Rep. Clawson Sets Environmental Goals

Key Largo — Members of the Everglades Coalition recently heard loud and clear what many in Bonita Springs have known for some time. Rep. Curt Clawson is passionately committed to the conservation of Florida’s environment. “I am going to do everything I can to help the cause,” Clawson, a Bonita resident, said in a lunchtime address at the Coalition’s recent […]

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Spotlight Visits Cozumel

The Gift of Life

For one local Southwest Floridian, one kidney is more than enough.

Tracey Bey-Mohammed’s mentor in the Navy clearly changed her life. She’d enlisted at age 18. “I just knew I needed a change,” says the 44-year-old Naples resident. She served aboard the USS Dixon, where Commander William Bundy took her under his wing. “Being a woman and being so new to the military, he taught me to be very careful with […]

Humphries’ Doll Collection Gifted to Historical Society

Bonita Springs — Ann Humphries was a collector. She collected and made dolls and teddy bears and designed patterns for their outfits, embroidered, did needlepoint, created dioramas. According to her friend Martha Simmons of Fort Myers, “She had more talent than anybody I’ve ever seen when it came to creating a doll. She could take a scrap of anything and […]

Good Stewardship of Bonita Springs Growth

Some have suggested that the City of Bonita Springs sponsor a city-initiated effort to change the zoning in its far northeast corner, in what is called the “DR/GR.” Now, more than ever, that’s not a prudent use of city resources and taxpayer funds. The area currently has the type of zoning that many towns on the east coast of Florida […]

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Spotlight Visits Myanmar (Burma)