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The Disappearing Art Of Jane Portaluppi Durand

Observers wonder how a street artist can paint a work of art bigger than life and then watch it destroyed by the elements. Recognizing that street art is part performance and part fine art sheds a little light on the process performed by Naples artist Jane Portaluppi Durand. “What remains of a violin concerto when it’s finished? The beauty is […]

Preserving The Old Stories

At the Estero Historical Society, we take pride in our town’s history. As we grow and continue to discover the pioneering families, we are committed to preserving the history of Estero. Now that we have become “The Village of Estero,” getting our title back which was taken away from us some 100 years ago, we would like the residents of […]

Enhancing Public Participation in Estero

We have often been told by our fellow elected officials to expect that the public is going to be either absent at our meetings or protesting as an angry mob. As a very newly elected council member of the Village of Estero, we are going to try some new approaches to enhance public participation, and to channel that anger into […]


Heartcrafted In The Napa Valley

Founded in 2006, Ca’ Momi Napa Valley is the heart’s offering of three Italians: Dario De Conti, Valentina Guolo-Migotto and Stefano Migotto. Migotto and De Conti were two of Italy’s brightest young winemakers in the 1990s. A decade later, each came to California to share their expertise with American winemakers. Both fell in love with the Napa Valley and started […]


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 […]


Trauma And Its Effects

Part 1 of 2 The recently released movie, “American Sniper,” reminds us all of the impact of prolonged trauma on human life. When we think of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, many of us envision soldiers who experienced combat. However, trauma also affects police officers and firefighters – people who witness and come into contact with traumatic events, often on a daily […]


The Mental Game of Golf

There are three general components to improving your golf game. Exercise, swing mechanics and the mental game. In this article we’re going to focus on the mental game. Often we spend entirely too much time obsessed with our mechanics and beating golf balls and not enough time using our “minds to put ourselves in position to score”. After all, the […]

Our Best Friends

Cross Country Travelers

“Your dogs have been to more state parks than I have,” said Rhonda Reid’s friend when discussing the road trip that CiCi and JoJo made from Los Angeles to Bonita Springs in May of 2014. JoJo was already a family member when CiCi was adopted almost six years ago at just under two years of age. “A friend previously adopted […]

What’s With All The Hype Over Gluten?

Gluten has emerged as quite the buzzword lately. Enter any store or restaurant these days and there are gluten free options everywhere. Even typically unhealthy foods, like pizza, have gluten free options now. So what’s behind this sudden trend? Celiac disease, which is diagnosed through lab tests and procedures, is an autoimmune disease that requires complete elimination of dietary gluten […]

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The Ukrainian Easter Egg

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Spotlight Visits St. Maarten

In 50 Places, Naples Area Will Be At Loggerheads

Southwest Florida beaches draw plenty of loyal visitors who return often to find their places in the sand. But it’s safe to say that none are monitored as closely as Emily, Beth, Lindsay, Tracy and some of the other mothers who come back regularly to the shores of Keewaydin Island and Naples to make nests and lay eggs. For more […]

Youth Orchestra to Showcase Talents at Hayes Hall

Naples — On a recent Sunday evening, 68 energetic young musicians file into the music room at Pine Ridge Middle School. The Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is gathering to rehearse. Chairs are set; instruments tuned under the guidance of violinist Iris Wu, a Naples High junior . Then, the joyful hum subsides. All eyes are on Yaniv Segal, 33, Naples […]


Artis–Naples Apr. 6“Swan Lake” Apr. 10 – Apr. 11Masterworks – Liszt and Franck Apr. 14 – Apr. 18The Music of Elton John and More Apr. 18Magic Carpet – Strings Apr. 29Chris Botti Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Apr. 3 – Apr. 4SWFL Symphony POPS III Classic Country: A Salute to Dolly & Patsy Apr. 7 – Apr. 12Camelot Apr. […]


B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples Apri l 4 Saturday Royal Scoop’s 21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Games – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring the little ones out to hunt for Easter eggs and enjoy games, bounce houses, ice cream eating contest, food and much more. All children up to 10 years of age […]

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Rally for the Cure

Building Bridges In The Community

On March 9th, students at Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts presented a big thank you. With a preview of their upcoming production “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” and songs and dance accompanied by the school jazz band they sang their hearts out – all to say “thank you” to The Bridge Fund board members for helping their school’s arts […]

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A Flower Boutique and Paisley Peacock Celebrate Grand Opening

MyxnScents, an Idea That Makes Sense

Naples — For all the fortunes that have been made with fragrances, consumer choices are invariably standardized. That’s true from Chanel No. 5 to Cacharel, from L’Oreal to Old Spice. Tracy Sherles believes otherwise – that variety is, well, the true spice of life. At her shop, MyxnScents, located at Bayfront in Naples, customers have the choice of over 450 […]

Distressed Sales Plummet as Market Tightens

With the recession in the rear view mirror, the amount of distressed properties being sold in our area has been whittled down to a precious few. For example, market statistics compiled by the Bonita Springs Estero Association of Realtors show just a handful of sales—literally five – of singlefamily foreclosures and short sales in the month of February. That’s a […]

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The New St. John’s Shoppe, A Gift That Keeps Giving

Naples — There is a real good reason to visit the Tamiami Square Shopping Center, once home to the long lamented Naples Tomato, with its summertime nickel lasagna specials. St. John’s Shoppe, the boutique quality thrift store of St. John’s Episcopal Church, has opened its doors. “We are a unique operation,” said manager Sharon Marceau. “We have outstanding, upscale merchandise […]

Dinosaurs In The Garden

Naples — It was early morning and the crowds were pouring in. It was earlier still in the garden – the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods with dinosaurs roaring, swinging their tails, stretching their long necks up and down and spitting sprays of water at unsuspecting passersby. This was opening week at Naples Botanical Garden’s “Unearthed: Dinosaurs in the Garden.” […]

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Everblades Fans Support Laces of Love

All Miked Up

Bill Banfield has a megaphone, and he’s using it for good.

Every now and then, when a new client walks into investment advisor Bill Banfield’s office, they stop and say, “Don’t I know you from somewhere?” It’s not that they know Banfield personally. Instead what they’re recognizing is his hearty baritone voice. Banfield is practically the voice of Southwest Florida. If you’ve been to a local high school sports game, seen […]

2016 Bonita City Council Elections

Bonita Springs City Council elections are scheduled for early 2016. So far two candidates, Bill Lonkart (currently representing Council District 6) and Steve McIntosh (currently representing Council District 1) have announced their intentions to run for Mayor. Incumbent Mayor Ben Nelson is term limited, and so cannot run for reelection. City Council seats for Districts 1,2, 4 and 6 also […]

Fred Partin Looks Down The Decades At BSU

Longtime Bonita Springs Utilities executive director Fred Partin is wrapping up a career of more than three decades with the utility, which serves Bonita and large portions of Estero. By most any standard, he has seen change – and plenty of it. When Partin started his job as executive director, he was just 26 years old, and Bonita’s incorporation as […]