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Art Lessons With Anne Chaddock

Artist Spotlight

Naples — It’s impossible to miss the larger than life face of a young woman with bright and penetrating eyes when entering artist Anne Chaddock’s studio on J & C Boulevard in North Naples. The intriguing face is also featured on the opening page of her web site and is titled, “Face Value.” “Perhaps it’s a picture of me, how […]


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 […]

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Southwest Florida Social Bridge Group Supports Wounded Warriors Project

Ninety-six ladies from Bonita Bay, Copperleaf, Lighthouse Bay, Pelican Landing, Spring Run, Shadow Wood and Worthington enjoy a friendly Bridge game and lunch. At their end of season luncheon, the ladies presented a check to Dale Mullins of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Tarpon Bay Restaurant’s Jazz Brunch Hits All The Right Notes

Lingering over coffee and pastries during a Sunday brunch is truly one of life’s great joys. And while even just an okay brunch is better than no brunch, a truly spectacular one, like the brunch served weekly at the Hyatt’s Tarpon Bay Restaurant, is the kind of thing you don’t soon forget. Every Sunday, the restaurant brings in a jazz […]

Collier Seminole State Park

Driving east on US 41 is favorite pastime for me just because of the visual quietness of it all. It is not unlike me to load up the Dill, the fearless Min Pin, to see where the road will take us. A few weeks back I headed out with that very mission in mind and rediscovered the fun little escape […]

The Unexamined Golf Game

Socrates said “An unexamined life isn’t worth living” and with a touch of wisdom let’s apply it to your golf game. An unexamined golf game isn’t worth playing. Why examine our games? Because without some insight we might never improve or worse yet, never get the full enjoyment the game can provide. Golf is one of the only sports where […]

Sadie Fills The Empty Nest

When first married, Vito and Denise Romano owned a German shepherd who missed them so much when they worked she went right through a door. That incident led to a new home with a member of the New York Police Department who was better able to provide the companionship needed. Life moved on for the Romano family without a pet […]

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Balloons Over Paradise

Harry and Leslie Durling took the Spotlight to the Balloons Over Paradise Festival in Immokalee.

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Spotlight Visits San Juan

Jian Noel took the Spotlight on vacation to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Here they are near the entrance of Castillo San Felipe Del Morro, San Juan National Historic Site. The Spotlight loves to travel and is willing to travel in checked bags or carry-ons. So please, take the Spotlight along on your next adventure.

Nature’s Best Two-mile Scavenger Hunt

People come to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary from all over the United States, with a considerable contingent of international visitors. March is typically the most popular month, it’s still cool mornings draw in many birders. Nearly 200 species of birds have been recorded at Corkscrew. First time visitors arrive later hoping for a close-up viewing of one of Corkscrew’s many massive […]

More Than A Messy Purse At The Sugden

Naples — Laughter echoed through the full house at the intimate Tobye Studio at Sugden Community Theatre in downtown Naples for the April 1 opening of “Love, Loss & What I Wore,” a play by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. Accompanying the laughter was a generous supply of sparkling, […]

Kevin Sharpe, A Musical Life

The audience at the April 25th Bonita Springs Center for the Arts piano concert featuring the internationally renowned pianist and educator Dr. Kevin Sharpe, will be treated to a performance for all musical tastes from a man who believes, “Music is a gift to be shared with the world.” It’s a gift he’s been sharing since he toured with Duke […]

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Bridge Club Supports Alzheimer’s Association

Bonita Bridge Club members playing on a recent April morning. Bonita Bridge@Wiggins, a duplicate bridge club in North Naples, raised $6,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association as part of their March Madness Charity Week. This ACBL sanctioned club attracts as many as 300 players a day in the height of season. Located behind Walgreens at Wiggins Pass and US 41, JoEllen […]


Artis–Naples Apr. 14 – Apr. 18The Music of Elton John and More Apr. 18Magic Carpet — Strings Apr. 22Wycliffe Gordon Apr. 25Peter and The Wolf Apr. 26 – Apr. 28Sypert Salon Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Apr. 17Diana Krall Apr. 18Gulf Coast Symphony: Cirque de la Symphonie Apr. 19Celtic Woman Apr. 22Mythbusters – Jamie & Adam Unleashed Apr. 29Mary Stallings Broadway Palm Mar. […]


B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples April 18 Saturday 2015 Walk For Wishes 5k Walk/Run — Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5th Annual Walk For Wishes 5k Walk/ Run, to benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Where: Florida Gulf Coast University Recreation Field, 10501 FGCU Blvd., FM. Visit www.walkforwishes.net for times and registration. Kids Paracord Creations — […]

A New Scoreboard For The Tennis Team

Bonita Springs — Sometimes tennis is just not enough. Maggie Otero read about YMCA READS and like the Pied Piper, she led members from her tennis team to Bonita Springs Elementary School. They meet with second and third grade students as volunteer tutors twice a week for about an hour. According to Sarajane Wurster, “The mornings are always upbeat, full […]

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Spotlight Visits Vietnam

Jan Hagedorn and the Spotlight aboard the Regent Seven Seas Voyager in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. The Spotlight loves an adventure, and travels internationally without a passport, so please take the Spotlight on your next trip.

A Growing Market For Mermaid Tails And Sparkle Sunscreen

The Promenade at Bonita Bay, well-known for shops featuring upscale home accessories, art, and clothing for men and women, is now serving the fashion needs of the younger generation— from the cradle through middle school. “Children’s Couture” owner Debbie Federici recognized the market for, “quality, affordable and fun children’s fashion and accessories,” thirteen years ago when she opened her first […]

Going Local At The Local

Business Beat

Naples — It’s often said there is a lot to a name. That certainly is the case with one area restaurant. The Local, a Naples eatery on Pine Ridge Road just west of Airport Pulling, specializes in locally sourced ingredients. Local sources include organic farms like Inyoni Farms and Worden Farms. The harvest also includes the home garden of chef […]

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A Day on the Water for Spring Creek Students

The Bonita Bay Fishing Club hosted its 26th Annual Spring Creek Students Fishing Trip and Picnic on April 11, with a morning of fishing on Estero Bay and lunch at nearby Estero Park. Thirty-four Spring Creek students, first through fifth graders, donned yellow Bonita Bay Fishing Club hats and life vests before heading out to the bay with their assigned […]

Taking The Long Way

When Don Huprich lines up at the start line for this year’s Boston Marathon, he’ll have the support of his entire community behind him. But he hardly needs it. The 59-year-old marathoner has completed the race seven times already and he’s run 23 marathons total. But a lot can happen in the 26.2 miles between the start and the finish. […]

America’s Winter Market Garden, Right Next Door

Agriculture is big business here. The heart of that business is just a short drive, but a world away, from the beaches of Naples and Bonita Springs. On a recent foggy Spring morning two busloads of residents and visitors headed out to Immokalee. The University of Florida Collier County Extension had organized an agricultural tour for a look at the […]

Non-stop Flights To San Juan Start May 3rd

Additional Destinations On The Radar

Ricardo Rolon has been living in Southwest Florida for 11 years and flying at least once a year to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Every time, that meant driving back and forth to Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport and spending nearly as much time on the road as in the air. In a few weeks, when Sun Country Airlines begins […]

Councilman Peter Simmons and Family Decide Not to Seek Another Term

On January 31, 2012 I was honored to be overwhelmingly elected to represent the citizens of Bonita Springs (District 4) on the City Council. It was a joyous evening with family, friends, campaign staff, campaign supporters and media at Backwater Jack’s Marina. As I joked on election night, other than the 4,000 doors that my family and I knocked on, […]

Wonder Gardens An Important Anchor For Downtown

Letter to the Editor

I just wanted to thank the City of Bonita Springs for supporting a loan to the Everglades Wonder Gardens. The Wonder Gardens has been and still is an important anchor to the Historic Downtown Bonita Springs business district. It draws people from around the world. As the first zoo in Southwest Florida it is historically significant. It also was one […]

Consider The Michigan Left Turn

The traffic technique known to many as the “Michigan Left” is thought to have been developed by the chief engineer at General Motors who designed the US freeway system under President Eisenhower. The Michigan Department of Transportation first used the design in the early 1960s in Detroit.The increase in traffic Flow and reduction in accidents was so dramatic that over […]

Estero Village’s Bounty of Participation


After nearly a month of trudging through the mundane, on April 10 the Estero Village council arrived at the sublime. As anyone who had the sitzfleisch to sit through them knows, large chunks of the first few business meetings of the new council were occupied with tedious, but necessary, housekeeping matters for the new municipality. Bank accounts were opened, email […]