Bonita-2015-06-01 E-Edition

Capturing The Glow In The Night Sky

Artist Spotlight

The Sanibel Lighthouse, featured on this month’s cover framed by the Milky Way galaxy, was a first place winner of the 2014 Wikipedia Summer of Monuments national competition for photographing U.S. historic sites. It is a vision only seen by the patient few when the night sky opens its cloudy curtains and the glowing band arches in the proper alignment. […]

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Applebee’s Cuts the Ribbon

Corkscrew Commons Applebee’s in Estero recently celebrated its remodel and grand reopening. The new community theme focuses on education, non-profit organizations and first responders in the Estero area, with wall décor featuring Estero High School, Florida Gulf Coast University, Germain Arena Youth Hockey, San Carlos Little League, Fort Myers Miracle and Estero Fire Rescue. From left, Councilman Bill Ribble, Councilman […]

An Interview With Della Alvarez Smith

Back in 1976, a young man named Jeff McCullers belonged to the “Estero Go-Getters 4-H Club.” At an early age, Jeff knew the importance of writing down the stories he heard from those around him and preserving them. If not for his mother, Kay McCullers, it may have never gotten down on paper. Thankfully it did and it’s called “Estero: […]


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 […]

Fabulous Wines At The End Of The World

Bodega del Fin del Mundo is heaven for wine lovers. In English, the “Winery at the End of the World” makes some of the world’s best reds 800 kilometers (500 miles) south of Argentina’s famed Mendoza wine region. The bodega uses the latest technology to make the best use of its spectacular Patagonian terroir, and its cool climate, chalky sub-soils […]

Making Smart Choices At The Food Store

Food shopping can be a daunting and overwhelming task when trying to eat healthy. It seems as though stores are set up to sabotage your good intentions by promoting quick, unhealthy choices; but, knowing what to look for and where to find it can make your shopping trips less of a chore. It doesn’t matter if you’re in an average […]

What is Anxiety?

Part 1

Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. Dealing with difficult situations, people or a financial struggle can make us feel nervous or anxious. Interestingly, studies actually show that a moderate level of anxiety can improve performance and help us to be more alert and focused. However, people who experience extreme anxiety, worries and fears do not know how […]

Chipping with Confidence

There is a wise saying in golf “if you love to chip, you’ll love the game.” It’s true because if you can finish a hole with confidence and success instead of anxiety and frustration, golf is a joyful experience. So the question is: Can you learn to chip with confidence? Yes, of course you can, if you focus on one […]

Goober and the Turkey Vultures

BONITA Nature Place

It always surprises me to hear what excites visitors to the Bonita Nature Place. Last week it was the Turkey Vultures who got a lot of attention. Its 72-inch wingspan gets it noticed. Weighing in from three to five and a half pounds, it has a red head and red legs. The very tip of the beak is white and […]

The Other Side Of The Ecological Coin

It’s after 3 p.m. A towering cumulonimbus cloud stirs and swells over Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. It’s not alone. Darkening bases of two large clouds are already paying out their cargo. Later that evening the rains usher in the bleating call of the narrow mouthed toad which mixes with a host of other native frogs at the Corkscrew Sanctuary. The sound […]

Why The Piping Plover Is In Danger

One of my favorite birds is the small Piping Plover. I love to sit on the beach and watch as these little tan and white birds run back and forth, chasing the edges of small waves and searching the wet sand for small creatures carried by the tide. Their quick, darting movement is both beautiful and intriguing to observe. Piping […]

Strange Bedfellows

Shelby, a beautiful “mutt,” is her own breed, with her heredity quite impossible to distinguish though everyone ventures a guess. She is 28 inches at the shoulders and 80 pounds. Her shiny black fur has tan, brown and cinnamon highlights and she walks regally, close to her owner’s heel. Her best friends, Onyx and Allie, are cats and they share […]

The Imperial River Is A Best Kept Secret

As I have had the opportunity to be on the Imperial River on a regular basis I have seen a lot of game fish. The locals fish it regularly and I often hear the stories of great snook and tarpon caught on the river. So I recently got a fishing board and wanted to test it out. The sun was […]


Alligator Amblers Chapter of Florida Trail Association Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month. Where: Bass Pro Shop, 10040 Gulf Center Drive (upstairs conference room). FM. Visit their website: amblers. floridatrail.org. For more information please call: JoAnn Luce 239-495-7644 American Legion 303 Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Where: 27678 Imperial Shores. […]

Shining A Light On The New York Night

There is film noir; and then there is the real thing — unfiltered noir. During the years straddling the Second World War, freelance photographer Arthur Fellig, known as “Weegee,” cruised the wee hours of New York mornings, capturing images of denizens of big city darkness that he could sell to tabloid newspapers. Much of Weegee’s work portrayed crime and tragedy […]


Artis–Naples June 4Mudbone June 7Festival of Great Organ Music June 18Chuggington Live! Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall June 7Gulf Coast Symphony— The Land of Make Believe June 14Bill Maher June 25Derek & Julianne Hough June 26Frank Caliendo Broadway Palm May 28 – July 4“Church Basement Ladies” June 18 – August 1“Out Of Order” Center for Performing Arts June 3 – June 7, June […]

Scholarship Winners Announced at Student Showcase Exhibition

Five seniors were recently awarded college scholarships at the Opening Reception of the Student Showcase Exhibition at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. The winners are: Brennon Huseman Tyler Keelor, Meghan Ott, Jose Sandoval, Jr. and Macy Thiele. Each senior is planning to study art or design in college and submitted a portfolio of artwork, wrote an essay and […]


B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples June 1 Monday I Survived 2015 Season — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come out and enjoy live music, food, drinks, prizes and a silent auction. Proceeds raised will benefit Liberty Youth Ranch. Please RSVP by emailing: swf@swflconstructionsales.com. Where: SWF Construction, 28440 Old 41 Rd. Suite #11 B. Cost: Free. […]

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Spotlight Visits Churchill Downs

Bill Janes and friends brought the Spotlight to Churchill Downs to watch the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. The Spotlight loves to travel and is willing to travel in checked bags or carry- ons. So please, bring the Spotlight along on your next adventure.

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Veterans’ Bricks Installed at Riverside Park

Martin Fierro Brings the Open Range to Naples

Business Beat

North Naples — In “Martín Fierro,” the classic 19th century Argentinian folk poem, José Hernández glorifies the days when gauchos ruled the open range. It was a time when meat was cooked over open fires, skewered on crosses, and moved around the fires to accommodate the changing winds. Martin Fierro, the North Naples restaurant, is well named for the poem’s […]

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Swinging with a Purpose

Swinging with a Purpose’s third annual golf tournament at Quail West raised more than $50,000 for three local charities. A luncheon was held last month at Seasons 52 where checks were presented, totaling $55,000, to LACES of Love ($15,000), Our Mother’s Home ($25,000) and Dress for Success of Collier County ($15,000). From left, Ashley Gould, Cheryl Ollila, Mary Jayne Register, […]

Tackling Health And Environmental Dangers At The Source

Business Beat

Naples — After twenty-five years as a deputy sheriff for Collier County, Sergeant Jim Wenrich is now committed to protecting the health of Naples area residents and preserving our fragile environment for future generations. His new independent business, Fresh-Bins, tackles health and environmental dangers at the source — our trash bins. Citing statistics published by the Center for Disease Control, […]

At $8.5 Million, Island Sale Gotta’ Keep ‘Em Smiling

Real Estate Watch

Flamingo Island, the funky cool Bonita Beach Road flea market, has been sold. And the price has to “keep the sellers smiling,” to paraphrase the business’s popular jingle. The buyer, affiliated with a Colorado based flea market company, paid $8.5 million according to county land records. Situated just west of the interstate, Flamingo Island has 82,000 square feet of open-air […]

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Fred Astaire Celebrates Grand Opening

Fred Astaire Dance Studio celebrated its grand opening last month in Bonita Springs. Owners Yuriy and Alexandra Datsyk, Pavlo Bilych, and their team of professional ballroom dance instructors work with dancers of all skill levels, from beginners to world champions. To learn more about Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs, visit fredastaire.com/bonita-springs or call (239) 949-9680.

Well Read and Well Dressed

Business Beat

Bonita Springs — Robin Currier has blended her passion for literature and fashion in the Bonita Springs Promenade at Bonita Bay. Only a few months old, her fun and eclectic Well Read Department Store has something for everyone. Amid a backdrop of literary quotes and portraits, she’s put together a unique collection of handpicked clothing and accessories for everyone, from […]

Lucky to Be Alive

Every day since joining the Army in June, 1943, Belleville, New Jersey native Pfc. Nicholas Scarola, has been grateful to be alive. One of four brothers serving in different branches during World War II, Scarola enlisted to avoid being drafted into the Infantry. “But I ended up there anyway,” laughs the 92 year-old recipient of three Purple Heart Medals, a […]

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Spotlight Visits Wadi Rum

“It is my pleasure that you dine with me in Wadi Rum,” bellowed Anthony Quinn to Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif in a classic moment from the film “Lawrence of Arabia.” The Spotlight took Tony up on his offer, thanks to the kindness of Michael and Cinda Carron, who traveled to Wadi Rum and Petra in Jordan last month. The […]

Mission Five of the Collier County Honor Flight

Several months ago I applied to become a guardian for Collier County Honor Flight. If you are not familiar, honor flight is a program which honors America’s veterans for their sacrifices by transporting them to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. My phone rang on a random Thursday in April and I was asked if I had […]

Sommer Family Comforted By A Community Of Kin

Two days after Estero High School Coach Jeff Sommer died, his son, Adam, took his final test at the Fort Myers Fire Academy. It’s what his father would have wanted him to do, he said. He passed the test. Graduation was the same evening, but evening was hours away. So Adam, 19, went to spend that time at Estero High […]