2016-06-01

Bonita-2016-06-01 E-Edition

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Second Annual Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic nets nearly $100,000

The second annual Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic at the Estuary at Grey Oaks earned nearly $100,000 to support Guadalupe Center’s three educational programs, Early Childhood Education, After-school Tutoring and Summer Enrichment, and college preparatory Tutor Corps. Professional golfers Chip Beck, Wayne Levi and Graham Marsh offered helpful tips, and former Washington Redskins’ quarterback Mark Rypien acted as an enthusiastic auctioneer […]

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Spotlight visits Morocco

Judy and Bill Rummler and Michele and Tom Himes took the Spotlight on a camel ride in Morocco. The Spotlight is rather adventurous, and crosses borders without a passport. Please take the Spotlight on your next camel ride. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

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Spotlight rides ATVs in Honduras

Peggy and Barry Metevia took the Spotlight to Trujillo, Honduras. The trio navigated through the dense tropical jungle and over rugged terrain, shallow rivers and marshes. The Spotlight loves to travel, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

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Spotlight visits Cornwallis’ Cave

Donna Kitchton and her granddaughter Lucy took the Spotlight to Cornwallis’ Cave in Yorktown, VA. Yorktown is most remembered as the site where British General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to General George Washington, bringing an end to the last major battle of the American Revolution. The Spotlight loves to travel, so please take the Spotlight […]

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Spotlight visits the Galapagos Islands

Rick and Dianne Wilkins took the Spotlight to see the giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands. The Spotlight loves to travel and is always TSA pre-checked. So please take the Spotlight along on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

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Spotlight visits Catalina Island

Chris and David Adams took the Spotlight to Catalina Island, CA. 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. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

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Spotlight visits Cuba

Suzy Valentine and David Southall took the Spotlight to Cuba. Here they are at a botanical garden in Havana. The Spotlight travels internationally without a passport, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

School committee to raise funds for sculpture in memory of former principal David Short




A metal sculpture will commemorate former principal and friend David Short at Bonita Springs Elementary School. Short died in January. He was the school’s principal for 19 years, an educator for 49 years, 42 in Lee County. And he was a legend in Bonita Springs. Soon after he arrived at the small school in 1995, with its 175 students, a […]

Don’t find yourself, design yourself



As mentioned in last month’s column, today we often hear talk about finding out “who we really are.” At cocktail parties, we may hear discussions about someone who is on a journey to find his or her “true self.” The funny thing is that finding ourselves does not have to be a massive undertaking, nor does it need to take […]

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Spotlight takes historic cruise to Cuba

Mary Anne and Tom Spann visited Cuba in May on the first cruise ship in more than 50 years from an American port to Cuba. After a celebratory arrival in Havana, their ship, Carnival Cruise Line’s MV Adonia, made stops in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. Here they are with Spotlight on board in Havana harbor and in Santiago de […]

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Spotlight golfs with First Presbyterian Church

Both the Bonita Springs and Estero editions of the Spotlight Magazines were at Spring Run Golf Club in Estero to tee off with the women of First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs at the Annual Spring Tee ParTee. The Spotlight loves golf. Please take the Spotlight to your next golf outing and send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Club Meetings



If your club meets regularly and would like to be included on this page, please email the info to club@swspotlight.com B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples 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 […]

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E.J. McDonnell named Southwest Florida PGA Professional of the Year

The Southwest Florida PGA recently recognized E.J. McDonnell, PGA director of golf at Bonita Bay Club, as the 2015 Golf Professional of the Year. This is the highest honor a PGA professional can receive. E.J. was recognized for his overall performance, his level of service to the Association, along with his leadership skills, the ability to inspire fellow professionals, and […]

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Swinging With Purpose donates $32,000 to local non-profits

Swinging With Purpose recently presented checks for $10,000 to Our Mother’s Home and $22,000 to Providence House to cover the annual vehicle maintenance budget and appliance replacement costs for each organization, respectively. Kelly Cox, Karen Watson, Jean Takas and Jacquie Walters, Cheryl Ollila, Sandie Fleming, and Diana Riley.

Habits of golfers with class



Golf is the only sport in which the competitors call penalties on themselves. By nature it is a game of integrity. I like that the First Tee program for junior golfers stresses the nine core values of honesty, respect, sportsmanship, integrity, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. I like that the PGA tour raises more charity dollars than professional football, […]

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Spotlight visits Japan

Leslie Lightner, Marilyn Lightner, Ken Schwinn and Susan Schwinn took the Spotlight to the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. The Spotlight travels internationally without a passport, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

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New Horizons of SWFL and Volunteer Wendy Kephart receive Governor’s Champion of Service Award

New Horizons of Southwest Florida and longtime volunteer Wendy Kephart recently received the Champion of Service award. Volunteer Florida’s CEO Chester Spellman and Governor Rick Scott presented the award. The Champion of Service Award is the only statewide volunteer recognition award. It is given to volunteers and organizations that go above and beyond in service to their community. New Horizons, […]

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Leaders and Pastors of Bonita Springs Christian churches host breakfast with community leaders

Bonita Springs’ Christian churches invited community leaders to a breakfast at the Stage Restaurant. The breakfast honored our community leaders’ present and future contributions to the success of Bonita Springs. Host churches included Anchor Christian, Bay Presbyterian, Community Congregational, First Presbyterian, Gulf Shore Life Center, Hope Lutheran, New Life, Oak River, St. Mary’s Episcopal, The Springs and Turning Point.

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Bonita Springs Lions Club awards scholarships and poster contest winners

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Spotlight visits Puerto Rico

Jewel and Joe Faerber took the Spotlight to Puerto Rico. Here they are at the airport. 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. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Selections from the winery in the Judgment of Paris



Readers my age or older will remember when French wines ruled America. Good wine pretty much meant French wine. How many of you remember the beginning of the end of that judgment? I was only 15 years old when the Judgment of Paris spelled the end for France’s unchallenged reign as home of the best wine. In 1976, a blind […]

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Spotlight tastes wine in Banner Elk, NC

Kim and Don Thomson took the Spotlight to the Grandfather Vineyard and Winery in Banner Elk, NC, nestled on the Watauga River at the base of Grandfather Mountain. The Spotlight loves to travel and is always TSA pre-checked. So please take the Spotlight along on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

RESTAURANT GUIDE



Barefoot Beach Farm Market & Café Bringing the farm to you. Experience our fresh salads, soups and juices made from our hydroponic garden. Offering wheatgrass, microgreens, living produce, supplements, dietary services, hydroponic supplies and free workshops. Open for breakfast and lunch, primarily carryout. Offering limited seating in our garden. 4277 Bonita Beach Rd. 239-676-9238. www.bbfarmmarket.com Buffalo Chips Al, Chip and […]

Local women’s tennis team wins state title




A women’s tennis team from Naples and Bonita Springs won the USTA League Florida sectional for ages 65 and over, held in early April in Daytona Beach. Members will compete for the national title in Surprise, Ariz., next spring. Team captain Linda Mushock was 62 when she started playing tennis 10 years ago. Since then, she has captained more than […]

City Council sees a new vision for an improved Bonita Beach Road corridor



The City Council meeting of May 18 drew a packed crowd to hear the presentation of the Bonita Beach Road Visioning Study by Ian Lockwood, regional office director of Maryland-based Toole Design Group. The study of the 7 1/2-mile corridor, according to Lockwood, envisions a multi-faceted road that can accommodate vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists more easily, more safely and more […]

Special Olympians draw admiring crowds to Vanderbilt Beach




Martin Grasser, 27, would be competing in the stand up paddleboard race at Vanderbilt Beach within minutes. But his most heroic moment was about to occur on land. As his name was called, he weaved his way through people and paddleboards scattered across the sand. The crowd had congregated that morning for three categories of contests: elite paddleboarders, families, and […]

Estero River yields its secrets to Lee County teens




The quiet afternoon with tall bamboo softly knocking in the hot breeze echoed with cheerful voices from Lee County high school students launching canoes and kayaks into the Estero River at the Happahatchee Center ramp in Estero. Not a typical river paddle, theirs was a scientific expedition. The half dozen students, FGCU volunteer Conor Mac- Donnell, grant director Andrea Trank […]

Young students show mature musicianship at Steinway competition




Steinway recital day was a dress-up affair. For the youngest piano players, that meant girls in dresses, a few with white tights and patent leather shoes. It meant boys with freshly combed hair, their hands in the pockets of just-pressed trousers. As they will continue to do in recitals as they grow up, explained Grant Billings, president of Steinway Piano […]

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Ramos-Williams named 2016 Public Relations Professional of the Year

Connie Ramos-Williams, President and Chief Marketing Officer of CONRIC PR & Marketing, was named the 2016 Public Relations Professional of the Year at the Image Awards Gala at Six Bends Harley-Davidson. Trish Robertson, President of the Florida Public Relations Association, Southwest Florida Chapter presented Ramos-Williams with the award.

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Spiro & Associates wins 2016 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award

Chris Spiro, owner of marketing, advertising and public relations firm Spiro & Associates, received the 2016 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. The fifth annual event was held at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Ft. Myers.

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Simon joins Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council board of directors

The Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council recently announced that Neil Simon, President of EnviroStruct, LLC has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. Simon was recognized in Business Observer’s 2014 “40 under 40” and was named among the “Top 50 Contractors on the Gulf Coast” in 2014, 2015, and 2016. EnviroStruct also received the Lee County Building Industry Association Summit […]

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Bonita Professional Park Celebrates Grand Reopening

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Bonita Professional Park to celebrate its grand reopening. Located at 28410 Bonita Crossing Blvd., Bonita Professional Park is owned by Bob and Debi Johnston of Pershing Bonita, LLC. The newly renovated office space has 52,000 square-feet available for lease, divided into 11 spaces. To learn more, go to […]

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Hyatt breaks ground on new $7 million triple waterslide and lazy river

Construction is underway on a $7.1 million triple-waterslide and lazy river pool complex at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs. It will be located on an undeveloped acre on the resort’s 26-acre campus, adjacent to an existing two-acre pool scape. Upon completion, the new pool amenity will add to the resort’s three existing pools, two waterslides, secluded island and […]

Joyfully, owners grow a business from juice

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California’s loss is Florida’s gain. Just a few years ago, Hannah Peterson and Nicolas Fina were moving from Boca Raton to California. On their way, they stopped in Naples to visit family. Accustomed to juice bars on every corner in Boca Raton, they expected the same in Naples. But not finding them, they started Joyful Juicing and put down roots […]

MEDICAL DIRECTORY



Dental Bonita Estero Dental GroupOwen F. Feeney, DMDClaudie I. Delgado-Feeney, DMD24940 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 202,Bonita Springsbonitaesterodental.com239-948-4886 Elite Dental SpaYasmin Papenfuss, DMD12052 Tamiami Tr. N., Napleselitedentalspanaples.com239-631-2374 Family Dentistry of BonitaJose R. Venegas, DDS, PA28315 Tamiami Tr., Ste. 102, BonitaSpringsfamilydentistryofbonita.com239-949-1655 Lee A. Welky, DMD21740 Tamiami Tr., Ste. 111, Esterodrwelky.com239-949-8282 Ear, Nose and Throat Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFLDarlene Ballew, AU.D.24810 […]

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Spotlight visits Machu Picchu

Laurie and Greg Ruselowski take the Spotlight with them wherever they travel, including their most recent trip to Machu Picchu in Peru. The Spotlight is rather adventurous, and crosses borders without a passport. Please take the Spotlight on your next pilgrimage. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Organic explained: What the label means and with which foods it matters most



When it comes to organic foods I come across a variety of thoughts and opinions but find most people choose organic to avoid the toxins found in nonorganic food. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports there are 29 pesticides in the average American’s body. Studies have linked long-term pesticide exposure to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s […]

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Smash Fitness celebrates grand opening

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Smash Fitness to celebrate its grand opening. The private 2,000 square foot concierge gym is located at 24830 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 3100, in Bonita Springs. Owners Tanya Wollis and Breantt Wollis and trainer Angel Ruano are dedicated to getting people in great shape and improving their […]

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Brain Balance Achievement Center celebrates grand opening

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Brain Balance Achievement Center to celebrate its grand opening in Naples at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road. The new Naples location is one of 86 locations nationwide that provide treatment for children and youth dealing with learning disabilities, behavioral issues, processing disorders and more. The center offers a comprehensive, […]

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Edible Arrangements recognized by Blue Zones Project

Edible Arrangements recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate becoming Blue Zones Project recognized. Jennifer Palma, owner of Edible Arrangements of Naples and Bonita Springs, said, “We are all about healthy snacking and gifting for everyone, everywhere, everyday…we as a family of co-workers have all promised to exchange an unhealthy snack for one healthy snack each day.” Blue Zones Project […]

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Derby Day hat contest winners announced

The Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track held its annual Derby Day hat contest. Nancy Dailey of Ft. Myers (center, white hat) won the contest and a $1,000 betting voucher. Amy McCabe of Bonita Springs (second from right) finished second after winning the two previous contests. Patty Brady of Naples (far right) was the third place finisher. Also pictured are Heidi Berge […]

CALENDAR



B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples June 4 Saturday Mayor of Survey — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It’s election time again. But this time you won’t have to wait in any long lines at the polls or even fret over those pesky hanging chads. Simply attend the political meet and greet/ ice cream social. The […]

Maxis Gamez never puts his camera away

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Some years ago, Maxis Gamez arose at four in the morning to catch the sunrise and photograph birds in New Mexico’s Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Driving back to the hotel about 10 a.m., he spotted a coyote. He immediately pulled over, grabbed his 100 mm lens which was on his passenger seat, and ran in the coyote’s direction. […]

Showtime



Artis–Naples June 1 – June 3 Naples Philharmonic Chamber Music June 4 Pro-Am June 5 Festival of Great Organ Music Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall June 5 Weird Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour June 18 Maks & Val Live on Tour: Our Way June 23 Brit Floyd: Space & Time Continuum 2016 Broadway Palm May 19 – July […]

Angel is an aristocrat



Stuart Wisong’s lovely Maltese dog, Angel, is an aristocrat. The American Kennel club describes the four- to seven pound toy Maltese breed as the ancient dog of Malta, an aristocrat of the canine world for more than 28 centuries. The Greeks erected tombs to their Maltese, discovered in ceramic art dating to the 5th century and in innumerable paintings. Maltese […]

The chirping trio always draws a crowd



At times I am asked to perform “lifeguard” duty on the deck surrounding the Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. A shallow glass tank topped with a mesh screen is wheeled into a sunny spot, and our three baby alligators are put in to bask. I guard them from climbing out, but, more often, keep the curious […]