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B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples July 4 Monday Annual July 4th Parade — 9 a.m. This year’s parade theme is “America the Beautiful.” Parade begins at 9 a.m. and lasts for approximately one hour ending at Riverside Park. Don’t forget to bring your folding chairs and water. Where: Old 41 Road, B. Best viewing location […]


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 […]

What wine goes with patriotism?

When shopping for wine, I normally don’t give a thought about the image on the label. I turn the bottle around to read the description and details about the wine itself. The Federalist Dueling Pistols label, from The Federalist winery, is an exception to that rule. When I saw the label, I wanted the wine. The label is based on […]

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Spotlight visits Portugal

Phyllis Bonfield and Tish Cunningham took the Spotlight to Evora, Portugal. The Spotlight loves to travel, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Have a blast on one foot

Downhill lies in the bunker can be intimidating to all levels of golfers. Hitting a shot where the ball is tucked close to the back lip is never easy, especially when you can’t take a normal stance. But with a few adjustments, you can make an awkward stance work for you. The first step is to set both feet into […]

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Spotlight visits Poland

Kathy Richichi and her husband Tony recently traveled with Kathy’s sister Sue to Krakow, Poland and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Kathy’s mother was a prisoner of war during World War II. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Denver speaks — and seems to understand two languages

Denver is a pit bull mix, about 3 years old, and is a beautiful brown and gray with yellowish green eyes. At 71 pounds, he is healthy and muscular. He is also a cultured dog who understands French even though he was adopted from the humane society in Florida. Just ask his owner, Emilie Wasser from Switzerland. French is spoken […]

Is There a Nest Among Us?

The beach of Lovers Key offers several species excellent natural areas in which to nest. Over the next few months the park will be visited by Loggerhead sea turtles and various species of shorebirds: Least terns, Wilson’s plovers, black skimmers, and possibly snowy plovers will come to nest along the 2.5 miles of shore the park protects. Next time you’re […]

Self-esteem: An essential ingredient of well-being

Self-esteem is not only a low opinion of oneself, but also a feeling of negativity about oneself that is unwarranted and not supported by facts. People with low self-esteem perceive themselves to be less than what they are in reality, and they are convinced that their perceptions are accurate. They are so convinced of their assessment that other people’s opinions […]

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Spotlight visits New York, London and Paris

Vicky Firestone took the Spotlight on a recent trip to New York, London and Paris. Here she is in New York’s Chinatown, at the British National Museum, in front of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Spotlight loves to travel and is willing to travel in checked bags or carryons. […]

When used as prescribed, fires are healthy for the environment

It is 10 a.m. on an April morning. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary prescribed fire crew is in place to conduct a prescribed fire in a pine flatwoods bordered by a wet prairie, continuing a long history of fire in the region. Plants found in these habitats are fire-adapted; just days after fire has passed through, lush new grasses grow and […]

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 […]


Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall July 29 The Naked Magic Show Broadway Palm May 19 – July 2 “Menopause The Musical” June 16 – July 30 “Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers” July 7 – August 13 “The Wizard of Oz” Center for Performing Arts July 23 Deb & The Dynamics Naples Players July 1 – July […]

Adorable Monique Olsen interprets reality and brings it alive

Artist Spotlight

Adorable Monique Olsen’s painting “Enlightenment” is the design contest winner of The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino. It will be featured in the historic campaign to create the first national museum in Washington, D.C., dedicated to honoring the contributions of American Latinos. For a young artist her numerous awards and national and international recognition for her […]

Class assignment evolves into a business

Business Beat

When Justin Chait developed a business concept for a class assignment at Hodges University, he didn’t realize he was looking at his future. A business on the water was a natural, given his seven years in the Navy, so he considered stand up paddleboard tours and adventures. After developing that business concept in several subsequent classes, “I realized I had […]

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Spotlight cruises Greece and Italy

Beth and Jack Oliver took the Spotlight to Santorini, Greece on a 12-day cruise aboard Oceania’s Sirena cruise ship. They visited Rome, Capri, Naples, Sicily and Sardinia in Italy. They also cruised to Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Patmos, and Athens in Greece. The Spotlight travels internationally without a passport, and rarely gets seasick, so please take the Spotlight on your […]

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 […]

Grant may help students become nutrition and physical activity ambassadors

The mission of the Kleist Health Education Center at Florida Gulf Coast University is to help students of all ages lead healthy lifestyles and make good decisions. But what if they don’t know which decisions are good ones? Children as young as first grade may not. With 65 percent of Floridians overweight or obese, plenty of adults may not know, […]

The dark and bright side of light

Light can be beneficial and harmful for our vision as well as our health. Light is essential for helping us see, perceive colors and also for helping with various non-visual functions of the body. Light from the sun contains both ultraviolet (UV) light and blue light. Blue light can be further broken down into blue-violet and blue-turquoise light. Research has […]

Woman on a mission enlists others and watches miracles multiply

By simple definition, miracles defy explanation. The results of one flight attendant’s desire to help people in an impoverished country do seem miraculous. Penny Rambacher of Naples turned a little bit of money and big dreams into an effort that in 11 years has built 53 schools, employed more than 100 women, furnished 1,800 families with water filters and 2,600 […]

Summertime and the skiing becomes easy

Annabella Zampogna loves to water ski. She and her 7-year-old brother, Giancarlo, attend Sugden Regional Park’s camp in East Naples where kids learn and practice the sport every summer on Lake Avalon. “At first I was a little scared,” said 9-year-old Annabella. “But now it’s more fun than scary. Mr. Mike tells us what to do, and I have friends […]

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Spotlight visits Cabo San Lucas

Nelson and Susie Robbins took the Spotlight to the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. The Spotlight travels internationally without a passport, and rarely gets seasick, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

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Spotlight attends Rotary International Convention in Seoul

Bonita Springs District 3 Councilman and Rotary Club of Bonita Springs President Steven Slachta took the Spotlight to Seoul, South Korea with his wife Yvonne where they attended the Rotary International Convention. The Spotlight loves to travel and is always TSA prechecked. So please take the Spotlight along on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

We can say so much, even when we don’t speak

What are these students saying?

What we say with our bodies is as important as what we convey with our words. A gesture, a look in the eyes, an expression, crossed arms, proximity to someone we’re addressing – all those and more are important elements of the unspoken communication that is essential to human interaction. “You use it in every part of your life,” said […]

Local mosquito control districts eye emergency Zika funding from Congress

Lee and Collier counties’ mosquito control districts are as prepared as they can be to contend with a local outbreak of the Zika virus. But they’re also casting a hopeful eye toward Washington D.C. in hopes Congress approves emergency funding to combat the disease and the mosquitoes that carry it. The need for those additional funds, if an outbreak should […]

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Spotlight visits Barcelona

Barry Silver and Char Lupke took the Spotlight to the Sagrada Família, the famous Roman Catholic basilica in Barcelona, Spain designed by Antoni Gaudí. 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.