Bonita-2016-08-01 E-Edition

Art and music intricately bound for Michael Monroe

Artist Spotlight

In his art and his music, Michael Monroe seeks to make people feel good, to get them to smile, just as Billy Joel sings, “to forget about life for a while.” For Monroe, his art and music are intricately bound and both have been important parts of his life. He studied art in high school and at Arkansas State University, […]

Practice doesn’t have to be a drag

Many people don’t like practicing because they just seem to get worse or confused – and tired. Here are some tips for making your practice time more productive and more fun. 1. Always go to the range with a specific plan or goal. Here are a few examples: a. Loosen up your muscles and find a rhythm. b. Repeat a […]

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Spotlight visits Chess Hall of Fame

Tony Burrus and Dylan Flegel took the Spotlight to St. Louis, Mo. Burrus and Flegel were featured in a Spotlight article in 2013, “SW Florida Chess Club Open to Youngsters.” Their love for chess continues as they visited the Chess Hall of Fame. Spotlight rode to the top of the Gateway Arch at 630 feet, visited The Muny, America’s oldest […]


Barefoot Beach Café Savor your meal experience. Our unique living café concept brings the farm indoors to you, delivering our patrons not only great tasting food but the highest nutritional content available. Experience our fresh salads, homemade soups, entrees, made to order natural juices and smoothies all created using items from our living garden. Lunch, dinners to-go and delivery are […]

Woolly compost machines work the vineyards

Last month I had the pleasure of traveling to Shannon Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Lake County, Calif. Lake County is just north of Napa County, the center of California wine production. Lake County growers are committed to sustainable farming and one of the biggest advocates is Clay Shannon, who early on recognized the wine-making potential of Lake County, which […]

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City clock unveiled

The Bonita Springs City Clock was unveiled by Mayor Peter Simmons July 4. It’s located across the street from Riverside Park at the northeast corner of Old 41 and Childers St. The clock was dedicated to the citizens of Bonita Springs by Bonita’s two Rotary clubs and the city. The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs meets Wednesdays at 7:30 am […]

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Spotlight visits Victoria, British Columbia

Rita and John Logan took the Spotlight to the magnificent Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. 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.

Goober and the ferns

When I am out in the grasses, I am always entertained by listening to the conversations between our visitors. One I heard recently centered on the many ferns found at the Bonita Nature Place. Tortoises do enjoy an occasional nibble on a tasty green fern. Ferns, by nature, love high humidity and can deal with low sunlight. Here, they thrive […]

Buddy’s breed is like a person in a dog suit

Father Christmas delivered Buddy to the Nairnsey household in Miami three years ago, according to the youngest member of the family, Maxim, who claims Buddy as his own. However, parents Roland and Svitlana Nairnsey also claim the affections of this fluffy, mostly brown-and-white-haired companion who looks a bit like a miniature sheep dog. “At first, my son named him ‘Santa […]

Slippersnails have unique ability to change genders

The Atlantic slippersnail (Crepidula fornicata) is one of the most common shells found along the beaches of Lovers Key State Park. The shell is shaped like an egg or oval that has been cut in half, while the underside of the shell is a ledge – extending about half the length of the animal – to support its internal organs. […]

First, list your good qualities

In the previous article on this topic I discussed the importance of self-esteem to physical and mental well-being. Now, here are some practical tools for enhancing one’s self-esteem. The first step is discovering what is right with yourself. In our society, we often focus on what is wrong. Doctors are oriented to look for disease, infections and pathology. Insurance companies […]

Docents introduce snakes daily to the bravest of the crowd

Not everyone wants to see a live snake, let alone hold one, but visitors to southwest Florida have the opportunity to do both at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Dalton Discovery Center. The center is home to several species of nonvenomous snakes; all are kept in large glass enclosures and on display for educational proposes. The three housed in the […]

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 […]

Summer camp provides a perfect match for campers and counselors

This has been a summer of giving and receiving for Alyssa Ngo and Jacky Luna. Rising sophomores at Notre Dame University, the 19-year-olds are spending their summer vacations as volunteer interns at the Positive Youth Development Program enrichment day camp, held at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Bonita Springs. The camp provides recreational and educational activities for children […]


B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples August 8 Monday Films for Film Lovers — “We Have a Pope,” 7 p.m. Watch the best foreign and independent films. Where: Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium & Film Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, B. Cost: $10 per person. Visit www.artcenterbonita.org for more information. 11 Thursday Wet Walk at […]

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Dr. Freedman receives service to medicine award

Dr. Howard Freedman, Assistant Medical Director of the Bonita Springs Lions Club Eye Clinic, was presented with The Shaler Richardson, MD Service to Medicine Award at the Florida Society of Ophthalmology meeting in Orlando on June 11. The award is given annually to the Florida ophthalmologist who has made the greatest professional contribution to quality patient care by coordinating, collaborating […]


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Microgreens: Micro on size but macro on health

Microgreens are the shoots of salad vegetables and herbs cut on average 10 days to two weeks from seeding. The basic varieties include arugula, kale, Swiss chard, mustard, broccoli, beetroot, cilantro and basil. They should not be confused with sprouts that consist of the seed, root and stem. Microgreens are harvested without the roots. You may be familiar with their […]

Troops keep asking for cookies from ‘Mama’

“The Lord didn’t bless me with children,” said Jean Frady. Even so, she’s known as “Mama Jean” to plenty. That includes a good many members of the U.S. military, who for the past seven years have received sweet greetings several times a year from Frady in the form of cheese bars sent straight from her kitchen in Bonita Springs to […]

Good vibes at The Bowl

Business Beat

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Bowl in North Naples on Pine Ridge Road offers an organic, non-dairy meal made with combinations of nearly a dozen fruits to suit any palate. “The acai, a fruit indigenous to Brazil, is the fruit base for many of our bowls,” said owner Kylee Brinkman, 31, a Naples entrepreneur who is determined to […]

American House offers more options for senior living

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Twenty-five percent of the population in Lee and Collier counties combined is 65 and older according to data estimates prepared by the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research – a number expected to grow with seniors’ increased longevity and as the benefits of warm weather continue to draw retirees from throughout the world. This growing demographic contributes […]

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Zonta Club inducts new officers

The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs recently inducted its officers and board members for the 2016-17 year. Pictured with Karen Pati, governor, District 11, are board members Melissa Keel, Kim Hastings and Pat Calvert; Denese Mattrey, Secretary; Shelley Anderson, Treasurer; Nancy Dalaskey, Vice President; and Sara McCallum, President. The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs is an organization of business and […]

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Historical society announces new mayor, Honest John Flaherty

The supervisor of elections for the Bonita Springs Historical Society has counted the votes and declared Jack Flaherty to be Mayor of Survey. The biennial election is a fundraising tradition dating back several decades with proceeds benefiting the historical society. Honest John made enough outrageous campaign promises to seal the deal. Part of his platform included well thought out economic […]

Patricca for school board

We have enthusiastically endorsed the candidacy of Chris Patricca for Lee County School Board. We have talked with her about a plethora of School Board issues, which include the following: Ensuring that textbooks will not be used to rewrite history and diminish the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and Bill of Rights; establishing and […]

Rooney for Congress

Letters to the Editor

We enthusiastically support and endorse Francis Rooney, our area’s “outsider” candidate, as our next U.S. Congressman because we believe he is honest, conservative and has a strong sense of core family values. Because of his sufficient financial resources, he will not require the support of large corporations and large political action committees (PACs) in order to run a successful campaign. […]

Republican congressional race a three-way battle

Dan Bongino, Francis Rooney and Chauncey Goss on ballot

Congressional candidate Dan Bongino By Dan Bongino First, let me thank Spotlight Magazines for offering candidates the opportunity to communicate with voters directly. All too often, candidates rely on paid television advertising to market themselves to voters and 30-second commercials tell us nothing about who will represent you in Congress. We are not selling mypillow.com here. That’s why I am […]