Bonita-2017-05-01 E-Edition

A dramatic departure for Bill Kreutz

Artist Spotlight

Bill Kreutz figured it out. He found a way to bring the excitement of graffiti art onto canvas and present it as a traditional art form. While living in Los Angeles, Kreutz couldn’t escape the mural and graffiti art boom. “The tagging and the gang stuff really bothered me but there was also this spectacular exciting artwork and I said […]

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Spotlight visits Peru

Kaye and Jim Brown took the Spotlight to Lima. The Spotlight was excited to go along on their nine-day adventure and visit the capital city of Peru, which was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. The city is home to the National University of San Marcos, the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas, established in 1551. The […]


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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Blessings in a Backpack receives donation from Bobby Nichols Foundation

The Bobby Nichols Foundation presented $116,000 to Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida recently. Currently 60,000 students in Lee and Collier counties receive breakfast and lunch from school; Blessings in a Backpack sends breakfast, lunch, and snack foods home with more than 3,000 elementary school students every Friday to get them the nutrition they need through the weekend and […]

Don’t judge a wine by its label

Perhaps you’ve been told to avoid wines with birds or reptiles on the labels. Or with embossed labels, or strange or nasty names? I used to obey that rule. Not anymore. My old logic was, whatever time, effort and money the winery puts into the outside of the bottle is not going to what’s inside. My new logic is, some […]

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Caliber Collision opens new center in Bonita Springs

Caliber Collision opened a new center in Bonita Springs with a ribbon cutting last month. The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce coordinated the event. Caliber Collision is a national auto repair company with more than 470 repair centers, specializing in painting, auto glass, and dents. The Bonita Springs center is at 24901 Old 41 Road and is open from […]

Grief is a teacher and the lessons are unavoidable

This is the second in a two-part column on healing and growing through the losses of life. Losses are a part of the universal human experience. However, how we respond to those losses varies. People experience grief differently as their love and attachment to the loss is unique. How we grieve also varies from one person to another. Stressors associated […]

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. For more […]

GPS now is about the journey, too

There are two basic types of GPS most used today: in-car navigation (the kind that’s built into the dashboard), and smartphone apps (Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze). I’ve used them all extensively. They all do a good job of mapping out a route to a destination but it’s when things go wrong that they differ, and things always go […]

Sisters go together like PB and J

Looking at puppy photographs on the internet in 2008, newlyweds Kara and Ryan Scofield did a double-take when one picture caught their attention. The puppies were strange-looking and hairless. Intrigued, the couple went to see them. The two puppies were sisters from a hairless Chinese crested parent and a Shih Tzu parent. The puppies created a dilemma – which one? […]

Visitors find flounder flatly fascinating

As visitors walk through the Florida ecosystems displayed at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Dalton Discovery Center, they encounter saltwater tanks containing various species of crabs, mollusks and fish. Guests peer in, looking to see all the inhabitants. Often there is one big fish they miss. I tell them to look for two eyes sticking up above the sandy bottom. […]

Spring has sprung at Corkscrew Swamp

A light blanket of fog slowly begins to lift from the wet prairie north of the exit boardwalk on a spring morning. The calls and songs of songbirds start to fill the air. Along the edge of the pine flatwoods, a rabbit freezes as a red-shouldered hawk passes overhead. After it moves on, she checks on her young, tucked safely […]


Artis–Naples May 5 Deb & The Dynamics May 12 “The Magic Flute” May 18 & 19 Naples Philharmonic Patriotic Pops May 28 Naples Philharmonic Summer Spectacular Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall May 6 Gulf Coast Symphony: “Madama Butterfly” May 11 Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox May 14 Sebastian Maniscalco May 25 Todd Rundgren Broadway Palm Apr. 6 – May 14 […]

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Bonita Bay celebrates “Vinny” Petrolino’s 100th birthday

More than 200 family members, friends, neighbors, and fellow bocce players came out to celebrate with Bonita Bay’s new centenarian, Vincent “Vinny” Petrolino, last month. The gathering was the bocce club’s largest social event of the year. Diane Sweeney, president of the bocce club, gave a brief presentation for the guest of honor, recognizing his longstanding participation in the club […]


B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples May 2 Tuesday It’s Abstract! — 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Brenda Belfield will share techniques and hints with participants on how to create their visions on canvas. Paint, brushes, canvas, aprons, wine, and food are provided. Registration is recommended. Where: Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road B. Cost: […]

Consider club loft when facing an uneven lie

Whenever a golfer is faced with an uneven lie, whether in an uphill, downhill or side-hill situation, the most important factors are set-up and positioning the body with the slope, making sure the shoulders are parallel with the ground. The golf ball has a tendency to react in specific ways from different uneven lie situations, not only with full shots […]

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FGCU inducts graduating seniors into hall of fame

Last month, 10 graduating seniors were inducted into the Florida Gulf Coast University Hall of Fame, the highest recognition given to students. A committee comprising students, faculty, and alumni reviews nominations and selects up to 10 honorees each spring. Honorees for 2017 along with their degrees are: Jordan Blankenship of Estero (Art, minor in Digital Design), Emmalyn Green of Wellington […]

What are omega 3s?

Omega 3s are by definition essential fatty acids required by the human body. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for normal growth. They control many of the most basic functions of the cell, are major constituents of brain cell membranes, and are converted to critical brain chemicals. Humans must rely on food sources or supplementation to meet their needs for […]

Improve mind, body and spirit with yoga

Ann Marina’s interest in yoga began in 1982, after her mother began practicing and brought home a book by Richard Hittleman titled “Yoga: 28-Day Exercise Plan.” She tried a class in college and began practicing in her early 20s. Since the mid- 1990s she has been teaching hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is a popular and well-known form of yoga, designed […]

Spotlight Medical Directory

Dental Family Dentistry of Bonita Jose R. Venegas, DDS, PA28315 Tamiami Tr., Ste. 102,Bonita Springsfamilydentistryofbonita.com239-949-1655 General & Implant Dentistry at The Landing Kelly M. Dainiak, DMD24600 S. Tamiami Trail Ste. 206,Bonita Springsdainiakdental.com239-949-8302 Lee A. Welky, DMD 21740 Tamiami Tr., Ste. 111,Esterodrwelky.com239-949-8282 Ear, Nose and Throat Florida Gulf Coast Ear, Nose & Throat 2180 Immokalee Rd., Ste. 101,Naplesfloridagulfcoastent.com,239-514-2225 Mark Montgomery, MD […]

Bistro 821 is a tradition on Fifth Avenue South

Business Beat

Named by Open Table as one of the top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America for 2017, Bistro 821’s honor came from Open Table’s analysis of more than 10,000,000 reviews of more than 24,000 restaurants. Reviewers’ ratings included comments such as “delicious food and drink” and “a live and exciting atmosphere.” Located on Fifth Avenue South in historic Old Naples, […]

Landscaping and lighting are family matters for Sonny Rae

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For the past 30 years, Scott and Stacy Barnhart have been coming to Southwest Florida for vacations and extended stays, escaping the sometimes frigid Missouri winters and visiting their parents, who live in the area. By 2011, Scott noticed the increasing number of construction trucks on the roads. “Sure, dump trucks can be annoying, and people see them as a […]

Naples dentist cares for the world

Something other than tools keeps a Naples dentist smiling, and has for 26 years. Dr. Paul Mabe was just a year in practice when in 1990 he made his first dental mission trip to the Andes mountains of Ecuador with a team from his church group in Kansas City, Kansas. Since then, he has been all over the world. While […]

Making the right move

Rick Heine opted for a new beginning when he pulled up stakes and transferred his business operations from Long Island to Lee County in 2009. Now, eight years down the road, that company, Flightdocs, has tripled in size and more growth is expected for the provider of internet-based maintenance tracking software for the aviation industry. “We’ve more than doubled in […]

Final curtain falls on Greatest Show on Earth — but legacy continues in Sarasota

Pat Gorno and a group of friends from Bonita Springs were in the crowd at Tampa’s Amalie Arena on January 17, enjoying one of the final performances of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. “The female ringmaster had a strong, gorgeous voice. She could do Broadway,” said Gorno. History was made that month when Kristen Michelle Wilson was named […]

Ava Rivas-Guilford bestows a special gift

St. Patrick’s Day was more than a school vacation day for Ava Rivas-Guilford, 10. She had a gift she wanted to pay forward and was determined to complete her plan on that day. With a $50 gift card from her great-grandparents in Michigan, she wanted to help someone with needs greater than hers. “I knew from canned food drives at […]

Bonita Springs to launch its first Fiesta of Hispanic culture

Many cultures and traditions combine in Bonita Springs. That’s cause for celebration with the new Fiesta Bonita Springs, a colorful festival featuring food, live entertainment and family-friendly activities. Fiesta Bonita Springs will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Sat., May 6 at Riverside Park, off Old 41 Road in downtown Bonita Springs. The event is open to the public […]