Bonita-2017-09-01 E-Edition

TEE BOX TIPS: Find the bounce in your setup

The conventional way to teach chip­ping has always been to play the ball back in the stance and lean the shaft forward towards the target (below left). The result is often a chunk behind the ball because the leading edge of the club gets caught in the Bermuda grass. It isn’t because you decelerated or looked up. It’s because your […]

Restaurant Guide

Buffalo Chips Al, Chip and JC Greenwood’s Old 41 original for 30 years strong. It’s “where locals go.” Full menu including burgers, fish and steak and spuds. Boars Head premium deli sandwiches. Featuring Bonita’s Hall of Fame. Lunch and dinner daily. 26620 Old 41 Rd. 239-947-1000. buffalochipsrestaurant.com Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and […]

VINEYARD SPOTLIGHT: Going ‘Sideways’ to film location

As a wine geek whose favor­ite movies are “Bottleshock” and “Sideways,” I was thrilled to visit the area where the 2004 Acade­my award-winning movie “Side­ways” was filmed. In “Sideways,” Paul Giamatti plays Miles Raymond, a deeply devoted wine lover, aspiring writer and morbidly depressed middle-school English teacher. Thomas Haden Church plays Jack Cole, an over-the-hill bit actor, who joins Raymond […]

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 […]

Spotlight visits Guatemala

Rosie Lee and her granddaughter Jessica Tatsak took the Spotlight on a mission trip to Guatemala. Here they are enjoying lunch at Los Altos San Cristobal, Antigua. 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.

Spotlight visits Bass Rock

Alexandra and Scott Wilkins took the Spotlight to England and Scotland. Here it is in North Berwick, Scotland, with the famous Bass Rock in the background, home to 150,000 nesting gannets. The Spotlight also rode the London Eye, visited Canterbury, and spent time on the Thames River. The Spotlight travels internationally without a passport, so please take the Spotlight on […]

MIND & SOUL: Find, or be, a superhero

Who is your hero? We all look in life for role models and people who can inspire us, who we can look up to and model our lives after. There is a major difference in how superheroes are portrayed today versus in the distant past. Researchers from University of Massachusetts find that today, superheroes are action heroes participate in aggressive […]

TECH SAVVY: Make your iPhone photos outstanding

Last month I shared some tips on how to take better iPhone pictures. (If you missed it, find it online at swspotlight.com.) This month we’ll cover edit­ing those photos to make them even better. Even the best photos can need a little help. There are many apps out there to edit your photos but we’re going to focus on the […]

OUR BEST FRIENDS: Carina Noelle brings joy all year

Donna Riccio saw the puppy photo of Noelle, who looked like a little teddy bear, and fell in love. The love affair between the two became mutual after Riccio took her home to become the first pet Riccio and her spouse shared in 27 years of marriage. “I always grew up with pets,” said Riccio. “My husband, Joseph, is allergic […]

Spotlight visits Cuba

The Spotlight traveled to Cuba with a group of Spanish Wells residents. They spent two days in Havana, and then traveled to Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. Here they are at the top of San Juan Hill. From left, Nick Barba, Marie Johnson, Alexandra Wilkins, Scott Wilkins, Alison Corner, and Al Vandam. The Spotlight travels internationally without a passport, so […]

Spotlight visits Wrigley Field

Bonita Bay residents Susan Riechers, Gail Nelson, Judy Angelicchio, Lou Angelicchio, Rick Riechers, and Rich Kruzynski, took the Spotlight to Wrigley Field last month. Seats along the third baseline provided a fantastic view of the iconic stadium. The Spotlight loves to travel and is willing to travel in checked bags or carry-ons. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

CORKSCREW SWAMP SIGHTINGS: Trail cameras track wildlife at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is home to a mean­dering boardwalk where visitors come to enjoy a peaceful stroll through old growth cypress and sight quintessential Florida wild­life from American alligators to zebra longwing butterflies. What most visitors may not see, how­ever, is all the work that goes on beyond the boardwalk to under­stand and manage our western Everglades home. At […]

KORESHAN CLOSEUP: A river runs through it

The Estero River is a beautiful and peaceful waterway that links the village of Estero with the gorgeous Estero Bay. This tranquil river runs along the bor­der of Koreshan State Historic Site and provided the main path of transporta­tion for the Koreshan Unity members who settled in Estero in the late 1800s. The river today is lined with red, black […]


Artis–Naples Sept. 7 – 10, 13 Naples Philharmonic — Chamber Music Sept. 9 Naples Philharmonic — Magic Carpet Sept. 12 – 15 Naples Philharmonic — Trip to the Phil Sept. 24 FGCU Wind Orchestra Sept. 29 The Woodwork Oct. 24 “La La Land” in Concert Broadway Palm Sept. 7 – Oct. 7 “Groovin’” — The ‘60s and ‘70s Musical Sept. […]

Artist Spotlight: Popo Flanigan is where she’s supposed to be

Popo Flanigan always want­ed to be a painter. While she didn’t have the opportunity to go to art school — her father thought secretarial school was more practical — she eventually developed her art talents through years of study on her own, a workshop here, a class there. “I studied in Italy, in France, and by now I’ve taken every […]


All dates, times and prices are subject to change. B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples September 4 Monday Films for Film Lovers — “Man Who Knew Infinity,” 7 p.m. Films on Monday nights in the Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium & Film Center, furnished with a large movie screen and comfortable chairs to watch the […]

STAY FIT: Tai chi yields stronger muscles, calmer mind

It’s Thursday morning, and I am one of 30 people gathered in a large fitness room at Naples Com­munity Hospital Wellness Center. We move slowly in unison, our faces calm and relaxed, our move­ments smooth and precise. We are practicing tai chi. Instructor Lizabeth Becton- Read guides with a soft voice, re­minding us to “focus, and be con­scious of every […]


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 Pelican Landing Dental Rich Gilbert, DMD, MAGD,FICOILacy Gilbert, DMD, MICOI,FAGDGenevieve Garris, DMD23451 Walden Center Drive Ste.#100, Bonita Springs239-948-2111pelicanlandingdental.com Ear, […]

HEALTHY CHOICES: Setting trends in the grocery aisle

Pasta has a reputation of being a comfort food. Surprisingly to some, a 2015 study re­ported in The American Jour­nal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who eat refined grains face an increased risk of depression. Traditional Italian pasta is made with semolina flour, which is milled from du­rum wheat. Often after check­ing the fine print on the nutri­tion label […]

Spotlight visits Bermuda

Kim Alonzi and Carol Medini took the Spotlight to Bermuda. 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.

Business Beat: Zoe’s Kitchen begins expansion in Southwest Florida

Zoe’s Kitchen opened recently across from Coconut Point mall, offering Mediterranean cuisine in flavors and aromas from 21 nations. Sauce from Morocco is in the harissa salmon pita. The Mediterranean salad trio bowl includes pesto farro, zesty qui­noa and orzo tabouli salads with house-made tzatziki and salsa verde. In addition, tastes from Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey are just a […]

Business Beat: Bicycles are both business and pleasure for Gustavo Pizarro

Bicycle racing and bicycle re­pair provide Gustavo Pizarro a lifestyle he loves. No stranger to challenges, Pizarro saw the op­portunity to start his own busi­ness when hours were reduced at his regular job. He recently started Gus Mobile Bicycle Re­pair with pickup and delivery at no charge. Simple fixes may be performed on the spot. His business takes advantage of […]

Program sheds light on millennials at work

“Young people today.” Mary LaRocque has heard all the unflattering ways their elders sometimes describe them. It’s enough to think they’re all lazy, impatient, entitled job-hoppers. But hold on, she’d say. Mil­lennials, roughly defined as people born between 1980 and 1996, are simply different from other generations. They’ve been shaped by different soci­etal forces. The lens through which people – […]

Spotlight visits the Galapagos Islands

Spotlight readers Wendy and John Richards took the Spotlight to the Galapagos Islands. The Spotlight loves to travel, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Spotlight attends the PGA Championship

Mason Dozer recently had the up close and personal opportunity to attend the 99th PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., with his grandparents, Jim and Linda Bedell. The Spotlight loves to travel, and loves golf. Please send your travel photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Spotlight visits Chichen Itza

John Oleary took the Spotlight to Chichen Itza, a world- famous archeological site of Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The Spotlight loves adventures, and crosses borders without a passport. Please send your travel photos with the Spotlight to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Neighbor Jane Huling inspires girls with golf

Teaching girls to love golf is Jane Huling’s passion. In 2005, upon retiring from her PGA teaching career in Michi­gan, Huling moved to Florida and began volunteering for the Girls Golf program. She is now the site direc­tor for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Naples, where 7- to 17-year- olds develop team-building and leadership skills. “The better they play, the more […]

Spotlight visits Las Vegas

Justin and Beth Perez, the Balloon Buccaneers, took the Spotlight to Las Vegas to attend the 2017 Bling Bling Jam, an international balloon convention and competition. After their large balloon sculpture took first place in People’s Choice, they took the Spotlight and their balloon alien creatures on an adventure strolling the famous Freemont Street. The Spotlight loves to travel, so […]

Students become change agents at Bonita Charter

Stephen Covey’s popular book on leadership skills, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” now has a youth focus. Bonita Springs Charter School, serving students from kinder­garten through eighth grade, has made the youth version, “The Leader in Me,” a major component in its school cur­riculum. The program’s measured success led the Franklin Cov­ey Company to name Bonita Springs Charter […]

City Council Update: Outreach Committee to hold its inaugural meeting

The City of Bonita Springs will hold its first meeting of the newly created Outreach Advi­sory Committee on Wednesday, September 13 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. The Outreach Committee was created with a view towards broad and inclusive participation by members of the Bonita Springs Hispanic, Latino, and African-American com­munities in civic affairs. I have personally […]