2018-01-01 E-Edition

Tennis TIPS: Know your tennis DNA

The three things that separate all levels of tennis players are fitness, footwork and shot selection. I want to elaborate on shot selection. In tennis you are always in one of three positions: defense, neutral or attack. The best players in the world understand that when you are in the defensive position you must go to neutral before going on […]

Spotlight visits Machu Picchu

Spotlight readers Pat and Dan Jorndt took the Spotlight to Machu Picchu in the mountains of Peru. 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

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 […]

Architect’s Timeless vision realized in restaurant

Customers at MHK Architecture and Planning ask if his designs are Mediterranean or modern and Matthew Kragh responds, “We don’t design in a genre, but with every design we do we strive for it to be timeless.” Timeless is the design concept he brought to the new Old Naples eatery that opened in August — Timeless, An MHK Eatery — […]

Discover Lovers KEY: Lovers Key hosts concerts of Americana music

The Friends of Lovers Key and the Americana Community Music Association are hosting the third season of Songwriters at Sunset at Lovers Key State Park. FOLKS is a non-profit organization formed to support, protect and preserve Lovers Key State Park. The ACMA is a Fort Myers-based organiza­tion promoting local musicians who write and sing their own original songs. The two […]


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 information call JoAnn Luce 239-495- 7644 or visit amblers.floridatrail.org. Amateur Radio Association of SWFL Meet with local HAMS the fourth Tuesday of each month […]

Tech SAVVY: School’s program is a model for digital safety

I’ve covered many features of the iPhone in this column, including ways to get the most out of your device, but in this column I’m taking a different approach: Safety among school-age kids regarding issues such as cyberbullying, over-sharing, privacy and being good digital citizens. The information is good for their parents as well. The Community School of Naples is […]

Our Best FRIENDS: Gus is a homebody who protects his family

Gus is a white, fluffy Coton de Tulear, a homebody whose bark warns away strangers and lets his family know someone is coming near. He is particularly protective of his owner, Kathleen McGowan’s daughter Kayle Allen, and growls if he is sitting with her on the couch, warning everyone else to stay away. When Allen isn’t home, Gus passes on […]

Our NEIGHBORS: Local author’s dolphin and manatee books celebrate sea life

Author Rosalie Tagg Masella knows quite a bit about dolphins and manatees, the main characters in her two enchanting children’s books, “Adventures of Dingle Dee & Lingle Dee,” and “I Am A Manatee. Yes I Am.” Masella has a lifelong love of the ocean and sea creatures, and often can be seen at sunset watching pods of dolphins cruise the […]

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Guided swamp walks reveal hidden jewels

Sunlight filters through the canopy overhead, reflecting lazily across the slowly moving waters darkened by tannins. The muted greys and greens of bald cypress are punctuated periodically with brilliant flashes of purples and reds: air plants blooming. A blue-gray gnatcatcher pipes up, chattering excitedly as people pass by, warning other creatures in the area of the intruders to its domain. […]

Custom barns, dollhouses come from a gift idea

A self-described workaholic who thrives on very little sleep, Rob Kircher of Bonita Springs spends his waking hours in multiple creative pursuits. A television producer by trade, he has produced two television shows locally about health and wellness, and a new show he is working on now, “Great Neighborhood Cooks,” which will start this month. Kircher always has had a […]


Artis–Naples January 9 – January 13 Naples Philharmonic – “Casablanca” January 12 – January 13 The Drifters January 14 Art Garfunkel January 16 – January 21 “An American in Paris” Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall January 2 Salute to Vienna January 9 – January 14 “Finding Neverland” January 15 3 Redneck Tenors Broadway Palm December 30 – February 10 […]

Artist SPOTLIGHT: Mila Apperlo sees light from a unique perspective

An accomplished stained glass artist, Mila Apperlo has been exhibiting and winning awards and accumulating collectors for her abstract paintings here and abroad. Her painting “Chesapeake Bay” recently was ac­cepted into the annual juried experimental art ex­hibit by the International Society of Experimental Artists, hosted by BigArts on Sanibel. “Both stained glass and painting are my true passions. With painting […]


B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers N/Naples January 3: WEDNESDAY Art Alive Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours [5 to 8 p.m.] Over 40 professional artists will be show­casing their recent works of art and dem­onstrating their medium. Meet the artists, party and bring home unique treasures. Go to Naples Art District.com for directions or call 239-289-5070./N 4: THURSDAY Songwriters […]

Stay FIT: Zumba: More a dance party than a workout

Tyler King has found her niche in Zumba, an upbeat exercise program she leads at Bonita Springs YMCA. In a recent class, King shouted, “OK, here we go!” Participants grinned and followed her fast- stepping, clapping, hip-shaking moves, set to salsa and merengue music. “I try to keep a high tempo going, then slow down a bit to break it […]

Medical & Health DIRECTORY

DENTAL Family Dentistry of BonitaJose R. Venegas, DDS, PA28315 Tamiami Tr., #102, Bonita Springs239-949-1655familydentistryofbonita.com General & Implant Dentistryat The LandingKelly M. Dainiak, DMD24600 S. Tamiami Trail #206, Bonitadainiakdental.com, 239-949-8302 Lee A. Welky, DMD21740 Tamiami Tr., #111, Esterodrwelky.com, 239-949-8282 Pelican Landing DentalRich Gilbert, DMD, MAGD, FICOILacy Gilbert, DMD, MICOI, FAGDGenevieve Garris, DMD23451 Walden Center Dr. #100, Bonita239-948-2111, pelicanlandingdental.com EAR, NOSE AND […]

Tee Box TIPS: Bellied wedge from high grass can save your score

Unfortunately as we all know the golf gods don’t always smile upon us. Sometimes you hit a good shot into a green, and the ball releases and finishes up against the higher grass surrounding the green. So now what do you do? First, don’t get upset. You have an opportu­nity to recover and it’s not that difficult. Follow these steps […]

Healthy CHOICES: Eat for health and wealth on New Year’s and beyond

No matter where you are or what you do to bring in the New Year, there is one tradition that the majority of people partake in: eating. Across the world according to traditions, New Year’s Day meals will bring you good fortune in the year to come. Superstitions or not, these rituals are not only fun, but also delicious and […]

Business BEAT: Historic, friendly feeling gives Restoratives Café a boost

Restoratives Café is tucked into a strip mall just north of Broadway on Tamiami Trail in Estero. Hosts to neighborhood and seasonal regulars for the four years it has been open, brothers Tim and Jay Gillmore call it a real do-it-yourself project. Their passion for the café contributes to a casual, friendly atmosphere. “We built the counters and cabinets and […]

Women’s Council of Realtors installs new officers

The Women’s Council of Realtors Bonita Springs/ Estero Network installed its 2018 officers at Miromar Lakes last month. From left: Director of Programs Michael Jackson, President Adrienne Meijer, Secretary Toni Mace, and President-Elect Elizabeth McCrank.

Pavich Sr. installed as Bonita Springs- Estero Realtors president

Joe Pavich Sr. was installed as the 2018 president of the Bonita Springs-Estero Realtors last month at Hunter’s Ridge Country Club in Bonita Springs by Estero Mayor Jim Boesch.

The SPOTLIGHT: First MS Day held

Multiple Sclerosis Center hosts first MS Day

The Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida recently held its first MS Day in and around the center on Woods Edge Parkway in Bonita Springs. Food, entertainment and information were shared for clients and friends. Shown: FGCU students and volunteers Noell Bagwell, Alena Blosfelds, Heidy Acosta, Rebecca Zafra and Steven Placke with MS Center Executive Director Kay Jasso, center. To […]

Kids help others and build their own skills in Rotary program

In the Rotakids Club at Bonita Springs Charter School, students in grades three through five learn about local resources as they carry out projects to benefit the community. The club is part of the school’s “Leader in Me” pro­gram, and is sponsored by Bonita Springs Rotary Club Noon. “Through the Leader in Me program, students have opportunities to develop their […]

Books for Collier Kids builds libraries a family at a time

Books for Collier Kids plays an integral role in the effort to ensure children from the county’s low-income families start their educational careers with solid reading skills. In fact, the nonprofit will reach an important landmark in 2018 that illustrates its dedication to the cause, the donation of its one millionth book to a needy child since the organization’s 2005 […]

Singer and songwriter Judy Collins recalls life’s illusions

She didn’t speak of it publicly until decades later. But since childhood, a sadness born of mental illness has been a struggle for singer and song­writer Judy Collins. Now approaching 80, she addresses the subject often, including last month at Grey Oaks Country Club for nearly 300 people at a fundraising lunch sponsored by the Collier County chapter of the […]

Spotlight visits Montenegro

Camille and Maxim LeFevre took the Spotlight to Kotor, Montenegro, located in southeastern Europe between the Adriatic Sea and Serbia. 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.