2018-05-01 E-Edition

Spring Luncheon raises nearly $150,000 for Hope Hospice

The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee recently hosted its 15th annual spring luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, raising nearly $150,000 to benefit Hope Hospice. Event chairs Barbara Caccese, Etta Smith and Signe Wynne, along with event committee members, coordinated the celebration for more than 275 guests. To learn more, go to hopehcs.org.

David Lawrence Center receives art therapy grant

David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce that the Harmon- Meek Gallery Fund at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation has awarded the center a $2,500 grant for the “Creative Expressions: Arts for Health and Wellness” art therapy program. Harmon-Meek Gallery Fund awards grants […]

Medical & Health DIRECTORY

CLINICAL RESEARCH Advanced Research for Health Improvement 1168 Goodlette Frank Road North, Naples arhiusa.com 239-230-2021 DENTAL Family Dentistry of Bonita Jose R. Venegas, DDS, PA 28315 Tamiami Trial, #102, Bonita Springs familydentistryofbonita.com 239-949-1655 Family Health Centers Anabel Natali, DMD Virginia Mazzeo, RDH Yvania Jimenez, DDC 19701 South Tamiami Trial, Estero fhcswf.org 239-314-1630 General & Implant Dentistry at The Landing Kelly […]

Tee Box TIPS: Improve rhythm and timing with feet-together drill

The feet-together drill can cure many ills, especially bad rhythm and timing. The drill promotes good footwork and balance, encourages a free arm swing and helps prevent lateral swaying on the back and forward swings. It also teaches the golfer to swing rhythmically and within his or her capabilities, which improves timing and swing mechanics. The procedure follows. With the […]


B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers N/Naples May 1: TUESDAY Early-Bird Walks at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary [8 a.m. to 11 a.m.] Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is an Important Bird Area, part of the Atlantic Flyway for bird migration, is one of the gateway sites for the Great Florida Birding Trail, and is a Ramsar designated Wetland of International Importance. Experience the sights […]

Artist SPOTLIGHT: East West Fine Art making art accessible

Olga and Leeza Arkhangelskaya, mother and daughter owners of East West Fine Art gallery, believe the art one chooses for the home should be a positive and beautiful reflection of its owners. At East West Fine Art, they have a very simple test they ask their clients to do. When choosing art, look at the painting. It should make you […]

Everglades Wonder Gardens elects new board and officers

Westley Weidenmiller will take the helm as the new president of the Everglades Wonder Gardens. Donna Flammang has been elected vice president. Mary Meima is treasurer and Trish Leonard is president emeritus. Thomas Hecker will remain as the executive director. Remaining on the board are Russell J. Andersen, Debi Braendle, Beth Hagan, Jane Liles, Jacke McCurdy, Connie McIntosh, John Mathes, […]

Kentucky Derby Hat Contest

Southwest Florida’s premier Kentucky Derby hat contest will be staged for the fourth consecutive year at the Naples- Fort Myers Greyhound Track on May 5. Dezarae Janeda of Bonita Springs won the Derby hat contest in 2017. Contest judges will conduct the Derby Day hat contest starting at 3 p.m. The winner will receive a $1,000 betting voucher. No pre-registration […]

Mother’s Day look-alike contest

Miromar Outlets will host its annual Mother- Daughter-Granddaughter Look-alike Contest on Mother’s Day, May 12, at 11 a.m. near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store.

Freedom Waters Foundation invites veterans to free cruise on the Naples Princess

Veterans are invited to the semi-annual Freedom Waters Foundation Veterans Meet and Greet for a free cruise May 21 on the Naples Princess from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Each veteran may bring one guest. The cruise provides a therapeutic on- the-water experience giving veterans a safe, enjoyable place for vet-to-vet camaraderie. Approximately 125 veterans participate. Because space is limited, reservations […]


Artis–Naples May 7 Youth Jazz Orchestra May 10 “The Marriage of Figaro” May 16 All That Jazz May 17 & 18 Naples Philharmonic — Patriotic Pops May 27 Naples Philharmonic — Summer Spectacular Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall May 5 Darci Lynne and Friends Live May 12 Gulf Coast Symphony: “Tosca” May 18 Victor Manuelle Broadway Palm April 12 […]

Mind & SOUL: Renew and grow your relationship with better communication

It is not a secret that the divorce rate for first marriages is 50 percent; however, it is less well-known that the divorce rate for second marriages is 67 percent and for third marriages is 72 percent. Experiencing a breakup or divorce is a painful and often devastating experience. When children are involved, that experience is even more painful since […]


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). For more information call JoAnn Luce 239-495-7644 or visit amblers.floridatrail.org./FM Amateur Radio Association of SWFL Meet with local HAMS the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 […]

Our Best FRIENDS: Cinnamon is the spice that makes life a joy

Cinnamon, a 2-year-old miniature goldendoodle who weighs only 10 pounds, walks the patio that connects six condo units, visits with the residents and watches for strangers. When she tires of her responsibility for the neighborhood, she barks a little, Shirley Hettlinger opens her door and Cinnamon takes charge of her home domain. “She watches for the neighbors to come home […]

Winners announced in Estero Historical Society essay contest

Winners of the annual Estero Historical Society essay contest were announced at a presentation at Three Oaks Middle School on April 11. First place winners and runners-up received cash prizes and all finalists received certificates of achievement and goody bags. In the fourth and fifth grade category, the first place winner was Caitlin Masters; runners-up were Padraig John Murray and […]

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Corkscrew Swamp is place to celebrate Year of the Bird

They are living dinosaurs. Ten thousand of them are scattered around on every continent of the world. They are a significant indicator of environmental health. They are birds, and they are important. It may be the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese zodiac, but according to National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, and BirdLife International, it is Year […]

Reel Deal Barbershop and Salon celebrates grand opening

Jerry Hildebrand recently opened the doors at Reel Deal Barbershop and Salon, at 24611 Production Circle in Bonita Springs, across from Pelican Landing. Hildebrand, known to regulars as Jerry the Barber, brought in long- time Bonita stylist Sheri Bess and local barber Jay Ballard to help him with his vision. “I wanted to create a place where people could get […]

Esposito accepts Zonta’s 2018 Woman of the Year award

The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs- Estero awarded Tiffany Esposito with the 2018 Woman of the Year award last month at Bonita Bay Club. Esposito is president and CEO of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. “I would like to thank the ladies of Zonta for such a wonderful recognition,” says Esposito. “The women of Zonta are a catalyst […]

Girl Scouts recognize volunteers

In celebration of National Volunteer Week last month, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida recognized eight Southwest Florida residents who received Adult Achievement awards at the council’s annual meeting. MaryAnn Tracy, Micheale Bowman, Michelle Rotunna, Anita Quinn, Christianne Arthur, Darby Zimmerman, Heather DeSarro and Courtney Short each received awards. To learn more, go to gsgcf.org.

Restaurant GUIDE

A Table Apart With global experience cooking in the finest restaurants, our chefs are excit­ed to present their vision to you and all our guests. Our caring and exceptional staff will ensure you have a fantastic experience with us. We refuse to com­promise on quality in our restaurant. That’s why we source our fresh ingre­dients from local farmers. Our beliefs […]

American Red Cross, Southern Gulf Chapter named Collier County Business of the Month for April

The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Collier County Commissioners selected the American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter, as the Business of the Month for April 2018. The Board of Collier County Commissioners and Susan Kuhar, Account Executive, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, presented Jill Palmer, executive director, and Steve Adamczyk, board chair, with a commemorative […]

Spotlight visits Portugal

Michele and Jack Cooper took the Spotlight on an eight-day tour of Portugal. Here they are in Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city. The Spotlight is rather adventurous, and crosses borders without a passport. Please take the Spotlight on your next vacation. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Spotlight visits the Galapagos Islands

Debbie and Steve Emma took the Spotlight on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. The Spotlight travels internationally and does so without a passport, and rarely gets seasick, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Spotlight visits Ontario

Carol Solterisch and Lynn Newman took the Spotlight to Stratford, Ontario, to see some of Shakespeare’s plays. 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.

Collier County prepares for busy hurricane season

Hurricane Irma’s fury provided hard-to-forget lessons in the importance of being prepared should disaster strike. Memories of properties ravaged by wind and water during the Sept. 10 storm, a crippled electrical grid and a recovery period that has yet to end for some, are still fresh for many people. The roughly 10 years since a hurricane last struck Southwest Florida […]

Lee County offering hurricane preparedness seminars

First, know your zone.

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1, with the height of the season peaking September 10. However, it’s not too early to get prepared, according to Lee County officials. At a recent hurricane preparedness seminar, residents of Bonita Bay heard from Sandra Tapfumaneyi, who serves as the operations chief for Lee County Emergency Management. With Irma and its aftermath still […]

Quick review: Storm shutter tips for home

Hurricane Irma taught us a lot about hurricane protection. It provided a great opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others so that you or your family can avoid being hurt or your property damaged by something as small as a wing nut. Here are a few hurricane shutter pitfalls that you, as a homeowner, may not have thought about […]

Amazing Things offers 5D theater adventures and more at Miromar Outlets

Dinosaur eggs and puzzle boxes, celebrity autographed collectibles, a 7-foot statue of Darth Vader and even shoes worn by Michael Jackson are available for purchase at Amazing Things, a new shopping and entertain­ment venue facing the lake at Miromar Outlets. Its four window displays hint at co-founder Brett Kelly’s penchant for providing one-of-a-kind experiences, including short films visitors can see […]

Family and the community benefit from 12 Seasons’ healthy practices

Danny Blank, owner of 12 Seasons Farm on Old Olga Road in Fort Myers, says he faced a critical decision in 2011. He was using the usual pesticides on the fruits and vegetables on the 10-acre farm he bought in 2002. But Blank and his wife, Vicki, were expecting their first child. “And I wanted my kids to be able […]

Florida Lions Eye Clinic opens endowment fund

The Florida Lions Eye Clinic opened an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Collier County to support its programs and operations with a permanent and professionally invested income stream. From left, Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Lindsey Touchette, Cristin Madden and Tamika Seaton. The eye clinic is the only free eye clinic in the state of Florida and has given the gift […]

Spotlight visits Brazil

Carole Maeder and Zack Murphy took the Spotlight to Brazil in February to experience the costumes, floats, dancing and music at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. 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.

Family catering company expands into restaurant business

At a party of more than 100 people, brothers Larry and Peter Falisi used a chef’s knife and scissors to cut the ribbon in front of their new restaurant. Two Guys Kitchen & Catering, located at 1230 Airport-Pulling Road North in Naples, is a 20-seat restaurant as well as home base for the 3-year-old catering company. Two Guys Kitchen & […]

Three Bonita Chamber staff members receive Guests First certification

Three Bonita Chamber staff members earned the Certified Guest Service Professional designation April 12 at a ceremony held at the Lee County Administration Building. They are: Dawn Brewer, Charles Stanisce and Breanne Winter. They join Bonita Chamber Director of Special Projects, Cindy Burgess, as CGSP- designated staff members. Guests First is an educational program offered by the Lee County Visitor […]

Collier’s Reserve leadership recognized as among world’s best

Collier’s Reserve Country Club Past President Judith Stant was named one of BoardRoom magazine’s 20 most outstanding private club presidents for 2017. Stant is the only woman on the list, which includes club presidents from as far away as South Africa and New Zealand. She is just the third Collier’s Reserve president ever to serve two terms, the last of […]

Guadalupe Center volunteer Alice Arena receives Women of Initiative award

The Women’s Foundation of Collier County has named Alice Arena, a longtime supporter of the Guadalupe Center, as one of its 2018 Women of Initiative award winners. Arena has served as a volunteer, mentor and board member of Guadalupe Center for nearly a decade, and is a firm believer in its core mission “to break the cycle of poverty through […]

Children’s Museum welcomes new board member

The Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) is pleased and excited to welcome its newest board member, Tony Garvey. Garvey, President of Corporate Valuation Services, Inc., was most recently a sponsor at C’mon’s annual fundraising gala, Night at the Museum: Pirate Ball. To learn more about C’mon, go to cmon.org.

Bonita city manager to retire

In a letter to the Bonita Springs City Council last month, Bonita Springs City Manager Carl Schwing informed council members that he will not be extending his employment with the city beyond his May 31 contract expiration date, and announced his retirement.

Henderson Franklin welcomes SW Florida native Spencer Shaw

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that attorney Spencer Shaw has joined the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Division. Shaw is a native of Southwest Florida, graduating from Naples High School (2008), Florida Gulf Coast University (B.S., 2012) and Ave Maria School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2016).

EJ McDonnell named Southwest Florida PGA Merchandiser of the Year

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the PGA has named Bonita Bay Club Director of Golf E.J. McDonnell as Merchandiser of the Year in the private club category. “This award is a great reflection on our membership and staff, in particular our retail manager Lynne Startzel. Lynne is one of the best retailers in the industry and I am proud to […]

Healthy CHOICES: Dining can be medicinal with mushrooms on the menu

Mushrooms are commonly placed in the vegetable category but are technically classified as fungi. Mushrooms are fat-free, gluten-free, low-calorie, low carbohydrate and nutritionally dense, containing natural antioxidants. They are a good source of B vitamins, trace minerals, fiber and the highest plant source of vitamin D available. Mushrooms naturally produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. The medicinal use of […]