2018-07-01 E-Edition

IVFMD opens fertility center at Arthrex campus

The SPOTLIGHT: ribbon cutting

IVFMD, a South Florida specialized care fertility practice, recently hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new offices within the Arthrex campus at 1265 Creekside Parkway in North Naples. The new Naples location is one of five IVFMD centers in Florida. Others include the IVFMD headquarters in Miami and centers in Boca Raton, Cooper City, and Jupiter. IVFMD reports higher success rates […]

Tennis TIPS: Make your opponent cover more ground

One of the biggest issues I see in watching club-level doubles is a player hitting the opponent’s ball right back to the opponent. Sometimes when I watch matches, it looks like the ball has a magnet drawing the ball right back to the opponent’s racquet. One of the ideas I like to teach is the concept of hitting the ball […]

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: Banish the shank

The shank is one of the most devastating shots that a player can hit and often the harder a golfer tries to prevent it the more they shank. Many golfers try to stop shanking by closing the club face with the right hand through impact. This makes the club path move out-to-in, causing the club head to move farther away […]


B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers N/Naples July 3 TUESDAY Snowball Fight [6:15 to 7:30 p.m.] Get ready to dodge, duck & dive. Then relax with guided meditation. A fun and heart healthy program. We recommend bringing a beach towel or yoga mat. Where: South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy. Cost: Free. For more information call 239-533-4400 or visit […]

Artist SPOTLIGHT: Cynthia and Steve Adams switched from painting ceilings to canvas

The Naples Art District, bounded by Trade Center Way and Pine Ridge Boulevard, comes alive evenings in season on the first Wednesday of the month when more than 50 working artists open their studios and galleries. One studio in particular is a must see year-round — Casa Art Studio and Gallery. With its grand piano and vibrant abstract art of […]

NAA names Camera USA award recipients

The SPOTLIGHT: Naples Art Association

The Naples Art Association recently named Christer Berg of Raleigh, N. C., its Camera USA 2018 National Photography Award recipient for his portrait of boxer Dewayne Beamon. Berg received a cash prize of $5,000. The Naples Art Association started the Camera USA® photography program in 2011. As a nationwide program, it serves as a platform for local photographers to share […]


Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall July 15 The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show July 31 & August 1 PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” Broadway Palm June 14 – July 22 “The Savannah Sipping Society” June 28 – August 11 “Annie” Center for Performing Arts July 1 Musical Moments: Red, White and Blue July 13 […]

Our Best FRIENDS: An unexpected puppy named Maddie is a gift

Maddie, a miniature schnauzer, knows she is a dog and doesn’t like dress­ing up. However, she has attended fundraising pet parades and once there, she accepts the special attire. If it’s cold, she’ll wear a sweater. When owners Janet Watson and Steve Stefanides first saw her at a breeder’s in Knoxville, they said she was a little ball of gray […]

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Alligators are indicators of swamp health

American alligators are a keystone species, relied upon by many species for survival. Without them, the ecosystem would dramatically change. Alligators are considered indicator species in the Everglades, meaning they serve as a measurement for ecosystem health. Having a stable popula­tion of alligators in the ecosystem demonstrates ideal environmental condi­tions. These animals can inform us of how restoration efforts are […]


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 at 6:30 p.m.- except for July and August. Where: Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 N. U.S. 41. For more informa­tion and to see a list current activities visit amblers.floridatrail.org./N Amateur Radio Association of SWFL Meet with local HAMS […]

Bridge group donates $1,200 to Café of Life

Not only did these women from Bonita Bay, Copperleaf, Lighthouse Bay, Pelican Landing, Pelican Sound, Shadow Wood, Spring Run and Worthington enjoy a good bridge game and luncheon each month from November to March, they also extended a helping hand to Café of Life. This group is looking for four women to complete one of the teams for the 2018-2019 […]

Sunset Rotary Club honors Riggenbach

The Rotary Club of Bonita Beach Sunset recently awarded Andrew Riggenbach of the Bonita Springs Fire Control District the inaugural Rotary Vocational Service Award for Bonita Springs. The Bonita Beach Sunset Rotary asked Fire Chief Joseph Daigle to select a deserving firefighter for this high honor. Out of many fine candidates, Daigle selected paramedic and firefighter Riggenbach. Rotary member Chris […]

Habitat disaster recovery program awarded $50,000 by Rotary District 6960

The SPOTLIGHT: disaster recovery

Habitat for Humanity Lee and Hendry Counties’ CEO Kitty Green accepted a $50,000 donation from District 6960 Governor Bobbi Bird, which was presented on behalf of the Hurricane Irma Donor Advised Fund of Rotary International while Rotarians from six area clubs looked on. From left, Rotary Club Treasurer Jack Alexander of Sanibel-Captiva, Rotarian Roger Dick of Naples Bay, Rotary Club […]

Conservancy CONNECTION: Florida fungus: The up side to looking down

Walking along the nature trails at The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, most guests and their docent guides tend to look up into the tree canopy. They may spot a wild orchid there, or the docent will point out the unique leaves and bark of the native trees, tell­ing visitors things like how they can tell the red, black and white […]

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 […]

Chef PROFILE: Chef Cory Bass takes seafood seriously at Backwater Jacks

Backwater Jacks, located in the Bonita Bay Marina on the Imperial River, welcomes the general public, as well as boaters and residents of Bonita Bay, to enjoy the cuisine of Chef Cory Bass, affectionately known as C-Bass. Fresh, local and sustainable seafood prepared with care is his specialty and summer is a great time to discover this hidden gem. Reservations […]

Vineyard SPOTLIGHT: Peace’s pet project marries coffee and wine

Today I’m thinking about all the world’s children who are dreaming about the day they can leave the farm or ranch to carve out their own destiny. Author Mark Batterson says these youth want to “chase the lion.’ This is the story of a winemaker who chased his lion all the way back to his home to run one of […]

Youth Leadership Collier graduates

The Leadership Collier Foundation, in coordination with The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, held its graduation of the Youth Leadership Collier program last month. The mission of YLC is to develop ethical leaders committed to active community involvement. Reaching more than 400 students to date, YLC empowers students to become effective leaders through hands-on experiences and field work, while encouraging […]

Spotlight walks the Camino de Santiago

The SPOTLIGHT: our readers’ travels

Debra Haley, Fay Bortcosh and the Spotlight, at a way station along the Camino de Santiago, just outside of Astorga in northern Spain. The Spotlight is rather adventurous, and crosses borders without a passport. Please take the Spotlight on your next pilgrimage. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Challenges for Florida Fish and Wildlife come in big sizes

Information on living harmoniously with black bears, expanding hunting for the invasive Burmese python in the Everglades and continuing the moratorium on harvesting goliath grouper is just a small portion of the important work conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Known as the FWC, the agency is responsible for managing and regulat­ing the state’s fish and wildlife […]

Spotlight visits Milan

Nick and Natalia San Filippo recently took the Spotlight on a five- week vacation cruising and traveling in Rome, Lake Como, Milan and Venice, Italy, plus Greece, Spain, Portugal and Croatia. Here they are at the Milan Cathedral. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Tennis balls have second lives on the court

By some estimates, 125 million tennis balls a year end up in the waste stream, in either landfills or incinerators. A nationwide collection, recycling and repurposing effort may soon change things — and it’s being done one game at a time. Some of the most interesting reuses go beyond the traditional, in applications wider than the bottoms of chairs and […]

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center helps children grieve

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center recently announced the launch of a new children’s bereavement focused equine-facilitated learning program. The bereavement program is designed to work in conjunction with individual support groups in our community. The program is supported with donations and grant funding and is offered at no cost to children. During the first six-session group, five children – each coping […]

Solarium coming to Bonita from France

Groundbreaking for the Tea House Pavilion at the Everglades Wonder Gardens was celebrated by members of the board of the Everglades Wonder Gardens, Bonita City Council members and friends. The Tea House construction was generously donated by Karin Moe, and it is to be named the Robert & Karin Moe Tea House. Construction of the glass and iron solarium, handmade […]

West Bay foundation grants $102,648 to local charities

The West Bay Community Charitable Foundation recently held its annual grant reception. Twenty-one Lee and Collier county nonprofit organizations received financial support from the foundation, including the Guardian ad Litem Foundation, Temple Shalom Preschool, Friends of Foster Children Forever, Community Cooperative, Inc., Interfaith Charities of South Lee, Bonita Springs Elementary School, Florida Repertory Theatre, Our Mother’s Home of SWFL, St. […]

Estero chamber hosts 20th anniversary luncheon

The Estero Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 20th anniversary and unveiled its new logo at last month’s celebratory luncheon. Pastor Nolen Rollins was honored as Person of the Year. Cindy Dugan was announced as the Volunteer of the Year. Best Home Services was named Business of the Year. The chamber’s scholarship committee presented Meg Judge Scholarship Awards to four graduating […]

Spotlight visits the Great Wall

The SPOTLIGHT: our readers’ travels

Bill and Nancy Drum took the Spotlight for a walk on the Great Wall of China. 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.

2018 Leadership Collier class donates $20,000 to benefit youth development

The Leadership Collier Foundation, an affiliate of The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, received a donation of more than $20,000 in an endowment to benefit youth development in Collier County. The endowment was presented at the LCF graduation in April at Artis—Naples, where the Leadership Collier Class of 2018 presented Amanda Beights, vice president of the LCF, with the contribution. […]

Makerspace addition coming to Golisano Children’s Museum

Construction is scheduled to start this summer on the children’s museum’s Makerspace addition. The renovation of the existing classrooms will make way for a collaborative workspace for creating, making, learning and problem solving. This new exhibit will provide hands-on learning, build critical thinking skills and foster the imagination of children of all ages. Gates Construction is the builder, with design […]

Conditioned Air names new CEO

Conditioned Air Company of Naples recently announced the promotion of Tim Dupre to the position of president and chief executive officer. Dupre will assume the CEO responsibilities from long- time Conditioned Air CEO and Partner Theo Etzel III, who will provide continued leadership to the company as chairman.

Naples Chamber welcomes work-based learning coordinator

The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Alex Breault has joined The GNCC and Leadership Collier Foundation as the new work-based learning coordinator. She will focus on connecting high school and college students to internships, part-time jobs, job shadows and other work- based learning experiences.

Kantor recognized by Barron’s

Kim Ciccarelli Kantor and Ciccarelli Advisory Services, Inc. have been recognized in Barron’s national ranking of “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” for the ninth consecutive year.

Naples Zoo breaks ground on animal hospital

The Naples Zoo’s new one-story, 9,144-square-foot animal hospital will feature a surgical suite, treatment room, hospitalization rooms, necropsy room, diagnostic lab, pharmacy, ICU and hospitalization holding areas, outdoor run area, and administrative rooms. It will be named the Glass Animal Hospital, in honor of its primary benefactors, Denny and Tanya Glass. Construction will begin this summer. The hospital was designed […]

Naples Chamber receives 2018 Florida Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Award

The SPOTLIGHT: business recognition

The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce is a 2018 recipient of the Florida Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Award. Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart, right, presented the award to Michael Dalby, president and CEO of the Naples Chamber, and to Collier County Public Schools Superintendent Kamela Patton, second from left, at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Annual Education Summit last […]

Stay FIT: Yoga in the rain forest is an exercise in earth, mind and body harmony

I hadn’t thought about how sustainability might apply to the human body until recently. Six days on a yoga retreat in Costa Rica brought about an epiphany. In late May, I journeyed with eight other women from Southwest Florida – students and teachers from Yoga Bird studio in Fort Myers – to Rancho Margot eco-lodge in northwestern Costa Rica, about […]

City Council UPDATE: ‘Small Town Charm’ does not look like Miami

Even if you have only a passing interest in Bonita Springs’ Old 41 revitalization efforts, you are certainly familiar with the rendering depicted on this page, and others just like it. These renderings, commissioned by the city about six years ago, capture Bonita’s vision, and motto, of “Small Town Charm.” They hold the promise of what Old 41 can become, […]