2018-10-01 E-Edition

Passidomo presented Legislative Leader of the Year Award

The Florida Council for Community Mental Health presented Sen. Kathleen Passidomo with the 2018 Florida Behavioral Health Care Legislative Lead­er of the Year Award, at the 2018 Florida Behavioral Health Conference in Orlando. Acknowledging Sen. Passidomo’s impact during the 2018 legisla­tive session, Scott Burgess, president and CEO of David Lawrence Center, presented the award, noting that Senator Passidomo is “a […]

Tee Box TIPS: Rule changes will make golf faster and more fun

The super close-up on high-definition televisions made the rule of not moving your ball a crazy controversy. Viewers were calling in from their living room couches claiming the ball moved slightly. Penalties were given to players who were completely unaware of the almost undetectable movement. One of the rule changes for 2019 removes all the controversy: Whenever a player accidentally […]

Tennis TIPS: Play your best in the heat

Since my late 20s, I have developed the unfortunate tendency to suffer cramping after long tennis matches. I have been in the emergency room three times with full body cramps. My tennis “look” has drastically changed from my playing days until now, my teaching days. Some of the things that I have found have eased my cramping after long workouts […]

STARability’s First Family Forum was a star-studded hit

STARability Foundation’s First Family Forum event was held at the Naples Ther­apeutic Riding Center last month. STARability invited 12 partner organizations to participate and share their offerings, all of which reflect STARability’s focus of shining light on ability, not disability. Attendees gathered information about enriching the lives of residents with developmental challenges and additional needs. The theme of the event […]


B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers N/Naples October 3: WEDNESDAY Book Discussion: “Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women” by Kate Moore [2 to 3 p.m.] A full-length account of the struggles of hundreds of women who were exposed to dangerous levels of radium while working factory jobs during World War I. Describes how they were misled by their […]

Artist SPOTLIGHT: 25 years of contemporary art is milestone to celebrate

Aldo Castillo Gallery is celebrating its 25th anniversary featuring the work of international contemporary artists. Originally established in Chicago in 1993, and since 2011 at the Miromar Design Center, the gallery exhibits paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, digital art and new media installations. Owner Aldo Castillo, international art curator, art dealer and art fair organizer, is able to attract his exhibiting […]


Artis–Naples October 12 Naples Philharmonic – Around Town October 17 The Alex Lopez Xpress October 23 Miami City Ballet October 28 Steve Martin and Martin Short October 30 Naples Philharmonic — Star Wars Live in Concert October 31 All That Jazz with Joe Locke Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall October 5 An Evening with Pete Rose Live October 16 […]

Our Best FRIENDS: Not into games, Diesel has one love – his owners

Diesel is a Teddy Roosevelt terrier saved from potentially being put down at an animal shelter. His photo online touched the heart of Jodie West five years ago and she and David West brought Diesel home as a foster situation until a good home could be found. He had a reputation as a biter. Jodie found a good family to […]

Conservancy CONNECTION: What looks like moss is actually much more impressive

Sometimes the smallest and most overlooked things turn out to be most interesting. Walking along the different nature trails on The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s grounds, a visitor easily can see the mangroves, wild coffee plants, ferns of all sorts, and even some non-native royal palms. While hiking along the cleared paths, one can travel from the lowland banks of […]

Suwyn named citizen of the year

Mark Suwyn was named the Citizen of the Year by the Bonita Springs Cham­ber of Commerce at the chamber’s Annual Celebration Luncheon at the Hy­att Coconut Point Resort and Spa. Suwyn is the chair of the Bonita Springs YMCA Advisory Board. The YMCA partnered with the city earlier this year to build eight new pickleball courts at the YMCA. The […]

Pelican Bay Rotary and Germain BMW donation results in $8 million in scholarships

In the spring of 2016, The Pelican Bay Rotary and Germain BMW donated $46,000 to cover two years of tuition for 18 Collier County students to attend Quest for Success, a college preparatory program that helps high school students prepare for standardized tests, apply to colleges and universities across the country, and apply for financial aid opportunities. Two years later, […]

BSU honored with safety award

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. received a 2017 Safety Award from the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association for its outstand­ing safety record at the East Water Reclamation Facility. BSU was previously recog­nized with this award in 2013. From left, Scott Car­penter, Jake Hepokoski and Kenny Farmer.


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 […]

Chef PROFILE: Chef Emma Calcara crafts cuisine from her Italian heritage

Emanuela (Emma) Calcara, owner and executive chef at Palladio Trattoria, recently returned from European travels, the pastime she enjoys and a source for inspiration when she is not in her restaurant. Calcara quoted one of her idols, the late Anthony Bourdain, to describe the influence of travel: “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you […]

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 […]

Spotlight visits Tennessee

Susan Berg, a member of the Pilot Club of Naples, took the Spotlight to the Pilot International Convention this summer at the Gaylord Resort in Nashville, Tenn. They stopped by the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynch­burg to share Spotlight with Jack Daniel himself. The Spotlight loves to travel, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos […]

Vineyard SPOTLIGHT: Love of wine runs in the family

Research is my favorite word. That’s because it means traveling to great wineries around the world in search of the best wines, the people who make them and their fascinating stories. This summer, I visited the state of Washington’s leading wine-growing region around Walla Walla, the town “so nice they named it twice.” The place is named after the Native […]

Germain Arena to be renamed Hertz Arena

Hertz and the Florida Everblades announced a naming-rights agreement, renaming the home of the Florida Everblades to Hertz Arena. The approxi­mately 7,000-seat arena also hosts hundreds of concerts, entertainment and sporting events each year. The agreement entails changes to the interior and exterior of the arena to include the Hertz logo and other branded sig­nage, including a new yellow paint. […]

Spotlight visits Japan

Hernando and Elsa Hernandez took the Spotlight on a Princess Cruise to Japan and Korea. Here they are at the main gate of the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Kyoto. 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.

School gardens influence diets beyond the classroom

An article in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior a few years ago confirmed that school gardens improve children’s food choices by increas­ing their preferences for vegetables and increasing their nutrition knowledge. Educators locally say their experience confirms these findings. Patti Thorsen has had 16 years of experience with a school garden. She and the Global Garden Club, plus […]

Spotlight visits Albania

Marion and Bernie Long took the Spotlight to Tirana, the capital of Al­bania. Here they are at the Skanderbeg Monument in Skanderbeg Square. 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.

Legislation expands students’ mental health services

Just three weeks and two days after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law the measures that began life as Senate Bill 7026. On March 9, 2018, funding was allocated to expand school mental health services, to establish or expand local mobile crisis response teams, additional Community Action Treatment teams, and […]

Spotlight visits Provence

Joanne Stoutenburg, Beverley Roberts, Maryl Balgenorth and Susan Barlow took the Spotlight on a wine-tasting tour along the Rhone River through the Provence region of France. The Spotlight loves to travel, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Business TRENDS: Salon suites offer economy and creativity for entrepreneurs

Growing in popularity over the past twenty years nationwide, salon suites are trending in Southwest Florida, whether through franchises with corporate support or independently owned. Beauty and wellness profes­sionals seeking less capital-intensive business ownership find their niche leasing spaces among similar and related professionals. Sola Salons Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Drive, provides a colorful flyer as a guide for interested […]

Bringing magic to stage is a logistic challenge

In the midday summer heat, the parking lot at the Center for Performing Arts is alive with construction as volunteers build stage sets for the next theater production. With circular saws whirring, and screw guns and hammers adding to the cacophony, crews keep a watchful eye on the horizon and any approaching rain clouds. When the parking lot is your […]

It takes a village to raise a ton

What do a cow, half a car and two grand pianos have in common? They each weigh about 2,000 pounds. On November 8, we need your help to raise 2,000 pounds — that’s one ton — of non-perishable items for the Bonita Springs Assistance Office. The people there will use our donations to give a hand up to our community’s […]

Spotlight visits Saint-Émilion

Cheryl Engel, Diane Engel and Eileen Engel took the Spotlight on a scenic river cruise through France. Here they are in Saint-Émilion. The Spot­light travels internationally without a passport, and rarely gets seasick, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

TLC Marketing and Creative Services named Small Business of the Year

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce named TLC Marketing & Creative Services the Small Business of the Year award winner for 2018. The award ceremony was held August 30 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. “I am so thankful and humbled by this award,” said TLC Mar­keting & Creative Services President Trish Leonard. “We were up […]

Realtors volunteer at Habitat for Humanity work day

Sales associates with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Park Shore office in Naples recently held a Habitat for Humanity Work Day in Golden Gate Estates. The work day was held in memory of Mike Carr, Jr., former managing broker of Coldwell Banker’s Southwest Florida Commercial Divi­sion, who died earlier this year. The group helped a Habitat for Humanity homeownership applicant […]

Florida Defense Lawyers Assoc. swears in first female president since 2006

Traci McKee was sworn in as presi­dent of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association at its annual meeting in Boca Raton. She is the first fe­male president in more than a de­cade. McKee’s practice at Hender­son, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., focuses on defending individuals, corporations, insurance companies and governmental entities in profes­sional malpractice, premises liabil­ity, product liability, and an array […]

Placeres celebrates 30 years with Preferred Travel

Preferred Travel of Naples recently announced that Olga Placeres, CFO and Agency Manager at Preferred Travel of Naples, is celebrating her 30-year anniversary with the agency. Placeres joined Preferred Travel in 1988 in the accounting department. Now as manager and CFO, she as­sists the staff and is involved in all aspects of the travel planning busi­ness.

Florida Gulf Coast University announces agribusiness center, plans for agribusiness minor

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert College of Business is deepening its connection with agriculture through the creation of a new Center for Agri­business and a proposed agribusiness minor. The Center for Agribusiness will serve as a resource for the agriculture industry in Southwest Florida. It will track and distribute information regarding the economic impact and sustainability of agriculture. The center […]

David Lawrence Center Young Executives Board of Directors installs new officers

David Lawrence Center recently announced that there are new leaders and members of its Young Executives Board of Directors. The Young Executives are a dedicated group of professionals charged with bringing the center’s mission and message to a younger generation through advocacy, aware­ness, and fundraising. Priscylla Oliva, executive administrative assistant at Barron Collier Companies, will serve as chair. Joseph Stusek, […]

Healthy CHOICES: Comfort and health benefits in that morning cup of coffee

Coffee hits many people on an emotional level. It is not just the need for caffeine to wake up, but the ritual of starting a day. The warmth of a cup of coffee may be craved on a blustery winter day (even here in Florida) and it adds flavor and comfort to the mundane grind of the work week. You […]

Medical & Health DIRECTORY

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