2020-02-01

2020-02-01 E-Edition

Grand adventures take three generations around local waterways



Lynette Brown remembers fondly the game she used to play while kayaking with her grandchildren: “Catch Grandma.” They don’t play that anymore. Not because Brown has slowed down as a paddler. It’s just that the grandkids have gotten so good that the game is more like “Catch the Kids” now. “I’ve been a big paddler all my life,” said Brown […]

Lovers Key is for sunsets and songwriters



Audiences enjoy gentle Gulf breezes and pastel sunsets while performers share original songs and the stories behind them at the Songwriters at Sunset concerts. Now in its fifth season, the concerts take place in the gazebo on the beach at Lovers Key State Park. Hosted by Friends of Lovers Key and the Americana Community Music Association, the free concerts are […]

Boarding kennel, fire district sponsor Pet First Aid and CPR



If “Rover” stops breathing and his heart stops beating, performing CPR may increase his chance of surviving until a veterinarian takes over. Pet First Aid and CPR seminars are now being hosted by Bonita Boarding Kennel and Pet Camp in cooperation with the Bonita Springs Fire District. The seminars are led by Cheryl and Faith Harrison, certified instructors. As Bonita […]

Local entrepreneur creates bocce ball retriever to clean up the game



Some things are still made in the United States. A bocce assistant named Boazz, designed in Bonita Springs, manufactured from aluminum in Naples and painted in Fort Myers, is packaged for shipping by its creator and bocce ball enthusiast John H. Wilson. “Who would think a guy named Wilson would design a ball retriever for a game mistakenly labeled as […]

Health & Medical DIRECTORY

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 M. Dainiak, DMD 24600 S. Tamiami Trail, #206, Bonita Springs dainiakdental.com, 239-949-8302 Lee A. Welky, […]

Tee Box TIPS: Gain control over your short pitch shots


The most difficult part of hitting 15- to 40-yard pitch shots is your contact has to be almost perfect. Otherwise, you’ll be short or skull it over the green. The secret to success is to let the sole of the club strike the ground, just like when you hit chip or greenside bunker shots. Failing to do so makes the […]

Healthy CHOICES: Men and women differ in heart disease risks and symptoms


Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a man’s disease, it claims almost as many women as men in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death overall in the United States, responsible for about 1 in every 5 female deaths and about 1 in every 4 male deaths. There are traditional risk factors for heart […]

Tennis TIPS: Focus on winning skill, not the drill


Too many times when prac­ticing, tennis players are too concerned with winning the “game,” “practice set,” or “drill” the coach has assigned. They are too focused on the result of the game and not developing a shot or skill. Becoming a better tennis player requires you to have multiple layers to your game. That way if game plan 1 is […]

Spotlight visits Scotland

David Sarvadi and Suzanne Sarvadi took the Spotlight to The Renais­sance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. The club hosted the 2019 Scottish Open. The Spotlight loves golf and loves to travel. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Spotlight visits Antarctica

Mary Lou Ross took the Spotlight to Antarctica. 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.

Spotlight visits Kylemore Castle

Larry Abrams and Estelle Abrams took the Spotlight to Kylemore Cas­tle in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. 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 Italy

Jim Garzone, Faye Matera and Angela Matera Garzone took the Spot­light to the ancient city of Matera, Italy. The Spotlight loves to travel, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Spotlight visits Aruba

Ron and Sue Stevens took the Spotlight to Aruba. 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.

Spotlight visits Greece

Joe and Jan Cannelongo took the Spotlight to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The Spotlight loves to travel, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Artist SPOTLIGHT: Cherie Mulcahy pushes into abstraction



At age 40, after a 15-year career in nutrition and after attaining a master’s degree in business, Cherie Mulcahy decided to pursue her love of art. Her approach was simple – “If my art’s not good enough, I can throw it away.” Well, she’s not throwing any of it away now. She’s exhibited at the von Liebig and the Centers […]

CALENDAR

B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers N/Naples February 1: SATURDAY History Walks: How Bonita Got Its Name [10 a.m.] Learn how Bonita Springs got its name and stories about many of our oldest buildings. Tour Shangri-La Springs, one of our first developments and site of the springs that gave Bonita Springs its name. Learn about the owners and intriguing uses of […]

SHOWTIME

Artis-Naples February 2 Youth Orchestra February 4 – February 9 “Hello, Dolly!” February 7 Naples Philharmonic Around Town February 11 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall February 1 Southwest Florida Symphony: POPS1 The Music of Queen February 6 Kansas February 11 Masters of Illusion February 12 Black Violin: Impossible Tour 2020 Broadway Palm January […]

Spotlight visits Lake Como

Phil Fisher, Natalie Guess, Susan Agnelli and Angelo Agnelli took the Spotlight to Lake Como to visit Angelo’s hometown of Bellagio, Italy. 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.

Training Your Best FRIEND: Check dog food ingredients for proper nutrient content


On a recent training, while petting the owner’s 1-year-old, I felt sharp ribs directly under his dull coat. The dog was undersized for his age and breed type. On inquiry I found the dog’s kibble was poor quality, containing chicken byproduct, amounting to waste parts of the animal such as beak and tal­ons. The kibble also contained corn, a dog […]

Mind & SOUL: Beliefs about yourself and others impact the life you create work


In the last article, we discussed how the best way to change others begins with self-growth. Often as we grow older, we develop beliefs that influence how we live our lives. These beliefs about ourselves and others directly impact what kind of life we create for ourselves. If I go through struggles, setbacks and failures, I may develop the belief […]

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Wetlands protect our coasts and wildlife habitats



Wetlands could be described simplistically as “nature’s kidneys” for their ability to filter out pollutants. They provide many other important ecosystem services as they fill a critical water storage role in our region. Depending on location, soil type, surface and ground water movement, a wetland may serve different environmental functions to different degrees, such as flood water retention, ground water […]

Spotlight visits Israel

Amy and Alex Markley took the Spotlight on an 11-day tour of Israel. Here they are at the lowest point on Earth in the Dead Sea. 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.

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 […]