2020-02-15 E-Edition

Logan Boulevard extension may soon ease Lee-Collier traffic woes

Driving between some portions of Lee and Collier counties may soon become a little easier. The new Logan Boulevard extension, situated 2.7 miles east of Interstate 75, is the first roadway east of the interstate to connect North Naples with Bonita Springs. It’s expected to help relieve congestion during peak traffic hours and shorten commuting time for some drivers. Developer […]

Symptoms of many ailments helped on horseback

Bob Mandell takes a first-hand approach when it comes to investigat­ing potential therapy methods for stroke victims. “I never refer people to therapies I haven’t tried,” said Mandell, a Naples resident, stroke survivor and founder of the Stroke Recovery Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting stroke victims and to stroke prevention. “Even if it doesn’t work for me, if I […]

One woman, one child, one red wagon, inspire Christ Child Society of Naples

The 226-plus dedicated members of the Christ Child Society of Naples began knitting layettes for newborn infants and providing them to birthing centers for needy families 20 years ago. Layettes remain the primary initiative for the 46 chapters of the National Christ Child Society, a non-denominational, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the unmet needs of children in the community. “We’ve […]

Spotlight visits Stockholm

Dietrich and Laurie Krueger took Spotlight along on their December trip to Stockholm, Sweden, as well as Lapland in Finland. Spotlight even spotted the Northern Lights while at the Kakslauttenan resort near Ivalo, Finland. Here they are at the harbor in Stockholm. The Spotlight loves to travel. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Business BEAT: Kitchens by Ambiance moves to bigger space to show more choices

According to Jim Gerard, Kitchens by Ambiance president and owner, there’s more return on investment in the kitchen than any other room in the home. DIY television shows tackle kitchens and baths to prepare a house for sale. “Why wait until just before you decide to move or sell your home? Make the kitchen what you want for today and […]

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, […]

Healthy CHOICES Take preventive action with nature’s pharmacy

“Season” in Florida is a time filled with a busy social calendar, more sporting events, and, for most, a revolving door of visitors who would like a break from winter temperatures. Increased activity combined with a sudden rise in population to our area also increases our likelihood of getting sick. Knowing this time of year comes with higher likelihood of […]

COMMENTARY: It takes a village to improve children’s mental health

I love the phrase, “Kids’ minds matter,” because, as the old saw goes, “It says what it means and means what it says.” Words cannot describe how delighted I am to be writing on its behalf. Kids’ Minds Matter, the organization, was started roughly 4½ years ago by my good friends Susan Goldy and Scott Spiezle. Like most grass roots […]

Tee Box TIPS: It’s no secret: The magic move is all in the swing

I find it equally hilarious and telling that the learning of golf supposedly has so many secrets and magic moves. I know the game is a mental as well as physical sport that is impossible to fully master, but really… it’s a game of swing­ing back and through at a stationary ball to a stationary target. I also researched “golf’s […]

Artist SPOTLIGHT: JoAnn LaPadula has a unique approach to watercolor

JoAnn LaPadula paints with straws. A graphic artist, she longed for years to get back to painting, which she enjoyed while in college. So when she retired four years ago and moved to Fort Myers from the Finger Lakes region of New York state, she decided to pursue watercolor. “I was very frustrated at the beginning. Then I took a […]


B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers N/Naples February 15: SATURDAY 2nd Annual Gulf Coast Dream Cruise [11 a.m. to 5 p.m.] This year’s event theme is “Cars, Eats & Beats.” The event will feature awesome cars, live entertainment, food & beverage and ven­dor exhibits. If you love cars, this is an event you won’t want to miss. The Dream Cruisers will […]


Artis-Naples February 16 The Beach Boys February 17 Michael Feinstein and Rita Rudner February 19 Legendary Lady Singers February 23 Sutton Foster February 24 The Knights with Gil Shaham February 26 Youth Jazz Orchestra February 28 Riders In The Sky Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall February 18 – February 23 “Cats” February 25 Stayin’ Alive February 26 The Rocket […]

Our Best FRIENDS: Lab and pit bull mix is always up for a truck ride

Madison’s first owner couldn’t keep her from jumping the fence to run – and she was returned to the Maryland Humane Society. Her second chance came from Linda and Jeff Stanton who were searching for the right pet. Madison was among the dogs from which Linda Stanton was choosing and Madison showed her loving nature. Jeff Stanton had his eye […]

Conservancy CONNECTION: A silent predator stalks local golf courses and backyards

On soft padded paws, a seldom seen but surprisingly common predator silently stalks the borders of Southwest Florida’s golf courses, backyards, and on occasion, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s preserve grounds. Often mistaken for a large housecat, the bobcat, Lynx rufus, goes about its business, hunting prey, seeking mates and caring for its young, all while generally out of sight. […]

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 […]