2021-02-01 E-Edition

‘Great outdoors’ describes CREW lands during pandemic

Plenty of Southwest Floridians have been taking part in an “up” side to the Covid pandemic: Experiencing the mood-boosting effects of being in nature. Looking at recent attendance figures, the staff at CREW Land & Water Trust has noticed a trend. The number of visitors to the property it stewards seems to back up what scientists are finding about the […]

Broadway Bootcamp prepares students for the bright lights

If you’ve ever imagined yourself onstage amidst the bright lights of Broadway, now is your chance to learn and practice songs and dance routines from some of theater’s most popular shows. Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premier professional theater, is offering a Broadway Bootcamp this winter/spring. Theater enthusiasts of all ages can hone their performing skills in themed week-long classes. The Bootcamp […]

Water School building will open doors to new graduate degrees

Construction is underway for the largest build­ing to date on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus – the new home of the Water School. FGCU broke ground in the fall of 2019; construc­tion started in June 2020. Completion is expected in time for the 2022 spring semester. To FGCU, the Water School is much more than a building. It is […]

Healthy CHOICES: Dietary fats not created equal

Fats have been portrayed as the villain in the story of health for years. The advancement of science has allowed us to learn more about the human genome and the role the diet plays in health and disease. Armed with this information, we can offer a more personalized approach to health care. When evaluating the role that dietary fat plays […]

Pickleball POINTERS: Three new rules in 2021 most important for recreational players

The new pickleball rules for 2021 are out. They took effect January 25. Here are three of the five that I believe are the most relevant for the recreational player. Two more will follow in my next column. • Service lets have been eliminated. • You can start your service motion while the score is being called. • Line calls […]

Tee Box TIPS: Touch, focus and reading the green improve lag putting

Putting is often referred to as a game within a game. The goal is to get the ball in the hole in the least number of strokes and the good news is with practice we all can become better putters. For touring professionals, putting is crucial. In fact, it is so important that on the PGA tour the average number […]

Mind & SOUL: Being a vessel of compassion is both kind and healthy

Compassion is possibly the most noble trait of a refined human being. Compassion frequently is mistaken for empathy. Empathy is described by psychologists as an emotional experience of another person‘s feelings. Compassion goes beyond that. Having the courage to feel another’s pain and suffering, holding that suffering as our own, and being willing to elevate that suffering is true compassion. […]

Health & Medical DIRECTORY

CHIROPRACTOR Amazing Wellness Scott Walters, M.S, D.C Jennifer Long, M.S., D.C. 13800 Tamiami Trail N. Suite 113, Naples amazingwellness.com 239-880-2273 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 […]

Artist SPOTLIGHT: Gallo uses word association in an artful way

Ray Gallo is a former ad man. After studying art at the University of Illinois and design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, he worked in ad agencies for 35 years in Chicago as an art director and creative director, writing ads and producing commercials – most of those years working with words and pictures. “Word association for an idea […]


B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers FMB/Fort Myers Beach N/Naples February Virtual & In-person Events 2: TUESDAY It’s Abstract! – YOUR creativity unleashed [5:30 to 8:30 p.m.] Join us for a whole new experience. Explore the joy of your creativity. Your design, your colors, this experience is all about you. Sharing fun techniques and helpful hints, the instructor will show you […]


Artis–Naples February 5 & February 6 Naples Philharmonic Classical Performance February 10 All That Jazz with Pasquale Grasso February 14-16 Naples Philharmonic Sypert Salon Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall February 6 An Andrew Lloyd Webber Celebration February 14 Love & Laughter – A Musical Valentine Broadway Palm December 31 – February 14 “Happy Days” January 14 – March 6 […]

Our Best FRIENDS: Jax follows Lewis and Clark across the United States

Jude and Jim Knisely purchased a camper and brought Jax, a cream- colored female goldendoodle into their family – in preparation for a U.S. adventure by camper from August to November 2020. Jax was only 8 weeks old, but Jude Knisely, an experienced trainer, gave absolute love, instruction and attention that led to a well-behaved and delightful traveling companion for […]

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Stately limpkin has a haunting call and a vicious bill

As I walked along the boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, I heard a distinct and piercing call that sent shivers down my spine, like a banshee cry fading into the night. As I rounded a bend, I spotted a stately limpkin (Aramus guarauna) perched atop the boardwalk. Though I first heard that limpkin call 17 years ago, during my first […]

City OBSERVER: Food mecca the perfect fit in downtown Bonita

The recent commitment by the Magnus family to build a high-end food truck park in the Old 41 development area is hopefully the harbinger of good things to come in downtown Bonita Springs. Drawings depict a project that is as much bricks and mortar as it is food trucks. The landscaped site will feature a two-story building in old Florida […]

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 […]