2022-01-01 E-Edition

Florida Lions Eye Clinic continues to aim high

There is more to eyesight than seeing. It is a linchpin to quality of life. Vision loss can lead to depression, anxiety, isolation, falls, poor school grades and job loss – poverty vs. progress. So says the Florida Lions Eye Clinic, dedicated to quality care for the poor and uninsured, based at the Bonita Springs Lions Club campus famous for […]

Estero Recreation Center’s table tennis program expands

Table tennis — also called ping pong — is enjoyed by a new set of players at the Estero Recreation Center – persons with Parkinson’s disease or dementia. Program manager and instructor Purvi Naik added new classes to an already successful community table tennis program, covering all ages and skill levels, that she has conducted for the past 10 years. […]

‘Trail Keepers’ and ‘Angels’ maintain local waters for paddlers

Few people know the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, or CT, as well as Dorsey DeMaster. Now president of the Florida Paddling Trails Association, DeMaster in August 2021 became the 34th paddler and the first female veteran of the United States military to paddle all 1,515 miles of the trail, some of which overlaps the Great Calusa Blueway in Lee […]

Spotlight visits Aruba

Elsa and Hernando Hernandez took the Spotlight to Aruba, Curaçao and Nassau. Here they are in Aruba in front of the California Lighthouse. 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.

FSU residents in the class of 2024 at Lee Memorial Hospital

Newest local class of future doctors are all female, mirroring emerging trend

Their names are Sandy, Jessica, Danielle, Laura, Deliabell, Nicole, Stacy, Audrey. They are the most recent class of doctors in training in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Memorial Hospital. They began last summer and will spend three years learning and practicing to become board-certified doctors. And they are all women. Unusual? “It goes back and forth,” said Dr. […]

Health & Medical DIRECTORY

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Tennis TIPS: If your game isn’t improving, you may be playing too much

When I used to coach juniors, I would always comment how they need to call a friend, grab some tennis balls, and go out and just play. They relied too much on their coaches and didn’t develop good match habits. Since moving here and coaching players who are not juniors, I have found the opposite. Most players spend too much […]

Tee Box TIPS: Distance control is key to avoiding a three-putt

Consistent distance control on the greens is one of the most important skills for players to develop to avoid three-putting. A great putting stroke is a pendulum motion and one that moves around a fixed point. Below are key concepts to consider and ways to develop your putting skills to improve your distance control. Managing the length of the backstroke: […]

Mind & SOUL: Understanding attachment style enriches relationships

Relationships are essential in order for us to be healthy and whole human beings. Dependence on and trust in others is deeply programmed in our brains by evolutionary development and ensures not only our survival but also helps us to form healthy bonds with others. As children, we form our first relationships with our parents and our caregivers. The quality […]


Get it in the Spotlight: calendar@swspotlight.com B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers FMB/Fort Myers Beach N/Naples January 1: SATURDAY 2: SUNDAY Jazz Concert Series [2:00 p.m.] Enjoy live music by Naples Dixieland Jazz Band. Bring a chair and a friend. Where: Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S. Cost: Free to the public, however donations are greatly appreciated./N 3: MONDAY – 17: […]

Artist SPOTLIGHT: Augusto Esquivel takes buttons into new realms

Augusto Esquivel takes buttons that were designed to hold garments together and creates sculptures of unique beauty. Whether they’re recreations of old master paintings or objects of popular culture, Esquivel takes buttons beyond the mundane into new realms. His latest work is a colorful portrait of Vincent Van Gogh which is hanging at Aldo Castillo Gallery on Fifth Avenue South […]

Spotlight visits St. Simons Island

Bev Roberts, Joanne Stoutenberg, Maryl Balgenorth and Susan Barlow took the Spotlight to St. Simons Island, Georgia, for a trip on a shrimp trawler. The Spotlight loves to travel, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Ask The TRAINER: Does your dog think he is entitled?


Almost every training session I see it: entitlement. The dog that crashes into guests to greet them, barks constantly for attention, growls when a child approaches him while he’s chewing a bone, elevates above the owner by jumping up on the back of the couch or refusing to move away from the door as the owner is walking through it. […]

Conservancy CONNECTION: Invasive Mayan cichlid finds favor with anglers

One of the objectives of the Conservancy Southwest Florida is to introduce visitors to the varied Florida ecosystems and help them learn about the animals and plants that live here. This includes conducting research on and providing information about Florida‘s invasive species. Some of the more well-known ones are the Burmese python, cane toad, brown anole, lionfish and a host […]

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 […]