A look at some of the good, the bad and the questionable:
Easy to stay healthy
A starfish for how easy it is to get a traditional, seasonal flu shot this year. Just about every corner has a drug store, and most of them offer the shots.
If only it will be that easy to get a swine flu shot.
Easy to help others
A starfish to those who help the hungry.
St. Matthew’s House makes it as easy as possible to do that.
Nonperishables can be brought directly to St. Matthew’s at 2001 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples, or the Bonita Springs Thrift Store at 25091 Bernwood Drive (corner of Old U.S. 41).
Contact: (239) 298-5026.
A sand spur to the Lee County School District for surprising so many teachers with small pay deferrals so they can get a bigger check to kick off summer vacation.
A school system spokesman says the withholding of $6 to $8 every two weeks is commonplace and was mentioned in contract talks.
Still, teachers and union leaders say they were caught unaware and bombarded school officials with angry e-mails.
That would have been so easy to avoid.
Shining in the gloom
A starfish to a ray of good business news in East Naples.
A new Auto Zone store has opened on U.S. 41 East in the shopping center anchored by Beef ’O’ Brady’s and Towne Centre 6.
Meanwhile, a new Japanese restaurant, Sushi-one, is readying at Goodlette-Frank and Pine Ridge roads.
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Worth all the work
A starfish to Hole in the Wall Country Club in Naples.
Motorists all summer on Goodlette-Frank Road north of Golden Gate Parkway have been watching the club’s gigantic landscaping project take shape, slowly yet surely. Now, complete with berms topped by lovely palms, that is one of the biggest, sweetest, systematic arrangements of new trees and other plants anywhere in Southwest Florida. That is saying something.
Still moving forward
A starfish those local companies that break the mold and earn publicity for succeeding amid a rough economy. If it is true that every dark cloud has a silver lining, these firms might be it.
Some of these firms come to light in public discussion surrounding Project Innovation, the aptly named Economic Development Council of Collier County project to broaden and bulletproof our economy.
Arthrex, the pioneering medical equipment design/build company, always is at the top of that list.
Also getting some ink these days is J.Lodge, a Fort Myers-based company that specializes in hiring the profoundly disabled, who are still mentally sharp and able to work and able to work from home. J.Lodge does quality assurance work, helping other companies improve phone service efficiency and courtesy.
Another company, Structural Medical Inc., makes titanium plates for implants and is expanding to serve global clients. It is yet another high-technology venture of Len Zaiser Sr., who has designed and built tools for the military and medicine for more than 40 years.
We congratulate these companies; we need more like them.