Annual Take a Soldier Fishing event treats soldiers and their families to a day on the water
Published 09/28/2011 at 11:16 a.m.
Throughout Sean Mello’s 20-year career in the Army Special Forces he’s seen the sun rise in many places. He has seen it rise across multiple locations in the Middle East and he’s seen it rise in Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru. ...
Murder, terrorism and Gasparilla Island: Local landmarks play stage in action packed new book
Published 09/26/2011 at 11:32 a.m.
In author C.B. Nash’s first book, “The Vengeance of Ben-Balla,” a twisted web of murder, terrorism and heroism plays out across Lee County. Throughout its pages characters frequent local restaurants and crisscross local roads in hot pursuit of bad guys.
On a roll: 27-year-long bowling programs strikes all the right notes for developmentally disabled
Published 09/20/2011 at 3:42 p.m.
As the glossy bowling ball spins down the spit-polished lane and collides perfectly with the triangle of pins waiting at the end, local resident Melissa Harmon realizes she has just bowled a strike and does a little happy dance. Behind ...
Fit family: New library fitness classes will instill healthy habits for all
Published 09/12/2011 at 4:03 p.m.
It’s a growing problem: Collier County kids aren’t just growing up, they’re growing out. Combatting this problem was exactly the impetus behind a creating a new Family Fitness Boot Camp program at the Estates library. The free event, which will ...
Mr. Handyman comes in handy: Local company donates day of service to youth shelter
Published 09/12/2011 at 1:09 p.m.
It may seem quiet on the tranquil, palm shaded grounds of Youth Haven, Collier County’s only 24-hour shelter for abused children, but inside Brownie Cottage, where most of the youth live, there’s a constant buzz of activity.
A common thread: Naples resident donates 9/11 quilt to raise funds for Freedom Memorial
Updated 09/09/2011 at 6:45 p.m.
Ellie Evans has been an avid quilter, sewer and knitter her whole life. She’s made quilts for each of her grandchildren, quilts for church fundraisers and quilts just for fun. Always up for a new project, Evans had just joined ...
Sanctuary: Islamic Center of Naples gives women their own place to pray
Published 08/28/2011 at 6 a.m.
In a nondescript strip mall, somewhere along Davis Boulevard, the lights burn bright in two storefront windows. All the other shops closed a few hours ago, but units D and E still buzz with life. Nestled between a nail salon ...
Night at the Depot event promises to bring Collier County’s rich history to life
Published 08/24/2011 at 6 a.m.
In the 2006 hit movie “Night at the Museum,” Ben Stiller, playing a night museum guard, watches the exhibits come to life after closing time. It’s every imaginative child’s fantasy, and possibly even the fantasy of a few museum curators, ...
Fit or fad?: Trimming the fat on Southwest Florida’s hottest exercise trends
Published 08/22/2011 at 11:36 a.m.
Anyone who watches late night television can tell you that when it comes to fitness, there are dozens of options that promise firm, sexy everything in only five minutes a day. If this were the dating world, we, as a ...
A recipe for fun: Mommy and Me cooking event inspires kids to get in the kitchen
Updated 08/17/2011 at 5:55 p.m.
If you’re looking to pump up a room full of kids, whipping up a blender full of C-Splosion Smoothie is probably a good way to start. But, lucky for Relish Magazine cooking show producer and chef Brian Morris, the crowd ...
Brotherhood Ride sendoff dinner honors riders, volunteers and fallen brothers of Sept. 11
Updated 08/18/2011 at 9:46 p.m.
As the Lee County Pipe and Drum Band entered the Bonita Springs Elks Lodge’s banquet hall, the entire room came to attention. Lungs filled to capacity, the pipes bleated out a familiar melody as guests at Friday’s Brotherhood Ride sendoff ...
Cool factor: Get the scoop on 3 new Fifth Avenue frozen dessert shops
Published 08/16/2011 at 6 a.m.
And just in time for the dog days of summer, downtown Fifth Avenue South has several new frozen dessert spaces offering cool comfort. In addition to old favorites like Regina’s Ice Cream Pavillion, Kilwin’s and Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Fifth is ...
North Naples Fire ponders sale of lands to raise funds
Updated 08/17/2011 at 3:15 p.m.
In an effort to deal with the budget crunch caused by the county’s plummeting property values, the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District Fire Commissioner Margret Hanson proposed selling off parcels of unused land the district owns during Thursday’s ...
Par for the retirement course: Local author’s book gives crash course on retirement, golf and traveling
Published 08/04/2011 at 7:19 p.m.
Long days filled with nothing but relaxing. No board meetings, no being bored by meetings, and plenty of time to play golf. Retirement sounds easy, right? According to local Naples resident and newly published author Dave D’Antoni, retirement, and especially ...
Paws for the cause: Naples Area Board for Realtors hosts fundraiser for Paws for Patriots program
Published 08/04/2011 at 4:20 p.m.
Southeastern Guide Dog’s Paws for Patriot program describes a patriot as one who loves and defends his or her country. Their mission therein for their Paws for Patriots program is strikingly simple: the least we can do in return. On ...
Summer camp, with a twist: Boys and Girls Club of Collier County attempts world record
Published 08/02/2011 at 12:26 p.m.
As the spinner lands on “right hand red,” 480 hands — that’s 2,400 fingers — strain to reach the red dots on the far side of the playing board. A few soft thuds are heard as wobbly players find that ...
The tail of the wide retriever
Updated 07/26/2011 at 12:17 p.m.
Undeniably, being the teacher’s pet has its perks. In fact, for 2-year-old Champ Brown, being the teacher’s pet landed him the starring role in a recently released children’s book. Of course, it probably helps that he has four legs and ...
Keeping their ears on the ball
Published 07/20/2011 at 10:10 a.m.
As the early haze lifts and the sun inches slowly into prime scorching position on a recent summer morning, a group of kids play tennis on the Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center’s courts, seemingly oblivious to the impending heat.
Rescuing Rover: Dogs and cats get pet oxygen masks thanks to donations to local fire departments
Published 07/18/2011 at 12:46 p.m.
To lose all of your earthly possessions in a house fire would be undeniably devastating. But, to lose your house, everything you own and your beloved cat or dog would be especially heartbreaking. Now, pets in East Naples can breathe ...
Showing her mettle: Local author J.S. Dunn wins prestigious historical fiction award for book on Bronze Age Ireland
Published 07/12/2011 at 12:01 p.m.
It may have taken 10 years and 200,000 frequent flyer miles, but local author J.S. Dunn’s first novel “Bending the Boyne” is proving to have been worth the wait. Recently chosen as the first place winner for historical fiction at ...
Beltway bound: Two Naples community leaders tapped for White House visit
Published 07/06/2011 at 6:13 p.m.
It’s not every day you get an email inviting you to the White House, but that’s exactly what two Naples residents recently found in their inboxes. “It is a great honor any time one is asked to come to the ...
Of fight and flight: Naples resident publishes memoir on Vietnam War
Updated 06/22/2011 at 10:49 a.m.
In stacks of yellow and white legal pads, edges crinkled with age, visible rust left where paperclips have sat for nearly half a century, sat the scribbled memories of a 24-year-old Bud Willis. Willis was a fresh-from-flight-school Huey helicopter pilot ...
Gear up for National Bike to Work Day
Published 05/18/2011 at 11:46 a.m.
On a clear May morning, Dave Harris cruises through downtown Old Naples on a sleek black bicycle. Around him, drivers fiddle with their radios, jockeying between obnoxious morning shows, warily watching their gas needle sink closer and closer to empty.
Gucci celebrates 90 years with cocktail party in Naples
Published 03/29/2011 at 4:42 p.m.
Gucci named the most desirable luxury brand in the world by the Nielson Company in 2007, the design house has captivated fashionistas, celebrities, and girls with high credit card limits and low self-restraint since its inception in 1921.
PHOTOS: Movie enthusiasts gather for Fort Myers Film Festival's opening night
Published 03/24/2011 at 11 a.m.
Local filmmakers and movie enthusiasts mingled among internationally recognized film industry professionals at Wednesday evening’s opening gala for the Fort Myers Film Festival.
Tragedy, triumph and struggle: African-American Read-In honors Black History Month
Published 02/14/2011 at 2:29 p.m.
“Black history is full of tragedy, triumph and struggle. Black history is American history.” Those profound words were shared by Tamika Seaton, the first speaker at Sunday evening’s “African-American Read-In” at the Collier County Museum that honored Black History Month.
Boston Beer Garden scores big for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
Published 02/07/2011 at 3:11 p.m.
Football lovers of all stripes gathered to watch the sport’s ultimate event at Boston Beer Garden in Naples this past Sunday. The favorite local hangout used one of their busiest nights of the year as an opportunity to raise money ...