All types turn out at casting call for Naples reality show 'House Cats'
Published 02/27/2011 at 5:16 p.m.
In a show about pole dancing, one would expect certain things to be revealed. But not necessarily the things you might think. The same was true on Sunday, when Victoria Watts and Karen Danni of Silver Shoe Productions, and their ...
Celebrated Chef John Tesar, who cooks here Saturday, talks seafood
Published 02/22/2011 at 6:02 p.m.
John Tesar is a hard man to pin down — and with good reason. This acclaimed chef is poised between overseeing the opening of two Dallas eateries, the Cedars Social and the Commissary. Still, he’s finding the time to travel ...
Ballroom transformation: Naples woman goes from dance student to award winning performer
Published 02/21/2011 at 2:34 p.m.
Life has a curious way of imitating art. Ask Debra Saalfield. Eleven years ago, she auditioned for a part in the Naples Players’ production of “Ballroom.” To do so, she had to take eight weeks of ballroom dance classes — ...
Don’t be a Ponzi victim, says his biographer
Published 02/21/2011 at 2:16 p.m.
Don Dunn knows a few things about slight-of-hand, economic and otherwise. He’s a respected author on financial schemes. His 1975 book on Boston swindler Charles Ponzi was reissued in paperback four years ago in the wake of the Bernie Madoff ...
Blue Agave Tequila Bar and Grill: Decadent, delicious and different
Published 02/03/2011 at 2:28 p.m.
The new East Naples restaurant, featuring Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, is a little different ... in the best possible way.
Obsessed with fashion: Miromar Design Center hosting third annual fundraiser
Published 02/01/2011 at 12:36 p.m.
There are clothes that make you look fabulous. Then there are clothes that make you feel that way. Fashion Obsession at Miromar Design Center is an opportunity to discover both. As part of the third annual event, almost 20 designers ...
PHOTOS: Bayshore Festival of the Arts delivers the best of local bands and plenty of room to dance
Updated 01/29/2011 at 8:30 p.m.
You don’t have to dance to enjoy this weekend’s Bayshore Festival of the Arts. But when you review the roster of this two-day festival, you may ultimately wish to dust off your flashiest footwear and prepare to cut the proverbial ...
Artful lodgers: Roger and Paula Weatherburn-Baker couldn't stop collecting
Published 01/27/2011 at 4:25 p.m.
Whenever Roger and Paula Weatherburn-Baker wish to recall the sights and sounds of their first year of marriage, they need only to look at what hangs on the walls of their home. And what hangs in their home is lovely.
In need of some H.U.G.S.: Program helps father, daughter overcome mental health issues
Published 01/26/2011 at 2:34 p.m.
Without Collier H.U.G.S., Robert Norcross knows he would be living a different life. He and the mother of his 5-year-old daughter, Riley, are separated. A year and a half ago, Riley was removed from her mother’s care and placed into ...
From cozy to haute cuisine: The Lutgert home kitchen was built to satisfy family and vintner dinners
Published 01/25/2011 at 6:36 p.m.
In a home, a kitchen can be a cozy, comforting place. In a restaurant, it can be chaotic. Of course, it’s rare that two such spaces should ever meet — except in the case of those who entertain often and ...
150 get peek at newly-restored Naples Depot Museum on eve of reopening
Updated 01/08/2011 at 1:57 p.m.
In planning a Friday night reception in advance of the grand reopening ceremony of the Naples Depot Museum on Saturday, organizers aimed to recreate this elegant bygone era.
Going to the dogs: Two local theater troupes put on "Sylvia"
Published 01/07/2011 at 10:46 a.m.
A.R. Gurney's witty comedy about a couple and their pooch graces two stages at the same time this month.
'Blue Notebook' author brings stories of child prostitution here
Published 01/06/2011 at 6:48 p.m.
Dr. James Levine admits he did not intend to write “The Blue Notebook.” But ultimately, it wasn’t so easy to forget the young girl he met on what Mumbai locals refer to as “the street of cages,” a congested city ...
Cross-cultural Christmas: A Bonita woman collects seasonal creations from around the world
Published 12/23/2010 at 11:30 a.m.
No one is saying nutcrackers don’t deserve their notoriety. But take a gander at Kati Griffith’s collection of smokers, and you may feel your loyalties begin to wander.
Local Carrabba's, Outback employees bring familiar treats to troops in Afghanistan
Published 12/17/2010 at 2:39 p.m.
The November 2010 trip fed 38,000 troops at four bases and included two Neapolitans: Kimberly Jo Van Heuvelen, global support manager for Outback Steakhouse International, who was not available for this interview; and Andrew Sansone, managing partner for Carrabba’s Italian ...
A couple's updated home once held a radio tower and a techno-pioneer
Published 12/09/2010 at 4:57 p.m.
Old homes are frequently full of mysteries. However, they’re seldom the sorts of riddles that are worthy of a serious sleuth. Most old home mysteries involve puzzling plumbing or questionable caulking, and it’s a handyman — not a Hardy Boy ...
Healthful holidays: Gifts to jump start fitness goals
Published 12/06/2010 at 5:37 p.m.
We would never think to disparage Santa Claus, but let’s be honest: Considering all those cookies he consumes on an average Christmas eve, good St. Nick is hardly a model of dietary perfection. So we’ll look elsewhere for advice on ...
Home, Sweet (fragrant, delicious) Home
Published 11/30/2010 at 5:10 p.m.
Ritz-Carlton celebrates 25th year by making its traditional lobby gingerbread house a Victorian mansion
Flying high: Naples retiree isn’t letting retirement keep her down
Published 11/30/2010 at 3:13 p.m.
At 88, Bertha Diggs has had the kind of life that’s easy to envy. During World War II, she served as a mailperson in the U.S. Navy, an assignment that allowed her to see and savor many cities around the ...
Seeing a need: Community School teacher visits Vietnam to aid disabled children
Published 11/19/2010 at 11:33 a.m.
When Mike Mansfield was a teenager, he worked on a road crew in his home state of Illinois. As part of that job, he was charged with killing the weeds that grew alongside the county highway. To do so, he ...
Collier County Start! Heart Walk raises $300K for cardiovascular research
Published 11/17/2010 at 9:46 a.m.
Brisk morning temperatures couldn’t stop an estimated 4,000 Collier County area residents from lacing up their athletic shoes and joining the Southwest Florida American Heart Association’s Start! Heart Walk on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Naples’ Cambier Park.
Two Naples women vying for ‘Fabulous’ job as NYC fashion blogger
Published 11/15/2010 at 11:03 a.m.
When interviewing for a new job, it’s advisable to ask about your benefits package. For example, will you receive profit sharing? A pension plan? Tuition reimbursement? Finally, will you be fabulous? If either Christina Thomas or Michelle Ploog nabs the ...
'Harvesting Hope' brings arts to bear on workshop for change
Published 11/10/2010 at 4:58 p.m.
In 1960, legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow presented the plight of Immokalee migrant workers in “Harvest of Shame.” This weekend, 21 houses of worship, interfaith groups and community organizations will visualize solutions to it through ”Harvesting Hope,” a free, ...
Avid photographers meet in Naples to hone their art
Published 11/03/2010 at 4:53 p.m.
If you’re a nature lover, this weekend promises to be a snap. A shutter snap, that is. On Saturday and Sunday, the Florida Camera Club Council is holding its statewide convention, “The Nature of Photography,” at Edison State College in ...
Frank Langella's fluid voice to open the Phil's 2010-11 season
Published 11/02/2010 at 9:27 p.m.
Frank Langella has played a disgraced U.S. President and a diabolical White House chief-of-staff. He’s been a sultry, sophisticated Count Dracula and a mysterious, malevolent Clare Quilty. And, much to his own delight, he has stepped into the shoes — ...
Walking it off: Heart Walk participants say their steps have helped them shed pounds
Published 11/02/2010 at 11:25 a.m.
When Anna Isaacs realized she weighed 200 pounds, she also realized she needed a change. For Isaacs, who is a network service technician at Physicians Regional Healthcare System and a single mom, getting in shape wasn’t only about looking better ...
Local docs rock for charity
Published 10/16/2010 at 4:37 p.m.
You may know your doctor’s bedside manner. But can you also claim to know his song-and-dance routine? At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, you’ll have a chance to do that very thing. That’s when the sixth annual Physician’s Talent Show returns ...
New York Times columnist, part-time Naples resident performs ‘Clutch’ play
Published 10/04/2010 at 4:21 p.m.
Some people thrive under pressure; others are thwarted. Then there are those who shine when confronting one sort of stress, but crumple when faced with a different kind. Several years ago, New York Times columnist and part-time Naples resident Paul ...
Pole dancing class turns bump and grind into muscle and tone
Published 09/27/2010 at 5:54 p.m.
Ladies, if your regular workout routine has lost its luster, it may be time to give Mikal Mount’s new Bonita Springs exercise studio a spin. And not just a spin, but also a bump and grind.
Sliding into bliss: Naples stores have olive oil that can pair with almost everything, including your desserts
Published 09/21/2010 at 3:35 p.m.
If you’ve only been using extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dazzle up a boring bed of tossed greens or three-day old baguette, Marie Heiland has a suggestion. Next time, try pouring it on pancakes.
Banyan in back corner: Golisano Children’s Museum adds leafy icon — indoors — to its growing foundation
Published 09/17/2010 at 5:47 p.m.
If you believe you know banyans — those twisting trees with hanging roots that grace so many Southwest Florida’ streets and yards — a new installation at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples could convince you otherwise. After all, what ...
Green way: Rising number of local co-ops offer organics at a better price
Published 09/07/2010 at 5:43 p.m.
For $15, you can enjoy a gourmet salad at one of Naples’ more trendy eateries. Or for the same amount of money, you can visit a Collier County co-op and fill a shopping bag full of organic fruits and vegetables. ...
Living the fantasy: Naples author finishes first book of 18-part series
Updated 09/03/2010 at 5:49 p.m.
Once, Naples author Jason R. Jones had a battered, plastic laundry basket filled with handwritten notes. Now he has a completed book of 445 pages. And he’s only getting started. “The Exodus of Spiders and Falcons” is the first of ...
Different strokes: Group of local golfers hoping to swing their way into reality show fame
Updated 08/28/2010 at 6:48 p.m. 2 Comments
Golf is a game with a long and rich history. It has rules and regulations. It has pageantry. And in Southwest Florida, it also has French maid costumes. That’s thanks to a group of local men who call themselves the ...
The pie guy: Adam Janowski wins prizes for his perfect pies
Published 08/17/2010 at 4:55 p.m.
Adam Janowski is a pie guy. Truth be told, he’s also a cake and cookies guy. Still, it’s not his skills with those types of tasty treats that earned Janowski a pile of ribbons; it’s his proficiency with pies.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Everblades Figure Skating Club helps Immokalee kids learn to skate
Published 08/09/2010 at 5:20 p.m.
As part of a community outreach effort by the Florida Everblades Figure Skating Club, students from a Redlands Christian Migrant Association summer program in Immokalee are attending a learn to skate program at Germain Arena.
Stars with spots: New giraffes at Naples Zoo
Published 07/30/2010 at 5:08 p.m.
The Naples Zoo will unveil its newest residents this morning, but be forewarned. Giraffes are dangerously charming.
Community School grad shoots short film at retirement community
Published 07/30/2010 at 11:48 a.m.
Love gone wrong is the subject of a new short film written and directed by Naples filmmaker Alan Kenny Rudolph. But “The Driskell Defense” isn’t a typical tale of thwarted romance. Instead, it tells the story of Lena Driskell, a ...
First-time novelist publishes fantasy tale set in Southwest Florida
Published 07/28/2010 at 3:01 p.m.
Author Kristie Cook’s new book features a pair of teenaged, supernatural soulmates, and if you enjoyed the popular “Twilight” saga, the Punta Gorda resident believes there’s a chance you’ll also like “Promise.” But unlike in the “Twilight” saga, don’t expect ...
PHOTOS: Determined women power up before sun’s up to boost confidence, lose pounds
Published 07/24/2010 at 4:01 p.m.
Physical coordination doesn’t come easy at 5:30 a.m. At that hour, just brewing a pot of coffee can seem like an act of remarkable dexterity. And high kicks? Or jumping jacks? Sit-ups, push-ups or tossing a ball high in the ...
Faith and the foul line: Rabbi takes to local basketball courts with spiritual ceremony, spirited basketball
Published 07/19/2010 at 3:33 p.m.
Fan devotion to sports is sometimes likened to a religion. Think Super Bowl Sunday. Think March Madness. But on Tuesday nights at Fleischmann Park in Naples, there’s a basketball game where faith and fitness truly share the court. That’s when ...
Sheriff’s Office volunteer honored for helping others through hard times
Published 07/15/2010 at 1:35 p.m.
Edward Ferguson often meets people during their most difficult moments. As a member of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office crisis response team, the Naples resident is called upon to help families cope with the unexpected loss of a loved one. ...
Big hearts: Naples Rotary gives El Salvadorian girl the Gift of Life
Published 07/09/2010 at 4:16 p.m.
Two years ago on Father’s Day, Sonny Grech received a card. In it was $6,200. The money was given to him by about 30 of his fellow Naples Rotary Club members with the intention that it be used for his ...
Friends for life: Celebrating milestone birthdays has become tradition for these ladies
Published 07/07/2010 at 10:46 a.m.
June 10, 1956 proved to be a momentous day in the life of Mary Jo Gallico. That was when her family moved into a house in Dayton, Ohio. But more importantly, that was the day a 5-and-a-half-year-old Gallico moved next ...
VIDEO: Yogurbella offers ice-cream joy to those who can’t have ice-cream calories
Published 07/06/2010 at 5:02 p.m.
In the steamy, sticky days of summer, ice cream can offer a cool, creamy culinary reprieve. Unless you’re counting calories — then, the temptation just creates another kind of warm weather agony. That’s where Yogurbella, a Coconut Grove-born franchise, aims ...
Closure for a secret: Naples resident Lander Duncan tells terrifying tale in his own family’s history
Published 06/30/2010 at 5:02 p.m.
Secrecy is what dogged Naples resident Lander Duncan growing up as a mixed race child in the pre-Civil Rights Era, and followed him into adulthood. His African-American father, a WWII veteran who agitated for civil rights upon his return from ...
Rapid response: Time is critical for stroke sufferers like Jan Elliott
Published 06/28/2010 at 5:03 p.m.
Jan Elliott was on the tennis court when she had a stroke. That was eight years ago, when she was 65. She still remembers how her head ached. Simply put, it was “excruciating,” easily the most intense pain she’d ever ...
High life, sort of: Wing South residents like to take off, literally, with homes next to their own runway
Published 06/17/2010 at 5:05 p.m.
There are hundreds of golf course communities in Collier County. Boating-friendly neighborhoods dot the county’s coastlines and canals, too. And if you seek an enclave that caters exclusively to the more mature, it can easily be arranged.
Dad, daughter, daily: Father’s natural move was to community his daughter manages
Published 06/14/2010 at 5:03 p.m.
This Father’s Day, Mary Shaughnessy will be in the company of her 94-year-old dad. She’s with him, in fact, every day.
BUSINESS MONDAY: Kids have a ball with moving game center
Published 06/06/2010 at 12:01 a.m.
In Southwest Florida, it sometimes seems as though a children’s birthday party can’t commence without a bounce house. But bounce house, you might be on notice