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I came here after fleeing the frozen tundra of Boston and, perhaps more worthy of fleeing, a career in technology communications.

Though I've fallen in love with Florida, I wonder aloud daily why anyone describes 60 degrees as "chilly." I went to college in Syracuse, N.Y., so I define "chilly" as minus-20 degrees, 2 feet of snow and frostbitten ears. Something requiring more than a pashmina.

I made the switch to community journalism because I love learning about people. What they like to do, where they eat, how they got where they are. A community is only as good as its people, and Southwest Florida has some outstanding citizens.

Outside of work, I chase after my screaming, snorting pets and subject my husband to bad cooking. I also enjoy celebrity gossip, reading and daydreaming about John Irving depositing an unpublished novel in my mailbox labeled "For Jonna" so I can stop writing my own.


Position History

  • Staff Writer - The Banner
    11/23/2007 - 04/24/2008

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Recent Work

  • Out-of-control eaters find help, one day at a time Published 02/22/2008 at 11:54 p.m.

    Roast chicken. Green beans. Cakes. Cookies. For most people, these are ordinary items — diet staples, the occasional treat — but for a food addict, they have been a weapon in an arsenal of near deadly habits that dominate their ...

  • Great-grandmother puts needle to work Published 02/15/2008 at 11:07 p.m.

    For Lorraine Lingner, it’s all in the details. An imperfect stitch here; a pattern on the fabric that doesn’t match up there. She doesn’t want them to be perfect, she says, hoping that the recipients focus on her mistakes rather ...

  • The View From Here: Mardi Gras parade inspires a shy person to cut loose Published 02/08/2008 at 6:48 p.m.

    I was never much of a partier. Besides a lack of a taste for alcohol, being inherently shy was a big barrier to enjoying myself in large crowds, particularly in college — I was never sure where to look, and ...

  • New on the scene: Michael's on the Beach Published 02/08/2008 at 6:12 p.m.

    Reason to go: Bonita diners have a new haunt on Bonita Beach Road — located where Shooter’s Sports Grille used to be — for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For those who don’t want to rise for the early morning meal, ...

  • Salvation Army: More than just bell ringers Published 02/08/2008 at 6:10 p.m.

    Joanne Herrada doesn’t really have an office — instead, she does most of her work out of her car and in the streets of Bonita Springs, in many cases taking up residence underneath the banyan tree on Old 41 Road.

  • After-school program takes innovative approach Published 02/05/2008 at 7:35 p.m.

    Does your kid have energy to burn? The Bonita Springs YMCA may have your answer. Beginning Feb. 12, the YMCA will offer an after-school physical education program for students ages 6 and up.

  • A crafter's paradise Published 02/02/2008 at 4:15 p.m.

    Shell aficionados, get your wallets ready. The Bonita Springs Shell Club is in the throes of preparing for its annual sale coming up on Feb. 15-17. Close to 1,000 hand-crafted pieces are expected to go on sale at the annual ...

  • Early riser: Life is good for 91-year-old WWII veteran Published 01/29/2008 at 11:52 p.m.

    Every morning, he’s there like clockwork at 7 a.m. He lifts weights, stretches and does balance exercises to keep himself flexible and mobile. His arms are noticeably muscular from months of regular exercise. For some, that’s unremarkable — the Bonita ...

  • Charity connections: Romeos: It’s about giving back Published 01/25/2008 at 5:01 p.m.

    Wherefore art thou, Romeo? It seems he can be found in Citrus Park and many residents claim them as their very own husbands. No, it’s not a new wave of romance heroes — rather, it’s a group of men who ...

  • Village Band offering scholarships Published 01/22/2008 at 11:21 p.m.

    The next Yo Yo Ma is out there, and the Bonita Village Band is going to find him (or her!). Once again, the group is seeking applications for their scholarship program designed to help young musicians take the next step ...

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