No more gym jitters: New Naples gym looks to banish ‘unfit’ stigma for newcomers
Published 08/29/2011 at 4:28 p.m.
For some people, just walking into a gym is stressful, a deterrent that keeps them from taking that first crucial step to get in shape. Intimidating machines, intrusive employees and fear of not measuring up to the size-two model or ...
Celebrated chefs ‘Relish’ chance to ready SW Florida for show
Published 08/16/2011 at 7:01 p.m.
Chef Brian Morris of Relish magazine didn’t have a lot of time to chat while he was in Naples earlier this week. But with the Relish Magazine Cooking Show quickly approaching on Sept. 29-30 at Germain Arena, what the chef ...
Peanut’s internet parents
Published 08/07/2011 at 6 a.m.
When Heidi Green’s miniature horse viewership reached half a million, she knew she had a phenomenon on her hands. But that was no surprise to the owner of seven minis who are all named after foods or Christmas on her ...
C’est si bon! French chef says ingredients simple, but results sublime
Published 07/27/2011 at 5:59 a.m.
People who love French food have their own reasons as to why they enjoy it, and the reasons vary from flavor to cooking style, wine pairings to seasonal ingredients. But those who love all things French say it’s much more ...
'Mr. Five' goes upscale with Osetra Champagne Caviar Bar opening downtown in August
Published 07/27/2011 at 5:48 a.m.
Anthony Chinaglia and Milos Simovic have already experienced a lifetime of gourmet cuisine. In addition to spending their lives in family-restaurant businesses — Chinaglia previously owned Mr. Five Restaurant in East Naples — both have traveled the world extensively.
Home office planners help bring in business with a bit of beauty
Published 07/21/2011 at 12:01 p.m.
It’s been nearly 30 years since futurist Faith Popcorn predicted cocooning would become a major part of our world. Defined as “the need to protect oneself from the harsh, unpredictable realities of the outside world,” cocooning includes working from home.
Fabulous Pita: Mideast cuisine stuffed into hand-held goodness
Published 07/21/2011 at 7 a.m.
In Naples, there are several places to find Middle Eastern dishes, but the newest — and possibly the best — kid on the block is Fabulous Pita in the Promenade Plaza on Naples Boulevard at Airport-Pulling Road. The restaurant is ...
Going Greek: Restaurants bring the Mediterranean to happy Naples diners
Published 07/19/2011 at 6:01 p.m.
There’s a reason Greek restaurants tend to stay in business much longer than restaurants serving other cuisines. Greece’s healthful Mediterranean cuisine has a loyal following. In Naples and the surrounding areas, there are a number of choices for foodies, including ...
El Morro satisfies Cuban cuisine cravings
Published 07/13/2011 at 10 a.m.
When El Morro reopened in May at Golden Gate Parkway and Santa Barbara Boulevard after an extensive remodel, regulars have returned expecting the recipes they came to love before El Morro temporarily closed a year ago. Owner Jorge Chavez in ...
A romantic reality
Published 07/10/2011 at 6 a.m.
Hand-coloring, or hand-painting, is what gives photographs that other-worldly “Somewhere in Time” effect popular in the 1800s, before the advent of color film. The delicate tints require an artist to apply oil color to a black-and-white photograph by hand.
Luscious and local: Green or ripe mangoes make wonderful pie
Published 07/06/2011 at 6:59 a.m.
Kelly Bohannon is known for her green mango pie, a sweet treat she willingly shares along with the mangoes that go into it.
Dining review: Inca’s Kitchen shares exotic flavors of Peruvian cuisine
Published 06/29/2011 at 9 a.m.
Peruvian cuisine is ground zero for spices, exotic flavors and fruits you probably won’t find at any neighborhood grocer. That’s part of what makes dining at Peruvian restaurants so much fun — rarely would you make that cuisine at home. ...
Spammy Jammy ready to combat Hurricane Season
Published 06/22/2011 at 12:44 a.m.
Forget hurricanes. In Southwest Florida, when you’ve got your jammies and a big batch of Spam, you’ve got no problems. At least that’s what the owners of Little Bar Restaurant say with their annual Spammy Jammy event in Goodland.
Text vexed: Cellphone texting, especially for teens, has gone beyond handy information to hurtful crimes
Published 06/20/2011 at 3:55 p.m.
Blackmail. Bullying. Cheating. Intimidation. Falsifying identities. Disparaging someone’s reputation. They read like a laundry list of activities you’d expect to find in a mob enforcer’s day planner. But they actually happen every day in our elementary, middle and high schools, ...
Local daughters who have followed their dads in business have a special bond
Published 06/17/2011 at 2:51 p.m.
For some fathers and daughters, that special bond is defined by more than love between family members. For daughters who have followed their dads into business, that bond can also be measured in bricks and mortar and business sense. Naples ...
Out of this world: West Palm Beach's Norton Museum exhibits costumes from superhero, sci-fi and action-adventure films and television
Published 06/16/2011 at 2:59 p.m.
Without his cape and costume Batman is just Bruce Wayne. Picture Indiana Jones in your mind, and there’s probably a fedora on his head. Costumes play a central role in sci-fi and action-adventure television and film; they’re almost as important ...
Summer flix: See movies on the cheap at local libraries, parks and shopping centers
Published 06/08/2011 at 5:29 p.m.
Steamy summer days and nights are the perfect time to relax at the movies. And while everybody knows that studios crank out a stream of blockbusters every summer, you might not know that many local organizations from shopping centers to ...
Skinny saves: Replace high calories with big flavor, low fat to keep your diet on track
Published 06/08/2011 at 5:57 a.m.
For men, it’s love handles and beer bellies. For women, it’s the “muffin top” and droopy buttocks. It attaches itself to all of the places on your body you wish it wouldn’t and none of the places you wish it ...
PHOTOS: CrossFit workout is 'blessed agony' excercising
Published 06/06/2011 at 2:21 p.m.
CrossFit is a unique strength and conditioning program used by many police academies, military special operations units, elite martial artists and professional athletes. The program has found its way into gyms in virtually every major city in the world and, ...
Citrus serves up fresh, inventive seafood in Naples
Published 06/01/2011 at 2:31 p.m.
Citrus is composed of what Paula and Jay Powell came to love about Florida since they honeymooned here 37 years ago. Paula’s father was a fisherman and the couple wanted a restaurant that embodied what they kept coming back to ...
Dream kitchens: Local designers share their wish lists
Published 05/27/2011 at 2:10 p.m.
Julie Andrews dreamed of cream-colored ponies and warm woolen mittens. Major Nelson dreamed of Jeanie. Fantine, and later Susan Boyle, dreamed a dream. Designers, especially those who specialize in the heart of the home, dream of big, fabulous kitchens.
PHOTOS: South Marco beach clean-up a laborious necessity
Published 05/24/2011 at 5:14 p.m.
At first glance the beach along South Marco Island appeared in perfect condition. Yet it took less than 30 minutes for four people collecting trash on Sunday to fill each of their bags halfway. Students of the Environmental Studies Department ...
Old Navy extends national flip flop recycling program to May 21
Published 05/20/2011 at 4:48 p.m.
When you look at community playgrounds, the last thing you’d assume those playgrounds are built from is flip flops. But Old Navy and TerraCycle are partnering together in a program that makes that happen.
BUSINESS MONDAY: Naples couple goes from Christian broadcasting to more mainstream work
Published 05/15/2011 at 10:16 a.m.
When Hope Daley and Matt Dykes opened the Bible one day, Deuteronomy 2:31 resounded in their hearts: “I have begun to deliver … Now begin to conquer and possess.” Those few words spoke to the young married couple, who were ...
'American Idol' contestant Paige Miles returns to her home stage to star in ‘Beehive, the ’60s Musical’
Published 05/04/2011 at 5:44 p.m.
Paige Miles has come a long way, and now she’s returning to perform on the stage where it all began. The Naples native first stepped into a musical theater role as the lead in “Starmites” at Community School of Naples. ...
Vroom vroom! Car Cruise-In roars into North Naples on Saturday
Published 05/04/2011 at 4:55 p.m.
Whether you love classic cars or are just looking for a fun way to spend a few hours, Saturday’s Naples Car Cruise-In will take you beyond the typical. It showcases the classic cars, hotrods, custom automobiles, muscle cars, exotic cars, ...
Party like a local: Naples' CityFest brings two weeks of art, food and drink, entertainment and more
Published 04/27/2011 at 10:05 a.m.
Neapolitans don’t usually need an excuse to eat, drink and shop, but just in case, the city is throwing a two-week long party. Naples’ CityFest offers something for everyone, from canoe races and boat shows to gallery openings and shopping ...
Magician Joshua Jay aims to astound and entertain in Naples performances
Published 04/26/2011 at 4:27 p.m.
The dictionary defines a wunderkind as “one who achieves great success or acclaim at an early age,” a term with which Joshua Jay should be very familiar by now. Jay, 29, is a magician, performer, lecturer, author and photographer. He ...
Create a colorful Easter with natural dyes, blown-egg trees
Published 04/21/2011 at 11:55 a.m.
From haute ornamental style to easy at-home designs, the art of creating Easter eggs can be as simple or fancy as your imagination will stretch. Decorating Easter eggs provides ample room for artistic expression. With a little help from the ...
Insurance will always be big part of health care, former CEO says
Published 04/13/2011 at 2:23 p.m.
When H. Edward Hanway speaks about insurance, he has a pretty good idea of what he’s talking about.
Chipotle Mexican Grill opens first Southwest Florida unit in Naples
Published 04/13/2011 at 12:07 p.m.
It wasn’t a rock concert or celebrity book signing. The paparazzi weren’t there to snap shots of the Jonas Brothers or Taylor Swift. But the line outside of Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday night mimicked the crowds at those events.
A bygone era: ‘Buckingham Army Air Field’ a portrait of life at WWII air base in our backyard
Published 04/06/2011 at 4:19 p.m.
When authors Chris Wadsworth and Matt Johnson began their journey to write “Buckingham Army Air Field,” they would set off on an exploration that would take them back in time. But they didn’t have to travel to Europe or the ...
Water quality debate pits businesses vs. environmentalists
Published 03/29/2011 at 10:26 p.m.
Dennis P. “Duke” Vasey and Jennifer Hecker politely went head to head over new Environmental Protection Agency regulations that have residents confused and divided at Tuesday night’s water quality forum sponsored by the Greater Naples Better Government Committee, the League ...
Lifelong givers accept Humanitarian Award accolades for their contributions
Published 03/29/2011 at 4:51 p.m.
A lifetime of hard work was recognized this week when the approachable power couple of Dolph and Sharon von Arx were awarded the Hodges University and Robert W. Baird & Co. 2011 Humanitarian Award.
Collier walk hopes to emphasize and raise awareness
Published 03/28/2011 at 3:41 p.m.
Charlie Cummins has just a few days to prepare for this weekend’s “Cure PSP Awareness & Memorial Walk.” It’s an event that will be bittersweet for the Marco Island resident.
Ikebana devotees combine a passion for nature with international friendship
Published 03/17/2011 at 5:15 p.m.
Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower design, but enthusiasts are quick to say it’s more than that. The Japanese place their works on a high pedestal, lifting them upward from decoration to the same level as paintings and other ...
Forum Club speaker a big hit with luncheon crowd -- and soup lovers
Published 03/15/2011 at 4:37 p.m.
The Forum Club of Southwest Florida hosted one of the food industry’s heaviest hitters on Friday when they welcomed one of Campbell Soup company’s top leaders to its podium.
Music for minors helps students make their own
Published 03/09/2011 at 3:53 p.m.
Music for Minors buys instruments — new, when possible; generally used, when necessary — for students who demonstrate the ability and dedication to own them. It has scrounged up money for a cello and found violins, flutes, clarinets and more ...
Stammering, stuttering and coping: ‘Kings Speech’ has brought to light these communication problems and how to diminish them
Published 02/14/2011 at 11:36 a.m.
Picture yourself at a microphone. Hundreds of people are waiting for you to speak. You have the words in your head. Your message is meaningful, powerful, moving. You stare out into the masses, open your mouth, and nothing comes out. ...
Putting the kettle on at Tea with Me at Audrey's
Published 01/19/2011 at 3:58 p.m.
Audrey’s Attic owner Sonja Tilley, along with her granddaughter, opens a classic tea room next door.
Michael Bolton has the last laugh
Published 01/19/2011 at 3:53 p.m.
It’s a blessing and a curse to be ubiquitous. For Michael Bolton, being a household name has meant a great deal of success — 53 million albums sold, two Grammys, six American Music Awards, a star on Hollywood Walk of ...
Sirens' songs: The Phil turns over Daniels Pavilion to a blockbuster lineup of cabaret singers
Published 01/19/2011 at 3:45 p.m.
Each year Naples welcomes many of Broadway’s brightest talent to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts’ intimate Daniels Pavilion, where you can get up close and personal with the stars. The Phil has seven cabaret peformances scheduled with some of ...
Benefit basics: A lot of sweat goes into producing a Naples gala
Published 01/14/2011 at 4:15 p.m.
Southwest Florida may not have snow. But it does have flurries right now: There are flurries of activity in offices, churches, schools and neighborhoods where people are organizing charitable benefits, one of the staples of the Naples season. Hundreds of ...
Mr. Sulu on the mic: George Takei narrates Philharmonic sci-fi spectacular
Published 01/13/2011 at 5:35 p.m.
Starting Tuesday Takei will narrate a musical event at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts featuring the music from sci-fi composer extraodinaire John Williams and a special presentation of “Star Trek through the Years.” Part of the Phil’s pops series, ...
Shirley Street group opens its studios to art lovers
Published 01/12/2011 at 4:59 p.m.
Shirley Street in Naples, a half-mile street lined with commercial box buildings and parking lots, is becoming a lot brighter these days. The industrial neighborhood has become home to a enclave of artists who have claimed a small section of ...
Gaither Homecoming brings the holidays to Germain Arena
Published 12/16/2010 at 2:29 p.m.
Bill Gaither put the band back together. After decades of touring with various singers as the Gaither Vocal Band, the legendary gospel songwriter has put together an “all-star” lineup of singers from the vocal group’s previous incarnations.
Intermittent explosive disorder: Understanding this scary, little-known disorder and how it affects our kids
Published 12/13/2010 at 4:31 p.m.
Online mental health forums are full of posts from worried parents whose children, often teens, who lash out in abrupt and sometimes violent outbursts. It’s called intermittent explosive disorder, or IED. Parents can’t help but wonder. Is IED a diagnosed ...
Naples-native Chase Padgett brings his one-man musical to the Sugden Community Theatre
Published 12/06/2010 at 12:43 a.m.
Chase Padgett, a Naples native, has already traveled internationally with his one-man show, “6 Guitars.” He’s about to set out on a tour across the U.S. and Canada, but first he’ll make a stop in his hometown of Naples. Padgett ...
Southwest Florida's harp orchestra makes even Zeppelin soothing
Published 12/01/2010 at 5 p.m.
Harps ‘n Sync! was founded in 1994 and has a collective membership of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Harp Society, Inc. The group performs an average of three concerts per year and is dedicated to developing community awareness ...
Ol’ Blue Eyes in Naples for the Holidays
Published 11/23/2010 at 10:30 p.m. 1 Comment
Ray Livosi is scheduled to perform several dates in the Naples area over the next two months. Despite only a handful of solo performances spanning seven years in the area, he has amassed a following of Sinatra fans that run ...