Reflecting on life: Sen. Fred Thompson at Bonita Christian Forum
Published 02/21/2014 at 8:05 p.m. 3 Comments
Former senator and onetime presidential hopeful Fred Thompson briefly broke from his witty style Tuesday as he candidly reflected on his recent bout with lymphoma.
Holiday festivities: It may be called Labor Day, but most folks won't be working much this three-day weekend
Published 08/28/2013 at 10:06 a.m.
The three-day weekend has arrived! While relaxation and backyard barbecues are on the agenda for many folks this Labor Day, the holiday weekend offers some interesting options for Southwest Floridians.
Be ready: Your guide to the 2013 hurricane season
Published 05/31/2013 at 4 a.m.
As we head into hurricane season in Southwest Florida, emergency management officials are reminding residents to check their family's emergency plans and restock supply kits.
Asking for their hand...to prom: Teens going to extreme measures these days to get a prom date
Published 05/16/2013 at 1:02 p.m.
Doug Small had a stealth mission, one which required planning, an accomplice and a touch of romance. The sun was setting as he finished his work on the driveway outside of Savannah Glasgow's Naples home.
Dreams can come true: Community's generosity sends local teen to prom
Published 05/16/2013 at 1 p.m.
Sarah Reveland loves to dance, dress up and socialize. Her longtime dream of attending prom came true May 11, thanks to the generosity of her school and the local community.
Southwest Florida goes patriotic: All the events you need to know about
Published 07/02/2012 at 2:32 p.m.
While dazzling lights and thunderous booms may be the hallmark of Independence Day, area fireworks displays are not the only way to celebrate our nations freedom. This Fourth of July, boys will be dres
A summer right of passage: It's camp season in Southwest Florida
Published 05/25/2012 at 2:08 p.m.
Im bored need not be the mantra of summer. From sports to theater to super science, Lee and Collier counties boast plenty of summer camp options. Whether parents are looking for day-long activities for the entire school break or want ...
A century in the making: Girl Scouts to celebrate 100 years
Published 03/22/2012 at 11:08 a.m.
Sorry boys, 2012 is “The Year of the Girl.” To commemorate its 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts USA has launched a national campaign to promote leadership among girls, highlighting gender inequities and charting a plan to trample the barriers girls face. ...
Embracing that which must come
Published 01/18/2012 at 3:55 p.m.
With the dawn of each new day, we take one step closer to the grave. It’s not a thought most people wish to ponder, but the often hushed subject of aging will come to the limelight in a documentary being ...
Closed Slender Life weight loss clinics baffle clients
Published 11/08/2011 at 1 p.m. 2 Comments
Slender Life clients who showed up at any of the weight loss company's four Southwest Florida locations this week were greeted by a locked door.
Scurvy dogs and a few real canines invade Fort Myers Beach for Pirate Fest PHOTOS
Published 10/08/2011 at 4:32 p.m.
A myriad of mutineers descended on Fort Myers Beach on Saturday for the fourth annual Pirate Fest. The event featured swashbuckling fun for the smallest of lads to full-grown pirates — even a few scurvy dogs.
John Warfield named Bonita Springs Citizen of the Year
Published 09/21/2011 at 5:22 p.m.
John C. Warfield, a longtime pillar of the Bonita Springs community, was named Citizen of the Year on Wednesday during the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon.
Lee Memorial’s “Cooking with Todd” lets young cancer patients be Chef for a Day
Updated 08/18/2011 at 9:36 p.m.
Ben Nordstrom’s face beamed as he sent pizza dough swirling through the air. The seven-year-old from Punta Gorda was clearly enjoying his jaunt as a guest chef at The Joint in Cape Coral. He was joined by two other young ...
Estero Fire Rescue Board approves fees set by Bonita Springs Fire
Updated 08/17/2011 at 3:11 p.m.
South Lee County fire districts are making another move toward unification this week, as Estero fire commissioners adopted the same fee schedule set by Bonita Springs for building inspection and fire plan reviews.
Southwest Florida blood banks are in need of blood supplies
Updated 08/17/2011 at 11:50 a.m.
Like most regions around the nation, Southwest Florida is in need of blood. “Blood supplies really have dwindled,” said Karen Monzone, senior donor recruiter with the Community Blood Center.
SHIFTING GEARS: School speed zones mean drivers have to slow down
Updated 08/09/2011 at 5:20 p.m.
As Lee County school children head back to school Monday, local motorists will need to slow down and allow extra time when traveling near school zones. Lee County Sheriff’s officers will be watching for motorists who aren’t watching out for ...
Jamming along: Estero Historical Society’s annual mango chutney and jam sale aims to help open new headquarters
Published 08/03/2011 at 6 a.m.
As the late summer sun blazes over Southwest Florida, Marlene Fernandez’s kitchen heats up as well. Fernandez has been in charge of the Estero Historical Society’s annual mango chutney and jam sale for the last six years.
Local libraries kick-it up a notch:Summer Reading program gets students excited about books
Updated 08/03/2011 at 12:02 p.m.
Does the word “library” conjure up images of a dour librarian shushing playful children and whispering teens? Local libraries shattered that stereotype this summer with the annual summer reading program, which brought snake petting, sword fighting and Japanese drumming to ...
Dancing her way to the top! Bonita Springs’ own Dolly Scott takes Fred Astaire World Championship
Updated 08/02/2011 at 7 p.m.
In Bonita Springs, Dolly Scott is famous for her coconut creme pie, which tempts with more than three inches of fluffy merengue on top. It ties with apple as the most demanded pie at Dolly’s Produce Patch and Eatery on ...
Rescued, rested and ready
Published 07/25/2011 at 1:43 p.m.
When Lana came to Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, the young pony’s ribs were protruding shockingly from her sides. She was wild and leery of humans. Shaker arrived at the ranch emaciated, pregnant and still trying to nurse a ...
Bonita Springs' Pool Safety Day teaches families about water dangers
Updated 07/13/2011 at 2:57 p.m.
Children learned basics of water safety during a fun filled event at Bonita Springs Community Pool Saturday. However, the real message of the day was for parents.
Last Goodbye: Memorial mass sends off Meg Judge with faith and joy… just the way she wanted it
Updated 07/13/2011 at 12:03 p.m.
Meg Judge wanted her memorial mass to be more celebration than somber. In her final weeks, she orchestrated the entire event, including the role of the four priests who presided. “She made it very clear we were to celebrate,” said ...
ONE WOMAN’S LEGACY: Meg Judge saw Estero’s potential and made it shine
Published 07/09/2011 at 6 a.m.
During the final two decades of her life, Meg Judge saw Estero morph from a quiet community of 500 into the “retail capital of Southwest Florida” with a population of nearly 35,000. Judge died in her Estero home July 3 ...
Lt. David Ott - one of Estero’s original paid firefighters - retires
Published 07/09/2011 at 6 a.m.
When Lt. David Ott became one of the first three firefighters on Estero’s payroll in 1985, the community consisted of five streets. When a call came in, no map was needed. With just a few hundreds people living in Estero, ...
A dream lived
Updated 07/01/2011 at 7:01 p.m.
As Joan Falbey said goodbye to the last elementary class of her 42-year teaching career, a chorus of “hairy toenails” quietly sounded from around the room. Falbey often uses the humorous phrase to keep herself from crying when she’s overwhelmed ...
More questions and not enough answers
Published 06/22/2011 at 2:27 p.m.
Three weeks after the Bonita Springs YMCA shut its doors, a community forum hosted by YMCA of the Palms left many community members unsatisfied.
Estero Chamber announces people of the year awards
Updated 06/21/2011 at 4:56 p.m.
The Estero Chamber of Commerce named Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott as “political person of the year” and Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System, as “corporate person of the year” during its annual luncheon June 15.
‘Spookygirl’ novel wins Marco Island writer a shot at the big time
Published 06/17/2011 at 3:37 p.m.
Marco Island writer Jill Baguchinsky has been trying to get published for 10 years. “It’s such a hard thing to break into,” the aspiring author said. Now she is poised to publish her first novel, a young adult tale in ...
Competition brings out the best in Sunshine State firefighters and explorers
Updated 06/21/2011 at 2:33 p.m.
Young people exploring a career in firefighting took on professional firefighters from across the state Saturday in the Florida State Firefighters’ Association 84th annual Firematics Championship.
‘Legitimate singer’ from Naples lands role in ‘Follies’ alongside Broadway legend
Published 06/06/2011 at 3:43 p.m.
One of these days, Lora Lee Gayer expects to pinch herself and wake up from the dream she is living. The 23-year-old, who grew up in Naples, landed a lead role in “Follies” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., ...
Bonita Springs Utilities' sewer fee upsets golf club residents
Published 06/05/2011 at 1 p.m.
Rumors of a special sewer fee have been looming over residents near the defunct Bonita Springs Golf and Country Club for years.
PRICELESS: Bonita Springs City Manager Gary Price retires
Published 06/04/2011 at 11:49 p.m.
Retiring Bonita Springs City Manager Gary Price packed up his belongings from his office at City Hall this week, leaving the incoming manager, Carl Schwing, a hand-me-down desk (salvaged from a Lee County office at the city’s incorporation) and a ...
Octogenarian newlyweds: Naples retirees who lost first spouses find love again
Published 05/31/2011 at 4:52 p.m.
When she looks at him, her eyes dance. He squeezes her shoulders, and a giant grin beams from his face. It’s the newlywed glow. “It’s just great to feel happy again,” says Ken Hamister, as he sits close to his ...
Student who opposed frog dissection now vying to be Cutest Vegetarian Alive
Published 05/26/2011 at 11:27 a.m.
If only frogs could send text messages, then 13-year-old Sarah Wingo would be sure to win the Cutest Vegetarian Alive contest. Wingo made national headlines in February when she stood up for the 10 million animals sacrificed each year for ...
Estero leaders aim to partner with FGCU for expansion plans
Published 05/20/2011 at 5:07 p.m.
The recession has been blamed for a myriad of ills in southwest Florida, causing both public and private institutions to tighten their belts. While recession has forced business closings, abandoned development plans and home foreclosures, the ugly “R” word is ...
Don Eslick named Visionary of the Decade
Published 05/20/2011 at 5:05 p.m.
Those who know Don Eslick describe him with words like integrity, intelligence and dedication. Nick Batos, vice chair of the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL), has dubbed Eslick “Mr. Estero.” Phil Douglas, president of Lighthouse Bay at The Brooks, ...
Nighttime noise levels from planes, Coconut Point Mall to be stopped
Published 05/20/2011 at 4:50 p.m.
Estero residents bothered by nighttime noise levels at Coconut Point Mall or by airplanes flying overhead can now take action.
Gov. Scott appoint Bonita man to health committee
Published 04/26/2011 at 1:12 p.m.
With credentials like Orr’s, the selection is really not too surprising. Orr has been Lee’s director of gynecologic oncology since 1999. He has authored four textbooks and is president of the Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society and a past president ...
Families walk Rookery Bay's 'Snail Trail' and explore nature on Earth Day
Published 04/22/2011 at 11:27 p.m.
In celebration of Earth Day, several families headed to Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center Friday to learn about the fascinating plants and creatures in our local ecosystem. “Learning more about the natural world is something that is very important,” said ...
Being thankful for today: Father and son struggle with medical issues, but family live life in the moment
Published 04/13/2011 at 3:02 p.m.
When visitors walk through the front door of the Land home, one of the first things they’ll see are pictures collaged on a jukebox. The images portray the bond of a father and his only son: the proud papa with ...
Lee County sheriff criticizes Obama administration on illegal immigration
Updated 03/04/2011 at 7:24 a.m.
In remarks to Republican Club of Bonita and Estero, Sheriff Mike Scott compared the U.S. border to a leaky sink that is causing "damage" and "flooding."
‘Best of the best’: Naples Jazz Orchestra organizing elite youth jazz band
Published 03/01/2011 at 12:08 p.m.
Bob Stone knows talent when he hears it. The acclaimed jazz percussionist has performed with more than 80 headliners in his day, including Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and Lionel Hampton, just to name a few. He also headlined his own ...
Cypress Dome Trails house 25 caches
Published 01/13/2011 at 1:26 p.m.
Dappled sunlight dances through the forest as the group of treasure seekers canvass the rugged terrain for any clue of something amiss. Some are mere children, while others are seasoned veterans of the hunt, tracking the “geotrail” of others who ...
Walking the straight line
Published 12/22/2010 at 8:38 a.m.
Tom Darrow walks the line. Literally. The Bonita Springs businessman can be found walking in carefully measured, straight lines around parking lots in southwest Florida, pushing an odd-looking cart and leaving brilliant white lines behind.
Fresh finds - South Lee packed with locally-grown fruits, veggies
Published 12/20/2010 at 4:07 p.m.
Emily Clark makes a habit of picking out fresh produce from the famers market at Riverside Park every Wednesday morning. For the Bonita Springs resident, her motivation is twofold.
Economic espionage discussed
Published 12/10/2010 at 10:35 a.m.
When trade secrets are stolen, it often throws executives into a panicked frenzy as they attempt to minimize damage. How can corporations protect their intellectual properties, and what should they do if espionage occurs?
The making of a band
Published 12/06/2010 at 9:46 a.m.
Maybe it was a case of, “What comes around goes around.” Or perhaps Sylvia Schraff was actually “paying it forward.” The Bonita Springs retiree once had a friend steer her life in a new direction, and Schraff was about to ...