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  • Be it ice cream or gelato, SWFL offers a variety of tasty frozen treats Updated 08/03/2011 at 12:24 p.m.

    No matter where you find yourself this summer screaming for ice cream and other frozen delights, we’ve mapped out some of the hottest spots to cool down from Estero to Naples and in between.

  • On the road again: Cancer patients get treatment transportation Published 08/01/2011 at 11:05 a.m.

    Most cancer patients rely on a bevy of volunteers within their own circle of family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, but circumstances can leave patients stuck on their roads to recovery without a ride. That’s why the American Cancer Society offers ...

  • Downward diapers: Yoga classes for mom and infants encourage bonding — and some exercise, too Published 07/05/2011 at 6 a.m.

    Yoga instructor Laurie Martin of Naples believes the power of yoga is not only good for adults, but also for babies. Martin started a small mom-and-baby yoga group out of her home in Island Walk in Naples. It meets every ...

  • Taking care of business at the DoubleTree Updated 07/01/2011 at 5:39 p.m.

    The team received the DoubleTree by Hilton brand Excellence in Housekeeping Award for 2010, given annually to the best hotel housekeeping staff in America. They beat out all other DoubleTree housekeeping staffs with 224 rooms or less throughout the United ...

  • Bonita boat club helps locals have SWFL’S boating lifestyle, with no hassles Updated 07/01/2011 at 7:49 p.m.

    Owning a boat can cause major headaches: A place to store it, a trailer to move it, insurance, cleaning, maintenance and upkeep costs, major repairs, and so on. But the reward of enjoying a boater’s lifestyle, especially in Southwest Florida, ...

  • All on the same day: Baby shares same birthday as his father and grandfathers Published 03/15/2011 at 2:36 p.m.

    Newborn Christian David shares his birthday with some special men — his father and both of his grandfathers. Born Feb. 17, 2011, at Naples Community Hospital to Jason David and Amanda Schold, the delivery room buzzed with excitement over the ...

  • Art enthusiasts take a Step Back in Time while touring Bonita historic homes Published 02/20/2011 at 8:50 p.m.

    Art enthusiasts had the opportunity to peek inside historic homes and hear from the owners who restored them this Sunday during Step Back in Time, to benefit the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs.

  • Collecting clothes for kids: Marco YMCA accepts donations of winter apparel Published 12/23/2010 at 1:48 p.m.

    When board members for the Greater Marco Family YMCA caught wind that a need for cold-weather clothes caused a student to stay home from school one day, and that an even greater number didn’t even have long pants, they stepped ...

  • A new comedic play brings the Orpheus Players back to life Published 06/09/2010 at midnight

    Not even natural disaster can deflate the spirit of the Orpheus Players. The small community theater troupe from Fort Myers Beach is making a comeback after Hurricane Charlie wiped out the place they used to call home. Their newest original ...

  • The Dr. is in: Naples Zoo “Summer with Seuss” loads up visits with storybook fun, tandem library programs Published 06/03/2010 at 5:05 p.m.

    ‘Summer with Seuss” at the Naples Zoo isn’t just for kids. That’s because a lot of kids who once treasured his books are now adults. They, too, will delight in seeing the traveling garden sculpture of popular Seuss characters like ...

  • Strings attached: Violin shop expands with a recital room to encourage area performance Published 05/19/2010 at 5 p.m.

    For string musicians, from the emerging to the full-blown professional, just five years ago fixing their tools — violin, viola, cello, bass and the various types of viol da gamba — meant driving a few hours, or even shipping them ...

  • Dancing against time: Parkinson’s disease movement therapy only has money through May Published 04/26/2010 at 5:05 p.m.

    A handful of dancers spin across the wood floor of a multi-purpose room at Fleishmann Park. Instructor Isabel Castro teaches them movements from ballet, jazz, waltz, contemporary and other classic dances as Doug Carman plays music and sings in the ...

  • Old Naples becomes benefit concert's 'music hall' Published 03/19/2010 at 3:58 a.m.

    Third Street transforms into a concert hall this Sunday when portions of the high-profile shopping district shut down for the fourth annual Naples Music Festival. Rock fans can sway to performances by Powerhouse, the Spinners and Foreigner.

  • The Phil’s popular professor, Elaine Newton sees colors in words as much as in art Published 03/17/2010 at 7:26 p.m.

    Elaine Newton is the professor literature lovers never knew existed. If they did, there would be even more pages of people waitlisted to hear her. It’s been happening at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts for nearly 20 years.

  • A Daye on the 'Bench' Published 02/25/2010 at 10:32 p.m.

    Twelve years ago, Chuck Daye and his wife Judy played their first parts in “The Wizard of Oz” for the Marco Players. A little more than a year ago Chuck Daye played his last part in “A Bench in the ...

  • Rock out at Jammin’ in the Hammock Published 02/11/2010 at 7:54 p.m.

    If you want to catch the bluegrass bug head on down to the Collier-Seminole State Park, Saturday (Feb. 13, 2010) and Sunday, for the Third Annual Jammin’ in the Hammock bluegrass festival.

  • Dining: Chrissy’s is everywhere, now downtown Published 12/17/2009 at 3:08 p.m.

    Longtime Naples restaurateur Chrissy Bianchi-Rabil, with her husband Fadi Rabil, has opened a fourth restaurant in Naples – Chrissy’s by Day, Bianchi’s by Night.

  • Behind Bars: Sand Bar Published 10/22/2009 at 9:54 p.m.

    A popular drink at the Sandbar on Marco Island has to be the Bloody Mary, Bar Manager Capri Sickler says. She starts with vodka, Zing-Zang bloody Mary mix, Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces, followed by a little lemon and lime, an ...

  • Cheap Eats: Vic's Island Pizza Published 10/22/2009 at 8:29 p.m.

    Vic’s Island Pizza is an affordable option when cruising the Island restaurant scene at noontime looking for good deals. Lunch specials run from $3 to $5.50.

  • Cheap Eats: More for less at Big Al’s Published 10/15/2009 at 9:53 p.m.

    Bigger is better at Big Al’s Deli on Marco Island. Serving up regular-sized hoagies, sandwiches, wraps and salads for under $7 is what they do. Owners Tom and Linda Hanson have ran the establishment for 10 years and they cater ...

  • Cheap Eats: Buffet, lunch specials make Almost Famous Mel’s sizzle Published 10/01/2009 at 11:05 p.m. 1 Comment

    Whether feeding just one, or a family of six, Almost Famous Mel’s can fit any budget. “We have very affordable family prices,” said owner Mel Slawik.

  • Today’s Islander: Peter Oliger Published 10/01/2009 at 8:14 p.m.

    Meet Peter Oliger

  • You Review: Michael Antaramian on food Published 09/29/2009 at 9:18 p.m.

    Islanders give their reviews of local establishments.

  • Behind Bars: Drink up at Erin’s Isle with Stephanie Dangler Published 09/29/2009 at 9:05 p.m.

    At the Irish pub, Erin’s Isle Restaurant and Lounge, a favorite drink to order is a Guinness draft beer, but bartender Stephanie Dangler likes to make rumrunners and margaritas.

  • You Review: What does David Dortch read? Published 09/24/2009 at 11:09 p.m.

    David Dortch, a seasonal resident of Naples, from Nashville, Tenn., spent life before he retired running a trucking company. Now, he spends most of his time keeping up on the stock market, and also walks and swims to keep from ...

  • Behind Bars: Cathy O'Clarke's Gidget Hastings Published 09/24/2009 at 10:48 p.m.

    Bartender Gidget Hastings loves serving up Mai Tai’s behind the bar on Marco Island. “Dark rum. Light rum. Tropical juices shaken to perfection.

  • Almost Famous Mel’s BBQ combo platters Published 09/24/2009 at 4:16 p.m.

    Whether you’re really hungry for some pure barbecue or you need to feed an army, Almost Famous Mel’s on Marco Island has combo platters that let you sample the smokehouse meat menu.

  • Behind Bars: The Pub at La Casita has margaritas Published 09/17/2009 at 10:53 p.m.

    When looking to add a little Spanish flavor to your cocktail the Pub at La Casita has a golden margarita that’s been served on the Island since 1982.

  • Cheap Eats: Hoot’s keeps prices low, quality high Published 09/17/2009 at 10:42 p.m.

    Customers at Hoot’s Restaurant on Marco Island and in East Naples will be hard pressed to find anything on the menu for more than $10.

  • City Charter review: Raises for City Council, spending cap up for discussion Published 09/14/2009 at 10:29 p.m. 18 Comments

    While participation has been limited, and members of the committee say the changes are “language cleanup,” a new draft of the charter, the document that shapes the city government, is receiving more than minor tweaks. Charter review committee meets Tuesday ...

  • Behind Bars: Iron Rhino’s Karen Bushby Published 09/10/2009 at 10:10 p.m. 1 Comment

    Although it looks, feels and acts like a biker bar at night and a family restaurant during the day, don’t be shy about asking Iron Rhino Saloon bartender and general manager Karen Bushby for a martini. It’s her specialty.

  • You Review: Jeff Falerni is reading... Published 09/10/2009 at 9:04 p.m.

    Find out what fellow Islanders are reading

  • Ice cream - We All scream for it Published 09/08/2009 at 10:08 p.m.

    Those in need of a cool treat have a plethora of options when it comes to ice cream shops on Marco Island. It just depends on what you’re looking for in a frozen treat.

  • You Review: Torres on food... Published 09/01/2009 at 5:24 p.m.

    What qualities do you look for in a good restaurant?

  • Cheap Eats: La Casita's Bargain Breakfast Published 08/28/2009 at 9:42 p.m.

    About 7 a.m., most days of the week, Michael Burnett gets off the night shift within walking distance of The Pub at La Casita, a 56-seat restaurant attached to La Casita, with Spanish-inspired water scenes painted on the walls. Burnett ...

  • Behind Bars: Sample the Tahitian bomb Published 08/28/2009 at 9:32 p.m.

    Behind the bar at the Snook Inn, bartender Tommy Conroy, in a faded, rolled-up-sleeved Hawaiian print shirt, khaki cargo shorts and black sneakers, mixes up drinks for his customers. With “My Girl” strumming from an entertainer’s guitar out on the ...

  • Today’s Islander: Patricia Gallagher Published 08/28/2009 at 8:12 p.m.

    Meet Patricia Gallagher

  • Widening 951 to six lanes: When will it be finished? Published 08/28/2009 at 4:31 p.m. 1 Comment

    Construction on the 7.5-mile stretch on Collier Boulevard, between U.S. 41 and Davis Boulevard, is expected to be complete by November.

  • Patrolling 951 for speeders Published 08/28/2009 at 4:28 p.m.

    From I-75 to Marco Island, Collier Boulevard roadwork, construction projects, and wildlife can produce a haven for hazards, which is why the Collier County Sheriff’s deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol keep close tabs on speeders in the area.

  • The Dish: Blue cheese dresses up chips Published 08/27/2009 at 5:17 p.m.

    The Dish: Blue Cheese Potato Chips Cost: $7.99 Found at: CJ’s on The Bay, 740 N. Collier Blvd., Suite 106. Phone: 389-4511 Created by: Chef Laura Owen “It’s a great sharing dish with a cocktail or as an appetizer before ...

  • Early Education – Take a look back at Island schools Published 08/27/2009 at 4:41 p.m.

    Prior to the construction of Tommy Barfield Elementary and Marco Island Charter Middle School, in a time before bridges, concrete and electricity, public education for residents of Marco Island and Goodland consisted mostly of stopgap classrooms in thatched-roofed, one-room buildings, ...

  • Cathy O'Clarke's, Fat Pelican celebrate anniversaries Published 08/25/2009 at 9:34 p.m.

    “We’re celebrating our ninth anniversary of Cathy O’Clarke’s and the 16th for Fat Pelican’s. My birthday is Sept. 1, so we’re doing a weekend celebration,” owner Mel Slawik said.

  • Brokering a partnership - Island Mortgage joins Marco Community Bank Published 08/13/2009 at 9:12 p.m. 2 Comments

    The Island Mortgage family of brokers has found a new, bigger family within Marco Community Bank.

  • Several new faces elected to south Lee fire district boards Updated 11/05/2008 at 12:47 a.m.

    The Bonita Springs Fire District board got a face-lift Tuesday night, with both incumbents falling in close races. Former Bonita Springs City Councilman Wayne Edsall defeated incumbent Pasquale “Pat” Buttino by a vote of 8,012 to 7,475 for the District ...

  • Monk parakeets make a home in Southwest Florida Published 05/18/2008 at 11:40 a.m.

    It was a typical afternoon at The Lakes. Neighbors riding bikes, saying hello to one another. Kids running from one house to the next looking for adventure. The hot Florida sun baking their heads and shoulders. But for a wayward ...

  • Calico Corners a family affair Published 09/27/2006 at midnight

    Calico Corners in Bonita Springs is not just an emporium of fabrics and custom made furniture, it's a family tradition. Jena Miller and her brother Neill Faulman own the Bonita Springs location with their spouses, Mark Miller and Betsy Faulman, ...

  • Ernesto brings plenty of rain to South Lee County, but little else Published 09/02/2006 at midnight

    Ernesto folded his cards after a bluff that had Southwest Florida residents scurrying earlier this week to prepare for the possible storm. "It was not as bad as it could have been," Terry Kelley, emergency management coordinator with Lee County ...

  • As election day nears, poll workers needed Published 09/02/2006 at midnight

    As primary election time draws near, poll workers are still needed. The Elections Office employs more than 2,500 poll workers, but it still needs more.

  • Phase 2 condos selling at new Coconut Point mall Published 07/29/2006 at midnight

    If the price tag doesn't give you sticker shock, you could live on Fashion Drive at the new Coconut Point Lifestyle Center. Kosene and Kosene Residential announced the release of 82 condominiums, named Phase II, of the Residences at Coconut ...

  • 'Night Out' set for Tuesday send out message against crime Published 07/29/2006 at midnight

    Local officials, businesses and residents will walk Tuesday night from Riverside Park to surrounding neighborhoods in an effort to reduce crime.