Compassionate Friends: 'I couldn’t have asked for a better daughter'
Published 02/26/2012 at 6:05 a.m.
David Kennison, 33, lives in Fort Myers with his wife, Luisa, 32, and son, James, 7. The Kennison’s 3-year-old daughter, Ellie, died in June 2010 of a kidney disorder.
Compassionate Friends: 'We thought we had a lot more time'
Published 02/26/2012 at 6:04 a.m.
Janet Congero, 35, lives in Fort Myers with her husband, James Andersen, 37, and son, Andrew, 7. The Andersen’s 2-year-old daughter, Rylee, died in January 2010 from mitochondrial disease.
Compassionate Friends: 'He was my son. He’s still my son.'
Published 02/26/2012 at 6:03 a.m.
Alicia Mobley, 61, lives in East Naples with her husband, Bob Mobley, 62. The Mobley’s lost their son, Chris, 37, to a drug overdose in April 2009.
Compassionate Friends: 'To be the same would be to forget him, and that can never be'
Published 02/26/2012 at 6:02 a.m.
Greg Musumano, 51, is a single dad living in North Naples. The father of seven children lost his second oldest son, Nathan, 17, in a traffic accident in July 2009.
Compassionate Friends: 'I'd rather think of her happy as she can be'
Published 02/26/2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Don Norton, 31, is a single father living in Alva, Fla., with his two daughters, Amirath, 8, and Trinity, 6. Norton’s middle daughter, Allana, died in August 2007 when she locked herself in the cab of Norton’s truck and succumbed ...
Compassionate Friends: Naples support group helps families that lost a child; read their stories
Published 02/26/2012 at 6 a.m.
Every other Wednesday, several dozen adults of all ages gather in a room in the YMCA in Naples to talk about their dead children.
Our World: Memories to last two lifetimes
Published 12/15/2011 at 1:09 p.m.
Leslie Jenks is from another time and place. His father once gave him a whipping for “being careless” and chopping the tip is of his finger off with an ax as he cut wood in the backyard.
Our World: "Pushed to the brink of what our bodies can be pushed to"
Published 11/14/2011 at 6 a.m.
It’s a chilly Friday night in Bonita Springs. The bleachers overflow with fans as the stadium lights kick on and eleven softball players jog into right field to warm up. These men have been through hell. They’ve braved bombs and ...
Our World: ‘People read people too. It’s just animals read you better’
Updated 10/09/2011 at 2:50 p.m.
Joe’s feet hurt. Woodpeckers and rain bother him too. It’s the sound. And with less than a month before he retires, Joe’s co-workers have taken on some of his workload, giving him more time to socialize. It’s what he loves ...
Activists protest 2nd anniversary of abortions at Collier Planned Parenthood
Published 09/12/2011 at 3:24 p.m.
JoAn Carter, an anti-abortion activist from Naples, called the group “sidewalk witnesses,” and said they stand in front of Planned Parenthood every week, not just to protest abortion, but also to let people passing by know that abortions are performed ...
Our World: Weather forecasting, even today, often a guessing game
Published 09/02/2011 at 12:39 p.m.
A few weeks ago I stood on Bonita Beach and photographed a storm rolling in off the Gulf of Mexico. The sky turned a deep, cobalt blue. Vertical flashes of lightning tinseled the horizon. Strong gusts punctuated the already steady ...
PHOTO GALLERIES: Spirit of '45 events honor veterans across Southwest Florida
Updated 08/14/2011 at 10:37 p.m.
December 7, 1941 is noted as the date that would live in infamy. August 14, 1945 is the date that closed that chapter on one of the greatest of wars our world has ever fought. It marks the end of ...
Our World: Animal instincts more powerful than we will ever know
Published 08/04/2011 at 6:58 p.m.
Nancy J. Smith first noticed her coyote’s peculiar behavior during an educational visit to Naples Park Elementary School several years ago. Smith, the founder and president of Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Golden Gate Estates, a refuge for abandoned and neglected ...
Our World: Music’s healing power, vitamins this man’s key to longevity
Published 06/24/2011 at 4:02 p.m.
When Robert Charles Wright walked into the bar at New York Pizza and Pasta in North Naples last Tuesday, the karaoke deejay bellowed, “There’s the man of the hour.” The 92-year-old Philadelphia native and retired electrical engineer wore formal attire ...
Naples restaurateurs complain state inspector was overzealous in closings
Published 05/28/2011 at 6 p.m.
A handful of health-code violations and the temporary closing of several Naples restaurants in the past few months raised concerns about whether a new state inspector was overzealous. During the first quarter of 2011, five restaurants in Naples went through ...
Dry times: Florida wildlife dependent on fresh water; officials call for conservation
Published 05/25/2011 at 6:15 p.m.
As Southwest Florida bakes in the dry season, wildlife officials are asking area residents to consider conserving fresh water to ensure the health of area wildlife.
Our World: The ordinary can be extraordinary
Published 05/06/2011 at 1:42 p.m.
During my last semester at the University of Delaware, my journalism professor, McKay Jenkins, talked about his infant son’s fascination with everything he came into contact with. The child was impressed with whatever was placed in front of him — ...
Collier deputy in crash Thursday his second in four years
Updated 04/02/2011 at 3:42 p.m.
Thursday’s crash involving a Collier County sheriff’s deputy that left a 21-year-old man in critical condition was the deputy’s second on-duty wreck in four years.
Our World: ‘If people give him a chance, he can do anything’
Published 03/31/2011 at 4:11 p.m.
The 10 a.m. sun begins to bake Vanderbilt Beach on a recent Wednesday morning. Workers at Cabana Dan’s beach hut sweep a never-ending migration of sand off the boardwalk. They smile and welcome customers, sell hats, sunscreen, soft drinks and ...
Deputies: Man brags about 7 previous arrests during recent domestic violence charge
Updated 03/30/2011 at 6:31 p.m.
A woman accused her boyfriend of choking her but refused to provide a sworn statement, told deputies: “They keep lettin’ him out. Why bother?” arrest reports said.
Two-day Imagine Solutions conference offers answers to tough questions
Published 03/22/2011 at 9:01 p.m.
As the two-day conference wrapped up at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples on Tuesday, conference attendees heard a series of 17-minute presentations from experts in the fields of finance, education, human rights, political science, entrepreneurship, journalism and filmmaking, to ...
Imagine Solutions Conference seeks solutions to world problems
Published 03/21/2011 at 7:50 p.m.
As the first day of the Imagine Solutions Conference kicked off at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, experts in science, finance, education, medicine, philanthropy, journalism and the arts took to the stage to tackle issues in a series of ...
Jim Coletta running again for Collier commissioner
Updated 03/19/2011 at 4 p.m. 1 Comment
Jim Coletta says he’s seeking re-election for Collier County commissioner in 2012.
Blues for benefit: Festival pounds out tunes to raise cash for charities
Published 03/12/2011 at 10:04 p.m.
Guitars wailed and the crowds swayed this weekend during the fifth annual Bonita Blues Festival. The two-day festival, held at Riverside Park in downtown Bonita Springs on Friday and Saturday, drew thousands of attendees to hear nine bands sing the ...
Local Humane Society rescues animals from hoarders in Alabama
Updated 03/06/2011 at 11:28 a.m. 1 Comment
A group of cats and dogs has a second chance at life after a local shelter opened its doors to rescue, feed and medicate several dozen animals that were saved from a hoarding situation in Alabama last week.
Dozens attend groundbreaking of Red Sox spring training facility
Published 03/04/2011 at 6:37 p.m.
Around 100 fans, government officials and baseball executives gathered on a dusty, windswept expanse in Fort Myers on Friday morning to celebrate construction of the new Boston Red Sox spring training facility.
No S'mores: Men charged with feeding marshmallows to wild animals on airboat tour
Published 02/23/2011 at 12:36 p.m.
Two Everglades City airboat captains found out last week that feeding snacks to wild animals is illegal. Florida Fish and Wildlife officers issued citations to them after undercover agents observed them feeding marshmallows to raccoons and alligators.
Paddling on: A guided canoe trip through Collier Seminole State Park
Published 02/17/2011 at 2:24 p.m.
The outgoing tide leaves behind a coffee-colored water line on a tangle of mangrove roots that seem to stretch on forever. A crab, dark like the water and the exposed roots, reveals its position as the fleet of canoes approaches ...
Model airplane enthusiasts flock to "Fun Fly" air show
Published 02/12/2011 at 9:06 p.m.
All eyes looked to the sky on Saturday as radio-controlled aircraft pilots and enthusiasts gathered on a wind-swept field in southeast of Naples for the annual “Fun Fly.”
Palmetto Ridge High grad turns himself in for bank robbery on Long Island
Published 02/01/2011 at 12:05 p.m.
A Golden Gate Estates man surrendered to police in Suffolk County, N.Y., on Tuesday morning in connection with the robbery of a Chase Bank branch last month on Long Island.
Our World: A night of dining and dancing among those who’ve lost so much
Published 01/28/2011 at 3:29 p.m.
It’s 8 p.m. on a Wednesday. The room sways to a duo crooning Frank Sinatra’s “Nice ‘N’ Easy” under the golden glow of the chandelier. Some people chat and laugh as they dance. Some, like Debbie Towey, above, of Marco ...
PHOTOS: Naples Boat Show setting sail through Sunday
Updated 01/29/2011 at 2:38 p.m.
Organizers of the 44th annual Naples Boat Show expect thousands to flock to the event to see new product lines and provide a boost to an industry that has been particularly hit hard.
VIDEO/PHOTO: Heroes, new citizens take part in air show
Updated 01/22/2011 at 5:35 p.m.
Rafael Franco kept his hand on his heart and his eyes on the flag as he took the Oath of Citizenship.
Jake Couture slaying: James Menard guilty of felony murder, manslaughter
Updated 01/14/2011 at 8:53 p.m.
A jury found James Menard guilty of felony murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of 17-year-old Gulf Coast High School student Jake Couture.
POLL: Jake Couture slaying: Jury now deliberating in James Menard trial
Updated 01/14/2011 at 12:59 p.m.
Both the prosecution and the defense have rested their cases. Collier Circuit Judge Frank Baker ordered a 20-minute recess. Closing arguments will begin at 10 a.m.
PHOTOS: Public performs push-ups in Naples to benefit wounded veterans
Updated 01/08/2011 at 3:32 p.m.
A group of exercise buffs put their fitness to the test for a good cause on Saturday afternoon in a busy parking lot in Naples. Around 50 people gathered next to COSTCO on Naples Boulevard for a 90-second push-up contest ...
Our World: Getting lost in my memories
Published 01/07/2011 at 4 p.m.
It’s interesting what triggers memories — a certain smell, a song. In my case, it was the dew soaking through my dirt-caked shoes and socks as I photographed Rene Garza harvesting vegetables at Frank Oakes Organic Farm near Corkscrew Swamp ...
Recent hiring forecasts offer hope for economic turnaround in Southwest Florida
Published 01/06/2011 at 7:20 p.m.
A Manpower survey of employers in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area showed that 18 percent of employers planned to hire in the first quarter.
My World: Capturing images of Bieber Fever
Published 01/05/2011 at 12:30 p.m.
Robert Caplin, singer Justin Bieber’s official tour photographer, has strong ties to North Naples.
Buyers beware of gift cards for sale on auction sites
Published 12/29/2010 at 7:31 p.m.
With gift card sales skyrocketing this holiday season, a new scam that involves reselling and auctioning discount gift cards is befuddling bargain hunters as they try to check out at the register.
PHOTOS: Listed at nearly $23M, Port Royal home fetches $14.5M
Updated 12/28/2010 at 7:07 p.m.
On the heels of last week’s sale of James Lennane’s beachfront home and property on Gordon Drive in Port Royal to a trust for $14.55 million, Fioretti says that home sales of over $10 million more than doubled in the ...
Grinch has a heart: Thief returns Toys for Tot cash to Clock Restaurant
Updated 12/16/2010 at 10:11 p.m.
A man who stole a cash box of donations for Toys for Tots on Tuesday night returned the money after being overwhelmed with regret.
Toys for Tots theft elicits goodwill from Neapolitans
Updated 12/16/2010 at 5:48 p.m.
Neapolitans have answered the call to charity after a cash box for Toys for Tots was stolen from a local restaurant on Tuesday night.
Cash for Toys for Tots charity reported stolen from Clock restaurant
Updated 12/15/2010 at 8:47 p.m.
A Grinch has been accused of stealing cash from a Toys for Tots charity drop box at the Clock restaurant in Naples.
PHOTOS: Elvis crashes Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade
Updated 12/12/2010 at 12:54 a.m.
It certainly wasn't a "Blue Christmas, but the Naples Bay Boat Parade got "All Shook Up" on Saturday night. Several dozen boats lined with Christmas lights, dancing Santa Claus’s and Elvis impersonators gave a warm burst of holiday cheer to ...
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Long lines at Toys for Tots registration show holiday need
Published 12/02/2010 at 5:54 p.m.
The holidays arrive at a difficult time for Nancy Castillo. The 21-year-old mother and sole wage earner in her household supports her son, her mother, her brother and several nephews. Remembering her own childhood and more prosperous times, Castillo says ...
PHOTOS: Bayfront tree lighting kicks off the Christmas season in Naples
Updated 11/28/2010 at 11:52 a.m.
Holiday cheer burned bright in the Bayfront community in Naples on Saturday evening when the neighborhood illuminated a 20-foot Christmas tree just after sunset. Around 150 people gathered by the fountain for music, refreshments, balloon making and a chance to ...
Local dancers prepare for weekend "The Nutcracker" performances
Updated 11/26/2010 at 9:14 p.m.
Local dancers prepare for weekend "The Nutcracker" performances
Our World: ‘It’s the greatest thing I could do’
Published 11/24/2010 at 2:12 p.m.
Brady Schvaneveldt and Shawn Moffett talk to their mothers twice a year — Christmas and Mother’s Day. Neither will see their families until 2012. The two 19-year-olds, Elder Schvaneveldt, top, from Lehi, Utah, Elder Moffett from Norman, Okla., are missionaries ...
Gas prices creep toward $3 just in time for holiday travels
Published 11/22/2010 at 9:23 a.m.
Travel experts project gas prices to hover between $2.85 and $2.95 through the Thanksgiving holiday in Southwest Florida. Jessica Brady, a spokesperson for the American Automobile Association (AAA), predicts 2.1 million Floridians to travel 50 miles or more by automobile ...