ROGER WILLIAMS A2 OPINION A4 15 MINUTES A6 PETS OF THE WEEK A18 BUSINESS B1 NETWORKING B7 REAL ESTATE B11 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6 & 7 FILM REVIEW C11 SOCIETY C25 CUISINE C27 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 INSIDEwww.FloridaWeekly.com Vol. II, No. 13 FREE DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 DATED MATERIAL PLEASE RUSHPOSTMASTER REQUESTED IN-HOME DELIVERY DATE: DECEMBER 31, 2009 POSTAL CUSTOMER In the drivers seatNaples Valet runs like a top when it comes to parking cars all around town. B1 Georgia!Still wide-eyed and a bit ditzy, Georgia Engel returns to Naples for TheatreZones High Spirits. C1 10, 9, 8, 7 ...Film critic Dan Hudak weighs in on the best movies of 2009. C11 Naples space agent booking ultimate thrill One small step for man is closer to becoming a giant leap for adventure travelers. Virgin Galactic, the worlds first commercial spaceline, is poised to launch civilians into suborbital space within the next couple of years. For the die-hard traveler, space tourism is the Holy Grail of travel, Will Whitehorn, president of Virgin Galactic, told Southwest Floridians at several meetings in Naples recently. Its for people with an unquenchable urge to explore. Space tourists will train for three days to prepare for the 2hour, $200,000 trip. Departing from and returning to a 10,000-foot runway at Virgin Galactics Spaceport America in Upham, N.M., each flight will be able to carry six passengers and two pilots, leaving plenty of room for the nonprofessional astronauts to leave their seats and experience the thrill of weightlessness while taking in the view of an estimated 1,000 miles in any direction from Earth. For those who prefer to keep their seatbelts securely fastened, overhead and side windows at each seat will ensure a spectacular in-flight show. Seeing Earth from a window-seat vantage point previously reserved for astronauts would certainly thrill Mary Ann Ramsey, owner of Naples-based Betty Maclean Travel Inc. One of about 60 accredited space agents in North America authorized by Virgin Galactic to book its trips, Ms. Ramsey has undergone training on suborbital flights and has taken part in several milestone Virgin Galactic unveilings and events over the past two years. She has also received training on Virgin Galactics program and its ships, and was a VIP guest at Mojave Spaceport in California when the company introduced its SpaceShipTwo in early December.BY KELLY MERRITTSpecial to Florida Weekly SEE GALACTIC, A15 COURTESY PHOTOVirgin Galactic is expected to take tourists into suborbital space by 2011. IN REMEMBRANCES SLIVESTHE THEY LEDRemembering neighbors we lost in 2009 VERY LIFE HAS A story, whether its an epic novel of great achievements and masterpieces or quiet chapters of everyday life. Most are monumental even if the story isnt told in newspaper headlines or unraveled in memoirs or biographies. Of all the lives that ended in Collier County in 2009, each is as important as the next, deserving a chance to be told. Here are just some of the Neapolitans we lost this year, and their stories:Jim Loskill: Banker and friendThe Naples business community got to know Jim Loskill when he arrived here in 1990 as president of Barnett Bank on Fifth Avenue South. Mr. Loskill, say longtime business associates and friends, made sure of that. He wanted to be part of the community, helping not just entrepreneurs grow their enterprises but also taking a role as a friend to many. He wasnt your typical banker, says Scott Cameron, owner of Cameron Real Estate Services. I respected him as a banker who could see through issues and get right to the heart of the matter. He would bank on a personal level. Today, you go to a bank and everything isBY NANCI THEORETSpecial to Florida Weekly SEE REMEMBRANCE, A8 E B. 1942JIMLOSKILL B. 1951LOISSWAIM B. 1966DOUGLASSAMPSON B. 1970SUEGLENNON DIY vinoHave a barrel full of fun at Naples Winemaking. C26
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This eccentric form of paranormal history making requires one to analyze the present (which will soon be the past) while standing mentally on the crest of that hard-to-reach vantage known as the future in this case, just before cocktail hour on the afternoon of Dec. 31, 2049. Put simply, I must NAME THIS DECADE at my editors request, a task that cannot be accomplished without the advantage of hindsight. The BPTVHA technique requires the columnist to avoid doing what all other rational columnists may justifiably attempt when they, too, try their hand at naming the decade getting immediately and blindingly drunk. While that highly revered technique has been employed traditionally by all great columnists faced with such a task at one time or another, it isnt going to work here. Not with a witchs brew of trouble like this: Bush, Cheney, Gates, Madoff, Barack and Michelle, Buffet, Fidel, Chavez, 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, terror, Somalia, the Middle East, the Balkans, the Euro, tsunami, Charley, Katrina, double digit, boom, bust, China, India, Russia, John Paul, Dalai Lama, greenhouse gasses, fossil fuels, alternative energy, green, climate change, human genome, credit, banking, crisis, bonus, foreclosure, recession, unemployment, health care, world trade, agriculture, subsidies, iPod, Facebook, digital, high-def, Mars exploration, space burial, media decline and nuclear threat. To name just a few. Possibly nothing will work here, at least for a writer. The graphic artist, on the other hand, might have been circling the drain when he laid out the page. So what about that name The DrainCircling Years? Just kidding! Never mind that every media star in the Western world is on the case, too, with their aughts or their naughts or their naughty aughties, which are already registered trademark names for music, video, radio, television and even clothing products. To my ear those words have a stuffy Victorian sensibility I cant abide. So the aughts are out, and if they arent, for Gods sake dont harness them to a naughty. We arent showing our underwear in a tea parlor here; were trying to NAME THIS DECADE. Fortunately, the Chinese dont cotton to the Gregorian calendar, because then wed have another billion or so columnists trying to name the damn decade from their censored computers in Beijing. But lets consider that one: The Damn Decade. Perhaps its a bit too rough, like gravel in a gem shop. As I look back at the first 10 years of the century from the eve of 2050, the view is paradoxically troubling and clear. Combustion engines are gone from the roads and the air is cleaner, for example. But that first decade The Zero Years, perhaps, which carries a tune from New York Times columnist Paul Krugmans suggestion, The Big Zero introduced the world to our shores in a new way, a way we werent prepared to handle. We suffered violence and assault, we took decades to figure out how to reconcile the words on the Statue of Liberty with the reality on our borders and still behave honorably, and we have so many people on the planet it might suffocate. In the last days of December 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the world population at 6,792,600,000. A mere 19 million or so lived in Florida. Now, on Dec. 31, 2049, the world population stands at 9.7 billion, with 36 million inhabiting the Sunshine State. Roughly 650,000 people live in Collier County, 1.2 million in Lee County, and more than 375,000 in Charlotte County. Those figures alone require a more serious christening of the difficult span between Jan. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2009. The World Years, for example, rings with the same sober authority as The War Years, a phrase that now seems to describe not just World War II, but the entire decade of the 1940s. The name suggests only what happened: The world arrived so insistently at our doors, and it came on so many fronts terror, economics and trade, environment, health that it defined us anew. Similarly, The Crossroads Decade suggests that we went down to the crossroads of our history, which forced us, even more than World War II did, not to retreat behind our borders or depend on the worlds two greatest oceans to isolate us, but to take a new direction and see ourselves as part of a (troubled) whole. There have been many good names more lighthearted, more flip: The Gay Nineties, The Roaring Twenties, The Threadbare Thirties, The Flying Forties, The Fabulous Fifties, The Swingin Sixties, The Super Seventies, The Greedy Eighties. But were done with those now, here in the middle of the century from which I speak. What we arent done with just yet, thank God, is cocktail hour. rogerWILLIAMS firstname.lastname@example.orgName the decade 0
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The company sent movies over the airway via scrambled signals, and the 300 families who participated in the test could send telephone signals to decode the movies for $1 each. OPINION Barack Obamas vibe used to be a cross between JFK and Beatlemania. Now its fading into Oh, him again? Theres nothing wrong with a boring politician. But Obama isnt becoming boring in a stolid, dependable Angela Merkel kind of way. Hes not boring like a mannerly George H.W. Bush or a thoughtful Bill Bradley. Hes boring like yesterdays celebrity. Hes the teen heartthrob whos grown a little too old. Hes the star from The Real World Denver three years ago. The cruel vicissitudes of the celebrity culture apply to everyone. Much of what was new and different about Obama didnt survive its first contact with reality. His core supporters on the left expected a glorious new dispensation. Yet Gitmo remains open, more troops are going to Afghanistan, and the tides havent receded. Swing voters had more modest hopes responsible, nonideological governance. Nope. The Obama team believes there is only one person who can redeem his political project and thats Barack Obama. He must be deployed early, often, unrelentingly. Hell talk to your children in the classroom, show up during your Thanksgiving Day NFL game and explain and explain some more his policies. The old preachers adage is, Tell them what youre going to tell them. Tell them. Tell them what you told them. Obama might add repeat as necessary, including on late-night TV shows. An American president is almost by definition overexposed. But Obama has jammed a full terms worth of exposure into a mere 11 months. Michelle Obama notoriously said during the campaign, Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed. What she really meant, apparently, was that Barack would never again allow us to turn on the TV without seeing or hearing Barack.The historic, high-stakes Obama speech is practically a fortnightly experience. Given the frequency, they cant all be interesting. But in their tendency toward the crashingly banal, they all run together into the same mind-numbing oration. In his West Point speech, unveiling one of the most important decisions of his presidency, Obama managed to talk for 33 minutes without either truly setting expectations for the difficult year ahead in Afghanistan or explaining why his policy would work. Why bother when he had the opportunity to regale the country with his favorite cliches? Obama seems to believe hes the first person to stumble on the concept of the interconnected world. He often speaks in a professorial manner that treats his listeners as if they are all eager to be lectured in Obama 101, managing to sound thoughtful without any true depth or wisdom. Abraham Lincoln once said, It is very common in this country to find great facility of expression and less common to find great lucidity of thought. Obama confirms the insight. He cant help studding his speech with self-references, as if he were still fascinating and new. Obama is not nearly as dull as, say, Herman Van Rompuy, the European Unions new president. But he is inflicted on us much more routinely and with much greater intensity. On net, that might make Barack Obama one of the most boring people in the world. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.BY RICH LOWRYThe most boring man in the world? GUEST OPINION The spirit of Christmas seems to have escaped Congress, maybe even the country.Have you ever encountered such meanspiritedness and political conniving as are now on display on Capitol Hill?In the past, we have had great philosophical divisions in the struggle for civil rights, especially when Southern legislators ran the show. In praise of democracy, fortunately they lost. And of course there also was the red scare fomented by Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis., in the 1950s, when he led the commie-hunting movement that ended up victimizing government officials, academia and Hollywood. We recovered from that, too. Once again, we are engulfed by a climate of malice, much fostered sorry to say by Republicans, who have made it their mission to see President Barack Obama fail. One line of attack is their stand against universal health care, a position that appeases a handful of insurance companies. The Obama administration didnt help by making a deal with the drug industry to block the purchase of inexpensive medicine from Canada. Are the politicians in hock to these firms and lobbyists for campaign funds? Millions of dollars have been poured into television commercials designed to scare Americans about health-care reform. Big government interference in health care is the bogeyman, ironically even to some who receive governmentprovided health care through Medicare or Medicaid, or through Veterans Affairs. There is a disconnect here when they would deny such benefits to others. Despite the hard times the nation is suffering, there is little magnanimity on the part of the privileged lawmakers, who dont have to worry about their own government-financed health coverage. Meanwhile, the presidents decline in public-opinion polls clashes with his own self-estimate. In a year-end interview with The Washington Post, President Obama gave himself high marks for putting the country on the road to economic recovery with the $797 billion stimulus package. Wall Street financial houses were not allowed to fail, but thousands of workers elsewhere lost their jobs and are still struggling to get back on their feet. In the Post interview, the president said that the most important thing we did this year was to ensure that the financial system did not collapse.But on health-care reform the jewel in the crown the president has made too many compromises that ended up weakening the proposals. Perhaps the presidents biggest mistake was to let Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, carry the ball on health reform. Sen. Baucus and his committee produced wimpy legislation that can hardly be called a reform bill.Obama let the liberals down in his own party by never fighting for the public option or a single-payer system, the heart of real reform that works like Medicare. Anyone who thought the president would support a government-run health-insurance system to compete with high-cost private insurance companies was whistling in the dark.Obama is so eager for any health legislation that hes willing to compromise it to nothingness. It was left to former Democratic Chairman Howard Dean to take a tough line. Dean, a physician, sharply criticized the Senate bill because it lacked a government-run insurance option that would compete with private insurers. The House version of the health legislation does contain such an option.Obama defends his role. Nowhere has there been a bigger gap between perceptions of compromise and the realities of compromise than in the health-care bill, the president lamented. Every single criteria for reform I put forward is in the bill.In reality, the legislation is a bonanza for fat-cat insurers. The disappointment is great among those who thought the president was another Franklin D. Roosevelt or Lyndon B. Johnson. Both overcame Republican opposition in pushing liberal social legislation to help the underprivileged in American society. Hopefully, when voters elect a new Congress next year, the country will remember which political party led us into economic free fall and two unwinnable wars. helenTHOMAS Special to Florida Weekly Obama is no FDR
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA6 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 15 MINUTES Busy restaurateur is all about fresh, friendly and helping kidsof food at my restaurants. The busy restaurateur believes fresh, healthy food, a fun, relaxed atmosphere and a welcoming staff are the cornerstones of a successful restaurant for any generation of diners, anywhere in the world. What people look for when they go out to dine doesnt change much, she says. They want fresh food in a nice, friendly atmosphere. Thats what they wanted when my parents ran their restaurant, and its what they still like most today. She insists she has no plans to open any additional restaurants anytime soon. Our goal is to make the existing restaurants as great as they can be, she says. Were happy that we have the Garden of Eden to rely on for our organic produce. They make it easy and rewarding to provide our customers with exactly the kind of dining experience that they want. restaurant just outside of Southampton, England. Ms. Wood worked there from the time she was 13 years old. My mom was the cook, and she made a lot of comfort food, she recalls. Every dish was fresh, homemade and wholesome. I wanted to offer the same kind Keep it fresh. Thats the unofficial motto of restaurateur and mother of five Jane Wood. The owner of three Janes Caf locations as well as the new Jolly Cricket gastro pub on Fifth Avenue South has long been committed to serving the freshest and most wholesome foods. Her search for healthful ingredients has provided an opportunity for her to support some of Naples citizens with autism as well. The Garden of Eden, a compact farm owned and operated by Eden Autism Services of Florida, produces organic vegetables and tropical fruits for sale to area restaurants and farm markets. With help from community volunteers, the produce is farmed by Edens K-12 students and adults with autism. Each week, Ms. Wood purchases what she needs for her eateries from the farm on County Barn Road in Naples. Eden students and staff make the deliveries. Its an ideal situation for everyone, she says. Im able to get fresh, wholesome, organic produce for my restaurants; Eden is able to raise money to support its vital services; and Edens students learn valuable skills such as farming, sales and interacting with the public. She initially learned about the Garden of Eden initiative from a client whose autistic son attends Edens Eimerman Education Center. Im always interested in doing anything I can that will help kids, she says. Ms. Wood and her husband Tony and their children Emma, 15; Tom, 13; Lucy, 11; Georgia, 10; and Alley May, 9 moved to Naples from New York nine years ago, soon after 9/11. She had been working as an international banker in the city, and she says Tony had planned to be at the Windows on the World restaurant at the time of the attacks. It was miraculous good luck that his plans changed and he ended up being elsewhere at that time, but the experience left us ready to relocate and start out fresh. Before New York, Jane had worked as a banker in Sydney, London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong. She say she tried to find work in the industry once the family arrived in Naples, but ultimately decided to start a business of her own. The original Janes Caf opened on Fifth Avenue South in 2003. She sold it in 2004 (that restaurant is now known as simply the Caf) and opened a new Janes Caf on Third Street South six months later. Since then, she has opened two additional Janes Cafes, one on U.S. 41 and another on Pine Ridge, as well as the Jolly Cricket, a British-style restaurant with a tropical twist. The restaurant business was a natural choice for Ms. Wood, whose parents owned and operated The Pilgrim Inn BY PAMELA V. KROL ____________________Special to Florida Weekly For Promotional Use only. Please see official Service Agreement for details. Service That Works. Service That Saves.www.home-tech.com Award Winner 2009For a low annual fee, service calls, parts and labor are FREE on air conditioning & major appliance repairs.Dont Delay, Call Today!Toll Free 1-800-433-9740 Ext. 2 Collier County 597-1602 Ext. 2 A Home-Tech Service Agreement... COURTESY PHOTOJane WoodIm always interested in doing anything I can that will help kids...
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 done by the numbers from an office a thousand miles away. With Jim, you did business on a handshake. Mr. Loskill often took a chance, promoting employees and financing projects and people he believed in. He saw what others didnt see in themselves. He was my mentor, says former employee John Clark. He was a very progressive CEO always willing to let people try other things. At different times he gave me responsibilities I may not have had much experience in. For example, Id never run sales and marketing, and he always told me it was something I needed to do. Born in Chicago but raised in Miami, Mr. Loskill was president and CEO of Barnett Bank until 1997, when he was promoted to the Pinellas County division. He retired the following year after a corporate merger. A devoted family man, he considered his employees part of the extended family, often hosting them for quarterly dinners and even shutting down Fifth Avenue South for a country western street dance. He really valued his employees, and you just dont see that as much in companies today, says Mr. Clark. He always included spouses and their families in bank events. Mr. Cameron adds, He wanted employees to be involved in the community, and he set the example. Mr. Loskill was 67 when he died Dec. 1 at his Naples home after a long illness. He had served on the boards of the Naples Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council of Collier County, the Greater Naples Civic Association, The Immokalee Foundation, Leadership Florida, Habitat for Humanity and the Florida Bankers Association. He implemented a program that allowed bank employees to volunteer during working hours, with pay, for educational programs. Mr. Loskills business associates were also personal friends. He, Mr. Cameron and their wives would often travel together, visiting Mr. Loskills daughter at school in New Orleans or vacationing in the Keys, where theyd snorkel, scuba dive and feast on fresh Florida lobster and grouper. I have a plane, and one of my favorite stories is flying back from New Orleans around sunset, Mr. Cameron recalls. Jim was in the front seat with me, and we could see Cape Kennedy and this huge orange ball over it, and we wondered what was happening. We were really concerned, so I called air traffic control. We finally realized after much laughter it was the moon rising over the Cape. It was an unbelievable sight. Mr. Cameron credits the banker for helping him launch his successful business. Id been in commercial real estate with another company for 12 years and started my own company about the time Jim came to town, he says. The bank was at odds with the owner of a shopping center, and Jim called me to talk about it. He awarded us a management contract to take control of the center until the ownership could be perfected. We were able to sell the center for $900,000 more than he expected. I was a new company but he took a chance on me, and Ill never forget that. Even after the merger, Mr. Clark says, his former boss stayed close and was always a good friend. I never made a business decision or changed careers without first talking to Jim, he says. He always gave good advice. He was a leader in the community, a visionary who was well ahead of his time in banking. He truly mattered in this community.Lois Swaim: A friend of Rookery BayLois Swaim was the kind of person who threw herself into whatever she was doing, whether running her health information management consulting firm or helping others discover the beauty and importance of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. She served three years as the president of Friends of Rookery Bay, the reserves volunteer arm, and also worked with the National Research Reserve Association. Ron Swaim introduced his wife of 21 years to the local organization about five years ago. I was the treasurer for 12 years and was starting to step back; she took over, he says. She was a stellar volunteer, literally out in the field or helping in the office, says Gary Lytton, executive director of the reserve. She put a lot of time and effort into Friends during a critical period when we really needed support. Mrs. Swaim was instrumental in creating a national information-sharing network among the 27 Friends organizations across the country. The last time I saw her in action was in March in Washington, D.C., at the national meeting of the association, says Mr. Lytton. She presented the culmination of her work and the concept of this network, which was very warmly received. Mrs. Swaim had also spoken of establishing a scholarship program for local students interested in environmental studies. That dream became reality following her Sept. 20 death after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 58. The national association wanted to recognize her in a meaningful way. They suggested an award in her name, Mr. Lytton says, but I knew Lois would have laughed at that and said to give the money to people who get out there and work. I told them about her vision for a scholarship fund. In September, the association unanimously approved the founding of the national Lois Yoder-Swaim Memorial Scholarship Fund. Its contribution of $1,000 has been matched by $1,000 from FORB and $5,000 from an anonymous Collier County donor. College scholarships will be awarded annually to students interested in working at one of the 27 estuarine reserves in the country. This is Lois legacy, Mr. Lytton says. Mr. Swaim says his wife enjoyed music and the arts. She was an outgoing person who loved to educate and teach. She had no children of her own. Her three nieces were her children, and she always helped them out. One is a registered nurse, the other a social worker and the third is pre-med, he adds. She was so proud of them. Lois and Ron met by chance in Indiana, while waiting for their cars to be serviced. They moved to Southwest Florida 18 years ago. Mr. Lytton says he often spoke to Lois about retirement. Lois enjoyed work. She told me it was how she was raised. It was wired into her, he says. She was very driven those of us who had the chance to know her over the years were very respectful of her energy, enthusiasm and the level of dedication she brought to work. He spoke with her several times on the phone each week and welcomed her frequent visits to the reserve. She loved being on the water and out in the field for sightings of manatees and dolphins, he says. Watching birds fly into one of our rookeries would make Lois very happy. Despite her illness, Mrs. Swaim visited the reserve in early fall to see the pedestrian bridge she had worked to have built. She arrived in a wheelchair and brought her extended family, says Mr. Lytton. They talked at her funeral about how happy she was to see it. Lois was a great friend to those who worked with her. When you lose someone like that at that age, its a reminder of how short life is and that you have to enjoy it while you can.Doug Sampson: A passionate artist If youve felt an innate connection with the People Fish adorning The Dock at Crayton Cove, then youve experienced Doug Sampsons love. A passionate artist who wanted nothing more than to paint and share his work with others, the lifelong Naples resident was a gentle, sometimes shy soul who loved deeply, say his friends. His true love in life was painting, because he knew the joy he could bring others, says Elena Diamante, a longtime friend, one-time girlfriend and the possible muse for many of Mr. Sampsons works. Doug would give his paintings to people; he wanted everyone to experience that joy. Often rendered in bright, kitschy pigments and an omnipresent blue, Mr. Sampsons art was his embrace to the world, his way of expressing love. His half-human, half-fish People Fish were first commissioned in the mid-1990s by Vin de Pasquale, owner of The Dock and one of the artists biggest fans. He had a very creative and fun way of looking at things, says Mr. de Pasquale. He did what I asked him to do, and that was to put a smile on a lot of faces with his artwork. People always asked me about him and where they could see more of his work. One of those venues was Longstreth-Goldberg Art in North Naples, where gallery owner Peg Longstreth took a chance. Peg never shows local artists, says Ms. Diamante. She deserves credit for making Doug believe in himself. As much as she loved the creativity in Mr. Sampsons artwork, Ms. Longstreth was also struck by his writings, which she hopes to one day publish. Theyre strangely, eerily wonderful. Just beautiful, she says. Mr. Sampson struggled with drugs, alcohol and mental illness for much of his adult life, and his fixation on life and death often revealed itself in his work as angels or in his original poetry and or writings, often inscribed in lengthy passages on the canvas. In the past two years, he had been in rehab three times and in the last year was working successfully with a mental health therapist, Ms. Diamante says. In the month prior to his death, he had started teaching art classes through the Sarah Ann Drop-In Center at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Collier County. He was taking a different turn in life and his therapist said he was more focused and clear, Ms. Diamante says. He helped a lot of people with mental illness in this community and found people who related to him and understood him. We didnt give up on him because we saw consistency and hope in his art, she adds. Beneath all that darkness there was a talented person crying out in all his colors for normalcy. Friends were shocked by Mr. Sampsons unexpected death from a blood clot on Oct. 8. He was 43. Mr. Sampsons love of art surfaced as a child, when he would opt for pencils and crayons over toys. He was very shy, and his way of connecting with people was through his art, says Ms. Diamante.REMEMBRANCEFrom page 1 IN REMEMBRANCE His true love in life was painting, because he knew the joy he could bring others. Elena Diamante, friend He really valued his employees, and you just dont see that as much in companies today. John Clark, former employee d b h b f f f B. 1942 JIMLOSKILL B. 1951LOISSWAIM B. 1966DOUGLASSAMPSON
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Our family loves it here. We have stayed active and we are 100% dedicated to this community and to our neighbors. With recent changes in the Southwest Florida market, my wife, Renee and I saw an opportunity to return to the marketplace. We believe this is an exciting time not only for our business but for our hometown. Even though Norris Home Furnishings is new, our commitment is the same as it was when I opened my rst store 26 years ago. lowest prices guaranteed. and every day. of sta who are dedicated to our customers and take pride in a job well done. We hope these are things that you, too, are looking for when furnishing your home. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, our loyal customers. Sincerely,Larry NorrisSPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW! 239.690.9844 14125 S. Tamiami Trail Fort MyersSHOWROOM HOURS MONSAT 10AMPM CLOSED SUN DANIELS PKWY.U.S. 416 MILE CYPRESS PKWY. Proud to serve the community once again. N Hbt Fnfr Larry Norris IN REMEMBRANCE A 1984 graduate of Naples High School, he received his bachelors degree from the Ringling School of Art and also completed graduate work at the New York School of Visual Arts. Saks Fifth Avenue showcased his paintings when the store at Waterside Shops opened. Doug added a lot to this community with his artwork, says Mr. de Pasquale. Theres no doubt in my mind that he would have been famous. But that really wasnt Dougs objective. He just wanted to release these wonderful, creative thoughts and put them on a canvas or write them down. Recently Mr. Sampson was collaborating with Ms. Diamante and Port Royal Jewelers to transform his People Fish into a line of jewelry. Mr. Sampson was always thinking of his next work even in the afterlife, Ms. Diamante says. We talked about dying and he told me he hoped this happens: When I die, I hope God gives me a big white canvas and I hope there are a lot of pugs running around. He loved pugs, she says. He also said, I hope there are new colors that we never knew existed and that Im allowed to paint with them, and Ill have this incredible mural waiting when everybody gets here. Somehow Ms. Diamante believes thats exactly what happened.Sue Glennon: A teacher, a friendWhen Sue Glennon was in high school, she founded a student service organization that ensured the nuns who taught her at Merion Mercy enjoyed a happy retirement. Friends and family say thats just the kind of person Mrs. Glennon was. She was always looking out for others, whether her students at Cypress Palm Middle School, her fellow teachers or the residents of the Navajo reservation in Arizona where she worked two summers as a teachers assistant in a special education classroom. She always wanted everyone to know that one person could make a difference, says her husband Dave Glennon, principal of Golden Terrace Elementary School. She believed in helping others. She loved life and believed in living in the present. During high school in the Philadelphia area, Mrs. Glennon founded Kates Girls, an organization in honor of the Sisters of Mercy convent founder. The group recruits students to help retired nuns enjoy companionship and bingo. Its still going on today, 20 years later, says Mr. Glennon. The Glennons met as students at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Sue, who attended on a full academic scholarship, accelerated her studies in anthropology, enrolling in summer classes so she could graduate with Dave in May 1991. They married the following month. Mrs. Glennon later completed her masters degree in education from Eastern University. Sue always felt teaching was her calling, says Mr. Glennon. When people asked her how many children she had, shed say 150. She didnt have any of her own, but always said her students were her children. Mrs. Glennon taught at the elementary school level and served as an educational consultant in Philadelphia and the New Jersey suburbs for many years. The couple moved to Naples four years ago for the beach and warmer weather. Wed always talked about moving to the beach, Mr. Glennon says. Its one of the best things we did, and we had four wonderful years. Mrs. Glennon, 39, died suddenly Nov. 27. She had been hospitalized 10 days prior to Thanksgiving following complications in the emergency room and had been discharged in time to spend the holiday at home. We had a beautiful Thanksgiving, says Mr. Glennon. Mrs. Glennon taught at Lely Elementary before being assigned three years ago to Cypress Palm, where she taught seventhand eighth-grade social studies. She was an excellent teacher, says Cypress Palm Principal John Kasten. The classroom became living history for her kids. She would dress up and surprise them. She was always there for the students and would do whatever it took make social studies exciting. Mrs. Glennon was also a naturalborn leader, heading up the social studies committee last school year and leading the eighth grade in 2009. When she spoke, the staff listened, says Mr. Kasten. What she said carried a lot of weight with the rest of the staff. She was always willing to do what she could. She was positive and a team player. She also loved to travel; the Glennons visited London, Paris and Rome. They also explored Florida, especially its national parks. Before moving to Southwest Florida, Mrs. Glennon was the supervisor of educational programs for Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia, and had a fondness for Americas national parks. She also had her pilots license. She loved the freedom of being up in the air, says Mr. Glennon. She was also in the top 60 finalists for the Golden Apple program. To me shell always be a golden apple, says Mr. Glennon. She would want to be remembered for enjoying every minute of life and not taking it too seriously. B. 1970SUEGLENNON
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA10 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 UNDERCOVER HISTORIAN Heres to the good old days on New Years Eveback when the tradition began. Afterward, walk up 12th Avenue South, the first Main Street in Naples, and show your family the Norris Gardens and Palm Cottage (stop and note the name on the gate), continue past Beardy Banyan, the oldest banyan tree in the city. As you cross Gordon Drive and enter the parking lot behind Tommy Bahamas, stop and reflect that, This is where it all began. Imagine a time in 1919, long before Guy Lombardo landed in New York, and envision Capt. Stewart waving his lantern as the Bon Temps, Naples first transportation service, approaches the pier. Picture guests walking down the street from the pier toward The Naples Hotel as hotel staff puts their luggage on a cart that rolls on a set of rail tracks to the hotel, with perhaps a child or two on At the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, the world will once again be joined in a universal commonality when we all begin to sing Auld Lang Syne, the poem by Robert Burns that is widely regarded as one of the worlds most popular songs that no one knows the lyrics to. The tune can stop (well, you never really stop a Scotsman) even the wildest of ye Highlanders for a moment of reflection to honor a time long, long gone. More idiomatically, auld lang syne translates to old long ago or days gone by or simply, the good old days. While most Scotsmen believe they invented most things and according to the book, How Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europes Poorest Nation Created Our World and Almost Everything in It, they did they did not create the tradition of singing (miming is more like it) Auld Lang Syne at midnight on Dec. 31. Bandleader Guy Lombardo gets the credit for that. Mr. Lombardo apparently first heard the song in his hometown of London, Ontario, sung by (no surprise here) Scottish immigrants. When he and his brothers and their Royal Canadians dance band settled in New York City and caused a stir between the two top radio networks, CBS and NBC, who were vying to get Mr. Lombardo on their airwaves. At midnight Dec. 31, 1929, at The Roosevelt Hotel, Mr. Lombardo signed off on CBS, concluding the first half of BY LOIS BOLIN ____________________Special to Florida Weeklyhis New Years Eve celebration, and then immediately signed on with NBC to broadcast the second half of the festivities. The tradition of New Years Eve with Guy Lombardo and, of course, Auld Lang Syne become so entrenched in American culture that Life magazine once speculated that if Mr. Lombardo failed to play Auld Lang Syne, the American public would not believe that the new year had really arrived.New Years Eve, Naples styleThe center of Naples New Years Eve celebrations has long been at one of the towns most beloved treasure the Naples Pier. This Dec. 31, we can relive a moment in time, although there will probably be more people on the beach at 7:30 p.m. watching the city fireworks display than there were in all of Naples top getting the ride of their lives. Imagine the captain, whos also the town postmaster, stopping at the post office at the foot of the pier to drop off the mail before walking over to bring his employer, Walter Haldeman, the latest news. This is where it all began the traditions, the culture, the stories and the history of Naples, all 121 years of it. As we move into 2010, let us follow the traditions of days long gone by and seek forgiveness for those who know not what they say when they insist there is no history in Naples. Happy New Year! Visit our Website www.TempleCitrus.com and Place Your Order Today!(239) 597-6192Fax: 239-597-29166500 North Airport-Pulling Road, Naples$33.95 Always Free Shipping*Always Fresh Local Honey, Jams, Jellies, Preserves Conserves & Marmalades Gourmet Items Hors doeuvres Salad Dressings & Salsa NOW FEATURING Paula Dean, Stonewall Kitchen & Rothchild FREE SHIPPINGA NAPLES TRADITION Since 1970(U.S. Only, East of the Mississippi River)TAKE HOME A BAG!LARGEST Assortment FRESHEST! PLACE YOUR HONEYBELLS ORDER WHILE THEY LAST! PLACE YOUR HONEYBELLS ORDER WHILE THEY LAST!Temple Citrus, Always Fresh and Locally Family-Owned fresh furniture joyful fabricsBring your Designer or Come as you are312 Clematis Street West Palm Beach (561) 366.0033 mainecottage.com Auld Lang SyneShould auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, Well tak a cup of kindness yet, For auld lang syne! And theres a hand my trusty ere, And gies a hand o thine, And well tak a right guid-willie waught, For auld lang syne For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, Well tak a cup of kindness yet, For auld lang syne!
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 A11 More people than ever struggle with mental illness and addiction. David Lawrence Center is the only not-for-profit mental health center in Collier County. We need your help to meet the increased demand. Every gift brings hope and help to those in need and assures no one will ever be turned away. Please make the call. 239.455.8500. DavidLawrenceCenter.org | 239.455.8500 | 6075 Bathey Lane, Naples, Florida 34116Help us save a life. The celebration of good fortune for the New Year has been a tradition observed since ancient Babylon around 4,000 years ago. Since, then, countries around the world have adopted their own unique good luck rituals. In Spain, when the clock strikes midnight, the Spanish eat 12 grapes, one with every toll, to bring good luck for the 12 months ahead. For the Chinese New Year, every front door is adorned with a fresh coat of red paint, red being a symbol of good luck and happiness. In the U.S.A., we enjoy the kiss shared at the stroke of midnight. In the same spirit of promoting goodwill, Mercato will celebrate the first day of the New Year from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1. In the North Naples centers First Friday fashion, the streets will be energized by live music by The Mixx set up across from The Pub. There will also be entertainment by Bravo! You wont have to be a sommelier to appreciate the fine wine sampling at Whole Foods Market. For $5, you can taste up to 20 vintages. Elsewhere throughout Mercato, enjoy First Friday special discounts, in-store drawings and more. At Mercato, the concept of goodwill and helping our neighbors is promoted at every First Friday throughout the year. Each month, someone in the Collier County community who is struggling with medical issues and related costs is honored through Neighbors Helping Neighbors, an offshoot of iWannaHelp.net. Cody Mading, Januarys recipient, is a 16-year-old Estero High School student who is fighting brain cancer and remains on hospital homebound status. Medical costs with stem cell therapy alone will cost $250,000, and Codys family has no medical insurance. iWannaHelp.net provides an Internet-based home for nonprofits, businesses and the public to share information about charitable events, volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved and give back. Registeration is free, and members have access to make tax-deductible donations on line, offer in-kind services, set up sponsorships or nominate persons in need. Anyone who knows of someone in need is encouraged to submit a nomination on iWannaHelp.net. To learn more visit, www.iWannaHelp.net. Welcome the New Year at Mercatos First FridaySPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 A13 Save a Life is Holiday Season.To make a donation, please call 239-985-3550 or visit www.LeeMemorial.org/Foundation Lee Memorial Health System Foundation is the fundraising arm of Lee Memorial Health System and supports lifesaving programs and care in our six-hospital system.As a safety-net health system, we treat all patients, regardless of their ability to pay for our services. Lee Memorial Health System depends on the philanthropic support of our community to continue to provide excellence in medical care to all who call Southwest Florida home. Among a myriad of services including highlevel cardiac and stroke care we house the only Childrens Hospital between Tampa and Miami and provide hope and healing to those treated at our comprehensive Regional Cancer Center located in Fort Myers. We hope you will join us in our lifesaving mission.Call 239-985-3550 or take time to visit www.LeeMemorial.org/Foundation to make a year-end gift that will help save the lives of people in our community. F btn fr nnf n nt tn rfn t tn bn tn Kfn, tf ntn Lf LtC tn 239.213.1983 CLUB NOTES Get acquainted with the Naples Newcomers ClubThe Naples Newcomers Club is designed to help women who have been permanent residents of Naples for no more than five years meet and develop friendships with others who are new to the area. Members encourage one another to learn about Naples, its culture and lifestyle and to develop friendships by sharing interests and hobbies with each other.The club holds a luncheon meeting on the second Thursday of each month, year round. Orientation for prospective members is held on the first Thursday of every month. Groups within the club meet for outings and to share varied interests, from mah jongg and duplicate bridge to gourmet cooking and discussions about philosophy. For more information, call 298-4083 or visit www.naplesnewcomers.com. Women Voters welcome new members, guestsThe League of Women Voters of Collier County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. Membership is open to women and men. Members and the public are welcome at monthly meetings on the second Monday at the Collier Athletic Club. Meeting attendance is free; a buffet lunch beginning at noon is $20 for league members and $25 for others. Here is the 2010 schedule: Jan. 11: Hot Topic in Social Policy Feb. 8: Update on the State of Floridas Everglades Land Purchase, March 8: Hot Topic in the Local Justice System April 12: On the Road to Citizenship: A Look Inside with immigration attorney Casey WolffFor reservations, phone 263-4656 or e-mail hospitality@lwvcolliercounty. org. Deadline for lunch reservations is 5 p.m. the Thursday before each meeting. For more information about the league, call 263-4656 or visit www.lwvcolliercounty.org. Naples Press Club will hear about Images of HopeMembers and guests of The Naples Press Club will enjoy a multimedia presentation by photographer Brynn Bruijn and press club member Phil Beuth about their work on Images of Hope, a photographic exhibit and book about Immokalee. The exhibit currently hangs at the Naples Museum of Art, where the 175-page book is for sale to benefit The Immokalee Foundation. The meeting begins at noon Wednesday, Jan. 13, in the community room at the Naples Daily News. Admission of $25 includes luncheon. RSVP by e-mailing email@example.com. From page A12
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA14 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 HEALTHY LIVING Good food on the y?Its possibleSo youve just made a vow to eat healthier after the holiday and now its time to fly home. Holiday air travel is notoriously challenging with the rush of passengers crushing through security lines, waiting for delayed flights, jostling with fellow fliers to stow carry-ons (more than ever now that most airlines charge for checked bags), sitting on the runway, accepting an airline snack mix and eventually making it to your destination. Air travel needs to be done in true survival mode these days, and that means more people than ever are packing their own snacks, and even meals, to help get them through the day. Since airline meals (at least the free ones) are disappearing, too, its even more important to have an in-flight food plan.Navigate nutritiously Ask for OJ. The nutrients in 100 percent orange juice help boost your immune system to give you a fighting chance to ward off cold and flu germs floating in airport concourses or the cabin air. Ask a flight attendant to mix orange juice with sparkling water for a nutritious, low-calorie thirst quencher.BY CAROLYN ONEIL ____________________Special To Florida Weekly Snack smart. Bag your own sky trail mix of peanuts, almonds, walnuts, dried cranberries and granola. Healthy fats and stomach-filling fiber will keep you going, and this combo will be much lower in sodium than the airlines onboard snack mixes. You want to cut down on sodium intake because all that sitting can lead to unwanted puffiness and even ankle swelling. Concourse cuisine. If you are bored and have flipped through all your magazines even before takeoff, you might be tempted to reach for food as entertainment. So make sure to ask yourself whether you are really famished. If it is, in fact, mealtime, the good news is that most airports offer healthier choices, including freshly made sandwiches, salads, yogurt and even sushi.A salad is fine, but make sure it contains some kind of protein, such as chicken, turkey, ham, eggs or cheese to keep your blood sugar on an even keel. Stress can take a toll driving your bloodsugar level down way below normal. This flight is making me thirsty! Buy bottled water on the concourse after security screening to drink while you wait and to take on board in your carry-on. Or bring an empty water bottle or other container to fill up from an airport drinking fountain (after youve gone through security) to avoid paying for water at airport vendors. Watch the alcohol at altitude. You, your skin and your brain can really get dehydrated in a pressurized cabin and alcohol can accelerate dehydration. If its at the end of a long travel day and you want a drink to unwind, thats fine. But make sure to double up on water As we consider all the joys we are fortunate to possess this holiday season, I cant resist turning my column over to R.N. Eric Macino, nighttime clinical coordinator for the downtown Emergency Department. Mr. Macino recently sent me the following message in an e-mail. His words are modified only to respect the privacy of the patient and his family, and to explain some of the medical terms. On the 7th of November, a 7-yearold child and his mother presented to our ED triage, with the boy complaining of a headache. He did not have a history of trauma, and he had been with his family all day. The triage nurse on duty was Stacie Germain. The ED was very busy; 26 beds were full, including a few hall beds. Ms. Germain approached one of the ED docs and asked for a few orders and a head CT for the child. She asked me to arrange for a bed and said she was worried about him. The boy was placed in a trauma room with a GCS of 15 (Glascow Coma Score is a measure of brain function; 15 is normal, and 8 indicates severe brain injury). Approximately 10 minutes later, the boys GCS was 8, and his scan revealed a large subarachnoid bleed (bleeding on the brain). With several nurses and two ED docs at his bedside, he was intubated and placed on a vent (a breathing machine, used when a patient is in danger of stopping breathing). His ED attending was Dr. Yong Lee, with Dr. Steve Turbiner as backup. Dr. Lee called Dr. Deborah Lopez (pediatric intensivist/ hospitalist at North Naples), who sped downtown to assist at bedside. The boys heart rate plummeted into the 50s. Large doses of Mannitol (a medicine to decrease pressure on the brain) were given, and he was manually hyperventilated to decrease his ICP (intracerebral pressure, which measures compression on the brain). Several phone calls were made to find an accepting pediatric neurosurgeon and PICU (pediatric intensive care unit). Approximately two hours after he arrived at NCH, the boy was airlifted to Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. The nurses there told me we had done an excellent job of stabilizing and transferring. Over the next couple of weeks, I made several calls to check on the child and followed his progress within HIPAA guidelines (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which protects medical privacy). The day after Thanksgiving I was called to our waiting room at the request of a visitor. Standing there with his mother and brother was a bright-eyed, smiling young man. Most of the staff on duty happened to be the same staff that was on that night. With his family at his side, the boy proudly walked around and thanked our staff for saving his life. He had no deficits. He had an energy and bounce in his step. He was laughing and telling jokes. His mother told us it was the best Christmas gift, ever. I realize that this is our job and this is why we are here, and I know that this story is not unique. But the boys presence brought tears to the eyes of several staff members as we thought of our own families and all of the tender mercies that life provides. Mr. Macino ended his e-mail with Best wishes and Happy Holidays. His story is a holiday present to us all. Dr. Allen Weiss is president and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System. Nurses message has a happy holiday ending for us allSTRAIGHT TALK allenWEISS firstname.lastname@example.org with the wine. Get the special. If you happen to be on a flight that serves a meal, know that you can order a special meal ahead of time. Airlines request a minimum of 24 hours notice. Special meals usually include fruit for dessert.You cant always take it with youKeep in mind that airport security rules prohibit gel-type substances, such as yogurts, and liquids, such as bottled water or other beverages, in carry-on luggage you take through security checkpoints. Solid foods such as sandwiches, hard cheeses, crackers, fresh fruit and vegetables are allowed. Just as security officials dont like wrapped gifts, make sure food can be seen through packaging and falls under the Transportation Security Administrations guidelines for acceptable items. www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/holiday.shtm. (And no snow globes! Thats on the TSA Web site, too.) Holiday travelers take note you cannot take these foods through airport security even if the homemade jam is your Aunt Marthas: cranberry sauce gravy jam jelly creamy dip and spreads peanut butter yogurt maple syrup oil and vinegar salad dressing salsa sauce soup wine, liquor and beer COURTESY PHOTOA salad is fine, but make sure it contains some kind of protein, such as chicken, to keep your blood sugar on an even keel.
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Heres some other interesting things Ive learned about these creatures. Fiddler crabs range from less than an inch to 1-2 inches long. They dont have a skeleton. Instead, they live inside a rectangular shell called a carapace. As they grow, they absorb the carapace and grow another, larger one.Eight of their 10 legs are walking legs; the other two are modified into claws called chelipeds. Female claws are small and equal size. As a male develops, one of his two claws grows from 2 percent to 65 percent of his total weight. Males use this enormous claw for drumming the ground during courtship, to stake out territory and to warn intruders. They frequently fight but rarely touch, since neither can afford to damage his large claw. If the claw is damaged or lost to a predator, the other claw grows to the size of the large claw. The damaged claw regenerates, but remains small.Fiddler crabs live on sandy or muddy beaches and along salt marshes. Each crab digs its own burrow, which can reach 2 feet deep. Some species dig branching tunnels, which others dig a single tunnel with an end room. Just before high tide, the crab crawls into his burrow and covers the opening with a sand plug. A bubble of air keeps it alive until the tide goes out. As the tide recedes, the crab pushes the plug aside and scurries about eating before the next high tide. Fiddlers do not use their claws for crushing food, as most other crabs do. Instead, males and females use their mouth parts to scrape algae and decaying matter from grains of sand. After they remove the food particles, they spit out the remaining sand. Female fiddlers use both front claws for eating. Males eat only with their small claw and, therefore, must eat twice as fast. Crabs eat near their burrow and scramble inside at the least sign of a predator. Herons, egrets, clapper rails, raccoons and even blue crabs prey on them. Fiddlers live in colonies and are easy to spot. If you see lots of holes with two sizes of balled-up sand grains, youve found a fiddler crab colony. The larger balls cover burrow openings, and the smaller ones are whats left behind after the crabs eat. Male fiddlers begin courtship by digging a larger burrow and standing by it, waving and drumming their large claw to attract females. When a female chooses a mate, she follows him into his burrow and remains there for two weeks after fertilization. When she emerges, the thousands of eggs called a sponge are attached to her abdomen. She releases them into the water during an outgoing tide. After going through many larval stages at sea, the immature fiddler crabs return to land on an incoming tide. Surprisingly, adult fiddlers cant swim well and rarely enter the water. Fiddler crabs are sensitive to pollutants and as such are a good indicator of marsh conditions. Their burrows aerate, fertilize and drain sea grass roots. This increases grass beds that are so necessary as breeding grounds for fish. These small crabs are vital to preserving wetlands, one of our most endangered ecosystems. There are more than 90 species of fiddler crabs worldwide, and Florida has three: the red-jointed fiddler, the marsh or mud fiddler and the sand fiddler. Visitors to CollierSeminole State Park are likely to spot some on the banks of the Blackwater River. Fiddler crabs are vital instruments in preserving our wetlandsBY LEE BELANGER__________________________Volunteer Collier-Seminole State Park Paddle, hike with park guidesGuided day and moonlight canoe trips and hikes are booking up quickly at CollierSeminole State Park. This seasons schedule is as follows: >>Guided daytime canoe trips take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Participants paddle through a mangrove wonderland along the Blackwater River and listen to a park ranger tell stories about the Seminoles survival. These trips are fun for ages 6 and older; cost is $25 per person. >>Guided moonlight paddles take place from 7:30-10 p.m. Jan. 27 and 29, Feb. 26 and 27, and March 27 and 29. Join a park naturalist and discover the changes nighttime brings along the Blackwater River. These trips are great for ages 12 and older; cost is $30 per person. >>Guided night hikes take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 13, Feb. 10 and 11 and March 10 and 13. These walking adventures are ideal for ages 6 and older; cost is $10 per person. Those who want to discover CollierSeminole State Park on their own can explore the parks 11 miles of hiking trails from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Enjoy picnicking, birding, shing, camping, a boat ramp and the historic walking dredge that was used to build the Tamiami Trail. Entrance to the park is at 20200 U.S. 41, eight miles east of Highway 951. Reservations are required for the guided hikes and canoe trips. Call 392-3397 for more information. LEE BELANGER / COURTESY PHOTOMangrove fiddler crab
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA18 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 Pets of the Week >>Buster is a 9-month old catahoula hound mix. Hes active, alert and very smart. His adoption fee is $75. >>Joannie is a 1-yearold Labrador mix. Shes super sweet and loves to go on walks. Her adoption fee is $75.>>Ocal is a pretty and bright 2-yearold tortoiseshell. Shes good around other pets. Her adoption fee is $55.>>Rambo is a handsome guy whos about 4 years old. Hes easy going and likes to be petted. His adoption fee is $55. First Class Plumbing of Florida, Inc. The Plumber We Trust First Class Plumbing of Florida, Inc. The Plumber We Trust First Class Plumbing of Florida, Inc. The Plumber We Trust www.FirstClassPlumbing.com239-597-9997 hr. SERVICE!SAVENOW!$roam or your dogs bark constantly. In addition to being inconsiderate, people who allow their animals to be a nuisance give ammunition to communities looking to pass laws against pets. Help others take better care of their pets. If you have a friend, neighbor or relative who is having diffi culty caring for a pet because of advanced age or illness, offer to help out. Pets are extremely important to those who are cut off from social activities. Helping people keep their pets is a kindness to both pet and pet owner. What can you do? Pick up food or litter, or offer to take the pet to the veterinarian when needed. Many times, people who rely on others for assistance are reluctant to ask for more help on account of a pet. So ask if you can help. After all, if youre already going to the pet-supply store or veterinarian, is it really that much trouble to pick up some extra supplies or to stay for an additional appointment? Make a call for animals. Animal cruelty should not be tolerated, not only for the animals but also because of the proven link between animal cruelty and crimes against people. Too often, though, animal cruelty is shrugged off by the judicial system as a lesser crime. Dont accept the attitude that animal cruelty is a normal part of adolescence. Call, e-mail and write to prosecutors and judges in animal cruelty cases. Demand that young adults get the help they need to break the cycle of cruelty and that adult offenders are punished to the fullest extent of the law. Public opinion counts in these cases! Pay to spay. Dont place an animal in a new home unless youve made sure the pet wont reproduce. You may think youre doing a good deed in finding a home for a pet you cannot keep, or for a litter of kittens born in your garage to a semi-wild mother cat. But if you dont pay to spay, you really arent helping. Instead of placing a pet for free, spay or neuter the animal and then charge an adoption fee to cover the cost of the procedure. Youll save the adopter time and will ensure that the pet you place wont add to the overpopulation problem. Help a shelter or rescue group. Volunteers are always needed to help with the animals in the shelter or to foster pets who need a home environment. But if you dont want to contribute on a regular basis, then see if you can help on a short-term project. Many groups have fundraisers throughout the year. They need volunteers to help with ticket sales, setup, concessions and cleanup. You can also help by finding out what your local shelter or rescue groups need in the way of services or supplies, and then make calls to ask for donations. Shelters are in constant need of pet food, litter, old newspapers and towels, as well as office and janitorial supplies and building materials. Get a wish list from your shelter and get to work! Are pets on your list of New Years resolutions? They should be, along with plans for making the world a little bit better not only for your own animals, but also for others in need. With this in mind, were again sharing some of the best ideas of our readers. Although problems can seem overwhelming, especially when it comes to animal cruelty or homeless pets, the fact is that every little bit helps. After all, if every one of us animal lovers did one small thing a couple of times a year, the total effort would be grand indeed. Here are a few suggestions for helping animals in the months to come: Take better care of your own animals. Studies show that, just like many of us, a lot of animals desperately need to lose weight and exercise more. Remember: Food is not love, and lay off the treats. You and your pet will both do better with a walk or some otherwise active playtime together. Dont neglect other aspects of preventive health care. Use your pets regular exams to go over those areas that need improving. In addition to weight loss and exercise, your veterinarian should evaluate your pets vaccination schedule, dental health and parasite-control strategies. Preventive health care saves money, makes your pet more comfortable and helps extend life span. Make that veterinary appointment today! Part of taking better care of your own pet is making sure your animals are good citizens to your neighbors. Dont let your cats PET TALES Can you help?BY DR. MARTY BECKER & GINA SPADAFORI_______________________________Universal Press Syndicate To adopt a petAll dogs and cats adopted from The Humane Society Naples come with a medical exam, vaccinations, sterilization surgery, ID microchip and 30 days of free pet health insurance. Visit the ne pets ready for adoption at The Humane Society Naples, 370 Airport-Pulling Road North, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call 643-1555 or visit www.HSNaples.org.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 NEWS A19 At TPC Treviso Bay, remarkable golf is just the beginning of an outstanding PGA TOUR experience. Exclusive opportunity to preview TPC Treviso Bay... the only PGA TOUR experience in Southwest Florida.TODAY. TIMELESS. TPC TREVISO BAY. RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE NO MORE THAN 14 DAYS IN ADVANCE BY CALLING THE GOLF SHOP AT 239.331.2052 | $175 PREVIEW RATE PER PLAYER (PLUS APPLICABLE TAXES)RATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE Rx firstname.lastname@example.org For the time being, it is of the essence to make time with. Let us have the time of our lives, our joint lives, joined. For in no time at all, we will be on time for the demise of this time frame. In the nick of time, time will tell. But time itself is not of the essence. Einstein himself indicated that the only reason for time is so that everything doesnt happen at once. Once upon a time, they say, in the time of Newton, time was a continuous flow all over the universe.But since the end of the 19th century we have realized that the rate of time flow changes, influenced by relative motion between observers or by the strength of gravitational fields. We have found kairos, qualitative time, and we, with Blake, easily hold eternity in an hour. Chronos, the simple view of time as quantifiable sequence, even with the helpful press of pragmatic necessity, has run out of time in its bid for being timely. There are and have been myriad time keeping systems that create different date names for each day. Days are merely ostensibly identified within weeks, within months, within years. Chronos imputes synchronization with periodic MUSINGS Untimely Rx is the FloridaWeekly muse who hopes to inspire profound mutiny in all those who care to read. Our Rx may be wearing a pirate cloak of invisibility, but emanating from within this shadow is hope that readers will feel free to respond. Who knows: You may even inspire the muse. Make contact if you dare.stellar phenomena or historic events. Many calendar systems name a moment in many ways. And even this evolves in time. Thailand did not accept Jan. 1 as the beginning of a new year until 1941. Even more amazing was the single handed move of the International Date Line by the Pacific island country of Kiribati. Before 1995, parts of this small island nation of 30-plus atolls lived in one date while in other parts that date was already yesterday. So in an amazing temporal gerrymander move, the IDL was imputed eastward. The nation gained an additional benefit in 2000. With this timeframe alteration, the first moment of the new millennium happened in their uninhabited Caroline Island. Since a timely renaming, this island is now called Millennium Island. We will probably continue to wonder if the first moment of 2010 will happen there, or in a tiny Antarctic space-time location far south of Millennium. In that land of eternal sun, however, there is no real definable dawning in the 24hour daylight. It begins to dawn on me in good time that this imputed construct, this non-spatial continuum of events that ostensibly occurs in irreversible succession from past through present to future, time after time, is merely in the world of once upon a time. It is a fiction, though a compelling one. It is high time we see this. After all, piracy is chronophobic. Pirates have no desire to separate events that occur in the same physical location. For pirates, there is no time like the present. It is rumored that approaching on the wings of time is Kalki, the last avatar, Gotterdammerung bringer. This may be good news for some who see the currency of the current as the degenerate Kali Yuga, a dark age in which people are far from divinity. Not all agree that we are in Kali Yuga. So you are able to ponder this timely question, here are some signs of the time: Taxes will be unfairly levied. Rulers will be dangerous, not protective of their people. People will be forced to migrate to find food. There will be open displays of animosity between humans. There will be much addiction and daily life stress. It is also said that there will be a time period within the Kali Yuga of heightened devotion to the divine. As the world turns, as the ball drops, perhaps this pirate will sleep, simple and child-like. As I learned in a land long ago and far away, in the ABC of time B comes before A and thats all there is. Here, here: Now, there. But just may be: Be still. Realize the timeless, untimely possible unfolding enfolding. In this timeless embrace, this unending, la petite mort, the I is doing time. Upon a time, time on and in my hands, behind time, in time, out of time: Ah, in good time, my little pretty.
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BUSINESS & REAL ESTATENAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES BUSINESS INDUSTRY BSECTIONDECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 WEEK at-a-glance Networking holidaysSee who celebrated at Absinthe and The Naples Beach Hotel. B7 Real Estate NewsmakersSee whos making headlines in local real estate circles. B11 Not all economic statistics are created equal. Within the context of that inequality, some data ranks higher on the totem pole (e.g., the overall health of the economy GDP is more important than a report on a particular sub sector of the economy). On the other hand, housing is a very newsworthy sub sector at this particular juncture, and its report is more important than, for instance, manufacturing capacity. Just examples. The more important the data, the more troublesome it is to the powers that be when the data suffers from significant revisions and when the data is self-conflicting (i.e., the various ways of measuring a particular economic point produce conflicting assessments). Such has been the case within the past month for GDP, housing and job statistics, to name a few. Reading the tea leaves was very hard. At best, economists (including those at the Federal Reserve, the Treasury, within banks and corporations, etc.) are trying to create an overall picture of the economy by placing points here and there on the canvashoping an image emerges. The bigger the landscape (and the U.S. is a pretty big landscape at $12 trillion GDP), the more dots are needed to create a picture. So, when GDP for the third quarter was once AGAIN revised downward in the month of December to 2.2 percent, there were certainly some shaking their heads in disappointment and confusion. First reported at a strong 3.5 percent in October, third quarter GDP was revised downward in November to 2.8 percent. And now, it is down to 2.2 percent. This is not necessarily the final number. More complex was the picture on housing and employment. In housing, December: A month of conflicting, confusing economic dataSEE MONEY, B4 In the drivers seat Its been said that valet parking can make or break an event. The person extending the initial greeting and final farewell instills a lasting impression. While there are no hard and fast rules for how each valet operation is run, a wrong turn can be disastrous. In Collier County, car parking companies grew with the local real estate economy. In 1950, for instance, not many had arrived, nothing was marketed as upscale, and finding a place to park a car was not a concern. Visitors were lured to lonely sales offices with glasses of orange juice, balloons for the kids, flowers for the ladies and cigars for the gents. By 2000, grand openings of upscale communities and dream estates were often gala events attended by hundreds, even thousands. The logistics created a need for parking professionals. Even today, cars arriving at country club events as well as elaborate home tours are parked by well dressed, clean cut men and women, hopefully possessing exceptional driving skills. Theres definitely a right and a wrong way to do it, confides Benjie Welzbacher, owner of Naples Valet. Its the little things that make the difference in my industry. Filling a need in NaplesMr. Welzbacher was managing a restaurant in Fort Myers in 1997 when he decided that kind of career was not his cup of tea. An athletic person who enjoys social interaction and the great outdoors, he wanted out of food service. A Missouri Valley College graduate with a business degree, hed also tried 9-to-5 in a business suit and hated it. Office work was not for me, he reports. Id proven that over and over again. Hearing that there was money in parking cars in Naples, he headed south. From day one, he loved it. He was finally in his element. A year into professional parking, he founded Naples Valet. Over the years, his company has been relied upon for private parties, country club functions, golf outings and restaurant parking. I cut my teeth with WCI Communities, says Mr. Welzbacher. With the country clubs and the restaurants, once you get your drivers there and trained, youre going to have a home-field advantage. Theyre in the same parking lot where they know of any obstacles and are dealing with a similar clientele on a BY GEORGE RAABSpecial to Florida Weeklyl SEE VALET, B5 COURTESY PHOTO Benjie Welzbacher, left, and Nick Radick With both hands on the wheel, Benjie Welzbacher, Nick Radick keep Naples Valet finely tuned Always on the go As concierge or community volunteer, Joe-Jo Jennings is ready to get the job done. B2 Theres definitely a right and a wrong way to do it. Its the little things that make the difference in my industry. Benjie Welzbacher, owner of Naples Valet a R s a e c a e i MONEY&INVESTING JeannetteSHOWALTER, CFA email@example.com
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB2 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 Joe-Jo Jennings is always on the go so much so that when he first came to Naples nine years ago, he wasnt sold on the laid-back lifestyle along the Gulf of Mexico. Hed grown up and then gone to school in the fast-paced cities of Washington, D.C., and Miami, and he didnt know if a slower pace would suit him. Mr. Jennings had been recruited by The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, to work as a line chef at its beach resort. A culinary arts graduate of Johnson & Wales University in north Miami, he had dreamed of being a chef and for a time, he was. Over six years, he cooked world-class fare in each of the hotels restaurants The Dining Room, The Grill, The Terrace, The Poolside Caf, Gumbo Limbo and in the banquet kitchen. He was even chef for the popular Sunday brunch. While he loves to cook, he also loves being with people. Perhaps the best match for his high energy, award-winning attitude, keen social skills and awareness of everything to do around town is in his current role as The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, lobby concierge. What we do at The Ritz-Carlton is so important to the community, he says. Were the first impression that so many have of Naples. Theres a synergy between his employ as a concierge at a five-star hotel and his position on the board and as social networking director of Young Professionals Naples, a nonprofit organization comprised of individuals who are active in networking and charitable events. YP Naples 150 members are kept quite busy helping a featured charity each month and working on philanthropic and social events year round. Joe-Jo has so many relationships with so many people that hes able to open doors for us and build relationships for us with businesses in Naples that we might not otherwise be able to enjoy, says Chad Phipps, YP Naples president. Hes been integral in arranging networking functions and philanthropic events at various venues whether it be in fine restaurants, art museums, retail venues simply because its in his line of work to know whats going on. Mr. Jennings, 6-foot-2-inches tall and a dapper dresser, does not go unnoticed in a crowd. When the two were out for dinner recently, Mr. Phipps says, about 20 people must have stopped Mr. Jennings to say hello. Hes a great person to know, he adds. The philanthropic arm of YP Naples has become more important with increased need following the downturn in the economy. Over Thanksgiving, as Mr. Jennings spent several days with other volunteers helping prepare, serve and clean up after dinner for 4,000 people at the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, other YP members helped out across town with a meal at Moorings Presbyterian Church. Many organizations benefit from YP Naples events Mr. Jennings orchestrates, from a golf tournament for Fun Time Early Childhood Academy and Walk this Way for the United Way of Collier County to Casino Night for the Ricky King Foundation. Even outside of the community, hes on the go for good causes; he bikes with his best friend Dr. Chip Shemansky from Miami to Key Largo every year for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The 41-year-old is close to his family, calls his father every day and his mother every other day. He can juggle coffee, laugh and write notes while instructing his 91-year-old grandfather on the use of an MP3 player during a cell phone conversation. He returns to Washington several times a year. He worked in the National Gallery of Art as a teenager and still loves walking through a good museum. For that matter, he loves anything to do with art, music, opera, theater and film, which is one reason he was thrilled to help out with the first Naples International Film Festival. Mr. Jennings now calls Naples home, and says his involvement in community events is what makes him feel at home. He enjoys being out and about. So much so that he catches up on e-mails whenever possible on his laptop in a wirelessenabled restaurant or coffee shop. For Zen moments, he claims that he spends one night a month home alone on his sofa with a good book or movie and a pizza. Hell admit that earlier years were spent pursuing the many things he loves. Several years back, however, an epiphany left him convinced that hed get more out of life by helping others. And thats also why I like what I do for The Ritz-Carlton, he says. My job is to make people happy by identifying whatever it is that they want during their stay. That might be theater tickets or a fishing trip in the Everglades. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB4 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 ON THE MOVE A member of CBIA since 2004, Mr. Aldrich has received numerous CBIA Sand Dollar Awards for excellence in building. In addition to his term as CBIA president in 2010, he will begin a twoyear term on the finance committee for the Florida Home Builders Association. Clay Cone, president of Cone Communications Company, has been elected president of the Public Relations Society of America, Gulf Coast Chapter, for 2010. Other chapter officers for the new year are: president-elect and treasurer, Kathy Saenz, Neighborhood America; secretary, Angela Bryant, Naples, Marco Island, and the Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau; immediate past president, Cyndee Woolley, C2 Communications LLC; membership: Mary Ann Green, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. Directors at large are: Judy Bricker, Northern Trust; Denyse Mesnik, Beasley Broadcast Group Inc.; Teresa Morgenstern, WordPlay Inc.; Colleen Reynolds, Edge Communications; and Joe Turner, Hodges University.The PRSA, Gulf Coast Chapter, serves Collier and Lee counties and consists of senior public relations, marketing and communications professionals who represent a variety of industries and professional services throughout Southwest Florida and the United States. For more information, visit www.gulfcoastprsa.org.Mike Ellis, executive director of the CHS Healthcare Foundation, has been named president of the Eastern Collier County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Mr. Ellis is also an elected member of the Lee County Mosquito Control District board of commissioners and holds board positions for Healthy Start and PLAN. CPA Mark Makara has relocated his firm, Maraka & Associates LLC, to a new office at 2277 Trade Center Way, Suite 201, and has launched a new Web site, www. makara-assoc.com. The firm has more than 25 years of experience in Southwest Florida offering complete CPA services as well as wealth, retirement and other business planning for businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs.Mike Amabile and Hector Alicea have joined John Marazzi Nissan of Naples as sales consultants. Both were previously with Auto Advantage and Fort Myers Myers Toyota in Fort Myers. Mr. Amabile has been in Southwest Florida for 22 years and graduated from Port Charlotte High School. Mr. Alicea moved to Florida from New Jersey 31 years ago and was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Homestead Air Force Base.Edward Morton, managing director of Wasmer Schroeder & Company and chairman of the Bank of Florida-Southwest, has joined the board of trustees for CHS Healthcare Foundation. Mr. Morton retired in 2006 as CEO of NCH Healthcare Systems Inc. He is a commissioner for the Collier County Sheriffs Office, a director of Florida Gulf Coast University Finance Corporation and a member of several nonprofit boards in the Naples community.David Aldrich, president of Aldrich Development Company, has been appointed president of the Collier Building Industry Association for 2010. 2240 Davis Blvd Naples, FL 34104 Open 6 days a week! Complete Collision Repair 24 hour Towing Rentals239-775-6860 www.economybodyshop.com Email : firstname.lastname@example.org If an ACCIDENT gets you off course Remember.......ALL ROADS LEAD TO US YEARS PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ALL INSURANCE CARRIERS WELCOME ON-SITE RENTALS STATE OF THE ART PAINT BOOTHS DIGITAL PAINT MATCHING SYSTEM DIGITAL MEASURED FRAME MACHINES PAYMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE it was either a mixed bag of results or some of the data is wrong or will have to be revised. Existing home sales were up 7.4 percent in November. Good news! But sales of new homes fell 11.3 percent for November to a seven-month low and new home inventory jumped from 7.2 months in October to 7.9 months for November. Bad news. But beyond that, new home sales stats and existing home sales stats were opposite in direction certainly conflicting. And which to believe? New homes sales have risen every month since April 2009. Since an onslaught of buyers was expected in November (the original end date of a tax credit for new home buyers but now extended to June 2010), of course an increase was expected for new home sales. Now the lack of credibility calls into question whether there really was an increase in prior months new home sales? Or was this months reading accurate and there was no volume rush on closings in the month of November? What picture to paint? Pretty important stuff about which to be uncertain. Employment data also had its challenges. Total non-farm wage-and-salary employment was nearly unchanged. But this data was in conflict with data from the Census Bureau household and the ADP surveys all intending to measure the same stuff. But dont stop there in your tracks of confusion. Consider that Novembers unemployment rate at 10 percent was a reversal from many months pattern of increasing unemployment and, specifically, a reversal from 10.2 percent in October and the improvement came in gains in farm and self-employment rather than in payrolls. There were 68,000 jobs lost in manufacturing and construction a skilled labor market; there were 58,000 jobs gained in the service sector considered to be the unskilled service sector. The employment recovery is hard to understand even if the numbers are correct. Why? Many of the net lost jobs will not come back there will not be rehires. Part of the expense solution, to which U.S. companies are resorting in recent recessions, is to cut the U.S. staff and then, ultimately, rehire overseas. The U.S. job is now permanently lost. And you say, Well, that is manufacturing or telecommunications or Well, not in Southwest Florida not our jobs. Not so. We even have local accounting jobs moving to India. Some of the largest Fortune 100 companies have all their economic modeling done in India. Why not accounting and bookkeeping? Now, in this world of statistical confusion, it seemed very logical to expect that at LEAST the Copenhagen green event would engender agreement and end with an orderly conclusion. Surely, there would be agreement on global warming statistics. But not so. Not even the stats on global warming were self affirming. As such, there was no enforceable accord to cut fossil fuel emissions and there was switch in focus to reducing dependence on Mideast oil. The U.S. green companies/technologies did not get a strong go-ahead; fewer new green jobs will be on the horizon. For some, Copenhagen was a chaotic failure and another instance where a clear picture failed to emerge. Lastly, whether it is jobs, income, housing, investment, capacity utilization, consumer confidence ALL consensus expectations have been higher than what has been reported. This suggests that the frame of mind of even the statisticians is that expectations for the recovery are consistently stronger than reality or stronger than the governments best and successive attempts to gauge reality. Jeannette Rohn Showalter is a Southwest Florida-based chartered financial analyst, considered to be the highest designation for investment professionals. She can be reached at jshowaltercfa@ yahoo.com. MONEYFrom page 1 MAKARA ELLIS CONE MORTON Accounting Automotive Board Appointments NEW IN BUSINESS Decanted, Naples newest wine shop, opened recently on the southwest corner of Pine Ridge and Goodlette Frank roads. Providing a total wine experience, Decanted is both a retail wine shop and tasting bar. Decanted is owned and operated by Bonita Springs residents Al Fialkovich and Jessica Palmer, who were inspired by the Napa tasting room experience and are striving to bring that experience to Naples residents in their retail location. At Decanteds tasting bar, you can sample wines for as little as $1 before deciding whether to buy a bottle. Not sure what you like? Try a flight of wine to help you define your preference; for example, one day the shop might pour a flight of three chardonnays: one oaky and buttery, one fermented in stainless steel, and a third with just a touch of oak. We added the bar to help simplify wine, says Mr. Fialkovich. To us its easy, you either like or you dont. Once we know what you like, its our job to steer you toward those types of wine in the store. The tasting bar also exposes customers to Decanteds small production wines that might not be familiar to many. We want to deliver great wines at great values, but also push our customers to try new producers, new areas and new varietals, Mr. Fialkovich says. Decanted also offers a selection of micro-brew and imported beers, sake and wine accessories and equipment. Mr. Fialkovich plans weekly events for the Inner Circle, a free wine club, including complimentary tastings, wine dinners, classes and private events. For more information, call 434-1814 or visit www.decantedwines.com. Retail wine store and tasting bar opens COURTESY PHOTODecanted is at the southwest corner of Pine Ridge and Goodle Frank roads.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 BUSINESS B5 Energy Ef ciency LIC.# CVC056664 Joseph R. Catti, President and CEO of FineMark National Bank & Trust, and Dennis Landfried, President of FineMarks ofce in the Bonita Springs area, are pleased to announce the addition of Shelley D. Anderson as Vice President. Ms. Anderson, a highly experienced Trust Ofcer, will provide service to clients from the ofce located at 10010 Coconut Road in Bonita Springs. Ms. Anderson joins FineMark following a long tenure with Northern Trust in SW Florida. She brings to FineMark 31 years of experience serving Trust and Investment clients. Ms. Anderson received a BA from Campbell University and also completed the American Bankers Association Trust School and Graduate Trust School Programs. She is a Certied Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA). Ms. Anderson is very active in the community in activities including: Literacy Council of Bonita Springs, Hope Hospice, Bonita Springs Historical Society and Hope Lutheran Church. I am thrilled to join FineMark which has quickly established a reputation as the premier provider of Trust and Investment, Banking, and Brokerage Services in SW Florida. I look forward to building deep relationships with FineMark clients throughout the area. said Anderson. Catti commented, Shelley has established a wonderful reputation by building extraordinary relationships and by going above and beyond. She will be a terric addition to our team and personies our unique service oriented culture. Landfried added, The combination of Shelleys experience, skills and dedication to personal service are a perfect t for our clientele. Her commitment to clients is well known and widely respected throughout the community. FineMark National Bank & Trust offers a comprehensive array of banking, trust, investment, and brokerage services to clients interested in establishing long term, high touch relationships. FineMark is dedicated to providing a culture of service to clients and making a positive difference in the communities it serves. WELCOMES VETERAN TRUST OFFICERSHELLEY D. ANDERSON12681 Creekside Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33919 239.461.590010010 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239.405.6700 14990 Shell Point Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33908 239.461.5999nightly basis. The real game was in real estate events, he says. With these huge monster events that WCI started, wed be coordinating 20 valets and 1,500 cars that needed to be parked in a field, not a parking lot. The challenge was to make people at those events feel like they were getting out of their cars at a restaurant.Valet business boomsFor more than a decade, business ran at full throttle. Mr. Welzbacher refers to the time as the Golden Years when WCI had the Midas Touch. As high-rises and communities rose out of the ground, valets shuttled expensive cars and ran non-stop at luxury real estate bonanzas. Keeping his workers running on time around town and working events evenings, weekends and holidays himself left little time for a family life. (Mr. Welzbacher is married with two young daughters.) In 1998, he worked seven days a week from 9 a.m. until midnight for a full year, with customers like Quail Creek and TwinEagles in the evenings and Robb & Stucky during the daytime. We had a lot of work early on, he recalls. Toward the end of his long run with WCI, he met Nick Radick, who had a marketing degree from Ohio State and was a marketing manager scheduling events for the developer. The two hit it off. Mr. Radick, now 27, moved to the area three years ago. Not knowing anyone and the kind of person who likes to keep busy, he worked weekends parking cars for The Turtle Club restaurant, a Naples Valet account, on Vanderbilt Beach.An important serviceValet parking is an essential part of the formula for success in fine dining, even in semi-casual venues, according to Peter Tierney, co-owner of The Turtle Club and The Bay House. With space limited at The Turtle Club, parking must be well managed, he says. And even at the The Bay House, where rows of parking are easily accessible, he finds that the service can be an essential ingredient in a satisfying dining experience. On the one hand, people are creatures of convenience, and theyll drive to the next place that has parking if they dont see a spot, Mr. Tierney explains. But its more than that, he adds. I know that valet parking has increased our business quite a bit it provides one more level of service. From the minute they get out of the car to the minute they get back into it, we want all elements from how the chair feels to how the bathroom looks and how spotless the glasses are to come together. Its more than exceptional food, fine wine and a wonderful wait staff. Valet parking helps us to deliver a great restaurant experience.Changes in the businessWhen the real estate bubble burst and WCI laid him off, Mr. Radick knew who to call. One door closes, another opens, he says about contacting Mr. Welzbacher, who says the timing could not have been better. Mr. Welzbacher hired Mr. Radick as director of operations for Naples Valet over a year ago and has no shortage of nice things to say about him. We have the same values and work ethic, explains Mr. Welzbacher. Our styles complement each other. Hes detail-oriented and does not procrastinate. Hes good-hearted and never takes a day off. As director of operations, Mr. Radick schedules crews and trains drivers. Incredible coordination is necessary to locate keys and cars in timely fashion without incident, and training is critical. When people hire us, they know that their front door will be taken care of, explains Mr. Radick. They expect and get first-class service. We respect their customers and treat their cars as if they were our own. Mr. Welzbacher adds: Image and training are very important, and we take pride in what we deliver. Its hard to find people that are dependable and have all the attributes of someone who can get into a $150,000 Mercedes Benz and know how to start it up, put it into gear, drive it away and park it as if theyve done it 100 times. Depending on the size of the event, jobs can call for a few drivers or as many as 30. While demand for valet services slowed with the real estate market, activity has picked up considerably over the past few months, Mr. Welzbacher says. People are still living their lives, getting married, having bar mitzvahs and going to dinner, he reasons. More than anything, Mr. Welzbacher appreciates time off after more than 10 years on the run. When you own your own business, youre nervous about letting a new person come in and manage operations, he says about hiring Mr. Radick. You just dont think that anyone will do as good a job, but hes been a godsend to my family. My family benefited 100 percent when WCI laid Nick off. I really hope he never gets bored with it, and I hope he never wants to leave. VALETFrom page B1 COURTESY PHOTONick Radick, left, and Benjie Welzbacher I know that valet parking has increased our business quite a bit it provides one more level of service. Peter Tierney, co-owner of The Turtle Club and The Bay House
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB6 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 The Economic Development Council of Collier County will hear from Collier County Manager Leo Ochs at its regular luncheon meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, in the Community Room at the Naples Daily News. Cost is $20 per person. Register in advance by calling the EDC at 263-8989, ext 105, or online at www.enaplesflorida.com. The Remodelers Council of the Collier Building Industry Association holds its next dinner meeting from 5:307:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at LarsonAllen LLP, CPAs, Consultants & Advisors, in the Bank of Naples headquarters. Representatives of the firm will discuss Remodeling Your Business: Ways to Adapt and Survive in Todays Economy. Cost is $15 for Remodelers Council members and $20 for CBIA members. Call 436-6100. The Chartered Financial Analysts Society of Naples will host a luncheon meeting at noon Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the Chokoloskee Room at the Naples Beach Hotel, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. Members, $30; Guests, $40. RSVP www. cfanaples.org. The next Gulf Coast Venture Forum meeting takes place from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Tiburon Golf Course Members Club, 2610 Tiburon Drive. Meeting sponsor is TIB Bank. For more information, call Tim Cartwright at 262-6300. Business Network International holds its weekly meeting at 7:15 a.m. Thursdays at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 7100 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples. For more information and to make a reservation, call 354-3224. Network International, the DownTown Networkers chapter, meets weekly at 7:45 a.m. Thursday at IHOP, 1921 Davis Blvd., East Naples. Guests are welcome. Cost is $10. Call Jamie Bergen at 572-3720. WNOCC Womens Networking of Collier County meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Collier Athletic Club. For more information, call Nancy Dalaskey at 280-3803. Womens Empowered Network has two local chapters: The North Naples Chapter meets at 11 a.m. every second and fourth Friday at Buca di Beppo, 8860 Tamiami Trail N.; RSVP to NorthNaples@EmpoweredNetworking.com. The Central Naples Chapter meets at 11 a.m. every first and third Wednesday at Patrics, 1485 Pine Ridge Road; RSVP to CentralNaples@EmpoweredNetworking.com The Jewish Business Network of Southwest Florida meets for breakfast and business on the second Friday of the month from 7:30-9 a.m. in the conference room at Robb & Stucky, 13170 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. To RSVP and for more information, call 433-7708 or e-mail email@example.com. 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REAL ESTATEA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY B11Toll Brothers will throw the party for homebuyers in Firano at NaplesPine Island agency merges with Naples Weichert affiliateWith the completion of the new Serino chateau at Firano at Naples, Toll Brothers is offering to help buyers celebrate by providing a special Holiday HouseWarming Party. Were extending a special offering to the new Serino at Firano at Naples, said Fred Pfister, senior project manager for Toll Brothers at Firano at Naples. For the buyers of this home who close before Jan. 31, Toll Brothers will supply a catered party for 20 guests so the owners can celebrate their new home with friends and family. The Serino is a single-story home with great room and three bedrooms plus a study and 2 baths. In addition to a formal dining room, the home has a generous breakfast nook in a bay window overlooking the lanai. The home encompasses 2,277 square feet of airconditioned living space; and with covered entry, lanai and two-car garage, the Serino has 3,020 total square feet. The master suite is entered through double doors and includes two walk-in closets and a luxurious master bath with garden tub, separate shower, twin vanities and private water closet. Special features include coffered ceilings in the great room, dining room, breakfast nook and master bedroom, as well as extensive architectural detailing throughout. This completed quickdelivery home includes upgrades such as a pool with heated spa and waterfall, granite countertops, upgraded cabinetry and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and marble countertops in the master bath. This Serino as described here with options and home site is priced at $546,995.Firano at Naples will include 112 singlefamily homes on approximately 40 acres when completed. Pricing begins in the upper $300,000s. Entrance to the community is off Davis Boulevard. For more information, visit www.tollbrothers.com. Broker Betty Twigg, owner of Pine Island-based Aqualand Realty Inc., and broker/owner Jerry Osinski of Naples-headquarter ed Weichert, Realtors On The Gulf have announced that the two companies will be one as of Jan. 1. Operating under the Weichert banner at 15495 Tamiami Trail in Naples, the combined sales team is poised to offer greater geographical outreach and expanded services to all its clients. As part of an independently owned and operated franchise with the Weichert network, we look forward to enhanced real estate and financial services and a greater product exposure for our clients, Ms. Twigg said. She also pointed to ongoing education and support for agents that defines the Weichert franchise organization as reasons for merging with Mr. Osinskis agency. Bill Scott, vice president of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, added Aqualand Realty and Weichert, Realtors On the Gulf are the perfect match of management and sales expertise. Founded some 40 years ago, Weichert, Realtors is one of the nations largest privately owned providers of real estate and home ownership services. The WREA franchise arm was launched in January 2002 and has been named one of the fastest growing franchises in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine since 2005. As of 2009, Weichert-franchised offices have opened in nearly 300 markets in 35 states. Together with company-owned offices, some 18,000 agents serve key markets throughout the U.S. In Naples, Mr. Osinski opened his doors as a Weichert affiliate in January 2005. For more information, call 597-9003 or visit www.wrotg.com. SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY COURTESY PHOTOSerino at Firano at Naples SEE NEWSMAKERS, B13 Richard and Susie Culp, Sharon Kaltenborn and Terri Moellers have joined Premier Properties Inc. at the Gallery of Real Estate in the Northern Trust Building off U.S. 41. Ms. Kaltenborn and Ms. Moellers are partner Realtors, as are Mr. and Mrs. Culp. Ms. Moellers has 15 years of experience in human resource management for the banking and oil/gas industries. She holds the designation of Accredited Buyer Representative and is a member of Naples Board of Realtors. Ms. Kaltenborn has been a professional Realtor for 20 years, working in property management, commercial and residential real estate. She serves on the board for the Old Naples Association and is a member of the Naples Botanical Garden and NABOR. Mr. and Mrs. Culp have 55 years of combined experience in the real estate industry. Mr. Culp holds both a Texas and Florida Realtor license and has previous work experience managing a multiple product line for a master-planned community and working with luxury homebuilder J.D. Power & Associates. Before joining Premier, Mr. Culp was a relocation specialist assisting with international and domestic transfers with corporations such as JCPenney, Ford Motor Company, Texas Instruments, Nokia, Pizza Hut and Mary Kay Cosmetics. Both members of NABOR, the Culps are also involved in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, The Childrens Miracle Network and Habitat for Humanity. Paul Arpin was the sales leader and Billie Dalesio-Faccinto was listing leader for November in the Naples office of Downing-Frye Realty Inc. In the companys Bonita Springs office, Ann Lappin was recognized as sales leader for the month and Guy Mangano was honored as listing leader. REAL ESTATE NEWSMAKERS RICHARD CULP KALTENBORN SUSIE CULP MOELLERS
Peak Realty Partners, LLC NEW CONSTRUCTION PARK SHORE 3747 Fountainhead Ct. This brand new 3,337 square-foot home has 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and a 3-car garage. Professionally decorated and furnished. Includes granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, lanai with summer kitchen, pool and spa. Call Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910 NEW CONSTRUCTION MARCO ISLAND 151 Shorecrest Ct. Brand new 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with large great room, study, formal dining room, screened lanai overlooking the canal with 80 of water frontage. Master suite has master bath with jetted tub and walkthrough shower. Call Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910 NEW CONSTRUCTION MARCO ISLAND 1979 San Marco Rd. This newly constructed 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Marco Island home is as cozy as it is peaceful. The home features granite countertops, premium tile ooring, custom cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances and pool. Call Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910 NEW CONSTRUCTION OLDE NAPLES 1001 5th St., S. This Olde Florida styled home is professionally decorated and furnished with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and gourmet kitchen. Features include elevator, granite countertops, custom cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, & summer kitchen. Dan ielle Smith, 239-398-0910 Peak Realty Partners is an aggressive, growth-oriented full-service real estate rm that offers quali ed candidates an exciting career to grow professionally and personally. Peak Realty is currently looking for licensed sales agents with commercial or residential sales experience in SWFL. Bene ts include a premier address, full broker support & training, no desk fees, no transaction fees and professional advertising paid by the rm. For consideration, please send resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: 239-649-6735 Reduced Price: $1,599,000 List Price: $874,500SPECTACULAR WATER VIEWS PARK SHORE 3755 Crayton Rd. This charming and gracious residence includes 4 bedrooms, den, 4.5 baths and 2-car garage. Kitchen features custom cabinets, granite countertops, and GE appliances. The exterior includes boat dock, boat lift, pool and spa. Call Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910List Price: $3,195,000 List Price: $495,000 List Price: $2,640,000SECURE CAR STORAGE ON MARCO ISLAND Progressive Car Condos Purchase a Car Condo and protect your valuable classic and seasonal cars, jet-skis, and motorcycles from Floridas harsh weather in a state-of-the-art climatecontrolled building meeting requirements for museum quality storage. Call Rebecca Hayden, 239-340-3302Individually For Sale: $13,500NEW CONSTRUCTION OLDE NAPLES 950 8th St., S. This brand new home has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, pool and spa. Features include spiral staircase, gourmet kitchen, summer kitchen, granite, stainless steel appliances, natural stone ooring, crown moldings, 2 laundry rooms and replace. Call Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910List Price: $2,750,000NEW CONSTRUCTION MARCO ISLAND 353 Rockhill Ct. Newly constructed home is professionally decorated and furnished with Gulf access and excellent water views. The luxurious home has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, ofce, and 3-car garage. Enjoy the water views off the lanai, pool & spa. Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910List Price: $1,540,000 NEW CONSTRUCTION MARCO ISLAND 768 Bluebonnet Ct. Newly constructed 3 bedroom + study, 2 bath, and 2-car garage home with canal access. Features include custom cherry cabinets, premium tile ooring, stainless steel appliances, crown moldings, covered lanai and private pool. Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910 Reduced Price: $874,500NEW CONSTRUCTION MARCO ISLAND 805 Caribbean Ct. This home includes 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, study, and 2-car garage. Features include custom cherry cabinets, premium tile ooring, wet bar, stainless steel appliances, boat dock and lift, lanai with summer kitchen private pool and spa. Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910 List Price: $984,500 Peak Realty Is Now Hiring Sales Associates! Price Reduced! Price Reduced! TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED HOMES, CALL 239-213-0900! ESTERO GOLF COURSE VIEW! TOWNHOUSE/FURNISHED $325,000ESTERO CYPRESS COVE/WILDCAT RUN GOLF 3 BED/DEN/2 BATH/2 CAR MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED $325,000ESTERO PEACEFUL SERENE SUNSETS! 3 BED/2 BATH/ 2 CAR/READY TO MOVE INTO! $285,000 TURNKEY ESTERO GOLF COURSE VIEWS! 3 BED/2.5 BA/2 CAR WAS $629,000 NOW $349,000. ESTERO GRANDEZZA/OAKWOOD 2 BED+DEN/2 BATH/2 CAR NOW $285,000!ESTERO 5 BEDROOMS/5 BATHS/3 CAR GARAGE/ HEATED POOL/POLE BARN/CABANA & 5 ACRES! NOW PRICED AT $625,000ESTERO READY FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY! WAS $1,595,000 NOW $875,000 ESTERO ROOKERY POINTE 4 BED/3 BATH/3 CAR/GAS HEATED POOL/ SPA $499,000 Jamie LienhardtLicensed Real Estate Professional/REALTOR 239-565-4268Jamie@sw moves.com Gulfcoast Premier Realty9250 Corkscrew Road, Suite One, Estero, Florida 33928 PRICE REDUCED! A Prosperous and Happy New Year!
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Great location, good views, great price! Asking $225,000 NEW LISTING MUST SEE! Value Packed and Luxuriously appointed! Lovely Capri home 2 BD,2BA offers open oor plan design,tile, upgraded kitchen counters, CUSTOM POOL with new heater,electric/ manual HURRICANE shutters, and more! $286,900 Visual Tour Available! NEW LISTING Capri located on Los Altos in the heart of Village. Granite in kitchen, room for custom pool, western water views. Asking $259,000 New Listing! 3 bedroom Glenwood model with wall unit, screened patio, lanai hurricane shutters, south facing water view. Furniture also for sale! Asking $280,000 NEW LISTING VIRTUAL TOUREvery Detail of this magni cent Carlyle re ects careful thought and superb craftsmanship! Exquisite 4 BD,3.5 BA offers a totally renovated kitchen, top of the line WOLF appliances, GRANITE, and custom cabinetry. Family room boast genuine hard wood oors, crown and custom entertainment center with large screen TV. Master bath offers marble oors/shower, new cabinets and granite! CUSTOM pool, hurricane shutters, and lush landscaping complete the prefect home! $649,000 Visual Tour Available! ISLANDWALK OF NAPLES Oakmont with pool. Highly upgraded home with nice touches throughout! New a/c unit just installed. Pool and patio face South. Great location, close to gate and amenities. Asking $419,000 NEW LISTING Heritage Greens club home. You can live on the golf course without paying the green! Lovely villa offers 2 BR, 2 BA, plus den with golf course and lake views! Prefect for a full time residence or an occasional vacation home. $179,900 Visual Tour Available! HERITAGE GREENS VILLAGE WALK OPEN HOUSES 11,780 living sq ft, 17,000 sq ft estate. $6,300,000 at Grey Oaks. Rarely available townhome in Mediterra, premium golf/lake views. $789,500 at Mediterra. New furnished model by The Newport Companies. Premium lake/golf views. $4,595,000 at Mediterra. Never lived in, furnished & decorated. 4,277 sq ft built by McGarvey. Reduced 450k! Premium vacant lots from $529,000 at Mediterra.www.MediterraLots.comDavid William Auston, PA239-273-1376Amerivest Realtywww.DavidNaples.com Brand new detached villas, 2,900 living sq ft. Starting $619,000 at Mediterra Southwest lake/golf views. Premium stone oors. $749,000 at Mediterra. www.MediterraCondos.com Open House Sun., 1/3, 1-4pm Brand new furnished model villa, 2,900 living sq ft. with premium lake views! $1,395,000 at Mediterra. www.MediterraVillas.com Just Reduced! NEWSMAKERSFrom page B11Rita Oben has joined the staff of Downing-Frye Realty Inc. as a sales associate. A licensed Realtor since 1991 and resident of Southwest Florida since 1971, Ms. Oben spent 15 years as managing broker of a large rental division on Fort Myers Beach. She specializes in waterfront properties located in Fort Myers Beach and Cape Coral. New sales associates with John R. Wood Realtors Inc. include: In the Bonita Springs office Ron Ambroseno, Ginger Demonbreun, Darline Hillard, Claudette Looker and Joe Oppedisano In the Central office Will Farrington, Therese Olson and Karyn Samuel In the Old Naples office Oona Conroy-Clerkin In the Uptown office Brooke Connors, Corey Famiano, Lesa Mackey Debra Pelitera, Edwin Stackhouse and Denise Young DEMONBREUN FARRINGTON FAMIANO HILLARD OLSON YOUNG
OLD NAPLES 616 Fifth Avenue S. 239-434-0101 CENTRAL NAPLES 3255 Tamiami Trail N. 239-261-6622 UPTOWN 2600 Immokalee Rd. 239-598-0059 e symbol of local knowledge BONITA / ESTERO 26269 S. Tamiami Trail 239-498-9200 SANIBEL 630 Tarpon Bay Rd. 239-472-2411 CHARLESTON SQUARE 225 Banyan Blvd. 239-643-3636 Port Royal, 3860 Gordon Dr BEACH HOUSE. Easy living beach front home aords panoramic views and breath taking sunsets. Totally renovated in 2007. Just steps to the beach! 4/4 (H3560) Mary Naylor, 784-1689, Jacques Groenteman, 659-6382 $7,495,000 Old Naples, 92 Gulf Shore Blvd S Situated west of the boulevard & approx. 100 ft from the sand w/views of the Gulf, easy access to all Old Naples has to oer & pool. 5,949 sfua. 5-car garage. 5+Den/5+2half (H4224) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $6,975,000 Old Naples, 136 Gulfshore Blvd S Situated west of the boulevard & approx. 100 ft from the sand w/views of the Gulf, easy access to all Old Naples has to oer & pool. 5,865 sfua. 5-car garage. 5+Den/5+2half (H4233) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $6,950,000 Port Royal, 3901 Gordon Dr Beautiful Gordon Drive location is the setting for this custom built home originally designed for use by architect Walter Keller. Situated on Champney Bay. 3/3.5 (H3558) Mary Naylor, 784-1689, Jacques Groenteman, 659-6382 $4,500,000 Old Naples, 368 4th Ave N Meticulous 2008 renovation. A 5,368sf two-story home on a wide lot with multiple living and entertainment spaces and all-day sun on the 47 freeform pool. 5+Den/5 (H4457) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $3,295,000 Port Royal, 3939 Gordon Dr Enjoy quiet tranquil views of Champney Bay and a dock and dock slip that can accommodate several boats. e inside has been completely renovated. 3/2 (H3557) Mary Naylor, 784-1689, Jacques Groenteman, 659-6382 $3,290,000 Pelican Bay, 8171 Bay Colony Dr, #1904 e amenities of Bay Colony and panoramic Gulf views in this beautifully updated endunit oered furnished. Includes poolside cabana and 2 parking spaces. 3+Den/3.5 (C5956) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $2,855,000 Vanderbilt Beach, 10620 Gulf Shore Dr, #701 Your private elevator leads to a double door entry. Enjoy expansive views to the west, north and east from this end unit. 3 porches. Dock included. 3+Den/3.5 (C4718) Mary Naylor, 784-1689, Jacques Groenteman, 659-6382 $2,150,000 Aqualane Shores, 450 17th Ave S Located on beautiful 17th Ave South, desirable southern exposure, direct access with 60 dock and covered cut-in 20x36 slip. Well maintained home. 3/2 (H3562) Mary Naylor, 784-1689, Jacques Groenteman, 659-6382 $1,825,000 Livingston Woods, 6411 Sable Ridge Ln Your very own resort. Exceptional quality and detail in this unique and very private Livingston Woods estate on 5 acres. 4+Den/4 (H4289) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $1,795,000 Naples Boat Club, 909 10th St S, #304 Waterfront views from every room give way to endless lazy days watching the boats go by. 42 terrace, fabulous amenities, walk to 5th Ave. 3/3.5 (C4947) Mary Naylor, 784-1689, Jacques Groenteman, 659-6382 $1,690,000 Bonita Bay, 26436 Brick Ln Tropical paradise found! Courtyard home amplied on extra large home site. Glass walls allow the outdoors in. Spacious r plan allows for entertaining galore!. 3+Den/4.5 (H4590) Heather Wightman, 450-1891 $1,399,000 Windstar, 1650 Star Point Ln, #103 Vaulted ceilings add volume and a large screened lanai gives a birds eye view of the golf course and Naples Bay beyond. 3+Den/3.5 (C4765) Mary Naylor, 784-1689, Jacques Groenteman, 659-6382 $1,295,000 Royal Harbor, 1540 Bonita Ln Spectacular bungalow with wide canal views, lush landscaping and quick access to Gulf. New kitchen, pool deck and pool surface. 3/3 (H4327) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $895,000 Naples Lakes Country Club 5107 Castlerock Way Exquisite estate home enhanced w/ numerous valuable upgrades. CC membership included. 3 car side entry garage is ideal for your own golf cart. 3+Den/3.5 (H2883) Annemarie M. Giannini, 289-1820 $849,000 Pelican Bay, 7425 Pelican Bay Blvd, #201 Marbellain Pelican Bay First Class amenities at this elegant senior living address. Western views-Sunset skies and 1200 sq ft terrace for entertaining. 2+Den/3 (C5776) Mary Naylor, 784-1689 $845,000 Park Shore, 4451 Gulf Shore Blvd N, #805 Live the Park Shore lifestyle! is Gulf-front condo has been impeccably updated & professionally decorated. It enjoys Gulf to Bay views. 3/3 (C6104) Sally Kellogg, 571-5445 $839,000 Moorings, 875 Wedge Dr Homesite w/ views of Moorings golf course & lake. Center of Naples w/easy access to Gulf, shopping & downtown. Build your dream home today! (L1059) Garren Grup, 289-8619, Heather Wightman, 450-1891 $799,000 Pelican Bay, 7225 Pelican Bay Blvd, #202 Impeccably maintained ow through condo in the Coronado, one of Pelican Bays premier buildings. Two balconies, split bedrooms and 24 hour security. 2+Den/2 (C5782) Sara Williams, 784-5610 $799,000 Moorings, 2309 Gulf Shore Blvd N, #113 Spectacular value with wide views of Pass and Gulf from expansive southfacing lanai. Modestly updated. Resortstyle amenities. 2+Den/2.5 (C5564) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $728,000 Imperial Golf Estates, 2031 Prince Dr Gorgeous 3000 SF home with lake and golf views. High ceilings 8 sliders completely remodeled and ready to move in. Many extras beautiful nishes. 3+Den/2.5 (H4376) Debbie Frost, 250-8701 $675,000 Avion Park, 1550 Avion Pl Gulf Access! Newer home located on the Gordon River. Dock w/lift. Club amenities include pool, tness, gas dock & dining with no membership fees. 3/2 (H4506) Sally Kellogg, 571-5445 $670,000 Lely Resort, 8706 Mustang Island Cir Absolutely gorgeous Palomino model w/ golf view. Loaded w/top upgrades, granite, cherry, electric hurricane shutters, heated pool/spa, oversized 2-car garage. 3+Den/3 (H4592) Robin Hill, 776-0733 $669,900 Waterside At Bay Beach 4141 Bay Beach Ln, #472 Enjoy back bay vistas from 7th r of boats & dolphins. Gated community with LOTS of amenities-boating, beach & public golf. 3+Den/2 (C6069) Heather Wightman, 450-1891, Ginny Nobbe, 218-0025 $600,000 Cedar Creek, 9230 Cedar Creek Dr Your own paradise in this popular comm. Custom built w/many upgrades. Pool, spa, citrus trees, boat dock & pvt. tiki hut overlooking Spring Creek. Gulf Access. 4/3 (H4465) Jim Scartz, 877-9726, Carl Rao, 949-3932 $599,900 Moorings, 2400 Gulf Shore Blvd N, #PH2 Wide Bay views and resort-style amenities plus boat docks available. Nicely maintained and ready for decorator touch. 2/2 (C5897) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $570,000 Worthington, 13111 Bridgeford Ave Almost 3,000 sq ft inside! Astounding lake & course views! Lg family room! Hurricane shutters everywhere! Updated kitchen, Lg Solar Pool & lanai redone!. 3+Den/2.5 (H4455) Sharon Hammond-Turnblad 851-6918 $549,900 Banyan Woods, 5004 Maxwell Cir, #201 e value is in the details. Like no other competitor in Banyan Woods, this 2nd oor carriage home built in 2005 with 3,084 sf of well-designed living space. 3+Den/3 (C5755) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $539,000 Waterside At Bay Beach 4191 Bay Beach Ln #252 SPECTACULAR water views for a bargain price!!! Watch dolphins & manatees meander in Estero Bay from every room in your home! 2/2 (C6086) Heather Wightman, 4501891, Ginny Nobbe, 218-0025 $489,900 Waterside At Bay Beach 4141 Bay Beach Ln, #433 Super view and value come together in this waterfront beauty! Water, water, water and boating, beaching, shopping, dining, walking, biking its ALL here!! 2+Den/2 (C6034) Heather Wightman, 450-1891, Ginny Nobbe, 218-0025 $474,900 Imperial Golf Estates, 1939 Imperial Golf Course Blvd Charming home with beautiful wood and tile oors, open kitchen & family room, delightful pool & oversized yard. A real tropical delight. 4/3 (H3252) Debbie Frost, 250-8701 $465,000 Berkshire Lakes, 288 Lambton Ln Enjoy the peaceful lake view & heated pool from this beautiful, well-maintained home. Open oor plan with the master bedroom on the 1st oor. 4/2.5 (H4572) Annemarie M. Giannini, 289-1820 $389,000 Acreage, 20590 Sandy Ln Single family country living in the heart of Estero. Easy access to shopping, dining, airport & more. Room for all your toys in extra boat garage! 4/2 (H4201) Heather Wightman, 450-1891 $350,000 Golden Gate Estates, 27th Ave Ne Wellmaintained home on landscaped 2.73 acres. Long brick driveway, replace, playground. House is wind rated for up to 110 mph w/reinforced block. 3+Den/2 (H4341) Annemarie M. Giannini, 289-1820 $279,000 Stoneybrook, 21314 Braxeld Short Sale. Buy for less that market value! Great home, great size, great location. Pool home w2600+ SF. 2 levels & loft areas w/ preserve & lake views. 4+Den/3.5 (H3927) Heather Wightman, 450-1891 $250,000www.JohnRWood.com
OLD NAPLES 616 Fifth Avenue S. 239-434-0101 CENTRAL NAPLES 3255 Tamiami Trail N. 239-261-6622 UPTOWN 2600 Immokalee Rd. 239-598-0059 e symbol of local knowledge BONITA / ESTERO 26269 S. Tamiami Trail 239-498-9200 SANIBEL 630 Tarpon Bay Rd. 239-472-2411 CHARLESTON SQUARE 225 Banyan Blvd. 239-643-3636 Port Royal, 1052 Spyglass Ln Magnicent estate w/western exp on 1.5 lots. 5BR main hse, 2BR guest hse. Stunning outdoor living & pool. Gourmet kit, home theater, exercise rm, deep water dockage. 6 or More/7.5 (H4323) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $12,900,000 Port Royal, 1145 Galleon Dr Situated on 1.5 lots w/wide water views of Naples Bay. Formal living & dining, open kitchen/family room. Tropical pool area, summer kit, boat dock & no bridges to Gulf. 6 or More/8+2half (H3740) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $11,995,000 Port Royal, 2525 Treasure Ln Rare nd on 1 3/4 lots. Expansive views of Treasure Cove. Custom home w/4588 SF under air. Formal living & dining, family room, dock & no bridges to Gulf. 5/4.5 (H1871) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $6,750,000 Old Naples, 138 8th Ave S Beautifully furnished home. New construction of the nest quality, Prime location south of 5th Ave S. Gulf views from rooftop terrace. Just steps to the beach. 5+Den/5.5 (H2919) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $5,495,000 Port Royal, 4246 Cutlass Ln One and onehalf lots setting, southwest exposure. Mature exotic trees and landscaping. 184 on water. Deep water, quick access to the Gulf. (L1064) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $4,800,000 Port Royal, 3110 Green Dolphin Ln Contemporary home situated on magnicent Port Royal lot and a half. Southern exposure and partial Gulf views. Walk to beach access from your back yard. 4+Den/4 (H4283) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $4,600,000 Port Royal, 3120 Green Dolphin Ln Grand estate situated on magnicent lot & a half in Port Royal. Steps to beach. Formal liv & din, fam rm, study. 3BR main house plus 1BR pool-side guest house. 4+Den/5.5 (H4164) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $4,100,000 Royal Harbor, 1680 Dolphin Ct Amazing home built in 2008. 4,600 Sq. Ft. under air. 61 boat dock, formal living & dining, family room, 1st Fl master, pool/spa, sum kit, Naples Bay views. 5+Den/4+2half (H4456) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $3,395,000 Port Royal, 3333 Gin Ln Four BR home overlooking Hidden Bay. Liv Rm, Fam Rm, den, 1st FL master, frplc, wet bar, pool, dock, no bridges to Gulf. Port Royal Club Membership eligibility. 4+Den/4.5 (H4366) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $3,300,000 Moorings, 1801 Gulf Shore Blvd N, #803 Luxury beach-front condo. Gulf views west & south. Custom oor plan. Open kit/fam rm, great rm, den study, 3 replaces, private elevator, 2-car a/c garage. 2+Den/2.5 (C5873) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $2,900,000 Moorings, 515 Starboard Dr Built 2003. Open kit/fam rm. Formal liv & din. 1st master. eater, rec rm. Tropical pool/spa, outdr kit cabana. Granite, marble, 2 frplcs, elev, 3-car gar. 5+Den/4.5 (H4102) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $2,750,000 Moorings, 215 Mooringline Dr 256 on Water, No Bridges to Gulf, 2 docks w/ lifts plus jet ski lift. Totally renovated & stunning. Marble oors, replace, 2 sunset terraces, open kitchen. 5/4 (H4144) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $2,750,000 Grey Oaks, 1335 Noble Heron Way Mediterranean villa. Custom oor plan. Lake/ golf views. Marble & wood oors, soaring ceilings, state-of-art kitchen. Summer kit., covered loggia, pool & spa. 4/4.5 (V1272) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $1,999,000 Moorings, 655 Wedge Dr Amazing golf course views. Completely renovated in 2005. Open oor plan, travertine rs, maple cabinetry, Summer kitchen, heated pool & spa. 3+Den/3.5 (H3364) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $1,999,000 Old Naples, 687 9th Ave S Live in the heart of Old Naples! Classic custom 2-story home. 1st oor master. Perfect family home & great for entertaining. Htd pool, corner lot. 2.5-car gar. 5+Den/3.5 (H2694) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $1,695,000 Mediterra, 16509 Cellini Ln Reduced OVER 1 Million. Owner has over 2 million in property; $250k lanai, $200k furn/decor, $75k landscape, $150k interior upgrades. Brand new never lived in. 4+Den/4.5 (H992) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $1,489,000 Grey Oaks, 2571 Twinower Ln Avila Stunning Courtyard villa w/pvt. cabana suite, pool/spa is elegantly casual with wide wood ooring, new paint & updated. Large lot w/yard & 2nd lanai. 3/3 (V1304) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $1,100,000 Pelican Bay, 6825 Grenadier Blvd, #701 Fabulous Gulf Bay & Golf Course Views from this updated wrap unit. Elec. shutters, walls of glass, spacious room, built-ins, etc. 3/3 (C5973) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $995,000 Pelican Bay, Claridge 7-A Never miss a sunset from this So end residence. Lanai converted to family room. Elec. Shutters, 2 a/c storage rooms, walls of glass. 3+Den/2.5 (C5510) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $989,000 Pelican Bay, 7082 Villa Lantana Way Remodeled with granite, marble, cr. molding, inlays, lots of windows, pvt. pool, bonus rm. or 4th BR, oversized tile throughout, storage, natural light abounds. 3+Den/2.5 (V1281) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $929,000 Vineyards, 5902 Hammock Isles Cir Stunning home with numerous upgrades. Open kit/great rm, formal dining, summer kit, wet bar, enclosed lanai o den, pool/spa on large lanai w/ lake views. 3+Den/3.5 (H4449) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $895,000 Imperial Shores, 4865 Regal Dr A Boaters Dream & priced to sell. Unique Key West style home w/ boat dock, lift & seawall. Super southern views of canal & bay to Gulf. Bi-level lanai. 3 bdrm. 3/2 (H4238) Carmony-Hutchison Team, 272-7000, 272-4462 $799,900 Moorings, 1947 Crayton Rd 4 minutes to beach & Gulf. Oversized lot, renovated pool home, 3 BRs, fam rm, new tile & Berber, granite counters, stainless appls, dble gar. Over 4000 T. sq ft. 3/2 (H3039) Carmony-Hutchison Team, 272-7000 $799,000 Old Naples, 215 4th St N Charming cottage close to beach, library, restaurants and shops. A perfect getaway, rental or building site. 3/2.5 (H4631) Jim Mayer, 290-9685 $799,000 Vanderbilt Beach, 400 Flagship Dr, #405 Regatta Great bay & sunsets from this beautifully decorated unit. Ext. use of tile, open & spacious oor plan, short stroll to beach, great amenities. 3/3 (C5358) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $649,000 Pelican Bay, St Pierre # 201 Fabulous views of lagoon from this So. end unit. Great sunsets. Walls of glass, tile thru all living areas, 2 terraces, built-in, etc. 3/3 (C5574) The Candito Group, 290-5236 $599,000 Moorings, 2100 Gulf Shore Blvd N Port au Villa. 6 oerings. Beach & Bay, Boat Docks. 1200 SF. Furnished, pool on the bay, sh o docks & walk across the st. to the beach. All steps from your door. 2/2 (C5125) Carmony-Hutchison Team, 272-7000 $309,000 to $499,000 Naples Bay Resort, 1005 Sandpiper St, #C 103 e Cottages @ Naples Bay Resort. Best lifestyle in Naples features club, spa, tennis, tness, kids club & more. Stunningly turnkey furnished. 2/2 (C5770) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $514,900 Naples Bay Resort, 1025 Sandpiper St, #102 Beautifully decorated condo in heart of Naples. Leave it in the weekly rental & enjoy income or make it your permanent home. Resort-style amenities. Turnkey. 2/2 (C6067) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366 $495,000 Pelican Bay, 6360 Pelican Bay #404 Hyde Park, Awesome views of lake & golf course from this 5th oor location. Interior features updated kitchen w/granite. Great rm has wood oors. 2+Den/2.5 (C5948) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $459,000 Pelican Bay, 7702 Pebble Creek Cir, #302 Top oor unit w/vaulted ceilings & overlooks lake & pool amenities. Lg. great room, spacious master, large lanai, 2+ car garage, beach tram across street. 2/2 (C2346) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $449,000 Pelican Bay, 619 Serendipity Dr, #619 Serendipity; Delightful corner residence w/new kitchen & baths, updated A/C & HW heater, 1st oor overlooks gardens & pool. 3/2 (C5975) Pat and Frank Candito, 290-5236 $399,000 Pelican Bay, 5950 Pelican Bay Blvd, #132 An aordable jewel. Spacious top oor unit w/new carpet, paint & A/C. Walls of windows for lots of natural light. Views of lake, golf course & pool area. 2/2 (C5748) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $379,000 Park Shore, 4170 Crayton Rd, #5C Swan Lake Club, 2 bedroom/2bath, 2nd oor Condo w/pool and lake in Park Shore. Turnkey Furnished. New Plantation shutters. Bright and Cheery. 2/2 (C5945) Carmony-Hutchison Team, 272-7000 $309,000 Pelican Bay, 5815 Glencove Dr, #1201 Glencove. On tram to beach. Split bedroom Cambridge model, most sought after. Furnished, lanai glassed and screen, 1606 T. Sq. Ft. 2/2 (C4999) Carmony-Hutchison Team, 272-7000 $309,000 www.JohnRWood.com January 3rd OPEN HOUSES from 1-4pm are Highlighted in Yellow PRICE REDUCED to $445,000 PRICE REDUCED to $345,000
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB16 DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 The Right Place ... The Right Time ... The Right Price ...Life is great in NaplesPatrick Dearborn, LLCRealtor/John R. Wood RealtorsMulti Million Dollar Producer -239-877-4340 mobile www.iLoveNaplesFLA.comJust Listed Lux. Est. Home on 5 acres in Livingston Woods. Tennis and Basketball court, Barn, Guest House and TONS of upgrades. $3,000,000 Just listed 1.39 million 4 plus den pool home VineyardsJust listed High Rise Condo w/ lake-golf views $369,000 Pelican MarshFormer Model 4 bedroom home on lake $450,000 Saturnia LakesFormer Model 4 /3 pool home $525,000 Saturnia LakesLivingston Woods Patri c k De a Email me or call and register to search MLS listings & sales on your own 239-849-2767 The Realtor who is Recommended by Her Clients BCzachor@JohnRWood.com www.BevCzachor.comBeverly Czachor Annual/Seasonal RentalsNaples Furnished Naples Unfurnished Naples Retail e Strand/Mango Cay 3bd/2.5ba $2400/$3900 mo. Mediterra/Calabria 3bd+den/3ba $4000 mo.www.truesw orida.com239-210-1521 Olympia ParkVanderbilt Beach/Airport Road5,100 sf. 26,100 sf. Short/Long Term Lease with Membership to Naples Harbour Yacht Club Spacious 3bd/2bth Plus Oce, Family & Fitness Rooms Electric Hurricane Shutters Protect & Secure this Concrete Structure.By Appointment Only. 1680 Avion Place Behind Naples Airport $679,000 Kathi Kilburn-Bruce email@example.com Spectacular Waterfront Residence kk Premier Properties of Southwest Florida Inc. has launched a redesigned and enhanced www.mercatoshops. com. Created and maintained by the companys e-commerce division, the sites expanded format includes content for The Strada Residences at Mercato, a comprehensive list of merchants, commercial opportunities and services. Modeled after the Live, work, play concept, the site features lively graphics and imagery in an easyto-navigate layout. A directory of Mercatos restaurants links to individual Web sites for more detailed information such as menus, hours, dress code and reviews. Professional videos provide a glimpse into the interiors of restaurants, shops and the residences at The Strada. Under the residential area, photos of available models as well as floor plans and descriptions of standard features and amenities provide previews to help prospective buyers narrow the property search. Candid snapshots from the monthly First Fridays events are posted to a photo gallery similar to a social page in a publication, inviting event attendees to refer to the site. Those signed up with Twitter and Facebook can follow all the latest blogs and breaking news. With just a click of the mouse on the day of the week, see what events and activities are planned for each month. Access Silverspot Cinemas movie lineup and book your tickets online. A site map provides a birds eye view of the complex layout so customers can better plan before even coming to the complex. The site serves as a valuable source of information for residents of The Strada as well as the general public, says Kristin Cartwright, adding it will be updated regularly as new stores, information, events and services are brought on board. Check out new Mercato site for events, specials, residences
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 REAL ESTATE B17 RECENT TRANSACTIONS Carlisle/Wilson Plaza LLC has purchased Wilson Plaza, a 36,000-squarefoot shopping center at 50 Wilson Blvd., Naples, from Gulfstream Retail Investments LLC for $6,500,000. Larry Foster and Bill Young of CB Richard Ellis, Fort Myers/Naples brokered the transaction. Iris Rodriquez has leased 1,350 square feet of office space at 3435 10th Street N., Suite 302, Naples, from Dean and Kimberly Bos. Clint Sherwood of Investment Properties Corp. negotiated the transaction. Jubilee Family Chiropractic has leased 3,000 square feet of retail space at 6291 Naples Blvd., Naples, from JTC/ JLM Galaxy Plaza LLC. Clint Sherwood Investment Properties Corp. negotiated the transaction. Naples Pack and Ship has leased 1,200 square feet in Tower Plaza at 36503666 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, from Commercial Trust Real Estate Services Land Trust. Bill Young of CB Richard Ellis, Fort Myers/Naples brokered the transaction. Premiere Plus Realty LLC has leased 2,205 square feet in La Galleria at 370 12th Ave. S., Naples, from SVM Building LLC. George Atkinson of CB Richard Ellis, Fort Myers/Naples represented the landlord. Stephen and Tibor Brandaver have purchased a 13,500-square-foot industrial building at 24073 Production Circle, Bonita Springs, from MKA Holdings LLC for $1,200,000. Jim Boback of Boback Commercial Group negotiated the transaction. Skinspa of Naples leased 1,250 square feet in La Galleria at 370 12th Ave. S., Naples, from SVM Building LLC. George Atkinson of CB Richard Ellis, Fort Myers/Naples represented the landlord. Willow Park 8 LLC has purchased an 8,982-square-foot office building at 6646 Willow Park Drive, Naples, from Gulf Commercial Inc. for $1,175,000. George Atkinson and Doris Taylor of CB Richard Ellis, Fort Myers/Naples brokered the transaction.
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYARTS & ENTERTAINMENTA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE CSECTIONDECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010WEEK at-a-glance Through the GlassArt Gallery Old Naples prepares for new exhibit opening Jan. 7. C24 Calling all pets Canines and their companions invited to hear animal-behavior expert, NPR host. C18 Callingallpets Arrrgh!Check out the friendly crew at The English Pubs Pirate Night. C25 Galleries, studios open for art toursThe North Naples Arts Alliance invites art aficionados and novices as well as decorators and designers to explore the neighborhood of artists studios and galleries during Underground Art Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. The next Underground Art Wednesday is Jan. 6. More than a dozen studios and galleries north of Pine Ridge Road and south of Trade Center Way between Taylor and Airport Pulling roads will be open for tours, many offering artist demonstrations and discussions plus refreshments. Brochures and maps leading visitors to the next stop on the tour will be available at each participating gallery or studio. A good place to start is LongstrethGoldberg Art at 5640 Taylor Road, where a new exhibit of works by Florida native Richard Currier is opening. The artist will be on hand for the evening. A graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design and a resident of Micco on the east coast, Mr. Currier is an award-winning artist whose work has been presented in museums throughout the country. Last season visitors to the Florida Contemporary 2009 exhibition at the Naples Museum of Art were greeted by one of Mr. Curriers hyperreal, oversized faces filling the entrance wall. I paint until the objects become more than what they are, the artist says. This seems to result in a heightened reality to the images, although realism is not necessarily the goal. I enjoy the balance of positive and negative space, pulling imagery from the space as well as pushing space back to expose the form. Landscapes, he says, have their own aesthetic. Based on my travels throughout my native Florida, I draw on my emotional responses to the mental images I have collected over the years, focusing not on the objects found in a landscape, but on the spaces, infused with light, between the objective realities. For more information about Underground Art Wednesdays, call Richard Rosen at Rosen Gallery & Studios, 8211061. With her tiny voice and ditzy demeanor, Georgia Engel still delivers big laughs The last time Georgia Engel was in Naples, she sang, danced and executed a series of continuous spit takes while dressed in an outrageously flouncy Little-Bo-Peep-like dress, complete with bows and hoop skirt. She returns to Southwest Florida in January, this time as a medium and clairvoyant who communes with the dead. Such is the life of an actor, a profession that demands an endless series of transformations. And for comedic actors, the material often demands things youd never do in real life such as spit water into someone elses face over and over again, as Ms. Engel had to do in her role as Mrs. Tottendale in the award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone. At first, I didnt like it at all, the actress says in her whispery, baby-doll voice. It seemed singularly unfunny BY NANCY STETSONnstetson@ oridaweekly.com thhertinyvoice georgia! COURTESY PHOTOGeorgia Engel stars in High Spirits at TheatreZone Jan. 7-17.SEE GEORGIA, C4 SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY_________________________COURTESY PHOTOOn Edge, Richard Currier In her opinion Florida Weekly arts writer Nancy Stetson bemoans the state of critial reviews in the Internet age. C8
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC2 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 Janine WesselmannChamps Elysees 24" x 30" Oil on canvas 19th, 20th & 21st Century Art for the Discriminating Collector, Both Beginning and Experienced275 Broad Avenue So. Naples, FL 34102 (239)262-4551 www.debruyne neart.comMonday thru Saturday 10 to 5 P.M. Sunday 12 to 5 P.M. Contact Artis >>Send your dating tips, questions, and disasters to: firstname.lastname@example.org testament to my adolescent worth. Yet, as I try to create new space in my life this coming year, I wonder if it isnt best to let go of a few old memories. Clutching at the past only keeps us from being open to what is to come. Perhaps, as we look to the new year, we would all do well to surrender a few old loves. That way, we can begin filling our storehouse with the memories of new romance. Coming home for the holidays is hard, what with every piece of furniture, every corner, every surface steeped in memory. Its hard to step from an adult life with its possibilities and responsibilities into a childs life. Or, rather, your life as a child, with its hemming in and its restrictions and, yes, its possibilities, too. If coming home is challenging, it can also be gratifying. We not only store our memories at home, but we also tuck away our hopes and dreams, the promises we made to our younger selves. At home, we can run a hand over those onetime wishes. They serve as a touchstone to our grown-up selves. My wise friend Ken once said its good to have a cache of inspiration for the tough times that lay along lifes path. Its especially good for writers, he said, but I imagine they can also work for matters of the heart. In fact, I recently discovered that I had created my own romantic stash. During a particularly trying romantic period this summer, I discovered an old make-up case tucked into the attic of my childhood home. Inside the case, I found the cracked lipstick tubes now covered in dust that held the glossy pinks and Holiday home is a storehouse of memories SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTS ArtisHENDERSON email@example.com Clutching at the past only keeps us from being open to what is to come...shiny reds that once promised a prettier me. I found flat bars of lavender soap, still in their paper wrapping, pieces I had meticulously stored and saved for when I grew older and more sophisticated. Among the mishmash of make-up and early adolescent keepsakes, I came across a series of love letters written by my first-ever boyfriend. They were charming and tender and no less powerful than anything Ive received since. What they did for me like my rainy-day inspiration cache was remind me that at one time, someone cared enough to pen a poem that included a line like, She is so fragile, if I touch her she will shatter. They helped me remember the bright spots in the romantic road map of my life. I never bothered to take them with me on my travels, but I left them instead in the one secure place where I store all of my memories. But if home is a memory keeper, then it is also the place for letting go. I learned on the drive home for the Christmas holidays that my old space in the attic had recently been cleaned out. Certain treasures a pink make-up box among them were thrown out in the sweep. For a minute, I couldnt breath. Those love letters were my hearts cache. They documented the kind of sweet romance that pre-dates adult struggles; they were a d d d di di d di d d di d d di i d s test a Ye my m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m l is i i n t r i es us c o ye d b m yy r and no less powerful than received since. What they like my rainy-day ins pi ra was remind me that at one n e care d enou gh to pen a cl u d e d a l ine l i k e, S h e is so u ch her she will shatter. e d of e r bothhe m wit h travels, e m h e of e is e per, o th e l etting pg g ; y
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 to me. I guess it was a surprise to the audience that Mrs. Tottendale would do that. I didnt know beforehand that this was in the show, that it was an old vaudeville routine, like throwing pies in faces. But the audience seemed to like it. Ms. Engel and The Drowsy Chaperone were at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts for a week of sold-out shows in January and February 2008. Almost exactly two years later, Jan. 7-17, shes on stage at the G&L Theatre as Madame Arcati in TheatreZones production of High Spirits, a musical version of Noel Cowards Blithe Spirits.A family reunion on stageThe gentle, soft-spoken actress first came to national attention when she became a regular on the iconic 1970s TV series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Ms. Engel played Georgette Franklin, the girlfriend, then wife, of the pompous, bumbling TV news announcer, Ted Baxter. Wide-eyed and naive, with a mass of Harpo-like blonde curls, her ditzy character delivered lines that seemed illogical, but that more often than not also got to the heart of the matter. Ms. Engel originated the role of Mrs. Tottendale on Broadway in The Drowsy Chaperone, then went on the quirky musicals national tour, which included a stop in Naples. It was here that she met Mark Danni, TheatreZones founder and artistic director. The tours percussionist had broken her hand, and they needed a substitute drummer. Mr. Danni, whos performed in orchestras for other Broadway shows, saved the day. Mark just stepped in to be the percussionist, Ms. Engel recalls. Gushing as only she can, she adds: Everyone was blown away! Hes really a Renaissance man; he can do everything. Hes a musician, hes a director, hes a producer, and hes got the most beautiful wife, Karen Molnar! (Ms. Molnar plays the ghost Elvira in High Spirits). Mr. Danni and Ms Engel both claim Broadway music director Jack Lee as their mentor, as do actors Susan Hartley and Jim De Paiva, who also appear in High Spirits. Mr. Lee is the shows music director. Were very excited! Ms. Engel says about the cast assembling in Naples. Were all students of Jack Lee, and its really fun for us to work together. Its kind of a family.Fun and fantasyAlthough shes in good spirits about High Spirits, however, Ms. Engel confesses to being concerned about the short rehearsal time. The actors have only nine days to rehearse before opening night, Thursday, Jan. 7. For The Drowsy Chaperone, she says, We rehearsed for six months and then previewed it for six weeks. It takes that kind of fine-tuning, it takes time. This is almost like summer stock, she says about the rehearsal time for High Spirits. But, she hastens to add, Its a wonderful piece, and were going to have a lot of fun! She describes the show as very Noel Coward. Its drawing-room comedy, but with a twist, in that it goes into fantasy. In High Spirits Charles, a novelist, hosts a sance, led by Madame Arcati. He thinks shes a fake, but she conjures up the spirit of Charles first wife, Elvira, who begins to haunt him and disrupt his marriage with his second wife, Ruth, who can neither hear nor see the ghost.Her kind of comedyMs. Engel pauses when asked to describe her own comedic style. I dont think people are very good at articulating what their style is. I know Im not, she says. I know when I have good writers, and they tailor stuff for me, its wonderful. There are so many different kinds of comedy. The best comedy is the kind that has a universal appeal, that makes all people from life laugh, that embraces everybody. Billy Crystal is like that. Everybody has their own likes and dislikes. I like things that dont quite hit you over the head and are a little more nuanced. That said, I enjoyed every second of The Drowsy Chaperone. She ended up performing in the show longer than anyone else in the Broadway production. She did the role of Mrs. Tottendale for a year on Broadway, then took time off to do a TV pilot that wasnt picked up. Four months later, they asked her to do the national tour. She agreed, and wound up doing the show for a total of 2 years. I loved it! she says about the role, gushing again. I loved my costumes, I loved the show! Bob Martin, who created and wrote Drowsy and played the lead role of the Man in Chair, is a dear friend of Ms. Engels, and she recently went to a reading for his latest show: a musical version of Elf, based on the 2003 movie that starred Will Farrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart and Ed Asner. Its my favorite new secular Christmas movie! she says. The same creative team that led Drowsy is in charge of Elf the musical, she says. The reading was held for backers, in hopes of raising money so the show can open on Broadway next year. Its so funny, she says. Sometimes when you do something after the original, it doesnt work, but this was good. My friend Bob Martin is so brilliant! They find New York City humor, someone coming to New York for the first time. Its got that same quirky humor as Chaperone.Among the accoladesMs. Engel made her Broadway debut in 1970 as Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! first appearing with Phyllis Diller and then with the great Ethel Merman. Then Mary Tyler Moore saw her perform in The House of Blue Leaves in Los Angeles. An invitation to appear on her show led to the writers writing Georgette in as a recurring character. According to a 1973 story in TV Guide, director Jay Sandwich wasnt sure how the studio audience would react to Ms. Engel, but he quickly realized they had comedic gold on their hands when she started getting laughs for her straight lines, too. After The Mary Tyler Moore Show, for which she received two Emmy nominations, she appeared for one season on The Betty White Show and then co-starred in the 1980 sitcom Goodtime Girls. She played Shirley Burleigh on Coach for six years, then portrayed Robert Barones mother-in-law, Pat McDougal, on Everybody Loves Raymond, for which she received three consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.Discovering her comedic giftShes appeared on stage on television and in the movies to much acclaim. But what Ms. Engel initially wanted to be was a dancer. I was very lovingly but firmly told by a wonderful, wonderful ballet teacher, who gave me a scholarship to her ballet academy, that I wasnt really a ballet dancer, she says. The teacher sent her to the community theater to do musical theater in the evenings. It wasnt something I outlined, she says. I just fell into finding out that I had more aptitude to make people laugh than (I did to) dance, she says. The thing of it is, I love dancing. I love the joy of moving. But it was wonderful training for me. As you saw in Drowsy Chaperone and even a little bit in High Spirits I get to do a little dance. Her epiphany about her comedic gifts came in the seventh grade. I was very, very quiet. They put on a one-act play at my school. I auditioned for it and got the role. It was called Ladies of the Mop, and I came out from the back of the audience with a mop and a big, loud booming voice! I had so much fun doing it! The next day the English teacher said, Wow! We wouldnt think you had it in you! To this day, thats why I do it. I just love sharing laughter with people. I think thats my greatest joy. GEORGIAFrom page C1 >> High Spirits >> When: Jan 7-17 >> Where: TheatreZone at the G&L Theatre at The Community School, 13275 Livingston Road >> Cost: $38 to $43 >> Information: Call (888) 966-3352 if you go COURTESY PHOTOSome will best remember Georgia Engel as Georgette Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Everyone was blown away! (Marks) really a Renaissance man; he can do everything. Hes a musician, hes a director, hes a producer, and hes got the most beautiful wife, Karen Molnar! (Ms. Molnar plays the ghost Elvira in High Spirits.) Georgia Engel TheatreZone supporters and fans of High Spirits star Georgia Engel will have a chance to meet and greet the actress and raise money for the professional company beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at Bianchis Restaurant in the Courthouse Shadows Shopping Center. Guests will also meet James DePaiva, the soap-opera actor who appears with Ms. Engel in High Spirits. Mr. DePaiva, aka heartthrob Max Holden in ABCs One Life to Live, plays the cantankerous socialite Charles Condomine, who invites Ms. Engels character into his home to conduct a sance. Mark Danni, TheatreZone founder and artistic director, says the evening at Bianchis is designed help build the companys individual and corporate donor base, strengthen existing donor relationships and increase the volunteer base. Its not just to raise funds, but raise friends, too, he explains. Tickets are $250 and include hors doeuvres and refreshments for two people. For reservations or more information, call (888) 966-3352. Meet, greet the stars and raise funds for TheatreZoneDEPAIVA
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Live bands The Bay House 6-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday: Jazz with Stu Shelton and Patricia Dean. 799 Walkerbilt Road. 591-3837. Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday: Lynn Carol on the piano and vocals. In the Venetian Village, 4270 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. 649-5552. Bice Live entertainment from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. 300 Fifth Avenue South. 262-4044. Brio Tuscan Grille 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday: Nevada Wilkens Trio with jazz, Motown and s and s tunes. In Waterside Shops. 593-5319. Capri, A Taste of Italy Thursday: Jebrys Jazz Jam; Friday: Manhattan Connection; Saturday: Bill Jollie; Monday: Bob Zottola and The Expandable Jazz Band; Tuesday: Karaoke with Steve Roberts; Wednesday: Cahlua & Cream. In Riverchase Plaza, 11140 Tamiami Trail. 594-3500. Fitzgeralds Famous Pub Country and bluegrass every Saturday night. 9070 Bonita Beach Road. 949-2111 Freds Diner Tim McGeary hosts singer/songwriter night at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928. The Island Pub 5-8 p.m. Monday: Jebrys Jazz Jam. 600 Neapolitan Way, Naples, 239-262-2500. Jacks Bait Shack Thursday: Soapy Tuna; Friday and Saturday: Ocean Roads; Monday: Overthrowing Amy; Tuesday: Geek Skwad; Wednesday: Love Funnel. 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd. 594-3460. The Jolly Cricket Every Saturday starting at 10 p.m.: The soulful sounds of Kim Page. 720 Fifth Ave. S. 304-9460 or www.thejollycricket.com. Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Thursday and Monday: Guitarist Kevin Ribbel; Friday and Tuesday: Guitarist JoRey Ortiz. Saturday and Wednesday: Guitarist Barefoot Gino. All from 6-9 p.m. at the Sunset Beach Bar. Sunday: Mixed Nuts poolside from 6-9 p.m. 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. 659-4309. Paddy Murphys Thursday: Justin; Friday: Barefoot Geno; Saturday and Tuesday: Maxi Courtney; Monday: Patrick. 10 p.m. to closing. 457 Fifth Ave. S. 649-5140. Riverwalk at Tin City Thursday: John Lowbridge; Friday: Merril; Saturday: Sal DeSatis; p.m. Sunday: Sal DeSatis. 1200 Fifth Ave. South. 263-2734. South Street City Oven and Grill Thursday: Open mic night; Friday: Maxi Courtney at 5:30 p.m. and X-Mas Bash at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday: Ocean Roads; Sunday: Reggae with Chaefin; Monday: Meagan Rose; Tuesday: Karaoke. 1410 Pine Ridge Road. 435-9333. Theater George M! Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers presents George M! Dec. 31-Feb. 14. www. BroadwayPalm.com or 278-4422. Opus Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers previews Opus Jan. 5-7, and the play runs Jan. 8-24. 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org. Santaland Diaries Florida Repertory Theatre presents the thorny comedy The Santaland Diaries through Dec. 31 in the new Studio Theatre next to the main stage in downtown Fort Myers. 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org. Symphony Salute to Vienna Begin the new year Viennese-style when the Salute to Vienna celebration returns to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com. Thursday, Dec. 31 Indian Fest The 35th annual Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival happens through Jan. 3 at the Miccosukee Indian Village on U.S. 41 at mile marker 70. Events include live alligator wrestling, Native American foods, arts and crafts and airboat rides. (954) 370-3900. Happy New Year! Fireworks will light up the sky over the Naples Pier beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1 Mercato First Friday Enjoy live entertainment and more fun around the shops and restaurants of Mercato from 6-10 p.m. 403-2204. See story page 11A. Art Walk Fort Myers Downtown Fort Myers shops and galleries will be open from 6-10 p.m. for the monthly Art Walk festivities. www. fortmuyersartwalk.com. See story on page C20. Saturday, Jan. 2 Art in the Park Naples oldest outdoor art festival celebrates its 53rd season by showcasing artwork from Naples Art Association members from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Cambier Park. Free. See story on page C14. Saturday Art Art Walk Fort Myers expands to Saturday, with more than 35 art vendors setting up at the Patio de Leon downtown from noon4 p.m. 939-2553 or cgoode@actabuse. com. More Art The Fort Myers Art Fair at the Bell Tower is set for 10 a.m.5 p.m. today and Sunday. Two Fort Myers artists, JoAnn Ostrowski and Geoff Coe, join regional and national artists on exhibit. www.artfestival.com or (954) 472-3755. Big Wheels Germain Arena hosts the Winter Nationals Monster Truck and X-Treme Freestyle Motorcycle Spectacular at 2 p.m. and 7:30 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC6 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO No sharing, no substitutions Not valid with any other offers or coupons COURTESY PHOTOBernadette Peters performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. COURTESY PHOTO Florida Rep previews Opus Jan. 5-7, and the play runs Jan. 8-24.
WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GOWEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C7 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY p.m. www.germainarena.com. Jackie Mason The comedian performs at 6 p.m. tonight through Jan. 12 at the Off The Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island. 389-6900. Acoustic Sounds The Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida and Miromar Outlets present the second concert in The Heritage Music Series from 6-9 p.m. outside at the outlets. Tonight: The Laws and Brent Moyer. 390-5100 or 287-2035. Free Reggae Gulf Coast Town Center presents reggae by Yaad Music under the stars beginning at 8 p.m. Free. 267-0783 or gulfcoasttowncenter.com. Sunday, Jan. 3 Basically Bluegrass The Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida hosts Basically Bluegrass concerts and pick-ins from 2-5 p.m. the first Sunday of the month at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. $6 at the gate or $25 annual membership; 248-8906 or www.palmgrass.com. Chamber Music The Naples Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble presents Beethoven Double Play at 3 p.m. in the Daniels Pavilion. $32 for adults, $15 for students. 597-1900 or www.thephil.org. Monday, Jan. 4 Violinist Israeli violinist Sania Whitaker performs in the Toni Stabile Building at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. 597-1900. American Voices Crystal Gayle, Larry Gatlin and Andy Cooney sing at 8 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900. Love Trivia? The Pub at Mercato has Trivia Night every Monday at 7:30 p.m. 594-9400. Tuesday, Jan. 5 Songbird Bernadette Peters performs at 8 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900. Team Trivia Boston Beer Garden Team Trivia is played at 9 p.m. every Tuesday at 2396 Immokalee Rd. 596-2337. Wednesday, Jan. 6 Art Event The Art League of Bonita Springs hosts Affairs of the Arts No. 4 Art in Cinema 1 from 5:308:30 p.m. The evening begins with dinner and includes a film about Vincent Van Gogh. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org. History Tours Walking tours of the Naples Historical District start at 10 a.m. at 137 12th Ave. South. Requested donations are $15 adults, $5 children. Reservations required. 261-8164. Upcoming events Artist Cottages Riverside Park in Bonita Springs comes alive with art from 5-8 pm. the second Friday of the month, Jan. 7, when artists turn out to greet visitors in the scenic riverside cottages. Book Talk A reading/signing by author Stephen Valentine about his Timeship: The Architecture of Immortality takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Naples Barnes & Noble in Waterside Shops. 598-5200. Gershwin Tunes The Southwest Florida Symphony presents The Great Gershwins Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8-9, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. 4181500 or www.swflso.org/tickets. Mind of Poe Theatre Conspiracy presents A Journey Through the Mind... Edgar Allan Poe on select dates in January starting Friday, Jan. 8, at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. 936-3239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Ad Libbing The Naples City Improv troupe performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the Norris Center. 2133058. Bluegrass The Norris Cetner presents Lou Reid and Carolina Blue, with Frontline Bluegrass as the opening act, on Saturday, Jan. 9. 213-3149. Naples Concert Band A xylophone trio joins the band for its monthly free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, in Cambier Park. 263-9521 or www.naplesconcertband.org. Dont Forget The Marco Players present Remember Me? by Sam Bobrick at the theater in Marco Island Town Center Jan. 13-31. 642-7270 or www.TheMarcoPlayers.com. Swamp Cinema The Naples Art Association and The von Liebig Art Center present a screening of Big Cypress Swamp: The Western Everglades on Thursday, Jan. 14. 262-6517 or www.naplesart.org. Drama Gulfshore Playhouse presents Honour, a provocative drama by Joanna Murray-Smith, on stage at The Norris Center Jan. 22-31. (866) 811-4111 or www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org. Opera Naples Opera Naples presents Verdis Il Trovatore Jan. 22-24 at Gulf Coast High School. 7711041 or www.orpernaples.com. Everglades City Air Show Antique air aficionados will look to the skies over Everglades City during a flyin at Evergaldes City Airpart from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 23. 695-2244 or www.evergladeshistorical.org. Send calendar listings to events@ floridaweekly.com.COURTESY PHOTOCatch fireworks over Naples Pier beginning at 7:30 on New Years Eve.
C8 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY 1234 8th St. South | Naples, FL 34102239.261.8239Open 7 days a week 5-10:30 pm www.bleuprovencenaples.com Menu Decouverte Choose 1 Appetizer, Entre & Glass of Wine From Select Menu$23.95 | Daily 5-6:00 pmAll You Can Eat Moules (Mussels)-Frites Monday Night | $19.95 $ 21.95Now OPEN Filet-FritesAll Night Sundayon SPECIALSUNDAY of Louis Armstrong adds little to the existing literature on this icon of jazz and entertainment. Which is a pretty amazing statement, because Mr. Teachout is the first to have access to primary sources previously unavailable to the trumpeters biographers, including hundreds of hours of recordings conversations and interactions and musings that give insight into Mr. Armstrong and his relationships.Where have all the reviews gone?All this is not to say there arent some helpful reviews on Amazon. But often, its like sifting for elusive gold in the mud. One reason these reviews annoy me so much is that book reviewing really, good reviewing in general is becoming a lost art. Newspapers are running fewer and fewer reviews of books, films, concerts, plays. The length of reviews has been cut drastically, so critics cant review in depth. Sometimes, to save money, papers run syndicated reviews, not ones by local experts, so readers dont get to enjoy a diversity of opinion. Just a couple weeks ago, the Los Angeles Times lost its assistant book editor and a longtime book section writer. (In the summer of 2008, the paper stopped printing its stand-alone weekly book review section.) And it was recently announced that Kirkus Review, a highly respected magazine that reviewed approximately 5,000 books a year, is ceasing publication. The twice-monthly magazine has been around since 1933 and is highly respected among librarians, publishers, writers and educated readers. Some people shrug at this news and say the Internet will more than make up for what were losing in our papers and magazines. And true, there are quality sites such as bookslut.com, The Elegant Variation and even Mr. Teachouts own About Last Night. But do you really want to trade a Los Angeles Times review or a Kirkus review for one that says, I had to read this book for a class. I didnt understand it. It uses too many big words. On the Internet, everyone has a voice. Thats the great thing about the Internet. But its also its great weakness. True, everyones entitled to his or her opinion. But that doesnt mean I have to value them all equally. The critics choiceI cant remember exactly when I began reading the reviews on Amazon. Maybe I was in the middle of buying a book Ive already read and love, and grew curious as to why some reviewers were giving it only one or two stars. For the longest time Id just ignore them, because I have no idea who these people are or what credentials if any they possess. Many of the reviews are anonymous, but even when someone does leave their full name, I dont know who they are. Theres no way to know if they have an ax to grind, or if theyre friends or enemies of the author. To me, theyre the Internet equivalent of those commercials where people on the street give their opinion of the movie or Broadway show theyve just seen. They all gush, talk in superlatives and exclamation points. Its the best thing theyve ever seen!!!!! Of course theyre going to say that. They want to be on TV. But why should I believe them? Some reviewers on Amazon just simply dont know what theyre talking about. For example, in a one-star critique of Walter Kirns novel Up in the Air, the reviewer wrote (in caps): THIS BOOK IS A BOOK THAT WAS ONLY MADE TO CAPITALIZE ON THE FACT THAT THE MOVIE EXISTS. Then, a little later: Some of the dialogue (Im sure transcribed directly from the screenplay) early on is somewhat interesting, but the great majority of the book is difficult to follow, doesnt make all that much sense, condescending in tone, and generally, well, stupid to a literate reader. The only problem is, Mr. Kirns book came out in July 2001, well before the movie, which was released this Christmas. Then theres a peculiar review of Terry Tea-ARTS COMMENTARY For some perverse reason, Ive recently begun perusing reviews on Amazon. com. And boy, am I sorry I have. I, of course, use the term review loosely, because many arent truly reviews at all. Theyre not insightful, thoughtful critiques of whats just been read/watched/listened to; theyre more like gut reactions blurted out with no absolutely no forethought: This book was stupid. I hated it. Dont read this. Its dumb. I wish I could give it no stars. Many times readers give their opinion with nothing to back it up. And when reasons are given, theyre often ludicrous: Books on the Holocaust are dismissed for being too depressing. Authors of autobiographies are accused of being self-centered. One man gave a one-star review to Andrew Hollerans novel Grief. A small, exquisitely written book about loss, Grief is a moving tale about a man whos just buried his mother in Florida, after taking care of her for years. Hes dealing with her death and facing his own mortality in his later years. He moves to Washington D.C., where he feels unattached and unconnected to anyone else. While there, he starts reading the letters of Mary Todd Lincoln, who never recovered from the death of her husband, which causes the protagonist to reflect on his own circumstances and grieving. In part, the reviewer wrote: I wanted to say to all of the primary characters: Get over yourself. All the main participants were beautiful, clever, intelligent. Well, fine. Just come to grips with your lives. Stop whining. I cant imagine what this guy is like at funerals. One reader who wrote a review for Max Barrys comic novel Company has the word Pragmatist after his name, in quotes. He starts off his negative comments by saying: Every once in awhile (sic) I break out of my rut, read a novel, quickly remember why I dont like novels, and go back to nonfiction. This guy admits he doesnt like novels in general. So why is he writing a review of one? T r I a a NancySTETSON email@example.com Everyones a critic (in his or her opinion) chouts new biography of Louis Armstrong, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong. Magazine and newspaper reviews have been universally, across the board, positive. Glowing, in fact. You couldnt ask for better reviews. And the book, just released in early December, is already in its second printing. Well, one reviewer on Amazon gives it two stars, and starts off by saying, While adequate, this new biography s o muc h is g oo d revie in g a lost f ewer and f concerts, p h as b een c r eview in m one y, p ap n ot ones b d ont g et t o J ust a co u les Times s and a lon g the summ e pr inti ng i t r eview se c And i t Kirkus ma g az m ate l in g p ly m sin e d w n m s ti o w Bu a Los a Kirku s I had to d idnt und big words. O n the v oice. T ha I nternet. B u True, ev e op inion. B u v a l ue t h e m p eo pl e on t h e street o n o f the movie or theyve just seen. l k in superlatives n p oints. Its t h e e ever seen!!!! y re going to say t o be on TV. d I b e l ieve t h em? r s on Amazon j ust w what the y re tal kn a one-star critique o f v e l Up in t h e Air, t h e in ca p s): THIS OK T HA T DE TO ON HA T I E a e t c h e n dg ener to a literl em is, Mr. m e out in b e f ore the s released a pecue rr y Tea...often, its like sifting for elusive gold in the mud...
FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 C9 BY MARY ELLEN BARRETT ____________________Special to Florida Weekly www.southstreetnaples.com | 239.435.9333 Visit website for Calendar of Events and Menu1410 Pine Ridge Rd. | Open 7 Days 11a-2a THURSDAYOPEN MIC NIGHT with host Jen Mack 9pm FRIDAYMaxi Courtney 5:30pm Justin Raymond 9:30pm SATURDAY Jan. 2nd Whole Tones 9:30pmJan. 9th Brown Truck UPS Rocker 9:30pm SUNDAYJan. 3rd No Way Jose 9:30pm Jan. 10th Chae n 9:30pm MONDAY Megan Rose Live @ 6pmALL YOU CAN EAT PIZZA/WINGS TUESDAY TAKE OUT TUESDAY! Cheese Pizza Only $7Karaoke @ 9pm WEDNESDAY 1/2 PRICE PIZZA! 5-10pm Dine-in Only P.A. Trick 9:30pm Open 7 days a week 11-2am!Mon-Thurs 10pm-2amHappy Hour Mon-Fri 4-7pm PUZZLE ANSWERS GIVING The essential services of nonprofits are critical to every community. Now more than ever, the goal of a nonprofit board is to help its organization perform with maximum effectiveness. The Community Foundation of Collier County, through its Center for Nonprofit Excellence, offers seminars and board trainings on the best practices of nonprofit boards. This article addresses how boards can hold effective meetings and help ensure successful fundraisers.Successful fundraisingBoard members are the primary champions and supporters for all aspects of a nonprofit organization including its fundraising activities. Board members should understand in detail the expectations for their participation in fundraising. Those who admire an organizations mission and feel compassion for its clients or cause should willingly commit their time, talent and treasure to the organization. The boards unanimous commitment strengthens the organizations case for support from others. One of the most basic of fundraising precepts is that people give to people. This is why fundraising is often called friend raising. Board members are in a unique position to maximize the friends of a nonprofit and at the same time ensure that the resources are available to sustain the work of the mission. Board members participation in fundraising is demonstrated by: 1. Personal monetary contribution by 100 percent of the board. This forms the foundation of persuasive solicitations. 2. Understand, endorse and participate in development planning. This includes helping to identify and evaluate prospects for solicitation. 3. Share in the cultivation of key prospects. Write notes, make calls, set appointments to contribute to the fundraising effort. 4. Make introductions to new prospects. Introduce people you know to the organization. Be an ambassador for the cause you care about. 5. Write thank-you letters and make thankyou phone calls to those who give. This is a way to acknowledge that you appreciate their help and would like it to continue. When deciding on strategies to use in your annual fundraising campaign, always keep in mind the cost vs. the impact of your activities. When raising dollars, use your time and resources carefully. Successful board meetingsBoard meetings, whether excruciatingly boring or brief and focused, are the vehicle through which a nonprofit conducts its business. Unfortunately, a common complaint of many nonprofit board members is that their meetings are unproductive, uninspiring and overly time-consuming. Streamlining meetings, using agendas to control the flow and focusing on strategic issues are ways in which an organization can maximize the productivity of the meeting and the board. Interesting, relevant meetings also solve the problem of low attendance. Here are some ideas for helping plan meetings that matter: 1. Require pre-reading of materials. Make sure the board members have all the materials well in advance of the meeting. 2. Set an agenda. Place a time limit on each agenda item, and stick to it. This forces you to start on time and allows you to end on time. 3. Identify each agenda item by the action needed i.e. FYI, discussion, resolution or decision. 4. Do not make new business part of the agenda; instead, use the Parking Lot concept. When a new issue arises in a board meeting that is important, but that is not addressed on the agenda, flag that item by either placing it on a flip chart in the meeting room or in the meeting minutes to be included for discussion at the next meeting. This allows the meeting to stay on course. 5. Focus on the strategic issues of the organization. Dont fill the agenda with informational updates. Meetings should focus on the future, not the past. The strategic issues facing the organization should be identified annually and assigned to each meeting. The ensuing discussion should make up the major portion of the meeting. 6. Limit discussion to the issue at hand. Avoid drift. Ask: How does this line of conversation apply to the discussion?7. Require participation. The board chair should ensure that all board members participate in meetings and that a governance committee addresses problem behaviors. Mary Ellen Barrett is vice president of nonprofit programs for the Community Foundation of Collier County. Contact her at 649-5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete listing of the seminars offered through the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, visit www.cfcollier.org. With assets of more than $60 million, the Foundation manages more than 400 funds established by charitable individuals and organizations. Since 1985 the Foundation, together with its fundholders, has granted more than $40 million back to the community. Raising funds, conducting meetings are essential skills for board members
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 FLORIDA WEEKLY PUZZLES Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.HOROSCOPES BRAKE SHOES By Linda ThistleSponsored By: Moderate Challenging Expert SEE ANSWERS, C9 SEE ANSWERS, C9 King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. Puzzle Difficulty this week: CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Although family matters might demand much of the Sea Goats attention this week, youll want to try to make time to handle those allimportant workplace situations as well. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A recurring unresolved issue might need to be revisited before you can move forward. Consider asking someone familiar with the situation to act as an impartial counselor. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Ignore pressure to make a decision. Keeping your options open is still the wisest course, at least until youre sure youve learned all you need to know about the matter at hand. ARIES (March 21 to April 19) That lower-than-acceptable performance youre getting from others in your group might be the result of miscommunication. If so, correct it before serious problems arise later on. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) An unexpected situation could call for a change of plans. If so, you might feel that this is unfair. But its best to make the needed adjustments now. Therell be time later for rescheduling. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) The new year brings opportunities you might want to look into. Some might be more interesting than others. But take time to look at all of them before you make any decisions. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Its a good idea to be careful about expenses until youve worked out that pesky financial problem. You might find it advisable to get some solid advice on how to proceed. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Romance looms large over the Leonine aspect. Single Lions looking for love should find Cupid very cooperative. Paired Cats can expect a renewed closeness in their relationships. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Making contact with a former colleague might not be high on your list of priorities. But it could pay off personally as well as professionally. Avoid bringing up any negatives about the past. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A personal relationship could face added stress because of a situation involving someone close to both of you. Be supportive and, above all, try to avoid playing the blame game. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might well find some lingering uncertainties about a decision. If so, take that as a warning that you might not be ready to make that move yet. More study would be in order. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Music is a dominant theme for Sagittarians right now, and it should remind you to make a greater effort to restore some muchneeded harmony in that very special relationship. BORN THIS WEEK: Youre capable of great loyalty to those around you, which is one reason you can count on devotion from friends and family.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 C11 Of Naples Its been quite a year at the movies: Transformers returned, Harry Potter got one step closer to Voldemort, and Twilight fans fought over Edward and Jacob. Through it all roughly 500 movies were released in 2009, and here are the 10 best. 10. UpThe best animated movie of the year made us cry with the heartbreaking montage early in the film, made us laugh thanks to Dug the dogsquirrel!and in the end was a heartwarming reminder that were never too old to learn something new. Kudos to Disney/Pixar for working its magic yet again. Available on DVD.9. The RoadThis grim, post-apocalyptic drama was tough to watch, but also powerful in its ability to depict human nature at its most primitive. Special credit to Viggo Mortensen and Kodi SmitMcPhee, who play the father and son, for truthful, heartfelt performances as their characters struggle to survive. In theaters now. 8. AdventurelandThere are a select few movies that are so well written, so nicely performed and so endearingly honest that they grab your heart and never let go. This was such a movie. Set in Pennsylvania in the 1980s, the story of young love was a pleasant reminder of crappy summer jobs, endless summer nights and memories that will last a lifetime. Seeing this made me feel young again. Available on DVD. 7. An EducationSet in early s London, this import is about an unlikely relationship between Jenny (Carey Mulligan), a precocious 16-year-old girl, and a middle-aged man named David (Peter Sarsgaard). Curiously, the relationship is never creepy: Jenny always knows exactly whats going on and is in complete control, and David is as gentlemanly as a man in his situation can be. Great acting and great drama that easily could have veered off track, but never does. In theaters now.6. The HangoverMovies often show men doing stupid things, but only rarely is this male debauchery as outrageously funny as it is here. It came as no surprise when star Bradley Cooper told me in an interview that guys have been telling him their bachelor party was just like the one in the movie, which prompted the same response from both of us: For one thing, theres just no way. But for your sake, we certainly hope it was. Available on DVD. 5. A Serious Man It may not be as flashy or violent as some of the Coen Bros. other films, but this is easily one of their best. Set in 1967, its about a physics professor with a myriad of personal problems, including his wife leaving him for another man. Through it all he rarely fights back, and in the end, well, lets just say the ending sums up all of the Coens work perfectly. In theaters now.4. The Hurt Locker Director Kathryn Bigelows film is the best war movie in a long time. The story about an Army bomb squad unit grabbed our attention from the very beginning and never let go. A great performance from star Jeremy Renner should earn him an Oscar nomination. Available on DVD Jan. 12.3. Star TrekIts difficult to reinvent a known and established franchise, but director J.J. Abrams kept fan boys happy with a movie that had great drama, action and visual effects. And the casting of Leonard Nimoy was more than a gimmick: It served as the perfect bridge from the original Trek series to the present. Available on DVD.2. (500) Days Of Summer This movie is funny, charming, heartbreaking and heartwarming, and all in a good way. We learn early on that its not a love story, but it is a story about how irrational and crazy love can be. Brilliantly written and very nicely performed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, who play the young lovers. Available on DVD. 1. Up In The Air Writer/director Jason Reitmans film stars George Clooney as a man who travels the country and fires people for a living. The performances are Oscar worthy, the writing is sharp and smart, and the story is timely and relevant. But more than that, its also a humorous, poignant story thatll win you over without you even realizing it. And just when you think its going to end a certain way, think again. In theaters now.Honorable mentions: Avatar, A Single Man, Away We Go, Sin Nombre, The Messenger and Precious. Dan Hudak is the chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a nationally syndicated film critic. You can e-mail him at email@example.com and read more of his work at www.hudakonhollywood.com.LATEST FILMS Best films of 2009 danHUDAK www.hudakonhollywood.com
C12 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Open 7 Days A Week 4:30-Close 7205 Estero Blvd. on Ft. Myers Beach At Santini Marina Plaza For Reservations call (239) 463-7770 Start with a salad or appetizer Such as a Pear Spinach Salad or Asian Calamari Move to your Entre Such as Alaskan Surf n Turf or Blackened Ahi Tuna And end your night with a home made dessert like a Florida Crme Brule All for under $25.00 !!! (must present add before ordering)4:30PM-CloseDRINK & APPETIZER SPECIALS AT BAR ONLYHAPPYHOUR3Courses for under$25 Best Wishes for a Healthy & Properous 2010 Verginas chefs prepare world-class, Italian inspired cuisine sure to please traditionalists, as well as those looking for that unique selection. HOLIDAY SCHEDULE www.VerginaRestaurant.com Florida Weekly is keeping track behind the scenes as The Naples Players spring production of Fiddler on the Roof takes shape. With its memorable score and universal theme of tradition, Fiddler has touched audiences around the world with humor, warmth and honesty. The full-scale musical runs March 3-April 3 on the main state at the Sugden Community Theatre. Dawn Lebrecht Fornara is the director/choreographer; Charles Fornara is the musical director. Set design and construction are underway, as the photos here show. Next week: developing the marketing plan. Part 3: Tuning up for the FiddlerTop right: On the drawing board, technical director and scenic designer Matt Flynns plans for Fiddler take shape. Included is his scheme for the Russian town of Anatevka. Top left: Once the design is complete, assistant tech director and shop supervisor Mike Santos gets down to work. Right: Scene shop volunteer Fred Luken considers possible re-useable lumber for the set construction. You dont have to wait until Fiddler to be entertained at the Sugden Community Theatre. Heres whats ahead for The Naples Players in the coming weeks: Jan. 13-Feb. 6: Almost, Maine, an enchanting comedy by John Cariani set in the far, far north. On the main stage with performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Sunday, Jan. 17: Films on Fifth, The Naples Players series of foreign and independent movies, presents the Israeli lm Waltz with Bashir, a Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee (English subtitles). Show time is 7 p.m. in Blackburn Hall at the Sugden Community Theatre. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24: Auditions for the Tobye Studio production of A.R. Gurneys Crazy Mary. The show will be staged March 24-April 17 in the Tobye Studio at the Sugden. Offstage, the Players are preparing for the winter/spring 2010 schedule of workshops and Also at the Sugden classes for adults and older teens. The program includes classes at all levels of acting and directing, voice and music, dance and technical theater. Radio Drama will examine how to act using only the voices, while Improvisation and Building Self-Con dence through Acting will provide participants with skills that are useful in all aspects of life. Singers can sign up for Get Your Voice in Gear!, and those looking to ex their twinkle toes can avail themselves of classes in jazz dance and tap at beginner and advanced levels. Other classes include: Makeup Design for the Artistically Inclined, Designing a Broadway Musical: From the Inside, Faux Finish Workshop and The Ups and Downs of Rigging Classes begin in mid-January and run through spring. For a workshop brochure or to enroll in classes, or for more information about auditions and the Players in general, call 434-7340, ext. 10.COURTESY PHOTO
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C14 DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Naples oldest outdoor art festival celebrates its 53rd season by showcasing artwork from Naples Art Association members from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, on Park Street alongside The von Liebig Art Center. Januarys featured artist is polymer clay artist Lisa Festa-Estrada, who creates fun yet functional pieces from business-card holders to jewelry and purses. I am totally self taught from books and tutorials I have read over the years, and I try to learn a new technique every few months to add something new to my collection, the artist says. Polymer clay has incredible flexibility with so many possibilities in colors and textures, she adds. Art in the Park takes place Saturday SOLAR SOLUTIONS Premium Solatube Dealer Fine Foods Full Service Bar Live Entertainment nightlyFor ReservationS Call 239-774-1880www.erinsisle.bizLocated One Mile South on Collier Blvd. (SR 951) Between Marco Island and US 41 NEW YEARS EVE GRAND PARTYFeaturing Bobby Gideons, Marty Krebs & More, Let The Dance Begin! Party Begins at 8pm till Midnight Complete Dinner Specials Which include appetizers, salad, choice of entre & dessert Party Hats and Favors Included $25.00 cover charge Tickets still available Open Daily, Lunch & Dinner, 11:30am till 11:30pm Finest & Fresh Seafood, Live Maine Lobster, Steaks, Veal & Prime Rib Sunday Morning Breakfast Buffet, 8am till 1pm Gift Certificates Available EARLY CELEBRATIONDinner Served from 4:30pm till 6:15pm Cover Charge of $10.00 pp, includes party favors, entertainment by Bobby Gideons and a free glass of champagne to celebrate. Party ends at 7:15pm closed new years day NE W W W W W W W W W W Y Y Y E E E A A A A R R R R S S S S E E E E V E E F F R R R R O O O O O O O M M M M M M IRELAND EveryNeighborhood Needs a Bakery Holidays, Catering Special Orders and Special Events Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat 8-3 Sun 8-1 (239) 732-7774 Naples St. Andrews Square 8793 Tamiami Trail E, #105-1 (239) 454-9100 Fort Myers Reflection Lakes 13550 Reflections Pkwy. #4-401 www.FrenchBreadOven.org All Natural Artisan Bakery Handcrafted Breads & Pastries Baked from Scratch Daily Bakery Cafe Breakfast Lunch Wine Open New Years Eve Till 5pm The von Liebig Art Center celebrates the New Year by offering $20 off six art classes that start the week of Jan. 10. We want to inspire people to start 2010 by being creative and meeting new people, says Nicole Dupont Strub, director of education. The classes are Wheel & Handbuilding with Ruth Hablutzel; Still Life: Creating Volume and Form with Virginia Cascarilla; Beginning Oil Painting with Don Gilmore; Functional Vessels: Wheel & Handbuilding with David Hammel; Get Real (Tromp LOeil) with Tom Cardamone; and Life Drawing with Ted deClercq. The three-hour classes are held weekly for six weeks in the art centers professional studios. For more information, call 262-6517, ext. 102, or visit www. naplesart.org. Save on art classes at The von LiebigThe Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University, Caroline Hostettler of 55 Degrees Cool Wine and Cheese and Executive Chef Martin Murphy of the Robb & Stucky KitchenAid Culinary team up with Romero Britto Studios for an evening of art, fine food and wine to benefit the university gallery from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7. Mr. Britto will unveil Big Temptation, the sculpture he has donated to FGCU. Tickets are $150 per person. Call gallery director Anica Sturdivant at 5907199 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. FGCU presents An Evening with Britto outdoor art festival cel season by showcasing N ap les Art Association 1 0 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satura r k Street a l on g si d e T h e C enter. u red artist is p olymer e sta-Estrafun y et es f rom ho ld e r s u rses y self k s and e r ea d n d I try e c h n iq ue every few months to add something new to my collection, the artist says. P o ly mer cl ay has incredible flexibili ty wit h so many possi b i l ities in co l ors an d textures s h e a dd s. COURTESY PHOTOFun and functional, these polymer clay pieces by Lisa Festa-Estrada are made to hold business cards.
C16 DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Call 239-431-6262www.joeyswedding.com DINNER, SHOW & AFTER PARTY All for $95.00 per personAT NAPLES BEACH HOTEL AND GOLF CLUB Be a guest and join the mob at this zany Italian Wedding GOOD SEATS STILL AVAILABLENew Years EveDANCE! MINGLE! SING!EAT! DRINK! LAUGH!COMEDY ITALIAN WEDDING MARKET OPENSNNUMC Art & Farmers Market6000 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples Saturdays 7:30am 2:00pmProduce, Seafood, Art, Crafts and Breakfast with Santa Dec. 5th www.NNUMC.org or call 239-398-8623 www.NNUMC.org or call 239-398-8623 MARKET OPENSNNUMC Art & Farmers Market6000 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples Saturdays 7:30am 2:00pm Produce, Seafood, Art, Crafts 900 Neapolitan Way(Corner of US 41 & Neapolitan Way, Naples in the Neapolitan Shopping Center)239.434.9700 Open Daily 10-6 Sundays 12-5 It Only Looks Expensive ONLY at the Jan 2nd May 9th Journey to a world where creatures of mammoth proportions roam, as Dinosaurs and Ice Age mammals roar to life in this robotic exhibit. Sponsored by Call 239-321-7420 or visit us on the web at: www.imaginariumfortmyers.com Three great American voicesCrystal Gayle, Larry Gatlin and Andy Cooney bring American Voices to the Phil at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4. Ms. Gayle and Mr. Gatlin team up with Irish Americas favorite son to honor the American songbook and to celebrate country, heritage, faith and friendship. A 30-piece orchestra joins the three superstars. Tickets are $52.Welcome back, BernadetteBernadette Peters returns to the Phil for one performance only at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. Two seasons ago, Ms. Peters wowed Naples at the Philharmonic Orchestras 25th Anniversary Gala celebration. She returns in the company of a 28-piece orchestra to deliver some of her best-known songs with her distinctive charm and style. Tickets are $79.Mester conducts Classical 3The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presents Symphonic Journeys, the third program in the orchestras Classical Series, led by Music Director Jorge Mester, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-9. The Conductors Prelude begins one hour before each concert. The program includes Swedish Rhapsody, a symphonic portrait of a nightlong wedding festival; Bruchs Scottish Fantasy; Mozarts Symphony No. 33; and Brittens Variations on a Theme by Henry Purcell, which introduces all of the instruments in the orchestra. Violin virtuoso Ilya Kaler is the guest artist. Tickets are $64 for adults and $25 for students.Three Men and a Baby GrandBroadway and recording artists John Boswell, Brian Lane Green and Lee Lessack present Three Men and a Baby Grand as part of the Phils Cabaret Series at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 12-13. Mr. Boswell was the musical director for Andy Williams and Judy Collins; Mr. Green was last seen on Broadway in Cy Colemans The Life; and cabaret star Mr. Lessack appeared at the Phil last season in his tribute to singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer. Cabaret performances are presented in the intimate Daniels Pavilion. Drinks and hors doeuvres are available for purchase and enjoyment during the show. Tickets are $42.You can have this danceThe Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, led by guest conductor Michael Krajewski and with Broadway stars Joan Hess and Kirby Ward, presents a song-and-dance pops extravaganza at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Jan. 12-16, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16-17. The program will include George and Ira Gershwins I Got Rhythm and Shall We Dance? along with Irving Berlins Cheek to Cheek and Leroy Andersons Blue Tango. Tickets are $74.Get ready for Brassy BroadsKathy Halenda brings The Brassy Broads of Broadway to the Phil as part of the Cabaret Series on Friday-Saturday, Jan. 15-16, at 6 and 8:30 p.m. The New York Daily News called her a red hot mama. The Village Voice said she was an Ethel Merman-style diva. The L.A. Times praised her magnificent belt voice and earthy charm. With lots of comedic oomph and her bell-toned alto voice, Ms. Halenda presents an evening of entertainment in the intimate setting of Daniels Pavilion. Seating in Daniels Pavilion is now reserved, so order your tickets early. Tickets to Kathy Halenda in The Brassy Broads of Broadway are $39. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts is at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. For more information or to order tickets, call 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org.COURTESY PHOTO Bernadette PetersCOMING UP AT THE PHIL
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C18 DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Calling All Pets host on her way for Brody Project fundraisersStans Idle Hour celebrates lifeInternationally acclaimed animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell will appear at two fundraising events in Naples to benefit The Brody Project, an animal-assisted therapy program. The host of National Pubic Radios Calling All Pets for 14 years, Dr. McConnell will be the special guest at a cocktail reception and canine companion dinner at Bamboo Cafe French Home Cooking on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Wellbehaved pooches are invited to attend along with their human companions. Tickets are $150 per person, and reservations are required. The following evening, Thursday, Jan. 7, Dr. McConnell will discuss The Power of Pets at Moorings Park Continuing Care Retirement Community. A question-and-answer session and a book signing will follow the lecture. Tickets are $50 per person. A certified applied animal behaviorist, Dr. McConnell is an adjunct associate professor in zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published a dozen books on dog training and dog and cat behavior, including the acclaimed The Other End of the Leash (published in 13 languages) and For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotions in You and Your Best Friend. She also writes the animal behavior column for The Bark magazine. Based in Naples, The Brody Project is the only formal program to offer animal assisted therapy in Southwest Florida, harnessing the human-animal bond and its therapeutic applications. For more information or to reserve seats at the dinner or lecture with Dr. McConnell, call 659-1055 or 325-9328 or visit www.TheBrodyProject.org. The 15th annual Celebration of Life to benefit Avow Hospice takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Stans Idle Hour Restaurant in Goodland. Dedicated to the memory of loved ones, the celebration features entertainment, games, raffles and door prizes. Admission is free, and all are welcome. For more information, call Bonnie Dinger at 649-3686. Bonita Springs (239) 948-7444 Naples (239) 591-073 3 Fort Myers NOW OPEN! ( 239 ) 432-9103 O n US 41 in the Target Shopping C enter next to Macaron i G r i ll O n US 41 MVP LUNCHE S Mon-Fri starting at g f r o m 113 H APPY H O UR Mon-Fr i 3-7P M M onS un 9-Clos e NOW OPEN!US 41 Target Shopping Center (next to Macaroni Grill)239-432-9103Bonita Springs 239-948-7444Sarasota 941-923-4455239-591-0733 $1Off any purchase of $6.99 or moreSome restrictions apply. Not valid with any other offer. Must present coupon. No cash value. One coupon per customer per visit. Valid only at participating locations. Expires 1/31/10.Go to www.TheSavingsPost.com for more discountsFT. MYERS, FL(Gulf Coast Town Center) 9924 Gulf Coast Main St. Fort Myers, FL 33913 (239) 466-8642NAPLES, FL(Coastland Center) 1860 Tamiami Trail N Naples, FL 34102 (239) 352-8642NORTH NAPLES, FL(Fountain Park) 7941 Airport-Pulling Rd Naples, FL 34109 (239) 596-8840 $39*Introductory 1-Hour Massage Session Interactive Friendly Pirate Fun for the Whole Family Set sail on a 90 minute swashbuckling show! 239-765-7272 www.PiecesOfEight.com 2500 Main Street Ft Myers Beach Located at Salty Sams Waterfront Adventures Arrive 30-40 minutes prior to departure. Call For Times and Reservations 239-765-7272 COURTESY PHOTO Patricia McConnell and friend
C20 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY The New Year begins with an expanded weekend of art activities in downtown Fort Myers. The first monthly Art Walk of 2010 takes place from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan.1, followed by a new Saturday Art Fair in Patio de Leon on Saturday, Jan. 2. Each month through May, the Saturday Art Fair will follow Art Walk from noon to 4 p.m. and feature more than 35 local artists and vendors. Held the first Friday evening of every month, Art Walk features local and national artwork in the downtown art galleries and at several art stops in the Fort Myers River District. The night culminates with an after party beginning at 10 p.m. at Spirits of Bacchus on Hendry Street. Here are some highlights of Januarys event: The Art League of Fort Myers: Members only Abstracting show opens. Vocalist Peyton Davis of the Young Artists Awards will perform. Arts for ACT Gallery: Opening reception for exhibit featuring artists Christopher Tuscan, Lisa Freidus and Sara Masters. daas Gallery: Opening reception for Coloring the World, featuring artist Stephen Gray-Blancett. HOWL Gallery: Works by Captiva fine artist and former Vogue photographer Rene Miville. The Oasis Luxury Condominiums: A Florida Style group show. Patio de Leon concert: Rockabilly by Memphis 56 from 6-9 p.m. A free shuttle service, with stops planned near the art venues, and parking at the Harborside Event Center will be available for Art Walk patrons. Participating galleries will distribute Art Walk maps. For more information, visit www.fortmyersartwalk.com. Fort Myers Art Walk expands to two daysFamily fun is no illusion when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Illuscination Jan. 7-10 at Germain Arena in Estero. Magician David, his beautiful assistant Jamieleigh and their clan of musical clowns will guide the audience through a world of magic, fantasy and laughter. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 7-8; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10. A dance party and contest takes place one hour before each performance. Tickets are $16-$50. Call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit www. ticketmaster.com. Here comes the circus
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC22 DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 ENTER TO WINA 4 Pack of Tickets to 1-800-745-3000 or www.TicketMaster.comDrawing will take place on Friday, January 8, 2010. Winners will be no tied by phone with information on how to pick up their tickets.Select ve numbers from 1 through 50 by lling in the circles. Fill out form below and mail to Germain Arena Lipizzaner Stallions 7 1 15 21 11 17 58 14 20 21 01 62 2 41 21 82 4 2 5 6 44 26 40 46 28 42 48 45 27 41 47 50 Name: __________________________________________________________________ Street Address: __________________________________________________________ City: ________________________________________ State: _______ Zip: _________ Email: _____________________________ Phone Number: ( _____ ) ______________ NAPLES PRINCESS $ 55 95 *Price does not include tax, port or service. Per person. Best of the 50s, 60s & 70s Tuesday, January 5, 2010 4:45-6:45pm featuring Joe Marinos Live Piano ShowUpcoming cruises: Live Tropical Entertainment: Tuesday the 12th and Sounds of Sinatra, Tuesday the 26thCall (239) 649-2275 For ReservationsCatch the sunset om the new 3rd deck$25 for any sightseeing cruise this entire month. Price does not include tax or port charge. COURTESY PHOTOIt looks like a train, but its really an iron. A woman had to be strong to press clothes with this 10-pound rarity. Simmons & Co. auctioned the iron for $15,000 at the annual convention of the Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America. The old iron your great-grandmother used to iron her clothes would not seem to be of much use or value today, but there are many collectors who want irons and other laundry-related collectibles. Prices are determined by age, condition, maker, rarity and appeal. Its like a romance for these collectors something about the iron seems unusual, entertaining and intriguing. So when a collector found an iron in Alabama about 10 years ago that looked like a locomotive with a handle, she knew it had to be hers. She was able to buy it for about $35. The 10-pound, 8-1/2-inchlong iron has most of its original black paint and gold trim. It was heated with burning alcohol. Research showed that the iron, marked with 1888 and 1889 patent dates and the name E.B. Crosby, was known; at least two other examples exist. The figural steam locomotive iron was auctioned at the annual convention of the Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America. It brought $15,000. The new owner is taking it to Romania to put in a museum.Collectors find irons unusual, intriguingKOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING terryKOVEL email@example.com Ms. Kovel answers your questions: Q: I have a sugar and creamer marked Lotus Ware. They also have the letters KTK in a circle with a crown on top. Who made them? When? A: Lotus Ware was made by Knowles, Taylor & Knowles Co. of East Liverpool, Ohio, from 1890 to 1900. The Belleek-like porcelain was sometimes decorated outside the factory. Lotus Ware sugar and creamer sets sell for $100 or more, depending on the quality of the decoration. Q: Since 1964, I have had an old teachers desk and armless swivel chair that were removed from my grammar school before it was torn down. The desk is nondescript and unmarked, but the chair has a metal piece on the back that says Heywood-Wakefield. What can you tell me about the chair? A: Heywood-Wakefield Co. was formed in 1921. Its immediate corporate predecessor was Heywood Brothers & Wakefield. So your chair doesnt date earlier than the 1920s. Both Heywood-Wakefield and its predecessor manufactured school furniture, including childrens and teachers desks and chairs, starting in 1897. The earliest furniture was wooden. Later pieces were C C C C C C C C CO CO CO CO CO CO CO CO O CO CO CO CO COU C C CO CO CO CO CO CO C C C CO CO CO CO C C CO CO C C C C RTE SY PHO TO r d d t SEE KOVEL, C23
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Q: I came into a collection of World War II paperback books that are sexually explicit. Nothing is left to the imagination. I was told they were given to our servicemen overseas. Is there a market for something like this? A: Sexually explicit literature, leaflets, posters and cartoons were used as propaganda by both sides during World War II. Germany and Japan air-dropped leaflets in an attempt to demoralize Allied troops, but the leaflets actually had the opposite effect. The pictures of scantily clad women often were used as pinups and were traded by the GIs. Erotica of all sorts sells, but there are laws about displaying sexually explicit items at shows. Ask a local antiquarian bookseller how to sell your books in your state. Q: I have an April-June 1934 copy of a newspaper called the American Illustrated News. Its filled solely with stories and photos about Hitler, applauding his leadership and reconstructive work in the new Germany. I havent been able to dig up any information about this newspaper. Any ideas? A: We found some articles about the American Illustrated News in the archives of the New York Times. The issue you have may be the only one that ever made it to print. The 64-page broadsheet was dedicated to promoting Hitler and the achievements of the Nazi party to Englishspeaking readers in London and New York City. But Carl Bergmann of Berlin, the editor of the newspaper, is quoted as saying he regards the newspaper as a tourist promotion and not as a political venture. He said that 50,000 copies were printed and that American readers would be charged 80 cents for a copy, which was expensive at the time. CURRENT PRICES Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions. Silhouette, woman in ruffled dress seated on sofa and gazing in mirror, white reflection in mirror, c. 1920, Eva Schonberg, 9 inches by 12 inches, $30. Stoneware pot, Harleys English jam, dancing golliwog, Seedless Bramble label, c. 1920, 5 inches, $225. New York Clipper newspaper almanac, color graphics of baseball, track, crew, circus scenes, sports statistics, 64 pages, 9 inches by 6 inches, $255. Jim Dandy Cleanser powder can, character wearing black top hat and bow tie, red coat, holding can, image of trademark, metal top and bottom, dated 1911, 7 inches by 3 inches, $385. Schwinn Apple Krate Sting-Ray bicycle, red with white lettering, 1970, 56 inches by 42 inches, $450. Cloth doll, boy, stitched fingers, sepia features with blue accents, woolen twopiece suit, one leather shoe, c. 1880, 12 inches, $695. Stoneware churn, brushed cobalt floral swag, applied lunette handles, Beaver County, Pa., mid 1800s, 14 inches, $765. Applique quilt, Rose of Sharon pattern, solid and print dress fabric, Pennsylvania, 1875, 92 square inches, $880. Queen Anne-style chairs, curly maple, yoke crest rail over vase-shape splat, trapezoid rush seat, pad feet, c. 1900, 40 inches, set of 6, $1,055. Sandwich glass pomade jar, figural bear, milk glass, c. 1860, 5 inches, $1,250. KOVELFrom page C22
C24 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Asian Pok Market239.-593-.88222095 Pine Ridge Rd Naples Sunday thru Saturday 9AM to 8PMwww.naplesasianmarket.comThe Finest Naples Florida Asian Market Special teas Asian ingredients Fresh fruits Vegetables Sushi And everything in between. We carry the widest selection of Asian grocery items from Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam Ever since she was a child, Alice Fjelstul hasnt been able to leave a piece of paper without a mark. Creating art on a good day takes me away on a magnificent journey fueled by color, composition and contrast, the Bonita Springs resident says. If the piece is not going well, its just hard work, she adds. But seeing art that is sheer pleasure. And so is viewing Ms. Fjelstuls works. Her exhibit Through the Glass, Paintings and Monoprints, opens Thursday, Jan. 7, and hangs through Saturday, Feb. 6, at Art Gallery Old Naples. She will be at the artists reception from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. When asked about her current style versus what was taught to her in art school, Ms. Fjelstul says, I now paint what I like not a square box with light coming in from the upper left corner, and a shadow falling away to the right. I manipulate color and shapes to show what most interests me in a work, be it green of new acorns, petals of a peony or reflected light on water. She describes her technique as using bold and subtle color and a loose brush stroke. Since earning her undergraduate degree in art history from Wheaton College and her MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Ms. Fjelstul has fallen into the role of philanthropist, mentor and motivator. She enjoys seeing the effects of the Fjelstul Visiting Artist Fund on MCAD faculty, students and the visiting artists who have the ability to demonstrate a wide variety of arts, from letterpress and screen printing to lithography ad paper making. In short, she has created a legacy. Art Gallery Old Naples is at 794 12th Ave. S. For more information, call 775-5000. Art Gallery Old Naples features Bonita Springs artistSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYCOURTESY PHOTO Alice Fjelstul at the scene of her inspirationCOURTESY PHOTO Koreshan, Alice Fjelstul
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C25 The Naples Concert Band at Cambier Park Pirate Night at The English PubWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. oridaweekly.com and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ oridaweekly.com.FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY 1. June and Ron Burry 2. Raul and Tammy Benitez 3. Corinne Besee and Frank Craparo 4. Scott, Cara and Jake Southgate 5. Sarah and Dennis Osterhouse 6. Cody Harris and Andrew Johnson 7. Sarah Ackerman, Jorge Nieves and Kathryn Kahn 8. Elizabeth, Rachel and Jerry Neviaser 9. Danny Jackson 10. Mark Ingram, Bonita Sturgeon and Shaun Harkin 11. Anne Marie and Joe ColomboPEGGY FARREN / FLORIDA WEEKLY PEGGY FARREN / FLORIDA WEEKLY6 1 7 2 8 3 9 4 5 10 11
C26 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY VINO 300 Fifth Ave. South, Naples, Florida 239 262 4044 www.naples.bicegroup.comEarly Bird $24 three courses including one glass of wine 5pm to 6pmLIVE MUSIC every Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 Featuring Gene Federico 2 for 1Join us for Happy Hour (on selected drinks) Every day from 4 to 6complimentary buffet &With Dine in the New Year! Three Seatings Home of www.naplesclubsushi.comRecipient of the highest rating of culinary excellence. Japanese master chefs prepare and serve succulent dinners with individual air at your Hibachi Table and the Sushi Bar. Open 5:30 till 10:00 P.M. Weekdays 5:30 till 11:00 P.M. Friday and Saturday. Reservations Recommended 239-261-4332 Harolds Place is an outside Chickee Bar in a lush tropical setting among the palms overlooking a beautiful pool, serving the award winning BEST Burger in southwest Florida with REAL Grouper and full bar. Happy Hour 11:30 A.M. till 7 P.M. Open 11:30 A.M. Till Midnight daily Karaoke Sundays 4 P.M. Till 7 P.M. 2555 N. Tamiami Trail, Naples (at the Gulfcoast Inn) 239-263-7254 www.naplesharoldsplace.com We Would Like To Wish You All A Healthy Happy New Year And Give A Big anks To All e Neapolitans For eir Loyal Support Over e Last 29 Years This is a story about winemakers in Naples. It isnt, however, about the jet-setting vintners from distant locales who attend the Naples Winter Wine Fest or the Southwest Florida Wine and Food Fest. No, this column is about those who make wine in Naples. Dozens of people are signing up to craft their own wine the old-fashioned way at Naples Winemaking, where the yearlong process begins with whole grapes and ends with bottles of wine.Why do it yourself when theres so much of it to be had at area wine shops?It makes it so personal, especially when the wine is good, says Joe Nardini, who founded Naples Winemaking and co-owns it with Jim Caldwell and Joe DeVito. Mr. Nardini owns an electrical contracting company in New Jersey, but began making wine 20 years ago with friends. After he bought a second home in Naples, he thought it would be a good place to use his expertise to open a business. He and his partners opened Naples Winemaking about a year ago.At 1601 Collier Center Way in North Naples, the winery is in a new building with all-new equipment. The grapes arrive in 35-pound crates under refrigeration. It costs about $3,000 per barrel to make wine. That includes the barrel, bottles, corks and caps. Each 60-gallon barrel yields about 24 cases of wine, which breaks down to about $10.40 per bottle. Mr. Nardini took orders from those who wanted to make wine and had the grapes trucked in. Participants made cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, petite syrah and zinfandel. So far all the wines made have come from California grapes, but he plas to fly in malbec and sangiovese grapes from South America in March when another group of winemakers will begin the process. The experience involves more than crushing, fermenting and bottling. It builds camaraderie among those who team up to craft each barrel. The process commences with a crush party when the grapes arrive shortly after harvesting. (And, in an effort to be environmentally responsible, Naples Winemaking gives a local organic farmer the skins and stems while a tomato farmer gets the plastic crates.) After that, Mr. Nardini and company take over, supervising the fermentation of the young wine and pumping it into barrels where it ages for a year. When the wine is ready about 12 months later, participants return for the bottling party. The first series of those took place recently. Ken and Jenny Evans of Miami were among the first group of winemakers. When it came time to bottle their blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, they brought along about a dozen friends, family members and some of Mr. Evans co-workers from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Wine tastes better when its your own wine, says Mr. Evans. This is our first time for all of us. Its a lot of fun. We wanted to do an activity that would bring us together and give us a feel for how to make wine. Before the bottling began, Mr. Caldwell gave the group a brief introduction about grape varieties and regions. Then they visited the cold room, where the barrels of wine are aged. Everyone got to taste several wines directly from the barrels. Once back in the main room, Mr. Nardini had everyone form a circle, join hands and dance while singing Thats Amore. Its a great way to get everyone loosened up and enjoying themselves, he says. Then the bottling began. The wine barrel had been wheeled from the cold room, and the hoses were already attached to the bottling line. Members took turns at each station, getting hands-on experience with the bottling machine, corking, capping and labeling. It was obvious everyone was enjoying themselves. Its a great team-building idea, said Kerry Dunn, one of Mr. Evans coworkers. This is great, echoed Javier Meireles, who was corking wines with Jennifer Lewis. You cant sell the wine you make through this process, but its great for personal use and gift giving. We had a couple come in with their wedding party to bottle half-bottles, says Kathy Nardini, Mr. Nardinis wife. They gave them as wedding favors to all the guests. It was a unique bonding experience for them. The next bottling is planned for March or April, depending on when the grapes are harvested in South America. Anyone interested in learning more about the process should call 5143300 or visit www.napleswinemaking. com. jimMcCRACKEN firstname.lastname@example.org Get a taste of what its like to be a winemaker COURTESY PHOTOJennifer Lewis and Javier Meireles corking and capping bottles.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C27 diningCALENDAR Saturday, Jan. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coconut Point: The Coconut Farmers Market features produce and other goods; U.S. 41 adjacent to Panera Bread at the mall, Estero; 249-9480. Saturday, Jan. 2, 7:30-11:30 a.m., Third Street South: The weekly farmers market features fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and more; behind Tommy Bahamas; 4346533. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m., Angelinas Ristorante: JUSTIN wines will pair with duck breast and pancetta-wrapped bison, among other dishes, during a special wine dinner; $110, 24041 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; 390-3187. Reservations required. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m., Robb & Stucky Culinary Center: Chef Martin Murphy helps start the New Year off with health recipes to enjoy all year long; $25, 26501 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; (866) 206-3840. Reservations required. Friday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m., Robb & Stucky Culinary Center: Its date night, a great time to gather a group of friends or that special someone for a three-course dinner and wines to match; $90 per couple; 26501 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; (866) 206-3840. Reservations required. Saturday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Robb & Stucky Culinary Center: Savor a multi-course dinner paired with just the right wines; $75; 26501 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; (866) 206-3840. Reservations required. Monday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m., Robb & Stucky Culinary Center: Chef Martin Murphy offers lessons in how to create great little plates, featuring an array of flavors, textures and styles that are ideal for contemporary entertaining; $30, 26501 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; (866) 206-3840. Reservations required. Submit event listings to Cuisine@ floridaweekly.com. n g; i am i i ngs; e se re nt @ FLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE The Ritz brings small-plate concept to remodeled Lobby LoungeJust in case you were in need of one, heres another reason to head to The RitzCarlton, Naples: The recently redecorated Lobby Lounge turns into a stylish and accomplished tapas bar at night. Known as Bites, the new concept features 39 dishes representing an international array of flavors and styles. All are small plates, well suited for sharing and for a light snack with a cocktail. The menu is divided into seven categories pork, beef, poultry, fish, seafood, vegetables and cheese and color coded, with blue indicating cold dishes and red denoting hot ones (this makes it easy to find things that dont require cooking, for quick gratification while the kitchen prepares the hot items). Chef Brandon Carter and Lobby Lounge Manager Mario Zambon conducted thorough research before launching Bites in early December. They visited top-notch tapas bars on the east coast as well as IM Tapas, Naples own wonderful tapas restaurant. Items on the menu range from $2 for a selection of marinated olives, to $14 for chicken fried lobster with celeriac slaw and Old Bay aioli. In between are comfort foods such as fried green tomatoes, curried meatballs, baked brie, pickled beets and crispy calamari, as well as more adventurous fare such as gyro satay, white anchovy tart, oxtail gnocchi and wine and cheese sausage. Although some patrons are going for familiar items like the crab cakes, Chef Carter says the number one seller is the chicken livers. And weve seen a lot of people ordering the roasted marrow bones, he adds. I cant tell you about the marrow bones or crab cakes, but the chicken livers were luscious. Sauted rather than fried, they were tender and flavorful, pairing well with the apples, onions and bacon with which they are served. Other dishes I can heartily recommend include the crisp prosciutto and an assortment of melons; marinated manchego; lentil salad with arugula and tomato; grouper cheeks with lemon caper butter; baked bay scallops with artichokes and potatoes; and, my favorite, potted salmon with crme fraiche, dill and capers. And then there are the desserts, including profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and chocolate fondue, blueberry crumble with cinnamon ice cream and buttermilk panna cotta. All were wonderful. There are several wines available by the glass, carafe or bottle as well as specialty mojitos and other cocktails. And, of course, theres the lush ambience, which includes live music, the exceptional service for which The Ritz is known and the refreshed lobby with handsome hardwood floors, more contemporary couches and chairs and fullsized tables. Bites is open 5-10 nightly. Its at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road. For reservations, call 514-6001.New pizzeria opens at Collection at VanderbiltPizzaiolis, Neopolitan Wood Fired Pie has opened at the Collection at Vanderbilt. As is evident from the name, the restaurant specializes in Neopolitan-style pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven. Other offerings include antipasto, assorted appetizers, panini, calzones, salads and desserts. Although I havent yet sampled a pie here, Im hearing glowing reports from those who have. The kitchen makes its own mozzarella daily, uses locally grown organic herbs, San Marzano tomatoes for its sauce and special Italian flour for the crust. Pizzaiolis is at the corner of Airport and Vanderbilt Beach roads. Call 591-8600 or visit online at www.pizzaiolis.com.Naples Flatbread opens at Miromar OutletsNaples Flatbread & Wine Bar has opened a second location, this one at Miromar Outlets at the corner of Corkscrew Road and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway in Estero. Like its older sibling on Naples Boulevard, the restaurant serves pizzas, flatbreads, pastas, panini and salads along with 46 wines by the glass or bottle. Given the new locations proximity to Florida Gulf Coast University, owner Ralph Desiano also developed an intriguing selection of 30-plus beers. While Ive only sampled a few items on the menu, everything was fresh and well prepared. Among the intriguing offerings include the portobello panini, roasted salmon salad, Italian chili, Bangkok flatbread (shrimp, carrots, ginger, cashews, cilantro and spicy peanut sauce) and crab bisque mac and cheese. Naples Flatbread at Miromar is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to about 8 p.m. Sunday. Call 495-3528.National limelight shines on area businessesNorman Love Confections and The Sandy Butler received some national publicity in recent weeks. Mr. Loves artisanal chocolates were the Snack of the Day on the Rachael Ray Show Dec. 16. This is the most lovely Snack of the Day this year, Ms. Ray said, holding a box of the artisanal chocolates. They look like little Christmas ornaments. Meanwhile, Mr. Love designed a custom chocolate for the staff holiday party of O, The Oprah Magazine. In keeping with the lavender and cherry red color palette, he created a lavender and white tear drop with a red stripe filled with fresh banana ganache (editor Gayle Kings favorite flavor). Two of the pieces from his BLACK dark chocolate line also were served. For those who havent been to Mr. Loves Chocolate Salon in Fort Myers (or Sea Salt in Naples), there are some new flavors, including champagne, vanilla latte, coconut truffle and caramel apple. The salon is at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., Fort Myers. Call (239) 561-7215 or visit online at www.normanloveconfections.com. The O List in the January issue of O magazine features Fernando Pensato flavored olive oils, which are marketed exclusively through The Sandy Butler on Fort Myers Beach. The magazines touts the extra virgin olive oil, mandarin olive oil, truffle olive oil and olive oil with lemon. These oils have extraordinary flavor and will disabuse anyone of the notion that all olive oils are the same. Sandy Butler Chef Michael Ragusa uses them in his cooking, and they are also available at the market to take home to your kitchen. The Sandy Butler is at 17650 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Call 482-6765 or visit online at www.sandybutler.com.Sea Salt bar has new lunch dealSea Salt restaurant has introduced a new lunch combo in its bar. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., enjoy a glass of house wine (red or white) with an entre for $12.95. Entre options include: chicken Milanese with onion and tomato, Kobe burger with mixed green salad, fried calamari, crispy shrimp tempura, pulled Korobuta pork sandwich or rigatoni with Kobe beef ragu. Sea Salt is at 1186 Third St. South. Call 434-7258. Chef offers cooking classes in NaplesChef Alexander Bernard has scheduled five cooking classes in as many months, and although the first one is more than two weeks away, Im writing about all of them now because they tend to fill up and early reservations are advised. Each Saturday class includes the demonstration of how each dish is prepared, samples of the dishes and a glass of wine. The cost is $40 per person. Heres whats coming up: Jan. 16, Sunday brunch; Feb. 6, vegetarian and vegan fare; March 13, desserts; April 17, fish and sauces; May 8, outdoor grilling. Alexanders Restaurant is at 4077 Tamiami Trail N. Call 262-4999.Sad to say goodbyeTwo terrific restaurants have closed recently. Two Brothers Baci, with food that would make an Italian grandmother weep with joy, not to mention a hospitable staff and live music, shut its doors in November. Le Bistro, a longtime hidden gem tucked into the side of the Neapolitan shopping center, closed its doors recently as well. karenFELDMAN email@example.com COURTESY PHOTO Olives, artichokes and prosciutto at Bites in The Ritz-Carlton
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Existing-home sales rose again in November as rst-time buyers rushed to close sales before the original Nov. 30 deadline for the recently extended and expanded tax credit, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS. Existing-home sales including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops rose 7.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.54 million units in November from 6.09 million in October, and are 44.1 percent higher than the 4.54 million-unit pace in November 2008. Current sales remain at the highest level since February 2007 when they hit 6.55 million. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the rise was expected. is clearly is a rush of rst-time buyers not wanting to miss out on the tax credit, but there are many more potential buyers who can enter the market in the months ahead, he said. We expect a temporary sales drop while buying activity ramps up for another surge in the spring when buyers take advantage of the expanded tax credit, which hopefully will take us into a selfsustaining market in the second half of 2010. In all, 4.4 million households are expected to claim the tax credit before it expires and balance should be restored to the housing sector with inventories continuing to decline.CONDITIONS OPTIMAL FOR BUYERSAn NAR practitioner survey shows rst-time buyers purchased 51 percent of homes in November, compared with an upwardly revised 50 percent of transactions in October. According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, xed-rate mortgage fell to 4.88 percent in November from 4.95 percent in October; the rate was 6.09 percent in November 2008. Last months mortgage interest rate was the second lowest on record a er bottoming at 4.81 percent in April 2009. NAR President Vicki Cox Golder said conditions are optimal for buyers in the current market. Inventories have steadily declined and are closer to balanced levels, which indicate home prices in many areas are either stabilizing or could soon stabilize and return to normal appreciation patterns, she said. is means buyers still have good choices but are purchasing near the bottom of the price cycle with historically low mortgage interest rates. row a tax credit on top and it really doesnt get any better for buyers with secure jobs and long-term ownership plans.INVENTORIES FALLTotal housing inventory at the end of November declined 1.3 percent to 3.52 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 6.5-month supply at the current sales pace, down from an 7.0-month supply in October. Raw unsold inventory gures are 15.5 percent below a year ago. e last time there was a lower supply of homes on the market was April 2006, when it was at a 6.1-month supply. Nearly all markets experienced a solid sales gain from one year ago, Yun said. e only markets with measurably lower sales were in San Diego, Riverside, and Sacramento (Calif.), where inventory shortages for lower-priced homes are limiting sales.SALES RISE ACROSS THE BOARDFor the second month in a row, sales have risen in all price classes from a year earlier. Prior to October, the only consistent gains were in the lower price ranges. e national median existing-home price for all housing types was $172,600 in November, which is 4.3 percent below November 2008. Distressed properties, which accounted for 33 percent of sales in November, continue to downwardly distort the median price because they generally sell at a discount relative to traditional homes in the same area.SINGLEFAMILY HOMESSingle-family home sales jumped 8.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.77 million in November from a level of 5.32 million in October, and are 42.1 percent above the pace of 4.06 million in November 2008. e median existing single-family home price was $171,900 in November, down 4.4 percent from a year ago.CONDOSExisting condominium and co-op sales in November were unchanged from a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 770,000 in October, but are 60.1 percent above the 481,000-unit pace a year ago. e median existing condo price was $178,000 in November, which is 3.1 percent below November 2008.BY REGION Sales in the Northeast rose 6.6 percent to an annual level of 1.13 million in November, and are 52.7 percent higher than November 2008. e median price in the Northeast was $223,400, down 13.1 percent from a year ago. Existing-home sales in the Midwest increased 8.4 percent in November to a pace of 1.55 million and are 53.5 percent above a year ago. e median price in the Midwest was $140,800, a decline of 0.4 percent from November 2008. In the South, existing-home sales rose 4.8 percent to an annual level of 2.39 million in November and are 44.8 percent higher than a year ago. e median price in the South was $151,400, down 1.4 percent from November 2008. Existing-home sales in the West increased 10.6 percent to an annual rate of 1.46 million in November and are 28.1 percent above November 2008. e median price in the West was $231,100, which is 4.1 percent below a year ago. Source: NAR Another Big Gain in Existing-Home Sales We Live in Quail West We Play in Quail West We Sell in Quail WestHOT HOMES W e Sell in Quai l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e s t Steve & Ann Levitan(239) 269-4700AnnLevitan@gmail.com www.LevitanMcQuaid.com DEC 31, 2009-JAN 6, 2010NEWS YOU CAN USE:SHOP FOR INSURANCE DEALS! In todays day and age looking for the best deals has become common place, why not look for the best deals on home and auto insurance too! Modern technology allows us to comparison shop from the comfort of our own computers. Visit insweb.com and netquote.com to nd premium quotes from a variety of home and auto insurers.LOOK FOR CREDIT UNIONCredit Unions are known for o ering a better deal on rates and tend to pay higher yield on deposits. Visit ndacreditunion.commake certain that one that interests you is part of the federal insurance program. CHECK INTO ROTH IRAS!Beginning January 1st anyone can convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. is conversion can save you money as a Roth can be withdrawn in retirement without any tax due. Traditional IRAs can be taxed as ordinary income. Contact your Tax Advisor for questions.Copyright: The contents of the Levitan-McQuaid Real Estate Services Weekly are copyright 2010. No portion may be reproduced without the express written consent of Levitan-McQuaid Real Estate Services.
DECEMBER 31, 2009-JANUARY 6, 2010 5628 STRAND BLVD #2 NAPLES, FL 34110 (239) 594-5555 HOT HOMES WHY QUAIL WEST IS THE BEST FOR YOU... Member-Owned Debt-Free Club Full Service Spa and Beauty Salon70,000 Sq. Ft. $20-Mill Renovated Clubhouse 8 Red Clay Hard-Tru Lighted Tennis CourtsPrivate golf carts permitted 36-Holes of Arthur Hills Championship GolfGo to the Back Page for Our Quail West ListingsCarl Brewer(239) 269-3757 firstname.lastname@example.orgSandy Lasch(239) 218-5495 dlasch_sw email@example.comDon Lasch(239) 285-6413 dlasch_sw firstname.lastname@example.orgTi any Mcuaid(239) 287-6308 TiffMcQuaid@gmail.com Are you looking for a Residential Community that is Truly Unique? Do you want a home that is custom and not cookie-cutter? Are spaciousness, privacy and security important to you? Do you enjoy being around nature and lush surroundings? Are you looking for a Country Club that is Member Owned, Debt-free and Financially Sound? Do you want a friendly club with 36 holes of golf, tennis, tness, spa, dining and loads of social activities? Would you like to hop in your own golf cart and enjoy this lifestyle?This week on WGCU TV12 HOMES OPEN SUNDAY, JANUARY 10TH 1-4 PM! NEW YEAR, NEW HOME! NEW YEAR, NEW HOME! NEW YEAR, NEW HOME! NEW YEAR, NEW HOME! Steve & Ann Levitan(239) 269-4700AnnLevitan@gmail.com Two Homes Open Saturday & Sunday 1-4 PM
4661 Idylwood Lane $1,575,000 3BR+Den 3,609 A/C Sq. Ft. 6524 Highcroft Drive $1,695,000 3BR+Den 3,917 A/C Sq. Ft. 6435 Highcroft Drive $1,495,00 3BR+Den 4,074 A/C Sq. Ft.Virtual tours of all these homes at www.LevitanMcQuaid.com LOTS from $125,000 6265 Highcroft Drive $1,850,000 4BR+Den 4,850 A/C Sq. Ft. 13770 Pondview Circle $1,995,000 5BR+Den 4,250 A/C Sq. Ft. 4172 Brynwood Drive $1,795,000 5BR+Den 5,601 A/C Sq. Ft. 5000 Groveland Terrace $1,795,000 3BR+Den 5,854 A/C Sq. Ft. 4484 Brynwood Drive $2,395,000 4BR+Den 6.213 A/C Sq. Ft. 4430 Wayside Drive $2,495,000 4BR+Den 5,616 A/D Sq. Ft. 4484 Wayside Drive $2,375,000 4BR+Den 4,730 A/C Sq. Ft. 28901 Cavell Terrace $1,995,000 4BR+Den 4,904 A/C Sq. Ft. 4300 Brynwood Drive $6,900,000 6BR+Den 11,160 A/C Sq. Ft. 13621 Pondview Circle $9,950,000 6 BR+Den 11,993 A/C Sq. Ft. 28870 Cavell Terrace $2,950,000 5BR+Den 5,800 A/C Sq. Ft. 13710 Pondview Circle $1,995,000 4BR+Den 5,435 A/C Sq. Ft.From I-7,5 take Bonita Beach Road (Exit 116) 1/2 mile east to Bonita Grande, turn right (south) and follow road to Main Gatehouse. PENDING PENDING aid.com Steve & Ann Levitan(239) 269-4700AnnLevitan@gmail.com Our uail West Listings We Live in uail West We Play in uail West We Sell in uail West Happy New Year! Happy New Year!