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ROGER WILLIAMS A4 OPINION A6 HEALTHY LIVING A26 PETS OF THE WEEK A29 BUSINESS B1 NETWORKING B9, 10, 19 REAL ESTATE B11 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6-7 FILM REVIEW C11 SOCIETY C34, 35, 37 CUISINE C39 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 INSIDE Vol. III, No. 10 FREE WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010POSTAL CUSTOMER DATED MATERIAL REQUESTED IN-HOME DELIVERY DATE: DECEMBER 9, 2010 Healthy holidaysA registered dietician has tips for making it through the season of parties and treats. A26 If The Shoe FitsAn Education Foundation soiree and more to-dos.C34, 35, 37 Cluster PluckinBluegrass, jazz, folk all come together at The Norris Center. C1 Happy holidaysScenes from celebrations all through the town. A20 Animal control agencies consider putting down a stray animal a last resort. One of the most unpleasant parts of the job at any shelter, it leads to employee burnout and negative public stigma, according to Lee County Domestic Animal Services. There seems every reason to avoid it like the plague. Yet among public agencies managing an overpopulation of animals, euthanasia is by far the most common end result. Records show that in the last five fiscal years, Collier and Lee county DAS agencies took in a combined 101,328 animals (the overwhelming majority cats and dogs). Of those, 62,786 were euthanized. Officials say its rare for adoptable or wanted pets to be put down, and most of those statistics represent feral or unhealthy animals. As an open admission animal shelter, Its a peculiarity of any great achievement that the first building block is nothing more than fantasy a gossamer calculation based on a two-word question: What if? What if we could find a cure for cancer based on research conducted right here in Southwest Florida? What if we could actually end hunger here, modeling a method of getting at its sources instead of merely handing out food that might prove useful elsewhere? What if we could put in place a system of transportation so efficient that highways, single-auto commuting and massive carbon emissions on the southern gulf coast would become obsolete almost overnight? Thats impossible, many will say. THE IMPOSSIBLE FLORIDA WEEKLY TAKES ON: ENDING HUNGER A8 FIXING TRANSPORTATION A8 CURING CANCER A9 MAKING A LIVING AS AN ARTIST C1 GETTING A BUSINESS LOAN B1BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@ BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@ SEE IMPOSSIBLE, A8 SEE PETS, A22 PEOPLE PUSHING BEYOND THE BOUNDS OF POSSIBILITYENDING ANIMAL OVERPOPULATIONTHE THE IMPOSSIBLE: IMPOSSIBLE: FLORIDA WEEKLY TAKES ON:Responsible owners can fix this problem

PAGE 2 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA2 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 DR. H. KURTIS BIGGS is the founder of the Joint Replacement Institute and brings the experience of over 5,000 successful joint replacements to Southwest Florida. His unique practice style of personalized orthopedic care combined with state-of-the-art surgical techniques provides for unparalleled outcomes. Dr. Biggs completed his fellowship at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation before entering private practice. He was instrumental in developing a tertiary referral center as well as two, hospital-based joint replacement centers in Ohio before relocating to Florida. He continues to serve as a national knee and hip replacement instructor and an advisor on replacement technology development.Specializing inHIP, KNEE & SHOULDER SURGERY Free Seminar:January 15, 2010, 10:00 amNCH Downtown. Telford Center. Classroom 3. Call for reservations. Seating is limited.NEW PATIENTS WELCOME Privileges at all Area Hospitals Most Insurances AcceptedDr. H. Kurtis BiggsFellowship Trained Joint Replacement Surgeon Board Certi ed Orthopedic Surgeon 239 261.2663 {BONE}www.jointinstitute .com1250 Pine Ridge Road, Suite #3 Naples, FL 34108 CUSTOM FIT KNEE & DIRECT ANTERIOR HIP My grandfather, Walter Nash, sat straight in the saddle on his quarter horse, Cherokee, watching me become a Jew. It was the fifth night of Chanuka. His rope, neatly looped, remained secured to the saddle and hanging over his right leg. He wore blue jeans and a long-sleeved white shirt that rose, buttoned, all the way to his neck. Above that, his dark Stetson, the working hat, sat straight on his head. His left hand closed the reins in a calloused grip about a foot above the horses mane, and his right rested where it should, on his upper thigh, ready for anything required. Cherokee was wired tight, a muscled mahogany bay with three white socks. His nostrils flared while his ears turned backward to listen to the rider, who could track a cow across glass or cut a calf from a herd of nervous mothers as easy as slipping a knife from butter. Walter set his boots deep in the stirrups with the heels down, rarely employing his small spurs; none had a better seat than he did. He was ready to ride, and would after our ceremony. My grandfather said nothing as we played dreidel, the playful gambling game, in the living room, while a Chanukah meal evolved in our kitchen. My wife, Amy, opened the Chanukah CD shed picked up at the supermarket, and pretty soon I was clapping and hopping and crowing with all the grace of an injured rooster, while some men apparently shouted, Schlemiel! Schlemiel! Verklempt! Schlemiel! over and over again. In every song. It was arguably the most awful joyous music Id ever heard awful not because of the music itself, I suspect, but because of its execution, and I mean murder, by a bunch of brassy singers from New Jersey, or somewhere. My grandfather didnt care. His character was a tight weave of tolerance and a lifelong determination to judge other people only by whether they kept their word, minded their own business and tried hard. The guys singing Chanukah songs tried very hard. Neither my grandfather nor I, however, had any idea what the words meant, or whether they kept them. But the way he held his horse told me that he approved of my new religion, with a caveat: When you ride into unknown country, keep your eyes open, and think for yourself. So we did. Amy and I, with our two youngest boys, D.P. and Nash, had decided that since no one was going to choose us, wed just up and choose ourselves to join the tribe of Israel, the chosen people.One of the wonderful things about the Jews weve known is that they dont proselytize. We were compelled to conversion only by Nash, who has no problem proselytizing, or at least asking insistently.Nash stumbled into a moment of magical good fortune at his public elementary school, and with him, us: he became the ward of an extraordinary teacher. Somehow, without sentimentalizing it or patronizing them, Ms. Chernow teaches the world and its basics to children arriving from almost every corner of our national experience. She fetes a variety of cultures and customs the same way, giving some of her children their first glimpses of a world beyond their own. But in this case, she drew on her own experience. Her mother was a Scottish immigrant and her father a Jew who owned one of the only shops maintained by an Anglo in New York Citys Chinatown, decades ago, she told me. Her tales of battles and food and candles that wouldnt stop burning (a huge appeal to a candle-loving kid) captured the fancy of young Nash. Why couldnt we become Jews, too, he reasoned? But how, and which Jews? we asked, applying typical adult obfuscation. Should we become the orthodox or Hassidic ones, the irreverent ones, the eastern European ones, the Israeli ones, the American or Canadian ones, the wandering ones, the sad ones, the mad ones, the tolerant ones, the judgmental ones or the happy ones? And then we answered our own question with another: Who cares? We decided to define it for ourselves. Amy and I have long admired what we take to be the classic middle-of-the-road American Jew: not orthodox, and not entirely lost to ancient traditions, either. Someone who reveres family, celebrates the culture, loves the democracy, refuses to hit anybody over the head with their Judaism or their patriotism, and takes great pleasure in the gifts and opportunities of the world: food and intellectual sparring and sex and achievement and philanthropy and the arts and sciences. Someone passionate about education, and someone who isnt afraid to debate or question authority the authority of parents, politicians, police, preachers or rabbis, or even the authority and judgment of God, in true old Testament and new American comedic fashion. Someone who remains a good-hearted skeptic and a sobered optimist. And someone who loves food. Amy and the boys manned the kitchen, where she had them peeling potatoes and making latkes (fried potato pancakes), along with homemade applesauce. They bent to it with a will, shying away from the special bean dip she made to go with the broccoli, and wary (in Nashs case) of the darkly burnished cast of the Sephardic chicken, roasted and fragrant with fruits and nuts. The Chanukah menu, of course, came from a food resource named after some old Greek But thats a Jewish tradition: adopt, adapt and make the best of the moment. Which is pretty much what my grandfather, that tougherthan-rawhide rancher, thought, too. When Amy finally settled the feast on the table, Nash and D.P. lit the candles on the hanukiah (as distinguished from the Temple menorah, which originally had seven oil-burning wicks). The hanukiah, which many call the menorah, has a single shamash or helper candle mounted above a star of David, and flanked by four candles on each side. The Shamash is used to light the others. And then we ate and laughed and fancied for an hour or more, while Nashs great-grandpa Walter Nash, framed in an old photo on my desk, road off into the eternal night, almost grinning. Another day, no doubt, wed be celebrating something else, and wed become something else. But on this night, we were the chosen ones. And we celebrated only lchaim. A version of this column ran on Dec. 13, 2007. Conversion: LChaim rogerWILLIAMS

PAGE 4 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA4 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 PublisherShelley Lundslund@floridaweekly.comManaging EditorCindy Reporters & ColumnistsLois Bolin Susan Powell Brown Bill Cornwell Karen Feldman Artis Henderson Peg Goldberg Longstreth Jim McCracken Kelly Merritt Jeannette Showalter Nancy Stetson Evan Williams Roger WilliamsPhotographersPeggy Farren Bernadette La Paglia Dennis Goodman Marla Ottenstein Charlie McDonald David MichaelCopy EditorCathy CottrillPresentation EditorEric Raddatz eraddatz@floridaweekly.comProduction ManagerKim Boone kboone@floridaweekly.comGraphic DesignersJon Colvin Paul Heinrich Natalie Zellers Dave AndersonCirculation ManagerPenny Kennedy pkennedy@floridaweekly.comCirculationDavid Anderson Paul Neumann Greg TretwoldAccount ExecutivesNicole Masse Cori Higgins Jeff Jerome jjerome@floridaweekly.comBusiness Office ManagerKelli CaricoSales and Marketing AssistantKim RiggiePublished by Florida Media Group LLCPason Gaddis Jeffrey Cull Jim Dickerson Street Address: Naples Florida Weekly 9051 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 202 Naples, Florida 34108 Phone 239.325.1960 Fax: 239.325.1964 Subscriptions:Copyright: The contents of the Florida Weekly are copyright 2010 by Florida Media Group, LLC. No portion may be reproduced without the express written consent of Florida Media Group, LLC.Call 239.333.2135 or visit us on the web at and click on subscribe today.One-year mailed subscriptions are available for $29.95. Over the last month, I have had the opportunity to meet with government and business leaders from Japan and Italy including the Japanese ambassador to the United States, Ichiro Fujisaki, and the president of Umbria in Italy, Catiuscia Marini. One thing is clear from these meeting the world is eager to do business with, and in, the state of Florida. In fact, over the last four years, I have met with leaders from more than 30 countries to discuss opportunities for increased trade and tourism for Florida. Our state is highly regarded around the world. Almost every leader I have met with has vacationed in Florida. After coming here for fun, government and business leaders from around the globe are now looking for opportunities to come here for business. People around the world understand that Florida offers an unmatched combination of pro-business policies as well as an incredible quality of life. But the international interest in Florida is not limited to doing business in the Sunshine State. With the expansion of the Panama Canal and the close proximity to the canal from a number of Florida ports our state is seen as the gateway to emerging markets in Central and South America. Today, one in six jobs in Florida is supported by international business that number is expected to increase significantly. The increased international interest in Florida coincides with the Economic Competitiveness Index recently released by the American Legislative Exchange Council and economist Arthur Laffer. According to the index, the five states in America with the brightest economic future are Utah, Colorado, Texas, South Dakota and Florida in that order. It is worth noting that Florida is the highest-ranked state in the Southeast.The index is based on 15 indicators. Florida scores well in many areas. We are 37th in property tax burden, 39th in the sales tax burden, and 45th in the burden remaining taxes. Thanks to our Constitutional prohibition of a state income tax, we are, of course, 50th in that category. Our state is also trending in the right direction. In 2008, Florida was number 16 on the index, last year we were 11th, and now we are fifth. Based on the Economic Competitiveness Index, it appears Floridas economy is well positioned to turn around sooner than most states in the country. Of course, Floridas economy does not operate in a vacuum. National and international economic conditions impact our states bottom line. But as the economy rebounds, it appears that the world is ready to do business in Florida and our states economic future is bright. Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp is Floridas 17th lieutenant governor. He serves as chairman of Space Florida and of Floridas Children and Youth Cabinet and also oversees the Office of Drug Control. Floridas economic future is brightGUEST OPINION jeff KOTTCAMP Lieutenant Governor OPINION And what if my home loses value? I asked. Its impossible, she said. The woman, painted up and smelling strongly of some lab-grown scent that I had to fight hard not to wince at, was trying to sell me on refinancing my house and converting to an Adjustable Rate Mortgage. It was 2006. The housing market was obscenely inflated. Southwest Florida was in the thrall of a chimera economy. I was polite and didnt tell her so, but I thought that either she wasnt very smart, or, more likely, simply full of it. Nothing is impossible. And a market collapse at that point in time was more than just impossible. It was inevitable. I politely declined the womans offer to refinance. It was a good move. Since 2006, an overwhelming number of people who refinanced defaulted on their loans. The rate of foreclosure in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers market is four times the national average.Yet, nobody saw this collapse coming. Why not? There were a lot of reasons among them was, perhaps, the media itself. If it had not been so willing to believe the lie the same lie that that woman told me that day as she tried to sell me on the impossible dream of my home as an eternal fountain of unlimited wealth and stability. And she did it by pedaling the exact tool by which our financial undoing would come to pass the subprime housing bubble. Perhaps if the media would have looked at the situation more closely, it could have ameliorated the impacts of the crash.Just look at journalisms biggest foulup of recent years: its almost complete failure to warn the public about the collapse of the subprime bubble, Thomas Frank writes in this months Harpers. In that case, the convergence of journalism and profit meant journalists had trouble suspecting anything might be amiss. I found myself in a local newsroom during the boom, and I remember pitching the story: What happens when this bubble bursts? Because its inevitable. This cant last forever. My editor laughed it off. It was impossible. (And even if it was possible for the bubble to burst, it wasnt possible for us to report on it.) Financial interests, as Mr. Frank suggests, undoubtedly played a role in the medias failure to report on the crisis before it was too late. This abdication of responsibility played out on the national stage and in local newsrooms throughout the region. So that is what led local journalism to the place where it is now: looking back at the decade where 20th century American journalism was destroyed and on the cusp of the decade where it will be rebuilt as something else. Still, the question persists: How will quality journalism the intellectually curious kind that evaluates our world and pursues the greedy, unjust and the downright stupid turn a profit? Without profit, there is no journalism. And when the public rewards bad journalism with profits, then where is the corporate incentive to create good journalism? Its a problem that, for someone who believes fervently in the art and craft of the profession, can seem impossible to solve. However, take a look around Southwest Florida and there are inspiring examples of people and organizations doing, or at least attempting, the impossible in the wake of financial calamity. When I first heard of CCMIs ambitious plan to eliminate hunger, it sounded like the idealist neo-hippie drivel you might hear under the blue-smoke hue of a Phish concert tailgate party. Nevertheless, Roger Williams insightful explanation of the program reveals an ambitious and realistic opportunity to radically improve the health and wellbeing of our residents. Lee Memorial Health System continues to push forward with the research of the late John Kanzius, the deceased radio engineer from Sanibel who may have left the world a gift before he died of cancer the ability to cure the disease that took his life. From transportation troubles to controlling the animal population we are working smarter, better and more creatively to tackle the problems of our times.Florida Weekly is a publication that was born while the chimera economy was collapsing the illusion revealed for what it was. Nevertheless, the publication has managed to grow and profit in the new economy by providing public service and lifestyle coverage alongside well-researched narrative journalism. The managers here performed the seemingly impossible task of launching a successful print publication while the newspaper industry was in decline. Now, Florida Weekly continues to push the boundaries of what is possible, by expanding its intelligent news product to serve even more readers. Earlier this year, the paper expanded to create a Palm Beach Gardens edition. It is our fourth edition, following Fort Myers, Naples and Punta Gorda here in Southwest Florida. To be sure, growth and quality are not easy to create in the current economic climate. However, the examples of the people profiled in this issue inspire us to think differently, work smarter and strive to continue to defy the impossible. Osvaldo Padilla is the editor of the Fort Myers edition of Florida Weekly.Rising from the impossible economyBY OSVALDO PADILLA ____________________opadilla@


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PAGE 6 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA6 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 15 MINUTES Clarinetist loves the good, warm feeling of the concert bandBY EVAN WILLIAMS ____________________ewilliams@ oridaweekly.comSylvia Schraff was a little rusty on the clarinet when she picked it up again after 4 decades or so. The last big concert she remembered playing was at the end of her senior high school year, held in a packed gymnasium in Hollidaysburg, Pa., her hometown. She had lived an entire lifetime near there since then, becoming an operating room nurse and then CEO of a nursing agency, and later marrying her second husband, John Schraff, with whom she started Oak Spring Winery near Hollidaysburg the late 1980s. It still produces about 15,000 gallons of wine every year. But during all that time her friends at the community concert band in Hollidaysburg had encouraged her to join. After she retired from nursing in 1999, one called and told her, Youre all out of excuses. So Mrs. Schraff dug out her old instrument and began to practice. It needed all new pads and all new cork, and although I knew where the notes were, I sure didnt have an embouchure to cover the reed and get the reed to vibrate, she says, explaining that an embouchure is the practiced manner in which your teeth, lips, tongue, throat and mouth cavity are used to control the sound and volume. It (my embouchure) had long ago disappeared, she says, so it took me some time to get to the point where I was comfortable playing the clarinet again. Calling themselves typical snowbirds, the Schraffs now spend half the year back near her small hometown, which sits at the foot of the Continental Divide in the Alleghany Mountains. Mrs. Schraff remembers her youth there fondly: walking to school with her brother, coming home late on summer nights. Her father was a railroad foreman, and her mother worked for the clerk of courts as the one who swore people in before they testified. Do you swear to tell the truth, nothing but the truth? that kind of thing, she says. The other half of the year, the Schraffs live in Bonita Springs where, drawn to the warmth and the golf, they bought a home in 2001. Ms. Schraff has also been practicing her instrument and taking lessons since her retirement. She is a clarinetist for the community band in Hollidaysburg over the summer, and for the Bonita Springs Concert Band, of which she is also president, through the winter season. The Bonita Springs Concert Band has between 60 and 80 members who play wind, brass and percussion instruments. Many of the members are former musicians or teachers, such as conductor Dr. Dennis Hill, retired director of music at Edison State College. Its a very friendly atmosphere, Mrs. Schraff says. Its an atmosphere where people come and they love to play and they want to sound good. The band has been practicing on Thursday nights at Three Oaks Middle School for the holiday concert in Riverside Park, coming up at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Its free and open to the public. The difficult passages are practiced over and over, Mrs. Schraff says. Those include medleys that require the musicians to switch to a different song, in a new time signature or chord, without breaking stride. For example, theres one medley in which the band starts off playing Rockin Around The Christmas Tree in a 4/4 beat and then transitions to Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer in a 3/4 time signature. The band shell at Riverside Park where they play has great acoustics and draws appreciative audiences, both of which make it a pleasure to play there, Mrs. Schraff says. She loves the unique feeling of creating sound with other musicians. It just feels good inside, she says. Its a warm, good feeling. >>What: Bonita Springs Concert Band Holiday Concert >>When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 >>Where: Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs >Details: Seasonal favorites on the program include We Need a Little Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Good Tidings to All, Sleigh Ride, Bell Carol a la Big Band, and Festival of Lights. Connie Gowan will sing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and Terry Stevens will narrate Clement Moores Twas the Night Before Christmas. >>Cost: Free >>Info: in the know COURTESY PHOTO Sylvia Schraff


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PAGE 8 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 But not the men and women whose voices Florida Weekly introduces here, presenting new ideas or reviewing old ones still in the works. What is really impossible? We are, according to the famous science fiction writer Ray Bradbury: We are an impossibility in an impossible universe. And some of us, therefore, keep trying the impossible. For example, research based on the kitchen tinkering of Sanibel resident John Kanzius, who died last year fighting leukemia, has shown some of the brightest hope for a technology that invests cancer cells with gold nanoparticles which then attract radio waves. Those waves heat the metal and kill the cells without damaging other tissues. Impossibly it would seem, Mr. Kanzius had no college degree. But he spent his youth building radios and manipulating their waves, and taught himself both electrical engineering and radio physics. Or take a self-described Pollyanna, Sarah Owen (actually, others less ambitious have tagged her with that faintly dismissive moniker, which she cheerfully adopts). Ms. Owen leads Community Cooperative Ministries in the fight against hunger. She and her colleagues have a plan to end hunger not simply by distributing food to the hungry, but by attacking the sources of the problem the ways they got hungry in the first place. Sound impossible, or impossibly naive? Not after you talk to Ms. Owen. And not after you consider the massive effect of other groups such as Collier Harvest, whose volunteers, even though they never ask for money, delivered 255,000 pounds of local, fresh food to about 60 pantries last year. And what about a system of transportation you could climb on in minutes and that would reduce your daily commute by scores of miles and save you thousands of dollars a year in gasoline costs, not to mention extend the life of your auto by years? This isnt New York or Washington, its Southwest Florida. Impossible. But Craig Brown has a way to do that with existing resources for people even in rural areas of Charlotte County. The impossible is, according to one James W. Pense, what nobody can do until somebody does. Here, then, we offer glimpses of those who are doing. ENDING HUNGERTHE THE IMPOSSIBLE: IMPOSSIBLE: If you havent seen any soup lines lately, or any barefoot women with raggedy children clinging to their gaunt frames while the Oklahoma wind pushes dry dust into the deep canyons of their lined faces, dont automatically assume there is no hunger. Theres more of it than ever. Since the recession began, hunger has taken on new forms: parents facing a weekend with children and suddenly realizing, for the first time in their lives, that they dont have the cash to buy meals for the kids through Sunday, for example. While many can carry on without noticing how dire the problem is, that isnt true of volunteers like Connie Preu, a member of Collier Harvest. The need is much greater than people realize, she says. Were very affluent, but there are a lot of very hungry people. We see aunts and uncles taking care of a sisters children, teenagers who are hungry because of the economy or family issues. Collier Harvest volunteers work with 40 different organizations by gathering all the food they can find from supermarkets such as Publix, or from farms and markets that produce fresh produce in Immokalee and distributing that to the other agencies. At no cost to anyone but the volunteers. I can say one thing about the agencies we work with in Collier, adds Ms. Preu. Their dedication to helping doesnt ever end the Salvation Army, Caf of Life, Catholic Charitites, the Shelter for Abused Women & Children, the Macedonia Baptist Church, Three Amigos, Friendship House, the Guadalupe Center there are so many. Sarah Owen is one women in Southwest Florida who believes there will be an end to hunger. Thats real, thats happening, says Ms. Owen. A Lee County do-gooder with years in the hunger business, she directs Community Cooperative Ministries, a $2.3 million nonprofit with 30 employees, a Montessori school for about 40 children called Baby University, a caf and a first-of-its-kind market for hungry people: theres organic food, fresh food, food grown by local farmers that doesnt meet the pictureperfect test, and a wide variety of other food, all of it available to any who arrive in need. But first, every visiting shopper sits down with a caseworker to talk about how he or she became hungry, and what steps need to be taken to end the hunger. Staff coaches see every person, and then supervise volunteers who do periodic follow-ups. In the old food pantry model of fighting hunger, a person arrived empty and went away with a box of staples end of story. On the holidays, he or she might get a turkey. Not anymore. Now, the idea is to move beyond a mere food transaction and to transform a person. Now we might say, Hey, have you considered going back to school and could we help? Or, Could I pay for that backpack, or help you with the tire on your car? Ms. Owen explains. I cant tell you how many people we have put back to work by helping them get transportation or new licenses for their trades. Because when youre out of money, youre out. The hunger is almost the simple part. But the thing that got you to the hunger is complex. Were trying to partner with people and solve that. Faced with realities that seem insurmountable 70 percent of children in Lee County public schools now qualify for free or reduced lunches, for example, and a widespread community survey early this year revealed a 10-million-pound deficit in the amount of food required to feed every hungry person in the region Ms. Owen decided to do things differently. We have to be quick thinking, innovative, she says. We cannot take five years to solve this. When we had a meeting at the first school site after the survey and actually saw parents jumping in dumpsters, we were in the schools in 12 days. Ms. Owen has grown tired of being told that its impossible to end hunger, she says, and also of the old ways of trying. So she and her staff have designed some new approaches, based on common sense and a greater respect for the problems people can have. It might be enough to stop hunger here within a decade, she anticipates cautiously, and it might have applications in Collier and Charlotte counties, and elsewhere. Ive been told over and over we cant ever end hunger, and Ive been called a Pollyanna for wanting to, but why? If we say we cant do it, we cant. But if we say we can, we will. The new program focuses on money and jobs, on counseling, on child care and education so that the children of todays hungry wont find themselves in the same food lines and it encourages broader access points where people can get food stamps or clothes, since many will not visit the soup kitchen itself. Were also doing things to conserve resources and flood the food pipeline, Ms. Owen says. Were converting soup kitchens to cafes. In the last nine months, she notes, CCMI, working with others in the area (and with school social workers to identify hungry families), has cut down on food waste by 50 percent. If staffers find a case of cranberry sauce or beef stew at a pantry, theyll use it, whether or not it might be on a list of things hungry people should be given. If people need to find a Goodwill kiosk or other resources, she and her staff help. Nobody who comes in here wants to be here, she says. Our goal is to make people self-sufficient. One of those helping as a staff consultant is Dave Fleming, a life coach who holds a doctorate degree in organizational management. The philosophy at CCMI is, we want to address immediate hunger needs but also the long-term sustainability of a person to be in control of their own destiny, their own life and transformation, Mr. Fleming says. One of the challenges is not to perpetuate the old system that youre also still using, he adds. That was the system and still is that puts peanut butter and other basics in a box and hands it to hungry people, or provides the turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas, only. Mr. Fleming explains that first-time clients at CCMI get a piece of paper telling them, basically, Were glad youre here, well provide you food, and if you come back a second time you can fill out our goal sheet. What is one thing you can do in the next six months to make your life more sustainable and independent? So they write the goal out. And if they come back a third time, we say, Wed like you to enter case coaching. Ending hunger can be done, he says If theres a fundamental shift in the way we think about hunger and the way we think about sharing. Hunger is no longer pure starvation, he insists. Now, its just as likely to be a result of not knowing where the next meal for the family will come from, or from having to decide whether to pay a bill or buy food. I wonder if that mindset might be why we havent ended hunger that were not looking at starving people in the street and we dont know anybody starving to death, so we dont challenge the social structures we have. But thats changing, because people are alert and good-willed in general, suggests Ms. Owen. My agency alone could not end hunger. It takes a community to end hunger. A community like this one. FIXING TRANSPORTATIONTHE THE IMPOSSIBLE: IMPOSSIBLE: Picture this: You drive your car more than a mile or two maybe once a week. You live near your work, and even if you dont, you dont have to drive. Theres a train or bus that stops not far from your home, and gets you to the office, or within spitting distance. Or maybe its a pod car computer driven along a rail, with six to eight passengers. Heres a litmus test: If you think thats far fetched or science fiction, youre a dinosaur, suggests Charlie Bigelow, a former Lee County commissioner who admits that a quarter of a century ago, he and his colleagues helped create a sprawling, inefficient system of transportation across Lee County and the region. Now hes trying to remedy that ( In this prophetic imagining, you save thousands of dollars a year in fuel costs oh, yeah, its $6 a gallon now and the only drawback is that you have to walk a couple of blocks here and there to get somewhere. Thats exercise. So your blood pressure goes down and you live longer. That, in the big picture, is roughly the outcome of new transportation plans developing up and down the southwest coast, from Naples to Sarasota. And beyond. Sometimes in smaller form and sometimes larger, the new plans and their planners aim to change the way we live. Maybe even by 2030 or so, they say. Were not there yet. Were going to have to get there, says Mr. Bigelow (his son, Brian, is a Lee County commissioner). There is no real alternative to us finding a more efficient way to move about. Its not only the energy question, but we have a very heavy carbon footprint in Southwest Florida, from Naples north. Changing what we do, though, sounds IMPOSSIBLEFrom page 1ERIC RADDATZ / FLORIDA WEEKLYSarah Owen checks out the inventory at a first-of-its-kind pantry in Fort Myers.


WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NEWS A9 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.comimpossible and it probably is unless planners quit looking for new roads and start looking for light rail avenues, better bus opportunities, even water taxis, and most of all planning and zoning changes in already developed communities such as Golden Gate or Lehigh Acres or Cape Coral or Englewood. Some are. We cant successfully change our transportation model without changing our land use pattern, and recognizing that rural lands are critical for food, fiber and fuel, says Wayne Daltry, the former head of Lee County Smart Growth and a 30-year planner in Southwest Florida. That current transportation model includes the use of private cars to go everywhere and a vast industry based on moving small loads large distances by truck, rather than by rail. Getting less road-dependent is the goal, and to do that, communities have to move away from the petroleumbased model of living, experts say. One of them is Craig Brown, who spent a career in the Coast Guard before moving to Charlotte County. Almost by chance, and through his church, he became the local front man and organizer for ITNEveryhwere, a micro-attempt to change our world. The goal: to pool resources and provide a network of low-cost rides to people in rural areas. (Go to for more information). Based on a successful model in Maine, the plan is in the study stages in Charlotte County and other U.S. locations, he says. What were saying is, What resources do we have and how can we use them? Well, we have a huge motor pool. So were asking: Would you folks like to join our motor pool? We have empty school busses, business vehicles, volunteer drivers and all these nonprofit organizations that have their own systems of drivers. Pull it all together, and something like this could work. One, are you guys interested; two, would you be willing to participate; and three, would you implement whatever it is we come up with? The organizations business model calls for setting up the program in a place with at least 180,000 people. Charlotte County fell under the radar, but early this year Mr. Brown and others talked their way into the program. When they set up the model sometime next year, riders will pay an annual fee of $35 to $50 to cover costs. People who volunteer to drive, or lend vehicles or contribute in some way can earn bonus points that apply to those in programs elsewhere. Lets say my mom is in San Diego she can get in their program free or earn free rides elsewhere if Ive contributed here, Mr. Brown explains. Its only one little thing, but it could change everything for some. So could the fact that a light rail system already exists across Southwest Florida, connecting communities from north to south and lying mostly dormant. Two things will happen in our future no matter what we do, and theyre not impossible, Mr. Bigelow says. We have to conserve fuel by driving less, and we have to begin to reconfigure the way we grow. We cannot continue to sprawl, because that requires a very inefficient transportation. CURING CANCERTHE THE IMPOSSIBLE: IMPOSSIBLE: John Kanzius went down shooting. Radio waves. In February of last year, Mr. Kanzius, 64, was finally brought down by complications from his seven-year struggle with leukemia. But before that, the Sanibel winter resident had famously used his wifes pie pans, a radio wave machine he built in his garage workshop, a hot dog and his self-education in electrical engineering and radio physics to make an extraordinary last ditch effort: He modeled a technology that might someday cure a variety of cancers without sickening or destroying patients in the process. Mr. Kanzius (pronounced Kansas) not only created a working model, but he recruited several of the most celebrated researchers and scientists in the United States to carry on what he began. Now, medical researchers, fundraisers at the non-profit Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, and a private company, ThermMed LLC, owned by his widow, Marianne Kanzius, have joined forces to move the technology from the simply impossible to the increasingly likely. This happens once in a generation, says Dr. Steven Curley, program director of Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal Cancer Care at Texas Universitys M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. It was a confluence of force and nature working on this field at the same time. Force, nature and brilliance, although Mr. Kanzius himself was too modest to say so. In a 2008 interview with Lesley Stahl for CBS Minutes, he was self-effacing. Sometimes you just get lucky, he said. Another celebrated researcher working on the Kanzius concept, Dr. David Geller, co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Liver Cancer Center, recalls Mr. Kanzius this way: John was a bit cantankerous, incredibly persistent, and at times would show insightful brilliance. He was completely focused on this. The first machine he built we tested in my lab, in 2005 and the first test was in solutions, metal ion solutions. Dr. Curley was so excited, he flew into Pittsburgh on the weekend, just to observe. At this stage of the research a stage Mr. Kanzius lived long enough to foresee it works roughly like this: Researchers bring together in a liquid solution two elements: antibodies attracted to abnormal proteins on the surface of cancer cells, and solid gold nanoparticles, which attach to the antibodies. The nanoparticles, of a kind first developed by the late Nobel Prize Laureate Richard Smalley, a Rice University chemistry professor, absorb significant degrees of heat when exposed to radio waves. In themselves, says Dr. Curley, the antibodies, the nanoparticles or the radio waves have no effect on cancer cells. But when the nanoparticles are delivered to cancer cells and heated to 50 degrees Celsius, the cancer cells die while surrounding tissue remains undamaged. It can happen in seconds. Why use gold? For two reasons, says Dr. Curley. Gold is a metal, and metallic nanoparticles release heat in radio-frequency fields. So do silver, copper, iron and others, but the advantage of gold is that its already used in medical practice... A lot is known about using gold, and the FDA has already approved it, along with the ways to deliver it. Furthermore, each cancer cell can embrace countless numbers of the gold nanoparticles, delivered as a kind of freight by the antibodies, and so called because theyre based on the nanometer, which is a billionth of a meter. As luck would have it both good luck and bad Professor Smalley contracted leukemia, becoming a patient of Dr. Curleys and an acquaintance and then friend of Mr. Kanzius. Before he died of the disease in 2005, the professor had a serious conversation with Dr. Curley about the research. He was very passionate, Dr. Curley recalled last week, speaking from Houston. He believed the technology had a chance to help mankind. Smalley said, It may be the most important thing you do. You have to promise me that after I die, you will work on this. When a Nobel laureate says this to you, it gets your attention. How it happened seems almost impossible in itself. But whats happening now is equally remarkable. Next month, researchers led by Dr. Curley and Dr. Geller will publish results of the first successful tests targeting human cancer cells growing in mice. Thats a major step in the long road from tests on small animals, to tests on larger animals such as pigs, sheep or dogs, to tests on humans. In the first quarter of 2011, a Pennsylvania company hired by Mr. Kanzius will complete the manufacture of a machine that can produce the radio waves required for the technology to work in large animals, including humans. Thats not as easy as it sounds. John was a genius at producing these fields (of radio waves), says Dr. Curley. A smaller field is easier to make. Once you make a larger field, you get irregularities in the strength and power in it. Its a little more complicated, but the answer is really money. Were waiting to get the money together to finish building the prototype. And in January or February dates have not yet been specified Dr. Curley will visit Southwest Florida and conduct forums to explain to hospital officials, philanthropists and patients how this is going to work, he says. Mr. Kanzius stipulated before his death that Lee Memorial Health Systems like a hospital system in Erie, Pa., where he grew up and kept a summer home, and where he hired a company to produce the radio wave machine should be one of the first hospitals nationwide to conduct human clinical trials. That could happen at M.D. Anderson as early as the end of 2012, Dr. Curley says. Meanwhile, the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, led by Mark Neidig, has raised about $2.3 million this year, up from $1 million the year before. Once we get this new device, well need new supplies, well begin research by providing grants at a couple of academic institutions, and well just try to ramp up the effort, Mr. Neidig says. The machine will be presented formally for testing to the FDA, permission will be won to test the technology on large animals, and researchers will focus primarily on pancreatic and liver cancers, although studies are now underway on breast, colon, lung, leukemia and prostate cancer, he notes. The first human tests are likely to take place at M.D. Anderson in patients with pancreatic cancer, in part because its mortality rate is so high more than 96 percent, doctors say. This takes so much time its like a marathon or a mountain climb, Mr. Neidig notes. The research is complicated by several complex realities. First, no two cancers produce the same proteins, and thus they dont attract the same antibodies, Dr. Curley explains. Not only that, but cancer cells dont usually just express one abnormal protein on a receptor. They have several. So even though someone has colon or pancreatic cancer, not every cell will express every abnormal protein. To target every cell, therefore, we have to target more than one protein. All this started almost seven years ago, when Mr. Kanzius first contacted Dr. Curley to explain how radio waves could heat metals placed in cells, destroying those cells but not the tissue around them. Hed tried it on a hot dog. Understandably, the doctor was skeptical. We get calls, letters and e-mails all the time from people who have heard of a supposed cure, and I hate to say it, but a lot of that is driven by charlatans taking advantage of people, Dr. Curley admits. When John called me, I knew he was bright and he knew my work, but I remained skeptical. I told him, If you could build a machine that did the following things, Id be interested. And I never thought Id hear from him again. But that was then and this is now on the long road from impossible to possible. Dr. Curley and Dr. Geller advise an eager world to remain cautiously optimistic. Stay tuned, and understand that there are multiple lines of research that provide hope and treatment for inoperable cancers in the future, says Dr. Geller. This is an important approach, and we will keep pursing it. So will the friends and family of John Kanzius, along with researchers nationally and even now internationally, says Dr. Curley. Ive been doing this for 25 years, and Ive never seen a situation where entire communities and so many varied groups have come together suddenly to move this forward. >> Steps in treatmentHere, Dr. Steve Curley describes how the Kanzius concept has worked in new experiments with mice growing human cancer cells. Theoretically, this would work in human trials that might start as early as the end of 2012. Step one: We purify the gold nanoparticles theyre solid gold atoms. Step two: We chemically attach an antibody to the gold nanoparticles. That antibody recognizes a protein, which is abnormal on the surface of the cancer cell. Step three: We give injections of the mixture, which circulates through the bloodstream of the mouse. The antibodies attach to the human cancer cells and the nanoparticles are taken into the cancer cells. Step 4: We wait 12 hours so plenty of nanoparticles can attach. Step 5: We do a treatment with radio frequency waves. The nanoparticles, in response to the radio frequency eld, absorb heat. You have to have the nanoparticles inside the cells, and they release heat in response to the treatment. We could produce a lot of heat but not so much that we damage normal cells. This is a fortunate thing cancer cells are more sensitive to heat than normal cells. We want to be very speci c in targeting the particles to cancer cells, because we dont want to cause damage to normal cells. Find out more information: Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation: Dr. Steven Curley: Dr. David Geller: liver-cancer-center/Pages/default.aspx in the know KANZIUS


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA10 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 Experience a Marine Max Christmas... Marine Max Naples 1146 6th Avenue South 239-262-1000 Since the days of cave paintings some 40,000 years ago, art has captured the imaginations of people from all walks of life. Naples is no exception. From the early local folk artists such as Rob Storter, whose child-like renderings capture a sweetness and innocence of one who was akin to the land, to the world-renowned, Dale Chihuly, whose art glass hangs all over the world, including the Naples Museum of Art, Naples has always opened her arms to artists. Like attracts like, so it stands to reason that artists would group together. In doing so, the Naples Art Association was birthed.An association with Naples art The NAA began with 30 signatures and three champions of art who led the movement for a nonprofit visual arts organization in 1954: Grace Lake, George Rogers and Elsie Upham (who was the only artist/member to serve as president of the association for more than one term, in 1956-57, 1959-61 and 1963-64). In the early years, lectures and workshops were held in the historic Naples Depot. In 1992, the Naples City Council and the NAA entered into a lease agreement for a community art center with an 8,000square-foot footprint on public land in Cambier Park, originally donated by the Watkins family. After a $3.5 million campaign, with the help of the state of Florida and a private gift from seasonal residents Suzanne and William von Liebig, the doors were opened to the local community of artists and art aficionados. While there have been many local artists come and go, there is one patron saint to whom most local artists give their allegiance (if they have lived here long enough). She is the doyenne of the Naples art movement, Elsie Upham, whose throw-away art captured the imagination and heart of a community.Throwing art for arts sake Ms. Upham came from a well-to-do Ohio family whose mother was quite an accomplished artist. As part of her postcollege what-do-do search, the young Ms. Upham accompanied her mother (or rather, endured an enrichment excursion) one afternoon to an art opening in Columbus. After she noted a salient point about a particular piece of art, her mother inquired as to whether Ms. Upham might want to become an artist. She pondered and, thinking it rather romantic, decided that maybe art did speak to her. Her mother was overjoyed that her daughters life now had direction. Ms. Upham, a realist painter, had a turning point in the late 1960s when an art professor from the University of Florida, Robert Gelinas, encouraged her to move toward abstracts. The following year, Professor Gelinas came again zealously promoting acrylics, so Ms. Upham turned her attention that way (a cumbersome direction, as she duly noted). Overhearing her complaints, the professor said, If you want to get rid of the paint, just throw it. And so she did, and so began Ms. Uphams paint-throwing gatherings that soon became the talk and toast of the town. In an article from the January 1983 Naples Magazine, Gwen Carpenter asked Ms. Upham to describe the high point of her career as an artist. After some thought, Ms. Upham replied: Ive always painted for fun, but my highlight was when Joe and Olga Hirshhorn came to town. Every Easter Sunday, she and six other artists would display their work and the masses would come for the afternoon (a popular event in the s, much like the Six Artists and a Potter event that takes place here every May). One afternoon Mr. Hirshhorn, a no-nonsense businessman, walked in, looked around and asked who had painted a particular piece that was listed as Not for Sale. When Ms. Upham shyly acknowledged it was hers, he asked if she would donate it to his museum, The Smithsonians Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. (Mr. Hirshhorn, a collector of modern art, gifted to the nation nearly 6,000 paintings, sculptures and drawings.) Today many of Ms. Uphams paintings still hang in Mrs. Hirshhorns home in her personal library. Ms. Upham did not find her calling to art as a child, but she did find it later in life and in doing so, helped set the stage for Naples to become listed as one of the Best Small Art Towns in America (population under 30,000) by John Villani. Art is an important part of the heart and history of NaplesBY LOIS BOLINSpecial to Florida Weekly Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo PicassoUNDERCOVER HISTORIAN


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For more information on how you can bring the meaning of the season to a Youth Haven child or family, call Jamie Gregor at 687-5153 or visit www. the ArmyEarly figures show the Salvation Armys signature Red Kettle drive is falling short of its 2010 goal. Red Kettle donations support Christmas Cheer program as well as other programs year round. In addition to families in need, The Army delivers gifts and food baskets to shutins and to the elderly. As of last week, the campaign in Collier, Lee, Hendry and Glades counties was $50,000 behind last years totals to date. The Collier County branch reported a $15,000 shortfall year-to-date. Naples Corps Officer Capt. Pierre Smith is concerned the organization wont be able to help people arriving at their door throughout the winter. The Salvation Army has always relied on the generosity of local residents to help us do our work, and we are making a special plea at this time for support, he says. In Lee County, Maj. 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Here are the main things on the Shelters wish list for clients: Dolls (all ethnicities); CDs, DVDs and video games (non-violent); books for adults and children; baseballs, basketballs, soccer balls, roller skates/ blades, skate boards; portable CD and MP3 players; clothing and shoes in all sizes for adults and children (especially teen boys); purses and wallets; personal care and makeup gift sets; hair brushes, hair dryers and accessories; pajamas and slippers for adults and children; gift cards; phone cards and gasoline cards. Donations can be delivered to the back warehouse area at Options Thrift Shoppe, 968 Second Ave. N., between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 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Nonetheless, do our annual statistics reflect we are sometimes euthanizing healthy, treatable animals? Yes. And we implement systematically every program that increases live release rate and reduces euthanasia. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals estimates about half the animals that enter shelters nationwide are euthanized. Animal control experts primarily blame the high death rates on pet owners who dont have their animals sterilized. I would love it if we never had to euthanize another dog or cat in the state of Florida, says William Kern, an urban pest management specialist with the University of Florida IFAS Extension and associate professor at the Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center. But the problem is we have too many (animals), and people are irresponsible about keeping their pets from breeding. Far more animals are born than are adopted. And in Southwest Florida, a seeming eternal springtime exacerbates thriving, problematic feral cat communities and wonton dog mating. It seems the ultimate fix for animal overpopulation is fairly simple generally, getting all pets fixed but not easy. If you deal only in the world of theory, pet overpopulation isnt unsolvable at all, Ms. Townsend says. If only you could sterilize enough animals to make it happen. Shelters across Southwest Florida offer low-cost incentives to owners for sterilizing their pets. County shelters are also obliged by state statute to sterilize all animals they take in. It shouldnt be so difficultSharon Thomas of Charlotte Countys Animal Welfare League outlines four simple steps to ending animal overpopulation: affordable and accessible sterilization programs for the public, shelters that sterilize before adoptions are allowed, a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats, and more generally, responsible pet ownership. I think if you have those four things in place and everybody working toward that same goal, eventually youll reverse (animal overpopulation), she says. I really believe that. Ms. Townsend of Collier County DAS recommends an aggressive education campaign beginning in grade school to highlight the importance of sterilizing pets. Thats the best way to reverse national consciousness, she says. Until then, she adds, euthanizing animals will likely continue to be an unpleasant fact. Although pet owners who are unwilling or cant find a way to spay or neuter their cat or dog are definitely a big part of the problem, the surgical procedure itself is inherently difficult, dangerous and expensive, Ms. Townsend adds. It can only be performed by a licensed veterinarian, and the animal must go under anesthesia. One solution is non-surgical or chemical sterilization, but thats not happening yet in Southwest Florida and isnt widespread on a national level, either. And Found Animals Foundation Inc., a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to reducing euthanasia rates in animal shelters, has a $75 million awards and grants program for developing non-surgical sterilization methods.Trap-neuter-returnTrap-neuter-return programs aimed at feral cats are in place in some Southwest Florida communities. After being sterilized, the wild animals are returned and released where they were found. Such efforts have drawn criticism from those who say the animals continue to cause damage. Charlotte County tried the program briefly and ended it due to complaints from residents who didnt want the cats returned. Ms. Thomas of the AWL says the program could be a benefit to the community. I believe in trap-neuter-return. I think that program works, she says, because ultimately feral populations will dwindle. But, she adds, it takes a few years to see that difference. Ria Brown of Lee County DAS feels the same. Lee County started a T-N-R program last year. Its been kind of a hotly contested issue, Ms. Brown says. Heres the thing: Youre not going to get rid of cats by (euthanizing) them. It wasnt getting better, only worse. If youre sterilizing them, theyre not going to reproduce. In Collier County, people who want feral cats trapped, neutered and returned are referred by DAS to a private nonprofit that provides that service. The county doesnt offer it because of the possible public backlash.Euthanasia as a necessity Urban pest control specialist Dr. Kern argues euthanasia is the best method for dealing with feral cats; otherwise, he says, they will lead what is notoriously a hard, unpleasant life and continue to be pests. Theyre hunting animals that dont belong in North America or the environment, he says. (T-N-R) is bad science, bad wildlife management, bad animal management, because of the destructiveness of cats even after theyve been sterilized and vaccinated. Theyre still subject to injury, subject to killing native wildlife its not a good solution. It is an emotionally biased idea. Ultimately, he says, the solution to animal overpopulation rests with pet owners. If everyone properly took care of their pets and only bred animals they intended to breed, we could easily have the excess pet population under control in 10 to 20 years, because thats one generation for dogs and cats. PETSFrom page 1


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PAGE 26 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA26 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 TO YOUR HEALTH HEALTHY LIVING This weekly column began as a means of keeping the NCH family informed about issues and successes and items of mutual concern. I initially worried that there would not be enough interesting news or opinions to share. Was I ever wrong! Four years later, I have so many associates sending e-mails, engaging me in stimulating conversations and telling me interesting stories that theres never enough space in this commentary to fit it all in. This week I offer three stories that recently were shared with me. Each is about supporting our surgical patients. Joe De Bellis is the creative and inspirational leader of our Transportation Department, which completed more than 143,000 trips within both hospitals last year. Traditionally, the primary role of transporters was to push patients around the hospital, a challenging task given the condition of many patients and the equipment their condition mandates. Mr. De Bellis and his associates have augmented the departments role to include stocking nursing unit pantries during downtime. Transporters also replenish linens and are involved with receiving and distributing many other hospital supplies. And thats not all. Among Mr. De Bellis proudest accomplishments has been training some transporters to perform EKGs (cardiograms). This was done in collaboration with Maria Bravo of Cardio-Diagnostics. All NCH transporters are also CPR-certified. Thats a great story of going aboveand-beyond. Equally formidable is our Perioperative Team of more than 175 members who care for our almost 12,000 surgical patients every year. John Rogers downtown teams are led by R.N.s Pam Alexander (open heart), Susan Brown (general and vascular), Vanessa Ebrite (neurosurgery), Dawn Hutchison-Finucan (urology and da Vinci robot) and Gary Kriger (orthopedics). The North Naples team leader is R.N. Deborah Ellis. She and her team are about to receive recognition at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Orlando, where they will share their story of dramatic improvement for turnaround time between cases and prompt firstcase start time. Both campuses have da Vinci robots, which utilize minimal incisions to expedite recovery from hysterectomies, prostatectomies and other operations. Finally, there is our Community Blood Center, which ensures rapid transfusions when need is critical. Ably led for 25 years by Sheila Phillips, this donor center is a resource for the whole community, including NCH and Physicians Regional centers. Blood donated in Collier County stays here; we do not buy blood. And although our community is a generous one, we can always use more donors. The Community Blood Center completed a major conversion this year to an electronic and almost paperless system with internationally recognized bar code symbols. Two weeks after conversion, we had a surprise visit from the American Association of Blood Banks, which awarded us three commendations for exceptional and novel achievement. So there you have it: Three surgical support groups, working together to help all of us serve the communitys health care needs. Please keep those cards, letters, e-mails and conversations coming in to Straight Talk. Dr. Allen Weiss is president and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System. The scoop about Straight Talk is theres never a shortage Th i kl l b allenWEISS Free seminars at Physicians RegionalPhysicians Regional Healthcare System presents the following free seminars at Physicians Regional Pine Ridge: 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9: Living with Hip and Knee Pain? by Dr. Robert Zehr, including a discussion about MRI-directed, customaligned total knee replacement; 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15: Living with Knee Pain? Discover Robotic Arm Knee Surgery, Only at Physicians Regional, by Dr. Frederick Buechel Jr.; 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16: Newest Advances in Shoulder Surgery, by Dr. Steven Goldberg. The hospital is at 6101 Pine Ridge Road. Seating is limited. Call 348-4180 to RSVP. Visit for more information. Parkinson group offers drug reviewThe Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida offers a free service in which NCH pharmacists will review Parkinson patients medications and answer questions from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at PASFl headquarters in Hibiscus Center, 2950 Tamiami Trail N. Sheila Markham and other NCH pharmacists will assess over-the-counter as well as prescription medications and will be available to speak individually with Parkinson patients about their medications.PASFI provides free services and support to more than 1,000 families in Southwest Florida. The organizations mission is to promote the quality of life for persons with Parkinson disease and their care partners. For information or to register for the drug assessment and review, call Linda Stewart at 417-3465 or visit STRAIGHT TALK Along with shopping and holiday cards come treats and parties this time of year. For many people, holiday weight gain and unrealistic New Years resolutions cause frustration and mid-February burn out. This year, tweak your lifestyle today to start on a path of healthy eating and exercise to ensure long-term success. Elizabeth McCormick, registered dietitian with Lee Memorial Health System, offers tips to help you set goals and make it through the holidays and beyond the New Year. First, it is important to set realistic, measureable goals so you know what you are accomplishing, Ms. McCormick explains. For example, say to yourself, I want to eat three daily servings of vegetables at least five times a week or I want to pack my lunch at least three times a week and make sure you track your progress. Organize your kitchen to reflect your healthy lifestyle. Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter for a quick snack. Stock up on vegetables, whole wheat pasta, brown rice and lean protein. Plan your meals for the week so you take the guesswork out of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Success comes with consistency, Ms. McCormick says. For successful weight loss, or to maintain your weight, it is important to eat small, frequent meals on a daily basis and try to eat the same amount of calories every day, she says. Consistent exercise also is important, but do not do the same workout all the time. Constantly switch up your exercise routine to challenge your body. Vary your routine and intensity to burn more calories and prevent a plateau. Motivate yourself and celebrate your success with rewards, but not food-related rewards. Hold off on getting a pedicure, a massage or a new shirt until you have completed a month of healthy eating and consistent exercise. Continue to set goals for yourself and reward yourself for your hard work and dedication. To stay on track through the holidays, Ms McCormick suggests the following: Plan ahead for special occasions. Eat your normal, healthy meals throughout the day and have a small snack prior to the event. This will help prevent ravenous hunger, which usually leads to poor food choices and overconsumption. Learn how to say, No, thank you to peoples food gifts. Only eat what you feel is worth the calories. Take a small portion, eat it slowly, savor the taste and move on. You will look at it as a positive experience, and worth every bite. Increase your exercise. Remember the cardinal rule of weight management: burn more calories than you consume. Weight management, and even weight loss, is possible through the holidays. Just remember that the holidays come once a year, but your health is a long-term commitment. SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYHealthy lifestyle tips just in time for the holidays COURTESY PHOTO


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PAGE 28 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA28 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we hope youll make helping to save a childs life part of your plans. e Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida depends on philanthropy to provide excellence in care and treatment for the children of our community.To make a gift, please call 239-985-3550 or visit up family at airport Order pastry & cheesetray Help save a childs lifeGet tablecloth at dry cleanersSend holiday cards The dog ate your homework? A dog changed your life? The Naples Players wants to know. In conjunction with its winter production of Sylvia, a comedy about a stray dog and the trouble she causes the middle-age couple who adopt her, The Naples Players is sponsoring a shaggy dog essay contest. The winner will receive two tickets to the play and pre-show dinner for two at Vergina.Essays of no more than 500 words will be accepted through Dec. 15 via e-mail at www.naplesplayers. org. The top five will be posted to The Naples Players website and Facebook site Dec. 20, and online visitors will have until Jan. 10 to vote for their favorite story. The winning essay will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 12, opening day of Sylvia, and will be on the website through the shows Feb. 5 closing.The A.R. Gurney play delves into the drama and romantic triangle created when a husband brings home a stray dog, played by a young woman. Hailed as critic-proof by The New York Times shortly after its 1995 stage debut starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Blythe Danner and Charles Kimbrough, the play appeals to anyone who has ever owned a dog, loved a dog, wanted to wring a dogs neck or wished the dog would take a long weekend.For more information, call 263-7990 or visit Forget trying to get the kids to pose for that holiday card shot. Take your beloved pet, who always does what you say, for a photo sitting that will also mean something good to a rescue organization. Two Naples locations will welcome you and your canine: For Footed Friends will host portraits with Mrs. Claus to benefit Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Canines and their families are urged to come dressed in their holiday attire and sit for a photo by GRRSWFs Dennis Guyitt, owner of Dennis Guyitt Professional Photography in Bonita Springs. For a $5 donation, participants will receive a 4-by-6-inch photograph. Each child and canine will receive a special gift from Santa. GRRSWF is an all-volunteer, 501(c) (3), nonprofit rescue organization aiding in rescuing, fostering and adopting homeless or displaced Golden Retrievers throughout Southwest Florida. All donations go to the care of rescued golden retrievers. For more information, visit For Footed Friends is at 13020 Livingston Road; 431-7661. PetSmart at Pine Ridge and Airport-Pulling roads will take photos of felines and canines with Santa from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12 and 18-19. A donation of $10.95 will benefit Volunteer Services for Animals.Since 1982, VSA volunteers have provided rescue, foster and discount spay/ neuter services to help homeless cats in Collier County. For more information, call 261-4768 or visit The Naples Players wants your shaggy dog storyMake holiday memories with your pet Do you and your dog or cat have what it takes to be an Animal Assisted Therapy team? Find out more about it from representatives from The Brody Project for Animal Assisted Therapy from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at For Footed Friends in the Marquesa Plaza, 13020 Livingston Road.The Brody Project is the only formal program to offer AAT in Southwest Florida. Animals and their handlers have all received Delta Society training in providing AAT. The Brody Projects mission is to promote an understanding of the human-animal bond and its benefits in enhancing human health. Members host workshops featuring local, national and international speakers specializing in the field of the human-animal bond. Pets are welcome to come with their owners to For Footed Friends for the presentation. For more information, call the pet store at 431-7661 or visit Learn about Animal Assisted Therapy from Brody Project representativesDENNIS GUYITT / COURTESY PHOTOMrs. Claus and a favorite golden retriever from GRRSWF h y h e he o s a n w na i te story announ c day of S s ite t h r o Th e t he d ate d a s w b Da the


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If not, it wont but thats true whether you get the pet for yourself or for your spouse. And if the parents have unrealistic expectations about how much of the pets care will be handled by the kids, does that change if the pet isnt given as a gift? Of course not. It can be hard to adopt a shelter pet, since many shelters have traditionally discouraged holiday-season adoptions. Thats a trend thats changing, in part thanks to pet food maker Iams noteworthy Home for the Holidays pet adoption campaign. Shelter pets would love nothing more than to move from the cage or run at the shelter to the couch at your home. Why make them wait? So while springing an unwanted and unexpected pet on someone as a gift is always a bad idea, and buying from a pet store or click-and-ship puppy website is never a good idea, the careful and wellplanned gift of an appropriate pet can be just what this veterinarian ordered for making your family happier and healthier, now and at any time of the year. Its a great thing to have strong ideas about how pets should be cared for I know I do. But lets not let those ideas get so set in stone that we dont question and qualify them from time to time. The Healing Power of Pets is a prescription Im comfortable giving 365 days a year, and what better gift could there be than the love and companionship of a pet? If youre ready, dont wait until the New Year. Ready, set ... adopt! Seasonal warnings shouldnt stop a thoughtful additionIm a parent and a grandparent, and Ill tell you one thing about children: Theyre expert multitaskers. And they dont suddenly become less so on Jan. 2. Puppies and kittens are just like little kids, and they get into things. But thats not true just at the holidays. If they arent getting into your Christmas decorations, theyll be getting into your laundry basket. Part of acquiring a new pet is making sure that the environment is safe for him, and that the treasured family heirloom you inherited from your great-grandmother is You know the usual warnings: Dont give pets as gifts; The holidays are the worst time to get a new pet; Pets are for life, not just for Christmas; The only good pet to give as a gift is a stuffed animal. Lately, though, Ive found myself swimming against that tide a little. When it comes to giving pets as gifts, its not always a good idea, but its also not always a bad idea. If you add just one word to the word gift, it pretty much fixes the problem. That word is thoughtful. And getting a pet should always be done thoughtfully, whether the pet is a gift or not. First and foremost, being thoughtful means never buying a puppy or kitten from a pet store or Internet site that ships with no questions asked. You dont want to support puppy mills, after all. With that out of the way, what about the other common cautions? Sure, the holidays can be a busy time, with lots of activities, travel and guests. But parents often have time off from work during the holidays, and the children arent in school. The greater flexibility of a holiday schedule can make both pets and peoples adjustments easier, not harder. Then theres the idea that other gifts will be so much more exciting to children that theyll be distracted from a new pet. PET TALES Adopt a holiday petBY DR. MARTY BECKER_________________Universal Uclick Shelter pets need homes year-round, so if everything else is planned for, dont let the holiday stop you from adopting. Pets of the Week >> Jemima is a 2-year-old tabby whos gentle and quiet. She gets along with other cats very well, too. Her adoption fee is $55. >> Taffy is a gorgeous calico whos about a year old. Shes shy at rst, but comes around after greetings. Her adoption fee is $55. >> Brooklyn is a Catahoula leopard-hound mix whos almost 2 years old. Shes beautiful, smart and strong. Her adoption fee is $75.>> Bella Aaden is a purebred Labrador retriever whos a year old. She is quick-witted and very quick physically. She loves people and other pets. Her adoption fee is $250.To adopt a petAll dogs and cats adopted from Humane Society Naples come with a medical exam, vaccinations, sterilization surgery, ID microchip and 30 days of health insurance. Visit the ne pets ready for adoption at 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 for adoption information or log onto


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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NEWS A31 45 SHOWROOMS OPENFor a schedule of upcoming events visit our website at Monday Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trade showroom hours vary on Saturdays. Please call for specic showroom hours. (239) 390-5111 10800 Corkscrew Rd., I-75, Exit 123 in Estero, between Naples & Ft. Myers across from Miromar Outlets Saturday, December 11 at 2 p.m.Trompe Loeil The Illusion of RealitySaturday, December 18 at 2 p.m.Historic Decorating and Traditions of The Edison and Ford Estates in the 1920s 1930s RSVP is greatly appreciated. Call (239) 390-8207.SEE IT! LEARN IT! BE THE FIRST TO KNOW!Free Seminars By The ExpertsOPEN TO THE PUBLIC FURNITURE FABRICS FLOORING LIGHTING KITCHENS BATH ART Euro Kitchen DesignsJ ardin de Ville Strauss Francesco Molon Varaschin Apostol Gallery Fine Lines Duralee It Only Looks Expensive 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 eyed child to creator of wonderment. In Erotica, her fifth studio album created in 1992, Madonnas song Deeper and Deeper uses words from The Sound of Music. Like the echoes of the Austrian mountains, Madonna echoes Marias words: When you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything. But is seems that there the Madonna parts company with her virgin Maria foil. Madonnas album is seen as no longer acceptable, as suggestive, crass, vulgar and raunchy. The album merited a parental advisory warning. Virgin words tumble out of the mouth of a traumatized whore. The 5-year-old child Madonna had seen the mouth of her own dead mother, peaceful and grotesque, sewn shut in her casket. Perhaps the unsilenced Madonna had been calling Maria forth to mother herself even as Maria mothered the Austrian orphans. After all, the father of these orphans had also banished frivolity after their mothers death. Maria would cure all that in her teaching the building blocks of the major scale to the Von Trapp children: Now children, do-re-mi-fa-so and so on are only the tools we use to build a song. Once you have these notes in your heads, you can sing a million different tunes by mixing them up. Madonnas favorite music was the Baroque. She loved Mozart. Mozart was born in Marias country, Austria. He came from Salzburg, the Salt Castle named for the barges that brought salt via water to this city. There, Mozart emerged into the 18th century CE. At the same young age at which Madonna experienced her mothers death, Mozart was already a musical prodigy. In the last year of his life, 1791, Mozart wrote his last opera, The Magic Flute. Mozarts friend and fellow Freemason, Emanuel Schickaneder, wrote the libretto, managed the stage and played the role of Papageno. Many critics see the libretto as disjointed. Goethe referred to it as inane, but wanted to continue writing the libretto. The opera, which opens in the Egyptian temple of Isis, is an amazing blend of the sacred and the profane. In this opera Mozart presents a web of Freemason ritual, political commentary and absurd comedy in music of indescribable breadth and beauty. The character of Papageno, a bird catcher dressed entirely in feathers, is comedic foil. His mouth is padlocked when he lies about being a hero, a snake monster killer. But later he is given bells to play, which bring people to laugh and dance. When he feels he will not be able to find his l ove, Papagena, he contemplates suicide. But she arrives, also feather-dressed. Seeing each other, they are so stunned that they stutter their song to each other: Pa pa papa papa... In The Magic Fl ute there is victory of loves union in both the realms of sacred and profane. There are sounds and grounds for every playful wonderment. We go deeper and sweeter with Madonna. We sing with Maria, beyond being orphaned or limited by legacy. Beyond illusion and delusion, we allude to that which is noted experienced through words beyond words. Doe, a deer, a female deer Lets start at the very beginning A very good place to start When you read you begin with A-B-C When you sing you begin with do-re-mi... The first three notes just happen to be Do-re-mi... Lets see if I can make it easy.... Rogers & Hammerstein, Sound of Music, Maria and the Children: Do, Re, Mi, 1959 Deeper and deeper and deeper and deeper; sweeter and sweeter and sweeter and sweeter.... When you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything. Madonna, Erotica, Deeper and Deeper, 1992Strictly speaking, the use of allusion is quite compelling. It takes us down customary, expectable paths of associations, culturally embedded. We begin in the world matrix of language and meaning, the ground onto which we are thrown at our very beginning. And then the proper and seemly paths prescribed by fashion and etiquette potentially burst into possibilities untoward. Opportunistic webs emerge. Vortex is created. Deeper and deeper; sweeter and sweeter: We move from wide-MUSINGS De rigeuer 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. e i e L M y Rx Ray, a drop of golden sun Me, a name I call myself Far, a long, long way to run Sew, a needle pulling thread La, a note to follow Sew Tea, a drink with jam and bread:That will bring us back to Do (oh-oh-oh)...When you know the notes to sing, You can sing most anything.


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BUSINESS & REAL ESTATENAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE INDUSTRIES BSECTIONWEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 WEEK at-a-glancePuttin on The RitzCelebrating 25 years, and more good-for-business events. B9, 10, 19 On the MoveKeep up with whos going where and doing what on the local business front. B4 A tropical villaMcGarvey Custom Homes Introduces the Cipriani in Quail West. B11 Recession be damned, Bob Grace needed to expand his business, and that meant he needed a loan.Mr. Grace is president and founder of the Grace Tax Advisory Group, which is based in Fort Myers and has offices in Naples, Punta Gorda and Sarasota. This year, the group will oversee the management of some $40 million in assets for its clients. Business has been good, and, as a result, more office space was required. But Mr. Grace didnt have the necessary cash on hand. So, about six months ago, Mr. Grace took out a loan from his bank KeyBank to help finance BY BILL CORNWELLbcornwell@ SEE LOANS, B7 COURTESY PHOTOCEO Bob Long and President Matt Chambers of JRL Ventures/Marine Concepts in Cape Coral dont want a loan, but they know how to get one. GETTING A SMALL BUSINESS LOANTHE THE IMPOSSIBLE: IMPOSSIBLE: FLORIDA WEEKLY TAKES ON:Ever wonder how much time we devote to celebrating the winter holidays? A new breakdown based on the latest Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll indicates the average American expects to spend about 42 hours buying, wrapping and returning gifts, as well as partying and traveling to visit family and friends. The full results of this latest poll are available at www. When you break down the numbers, you really get and idea of how much so many of us have invested in the holidays, says Tod Marks, Consumer Reports senior editor and resident shopping expert. And its nice to see that its not all about shopping, but its also about coming together. Heres a look at how Americans will spend their time this holiday season:Gifting Consumers will spend lots of time shopping for gifts, 15 hours on average. Women plan to spend twice as long as their male counterparts, 20 hours versus 10 hours respectively. Shoppers estimate they will wait on check out lines in stores for about 3 hours, on average; one in four expect to stand in line four hours or more. Once they get home, Americans plan to spend about three hours, on average, wrapping gifts; one in four expect to spend four or more hours doing so. Americans anticipate that they will devote about an hour, on average, to returning holiday gifts; half say they wont spend any time making returns.EntertainingAbout 15 hours, on average, will be spent attending holiday parties, gatherings or events with friends or family; a quarter of Americans plan to spend 20 hours or more on such activities.On the goAmericans estimate that they will spend 7.4 hours, on average, traveling to or from their holiday destinations; 24 percent say they will spend 10 hours or more.The methodologyThe Consumer Reports National Research Center conducted a telephone survey of a nationally representative probability sample of telephone households. Another 1,015 interviews were completed among adults aged 18 and older between Nov. 4 and 7. The margin of error is +/3 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. Survey says Americans invest a lot of time in the holidaysSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY

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QUALITT RVICE New York Style Pizza | 239.435.9333 Visit website for Calendar of Events and Menu1410 Pine Ridge Rd. | Open 7 Days 11a-2a M-F 11am-2pm 6 Lunches for $6 18 Lunches under $8Happy Hour$2DOMESTIC BOTTLES/DRAFTS$4ALL WELLS & HOUSE WINES$5SPECIALITY MARTINISIncluding Patron Ritas and Absolut Cosmos NOW 40 BEERS ON TAP! $5 APPS & 9 PIZZAS(Toppings Extra) MONEY & INVESTINGWhile Europe struggles, U.S. banks face their own problemsThe world has been paying a lot of attention to problems with the banks in the EU, with emphasis most recently on Irelands banks.While the U.S. banks are not in the limelight, they absolutely face a number of challenges, many of which have received news coverage. But, as Ireland loomed so large, the news on U.S. banks was seemingly in the shadows. The topic of this column is two bank issues. In truth, they are worthy of much more reading, understanding and monitoring. The first issue focuses on new capital requirements as set forth by the Bank for International Settlements and the second issue is the potentially very large (as in many billions of dollars) liabilities against the U.S. banks for their, as claimed, shoddy mortgage underwriting practices. Lets look at the first issue. Most know that U.S. banks do not regulate themselves in a vacuum from international banks. A long time ago, dating back to 1930, the BIS was formed. The international central bankers got together to create international standards and cooperation for banking. Over time, there was an attempt to create assurances that, in doing business with each other, there were somewhat equal and known credit risks. In September 2010, the Bank for International Settlements announced Basel III, a new, yet third, accord on capital and liquidity ratios for banks. (Basel is not an acronym or a code word; it simply refers to Basel, Switzerland, where the BIS is located.) Representatives of the top 27 central banks formulated new requirements, many of which start to go into effect by 2013. (Yes, these are the same bankers who caused the worlds credit problems and who are now figuring out how to solve the very problems they caused.) The bottom line is that U.S. banks have to start working toward significantly higher capital or equity levels and significantly higher liquidity standards.Per the Financial Times, Nov. 21, The top 35 U.S. banks will be short of between $100bn and $150bn in equity capital after the new Basel III global bank regulations are imposed, with 90 percent of the shortfall concentrated in the biggest six banks, according to Barclays Capital. How will they get this new capital? Banks can respond by increasing their capital through retained earnings or equity issuance or they can cut their risk-weighted assets through sell-offs and by cutting back on risky business lines.The U.S. banks have to raise capital or sell assets or do some combination of both. In the long run, a better-capitalized banking system is good news. The bad news is that, in the short term, these banks will now have to be focused on issuing equity or selling assets instead of getting on with the business of making loans. The second issue facing U.S. banks is the litigation that is proceeding by major institutional holders and buyers of assorted sub prime, Alt-A, option-adjustable rate jeannetteSHOWALTER, CFA mortgages issued by the big banks. The claim of the buyers is that the banks failed in their legal responsibilities and they want the issuers to take this debt back. The unhappy holders of this mortgage debt include the biggest of the biggies: Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Black Rock, and PIMCO. Fannie and Freddie have already put back $13 billion in mortgages to Bank of America. Wowza! But the total amount of mortgages that might be put back is sized at, over $700 billion on these and other so-called nonagency mortgage securities, according to New York mortgageresearch specialist and broker Amherst Securities Group. Choke. If the put backs succeed, the largest losers could be: Bank of America, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. Bank of America is thought to lead the pack because it bought the notorious mortgage lender Countrywide. Some of the winners in this litigation could include bond insurers MBIA and Assured Guaranty. (AMBAC already went bankrupt under the weight of its bond insurance losses.) It all poses a curious questions: How easy will it be for the U.S. banks to: raise and sell equity, sell assets, disclose contingent liabilities from put backs and, most likely, ultimately book significant losses from these mortgages. The bank indices have been telling a desultory story for some time. The story has not been told with words, but with prices and volume. Talk to your advisers, review your portfolio, and discuss the impact of these issues and the suitability of your holdings. Jeannette Rohn Showalter is a Southwest Florida-based chartered financial analyst, considered to be the highest designation for investment professionals. Subscribe online at or Call 239.325.1960 Get Florida Weekly delivered to your mailbox for only$2995PER YEAR*Rates are based on standard rate postage. A one-year in-county subscription will cost $29.95 to cover shipping and handling. Call for out-of-county and out-of-state postage and pricing options.

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Ms. Mitchell has been with Betty Maclean Travel for two years. Audiologist April Royan, medical director and founder of Decibels Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, has received the Outstanding Customer Service and Patient Satisfaction Award from Audiology Management Group. Ms. Royan holds a masters degree in audiology from the University of Illinois. She opened her Naples practice in 2009. Kena Yoke was named the recipient of the N.A.P.L.E.S. Groups 2010 Liz Cashman Lizzy Award in recognition of her support, commitment and contributions to the group. The president of Dax Enterprises Inc., Ms. Yoke regularly and enthusiastically recruits new members, gives referrals and supports the groups events. Board Appointments John Gleeson and David Kakkuri have joined the board of directors for the Naples chapter of the Gulf Coast Venture Forum. Dr. Kakkuri is the director of the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Economic Development in the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University. He serves on the boards of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, the Region 24 Florida Works, the Southwest Florida BioFlorida Chapter and the Florida Network of Research, Science and Technology Parks. Mr. Gleeson, who joins the GCVF as president-elect, owns of Gleeson Real Estate Group and CFO Vision LLC; both companies specialize in advising organizations on start-up/growth strategies and business plans, with the former focusing on building/development. He serves as treasurer of the Urban Land Institute Southwest Florida District Council and as vice president-finance of the Economic Development Council of Collier County. Roger Harrison, D. Hugh Kinsey Sr. and Cynthia Newmaster have joined the volunteer board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Inc. Mr. Harrison is the president and CEO of the Hendry County Economic Development Council. He serves on the board of directors of the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, the Henry County Regional Medical Center Foundation, and is presidentelect of the Clewiston Rotary club. Suzie Leatherbury and Teresa Toscano have been appointed to the board of directors for Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida Inc. Ms. Leatherbury is a vice president with Regions Bank Mortgage in Naples; Ms. Toscano is a vice president with CNLBank-Southwest Florida, also in Naples. The N.A.P.L.E.S. Group announces the following members have been appointed to its 2010-2011 board of directors and executive committee: Board of directors Jenny Foegen, Port O Call Marina-Naples Princess, president; Brett Nesbit, Rehmann CPA, vice president; Michelle Borders, Naples Network Services, secretary; and Ron Cerritelli, Insphere Insurance Solutions, treasurer. Executive committee By-laws, Dorothy Demarest, DD Parliamentary Services, and Ted Stallone, Naples Flowers; legal, John Goede, Law Offices of John Goede; meeting programs, Blase Ciabaton, Naples Print Source; membership: Liz Cashman, Florida Universal Title; social director, Trisha Borges, First Class Plumbing of Florida); public relations, Kena Yoke, Dax Enterprises, and Nicole Masse, Florida Weekly; and website/IT, Mark Cyr, Dolphin Global Technologies. Nonpro t Organizations Patricia Connell has joined the Conservancy of Southwest Florida as director of events and corporate relations. She is responsible for coordinating fundraising events including Magic Under the Mangroves, the RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Fishing Tournament and Dining for Wildlife. She is also responsible for developing corporate relationships and securing sponsorships and support for the Conservancy. A Naples resident since 1991, Ms. Connell was formerly assistant director of development at Humane Society Naples and before that worked in the financial industry for 15 years. ROYAN KAKKURI GLEESON LEATHERBURY YOKE MITCHELL TOSCANO Have some old, outdated computers lying around that you would love to get rid of? Platinum Coast Technology, a computer service center located in Bonita Springs, may be able to help you and, at the same time, some local nonprofit organizations. The company takes old computers, wipes them clean of all information and distributes them to area nonprofit groups. These groups then use them to help run their own operations or they make them available to those in need within the community. The program was started at Platinum Coast Technology three years ago by company president Ray Woods and instructor/service technician for the firm, Paul Carr. Since the program began, the company has distributed more than 50 computers to organizations like Our Mothers Home, a non-denominational residential housing program offered by Catholic Charities that provides single mothers a safe environment and educational opportunities. The company has also provided computers to the Literacy Council of Bonita Springs and through the Estero-Gulf Coast Kiwanis Club. Both the Literacy Council and the Kiwanis group have taken the computers and made them available to people in need throughout the community, Mr. Carr said, We have heard that these individuals have been able to use them to find jobs or to further their education. Platinum Coast requires that the computers brought to them be no more than five years old and that they contain Pentium 4 processors with Windows XP operating systems installed. The older computers with outdated processors and operating systems arent really worth donating, as they will cause problems for our recipients due to their slow running speed and the likelihood of failure shortly after theyre delivered, Mr. Carr said. Platinum Coast Technology, located at 27400 Riverview Center Blvd., Suite 4 in Bonita Springs, specializes in comprehensive IT services, network services and computer support for smallto medium-sized businesses and home computer users. It provides both remote and on-site support services as well as repair and servicing of all computer brands. For more information, call 9491033 or visit Local company puts old computers to good use


A Job Search Support Group meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Contact Karen Klukiewicz at or visit www. Thursday, Dec. 9, is the deadline to register for the next session of Roadmap for Success, a workshop presented by the Neapolitan Chapter of the American Business Womens Association. The session begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Bellasera Hotel, 221 Ninth St. S. In Can You Afford to Go?, Angela Kidd of Kidd CPA and Chuck Sweet will discuss how to read financial statements and plan a budget. Cost is $26 for ABWA members and $30 for others. Register online at www.abwaneapolitan. org. Walk-ins not permitted. The Naples Area Board of Realtors holds its 61st annual meeting and installation of officers at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. Call 597-1666. The Collier County Bar Association holds its annual holiday party for families from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at Naples Bay Resort. Cost is $30 for adults and $20 for ages 5-16. Cash bar. Register at The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce holds its holiday party from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at The Club at Grandezza. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for donations to the Bonita Springs Assistance Office. Cost is $45. Register at www. Womens Networking of Collier County meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Carrabbas at 4320 Tamiami Trail N. In addition to regular networking, a holiday auction is on the program. Register at PRACC, Public Relations and Marketing Professionals of Collier County, holds its holiday party and annual scholarship fundraiser from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at McCormick & Schmicks in Mercato. RSVP at Terry Rand and Bianca Vukovic of Rand Financial Advisors host a complimentary lunch and estate planning seminar at noon Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Flemings Steakhouse, 8985 Tamiami Trail N. 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 BUSINESS B7 business expansion. It was his second loan in three years. My loans from KeyBank total about $1.4 million, says Mr. Grace. Its tougher today to get a loan thats for sure but its certainly not impossible, if you have a good relationship with your banker. I have a great relationship with my banker, and that makes a big difference. I know them and they know me. Joe Ariola, Mr. Graces banker, agrees. To say that it is impossible to get a loan in todays (economic) environment is a myth that is totally overblown, says Mr. Ariola. Banks are lending money to small businesses. There is excess liquidity, and banks actually are eager to make loans. But Mr. Ariola and other bankers add this important caveat: The days of loans going out to businesses that are not rock-solid financially are over. The money is there for the taking, but only for those businesses that can absolutely prove they will repay. Because so many small businesses have been ravaged by the worst economic downturn, the pool of qualified borrowers has been greatly diminished. Bloomberg Businessweek summed up the banks lending dilemma thusly: Finding qualified (loan) applicants hasnt been easy. Sometimes, the ability of small businesses to borrow has been damaged by factors totally out of their control. For example, some have seen the value of their real estate and other assets nosedive, which reduces their collateral. Additionally, the National Small Business Association points out that many banks reduced existing credit lines for small business customers. This damaged credit scores because small businesses then were using a higher percentage of their available credit. In short, there has been something a perfect economic storm engulfing small businesses over the past couple of years. A study by the National Small Business Association reported that 41 percent of small business owners said they were unable to get adequate funding. There are fewer small businesses now that meet the criteria for loans, says Robert W. Carney, a senior vice president with Shamrock Bank in Naples. That fact is the biggest difference in the loan climate today. Yes, banks are still willing to loan, says John Kozak, a senior vice president a FineMark National Bank & Trust, but it is difficult (to obtain a loan) for any business that cannot show a strong cash flow. Any business that can absolutely prove its ability to repay is going to get a loan, says Bill Valenti, president and CEO of Florida Gulf Bank in Fort Myers. In fact, Mr. Valenti says banks are scouring for good loan prospects and those businesses that meet the lending criteria are in the drivers seat when it comes to getting money. There is competition for these (potential clients), he says. Banks are looking for opportunities to lend money. The experience of JRL Ventures/ Marine Concepts in Cape Coral underscores Mr. Valentis assertion. The business recently won the prestigious 2010 Blue Chip Community Business Award and has drawn wide attention and acclaim for its innovative and sound management. We are approached often by lenders, says Matt Chambers, the companys president. It would be very easy for us to obtain a loan if we would want one. (Lenders) seek us out. But we dont want one. We think that part of our success story has been due to the fact that we dont borrow. Not every business, of course, can make a go of it without benefit of a loan. More typical is the case of Danielle Santoro, who wanted to borrow money to start a business that would match qualified contractors with green energy projects. Ms. Santoro approached Punta Gorda-based Calusa National Bank about a $35,000 loan to get her computer-based business up and running. I applied for a traditional loan at Calusa and was denied, Ms. Santoro says. I just didnt have the collateral to make it work. Ms. Santoro then applied for help through the City of North Ports Small Business Revolving Loan Guarantee Program. The program, which is designed to attract small business to the town, said it would guarantee the loan, and Calusa National Bank then came through with the $35,000. We are definitely looking to do loans, says William Werdell, assistant vice president and community lending officer at Calusa, adding that his institution worked closely with Ms. Santoro in developing a business plan. If I had tried to (get a loan) in the traditional way, it never would have happened, says Ms. Santoro. The Small Business Administration functions in much the same way. It guarantees loans or parts of loans made by private banks. SBA loans, however, are notorious for their mounds of paperwork and bureaucratic eccentricities. The SBA will drag you a long way before you get to that loan, says Mr. Valenti of Florida Gulf Bank. As a result, we dont really do SBA loans. Other banks, though, see it differently. Mr. Ariola at KeyBank says his institution specializes in SBA loans and does a great many. We are really good at (SBA) loans, he says. We know the intricacies. The advantage of SBA loans is that they fill a key gap. They can help you get over collateral concerns. Perhaps the greatest change in bank lending to small businesses that has been wrought by the recession is the decline in loans that are made for startups or expansions. In that regard, Mr. Graces borrowing for business growth and Ms. Santoros funding for new business are anomalies in todays banking environment. Bankers say that most small business loans today are geared toward refinancing and refunding. There is some activity involving profitable businesses that acquire struggling competitors, but, for the most part, there is little in the way of new-business startups. While the economy remains troublesome, many bankers believe there are signs things may be on the upswing, although there is little in the way of hard data to back up that feeling. We are starting to see a little bit of an upswing, says Mr. Valenti. But its just a little bit, and I dont want to get too optimistic. Mr. Ariola says the recession essentially thinned the herd in a business sense. Those businesses that were operating on a wing and a prayer, so to speak, are gone. The ones that have survived, he says, will likely emerge stronger down the road. We are seeing that businesses are going back to basics, he says. They are taking hard looks at their budgets, and they are setting aside money for a raining day. The banks have learned a lesson, too. There is no doubt that some banks were playing too fast, too loose. They didnt survive. Theres been a cleansing of the system. We do see more optimism from our clients, says Mr. Werdell of Calusa National Bank. This has been true over the last six months or so. We have three or four clients who are looking to start new businesses. Bankers agree that small businesses should never fear seeking a loan. After all, the worst that can happen is hearing the word no utter ed by a loan officer. Mr. Valenti puts it this way: I grew up in New York City, and theres a saying there: If you dont ask, you dont get. LOANSFrom page 1 >> Getting a loanThe process of obtaining a small business loan can be arduous, time consuming and confusing. It is always good to have help, especially if you have never done it before. Bankers urge loan applicants to consult a CPA to help with loan applications. Bankers and CPAs speak the same language, says Bill Valenti, president and CEO of Florida Gulf Bank. A bank wants to see a good nancial statement, says Tom Briers of BriersCPA in Bonita Springs. A statement prepared by a CPA gives it a little bit of credibility. Moreover, a CPA knows what documents are required and also can provide other services. Mr. Briers says his rm has a means of measuring how a business is performing relative to similar businesses. It allows (the small business owner) to see how his business stacks up, he notes. Different lenders require different things and the size of the loan can affect how much documentation is required. Dun & Bradstreet provides a list of some commonly required items: Business tax returns for the last two or three years. End of year business nancial statements going back two or three years. Interim nancial statement dated less than 90 days old. Current accounts receivable. Current accounts payable. Customer list. A personal nancial statement of the owner. The owners personal tax returns for the last two or three years. Inventory listing. A business plan that includes a revenue forecast. Building plans for construction. Articles of incorporation. A state-issued corporate charter. A state-issued certi cate of good standing. Assumed name certi cates. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but it does give an idea of the type documentation will be expected. Dun & Bradstreet also warns against taking each document to your lender incrementally. You will wear the lender out quickly. Try to present your documentation in one package. Another piece of advice: If you promise to have something to your lender by a certain date, try to keep your promise. Again, the best way to ensure that a loan package is properly and thoroughly prepared is to have help from a CPA or an attorney familiar with small business loans. in the know There is no doubt that some banks were playing too fast, too loose. They didnt survive. Theres been a cleansing of the system. Joe Ariola, bankerARIOLA Be In the Know. 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 BUSINESS B9 NETWORKING We 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. 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@ the silver anniversary of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples *1. Jerry Thirion and Mike Watkins *2. Matthew Mathias and Vicki Tracy *3. Sam Saad and Sheriff Kevin Rambosk *4. Wilma Boyd and Olga Placeres 5. Sean Lintz, Sal DAngelo, Chief Orly Stolts, James Bloom, Becky Bronsdon and Jerry Sanford 6. Jeff Allbritten, Joel Kessler and Lou Vlasho 7. The Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton 8. Patty and Bud Hornbeck, Brenda OConnor and Kathy Swank 9. Dick Lydon, David Kakkuri and Dary Alvaranga* PHOTOS BY BERNADETTE LAPAGLIA / FLORIDA WEEKLY, ALL OTHERS / COURTESY PHOTOS1 4 5 67 89 23

PAGE 42 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB10 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NETWORKING We 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. 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@ LA PAGLIA / FLORIDA WEEKLY 1. Maureen and Arnold Lerner, Donald Comstock, Sharon and Dolph von Arx 2. Rob Moher with Ruth and Don Campbell 3. Sharen and Gary Thomas 4. Lynn and Robin Wilson, Andy Hill 1. Liz Poletti and Daniel Stenway 2. Members of The Naples Players from the cast of Dickens A Christmas Carol Beverly Canell, Jack Weld, Lisa Federico and David Goguen 3. Dan Nelson and Barbara Linstrom 4. Lynn and Lance Shearer 5. Don and Linda Vedeler 1. Linda Malone, Robin Stranahan and Cheryl Stone in front of a rare Tibetan painting that will be offered for sale at the foundation gala in January 2. Brendon Tripodo and Milda Vaivada 3. Monica Biondo and Susan Levitt 4. Elizabeth Star and Polly KellerCLAY CONE / COURTESY PHOTOS DENNIS COODMAN / COURTESY PHOTOS A carol sing at the Sudgen for WGCU members Breakfast in Port Royal for the David Lawrence Foundation Conservancy of Southwest Florida annual recognition luncheon 1 345 2 1 3 4 2 1 23 4


REAL ESTATEA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY B11Envision yourself settling into a tropical villa in Quail WestMcGarvey Custom Homes introduces its Cipriani villa model in the La Caille neighborhood at Quail West. With 2,965 square feet under air, the residence has three bedrooms, 3 baths and a study. The fully furnished model, outfitted in a tropical style by Edgar and Tiffany West of the East Indies Home & Patio design group, is offered at $1,188,000; the Cipriani base floor plan is priced from $945,000, unfurnished. An 1,180-acre master-planned community, Quail West has two Arthur Hills championship golf courses, and a clubhouse that offers casual and fine dining, a ball room, wine grotto, full-service spa and beauty salon, pro shops, fitness center, eight lighted red-clay tennis courts and a resort-style solarium pool. All of the communitys amenities are owned debt-free by its members. McGarvey Custome Homes is among the communitys featured buildings, who also include: Diamond Custom Homes, Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers, SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY SEE CBIA, B15 SEE QUAIL WEST, B15 Three leaders named to CBIA Hall of Fame The Collier Building Industry Association inducted three members into its Housing Hall of Fame during the annual installation dinner on Dec. 8 at Olde Cypress in Naples. The three inaugural honorees were recognized for their leadership in the building industry and for their contributions in building the foundation of the CBIA. They are: Peter Girardin, who was the guiding steward of CBIA finances for 25 plus years Mr. Girardin attended association events regularly until he retired two years ago as the managing partner of Girardin, Bryant & Baldwin, which had recently merged into the national firm of Larson & Allen. Mr. Girardins work in overseeing financials and tax returns and his general consulting was a significant reason for the CBIAs becoming one of the most financially secure and elite building associations in the country. His counsel and advice to many CBIA members helped them grow their own quality businesses. Dave Weston, CFO of Naples Lumber & Supply Inc. Mr. Weston has been a CBIA member since 1986 and began participating on the board of directors in 1993. Over the years, he has worked on committees including the political action, golf, membership, governmental affairs, building and finance committees.Mr. Weston has also been active at the state level as a director and an alternate state director for many years. He also has received the CBIA Community Service Award and Presidents Award, and has been named Associate of the Year. He participates in many organizations throughout Collier County, including the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, the Presidents Council for Hodges University and the Neighborhood Health Clinic board of directors. Steve Lawson, owner of Knotts Plastering and a member of CBIA since 1986 A founding member of the membership committee, Mr. Lawson has personally SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY WESTON LAWSON COURTESY PHOTOSA custom wrought-iron gate opens to the Ciprianis courtyard entrance. Clockwise from above: Bedding and window treatments feature silk imported from Thailand. The kitchen island has stainless steel sinks and a raised bar. A chocolate and cream linen sofa is the focal point in the great room. The outdoor living area has ample room for cooing, dining and conversing.


B A Y S I D E V I L L A 4 2 1 2 B A Y J A H V I E W C A P T I V A G U L F F R O N T S E C L U D E D I S L A N D P A R A D I S E R O O S E V E L T C H A N N E L V I E W S R O O S E V E L T C H A N N E L E S T A T E C H A N N E L C H A R M E R C A P T I V A G U L F F R O N T A Z U R E @ B O N I T A B A Y T E R A M O @ M E D I T E R R A S T U N N I N G F O R M E R M O D E L M A R C E L L O @ M E D I T E R R A F A B U L O U S D E L A S O L H O M E H A R B O R L A N D I N G @ B O N I T A B A Y P A R K S H O R E R I V E R B E N D K E Y W E S T S T Y L E H I D E A W A Y H E R O N S L A N D I N G S A N I B E L E A S T E N D N E A R B E A C H W A L K T O B E A C H A N D B A Y C O Q U I N A B E A C H C O N D O S P A N I S H C A Y D E L I G H T D I R E C T G U L F F R O N T I N C O M E P R O D U C E R B E A U T I F U L P O O L H O M E G R E A T S T A R T E R H O M E S H E N A N D O A H G U L F A C C E S S I N T O W N & R I V E R M A R B E L L A O N 5 5 A C R E S T H E F O R E S T W I L L O W L A K E


3,049 sq ft. furnished villa decorated by Collins & Dupont. Golf course views. $1,998,500 at Mediterra. Built in 2007. 3,925 living sq ft. Private lakeviews. $1,995,500 at Mediterra. Reduced 254,000! 2,080 sq ft. Fully renovated beachfront condo. $853,999 in Moorings. Former model offered furnished. Golf & lake views. 3505 sq ft. $1,499,900 at Tuscany Reserve. 239-273-1376 David William Auston, PA AMERIVEST REALTY Build your custom Mediterra home on one of the few remaining lots. From $398,000 at Mediterra. Pending Open Sun. 1-4 3,786 sq ft. 4bed/4bath. Built in 2007. Private lakeviews. $1,999,999 at Mediterra. Open Sun. 1-4 1.27 acre lot. Golf/Lake Views. New 5bed/6bath. 10,262 total sq ft. $4,995,000 at Mediterra. 5,807 sq ft. furnished model with long lake/golf views. $3,495,000 at Mediterra. Brand new. 7,316 total sq ft. 1 acre lot. 4bed/4bath. $2,975,000 at Mediterra. Bridgette Foster 2392538001 Gene Foster 2392538002Endless waterfront views, redone 3/3, 10ft ceilings. $1,399,000 Pelican Isle I #10033+Den/3.5Ba. completely refurbished 2872SF end unit. $985,000 Pelican Isle II #201Great Gulf views, 2677SF, 3/3, 2 lanais. $894,000 Pelican Isle I #402Dramatic 2677SF, elegant upgrades, beach/Wiggins Pass views. $879,900 Pelican Isle II #302Refurbished 3/3, redesigned kit. Gulf/Bay/W.P. views. $1,425,000 Pelican Isle II #903New A/C units & hot water heater, 2677SF, Views. $899,000 Pelican Isle II #702Walk into breathtaking views! Wood rs, Granite kit. 3/3. $889,000 Pelican Isle II #303New granite in kit, surrounded by water, end unit, 2872SF. $895,000 Pelican Isle II #304Beautiful waterfront! New decor, 2677SF, 3/3. $839,000 Pelican Isle III #6023096 SF, lanais off living & Master suit, amazing views. $1,499,000. Pelican Isle III #605Bright, spacious great room, w/ water views, 2 lanais, 2428SF. $749,000 Pelican Isle III #403 2677SF, designer decorated, wood rs, Gulf/Bay/River views. $895,000Pelican Isle III #7023Br/3Ba, 2428SF, views of Gulf/River/Bay. $995,950 Pelican Isle III #703Marble rs, new granite kit, Gulf views, 3+Den/3.5Ba. $1,399,000 Pelican Isle III #906 AMERIVEST Realty (W-10 $82,500) (W-31 $191,000) (N-79 $195,000) (N-25 $249,000) Boat Slips Available O H


Doreen Vachon 643-0636Home Grown Girl!Resident in Naples since 1969 OWNER FINANCE OR LEASE OPTION 161 4th St. 3/2, tiled oors, updated kitchen/baths. New windows. Wrap around covered deck, carport, workshop/shed. $809 per month* $159,500*owner nance with 15%-20% down PITI, amortized over 30 years at 6% interest 3587 Bolero Way 3/2 garage, all updated, oversized lot backs up to golf course. $930 per month* $179,900 Lot included in sales price co-op ownership. Newer home with carport, closed porch and decks around. 55+ community. BUILT IN 2002 2 bed plus den, 2 bath Carport, parking for 3 cars. Workshop shed and lanai. Quiet end of the road community with pool clubhouse. Recreation room, BBQ area. $98,400 $59,900 $10,000 Down, 6% Interest, Amortized over 20 years$143 per month* $29,900 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 REAL ESTATE B15 recruited more than 300 members to the association. He has been named Associate of the Year by the CBIA and the Florida Home Builders Association and served on the CBIA board of directors for many years. He also formed the Trades Council for the local and state organizations and is a life director for both associations. About CBIAFounded in 1985, CBIA is a 500-member association of builders, remodelers, interior designers and other housing industry professionals. The association operates under the auspices of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. For more information, call 436-6100 or visit www. Fox Custom Builders, Imperial H omes of Sou thwest Florida, London Bay Homes, Michelangelo Homes and Robert DAngelo Jr. Construction Company. Fully furnished models available for purchase begin in the low $800,000s. The newest homes in Quail West, The Tamworth Collection, are being constructed on 95-by-200-foot lots and will be priced from $1.5 million to $2 million. Quail West is east of Interstate 75 and one mile south of Bonita Beach Road in North Naples. For more information, visit www. CBIAFrom page B11QUAIL WESTFrom page B11 COURTESY PHOTOThe study in the Cipriani has hand-scraped plank floors and a hand-carved teakwood writing table.

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Sponsored by the Neighborhood Community Foundation, the workshop is set for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at Riverpark Community Center, 301 11th St. N.A Florida court has ruled that banks must provide evidence of ownership when attempting to foreclosure on a property. The decision came amid critical reports of judicial foreclosures receiving rocket docket processing despite missing and/or poorly prepared documents. In October, Well Fargo admitted making mistakes in 55,000 foreclosure cases but promised to expeditiously address them. Now, a growing number of concerned homeowners, including many who have missed their mortgage payments, are now moving to challenge their foreclosure proceedings. Encouraging homeowners to learn the facts about their loans, Mr. Hicks says lender violations are typically found in eight out of 10 reviewed loan files. Workshop topics will include: Loan modifications and effective techniques in working with banks; Federal foreclosure programs including HAMP and HAFA; Loan review and how to identify errors in your loan papers; Simple steps to postpone a move and buy more time in your home; Protecting against foreclosure predators, and Potential legal defenses. A question-and-answer session will follow the program. Attendees will also receive information from participating nonprofit agencies to help them better assess a practical course of action for their needs. Participating sponsors include Legal Aid, Boys and Girls Club and Goodwill Industries and more. Although the workshop is free, registration is required and can be made by calling (877) 306-5299. About the NCFBased in Sarasota, the Neighborhood Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve and strengthen Florida communities by partnering with city leaders, attorneys and relief agencies in educating homeowners about foreclosure prevention. For more information, call (941) 556-4473 or visit Free workshop will address how to prevent, defend against foreclosure COURTESY RENDERINGKraft Construction is building a new gymnasium at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School. The long-awaited addition to the school campus will include a 13,112-square-foot gymnasium with a full-size court and bleachers for 180 spectators, boys and girls locker rooms as well as restrooms and coaches offices.


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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 REAL ESTATE B19 NETWORKING All aboard with Cruise Naples and the Young Professionals The third annual luxury boat show at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club We 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. 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@ 1. Sandy Wiegman, Jason Hartgrave and Sheila Wiegman 2. Alison Amaral and Amy Ashby 3. Jackie Ritter and Amy Bensinger 4. Tricia Harlow, Tim Nash and Blair Delongy 5. Monica and Teresa McInnis and Deanna Desruisseaux 6. Michelle Sehulster, Cormac Giblin and Courtney Herrell 7. John Musca, Sarah Gross and Brian Blum Far left: Nicole Guitierrez, Peterson Janvier, Cynthia Hernandez, Natalie Artimez, Julie Zepeda and Daniela Fuenzalida of the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County Left: Emily JentgenCOURTESY PHOTOS CHARLIE MCDONALD / FLORIDA WEEKLY 1 23 5 6 7 4


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Sat. 9-5 and Sun. 12-5 25 OLD NAPLES CASA BELLA 458 11th Avenue South $1,700,000 Premier SIR Beth Hayhoe McNichols 821-3304 Thur. and Sun. 1-4 26 MEDITERRA 17001 Cortile Drive $1,999,999 Amerivest Realty David William Auston, PA 273-1367 >$2,000,00027 MOORINGS 320 Springline Drive $2,195,000 Premier SIR Michael Lawler 571-3939 28 BONITA BAY ESTANCIA 4801 Bonita Bay Blvd. #PH-102 $2,495,000 Premier SIR Carol Johnson/Michael Lickley 948-4000 29 VANDERBILT BEACH MORAYA BAY 11125 Gulfshore Drive From $2,500,000 Premier SIR Call 239-5145050 Mon. 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Girls Gone BadYou never know what Nice Jewish Girls will do when they take their show on the road. C8 Ooh, la la Films on Fifth brings French Summer Hours to the Sugden. C12 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYARTS & ENTERTAINMENTA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE CSECTIONWEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 Bring it onWelcome the winter solstice at Naples Botanical Garden. C17 High-Rises at Bonita Bay 495-1105 Estuary at Grey Oaks 261-3148 The Strada at Mercato 594-9400 The Village 261-6161 Old Naples 434-2424 North Naples 594-9494 Promenade 948-4000 Fifth Avenue 643-3445 Marco Island 642-2222 Rentals 262-4242 BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Inside Thirteen years ago, Marcus Jansen sold his paintings on the sidewalk.Every day, hed take the subway down from the Bronx and stand at the intersection of Prince Street and Broadway in SoHo, hoping to sell his scenes of city life. Most were small, and on cardboard, because he couldnt afford canvas. All he had was his talent, his unique way of seeing things, and a heart full of hope. That was my corner. I set them up against the wall of the Victorias Secret store, he recalls. I saw a lot of celebrities. Some stopped, some that didnt. You learn to deal with the whole rejection thing. And rejection seemed the one constant in his artistic BY NANCY STETSONnstetson@ COURTESY PHOTO / FLIP MINOTT / MINOTTMOTIONPICTURES.COM Marcus Jansen in his Fort Myers studio during the filming of his upcoming documentary. COURTESY 101 EXHIBIT MIAMI / 2010 MARCUS JANSEN"Creeping Obstacles in Kansas" SEE ARTIST, C4 Good is enough to describe Cluster Pluckin line-upMAKING A LIVING AS AN ARTIST THE THE IMPOSSIBLE: IMPOSSIBLE: Ten bands and singer-songwriters will take their turn on the stage at The Norris Center for the second annual Cluster Pluckin on Saturday night, Dec. 11. Among them are acts that play bluegrass, jazz and folk, and some that defy classification other than just being good, organizers say. Also billed as the Neapolitan Opry, the performance from 7-10 p.m. is structured like the old-fashioned Grand Ole Opry radio show (though its not broadcast over any airwaves). Each act performs a few songs while emcees do brief commercials during breaks highlighting supporting sponsors and venues. Russ Morrison, leader of the band COURTESY PHOTOAvery County FLORIDA WEEKLY TAKES ON: SEE PLUCKIN, C3 BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@

PAGE 57 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC2 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 THE ENGLISH PUBNaples Oldest Authentic British Tavern EST. 1969 Lobster Bisque or Naples Winter Salad A Selection of Holiday Brea ds & Honey Butter Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding Honey Baked Ham Folkstone Sole with a Light Horsradish Cream Sauce (All Appropriate Side Veggies & Potatoes) A Selection of Seasonal Desserts *All You Can Eat Prime Rib & Seafood Buffet* Free Wine Through Dinner* *Champagne at Midnight* *The Bar is OPEN Until 4:00 AM* **JUST $29.95 Per Person++** Crab Races with Captain Danny I would have understood if he preferred the naughty nurses. There were three of them, all dressed in white polyester, wearing plastic stethoscopes. Their skirts were short, their dcolletage revealing, and they hailed from overseas. Who brought the Swedish porn stars? a man asked at the Halloween party we all attended. I did. But I missed the naughty nurse memo, and I rolled in as a sexy squaw instead. I mean, a classy Indian. I mean, a weak approximation of a Native American, with a homemade fringed skirt and two feathers stuck in my hair. I had roped my friends into going to a house party where we didnt know anyone, promising them cute guys, the chance to meet new people and, most importantly, a shot at a date for the upcoming Marine Ball. Every year, at the birthday of the Marine Corps, Marines all over the world host a bash in their own honor. Its a grand fete where women wear ball gowns and the men actually take a shower and shave. The Marines are achingly young, and you cant help but want to celebrate their fresh-faced courage. At the Halloween party the week before the ball, the Marines were in full Faced with impossible choices ArtisHENDERSON form. A wolf prowled among the guests, and Obi Wan Kenobi served drinks from the bar. They were muscled and cleancut, young and brash in a way that could break your heart if you let it. Arrogant, even, with their American good looks and new-to-the world bravery. And they loved the naughty nurses. They gathered around the women in white, making small talk, asking about their hometowns. They exchanged numbers and invited them back for future parties. I chatted with the Marines in passing when I bought a drink at the bar, when I moved from the bar to the dance floor. One of them stopped me by the pool table. We talked about his family in Kansas, and I laughed to hear what he thought about living overseas. They were innocuous topics, not sexy in the least, so when he took me aside at the end of the night, I couldnt imagine what he wanted. I was wondering, he said. Would you go to the Marine Ball with me? I stood there for a second, my face shocked, disbelieving. How could this handsome young man, given the choice between three bombshells in nurse uniforms, have chosen me? Later, blissed-out on having won the grand prize, I imagined there was some lesson in it, a statement on the nature of dating, of the choices men make. I thought this confirmed everything I had ever hoped that smarts and class beat out vulgar sexuality in the end. SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTSsaid. Hes already called me twice this week.He had not called me. It turned out all of my highbrow theories were wrong. The Marine did not make the impossible choice between sexy and smart after all. He decided he wanted them both. ...The Marine did not make the impossible choice between sexy and smart after all. He decided he wanted them both. e sts, ro m e ano uld g ant, o o k s r ses. n in b out u mt ur e s in t h e the e b y m ily a t h e y d h e in t h e o me t ure k e. I had b eat s c t m o f r i es Ma r t he i b etw ee a f t e r al w ant e d A week or so later, I had dinner with a group of friends that included the naughty nurses. I mentioned the young Marine who had invited me to the ball. One of the nurses laughed dismissively. Him? she


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 C3 Naples Daily News naplesnews.comBonita Daily News choice CHAMPION2010southwest orida 320 13th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102 (239) 263-8881 NAPLES CHARM Enjoy Patio Dining for Breakfast and Lunch.1209 3rd Street South(Behind Concierge Gazebo)(239) 261-2253 Daily 8:00 am 5:00 pm Breakfast & Lunch: Mon-Fri All-Day Weekend Brunch Happy Hour 3 5 Frontline Bluegrass by avocation and a Naples financial advisor by profession, started the event last year to highlight the wealth of local musicians. Its mainly meant to showcase local talent, and we have an awful lot of talent in this town, he says. For example, Chase Padgett, who graduated from Naples High School and travels the world with his Guitars show, will play jazz. Andy Wahlberg will play harp guitar, and The WholeTones will perform their genre-bending blend of folk, bluegrass and metal. A few out-of-towners are on the program as well, including the Saw Grass Drifters, a bluegrass band led by a couple from Switzerland and Czechoslovakia. (Bluegrass is worldwide to a certain degree, Mr. Morrison says.) Other acts include Frank Corso, Dan Banks with Matt Baxley and others, Monroe Station, Clay Hess with Jon Garon, Avery County Bluegrass and Mr. Morrisons band, Frontline Bluegrass. Besides the Grand Ole Opery radio show, the event was also inspired by an old bluegrass band called The Cluster Pluckers, Mr. Morrison says. Getting all the performers organized on stage takes some doing, so thats another reason why the name of the event seemed apt. Its quite a logistics exercise, getting them all on in three hours, Mr. Morrison says. In any case, it promises to be a lot of fun. PLUCKINFrom page 1 >> What: The second annual Cluster Pluckin >> When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 >> Where: The Norris Center >> Tickets: $20 in advance, reserved center seating; $23 at the door >> Details: Food will be available in lobby by Freds Food, Fun & Spirits. >> Info: 213-3049 or russ.frontline1 in the know COURTESY PHOTOSTop: Andy Wahlberg. Above: Frontline Bluegrass

PAGE 59 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 career. Galleries in Germany, where Mr. Jansen and his wife, Michaela, had been living, didnt want to represent him. Nor did the galleries he approached in New York. So he took his work to the streets, selling paintings on the sidewalk for $350 and $750. He was happy if he sold two in one week. He was just trying to make enough money to pay the bills and keep painting. Now, Mr. Jansens paintings sell for as much as $80,000 (with an average of $20,000 for smaller pieces). During the first week in December, he showed at SCOPE Miami Art Basel Miami Beach. Collectors from around the world came to see and buy his latest work. The director and the board of trustees from the Boston Museum of Fine Art flew down to see his paintings in person. Art Basel brings in lots of opportunities, Mr. Jansen says. We go through the proposals. He already knows that next year he will have an exhibit at the Pulse Art Fair in New York and a solo show with 101 Exhibit, also in New York. And hes in the process of setting up something in Rome. Hes lauded as a pioneer in Modern Urban Expressionism. Art historian/author Jerome Donson, who worked with Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning and Jasper Johns, is quoted in one of Mr. Jansens catalogs as saying, I had never seen paintings like these. They gave me the feeling of seeing paintings that had leaped 100 to 150 years from the American style of the Ash Can School.Talent, passion, tenacity Through the years, many people told Mr. Jansen it was impossible to make a living as an artist. He has proven them wrong. Ironically, he didnt set out for celebrity and fame. Its not about making huge amounts of money, he says. Its that people are showing an interest in the work, that its influencing others. Its a very, very tough business. It takes everything out of you. Ive worked day and night Its a do-or-die situation. You have to have that much passion in it. Some might be luckier than others. Of course, Mr. Jansen went about making much of his own luck. He had not only the talent and the passion, but also the tenacity. Art, he says is absolutely one of the most difficult fields I know and I was in the military. My military background clearly prepared me for what I need to do here. It got me very focused, taught me about strategy, and most important, probably, about discipline and endurance. We dont quit in the military. Thats something thats ingrained. Youre never finished. To me, success has always been measured by how well you do in the turbulent times, not how much money you make. If anything, I pride myself on doing fairly well in turbulent times and maintaining. Mr. Jansen was in the Army for eight years, which included three tours the Gulf War, Korea and Germany. In his eighth year, he returned from the Gulf War and was about to deploy to Bosnia, but didnt feel ready to return to a combat environment. Hed been made sergeant and would soon be made staff sergeant. But art was luring him like a siren. It was a difficult decision to leave the Army. I was part of this brotherhood, he says. You do feel its your family, and if you do anything, (it affects them.) The artist says he viewed serving in the military as just a positive thing to do in life. Now he also believes the arts are a great way to serve. For him, art has been just a change of weapons. Picasso said art could be a tool of war. In many ways, I agree with that. Its been a change of weapons for me. He learned in the military to set a short-term goal and a long-term goal, a strategy he applied to his art career. Once I met the short-term goal, I went toward the long-term goal, he says. The creative process, he adds, doesnt stop with his paintings.Creating a life, not just artIt always starts with a vision, he says. You have to create your career like you create your life. The creative process is the whole picture: You create who you marry, what job you take, what food youll eat. These are things that you have power-making decisions in. Creating his career was similar creating a painting. It works the same way, he says. It takes longer and doesnt happen overnight. And Im still creating. In many ways, Im just starting. His work has evolved, and he now feels that hes come into his own, he says. Graffiti as inspirationLike all of us, Mr. Jansen is the product of his past experiences and influences. Born to an American mother and German father in New York City, he lived there until the family moved to Germany when he was 10. When he was 14, he discovered the art of Robert Rauschenberg in a book. It left such an impact on me, he recalls. It was a golden covered book, and I saw it as the bahnhof, the train station It had this urban feel, and I saw a lot of similarity with graffiti art. Rauschenberg definitely made an impression on me. As a young boy in the south Bronx, Mr. Jansen saw the emergence of graffiti art. Living near a train station, he saw the colorful, cartoon-like characters sprayed across entire subway cars. That didnt mean it wasnt art, he says. It was done on property that wasnt theirs; the surface was the issue. After he left for Germany, graffiti art emerged as an international phenomenon, he says. It has the hip-hop elements, the rap element. And Europeans went crazy over it: What is this? They had just never seen anything like it before. When he went back to New York in 1982 to visit, he met the well-known graffiti artist West One. He invited me down to his apartment, Mr. Jansen recalls. He opened his room he had a small apartment and the whole room was full of spray paint cans. And I thought, Wow! And he had these huge stacks of binders with photos of his trains. The whole thing impressed me. For a young person, vandalism, rebellious behavior, is intriguing. He showed me a lot of his murals (on walls) in Manhattan, and what struck me was the vibrancy of the colors and the movement in the work. It wasnt static, it wasnt boring. It was mysterious and dark, and there was a story being told about how people lived in those areas and the issues that were prevalent to them I felt, somehow, a sense of responsibility, a sense of belonging and wanting to assist in reporting some of that. West One gave Mr. Jansen a piece of art. He inspired me to paint, he says. Another person who influenced him was Daisy Dee, a German talk show host and musician. I met her when she was 16 and I was 18, Mr. Jansen says. She became this huge icon. I had people like that in my life who helped me see that these things are possible, you can make a living at (art). When he returned to New York from living in Europe, Mr. Jansen saw the city with fresh eyes. The graffiti art was great, and what it did to its environment, he says. A line of chalk or paint splashed against the wall was great. We were living in this huge piece of art! The influence of graffiti is apparent in Mr. Jansens work, in the loose, gestural lines and in the splashes, drips and stencils on the textured walls that are his canvas. The influence of Jean-Michel Basquiat is also obvious. (I love) Basquiat his spontaneity and his honesty. Most of all, his honesty. He didnt lie in his paintings. And he greatly admires Mr. Rauschenberg. Not just for his work, but that he was able to open the art world up to new ways of seeing things, he says. It was much bigger than doing art. From Mr. Rauschenberg, he learned that, Great art can and does come from the most unexpected situations, he says. Like Mr. Rauschenberg, Mr. Jansen incorporates objects into his paintings: pieces of twine, cardboard, newspaper and magazine images. His urban landscapes are at once abstract and representational colorful, sprawling things that are both loose and detailed.Risks worth takingWhen he starts a painting, Mr. Jansen has no idea how it will look in the end. He doesnt want to know. Thats boring. Whats the point? he says. None of the paintings are created consciously. You get lost in them. Let them take you where theyre going to take you. Its uncontrolled. Im very spontaneous in my inspiration. It happens as I feel, or as I go along. I like thick textures, paintings that have a lot of textures, risk. I work with risk. I dont believe in mistakes. I use them in the work. I dont see them as something to be afraid of. Accidents, he says, are simply learning experiences. The whole explanation that has to do with art in general is in that realm of possibility. And there are endless possibilities. No boundaries, no limits, no rules.Back in the U.S. The Jansens moved to the United States in the summer of 2001 because, Here in the U.S. its easier than any other place in the world to make a living as an artist, Mr. Jansen says. They lived first in Atlanta, and then moved to Fort Myers to be close to Mr. Jansens parents. A number of commissions and recognitions helped advance his career. The Ford Motor Company approached him in 2003 and commissioned him to do four paintings for their 100th anniversary. It set a price for his paintings, he says, which jumped from $5,000 to $7,000. He received the Angel of the Arts Award for New Artist of the Year from the Lee County Alliance for the Arts in 2005. He received another Angel of the Arts Award in 2010 this time, for Artist of the Year. Also in 2005, the Southwest Florida Museum commissioned him to do 11 paintings focusing on Fort Myers and its history. One of the paintings is now in the museums collection. In 2008, when Warner Brothers commissioned him to do a Wizard of Oz painting for its 70th anniversary, Mr. Jansen had never seen the film. He says he watched it at least 20 times and spent more than a month researching and studying the history of the movie. The result was a 48-by-60-inch painting, E Pluribus Unum, which references the movie and comments on todays world as well.Always something newThough the years, Mr. Jansen stayed true to his vision. When I started the work, people were skeptical, he says. No one was painting in that direction. Why is he doing these gritty urban scenes? Many people were saying, Youre never going to see those things. People are never going to buy them. I differed in opinion. He approached his career the same way he approached his paintings. Its a leap of faith kind of like jumping off a cliff, not knowing whats going to happen during the jump, he says. Its in that area of unknown where you discover things. And if you dont make that jump into the unknown, you stay static. You go with what everybody else knows as well. Its too rational, too studied, already known. It doesnt reveal anything.ARTISTFrom page 1 ERIC RADDATZ / FLORIDA WEEKLYAbove: Marcus Jansen sits in front of one of his most recent paintings at SCOPE Miami during Art Basel in Miami Beach. At left: Mr. Jansen while serving in the Army.COURTESY PHOTO


WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C5 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY MIRAMARE RISTORANTE Waterfront Dining4236 GULFSHORE BLVD N. 3-Course Dinner FALL SPECIAL $19.10 4:30 PM 6:00 PM Everyday Waterfront Reservations Recommended IMAGES COURTESY 101 EXHIBIT MIAMI/ 2010 MARCUS JANSENThe Collision, oil enamel collage on canvas Obscure Lines Between Fact and Fiction, 135-by-90 inches Surveillance after Storms, oil enamel collage on canvasOur knowledge generally is limited, so if you dont take those risks, to open up doors to things you havent approached or engaged in, youll just go in circles. Thats why the arts are important, because they open you up to new possibilities. There are endless possibilities. Were tiny creatures, and theres always a new possibility endless possibilities. Every painter proves that, with every new work: He or she shows us a new possibility, a new vision. >> Who is Marcus Jansen?Marcus Jansen was born in Manhattan in 1968. He attended the Berufsfachschule fur Gestaltung in Monchengladbach, Germany, before joining the U.S. Armed Forces in 1989. Mr. Jansen was included in the 12th international Biennial Print and Drawing in Taichung, Taiwan, and in the eighth International Biennale of Modern Art Dialogues in St. Petersburg, Russia. His work has been published and noted in publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Kuwait Times, Forbes, Art Pulse, Art News, Art + Auction and Art in America Magazine. He is included in Whos Who in American Art and Whos Who in International Art. His works are in permanent collections at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution. His commissions include paintings for Warner Brothers Hollywood and Ford Motor Company and work in support of the FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa. in the know

PAGE 61 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO Theater The Fantasticks By TheatreZone through Dec. 12 at the G&L Theatre. (888) 966-3352 or Dickens A Christmas Carol By The Naples Players through Dec. 19. 263-7990 or Gaslight By Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers, through Dec. 19. 3324488 or The Santaland Diaries By Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers, Dec. 9-23. 332-4488 or www.floridarep. org. See story page C20. Dead Mans Cell Phone By Theatre Conspiracy, Fort Myers, Dec. 9-11 and 16-18. 936-3239 or Holly Jolly Christmas At the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers, through Dec. 25. 278-4422 or www. The Andrews Brothers At the Off Broadway Palm Theatre, Fort Myers, through Dec. 25. 278-4422 or www. Thursday, Dec. 9 One-woman Play Conversations with History: Remember the Ladies is presented by Janina Birtolo at 2 p.m. at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway. This original work follows the life of Abigail Adams during the American Revolution. 252-7542. Flutes Galore The Magical Flute is presented at 2 p.m. at the Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave. The program features the great flutists, from Vivaldi and Mozart to modern folk and show tunes. 263-7768. Must be Santa Visit with Santa in from 5-7 p.m. tonight through Saturday in The Norris Garden at historic Palm Cottage. No reservations required. 2618164 or All Aboard The Holiday Boat Parade at The Village on Venetian Bay sets sail at 6 p.m. 403-2204. Musical Evening The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents Live at the Promenade! Naples Piano Quartet Around the World in 80 Minutes at 7 p.m. at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. $30 members, $35 non-members, $35 at the door. 495-8989. Holiday Sounds St. Pauls Episcopal Church presents a Christmas concert with Paul Todd and Paul Todd Jr. at 7 p.m. at 3901 Davis Blvd. $20. 643-0197. On the Avenue Evening on Fifth runs from 7-10:30 p.m. on Fifth Avenue South. Thursday on Third Enjoy entertainment and more from 6-9 p.m. in the Third Street South shopping district. 261-8936. Choral Music The 75-voice combined choirs of Ave Maria University present a program of sacred choral music to celebrate the season at 7 p.m. at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr. $15. 304-7032 or 280-2485. Ad Libbing Naples City Improv takes its brand of spontaneous comedy to the home of The Marco Players with shows at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday in the Marco Island Town Center. $20. 642-7270 or Friday, Dec. 10 Chamber Music The Chicago New Arts Trio performs a free recital of chamber music at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Bonita Springs at 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted to benefit Feed My Starving Children. 498-9884, www.FMSC. org or Vegas Fun Evening in the Park Vegas Night, presented by the artists of Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, runs from 5-8 p.m. at the park on Old 41. Collect cards for poker hands at various artist cottages and play for prizes. Deck the Walls Singer/songwriter Bobby Goldsboro performs while visitors check out his newest paintings from 6-9 p.m. at Sweet Art Gallery, 2054 Trade Center Way. 597-2110 or www. Christmas Songs The Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus, a 60-man a capella group, sings holiday songs at 7:30 p.m. at The Norris Center. $15. Church Concert The Parkway Life Church holiday concert is set for 7-9 p.m. at Cambier Park. 455-1534. A Christmas Couple Amy Grant and Vince Gill bring their Days of Christmas Tour to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.75 to $95. 481-4849. Holiday Lights The Celebration of Lights runs from 5-8:30 p.m. at Ave Maria. Enjoy holiday displays, childrens ornament making and a visit from Santa Claus. 304-1236 or Saturday, Dec. 11 Dancing Horses The Southwest Florida Dressage Association hosts a schooling show from 8:30 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m. at the Lee Civic Center, North Fort Myers. Spectators are welcome. Arts and Crafts The Naples Artcrafters Fine Arts & Craft Show runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sunday at Cambier Park. 352-3036. Fashions Forward Signatures at Mercato hosts a champagne reception from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 254-5800. Naples Collects The Naples Collects exhibit opens today and runs through Jan. 9 at The von Liebig Art Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 262-6517 or www. See story page C15. Art Lecture Learn about the Language of Art followed by a plein air workshops at 10:30 a.m. at the Koreshan Art Hall in Estero. 992-0311. Holiday Tunes A holiday concert and sing-a-long with young musical talents from Hope School of Music takes place from 1-3 p.m. at Miromar Outlets. Holiday Stroll Enjoy holiday entertainment at the Mercato from 4-7 p.m., including photos with Santa, carolers, face painting and a fashion show from 5-6 p.m. 403-2204 or Seasonal Treasures By the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra at 8 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900 or Worlds of Wine World Market stores in Naples, Coconut Point and Fort Myers host a free grand wine tasting from noon-4 p.m. Boats on Parade The Marine Industries Association of Collier Countys 21st annual Holiday Boat Parade is set for 6-8 p.m. in Naples Bay. This years theme is Holiday Rock n Roll. Free, but donations are welcome for the Ricky King Fund. 682-0900 or Orchestra and Chorus The Naples Orchestra and Chorus performs COURTESY PHOTOThe Last Dance, a 2010 painting by Naples Art Association member William Andrews, is part of Portraying Peace, an exhibit of NAA members interpretations of peace opening Saturday, Dec. 11, at The von Liebig Art Center. A preview reception takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Admission is free for NAA members and $10 for others. Call 262-6517 or visit for more information.


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Theyre Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, a New York-based comedy troupe bringing their in-your-face humor to Freds Food, Fun & Spirits on Sunday, Dec. 12. Or as Susannah Perlman, the groups founder, puts it, Were bringing our nipples to Naples. Ms. Perlman, who prefers to be called Goddess Perlman, boasts that she put the whore in Hora. Their press material warns, This aint yo mamas Fiddler. As if you couldnt instantly tell that from their publicity photos: One shows five women in blue gowns drowning in a sea of bagels. Another shows four women drinking and gathered around a menorah, with one lighting a cigar from its flame. Irreverent? Yes. Distasteful? Depends upon your taste. So what exactly is Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad? Its a variety show, with song-anddance numbers, burlesque and stand-up comedy, Goddess Perlman explains. There are all different things happening within it. A lot of the songs are Jewish-themed. Its like a Christmas extravaganza, but its Jewish. We wont have a manger scene. She pauses, then reconsiders. Well, maybe we should, she says, because they were all Jewish. That was the original nice Jewish girl gone bad, Mary: I got knocked up by God!But no nudity hereAs David Templeton, writing in the California North Bay Bohemian describes it, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad is part musical and comedy revue, (a) spoken-word and burlesque show that takes off the borscht belt and whips your ass with it. Some, thinking its a stage version of Girls Gone Wild, expect nudity. We get some comments like, I thought it was going to be dirtier, Goddess Perlman says. We get the gamut people upset its not dirty enough, people who think its too filthy. You can practically hear her shrug over the phone. You cant please everybody. This is the troupes eighth year of touring, drawing from a base of 30 to 40 women who rotate in and out of the shows. No two shows are the same, she boasts. Yes, were just like snowflakes.On the road in FloridaFor a week, the girls will perform at various venues on the east and west coasts of Florida. Their performance at Freds Food, Fun & Spirits is their only Southwest Florida appearance. It will consist of four performers: Dana Eagle (Comedy Central, Byron Allens Comics Unleashed, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), Goddess Perlman herself, and Sister Schmaltz, a comedic duo. Its how many people I can fit into a car, the goddess says. Their four-man klezmer band, The Four Skins, is not traveling with them. We can only bring so many people down to Florida, she says. Some places were playing are small. We wanted to keep it easy-breezy. While theyre not bringing The Four Skins, they are bringing some new pieces. We have an Israeli dance strip, she says, the first of its kind. Its not on YouTube anywhere, I checked. (This bit apparently replaces the number where two women, dressed as male Hasidic Jews, dance a striptease.) We have a Lady Gaga-esque number. Thats a new piece. Were excited about that. These bad Jewish girls have performed all over, hitting major cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Seattle. And yes, theyve played the Catskills. Theyve even taken their act to some very conservative states. For example, theyve performed for Mormons in Utah, visiting not once, but twice. How does their blue material go over in red states? Every red state weve ever been to, we do well, she says. I think its because I hate to get all Obama-esque, but what he said is true: There is a lot of blue in the red states and a lot of red in the blue states. Even if theyre conservative, that doesnt mean people dont want to laugh or have a good time Very conservative areas love it, because nothing like it comes to town. Theyve also played some unusual places: A bowling alley, a winery. We played places about to be condemned, Goddess Perlman says. Theyve put on shows in everything from an adobe house to the basement of a Howard Johnson in Vancouver and a former JC Penney store in Oregon.The goddess in everyoneWhy does she call herself Goddess Perlman? Its more of an affirmation: I am the Goddess Perlman, she says. Its just like, however bad Im feeling, I say, I am the Goddess Perlman (and feel better.) Were all goddesses. Everyone has to find that within themselves. Maybe youre a goddess, or maybe a princess or a queen. In addition to Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, Goddess Perlman has been on two seasons of Last Comic Standing and has appeared on WE, TLC and the Fox network. Shes performed at festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the HOWL Festival and the NY Underground Comedy Festival. Nice Girls Gone Bad started at a launch party for Heeb Magazine, a takeno-prisoners publication for hip, young Jews. (The magazine closed earlier this year, but its website continues.) Its a fun show, Goddess Perlman says, promising, You dont have to be Jewish to like the show. Weve got lots of non-Jewish fans. Besides, there are what, six Jews (in Naples?) Were selling lots of tickets, so some bodys coming. When Nice Jewish Girls go bad... Distasteful? It depends upon your taste >> Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad >> When: 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. show, Sunday, Dec. 12 >> Where: Freds Food, Fun & Spirits, 2700 Immokalee Road, Naples >> Cost: $34.95 dinner and show, $20 show only >> Info: 431-7928, reservations highly recommended in the knowCOURTESY PHOTOIn a mix of comedy, music and a bit of burlesque, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad deconstructs years of tradition, expectations and guilt. NancySTETSON


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Pre-register at$20 In advance $25 with RSVP $30 at the door Includes one FREE drink and FREE appetizers until 8 p.m. SMALL WORKS OF ARTfeaturingH Sbthrough December 31 HARMON-MEEK GALLERY599 Tamiami Trail North, #309 Naples, Florida 34102 (239) 261-2637 Open Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm Saturdays by Appointment PUZZLE ANSWERS MUSIC REVIEW Classical II at the Phil dishes out a feast of beautiful performancesIn theory, last weeks Classical II program at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts headlined Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D Major. In actuality, so special was the first half of the program that the Brahms piece became dessert. The main courses had already been served and devoured by a near-sellout audience for the third night in a row. As well they should have been. Do you remember what you had accomplished by the time you were 24? Richard Strauss (1864-1949) and Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) had established themselves as compositional geniuses, forces to be reckoned with in the ofttimes fickle world of music. In his personable style, maestro Jorge Mester walked the audience through the mechanics of the infrequently performed phenomenon known as a tone poem. In this instance, Mr. Strauss composed his tone poem about the sexually insatiable Don Juan (based on an uncompleted poem by Nicolas Lenau, who succumbed to mental illness before his poem was finished). Mr. Strauss expanded on Mr. Lenaus concept, with the result that wondrous things happen musically to fully encapsulate the beginnings of the brash stud who was Don Juan. With nothing but the score to tell the story, you hear Don Juans braggadoccio, sense his countless conquests and his disgust as none of the women he seduces is the one he seeks. As he tires of endless seduction, you hear a bit of anguish and some melancholy. Then you hear his joy at finally finding someone he believes to be his true love only to have her brother stab and kill Don Juan. Superb contributions were made by each of the orchestral sections: the strings, in essence the underbelly of the story unfolding; the sensuous harp glissandi, swooping through the tales of conquest; Judy Christy, principal oboist, with a lament that sends chills down ones spine; the tympani, suddenly heralding the shift from major to minor key; and the horns, whose contribution to the storytelling was pivotal. If the Strauss piece was memorable exactly something one wishes to hear again and again then the second selection of the evening, Brittens Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, was most certainly over the top. Rearranging the stage so only the strings remained, out came Randall Bills, a young tenor with a dazzling smile, incredible diction and a knockout voice. Thanks to severe weather in Europe, Mr. Bills scarcely made it to Naples in time from Bremen, Germany, where he lives and performs with the opera. Speaking about the Britten during the Conductors Prelude, Mr. Bills explanation and reading of some brief segments of the poems he was about to sing left no doubt that this was going to be yet another marvelous selection. And who were the poets Mr. Britten selected to tell his Serenade? There were selections from William Blake, John Keats, Alfred Lord Tennyson and from two 17th century poets with whom I was, regrettably, unfamiliar: Charles Cotton and Ben Johnson. Without exception, the words selected were chilling: Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying; And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying. Tennyson Joining Mr. Bills was Ellen Tomasiewicz, principal horn. A graduate of Princeton University and with a masters in music from the Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Tomasiewicz was simply dazzling in her performance Saturday evening. Performing sans the use of valves, which notably alters the horns sound, particularly in the upper register, she proved the perfect counterbalance to Mr. Bills, whose tenor voice is remarkable. Shortly before the conclusion of the piece, Ms. Tomasiewicz quietly left the stage, finally bringing the Serenade to its conclusion as the horn echoed in the distance, fading into the vapors. And for dessert? The Brahms, beautifully performed and a definite crowdpleaser, it was, to my way of thinking, superfluous after such a momentous first half of the program.Coming upSwitching for a moment from melancholy to joy: Christmas music abounds the next two weeks: This weekend the Philharmonic Chorale performs at First Presbyterian Church downtown. And Dec. 16-19 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts is the ever-popular Holiday Pops. Tickets are still available for both events. Call 597-1900 or visit Peg Goldberg Longstreth was trained as a classical musician. She owns Longstreth-Goldberg Art Gallery in Naples. PegGOLDBERG LONGSTRETH

PAGE 65 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 SEE ANSWERS, C9 SEE ANSWERS, C9 King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved.Sponsored By: Bha!Bha!A Persian Bistro 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 EMOTIONAL STATES By Linda Thistle Moderate Challenging Expert Puzzle Difficulty this week: SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A vexing relationship seems destined to deteriorate no matter what each side tries to do. A third partys advice just might prove helpful.CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Reach out to ease any tensions caused by home or workplace pressures before they threaten the relationship-building progress youve made.AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You often go out of your way to show kindness to others. So, dont be surprised if other people want to do something nice for you this week.PISCES (February 19 to March 20) People in your life respect your Piscean wisdom, so dont hesitate to speak up about a matter that you feel isnt being handled quite the way it should be.ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although taking advice isnt always easy for the headstrong Sheep, you might want to consider what someone you respect says about an upcoming decision.TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A new offer is tempting, but dont be bullied into a quick decision. Rely on your keen Bovine business sense to alert you to anything that might be questionable.GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your Gemini Twin nature rallies to help you deal with this weeks hectic schedules, both in your personal and professional lives. One caution: Watch your diet.CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Avoid rushing to make up for time lost on a stalled workplace operation. Best to set up a schedule and pace yourself. Welcome the help of colleagues.LEO (July 23 to August 22) Despite those glittering holiday distractions you love so well, be sure to keep your feline senses set on high to alert you to anything that might require fast action.VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Making an effort to restore fraying relationships proves to be more successful than you dared hope. The holidays also bring new friends into your life.LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Private and professional matters compete for your attention. Be honest in your assessment of which should get more of it, and for how long.SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A seemingly endless list of mustdo tasks is best handled by tackling them one by one, and taking energy-restoring timeouts between each job.BORN THIS WEEK: Your personal warmth helps you make friendships, and your sense of fair play helps you keep them.


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 C11 e DeNo m Your Tiburon Specialist...Lets talk at the Shark Shootout! Contact me today schedule your showing!www.NaplesHomeSweetHome.com239.404.7787 MichelleDeNommeyour southwest florida REALTOR Welcome To The Rileys tells an interesting story of three people in need of what each of the others eagerly wants to give. Receiving, however, isnt so easy, but thanks to strong performances from Kristen Stewart and James Gandolfini, director Jake Scotts film is fascinating to watch as the relationships evolve. Mr. Gandolfini is equal parts soft and gruff as Doug, a small business owner in Indianapolis whos unhappily married to Lois (Melissa Leo). Things have been tough for them since their 15-year-old daughter Emily died in a car accident. Lois has such a heavy case of survivors guilt that she cannot leave the house. On a business trip to New Orleans, Doug meets Mallory (Ms. Stewart), an underage stripper/prostitute who ostensibly reminds him of his daughter. With Doug longing to be paternal and Mallory in need of a father figure, he offers her $100 a day if he can move into her place. She of course accepts, and he proceeds to look out for her, teach her how to properly make a bed, etc. Lois eventually enters into the mix as well, and a surrogate family is formed. You might think things get cozy and head toward a happy ending, but writer Ken Hixons script is too smart for that. These are complex people living in the real world a world that has not been kind to any of them. Watching them navigate their problems is a trying experience because they deserve to be happy, even if they dont know how to be. Ms. Stewart has made a career out of playing teen angst roles (Twilight, Adventureland), and yes, this is another teen angst role. But Mallory is very different from Bella Swan, Ms. Stewarts Twilight alter ego who might be the most annoying character ever created. Whereas Bella is whiney and needy, Mallory has accepted her miserable life for what it is, and only calls Doug in extreme circumstances. Whats more, Mallory is constantly brash (her favorite adjective is the F word) and bruised, and at no point does she expect Doug to remove her from the hell that is her life, even if thats what she needs. Mr. Gandolfini is very good as well, largely because we never get the sense that he is creepy or even thinking about doing something inappropriate with Mallory. Even the mere suggestion of this would undermine the entire story, and screenwriter Mr. Hixon goes to great pains to establish the symbiotic relationship amongst the three characters in ways that arent charitable or easy. In fact, the films greatest strength is its honesty, right down to the very end, which suffice to say is the proper way to end the film. Movies about love, loss and redemption come and go with reasonable frequency, and most of them are forgettable. Welcome To The Rileys is a bit slow and illogical at times, but its also rewarding and worth talking about on the ride home. Most movies would be lucky to inspire such discussion. Dan Hudak is the chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a nationally syndicated film critic. You can e-mail him at and read more of his work at FILMS Welcome To The Rileys Is it worth $10? Yes >> Director Jake Scott is the son of Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and the nephew of Tony Scott (Unstoppable). in the know danHUDAK


C12 WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Waterfront Dining on the Cocohatchee RiverSunday Brunch begins November 7th 10:30am-2pm Lunch begins December 1st Accepting Reservations for Christmas Day 3 course menu served all night DINNER 5pm 9pm EARLY DINING 5-6pm HAPPY HOUR IN TAVERN 5-6pm $10 Bar Menu LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Wednesday thru Saturday night and Sunday BrunchWED & THURS: Michael Blasucci and Diego FRIDAY: Megan Rose SATURDAY: Megan Rose and Bill Zink SUNDAY BRUNCH: Rick Howard and Don Mopsick (239) 591-3837 www.bayhousenaples.com799 Walkerbilt Road Naples, Florida, 34110 In 41 Minutes AIR FARE AS LOW AS $135 BOOK NOW AT 239-403-3020 Daily ights from Naples Municipal AirportFilms on Fifth, a program of The Naples Players, continues at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, with a screening of the noted French movie Summer Hours (Lheure dt) in Blackburn Hall at the Sugden Community Theatre. In a small French town, Hlne is a family matriarch who has devoted her life to preserving the legacy of her artist uncle. She summons her three adult children (played by Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling and Jremie Renier) and charges them with deciding the fate of her extraordinary art collection. Ultimately, her children realize what she anticipated as they come to terms with their inheritances place in their own lives. In the resulting disposition of their mothers assets, treasured heirlooms of a romantic family past drift away even as their changing modern world confronts the value of their memories. Internationally acclaimed writer/ director Olivier Assayas earned six wins, among them the L.A. Film Critics and the N.Y. Film Critics, and five nominations for this touching drama about siblings confronting the value of their memories. The film runs one hour and 43 minutes, is unrated and is subtitled. (Mr. Assayas most recent film has just been released in the U.S. Carlos, a very different genre from Summer Hours, premiered at Cannes in 2010 and is based on the life of the noted European terrorist the Jackal.) The Films on Fifth series is sponsored in part by Karen Van Arsdale of Premier Properties. Subscriptions sold out for the six-film season; however, seating for individual films, at $12 each, is sometimes available at the Box Office, 701 Fifth Ave. S. Call 263-7990. Summer Hours from France next on tap for Films on FifthCOURTESY PHOTOJuliette Binoche in the 2005 drama The Bee Season.


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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 C15 $15 Students $25 Adults $50 Family 4 Pak (2 Adults, 2 Kids) Tickets for Amahl, call: 239.514.SING (7464) Give A Gift of Music this Season! Luciano Marsalli as Amahl Anne Leonardi as the Mother Calvin Lee as King Kaspar Stephen Mumbert as King Melchior Ron Hatley as King Balthazar Thursday, March 31, 7:30 PM & Saturday, April 2, 3:00 PMMoorings Presbyterian Church Underwritten by Wells Fargo Advisors AMAHL NIGHT VISITORS AND THE Many thanks our 2010-2011 Corporate & Media SponsorsSaturday, January 15, 7:30 PM & Sunday, January 16, 4:30 PMMiromar Design Center, Estero Black Tie Reception Opening Night Underwritten by Moran Edwards Asset. Mgmt. Grp. of Wells Fargo Friday, February 18, 7:30 PM & Sunday, February 20, 3:00 PMPerforming Arts Hall of Gulf Coast High School Underwritten by Moran Edwards Asset. Mgmt. Grp. of Wells Fargo Sunday December 12~ 3:00pmSt. Anns Jubilee Hall Corner 3rd St. & 9th Ave. S., NaplesFriday, December 17 ~ 7:30pmNorth Naples United Methodist Church 6000 Goodlette Frank Rd. NaplesSt. Anns Childrens Choir will sing Christmas Carols before the show.St. Anns production is underwritten by MorganStanley SmithBarney The Ibarra Calleja GroupGive A Gift of an OperaFlexpass this Season!(see below) Opera Naples, Inc. 2408 Linwood Avenue, Naples FL 34112 Tickets online at: For personalized priority seating subscriptions, group sales & Flexpass, call Gary Kelson at 239.514.7464 45 SHOWROOMS OPENFor a schedule of upcoming events visit our website at Monday Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trade showroom hours vary on Saturdays. Please call for specic showroom hours. (239) 390-5111 10800 Corkscrew Rd., I-75, Exit 123 in Estero, between Naples & Ft. Myers across from Miromar Outlets Saturday, December 11 at 2 p.m.Trompe Loeil The Illusion of RealitySaturday, December 18 at 2 p.m.Historic Decorating and Traditions of The Edison and Ford Estates in the 1920s 1930s RSVP is greatly appreciated. Call (239) 390-8207.SEE IT! LEARN IT! BE THE FIRST TO KNOW!Free Seminars By The ExpertsOPEN TO THE PUBLIC FURNITURE FABRICS FLOORING LIGHTING KITCHENS BATH ART Euro Kitchen DesignsJ ardin de Ville Strauss Francesco Molon Varaschin Apostol Gallery Fine Lines Duralee Plan your Holiday Party on the Water. www.bayfrontinnnaples.com1221 5th Ave South Call (239) 649-5800 for more info In most instances, only a personal invitation from an art collector can open the doors to private collections. Once year, however, a handful of collectors in Naples share some of their prized pieces with the public in an exhibit at The von Liebig Art Center. Featuring paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture loaned from some of Naples most prominent art collections, Naples Collects 2011 offers a rare view of privately held treasures. An assortment of 35 pieces belonging to eight individuals, its on display Dec. 11 through Jan. 9. The opening reception takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. The reception also celebrates Portraying Peace: An NAA Members Exhibition and The von Liebig Members Gallery Small Works show, a juried exhibit of works by members of the NAA. Admission to the opening reception is free for members of the Naples Art Association and $10 for others. Naples Collects is sponsored by Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Bentley Village, Life in Naples and Happenings Art and Entertainment Magazine. Regular hours at The von Liebig are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 262-6517 or visit Naples Collects offers a peek into private art collectionsCOURTESY PHOTOPlowing, lithograph by Thomas Hart Benton (18891975)


C16 WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 Men in Black TM The Naples Opera Society is offering season subscriptions and single opera trips via coach bus to the Florida Grand Opera 2010-2011 season in Miami. The bus picks up and drops off at Crossroads Shopping Center. Season tickets begin at $118 and include round-trip bus, driver tip, gourmet dinner in Coral Gables, pre-performance lecture and the opera. Seats are in the mezzanine and rear orchestra at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts. All trips are on Saturday afternoon/ evening, with pick-up at 1:30 p.m. This years operas and dates are: Jacque Offenbachs three fanciful Tales of Hoffman, Feb. 5 Mozarts mixture of comedy and melodrama, Don Giovanni, April 30 Franco Alfanos portrait of the eloquent soldier/poet, Cyrano de Bergerac, May 7 Checks can be sent to Naples Opera Society, 1200 LAmbiance Circle #101, Naples, FL 34108. For more information, call 431-7509 or e-mail ehandjhb@gmail. com. Catch a ride to the operaSociety sponsors bus trips to Miami performances


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C17 THENEWGIRL THEBOMBSHELL THEPRO 4TonyAwardand15DramaDesknominationsincludingBESTMUSICAL! 4TonyAwardand15DramaDesknominationsincludingBESTMUSICAL!PhotosbyJoanMarcusMONDAY-SUNDAY DECEMBER27-JANUARY2Eveningsandmatineesavailable Startingat$,call(800)597-1900orvisitourBoxOfficeat5833PelicanBayBoulevard,Naples Hours:Monday-Saturday,10a.m.-5p.m.;Sunday,noon-5p.m.PHILHARMONICCENTERfortheARTS WHATAWAYTOMAKEALIVIN!WHATAWAYTOMAKEALIVIN!FEATURING12 NEWSONGSFROM GRAMMYWINNER DOLLYPARTON!HILARIOUS!TheNewYorkPost The Naples Botanical Garden holds its annual Winter Solstice Celebration from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-18, and Sunday through Thursday, Dec. 26-30. Visitors will enjoy holiday activities and musical entertainment as they walk along pathways lit by hundreds of tiki-torches to the Solstice Landing in the new Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden. The winter solstice marks the official beginning of winter, which especially here in Florida is a season for celebration, activity and harvests, says Brian Holley, executive director of the Garden. We want visitors to feel the excitement of this special occasion and to remember the importance of this natural event. On Tuesday, Dec. 21, the sun will be the farthest from the Earth (in the northern hemisphere), making it the shortest day and longest night of the calendar year to begin the winter season. Winter solstice has been celebrated as far back as Neolithic times as a significant natural event and has been incorporated into many cultures and religions around the world. Garden visitors will begin their solstice adventure at the Garden Visitor Center and Store and embark on the torch-lined pathway to the caf stand where they can purchase a holiday drink and some snacks before wandering down to the Chattel House in the Kapnick Caribbean Garden to make a wish stick. Wish stick in hand, they will enjoy live entertainment as they cross the bridge over the River of Grass to the Scott Florida Garden and the Solstice Landing. After tossing their wish sticks into the bonfire, theyll head off to explore the gardens by torchlight, walk the labyrinth and stroll through the Marcia and L. Bates Lea Asian Garden. Admission to winter solstice at the Garden is $9.95 for adults, $4.95 for children ages 4-14 (children 3 and under are free) and free for Garden members. For more information, call 643-7275 or visit Naples Botanical Garden celebrates the winter solsticeSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY COURTESY PHOTOA scene from winter solstice 2009


C18 WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY e anThe LOWEST JEWELRY & DIAMON D prices in the WORLD! Bracelets Rings Earrings Wedding Bands Watches And so much more!Engagement Rings Anniversary Rings Tennis Bracelets Pendants Stud Earrings MountingsDamond... Jf Gr J Gbtn H B R Gbr FULL SERVICEOn-Site Jewelry Repair Custom Designs by a Master Goldsmith Watch Batteries while you wait!Jewelry Repair Estate JewelryFREE LAYAWAYFOR CHRISTMAS! CASH ON THE SPOTFOR GOLD & DIAMONDS Rubies Sapphires Emeralds Tanzanite Pearls 14 kt. & 18 kt.COME MEET OUR TEAMWeve Never Sold Diamonds & Jewelry At Prices Like This! IMMOKALEE RD.AIRPORT RD. CERTIFIED JEWELERSGREENTREE PLAZASAMS CLUBGREEN TREE PLAZA2314 IMMOKALEE RD, NAPLESCORNER OF AIRPORT ROAD & IMMOKALEE ROAD239-513-0942www.certi The 2011 Naples Winter Wine Festival charity auction will feature travel experiences that fulfill a range of fantasies for bidders who are adventurers, celebrity followers, jewelry lovers or sports aficionados. From a private magic lesson with famed magician David Blaine to a 22-day around-the-world-trip in a specially outfitted private jet, there is something to ignite every passion. The trips and experiences are among 70 one-of-a-kind lots up for auction at the Jan. 28-30 festival that benefits underprivileged and at-risk children through the Naples Children & Education Foundation. Placed among rare and special wine lots are offerings including prime seats at the Monaco Grand Prix; walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival; a walk-on role on Showtimes Californication; white truffle hunting in Italy; a multi-faceted trip with Audemars Piguets watchmaking elite in Geneva, Switzerland, and in Florida, a golf pairing with Vijay Singh and Anthony Kim; an 18-night luxury trip to Thailand and Vietnam; and an African safari. We partnered with incredibly generous donors and let our imaginations run wild, says Bruce Sherman, festival co-chair and a trustee of the NCEF. Following are a few highlights. Full lot descriptions are posted at www. from the ordinary Lot 23 is a six-night trip to Italy for two couples. It begins with three nights at Villa La Massa in Tuscany and includes a hot air balloon ride, VIP visits to wineries such as Poggio Antico and Capannelle; a private cooking class with the Alain Ducasse team at LAndana Resort followed by a tasting lunch or dinner with the chefs. Turin is the next stop for two nights at Relais Villa dAmelia topped off by a morning hunt for the rarest white truffles on earth. Enjoy the last night in Italy at the Park Hyatt in Milan before flying to New York for a truffle dinner. Lot 38 is a six-night safari in Kenya with private guides who know right where the rhinos, giraffes, lions and elephants roam. Winners enjoy two-night stays at Solio Lodge, Laikipia; Sasaab, Samburu; and Salas Camp at Maasai Mara, which has a clear view of the annual late summer migration of more than a million wildebeest. Lot 44 is an 18-night grand tour of Thailand and Vietnam for two couples. Lot 56 includes a 22-day around-theworld trip for two on a luxury jet specially designed for 52 passengers and crew. The jet travels to Fiji, Austra-Wine festival auction packages cater to every exquisite tasteSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY


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C20 WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY 239-593-5555www.randysfishmarketrestaurant.com10395 Tamiami Trail N. Naples, FL 34108 Visit Paradise Shrimp Company On Line!www.paradiseshrimpcompany.comSpecializing in mail order fresh Florida & Caribbean Seafood shipped overnight delivered to your door. Our seafood is the finest quality with a large selection of Gulf Pink Shrimp, Grouper, Florida Stone Crab, Yellowfin Tuna, Wild Salmon, Chilean Sea Bass, Mahi Mahi, Dry Pack Diver Sea Scallops, fresh cooked cocktail shrimp, Randy's Famous Florida Key Lime Pie, Tripletail, Yellowtail Snapper and many gourmet seafood items. Now mailing seafood and key lime pies for the holidays!Let Randys create all your Holiday Party Platters.SHIPPING NATIONWIDE David Sedaris snarky holiday comedy, The Santaland Diaries, is back onstage at Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers for a special engagement Dec. 9-23 in the new Studio Theatre. Following the outrageous exploits of an unemployed writer who desperately takes a job as a Macys Elf, the show enjoyed a sold-out run last year. It stars Jason Parrish, Florida Rep associate director, and is directed by Chris Clavelli, associate artistic director at the Rep. Written by bestselling humorist and NPR and New Yorker contributor David Sedaris, The Santaland Diaries is a hilarious and bitingly honest portrait of the Christmas season that Mr. Sedaris spent working as an Elf. Adapted for the stage by Tony-winning actor and director Joe Mantello, the play takes audiences on an elfin journey from the interview process to the last crazed shopping days before Christmas. The show is not appropriate for children. Tickets to the Florida Rep production are $25 ($12 for students). Call 332-4488 or visit Santaland Diaries celebrates the holiday season with snarkCOURTESY PHOTOJason Parrrish plays in The Santaland Diaries at the Florida Repertory Theatre.


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C22 WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY,call(800)597-1900orvisitourBoxOfficeat5833PelicanBayBoulevard,NaplesMonday-Saturday,10a.m.-5p.m.;Sunday,noon-5p.m.PHILHARMONICCENTERfortheARTS GarrisonKeillorDONTMISSONEOFAMERICASGREAT STORYTELLERSANDHUMORISTS!Wednesday,December15,8p.m.Startingat$59 ONLYATTHEPHIL! Selectionswillinclude:CaroloftheBells, DeckTheHalls,OTannenbaum, yourfavoritecarolsandmore!AlsolookforspecialappearancesbySanta&Rudolph!December16-19,8p.m.MATINEE:December18,2p.m.Startingat$47adult,$22studentPhilharmonicCenterChorale&YouthChoraleJamesCochran,directorofchoralesHOLIDAYPOPS!,call(800)597-1900orvisitourBoxOfficeat5833PelicanBayBoulevard,NaplesMonday-Saturday,10a.m.-5p.m.;Sunday,noon-5p.m.PHILHARMONICCENTERfortheARTS December16-19,8p.m.MATINEE:December18,2p.m. GarrisonKeillor PLUS, Broadway singingstar JanHorvath! PLUS, Br oadway singing star JanHorvath!StuartChafetz, conductor NAPLESPHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA MR. TEQUILA RESTAURANT 3216 North Tamiami Trail(239) 304-8629 HAPPY HOUR 4-6pm 2-4-1 Margaritas Domestic Draft Beer $2.50 Everyday!Hours: Open 7 Days Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm Fri & Sat 11am-10:30pm Buy One Lunch or Dinner Get Second One Free With Two DrinksNot valid with any other offer. One coupon per table. 20% to 70% o 3652 Tamiami Trail N. Located next to e Best of Everything Artful Woman's Apparelexpires 1/2011Theater troupes, orchestra, chorus set auditionsIf youve got talent and can commit to rehearsal and performance schedules, these groups would love to hear from you: The Naples Players will hold auditions for the March musical production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Sugden Community Theatre. Call for an appointment by 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10: 434-7340, ext. 10. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the popular 1988 film about high jinks and high living on the Riviera. It revolves around a bet between a suave con man and a punk nickel-and-dime fraudster, who wager over the fortunes of a nave American soap heiress. The show will be directed by Dallas Dunnagan, with Charles Fornara as music director and Dawn Lebrecht Fornara as choreographer. A large singing and dancing cast is needed, including Lawrence Jameson, the older, wiser con artist; Freddy Benson, a young and inexperienced con artist; and Christine Colgate, the heiress vacationing on the French Riviera. Andre Thibault is Lawrences French assistant; Lawrences victims include wealthy socialites Lenore, Sophia and Muriel, who is also Andres love interest; and other heiresses, victims and assorted denizens of the Riviera. Callbacks will be held Sunday, Dec. 12, and rehearsals will begin Jan. 10. Performances are set for March 2-April 2, 2011. Perusal scripts are available, with a $20 deposit, at the box office at the Sugden Community Theatre. The Marco Players will hold auditions for Take Five and Baggage the evenings of Monday and Tuesday. Dec. 13-14, at the theater in the Town Center mall. Take Five, a new comedy about love, betrayal, divorce and a not-so-wellplanned funeral, calls for five women ages 50-67 and two men, both in their 60s but one of whom looks younger. The play runs Feb. 9-27. Baggage is the story of two heartbroken people who discover that, although they might be difficult for everyone else to live with, theyre just right for one another. The script calls for two women ages 30-40 and two men ages 30-50. The play runs from March 16 to April 3. Each show rehearses for six weeks prior to opening. Copies of the scripts are available by calling 404-5198 The Naples Orchestra and Chorus will hold auditions from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at Golden Gate High School. All voices and instruments are welcome, and applicants can bring their own music or play familiar music provide at the try-outs. No appointments necessary. For more information, call Bill McKinney at 641-9801 or visit www. AUDITIONS


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C24 WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY DEPARTS FORT MYERS 8:30AM & 11:30AM Call for more information and to make reservations.*Vouchers must be purchased before December 23rd, 2010 valid for travel up to two years as of January 1, 2011. The perfect gift for yourself, family, friends, co-workers. 2011NEWYEARSEVECRUISE w w w w w w w w w . s s s s e e e e a a a a k k k k e e e e y y y w w w e e e e s s s s t t t t e e e e x x x p p p p r r r r e e e e s s s s s s s s . c c c c o o o o m m m m KeyWestExpress KeyWestExpress KeyWestExpress f K t K y K *Roundtrip Required $ 99 Cypress Gardens, in our still-young century about to become the site of the latest Legoland, was for many decades one of Floridas and the nations premier tourist attractions. In telling its story, Lu Vickers steers us through a series of interwoven narratives. There is the story of the growth of Floridas tourist economy and the story of the growth of new water sports in America. Theres the tale of highpowered entrepreneurial wizardry, and theres the story of media savvy. They are all inevitably the story of Dick Popes vision and drive, thus the subtitle: How Dick Pope Invented Florida. Mr. Popes family was already part of the selling of Florida before the idea of draining swampland near Winter Haven and putting up a flower-based theme park dawned. The Popes were real estate developers, and young Dick caught on early to the endless possibilities inherent in the climate and natural beauty of the thinly populated state. Launching Cypress Gardens in 1936 on about 30 acres of drained swamp near Lake Eloise, Mr. Pope recognized that selling Florida would sell Cypress Gardens. Thus, he built Cypress Gardens into a celebration of what, in his mind, Florida was all about.Florida means flowery, and Cypress Gardens was first of all a botanical garden. However, Mr. Pope pushed to improve upon the indigenous array of flowering plants by bringing in an evergrowing assortment of exotic, nonnative blooms. He gowned attractive young women as flower-like Southern Belles and adorned the drained swampland with these beauties. In time, Cypress Gardens became a headquarters for crowning beauty queens, many of their titles named for flowers.A master marketerBecause Florida was already famous for oranges, Mr. Pope made sure that the orange theme also had a prominent place in the elaboration of Cypress Gardens. And because he was a born showman and water-related activities were part of his Florida vision, he was instrumental in developing the attraction, sport and industry of FLORIDA WRITERS Cypress Gardens: Flowers, oranges, water-skiers and Southern BellesVICKERS Cypress Gardens, Americas Tropical Wonderland, by Lu Vickers University Press of Florida. 375 pages. $34.95 BY PHILIP K. JASONSpecial to Florida Weekly SEE WRITERS, C25


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C26 WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Festival of Lights Daily through Dec 31st, 2010 over ONE MILLION lights and beautiful holiday themed decorations. EXTENDED SHOPPING HOURS 10 am-8 pm Mon-Sat/12 Noon-6 pm Sun Spacious Villa Vacation Rentals for visiting family/friends! Daily live entertainment/events visit www. for detailsYOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING VILLAGE! Waterfront Mall Resort & MarinaFishermens VillageDIRECTIONS: Take U.S. 41 South, turn right on Marion Ave. From I-75, take exit 164, turn left on U.S. 17 (Marion Ave) go 3 miles to Fishermens Village Naples Newest and Best Multi-Dealer Market Place! Because the 19th-century Industrial Revolution resulted in new technology and the creation of a middle class, the invention of tin toys was possible and profitable. Earlier toys had been made of wood, fabric or ceramics. Tin toys were made in the early years of the 19th century in Germany, England and France. The J. Hess Co. was founded in Germany in 1826. Other German toy companies, including Marklin, Bing and Lehmann, soon started up, too. Tin toys were first made in the United States in the early 1830s. By the 1860s, many U.S. companies were producing the toys. In fact, the years from 1865 to 1895 are called the Golden Age of American Tin Toys. By the 1890s, German and French toymakers were realizing that tin toys were popular in the United States. They made large numbers of toys and pictured them in sales catalogs that now help collectors identify the makers. American toys were less complicated and more amusing than European examples. Toys then, as now, chronicled the everyday life of children. One popular Hess toy was a windup toy shaped like a boy on a sled. Turn the key and the sled scoots across the floor. It was made in several different color combinations. The boy might have a red, green or yellow jacket. Other companies made a very similar boy-on-sled toy. All date from about 1915. Q: I have a dessert serving set that was given to me by a great-aunt in the 1950s. There is a circular mark on the bottom of the dishes enclosing the word Shofu in large capital letters surrounded by the words Made in Japan. Can you tell me who made this set and how old it is? A: The history of Shofu is confusing. Shofu Kajo or Shofu Katei (1870 to 1928) made porcelain in Kyoto, Japan, beginning in 1890. He founded the Shofu Ceramics Co. in 1908 and began importing ceramics. There still is a company called Shofu in Kyoto. It was incorporated in 1922 by Kajo Shofu III and is still in business making porcelain dentures. The words Made in Japan are a clue to the years when the mark on your dessert set was used. On its ceramics exports, Japan used the word Nippon (a transliteration of Japan) as its country name until 1921. After 1921 the U.S. government forced Japanese exporters to use the word Japan in their marks. Pieces made in Japan from 1947 to 1952 are marked Made in Occupied Japan. Your dessert set was made between 1921 and 1941 or in the early 1950s. Q: Are armadillo baskets really made out of armadillo skin or are they just made to look like an armadillo? When Tin toys date back to European Industrial AgeKOVELS: ANTIQUES terryKOVEL


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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 A&E C29 Staying up all night, for your pleasure...The French Bread Oven Team Special Events Special Orders Holidays from French Bread Oven Naples Ballet presents The Nutcracker on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12, at Gulf Coast High School. All 97 cast members will be ornamented in dazzling costumes made specially for this production by designers across the country. In addition to studio performers, who begin gracing the stage at age 4, Naples Ballet has coordinated guest performances by professionals from The Arizona Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet to perform the coveted roles in the Sugar Plum grand pas de deux, the Arabian Dance and the Waltz of the Snowflakes pas de deux. Naples Mayor Bill Barnett will make a special cameo appearance in the Sunday, Dec. 12, show as a visiting parent in the Party Scene during the first act. In addition to the mayor, a host of local residents including cheerleaders, policemen, bodybuilders, nurses and business people have assembled to bring a new dynamic to the show. Every detail has been orchestrated by founder and Naples Ballet company director Toshiko Tompkins and artistic director Christophe Maraval, a former principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Show times are 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $10 to $30. For reservations or more information, call 732-1000 or visit Naples Ballet brings holiday classic to the stage at Gulf Coast High SchoolSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYBOB MOONEY / COURTESY PHOTOS


C30 WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY * Friday, Dec. 10 th Fort Myers 7331 Gladiolus Dr. 239-313-2553 Tuesday, Dec. 21 st Naples 1015 Crosspointe Dr. 239-596-9075Kimberly Davidson, MD, FAADBoard Certied Dermatology www.RiverchaseDermatology.comBy appointment only. Call today for a complimentary consultation. *Restrictions apply. See location for details. BONITA SPRINGSNAPLESLock the door,Uncap the bubblebathwww.LightingFirst.usGreat Selection, Great Prices available at: Spun SugarA very beautiful Christmas Tree Trimming & Holiday Styling Service by Wendy 239.687.6130Porcelain painters offer free lessonsThe Naples Porcelain Artists offer free lessons at 10 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 777 Mooring Line Drive. The group is a nonprofit organization created to inspire porcelain artists and offer a forum to learn new techniques. For more information, e-mail Wilma@ League Club will welcome The Help authorTickets are on sale for The League Clubs annual fundraising luncheon that takes place Friday, Feb. 11, at the Naples Grande. Guest speaker novelist Kathryn Stockett will discuss The Help, her first novel and best-selling book that soon will be a motion picture by Dreamworks. Since 1986 The League Club has contributed more than $2 million through its Community Trust Fund to nonprofit causes in Collier and Lee counties. Membership in the club is open to women who have been or still are active members of a Junior League that is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Luncheon tickets are $150 ($300 for patrons) and can be purchased at www. Ave Maria founders plan Christmas galaThe Ave Maria University Naples Founders Club holds its Christmas gala beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Hilton Naples. Cost is $35 per person, and all are welcome. RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 9, by calling 254-9730 or e-mailing veronicaabbate@earthlink. net. Naples Bay Rotarians plan BBQ cook-offThe Rotary Club of Naples Bay will hold the first annual Ziggy Dicks BBQ Cook-Off and Festival on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-8, at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The event has been sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association, and the club expects 25-35 professional teams from across the Southeast to compete for $15,500 in awards. There will also be Peoples Choice Award. Naples resident Dana Big Papa Hillis, who holds the 2010 Florida BBQ Association Cook Team of the Year and also the 2008 and 2010 Best of the Best Grand Champion awards, will participat in the competition.The festivities will also include live music, childrens activities and a swamp buggy display. All proceeds will benefit three Rotary International programs: college scholarships, Polio Plus and the Gift of Life, which pays for heart surgery for children from third world countries. Orchid society offers class on the basicsThe Naples Orchid Society presents an eight-week class on The Basics of Orchid Culture from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Jan. 8 through Feb. 26, at Moorings Presbyterian Church. Cost is $40 for the series. For more information, e-mail waterwaysorchidman@gmail. com or visit www.naplesorchidsociety. org. CLUB NOTES STOCKETT


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 A&E C31 Valid thru 12/29/10 Sponsors: A showcase of musical talent associated with the Naples area Jazz, Blues, Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, harp guitar & Pop. Ten unique acts from local to internationally known Grammy winners.Tickets: (239) 213-3049 $20 advance reserved seating $23 at door (general seating) of 6 GuitarsA Bluewater Bluegrass & acoustic series event & a part of e Florida Fish Hook Tour initiative. D eNomme Villas Pienza:Listed at 870,0004852 W. Boulevard CourtBolero at Tiburon:Listed at 524,0002647 Bolero Drive, Unit 101Ventanas at Tiburon: Priced from 638,000 to 299,900 2748 Tiburon Blvd, Unit C-102 2748 Tiburon Blvd, Unit C-103 2748 Tiburon Blvd, Unit C-406 Walden Oaks: Priced at 225,000 6989 Lone Oak Boulevard Denotes Open House this Sunday from 1 to 4 pmLets Talk!Open House Sunday from 1 to 4 PMwww.NaplesHomeSweetHome.com239.404.7787 MichelleDeNommeyour fine home specialist REALTORWhether Buying or Selling... contact me to experience my COMPLETE level of service.Be sure to visit my Web-Site today for all of South West Florida Active Listings!My expertise is invaluable to the selection process whether you are Buying, Selling your home or Relocating to South West Florida! Get acquainted with newcomers in Naple, BonitaThe Naples Newcomers Club welcomes women who have been permanent residents of Naples for no more than five years and who want to meet others who are new to the area. The club meets for luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month, year round. In addition, groups within the club plan outings and dates to share varied interests, such as mahjongg and duplicate bridge, gourmet cooking and discussions about philosophy. Prospective members are invited to coffee at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month. For meeting locations and more information, call 298-4083 or visit The Bonita Springs Newcomers Club welcomes women who have lived in Bonita for less than three years. Luncheons are held at area country clubs on the third Thursday of every month (December meeting is on the second Thursday). Members must attend five luncheons a year and pay annual dues of $40. A wide variety of other club activities are organized and directed by an allvolunteer board of directors. A monthly newsletter keeps members informed of programs and activities. For more information, e-mail or visit www. Guild supports Opera NaplesThe Opera Naples Guild was formed to foster community outreach and cooperation among arts organizations throughout Southwest Florida. Membership is open to all, and members become involved with Opera Naples in numerous ways, including: volunteering in various capacities during the performance season and throughout the year; participating in educational outreach programs; attending dress rehearsals; participating in opera study groups, lectures and demonstrations; assisting with fundraising events; and traveling to performances by other opera companies. The guild also sponsors and/or assists with activities such as luncheons in advance of each new production, opening night cast parties and end-of-season events. Annual membership is $35 per person or $50 per couple. To become a member or for more information, call 514-SING or visit Heres to ToastmastersNaples Speakeasy, an advanced Toastmasters Club and Speakers Bureau, meets from 6-7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the North Naples Collier Government Building, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive. Guests are welcome. As an advanced club, Naples Speakeasy offers members the opportunity to give longer speeches, receive in-depth evaluations and participate in a community speakers bureau. For more information, call 262-8183 or visit Ikebana members plan anniversary tea partyMembers of Ikebana International Naples will celebrate the organizations anniverary with tea from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the social room at Park Plaza, 4301 Gulf Shore Blvd. Parking is limited, and carpooling is highly recommended. This event is for members only. For more information, visit CLUB NOTES


C32 WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Interactive Friendly Pirate Fun for the Whole Family 239-765-7272 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 Live Entertainment Wednesday FridayFeaturing Sergio Palalia.All types of Mexican and classical music. Singing that creates magic for people of all ages. NAPLES 11965 Collier Blvd. #1 (239) 352-1242 BONITA 26801 S. Tamiami Tail (239) 948-9700 Family Owned & Operated with 20 Years ExperienceFresh Food Prepared Daily Authentic Mexican Food Large Variety of Tequilas Best Mexican Restaurant in Town Buy one lunch or dinner ENTREE and get the second FREEwith the purchase of 2 drinks.Bonita Location Only FilOd&Otdith OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY, NEW YEARS EVE & NEW YEARS DAY! HAPPY HOURWeekdays 3-7pm Voted Southwest Floridas Best Steakhouse. 1/2 Price Complete Lounge Bar Menu 5-6:30 2 for 1 Wells & House Wines EVERYDAY403 Bayfront Place Downtown Naples Get your Stoneys Gift Card today! MONDAY & FRIDAY Great Seafood Night Live Maine Lobster 1 1/2 lbsIncludes salad & potatoWEDNESDAY Great Steak Night/12 oz. USDA Pr ime NY Strip Includes salad & potatoIncludes salad & potatoTUESDAY & THURSDAY The One & Only Great Prime Rib Night Includes salad & potato $2995 $2495 $2195Live Music Thursday thru SundayNaples BEST Entertainment Taking Reservations for Christmas Eve and Day! Naples ONLY waterfront sports bar with the largest HD BIG SCREEN in SW FLORIDA Fun Fare Sports & Spirits TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY SUNDAY FOOTBALL MANIA!.40 Wings $5 Nachos $2 Domestic Drafts Kids Eat Free From 5p.m. on! MONDAY NIGHT... Where Goodlette Frank meets 41 in downtown Naples. Parking garage in the back!489 Bayfront 239.530.2225 Happy Hour 3-7 pm Daily $2 Drafts and $4 Wells $3.50 Apps (in bar area only) Book your Holiday Of ce Party at Tavern! TV veterinarian will promote the pet-human bondAmericas Favorite Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker will reveal The Health Secrets to Long Life and Happiness Achieved Through the Human-Animal Bond and share his Top 10 Tips to Keeping our Pets Healthy when he visits Naples on Sunday, Jan. 16. The program is presented by The Brody Project for Animal Assisted Therapy. PARADE magazine columnist, resident veterinarian on ABC-TVs Good Morning America show and The Dr. Oz Show and best-selling co-author of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul, Dr. Becker will speak at 7 p.m. at the Pelican Bay Community Center. Admission is $75 per person. For an additional $75, guests can attend a cocktail party and book signing with Dr. Becker beginning at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call Diane Koestner at 649-8040 or e-mail duk3211@ Explore India here in NaplesThe David Lawrence Foundation will hold India: An Exotic Journey, on Friday, Jan. 14, at the Naples Yacht Club. Dinner, dancing, live entertainment and a silent auction are on the evenings program, all designed to recreate elements of Indias rich history, exquisite palaces and temples, opulent royal cities and diverse kaleidoscope of landscapes. From snake charmers to elephants and the beauty of the Himalayas and the Taj Mahal, every detail will be carefully attended. East Indian attire is welcomed and encouraged. Tickets are $500 per person, $1,200 per VIP patron and $5,000 per table of 10. For more information or to reserve a ticket, contact the David Lawrence Foundation at 354-1416. Lace up your sneakers for the YYMCA of the Palms holds its annual Sneaker Ball the evening of Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Road. Leave your gown and tux at home and dress casually from head to toe for this fun event that helps the Y help underprivileged children and families in the Collier County community. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, call 598-5143 or visit www. SAVE THE DATE COURTESY PHOTODr. Marty Becker


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 A&E C33 Outdoor Seating Available s Dine-In Take-Out/Catering 11:30 am-10 pm s Reservation Suggested1/2 price drinks & selected appetizers at the bar, patio & dining s 4:00 pm-6:00 pmHappy HourAN EXTRAORDINARY RESTAURANT OUT OF MANHATTAN1/2 from Florida Weekly, Karen Feldman 14700 Tamiami Trail N. Unit 6 Naples(NEXT TO NAPLES TOMATO)239-254-8973 s 1/2 PRICE BUY ONE LUNCH ENTREE GET 2ND 1/2 PRICE Dine in only. Cannot be combined with any other o er. Expires 12/17/10 10% 18% gratuity added to check prior to discount. Cannot be combined with any other o ers. One coupon per table. Expires 12/17/10OFFENTIRE BILL Now accepting reservations for Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve and New Years Day 10 Southwest Florida Locations Whos Got Time To Cook?WE DO! To Find Your Neighboorhood Location! Saint Anne School celebrates with SaksThe Saint Anne School Foundation celebrates 10 years of partnering with Saks Fifth Avenue for a benefit fashion show the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 19. The event will honor that history with a retrospective of fashions by Saks Fifth Avenue designers of the past 10 years. The elegant evening of cocktails, dinner, fashions and entertainment takes place at the Saint Anne Jubilee Center. For more information, call 262-4110. Rookery Bay plans another BashFriends of Rookery Bay will hold the second annual Batfish Bash from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Lavern Gaynor is the honorary chair, and Sharda Spahr is event chair. The evening will include cocktails and hors doeuvres featuring the Batfish Brew, a wild silent auction of outdoor adventures and other items including getaways to Costa Rica, a private cabin in North Carolina and a New Hampshire inn; original jewelry created just for the Bash; and a shark tagging expedition. Russells Catering will set up Old Florida fare food stations, and the Raiford Starke Band will strike up a tune for the Batfish Boogie, written especially for the event by Bill Beach. A patron party with a sunset cruise will be held Feb. 24 at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club. All proceeds will help Rookery Bay continue its youth science education programs, environmental research projects and community outreach activities. Title sponsor of the second annual Bash is Fifth Third Bank. Tickets are $150 (patrons, $250). For reservations or more information, call -417-6310, ext. 409, visit or e-mail friends@ Ave Maria founders plan fashion showThe Ave Maria Founders Club of Naples will holds the third annual Spring Luncheon and Style Show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Ave Maria University. The event benefits the Ave Maria University Student Financial Aid Fund. Free bus transportation from Naples will be provided. A gentlemens table will be available for spouses, who will also be able to take a guided tour of the Ave Maria oratory, the Annunciation sculpture and the school campus. Call Sydney McManus at 250-3537 or e-mail for reservations. Overnight accommodations can be arranged in the universitys Xavier Hall by calling 304-7206. SAVE THE DATE


C34 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY River Bar River Bar OPEN Join Jack s Club Great food!Cold drinks!Good times! never Best Become a Jacks Member Today! Hours: Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-4 Dinner Sun-Thurs 5-10 Fri & Sat 4-11 1585 Pine Ridge Road, Naples 239-592-0050 www.noodlescafe.comThe Original Independently Owned & Operated Since 1991 Thursdays 6-9 Saturdays 7-10 Playing R&B, Motown & All the HitsFLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY We 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. 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@ 1. Laurie Rieks, Lisa Johnson, Jane Heuring, MLiss DiDonna and Sharon Burton 2. Bob and Barbara Bowman 3. John and Peggy Ryba 4. Marya DoonanCOURTESY PHOTOSTwistin and shoutin for Sunshine KidsA sock hop at Heritage Bay Golf & Country Club 1 234


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C35 FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY We 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. 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@ Amanda Jaron and Trisha Borges 2. Di Severns and Judy Cutler 3. Kaleigh Grover, Patrick Trittler and Shalyn Ormsby 4. Monica Baker, Debi Brown, Christy Brown and Barbara Minch Rosenberg 5. Katie Sawyer, Beth McCall and Susan McManus 6. Leslie Waters and Diane Lombardo 7. Caryn Buechel, Robert Baucom and Alice Carlson 8. Juilianne Smith and Lynn KnuppPHOTOS BY LISA PEARSON, DAWN DINARDO AND MARLA OTTENSTEIN (239) 908-2600 SHOP ONLINEOR ON THE LOT @ A Short Drive on I-75 If The Shoe Fits, an evening at Saks for Take Stock in Children 1 4 678 5 23


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C37 FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY We 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. 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@ Margaret and Scott Stewart 2. Lori Vallieres and Lou Traina 3. Robin King, Rich King, Amanda King 4. Dick Maslow, Patti Stratton, Joel Kessler and Lal Gaynor 5. Rosmarie Strother, Jean Hertzog, JoAnn Yates and Marylyn Bohac 6. Tony Marino, Vicki Tracy and Sharon Treiser 7. Cinny Murray and Karen Coney Coplin 8. Joel Kessler and Connie DickinsonPEGGY FARREN / FLORIDA WEEKLY Dancing with the Stars for Literacy Volunteers of Collier County 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8


C38 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Theres no need to agonize over this years holiday shopping list. For adults, a gift of wine almost always fits. After all, you really cant have too many bottles of good wine. The recipient can admire the bottle, anticipate opening it, drink it (with you, if youre lucky) and be left with the pleasant memory of its consumption. It should be fairly simple to select wines for family and friends. You might already know what they enjoy. If not, ask. Even if the response is white zinfandel, go for a little upgrade (I would recommend a fruity ros in this case). Some members of my family were in town for Thanksgiving, and it gave me an opportunity to assess their tastes. Its easiest to choose for my motherin-law. Adele likes sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio. (Please, no chardonnay! She doesnt care for the flavor of oak in the wine.) I know she likes Sancerre and Pouilly Fume, but she doesnt love the New Zealand style of sauvignon blanc. For her, Id pick the 2008 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris ($24) from Alsace. The Alsatian style of wine is generally dry, crisp and has nice fruit flavors. It also pairs well with food. This pinot gris shows light peach and white flower flavors and aromas, good acid balance and a long mineral finish. My father-in-law, by contrast, is a red wine drinker. Jerry appreciates many reds but tends to like well-balanced, mediumto full-bodied varieties. For him a good fit would be a Spanish red wine I sampled at a Sarasota tasting. The 2006 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Alto Moncayo Campo de Borja ($38) is rich and full-bodied with plum and blackberry flavors, showing touches of pepper and spice on the finish. My older daughter, Kim, loves Italian wines, having visited the country several times, and Barolo is far and away her favorite. Shell enjoy Pio Cesare Barolo 2005 ($60), a rich and full-bodied red made from the nebbiolo grape. Balanced with tannins and acids, it has big, ripe red fruits and plums, a flowery bouquet and a lingering finish. I hope she shares this with me in a few years when it is ready to drink! My younger daughter was drinking German Rieslings until very recently when she Facebooked me to tell how wonderful pinot noir is. Now she is enthusiastically exploring reds. For Heather, the Byron Monument Pinot Noir 2008 ($60) will be perfect. Dark cherries and flowers dominate the bouquet with additional flavors of blueberries and a little spice. Big, elegant, smooth and silky, its a really nice wine to enjoy with a feast. We also enjoyed the company of a good friend on Thanksgiving. Michael likes zinfandel (the red kind). This is an easy choice for me to make. Orin Swift, famous for The Prisoner, a blend of zinfandel and five other grapes, has released a zinfandel called Saldo. The 2008 Saldo ($30) is rich in color and flavor, with blackberry on the nose mixed with black cherry and spice on the palate, ending with a long finish. Last on my list, but first in my thoughts, is my wife, Karen, whose favorites are big-bodied reds. I tasted one I know shell like at last years Southwest Florida Wine and Food Fest. The winery is called Tablas Creek, and its in the Paso Robles area. The wine is Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Paso Robles 2007 ($60). Its a Rhonestyle wine, the result of a partnership between Vineyard Brands and Chteau du Beaucastel, long famous for Chateauneuf du Pape. The wine is dry, rich and full of red plums, cherry, orange notes and spices on the nose. It has a touch of pepper and nutmeg and ends with a little oak and spice on the long finish. And what is Santa bringing Mr.Vino? My choice would be a soulful red burgundy, long one of my favorite styles. I cut my teeth on Volnay Les Angles 1969 and managed to consume several cases purchased at the ridiculous price of $9 per bottle (that should tell you how long ago it was). Today, Bouchard Pre & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuve Carnot Domaine 2008 ($61) is a similar wine, and although I have not tasted it, the recent review in Wine Spectator draws me like a moth to the flame. Theres beautiful purity to the raspberry, black currant and violet aromas and flavors as this compelling red moves across the palate, states the reviewer. Theres depth and detail, with a long, fruitand mineral-filled aftertaste. Perhaps some of these selections will work for you and yours, too. Wishing everyone a joyful and winefilled holiday season. Better not pout, or Santa may not bring you that wine VINO jimMcCRACKEN JIM MCCRACKEN / FLORIDA WEEKLYPinot Gris and Pinot Noir b s ik S u r n h o


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C39 FLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 9-11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fifth Avenue South: Samples food from three Culinary Concepts restaurants on The Zoo Crawl, a fundraiser to help create a new giraffe habitat at the Naples Zoo. The tour goes from Pazzo! Cucina Italiana to Chops City Grill to Yabba island Grill for a cocktail safari and three-course meal with the Serengeti Slam signature cocktail, fine wines and a raffle Friday and Saturday nights. Seating is limited and by reservation only. Call 298-5015 for details and reservations. Thursday, Dec. 9, 5:30-8 p.m., Decanted: Its the final Wine Throwdown of the year, featuring five wine suppliers offering eight wines each, along with appetizers; $25, 1410 Pine Ridge Road; 434-1814. Reservations required. Saturday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sea Salt: Slow Food Southwest Florida hosts a visit to the Third Street South farmers market followed by a noon lunch at Sea Salt Restaurant, featuring lasagna made with produce purchased at the market; market is free, lunch is $33 inclusive, 1186 Third Street South. Reservations required by sending name and phone to Saturday, Dec. 11, noon-2 p.m., Whole Foods: An Audubon Society representative teaches Kids Club participants how to create bird feeders from scratch, while shoppers can stop by at the cookout for natural Angus beef or veggie burgers, chips and a drink; class is free, cookout is $5 (proceeds benefit Audubon Society), Mercato; 552-5100. Saturday, Dec. 11 and 18, 3-5 p.m., Tonys Off Third: New wine manager Wayne Walker hosts a weekly wine tasting; 1300 Third St. South; 262-7999. Sunday, Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m., Freds Food, Fun & Spirits: The restaurant features dinner and the show Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, a mix of comedy, music and burlesque; $34.95 for dinner and show, $20 for show only, 2700 Immokalee Road; 431-7928. Reservations required. Thursday, Dec. 16, 4-10 p.m., Cathy OClarkes Irish Pub and Restaurant: The restaurant will donate 30 percent of all proceeds on this evening to the Naples Orchestra and Chorus; 591 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island; 6429709. Reservations recommended. Friday, Dec. 17, 6:30-8 p.m., Whole Foods: The Top 10 holiday wines tasting features the favorite wines of the chains national wine buyers; $10, Mercato; register online at Tuesday, Dec. 21, 6-8 p.m., The Good Life: Shelly Connors will teach how to make holiday appetizers; $50, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 514-4663. Reservations required. Submit event listings to Cuisine@ food & wine CALENDAR m p.m., ho lihe s As a rule, I avoid buffet restaurants, having endured a plethora of high-carb, lowquality spreads full of food left to linger in its steam tray until its either too soggy or too dried out to eat. A couple of satisfying, healthy meals at Sweet Tomatoes, however, helped to remind me that, like other restaurants, all buffets are not created equal. I now add Paradise Buffet, which recently opened in Bonita Springs, to the short list of out-of-the-ordinary buffets. While it offers a selection of well-known Chinese dishes, other features include an attractive salad buffet and an impressive selection of freshly made sushi. Ive seen a smattering of sushi at other places, but Paradise Buffet devotes serious real estate to it, enough that you could make a meal on that alone and get your $15.95s worth.The storefront is a large one, the former site of Mile High Burger in the shopping center that also houses Cirellas and Stevie Tomatos Sports Page. The management has broken up the space into sections some with booths and banquettes and installed half walls around them, thereby minimizing the sprawl. We were seated in a relatively cozy section near the back of the room and close to the buffet area.The kitchen and buffet displays occupy about 30 percent of the room. The open kitchen is backed by gleaming walls of stainless steel that match the counters and work areas in the kitchen, where several cooks busily turn out food. I like the open-kitchen concept, which allows customers to see the food being prepared. In this case, the kitchen was clean and neat, even though there was plenty of food preparation going on. The buffet tables were equally tidy. Both the sushi and the hot dishes are displayed right in front of the kitchen, enabling the cooks to install new dishes as soon as they are ready. That differs from many buffets in which the kitchen is in the back out of sight, which means server attendants must transport the food to the buffet, with the food losing freshness every minute that passes. Paradise Buffet divides its offerings into four sections. One table displays salad items and appetizers such as peel-and-eat shrimp, edamame and green mussels on the half shell. I didnt eat any salad, but all the components looked fresh and appealing, including a tray of hard-boiled egg halves. The sushi spans two sides of the display that borders the kitchen. Each type is carefully arranged on its own plate, with the name of each posted above the sneeze guards. Id make only one recommendation here: that there be a basic description of the contents, as some werent obvious from the name. Nonetheless, we tasted segments of California roll, rainbow roll, tempura roll, caviar roll, spicy tuna roll, tuna and salmon nigiri as well as some sashimi (salmon, tuna and a white fish I couldnt identify). All were fresh and well constructed, although the tempura roll, which contained tofu, egg and seaweed, could have been hotter. Speaking of hot, a large bowl of wasabi and another of pickled ginger sat conveniently in the middle of the sushi display. Hot foods take up the rest of the display area adjacent to the kitchen. Here youll find bacon-wrapped scallops, spring rolls, fried shrimp, beef ribs, vegetables tempura, carb Rangoon, soups, vegetable lo mein, grilled salmon, sauted string beans, chicken and broccoli and a number of other dishes that will be familiar to most people. From this section, I liked the crisp spring rolls and well-seasoned, al dente string beans best. I found that almost all of the hot items were lukewarm to warm, which allows them to last longer on the table, but also diminishes the enjoyment of them for those who like hot food served hot. Considering that there were a couple of other, mild soups (miso was one, I cant recall the other), the vegetable-laden hot and sour soup could have been dialed up several degrees on both hotness and sourness. This soup is, after all, known for those qualities. People who dont like heat arent likely to try it, while those who do like this typically zesty soup will be disappointed. A fourth area, situated near the salad section, contained fresh fruits, puddings and other desserts, watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, rice pudding, chocolate pudding, cheesecake, coconut cake, macaroons and cream puffs among thems. Like the salad items, the fruit was fresh. The desserts were average about what youd expect from commercially produced items. Set up next to the dessert display was a small frozen case with ice creams and sorbets. I liked the green tea ice cream, which came in a small dish that contained just the right amount after everything else wed consumed. The servers were more attentive than you typically encounter in buffets. They cleared our used dishes as soon as we were done with them, kept water glasses full and made sure we had enough to drink. (Another nice feature here is the availability of beer and wine. We split a 300-milliliter bottle of well-chilled Hakusika junmai ginjo sake ($10), which proved a pleasant accompaniment to the sushi.) Overall, Paradise Buffet offers a well-chosen assortment of fresh food, with an impressive variety of seafood. With the managements attention to service and cleanliness as well as the reasonable price, it ought to attract all the customers it can serve in no time at all. karenFELDMAN Paradise Buffet adds style, substance to the all-you-can-eat conceptParadise Buffet offers a wealth of sushi and sashimi as a standard part of the all-you-caneat offerings. Hot items include spring rolls, ribs, fried and sauted shrimp, sauted green beans and grilled salmon as well as lo mein and other traditional dishes.KAREN FELDMAN / FLORIDA WEEKLY Paradise Buffet>> Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. every day>> Reservations: No >> Credit cards: Major cards accepted. >> Price range: $9.95 for lunch, $15.95 for dinner >> Beverages: Beer and wine served >> Seating: Banquettes, booths and conventional tables and chairs >> Specialties of the house: Sushi, green mussels prepared several ways, spring rolls, crab Rangoon, grilled salmon, vegetable lo mein, peel and eat shrimp, beef with vegetables >> Volume: Low to moderate >> Parking: Free lotRatings: Food: Service: Atmosphere: The Prado at Spring Creek, 25201 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Bonita Springs; 495-5398SuperbNoteworthyGoodFairPoor if you go a nd e at u d w t t le m a i v ed e n t O f e t a w e m t a p al s e r u f fe The Prado at Sprin of Commerce Driv e m h o lu s e f l l mo tu A u o tt m p, h al f o mu ds f l o n u na A ll ug h of u, t er. 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