Naples-based pet advocacy organization Brookes Legacy Animal Rescue has won a $25,000 grant from the Petco Foundation in recognition of the rehabilitation and subsequent adoption of Hansa Rose, now named Deeogee (or D.O.G. ), a former bait dog that had been used to train other canines for dog fighting. Brookes Legacy volunteers are often alerted to animals that are close to being euthanized. In February 2012, group founder Tink Bechtol received a tip that immediately struck her as urgent. When members arrived at Miami-Dade Animal Services to retrieve Hansa Rose, she was hours away from being put down. Upon inspection, they discovered the dog had suffered incredible physical and emotional trauma as a result of being restrained from defending herself as other animals were trained to att ack her for sport. HerBait dog rescue story leads to $25,000 grant BY LINDSEY NESMITHlnesmith@ oridaweekly.com SEE LUCKY DOG, A22 OH CHRISTMAS TREES, OH CHRISTMAS TREES BY KELLY MERRITTFlorida Weekly Correspondent STARTING THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING EVERY year, Lynette Coffey spends days decorating for Christmas. At last count, she had more than 50 trees, dozens of nativity scenes and nutcrackers, garland galore, miles of ribbon, a passel of wreaths and too many ornaments to inventory. One of my favorite trees is the family Christmas tree that has the pictures of the kids growing up, says the native North Carolinian who moved to North Naples years ago. Many of the Coffey familys Christmas SEE TREES, A8 Decorations galore proclaim the spirit of the season This tree of feathers is one of the Coffey familys more than 50 Christmas trees. Lynette Coffey pauses after decorating her home for the holidays.TIM GIBBONS / FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 Vol. VII, No. 10 FREE WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 Download our FREE App todayAvailable on the iTunes and Android App Store. OPINION A4 C-SCAPES A6 NEWS OF THE WEIRD A16 CLUB NOTES A20-21 HEALTHY LIVING A24 PETS A26 BUSINESS MEETINGS B4 NETWORKING B7-8 OPEN HOUSE MAP B18 PUZZLES C12 FILM REVIEW C15 CUISINE C28-31 INSIDE A Mexican diplomatInternational Mens Club of America welcomes deputy consul general from Miami, and more to-dos around town. C23-27 Fond memoriesThe Diva looks back at Christmas Eves over the years. A27 Cabs cash inNew Years Eve brings in the bucks. B1 No! No! No!Sometimes Santa can be downright scary. C1 LUCKY DOG
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA2 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 COMMENTARYCrossing the other Delaware: A personal view of ChristmasIn the American cultural vernacular, which may prove as confusing to you as it frequently does to me, the first Christmas did not occur 2,014 years ago. Instead, the first Christmas took place exactly 237 years ago on a frigid night a few miles north of Philadelphia. In this whimsical, transformative nation, holidays that began as one thing inevitably become another, and none more so than Christmas. During the evening of Dec. 25, 1776, Christmas Love (defined as the love of Christ come, for Christians) must have seemed as remote as the North Pole to the 2,400 men who crossed the Delaware River out of Pennsylv ania. They moved out in sleet and snow equipped with newly issued flints for their weapons on George Washingtons command, gathering on the riverfront from positions near McKonkeys Ferry. At that point the self-declared United States of America where you and I will eat to our hearts content this Christmas amounted to 174 days worth of upstart nation. Brand new, the nation was also under siege, wrapped in a winter storm, and starving. Most of Washingtons men couldnt swim, but they swallowed their fear. Ice floes in the river presented a significant danger to their heavily-laden boats as they labored in frigid darkness toward the Jersey shore. None of it was pretty. In sloppy, struggling fashion, commanders and a regiment of experienced seamen from Marblehead, Mass., with others, finally landed the force mostly intact at Trenton, on the east bank of the river. There, things changed forever. That fact remains the nations most singular Christmas gift to itself. The Americans caught the winterencamped Hessian troops (competent professional soldiers in the pay of the British army) completely off guard and drunk. Thus they won the first real victory in our history, at the end of what had been a very bad year. Had Washington been killed or captured a distinct possibility since he was among the first to land on the far shore history would have gone barking up a different tree. It almost did, anyway. Previously, his men had succeeded only in having their rear ends kicked out of New York and chased all over New Jersey by the British and their allies. But only six days before Christmas, Thomas Paine came out with a feisty pamphlet called Common Sense, in Philadelphia. It included the most famous lines he ever wrote. The language was so compelling that against all reason it boosted morale among the half-frozen, half-sick, woefully undernourished Americans. These are the times that try mens souls, Mr. Paine wrote. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. No doubt many would have settled for an easier conflict and reduced rations of glory along with a hot meal, but they werent given the choice. For all those Americans, including women, children and the old people left to manage farms and homes, Christmas Love required sacrifice and the recognition of imminent mortality. To all of them, everything must have seemed tenuous. Ive always thought of Christmas that way, too as a time when existence can become, paradoxically, both sumptuous and desperate. In such a time, each of us must cross our own Delaware, which means that each of us must define Christmas Love as any force or energy that allows us to make the crossing, no matter how tenuously or what shape it takes. If, for example, you havent spoken to a relative or an old friend with whom youve fallen out, youre facing the river. If you havent forgiven yourself for a mistake made in another time which means confronting your own weakness or blindness, and moving on youre facing the river. If the echoes of the dead or the memories of Christmases past become not the voices of angels but a chorus of tyrants beckoning you to surrender the joyous moment in order to suffer the once-upon-a-time, youre facing the river. Charles Dickens, the great British novelist, knew the music of this tune intimately, which was why he wrote A Christmas Carol. In any case, something has to be faced and changed. And you have to face it and change it. Christmas is a time to do that, just as it was for Washington and the men, women and children who faced his Delaware River. For somebody I never knew, heres one more Delaware. Late on Dec. 24, 1976, I drove out of the gates of Camp Lejeune, N.C., home of the Second Marine Division, bound toward Wilmington 50 or so miles to the south. I was bent on attending midnight Mass at an orthodox church. The narrow two-lane blacktop ribboned a North Carolina night so black in the flat piedmont that I could see nothing beyond my own headlights for miles, until a flashing of red and blue came distantly into view. I slowed, approached and passed. Two cars had collided head on. The bodies of five dead lay under sheets near the devastated wreckage. Midnight was 90 minutes away. At the church, a packed Christmas celebration of such candlelit, incense-infused magnificence occurred with chanting, bells, the sprinkling of holy water and all the sensuous ornamentation of celebratory life that Ive never been able to forget either the blood or the glory. And now its only Christmas Love I want for them: for those nameless souls who may still cherish the victims of that long ago night. May they, with all of us, find it in themselves to cross the other Delaware. A version of this column originally ran on Dec. 21, 2011. f g o M m o rogerWILLIAMSrwilliams@floridaweekly.com
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA4 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 OPINION amy GOODMANSpecial to Florida Weekly rich LOWRYSpecial to Florida Weekly Feinsteins travestyThe Senate Intelligence Committee spent roughly $50 million on its investigation into the CIA and apparently couldnt find Michael Haydens phone number. The committee portrays Gen. Hayden, the former CIA director, as a liar who deceived Congress about the agencys interrogation program, yet the committee couldnt be bothered to interview him. Thats because the committee, led by California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, didnt bother to interview anyone. The committee didnt want to include anything that might significantly complicate its cartoonish depiction of a CIA that misled everyone so it could maintain a secret prison system for the hell of it. The Feinstein report scores some points. It makes plain that the CIA program wasnt adequately controlled, especially at the beginning, that it went too far, and that the agency became too invested in defending it. But the thrust of the report is devoted to the proposition that torture, or harsh interrogation, never works. This is important to critics of the CIA program because they are almost never willing to say that torture is wrong and that we should never do it even if it sometimes works and potentially saves lives. They lack the moral conviction to make their case solely on principle. Even though its executive summary runs more than 500 pages, the report lacks basic context, specifically an account of the post-Sept. 11 environment in which nearly everyone expected another attack and wanted to do everything possible to avoid it. This is why the likes of the impeccably liberal Jay Rockefeller, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, could say after we captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in 2003 that we should be very, very tough with him. The harsh methods that the CIA adopted dont, in isolation, shock the conscience. Theres nothing, for instance, about throwing someone up against a flexible wall, grabbing and shaking him, keeping him in a tight space or slapping him that is clearly out of bounds. It is cumulatively, over an extended period as with Abu Zubaydah that the methods take on a different complexion. Reasonable people can disagree about whether we went over the line of what we should do to anyone in any circumstance. But in making a totalist case against the CIA program, the Feinstein report implausibly asserts that it had no benefits whatsoever. It points out, as though it settles something, that terrorists lied when they were subjected to coercive interrogations. Of course, terrorists also lied when they werent subjected to coercive interrogations. The standard shouldnt be if the CIA program produced 100 percent truthfulness, but whether it produced intelligence that otherwise wouldnt have been available as quickly or at all. The overall contention of the report is that we would have achieved the same results in the war on terror with less information, rather than more. Not only does that defy common sense, it is a bet no one would have been willing to make in 2002. Nor would anyone have guessed 10 years ago that it would be considered more in keeping with American values to assassinate people from drones rather than capture them and ask them questions under duress. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.Obama and the beginning of the end of the Cuban embargo The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing. On Wednesday morning, we learned that Alan Gross, a U.S. government contractor convicted in Cuba for spying, had been released after five years in prison. Another person, an unnamed Cuban imprisoned in Cuba for 20 years for spying for the U.S., was also released. This has made global headlines. Less well explained in the U.S. media are the three Cubans released from U.S. prisons. They are the three remaining jailed members of the Cuban Five. The Cuban Five were arrested in the late 1990s on espionage charges. But they were not spying on the United States government. They were in Miami, infiltrating Cuban-American paramilitary groups based there that were dedicated to the violent overthrow of the Cuban government. By noon Wednesday, President Barack Obama made it official this was not just a simple prisoner exchange: Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba. ... Ive instructed Secretary (of State John) Kerry to immediately begin discussions with Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations that have been severed since January of 1961. It was President Dwight Eisenhower who severed relations with Cuba, on Jan. 3, 1961, two years after Fidel Castro took power. President John F. Kennedy then expanded the embargo. Months after Kennedy took office, the CIA invasion of the Bay of Pigs, intending to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro, went awry. It is universally considered one of the greatest military fiascos of the modern era. Scores were killed, and Cuba imprisoned more than 1,200 CIA mercenaries. Cuba became a flash point, most notably as the Soviet Union attempted to place short-range nuclear missiles on the island, precipitating the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962. This episode is widely considered the closest that nations have come to allout nuclear war. The U.S. also tried to assassinate Castro. While the U.S. Senates Church Committee identified eight such attempts, Fabian Escalante, the former head of Cuban counterintelligence, uncovered at least 638 assassination attempts. The Cuban revolution has its critics, but the transformation of daily life there cant be denied. Throughout the 1950s, under dictator Fulgencio Batista, most Cubans suffered in dire poverty, with scant access to education, health care or decent-paying jobs. The Batista regime was brutal, engaging in arbitrary arrests, torture and executions. Batista allied himself with the U.S. Mafia, personally profiting from widespread corruption, especially from the opulent hotels and casinos in Havana. Today, Cubans enjoy the same life expectancy as their neighbors in the U.S. and experience less infant mortality. Cuba has among the highest literacy rates in the world, surpassed only by Finland, Denmark, New Zealand and Australia, according to the United Nations Development Program, which ranks the U.S. as 21st globally, two notches above Kazakhstan. Cuba, often battered by hurricanes, has developed one of the best disasterresponse medical systems in the world. They recently deployed 250 doctors to West Africa to combat Ebola. ThenPresident Fidel Castro offered to send 1,500 doctors to the U.S. in 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The administration of George W. Bush did not respond. The embargo has long been central to national electoral politics, as the Cuban community in Miami, many of whom have long been staunchly anti-Castro, has been considered crucial to winning Florida in a presidential election. Miami also has served as the haven for anti-Castro terrorist groups. One of the Cuban Five, Rene Gonzalez, was released in 2011 after 13 years in prison. I spoke to him from Cuba in 2013. He told me, It was part of our development or common experience to have seen people coming from Miami raiding our shores, shooting at hotels, killing people here in Cuba, blowing up airplanes. In 1976, an Air Cubana flight was blown up by terrorists. It exploded in midair, killing all 73 people on board. In 1997, hotels across Havana were bombed, with one Italian tourist killed. Former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles took responsibility for the hotel bombings, and evidence strongly links him to the bombing of the airliner. The Cuban Five were guilty of investigating the terrorist activities of these men, and the nonprofit front groups that supported them, like the Cuban American National Foundation and Brothers to the Rescue. Posada Carriles currently lives in Florida, a free man. The Cold War is over. Cubas government is communist, but so are the governments of China and Vietnam, both of which have deep ties to the U.S. The 11 million people of Cuba, as well as all of us here, deserve an open connection as neighbors, based on equality, grounded in peace. Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column. Amy Goodman is the host of Democracy Now!, a TV/radio news hour airing on more than 1,200 stations in North America. She is the co-author of The Silenced Majority, a New York Times best-seller. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA6 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 CSCAPESThanks for the memoriesThis will be my last column for Florida Weekly.No, I havent been fired, nor have I lost interest in communicating with all of you on a regular basis. Its just that a column is hard work and very time consuming, and with the real estate market becoming crazy-busy (and we arent even in full season yet), I simply dont have the time to devote to writing against deadline anymore. I would have thought by now that I would have run out of ideas for my column, but the truth is, they just keep coming. Indeed, the column has made me look more closely at the here and now and how my life (and life itself) fits into it. The column has caused me to reexamine who I am, the values in my life as instilled in me by my parents, my friends and mentors, but also those values I have come to embrace myself just by noticing LIFE something, as John Lennon wrote, that happens to us while we are making other plans. I have tried to express these values in the columns Ive written. Be it civility, mentoring, avocations, friendship, gardening, aging, health, dress whatever the subject, I have seen the columns as a call to action as much for me as for my readers. And largely, its worked. Just the writing of it, the putting down on paper, has given my new insights and ways in which I can improve myself and how I relate to others. Im not trying to be lofty here. Im simply saying that the forced discipline of putting thoughts on paper every other week has helped to clarify both why Im in this life and how I can live it more happily, productively and kindly. After all, we live in a difficult time, a time that challenges reflection and understanding. It is a time of transition, just as all passages are, but the changes are coming more quickly than ever, with world knowledge doubling every 13 months, at least according to what Ive read. Along with this, we are seeing the demise of legitimate sources of information (traditional newspapers, for example). Whats worse, these reliable sources are being replaced, not by facts, but by the opinions of bloggers, pundits and anyone and everyone who has a point of view, an ax to grind and access to the Internet. Thats why Ive tried in my columns to bring my observations back to the basics of life, to what we all know is important, and will continue to be important, even as we are being consumed by the new world order. I cant predict, I cant even imagine where we are all headed, but I do know that certain fundamentals will continue to apply: common sense, The Golden Rule, the virtues of integrity, honesty and hard work. I believe if we hold on to these, the maelstrom around us wont matter in the final analysis. All that will matter is that we continued to persevere, especially when we were confused and in doubt. One last thing: I think most of us are pretty good at being a friend to others, but so much of the time, we dont take the time to be a friend to ourselves. To love ourselves, to be good to ourselves, to indulge in a little extravagance every now and then thats something worth doing, and I intend to make it one of my New Years resolutions. In a remarkable and ironic way, those little indulgences will actually make me a less selfish, better person to everyone I encounter. I hope youve enjoyed my little musings over the past year and that I have struck a chord with an idea or experience that I shared. To quote Bob Hope, thanks for the memories and for your support and compliments over the past year. Thanks also to Cindy Pierce, my editor, for giving me the gift of writing this column. May the New Year bring joy and prosperity for all. While Cheryl Turner will no longer be writing this column, her presence on the local scene will continue as one of the areas top real estate professionals. cherylTURNERCheryl@cherylturner.com 239.261.7157 141 TAMIAMI TRAIL NORTH, NAPLES, FLORIDA 34102 WYNNSONLINE.COM SERVING NAPLES THE FINEST PRODUCTS FOR OVER 70 YEARS Remember, Wynns Market when planning your New Years party!Nosh on delicious platters. Indulge in ne meats and seafood. Savor a decadent dessert. Pop a bottle of champagne, wine or beer.We are still taking special holiday orders in all departments; please order early! FREE with a $50.00 Grocery OrderDOMAINE CHANDON SPARKLING WINEMust present coupon. Good through January 1, 2015. Not valid with tobacco purchases. Buy One Get One FREEASSORTED COHENS FROZEN HORS DOEUVRESMust present coupon. Good through January 1, 2015. Limit 2 per customer.
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 decorations honor Christian traditions of the season, while others invoke family milestones and treasured memories. A snow globe given to Mrs. Coffey by a beloved aunt 20 years ago still plays Silent Night. The nativity scenes help me keep Christ in Christmas for my kids, Caroline and Charles, Mrs. Coffey says. Advent candles and angels also help perpetuate the Christmas message. On the family piano, she arranges dozens of nutcrackers and nutcrackerthemed ornaments. That particular theme is also personal to Mrs. Coffey; shes been in the dance industry for years and owns Naples Dance Supply across from Waterside Shops on Trail Boulevard. Like just about everyone associated with ballet, she loves The Nutcracker production. Three Christmas trees in the Coffey home are adorned entirely with nutcracker ornaments. The theme is just one of several that dot the landscape of more than 50 trees that range in all shapes and sizes, from miniature to massive. Mrs. Coffey has trees made of bows, three butterfly tr ees and several flower trees, trees made entirely of feathers, three trees decorated with birds and a tree fashioned from seashells gathered along Southwest Florida. There are trees decorated entirely in pastels and a massive snow-themed tree with peppermint accents. There are trees with icicles and a tree of Father Christmases. There are blue trees and pink trees, silver trees and golden trees, purple trees, red trees and poinsettia trees. Standing 6 feet tall in the entryway, the largest tree is covered in apple blossoms TREESFrom page 1 TIM GIBBONS / FLORIDA WEEKLYLeft: Among the festive colors, this red and white tree evokes themes of holiday peppermints and candy canes. Top: One of Mrs. Coffeys many Nativity scenes. Middle: Sharing the joy of Christmas: Lynette Coffey spends weeks decorating her home for the holidays. Bottom: Dozens of Nutcrackers like these add old world tradition to the Coffey familys Christmas decorations.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 NEWS A9 and giant snowflakes and is referred to by the family as The Pink Tree. Each of the Coffey children has little trees in their rooms. There is a Christmas tree in every room of the house, Mrs. Coffey says. Although her collection of trees would seem complete after 15 years of amassing it, Mrs. Coffey continues to invent new ones to celebrate her happiest time of year. Six years ago, she and her three sisters decorated a tree in honor of their parents 50th wedding anniversary, filling it with ornaments made from five decades of family photographs. I have trees Im still working on decorating, she says, pointing to a snowmanthemed work in progress. When theyre not putting smiles on the faces of family and friends people who visit her home during the holidays (the trimmings stay until the Little Epiphany, which is when the Three Wise Men finally make it to the manger), Mrs. Coffeys Christmas decorations are tucked away in bins in the attic. And although she says it takes far less time to undo Christmas than to prepare for it, there is an art to putting everything it away; each piece has a proper place in storage as well as in each years carefully thought out display. As much as the spirit of Christmas shines throughout every square inch of the Coffey home throughout the holidays, passersby on the street dont have a clue as to the magic thats inside, as there are precious few signs of the season outside. And in case youre wondering, Christmas is the only holiday on Mrs. Coffeys decorating calendar. The rest of the years celebrations Halloween, Easter, the Fourth of July, etc. are no-frills occasions, observed strictly in spirit, literally. TIM GIBBONS / FLORIDA WEEKLYTop: Mrs. Coffey accented this white Christmas tree with contrasting bright, solid colored ornaments. Right: This is one of the Coffeys several flower trees. Far right top: Mrs. Coffeys Nativity scenes are like little works of art. Far right bottom: The dining room serves as home base for most of the miniature Christmas trees.MORE TREES, A10
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Students fulfilling the pledge are awarded a full scholarship to a Florida state college, university or vocational school upon high school graduation. As a mentor, Mr. Becker enjoys the opportunity to empower students and help them find their own personal paths to success. His role is to motivate his mentee to reach their potential and help them navigate the challenges of education and life. Mr. Becker says its hard to think of the words that describe the satisfaction he receives from helping students in Immokalee. After spending 25 years in corporate America, he made the decision to make a career change and become a teacher. That was six years ago. Today, he cant imagine things any other way. Creating a connection with a student is better than a paycheck, he says. They carry a piece of you with them, and you just hope they, too, will pay it forward. To learn more about TIF, including how to become involved as a mentor, call 430-9122 or visit immokaleefoundation.org. Avow seeks voices for Serenity singing groupVolunteer voices are being sought to join Serenity, a women's a cappella choral group whose mission is to bring comfort through song to Avow hospice patients. In groups of two to four, Serenity singers sing at the patient's bedside. Participants are not required to read music, but must be able to carry a tune and coordinate with other singers for a blended vocal sound. Serenity volunteers meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Avow headquarters. Additional singing dates will be determined based upon the availability of members. Any woman interested in learning more about the program is invited to attend an informational session at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Avow. RSVP is requested by Jan. 26; call Connie Shepherd at 261-4404. Volunteers who join Serenity will be required to complete Avow's general volunteer application and training process. For more information, call the number above or visit avowcares.org. 22 nonprofits rewarded for leaving a footprint SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYThe 2015 Allegra FootPRINT Fund award recipients were announced and honored Dec. 10 at a luncheon at Aldos Ristorante. Paul Kessen, owner of Allegra Naples, along with Bob Beauregard, client liaison for the FootPRINT Fund, welcomed the nonprofit organizations and congratulated them for leaving a footprint in the community. Due to overwhelming response this year, the 2015 Allegra FootPRINT Fund was increased from $12,000 to $14,500, enabling the award to be made to 22 recipients instead of the customary 18. The 2015 winners are: Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Childrens Advocacy Center, Collier Child Care Resources, the Freedom Waters Foundation, Friends of Foster Children of Southwest Florida, Guadalupe Center of Immokalee, Gulfshore Playhouse, Humane Society Naples, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation-Suncoast Chapter, Laces of L ove, Liter acy Volunteers of Collier County, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Meals of Hope, Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion, Miracles Among Us, NAMI of Collier County, NCH Safe & Healthy Childrens Coalition, New Horizons of Southwest Florida, PAWS Assistance Dogs, Saint Matthews House, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children and Youth Haven. FootPRINT awards are made to nonprofit organizations and associations seeking financial assistance for graphic design and printing of brochures, newsletters, forms, invitations, posters and other print communications. Over the past five years, Allegra Naples has donated approximately $70,000 to local charitable organizations through the annual FootPRINT awards and the Posters with Purpose Program. The awards are based on how printing and graphic services will be used to further the organizations goals, including such things as expanding services to the community, enhancing programs or maximizing existing resources. Recipients are selected by a review panel comprised of local business owners and community leaders. Eight of the 2015 winners are first-time recipients. Allegra launched the FootPRINT Fund as part of its Community Care Campaign, a nationwide effort supported by the companys franchise headquarters, Alliance Franchise Brands. The program was developed to help unite and strengthen local communities by assisting eligible nonprofit organizations and associations in building their awareness and increasing local support. The FootPRINT Fund program makes it a little easier for community organizations to make a difference, one step at a time. Nonprofit groups, associations and charitable organizations with a main office or branch in Collier County are invited to apply. The 2016 application will be available June 15, 2015, at Allegra Naples, 3930 Domestic Ave., or online at AllegraNaples. com. TIFFrom page 12 SUE HUFF / COURTESY PHOTO Bob Beauregard of the FootPRINT Fund and Paul Kessen of Allegra Naples at the FootPRINT awards luncheon. See more photos on page B8.
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Still, some users of the site found the choices inadequate. One young woman described her sexual orientation as squiggly, and the reporter cited others who thought highly of that term. Bright ideas Britains Home Office revealed in November (by releasing archived documents from 1982) that among the contingency suggestions for worst-case nuclear attack on the country was commissioning psychopaths to help keep order. They are very good in crises, an advocate wrote, because they have no feelings for others, nor moral code, and tend to be very intelligent and logical, and thus could do quite well at containing the vigilante survivalist enclaves that might develop in the event parts of the kingdom became lawless. (After an apparently thoughtful debate, the suggestion was not agreed to.) Great Art! At a recent art show at Paris Palais de Tokyo, Italian artist Sven Sachsalber, for his provocative piece, brought in a large haystack on Nov. 13, dropped a needle into it, and gave himself two days to find it. Late the next day, he picked it up. (Palais de Tokyo calls itself an anti-museum par excellence.) Ironies Three homes on the Pacific Ocean near Grayland, Wash., were washed away by violent rainstorms in early December, but the residents had seen it coming. The longtime local name for the area is Washaway Beach. Said one, I knew it was going to happen sooner or later, but I had hoped it wasnt this soon. In November, an airlines advertising staff created the catchy slogan (to attract impulse travelers), Want to go somewhere, but dont know where? and convinced management to send it, via Twitter, to the airlines thousands of followers. (Spoiler: The airline was Malaysia Airlines, whose Flight 370 still has not been found.) A theatrical producer in Madrid found a way around Spains recent steep sales tax increase on certain entertainment venues (sports, movies, live theater): It sold back issues of vintage pornographic magazines for the equivalent of $20 with a free ticket to its latest stage production by noted director Pedro Calderon de la Barca. (A show ticket would carry a 21 percent tax, but a pornographic magazine is still taxed at 4 percent.) Compelling explanations Creative: Eric Opitz, 45, who was indicted on 13 counts of fraud in Philadelphia in October, had explained that the reason he needed human growth hormone (that he would resell) despite being 6-foot-3, 450 pounds, was that he was really a dwarf and feared he would recede if he stopped the medication. Bungling cinematograhers: Zak Hardy, 18, and Terrill Stoltz, 41, were arrested recently in separate incidents and charged with photographing women in bathrooms without their permission. Hardy, caught in a public restroom in June in Exeter, England, pointing his phone from one stall to another, explained that he was just trying to see whether his phone was waterproof. Stoltz professed his innocence, as well, claiming the camera he set up in his ex-girlfriends bathroom in Billings, Mont., was solely to have a photographic record of him when he cleaned his chickens in the bathtub.The new normalAn Oceanside, Calif., couple was surprised in November to discover that buying a purebred bichon frise on credit meant they were only leasing the dog for 27 months and would have to make a 28th payment to actually own Tresor. Furthermore, the lease, under a repo threat, required daily exercise, regular bathing and grooming and immediate disposal of Tresors waste. A spokesperson for the store, Oceanside Puppy (which works with four finance companies), told the San Diego UnionTribune that the arrangement is fairly standard now for expensive pets. First-world problems NBCs Today show reported in December the heartbreak parents are feeling when they learn that the supposedly unique name (wonderful, distinctive, rarely heard) they had given their infant in the last year or two (e.g., Mason, Liam, Lily) actually appeared on BabyCenters annual list of most popular names of 2014 (sixth, third and eighth, respectively). After hearing tenants complaints, the New York City Council is now considering a regulation requiring landlords to post notices if a common area or amenity is unusable for 24 hours or more which applies of course to elevators and laundry rooms, but would also extend to any air hockey or foosball facilities in the building. NEWS OF THE WEIRDBY CHUCK SHEPHERDDISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE
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L L LA LA A A R R R RG RG G ES ES S T T T T S S SE SE E L L LE LE E E C C CT CT T T I IO O N N N N O OF OF F F FI FI I B B BE BE BE E R R R RG RG G LA LA A S S S SS SS S S S SU SU U U P P P PP PP P LI LI ES ES ES ES S L L L L L L L A A A A A A A A A A R R R R R R R G G G G G G G E E E E E E S S S S S S e e e e e e e l l l l l l l e e e e e e e e e c c c c c c c t t t t i i i i i o o o o o o n n n n n n ! ! ! ! ! Engine PartsUflex RotechSteering System $134.95 The Greater Naples Branch of AAUW holds its monthly meeting Saturday, Jan. 10, at Hodges University. A reception and networking begin at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting and program are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guest speaker Jane Billings, executive director of Friends of Foster Children of Southwest Florida, will discuss Project Enrichment and the Education Train. Guests are welcome. Reservations are not necessary. For more information about the Naples AAUW branch, visit aauwgnb.org. The Naples chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the Kapnick Center at Naples Botanical Garden. Guest speaker George Wilder, herbarium curator and botanist at the Garden, will discuss The Biology of Roots. Admission is free, and reservations are not required. For more information, visit naples.fnpschapters.org. Those who write poetry or who simply enjoy listening to and reading poetry are invited to meet at The Norris Center from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, and Mondays, Feb. 9 and March 9. After the formal meeting, those who are interested can continue the evening with dinner at a Fifth Avenue restaurant. For more information, call (440) 554-1144 or email email@example.com. The Naples chapter of PFLAG, Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a support, education and advocacy group for families with gay or transgender members, meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The next meeting is Jan. 15. Call 963-4670 for location. Coastal Chess clubs in Naples and Marco Island welcome players of all levels for casual games and occasional tournaments. Marco meetings are from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday at the Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier. Naples meetings are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday in the clubhouse at Moorings Park, off GoodletteFrank Road just south of Pine Ridge Road. For more information, call Wade Keller at 389-2525, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit chess7.net. Members of the Marco Island Shell Club meet from 9-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the United Church of Marco to craft shell art that will be sold during the clubs annul sale in March. Proceeds from the sale benefit scholarships for marine science students at FGCU. The church is at 320 N. Barfield Drive. Newcomers are always welcome at crafting sessions. For more information, call 963-4694. Naples Nites Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at Perkins on Pine Ridge Road at Interstate-75. The next meetings are Jan. 13 and 27. All current and former Lions are welcome. For more information, call Dan Sams at 352-2827. The Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance welcomes members and guests to its monthly meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd. An orchid raffle will be held as part of the evening. Admission is free. For more information, call 498-9741 or email email@example.com. The Southwest Florida chapter of the Kiwi Club, a social and charitable organization of present and former flight attendants of American Airlines, TWA and other airlines acquired by or merged with American Airlines, meets on the fourth Saturday of every month at various locations. The next meeting is Jan. 24. The local chapter supports Pace Center for Girls-Collier at Immokalee and the Collier County Hunger & Homeless Coalition. New members are always welcome. For more information, call (781) 962-5311. The Naples base of the U.S. Submarine Veterans (USSVI) meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the American Legion Post 303, 27678 Imperial Shores Blvd. in Bonita Springs. The next meeting is Jan. 27. Membership is open to active duty and retired submariners who have earned the Qualified in Submarines designation. The local USSVI base commander is John Dykhuis of Naples. For more information, visit ussvi.org/base/ naples.asp. The Collier County Stamp Club meets from 7-9 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Naples Airport Office Building, 200 Aviation Drive. The next meeting is Jan. 22. Stamp trading will follow the program. All stamp enthusiasts are welcome. For more information, call 348-9845. Naples Newcomers Club welcomes women who have moved to the area within the past five years. In addition to a monthly luncheon, members get together to explore Naples and to enjoy a variety of interests, from books to bridge and mah-jongg to gourmet cooking and conversations over coffee. A coffee for prospective new members takes place on the first Thursday of each month. For more information, call 298-4083 or visit naplesnewcomers.com. Toastmasters International teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Guests are always welcome. Local Toastmasters chapters, meeting times and locations include: Bonita Toastmasters: 7 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday at the Bonita Springs Fire Station, 27701 Bonita Grande Drive. For more information, call Pamela Houze at (214) 355-6069. Collier Communique Club: 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday at the North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive. Call Robert Rizzo at (407) 493-8584. Marco Island Toastmasters: 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Centennial Bank, 645 Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. E-mail Chris Pritchard at colliertoastmasters@gmail. com. Naples Sunrise Bay Toastmasters: 7:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday in Moss Hall at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive. Call Steve McCann at 777-8851. Naples Toastmasters: 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday at Naples General Aviation Center, 200 Aviation Drive N. Call Dorian Ray at 260-4709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Toast of the Coast Toastmasters: Noon on the second and fourth Friday at the American Cancer Society, 5020 Tamiami Trail N. Call Marianne Oehser at 434-9900. Naples Advanced Toastmasters: 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday at the North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive. Email Christine Cargnoni at email@example.com. This club has prerequisites for membership. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA24 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 WelcomeDr. Robert TomsickFellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon & Board Certied DermatologistSTARTING JANUARY 2, 2015Bringing over 35 years of Mohs surgery and dermatology experience to Naples & Bonita Springs 1-800-591-DERM | www.RiverchaseDermatology.comGive the gift of blood this holiday seasonThe gift of life-saving blood is truly the perfect color, size and shape for a local patient in need. Community Blood Center encourages everyone age 16 and over to take time out to donate during the busy holiday season. The Community Blood Center in Naples is at 311 Ninth St. N. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. On Dec. 31, the center will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Call 624-4120 for more information. Here are some places the CBC bloodmobile will be in the coming weeks. A complete schedule is at givebloodcbc. org. Successful donors will receive a free movie ticket. Friday-Monday, Dec. 26-29: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sembler Plaza at the southwest corner of Airport-Pulling Road and Naples Boulevard. Friday, Jan. 2: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coastland Center near the food court entrance. Tuesday, Jan. 6: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Waterside Shops. Blood donors can get in on the Ultimate Go For 3 frequent donor contest to qualify to win a $50 gas card or auto detail, an iPad or a weekend getaway package inclusive of a hotel stay, spa package, dinner and two-day use of a BMW convertible courtesy of Germain BMW. Visit the website for details. HEALTHY LIVINGNIH funds robots to assist people with disabilitiesNew research in robotics might help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Projects investigating co-robotics are the focus of new funding from the National Institutes of Health. This is the third year NIH has participated in the Interagency National Robotics Initiative to support research to develop innovative corobots robots that work cooperatively with people. Other participants are the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Funding for these projects totals approximately $2.3 million over the next five years, subject to the availability of funds. Technology is becoming more and more adaptable in all areas of our life, from GPS in cars to speech recognition technology on smart phones, said Grace Peng, Ph.D., program director of Rehabilitation Engineering at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. With these awards, we hope to encourage robotics researchers to think of new ways to apply their technology in the realm of health care. Wearable exoskeletons to induce recovery of function. Recovering limb movement after a stroke can be difficult and frustrating for patients. Research suggests that repeatedly using the affected arm in goal-directed, purposeful movements after a stroke can help promote recovery. This project hopes to extend therapy into the home by providing patients with a lightweight robotic exoskeleton that can be placed on an affected arm and provide the kind of therapeutic guidance found at a rehabilitation center. A computer vision-based active learning co-robot wheelchair This project hopes to provide a solution for elderly and disabled patients who have limited hand functionality and who rely on wheelchairs for mobility. Researchers hope to create a system and chair that can be controlled by the users head movements and will adapt to the individual user. A camera placed on glasses worn by the user can capture head movements designed to control the chair as well as adapt to individual users by gaining information as the patient responds to various situations in natural ways (such as turning their head as their attention shifts). The hope is that the robotic wheelchair will be able to operate almost completely autonomously and only ask for human control on an as-needed basis learning from the human controls so as to reduce the necessity for human participation in the future. Music-based interactive robotic orchestration for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Many new technologies for children with autism spectrum disorder have been developed and demonstrated the possibilities of robotic applications in therapy, but most rely on speech interaction and task-based scenarios. To more effectively stimulate the various emotional and social interactivities of children with ASD, researchers need to take further steps to incorporate multiple types of stimuli. Recent studies have shown improvements in social skills among children with autism who were encouraged to improvise with musical instruments or song. This project aims to develop a music-based system that will help children with ASD interact with a robotic companion in a safe and natural manner. The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for NRI funding in 2015 was announced in Oct. 16, 2014 and NIH is specifically promoting assistive robotic technology. NIH continues to accept applications for exoskeletons or surgical robotics funding opportunities. For more information, visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ guide/notice-files/NOT-EB-14-008. html. RICHARD BRENT GILLESPIE, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR
Stress may lead to a broken heart BY JL WATSONLee Memorial Health SystemChest pain often signals something serious and life-threatening, like a heart attack. But for some people, particularly elderly women, this type of pain can indicate a stress cardiomyopathy, known as broken heart syndrome. The condition was first identified as a transient heart condition in Japan in the early 1990s. Patients experienced chest pain or shortness of breath after severe psychological or physical stress, such as an intense argument, news of the death of a loved one or a severe car accident. Interestingly, patients appear to have an acute heart attack, known as ST elevation myocardial infarction, but are found to have no blockages in the coronary arteries after cardiac catheterization, says Lee Physician Group cardiologist Bhavin Patel, D.O. However, there is abnormal movement of the left ventricle, including ballooning of the apex, known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The bulging ventricle resembles a takotsubo, a pot used by Japanese fishermen to trap octopuses. It is often identified on left ventriculography and confirmed by echocardiography. Patients are found to have systolic heart failure, a weakening of the hearts pump function. Although we do not know the exact cause behind stress cardiomyopathy, it is believed that the release of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, results in weakness of the left ventricle, Dr. Patel says. It predominantly affects elderly women because of the reduced levels of estrogen after menopause. It most commonly afflicts Asians and Caucasian women. The best way to avoid the condition is to avoid any physical or emotional stress that may have played a role in triggering the disorder. Therefore, it is important to reduce and control stress levels by: Eating a heart healthy diet Maintaining an ideal body weight Engaging in regular aerobic exercise Avoiding excessive alcohol Treatment options include routine heart failure medications, such as beta blockers, ACE and aldosterone inhibitors along with diuretics, Dr. Patel says. We teach patients the importance of following a specific congestive heart failure diet, maintaining daily weights, and 1200 milligrams sodium and fluid restrictions. Someone who has experienced one episode may experience future occurrences, if the condition is not treated. It can also worsen over time. The good news is that if identified and treated early, the systolic dysfunction and ventricle wall abnormalities improve in approximately four weeks and most patients recover fully within three months, Dr. Patel says. However, it is important to remain on lifelong medical therapy to avoid a reoccurrence. NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 A25 TH www.Ligh ngFirst.us S e f E Tas Restra i Tra i i n Tr n i i n Naples 239.775.5100, 4600 Tamiami Tr. E. Bonita Springs 239.949.2544, 28801 S. Tamiami Tr. Fort Myers 239.322.5488, 12879 S. Cleveland Ave. Happy Holidays FROM SOUTHWEST FLORIDA EYE CARE SWFLEYE.COM Members and guests of the NCH Healthcare System Medical Diplomats Council gathered for a holiday dinner at Grey Oaks Country Club earlier this month. The council is the annual leadership giving group for NCH. Community Home Care helped underwrite the evening. Those in attendance included: 1. Bill Ally, Penny Ally, Carol Walter and John Walter 2. Amber Andel, Jane Cox of Community Home Care and Kevin Sullivan 3. Audrey Petersen and Dr. Allen Weiss 1 23COURTESY PHOTOS
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The idea that pets fight like, well, cats and dogs, is a popular one, but its not always grounded in reality. Weve known plenty of pets who had interspecies friendships, sharing a bed or sofa, grooming each other and playing together. Even when animals arent best buds, they often coexist comfortably, tolerating each others presence with little fuss. But conflict can bubble up any time people live with more than one animal of any species. Maybe one is old and grouchy, while the other is a young whippersnapper. Or, one is bossy and the other is too mild-mannered to stand up for herself. Whatever the case, the secret to helping them get along is to understand their behavioral differences and work to meet the needs of each of them. Here we take a look at four situations that can cause problems, with tips to help all of you live in harmony. In most cases, the secrets to conflict resolution call for good management of resources and space, training, behavior modification or separation. Food fight! Your cats got no interest in your dogs food, but the dog growls every time the cat walks by his bowl. When it comes to meals, dogs dont like to share, and your cats mere presence may be enough to set off his guarding reflex. Take the simple route to solve the problem: Feed them separately. Thats a good rule of paw any time you have multiple animals. Its stressful for our domesticated predators to eat in the presence of another animal, even if normally they get along. Feed each animal in a separate room or in their crates, ideally placed so they cant see each other eating. A not-so-merry chase. Dogs like to chase moving objects. Cats run when they see danger (i.e., dogs). Its tough to extinguish such an instinctive behavior in dogs, but a couple of techniques can help to minimize the problem. Work with a trainer to improve your dogs recall (come when called), even in the face of a fun distraction, such as a running cat. Give him a great reward so he thinks coming to you is better than chasing the cat. Be sure your cat has a place he can escape to, such as under the sofa or up a cat tree. The best solution, when you can do it, is to bring up a puppy with a cat so he learns respect from an early age. Whose is it? Whether were talking beds, toys or other highvalue objects, one pet may lay claim to an item the other wants. The easiest solution is to purchase duplicates, so theres one for everybody. You should also teach the give it or drop it command so you can remove the bone of contention and put it away when pets fight over it. With resources such as your time and attention, try to do fun things at the same time with each pet. Take dogs on walks together, pet animals at the same time and give treats at the same time. Battle of the bed. Who gets to share your sleeping quarters when a new pet moves in? An animal who is used to sharing your bed with you may not be willing to share space with a newcomer as well. And it can get crowded with more than one pet on the bed, even if theyre small. Your original pet should take precedence, but a better solution may be to give all the animals their own beds and reclaim yours for your sole use. You might even find that you sleep better. Pets can get along and provide company for each other when their needs and differences are understood. PET TALESLike cats and dogsUse diplomacy and common sense to moderate pet disputes Pets of the Week>>Chester is a friendly, 1-year-old hound mix who loves to be loved. Playing ball is high on his list of favorite thing, too. His adoption fee is $75. >>Chomper is a 1-year-old American rabbit who loves head scratches. Her adoption fee is $20. >>Sammie is 2-month-old domestic shorthair who would love to nd her forever home in time for the new year. Her adoption fee is $75. >>Sophie is a mellow, 4-year-old terrier mix who loves to bask in the sun. Her adoption fee is $150. >>Tommy is a sweet, 1-year-old domestic shorthair who enjoys the occasional game of laser tag with his roommates. His adoption fee is $55. To adopt or foster a petDogs and cats adopted from Humane Society Naples come with vaccinations, sterilization surgery, ID microchip and 30 days of health insurance. Visit the animals ready for adoption at the main shelter at 370 Airport-Pulling Road N. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday), or at the satellite adoption center at Coastland Center during mall hours. Call 6431555 or visit HSNaples.org for more information. 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 NEWS A27 Special daily ProgramsCheck out the new fall schedule at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center! Transform into a Jr. Veterinarian, take a guided kayak tour or attend one of our daily programs featuring live animals. A new Spanish-language program, featuring live reptiles of Southwest Florida, will be hosted each Saturday at 1:30 PM Electric boat tours are also available from 10 AM to 3 PM. The 45-minute ride along the Gordon River, led by a Conservancy-trained volunteer, is free with admission. NEW Fall Line Up at Conservancy Nature Center! Plan your visit.www.conservancy.org/nature-centerAdmission FREE for Conservancy Members! Join Today.Visit us at www.conservancy.org or facebook.com/ConservancySWF Just south of Naples Zoo o Goodlette-Frank Rd. Voted by locals as A MUST EXPERIENCE when visiting Naples. 10:15 AM Guided Trail Walk 11:15 AM Wild Discoveries Animal Presentation 1:15 PM Secrets of Sea Turtles Presentation 2:15 PM Whats New at the Wildlife Hospital Presentation THE DIVA DIARIESWhat are you doing Christmas Eve?I think maybe this last week of the year is known as the home stretch because no one leaves their homes unless they absolutely have to. The holiday rush is over, everyone is partied out and comfy Christmas, jammies win over Spanx and heels. Were done, were spent. Its time to eat Christmas cookies, watch Love Actually and open some presents. There was a time, though, when Christmas Eves, for me, were less predictable. Like 1977 our first year in Southwest Florida. My parents were recently divorced, and when my Mom and I moved to this land of heat and humidity and no trees or friends, she was thrilled to never have to scrape an icy windshield ever again. I, on the other hand, was a 12-year-old pining away for my Ohio hometown. And thats how Christmas Eve started. You know how kids beg and whine to open just one present on Christmas Eve? Well, as I cried for the snow angels and roaring fireplaces of Ohio, apparently causing my poor Mom to feel as guilty as possible, she threw the rules out the window and let me open ALL of my presents. There was a diary with a lock, some red Lee Press-On Nails, Bonne Bell Lip Gloss, a ton of 45 records (Foreigners Cold As Ice and Come Sail Away by Styx) and LOTS of clothes. She let me eat about 600 cookies and I got to stay up all night. That magical, crazy Christmas Eve made up for everything. When my son, Nicholas, was little and split his time between my house and his fathers house, continuing the Christmas Eve tradition was natural. He celebrated Christmas Eve with my Mom and me and Christmas morning with his dad and his big family. We always told Nicholas that Santa always made a secret, early stop at Nanas just so he could open all his presents on Christmas Eve because Nicholas was special. By then, Mom had started the tradition of inviting Christmas orphans over friends who had no family nearby to spend Christmas Eve with. Shed make lots hors doeuvres (most popular was her famous pecan-crusted cheese ball) and serve way too much pink wine in a box. As the years went by, I started inviting my Christmas orphans and the house was mostly filled with fun, festive, gay friends who by midnight were all dancing in the living room to Madonna. Those Christmas Eves truly sparkled. When Mom fell ill and moved back to Ohio, I kept the Christmas Eve party torch burning in her honor and to continue tradition for Nicholas, who at that point was in his late teens. At one of the best ones, we had around 60 people in the house. There was music and cheese balls (of course), and one of the guests had just returned from Europe with a bottle of Absinthe. Our dear friends the Damianos including legendary director Gerard Damiano Sr. (Deep Throat) were there. A candle in the bathroom caught a wicker shelf on fire, and as a couple of partygoers nonchalantly carried it through the house and tossed it on the bonfire in the backyard, a friends 20-somethingyear-old nephew visiting from Indiana was heard saying, Theres Absinthe, the bathrooms on fire and the director of Deep Throat is in the kitchen. This is the best Christmas Eve EVER. Now that Nicholas has grown up and moved away, Mom has died and Todd and I live in a condo, our Christmas Eves have become quieter, mellower. But that doesnt stop me from being nostalgic for the past. Maybe we all feel like that on Christmas Eve. Sometimes I think that maybe, for folks who are alone for Christmas orphans Christmas Eve is even lonelier than Christmas Day. So even if youre spending Christmas Eve in your jammies, consider a friend or two who might be alone and feeling nostalgic. Invite them over to watch Love Actually. And make sure you have a box of wine and a cheese ball in the fridge. Ciao for now, my lovelies! Stay tuned for another divalicious diary entry next week stephanieDAVIS firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Jensen Dr. Carr90 Cypress Way E, Suite 20, Naples, FL 34110239-596-5771 E x p e r r i i e n c e th e D ier e e n n ce We are Eco-friendly!We Care about Our Patients and the Environment. W Happy Holida!
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Naples TOP 1 % Experience Counts. Expertise Sells. luxeexclusivelyPort Royal to Bonita Beach, The Bua Bell Group brings over 28 combined years of experience serving the luxury market of Naples. BuaBellSellsNaples.com | BuaBellGroup@JohnRWood.com Emily K. Bua 239.659.6115 or Tade Bua-Bell 239.595.0097 Marcello at Mediterra $2.150 M 29010 Marcello Way Port Royal $5.950 M 870 Nelsons Walk BUSINESS & REAL ESTATENAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA GUIDE TO THE LOCAL BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE INDUSTRIES BSECTIONWEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 INSIDEOn the MoveWhos going where, doing what on the local business scene. B5 House HuntingA 6,400-square-foot manse in Mediterra (above) for $5,695,000. B14 A like-new family home in Glen Lakes for $949,800. B9 Allegra awardsHonoring the newest FootPRINT winners, and more Networking photos. B7-8 S NEW YEARS EVE REVELERS hydrate and administer their personal hangover cures on New Years Day, taxicab drivers will lay their heads on their pillows smiling, having counted their money. The taxi business triples on the night of merrymaking and debauchery. Partygoers may stumble into cabs, get sick or not remember their home addresses but drivers swear its worth it. Its madness, but its money, they all agree. Here, transportation voices from around the state give a look into the world of taxis on this most gluttonous of holidays. Trying to put enough taxis on the road for New Years Eve is like trying to build a church big enough for Easter Sunday, BY ATHENA PONUSHISaponushis@ oridaweekly.com T C CAA A A X I B S I N S H SEE TAXI, B6
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB2 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 Tis the season to be givingCharitable organizations are counting on holiday donations. Approximately 30 percent of annual charitable contributions are made in December and an astonishing 10 percent of annual contributions are made in the last 48 hours of the year, according to an article in the New York Post on Dec. 21, 2013. It might be that a sudden rush of generosity happens in the last 48 hours of the year, or it might be that taxpayers decide at the last minute how to give and receive a tax benefit/ maximize their tax deductions in the year before a new taxable year begins. Because much is last-minute giving, some suggest giving to a foundation that you know will cash your check before the year closes. According to the NY Post article, last-minute contributions might be more assuredly made by a credit card: certified financial planner Joel Isaacson suggests selecting two or three recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that you have an intimate knowledge of and making the donation on your credit card so that youre able to show you were charged before the 31st. Last-minute giving generally involves last minute researching/consideration to the quality of the recipient of the donation. Many donors think that the most important consideration is an organizations finances. A study by the Better Business Bureaus Wise giving Alliance reveals that Americans consider finances to be the most important indicator of trust, which is a misguided review of a nonprofit organization according to the organization. Americans verify their trust in a charity by looking at: 46 percent said finances; 20 percent cite ethics; 14 percent use name recognition of the charity; and 11 percent said results. Considerations that should be foremost include: cause, ethics, transparency, accountability, reporting and results. Lest you think that you must do this all on your own, fear not. There are multiple organizations that provide online assistance for free. For example, BBB Wise Giving Alliance verifies the trustworthiness of nationally-soliciting charities by completing rigorous evaluations based on 20 holistic standards that address charity governance, effectiveness reporting, finances, fund raising, appeal accuracy and other issues. In support of this mission, local Better Business Bureaus report on regionallysoliciting charities. (See give.org.) There are other organizations providing charity verifications including, but not limited to, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, Guide Star, etc. Most of those who give are very sensitive to the net dollars given to the charity, excluding third party solicitation expenses. If you receive a phone call asking to give to a charity, you might ask, What percent of my donation will go to the charity? You might be dumbstruck that the net amount going to the charity is less than 20 percent of your gift. And so it seems as if your gift is wasted. In reality, it might be the only venue for the organization soliciting gifts. Comparing it to giving to a hospital (which is often a very good local recipient of funds also receiving high verification scores), such charitable gifts might seem to be largely a waste, since 100 percent of a hospital donation will go to the hospital. However, the reality is that hospitals have their internal costs for charitable giving solicitations including charitable departments and the unrecognized allocation of time by senior administrators to solicit and promote the hospital for such giving. Besides a direct gift, you can set up a charitable donor advised fund, which you personally direct to charitable organizations. The benefit is that it is funded now and it can be distributed later when you have had time to reflect on causes and check organizations backgrounds. Its best to remember that not all charitable giving needs to have a tax benefit, as we all know causes and individuals who are in need of a helping hand and for which there will be no tax incentive associated. This giving need not come in December and in the last 48 hours of the year. But it is worthy of consideration as there are needs of the middle class and lower economic groups who are not receiving federal or charitable support and are trying to go through difficult times on their own. They might well appreciate a little help as it might make a dollar difference and make a huge differnce to their spirit someone cares, someone wants to help beyond words. Just some ideas to ponder, and best to ponder before the clock strikes a new year. Its a good idea to consult your account or tax adviser to know your specific situation and what is legal and practical. Jeannette Showalter, CFA is a commodities broker with Worldwide Futures Systems. Find her on Facebook at Jeannette Showalter, CFA. Trading futures and options on futures and Forex transactions involve substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors. You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge and financial resources. You may lose all or more of your initial investment. Opinions, market data and recommendations are subject to change at any time. t d i z B r jeannette SHOWALTER, CFAshowalter@ww fsyst ems.com MONEY & INVESTING CHRISTOPHER A. BRAUN -bbtn, tb EXPERT REPRESENTATION IN NAPLES SINCE 1984COMPANYWIDE DOWNINGfFRYE REALTOR IN 2011 & 20131# grate f u l CHRISrALLNAPLES.COM | 239.572.2200 | WWW.ALLNAPLES.COM Bb R I SW Fn Ab V B Nb Dn Nb Rb Cnt A tb tb NCE 1984 IN2011& G ul G nt A A and their many vital community services. Thank you to the staff, coworkers, associates, receptionists, company management, attorneys, paralegals, title insurance companies, Naples Area Board of Realtors staff, building contractors, architects, interior designers, fellow Realtors, security personnel, graphic designers, advertising representatives, landscaping services, painting contractors, building management service personnel and so very many others with whom I work throughout the year. It is all of you, your companies, and the thousands of seasonal and full time residents I have worked with and represented over the years who in so many direct and indirect ways help me to earn a living within our community. Every best wish to each of you in the New Year thank you again I am grateful for your help, for the work you do for others, and for the community we all live in and call home. s we close one year and prepare to begin another, this is a combined Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year wish as I say thank you to our Naples community. As I enter my 31st year as a full time Realtor here in Naples, I am grateful to all my clients for the opportunity to be of continued service and I am equally grateful for their many referrals to their friends and family. I am also grateful to the many many City of Naples and County of Collier employees who help us all in so many various ways throughout each year. Thank and EMS who help to protect our community and all of our residents thank you for the help you provide. Thank you to our teachers, our clergy, our medical personnel, our charitable institutions and organizations,
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 BUSINESS B3 Dante DiSabatoBroker AssociateDante@Encore-Realty.com 239.537.5351 180 Central Avenue LISTED AT $5,950,000 5,327 square feet under air; 7,421 square feet total 5 bedrooms plus den and ex space, 6 full baths, 1 half bath 3 homes from the beach with Southern exposure Luxurious outdoor living/entertainment area 40 3rd Street North LISTED AT $4,250,000 3,994 square feet under air; 5,305 square feet total 4 bedrooms plus den, 4 full baths, 2 half baths 2 blocks from the beach Beautiful outdoor living area 20 3rd Street North LISTED AT $3,995,000 3,811 square feet under air; 5,549 square feet total 4 bedrooms plus ex space, 6 full baths, 1 half bath 2 blocks from the beach Stunning outdoor living area 2075 Crayton Road LISTED AT $3,350,000 4,190 square feet under air; 5,923 square feet total 4 bedrooms plus den, 4 full baths, 2 half baths Oversized Moorings lot with Southern exposure Spacious outdoor living area 509 1st Avenue South LISTED AT $3,375,000 3,047 square feet under air; 3,940 square feet total 4 bedrooms plus ex space, 4 full baths, 1 half bath 4 blocks from the beach with Western exposure Gorgeous outdoor living area 2240 Venetian Court, Naples, FL 34109 Encore-Realty.comwith Naples True Concierge Broker LIVELUXURYAll information is subject to change without notice.OLDE NAPLES AND THE MOORINGSTMHigh school students can apply for summer leadership programThe Leadership Collier Foundation, an affiliate of The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, is accepting applications for the Class of 2015 Youth Leadership Collier program that empowers students to become effective leaders, showcases Collier County and encourages participants to consider coming back to their community to begin their careers and families. From June 13-19, participants will interact in daily sessions designed to give them first-hand experience in local government, health care, business and the arts. Tuition is $500. The deadline for applications is Feb. 4. Applications can be found online at napleschamber.org. For more information, contact Amanda Beights, vice president of Leadership Collier Foundation, by calling 403-2903 or emailing Amanda@napleschamber.org. Leadership alumni invited to hear about Turtles on the TownThe Leadership Collier Foundation Alumni Association hosts a panel discussion about Turtles on the Town, a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Collier County, Conversancy of Southwest Florida and United Arts Council of Collier County, during a lunch meeting Thursday, Jan. 29. Leadership alumni will learn about the importance of community involvement in the areas of conservation and the arts, which are crucial to the regions continuing development. The panelists are Ann Hughes, Community Foundation director of donor services; Nikkie Dvorchak, Conservancy director of development; Katie Schweikhardt, executive director of the United Arts Council; and Robin DeMattia, consultant for Turtles on the Town. The lunch takes place at the Professional Development Center, 615 Third Ave. S. Cost is $15 for Leadership alumni, $20 for others. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. For tickets or more information, visit napleschamber.org/events.
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Consultants from the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University are available at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, 2390 Tamiami Trail N., every Thursday (not Dec. 25 or Jan. 1). To make an appointment for a free session, call Suzanne Specht at 745-3704. The next members-only Accelerated Luncheon hosted by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce takes place from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at AZN in Mercato. $20. Reservations are required by Jan. 5. Call Judi Menard at 298-7928 or email judi@ napleschamber.org. Wake Up Naples for members and guests of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce takes place from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Hilton Naples. Fidelity Investments is the mornings sponsor. Sign up at napleschamber.org/events. The next Business After Five for members and guests of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Hacienda Lakes of Naples. 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 BUSINESS B5 Phone: (239) 425-6000 Fax: (239) 425-6001 P.O. Box 60151, Fort Myers, FL 33906 Pinebrook Park, 12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 219, Fort Myers, FL 33907WOODYARD & ASSOCIATES, LLCCOMMERCIAL REAL ESTATELicensed Real Estate Brokerwww. wa-cr .com 239-425-6000 Sales & Leasing Buying Opportunities Development Opportunities Real Estate Tax Appeals LOOKING FOR RESULTS?Woodyard Associates Delivers. Tom Woodyard Todd Holman J. Fred Burson Gloria Hooper Paula Davis-Gnagey Paul J. Meador Tamra Ellsworth Happy Holidays from NAPLES 2465 Trade Center Way 239-592-6006 BONITA SPRINGS 3333 R enaissance Blvd 239-948-9000 Monday Thursday 9 to 6 Friday 9 to 5 Saturday 10 to 5 LIGHTING WILSONLIGHTING.COMGreet your guests with this restoration-style ceiling xture that casts a dramatic criss-cross light pattern in your foyer. See it at Wilson Lighting.Have a Very Vintage Holiday.&COMPANYURREYC Accounting Mary Hodgson has joined the administrative staff at Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company as executive assistant for the forensic accounting, litigation support and divorce mediation services team. Banking Todd Cunningham has joined the Naples office of BB&T as a mortgage loan officer. A graduate of Naples High School and the University of Florida, Mr. Cunningham has more than 17 years of experience originating mortgages in the Naples market. Health Care Nate Carrington has been promoted to clinical supervisor of the emergency services assessment center and Angela Lopez to clinical supervisor for outpatient services at the David Lawrence Center, Collier Countys nonprofit mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families. Mr. Carrington earned his associate of arts degree from Edison Community College and his bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Florida. He is working on his MBA in health care management at Capella University. He joined the David Lawrence Center in 2005 as a clinician in the childrens inpatient psychiatric program and most recently held the position of clinical coordinator in the emergency services assessment center. He earned the David Lawrence Center Outstanding Leadership Award in 2012. Ms. Lopez earned her bachelors degree in psychology and her masters in social work from Florida Gulf Coast University. She joined the David Lawrence Center in 2010 and previously worked at Eden Florida, Charlotte Behavioral Health Care and Collier County Counseling. She frequently volunteers to speak on a variety of clinical topics to the community through the David Lawrence Center speakers bureau. Hospitality Israel Martinez has been promoted to executive sous chef at Angelinas Ristorante in Bonita Springs. He has been on staff at the restaurant since 2008, most recently as assistant chef and previously prep and line cook and dishwasher. Carmen Mauceri has been promoted to general manager and COO for The Club at Mediterra. Mr. Mauceri joined the Mediterra team in 2011 as director of club operations and has nearly 20 years of experience in clubhouse and hospitality operations. In his new capacity, he reports to the board of directors and is responsible for executing all board policies and strategic direction. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he previously served as director of club operations at the Chagrin Valley Country Club in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and executive chef at The Country Club in Cleveland. For the past three years, he has been involved in all aspects of club operations at the Club at Mediterra. Law Joseph Lindsay and Todd Allen have formed Lindsay & Allen, PLLC, a fullservice law firm with offices off Livingston Road in North Naples. The firm focuses on estate planning and probate, corporate, real estate, litigation and community association law. Mr. Lindsay received his juris doctorate law degree with honors in 1995 from Drake University Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Drake Law Review. He then earned a masters degree in securities law from Georgetown University Law School. After practicing corporate law for several years, he earned a master in estate planning in 2005 from the University of Miami School of Law. He practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and corporate law. Mr. Allen received his juris doctorate law degree in 2010 from Ave Maria School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the International Law Review. Early in his practice he represented a significant number of homeowners facing foreclosure and bankruptcy in Collier and Lee counties and was featured in the national media with articles in Fortune Magazine, USA Today, Housing Wire, Time Magazine and the Huffington Post, among others. Nonpro t Organizations Stephanie Munz-Campbell has announced her resignation as executive director of Grace Place for Children and Families, effective Jan. 2. Ms. Campbell has led the nonprofit organization for 10 years and is retiring to pursue a family-run sustainable organic farm in North Carolina. The Grace Place board of directors has undertaken the process to recruit a new executive director. CFO and COO Dave Tobiasz will serve as interim executive director until a permanent replacement has been named. CUNNINGHAM CARRINGTON LOPEZ MAUCERI LINDSAY ALLEN MARTINEZ ON THE MOVE
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB6 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 M-F 8-5 and Sat 8-12 2240 Davis Blvd., Naples, FL 34104Complete Collision Repair 24 Hour Towing RentalsMention our ad in Florida Weekly and get a rental car UP TO 3 DAYS FREE.(with collision repair services)239-775-6860 www.economybodyshop.com email@example.com SERVING ALL OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDANAPLES MERCATO & TRADE CENTER WAY FO RT MYERS 6804 PORTO FINO CIRCLE, #E-2239.877.0327 AEMC.CCNMLS ID 167191, OH: MBMB.850023.000, FL: MLB0700103, KY: MC24222, IN: 15191 Loans: Conventional FHA VA USDA Florida Bond HomePath says Roger Chapin, vice president of Mears Transportation Group in Orlando. Mr. Chapin sits on the board of the Florida Taxicab Association. A new group, he says the association has no statewide statistics yet how many cabs will be on the roads, how many rides will be given, how much money will be made but local businesses lend some insight. Michael Griffin, manager at Southwest Florida Transportation Group, says all hands are at the wheel on New Years Eve. His business, which includes Bluebird Taxi and Yellow Cab services, averages 800 rides a day in Lee County. That doubles on New Years Eve. His cabs will give more than 1,500 rides that night. Its the busiest day of the year, Mr. Griffin says. We do everything in our power to try and take care of the needs of the public that night, but its a tough one. If you were going to have enough cars on the road, you would probably need 200 to 300 cars on the road to take care of everybody in a three-hour span. New Years Eve, its ev erything all at once. We put 100 cars out there, thats all we can do, thats all we have. His Charlotte County fleet of 15 cabs averages 200 rides per day. Again, he anticipates numbers will double for New Years Eve, gi ving out 350 to 400 rides. Mr. Griffin says his next busiest days after the New Years holiday would be St. Pattys Day and Fourth of July, but stresses that both of those are a distant second and third. He says all his drivers want to work New Years Eve, because they make terrific money, two to three times what they make on a normal night, $300 to $400, easy. As he talks over the phone, one of his veteran cab drivers, a guy whos been driving cabs for 20 years, speaks over his shoulder, saying what its like to drive a cab on New Years Eve: The early part of the evening, everybodys in a hurry, We want to go. We want to go. We want to get to the party. After midnight, after the celebration, youre picking up very intoxicated people, who may or may not want to go. People get sick in your cab, thats unfortunate. But come morning, youre very happy, cause if youre a good driver, you made good money.Black Friday for cabbiesMr. Griffin offers advice to revelers, Call us well ahead of time, not for a reservation, but to give us plenty of time to respond to your call. His driver chimes in again and says, The way dispatch works, first come, first serve, every day of the year. New Years Eve, everybodys calling in and getting in line. Kenny Mastrodomenico, owner of Taxi Time in Naples, says what tends to happen on New Years Eve, right around midnight, taxi drivers will turn their radios off and start picking up people who are flagging down taxis off the street. Mr. Mastrodomenico says unmarked cars make up a third of his fleet, which helps keep up with all the phone calls. He says oftentimes drivers will respond to demand by asking partyers if theyre going the same way. If so, drivers will cut them a deal, double up the load and get them home safe. New Years Eve will fall on a Wednesday this year. Mr. Mastrodomenico says on a typical Wednesday night this time of year, he takes about 400 calls. On New Years Eve, he e xpects 1,100 calls or more, basically tripling business for his 75-car fleet. You always hear plenty of stories the next day, Mr. Mastrodomenico says. He started driving taxis in Naples in 1977. He still gives tours in his vintage taxicab from time to time. He remembers one New Years Eve when three different patrons vomited in his cab. It will happen to somebody, every year, he says. And hes heard about fistfights. Three men pick up two women. Two of the guys decide to ditch their buddy. Tell the driver to take him home. The guy doesnt remember his own address. Starts to get aggressive. Taxicab driver has to tell him, Either I take you back to where I got you or I take you to the sheriffs office. Whats it going to be? Mr. Mastrodomenico says mainly, its good times and good money, Work is always better when youre making money. He says when he was a driver, he used to love New Years Eve. Now that hes an owner, he hates it. His profit is not proportionate to his drivers. He charges them a flat rate every week. Come New Years, they bank and he gets a headache. Neal Direnzo, owner of A Better Taxi in Lee County, runs a commission-based business, so he does feel the harvest of New Years Eve. He says his system balances itself out: When my drivers have a bad day, I have a bad day, but when they have a good day, I have a good day. New Years Eve would be the day his drivers wait for all year. Its a way to recover after spending all that money on Christmas, he says. Mr. Direnzo says his drivers make $500 to $600 on New Years Eve, not counting tips. Mr. Direnzo says his seven cabs will probably give 30 to 40 rides each that night. He says bigger companies may have a three to five-hour wait, but his drivers will be there to pick up the people who feel like theyve been left behind. Over in West Palm Beach, a Yellow Cab manager may be more humble with his estimates, not wanting to jinx his New Years Eve business. He says sometimes his fleet of 15 drivers makes 75 trips, sometimes 120 trips, sometimes more. He says his drivers are busy on St. Pattys Day, they are busy on Halloween, but New Years Eve would be the Black Friday of the taxicab world. On that night, drivers may work from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. and make $400 to $500.Ubers impactMost taxicab companies seem a wee bit wary of the emergence of Uber, an app-based transportation service started in San Francisco and spreading to cities around the world. With Uber, freelancers not associated with cab companies offer rides and are connected to customers via the app. Taxicab business owners in Florida see Uber as a transportation company trying to bill itself as a technology company, so it can walk into the transportation world without being subject to transportation regulations. Most taxicab business owners interviewed for this article are hopeful that Uber will not affect their New Years Eve business, as the company has been publicly ridiculed for hiking prices when consumers need rides the most during the holidays. Chris Lustre, manager of A2B Taxi in West Palm Beach, does not seem to be worried. He says 98 percent of his business comes from repeat customers or people who take the time to read up on the business online. Volume definitely triples on New Years Eve, Mr. L ustre says. You have a lot of people going out, a lot of people coming in from out of town and nobody wants to drive home. Mr. Lustre will be driving a cab this New Years Eve, probably wor king until 5 oclock in the morning. Asked to give a glimpse into that world, he chuckles, To really see it, youd have to take a tour. TAXIFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTOSMichael Griffin manages Southwest Florida Transportation Group, which includes Yellow Cab and Bluebird Taxi.
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908 Glen Lake Circle Fling open the wall-to-wall windows to the inviting pool, a lanai made for entertaining and long southern lake views of this spacious estate home in Glen Lakes. Situated on a premium lot, this like-new home is the communitys most popular Cambridge model. With almost 5,000 total square feet, the living spaces are ample and generous. There are four bedrooms, 3 baths, a den, formal dining room, breakfast room, eat-in kitchen, family room and a living room with tray ceilings. The kitchen is appointed with granite and Corian countertops and has an island for food prep and casual meals, plus a wet bar pass to the living room. The expansive master bath has a touch of glamour worthy of a star, clad in gleaming white with a jetted tub and separate shower. Conveniences include a security system, cable and high-speed connectivity, multi-line phones, handicap access, 3M-impact window film, st orm shutters, a newer Trane HVAC and a generator. Scott Leiti of McQuaid & Company has the listing for $949,800. To arrange a showing, call 300-4880 or 628-6181, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. House Hunting: REAL ESTATEFLORIDA WEEKLYA GUIDE TO THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 B9 Sellers in the luxury market can expect a very good buyer turnout in the coming months, according to a consensus among Naples top brokers after they analyzed the November 2014 market report from the Naples Area Board of Realtors. NABOR tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). The brokers prediction was based on several factors, including overall pending sales activity, which rose 11 percent for homes priced over $1 million; overall closed sales activity, which increased 17 percent for homes priced over $1 million; and the fact that the majority of homes sold in the $2 million and above category were cash sales. Pending and closed sales activity in all price categories above $300,000 was up over the past 12-month period ending in November. Activity in the high-end market is remarkable coming into season, says Steve Barker, advising broker for Equity Realty, adding that 21 homes in the $2 million and above category were sold this November as compared to 14 in November 2013. This is a good sign for sellers in our market because people who have the resources to pay cash for million dollar homes are smart and careful investors, Mr. Barker adds. They are not going to make a poor investment decision, which speaks volumes for the value of our market. The November 2014 report showed heightened activity in several areas of the luxury market, including a 40 percent increase in overall closed sales for singlefamily homes priced $2 million and above, from 202 in the 12 months ending November 2013 to 282 in the 12 months ending November 2014; an 11 percent increase in closed sales for condominiums priced $1 million to $2 million, from 234 in the 12 months ending November 2013 to 260 in the 12 months ending November 2014; and a 35 percent increase in single-family median home prices in the Naples beach area, from $739,000 in the 12 months ending November 2013 to $1 million in the 12 months ending November 2014. Median price in the Naples beach area single-family home market cannot continue to increase at the current rate indefinitely, says Cindy Carroll of the real estate appraisal and consultancy firm Carroll & Carroll. She adds that, despite aggressive activity in new construction, the report indicated inventory in the resale market continued to decline. The NABOR November 2014 market report provides comparisons of singlefamily home and condominium sales (via the Southwest Florida MLS), price ranges and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. Among the overall findings: Overall pending sales decreased 2 percent, from 840 in November 2013 to 825 in November 2014. Pending sales for single-family Numbers indicate sellers can expect a good winterSEE NABOR, B12 COURTESY PHOTOS SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY_________________________
Seasons Greetings! RoyalShellSales.com239.261.9101For Rentals Call239.213.3311Florida: Bonita Springs/Estero, Fort Myers/Cape Coral, Naples/Marco Island, Ocala, Sanibel and Captiva Islands North Carolina: Cashiers/Lake Glenville, Highlands, Sapphire/Lake Toxaway GRAND ISLE TOSCANO ESTATE 6BR/ 7 Full + 4.5BA, 6-Car Garage Beautiful, Covered Outdoor Area $8,500,000 MLS 214028789 Steve Suddeth & Ben Maltese 239.784.0693 GREY OAKS OAK KNOLL Vanishing Edge Pool, Peaceful Lake View Spacious Floor Plan & Lanai for Entertaining $2,225,000 MLS 214063654 Linda Ramsey 239.405.3054 BONITA BAY CREEKSIDE Beautiful 4 BR +Den, 3.5 BA Pool Home Golf Course Views, Western Rear Exposure $850,000 MLS 214068643 Connie Lummis & Corye Reiter 239.273.3722 NEW LISTING SHADOW WOOD PRESERVE NORTH NAPLES All the Upgrades You Can Think Of 4BR, 3BA w/Open Floor Plan & High Ceilings $449,000 MLS 214058403 Dodona Roboci 239.776.8123 SATURNIA LAKES BONITA SPRINGS Direct Gulf Access Home Just Off the Imperial River 2BR, 2BA w/Potential Rec/Storage on 1st Floor $339,900 MLS 214048051 Gary Ryan 239.273.6796 IMPERIAL SHORES CHARLESTON SQUARE First Floor Unit in Quiet Subdivision Furnished 1,643sf Under Air, 2 Bedrooms 2 Baths $224,900 MLS 214061392 Frank Dekevich 239.877.4193 IMPERIAL GOLF ESTATES WISTERIA POINTE Totally Renovated Spectacular Kitchen $349,000 MLS 214067689 Bette Pitzer 239.560.2627 NEW LISTING COPPERLEAF AT THE BROOKS BONITA SPRINGS 2BR +Den, 2BA, 1st Floor End Unit, 1 Car Garage Exceptional Golf Course View Over Lake $239,000 MLS 214064898 The Bordner Team 239.989.8829 SPRING RUN AT THE BROOKS LITTLE HARBOUR Little Harbour's Most Preferred Homesite Port Royal Club Associate Membership Eligibility $7,600,000 MLS 214063934 Gary L. Jaarda 239.248.7474 PORT ROYAL AREANAPLES QUAIL WEST 4 Bedrooms + Den, 4 Full Bathrooms Gourmet Kitchen, Custom Cabinetry $1,875,000 MLS 214029817 The Taranto Team 239.572.3078 GOLF, LAKE & SUNSET SKIES THE BARCLAY Two Blocks to the Beach One Year Home Warranty Included $759,000 MLS 214061393 Mark J. Semeraro 239.370.2455 OLDE NAPLES SANDPIPER ISLE 4th Floor Condo w/Preserve & Golf Views 2BR, 2BA w/Den and Huge Lanai $425,000 MLS 214053847 Larry Bell 239.919.4404 PELICAN LANDING CROSSINGS 1st Floor End Unit, 2 Car Garage 2 Bedrooms +Den, 2 Baths, Glassed-in Lanai $310,000 MLS 214067474 Cathy Lieberman & Cindy Reiff 239.777.2441 NEW LISTING BONITA BAY LEHIGH ACRES 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms Built in 2013, 2 Car Garage $219,000 MLS 214048884 Vahle Team 239.450.7805 NEW PRICE OLYMPIA POINTE AQUALANE SHORES Wide Southwest Views Over Kite Cove Bridge Free Access to Gulf of Mexico $3,495,000 MLS 214052997 Gary L. Jaarda 239.248.7474 NAPLES MONTENERO Panoramic Gulf and Bay Views 2675 Sq. Ft., 2BR + Den, 2.5 Bath $1,795,000 MLS 214029326 Jennifer Nicolai & Steve Suddeth 239.333.3455 PELICAN BAY COPPER LAKE Stunning Lake to Golf Course View 3BR & Expansive Den/Office $699,900 MLS 214060437 Bette Pitzer 239.560.2627 COPPERLEAF AT THE BROOKS MARBELLA Extensively Remodeled 3BR+Den or 4BR, 2 Bath $415,000 MLS 214003208 The Boeglin Team 239.287.6414 SPANISH WELLS BRIDGEWATER BAY 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Furnished with Garage $300,000 MLS 214063660 Doug Haughey 239.961.1561 FURNISHED LAKE VIEW CONDO CENTRAL NAPLES 3BR, 2.5BA, Long Lake Views from Master Bedroom Great Location, 10 Min. to Beach, 20 Min. to Airport $199,000 MLS 214059238 Dodona Roboci 239.776.8123 STRATFORD PLACE
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB12 REAL ESTATE WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 homes in the $300,000-$500,000 price category increased 32 percent, from 99 in November 2013 to 131 in November 2014. Pending sales for single-family homes in the $2 million and above category increased 24 percent, from 25 in November 2013 to 31 in November 2014. Overall closed sales decreased 2 percent, from 9,878 in the 12 months ending November 2013 to 9,635 in the 12 months ending November 2014. Median closed price increased 12 percent, from $236,000 in the 12 months ending November 2013 to $265,000 in the 12 months ending November 2014. Median closed price for single-family homes in the $2 million and above price category increased 50 percent month over month, from $2.6 million in November 2013 to $3.9 million in November 2014. Overall inventory decreased 10 percent, from 4,584 homes in November 2013 co 4,136 homes in November 2014. Average days on market for November 2014 was 79. Brenda Fioretti of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty says the markets median closed price has gone up 62 percent in the last four years, from $169,000 in November 2010 to $272,000 this November. And inventory is down 63 percent, from one of its highest points of 11,116 in November 2008 to 4,136 last month. Traditionally, the soft part of the year for real estate is September, October and parts of November, NABOR President Mike Hughes, vice president and general manager of Downing-Frye Realty, says. But this year, the soft wasnt soft; it was strong. Despite a double-digit drop in overall inventory, the Naples area market continued to see positive growth in various price points, categories, home styles and neighborhoods for both pending and closed sales activity in November. With luxury homes at a premium, homeowners who decide to sell in Naples now might begin to encounter more cash offers. See the full NABOR report for November online at naplesarea.com. NABORFrom page 9Borelli Homes has broken ground on the first private residence in Firenze at Talis Park. Designed by Stofft Cooney Architects, the two-story, West Indiesstyle home will have almost 10,500 square feet of air-conditioned living space and 14,600 total square feet, with seven bedrooms, nine baths, a study and a spacious game room. The ground-floor master suite will have oversized his-and-her walk-in closets and a sitting area. The kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances will have an island bar, upgraded Europeanstyle cabinets, granite countertops and a walk-in pantry. The expansive outdoor living area will be protected from the elements by retractable screens and shutters and will have an outdoor kitchen and pool and spa. The five-car garage will have custom doors and extra space for storage. Exterior design features include a concrete tile roof, Andersen impact glass windows and doors, designer light fixtures and brick paver driveway and entry walks. A number of environmentally friendly features, including extensiove LED lighting, will be incorporated throughout. Firenze is a private, gated neighborhood that has just 13 homesites, each of which measures more than 1 acre and offers long-range views of multiple fairways and lakes on Talis Parks Greg Norman-Pete Dye designed golf course. In addition to its park like setting, Firenze is situated next to the village center at Talis Park. Borelli Homes has five floor plans for residences in Firenze. For more information, call Parker Borelli at 263-7900. D.R. Horton has two new models open in F iddler s Creek. In addition, the builder is offering limited-time incentives to help qualified buyers save on closing costs. Five oneand two-story home plans are available in Fiddlers Creek with prices starting in the high-$500,000s. Homes range in size from 2,500 to 3,500 square feet of living space. The two beautiful models represent a range of styles, features, options and finishes to suit the discerning homeowner. The 2,788-square-foot Washington is a great room floor plan with three bedrooms, 3 baths, a den, formal dining room and a two-car garage. An expansive outdoor living space provides views and space for entertaining and is accessible from the caf area, great room and master suite. Homeowners can make the most of Southwest Floridas tropical breezes by opening sliding glass doors that pocket into the walls. A formal living room is at the heart of the 3,246-square-foot Madison, which treats the outdoor living space as an additional room in its own right by framing it with the den, family room, breakfast nook, living room and master suite. A spacious kitchen with an island bar opens to the family room, with a formal dining room providing an intimate space for entertaining guests, who will also enjoy the privacy of the en suite baths for the second and third bedrooms. Quick move-in opportunities include one Madison and one Washington plan, along with a 3,522-square-foot, twostory Emerson plan. These homes are in Chiasso within the Veneta section of Fiddlers Creek. The Chiasso neighborhood is characterized by intertwining waterways and offers 59 private sites with views of pristine lakes and streams. Borelli Homes breaks ground on private residence in Talis ParkModels by D.R. Horton open in Chiasso at Fiddlers Creek COURTESY PHOTOS
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Cheryl D. Turner, P.A.Broker Associate 239.250.3311 email@example.com 4300 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. Beachfront Residence Two Bedrooms Den Area Two Full & One-Half Baths Pet-Friendly Building Five-Star Amenities Walk to Venetian Village Matrix MLS 214046849 Offered at $1,695,000 Park Shore Park Plaza #600Put my experience to work for you! NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 REAL ESTATE B17 Sold! Matt Damons mansion on Miami Beach TOPTENREALESTATEDEALS.COMHaving been The Departed from his Miami Beach compound for almost two years, Matt Damon has finally captured a buyer. He and his wife bought the La Gorce Island estate a 1935 Mediterranean-style house on a double lot in 2005 for $14.5 million and updated everything to reflect their own style. The 12,705-square-foot main house has seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a home theater and a custom office. The acre of premium waterfront land includes the main house with wood floors and extensive moldings, gourmet kitchen with professional appliances and prep areas; a pool house with roof terrace and outdoor kitchen; two pools and a hot tub; and a two bedroom guest house, all tucked behind lush palm trees and an 8-foot security wall. With 170 feet of water frontage on Biscayne Bay, the estate also has a boat dock and views of downtown Miami. Neighbors include Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Calvin Klein and Alex Rodriquez. The Damons and their four children are now at home in Pacific Palisades, Calif. They listed the Miami Beach mansion for $20 million in April 2013 and reduced the price late last year to $18.999 million. The property went under contract earlier this month for a price that has not yet been disclosed. TOPTENREALESTATEDEALS.COM / COURTESY PHOTOS
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB18 REAL ESTATE WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 41 41 41Bonita Springs Bonita SpringsNaplesImmokalee RoadLivingston RoadBonita Beach Road3 Oaks PkwyCoconut RdOld U.S. 41Old U.S. 41Pine Ridge Road Golden Gate Pkwy. Davis BlvdCollier Blvd Collier Blvd Airport Pullimg RdGulf Shore Blvd.Park Shore Dr. Rattlesnake Hammock Road Goodlette Frank RoadVanderbilt Beach Road Radio Road Marco Island Open Houses are Sunday 1-4, unless otherwise marked>$200,0001 FIDDLERS CREEK BENT CREEK VILLAGE 8438 Bent Creek Way $299,000 Premier Sothebys International Realty ML Meade 239.293.4851 Bring ad to gate.>$300,0002 FIDDLERS CREEK LAGUNA 9283 Museo Circle #204 $349,000 PSIR ML Meade 239.293.4851 Bring ad to gate.3 FIDDLERS CREEK CASCADA 9086 Cascada Way #101 $369,000 PSIR ML Meade 239.293.4851 Open Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm; Bring ad to gate.4 FIDDLERS CREEK SERENA 3198 Serenity Court #102 $395,000 PSIR ML Meade 239.293.4851 Bring ad to gate.5 FIDDLERS CREEK PEPPER TREE 8552 Pepper Tree Way $399,000 PSIR ML Meade 239.293.4851 Open Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm; Bring ad to gate.6 FIDDLERS CREEK CASCADA 9066 Cascada Way #101 $399,000 PSIR ML Meade 239.293.4851 Open Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm; Bring ad to gate.>$400,0007 FIDDLERS CREEK CALLISTA 2718 Callista Court #101 $424,900 PSIR ML Meade 239.293.4851 Bring ad to gate.8 FIDDLERS CREEK CASCADA 9002 Cascada Way #202 $449,000 PSIR ML Meade 239.293.4851 Bring ad to gate.9 FIDDLERS CREEK MONTREUX 3725 Montreux Lane #104 $449,000 PSIR ML Meade 239.293.4851 Bring ad to gate.10 BAY FOREST BELLE MER 15551 Royal Fern Lane North $475,000 PSIR Dominic Panozzo 239.821.9321>$500,00011 FIDDLERS CREEK CRANBERRY CROSSING 8948 Cherry Oaks Trail $549,000 PSIR ML Meade 239.293.4851 Bring ad to gate.12 BRENDISI AT MEDITERRA 29140 Brendisi Way, #201 $574,000 John R Wood Properties Emily K. Bua & Tade Bua-Bell 239.595.009713 LONGSHORE LAKE 4896 Shearwater Lane $585,000 PSIR Kathleen Forsman 239.404.162914 FIDDLERS CREEK MALLARDS LANDING 8439 Mallards Way $595,000 PSIR ML Meade 239.293.4851 Open Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm; Bring ad to gate.>$800,00015 FIDDLERS CREEK SAUVIGNON 3299 Hyacinth Drive $817,000 PSIR Michelle Thomas 239.860.717616 MARCO ISLAND 1240 Stone Court $875,000 PSIR Dave Flowers 239.404.049317 FIDDLERS CREEK MULBERRY ROW 7669 Mulberry Court $895,000 PSIR Michelle Thomas 239.860.717618 THE MOORINGS 2900 Crayton Road $895,000 PSIR Michael G. Lawler 239.261.3939>$1,000,00019 FIDDLERS CREEK MAHOGANY BEND 3848 Mahogany Bend Drive $1,095,000 PSIR Michelle Thomas 239.860.717620 FIDDLERS CREEK MULBERRY ROW 7810 Mulberry Lane $1,150,000 PSIR ML Meade 239.293.4851 Open Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm; Bring ad to gate.21 THE MOORINGS 3003 Crayton Road $1,150,000 PSIR Joe Garabed 239.571.570022 PARK SHORE 720 Fountainhead Lane $1,295,000 PSIR Michael G. Lawler 239.261.393923 CELLINI AT MEDITERRA 16521 Cellini Lane $1,490,000 John R Wood Properties Emily K. Bua & Tade Bua-Bell 239.595.009724 ISLA MAR IN OLDE NAPLES 1010 5th Street South $1,575,000 John R Wood Properties Emily K. Bua & Tade Bua-Bell 239.595.009725 MARCO ISLAND DUNNFOIRE 530 Collier Boulevard South #202 $1,685,000 PSIR Michelle Thomas 239.860.7176 Open Saturday, December 27th 1-4pm26 GREY OAKS ESTUARY 1220 Gordon River Trail From $1,795,000 PSIR Call 239.261.3148 Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 12-5pm>$1,000,00027 OLD NAPLES 190 13th Avenue South $2,895,000 PSIR Vincent Bandelier 239.450.5976>$3,000,00028 MARCELLO AT MEDITERRA 29111 Marcello Way $3,350,000 John R Wood Properties Emily K. Bua & Tade Bua-Bell 239.595.0097>$4,000,00029 OLD NAPLES 315 3rd Avenue North $4,390,000 PSIR Janice Fonda 239.595.850030 LIVINGSTON WOODS 6570 Daniels Road $4,399,000 PSIR Fahada Saad 239.595.8500>$9,000,00031 PORT ROYAL 3605 Fort Charles Drive $9,250,000 PSIR Dana Mount 239.404.2209>$10,000,00032 PORT ROYAL 19001 Spyglass Lane $10,500,000 PSIR Frank Sajtar 239.776.8382 Florida Weeklys Open Houses 2 4 3 5 15 6 17 14 11 7 19 8 9 1 20 10 16 13 12 18 22 23 25 28 24 27 26 30 31 32 29 21
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A GUIDE TO THE LOCAL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYARTS & ENTERTAINMENTCSECTION INSIDEBROUGHT TO YOU BY:The High-Rises at Bonita Bay 495-1105 Estuary at Grey Oaks 261-3148 The Strada at Mercato 594-9400 The Village 261-6161 The Gallery 659-0099 Broad Avenue 434-2424 Vanderbilt 594-9494 The Promenade 948-4000 Fifth Avenue 434-8770 Marco Island 642-2222 Rentals 262-4242 Cuisine reviewDining at DeRomos is the real deal for fans of Italian food. C31 Best flicks of 2014Movie critic Dan Hudak weighs in on his favorite films of the year. C14 Conscious couplingBook reviewer Phil Jason says Naples pair has good advice for those looking for love. C16 Gulfshore Opera and ArtisNaples have partnered to bring famed tenor Michael Fabiano to Naples on Sunday, Jan. 4. Mr. Fabiano will perform at the operas gala concert alongside soprano Joyce El-Khoury and pianist Laurent Phillipe. Michael is already a superstar at 30 years old, says Bruno Guerrero, marketing and public relations manager for the opera company that is in its inaugural season. Southwest Florida is fortunate to have a legend in the making come to perform here. Mr. Fabiano has received a number of prestigious awards reserved for singers on the brink of international stardom. Having obtained the Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers who have already appeared in solo roles and the 2014 Richard Tucker Award, often referred to as the Heisman Tropy of Opera, he is currently performing the role of Rodolfo in the Metropolitan Operas production of La Boheme. Canadian soprano Ms. El-Khoury is also quickly climbing up the ranks of opera heavyweights, having performed a variety of roles in the United States and Europe, including Musetta in the Dutch National Operas production of La Boheme and Rosalinde in Vancouver Operas Die Fledermaus. She was nominated for an International Opera Award for Best Young Singer in 2014. Mr. Phillipe is a highly acclaimed pianist, vocal coach and conductor who has worked with several Metropolitan Opera vocalists and has coached The Canadian Opera Company, Michigan Opera TheVisiting Santa. Have two words ever created such joy, such unbridled anticipation in the hearts of both parents and children? Santa! That Jolly Old Soul whose very home contains a toy factory, who brings gifts to boys and girls around the world! Parents envision adorable Disney-esque photographs they can use as Christmas cards to send and gifts to give the grandparents, milestone images to treasure year after year. Like many things in life, though, the reality can be quite different from the fantasy. Some children, upon seeing the roly-poly man in red suit and beard and being plopped in the Rising stars in opera headline Gulfshore gala For some little girls and boys, Santa doesnt always bring joy SEE OPERA, C19 SEE SANTA, C4 BY LINIDSEY NESMITHlnesmith@ oridaweekly.com BY NANCY STETSONnstetson@ oridaweekly.com No! no! no! COURTESY PHOTOS1.3.2. 4.1. Price Kovach thinks something is very fishy here, 2004. Sent by mom Kristen of Chicago. 2. Amy Sauber of Hanover Park, Ill., couldnt believe her good luck when she was shopping with daughter Kylie the day after Thanksgiving 2006 and there was no line to see Santa. Her luck changed quickly. 3. Anna Creech, 2005. Sent by mom Melissa of Glen Ellyn, Ill. 4. Kyle, Jacob and Natalie Hrkl with a remarkably mellow Santa, 2006, sent by mom Kathy KaufmanHrkl of Tinley Park, Ill.
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC2 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING*Wednesday, January 14 with Jennifer Rice, MPAS, PA-C Bonita Springs Location: 25987 S. Tamiami Trail, Unit 90Wednesday, January 21 with Stephanie DePouw, DNP, ARNP-BC Marco Island Location: 950 Collier Blvd., Suite 303*For new patients only. Must have an appointment.1-800-591-DERM | www.RiverchaseDermatology.com SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTS Gotta love a workingman Women cant get enough of men in their professional environments, doing what they do best, earning income, being skillful. Which is why I develop inappropriate crushes on every workingman I meet: my accountant, my attorney and a bit of a surprise, perhaps the man in the poncho waving a sign for the Mexican restaurant on Fort Myers Beach. I saw him for the first time last spring, when traffic on the beach was still agonizingly slow, the cars more or less parked on Estero Boulevard, creeping ahead one foot at a time. He stood on a corner near the library, in front of a strip mall, wearing a sombrero and dancing to music only he could hear. What was playing on his iPod? Salsa? Merengue? Snoop Dogg, for all I knew. Whatever it was, it got him moving. He danced with the sign, smiled broadly and waved at the cars inching by. It was impossible not to wave back. The next time I cruised past, he gave me a smile and a nod that seemed more familiar, as if he remembered me. I smiled back, blushing furiously as I drove on. This became our usual routine. The days warmed and the traffic lightened, but my friend stayed. He danced and smiled and waved, even as the temperatures mounted and the sun burned down, indefatigable in his poncho. Finally, I worked up the courage to eat in the establishment he was advertising. As I tucked into my plate of beans and rice, the man with the sign stepped into the restaurant. It was early in the afternoon but already hot, and his face was flushed red as he removed his sombrero. Was it just my imagination, or did the chatter in the restaurant die down, the way it does when someone important comes into the room? I thought he might turn to me and nod, might make some acknowledgement of our daily smile-and-wave routine. Alas, he just stared somberly into the cold soda in front of him. When he finished, he settled the sombrero on his head, picked up his sign and walked out the door, headed back to work. Soon after, I traveled abroad for a time and when I came back things had changed in small and nearly imperceptible ways, as they always do when were gone. With a shock, I realized that my friend in the poncho had disappeared. The traffic is starting to slow again on the beach as season creeps in, but his corner stands empty. Last night, on a nostalgic impulse, I stopped into the Mexican restaurant. It was the same food, the same paintings on the wall, but according to the server, new owners. New owners? I asked. My heart broke a little to hear this news. They must not have seen the value in my friends sign-waving. I ate the rest of my meal in a forlorn state, imagining him forced to take his sombrero and his poncho elsewhere, now waving at girls on some other street corner. I hope they appreciate a workingman as much as I do. Artis Henderson is the author of Unremarried Widow published by Simon and Schuster. artis HENDERSONsandydays@floridaweekly.com I
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 beckoning strangers lap, burst into tears. They scream. They howl. They wail. They wiggle and squirm in attempts to escape his clutches. They lose control of their bladders. Some attach themselves to a parents leg, fear acting as an adhesive stronger than Krazy Glue. Denise Joyce and Nancy Watkins know this scene well. They perused countless photos of traumatized children on Santas lap and assembled the best of them in a book, Scared of Santa: Scenes of Terror in Toyland ($12.99, Harper). Its been a perennial seller ever since its release in 2008. The pictures, which range from 1929 into the 21st century, demonstrate a universal paradox: Though kids love Santa, he can also strike fear in their little hearts at holiday time. Put yourself in the shoes of a little kid, says Ms. Watkins. Youre marching up to this great big throne, and a huge mans on it, wearing a crazy outfit. He has a great big beard and you cant see his face, and hes wearing a crazy hat. Hes such an alien being! Its a wonder more kids arent scared by Santa. You go in there, says Ms. Joyce, and theres a lot of activity usually Santas helpers, the elves and lots of lights, and lots of other little kids. Its stimulation overload, and the experience simply overwhelms some children. She recalls an October 2008 USA Today column by Craig Wilson, who wrote about their book. In it he mentions a Santa convention hed once attended and his favorite remark, made by the president of Sepia Photo, which services shopping centers across the country: We tell our kids to stay away from guys who look like you most of the year, then once a year we say, Hey, get up there on his lap and smile! Santa is a stranger, Ms. Joyce says. For little kids, its scary. The fear does seem to go away by age 4 or 5, she adds. When her own children were little, Ms. Joyce took them to see Santa. Her daughter wasnt afraid at all, and snuggled right on his lap. But in the photos, her son is about an arms length away from Santa. He eventually got over his fear, she says, but even as an adult, Hes still creeped out by clowns. Ms. Watkins describes her son, whos now 17, as one of those kids who would get in line, wait in line and wait in line until finally you get to Santa. Hed get to the head of the line, and then hed freak out. It wasnt until he was 6 or 7 that he finally sat on Santas lap. I didnt force him. Ms. Joyce and Ms. Watkins are both former editors at the Chicago Tribune. (Disclosure: I worked with both editors during my years as a regular freelancer for the newspaper.) It was at an annual meeting of the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors (now the Society for Features Journalism) during a Show and Steal presentation of conference attendees favorite works that Ms. Joyce saw a series of photographs the Palm Beach Post had run of crying kids on Santas lap. She took the idea home and eventually tried it in Q, one of the Tribunes Sunday lifestyle sections. The section was very, very eclectic, very much reader-engaged, says Ms. Joyce, who was the section editor (Ms. Watkins was the assistant editor). We did a lot of stuff that was just fun. When they asked readers to send in photos of their scared kids on Santas lap, she says, I was expecting maybe 15, 20 pictures. How many can there be out there? But every day, more pictures would arrive. They kept coming. Nancy (Watkins) and I were thinking: This is fabulous! We were laughing every day. They just kept coming in. It crashed the email system. The paper put a photo gallery online. They kept putting it up, in 2004 and in 2005, Ms. Joyce says. The thing was a click magnet. We got over a million hits to the photo gallery. Because the site was getting such heavy traffic, their editor asked them to do the feature in the paper again. Once again, it was wildly successful. So successful that a literary agent called Ms. Joyce and said he thought itd make a good book. Ms. Joyce and Ms. Watkins sent photo release forms to those whod sent in images, then set about organizing the pictures and writing clever captions. We started seeing themes, Ms. Joyce says. Theyre not all kids crying on Santas lap. They might be bored, or in some, the Santa might be the funny thing. There were other photos where Santa had a firm grip on the kids, or the kids were trying to wiggle out of their clothes. And thats how we came up with the chapters and categories. When Scared of Santa: Scenes of Terror in Toyland was published, the two editors appeared on Chicago affiliates for ABC, CBS and Fox, and on various radio stations. Ms. Joyce appeared on Fox and Friends in New York City. A French magazine wrote about the book, and British talk show host Graham Norton mentioned it on his show. It was a fun project, says Ms. Joyce. It took me out of my comfort zone and put me on the other side of publishing, which was interesting. I loved working with all those people, the readers who sent in their photos. Ms. Watkins and Ms. Joyce agree that the most remarkable thing about it was how willing people were to send in their pictures. We were inundated. We had hundreds we couldnt even use, Ms. Watkins says. Its this universal thing, something we can all agree on: Christmas means taking the kids to see Santa, whether they want to or not. SANTAFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTOS1. Note how the closer the children are to Santa, the more scared they are. In descending order of fear, Olivia, Aric, Andrew and Amanda Arduini, 1979. Sent by mom Jan of Alsip, Ill. 2. Elizabeth Alice Fishman, 2004 photo sent by parents Laura and Ron Fishman of Algonquin, Ill. 3. Santa may have spent too much time on the tanning bed. Jennifer Grahn of Arlington Heights, Ill., sent this one of herself in 1967. 4. Stephen Vosburgh is sure its all over, 2002. Sent by parents Leslie and Ken of Plainfield, Ill. 1. 2. 3. 4.
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GOTHEATERThe Santaland Diaries By Florida Repertory Theatre through Dec. 28 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre, downtown Fort Myers. 332-3388 or floridarep. org. See story on page C10. Scrooge TV: A Modern Christmas Carol By Laboratory Theater of Florida through Dec. 20, 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers. 218-0481 or laboratorytheaterflorida.com.The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical Through Dec. 25 at the Off-Broadway Palm Theatre, Fort Myers. 278-4422 or broadwaypalm. com.A Christmas Carol Through Dec. 27 at the Broadway Palm Theatre, Fort Myers. 278-4422 or broadwaypalm.com.Guys and Dolls The Broadway production plays Dec. 26-28 at Artis Naples. 597-1900 or artisnaples.org.The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) By Theatre Conspiracy on select dates Jan. 3-24 at the Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers. 936-3239 or theatreconspiracy.org.Beckys New Car By the Marco Island Players Jan. 7-25 at the Marco Island Theater. 642-7270 or themarcoplayers.com. Mack & Mabel By TheatreZone Jan. 8-18 in the G&L Theatre at Community School of Naples. (888) 966-3352 or theatrezone-florida.com.God of Carnage By The Naples Players Jan. 14-Feb. 7 at the Sugden Community Theater. 263-7990 or naplesplayers.orgLast of the Red Hot Lovers By the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs Players Jan. 22-24. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.THURSDAY12.25FRIDAY12.26Farmers Market Golden Gate Community Center debuts its farmers market from 2-7 p.m. 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd. 206-4339 or colliergov.net.Happy Hour Naples Grande Beach Resort has a champagne happy hour with deals on flutes of bubbly, appetizers and live entertainment in the lobby lounge from 5-7 p.m. 475 Seagate Drive. 597-3232 or naplesgrande.com.Date Night Grab your main squeeze and head to Painting with a Twist to paint a winter-themed canvas at 7 p.m. $35 each. 13500 Tamiami Trail N. 4516139 or paintingwithatwist.com.SATURDAY12.27Breeeeeeeathe Joyful Yoga leads a free yoga session from 10-11 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. 444-1234 or coconutpoint.hyatt.com.Bocce Ball Get in on a game of lawn bowling starting at 10 a.m at the Naples Italian American Foundation. 7035 Airport Road N. Free. 597-5210 or niafoundation.org.SUNDAY12.28Yoga in the Garden A Bala Vinyasa instructor leads a yoga session starting at 10 a.m. on the lawn at Naples Botanical Garden. Bring a mat or a towel and plan to arrive 15 minutes early. $10 for Garden members, $15 for others. 6437275 or naplesgarden.org.Big Band Sounds The Southwest Florida Big Band presents a free concert from 2-4 p.m. in the band shell at Cambier Park. 213-1000 or naplesgov.com.MONDAY12.29 Paddle in the Mangroves Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park lead guided canoe trips every day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $30. 845-649-5502 or floridastateparks.org.Psychic Mondays Medium Candyce Strafford offers readings at Danielas Restaurant. Reservations required. 13500 Tamiami Trail N. 514-4414 or danielas-restaurant.com.Into the Wild Famed animal expert and conservationist Jack Hanna visits Artis Naples at 6 p.m. with some of his favorite wild animal friends. Enjoy his unscripted insights into the planets most endangered species. 597-1900 or artisnaples.org.Films for Film Lovers Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs presents a screening and discussion of Bill Cunningham New York (USA, 2010), a documentary profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York Times street fashion photographer, at 7 p.m. $10. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.TUESDAY12.30Historic Palm Cottage Docents lead tours through Palm Cottage from 1-4 p.m. today through Saturday. $10, free for members of the Naples Historical Society. 137 12th Ave. S. 261-8164 or napleshistoricalsociety.org.Dogs in the Garden Naples Botanical Garden admits furry friends (on leases and with their owners) from 8-11 a.m. One dog per guest. Free for Garden members and their dogs; regular admission plus $9.95 for non-members and their dogs. 643-7525 or naplesgarden.org.Kayak Tour Rookery Bay takes kayakers through the preserve on a two-hour tour. $55. 300 Tower Road. 5305940 or rookerybay.org.Marco Has Talent Marco Island Center for the Arts stages a talent show for island kids ages 6-18 starting at 6 p.m. $5. 1010 Winterberry Drive. 3944221 or marcoislandart.orgWEDNESDAY12.31Downtown Stroll Enjoy a guided walking tour of Old Naples led by a docent from the Naples Historical Society. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Historic Palm Cottage. 137 12th Ave. S. Reservations required. 2618164 or napleshistoricalsociety.org.Mah Jongg Naples Elks Lodge hosts mah jongg starting at 11 a.m. All are welcome. $2. 11250 Tamiami Trail E. (845) 649-5502New Years Fireworks Head to the beach in downtown Naples to enjoy the light show on New Years Eve. The first fuse is lit at 7:30 p.m. Free. 213-7120 or naplesgov.com.Viennese New Year The Naples Philharmonic rings in the New Year with selections by Viennese composers and a post-concert reception with dancing and champagne. 597-1900 or artisnaples.org. COMING UPFoot Race Gulfcoast Runners host The Dave Cranor 5K at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at Lowdermilk Park. Champagne at the finish line. Free. 434-9786 or gcrunners.org.Polar Plunge No wetsuits allowed for those who dip into the Gulf of Mexico at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at Lowdermilk Park. $20 registration, with proceeds benefit Collier County Drug Court Kids. 495-0939 or gcrunners.org.The Wonder of it All Everglades Wonder Gardens welcomes visitors for discounted admission of $5 on New Years Day. The 3.4-acre botanical garden in Bonita Springs has a flamingo pond, orchid trail, garden center, art gallery and more. 27180 Old 41 Road. 9922591 or evergladeswondergardenscom. Go, Crab, Go Ritas English Pub hosts crab races at noon Thursday, Jan. 1. 5047 Tamiami Trail E. 775-3727 or naplesenglishpub.com.Tonights the Night Celebrate the first night of 2015 by harking back to the 0s at the Rod Stewart Tribute Show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at Ritas English Pub. 5047 Tamiami Trail E. 775-3727 or naplesenglishpub.com.Here Comes the Circus Ringling Bros. presents Built to Amaze, a show about what it takes to build The Greatest Show on Earth, in several performances Friday through Sunday, Jan. 2-4, at Germain Arena. Tickets start at $16. (800) 745-3000.Art in the Park The Naples Art Association presents a juried art show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, in Cambier Park. 262-6517 or naplesart.org.More Downtown Art The Fifth Avenue South Association hosts the 19th annual Downtown Naples New Years Art Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 3-4. 262-6517 or naplesart.org.Bluegrass Show The Bluegrass Parlor Band plays The Norris Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. $20 in advance, $22 at the door. 213-3049 or naplesgov.com.Vanessa Williams The Grammy Award-winner takes the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at ArtisNaples. 59719000 or artisnaples.org.Jazz Concert The Stu Shelton Trio plays the lawn at Mercato at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4. Free. 254-1080 or mercatoshops.com.Band Concert The Music Makers Show Band performs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, in the bandshell at Cambier Park Free. 348-3675 or musicmakersshowband.org. Gala Concert Gulfshore Opera presents tenor Michael Fabiano and soprano Joyce El-Khoury at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at ArtisNaples. $25-$160. 597-1900 or artisnaples.org. See story on page C1.Buongiorno, Naples The Naples Italian American Foundation debuts its weekly Italian language courses Monday, Jan. 5. $60 per six-week session for non-members. 7035 Airport Road N. 597-5210 or niafoundation.org. See story on page A17.Lecture The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida presents Elliot Katz with American Jews and the Holocaust: Myths, Misconceptions and Reality at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5. $15. 4760 Tamiami Trail N. 2639200 or holocaustmuseumswfl.org.Films for Film Lovers Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs presents a screening and discussion of A Separation (Iran, 2011) at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5. A married couple faces with a difficult decision to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimers disease. $10. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.Pasta and Film The Naples Italian American Foundation screens Viaggio Sola (2013) at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5. A a luxury hotel critic ponders the question: Does a dream job mean a dream life? $15 for dinner and movie, $5 for movie alone. 7035 Airport Road N. 597-5210 or niafoundation.org. Naples Botanical Garden opens from 6-8:30 p.m. for Garden Nights Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-4 with live entertainment, yard games and crafts for the kids, stargazing with help from members of the Everglades Astronomical Society and more. Admission is $9 for adult Garden members and $5 for member children, $17 and $7 for non-members. 643-7275 or naplesgarden.org.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C7 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO By the Light of the Moon Naples Historical Society hosts a full moon tour of Palm Cottage and The Norris Gardens starting at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5. $10. 137 12th Ave. S. 261-8164 or napleshistoricalsociety.org.Lunch and Learn Master storyteller Caren Neile brings history to life with dramatic interpretations of characters from Floridas past starting at noon Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. $10. 300 Tower Road. 530-5940 or rookerybay.org.Book Talk Discuss Gertrudas Oath: A Child, A Promise and a Heroic Escape During WWII by Ram Oren at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at South Regional Library. 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway. 2527542 or collierlibraries.org.Welcome to the South The Italian Cultural Society hosts a screening of Benvenuti al Sud (2010) at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at The Norris Center. The film is a delightful spoof on the northern Italians view of the southern Italians, particularly Neapolitans. $5. 434-3323 or italianculturalsociety.com. Historical Lecture Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, retired Rabbi of Japan, presents a lecture on the history of Jews in Asia at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Please call for ticket prices. 991 Winterberry Drive. 642-0800 or marcojcmi.com.Survivors Story Michael Stolowitzky, the subject of the book Gertrudas Oath (see Book Talk, above), comes to Southwest Florida as part of the inaugural One Book Southwest Florida reading program. The book is the story of the promise requested by Mr. Stolowitzkys dying mother of his nanny, Gertruda, to get him out of war-torn Poland to Palestine and to raise him as her own. He will tell his story at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Temple Shalom (4630 Pine Ridge Road; RSVP to 263-9200) and at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at South Regional Library (8065 Lely Cultural Parkway; RSVP to 252-7542).Italian Social The Naples Italian American Foundation hosts an Italian dinner Wednesday, Jan. 7. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Proper dress required. $25 for members, $30 for non-members. 7035 Airport Road N. 597-5210 or niafoundation.org.Love Letters Local columnist Kenneth Jones presents a thought-provoking presentation about Southwest Florida at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. 394-4221 or marcoislandart.org.Art Reception Trudy Labell Fine Art hosts a meet-the-artists reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. Reservations required. 2425 Tamiami Trail N. 4347778 or trudylabellfineart.com.CAPA Concert Bayshore Performing Arts Center presents the Chrysalis Chamber Players at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at Florida SouthWestern State CollegeCollier Campus. $25 for adults, $20 for students. 775-2800 or bayshorecapa.org.Tied-Up in Knotts Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts of The Andy Griffith Show fame, shares stories about growing up with Barney Fife as her dad at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at The Norris Center. $22. 755 Eighth Ave. S. 213-3049 or naplesgov.com.Floridas Finest Tenors The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs hosts Floridas Finest Tenors for a performance of Broadway, opera and standard favorites at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. The Broadway production of Guys and Dolls lands at ArtisNaples Dec. 26-28. 597-1900 or artisnaples.org. 12.25 #PICK IT Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers perform with other bluegrass musicians at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, for the Neapolitan Oprys sixth annual Cluster Pluckin evening at The Norris Center. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. naplesgov.com#SEE IT 12.29 Moscow Ballet presents the Great Russian Nutcracker at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 Edison Pkwy. bbmannpah.com Merry Christmas to all! Here comes the new year! #HEAR IT Serial a podcast that digs deep into a real life murder case. Its generated buzz by being compelling, and taking journalism in a new direction. serialpodcast.org
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC8 WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 MARCH 2015 | MONDAYS AT 7:00PMNORRIS CENTER | 755 8TH AVE SOUTHPRESENTED BY03.02.15 ABOVE & BEYONDIn 1948, a group of WWII pilots volunteered to ght for Israel in the War of Independence. The members of Machal volunteers from abroad not only turned the tide of the war, they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force.03.16.15 GODS SLAVEBased on actual events. Trained since childhood as an Islamic terrorist, Ahmed now must suicide-bomb a Buenos Aires synagogue. The investigation by David, the Israeli special agent determined to prevent the attack, leads to violent, if unexpected, consequences.03.23.15 BELLE & SEBASTIANIn the French Alps during WWII, lonely Sebastian befriends Belle, the beast the local farmers think is killing their sheep an enormous yet gentle sheepdog. With Nazis rooting out resistance ghters, Belle and Sebastians loyalties are put to the test.03.30.15 UNDER THE SAME SUNIn the near future, two businessmen a Palestinian and an Israeli struggle to set up a solar energy company. Their attempts to overcome hostility from their families and the people around them ultimately change the political map. NAPLESJEWISHFILMFESTIVAL.ORG | 239-434-1818Only 200 seats available! Subscriptions starting at $100 Single movie tickets released February 1 if availableOrder yours now at: WHAT TO DO10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.Seminole Celebration The Seminole Tribe of Florida celebrates the 119th anniversary of the Big Cypress Reservation with a festival at the Junior Cypress Rodeo Grounds starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, and featuring a 6:30 p.m. concert with country stars Montgomery Gentry and Gary Allen. $54. Exit 49 off I75. (863) 90 2-3200 or bigcypresscelebration.com.Art Show Naples Artcrafters hosts a juried fine art and craft show from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Cambier Park. 213-3017 or naplesartcrafters.com.Cluster Pluckin The Neapolitan Opry presents the sixth annual Cluster Pluckin concert with a variety of bluegrass bands and musicians at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at The Norris Center. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 213-3049 or naplesgov.com.Church Concert Virtuoso Catherine Weinfield-Zell is featured on oboe and French horn at Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11. Free. 375 Galleon Drive. 262-6581 or trinitybythecove.com.Author Lecture Friends of the Library of Collier County host Ron Powers, author of Flags of our Fathers, at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at the Country Club of Naples. Breakfast included with ticket. $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. 185 Burning Tree Drive. 2628135 or collier-friends.org.Dinner and a Film Artichoke & Co. provides light bites during a screening of Chico & Rita (Spain, 2010) starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams, and Rita is a singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero brings heartache and torment. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.Culture Lecture The Italian Cultural Society hosts The Great Bernini: Sculptor and Architect at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Hilton Naples. $38, with purchase in advance required. 5111 Tamiami Trail N. 434-3323 or italianculturalsociety.com.Historic Tea Koreshan State Park hosts an afternoon tea at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13. $30. 992-0311 or floridastateparks.org. Marilyn Presents Marilyns on Fifth Avenue presents a Giorgio Grati fashion show from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13. $75, with proceeds to benefit the Neighborhood Health Clinic. 375 Fifth Ave. S. 206-4460 or marilynhellman.com.Celebrate Nature Rookery Bay hosts the 11th annual Southwest Florida Nature festival starting at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, and continuing through the weekend. Guests will enjoy lectures, tours, boat rides and more, including buy-one-get-one admission to the education center. 300 Tower Road. 530-5940 or rookerbay.org.Sneak Peek The Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center hosts a preview reception for artist John Costins new exhibition John Costin: Florida Birds, Wild Florida and Mother Nature from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. 262-6517 or naplesart.org.Experimental Films Enjoy locally produced short films and discussions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Paragon Pavilion. Must be 18 years of age. Ticket entitles purchaser to discounts at KC American Bistro. $30. 833 Vanderbilt Beach Road. Purchase tickets at badbadprof.com.Asleep at the Wheel Grammy Award-winning Asleep at the Wheel performs Friday, Jan. 16, at Seminole Immokalee Casino. $25. (800) 218-0007.A Psychic Good Time Medium Gary Spivey, often referred to as the modern-day Nostradomus, brings his talents to Seminole Casino Immokalee at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17. $20. (800) 2180007 or seminoleimmokaleecasino.com.Pets on Parade Third Street South holds its sixth annual Pets on Third Parade and Petfest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18. This years costume theme is Working Your Tail Off: Pets Dressed for Work. Registration for the costume contest begins at 10 a.m. behind Tommy Bahama, and the parade begins at noon. 434-6533 or thirdstreetsouth.com.Jewish Film The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island screens The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (USA, 2014) at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18. The documentary focuses on the tumultuous early days of the woman who ruled the 1920s flapper era and became the last of the Red Hot Mammas in her 60-year show biz career. 991 Winterberry Road, Marco Island. 642-0800 or marcojcmi.com.Music to Touch the Heart Voices of Naples performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at St. Leo Catholic Church. Free, but donations appreciated. 28290 Beaumont Road. 455-2582 or voicesofnaples.org.Stomp Meets Glee Performance group Vocal Trash brings their innovative blend of vocals, dance and recycled instruments to the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18. $30 for non-members, $35 at the door. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.Concert Pianist Michael Baron and clarinetist Julian Milkis perform a combination of baroque and jazz at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at FGCUs Bower School of Music. $10. 590-7292 or fgcu.edu.French Film Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs presents a screening of Chicken with Plums (France, 2011) at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19. Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. $10. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org. 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 C9 Located just north of Vanderbilt Beach Road on U.S. 41 FOR PATRONS OF AZN AZIAN CUIZINE | BRAVO! | THE CAPITAL GRILLE | | THE PUB | SIGNATURESComplimentary Valet Parking On the lawn across from MASA and Silverspot Cinema Slide Guitar, Singer & Songwriter WHERE TO GOMLK Parade A parade honoring slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther Kind Jr. steps out at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19, from Broad Avenue in downtown Naples. The route proceeds north on Third Street South, turns right on Fifth Avenue and finishes at Cambier Park. 455-2886 or fifthavenuesouth.com.Mind Candy Seminole Casino Immokalee hosts famed mentalist and illusionist Wayne Hoffman at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. $20. (800) 218-0007 or seminoleimmokaleecasino.com.Chickee Chat The Naples Historical Society hosts former Naples Daily News Editor Jeff Lytle at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23. Reservations required. $5 for non-members. 261-8164 or napleshistoricalsociety.org.Fireworks Watch Floridas largest land-based fireworks show at Seminole Casino Immokalee at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. (800) 218-0007 or seminoleimmokaleecasino.com.Smashing Singer TheatreZone brings Megan Hilty, who has performed on NBCs Smash and on Broadway in Wicked and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, to the G$L Theatre at Community School of Naples for performances at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. $50. 13275 Livingston Road. (888) 966-3352 or theatrezone-florida.com.Art Fest Art Fest Naples pitches its tents on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-25, for a juried show at Fleischmann Park. 634-2337 or artfestnaples.com.Down n Dirty The Swamp Buggy Winter Classic starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Florida Sports Park and ends the next evening with a mud bath for the Swamp Buggy Queen. 8250 Collier Blvd. 774-2701 or thefloridasportspark.com.Empty Bowls Fight hunger and fill your belly at Cambier Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. In exchange for a $15 donation that benefits Harry Chapin Food Bank, you get a handcrafted bowl to fill with the soup of your choice from dozens of area restaurants. 334-7007 or emptybowlsnaples.org.Book Signing Karen Harper discusses and signs copies of the lastest installment in her Cold Creek Trilogy suspense series at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Barnes & Noble in Waterside Shops. 598-5200 or bn.com.Opera Concert The Italian Cultural Society presents a concert of opera favorites at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at First Congregational Church of Naples. $42. 6630 Immokalee Road. 434-3323 or italianculturalsociety.com. Films for Film Lovers The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs screens Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Spain, 1998) at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26. Otto and Ana are kids when they meet each other by chance. A story of circular lives, circular names and a circular place where things never end, including love. $10. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.Art After Hours The Baker Museum at ArtisNaples stays open from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, for docentled tours, entertainment and more. Free. 597-1900 or artisnaples.org.Writer Out Loud Essayist Amy Bennett Williams reads her works on stage at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Moe Auditorium at FGCU. $30-$50. (888) 809-9809 or wgcu.org/events.Second City The legendary comedy troupe that boasts Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Jim Belushi and many other notable alumni performs at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 29-30 at ArtisNaples. 597-1900 or artisnaples. com.Duo Romantico The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs hosts classically trained singers Atilio and Christy Marinelli for a performance that blends pop, opera and Broadway at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. $30 for non-members, $35 at the door. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org. Email calendar listings and highresolution photos to Lindsey Nesmith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send Word or text documents and jpgs. No pdfs or photos of fliers. Deadline for calendar submissions is noon Monday. Clarinetist Julian Milkis performs with pianist Michael Baron at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the FGCU Bower School of Music. 590-7292 or fgcu.edu.
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And local audiences are bidding farewell to what has become a Christmas tradition, especially for those allergic to terminally cheerful holiday fare. The Santaland Diaries, a comic one-man show based on writer David Sedariss experiences as an elf at Macys, has played Florida Repertory Theatres ArtStage Studio Theatre for the past five years. This, its sixth year, will be its last. (The last shows play Dec. 28. Tickets are limited.) Weve been very pleased with how well its been received, Mr. Parrish says, noting that for the majority of the years tickets have sold at more than 90 percent capacity. Some people make it a point to return year after year. There are definitely repeat offenders, he says. I recognize them. And every year there are new people who say, I cant believe I never came here before. Saying goodbye to the role is bittersweet for the actor. I have to say, its always been a joy to do, but Im looking forward to getting my Christmas back, he says. I love doing it, but part of me misses going (home) for Christmas. Though he typically gets Christmas Eve and Christmas off, he performs two shows each on Dec. 23 and Dec. 26, which has made it impossible for him so get to Ohio to be with his family. Mr. Parrish saw a production of the show in 1998 and brought it to the attention of Florida Rep Producing Artistic Director Robert Cacioppo, who read it and loved it. The next thing Mr. Parrish knew, he had the part. And hes had it ever since. Some venues, Mr. Parrish says, have been presenting the show annually for more than 20 years. Bob is just excited about what other things we could do in that space specific to the holidays. With a wink, hes saying its Crumpets last year. Which doesnt rule out reprised productions in the future. Its bringing in, proportionally speaking, more new people than any other show, Mr. Parrish says. Its a niche-market sort of thing. There are more younger people (attending) and more gay people, than for other shows. If youre a David Sedaris reader, you might not go to other shows, but you come to see this, because you like him and his writing and his withering look at the world. Initially memorizing the script for the 90-minute show was a challenge. The first year, he says, it took him a couple of months to get it all into my head, and then three weeks of rehearsal before he didnt have to refer to the script. But knowing he was going to reprise the role every December, I put it in a box somewhere in my brain and just filed it away. When I start saying it out loud, it all just comes. But now, he wonders, If I close the show thinking its not going to be remounted next year, will my brain forget it? In some ways, he says, Santaland paved the way for the renovation of the small theater space now known as ArtStage Studio Theatre. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, it was the only show staged there. Formerly used as a rehearsal space, it held 83 seats and possessed an awkwardly situated pillar that blocked sightlines. It had only a little postage-sized stage, but it proved to us in 2009 we could do plays there, Mr. Parrish says. The show helped the venue realize that the space had a following, and if they staged more shows there, audiences would come. Its been so lovely to do the show in this community where the audience seems to really embrace it, Mr. Parrish says. There are loyal people who have watched me grow with the play. Its incredibly rewarding, and I feel like Im in good company with the audience. Of course, in such an intimate performance space, hes never quite sure what to expect. Last night, he says, we had a group of women who had a little too much to drink before the show and they were laughing at things that werent necessarily funny. You just have to roll with it. Its a very informal setting, talking directly to audience members. Some people arent used to coming to theater in the first place and think: Oh, its standup, I get to heckle him. Every once in a while they think they can answer my rhetorical questions. But its the exception to the rule. One year, he recalls, when he was handing out glasses of wine to some audience members, one woman was very upset he hadnt given her any and grabbed the bottle out of his hand. She was very surprised and disappointed to learn that it was, in fact, grape juice. As with any live theater, mishaps happen, yet the show goes on. Twice hes tripped and fallen, one time stumbling over his own feet and spilling wine all over the center of the stage. I had to mop it up while I was talking, he says. And then there was the night two couples decided to walk out when Crumpet began talking about flirting with another male elf. They stood up and walked out one by one, to show their displeasure, making as much noise as possible. Mr. Parrish just stopped the show and waited for them to leave before resuming. The audience applauded him. The show is naughty, and definitely adult, with more than a touch of sarcasm. Yet, Mr. Parrish says, much like The Grinch, his characters heart grows three sizes by the end of the play. Its been a good run, and hes sad to retire his elf shoes. There are two pairs; maybe one will go with me and Ill get them bronzed, he jokes. The Santaland Diaries>> When: Through Dec. 28 >> Where: ArtStage Studio Theatre of Florida Repertory Theatre, downtown Fort Myers >> Cost: $25 >> Info: 332-4488 or oridarep.org nancySTETSONnstetson@floridaweekly.com 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Florida Reps Jason Parrish through the years as Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries, playing its last run through Dec. 28.YEARS 2009-2010: PHOTOS BY CHIP HOFFMAN; YEARS 2011-2014: PHOTOS BY NICK ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHY
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A Naples Princess Gi Certi cate! 550 Port-O-Call Way, Naples, Florida 34102Call 239.649.2275 to Make Your Reservations It was a year of gimmicks and grandeur, subtlety and the sublime, led at the box office by guardians of the galaxy and in our hearts by unthinkable illness and inspiring love. Yes, the latest Transformers and Hunger Games movies felt endless, but their shortcomings were made up for by The Lego Movie, Chef, Nightcrawler and numerous other pleasant surprises this year. Here are my picks for Top 10 films of 2014: No. 10 (tie): Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier I know its weak to include a tie on a Top 10 list, but these movies are connected and part of a greater power that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Avengers). They are also the two highest grossing films of the year (Guardians earned $332 million, Winter Soldier $259 million). Guardians was a romp through outer space that was the most fun I had all year at the movies, while The Winter Soldier was both an exciting action pic and a sociopolitical commentary on the military industrial complex. Both are available on home video. No. 9: The Fault in Our Stars I was dreading this one before I went. My mother had recently died of cancer, and here was a best-selling adaptation of a tearjerker about teenagers simultaneously finding love and dying of cancer. I dont need this, I thought. But then Shailene Woodleys Hazel Grace won my heart with her earnest sweetness, and Ansel Elgort as Hazels boyfriend Gus won her heart and ours with his humor and sensitivity. This movie wasnt really about teenagers dying of cancer; it was about living life to the fullest and not fearing what may come tomorrow. Hazel Grace and Gus had cancer, but it didnt have them, and that made all the difference. Also available on home video. No. 8: Life Itself I know, I know. Its a documentary about a film critic being championed by a film critic, and how boring is that? Trust me, its not. Life Itself tells the life-affirming story of the late Roger Ebert with grace and candor, and under the steady hand of director Steve James (whose film Hoop Dreams Mr. Ebert named Best Picture of 1994), it emerges as an unflinchingly honest and inspiring story as well. Now available On Demand. No. 7: The Theory of Everything Declaration: Eddie Redmayne gives the performance of the year as renowned astrophysicist Dr. Stephen Hawking. In theaters now. No. 6: Interstellar Sometimes you watch in awe and appreciate the sheer scope and ambition of a movie. Interstellar is one of those times. Director Christopher Nolan doesnt just take us on an out-ofthis-world adventure; he takes us to alternate galaxies, wormholes, distant planets and other dimensions. Its an absolutely spectacular experience at the movies. Its in theaters now (and should be seen on as big a screen as possible). No. 5: Wild Welcome back to awards season, Reese Witherspoon. The Oscar winner for Walk the Line will likely receive another nomination for Wild, in which she plays a former heroin addict with a troubled family life who decides to hike the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. In theaters now. No. 4: Edge of Tomorrow The best action movie of 2014 stars Tom Cruise as Cage, an unlikely soldier thrust into an unwinnable war with aliens. But theres a Groundhog Day twist in that Cage begins the day anew every time he dies, leading to clever plot developments and exciting action sequences throughout. Available on home video. No. 3: Gone Girl This is silly, but its true: When my wife and I walked out of Gone Girl I was genuinely frightened of her. As in, Dont even try to hold my hand scared. I know thats irrational, but such was the impact of director David Finchers story about a missing wife and the hapless husband trying to track her down. Rosamund Pikes performance is Oscar worthy, as is Gillian Flynns adaptation of her own novel. Available Jan. 13 on home video. No. 2: Unbroken A period piece with deep soul, Unbroken was directed by Angelina Jolie, co-written by the Coen Bros. and shot by the great cinematographer Roger Deakins. Its about Olympianturned-WWII-hero Louie Zamperini and his experiences before and during the war, which included surviving on a lifeboat in the Pacific for 47 days, only to be captured and tortured by the Japanese for two years. Jack OConnell is superb as Zamperini, and the story is a testament to the power of perseverance and sheer will. In theaters Christmas Day. No. 1: Whiplash No movie this year caught fire with the same absolute force as Whiplash. Led by Miles Teller as an aspiring drummer in a music conservatory jazz ensemble, and highlighted by a sure-to-be Oscar-winning performance from J.K. Simmons as a teacher who torments his students, this one knocks your socks off with its intensity, its story, its great performances and its wonderful finale. 2014 was a good year for movies, but for pure entertainment value, this was hands-down the best of them all. Whiplash is in limited theaters now and will be available on home video Feb. 3. Best Films of 2014BY DAN HUDAKFlorida Weekly Correspondent n g e el s t l W R w l i k f o f o r bl e th e f r o now j u t h t a a p s s t n
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forming a rigorous self-assessment and truly getting in touch with ones actual and potential self. That is, the seeker must bring a whole, completed self to the challenge of seeking and building a relationship. Without true self-knowledge and a willingness to befriend oneself, the likelihood of creating a viable, prolonged romantic friendship is practically nonexistent. The strength of the couples teaching lies, however, not so much in the generalizations and wisdom statements (though these are important), but rather in the specifics that are revealed in a logical, progressive order. The techniques that the Kaplans offer are concrete, and readers can grasp the issues and the action steps because of the narrative illustrations (informal case studies) the authors provide throughout the book. Some of these stories are drawn from the couples own lives as individuals, prospective mates and eventually soulmates. Their openness invites and justifies the openness that they demand from those who would seek blossoming relationships. Lists are everyway, often repeating components of selfand relationshipbuilding for emphasis and because there is inevitable overlap within the stages of the overall process. Dating is the prelude to mating, which is not necessarily defined as formal marriage. Soul Dating is the testing ground to see if inspired, uplifting mating is within reach. It also expands ones self-awareness. The authors explain, in considerable detail, how to master the dating process to reach the long-range goal of long-term emotional, spiritual and physical togetherness. This section of the book includes a primer on the effective use of online dating services. The authors remind their readers that while no one is perfect, all of us have attributes that can and will be cherished by the right partner. All of us have secrets that handicap us until they are shared. All of us need to learn how to withhold the kind of judgments that we would not wish to have applied to us. And we must avoid the temptation to play-act to falsely project the look, manner, values and interests that we think will win us that desired someone. To begin by projecting a false self is a sure way to have a failed relationship. We have to be real in order to see whats real. Though readers will find much in the Kaplans advice that they have heard before, they will also find many fresh ideas. And theyll also encounter some concepts and suggestions that they question. The novelty of this book lies in its comprehensiveness, its logical integration of concepts and productive behaviors and an earnestness that does not take itself too seriously. Phil Jason, Ph.D., United States Naval Academy professor emeritus of English, is a poet, critic and freelance writer with 20 books to his credit, including several studies of war literature and a creative writing text. NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 C17 239.434.6533/thirdstreetsouth.com Saturday Bath & Body, Cosmetics and Gifts 4350 Gulf Shore Boulevard Suite 608, Naples 239.331.7112 the True Lavender Products of ProvenceTrue lavender from Provence is a medicinal plant that has been used since ancient times. Due to its many virtues, essential oil of true lavender is the most widely used oil in aromatherapy. It is used as treatment for insomnia, irritability, headaches and stress. Lavender is also a disinfectant and prevents scarring; relaxation and soothes pain. FREE Lavender Sachet Gift With Any Purchase
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC20 WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 Resale! Consignment! Shoppes at Vanderbilt(239) 596-5044 Designer Fashions with Impeccable Sophistication and Style Coupon required at time of purchase. Limit one coupon per day per person. Not valid with any other offers or specials. Expires 12/31/14 FW$5.00OFFPurchase of $50 Coupon required at time of purchase. Limit one coupon per day per person. Not valid with any other offers or specials. Expires 12/31/14 FW$10.00OFFPurchase of $100Coconut Point Mall(239) 992-7007 LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE 5865 Golden Gate Parkway, Napleswww.naplesbridge.comCall 239-455-4445 or Email email@example.com for the complete schedule or more information. fo fo fo fo r r r r th th th th e e e co co co mp mp mp p p le le te te te s s s ch ch ch ch ed ed ed ed ul ul ul e e e or or or or m m m or or or e e e in in in fo fo fo rm rm rm at at at at io io io io n n. n. n. r r t t t r r t t The Naples Bridge Center is a non-prot club sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League with games and lessons at all levels year-round. Bridge Basicsor For those who have played very little or not at all. Bridge Basics IIFor those who have taken a basic class and would like to learn about competitive bidding. Popular ConventionsThis class deals with the most popular conventions played todayStayman, Jacoby Transfers, negative doubles, etc. Practice hands every class. For those who have learned to play but need help on opening leads, third hand play, second hand play, defensive signaling, developing defensive tricks, etc. Practice hands each week. For those players who want to learn more advanced play techniquesend plays, counting, percentages, basic squeezes, etc. Practice hands every week. THIS WEEK ON WGCUTVWEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 9 P.M. Nova: Building the Great Cathedrals Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spider web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 8 P.M. Call the Midwife Holiday Special Rehearsals for the Sunday School Christmas concert are under way, creating inconvenience for the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House. Two unmarried patients are dispatched to York Lodge, a badly managed home for pregnant women. Chummy takes over running the facility after an outbreak of chicken pox there. Dr. Turner treats a destitute older couple who are former residents of a mental hospital closed under the mental health reforms. FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 10:30 P.M. Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin with Frank and Bing Celebrate Oscar-winning composer and test pilot Jimmy Van Heusen, who wrote high-flying songs for his legendary pals. The program includes interviews with Frank Sinatra Jr., Harry Crosby, Tony Bennett, Woody Allen, Angie Dickinson, Shirley MacLaine and John Pizzarelli. SATURDAY, DEC. 27, 10:30 P.M. Are You Being Served The quintessentially British sitcom is about Grace Brothers, a department store in London that is owned and kept traditional (e.g., precise dress code for ladies frills and mens hats according to rank) by two brothers who look old enough to have fought in the Boer war but rarely appear. SUNDAY, DEC. 28, 9 P.M. Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey In the Season Four finale, Lady Rose meets the Prince of Wales and faces a dilemma. Trouble also plagues Coras mother, her brother, Edith and almost everyone else at Downton. MONDAY, DEC. 29, 9 P.M. Great British Bakeoff This series sees 10 passionate home bakers take part in a bake-off to test every aspect of their culinary skills as they battle to be crowned the best amateur baker. TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 8 P.M. Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Kumbh Mela Join Hindus in a ritual they believe washes away sins and breaks the endless cycle of reincarnation. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 10 P.M. Michael Feinstein New Years Eve at the Rainbow Room Ring in the New Year with Michael Feinstein from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the newly restored Rainbow Room. Sacred Journeys, Kumbh Mela, Dec. 30 Michael Feinstein New Years Eve, Dec. 31 Call the MIdwife, Holiday Special, Dec. 25 Phone: (239) 425-6000 Fax: (239) 425-6001 P.O. Box 60151, Fort Myers, FL 33906 Pinebrook Park, 12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 219, Fort Myers, FL 33907WOODYARD & ASSOCIATES, LLCCOMMERCIAL REAL ESTATELicensed Real Estate Brokerwww. wa-cr .com 239-425-6000 Sales & Leasing Buying Opportunities Development Opportunities Real Estate Tax Appeals LOOKING FOR RESULTS?Woodyard Associates Delivers. Tom Woodyard Todd Holman J. Fred Burson Gloria Hooper Paula Davis-Gnagey Paul J. Meador Tamra Ellsworth Happy Holidays from
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 C21 GREETTHENEWYEARINSTYLEWITH THENAPLESGRANDEBEACHRESORTSavor an exquisite four course gala dinner this New Years Eve in the elegant Aura Restaurant from 6pm to 11pm. Includes champagne with dessert and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight in the Lobby Lounge. KIDSb&UNDERtnRESERVATIONS CALLbfnfrnOR THROUGHOPENTABLE KOVEL: ANTIQUESGrandfather clocks chimes ring in the new year BY TERRY KOVEL AND KIM KOVELThe sound of chimes ringing 12 times at midnight blends with the 0, 9, 8 ... chant that ushers in the new year on Jan. 1. Today we may watch the year change on a television screen, but in years past, the celebration was timed by a chiming grandfather clock. Even earlier, new years were timed by a clock in the church steeple or the city hall tower. Before that, time was judged by daylight and darkness, and summer and winter climates. Today the cell phone is always handy to let you know exactly what time it is. The grandfather clock was originally known as a tall case, longcase or floor clock. The 6to 8-foot-tall clock has a weight-driven pendulum. It was invented in 1670 or so. In the early 20th century, it was the most accurate timepiece available. There are two types: the expensive eight-day clock that has to be wound once a week, and the less-expensive 30-hour clock that has to be wound once a day. An unusually large 1880 carved mahogany clock, 107 inches high and made by J.J. Elliott of London, sold in September 2014 at Neal Auction Co. in New Orleans. The clock has elaborate carving, fretwork, rosewood panels with inlay, chimes, and a brassand-silvered dial. It brought $13,743. To tell the accurate time for New Years Eve, it must be placed in a room with a high ceiling (over 9 feet) and leveled. Q: My four-piece bedroom suite includes a headboard, dresser, chest of drawers and nightstand. Each piece is marked with a triangle, a large letter K and Korn Industries, Incorporated, Sumter Cabinet Company. Its solid oak and in excellent condition. What price could I ask for this set? A: Sumter Cabinet Co. was a division of Korn Industries. Chester Korn started a timber company and sawmill in Cincinnati in 1889 to make buggy parts and other wood products. The company moved to Sumter, S.C., in 1921. Bedroom furniture was first made in the 1930s and dining room furniture in 1989. The company was sold in 2000 to Chromecraft Revington, which continued to use the Sumter brand name until late 2006. The price of used bedroom furniture depends on style, quality, condition and age. It probably can only be sold locally, because shipping is expensive. It should be priced as a bargain, about half the cost of a new set. Q: How much is a bottle of Dom Perignon vintage champagne worth? I have a 1995 bottle, 750 ml, in its original box. A: An unopened bottle of Dom Perignon vintage 1995 in its box is worth about $175 to $200. Empty, the bottle could sell for about $12 and the box for less than $10. Remember that in some states, you need a special license to sell bottled alcohol. Q: Every time I used to visit my aunt, she asked me to polish her fancy silver tea-and-coffee service. When she died, she left the set to me. It includes a teapot, coffeepot, creamer, sugar bowl and waste bowl. Each piece is elaborately decorated, and each lid is topped by a pheasant finial. My aunt said she bought the set, which she thought was sterling, from an antiques dealer. The hallmark on the bottom is a circle surrounding the words Meriden B Company. Also inside the circle is an image of a balance scale between two stars. Who is the maker, and what is the set worth? A: Meriden Britannia Co. was organized in 1852 in Meriden, Connecticut, by brothers Horace (1824-1890) and Dennis (1828-1886) Wilcox and several other partners. Although its first products were made of Britannia metal (pewter), the company was making silver-plated hollowware by 1855. Your silver-plated (not sterling) set probably dates from the 1860s or 70s. In excellent condition, it could sell for over $1,000. Q: I have a plastic clown bank in its original box. It must be at least 25 years old. The clown is 11 inches tall and is wearing a red-and-white polka-dot cloth shirt, yellow pants and orange shoes and hat. When you put a coin in his right hand and lift his left arm, the coin falls into his mouth. The box reads, The more coins he eats, the bigger his belly gets. Its marked J.S.N.Y. How much is it worth? A: The initials stand for Jeffrey Snyder New York, a company that made and imported giftware, housewares and toys. It was founded in New York in 1975, but its products were made in several Asian countries. It was part of Etna Products Co., a New York firm founded in 1945. The clown bank shows up online for about $15 without the box and for $30 with the original box.Q: I have two souvenir paper needle books in fairly decent shape with all the needles still inside. One is from the 1939 New York Worlds Fair and pictures the Trylon and Perisphere. The other needle book reads Ambassador of Good Will on one side and pictures flags from several countries. It says Lone Eagle on the other side and pictures a plane flying over the globe, a ship and a train. Are they worth anything? A: The Lone Eagle was a nickname for Charles Lindbergh, who flew a goodwill tour of Latin America in 1927 and 1928. Vintage needle books usually sell for $5 to $10. Needle cases that are Lindbergh souvenirs or mementos from a Worlds Fair are collectible. Each one might sell for about $15.Tip: Clocks should be cleaned and lubricated every five years. Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, (Florida Weekly), King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.This very elaborate mahogany tall case clock with nine tubes and two different chimes dates from about 1890. It auctioned recently for $13,743 at Neal Auction Co. in New Orleans. Experience the Difference Good Taste Makes.MondayThursday 11:30am9:00pm 1427 Pine Ridge Road, #105, Naples True Neapolitan Pizza and Authentic Italian Food on !Cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon. Expires 12/31/14. Purchase of Any Specialty Pizza Cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon. Expires 12/31/14.
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Three individuals will be recognized for their contributions to the visual arts in Southwest Florida. Andy Lowe of Suffield Academy in Connecticut will be the keynote speaker. Honorary chair of the evening is Joan Loos; co-chairs are Kristine Meek and Juliana Meek. Tickets are $175, with all proceeds benefitting art programs for children and at-risk youth through the HarmonMeek Gallery Fund at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Mail checks made payable to the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to Harmon-Meek Gallery, 599 Ninth St. N., Suite 309, Naples, FL 34102. For more information, call 261-2637. The Fire & Ice gala to benefit the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee takes place Wednesday, Jan. 14, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Tickets for the evening of dinner, dancing and a live auction are $500. Sponsorships are available. Call 657-7711 or visit guadalupecenter.org. The David Lawrence Center hosts Signatures of Greece: An Elegant Evening at the Parthenon Saturday, Jan. 17, at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort. Honorary co-chairs are Marissa, Burt and Jay Hartington. Co-chairs are Caryn Buechel, Renae Burgess and Jenny Haire. Tickets are $500 per person, $1,200 for VIP patrons, and $10,000 for a premier sponsor table of 10. For sponsorship information or to reserve a ticket, call Paige Simpson at 304-3505. A luncheon to benefit Youth Haven is set for Wednesday, Jan. 28, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Judge Glenda Hatchett of TVs Judge Hatchett, the national spokesperson for Court-Appointed Special Advocates, will be the guest speaker. CASA trains volunteers to represent abused and neglected children. Honorary luncheon chairs are Jim and Liz Jessee; event chairs are Brenda OConnor and Stacey Herring. Tickets are S300. Major sponsors include Arthrex, Sharon and Dolph von Arx, Cruising with the Chefs/Lisa and Rodney George and Jenny and Kermit Sutton. A dditional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call Shelly Long at 687-5155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Champions For Learning hosts its inaugural Night of Champions in celebration of its 25th year and to honor community leaders who are connecting Collier County students to their future from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. For information about tickets and sponsorship tables, call Marylee Tirrell at 6434755 or email email@example.com. Political analyst, journalist, actor, producer, writer and MSNBC news program commentator Lawrence ODonnell will lend his voice in support of womens rights on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Collier County at the organizations 11th annual Choice Affair the evening of Friday, Jan. 30, at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $350 per person to $15,000 for a premium table for 12, including six seats at the Morning After Brunch, with two of those seats at Mr. ODonnells brunch table. For tickets or more information, call Shannon Starr at 262-8923, ext. 300. Fun Time Early Childhood Academy holds its annual gala Friday, Feb. 6, at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Set Sail for Fun Time is the evenings theme, and honorary captains are Chris and Bill Barnett. For information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call 261-8284. The inaugural For the Love of Art gala to benefit the Naples Art Association is set for Saturday, Feb. 7, at Grey Oaks Country Club. The evening will include presentation of three new awards: the Gulfshore Life Emerging Art Leader Award for a new and/or young artist or arts leader in the community; the Hirshhorn Award for an individual who has shown visionary leadership and a commitment to advancing and enriching the arts in the community, and the Impact Award for a business or business professional who has demonstrated significant leadership in the arts and culture of the community though involvement in, or support of, innovative programs and creative partnerships. For information about sponsorships, email Maureen.christensen@naplesart. org. For tickets, email Chelsea.Ziton@ NaplesArt.org or visit naplesart.org. The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest to benefit charities serving children takes place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28, in private homes and at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. Tickets are $500 for the grand tasting and auction, $1,500 for a vintner dinner and the grand tasting and auction. Visit swflwinefest.org. The annual Sneaker Ball to benefit the Greater Naples YMCA takes place from 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Y. For tickets and sponsorship information, call 597-3148. Conservancy of Southwest Florida holds its annual Magic Under the Mangroves signature gala Thursday evening, March 5, on the grounds of the Nature Center at the Conservancy. Presented by Northern Trust and with Lynne Shotwell as chair, the evening starts with hors doeuvres and a silent auction and moves into a grand tent for a gourmet dinner, entertainment and a live auction. For information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call 403-4218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Drug Free Collier holds its seventh annual fundraising luncheon Thursday, March 5, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Tickets are $100. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call 377-0535 or email email@example.com. Hope for Haiti holds its 25th anniversary gala, Passport to the Heart, Saturday, March 7. Call the development office at 434-7183, ext. 4, for more information. The inaugural Kind Mariners Ball to benefit the Freedom Waters Foundation takes place the evening of Saturday, March 7, at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. Tickets are $300. For more information, call Mike Donahue at (630) 251-3200, email info@kindmarinersball. com or visit kindmarinersball.com. Gulf shor e Playhouse holds its fifth annual Bubbles, Baubles and Broadway gala Monday, March 9, at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Event chairs are Naomi Buck, David Drobis and Adria Starkey. Scott Robertson will serve as auctioneer. Tickets are $300 for general admission and $500 for VIPs. For more information, visit gulfshoreplayhouse.org. Email Save the Date details to editor Cindy Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C23 facebook.com/ KeyWestExpress twitter.com/ KeyWestExpress youtube.com/ TheKeyWestExpress 1-800-593-7259 www.keywestexpress.us ROUND TRIP!* *MINIMUM 8 DAY ADVANCE PURCHASE, NON-REFUNDABLE FARE. CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH OTHER OFFERS. WEEKEND FEE APPLIES TO ANY TRAVEL FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY. EXPIRES JANUARY 31, 2015. GET AWAY FOR ONLY... btn INTO THE $ 119 Like us on Facebook.com /NaplesFloridaWeekly to see more photos. We take more society and networking photos at area events th an we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. oridaweekly.com and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. Email them to society@ oridaweekly.com.BERNADETTE LA PAGLIA / FLORIDA WEEKLY Sam Semaan and Wolfgang Schulz Lyle Bultman and Jack Nicholson Tom Cooke and Larry McDonald Deputy Consul General Francisco De La Lama and Assistant Director of Communications Andres Ruiz Perez Karl Williams and Tina Nicholson Jeff Finder with Maria Dines and Mark Dines Morton Shane, Bill Hoffman, Steven Riemer, Mel Goldfine and Ronald Agronin SOCIETYThe International Mens Club of America welcomes Mexican dignitaries
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C27 Waterfront Dining at its Best THE VILLAGE ON VENETIAN BAY4360 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples, Florida 34103 239-263-FISH (3474)fishseafoodrestaurant.com Traditional starter for a prosperous New Year cooked pork salami with lentils STARTER CHOICE OF: TH E TASTY TRIO OF GRILLED OYSTERS Charbroiled Andouille sausage, barbecue sauce and cu cumber relish, Rockefeller-style with spinach and baconORTRIO OF APPLEWOOD BACON-WRAPPED Oysters, shrimp and scallops with Asian slawORLOBSTER BISQUE Homemade bisque with lump crabmeat 21ENTREDOVER SOLE Whole Dover sole pan-seared Served with crab meat, shrimp, sc allops, cornbread stu ng and asparagus 68 SWORDFISH MILANESE inly pounded breaded sword sh with lemon caper butter sauce served with our German potato salad 45 WAGYU BEEF CHEEKS Braised in red wine reduction, sweet peas, tendrils ove r p olenta and shaved Parmesan cheese 44DESSERTZUCCOTTO Semi-frozen, chilled dessert Pane ttone cake and ice cream 12New Years Eve SUNTHU 11:30AM TO 10PMFRISAT 11:30AM TO 11PM9:30PM LAST SITTING INCLUDING NEW YEARS TOAST AND PARTY FAVORS! FISHRESTAURANT HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS! Live Music!Like us on Facebook.com /NaplesFloridaWeekly to see more photos. We take more society and networking photos at area events th an we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. oridaweekly.com and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. Email them to society@ oridaweekly.com.STEPHEN WRIGHT / FLORIDA WEEKLY James Patterson sings The Choirs of Ave Maria University Dani Graves, Tom Graves Frances Lussing and Leo Lussing Philip Borter Hirono Borter SOCIETYBayshore CAPA presents the Ave Maria University Choirs at Florida SouthWestern State College LOCAL SPORTS TAVERN FEATURING: OVER 30 BEERS ON TAP WITH ROTATING CRAFT BEER SELECTIONS! COME IN AND TRY OUR NEW MENU ITEMS INCLUDING AMAZING SIGNATURE BURGERS LIKE THE MAC ATTACK CAPONES REVENGE AND THE BOOTLEGGER!HAPPY HOUR 3-6PM & 10-CLOSE INCLUDES GREAT DRINK SPECIALS & SELECT $3.99 APPETIZERS!LIVE ENTERTAINMENT! DAILY DRINK AND FOOD SPECIALS! 239.596.6377 8004 TAMIAMI TRAIL N., NAPLES WWW.TAVERNWESTNAPLES.COM LUNCH SPECIALS AS LOW AS $5.99 For Info or Reservations, Call 239.732.1188 NEW YEARS EVE SPECIAL GUESTAWARD-WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER MIKE BROOKSHIRE! RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE REAL MACAW!
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC28 WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 Visit the Rib City in your Neighborhood Today! 10 Locations in Collier & Lee CountiesDine-in & Carry-out Open 7 Days A Week Kids Under Four Eat Free! Find Your Location & View Our Menu Online at www.ribcity.com Waterfront Dining at its Best THE VILLAGE ON VENETIAN BAY4236 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples, Florida 34103 239-430-6273miramarenaples.com TRADIZIONALE COTECHINO CON LENTICCHIE Traditional starter for a prosperous New Year co oked pork salami with lentilsANTIPASTO CHOICE OF: ZUPPA DASTICE Lobster bisque ORCRAB COCKTAIL SALAD Mixed jumbo lump crab meat over a bed of arugula wi th shallots vinaigrette dressingENTRE CHOICE OF: FI LETTO DI MANZO AVVOLTO CON PANCETTA IN SALSA AL BAROLO Filet of beef wrapped with pancetta, in a Barolo wine sauce Se rved with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables ORCAVATELLI CON ARAGOSTA FAVE E TARTUFO Cavatelli with lobster meat, fava beans and white tru e but ter sauce OROSSOBUCO ALLA MIRAMARE Braised veal shank with sa ron r isotto ORARAGOSTA OREGANATA Maine lobster grilled and split topped with seasoned bread crumbs se rved with clams mussels over wild rice and mushroomsDOLCEPANETTONE ALLO ZABAGLIONE Traditional Italian panettone cake with co ld Zabaglione cream and berriesNew Years EveBENVENUTI SUNTHU 11:30AM TO 10:00PMFRISAT 11:30AM TO 11:00PM GREAT PEOPLEGREAT FOODGREAT VIEWWE HAVE 3 SITTINGS! 5PM & 7PM REGULAR MENU9PM SITTING PRE-FIX$95 PER PERSON INCLUDES CHAMPAGNE TOAST, LIVE MUSIC AND NEW YEARS PARTY FAVORS CUISINE NEWSSet sail with Naples chefs aboard an Oceania cruise BY LINDSEY NESMITHlnesmith@ oridaweekly.comIf the idea of pairing the cuisines of three top Naples chefs with a sea voyage through Europe floats your boat, look no further than Oceanias Cruising with the Chefs program. The cruise line is offering powerful incentives for people who want to sail Europe this summer with Chez Boets Lisa Boet, Meredays Fine Dinings Charles Mereday and Crave Culinaires Brian Roland. Guests who book before Dec. 31 will receive discounts between $1,000 and $1,500, plus a $200 ship credit and a complimentary class with the visiting chef. The program features hands-on instruction, chef-led shore excursions and classes and meals featuring fresh, local ingredients and indigenous culinary traditions aboard a luxury ship. Passengers also get to hang out with their chef during welcome and farewell instructions. Cruising foodies seek enlightenment beyond a library or lecture, says Oceanias Rodney George. Our cruises offer once-in-a-lifetime journeys with acclaimed chefs aboard the most elegant and sophisticated ships at sea. Oceania uses its Marina and Riviera ships state-of-the-art Bon Apetit culinary centers to enhance guests learning. Jacque Pepin leads the cruise lines culinary programs. Chef Boets cruise, Explore the Pearls of the Mediterranean, takes place June 16-23. The itinerary includes Rome, Positano/Amalfi, Cagliari (Sardinia), Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Marseille, Antibes and Monte Carlo. Chef Meredays cruise, Artistic Discoveries, sails July 25-Aug. 5 and takes in Venice; Koper, Slovenia; Zadar, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro, Palermo, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Monte Carlo, Provence and Barcelona. Chef Rolands trip, Alluring Adriatic, takes place Aug. 27-Sept. 7 and visits Venice; Koper, Slovenia; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Tirana, Albania; Corfu, Gythion and Santorini, Greece; and Ephesus and Istanbul, Turkey. For more information about Cruising with the Chefs, call (866) 776-4300 or visit cruisingwiththechefs.com.Expert predictions Need to know what youll be doing with your food in 2015? The University of Floridas Institute of Food and Agricultual Sciences is on it. With their forces combined, the departments faculty has predicted the food-related trends that could find their way onto your dinner plate or into your pantry in the New Year.next year. Here are their predictions: Fermented foods: Americans have been warming up to the pungent flavors that result from fermentation and are likely to be buying more products such as kimchi, sauerkraut, beer, wine and yogurt. Sadly, this means its unlikely the kombucha craze will pass. Healthier school snacks: Anyone else want to Hulk Smash the vending machines full of junk in their kids schools? The UF experts predicts the junk will be replaced with healthier options thanks to Smart Snacks in Schools standards the USDA has put in place for public schools. We are grateful, yes, but theyre about 15 years late. Smoke and spice: Smoky elements are going to increase in popularity and will be infused into alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. A smoky pile of hickory seems like a complicated set-up for a bar, but surely there are people who could appreciate it.Take note Meredays Fine Dining, Fuse Global Cuisine and Avenue 5 were recently honored with Florida Trend magazines 2014 Golden Spoon Awards for Best New Restaurant. The three Naples establishments were joined by 18 other new restaurants throughout the state. Caf Lurcat, M Waterfront Grill, Sea Salt and The Turtle Club also earned Golden Spoons, and The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort took home the Hall of Fame Award. The publication has served as a guide to the states finest restaurants for more than 45 years. Discerning diners with a taste for savings can head to any of Charles Meredays restaurants and receive 50 percent off menus, cocktails, wine and beer at the bar from 4-6 p.m. daily. The restaurants are: Meredays Fine Dining, 1500 Fifth Ave. S.; Alto Live Jazz Kitchen, 492 Bayfront Place; and Meredays Brasserie, Coconut Point in Estero. The Brass Tap has opened at Coconut Point. Touted as an upscale beer bar, the restaurant boasts more than 200 beers, a full menu and live music. (813) 226-2333 or brasstapbeerbar.com. DeRomos Gift Baskets & Catering has opened under the auspices of DeRomos Gourmet Market & Retaurant at the Promenade in Bonita Springs. Owner Francis Cuomo says gift baskets can be assembled with a wide array of items hand-selected from the market, including fresh ingredients and imported goods. Off-site catering services feature the restaurants Italian and European cuisine. 325-3583 or deromos.com. Want to work on your skills in the kitchen? Here are some cooking classes on the front burner: The Local, 5323 Airport Pulling Road; 596-3276 or thelocalnaples.com Healthy Cooking Ideas to Stick with Resolutions: Saturday, Jan. 3 ($50) The Good Life of Naples, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 514-4663 or goodlifenaples.com Vietnamese Cooking Featuring Pho, Friday, Jan. 2 ($60); French Country Cooking: Wednesday, Jan. 7 ($60); Southern Cooking: Friday, Jan. 9 ($60) Sur la Table, Mercato; 598-3586 or surlatable.com Bread Baking 101, Friday, Dec. 26 ($69); Date Night, New Years Eve Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 27 ($79); Classic Croissants from Scratch, Sunday, Dec. 28 ($69). Email cuisine news to Lindsey Nesmith at lnesmith@floridaweekly. com.DeRomos Gourmet Market & Restaurant now offers gift baskets and catering services.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 C29 Now Serving Lunch Organic Healthy Local Sustainable Seasonal Wednesday Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner 7 Nights a Week: Starting at 5:00 p.m. 1234 8th St. South Naples, FL 34102 239-261-8239 BleuProvenceNaples.com CHINA BISTRONAPLES CENTRE VILLAGES 6434 Naples Boulevard, Unit 406 Naples, Florida 34109239.631.5633 WE MAKE THE BEST PEKING DUCK! OUR FOOD IS MADE WITH THE FRESHEST INGREDIENTS. FULL BAR & COMFORTABLE PATIO SEATING. 10% OFFCoupon is good up to 10 people. Please present coupon at time of seating. Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer is not valid on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or holidays. Valid though 12/31/14. ENTIRE BILL CHEF OWNED WITH 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE TAMIAMI SQUARE 14700 Tamiami Trail North, Unit 6 Naples, Florida 34110239.254.8973OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK MondaySaturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.omeinaples.com THE DISHThe dish: Chicken burritos The price: $11.95 The place: Pelican Larrys Raw Bar & Grill, 1046 Pine Ridge Road The full menu: pelicanlarrys.com The hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily The details: We sidled into Pelican Larrys on a quiet weeknight with one goal in mind: raw oysters. Once they arrived, we proceeded to peruse the restaurants new menu and decided to share the chicken burritos. Both of us have eaten at Pelican Larrys with varying degrees of frequency since we were old enough to drive ourselves there, so it was refreshing to try something a little different from our usual order once we saw the shiny new menus. The burritos arrived smothered in black beans, shredded cheese and scallions, so we quickly concluded it was meant to be knife-and-forked. Filled with slowly cooked, seasoned chicken, these burritos were the perfect dish to fill out a meal we had planned to consist of only beer and bivalves. One more thing: Let us not forget that even with its revamped menu, Pelican Larrys still fills a highly important function in our area with style and grace: that of a casual raw bar. Artfully displayed stone crab claws and champagne certainly have their place, but at Larrys the oysters are always and without fail, large, cold, expertly shucked and served with a tall glass of beer. Never forget. Lindsey Nesmith email@example.com
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC30 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 Subject to change. agavenaples.com I 239-598-3473Corner of Airport & Vanderbilt Locally owned & operatedMusic, Rockin Ritas, Flavorful Cuisine Experience Agave!Visit www.agavenaples.com for upcoming entertainment schedule. Friday, Dec. 26, 7-10 p.m. The Initials (rhythm and blues, Motown, soul, reggae, classic rock) Saturday, Dec. 27, 7-10 p.m. Generation Gap (classic and current hits) Wednesday, Dec. 31, Gypsy Native8 pm.-midnight (Americana, Indie, soul) Thursday, Jan. 1, 6-9 p.m. Liam Wayne Duo (dance rock) Friday, Jan. 2, 7-10 p.m. Ramos Brothers Band (classic rock, rhythm and blues, reggae, modern day sounds) New Years Eve bash! S ub j ect to chan g e a g avena p les.com a I 239 -5 98 3473 Corner o f Airport & Vanderbil t L ocall y owned & operated V isit www.agavenap l es.com for upcoming entertainment schedule. F rida y Dec. 26, 7-10 p.m. Th e In it ia ls ( rhythm and blues, Motown, soul, re gg ae, classic roc k ) Satur d ay, Dec. 27, 7-10 p.m. G eneration Ga p ( classic and current hits ) W ednesda y Dec. 31, G ypsy Nativ e 8 pm.-midnight ( Americana Indie soul ) Th urs d ay, Jan. 1, 6-9 p.m. Li am Wayne Duo (dance rock) F rida y Jan. 2, 7-10 p.m. Ra m os Br ot h e r s B a n d ( classic rock, rhythm and blues, reggae, modern day sounds ) New Year s Eve bash! Naples Finest French CuisinePrivate Parties & Catering Available Upon Request Please Join Us For New Years Eve DinnerCall Today For Reservations PAST REPASTSHere are some capsule summaries of previous restaurant reviews: The Counter Custom Built Burgers, 9110 Strada Place, Mercato, Naples; 566-0644 If its burgers, fries and sodas the kids want, heres a place where everyone will feel happy about their meal. The Counter serves Angus beef from humanely raised cows free of hormones and antibiotics. (Or select vegan, bison, turkey or chicken burgers). Then choose from a dozen cheeses, 32 toppings, 23 sauces, six buns (one is gluten free) or a salad. Milkshakes come in regular or adult versions (with a shot of your favorite alcoholic beverage). I enjoyed a turkey burger with Gruyere, cole slaw, grilled pineapple, roasted corn and black bean salsa, sauted onions and ginger soy glaze on a wheat bun. To my surprise, the whole thing even held together. My companion liked the Old School burger: beef with Tillamook cheddar, lettuce, red onion, pickle, tomato and red relish. Sweet potato fries and crispy onion strings were just right, as were cocktails and a brownie with ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauce. The servers could not have been nicer. Full bar. Food:1/2 Service : 1/2 Atmosphere: Reviewed July 2013 FUSE Global Cuisine, 2500 Tamiami Trail N., Naples; 456-4585 Fried duck mac and cheese, hog wings (braised pork fore shanks fried and tossed with chili garlic sauce, sesame seeds and green onions), golden beet salad with bucheron cheese and micro greens are but a few of the ways to start off a meal at this intriguing spot opened in November by chef/owner Greg Scarlatos, formerly of Angelinas) and his fiancee/business partner Monica Czechowska. Entree options offer similarly imaginative but not over-the-top combinations, such as Colorado lamb chops with tart cherry glaze and Stilton potato hash garnished with crisp Brussels sprouts or cobia and wild mushroom with huckleberry gastrique. Guava bread pudding with fresh strawberries made a fine end to the meal. Service was gracious, the ambience soothing. Full bar. Food: 1/2 Service: 1/2 Atmosphere: 1/2 Reviewed December 2013 Komoon, 3300 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs; 948-4663 Continuing the trend of restaurants offering multiple cuisines, Komoon serves the unusual combination of Japanese, Thai and Peruvian. The menu goes on for days. This can be a good thing for parties with a diverse range of tastes and preferences. But aside from a very nicely executed ceviche, none of the cuisines particularly outshines the others. You can reasonably expect that whichever ethnic direction you take, Komoon will not disappoint. The ceviche was a tangle of tender squid, shrimp and fish laced with lemon and lime juice and zest, red onion slivers and cilantro plated with traditional accompaniments of sweet potato slices and fresh and toasted Peruvian corn. The Fancy Tuna Roll was packed with tuna, avocado, scallions and jalapeno. For entrees, you cant go wrong with a sumptuous Panang curry as spicy as you want it, or a comforting bowl of smoky soba noodles laden with chicken and crisp vegetables. Full bar. Food: 1/2 Service: Atmosphere: Reviewed September 2013 The Local, 5323 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples; 596-3276 This is a restaurant whose name aptly describes its mission: serving as much farmand sea-to-table food as can be procured from area farms and local waters. Its run by Jeff Mitchell, an alum of the Culinary Institute of America. The menu is creative, the setting unfussy and the staff friendly and accommodating. Local items are boldfaced on the menu, which changes as availability does. Clam flatbread, featuring Pine Island clams, local tomatoes and herbs on a thin, yeasty crust, was a great starter. So was the snapper ceviche, with locally grown serrano peppers, avocado, red onion, cilantro, golden grape tomatoes and citrus. Grilled gulf-caught cobia with tomato confit and grass-fed short ribs were both simply but expertly prepared. Sides of calabaza squash, crunchy chard and smashed potatoes were all cooked perfectly. For dessert: two minisized treats, Key lime panna cotta and bread pudding, both just right. Beer and wine served. Food: Service: Atmosphere: Reviewed June 2013 Osteria Tulia, 466 Fifth Ave. S., Naples; 213-2073 This restaurant sits along tony Fifth Avenue, but inside, Osteria Tulia is downright homey, simple and rustic, with food to match. Chef/owner Vincenzo Betulia spent more than a decade at Campiello, and now heads up his own place thats filled with family members creating superb authentic fare. Caponata and fresh bread whets the appetite. House-made ricotta with walnuts and fresh herbs and meatballs napped in tomato sauce and garnished with pine nuts, currants and melted Parmesan were great starters. The roasted chicken was a thing of wonder, tender and succulent, served with farro, acorn squash and locally grown black leaf kale. House-made garganelli with braised lamb sugo and sheep cheese will make pasta lovers swoon. For dessert, do not miss the ricotta fritters with slow-cooked berries and whipped cream. As befits such a homey establishments, service was warm and nurturing. Full bar. Food 1/2 Service: Atmosphere: 1/2 Reviewed April 2013 Key to ratings Superb Noteworthy Good Fair Poor FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL 239 5375 Hibiscus Drive, Naples, FL 34113 Located o Rattlesnake Hammock Road, 1 mile East of U.S. 41OPEN MON-SAT 11AM-9PM & SUN 8AM-5PM SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST BUFFET 8AM-1PMFirst Come First Served!Reservations Required for Parties of 8 or Moreper person $8.95 children under 12FULL SERVICE BAR & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 6:30PM LIVE MAINE LOBSTER $1895Entrees include soup or fresh garden salad, choice of potato & fresh vegetable$1295 e Best in Fresh Seafood, Steaks,Veal and Chops!
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 25-31, 2014 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C31 700 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, Florida 34102 Reservations 239.659.7008 VerginaRestaurant.com You can get 5% return on every visit at Vergina with your newVergina Loyalty Membership CardSign up and generate a HUGE discount during the year, plus anniversary and birthday prizes exclusively for Gold Star Club Members ONLY!Call 239.659.7008 to nd out how to sign up for your FREE Gold Star Club Membership Card and get your rst return immediately. CUISINEDeRomos delights with dining/shopping combinationAfter more than a year of renovations and delays, DeRomos Gourmet Market & Restaurant opened in mid-October in the Promenade at Bonita Bay. The 18,000-square-foot business took over space once occupied by Silver Spoon Caf and several other tenants in the upscale Bonita Springs shopping center, which had been battered by the expansion of U.S. 41 in the early 2000s, the opening of Coconut Point in 2006 and the economic downturn. Many hopes are pinned on DeRomos sparking a comeback for the Promenade, and its combination of fresh food market and 250-seat restaurant certainly makes it an attractive destination for foodies and Italo-philes. If you dine early, youll have time to stroll through the shops aisles of deli products, produce, baked confections, imported cheeses and wine offerings before it closes at 8 p.m. If you decide to forgo dinner, you can order a post-shopping pizza from DeRomos wood-fired brick oven and enjoy it at one of the patio tables. As for the restaurant, reservations are recommended if you hope to get one of the better tables or booths. We walked in on a Tuesday night and were offered a tiny two-top squeezed against a communal banquette that would have been very uncomfortable for a long, three-course meal. Then they tried to seat us at a table in the path of the entrance, so we finally asked our server for an outdoor table. (I saw several other parties negotiating over seating, so it wasnt just me testing the patience of the staff.) Finally, we could relax with a pair of classic Italian cocktails: the Americano ($8), Campari, vermouth and soda; and the Negroni ($9), Campari, vermouth and gin. The wine offerings are varied and reasonably priced, with a good selection of European vintages. A basket with airy rosemary focaccia and crusty bread helped take the edge off our hunger as we perused the lengthy menu of classic Italian dishes and unique creations of owner Francis Cuomo and his staff. Mr. Cuomo has owned five restaurants in Florida and New York, and he grew up in the Bronx near Arthur Avenue, a true little Italy known for its authentic Old World food shops and restaurants. DeRomo is a family name only in the sense that he grafted the names of his grandparents, DeRosa and Cuomo. For starters, we chose his Nonnas Meatballs ($9) and a combo basket of fried calamari and zucchini sticks ($13). The former were tennis-ball-sized orbs of ground beef that struck a delicate balance between dense and light. They were tucked into luscious pool of Sunday gravy, the traditional red sauce simmered all day long with various meats that eventually melt into the gravy. Dollops of remarkably creamy ricotta (made on the premises) added milky freshness. The fritti basket was not as successful. Some of the squid rings came out rubbery, and the batter lacked even the most basic seasoning. With the zucchini, the batter was falling off because of the high moisture content in the squash. The best feature of the dish was the spicy marinara sauce provided for dipping. We had read some reviews online that had collectively criticized slow or inattentive service at DeRomos, but that was not our experience. In fact, it appeared that our server was also tending bar and yet he managed to ensure that our meal progressed smoothly. Besides, enjoying a temperate evening al fresco put us in a very zen state. The interior dining room looks impressive, with its fireplaces, polished woods and brick surfaces, but I doubt the high volume would have provided a relaxing setting. For the main course, DeRomos offers a good range of classics such as eggplant Parmigiana and linguini with clams, steaks and chops from the markets butcher shop and a number of seafood dishes. With a half-dozen items featuring freshly made pasta, we had to sample that section as well as the house specialties. The Cavatelli DeRomo ($15) was noteworthy not just for the tender rolled tubes of pasta slicked with olive oil, but for the bold combination of flavors they were tossed with: bitter sauted broccoli rabe, sweet Italian sausage made in-house and chewy sundried tomatoes with their bursts of umami. This dish had a real wow factor more than would be expected at this price point. The Vitello Schantinella ($33) took a similar approach, in combining three proteins where any single one would usually serve as the main attraction. The menu says this dish created by Mr. Cuomo in 1998 was singled out as a noteworthy one by The New York Times. I havent been able to verify that claim online, but the dish certainly merits praise. Lets start with ohso-tender veal medallions sliced thickly, browned lightly, yet still pink and juicy within. Add jumbo shrimp and plump sea scallops so perfectly done theyre barely cooked-through. Tie it all together with a basil-scented golden sherry cream sauce and serve with a mound of creamy, cheesy risotto. It might be a bit of a gilded lily, but you wont balk once youve tasted it. After a short breather, we were ready to consider dessert. From the nine offerings, we chose the Torta della Nonna, only to learn they were out (surprising considering theres a bakery on the premises). We ended up with just the profiteroles ($10), stuffed pastry puffs rolled in melted chocolate. The filling was supposed to be chantilly cream, but it tasted more like sweetened ricotta not that we minded. We managed a quick trip through the market before it closed. Whether for shopping or dining, its likely well be back at DeRomos soon. DeRomos Gourmet Market & Restaurant>> Hours: Lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner 4-10 p.m. daily. >> Reservations: Suggested >> Credit cards: Accepted >> Price range: Appetizers, $7-$18; entrees, $14$39 >> Beverages: Full bar >> Specialties of the house: Italian >> Volume: High >> Parking: Plaza lot >> Website: deromos.comRatings: Food: Service: Atmosphere: The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs; 325-3583 Superb Noteworthy Good Fair Poor drew STERWALDcuisine@floridaweekly.com DREW STERWALD / FLORIDA WEEKLYProfiteroles are one of nine dessert options. An appetizer portion of meatballs with Sunday gravy. A basket of fried calamari and zucchini is served with marinara sauce.
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OLD NAPLES Residences of Old Naples #2 Debbi/Marty McDermott 23 9.564.4231 premiersir.com/id/214063352 $2 ,150,000 OLD NAPLES 586 South Golf Drive Vickie Larscheid/Katie Lyons 23 9.250.5041 premiersir.com/id/214048410 $1, 995,000 OLD NAPLES 740 5th Avenue North Debbi/Marty McDermott 23 9.564.4231 premiersir.com/id/214048079 $1, 495,000 OLD NAPLES Naples Marina Villas #5 Paul Gray 23 9.273.0403 premiersir.com/id/214051019 $625,000 PARK SHORE Regent #PH 2 Barbi Lowe/Trish Lowe Soars 23 9.216.1973 premiersir.com/id/214031060 $1 3,900,000 PARK SHORE Regent #4N Barbi Lowe/Trish Lowe Soars 23 9.216.1973 premiersir.com/id/213024984 $8 ,500,000 PARK SHORE 334 Pirates Bight Michael G. Lawler 23 9.261.3939 premiersir.com/id/214029943 $6 ,250,000 PARK SHORE Provence #PH3 Susan Barton 23 9.860.1412 premiersir.com/id/214045233 $5,500,000 PARK SHORE 320 Neapolitan Way Michael G. Lawler 239.261.3939 premiersir.com/id/214015185 $5,350,000 PARK SHORE 315 Pirates Bight Michael G. Lawler 23 9.261.3939 premiersir.com/id/214055933 $4 ,295,000 PARK SHORE 4780 Gulf Shore Boulevard North Karen Van Arsdale 23 9.860.0894 premiersir.com/id/214067278 $3 ,695,000 PARK SHORE Le Ciel Park Tower #1603 Barbi Lowe/Trish Lowe Soars 23 9.216.1973 premiersir.com/id/214067287 $2 ,500,000 PARK SHORE 750 Fountainhead Lane Sherree Woods 23 9.877.7770 premiersir.com/id/214059701 $2 ,295,000 PARK SHORE 720 Fountainhead Lane Michael G. Lawler 23 9.261.3939 premiersir.com/id/214026454 $1,295,000 PARK SHORE Terraces #1007 Amy Becker/Leah Ritchey 239.272.3229 premiersir.com/id/214061548 $1,100,000 PELICAN BAY Montenero #308 Frank Pezzuti 23 9.216.2445 premiersir.com/id/214025140 $1,5 75,000 PELICAN BAY Pointe #201 Jerry Wachowicz 23 9.777.0741 premiersir.com/id/214011798 $9 75,000 PELICAN BAY Lambiance #201 Ellen Eggland 23 9.571.7192 premiersir.com/id/214059977 $9 25,000 PELICAN BAY 701 Heathery Lane Amy Atherholt 23 9.860.2167 premiersir.com/id/214047505 $7 99,000 PELICAN BAY 546 Bay Villas Lane Amy Atherholt 23 9.860.2167 premiersir.com/id/214050560 $749,900 PELICAN BAY Chateaumere #D-104 Heidi Deen 239.370.5388 premiersir.com/id/214033772 $485,000 PELICAN BAY Chateaumere #201 Heidi Deen 23 9.370.5388 premiersir.com/id/214061010 $4 84,000 PELICAN BAY Interlachen #235 Martha Kelly 23 9.877.4569 premiersir.com/id/214052353 $4 19,000 PELICAN BAY Clermont #D-201 Kelly Kent 23 9.250.5480 premiersir.com/id/214030385 $3 95,000 PELICAN BAY Glencove #1207 Linda Ohler 23 9.404.6460 premiersir.com/id/MULL110314IHE $3 75,000 PELICAN MARSH 8691 Purslane Drive Gilman/Hamilton/Briscoe 239.213.7463 premiersir.com/id/214068500 $1,795,000 PELICAN MARSH Clermont #104 Linda Perry/Judy Perry 239.404.7052 premiersir.com/id/214051104 $422,000 ESTATES AT BAY COLONY 1254 Waggle Way Marybeth Brooks 23 9.272.6867 premiersir.com/id/214028817 $4 ,200,000 BAY COLONY Trieste #101 Gilman/Hamilton/Briscoe 2 39.213.7463 premiersir.com/id/213018474 $2 ,995,000 BAY COLONY Mansion La Palma #604 Jennifer/Dave Urness 23 9.273.7731 premiersir.com/id/214067637 $1,595,000 BAY COLONY Toscana #202 Leah Ritchey/Amy Becker 239.289.0433 premiersir.com/id/213506357 $1,225,000 NAPLES CAY Baypointe #501 Michael G. Lawler 23 9.261.3939 premiersir.com/id/214015069 $1, 595,000 PINE RIDGE 254 Ridge Drive Fahada Saad 23 9.659.5145 premiersir.com/id/214063041 $1 ,250,000 BANYAN WOODS 4943 Rustic Oaks Circle Karen Stockinger 23 9.405.2574 premiersir.com/id/214067793 $1,100,000 LOGAN WOODS 60 Logan Boulevard South Bill Duy 239.641.7634 premiersir.com/id/214045015 $1,095,000 VINEYARDS 425 Terracina Court Beth McNichols 23 9.821.3304 premiersir.com/id/214042006 $1 ,050,000 ISLES OF CAPRI 107 Trinidad Street Cynthia Corogin 23 9.393.6747 premiersir.com/id/214048013 $1 ,029,000 LIVINGSTON WOODS 6480 Sandalwood Lane Michelle Thomas 23 9.860.7176 premiersir.com/id/214036196 $9 99,000 COACHMAN GLEN 2830 Coach House Way Fahada Saad 23 9.659.5145 premiersir.com/id/214051877 $9 95,000 TREVISO BAY 9301 Vercelli Court Tess/Tom McCarthy 239 .207.0118 premiersir.com/id/EDEL041014IHE $990,000 ROYAL HARBOR 1300 Curlew Avenue Fahada Saad 239.659.5145 premiersir.com/id/214069206 $2,700,000 GREY OAKS 2375 Alexander Palm Drive Carolyn Weinand 23 9.269.5678 premiersir.com/id/214068332 $2 ,540,000 premiersothebysrealty.comYou might not know what youre looking for, but now you know where to find it.
HAMMOCK BAY Lesina #801 Darlene Roddy 239.404.0685 premiersir.com/id/212000277 $949,000 VINEYARDS 801 Villa Florenza Drive Jutta V. Lopez/Al Lopez 23 9.659.5113 premiersir.com/id/214068612 $8 50,000 LIVINGSTON WOODS 7071 Hunters Road Tammie Schmidt 23 9.777.3766 premiersir.com/id/214023092 $8 49,000 WYNDEMERE 22 Bramblewood Point Bordner/Hurvitz 2 39.560.2921 premiersir.com/id/214003728 $8 20,000 COVE TOWERS Montego #1004 Bet Dewey 239.564.5673 premiersir.com/id/214059984 $779,000 BAY PARK 2130 Curtis Street Fahada Saad 23 9.659.5145 premiersir.com/id/214052852 $7 00,000 HAMMOCK BAY Aversana #1204 ML Meade 23 9.293.4851 premiersir.com/id/214028046 $5 99,000 HAMMOCK BAY Lesina #406 Helga Wetzold 23 9.821.6905 premiersir.com/id/214058650 $5 99,000 BANYAN WOODS Reserve II #201 Pat Duggan/Rhonda Dowdy 239.213.7445 premiersir.com/id/214026112 $525,000 GLEN EAGLE 5678 Lago Villaggio Way Mark Maran/Gordie Lazich 23 9.777.3301 premiersir.com/id/214061542 $4 99,900 ANDALUCIA 1685 Serrano Circle Tatyana Bogdanova-Sallee 2 39.293.5017 premiersir.com/id/214061828 $4 99,900 LELY RESORT 6044 Dogleg Drive Michelle Thomas 23 9.860.7176 premiersir.com/id/214041075 $4 89,000 WATERFRONT IN NAPLES Waterfront In Naples #2206-C Celine Julie Godof 23 9.404.9917 premiersir.com/id/214053324 $39 9,000 EAGLE CREEK 510 Eagle Creek Drive Fahada Saad 23 9.659.5145 premiersir.com/id/214064793 $389,000 LELY RESORT 6588 Castlelawn Place Gary Blaine 239.595.2912 premiersir.com/id/214063318 $375,000 HAWKSRIDGE The Colony #404 Beth McNichols 23 9.821.3304 premiersir.com/id/214065315 $3 69,000 BANYAN WOODS Reserve II #101 Debbi/Marty McDermott 23 9.564.4231 premiersir.com/id/214069254 $3 69,000 GREY OAKS 1481 Anhinga Pointe Jeannie McGearty 23 9.248.4333 premiersir.com/id/BAMB111414IHE $4 ,300,000 GREY OAKS 1474 Anhinga Pointe Melissa Williams 23 9.248.7238 premiersir.com/id/214057895 $3, 650,000 GREY OAKS 2823 Thistle Way Cheryl Turner 23 9.250.3311 premiersir.com/id/214028364 $3,150,000 GREY OAKS 1708 Venezia Way Lynn Anderson 239.290.6674 premiersir.com/id/214008666 $2,495,000 GREY OAKS 2809 Tarower Way Jutta V. Lopez/Al Lopez 23 9.659.5113 premiersir.com/id/214055357 $2, 250,000 GREY OAKS 1264 Osprey Trail Daniel Guenther 23 9.357.8121 premiersir.com/id/214015983 $1 ,700,000 GREY OAKS Lermitage #18 Jutta V. Lopez/Al Lopez 23 9.659.5113 premiersir.com/id/214053736 $1,250,000 GREY OAKS Traditions #102 Jutta V. Lopez/Al Lopez 239.659.5113 premiersir.com/id/214031407 $699,000 MEDITERRA 15139 Brolio Lane Brenda Grimes 20 3.246.0306 premiersir.com/id/214034118 $3, 299,000 PELICAN ISLE Aqua #610 John DAmelio 23 9.961.5996 premiersir.com/id/213508927 $2, 250,000 OLDE CYPRESS 2743 Olde Cypress Drive Jane Bond 23 9.595.9515 premiersir.com/id/211522993 $1,595,000 NORTH NAPLES 7371 Stonegate Drive Terri Moellers 239.404.7887 premiersir.com/id/214060987 $1,595,000 TIBURON Ventana #B-502 Gilman/Hamilton/Briscoe 2 39.213.7463 premiersir.com/id/214067147 $1, 495,000 AUDUBON COUNTRY CLUB 724 Saint Georges Court Gilman/Hamilton/Briscoe 2 39.213.7463 premiersir.com/id/214064755 $1 ,465,000 QUAIL CREEK 13189 Valewood Drive Vanya Demireva 23 9.565.0550 premiersir.com/id/214062160 $1 ,399,000 NORTH NAPLES 6357 Spanish Oaks Lane Dave/Ann Renner 23 9.784.5552 premiersir.com/id/214067861 $1, 395,000 THE DUNES Grande Dominica #202 Jennifer/Dave Urness 23 9.273.7731 premiersir.com/id/214011752 $1,195,000 OAKES ESTATES 5741 English Oaks Lane Tatyana Bogdanova-Sallee 239.293.5017 premiersir.com/id/214035512 $997,000 VILLAGES OF MONTEREY 8044 Cadiz Court Dave/Ann Renner 23 9.784.5552 premiersir.com/id/214051484 $8 99,000 OLDE CYPRESS 7391 Monteverde Way Jennifer/Dave Urness 23 9.273.7731 premiersir.com/id/214039941 $7 69,000 AUDUBON COUNTRY CLUB 228 Cheshire Way Jane Bond 23 9.595.9515 premiersir.com/id/214060038 $6 50,000 LONGSHORE LAKE 4896 Shearwater Lane Patrick OConnor 239 .293.9411 premiersir.com/id/214065378 $585 ,000 BAY FOREST 15551 Royal Fern Lane North Dominic Panozzo 23 9.821.9321 premiersir.com/id/214067848 $475,000 PARK SHORE 576 Neapolitan Lane Gilman/Hamilton/Briscoe 239.213.7463 premiersir.com/id/214068584 $2,195,000 PELICAN ISLE Residences III #505 Suzanne Ring 23 9.821.7550 premiersir.com/id/214068412 $1,5 99,000 premiersothebysrealty.comWe proudly present a selection of our residences along Floridas Gulf Coast.
ISLAND WALK 5901 Bermuda Lane Amy Becker/Leah Ritchey 239.272.3229 premiersir.com/id/214039302 $465,000 STERLING OAKS 1330 Old Oak Lane Diane Solomon 30 1.343.5585 premiersir.com/id/214057475 $4 49,000 NAPLES PARK 821 101st Avenue North Filippo Mastrocola 23 9.370.2319 premiersir.com/id/214063193 $3 59,000 VANDERBILT BEACH The Vanderbilt #701 Fahada Saad 23 9.659.5145 premiersir.com/id/214067171 $4 ,195,000 VANDERBILT BEACH Vanderbilt Yacht Racquet #201 Jon Peter Vollmer 23 9.250.9414 premiersir.com/id/214050512 $6 79,000 VANDERBILT BEACH 245 Heron Avenue Ruth Trettis 23 9.571.6760 premiersir.com/id/214048586 $650,000 VANDERBILT BEACH Vanderbilt Yacht Racquet #1104 Vanya Demireva 239.565.0550 premiersir.com/id/214046574 $599,990 MARCO ISLAND 945 Caxambas Drive Jim/Nikki Prange-Carroll 23 9.642.1133 premiersir.com/id/214057818 $3 ,600,000 MARCO ISLAND Belize #1107 Angelica Andrews 23 9.595.7653 premiersir.com/id/214067217 $2,0 49,000 MARCO ISLAND 1891 Honduras Avenue Michelle Thomas 23 9.860.7176 premiersir.com/id/214057065 $1,875,000 MARCO ISLAND 1678 McIlvaine Court Paul Strong 239.404.3280 premiersir.com/id/213513035 $1,325,000 MARCO ISLAND 944 Sand Dune Drive Cathy Rogers 23 9.821.7926 premiersir.com/id/213010212 $1 ,299,000 MARCO ISLAND 1064 Gayer Way Cathy Rogers 23 9.821.7926 premiersir.com/id/214058534 $1 ,199,000 MARCO ISLAND 36 Algonquin Court Paul Strong 23 9.404.3280 premiersir.com/id/214048137 $1,195,000 MARCO ISLAND 859 Wintergreen Court Darlene Roddy 239.404.0685 premiersir.com/id/213500268 $975,000 MARCO ISLAND Marbelle Club #806 Darlene Roddy 23 9.404.0685 premiersir.com/id/213012585 $8 99,000 MARCO ISLAND 1130 Caxambas Drive Jim/Nikki Prange-Carroll 23 9.642.1133 premiersir.com/id/214000566 $8 85,000 MARCO ISLAND 1240 Stone Court Dave Flowers 23 9.404.0493 premiersir.com/id/214068537 $8 75,000 MARCO ISLAND 224 Windbrook Court Vince Colace 23 9.260.3333 premiersir.com/id/214057215 $8 45,700 MARCO ISLAND 151 Bonita Court Cathy Rogers 23 9.821.7926 premiersir.com/id/214068534 $795,000 MARCO ISLAND Sandpiper #1403 Cynthia Corogin 239.393.6747 premiersir.com/id/214048324 $720,000 MARCO ISLAND 1263 Mulberry Court Vince Colace 23 9.260.3333 premiersir.com/id/214058933 $6 15,700 MARCO ISLAND 290 Polynesia Court Larry Caruso 23 9.394.9191 premiersir.com/id/214058034 $5 89,000 MARCO ISLAND South Seas #704 Cynthia Corogin 23 9.393.6747 premiersir.com/id/212022129 $5 40,000 MARCO ISLAND South Seas #601 Brock/Julie Wilson 23 9.821.9545 premiersir.com/id/214058511 $5 15,000 MARCO ISLAND Goodland Calusa Island Village #401 Larry Caruso 23 9.394.9191 premiersir.com/id/214035793 $429,900 MARCO ISLAND 116 Sea Lavender Lane Darlene Roddy 239.404.0685 premiersir.com/id/214057327 $359,000 FIDDLERS CREEK 8608 Majorca Lane Michelle Thomas 23 9.860.7176 premiersir.com/id/214060948 $1, 295,000 FIDDLERS CREEK 8612 Majorca Lane Michelle Thomas 23 9.860.7176 premiersir.com/id/214044769 $1 ,150,000 FIDDLERS CREEK 9294 Chiasso Cove Court Michelle Thomas 23 9.860.7176 premiersir.com/id/214051526 $9 95,000 FIDDLERS CREEK 7677 Mulberry Lane Michelle Thomas 23 9.860.7176 premiersir.com/id/214044311 $7 20,000 FIDDLERS CREEK Menaggio #201 Lura Jones 23 9.370.5340 premiersir.com/id/214060077 $611,900 FIDDLERS CREEK 8439 Mallards Way ML Meade 239.293.4851 premiersir.com/id/214061074 $595,000 FIDDLERS CREEK Cascada #202 ML Meade 23 9.293.4851 premiersir.com/id/214068393 $5 49,900 FIDDLERS CREEK Menaggio #202 Lura Jones 23 9.370.5340 premiersir.com/id/214011631 $5 49,000 FIDDLERS CREEK 8980 Cherry Oaks Trail Karena DeWitt 93 1.205.2800 premiersir.com/id/214061808 $535,000 FIDDLERS CREEK Marengo #104 Michelle Thomas 239.860.7176 premiersir.com/id/214052112 $399,500 FIDDLERS CREEK 8552 Pepper Tree Way ML Meade 23 9.293.4851 premiersir.com/id/214061737 $39 9,000 FIDDLERS CREEK Varenna #101 Lura Jones 23 9.370.5340 premiersir.com/id/213511863 $3 79,000 FIDDLERS CREEK Cherry Oaks #102 Michelle Thomas 23 9.860.7176 premiersir.com/id/214044797 $36 3,500 FIDDLERS CREEK Varenna #202 Lura Jones 23 9.370.5340 premiersir.com/id/214065034 $3 62,900 FIDDLERS CREEK Serena #101 Lura Jones 23 9.370.5340 premiersir.com/id/213510225 $355,000 PARK SHORE Vistas #1606 Linda Perry/Judy Perry 23 9.404.7052 premiersir.com/id/214068980 $1 ,275,000 WWW.RENTNAPLES.COM Explore our collection of properties available for weekly, seasonal and long-term accommodations. 239.262.4242 Like.@PremierSIR Tweet.@PremierSIR Pin.@PremierSIRWatch.@SothebysRealty premiersothebysrealty.com