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It looks like SnowThe Phil calls for Phoebe Snows genre-defying voice and wide-ranging repertoire. C1 COLUMN A2 OPINION A4 15 MINUTES A6 NAPLES' HISTORY A10 HEALTHY LIVING A18 BUSINESS B1 NETWORKING B8 & 9 REAL ESTATE B11 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6 & 7 SOCIETY C19, 20 & 21 CUISINE C23 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 Vol. I, No. 10 FREE WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008Gardening for allNaples Botanical Garden has plans for enabling garden accessible to everyone. A16 DATED MATERIAL PLEASE RUSH POSTMASTER REQUESTED IN-HOME DELIVERY DATE: DECEMBER 4, 2008 POSTAL CUSTOMERBosses' pets Dogs and cats earn their keep by going to work with their owners. B1 A heavenly time for allSee who stepped out for the Angel Ball and other to-dos around town. C19, 20 & 21 Tina Martellacci-Haworth might spot the signs of domestic violence in some women before their doctors or even their friends and family. Like many hairdressers, she learns some personal things about her clients over casual conversation and through up-close observation. A lot of times its little things, when it comes to noticing telltale marks on body and personality, Ms. Martellacci-Haworth said. Its squeeze marks on their hands or wrists Being aware of the problem puts the owner of Paramount Hair Studios in Estero in a unique position to urge those clients to seek help and leave their violent relationships. Southwest Florida agencies like the Shelter for Abused Women & Children in BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@ We built it, we own it, we pay $2 or $2.50 to drive across it, we earned $23.5 million from it last year, and were spending $94 million to resurface it now. By just after mid-century, we could be taking in almost a billion dollars a year from it. Whether that longrange estimate is merely futuristic fantasy (it comes from Bill Thorp of the Florida Department of Transportation, whose $954 million figure is based on a $10 toll), one thing is certain: Alligator Alley, the 78-mile artery connecting Naples and Hollywood is a prize, a golden goose worth a lot more than it costs us to maintain. But come Friday, Jan. 9, well consider letting somebody else have the goose. Several foreign companies are bidding to lease the Alley for 50 years, squeezing sizeable profits from it in return for maintaining and managing it, and providing an as-yet-to-benegotiated sum, probably in the high hundreds of millions, up front to the state.BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@ Salons often get to the root of domestic abuse rstSEE ALLEY, A8 SEE SALONS, A15 AlleyPrivatization of toll road has certain risks, incentivesStretching nearly 80 miles and bridging the coasts of Florida, Alligator Alley is up for sale to private bidders in early January. The sale will increase the toll paid to cross the Alley, bringing in revenue for the state and for the private company that buys it.FLORIDA PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVETravelers in 1969 paid $1.50 to cross the Alley. The toll did not go up until 2006, when it jumped to $2.50.This is nothing more than a gimmick to get cash quickly, and just about everyone knows that. Why are they going with this crazy scheme?" Bob Murray, concerned citizen AlligatorCOURTESY PHOTOJennifer Gray, owner of Chameleon Hair Studio & Spa, is trained to spot signs of domestic abuse.

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A no-grinner, it seemed to look at humans with a mixture of resignation and high-octane skepticism, holding itself back like a Buddhist at a Marine Corps recruit depot. Maybe it was a teenager with four legs and a tail, and if you called it, it would come when and if it felt like it. D.P. sidled up beside his mom when I wasnt looking, got within about 12 inches of her, and brought tears into his green eyes. Please, Mom? he whimpered, his voice trembling like the newly bereaved. Lucky for him I wasnt standing close, because that never would have worked on me. Im a man, thats spelled M A N, and men dont do tears. Crying does nothing but waste water and salt, and take up time. All around us in clean cages gnarly old dogs awaited the needle, but I remained inscrutable. Id seen it once before in Colorado, when my brother took a job with the pound there. I used to go home and help him capture escaped peacocks, or backyard rattlesnakes, or stranded raccoons, or injured deer or stray dogs. Rog, he said one day, take a look at this. But brace yourself. We walked behind the desk at the pound, down a long, shiny hallway. It was scented with a combination of eau de nursing home and fragrance of skunked dog. We came to an unmarked door. It could have been any plain door leading to any plain room, but mortality is sometimes like that. He opened it and stepped back. I looked in. The room was about 12 feet square, and the floor was covered with bodies: big, little, black, brown, red, white, blond, spotted, mottled, long-haired, short-haired, curly-haired, small-eared, big-eared, black-nosed, pink-nosed. The weeks unwanted. Yeah, I see, I said. We closed the door and walked out, climbing into his van. He had tears in his eyes. Fifteen years later, so did D.P., who added promises to go with the saltwater. We came home with both dogs. So then we had four, a carnival of tailwagging, mud-spotted, tongue-hanging, tick-ridden, flea-bitten fun. Time passed and D.P. turned 13. He grew wiser in the ways of the world. He began to wear black from his neck to his toes. When I say toes, I mean it. Like a dog, he always hated to wear shoes. And he wont, not unless we violate the currently accepted standards of child rearing and rope him like a calf, then tie him to a fencepost and forcibly attach store-bought footwear to his appendages. He began to cultivate his signature look: a roof-thick thatch of blond hair settled over his head, ears, neck and eyes. A charcoal T-shirt and coal-black jeans clinging to his lean body. Big bare callused feet protruding like Neolithic launch pads from the bottom of the whole ensemble. D.P.s thumbs frequently twitch now, and usually they twitch over the number pad of his cell phone, while he texts his various admirers, male and female. In this lifestyle, hed become comfortable with our four dogs and with his promised duties: feeding them each morning at first light, along with our geese, our ducks, our many chickens, our rabbit, our four cats and, on the rare occasions we ask, our horse and donkey. Twenty-five minutes in and out. Easy chores. Then just before Thanksgiving two things happened, both of them dogs. First, some people down the road up and left one night, abandoning a shaggy white beast and a little black one. The white dog was tied to a tree they left it there on a chain. Not surprisingly, it was mean. The black one just sat on their porch, like an old blues man. We started feeding them both, and whenever the little black one ran out to meet us, I had to turn aside and spell man thats M-A-N. Finally, I suggested we just take the damn thing home and keep it, before the pound collected it. My wife took one look at me and broke into laughter. D.P. frowned. And my littlest boy, Nash, who would save everything, insisted the dog would be ours forevermore, starting that moment. So it came to pass. Not a week later another little creature, tan and white with brown eyes as big as a cows and plenty of smarts, came up the driveway ignoring our barking, blustering pack. A sweeter little SOB you never saw. And you can guess what happened. Or maybe you cant. At supper that night, D.P. insisted we shouldnt have so many dogs. Suddenly, my teenager suggested moderation. He said we couldnt afford it. We cant save everything, he added abruptly, eyeing his little brother. What if, we countered, they were humans? And if we didnt take them in, what if theyd get the needle or the gas chamber or the firing squad or whatever other sentence they might receive? Unfairly, we threw in a short quick history of Jews and Nazis, still eminently serviceable as a moral lesson for whipersnappers. What if we were those French or Dutch farmers, and when a Jewish family crept up our lane hoping for a bit of food and kindness, and some refuge, we had to decide: do we put ourselves out and help them, or do we say, Sorry. And good luck. But go away. Theyre dogs, said my teenager. Not people. Good point. And guess what? I dont care. We have a six-pack now. It brings tears to my eyes. COMMENTARY rogerWILLIAMS rwilliams@floridaweekly.comDoggone it


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PAGE 4 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA4 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 PublisherRod H. King rking@floridaweekly.comManaging EditorCindy Pierce Reporters & ColumnistsRoger Williams Nancy Stetson Karen Feldman Peg Goldberg Longstreth Bill Cornwell Lois Bolin Alysia Shivers Artis Henderson Carol Simontacchi Evan Williams Jim McCracken Justin MullinPhotographersJim McLaughlin Amanda HartmanContributing PhotographersJerry Smith Carol Orr HartmanCopy EditorCathy CottrillProductionAlex Perez Amanda Hartman Kim Boone Jon ColvinCirculation ManagerPenny Kennedy pkennedy@floridaweekly.comCirculationJohn Noe Paul Neumann Rod Irvin Francie Moser Sherry NeumannAccount ExecutivesTauna Schott Melanie Glisson Nichole Masse nmasse@floridaweekly.comBusiness Office ManagerKelli CaricoPublished by Florida Media Group LLCPason Gaddis Jeffrey Cull Jim Dickerson Street Address: Naples Florida Weekly 2025 J&C Blvd., Suite 5 Naples, Florida 34109 Phone 239.333.2135 Fax: 239.333.2140 Subscriptions:Copyright: The contents of the Florida Weekly are copyright 2008 by Florida Media Group, LLC. No portion may be reproduced without the express written consent of Florida Media Group, LLC.Call 239.333.2135 or visit us on the web at and click on subscribe today. One year mailed subscriptions are available for $29.95. OPINION GUEST OPINION Lobbyists will love the Obama eraBarack Obama promised the end of the era of lobbying as we know it during the campaign, but the National Marine Manufacturers Association didnt get the message. Nor did the National Automobile Dealers Association. Nor did anyone else who can make a remotely colorable case for getting any precious drops of the bailout money sloshing around Washington. Mr. Obama has banned lobbyists from contributing to his transition committee. No one can work on the transition on an issue that has been part of his lobbying work in the past year. After the transition, no one can lobby the Obama administration for a year on any issue he worked on during the transition. The Obama team thought of everything, except banning failing executives from firing up their corporate jets and heading to Washington to petition for billions of dollars in federal aid. Thats what the CEOs of the Big Three automakers just did. They are only the tip of the spear of a massive lobbying push for an auto bailout that includes auto dealers and suppliers, union officials, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and practically every elected official in Michigan. The Paulson plan started the freefor-all. Wave around a money clip stuffed with $700 billion, and youll attract attention. According to a New York Times article headlined Lobbyists Swarm the Treasury for Piece of Bailout Pie, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and other Hispanic business groups met with Mr. Paulson to push for minority contracts in asset management, legal, accounting, mortgage services and maintenance jobs, like plumbing and masonry. Billy Graham once said, I just want to lobby for God. Interest groups lobby for mammon. So their lobbyists are swarming like hyenas to a kill or, simply, self-interested people contemplating the prospect of free money. Top lobbying firms like Patton Boggs, Akin Gump and others have new shops devoted to winning bailout funds. Lobbyists for business exist to gain whatever tax, spending or regulatory favors they can for their clients. The more Washington taxes, spends and regulates, the more work they naturally have. So it doesnt matter how much Barack Obama abhors lobbying in theory, as long as he favors a bigger, more activist government with the second $350 billion tranche of Mr. Paulsons funds, a $25 billion auto bailout and $600 billion stimulus bill all on the table his Washington is going to teem with well-appointed lobbyists. Mr. Obamas economic program has been grandiosely compared to the New Deal. FDRs tax and spending programs unsurprisingly played political favorites. It is impossible for a government composed of ambitious politicians to wield massive economic powers in an utterly neutral way. Reporter Thomas Stokes won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative research that exposed the Works Progress Administration for using federal funds to buy votes, notes historian Burton Folsom, author of the new book New Deal or Raw Deal? Whatever the good intentions, the funds quickly became politicized. Mr. Folsom gave a lecture in Washington making this point the other day. A professor at Hillsdale College, he explained to his cab driver when he arrived that he had flown in from Michigan. Oh, youre here for the money? his car driver replied. No, but he might be the only one. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.BY RICH LOWRYHamdan and GuantanamoSeven years ago, President Bush established rules for the detention and trial of suspected terrorists. This past week, one of the best-known terror detainees returned home to his native Yemen. The repatriation of Salim Hamdan, one-time driver and bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, underscores some of the unsettled questions surrounding the Guantanamo Bay detention center and the roughly 250 terror suspects who remain there. Mr. Hamdans fame, or infamy, stems not from his status within alQaida, but rather from Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the 2006 Supreme Court case that led to a rewriting of the rules under which those held at Guantanamo could be tried. Among the first detainees formally charged under the initial rules, Mr. Hamdan has now become the first to be found guilty and sentenced under the revised rules and subsequently repatriated (Australian detainee David Hicks was sent back to his homeland after a plea bargain). He will serve the remainder of his 5 year sentence less time served at Guantanamo in a Yemeni prison, with a scheduled release on Dec. 27. President-elect Barack Obama campaigned on a pledge to close down Guantanamo, as did his Republican rival Sen. John McCain. But as many have pointed out, the central problem is not the prison itself or where it is located, but the rules that govern the fate of its inmates. The case of Mr. Hamdan illustrates a number of the questions that President Obama will need to resolve if he is to make good on that campaign pledge. The overarching question for all detainees is what brand of justice they are entitled to. Civil libertarians generally want to bring detainee trials in line with standard U.S. criminal proceedings. But since the treatment of those captured by the U.S. has been, from the beginning, so far out of line with constitutional norms including torture that course could mean that even the worst suspects could have their trials overturned and evidence denied on procedural grounds. Defense access to security-sensitive evidence and witnesses also would be an obvious problem with this approach. For those whom the U.S. decides to formally charge, some sort of further modified court system will probably have to be developed, perhaps hewing closer to the civilian model but with allowances made for the extraordinary nature of these prisoners. That will take legislation and legislative energy from an Obama team already facing an extraordinary set of challenges at home and abroad. Those whom the U.S. decides to let go, or those who are sentenced and serve their time, pose another set of questions. Despite his sentence, the Pentagon maintained that it had the right to detain Mr, Hamdan indefinitely as an unlawful enemy combatant. That the Bush administration chose not to do so is interesting, as is the fact that he was returned to Yemen. Nearly 100 of those remaining at Guantanamo are Yemeni citizens, a thorny issue in its own right. Yemens government, like many in the region, has complicated allegiances when it comes to terrorism, working with the U.S. at times in anti-terrorism efforts but reluctant to be seen doing so in a society where holy warriors are revered. The U.S., meanwhile, seeks assurances that repatriated prisoners wont go back to being terrorists. There is also, where certain detainees are involved, the question of whether sending them home would subject them to torture. Seven years ago, President Bush opened a new and difficult chapter in U.S. legal history. As Salim Hamdan completes his sentence in Yemen, its becoming apparent that unraveling this legacy will involve more than shutting down its most controversial symbol. danRATHER Special to Florida Weekly


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Fallen Catholic. Angel of the risen genius. Gravedigger. Or you could call Janina Birtolo a resurrector, which might have defined her as a heretic, not just a rebel, in her New Jersey youth, since there can only be one Resurrector in the eyes of the church. Her father and mother might have been disappointed, at least in part. He was a scientist and Catholic convert whose faith became central to the notion of a good life; she was a lover of the arts and a social butterfly who expected the same from her youngest child. But Ms. Birtolo, now 58, set out on an adventure of her own. Her subjects are neither church nor society. Instead, she resurrects brilliant women, lifting them from the past and planting them with eloquence and energy on the present stage, where they speak through the playwright and actress. Among those she has revived are the daughter of Galileo, who had to reconcile faith and reason, like her heretic father; Gertrude Bell, the British spy and Arab apologist of the First World War; the American pilot Amelia Earhart; the French actress Sarah Bernhardt; and the Everglades angel, Marjory Stoneman Douglas (who comes to life Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Marco Players theater, in Ms. Birtolos one-woman play, A Voice for the Everglades.) Surrounded by such women, Ms. Birtolo herself is hard to see. She became enthralled with acting in high school and college, she recalls, not to be seen, but because I discovered you could hide as somebody else. And if they didnt like you, it wasnt you, it was the character. On a cool December morning at her home in Pipers Grove, however, she appears as herself, feet propped beside a desktop computer, clutching a glass of sparkling water. The sparkle might come from the actress herself, who also works as a freelance writer for national and regional magazines, and a television producer for WGCU. I look for a message in the lives of the women I choose, she says. In the play about Gertrude Bell, for example, the great woman reflects on the mistakes of the British in and around Iraq (in life, Ms. Bell drew the map of the modern Iraq for her empire). Ms. Birtolo, with a signature flourish of honesty that seems to reflect the tack she chooses in her own life as well, requires of her subject a moment of potent candor. She just stands there and says, This is the price of hubris because we were the greatest empire at the time, we naturally assumed we knew what was best for everyone. I was doing this at the start of the American Iraq War, and I thought it was such (a timely) cautionary tale. A dyed-in-the-wool pacifist by her own definition, Ms. Birtolo has experienced a couple of cautionary tales herself, head on. After high school she went to Boston and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Boston College and Boston University, respectively). In her sophomore year she married the man who fathered her sons J.C., now a Collier County sheriffs deputy, and Dylan, an artist and novelist in Seattle. She spent the first years of her boys lives as a stay-at-home mom, and then began to work as a freelance journalist. The family moved to Naples in July 1990. In August that year, the couple celebrated their 20th anniversary. A month later, her husband left. In the end it turned out to be a blessing, she says. But at the time it was horrible. It was like being hit by a truck. I had no inkling I lost 20 pounds. On her slender, almost gaunt frame, where her luminous face reveals the landscape of a life lived fully and without apology 20 pounds was almost dangerous, she admits. It forced me to examine every single one of my philosophical beliefs about God, religion, life, human nature I came out the other side with a far greater understanding of what I believed in. The phrase that kept getting me through all that was, Life is an adventure. Now shes happily married to a Polish boy, she says Gary Kaleniecki, whom she met while performing at the old Naples Dinner Theater. And J.C. has given her three granddaughters. And this year, teaching has come into her life as a new adventure. Her subject for elementary, middle and high school students in Collier County, as well as for adults: developing the historical monologue. I never thought Id be teaching, she exclaims. Although, it seems, shes always been teaching. NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA6 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 Life is an adventure embraced head-onBY ROGER WILLIAMS ____________________rwilliams@ oridaweekly.com15 MINUTES Janina Birtolo COURTESY PHOTO GCO Carpet Outlet(239) 434-5252Don't pay more... Get more. TILE Davis Blvd.Radio RoadAirport Pulling Road 84 GCO Carpet Outlet 41 16x16 Ceramic TileStarting at$179per sq ftInstallation available 20x20 Ceramic TileStarting at$189per sq ftInstallation available 18x18 Porcelain TileStarting at$2per sq ftInstallation available $50


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PAGE 8 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 Thats the plan pushed by Gov. Charlie Crist and the FDOT. They face budget deficits that could reach $4 billion this year and next, experts say. And since the state has cut or held down property taxes, they lack a traditional and obvious source of money to fix Floridas infrastructure. Throughout the state, aging roads and bridges need work. In Collier, Lee and Broward counties, whose citizens do most of the regular traveling on the Alley, thats especially true. Activists here want the state to use their toll money to help other projects in their counties, not to pay for work elsewhere in Florida, they say. Whatever the source of income, FDOT needs cash. Public hearings this week in Collier and Broward might have come about because of clamorous public resistance to the notion of getting that cash by turning over the Alley and its potentially huge future profits to outsiders and privateers. Or not.More time for input or bids?FDOT officials have said that extending the deadline (for bids to lease the Alley) to Jan. 9 will give more time for public input. Poppycock. Public input is inconsequential to the governor or to the FDOT, surmises Gina Downs, director of the watchdog Citizens Transportation Coalition, based in Collier County. The real reason for extending the deadline, she says, is more likely that they need more bids. We know that of the original six bidders, two have severely altered financial pictures. One partner was Lehman Brothersenough said. Another partner was Goldman Sachs. Other American banks partnering with the foreign bidders included J.P. Morgan and the Carlisle Group. In the case of Goldman Sachs, Ms. Downs points out, the companys so-called debt ratio the money it can use to invest based on its total assets has gone into the basement, from the 20s to, I believe, 12. Goldman Sachs, through an infrastructure investment arm called G.S. Global Infrastructure Partners, teamed with a Spanish firm to be one of six original bidders for the Alley who presented their cases to officials in October. They called their partnership Everglades Parkway Partners. But that was then. It is doubtful they could add this type of leveraged purchase to their portfolio with an adjusted 12 percent limit, concludes Ms. Downs. In other words, the companys total assets would not be enough, if they can now invest only 12 percent of that figure, to offer a fair or competitive price for Alligator Alley, Ms. Downs says. So assuming (the Lehman Brothers partnership and Everglades Parkway Partners) have dropped out, four players remain. Questions and criticsAny company that bids to lease the Alley must rely on its own experts, hired from a very small pool of qualified consultants, to judge what the toll road might really be worth over the long haul. The same is true of FDOT officials, who are accused by critics of not doing their homework so far, and thus putting themselves and us in a position of giving away the Alley too quickly and cheaply. One of those critics has been Sen. Dave Aronberg, the Greenacres Democrat reelected in November to represent the sprawling District 25 that stretches coast-tocoast across Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach counties. The idea to cede control over Alligator Alley to foreign-owned companies was born out of desperation, he wrote recently, offering an opinion to readers of a daily newspaper. The suitors are all foreign-owned because no American company submitted a bid. The For Lease sign exists because the state wants to fill a large budget hole without any noticeable tax increases. The temptation is a short-term infusion of cash: up to $850 million over the next 50 years. In Naples, another critic of the state plan, Bob Murray, offers something of the same argument online at www.napleschamber. org, the Web site of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, which posts both a pro and con opinion on the issue. There are areas of work that can be accomplished more efficiently by the private sector, but this isnt one of them, insists Mr. Murray, who argues that the status quo is sufficient. This is nothing more than a gimmick to get cash quickly, and just about everyone knows that. Why are they going with this crazy scheme? Well, because they can because our government decided they wouldnt be faulted for raising revenue for the so-called current need through means that wouldnt be determined as bad or good until they left office. That is not a good reason by any calculation. Ms. Downs of the Citizens Transportation Coalition eagerly details her questions, dividing them between the topic of tolls on the one hand, and bad business in the form of a giveaway lease on the other. About tolls, she wonders what will prevent a private company from making them uncomfortably stiff. About bad business, she lays down several concerns. 1. When other states have leased roads to private companies, theyve asked for more money than FDOT officials or the governor have suggested recently (figures ranging from $504 million to $850 million have been mentioned by state officials).Why? The lowest-priced road per mile to date was the Indiana-Illinois Toll Road, a 159-mile roadway, which sold for $24 million per mile, Ms. Downs reports. At that price the Alley should be worth almost $1.88 billion, she adds. And at Chicago Skyway prices (a rough comparison since its a bridge and flyover, mostly), the Alley could be leased for about $18.3 billion. In the latest attempt at selling a road, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Gov. Ed Rendell had a signed contract with a foreign investor for $12.8 billion, which averaged $80 million per mile, Ms. Downs says. At that price the Alley could be sold for $6.24 billion. In June the Pennsylvania contract secured by Gov. Rendell was turned down by the state legislature in a 185-12 vote. 2. Isnt increasing the toll to $3.50, and repaving the Alley for $94 million, just window dressing at taxpayer expense to make the road a more attractive purchase to buyers? Tolls were already increased by 67 percent in 2006-2007. But funds from that increase, and from re-bonding, were not spent according to plan, Ms. Downs claims. Officials have partly ignored the justifications for those moves after they occurred, she says, ticking off a checklist: More funding for Everglades restoration (whats new?); more troopers and road rangers patrolling the Alley (didnt happen); construction of a rest area and recreation access on the Collier County side of the Alley (didnt happen); Oh, and repaving of the entire 78-mile roadway. Somehow THAT happened. 3. Another question is what happens if state officials bound to a 50-year lease decide to build a commuter rail line across the Alley, offering commuters and heavy users a chance to travel the way people in New Jersey, for example, travel in and out of New York City? Or if they decide to rebuild U.S. 41 to the south of the Alley? Ms. Downs fears that no-compete or adverse-action clauses of the kind officials agreed to when they turned over toll roads to private companies in Colorado and Texas could tie the hands of any Florida officials forward-looking enough to seek alternate means of travel across the Everglades.Politics as usual?In all of this, Ms. Downs and many others see a cynical and calculating effort by state managers and elected leaders to grab quick money without having to disappoint voters by raising taxes. The governors pressing deficit problems are driving him, she insists, along with his desire to retain political capital. Hes doing an Alligator Alley lease plan for the same reason he raids the Lawton Chiles (tobacco settlement) fund, the Sadowski (affordable housing) fund, etc., etc. We used to call him Charlie Sell It and Spend It Crist. Now weve added Raid It to that moniker.Answers and defendersNot everyone accepts this line of thinking, however. In Naples, an employee of the WilsonMiller engineering firm, David Rivera, argues on the Chamber of Commerce Web site that if state officials can meet certain criteria, they should lease out the Alley. The reason to consider those criteria in the first place, he says, is that if Florida doesnt lease the Alley, then making money to fix the states infrastructure would most likely require additional fees and taxes that politically have not been acceptable to the community in the past. Mr. Rivera suggests five criteria for a deal: First, he says, any lease should provide a windfall for transportation needs in Collier and Broward counties, alone. Second, all profits should be directed to the states transportation needs, and not other needs. Third, a private company should take most of the revenue risk and pay a fair price for the value of the road over the 50-year period, in todays dollars. Fourth, Collier and Broward counties should decide how much each will get before the deal is done. And last but not least, how the money will be spent on which projects and where should also be decided before any lease is signed. (Note: WilsonMiller has a transportation division, and the firms retired CEO, Bill Barton, chaired the Southwest Florida Expressway Authority, which supported a toll road in future lanes five through 10 from Golden Gate in Collier County to Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Thats been put on hold, and lanes five and six, now under construction, will be toll-free.)Defending the planAt the FDOT, officials have answers to many of the critics questions. And they ask for patience in the case of other questions, where answers will be easier to decide after Jan. 9, they say. As for the question about increasing tolls on the Alley, the state will control that, not a concessionaire, promises Kevin Thibault, FDOT assistant secretary for engineering and operations. Ive said in public meetings exactly what its going to be from now until 2050, Mr. Thibault answers. Im only raising it a buck, from $2 to $3 (for those who pay tolls in advance, and to $3.50 for cash customers). After that, he adds, I wont touch it again until 2011. And then, I should be indexing my tolls to the CPI (the Consumer Price Index) we assume 3 percent, since we dont know what thats going to be. When it comes to privatizing a public road, that has already happened in part. I have DOT employees acting as contract managers, but the toll collection is all private sector now, Mr. Thibault says. The whole Alley is pretty much private sector. The guy cutting grass, the guy collecting tolls thats all private. Not only that, but theres little difference between leasing to a private firm or raising the tolls and re-bonding as a state action, he argues. When I go and get a bond issue, Im pledging future revenue to pay back the bond, to pay back that debt service. So there is little difference. If the state does it, weve tied up those revenues for the duration of the bond issue. Im going to pay back those bond holders. But there is one difference, he adds: A private company will give the state money upfront and keep the revenue, but if a downturn in traffic occurs, taxpayers would still have to pay bond holders, and maintain and operate the road. In the contract Mr. Thibault imagines securing, however, the private company would be obligated to that instead. Learning from others mistakesAnd if the road were closed for some emergency reason say a hurricane or a terrorist act a clause in the contract would protect taxpayers from having to make up the difference in lost traffic revenue. That was not the case in the Indiana toll road leased to a private company three years ago. When it was shut down because of an emergency, taxpayers had to pick up the tab for lost traffic. Florida officials have learned from those mistakes, they claim. When (bidders) give us their financial models (on Jan. 9), theyre going to show us what the traffic revenue is going to be, the rate over time, and the return, Mr. Thibault says. If they dont achieve their rate of return, thats their problem. Im not locked in. Since, as Sen. Aronberg has pointed out, the only two ways a concessionaire can make money on Alligator Alley are to raise tolls and reduce maintenance costs, such a company may do different calculations than the state when it figures why this should be a good business deal, Mr. Thibault suggests. Trying to anticipate the thinking of bidders, Mr. Thibault offers this scenario, also promising that no state contract would include a no-compete clause, or prohibit the state from building a rail line, for example. But that shouldnt bother a concessionaire. He might be more liberal in the number of trucks or axles he estimates, he says. He may figure the reality of a rail line from Fort Lauderdale to Naples wont happen in the first 40 years. In the last 10 years, Im not worried about it because Ive covered my costs, (a concessionaire might say). He can also be aggressive because the long term saves him a maintenance scar. Well be done resurfacing the whole Alley, and that lasts about 12 years. So he knows hell have to resurface three or four times. But he may be able to say, Im going to do a different pavement design that costs more now, but I can skip a cycle or two. If I use concrete pavement, I can get 40 years out of it instead of 12, but its twice the initial cost. So he may have capital built up that says, For the long term thats more effective. And then I dont have to worry about maintaining it. Mr. Thibault remains open to any possibility including dropping the whole idea, he claims, if the bids are not worthy. The sagging economy and the crash in the banking industry no doubt will have significant impact on the matter of Alligator Alley from the size, nature and number of bids that come in to lease the road, to the final decision the state makes. Time will tell just how big an impact but not until the bidding begins, in the New Year. ALLEYFrom page 1


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FLORIDA WEEKLYA10 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 Anthropologist Dexter Perkins said, History is a kind of introduction to more interesting people than we can possibly meet in our restricted lives; let us not neglect the opportunity. Naples history offers us just that. A common path these interesting people traveled was 12th Avenue South, formerly known as Pier Street, which connected the pier to the towns center of energy, the old Naples Hotel. It eventually led to a second center of energy called the Back Bay, which we know as Crayton Cove.From the Back Bay to Crayton CoveAfter Walter Haldeman, the founder of Naples, and some competing investors launched their respective promotional campaigns about the town, another source of housing to meet the influx arose. Called the Back Bay, this new hub of energy offered a nightlife that presented a tad more life at night than the Naples Hotel. By the late 1920s, the Back Bay was in full swing. Those who came to town to build the Tamiami Trail, develop a fishing industry or involve themselves in some new venture to service residents of the town felt right at home, whether they stayed at the Bayview Inn or the Bayshore Hotel. The inn also housed a grocery store and Naples first pharmacy; the hotel had a pool hall, dance floor and large dining room, as well as the towns first newspaper, The Naples Transcript. The Dyches Dry Goods Store, which bartered a subscription to The Transcript for groceries, carried everything from sowbelly to dress material. When the White Pelican opened, it became a favorite venue for many town events, including the new Swamp Buggy Ball.Generational legaciesCrayton Cove gave shelter and rise to many of our current community stewards, such as the Wynn and Storter families. In 1938, Peter Wynn, patriarch of the current day Wynns Family Market and Ace Hardware, purchased the Bayview Inn and opened the family grocery store. The Wynns built their business on family values and raised their children to be good community stewards just as they still do today. The Storter family tradition in Collier County goes back to the late 1800s, when George Washington Storter settled the Everglades. This clan was a creative bunch that revered the outdoors. Robert Storter earned the reputation as Naples first traveling salesman because he would travel from Naples to Key West and back to Tampa aboard his infamous Bertri Lee, selling all kinds of delectables such as mullet, chicken, sugarcane, syrup, oysters and even hogs.Parallel dimensionsEach morning before breakfast, the maitre d of the Naples Hotel would send one of their staff to the widows watch to look toward the east to see which flag was flying at the flagpole. If the weather was good for water activities, the pole would be decked out with a large green flag, and off the staff would trod down 12th Avenue South to load up the boats. If bad weather was imminent, a red flag would be flying and out came the cards. This up-to the minute weather report, sans anything as sophisticated as Doppler radar, worked flawlessly. The flagpole still stands today. Each evening, each hub of energy the Naples Hotel and the Back Bay carried forth its respective traditions. The people at the hotel gathered at to the pier for cocktails and sunset; everyone at the other end of 12th Avenue South meandered to the docks, drinks in tow, to watch the boats come in.Whats in a name?Benny Morris purchased most of the Back Bay area from Ed Crayton in 1935. Out of respect for his friend, he renamed the area Crayton Cove. But to those who have been here a while, it will always be the Back Bay. Crayton Cove even now holds much of its authentic charm and remains a popular venue for the passionate traditions of fishing and boating. It is perhaps best known today for the Great Dock Canoe Race, which celebrated its 32nd anniversary this past May. 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Arnold Schwarzenegger fired about 10,000 temporary and parttime workers and ordered the 200,000 permanent employees to be paid only the minimum wage of $6.55 an hour until the legislature passed a crisissolving budget. However, a week later State Controller John Chiang pointed out that state payroll records could not be changed to accommodate the cut because they were written in the antiquated COBOL computer language, and virtually the only state employees who knew the code were some of the parttimers Schwarzenegger had just fired. Londons Daily Mail profiled two 10-children British families in October to illustrate the inconsistencies of government benefit awards. Sean and Anne Tate and their children live on Seans truck-driver salary of the equivalent of about $23,000 a year, plus the governments standard per-child benefit. 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FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 NEWS A13 OPEN Mon-Sat 10am-6pm | Sun Floridas favorite colors RECEIVE $200 OFF A STRESSLESS RECLINER when you donate $50 to Habitat For Humanity during the month of December. See sales associate for details. Fifth Avenue South lights up for the holidays with open houses at businesses and holiday entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. Mayor Bill Barnett and Santa will light the 25-foot Christmas tree in Sugden Theater Plaza at 6 p.m. All other entertainment stations will open at 6:30 p.m. The 2008 holiday tree is sponsored by Congress Jewelers and Jaguar of Naples. The Town of Ave Maria invites everyone to a Celebration of Lights from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Holiday entertainment will be by the Immokalee High School Jazz Band, the Ave Maria Grammar and Preparatory School Choirs, Irish Step Dancers and the Palmetto Ridge High School Choir. A formal lighting of the Christmas tree, train rides for the children, visits with Santa, and a farmers market will take place around the luminary-encircled Town Center. Holiday decorations throughout the town include a 45-foot-tall Santa, a life-size nativity scene, a 35-foot star and a childrens Christmas train for children, all of which were part of the largest holiday show in Michigan for 12 years at Dominos Farms. Gather round the treeStroll the Avenue of Lights COURTESY PHOTO Fashion show and luncheon will help grant Youth Haven wishesYouth Haven invites child advocates to its first annual holiday fashion show to raise funds to grant the Christmas wishes of children living in Collier Countys only emergency shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected youth.The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club, 896 River Point Drive. A runway show will feature holiday fashions for women, men and children from Coplons, Brodeur and Carvelle, and Cottontails. A gift boutique will have items from Paper Merchant, Kilwins, Cottontails, The Good Life, Brodeur and Carvelle, Candy Bouquet, Learning Express, Kirstens Boutique and other area shops. Luncheon tickets are $100 per person. For tickets or more information, contact Cathy Edwards at Youth Haven, 774-2904 ext. 205 or cathy.edwards@ Youth Haven provided safe shelter for more than 100 children through age 12 last year and also provides an array of home-based family education and support programs that divert children from the foster care system. The agency serves more than 1,800 children and family members annually and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit Let it snow!Bundle up before heading out for Snowfest 2008. The flurries will fall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Golden Gate Community Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd. More than 70 tons of the cold stuff will make hills for climbing. Carnival rides and crafts with Mrs. Claus will complete the festivities. Parking is at Berkshire Commons; a shuttle service will deliver snow-seekers to the park. Christmas Boat Parade sets sail on Naples BayThe Christmas Boat Parade sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County Foundation gets underway at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. The public is invited to watch from Naples City Dock as holiday-clad vessels from throughout Southwest Florida ply the waters of Naples Bay. Additional viewing opportunities include Bayview Park, Cove Inn, The Boat House Restaurant, Pinchers Crab Shack, The Dock Restaurant and Riverwalk Restaurant.Along with the MIACC Foundation, this years sponsors are Pinchers Crab Shack in Tin City, The Dock Restaurant, The Boat House Restaurant, America Marine Fuel Dock, Sea/Tow Naples, The Riverwalk Restaurant and Cove Inn.Private and commercial entries entries are welcome, as are personal watercraft and, new this year, restaurants. More information and an entry form are available at to

PAGE 14 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA14 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 A diagnosis of diabetes initially frightened Katrina Johnson, but the fear soon incited her to launch a new life. After 30 years of leading a sedentary lifestyle and eating chocolate, fast food, oversized portions and lots of pasta, the 5-foot-tall woman weighed about 216 pounds when a physical exam revealed that obesity was not her only health concern. Johnson suffered from diabetes, a condition that often leads to kidney disease, heart disease and stroke. Additional consequences can include amputation and blindness. Diabetes, the focus of an awareness campaign this month, has grown at epidemic proportions, with more than 24 million Americans affected, yet an estimated one-fourth of them are unaware of their condition. Once she became aware, Johnson got educated about the disease and sprang into action to manage her glucose and her health. She and her husband, Greg (not a diabetic), changed their eating habits and started exercising at the gym. She lost more than 50 pounds; he trimmed down by more than 90. The diagnosis was quite a blessing because we were able to take hold of it and not let it continue, said Johnson, 33, a Canton, Ga., resident who was diagnosed in 2006. We rebirthed ourselves, she said.Diabetics such as Johnson who combine aerobic and resistance/strength training demonstrate greater improvements in glucose control, physical performance and body fat composition, according to a new study by the American Physical Therapy Association.Regular exercise has long been prescribed as part of a diabetic treatment program as studies show physical activity improves heart health, weight control and sugar levels. This is one of the first studies to explore the relationship between a particular type of exercise and diabetes. This is not a new concept, but it underscores the importance of a balanced and comprehensive approach to diet and exercise for diabetics, said Wylene Watts, a physical therapist and executive director of rehabilitation services at Wellstar Health Systems. Many diabetics lack the energy to exercise, but a regular exercise regimen not only increases their energy level but also improves their mobility, she said. Our approach is to not only manage illness but wellness, said Watts. A combination of approaches gives them the best outcome.During exercise, muscles burn sugar for energy, thus lowering blood sugar levels. A more strenuous workout produces longer-lasting results. In Type 2 diabetics, exercise can reduce the amount of insulin needed to transport sugar into the cells, reducing dependence on glucoselowering medication.Resistance exercise in particular such as lowering a dumbbell in a bicep curl strengthens muscles, and that can further improve the way insulin works in the body.When muscles are more fit, they take in sugar more easily, said Scott Isaacs, an endocrinologist and clinical instructor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. In addition to a healthy diet and aerobic exercise, Isaacs prescribes at least 20 minutes of strength training two to three times a week for his diabetic patients. People with more fit muscles can also handle more sugar than those whose muscles are out of shape, he said.Most patients understand the importance of physical activity, but still dont do it, said Isaacs, citing additional benefits of better sleep. We say that knowing doesnt equal doing, he said. Johnson is one of Isaacs patients who followed doctors orders. When diagnosed, her blood glucose teetered around 110-120 while she took diabetes medication.She implemented a low-calorie diet with protein shakes and an exercise regimen that burned 2,000-2,500 calories a week with 30 minutes of strength/resistance training twice a week. Her blood sugar now reads in the 80s, and she has been taken off all medication.According to her doctor, Johnson is essentially, no longer a diabetic. Its absolutely amazing what a bit of weight loss and eating healthy can do, said Johnson, who plans to lose another 30 pounds. HEALTHY LIVINGWith the right attitude and activities, patient beats the disease Exorcising diabetesBY VIKKI CONWELL _______________Cox News ServiceBRANT SANDERLIN / COX NEWS SERVICE Katrina Johnson works out on a machine as part of the exercise regimen she started after learning she had diabetes. 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Elements Therapeutic Massage provides relief to people of all ages from infants to seniors and from all walks of life from the weekend warrior or competitive athlete to the aching home gardener and the overworked executive. The studio offers six types of therapeutic massage Swedish, sports, prenatal, deep tissue, trigger point and hot stone each performed by a licensed massage therapist. The studio is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Elements Therapeutic Massage is headquartered in Highlands Ranch, Colo., and is part of Fitness Together Holdings, Inc., a network of more than 500 personal training fitness franchises and therapeutic massage franchises across the United States, Costa Rica, Israel, Ireland and Canada.For more information or to schedule an appointment at the new Naples location of Elements Therapeutic Massage, call 514-2211 or visit Survey stresses the time is right for massageSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYDoreen and Greg Zeneski, owners of Elements Therapeutic Massage COURTESY PHOTO


WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 NEWS A15 FLORIDA WEEKLY Help Create a Miracle.Your miracle is waiting. Call 239-985-3550 or visit Sara was only in her 30th week of pregnancy when she suddenly went into labor. Scared and shocked, she delivered baby Ella, who weighed just over 3lbs. Baby E lla was transported to our Childrens Hospital and spent eight weeks in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is now a healthy, active toddler who is known to her parents as their Little Miracle. e Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida is the only childrens hospital between Tampa and Miami and treats children from all of Southwest Floridaregardless of their families ability to pay for our services. Please consider a gift to the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation this holiday season. Now more than ever, donations are needed to help provide life-saving care to the tiniest members of our community. Make a gift. Make an impact. GALATRO DR.KATHLEEN Dr. Kathleen Galatro is pleased to announce the opening of her new of ce 3435 PINE RIDGE ROAD, SUITE 102, NAPLES Board Certied in Cardiology Cardiovascular Imaging Specialist State of the Art Diagnostic Lab Nuclear Medicine Echocardiography Stress Echocardiography CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Call (239)596-3278 to schedule an appointment or email her at THE HEART DOCTOR WITH A HEART! Naples and Abuse Counseling & Treatment, Inc., in Fort Myers hope to fashion the bond between stylist and client as a first step toward getting that help. But they know they must tread carefully. You dont want to tell them Hey, your partners a jerk, Id knock him out. The victims cant do that, said Colleen Henderson, community education coordinator for ACT. You cant be judgmental of that victim and why they dont leave. Ms. Henderson and Natalie Quintero, whos in a similar position at the Shelter in Naples, make presentations at local salons about what hairstylists and other operators should do when a client shows signs of abuse. Troy Halbisen, a stylist at the Salon at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, said 28 years in the cosmetology business have made him adept at sensing abuse. In addition to visible wounds, he said, You can just feel that negative energy. Sometimes, he added, a man accompanies the woman and wont leave throughout her appointment. Stylists are in one of the best positions to listen and watch for signs of domestic abuse because were so close to somebodys comfort zone, Mr. Halbisen said. They allow us to touch them. And once you get that ability to touch, people are a little more prone to share. Community initiatives to teach stylists how to recognize abuse victims have received funding from the Florida Coalition of Domestic Violence since 2004. Most are also part of a Chicago-based program called Cut It Out, which has given cosmetology schools in all 50 states the resources to train students how to spot signs of abuse and what to do about it. Cut It Out also distributes posters, brochures and materials with hotline numbers to salons for restrooms and waiting areas. Its a wonderful curriculum for the salon professional, Jim Cox, director of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, said about Cut It Out. The key part of this is to tell the hairdressers: Youre not a psychiatrist, youre not a nurse, but you can at least give phone numbers and resources. At Chameleon Hair Studio & Spa in Estero, owner Jennifer Gray directs clients to the ACT hotline if she sees signs of domestic violence. Like most stylists, she has her stories of clients who were abused. Years ago I had a client who was very chipper, Ms. Gray said. But when she got married and came back from her honeymoon, she was very depressed It took her a long time to admit anything. But I could see the signs her husband would call here just raging, When did she leave? One in three women will be physically assaulted in an adult relationship, according to the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Paramount Salons Ms. Haworth has held annual fundraisers for the Cut It Out program and ACT at her salon since 2005, when her sister died at the hands of an abusive husband. One of her longtime clients has two stories of her own about domestic abuse. One took place more than 30 years ago, in a relationship that lasted almost two decades. More recently, she left another relationship at the first sign of violence. It starts very subtly, with pushing and shoving, and then it accelerates, the client said. When youre young you dont know any better and you dont tell anybody. And its hard to get out of because you lose your self-esteem. Basically, its always the same story. They feel controlled, helpless.But maybe not quite so helpless when a sensitive hairdresser lends an attentive ear. SALONSFrom page 1

PAGE 16 FLORIDA WEEKLY A16 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008From beautiful spaces to healthy food, gardening brings great rewards. For people who are physically challenged, however, numerous obstacles can get in the way of digging in the soil and nurturing growing things. For them, an enabling garden is the answer. An enabling garden can be every bit as beautiful as any garden, with raised beds of flowers and vine-covered pergolas. Such a garden will grace the entrance to the Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden, part of an extensive collection of gardens being cultivated in the expansion of Naples Botanical Garden. Within the Scott Florida Garden, the Buehler Family Foundation Enabling Garden will be a model for gardening techniques and structures to help people of various physical abilities enjoy gardening. While the best plants and practices for gardening in Southwest Florida will be emphasized, the most important aspect of the Buehler Garden will be its demonstration of strategies with a sensitivity to the multitude of challenges that face an older population physical challenges such as arthritis, back and joint pain.Brian Holley, the Gardens executive director, and Ellin Goetz, designer of the Scott Florida Garden, are working on the enabling garden in consultation with Gene Rothert, manager of the Buehler Enabling Garden and Horticultural Therapy Services at Chicago Botanic Garden. Mr. Holley has been involved with horticultural therapy since 1981. At Royal Botanical Garden in Burlington, Ontario, his program included training for students in therapy programs, professional development for health-care workers, outreach programs and on-site programming for individuals with special needs. Later he was part of the design team for the award-winning Evans Restorative Garden at Cleveland Botanical Garden. The Buehler Family Foundation provided a $1 million grant to establish, name and endow the enabling garden. We are so pleased to be bringing an enabling garden to the Naples Botanical Garden, said Pat Buehler-Blankenship. This garden will touch the lives of thousands of Southwest Florida residents and visitors for many generations to come. In an enabling garden, raised beds, containers, specialized tools and adaptive watering techniques open up gardening as an activity in a safe, barrier-free way to those with physical challenges. Raised surfaces reduce the need for bending or squatting and put plants at an easy-toreach level. Beds and containers are used at different heights from 6 inches up to 48 inches. 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Seating in the Buehler Enabling Garden will include individual chairs with arms and benches with backs and arms. Some benches will be placed in areas that are shaded and away from sources of noise so that conversation is easier for people with hearing loss. But an enabling garden is not only about design; plant selection also plays a key role in stimulating the senses. The Buehler Garden will include many plants that enhance the sensory experience of gardening plants with aspects such as fragrance, texture, flavor and color. Bright, bold color contrasts are used which are much easier to see for those with vision impairments. For the taste buds, a wide variety of vegetables and salad greens are grown (kids love this part of the garden, too). While the Buehler Garden will provide specific demonstrations of accessibility, the philosophy of Naples Botanical Garden in planning its expansion is to provide barrier-free access throughout its 170 acres. Electric scooters will allow physically challenged individuals to access all parts of the Garden, from the birding tower overlooking a saw grass meadow to the grand plaza in the Brazilian Garden and the tree houses in the Vicky C. and David Byron Smith Childrens Garden. Naples Botanical Garden continues to work at creating a world-class tropical garden paradise that will feature exquisite cultivated gardens along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats. The Buehler Family Foundation Enabling Garden will be an additional bright spot for those who have ever felt restricted in experiencing the full joy of gardening. For more information on the Buehler Family Foundation Enabling Garden, the Garden expansion and activities including pre-registered visiting times and Lifelong Learning workshops and lectures, call 643-7275 or visit www., where the Garden is virtually open. Holley Goetz The gumbo limbo, a textured tree with smooth peeling bark, will be included in the Buehler Family Foundation Enabling Garden.COURTESY PHOTOSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 NEWS A17 Pets of the WeekTo adopt a petThere are many pets awaiting adoption at the Collier County Domestic Animal Shelter, 7610 Davis Blvd. Adoption fees are $65 for cats and $80 for dogs; the shelter also regularly has rabbits, ferrets, gerbils and guinea pigs. Visit to see available pets. The shelter is open 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 252-7387. >>Frosty is a 4-yearold seal point Siamese with a beautiful coat. She loves to be petted and enjoys companionship. >>Ava is a buttercupcolored curr mix whose oppy ears make her positively adorable. Shes just 9 months old and is already spayed. >>Tiger is a 7-year-old neutered male. Although hes large, every ounce is lled with friendliness. Its no secret that dogs have migrated from the doghouse to the main house to the master bedroom, and cats have gone from mousers to housers. But even as pets have made the shift to full family members for many people, conflicts do arise. This can be especially true around the holidays, when the kids come home with a four-legged feline baby, or friends drop by with their dog for a visit and see no problem with welcoming him up on your bed as they do at home. Minimizing visiting pet conflicts isnt hard, as long as everyone follows basic petiquette in planning and managing visits. Here are some tips: Consider your pets and resident pets before the visit: Even if your pets are welcome, taking them may not be the best of ideas. Visiting is not a good idea if the resident pet will be stressed by yours. Its not fair for the family cat to spend the holidays under the bed because a new dog is roaming the house. And not all pets are good visitors. Most cats would prefer to stay home, and many dogs are better left behind with a pet sitter or in a good boarding kennel. To be a good guest, a dog must know basic obedience and be able to remain well-mannered under all circumstances. No knocking over a frail aunt or tiny toddler, and no stealing food off the counters or tables. Since you cant retrain a dog just for a visit, you can solve the pets-on-the-PET TALES By DR. MARTY BECKER and GINA SPADAFORI_________________Universal Press SyndicateTo grandmothers house we go!bed problem by bringing along old sheets to throw over the top of your hosts bedding. Dont make assumptions: If youre expecting pet-loving company, dont assume theyll leave their pets at home. Ask them, and dont be shy about setting conditions if youre willing to welcome a four-legged visitor. By the same token, dont presume the welcome mat is out for your pet. Not everyone loves pets, and even those who do may not want your pet to visit for many legitimate reasons, including allergies, non-pet-friendly dcor, other pets, and fearful or fragile family members. Its essential to not only get permission but also to be clear on the rules of the house.A frank discussion beforehand can prevent many conflicts. Ask where the pet can sleep and where hell be expected to relieve himself (dont forget to clean up afterward!). If friendly agreement isnt possible, a pet-friendly hotel room nearby is the best option. Crates and baby-gates: Having your pet be able to relax in a room of his own makes visiting easier for all. A crate or carrier is your pets best friend when youre traveling. Every pet should learn to be comfortable being contained in a safe, secure crate or carrier. This training makes everything better, from veterinary visits to car travel and more. A crate may be the perfect place for your dog during meals, or when the family decides to catch a movie or go out for a meal. Theres no worrying about what your dog will do in a unfamiliar environment when hes sleeping safely in his crate. If using a crate isnt possible, a baby-gate can keep visiting pets out of pet-unfriendly areas while still giving them the sense that theyre part of the activities. These gates are inexpensive to buy at any generalmerchandise retailer. A simple plastic gate can adjust to any doorway and will leave no marks afterward. With permission cheerfully granted and ground rules set before the door opens, having well-mannered pets join in the holiday festivities can be wonderful. Its just up to the humans to make sensible decisions so everyone is comfortable, pets included.

PAGE 18 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA18 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 HOLISTIC HEALTH NOTEBOOK Bonita Furniture & Patio Office by Day Bedroom by NightLowest Prices in SW Florida Home Office or Guest Room?GREAT PRICES!We specialize in the Florida Look carrying the most wicker/rattan furniture in the area. We also carry a full line of furnishings and accessories from Traditional to Contemporary to Outdoor Furniture.Condo & Home Packages are our Specialty (Across from Bass Pro Shops, next to Bar Louie and Border BooksThe MBT Superstore$90 off Join us forA Matter of Heart Health Fairfocusing on heart disease prevention Sunday Dec. 21st, 10am to 3pm at Estero Community Park For Details, Please Call 239-948-1310239-597-8000New Hours: M-F 8am-7pm Sa-Sun 9am-2pmWithout an appointment and without the wait. 1713 SW Health Parkway, Naplesalso located on 9250 Corkscrew Road, Estero WALK-IN MEDICAL CLINIC NAPLES URGENT CARE URGENT CARE FLU SHOTS Now accepting appointments for limited proceduresNow through Nov. 21st By appointment onlyPlease call 949-6112 to make your appointmentA partnership between:Open to the public 949-1050 Q uestions. Questions. Questions. Every day I am asked lots of questions about what to do about... I am always gratified to see how well the body responds to good food, sleep, exercise, and lots of sunshine. Even in health conditions that seem resistant to treatment, we can nearly always see huge benefits when we make lifestyle changes. So in the new few weeks, I will outline some things you can personally do to deal with specific health conditions. This is not to say you dont need medical care. If you are under the care of a physician, please let your doctor know when you start taking specific nutrients or herbs so he can coordinate your treatment plan and make sure you get the best of both worlds. (That is not just a disclaimer. Its important!)Today, lets talk about chronic fatigue. This is not the type of fatigue that follows a night of revelry or a day of digging ditches. This fatigue dogs your steps from the time you awaken each morning, unrefreshed, until you pull the sheets over your head again at night. It is the kind of fatigue that makes ordinary activities impossible.Here are some considerations: carolSIMONTACCHI csimontacchi@earthlink.netFirst in a series: Chronic fatigue1. Have your thyroid and adrenal glands thoroughly checked. The doctor with whom I work recommends tests like active T3 and 24-hour cortisol because the thyroid and adrenal glands are master glands in the production of energy. Years of high stress frequently causes long-term fatigue, and treatment is required to bring energy back up to normal levels.2. Follow a hypoglycemic diet that helps regulate blood sugar levels. So many people eat sugary foods to combat fatigue, not realizing that while the sugar makes them temporarily feel better, it is actually making them worse. Sugar also feeds yeasts and molds, a common cause of fatigue. Are you iron depleted? Magnesium? B complex? Many nutrients are used to produce cellular energy so make sure you are well nourished. 3. Check food and environmental allergies. Believe it or not, allergies and other types of sensitivities can make you feel completely exhausted. Find out what foods or environmental factors are bothering you and work them out of your life. Carol Simontacchi is a certified life-All residents of Collier County are eligible for a new prescription discount card program offered through the Collier County Housing and Human Services Department and private partner Coast2CoastRx. The free card could save Collier County families up to 38 percent off prescriptions. It does not replace insurance, but provides discounts for drugs not covered by insurance. It is available to all Collier County residents regardless of incomes, age or sex. Participating pharmacies in Collier County are CVS, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Publix Pharmacies, Kmart, Target, Sunshine Pharmacy, Winn-Dixie, Sweetbay and Sams Club. The card will be accepted at these pharmacies nationwide. Residents can pick up a card at the Housing and Human Services office in Building H at the main county complex, 3301 E. Tamiami Trail, or at any participating pharmacy location beginning Thursday, Dec. 4. style educator at the offices of Dr. Alan Gruning in Fort Myers, 939-3303. C 3 d p n av Prescription discount cards available


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 NEWS A19 New! Rx Oh dark thirty: This means that it is now some undefined time, some very early hour in the darkness before dawn. They tell me the darkness before dawn is the darkest darkness. And here I am, whoever I am. My eyes are looking up, I say. This I is, I say, hoping to see clouds or stars or jet trails. Something, anything that can be made into pictures, into stories. Did you know I had that longing? For the saying and the seeing? For the story? That sort of deep desire brewing in the darkest depths of my heart-mind? Did you think me beyond that? Did you think of me as living happily on the Via Negativa, a sub-urban, sub-urbane dweller, living quite contentedly in the darkness of subterranean caves? Dont you know that I, creature of eye, cannot know what is devoid of light? And dark is the void of light. Dark neither receives, reflects, transmits nor radiates light. The dark can be seen as evil, dismal, ignorant. The dark can frighten. But I who do not see do not see dark this way. I know that everything good begins in the dark. I indulge the dark: the dark of chocolates and mushrooms and moonless nights. The dark of words unspoken MUSINGS and still ungerminated seeds. The dark of theatres before play begins. The dark of wombs and tombs and the insides of all that is yet unopened. I do not see dark at all. I merely choose to love it, in the unknowing of it. And so I am in the good company of another anonymous writer, of 14th century England, the author of The Cloud of Unknowing. This amazing logician of the divine, of all that matters, believes in only a knowing of the dark not. For this kindred pirate writer there must be a forgetting of all images, memory, thought. With all forgotten there is only naked intent stretching out. And in this very stretching out lives love. In the nakedness of my intent I find myself staring into the collapsing night, oh dark thirty, professing love to some nameless faceless ever unfolding. Who knows and who is known? Who cares? It matters not. And yet I feel in the dark that I am a kind Oh dark thirtyof hollowing out, a maker of space with and in. In that space I am making empty mother waiting for new life. And I am making lover waiting to be entered. From there a voice calls out. And it is beyond being. And it is beyond being mine. No matter what voice recognition technology determines, it is deterring mine. So come with me from in this darkness out of this darkness on a journey. After sharing with you, I no longer need to look up and out for my story. I look in, in (good) stead, in your good company. Still in the darkness, lets pretend I am in a yurt, a tent home in the cold Mongolian desert. It is oh dark thirty. The space is the in tent intense darkness before dawn, and the fire is dimmed to embers. I am sitting on the ground, cross legged. I look into the dying fire. It is too dark to see out, to see that the in tent is almost empty. But I can feel the free space around me. No thing to hold. The flap of a door to this place is behind me. It rustles slightly in the wind. I sense the rustle outside of soft footsteps too quiet to be heard. And in the dark I know the one will come, is coming, has come before. This vague peripheral yet certain memory is the source of all hope, all purpose, all bliss. It is the solution of all dilemma. Rx is the FloridaWeekly muse who hopes to inspire profound mutiny in all those who care to read. Our Rx may be wearing a pirate cloak of invisibility, but emanating from within this shadow is hope that readers will feel free to respond. Who knows: You may even inspire the muse. Make contact if you dare.In the empty darkness of possibility of my mother tent, I sit as expectant child, waiting. And in no time I arrive: the story potent and embracing, entering and filling up the waiting dark. It is supreme and cream and irreverent and long awaited. In this instant, like current alternating direction in no time and no space, I am potent lover, intent arrival without knocking at the door, impregnating my waiting self with a new baby consciousness, utterly familiar and yet distinct.In the infinite singular space of the dark, in the boundless fullness of infinite possibility, there emerges the particular playing. All the stories come effortlessly, birthed with pain or without. But necessarily born. Each must come. And this coming must be anyone and everyone, a kaleidoscope of dancing movement, ever presenting. Like the dark energy of the new physics story, I am. I am a hypothetical energy form that produces a force that opposes gravity, that is the cause of the accelerating expansion of the multiplex universe attended in worship. And when she who is looks into these pirate eyes, what sees? What seas are reflected in mirrored eye shades and ocean surfaces wavy and still? I would only believe in the dancing in the dark.


SEMINARS IN NAPLES: Sounds of the Season A Holiday Concert Friday, December 5 at 1:00pmCelebrate the season with holiday music provided by the very talented musical groups from Seacrest Country Day School.Seminar & Trunk Show: The Anita Ford Collection Thursday, December 11 Seminar at 11:00am and Trunk Show from 12:00pm to 5:00pm Friday, December 12 Trunk Show from 11:00am to 3:00pmWelcome clothing designer Anita Ford for a special seminar and two-day trunk show.Art in the Atrium: Rosenbaum Fine Art Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14Join the design experts at Robb & Stucky Interiors for a showcase of over 500 beautiful pieces of artwork from Rosenbaum Fine Art. Home for the Holidays Tuesday, December 16 at 10:30am and 2:30pmThe Robb & Stucky Design Team invites you to be inspired by our holiday tabletops. RSVP 239-261-3969, ext. 7000. Reservations are required. 15638 S2FW 12/4/08 2008 ROBB & STUCKY, LTD., LLLP IB 0000745 Showroom Hours Mon thru Sat 10am-6pm Sun Noon-5pm Or by Special Appointment.Low Price Guarantee Financing Available Professional Interior Design Worldwide Shipping www.RobbStucky.comSix months same as cash with your Robb & Stucky card.See store for complete details.Naples InteriorsNaples Robb & Stucky PatioBonita Springs InteriorsBonita Casual Living Outdoor2777 Tamiami Trail North2840 Tamiami Trail North 3181 North Bay Village Court26501 South Tamiami Trail (239) 261-3969 (239) 434-0805 (239) 949-3001 (239) 390-2222EVERYTHING* INCLUDING HOLIDAY ITEMS AND BOUTIQUE SPECIAL ORDERS!*Excludes Lalique. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts.20%Off Great Gift Sale! SEMINARS IN BONITA SPRINGS: Outdoor Holiday Decor Friday, December 5 at 10:30am and 2:30pm This seminar will be held at Robb & Stucky Casual Living Outdoor, 26501 South Tamiami Trail in Bonita Springs.Parties with Pizzazz: Holiday Napkin FoldingTuesday, December 9 at 10:30am and 2:30pmLearn how to use the simple art of napkin folding to spice up your holiday tabletops!Artwork: Floored & Framed Thursday, December 11 from 1:00pm to 6:00pmJoin the experts at Robb & Stucky Interiors for a showcase of beautiful artwork for floors and walls. Sounds of the Season A Holiday Concert Friday, December 12 at 11:00amCelebrate the holiday season with a performance by the Three Oaks Middle School Chamber Choir and Orchestra, directed by Mr. Jim Knecht. Home for the HolidaysWednesday, December 17 at 10:30am and 2:30pmThe Robb & Stucky Design Team invites you to be inspired by our holiday tabletops. RSVP 239-949-3001, ext. 8000. Reservations are required.


A new hall at FGCU A grand opening for Sugden Halland more networking events. B7 & 8 BUSINESS & REAL ESTATENAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES BUSINESS INDUSTRY BSECTIONWEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 WEEK at-a-glance Friendly skiesNaples Air takes off with Catherine Fay and her husband Jon at the controls. B2 Fit for a kingAll ranks of royalty will be at home in $17.7 million Castle by the Sea. B10 The Motley FoolThe Fool shares his wisdom about investing. B6 The Guess-Fisher Gallery, with its eclectic art selection and engaging owner, has been enticing art aficionados into its Fifth Avenue South location for several years. But its not only the art that draws them in; sometimes its the big, brown, beckoning eyes of Sarafina, owner Natalie Guess 9-yearold rat terrier.Sarafina spends her days either by the gallery window people watching or, more often than not, curled up on one of her two favorite chairs. When customers pop in, she performs her signature stretch and, nails tapping on the tile, comes up to greet them with a nuzzle. Its her routine unless the weather is stormy, in which case a trembling Sarafina remains tightly bundled in the safety of her chair.I think a pet creates a really great energy, Ms. Guess says. My business is like inviting you into my living room my home. I want it to be comfortable. Of the 25 years Guess has been in business in Naples, 15 have been with a pet by her side. Of course, depending on how people feel about animals, some will stop in just to see Sarafina while others wont come in at all because of her presence. Thats a chance Ms. Guess is willing to take, because she feels it would be unfair to leave Sarafina at home while she spends long days at the gallery. She doesnt deserve that, she says.Princess in residenceMarie Christine St. Pierre of Le Femme Perfumery feels the same about Nahema, her 12-year-old Ori Pei, which is a cross between a pug and a Shar-Pei. It is fun for her to get out and see people.Even after all these years, Nahema still gets excited when Ms. St. Pierre brings out the leash in the morning and tells her its time to go to work. Nahema mostly spends her days curled up on the pink carpet behind the counter, which is perfect considering some customers are afraid of dogs. Those who are not afraid, however, are perfectly happy having her roam about with them or keeping their children occupied while they shop. Shes crazy about kids and men. I dont even think I like men as much as she does, Ms. St. Pierre laughs. This little, wrinkly-faced lifeline that Ms. St. Pierre immediately bonded with when she saw her in the pet store is adored by all the employees and creates a relaxed atmosphere in the shop. The same can be said for Diva, the white ball of fluff that runs around Neapolitan Auctions. The 3-year-old Maltese is the perfect complement to Kathleen Picas business where an array of dressers, tables, chairs and sofas offer hours of recreation and countless places to sleep. This is her playground, her raceway, Ms. Pica says. Everybody knows Diva. Some customers bring their dogs to visit, and others bring special presents for Diva, she adds. Shes a princess. The more the merrierSome business owners, however, work best with more than one furry friend around. At dbr marketing, partners Dolly Roberts and Kathy Wheeler accomplish daily tasks and meet with clients while their five dogs eagerly look on. Casey, Lulu and Cali, all Havenese, belong to Ms. Wheeler; Bolero, another Havenese, and Kohl, the loneFurry, four-legged colleagues make working for a living more than just a jobShes [Nahema] crazy about kids and men. I dont even think I like men as much as she does. Marie Christine St. Pierre SEE DOGS, B15 ALYSIA SHIVERS _____________________news@ oridaweekly.comPet projects ,g in t o i t s F if th A v e nu e So ut h lo c a ti o n f o r severa l ye ars. But its not on ly t h e art t hat draws them in; sometime s i ts the bi g brown, beckoni ng e ye s o f Sarafina,ownerNatalieGuess 9 yeara p on w i l ot h h e r T to un f s h e d o e P r i M P m c i s E Sarafina stretches Sarafina and Natalie Guess, Guess Fisher GalleryCOURTESY PHOTONahema and Marie Christine St. Pierre, Le Femme Perfumery really great y business is v ing room Shes cra zy ab ou t k i me n. I d o nt e v e n li ke men as mu ch a s s he S ar a N atal Gue C OURTE S

PAGE 22 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB2 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 Almost seven years ago, Catherine and Jon Fay faced a decision: Should they abandon financial security and a comfortable lifestyle in a place they loved (Vermont) in order to buy a charter airline company in Naples that consisted of what Cahterine called one tiny, ratty airplane. They wrestled with the pros and cons. The safe thing was to remain in the green hills of Vermont. But that isnt the Fays style, so they headed south. Jon and I werent married at the time, we werent living together and we hadnt worked together, Mrs. Fay recalls. But we decided to do it anyway. It was one of the smartest moves that the Fays, who married in 2003 (the ceremony took place in an airplane, naturally), ever made. Naples Air, Inc., at 200 Aviation Drive North at Naples Municipal Airport, and its co-owners have prospered. For Mr. Fay, who is 63 and has piloted aircraft for more than 40 years, the transition was a natural. But not so for Mrs. Fay. I was in radio broadcast sales in Vermont, she says. I had been successful, and I had a substantial income. What did I know about flying? Nothing. Aeronautical knowledge was not needed. Mr. Fay handles that end, and his considerable skill as a pilot soon became well known across Southwest Florida. That left Mrs. Fay to work the business side and she works it quite well. From that humble and precarious beginning, Naples Air now boasts four airplanes (the original craft has been sold), and has added another pilot to assist Mr. Fay and a mechanic. Business and pleasure travelers who are making short-to-intermediate trips within Florida or to points in the Southeast or Midwest, for example can hire one of the companys planes and a pilot. Thats the most elemental aspect of the business. Well have people who want to go to Disney World for an outing, Mrs. Fay says. They hire us. We fly them up. The pilot stays overnight, which is cheaper than flying the plane back here. And the next morning or a day later or whenever, everyone returns. During the summer, we fly a lot of people to the mountains in the Carolinas. We fly often to the Keys. We take people where they need to go. Pretty simple. A substantial portion of the business travel involves quick trips to Tallahassee, which is notoriously difficult to reach via commercial airlines and often involves dreaded plane changes in Atlanta.For those traveling greater distances, Mrs. Fay uses her contacts within the industry to broker flights provided by other charter outfits that specialize in longer hauls. Brokering is an important aspect of Naples Airs operations, and Mrs. Fay says that it now comprises about a third of the companys overall business.There are days when we might have five airplanes going, and only two actually belong to me, Mrs. Fay notes. Weve had as many as six airplanes going at a time. The first five calendar months are the busiest time for Naples Air as snowbirds move back and forth. This also is the period of greatest activity for air ambulance services, which Mrs. Fay also brokers. The economic downturn has adversely affected their business, she says, but not to the degree that other companies have been hit. Without providing specific numbers, she says brokering is down about 30 percent, but other revenues, while slightly diminished, remain fairly steady.The air ambulance business has been hit, no doubt, she says. Lets say you want to hire an air ambulance to go back to California for a weekend to visit your doctor. Thats going to cost about $26,000. Thats a lot of money. I mean, you really have to want to see that doctor to pay that.Naples Air also has added an opencockpit biplane that provides barnstorming and sight-seeing flights across Southwest Florida. Mrs. Fay says the business rewards far outweigh the long hours that are required to keep it going. I answer the phone 24 hours, seven days a week, she says. Her dedication to customers was cemented by an incident that took place about six months after she and her husband bought the business. Mrs. Fay received a call late one evening from a young couple who needed to get to Jacksonville as quickly as possible. Their 2-year-old child had fallen into a swimming pool in Jacksonville and was in critical condition. Mrs. Fay quickly brokered a flight, met the distraught parents at the airport and personally escorted them aboard their plane. Later, she talked to the father. He told me that his son didnt make it, she says with a catch in her voice. But he said that they got there in time to be with him when he died. I made a vow then that I was always going to answer that phone. Always. 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PAGE 24 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB4 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 Irina Kislyanka, a member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors and a specialist in residential sales and rentals, has joined Weichert, Realtors On-The-Gulf Prior to joining the Naples firm, she worked as a real-estate agent in California and also worked in the health-care industry. assembling office staff and procedures, overseeing marketing efforts and developing and cultivating client relationships. Once the office opens, he will manage dayto-day operations. He is a Certified Trust Financial Advisor and has served as chairman of the board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwest Florida. Charlie Born has joined The Moran Asset Management Group of Wachovia Securities as a client associate responsible for providing operational support in the research and resolution of client inquiries. Ms. Born previously worked as a customer service representative with Wachovia Bank in Naples and Pequannock, N.J., and was an administrative assistant with United Staffing for New Jersey Transit. The Moran Asset Management Group is a money management practice that has served the Naples community for 27 years. Real Estate Ben Sovacool was sales leader and Monte Gerard was listing leader for Florida Home Realty in October. The agency also welcomes John and Deb Austin, Regan Burke, Zach Davis, Sal Gonzalez and John Treadway as new sales associates. Dr. Thy A. Nguyen has joined the Naples office of Eye Centers of Florida. A board certified optometric physician, Dr. Nguyen earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland and her doctor of optometry from Nova Southwestern University in Fort Lauderdale. She completed her residency in primary care/pediatrics and binocular vision at Nova Southwestern University, College of Optometry. Dr. Nguyen has been practicing optometry in Florida since 2000 and managed an optometry practice on the east coast before joining Eye Centers of Florida.Concierge physician Dr. Wayne M. Burr has been appointed to the board of directors of the Lee County Unit of The American Cancer Society. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Burr, who is also a senior aviation medical examiner, has offices in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs. Banking & Finance Dennis Landfried, senior vice president of FineMark National Bank, will oversee operations at the banks new office in the Brooks Town Center, near Coconut Point. The office is slated to open in January 2009. Until then, Mr. Landfried is overseeing construction, Tourism & Hospitality The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau received the Silver Adrian Award for last summers Return of the Ghost Orchid news event. The award was made by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. Paradise Advertising & Marketing also earned two bronze awards from the HSMAI for work on behalf of the CVB. Health Care Dr. Daniel A. Deutschman has joined the medical team at the David Lawrence Center as its full-time adult staff psychiatrist in the Outpatient Medical Services and Acute Care Departments. Dr. Deutschman is board certified in general psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also a Distinguished Life Fellow for the American Psychiatric Association. He earned his bachelor of arts degree and medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He attended Mount Sinai Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland and Mt. Zion Medical Center for his post-graduate work. He also completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School. A non-profit community health center, the David Lawrence Center has eight locations in Collier County.ON THE MOVE sound advice. Deutschman Kislyanka Burr Nguyen Landfried Sovacool John Austin Burke Gerard Deb Austin Davis Born Real Estate Architectural Executive PortraitTom Harper Excellence in Photography239-560-0994

PAGE 26 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB6 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 BUSINESS MEETINGS The Naples-on-the-Gulf chapter of the Womens Council of Realtors holds its annual Dessert and Gift Auction Tea by the Tee on Friday, Dec. 5, at Grey Oaks Golf and Country Club. Reservations are required, and cost is $35 per person. Call Robyn DeVille at 261-6300 or The Christian Chamber of Southwest Floridas next Business Card Exchange begins at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 5, at Christies Flowers and Gifts, 7740 Preserve Lane, Naples. Jennifer Cummings is the hostess. The Christian Chambers monthly Collier County luncheon takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Naples Hilton. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 481-1411, by e-mailing or by visiting The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce presents its next 60-Minute Success Seminar from 10:45 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the chamber, 2390 Tamiami Trail N. Guest speaker Kevin Shane of Shane Consulting Group will discuss Developing a Customer Loyalty Strategy. Attendance is free, but registration in advance is required. Visit The Economic Development Council of Collier County s Annual Pre-Legislative Luncheon with the Collier County Legislative Delegation begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, 896 River Point Drive. Cost is $45 for EDC investors and $45 for others; Jeremy Giles hosts. Registration online for either program at The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau holds its next Advisory Roundtable meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 12, at Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort.RSVP to Kelly Green at kellygreen@ The American Business Womens Association Neapolitan Chapter holds its holiday party at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Naples Hilton. The meeting will include a program on The Power of E-mail Marketing. Reservations must be made by noon Thursday, Dec. 11. Regular meetings of the ABWA Neapolitan Chapter take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton. The Woman of the Year Award will be presented at the Jan. 27 meeting.Call 592-1875 or visit The Young Professionals of Naples and Chanel at Saks Fifth Avenue invite women-only to Champagne at Chanel from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Saks Fifth Avenue in Waterside Shops. Donations are encouraged for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. Chanel makeup artists will demonstrate techniques, and make-up gift bags will be given. Hors doeuvres will be from Brio Restaurant. THE MOTLEY FOOL Tend to your taxes before the year ends, and you can save a bundle. Be tax-efficient with your charitable giving. If possible, contribute appreciated stock, not cash, to your favorite charities. With shares held for more than a year, youll avoid paying tax on the appreciation, and youll still be able to deduct the full value of the stock. 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(800) 501-1255 (239) 594-2209 Gene Foster (239) 253-8002 Bridgette Foster (239) 253-8001 1 ...$229,500 ..............$209,500 ..............$199,500 ..........................$149,500 Great views of the Gulf, marina, Wiggins Pass, & beaches. 2677 S.F., w/ morning veranda off kitchen & West lanai view of the Gulf. Desirable 3Br./3Ba. w/ hurricane shutters. $1,299,000 Sparkling, elegant, waterfront condo, 3 Br+Den/3.5ba, custom builtins, replace, wood oors, & new appliances, custom window treatments, granite kitchen.Amazing full Gulf & Pass views! $1,675,000 Enjoy the ease of waterfront living in this lovely 3Br/3Ba, 2677 SF unit. Lg. West facing lanai & East morning veranda off of the kitchen. Amazing Views. $1,299,000 2677 SF, Casually elegant backgrounds by professional designer. Views of Gulf/Bay/Beaches. Automatic hurricane shutters. $1,379,000 Newly installed plantation shutters, carpeting, and granite in kitchen. Wine cooler, hard wood rs, neutral tones. 2677 SF, view of Wiggins Pass. $825,000 3Br./3Ba., tile throughout, granite in kitchen and baths, plantation/ hurricane shutters. 2677 S.F. w/ lots of storage space. Water views of the river & bay. $795,000 Owner Motivated! Spacious living in lovely 3+Den/3.5, Seaside Condo, 2862 SF, surrounded by water & views of Bay & Marina. Sold fully furnished. $1,149,000 Interior by East Coast Blue Sky Environments, marble rs, faux painting, plantation/hurricane shuttes. Lanais front & back. Views of the Bay, Wiggins Pass, and the Gulf of Mexico. $1,349,900 Welcome to the Captains quarters, furnished retreat, and 2427 SF. 3/3 w/exhilarating views of Gulf, Naples night scape & marina! New carpeting, Satin nish wooden s. Elec. Storm shutters. $1,265,000 2428 SF, 3Br/Ba. Beautiful water views of Gulf/River/Bay plus Naples nightscape views. Lanais front and back w/ hurricane shutters. $1,295,000 3096 SF, has Amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico, River, Bay, and Wiggins Pass. Gourmet kitchen, lanais front and off master suite. Amazing sunsets. $1,899,000 3050 S.F.3Br./3Ba., end unit condo w/ two large wrap around lanais offers a gourmet kitchen, reverse osmosis system, wooden rs., built-ins, lg. master suite w/ Tuscany in uenced master bath, & hurricane shutters. Water & nightscape views. $1,329,000 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 9640 SF Estate home & guest house. Corner 1.4 acres, 2 replaces, home theatre, billiard rm, gourmet kitchen, volleyball & basketball courts. Paver governors circle drive, complete house generator. Detail in every respect! $4,850,0003Br/3.5 Ba., gourmet kitchen & living area overlooking the water. Large MBR w/Steam Shower, and amazing bathroom, &dressing room closet. Sands of the Gulf at Lowdermilk Pk. across street. Hurricane Harbour & boat dock w/20,000lb, lift at the back door. $1,489,000 1730 SF, 3Br/2Ba, lg rooms & lanai, w/ garage. Sparkling fountain view. Close to pool & club house. Excellent condition. REDUCED! $369,000 Open Sun. 1-4, call 60 min. in advanceFloating Dock in Naples nest live aboard Marina. Old Naples Seaport, close to 5th Avenue, Slip will accommodate to LOA of 125/24. $1,395,000 10 acre parcel West of 75 across from the Equestrian farm, property can be subdivided. Home has been completly redone, w/ replace, hardwood rs. $3,900,000 154 ft. waterfront on the Bay w/ Gulf access & elaborate dock system that holds 4 boats & 4 jet skis, if you like boating and shing this is a must see. Home has been redone! $1,475,000 Immaculate 2515 S.F., 3Br./2.5Ba., overlooking the lake and 18th fairway of Pelican Marsh golf course. New AC & water heater, two lanais w/ hurricane shutters, & 2 car garage. Steps to the community pool. $649,000 Beautiful High quality refurbishing of every room. New code hurricane resistant sliders on lanai add extra AC room to this bright end unit. Granite, tile, new cabinets, bathrooms redone & plantation shutters. $679,000 REDUCED REDUCEDNew granite & tumbled marble kitchen, new granite in bathrooms, travertine marble rs. Top oor & volume ceilings. 2/2 West of 41, walk/ride to beaches $299,900 OPEN SUN. 1-4 OPEN SUN. 1-42nd level home, w/guest suite on 1st r. Hard wood rs., new granite & stainless appliances. REDUCED! $795,000 Open Sun. 1-4, call 60 min. in advance Cape Cod interior, your own authentic beach cottage on 6th w/ amazing Gulf of Mexico & Estero Bay views. 2642 SF of amazing detail & amenties. REDUCED! $1,195,000 Open Sun. 1-4, call 60 min. in advance




communities named as Premier Properties into 14 areas of interest. Bonita Bay, was among seven communities named best for boating; Mediterra, along with three communities in Vero Beach and Palm Coast, was named best for beaches. The bestfor-club-life list of 16 communities included TwinEagles, where, Links reported, Golf is what brings residents together. Verandah, which gives residents plenty of space to explore, was listed among 17 communities recognized as best for value. In the face of a negative real estate market, upscale golf communities have held up better than expected, reads the introduction to Links seventh annual list. A large part of the reason is that they provide more than just physical space Premier Properties lavish residents with amenities A great golf course is a given. Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs has three Arthur Hills-designed courses within the community and two courses by Tom Fazio at a nearby site; Mediterra in North Naples has two Tom Fazio-designed courses; TwinEagles, also in North Naples, has two courses, one co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II and another designed by Gary Player. The Nicklaus team also co-designed one of the courses at Verandah, along the Orange River in Fort Myers, and Bob Cupp designed the second. All four golf clubs are managed by New Leaf. FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 BUSINESS B13 Debra Sforza has a natural instinct for real estate spanning more than 20 years from New York to Florida. As a full-service professional, she prides herself on character. Of all the decisions youll face in these challenging times, there is none more important than the person youll choose to guide you through your real estate transaction. Knowledge is Power so g et the facts first! And an e xperienced real estate ag ent: Understands the complexities of changing markets Gathers up-to-date crucial market data Anticipates problems Communicates openly and honestly Negotiates with patience Guides clients to smooth closings Debra Sforza(239) 595-1323 cell (239) 449-2739 office dsforza@comcast.netDebra Sforza MAKE THE SMART MOVE NOW.FAC #88099Assisted Living Facility #5598Skilled Nursing Facility #1050095CC-Naples, Inc., d/b/a Bentley Village, A Classic Residence by Hyatt, is the sole entity responsible for the performance of the continuing care contracts at Bentley Village, A Classic Residence by Hyatt. Hyatt is a registered trademark of Hyatt Corporation. SLG1208704 Village Circle Naples, FL 34110 (239) 597-1121 www.hyattclassic.comArizona California Colorado Florida Illinois Maryland/D.C. Nevada New Jersey New York South Carolina TexasGuard against the rising costs of long-term care and the uncertainties of todays markets. At Bentley Village, you have a choice of refundable entrance fees. While you enjoy the independent lifestyle our community offersthe 18-hole golf course and clubhouses, the classically trained chef and the vibrant social lifeyou know that the amount of your refund will not fluctuate. Its just another reason to explore a lifestyle that helps protect your assets. Ask about our refundable entrance fee options. Call (239) 597-1121 today to learn more. 4 Bedrooms plus Den 3 Car Garage Custom built 2004 2.38 acres of Meticulously Manicured Lush Landscape Amazing Details Italian Imported Windows Custom Cabinetry Travertine Marble Floors Entry$2,150,000Call Janet today for your private showing! Dacor, Miele and Subzero Appliances Granite Coffered Illuminated Ceilings 3500 sq. ft. Patio with in-ground pool Outdoor Kitchen Gated Entry and much, much more Janet Bolinski, PA 239-250-6836 Finest Real Estate World Wide 469 Fifth Avenue South, Naples Casually Elegant Livingston Woods Estate BONITA BAYFrom page 10 RENTNAPLES.COMFeaturing our Portfolio of Southwest Floridas most Luxurious Rental Properties239.262.4242 800.749.7368 RENTAL DIVISION BONITA SPRINGS & ESTERO AREAMiromar Lakes/Bellini ......................$2500 Grandezza/Villa Grande ....................$2200 Coconut Point/Residences .................$1495 Bonita Bay ................................ from $1450 Vasari ....................................... from $1400 Bella Terra .......................................$1400 Pelican Landing/Southbridge .............$1295 Marsh Landing ..................................$1275 ANNUAL RENTALSwww.premier-properties.comUNFURNISHED CONDOMINIUMSDunes/Grand Excelsior .....................$5000 Park Shore Beach/Solamar ................$2500 Old Naples .......................................$2500 Park Shore/Terraces .........................$2400 Kensington/Wellington Place ............$2300 Park Shore/Imperial Club .................$2200 Lemuria .................................... from $1950 Remington Reserve ...........................$1800 Pelican Bay/LAmbiance ...................$1800 Park Shore Beach/Esplanade .............$1800 Bayfront/Old Naples ................. from $1600 Stonebridge/Braeburn .......................$1600 Park Shore/Allegro ...........................$1500 Park Shore/Savoy .............................$1500 The Orchards ...................................$1500 The Strand/Turnberry ......................$1495 Hidden Cove ....................................$1350 Stratford Place/Pinehurst ..................$1300 Tarpon Cove ....................................$1175 Imperial .................................... from $1100 Berkshire Village ..............................$1000 Sterling Oaks/Sweetwater ...................$995 Lake View Pines ......................... from $995Furnished Annuals from $1000 UNFURNISHED HOUSESPark Shore .....................................$12000 Old Naples .......................................$7000 Port Royal ........................................$7000 North Naples/Oaks Blvd ...................$5000 Mediterra/Villalago ...........................$3500 Royal Harbor ............................ from $3500 Pelican Bay/Villa Lugano ..................$2400 Pelican Marsh ...................................$2200 Pine Woods ......................................$2200 Andalucia .........................................$2100 Lakeside ...........................................$1450 Pebble Brooke Lakes .........................$1300 Bougainvilla adds drama to the sixth hole on the South Course at Mediterra.COURTESY PHOTO


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Toll Brothers is offering hard hat tours of a new home design, El Santiago, under construction at Firano at Naples, a community of single-family homes off the Davis Boulevard corridor. We have two homes featuring this floor plan that are well under construction, said Chad Boisselle, project manager. Sometimes its difficult for home buyers to envision from drawings exactly how a design will function, he said, adding both homes are open for walk-throughs. El Santiago has three bedrooms plus a study, two full baths and a powder room in 2,797 square feet of air-conditioned living space. With a two-car garage, covered lanai and covered entry, the home has 3,491 total square feet. The two under way in Firano at Naples are the first of the El Santiago design to be offered in Southwest Florida, Mr. Boisselle said.Firano at Naples will include 112 singlefamily homes on approximately 40 acres when completed. Nine home designs are offered from 2,058 square feet to nearly 4,000 square feet. Prices begin in the upper $300,000s. Community amenities under construction include a clubhouse with a community room, catering kitchen, fitness center and media center. Outdoors, there will be a resort-style pool with sunning decks, a spa and other amenities, all of which should be completed in early 2009.For more information, call 596-5966 or visit Affenpinscher, are Mrs. Roberts. The dogs have accompanied their owners to work every day for at least as long as Bolero has been alive, which is nearly seven years now. Theyre remarkable at relieving stress and making you laugh when you are at deadline, Mrs. Roberts says. While most of the dogs roam around the small office setting, Bolero is known to rest all day atop Mrs. Roberts desk, which has earned her the title chief executive officer. Kohl, meanwhile, has taken on the role as director of security, which he lives up to on a daily basis. They really are a lot of fun, Mrs. Roberts says, adding, Its pretty hard to get upset when someone staring at you is willing to give you a lick on the nose.Since Havenese are known for their excellent people skills, Mrs. Roberts says it was only natural that she and Ms. Wheeler should bring their pets to work. And now they cant imagine a day without them.Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty ...At Green Thumb Nursery on Davis Boulevard, owner Dan Peppers says the 12 resident cats are spoiled as much by customers as they are by him. One seasonal resident brings in cat treats every day from November through April.While it was food that initially attracted the cats to the 30-plus-year-old nursery, Mr. Peppers admits he cant imagine the business without them now. We started with two cats, but once you start feeding them, all the cats come because they know its a restaurant with no charge, he says.A confirmed animal lover who has had each of his feline friends spayed or neutered, Mr. Peppers says Amigo, Gorgeous, Buster B, Oscar, Momma Cat, Sheba, Little One, Jake, Fluffy, Spanky, Truly and Grady add a certain fun and comfort to the operation. When I leave here, Im going to put up a building just for them, he says. In the meantime, though, their antics keep him busy. He recalls the time Truly (named after Mr. Peppers dear friend Truly Nolan) let his curiosity get the better of him and ended up in the bed of a suppliers truck. When Mr. Peppers couldnt find the cat that night, he phoned the company, located the driver at a hotel by Interstate 75, and drove over to retrieve Truly. I know how Truly is, he says.Do you have or know of a working pet? Send us contact information and a photo if you have one; the lucky dog (or cat or bird or ) will be considered for a future Pet Projects. Send to Managing Editor Cindy Pierce, COURTESY RENDERING El Santiago renderingCOURTESY PHOTO Bolero, Casey, Lulu, Kohl and Cali, dbr marketingFLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 BUSINESS B15 Toll Brothers new design under construction at Firano of Naples DOGSFrom page 1 WWW.QUAILWESTESTATEHOMES.COM COURTESY PHOTO Truly, Green Thumb NurseryCOURTESY PHOTO Diva, Neapolitan Auctions


premier THE VILLAGE 239.261.6161 OLD NAPLES 239.434.2424 THE GALLERY 239.659.0099 BAYFRONT 239.434.8770 FIFTH AVENUE 239.643.3006 MARCO ISLAND 239.642.2222 NORTH NAPLES PREMIERSARASOTA NAPLES.COM MARCOISLAND.COM E MIE M RSA SA RAS RAS OTA OTA BONITASPRINGS.COM 1407 Serrano CircleSunny southern lake view is enjoyed from this popular Arabella oor plan with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a 2-car garage. $399,000 | Please call 659-00996765 Southern Oak CourtOn a double lake with southern exposure! Great room design, open oor plan, volume ceilings, and ideal location. $399,000 Beth Hayhoe McNichols | 821-3304CEDAR RIDGE 7123 Blue Juniper Court #101A little over a mile to the beach. Corner 2 bedroom plus den and long western view over lake. Great location. $299,900 | Vincent Bandelier | 450-59764979 Rustic Oaks CircleOutstanding design and upgrades. Expanded Balboa II with western lake views. Four bedrooms, study and 3-car garage. $999,900 | Ruth Trettis | 434-2424RESERVE II 2685 Lewis Lane #202Outstanding 3 bedroom plus den coach home with upgrades. Private elevator. Walk to shopping! Beautiful lake/pool views. $769,950 Carolyn Weinand | 269-5678ARUBA 430 Cove Tower Drive #403Spectacular view of Wiggins Pass from this totally remodeled high-rise. Full pool service, tennis. Furnished. $675,000 | Marsha L. Moore | 398-4559ARUBA 430 Cove Tower Drive #604Corner residence partially furnished, 2 bedrooms, den, hurricane shutters. Club membership included. Pet friendly. $655,555 | Marsha L. Moore | 398-45597164 Lemuria Circle #1601Brand new 3 bedroom with volume ceilings, hurricane code windows, and granite and marble appointments. Furnished. $625,000 | Sue Black | 250-56117116 Lemuria Circle #404ELEVATOR INCLUDED with this lake view, over 3,000 SF, 4 bedroom, 3 bath. Many amenities. Numerous upgrades throughout. $629,000 Larry Roorda | 860-25346870 Hunters RoadSouthern exposure, nicely treed and perfectly located lot. A great neighborhood to realize your dream and build your home. $599,000 Chris Adkins | 229-3209CAYMAN 325 Dunes Blvd. #1107Outstanding views of Bay to Gulf from this spacious, bright corner residence. Amenities included. $785,000 | Gayle Fawkes | 250-60512098 Mission DriveBeautifully renovated! Five bedroom plus den, 3.5 bath with wood oors. Terric yard and oversized garage. $899,000 | Dave/Ann Renner | 784-55527562 Cordoba CircleFabulous living space in the heart of Monterey. Stone pool and spa, replace, 4-car garage, and large backyard. $799,000 | Dave/Ann Renner | 784-55528123 Wilshire Lakes Blvd.Impeccable 5 bedroom, 3 bath home with granite counters, 3-car garage and oversized screened lanai with large pool. $749,900 Sandra McCarthy-Meeks | 287-79218117 Lowbank DriveModied Arthur Rutenberg Amelia IV oor plan. Spacious master retreat and study. Lanai with pool and a 2-car garage. $499,000 Patrick OConnor | 293-94113894 Midshore DriveArthur Rutenberg 3 bedroom plus den great room home. Spacious master suite wing with private den. Pool and 2+ car garage. $449,000 Patrick OConnor | 293-94116063 Shallows WaySingle-family living with pool and worry-free villa lifestyle. Solid Brazilian cherry wood ooring. Close to it all. $379,000 | Kevin Rathburn | 269-4575 NEW LISTING OPEN MON-SAT 10-4 SUN. 12-4 ANDALUCIA AUTUMNWOODS BANYANWOODS COVETOWERS LEMURIA LIVINGSTONWOODS THE CROSSINGS THE DUNES VILLAGESOF MONTEREY WILSHIRELAKESTHE CROSSINGS MILL RUN 7114 Mill Run CircleLake and preserve views. Soaring ceilings, kitchen open to family room, lanai with pool. Master suite views lake. $589,000 | Dave/Ann Renner | 784-5552BAYFRONT GARDENS 209 Bayfront DriveStunning home with bay views, pool/spa, boat dock and lift, 2 gourmet kitchens, 3 guest suites, and 3-car garage. $2,975,000 | Cynthia Joannou | 273-0666 BAREFOOT BEACH PINE RIDGE Private gated California mission-style estate on 1.4 acres. Four bedrooms plus library. Natural slate oors and 20ceilings.$2,395,000 | Jerry Wachowicz | 777-0741BAREFOOT BEACH Incredible 180 degree Gulf views from all four levels! Renovated in 2002. Spacious guest suites with private baths.$3,895,000 | Cynthia Joannou | 273-0666PINE RIDGE Gated estate with lake views, 9,200 SF A/C, 5 bedrooms, den, theater and elevator. A Christies Great Estates Property.$4,400,000 | Dave/Ann Renner | 784-5552PINE RIDGE Two-story Italian-style villa on 3.3 acre estate. Lake, pool/spa, tennis court and separate 3-room structure.$8,950,000 | Karen Van Arsdale | 860-0894PINE RIDGE Wonderfully remodeled with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Free-form pool/spa and paver deck. Huge garage. Owner nancing available.$1,088,777 | Esther Van Lare/Dina L. Moon | 404-3045THE DUNES GRANDE PRESERVE GRANDE DOMINICA #301 Furnished 3 bedroom. Views of Gulf and Turkey Bay. Private elevator marble/hardwood oors. Beach club.$1,095,000 | Ellen Eggland | 571-7192THE DUNES GRANDE PRESERVE GRANDE DOMINICA #504 Five-stars! Gulf/Bay views. Private elevator entry, oversized balconies. Master suite & 2 guest suites.$1,150,000 | Cynthia Joannou | 273-0666BANYAN WOODS Lakefront home with extra den off master, cherry kitchen, gas stove, whole house generator, and heated pool/spa.$1,185,000 | Dave/Ann Renner | 784-5552 PINE RIDGE Four bedroom with 2,200+ SF. Many updates; new kitchen, wood ooring and new roong. Screened-in lanai.$899,000 | Sue Black | 250-5611BAREFOOT BEACH BAREFOOT BEACH CLUB #201 Light-lled 3 bedroom corner residence. Tastefully decorated, preserve and Gulf views. Electric shutters.$925,000 | Fran Rauschelbach | 287-7393BANYAN WOODS Fabulous 2-story home offers 4 bedrooms plus den, a media room and gourmet kitchen with granite counters and upgraded appliances.$999,999 | Mary Morris | 784-8599THE DUNES CAYMAN #PH7 Inviting 3 bedroom, 3 bath has stunning Gulf and Bay vistas. Custom kitchen, wraparound lanai with electric shutters. $999,000 | Pat Callis | 250-0562 WILSHIRE LAKES This 4 bedroom plus den, 3.5 bath pool home features volume and tray ceilings, crown mouldings nd tile ooring in main areas.$795,000 | Patrick OConnor/Bernie Garabed | 293-9411WILSHIRE LAKES Quality 4 bedroom plus den pool/spa home overlooks lake. Professionally landscaped 1.5 lots. Fireplace, 3+car garage.$795,000 | Patrick OConnor | 293-9411GULF HARBOR Waterfront 3-story home. Four bedrooms with guest suite, media room and observation area. Direct Gulf access.$895,000 | Mitch/Sandi Williams | 370-8879BANYAN WOODS Enjoy living in this spacious 4 bedroom plus den, 3 bath home with a lake view. Situated in a gated community .$895,000 | Claire Catalano | 571-7223 VILLAGES OF MONTEREY Charming and beautifully renovated 4 bedroom home. Gorgeous cherry kitchen with new hardwood oors. Many updates.$699,000 | Dave/Ann Renner | 784-5552THE DUNES CAYMAN #802 Forever views of Bay and Gulf from this fully furnished residence. W orld-class pool, tness center and tennis club.$750,000 | Barbi/Steve Lowe | 216-1973COVE TOWERS BEQUIA #902 Breathtaking views, open kitchen for entertaining, tile throughout except bedrooms, and plantation shutters.$769,000 | Marsha L. Moore | 398-4559WILSHIRE LAKES Filled with upgrades! Stainless appliances, granite, wood cabinets and marble oor Heated 26 pool/spa and great views!$769,000 | Mitch/Sandi Williams | 370-8879 EDEN ON THE BAY Overlooking a lake, this home features 3 bedrooms plus den, 3 baths, and ceramic tile throughout. Heated pool/spa.$699,000 | Marty/Debbi McDermott | 564-4231THE CROSSINGS MILL RUN Prime location at end of cul-de-sac. Recently updated, this 4 bedroom plus den home has sideentry 3-car garage.$599,000 | Dave/Ann Renner | 784-5552WILSHIRE LAKES Recently updated 3 bedroom plus den pool home overlooks private preserve. Gas replace, family room, plantation shutters.$649,900 | Patrick OConnor | 293-9411BAREFOOT BEACH BAREFOOT BEACH CLUB II #7-304 Steps to the beach! Gulf sunsets and Bay sunrises! Furnished 2 bedroom with storm shutters and wood ooring.$675,000 | Cynthia Joannou | 273-0666 LEMURIA A new community off Goodlette Road and south of Vanderbilt Beach Road. Three and 4 bedroom plans, 2-car garages and high-end interiors. Clubhouse with tness center, pool and tennis. From $499,000 | Jean Smith | 450-8202 THESTRADA AT MERCATOLocated just North of Vanderbilt Beach Road on U.S. 41 Mercato features residential, retail, Whole Foods Market, restaurants and more. Upscale contemporary living from the $500s.Please call 594-9400 for more information.VILLAGES OF MONTEREY Single family home on large lot, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, new granite counters and replace in spacious family room.$479,000 | Dave/Ann Renner | 784-5552VILLAGES OF MONTEREY Robb & Stucky designer has created a stunning renovation of this 3 bedroom home. Large lanai and backyard.$499,000 | Dave/Ann Renner | 784-5552


NORTH NAPLES 239.594.9494 THE PROMENADE239.948.4000 COMMERCIAL 239.947.6800 DEVELOPER SERVICES239.434.6373 RENTAL DIVISION 239.642.4242 SARASOTA 941.364.4000 PARK SHORE, MOORINGS & SURROUNDS premier COM NAPLES.COM MARCOISLAND.COM CO COM M BONITASPRINGS.COM NEW LISTING OPEN SUN. 1-4 OPEN SUN. 1-4 OPEN SUN. 1-4 OPEN SUN. 1-4 OPEN SUN. 1-4 1727 Alamanda DriveFour bedroom, 2 bath pool home. Live close to Lowdermilk Beach Park, shopping and downtown areas! $599,000 | Marty/Debbi McDermott | 564-4231BANYAN CLUB 274 Banyan Blvd. #274This two bedroom, two bath residence offers a spacious screened terrace, open oor plan, and fully equipped kitchen. $399,000 | Emily K. Bua/Tade Bua-Bell | 213-7420266 Yucca RoadFabulous opportunity to build your dream home. Lot size is 113x197x110x195 Close to beaches, shopping and dining. $1,640,000 | Emily K. Bua/Tade Bua-Bell | 213-7420PARK WEST VILLAS 4720 West Blvd.Spacious corner villa with 2nd story loft/4th bedroom. New roof summer 2007. Being sold as-is. Two-car garage. $399,000 | Jeri Richey | 269-22035122 Sand Dollar LaneLarge .34 acre lot is steps to the beach. Current home on property being sold as-is. $639,000 | Dave/Ann Renner | 784-5552COMMODORE CLUB 222 Harbour Drive #108First oor condominium with oversized boat dock, sun deck, pool, beach and shing pier only steps from your door. $499,900 | Vickie Larscheid | 250-5041SUZANNE 825 Ketch Drive #200Spacious 3 bedroom corner residence. Located close to beaches, dining and shopping. Private beach membership available. $295,000 | Robin Weidle | 370-5515PORTSIDE CLUB 3100 Binnacle Drive #102Lake view from this remodeled 2 bedroom plus den. Bright and cheerful; new furnishings and upgrades! Lanai with glass enclosure. $289,750 | Jennifer/Dave Urness | 273-7731SOMERSET 3111 Riviera Drive #A-104Lake view, 3 bedroom end residence with 2 screened porches and covered parking. Crown mouldings, chair rail and more. $240,000 | Penny/Bob Lyle | 564-44052201 Beacon LaneCompletely renovated! Western sunsets over Compass Cove. Travertine marble, stainless appliances, granite counters. $2,425,000 | Trey Wilson | 595-4444995 Wedge DriveThis home is in pristine condition with many recent upgrades. An outstanding view of the Moorings Country Club. $849,000 | Jeri Richey | 269-2203COMMODORE CLUB 222 Harbour Drive #402Enjoy the serene view of the Gulf from your lanai, remodeled kitchen and living areas. A deeded boat dock available. $595,000 | Vickie Larscheid | 250-5041HARBORSIDE GARDENS 3400 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. #m-6Views over bay from this 2 bedroom residence. New carpet, tile, windows and newer kitchen appliances! Dock lease available. $549,000 | Keith Alexander | 250-5156PELICAN POINT I 300 Park Shore Drive #2ASerene views of Venetian Bay from recently updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath residence. Granite countertops, wood ooring. $675,000 | Paula Sims | 262-6600PARK SHORE LANDINGS 355 Park Shore Drive #134Long Venetian Bay views, new carpet/paint. Corner 2 bedroom with windows on 3 sides for a light, bright interior. $649,000 | Larry Roorda | 860-2534 OPEN SUN. 1-4PELICAN POINT I 300 Park Shore Drive #4ASerene views of Venetian Bay from this rarely offered 3 bedroom, 2 bath corner residence. Steps to beach. $599,000 | Paula Sims | 262-6600VILLAS OF PARK SHORE 579 Park Shore DriveCorner residence with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, attached 2-car garage, screened lanai, cathedral ceiling, and an interior atrium. $595,000 | Ted Dudley | 860-2498PELICAN POINT 1 300 Park Shore Drive #3DLovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath turnkey furnished residence has wonderful bay views. Stroll to Venetian Village. $545,000 | Paula Sims | 262-6600BELAIRAT PARK SHORE 3606 Belair LaneTwo-story 3 bedroom villa features tile oors, vaulted ceiling, loft overlooking 2nd oor with 2 bedrooms and bath. $439,000 | Mimi Straub | 434-2424JACARANDA 4082 Belair Lane #10First oor, 3 bedroom plus glassed-in porch/den is updated and in excellent condition. Wood and tiled oors. $349,000 | Penny/Bob Lyle | 564-4405LEXINGTON 4022 Belair Lane #9Elegant quiet 55 plus community, close to the beach. This 2nd oor walkup has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Upgrades throughout. $325,000 | Mimi Straub | 434-2424299 Mermaids BightNew on the water home in Addsion Mizner-style (to be constructed in) is a true showpiece. Floorplan available. $4,795,000 | Jerry Wachowicz | 777-07414201 Crayton RoadFresh new look! Stunning home to be built. Gorgeous Bay views, 4 ensuite bedrooms, replace, and walk-in wine cellar. $3,950,000 | Jerry Wachowicz | 777-0741502 Whispering Pine LaneThis spacious 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath offers neutral tile in main living areas, newer carpet in bedrooms and is freshly painted. $1,250,000 | Kathryn Tout | 250-35833750 Fountainhead LaneDesirable 3 bedroom, 2 bath pool home with upgraded 20 tile, newer kitchen cabinets, appliances and new roof. $599,000 | Kevin Rathburn | 269-4575PIEDMONT CLUB 4155 Crayton Road #204Finely appointed 3 bedroom, 3 bath with wide western bay views! Turnkey furnished. Intimate complex with bayside pool. $895,000 | Patrick OConnor | 293-9411PELICAN POINT WEST 250 Park Shore Drive #402Expansive views of Venetian Bay from every room! Beautifully renovated home with 2 master suites and 1500+ total SF. $865,000 | Ann S. Zampogna | 580-7367COLONADE 117 Colonade CircleThree bedrooms, 3.5 baths, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, Sub-Zero refrigerator, wood oors and tile. $759,000 | Linda Ohler | 404-6460PARK SHORE LANDINGS 255 Park Shore Drive #342Boat dock #23 included! Water views from this 2 bedroom plus den, 2 bath top-oor furnished residence. $749,000 | Pat Callis | 250-0562VILLAS OF PARK SHORE 4032 Crayton RoadFurnished villa with large oor plan, 2 bedrooms upstairs and master on main level. Twocar garage. $725,000 | Bette Helms | 250-6455PELICAN POINT I 300 Park Shore Drive #2FEnd residence has wide water views of Venetian Bay. Updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath has new African granite kitchen counters. $695,000 | Paula Sims | 262-6600COLONADE 241 Colonade CircleDelightful villa featuring architectural details such as 10 ceilings, bay windows and 8 doors! Marble ooring. $675,000 | Barbi/Steve Lowe | 216-1973 PARK SHORE t Fountains grace entry of this 4 bedroom plus den two-level home. Overlooks bay Leisure room, ofce, studio, pool/spa, dock.$5,495,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939PARK SHORE t Bay views from this 5 bedroom, 6.5 bath home with 2 masters, spacious kitchen and great lanai with kitchen, pool/spa and 80-ft. dock.$5,500,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939PARK SHORE t New construction home on Venetian Bay. Four bedrooms, library game room, study heated pool and spa, dock/hoist.$5,995,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939MOORINGS t Waterfront 4 bedroom home plus den and game room; over 6,600 SF under air; 4-car garage, sound and security systems, pool and spa.$6,495,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939 MOORINGS t An incredible waterfront homesite. Three bedroom plus den home with Bay views. No bridges to the Gulf.$3,650,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939MOORINGS t Overlooking Compass Cove. Boat lift on bay, sea wall and Gulf access. Negative-edge pool and spa, dream kitchen.$3,995,000 | Jerry Wachowicz | 777-0741PARK SHORE t This expansive 2 story home offers 5 bedrooms plus den, 5.5 baths, 3-car garage and a sizable pool. Boat dock and lift.$4,295,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939PARK SHORE t On Venetian Bay with 165 on the water. Four bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 28 ceiling, replace, koi ponds and dock. $5,475,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939 SEAGATE t WOW! The most spectacular view creating a feeling of total security. Four bedrooms, three baths, 2900 SF of living area.$2,495,000 | Emily K. Bua/Tade Bua-Bell | 213-7420PARK SHORE t New construction courtyard home with 3,940 SF A/C, 4 bedrooms, study, 4 baths including guest cabana; 3-car garage.$2,495,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939MOORINGS t New construction! Old Florida-style 4 bedroom plus den home with pool, spa and outdoor kitchen. Exquisitely appointed.$2,495,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939 MOORINGS VILLAS OF FAIRWAY TERRACE t Three bedrooms, den, 3.5 baths, and pool. Chefs kitchen. Outdoor screened living room with summer kitchen.$2,149,000 | Mark/Laura Maran | 777-3301MOORINGS t Spectacular .46 acre point lot with 184 ft. of waterfront and wraparound bay views. Spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bath pool home.$2,190,000 | Dave/Ann Renner | 784-5552MOORINGS t Old Florida-style home situated in the heart of the Moorings. Private pool and summer kitchen. Three-car garage.$2,200,000 | Trey Wilson | 595-4444 MOORINGS PARK SHORE SEAGATE COQUINA SANDS MOORINGS OPEN SAT & SUN. 1-4 PARK SHORE t 566 Neapolitan Lane Delightful 4 bedroom home. Southern exposure and sparkling pool. Oversize 2-car garage and Xeriscaping. $799,000 | Jeri Richey | 269-2203PARK SHORE COLONADE t Delightful 3 bedroom plus den with attached 2-car garage. Delphi oor plan, light and bright, private elevator. Furnished.$1,095,000 | Linda Ohler | 404-6460PARK SHORE PELICAN POINT WEST t Overlooking Venetian Bay. Granite, wood cabinets, stainless appliances, three bedrooms, two baths, balcony from master.$1,095,000 | Paula Sims | 262-6600PARK SHORE t 503 Neapolitan Way Exceptional 4 bedroom plus den with chefs kitchen, poolside family room, study and pool set amid private garden. $1,140,000 | Karen Coney Coplin | 261-1235 MOORINGS t 614 Bowline Drive New construction! Mediterranean-style home with 4 bedrooms, formal dining room and study Pool/spa, outdoor kitchen.$1,995,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939SEAGATE t A beautifully landscaped waterfront property. This three bedroom, three bath home is just 1 block from the beach.$1,295,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939PARK SHORE AREA LUSSO VILLAS t Luxury new construction villa. Outside replace and a grand pool/spa. Each villa has an elevator and 1st oor master 2nd oor with a morning kitchen. Includes Premier Membership to Naples Grande.FROM $1,400,000 | Jerry Wachowicz | 777-0741MOORINGS VILLASOF FAIRWAY TERRACE t664 Fairway Terrace Magnicent 1 & 2-story villas built BCB Homes and designed by Stofft Cooney Architects. Choose from 4 oor plans with outstanding amenities.Just over $2.1 million Mark Maran/Jerry Wachowicz 777-3301 MOORINGS t New construction 4 bedroom plus den with replace, coffered ceilings and crown mouldings. Pool/spa and outdoor kitchen.$2,595,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939PARK SHORE t 646 Parkview Lane Reminiscent of a French Chteau. Sophisticated details, 4 bedroom plus den in a Feng Shui plan.$3,099,000 | Jerry Wachowicz | 777-0741COQUINA SANDS t 500 Yucca Road Nestled lakefront 5 blocks to Gulf. Gourmet kitchen, impact glass on windows; innity-edge pool with spa.$3,450,000 | Beth Hayhoe McNichols | 821-3304MOORINGS VISTA ROYALE t 231 Harbour Drive Luxuriously appointed waterfront villas offer exquisite views from multiple balconies overlooking Moorings Bay and include gourmet kitchen, private pool/spa and deeded boat slips. FROM $3,295,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939PARK SHORE t Waterfront property on Venetian Bay with 116 of water frontage with only 1 bridge to the Gulf. Close to the beach.$2,250,000 | Michael Lawler | 571-3939MOORINGS t Room for everyone, 2 bedroom attached guest retreat plus main home, replaces, pool, beautiful yard, chef s kitchen.$2,595,000 | Karen Coney Coplin | 261-1235 PARK SHOREPELICAN POINT I 300 Park Shore Drive #4FA rare treat! Wide bay views from this southwest corner three bedroom furnished condominium. Great ambiance in every room. $719,000 | Angela R. Allen | 825-8494HARBORSIDE GARDENS 3400 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. #L-1Wide bay views, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths plus a glassed-in lanai. New hurricane resistant double hung windows on the lanai. $675,000 | Mimi Straub | 434-2424660 Wedge DriveExisting home offers three bedrooms, two baths and a granite kitchen. A great starter home or entry level opportunity. $595,000 | Karen Coney Coplin | 261-1235 OPEN SUN. 1-4


41 41Bonita Springs Bonita SpringsNaplesImmokalee Road Bonita Beach Road Vanderbilt Beach Road Pine Ridge Road Golden Gate Blvd. Radio Road Davis BlvdCollier Blvd Collier Blvd Airport Pullimg RdGulf Shore Blvd.Park Shore Dr. Rattlesnake Hammock Road Goodlette Frank Road Marco Island 1M 1L 1A 3J 4J 2J 6J 4J 1J 6 I 7 I 5 I 8 I 4 I 3 I 2 I 1 I 5H 2F 3F 9H 10H 8H 6H 4H 7H 3H 2H 1G 2G 1H 1F 4F 2E 1E 1D 2C 3C 1C 3B NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB18 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 Florida Weeklys Open HousesCall 239.325.1960 to be included in Florida Weeklys Open Houses.>$200,0001A B) Bay Forest, Bermuda Bay 15465 Cedarwood Ln #303 Bridgette Foster 239-253-8001 Amerivest $299,900>$400,0001B $410,000 Chateaumere Royale 6000 Pelican Bay Blvd Marya Doonan 239-450-4000 Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.3B $495,000 FAIRWINDS Catherine Backos 239-947-0040 Pegasus Realty Group, Inc. Daily 10-5>$500,0001C $549,000 VILLAS OF PELICAN BAY 6620 Trident Way Marya Doonan 239-450-4000 Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. Sun., 1-42C $595,000 CALAIS IN PELICAN BAY 7032 Pelican Bay Blvd. #104 Nancy Kreisler 239.784.1460 Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. Sun., Nov. 1-4 3C MERCATO Located just North of Vanderbilt Beach Rd on US 41 Contemporary living from the $500s. Call 800-719-5136 Premier Properties MonSat. 9-5 & Sun. 12-4 >$600,0001D PARK SHORE PARK SHORE LANDINGS 355 Park Shore Drive #134 $649,000 Larry Roorda 8602534. Premier Properties of Southwest Florida, Inc., Realtors >$700,0001E TREVISO BAY 9004 Tamiami Trail East From $700,000 Call 643-1414 Premier Properties Mon.Sat. 9-5 & Sun. 11-5 2E $700,000> 2400 Grey Oaks Dr. N 239.262-5557 Grey Oaks>$800,0001F $838,000 Audubon Country Club 241 Charleston Court Sharon Saunders 239-269-7632 DowningFrye Realty, Inc.2F BONITA BAY BAYVIEW I 4811 Island Pond Court #1103 $899,000 Cathy/George Lieberman 7772441. Premier Properties3F BONITA BAY ESPERIA & TAVIRA 26951 Country Club Drive New construction priced from the $800s. Call 800-311-3622. Premier Properties Mon.-Sat. 10-5 & Sun. 12-54F A) Pelican Isle Yacht Club Bridgette Foster 239-253-8001 Amerivest $825,000-1,899,000 >$900,0001G PELICAN LANDING GOLDCREST 24980 Goldcrest Drive $970,000 Pam Umscheid 691-3541 Premier Properties 2G PELICAN BAY OAKMONT 808 Pine Creek Lane $999,000 Emily K. Bua/Tade Bua-Bell 213-7420. Premier Properties >$1,000,0001H $1,049,000 Audubon Country Club 209 Charleston Court Sharon Saunders 239-269-7632 Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. 2H $1,499,000 660 East Lake Dr. Terry Warren 239-434-8049 Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. 3H PELICAN LANDING SANCTUARY 23951 Sanctuary Lakes Court $1,075,000 John Coburn 8253464 Premier Properties 4H PARK SHORE 503 Neapolitan Way $1,140,000 Jan Martindale 896-0360. Premier Properties 5H PELICAN MARSH ARBORS 1337 Little Blue Heron Court $1,150,000 Mitch/Sandi Williams 3708879. Premier Properties 6H ROYAL HARBOR 1303 Cobia Court $1,395,000 Isabelle Edwards 250-4140. Premier Properties 7H PELICAN BAY PINECREST 815 Bentwood Drive $1,598,000 Mary/Jamey Halpin 269-3005. Premier Properties 8H MARCO ISLAND 430 Cottage Court $1,749,000 Roe Tamagni 398-1222. Premier Properties 9H BONITA BAY HORIZONS 4731 Bonita Bay Blvd. #1701 $1,850,000 Judy Stead 273-3438. Premier Properties 10H BONITA BAY CREEKSIDE 3420 Oak Hammock Court $1,995,000 Gary L. Jaarda/Jeff Jaarda 248-7474. Premier Properties >$2,000,0001 I $2,499,000 Mediterra 16469 Celebrita Court Sandra Mathias 239-331-1059 Sat. & Sun. 1-5 and weekdays 2:00-5:00 Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. 2 I GREY OAKS ESTUARY 1306 Noble Heron Way $2,000,000 Emily K. Bua/Tade Bua-Bell 213-7420. Premier Properties 3I OLD NAPLES RIDGE LAKE 583 6th Avenue North $2,250,000 Jerry Wachowicz 7770741. Premier Properties 4I OLD NAPLES CASA BELLA 458 11th Avenue South $2,395,000 Kevin Wood 213-8386. Premier Properties5I BAREFOOT BEACH BAYFRONT GARDENS 209 Bayfront Drive $2,975,000 Cynthia Joannou 273-0666. Premier Properties 6I OLD NAPLES 693 14th Avenue South $2,995,000 Steve Smiley 298-4327 Premier Properties7I PARK SHORE ARIA 4501 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. Priced from $2,900,000 Call 261-6200 Premier Properties Mon.-Sat. Open Daily & Sun. 12-48I MOORINGS VILLAS OF FAIRWAY TERRACE 664 Fairway Terrace Prices starting at just over $2.1 million. Mark Maran/Jerry Wachowicz 777-3301. Premier Properties Sat. & Sun. 1-4 >$3,000,0001J VANDERBILT BEACH ESTATES 222 Channel Drive $3,200,000 Roya Nouhi 290-9111. Premier Properties 2J ROYAL HARBOR 2525 T arpon Road $3,495,000 Angela R. Allen 825-8494. Premier Properties 3J MEDITERRA RAVELLO 14915 Celle Way $3,499,000 Emily K. Bua/Tade Bua-Bell 213-7420. Premier Properties 4J PORT ROYAL 999 Spyglass Lane $3,750,000 Ruth Trettis 434-2424. Premier Properties 5J MEDITERRA IL TREBBIO 16041 Trebbio Way $3,775,000 Emily K. Bua/Tade Bua-Bell 2137420. Premier Properties 6J MOORINGS VISTA ROYALE 231 Harbour Drive $3,995,000 Michael Lawler 571-3939. Premier Properties >$5,000,0001L GREY OAKS ESTUARY 1376 Great Egret Trail $5,895,000 Carolyn Weinand 269-5678. Premier Properties >$6,000,0001M PORT ROYAL 777 Kings Town Drive $6,495,000 Richard G. Prebish II 357-6628. Premier Properties Open House are Sunday 1-4, unless otherwise marked


THE VILLAGE 239.261.6161 OLD NAPLES 239.434.2424 THE GALLERY 239.659.0099 BAYFRONT 239.434.8770 FIFTH AVENUE 239.643.3006 MARCO ISLAND 239.642.2222 NORTH NAPLES 239.594.9494 THE PROMENADE239.948.4000 COMMERCIAL 239.947.6800 DEVELOPER SERVICES239.434.6373 RENTAL DIVISION 239.642.4242 SARASOTA 941.364.4000 premier COM NAPLES.COM MARCOISLAND.COM CO COM M BONITASPRINGS.COM MARCO ISLAND & SURROUNDS OPEN SUN. 1-4#2107 Stunning 3 BR, 3.5 BA with over 3,844 SF of living area. Furnished. $2,298,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133 #1108 Grand 4 BR residence. Marble ooring, gourmet kitchen, & replace. $2,390,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548 #907 Travertine/wood ooring, replace, 3 suites, den. Turnkey furnished. $1,999,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133 #PH-2102 Decorator nished, 4 BRs, 4.5 BAs, and over 4,765 SF $3,495,000 | ML Meade/Natalie Kirstein | 293-4851 #PH-2506 Penthouse perfect, 5 BRs plus den, 6+ BAs. $11,900,000 | Laura Adams/Chris Adams | 404-4766 #1803 T urnkey furnished, beautifully appointed, 3 BRs, 3 BAs. $1,899,000 | Darlene Roddy | 404-0685 #102 Oversized terrace, 2 BRs, 2.5 BAs. $2,599,999 | Natalie Kirstein/ML Meade | 784-0491 #303 Turnkey furnished, 3 BRs, private elevator foyer $2,790,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548 #1005 Exquisitely nished 3 BR residence. Marble ooring & V enetian plaster. $2,950,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548 #606 Professionally decorated 2,974 SF residence. Furnished. $1,790,000 | Chris Adams | 404-5130 #206 Beachfront 2 BR residence with front and rear balconies. $1,299,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548 #301 Turnkey furnished. Wraparound terrace, 3 BRs, 2.5 BAs. $995,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548 #204 Professionally decorated & turnkey furnished 3 BR, 3 BA residence. $995,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548 #PH-602 The only penthouse available. A grand 4 BR residence. Furnished. $2,250,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548 #205 -T wo BR bayside residence offered furnished. T wo balconies. $698,385 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133 #501 Beautifully furnished and appointed 3 BR corner residence. $2,395,000 | Chris Adams | 404-5130 #204 New tile throughout this 3 BR, 3 BA with crown moulding. $950,000 | Darlene Roddy | 404-0685VILLA DEL MARE 816 West Elkcam Circle #301Totally remodeled! Bay views! Tile on the diagonal, crown moulding, and tray ceiling. Quick boating to Marco River. $599,000 | Natalie Kirstein/ML Meade | 784-0491THE PLANTATION 1000 South Collier Blvd. #708Magnicent views of the Gulf from this 3 bedroom condominium. Private shing pier and beach, heated pool/spa. $575,000 | Darlene Roddy | 404-0685GULFVIEW APTS 58 N. Collier Blvd. #1204Outstanding view of Tigertail Beach and beyond from this 12th oor condominium. Updated 2 bedroom, 2 bath with tile oors. $599,000 | Roe Tamagni | 398-1222SOUTH SEAS TOWER I 260 Seaview Court #801Turnkey furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath beachfront suite. Totally upgraded. Panoramic beach and Gulf views. $800,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133CAPE MARCO MERIDA 990 Cape Marco Drive #906Decorator furnished two bedroom, two bath with Gulf views. Amenities include tennis, pool and exercise room. Steps to beach. $675,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133CAPE MARCO VERACRUZ 940 Cape Marco Drive #802Views of the Gulf and Crescent Beach from this 4 bedroom, 4 bath with granite counters, replace, wet bar, and private elevator. $2,395,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548CAPE MARCO COZUMEL 960 Cape Marco Drive #1601Unparalleled views of Crescent Beach, 10,000 Islands and Caxambas Pass! Professionally decorated and turnkey furnished. $1,980,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548CAPE MARCO VERACRUZ 940 S. Collier Blvd. #1105Spectacular sunset beach views. Decorator nished, inlaid tile design, replace accents and crown moulding. $1,850,000 | Natalie Kirstein/ML Meade | 784-0491CAPE MARCO COZUMEL 980 Cape Marco Drive #1906Absolutely stunning beachfront residence. Spacious 3 bedroom beautifully furnished. Marble ooring and crown mouldings. $1,775,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133CAPE MARCO COZUMEL 960 Cape Marco Drive #501Rare oor plan with beach/Gulf views. Tasteful appointments! Luxury beachfront residence. Furnished. A Christies Great Estates Property. $1,649,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548DUNNFOIRE 530 South Collier Blvd. #601Rarely available beachfront residence with 3 bedrooms plus den, 3 baths and 5 terraces to enjoy Gulf, beach and island views. $1,249,000 | Brock/Julie Wilson | 821-9545SHIPPS LANDING I 1080 S. Collier Blvd. #108Two residences combined into 1 with 2,700+ SF of A/C and 4 bedrooms! Panoramic 10,000 Islands and Caxambas Pass views. $1,200,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548THE PRINCE 176 South S. Collier Blvd. #1007Beautifully decorated condominium with Gulf views and numerous upgrades. Faux painting, granite, stainless and more. $1,199,000 | Natalie Kirstein/ML Meade | 784-0491MARBELLE CLUB 840 South Collier Blvd. #1205Three bedroom residence with east and west balconies off master suite, crown mouldings, window treatments and Gulf views. $1,150,000 | Chris Adams | 404-5130THE PRINCE 176 S. Collier Blvd. #1005Gulf and pool views from this south side 2 bedromo, 2.5 bath. Granite counters and new appliances in kitchen. $1,099,000 | Darlene Roddy | 404-0685MARBELLE CLUB 840 South Collier Blvd. #705Beautiful views from this large 3 bedroom, 3 bath residence on the beach. Great parking and storage space. $995,000 | Chris Adams | 404-5130KEY MARCO 786 Whiskey Creek DrivePreserve views from this 3,000+ SF A/C, 3 bedroom plus den, large lanai with pool/spa. Three-car garage. Direct access. $1,100,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133507 Antilles CourtCharming direct access 4 bedroom, 3 bath home has WIDE WATER VIEWS and super quick out to River. Good rental potential. $1,099,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548930 Inlet Drive EastElegant and spacious estate home is beautifully decorated and furnished turnkey. Waterfall in pool area and 3-car garage. $999,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-55481113 Whiteheart CourtBeautiful furnished home with expansive waterway views and Marco skyline views. Large pool and lanai with summer kitchen. $899,900 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-11331131 Vernon PlaceOld Florida style home with quick direct access and 160 ft. of waterfront, large wraparound verandas, new oors and paint. $899,000 | Brock/Julie Wilson | 821-95451771 Hummingbird CourtQuick river access from this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with granite counters, stainless appliances and gorgeous furnishings. $869,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548243 Seahorse CourtA home sitting on a tip lot with beautiful landscaping with wide waterway views, 40 ft. dock, and 14,000 lb. lift. $829,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133355 Marquesas CourtLovely 3 bedroom plus den or 4th bedroom totally updated in 2007. Over 2,689 total SF, large pool, dock with 12,000 lb. lift. $769,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-11331657 San Marco RoadSouthern exposure and wide water views from this beautifully updated 3 bedroom with new pool cage, new dock and lift. $765,000 | Elizabeth Summers | 269-4230218 Seahorse CourtGorgeous home with volume ceilings, granite counters, raised panel cabinets and stainless applcs. Large dock with 2 lifts. $749,500 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133480 Century DriveBayview pool home. Remodeled in 2007. Furnished 3 bedroom plus den/4th bedroom. 14,000 lb. lift on large dock. $749,500 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-11331560 Collingswood AvenueThis 4 bedroom home offers 20 porcelain tile oors, stainless steel appliances, heated pool and views of Roberts Bay. $739,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133951 Ironwood CourtTwo blocks to beach! Luxury home with custom pool design, 12 ceilings, crown moulding, wood cabinets, granite and more. $729,000 | Natalie Kirstein/ML Meade | 784-04911048 Fieldstone DriveAbsolutely gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with den and pool. The home has a spacious oor plan. Offered furnished. $575,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-11331161 Martinique CourtThis southern exposure three bedroom home has wide water views and a new top quality dock and observation deck. $529,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548370 Yarmouth StreetNew, never lived-in, 3 bedroom plus den home with gorgeous large pool nestled in private setting. Great neighborhood. $519,900 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548 Condominiums/Villas CAPE MARCO VERACRUZ 940 S. Collier Blvd. #801BEACHFRONT! Gulf and 10,000 island views! Decorator ready 4 bedroom home with warm, neutral tone cabinetry and counters. $2,690,000 | Natalie Kirstein/ML Meade | 784-0491655 Rockport CourtCustom 3 bedroom plus den, 3 bath pool home enjoys awesome wide water views. Super quick out, and 3-car garage! $1,799,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548 Single Family Homes 1631 Collingswood AvenueOn Roberts Bay in Estate Area, this home offers panoramic views and direct Gulf access. Livable home or build new. $2,450,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133HIDEAWAY BEACH 616 Waterside DriveViews of Gulf, skyline and beach. Custom 3-story Eastwood-built home with 3,000+ SF, elevator and rooftop sundeck. $1,999,999 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133HIDEAWAY BEACH 854 West Hideaway CircleThis home features a private loft style masters quarters with wet bar, study and balcony. Summer kitchen on lanai. $1,950,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133461 Gray CourtGreat 4 bedroom, 4 full and 2 half-bath home. Pool, water views, 3-car garage, granite counters, 12,000 lb. lift. Furnished. $1,699,000 | Chris Sullivan | 404-5548160 Snowberry CourtDecorator furnished home with 3 bedrooms plus den, 3 baths, and pool/spa. Eat-in kitchen with granite counters, 20 tiled oors. $1,499,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133720 South Barfield DriveBeautiful inland home on an oversized homesite. Great oor plan, hurricane shutters plus an open lanai with pool/spa. $1,450,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-1133950 Snowberry CourtCustom built home on a corner lot featuring 3 bedrooms, den and 2.5 baths. Great oor plan with upgrades, pool and deeded dock. $1,379,900 | Roe Tamagni | 398-1222113 Greenview StreetTwo-story home with 4+ bedrooms, custom ceilings and cabinetry, 12,000 lb. boat lift with sun deck, and heated pool. $1,375,000 | Chris Adams/Laura Adams | 404-5130499 Adirondack CourtPanoramic views of Marco and 169 of waterfront from this furnished home with Gulf access. Beamed ceilings and replace. $1,300,000 | Jim/Nikki Prange | 642-11331261 Laurel CourtDirect access and beautiful views! 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Built-in bar, elegant oors. $1,975,000 | Darlene Roddy | 404-0685 MADEIRA #PH-202 t Beachfront penthouse with 6,500+ SF of living area. Gulf, beach and island vistas from 2,140 SF of multiple terraces.$7,495,000 | Brock/Julie Wilson | 821-9545MADEIRA #PH-201 t This penthouse boasts 7,414 SF and views of the Gulf and Marco s crescentshaped white-sand beach. A Christies Great Estates Property.$6,950,000 | Chris Adams | 404-5130KEY MARCO BLUEHILLCREEKDRIVE tFinest in luxury living! Exquisite nishes, three guest suites, private master suite. Quick Gulf access. A Christies Great Estates Property.$5,695,000 | Natalie Kirstein/ML Meade | 784-0491SOLANACOURT t Majestic custom home with spectacular panoramic views of Smokehouse Bay Featuring 5 bedroom suites plus a study.$3,695,000 | Brock/Julie Wilson | 821-9545BLUEHILLCREEKDRIVE t Bareld Bay and Marco views. 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYARTS & ENTERTAINMENTA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE CSECTIONWEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 Music, comedy, murderTheres still something missing in The Naples Players spoof. C8 WEEK at-a-glance Wonderful Oz artworkHead off to Miami Beach to see contemporary interpretations of the 70-year-old classic. C4 Awesome AlexandersWith no fuss, Alexanders Restaurant dishes out a fantastic evening. C23 Family entertainmentNaples Opera brings H.M.S. Pinafore to Cambier Park this weekend. C5 A.R. Gurneys Indian Blood goes back to his Buffalo boyhoodLife is a never-ending series of transitions. But the ones that occur during our teens can be particularly seismic, says playwright A.R. Gurney. We all have, all through our lives, crossroads and transitions, he says. But the ones you have when youre an adolescent I think are different, because youre discovering a lot of new things about yourself, your possibilities. And youre very much aware of the limitations of your parents; they become less like gods and more like people. All these things occur when youre that age. Thats what Mr. Gurney set out to write about in Indian Blood. The play had its southeastern premiere on Nov. 28 at Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers and runs there through Dec. 21. Though the action takes place during Christmastime, Indian Blood is not your conventional holiday play. It tells the story of Eddie, a 16-year-old growing up in Buffalo, N.Y. Hes suspended from school three weeks before Christmas for making a drawing in Latin class of Glinda the Good Witch (from The Wizard of Oz) and Injun Joe (from Tom Sawyer). Both are naked and about to have sex. Eddie really isnt a naughty kid, Mr. Gurney says. Hes just a typical teen of the 1940s with a healthy curiosity. Hes beginning to date girls, or thinking about them, or thinking about dating them, he says. And when that happens, you want to stretch and push against the boundaries your family has created for you. Thats what hes doing. Eddie blames his behavior on his Indian blood (his grandfather has told him hes part Seneca Indian). Its Eddies way of saying, The devil made me do it, but its also his wayIs there any other voice on the planet quite like Phoebe Snows? The woman can growl rougher than a menacing dog, tenderly caress a lyric like a lover, and skip octaves as easy as a stone skimming a lake. She sings jazz, folk, rock, gospel, standards and Broadway classics: everything and anything, in that idiosyncratic, amazing voice of hers. I cant imagine just staying with one style of music, she says. Itd be like only eating one kind of food, like Im going to eat Mexican food for the rest of my life How could you not want to explore other things?See the southeastern premiere at Florida RepBY NANCY STETSON____________________nstetson@ oridaweekly.comBY NANCY STETSON____________________nstetson@ lookslikesn wSEE SNOW, C4 SEE GURNEY, C12 >>What Indian Blood >>When: through Dec. 21 >>Where: The Florida Repertory Theatre, 2267 Bay St. in the historic Arcade Theatre on Bay Street between Jackson and Hendry, downtown Fort Myers >>Cost: $38, $34, $20 >>Information: Call (239) 332-4488 or go to if you go comes to the Phil Phoebe Snow COURTESY PHOTO GURNEY Phoebe on her new live CD and ethnicity. C4>>Inside:{}


Contact Artis >>Send your dating tips, questions, and disasters to: NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC2 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 At an Italian restaurant a few years back, a scruffy waiter attended our gathering of friends. He sported a mop of black hair and small, twitchy eyes that winked when he refilled our wine glasses. Unfortunately, the more we drank the better looking he became. By the end of the night and several bottles of wine we swore he looked just like Antonio Banderas. When he threw an erratic eye squint in our direction, we responded with our own winks. Its no wonder the Web site LiveScience lists alcohol among its top 10 aphrodisiacs. Ranked among classics like raw oysters and Spanish Fly as well as newer favorites like Viagra alcohol lowers inhibitions and raises the level of ones irrationality (a perfect cocktail for romance). While booze can be a great motivator, though, it poses serious hazards. Like beer goggles. In the August issue of the British medical journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, scientists from the University of Bristol concluded that beer goggles (the effect where everyone looks better after a few drinks) is a real phenomenon. Student participants were divided into two groups; both were given a lime-flavored cocktail. The control group consumed a non-alcoholic version, while the test group drank theirs with a shot of vodka mixed in (on a side note: why do tests like this only happen in England? I dont remember my college campus doing experiments that involved free alcohol). The subjects waited 15 minutes, then reviewed pictures of other college students. Overall, the photos were rated 10 percent less attractive by the sober students than the drunk students, who then threw up on their shoes and stumbled back to their dorm rooms to e-mail exgirlfriends. Which brings us to another problem of drinking and dating: the alcohol-induced e-mail. Thankfully, Google has tapped into the needs of the nation and launched a new application for this sort of problem. Google account holders who opt-in to Mail Goggles are given a series of math problems to solve before they can access e-mail late at night on the weekends. The equations run along the lines of 7 x 3 and 11 x 8, simple enough during the average work day, but a struggle after a night of heavy drinking. Now if only Alltel and Verizon could prevent drunk texting or, worse, drunk dialing. When it comes to mixing alcohol and romance, the worst offender is closely linked to, well, performance. In the same LiveScience article that listed alcohol as an aphrodisiac, the author quotes Karen Boyle, director of Reproductive Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, as saying that alcohol affects blood flow, which can lead to E.D. (known less trendily as erectile dysfunction). She concludes that booze has a negative effect on the libido. This calls to mind the famous scene in Shakespeares Macbeth where the Porter shares his philosophy on the consequences of drunkenness: Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance. Drinking, says the Porter, makes a man stand to, and not stand to, a sad end to any hot date. With alcohol as with love moderation is the key. Otherwise, you might go home with Antonio Banderas but wake up next to a Corsican waiter. SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTSThe hazards of alcohol ArtisHENDERSON ...alcohol lowers inhibitions and raises the level of ones irrationality (a perfect cocktail for romance). > > > > > > > > >> > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > di d d di d i s s s sa sa a a a a a a a a a s s s a a a a a a s s a a a a a a a a a a a a a a sa a a a s a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a s college students Overall e re rate d 10 p ercent l es s h e sober students than th e s who then threw up on d stum bl e d b ac k to t h e ir n g and dato l-induced h ankfully, p pe d into he nati o n a n e w o r this o blem. count op t-in g gles s eries b lems e th ey cine at that a can le a erect i that b o libido s cene the P o conse q s ir, it p vo k es pe r f o r mak e t o 239.947.3434 Bonita Springs Bay Crossing Plaza U.S. 41 Next to Robb and Stucky www. D iamond D istrict USA .com Diamond District Southwest Floridas Southwest Floridas Southwest Floridas S S S S S S o o o o o o o o u u u u u u u u t t t t t t t t h h h h h w w w w w w w w w w w e e e e e e s s s s s s t t t t t F F F F F F l l l l l l o o o o o o o r r r r r i i i i i d d d d d d d a a a a a a a s s s s s s D D Were Going Out for your business! This holiday season were not going out of business... Now thru the Holidays visit Jason and Todd today! This Holiday Season choose from the largest selection of loose certified diamonds & diamond jewelry Sales Prices at 50%OFF 60%OFF 70%OFF


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On the heels of unveiling the Ruby Slipper Collection at Fashion Week in New York City, Warner Bros. continues its 70th anniversary celebration of The Wizard of Oz in Miami Beach this week. As part of Art Basel Miami Beach, The Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Collection premieres Friday, Dec. 5. The collection showcases renowned artists interpretations of The Wizard of Oz. Among the artists who were invited to create a piece for the collection is Naples resident Marcus Antonius Jansen. His 5-foot-wide E Pluribus Unum is joined by paintings, drawings and sculptures by Angelo Aversa, Romero Britto, Gentle Giant, Phillip Graffham, Gris Grimly, Johnny Johns, William Joyce, Joel Nakamura, Nelson de la Nuez, Glen Orbik, Ragnar, Alex Ross, Todd White and Yakovetic. The Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Collection and the Ruby Slipper Collection will be on display in The Emerald City photo studio at Ocean Drive Magazine in midtown Miami throughout the four days of Art Basel Miami Beach. After Art Basel, both collections will be at the Miami Childrens Museum from Dec. 9-23. This is a special opportunity for the Miami Childrens Museum to extend the essence of Art Basel Miami Beach to our guests in an endearing and authentic way, said Deborah Spiegelman, CEO and executive director at the museum. Were certain these classic collections will enrich the lives of many families through the ageless themes of the story of The Wizard of Oz. The Ruby Slipper Collection consists of famed shoe designers interpretations of Dorothys iconic Ruby Slippers for modern times. Among the designers are fashion masterminds Betsey Johnson, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, Lisa Pliner, Manolo Blahnik, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Roger Vivier, Sergio Rossi, Stuart Weitzman, Tibi and Tuleh.Following a year of special events spanning the globe, the complete Ruby Slipper Collection and select pieces from The Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Collection will be auctioned off at a gala event benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Head off to Miami to see wonderful Oz artworkSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYE Pluribus Unum, 48x60 oil enamel on canvas, by Naples resident Marcus Antonius Jansen COURTESY PHOTO Nelson De La NuezCOURTESY PHOTO Joel NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 SNOWFrom page 1On Dec. 11, Ms. Snow brings her diverse set list and genre-defying voice to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.And to whet your appetite, shes just released a new CD, Phoebe Snow Live, on Verve. Although its traditionally a jazz label, she says about Verve, Theyre opening up to more formats. They made it clear to me, because I said, I know theres a perception among some people that Im a jazz singer, but thats like saying I just do jazz, she says. I said, Im not going to make a jazz album, OK? And the guy who signed me said, Were not a jazz label. Its a misperception. So the not-only-jazz singer recorded a live album for the not-only-jazz label. And everyone was happy. Especially Ms. Snows fans, whove been asking for a live album for years. I think its because something happens in my live shows that was never really captured on a studio disk, she says. Not only does this CD capture the vitality and high energy of her performances, but it also captures Ms. Snows introductions. Theyre not quite as long as Isaac Hayess classic monologues, but they give a nod to them. I do this whole talking-to-the-audience stuff, she says. Theres no place for that on a studio album.Something realThe CD includes Ms. Snows selfpenned Poetry Man and Something Real, covers of Piece of My Heart and Rockin Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu, as well as a doo-wop version of Its All in the Game. Her wide love of all music developed during her childhood, because her parents listened to everything. We were exposed to Broadway, Dixieland, Delta blues, Chicago blues, folk, she says, adding, I brought rock n roll in; my father was not pleased about that, but he just had to accept it, I guess. Because her mother was a dancer and choreographer, she says, there was tons of classical music around. I got turned on to so many great classical composers. I really didnt understand it; I just knew it was part of my life. Ms. Snow hit the national scene with her eponymous album in 1974. From that, Poetry Man, became a No. 5 hit single and has since been covered by artists such as Zap Mama and, more recently, Queen Latifah. Ms. Snow was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, wound up on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, was a musical guest on Saturday Night Live multiple times, performed with Paul Simon and the Jessy Dixon Singers on the gospel-flavored Gone at Last, and toured with Donald Fagens New York Rock and Soul Revue, along with Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs.No show tonightWhen her daughter Valerie was born in 1975 with severe brain injuries, Ms. Snow put her career on hold. Refusing to put her daughter in an institution, she kept her at home and was her primary caregiver. When Valerie died in March 2007 at age 31, her mother turned to music to help with the grief. Oh, it couldnt be anything but therapeutic, she says. She was my child. She was my friend my everything. Oddly, Ms. Snow found comfort in the Disney Channels Hannah Montana shows. The last thing I thought would ever draw my attention would be this gorgeous little girl whos precocious and talented and smart and a wise guy, she says. But she couldnt stop watching. It was a lifeline, she says. She watched the show everyday, reruns included. Then someone introduced her to Steve Peterman, the shows executive producer, who invited her to a taping. Ms. Snow wound up as a special guest with a line of dialogue. (Ms. Snow refuses to divulge the line. Its a surprise! she says.) It was a like a gigantic, nurturing, extended family, she says about the Hannah Montana cast and crew. Most of the people didnt know my circumstances, and certainly the kids had never heard of me before, she says. I was beyond grateful, because I was surrounded by really talented kids. And I dont think they will ever understand how much I needed it. The tenets of Buddhism, which Ms. Snow embraced in 2002, have also helped her cope with the loss of her daughter. Buddhist teachings about death and circuitous, endless continuum of birth/death, birth/death have helped her survive she says. Its like the universe knew I was going to need something.What fans talk aboutIn addition to her four-octave range, fans often comment on Ms. Snows ethnicity. No one can figure out my ethnicity, she says. Ive been asked speculated about. Ill be what you want me to be. Im a racial chameleon. The truth? She has no idea. On my fathers side there was all this strange, unusual exotic-looking stuff, and I dont know what it was. He didnt want to talk about it. So there you go. Youve got an ethnic mystery here. She recalls a time when she was just starting out, working the clubs. She thinks it was her first paying gig, opening for the Edwin Hawkins Singers at the Bitter End. I just wanted to be near them, she says about the band that had a hit with Oh Happy Day. I didnt care about the gig even. In the small club, performers leaving the stage had to pass a section of the audience sitting at small tables. I had just finished my set, and this young black woman grabs me by my shirt I was sincerely frightened. Shes looking at me and looking at her friends, and in her best Ebonics she says, Oh, she is! And the other one goes, No shes not. I knew exactly what they were talking about. Theyre holding me by the shirt, and I said, Can I go? No, not til were finished. The first girl goes, Oh, yes she is! And the other one goes, No, shes NOT. And the third one, who hadnt spoken up to this point, goes, Why do you care? And I kind of quietly nodded my head like, Yeah, listen to your friend over there. Like: who cares? I dont know what you derive from that today. Because of course we care. People are very passionate about their heritage and their ethnicity. But its a good point. But this has been her history. When shes with someone whos Puerto Rican, they think shes Puerto Rican. When shes with someone whos racially diverse, they think shes racially diverse. When shes with someone Sicillan, they think shes Sicilian. When shes with someone Jewish, they think shes Jewish. They see themselves reflected in some part of me, she says. And its very subjective. Which, if you think about it, is what every performer aims for: to connect with all people, to have the audience identify with them and see themselves reflected in the person and their art. I got turned on to so many great classical composers. I really didnt understand it; I just knew it was part of my life. Phoebe Snow


WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 A&E C5 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Opera Naples presents Pinafore family performances in the parkH.M.S. Pinafore, one of the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan operas, comes to the outdoor stage at Naples Cambier Park for two family performances in English this weekend. Opera Naples presents the show famous for its mirth and silliness, infectious tunes and gentle satire about the differences in social classes. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6. Family fourpack tickets (two adults, two children) are $100; individual tickets range from $10 for lawn seating to $75 for premium seating. The fourth collaboration between William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore was their first blockbuster hit. The opera opened May 28, 1878, at Londons Opera Comique and instantly became a fad in England, where it ran for 571 performances. It was copied illegally by dozens of performing companies in the United States and was also presented in this country by Gilbert, Sullivan and DOyly Carte Opera Company. Opera Naples was founded in March 2005 by soprano Steffanie Pearce. The company embodies the hallmark of regional opera, engaging professional singing actors, stage directors and guest conductors for principal roles, while encouraging and supporting talented performers from Southwest Florida. The performances of H.M.S. Pinafore are underwritten by Moran Asset Management Group of Wachovia Securities. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (800) 771-1041. In case of foul weather (lower than 58 degrees or rain), the show will go on at North Naples United Methodist. If in doubt, call 287-8694. Holiday ConcertClassic Chamber Concerts presentsSYNERGY BRASS QUINTETBack by Popular Demand! --Watertown Daily News Tickets $40 call Sugden Box Of ce: 239-263-7990 Friday,Dec 5,8pm & Saturday,Dec 6,8pm Barbara B.Mann Performing Arts HallErich Kunzel The Prince of Pops returns to the SWFL Symphony for a Pops opener tha t pays tribute to Hollywood. Fe a turing fa vorites from Amadeus,Shine,Driving Miss Daisy,Somewhere in Time and more!sponsored by:Charles B.and Dorothy Munsch SUBSCRIBE BY DEC 4.CALL THE SYMPHONY BOX OFFICE & MENTION OFFER 418.1500. SPECIAL NEW SUBSCRIBER OFFER:Subscri be to three POPS concerts,sa ve 20% a nd recei ve a bonus. One FREE pair of ti ckets to a CLASSICAL CONCERT( Value of $60! ). 3 concert subscri pti ons ra nge from $ 39-$132.SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY H. M S Pinafore

PAGE 46 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO This weeks theater Musical Comedy Murders The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, comedy by John Bishop, presented by The Naples Players, is on stage through Dec. 20 at the Sugden Community Theatre in Naples. The hilarious play is not a musical, but a spoof of Hollywood film noir thrillers of the 1940s. Performances are in Blackburn Hall at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday nights with a special performance at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets for the production are $30 for adults and $10 for students; call the box office at 263-7990.White Christmas The Broad-way Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers presents Irving Berlins White Christmas through Dec. 27. White Christmas is based on the movie classic made popular by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. Its 1954 and two army buddies turned show biz partners follow a duo of singing sisters to Vermont where the girls are scheduled to perform over Christmas. The Irving Berlin score includes Happy Holidays, Sisters, Blue Skies, and the title song, White Christmas. For reservations and show information, visit www.BroadwayPalm. com, call 278-4422 or stop by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd. Indian Blood Indian Blood, by A.R. Gurney, runs at Florida Repertory Theatre through Dec. 21. The New York Times called Indian Blood a snow globe for the stage, a touchingly funny family portrait, and a perfect comedy for the holiday season. Call 332-4488 or go to www. This weeks symphony Mystical Mendelssohn The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presents Mystical Mendelssohn, the second program in the orchestras Classical Series, led by Music Director Jorge Mester. The concerts take place at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4, 5 and 6, at 8 p.m. The Conductors Prelude begins one hour before each concert. Tickets to Mystical Mendelssohn are $64 for adults and $25 for students. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit Hello Hollywood The Southwest Florida Symphony presents Hello Hollywood at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 Friday, Dec. 5 Thursday, Dec. 4 H.M.S. Pinafore Opera Naples second production this season, H.M.S. Pinafore, presented in English, will be staged at Cambier Park Dec. 5 and 6. Season tickets range from $289 for premium seats to $127.50 for general seating at all three operas. Individual tickets range from $25 to $95 and are half-price for students ages 16 and older with valid school identification. Information about other tieredseating ticket options and discounts for groups of 10 or more can be found online at or by calling (800) 771-1041. Ave Maria Christmas To celebrate Christmas, the University and Town of Ave Maria are coming together to create a Christmas display of dazzling proportions. The community Celebration of Lights takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. From the main entrance, along Ave Maria Boulevard, throughout the Town Center and University, and into the neighborhoods, Ave Maria will be decked out in Christmas style. Pottery sale The FGCU Art Program partners with the United Arts Council of Collier County to produce the annual Pottery Sale on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. Featuring potters from across Southwest Florida, the annual Pottery Sale provides visitors with an opportunity to purchase beautiful, functional, handmade pottery while also benefiting the UACs art education programs in Immokalee. A portion of the proceeds from every sale will go toward the purchase of art supplies and equipment, and contribute to funding for teachers in after-school programs. Sally Struthers stars in the new production of Nunsense at the Philharmonic Center on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 Christmas parade Tne City of Naples Christmas Parade is set for 6 to 9 p.m. The parade route for this festive tradition begins at Third Street South and Broad Avenue and continues north to Fifth Avenue South, ending at Cambier Park. Chamber concert Synergy Brass Quintet presents a holiday concert at the Sugden Theater on Fifth Avenue in Naples at 8 p.m. as part of the Classic Chamber Concert series. Synergys engagements have taken them to every corner of the United States including the Ravinia Music Festival in Illinois, the Bethlehem Musikfest in Pennsylvania, the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts, and internationally at the Festival de Musica de Camara de Aguascalientes. Tickets to the Classic Chamber Concert at the Sugden Theater are $40. For tickets or information, call the box office at 263-7990. Kids Jingle Bell Special Daytime Excursions from November 26 Wed & Sat, 9:30 & 11:45, Sundays 1pm Starting Nov 26 FUN & GAMES Death by ChristmasOur 2008 Mystery Show A HUMOROUS MYSTERY SHOW NEVER SEEN BEFORE!$59-+tax(Saturdays $69-) PLAN YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY betweenNov 28 &Dec 24GROUP DISCOUNTSAsk for Gift CertificatesFULL SERVICE BAR THE ONLY NEW YEARS PARTY IN SW FLORIDA ON WHEELSTake the Train, leave the driving to us, enjoy a mystery show.Relax with a 5 Course Dinner and select Prime Rib, Salmon, or Breast of Chicken. Complimentary CHAMPAGNE New Years Toast. Full Service Bar on Board Seven Hours Christmas Train & Boat Ride through Christmas decorated Canals with a 5 course Dinner on the Train SEMINOLEGULF SEE SPECIAL Jingle BellAdvertisement Or call for details THIS YEAR DO IT ON THE TRAIN !4CHOICES FOR A GOOD TIME:(Dinner Trains always incl. 5 course Dinner prepared on the Train) SAVE GASLet us do the driving 3 1/2 hr Round TripNo fuel surcharge $ 125+ta x $71-+tax 239-321-7430 or visit: www.sw Southwest Florida Museum of History 2300 Peck Street in downtown Fort Myers Anatole Kurdsjuk shares his memoir, The Long Walk Home with Miracles Along the WayOn Wednesday, December 10th from 79 pm includes book signing, coffee, cake and presentation. All for just $10!Hear the moving story of a man who found miracles in the most incredible of circumstances. This moving story and dynamic speaker is perfect for the holidays. Space is limited so reservations are required. Call 239-321-7430. Anatole Kurdsjuk Saturday, Dec. 6 Art in the Park Naples Art Association presents Art in the Park on Park Street, alongside the von Liebig Art Center. Naples oldest outdoor art festival in 2008-09 celebrates its 52nd anniversary season of showcasing artwork by Naples Art Association members the first Saturday of the month from November through April. The free, juried shows feature a variety of media, including paintings, photography, sculpture and jewelry. Refreshments are available. Open Houses Artists will meet the public at an open house at the International Design Center from noon 4 p.m. The open house is part of the IDCs Home for the Holidays event featuring festive trees and holiday decorations. In addition, community groups will perform holiday favorites in the Grand Atrium from 1-4 p.m. The Showcase is open from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday Friday and 10 a.m. 5 p.m. on Saturday. Contact info@floridawestarts. com or (239) 948-4427. Nunsense Two-time Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner Sally Struthers, best known for her role in the groundbreaking series All in the Family, stars in the new production of Nunsense at the Philharmonic Center at 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 Christmas Walk Fifth Avenue South lights up for the holidays with business open houses and holiday entertainment for the annual Christmas Walk on Fifth Avenue South. Santa and Naples Mayor Bill Barnett will light the 25-foot Christmas tree in Sugden Theater Plaza at 6 p.m. All entertainment stations open at 6:30 p.m. and 6. Conductor Erich Kunzel, The Prince of Pops, returns to the SWFL Symphony for a Pops opener that pays tribute to Hollywood, featuring favorites from Amadeus, Shine, Driving Miss Daisy, Somewhere in Time and more. Concert and reception tickets are $50, reception only is $25. For tickets, contact the box office at 418-1500.The Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters and they are in need of funds for the burials. They decide to put on a variety show and the result is full of delightful comic surprises. Tickets to Nunsense are $55. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit www.


WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C7 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Birthday Parties, Field Trips & Private Charters Available Face Painting Interactive Pirate Fun Secret Maps & Treasure Limbo & Dance Party Full Service Bar Dolphin Sightings Pirate Souvenirs 90 Minute Swashbuckling Show Call for Schedule, Reservations Required 239-765-7272 2500 Main Street Ft Myers Beach Located at: Back in Fort Myers The Friendliest Store In The World! 877.591.2645 NW Corner of Pine Ridge & Airport We Need Your Gold! Gold! We Pay More to help you with your holidays! Phoebe Snow Phoebe Snow, who has been one of the most distinctive voices in popular music since the release of her self-titled debut album in 1974, will perform at the Philharmonic Center on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. After years of world tours, platinum records, hit songs including Poetry Man and Two-Fisted Love, and a cover of Rolling Stone, Ms. Snow took time off to raise a daughter. Last year, she returned with a drop-dead R&B, soul-infused show featuring a new group and a rich catalogue of songs. Tickets to Phoebe Snow are $42. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit Gulfshore Playhouse Gulfshore Playhouse opens its season with the Florida premiere of Another Night Before Christmas Dec. 11 through Dec. 21 at the Norris Center in downtown Naples. The holiday musical by Sean Grennan and Leah Okimoto, creators of last springs Gulfshore Playhouse hit Married Alive, centers on disillusioned Karol, who suffers from a lack of holiday spirit, and an intruder claiming to be Santa Claus. Is he just a burglar, or is he really the right jolly old elf determined to help her find the meaning of Christmas? For information about show times and tickets, call (866) 8114111 or visit Regular tickets are $30; rush tickets are $10 one hour before each performance, subject to availability. Evening on Fifth Enjoy and evening of music, shopping and dining on a world class street at Evening on Fifth, Thursday, Dec. 11, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A tuba band plays Christmas carols in the Sugden Plaza while competing for the best-dressed tuba award. A variety of live entertainment venues will be along the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue South. Band concert The Barron Collier High School Band presents its 20th annual Christmas gift to the community on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. The band will perform a concert of holiday music at the Cambier Park band shell in downtown Naples. Santa will be available for a chat with the little ones at 6:30 p.m. Baked goods, hot chocolate and other refreshments will be available for sale. For more information, call 254-0124. Holiday concert The SWFL Gay and Lesbian Chorus will present its holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Naples at 6340 Napa Woods Way. Tickets are $18. For more information, call 691-2532 or visit Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The national tour of the scamming, scheming, double-crossing hit Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is coming to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples for two performances on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, at 8 p.m. Based on the popular 1988 MGM film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers on two con men living on the French Riviera the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson, who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money; and a small-time crook named Freddy Benson, who, more humbly, swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmothers failing health. Tickets to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are $59. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit Boat parade The Marine Industries Association of Collier County is hosting its annual Christmas boat parade on Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. The public is invited to watch as numerous holiday-clad vessels from throughout Southwest Florida traverse the bay, with all the proceeds raised going to the Ricky King Fund. View the parade from the City Dock located at 880 12th Ave. S.. Additional viewing locations include Bayview Park, Cove Inn, the Boat House Restaurant, Pinchers Crab Shack, The Dock Restaurant and Riverwalk Restaurant. More details and an entry form are available at Holiday Pops Back by popular demand. Stuart Malina will lead the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in Holiday Pops, a stirring musical celebration of the season, at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 18-21, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets to Holiday Pops are $47 for adults and $22 for students. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit Museum family day The Naples Museum of Art will host a freeadmission Family Day on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme is Holiday Treats and Sweets and a number of special events relating to current exhibitions are planned. Included will be bilingual storytelling with Carrie Sue Ayvar, face painting with Cori Scheft, portrait sketches by artist Jason Weber, hands-on art activities, a fun-filled treasure hunt and more. All activities are free. Docent-guided tours of the museum take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. through May. The Naples Museum of Art is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The Naples Museum of Art, the Philharmonic Galleries and the Philharmonic Center for the Arts are located at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. in Naples. For more information, call 597-1900 or (800) 597-1900. New Years bash Celebrate the New Year with a spectacular Big Band Bash, featuring conductor Jack Everly and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of the Philharmonic Centers New Years Eve Gala, Wednesday, Dec. 31. A buffet reception at 7 p.m. will be followed by the performance at 8 p.m. Joining the orchestra for this unforgettable, fast-paced evening of music and fun will be Broadway singing star Judy McLane, acclaimed clarinetist Jon Manasse and the one-and-only Capitol Quartet saxophone ensemble. Tickets to the New Years Eve gala are $150. Ring in the New, a repeat of the New Years Eve performance, without the reception, will be presented Friday, Jan. 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $79. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit MOVIN OUT MOVIN OUT, the Tony Award-winning new musical conceived, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp and based on 24 classic songs by Billy Joel, plays in Naples at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts Friday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 28, and tickets are on sale now. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit David Sandborn Alto sax master David Sanborn, who has played a key role in establishing the sound of contemporary jazz and instrumental pop over the past 35 years, will perform live with The David Sanborn Group at the Philharmonic Center on Monday, Dec. 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $54. For more information or to order tickets, contact Customer Service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO Upcoming events Student art As is its fall tradition, the Naples Art Association presents an exhibition of works created by students ages 3 to 15 who participated in summer ARTScool classes at The von Liebig Art Center. During ARTScool, students learn about various forms of art, what can be used to create art and about the greatest artists in history. At the end of the session, some of most creative pieces are selected to go on to Naples City Hall. The show runs through Jan. 14 and greets visitors to City Hall at 735 Eighth Street South. To learn more about classes at The von Liebig Art Center, call Abigail Miles, 262-6517, ext. 110, or visit Henry Internationally acclaimed sculptor John Henry, known for his sky-high steel sculpture, will kick off his seven-city Florida exhibition, Drawing in Space: The Peninsula Project, at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts through Feb. 3. Incorporating new works as well as some of his most recognized pieces, the indoor and outdoor exhibition brings together his colorful, monumental works. For more information, visit www.PeninsulaProject.comNASA Art The Art League of Bonita Springs presents NASA Art: 50 Years of Exploration, a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, running through Jan. 24. More than 200 NASA-commissioned artists experienced a behind-the-scenes look at the agency the scientists, astronauts, and other personnel who shaped the missions and programs. This fascinating look at our nations space program will appeal to all ages. Call 495-8989.Andy Warhol Andy Warhol: Select Works is the December exhibit at Art Modern Gallery downtown at 751 12th Ave. S. The show features numerous works by the pioneer of the Pop Art movement of the late 1950s. Art Modern Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 263-1137 or visit of Summer North Collier Regional Park showcases rarely published photographs chronicling the Boys of Summer as seen through the lens of award-winning Brooklyn Dodgers photographer Barney Stein. The 32 black and white images feature Dodger greats Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Ralph Branca, and legendary batboy Charlie DiGiovanna. The Brooklyn Dodgers Photographs of Barney Stein exhibit runs through Feb. 1. Ongoing events


C8 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY For Reservations call (305) 664-2132 or 800-222-1693www.lasiestaresort.comIslamorada, Florida KeysAll Suite Resort Come experience the real Keys! >>What: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 >>Where: The Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S. >>When: through Dec. 20 >>Cost: $30 ($10 for students with identi cation) >>Info: 263-7990 or If you go The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 is something of a misnomer. Yes, it contains healthy portions of murders (three occur before the play even begins), and its set in 1940. While not a musical, it does contain a couple of musical numbers. Unfortunately, its not as comedic as one is led to expect from its name. It has its moments, to be sure, but a viewer cant help but wish for more of them. Many more. The best comedies are the ones that make your stomach and face hurt from laughing so much, where youre literally weak from laughter. But this is not that type of show. The 10-person cast at the Sugden Community Theatre tries valiantly, but theyre working with material thats not quite that sharp or sparkling. The play by John Bishop enjoyed a brief run on Broadway. Its a spoof on the murder mysteries/noir films of the era: stock characters, endless plot twists, secret passages, secret identities and characters foolishly running toward danger they dont seem to recognize. The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 contains all of the above, and lovingly pokes fun at them. The plot is much too convoluted to explain or even follow while watching it; after a while, I just gave up. Suffice it to say, the action takes place at the mansion of Elsa Von Grossenknueten (an exotic Carla Grieves), a rich woman who funds Broadway musicals. On one snowy December night in 1940, a group of theater people hoping for her financial backing come to her home to put on a show. But the event is actually a trap for the Stage Door Killer who previously killed three chorus girls. Youve seen this setup before, in various venues: former players are all brought together in hopes of flushing the killer. Everyone is suspect. Of course theres a blizzard, and no one can leave. Of course the phone lines go down, and no one can call for help. Of course the lights go out at the most inopportune times. The ensemble includes Ken (Jim Heffernan Jr.), an arrogant director; Eddie (Michael Zacchero), a Brooklyn comic hoping for his big break; Marjorie (Ann Lappin), an overly dramatic producer; Nikki (Laura Lorusso), a young dancer; and Patrick OReilly (Brad Goetz), an Irish tenor who claims to be from Ireland but speaks with a German accent. Rounding out the theatrical group is the songwriting team of Roger (David Malloy), a composer who borrows liberally from other composers, and Bernice (Bree Cowan), the lyricist who drinks liberally. In addition, Michael Troop plays a New York cop disguised as a chauffeur who helps Elsa set a trap for the killer. And Lucy Harris plays Elsas maid, Helsa, in addition to other roles. The show began with promise, with great physical humor: a disguised home invader kills someone and has difficulty hiding the corpse. The choreography of that scene is top-notch (as are the plays other fight scenes) as the killer has to invent some creative ways to move the (literally) dead weight. But then Elsa entered the stage wearing a mink coat and carrying a large shovel, and no one in the audience laughed at the odd juxtaposition. It was maybe at that point that things began sliding slowly downhill for the show. The sound was spotty. Either the actors werent miked, or else the theaters amplification system failed. Some of the actors could project well in the small theater, but others (notably the females) could not. Also, a couple sitting nearby chose to comment on the action throughout the entire show, as if watching TV in their living room, drowning out many lines. The actors all do a great job individually, but they dont always seem to gel as an ensemble, for some reason. As the rich, exotic Elsa, Ms. Grieves slinks about the stage as if she owns it, and she and Mr. Troop hit their comedic high point when she gives a prepared speech to the others, thus setting the trap for the killer. But Elsa forgets the speech, and Mr. Troop, standing on the other side of the room, gestures wildly as Ms. Grieves attempts to decipher his clues. Its a game of charades thats left the tracks.Ms. Harris is funny as the taciturn maid, and she and Mr. Goetz have a great scene together in Act II that drew the evenings most unrestrained laughter. (To go into more detail would give away the fun.) Mr. Malloy sparkles as the gay composer who tries to pass off Jerome Kerns Old Man River as his own. And as his lyricist, Ms. Cowan grows only funnier the drunker she becomes.Mr. Heffernan and Ms. Lappin are kind of stuck as one-note characters, but they fulfill their boisterous roles with zeal. Ms. Lorusso is somewhat of a chameleon throughout the night, and Mr. Zacchero is endearing as the wise-cracking comic who longs for the laughsbut also for the girl. With Dot Auchmoodys costuming and Carol Smiths hair and make-up, these characters all seem to have come out of central casting.Mark Santoss two-level set of a living room and library, with multiple doors and secret passageways, is both sturdy and complex.Director Megan McCombs, a strong performer herself, has lured some great comic performances from these actors (and her directors notes in the program made me laugh out loud). But something was off on opening night, and just as the play kept me guessing about the killer (Was it the director? The Irish tenor? The composer?), I kept trying to figure out why everyone in the audience wasnt continuously rolling in the aisles. Maybe the show isnt that strong. Maybe the actors dont have enough faith in the comedy, or in themselves. Maybe everyone needs to be a little more over the top. Maybe the audience was devoid of a sense of humor. Maybe it was just an off night. But when youre an actor in a comedy, just like a slasher, you want to kill the audience every time youre on stage. ARTS COMMENTARY NancySTETSON Searching for clues and laughterCOURTESY PHOTOThe Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 cast.Musical Comedy Murders isnt quite the solution


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 A&E C9 GIVING The Community Foundation of Collier County, in our continuing quest to strengthen the impact of philanthropy on our community, has adopted a new strategic direction for grant making. These changes will take affect in 2009 and enable us to be more proactive, identifying critical community needs and mobilizing community resources to address them. Meanwhile, we continue to highlight some of the many agencies the foundation has funded in 2007 and 2008. This week, as the fourth in our four-part series: Senior Friendship Centers Collier County. Empowering individuals, families and communities through healthy and supportive aging services, activities, education and volunteerism is the mission at Senior Friendship Centers Collier. Since 1985, the centers have provided lowincome individuals age 50 and over, with quality health and dental care as well as nutrition services for those over 60. The organization is a nationally recognized model of excellence for educating, engaging and energizing communities about the benefits of aging-in-place and by promoting active volunteerism. In 2007, the foundation awarded Senior Friendship Centers Collier County a Community Project Grant to help fund the Senior Nutrition Services offered in East Naples and Immokalee. The program provides an on-site, hot, nutritious meal in a place where seniors can come to eat and participate in other activities with their peers. Home delivery of meals is also available to homebound individuals. For more information about the Senior Friendship Centers, contact Nancy GreenIrwin at 275-1881. Foundation spotlight focuses on Senior Friendship CentersBY MARY ELLEN BARRETT ________________________Vice President of Programs The Community Foundation of Collier County Twelve years ago, a dedicated group of Glenview residents started an endowed scholarship fund at the community foundation for Glenview employees and their families. The residents and employees had come to know each other so well that they practically considered each other family. The residents wanted to help their loyal employees with their educational goals and gained great personal satisfaction from being able to enjoy the results of their scholarship awards. A small group spearheaded by Heine Albrecht, Dr. Paul Cooper and Dave Dupee decided that if meaningful scholarships were to be awarded on an ongoing basis, then they needed to give the Glenview Fund a permanent boost. Using the foundation as an administrative resource, the Albrechts, Coopers and Dupees, along with the residents of Glenview, have grown the fund from the initial gift of $3,000 in 1996 to $1,058,000 in just 11 years. The rewards are many, says Dr. Cooper, but the greatest inspiration comes from hearing the personal stories from scholarship recipients telling how the Glenview scholarship has had such a positive influence on their lives. What greater gift can Glenview residents give to Glenview employees and their families than a perpetual source of scholarship opportunities forever? For more information about any foundation funds or about starting a similar program within your community, call Jane Billings at the foundation, 649-5000. With assets of more than $61 million, the Community Foundation of Collier County manages more than 400 funds established by charitable individuals and organizations. Investment earnings on these funds are used to address community needs. Since 1985, the foundation has granted $30 million back to our community. For more information, call 6495000 or visit FOCUS ON FOUNDATION FUNDHOLDERS The Glenview Employee Scholarship Fund Est. 1996 Glenview Employee Scholarship recipients. PUZZLE ANSWERS orcall597-1900orvisitourBoxOfficeatthe 5833PelicanBayBoulevard,Naples,FL34108-2740On-siteBoxOffice/phonehours:Mon.-Sat.,10a.m.-5p.m.;Sun.,noon-5p.m.BUYTICKETSNOW! www.thephil.orgWednesday,December317p.m.ElegantBuffetReception8p.m.Performance$150MaestroJackEverlyandtheNaplesPhilharmonic Orchestrahavepreparedanunforgettableconcert, featuringsuchselectionsas ItDontMeanaThing ifitAintGotThatSwing!,ThatOldBlackMagic, asaxophoneversionof FlightoftheBumblebee and muchmore! Guestsincludesinger/actressJudyMcLane,currently appearingonBroadwayin MammaMia!, widely respectedclarinetestJonManasseandTheCapitol Quartet,anexhilaratingsaxophoneensemble. Arepeatperformance withoutthereceptionFRIDAY, JANUARY2 8P.M.,$79RINGIN THENEWJackEverly conductsthe JudyMcLane JonManasseNAPLES PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRACelebratetheNewYear!BIGBANDBASH! CapitolQuartet Jack EverlyCOURTESY PHOTO

PAGE 50 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 FLORIDA WEEKLY PUZZLES CROSSWORD Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.HOROSCOPES SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A financial matter requires close attention. Also, news from a trusted source provides the means to help sort out a long-standing state of confusion and put it into perspective. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) This is a good time to reinforce family ties. Make it a priority to assess and resolve all outstanding problems. Start the upcoming holiday season with a full measure of love. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Dont be pressured into a so-called solid-gold investment. Wait until the holiday distractions are over. Then take a harder look at it. You might find that the gold is starting to flake off. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A former friend might be trying to heal the breach between you by using a mutual friend as an intermediary. Best advice: Keep an open mind despite any lingering bad feelings. ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Careful, Lamb. Dont let your generous nature lead to some serious overspending as you contemplate your holiday giftgiving. Your social life kicks off into high gear by weeks end. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A positive attitude helps you weather annoying but unavoidable changes in holiday plans. Aspects favor new friendships and reinforcement of existing relationships. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Demands on your energy level could be much higher than usual as you prepare TIMBER LINE SUDOKU By Linda ThistleSponsored By: Moderate Challenging Expert SEE ANSWERS, C9SEE ANSWERS, C9 King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. Puzzle Difficulty this week:for the upcoming holidays. Be sure to pace yourself. Friends and family will be happy to help. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Dont allow a suddenly icy reaction from a friend or family member to continue without learning what caused it -and what can be done to restore that once warm and caring relationship. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A relationship seems to be unraveling, mostly from a lack of attention. It might be a good idea to ease up on whatever else youre doing so you can spend more time working to mend it. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) New facts emerge that not only help explain the recent rift with a trusted colleague, but also might provide a chance to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start in your friendship. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A family members personal situation is, fortunately, resolved in time for you to get back into your hectic round of holiday preparations. An old friend might bring a new friend into your life. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Pace yourself in meeting holiday pressures and workplace demands to avoid winding up with a frayed temper and a Scorpian stinger that lashes out at puzzled kith, kin and colleagues. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of saying the right thing at the right time. Your friendships are deep and lasting.(c) 2008 King Features Syndicate, Inc. ALL SPECIALS ARE Dine in only AND Not valid with any other offers. BREAKFAST & LUNCH SpecialsREAL DEAL!TheBREAKFAST Mon-Sat 6:30 A.M. until 11 A.M. LUNCH Mon-Sat 11 A.M. until 3 P.M.BIG 9 FOR $3.99STARTING AT $4.993 Eggs, 3 Bacon, 3 Pancakes Full Rack of Mels Award winningBABY BACK RIBSFOR $9.99Served with French Fries and Cole Slaw


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 A&E C11 2008-2009SHELLPOINTCONCERTSERIES ConcertSeries sponsoredinpartby: 15101ShellPointBlvd.,FortMyers,Florida33908ShellPointislocatedjustoffSummerlinRd. inFortMyers,2milesbeforetheSanibelCauseway. LastChanceforSeriesTickets.OrderNow! AdvancedSeriesTickets$120SingleTickets$35 Fine&PerformingArtsSeriesChanticleerTuesday,January27ButchThompson&ChapmanFamilySingersThursday,February26CherishtheLadiesSt.PatricksDay,Tuesday,March17PeterRichardConte,ConcertOrganistThursday,April16 BuytheSeries andSAVE!2008ShellPoint.Allrightsreserved. COUCH THEATER DVD PREVIEWS & RELEASES PICK OF THE WEEK Dark Knight Whodve thunk that one of the best movies of the year would be based on a 75-year-old comic book hero? Christian Bale once again dons the cape and cowl of Gotham Citys ace crime fighter, while Heath Ledger delivers the bravura performance of his career as the psychopathic villain Joker. The DVD is being released in every imaginable version and packaging including a limited-edition version that comes with a miniature BatPod. ALSO THIS WEEK I Am Legend (Ultimate Collectors Edition) This is a three-disc set jam-packed with special features, a 44-page book of production art, a lenticular animated scene card, six cards with depictions of devastated cities, and new commentary tracks. Sex and the City: The Wedding Collection This is a limited-edition box set of with FOUR discs featuring the 157-minute extended directors cut of the film, directors commentary, four hours of bonus materials, a music CD and a wedding album. Heath Ledger as the JokerKIDS AND FAMILY Horton Hears a Who! Jim Carrey lends his comedic vocal talent to one of 2008s most delightful animated films. Based on the beloved Dr. Seuss classic, Horton tells the tale of a sweet elephant who tries to convince his community that a wee civilization exists within a dust speck on a dandelion. TV SERIES McLeods Daughters Complete 7th Season Gunsmoke Third Season Vol. 1 Happy Days Fourth Season Dragon Ball GT: Season 1Deadwood: The Complete Series


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Thats why Eddie feels the way he does. One of Americas most produced playwrights, Mr. Gurney has penned award-winning works including Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room, Sylvia, The Fourth Wall and The Middle Ages. Hes the recipient of the Drama Desk Award (for Most Promising Playwright in 1971 for Scenes from American Life), a Rockefeller Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and has been nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize for drama (Love Letters and The Dining Room.) Hes a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Mr. Gurney has said that Indian Blood is his most autobiographical work, and that the idea for the play bounced around in his head for about 10 years. When I became a grandparent, which was more than 10 years ago, he says, I started thinking about my own grandparents and my relationships with them. So he wrote a novel. One section dealt with one grandmother, and one with the other. When no one would publish it, Mr. Gurney took the novel, split it in half and wrote two plays: Ancestral Voices and Indian Blood. In both cases, the main character is a kid named Eddie, and the parents are sort of the same, he says. But the grandparents are very different. Mr. Gurney has a reputation for pushing the envelope. In Sylvia, the main character is a dog. Love Letters is the reading of a lifetime of correspondence between a man and a woman. In The Dining Room, overlapping scenes take place on the stage simultaneously, requiring six actors to portray 57 characters of varying ages over the course of the show. In Sweet Sue, he uses two lead actors to tell the same story twice. In Indian Blood, he challenges both actors and audiences by specifying no sets and a minimal amount of props only a piece of paper and chairs. The play has been called a love letter to theater itself. It was a pleasure to write, and a pleasure to figure out how to stage it, to go from place to place and not have a huge cast, he says. So we have actors doubling roles, we refer to characters who never appear on stage, and we dont really change the scenery very much. Indian Blood copies Thornton Wilder in that regard, he says. You move from place to place and ask the audience to imagine the scenery around you. Eddie also mentions Mr. Wilders Our Town in the middle of the play. Speaking directly to the audience, he says: I go to plays sometimes with my grandmother. Once she took me to a play at the Erlanger theatre where you could see snow coming down outside a window of a log cabin. It looked really neat. I told my English teacher about it and he said they had a play in New York called Our Town which had hardly any scenery at all. The movies are the place to show snow, he said, and plays should require us to use our imaginations. Well, in Buffalo, we usually have a major snowstorm around Christmastime, so because this is a play, youll just have to imagine what it was like. Sounding just like his lead character, Mr. Gurney says, When I was a kid growing up in Buffalo, I loved to go to the movies as well as the theater. I seemed to recognize at an early age that the movies and theater were very different, and did very different things. The imaginative aspects of the theater have always excited me: How much can you say with language and gesture and situation? Which doesnt mean that I dont love the movies too. So yes, Im trying to play with, and exploit, the very limitations of the theater, and push against them as Im using them. He concentrates on telling a story, not on flash and special effects. I try to avoid calling on machinery and scenery and special effects to make a point, he says. Although he likes the simplicity of theater, he understands that doesnt mean its the only way to do it. Im a big fan of Ibsen, who has very realistic scenery and very realistic, contained dramas, he says. Mr. Gurney acknowledges that writing can be a very lonely profession. But when he gets to the production phase, he says, its not lonely at all. I enjoy the whole communal aspect of the thing. He tries to associate himself closely with the first production of his plays. But once the show is done, once hes worked through the problems of the play with the director and actors, it has to survive on its own, he says. People have called up and said, Youve got to come see this production, and I normally say no, because it will be different from what I originally did, he says. And it could be better, for all I know. It might be better. Occasionally I do (see a production), but I dont know, Id almost rather start on another play. When youve written a play, you cant follow it around forever and say, Dont do this, do that. You cant. You have to let the baby go. Mr. Gurney rarely revises a play after its produced. Some people go back to their play after a number of years, but normally your heads in a different place, he says. Your creative consciousness is different. Its very dangerous to go back and try to fix a play. But there are always exceptions. For example, he recently revised Buffalo Gal, which he wrote five years ago. It never quite landed the way I wanted it to, he says. So I wrote some other plays, then I picked it up again and showed it to Primary Stages, where we actually did Indian Blood first. I said, Does this interest you? I think we can do more here. So he rewrote the play, and a new production was put on this past summer. I think we got it right this time, but thats a rare experience in the theater, he says. Every play has its own trajectory. Some you write and theyre golden. Some you work on for two years, and they open and theyre killed immediately by the critics. You dont know You do your best, and you hope for the best. Mr. Gurney, 78, still follows a writing routine; most mornings he can be found at his desk at 8:30. Some days are fruitful and I write something, and some days are not so fruitful, he says. And thats how it starts. I write a rough draft, and I fuss around with it, throw it out, or begin again, or take an element of it and develop it. Thats sort of generally how I work. Every play has its own trajectory and own unique impetus. The Dining Room, for example, was inspired by the energy crisis of the s. We were living in a big, drafty old house, he reveals. So we sealed off our dining room and turned off our radiators, and ate all the time in the kitchen. And I began to think about what good is a dining room? What happens in a dining room? Why did they have dining rooms? What did I do in my own dining rooms when I was growing up? About Sylvia, whose central character is a canine, he says, I brought a dog home one time and my wife said, Were really too old. We dont need this dog. I want you to take the dog back. And I remember feeling this tremendous ache about that. I didnt; I persuaded her that we should keep it. And I thought, Gee, why am I feeling these strong feelings about a dog? I ended up writing a play that came out of these feelings. So The Dining Room is about the feelings I had over the loss of a dining room, and in Sylvia it was about the feelings I had when I might have lost this dog. So in the end, maybe, writing has to come out of strong feelings. And hes learned, over the years, that much of playwriting involves cutting. That comes from the collaborative experience when you discover an actor can do an awful lot with one word and it doesnt need your adjectives, it doesnt need your stage direction, he says. You learn to trust the medium more as you get older and you try to boil things down to the bare minimum. Hes also found that contemporary audiences, unfortunately, have short attention spans and want shows to move along quickly. Maybe the movies have done that to us, I dont know. Maybe its just the nature of contemporary life. Mr. Gurney is working on getting his next play, A Light Lunch, up on its feet at the Flea Theater in New York City. (A world premiere, the play begins previews Dec. 12.) But hes happy Florida Rep is putting on Indian Blood. I wish them well with the production, he says. Its a good time to do it, as we move into the Christmas season. And despite his general hesitation to see later productions of his plays, hed love to make an exception in this case. I wish I could come down and see it there, he says, because Ive heard such good things about that theater. Im delighted theyre doing it. GURNEYFrom page 1COURTESY PHOTO Daniel BenzingCOURTESY PHOTO Carrie Lund


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The Barron Collier High School Cougar Band presents its 20th annual Christmas gift to the community at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the band shell at Cambier Park in downtown Naples. Approximately 150 Barron Collier students will take part in the concert, which will include the Cougar Marching Band, the Drum Line, McClintocks Own Bagpipes, the Highland Dancers and Drums and the Barron Collier Jazz Band. Santa will be on hand to chat with children at 6:30 p.m. Baked goods, hot chocolate and other refreshments will be available for sale by members of the bands parent booster organization. Admission is free for all who bring canned goods for local food pantries. In addition, donations to benefit the Barron Collier High School band program will be solicited. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and arrive early to avoid parking problems. For more information, call 254-0124. Naples Orchestra and Chorus and Golden Gate High School present Fanfares for the Season on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14, at the school. The school has been home base for the community orchestra and chorus for several years; students musicians occasionally practice and concertize with the orchestra. For this years holiday concert, NOC Music Director Robert Herrema is showcasing Golden Gate High School band ensembles. Fanfares will be performed by Wes Buchan and Mitchell Rogers on trumpet; Emmanuel Camil and Guadalupe Lopez on French horn; Lessy Camil, Adrain Morales and Stephan Ortiz on tuba; Eddy Ramos on tuba; and Rodney Elliasant on snare drum. Mr. Herrema will also present Handels Messiah and Bizets LArlesienne Suite No. 1, along with several seasonal carols. The Saturday, Dec. 13, concert begins at 7 p.m.; Sundays performance starts at 2 p.m. Golden Gate High School is on Magnolia Pond Road off Collier Boulevard. For information, call 455-1912 or 775-8460. C16 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Barron Collier High School musicians carry on a 20-year holiday traditionGolden Gate High School makes music with the Naples Orchestra and Chorus Protecting Southwest Floridas unique natural environment and quality of life ... now and forever. BETTY MACLEAN TRAVEL, INC. 2009 STRIKE UP THE BANDS


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This red is full of black cherry, cranberry and earth notes with smooth tannins. About $16. >>Two Hands Shiraz McLaren Vale Angels Share 2007: Big and bold shiraz from a quality Aussie winery, with typical black cherry, plum and raspberry avors and long lingering nish. Fit for angels and mortals alike proclaims the label. About $30. >>Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2007: Racy, elegant and juicy, with concentrated apricot mango and mineral notes and a lingering nish, with just a hint of the characteristic spritz of a ne estate-bottled Mosel wine. About $18. Facing a voluminous restaurant wine list can be intimidating, even for reasonably experienced wine devotees. Thats why better restaurants and even some retail wine shops are stepping up service by having a sommelier on staff. A welltrained sommelier (pronounced SUH-malYAY), or wine steward, can enhance the dining experience by helping customers select just the right wine for the meal. A sommelier has a number of duties. Perhaps the most important is determining what wines to stock. Rose ODell King, a food and wine writer and sommelier from Fort Myers, says, A trained sommelier is dedicated to stocking the wine cellar with treasures that will provide extraordinary flavor affinities with the restaurants cuisine. Thats accomplished, she says, by tasting wines with suppliers and working with the chef to properly pair wine with food. For Angela Robertson, sommelier at Angelinas Restaurant in Bonita Springs, graduating from the Culinary Institute of America helped hone her ability to match wines and food. But she says theres more to process than that. I want guests to feel comfortable with my recommendation, and I make sure I know the price they want to pay, she says. Ms. Robertson draws on her intuition in some cases when customers arent always able to put into words the wines they like to drink. Sometimes after talking to a customer at the table Ill go into the wine tower and a wine will call out my name, she says. Mark Ferrari, manager and sommelier at Handsome Harrys Third Street South Bistro in Naples, says customers can improve their chances of success by describing their general preferences. Does the customer like lighter-bodied or full-bodied wines? he asks. What wines do you like to drink at home? That said, Mr. Ferrari says he also encourages customers to be adventurous. Just experiment and have fun, he advises. If you can, step out of your comfort zone and try new regions and wine types. How do customers know if they are working with a good sommelier? He or she should focus on their needs, not simply push a specific product. Mr. Ferrari says he tries to give a variety of options in different categories and prices and likes to help his customer get past rigid buying patterns. Ms. King says customers can get some idea of a sommeliers abilities by examining his or her wine list. An abundance of mass-marketed wines can indicate indifference or lack of initiative on the part of the restaurant. Not all sommeliers work in restaurants. Quality wine shops have begun hiring them as well. Thom McKay, the sommelier at The Wine Merchant in North Naples, says working in a retail store presents different challenges than those of restaurants. I have more leeway than some restaurants because I can spend more time with shoppers not at tableside under the gun, he says. He also has an opportunity to help some customers with more than selecting the wine for a particular meal. Some need assistance in setting up or maintaining a wine cellar, he says, adding he sometimes visits customers homes to see what they have in their cellars. Whether employing the services of a sommelier in a retail shop or a restaurant, customers should not hesitate to ask questions. There are no stupid questions, says Ms. King. Ask anything, even how to pronounce Viognier. Especially ask which wines on the list they are passionate about. Nothing makes a sommelier happier than to have an adventurous diner in the house. (By the way, its Vee-oh-NYAY and at its best its a richly flavored white with apricot and peach notes and a fragrant bouquet.) Remember that drinking wine is about enjoyment, and a sommelier is there to help add to that pleasure. s a d a w jimMcCRACKEN COURTESY PHOTOPHOTO JIM MCCRACKEN / FLORIDA WEEKLY Mark Ferrari of Handsome Harrys Third Street Bistro Thom McKay of The Wine MerchantSommeliers help take wine experience to higher level VINO


If you go >>Hours: Lunch served 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, dinner served 5-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. >>Reservations: Accepted >>Credit cards: Major cards accepted >>Price range: Appetizers, $8-$12; entrees, $14.50-$37 >>Beverages: Beer and wine >>Seating: Booths, high-tops and conventional tables inside; conventional tables outside >>Specialties of the house: Phyllo-wrapped shrimp, jumbo lump crabmeat, wild mushroom and cheese strudel, crispy duck, seafood risotto, miso-crusted butter sh >>Volume: Low to moderate >>Parking: Free lotRatings: Food: Service: Atmosphere: Superb Noteworthy Good Fair Poor 4077 Tamiami Trail N., Naples; 262-4999Alexanders, Ive been zipping past Alexanders on U.S. 41 for years now. I noticed it, but didnt give it much thought as, from the highway, it looks much like dozens of other restaurants that line the well-traveled route. But it seemed time to visit, after I learned that chef/owner Alexander Bernard had published a cookbook, was giving cooking demonstrations about town and, some years back, and had been the talent behind Caf Margaux and Michaels Caf, two restaurants that were memorable in their prime. What seems like a small storefront from the highway turns out to be a much more spacious establishment once you head into the courtyard on the west side of the buildings. Alexanders portion is sheltered by lovely palms, blooming hedges and pots filled with flowers and herbs. The lush foliage is bedecked with tiny white lights, adding a festive note. Heaters stand ready to elevate the temperature if it gets too cold. This lovely oasis seems miles from U.S. 41 even though its but a matter of yards. Although Id reserved a table indoors, the evening was so nice and the space so inviting, we asked to move outside and were fortunate to get the last available table. Thats not to say the dining room isnt attractive, too. Warm papaya walls, maroon tablecloths, well-placed art work and soft jazz create an appealing setting. The menu features a well-chosen array of European and American dishes. Theres nothing fussy here, no foiegras-laden, black-truffle-oiled, sproutcovered mystery fish or exotic cuts of meat to be found. Instead, theres tuna sashimi, phyllo-wrapped shrimp, grilled filet mignon and seafood risotto. Another nice touch is that there are quite a few dishes marked as healthier lower in calories, fat and/or salt for those who watch such things while dining out. Our appetizers set the standard for all that was to come. A plate of jumbo lump crabmeat was a refreshing change from the ubiquitous crab cake. Lovely lumps of succulent crab sat bathed in garlic butter on a large piece of crusty bread that soaked up some of the butter. The crabs sweet flavor was unsullied by bread crumbs or fillers. A wild mushroom and goat cheese strudel looked more like a spring roll than strudel, but the crisp phyllo covering held a delicious blend of creamy goat cheese and woodsy mushrooms, complemented by caramelized apples and a not-too-sweet sundried cherry gastrique. Rich but moderate in size, it was just right for a starter. Entrees at Alexanders come with house salads consisting of fresh greens adorned with a lovely latticework of carrots and perfectly balanced balsamic vinaigrette. The miso-crusted butterfish was another simple yet elegant preparation. The fillet was thick but expertly cooked through, and served atop a mound of delicately scented jasmine rice topped with a refreshing fruit salsa. Duck got first-class treatment, too. It possessed a crisp skin but not so crisp that the rich meat beneath had dried out. It was moist and flavorful on its own, but better still with the accompanying tart-sweet lingonberries and port wine reduction. A highlight of this dish was an ethereal sweet potato flan. Considering the care and creativity wed found in the previous courses, we felt compelled to try the housemade desserts. An apple nut cake recommended by the server was excellent, warm and chewy, full of cinnamon and nuts, topped with cool vanilla gelato. Monikas crepe of passion was filled with a smooth vanilla cream and a passion fruit sauce that added both tart and sweet notes. Service at Alexanders is as impressive as the food. Although I couldnt observe all the wait staff, those who had tables in my area appeared well-acquainted with the menu and the wine list. Servers were attentive to parties they knew of which there were several and those they didnt. Its no wonder that Alexanders has endured for more than a decade and has attracted a loyal following. The chef has a clear vision of what constitutes good food and an enjoyable dinner out.Whats more, although the meal wasnt inexpensive, it cost significantly less than some recent dinners Ive had that were far less impressive and satisfying.Id urge others whove passed it by to make a date to try Alexanders soon. There are a lot of flashier choices, but few that deliver the caliber of meal youll find here. NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 4-10, 2008 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C23 All of Trulucks cakes and pies are house made and may tempt diners to start their meals with dessert.Miso-crusted butterfish comes with jasmine rice and tropical fruit salsa. diningCALENDAR Thursday, Dec. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Haskells The Wine People: Florida seafood cooking class with Chef Ross Peterson, $85. 2021 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. Call 254-1120. Thursday, Dec. 4, noon-2 p.m., Robb & Stucky KitchenAid Culinary Center: Organic micro greens and herbs, farmer Ken Ryan of Herban Gardens discusses the rules, regulations and realities of organic food while Chef Kristina San Filippo shares recipes, $45. 26501 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs. Call 390-2222. Thursday, Dec. 4, 4-7 p.m., Total Wine: Meet the Expert with Thomas Jung, of The Australian Premium Wine Collection, who will provide tastes of seven Australian varietals. Carillon Place, 5048 Airport Pulling Road, Naples. Call 649-4979. Thursday, Dec. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Total Wine: Champagne and sparkling wine tasting class featuring eight sparkling wines, $25. Carillon Place, 5048 Airport Pulling Road, Naples. Call 649-4979. Friday, Dec. 5, 5:30-7 p.m., Tonys off Third: Champagne alternatives wine tasting with sparklers from Spain, Italy, California, Argentina, Germany, France, $20 (includes $10 coupon for a featured wine purchase or dinner that evening at Ridgway Grill). 1300 Third St. South, Naples. Call 262-7999 or e-mail to Friday, Dec. 5, 7-9 p.m., Robb & Stucky KitchenAid Culinary Center: South African wines presented by Linda Bragaw, who represents importer Terry Seitz, during a five-course dinner by Chef Kristina San Filippo, $95. 26501 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs. Call 390-2222. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m., International Design Center: Free Le Crueset cooking demonstration sponsored by Clive Christian, maker of British handcrafted kitchens. Interstate 75, Exit 123 on Corkscrew Road, Estero. Call 390-8207 to reserve a spot. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2-4 p.m., Total Wine: Champagne and sparkling wine tasting class featuring eight sparkling wines, $25. Carillon Place, 5048 Airport Pulling Road, Naples. Call 649-4979. Saturday, Dec. 6: 2-5 p.m., Wynns Market: Alexander Bernard, chef/owner of Alexanders Restaurant, holds cooking demonstrations and a book signing. 141 Ninth St. N., Naples. Call Alexanders at 262-4999. Saturday, Dec. 6, 3-5 p.m., The Wine Merchant: Eric Luse, owner/winemaker of Eric Ross Wines, will pour his award-winning wines. 12820 Tamiami Trail N., Naples. Call 592-0000. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Handsome Harrys Third Street Bistro: Wine dinner featuring five courses paired with wines from Californias Steele Winery, $125 per person. 1205 Third St. S. Call 434-6400 or e-mail Friday, Dec. 12, noon-2 p.m., Robb & Stucky KitchenAid Culinary Center: Perfect Pasta cooking class, $45. 26501 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs. Call 390-2222. Saturday, Dec. 13: 1-3 p.m., Alexanders Restaurant: Chef/proprietor Alexander Bernard conducts cooking demonstrations and a book signing at his restaurant. 4077 Tamiami Trail N., Naples. Call 262-4999. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 13-14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m., The RitzCarlton, Naples: Teddy Bear Tea featuring stories, visit by Santa, hot chocolate and treats. $35 children, $30 adults. 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 598-3300.Submit event listings to Alexanders proves its staying power with fine, not fussy, food karenFELDMAN FLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE Apple nut cake with vanilla gelato is one of several house-made desserts served at Alexanders. d f or mbo i ng b e h e us er in n n g held a delicio u y goat cheese mush m entel d t s a l ex wit h co n si s t ens adorne d M i e d b co ja v a n is on e ho use -m a d servedatA us


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