ROGER WILLIAMS A2 OPINION A4 15 MINUTES A6 PETS OF THE WEEK A22 BUSINESS B1 NETWORKING B7 & 8 REAL ESTATE B9 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6 & 7 FILM REVIEW C11 SOCIETY C27, 28, 29 & 30 CUISINE C35 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 INSIDEwww.FloridaWeekly.com Vol. II, No. 11 FREE WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 DATED MATERIAL PLEASE RUSHPOSTMASTER REQUESTED IN-HOME DELIVERY DATE: DECEMBER 17, 2009 POSTAL CUSTOMER We love a paradeFaces from Fifth Avenue South, and more signs of the holiday season. C27, 28 29 & 30 Affairs of the heartCommunity leaders bolster the American Heart Associations efforts to make heart health a local concern. A18 The life of an elf Elfin magic Party onEven in a slumping economy, jobs in direct sales deliver paychecks along with other perks. B1 Dont forget nonpro t gift shops for ideasStumped on what to give the last few people on your holiday shopping list? If youve scoured the retail chains and clicked through more online catalogs than you ever thought you could, maybe its time to look elsewhere. Try making the rounds to gift shops operated by Naples various nonprofit attractions. From the art museum to the zoo, these small but vibrant operations always manage to surprise with inventories that reflect their different missions and celebrate local color and, often, hometown talent. The best part is, not only are you likely to find something delightfully different, the money you spend will go toward a good cause close to home, rather than pad some far-off corporate bottom line. So, whether your last-minute shopping list includes some stocking stuffers, a hostess gift or a meaningful present for the person who means the most to you, check it twice and dont resort to gift cards until you see what these shops have to offer: The Conservancy of Southwest Florida 1450 Merrihue Drive 262-0304 or www.conservancy.org As one would expect, gifts for nature lovers abound here, from plush toy sea turtles and bug catchers for budding naturalists to Vortex binoculars for serious birders ($59$400). Gift shops hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.BY CINDY PIERCEcpierce@ oridaweekly.com a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a ONE LOCAL PAWNBROKER BATTLES INDUSTRYS TARNISHED IMAGELENDERS OF LAST RESORTDOWN AT THE ...ETS BE UPFRONT: PAWN SHOPS DO NOT ENJOY the greatest of reputations. We can debate whether this sweeping characterization of an entire industry is warranted, but there is no argument that the public generally regards pawnbrokers as having ethical compasses roughly equivalent to those of used-car salespeople, members of Congress and Wall Street bankers. Merchants of misery. Thats a prevailing view of the pawn industry, and this unflattering perception is longstanding. Shylock, the pernicious pawnbroker who BY BILL CORNWELLbcornwell@ oridaweekly.com SEE PAWN A8 PEGGY FARREN/ FLORIDA WEEKLYTom Sams with some of the goods at his Naples pawn shopL COURTESY PHOTO The gift shop at The von Liebig Art CenterSEE GIFT, A14 A seasoned Broadway actor recalls his career lowlights as a Macys elf. C1
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA2 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 In The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeares quaintly ribald take on sex roles, greed and grace, a squad of eager suitors face a character-defining choice: They can pick either the gold chest, the silver chest or the plain old lead chest. Theres an unspoken lesson couched in that fanciful dilemma, but the foolish, the vain and the intellectually deaf are not likely to hear it. Its this: Sometimes, pal, the least adorned proves to be the most magnificent. If you dont figure that out, youre spit out of luck. Thats precisely the nature of Bill Kilpatricks gift book to baby-boomers, How To Be An Old Guy: Dispatches from the Retiree Front, published last month by Hatala Geroproducts in a 178-page, softcover edition. When you buy this book for $20 (from amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com or local bookstores), you become a lead-chest suitor. You could probably stuff the stockings of any of the 206,000 people in Collier County now 35 or older with this book, and be entertained by the reaction. How To Be An Old Guy is designed to help men grow old without screwing it up entirely. What really drives home the bitter truth of being an old guy, Mr. Kilpatrick points out early on, is the realization of ones essential irrelevance. (So) to be successful, by which I mean a contributing old guy (someone who still gets pleasure by giving to others), you have to divest yourself of excess baggage. Chapters on sex, cleanliness, money, death, health, stress, pets, kids and facing up all confront their subjects head on, imbued with the authors trademark mix of humor and candor. Like any old guy worth his salt, Mr. Kilpatrick is quick with the caveat: Add to your keep-a-sharp-eye-on list stock brokers, investment counselors, health-care quacks, shady lawyers, car sales personnel, cemetery plot salesmen, home improvement contractors and repairmen, agents eager to sell you unnecessary insurance, auto mechanics, TV repairman, roofing salesmen, mobile work crews who claim to refinish driveways in short just about anyone who charges fees, works on commission or demands upfront money. And hes not hesitant to do some preventative cajoling: Even if you wake each morning alone and without a clue as to what youre going to do with the rest of the day, make it your very real business to attend to your ablutions a shower (a daily habit, please, whether morning or at night), or at least washed face and hands, teeth brushed, hair combed, shaved, or if you have a moustache or beard making certain its clean, combed or brushed, trimmed and neat. Come to think of it, maybe this is a book is for teenagers, cleverly disguised as a book for old guys. But no, its sometimes too sober. When and if youre first diagnosed with incipient Alzheimers, gather the pertinent players together and tell them right out why theyre there and whats at stake, he writes. Be frank in your assessment of your condition and your prognosis. This is no time to be coy, no time to be an all-wise patriarch. Mr. Kilpatricks wife, Phyllis, pitches in, too, contributing the keynote epigraph: You know youre getting old when instead of a martini youd rather have a dish of ice cream, she explains. Which raises a question: What is the advantage of this book for women? Not much unless you think that understanding the Great American Male is worth something. At 84, Mr. Kilpatrick, GMA, is a native New Yorker and a career magazine and newspaper writer. He served as executive editor of True Magazine and the automotive editor of Popular Mechanics, as well as a staff writer and sports columnist for The News-Press in Fort Myers, among many other jobs. He knows baseball, golf, boxing and cars like a surgeon knows anatomy I can attest to this, because I once worked with him in a newsroom and he refers to his career merely as checkered. He remains variously tart, clubby, brilliant, affectionate, candid, savvy, funny, irreverent, reverent, a voice of experience, a voice of reason, a hard voice, a gentle voice and an unsentimental guide. Much of his quality his credentials, if you will might come from the men he has known. His maternal grandfather, William Speechly, ran away from an orphanage in Yorkshire, in Englands north country, and went to sea at 15. As an old man, Mr. Speechly lived with the author. Mr. Kilpatricks father and namesake a loving and devoted family man, he recalled in a recent conversation had been a fighter pilot in World War I, like the authors older brother, who served during World War II. A 1939 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and nine years older than young Bill, Macgregor Kilpatrick flew fighter planes off the aircraft carriers Lexington and Franklin in the Pacific. He became an ace, winning the Navy Cross and surviving the war to retire as a commander, before graduating from Yale law school. He was my hero, he was the best big brother anyone could ever have, the author told me and trying to live up to the models of his father and brother might be how he found himself flying his eighth mission over Germany as the togglier in a B-17 Flying Fortress from the 100th Bomb Group, on Nov. 30, 1944. He was 19 years old. During the training missions leading up to combat, I kept fighting air sickness. Id come down and throw up, every time. I realized, I was scared to death, he admits. So the flight surgeon grounded him, but the humiliation proved untenable. I said to myself, No, William. Your brother is a Navy fighter pilot, your old man was a flier, and youre going to get in there. Goddamn it, face it. On that fateful day over a heavily defended oil refinery at Merseburg, Mr. Kilpatricks plane was hit by flak, and so was he. It shattered the bone in his left arm below the shoulder and badly damaged his leg, but the plane managed to return to base. After that, he now says, I knew who and what I was. I dont have to apologize to anybody for anything in my life. That may be the most important lesson. No apologies then and none needed for the wisdom in the lead chest: How To Be An Old Guy: Dispatches from the Retiree Front. 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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 www.floridaweekly.com and click on subscribe today.One year mailed subscriptions are available for $29.95. MOMENTS IN TIME On Dec. 18, 1916, Betty Grable is born in St. Louis. Grable, trained as an actress and dancer, was voted favorite pin-up girl by American servicemen during World War II. Paramount famously insured her legs for $1 million. On Dec. 20, 1957, rock n roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for a two-year stint in the United States Army. Refusing special favors, he was sworn in as an Army private in Memphis, Tenn., on March 24, 1958. Widely praised for not seeking to avoid the draft, Presley was seen as a model for all young Americans. On Dec. 21, 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs debuts. The film, created by Walt Disneys animation company, was the first feature-length animated movie. The film became a classic, and box-office receipts recouped the films cost of $1.5 million by the end of its first year in circulation. OPINION The phrase doomsday cult entered our collective vocabulary after John Lofland published his 1966 study, Doomsday Cult: A Study of Conversion, Proselytization, and Maintenance of Faith. Lofland wrote about the Unification Church. His subject could almost as easily have been the Church of Warmism. Its college of cardinals gathered in Copenhagen amid professions of an imminent global apocalypse that allow no room for doubt or deviation. The clock has ticked down to zero, declared U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer. Yes, the end is nigh, just as surely as when the Millerites gathered on Oct. 22, 1844, to witness the Second Coming, only to comfort themselves at the end of the night, Well, maybe next year.Copenhagens opening session featured a video of children pleading, Please help save the world. Had these precocious kids carefully reviewed the costs and benefits of a large-scale global carbon-rationing scheme? Of course not. They were props in the climate confabs effort to propagandize itself, in the kind of closed loop always welcomed by true believers.This doctrinaire impulse jumps off the page of the recently disclosed e-mails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, an outfit at the heart of climate science. MITs Michael Schrage says the e-mails reveal malice, mischief and Machiavellian maneuverings. George Monbiot, a leading journalistic promoter of climate alarmism, wrote after the release, I was too trusting of some of those who provided the evidence I championed. At Copenhagen, theyll have none of it. Its clearly an illegal attempt to create confusion, U.N. IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri said of the hack or leak of the e-mails, capturing the deeply illiberal temper of the defenders of the warmist faith. The same people who tend to put Question Authority bumper stickers on their cars have made skeptics and doubters dirty words in the climate debate. Its the vastness of the project to transform the way we run the planet, in the words of The Associated Press, that makes the slightest questioning impermissible. Emissions in a developed country like the U.S., were told, have to be 80 percent beneath 1990 levels by 2050 to avoid catastrophe. On a per capita basis, Steve Hayward of the American Enterprise Institute writes, emissions were probably never that low, even back in colonial days when the only fuel we burned was wood. The only nations in the world today that emit at this low level are all poor developing nations, such as Belize, Mauritius, Jordan, Haiti and Somalia. Polling shows the American public less alarmed about global warming despite the perpetual hectoring about impending doom. Not to worry. The Obama administration is preparing to take a pass on the inconvenient business of convincing elected representatives to implement costly measures to suppress carbon emissions and instead do it through fiat at the Environmental Protection Agency. When the world is about to end, the rigors of democratic persuasion are as unwelcome as skepticism and caution. I have such doubts! Sister Aloysius declares at the end of the aptly named play Doubt. For defenders of the climate faith, thats strictly forbidden. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.BY RICH LOWRYWe are living in a climate of doom GUEST OPINION President Barack Obama had a golden opportunity to become a peacemaker compared with his hawkish predecessor. But he has let that opening evaporate by escalating the war in Afghanistan. Now he is called a war president a dubious title that former President George W. Bush personally embraced after starting two devastating wars, one in Afghanistan, the other in Iraq. In both cases, the U.S. is touting its exit plans. In Iraq, Obama has declared a victory and plans to pull out many troops next year, though leaving thousands behind to secure the Baghdad government. In Afghanistan, Obama has spoken vaguely about a troop drawdown starting in July 2011. The problem in Iraq is that the sectarian war we nurtured in that oil-rich country and invaded on the basis of false intelligence is far from over, as evidenced by the suicide bombings in Baghdad this week that took 127 lives and wounded hundreds of Iraqis. Obama went into Hamlet mode in his prolonged deliberation about Afghanistan before deciding to send 30,000 more troops there in pursuit of Taliban forces and the al-Qaida network. The president was accused of dithering by militant Republican lawmakers, most of whom have never known war. Later, he was pilloried for announcing a July 2011 date to begin an Afghanistan exodus. It must have been tough for the president to prepare a persuasive speech in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday while escalating a war in Central Asia. Obamas troop buildup is in line with his campaign promise that Afghanistan was a war of necessity as opposed to Iraq and that he would target Afghanistan if he became president. Still, he had a chance to reconsider and begin a withdrawal to save lives. Considering the domestic problems on his plate, he should have followed the footprints of the Russians, who gave up after some 10 years of warfare in that rugged terrain. In earlier times, both the British and Alexander the Great finally left Afghanistan to the warlike Afghans. There is a precedent for strategic withdrawal. President Dwight D. Eisenhower a top commander in World War II withdrew most U.S. troops from Korea and settled for an armistice with Pyongyang. As for interventions in civil wars, a Bill Mauldin cartoon said it all. He showed two muddied GIs lifting their heads out of a trench and one asks the other: How can you tell a North Korean from a South Korean? No one called Ike a coward when he compromised. Likewise, Americans heaved a sigh of relief when President Ronald Reagan redeployed U.S. Marines out of Lebanon in 1983. Obama should remember his own battle cry and tell the hawks: Yes, we can. The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry formerly the top military commander in that tribal country had warned against a troop escalation in secret cables he sent to the State Department. But in testimony this week on Capitol Hill, Eikenberry like a good soldier -came on board with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who had requested 40,000 more American troops. NATO allies have promised to dispatch several thousand more troops, bringing the total number to 100,000 under U.S. command. Eikenberry said the goal is to stabilize Afghanistan and ensure that al-Qaida and other terrorist groups cannot regain a foothold there to plan new attacks against the U.S. and its allies. In an interview with the Financial Times, Gen. David Petraeus who heads U.S. Central Command insisted that parallels between Iraq and Afghanistan or Vietnam are highly misleading. Afghanistan is not Iraq, or other countries, he said. It is Afghanistan, with its own list of challenges and difficulties. The difference, he explained, is the low literacy rate in Afghanistan and its shaky central government. Sorry, general. To me it looks like the same old Vietnam quagmire. In the vernacular, Obama should know the often-repeated phrase: The way forward means out. helenTHOMAS Special to Florida Weekly Obama is now called a war president
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 demanded his pound of flesh in The Merchant of Venice, is one of Shakespeares most memorable villains and the character has resonated with audiences from Elizabethan England forward for a very good reason: Cold-eyed money lenders make great bad guys. Long infamous for their high interest rates and tight-fisted cash outlays, pawn shops routinely are paired in our popular culture with the twin notions of destitution and desperation. One of the enduring scenes of American cinema comes from The Lost Weekend and involves a tremulous alcoholic writer (Ray Milland) who vainly scours New Yorks Third Avenue on Yom Kippur for an open pawnshop where he can hock his dearest possession a typewriter to finance a binge. To its critics, the act of pawning a possession is at its best distasteful, and at its worst not far removed from panhandling on Main Street or seeking the services of a mob-connected loan shark. Florida, with nearly 1,500 shops (more than any other state), rests squarely at the epicenter of this much-maligned industry. Tom Sams, the affable, soft-spoken Naples entrepreneur who has been in the pawn business for two decades and runs eight highly successful shops all operating under the name Capital Pawn spread across South Florida, has heard these aspersions before, and he remains unruffled when theyre laid out before him for what is probably the umpteenth time. He doesnt even wince at the merchants of misery reference. Rather than shy from such discussion, Mr. Sams meets it head-on. Look, it is no secret that nationally there are so many bad (pawn shops) that everybody in the business takes a beating as a result, he says. When someone, somewhere does something wrong, (all) take a beating even the good ones. Thats not fair, but thats the way it is. He adds the industry brought on some of this by not policing itself as it should. But that has changed, he maintains. This is the most regulated industry in the United States, without question.Fighting a stereotypeThe Texas-based, 2,600-member National Pawnbrokers Association, which was begun in 1988 and counts Mr. Sams as an enthusiastic and active member, works to oversee and guide its members and upgrade the image of pawnbrokers across the United States. Our customers represent the working families of America who have an unexpected need for short-term cash, the NPA states on its Web site. Pawn loans keep the electricity on, the rent paid and the cars working and full of gasoline. The emergence of chains like Cash America and Maitland-based Value Pawn & Jewelry, whose stores are consistently well maintained and less forbidding than the small, dark hovels usually associated with the pawn business, has helped to perk up the industrys public persona. The History Channel now offers a reality television show that tracks the doings of pawnbrokers in Las Vegas and lends a humanizing face to the shadowy industry. Yet the shows title Pawn Stars carries with it a whiff of sleaze.An important serviceSitting in his spacious Naples office, which features a huge flat-screen television tuned to a cable business-news channel, Mr. Sams makes the argument that especially in these perilous economic times, pawn shops perform a vital service that other lenders cannot fulfill. We have become the financial vehicle that serves the unbanked, the people who have no bank accounts, he says. We have all sorts of people who come in our shops, but we primarily serve the lower end of the financial system. You cant get a loan for $5,000 or below at a bank now. They wont write it. But you can at a pawnshop. The average loan at Capital Pawn is about $80, Mr. Sams says. Eighty dollars! Where else can someone who needs money go to get a loan that small? Nowhere. We are the only ones who serve these people. That is not bad. It is good. According to a Georgetown University study, the average pawnshop customer has a household income of about $34,000, which seems to play against the stereotype that pawners are flat broke. While Mr. Sams has no hard data on that point, he says he figures that Georgetowns estimated income level probably is about in line with what his many of his customers earn. That might be more (income) than most people would expect, but when you think about it, its really not that much, he observes. Theres no denying that the market is there. Although he will not discuss revenues, Mr. Sams does share that his companys sophisticated computer database now lists more than 132,000 customers drawn from across South Florida. The computer tracking also tells him that each of his eight pawn shops, all of which operate under the name of Capital Pawn, serves an average of 5.46 new customers every day. His flagship shop (called the Capital Pawn Superstore) is in Naples, and the rest are in Immokalee, Golden Gate, Bonita Springs, LaBelle, Sebring, Okeechobee and Lehigh Acres. He says its the largest family-run pawnshop business in this area, and that it employees 76 people and offers benefits like medical coverage and a 401(k) plan. Capital Pawn, under the name Capital Systems, will soon begin marketing nationally a software program called Pawnbroker Plus that it has long used in its own shops. From unlikely beginningsMr. Sams, who is 69 years old, was an unlikely candidate to become a pawnbroker. After a career as an air-traffic controller in the U.S. Air Force, he founded and ran several successful businesses in his hometown of Pittsburgh. None of these businesses was related to the pawn industry. At various times Mr. Sams operated, among others, a printing company and a storage firm. In the mid 1980s, his 19-year-old son died after undergoing three liver transplants. Mr. Sams and his wife had spent more than four months at their sons bedside in intensive care, and the experience left them drained, despondent and ready to leave Pittsburgh. I didnt even want to see the house there again, Mr. Sams says. Too many memories. The couple retired to the east coast of Florida and then moved over to Naples. In 1990, Mr. Sams was growing restless when a nephew approached him with a business idea. Why not open a pawn shop? Pawn shop? Mr. Sams recalls now with an amused shake of his head. Id never thought of such a thing. But the more I checked into it, the more convinced I was that we could be very successful. It excited me. He set out to be a different kind of pawnbroker. True, the interest rates at his pawn shops are breathtaking (by law, 25 percent is the max for a 30-day loan), and the mechanics are the same as at every other pawn shop: The customer pawns an item for which he is paid whatever the broker is willing to pay. Interest is figured in, and the customer has 30 days and a 30-day grace period to retrieve his item by paying off the loan and fees. Or he can extend the loan by paying just the interest and hopefully retrieve the item by paying in full at a later date. Mr. Sams says that bet-PAWNFrom page 1 PEGGY FARREN/ FLORIDA WEEKLYTom Sams has been in the pawn business for two decades and runs eight highly successful shops spread across South Florida.PEGGY FARREN/ FLORIDA WEEKLYCapital Pawn in Naples has become the financial vehicle that serves the unbacked. It also offers a variety of goods, from rings to guitars, for sale. Look, it is no secret that nationally there are so many bad (pawn shops) that everybody in the business takes a beating as a result. When someone, somewhere does something wrong, (all) take a beating even the good ones. Thats not fair, but thats the way it is. Tom Sams, Capital Pawn, Naples
WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 NEWS A9 FLORIDA WEEKLY ter than 80 percent of his customers eventually get their pawned item returned. The 25 percent maximum interest rate for a 30-day loan is levied on the smallest of loans, $10 or so, Mr. Sams says. Even at lower rates, however, the monthly interest rates can pile up. If someone receives a $100 loan at, say, 5 percent for 30 days, the annual percentage rate amounts to 60 percent. There is legislation before Congress that would cap the annual percentage rate at 36 percent, and pawnbrokers insist such a restriction would drive many of them especially the smallest operators out of business. Mr. Sams didnt intend to reinvent the pawn business, but he did seek to retool the way pawn shops look and operate. I saw an opportunity to take over something that was often done so badly and convert it into something we could be proud of, he says. Some of the things you see in pawn shops I walked into one and opened the door of a microwave they had out on the floor for sale. There were slices of pizzas in it. I mean, come on, is that any way to run a business? To that end, Mr. Sams decided his pawn shops would not be storefront operations based in cheap strip malls. Instead, he opted for stand-alone businesses that dont look like typical pawn shops. He wanted shops that are bright and airy. Typical of this thinking, the company recently bought for about $1 million a former Wachovia branch bank building in Bonita Springs for its new location there, which will open early next year after renovation and remodeling. Wait until you see the landscaping were going to do there, he says. I want shops that people feel comfortable walking in. Shops that are attractive. He employs four gemologists to evaluate jewelry that passes through Capital Pawn stores. He has opened a higher-end jewelry shop in Naples named Gems & Gold, which deals mainly in items obtained through estate sales, and has pieces that go for up to $15,000. Although he would never say it, Mr. Sams has become something like the Donald Trump of South Florida pawnbrokers, and his shops the pawn equivalents of Tiffany or Cartier although its unlikely that either of those establishments feel the need to post signs that loaded firearms are not tolerated. Despite his efforts, Mr. Sams acknowledges that the business has its down sides. For one, pawn shops are not highly prized as neighbors in many areas, especially in upscale locales like Naples. Officials in Bristol, Conn., recently closed the last of that towns pawn shops. (That action, however, was ostensibly based on persistent criminal activity at the shops and not on an aesthetic distaste for the pawn business per se.) Yes, there are people who think we shouldnt exist anywhere, Mr. Sams says. Thats frustrating, because we try to do everything right, and were a good neighbor. We have excellent security. There are 13 cameras in every store, and weve never had a robbery, although we did have a break-in at Sebring. But, yeah, some people just dont like having us around. And while he enthusiastically touts the services rendered by pawnbrokers, he says the deteriorating economy has increased the number of bona fide hardluck cases that pass through the doors. He finds this circumstance troubling. Were seeing people as customers who we wouldnt have seen just a few years back, he says. This is especially true with the elderly. We see more elderly customers, people whose savings are gone, who have a real need for money now. When the economy was good, we werent seeing that. He adds: But the situation would be worse if we werent here to help them out when they needed it. These are people who need money for necessities. Of course, the flip side of this depressing migration to pawn shops is that bargain hunters those who frequent the shops as buyers, not sellers now have an even greater selection of merchandise to choose from. There are deals to be found, for sure. On a recent day, a spiffy-looking Rolex (the real deal, not a street-vendor knockoff) is offered for less than $300 in the Naples store. It comes with a 30-day warranty, Mr. Sams is quick to note. That Rolex represents both the core of the pawn business and the cruel symmetry of hard times: One mans loss is anothers gain. And just in time for Christmas, on both ends. PEGGY FARREN/ FLORIDA WEEKLYWith several locations in Southwest Florida, Capital Pawn shops are loaded with things people unload in an effort to raise cash. This holiday-red chopper is in the Naples Capital Pawn Superstore. 239-261-7157 www.WynnsOnline.com 141 Ninth Street North NaplesFor over 70 years offering Wholeseome fresh products to our customers. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA10 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 UNDERCOVER HISTORIAN The undertaking of our communitys caresage leading to some higher purpose or learning. Of course, anyone who is part of the Greatest Generation would never use these words; theyd probably simply say nothing. You just do what you have to do without complaining. These pioneers had families who stayed in this place to make a home, and who passed the torch of hard work and community service on down the line for the next generation to carry forward. At the recent City of Naples Christmas Parade, several members of this next generation, along with Fifth Avenue South business owners and managers, carried forth the tradition of community service as they as judged the parade, newly themed The Magic of Christmas Past. Rick Rinellia of Trulucks, Doug Keating of Keating Realty, Gloria Kovas of the Name Game Game and Frank Russen, a board member at The von Liebig Art CenOne hundred and sixty-six years ago today, Nov. 17, 1843, a novella about a miserly, cold, hard-hearted curmudgeon and his spiritual deliverance after being visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve was published. The dickens, you say? The Dickens, I do say more specifically Mr. Charles Dickens, who wrote A Christmas Carol in two months time, perhaps releasing some of the humiliation this young man had endured while living in debtors prison due to his fathers misfortunes. He might have been only 12 years old when he was sent away, but young Charles education and intellect made him painfully aware of his loss of social standing. This significant event altered his emotional well-being greatly, and it also gave him a great capacity for empathy for the poor, especially children. While he never fully recovered from his psychological wounds, his suffering was not for naught. Twenty years later, Mr. Dickens approached Parliament to decry the horrifying effects the Industrial Revolution had upon the lives of these poor children. He left the meeting feeling as though he had been unheard, however. After writing a political piece titled An Appeal to the People of England, on behalf of the Poor Mans Child, he asked for another appearance before Parliament. Then, still happy with this composition, he rescheduled his visit for later in the year. Sally Ledger, author of Dickens and the Popu-BY LOIS BOLIN ____________________Special to Florida Weeklylar Radical Imagination, wrote of how he informed one of the commissioners, Dr. Southwood Smith, on his change of plans: You will certainly feel that a sledge hammer has come down with 20 times the force 20,000 times the force I could exert by following out my first idea. Mr. Dickens was true to his word. His change in plans resulted in A Christmas Carol, which resulted in actually making people behave better. I guess the adage of that which does not kill us, makes us stronger holds true.Hardships across the seaHardships were not only common in Mr. Dickens time; they were common to the pioneering folks who settled Southwest Florida. Adversity is a badge of honor to those who know how to transcend difficulty, making their pain simply a rite of paster, have had a collective total of 28 years in Collier County; the pioneering families represented by Miles Rocky Scofield, Mary Watkins, Jesse Chesser, Ray Carroll, Jean Walker Humphries and Earl and Thelma had some 550 collective years. Undertaking stewardshipWhile Mr. and Mrs. Hodges, our only parade couple judges, are junior oldtimers, (the Carroll family came in 1895, whereas the Hodges came around 1956), their profound love for the community is noteworthy. Earls career began when he was 13 and attended a funeral with his father. Soon after, he started working for the funeral director, thereby gaining the experience that would serve him well later on in life. Persistence and hard work were Earls friends, just as they are to anyone who is a goal-seeking missile, and Earl was just that. When he signed up for military service in World War II, he failed the physical for all of the Armed Forces because of too much protein in his urine. A nurse advised him to drink lots of water before his next checkup to dilute the protein in his system, and soon Earl was in the Maritime Services. His goal was to serve his country, and like he did throughout his career, he simply didnt stop until he made it happen. Thelma, one of the founding nurses of NCH, was always by his side as the couple became one of the most respected stewards of our community. In 1997, they gifted $12 million to International College, which was renamed Hodges University. Like Mr. Dickens, the oldtimers had their share of hardships which most assuredly made them stronger in all their undertakings for this wonderful place we call home. COURTESY PHOTOJudging the City of Naples Christmas Parade earlier this month are, front: Gloria Kovacs, Miles Rocky Scofield, Mary Watkins, Earl and Thelma Hodges and Jessie Chesser. Back: Rick Rinella, Frank Russen, Douglas Keating, Jean Walker Humphries granddaughter and Jean, and Ray Carroll. ATTENTION FLORIDA RESIDENTS ON MEDICARE:Do you want to reduce your health care costs and increase your benefits? 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 NEWS A11 15101ShellPointBlvd.,FortMyers,Florida33908www.shellpoint.orgShellPointislocatedjustoffSummerlinRoad,2milesbeforetheSanibelCauseway.ShellPointisanon-profitministryofTheChristianandMissionaryAllianceFoundation2009ShellPoint.Allrightsreserved.SLS-13355-09 HowDoYou SeeRetirement? HowDoYou SeeRetirement?AttendaFREEInformative PresentationandSeethe RetirementLifestyleatShellPointThursday,December17 at1:30p.m. Tuesday,December22orWednesday,December23 at9:30a.m.PresentationsheldattheWelcomeCenteronTheIslandatShellPointCall(239)466-1131or1-800-780-1131CallToday!TheseminarisFREE,butseatingislimited. At TPC Treviso Bay, remarkable golf is just the beginning of an outstanding PGA TOUR experience. Exclusive opportunity to preview TPC Treviso Bay... the only PGA TOUR experience in Southwest Florida.TODAY. TIMELESS. TPC TREVISO BAY. RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE NO MORE THAN 14 DAYS IN ADVANCE BY CALLING THE GOLF SHOP AT 239.331.2052 | $175 PREVIEW RATE PER PLAYER (PLUS APPLICABLE TAXES)RATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE The Naples Historical Society announces its 2010 lineup of Garden Side Chickee Chats. Steeped in educational information, the three free presentations take place from 11 a.m. to noon in the Chickee Pavilion in The Norris Gardens at Palm Cottage. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. Everyone who attends receives a gift from the NHS. Friday, Jan. 29: Naples Oral Histories: Tomorrows Old Timers Neapolitan youth from circa 1950s talk about what it was like here for kids growing up during that time. Guests will be Ray Carroll, Lodge McKee and Nick Turner. Friday, Feb. 12: Archaeological Landscapes of Naples The citys physical evolution is directly connected to what Naples has become today. Learn from one of the best authorities in town, John Beriault, past president of the NHS and archaeologist for the Archaeological & Historical Conservancy Inc. Friday, Feb. 26: Edison, Ford and Friends Learn about the excitement of two of Americas greatest inventors, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Hear the stories of how they met, trips they took and the famous friends they made along the way. Presenter is Chris Pendleton, president and CEO of the Estates. The Naples Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered at historic Palm Cottage, 137 12th Avenue South, one block east of the Naples Pier. Starting in January 2010, Palm Cottage and The Norris Gardens at Palm Cottage are open from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Suggested donation is $8 per person. For more information, call 261-8164 or visit www.NaplesHistoricalSociety. org. Palm Cottage chickee chats set for the winter seasonThe Collier County Commissioners and the countys Tourist Development Council have awarded a $75,000 grant to the Childrens Museum of Naples to promote and create statewide awareness of the museum prior to its opening in the fall of 2010.The funds will enable the museum to expand its Web site, develop promotional materials and maintain the The Wonders of Childrens Museums exhibit that travels the state to promote the benefits of childrens museums. Cmon is under construction on a 2-acre site in North Collier Regional Park on Livingston Road south of Immokalee Road. The completed facility will be a LEEDcertified green building, fully accessible to all children regardless of their physical or learning abilities. For more information, visit www.cmon.org. Childrens museum receives $75,000 grant
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA12 WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 Dare to go Tankless!Gas or Electric Save Money & SpaceThe temperature outside is cooling down dont let your Water Heater40 gal Standard Water heater6 Year Warranty(Standard installation no other offers apply) RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL REMODEL24 HOUR SERVICE239-597-9997www. rstclassplumbinginc.com I WANT YOUto take this Tax Credit! ONLY$499.00with this Ad Save 30%of the cost up to $1,500(IRS form 5695) In the spirit of holiday giving, individuals and groups of coworkers, friends and neighbors can fund a Connect With A Classroom teacher grant request. More than 80 applications need sponsors. Each request comes from a Collier County public school teacher who is dedicated to making his or her students learning experience more exciting and enjoyable. Here are three examples of CWAC grant requests: 1. If her $1,400 request is funded for Visualizing our Thoughts, Chelon Perez-Benitoa of Naples High will be able to involve more than 40 of her students in writing, illustrating and publishing a series of poems and short stories. The students will also learn to market their book. The project will involve freshmen through seniors in Ms. Perez-Benitoas classes. Nearly all of the expenses are for paper, copying and binding. 2. Ants Add Up To 100 is the title of the request for $338.35 that would allow Sonjia Clodfelder at Manatee Elementary School to purchase materials for her first graders to use magnetic ants to count, build number patterns, illustrate a variety of mathematical operations and thereby visualize the concept of 100. All 150 of our schools first-grade students will be able to use these materials, as our team of six teachers builds activities within individual classrooms, Ms. Clodfelder says. 3. At Poinciana Elementary, Thomas Davison aims to build an effective classroom library to increase his students motivation for reading. He is asking for $750 for his grant entitled Literacy Library for the Daily Five. Mr. Davison hopes to purchase a Scholastic Classroom Library Set for his thirdgrade students and other classrooms. Being able to do this for my students would make my Christmas. Its easy and rewarding to sponsor a grant through the Education Foundation of Collier Countys Connect With A Classroom program. Visit www.ConnectWithAClassroom. org and click Invest in a Student Project to view the grant applications along with instructions on how to become a sponsor. A follow-up telephone call to the foundations offices at 6434755 will provide further information. All contributions are fully taxdeductible. Rainer Olbrich is a volunteer with The Education Foundation of Collier County. Founded in 1990, the foundation is an independent, not-forprofit organization whose purpose is to engage our community and schools. Make some Collier teachers holiday wishes come true u gh ts N aples e more n wri tn g a oy 0 r ne s t c al u alize o f our s will al s as b uild s c la ss son ho Classr o g ra d e s Bei n de m ww o r g de n ap p ti o so r t o t 47 55 t ion d e d u c R with T Collier founda ti profit o r engage o
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 NEWS A13 IN A JACUZZI HOTTUB THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD DISAPPEARS$1000 OFF!Voted BEST place to buy 12 years in a row!Up to Shop & Compare We have theLOWEST PRICES in Town! We Love Warm Water Save a Life is Holiday Season.To make a donation, please call 239-985-3550 or visit www.LeeMemorial.org/Foundation Lee Memorial Health System Foundation is the fundraising arm of Lee Memorial Health System and supports lifesaving programs and care in our six-hospital system.As a safety-net health system, we treat all patients, regardless of their ability to pay for our services. Lee Memorial Health System depends on the philanthropic support of our community to continue to provide excellence in medical care to all who call Southwest Florida home. Among a myriad of services including highlevel cardiac and stroke care we house the only Childrens Hospital between Tampa and Miami and provide hope and healing to those treated at our comprehensive Regional Cancer Center located in Fort Myers. We hope you will join us in our lifesaving mission.Call 239-985-3550 or take time to visit www.LeeMemorial.org/Foundation to make a year-end gift that will help save the lives of people in our community. The Education Foundation of Collier County has announced the 2009-10 Teachers of Distinction who will continue in the Golden Apple Teacher Recognation selection process. The teachers were notified in surprise classroom visits to their school. We congratulate this years Teachers of Distinction on their recognition, and thank them and their colleagues for the opportunity to visit their classrooms, Trish Biebricher, chairman of the 2009-10 Golden Apple Committee, said. We look forward to honoring all of our excellent teachers at the 20th annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition program on May 4. Six of the Teachers of Distinction will receive a Golden Apple and be honored at the celebration at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.Stock Development hosted a private reception on Dec. 15 at the Club at Olde Cypress so that past Golden Apple recipients and Education Foundation supporters could meet and welcome the new Teachers of Distinction. Each of the Teachers of Distinction received a $200 cash prize in recognition of the honor, which was provided through the Mary Ingram Fund of the Columbus Foundation.The 2009-10 Teachers of Distinction are: Sharon Eve Baines, Pine Ridge Middle Wylie Bertuna, North Naples Middle Elizabeth A. Braren, Tommie Barfield Elementary Mary Bryan, Manatee Elementary Joann Cassio, Lorenzo Walker Technical High Timothy Chestnut, Barron Collier High Cheryl Coffey, Laurel Oak Elementary Cynthia Crouse, Golden Terrace Elementary Patricia Ann Della Posta, Palmetto Ridge High Susan Fialko, Corkscrew Elementary Diane Fontdevila, Osceola Elementary Lisa Garby, Manatee Middle Kate Hickie, Naples Park Elementary Christen Krembs, Shadowlawn Elementary Hannah Levitt, Lorenzo Walker Technical High Jackie Lippold, Calusa Park Elementary Angela Loerzel, Pelican Marsh Elementary Jean Lorenz, Naples High Marianne Mangels, Pine Ridge Middle Deborah Marino, Sea Gate Elementary Carole McPhee, Veterans Memorial Elementary Mary Jones Mootispaw, Avalon Elementary Jon Mundorf, Tommie Barfield Elementary Laurie Nowlin, Pelican Marsh Elementary Victoria Stoddard Peterson, Oakridge Middle Constance Pinckney, Golden Gate High Angela Roche, Vineyards Elementary Katy Rogers, Calusa Park Elementary Susan Soper, Sea Gate Elementary Kim Sweat, New Beginnings Naples Suzanne Waite, Lely High Golden Apple contenders announced
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA14 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 Vanities from $399 5 pc. Patio Sets from $350some exclusions may apply M-F 10-5; SAT 10-4; CLOSED SUN 239-596-8788Marketplace at Pelican Bay8799 N. Tamiami Trail Naples[SW corner Vanderbilt Beach Rd. & 41, near Steinmart] Naples LIMIT ONE COUPON PER CUSTOMER. CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFER. CANNOT BE APPLIED TO PREVIOUS PURCHASES. SOME RESTRICTIONS APPLY. OFFER GOOD THROUGH 12/31/09your purchase of $75 or more$10 offgive the gift of a great t! Naples Cedar Montessori School Inc. is a not for prot, non discriminatory establishment as it relates to staff and students. License # 087667 Gol ClaiCelebrating 25 YearsEstablished 1984239-597-7190www.cedarmontessori.org Cedar Montessori SchoolJanuary 15, 2010Hosted by: Naples Backyard History Mini-Museum 1300 Third Street South 594-2978, www.naplesbackyardhistory.org. Anyone whos new tro town should enjoy reading about local history. Among the mini-museums most popular books on the subject are When Peacocks Were Roasted and Mullet Was Fried by City Historian Doris Reynolds ($24); My Life on the Water by Capt. John Morgan ($15); and The Life of Tommy Barfield by Betsy Perdichizzi ($18). Youll also find Naples Backyard History note cards and T-shirts ($15 each). To toast your shopping success, stop by Sea Salt next door and sip on a Naples Backyard History Tini, sales of which the restaurant donates to the mini-museum. Hours at the mini-museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with evening hours until 9 p.m. Thursday (except on Christmas Eve). Naples Botanical Garden 4820 Bayshore Drive 643-7275, www.naplesgarden.org Gift shop manager Janele Smith says the seasons bestsellers are puppets and games for kids ($1-$25); Grass Headz Their hair is in your hands, Ms. Smith explains. Just add water, sun and style. Who needs a yard? (perfect stocking stuffers at $3.95); Bee Bar Hand and Body Lotion from Honey House Natural ($9.94); and a set of flour sack hand towels (great for a hostess gift at $12.95). The gift shop is open during regular Garden hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. The Naples Museum of Art and the Philharmonic Center for the Arts 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. 597-1900, www.thephil.org In addition to the requisite CDs and art books, heres where you can find a Naples Philharmonic Orchestra golf caddy pack (three golf balls and 15 tees, all bearing the orchestra logo ($20); the Dale Chihuly Art Kid to get kids creative juices flowing ($28); and a pair of gilt-trimmed opera glasses in a pretty protective pouch ($35). And dont forget: Tickets to any of performance or lecture at the Phil are easy to wrap. Museum gift shop hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The jewelry counter in the lobby of the Phil is open one hour before performances and during intermission. The Naples Zoo 1590 Goodlette Frank Road 262-5409, www.napleszoo.org For those on your list who have a wild streak, shop here for things like logo coffee mugs and key chains, toys and educational games and books. Spend $30 or more in the gift shop during the holidays and get a cuddly toy tiger as a thank-you to add to your gift supply. Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4 p.m. on Christmas and New Years eves). Palmetto Patch Nature Store at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center 300 Tower Road 417-6310, www.rookerybay.org This shop is chocked full goodies themed to the local environment. Plastic snakes and sticker books make great stocking stuffers for kids, and perhaps the boater on your list would appreciate a new nautical chart. For more important presents, there are original pieces by local painter Kathy Spalding and clay artist Jim Rice. Whimsical designs by Nora Butler adorn items from mouse pads and T-shirts to canvas tote bags. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The von Liebig Art Center 585 Park St. 262-6517, www.naplesart.org Dont show up with just a bottle of wine for your hostess; make any vintage special by hanging a Whimsy Wisher on it. The art center gift shop has these and many more handmade gifts. The most popular items in the store are one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces crafted by local artisans. Youll also find hand-painted silk pillows, glass votive holders and Swarovski crystal bracelets that will make any young girls eyes light up. Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. GIFTSFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTOPalmetto Patch Nature Store at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA16 WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 The Collier County Health Department is now giving the H1N1 flu vaccine to: Pregnant women, health care and emergency medical services personnel who have direct patient contact, persons who live with or provide care for infants younger than 6 months, persons aged 6 months to 64 years of age, and persons 65 years of age and older who have one of the following medical conditions: Chronic lung disease, heart disease (except high blood pressure), kidney disease, liver disease, cognitive disease, blood disorders like anemia, metabolic disease and immunosuppression. The vaccine is free at Community Vaccination Clinics scheduled for the following: North Collier Regional Park Exhibit Hall, 15000 Livingston Road 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and Monday, Dec. 21 and 28 The former Kmart, 12693 Tamiami Trail East 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and Tuesday, Dec. 22 and 29. Although the risk groups have expanded significantly, healthy individuals 65 years of age and older are not yet eligible for the H1N1 vaccine. While waiting for the chance to get vaccinated, these people are encouraged to obtain their seasonal flu vaccine (and pneumonia shot if appropriate).Seasonal and pneumonia vaccine will be available at the clinics listed. Flu vaccine costs $30; pneumonia vaccine costs $40. Medicare Part B will be billed if card is presented.For more information and the latest dates and times for vaccination clinics, visit www.CollierPrepares.org or call 252-8200 and chose option 2 on the message line. Release muscle tension and gain youthful flexibility amidst the quiet inspiration of the Garden of Hope & Courage. A five-week session of classes in gentle yoga and relaxing stretches begins Wednesday, Jan. 13, in the garden on the downtown campus of NCH Healthcare System. Classes will meet at 6 p.m. every Wednesday through Feb. 10, rain or shine, under the pavilion overlooking the gardens pond and tropical landscape. No experience in yoga is necessary. Instructor is Janice Behling. Cost is $10 per class or $40 for all five classes. A portion of the fee will be donated to the garden. Registration in advance is options. For more information, e-mail Ms. Behling at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3849759. Health department has H1N1 vaccine clinicsBend and stretch in the Garden of Hope & Courage Naples Pack & Ship Packing & Shipping Solutions We will pick up, wrap and send your gifts using Fed Ex or US mail.We Pack like its our own .CarefullySend It Your Way WE SHIP LUGGAGE Save 50-85% on all your Prescription NeedsAll Canadian Drug Services (ACDS) Free 2010 calendar for walk ins No Hidden Fees Call for FREE Quote
Specialized care for the littlest patients in need.From the care of premature infants to emergency services and life-saving treatments, The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida is here for our regions children. Whether its a complex piece of equipment or a simple explanation, the sta has the unique advantage over other area hospitals armed with the tools and training needed to treat the smallest members of our community. The pediatric cancer program has expertly oered specialized care without the burden of families having to travel distances at some of lifes most dicult turns. And when it comes to saving prematurely born infants, The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida is the #1, top-rated program in the state boasting the best survival rate among all 11 certied Level III neonatal intensive care centers in Floridas Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Program. Children come rst here. Were your childrens hospital. World class health care is closer than you think. Children. First.
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA18 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 HEALTHY LIVINGThe heart of the matterTaking care of the most vital organ in the body is a community-wide effortYoull always be in my heart. My heart beats only for you. You must be brokenhearted. My heart fills with joy. Have a heart. Affairs of the heart. Its time for a heart-to-heart. The heart figures prominently in hundreds of sayings that describe lifes every emotion. But how well do we take care of the organ thats referred to with such abandon? The heart is the most important organ in the body. Nothing else can function without it. Even the mighty brain is helpless when the heart stops beating. Yet heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the nations No. 1 and No. 3 killers, claiming more than 865,000 lives each year. The American Heart Association is on a mission to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. One of the most visible signs of the campaign is the annual Start! Heart Walk that takes place in town and cities across the country. The Heart Walk is more than just a walk, its about changing your lifestyle, says Geoff Moebius, CEO of Physicians Regional Health Care System and chairman of the Collier County AHA Start! Heart Walk, which took place last month. More than 4,000 walkers stepped out, and a record $342,000 was raised; the Lee County walk last weekend raised about $250,000. The AHAs Southwest Florida Heart Ball, a joint gala for Collier and Lee counties, happens in April. Ive been so pleased working with the American Heart Association, not BY KELLY MERRITT ____________________Special To Florida Weeklyjust with the Heart Walk and raising funds, but also with what they have done for the community in setting up walking paths and working with the city and different companies to encourage healthier diets to combat obesity, Mr. Moebius says. From our cause sponsors Arthrex and an anonymous donor in memory of Kyle Ferstrom everyone has been stepping up to help the community with healthy diets, anti-smoking and walking, all of which fight heart disTwo themes have guided NCH over the past several years: innovation and collaboration. Here are three examples of the kind of innovation and collaboration that contribute to our organizations leadership as a provider of high-quality health care. 1. Emergency Physicians of Naples: Since establishing an exclusive contract with NCH in 2002, EPN has cared for more than 100,000 patients a year at the Downtown Naples Hospital, North Naples Hospital and the Marco Healthcare Clinic. This month, EPNs 34 physicians and 18 physician assistants joined TeamHealth, which has more than 6,100 affiliated health care professionals in 550 hospitals, clinics and physician groups in 46 states. This new collaboration, according to Dr. John Lewis, TeamHealth president and chief medical officer, will improve our practice and enhance our ability to deliver better care to patients in our community. For NCH, it means increased resources and expertise from a national group to support our emergency-room personnel as they serve the community. 2. NCH and Cerner Corp.: This collaboration represents a big win for the community and everyone else, says Paul Gorup, chief innovation officer and one of Cerners three cofounders in 1979. To help ensure that win, Mr. Gorup will move to Naples to facilitate the continued transformation of NCHs information technology capabilities into a strategic asset. On his first visit to NCH, he observed nursing and physician workflow as he made rounds through the ER, ICU, rehab and other downtown units with his team of Carolyn Brooks, Rick Plisko, David Vigil and Dave Zurliene. Nursing and physician workflow will continue to improve as safety and quality are enhanced. NCH already ranks among the top 60 hospitals in IT in the country, according to Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a widely recognized independent evaluator. Cerner is among the top health care information technology companies in the world and has a multitude of solutions to be implemented in Southwest Florida. The complexity of todays medical care makes it imperative to obtain new tools for decision support for evidence-based medicine. Thats the kind of innovation were accomplishing with Cerner. 3. Setting the example: Physicians and staff at North Naples recently had a hectic week in Labor and Delivery and the Preand Post-Operative areas. L&D was having a bumper crop of eight C-sections but was short of staff. OR Director Sherrie Laurita and Barb Meehan, post-op R.N., jumped right in to help the L&D team catch up. Almost simultaneously, pre-op nurse Leanne Laettner suggested that preand postop nurses be cross-trained so they can help each other during these kinds of peak demand times. I learned all this first-hand while making rounds. I also had lunch last week with our outpatient infusion service team. Their leader, Sue Throux, R.N., recognized the team for going above and beyond to handle peak demands. This kind of working smarter, through innovation and collaboration, is the best way to ensure that NCH continues to provide the highest quality health care to residents of Collier County and beyond. Dr. Allen Weiss is president and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System. Innovation, collaboration are just what the doctor orderedSTRAIGHT TALK ease, he adds.After shaping up for the Start! Heart Walk, Mr. Moebius still hits the pavement for his main form of exercise. I strive to get in my 10,000 steps a day, he says. I also ride a bike and swim. Heart disease risks can include conditions and lifestyle factors. Everyone can take steps to tackle risk factors, and this is especially important if someone already has heart disease. Deposits of cholesterol in the arteries of the heart can lead to a narrowing of the arteries and heart disease. Another chief risk factor for heart disease is high blood pressure, which can be treated with lifestyle changes or in many cases by medication. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three-quarters of people with diabetes, which is another culprit in raising a persons risk for heart disease, die of a form of heart or blood vessel disease. SEE HEART, A19 allenWEISS email@example.com MOEBIUS COURTESY PHOTOFred and Shelly Church, McGruff the Crime Dog, Geoff Moebius and Connie Byrne at the starting line for the Collier Heart Walk
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 NEWS A19 For Reservations Call 239-403-3020IN 41 MINUTESDaily Flights from Naples Municipal Airport $135 ppEACH WAY ACHIEVE higher levels of FITNESS. GENERATE more POWER with less effort. PRODUCE a smoother swing with gr eater club head SPEED. POSTURE & BALANCE MUSCULAR STRENGTH FLEXIBILITY239-254-7778www.jaffesportsmedicine.com 90 Cypress Way, Suite 60Conveniently located in North Naples on the corner of Immokalee & Airpott Pulling Roads sports medicine and rehabilitationMEDICALLY SUPERVISED BY A BOARD CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN IS PA IN AFFECTING YO UR GOLF GAME?We can help! AND ENJOYA BETTER LIFE! PERFORMANCE GOLF & TENNIS PROGRAM HEARTFrom page A18 American Heart Association initiativesAmong the AHAs programs to promote heart health are: Go Red for Women: A national movement to wipe out heart disease in women Start! Heart Walk: A call to action for all Americans to walk and incorporate hearthealthy habits into their ever yday lives Power to End Stroke: A campaign to raise awareness about and prevent stroke Alliance for a Healthier Generation: A partnership between the William J. Clinton Foundation and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to encourage a healthier generation of young people Heart Ready Awareness: Designates cities, counties and communities as Heart Ready American Heart Heroes: An enrichment program for children who have cardiovascular disease Jump Rope for Heart: A program that encourages elementar y students to raise research and education funds Hoops for Heart: A way to engage middle-school students in basketball and to raise funds for heart and stroke research and education Where theres smoke, theres fireThe most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States, cigarette smoking accounts for nearly 500,000 deaths every year. Its such a major risk factor for death in America that the surgeon general has called it the leading preventable cause of disease and deaths in the United States. The AHA devotes an entire section of its Web site to the link between cigarette smoking and cardiovascular diseases. In addition to the damage smokers do to themselves every time they light up, the damage their smoke does to others is catastrophic. As many as 69,000 premature deaths annually can be attributed to heart and blood vessel disease caused by secondhand smoke. Health care head honchos like Mr. Moebius have banned smoking on their medical campuses, with overwhelming support of patients, hospital visitors and organizations like the American Heart Association. We have worked with NCH and Lee Memorial Health System to make all campuses non-smoking, he says, adding, Its largely due to the American Heart Association that we were able to pull off these great successes. Opponents have long fought against a blanket ban on smoking in public places and restaurants, decrying them unconstitutional. Medical professionals recognize that trying to reason with many smokers is a losing battle, and the evidence of secondhand smoke fatality is often lost in translation rendering behavior unchanged. In nicotine addiction, a glaring absence of reason thrives, which means an outright ban on smoking is often the only way businesses and health care providers can keep workers and patrons safe from secondhand smoke. Because statistics show that nearly all smokers start the habit before the age of 18, smoking bans are more important than ever if positive anti-smoking messages are to reach children in time to prevent them from picking up that first cigarette, the AHA maintains.Know the signs Every year nearly 1 million Americans have their first heart attack. Another 470,000 who have already had one or more heart attacks have another attack. The AHA lists discomfort in the chest or other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort and other signs like breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness as heart attack warning signs. Although heart attacks that seem obvious, as often portrayed on television or in movies, can happen, most begin slowly with discomfort. And all too often, people wait too long before getting help. What is your heart telling you? And more importantly, will you listen? For more information on healthy heart habits or to participate in an AHA event, visit www.AmericanHeart. org.
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA20 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 Remaa e hings bapt ninn Kensingtof Golr & Country Club!A -bt nbt fbnbrfn-n r fb n Nn, fb R Tb Jb J. Cb J rnfbf r, n rt n $5 Mffb r bnfb. Kbfbb Cb J f N Ob.G Mf nnfn nfb bt $10,000. Cnfb nbt Pfn Eb Snr nnfn. For more information on membership opportunities or to talk about hosting a holiday party or wedding at Kensington, please contact Lindsey LaCroix at 239.213.1983 www.kensingtoncc.com fresh furniture joyful fabricsBring your Designer or Come as you are312 Clematis Street West Palm Beach (561) 366.0033 mainecottage.com HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Winter solstice at the GardenNaples Botanical Garden presents a solstice celebration from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, through Wednesday, Dec. 23. More than 500 tiki torches will line the walkways from the Visitor Center to the Solstice Landing overlooking Deep Lake. Santa Claus, in tropical attire, will greet children in the Caribbean Garden Chattel House. Free cookies and hot chocolate will be provided, and the Garden Cafe will sell wine and hors doeuvres. Entertainment including a guitarist in the Brazilian Garden, a member of Flute Cocktail in the Kapnick Caribbean Garden and a Druid at the Solstice Landing will be featured each night. he Garden Shop will be open for holiday shopping, with the members discount of 10 percent available. The Solstice Celebration is free with regular Garden admission of $9.95 for adults, $4.95 for children ages to 4-14, and free for members. The Garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 643-7275 or visit www. naplesgarden.org. Marco art league holiday trunk showThe Art League Marco Island Center for the Arts has a holiday trunk show featuring the jewelry of Joni Gotthelf and Babs Snyderman from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. There is no charge for admission, and gift-wrapping will be provided for every purchase. For more information, call 394-4221 or visit www. marcoislandart.com. Fun in the sun for winter breakSun-N-Fun Lagoon at North Collier Regional Park is open during the holiday school break. Kids will forget all about missing the snow when they make a splash at the water park. The park is closed Christmas Day but open every other day through the public school holiday. For more information, call 252-4021 or visit www.collierparks.com. Yoo Hoo, Mrs. GoldbergEnjoy the film Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg about broadcasting pioneer Gertrude Berg and stay for potato latkes and dessert with the Jewish Federation of Marco Island at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at 991 Winterberry Drive on Marco. Admission is $25. Call 642-0800. Norris Center presents the tin soldiers storyThe toy room comes to life in Hans Christian Andersons classic tale, The Brave Tin Soldier, on stage at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at The Norris Center. A toy soldier with a damaged leg falls in love with a music box ballerina and must overcome his limitations to save her from the Evil Renegade Rat, who wants her as his bride.This show is ideal for ages 2-12. Santa will make an appearance, and each guest will be able to make a holiday craft or two. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.Cost is $8 per child. Call 213-3058. An Anglican Christmas concertThe Holly and the Ivy: Christmas at Trinity-by-the-Cove, a concert of timeless music by the church choir, takes place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Selections include O Little Town of Bethlehem, The Holly and the Ivy, Ding! Dong! Merrily on High, Calypso Carol, Il est n and Masters in this Hall. The choir will be accompanied by organ, flute, violin and harp. The church is at 553 Galleon Drive. A freewill offering will be collected. Call 262-6581. Bach Ensemble holiday concertHoliday Gavotte: Songs of the Nativity, by the Bach Ensemble of Naples, takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive. Admission is $20. Call 732-1055. Christmastime at Palm CottageThe Naples Historical Society presents Christmas at Palm Cottage from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1-8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (closed Christmas Day). Requested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Palm Cottage and The Norris Garden are at 137 12th Avenue South. Call 261-8164 or visit www.napleshistoricalsociety.org. Marketplace celebrates Holiday JamboreeBig Cypress Marketplace presents Holiday Jamboree: A Celebration of Giving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.Holiday music will be by Sudden Impact. Activities for children will include games, crafts and photos with Santa. Children and parents can shop for toys to donate to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. Decorated Christmas trees will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Renew Thrift Store Food Pantry; live, fresh Christmas trees, ready-to-decorate, will also be for sale to benefit the food pantry; free gift-wrapping will be offered by students from the Lely High School Key Club, with freewill donations to benefit local charities; and the Salvation Armys Red Kettle campaign bell ringers will be on hand. Big Cypress Marketplace is on U.S. 41 four miles east of Collier Boulevard. Call 262-3210 or 774-1690, or visit www. BigCypressMarketplace.com.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 NEWS A21 Wild poinsettia, poinsettia cyathophora, is a colorful Florida native plant in the family euphorbiaceae. Easy to grow, it crowds out weeds and attracts butterflies such as the white peacock and honeybees that drink nectar from its tiny flowers.Because wild poinsettia grows at will in pinelands and disturbed areas, however, many people consider it a weed. That got me thinking, When is a weed and weed and not a wildflower? Perhaps when it is not wanted or appreciated? Everyone is familiar with the cultivated Christmas poinsettia, a showy plant thats closely related to our native wild poinsettia. The Christmas poinsettia is native to Mexico and might never have come to the United States were it not for Joel Poinsett, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico from 1825 to 1829. Mr. Poinsett admired the red and green plant and sent cuttings to John Bartram, a Philadelphia naturalist who in turn gave it Robert Buist. It was Mr. Buist who named it euphorbia pulcherrima, which means the most beautiful euphorbia. (The name has since changed to poinsettia pulcherrima.) Soon people began to decorate their homes at Christmas time with this Mexican native plant. The rest is history. Although Floridas wild poinsettia is not as showy as its Mexican relative, it retains many of the same characteristics. Both plants have milky sap, and all parts of the plants are poisonous. (This is something to remember in placing any poinsettia near small children or pets who might try to take a taste.) Both plants have very small greenish-yellow flowers surrounded by leaves, many of which are a combination of bright reds and green. So it is the leaves and not the flowers that make both species attractive. Youll find many names for wild poinsettia: painted leaf, fire on the mountain, painted spurge and summer poinsettia are some. In Southwest Florida, the plant blooms throughout the year. They can reach about 30 inches tall, which is small compared to the cultivated poinsettia, and their colorful leaves assume many shapes, from oval to fiddle-like.Wild poinsettia grows in scattered locations from Florida to California in the south and north to Virginia and across to Minnesota in the Midwest. Floridas attractive wild poinsettia provides food for wildlife, is drought resistant, crowds out weeds and requires little to no care. Unlike our many invasive non-native plants such as Brazilian pepper and Australian pine, the wild poinsettia remains part of the real Florida. Look for it and enjoy it. Lee Belanger is a seasonal volunteer trail and canoe guide at Collier-Seminole State Park. To contact her, e-mail Lungwort@aol.com.Floridas wild poinsettia BY LEE BELANGERSpecial to Florida WeeklyAT COLLIERSEMINOLE STATE PARK OUTDOORS COURTESY PHOTOWild poinsettia (poinsettia cyathophora) Let a ranger be your guideGuided day and moonlight canoe trips and hikes are booking up quickly at Collier-Seminole State Park. Coming up: >>Daytime canoe trips: 9:30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Paddle through a mangrove wonderland along the Blackwater River and listen to a park ranger tell stories about the Seminoles survival. These trips are fun for ages 6 and older; cost is $25 per person. >>Moonlight paddles: 7:30-10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, and Wednesday, Dec. 30. Join a park naturalist and discover the changes nighttime brings along the Blackwater River. These trips are great for ages 12 and older; cost is $30 per person. >>Night hikes: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 11 and 13. These walking adventures are ideal for ages 6 and older; cost is $10 per person. Those who want to discover CollierSeminole State Park on their own can explore the parks 11 miles of hiking trails from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Enjoy picnicking, birding, shing, camping, a boat ramp and the historic walking dredge that was used to build the Tamiami Trail. Entrance to the park is at 20200 U.S. 41, eight miles east of Highway 951. Reservations are required for the guided hikes and canoe trips. Call 392-3397 for more information.
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA22 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 Pets of the Week >>Tyson is a purebred American Staffordshire terrier. Just over 1 year old, hes handsome, strong, loyal and loving. His adoption fee is $250.>>Libby is a purebred Labrador retriever. About 1 years old, shes happy, friendly and full of energy. Her adoption fee is $250. >>Cow is about 2 years old. Gentle and quiet, she comes right up to new people to see what theyre all about. Her adoption fee is $55.>>Bella is 2 years old. She had a problem with her ear tips, but that has been xed and now shes ready for a new home. She loves to be petted, but not held. $55. Florida Everblades vs. Wheeling Nailers Wednesday, Dec. 16th at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18th at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19th at 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY NIGHT IS HOLIDAY NIGHT! Get your picture with Santa at the game! The rst 5,000 fans receive a 2010 Everblades Calendar! Tickets start at $12. Call 948-PUCK for all things Everblades www. oridaeverblades.com Opens at 5:30pm before every Blades Game. 948-7825 X1309 for Reservations THE BLADES BATTLE IT OUT!!! medications, your pet will likely be back at the vet.Do you dread walking out of your veterinarians with pills? Here are some strategies to make the pillpopping easier: Pop and treat. Have your veterinarian demonstrate. Always start with a positive attitude and end with a treat and praise. You can find pill guns through pet retailers that help with getting the pill quickly in the right place. Stealth. Perhaps the most popular method is to hide the pill in something cats love, although most cats figure this out soon enough and start eating around the pill. Try treats that are designed for pill-popping: Theyre yummy little bits with pockets for hiding the treats. Presto-chango. For pets who just wont tolerate pills (or people who just hate giving them), ask your veteri narian about using a compounding pharmacy. These businesses take all manner of medications and turn them into edible treats in pet-friendly flavors. New technologies. Ask your veterinarian for the latest options. The medication youre using may be available in an easier-to-use format, such as transdermal. No matter what, always give pet medications exactly as prescribed and to the end of the supply. If you have questions or problems, or if the condition hasnt improved after the medications are gone, you must call your veterinarian for advice for the health of your pet. If you need help, ask! Your veterinarian wants your pet to get better just as much as you do. Dont skip giving medications to pets because its difficult: Ask your veterinarian for help.Your veterinarian makes it look so easy: Pill. Pet. And like a magic trick, suddenly the pill is inside the pet, the pet seemingly none the wiser. If only it were that easy for you. You go home, and you cant even find your cat when its time for medica tion. Under the bed? Maybe. Behind the couch? Maybe not. How does the cat know, and how is he able to disappear as if by another talented magician? Your dog is only marginally easier, maybe. Not quite as fussy as your cat, hell eat the pill if its hidden in something yummy, or so you think. But later you find the pill on the kitchen floor, and you realize he was somehow able to extricate the yummy stuff from the medicine and hide the pill in his jowls for spitting out later. Outsmarted again! You figure its a victory if you get half the pills in for half the number of days theyre prescribed, and you hope thats good enough. Problem is, its not. One of the biggest problems veterinarians have in helping your pet get better is you. If you arent able to follow through with PET TALES Pill that pet!BY DR. MARTY BECKER & GINA SPADAFORI_______________________________Universal Press SyndicateMedications need to be given to be helpful To adopt a petAll dogs and cats adopted from The Humane Society Naples come with a medical exam, vaccinations, sterilization surgery, ID microchip and 30 days of free pet health insurance. Visit the ne pets ready for adoption at The Humane Society Naples, 370 Airport-Pulling Road North, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call 643-1555 or visit www.HSNaples.org.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 NEWS A23 HHA299992099Services Available NationwideYou now have a choice to keep a frail, aging person in their own home and out of a nursing home. Let our professional Care Managers and their integrated team of SeniorBridge Caregivers provide care in your home 24/7. Benefits of SeniorBridge: Reduced hospitalizations Better overall physical health Improved quality of life Less family stress SeniorBridge.com 5621 Strand Blvd. Suite 301 Naples (239) 594-5004 14260 Metropolis Ave. Suite 103 Fort Myers (239) 561-7100 Living Safely in the Comfort of Your Home Collier County(239)-430-8300 (239)-213-0355 HHA299991482Lee County(239)-561-7100 HHA299992947Charlotte County(941)-205-2956 HHA299992099 Serving Lee, Collier & Charlotte counties Rx firstname.lastname@example.org I know what its like to be caught with my drawers down. This is not my preferred method of drawing attention to myself. I would rather be drawn and quartered. Perhaps from an eviscerated position I could better draw upon my internal resources. But in the end, its a draw: All positions come in a dead heat. But this here and now is where I draw the line. Completely drawn down, I can only draw water from this, my stream of consciousness. Please draw me away from this insanity. You can help. Just imagine me for a moment: The night draws nigh in the Saharan Desert. Drawing what could be my last breath, I draw up into fetal position in the shade of a non-existent bodhi tree. It could have taken this Ficus religiosa 3,000 years to grow. But in my mind the tree draws on in an instant. And just as instantaneously, I draw a sigh, deeply, in homage of its heart shaped leaves. Draw the image in your minds eye: See me as I simply watch my imaginary friends, no longer surrounding me, drawn off. In the distance I see the Little Prince, asking St. Exupery: If you please, draw me a sheep. Well, Antoine might have MUSINGS Drawing a blank 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.been able to draw on his pilot salary or draw a sword in self defense, but to save his life he could not draw a sheep. The box he did draw, complete with peep holes for viewing the inner sheep, drew out the crowd of my phantasm friends. Among them is Pierre Jaquet-Drox, the 18th century ingenious creator of automata. Pierre held in his hands one of his creations: The Drawer. This little child doll, a kind of ancestor of our computers, was able to draw four images: a portrait of Louis XV; the royal couple Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI; mon toutou, my doggie, with that title added to the portrait; and Cupid drawing a chariot drawn by a butterfly. Liu Bolin, a contemporary Chinese artist known as the invisible man, stood next to him. Drawing on my intuitive genius, I am able to sense his presence although I only see desert sand and dark sky. Perhaps that is a moon and star, or he might have drawn these celestial bodies over his eye orbs. Our word draw comes from the Old English root that means to drag. Not a drag, more like a drag race, I am drawn, drug, moved continuously toward a force, up and out. I hear myself begging: Draw me. But who is there to hear? Who is there to draw, to drag, to drug? Another friend draws nigh, into my minds eye. Ah, it is M. C. Escher. He holds in his hands my favorite drawing, drawn in 1948, Drawing Hands. In this image one hand is what the other is doing. Does he hold the drawing, or does the drawing draw him, trompe loeil travesty? Perhaps it is all merely harmless, drawn out of all proportion, overdramatically drawn. Perhaps it is beyond the telling. But I know this: Drawing a blank is not impotence. It is, rather, the full spaciousness of the ever possible, dimensional beyond drawing. It is the white of all lights and the black of all pigments. It is the waiting canvas, drawing the impossible with ease. Before the season of jolly being, there is the draw of pondering, the drawing near of animal breath and starry skies, the drawing nigh of sheep and heaps of unwashed men who watch them. And drawn, too, are wise kings and things beyond telling. What is more drawn blank than a baby mind, needing no unlearning? 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Michele Ivanov prepared to travel from her home in Naples to a small party at a private residence in Fort Myers last Friday evening. But this was no ordinary party. A direct sales consultant for Arbonne International, Ms. Ivanov toted along her line of all-natural cosmetics and BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@floridaweekly.com skin-care products. Were going to do some face masks and some hand rubs and talk about the products and the opportunity and thats it, she said. Direct sales people market various product lines to co-workers, family, friends and acquaintances. Many rely on the industrys best-known sales and networking model: social gatherings that combine a casual party setting with a low-pressure marketing pitch. Later that evening, Ms. Ivanov introduced herself to the three party guests. They hung out together for a couple of hours, opened some wine, tried on tingly facial masks and browsed the Arbonne catalogue. Its a numbers game, said Ms. Ivanov. In a down economy, the busi-COURTESY PHOTOCarol Ambrosini, the owner of Salon Delphine in Naples, shows an Arbonne product to a client.For many reps, a job in direct sales rulesPARTY ON c are pr o d ucts. W ere g oin g to do some f ace masks o m e hand ru bs and talk a bo ut th e u cts and the opportunity and thats esaid The party is the best way to network and get your bookings. Lynn Anklam, direct sales consultant for Tastefully Simpleness model still works. You just have to make more phone calls.Direct benefitsDirect sales of cosmetics, food and jewelry traditionally perform well in an economic downturn because of their affordability, consultants say. And the social sales model has also played in the industrys favor during the recession, allowing consultants to meet and greet a steady stream of potential clients.SEE PARTY, B5 BUSINESS & REAL ESTATENAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES BUSINESS INDUSTRY BSECTIONWEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 WEEK at-a-glance It happens every yearNABOR new of cers installed, and other business affairs. B7&8 Builder of the YearStock Construction takes top honors at CBIA celebration. B9 Be his guestRobert DeCastro nds a touch of the Caribbean at the landmark Lemon Tree Inn. B2 Foremost on everyones minds is the shape of our economy because it drives employment, affects gains in the equity and credit markets, and a host of other economic variables. It is a heavy on our minds and also the minds of our key trading partners who are concerned about their need to stimulate their economies to pick up our slack, their need to finance our deficits and their appreciating currencies. Everyone wants to know what the recovery will look like. There seems to be four likely scenarios, three of which actually take the shape of letters. The first is a snap-back recovery; the U.S. hits bottom (a rocksolid bottom) and monetary and fiscal stimulus is sufficient for the economy to resume growth on a sustained basis. This shape is a V. Obviously, this is most desired and it is the form to which the U.S. is most accustomed, as most recent recessions have been characterized by a snap back. It would seem that the equity market is discounting a V recovery because the equity market itself has snapped back some 50 percent from its lows. How many really think the worst is well behind us? Take a look at the percentage of equity advisers who are long-term bears (something more than a correction). The percentage was at 54 percent in spring 2009 and now is at less than 17 percent. Many market technicians translate this exuberance as overconfidence as the last time the percentage of bears was at comparable levels was at the October 2007 peak. Of course, this time it can be different. The snap back could also be followed by a snap down and, after more stimuli, we could find our way back to sustained growth. This shape is a W. The basisThe shape of the U.S. economy: a V, a W, a U or Hirigana?SEE MONEY, B5 MONEY& INVESTING JeannetteSHOWALTER, CFA email@example.com
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB2 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 Nearly four years ago, Robert DeCastro came to Naples for an interview. The Massachusetts native had managed a day resort on the Caribbean island of Tobago for more than nine years. He wanted similar work in the United States and heard that the owners of the Lemon Tree Inn were looking for a general manager. He flew down from Orlando, where he was also interviewing. Unlike cities in the center of the state, Naples is very much influenced by Gulf waters. There was a breeze in the air. He felt at home. Lemon Tree co-owner Sid Kalmans also owns Hotel Caravelle, billed as the sister property, in St. Croix. Hes been in the hotel business for 27 years, lived on and off in the tropics and loves his calling. In Mr. DeCastro, he recognized a certain kinship; someone who understands the charm that characterizes his resort. Were two island boys who enjoy scuba diving and active lives, Mr. Kalmans remarks. He understood the Caribbeanisland nature of Lemon Tree. We hit it off. Without a doubt, this laid-back inn is unlike any other in the area. In the heart of Naples on Tamiami Trail a few blocks north of Fifth Avenue South its within walking distance of world-class dining and shopping and not far from sugar sand beaches. With rooms that open onto a colorful garden courtyard containing a swimming pool, an oldfashioned gazebo and plenty of pastelpainted Adirondack chairs, this cheerful rest stop is more beachy and casual than its upscale environs would suggest. People walk back to the courtyard and see the gazebo and always remark that theyd never expect to find something like this here, Mr. Kalmans says. Indeed, the inn is a period piece. Opened in 1949 as Naples Motor Court, it was completely renovated and reborn with the Lemon Tree look and name in 1997. The stand-alone front office still extends a motor-court welcome. Along a bright white wall underneath a soaring ceiling, a brilliant green metallic lizard gazes at guests stopping in for brochures detailing nearby adventures or catching up on e-mails at a computer station. Thirty-four rooms and suites open to lanais and terraces facing the courtyard. The ambiance, with continental breakfast each morning and easy conversation poolside, is similar to that of a bed and breakfast. Affordable rates $89 off season and $129 in season are one of several reasons the inn exceeds expectations. Guests might be lured in with rates, but the Lemon Tree experience is such that they often extend their stays on repeat visits. Some have been returning for 20 years. Since Mr. DeCastros been on board, hes seen average stays of repeat guests doubling from two to four or even five days. Lemon Tree Inn doesnt advertise in many venues. This is a word-of-mouth or just-in-town, last-minute variety of vacation stop. In Florida you get a lot of people who are just driving around and will stop without any plans, he explains. They run sort of a loop between Orlando and Key West, and if they like what they see along the way, theyll stay longer. Mr. DeCastro lives on site. Hes always on call and jokes that he sleeps with his cell phone. Business begins to pick up in mid-October, and from Christmas to midApril the Lemon Tree is sold out. The inn is also popular with Europeans during summer months. This is very good fit for me, he says. I wanted the island feel without the island craziness, and Ive found it. He sits on the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board, which reports to the City Council, and is a member of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce 2010 Leadership Collier class, a forum designed to hone skills for the purpose of discussing challenges and opportunities facing the community. While he sees himself as a behind-thescenes kind of guy, he has enjoyed learning more about the community. The tourism industry has a special role in a community like Naples, he reasons. Change is only good if it preserves a certain quality of life enjoyed by the people who live here year-round. The key focus these days seems to be finding the right balance. BY GEORGE RAAB ____________________Special to Florida Weekly BUSINESS PROFILE Manager finds a bit of the Caribbean at landmark Lemon Tree Inn COURTESY PHOTORobert DeCastro Federal Tax Credits forEnergy Ef ciency LIC.# CVC056664 Purchase any Hoagie, Sandwich, Entree, Large Salads Small Pizza or Stuffed Roll. Mon. thru Fri. from 11am 2pm, and receive another item of equal or lesser value free. Dine In ONLY. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB4 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 ON THE MOVE Boards Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents. Education foundations from throughout the state nominated school system leaders for the awards, which were sponsored by Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union. Nominees were reviewed by other education foundation directors in the state and rated for their leadership and involvement with their local education foundation. Marina Grebenshikova, an associate at Marissa Collections for more than five years, is completing her degree in finance at Florida Gulf Coast University and has been promoted to assistant manager of store operations. She will continue to assist the buyers in her new role in management. Derice Seslar who began her career in fashion at Marissa Collections in 1996, has returned as a personal stylist to assist her broad Naples client base. Monica Cabada, a two-year associate at the boutique, has earned her license as an esthetician and has been named the shops beauty consultant in charge of skin care and make-up. Ms. Cabada recently returned from training in Conneticut with Cellcosmet skin care products and is available at Marissa Collections for make-up and skin care consultations. they need to take to lead their graphic communications companies to higher levels of success. Ryan Binkowski has been named director of planning and landscape architecture at Waldrop Engineering P.A., a civil engineering and land development consulting firm. With the addition of Mr. Binkowski, the firm will offer a complete package of site development design services. A graduate of Penn State University, Mr. Binkowski has nine years of experience in town and community master planning, amenity design, residential design-build and project management. He is a registered landscape architect in the state of Florida, an active member in the American Society of Landscape Architects and secretary of the Naples Gulfshore Rotary Club. Collier County School Board member Pat Carroll was recognized as a STAR for her exemplary leadership at the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations 64th annual Joint Conference of Florida School Evelio Rodriguez has been named vice president, residential lending manager, and Linda Lane has been named residential operations manager for TIB Bank. Mr. Rodriguez previously worked at FDIC Receivership, Orion Bank, Transamerica and Metropolitan Mortgage. He is a graduate of Miami Dade Community College. Ms. Lane, a graduate of Malone College, most recently worked at Fifth Third Bank. Mr. Rodriguez and Ms. Lane will be based in TIB Banks Metro Parkway annex in Fort Myers. Dave Wacker, president and CEO of Intech Printing and Direct Mail, attended the 2009 Converge Conference for the next generation of print and communication service providers in Orlando. As the business paradigm for print changes, top leaders gathered and exchanged thoughts on the next steps The Friends of Rookery Bay announces its officers and board members for the 200910 fiscal year: Bruce Robertson of Marco Island, the retired owner of George Robertson and Sons Florist and Decorators in Philadelphia, chairman and president; Christian Spilker of Naples, vice president of environmental policy and permitting for Collier Enterprises, vice president; Harold Skip Lee of Marco Island, recently retired CFO for Cedar Bay Yacht Club, treasurer; Robert Davy Jr. of Naples, attorney and principal of Robert E. Davy Jr. & Associates, secretary. Additional board members include Pat Carroll, member of the Collier County School Board; Bob Galloway, general manager of the Wal-Mart Supercenter across from Rookery Bay; David Gordley, senior vice president and senior loan officer with TIB Bank; Scott Hopkins, general manager of Cedar Bay Yacht Club; Susan Calkins Ritas, retired professor of anthropology and sociology; Sharda Spahr and Paul Westberry. Friends of Rookery Bay connects people with Southwest Floridas estuarine environment through education, engagement and stewardship by supporting the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. PEST PROBLEMS?Call Larue... We Know Just What To Do.Larue does an outstanding job for Hope Hospice. Larues professionals call back, show up on time and are customer focused. John Cioban, Hope Hospice of Southwest Florida www.LaruePest.com Joseph R. Catti, President and CEO of FineMark National Bank & Trust, and Dennis Landfried, President of FineMarks ofce in the Bonita Springs area, are pleased to announce the addition of Shelley D. Anderson as Vice President. Ms. Anderson, a highly experienced Trust Ofcer, will provide service to clients from the ofce located at 10010 Coconut Road in Bonita Springs. Ms. Anderson joins FineMark following a long tenure with Northern Trust in SW Florida. She brings to FineMark 31 years of experience serving Trust and Investment clients. Ms. Anderson received a BA from Campbell University and also completed the American Bankers Association Trust School and Graduate Trust School Programs. She is a Certied Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA). Ms. Anderson is very active in the community in activities including: Literacy Council of Bonita Springs, Hope Hospice, Bonita Springs Historical Society and Hope Lutheran Church. I am thrilled to join FineMark which has quickly established a reputation as the premier provider of Trust and Investment, Banking, and Brokerage Services in SW Florida. I look forward to building deep relationships with FineMark clients throughout the area. said Anderson. Catti commented, Shelley has established a wonderful reputation by building extraordinary relationships and by going above and beyond. She will be a terric addition to our team and personies our unique service oriented culture. Landfried added, The combination of Shelleys experience, skills and dedication to personal service are a perfect t for our clientele. Her commitment to clients is well known and widely respected throughout the community. FineMark National Bank & Trust offers a comprehensive array of banking, trust, investment, and brokerage services to clients interested in establishing long term, high touch relationships. 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To learn more about the newest chamber members, visit the online business directory at www.napleschamber.org. To learn more about joining the chamber, call Don Neer, new member services manager, at 403-2906. Chamber welcomes 20 new membersMarilyn Hellman has opened Marilyns, a boutique filled with European fashion accessories, on Fifth Avenue South. Decorated with an air of art deco, Marilyns is home for jewelry, silk scarves and knit wraps, the de rigueur white blouse and an array of fine leather purses, belts and shoes from France, Italy and Spain. Ms. Hellmans 12 years of retail experience throughout Europe is apparent in every display. Shoes step to the forefront at Marilyns, with styles ranging from lighthearted sandals bejeweled and bedecked, to exotic stilettos and fashionable flats. Marilyns is at 331 Fifth Avenue South. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 206-4460. European fashions and accessories fill Marilyns
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It would seem that George Soros might, inasmuch as he has suggested that the correction in the commercial real estate sector is around the corner in 2010. A host of other hedge fund players are long in gold to play the fall in the dollar and the difficulties in refinancing our deficits. In the scenario, the recovery that sticks happens in 2011 or 2012. Ugh! This is NOT a popular theme.Another alternative is that the economy really isnt snapping back and we are at bottom for a longer period of time, i.e. the U shape. Sure, the employment numbers looked better recently, but a host of other statistics and economic indicators are still languishing. Its hard to say who (of the heavy hitters) are in this camp but it might be the folks at PIMCO, the mutual fund Goliath in U.S. Treasuries. This is merely suggested by their heavy position in long-term bonds, which would appreciate if yields fall. (Yields fall if the recession continues and or if sovereign default risk makes the U.S. look safe relatively safe.)As suggested by this column, there is another shape the recovery could take the shape of the Japanese non-recovery of the past 20 years. This is clearly the most unpopular option and, as such, is rarely discussed. In lieu of a letter to describe, it is called the Hiragana the Japans word for letters. This recovery is a non-ending W; growth is followed by recession that is followed by growth, which is followed by recession. ad infinitum or at least to date. The nonrecovery for Japan continues. It just announced that its third-quarter growth was revised downward from 4.8 percent to a mere 1.3 percent. What does all this mean for investors? Well, a V recovery means that investors long in the U.S. market will probably see more gains in 2010; a W recovery means that investors will probably experience a correction from current levels in 2010; a U recovery? Not quite sure, but probably suggests downward movement. And the last shape, well. It is a traders dream come true as the markets soar and then collapse and then soar and then collapse, on and on. A balanced portfolio can weather downturns. A portfolio that derives income from a variety of sources can weather a downturn better than a nonincome producing portfolio. A bond portfolio with maturities spread out over many years reduces interest rate reinvestment risk. Your investment adviser can tailor these ideas, and others, to your specific needs. With New Years resolutions only a few weeks away, now is a good time to review your portfolio. Jeannette Rohn Showalter is a Southwest Florida-based chartered financial analyst, considered to be the highest designation for investment professionals. She can be reached at jshowaltercfa@ yahoo.com.MONEYFrom page 1 Im a very, very busy direct seller, said Naples resident Valorie Morris, who left her job as a manager at a department store to go into direct sales. Shes been a consultant for Jewels By Park Lane for seven years. Its a career path Ive chosen, she said. I quit my job and threw myself into direct sales. All the perks are huge. Ive earned cars and trucks and have been all over the planet on vacations. Companies offer big rewards such as cash, cars and vacations, for consultants who do well. Basically you just invite a few friends over and I come to your house, said Punta Gorda resident Mona Chupein, a consultant for Pampered Chef, a line of cooking equipment and other products. Since 2004, she has traveled to nearly 200 households in Southwest Florida, performing cooking demonstrations for groups that range from just a few to a few dozen people. The party is the best way to network and get your bookings, said Fort Myers resident Lynn Anklam, a direct sales consultant for Tastefully Simple, a line of easy-to-prepare, gourmet foods and gifts. If you just show up for work, whether making phone calls, throwing a party or doing an exposure event (like setting up a kiosk at a mall), that helps you get new leads and referrals.Womens workThere are 15.1 million direct salespeople in the United States, the majority of whom work part-time and earn 20 percent to 50 percent commissions on average. Many are content to earn a few hundred dollars per month the average yearly income of direct salespeople is $2,400, according to the Direct Selling Association, the industrys national trade association. The start-up costs are usually low (most kits cost $99-$150), and theres flexibility along with little obligation. Some do make direct sales a full-time profession, however, sometimes staying with a company for decades, building networks of recruits and making sixfigure incomes. I was looking to get back into the workforce, said Arbonne consultant Ms. Ivanov, who began in May and already has nine recruits under her. She also has two children, ages 7 and 8. Her decision to go into direct sales was based on the flexibility to do this around my family schedule, and to start a business for low start-up costs compared to what other franchises would cost me, she said. Im very happy with the choice Ive made. Direct Sales is also a female-dominated industry. The DSA records show only 13.6 percent of direct salespeople are men. Ms. Morris remembers one of her friends husbands once did well selling Tupperware. They are a rare bird, she said. Its a big-time female dominated business. When a man comes in, he usually skyrockets to the top because women like to party with men.Party etiquetteAt direct sales parties, guests generally get some free goodies and demonstrations in return for their attention. Hopefully the y make a purchase or better yet decide to try selling the product line themselves. The most successful direct sales consultants manage people they recruit, and earn commissions on those sales. Its very low key, said Ms. Ivanov. If I see they have the qualities and what it takes to be successful, I tell them, Id love to have you on my team. Id love to share the opportunity and tell you about it. Loving the products is really the beginning, then wanting to improve yourself, wanting to start a business, just wanting to do something else, she says. Building a team means earning more money and, in most companies, taking on a title such as district manager, area manager or vice president. I have a nice-sized team, so when I go on vacation theyre still working, and I have an income from that as well, said Ms. Anklam, the Tastefully Simply consultant. Shes made her living as a direct salesperson since 1983 and has been with Tastefully Simple for seven years. You know, 25 years ago if you said you did direct sales, people looked at you like its not a job, she said. I think after they see your paycheck, then they think its a real job. She quit her job as a banker more than a quarter-century ago after one of her friends, a direct salesperson, threw three parties in her neighborhood. I remember adding them up and thinking, My God, that woman made $2,500 in one week, she said. Making a living through direct sales isnt easy, however. Ms. Morris, with Jewelry by Park Lane, estimates only one out of 10 potential clients says yes to hosting a party. When you first start out, the no is horrible, she said. But once youre in it long enough, you realize that no is part of the business, and it gets you closer to the yeses. Pampered Chef consultant Ms. Chupein is like most direct salespeople: She covets the freedom that the work offers. As an independent contractor, she runs the business on her own time while homeschooling her children. And she has fun at her parties. I do a 30-minute incredible chicken show featuring a stone baking pot, she said. Some of our consultants call it the magic pot. I put a whole chicken in its one of our stoneware pieces throw some seasonings on it the ones we offer and I just put it in the microwave for 30 minutes. Its juicy. It falls apart. Parties can also be as much social as business events for direct sales consultants. Thats my social outlet, too, Ms. Morris said. Some of my best friends over the years have come from my parties. PARTYFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTOS Above: Naples resident and Arbonne International consultant Michele Ivanov explains the companys cosmetics at a home party in Fort Myers. Right: Trying out a facial mask and perusing the product catalog. ANKLAM
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Register in advance by calling the EDC at 263-8989, ext 105, or online at www.enaplesflorida.com. The Remodelers Council of the Collier Building Industry Association holds its next dinner meeting from 5:307:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at LarsonAllen LLP, CPAs, Consultants & Advisors, in the Bank of Naples headquarters. Representatives of the firm will discuss Remodeling Your Business: Ways to Adapt and Survive in Todays Economy. Cost is $15 for Remodelers Council members and $20 for CBIA members. Call 436-6100. The Chartered Financial Analysts Society of Naples will host a luncheon meeting at noon Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the Chokoloskee Room at the Naples Beach Hotel, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. Members, $30; Guests, $40. RSVP www. cfanaples.org The next Gulf Coast Venture Forum meeting takes place from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Tiburon Golf Course Members Club, 2610 Tiburon Drive. Meeting sponsor is TIB Bank. For more information, call Tim Cartwright at 262-6300. Business Network International holds its weekly meeting at 7:15 a.m. Thursdays at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 7100 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples. For more information and to make a reservation, call 354-3224. The Naples Area Professional League of Executive Services N.A.P.L.E.S., meets from 7-9 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at The Club at Naples Bay Resort. www. naplesgroup.net. Network International, the DownTown Networkers chapter meets weekly at 7:45 a.m. Thursday at IHOP, 1921 Davis Blvd., East Naples. Guests are welcome. Cost is $10. Call Jamie Bergen at 572-3720. WNOCC Womens Networking of Collier County meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Collier Athletic Club. For more information, call Nancy Dalaskey at 280-3803. 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 BUSINESS B7 NABOR annual meeting and installation of officers Leadership Collier Foundation Holiday PartyNETWORKING Jo Carter and Harley Conrad Ginny Lee and Mimi Spengler Lisa Van Dien, Janeice Martin and Lisa Vinciguerra Bud and Patty Hornbeck Mario Wolf, Arlene Carozzz and Birgit Wolf Jeannette Batten and Mike Dike The NABOR 2010 board of directors Joi Albert and Terri Speech Jim and Jennifer Delony and Brian Delony Rose Branda and Catherine Fay Susan Rogge, Pat Neale and Karen Klukiewicz Susan Reagen and Pat OConnorWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. oridaweekly.com and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ oridaweekly.com. DAVID MICHAEL / FLORIDA WEEKLY PEGGY FARREN / FLORIDA WEEKLY 1-800-553-8294 (out of town) 1-239-394-1888 (in town) Classic AIRPORT SEAPORT& TRANSPORTATIONThe Doino Family welcomes you to ride in Classic Luxury!Van/Limo service availableUp to 4 people Ft Lauderdale/Miami $220Naples $59LC# 2007000136
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REAL ESTATEA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY B9Stock Construction Named CBIA Builder of the YearCollins & DuPont gets guest room in first-ever DCOTA design houseThe Collier Building Industry Association has named Stock Construction its 2009 Builder of the Year. Brian Stock, CEO of Stock Development, the parent company of Stock Construction, accepted the award during the annual CBIA installation banquet on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Grey Oaks Country Club. In presenting the award, CBIA President David Aldridge called Stock Construction one of the most respected builders in the Southwest Florida real estate market. Brian has been in the construction industry all of his life with his father, K.C. Stock, as a friend and mentor. His Midwestern roots are evident in his professional life with his company, including his decision years ago to bring Bob Imig down from Wisconsin as president of Stock Construction, Mr. Aldridge added. You can count on them to stay true to the values that have shaped it from the beginning, to their attention to detail and a commitment to give back to the community through charitable contributions and participation. Earlier this year, Stock Development and Stock Construction received 21 Sand Dollar Awards from CBIA for their work at Lely Resort. Among the Sand Dollar awards were Community of the Year honors, four clubhouses and pool awards, three residential design awards and two interior design awards. The Stocks have been very involved in the Sales and Marketing Council, the Parade of Homes and the Sand Dollar Awards, Mr. Aldridge said. The companys reputation has been solidified with several prestigious awards, including: the Governors Business Diversification Award for Entrepreneurship, the Collier County Economic Development Councils Excellence in Industry Award for Entrepreneurship, Lee Building Industry Association Developer of the Year award and many national, state and local awards including Excel, Sand Dollar and Pinnacle Awards. Despite the housing downturn, Stock Development has remained financially strong and continues to have new home sales success. Stock Construction has built more than 1,800 homes in Southwest Florida over the past eight years. From January 1 through November 30, Stock Development posted 240 new home sales at its communities of Lely Resort, Paseo in Fort Myers and Vivante in Punta Gorda. The companys Collins & DuPont Interior Design has been selected to design a room for the Design Center of the Americas Design House. This is the first year DCOTA has explored the design house concept. The center in Dania Beach has 775,000 square feet of design products in 150 showrooms. Design firms from around the state applied to participate, and Collins & DuPont is the only Southwest Florida firm to be selected by a committee that met in New York. With the theme of Color Collision, the design house will be open Jan. 13 through June 15, 2010. It will have 14 rooms, from a grand entrance foyer, to kitchen/ family room, wine cellar and balcony terrace to a master suite and other bedrooms. Collins & DuPont will design the guest bedroom. We are using Miamis long love affair of glam deco blended with a natural tropical rainforest as inspiration for our room, says Sherri DuPont. Since 1987, Collins & DuPont has earned recognition for its residential interiors from organizations including the Southeast Building Conferences Aurora awards, the Best in American Living awards sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders, and the ASID-Florida South Chapter Design Excellence awards. SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY Quail West Development Company has announced the Quail West Realty sales team: Betty Smith, sales executive, has specialized in luxury home sales for 18 years. She joined Quail West in 1992 with London Bay Homes prior to joining Bonita Bay Group, VK Development and West Bay Development. Ms. Smith is a member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors and the Womens Council of Realtors Naples-on-the Gulf Chapter. Madeleine Longfield-Smith, broker associate, began her career in real estate with Bonita Bay Group prior to joining the sales team at West Bay Club in Estero. A graduate of Bromley College in Kent, England, she is fluent in French and German and is an awardwinning speaker with Toastmasters International. She is a member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors and the Sales and Marketing Council of the Collier Building Industry Association. The community of Quail West has 263 estate-sized homesites available from $300,000; custom homes are available from $1,250,000 to $9,950,000. For more information, call 592-1010 or visit www. QuailWest.com. Cynthia Corogin with Amerivest Realty South LLC has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of Realtors offers the certification to Realtors who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions. The certification program includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiate with lenders, protect buyers and limit risk. It also provides resources to help Realtors stay current on national and state-specific information as the market for distressed properties evolves. According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new traditional transaction.SEE STOCK, B14 SEE NEWSMAKERS, B14 COURTESY PHOTOThe Metro Luxe model by Collins & DuPont is at Mercato in North Naples.COLLINS DUPONT REAL ESTATE NEWSMAKERS COURTESY PHOTOStock Constructions Ponte Vedra model at Lely ResortSMITH LONGFIELD-SMITH COROGIN COURTESY PHOTOStock Constructions Monterey home in Lely Resort
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB10 REAL ESTATE WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 Retail Space Availablewww.truesw orida.com239-210-1521Olympia ParkVanderbilt Beach/Airport Road5,100 sf. 26,100 sf. Short/Long Term Lease Villa homes have been introduced to the product mix at Quail West, the 1,180-acre master-planned community in North Naples. Two models are scheduled for completion in January, and three more should be underway in the near future. The first offering consists of 19 southfacing homes in the La Caille neighborhood. Designed by Southwest Florida-based architects Rich Guzman of R.G. Designs and Alberto Abad of New Architectura, the homes are being built by McGarvey Custom Homes. Five floor plans range from 2,965 square feet to 3,491 total square feet under air. They overlook a lake and holes eight and nine on Quail Wests Lakes Golf Course. This new phase is particularly noteworthy because it is the first entry-level product with homes starting under $1 million, said Cheryl Deering, the communitys vice president of sales and marketing. The villas, she added, will complement the initial phase of Quail West, which has larger home sites Quail West introduces five villa residencesSEE QUAIL WEST, B10 COURTESY IMAGEMcGarvey Custom Homes expects to complete its villa models of the Domani, above, and the Ciprani, on page B11, in January. Construction of three more villa floor plans should be under way in Quail West soon. Peak Realty Partners, LLC NEW CONSTRUCTION PARK SHORE 3747 Fountainhead Ct. This brand new 3,337 square-foot home has 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and a 3-car garage. Professionally decorated and furnished. Includes granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, lanai with summer kitchen, pool and spa. Call Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910 NEW CONSTRUCTION MARCO ISLAND 151 Shorecrest Ct. Brand new 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with large great room, study, formal dining room, screened lanai overlooking the canal with 80 of water frontage. Master suite has master bath with jetted tub and walkthrough shower. Call Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910 NEW CONSTRUCTION MARCO ISLAND 1979 San Marco Rd. This newly constructed 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Marco Island home is as cozy as it is peaceful. The home features granite countertops, premium tile ooring, custom cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances and pool. Call Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910 NEW CONSTRUCTION OLDE NAPLES 1001 5th St., S. This Olde Florida styled home is professionally decorated and furnished with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and gourmet kitchen. Features include elevator, granite countertops, custom cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, & summer kitchen. Dan ielle Smith, 239-398-0910 Peak Realty Partners is an aggressive, growth-oriented full-service real estate rm that offers quali ed candidates an exciting career to grow professionally and personally. Peak Realty is currently looking for licensed sales agents with commercial or residential sales experience in SWFL. Bene ts include a premier address, full broker support & training, no desk fees, no transaction fees and professional advertising paid by the rm. For consideration, please send resume to: email@example.com or fax: 239-649-6735 Reduced Price: $1,599,000 List Price: $874,500SPECTACULAR WATER VIEWS PARK SHORE 3755 Crayton Rd. This charming and gracious residence includes 4 bedrooms, den, 4.5 baths and 2-car garage. Kitchen features custom cabinets, granite countertops, and GE appliances. The exterior includes boat dock, boat lift, pool and spa. Call Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910List Price: $3,195,000 List Price: $495,000 List Price: $2,640,000SECURE CAR STORAGE ON MARCO ISLAND Progressive Car Condos Purchase a Car Condo and protect your valuable classic and seasonal cars, jet-skis, and motorcycles from Floridas harsh weather in a state-of-the-art climatecontrolled building meeting requirements for museum quality storage. Call Rebecca Hayden, 239-340-3302Individually For Sale: $13,500NEW CONSTRUCTION OLDE NAPLES 950 8th St., S. This brand new home has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, pool and spa. Features include spiral staircase, gourmet kitchen, summer kitchen, granite, stainless steel appliances, natural stone ooring, crown moldings, 2 laundry rooms and replace. Call Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910List Price: $2,750,000NEW CONSTRUCTION MARCO ISLAND 353 Rockhill Ct. Newly constructed home is professionally decorated and furnished with Gulf access and excellent water views. The luxurious home has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, ofce, and 3-car garage. Enjoy the water views off the lanai, pool & spa. Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910List Price: $1,540,000 NEW CONSTRUCTION MARCO ISLAND 768 Bluebonnet Ct. Newly constructed 3 bedroom + study, 2 bath, and 2-car garage home with canal access. Features include custom cherry cabinets, premium tile ooring, stainless steel appliances, crown moldings, covered lanai and private pool. Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910 Reduced Price: $874,500NEW CONSTRUCTION MARCO ISLAND 805 Caribbean Ct. This home includes 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, study, and 2-car garage. Features include custom cherry cabinets, premium tile ooring, wet bar, stainless steel appliances, boat dock and lift, lanai with summer kitchen private pool and spa. Danielle Smith, 239-398-0910 List Price: $984,500 Peak Realty Is Now Hiring Sales Associates! Price Reduced! Price Reduced! TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED HOMES, CALL 239-213-0900!
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 RE B11 11,780 living sq ft, 17,000 sq ft estate. $6,300,000 at Grey Oaks. Rarely available townhome in Mediterra, premium golf/lake views. $789,500 at Mediterra. New furnished model by The Newport Companies. Premium lake/golf views. $4,595,000 at Mediterra. Never lived in, furnished & decorated. 4,277 sq ft built by McGarvey. Reduced 450k! $2,199,500 at Mediterra Premium vacant lots from $529,000 at Mediterra.www.MediterraLots.comDavid William Auston, PA239-273-1376Amerivest Realtywww.DavidNaples.com Brand new detached villas, 2,900 living sq ft. Starting $619,000 at Mediterra Southwest lake/golf views. Premium stone oors. $749,000 at Mediterra. www.MediterraCondos.com Brand new furnished model villa, 2,900 living sq ft. with premium lake views! $1,395,000 at Mediterra. www.MediterraVillas.com Just Reduced! The Right Place ... The Right Time ... The Right Price ...Life is great in NaplesPatrick Dearborn, LLCRealtor/John R. Wood RealtorsMulti Million Dollar Producer -239-877-4340 mobile www.iLoveNaplesFLA.comJust Listed Lux. Est. Home on 5 acres in Livingston Woods. Tennis and Basketball court, Barn, Guest House and TONS of upgrades. $3,000,000 Just listed 1.39 million 4 plus den pool home VineyardsJust listed High Rise Condo w/ lake-golf views $369,000 Pelican MarshFormer Model 4 bedroom home on lake $450,000 Saturnia LakesFormer Model 4 /3 pool home $525,000 Saturnia LakesLivingston Woods Patri c k De a and estate-sized single-family homes.The new villas incorporate singlefamily home features such as distinctive ceiling details, premium crown moldings, gourmet kitchens and Bosch appliances, while offering the convenience of the villa lifestyle, Ms. Deering added.Oneand two-story floor plans are available and priced from $985,000 to $1,275,000. The Cipriani is a one-story, threebedroom, 3-bath floor plan with a study and 2,965 square feet under air. The Domani, a two-story home with 3,491 square feet under air, has three bedrooms, 3 baths, an oversized garage and a circular outdoor living area.The Avarone, a one-story home with 3,139 square feet of air-conditioned living area, features three bedrooms, 3 baths, a great room, breakfast nook and study.The two-story Bardane, with 3,452 square feet of air-conditioned space, includes three bedrooms and 3 baths along with a loft, sitting area in the master bedroom and an optional fireplace in the oversized outdoor living area. The Estrella has 3,414 square feet under air, a single-story courtyard, two bedrooms, 3 baths, study, pool with cabana and attic storage in the garage. At the heart of Quail West is the newly renovated, $15 million, 70,000-squarefoot clubhouse with casual and fine dining facilities, ballroom, wine grotto, full-service spa and beauty salon, pro shops, fitness center, card room, eight lighted red-clay tennis courts and a junior Olympic-sized solarium pool. It is significant that all Quail West amenities are completed, fully operational and are owned debt-free. Quail West is east of I-75, one mile south of Bonita Beach Road. To view a photo gallery and register for updates, visit www.QuailWest.com. For more information, call 592-1010. QUAIL WESTFrom page B10 COURTESY IMAGEMcGarvey Custom Homes Ciprani model
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB12 WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 Matt Klinowski 239-370-0892 www.NaplesGolfGuy.com Matt@NaplesGolfGuy.com Your #1 source for SWFL Golf Properties Olde CypressSingle Family Home 2,900 sq. ft. $799,500 Glen Eagle2 Bed + Den / 2 bath 1727 sq. ft. $329,000 Royal Wood 2 bed + Den / 2 bath 1410 sq. ft. $150,000 W elcome to Southwest Florida ESTERO WILDCAT COVE READY FOR IMMEDIATE MOVE-IN! 3 BED/3 BATH/HEATED POOL & SPA/2 CAR MAINTENANCE FREE! $389,000 ESTERO CYPRESS COVE/WILDCAT RUN GOLF 3 BED/DEN/2 BATH/2 CAR MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED $299,900ESTERO PEACEFUL SERENE SUNSETS! 3 BED/2 BATH/ 2 CAR/READY TO MOVE INTO! $285,000 TURNKEY ESTERO GOLF COURSE VIEWS! 3 BED/2.5 BA/2 CAR WAS $629,000 NOW $349,000. ESTERO GRANDEZZA/OAKWOOD 2 BED+DEN/2 BATH/2 CAR NOW $285,000!ESTERO 5 BEDROOMS/5 BATHS/3 CAR GARAGE/ HEATED POOL/POLE BARN/CABANA & 5 ACRES! NOW PRICED AT $625,000ESTERO READY FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY! WAS $1,595,000 NOW $875,000 ESTERO ROOKERY POINTE 4 BED/3 BATH/3 CAR/GAS HEATED POOL/ SPA $499,000 Jamie LienhardtLicensed Real Estate Professional/REALTOR 239-565-4268Jamie@sw moves.com Gulfcoast Premier Realty9250 Corkscrew Road, Suite One, Estero, Florida 33928 PRICE REDUCED! NEW PRICE! Members of Shadow Wood County Club and The Commons Club at The Brooks have supported the purchase of the club from Bonita Bay Group. More than 90 percent of current members have committed to join the new member-owned clubs and have raised enough funds to allow the club sale to proceed. The purchase price is $8.25 million, and the sale includes the 30,000-square-foot Shadow Wood clubhouse, two golf courses and a tennis complex; the Shadow Wood Preserve clubhouse and course; the Shadow Wood Sales Center; and The Brooks Commons Club amenities, including fitness and enrichment centers, Rosie Spoonbills restaurant and a private beach club on the Gulf of Mexico. We are confident the purchase agreement is the best possible deal for our members and the new club, said Dave English, president of the Shadow Wood Country Club member board. Member control not only allows us to direct the operation of the club, but also preserves the communitys lifestyle, protects property values and removes the uncertainty of future changes in club ownership. Terry Furhovden, a Brooks resident who worked with representatives of all The Brooks communities in the purchase of The Commons Club said, Knowing that the amenities of The Commons Club will be secure under member ownership and control is a huge relief to all residents and members. Brian Lucas, vice chairman of Bonita Bay Group, expressed appreciation for the efforts of those on the member boards. They shared an enormous amount of complex information with club members in a very short time and have developed a solid plan for an economically sustainable club with a vibrant future. We continue to negotiate in good faith with the other club transition teams, Mr. Lucas added. The turnover of The Club at Mediterra and the success of the effort at Shadow Wood and The Commons Club help reposition Bonita Bay Group for the next phase of its business. A date for the closing has not been set, but the sale may be finalized by the end of the year. At the intersection of U.S. 41 and Coconut Road in Bonita Springs, The Brooks opened for home sales in January 1998 and sold out in seven years. More than half of the 2,532-acre community is open space, with 416 acres of undeveloped forest and freshwater wetlands and 878 acres set aside for recreation, open areas, buffers and lakes. Members support club purchases at Shadow Wood, The CommonsCOURTESY PHOTOThe clubhouse at Shadow Wood Country Club
While supplies last. Copyright 2009 Lennar Corporation. Lennar and the Lennar logo are registered service marks of Lennar Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. CBC 38894, CGC1507191 12/09 20070 Bella Terra Blvd. Estero, FL 339281-866-201-5166 20070BellaTerraBlvdEsteroFL339 Holiday Home Lighting Tour Get in the holiday spirit and take a spectacular tour of lights at Bella Terra. Enjoy a beautiful show of twinkling Christmas lights and sparkling displays throughout the neighborhood. Its the perfect way to spend time with the family and brighten up the holiday.Take pictures with Santa Claus at the Clubhouse. Dont forget to bring your camera! Also enjoy cookies, funnel cakes & hot chocolate! One night only Saturday, December 19th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB14 REAL ESTATE WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 Email me or call and register to search MLS listings & sales on your own 239-849-2767 The Realtor who is Recommended by Her Clients BCzachor@JohnRWood.com www.BevCzachor.comBeverly Czachor Annual/Seasonal RentalsNaples Furnished Naples Unfurnished e Strand/Mango Cay 3bd/2.5ba $2400/$4000 mo. e Strand/Pinnacle 2bd+den/2ba $2200 mo. Mediterra/Calabria 3bd+den/3ba $2400 mo.www.truesw orida.com239-210-1521 5100 Bell Tower Park Boulevard | Fort Myers, Florida 33912239.433.2500 | 800.445.2795 www.BellTowerPark.comTROPICAL TREATS AT ASWEET PRICE The Residences at Bell Tower Park has some very tasty new home prices that youll nd very easy to swallow! Courtyard residences with 1,746 square feet of living area are now priced from $250,000, and carriage homes with 1,748 square feet of living area are from $187,000. These are brand new homes in a park-like community with resort amenities close to all that Southwest Florida has to offer. Stop in and savor the moment! Better hurry...Limited Time Opportunity! DEVELOPER CLOSEOUT! LIMITED TIME OPPORTUNITY!ORAL REPRESENTATIONS CANNOT BE RELIED UPON AS CORRECTLY STATING REPRESENTATION OF THE DEVELOPER. FOR CORRECT REPRESENTATIONS, MAKE REFERENCE TO THIS BROCHURE AND TO THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY SECTION 718.503, FLORIDA STATUTES, TO BE FURNISHED BY DEVELOPER TO BUYER OR LESSEE. OFFERED BY GROSSE POINTE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, INC. DEVELOPERS OF THE RESIDENCES AT BELL TOWER PARK, TARPON POINT MARINA AND PALMAS DEL SOL. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL OF OUR FINE COMMUNITIES, PLEASE CALL 239-437-5007 OR VISIT ONLINE AT GPDEVELOPMENT.COM. BROCHURE, WEB SITE AND ANY MARKETING MATERIALS PRESENTED ARE NOT LEGAL DOCUMENTS. DESCRIPTIONS, PHOTOS, DRA WINGS AND ARTIST RENDERINGS ARE FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. THIS OFFERING IS MADE ONLY BY THE PROSPECTUS FOR THE CONDOMINIUM AND NO STATEMENT SHOULD BE RELIED UPON IF NOT MADE IN THE PROSPECTUS. THIS IS NOT AN OFFER TO SELL, OR SOLICITATION OF OFFERS TO BUY, THE CONDOMINIUM UNITS IN STATES WHERE SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION CANNOT BE MADE. PRICES, FLOOR PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. THE PROPERTIES OR INTEREST DESCRIBED HEREIN ARE NOT REGISTERED WITH THE GOVERNMENTS OF ANY STATE OUTSIDE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THIS ADVERTISEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO ANY RESIDENTS OF NJ, CT, HI, ID, IL OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE PROHIBITED, UNLESS THE PROPERTY HAS BEEN REGISTERED OR EXEMPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE. RENDERINGS ARE ARTIST CONCEPTION. PRICES AND SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. OFFERED EXCLUSIVELY BY GROSSE POINTE REALTY, LLC. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. 2009 GROSSE POINTE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, INC. (L) 1st Floor AVALON (Carriage Home) 1,748 sq. ft. 2 Bedrooms | 2 Baths Den & 1-Car Garage $187,000 (R) ASHFORD (Courtyard Home) 1,746 sq. ft. 2 Bedrooms | 2 Baths 2-Car Garage From $250,000 SALES & INFORMATION CENTER HOURS: Mon. Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Sun. Noon to 5 p.m. Award-Winning Furnished Models Open Daily T T T a R RE C TLY S T A L O PMENT CO RKETIN G M A E MENT S H OU HO UT N OTIC E E D, UNLE SS T H P MENT CO M P AVA L g e Ho m 7 48 s q | 2 B a a r G ar a $ 187, 0 AS HF O r d Ho m 7 46 s q | 2 B a a r G ar a $ 25 0, 0 O RAL REPRE S ENTATI O N S C ANN O T BE RELIED UP O N A S CO R TO B UYER O R LE SS EE. O FFERED BY G R OSS E P O INTE DE VE GPDE VELO PMEN T.CO M. BR OC HURE, WEB S ITE AND ANY M A B Y THE PR OS PE C TU S F O R THE CO ND O MINIUM AND N O S TA TE PLAN S AN D SP ECIF ICAT IONS ARE SUB JECT TO CHAN GE W ITH CT, CT, CT, T, CT HI, H ID, IL O R ANY O T HER JURI S DI C TI O N WHERE PR O HI BITE VOID V ID V VO V WHE W W RE PR O HIBITED. 2009 G R OSS E P O I NTE DEVE LOP (L) 1 st Fl o or ( Carri ag 1 7 2 B ed r oo m s | D en & 1Ca $ ( R ) A ( C ourtya r 1 7 2 B ed r oo m s | 2Ca From $ Andrea Lane STOCKFrom page B9NEWSMAKERSFrom page B9COURTESY PHOTONew presidents recently installed at real estate boards around Southwest Florida posed at Heritage Palm Country Club in Fort Myers during the installation dinner for the Realtor Association of Fort Myers and the Beaches. They are, left to right: Mel King, Cape Coral Board of Realtors; Al Speech, Bonita Spring-Estero Association of Realtors; J.P. Antomattie, Naples Area Board of Realtors; and Christy Knight, the Realtor Association of Fort Myers and the Beaches. sales volume totaled $90 million. It is an honor to receive this award on behalf of Stock Construction and I would like to thank CBIA, Mr. Stock said when the award was presented. This is a testament to the dedication and quality of the Stock employees. In particular, it is a tribute to Bob Imig, the president of Stock Construction, who has poured his heart and soul into the company. I am proud that Stock Construction has remained strong in challenging times and is expanding. Sales are strengthening; we currently have more than 100 new homes under construction and in permitting, and we are developing new residential offerings for a future that we think is very bright. Stock is developing three Southwest Florida communities. At Lely Resort, the company has 12 neighborhoods of flats, town homes, coach homes, twin villas, single-family homes and estate homes. Prices begin in the $180,000s. Paseo offers award-winning flats and town homes in 14 designs, as well as six casita floor plans. Two neighborhoods of single-story, two-story and courtyard-style single-family homes are also available. Prices at Paseo begin in the $150,000s. Vivante offers twoand three-bedroom waterfront and harborfront condominiums priced from $149,990. Stock Development headquarters are at 2647 Professional Circle in Naples. For more information, visit www.stockdevelopment.com. Robert Bob Hewes has joined Downing-Frye Realty Inc. as a sales associate. Originally from Minneapolis, Minn., Mr. Hewes has 18 years of real estate experience in Naples. Prior to joining Downing-Frye Realty, he was an administrative broker at Amerivest Realty. Before that, he was involved in new home construction and residential real estate sales. He is a member of the Naples Area, Florida and National associations of realtors. A member of the Council of Residential Specialists he has earned numerous professional real estate designations, including the GRI, CRS, ABR and SFR
OLD NAPLES 616 Fifth Avenue S. 239-434-0101 CENTRAL NAPLES 3255 Tamiami Trail N. 239-261-6622 UPTOWN 2600 Immokalee Rd. 239-598-0059 e symbol of local knowledge BONITA / ESTERO 26269 S. Tamiami Trail 239-498-9200 SANIBEL 630 Tarpon Bay Rd. 239-472-2411 CHARLESTON SQUARE 225 Banyan Blvd. 239-643-3636 Port Royal 3860 Gordon Dr BEACH HOUSE. Easy living beach front home aords panoramic views and breath taking sunsets. Totally renovated in 2007. Just steps to the beach! 4/4 (H3560) Mary Naylor, 784-1689, Jacques Groenteman, 659-6382 $7,495,000 Old Naples 92 Gulf Shore Blvd S Situated west of the boulevard & approx. 100 ft from the sand w/views of the Gulf, easy access to all Old Naples has to oer & pool. 5,949 sfua. 5-car garage. 5+Den/5+2half (H4224) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $6,975,000 Old Naples 136 Gulfshore Blvd S Situated west of the boulevard & approx. 100 ft from the sand w/views of the Gulf, easy access to all Old Naples has to oer & pool. 5,865 sfua. 5-car garage. 5+Den/5+2half (H4233) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $6,950,000 Old Naples 368 4th Ave N Meticulous 2008 renovation. A 5,368sf two-story home on a wide lot with multiple living and entertainment spaces and all-day sun on the 47 freeform pool. 5+Den/5 (H4457) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $3,295,000 Pelican Bay 8171 Bay Colony Dr, #1904 e amenities of Bay Colony and panoramic Gulf views in this beautifully updated end-unit oered furnished. Includes poolside cabana and 2 parking spaces. 3+Den/3.5 (C5956) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $2,855,000 Pelican Bay 6597 Nicholas Blvd, #704 Old world charm creates a beautiful sanctuary w/ Gulf & cityscape views to enjoy an incomparable lifestyle of private beach pavilions, tennis, culture and more. 4+Den/4 (C5721) Rose Mary Everett, 272-7790, Jessica Sowin, 272-6810 $2,595,000 Moorings 723 Mooringline Dr New home w/ Old Florida style. Expansive, lush yard has water feature-pool, summer kitchen. Gracious details abound. Lots of space for lots of living. 4+Den/3.5 (H4338) Rose Mary Everett, 272-7790, Jessica Sowin, 272-6810 $2,195,000 Vanderbilt Beach 10620 Gulf Shore Dr, #701 Your private elevator leads to a double door entry. Enjoy expansive views to the west, north and east from this end unit. 3 porches. Dock included. 3+Den/3.5 (C4718) Mary Naylor, 784-1689, Jacques Groenteman, 659-6382 $2,150,000 Livingston Woods 6411 Sable Ridge Ln Your very own resort. Exceptional quality and detail in this unique and very private Livingston Woods estate on 5 acres. 4+Den/4 (H4289) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $1,795,000 Naples Boat Club 909 10th St S, #304 Waterfront views from every room give way to endless lazy days watching the boats go by. 42 terrace, fabulous amenities, walk to 5th Ave. 3/3.5 (C4947) Mary Naylor, 784-1689, Jacques Groenteman, 659-6382 $1,690,000 Mediterra 16509 Cellini Ln Reduced OVER 1 Million. Owner has over 2 million in property; $250k lanai, $200k furn/decor, $75k landscape, $150k interior upgrades. Brand new never lived in. 4+Den/4.5 (H992) The Candito Group, 290-5236 $1,489,000 Windstar 1650 Star Point Ln, #103 Vaulted ceilings add volume and a large screened lanai gives a birds eye view of the golf course and Naples Bay beyond. 3+Den/3.5 (C4765) Mary Naylor, 784-1689, Jacques Groenteman, 659-6382 $1,295,000 Grey Oaks 2571 Twinower Ln Avila Stunning Courtyard villa w/pvt. cabana suite, pool/spa is elegantly casual with wide wood ooring, new paint & updated. Large lot w/yard & 2nd lanai. 3/3 (V1304) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $1,100,000 Pelican Bay 7515 Pelican Bay Blvd, #7-A Claridge Never miss a sunset from this So end residence. Lanai converted to family room. Elec. Shutters, 2 a/c storage rooms, walls of glass. 3+Den/2.5 (C5510) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $989,000 Pelican Bay 7082 Villa Lantana Way Remodeled with granite, marble, cr. molding, inlays, lots of windows, pvt. pool, bonus rm. or 4th BR, oversized tile throughout, storage, natural light abounds. 3+Den/2.5 (V1281) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $929,000 Royal Harbor 1540 Bonita Ln Spectacular bungalow with wide canal views, lush landscaping and quick access to Gulf. New kitchen, pool deck and pool surface. 3/3 (H4327) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $895,000 Moorings 2121 Gulf Shore Blvd #101 If you would like the feeling of Living on the Beach, this 1st updated, end unit is for you! Private stairway to beach. Panoramic views to Gulf & b each. 2/2 (C6077) Claire Licciardi, 250-4564, Carol McElroy, 659-6395 $849,000 Pelican Bay 7425 Pelican Bay Blvd, #201 Marbella First Class amenities at this elegant senior living address. Western views-Sunset skies and 1200 sq ft terrace for entertaining. 2+Den/3 (C5776) Mary Naylor, 784-1689 $845,000 Cove Towers 425 Cove Tower Dr, #1001 Beautiful end unit w/panoramic southwestern views over the Gulf, Bay & Naples skyline. Shows like a model w/many custom nishes. 3+Den/3 (C5492) Claire Licciardi, 250-4564, Carol McElroy, 659-6395 $835,000 Pelican Bay 6849 Grenadier Blvd, #2103 Beautiful pied-a-terre w/wide Gulf views, 2 roomy master suites. Walk or tram to private beach clubs from luxury high-rise. Incomparable community amenities! 2+Den/2 (C4397) Rose Mary Everett, 272-7790, Jessica Sowin, 272-6810 $775,000 Moorings 2309 Gulf Shore Blvd N, #113 Spectacular value with wide views of Pass and Gulf from expansive southfacing lanai. Modestly updated. Resortstyle amenities. 2+Den/2.5 (C5564) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $728,000 Lely Resort 8706 Mustang Island Cir Absolutely gorgeous Palomino model w/ golf view. Loaded w/top upgrades, granite, cherry, electric hurricane shutters, heated pool/spa, oversized 2-car garage. 3+Den/3 (H4592) Robin Hill, 776-0733 $669,900 Park Shore 4751 Gulf Shore Blvd, #PH04 Fabulous views of bays & city lights from this penthouse. New carpet, paint, furn. Major price reduction makes this a great opportunity on the beach. Remodeled. 2/2 (C4238) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $649,900 Vanderbilt Beach 400 Flagship Dr, #405 Regatta Great bay & sunsets from this beautifully decorated unit. Ext. use of tile, open & spacious oor plan, short stroll to beach, great amenities. 3/3 (C5358) e Candito Group, 290-5236 $649,000 Cove Towers 425 Cove Tower Dr, #1502 Waterfront residence w/SW Gulf view. 15th floor condo w/tile in main living areas. Mbrshp to Yacht & Racquet Club is transferrable w/tennis, fitness, dining. 3/2 (C5935) Claire Licciardi, 250-4564, Carol McElroy, 659-6395 $575,000 Old Naples 1222 Gordon Dr, #3 Outstanding renovation in convenient location between e Pier &ird Street. High end appointments normally found in multi million dollar properties. Turnkey. 2/2 (C5000) Merry Coolidge, 450-4924 $575,000 Moorings 2400 Gulf Shore Blvd N, #PH2 Wide Bay views and resort-style amenities plus boat docks available. Nicely maintained and ready for decorator touch. 2/2 (C5897) Craig Jones, 280-2238 $570,000 Moorings 2875 Gulf Shore Blvd N, #207 Beachfront living at its best! Completely renovated condo from inside the walls (pipes, wiring) to every appliance and surface creating more space and storage. 2/2 (C6088) Rose Mary Everett, 272-7790 $559,000 Banyan Woods 5004 Maxwell Cir, #201 e value is in the details. 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYARTS & ENTERTAINMENTA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE CSECTIONWEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009WEEK at-a-glance A happy medium Georgia Engel stars in High Spirits, TheatreZones first show of the new season. C16 Pop the corkArea wine aficionados share their picks for champagne and sparklers worthy of a celebration. C34 Dickens at the DockA 25-year tradition continues when restaurant staff takes on A Christmas Carol. C33 DickensattheDock Tuning up for FiddlerA glimpse behind the scenes as The Naples Players spring musical takes shape. This week: auditions.C14 COURTESY PHOTOSPeter Gregus, dressed as an elf, is on the floor on the left with the girl in his lap. Seasoned Broadway actor, once a Macys elf, recounts his career lowlightselfah, the life of anBY NANCY STETSONnstetson@ oridaweekly.com Ask Broadway actor Peter Gregus about The SantaLand Diaries David Sedaris depiction of what its like to be an elf at Macys and hell tell you its dead-on. He describes the job perfectly. Mr. Gregus speaks from experience. He was a Macys elf in 1988 when, like Mr. Sedaris, he moved to New York City with hopes that Broadway would open its spangled arms and embrace him.SEE ELF, C4 GREGUS Immerse yourself in Janet Fishs magical vision of the worldIts difficult to view the exhibition of Janet Fishs large and luscious paintings at the Naples Museum of Art without feeling positively gluttonous. Each of the paintings selected for the show is, indeed, a pearl in and of itself. The works by Ms. Fish, an American contemporary realist painter (1938), on display in the Robert & Carolyn Springborn Gallery make for an absolutely must-see show. So much did I love it, I had to return. Thus it was that I spent the better portion of a Saturday afternoon immersed in the magic that is Ms. Fishs vision of the world. I covet her talent, the magic omnipresent on her canvasses, each one brimming with hidden touches of reflections from first one, then another vessel. Surprisingly, although a number of people were in the building, not one person entered the exhibition room during my visit, an unexpected bonus for someone who enjoys the all-too-rare opportunity for the pleasure of my own company at anSEE FISH, C4 COURTESY IMAGEIlkas Teapot by Janet Fish PegGOLDBERG LONGSTRETH firstname.lastname@example.org
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC2 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 Nicola Simbari(Italian b. 1927)Woman in a Garden 27.5 x 39.5 Oil on canvas 19th, 20th & 21st Century Art for the Discriminating Collector, Both Beginning and Experienced275 Broad Avenue So. Naples, FL 34102 (239)262-4551 www.debruyne neart.comMonday thru Saturday 10 to 5 P.M. Sunday 12 to 5 P.M. Contact Artis >>Send your dating tips, questions, and disasters to: email@example.com someone and are confident in that love, isnt your private romantic time enough? Doesnt it feel gluttonous to extend that affection to the public sphere, to make your friends and colleagues unwilling participants in your escapades? To me, this sort of public display reeks of insecurity. Nathan and Lizzie and all the other smug public gropers would be wise to keep it in the bedroom and spare the rest of us the spectacle. There are two types of public displays of affection (PDA, in short). The first flagrant, in your face, often at bars where booze and strangers draw together is somehow less reprehensible than the second, which is softer, subtler, and yet stratospherically more annoying. My friend Jessica once found herself engaged in the first kind of PDA at a club in Paris. While the rest of our group danced on the floor downstairs, Jessica snuck upstairs with one of the handsome Frenchmen who had been dancing at the fringe of our group all night. She came down a few minutes later, flushed and giggling. When we asked what happened, she had this story to tell: Jacques bought her a drink and lead her to one of the clubs couches where the two sipped and chatted and, inevitably, began kissing. Jacques had one arm around Jessicas shoulders and the other on her knee. Jessica closed her eyes to romanticize the moment (although how that was possible with all the bad Euro pop in that place, Ill never know). Suddenly, amidst the kissing and knee stroking, Jessica felt a hand on her leg. She did a quick mental calculation. One hand around her shoulders, fine. One hand on her knee, also fine. But a third hand on her leg? She opened her When PDA gets out of hand SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTS ArtisHENDERSON firstname.lastname@example.org You cant help but think theyre gloating as they kiss and cuddle and make the rest of us feel out of place...eyes. Jacques smiled. That is my brother, Jean-Luc, he said. Do you mind? This sort of PDA as tacky as it is is not nearly as obnoxious as the second kind, the kind Nathan and Lizzie have perfected. I know these two in a professional setting, which makes all the nuzzling that much more awkward. When Nathan asked over lunch how my latest project was coming, I tried to answer with a straight face while Lizzie stroked his ear. They hold hands through meetings and practice surreptitious leg stroking during workshops. Colleagues report Nathan-Lizzie (read: Nizzie) make-out sessions at after-hours parties, and the conspicuous lovebirds have become the butt of every PDA joke. It would be easy to dismiss our behavior as only so much jealousy. After all, Nathan and Lizzie look like they have a good thing going. But its more than that. Because there is an element to these two and to a certain type of PDA-phile that feels smug. You cant help but think theyre gloating as they kiss and cuddle and make the rest of us feel out of place, seemingly enjoying their togetherness in a sea of loneliness. The French have an understanding about romantic relationships, that the more discord a couple displays in public, the more content they are at home. Im not sure if I buy this for the American psyche, but I believe there is a kernel of wisdom in it. When you love >> S disaste r s ome o l ove, i enou gh to ext e sphe r l e a y it re he s o n d h ave o nal l in g h an je ct h a his i n g s k in g p ort out the t h e h avall, h ave h an hese h ile but a n d u t of h erd in g h e s v e
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 It eventually did. Mr. Gregus, who performed in Susan Stromans Contact at Lincoln Center Theater, now appears on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys as Bob Crewe, the record producer and lyricist for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons who was sometimes referred to as The Fifth Season. Mr. Gregus bio in the Playbill begins: Career lowlights: Elf (Macys), 10-foot-Day-Glo-frog (Radio City), Elf (MSG, better costume, still an Elf), Dean Martins head (Radio City.) Here, in Mr. Gregus words, is a firsthand account of what its like to be an elf at Macys (and later, at Madison Square Garden): I had just moved to New York I guess I was at an audition, and someone told me about (being an elf at Macys.) They said they did it every year, that it was quick money and they were willing to adjust your hours for auditions. So I went and interviewed. They did that to make sure you werent absolutely crazy but Im not sure that some of those people werent crazy. Some people did it every year; its just what they did every year. We all had to name ourselves. I think I was Happy. I didnt use my name a lot, I thought that was one step too far. I was full time, so I must have worked six to eight hours a day. You rotated around, and you were the greeter elf or the photo elf. The year I was there, they had an elf puppet theater with marionettes. I was there to keep the kids from running up to the stage and ripping them off of the stage. I was a child body checker; Id sit on the bench with the kids, and if one wanted to (run up and get a puppet), Id have to grab them. It was fun very, very fun being an elf at Macys. And very funny. You had to laugh. You had parents who were mean and stupid and kids who would cry and scream. But then you had kids who would smile. My friend Candy will kill me for telling the story, but I have to tell you. Shes very grand. She wears fur coats and is an ex-dancer. She has an air about her. She was going to the dentist down the block from me at the Empire State Building. So we had lunch, and I went to work and she went to the dentist. Well, the dentist gave her too much of whatever (the laughing gas), and she couldnt drive home. So she shows up in SantaLand almost incoherent from the sweet air. I had to prop her up in the puppet theater this grand dame, watching the puppet theater, wearing her fur coat, sitting there with all the kids, basically stoned out of her mind from the gas from the doctor. She just sat there through I dont know how many shows Her husband finally came to get her. I liked (the job). It was a neat atmosphere. The people were fun and cool. There were people who were doing it for the money and those who were really into it. I guess I was a little of both. You got paid barely minimum wage, not a lot of money. But I had just moved to New York; I was broke and starving. And hey, itd be a fun story to tell a reporter later on! Ive since read David Sedaris SantaLand Diaries many a time, and thought one of these days Id do a production myself. Its the most hilarious piece of work, very dead on. He describes it perfectly.A little elfin magicI didnt find it humiliating to be an elf. The only time it wasnt fun was when the parents were overly serious about it and the kids werent. Theyd be doing it more for themselves than for the kids. Id think: This isnt right. Thered be a two-hour line it could take that long to see Santa and Id have to calm down the parents. There was one line and then they turned a corner, and there was a whole nother long line. Youd see their faces (when they realized that.) It was like being at Disneyland; you think youre near the head of the line, and then you realize it snakes around again and you have to wait more. My outfit was gold knickers and a gold kind of smock vest with embroidery on it. And a little hat, all gold. I wore my own boots. I did that for one year. Macys to Madison Square GardenThen for a number of years, I was an elf at Madison Square Garden, in the middle of a musical version of A Christmas Carol. The Ghost of Christmas Present showed up with a whole plate of Christmas crackers, which opened up and they were showgirls in red bustiers Santas showgirls in red Christmas bustiers! They were his little fairies. To help get things moving and to drag scenery around, he had four fat elves. I was one of the four elves. Those costumes were gorgeous green velvet brocade with white fur trim. And a fat suit. Elves are fat, dont you know? We had a whole bunch of time backstage, so wed run and do belly flops (along the floor). Wed also run at each other and bump stomachs, and just carry on. It was a lot of fun. David Sedaris SantaLand Diaries is playing at Florida Repertory Theatre through the holiday season. The one-man show starring Jason Parrish is staged in the Reps new studio theater adjacent to the main stage theater in The Arcade in downtown Fort Myers. See review on page C8.ELFFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTO Peter Gregusart exhibition, no social chitchat to disturb my thoughts. A native of Boston, Ms. Fish was raised in Bermuda, the grandchild and daughter of artists. As such, it was not unexpected that she had little difficulty making her career choice, even though she began her studies at a time when the field was a males-only environment. Initially majoring in sculpture, she switched to painting because Bauhaus, the sculptural flavor of the day in the late 1950s and early s, held little interest to her. She had hoped to teach art at the university level until sexism again reared its ugly head, and it was suggested she would be better served as a teacher in a girls school. Undeterred, she continued her studies, bucking the trend of abstract expressionism because she found it barren. Instead, in 1963, she became one of the first women to graduate from Yale with an MFA. Determined to be taken seriously, very seriously, as a realist artist, in what was then an otherwise male-dominated world, she eked out a living until her persistence and talent was rewarded. Her first show was completely presold, and shes never looked back since, dividing her time between her studios in New York and Vermont. There is nothing whatsoever in the subject matter of the paintings on exhibit at the Naples Museum of Art (other than the absence of palm fronds) that could not just as easily depict Midwestern or Southern still life paintings or ordinary life events. That, indeed, is part of their appeal to me.The oh-so-familiar, vibrantly colorful zinnias, their stems tumbling out of an assortment of shimmering glass containers.A plump rose here; Shasta daisies there.Spider mums, a rubrum daisy, a string of shimmering tiny stars, scarcely noticeable.The slightly askew grape arbor leading to the lake. Overscale vegetables, including a gigantic head of cabbage, freshly picked. Ribbon glass tumblers and a similar pitcher, juxtaposed with a slender ornamental vase you would swear was lifted from the dim memories of your childhood visit to an ancient relatives parlor for a special dress-up event. These are paintings that instantly engage you, beckon you to smile at the familiarity of it all. Even on my second visit to the exhibition, my selections remained unchanged. It took but an instant to know my preference is forms. Ms. Fishs exuberant, densely painted, multi-patterned, no free space paintings the play of quilt or tablecloth patterns and, in some instances, their distinctive stitchery, a perfect interwoven background for the vases, flowers, conversations between friends. Cornflower blue plates overflowing with slices of ripe cantaloupe in Ilkas Teapot provide a perfect counterbalance for the peach/apricot and blue patterned cloth beneath the elements of the still life. Red spider mums abound in the fluted pitchers, and a taste of yellow/ tawny orange cockscomb further saturates the patterns dimly reflected in the handsome silver teapot. Just about the instant I was ready to slip the painting under my arm and tiptoe out the door, there, for all the world to see, was the penultimate painting of this exhibition: Lorna and Jane (oil on canvas, 60 inches by 70 inches). All but hidden by the glut of patterns in the foreground, it is easy to miss the two women and a man in the background, a celebration of sorts clearly under way. Janet Fish is a modern master, clearly one of the most important female artists of the 20th-21st century. Her show at the Naples Museum of Art is a must-see. FISHFrom page 1 >> The Art of Janet Fish, 20 still life paintings >> Where: The Naples Museum of Art >> When: through Jan. 17 >> Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday >> Admission: $8 adults, $4 students >> Info: 597-1900 or www.thephil.org if you go COURTESY IMAGESAbove: Merediths Flowers Right: Lorna and Jane
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Jacks Bait Shack Thursday: Soapy Tuna; Friday and Saturday: Ocean Roads; Monday: Overthrowing Amy; Tuesday: Geek Skwad; Wednesday: Love Funnel. 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd. 594-3460. Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Thursday and Monday: Guitarist Kevin Ribbel; Friday and Tuesday: Guitarist JoRey Ortiz. Saturday and Wednesday: Guitarist Barefoot Gino. All from 6-9 p.m. at the Sunset Beach Bar. Sunday: Mixed Nuts poolside from 6-9 p.m. 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. 6594309. Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday: Blues and jazz with Rick Howard, Dave Tregether, John Lamb and Bob Zottola; 8-11 p.m. Saturday: Acousticlectic Music for the Easily Amused featuring Beck; 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday: Bob Zottola and The Expandable Jazz Band. 6436 Naples Blvd. 598-9463. Paddy Murphys Thursday: Justin; Friday: Barefoot Geno; Saturday and Tuesday: Maxi Courtney; Monday: Patrick. 10 p.m. to closing. 457 Fifth Ave. S. 649-5140. The Pickled Parrot 5-9 p.m. Thursday: Nevada Smith; 5-10 p.m. Friday: Steve Hill; 5-9 p.m. Saturday: Maxi Courtney. On the boardwalk at 1100 Sixth Ave. S. 435-7900. Riverwalk at Tin City 6-9 p.m. Thursday: John Lowbridge; 6-9 p.m. Fridays: Merril; 6-9 p.m.; 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturdays: Sal DeSatis; 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday: Sal DeSatis. 1200 5th Ave. South. 263-2734. South Street City Oven and Grill Thursday: Open mic night; Friday: Maxi Courtney at 5:30 p.m. and Dave T. at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday: Brown Truck; Sunday: Reggae with Chaefin; Monday: Meagan Rose; Tuesday: Karaoke; Wednesday: P.A. Trick and the PR Icks. 1410 Pine Ridge Road. 435-9333. Theater Crimes of the Heart The Naples Players presents Crimes of the Heart through Dec. 19 on the main stage at the Sugden Community Theatre. 2637990 or www.naplesplayers.org. Twas the Night Twas the Night Before Christmas is presented by Theatre Conspiracy Dec. 21-23 in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance of the Arts in Fort Myers. 936-3239 or e-mail email@example.com. SantaLand Diaries Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers presents the thorny comedy, The SantaLand Diaries through Dec. 31 in the new Studio Theatre. 332-4488 or www. floridarep.org. Over the River and Through the Woods Theatre Conspiracy presents Over the River and Through the Woods Dec. 17-19. 936-3239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A Christmas Carol Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers presents A Christmas Carol through Dec. 26. 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com. Alice in Wonderland Jr. The Broadway Palm Childrens Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. on select dates in December. 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com. Dial M For Murder Florida Repertory Theatre presents Dial M For Murder through Dec. 20. 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org. Winter Wonderettes The Off Broadway Palm Theatre presents the musical comedy Winter Wonderettes through Dec. 26. 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com. Symphony Holiday Pops A Very Merry Pops is presented by the Southwest Florida Symphony at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Enjoy music from Rudolph, Charlie Brown and the Grinch. Tickets: $16-$52. 418-1500. The Fab Four The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra performs A Tribute To The Beatles at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22. 597-1900. More Holiday Pops The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra performs Holiday Pops at 8 p.m. Dec. 16-20 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900. Thursday, Dec. 17 Thursdays on Third The courtyards and plazas of Third Street South come alive with holiday music from 6-9 p.m. and snow falls at 7:30 p.m. 434-6533. Evenings on the Fifth Enjoy live holiday-themed music sidewalks of Fifth Avenue. This is a free event from 6:30-9:30 p.m. 435-3742. Trunk Show The Marco Island Center for the Arts hosts a trunk show and art exhibit from 5:30-7 p.m. 3944221. Holiday Music Enjoy the sounds of Take Four, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, beginning at 6 p.m. at the South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy. Free, but registration required: 252-7542. Art Event The Art League of Bonita Springs presents Art League Studios at the Promenade at Bonita Bay from 4-7 p.m. 495-8989. Friday, Dec. 18 Brazilian Dance Outside the Box Studio hosts a Brazilian Dance Party from 7:30-11:30 p.m. $10; 272-6152. Ad Lib Naples City Improv performs at 8 p.m. at the Norris Center. Join the NCI players as they perform in a series of hilarious, fast paced, unscripted games that will keep you rolling in your seats. $15. 213-3058. Nightlife The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens hosts a Night Eyes Tour to see the Zoo at night. 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road. 262-5409. Music Fest The Marco Island Beach Music Festival takes place today and Sunday at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Blvd. Enjoy a beach concert, skim-boarding competitions, sandcastle building and other events. $5 per day. The beach concert kicks off at 6:30 p.m. 800-GETHERE. Country Canadians Back by popular demand, The Laws perform from 7-10 p.m. at Freds Diner, 2700 Immokalee Road. $5 at the door. 4317928 or www.Fredsdiner.com. Free Music Miromar Outlets presents a free concert from 6-8 p.m. every Friday in December near the Restaurant Piazza. Enjoy a different live musical performance every week. Weekend Concerts Gulf Coast Town Center presents free music by P.A. Trick beginning at 8 p.m. in Market Plaza. 267-0783 or gulfcoasttowncenter.com. Saturday, Dec. 19 Skate Night The Florida Everblades Christmas Skate with the Team Night takes place at Germain Arena. www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC6 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO No sharing, no substitutions Not valid with any other offers or coupons COURTESY PHOTOScrooge and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol, playing at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through Dec. 26.
WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GOWEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C7 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY After the game, skate with the team to holiday music. 948-7825. Christmas Concert The choir of Trinity-by-the-Cove will sing Christmas music at 5 p.m. today and at 4 p.m. Sunday, accompanied by organ, flute, violin and harp. The church is located at 553 Galleon Drive in Naples. 262-6581, ext. 207. Tin Soldier The Norris Center hosts a performance of Brave Tin Soldier, plus a chat with Santa, crafts and treats, at 10 a.m. 213-3058. Galleria Outside the Box Studio hosts its first Galleria from 5-7 p.m., displaying all the artwork done in the fall semester. This is a free family event. 272-6152. Bluegrass The Norris Center hosts the Bluegrass Parlor Band, featuring The Walker Brothers, with opening act Frontline at 7 p.m. Cost: $10. 2133053. All Aboard Seminole Gulf Railway in Fort Myers hosts the Jingle Bell Express today and Sunday. The special package includes an ornament for decorating, snacks, a photo with St. Nick and a nostalgic train ride featuring a special reading of The Polar Express. 275-8487. Art Show Marco Islands Center for the Arts and the Marco Island Art League host an arts and crafts show on the Marriott Beach from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. www.marcoislandart.com. Movie Night The Norris Center hosts an Outdoor Family Movie Night at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to watch the nights featured film on a two-story inflatable screen. 213-3053. Sunday, Dec. 20 Sweet Weekend Its Willie Wonka Weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Enjoy the life-size Willa Wonka chocolate factory, with multiple candy stations and activities for children from noon-2 p.m. 598-3300. Monday, Dec. 21 Beachcombing Barefoot Beach Preserve offers a park ranger program, Beachcombing & Shelling, every Monday at 10 a.m. Meet at the Learning Center at Barefoot Beach Preserve. The program is free, but there is an entrance fee into the park for those who do not have a Collier County park permit. Love Trivia? The Pub at Mercato has Trivia Night every Monday at 7:30 p.m. 594-9400. Tuesday, Dec. 22 Trail Walk A guided walk through mangroves, hammocks and flatwoods with a naturalist is set for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and Dec. 29 at Rookery Bay Reserves Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road. 417-6310. Team Trivia Boston Beer Garden Team Trivia is played at 9 p.m. every Tuesday at 2396 Immokalee Rd. 596-2337. Wednesday, Dec. 23 K-Nine Kayak Kayak with your canine from 10 a.m.-noon at Dog Beach on Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach. $40. Registration is required 48 hours in advance at www.leeparks.org or 533-7440. Upcoming events Snakes Alive A program on Snakes of Florida, by Rookery Bay naturalist Paul Allen is set for 11 a.m. Dec. 24 and 31 at Rookery Bay Reserves Environmental Learning Center. 4176310. Nutcracker Moscow Ballets The Nutcracker is performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. 481-4849. Jazz Band Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples. 597-1900. Indian Fest The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Floridas education department presents the 35th annual Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival Dec. 26-Jan. 3 at the Miccosukee Indian Village on U.S. 41 at mile marker 70. Events include live alligator wrestling, Native American foods, arts and crafts exhibits and booths, and airboating (954) 3703900. Ongoing events Exhibit Creighton-Davis Gallery at The Village on Venetian Bay presents Valerie Whitaker Nudes during December, featuring 12 photographers exhibiting classic photos of the well-known model. There will also be nudes by Picasso, Matisse, Zorn, Renoir and other artists. 3043000. Immokalee Images Images of Hope, Immokalee: Looking Forward, Looking Back is on exhibit at the Naples Museum of Art through December. 597-1900. Latin Art The Naples Museum of Art showcase works by contemporary Latin American artists in the exhibition Latin American Painting Now through Jan. 10. 597-1900. Send calendar listings to events@ floridaweekly.com. COURTESY PHOTOCelebrate the winter solstice at Naples Botanical Garden from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, through Wednesday, Dec. 23. More than 500 tiki torches will line walkways leading to the Solstice Landing. Santa will greet children in the Caribbean Garden Chattel House, and live entertainment will be part of each evening. Admission is $9.95 for adults, $4.95 for children ages to 4-14, and free for members. For more information, call 643-7275 or visit www.naplesgarden.org.
C8 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY audience were dressed, itd be easy to believe they were part of the show. One man wore a shirt that had multiple images of Santa fishing from a motorboat and one couple, both dressed in red-andwhite Christmas sweaters, were perfectly colorcoordinated with the set, and looked as if they could be elf grandparents.) With both the minimal props and backdrop that play multiple roles, Florida Rep has created the feel of a SantaLand within an extremely limited space. The show is selling out quickly. In fact, its so popular, the venue had to add an extra week of performances. Year after year Florida Reps proven it can provide a full season of quality shows on its main stage; heres hoping it makes as much use of this new Studio Theatre and adds a full seasons worth of edgier, more experimental shows. The SantaLand Diaries is a welcome alternative to much of the mushy sap were so often force fed at Christmastime. Yes, sometimes there is a miracle on 34th Street and Santa is real and wishes come true. But sometimes, the real miracle is that the elves on 34th Street dont rise up and murder the overbearing moms and pushy, rude customers. This is a delightfully subversive show, humorously dark, with unexpected twists. At 70 minutes long, it gallops along at a good clip. Maybe too quickly, at times. Director Brian Maschka has Mr. Parrish constantly moving about the tiny stage, continually moving oversized redand-white-wrapped presents. Sometimes the pace is a little too manic, and you wish at times Mr. Parrish would just sit and talk to you, draw you in by his words. They should trust the material more; its certainly good enough and funny enough. In telling this tale of a demented Christmas season, Mr. Parrish transforms into a variety of other characters, most unnamed, when delivering their dialogue. Hes great as the various Santas, overworked managers, and as the little kids themselves. But some in this many-populated show could use a little fine-tuning. His guys from Jersey dont sound like New Jerseyans, and his non-English speaking foreigner seems more stereotype than authentic. Some of his women are on-target, while some seem more like Milton Berle doing drag. There are plenty of highlights in this one-man show that provides countless laughs. I wont give them all away, but I was particularly amused by Mr. Parrishs little striptease when he takes off his street clothes and puts on his elf outfit. (Kudos to costume designers Roberta Malcolm and Janelle Turco for providing sartorial amusement.) The SantaLand Diaries is Florida Reps inaugural play in its new Stu-ARTS COMMENTARY When it comes to Christmas shows, most are so sickingly sweet you might as well just pour a 5-pound bag of sugar directly down your throat instead. You know the ones Im talking about; they overdose on sentimentality, tugging on your heartstrings the way a bratty kid insistently tugs on his parents sleeve, demanding he or she buy him a certain toy. The SantaLand Diaries, playing at the Florida Repertory Theatre through Dec. 31, is the perfect antidote to that. Based on an essay by satirist David Sedaris and adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, this one-man show relays the experience of being a Macys elf one December. To put it bluntly, David, played by Jason Parrish, doesnt exactly have the right disposition to be an elf in SantaLand. But hes out of work, running out of money, and desperate. So, he applies. Amazingly, he gets the job, even though hes more bah-humbug than elfin. As he says, Everything these elves said has an exclamation point at the end of it!!! It makes ones mouth hurt to speak with such forced merriment. I feel cornered when someone talks to me this way. Doesnt everyone? I am afraid I wont be able to provide the grinding enthusiasm Santa is asking for. I think Ill be a low-key sort of an elf. Low-key doesnt begin to cover it. Try sardonic. Sarcastic. Wise-ass. Mr. Parrish plays it all with smirking relish. He tells one misbehaving kid that Santa is going to come in his house and take away all his food and appliances. And when interpreters for the deaf come to the store to teach the elves how to sign MERRY CHRISTMAS! I AM SANTAS HELPER, David learns (from his sister) how to sign SANTA HAS A TUMOR IN HIS HEAD THE SIZE OF AN OLIVE. MAYBE IT WILL GO AWAY TOMORROW BUT I DONT THINK SO. Scene by scene, Mr. Parrish reveals the underbelly of Christmas at Macys. Kids puke into the fake snow. 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FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 A&E C9 BY LINDA LEPORE _______________________Special to Florida Weekly Award Winning Food Give the Gift of Big Als and receive 20% more! Spend $50 and receive a $60 gift card. Spend $25 and get a $30 gift card. Spend $100 and receive a $120 gift card. PUZZLE ANSWERS GIVING During this time of giving and an approaching new year, it is a wonderful time to pause, reflect, give thanks and celebrate friends and accomplishments. This is especially true at The Education Foundation of Collier County, as this marks the 20th year of working to engage our community and schools in pursuit of a quality education for every child. The foundation began with the core belief that teachers have the greatest impact on student learning. Initiatives have evolved to support teachers, principals, and individual student success within Connect Now, a community articulated framework to support education. This past year through Connect Now, The Education Foundation completed a series of community-based conversations that allowed citizens from every part of Collier County to speak with one voice about their shared aspirations for education. After participating and then seeing the resulting Connect Now statement, Principal Jory Westberry at Tommie Barfield Elementary said, The most valuable part of this experience has been the reassurance that there are others who care as much as we do as educators. Also after participating in Connect Now, one Collier County high-school student said, Ive learned that no matter where you come from, you can always contribute and you can constantly work to make your community a better, safer place to live. Educators, students and the community alike are encouraged to donate time and resources to make these shared aspirations for education a reality. Please visit www.ConnectNowCollier.org to read the Connect Now statement in its entirety. Upon asking several friends of The Education Foundation why they feel the community should support the foundation now and in the future, we received a variety of replies. Linda Flewelling said: As parents, we understand the importance of investing in our childrens education; as citizens, we understand that the communitys investment yields powerful returns for our country and county. Dianne Mayberry-Hatt thoughtfully shared: If you are able to read this, honor and thank your teachers by donating time and resources to the Education Foundation. Dori Wexelbaum explained that, We have the ability to open our hearts to young people in reference to opportunities to support student success. Students, teachers, and the community feel the positive impact as a result of the work of The Education Foundation. What can you do to support education and make an impact?The foundation is proud of its ongoing commitment to make every dollar count for students and teachers and is grateful for the support of many volunteers to help keep administrative expenses low. Our entire community reaps the reward when all of our young people are well educated. Please consider making a year-end gift to the Education Foundation with the financial flexibility to impact the areas of work in greatest need. With your help, we will work to give students and educators what they need to succeed. On Monday, Feb. 8, the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will generously host The Education Foundations Heart of the Apple 20th Anniversary Luncheon. CenturyLink; Florida Power & Light; Grant, Fridkin, Pearson, Athan & Crown P.A.; and TIB Bank are also generous sponsors of this sureto-be memorable event. Please contact us today to learn more, reserve a table or seat at the luncheon ($60 for individual; $500 for table of 10) or make a donation at any level to honor family, teachers or friends during this special time of year. Linda Lepore is vice president of development for The Education Foundation of Collier County, which has been engaging our community and schools in pursuit of a quality education for every child for the past 20 years. For more information, call 643-4755 or visit www. EducationForCollier.org.Connect Now with the community through Collier County schoolsCOURTESY PHOTOKate Ellsworth and her kindergarten class at Mike Davis Elementary celebrate upon receiving a community-funded Connect With A Classroom grant.
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 FLORIDA WEEKLY PUZZLES Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.HOROSCOPES TOOTH PASTE By Linda ThistleSponsored By: Moderate Challenging Expert SEE ANSWERS, C9 SEE ANSWERS, C9 King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. Puzzle Difficulty this week: SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Youll have many fine opportunities in this New Year. But be warned: Reject offers of help. You work best when youre free to be your own creative self. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) The New Year offers changes that you might feel youre not quite ready for. Best advice: Deal with them one step at a time, until youve built up your self-confidence. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Travel is a dominant aspect of the New Year. This could mean relocating to another city (or even another country) in connection with your education or your career. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) This New Year brings news about a change youve been anticipating. You might have a problem persuading a loved one about your new plans, but he or she will soon go along with them. ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The New Year brings challenges that can change many things in your life. You need to be prepared not only to confront them, but also to deal with what happens afterward. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You have what it takes to set your goals quite a bit higher this year. Learn what you need to know and put what you learn into your efforts. A partner offers loving support. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) In true Gemini Twin fashion, youre conflicted about a decision you know youll have to make in this New Year. Best advice: Get the facts before you make any commitment. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A friend offers you an exciting opportunity for this New Year. Although your positive aspects are strong in most respects, caution is advised. Investigate before you invest. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You can make this New Year a roaring success. Start by readjusting your goals to reflect the changes in the economy. Your den-mate offers both wise and loving support. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) The New Year brings new opportunities for change. But you need to be ready to move from the comfortable status quo to the challenging unknown. Its up to you. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your most important New Years resolution should be to work out problems with a family member in order to avoid continuing misunderstandings. Do it soon, for both of your sakes. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) The New Year has much to offer the intensely determined Scorpian, who isnt afraid to take on challenges and stay with them until they surrender their rewards. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for making people feel safe and protected. You would make an excellent youth counselor.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 C11 SHELLPOINTSPEAKERSERIES CALL454-2067TOPURCHASETICKETS SeriesTicketsonly$75 Entire Series$75 forthemind body spiritGarySmall,MD UCLAProfessor&Director oftheUCLACenteronAgingFebruary12,2010KeepingYourBrainYoung BlueZones:Unlockingthe SecrettoaLongLifeDanBuettner NationalGeographic WriterandExplorerJanuary21,2010 Religion,Spirituality,&HealthDr.HaroldG.Koening DukeUniversityProfessorofPsychiatryFebruary25,2010 Sponsoredinpartby: ShellPointislocatedjustoffSummerlinRd. andMcGregorBlvd.inFortMyers,2miles beforetheSanibelCauseway.Dr.GarySmallSponsoredinpart byLeeMemorialHealthSystemGENERALSEATINGSPEAKERSTAKETHESTAGEAT7P.M.Additionalinformationat:www.shellpoint.org Invictus is a nicely made drama with strong lead performances and a compelling story. But it also feels oddly hollow, and the reason is this: No matter how important a rugby game may be to uniting apartheidtorn South Africa, its still just one game, and one game cannot eradicate 50 years of hateful segregation. Granted, there are key turning points in all major struggles, but director Clint Eastwood gives the impression that this game will make all the difference, and thats too much to believe. When Nelson Mandela is elected president of South Africa in 1994, he inherits a country thats uncertain of how to proceed in a post-apartheid world, as thats the only society most of his countrymen have ever known. Based on a true story, President Mandela is a tireless worker who believes small steps can lead to great gain. He refuses to fire the holdover presidential staff, most of which is white. He also hires white bodyguards to the objection of his head of security, Jason (Tony Kgoroge). Forgiveness liberates the soul, Mandela tells Jason, in effect asking him to forgive the white authority figures whove mistreated his friends and family. The country has lingering housing, food, employment and crime problems, but Mandela sees an opportunity for unity in the national rugby team, captained by Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon). With the country hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Mandela enlists Pienaar to lead the mostly-white team to victory, and do so with a spirit of inclusion of the entire country all 43 million people. Although Anthony Peckhams script is based on the book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation by John Carlin, the film is named after the poem Invictus by William E. Henley. The poem, which is recited throughout the film, inspired Mandela during his 27 years of incarceration for daring to speak out against apartheid. It is about the character of man while under great adversity, which is a theme that reflects both Mandela and Pienaar, as the latter must motivate an otherwise terrible team to do something special in a little more than a year. The rugby scenes are handled nicely, and Mr. Freeman ably captures a determined man who believes in his convictions even when others tell him hes wrong. Mr. Damon is also superb, as he bulked up substantially for the role (he was probably happy to do so after being doughy for The Informant!) and perfectly handles a South African accent. At 134 minutes Invictus does slightly overstay its welcome, but the performances and dramatic impact make it worth the effort. Its a human story with real emotion, handled professionally and effectively. Dan Hudak is the chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a nationally syndicated film critic. You can e-mail him at dan@ hudakonhollywood.com and read more of his work at www.hudakonhollywood.com.The Road (Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Guy Pearce) In a post-apocalyptic world in which Earth is slowly destroying itself, a father (Mortensen) and son (Smit-McPhee) seek food, shelter and warmth as they struggle to survive. Plausible and logical drama, an atmosphere of impending doom and great performances from Mr. Mortensen and Mr. Smit-McPhee make this a movie you will not soon forget. Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Rated R. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner) After Edward (Pattinson) loves her so much he has to leave her, Bella (Stewart) grows closer with the now hunky Jacob (Lautner), who wants more than a friendship. Werewolves and vampires subsequently clash, but if you havent seen the films predecessor, Twilight, and/or read the books by Stephenie Meyer, its unlikely youll understand whats happening here. But even if you are familiar with the story, its still just a vaguely interesting teen drama that works in moments but is mostly just a bore. That said, the women Ive spoken to whove seen the movie have really liked it, mostly (I suspect) because of Mr. Lautners impressive abs. Rated PG-13.The Fourth Kind (Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton) In Nome, Alaska, a psychologist (Jovovich) believes alien abduction may be why a number of her patients are waking at 3:33 a.m. and seeing a mysterious owl, then acting erratically. Writer/director Olatunde Osunsanmi gives a pseudodocumentary feel by constantly interweaving (fake) archive footage with dramatic reenactments. Its all pretty distracting, and none of it works, though die-hard sci-fi fans may find it amusing. Rated PG-13. LATEST FILMS CAPSULES Invictus REVIEWED BY DAN HUDAKwww.hudakonhollywood.com ............Is it worth $10? Yes >>In real life Mr. Pienaar is much taller and bigger than Mr. Damon. Francois invited me to his home and made me this incredible gourmet dinner, Mr. Damon said. When I got to his house, he answered the door and I just looked up at him. There was a pregnant pause, and I said, I look much bigger on camera. Did you know? danHUDAK www.hudakonhollywood.com
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC12 WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 BOOKS Clearwater author extends her pattern of riveting excellenceLisa Unger is a novelist whose style and plotting are so fine, and whose explorations of the human psyche are so emotionally devastating, that reading her novels is an exquisite torture. This Clearwater, Fla., author takes us places we dont really want to go. Her latest effort, Die for You, is a brilliant evocation of the questioning mind: the person who cannot live without knowing the why behind the forces that are out to betray and destroy her, even if the search for answers only deepens the danger. Isabel Raine, a successful novelist and seemingly happily married young woman, finds herself in a dangerous situation when her Czech-born husband doesnt return from work one day and, soon after, his office is ransacked by FBI imposters. At his office to find clues to Marcs disappearance, Isabel is seriously injured by the intruders. When she awakens in a hospital, she asks her sister, Why didnt they kill me? As narrator, Isabel continues: It wasnt a lamentation; it was a question of pure curiosity. They should have killed me. I saw them all, could easily identify any of them and would likely be doing so shortly. But they hadnt. Why not? To someone who constructed plot for a living, it seemed stupid, careless. So it goes with Isabel Raine, asking the questions a novelist would ask with the audacity of the creative spirit rather than allowing herself to be a mere victim. She pushes against the professional investigators as often as she cooperates with them, and she takes independent action as if she were merely following out the dynamics of a work of fiction set in motion by her own imagination. The police detectives pursue the case with some suspicion of Isabel herself. Their professional skills and commitment are well drawn, as is their frustration with Isabels behavior. Early in the investigation, they provide Isabel with some shocking truths: Her husband of five years had usurped the identity of another man a Marcus Raine who was also an immigrant from the Czech Republic and who also worked in computer software, but who disappeared in 1999. The new Marcus had been living a lie. Isabel had been duped.With these revelations, the premise is no longer What happened to Marcus Raine? but How could Marcus have done this to Isabel? and How could she have let this happen? Ms. Unger probes questions about how well we ever know another person and the root of personal identity. The novel explores how relationships are built, how trust is won and lost, and how both knowledge and ignorance are dangerous things. While we can easily label Die for You as a psychological thriller, it is much more. Like Isabel Raine, Ms. Unger is compelled to follow up on all questions about what makes people tick. She makes Isabels chase after the truth about her husband an inquiry into Isabels own psyche and behavior. Ms. Unger complicates our understanding of the creative process, drawing parallels between the kind of character-invention a novelist undertakes and the kind of self-creation that we all undertake to one degree or another. It is even possible to say that Isabel believed in her husband because he was so well scripted and fit so well into the plot of her own life. But now her lifes plot includes imminent danger. At one point her longtime friend, constant admirer and literary agent warns her: This is not some novel youre writing, Isabel This is your life. When she asks, Whats the difference? shes not just making a flip remark. Die for You commands the readers attention as a pulse-pounding march of incidents and information, often frightening, sometimes tender, always drawn sure-handedly and efficiently. Ms. Unger carefully orchestrates the revelation of information and the building of suspense by juxtaposing Isabels narration with scenes that glide through the thoughts of several other characters. Her renderings of New York City neighborhoods and her evocations of Prague ring true. Die for You extends the pattern of riveting excellence that has brought acclaim to Ms. Ungers previous work: Beautiful Lies, Sliver of Truth and Black Out. Keep in touch with her via her Web site www.lisaunger.com. BY PHILIP K. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC14 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 ITS BETTER TO GIVEAND Receive! BUY A $50 GIFT CARD and receive a $10 DINING CERTIFICATE BUY A $100 GIFT CARDand receive a $25 DINING CERTIFICATE BUY ANY DINNER ENTREAdd a movie ticket for only $5 THE MERCATO 9114 Strada Place (239) 591-2299 Please call for holiday hours Online Reservations: www.McCORMICKandSCHMICKS.comITS BETTER TO GIVEAND Receive!BUY A $50 GIFT CARD and receive a $10 DINING CERTIFICATE BUY A $100 GIFT CARDand receive a $25 DINING CERTIFICATE BUY ANY DINNER ENTREAdd a movie ticket for only $5 Starting this week, Florida Weekly will keep track behind the scenes as The Naples Players spring production of Fiddler on the Roof takes shape. With its memorable score and universal theme of tradition, Fiddler has touched audiences around the world with humor, warmth and honesty. The full-scale musical opens Wednesday, March 3, and runs through Saturday, April 3, at Sugden Community Theatre. Dawn Lebrecht Fornara is the director/choreographer; Charles Fornara is the musical director. Auditions took place earlier this month. Next week, Part 2: callbacks. Part 1: Tuning up for the Fiddler You dont have to wait until Fiddler to be entertained at the Sugden Community Theatre. Heres whats ahead for The Naples Players in the coming weeks: Through Dec. 19: Crimes of the Heart on the main stage at 8 p.m. Jan. 13-Feb. 6: Almost, Maine, an enchanting comedy by John Cariani set in the far, far north. On the main stage with performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Sunday, Jan. 17: Films on Fifth, The Naples Players series of foreign and independent movies, presents the Israeli lm Waltz with Bashir, a Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee (English subtitles). Show time is 7 p.m. in Blackburn Hall at the Sugden Community Theatre. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24: Auditions for the Tobye Studio production of A.R. Gurneys Crazy Mary. The show will be staged March 24-April 17 in the Tobye Studio at the Sugden. Audition appointments not necessary. For more information, call 434-7340, ext. 10. Also at the Sugden Appropriately for Fiddler, Eric Sengson auditions on the violin. Above: Many members of The Naples Players KidzAct program tried out for various roles. Among those hoping to score singing parts were sisters Anna and Bianca Prioletti, Tori Hendry and Danielle Sblendorio. Left: Naples Players Artistic Director Dallas Dunnagan and Fiddler Director/Choreographer Dawn Lebrecht Fornara, seated, listen and evaluate as Matt Striegel sings his audition. Music Director Charles Fornara accompanies Mr. Striegel. 900 Neapolitan Way(Corner of US 41 & Neapolitan Way, Naples in the Neapolitan Shopping Center)239.434.9700 Open Daily 10-6 Sundays 12-5 It Only Looks Expensive
C16 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY 1550 AIRPORT-PULLING ROAD N., NAPLES (239) 643-1559 Open 6 days a week Lunch 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Dinner 4 p.m. 10 p.m.Free Wi-Fi for our Patrons MONDAY RIBS THURSDAY PRIME RIB EARLY BIRD SPECIALS Monday-Thursday (4-6) Daily Lunch Specials Celebrating 25 Years in Business Dine in Naples most unique atmosphere, Nostalgia reigns Supreme in this Delightful Eatery. Seafood, Steaks, Prime Rib, Soup & Salad bar, BBQ, Pasta Dishes, FULL LIQUOR BAR. Monday Night Football with Wanda 9pm-12am free homemade Chips & SalsaHappy Hour pricesGhosts are finding their way to Naples with TheatreZones revival of the long-forgotten Broadway gem High Spirits. Mark Danni, the companys founder and artistic director, has cast film, television and stage actress Georgia Engel in the lead role of medium Madame Arcati for 10 performances at the G&L Theatre in January. High Spirits is the 1964 musical rendition of playwright Noel Cowards Blithe Spirit. Originally titled Faster Than Sound, it played for 11 months and was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. While many critics loved Hugh Martin and Timothy Grays reimagining of the play, however, the production closed in the red and became a ghost of Broadway past as new, edgier musicals like Hair took over. High Spirits is heavily dependent on the comic abilities of the player in the role of Madame Arcati, Mr. Danni says. Mr. Coward created a genuinely great comic character in Madame Arcati, he adds, and Georgia Engel, well-known for her role as Georgette Baxter in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, joyfully makes it her own. Mr. Coward wrote Blithe Spirit as a farce, Mr. Danni says. It was in a time when spiritualism was having a renaissance due to the war, because people wanted to contact their loved ones who had died. England had been bombed and was devastated, he says. Cowards irresistible combination of urbane humor, intriguing characters and enough surprise to keep things interesting still delights audiences today as it did half a century ago. The improbable farce of 1941 about connubial love and hisses from beyond the grave is not, despite its subject, an immortal work. Written during an awe-inspiringly brief period of six days, High Spirits concerns fussy, cantankerous socialite Charles Condomine (James DePavia), a suave Cowardesque novelist who invites an eccentric medium and clairvoyant to his house to conduct a sance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife Elvira (Karen Molnar) following the sance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charless staid marriage to his priggish second wife, Ruth (Susan Hartley), who cannot see or hear the ghost. As the worldly and unworldly personalities clash, unlikely twists and turns continue throughout this entertaining musical. Performances of High Spirits are set for 8 p.m. Jan. 7-9 and 13-16 and 2 p.m. Jan. 9 10 and 17. Additional TheatreZone 2010 season productions feature the world premiere of The Beast of Broadway, March 4-14; Lee Roy Reams in concert: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance, April 22-25; and I Love My Wife, June 10-20. TheatreZone is the creation of Mr. Danni and his wife, actress/choreographer Karen Molnar, who share a vision and a passion for bringing the Lost Treasures of Broadway to Southwest Florida. The company is marking its fifth year as an Equity professional theater company. All performances take place in the 250-seat G&L Theatre on the campus of Community School of Naples. 13275 Livingston Road. Tickets are $38-$43. For more information or to purchase tickets, call TheaterZone at (888) ZONE-FLA, stop by the box office from noon to 2 p.m. every Wednesday, or order online at www.theatrezoneflorida.com. A ghost of Broadway past opens TheatreZones fifth Equity season COURTESY PHOTOGeorgia Engel The Weatherburn GalleryProudly Presents The perfect gift for the Art Connoisseur in your life! Tuscan Hills 15 x 11 original watercolor $950 Moorish Mill Cordoba, Spain 9 x 12 original watercolor $850 Mykonos Church15 x 11 original watercolor $950Founding Member of the Naples Fine Art Dealers Association Visit us on the web at Weatherburn.comThe Weatherburn Gallery, 452 Bayfront Place, Naples, FL 34102239.263.8008 Alpine Vista 15 x 11 original watercolor $950 Exquisite Watercolors by Renowned Landscape Painter Eric Michaels, OPA Gallery HoursTuesday Saturday 11am 5pm Sunday Noon 5 pm Italian Villa15 x 11 original watercolor $950
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C18 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Theatre Conspiracy in Fort Myers presents a free Christmas comedyTheatre Conspiracy in Fort Myers will have audiences ho, ho, ho-ing and ha, ha ha-ing with Twas the Night Before Christmas a world premiere for families this holiday season. Written by Jamie Carmichael and Bill Taylor and presented through generous support of the Alliance for the Arts, the city of Fort Myers and The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Twas the Night Before Christmas is a hilarious take on the classic holiday poem of the same name. Full of high energy, broad, family friendly comedy, its perfect for a festive holiday outing. Kids and adults alike will be in stitches as the pages of the well-known story take on a life of their own, complete with classic shtick and cartoon inspired silliness. The short, one-act play features a merry band of Theatre Conspiracy favorites: Tiffany Allen, Christopher Brent, Lisa Owens-Chapman and Lisa Marie under the direction of Mr. Carmichael. I thought it was important for us to do something for families this Christmas, says Mr. Taylor, Theatre Conspiracy producing artistic director. This was an idea I had in the back of my mind for sometime, and the timing was just right to do it. It should be a lot of fun for everyone. Admission to the production is free, with donations accepted. Performances will be in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance of the Arts in Fort Myers at 2 and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, and 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. For more information and to reserve seats, call Theatre Conspiracy at 9363239. 5833PelicanBayBoulevard,Naples,FL34108-2740BoxOffice/phonehours:Mon.-Sat.,10a.m.-5p.m.;Sun.,noon-5p.m. Saturday-Monday,Dec.26-28,8p.m. Sunday,Dec.27,2p.m. $69BUYTICKETSNOW!www.thephil.org orcall597-1900orvisitourBoxOfceJoinusforDinnerattheDomebeforemosteveningperformances. Callformenuinformationandreservations.ThePerfectHOLIDAYSTOCKINGSTUFFER starringTomWopat www.ribcity.com www.ribcity.com10 Southwest Florida Locations 10 Southwest Florida Locations pp p a g es of the wellkn l i f e o f their own, c o s htick and cartoon i The short, one -a m erry band of T f avorites: Tiffan y B rent, Lisa Owen sM ari e und e r th e di r m ichael I thou g ht it was im s omethin g f or f ami l s a y s Mr. Ta y lor, T p roducing artistic d an idea I had in t h f or sometime, a j ust ri gh t to d lot o f f un f o Admi ss tion is fr acce p t ed P e r f or t h e F o u Al li an ce My ers a d a y D Tu es a n d De F t i o s
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C20 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Naples Daily News naplesnews.comBonita Daily News BonitaNews.com choice CHAMPION2009southwest orida WINNERBEST IN WOMENS CLOTHING6 YEARS IN A ROW 2004 TO 2009Daily 10 6 Thursday: till 9 Sunday: 11 5On the Plaza 3rd Street South Venetian Village Park Shore Bonita Bay Promenade Fur. Faux. Fun.The vest reverses to black taffeta, safari shirt in silk fuji (berry, jade, gold, and red)shirt $126 vest $108 Get your Millers Ale HouseGift CardsHoliday Open Christmas Day at 3pm At Millers Naples Ale House The Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University, Caroline Hostettler of 55 Degrees Cool Wine and Cheese and Executive Chef Martin Murphy of the Robb & Stucky KitchenAid Culinary team up with Romero Britto Studios for an evening of art, fine food and wine to benefit the university gallery. An Evening with Britto will take place at the gallery from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7. Mr. Britto will unveil Big Temptation, the sculpture he has donated to FGCU. The Miami artists work has been exhibited extensively in galleries and museums around the world, including the Louvre and many other venues in England, Germany, China the U.S. and his native Brazil. Influenced by 20th Century artists from Picasso to Matisse and Chagall, his body of work includes Pop Art paintings and sculpture in Mr. Brittos characteristic exuberant, colorful style with an emphasis on composition. Music for the evening will be provided by Dost Thou Love Me of Naples. The reception is supported in kind by HW Galleries and the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. All proceeds will support the continuing efforts of the Art Gallery at FGCU to bring cultural events and activities to the area. Tickets to the private fundraising reception with Mr. Britto at FGCU are $150 per person. Call gallery director Anica Sturdivant at 590-7199 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the United Arts Council of Collier County have put out a call to artists for the 2010 All Photography Exhibition. Deadline for submissions is Monday, Jan. 4; exhibition dates are Feb. 2 through April 2 at Rookerys Bays Environmental Learning Center. Renowned Everglades photographer Clyde Butcher is the juror. Artists can submit up to three jpegs to email@example.com. A $10 application fee made payable to United Arts Council must also be sent to UAC, 2335 Tamiami Trail N., #504, Naples, FL 34103. Fees are waived for members of the UAC or Friends of Rookery Bay. Artwork sales throughout the exhibition will be split among the artist (70 percent) and UAC and Friends of Rookery Bay (30 percent). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or download the prospectus and application at www.rookerybay.org. FGCU presents An Evening with BrittoCall for photographers for Rookery Bay exhibit COURTESY OF THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF BRENDAN BRITTOYou Romero Britto, 1988
A dozen of the latest works by Naples artist Arturo Samaniego are on exhibit in the Holiday Suite at Waterside Shops through December. The mediumto large-format oil paintings celebrate the human figure and include Pearls, left, Cradle, below left, and Ponder, below. Mr. Samaneigo is at the Holiday Suite from 3-6 p.m. every Friday to meet visitors and answer questions about his art. The exhibit is sponsored by Waterside Shops, The Garden District and the Philharmonic Center fort the Arts. Open 7 Days A Week 4:30-Close 7205 Estero Blvd. on Ft. Myers Beach At Santini Marina Plaza For Reservations call (239) 463-7770 Start with a salad or appetizer Such as a Pear Spinach Salad or Asian Calamari Move to your Entre Such as Alaskan Surf n Turf or Blackened Ahi Tuna And end your night with a home made dessert like a Florida Crme Brule All for under $25.00 !!! (must present add before ordering)4:30PM-CloseDRINK & APPETIZER SPECIALS AT BAR ONLYHAPPYHOUR3Courses for under$25NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 A&E C21 NAPLES PRINCESS $ 55 95 *Price does not include tax, port or service. Sounds of Sinatra Cruise Tuesday, December 22, 2009. 4:45-6:45pm featuring Tony AvalonCall (239) 649-2275 For Reservations$25 for any sightseeing cruise this entire month. Price does not include tax or port charge. Gift Certi cates Available a perfect holiday gift If 10 to 12 new members join the local Printmakers Guild, the group will have the opportunity to occupy its own space in the Artisans Plaza at 5760 Shirley St. The large space, freshly painted and with walls that are ideal for exhibition, can be divided into a print studio and a teaching studio. Depending on how many new members participate, the cost would be about $75 per month for each member, plus some start-up fees for necessities such as proper lighting and a mop sink, If you are interested in learning more about the possibility of a permanent home for the Printmakers Guild, call Joan Dunkle at 435-3547 or e-mail email@example.com. Printmakers have option for studio, exhibit space COURTESY IMAGES
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC22 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 Go to www.TheSavingsPost.com for more discountsFT. MYERS, FL(Gulf Coast Town Center) 9924 Gulf Coast Main St. Fort Myers, FL 33913 (239) 466-8642NAPLES, FL(Coastland Center) 1860 Tamiami Trail N Naples, FL 34102 (239) 352-8642NORTH NAPLES, FL(Fountain Park) 7941 Airport-Pulling Rd Naples, FL 34109 (239) 596-8840 Fresh. Natural. Delicious.COMING UP AT THE PHIL Bringing back the BeatlesFour Beatlemania cast members join the full Naples Philharmonic Orchestra for A Tribute to the Beatles, performing more than two dozen Beatles tunes, sung and played exactly as written, at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 21-22. p.m. Tickets are $55 for adults and $33 for students.Back to the glitz of 1920s ChicagoCelebrating 11 years of girls, glitz and glamour across the country, the recordbreaking hit musical Chicago is back in town for four performances Dec. 26-28. Tom Wopat stars as Billy Flynn in the story of murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s. Tickets are $64.New Orleans jazz out of New YorkIn a rare, non-New York appearance, Woody Allens New Orleans Jazz Band performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, as part of a limited tour of Florida and California. The bands sound is firmly rooted in the classic jazz music that Mr. Allen has loved since childhood. The group regularly sells out The Caf Carlyle in Manhattan and was the subject of the documentary film, Wild Man Blues. Tickets are $89.Three great American voicesCrystal Gayle, Larry Gatlin and Andy Cooney bring American Voices to the Phil at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4. Ms. Gayle and Mr. Gatlin, each with a long Grammy Award-winning career, team up with Irish Americas favorite son for a stirring celebration of patriotism, honoring the American songbook and celebrating country, heritage, faith and friendship. The three superstars will be joined by a 30-piece orchestra. Tickets are $52.Bernadette is backBernadette Peters, who has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on Broadway, on television and in concert, performs at the Phil for one night only, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. Two seasons ago, Ms. Peters wowed Naples at the Philharmonic Orchestras 25th Anniversary Gala celebration. One of Broadways brightest stars, she returns in the company of a 28-piece orchestra to deliver some of her best-known songs with her distinctive charm and style. Tickets are $79.PETERS
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC24 A&E WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 David Lawrence Center plans Russian adventureTicketholders for the David Lawrence Foundations 2010 gala fundraiser will be transported to St. Petersburg, capital of the Russian Empire and the land of splendid palaces, imperial estates and monuments. Honorary co-chairs are Carol and Dick Munro and Jack Randall. The adventure begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the Naples Yacht Club and includes dinner, dancing, entertainment and a silent auction. A VIP patron party will be held the evening before at a private residence in Naples. Tickets are $500 per person, $1,200 per VIP guest or $5,000 per table of 10. For more information and to make a reservation for Saint Petersburg: Land of the Tsars, call 354-1416 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.Saddle up for the Cattle Barons BallBreak out your sexiest stilettos, tallest 10-gallon hat and best bandana for the American Cancer Society of Marco Islands annual Cattle Barons Ball coming up Saturday, Jan. 30, t the Marco Island Marriott Resort. Celebrity emcee will be Bill Wood of Fox4s Morning Blend. The Wild, Wild West evening begins with cocktails following by dinner, dancing to the sounds of Fakahatchee, a silent auction, gaming tables and pony races. Prizes will be awarded for best stilettos, hat and western outfit. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Bea Ferretti at 642-8800, ext. 112, on Monday, Wednesday or Friday or stop by the American Cancer Society office at 917 N. Collier Blvd. For the best seats, purchase tickets by Jan. 10. St. Katherines goes Greek againThe annual Greek Festival at St. Katherines Greek Orthodox Church is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-31. The all-day fun includes Greek food and wine, live music and dance performances plus raffle prizes and much more. Admission is $3 per person, which children younger than 12 admitted free. The church is at 7100 Airport Road N. For more information, call 591-3430.The stars come out for Naples PlayersGlamour. Sparkle. Culinary delights. And a splash of Broadway. Find it all at A Starry, Starry Night, the annual gala to benefit The Naples Players on Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. After cocktails and dinner, The Naples Players will entertain with some of their biggest show stoppers. Saks Fifth Avenue will showcase fashions for the season, and a live auction will offer an array of items. One very lucky guest will win a drawing for a five-carat diamond necklace. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Patty Baker at 643-4824 or The Naples Players at 434-7340, ext. 10.SAVE THESE DATES SOLAR SOLUTIONS Premium Solatube Dealer (239) 254-9006 $10.00 OFFwith any hair care for the months of December & JanuaryPLUS When used during the month of December, you will receive an additional $10 off your next visit. offered by the salon. Home of www.naplesclubsushi.comRecipient of the highest rating of culinary excellence. Japanese master chefs prepare and serve succulent dinners with individual air at your Hibachi Table and the Sushi Bar. Open 5:30 till 10:00 P.M. Weekdays 5:30 till 11:00 P.M. Friday and Saturday. Reservations Recommended 239-261-4332Cannot be combined with any other o er. Must present coupon when ordering.Exp. 12/23/09239-261-4332 BUY ONE ENTRE GET ONE 1/2 OFF Harolds Place is an outside Chickee Bar in a lush tropical setting among the palms overlooking a beautiful pool, serving the award winning BEST Burger in southwest Florida with REAL Grouper and full bar. Happy Hour 11:30 A.M. till 7 P.M. Open 11:30 A.M. Till Midnight daily Karaoke Sundays 4 P.M. Till 7 P.M. 2555 N. Tamiami Trail, Naples (at the Gulfcoast Inn) 239-263-7254 www.naplesharoldsplace.com Verginas chefs prepare world-class, Italian inspired cuisine sure to please traditionalists, as well as those looking for that unique selection. e Perfect Gi.... Vergina Gi Certicates Buy 10, Get One Free!(Minimum $50 each)Book your Holiday Dinner Party or Cocktail Reception Now!e Place to be New Years Eve RESERVE TODAY! Happy Hour Specials: 1/2 priced drinks & bar menu starting at 3:00 pm Motown with Melvin nightly 8:00 pm Open Daily for Dinner Open for Lunch Monday through Saturday www.VerginaRestaurant.com
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C27 Lighting the menorah at Mercato The Naples Historical Societys Christmas Gala at Palm CottageWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. oridaweekly.com and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ oridaweekly.com.FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY 1. Rena and David Rutstein, Phil Brown, Richard Goldblatt and Ann Brown 2. Paula Brody, Merrill Hassenfeld, Rosie and Chuck Hyman 3. Carole and Will Yellin 4. Josh, David, Justin, Stacy and Zachary Braverman 5. Gary and Marsha Lichtman, Gary and Ellen Gersh 6. Les and Sheila Handler, Honey and Shelly Berkle, Michael Rubner 7. Don Wingard, Eileen and Paul Arsenault, Jeannie and Mary Smith 8 Mary Watkins, Dolly and Tony Roberts, Michael WatkinsMARLA OTTENSTEIN / FLORIDA WEEKLY COURTESY PHOTOS1 5 78 2 6 3 4
C28 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Naples Christmas Parade on Fifth AvenueWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. oridaweekly.com and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ oridaweekly.com.FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY 1. Santa float 2. Kyleigh Camp, Brittany Sullivan, Nicole Lewkowicz and Heather Smith 3. Mike Dell with Sean, and Wendy Dell with Amelia 4. Sarah and Doug Brann 5. Denise Gallello, Donna Sterling, Missy Brann and Julie Austin 6. Megan, Emma and Alyssa Shelbaugh 7. Mike Murphy and Ethel Stowe 8. Dick and Charlotte Cavanagh 9. Barbara Brown and Todd TamborninoCHARLIE MCDONALD / FLORIDA WEEKLY1 5 6 7 2 34 89
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C29 Conservancy of SWF honors Eagle Society membersWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. oridaweekly.com and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ oridaweekly.com.FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY 1. Mary Lou Chronister and Paul Arsenault 2. Michelle Woodman, Taryn Cafiero and Richard Woodman 3. Pat Pistner, Mary Lou Chronister, Angela and David Kidd, Pat Gomez 4. Kathy Surette and Christopher Surette 5. Harold and Jackie Belcher, Jacky Generous, Taryn Cafiero and Dora Watson 6. Andrew McElwaine and Ellin Goetz 7. Kim Ciccarelli Kantor, Amy Schneider Owen and John Gast 8. Maureen Lerner, Sharon von Arx, Lisa Merritt and Barbara WilsonDENNIS GOODMAN / FLORIDA WEEKLY COURTESY PHOTOS 1 6 7 8 2 4 5 3Evening at Gallery One for the American Cancer Society
C30 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. oridaweekly.com and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ oridaweekly.com.FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY 1. Charles Marshall and Richard Tooke 2. Susan Earl and Sam Platt 3. Frank Russen, Joseph Koerner, Joan Koerner and Jack OBrien 4. Bill and Pamela Beckwith 5. Ella and Kelly HollingsworthPEGGY FARREN / THE VON LIEBIG ART CENTER 1 45 2 3 Preview reception for Henry Koerner exhibit at The von Liebig Third Street South & 13th Avenue South 239-262-7999 www.dininginnaples.com AT TONYS OFF THIRD WINE SHOPBouche de Noel Hand-Decorated Christmas Cookies Minced Meat Tarts Mixed Berry Tarts Pumpkin Tarts & CheesecakesTonys Off Thirds hand-crafted breads and pastries are baked from scratch daily,never frozen, and created without any preservatives.Give Priceless Moments with Our Gi Cards Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar 239-649-5552 Ridgway Bar & Grill 239-262-5500 Tony's Oird Wine Shop 239-262-7999Use the same Gi card for any ohe the above locations! Pick-Up Your Gift Cards Today!
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Their first success was a revolving brass candelabrum called Angel Abra. The heat from burning candles makes a round metal propeller rotate to spin cutouts of angels. The idea dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe and similar candle carousels are still being made. At first HoltHoward focused on Christmas items candle holders, punch sets, dishes, planters, candy dishes and other ceramics featuring angels, pixies and Santa. The company moved to Connecticut in 1955 and started making kitchen-related items like condiment dishes, cheese jars and salt and pepper sets. Holt-Howard is credited with making the coffee mug a common household item; in the 1950s it made many different styles of mugs instead of traditional cups and saucers. The companys ceramics were all made in the U.S.A. until the late 1950s, when manufacturing was transferred abroad and Holt-Howard became an importer. Collectors like the playful look of HoltHoward designs and also the fact that each piece is marked with the companys name and the date of manufacture. Q: My father was once on board the USS Williamsburg presidential yacht. I still have the souvenir he received that day, a Ballantine Burton Ale bottle with a Christmas Greeting paper label that says Brewed especially for Harry S. Truman on May 12, 1934. Bottled December 1949. Would this be worth anything? A: If the bottle is still full, its worth more than if its empty. Ballantine Burton Ale was a very special ale brewed and aged at one of Ballantines plants in Newark, N.J. It was never sold. Bottles were given as Christmas gifts to Ballantine distributors and VIPs, including President Truman. The USS Williamsburg had been used as a naval gunboat during World War II, but served as the presidential yacht from 1945 to 1954 so it was used by both President Truman and President Dwight Eisenhower. Full Ballantine Burton Ale bottles with the Truman label sell for more than $100. An empty bottle sells for less. Q: Recently I bought an old Barbie doll at a house sale. Her face doesnt look like the face on the doll I had as a child. Has Barbie had a facelift? A: Barbie has had dozens of faces through the years. Different molds have been used. Molds have names like Christie, Lea, Mackie, Steffie, Summer, SuperStar and Teresa. Later variations included fringe lashes, open-close eyes, open mouth, pouty mouth and lips that move. In recent years, Barbie dolls have been made to represent Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, model Heidi Klum and other celebrities. The first Barbie had painted and molded eyelashes and a closed mouth. A reproduction of the original Barbie was released in 1994 to celebrate Barbies 35th birthday. Barbie celebrated her 50th birthday in 2009 with another new face. The model is Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif.Tip: Plastic bubble wrap can ruin the glaze on old ceramics. If the wrap touches a piece for a long time in a hot storage area, it may discolor the glaze or adhere to the surface in an almost permanent glob. CURRENT PRICES Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions. Baby, Its Cold Outside sheet music, Holt-Howard holiday creations feature playful lookKOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING terryKOVEL email@example.com COURTESY PHOTOHolt-Howard made this punch cup in the 1960s as part of a set that included a bowl, ladle and eight mugs. The complete set sells for about $150-$200, but this mug alone costs only $7. from the film Neptunes Daughter, starring Esther Williams and Red Skelton, 1948, 9-by-12 inches, $10. Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas for 1962 book, articles on food, gifts to make, tree ornaments, 9-by-12 inches, $15. Lefton Christmas candy dish, girl in sled wearing red bonnet, holding muff, 1950s, 6-by-8 inches, $90. Pez Santa Claus candy dispenser, full body, red outfit, black boots, white beard, 1950s, 4 inches, $110. Steiff Santa teddy bear, Friends of Christmas, Santa bear in redwood sleigh, reindeer, wrapped packages, 1989, 9-by-17 inches, $225. h e s, t y a t t h o f COU RTE S Y PH O T O
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C33 Naples Finest Stylist & ColoristSalon Delphine7700 Tamiami Trail, Ste. 105 Naples, FL 34108239-566-9907 Next to Longhorn Steak House US 41VANDERBILT BEACH ROAD PELICAN BAY BLVD. SSALON DELPHINEN Longhorn Steak HouseAnthonyHAS RELOCATED HAIR I AM! You are Invited!FREE SATURDAY SEMINARSOPEN TO THE PUBLIC45 Showrooms Featuring For a schedule of upcoming events visit our website at www.MiromarDesignCenter.com. Some trade showroom hours may vary on Saturdays. Please call for specic showroom hours. s FURNITURE FABRICS FLOORING LIGHTING KITCHEN BATH ARTSaturday, December 19 at 2 p.m.Becoming Computer SavvyWebsite consultant Shelly Osterhout will discuss how to make slow computers faster, how to buy the right computer and more tech savvy information. Sponsored by The Bistro. RSVP is greatly appreciated. Call (239) 390-8207.Dont be surprised when you arrive at the Dock for dinner on Saturday, Dec. 19. You havent stepped through a time machine to Merry Old England. Youve just found the 25th annual Dock Dickens Festival. Weve stunned more than a few people who werent expecting it, says Rachel Shea, a hostess who will don a Victorian frock for what she believes is her 10th Dickens event. But it doesnt take long for them to get into the spirit and start having fun. Like many other restaurants, the Dock gets all decked out for Christmas. And its not unusual to see decorated boats moored at the City Dock, or dropping by the restaurant. But that just didnt seem enough for owner Vin DePasquale, who had already established the ongoing traditions of the Great Dock Canoe Race and the annual mid-February Birthday Party. His familys theatrical background (his mother was, after all, a June Taylor dancer, and Mr. DePasquale has operatic training) led him to the idea of creating a tropical-style version of A Christmas Carol. And so began yet another great Dock tradition back in 1974. As part of the celebration, all staff dresses as characters from the book. Kitchen Manager Dee Dee Brown, who has been there for every Dickens Festival to date, says some are a little reluctant at first. Theyre used to wearing shorts and sneakers, and moving very fast, she explains. The ruffles, long skirts and top hats take a little getting used to. Others, though, get right in the spirit of things. One bartender has been known to belt out a Christmas carol or two while serving drinks. Santa has arrived (often by boat) more than a few times, sharing ho-ho-hos and candy canes with all the good (and not so good) boys and girls. And there are servers who remain in character, British accents and all, for the entire evening. Its hard to tell whether they or their customers are having more fun. Still, theres one more surprise coming after all, what would Christmas be without holiday foods? Every year, Executive Chef Corey Heath concocts a series of specials to complement the restaurants usual menu. This year, putting a tropical twist on Old English dishes, he has included Ebenezers Crab-Stuffed Rescued Sole, Jacob Marleys Dickens Turducken and Tiny Tims Not-So-Tiny Prime Rib with Egg Nog Crme Brulee to top it all off. Sometimes it may seem that Christmas in Florida is a little out of place without the snow or yule logs that many of us came to expect at this magic time of year. But at the Dock, you can step right in to one of the most beloved Christmas tales ever and no scarves or mittens are needed.The Dock Restaurant is adjacent to the City Dock, where 12th Avenue South meets Naples Bay. For reservations and information, call 263-9940. Enjoy A Christmas Carol like no otherIMAGES COURTESY OF THE DOCKScenes from Dickens Festivals past include John McKerrow and Scrooge and Gerry Kane as Marlow, above, and Rachel Shea as a Victorian lady, left. SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY_________________________
C34 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY 300 Fifth Ave. South, Naples, Florida 239 262 4044 www.naples.bicegroup.comEarly Bird $24 three courses including one glass of wine 5pm to 6pmLIVE MUSIC every Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 Featuring Gene Federico 2 for 1Join us for Happy Hour (on selected drinks) Every day from 4 to 6complimentary buffet &With Dine in the New Year! Three Seatings Fine Foods Full Service Bar Live Entertainment nightly For ReservationS Call 239-774-1880www.erinsisle.bizLocated One Mile South on Collier Blvd. (SR 951) Between Marco Island and US 41Lunch And Dinner 11:30am Till 11:30pm Finest & Fresh Seafood, Live Maine Lobster, Steaks, Veal And Prime Rib Sunday Morning Breakfast Buffet 8am Till 1pMErins Isle Makes Them Affordable!(Separate Checks Are Available) Make Your Reservations Now FOR Christmas Day Serving 12noon Till 9pm call for special menu and reserv ations PLANNING HOLIDAY PARTIES? Open Daily Gift Certificates Available (Closed Christmas Eve) N N N e e e e e w w w w w w w Y Y Y Y e e e e a a a r r r s s E E E v v e e P P P a a r r r t t t t t y y y y y y y y C a a a a a l l l l l l l l l F F F o o o o r r r I I n n n n f f o o o r m m m a a t t i i i o o o o o o o n n n n n n With the family feasting and all the holiday shopping out of the way, its time for a toast to a bright new year. Theres no better way to do that than with something cold and bubbly champagne or a sparkling wine from another region altogether. It need not be Dom Perignon or nothing. There are moderately priced champagnes as well as a host of excellent sparkling wines from around the world, many at extremely modest prices. Harold Balink is the executive chef at Cru in Fort Myers and a wine aficionado with a particular affection for sparklers. For me, its all about the bubbles, especially during the holidays, he says. Its so versatile; I could drink champagne from start to finish with a meal. Mr. Balink loves brut rose sparkling wines because of their many berry flavors and slight sweetness. Laurent Perrier Brut Ros Champagne (about $90) is one of his favorites. Its delicious, heady nose with strawberry, yeast and raspberry flavors, tiny bubbles and a 40-second finish are all reasons to love it, he says. Cru pours Graham Beck Brut Ros, a sparkling wine from South Africa. The quality on this is very good with strawberry, raspberry and slight yeast on the nose, says Mr. Balink. With good acidity, a touch of orange, small bubbles and a great price, it sells at Cru it for $9 a glass. Wine educator Jerry Greenfield of Fort Myers has a taste for another offthe-beaten-path sparkler: Gruet Blanc de Blanc from New Mexico. Its my favorite lower-priced sparkling wine, he says. The Gruet family owns Gruet et Fils, a champagne house in Bethon, France, and uses the traditional methode champenoise on its New Mexico wine as well. Light in the mouth, it has a nice. yeasty bread-dough aroma and flavor, with an almond nuttiness, Mr. Greenfield says. Its not overly complex, he adds. And its a terrific value for about $18. Ben Sandstrom, manager of Haskells The Wine People in Naples, things Schramsberg makes the best sparkling wine in the United States. Schramsberg Brut Ros is my favorite sparkling ros, he says, adding ros tends to be more expensive because of the care needed to produce a good wine. Made from pinot noir and chardonnay, this selection (about $40 at Haskells) has a nice floral nose with toasty notes, nice fruit and not too dry a finish, Mr. Sandstrom says about the Schramsberg. I like this ros for cocktail hour or to start the meal off, he adds. Llopart (pronounced jo-part) Brut Ros, a Spanish cava, is a top seller at Haskells during the holidays, Mr. Sandstrom says. Good color, nice fruit and supple dryness make this a great wine, he adds about the wine that sells for about $20. He also likes Graham Beck from South Africa. Their Bliss Demi Sec (about $20) has a touch of sweetness for people who dont like a dry sparkling wine. I call this a patio-pounder: When chilled way down, its perfect for sipping outside. Tonys off Third wine director Sukie Honeycutt favors ros sparkling wine for its bigger flavors. Castellroig Rosato is a terrific Spanish cava for only $18, she says. The color is a light salmon, and its jammed with lots of strawberry and raspberry flavors and has a nice finish. Thom McKay, manager-sommelier at The Wine Merchant in Naples, recommends Ruinart Brut Ros Champagne ($80). This elegant champagne has a bit more flavor and fruitiness, he says. Its not too dry, with strawberry and ripe berry flavors. While Mr. Greenfield favors the Gruet, he wont be drinking it on New Years Eve. Perrier Jouet Flower Bottle Champagne is always our choice for special occasions, he says. Its what we drank on our wedding night, so it has a nice sentimental attachment for us. He likes the finer-grain bubbles and its minerality with a yeasty, toasty sensation. Its about $100. Soter Vineyards Brut Ros has long been one of Ms. Honeycutts favorites. Its 100 percent pinot noir, which gives it a rich and creamy feel in the mouth, with a bright strawberry flavor and color, she says. Its my favorite sparkling ros from the USA. It costs about $45. Fort Myers wine lovers Chuck and Linda Rakos always drink the same champagne for New Years Eve. We stay at home and drink Laurent Perrier Brut Rose with friends, says Mr. Rakos. Its truly a great wine. It has great color, fine bubbles and is fullbodied with bright fresh strawberries, raspberries and dark cherries. Mr. Balink has a secret stash of a special wine thats in short supply for New Years Eve. Ill be drinking Charles Krug Clos de Mesnil Grand Brut 1990, he says. I have only three bottles left. Its pretty ethereal, with monster apple and pear flavors, creamy mid-palate, and a full oneminute finish. It is the most perfectly balanced champagne Ive ever tasted. It makes you remember it and want to drink more. There are plenty of great sparklers to choose from, whatever price range you prefer. Just remember to choose well, drink moderately and drive safely. jimMcCRACKEN firstname.lastname@example.org Heres to a sparkling and bubbly new year VINOBALINK
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2009 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C35 diningCALENDAR Friday, Dec. 18, 6 p.m., Whole Foods: Learn about Whole Foods free-raised veal, raised sustainably and humanely, along with a discussion of cuts and ways to prepare it; $5, Mercato, 9101 Strada Place; 5525100. Reservations required. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 18-20, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples: Its Willy Wonka weekend, with a sold-out dinner on Dec. 18 followed by lunch events Dec. 19 and 20; prices vary according to event, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 598-3300. Reservations required. Saturday, Dec. 19 and 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coconut Point mall: The Coconut Farmers Market takes places weekly through April, featuring produce and other goods; U.S. 41 adjacent to Panera Bread at the mall, Estero; 249-9480. Saturday, Dec. 19 and 26, 7:3011:30 a.m., Third Street South: The weekly farmers market features fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and more; behind Tommy Bahamas; 434-6533. Sunday, Dec. 20, 5:30 p.m.: Robb & Stucky KitchenAid Culinary Center: Its outdoor and comfort food, cold beer and a chance to learn how to transform the garage with Gladiator GarageWorks at the monthly Guys Night Out with Executive Chef Martin Murphy; $25, 26501 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; (866) 206-3840. Reservations required. Monday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m., Whole Foods: Pick up a few lastminute tips for holiday entertaining with Sea Salt chef/owner Fabrizio Aielli; $5, Mercato, 9101 Strada Place; 552-5100. Reservations required. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 4-7 p.m., Whole Foods: The stores specialty department will offer samples of a host of goodies tailored to a great New Years Eve bash, including champagne, cheeses and more; 9101 Strada Place; 552-5100. Submit event listings to Cuisine@floridaweekly.com. c e; tFLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE Waterfront setting gives Bayside an edge in restaurant competitionBayside Seafood Grill & Bar is really two restaurants in one building. On the first floor is the more casual bar, with a basic, lower-priced menu than the grill on the second floor, with its more upscale atmosphere and menu. The upstairs has another advantage: an expansive enclosed patio that affords diners a choice view of Naples Bay. (The waters visible from the first floor, too, but the higher view is better.) When the maitre d asked if wed like to dine indoors or out, we didnt hesitate. The spacious balcony beckoned, and we settled into a table for two overlooking the bay. As it turned out, almost everyone who arrived after us came to the same decision. Our server came over promptly and patiently checked back two more times before we were ready to order wine. We finally decided on one that matched the balmy evening Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc a light and lovely wine with lots of citrus notes and a hint of apple. While we enjoyed the view of the water and the nearby condos with twinkling Christmas trees visible through the windows, our tiny table for two quickly proved problematic. Once the server placed the bread basket and wine chiller on the table, there wasnt room for much else. We had to juggle wine glasses, water glasses and plates throughout the meal. One of the nightly specials was stone crab claws, which were available as an appetizer or entre. I ordered the appetizer, which included four medium-sized crabs ($14.95). The claws, served chilled, came with lemon and lime wedges and dipping sauce. The claws had been nicely cracked, making it relatively easy to coax the meat out. Ive had stone crabs several times this year, and these claws werent nearly as sweet and tender as those I had previously. They needed the sauce to add flavor, something stone crabs rarely require. Our other appetizer, the Bayside taster platter ($13.95) was much better. It contained one large coconut shrimp, a plump, perfectly cooked scallop and one toasted lobster ravioli. The shrimp was lightly breaded and not too sweet, and the skillfully seared scallop was heavenly. The toasted ravioli was a little too chewy and just barely warm. A small mound of wakame salad served with it was crunchy and good. Although its possible to have nothing but seafood at Bayside, I wanted to see how the kitchen handles meat. It handles it well, as it turns out. The filet mignon and shrimp ($31.95) consisted of a tender filet topped with three shrimp, julienned red and green peppers and a creamy sauce with a hint of garlic and shallots. The meat was tender and perfectly cooked. A generous side of crisp sweet potato fries provided a satisfying counterpoint to the entre. My companion tackled the seafood platter, which featured yellowtail snapper, scallops and shrimp topped with seasoned breadcrumbs served with tender-crisp stalks of broccolini on the side. The fish was moist and lightly breaded, as were the scallops and shrimp. However, the scallops and shrimp werent nearly as good as theyd been on the appetizer plate. It seemed as if the breadcrumbs detracted from the seafood rather than enhancing it. A side order of lobster mashed potatoes ($8.95) was very good, with large chunks of lobster atop creamy mashed potatoes. For dessert, we split a piece of caramel pecan butter cake, which our server thoughtfully split for us in the kitchen. Unfortunately, the cake was hard and dry. Seeing that wed only had a bite each our server asked if wed liked it, then quickly took it off of the bill when we told him we didnt. When it comes to the setting and the service, Bayside fares well. The servers were attentive and friendly without becoming familiar, a hard balance to strike. The view couldnt be improved upon. There was even a guitarist/vocalist at the far end of the patio, singing loudly enough to be heard but softly enough to allow conversation. His voice was good, as was his playing as he worked his way through a well-chosen mix of pieces in the James Taylor-Gordon Lightfoot vein. The dining room, with its warm cantaloupe hued walls, white columns, French doors and large windows, was attractive and would have served us well had the weather not been so beautiful. Bayside is lovely and welcoming. Its problems lie in the kitchen. Given the prices charged here, the food should be better. Considering the competition within the Village at Venetian Bay, not to mention the many other area restaurants vying for business these days, it cant expect to survive on its charm and good looks. karenFELDMAN email@example.com Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar, Village at Venetian Bay,>> Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday >> Reservations: Accepted >> Credit cards: Major cards accepted. >> Price range: Appetizers, $6.95-$13.95; entrees, $21.95-$31.95 >> Beverages: Full bar >> Seating: Downstairs at the bar or at conventional tables and chairs; upstairs in the dining room or balcony at standard tables or at the bar >> Specialties of the house: Maine lobster bisque, black pepper and sesame crusted ahi tuna, Prince Edward Island mussels, crispy calamari, pan-sauted blue crab cake, fresh mozzarella and vine-ripe tomato, crispy mahi mahi, pistachio and macadamia nut-encrusted snapper, bouillabaisse, herb-rubbed free-range chicken breast, roasted half duck, New York strip steak >> Volume: Low to moderate >> Parking: Free lot >> Web site: www.baysideseafoodgrillandbar. comRatings: Food: Service: Atmosphere: 4270 Gulfshore Blvd. North; 649-5552 Superb Noteworthy Good Fair Poor If you go KAREN FELDMAN/ FLORIDA WEEKLYThe Bayside sampler features a taste of three appetizers: coconut shrimp, seared scallop and toasted lobster ravioli. A seafood platter included the fish of the day, yellowtail snapper, along with scallops, shrimp and broccolini.
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