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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA2 NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 What happens in Las Vegas should stay in Las Vegas, some say. And what happens in Riyadh should stay in Riyadh. But in the Land of the Free, they might not. Vegas might come to Gettysburg, Pa., in the form of a casino and resort hotel. And a mosque might come to Ground Zero, complete with not your mom, not my mom an imam. That pleases me to no end. I always like a good stewpot of contention fermenting with religion, sin and sacred ground, dont you? Before we start clucking and claiming the sky is falling, however, lets look at the stewpot a little more closely. SIN AND GREED: In southeastern Pennsylvania, some profiteers want to plant a big fat house of sin and greed (Im defining gambling in religious terms, which is always fun) about 800 yards south of the Gettysburg National Military Park. There the temperament and character of our modern nation began to take the shape of a promise, instead of a shadowy possibility, when Lees army was stopped and turned by a bunch of tough Yankees in the first three days of July, 1863. Casino-crowd claims that the $75 million gambling resort would create a robust economic boost to southeastern Pennsylvania may be spurious. In Vicksburg, Miss., site of another brutal Civil War battle where a casino arose, that didnt happen. The economic analysis after the fact showed that the war/tourism generated good spin-off income for development and business, whereas the casino was a sucking chest wound in funneling money out of the economy, Wayne Daltry told me. The former director of Smart Growth in Lee County, Mr. Daltry visited Vicksburg after the casino went up. SACRED GROUND: Separated by 138 years of rough road, the battle at Gettysburg and the destruction at Ground Zero each created something most Americans accept as sacred ground. Those two famous places are now owned by all of us. Americans shed their blood there while honoring and practicing our way of life, which encourages tolerance of religious views, equal rights for all, and lots of happy moneymaking. They broke our hearts doing it, too. More than 51,000 from both South and North were killed at Gettysburg, and almost 3,000 (from everywhere) died at Ground Zero. But whenever Americans make strident claims about sacred ground, I get nervous. Whats truly sacred is the principle not the dirt itself. After all, we own a lot of blood-soaked dirt. The Seminoles, for example, bled all over southern Florida for freedoms sake when the United States tried to eradicate them with a policy of genocide, but we dont consider it sacred ground. Not the way we hold sacred the Gettysburg battlefield or Ground Zero or Pearl Harbor or Arlington National Cemetery. Perhaps we should. Perhaps all American ground is sacred. But if it isnt, we should weigh two facts. First, the proposed casino at Gettysburg would not arise on our sacred ground. It would promote its culture of greed from roughly one-half mile away. And second, the proposed community center and mosque at Ground Zero would not actually arise at Ground Zero. As a New Yorker Magazine writer describes it, Itll be on Park Place, two blocks north of the World Trade Center site (from which it will not be visible), in a neighborhood ajumble with restaurants, shops (electronics, porn, you name it), churches, office cubes and the rest of the New York mish-mash. The imam, he adds, graduated from Columbia University (me too), has been in New York for about 30 years (to my two), has often denounced both terrorism and the 9/11 attacks in print (me too), has described himself and his colleagues as the anti-terrorists (that defines me and my colleagues at Florida Weekly) and accepted the FBIs request that he conduct sensitivity training for police and FBI agents. His wife runs an organization that promotes cultural and religious harmony through interfaith collaboration, youth and womens empowerment, and arts and cultural exchange. So does my wife, right out here in the boonies with our two boys and a score of beasts. She even throws in international culinary diversity and lively conversation, both politically correct and not, daily. So now for both Gettysburg and Ground Zero the question becomes a practical matter of geography and distance: How close is too close to sacred ground for capitalism or religion? Is it a few blocks, or a few hundred yards or a few thousand miles? If the principle is sacred, the question becomes irrelevant. RELIGION: The 9/11 terrorists were Muslims and haters. But lets remember this: A much larger group of terrorists, self-described Christians and haters, decided to burn Jews, march over the top of Europe, and kill any and all Americans who got in their way, Christian or otherwise, under the command of Adolph Hitler. That terrible specter remains visible within breathing distance, since some still number among us who helped stop them. They included other Christians, Jews, Muslims (hundreds of thousands from India, Pakistan, Algeria and elsewhere fought valiantly against the Germans and Japanese in World War II), agnostics, atheists, American Indians, and cowboys. I mention cowboys because their religion is the clearest of all: Dont bother me and I wont bother you. And lets remember this, too, as Mr. Daltry reminded me: There were Muslims in the twin towers providing for their families like everybody else on that perfectly clear September morning nine years ago. If Mr. Lincoln could reappear to speak at Ground Zero this week, perhaps he would repeat what he said at Gettysburg: But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate we can not consecrate we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. What we can do, instead, is honor what they championed, Lincoln added. He called it, the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. Unfinished work. Sacred principle. COMMENTARY Religion, sin and sacred ground rogerWILLIAMS email@example.com
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA4 NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 OPINION Bald, brave, and beautiful: Those words cant begin to capture the remarkable Eve Ensler. She sat down with me last week, in the midst of her battle with uterine cancer, to talk about New Orleans and the Congo. Eve, the author of the hit play The Vagina Monologues and the creator of V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls, told me how cancer has been a huge gift. Eves moving essay Congo Cancer begins, Some people may think that being diagnosed with uterine cancer, followed by extensive surgery that led to a month of debilitating infections, rounded off by months of chemotherapy, might get a girl down. But, in truth, this has not been my poison. The poison, she went on, was the epidemic of rape, torture and violence against women and girls in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Eve wrote The Vagina Monologues in 1996 as a celebration of womens bodies and womens empowerment. When I did the play initially, she told me, everywhere I went on the planet, women would literally line up after the show ... 90 to 95 percent of the women were lining up to tell me how they had been raped or battered or incested or abused. ... I had no idea that one out of three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. Suddenly this door opened for me. Eve began producing the play to raise funds for rape crisis hot lines and womens organizations across the U.S. We came up with this idea of V-Day, she told me, which was Ending Violence Day, Vagina Day reclaiming Valentines Day as a day of kindness and goodwill to women. ... We are now in 130 countries. Last year, there were 5,000 events in 1,500 or 1,600 places. Its raised close to $80 million, that has all gone into local communities. The V-Day movement brought Eve to some of the most desperate places on Earth Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo and post-Katrina New Orleans. She spent a year with women in New Orleans, compiling their descriptions of their lives and the impact of Hurricane Katrina into a series of monologues. Its called Swimming Upstream. Unbelievably, in the middle of her chemotherapy, Eve is directing two special performances in mid-September, in New Orleans and at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Eastern Congo, a war-ravaged region of the worlds most impoverished country, is where Eve and V-Day have been devoting most of their recent efforts. Since 1996, hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped in the eastern DRC, victims of what V-Day calls femicide. Last month, Rwandan and Congolese rebels took over villages in the eastern DRC and gang-raped almost 200 women and five young boys. The rapes occurred between July 30 and Aug. 3 within miles of a U.N. peacekeeping base, and went unreported for three weeks. These rapes are brutal, leaving the victims with deep wounds and fistulae that require surgery. V-Day has been working with Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, the only facility in the region where the women can receive adequate treatment. V-Day is also building a woman-controlled safe zone attached to the hospital called The City of Joy. Eve said the women themselves developed the plans for the City of Joy, a place where they could heal, where they could be trained, where they could become leaders, where they had time and a respite to rebuild themselves and redirect their energies towards their communities. If all goes well with her own treatment, she will be joining them to open the City of Joy in February. The work, Eve told me, defines what she calls a kind of three-way V between Haiti, Congo and New Orleans. With a scarf on her head, having lost her hair during cancer treatments, she was days away from starting her fourth round of chemotherapy. I asked her how she does it. The women of Congo saved my life, she said. Every day I get up, and I think to myself, I can keep going. If a woman in Congo gets up this morning after shes had her insides eviscerated, what problem do I really have? And I think of how they dance. Every time I go to the Congo, they dance and they sing and they keep going, in spite of being forgotten and forsaken by the world. And I think to myself, I have to get better. I have to live to see the day when the women of Congo are free, because if those women are free, women throughout the world will be free and will get to continue. Amy Goodman is the host of Democracy Now!, a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 800 stations in North America. She is the author of Breaking the Sound Barrier, recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.Eve Ensler: Bald, brave and beautifulThe frustrations of minority status can drive a political party batty. The temptation is to substitute belligerence for thought, insist on a selfdestructive purity, lash out at the American public and question the wisdom and viability of the countrys institutions. Indulging in these tendencies almost always makes a partys position worse rather than better. The Obama Democrats may be the first party to engage in this self-defeating behavior borne of a frustrated desperation while holding the presidency and both houses of Congress by substantial margins. Through an accident of timing (a national election coinciding with a financial crisis) and the exhaustion of the Bush-DeLay Republicans, liberals took the commanding heights of the federal government while remaining a minority disposition in our national life. In short, they became a rump majority. Through President Barack Obamas alchemy, these temporarily enlarged congressional numbers were supposed to be transformed into a permanent realignment. It hasnt worked out, obviously. In the past 20 months, Democrats have had the power to do almost everything they want, except command the allegiance of the public. That has made them feel embattled, isolated and perpetually aggrieved. The ultimate source of the Democrats discontent is quite simple: Theyve lost independents. In 1994, in taking Congress, Republicans won independents by 14 percentage points. In 2006, in taking it back, Democrats won independents by 18 points. In the latest Gallup survey, Republicans lead among independents by 11 points, a trend that puts at risk Nancy Pelosis misbegotten speakership.Since 1992, according to Gallup, ideological opinion has been roughly constant: self-described moderates have been 40 percent or a little lower; conservatives in the high 30s (although theyve spiked to 42 lately); liberals in the highteens to low-20s. Both sides need the center, but especially liberals. Itd be foolish to try to govern on the strength of only one-in-five people. But such has been the Obama-Pelosi project with unsurprising results. The pollster.com average of Obamas approval rating among independents is a dismal 37.9 percent. This meltdown should have launched a thousand agonized liberal op-eds, conferences and strategy papers on how to win back the center. If, that is, liberalism had any realistic sense of its limits. In the midst of a catastrophic loss of the middle, Obamas supporters exhort him to get more angry, insistent and ambitiously liberal. Theres little acknowledgment that the country is in a different place than they are. To the extent there is, so much worse for the country, which is condemned for its backwardness and intolerance. The majority is not just wrong on immigration enforcement and the Ground Zero mosque, its contemptible. Who knew that the American public would get accused of bigotry more often after electing an African-American president than before? As former Bush speechwriter Peter Wehner writes, liberals are expressing deepening alienation from our nation and turning on the American people with a vengeance. They thought they had a mandate from heaven in 2008, and cant bear the thought that they deluded themselves. Theyve gone from triumphalism to a petulant and uncomprehending tantrum in less than two years. The rump majority looks more exhausted by the day. 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Back in the 1950s, when he was a highschool student near Buffalo, N.Y., Richard Doll rarely missed a Buffalo Bills football game. Every Sunday that the Bills played at War Memorial Stadium in downtown Buffalo, he and his friends would load into a parents car and head out to catch the action. (The team eventually moved to Rich Stadium now called Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, a Buffalo suburb.) All of Buffalo is a Bills fan, Mr. Doll says. If they lose on Sunday, a pall comes over the city on Monday morning. Hearing him talk about the Bills now, youd almost think Mr. Doll, 71, was still back in the teams hometown, where football season segues into a crisp, colorful autumn and a long, snowy winter. But he moved to Southwest Florida in 1986 and now lives in Naples, where hes president of the Buffalo Bills Backers club. Every game Sunday, fans gather at Tavern on the Bay to cheer on their team. Mr. Doll describes the club as a neighborhood of relocated western New Yorkers from Syracuse and Binghamton, as well as Bills fans from Erie, Pa., to Toronto. While membership totals about 200, a typical game-day crowd is about 40-50 fans, he says. At halftime, they raise as much as $4,000 raffling off Bills memorabilia and other prizes, and donate the money to charities such as United Way. Anticipation is mounting as the first www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA6 NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 15 MINUTES Leading the cheer for local Buffalo Bills Backers BY EVAN WILLIAMS_________________________ewilliams@ oridaweekly.com >>What: Buffalo Bill Backers of Naples meet for Bills versus Miami Dolphins >>When: 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12 >>Where: Tavern on the Bay, corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and U.S. 41 >>Details: Game-day activities include halftime raf es of Bills merchandise, tailgate parties, rounds on the club, raf es and costume contests. >>Info: Call Richard Doll, club president, at 7743537 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. in the know EVAN WILLIAMS / FLORIDA WEEKLYRichard Dollgame of the regular NFL season draws near. The Bills meet the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 12. Mr. Doll, of course, will be there. In fact, he has rarely missed a Bills game in the past 60 years. In high school he played football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey on teams with his friends. On the Frontier High School football team he played left guard (offense) and middle linebacker (defense). Sports was the common bond between all of us, he says. Thats what kept us out of trouble, he adds about growing up in a working-class town. It was a wonderful environment to grow up in. After graduating from Michigan State University, he joined the Army for two years, then came back to Buffalo in 1965 and was a Bills season ticket holder for the better part of two decades. He and his wife raised four sons and a daughter. Mr. Doll became a homebuilder, like his father, who worked hard and had little time to attend games. My father came out of the Great Depression, so he was a working fanatic, although on Sundays he would watch three games on three TV sets, he recalls. Mr. Dolls parents retired to Fort Lauderdale. He and his wife, who died in February, lived on Sanibel Island, Longboat Key, Siesta Key and Marco Island before buying a condo in Naples. They later built the house Mr. Doll lives in now at Riviera Golf Estates. Aside from keeping up on the Bills, he plays golf, makes the occasional trip to the beach and has no interest in retiring. He works for a sign-making company called Lykins Signtek, where his job is solving and preventing problems. As the first game of the season draws near, Mr. Doll retains the same confidence hes always had in his team. Im always optimistic, as are all Bills fans, he says. I think theyll have a winning record.
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 As the call to prayers resonated within the tidy mosque, the rhythms of life at dusk on a late-summer day unfolded in the polyglot urban neighborhood outside. Around the corner and about a block to the south, on Grand Avenue, several Hispanic men drank beer, slow-roasted goat and sang in vigorous Spanish as mariachi music blared from a CD player in the front yard of a modest home. Across from this convivial gathering, at the corner of Grand and Kurtz Street, a middle-aged white musician, who is Jewish, sat on his screened front porch poring over the rockopera he and his band hope to premier soon. And on the opposing corner, a West African migr stood behind her dwelling (a creased copy of the Holy Bible clutched to her breast), swaying as if in a trance while chanting exultations in Nigerian Pidgin to her chosen savior (Jesus Christ). It was hardly a tableau that suggested a neighborhood gripped by fear. Indeed a sampling of nearby residents all of whom could, if they wished, chuck a rock from their front doors and squarely hit the Islamic Center for Peace revealed no trepidation about the presence of a mosque or the Muslims who come there regularly to worship. Typical of this blas spirit was the remark of Jorge Cruz (one of the men roasting goat), Who the hell cares? They dont bother nobody. Still, neighborhood tolerance does not equate to universal acceptance, say Mohamed Al-Darsani, the mosques 53-year-old Syrian-born imam, and other Muslims interviewed for this article. Muslims in Southwest Florida (which for the purpose of this story is defined as Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties) are estimated to number about 3,000, the imam says. Fear of outright physical attack or harm is slight, for the most part, but hostilities, resentments and deep-seated prejudices that simmer just beneath the surface in our society are often apparent and sometimes plainly evident. Islamic women in Southwest Florida who publicly dress in traditional hijab which covers their figures but leaves their faces exposed (unlike the more severe burqa that reveals only the eyes) are not surprised when they encounter cutting remarks or prolonged stares, for example. Virtually all of those interviewed Muslim and non-Muslim alike agree that a full nine years after the events of 9/11 things seem to be getting worse when it comes to religious tolerance and understanding involving Islam. The reasons, they believe, are multiple and include: The heated controversy surrounding the proposed building of an Islamic center roughly two blocks from Ground Zero in Manhattan (which is seen as grossly insensitive and needlessly provocative by many non-Muslims and an issue of religious freedom and property rights by proponents of the project); dire economic problems, which historically spawn resentment against minorities; the ascension of cable television commentators and radio talk-show hosts who thrive on incendiary rhetoric and the promulgation of conflated conspiracy theories; the belief that President Obama or Imam Obama, as Rush Limbaugh is fond of calling him is a closet Muslim (an opinion harbored by some 20 percent of Americans, according to a recent poll); the protracted and costly wars that have pitted U.S. troops against Islamic combatants in Iraq and Afghanistan; the reluctance of some mainstream imams to forcefully denounce the violent misdeeds of the radical fringe; and a growing sense of nativism, stoked by concerns over illegal immigration, that harkens to the 19th Century Know Nothing movement (which cast Roman Catholics and immigrants from Ireland, Germany and China not Mexicans and Muslims as the principal bogeymen). In short, it is a complex and toxic stew of emotions, misunderstandings, contradictory beliefs and history that has led us to this point. And where we go from here is anyones guess, although Imam Al-Darsani, a resolutely optimistic man, sees the potential for greater understanding emerging from the current imbroglio. If nothing else, he says, all of this attention has made people more curious about Islam and what it stands for. That part is good, for I firmly believe the more people learn about Islam, the more they will understand it is a religion of peace and love. The best hope is that non-Muslims will investigate with an open mind and see what we are all about. We are not terrorists, and we dont condone terror. Imam Al-Darsani also adds: It will probably get worse before it gets better. This is a peaceful religion, but make no mistake, if we are attacked, we are not Jews, and we are not Christians. We dont believe in turning the other cheek. We believe in defending ourselves.A rabbi, a minister and an imamWhat do I expect from Islamic leaders? Jeremy Barras, rabbi at Temple Beth El in Fort Myers, asks, repeating aloud a question put to him. I expect them to renounce terrorism and to renounce those who deny the Holocaust. I want to know that they dont support terror and that they dont support Hamas or Hezbollah and that they denounce the terrorizing of Jews by Muslims in some communities in Europe. Rabbi Barras says he has worked with Imam Al-Darsani on several inter-faith programs and finds him to be a terrific guy who works hard to explain Islam to the unenlightened. There is no doubt we are in a period of Islamophobia now, and I think it is terrible, he continues. Talk of burning the Koran and things like that are dreadful. No rational person can support such things. This atmosphere is very disturbing and men and women of faith need to speak against it. The rabbi believes, however, that Muslims bear some responsibility for the suspicion that shrouds their religion. Islamic dictators and tyrants have given Islam a bad name, he says. And this controversy involving the building of the mosque in New York is not good. To place a mosque there, in that location, is not right. It is neither the right location nor the right time for that. Wayne Robinson, who ministers at the All Faiths Unitarian Congregation in Fort Myers, worries that prejudices involving Islam are intensifying at an alarming rate. It is a great mistake for (non-Muslims) to think of Islam in one way, Dr. Robinson says. We are being terrorized by the radical use of media that often preaches a hatred of Islam and Muslims in general. Like Rabbi Barras, Dr. Robinson has worked with Imam Al-Darsani and considers the Muslim cleric to be a dear friend. Says Dr. Robinson: What we all need to remember is this: No matter what our religious persuasion, no one has any monopoly on the truth about faith. As a consequence, we must have respect for the person on our right and on our left. Dr. Robinson says that Muslims in the United States routinely face higher hurdles when it comes to proving their love of country. Not only must practitioners of Islam loudly denounce terror in any form, he says, they are also expected to refrain from criticizing virtually any aspect of American foreign policy that deals with national security. There is no question that the Western powers have a history of using military might to impose their will around the world including in countries that are predominantly Islamic, he says. Yet any American Muslim who speaks on these matters does so at the risk of being branded as a subversive or even as a terrorist sympathizer. Abdul Haq Muhammed, executive director of the Quality of Life Center in Fort Myers, is a devout Muslim. He has traveled to Mecca, speaks openly about his faith and is a highly visible member of the community, as evidenced by the numerous awards and honors he has received for his civic work, including his designation as Person of the Year for 1999 by The News-Press. As one local law enforcement official says, No one does a better job than Abdul Haq Muhammed when it comes to helping at-risk kids in this area. No one. Mr. Muhammed readily concedes that he probably experiences less overt prejudice because he is an AfricanAmerican whose countenance does not square with the stereotype of the Middle Eastern terrorist and he usually dresses in conservative business attire. Mr. Muhammed, whose center works with disadvantaged young people of all faiths, says Muslims are acutely interested in the workings of American foreign policy because they feel it directly affects them and their homelands. According to Mr. Muhammed, a large percentage of American Muslims are highly skeptical of their governments motives in the Islamic world. Many people feel our governments motivation in some regions is oil-driven and not necessarily in the best interest of helping people, he says. Yet the very same people who raise these questions are good and loyal Americans who in no way condone terror or violence. They were just as horrified by the events of 9/11 as non-Muslims. Of the intense anti-Islamic feelings loose in the country, Mr. Muhammed shrugs, smiles and says, This, too, shall pass.A womans placeAnother characterization that troubles local Muslims is that of the place of women within the Islamic community. Islam draws sharp distinctions between the sexes (at the mosque, women and men sit separately, with the men upfront). In some areas, educaMUSLIMFrom page 1VANDY MAJOR / FLORIDA WEEKLYAbove: Families recently gathered to break fast during the holy feast of Ramadan at the Islamic Center for Peace in Fort Myers. Left: Visitors must remove their shoes to enter the worship area. MUHAMMED ROBINSON
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One of the most shocking and widely publicized incidents involving Islam and women occurred in 2002, when religious police in Saudi Arabia forced schoolgirls back into a blazing building because the young women were not wearing proper Islamic dress. Fifteen girls perished in the fire. No one I know has any sympathy for anything like that, says Aisha Ali, a 36-year-old businesswoman and entrepreneur who lives in Cape Coral. To say that all Muslim women are subjected to things like that is wrong. That should go without saying, really. Ms. Ali, who came to the United States from England where she received her undergraduate and graduate education believes that Americans often misinterpret traditional Muslim attire on a woman as a sign of subservience. She says she wears the traditional hijab as an expression of faith. I do not dress this way because a man tells me to, she says. This is my decision, my choice. I think the media is the main problem, says Ms. Alis friend, 35-year-old Sonia Haddad. The media likes to present the image of Muslim women as oppressed and timid. That is not true. (Ms. Haddad) is right, interjects Ms. Ali. The relationship between men and women in Islam is based on respect, not obedience. Despite the prevailing image, Ms. Ali insists that Muslim marriages are probably like marriages in other faiths. Believe me, a lot of these men are right under the thumbs of their wives, she says.Seeing for oneselfHartmut Krueger, Jr., 47, of Cape Coral is a recent convert to Islam. Raised as a Lutheran, Mr. Krueger says his conversion shocked and angered his family. They are very fearful that I am going to embrace terror as a result of converting, he says. They dont see Islam as a religion; they view it as a dangerous ideology. I understand their feelings, although I certainly do not share them. There is a deep disparity between Islam as reported in the mass media and the Islam that I have discovered. Mr. Krueger says his newfound faith has sustained him through a period of unemployment and personal turmoil. I have found a peace and a serenity that is unlike anything I could have imagined, he says. It is as if the answers to questions that have troubled me for years have been found. If there is a recurring theme in the stories of Muslims who were interviewed, it is that the media particularly cable television and talk radio have successfully branded Islam all of Islam as a hotbed of terror and radical thought. Basically, thanks to the media, Islam has become a derogatory term, says Aisha Ali. That President Obama (a professed Christian) must defend himself against charges that he is Muslim is highly offensive to members of the faith. What if he is Muslim? asks Al Haddad, 47, of Fort Myers. I dont believe he is, but if it were true, would that mean he couldnt be president of all the people? I dont think so. He took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution. There is nothing in Islam that would contradict that. Still, Mr. Haddad realizes that while the United States may have progressed to the point of electing an AfricanAmerican president, it may not have reached the stage that it would tolerate one who is Islamic. The media, or perhaps I should say certain segments of the media, have been very good at painting a picture of Islam that is frightening to a lot of people, says Imam Al-Darsani. This I understand. I may not like it, but I understand it. Knowledge is the best way to counter the portrait that has been drawn (of American Muslims). To that end, Imam Al-Darsani is almost frantic in his efforts to work with clergy of other faiths and to open the doors of his mosque to non-Muslims. Steve Chitwood and Allan Harlick, both of Fort Myers, have visited the mosque on Linhart Avenue on more than one occasion. Mr. Chitwood, a 49-year-old Baptist, and Mr. Harlick, a 61-year-old Lutheran, come not as potential converts but rather as students interested in learning firsthand about Islam and its adherents. The anger in America toward Muslims is understandable, because most non-Muslims only know what they see on television, says Mr. Chitwood. And what you see on television is very frightening and very strange but not at all what you see if you visit (a mosque) in person. Misunderstanding leads to fear, says Mr. Harlick. The more we understand (about Islam) the less we have to fear. The people (at the mosque) are very friendly and very welcoming, and they are eager to answer any questions. It is doubtful that Imam Al-Darsani can cajole enough non-Muslims through his door to make a discernable difference in how Islam is viewed in these parts. But that will not stop him from trying. In the end, he believes good will and common values will carry the day. Muslims and non-Muslims alike want the same things, he says. They want peace. They want freedom. They want to raise their families in safety. They want their children to prosper. These are shared goals. We cannot let the actions of a few zealots destroy those things that we all hold dear. For those who may doubt the sincerity of imams words and the motivations behind his actions, consider this: the Islamic Center for Peace is located at 2056 Linhart Avenue in Fort Myers and the telephone number is 671-1761. Give them a call and tell them youd like to visit and see what this Islam stuff is all about. Theyll be happy to have you as a guest, and they wont try to squeeze you for money or seek to convert you. You can ask them anything you want, and no one will be offended if you know less than nothing about Islam. Think about it. What have you got to lose? COURTESY PHOTOThe Islamic Center for Peace sits in a diverse urban neighborhood in Fort Myers.
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA10 NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 UNDERCOVER HISTORIAN Pondering the cultural landscape of Palm CottageThe causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves. Marcus T. Cicero, 106-43 B.C.E., Roman statesmanAfter three years of working to elevate the awareness of local history, I find the above quote speaks to the events that led to the concept that Naples Backyard History brought forth called cultural landscape a new way to promote awareness of our community character and identity. The causes of the events that led to this new language were indeed interesting, but so, too, was the opportunity to explain our local history to Christine DePasquale, our summer intern from Florida Gulf Coast University. See those words, I noted to Ms. DePasquale. This is where the history of Naples Backyard History began. See this cottage? This is where our local history was forged long before those words went on that sign. Over coffee we examined the meaning of those words as well as why Palm Cottage, Naples second most significant cultural landscape, is essential to our communitys character and identity. (Naples Pier is the first.)Fast-tracking Naples beginningBack in the 1870s, Hamilton Disston, a wealthy Philadelphia saw manufacturer, acquired more than 4 million acres from the state of Florida in exchange for drainage work. Charles F. Adams, one of Mr. Disstons real estate agents, purchased 42 square miles of land (3,712 acres) in October 1886 and 10 days later flipped his piece of paradise to the Naples Town Improvement Company, which later became known as the The Naples Company. In 1890, the company was liquidated and purchased by the only bidder on hand, Walter Haldeman. He paid $50,000 for 8,000 acres, which included the Naples Hotel, the pier and the house next to the pier, Gen. William House, now known as the Haldeman House (which has since been moved to Bonita Springs). In 1895, Mr. Haldeman built a guesthouse as an overflow for the Naples Hotel. Its first guest was Henry Watterson, editor of the Courier-Journal, which was formed after the Civil War when Mr. Watterson, editor of the Louisville Journal, and Mr. Haldeman, who owned the Louisville (Ky.) Courier, consolidated the two papers. Mr. Haldeman died in 1902 from injuries sustained while running to catch a streetcar. He was 81 years of age. While there have been only four owners of Palm Cottage, their collective tales bear the imprint this areas cultural landscape. After Mr. Haldemans death, a financier and racehorse breeder named Walter Parmer purchased the guesthouse and called it Palm Cottage. After Mr. Palmers death, David Giles and George Hendrie of Hamilton, Ontario, bought the cottage in 1939 and renamed it The Hamilton Ontario House. Alexandra and Laurence Brown, perhaps the most idiosyncratic and eccentric couple to grace the Naples scene at that time (maybe of all times), purchased the house in 1944 for $8,000. The memories of the Browns signature cocktail invitation, a hoisted flag noting to all to come on down, almost rivals tales such as their cockfights at the end of Gordon Drive or the PTA meetings they attended with their portable bar in tow. In 1979 the Collier County Historical Society purchased the Browns home for $100,000 (of which Lester and Dellora Norris contributed approximately $68,000). By 1982, Palm Cottage had been placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. In March 1987, the city of Naples put forth resolution 87-5225 supporting the application for a section of Old Naples to be placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. That was realized on Dec. 17, 1987, along with the Keewaydin Club on Key Island. Connecting the dotsSince 1987, the Historic District of Naples has had no ordinances to protect its character and identity which is why, in part, the Naples Cultural Landscape Fund was created by Lavern Norris Gaynor and myself in 2007. Earlier this year, Naples Backyard History formed a 501(c)(3) to continue to raise awareness of the economic and sociological value of our communitys character and cultural landscapes, as well as to promote heritage tourism through a partnership with the National Historic Preservation Trusts Heritage Tourism, Inc. After our intern left, I thought about the events that led to the placement of the words cultural landscape on the sign at Palm Cottage. While those events are now a part of our local history, it was infinitely more interesting to think that these events, now woven in with the fabric of Mr. Haldeman and Mr. and Mrs. Brown, are also a part of our citys cultural landscape forever. 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 NEWS A11 Agent Info hereThink of the cost of not being insured against flooding.Get a preferred risk flood insurance policy for as low as $119 a year. Homeowners insurance does not cover floods. And even a small flood can cost thousands. So call me today, and protect your biggest investment. Many Collier County teachers received a surprise visit on Thursday, Sept. 2, from representatives of The Education Foundation bearing news that the teachers had won Connect With A Classroom grants. In all, 119 grants totaling more than $54,000 were awarded to educators in 36 schools. The Connect With A Classroom grant program enables teachers to request money for creative, innovative projects that cannot be funded through regular school budgets. A grant committee of community members and educators reviewed and scored the grant applications and allocated funding. This years funding is provided by: Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union/Suncoast for Kids Foundation; The English-Speaking Union; License for Learning License Plate Fund; SW Florida Workforce Development Board; Greater Naples Unit of New York State United Teachers Retirees, Florida; and various community members. Grants that did not receive funding remain on the Connect With A Classroom website until October and can still be funded by individuals or organizations. Visit www.ConnectWithAClassroom.org to view projects that have been funded and those that are still available. It is refreshing to be able to provide an avenue for teachers to enhance the curriculum and expand the experiences and horizons of students beyond the basics, says Lenore Brakefield, chairman of the grant committee. The imagination, innovation and inspiration of the teachers combined with strong support from and connection to the community provides a win-win-win experience for the students of Collier County. License for Learning is another opportunity for members of the community to show their support for education. When you purchase a Florida Education specialty license plate, $20 of the cost goes directly toward benefiting students, schools and teachers within the county of purchase. To purchase or renew your Florida Education specialty plate, visit www.License4Learning.com. To view or fund a Connect With A Classroom grant and give educators more opportunities to enhance learning for Collier County students, go to www.ConnectWithAClassroom.org. The Education Foundation of Collier County began funding classroom grants in 1991-1992, and in 2003-2004, devised the web-based Connect With A Classroom tool, which was groundbreaking in the state of Florida for teachers to use an online vehicle to request community support. Founded in 1990, The Education Foundation of Collier County is an independent notfor-profit 501(c)(3) organization that engages our community and schools in pursuit of a quality education for every child. Everyone has a role to play in educating our communitys children. Get on the bus, find your seat and get involved. Visit www.EducationForCollier.org. Collier teachers welcome good news about connecting with classroom grantsSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY Get on the bus at back-to-school luncheon Sept.22 The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will host a Back-to-School Luncheon for the Education Foundation of Collier County on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Presented by Fifth Third Bank, the afternoon will bring teachers, principals, students and community members together to get on the bus in support of education. Tickets for $75 are available by calling the Education Foundation at 643-4755. Get On the Bus is the foundations new initiative to encourage community support of education. The cornerstone of Get On the Bus is an interactive, online space where schools and community intersect. The Education Foundation will soon launch www.getonthebus.org to help build the technology capacity through which community and schools connect in efficient, collaborative ways.We are looking forward to serving all students, families, educators and schools to better connect with our community, says Kaleigh Grover, chairman of the foundation for 2010-11.Fifth Third Bank continues its school supplies collection drive through Friday, Sept. 10. School supplies can be dropped off at any Fifth Third Bank location in Collier County. Suggested items include No. 2 pencils, spiral notebooks, crayons, washable glue or glue sticks, full-size boxes of tissue, anti-bacterial wipes or hand sanitizer and gallonor sandwich-size zip lock bags. Donations of gift cards to office supply stores or retail school supply vendors are also welcomed. COURTESY PHOTOSJennifer Crossan, left, a teacher at Poinciana Elementary School, gets the news from Lenore Brakefield that her Connect With A Clasroom grant was funded. Jennifer Crossan and her students are looking forward to working on their Connect With A Classroom grant project. At Physicians Regional, were pleased to welcome Argyrios Jerry Tzilinis, M.D., board certified vascular surgeon, to our team of specialists. With over seven years experience in vascular surgery, Dr. Tzilinis specializes in patients with peripheral vascular disease, aortic aneurysms, carotid artery blockage and venous disease. He performs a variety of procedures, including traditional and minimally invasive surgery, to treat all vascular disorders. www.PhysiciansRegionalMedicalGroup.com
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA12 NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 With the dawn, our four-wheeldrive Land Rover heads into the Opuwa Region, the gateway to the remote tribal lands of the Himba. We bounce along rocky tracks in this semi-arid, mountainous land, one of the last untouched areas of southern Africa. This is the heartland of the Himba, a nomadic people of northern Namibia, a country three times as large as Germany that sits north of South Africa, and south of troubled Angola. The Himba, friendly nomads related to the 100,000 strong Herero tribes, live a pastoral existence much as their ancestors have for centuries. The tribe is run by the chief, who has one wife, but can take pleasure with all the women of his tribe. The Himba share everything. Their camp, or kraal, spreads before us, circled by pointed sticks of the popane tree. Beyond, in the dry air, rise distant, violet mountains. My wife and I are here on an inexpensive camping safari with Explore, a British firm that puts together small group adventures at bargain prices and is marketed in the United States by The Adventure Center (www.adventurecenter.com). The center also books flights at big savings. Our group of 12, mainly Europeans with one other American, is here in the dry season (August and September) when four-wheel-drive vehicles can travel nearly everywhere in Namibia. In the wet season these dirt tracks would be impassable and the game would be difficult, if not impossible, to spot. This is but one stop in Namibias northern wilds as we explore the abundant game lands and tribal heartlands, while traversing thorn scrub and the brittle grass stubble of the savannah dotted with trees and bushes. Along the way we encounter free-roaming desert elephants, black rhinos, desert lions, mountain zebra, giraffes, gazelles, roan and sable antelope, greater kudu, oryx, dik-diks, eland, warthogs, jackals, hartebeest, blue wildebeest, impala, spotted hyenas, baboons, caracales, ostrich and a bevy of other birds. Earlier, we set off from the Namibian capital of Windhoek along a gamefenced, paved road toward the purple, remote Erongo Mountains. The dry, buff-colored hills rise and fall under deep blue skies. Massive boulders form natures pyramids. Giraffes graze off Camel Cord grasses and white-flowering acacia trees. We pass game ranches that separate their wild game into small fenced areas and keep black rhinos far from roads and poachers. Our group, however, seeks the free-roaming animals in their native territory, far more exciting, but chancy. The rolling, stratified earth rises and falls under a vast, dry panorama. Massive cracked boulders form natural pyramids. Our two seven-seat Land Rovers have been refitted so everyone gets a window seat, a big bonus. Besides our two leaders, Jakes de Jager and Joe Lingungo, three Namibian helpers set up and take down our campsites and help prepare meals. We picnic as our guides let out air from our tires before we head off on dirt tracks. Soon we spot frisky springbok, spear-horned gemsbok, ostrich, oryx, kudu, small, jumpy Damara dikdik, guinea fowl, yellow-billed hornbills and eagles. Roan antelope, with their long ears, sleep on these gravel tracks because theyre less rocky. Fellow American Luke Olander says the terrain reminds him of east Texas. Our first dinner surprised us sirloin steaks, potatoes, squash and boxes, yes, boxes, of welcome red and white wine. Our campsite has a fireplace, water tap and hot showers, but no electricity. Soon, the universe sparkles. The majestic spread of the Milky Way galaxy is easily seen along with brilliant blue, white and red stars a night afire with stars. The next day we chance upon five desert elephants at a waterhole. The herd can reach 50, but our guides say they have often driven for hours and seen none. Then our Land Rovers take us high into isolated mountains that hold 50,000 petroglyphs, making the area one of the worlds richest sites. Twyfelfontein, or Doubtful Fountain, alone contains 2,500 petroglyphs, or rock engravings, of the San, hunter-gatherers of small stature who have lived here for millennia. We climb on hands and knees for a closer look at this remarkable prehistoric art. Then its on to Palmwag Lodge, where we observe mountain zebra with their high-pitched braying, sprinting black jackals, giraffe, oryx and little springbok antelope that graze on new grass shoots, ostriches that run 40 mph, and their many hoofed companions in the antelope family. The concession has the largest predator population outside of Etosha National Park with more than 100 lions, cheetah, leopards and brown and spotted hyena. We come across no black rhino although the concession holds nearly 70 percent of the worlds rhino population. But we do come upon our first pride of desert lions. That night after dinner, young Namibians sing and dance for us around our campfire and then invite us to join in the fun. We dance on into the night. The Himba people The next day, continuing north, we swim in clear, sparkling Ongongo Waterfalls and continue to search for game in this dry, untouched land. We see no vehicles or people. Later we visit the Himba village of 24 people after checking in with the chief. Included are two Herero women from Angola, who dress in bright, long robes and wear boatlike hats, but speak the same language. Today women from neighboring Himba villages have come to sell bracelets, bags, belts and jewelry as they watch their children play. Appearance is important to the Himba; clothes, hair and jewelry hold special meaning. The women, tall and striking, spend hours smearing their bodies with a mix of rancid butter fat, ochre and fragrant herbs to heighten the reddish glow of their skin, a sign of supreme beauty. TRAVEL offers inexpensive glimpse of an alien worldSafari in remote NamibiaBY HARVEY HAGMAN____________________Special To Florida Weekly HARVEY HAGMAN / COURTESY PHOTOSA stately impala An ostrich A smiling Himba woman A Himba chief
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 NEWS A13 This mixture, applied three or four times a week, protects their skin from the searing sun and desert insects. Malaria is prevalent in wet summers. Their only clothing consists of a multilayered short goatskin or sheepskin apron. They walk barefoot and adorn themselves with a cone-shaped shell worn around the neck. Copper bangles decorate wrists, ankles and necks to signify their married status. Women lengthen their hair with hair shaved from their brothers heads. They wear it in long, thin braids over their shoulders. Some wear headdresses signifying they are married. Unmarried girls wear smaller leather aprons, fewer ornaments and draped hair, in plaits, over their faces. Through an interpreter, I ask the chief how many children he has. He smiles and moves his arm to include the whole village. He asks me. I say none. He shakes his head sadly and with downcast eyes pats me on the shoulder. When he dies, his eldest son will become chief. Himba life centers on cattle; they draw most of their subsistence from their herds. Their language possesses more than 300 words to describe a cow. The tribe feeds on curdled milk and meat. In the mid-1970s, the Himba became Africas richest pastoral people, with herds of 130,000 and thousands of sheep and goats. In summer, when pastures dry up, the tribe may move, set ting up rudimentary huts. The Himba allow their cattle to eat only half the length of the grass to preserve it. The guide leads us to a wooden frame hut made with cow dung mixed with clay. This keeps the huts warm in winter and cool in summer. Containers hang from the ceiling. At night, men who carry guns to protect their herds from lions and leopards return to dance, sing and chat around bonfires or relax in their huts. When the village moves, its women follow the men and cattle, carrying the food, water and babies. An area of smoldering sticks contains the holy fire where the chief contacts the ancestors to heal the sick, name a child or seek advice. When the chief dies, the tribe mourns for a week around the sacred fire. I purchase a Himba brass and leather necklace adorned with hair after long bargaining with fingers and gestures. I put my inexpensive treasure in my knapsack. When we prepare to leave, my way is blocked by a concerned group of women. Hmmm. Our guide says she says I owe her another $3 in local money. I concede, peace reigns and the young perform more dances. Books could be written about Himba life and rituals. After we leave, no one speaks as our Land Rover follows an endless dirt track. We are lost in our thoughts about this brief glimpse into another world, another time. >>For inexpensive safaris, go to www.adventurecenter.com or write the Adventure Center, 1311 63rd St., Suite 200, Emeryville, CA 94608, or call (877) 285-0651. By going with the Adventure Center, we saved greatly on airfares. The required travel insurance for two cost about $400. We got malaria pills and necessary shots before leaving. For information on Namibian tourism, go to www.namibiantourism.com.na. in the know TRAVEL Lions check out the area Nighttime by a watering hold in Etosha National Park No time for zebras A Herero woman at the Himba campEtosha National Park A special permit allows us to enter Etosha National Park at the western gate of Ojtivasandu. When it was established in 1907, it was the worlds largest game preserve. Today its the size of New Jersey and one of the worlds finest game parks. Etosha, meaning the great white place, is dominated by a massive mineral pan. Here, we spend hours watching ponderous pachyderms, giraffes, spiralhorned great kudo and herds of blue wildebeest and other antelope intermix as they come to drink at the waterhole. At night, animals appear oblivious to the dim yellow lights as visitors on benches behind protective stone walls watch them. Talking is not permitted as giraffes, jackals, elephants and zebra, the preferred prey of lions, drink. One short-sighted, short-tempered black rhino watches as an elephant nears her calf. The rhino paws the earth, stamps, snorts and makes a bluff charge. Unconcerned, the elephant moves slowly away. The savannah surrounding the pan supports tens of thousands of grazing animals. The sprawling park with dirt trails is home to 114 mammal species, 16 amphibian species, 300 feathered species, including the huge kori bustard, and, surprisingly, one species of fish. During our two days in the park, our game drives take us through landscapes varying from dusty, white limestone to golden grasslands. At one waterhole we come upon white elephants. Chalky, white dust covers their hides. Little dik-diks rarely need a drink, getting their moisture from plants. Now weve seen so many of these small, fast antelope that weve become blas, but only temporarily. We still pay rapt attention as greater kudu sharpen their spiral horns on bushes. As the trip winds down, everyone has shared tales around campfires, offered tips on the best ways to spot game, swapped addresses and had a lot of laughs. We sleep soundly in our padded cots and cant wait for the next day to begin. All too soon we hit a blacktop road and drive to a local woodcarvers market in Okahandja for last-minute shopping. That evening we enjoy our farewell dinner of springbok in gar lic butter, squash, potatoes and red wine at Joes Beerhouse and tip our wonderful guides.
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Helpers are also needed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (shifts available) on National Estuaries Day, Saturday, Sept. 25. This free event offers boat tours, guided kayak trips, lectures, childrens activities, music, food vendors and more. Contact volunteer specialist Donna Young at 417-6310, ext. 412, or e-mail email@example.com for information and to sign up. CenturyLink says Cmon to $10,000 for kids museumRookey Bay needs volunteers for trail duty 239-261-7157 www.WynnsOnline.com 141 Ninth Street North Naples Must present coupon at time of purchase.Trudys Store Made Quiche$5.99 with couponMust Have Coupon For over 70 years offering Wholeseome fresh products to our customers. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA16 NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 TO YOUR HEALTH HEALTHY LIVING Book a massage and help fight breast cancerOn Tuesday, Sept. 14, more than 600 Massage Envy centers across the U.S. will offer $49 one-hour therapeutic massages and donate $15 from each session to the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Massage Envy members and the general public can make an appointment at any of three Southwest Florida locations: Naples Walk Shopping Center, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 3253689 Coconut Point in Estero; 947-3689 Summerlin Crossing in Fort Myers, 15880 Summerlin Road; 333-3689 Appointments can also be booked at www.MassageEnvy.com. Free testing for HIV/AIDSThe HIV/AIDS Network of Collier County offers free Rapid HIV testing and traditional testing Sept. 13-17 as part of National Gay Mens HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Rapid HIV testing has same-day results; results from traditional testing can take two to three weeks. Tests are offered at: The Marion E. Fether Medical Center, Immokalee (traditional testing): 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and 15; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14, 16 and 17 Collier County Health Department, Immokalee (Rapid HIV testing): 1-4 p.m. Sept. 13-17 Collier County Health Department, Naples (Rapid HIV testing): 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 and 16; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 15 For more information, contact Deborah Harris at the Collier County Health Department, 252-2683. Physicians Regional presents lecturesPhysicians Regional Healthcare System presents the following lectures Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge, 6101 Pine Ridge Road: Knee Arthritis: A to Z 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, by Dr. Jon Dounchis. Newest Advances in Shoulder Surgery 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, by Dr. Steven Goldberg. In addition, Dr. Frederick Buechel will discuss the latest treatment for early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Hyatt Place, Coconut Point in Estero. Seating for these free programs is limited. Call 348-4180 to make a reservation. Correction: Dr. Joseph Gauta, founder of Especially for Women and the Florida Bladder Institute, is a gynecologist. His specialty was incorrect in a Sept. 2 headline in this column. As you may know, a union organizing drive was initiated a number of years ago by some of our nursing colleagues. Some of the disputed matters were submitted to the National Labor Relations Board. We have just received a decision from that board and are analyzing the decision and our options. At the end of the day, we all remain colleagues with a singular mission to provide exceptional patient care, regardless of whether or not we always share the same point of view. A summary of the decision document includes orders going forward related to labor relations. We intend to comply with the spirit of this document. We regret any previous unintended actions, as our motivation was and continues to be the welfare of our patients, colleagues, physicians and the community we serve. Times have changed and so has NCH. Our passion is fully directed to patient quality, financial stability and our patients, colleagues and physicians. Growth and sharing our message with the community so that we can continue to serve everyone and receive support are two additional areas of focus. As I have noted many times, we have state-of-the-art equipment and very comfortable hospitals, but it is the people who work here that together make NCH special. Without everyone working together and placing our patients needs above our own personal needs, we could not fulfill our mission. We value everyones contributions and we all need to understand each others points of view. Our new Shared Governance, which uses everyones talents and experience, is a perfect example of a new avenue for communication and empowerment. We need to continue to be smart, innovative, competent and capable as we go forward in these rapidly changing times. Every challenge creates opportunities. My belief is that we are better now than ever in sharing information and opinions, and that we are even much more collegial when we disagree. Our quality continues to improve and we are more financially stable than we were four years ago, in spite of the general deterioration of economic conditions around us. Finally, let me mention another important opportunity for all 3,400 NCH women and men as well as our community that of donating blood through the Community Blood Center. The CBC collects blood for all four Collier County hospitals, ensuring that Whats collected here stays here! We have always had a generous community and have never had to cancel surgery for lack of blood (although we have had some close calls). For more information and details about upcoming blood drives, call 436-5455 or visit www.givebloodcbc.org. Dr. Allen Weiss is president and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System. Hospital leadership is analyzing recent labor union decisionSTRAIGHT TALK A k i allenWEISS firstname.lastname@example.org Everyone knows that houseflies arent welcome around food. But University of Florida scientists have discovered five new reasons why. Researchers with UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have documented five more bacteria species carried by houseflies, and all of them cause illness in humans, ranging from food poisoning to respiratory infections. In the latest issue of Florida Entomologist, the researchers describe collecting houseflies near rear entrances and trash bins at four restaurants in Gainesville. About 20 flies from each location were collected in sterile containers and returned to the campus laboratory. The team used fatty acid analysis and DNA sequencing to identify a total of 11 pathogens carried by the flies five of them not previously linked to house flies: Acinetobacter baumanni, Bacillus pumilus, Cronobacter sakazakii, Methylobacterium persicinum and Staphylococcus sciuri. In addition to the 11 bacteria documented in the study, there were five others that could not be positively identified. The findings reinforce the notion that fly control is key, especially around food sources, says UFs Jerry Butler, a retired entomology professor who led the research team. Fly control is a day-to-day battle because the insects are so mobile, traveling up to 10 miles in just a couple days time, he adds. Pest control company Orkin funded the study. Frank Meek, the companys international technical and training director, says Orkin wanted updated research to stress the importance of fly control in restaurants and kitchens. Most people simply wave a fly away and go back to eating, but a cockroach crawling across the table elicits a very different reaction in a restaurant, he says. However, our research shows that the housefly carries potentially twice as many pathogens as a cockroach. We think its important to educate our customers and the public about the health risks pests can pose. Research adds weight towhy we hate flies UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDASpecial to Florida Weekly
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 NEWS A17 Hwy 41 at Coconut Rd.STEPHEN E. PASCUCCI, MD, FACS Not anymore.Our Dual Vision LASIK corrects both distance and near vision This innovative treatment allows you to see near, far and in between without compromising balance, depth perception or night visi on. Best of all, this is not monovision! Come learn about Dual Vision LASIK. Youre too young to let your eyes slow you down. Call (239) 949.2021 or visit www.bonitaeye.com for your FREE Dual Vision LASIK consultation today. I TOO LATE LASIK? Anton E. Coleman, M.D. Behavioral NeurologistBoard Certi ed APPOINTMENTS mammograms, cholesterol, blood-sugar, thyroid function, heart disease by 50,Why not your MEMORY ? words or disorientation, could be the cause of a serious illness change your mind... Before your mind changes YOU !RETAIN YOUR MINDFULNESS, PREVENTION IS THE KEYIf you are OK with screening Cognitive & Behavioral NeurologyScreening for years is a must Screening for years is smart Screening for over 50 years is PREVENTION years, but more flights would make things too noisy. Think about a leaf blower going by your house, she says. Hes done in two minutes. But think about that if it came by 20 times a day. The FAA has ultimate authority over the runway project unless it decides the matter is one of zoning, in which case the Naples City Council could vote it down. The city is waiting for the FAAs opinion on the issue. The question immediately becomes how much economic benefit is a detriment to our quality of life? City Councilman Sam Saad says. The real issue before city council in my mind is: Does the burden on the quality of life outweigh the economic benefit of having a really nice private airport in our city? What is the tipping the point? The Naples Airport Authority, the board appointed by the City Council to run the airport, maintains a longer runway could reduce the sound of airplanes taking off by a small amount because the pilots would have that extra space to take off and climb before the would be over nearby residential areas. Scott Cameron, president of Friends of the Naples Airport and CEO of Cameron Real Estate Services, says the airport historically has an exemplary safety record. But if you have the opportunity to improve safety, decrease noise and also add a sophisticated level of commercial air service, why not? he says. Although homeowners are concerned that jets as large as Boeing 747s could use the longer runway, Mr. Soliday insists that is not likely, because no matter how long it is, the runway is designed to handle aircraft only up to 75,000 pounds. Don Kirkwood, president of the Bayfront Condominium Association, which has about 156 units bordering the airport, says he would like to have that assurance in writing. The size of the planes that use the airport and how often they land and take off concerns City Councilman Gary Price. My only concern is that we cant control the size and frequency of the planes, he said. (The size and frequency of flights over the airport) is demand driven, thats economy driven. AIRPORTFrom page 1
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA18 NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 Pets of the WeekTo adopt a petThis weeks adoptable pets are from Brookes Legacy Animal Rescue, an all-volunteer foster home rescue organization. For more information, call 434-7480, e-mail brookeslegacy@ brookeslegacyanimalrescue.org or visit www. BrookesLegacyAnimalRescue.com. >> Boo Boo Brooke is a 3-year-old, spayed and declawed tortoiseshell. Its believed that these beauties bring good luck. >> Capt. Cuddles is a happy, 3-yearold Maltese/ Pomeranian mix whos neutered and weighs in at less than 10 pounds. >> Polly Ann is a 2-year-old spayed Labrador retriever mix who promises to stick by her new best friend. >> Villaroy is a 6-monthold neutered domestic shorthair. Hes sweet and playful, and he likes dogs. BY GINA SPADAFORI__________________________Universal UclickPets on the bed OK for most, but not allenough, wrote one frustrated woman, who clearly had much larger issues with her daughter than the younger womans pets. But to have them on the bed? Thats dirty and disgusting! Such folks wont find much agreement from me. I like having pets on the bed. In the wintertime, my cats and dogs are like heating pads I dont have to plug in or recharge and theyll readjust automatically every time I move. This surely wont mollify anyone who believes pets are disgusting, but Ive always kept things clean by putting a washable cover on top of the bedding to catch all the dirt and stray hair. Still, there are good reasons to keep your pets off the bed, and maybe even out of the bedroom among them, behavioral problems and allergies. For dogs who want to be bossy, allowing access to the bed isnt recommended, since it gives the animal the idea that he has status equal to or better than the human family members. For these dogs, sleeping elsewhere will likely be part of a retraining program to modify the animals exalted opinion of his own value. (As with all such issues, please work with a veterinary behaviorist or trainer with experience in aggression to modify the dangerous behavior of such a pet.) For people with allergies, turning the bedroom into a pet-free zone is common medical advice that ought to be followed. Maintaining a pet-free bedroom is part of an overall strategy to minimize the impact of pet dander. It will allow allergy sufferers to sleep without sneezing or wheezing, and awake rested without allergy symptoms or headaches. For these pet lovers, keeping pets out of the bedroom gives them enough breathing room to make it possible to keep both their pets and their overall good health. And what about those couples who dont have pet-behavior problems or allergies, but still argue over letting their pets on the bed? Thats the sort of thing you have to work out for yourself, since I have enough work giving pet advice without venturing into relationship counseling. If youre lucky, though, youll be able to find a bed big enough for everyone to be happy in. The subject of pets on the bed always makes me laugh, thinking of an old relationship and the new bed that arrived after wed already split. The bed in question was the biggest bed I could find. When informed that it would take three months to be manufactured and delivered, I kiddingly asked the man in my life if he would be there when the bed arrived, even though I already had a feeling he wouldnt be. Oh sure, he said. And if Im not, you have plenty of pets to take up all that space. Theyll love it. Which, of course, is exactly what came to pass. Im not sure what that says about the relative constancy of romantic relationships and pets, but I have to give the man credit for being right. The animals did indeed love the big new bed and they still do, even if they have to share it. Every now and then I hear from someone who wants me to write about how awful it is to have dogs or cats on the bed. Ive had grandparents who want to convince their sons or daughters that a pet on the bed is unhealthy for children, and new sweethearts who disagree about where a pet should sleep. To have pets in the house is bad PET TALES Snuggle up
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BUSINESS & REAL ESTATENAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES BUSINESS INDUSTRY BSECTIONWEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 WEEK at-a-glanceTearing it upA shred party on Marco Island, and more business events. B8-9 Extra spaceBonus rooms present a big plus for new home buyers in Toll Brothers communities. B11 workersNorma Rodenfels is smart. So is Mike Schrider. Although their businesses are about as similar as the moon and sun, both have tapped into a vast pool of workforce talent, loyalty, guts, good cheer and determination known as people with disabilities. They represent two of a growing number of businesses in Southwest Florida, ranging from such prominent major corporations as Home Depot and Publix Supermarkets to small entrepreneurial operations, whose leaders are discovering that the hiring of people with disabilities is not only cost effective, but exceptionally profitable over time. One used to be able to go out to employers and raise their social consciences by getting them to consider hiring people with disabilities and frequently theyd go along with that, recalls Bob Haenggi, vice president of career development services for Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, which works to place about 500 people with disabilities each year in jobs across Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Those days are long gone, he concludes in part because of the economy and in part because of misconceptions on the part of employers about how they can benefit from hiring disabled workers. Neither economic pressure nor prejudice appears to have dissuaded Mrs. Rodenfels or Mr. Schrider. Mrs. Rodenfels owns Skyline Chili on North Tamiami Trail in Naples, where she employs about 10 people, including two who are intellectually disabled (her brother-in-law owns the franchise in Fort Myers). One of them, Theresa, has worked in the business for five years. She started out working dishes, and shes become one of our star people on the steam table, explains Mrs. Rodenfels. Our steam table is like the kitchen, everything is set up there. Chili comes in various ways over pasta, with salad, in chicken wraps or baked potatoes, or other ways. Our waitperson calls SEE DISABLED, B4 BY ROGER WILLIAMS ____________________rwilliams@ oridaweekly.com The vast and untapped talent poolIt theres anything that changes faster than the weather, it has to be modern electronic technology. From cell phones to computers and televisions, the latest things on the marketplace are pretty much old news within a few weeks or months at the latest. With that, gadget junkies head back to the store in their unending effort to keep up with the Technology Joneses. Desk drawers and filing cabinets fill up with outdated cell phones, power cables and chargers. Desktops are cluttered printers and scanners that have been replaced. And even though theyre nearly new, flat-screen TVs are reassigned to the lanai or extra bedroom to keep the plants and pets entertained. Having a drawer full of high-quality but unused electronics prompted Dennis Blum to consider the possibility that he wasnt the only one in Southwest Florida facing this mounting dilemma. While he proudly boasted the latest and greatest smart phone, he couldnt deny or ignore the fact that his earlier-generation cell phones still worked and were perfectly good. Here were these cell phones still practically brand new, still a lot of life in them. And they were going to waste just sitting in the junk drawer, he says. As he started taking a good hard look around his house, he quickly discovered several more things he had recently replaced, including a digital camera, not because they no longer worked, but because something bigger/better/faster had come along. It occurred to me that they, too, were going to waste, he says. So he decided to find them a new home. Mr. Blums solution was GadgetEase, a retail store that specializes in buying and selling slightly used electronics. He set up shop at 4445 Bonita Beach Road, one mile west of U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs. Its a win-win situation, he says. GadgetEase will purchase slightly used electronics after they are thoroughly tested and deemed in good working condition. Those who bring the items in are paid in cash. After we clean the items up, we stock them in our store and resell them to the public at significantStill useful but no longer used electronics? Head to GadgetEaseBecause theyve had to struggle so hard to get into jobs, or be interviewed, they often have a higher level of job satisfaction. Theyre grateful. That results in something magic to an employer, called lower turnover. Susanne Homant, ABLE TrustDisabledSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY SEE GADGET, B5 The Fools take Lessons from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. B6
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QUALIT T RVICE First Class Clothing For A First Class Lifestyle.www.tomjames.com F Cbt Annfr MONEY & INVESTINGInvestors get a say on CEO compensationMany hard-core capitalists view government regulation of the private sector in a very negative light. Southwest Florida has a large number of hard-core capitalists in permanent and seasonal residence. However, CEO compensation or the excess in such compensation is possibly an issue where a broad crosssection of our local citizenry would agree that greed had run rampant and something had to be done to curb it. Free market capitalists rightly argue that regulation: Impedes businesses from the normal course of business by requiring paperwork, reporting, approval processes, investigations... all time consuming and slowing the wheels of the corporate machine. Costs a bundle of taxpayer money and rarely achieves the purposes for which the regulation was intended. Violates the intended role of government. But recent legislation has some capitalists nodding their heads in approval. It centers on executive compensation at publicly traded companies. Called Say-on-Pay, the new federal law requires companies to solicit shareholder opinion on compensation via the proxy statement. The requirement is now law as it is part of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; it takes effect for shareholder meetings held after Jan. 21, 2011. Some publicly traded companies have already adopted say-onpay; they elected its inclusion in their 2010 proxy, most probably in anticipation that it would be a requirement and knowing that their investor base wanted accountability on compensation issues. The Say-on-Pay provision is included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, better known as the Financial Reform Act. Most know that the law was primarily intended to reform the financial sector and therefore focused on capital levels, risk issues and bank executive compensation. One of the add-on features of the act focused on compensation of executives outside the financial sector. It seems as if there was public outcry about bank and non-bank CEO compensation packages. The AFL-CIO keeps tabs on worker compensation issues those who do not like the AFL-CIO can look askance at their findings and could possibly debate a few numbers but maybe not too much as publicly traded CEO data is readily available. For 2009, the average compensation for the CEOs for 292 companies included in the S&P 500 was $9.25 million. That average number broke down into the following component averages: Salary $1,041,012 Bonuses $203,714 Stock awards: $2,630,574 Option awards: $2,284-595 Non-equity incentives: $1,790,703 Pension and deferred compensation: $1 060,867 Since all that was not enough, there was another category, Other which allowed for another $235,232 in average compensation. The AFL-CIO does not stop there in its analysis. These averages are compared to average worker compensation. A few more factoids: CEO compensation at these 292 companies increased 298 percent over the 1990 to 2005 period. Average worker pay increased 4.3 percent and corporate profits increased 106 percent. The ratio of average CEO total compensation to average worker compensation was 42 times in 1980; their numbers indicated that the ratio in 2008 was 319. Ouch! Readers should take solace that this ratio peaked at more than 500 times in year 2000 and it has come down in the past 10 years. Beyond the analysis of CEO versus average worker, the middle class citizenry is looking at wealth distribution in the U.S. The Federal Reserve does a triennial study, for which many academicians have done studies on the 2004 results. The top quartile held 87 percent of the U.S. net household total wealth (including homes and net of all debt) some $44 trillion. The next two quartiles (50 percent of households) held 13 percent of wealth at a total of $6.5 trillion and the bottom quartile held, in essence, nothing after debt is netted. Those numbers are more heavily skewed in favor of the wealthiest when home assets are excluded from calculations. Investors interested in giving a thumbs up or down for CEO compensation now have a vehicle for doing so. The yea or nay does not translate into directing corporate pay policy, as the majority vote of the investors is not binding on the directors. However, it does begin a meaningful and ongoing dialogue about CEO pay. It is an opportunity for those who are repulsed by corporate largesse to voice their opinions. As most stock is held institutionally or in mutual funds, investors might want to consider writing to their respective institutions to voice a general opinion about CEO pay and how one would prefer the institution to vote about these issues. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB4 BUSINESS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 the order we dont write things down, so Theresa has to remember and Theresa makes it. Shes out there in the public view, in the center of the restaurant where you can see the food being prepared. We think its important to crosstrain people, we try to teach people to do everything. And shes been extremely good at learning and doing various things. She can open the store for me. She knows how to set up the front, make the chili shes a godsend. Mr. Schrider, on the other end of the business universe, is president of J. Lodge, based in Fort Myers, with 250 or so employees scattered along the southwest coast and across the state and country who can analyze and sharpen up data-service and callcenter operations in businesses that rely on telephones and their operators, nationwide. They include former business owners, company directors, people with advanced degrees and exceptional computer or IT skills, and lots of brains. Ninety percent of his workforce is disabled, physically, in one way or another. As far as the expense (of hiring disabled workers) is concerned, its cost effective, says Mr. Schrider. The primary reason to hire them is because of their work ethic and whats available in the workforce out there. Most people think of disabled Americans as performing something less than normal but the opposite is true. The demographics of the disabled world are the same as the ablebodied world. Most became disabled through accident or illness, but theyre professionals, like you and I. Often theyre restricted to working only part-time because of Social Security benefits. Often they have masters degree or higher-level executive experience, and all of a sudden theyre reduced to watching Oprah all day long. But they just want to work. Its a return to a livelihood and self importance. The result, when they get a job? The work ethic and production benefit is just overwhelming, concludes Mr. Schrider. Which raises an obvious question: Why arent more employers tapping into organizations that employ the disabled there are almost 30 in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties (for a list with contact information, see firstname.lastname@example.org) instead of ignoring all that talent? Perhaps partly because of fear and a lack of understanding, says Susanne Homant, president and CEO of the not-for-profit ABLE Trust, part of the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, formed by the state legislature in 1990, the year the U.S. Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act. Theres a perception some businesses have that it will cost money to hire someone with a disability, she explains. But when you look at the costs of making adjustments (an average of $500, according to statistics analyzing businesses with disabled workers) thats minor. One of the issues is people worrying about disabled workers who come in on what I call a BMW-style wheelchair, too wide, and now you have to tear down walls. But that is so rare it shouldnt even be thought about. The thing we encourage is, at least welcome people with disabilities to apply for the job. Include the tag line at the bottom of your ad: People with disabilities are welcome to apply. You might be surprised how much you get out of it, she adds. ABLE Trust has provided $26 million in grants to organizations that help the disabled find good work and become successful in all 67 Florida counties, notes Ms. Homant and that has helped businesses and communities. A several-year-old study by ABLE shows that for every dollar put into the hiring of disabled workers, between $13 and $26 can come back to the community. Because theyve had to struggle so hard to get into jobs, or be interviewed, Ms. Homant says, they often have a higher level of job satisfaction. Theyre grateful. That results in something magic to an employer, called lower turnover. By successful, though, we dont mean just entry-level jobs. Were appalled by the sheltered workshop, the notion that you get people in for a day and you give them $5 or $10. Successful means reasonably well paid, like anybody else would be, and getting advancement opportunities when theyre earned. Many disabled people willing and able to work cant, because they arent finding jobs and the percentage of unemployed among disabled workers is significantly higher than the unemployment rate among able-bodied, able-minded workers, experts say. James Weisman, senior vice president and general counsel for the United Spinal Association, told the Christian Science Monitor last month that 65 percent of people with disabilities remain unemployed, just as they were 20 years ago when his organization helped create the legislation that resulted in the Americans with Disabilities Act. But he added that disabled workers live longer, and contemporary medicine gives more of them opportunities to be productive, which throws off the numbers. Based on her own experience, Ms. Homent estimates that about 50 percent of those workers disabled but willing and able to work, are unemployed in Florida. For some, the situation can remain bleak indeed, with no help from the state help, for example, that comes for those who are physically disabled, for disabled veterans, and even for those who are intellectually or mentally disabled, as Paul Starcyzk, executive director of Sunrise Community of Collier County, describes the population of people Sunrise helps. For the job at hand at Sunrise, the state, with some federal monies, provides about 60 percent of whats required for Sunrise to improve the lives of the 80 or so clients it works with each year in Collier, he notes. But thats better than zero-sum government help for the hearing impaired, says Kim Gaught, executive director of Hearing Impaired Persons of Charlotte County, one of only 13 organizations for the hearing impaired in the Sunshine State. There is no equipment help (the waiting list for help obtaining a hearing aid is years long, rendering it ineffective). No training programs. No on-site resources that could provide sign language or other ways of communication to the hearing impaired. People with hearing loss face discrimination in every aspect of their lives, most especially regarding employment, she says. Hearing loss is invisible, and its a disability that isolates people imagine being fired because you wear hearing aids and no one is willing to take the time to look at you when they speak to you. Imagine not being able to participate in your own health care at a doctors office or hospital or in your own defense at court, or imagine being arrested and not able to communicate with anyone. Something like this happens to our clients in Charlotte County on a weekly basis. Greg Ruckert, who supervises about 25 people for J. Lodge and found the job, like many of his fellow workers, by looking online at websites devoted to helping those with disabilities, offers some advice and the voice of experience, take it or leave it, he says. The thing I would stress the most to other employers is the enormous commitment and work ethic the people I work with or supervise bring to the business. They generally have years of experience in varying fields, but felt left behind once they were deemed to no longer fit the normal business model. J. Lodge hired and put to work 90 new people begining early in early July, which suggests that its business model one that relies on skilled disabled workers who work from home because technology now allows it is succeeding. They are excited about working, improving and being part of a true team again, said Mr. Ruckert. And their experience is invaluable. The old fears of people not arriving at a brickand-mortar building daily have melted away at least as far as Im concerned. I have never had less trouble as far as attendance, work ethic, etc., than I have had managing these employees. DISABLEDFrom page 1 Reasons why business should hire disabled employees>> Nearly 30 percent of homes have at least one person with a disability (ODEP statistics). >> The Disability Network is a trillion dollar market nationally: a multi-million dollar market in Florida discretionary dollars. (U.S. Census) >> People with Disabilities are the third largest market second only to the aging segment and baby-boomers. (marketresearch.com) >> 73 percent of people with disabilities are heads of their households. >> 58 percent own their own homes. >> 48 percent are principle shoppers for their families (earnworks.com). >> People with disabilities are more likely to return as customers to businesses that make accommodations for access (auto-entry doors, Braille menus, space between displays to allow a wheelchair or person with a walker to get through, good customer service sensitive to special needs, etc.) Once satis ed, they tend to remain loyal, and serve as a source of great word-of-mouth advertising. >> The best way to make sure the basic shopping needs of people with disabilities are satis ed is to have employees with disabilities on staff, to advise and help in planning, as well as become a communication channel to the disability market. >> Family, friends and other supporters of people with disabilities often prefer to shop at those businesses that are known and visibly promote inclusion and diversity. Source: The ABLE Trust in the know RUCKERT COURTESY PHOTOThe J. Lodge website makes a strong argument for hiring the disabled. Florida Gulf Coast Universitys Small Business Development Center will host a four-week QuickBooks Simple Start Series from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at FGCU Main Campus Lutgert Hall #4201. Cyrine Butler, certified QuickBooks trainer and owner of DBL Accounting LLC, will teach the course. Ms. Butler teaches the basic fundamentals and understanding of QuickBooks. The 12-hour course provides participants hands-on training such as entering sales information, paying bills, working with bank accounts, tracking and paying sales tax, and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops. Ms. Butler has been in the accounting field for more than 25 years and has owned DBL Accounting for two years. Cost to attend the four-week series is $199, and each attendee will receive a certificate of completion. Reservations are required and can be made online at http://www.sbdcseminars. org or call 745-3700 for more information. FGCU Small Business Development Center offers QuickBooks seminar
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 BUSINESS B5 Punta Gorda Port Charlotte Fort Myers Cape Coral Naples Bonita Springs Estero Visit us online at www.FloridaWeekly.com Doing business in Fort Myers or Charlotte County?So are we.DID YOU KNOW FLORIDA WEEKLY offers Total Market Coverage in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties? By distributing a sizable circulation, Florida Weekly is the only local newspaper reaching all 3 counties. Select one, two or all three markets to showcase your product or service today.CONTACT YOUR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE TODAY.Naples Fort Myers Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte savings. GadgetEase will buy things that fall into six categories: home electronics, portable electronics, photography and video, media, computers and video gaming. Home electronics include, but are not limited to, DVD\Blu-Ray players, televisions and home theater systems, projectors and remotes. Portable electronic items include iPods and MP3 players, iPads, cell phones, GPS systems, headphones and portable stereos. The remaining categories cover things like digital cameras, tripods, digital picture frames, memory cards, video games, Apple computers, LCD monitors, scanners and Playstation\Xbox\Nintendo consoles and portables. Mr. Blum believes todays economic conditions make now the perfect time to launch GadgetEase. Many people are downsizing and cant take every high-tech gadget they own with them, he says. Now they dont have to put these things in a garage sale or go through the potentially long process of placing them on consignment. He says GadgetEase can also take away the worry for sellers who dont want to deal with the uncertainty of online sales and auction sites, or who worry about having strangers come to their homes to look at something for sale. Were also here for anyone who wants or needs electronic technology but who doesnt have the money to buy new, he adds. It started with kids stuffMr. Blum and his wife, Lynn, have been residents of Bonita Springs since 2003. Prior to opening GadgetEase, the couple founded Once Upon a Child and Platos Closet, both national franchises of retail shops now managed out of Minneapolis, Minn., by the Winmark Corp. Once Upon a Child opened in 1985 in Perrysburg, Ohio, and buys and sells all items related to children. There are 235 stores in the U.S. and Canada, including stores in Southwest Florida. Platos Closet, with 243 locations, was launched in Columbus, Ohio, in 1998 and buys and sells teen clothing and accessories. More recently, the Blums founded and franchised the Clothes Mentor concept, a store for womens clothing, in Columbus, Ohio. Clothes Mentor has 30 stores and is now owned and operated by Clothes Mentor LTD of Minneapolis, Minn. GadgetEase is a prototype store, Mr. Blum says. We have plans to franchise the concept and create another national chain. For more information, call GadgetEase at 947-3273 or e-mail gadgetease@gmail. com. GADGETFrom page 1COURTESY PHOTOFrom left, Austin Trenholm, store manager Matthew Christensen and Bill Berry check out electronics before adding them to the inventory at GadgetEase. Tickets for the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida 2010 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County are available. At the dinner and awards ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Naples Grande, JA will induct Dr. William Figlesthaler, managing partner/shareholder at Specialists in Urology, and Len Zaiser III, president, CEO and founder of Structure Medical, into the Business Hall of Fame. in recognition of their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Tables of 10, which include seats for two JA students, are $1,800; tables of five are $900 and include a seat for one student. Sponsors also are needed to support student admission, which is $125 per ticket. Program advertisements are also available for $500. For more information, call 225-2590 or visit www.JASWFL.org. SCORE Naples and the Greater N aples Chamber of C ommerce present a free workshop about enhancing your business online presence from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 11, at chamber headquarters, 2390 Tamiami Trail N. Networking and registration will begin at 9 a.m. Presenters Janis Vargas, an Internet strategist for small and medium-size companies; Andreas Brandt, former director of IT for SCORE Naples; and Edward Clay, who has 15 years of experience working with media; will discuss how to build a website and find a web hosting package, social media marketing, search engine optimization, e-mail accounts and more. Reserve your seat online at www. scorenaples.org, or call the SCORE office at 430-0081 weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon. Hall of Fame tickets available SCORE hosts free workshop
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB6 BUSINESS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 The Collier County Bar Association holds its general membership luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Carrabbas, 4320 Tamiami Trail N. For more information, visit www.colliercountybar.org.Womens Network of Collier County meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Collier Athletic Club. For more information, call 434-5119. Next meeting: Sept. 14.Wake Up Naples, hosted by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Century Link, is set for 7:30-8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Hilton Naples. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Register at www.napleschamber.org/events.The Marco Island Chamber of Commerces next Business After 5 networking event takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Guy Harveys Island Grill, 760 N. Collier Blvd. For information, visit www.marcoislandchamber.org.PRACC, Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising Professionals of Collier County, meets at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at McComick & Schmicks in Mercato for Lights, Camera, Action, a discussion about the digital marketing success of the Naples International Film Festival and an update from Maggie McCarty of the Collier County Film Commission. Cost is $35 for members and $30 for others. RSVP by calling 436-2105 or visiting www.pracc.org.Business After 5 for members and guests of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Al Deleon & Associates, 4060 Tamiami Trail N. Open mic night and karaoke will be part of the fun. Register at www.napleschamber.org/events.The Collier Building Industry Association holds its 2010 Sand Dollar Awards gala at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Naples Grande. Call 436-6100 or visit www.cbia.net.The Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida holds its monthly luncheon at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at North Naples United Methodist Church, 6000 Goodlette Frank Road. Guest speaker Frank Shelton of AmeriDry will discuss hurricane preparedness. Call 481-1411, e-mail christianchamber@embarqmail. com or visit www.hischamber.org.The Collier County Medical Society holds its general membership meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Kensington Golf & Country Club, 2700 Pine Ridge Road. Guest speakers will be Dr. Stephen Kalsko, senior vice president of USF Health, and Karen Holbrook, vice president for research innovation at USF. For reservations, call 435-7727 or e-mail email@example.com.The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce holds its annual meeting and volunteer awards luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at Worthington Country Club. Cost is $45 for members and $60 for others. 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 BUSINESS B7 ON THE MOVE ence in Orlando. Dan Denton, president and group publisher was also honored at the conference with induction into the Florida Magazine Association Hall of Fame. Mr. Denton founded what is now Gulfshore Media in 1979, sold the company to CurtCo Media in 2004 and repurchased it, along with its 22 publications across Florida, last spring. Community Relations Marjorie Johnson has joined the staff at Vi at Bentley Village as community relations manager. She most recently operated her own public relations and marketing firm, working with profit and not-for-profit clients such as Duke University, Biotronic, Resort Quest Communities and the Make-AWish Foundation. Higher Education Dr. Aysegul Timur has been appointed program chair for the MBA and MPA programs at the Johnson School of Business at Hodges University. Dr. Rosemary Arway has been promoted to director of the master of science in criminal justice program at the School of Professional Studies at Hodges University. Dr. Arway has been a full-time faculty member at Hodges since January 2009 and brings 28 years of professional law enforcement experience to the position. The following new members have been appointed to the board of directors of the Florida Gulf Coast University Alumni Association for the 2010-12 term: Angela Bell, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and Public Relations; Jennifer Crabill, FGCU assistant director of procurement services; Suzanne DeCopain, assistant state attorney for the State Attorneys Office, 20th Judicial Circuit; Jonathan Forbes, Wiebel, Hennells and Carufe, P.A.; Marie Hebert, FGCU department of campus reservations; Rhonda Holtzclaw, FGCU coordinator for environmental health and safety at FGCU; Stefanie Ink, Alliance Financial Group; Jennifer Laderer, Bonita Bay Group; Michael Nachef, legislative assistant to Sen. Garrett Richter; C.J. Reed, Gartner Inc. Landscape Architecture Michael Ekblad of Johnson Engineering has earned licensure as a Florida Registered Landscape Architect. Among the numerous projects he has worked Automotive Eric Owens has joined the staff at John Marazzi Nissan of Naples as parts manager. He worked for 25 years as parts manager at Maroone Nissan of Fort Lauderdale. Will Barrios has been promoted from sales consultant to business manager at John Marazzi Nissan of Naples. Mr. Barrios holds a bachelors degree in business management from St. Thomas University. Awards & Recognition Humanities Chairman Dr. Russell Swanson and Marty Ambrose of Edison State College have received Awards of Excellence from the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development. Dr. Swanson is chair of the ESC Humanities Department; Professor Ambrose, a 20-year ESC faculty member, is chair of assessment and an English professor at the college. Samantha Scott and Pushing the Envelope Inc. received an Award of Distinction from the Florida Public Relations Society at the 2010 Golden Image Awards ceremony in Orlando. Pushing the Envelope is a mixed media marketing communications firm. The award was for the PTE website and the firms integration of social media done in collaboration with Internet Services Group of Florida.Gulfshore Life, Gulfshore Business, Gulfshore Life At Home and Naples Health won six awards at the Florida Magazine Association annual confer-on for private and public sectors are city master planning and revitalization projects, land use analysis and site design, large and small scale commercial designs, urban and streetscape designs, roadway design and installations and stormwater mitigation projects. Law Cheryl Hastings, a shareholder in the transactional real estate and business services practice group of Grant, Fridkin, Pearson, Athan & Crown, P.A., has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate credential signifying the fundamental knowledge of green building concepts. Ms. Hastings has been practicing law in Southwest Florida since 2002 and focuses on residential and commercial real estate development and finance law. She earned her bachelors degree with honors from the University fo South Florida and her law degree from the University of Florida. Media Jeff Jerome has joined the staff of Florida Weekly as a sales representative. A 10-year resident of Naples, Mr. Jerome previously worked in member services for the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and as an advertising manager in online sales for the Naples Daily News. He is a native of Syracuse, N.Y. Nonpro t Organizations Jaclynn Faffer has been named executive director of Jewish Family Services, a division of the Jewish Federation of Collier County. Ms. Faffer holds a bachelors degree from Boston University and a masters of social work from Tulane University. She earned a doctor of social welfare from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York City. Her distinguished career has included clinical practice, supervision, administration, teaching and research. She has been a member of the teaching faculty of several schools of social work including Barry University, Yeshiva University and Hunter College. Most recently, she served as executive director/CEO of the Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service of South Palm Beach County in Boca Raton, Fla. Leslie Ann Gjesdahl has joined the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series as community relations manager. A native of Crookston, Minn., Ms. Gjesdahl studied communications at the University of North Dakota-Grand Forks and has more than 20 years of expertise in human resources and customer relations. Prior to joining Naples Town Hall, she was president and owner of RPA Inc., which specialized in human resources for automotive dealerships and small businesses. She has also held vice president positions for large automotive groups in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and travelled nationally as a featured speaker on the best practices in customer and employee satisfaction. A member of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Gamma Phi Beta Alumni Association, she has been qualified by the Minnesota Supreme Court as a Rule 114 civil case mediator. Sheryl Soukup has been named executive director of Naples Equestrian Challenge. Ms. Soukup has most than 10 years of nonprofit management experience and is the former executive director of Immokalee Housing & Family Services. She holds a bachelors degree in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts and is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Collier. She is a 2010 recipient of the Women of Achievement Award from the Collier County Chapter of the American Association of University Women, and she received the 2005 Citizen of the Year award from the Lee County Chapter of National Association of Social Workers. She belongs to the Rotary Club of Immokalee and volunteers as a mentor in the Take Stock In Children program. She moved to Florida in 2002 from Boston, where she worked for Childrens Hospital Boston and Harvard Childrens Initiative. Whether youre thinking of buying a biggeror smallerhome, renancing, or consolidating debt, theres no better time to turn your dream into reality. Contact me today by calling 239-591-6471 or by email at Stacey.Herring@53.com Stacey HerringSenior Mortgage Loan Originator Equal Housing Lender. Subject to credit review and approval. Fifth Third Mortgage Company, 38 Fountain Square Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45263 an Illinois Residential Mortgage Licensee. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB8 BUSINESS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 NETWORKING We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. 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.JEFF JEROME / FLORIDA WEEKLY COURTESY PHOTOS1. Sue Huff, Paul Kessen, Kelly Capolino and Bob Beauregard2. Jeff Wallace and Marianne Larimer3. Meg Stepanian, Susan Mellen and Tiffany Kuehner4. Deb Cecere and Lynn Ferraina5. Mary Ellen Koy and Suzanne Lester6. Cyndee Woolley and Scott Robertson7. Hope Daley and Karole Davis Catherine Fay, Blase Ciabaton and Brenda Robson Michelle Smith, Lisa Vinciguerra and Scott Cameron Thinking Outside the Box for nonprofitsA seminar sponsored by Sue Huff and Kelly CapolinoThe Chamber Executive Club at Hamilton Harbor 1 4 5 6 3 2 7
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REAL ESTATEA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY B11CBIAs 2010 Sand Dollar Awards The Collier Building Industry Association has received 162 entries for its 2010 Sand Dollar Awards competition, more than 40 more than were submitted last year. The 20th annual awards presentation takes place the evening of Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Naples Grande. The CBIA Sales and Marketing Council sponsors the Sand Dollar program for builders, developers, architects, remodelers, interior design firms, landscape architects, trades, marketing, sales and advertising professionals for excellence in building, design and marketing. Homes, communities, building projects and marketing campaigns completed between May 1, 2008, and May 31, 2010, are eligible. For more information on gala tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Carrie Horner at 436-6100 or visit www.cbia.net. NABOR expects crowd for expoThe Naples Area Board of Realtors will host its free annual expo from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. In keeping with a global theme, the expo will showcase international markets and their colorful cultures. More than 1,200 people attended the expo last year, and a bigger crowed is expected this year. Realtors and the general community are welcome. A few sponsorship opportunities and vendor booths are still available. For more information, call 597-1666, e-mail Michele@nabor.com or visit www.Nabor.com. Renovations complete at The GlenviewStevens Construction Inc. has completed renovations at The Glenview at Pelican Bay. The two-phase project included interior improvements of the 12-story Continuing Care Retirement Community. The Stevens Construction team included superintendents Todd Welle and Pete Garcia. Caffey Architecture provided design services. BRIEFSREAL ESTATE ABOVEIT ALLThe Marena, a two-story villa model at Belle Lago by Toll Brothers, includes a bonus loft study that overlooks the living room.COURTESY PHOTO Gloomy news that July sales of existing homes dropped more than 25 percent year-over-year has overshadowed new statistics showing summer sales of $1 million-plus homes significantly outperformed other price ranges. Luxury homebuyers have been buying this summer, saus Laurie MooreMoore, CEO of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. After waiting in the wings, many affluent buyers spent the summer shopping for value and snapping up trophy properties. Statistics from the National Association of Realtors for 2009 indicate $1 million-plus home sales were 1.2 percent of total sales, or about 61,500 sales nationally. In July 2010, that percentage was up to 1.9 percent. While sales of homes in the $500,000-plus range rose dramatically in June, the $1 million-plus market segment was the only price range in July showing positive growth compared to last year. The mix of what is selling has shifted in favor of homes priced at $750,000 and above, Ms. Moore-Moore says. While I wouldnt say the luxury market is in recovery, she adds, the growing market share of luxury sales relative to total sales, a slight downward trend in inventory and sellers who are more realistic about price are factors shifting the affluent into a buying mode. Dennis Brando of John R. Wood Realtors in Naples, a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, reports he had a busy summer with upper-end buyers and adds, Im booking appointments in October with buyers coming to town. The ILHM does a weekly analysis of luxury homes for sale in more than 30 major markets. Summer sales were strong in luxury home marketSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY As two-story homes gain favor with Southwest Florida buyers, architects at Toll Brothers are creating bonus spaces that can be used in a wide variety of ways to suit the homeowners lifestyle. These flexible areas range from lofts with office and computer nooks to childrens playrooms and family game rooms, says Ken Thirtyacre, president of Toll Brothers Florida West Division. The companys single-family communities in Southwest Florida with home designs that feature these bonus spaces include The Reserve at Estero and Belle Lago, also in Estero, and Firano at Naples.For work or play, lofts are a big plusSEE SPACES, B16 SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 REAL ESTATE B13 Living room rescue could be yoursNew Modern Home, a Naples decor store, is holding a Please Rescue My Living Room contest for a free makeover. Entrants must submit a short essay of no more than 50 words explaining why their living room deserves a facelift. Entries will be judged on originality, a photograph of the room and sense of humor. Deadline for entry is Sept. 30. Two runners-up will receive $100 gift certificates from New Modern Home, and the grand prize living room will get a new coat of paint, including labor, and decorative elements for a total package value of $1,000. Winners will be notified via e-mail on Oct. 1. To entre the contest, go to www.newmodernhome.com and click on makeover giveaway page. New Modern Home features refreshed, restyled and renewed decorative items and furnishings for the home. The store at 2381 Davis Blvd. in Village Plaza is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Robb & Stucky has free seminarsThe following free seminars are offered by design professionals at Robb & Stucky in the showroom at 2777 Tamiami Trail N., just north of Coastland Center: Enlightening Design, 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 Robb and Stuckys Catherine Baker and John Richard of Starr Kolacki showcase the latest trends in lighting and illustrate how to use general, ambient, task and mood lighting in your home. Design-onomics: Make Every Design Dollar Count! 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 Joanne Wilseck offers tips to help make every design dollar count. Discover which design elements give your decor the most bang for the buck, and learn how to prioritize in order to obtain as much impact as possible from each item on your list. Material World, 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 From slipcovers to accent pillows, design consultant Lynn Scott Royal will discuss how fabric colors, trims, textures and patterns work together to achieve a unique style. Decorating Dos and Donts, 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 Thinking about painting over old wallpaper, replacing tile or reupholstering? Interior designer Donna Grose will share some dos and donts for projects from replacing light fixtures to freshening up your bathroom. Bring your pictures or floor plans. Seating is limited, and reservations are requested. Call 261-3969 or visit www.RobbStucky.com. (239) 594-2209Bridgette Foster (239) 253-8001 Gene Foster(239) 253-8002 U Pbtn Nftr Bbnf St Estate home/guest house, 1.4 acres, 9640SF, exceptional detail! $3,950,000 Pine Ridge 60 North Street10 Acre w/home, can be subdivided, west of 75. $3,900,000 Livingston Woods 6520 Daniels Rd.Elegant 4669SF, 4+Den/4.5Ba. w/private guest cabana. $2,495,000 Mediterra 15204 Medici Way4+den/3.5, upgrades, private lot, lake & golf course views. $1,399,000 Audubon 148 Chesire WayAuthentic beach cottage, 2642SF, amazing views, replace. $999,000 Estancia Bonita Bay 4801 Bonita Bay Blvd. #603Completely renovated, lake front, gourmet kit, 3233SF. $897,000 Imperial Golf Estates 2119 Imperial Golf Course Blvd.3+Den, oversized pool-extended lanai, like new. $695,000 West Bay Club 22129 Natures Cove Ct.Wiggins Pass views, direct Gulf access. Sharp 2/2. $349,000 Anchorage at Vanderbilt 12945 Vanderbilt Dr. #306FURNISHED! Immaculate Home, spacious lanai w/ 33'x13 pool. $248,000 Spring Lakes 11600 Red Hibiscus Dr.Refurbished, 2/2, Hi-Ceilings, top oor. Owner nancing avail. $248,000 Bay Forest, Bermuda Bay II 15465 Cedarwood Ln. #303LOA of 125'/24', close to 5th Ave. $1,349,000 Old Naples Seaport 1001 10th Ave. S. Boat Slip #11Well maintained, new A/C,carpet, paint, lake view, 3/2. $242,000 Laurel Oaks, S. Ft. Myers 5769 Elizabeth Ann Way32'x14'x4', slip is permitted for a vessel w/ LOA of 32ft. $94,500 Marina Bay Club 13105 Vanderbilt Dr. #4www.GulfnGolfNaples.com www.WigginsPass.com www.Fosterteam.Listingbook.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgCondos: $839,000-$1,699,000 Boat Slips: $82,500-$249,000 Pelican Isle Condos & Boat Slips Available REDUCED REDUCED
Stock Construction has passed the 90 percent sold mark in the Avonlea neighborhood in Lely Resort, with 31 of the communitys 34 homes sold. Avonlea has been very popular with homebuyers. So far in 2010, we have sold 14 homes, says Tim Clark, vice president of sales at Lely Resort. As a special sales incentive, homebuyers in Avonlea can receive $25,000 toward designer options and upgrades on the purchase of their new home. In the north half of Lely Resort, Avonlea is a private neighborhood of singlefamily residences situated on three culde-sacs and surrounded by nature preserves and vistas across the fairways of The Classics championship golf course. Avonlea offers five Mediterranean-style floor plans ranging from 2,601 square feet to 2,889 square feet under air. Each plan includes a three-car garage and elaborate pool and spa options. The spacious three-bedroom/threebath Scottsdale model offers 2,601 square feet under air and a total of 4,142 square feet, including a screened and covered lanai, attached three-car garage and covered entry. The Montereys courtyard-style floor plan is a four-bedroom/three-bath home with 2,651 square feet under air and a total of 4,036 square feet, including an attached three-car garage and a screened and covered lanai with outdoor kitchen. The Harbourtown is a three-bedroom/study/three-bath home that has 2,772 square feet under air and a total of 4,279 square feet. The home is built around a large lanai with a covered living area and optional outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Stock Constructions Greenbriar model provides a large open floor plan. It is a three-bedroom/three-bath home with 2,866 square feet under air and a total of 4,150 square feet, including an attached three-car garage and a screened and covered lanai. The Pinehurst is a courtyard-style, four bedroom/study/3-bath home with 2,872 square feet under air and a total of 5,516 square feet including the attached threecar garage, courtyard with pool and covered lanai at the rear of the home. The Pinehurst offers a private detached guest suite that overlooks the courtyard. Pricing in Avonlea begins from the $540s. Lely Resort offers 11 neighborhoods showcasing flats, townhomes, casitas, coach homes, twin villas, single-family homes and custom estate homes. Prices begin in the $180,000s. The central sales center is at 8020 Grand Lely Drive. For more information, call 793-2100 or visit www.lelyresort.net. www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB14 REAL ESTATE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 Doreen Vachon 643-0636Home Grown Girl!Resident in Naples since 1969 OWNER FINANCE OR LEASE OPTION 161 4th St. 3/2, tiled oors, updated kitchen/baths. New windows. Wrap around covered deck, carport, workshop/shed.$809 per month* $159,500 $10,000 Down, 6% Interest, Amortized over 20 years*owner nance with 15%-20% down PITI, amortized over 30 years at 6% interest per month* $29,900 3/2 garage, all updated, oversized lot backs up to golf course. per month* $499,900 per month*, 4/3 newer 2 stories, large barn/workshop, 2 laundry rooms, in-law suite, plenty of storage for RV, boats, 4 car garage $25,000 DOWN PAYMENT $50,000 DOWN PAYMENT SUZIE LEATHERBURY Mortgage Loan Originator MAKING MORTGAGES EASIER EVERY DAY. SUZIE LEATHERBURY Mortgage Loan Originator 239.293.2207 Cell Visit your new house today!www.OpenHouseSWFL.comThe rst stop to nding your new house!OpenHouse Southwest Florida lists the open houses for any given day in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero. Customize your search by choosing location, living area, price range and more, quickly and easily.We make nding your new home easy!The Of cial Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero REALTORS Website Stock passes 90 percent sold mark in Avonlea SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYCOURTESY PHOTO The pool area of the Pinehurst model home in Avonlea at Lely Resort. Jacki StrategosSRES, G.R.I., e-Pro239-370-1222JStrategos@att.net www.JackiStrategos.com Richard DrosteRealtor239email@example.com Residential, LLC $110,000 Stunning community. Vacant parcel overlooking golf course. Storage shed. $324,900 Southern Exposure, exceptional lanai. 2/2 upper unit. Total renovation/upgrade. $315,0004.77 acres/agricultural. Cleared, utilities, fenced, lake. New 3 stall barn. NEW LISTING!
e symbol of local knowledge Port Royal, 1052 Spyglass Ln Magnicent estate w/western exp on 1.5 lots. 5BR main hse, 2BR guest hse. Outdoor living & pool. Gourmet kit, home theater, exercise rm, deep water dockage. 6 or More/7.5 (H4323) Robyn Pster Grin, 2627366, Don Winkler, 961-2166 $9,900,000 Park Shore, 4101 Gulf Shore Blvd N, #6 S With breathtaking Gulf views, this condo is an unbelievably spacious 8,400 sf under air. Spectacular living areas, gourmet kit, library, & 5 bdrm suites. 5+Den/6+2half (C6506) Robyn Pfister Griffin, 262-7366, Don Winkler, 961-2166 $5,995,000 Barefoot Beach, 224 Malibu Cv Premium location for estate home that was rebuilt in 2007, sweeping views of the Bay. WALK to BEACH, 2 boat docks w/lifts, chefs kitchen, Jerusalem Stone rs. 4+Den/4.5 (H4981) Claire Licciardi, 2504564, Carol McElroy, 659-6395 $3,750,000 Old Naples, 238 9th Ave S Built in 2001, courtyard home w/ fml liv & din, fam rm, travertine rs, granite counters, pool & spa, sep guest cabana, steps to beach. 4+Den/4.5 (H4958) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366, Don Winkler, 961-2166 $3,695,000 Port Royal, 3300 Gin Ln Situated on Smugglers Bay, this charming 4 bedroom homes oers beautiful sunsets with its Western exposure. 4/3 (H5039) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366, Don Winkler, 961-2166 $2,999,000 Port Royal, 960 Galleon Dr Southern exposure over Runaway Bay & no bridges to Gulf. Great location. Come build your dream home in Port Royal. Immed Port Royal Club membership eligibility. 6 or More/5 (H4789) Robyn Pfister Griffin, 262-7366, Don Winkler, 961-2166 $2,750,000 Vanderbilt Beach, 368 Bayside Ave Enjoy waterfront living at this large SW exp, bayfront property. Captivating panoramic views, located on a point at the tip Bayside Ave, Gulf access. 2/2 (H4947) Robyn Pster Grin, 2627366, Don Winkler, 961-2166 $1,100,000 Livingston Woods, 6510 Sable Ridge Ln 2.73 acres, 2 story home w/3 car garage, pool, family room w/FP plus upstairs media room. Commercial pole barn w/1750 SF of storage/work area. 4+Den/3.5 (H3865) Lisa M. Richardson, 250-8008 $999,000 Quail Creek, 13123 Bald Cypress Ln Incredible 180-degree views on golf course and lake. Estate home on quiet cul-de-sac lot. Largely remodeled. New roof 2008. Huge patio. Extensive marble oors. 4+Den/4.5 (H4748) Dominick Tascher, 839-5688 $995,000 Park Shore, 4000 Gulf Shore Blvd N, #1000 Venetian Villas. Elegant living directly over the water !!! First oor at, completely renovated with exquisite touches everywhere. Spectacular views. 3/2.5 (V1226) Michele Harrison, 580-9889 $995,000 Old Naples, 617 6th Ave S #202 Beautifully furnished condo located a block o 5th Ave. S. Stroll to beach, Cambier Park & all downtown has to oer. Unit boasts 2 covered parking spaces. 2/2.5 (C2574) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366, Don Winkler, 961-2166 $749,000 Moorings, 2200 Gulf Shore Blvd N, #J4 Situated at the entrance of Doctors Pass, this updated, turnkey furnished unit oers view of Gulf, Pass & Bay. Steps from beach, 2nd unit oers a 1-car gar. 2/2 (C6163) Dustin Beard, 289-2650 $729,999 Old Naples, 555 5th Ave S #PH-4 e Grand Penthouse East. Strong value, real asset, close to the beach. Nestled away from the others and oers elegant living at tree top level. 2+Den/2 (C5120) Michele Harrison, 580-9889 $695,000 Pelican Marsh, 9109 Troon Lakes Dr Superb detail, meticulous 2600 SF home. Open oor plan, lake view, spa, summer kitchen. Tile, gourmet kitchen, granite in baths, shutters & extra storage. 3+Den/2.5 (H4756) Laurie Bellico, PA, 293-9389 $675,000 Eden On e Bay, 352 Steerforth Ct West of 41! 2004 luxury villa on cul-de-sac lake lot. $35,000 elec. shutters, lg. lanai, pool/ spa, summer kitchen, tile, cherry cabinets w/ granite, Jenn-Aire. 3+Den/3 (H4984) Laurie Bellico, PA, 293-9389 $619,783 Autumn Woods, 6556 Chestnut Cir Spacious, custom home on oversized lake lot in quiet, family-friendly neighborhood. Open kit/fam rm, fml liv & din rms, den, media rm, htd pool & spa. 4+Den/3 (H5226) Robyn Pster Grin, 262-7366, Don Winkler, 961-2166 $599,000 Spanish Wells, 28401 Sombrero Dr Stunning bright & airy home w/golf course views. 2+ car garage, volume ceilings, pool. Many extras. 2710 SF Golf available. Great value & 3 miles to beaches. 3/3.5 (H5212) Connie Spitzmiller 248-7616 $539,000 Foxre, 1206 Kings Way Golfers Dream! Wonderful home in bundled golf comm. w/granite, crown molding, faux paint + more. Loc. On 9th green w/west exp. Mins to Beaches & Old Naples. 4/3 (H5139) Jim Scartz, 877-9726 $529,000 Eden On e Bay, 312 Steerforth Ct 2005 SFH, eastern exp, west of 41 in gated community near beaches. Open r plan, heated pool & spa, nicely upgraded, tiled, crown & custom paint on private lot. 3+Den/2.5 (H5243) Laurie Bellico, PA, 293-9389 $489,000 Old Naples, 705 11th St S, 3 #BS 3 Old Naples Covered Boat Slip w/new concrete & wood pilings. Park directly in front of slip, gated & full-time dock master. 50 x 20 by 23.5 overhead clearance. (L1075) Michele Harrison, 580-9889 $475,000 Eden On e Bay, 361 Mallory Ct A casually well-designed & decorated 2005 home in one of Naples best kept secrets West of 41. Private corner preserve lot, pool, spa, tile, granite & more. 3/2 (H4368) Laurie Bellico, PA, 293-9389 $470,000 Worthington, 13801 Tonbridge Ct UPDATED & BEAUTIFUL! Panoramic golf views for this SF Estate pool home. Open oor plan & pocketing sliding glass doors bring the outdoors in. 2+Den/2 (H4975) Sharon Hammond-Turnblad, 851-6918 $439,900 Moorings, 2880 Gulf Shore Blvd N, #209 Price Reduced! Bayside bch retreat! Updated open plan, glassed in lanai, 1554 TA, carport, new windows & plumbing. Lovely bayside pool or stroll Moorings Bch. 2/2 (C5890) Lisa M. Richardson, 250-8008 $434,000 Reection Isles, 11328 Reection Isles Blvd Professionally decorated & furnished former model in gated community close to everything. Priced well below replacement value and move in ready. Never lived in. 4+Den/3 (H4929) Michele Harrison, 580-9889 $399,900 Reection Lakes, 14634 Fern Lake Ct St Croix Gold Furnished former builder model. Two story. 3+Den/2.5 (H4917) Michele Harrison, 580-9889 $391,900 World Tennis Center, 3573 Corinthian Way Comfortable elegance! Gorgeous courtyard home w/natural light & open oor plan. Tray ceilings, custom closets, SS appls, cambria counter tops & more. 3/3 (H5235) Jim Scartz, 877-9726 $369,900 Kings Lake, 2265 Royal Ln One of a kind former parade of homes model. Unbelievable architecture. Lg rms, lots of sq footage, huge multi-purpose FL rm. Granite cntr in kit w/walkin pantry. 3+Den/2 (H5123) Kim Ellis, 269-7025 $349,000 Golden Gate Estates, 140 20th St Se Beautiful 2-story Old Florida Style home. Four bedrooms and four baths including a mother-in-law suite with its own kitchen and large living room!! 4/4 (H4962) Kim Ellis, 269-7025 $340,000 Crescent Lake Estates, 9834 Campbell Cir Clean impeccably maintained 4 BR home in most sought after school district in the county! Lake views from almost every room. New paint inside & out. New carpet! 4/2 (H5228) Kim Ellis, 269-7025 $339,000 Carlton Lakes, 6078 Highwood Park Ct Come see the deer! Meticulous SFH on oversized cul-de-sac lot. Preserve view, ext. lanai, 2000+ SF, lg living area, plenty of windows for natural light. 3/2 (H4794) Laurie Bellico, PA, 293-9389 $330,000 Marco Beach, 1337 Collier Blvd N Updated w/numerous luxury upgrades from gourmet kitchen w/granite, wood cabinets, faux painting to updated bathrooms w/decorative tile accents. Only 2mi to bch. 3/2 (H5186) Natalie Kirstein, 784-0491 $280,000 Saturnia Lakes, 2044 Painted Palm Dr Lovingly maintained and very private! Nestled on small cul-de-sac street with spectacular lake & golf course views. Neutral dcor upgraded and stylish! 2+Den/2 (H5229) Diana McCoy, 404-0793 $279,000 Golden Gate Estates, 3875 29th Ave SW Two master suites, pool & spa. Conveniently located close to town just o 951. Large private 2.27 acre lot with RV parking pad. 4/3 (H5170) Debra Pelitera, 250-6865 $274,000 Golden Gate Estates, 2911 8th Ave Ne Gorgeous Waterways Dover Model on quiet street close to everything. 4+Den/3 (H5075) Kim Ellis, 269-7025 $265,000 Worthington, 13030 Southampton Dr Golf & tennis included! Great lake views! Large detached villa, Fam. Room, Large 2 car garage w/space for golf cart, 1 yr. Home warranty. 3/2 (V1271) Sharon HammondTurnblad, 851-6918 $259,000
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB16 REAL ESTATE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 Looking to Shop for the Latest Trends in Home Improvement and Interior Furnishings?Florida Weekly showcases these products and services in our monthly HomeScapes magazine. Luxus Frameless Shower Door SpecialistsSEE PAGE 5 FOR DETAIL S APRIL 2010 MAY 2010Laminate & Real Wood Flooring SpecialistsSEE PAGE 5 FOR DETAIL S WRIGHT FLOORING INC. Look for HomeScapes inside our September 15 Edition Visit us online at www.FloridaWeekly.com At The Reserve at Estero, the Tosara design has four bedrooms and 2 baths in 2,545 square feet of air-conditioned space. The two-story living room includes an 11-by-11-foot loft decorated as a private office space. Also in The Reserve at Estero, The Carmona has three bedrooms and 2 baths in 2,335 square feet of air-conditioned living area. In this model, the loft space is finished as a study/ reading area, complete with a wall of glass-front bookcases, a small desk and a cozy armchair. The loft opens to a private balcony. The large loft in The Gianna model serves as a game room with paneled walls reminiscent of a classic clubroom. The space accommodates a pool table, lounge seating and a wet bar. While function is always important, a loft adds considerable aesthetic appeal, enhancing the sense of space and increasing natural light. The Diplomat, a two-story estate model home at Belle Lago, has five bedrooms, with a loft and three guest suites on the spacious second floor. The loft area has been designed as a casual entertainment area with wood floors, a comfortable sofa and a TV concealed in an armoire. Many buyers who purchase the Diplomat design either have a family with children still at home or know that their family will be visiting, Mr. Thirtyacre says. The loft provides a living space separate from the first-floor public areas. Also at Belle Lago is the Marena, a villa home with three bedrooms, 2 baths and a private office on the main floor. The loft is furnished as a second study with comfortable seating, a desk and cabinetry with granite countertops and wiring for computer access. At Firano at Naples, the bonus loft in the Tiena model has built-in double desks and a game table, making the space suitable for both work and play. The flexibility of the designs makes them extremely popular, Thirtyacre says. One person can be on the first floor in the family room watching TV, while someone else is upstairs working on the computer. Many opt to use the additional bonus space for work or hobbies, he adds. Homes in Belle Lago are priced from the mid-$300,000s; in The Reserve at Estero, homes begin in the low$200,000s; and in Firano at Naples, prices are from the mid-$300,000s. For more information, about Toll Brothers communities throughout Florida, visit www.TollBrothersFlorida.com. Toll Brothers has recently relocated its design studio f or its Florida W est Division. The studio has moved from south of Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs to division headquarters at 24201 Walden Center Drive off U.S. 41. Encompassing more than 5,000 square feet, the regional design studio has numerous displays and vignettes that illustrate the choices Toll Brothers offers homebuyers. It is open to Toll Brothers homebuyers by appointment. There are thousands of selections available, says Jane Beley, senior design studio manager. Our vignettes include three different kitchen styles, three bathrooms and even an outdoor kitchen. In addition, there are numerous selections of appliances, cabinetry, carpeting, tile, granite, lighting and hardware, just to name a few. Toll Brothers single-family home communities in Southwest Florida are Belle Lago on Estero Parkway in Estero; The Reserve at Estero, also on Estero Parkway; and Firano at Naples off Davis Boulevard in Naples. The company has recently purchased 120 acres in Bonita Springs for a new community of single-family homes. We feel that Southwest Florida is a strong market, and we have confidence that it will continue to be an attractive and highly desirable location, says Ken Thirtyacre, president of Toll Brothers Florida West Division. Permits are in place for the property pending amendment, he adds. Called Bonita Lakes, the new community is west of Interstate 75 between Corkscrew and Bonita Beach roads on Imperial Parkway. It is targeted to open for sales in the fall of 2011. Toll Brothers design studio relocatesCOURTESY PHOTO This bathroom vignette is in the new design studio at Toll Brothers Florida West Division headquarters. SPACESFrom page B11COURTESY PHOTO In the Carmona, a three-bedroom, 2-bath model by Toll Brothers at The Reserve at Estero, the second-story bonus space is decorated as an office and reading area.
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYARTS & ENTERTAINMENTA GUIDE TO THE NAPLES ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE CSECTIONWEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010WEEK at-a-glanceIt takes talent!See who did their best in the Collier preliminaries for SWFs Got Talent! C16 High cuisine and PeepsIts the writing, not the topics, that draws Nancy Stetson to some of her favorite books. C8 Florida writersNaples F&B director Jason Jones on the first installment of his 18-part fantasy series. C12 Papa would be proudHemingways at Coconut Point is a handsome and inviting establishment. C19 With an exhibition open to entries from artists across the country, National Art Encounter 2010 at The von Liebig Art Center reflects the mood and interests of todays contemporary visual artists. The show opens with a reception from 5:307:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, and runs through October. It consists of works by 70 artists from 21 states. Exhibition juror and awards judge Denise Gerson, associate director for exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables, Fla., says she found the submissions to be quite provocative. I discovered works in all genres pushing idiomatic boundaries, revealing transformative, perceptual and conceptual artistic concerns that challenged me to re-think and expand my definition of what constitutes good art and craft in the 21st century, she says in jurors statement. She also noted an overwhelming number of works that were informed by nature and the organic world we all share. For example, Celeste Borah captures the vastness of a cloud-filled Southwest Florida sky in Drama at Dusk, and Jack Megelas Encounter art from around the country at The von Liebig beatthegoesonIf you hear the sound of distant drumming, dont worry. Its just season starting up again, the sound of musicians from the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony and Tampas Florida Orchestra practicing for the Percussion Summit coming to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Now in its ninth year, the summit a combination daytime clinic for drummers and an evening concert for the public has become the unofficial sign that summer is over and that Southwest Florida is on the eve of a new arts and entertainment season.SEE BEAT, C4 SEE ENCOUNTER, C5 Percussion Summit sets the tempo for a new season of entertainment Chamber ensemble and full orchestra are tuning up. C4 >>inside: BY NANCY STETSONnstetson@ oridaweekly.com COURTESY PHOTOTimpanist John Evans founded the summit. SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYCOURTESY PHOTODrama at Dusk, graphite on stretched canvas, by Celeste Borah, Fort Myers a w r i t e r s o r i d cuisineandPeeps
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Naples, FL 34108 Retail Seafood Market HoursMonday-Sunday 10am 9pmRestaurant HoursMonday-Sunday 10am 9pm HAPPY HOUR IS BACK!MONDAY-FRIDAY 3pm 6pm SATURDAY-SUNDAY 11am 6pm1/2 Price on Selected AppetizersBeers(domestic) $2Drafts(domestic) $2Well Drinks(one shot)$2 SHIPPING NATIONWIDEVisit Paradise Shrimp Company On Line!www.paradiseshrimpcompany.com In the August issue of Elle magazine, an anonymous male contributor offers a frightening look at the male psyche in his article, They Like It Like That: Why Every Woman is Desirable. You are about to meet three men your mom would be proud to see you marry, Mr. Anonymous writes, but you wont like them from what you hear coming out of their mouths. These are the kind of upstanding men we see everyday, he writes. Men who wear polo shirts and khaki slacks, who drive SUVs and grow goatees. Men who have lovely wives and happy children. Men who like all men, Mr. Anonymous says think about sleeping with every woman they meet. The reason I have to protect our identities is that we dont want our wives to know that we spend our days doing little else besides fantasizing about cheating on them, he writes. Of course I was appalled when I first read the article. But thats the point. Highend womens magazines do nothing so well as make women doubt themselves. Heres how to apply eye shadow, they say, and while youre at it, your man is out doing the same old dirt. I know this is a well-worn theme, but Doing the same old dirt ArtisHENDERSON firstname.lastname@example.org even I was dismayed. Doesnt a happy home life mean anything, I wanted to know?Recently, my sister came to town, bringing her husband and four children in tow. On the first night of their visit, I left the adults upstairs at their rented condo and headed for the pool with my nieces and nephews. There was already another family in the water, and my small crowd maneuvered around them as we stepped in. The dark night pressed heavily on the pool deck, and the water glowed a dim blue as we swam. When I stopped in the shallow end to catch my breath, I heard a mans voice behind me.How many of these kids are yours? he said.I turned, and there was the father of the little family. His son and daughter swam SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTS ...we dont want our wives to know that we spend our days doing little else besides fantasizing about cheating on them...by her side, as if he had never joined in our game, never run a hand over my bare skin.The next day, I saw the same family at the pool. In the daylight, I could make out their features: him, blond, rugged; her, darkhaired, pretty. Their children were petite, fair, smiling.It felt like a lie, that picture of a happy family, and I thought of Mr. Anonymous and his dire description of the male mind. around him, but his wife had left the pool.None of them are mine, I said.My niece pulled my hand, and I swam to join her in a game of Marco Polo. She ducked under the water and counted. When she surfaced, she called out and swam toward me. I swam backward, and as I answered her, the fathers voice joined mine. Before I could turn around, I felt the flutter of his fingertips on my back. I dove forward, away from him, away from whatever he had in mind.As I kicked into the deep end, his wife walked back into the pool area. She stepped into the water and he was s n y r t t n o o n g o e g t y s t es an d n ep h ews. Th ere was a l rea d y another family in the water, and m y sma ll crow d maneuvere d aroun d t h em as we steppe d in. T h e d ar k n i g ht pr essed heavil y on the po ol deck, and the water g lowed a d im bl ue as we swam. W h en I stoppe d in t h e s h a ll ow en d to catch m y breath, I heard a mans vo i ce be hind m e. How many of these kids are yours? h e sai d. I turne d, an d t h ere w a s th e f ath e r o f th e littl e family. His son an d da ug hter s w am by her side, as if h e our game, never b are s k in T h the s p o o c o f f a I t f elt like a lie, th a f ami ly and I thou gh t and his dire descr i min d j o i ne d m i ne. B e f ore I cou ld turn a round, I felt the flutter o f h is fingertips on my back. I dove f orward, awa y f rom him, awa y f rom whatever h e had in mind As I k ic k e d into t h e d eep end, his wi f e walked b ack into the p ool area. S he st ep pe d into the w at e r an d h e w as
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC4 A&E WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 This year, however, it almost didnt happen. John Evans, founder of the summit and principal timpanist for the Philharmonic, says the event originally was dropped from the orchestras 2010-11 lineup. But after the brochure went out in the mail this summer, he had a call from a gentleman who wanted to know what had happened. When Mr. Evans told the caller that funding restraints had forced the cancellation of the Percussion Summit, the caller rallied several other orchestra patrons all of who want to remain anonymous and together they raised the money for the summit. This was not going to happen, and now it is, due to several individuals who wanted to see it happen, Mr. Evans says.Celebrities with sticksThe summit is an audience favorite, attended by many families, teens and young adults. We get energized by the audience, says Mr. Evans. Its completely different than what we do in our orchestral setting, so its a blast for us to play it. This years guest artists include Jeff Queen, a two-time international snare drum champion and solo performer and drum line instructor for the Tonyand Emmy-winning Blast, and Danny Seraphine, the drummer for the group Chicago from its start in 1967 through 1990. When Danny was with Chicago, he really took the drum set into a whole different spectrum, Mr. Evans says. When you mention Danny Seraphine to guys who play the drum set, their eyes light up. Hes the guy they listened to, the guy who inspired them to become percussionists. In Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Mr. Seraphine developed a rock shuffle on the drum set that was very different than anything that had been done before, Mr. Evans says. And then just his use of the drum set and his solos were highly emulated, he adds. When I told some of the guys he was going to be our guest this year, they said, OK, Ill be there. Just tell me when.More than rhythmMr. Seraphine, whose style has been described as lyrical and melodic, says he likes to make the drums as musical as possible even though theyre not considered a melodic instrument. But they can be, he knows. Besides being rhythmic, I strive to make it melodic and musical, to be as good a musician as I possibly can be. One of my strongest attributes as a drummer, he believes, is his ability to fuse rock and jazz into one style Sometimes its more rock than jazz. Sometimes its more jazz than rock. Jazz rock to me is a license to steal, because it just gives you so much leeway to play whatever youre feeling, to fuse the musical styles together. Along with Blood Sweat & Tears, Chicago was one of the first rock groups to blend R&B, jazz and rock, incorporating a horn section. Originally based in the Windy City (and known as Chicago Transit Authority, which the members shortened when they learned of a possible lawsuit), the band moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 1968 and became the house band for the iconic Whiskey A Go-Go on West Sunset Boulevard. We started to take hold in L.A., Mr. Seraphine recalls about that first major gig. We started to create a buzz. One night we walked off stage and into the dressing room, and there was Jimi Hendrix in his full rock regalia. The legendary guitarist invited the band to tour with him. He loved (guitarist) Terry Kaths playing, Mr. Seraphine says. It was a great opportunity, just to hang, he adds about going on the road with the iconic rocker and his band. He exposed us to his audience. Chicago also toured with Janis Joplin, who heard them at the Filmore West, he says. She was so impressed with the musicianship of the band, that she fired Big Brother (and the Holding Company) and formed her own band and brought us out on the road with her. Chicagos debut album and two subsequent releases all were double albums, which was unheard of at the time. Their fourth, recorded live at Carnegie Hall, was a four-disc set. The band also wrote songs that were much longer than the average rock song. For example, Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon, a suite with seven parts, some of them purely instrumental, was almost 13 minutes long. In order to make it more radio-friendly, two songs were taken from the suite and edited into singles: Make Me Smile and Colour My World. Mr. Seraphine remembers hearing them as singles for the first time. I almost drove off the freeway, he says. I didnt know they had edited them. He was pleased, though, that they had kept his drum solos. I had two four-bar sections with drum fills, and I said, Im going to make the most of it. The need for shorter, more commercial songs eventually pulled the band apart, however, Mr. Seraphine says. Disillusioned by the editing their work was subjected to, the writers started writing shorter, less experimental songs. It was the de-evolution of the band, he says. Fans differentiate between the adventurous, hard-driving rock jazz songs of early Chicago ( or 6 to 4, Feelin Stronger Every Day and Im A Man, for example) and the soft ballads that came later. Though he was one of its founders, Mr. Seraphine was fired from the band in 1990. Hes written a memoir, Street Player: My Chicago Story, that will be released Nov. 8. He promises it doesnt sugarcoat or whitewash history, the way some memoirs do. It contains lots of sex, drugs and rock n roll. The book covers all that stuff, he says. The odyssey was pretty interesting. It covers everything (up to where I am today.)If anybody really knowsWhere Mr. Seraphine is today is playing with a group of seasoned California studio musicians who call themselves California Transit Authority, or CTA. Their first album, Full Circle, contains many old Chicago songs. Their next one, scheduled for release the same time Mr. Seraphines book hits the stands, is called Promise as in promise fulfilled, he says. We made a promise with the first album to keep the genre of rock jazz alive, he says, adding the new album contains a remake of a Blood, Sweat & Tears song and a Chicago song, But other than that, its new original material in the jazz rock style. In a way, were crusaders, he says. No ones doing this stuff, Blood, Sweat & Tears, early Chicago. No one. Coinciding with his memoir and Promise, Mr. Seraphine also plans to release an instructional DVD titled The Art of Jazz Rock. It all sounds like perfect timing, but for 15 years after his departure from the mega-group he had help found, Mr. Seraphine struggled and played the drums only sporadically. I almost waited too long to come back, he says. I had this great fear of being the athlete who shouldve stayed in retirement. That kept me back for a long time. Its a head trip, and anything that becomes a head trip is not a healthy thing. But then he realized that he still had it, that he could still do it, and at a level I could be proud of (and that) wouldnt disappoint all the drummers who used my style and took it further. Today, at 62 years old, he feels that hes a better drummer than ever. Drums are such a physically demanding instrument, he says. To play them at the level that Im becoming known for, I have to stay in shape. At the upcoming Percussion Summit, hell perform three Chicago songs with the other percussionists: Make Me Smile, Im a Man and Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?First and foremost, drumming is the ultimate release, the ultimate primal form of expression, he concludes. For me, its my way of expressing myself. Its imperative for me to play the drums. Thats why God put me on this planet. BEATFrom page 1COURTESY PHOTODanny Seraphine, founding drummer of the band Chicago, will perform at the Percussion Summit. While the upcoming Percussion Summit involves just members of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestras percussion section, the rest of the symphony is preparing these programs to get the new musical season underway: The 2010-11 Chamber Series opens with Musical Spectrum, a concert of works by Beethoven, Arthur Bliss and Brahms, presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. Beethoven composed his Duo for Viola and Cello for his friend Nikolaus Zmeskall to play the cello part. He nicknamed it the Eyeglasses Duo because both men required glasses to read music. Arthur Bliss Conversations for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello conveys a variety of moods, from playful to sinister, as the five instruments interact with one another. The program closes with Brahms third and final string quartet. Tickets to Musical Spectrum start at $32 for adults and $15 for students. The full NPO showcases the many moods of great Russian music in From Russia with Love at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Stuart Chafetz, pictured left, will conduct the orchestras performance of works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Khachaturian. Tickets to From Russia with Love start at $37 for adults and $25 for students. Performances are at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. For tickets and more information about the NPOs complete season of classical, pops, family fare, youth programs and more, call 597-1900 or visit www. thephil.org. Chamber ensemble and full orchestra turning up QUEEN The ninth annual Percussion Summit>> When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 >> Where: The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples >> Cost: $28 ($15 for students) >> Info: 597-1900 or www.thephil.org in the know
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 A&E C5 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Along the Tamiami 12 Trees is a vibrant line and texture study of Everglades flora. National Art Encounter 2010 is sponsored by Physicians Regional Healthcare System and Publix Super Markets Charities. ARTMove LLC is the official shipping agent for the exhibition. Awards are sponsored by Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Publix Super Markets Charities and Artisan Framers. The von Liebig Art Center is at 585 Park St. in downtown Naples. Hours through September are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; Beginning in October, Saturday hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Suggested donation through Sept. 30 is $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and older. Beginning in October, admission to the main Watson Gallery exhibitions will be $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 10-17. For more information, call 262-6517 or visit www.naplesart.org. ENCOUNTERFrom page 1 National Art Encounter 2010>> What: An exhibit of works by 70 artists from 21 states >> Where: The von Liebig Art Center >> When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Sept. 13-Oct. 30 >> Opening reception: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10; free for Naples Art Association member, $10 for others >> Info: 262-6517 or www.naplesart.org in the know COURTESY PHOTOSAbove: Everglades-1, oil pastel on board, by Ann Dalton, Eastport, Maine Left: Loser Buys Dinner, oil on canvas, by Barney Levitt, Jamaica Plain, Mass. This impressive bed turns a bedroom into an oasis. With rich wood tones and intricate carvings, it really sets the mood... for savings. regularly $2699King size or Queen size only $999While supplies last! 239.690.9844 14125 S. Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) Fort MyersSHOWROOM HOURS: Mon Sat. 9:30 a.m. 6 p.m.Evenings & Sundays by appointmentFREE Local Delivery FREE Fabric Protection FREE Design Service Low Price Guarantee Locally Owned & Operated! Larry Norriswww.NorrisHomeFurnishings.com This full size sleeper is stocked in a neutral fabric, which allows it to work in almost any room. Or custom order in one of a hundred fabrics FOR THE SAME PRICE. Order now in time for company this fall! This charming dinette adds the vacation feel to any home, and is built to last. This group has Norris value written all over it! chairs regularly $619 each On sale for $399 eachtable regularly $839 each On sale for $599 each Spectacular Savings Storewide40-70% OFFoor models SAVE $1700Patio Setchairs regularly $239 sale price $169eatable regularly $449 sale price $329 SAVE $440 SAVE $1160 All bedding ensembles in the store are 50% off!Leather Double Reclining Sofa regularly $1959 on sale for $1099In stock!Entertainment CenterNEW! Available in Beach & Dune and Ebony & Dune All stocked area rugs 50% off!Realize your dreams... quality furniture and design with the lowest prices... guaranteed! regularly $1339 On sale for $899
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC6 A&E WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO This weeks theater I Love a Piano A salute to Irving Berlin, through Oct. 2 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers. 278-4422 or www.broadwaypalm.com. Thursday, Sept. 9 Fall Fashions Stacey Deffenbaugh hosts Chicos Fall into Fashion event at 6 p.m. at The Grape at Coconut Point. Enjoy food and drink, tarot card readings and live music while previewing the newest looks for fall. $30. RSVP: 992-5040. Night on the Town Enjoy an Evening on Fifth, complete with music, art and dining, from 7-10 p.m. along Fifth Avenue South. 435-3742. Pet Fundraiser Tommy Bahamas on Third Street South hosts Paws in Paradise from 5-7 p.m., a benefit for Paws For Love Assistance Dogs and Humane Society Naples. Paws For Love supplies assistance dogs to disabled veterans and children with autism. 7751660. Jazz Jam Jebrys Jazz Jam happens this evening at Capri: A Taste of Italy, 11140 Tamiami Trail. 594-3500. More Jazz Freds Food, Fun & Spirits presents the Expandable Jazz Band from 6-8:30 p.m. with Bob Zottola, Stu Shelton and John Lamb. 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928 or www. fredsdiner.com. Its a Thursday Thing Catch live music from 6-11 p.m. during the Thursday Thing at CJs on the Bay, Marco Island. Outside entertainment from 6-9 p.m., inside from 8-11:30 p.m. 389-4511. Open Mic Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar locations in Miromar Outlets and on Naples Boulevard host open mic nights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. www.naplesflatbread.com. Quiz Night Trivia night begins at 8:30 p.m. at The English Pub, 2408 Linwood Ave. 775-3727 or www.naplesenglishpub.com. Friday, Sept. 10 Art Show Opening National Art Encounter 2010 opens with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The von Liebig Art Center. Free for Naples Art Association members, $10 for others. 262-6517 or www.naplesart.org. See story on page C1. Peaceful Evening A Tibetan healing event with Robert Austin and Sandra McGill starts at 7 p.m. at Journey Arts, 2950 Immokalee Road. $20. 455-1455. Album Party Naples singer/ songwriter Nathan Brooks performs his first album, Dream in Truths, at 7 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. $15.50. Order tickets at http://nathanbrooksmusic.blogspot.com/. Fashion Night Saks Fifth Avenue at Waterside Shops hosts Fashions Night Out from 6-9 p.m. Check out whats new for fall and enjoy music and makeovers. 592-5900 or www.fredsdiner.com. Pickin and Grinnin Frontline Bluegrass (aka Ghinko Biloba) opens its fall season from 7-10 p.m. at Freds Food, Fun & Spirits, 2700 Immokalee Road. $5 cover. 413-7928. B-I-N-G-O Play your cards from 7:30-11 p.m. at the Dance Studio in Ave Maria, 5068 Annunciation Circle, Suite 103. Proceeds help provide dance scholarships. 261-2606. Live Music Bob Zottola and the Expandable Jazz Band performs from 5-8 p.m. at Shulas Steak House, 5111 Tamiami Trail N. 430-4999. Tickling the Ivories Kary Regragui plays piano in the lounge at Angelinas Ristorante in Bonita Springs beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 24041 Tamiami Trail. Saturday, Sept. 11 Its Your Move The Southwest Florida Chess Club invites players of all ages and abilities to find a partner at Books-A-Million in Mercato anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. 898-0458 or e-mail email@example.com. Tell Me a Story Kids are invited to story time in the Childrens Garden at the Naples Botanical Garden from 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Regular admission applies; free for Garden members. 643-7275 or www.naplesgarden.org. Jazz Tunes The Naples Jazzmasters perform from 2-4 p.m. every Saturday through the summer at the Norris Community Center. 213-3058. Bowled Over Dollars for Scholars starts at 6 p.m. at Beacon Bowl. The fourth annual fundraiser benefits the FGCU Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Register a team of five or sign up as an individual for an evening of glow bowling, fun, food and Eagle giveaways. 590-1087. Drum Time Drummers Danny Seraphine and Jeff Queen participate in a three-hour clinic at 3 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts before the ninth annual Percussion Summit begins at 8 p.m. 597-1900 or www.thephil.org. Sunday, Sept. 12 Chamber Series The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Ensemble presents Musical Spectrum, the first program in the seasons Chamber Series, at 3 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900 or www.thephil.org. See story on page C4. Expandable Jazz Bob Zottola and the Expandable Jazz Band perform from 6-8:30 p.m. at Naples Flatbread, 6434 Naples Blvd. 687-3454. Monday, Sept. 13 Jazz Tunes Get into the groove with Jebrys Jazz jam session from 5-8 p.m. at the Island Pub, 600 Neapolitan Way. 262-2500. Sweat the Small Stuff Trivia Night begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Pub at Mercato. 594-9400. Tuesday, Sept. 14 Accessorize, Accessorize Enjoy refreshments and learn from an expert stylist at Tiffany & Co. how to mix, match and layer jewelry from 7-10 p.m. 5435 Tamiami Trail N., Waterside Shops. 592-6188. Motor City Tunes Freds Food, Fun & Spirits celebreates Motown with Omar Baker performing from 6-9 p.m. 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928. Pet Party Its Yappy Hours for pets and their people from 4:30-6 p.m. at The Dock at Crayton Cove. Donations are welcome for the Naples Dog Park. Go, Team! Team Trivia begins at 9 p.m. at Boston Beer Garden. 2396 Immokalee Rd. 596-2337. Wednesday, Sept. 15 CSI Archaeology The Southwest Florida Archaeological Society welcomes Maranda Almy Kles with a program titled CSI: Archaeology at 7 p.m. at the Old 41 Community Hall in Bonita Springs. 992-9660. Save This Dance Vergina on Fifth Avenue hosts a dance contest at 8 p.m. Contest finals are Nov 17. 659-7008 or www.verginarestaurant.com. Song Night Its Singer/Songwriter Night from 7-10 p.m. at Freds Food, Fun & Spirits, 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928 or www.fredsdiner.com. Send calendar listings to events@ floridaweekly.com.COURTESY PHOTO Naples City Improv present an evening of ad libbing at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at The Norris Center. Tickets are $15. Call 682-0638. The off-the-cuff experts perform a dinner show at Freds Food, Fun & Spirits on Saturday, Sept. 11 and 18. Call 431-7928 or visit www.fredsdiner.com.
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C8 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYTo me, one of the signs of a great writer is whether he or she can hold my interest while writing about a topic I really have no innate interest in. If someone can write about sports without resorting to clichs, jargon and catch phrases, Im happy to read his or her work. John McPhee can write about almost anything geology, oranges, freight transportation and its entertaining. Ditto for New Yorker essayist and author Susan Orlean and best-selling author Mary Roach, who imbues everything she writes about, from corpses to astronauts, with her trademark humor. Add New York Times food writer Kim Severson to the list. Im not someone who peruses recipes and can recite the names of famous chefs and their restaurants. I dont trust recipes; even if I follow them step-by-step, I dont have faith the dish will turn out the way its supposed to. But I always look for Ms. Seversons byline in the New York Times weekly Dining section, because her stories are always so interesting. Yes, theyre about food, but theyre also about people. Theyre human interest stories. She wrote about film critic Roger Ebert, who, because he had surgery to remove most of his jaw, can no longer eat but still cooks. She wrote about returning to Italy to track the evolution of her Italian grandmothers recipe for red sauce. Then there was the article about how she and fellow food-writer Julia Moskin had a cooking contest: Create a dinner party for six, spending only $50. Co-worker Frank Bruni, the famed New York Times restaurant critic, attended both dinners and critiqued them. So I made a point of reading her recently published book, Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life. Its a mix of memoir, coming-out story and cook profiles, with a dash of recipes for good measure. She writes about leaving the Anchorage Daily News to be a food writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, then leaving the Chronicle to be a food writer at the New York Times an enviable career path. Her life story, and the lessons she learned, are told through the prism of eight women in the food world: Marion Cunningham, Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, Marcella Hazan, Edna Lewis, Leah Chase, Rachael Ray and Ms. Seversons mother, Anne-Marie Zappa Severson. These women teach her patience and self-confidence, to stay true to herself, and that she can always start over. (Each letter of the books title on the cover reflects a recipe shared by the various women, ranging from waffles to gumbo zherbes to matzo brei to her mothers spaghetti and meatballs.) Ms. Severson is honest about her faults, writing about her insecurities in and out of the newsroom. And while she talks about her struggles with selfacceptance and alcoholism, shes not lurid. One of the more moving chapters deals with prayer and faith in life and in the kitchen. These women sound like women Id like to hang out with. The women in this book shined the light on what was ahead for me when I couldnt find the way, Ms. Severson writes. They showed me that food is the best antidote for anything life throws at you. They became my tour guide, helping me figure out what I really believed in, how to re-make my life and re-create a family, and, finally, how to face death. One of the funnier stories she shares is about doing an article on Alice Waters, an advocate and leader for fresh and locally grown food. The two shop at a farmers market for ingredients and then go back to Ms. Seversons Brooklyn home so Ms. Waters can cook a meal. But in the excitement of doing the story and being with a food icon such as Ms. Waters, Ms. Severson neglected to call her partner, Katia Hetter, whos home pregnant with their daughter, to let her know they were on their way. So she arrives home only to discover her partners in the tub, and chicken nuggets and frozen French fries are in the toaster oven. Spoon Fed is not like any other memoir Ive read. While revelatory, its far from sensationalistic. Its warm and friendly, like hanging out in the kitchen hearing stories from a friend. And, thank God, Ms. Seversons also doing the cooking. Jersey boyPaul Rudnicks style of humor could perhaps be described as flamboyantly observational. Isnt life absurd? he seems to ask. Look at this and this.Mr. Rudnik is known for his plays I Hate Hamlet and Jeffrey, which was also made into a movie, and for his screenplays for In & Out, Addams Family Values and Sister Act. (The last movie went through so many rewrites he had his name removed from the credits, not thinking it would become such a success.) His book, I Shudder and Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey, is as good as watching one of his plays or movies. Theres an essay about the early days of William Ivey Long, before he won five Tony Awards for costuming Broadway shows, and essays about Mr. Rudnicks early days, too. (His Aunt Hilda was the person to sit next to during a Passover seder, he writes, because shed murmur, Oh, come on already, get those Jews out of Egypt. Lets eat!)We get to read about his inspiration for writing I Hate Hamlet and then about the problems created by an egomaniacal actor with a drinking problem who disrupted the show on-stage and off. He writes about staying at a convent while writing the script for Sister Act, and about writing and filming Addams Family Values and In & Out. Interspersed throughout are I Shudder essays, written by Mr. Rudnicks alter ego, Elyot Vionnet, who rails against overuse of cell phones, people who steal your taxi ride and hipsters celebrating Christmas. While some may treasure Good Enough to Eat (his essay on junk food that inspired the cover of I Shudder showing four connected Peeps so yellow theyre almost radioactive), I enjoyed Life and Death and New Jersey. In that one essay, he manages to talk about being a teen in Jersey, losing friends to AIDS, having to take his driving test six times, and his fathers death. Even while Mr. Rudnick is yanking on your heartstrings, hes tickling your funny bone. Take, for example, this sentence: Heres what I know about death and grieving: None of it makes any sense, although I will always cherish the words of a woman who spoke at a friends memorial and began her affectionate remarks by saying, God knows, Ed was cheap. This Jersey boy makes me laugh. With Mr. Rudnick on the planet, the word is a much funnier, more fanciful place. ARTS COMMENTARY Reflections on high cuisine and Peeps NancySTETSON firstname.lastname@example.org Kim Severson on Florida:I just never imagined that one of my kitchen heroes, one of the women who helped teach me to cook would end up in a Florida condo, forced to shop at a grocery store with tomatoes as pale as pink carnations and hybrid artichokes as big as a babys head. Aside from me, a couple of people working the registers and a younger man helping his mother shop, most everyone moving through the wide aisles were well on their way to 70 or beyond. A big display of inflatable alligators and lobsters beach toys for the grandkids hung over the entrance, serenaded by what must be the last working Muzak tape in the country. To shop here, Marcella had to make her way past a thousand items that one would never find in the markets of Bologna and Venice, where she used to shop and where in my fantasy she would be living out her days. There were jars of sticky-looking bruschetta topping and bags of pre-shredded Italian blend cheese. All the meat had been cut into uniform sizes and laid to rest on white foam trays. There was not a butcher in sight. Kim Severson on food:Can the cold facts of the natural world explain that magic moment that comes when everyone at the table has just settled in to eat? Or the one that comes just when the delicious rush of sharing a good meal has ended? We sit around like grinning, milk-drunk babies whove just pulled away from the breast. Laughing comes easy. People glow. Out of nowhere, you have compassion for the jerk who was bugging you before dinner, so you ask if hed like seconds on the braised artichokes. You belong to everyone else at the table and they belong to you. You cant create that kind of communion alone, and you cant create it without food. Paul Rudnick on Florida:John drove our rental car out to Heritage Acres, the retirement community where the couple was living. My mother and Hilda had been down for a few visits, and while Hilda had been polite, the place was my mothers worst nightmare. Its like a warehouse for old people, shed told me, where all they do, all day long, is play golf and compare their diseases. I love my sister, but if I had to live there, Id cut my throat. John and I drove through the gates, and we saw hundreds of identical, single-story bungalows, lined up in neat rows beside narrow canals. The sun was merciless, and there werent many trees. Everything seemed to be covered with stucco and painted the color of a faded Band-Aid. Heritage Acres was like a well-tended terrorist training camp, filled with 85-year-old women in roomy, quilted floral housecoats, and pot-bellied, cigar-smoking men in Sansabelt slacks. Paul Rudnick on food:When I was in college, I developed a deep and lasting fondness for Pringles. I realize that some potato chips might, in a stretch, be considered a vegetable, but Pringles are made from some unholy partnership of potato derivatives and maybe even newsprint or Styrofoam packing pellets, stamped into identical chiplike shapes that nestle conveniently inside the familiar cardboard cylinders. And, Ill confess, while I relish the searing chemical tang of Pringles, although never in the odious Pizza or Sour Cream and Chives flavorings, I also find the product to be aesthetically pleasing. Pringles are the snack equivalent of teakwood nesting tables, or low-cost modular housing. If a Danish architect had created Pringles, hed have won international design awards. Id always tried to imagine the marketing prodigy who came up with the Pringles concept: I know exactly what the world is waiting for a food that stacks. e n g a S C Y l e M R L M Z h s a b r SEVERSON RUDNICK
FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 C9 GIVING BRIOITALIAN.COMTHE WATERSIDE SHOPS5505 TAMIAMI TRAIL N, NAPLES FL 34108(239) 593-5319 AVAILABLE IN THE BAR ONLY MONDAY-FRIDAY 3PM TO 6PM & 9PM TO CLOSEBRIOS $2 95 Tuscan Taster Bar MenuEAT, DRINK & BE TUSCAN PUZZLE ANSWERS Naples International Film Festival funds grant for budding producersThe Naples International Film Festival recently made a donation of $500 to the Education Foundation of Collier County. The money will fund a Connect With A Classroom grant so that students at Mike Davis Elementary School can produce their own Nutcracker. Rowan Samuel, executive director of the film festival, said the gift to the school ties to NIFF goals to collaborate with other organizations to nurture and grow arts education in Collier County schools. The inaugural film festival in 2009 drew 1,100 attendees to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts to see the Oscar-award winning film, The Cove. Independent film showings at Silverspot Cinema in Mercato over the following three days resulted in close to $1 million to boost the local economy, Mr. Samuel said. The second annual NIFF is set for Nov. 4-7 and will continue the festivals mission to nurture and support a diverse, artistic and cultural experience in Collier County by showcasing some of the finest and most creative cinematic works in the world, while at the same time supporting, organizing and providing an outlet for local filmmakers and film lovers in Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www. naplesfilmfest.com. Locals attend Tiffany Circle Summit in D.C.Tamara Surratt, founder and president of Legacy Family Office, attended the American Red Cross 2010 Tiffany Circle Summit in Washington, D.C. Tiffany Circle members are women who support their local American Red Cross chapters with a minimum donation of $10,000 or more each year. The summit was an opportunity for 300 Tiffany Circle members and American Red Cross chapter leaders from around the country to come together to hear speakers, to network and discuss ways to support the American Red Cross. During the two-day event, attendees heard from Kimberly Dozier, who covers intelligence and counterterrorism issues for the Associated Press; U.S. Army Sgt. Dennet Oregon, a Wounded Warrior from the Afghanistan War; U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Kathleen Gainey, director of logistics for The Joint Staff; and political reporter Judy Woodruff. Actress Elisabeth Rohm hosted the opening dinner. Im very proud to be a Tiffany Circle member, Ms. Surratt said. Meeting such talented, savvy, intelligent and philanthropic women from across the country who care and support the Red Cross as much as I do was truly the highlight of the summit. She was joined by fellow Tiffany Circle member Sonya Sawyer, chief financial officer of Home-Tech, and Susan Bonanno, Heidi Ruster, Kari Hennagin and Deanna Cleary of the Lee and Collier County American Red Cross chapters. Youth Haven gets funds for art therapy At The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundations 2010 Community Support Breakfast, CEO Ron McSwiney of Youth Haven accepted a check in the amount of $500 to support the organizations Therapy Through the Arts Initiative for children in the Youth Haven residential emergency shelter. Youth Haven was one of 48 nonprofit honorees to receive gifts at the breakfast. The Therapy Through the Arts Initiative provides a healing and coping outlet for young shelter residents, all of whom have experienced abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. The therapy is implemented by Youth Havens Children & Family Counseling Center team of mental health professionals and utilizes various art modalities and activities tailored to helping each child succeed in achieving personal goals as they work to overcome past traumatic experiences. As the children voice their private pain through creative approaches, they begin to find recovery and hope at the same time they enjoy the fun that comes with making a treasured piece of art, Mr. McSwiney said. The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation makes grants to eligible charities in six focus areas: community development, education, human services, arts and culture, civic projects and the environment. The foundations first priority is to support programs whose chief purpose is to benefit lowand moderateincome individuals. SURRATT COURTESY PHOTO Standing with students at Mike Davis Elementary School, left to right, Rowan Samuel, Tim Rowe, Patriia Sanduk, Sheila Smyth and Bob Spano For every $50 spent towards your next visit.get a $10 GIFTCERTIFICATE 720 5th Ave. S., Naples 239304-9460Prix Fixe Menu $18.00
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 SEE ANSWERS, C9 SEE ANSWERS, C9 King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. 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 GREAT SCOTTS! By Linda ThistleSponsored By: Moderate Challenging Expert Puzzle Difficulty this week: VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) An unexpected development could cause some supposedly resolved disagreements to reignite. Deal with the situation before it leads to some really serious problems.LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A clash of work-linked viewpoints needs to be discussed openly, honestly and calmly by all concerned before it can impede progress on an ongoing project.SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) The Scorpions pragmatic side helps you accept the possibility that a change of plans might be the wise thing to do. Be sure to weigh all your considerations carefully.SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Some people might not take no for an answer. Never mind. Keep your resolve if youre sure you dont want to be involved in a potentially sticky situation.CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) All other facts and figures aside, its what you learn about potential colleagues that can be most helpful in assessing any decisions youre likely to make regarding a new project.AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You might want to reconsider some of your outside commitments if they continue to demand more time than you can spare. Be honest with yourself when making a decision.PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Pay attention to that inner voice of Piscean wisdom counseling you to remove those rose-colored glasses and take an honest look at any decisions you might face this week.ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Personal matters claim a good deal of the Lambs time in the early part of the week. But by midweek, pragmatic considerations (work, school, job-seeking, etc.) begin to take priority.TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The seasonal shift ignites the Bovines creative aspects. You could do well if you try to combine your penchant for innovation with the more pragmatic demands of the week.GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Ideas come easily to you this week. And never mind that some might suggest theyre unworkable and/or impractical. Its your vision that counts. Work them out and see what turns up.CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Personal matters continue to dominate the early part of the week. By midweek, more workaday issues once again begin to emerge. Balance your time to give both the attention they need.LEO (July 23 to August 22) A new contact could provide an expanded opportunity. But be sure you get all the facts before you consider signing on. Ask questions, and be wary if you dont get the right answers.BORN THIS WEEK: You have a penchant for persuasion that would make you a fine candidate for a political career.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 C11 Machete is the first movie Ive seen in which someone is decapitated and then the severed head is split in two by a machete before it hits the ground. You must admit, thats pretty original. And disgusting. Either way, by now you probably know whether you want to see this movie or you dont.And if you do, its my responsibility to tell you the action comes in spurts, and theres a serious rather than playful tone that takes away from the sophomoric fun. Character actor Danny Trejo (Heat) gets his first lead role here as Machete, an ex-Mexican Federale whose family was murdered by a drug-dealing bad guy named Torrez (Steven Seagal, in his first outing as a true villain). Jump to three years later. Along the Mexican border in Texas, Machete works for pittance as a day laborer.After winning a street fight, Machete is offered $150,000 by a power broker named Booth (Jeff Fahey) to assassinate a racist U.S. Senator (Robert DeNiro) who wants to construct an electric fence along the border. But when Machete learns hes been framed, he seeks vengeance on Booths daughter (Lindsay Lohan) and learns of Torrezs connection to the senator.As long as the film focuses on Machetes vengeance-is-mine storyline, its fine. Crass and vulgar, but fine. Its when cowriter/director Robert Rodriguez insists on hammering us with commentary on illegal immigration that the movie runs into trouble. Luz (Michelle Rodriguez) ostensibly runs a taco stand, but shes really the brain behind a smuggling ring that gets people across the border. Jessica Alba is Sartana, the customs and immigrations officer responsible for stopping Luz and, later, helping Machete. Sure Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Alba are here for sex appeal, but their characters are so virtuous its as if director Mr. Rodriguez forgot moviegoers pay to see blood splatter, not be preached to. Ordinarily, films are well into postproduction before a trailer is made. With Machete, the trailer came first. Mr. Rodriguez made it as one of the fake trailers that ran in between Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantinos Death Proof in Grindhouse, their 2007 double-feature homage to 1970s exploitation movies. True to form, scenes from that fake trailer are in this movie, though its hard to believe the rumor that some of the old footage was used. At times, Machete with its vomiting, excessive nudity and dismembered eyeballs makes The Expendables look like an after-school special. But whats really bothersome is that the movie dares to be more than an exploitation flick after promising so little. Usually substance is needed to make a movie better. In this case, the message of tolerance for immigration makes Machete play like a revenge flick caught between being so cheesy its fun and too serious for its own good. What was Mr. Rodriguez thinking? 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 American (George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten) An American assassin (Mr. Clooney) falls in love with a prostitute (Ms. Placido) while hiding out in Italy and trying to complete one last job. The action is scarce, leaving this a nice character study of a man simultaneously trying to stay alive and become human again. Its a bit slow, but its also Mr. Clooneys best performance to date. Rated R.The Expendables (Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham) A team of mercenaries (Mr. Stallone, Mr. Li, Mr. Statham) attempts to force a corrupt South American despot (David Zayas) from power. Co-writer/director Mr. Stallone has assembled some of the greatest action icons of the last 30 years in this loud, over-the-top extravaganza thats like crack for action movie junkies. I was high as a kite throughout, and it felt great. Rated R.Get Low (Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray) When a crazy, hermitic old coot (Mr. Duvall) wants to attend his own funeral to hear what people say about him, he hires Frank Quinn (Mr. Murray) and his struggling funeral parlor to make the arrangements. Nice performances from Mr. Duvall and Mr. Murray lend gravitas and humor, respectively, to a melancholic story that should be 10-15 minutes shorter. Rated PG-13 LATEST FILMS CAPSULES Machete REVIEWED BY DAN HUDAKwww.hudakonhollywood.com ............Is it worth $10? No >> Brace yourself: Another fake trailer from Grindhouse, Eli Roths Thanksgiving, is in development as a feature-length movie. in the know danHUDAK www.hudakonhollywood.com Progressive Craft Beer Specials NFL Kickoff Party! Sunday Sept 12! 11 am 1 pm 1 Bud Light Drafts Bloody Mary Bar Live Music 11 am 12 pm $200Each 1 pm 7 pmEach$400 Football Kickoff Weekend(239) 435-9333 www.southstreetnaples.com Visit website for calendar of events and Menu 1410 Pine Ridge Rd. Open 7 Days 11a-2aPRIZES & GIVEAWAYS!!! 12 pm 1 pm$300Each Bud and Bud Light Buckets 5 for $12
C12 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Naples author Jason R. Jones recently published The Exodus of Spiders and Falcons, the first installment of a fantasy series called The Exodus Sagas. It is available from the publisher via authorhouse.com and also from major online booksellers. Mr. Jones certainly knows how to put ingredients together, as he is the food and beverage director for the Naples Harbour Yacht Club. PKJ: An 18-volume fantasy series is an enormous undertaking. How did you prepare for this marathon literary endeavor? JRJ: Yes, it is huge. Preparation began over a decade ago with dozens of notebooks that filled the green laundry basket up in Wisconsin. Years of writing piled into spirals and pads since my teenage years had accumulated so much that the last few years were a huge organizational effort. A story of epic size demands character and plot continuity. Preparing the maps, charts that outline character, story, subplot, progression, and all the details planned out with a timeline that keeps the story flowing and connected was a monumental task. I would like to tell you that it just flowed and poof! But no. The story and writing, yes; however, the record keeping and organization took a lot of work over the last few years. I trained myself by reading out my story, seeing the end of chapters and particular books as I began, and unfolding the events of the series sometimes almost writing backwards in time. Since the earliest notes go back to when I was 15, its been 20 years of fantasy indulgence. PKJ: How did you determine that it would take 18 books to fulfill your intention? JRJ: It is an odd number, but the story evolves over the first quartet as the heroes get their definitions and direction. The next two quartets develop the underlying storylines and plots that lead up to the last quartet that brings everything together into grandepic-saga-world-gripping fashion. That would put us at 16, but I have a one-two punch at the end. In truth, the story could go on, and I hope my son and my future children will pick it up after book 18. PKJ: How did you settle on the five characters whose fates interlink them in the first volume? JRJ: James, Shinayne, Azenairk (Zen), Gwenneth and Saberrak are integral to all 18 volumes. They provide the foundation upon which all is built. The first books central figure is James Andellis, and each successive book focuses on another of the five as the story progresses. Shinayne TSarrin is the focal character of the second book These five embody different aspects of failure, heroism, morals, struggle and virtue, and as they follow their paths, it is obvious more and more why they have been fated into companionship with one another. PKJ: As readers enter the world(s) you have created, what will be most familiar? What will seem most strange? JRJ: Familiar will be the medieval/ fantasy romance, the epic feel of such dark fated times in history and story, the journey or quest by a few that could affect or save many, and the flashing and dashing swordplay and visual magic that only fantasy can provide in tale and verse. Strange will be the grim reality of how quickly life can turn and end on a bloody brutal note in times such as these. The spiritual complexities, national and political struggles, outright wicked and maniacal villains, and races and places never heard of or dreamed. It is a world steeped in history, one that was washed and warred away in oppression and divine disaster now being relearned, uncovered and retold. As if the world were ruined by an evil empire and flooded by the grace of god, only to endure once more and that is where the story begins. An exodus from the past, to form a new future, and guided by... well... that will have to wait. PKJ: What kind of readers will enjoy this series? JRJ: If you like the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, R.A. Salvatore and the various contributors to the shared world Dragonlance novels and games, if you like films such as Clash of the Titans and then youll like The Exodus Sagas. FLORIDA WRITERS An interview with Jason R. Jones BY PHILIP K. JASONSpecial to Florida Weekly s t t o y d r y o u f a m JR f an t d a r t h e c o u fla vi s vi d ho a a s na ri a n o i n a a r i e g JONES
FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 A&E C13 COLLECTIONS AT VANDERBILT 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Suite 150239.514.5009 www.luxnaples.com email@example.comSTAND OUT THIS SEASON IN THE LATEST FASHIONS FROM LUX BOUTIQUE River Bar River Bar OPEN Join Jack s Club Great food!Cold drinks!Good times! never Best Republican women resume luncheonsAfter the summer hiatus, the Womens Republican Club of Naples Federated, Inc. resumes its monthly meetings on Friday, Sept. 10, at the Country Club of Naples. Guest speaker Jim Bloom of the Collier County Sheriffs Office will discuss Homeland Security and immigration. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon and program are at noon. Cost is $20. For reservations, call Pat Wagner at 598-9833. Future luncheons are set for the second Friday of the month. For more information about the club, call 566-8138. Get acquainted with newcomersThe Naples Newcomers Club welcomes women who have been permanent residents of Naples for no more than five years and who want to meet others who are new to the area. The club meets for luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month, year round. In addition, groups within the club plan outings and dates to share varied interests, such as mahjongg and duplicate bridge, gourmet cooking and discussions about philosophy. Prospective members are invited to coffee at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month. For meeting locations and more information, call 298-4083 or visit www.naplesnewcomers.com. The Bonita Springs Newcomers Club welcomes women who have lived in Bonita for less than three years. Luncheons are held at area country clubs on the third Thursday of every month (December meeting is on the second Thursday). Members must attend five luncheons a year and pay annual dues of $40. A wide variety of other club activities are organized and directed by an allvolunteer board of directors. A monthly newsletter keeps members informed of programs and activities. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. bonitaspringsnewcomersclub.com. WCA announces November luncheonThe Womens Cultural Alliance of the Jewish Federation of Collier County welcomes book critic and lecturer Elaine Newton as guest speaker at the groups luncheon on Friday, Nov. 12, at Grey Oaks Country Club. WCA has 500 members and presents more than 50 programs throughout the year. Cost for the luncheon and annual WCA membership is $114. Check made out to JFCC can be mailed to Susan Seiden, 445 Cove Tower Drive, Montego #1203, Naples FL 34110. For more information, call Jane Hersch at 948-0003 or visit www.womensculturalalliance.com. CLUB NOTES
C14 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Its never to early to book your trip to UPCOMING KEY WEST EVENTS09/10:S.L.A.M. (Southernmost Light-Tackle Anglers Masters) Celebrity Tournament09/17:Phil Petersons 38th Annual Key West Poker Run09/25:Conch Life Scramble Marathon10/22:Goombay Festival10/23:Christopher Peterson in Eyecons / Las Vegas or Bust 1-800-593-7259www.seakeywestexpress.com Depart from Marco Island at Rose Marco River Marina*Month of September day trips on Monday, Thursday or Saturday. Call for information, qualications and reservations. w w w w FANTASY FEST CRUISEOctober 30th departing Fort Myers Beach @ 10:00AM departing Key West @ Midnight HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY CRUISE$75*ROUND TRIP On your mark, get set for Stroller DerbyGet ready, get set for the inaugural Stroller Derby to benefit Collier Child Care Resources from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Edison State College. Admission is free. In addition to stroller derby races, the fun will include face painting and a bounce house, plus performances by Robbie the Ringmaster and the No Doubt tribute band. Proceeds will help pay tuition for low-income families at the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center. For more information, call 643-3908. Remember When for Sunshine KidsThe Parkshore and Ritz-Carlton offices of Prudential Florida Realty present Remember When, a sock hop for the Sunshine Kids Foundation, on Saturday, Nov. 13, at Heritage Bay Golf and Country Club. Twist the night away at the 1950s-style party and help spread some sunshine for children with cancer. The fun will include jitterbug, twist and hulahoop contests; costume contest; a silent auction; hors doeuvres and buffet dinner; and music hosted by Emma Lee. The Sunshine Kids Foundation provides programs for young cancer patients in hospitals across North America. Prudential Real Estate affiliates adopted the foundation as a network-wide charity in 1991. Tickets to Remember When are $50 per person and include two drinks. For reservations, call 595-4200. Doctors showcase their other talentsThe Steinway Piano Society presents the sixth annual Physicians Talent Showcase on Tuesday evening, Oct. 19, at Sugden Community Theatre. Doctors from Lee and Collier counties are tuning up for the popular program that benefits the Neighborhood Health Clinic and the Steinway Piano Society Scholarship Fund. Tickets for $75 per person are available at the Sugden Community Theatre box office. For more information, call the Steinway Piano Gallery at 498-9884. Immokalee agency plans fundraisersImmokalee Housing & Family Services is planning a Youre My Hero luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. Cost is $50 per person, and funds will help IHFS in its mission to provide decent, safe and affordable rental housing with supportive social and educational services for farm workers and other lowincome families in Immokalee. IHFS is also planning a dinner dance on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at the Hilton Naples. Tickets are $100. For more information or tickets to either of the above events, call 657-8335 or visit www.ihfservivces.org. SAVE THE DATE SEPTEMBER10OPENING RECEPTION:Suggestion donation through Sept. 30: $5 adults, $2 ages 10+ Admission to the main gallery starting Oct. 1 $5 adults, $3 ages 6-17National Art Encounter 2010Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 10-4 (Sat 1-4 starts Oct. 1)585 Park Street, Naples, FL 34102 (one block south of Fifth Ave. South) Nautilus, steel by Kenneth D. Rowe A cooperative effort funded in part by the Tourist Development Council September 13 October 30Exhibition sponsored by:
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 A&E C15 Text CBAKE to 74700 to receive more special offers & promos! Airport Rd Naples, FL (239) 596-8840 Gulf Coast Town Center Ft Myers, FL (239) 466-8642 Coastland Mall Naples, FL (239) 352-8642FLORIDAThe Perfect Game Plan...Bring a Gourmet Platter to your next football party!FREE DELIVERY(Minimum charges apply and delivery not available in all areas)SAVE THE DATE Place your bet on this BIG EventA Las Vegas-themed BIG Event to benefit the Childrens Learning Foundation takes place Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Naples Grande. NBC-Ss Chad Oliver is the evenings host. Tickets for the semi-formal evening are $35 and include casino chips and light hors doeuvres; VIP tickets include additional chips and entry to a VIP lounge. For more information, visit www.NaplesBigEvent.com. Have a heart for Hospital BallYoung at Heart, the NCH Healthcare System 2010 Hospital Ball, will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. This years gala will benefit the NCH Cardiology Program and will feature silent and live auctions, cocktail reception, formal dinner, NCH Physician and Nurse of the Year awards and dancing to The Kenny Lehman Band. Tickets are $475. For information, call 436-4511 or e-mail foundation@ nchmd.org. Red Kettle drive starts in NovemberThe Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign for the 2010-11 holiday season kicks off with dinner and an auction at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club on River Point Drive. Myra Daniels is the honorary chair of the campaign. Chair of the black-tie-optional kick-off event is Jeannette Batten. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call Ms. Batten at 659-6185. Literacy volunteers get ready to danceCommunity leaders who have been paired with professional dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio are: Lou Traina, Hodges University; Karen Coney Coplin, Downing-Frye Realty; Dr. Lisa Caprio, anesthesiologist; Troy Melancon, nurse anesthetist; Stacey Herring, Fifth Third Bank; and Vicki Tracy, The Arlington. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, call LVCC at 262-4448. Try If the Shoe Fits on for size Dec. 1The eighth annual If the Shoe Fits, a benefit for the Take Stock in Children program of the Education Foundation of Collier County, takes place Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Saks Fifth Avenue at Waterside Shops. About 300 guests will shop, bid on auction items and enjoy food and drink including the signature Shoetini provided by sponsors McCormick & Schmicks and Pinnacle Vodka. The recipient of the Education Foundations 2010 Glass Slipper Award will also be honored for her dedication and service toward the betterment of Collier Countys children. Tickets are $100. For more information, call 643-4755.
C16 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY Interactive Friendly Pirate Fun for the Whole Family 239-765-7272 www.PiecesOfEight.com 2500 Main Street Ft Myers Beach Located at Salty Sams Waterfront Adventures Arrive 30-40 minutes prior to departure. Call For Times and Reservations 239-765-7272 10 Southwest Florida Locations Whos Got Time To Cook?WE DO! To Find Your Neighboorhood Location! www.ribcity.com FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY L O T S A L O B S T E R ! Waterfront Dining Friday, Sunday Saturday, TWO 1 pound lobsters with Lunch, Dinner & Sunday Brunch 263-9940 263-2734 www.napleswaterfrontdining.com fries and slaw or black beans and rice Not good with any other offer. Expires 9/30/10. $24.95 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.Southwest Floridas Got Talent!Collier County preliminaries at Ultra1. Patrick Nolan and Veronica Culbertson2. Mickey and Wendy Renee3. Martin Ycaza and Connie Ramos-Williams4. Cassandra, Amberly and Rachael Humes5. Stephanie Ogilvie and Caitlin CairnsCOURTESY PHOTOS 1 3 45 2
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C17 FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. 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.NANCI THEORET / COURTESY PHOTOS (239) 254-9006 6345 Naples Blvd # 6 Naples Offer expires 09/30/10Back to School Special$20.00 Kids CutsCollier CountyEducation Appreciation MonthWe would like to offer all Collier County Education Employees a COMPLIMENTARY HAIRCUT $55.00 ValueOffer valid through the months of August and September.1. Shawna Cretella, Michelle Boyer, Vito Cornelli, Jacob Sousa, Jen Darnell, Brian and Stephanie Boyer Twar2. Jessica Lange and Phil Reagan3. Phil Reagan, Kim Slater, Brittney Mahon and Harvey Webster4. Lauren Baker and Paige Fraley5. Nachelle Neisha Nesmith6. Parents-to-be Cecil and Jessica Engle Riner and Laura and David Born7. Lauren Baker and Kelly JohnsonReminiscing and reconnecting, 10 years laterBarron Collier, Gulf Coast high schools party at the Hilton Naples 1 2 3 45 6 7
C18 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYHere are some capsule summaries of previous reviews: Blue Fish Seafood and Sushi Buffet and Hibachi, 5425 Airport Pulling Road, Naples; 596-6688. Blue Fish offers Japanese fare in a variety of styles hibachi steakhouse style, traditional cooked fare served at a conventional table or wide-ranging sushi and does a good job all the way around. In recent months, its introduced a buffet as well. It would take many trips to work through the whole menu, but I can recommend the sea king roll (with tempura shrimp, smoked salmon, eel and tobiko) and the volcano roll (a California roll topped with warm seafood and cream cheese), the artfully crafted sashimi platter and the chicken and scallop hibachi dinner. The service was as good as the food. Full bar. Food: Service: Atmosphere: Reviewed 9/09IM Tapas, 965 Fourth Ave. N., Naples; 403-8272 Theres nothing puny about the small plates that emerge from the kitchen at IM Tapas. Each looks like a work of art and possesses big, fresh flavors that reveal the passionate dedication to this classic Spanish cuisine of its creators, chefs Isabel Polo Pozo and Mary Shipman. A polished staff and stylish dining room add to the warmth and conviviality of a meal at this little off-the-beaten-path gem. Highlights from a recent visit included fresh anchovies in garlic, chorizo in cider, wild bonito with pomegranate seeds and pomegranate foam, duck breast with figs and port wine reduction, bacalao-stuffed peppers and a plate of stellar artisanal cheeses. While not situated on one of the citys popular dining areas, it could easily hold its own among them, its easy to find and theres plenty of parking. Beer and wine. Food: Service: Atmosphere: Reviewed 1/09M Waterfront Grille, The Village on Venetian Bay, 4300 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples; 263-4421 Maxwells on the Bay has undergone a fabulous update with a sleek new look and a sophisticated menu to match. There was no improving upon the view of Naples Bay, which remains a focal point, but the dining room, done in lots of woods and earth tones, gives the restaurant a contemporary, stylish air. Executive Chef Brian Rolands menu features cutting-edge Continental cuisine, with dishes such as heirloom beets with fried goat cheese, escargot with wild mushrooms, spinach and Boursin cream, orange misoglazed sea bass with goat cheese dumplings and milk chocolate lava cake. Polished service and an exemplary wine list further enhance the meal. Full bar. Food: Service: Atmosphere: Reviewed Reviewed 12/08Noodle Saigon, 13500 Tamiami Trail N., Naples; 598-9400 This well-appointed but modest restaurant touts itself as the freshest and healthiest taste of Vietnam, and I fully concur. The menu has lots of photos and descriptions, making ordering easy even for novices. For those who love pho thats not fiery hot, Noodle Saigon allows you to control the heat by adding the hot sauce yourself. Other noteworthy dishes include shrimp-filled summer rolls, a vegetarian salad (tastes far better than it sounds), a pan-fried crepe and rice noodles with seafood. All were wonderful, but the pho, a soup thats a meal in itself, was the star of the meal. Those who live within a 5-mile radius of the restaurant can have the full menu delivered to their doors. Beer and wine served. Food: Service: Atmosphere: Reviewed 10/08Olio on Naples Bay, Naples Bay Resort, 1500 Fifth Ave.; 530-5110 Italian-inspired, Napa Valley influenced is this stylish restaurants theme. Dine outside along the waterfront, in the bar or in the main dining room with a prime view of the open kitchen. Small plates abound here. We loved the crispy polenta fries with roasted mushroom demi glace, parmesan cheese and white truffle oil; spicy shrimp and calamari scampi; limoncello-cured salmon with horseradish mascarpone, fried capers and crostini; and roasted red and yellow beet salad with baby arugula, sherry vinaigrette, crumbled goat cheese and hazelnuts. Large plates of seared diver scallops and jumbo shrimp over risotto, sous vide duck breast with root vegetables and seared veal medallions with olive oil whipped potatoes, mushroom demi glace and crumbled goat cheese were first-rate as well. For dessert, Italian strawberry shortcake and cherry pistachio bread pudding with house-made vanilla gelato were excellent. Full bar. Food: Service: Atmosphere: Reviewed 12/09 PAST REPASTS H ere a re p rev i ous Bl u Buffet a i n g Ro ad B lue F variety s t yl e, t r a co nv s u sh wa y in w t c ed s an d sca l l w as as g oo Fo I M T Na p les; 40 3 Theres n that emer g e E ach looks b i g, f resh f l d edication t i ts creators S hipman. A room add t a meal at th H ighlights anc h ovies b onito wit h Key to ratings Superb Noteworthy Good Fair Poor CAPRIA TASTE OF ITALY THURSDAYS6pmJebry Jazz Jam FRIDAYS6:30pmManhattan Connection TUESDAYSSteve RobertsKaraoke 6:30pm1/2 Price Cheese Pizza WEDNESDAYS September 15,296:30 pmNevada Smith MONDAYS6pmBob Zottola and the Expandable Jazz Band SUNDAYSSeptember 11THEYRE BACK!!! NFL SUNDAY TICKET SATURDAYSSeptember 116:30pmRay & John Hours: Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-4 Dinner Sun-Thurs 5-10 Fri & Sat 4-11 1585 Pine Ridge Road, Naples 239-592-0050 www.noodlescafe.com Saturday Nights Special Reverse Happy Hour $ 3 $ 4 $ 5Domestic Beers Saturdays The Original $ 25 OFFWITH PURCHASE OF $50 OR MOREGratuity added before discounts. One coupon per table. Valid Sun-Wed 4-7 pm. Not valid holidays. Not valid with special offers.EXPIRES 9-30-10 $ 9 955-9 PMNot valid with any other offer or discount.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-15, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C19 food & wine CALENDAR Thursday, Sept. 9-Wednesday, Sept. 29: Whole Foods Market has teamed up with chef Ann Cooper, aka Renegade Lunch Lady, for a salad bar fundraiser: For every $2,500 the Naples store raises, a local school receives a grant for a salad bar from Ms. Cooper; Mercato, 9101 Strada Place; 552-5100. Saturday, Sept. 11, 18 and 25, 7:3011:30 a.m., Third Street South: The weekly farmers market sets up in the parking area behind Tommy Bahamas between Third Street and Gordon Drive. Saturday, Sept. 11, 18 and 25, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Collection at Vanderbilt: More than 30 vendors gather for the North Naples Green Market; northwest corner of Vanderbilt Beach and Airport roads; 249-9480. Sunday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m., Roys Naples: Dine and talk with Chef Eric Delano during a seven-course tapasstyle dinner; $55, 475 Bayfront Place; 261-1416. Reservations required. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m., Roys Naples: Enjoy a cooking class followed by a three-course lunch with wine pairings; $39, 475 Bayfront Place; 2611416. Reservations required. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m., Naples Tomato: Sample 20 California wines during this tasting; $10 (credited toward purchase of wine or dinner that evening), 14700 Tamiami Trail; 598-9800. Reservations required. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 5:30-8 p.m., Decanted: Wine isnt just about cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. Discover some of the lesser-known varietals at this fun-filled session; $10 (includes $5 credit toward purchase), 1410 Pine Ridge Road; 434-1814. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 6-8 p.m., Whole Foods Market: Chef Eric Delano of Roys Naples barbecues a variety of items as part of a tribute to the stores Texas roots as the chain approaches its 30th birthday; free, 9101 Strada Place; 552-5100 or register at www. acteva.com/go/LifestyleCenter. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 5:30-8 p.m., Decanted: Washington State is known for its distinctive wines, including those of Gordon Brothers, Mercer and Charles Smith. Sample several at this tasting; $10 (includes $5 credit toward purchase), 1410 Pine Ridge Road; 4341814. Reservations required. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 22 and 29, 6-8 p.m., The Sauce Lady: Ela Vivonetto, aka The Sauce Lady, demonstrates five-minute meals at weekly cooking classes through October; $20, 1810 J&C Blvd.; 592-5557. Reservations required. Thursday, Sept. 16, 5:30-8 p.m., Decanted: Discover some lesser-known varietals at this fun-filled session; $10 (includes $5 credit toward purchase), 1410 Pine Ridge Road; 4341814. Reservations required. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2-4 p.m., Naples Tomato: Learn how to make mozzarella or burrata cheese in this monthly class; $35, 14700 Tamiami Trail; 598-9800. Reservations required. Submit listings to Cuisine@ floridaweekly.com.FLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE e se s J &C on s 8 Author Ernest Hemingway was a harddrinking mans man whose passions ran to hunting, fishing and laying bare the human condition in classic novels such as The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms. I recall vivid descriptions of sex and war in his works and tales of his prodigious alcohol consumption in writings about him, but cannot recollect that he ever had much to say about food. Nor can I find any reference to Papa visiting this part of Florida, although he spent many years in Key West, where his home and his favorite bar, Sloppy Joes, are must-sees for visitors. Until recently, the only connection I knew of was that his niece, Hilary, lived in these parts. But a few years ago, Hemingways Island Grill opened at Coconut Point in Estero (theres a second one in Pensacola Beach). The restaurant is a handsome interpretation of what Cuba night well have looked like during the years in which the renowned author lived there. Theres a lively bar, where patrons were enjoying libations and one another on a recent weekday evening, and a well-appointed dining room that has the feel of a courtyard patio in some wealthy Cubans expansive home, complete with wroughtiron balconies on what looks like a lush second floor with potted palms, louvered doors and even an old-fashioned ad painted on the wall depicting a well-endowed and scantily clad woman touting a seductively full-bodied cup of coffee. While it looks like an outdoor space, it has both a roof and air conditioning. In this inviting setting we settled into a big, upholstered booth that overlooked one of Coconut Points manmade lakes. The wine list offers more than 50 choices by the glass as well as several more by the bottle. A house specialty, a classic mojito, seemed a more appropriate choice. It arrived in an extra-tall glass filled with a refreshing blend of rum, simple syrup, lime wedges and vibrant fresh mint leaves. It was a superb rendition of this drink thats ideal for a hot Cuban or Southwest Florida summer. The menu offers a mlange of island dishes, some Cuban, others with a Bahamian, Jamaican or generally Caribbean influence. Papas black bean chili ($4.95 a cup, $6.95 a bowl) was a thick blend of beans, beef and onions topped with tomato, scallions, Monterey cheese and bits of jalapeno. A bowl of this hearty concoction and a salad would make a satisfying meal. Jacks hurricane shrimp ($8.95) contained a half-dozen grilled shrimp glazed with spicy-sweet dark rum sauce set on warm garlic bread, served with pineapple-studded island salsa. Very nice. A nightly special called Spearfish ($19.95) consisted of jerk-seasoned swordfish chunks on skewers with red peppers, onions and a few mushrooms. It came with coconut-mango sauce, which worked well with the jerk seasoning. This dish would have been better if the vegetables werent quite so charred, but the fish was moist and had good flavor. The menu describes the ropa vieja ($15.95) as not your mommas ropa vieja. Well, in my case, thats certainly true. I cant recall my Jewish, Philadelphia-born mother ever making anything Cuban. I learned to love this dish years after leaving home, when I first tasted it at the Versailles Restaurant in Miami, and its been a favorite ever since. The name essentially means old clothes, referring to the shredded texture of the skirt steak that is the main ingredient. Slow simmering with tomatoes, onions and garlic tenderizes the meat and infuses it with the flavor of everything that shares the pan. Hemingways ropa vieja comes with a tomato chili sauce, which the menu description seemed to indicate was especially spicy. Our server said she was very sensitive to hot spices and she thought it was hot, but that most people like it. She suggested ordering the sauce on the side, which I did. While it had a mild bite, the sauce mostly intensified the seasonings already in the dish. I wound up pouring it over the meat. Maduros ($4.95) were good as well, although the vanilla rum dipping sauce they came with was cloyingly sweet. The plantains were sweet and rich on their own and needed no enhancement. Last course: a gargantuan square of Key lime pie ($7.99). It was too sweet as well, the delicate lime flavor overpowered by the sweetened condensed milk in the filling. The graham cracker crust was overly thick. Unlike the savory dishes wed sampled, the pie lacked balance. Our server was cheerful, earnest and attentive, checking to see whether each course was to our liking and if we needed beverage refills or anything else. Less satisfactory was the expediter who delivered our dishes, in each case auctioning them off: Who gets the hurricane shrimp? Who ordered the ropa vieja? Most restaurants know how easy it is to set up a system by which the service staff knows who gets what without requiring customers to call out and claim their orders. Hemingways isnt perfect, but its strengths outweigh its flaws. In that way, it is much like its namesake. karenFELDMAN email@example.com Hemingways Island Grill would make Papa proud Hemingways Island Grill, Coconut Point>> Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday>> Reservations: Accepted>> Credit cards: Major cards accepted>> Price range: Appetizers, $4.95-$11.95; entrees, $11.95-$30.95>> Beverages: Full bar>> Seating: At the bar, booths, conventional tables indoors or outside>> Specialties of the house: Coco Cayo calamari, Jacks hurricane shrimp, Jamaican jerk wings, Papas black bean chili, Havana Gun Club steak salad, ropa vieja, arroz con pollo, Paradise Island shrimp, Havana Harrys pork tenderloin, lobster ravioli, tenderloin churrasco>> Volume: Moderate>> Parking: Free lotRatings: Food: Service: Atmosphere: Superb Noteworthy Good Fair Poor in the know 8001 Plaza Del Lago, Estero; 495-7240 Top: Key lime pie comes in big squares at Hemingways. Above: Spearfish, aka swordfish, gets the kebab treatment along with red peppers, onions and mushrooms. KAREN FELDMAN / FLORIDA WEEKLYA painted advertisement for coffee high above the tabletops helps create the impression that theres a second floor and the dining room is an open courtyard at a well-to-do Cubans home. n dsome i ght well s in w h ic h e t rons o n e a y d h n d e d on w e d an d a s ed uc tially means old c l sh re dded t ex tu re o the main in g redie n tomatoes, onions th e m e at and infu s e veryt h ing t h at s ha Hemin g ways r a tomato chili s a descri p tion seem e c ia ll y spicy. Our very sensitiv e t hou g h t mos t g e s o n W b i n i n I o v e Ma goo d a vani ll a r u c ame wit h The p lantains w th e ir o wn and n ee L ast course: a K ey lime pie ($7. 9 we ll th e de li ca te K LY te d n
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