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In this whimsical, transformative nation, holidays that began as one thing inevitably become another and none more so than Christmas. During the evening of Dec. 25, 1776, Christmas Love (defined as the love of Christ come, for Christians) must have seemed as remote as the North Pole to the 2,400 men who crossed the Delaware River out of Pennsylv ania. They moved out in sleet and snow equipped with newly issued flints for their weapons on George Washingtons command, gathering on the riverfront from positions near McKonkeys Ferry. At that point the self-declared United States of America where you and I will eat to our hearts content this Christmas amounted to 174 days worth of upstart nation. Brand new, the nation was also under siege, wrapped in a winter storm, and starving. Most of Washingtons men couldnt swim, but they swallowed their fear. Ice floes in the river presented a significant danger to their heavily-laden boats as they labored in frigid darkness toward the Jersey shore. None of it was pretty. In sloppy, struggling fashion commanders and a regiment of experienced seamen from Marblehead, Mass., with others, finally landed the force mostly intact at Trenton, on the east bank of the river. There, things changed forever. That fact remains the nations most singular Christmas gift to itself. The Americans caught the winterencamped Hessian troops (competent professional soldiers in the pay of the British army) completely off guard and besotted from Christmas revelry. Thus they won the first real victory in our history, at the end of what had been a very bad year. Had Washington been killed or captured (a distinct possibility since he was among the first to land on the far shore), history would have gone barking up a different tree. It almost did, anyway. Previously, his men had succeeded only in having their rear ends kicked out of New York and chased all over New Jersey by the British and their allies. But only six days before Christmas, Thomas Payne came out with a feisty pamphlet called Common Sense, in Philadelphia. It included the most famous lines he ever wrote. The language was so compelling that against all reason it boosted morale among the half frozen, half sick, woefully undernourished Americans. These are the times that try mens souls, Mr. Payne wrote. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. No doubt many would have settled for an easier conflict and reduced rations of glory along with a hot meal, but they werent given the choice. For all those Americans, including women, children and the old people left to gather food, feed families and manage farms and homes, Christmas Love required sacrifice and the recognition of imminent mortality. To all of them, everything must have seemed tenuous. Ive always thought of Christmas that way, too as a time when existence can become, paradoxically, both sumptuous and desperate. In such a time, each of us must cross our own Delaware which means that each of us must define Christmas Love as any force or energy that allows us to make the crossing, no matter how tenuously or what shape it takes. If, for example, you havent spoken to a relative or an old friend with whom youve fallen out, youre facing the river. If you havent forgiven yourself for a mistake made in another time which means confronting your own weakness or blindness, and moving on youre facing the river. If the echoes of the dead or the memories of Christmases past become not the voices of angels but a chorus of tyrants beckoning you to surrender the joyous moment in order to suffer the once-upon-a-time, youre facing the river. Charles Dickens, the great British novelist, knew the music of this tune intimately, which was why he wrote, A Christmas Carol. In any case, something has to be faced and changed. And you have to face it and change it. Christmas is a time to do that, just as it was for Washington and the men, women and children who faced his Delaware River. For somebody I never knew, heres one more river. Late on Dec. 24, 1976, I drove out of the gates of Camp Lejeune, N.C., home of the Second Marine Division, bound toward Wilmington, 50 or so miles to the south. I was bent on attending midnight Mass at an orthodox church. The narrow two-lane blacktop ribboned a North Carolina night so black in the flat piedmont that I could see nothing beyond my own headlights for miles, until a flashing of red and blue came distantly into view. I slowed, approached and passed. Two cars had collided head on. The bodies of five dead lay under sheets near the devastated wreckage. Midnight was 90 minutes away.At the church, a packed Christmas celebration of such candlelit, incense-infused magnificence occurred with chanting, bells, the sprinkling of holy water and all the sensuous ornamentation of celebratory life that Ive never been able to forget either the blood or the glory. And now its only Christmas Love I want for those who may still love the victims of that long ago night. May they, with all of us, find it in themselves to cross the Delaware. COMMENTARY l s g o M m rogerWILLIAMS firstname.lastname@example.org
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No portion may be reproduced without the express written consent of Florida Media Group, LLC.Call 239.325.1960 or visit us on the web at www.floridaweekly.com and click on subscribe today.One-year mailed subscriptions: $31.95 in-county$52.95 in-state $59.95 out-of-state If Newt Gingrich is the Republican nominee, he promises to hound President Barack Obama until he agrees to appear with him at a series of LincolnDouglas-style three-hour debates. This is a cutting-edge Gingrich proposal that he has been making since at least 1992. Back then, he was challenging Boston Mayor Ray Flynn to Lincoln-Douglas debates on urban issues. Gingrichs obsession with the clash between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in the 1858 Illinois Senate race isnt new and interesting; it is a trope of his going back decades. The New Newt surging in the Republican polls overlaps so significantly with the former version that the Old Newt should be suing for copyright infringement. The New Newt talks of teaching a course as president; the Old Newt came to grief teaching a course as House speaker. The New Newt is outraging the left by saying poor kids should work; the Old Newt provoked his opponents by saying more kids should be in orphanages. The New Newts presidential campaign has at times seemed a vast book tour; the Old Newt immediately got embroiled in a controversy over a multimillion-dollar book deal as speaker. The New Newt says hes 68 years old and therefore has mellowed and matured, but the Gingrich story is less the tale of a slow evolution toward steadiness and wisdom than the fable of the scorpion and the frog. The scorpion stung the frog as it hitched a ride across the river because it couldnt help itself. Newt is intellectually frenetic by nature. Theres something tremendously invigorating about this. They called Lincoln old when he was in his 30s, a testament to his gravity. Newt feels young even though hes about as old as Ronald Reagan when he ran in 1980. If Franklin Roosevelt was like a bottle of champagne, according to Winston Churchill, Gingrich is like a snort of helium. His volatility makes it impossible to make any statement about him as a general-election candidate with assurance. Will he enthuse the Republican base? Yes, right up to the moment he stops enthusing it with some jarring provocation. Will he beat President Obama in the debates? Yes, right up until he makes an ill-tempered comment that washes away all his impressive knowledge and brilliant formulations. Will he be the bipartisan healer, the partisan bomb-thrower or the post-partisan big thinker? Yes, yes and yes. All that is predictable about Newt is that he is unpredictable, and, irresistibly, an election that should be about President Obama and his record will become about the heat and light generated by his electric performance. Thats the way it was as speaker, too. Eventually, he wore out his welcome in epic fashion. More than a decade after he was cashiered as speaker, hes back on the basis of his superlative handling of the debates. He is better-informed and has more philosophical depth than any of his rivals. Despite all his meanderings through the years, he knows how to win over a conservative audience as well as anyone. The debates have held out the alluring promise of a New Newt. But beware: The Old Newt lurks. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.Youve been negotiating all my life, Anjali Appadurai told the plenary session of the U.N.s 17th Conference of Parties, or COP 17, the official title of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. Appadurai, a student at the ecologically focused College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, addressed the plenary as part of the youth delegation. She continued: In that time, youve failed to meet pledges, youve missed targets, and youve broken promises. But youve heard this all before. After she finished her address, she moved to the side of the podium, off microphone, and in a manner familiar to anyone who has attended an Occupy protest, shouted into the vast hall of staid diplomats, Mic check! A crowd of young people stood up, and the calland-response began: Appadurai: Equity now! Crowd: Equity now!Appadurai: Youve run out of excuses!Crowd: Youve run out of excuses!Appadurai: Were running out of time!Crowd: Were running out of time! Appadurai: Get it done! Crowd: Get it done! That was Friday, at the official closing plenary session of COP 17. The negotiations were extended, virtually nonstop, through Sunday, in hopes of avoiding complete failure. At issue were arguments over words and phrases -for instance, the replacement of legal agreement with an agreed outcome with legal force, which is said to have won over India to the Durban Platform.The countries in attendance agreed to a schedule that would lead to an agreement by 2015, which would commit all countries to reduce emissions starting no sooner than 2020, eight years into the future.Eight years from now is a death sentence on Africa, Nigerian environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey, chairperson of Friends of the Earth International, told me. For every one-degree Celsius change in temperature, Africa is impacted at a heightened level. He lays out the extent of the immediate threats in his new book about Africa, To Cook a Continent. Bassey is one among many concerned with the profound lack of ambition embodied in the Durban Platform, which delays actual, legally binding reductions in emissions until 2020 at the earliest, whereas scientists globally are in overwhelming agreement: The stated goal of limiting average global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) will soon be impossible to achieve. The International Energy Agency, in its annual World Energy Outlook released in November, predicted cumulative CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions over the next 25 years amount to three-quarters of the total from the past 110 years, leading to a long-term average temperature rise of 3.5 (degrees) C.Despite optimistic pronouncements to the contrary, many believe the Kyoto Protocol died in Durban. Pablo Solon, the former Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations and former chief climate negotiator for that poor country, now calls Kyoto a zombie agreement, staggering forward for another five or seven years, but without force or impact. On the day after the talks concluded, Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent announced that Canada was formally withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol. Expected to follow are Russia and Japan, the very nation where the 1997 meeting was held that gives the Kyoto Protocol its name. The largest polluter in world history, the United States, never ratified the Kyoto Protocol and remains defiant. Both Bassey and Solon refer to the outcome of Durban as a form of climate apartheid.Despite the pledges by President Barack Obama to restore the United States to a position of leadership on the issue of climate change, the trajectory from Copenhagen in 2009, to Cancun in 2010, and, now, to Durban reinforces the statement made by then-President George H.W. Bush prior to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the forerunner to the Kyoto Protocol, when he said, The American way of life is not up for negotiation.The American way of life can be measured in per capita emissions of carbon. In the U.S., on average, about 20 metric tons of CO2 is released into the atmosphere annually, one of the top 10 on the planet. Hence, a popular sticker in Durban read Stop CO2lonialism. By comparison, China, the country that is the largest emitter currently, has per capita emissions closer to 5 metric tons, ranking it about 80th. Indias population emits a meager 1.5 tons per capita, a fraction of the U.S. level. So it seems U.S. intransigence, its unwillingness to get off its fossil-fuel addiction, effectively killed Kyoto in Durban, a key city in South Africas fight against apartheid. That is why Anjali Appadurais closing words were imbued with a sense of hope brought by this new generation of climate activists: (Nelson) Mandela said, It always seems impossible, until its done. So, distinguished delegates and governments around the world, governments of the developed world, deep cuts now. Get it done. Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column. Amy Goodman is the host of Democracy Now!, a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 900 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. l O s a p t e richLOWRYSpecial to Florida Weekly OPINIONThe myth of the new Newt t t s m o t amyGOODMANSpecial to Florida Weekly Climate Apartheid
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA6 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 Ismael Hernandez is the founder and president of The Freedom and Virtue Institute, which is dedicated to helping the community learn, talk about and live out the principles of a free and virtuous society (see www.fvinstitute.org). Ive had Ismael in my show several times, and his story and his commitment inspire me and our listeners. Im pleased to share a portion of his remarkable story with you. Ismael grew up in Puerto Rico in a communist family. His father, Juan, a Marxist, was a founding member of the Movimiento Pro Independencia (the Movement for Independence), which later became the Marxist-Leninist Puerto Rican Socialist Party. Juans passion was to fight against American imperialism and to create in Puerto Rico an independent Marxist society. Puerto Rico was a very poor country in the 1960s. Survival was difficult and jobs were scarce. Fired from his job after being accused of attempting a terrorist act against the American company employing him, Juan found himself jobless. For two years he would go to job interviews only to have the FBI and the intelligence investigators of the local police intervene to deny him. Meanwhile, he continued to be active in the party and indoctrinate his children in the socialist ideal. Ismaels mother, Socorro, was a humble and loving woman. Early on, she followed her husbands wishes as was common in that culture. Her true interest, however, was the well being of her four children. A rift between his parents began to build as Ismaels mother withdrew more from the politics and suffered the deprivations of poverty. She often sent Ismael to Catholic mass with friends. I do remember the good days of seeing my father embrace my mother, but those became very occasional, Ismael tells me. I will never forget the day when he aridly told my mother, If I had to sacrifice all our children and have them die for the independence of my country and for socialism, I would do it without hesitation!It is embedded in my memory how much my mother cried. And yet, there was something intoxicating and luring about my fathers conviction. With a mother who insisted on him going to church and a father who was a committed communist, life for Ismael became somewhat confusing. Eventually, he joined the Jesuit order, where the two worlds seemed to merge. After the seminary, he came to America to study at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where his experience began to sl owly shatter the preconceived notions about America that were the basis of his worldview. Initially, I was apprehensive, isolated and distrustful of all Americans, especially white people, he recalls. However, things began to change. Even as a foreigner barely able to speak English and with antagonism in my heart, America embraced me and gave me opportunities I never dreamt of. He was offered a full assistantship due to his excellent grades and classroom performance. All of his studies were paid by the university as well as his meals and lodging. It became ironic to me that here I was in America and these people looked at me and decided to help me, even without asking anything from me. I performed and they recognized it. I began to read what I would have never read before or re-read what I never truly understood: the Founding Fathers, the Federalist Papers I also discovered the penetrating scholarship of Dr. Thomas Sowell, who shattered my views on race. I could not tell you how or when I ceased to be a communist, but America made me grudgingly accept that I was wrong Eventually, I renounced the fake promises and the great lie of socialism, to my fathers great displeasure. Ismaels return to Puerto Rico for a visit was an emotional and important event in his life. I tried to communicate to my father that I was having second thoughts, he says. I was still in transition, but he would have nothing of it. It became increasingly difficult for us to talk about politics and I simply let it rest. Today Ismael and his family are enjoying the freedoms and opportunities that so many of us take for granted. Bob Harden is the producer and host of The Bob Harden Show, airing from 7-8 a.m. weekdays at www.bobharden.com. The show is archived for listeners convenience. PROFILES IN PARADISE a h t w b bobHARDEN e-mail: email@example.com What your mother was always right about: The need to study diligently and pray often. What makes you laugh: My sons jokes. Last book you read: The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, by Michael Novak (re-read) and The Passion of the Western Mind, by Richard Tarnas (new). Something youll never understand: Americans embracing socialism. It amazes and saddens me. Pet peeve: Rudeness. Something people would be surprised to nd out about you: I tried out for the Dodgers when I was 16. Of course, I did not make it. What are you most proud of? My family: daughter Lael, son Mateo and my wife, Crystal. First job: Helping my padrino (godfather) re-build a home when I was about 10 years old. Favorite thing about the Paradise Coast: Its good people and the beautiful sunrises. What I miss about the Paradise Coast when Im away: I miss my family and my friends if I am on my own and the warmth of our home if they are with me. Talking points with Ismael Hernandez Embraced by, and embracing, America
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 lower. As a junior in high school, her lungs were functioning at 82 percent, the highest her number has ever been. Now, her 26-year-old lungs are functioning at 30 percent the number when doctors start talking transplant. Just weeks before graduating from Florida Gulf Coast University on Dec. 17, Ms. Lynn asked her doctors, Please wait til I walk across that stage. And so they did, and she did. Her graduation was not just her walk, because her life has not been just her fight. Everyone who has ever come into her life has had to find a way to deal. Theyve had to stay strong so I could stay strong, she says. So when it came to her graduation, she figured if she was breathing, she was walking. She would hold out on a new pair of lungs to walk for the family that has never let her spend a night in the hospital alone, to walk for the friends who wrote back on Facebook, If you are ready for this, then we are all ready for you. Ms. Lynn was diagnosed at age 7. She does not remember how the doctors tried to explain a genetic disease clogging her lungs with mucus, blocking her digestive organs from absorbing food. She just remembers she was no longer a little girl sitting inside, reading books on the couch. She was outside riding bikes with her cousin, running around the block, playing tag. Ginger Lynn, Melodys mother, remembers hearing the results of the sweat chloride test. Are you telling me Im going to lose my little girl? she asked the specialist. Im telling you Im about to make your little girl feel a lot better, the specialist replied. Then Mrs. Lynn watched her daughter inhale her first nebulizer treatment. She saw her stop crying and start breathing. It was like she was brand new, she says. Tickle fightsMs. Lynns childhood pulmonologist had asked her if she was ticklish. She thought he was joking. But he told her, if youre having a coughing fit, start a tickle fight. The laughing jiggles the mucus away from the walls of your lungs. So in the middle of night, when one of her girlfriends would hear young Melody cough, she would reach over and tickle her, then run down the hallway, jumping over beanbags. Ms. Lynn says that on those slumber-party nights, the mucus didnt have a chance to settle and make a home in my lungs. Her treatments now are not so playful. She wakes up three hours before she has to be wherever she has to be. She puts on The Vest. It inflates like a life vest and constricts her chest like a blood-pressure cuff. It sounds as if a helicopter has landed in her living room as air hoses connecting The Vest to a generator pulse, inflate and deflate to shake up the mucus in her lungs. She wears The Vest for 20 minutes, petting her dog, inhaling four different aerosols, taking in medicine as liquid mist. Questions for the AlmightyHer father wakes up hearing her cough, hearing her clear the mucus her treatment loosened, hearing her take that one, deep breath at the end. Ms. Lynn says she does not question God, but her daddy does. I sometimes wonder if its something me and her mom did wrong. Why her? asks Michael Lynn, who calls his little girl, one tough bird, the first in her family to graduate college. You know what really gets me, the kids round here smoking cigarettes, doing drugs, ending up in trouble, giving up. They could care less about life. Then you look at Melody, she does everything she can do to get a breath in some days. Mr. Lynn says this sitting on the back porch of his Cape Coral home. He has big hands; theyre clasped. He has a motorcycle-weathered face, and hes trying to steel his gaze, but he can hear his little bird coughing on the other side of his sliding glass door. Under his camouflage hat, trails of thought lead him to tears. Shes said a couple times, Daddy, Im not afraid to die. I want this, his hands open up. Shes ready for this transplant. Do I have a choice? Not really, right? Ms. Lynn sees her cystic fibrosis as enriching her life. She says it has never been an evil to her. Without it, would she have had the family she has? Would she have had the same best friends? Would she have been able to dance the Maniac solo from Flashdance on her Make-A-Wish Royal Caribbean cruise? When I dance, I dont cough. Ive trained myself not to, says the young woman who started dancing at 2 years old. A lot of times, I might not be able to put what Im feeling into words, nothing accurately describes it. But if you ever were to see me dance, you would know exactly what Im feeling. Cast in Cats at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, she missed just one out of 82 shows. Versed in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop and more, there have been competitions where Ms. Lynn has left the stage for an immediate I.V. Dancing forever her dream, she chose resort and hospitality management with an event management concentration as her major. Even though her parents taught her she could do anything she wanted to do, Ms. Lynn needed a backup plan. To keep time with the dance world, she changed the lithium battery of her insulin pump to an alkaline battery for airport security, then flew to New York and Las Vegas to intern through PULSE dance conventions. Ms. Lynn has not had the lung capacity to dance in three years. Splurging on a caramel frappucino, she talks about being diagnosed with diabetes at age 13, her dancing friends fighting over who got to prick her finger. She talks about missing Mountain Dew, missing Surge, Does anybody remember Surge? she asks of the soft drink. She shares how some doctors have likened her lungs to the sound of a waterfall, Lungs need air, not water. She says when she coughs it itches, You know, like when you have a mosquito bite, and when you scratch it, you remember its there. She remembers celebrating when she finally reached 100 pounds, swallowing enzymes at each meal, then running around, Go ahead, ask me how much I weigh. Ask me. Ms. Lynn now weighs 113 pounds. Her last few dance routines, she picked up the tempo by watching other dancers breathe. Bounce, bounce, slide, became breathe, breathe, slide, because an antibiotic called Tobramycin caused her to lose her hearing by age 20, and she couldnt hear the beat. Two years later, she was diagnosed with episodic arthritis, directly related to the bacteria growing inside the mucus stuck inside of my lungs, she says. But as she says all this, she does not look sick. She looks like a college girl her university T-shirt cut into a V-neck, hair tie around her wrist, knees bent to her chest, wearing her jeans two days in a row. Her hearing aids are overshadowed by her beauty marks, perfectly placed near her jaw and on her neck. Yes, her cystic fibrosis is sad, but you wouldnt feel that way around Melody, because Melodys not that way, said Dr. George Alexakis, one of her college professors. Shes made her mind up to be happy. Its as simple as that. Ms. Lynn does not start her stories with why me because of a walk she took with her Mom down the hallway of the neonatal intensive care unit during one of her stays at All Childrens Hospital in St. Petersburg. Here were all these babies, helpless. Their parents were not there, and so Ms. Lynn does not pray to God to save her from her disease. She may be breathing at 30 percent, but shes still breathing. She may not have the energy to walk her dog around the block, but shes still walking. She may not be able to get her I.V. port wet in the shower, but she can still wash her hair in the sink. Other people need His time more, she says. Her grandmother, Bonnie Smith, remembers hospital hallways and conversations with God, herself. She remembers losing it in the elevator, pulling it together in the hall, somehow walking into her granddaughters room with smiles, Hey baby, how you doing? Ms. Smith remembers seeing children with cancer. She would crochet blankets for them, her thoughts vacillating between, Thank God, thats not my baby, then Why did you make my baby sick? And finally settling on, Why cant we all have fat, happy babies. In November, Ms. Smith says her granddaughter told her, Im tired, Grandma. Ms. Smith cant say any more; shell lose it.Improving oddsCystic fibrosis patients have so many treatments. They have to do chest therapies, they have to take enzymes when they eat, some have to take insulin when they eat. They spend so many hours of the day trying to take care of themselves, said Dr. Luis Faverio, a pediatric pulmonologist who took care of Ms. Lynn for 10 years through Lee Memorial Health System, currently practicing at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando. The older they get, the more medical problems they have. Then theyre young adults with a desire to create a life, to be successful in life, to be productive in life, like Melodys trying to do with school and work. Its something really difficult to achieve, he says, contemplating her college graduation. Especially considering the amount of time she must spend just taking care of her health. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the disease affects 30,000 people in the U.S. and 70,000 worldwide. When Ms. Lynn was diagnosed, the life expectancy of the disease was 25 years old. A child born with cystic fibrosis today, their life expectancy is likely to be over 40 years of age, Dr. Faverio says. With all the proactive research, really pushing science to the limit, theyre close to finding a cure for this condition. Unfortunately, they havent yet, but we will probably see a cure in the near future, hopefully the next 10 to 20 years. One thing Ms. Lynn does wish, she wishes she could have face-to-face cystic fibrosis friends, but patients are kept separate, so as not to share different strains of bacteria. If she could sit with someone else who experiences charley horses in her stomach from coughing, someone who also compares breathing to an obstacle course, her breath having to get through all the hills and valleys to get where it needs to go, she may be able to say to her all the things she stops from saying to her mom.INSPIREDFrom page 1 ERIC RADDATZ / FLORIDA WEEKLYMelody Lynn welcomes a congratulatory kiss from her grandmother. ERIC RADDATZ / FLORIDA WEEKLYWith FGCU President Wison Bradshaw after the ceremony.ATHENA PONUSHIS / FLORIDA WEEKLYFamily members watch with pride as Melody Lynn crosses the stage.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 NEWS A9 A lot of what is unsaid doesnt necessarily have to be said. Sometimes I just look at my mom. We may be sitting in the doctors office. I dont have to say whats on my mind. She just knows, Ms. Lynn pauses. She knows how to fix it.The delicate dance aheadThe girl with the ballerina frame, blonde hair and blue eyes can keep her stance when she speaks about her lung transplant, but she unbinds when it comes to her mom. When I think of the countless hours my mother has not slept, worried about me missing my medication, the countless hours shes spent in the hospital with nothing to do, she cries, Her life stopped, to keep mine going. She thinks about the dance studio her mom ran for 23 years. She thinks how her mom named her Melody because her name had to be musical. She thinks how her mom was dancing pregnant in a recital the last week of June; Melody was born the first week of July. There are so many things I know she wanted to do that she couldnt get to. Now if my lungs are functioning, if she couldnt get to it, again, she pauses, maybe for emphasis, maybe for a breath, If I could Then Ms. Lynn does what she does when she thinks about her pulmonary function number she sees her life, her number rising higher and higher. She turns to her new hope, Jen Likness. On Dec. 2, Mrs. Likness celebrated the one-year anniversary of her lung transplant. Her cystic fibrosis had her pulmonary function down to 12 percent, hinging on that window of being sick enough for a transplant, but healthy enough to recover. When you need a lung transplant, youre not scared of it, youre hoping for it, said Mrs. Likness, who met Ms. Lynn in November. She told Ms. Lynn stories of going to Disney World with her family. Her firefighter brother-in-law sat down because his feet hurt. Mrs. Likness looked at him and said, Im breathing, youre walking. She told Ms. Lynn of her recent trip to New York City. Walking the streets, she had to stop to thaw her hands, but not because she couldnt breathe. Now 29, Mrs. Likness knows her lungs came from a college student in Alabama, and thats all she knows. I know her life was able to move forward, thats all I needed to know says Ms. Lynn. Shes more than two years older than me, and thats a lifetime when youre talking about something thats taking your life, she says, eager to start the preliminary tests for her own lung transplant. Once all her tests are complete, Ms. Lynn will be put on a list. A phone call may come at any time, day or night, to let her know new lungs are available. So Im going to take a semester off before I start my masters and do this lung thing, is how she explains it to her mother. Her mother says that without the stage jitters, the performance would not be as fulfilling. Her daughter, the dancer, now waits for her phone call. ERIC RADDATZ / FLORIDA WEEKLYMelody Lynn shakes President Wilson Bradshaws hand, above, and gets a hug from her dad, left.MATT GRUBBS / COURTESY PHOTOA post-graduation family portrait.Yes, her cystic fibrosis is sad, but you wouldnt feel that way around Melody, because Melodys not that way. Shes made her mind up to be happy. Its as simple as that. Dr. George Alexakis FGCU professor
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA10 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), four political newcomers will struggle to win the District 4 council seat vacated by retiring Councilman John Spear (see their comments, below). Two other city council members, Janet Martin (District 2) and Bill Lonkart (District 6), will win second terms unopposed. In the mayoral fight, voters will determine the value of old and established versus new and ambitious. Mr. Grothaus, who spent 20 years both on active and reserve duty, first in the Air Force then in the Army while also completing a career with ATF, arrived in Bonita Springs only two years ago. But he is no newcomer, he insists not to fiscal responsibility (a balanced budget without what he calls an excessive surplus), not to the management of personnel and money (he directed a staff of analysts and a budget of $380 million as special agent in charge of resource management for ATF, he says), and not to the demographic of many constituents in Bonita Springs. I know them better than Ben Nelson does, I know what they want and why they moved here, he insists. Theyre like me retired and from somewhere else. Which isnt how Mr. Nelson, a native son with 12 years in city government including one mayoral term under his belt, sees it. Everybody has a different toolbox, and mine comes from having to meet payroll every week for 30 years, and wrestling with bureaucracies. Im somebody who has kept taxes lower, kept up with infrastructure needs, run a stable, respectful government through the Great Recession and if thats not good enough for you, maybe you want somebody else, he says. I saw the way other communities selfdestructed as soon as they became cities Marco Island, Cape Coral or even Fort Myers Beach for a while. They would conduct themselves badly. But I knew how to run a meeting, build consensus, find middle ground, be diplomatic. All six competing candidates in this race put economic development at or near the top of their to-do lists, citing the citys need to fill more than 1.5 million square feet of empty commercial space. But the underlying question beneath the parade of personalities and the talk of new business is the tax rate. How low can elected officials keep taxes and how high can they go in extending benefits to lure new business, they wonder, while also maintaining healthy services and a robust quality of life? Naples Councilman Doug Finlay has wondered the same thing, and watched the Bonita model of city government closely, especially since Bonita holds the distinction of having the fourth lowest tax rate per capita among 383 cities in Florida, according to figures provided by Mr. Finlay and Naples city officials. In Naples, with just over half the population, city taxpayers support full police services both on land and water, unlike those in Bonita Springs, who rely on the Lee Sheriffs Office. And thats expensive. Although he is proposing no such thing, Mr. Finlay points out that we could drop our mill levy rate in Naples from 1.18 to .37 without a police department. Bonita doesnt have one, and its worked fairly well for them. In 2010 in Naples, for example, the taxable value of property per capita averaged $709,000 at a mill levy or tax rate of 1.18. Thus, the per-capita amount of taxes paid came to $837, the numbers show. In Bonita Springs, on the other hand, with a $163,000 per-capita home value and a .83 tax rate, property owners paid $135 per capita. By comparison, Marco Island, with a per-capita home value of $501,000 and a tax rate of 1.89, required a per-capita tax of $946. On Sanibel Island, the per-capita home value was $678,000, but with a full-service police department and many other needs, the tax rate was 2.16 and the tax itself amounted to $1,642, per capita. On Fort Myers Beach, without a police department, the per capita home value was $390,000 and property taxes per capita amounted to $357, at a tax rate of .91. Such comparisons, however, are imperfect, Mr. Finlay pointed out in an email correspondence looking at the issue last year. Bonita Springs mill levy is lower than Naples yet Bonita Springs has taxable values that are also substantially less than Naples. This places the per capita tax of Bonita Springs near the bottom of the states 383 cities. However, regardless of its size (44,000), Bonita Springs is not a fullservice city. Bonita Springs does not fund a police department or a fire department. In fact, Bonita property owners pay a separate, dedicated fire mill levy that is more than double the citys millage. This is why things can get a bit cloudy. But things arent cloudy for incumbent Councilwoman Janet Martin to her relief, running unopposed in District 2. I dont like having to ask for campaign funds so I can put up signs and do campaign nonsense when the economy is this bad, she says. Among her city issues: That city council keeps doing whatever we can to help with downtown re-vitalization. Im a big proponent of green-space acquisition. We need to maintain all city services and benefits to residents with decreasing advalorem tax revenues. And one of the hardest things we as a council have to do is budget time (to work on the citys problems). Theres also the issue of the future of the Naples-Fort Myers dog track will they stop racing dogs, will they be allowed to have slot machines? At this point, its a toss-up just like the coming Bonita Springs city election.DISTRICT 4 CANdidate comments: Roger Brunswick: The city is being run very well, from my point of view, and Ive lived here 19 years. I think Mayor Ben Nelson has done a fabulous job.Our city is looking for diversification like every other city in country. Economic development is a key issue for all of us. We want clean, high-tech business, and we face zoning issues, road issues, low-income housing issues. Do I have the silver-bullet answer? No, and I dont think any other candidates do, either. Wes Norris: Ive been involved in community work all my life I served on the zoning board for nine years and Ive been in the Optimist Club of Bonita Springs for 20 years, and thats hands-on work. You have a choice in life you can either sit on the sidelines or get involved. Were all going to give you the same answer about Bonita Springs. The economic situation we had here for many years relied on tourists, construction and real estate. One is almost gone, another is 80-percent down and the tourists are still coming. We have to diversify our economy, fill between 1.5 million and 1.8 million square feet of empty commercial space, and have a strong relationship between the city council and the economic development committee. Peter Simmons: To the best of my knowledge Im the only candidate with school-age children (so) I have a vested interest in improving our educational system and attracting new families and businesses. The key issues are improving education; expanding and updating the Bonita Springs library; balancing our budget every year; not raising taxes; working with the Bonita Springs/Estero Economic Development Council; extending ShangriLa Road to Three Oaks Parkway; paving all unpaved roads in town; improving our drainage systems to avoid flooding; and working with Bonita Springs untapped talent of executives, retired businessmen and women, educators, developers and others, for their input, strategic planning, and leadership skills. Barbara Barnes-Buchanan: I am in the campaign race for the District 4 council seat to make the Bonita Springs Vision come to fruition. After reviewing area qualifications, I realized that I would be able to contribute the most to the city by facilitating council support and obtain non-ad-valorem project funding such as grants or contributions in kind or monetary for bringing the Bonita Springs Vision to reality. The Bonita Springs Vision was adopted as part of the citys first and only comprehensive plan. The plan is mandated by the Florida state statutes and generally requires the city to outline how it will provide for various services and infrastructure in relationship to population, land uses and densities over a specific time period. The five goals outlined in the Bonita Springs Vision include: 1) Affordability and identity; 2) A natural environment stewardship a green city; 3) A walkable community, pedestrian friendly; 4) A community with outstanding parks and recreation facilities; and 5) A community with a heart, a social center. CROSSROADSFrom page 1 FOR MAYOR>> Dave Grothaus >> Ben Nelson, incumbentFOR DISTRICT 4: >> Barbara Barnes-Buchanan >> Roger Brunswick >> J.Wesley Wes Norris >> Peter Simmons (Note: Incumbent Council members Janet Nelson, District 2, and William Bill Lonkart, District 6, are running unopposed.) However, regardless of its size (44,000), Bonita Springs is not a full-service city. Bonita Springs does not fund a police department or a fire department. In fact, Bonita property owners pay a separate, dedicated fire mill levy that is more than double the citys millage. This is why things can get a bit cloudy. Naples City Councilman Doug Finlay NELSON GROTHAUS Be In the Know. In the Now.Subscribe now and youll get comprehensive local news coverage, investigative articles, business happenings as well as the latest in real estate trends, dining, social events and much more.Get Florida Weekly delivered to your mailbox for only$3195*PER YEAR Call 239.325.1960 or visit us online at www.FloridaWeekly.com*Rates are based on standard rate postage. A one-year in-county subscription will cost $31.95 to cover shipping and handling. Call for out-of-county and out-of-state postage and pricing options.
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA14 WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 When tattoos arent nearly enoughIn some primitive cultures, beauty and status are displayed via large holes in the earlobe from which to hang heavy ornaments or to insert jewels or tokens, and BBC News reported in November that an increasing number of counterculture Westerners are getting their lobes opened far beyond routine piercing, usually by gradually stretching but sometimes with a hole-punch tool for immediate results. The hard core are gauge kings (or queens), showing a commitment to the lifestyle by making holes up to 10 mm (three-eighths inch) wide. (Cosmetic surgeons told BBC News in November that theyre already preparing procedures for the inevitable wave of regretted decisions.) Modern miracles The lives of many choking victims have been saved by the Heimlich Maneuver even one received inadvertently, such as the one a Leesburg, Fla., motorist gave himself in 2001, after gagging on a hamburger, then losing control and smashing into a utility pole. As he was thrust against the steering wheel, the burger dislodged. In November 2011, as the mother of 8-year-old Laci Davis drove her to a Cincinnati hospital after a locket stuck in her throat and caused her to double over in pain, Mom hit a pothole, which jarred Laci and dislodged the locket loose into her stomach (later to come out naturally). Not-so-funny pranks It seemed a rare event (first reported in 1994 but initially regarded as an urban legend). However, twice now recently, workers have played a particularly dangerous prank on a colleague. A month after the recent News of the Weird story about Gareth Durrants lawsuit in England against co-workers who had inserted a compressedair hose into his rectum, a carpenters assistant in Nicosia, Cyprus, was jailed for 45 days for pulling the same stunt on his colleague, rupturing his large intestine.People with perks Sometimes professionals who overbill for their hours go too far, claiming obviously impossible schedules, such as lawyers News of the Weird reported on in 1992 and 1994 (one, a Raleigh, N.C., lawyer, submitted one client bills averaging nearly 1,200 hours a month even though a month only has 744 hours). New York City officials said in October 2011, however, that its quite possible that city prison psychiatrist Dr. Quazi Rahman actually did work 141 hours one week, including 96 straight (because of a shortage of staff and because he could properly nap during his shifts). They ordered him to return only a tiny amount of his $500,000 in overtime payments for the last year. Corruption in some Latin American prisons has allowed powerful criminals to buy extraordinary privileges behind bars. News of the Weirds report on Venezuelas San Antonio prison in July described the imperial reign of one drug lord-inmate, who presided over a personal armory, a local-community drug market and private parties (and with his own DirecTV account). In a surprise raid in November on a prison in Acapulco, Mexico, the usual drugs and weapons turned up, but also 100 fighting roosters for daily gambling, along with a prisoners two pet peacocks.Bulletproof and beautiful Ten years ago, the fashionable bulletproof clothing industry was in its infancy, with Miss Israel creating a stir at the 2001 Miss Universe pageant with a bulletproof evening gown. Since then, technology and design improvements (along with more rich people!) have enabled leading stylist Miguel Caballero of Colombia to add to his fashion line. The New Yorker reported in September 2011 that Mr. Caballero had made a bulletproof dinner jacket for Sean Combs and kimono for Steven Seagal, and that Mr. Caballero clothes are available in strengths of bullet-stopping, from mm to Uzi. Cocktails taste betterRumors that daring youth are inserting tampons soaked in vodka into body orifices to speed alcohol delivery have been around for at least 10 years. Curiously, the only regular-sourced news stories come from TV stations in Phoenix (KNXV-TV in 2009 and KPHO-TV in 2011), and the urban legends source Snopes.com calls the whole idea farfetched. Nonetheless, in November 2011, a school resource officer told KPHOs Elizabeth Erwin that there are documented cases and that guys, too, engage by inserting the tampons into their rectums. Dr. Dan Quan of the Maricopa Medical Center cautioned against the practice, warning of the dangers of mucosal irritation.Militia newsAnti-government survivalists engaged in high-profile standoffs have made News of the Weird most recently the story of Ed Brown and his wife and supporters, resisting a federal tax bill, holed up for nine months in the New Hampshire woods near Plainfield in 2007. (The Browns were arrested by a U.S. marshal who tricked his way inside.) The longest-running standoff now is probably that of John Joe Gray, 63, and his extended family in a 47-acre, well-fortified compound in Trinidad, Texas, southeast of Dallas. They have lived ascetic settlers lives since Mr. Gray jumped bail in 2000 on a traffic charge. Mr. Gray has said he feels free on his land and warned authorities better bring plenty of body bags if they try to re-arrest him. NEWS OF THE WEIRDBY CHUCK SHEPHERDDISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE
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Mr. Morgan has dazzled lecture and garden club audiences for more than 20 years with his wit, knowledge and unparalleled creative talents. Through his imaginative use of flowers, fruits, vegetables and other unusual items, he transforms the ordinary into exquisite tablescapes. He has designed window displays for Harrodss and David Jones, opened retail floral and antique shops, consulted as an interior designer and conducted flower-arranging classes. He now lives in Alameda, Cali., and devotes most of his creative energies to the garden club lecture circuit. Admission is free for Naples Garden Club members and $10 for others. Call 262-1272 or purchae online at www. naplesgardenclub.org. The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs is accepting grant and volunteer service hour request applications from area nonprofits working to combat violence against women, to support education opportunities for women of all ages and to provide health care to women who cannot afford it The club has also opened the application process for its annual scholarship awarded to an area woman continuing her education in math, science or business. The deadline for grant applications is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. Scholarship applications are due by Friday, March 23. Requests for volunteer service hours are accepted all year. Application forms are at www.zontabonitasprings.org. For more information, call Denese Mattrey at 989-3453 or e-mail email@example.com. The Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club of Naples will meet from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at a members home in Grey Oaks. Alumnae of Pi Beta Phi chapters across the country and Canada are welcome to enjoy tea and treats and to embrace the Pi Phi sisterhood. Cost is $10. For more information and reservations, call 262-2259 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae chapter for Naples, Bonita Springs and Marco Island holds its annual Founders Day Celebration beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Club at Mediterra. All alums from chapters in the United States and Canada are welcome. Tickets are $25 and reservations are required by Jan. 17. Call 431-5434. The Cleveland Club celebrates its 14th anniversary with a dinner dance on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Heritage Bay Country Club. All Clevelanders are welcome. The clubs second dinner dance of the season will be Saturday, March 24, at Cypress Woods Country Club. Tickets to each evening are $26. Call Diane Corcelli at 9926723 for reservations. Save the date for the Zonta Club of Naples seventh annual Make A Difference fashion show, auction and luncheon set for Friday, March 30, at The Club at the Strand. Proceeds will benefit the PACE Center for Girls-Collier at Immokalee and Naples Teenage Parenting Program (TAPP), the Sally Sitta Awards for Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology in Health Sciences, Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships and Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships. To donate silent auction items or become a sponsor, call Bernie Garabed at 571-2466. To purchase tickets, call Jane Kolczun at 245-8173 or visit www.zonta-naples. org. The Naples Garden Clubs 2012 House & Garden Tour set for Saturday, Feb. 4, is sold out. There is a stand-by option, however. Those who want to give it a try should arrive at the Naples Botanical Garden 45 minutes before their preferred departure time and put their name on the list. Buses leave the Garden at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. and at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Last year, 1:30 p.m. was the best time to get a stand-by seat. Seats are released to those on the list on a first-come, firstserved basis when ticket-holders dont show up. Tickets are $85. This years House & Garden Tour will visit four private properties in Port Royal, Aqualane Shores and historic Olde Naples. Proceeds help provide scholarships for students of botany and horticulture at FGCUs Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center at the Naples Botanical Garden. For more information, visit www. naplesgardenclub.org or e-mail info@ naplesgardenclub.org. The Naples-Pelican Bay Rotary Club invites artists to hit the pavement for Chalk Art 2012 on Saturday, Jan. 28, along Fifth Avenue South. Thousands of CLUB NOTES COURTESY PHOTOConnie Kindsvater, left, president of Naples Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi, presents a check to board member Sallie Williams of First Book-Collier County to buy 50 books for children in Collier County. Since 2005, FBCC has given more than 280,000 books to pre-K children, kindergartners and firstand second-graders in Collier County. For more information, visit www.firstbookcolliercounty.org.
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We have a lot to celebrate. We are incredibly grateful for the communitys support of our mission to build a new Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. To give hope, health and wellness to thousands of local children, please make a lifesaving personal or corporate gift this holiday season.To donate, please call 239-343-6950 or visit www.LeeMemorial.org/Foundation Give Hope and Health this Holiday NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA24 WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 Nick Bollettieri, tennis coach to the pros, returns to Miromar Lakes Tennis Club to teach an invitation-only clinic from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 31. A seminar with question-and-answer time will follow his on-court coaching. A similar program on New Years Eve day 2010 drew more than 250 tennis enthusiasts and area professionals to Miromar Lakes. The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy has been in operation since 1978 in Bradenton, Fla., and was the first fulltime tennis boarding school to combine intense training on the court with a custom-designed academic curriculum. The schools multi-faceted approach includes blending technical and strategic on-court training with customized performance training and mental conditioning. Mr. Bollettieri has used this proven method to coach 10 No. 1 players in the world Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Marcelo Rios, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova and Venus and Serena Williams as well as a multitude of other world-class players. Attendees will be required to make a $10 minimum donation to benefit the Lee County Sheriffs Office Youth Athletic League. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Space is limited. To inquire about reservations, call the Miromar Lakes Tennis Club at 908-2393. Tennis great Nick Bollettieri returns for New Years Eve day clinicCOURTESY PHOTONick Bollettieri instructs from the court last year at Miromar Lakes.COURTESY PHOTOThe Fiddlers Creek team of Ron Albeit, left, and John Calabria won the recent Pro-Am Championship with a score of 64. In addition, Mr. Calabria shot a 69 to win the 2011 Southwest Florida PGA Senior Championship that was played Dec. 10 at Wyndemere Country Club. Mr. Albeit is director of hospitality for Fiddlers Creek, and Mr. Calabria is director of golf for the community.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 NEWS A25 Tis the season to reserve a seat for Gardenside Chickee ChatsSign up now to be sure you have a seat for the Naples Historical Societys Gardenside Chickee Chats coming up this season at Palm Cottage. Presentations are from 11 a.m. to noon in the chickee pavilion in The Norris Garden. Heres the line-up: F riday, Jan. 27: Dream Houses An U pdate by Joie Wilson Interior designer and author Joie Wilson will share her experiences researching and writing Dream Houses: Historic Beach Homes and Cottages of Naples, published by the University Press of Florida. Signed copies will be available for sale ($45, while supplies last). F riday, Feb. 24: What Do Race Tracks & Naples Have in Common? Ruth Ann Burnett will share a treasure trove of knowledge about her Great Uncle John (Jack) Hachmeister, a colorful character who know how to enjoy life in ea rly Naples. Ms. Burnett will bring dozens of photographs to accompany her presentation. F riday, Mar ch 16: A Voice for the Everglades During her 108 years, Marjory Stoneman Douglas not only observed and recorded history, she also made it and wrote about it. In A Voice for the Everglades, award-winning actress and writer Janina Birtolo brings Ms. Douglas to life, sharing her passion for both nature and life. Gardenside Chickee Chats are free for NHS members and $5 for others. Attendees are welcome to explore Palm Cottage and watch an oral history film in the Cottage Theater immediately after each presentation. Palm Cottage is at 137 12th Ave. S., one block east of the Naples Pier. The cottage and gardens are open from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tour admission is $10 per person (free for members and children 10 and under). For more information, call 261-8164 or visit www.NaplesHistoricalSociety.org. WHERE NO REASONABLE OFFER IS REFUSED Azar Naples 435-1883 Azar Bonita 495-1255 Azar Estero 948-0061 at the Miromar Design CenterAlways Open to the Public! 28500 Bonita Crossings Blvd. 239-495-1255 Owners Private Collection Offered at Sacri ce Prices! OPEN 7 DAYS AT BONITA LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT! All Items MERCHANDISE AND
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA28 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 NCH continues to grow, both physically and professionally. And the past week was no exception. We recently opened 32 new rooms on the fifth floor of the Baker Tower at the North Naples campus. Within hours, each room was filled. Next month, we plan to open the sixth floor, which will take the North Naples campus from 261 to 325 beds, and the entire NCH Healthcare System to 715 beds. That will place us in the top 5 percent of the nations 6,000 hospitals. And were not finished by a long shot. While we grow, we also improve. For example, at the downtown campus we have moved back into the Neuroscience 6 South floor after upgrading the space to help patients recover from strokes, neurosurgery and other neurological conditions. Each unit is outfitted with new technology focused on quality, safety and patient comfort. Our nurses and their support colleagues report they can already sense how this revitalized environment has positively affected patients and their families. Growth also comes through the 26 nursing managers who participated in a yearlong leadership and management course on many of the non-clinical aspects of caring for patients. Typically, nursing schools dont teach leadership. The purpose of this course was to share best practices on managing a unit so that patients and families receive optimal care, while colleagues enjoy the satisfaction that comes from helping others. We have also recently started our transition to Radisphere Radiology, with Dr. Park Hand as interim medical director and Dr. Peter Franklin as chairman of radiology. They preside over seven other on-site radiologists, all supported around-the-clock by more than 45 board-certified colleagues, credentialed at NCH and located throughout the nation. Radisphere is a mature, high-quality program. Our radiology patients and clinicians will continue to be wellserved, as we add new interventional neuroradiology procedures and services such as electronic notification of abnormal results on a physicians handheld device. To patients and clinicians, the transition to Radisphere has been seamless. An essential part of our growth comes from our attendance at important industry learning events, such as the recent Institute of Healthcare Improvement meeting in Orlando, where NCH had 40 participants and the highest number of posters (18) of any institution in the country. I received some wonderful notes from our participants, two of the most heartening from nurses Nicole DAmicoSchaal and Deborah Bouchard. Ms. DAmico-Schaal said she was proud to feel part of something much bigger than my job, and Ms. Bouchard wrote that she felt renewed and excited about nursing again. Thats the kind of spirit that makes NCH the great institution it has become. I got that same kind of positive reinforcement as I approached mile two of the Shark Shootout 5K run. (Surprise: I placed in my age group!) An equally fast young woman raced by and called out, Go NCH! Turned out it was Caroline Jones, a dietician at NCH, who after only seven months on the job, said she loved working here. I told her Ive been at NCH for 34 years, and I love my job, too. And Im especially proud of my colleagues, who keep this fine institution growing and improving for our community every single day. Dr. Allen Weiss is president and CEO of NCH Healthcare Systems.Holiday prep a pain in the neck?Soothe achy muscles with easy exercises BY NATALIE LAHNANSpecial to Florida WeeklyOver the past few weeks youve walked miles in the mall, probably lifting and carrying heavy packages. You also decorated the house and generally ran around like the Energizer bunny. Is it any wonder that your muscles are now as tight as a drum? Its supposed to be the season of comfort and joy, but for those whove stressed out their bodies while doing all the pre-holiday chores, this time of the year is not so merry. Its difficult to get into the holiday mood when your neck, shoulders, back and other muscles are stiff and sore. Unfortunately, when doing all the holiday preparations, most people dont think of the strain this extra effort might put on their bodies. Its only when we feel tightness and tension in our muscles that we realize we might have gone overboard just a tad. What should you do when muscle pain puts a damper on the holiday spirit? Learn how to relieve all that discomfort so it doesnt put you out of action for the rest of this festive season. Generally speaking, gentle stretching of the impacted muscle groups will reduce the stiffness and improve flexibility. For example: For a stiff neck, do some rolling exercises move the neck sideways, trying to touch each shoulder with the ear. Then bend the neck forward, extending it until the chin is tucked all the way. Even though youre not be carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, you might still be feeling some pain in that area. Shoulder rolls, shrugs and squeezes will relax those tight muscles. Lower back pain can really sideline you, but a series of cat and kneeto-chest stretches, as well as pelvic tilts, will bring some relief. For cat stretches, get down on the floor on your hands and knees and push your back up toward the ceiling (like a cat arching its back). Continue arching until you feel a gentle stretch in your back. Hold for 15 seconds, then repeat a few times. Your feet are likely bearing the brunt of your excesses. Toe raises and curls, as well as ankle circles, will relax tired feet and also help make sure that you have two strong legs to stand on. While these measures will help loosen the muscles right now, you should focus on preventing this kind of discomfort from happening in the future. Regular resistance and rangeof-motion exercises will strengthen all the muscle groups, as well as keep joints and ligaments supple and flexible. This way, you wont be as prone to aches and pains when the next holiday season rolls around. Natalie Lahnan, CPT, is the owner of Naples/Marco Island Adventure Boot Camp for Women. What you need to know about skin cancer SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYSkin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Roughly one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer, representing more than those with breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. The vast majority of skin cancer cases are sun-related, says dermatologist Robert Tomsick of Physicians Regional Medical Group. And despite popular notion, it does not stem from a bad sunburn, he adds. Rather, low dose sun exposure causes cumulative doses over the years. Skin cancer can also be caused by exposure to x-rays and chemicals or, in very rare cases, genetic disease. But the best way to prevent it is to limit sun exposure. The sun causes skin cancer, says Dr. Tomsick. This is not debatable; it does. The three most common forms of skin cancer are: Basil cell carcinoma: the most c ommon f orm of skin cancer. It is slow growing and rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Though it can grow in size, the chances for cure are excellent. Squamous cell carcinoma: the second most c ommon skin canc er. It grows more rapidly than basil cell carcinoma and can spread to other parts of the body, but chances for cure are good. Melanoma: is f ormed in pigment c ells of the skin. It can be slow or fast growing and is more often fatal. However, the chances of cure are good if the disease is diagnosed early enough. There are a number of treatments available for the most common forms of skin cancer. They include scraping and burning the cancer out of the skin; freezing the cancer out of the skin with liquid nitrogen; removing it with an electronic beam machine; photodynamic therapy/ chemicals; and creams. One innovative procedure is Mohs surgery. Developed by a general surgeon, Dr. Frederic Mohs, the procedure uses a tiny scalpel to excise the tumor. An analysis of the tissue is performed and once the entire area is cancer-free, the wound is sewn up. Since most forms of skin cancer are curable if diagnosed early, Dr. Tomsick advises that you should closely watch for any differences in skin appearance from month to month. This could include symptoms such as growth of spots, bleeding and color change. Also, keep an eye on sores that do not heal within four weeks or those that do heal but come back after a short amount of time. The best skin cancer prevention is to avoid the sun whenever possible, he adds. If you must be outdoors, seek the shade between the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Be sure to use a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply it every two hours. While you need to protect the entire body, the face is especially important, as 85 percent of skin cancers are most commonly found there, Dr. Tomsick says. With an ounce of prevention, you can help prevent the development of skin cancer. HEALTHY LIVING STRAIGHT TALKPhysically and professionally, NCH just keeps on growing c a l s t a r allenWEISSallen.email@example.com Tomsick
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Support has been provided by the Kresge Foundation and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Arts in Healthcare integrates literary, performing and visual arts into a wide variety of health care and community settings for therapeutic, educational and expressive purposes. This is a rapidly growing field with the Society for the Arts in Healthcare providing resources and education to artists and health care workers alike. The Immokalee initiative formally launched on Dec. 6 at a community event at the joint campus of CHS and the FSU College of Medicine in Immokalee. Guests enjoyed several art demonstrations and admired an original painting by local artist Rhonda Long that was used as the logo for the Immokalee initiative. The logo depicts a tree within a farm field, with its roots representing the different neighborhoods within Immokalee. Also on display were works of arts created by students from the Guadalupe Center. Students from Immokalee High School demonstrated their talents in dance, singing and poetry reading. The evening concluded with a Zumba demonstration, followed by an Edison State College student who serenaded the crowd with his guitar. The next day, representatives from the UF Center for the Arts in Healthcare led a strategic planning session with the Immokalee steering committee that will lead the initiative. Resulting from that meeting, the initiative adopted its formal name: Immokalee Arts in Health. The following mission statement also emerged from that meeting: Immokalee Arts in Health will promote and facilitate use of the arts to enhance the health and health literacy of the Immokalee community through prevention, education and partnerships. Among the goals of Immokalee Arts in Health are: To engage the Immokalee community in arts programs that aim to promote prevention and wellness. To utilize arts programs to enhance the education and skills of students in health care. To cultivate partnerships with local schools, agencies, individuals, professional and aspiring artists to better meet the health needs of Immokalee. Programming for Immokalee Arts in Health is in its planning stages but already includes an employee Zumba program for workers at CHS Healthcare. Future programs will target wellness, prevention and education, as well as the development of interagency and community partnerships. On Saturday, March 3, Immokalee Arts in Health will partner with the Collier County Health Department at the annual Migrant Health Fair to provide health screenings and education in conjunction with art exhibits, demonstrations and opportunities for Immokalee residents to experience the arts while they improve their well being. At that event, further programming will be announced with an opportunity for all to participate. Immokalee Arts in Health invites all individuals, agencies and professional or aspiring artists to become involved. In the coming months, a call to artists will be announced for those who are interested to come and learn how they can get plugged in. Until then, contact Glendy Perez at 658-3117 for more information. Connie Dillon is the executive director of the CHS Healthcare Foundation. CHS Healthcare has been delivering primary care to Collier County residents since 1977 as a private, nonprofit, safety-net provider. The organization has 13 locations, including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, throughout Collier County.
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Exp. 12/31/11 (239) 592-5714 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm CERTIFIED MASTER MECHANICS Shirley Street BEST PRICES IN TOWN! www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA30 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 PET TALES BY DR. MARTY BECKERUniversal Uclick Most cats have five toes on their front paws, but only four of them hit the ground. The fifth toe is called a dewclaw and is found on the inside of the front paw. The dewclaw is the feline equivalent of our thumb, and its used for grasping prey and climbing trees. A normal feline back paw, by the way, has four toes that are all called into service when walking. Any number of toes over the norm (usually an extra one or two, but occasionally as many as three or four) makes a cat polydactyl, which means many fingers. Polydactylism is a dominant genetic trait, which means just one polydactyl parent is enough to make a litter of polydactyl kittens. These cats are also called Hemingway cats, after the ones kept by Ernest Hemingway. Dogs who bite children often have no priors, according to Veterinary Economics magazine, which reported on research from the journal Injury Prevention. In a study of 100 dog bites from 103 dogs presented at a behavior clinic over a four-year period, 20 percent of the dogs had never bitten anyone, and of those who had, 33 percent had never bitten a child before. Researchers think anxiety or pain may play a part in uncharacteristic aggression. Three-quarters of the biters exhibited anxiety when separated from their owners or when exposed to loud noises, such as thunderstorms or fireworks. Half of the biting dogs had medical conditions such as skin or bone growths, eye or liver problems, kidney disease, hormonal conditions or infection. Cats may be the No. 1 pet in the United States in terms of popularity, but dogs rule at the veterinary office. According to the American Veterinary Medical Assoc., dogs average 2.6 veterinary visits per year, while cats top out at 1.7. Yawning is contagious among people, and researchers from the School of Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London have shown for the first time what pet lovers have known all along that dogs can also catch our yawns. Researchers said the presence of contagious yawning in dogs suggests that dogs possess the capacity for a rudimentary form of empathy. Not all cats like catnip. The ability to appreciate the herb is genetic, with slightly more cats in the fan club than not. These hard-wired preferences arent immediately apparent, though, since kittens under the age of three months dont react to catnip at all. Among those cats who do like catnip, youll find two basic kinds of reactions: Your cat may seem to become a lazy drunk, or a wired-up crazy. Credit a substance called nepetalactone, which is found in the leaves and stems and causes the moodaltering behavior. Airplanes are increasingly hitting birds, alarming regulators because collisions can cause fatal crashes and damage jets. The number of bird strikes reported to the Federal Aviation Administration has grown every year since 1990, when there were 2,051 strikes. A total of 95,000 bird strikes have been reported to the agency since 1990, and the culprits, in decreasing order, are Canada geese, mourning doves and sparrows. Dogs can catch your yawn and other strange pet facts Pets of the Week To adopt or foster a petThis weeks pets are from Collier County Domestic Animal Services. Adoption fees for cats are $60 and dogs are $85 and include sterilization surgery, vaccinations, pet license, ID microchip and a bag of food. Visit DAS at 7610 Davis Blvd. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information, call 252-7387 or visit www.colliergov.net/pets. >> Ash is about 4 months old. A sweet little guy who has beautiful big gold eyes, he purrs to the touch and likes to be petted.>> Grinch is a 1-year-old, 27-pound tricolor fox terrier wire mix whos sweet, friendly, calm and good on his leash. This Grinch will steal your heart.>> Livia, a Lhasa apse mix, is about 3 years old and not quite 13 pounds. Fun and affectionate, she tries to please and is OK with cats.>> Ms. Pretty is about 9 months old. Calm and digni ed (even though shes cross-eyed!), she gets along with everyone. Her adoption fees have been paid for by the Cat Care Clinic.
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Ho! Ho! Ho!Tis the season for holiday parties. B8, 9, 18 INSIDE House HuntingA Crayton Road home steps from the beach and filled with upgrades. B11 Ask the FoolHow can you tell if one company is owned by another? B6 BUSINESS & REAL ESTATENAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA GUIDE TO THE LOCAL BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE INDUSTRIES BSECTIONWEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@ oridaweekly.comITS BEEN THAT KIND OF A YEAR, AND THIS has been that kind of an economic coal mine: If the canary wasnt dead to begin with, then it was pretty near comatose as 2011 got under way. But thats changed as the year winds down. Now across the region from Collier to Lee to Charlotte county there are fluttering and sometimes flying-high signs of life as businesses, local governments and human beings chip their way out of 2011 and into 2012. Were seeing some positive signs its sort of a reverse canary in the coal mine, says Bill Valenti, president of Florida Gulf Bank. In other words, the canary is rising. We see flickers of things picking up, adds Mike Reagan, president and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce the last man standing, if you will, since the Economic Development Council in Collier gave up the ghost in September. Officials in the organization took the remaining $400,000 in their pot, gave it back to the county, and suggested that Collier commissioners hire a full-time economic development director (so far, that hasnt happened). Then they sh utter ed their doors forever. Nevertheless, if the recession an oxygen-starved mine shaft of sorts has killed off an EDC here and a business or three there, it hasnt stopped the canary from lifting its head, the experts say. In Lee County, officials used cash and fee suspensions to lure new businesses and help those in place exp and, says Jennifer Berg, mark eting and communications director for the Fort Myers Were seeing some positive signs its sort of a reverse canary in the coal mine. Bill Valenti, president of Florida Gulf BankCanary rising SEE CANARY, B7 The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau has been awarded a four-year renewal to its accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program. Developed by the Washington, D.C.based Destination Marketing Association International, DMAP accreditation signifies that a destination marketing organization has attained a significant measure of excellence. The CVB received its first DMAP accreditation in 2006. Its an honor to be recognized for providing outstanding services in accordance with international standards and benchmarks in the field of travel and tourism, says Jack Wert, CVB executive director. To achieve accreditation, tourism bureaus are required to provide detailed evidence of compliance with 54 mandatory and 33 voluntary standards that include a wide variety of topics such as governance, finance, management, human resources, technology, visitor services, group services, sales, communications, membership, brand management, destination development, research and market intelligence, innovations and stakeholder relationships. Renewal of the CVBs accreditation required us to review all of our policies and procedures and to submit documentation of our strategic marketing plan, our communications plan and our operational policies, Mr. Wert adds. For more information on DMAP, visit www.destinationmarketing.org. The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB is funded entirely by the Collier County tourist development tax, which pays for beach renourishment and inlet management, county museums, destination marketing programs and special grants. The CVB provides information and free visitors guides for consumers, travel agents, tour operators, meeting planners and travel journalists at all area visitor information centers and at www.ParadiseCoast.com. CVB accreditation renewed for four more yearsSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY_________________________
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB2 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 There aint no bigger tug of war in the financial markets these days than the opposing forces of inflation and deflation. And which is winning? Well, it depends upon what day it is. As the World Turns was once a hit TV soap opera; it is now capital markets reality as we live in very uncertain, volatile times in which major decisions about our future are seemingly being made at the meetings of the worlds central bankers, oft held weekly. The word inflation engenders fear in many unless, in the same breath, you whisper its polar opposite: deflation. That word can send shivers through most mortal central bankers. In fact, the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said that he would throw money out of a helicopter rather than endure deflation. Hence, before being known as The Bernank, he was known as Helicopter Ben. And if elected officials do not shudder at the thought of deflation, it might be because they really dont understand its very painful consequences. Inflation is a rise in prices and can be caused by monetary actions or by changes in supply and demand with monetary factors held constant. Goods and services in an inflationary-spiral cost more and more. Deflation is the opposite, meaning the fall in prices of goods and services. Most stats use the CPI as a measure of inflation/deflation. While there are many reasons why government statistics are not to be trusted, these still remain the de facto measures. The CPI basket includes: housing, food, fuel, transportation, clothing, medical, etc. (See www. shadowstats.com for presentation of CPI measured according to 1980 and 1990 definitions, which suggests that inflation is really a lot higher than the U.S. government would declare.) Most people understand that a variety of factors (endogenous to the U.S. and exogenous to the U.S.) impact supply and demand and thereby influence the pricing of goods. Higher natural resource prices (often caused by increased worldwide demand) can be translated into higher gas pump and raw material prices; lower crop yields (reduced supply) can translate into higher food costs, etc. Most understand that there is an abundance of international labor movement of factories off the U.S. shores and outsourcing of services (such as call centers, lab technicians, doctors, economists), has become a standard for cutting costs. Between that and unemployment at 9 percent, it is hard to imagine wage inflation in the U.S. any time soon. But the current inflation/deflation tug of war being played out in the volatile, worldwide capital markets is not necessarily focused on the demand/supply for good and services; it is focused on monetary actions that have been taken and might be taken by the worlds central bankers. More specifically, the tug of war can be traced to actions already taken to devalue a currency so as to permit their respective country to become more prices competitive in the international market place and thereby engender growth in GDP; and possible future actions to monetize their respective countrys sovereign debt. Monetization allows the technical repayment of the debt but with a paper currency of lesser value. Most recently, at the EU Summit on Friday Dec. 9, the world got some rather startling news. It seemed that the agreement needed to create an EU bank was NOT to be found; instead, Germany drove an agenda of austerity. And the markets do not think that is a viable option, in my opinion. Why wont austerity work? It is woefully hard for it to work in a highly leveraged country that has known an abundance of wasteful spending. A fall in the countries GDP can make repayment of debt impossible. If GDP weakens, tax revenues are generally lower and the ability to pay off debt is diminished. It seemed that Germany wanted Britain, Switzerland, Finland, etc. to agree to austerity measures that would be adopted by 17 EU countries already in this currency mess. Britain didnt like the idea and vetoed that proposal. Beyond that, the summit gave approval for the European Stability Mechanisms bailout funds to be capped at some $650 billion and the market took it as a drop in the EUs bad loans bailout bucket. So, the world got this surprising news and feared a full blown or mini-deflation in Europe (spreading into the rest of the world). And many capital markets went topsy-turvy. What to do? Embrace a fully diversified portfolio, diversified far beyond just equities and bonds, and consider the merits of alternative investment assets that are not correlated to traditional portfolios and which allow both long and short positions to be taken. As always recommended, consult with your investment adviser. Jeannette Showalter, CFA is a commodities broker with Worldwide Futures Systems, 5718896. For midweek commentaries, write to showalter@ww fsyst ems. com. An investment in futures contracts is speculative, involves a high degree of risk and is suitable only for persons who can assume the risk of loss in excess of their margin deposits. You should carefully consider whether futures trading is appropriate for you. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. MONEY & INVESTINGThe big tug of war W m s b p s m jeannetteSHOWALTER, CFAjshowaltercfa@yahoo.com We are a direct lender offering the following loan products: Making dreams come true... 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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB4 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 Happy Holidays!Specializing in Marital, Family & Appellate LawPROFESSIONAL COUNSEL... PERSONAL APPROACHFLORIDA BOARD CERTIFIED Marital & Family Law AttorneysLUIS E. INSIGNARESAll aspects of complex marital and family law at both the trial and appellate levelCAROLYN DELIZIA SWIFTSpecializing in pre-nuptials, post-nuptials and Collaborative Divorces Awards & Recognition Ann OHara and Stephanie Vick of the Collier County Health Department have been honored by the Florida Association of Public Health Nurses for their service in public health. Ms. OHara, MSN, RN, was named Public Health Nurse of the Year. As a nursing program specialist at the CCHD, she oversees the departments refugee health program. She is an eight-year employee of the department. Ms. Vick, MS, BSN, RN, won the Outstanding Public Health Leadership Award. A 20-year employee of the CCHD, she is the departments executive community health nursing director. The Naples Airport Authority has honored administrative assistant Sue Hart as Employee of the Year and awarded line technician Emil Garces with the Above and Beyond Award. Ms. Hart, an NAA employee since 2007, has supported the authoritys efforts to improve external communication by assisting with website updates and a new e-mail news program. Mr. Garces, also an employee since 2007, was applauded for continually leaving his work area in perfect order for the next shift and for his consistently helpful attitude as he works with pilots who use the Naples Municipal Airport. George Drobinski has been named the 2011 recipient of the Leadership Collier Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is presented to those who exemplify the highest standards of the Leadership Collier Foundation and who have remained engaged in its mission to improve the quality of life for all in Collier County. Mr. Drobinski is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Collier and remains a longstanding board member of the foundation. He is an integral part of Youth Leadership Collier as well. His community involvement has included Rotary International, the Golden Gate Chamber of Commerce, the Hunger and Homeless Coalition, the Child Advocacy Center, the National Association for Mental Illness and the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Higher Education Rosemary Thomas has been named vice president for university advancement and executive director of the FGCU Foundation at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Thomas comes to FGCU from Salisbury University, where she serves as vice president for university advancement and executive director of the SU Foundation. She will join the FGCU community in February to lead the universitys fundraising, alumni relations and community relations and marketing initiatives. She will also serve as a member of the presidents cabinet. Dr. Thomas received her doctorate in educational leadership studies at West Virginia University and graduated from Harvard Universitys post-doctoral Institute for Education Management. She earned a masters of public administration from the University of South Carolina in 1992 and a bachelor of arts in political science from Clemson University in 1990. Board Appointments A. Scott Hansen, Gulf Coast managing director and senior portfolio manager of Harris Private Bank, and Dave Neill, president and publisher of the Naples Daily News and regional publisher for the newspaper division of the E.W. Scripps Company, have been appointed to the board of directors of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts/ Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. A wealth adviser for more than 30 years, Mr. Hansen joined Harris Private Bank, a part of BMO Financial Group, in Naples and Bonita Springs in 2005. He is a member of the Planned Giving Council and the Presidents Council at Hodges University. He earned a bachelors degree in business from the University of Illinois and a masters degree in international business from the American Graduate School of International Management.A publishing veteran of more than 30 years, Mr. Neill joined Scripps in 2006 as general manager of the Bonita Banner and was promoted to vice president and general manager of the Naples Daily News in 2007. He became president and publisher in 2010. He serves on the boards of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida, and belongs to the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce. John Petracco, senior vice president of UBS Financial Services Inc. in Fort Myers and managing partner of The Petracco Wealth Management Group, has been re-appointed chairman of the board of directors for Florida Gulf Coast Universitys Eagles Club. The club focuses on raising resources and scholarship funds for FGCUs athletic programs. Travel Diana Grau Fournier has joined Betty Maclean Travel as a luxury travel consultant. A graduate of Naples High School, Ms. Fournier earned a degree in philosophy and computer science from the University of Florida. She is fluent in French and has traveled extensively in France and Switzerland. ON THE MOVE OHara Vick Drobinski Thomas Neill Hansen Petracco Fournier
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 BUSINESS B7 Regional Partnership, which is part of the Lee Economic Development Office. Those included Gartner, Chicos, VR Laboratories, American Traction Systems and Green Gallons Solutions, which together added about 1,200 jobs to Lees economic profile. But the incentives did not include, for example, help for Dollar General, which owns 9,800 stores in the U.S. and opened a new store in central Fort Myers last week. Or for the popular new franchise Pita Pit, whose owners have opened five stores in the region since last December, the newest one in Naples.Statistics, numbers and programsMeanwhile, the hard employment numbers show a less-than-spectacular but slow-and-steady revival. One year ago, unemployment rates in all three coastal counties remained almost obscenely high for a region where the recession had been officially declared dead two years earlier, in 2009. In Charlotte, 12.8 percent of the workforce could be fairly labeled the workless force. In Collier that figure was 12.3 percent, and in Lee a whopping 13.2 percent of workers werent working. But as of last Friday, resuscitation was more than a failing hope. While no county in the region has yet escaped double-digit unemployment figures, each is a lot closer than it used to be. Unemployment for November was down to 10.3 percent in Charlotte, 10 percent even in Collier, and 10.5 percent in Lee, according to the newest state figures. Other indicators were mildly promising, too. Two years ago as things began to erode our day-to-day checking accounts declined from an average of $50 million at one point, to $37.8 million, Mr. Valenti notes. That represents you and me writing checks and paying our bills, and since were a business-base bank, its an indicator. But in 2011 that figure is $53 million. So I am barely bullish on 2012. Although were still not seeing a lot of lending activity, which is disappointing since thats how we make our money. Very disappointing, in fact especially given the warm on-line welcome to potential investors or expanders from the Lee County Economic Development Office, which lists Florida Gulf Bank and 19 others as waiting with their pens poised eagerly over their loan contracts. Right off the bat at www.fortmyersregionalpartnership.com they talk money. Lee is lending, because we understand that if local companies are going to thrive here, they need working capital. Thats why the Fort Myers Regional Partnership has joined together with (20) local banks to make money available for qualified local businesses for investment, expansion, or to create much-needed, highpaying jobs. Mr. Valenti has kept a tight rein on Florida Gulf Bank, where hes managed to avoid laying off even a single employee, both through the recession and in 20102011. But that doesnt mean the bank has enjoyed fat times. We have not brought on any new people, nor are we planning to in 2012, he says. Id be an expansionist if I could, but its been very hard through this period just to avoid a layoff. In Naples, says Mr. Reagan, there are also quantifiable signs of progress in 2011. Residential real estate is finally moving. The commercial real estate market is still troublesome, but banks are making some commercial loans. There are 20 new members of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce this time last year there were 12. Tim Cartwright, a partner in Fifth Avenue Advisors, looks at the region and its gains in part from a perspective about 5,000 miles to the east. What we now have at the end of 2011 that we wish we didnt have is the European debt crisis, he says. Were in America, but were still part of the global economy. Its a never-ending story every other week theres a bailout or a downgrading of the debt. The scary part is the foreshadowing and what could happen to our debt, especially when you cant get Congress to agree. And what we dont have enough of in the region, he suggests, is innovation in spite of energetic programs in each county to bring together think-tank resources at FGCU, for example, with business leaders and government leaders and programs on both the local and state level. In Collier, the county hired a former Economic Development Council staffer to push incentive and fast track programs, and Mr. Reagans Chamber of Commerce hired two other EDC members to take a more muscular role in promoting business. In Lee, says Ms. Berg, officials increased our partnerships, which is crucial to our future success with FGCU, with the states Enterprise Florida and with regional partners. That means a lot of talk, and some action. In particular, an economic task force, as she calls it, helped convince Lee commissioners to reduce road impact fees by 27 percent, as a way of luring new business or expansions. In Charlotte, says Mr. Patton, Were creating a business incubator and finalizing a program we call Eye to Eye Innovation to Industry. That program comes complete with a cash-awards contest, offering prizes of $9,000, $7,000 or $5,000 plus in-kind services worth as much as $40,000 and two years free space.On the groundOn the ground, however, the business climate does not strike some entrepreneurs as reaching the level of open-armed, open-for-business, innovative, incentive-driven, leverage-willing, round-table and joint-venture-inspired welcome (to use the terms economic developers are fond of using) they might hope for. But that doesnt mean they lack confidence in consumers themselves, the ultimate arbiters of economic muscle. I think the restaurant industry is a great indicator of where we are and there is no question that consumer confidence between 2010 and 2011 is much greater, says Justin OBrien, a former mortgage broker and co-owner, with real estate agent Tim Goff, of Pita Pit. For us, everything in 2011 indicates its going to be an exciting 2012. Theres a great demand, and that gave us the confidence to do this. We took advantage of (hard times for others), and saw opportunity by targeting closed Quiznos locations. With materials and constructions costs down, it was the right time. And the partners did it without any government help not that they wouldnt have appreciated some. I looked into incentive money a little, but the guidelines are pretty strict, Mr. OBrien explains. They focus on big corporations. I dont think they do enough for little local guys. And government incentives dont usually apply to stores such as Dollar General, either a large franchise that targets shoppers who seek to pay very little for products. At a grand opening early Saturday morning in central Fort Myers, people lined up a half-hour ahead to be among the first 50 in the door for that, they got a $10 private incentive, to be spent in that store alone, where long lines immediately formed at the cash registers after 8 a.m. The first 250 shoppers received a bag containing a plastic cup, a commercial degreaser-cleaner in a spray bottle, a plastic container with lid and a small calculator made in China. By using their receipt to write in about their morning shopping trip, they could become eligible for a $1,000 prize, according to an announcement taped to the outside of the front door, where a man appeared on the sidewalk to beg passing customers for $1. Some people waiting to make purchases were missing teeth, some people appeared to have spent the previous evening sleeping outdoors, and one man had rolled a trouser leg up nearly to his groin, exposing a full-length prosthetic leg. I just want to go home, he remarked several times as he stood waiting with his gifts to buy a shirt (less than $10 for longsleeved winter felt) and some household items. Everyone was cheerful, especially Chris, working the cash register. I love it here, he said. I came down here from Wisconsin and I found this job in a week. A week! Its great. Similar Dollar General scenes have been repeated throughout the region this year. The new Fort Myers store will add six to 10 jobs, according to a company press release which also points out the brochures provided at cash registers in English and Spanish for shoppers who want to find programs that will get them GED preparation or teach them English at no cost. These are not the high-paying, hightech jobs economic development officers hope for, however but they are jobs. In fact, a jobs website, indeed.com, lists 676 Dollar General jobs in the state, including a number in the region. In contrast, Gartner, Inc. listed on the New York Stock Exchange and self-billed as the worlds leading information technology research and advisory company, got a lot of public help, on top of previous incentives in 2009. For adding 200 more jobs to the 350 established by the company as it moves into a new, 120,000 square foot facility in central Lee County, Gartner will receive $500,000 from the Quick Action Closing Fund from the State of Florida. Gartner will also receive a Qualified Tax Incentive (QTI) from the State of Florida and Lee County worth $1,200,000. Of the $1.2 million (in) QTI incentives, $960,000 or 80 percent comes from the state and the remaining 20 percent, or $240,000, match comes from the Lee County incentive program, according to a press release from the Lee Economic Development Office. This enhanced economic impact and growth by Gartner also provides the conditional approval of $1million in FIRST incentives with the creation of what is now 400 new jobs, according to Jim Moore, executive director of the Fort Myers Regional Partnership. He calls Gartner an integral part of our business community. That business, and any other, is welcome by Mr. Valenti, president of Florida Gulf Bank. He reaches to his Italian to describe the current economic climate. As we enter 2012, let this be alta stagione the high season, he says. Which means a lot of snowbirds, a lot of spending, a lot of traffic and in the eyes of a ready and willing banker, a lot of good solid commercial loans. After driving on the roads to or from work every day now, everybody in the bank is moaning and groaning about the traffic, Mr. Valenti reports. But me I get behind a cement truck, and Im cheering. CANARYFrom page 1 ROGER WILLIAMS / FLORIDA WEEKLYShoppers at the recent opening of a Dollar General store in Fort Myers. The Pita Pit and Dollar General both seem to be thriving in Southwest Florida.
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB8 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 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.A holiday get-together for PRACC members and guestsNETWORKING BERNADETTE LA PAGLIA / FLORIDA WEEKLY 1 Justin Glover, Stephanie Smith and Nick Mattar 2 Craig Bamberg and Nicole Mihelich 3 Maurica Hurley, Orlando Rosales and Val Simpson 4 Raquel Torres and Tamika Seaton 5. Jack Riley and Luci Ayer 6. Diana and Jack Gardner Open house at the David Lawrence Centers Crossroads The Executive Womens Golf Associations annual Jingle Bell Open COURTESY PHOTOS 1 2 4 5 6 3 1 Rey Pezeshkan, Wojciech Kulicki and Thomas Meister 2 Christine Holmes and Frank Palowitz 3 Father Michael Basden and Trista Meister COURTESY PHOTOS 1 Lana Chadwick 2 Santa with Laurie Wren, Susan Carpenter, Shirley Moore and Lana Chadwick 3 Jenny Taylor and You-Know-Who 1 2 3 1 2 3
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NABOR report:November numbers point to strong 2012 SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYOverall pending sales, a key indicator of buyer activity, continue to increase, according to a report released by the Naples Area Board of Realtors. NABOR tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). For the 12 months ending in November 2011, overall pending sales increased 8 percent; closed sales for the same period grew 5 percent to 8,335 from 7,909 for the same 12 months last year. Pending sales in the $1 million to $2 price category increased 42 percent in November, from 26 contracts in 2010 to 37 this year. The luxury market has come alive, says Phil Wood, president of John R. Wood Realtors. According to Cindy Carroll, vice president of Carroll & Carroll Inc., an independent fee appraisal firm in Collier County, We are seeing a subtle upward trend in home values in many market sectors as supply continues to decrease and demand remains strong. Shelton Weeks, Lucas Professor of Real Estate and director of the Lucas Institute for Real Estate Development & Finance at Florida Gulf Coast University, agrees. Buyers in the luxury market who may have been on the fence are seeing inventory decreasing, Dr. Weeks says. They may be looking at their opportunity costs in the capital markets and consider real estate a more suitable place to invest their money. The NABOR report provides annual comparisons of single-family home and condo sales (via the SunshineMLS), price ranges and geographic segmentation and includes an overall market summary. The statistics are presented in chart format, along with the following analysis: Single-family pending sales increased 7 percent with 5,178 contracts for the 12 months ending November 2011 compared to 4,856 contracts for the same 12 months last year. Single-family In the quiet elegance of the Moorings neighborhood and just a short walk to the beach, this four-bedroom, three-bath home was built in 2004 and renovated throughout in 2009. Discriminating buyers will appreciate premium wood and marble flooring; a gourmet kitchen with quartz countertops, Thomasville cherry cabinetry and professional-grade stainless steel appliances; and a 1,000-plus bottle wine cellar. The owners suite has French doors to the screened pool/spa lanai, and the pool is positioned both inside and outside the screen enclosure. The backyard is fully fenced. Total square footage, including three-car garage, is nearly 4,000 square feet, with 3,100 of that under air. Nearby schools are Seagate Elementary, Gulfview Middle and Naples High. The property is listed for $1.249 million by David William Auston of Amerivest Realty. Call 280-5433 or e-mail david@ davidnaples.com. House Hunting: 2910 Crayton RoadCOURTESY PHOTOS House Hunting is a Florida Weekly feature that focuses on one listing in the local marketplace. REAL ESTATENAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA GUIDE TO THE LOCAL INDUSTRY B11WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 SEE NABOR, B19 Our Portfolio of Southwest Floridas Rental Properties RENTAL DIVISION239.262.4242 800.749.7368PremierSothebysRealty.com Sothebys International Realty and the Sothebys International Realty logo are registered service marks used with permission. Each Oce Is Independently Owned And Operated.RENTNAPLES.COMNAPLES AREAPine Ridge-Stratford Place 3BR/2BA/1 townhouse, recently remodeled in a gated community. unfurnished, no pets $1,250 Marina Bay Club2BR/2BAs, 4th oor with great views, furnished, no pets $2,200 Kensington 2+den/2nd oor with garage furnished, no pets $2,300Park Shore-Horizon House2BR/2BAs, 5th oor, gulf views, furnished $2,500 BONITA SPRINGS ESTERO AREA ANNUAL RESIDENCES Estero Marsh Landing 3BR/2BAs, 1-car garage unfurnished on 2nd oor $1,200 Shadow Wood Preserve 2+den/3BAs, unfurnished with lake views $1,295Bonita Bay Esperia3BR/3BAs, furnished or unfurnished $3,000
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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.An open house at Fiddlers CreekNETWORKING 1 Matt Devereaux, Darin McMurray, Paul Romanowski and Dave Meyers 2 Jackie Belcher, Cindy Swamer and Kim Moore 3 Kathy Felszer and Ed Gongola 4 Billie Dalesio-Faccinato, Carolyn Starns and Jolene Munzenrieder 5. Aga Edwards and Robert Fesik 6. Peggy Garrity, Geri Howard and Kathryn BenoitHarris Wealth and Saks Fifth Avenue host Fashion IQ CHARLIE MCDONALD / FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB18 REAL ESTATE WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 Reintroducing Big Brothers Big Sisters to Collier County 1 4 2 5 3 6 1 2 4 5 3 6 1 Pete Jepson, John Merlino and Bill LoPresti 2 Melanie Sabelhaus, Pam Sibcy, Donna Boortz, Rob Sibcy and Neal Boortz 3 Joy Mahler, Albert Osborne, Tom Weschler and Chief Jim Bloom 4 Steve Dorcy, Kristin Cartwright and Bill Odrey 5. Tracey Young and J.J. Miranda 6. Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Reginald Gibson CHARLIE MCDONALD / FLORIDA WEEKLY 2 3 1 1 Kellie Jacoby, Scott Hansen, Sherie Lewis and Kim Bridges 2 The models line up 3 Sherie Lewis, left, presents Piazza Sempioni Resort 2011-12 fashion trendsCOURTESY PHOTOS
Jacki Strategos SRES, G.R.I., e-Pro239-370-1222JStrategos@att.netwww.JackiStrategos.com Richard Droste Realtor239firstname.lastname@example.org 2 BR/2BA lower unit. Eat-in kitchen, laundry in unit. Views of golf course.St. Regis Club $99,900 CHEAPER THAN RENTINGGenerous open oor plan. 3BR/2BA, tray ceilings, large tile, breakfast area. Rialto at Hammock Bay $328,000 BEAUTIFUL SUNSET VIEWS Oversized corner lot, upgraded pool & lanai. 2,395 s.f., pristine condition8836 Lely Island Circle $490,000 OPTIONAL CLUB MEMBERSHIP 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 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 B19 Be In the Know. In the Now.Subscribe now and youll get comprehensive local news coverage, investigative articles, business happenings as well as the latest in real estate trends, dining, social events and much more.Get Florida Weekly delivered to your mailbox for only$3195*PER YEAR Call 239.325.1960 or visit us online at www.FloridaWeekly.com*Rates are based on standard rate postage. A one-year in-county subscription will cost $31.95 to cover shipping and handling. Call for out-of-county and out-of-state postage and pricing options. pending sales in the $500,000 to $1 million category increased 14 percent for the same period, with 541 contracts this year compared to 476 contracts for the previous year. Overall condo pending sales increased 3 percent with 399 contracts in November 2011 compared to 387 contracts in November 2010. Available inventory decreased 18 percent to 7 ,625 av ailable properties in November 2011 compared to 9,352 available properties in November 2010. As sales increase the available inventory in every category is decreasing, says Jo Carter of Jo Carter & Associates, adding the $1 million to $2 million price category showed the largest decrease with 22 percent. The available inventory in the $1 million to $2 million category decreased from 818 available properties to 635 properties. The November numbers for the single-family home market are positive, says Brenda Fioretti, NABOR media relations director and managing broker of Prudential Florida Realty. The median closed price for properties over $300,000 increased 5 percent for the 12 months ending November 2011 compared to the same 12 months of last year, she adds. To view the full report, visit www. NaplesArea.com. NABORFrom page 11 Deerbrook construction company has completed its second renovation project for the Royal Shell Companies and is finishing its third. Deerbrook converted the former Blockbuster storefront on U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs into offices for Royal Shells real estate and vacation rental operatoins. The 5,100-square-foot space has a reception area, 15 offices, 29 workstations and four conference rooms. Also for Royal Shell, the builder completed renovations of the former Congress Jewelers location on Fifth Avenue South early this year. Work on the former Ethan Allen building on U.S. 41 in Naples is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. The Royal Shell Companies provide real estate sales and vacation rental-management services throughout Southwest Florida. In addition to homes from Naples to Sanibel, Deerbrooks commercial buildings include the accounting offices of Matthew Soldavini on 10th Street in Naples and the Collins & DuPont Interior Design studio in Bonita Springs. Deerbrook completes another renovation of office space for Royal Shell CompaniesCOURTESY PHOTOThe new Bonita Springs office of Royal Shell Please Find Me and Bring Me Home!MISSING CAT KITTS KITTSPlease call if you nd her or have info!Mary Ann 239-594-3902 or 419-290-6783 REWARD OFFERED!!!
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC2 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 My sister is a wise woman. In many subjects, but especially in romance, she is often the person I turn to. We spoke over Thanksgiving as we walked side by side down the beach. She toted her toddler on her hip and I tucked my arms tight against my body, a shield against the wind that blew over the waves. As the day headed toward sunset, the temperature dropped. That reminds me of the boyfriend I had in Holland, she was saying as we continued down the beach. She told me about how they met, the relationship that followed, the troubled months at the end. We walked and walked. I turned around once to check our path, and the place where we started had become a speck in the distance. My cheeks reddened in the wind. The baby fussed. My sister kept walking. So when we did break up Here it is, I thought. The nugget of wisdom. I said to him, Why did you string me along for so long? He should have cut me loose earlier. I nodded, turning over this bit of information, trying to see how it applied to my situation. But my sister kept going.After we broke up, I made him take me on a tour of Europe. I said, You owe to me for all the months I stuck with you.Youre just like him, she said. You have your own list.She paused dramatically. I figured we had reached the end. I tried to see how her Grand Tour related to my love life.Then I was going through his wallet A wave broke over my ankles and the cold water sent a shiver the length of my body. I wondered if she would ever get to the point. And I found a piece of paper with a list of names on it. Girls names. I kept walking, listening with one ear for the part that related to me. After a few seconds of silence, I looked up. My sister gazed at me meaningfully. What? I said. Youre just like him, she said. You have your own list. It turns out her Dutch boyfriend, the hot blond with the six-pack abs, had once been a geeky teenager. Even in his buff 20s he still carried that original awkwardness inside him. To keep his insecurities at bay, he maintained a list of the women who found him attractive. The roster acted as a shield against his self-doubt. My sisters right, of course I do have a list of my own. I take it out in dark moments, times when I feel like the awkward teenager I once was. I count the men on my list and reassure myself that I have at least that many options. On the beach, my sister gave me a weighty look. Perhaps youve outgrown your list, she said. A gust blew over the water and flattened my hair against my scalp. I looked down the beach at the sand kicked up by the wind and tried to imagine a future without a list of potential boyfriends. The thought left me cold. My sister stopped walking and we both turned around, heading silently back to the place where we had begun. Waiting on wisdom SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTS o m artisHENDERSONsandydays@floridaweekly.com www.RiverchaseDermatology.com Same week appointments available. SWFLs Most Comprehensive Skin Center Three Fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeons Dermabeam Non-surgical Radiation Therapy Camisa Psoriasis Center CoolsculptingCosmetic and Laser Dermatology Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Spa Blue MD Medical Spa A Melanoma InitiativeThei on P ass Proud supporter of the Passion Foundation. North Naples 239-596-90751015 Crosspointe Dr.Downtown Naples 239-216-4337261 9th St. S. Marco Island 239-642-3337950 N. Collier Blvd., #303Ft. Myers 239-437-88107331 Gladiolous Dr.Cape Coral 239-443-15001425 Viscaya Pkwy., #102See Spot. See Spot Change. See Riverchase Dermatology.
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 tury Design is at the Southwest Florida Museum of History in downtown Fort Myers through Jan. 14. Here are five cool things about the McMo exhibition. 1. Like some of the buildings highlighted in the show she curated, Ms. Owens herself is a hidden gem in Southwest Florida. Not many locals know that clients of her London practice included Boris Johnson, the current mayor of London; the late fashion design guru Isabella Blow, whose London home Ms. Owens and her business partner renovated; and the late designer Alexander McQueen, for whom they designed two homes and his central London flagship store. (A recent retrospective of Mr. McQueens fashions at New York Citys Metropolitan Museum of Art was the hottest ticket in town, and wound up being one of the museums Top 10 visited shows.) A licensed professional architect since 1989, Ms. Owens was the 2010 president of the local AIA chapter and in addition to the AIA is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Her London practice was named one of the 13 Emerging Architectural Practices in the U.K. by Architectural Review, and in 2006 she won a local AIA Excellence in Architecture Award award for Canterbury School in Fort Myers, a project she worked on with BSSW Architects. Earlier this month, she received the prestigious W.R. Frizzell Medal of Honor and, for work on a Captiva Island guest house, a Merit Award for Built Architecture Restorations and Additions, both from AIA Florida Southwest. 2. Mid-Century Modern architects thought outside the box. Ms. Owens explains it this way: When asked to draw a house, most kids will draw a square with a triangle on top for a roof, then little windows and a door smack in the middle. Many houses up until the mid-1940s looked that way: square, boxy. But after World War II, new technology and materials allowed houses to break out of the box, literally. This exhibit includes images and information about a round church (St. Hilarys Episcopal Church) in Fort Myers, an octagonal house that once existed in Naples and the Centipede House that used to exist in the Vanderbilt Beach area of Naples (it was also called the Lazy M house, because its outline looked like a capital M that couldnt quite stand up). The old rules of architecture no longer applied, and the result was fresh, exciting buildings. Another example of thinking outside the box: The Colonial Boulevard United Presbyterian Church, a drive-in house of worship built by George Bail in 1965 in Fort Myers. The church was torn down when the Midpoint Bridge was constructed. 3. Examples of Mid-Century Modern can be seen all over Southwest Florida. Sure, you have to go to the Southwest Florida Museum of History to see the exhibit, but after youve done so, you can walk or drive around and see examples of this innovative architectural style. For example, a block or so away from the museum on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. is Fort Myers Fire Station No. 1, which was built in 1949. The Lee County Administration Building, designed in 1960 by Gundersen Wilson Architects, was inspired by Mies Van de Rohes Seagram Building in New York City. According to Ms. Owens, its long, shallow floor plan assured natural cross ventilation, and a horizontal, trellis-like screen let natural sunlight in but also acted as a sunshade. (People complained that the building was too modern and didnt appreciate its design; some thought the architects had forgotten to remove the scaffolding.) Others complained about the 1965 design of St. Hilarys church, saying it looked like a cow barn and silo. A derisive letter to the minister called it dumb and crazy-looking, and asked if they were going to start services by saying How now brown cow and end prayer with MOO instead of Amen. The exhibit has examples of Mid-Century architecture from Sarasota through Fort Myers and Naples all the way south to Keewaydin Island. (Theres a separate room focusing on the early work of Paul Rudolph, who was the godfather of the regions Mid-Century architecture in Sarasota. Called the Sarasota School of Architecture, the style was very specific to the climate of Southwest Florida.) Other examples in Fort Myers: Bishop Verot High School, The Lee County Bank drive-in facility, First Harbour Towers and the Walker guest house on Sanibel Island. 4. The exhibit isnt limited to architecture; it also includes furniture design. On display is a variety of furniture designed by Ray and Charles Eames, including their popular molded plywood EXHIBITFrom page 1 JOSHUA COLT FISHER / COURTESY PHOTOSThe Lee County Administration Building, designed in 1960, is an example of Mid-Century Modern architecture. Above and right: Mid-Century Modern textures. Mid-Century Modern in Southwest Florida>> When: Through Jan. 14 (closed Sundays and Mondays) >> Where: The Southwest Florida Museum of History, 2031 Jackson St., Fort Myers >> Cost: $9.50 (seniors 55 and older and AAA members, $1 off; students with valid IDs, $5) >> Info: Call 321-7430 or go to www.mcmosw .com
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 Theater Million Dollar Quartet At the Philharmonic Center for the Arts through Dec. 23. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil.org.The Santaland Diaries By Florida Repertory Theatre through Dec. 31. 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org. Irving Berlins White Christmas By Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through Dec. 25. 278-4422 or www. broadwaypalm.com. A Christmas Survival Guide At Off Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through Dec. 25. 278-4422 or www. broadwaypalm.com. Thursday, Dec. 22 Chanukah Event A free Community Chanukah Celebration starts at 5:45 p.m. at Mercato, featuring a candlelighting ceremony, the Shalom Dancers and the Naples Klezmer Revival Band. www.facebook.com/mercatonaples. Solstice Movie See The Polar Express as part of the winter solstice celebration at the Naples Botanical Garden. www.naplesgarden.org or 643-7275. Jazz It Up Bob Zottola and the Expandable Jazz Band perform from 6-9 p.m. at Freds Food, Fun & Spirits. $10 cover. 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928. Friday, Dec. 23 Holiday Tunes Take a break from shopping and listen to strolling Victorian carolers from 2-4 p.m. at Waterside Shops. www.watersideshops.com. Sunday, Dec. 25 Merry Christmas! Monday, Dec. 26 Annual Luncheon The Marco Island Historical Museum has its Christmas luncheon and annual meeting at noon, with entertainment by the Marco Island Charter School Jazz Band. 180 S. Heathwood Drive. B-I-N-G-O! The doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a free kosher hot dog dinner, and the first Bingo game is called at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. 991 Winterberry Drive. 642-0800. Tuesday, Dec. 27 Amazing Acrobatics Cirque Dreams Holidaze takes the stage Dec. 27-Jan. 1 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849 or www. bbmannpah.com. Wednesday, Dec. 28 Art on Marco Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. at the Artist Colony at The Esplanade on Marco Island. Enjoy live music, refreshments and, of course, art. 775-6345. Feel the Beat Blast! takes the stage at 8 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900 or www. ThePhil.org. All That Jazz The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra performs with guest Ira Sullivan at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in the Daniels Pavilion at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900 or www. ThePhil.org. Open Mic Freds Food, Fun & Spirits hosts open mic night for singers, songwriters and musicians from 7-10 p.m. 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928. Coming Up Me and My Girl At Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Dec. 29-Feb. 11. 278-4422. A Funny Pair Michael Yo and Lynne Koplitz perform Dec. 29-Jan. 1 at the Off The Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island. 389-6900. Immokalee Countdown Seminole Casino hosts a New Years Eve celebration with live music at the Zig Zag Lounge throughout the day. Enjoy a ball drop, party favors and complimentary drinks from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (800) 218-0007. Foreign Film The Italian Cultural Society presents Malena at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 3 at The Norris Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S. $5 donation. www.italianculturalsociety.com. God of Carnage At the Florida Repertory Theatre Jan. 6-22. 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.Go for Baroque University of Miami Research Professor of Music Frank Cooper presents On the Path to Revolution: Baroque to Classicism at 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil.org. The Gin Game Kay Francis and Tom Milligan present The Gin Game Jan. 4-6 at The Norris Center. (800) 8383006 or www.brownpapertickets.com. Good Company TheatreZone presents Stephen Sondheims Company Jan. 5-15 in the G&L Theatre at Community School of Naples. (888) 966-3352 or www.theatrezone-florida.com. Classical Music The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presents Prokofievs Fifth, the third program in its Classical Series, at 8 p.m. Jan. 5-7 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 5971900 or visit www.ThePhil.org. Walt Whitman Written and performed by Will Stutts at 8 p.m. Jan. 6-21 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 by Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers. 936-3239 or www.theatreconspiracy.org. Hyacinth Series Moorings Presbyterian Church presents organist Nathan Laube on Jan. 6. No tickets; freewill offering. 261-1487 or www. moorings-presby.org. Young Artists Bayshore CAPA presents the Naples Music Club Young Artists on Jan. 6 as part of the Eric Kunzel Community Concert Series at Edison State College-Collier Campus. 775-2800 or www.bayshorecapa.org. Downtown Art The Downtown Naples New Years Weekend Art Fair sponsored by the Naples Art Association takes place Jan. 7-8 along Fifth Avenue South. www.naplesart.org. Musical Legend The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center presents Dionne Warwick at 8 p.m. Jan. 7 as the singer and activist celebrates her 50th year in show business. 2301 First St., Fort Myers. $175. 333-1933 or www.sbdac. com. Pickin and Grinnin The Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida presents Pickn in Paradise from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Bonita Springs/ Estero Elks Lodge. Performers include Bill Metts and the Bugtussle Ramblers. 3231 Coconut Road. www.acousticmusicsociety.org or 248-8906. Pick Your Seat The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents Coco Before Chanel at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org. Big Band Sounds The Naples Jazz Orchestra performs Count Basie tunes at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Cambier Park. 207-8299. Classic Cuckoo Laboratory Theater of Florida presents One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest at 8 p.m. Jan. 13-28 at 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers. 218-0481 or www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com. Neapolitan Opry Cluster Pluckin comes to The Norris Center on Jan. 14 with The Laws, the Bugtussle Ramblers, Scott Ritter & the Bean Pickers, the Crying and Screaming Blues Band and more. 213-3049. Mamet Play Gulfshore Playhouse presents David Mamets Race Jan. 27-Feb. 12 at The Norris Center. 2617529 or www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org. Submit calendar listings and high-resolution photos to email@example.com. E-mail text, jpegs or Word documents are accepted. No pdfs or photos of flyers. The deadline for calendar submissions is noon Sunday. WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO Jason Parrish stars in Florida Repertory Theatres production of The Santaland Diaries in the Studio Theatre, downtown Fort Myers, through Dec. 31. 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org. Million Dollar Quartet takes the stage at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts through Dec. 23. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil.org.
Suggested $5 donation supports Naples Art Association programing. Stress less this holiday... leave your party to BucaThis Holiday Season, think of Buca when planning office parties or family get-togethers. Whether you bring them to Buca, or bring Buca to them, we know how to feed a crowd. MEATBALL STRESSBALLHOLIDAY GATHERINGS | GIFT CARDS | PARTY PANS TO GOPerfect for NAPLES 8860 TAMIAMI TRAIL NORTH 2 3 9.596.6662 BUCADIBEPPO.COM OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 C7 COMING UP AT THE PHIL The Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra presents the second concert in this seasons All That Jazz series at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, in the intimate setting of the Daniels Pavilion. Trumpet, flugelhorn, sax and flute player Ira Sullivan, an alumnus of Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers, is the guest artist joining Glenn Basham, violin and harmonica; Lew Del Gatto, tenor saxophone; Jerry Stawski, piano; Mike Harvey, drums; Kevin Mauldin, bass; and Dan Miller, trumpet. Tickets start at $39. Blast!, winner of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event and the 2001 Emmy for Best Choreography, comes to the Phil at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. A celebration of movement and music, Blast! has surprised and delighted critics around the world by bridging the categories of classical, blues, jazz, rock n roll and techno-pop music, according to Bruce McCabe of The Boston Globe. Tickets start at $59 for adults and $36 for students. Regis and Joy Philbin will perform with an 18-piece orchestra at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29. Tickets start at $79. The NPO, led by Jerry Steichen, presents A Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. Broadway stars Nat Chandler and Teri Dale Hansen will sing and dance the songs of the celebrated collaborators who transformed the musical genre during the Golden Age of Broadway. Tickets start at $28. The NPO presents Prokofievs Fifth, the third program in the orchestras Classical Series, at 8 p.m. ThursdaySaturday, Jan. 5-7. The Concert Prelude begins one hour before each performance.Jorge Mester will lead the orchestra in Bernsteins Overture to Candide; Brahms final composition for orchestra, the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello; and Prokofievs epic Fifth Symphony. Guest violinist Karen Gomyo and guest cellist Christian Poltra will join the orchestra. Tickets start at $35 for adults and $27 for students. The Martha Graham Dance Company performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10. Always a fertile ground for experimentation, the company continues to foster the groundbreaking vision of Martha Graham, whose choreography created a new modern dance vocabulary. Performing Graham classics and more recent works inspired by her spirit of ingenuity, the company presents a uniquely American style of dance that has influenced generations of artists and continues to captivate audiences. Tickets start at $69. Jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. Mr. Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond everything from jazz classics to bossa nova. He was the 2009 recipient of the Ella Fitzgerald Award, joining a select group of past winners including Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr. Tickets start at $55. Concert pianist Jodie DeSalvo presents Shopping List! Or Chopin Liszt!, the first program in her piano music series in the Lifelong Learning program, at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9. Tickets to the first in the series are $42. The series, which can be purchased for $160, includes additional performances with Jodie DeSalvo as follows: Feb. 6 Jodie and Glenn, featuring NPO Concertmaster Glenn Basham; Feb. 27 A Tribute to Victor Borge; and March 21 Around the World in 80 Minutes! Grammy Award-winning jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall will perform at 6 and 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 (her performance on Feb. 12 has been canceled). Tickets start at $119. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts is at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. For more information or to order tickets, call 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org.
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 C9 Real. Italian. Im the perfect gift... -Angelina 24041 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs | 239.390.3187 www.angelinasofbonitasprings.com Follow me on Twitter @AngelinasBonita Purchase $500 or more in gift cards, receive 15% in bonus gift cards. e 12 Days of Christmas Celebration Continues...December 21 Free dessert with every meal December 22 BOGO beer and wine by the glass served in the lounge December 23 & 24 Complimentaryminiature rum cake Tru es are here!TheatreZone starts the New Year in good Company with Sondheims musical comedy about marriageTheatreZones production of Company, Stephen Sondheims musical masterpiece about New York marriages, opens Thursday, Jan. 5, at the G&L Theatre at the Community School of Naples. The plot revolves around Robert, a native New Yorker bachelor unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage, five couples (including one about to get married and one getting divorced) who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends, April (the stewardess), Kathy (the girl whos going to marry someone else) and Marta (the peculiar one). In scene after hilarious scene, the audience is introduced to those good and crazy people as Robert weighs the pros and cons of married life. TheatreZone Artistic Director Mark Danni says Company is the first of a series of seven collaborations between Mr. Sondheim and director/producer Harold Prince. Together they built a reputation for works that challenged audiences and redefined what a Broadway musical could be, he says, adding the original production was nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical. The show was a revolutionary musical, substituting relationships for plot, Mr. Danni says, adding, Roberts emotional development is traced in music rather than text. The score was written almost perpendicularly to the collection of George Furth plays on which it was based, with characters reflecting on scenes they are not in, or stepping outside of the situation to comment on themselves, on love, on marriage, on commitment. The marriages in each scene are deliberately distorted as viewed through Roberts eyes. Unlike most book musicals, which follow a clearly delineated plot, Company is composed of a series of vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order and linked by a celebration for Roberts 45th birthday. The clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore this landmark concept show, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. Nothing like previous musical comedy heroes, Robert is utterly ambivalent about love and completely averse to commitment, Mr. Danni says. TheatreZone seventh season continues with Little Women starring Tony-award winning actress Donna McKechnie (March 8-18) and concludes with The Boyfriend (May 3-13, 2012). Company, by TheatreZone>> When: Jan. 5-15 >> Where: The G&L Theatre at Community School of Naples >> Tickets: $43-$48 >> Info: (888) 966-3352 or www.theatrezoneorida.com. PUZZLE ANSWERS
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 C11 DecantedWines.com1410 Pine Ridge Rd., Suite 21 Naples, Florida 34108239.434.1814 HOLIDAY SAVINGS! POUR ON THEFOR $100A CASE OF WINENow through Dec. 31. Fill with your choice of red, white and champagne. Pour your heart out and save!Wine lovers rejoice! Whether you are sto cking up for a holiday party or pampering the wine lover on your gi list, you cant beat this deal! Now Dec. 24 Purchase In-Store and OnlineNEW DEALS ANNOUNCED DAILY 1/2Is it worth $10? YesSherlock Holmes is a great detective, adept at solving unsolvable cases with extreme intelligence and a mastery of disguise. So its a bit of a mystery why Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows allows him to almost immediately identify the bad guy. Eschewing the whodunit formula isnt necessarily a mistake, but Holmes in a game of cat-and-mouse is not what weve come to expect. Those who know Sir Arthur Conan Doyles source novels, however, are familiar with Holmes archenemy Professor Moriarty, and its not long before we see the two match wits. Its 1891 in London, and as usual, Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has help from Dr. Watson (Jude Law), who doesnt want to be involved because he just got married. They team up with a gypsy fortuneteller named Simza (Noomi Rapace, from the Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie) and try to stop Moriarty (Jared Harris) from starting a world war. Whereas the 2009 original didnt fill us in on plot points until Holmes was good and ready, this time director Guy Ritchie and screenwriters Michele and Kieran Mulroney keep us in the know about key elements. The story gets off to a slow start, however, and it takes far too long before we know what Moriarty is really trying to do. That said, once Holmes and Moriarty start outfoxing one another both guess wrong and guess right on various occasions the film reaches a level of intrigue not often found in mainstream cinema. Theres never a question of if Moriarty is the villain, its always just about how Holmes will catch him. Fun stuff. Downey is solid but not spectacular as Holmes, though his frequent disguises get silly after a while. His chemistry with Law is affably pleasant once again, but the two new additions, Rapace and Harris, fall a bit short. Rapace is given little to do as a female sidekick, and you cant help but think Harris should be hammin it up and having a bit more fun. Story and acting problems aside, one thing Game of Shadows does have is flair. If nothing else, Ritchie is a renowned stylist whose action is often better than his narratives, and his use of slow motion and fast motion is second to none. In particular, note the scene in which Holmes, Watson and Simza escape an army by running through the woods, and how the slow motion holds us in suspense as chaos ensues. Good action and editing make the sequence a real treat. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a reasonably enjoyable lark thatll keep you entertained and guessing throughout, even if it runs long at 129 minutes. Will there be a third Holmes movie? Lets just say you dont have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure that out. The Sitter (Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor, Sam Rockwell) A college dropout (Hill) babysits three weird kids so his mother can go to a party. Unfortunately, his pseudo-girlfriend (Graynor) coaxes him into bringing the kids into New York City, where predictable chaos ensues. Its not funny, but it is hideously stupid and misguided. Plus, Adventures in Babysitting already did this perfectly. Rated R.New Years Eve (Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Ashton Kutcher) The lives and loves of New Yorkers intertwine in this sweet story that nicely embraces the spirit of the holiday. Its not very funny, but the characters are well rounded and it is entertaining. Best of all, though, it will be loved by those who love New Years. PG-13.Hugo (Asa Butte rfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley) In 1930s Paris, young Hugo (Butterf ield) searches for the heart-shaped key that will unlock a secret message from his late father (Jude Law). Director Martin Scorseses love letter to the early days of cinema sputters at times but is very impressive visually including the 3D and has a nice heart at its core. Rated PG. LATEST FILMSSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows CAPSULES >> Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn and Javier Bardem were considered to play Professor Moriarty. w b H l c h danHUDAKwww.hudakonhollywood.com
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC12 WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 True Neapolitan Pizza and Authentic Italian Food www.rosedalepizza.com 239-325-96531427 Pine Ridge Road, #105, Naples Experience the Difference Good Taste Makes. Mon-Thurs 11:30am-9:00pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm Sunday 12:00pm-9:00pm $5 OFF with Purchase of $25 or More.NOT TO BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFER. Register Today at shulasbourbontasting.eventbrite.com or Call Jeff at 239-659-3176Wednesday, December 28thSample 5 different bourbons from around the world paired with complimentary hor doeuvres by Chef Caesar. Bourbons Tastings From: Berkshire Mountain Distillery All Guests Can Register to Win a Trip to Aruba and A Dinner For Two! BOURBON TASTING Signature Drink Manhattan with Buffalo TraceAnnouncing the chefs and vintners for 2012 SWF Wine & Food Fest SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYThe lineup of chefs and vintners for the 2012 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest includes some of Southwest Floridas finest chefs along with 10 wineries and four wine distributors. The festival consists of chef/vintner dinners at private homes throughout Lee and Collier counties on Friday, Feb. 24, and a grand tasting and auction at Miromar Lakes Beach Club on Saturday, Feb. 25. Proceeds will benefit Southwest Florida childrens charities.Friday evenings chefs are:Jason Grasty from Roys in Naples and Bonita Springs; Alex Castro, Larkins on the River, Greenville, S.C.; Lysielle Cariot, Bleu Provence, Naples; Fabrizio Aielli, Sea Salt, Naples; Norman L ove, N orman Love Confections; Andy Hunter, Bay House, Naples; Marbin Avilez, Bayfront Bistro, Naples; Gloria Cabral-Jordan, La Trattoria Caf Napoli, Fort Myers; and David Codney, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Saturdays grand tasting chefs include: Harold Balink, Cru, Fort Myers; Marc-Jean and Trish Berruet, LEtoile, Naples; Tanisha Samuels, Adas, Fort Myers; Caroline Hostettler, Quality Cheese, Fort Myers; Ryan Kida, Yabo, Fort Myers; The Executive Chef at Miromar Lakes; Michael Ragusa, Shoals, Fort Myers Beach; Andreas Singer, The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point; Eric Truglas, Lush French Bakery, Fort Myers and Naples; Greg Scarlatos, Angelinas, Bonita Springs; Billy Mak, Blu Sushi, Fort Myers and Naples; Christian Vivet, Blue Windows French Bistro, Fort Myers; and, Tao Diaz, Sunshine Grille, Fort Myers. Participating in the grand tasting in addition to the Friday dinners are: Chefs Avilez, Grasty and Reid and chocolatier Mr. Love. The 2012 featured wineries are: Benovia Winery, Fisher Vineyards, Tablas Creek, V Madrone, Hall Napa Valley Winery, Turnbull Wine Cellars, Husic Vineyards, Banfi Vintners and Myriad Cellars & Quivet. Sponsors and beneficiariesNorthern Trust Bank is the title sponsor of the 2012 Wine & Food Fest. Along with Miromar Lakes Beach Club, Norman Love Confections, Angelinas Ristorante and Palm Printing and Strategic Solutions, other supporters include NewsPress Media Group, Gulfshore Media and Florida Weekly. The festival is a signature event of SWFL Childrens Charities, a nonprofit organization that provides funding to local charities serving local children. The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida is this years beneficiary; secondary beneficiaries are the pediatric nursing program at Edison State College and the music therapy program at Florida Gulf Coast University. For tickets or more information about the festival, call 278-3900 or visit www. swflwinefest.org. 10% OFFEntire Bill18% gratuity added before discount. One coupon per table. Good for party up to 10 people. Cannot be combined with other offer. Valid through 12/22/11. Not valid Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve or New Years Day. Chef owned with 35 years experience.Dine In/Take Out/Catering OPEN ON: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day OPEN ON: New Year's Eve & New Year's Day Accepting Reservations Now! Premier of Naples & Spa Skin Carewww.premierskincareofnaplesandspa.comWest side of Tamiami Trail, 2 blocks South of Pine RidgeAll facial are combined with the PREMIER DEAD SEA products until Dec 31 BOTOX$12 per unitBoard Certi ed Plastic Surgeon
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C13 Open 7 Days 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road Suite 1100, Intersection of Airport Rd. in Naples Walk Plaza, Southeast Corner For a reservation please call (239) 596-5600 LatitudeNaples.com 8:30pm-2am 5 Course Deluxe Menu with 1 Glass of Sparkling Wine Live Entertainment and Dancing with Joe Johnson $99 Per Person (Excludes Taxes and Gratuity) The Naples Winter Wine FestivalTheres a lot more than vino on the auction block SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYAuction lots of trips and treasures comprise one-of-a-kind offerings designed to get Naples Winter Wine Festival guests bidding high and often to benefit underprivileged and at-risk children. Up for bid at the Jan. 28 event are packages that include a custom-crafted 2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster; a trip around the world in a private jet; attendance at Elton Johns White Tie & Tiara Ball in Old Windsor, England; a meet-and-greet with Oscar de la Renta and tickets to his New York runway presentation; a walk-on role on the Emmy Award-winning TV series The Good Wife; attendance at Tiffany & Co.s 175th anniversary gala with a $50,000 shopping spree; and a golf trip in Ireland that includes golfing and dining with Darren Clarke, the 2011 British Open Champion. Wine lots for the 2012 festival include rare collections, large-format bottles unavailable elsewhere and private winery experiences with renowned vintners. All auction proceeds benefit children in need through the Naples Children & Education Foundation, the festivals founding organization. Following are highlights of several packages. Complete lot descriptions are posted at www. napleswinefestival.com. Lot 28, Portrait of Imola GreyThe silver metallic, custom-crafted 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is the first-ever car designed and developed from the ground up by MercedesAMG, the companys high-performance brand. With the right bid, the winner will zip past scores of envious buyers who ordered their Roadster almost two years ago. Lot 37, The Famous Blue Box Opens a Week of WondersTwo couples will spend five nights in New York City during Tiffany & Co.s 175th anniversary celebration and the debut of the 2012-2013 Blue Book Collection. Package includes one $25,000 Tiffany gift certificate per couple and attendance at a Tiffany gala of 400 top clients and celebrities, with entertainment by a top-secret, award-winning performer. Lot 51, A Charity Ball, a Tennis Ball and Sparkly SouvenirsThis package comes with private car service and access for two couples to Elton Johns White Tie & Tiara Ball at his Old Windsor estate outside London. Also included are three nights at Claridges; Center Court tickets at Wimbledon with access to the Great Gatsby Club VIP Package; and a private champagne preview of Chopards Red Carpet Collection at its new Bond Street London store, with jewels to take home. Lot 65, Suit Yourselves, Guys The Girls Get DiamondsFour couples will have the Italian experience of a lifetime, starting with business class airfare from New York to Milan. In Milan, winners stay four nights at the Bulgari Hotel. Four women will take home a Bulgari watch, and four men will get custom-tailored suit from St. Andrews. Winners will then choose between a week in Lake Como or Sardinia. Lot 12, Youll Flit, Youll Float, Youll Fleetly Flee, Youll FlyBuckle up for a 22-day around-the-world trip for two on a luxury jet that travels to China, Mongolia, Cambodia, Nepal, Azerbaijan, Russia and France. The winners stay at five-star hotels and enjoy intimate tours, gala evenings, special entertainment, dining at top restaurants and the services of a tour manager.About the festivalBob Clifford, who co-chairs the festival with his wife, Joan, says the search for auction items spanned 18 months and involved dozens of donors as well as sponsors such as Betty Maclean Travel, whose staff has organized travel itineraries for many auction lots since 2001, and NetJets, which is supplying private air travel for several lots. NCEF has raised more than $94.5 million at the Naples Winter Wine Festival since 2001 to create and expand charitable programs serving underprivileged and atrisk children in Collier County. Festival tickets are $8,500 per couple or $20,000 for reserved seating at the same vintner dinner for two couples. For more information, call (888) 837-4919 or visit www.napleswinefestival.com. Lot 31 includes a meet-and-greet with Oscar de la Renta and tickets to his New York runway presentation along with a tropical getaway via private jet. Winners of lot 37 will attend the Tiffany & Co. 175th anniversary gala in New York City.Golfing and dining with Darren Clarke, the 2011 British Open champion, is one element of lot 47. VERGINA RESTAURANT OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY OPEN NEW YEARS EVE AND DAY
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC14 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 If you love the arts, theres no better way to usher out the old year and welcome in the new than attending a show. Some venues close for the end-ofyear holiday, but plenty remain open, so you can celebrate New Years Eve with everything from classical music to theater to the visual arts. From Naples to Port Charlotte, theres something for every taste. Heres a list of whats happening on Saturday, Dec. 31: Winter WonderettesThe Herb Strauss Theatre, SanibelWinter Wonderettes is a lighthearted holiday show about a girl group, the Marvelous Wonderettes, who are asked to put on a holiday show at Harpers Hardware store. A goofy, fluffy musical comedy set in 1968, it includes holiday pop songs such as Jingle Bell Rock, Run, Run Rudolph and Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, delivered with that 60s girl group groove. The New Years Eve show begins at 9 p.m. with hors doeuvres, champagne, appetizers and snacks. Attendees can ring in the New Year with actors after the show. Tickets are $75 ($20 for ages 17 and younger.) Call 472-6862. The Santaland DiariesThe Studio Theatre at Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort MyersIf you harbor a skewed view of the whole holiday season, or are pretty sure youll be feeling jaded about it all by New Years Eve, The Sant aland Diaries at Florida Repertory Theatres Studio Theatre might be the perfect way to celebrate. Based on David Sedaris snarky essay about being an elf at Macys, this one-man show, starring Jason Parrish, has become an annual tradition at Florida Rep. There are two performances on New Years Eve, and 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 332-4488. Cirque Dreams HolidazeThe Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort MyersBlend European-style circus with the holidays, and you get Cirque Dreams Holidaze, in which ornaments on a Christmas tree are brought to life by an international cast of acrobats, contortionists, strongmen and tightrope walkers. This show promises gingerbread men flipping in mid-air and toy soldiers marching on thin wires. Performances of Cirque Dreams Holidaze (which is not related to Cirque du Soleil) are 2 and 8 p.m. New Years Eve and 1 and 6:30 p.m. New Years Day, Sunday, Jan. 1. Tickets are $59, $44, $34 and $12. Call 481-4849. Me and My GirlBroadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort MyersTake in this 1937 musical that features The Lambeth Walk, and celebrate with a meal before the show begins. The story revolves around Bill Snibson, a cockney ner-do-well from Lambeth, who discovers hes the heir to the Earl of Hareford. In order to receive his inheritance, however, he has to transform into a proper gentleman. The night begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music and hors doeuvres in the lobby, and shrimp cocktail and an upscale buffet at 7 p.m. The show begins at 9 p.m., with noisemakers, hats, champagne and a countdown at midnight. This annual event is so popular it was close to being sold out at press time. Tickets are $100. Call 278-4422. Coconut Point New Years Eve Weekend Art FestivalCoconut Point, EsteroThe Coconut Point New Years Eve Weekend Art Festival explains it all with its name. It takes place Saturday, Dec. 31, and Sunday, Jan. 1, at Coconut Point in Estero. Approximately 200 artists will exhibit and sell paintings and photography, jewelry, sculpture and more. Prices start at $25 for hand-made earrings and go as high as $50,000 for a metal sculpture. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free. Call (561) 746-6615. The Phantoms at the Phil!The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, NaplesThis show features three veteran tenors who starred in Broadways The Phantom of the Opera: Ron Bohmer, Kevin Gray and Ted Keegan. Joining them will be three of Phantoms leading ladies: Terri Bibb, Karen Culliver and Mary DArcy. This sextet will perform selections from Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and, of course, The Phantom of the Opera, accompanied by the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, with Ron Spigelman conducting. The New Years Eve Gala begins at 7 p.m. with hors doeuvres and champagne reception preceding show time at 8 p.m. Tickets are $150, $129 and $119. Call 597-1900. NYE: Shaken, Not StirredCultural Center Theatre, Port CharlotteTurning Leaf Productions presents its annual New Years Eve show that showcases five professional vocalists: Brenna Yeary, Judy Alexander, Dennis Hall and the husband-and-wife team of Valerie Sneade and Edward Loder. Backed by a four-piece band, the quintet will perform music of Neil Diamond, Patsy Cline, The Drifters, Jimmy Buffett, Bill Haley and the Comets, Elvis, Aretha Franklin and more. Performances are at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call (941) 206-5323. And, this year, a traditional New Years event occurs right after New Years Eve: Salute to Vienna: New Year Concert 2012 The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers Welcome the New Year with the Strauss Symphony Orchestra of America. With Peter Sommerer, the orchestra will perform at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2. The program features soprano Monika Fischl and tenor Daniel Vadasz, both from Budapest, as well as dancers from Ballet St. Polten, Austria and the International Champion Ballroom Dancers. Tickets are $69, $64, $59 and $49. Call 481-4849. Its almost Christmas, which means New Years Eve will be here before you know it. So decide where youd like to be, pick up the phone, and make your reservation to ring in the New Year by celebrating with the arts. Have an artful New Years EveBY NANCY STETSONnstetson@ oridaweekly.com COURTESY PHOTOEnjoy a Salute to Vienna: New Year Concert 2012 on Jan. 2 at the Barbara B. Mann hall in Fort Myers.COURTESY PHOTOSAbove: Me and My Girl is at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. Left: The Phantoms at the Phil is in Naples at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.comWEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C15 Fireworks for allIn Naples: Beginning around 7:30 p.m. at the Naples Pier. Free.New Years Eve on Third Street SouthAll along Third Street S. 434-6533; www.thirdstreetsouth.com 6:30-9:30 p.m.; freeCelebrate the New Year with an evening of music and snow. Burn by Rocky Patel9110 Strada Place 653-9013Enjoy a champagne toast at midnight and tunes by DJ Traveis Mac until 5 a.m. Limited tables and standing room tickets available at press time.AZN Asian CuisineMercato 593-8818; www.aznrestraunt.com 9 p.m.-1 a.m.Live entertainment by Bill Colletti and your choice of two menus ($50 or $100 pe person). Blue MartiniMercato 591-2583; www.bluemartinilounge.com New Years Eve table reservations are sold out; general admission tickets for $40 per person do not guarantee seating. Captain Briens Off the Hook Comedy Club599 S. Collier Blvd. Marco Island 389-6900; www.captbriens.comNew Years Eve dinner and show with headliners Michael Yo from The Chelsea Lately Show and Lynne Koplitz from Comedy Central. 6:30 p.m., $65 per person; 9 p.m., $90. Includes dinner and show, with champagne toast at the late show.Cruise NaplesTin City 263-4949; www.CruiseNaplesFlorida. comFireworks cruise sets sail aboard the Double Sunshine at 6:30 p.m. $65 for adults, $55 for ages 12 and under. The English Pub5047 Tamiami Trail E. 775-3727; www.naplesenglishpub.com 9 p.m.-3 a.m.All-you-can-eat prime rib and seafood buffet, plus George Orr and His World Famous Hot Rod Show. $29.95 and $49.95.Erins Isle 6190 Collier Blvd. 774-18804:30-6:15 p.m., early celebration with regular menu and $10 per person cover charge for party favors, entertainment and a split of Champagne 8 p.m. and after, $15 cover charge to order from a special menu and enjoy a split of champagne and live music.Flemings Prime Steakhouse8595 U.S. 41 N. 598-2424; www.flemingssteakhouse. comThursday, Dec. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 31, enjoy Mot & Chandon Imprial Champagne and a choice of three entres: filet mignon and prawns, prime ribeye steak and king crab or lobster and lobster. Freds Food, Fun & Spirits2700 Immokalee Road 431-79289 p.m.-1 a.m., Rock n Roll New Years Eve with live music by Cary Vhugen and The Ex-Bachelors. $20 per person includes two appetizers and champagne toast.The Inn on FifthFifth Avenue South (888) 403-8778; www.innonfifth.comThe inns New Years package includes a two-night stay, a bottle of bubbly, a reserved table to enjoy the entertainment and dancing in Sugden Plaza on New Years Eve, and breakfast for two on New Years Day. $638 for two guests.The Jolly Cricket720 Fifth Ave.S. 304-94605:30 and 8:30 p.m. seatings for a pre fixe menu.Latitude 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road 596-5600; www.latitudenaples.com8:30 p.m.-2 a.m.. five-course menu with one glass of sparkling wine and live entertainment and dancing with Joe Johnson ($99 per person). Call for reservations.The Little Bar & Restaurant205 Harbor Place, Goodland Marco Island394-5663; www.littlebarrestaurant.com6 p.m., live entertainment with Michael Ward and the Raiford Starke Band. Regular menu and a champagne toast at midnight.Loft 59 Night Club2059 Tamiami Trail East 331-2530; www.loft59nightclub.com 9 p.m.-5 a.m. The New Years Eve Masquerade Ball includes a complimentary champagne toast. $20 general admission, $60 per person or $100 per couple for open bar. For VIP reservations, contact Jessica Stanchfield at (216) 27 2-3552 or Jessicas@loft59nightclub.comM Waterfront GrilleThe Village on Venetian Bay 263-4421; www.mwaterfrontgrille.com8 p.m.-midnight, live jazz 4:30-5:45 p.m., holiday ala carte menu 6-11 p.m., prix fixe menu with four courses for $85 per person.The Marco PrincessMarco River Marina 642-5415; www.themarcoprincess.comChoose from a New Years Eve buffet lunch ($33.95), sunset cocktail cruise ($48.95) or late-night dinner cruise ($145).The Naples Grande Beach Resort475 Seagate Drive 254-5600; www.naplesgranderesort. comBeginning at 8:30 p.m., New Years Eve dinner in the Royal Palm Ballroom, $125 per person. The Naples Princess550 Port O Call Way 649-2275; www.naplesprincesscruises. comSeveral cruises on New Years Eve featuring a gala celebration with an open bar, hors doeuvres and dinner, dancing to live entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.Noodles Italian Caf & Sushi Bar1585 Pine Ridge Road 592-0050; www.noodlescafe.comSpecial dinner items with a champagne toast. DJ starst at 10 p.m.Porkys Last Stand701 Bald Eagle Drive Marco Island394-8727; www.porkyslaststand.com 8 p.m.-1 a.m., New Years Eve Rockin DJ Party The Real Macaw3275 Bayshore Drive 732-1188; www.therealmacawnaples. comLive entertainment begins at 8 p.m. with Mike Brookshire and Friends. Pre fixe or la carte menu available. Call for reservations.The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road 598-6644; www.ritzcarlton.comThe Grill, ala carte holiday menu and live entertainment, with seatings from 5-6:30 p.m. ($155 per person) and 8-10 p.m. ($250 per person, includes champagne toast). Call for reservations.The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort2600 Tiburon Drive 598-6644; www.ritzcarlton.comNew Years Eve: Lemona offers a four-course prix fixe menu, including a champagne toast and entertainment, with seatings from 6-6:30 p.m. ($150 for adults, $30 for children) or 8-8:30 p.m. ($200 per person, includes champagne toast). New Years Day: Brunch from 11 a.m.2 p.m. ($99 for adults, $49 for children).Roys 475 Bayfront Place, Naples; 261-1416 26831 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 498-7697 www.roysrestaurant.comEnjoy a four-course prix fixe menu on New Years Eve. Call for reservations.Sale e PepeMarco Beach Ocean Resort Marco Island 393-1600; www.sale-e-pepe.comNew Years Eve dinner ($79) New Years Day brunch ($39 for adults, $19 for ages 3-12)Sea Salt1186 Third St. S. 434-7258; www.seasaltnaples.comSpecial New Years Eve ccelebration menu and live entertainment.Seminole Casino Immokalee (800) 218-0007Countdown to the New Year beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Zig Zag Lounge, where there will be live entertainment throughout the day as well as a ball drop, party favors and a complimentary drink as midnight approaches.ShulasThe Hilton Naples 5111 Tamiami Trail N. 659-3111; www.hiltonnaples.comCelebrate the possibilities of 2012 with a dinner selected from a special New Years Eve menu (regular dinner menu also available). Reservations are required.Stoneys Steakhouse403 Bayfront Place 435-9353; www.stoneyssteakhouse. com5 p.m. seating, prix fixe menu ($50 per person); 8 p.m. seating, prix fixe menu ($80 per person). Call for reservations.Vergina700 Fifth Ave. S. 659-7008; www.verginarestaurant.com5 p.m., New Years Eve first seating; 7 p.m., New Years Eve second seating. Reservations required. NEW YEARS EVE >> jec t bo o >> Eve gra m Th e or m
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Illuminate Your Holiday Season with Nine Nights of Lights!December 20-23 & 26-30 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. each nightEnjoy live musical performances, family activities and hundreds of lights throughout the Garden every night!A Winter Solstice Celebration is back!Night Lights Dont miss additional activities on: December 20th The Wholetones Concert (Garden Members are Free This Night!) December 22nd Movie Screening: The Polar Express Please, no food or outside alcoholic beverages in the Garden during the event.Night Lights Admission: $15 for Non Members Adult / $5 Non Members Children $7 for Member Adult / $3 Member Children 4820 Bayshore Drive Naples, FL 34112 877.433.1874 www.naplesgarden.org Thank You to our Sponsors: www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC22 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 SOCIETY Festival of Trees at the Village for Boys and Girls Club of Collier CountyWe 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. 1 Kelly Capolino, Scott Robertson, Kristin Cartwright and Melissa Taylor 2 Jay and Lisa Merritt 3 Barbara and Arturo Samaniego 4 Kayla Courtney and Andrea Gibson 5. Terry and Christine Flynn 6. Chuck and Kate Goss, Sandy and Jerry Twetten 7. Dee and King WebsterfCHARLIE MCDONALD / FLORIDA WEEKLY 1 2 4 7 6 5 3
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC26 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 VINOChampagne makes the holidays or any day sparkle The holidays are a time of celebration, parties with family and friends and sharing gifts. Its the time of year when people traditionally break out Champagnes and sparkling wines, the quintessential drink of celebration. Whether you choose classic French Champagne, a lively sparkling wine from California, a Spanish cava or Italian prosecco, the trick is to get the best bubble for your buck. So does it matter whether its a true Champagne or some other sparkling wine? I dont think so. What matters is what you like. When it comes to sparklers, production style, grapes and terroir create the different flavors and aromas as well as the amount and size of the bubbles. Champagne and many sparkling wines are made in the methode champenoise style, one bottle at a time. After the initial fermentation, winemakers add a smidgen of sugar and yeast, causing a secondary fermentation in the sealed bottle. When the bottles are stored neck down in racks, the sediments move to the neck, which then are quick frozen, and the bottles opened, expelling an ice plug containing the sediments. A small dosage of wine is added to refill the bottles, which are then sealed with an oversized cork and wire hood. Bulk-process sparkling wines are made in a similar fashion, but the container holds thousands of gallons, with individual bottles filled only after after the final dosage. Heres a quick primer on the most popular types, along with my sparkling wine picks for the holidays and one bit of advice: Dont wait for the New Year to drink sparkling wine. It makes any day a special occasion. Champagne: Champagne is produced only in the Champagne district of France, using primarily chardonnay or pinot noir grapes. Styles include Brut non-vintage, vintage, ros and special cuves. They also can be blanc de blanc, from white grapes only, a blanc de noir, from black grapes only, or a ros. Many large producers make Champagnes with grapes purchased from other growers. These include Mumms, Veuve-Clicquot and Piper-Hiedsieck. A smaller amount of Champagne is grown and produced by single growers. Their wines are distinct in taste because they are not blended with the grapes of other producers. Look for labels such as Egly-Ouriey and Pierre Moncuit and others with an RM (recoltantes-manipulants) on the label, signifying they are grower Champagnes. Sparkling wine: Sparkling wines are made all around the world. Some of the best come from California, produced by French winemakers in the methode champenoise. These labels include Roederer Estate, Mumms Napa and Domaine Carneros (owned by Taittinger). Perhaps the most famous sparkler from California is the highly acclaimed Schramsberg, which topped Dom Perignon and other top French Champagnes in a recent blind tasting. Cava: While you will not confuse these Spanish wines with top selections from France or the United States, they are made in the methode champenoise style. Lightbodied and refreshing, they are reasonably priced at about $15 to $20. Prosecco: Made in the bulk process, these wines are generally light, dry and full of fresh flavors. Value priced at less than $15, they are best served as an aperitif.Sparkling picks of the week: Alfred Gratien Brut NV, $70: Fresh apple and peach aromas with a touch of citrus and tropical fruits on the palate, and a light toast finish. Casteller Cava Brut NV, $15: Dry, clean and refreshing aroma of lime and citrus, with green apple and citrus flavors and a crisp finish. Duval Leroy Brut NV, $40: Big, full body with floral, lemon and nut aromas and a citrusy mineral flavor, excellent bubbles and nice lasting finish. Nicolas Feuillatte Blue Label Brut NV, $35: Rich floral aromas with pear, apple and hazelnuts on the nose, opening to citrus and honey flavors with a crisp acidity. Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut NV, $20: Estate-grown blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, along with oak aging, gives a rich aroma of apple and cinnamon, followed by pear and apple flavors and a long balanced finish. Schramsberg Brut Ros 2007, $35: Aromas of strawberry and watermelon followed by stone fruit, citrus and berry flavors and lingering spicy finish. Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc 2008, $36: Fruity apple and lime aromas, with flavors of tropical fruits, pineapple and pear, and a long balanced finish ending with a light spice. Stellina di Notte Prosecco NV, $16: Light aromas of pear and citrus, with flavors of citrus and light almond, and just a touch of sweetness. Taittinger La Francaise: Champagne Brut NV, $35: Rich aromas of lemon and apple, with orchard fruit flavors and a firm acidity, ending in a medium spicy finish. Veuve Clicquot Brut Ros NV, $45: Light pink in color with floral and berry nose leads into raspberry and apricot flavors with a rich balanced finish. i g a l p D jimMcCRACKENvino@floridaweekly.com Get Florida Weekly for iPadTM on the App store and read your favorite newspaper just like the hard copy. IN THE KNOW. IN THE NOW.FREE FOR ALL THE FUTURE OF NEWSPAPERS IS HERE Visit us online at www.FloridaWeekly.comEnjoy a complete issue of Florida Weekly on your iPad. Get News, Arts & Entertainment, Business & Real Estate, everything that is in the print edition, now on the iPad.Download it FREE today!iPad is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. All rights reserved.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 22-28, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C27 food & wine CALENDAR Thursday, Dec. 22, 5-7 p .m., Sea Salt: Bottles of Naples hosts a tasting of the finest cavas from Spain; 1186 Third St. S.; 434-7258. Reservations required. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 6:30-8:30 p .m., The Wine Merchant: Sample the sparkling wines from Schramsberg that outscored Dom Perignon and Roderer Crystal in a blind tasting; 12820 Tamiami Trail N.; 5920000. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 5:307:30 p.m., Shulas Steak House: Sample five bourbons from around the world paired with complimentary hors doeuvres; $20 in advance, $25 at the door; 5111 Tamiami Trail N. For reservations, call 659-3176. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 6-8 p .m., T he Good Life of Naples: Shelly Connors shows guests how to create a winter seafood fest featuring a monkfish stew, salmon in parchment and steamed mussels; $60, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 514-4663. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 6-8 p .m., The Good Life of Naples: Shelly Connors leads Italian boot camp; $50, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 514-4663.Farmers markets Wednesday, 1:30-5:30 p .m., St. Monicas Episcopal Church, 7070 Immokalee Road; 591-4550. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., the Marco Island Farmers Market, Veterans Community Park, Marco Island. Friday, 11 a.m.2 p .m., the Government Complex farmers market, 3335 U.S. 41 E. Saturday, 7:30-11:30 a.m., Third Street South, behind Tommy Bahamas between Third Street and Gordon Drive. Saturday, 7 a.m.-noon, the B onita Springs Lions C lub farm market, The Promenade, 26851 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs. Saturday, 8 a.m.1 p .m., the North Naples Green Market at the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, off Airport Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads. Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon, Fr eedom Park farmers market, 151 Golden Gate Parkway. Send items to email@example.com. A new waterfront restaurant opens Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Naples Harbour. Gordons on the River aims to revive the era of private supper clubs, serving a traditional steak and seafood menu with classics such as veal Oscar and Florida lobster thermidor. With just 60 seats indoors as well as a spacious bar and outdoor terrace Gordons has been designed to create a warm, elegant setting for patrons. Memberships are available and non-members can obtain guest memberships. Heading the culinary team is Chef Andrew McLaughlin, most recently of The Club at Mediterra. Sommelier Ian Ponsford also comes from The Club at Mediterra, following eight years as sommelier for The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. At the front of the house are two wellknown Lee County restaurateurs: Audrey Kassem, food and beverage director, who previously managed Ellingtons Jazz Club and Portofinos on Sanibel; and Roberta Brucie Oliphant, chief culinary consultant, who spent three decades with the Veranda restaurant in downtown Fort Myers. Naples Harbour is at 475 North Road. Call 213-1441 or visit www.FloridaMarinaClubs.com. An exotic blend of flavorsKomoon Thai Sushi & Ceviche recently opened in Mission Square Plaza, offering Thai, Japanese and Peruvian fare. In addition to the sushi and ceviche mentioned in the name, the menu includes a host of cooked fare that represents classic dishes from each of the three countries. Owners Saifon Sombun and Paul and Fabiola Adrianzen have hired chefs who are well acquainted with each countrys foods. They also promise a warm, hospitable atmosphere to complement the voluminous menu. Komoon is open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Its at 1575 Pine Ridge Road. Call 596-9991 or visit www.komoonthai.com. Time for truffles at AngelinasThankfully, theres no snow here around the holidays, but Angelinas offers a truffle menu for those who want something white right about now. The prized white truffle appears in a special three-course dinner. For $120 per person, it includes: duck liver terrine with pancetta and mushrooms; tagliarini with sage and grana padano; and pan-seared wild sea bass, crispy truffled potatoes and roasted leeks finished with Meyer lemon crema. Each course can also be ordered individually. Our menu expertly complements these extraordinary seasonal ingredients, says Ken Knief, director of operations. The sophisticated flavor of the white truffle pair s brilliantly with butter for dressing pastas and potato dishes. The restaurant also offers some nightly holiday specials. On Thursday, Dec. 22, its buy one beer or wine by the glass in the lounge and get one free. On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 23-24, guests will enjoy a complimentary miniature rum cake. Angelinas is open 5-9 p.m. Sunday and 5-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Its at 24041 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs. For information or reservations, call 390-3187 or visit www.angelinasofbonitasprings.com.A perfect 10 for Norman LoveWhen Norman Love opened his chocolate business a decade ago, he envisioned a wholesale concern that would sell to a select group of hotels. But the public quickly figured out where he was and began lining up for his ultra-premium, handcrafted goodies. Ten years later, Norman Love Confections operates salons in Fort Myers and Naples and supplies chocolate lovers around the world via Internet sales. To celebrate his decade of success, Mr. Love is giving away $10,000 in gift cards over the next 10 months, randomly inserting them in signature green gift boxes of 15 pieces or larger sold in the Fort Myers and Naples salons. The salons are at 3747 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (687-7215) and 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., Fort Myers (561-7215). Naples Originals gift certificatesLooking for a last-minute gift for a food lover? Members of the Naples originals, a group of locally owned restaurants, are offering a limited number of discounted gift certificates on their website. Those worth $50 sell for $35; $25 certificates are $17.50. Among those that still had certificates available early in the week were the Sunburst Caf, Pelican Larrys and The Village Pub. Go to www.naplesoriginals. com and click on the gift certificate page. It will show which restaurants still have certificates available. They are immediately e-mailed to you.A new chef at NoodlesMartyn Marty Freeman has joined the culinary team of Noodles Italian Caf & Sushi Bar as chef. He previously served as chef de cuisine at Bistro 821 and as sous chef at Michaels Caf. Chef Marty brings more than two decades of cooking and catering experience to our kitchen, says Executive Chef Seth Berman. Noodles is in Mission Square Plaza, 1585 Pine Ridge Road. Call 370-6577 or visit www. noodlescafe.com.Still time to snag SeesThere are still a few more days left to purchase Sees Candies at its temporary location at the Coastland Center. The holiday gift center remains open through Monday, Dec. 26. Among this years offerings are a Winter Wonderland box, truffles, gourmet lollipops and peanut brittle. To take a look at all the offerings, visit www.sees. com or see them up close and personal at Coastland Center. CUISINEIntroducing Gordons, an upscale dinner club on the river karenFELDMAN firstname.lastname@example.org Inside Gordon's on the River All set at Gordons on the River COURTESY PHOTOSGordon's on the River See's "Winter Wonderland"