2017-10-01 / Commentary

Here to help

By Peter A. O’Flinn

Peter A. O’Flinn Peter A. O’Flinn From the Publisher

Like most of Southwest Florida, this edition of the Spotlight looks a little different this month. Irma has challenged all of us to work together and help our neighbors. Our communities have come together to help each other. This edition tells some of these stories.

You’ll read about Jason Winter, who traveled to Naples from Atlanta to provide Hope thru Soap. You’ll read about volunteers from local churches and national organizations converging on Living Waters Church in Estero to provide thousands of meals to people in need. We’ve featured first-person accounts from our editor Dayna Harpster, and Carlos Torres, a ninth grade high school student.

Some of our regular columns don’t appear in this edition. They’ll be back next month when we return to our seasonal schedule, publishing twice a month. Many of you have traveled around the world with the Spotlight this summer; those photos will also return next month.

We’re all trying to get back to normal. Getting there will be a much longer road for some than others. It’s important for us to remember that many of our readers, friends and neighbors will continue to need our help. We’ll be sure to cover these stories in the months to come. If you have a story we should feature in our pages, please contact our Managing Editor Kathy O’Flinn, at kathy@swspotlight.com.

Irma has created a surge of business for some and a drastic decline for others. Businesses looking to reach our readers should contact our Advertising Sales Manager Nancy Holloran, at nancy@swspotlight.com or 239-273-5479. Please continue to support our local businesses and remember to only hire licensed and state-certified contractors.

The Spotlight is proud to be your community resource and we will continue to be here to help as our community rebuilds and recovers. Throughout the summer, we’ve been working hard to improve the Spotlight. You’ll notice some exciting changes as we unveil the new and improved Spotlight News Magazine in November.

Peter A. O’Flinn,
President and Publisher

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