Snakes in residence are both beautiful and dangerous

Entering the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Dalton Discovery Center, guests generally begin their tour by walking to the right, entering the upland habitat and working their way past the exhibits until they end up by the large patch reef tank. More...

Posted 2/14/2018 04:35 AM

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Posted 2/14/2018 04:35 AM

Regarding the serve: Keep opponents guessing

There are three things you need to be able to vary to be an effective server: speed, spin and location.  More...

Posted 1/31/2018 04:32 AM

The SPOTLIGHT: benefit for senior services

Naples Senior Center at JFCS hosts Evening for Better Tomorrows

The Naples Senior Center at Jewish Family Community Services of SWFL hosted its annual Evening for Better Tomorrows fundraising gala at Club Pelican Bay last month. More than 250 people attended the evening’s festivities. More...

Posted 1/31/2018 04:32 AM

Corkscrew celebrates local birder’s recordsetting Big Year

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS

Many days in 2017, as the sun rose and the rest of the world slowly unwrapped itself from the warm arms of sleep, Yve Morrell of Naples was already on the hunt. More...

Posted 1/31/2018 04:32 AM

Huskies are woman’s friends and running partners

OurBestFRIENDS

Bonita Springs Dog Beach and dog park are favorite places for Ava and Brody, Siberian huskies whose bright blue eyes and white coats attract attention.  “Before Ava, my last dog was a shih tzu. More...

Posted 1/31/2018 04:32 AM

How the Chokoloskee chicken got its name

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Entering The Conservancy of Southwest Florida grounds, it is not unusual to see small groups of white, medium-size, stilt-legged birds walking along the sides of the road, heads pointed downward, feverishly poking their long, curved reddish-orange be More...

Posted 1/17/2018 05:05 PM

Local author’s dolphin and manatee books celebrate sea life

Author Rosalie Tagg Masella knows quite a bit about dolphins and manatees, the main characters in her two enchanting children’s books, “Adventures of Dingle Dee & Lingle Dee,” and “I Am A Manatee. More...

Posted 12/27/2017 03:54 AM

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Gus is a homebody who protects his family

Gus is a white, fluffy Coton de Tulear, a homebody whose bark warns away strangers and lets his family know someone is coming near. More...

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Posted 12/13/2017 09:21 PM

Dragonfly is the beautiful predator of the sky

Visitors to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are able to view or enter a variety of Florida ecosystems. The Christopher B. More...

Posted 11/29/2017 04:37 AM

Friends of Lovers Key FOLKS plan visitor center

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On November 17, the Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) celebrated 20 years of service to Lovers Key State Park. More...

Posted 11/29/2017 04:37 AM

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Posted 11/29/2017 04:37 AM

Naples Velo Club presents $6,500 to Guadalupe Center for Hurricane Irma relief

The SPOTLIGHT: our readers’ travels

The Naples Velo Club recently presented Guadalupe Center with a check for $6,500 to support its hurricane relief efforts. Guadalupe Center is a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through the education of children. More...

Posted 11/29/2017 04:37 AM

Organic wines: Easy on the Earth and your head

Some of us will care more than others that organic farming puts less strain on the environment.  But everyone hates hangovers, and organic wine is less likely to make your head hurt.  More...

Posted 11/15/2017 04:27 AM

Father and daughter comfort and entertain

Margot and Bill Hill’s white Jack Russell terriers, Bing and his daughter, Cammy – short for Camellia – had their own “go pack” and were well-prepared to weather hurricane Irma, which occurred right after they rode back to Pelican Bay following a nor More...

Posted 10/25/2017 04:27 AM

Butterflies have evolved to survive severe storms

On any sunny day, visitors to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida will see a variety of butterflies in flight. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 04:22 PM

After Irma, we also saw the best of human nature

As you read this, I hope and pray that your life is back to a “good-normal” after the lingering effects of Hurricane Irma. Just as calamity can bring out the selfishness in some people, it can also shine a spotlight on the best of human nature. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 04:22 PM

Carina Noelle brings joy all year

Donna Riccio saw the puppy photo of Noelle, who looked like a little teddy bear, and fell in love. The love affair between the two became mutual after Riccio took her home to become the first pet Riccio and her spouse shared in 27 years of marriage. More...

Posted 8/30/2017 02:57 AM

A river runs through it

The Estero River is a beautiful and peaceful waterway that links the village of Estero with the gorgeous Estero Bay. More...

Posted 8/30/2017 02:57 AM

Find, or be, a superhero

Who is your hero?  We all look in life for role models and people who can inspire us, who we can look up to and model our lives after.  More...

Posted 8/30/2017 02:57 AM

Corkscrew Swamp Sightings: Corkscrew’s ‘super’ ghost orchid delights visitors

As the sunlight filtered through the cypress leaves above, the delicate white petals danced haphazardly in the gentle breeze. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 05:23 PM

Tech Savvy: Take better pictures with your iPhone

There are sometimes small differences between good photos and great photos. Here are a few easy steps to improve your iPhone photos. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 05:23 PM

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Tuscany is the home of Chianti

When I was young, my father would take our family to Rigazzi’s Italian restaurant in St. Louis. More...

Posted 2/14/2018 04:35 AM

Naples-Pelican Bay Rotary Chalk Art Festival

The SPOTLIGHT: community

Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples was closed to vehicular traffic on Saturday, January 27, for the eighth annual Chalk Art Festival so amateur and professional artists could transform Fifth Avenue South into a colorful mile-long concrete canvas. More...

Posted 1/31/2018 04:32 AM

Prepare your smartphone for a trip abroad

Heading to Europe this spring? A cruise? It is natural to take your favorite tech gadget, your smartphone, with you on an international trip because these devices have become part of our everyday lives. More...

Posted 1/31/2018 04:32 AM

The SPOTLIGHT: community

Fighting hunger one bowl at a time

Empty Bowls Naples drew large crowds to Cambier Park on Saturday, Jan. 27, for hot bowls of soup and to raise money and awareness in the fight to end hunger in the community. More...

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In life there are lessons and joys

Mind & SOUL

As we welcome the new year, it is important to reflect on the past. More...

Posted 1/17/2018 05:05 PM

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Brady is a walking partner and companion

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Barbara Weiss was recovering from knee surgery a dozen years ago when her son called to say he bought her a dog. More...

Posted 1/17/2018 05:05 PM

School’s program is a model for digital safety

I’ve covered many features of the iPhone in this column, including ways to get the most out of your device, but in this column I’m taking a different approach: Safety among school-age kids regarding issues such as cyberbullying, over-sharing, privacy More...

Posted 12/27/2017 03:54 AM

Highland Woods Taking Care to see that ‘community’ includes employees

Highland Woods Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs is proud of being a generous and caring community — and Hurricane Irma gave residents another reason for that.  More...

Posted 12/13/2017 09:21 PM

Emotional support dog is Bundles of joy

Bundles has spent the past 15 years as a bundle of joy for her owner, Lisa Kelble, who spends seven months in Bonita Springs but also leads a hectic life in Milan, Ohio. More...

Posted 12/13/2017 09:21 PM

Video doorbell offers security and convenience

Your front door is where you transition from the safety of your home to the outside world. Many comers are welcome, like friends, neighbors, delivery services and contractors, yet some are not. More...

Posted 11/29/2017 04:37 AM

Our NEIGHBOR: Local author wins award for latest children’s book

Start with a delightful children’s story, add watercolor illustrations, mix in original songs and stir in a lot of love. More...

Posted 11/29/2017 04:37 AM

OurBestFRIENDS: Dalmatians have a place in the firetruck and in the heart

For Frank Sullivan it takes only one Dalmatian to bring back his memories of firehouses and all the beautiful Dalmatians he had as mascots before he retired after 25 years of service. More...

Posted 11/29/2017 04:37 AM

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Posted 11/15/2017 04:27 AM

Hurricane Irma can be a path to personal growth

It is still hard to comprehend the devastating impact that Hurricane Irma has had on so many lives. The most obvious is the destruction of our properties. More...

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Posted 10/25/2017 04:27 AM

Social media – magic or madness?

Whether you use social media apps like Facebook and Twitter and Instagram or if you scoff at the all-consuming use, one thing is for certain. It is not going away anytime soon. More...

Posted 10/25/2017 04:27 AM

Hurricanes drive ecosystem change

Hurricane Irma was an unprecedented storm that devastated our communities and will continue to impact the lives of Southwest Floridians for years to come. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 04:22 PM

Trail cameras track wildlife at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is home to a meandering boardwalk where visitors come to enjoy a peaceful stroll through old growth cypress and sight quintessential Florida wildlife from American alligators to zebra long-wing butterflies. More...

Posted 8/30/2017 02:57 AM

Make your iPhone photos outstanding

Last month I shared some tips on how to take better iPhone pictures. (If you missed it, find it online at swspotlight.com.) This month we’ll cover editing those photos to make them even better. Even the best photos can need a little help. More...

Posted 8/30/2017 02:57 AM

Going ‘Sideways’ to film location

As a wine geek whose favorite movies are “Bottleshock” and “Sideways,” I was thrilled to visit the area where the 2004 Academy award-winning movie “Sideways” was filmed.   More...

Posted 8/30/2017 02:57 AM

Our Best Friends: Taser volunteers her medic alert services

Taser is full of life-saving surprises. The large black and tan German shepherd has warned owner Linda Lloyd’s mother twice that her oxygen supply was not connected. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 05:23 PM

Mind & Soul: Resilience can be built to better cope with hardships of life

There is no human being who does not experience challenges, stress or some kind of traumatic event: loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, financial stressors, health problems. These events and experiences shape us and challenge us. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 05:23 PM

Rising and falling water levels change habitats at Corkscrew Swamp

As a spring conservation intern at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, I see the changes to the landscape that occur almost daily when I am performing boardwalk closing duties. In May, I observed the wetlands drying. More...

Posted 6/29/2017 12:19 AM