NAACP celebrates 31 years for its Freedom Fund
Published 02/16/2014 at 4 a.m.
They came bejeweled and attired in evening wear, some adorned with beads and feathered masks in hues of purple, gold and green, to celebrate Mardi Gras, the theme of the 31st annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
Dining In the 239: Hibachi of Japan lets son shine with authentic Japanese cuisine
Published 01/03/2014 at 9 a.m.
A recent entry in the Japanese cuisine lineup, Hibachi of Japan, was opened in mid-November by Jim and Shu Yang, owners of Blue Fish Seafood & Sushi Buffet, in North Naples — and they have given their son, Mike Yang, ...
Historical society gala gets good weather, great news
Published 12/13/2013 at 5:08 p.m.
The annual Palm Cottage gala promised beauty, in its Historic Palm Cottage location. But it also delivered some surprises, including a $1.5 million one.
Strength through adversity: A Thanksgiving tale at Nana's
Published 11/27/2013 at 4:30 a.m.
Nana's Teonta Tems has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
In the 239: Horn player Bill Colletti blew through competition to play with stars
Published 11/14/2013 at 6:29 a.m.
Horn virtuoso Bill Colletti made a splash, without getting wet, on an anniversary cruise with his jazz idol Dave Koz and other luminaries.
2013 NCH Hospital Ball gets a surprise $6 million gift
Published 11/02/2013 at 10 a.m.
It was a high-style, and high hopes gala for NCH at the 55th annual Hospital Ball.
Dining In the 239: Discover PiccoBello, a quaint Italian bistro secreted from rest of world
Published 09/20/2013 at 5:42 a.m.
Finding Ristorante Pizzeria PiccoBello is like discovering a treasure waiting to be explored.
Dining Out: Table 82 is hidden gem where Old 41 meets U.S. 41
Published 08/09/2013 at 11 a.m.
Originally opened as Gabriello’s Manhattan Bar & Grill, Table 82 of Naples has undergone a metamorphosis of owners, but not of style.
Big Al's is more than just a sports grill
Published 05/10/2013 at 5:45 a.m.
More than great sports television viewing, more than ample seating, more than standard pub fare, Big Al’s Sports Grill is becoming well-known for dishes that rival those of more expensive area eateries.
Swinging with a purpose
Published 04/26/2013 at 5:11 p.m.
The power of one impacting the community for the better best describes the efforts of Naples resident Diana Riley. With an intensity of passion for social issues, Riley has been mobilizing her efforts, resources and business acumen toward the mission ...
Dine in or drive thru at Sumo Sushi Sake in North Naples
Published 04/12/2013 at 7 a.m.
The new Sumo Sushi Sake brings trendy Asian cuisine to the masses with a drive-thru option.
Erin's Isle lives on in new location in East Naples
Published 03/15/2013 at 7 a.m.
Many of us recall the popular television show “Cheers” where “everybody knows your name.”
SW Florida’s own swamp diner: Enjoy gators at Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe
Published 03/13/2013 at 7:30 a.m.
Want to get away from it all or leave the usual Naples eating spots behind and go someplace where you can just plain relax?
Dining Out: Parmesan Pete's hits home from Naples, Italy, to Naples, Fla.
Published 02/22/2013 at 7:30 a.m.
They followed the lead of many Italians who made what was at the time a harrowing oceanic voyage from Naples, Italy, to the shores of Ellis Island in New York.
The Village People 35 years and going strong
Published 01/04/2013 at 6:30 a.m.
It's played at sporting events and customarily requested at weddings and even area country club dances — the indomitable "Y.M.C.A." brings hands up to mimic the sign for each letter.
Patio Cafe offers easy dining with outdoor ambiance
Published 12/28/2012 at 6:30 a.m.
One of the latest entries into the local restaurant scene, Patio Café, which opened Nov. 1 in North Naples, is already buzzing with satisfied customers.
Longtime artist Jerry Vallez died, but colleague Jeff Fessenden made sure his last work didn't
Published 12/27/2012 at 4 a.m.
For those who appreciate the aesthetic appeal of an original piece of art and who value owning a work for a personal collection, nothing could be more saddening than seeing a commissioned piece left unfinished because of the death of ...
Gifting From the Heart
Published 12/07/2012 at 5:04 p.m.
Giving out of abundance is a privilege that many of us exercise and one that puts the true meaning of the holiday season into perspective. Local organizations work yearround to prepare for the season of giving and strive to light ...
Next Generation of Volunteers
Published 11/07/2012 at 12:20 p.m.
Too often, those behind the scenes who give of their precious little, personal time, sometimes balancing full schedules of job and family, are not recognized for their selfless devotion to our community as volunteers. More than a sense of civic ...
Alpine Restaurant provides cool, new, Old World respite
Published 08/23/2012 at 6 a.m.
Nestled between stores at the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt in North Naples, Alpine Restaurant is carrying on a tradition offering "the real taste of Europe" started by the same owners at their former Europia Bistro in Pebblebrooke Center in North ...
Legendary J.C.'s to kickoff SummerJazz on the Gulf
Published 06/15/2012 at 4 p.m.
Pack the lawn chairs or grab your favorite beach blanket and head to the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Saturday, June 16 for the much anticipated first concert of the 27th annual SummerJazz on the Gulf music series.
Jazzuo is all that jazz times two
Published 05/03/2012 at noon
Hearing Stu Shelton play a dizzying jazz keyboard composition with nary a ruffle is a treat for Neapolitans who savor and nurture the genre.
Absinthe's ambience, cuisine create chic eatery in North Naples
Published 04/25/2012 at 6 p.m.
Absinthe, the mysterious and once elusive green-colored, anise-flavored spirit, has been memorialized by Armand Alikaj as the name of his three-year-old North Naples restaurant.
Wharf Tavern: Hidden gem beckons Naples Bay diners
Published 03/30/2012 at 4 a.m.
Take a drive downtown into Olde Naples, turn into the Naples Boat Club, and look for a hidden gem tucked away where blue sky meets the calm Naples Bay: Wharf Tavern Restaurant.
The CERTIFIED slice: New pizzeria is Truly Organic with Big Apple roots
Published 03/28/2012 at 4 a.m.
Jason Chang has created 12 signature pies that not only taste authentic but are made from USDA-certified organic ingredients, as he says, “with no exceptions.”
Ready to see some sea shell art? Marco Island Shell Club annual sale is March 8 through 10
Published 03/01/2012 at 2:14 p.m.
If you don’t already know it, a trip to our local beaches on any given day will produce a treasure trove of souvenirs, all without cost.
Cafe Luna offers more to love on Fifth Avenue South
Published 02/17/2012 at 4 a.m.
Literally changing the face of Naples' Fifth Avenue South with its blockbuster "A Veally Good Deal," Cafe Luna has expanded, just in time to celebrate its fifth anniversary.
Komoon creatively commingles 3 cuisines: Thai, sushi and ceviche
Published 01/25/2012 at 4 a.m.
Komoon blends three cuisines artfully and tastefully.
Naples' Omar Baker: Entertaining all his life
Published 01/05/2012 at 5 p.m.
Omar Baker loves to sing and he's been entertaining Naples audiences for years.
Father and daughter duo Cloud 9 make music together
Published 12/22/2011 at 4 a.m.
Many one-name divas have graced the musical scene; we have Cher and Madonna, Beyonce and Sade. Now, local singer Chloe, who also prefers the single moniker wants to number her rising star among that heavenly host and is launching her ...
Rick Howard and Mudbone bring blues to Naples night scene
Published 11/23/2011 at 12:39 p.m.
You can take the man out of Brooklyn but you can't take the Brooklyn out of the man. It's a bit of a twist on the original, but an apt adage for local guitarist and vocalist Rick Howard, who honed ...
Parmesan Pete’s “Big Bite of Brooklyn” in Bonita
Updated 11/16/2011 at 1:53 p.m.
Enjoying genuine, rustic, homemade Italian food in Bonita Springs area just got a little easier. Chef owner Peter Della Rocca of his barely 1-year-old Parmesan Pete’s Italian Kitchen invites the public to visit and enjoy a “Big Bite of Brooklyn.”
Two Naples friends are also top dancers in upcoming Miami Ballet 'Nutcracker'
Published 10/29/2011 at 4 a.m.
Two best friends are now in top roles in the upcoming Naples performances of "The Nutcracker."
Path to success: Feel right at home at Trail Cafe & Grill
Published 10/28/2011 at 12:04 p.m.
Christopher and Trish Jubinville say they just want you to feel as though you’re sitting in their home kitchen. That’s the philosophy behind the warm ambience and homestyle food at the chef husband-and-wife team’s Trail Café & Grill in North ...
Trackside’s chef, Mike Alansky, is passionate about homemade, hand-cut doughnuts
Published 10/11/2011 at 5:27 p.m.
Long considered an American culinary art form, doughnut making in its purest form is the featured item at Trackside Donuts and Café. Open only since Sept. 7, the homey café at the southeast corner of Old 41 and Bonita Beach ...
Jimmy Keys a multi-talent showman
Published 10/04/2011 at 6 a.m.
Cracking up Naples’ audiences for more than 10 years and sometimes billed as “the funny man from across the sea,” Jimmy Keys is truly a one-of-a-kind act. In his high-energy musical and comedy act, Keys delivers hysterical classic rock star ...
From sushi to veggies, Blue Fish features buffet of choices
Published 09/01/2011 at 6 a.m.
Under the business name of Blue Fish, signifying good luck in Japanese culture, Mike and Jennifer Yang, owners of the Japanese seafood buffet and hibachi steakhouse in North Naples, hope to keep their good fortune of success going.Blue Fish earned ...
Geek Skwad roams SWFL club circuit, seeking fun and friends
Published 08/30/2011 at 8:10 p.m.
Undeniably different, The Geek Skwad, has one mission — to bring back fun to the Southwest Florida music scene for audiences from age 21 to 65. There’s nothing too square about that. Different, indeed, from their names to their onstage ...
Bluegrass growing again with regular shows and stars
Published 08/18/2011 at 6 a.m.
The number of Neapolitan bluegrass aficionados is growing as folks realize there’s something fresh and friendly in all that pickin’ and strummin.’ Local musician Russ Morrison is doing his part to bring awareness of this feel-good art to Southwest Floridians ...
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Bluegrass growing again with regular shows and stars
Published 08/18/2011 at 6 a.m.
The number of Neapolitan bluegrass aficionados is growing as folks realize there’s something fresh and friendly in all that pickin’ and strummin.’
Sax appeal and vocals, too, just part of Tim Poindexter’s talents
Published 08/11/2011 at 6 a.m.
Long-time Naples-area favorite sax man Tim Poindexter is keeping it cool over the long summer. For him that means playing cool jazz mixed with soulful vocals. On a recent gig at South Street City Oven and Grill, Poindexter warmed-up the ...
CTO High Voltage soaks up summer gigs
Published 07/20/2011 at 6 a.m.
Steve McDougall looks forward to the summer when his band CTO High Voltage can perform in public and showcase its music. And these days, he says that his seven-year-old band is at its best. The band’s repertoire includes music by ...
Jazzin' it up: Unique sound helps keep Bill Colletti in demand
Published 07/05/2011 at 3:12 p.m.
Fuse music featuring Bill Colletti, showcases the sultry sounds of his horn playing accompanied by more than 1200 quality music tracks in a variety of musical styles including jazz, swing, Latin, pop, rock and country.“Having a unique act that provides ...
Latitude features flair for Florida fusion food
Published 06/23/2011 at noon
Latitude, a new local entry in smart casual dining featuring Florida fusion cuisine, boasts that it has “the right attitude.” Occupying the former space of Café Italia in the Naples Walk shopping center, the restaurant is poised for success, judging ...
Get your claws quick: Restaurants to try for stone crabs before the season ends May 15
Published 04/27/2011 at 10:21 a.m.
Get your crab claws before it’s too late. The end of stone crab season is fast approaching on May 15, so if you have not yet indulged in the sought-after delicacy, plan to get out to any number of local ...
Young artists discover whimsical sides during 'Tools in Motion' activity day
Published 03/26/2011 at 6 p.m.
Music legend Jimi Hendrix once said that “You have to use fantasy to show different sides of reality.” The “Tools in Motion: Works from the Hechinger Collection” exhibit, on display at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, does ...
Artists trade chopsticks for bamboo brushes
Published 02/11/2011 at 1:43 p.m.
After enjoying a Chinese lunch last week, a group of artists traded their chopsticks for bamboo brushes and rice bowls for rice paper and practiced the art of Chinese brush painting in the time-honored tradition of copying from master works. ...
Experience counts in the travel industry
Published 12/22/2010 at 9:12 a.m.
Pat and Jack Hazen, originally from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, operate the Bonita Springs agency. Their recipe for business success is simple and works well.
Brooklyn Oven owners brings time-tested family recipes to his Bonita restaurant
Published 08/28/2010 at 11:40 p.m.
There are a couple of things that our northern visitors and residents can’t get enough of - good bread and good pizza. Claiming to be able to satisfy at least one of those yearnings, Bill Bellucci, owner of newly opened, ...
Wongs bring taste of Far East to Bonita
Published 03/21/2010 at 11:34 p.m.
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, David Wong operated restaurants from Los Angeles to Miami, which served French and Thai cuisine. Now, in Bonita Springs, he wants to show off his authentic Asian culinary skills, finely honed over 30 years spent in ...