Older volunteers welcome among Peace Corps ranks

Carol Arnold always wanted to join the Peace Corps and felt like she’d missed out. Family and work obligations took precedence over volunteering abroad in her 20s and 30s. More...

Posted 2/15/2017 05:42 AM

Year-old nonprofit gives hope and help to Hondurans

When Tish Tarpley told her friend Carol Lutgen about a Honduran girl who had never walked, Lutgen felt compelled to help. More...

Posted 12/28/2016 08:20 AM

Young professionals will have a ball at the Knickerbocker Estate

The social calendar is peppered with prestigious events that take place in Lee and Collier counties, raising money to combat health problems, help underserved children and families and other worthy causes.  More...

Posted 9/27/2016 06:56 PM

For foundation’s clients, freedom comes over them in waves

Some years ago, Debra Frenkel of Naples was working in an urban Chicago high school as a social worker. She also was suffering from job burnout and dreaming of freedom. So she decided to learn to sail. More...

Posted 8/30/2016 05:59 PM

Woman on a mission enlists others and watches miracles multiply

By simple definition, miracles defy explanation.  More...

Posted 6/28/2016 08:15 PM

Local Rotarians help drive international effort offering hope to children afflicted with polio

Rotary International played a major role in the near eradication of the polio virus, worldwide, through vaccinations. More...

Posted 3/30/2016 09:36 AM

Heart Walk put hearts and soles on Coconut Road

Nearly 250 walkers left the Commons Club at the Brooks at 9 a.m. on a cool Saturday morning, February 6, and put their hearts and “soles” into walking for hearts. The 3-mile round trip on Coconut Road also had a 1-mile marker. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 06:38 PM

Global polio eradication update

In 1988, the Rotary Club International Foundation developed a 30-year plan with an ambitious goal – eradicating polio worldwide. More...

Posted 12/15/2015 05:48 PM

Driven by the same goal

They arrive at the Gulf Coast Literacy Council from different countries with different backgrounds but the same goal — to learn English. More...

Posted 10/28/2015 04:36 PM

Josh The Baby Otter wants kids to be water safe

The children could barely contain their excitement as a giant, plush otter walked into their classroom at Literacy Council Gulf Coast. More...

Posted 8/26/2015 09:36 AM

A New Scoreboard For The Tennis Team

Bonita Springs — Sometimes tennis is just not enough. Maggie Otero read about YMCA READS and like the Pied Piper, she led members from her tennis team to Bonita Springs Elementary School. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 12:03 PM

Avow Hospice Offers Comfort, Care and Understanding

While other people go to parties to meet friends, 93 year-old George Merritt visits hospitals to make friends. Like many others bringing comfort and peace to individuals nearing the end of life, Merritt is a volunteer with Avow Hospice in Naples. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 07:49 AM

Highland Woods Golf and Country Club Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Patients

Bonita Springs — Suellen Maxwell is a 15-year survivor of breast cancer. More...

Posted 2/11/2015 12:44 PM

Seeking a Cure, With Kindness

Bonita Springs — “Being diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is like being struck by lightning when you’re not even in the rain,” says Bonita Springs resident Madeline Kennedy. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Reading, ‘Rithmetic and Rabbits

North Naples — On late afternoons at the Gargiulo Education Center, Katie Stack holds the front door wide open as yellow school buses pull up on Railhead Boulevard. Children pour out of the buses after a long day at school. They are all smiles. More...

Posted 12/31/2014 09:57 AM

Band of Brothers

For more than 25 years, Los Hermanos have been helping residents of Bonita Springs.

Bonita Springs — Like most of the homes in the Rosemary Park neighborhood, the little yellow house with orange trim on Noble Lane is neatly kept, unassuming and compact yet comfortable. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

Holiday On The House

Bonita Springs — Campbell Gault, owner of Fitzgerald’s Pub, enjoys giving something back. So he sent out an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner, on the house.  More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

Serving Goodwill By The Cupful

For Café Of Life, A Permanent Location Is A Dream Realized

By 9:45 a.m., there’s already a line forming at Café of Life’s new location in Bonita Springs’ Leitner Neighborhood Park. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 12:10 PM

Pin Up for Pink

Bonita Springs — Pink will be the prevailing theme on Sunday, October 26th along with swing, music that is, with dancing and prizes, all to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  More...

Posted 10/1/2014 01:14 PM

Delivered with Love

Bonita Springs — In August, residents of Worthington delivered multiple cartons of donated school supplies, approximately 13,800 items, to delighted teachers at Bonita Springs Elementary School and new school principal Susan Caputo. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 06:19 PM

Hope and Help for Those with Blood Cancers

Blood cancer, most commonly known as leukemia and lymphoma, is among our most mysterious and deadly diseases, with no known cause, no diagnostic techniques for early detection, no warning, and symptoms that often delay diagnosis until other more comm More...

Posted 5/28/2014 11:41 AM

Gene Doyle Backcountry Catch and Release Fishing Tournament

Naples – Keeping alive the memory of the adventurous spirit of one young man, Gene Doyle, and encouraging that same spirit among others are the goals of the 17th Annual Gene Doyle Backcountry Catch and Release Fishing Tournament scheduled for April 2 More...

Posted 4/16/2014 03:45 PM

The Bridge Fund Reaches from Neighbor to Neighbor

Bonita Springs – Was it serendipity when Mike Beebe and his Pelican Landing neighbor discussed a 20/20 homeless documentary they had both seen? Was homelessness an issue here? They wanted to know. More...

Posted 3/26/2014 02:14 PM

Swashbuckling Missionary at Tiller of 300 Mile Race

When Bob Nichols— aka “Backwater Bob”—left Tampa Bay’s Fort Desoto at seven a.m. on March 1st as a lone kayaker in his Hobie T craft, he wasn’t sure how long it would take him to paddle the 300 miles to Key Largo. More...

Posted 3/26/2014 02:14 PM

Friends of Salvation Army Expand the Reach

Bonita Springs – Heloise described the Friends of Salvation Army as having thrift that rivaled her own, “Those people can squeeze a penny further than Heloise,” she said after visiting Southwest Florida as guest speaker fo More...

Posted 3/12/2014 12:44 PM

It takes a village to prepare students for success

Students at Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts have kept the pace with rapid changes in computer technology. More...

Posted 2/15/2017 05:42 AM

‘Love where you live’ has personal meaning for Arla Schweinberg

Arla Schweinberg began the demolition work in her Imperial Harbor home expecting a remodeling job to happen as planned, but it didn’t. More...

Posted 10/26/2016 10:58 AM

Church dedicates a wing to all types of addiction recovery

Even in this high-tech age, some information spreads quickly in the simplest of ways.  Since January, when the Rev. More...

Posted 9/27/2016 06:56 PM

Troops keep asking for cookies from ‘Mama’

“The Lord didn’t bless me with children,” said Jean Frady. Even so, she’s known as “Mama Jean” to plenty.  More...

Posted 7/27/2016 06:58 AM

Woman of the Year gives back wherever she lives

Strange but true: The journey of Teri Lamaine that recently led to being named Woman of the Year by the Zonta Club of Bonita Springs began with a marriage proposal.  More...

Posted 4/12/2016 05:16 PM

Working to make a difference, not just a living

When Sam Cobb boarded a plane in 2007 for a trip to China he had no idea that the journey would be a life-changing experience. More...

Posted 2/24/2016 08:55 AM

Walk for Wishes

The Sixth Annual Walk for Wishes 5K Walk/Run kicks off at FGCU on Sat., Feb. 27, 2016.  Last year more than $85,000 was raised which granted the wishes of 17 children facing life-threatening medical conditions in Southwest Florida.  More...

Posted 2/9/2016 06:38 PM

Parkinson Association treating the symptoms early

Improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families is of primary importance to Ellen Chaney and Amy Novakovich of the Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida, Inc.  More...

Posted 11/11/2015 03:28 PM

Photo Patch connects children to incarcerated parents

When a parent goes to jail, the entire family suffers. Children of incarcerated adults often must go weeks or even months without seeing their moms or dads. In this absence of contact, letter writing becomes invaluable. More...

Posted 9/29/2015 08:18 PM

Freezing cancer out cold at Skate For Hope

The cool indoor temperatures of a skating rink offer the perfect spot to weather a sweaty, Southwest Florida summer day. But getting relief from the heat is hardly the only reason you should head to Skate For Hope at Germain Arena. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 11:29 AM

Building Bridges In The Community

On March 9th, students at Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts presented a big thank you. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 11:16 AM

Our Mother’s Home

Fort Myers — “Where children are cherished and futures are fostered,” is more than a catch phrase for Our Mother’s Home. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

Quilts and Comfort for Wounded Warriors

Estero — Estero snow-bird Patrecia (Pat) Ross is no relation to Betsy Ross, but she and her group of “soldier quilt ladies” are just as dedicated to supporting America’s warriors.  More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Why Locals Volunteer

Southwest Florida volunteers make wishes come true on a daily basis. And for them, volunteering brings a joy they never imagined. More...

Posted 1/14/2015 05:41 PM

Uncovering Hidden History

Out of sight can be out of mind. History can be hidden for many reasons. Our speakers this year will talk about historic places and events that are removed from us by physical distance, by intentional acts or simply by the passage of time. More...

Posted 12/31/2014 09:57 AM

Eyeball Soiree Envisions Unique Fun Raiser

Bonita Springs — This is an eyecatching name for a unique evening. Festivities at the Eyeball Soiree will include a VIP party in the gallery at historic Wonder Gardens. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

Greenwood Family Helps Los Hermanos And Their Neighbors

Bonita Springs — Chip Greenwood was presented a plaque in November by Brother Ben McDonough of the Christian Brothers and Los Hermanos in appreciation for his family’s support of a summer day camp which benefits children of Rosemary Park More...

Posted 11/26/2014 12:37 PM

Lions Plan Greatest Thing Since Night Baseball At Dog Track

Bonita Springs — “This year it will be the greatest thing since night baseball,” said John Elliff.  More...

Posted 10/1/2014 01:14 PM

270 Pairs of Shoes, Countless Smiles

Naples — A new pair shoes for the first day of school still makes children smile, especially if it’s their first pair of new shoes. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 06:19 PM

Green Thumbs in the Community

Interfaith Charities of South Lee County (ICSLC) has been serving area residents for more than twenty years. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 12:45 PM

Changing Lives Through Therapeutic Riding

Naples — Davis Vertin, 17, walked slowly beside the young man and his horse. Vertin was responsible for the safety of both the rider and the horse. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 11:41 AM

Angels Undercover Provide Clothing Necessities to Local Schoolchildren

Naples — In 2010, when Naples resident Jackie Bennett and her friends realized that three out of five Collier County school children lacked even the basic necessities of socks and undergarments, they decided to change that—one child at a time. More...

Posted 4/30/2014 01:13 PM

Ellen Nichols Named Hometown Gem

Bonita Springs — Amore Jewelers recently awarded its first Annual Hometown Gem Award to Ellen Nichols on Friday, April 11. More...

Posted 4/16/2014 03:45 PM

Making the Constitution Relevant Today

A total of 18 New Horizons students will compete in a national contest producing their choice of either films, essays, speeches, songs or public service announcements to convey the importance of the Constitution and what it means to them.  More...

Posted 3/26/2014 02:14 PM

Friends of Hope Celebrate Ten Years of Support at Annual Spring Luncheon

Bonita Springs — Wear pearls to the Hope Hospice Annual Spring Luncheon at Hyatt Coconut Point Resort Monday, April 7, 2014 and receive a raffle ticket for prizes at this 30th anniversary celebration. More...

Posted 3/12/2014 12:44 PM