Look for the Helpers: Extending Hope during the Holidays

By Meg Daradanova Holiday cheer abounds this time of year, but for many, it’s not a given. Those struggling with poverty, loneliness, or other adversities, could use an “elf” or an “angel” to lift their circumstances and spirits. Thankfully, many local organizations and individuals give generously, not only through donations but also by volunteering their…

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MARSALA ITALIAN RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA: Serving Classic Italian Cuisine, with Pride

By Laura J. Cummings When you enter Marsala, you become family. It doesn’t matter if you’re a regular at this longstanding Estero eatery, or if you’ve never before ventured in. Everyone is welcomed with a huge smile from the founder and patriarch, Calogero Marsala, who goes by the much easier-to-pronounce “Charlie.” Closely following this hearty…

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Big Changes Bring Extra Excitement to Everblades Hockey

By Scott Graison It’s yet another exciting time to be a Florida Everblades fan. The team comes off its 21st ECHL season with 50 wins for only the third time in club history, plus the Blades qualified for the conference finals for the second consecutive year. This was just the second time in team history…

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THE FRENCH BRASSERIE RUSTIQUE: Step into Nostalgic Paris & Stay for a While

By Laura J. Cummings The French Brasserie Rustique 365 5th Avenue S., Naples 239.315.4019 www.thefrenchnaples.com “I don’t like to feel stuffy,” says Chef Vincenzo Betulia. It’s an interesting statement from a man whose goal for the last 20 years has been to elevate the local dining scene. And by all accounts, he has. His newest…

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What’s in Our Water?

By Victoria Kinley Village of Estero Teams Up with The Water School at FGCU to Find Out Recent headlines of red tide, blue-green algae and flesh-eating bacteria can make our home seem less and less like the “paradise” we signed up for. As the population of Southwest Florida continues to increase, finding solutions to these water issues is…

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Look for the Helpers: Extending Hope during the Holidays

By Meg Daradanova Holiday cheer abounds this time of year, but for many, it’s not a given. Those struggling with ...
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MARSALA ITALIAN RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA: Serving Classic Italian Cuisine, with Pride

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Big Changes Bring Extra Excitement to Everblades Hockey

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By Scott Graison It’s yet another exciting time to be a Florida Everblades fan. The team comes off its 21st ECHL season with 50 wins for only the third time in club history, plus the Blades qualified for the conference ...
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What’s in Our Water?

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By Victoria Kinley Village of Estero Teams Up with The Water School at FGCU to Find Out Recent headlines of red tide, blue-green algae and flesh-eating bacteria can make our home seem less and less like the “paradise” we signed up for. As ...
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LJ’s Corner — Deconstructing Friends

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Recently, a friend from high school visited me for just a few days of fun and frolic. Yup, we found each other on Facebook. Haven’t seen her in over 40-some-odd years. Of course, the requisite, “Wow, you haven’t changed a ...
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Recent FGCU Grads Cofound Tech Startup: Fieldr

Two recent Florida Gulf Coast University graduates, as of May 2019, are working together as co-f0unders of a tech startup called Fieldr. Fieldr is a web-based application that streamlines the engagement between Students and Recruiters. Our focus is on bridging ...
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MARSALA ITALIAN RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA: Serving Classic Italian Cuisine, with Pride

By Laura J. Cummings When you enter Marsala, you become family. It doesn’t matter if you’re a regular at this longstanding Estero eatery, or if ...

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THE FRENCH BRASSERIE RUSTIQUE: Step into Nostalgic Paris & Stay for a While

By Laura J. Cummings The French Brasserie Rustique 365 5th Avenue S., Naples 239.315.4019 www.thefrenchnaples.com “I don’t like to feel stuffy,” says Chef Vincenzo Betulia. It’s an interesting statement from ...
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KC AMERICAN BISTRO

By Laura J. Cummings KC American Bistro University Village Shops 19810 Village Center Dr., Estero 239.237.2133 www.kcamericanbistro.com Increase your Culinary IQ (& treat your tastebuds, too!) Quick: What’s your favorite ...

Casual Eats

By Laura J. Cummings Ah summertime…the perfect time to explore, not only new places but new foods! Dive in with all your senses and discover ...

Shangri-La Springs introduces ‘Harvest & Wisdom’ menu

Harvest & Wisdom, a farm-to-table organic restaurant to open this summer at Shangri-La Springs’ historic property in downtown Bonita Springs Seasonal ingredients just-picked from the ...
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Village Connection: Save the Date for Light Up Estero!

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The Village of Estero is again partnering with Rotary Club of Estero to welcome the holiday season with a community ...
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Family Yoga

Kathryn Pizzino leads Family Yoga in the WINK Playland area of Miromar Outlets on select ...

Farewell, Mr. King

Bob King may not be a name everyone in Estero is familiar with, but he ...
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Snippets of Success

‘LifePod’ Inventor Wins State Competition, Competes in Nationals Following his victory at the Thomas Edison ...
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Estero… A Community of Giving

As we begin to look toward the end of the year, we are blessed with the month of November which reminds us all to be conscious of how much we have to be thankful for. Hopefully, it is more lasting than just one holiday that is set aside for such introspection. This season provides ample opportunity to truly focus on ...

Celebrating our ‘Champions’

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “champion” in two different ways. The first as a noun meaning an advocate or defender. Secondly, also a noun, as a winner. In this issue of Estero Life Magazine, we are going to explore both definitions. The Village of Estero has two “champions” passing the torches this month: Don Eslick, retiring chairman of the board ...

Happy Anniversary!!

Over the last 16 years, Estero’s growth and development has been extraordinary. And since our incorporation at the end of 2014, progress in defining our municipality has accelerated considerably as our community works to carve out the tremendous “personality” of our village. Estero Life Magazine has been proud to have chronicled it all from the beginning. September 15, 2016, was ...

‘Dog Days of Summer’ in Estero…

When I was younger, I can remember how long and hot the month of August always seemed as I eagerly waited for the start of a new school year. These days, schools start much earlier. All four Lee County public schools, FGCU and FSW begin classes this month. While those with children scramble to get the school supplies and look ...