We are excited to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Karin Petrocelli for being voted Estero Life Magazine’s “Mom of the Year”! We had terrific response for our first contest, with voting for our three finalists coming down to the wire on Mother’s Day. Our cover story reveals the winner’s new look following her makeover by Allie’s Boutique and Beehive Beauty Company. Check out Summer Fashions on pages 10-12.

We also would like to invite you to enjoy the heartwarming tale of how Estero firefighter Ara Hagopian has been reunited with his four siblings and birth mother after 42 years as an adopted, only child. The journey which brought his family together is quite inspirational.

More and more people in today’s busy world are looking for ways to move towards a healthier lifestyle. Thanks to the FARMacy RX Cooking Series at the Healthy Life Center Demonstration Kitchen (located at the new Lee Health Coconut Point), cardiac rehab patients, as well as members of our community, can learn all of the ins and outs of planning, cooking and enjoying a heart-healthy diet. Discover how you can take advantage of this fun and enjoyable program.

Our quarterly wine feature takes you on a romantic visit to Tuscany, a wine and food lover’s paradise. Here you will find a tremendous variety of both reds and whites with the Chianti Classico being one of the most well-known. We are sure you will come away with some great ideas of wines to try and a greater appreciation of this winemaking region.

Our dining feature this month takes you to the bay side of Fort Myers Beach to the Fish-Tale Marina restaurant. Enjoy the wonderfully casual inside seating or the open air at the south end of the beach behind the Santini Plaza. Come by land or sea. The shrimp ceviche is outstanding.

All this and our reader’s favorites: Best Bets, Village Connection, LJ’s Corner and Village Life.

And finally, “from the heart,” we want to wish all the fathers out there a very happy Father’s Day. As I have said many times before, remember that you are vital to the proper development of your children and grandchildren — even those of you who “step in” for someone else’s children. How many times do we hear the words, “He was like a father to me.” They only serve to demonstrate your value as a role model and mentor.

As always, remember to

                        Enjoy the Good Life: Estero Life!


Gary Israel, President & Publisher

Estero Life Magazine

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