Gary Israel

Whew! Mark me safe from hurricane season!! We can all certainly be thankful for this. And yet, it was still one of the hottest and driest “rainy” seasons of memory.

So, let’s all take a deep breath of relief and look forward to the holiday season in anticipation of a new year. I love a chance to start afresh.

For our cover story this month, we have compiled a list of holiday events around Southwest Florida to help you make beautiful memories and entertain your family, friends and visitors from up north. I’m sure everyone will find something festive to enjoy.

As co-chairs of this year’s Light Up Estero, Ann Marie and I personally invite you the official Christmas tree lighting for the Village of Estero, hosted by the Rotary Club of Estero, at Estero Community Park on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4-7 p.m. Kick off the holidays with good, old-fashioned community spirit, food trucks, Christmas carols and live music provided by our local youth, as we light a brand-new, 9-foot tree. The grand finale is, of course, the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus by fire truck, courtesy of Estero Fire Rescue.

Our feature story ‘Investing in Your Heart’ showcases Lee Health Coconut Point’s cutting-edge diagnostic technology with the recent addition of a top-of-the-line CT scan machine. You will surely be amazed at its many features and capabilities. The fact that Lee Health chose to put this technology in Estero should tell us something — Estero continues to become a hub for health care.

One of our reader’s favorite features is our annual review of our best dining experiences. We hope you have already tried many of these restaurants, but if you missed them the first time, here’s your chance to take second look for something scrumptious! If you go, remember to tell them, “Estero Life Magazine sent me!”

Our Village Connection this month gives us valuable pointers on how to protect Estero’s environment through proper tree pruning. Here you will find both what to do and what not to do. This page might be helpful to HOAs in their efforts to train their landscape crews. There is a right way to prune for healthy trees.

On a profoundly sad note, we, as a community, grieve the loss of 20-year-old Malachi Parker and Copper Leaf residents Maria Burgeson, Diane Powers, Susie Galla and Mary Engdahl in a tragic auto accident. Our prayers are with their families and many friends in Estero.
May God keep us all safe in his loving hands as we conclude another year. Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends, and a very blessed and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

On behalf of my wife, Ann Marie, managing editor Cheryl Mandell, copyeditor Laura Cummings, our editorial contributors and our production partners at Presstige Printing, I wish you all a very healthy, happy and promising New Year!

Until next time, remember to…

                                    Enjoy the Good Life, Estero Life!!



Gary Israel, President & Publisher

Estero Life Magazine

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