Gary Israel

This month we celebrate all mothers (and mother-figures) for the tremendous significance they have to each of us individually, as well as a society. There are very few words, in any language, that can evoke the myriad of emotions and memories as the word — mother! Just pause for a moment and reflect on what “mother” means to you. Good times and bad times, challenges and successes, happiness and tears — we all have cherished memories that evoke big emotions about the moms in our lives. All in all, nothing can replace the love most of us feel for our mothers.

Who can contest that the role of mother has evolved dramatically over time. For many, being a mother is as challenging and complicated as ever!

In this month’s cover story, “Modern Mothers,” we celebrate three local women doing extraordinary things. Mothers Kelly Thawley, Falon Taberes and Jamie Hoover have dedicated their lives to worthy causes — helping students navigate challenges, empowering youth to protect our environment, and supporting people in adopting healthier lifestyles. Whether you’re a mom or not, we hope you can relate to aspects of these mothers’ lives and passions.

Many mothers face challenges, and we applaud those who open up about the struggles. Postpartum depression led Elizabeth Dosoretz to found a successful healthcare business, Elite DNA Behavioral Health. The eighth Southwest Florida location opened in Estero in January 2024. We all see the great need in our country, state and community for mental health improvement, and Elizabeth has found a way to offer meaningful solutions.

Even this month’s dining spot, The Real Macaw, is a tribute to a mother’s impact. The restaurant’s longtime success is due to the hard work and dedication of the current owner’s mother, Jeanne Harvey, who discovered and developed this diamond in the rough back in 1992. Tucked away in the Bayshore Arts District of Naples, this laid-back tropical setting engages all of the senses with its colorful style and delicious flavors of the Caribbean. All we can say about the amazing Trinidadian Crab Cake and Caribbean Duck is, OMG!! We are sure you will find a favorite of your own when you visit. And be sure to ask owner Siobhan Cleveland about her mother.

And while we are all contemplating our mothers, we mustn’t overlook Mother Nature. We are just a month away from the beginning of hurricane season! This month’s Village Connection encourages us once again to begin preparing for unforeseen possibilities. For those of you who might be new to Florida, hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. You will find preparation tips and suggestions along with emergency alert notification links in this month’s very important message from the Village of Estero. Stay safe!

Also check out our Scene on Site page for a final photo salute to this year’s successful EsteroFest 2024 — where many mothers, and others, enjoyed entertainment, food and fellowship with family and friends.

We want to wish every mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, stepmother and mother figure a wonderful Mother’s Day with all of the blessings and happiness that you so richly deserve. And we make prayerful remembrance of the many mothers who are no longer with us. All mothers are special.


Until next time, remember to…

                                    Enjoy the Good Life, Estero Life!!



Gary Israel, President & Publisher

Estero Life Magazine

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