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  1. Zuliana Salerno on May 8, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Beautiful family, glad to see them in your magazine.

  2. Andykaufmancharactertony on August 22, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Laura J. C, thanks a lot for the article post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  3. […] In episode 32 of Growth Mindset University, Jordan talks about how to live by your own rules in his recent appearance on Total Wellness Radio and his latest magazine feature story in Estero Life Magazine. […]

  4. Don and Doris Lidke on October 11, 2018 at 10:25 am

    My wife and I are residents at American House, a retirement community. American House is across the street to the immediate south of Lee Health, Coconut Point. Those of us that are ambulatory will have just a six minute walk to your facility. Many of us will be using your services including the beautifully landscaped grounds, lakes and walking paths. Welcome to the neighborhood….Don and Doris Lidke

  5. Tina on December 2, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I just love this article! No judgements is right! Take a chance, a risk – at any age! Why should the 20 somethings have all the fun! Fun article to read, thank you!

  6. Gail Herrmann on December 3, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I truly enjoy reading your articles LJ. They give a person permission to be themselves and live life to the fullest! Plus…smiling and laughing are such good therapy.

  7. Jim Shields on December 29, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Very informative, very well written.

  8. Daniel Provinzino on February 7, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Dear, D.K. Christie,

    I am a resident of Estero and absolutely love our city. I have always enjoyed the Estero magazine and look forward to reading it each time I see it in the mailbox. I just read the article on Pickleball and yes it is exploding and is a great recreational game for all ages. I am the owner of U.S. Tennis and Recreation in Estero and can tell you we are putting in Premier surfaces in Palmira, Audobon, and Loggerhead Cay with a cushion court that has a 17% force reduction on the body (great on the body for older people) and designed as a special surface for pickleball. If you ever want to do a follow up article about pickleball I would love to talk to you.

  9. Maxine McCammon on March 1, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Great article Elaine is a wonderful activities director and brings us all together as one big family! We at Lighthouse Bay are so fortunate to have her! She makes sure there are endless activities to participate in and she has fun with us! We are Blessed! Thank you Elaine for everything you do!

  10. Debbie Regnone on March 6, 2019 at 8:29 am

    That is SUPER! So glad to see our “Energizer Bunny” being recognized for the extraordinary talent she is!

  11. Bella Altura on April 29, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    I would like to vote for Karin Petrocelli. Although the other two moms are also very worthy, they could get the honor in the future to be mom of the year. Karin may only have this one chance now. She deserves the honor of being mom of the year.

  12. Rose Marie Fischman on May 1, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Karin Petrocelli is the strongest woman I know. With everything she’s gone through she always finds time for husband and her girls. They are her number one goal in life.

  13. Joanne Baker on May 1, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Great writing!

  14. Lesa Tansey on June 26, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    So proud of my daughter-in-law!

  15. Lisa Freidus on June 26, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Rachel, this is a fabulous article and one you highly deserve. You have boundless energy, a caring heart and no doubt you take life by the horns within every aspect of your lif. I am happy we met at the Arts for Act gala in November 2018, which supports families of domestic/sexual abuse and human trafficking. Heres wishing you continued success????????????

  16. Fred Austrino jr on July 27, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Good luck boys an have fun it will be the best time of your life. It was one of mine.I was a struthers wildcat. Go cats.

  17. James Scialabba on July 31, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Outstanding article. Amazing insight from a football coach. I hope more coaches follow his lead.

  18. Richard McDonald on December 2, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    What a handsome couple!

  19. Kelly on March 10, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    I know Kristi well. She’s a beautiful person inside and out. As genuine as anyone can be, and loves to serve and alway with a smile. I’m so proud of you.

  20. Sonja Tugend on May 28, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    We may be biased (Jack Zigler is our grandson) but these great kids deserve all these accolades and more! Thank you so much for sharing their stories!

  21. tim smith on July 7, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Love photo & detail.

  22. Sharon vaswani on July 8, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Love his wildlife photos. Good eye.

  23. Rosanne Spica on July 9, 2020 at 9:41 am


  24. Kaye H Jordon on July 11, 2020 at 10:33 am


  25. Sharon Shrock on August 4, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Congratulations Charlie on another great photo. And we look forward to more photos.
    The other photos in the contest were very nice too.

  26. Patricia Montez on November 2, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    So sad. Thank you for a great article that really tells the truth about the Grey athletes. Will be missed.
    I have 2 retired Grey Athletes. Best dogs ever.

  27. Wendi Tremblay on November 2, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Thank You for a very well-written and fair article. I wish more positive articles came out before the election. What dismayed me is that the press in Florida NEVER gave the racing greyhound community a fair hearing, opting instead to side with activists from Grey2k, HSUS and others who continuously were there to bend their ears, while greyhound people took care of their dogs. The people of greyhound racing have come so far in making things right and gaining 98% adoption of retirees, (2% stay with their race owners). Many shelters don’t have near that 100% retirement plan that greyhounds now have. but the public never found that out. 4 million dollars of negative, misleading ads won out against truth. One photo was mine that was darkened and morphed into something sad. I asked for it to be removed as it was not true, and they wouldn’t. This posterdog of the “Protect Dogs” campaign was a happy greyhound begging for a cookie, and he was on a couch, retired, by the time the photo was swiped and published. Floridians will find out down the road that the writing on this amendment is designed to eliminate other forms of sporting breeds too, which is why a case against it is still in court. But by then it may be too late for the NGA greyhound, who is being bred less and less. It disheartens me to think the breed I love could become extinct. (AKC has different bloodlines). Whose breed will be next?

  28. CPT D. Monk on November 2, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Guess when folks property taxes go up they might realize they got hoodwinked. Guess we’ll wait and see.

  29. MARIA on November 2, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you for a fair and truthful article. These beautiful athletes are so well cared for and loved by their trainers, owners and eventually adopters. It is absolutely tragic that families who have worked with greyhounds for 2, 3 sometimes 4 generations are having that ripped away from them and their lives upended. And the health and vigor of this breed will never be the same.

  30. Ashmont on November 2, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    The article states ” it’ll be from places like Iowa, Arkansas, West Virginia and Texas.”

    Texas has already permanently closed.
    Arkansas has announced they are closing next year.
    Iowa’s last year will undoubtedly be at the end of next year as they are losing their subsidies and a seasonal track cannot survive without Florida’s dogs.
    West Virginia’s track is owned by Deleware North, and they have announced the closing of their others.

    In about 1 year, at the most 2, greyhound racing will be entirely gone from the USA. A victim of themselves and legalized game rooms that no longer need to have racing dates to keep their rooms open.

  31. Tabbatha on November 2, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Thank you Craig for such an informative article. Wish more of its kind had come out to save racing.

  32. Joey Tutalo on November 3, 2020 at 8:06 am

    It’s a complete disgrace w Watt people in Florida and you race tracks did to these greyhounds the owners the workers the farmers the ones that raised in took Kia with kids gloves love for these beautiful animals For The tracks to destroy a sport That’s been in Florida for 90 years it’s a sin . I hope the poker room goes broke I will never walk in a place where there was greyhound racing and it was stoped “Why” The tracks should be behind the greyhounds not throw them through the dirt remember greyhound racing it’s just like the sun in Florida it should be there every day

  33. Renee Leslie on November 3, 2020 at 8:08 am

    The ending of greyhound racing is an absolute travesty. Good-hearted but duped voters chose the misinformation, facts taken out of context, outright lies, sensationalized language, doctored and foreign photos that the animal rights activists (Grey2K and H$Y$) used in their slick $3 million smear camoaign.

    And these same villainous groups have done absolutely nothing to help the very dogs or the people they’ve ruined. This ancient and magnificient, athletic breed will be all but gone in the United States within 10 years.

    These dogs are and have been loved and cherished by the greyhound racing community. Florida got it wrong, so wrong.

  34. Vincent Mancini on November 3, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for writing a heartfelt and unbiased article. It’s truly refreshing to see ethical journalism and storytelling. You painted a beautiful picture of “what was”. Florida and SW Florida particularly will miss the Greyhounds.

  35. Cherita James on November 4, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you for this well written article expressing the tremendous loss to Florida as we near the close of the racing era, as well as the loss of the fabulous breed that has been overseen by the racing commission.

  36. Dawny on November 30, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Great article and great people.. Wish them both the very best… xo

  37. Steve on November 30, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    My wife and I have watched Ben for several years and yes Ben and Laura are amazing people!

  38. Janet Blackburn on December 2, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Great singer nothing like it. Ben stands out on his own . Keep pushing ben u got this.

  39. Jody Van Duser on February 2, 2021 at 7:47 am

    Fantastic article! Craig is a phenomenal writer!
    Magazine is inviting, great pictures and wonderful uplifting stories. We need more of this!

    • Christine on February 2, 2021 at 7:21 pm

      💙 blessings to you and Coach 💙

  40. Marlene Barreiro on February 2, 2021 at 11:17 am

    I believe in every word that this article says about Coach, Kevin VanDuser. I’ve known Kevin for over 30 years. He is a perfect , husband , father, Grandfather, brother, son-in-law, but mostly a Great friend!

    I Pray for continuing showers of blessings upon his life and his family’s. He’s an amazing man of God and deserves nothing but the best! I am happy to know that he continues to do the things that he loves most, to be with his family, to Coach, and mostly to witness to anyone who comes in his path. He loves Jesus!!❤️

    I thank Kevin and Jody and the rest of the family for allowing me to be a part of theirs. Love you both!

    Love, Marlene

  41. Cindy Bowman on February 2, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Coach V and his family are “the real deal”! I have never met a more loving family than the Van Dusers. My son was blessed to be one of Coach V’s “young champions”. May God continue to bless Coach V and his family.

  42. Katie Kramer Walker on February 2, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    We LOVE Coach V and Mrs. Jody!! What a wonderful article about one of the greatest guys!!

  43. Andrea Simmons on February 2, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I knew a little of his past work, but mostly I just knew I liked him and his son. Kevin (son) posted recently on how his dad kept his devotions each morning no matter how early he had to get up. That’s the coolest thing about him. 🙂 I’m glad I got to know them even for the short time we lived in FL.

  44. Joan Leary on March 3, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Estero Parkway looks great!

  45. Sue on March 13, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Any cushioned chairs?

  46. Jim Phillips on April 3, 2021 at 10:24 am

    She’s a special artist and will continue to have a great career no matter what happens on American Idol.

  47. Patricia on April 6, 2021 at 1:04 am

    I watched her tonight and was blown away….she was amazing, so talented, so mesmerizing, her voice soared like a bird.
    I predict her the winner.
    Fabulous voice!!!!!!

  48. Dave Harding on April 26, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Doesn’t do well in interviews? What are you nuts? The kid is as great in interviews as she is when she sings. She’s got it all, the voice, the looks, the poise, absolutely everything. But is the current American Idol a big enough venue to push her to stardom. Six or seven million viewers an episode isn’t exactly the old Idol numbers. I think the Justin Bieber You tube route to stardom would be better than wasting her time on a show, like its competition the Voice, that isn’t capable of producing a star.

  49. Sherry Glenn on May 3, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Carol has been a wonderful resource for me, and I have happily shared her contact information with many friends.

  50. Carlos Richart on May 24, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Amazing!!! Voted for her through the entire idol…she’s obviously the best but young so I think that may have played a factor. She really didn’t need to win to make it though. Here’s proof!!

  51. Nancy’ Ricketts on May 26, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Great Casey. You have a great voice!!

    • Cathy DeMattia on September 8, 2021 at 2:11 am

      I vote for Casey she put Estero on the map !
      Great voice great talent great beauty she’s destined to be a success

  52. Chris Lamb on May 27, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Awesome song. I live in Naples Fl and you were my favorite singer. Even though you didn’t win another door always opens congratulations.

  53. Cheryl on June 14, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    As a local always looking for delicious new places to dine, I can’t wait to try it!

  54. Carol Howell on July 20, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Please subscribe me

  55. Ruth Condit on July 30, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Laugh while you learn. Clever article.

  56. Gary I Gary I on July 30, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Great story, but no skydiving for me!!

  57. Linda L. on July 30, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    very enjoyable article…you had me at cliché !!!

  58. Va Rennie on July 30, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Loved this take on “Cliches”!

  59. Jane DelGaudio on July 31, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    My friend, that sense of humor just keeps going on and on and on. my favorite one is “seeing the man about a horse!“. These things make me realize how much I miss you. I’m sure I’ll get down there again one day.
    Hugs, Janie

  60. Esteban CorderoMassey on August 20, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    We became a regular customers of LAPA’S to the point that the staff already knows of favorites dishes and drinks. Every Time we return to our house satisfied and happy. You can’t go wrong with this restaurant. Period.

  61. Gary on October 8, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Bound to get worse!! Thanks for the heads up!!
    UNT (until next time)

  62. Bill Ribble on November 6, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Excellent Article!

  63. matt Oliver on January 12, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    Really appreciate the information as an Estero resident. Please keep me informed of what is going on in Estero.

  64. Danielle Weiner on January 18, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Are there plans to repave Corkscrew from Ben Hill to 41? It really needs it! The new part is great.

    • Laura G Laura G on January 18, 2022 at 3:14 pm

      You may want to direct this question to the Village, but Corkscrew Road is under the jurisdiction of Lee County.

  65. Gerri Lovely on January 18, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    I would love the secret to their sweet potato, it is the best one I have had ever!! It has been abt 16 years since we were last down there, that was the most memorable dining of trip. The view is incredible and steaks & seafood were fabulous, but wow, that sweet potato, coated in salt & wrapped in foil, talk about it still…

  66. Kimberly M Kimberly M on February 24, 2022 at 9:00 am

    When will the Rails-to-Trails bike path work be started? The railroad tracks thru Estero-isn’t that the area and is someone advocating for this and to connect into the wider trail system thru Florida? There is funding there in congress, it needs advocating. It would be good to have connection with all our bike/walking paths. Our community is terrible for bicycle safety, and yet we have the perfect weather for year-round cycling.

    • Laura G Laura G on February 24, 2022 at 6:38 pm

      I think we’re all eager to see this. There is work going on behind the scenes, but nothing to announce yet. Stay tuned to Estero Life. We will have an update on the state of cycling in Estero soon!

  67. Pat Kingston on March 6, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    This is with out a doubt the best stuffing I have ever had!! It was the hands down winner at our Christmas dinner!