New Red Sox stadium groundbreaking delayed, bond sale on deck
New Red Sox stadium groundbreaking delayed, bond sale on deck
By TARA E. McLAUGHLINESTERO — Dirt is moving at the new Boston Red Sox spring training site, but a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Friday was canceled as some i’s have yet to be dotted.
Soon, road construction will be under way. About two miles of Daniels Parkway, from Chamberlain Parkway to Gateway Boulevard, will be widened to six lanes. The work should go out to bid in October and awards given within 30 days to 45 days.
The construction piece is expected to reach $50 million. In June, commissioners approved an $8 million contract with Kraft Construction and the next wave of funding should be approved in the fall.
The spring training center is actually a sports complex, with six other baseball diamonds and six soccer fields.
The main stadium will accommodate 11,000 fans and include a replica of Boston’s Fenway Park outfield wall known as the Green Monster.
Administrative offices are part of the plan as well as space for businesses.
The new stadium is expected to be ready for the first pitch of spring training in February 2012, where the Red Sox will train for 30 years.
Leading the cheer for local Buffalo Bills Backers
BY EVAN WILLIAMS firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Doll EVAN WILLIAMS / FLORIDA WEEKLY Back in the 1950s, when he was a highschool student near Buffalo, N.Y., Richard Doll rarely missed a Buffalo Bills football game. Every Sunday that the Bills played at War Memorial Stadium in downtown Buffalo, he and his friends would load into a parent’s car and head out to catch the action. (The team eventually moved to Rich Stadium — now called Ralph Wilson Stadium — in Orchard Park, a Buffalo suburb.)
“All of Buffalo is a Bills fan,” Mr. Doll says. “If they lose on Sunday, a pall comes over the city on Monday morning.”
Hearing him talk about the Bills now, you’d almost think Mr. Doll, 71, was still back in the team’s hometown, where football season segues into a crisp, colorful autumn and a long, snowy winter.
But he moved to Southwest Florida in 1986 and now lives in Naples, where he’s president of the Buffalo Bills Backers
Bokamper.s Sport.s Bar & Grill Former Miami Dolphin linebacker Kim Bokamper will open his second restaurant location at the old KEG Restaurant on Vanderbilt Road in Naples will become Bokamper’s Sport’s Bar & Grill in time for football season.
Bokamper played as both linebacker and defensive end for the Miami Dolphins from 1976 to 1985, and he has another full-time job as a broadcaster on WQAM in Miami.
Bokamper’s has been very successful as both a football analyst as well as a restaurateur. His first Bokamper’s restaurant in Plantation is wildly successful with Miami Dolphin, Heat, Marlin, and Panther players, coaches and fans.
Freddie Rebel’s Sports Bar. We’re excited to report that the rumors have been confirmed and the building formerly known as the ‘Original’ Sport’s Page on Shirley Street in Naples has been totally restored by Fadi Rabil and because his name is so frequently mistaken…he’s calling it Freddie Rebel’s Sports Bar.Look for an additional 25 High definition TVs and expect great food.
The old Stevie Tomato's Sports Page, at 5310 Shirley St., just north of Pine Ridge Road, will reopen in about a month as Freddie Rebel's sports bar, said owner Fadi Rabil, who named his new bar after his nickname — a mispronunciation of his real name.
"I wanted to do something different, something crazy," Rabil said. "We wanted something fun."
And, yes, Chrissy Bianchi-Rabil, a well-known local restaurateur, is his wife. Together, the couple also operates two East Naples restaurants: Chrissy’s Cafe at 3400 Radio Road, and Chrissy’s Bianchi’s, 3340 U.S. 41 E., in Courthouse Shadows.
Sushi-Thai Too brings bit of Asian flair to Fifth Avenue South
I’m not sure where or when the melding of sushi and Thai food began, but restaurants offering this combination of cuisines have been sprouting up all over and appear to be enjoying a reasonable degree of success.
Among the most successful in these parts is Sushi-Thai, which now boasts three Naples locations, including one on a prime piece of real estate at Fifth Avenue South and U.S. 41.
It was that branch, called Sushi-Thai Too, that I recently visited. As befits a restaurant in this location, it has some stylish touches, including a large saltwater fish tank filled with colorful specimens that caused virtually every child who passed by to squeal in delight.
Get into the rhythm of the season at October First Fridays Ann Schleyhahn
Posted September 17, 2010 at 1:28 p.m., updated September 17, 2010 at 1:28 p.m.
Find a harvest of fun at Mercato First Fridays with talented musicians, fine dining and special offers on October 1 from 6-9pm.
Sample wines from around the world at Whole Foods for a $10 donation to benefit The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida. Whole Foods will pair exotic cheeses with up to twenty-five different selections. Pre-register at http://www.acteva.com/go/LifestyleCen..., or pay at the Wine Department upon arrival.
For your listening pleasure stroll the Mercato streetscape as live music entertains the crowd.
On the main stage, across from The Pub Naples, Sheffield Crew performs their unique reggae-hip hop-soul-dancehall-rock-blues fusion. Hailing from Marco Island, the group formed in 2000 and won a recent battle of the bands to earn them the Florida leg of the infamous touring festival Van’s Warped Tour. The group’s repertoire was influenced by such artists as Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Doors, Wyclef, Bob Marley, No Doubt, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker and a host of others. Members include Chris Jacobs, lead vocals; Danny Iaconell, guitar and vocals; Shaun Jacobs, drums; Mike D., keys, percussion and vocals; Steve on bass.
Next to Swim ‘n Sport, Bill Jollie will keep the beat going with cover tunes from The Beatles to Motown to Frank Sinatra. Bill has been performing for the past 35 years entertaining up and down the East Coast and New Orleans. Bill plays piano, guitar and harmonica. He had the honor of performing for former President George Bush Sr. and his family in Boca Grande, Florida, in 2001. "That was an incredible experience I will never forget,” said Bill. “They are such gracious and loving people."
The Naples Winter Wine Festival is ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans. The June 2006 ranking by the Luxury Institute is based on exclusivity, quality and prestige. The event brings many of the world’s finest vintners and chefs together with wine collectors and philanthropists for a three-day gala in picturesque Naples, Florida.
The 2011 Naples Winter Wine Festival is still six months away, but the planners recently released the lineup of chefs who will prepare the star-studded dinners for the charitable event that takes place Jan. 28-30.
"The chefs are a mix of talented veterans and rising stars from great restaurants all across the country, and Chef Luke Mangan of Australia is hopping hemispheres to join us," says Joan Clifford, chair of the 2011 chefs committee and a trustee of the festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation.
The 2011 chef de cuisine will be Lee Hefter, executive chef of Spago Beverly Hills and managing partner and executive corporate chef of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. He has participated four times in the Naples event.
Festival ticket packages are $7,500 per couple, or $20,000 for reserved seating at the same vintner dinner for two couples. For a schedule of 2011 festivities and more details, visit
100 bottles of wine rated at 100 points = ‘Perfection’
These eight 100-point wines are among those in the “Perfection” lot.TOM HARPER / COURTESY PHOTO“Perfection,” a lot of 100 bottles of wine each rated at 100 points (the highest rating possible), will be a first-of-itskind lot when it goes on the block at the 2011 Naples Winter Wine Festival.
Naples Winter Wine Festival
“What started as a wild idea to be the first auction to offer 100 bottles of 100-point wine, with no two alike, grew into a quest that fired up the generosity of private collectors, vintners and our fellow trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation,” says Bruce Sherman, chair of the 2011 festival with his wife Cynthia.
Proceeds from “Perfection” and the 70 other live-auction lots will benefit underprivileged and at-risk children through NCEF. “That’s what opened hearts and wine cellars,” Mr. Sherman says. “It took a while to gather these very special vintages, but I never doubted we could do it for the kids.”
The lot includes a 1955 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, a 1989 Chateau Petrus and a 1985 DRC Romanée-Conti, valued at $11,000 and considered the best Burgundy ever made.
Five vintners who contributed their 100-point wines to “Perfection” will also participate in the 2011 festival: Ann Colgin, Bill Harlan, Paul Hobbs, Christian Mouiex and John Shafer will be among 28 worldrenowned vintners at the festival, which takes place Jan. 28-30 in private homes and at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.
The vast majority of the “Perfection” wines received 100-point ratings from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate; the remainder earned 100 points from Wine Spectator. A complete list of the wines, as well as details about each auction lot, will be available on the festival’s website beginning in October.
Since 2001, NWWF has raised $82.5 million. It has been ranked the most successful charity wine auction in the nation since 2004 by Wine Spectator and a Top 10 event for wealthy Americans by the Luxury Institute.
Ticket packages are $7,500 per couple; $20,000 for reserved seating at the same vintner dinner for two couples. For more information, call (888) 837-4919 or visit www. napleswinefestival. com. �
Opera in CinemaWhere: Silverspot Cinema, Mercato, Vanderbilt Road at U.S. 41, NaplesAdmission: $24 Sundays, $18 weeknights
You can see two full-length, life-size operas in Naples next week — during the doldrums of low season.
The drawback is that they’re on HD screens instead of live on the stage. But that’s counterbalanced persuasively by the delights:
¦ The operas being shown are recent productions from the world’s major houses — Teatro alla Scalla and the Metropolitan Opera, for starters.
¦ You can watch these top-class performances in shorts and sandals, sipping a cabernet with a pizza, or at the very least, with one hand in a tub of popcorn. With cinema opera, the refreshment stand is much more extensive.
¦ The curious who want to try opera can do so without investing the $75 to $100 per ticket for a live performance; Silverspot Cinema’s upcoming summer series is $24 for the 2 p.m. Sunday matinees and $18 for the 7 p.m. Tuesday repeat showings. The Metropolitan Opera Encore series, culled from the last four years of its live winter programs, is $15 for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday showings.
Naples is becoming a summer banquet for operaphiles, thanks to the decision of these two theater complexes to carry productions from two different companies. Silverspot Cinema opens its "Opera in Cinema" series with sure-fire fare: "Carmen" at 2 p.m. July 25.
Overcapacity Means You Can Nab a Cruise at Up To 75% Off
A luxury cruise is one of life’s pure joys. Today’s modern cruise liners are engineering marvels; floating 5-star hotels that offer the best service, accommodation, cuisine and activities. They visit exotic locales, with non-stop relaxation or stimulation, depending on your pleasure.
Over the past few years, cruise companies have spared no expense and literally invested billions in jaw-dropping super ships. Even if you’ve cruised before, you probably have not experienced anything like these new marvels.
But the best news is that due to the slowdown in travel caused by the recession and significant overcapacity in the industry, savvy travelers can now book once-in-a-lifetime cruises at insanely low prices.
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