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Get Organized: Pack your hurricane kits now and be ready

Marla Ottenstein Posted June 2, 2011

It’s that time of year again when I run around shopping for flashlights, batteries, canned food, bottled water and a bunch of other things in case of a hurricane. I’m always afraid of forgetting something; do you have any suggestions?

In addition to the essentials, your plan should include a list of "must-dos" and "must-haves."

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Is pompano the next big thing?


By Mike Urch, SeafoodSource contributing editor June 6, 2011 -

Pompano (Trachinotus blochii) is now being farmed in Vietnam. Very popular in Asia, the white-fleshed fish is being trialed in Europe and the United States with encouraging results. Marine Farms Vietnam carried out a small test last year when it successfully reared 50,000 pompano. This year it will farm 1 million fish, according to Carlos Massad, CEO of the Vietnamese subsidiary.

Pompano is a deep-bodied silver-colored fish that is found in tropical shallow waters worldwide. Asian consumers love the fish. The fish are being presented whole, gilled and gutted, ready for grilling. "There are very few pinbones so the meat comes out very easily when grilled,"

The pompano are farmed in floating cages in Van Phong Bay, a sparsely populated area 50 kilometers north of the coastal city of Nha Trang. The fish take four to five months to reach a harvestable weight of 400 grams. This year, they were reared from fingerlings imported from Taiwan. This is the same site where Marine Farms Vietnam has been farming cobia since 2005. "The two species are farmed in tandem," said Massad. "It gives us two legs to stand on." As for cobia, it’s selling very well. "I wish I had more to sell," he added.


Wal-Mart Shifts Strategy to Promote Healthy Foods

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERGPublished: January 20, 2011

WASHINGTON — Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, will announce a five-year plan on Thursday to make thousands of its packaged foods lower in unhealthy salts, fats and sugars, and to drop prices on fruits and vegetables.Enlarge This Image

Michelle Obama, the first lady, has joined the company’s effort to get consumers to eat healthier foods.

The initiative came out of discussions the company has been having with Michelle Obama, the first lady, who will attend the announcement in Washington and has made healthy eating and reducing childhood obesity the centerpiece of her agenda. Aides say it is the first time Mrs. Obama has thrown her support behind the work of a single company.

The plan, similar to efforts by other companies and to public health initiatives by New York City, sets specific targets for lowering sodium, trans fats and added sugars in a broad array of foods — including rice, soups, canned beans, salad dressings and snacks like potato chips — packaged under the company’s house brand, Great Value.

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Seaside Dining, One of the perks of living in Southwest Florida is that the area is a boater’s paradise.

Naples is know for its fine waterfront dining and its breath taking sunsets. We have compiled a list of all of Naples and surrounding areas restaurants that are located either on the Venetian Bay, Naples Bay or directly on the Gulf of Mexico in wonderful southwest Florida.

Sunscreen benefits beat risks in pregnancy: MDsCBC News

Posted: May 25, 2011

Pregnant women should not be scared of using sunscreen to protect themselves from skin cancer despite safety concerns raised in animal studies, Canadian doctors say.

The July issue of Consumer Reports includes sunscreen ratings based on protection from UVA and UVB rays that cause sunburn, and tests of water resistance claims. The article also raises questions about potential harmful health effects on a fetus from a compound found in some sunscreens called retinyl palmitate. Canadians are advised to choose a sunscreen that is water resistant with an SPF of at least 30.Canadians are advised to choose a sunscreen that is water resistant with an SPF of at least 30. John Russell/Associated Press

"Retinyl palmitate (look for it among inactive ingredients), a type of topical vitamin A, is an antioxidant that animal studies have linked to an increased risk of skin cancers. In skin, it converts readily to retinoids, associated with a risk of birth defects in people using acne medications containing them. As a precaution, pregnant women may want to avoid sunscreens with retinyl palmitate," the magazine said.

"More research is needed, but as of now, the proven benefits of sunscreen outweigh any potential risks."

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Ease Dad’s stress with a relaxing day at the Naples Botanical Garden

Bring Dad to Naples Botanical Garden on Sunday for a fun, fisher’s Father’s Day. From 9:30 a.m. to noon, enjoy fishing in West and Deep lakes, remote control boats in the Brazilian Garden Pool and fly-casting demonstrations on the Kapnick Caribbean Garden Lawn with Fly Anglers Guide experts. Barbecue and beer start flowing at 10 a.m., and dads receive free admission when accompanied by children (643-7275,

Switch to island time tonight with Motown and reggae at CJ’s on the Bay, Marco Island. The cool, smooth sounds are sure to relax at this hidden gem. Start your weekend early and sing along from 8–11:30 p.m. (389-4511,

Bring your inner buccaneer to Lovers Key State Park on Friday to explore the wonders of the Atocha, Florida’s sunken treasure ship. Join a park ranger for an exciting overview of the history, sinking and discovery of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha, including a look at actual riches recovered from the wreck. For a required reservation, call 463-4588.

Swing to the sounds of Dixieland jazz as the Naples Jazz Masters continue their summer concert series at the Norris Center on Saturday afternoon (213-3049).

The Taste of Lee Tropical Fruit Festival returns this Saturday to the First Baptist Church of Fort Myers. Starting at 9 a.m., indulge in continuous free fruit tastings as well as products for sale by farmers and fishers, including cheese, honey, herbs, seafood, vegetables and, of course, fruit. Local experts will teach how to properly plant and care for tropical fruit trees, and the fun continues at noon with a Carmen Miranda lookalike contest with cash prizes. (533-7514)


For folks tired of the treadmill, switch up your workout with a Nordic Pole Walking class from NCH Wellness Centers this Tuesday. Enjoy the social exercise experience noted to give all the benefits of cross-country skiing without the snow. At 9:30 a.m. at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, join instructors trained and certified by the experts of Nordic Pole Walking USA (596-9200,

Become one of the crew when Capt. Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers of the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch share their stories at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. As mentioned in our June issue, the guys will take audiences through the trying rough reality of crabbing on the high waters of the Bering Sea (481-4849,

The oceans cover three-fifths of the Earth’s surface, yet most of us know very little about them. This Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Collier County Museum lecture series presents "Introduction to Oceanography," a discussion of the biological, chemical, geological and physical workings of the oceans that remain a mystery to many. The event will be at the main museum campus in the Collier County Government Center (252-8476,

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Naples Meetup Calendar

Half Moon in June Sunset Paddle Saturday, June 11, 2011 6:45 PM

Sandy area before Sanibel toll booth in Ft Myers, FLWe will meetup at the launch before the Sanibel Causeway and paddle to Bowditch Point to watch the sunset.... Who's hosting? Danna

How to find us: Look for the kayaks

The Chicago Mob @ Doc Ford's, Fort Myers Beach, (under the bridge), on the Dock. Saturday, June 11, 2011 6:00 PM
Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille in Ft. Myers Beach, FL

Who's hosting? Dinah, Ed Kennedy

How to find us: Under the North side of the bridge, ask the Host for the Meetup Group.

* The Chicago Mob Band, 60-80's Classic Blues, Pop and Funk dance music under the stars, on the dock of the bay, 7-10p.m.

Elton John Tribute Band- Rocket Man, Saturday, June 11, 2011 6:45 PM

crowne plaza in Fort Myers, FL

Who's hosting? Claudia

How to find us: At 6:50pm, Meet at Will Call to pick up tickets-just inside front room of Crown Plaza...Doors open at starts at 8pm...on CENTER STAGE OF CROWN PLAZA BALLROOM


Dog day at the beach, Sunday, June 12, 2011 11:00 AM

Bonita Dog Beach in Fort Myers Beach, FL

Who's hosting? robert

How to find us: Parking for Dog Beach is on the left of Estero Blvd just over the bridge on the south end of Lovers Key.

Bring a chair, umbrella water dish, snack, liquids and a cooler; then sit back and enjoy the canine antics. Even if you don't have a dog of your own, those of us with a dog (or dogs) will be more than grateful to accept your assistance in lugging the chairs, coolers and dogs down to the beach from the parking area.

Southwest Florida Summer Restaurant Crawl ~ Bamboo Cafe Naples, Fl - Sunday, June 12, 2011 4:30 PM

Bamboo Cafe in Naples, FL

Who's hosting? Chris Griffith, Cyndee

Parisian imports Lisa & Philippe Boet personally welcome you to their homey, locally-owned bistro, Bamboo Cafe. Home of French home cooking since 2003, Bamboo Cafe is a cozy neighborhood bistro mastering the art of French comfort classics. Signature dishes include Boeuf Bourguignon, Coq au Vin, Roasted Orange Duck, Cassoulet, Filet Mignon, along with fresh local seafood and authentic Moroccan tagines

Breakfast on the beach (9:00 am Lot#5 North end) ***Theme will be BACON***

Sunday, June 19, 2011 9:00 AM at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples, FL

Come and experience breakfast on the beach. We will be hosting amonthly Sunday Morning "Pitch In" Breakfast at Wiggins State Park.

Location: Wiggins State Park PARKING LOT #5 (NORTH end of lot) PROMPTLY at 9:00 amPlease bring an item to share (juice, fruit, muffins, coffee, frittata, meats.

Burn the calories!!! ***Bike ride BEFORE Breakfast on the Beach***

Sunday, June 19, 2011 7:45 AMA JOURNEY THROUGH Delnor Wiggins Park, Gulf Shore Dr., Pelican Bay and Naples Park.

This will be a journey of about Nine (9) Miles and is for intermediate riders and above. It should last just around an hour traveling at approximately 10 - 12 mph. We will go rain or shine (unless there is lightning). Promptly leaving at 7:45 am

The meeting spot will be in parking lot #5 where Breakfast on the Beach is held. We will travel South out of the park and continuing South down Gulf Shore Blvd. for a brief stop at Vanderbilt Beach.

Mid-Week Sunset Volleyball at the Naples Pier

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 6:30 PM The Naples Pier is at 12 Ave South and the Gulf.

The plan is to meet at the sand volleyball courts to the left of the Naples Pier for a fun friendly co-ed game of volleyball and watch the sunset. If you're not into playing volley ball then just bring a beach chair or towel to sit on and take in all the beach has to offer. Sunset will be around 8:10 PM so let's start the games at 6:30PM!!!

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