Most talked about Naples Daily News stories

Prep basketball: Talented youngsters dot City of Palms Classic field

naplesnews.com — NAPLES, Fla. - Basketball fans have grown accustomed to seeing the best high school players in America congregate in Southwest Florida each December at the Culligan City of Palms Classic.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @NDN_DCaldwell: Looking forward to some City of Palms coverage this weekend. Fantastic field. Our advance by @NDN_Adam naplesnews.com/sports/high-sc…

Dec 17, 2014

Looking forward to some City of Palms coverage this weekend. Fantastic field. Our advance by @NDN_Adam naplesnews.com/sports/high-sc…

Anger, joy greet the seismic shift in U.S, Cuba relations

naplesnews.com — NAPLES, Fla. - Southwest Florida Cubans, Florida politicians and others with links to the island reacted with a range of strong emotions to the historic shift in U.S. relations with Cuba that played out Wednesday. Many were angry, arguing the changes only will strengthen the Cuban regime and won't help democratize the country.

Fishing for gators? Bonita Springs attraction has a new approach to feeding alligators

naplesnews.com — BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Sunlight is pouring through the drooping canopies of the Everglades Wonder Gardens on a recent afternoon. There, past the winding trunks of the yellow sapote tree and the spitting sounds of a newly-installed fountain, Gavin Wuerth is getting ready near the gator pit.

FGCU Notebook: Dooley no stranger to City of Palms

naplesnews.com — FORT MYERS - Few things excite Florida Gulf Coast University second-year men's basketball coach Joe Dooley more than recruiting. While at Kansas for a decade before taking over at Dunk City, Dooley was named one of the nation's best recruiters. During hands-on recruiting times, his life is a blur of travel.
Dec 17, 2014

After being in Vegas last yr during it, @FGCU_MBB plans to take advantage of City of Palms; @BrettComer_0's back,etc. naplesnews.com/sports/college…

College basketball: It’s more than a jersey number for FGCU men

naplesnews.com — FORT MYERS - "Every jersey number has a reason behind it." Florida Gulf Coast University senior basketball player Brett Comer retweeted that in October. He wears 0. And, yes, there are reasons behind that.
Dec 17, 2014

Lots of interesting stories behind the jersey number choices of @FGCU_MBB players, particular that of @BrettComer_0. naplesnews.com/sports/college…

ECCL backs community against Estero Grande development

naplesnews.com — An Estero residential community is getting backing from the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) in its attempt to stop the proposed Estero Grande development, after the Lee County Hearing Examiner refused to apply the brakes.Estero leaders are siding with the residents of Breckenridge and are planning to ask the Lee County Commissioners to halt the process until Estero's new...
Dec 17, 2014

ICYMI- Estero residents get ECCL backing against new Estero Grande development. naplesnews.com/community/boni…

Stargazer: Ramsey, Donny, Harry and Nat sing my favorite Christmas songs

naplesnews.com — Naples, Fla. - Music brings Christmas to life for many of us, with memories flooding our brains of holidays from yesteryear. Here are a few of my favorite holiday tunes and a brief reason why:
Dec 17, 2014

Stargazer: Ramsey, Donny, Harry and Nat sing my favorite #Christmas songs. What's your favorite? Tweet back shar.es/13EEB2 via @ndn

College basketball: FGCU women head to Bethune-Cookman

naplesnews.com — FORT MYERS - Florida Gulf Coast University's women take on a lesser-than-usual foe Wednesday night, when the Eagles play at Bethune-Cookman.
Dec 17, 2014

@FGCU_WBB set for just second true road game of the season -- at Bethune-Cookman. naplesnews.com/sports/college…

In the Know: Naples Grande resort plans new dining spots

naplesnews.com — The Catch of the Pelican restaurant is targeted to debut in January overlooking the pool and the Gulf at Naples Grande Beach Resort.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @ndn: Catch of the Pelican is targeted to debut in January, replacing Strip House steakhouse at Naples Grande resort. ($$) bit.ly/1Gsl8TL

In the Know: Bar Tulia opening in Naples

naplesnews.com — NAPLES, Fla. - Building on the success of the rustic restaurant he opened about two years ago on Fifth Avenue South, Chef Vincenzo Betulia plans to open the area's first Italian gastropub next week.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @ndn: Chef Betulia to debut Bar Tulia, Naples' first Italian gastropub, next door to Osteria Tulia on Fifth Ave. S. ($$) bit.ly/1AnBEAT

Local golf column: Naples’ Edward Figueroa ties for 130th at Web.com Tour Q-School

naplesnews.com — Naples' Edward Figueroa earned conditional status on the Web.com Tour after tying for 130th in Q-School Finals on Tuesday.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @NDN_GHardwig: Local #golf column: Naples’ Edward Figueroa ties for 130th at Web.com Tour Q-School ($$) shar.es/13iU9l via @ndn

Dec 16, 2014

Local #golf column: Naples’ Edward Figueroa ties for 130th at Web.com Tour Q-School ($$) shar.es/13iU9l via @ndn

Chabad Naples celebrates first night of Hanukkah with 'Frozen'

naplesnews.com — NAPLES, Fla. - Ellen Goldman-Savage and Sam Savage waited all year long for their favorite holiday event: the annual Hanukkah celebration put on by Chabad Naples. "We're very involved in Chabad and love this event," Goldman-Savage said. "We come every year and every year they seem to get more creative.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @ndn: Chabad Naples celebrates first night of Hanukkah with Elsa and Anna from #Frozen! bit.ly/1qYi9Pd

Fish fry planned for Weeks family after fatal crash

naplesnews.com — NAPLES, Fla. - Friends of Casey Weeks, the descendent of the area's first year-round settlers who was killed last week in a single-vehicle crash in East Naples, are hosting a fish fry on Sunday to raise money for his family. The fish fry will be held from noon to 3 p.m.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @ndn: Fish fry planned for Weeks family after fatal crash. bit.ly/1qYi8Le

Pro football on TV: Dec. 19-22

naplesnews.com — PRO FOOTBALL Thursday 8:25 p.m. NFLN Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday 4:30 p.m. NFLN Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins 8:25 p.m. NFLN San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers Sunday 1 p.m. CBS New England Patriots at New York Jets 1 p.m. FOX Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:30 p.m.

Local golf: Holes-in-one

naplesnews.com — Gary Brown: with an 8-iron on the 121-yard No. 17 West at Imperial (12-9); Witnesses: Oran Shipton, Jim Costello Joe Babiarz: with a 6-hybrid on the 165-yard No. 6 East at Imperial (12-12); Witnesses: David West, Robert Huseby Ralph Warren: with a 5-hybrid on the 132-yard No.

Jim Suttie: Golf’s toughest shot

naplesnews.com — I am often asked the question,"What's the toughest shot in golf?" Without question it is the long bunker shot. The distances that are the hardest are from 35 to 80 yards. The problem here is that most amateurs automatically will take their sand wedge out of their bag simply because it says "sand wedge" on the bottom of the club.
Dec 16, 2014

@docsuttie Jim Suttie: Golf’s toughest shot — the long bunker shot ($$) shar.es/13iyWK via @ndn

Ask The Pharmacist: Frankincense and myrrh still a wise gift

naplesnews.com — Around the holidays, we are reminded of the most famous gifts in history, frankincense and myrrh, carried by the wise men. Today, perfumes, incense and candles are often infused with these two wonderful aromas. Both frankincense and myrrh have medicinal properties, so holistic practitioners suggest these for patients as dietary supplements and essential oils for various ailments.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @ndn: Ask The Pharmacist: Frankincense and myrrh are still a wise gift - ow.ly/G08oY

Ringo Starr, Green Day, Joan Jett heading into Rock 'n' Roll Hall

naplesnews.com — Lou Reed, Green Day, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joan Jett will be welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2015 class of inductees along with influential blues bandleader Paul Butterfield, R&B singer-songwriter Bill Withers and, for the annual early influence inductee, doo-wop group the "5" Royales.
Dec 16, 2014

Ringo Starr, Green Day, Joan Jett heading into Rock 'n' Roll Hall. Follow @inthe239 for music news ~ shar.es/13z3pZ via @ndn

Congress chides nutritionists for studying environmental impact of foods

naplesnews.com — Seven in 10 Americans consider sustainability when shopping for groceries, and books such as Michael Pollen's The Omnivore's Dilemma have helped elevate the plant-based diet from the realm of health food stores to the American mainstream.