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Local Housing Market Highs Continue in 2009

By Katharine Swan

Despite the announcement in December that the United States had been in a recession for the past year, the Naples, Bonita Springs, and Estero real estate market finished out 2008 with a flourish. So far, the upward trend appears to be continuing into 2009. “Last year showed phenomenal increases in sales,” says Michael Burke, a luxury real estate professional specializing in Naples, Bonita Springs, and Estero area housing. “And judging by how busy we’ve been so far this year, 2009 promises to be more of the same.” Although the nation’s real estate market overall floundered in 2008, Lee and Collier counties in Florida showed

marked signs of recovery. The sales statistics for 2008 show a fairly steady increase, starting in February 2008. Closed sales in December 2008 increased 31 percent over December 2007, and pending sales at the end of 2008 were a whopping 89 percent over 2007. In addition, the number of closed sales in the area in 2008 is comparable to the number of closed sales in 2002, just before the real estate boom. Similar trends were seen in the surrounding areas. In Fort Myers-Cape Coral, sales rose impressively, 43 percent between December 2007 and December 2008. Marco Island boasted a hike in closed sales of 27 percent over the previous year. Coinciding with the sales increases are decreases of new listings, which helps by reducing the

This positive trend seems to have continued into the first couple months of 2009, and shows no signs of slacking off anytime soon. The number of pended sales continues to be high, and a deluge of interested buyers requesting showings and making offers bodes well for sales in coming months.

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Bonita Springs/Estero/Naples Luxury Real Estate Expert inventory. As of January 1, 2009, there was a 2.1-year supply of homes currently on the market in Bonita Springs, Naples, and Estero, a marked improvement from the area’s 3.1-year supply the year before.

“We’ve been busier than ever in 2009,” Burke says. “We’re doing more showings, receiving and making more offers, and closing more sales. Even our website is attracting more visitors than before.” Many real estate experts and economists are predicting that the national real estate market is close to hitting bottom. But judging by the sales numbers in Naples, Bonita Springs, and Es-


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“It does appear that we are at the bottom and in some communities, market reports indicate  the average price per square is increasing while inventory is decreasing,” Burke says. “While there are a number of buyers still on the fence, the people buying right now are the ones obtaining some of the best deals and value. As the saying goes, ‘Don’t step over a dollar to pick up a penny.’ There’s no better time to buy than now.”

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tero, it would appear that the local real estate market has already hit bottom, and has been steadily recovering lost ground ever since. Sales numbers are improving but prices remain affordable, attracting buyers with the incentive of a good deal.

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Small This column is produced by the Financial Planning Association and provided by Al Procaccino, a member of FPA and Certified Financial Planner with Castle Financial.

Five expert tips to prepare your business for sale

Helping your Kids Recover After a Major Money Mistake The average college graduate is $20,000 in debt, and today’s young adults are clearly exposed to more opportunities for self-directed financial disaster than any group in history. Despite the current credit crunch, credit cards are still a common way most young people afford their new adult lifestyle, and rising costs on everything from rent to gasoline presents deeper challenges. So it happens. Your kid gets in trouble with those credit cards, loses a job, or can’t find a job to pay the sum total of the rising debt he or she has. What can you do? Make sure you can afford to help. It’s tough to say no to a financial bailout for your kid, but depending on the level of trouble he or she is in and your own financial responsibilities, you may need to. Here are some ideas:

Both sides should come clean: Remember that this situation is as much about the relationship as about money. The decision to help a family member with money problems requires understanding – lecturing tends to work not so well. But it’s right to encourage your offspring to take a frank look at their financial situation and if they are in debt trouble of any kind, they should get help. It’s also important that you show confidence that they will make it through this.

Consider a joint talk with a financial planner: A financial planner, such as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, can look at their financial situation and your own and give you both a road map on how to work through your child’s money problems and set up better money management techniques for after the crisis.

Should help be considered a gift? Actually, this is a good first question in any scenario where you offer help to a friend or family member. What happens if you don’t get the money back? For the sake of the relationship involved, it might make sense to think through that possibility. Would the potential loss of money injure you, and worse, will it injure the relationship? This is why it might be a very good idea to present this solution as a one-time gift – and then stick to it.

But if it’s a loan: You need to structure it professionally with clear consequences if it goes unpaid. Handled correctly, such a solution can offer benefits for the borrower and lender alike. But there’s the potential for incredible downside. Unclear agreements can lead to missed payments or default. If the borrower dies suddenly, the lender’s investment may be lost if the agreement isn’t structured correctly. A properly executed promissory note is still an obligation of the estate, and may continue to be paid to an heir or other person or entity based on the terms as agreed Work with them on budgeting: It’s not going to be enough to solve the immediate problem. Even if you don’t use a financial planner to help you both work through the situation, it’s important to set a clear financial course for your child going forward. They obviously have to have a stake in the planning, but you’re going to have to provide guidance. Encourage them to start an emergency fund. Optimally, they’ll need to stash away three to six months’ worth of living expenses, and even if it’s just a small start, it’s part of the recovery effort.

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(NC) - Calling all entrepreneurs: Dreaming about a restful retirement in sunnier parts? Better sell the business first and don’t wait till the last minute. “Business owners often underestimate the time and effort required to prepare the business for sale or succession,” notes Michael Walker, national director, Aon M&A Transaction Advisory Group.

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Walker offers the following five tips to help you prepare your business for sale: 1. Transfer power: Enabling the management team to carry on without you will be a big plus to a purchaser. Build up your management team, and shift sole responsibility away from you. Transfer key personal relationships with suppliers and customers and formalize contracts where possible.

2. Hang on to key employees: To ensure the loyalty of key employees, changes may be needed to incentives and employment terms. Signing employees to employment contracts with confidentiality and/or non-competition clauses may reduce a purchaser’s risk, and increase the price they’re willing to pay.

3. Clean house: Stay one step ahead of the purchaser and deal with outstanding filings and remittances. Even if it means spending a bit of money to clean the slate, you should settle any legal disputes against the company well ahead of selling.

4. Talk taxes early: Speak to a qualified tax advisor about tax strategies and implications that will affect you personally after a sale or succession to a family member. Some strategies need to be planned years in advance, so start asking questions sooner rather than later.

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Shopping for food that is delicious, nutritious and affordable (NC)-Many people think that buying healthy food is more expensive, but that does not need to be the case. “There are lots of ways to make less expensive choices that are nutritious and you don’t have to give up taste to do it,” says Carol Dombrow, registered dietitian with the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health Check program. Carol offers the following tips for getting the most nutritional bang for your buck: • Check out weekly flyers and plan your meals around the specials. • Cook from scratch when you can and keep your pantry stocked with the basics for your favourite recipes. • Shop for and prepare dishes on the weekend to get you through the busy week days.

• Try not to shop when you are hungry. Plan your meals and prepare your grocery list in advance and stick to it when you are shopping. • Try to buy fresh vegetables and fruit in season. In the off seasons, canned and frozen vegetables and fruit are practical, less expensive and nutritious. • Buy in bulk when you can. • Enjoy meatless meals at least a few times throughout the week. Baked beans, vegetarian chili, eggs, tofu and peanut butter are usually less costly and can make healthy and delicious meals. • More tips and shopping information can be found online at

March 12 is World Kidney Day

that organ we so often overlook. Also, during the month of March, The Kidney Foundation goes door-to-door in neighborhoods across the country to raise awareness and funds for research and programs to help people living with kidney disease.

Tips for Kidney Health

 (NC) March is Kidney Health Month. Here are some tips for kidney health that can be used to prevent or manage disease, or increase early detection.

(NC) - Four years ago the International Society of Nephrologists (kidney specialists), and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations decided to mobilize the global community to increase awareness of the importance of kidney health. Why? you ask. Well, for starters, do you know what your kidneys do? Do you realize that they help maintain your body’s chemical balance or metabolism, that they produce essential hormones, and clear your blood of waste products that act as toxins? Do you know that while a person can live with just one healthy kidney, if the two stop working, you could die in a matter of hours? Exactly. Moreover, many people do not realize that lifestyle choices such as diet, regular exercise, stress reduction, eliminating smoking or limiting alcohol consumption are crucial to kidney health. And managing other conditions that may lead to kidney disease will also go a long way in keeping kidneys in tip-top shape. Dr. Copland, a nephrologist and chair of The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Public Policy Council notes: “High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for chronic kidney disease. It’s important to have it monitored and kept in check.’’ Since 2005, the second Thursday of March has become World Kidney Day, a global reminder to pay attention to

Know your estimated glomerular filtration rate (e-GFR) – a measure of your kidney function. • Inflammation of the eyes, hands and feet are among the warning signs of kidney disease. • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure which requires dialysis or transplantation. • Never underestimate the value of taking your medications as prescribed, particularly if you have diabetes. • Exercise regularly. • Yes to butting out. Smoking can triple the risk of kidney disease. • High blood pressure monitoring is essential to prevent cardiovascular and kidney diseases. • Eat a healthy diet. • Attend a health screening event in your area. • Lifestyle changes are key. Limit daily alcohol to two drinks or less. Take note: Persons with a family history of chronic kidney disease are at greater risk. High risk groups also include specific ethnic groups. If you are Aboriginal or Asian, South Asian, Pacific Island, African/Caribbean or Hispanic, discuss kidney health and the risk of disease with your health care practitioner.

Are You a Workaholic? Are You a Workaholic?

(NUI) - Workaholism has become a social norm. Many people proudly call themselves workaholics, but true workaholism - an uncontrollable compulsion to work - can destroy personal relationships and lead to a lower quality of life. How do you know if you’re a workaholic? Workaholics routinely work more than 40 hours a week and take their work to dinner, homes and bed. They neglect personal responsibilities and relationships and can feel anxious when not working. “My drug is the juice from constant movement, constant communication and continual achievement - the long list of to-dos and completed tasks at the end of the day,” says Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS Magazine and admitted workaholic. “It’s a wonderful high.” Despite the thrills, there are many damaging affects. “Addiction starts to take over your power, drive your behavior and create a compulsion for continual use,” says Hardy. “This behavior can take you off course from your major goals; tax your physical, psychological and emotional system; and even damage or destroy relationships.” Anyone displaying the characteristics of a workaholic should consider taking steps to overcome this potentially harmful addiction. On his blog, Hardy has created “Workaholics Anonymous - A 12-Step Program of Recovery and Personal Transformation” for recovering workaholics who are looking to transform their lives. For more information and tips, visit

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Check out page 12 for more delicious recipes

Bacon and Egg Pocket Serves: 6


8 eggs 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper 1/4 cup each finely chopped onion and bacon 1/2 cup Tomato Ketchup 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves 1 cup shredded reduced fat Cheddar cheese 6 small whole-wheat pocket pitas


Whisk the eggs with the salt and pepper, reserve. Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and bacon. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onions and bacon are browned. Pour in the eggs. Cook, without stirring for 1 minute. Cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes or until just set. Remove from the heat. Use a small knife to cut halfway around the outside edge of each pita, fold back the top flap. Spread an equal amount of the ketchup all over the inside of each pita. Lay a portion of spinach over the ketchup. Top with a portion of the scrambled egg mixture, sprinkle with cheese. Tuck the top flap of each pita inside, directly over the filling. Tightly roll the loose flap over the outside of each pita to completely enclose filling. Let stand for 5 minutes to soften cheese before serving. mixture before scrambling the eggs.

Mix and Match Stir-Fry Serves: 4 Ingredients:

1 cup Tomato Ketchup 1/2 cup Tomato Juice 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp each horseradish and minced fresh ginger 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, sliced 1 lb chicken, pork or beef strips or shelled shrimp 4 cups mixed chopped vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, bok choy, sweet peppers or snow peas Lemon or lime wedges (optional)


To make the chili mixture, stir ketchup with tomato juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish and minced ginger. Reserve. Heat the oil in a deep skillet or wok set over medium-high heat. Add onion and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add meat or shrimp and continue to stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add vegetables and stir-fry 2 minutes longer. Make a well in the centre of the pan and pour in reserved chili mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until meat is cooked through and sauce is thickened. Garnish with lemon (optional)

Savoury Onion and Apple Tart 16 appetizer servings 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 medium-sized onions, thinly sliced (about 9 cups) 2 medium-sized red apples, cored, thinly sliced (about 3 cups), divided 1 can (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza dough (such as Pillsbury) 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dry thyme Preheat oven to 425 F. In large, nonstick skillet, over medium low heat, heat oil. Add onions and half of the apples; cook, stirring occasionally, until they are very soft and begin to caramelize, about 25 minutes (mixture will appear to “melt� and become spreadable). Meanwhile, coat baking sheet with non-stick spray. Press dough into rectangle on baking sheet. Prick dough all over with fork to prevent bubbling. Bake until lightly brown, about 10 minutes; remove from oven. Spread apple and onion mixture over dough; sprinkle with cheese. Just before serving, top with thyme and remaining sliced apples; broil on high until apples begin to wilt, about 1 minute. Cut into squares and serve. To substitute large prepared baked pizza crust for the refrigerated pizza dough, simply omit baking crust.

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Remodeling Trend


for the Parents With uncertain economic times and higher housing costs, combining households has become a more prudent approach to managing expenses. If you’re planning on making room for parents, siblings or others, a room remodel might be first on your agenda. It is estimated that more than a million homes undergo a remodel or renovation each year.

(ARA) - Think you have a crowded house? Maybe you’re not alone. Surprising new data from the U. S. Census Bureau finds that many families are making room in their home for parents, followed by siblings and other relatives. From 2000 to 2007, the number of parents who move in with their adult children grew 67 percent to 3.6 million. Even more interesting, the number of parents younger than age 65 in these households increased by 75 percent and those 65 and older rose 62 percent.

Today, many people are looking for costeffective yet environmentally sound remodeling techniques. In their book, “Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time,” authors David Johnston and Kim Master write, “Green remodeling actually makes and saves money. And this is not just long-term energy saving costs; the cost to implement green features (‘first costs’) is often less than remodeling by conventional standards. In the long term, green renovations increase the resale value of your home.” Living in perfect harmony with your relatives may not be your first choice during tough times, but it could be the most cost-effective. Remodeling or updating your home could make the transition much smoother.

Make Living Naturally Second Nature at Home (ARA) – Many families are interested in adopting a more natural lifestyle, especially when they’re met by life-changing moments, such as welcoming a new baby, adopting a pet, or buying a new home. According to a recent survey, however, while 78 percent of parents want their families to do more to live naturally, almost as many (63 percent) think that making changes would be difficult.

“Families don’t have to overhaul their entire lifestyles to go natural,” said Jen Singer, lifestyle expert, author and founder of, an online resource for moms. “Instead, you can take small steps that are easy, convenient and affordable. Even small changes can have a big impact on our homes and the world we live in.” Singer offers the following five tips to help families live more naturally. Leave it at the door. Make it a household rule to kick

off shoes when entering the home. Preventing outdoor pollutants and loose surface dirt from coming inside can save water and energy because it means less mopping and vacuuming. Conquer cleaning naturally and effectively. Try cleaning your home with natural cleaners, such as the new Nature’s Source line from SC Johnson. The products are powerful cleaners made with 99-plus percent natural and naturally-derived ingredients. What’s more, the products are affordable and available in many grocery and mass merchandise stores. Pull the plug. Unplug electronics that aren’t in use. If the phone charger is sticking out of the electrical outlet without a phone on the other end, it’s still using energy. Encourage other family members to unplug their phone chargers, laptops and handheld game chargers when they’re not in use. Carry a full load. Maximize the efficiency of appliances and conserve water and electricity by operating the washer, dryer and dishwasher with full loads. In some areas, electric companies may offer less expensive nighttime rates, so it’s possible to save money by running electrical appliances at night. Hang it to dry. In the long run, a dryer does more damage breaking down clothing fibers than the washer. Hanging clean laundry on a line will save energy and that favorite pair of jeans. Using these savvy tips will make it easier to live a more natural lifestyle at home without paying a premium. For more tips to live naturally, visit

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Caring for Your Pet on a Budget (ARA) - Most people consider a pet a member of the family -- and for good reason. Pets offer companionship, amusement and unconditional love. Studies support that owning a pet offers a multitude of emotional and overall health rewards.

However, with the plunging economy and the rising costs of food, fuel and housing, cash-strapped North Americans are pinching their pennies. People are faced with having to make difficult decisions on cutting back; often giving up the things they love most. Unfortunately, some pet parents are faced with the dilemma of appropriately caring for their pet on a tight budget. With a smart approach to affordable pet care, you may find you can afford to keep your pet happy and healthy - and at home with you and your family. Resist the toy temptation:

Personalized accessories and elaborate toys have become trendy, but pets won’t miss the extra bells and whistles. Pets are just as happy clad in a plain collar and playing with less expensive or even safer, homemade toys geared to improve overall pet health, including chew toys for puppies and scratching posts for cats. A healthy pet is a happy pet:

It’s important to still provide your pet with routine veterinary care. But ask your vet to prescribe only the most vital vaccinations. You can also visit low-cost clinics for routine check-ups. Contact you local humane society to find low-cost vet clinics or events. Food for Thought:

To ensure your pets’ health in the long run it is important to consistently feed them a healthy, well-balanced diet. Find an affordable, quality product that your pet enjoys, and avoid the premium products - which do not necessarily deliver more nutrients.

Some pet companies have stepped up to combat the current economic downturn. The 9Lives brand is committed to making lives better by donating a percentage of its sales to animal shelters, and by providing cats with affordable, healthy food.

The mutual benefit that both pet and pet parents enjoy reaches far beyond companionship. Whether you are 8 or 88, studies have proven that owning a pet has substantial developmental and health benefits. Pets thrive on your attention. Basic pet care essentials such as walking, grooming and even petting can provide increased physical activity, and best of all, they are free! For more information on healthy pet care and animal adoption, visit

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What’s a wuzzle you ask?

A wuzzle is a saying/ phrase that is made up of a display of words, in an interesting way. The object is to try to figure out the well-known saying, person, place or thing that each wuzzle is meant to represent.


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The objective is to insert numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3 x 3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once. What could be simpler? Answers on page 14

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C.5016 - First floor turnkey immaculate 3 Bed, 2 bath, 1627 under air, 2007 total sq. ft. condo Blinds thru-out, tile, carpet, double door entry to bedroom/ den. Large kitchen w/raised paneled cabinets & crown molding, comfortable living room w/ spectacular views of lake & golf course. Master bedroom, large walk-in closet, private entry to the lanai. Offered at $259,000.

C.4675 - 8th floor, 3 bed, 3.5 bath 3240 under air, 4110 total sf. Spectacular panoramic views ofthe Gulf of Mexico & Estero Bay. Exquisite turnkey designer decorated, marble flooring &counter-tops, faux finishes, custom cabinetry, kitchen w/builtin paneled appliances, granite countertops. Offered at$1,395,000. Call Michael 239-777-0473

H.3582 3 Bed+Den, 3.5 Bath, 3014 under air, 5693 total sf Courtyard home w/ beautiful expansive views of lake, golf course & woods. Numerous upgrades thruout, crown molding, plantation shutters, tile, hardwood floors, custom built-ins, Bose surround sound. Stunning gourmet kitchen, w/granite countertops, 42” cherry cabinets w/crown molding, decorative tile. Offered at $799,000. Call Michael 239-777-0473

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H.3817 3 Bed+Den, 2 bath, 2207 under air, 4027 total sq. ft. Tile on diagonal, window treatments, accented painted walls, tray ceilings w/crown molding, stunning archways thru-out. Gourmet kitchen, 42” raised paneled cabinets, pantry w/wine cooler, nook w/mitered glass. Great private guest suite w/bath leading to the large lanai w/built-in pool. Offered at $449,000.

H.2605 Valencia model with 4 Bed+Den, 3 bath, with 2750 underair and 3673 total sq ft. Home offers beautiful views of the golf course, lake and water feature with a desirable South Westexposure, located in a private gated golfing community. Thisbeautiful designer furnished home is offered at $849,000 with built-in pool, spa and vaulted ceilings. Call Michael 239-777-0473

Call Michael 239-777-0473

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Grandézza, Estero H.3625 - 3 Bed+Den, 3 bath, 2455 under air, 4046 total sq. ft courtyard home w/ Tiki Bar. Great for entertaining w/built-in pool &spa. Numerous upgrades thru-out. Tile, crown molding, blinds, topelighting, state-of-the-art kitchen. Discounted golf membership & golf cart also for sale. Offered at $529,000. Call Michael 239-777-0473

H.3544 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 2910 underair, 5887 total sf, side entry 3-car garage. Numerous upgrades thru-out, 18x18 marble and Bamboo hardwood flooring, custom built-in cabinets, surround sound, built-in heated pool/spa. Fabulous gourmet kitchen, w/granite countertops and backsplash, 42”custom cabinets w/crown molding, paneled built-in appliances. Offered at $779,000. Call Michael 239-777-0473

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H.3911 2+Den, 2 bath, 2000 under, 3406 total sq ft. Neutral tones, beautiful designer window treatments, tray ceilings w/crown molding, tile, archways. Fantastic Great room floor plan with entries from the kitchen nook, great room and master suite out to the lanai. Tranquil views from the lanai and builtin heated pool of a tropical preserve and golf course. Offered at $379,000.

H.3759 4 Bed, 3 bath 2493 under air, 4901 total sq. ft. Former model w/spectacular upgrades. Beautifully designer decorated, tile on diagonal & inlays, tray ceilings w/ crown molding, plantation shutters, window treatments, faux finishes, custom niches & ledges thru-out. Gourmet kitchen, w/center island, 42” cherry cabinets. Large lanai, heated built-in pool & spa, w/gorgeous tiered steps & breathtaking views of a natural tropical preserve & lake. Offered furnished at $849,000. Call Michael 239-777-0473

Grandézza, Estero C.4252 3 bed, 3 bath, 2910 under air, 3530 total sf. 17th floor decorator ready residence w/ Gulf & Bay views. Exquisite granite counter-tops, custom wood cabinets, marble baths, private elevator, & stunning high ceilings. Located in an upscale private, gated community w/the finest amenities, included. Offered at $895,000.

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H.3734 - 3 Bed, 3.5 bath, 3145 under air, 5454 total sq ft. Courtyard home, with numerous upgrades & detail thruout. Formal living & dining room, tile flooring, tray ceilings, gourmet kitchen w/granite, 42” cabinets, paneled appliance, custom island. Spectacular courtyard bedroom w/large private sitting/living area, bath and entry to courtyard w/ heated pool & spa. Offered at 649,000.

Grandézza, Estero C.3595 - 3 Bed, 2 bath, 2190 under air, 3236 total sq. ft open great room floor plan. Open kitchen w/granite counters, upgraded cabinets. Plantation shutters, decorative ceiling fans, 12’ ceilings, living room w/stunning full wall of glass sliders leading out to the tropical lanai w/heated builtin pool and spa. Offered at $495,000. Call Michael 239-777-0473

Call Michael 239-777-0473

Spring Run at the Brooks, Bonita Springs C.5026 - Turnkey, 2 Bed, 2 Bath, 1209 under air, 1428 total sq. ft. first floor unit, tile in main living areas, neutral tones & decorative window treatments Perfect for the avid golfer, w/views of the golf course/lake from the living room, lanai & master bedroom. Wonderful bundled golf community, with numerous amenities. Offered at $239,900.

H.3837 2 Bed + Den, 2 bath 1750 under air, 3539 total sq. ft. Views of the 17th fairway w/tropical landscaping surrounding. Upgraded w/tile main living areas, tile inlays, blinds, crown molding, chair railings. Large sliders thru-out in living room, breakfast nook, master suite leading to the lanai w/paver, built-in heated pool & outstanding views beyond. Offered $499,000.

Call Michael 239-777-0473

Call Michael 239-777-0473

H.3826 - 2 Bed+Den, 2 bath 2000 under air, 3449 total sq. ft. Decorated in neutral tones w/relaxing Tommy Bahama Décor’. Tile on diagonal, tray ceilings, crown molding, plantation shutters, window treatments, high ceilings. Automatic roll down shutters front/ rear & new high efficiency A.C w/extended warranty. Sliders leading from greatroom, kitchen nook & master suite to Lanai w/solar heated built-in pool & flower beds w/tranquil views of lake & landscape beyond. Offered $419,000. Call Michael 239-777-0473

H.3620 Beautiful designer decorated 4 Bed+Den, 4.5 bath, 3495 under air, 4867 total sq. ft. Estate home w/countless upgrades. Tile on diagonal, tray ceilings, rope lighting, window treatments. Formal living, dining room & den w/double door entry w/ stunning built-in. Gourmet kitchen, builtin appliances. 42” cabinets w/crown molding, family room w/expansive corner sliders opens the room to the lanai w/tropical wooded views beyond. Built-in pool/spa & grill, w/separate guest suite entry w/private bath off the lanai. Offered at $999,000. Call Michael 239-777-0473

Grandézza, Estero

Grandézza, Estero

H.3828 3 Bed, 3 bath 1878 under air, 3938 total sq. ft. Private guest Cabana, spacious kitchen/nook, center island, cabinet’s w/crown molding & large sliders opening to the courtyard w/pavers, builtin heated pool & spa. Tile in main living areas, intercom, blinds, high ceilings thruout. Master bedroom & greatroom with separate entrances to the screened lanai. Offered $489,000.

Spring Run at the Brooks, Bonita Springs

Grandézza, Estero

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Grandézza, Estero

H.2908 Spectacular open great room floor plan, with 3 Bed+Den, 3 bath, 2939 under air, 3925 total sq ft. Many added touches in this designer decorated home for a casual lifestyle with custom features throughout. Enjoy the kitchen w/state-ofthe-art built-in appliances, 42” wood cabinetry, granite counter tops. Offered at $1,049,000 w/custom pool w/views of a lake, golf course and woods located in a private gated community. Call Michael 239-777-0473

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2009 Gardening Trends (ARA) – From blueberries to houseplants, GIY (Grow It Yourself) is the new mantra as folks turn “back to the future” to simplify their lives while gardening for the greener good. GMG’s gardening trends for 2009 reveal a resurgence in perennials, growing native plants, creating “blended” gardens using vegetables and herbs in flower beds, cultivating with best practices, planting to attract wildlife and going local. One simple way to be an eco-booster is to create natural habitats for wildlife with native plants that attract birds, bees and butterflies. Tranquil moments may be few but the recent rise in gardening reconnects us with nature, family and friends as we share our bounty. Plant mint and fragrant thyme varietals in between cracks of stone pathways and grow strawberries for a delightful edible groundcover around trees. Fruit-bearing shrubs and trees provide color, privacy and fruitful bounty mingling among veggies and perennials. Buying local is all the rage. Gardeners are aware of their role as naturalists and conservationists, and are looking for native plants that thrive in their own backyards. For the first time, water is in and out. Whether bringing

in fountains, endless waterfalls, or fish ponds, the soothing sounds of water can turn any backyard into a private oasis. Costa Farms ( offers plants that drink responsibly like succulents, cactus, yucca and ferns, which are easy, conserve water, and add sizzle to your landscape. The Knock Out family of roses, from bright red to sunny yellow, is drought-resistant. From bean sprouts on kitchen countertops to green walls laden with herbs and micro-greens, plants are decorating spaces as “art- in-motion.” Tropical plants like bromeliads and orchids create instant beauty and give a boost of oxygen and clean the air. Lack of time and knowledge have been primary reasons people hesitate to garden. Not anymore. Novices and experienced gardeners hungry for inspiration, information, and instruction are packing master garden classes for instruction and gardening “how-to” tips. Gardeners are gobbling up information from friends, classes and workshops, local garden media, magazines, and the Internet and sharing their success stories with bloggers and friends As time-starved consumers try to juggle busy schedules most seek quick and simple solutions to meet their gardening needs. Containers are no longer a trend but a garden staple in large and small spaces. Americans have embraced the world bazaar of vibrant colors, textures, sights and sounds. Asian, African, Indian, and Mid-Eastern influences are showing up in patterns, textures and colors. For a complete look at the GMG 2009 Garden Trends, visit or subscribe to www.

It’s Never Too Early to Start Spring Cleaning followed by Touch of Beeswax Wood Preserver. Simply spray the cleaner on a wooden surface, wait a few minutes, and then rub 0000-grade steel wool in the direction of the grain. Finish cleaning by wiping the wood with soft terrycloth, then use the preserver. Cabinets will shine, giving your kitchen a spring-fresh look.

(NUI) - When refreshing spring weather begins to roll in, wouldn’t you rather be outside enjoying it, rather than inside cleaning? This year, tackle those spring cleaning jobs early so that spring can be a time of relaxation and enjoyment.

Polish your wooden cabinets. You don’t need to replace wooden cabinets when they lose their luster. A thorough cleaning, followed by a moisturizing polish, can make old cabinets look new. The most common method of cleaning cabinetry is with a little Woolite and water. But if you want to restore luster and shine, try a product like Touch of Oranges Wood Cleaner (,

Clean your carpets. Carpets can be a major trap for dust and pet hair, not to mention the salt and dried mud that have been tracked in from winter shoes. There are many professional services to choose from, but for those do-ityourselfers, renting or buying a carpet cleaner can save bundles of money. The Oreck Rinse-A-Matic (www.oreck. com) can shampoo, rinse and dry carpeted floors, and, as a bonus, can also rinse, scrub and dry kitchen floors. Say goodbye to mineral stains. Mineral deposits look depressing on windows and shower stalls. And while cleaning the windows is often a warm-weather job, there’s no reason to put off cleaning the bathroom. Hard water stains on glass shower doors and windows look unattractive, so remove them with specialized products like CLR (www., Lime Away or Bring It On Cleaner (www. Some hard water stains will often yield to scrubbing with white vinegar and a nonscratch pad. If you find that vinegar is ineffective, resort to stronger chemicals.

March 2009

How to ensure your new house is green

(NC)-It’s tempting to cut corners in a down economy, but that’s the last thing one should do in the construction of a new house. Owning a home with superior efficiency will pay high dividends for years to come. “A green home uses less energy and natural resources,” says Todd Blyth at Nudura, the manufacturer of insulated concrete forms. “It creates less waste and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Equally important benefits include lower energy bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. As a result, the net cost of owning a sustainable home is comparable to cost of a conventional one.” The four key areas to ensure the best human and environmental health are: water efficiency, energy efficiency, material selection, and indoor environmental quality. Here’s a useful little checklist as a guideline: Use LEED certified materials: This internationally acclaimed benchmark by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design provides a third-party certification program, setting an international benchmark for the construction and operation of high performance sustainable buildings. Start with concrete, not wood: With concrete walls by Nudura, combined with their ceiling and floor technology, you’ll get several key green components all in one. The system consists of stay-in-place, interlocking concrete forms. With this Lego-like method (of reinforced concrete sandwiched between two layers of expanded polystyrene foam insulation) the total building envelope stands to be up to nine times stronger, far more fire resistant, and far more sound insulated. Furthermore, this innovation ( is designfriendly for architects, much faster for builders, creates less construction waste, and provides defence against toxicity and mold that is so often a associated with traditional wood framed walls. And of equal importance, it’s a building method that will deliver energy savings of up to 70 percent. Aim for indoor water conservation: Ask about greywater irrigation and rainwater harvesting. Insist on energy efficiency: In addition to a concrete structure, some of the more popular choices for conservation include: an ‘earth sheltered’ architectural design; installing efficient ducts, lighting and fans; planning for gas or solar hot water, heating and cooling systems. Ask for green materials: Structural choices range from fume-free paints, finishes and adhesives, to sustainable floor coverings, sidings and trim.

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March ideal time to see spring gardens in



(NC)-COLUMBIA, S.C. - Old-timers will say you haven’t seen Spring until you see the azaleas in full bloom.

Combined with the nearly as ubiquitous flowering dogwoods and a myriad of other blooming bushes and bulbs, spring seems to explode with color in South Carolina each year, from big city to village to the wildflowers of the upstate mountain forests and meadows.

The azaleas are a particular highlight, and begin blooming in the Lowcountry by early March and peaking across the state, ending in early to mid-April in the Upcountry. Taking a drive around the state, checking out the sights, also is taking a drive through history. For instance, the distinctive butterfly gardens at Middleton Place in Charleston can boast of being the first formal gardens in the English Colonies, forged from marshy woodlands along the banks of the Ashley River around 1740.

Next door is eclectic Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, owned by the same family for more than 325 years and a birthplace of ornamentally grown azaleas and camellias. Nearby, Summerville Azalea Park contains eight picturesque acres of azaleas, wisteria, pines and dogwoods, and is a spring must-see in the historic small town at the upper end of the Ashley River above Charleston.

Heading up Interstate 26, Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg is home to more than 4,000 roses and a 2,600-foot boardwalk into the tupelo-cypress wetlands along the North Fork of the Edisto River. It’s one of only about two dozen official test gardens in the United States sanctioned by the All-America Rose Selections Inc. Other highlights include Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, where formal and informal plantings join an impressive stand of old rose varieties and cooling shade garden.

Notable public gardens also include Kalmia Gardens at Coker College, where a 60-foot drop in elevation provides for a surprising diversity in plants and wildlife.

Two commercial operations also bear mention. Park Seed in Greenwood is one of the nation’s largest and oldest mail-order operations and a nice place to visit in the spring. Orchid fans and plant-lovers of all kinds also wouldn’t want to miss Carter and Holmes Orchids in Newberry, where 18 greenhouses offer one of the largest lineups of the prized plants in the nation. And last but not least is 9,000-acre Brookgreen Gardens on the coast near Myrtle Beach. Visitors will find the largest collection of outdoor sculpture in the country amid a Lowcountry setting of lush plantings, live oaks and a pontoon boat tour of long-abandoned ancient rice fields. More on these and other garden-oriented locations in South Carolina can be found at

Don’t Pack a Cold this March Break (NC) - With the stress of returning to work after the holiday season, March Break is the light at the end of a long, cold, wintry tunnel with millions of North Americans fleeing the workday world for some much-needed down time. But with the cold and flu season still in full swing, would-be travelers should consider the following tips to avoid packing any unwanted colds on their winter getaway.

holic or caffeinated beverages that dehydrate. Pressurized cabins dry out

Changing temperature Whether heading south or on a ski trip, pack appropriate clothing in your carry-on to anticipate the temperature change, which can weaken your immune system and increase chances of catching a cold.

Plan ahead Plenty of rest is the backbone of a strong immune system. Begin a regular sleep schedule at least two weeks prior to your holiday. Also, take a Vitamin C supplement for an extra cold fighting boost. En route While flying, be sure to drink fluids throughout the flight and avoid alco-

alcohol-based sanitizer that effectively kills bacteria to clean surfaces such as arm rests, tray tables and seat belt buckles for both planes and cars.

crucial protective sinuses, leaving travelers more vulnerable to microbial infection. Consider carrying an

Smart packer Don’t pack the entire medicine cabinet on the chance someone might get sick. Instead lighten the load and bring along a cold remedy like new Zicam Rapid Melts which may significantly reduce the duration and severity of a cold if taken within the first 48 hours of symptoms.

Time to Review Your Auto Insurance Policy (NUI) - As you work your way through tax season, it might also be a good idea to re-evaluate your auto insurance policy. “The beginning of the year is a great time to get your financial house in order,” says Wade Bontrager, vice president of Marketing for GMAC Insurance. “While you’re already looking at your finances, it’s easy to get out that auto insurance policy and make sure you’re getting everything you can from it.” Bontrager advises North Americans to review their auto insurance policies when: Your insurance company has new offerings. Your insurance company might have introduced new, beneficial services. So, take advantage of them. You drive less. If high gas prices have lowered your annual driving mileage, some companies now offer a substantial low-mileage discount, such as the LowMileage Discount launched in 2008 by GMAC Insurance in collaboration with OnStar. You could save money. Make sure your coverage is at a sufficient level to protect your assets, but also research any discounts that you may qualify for, such as a multi-vehicle discount that saves you money when you insure more than one vehicle with the same company. You have a specialized vehicle. If you have a specialized vehicle, whether it’s an RV or a commercial vehicle, a standard auto insurance policy will not provide the coverage you really need. Check with your auto insurer to see if they offer specialized policies. If not, consider switching to a company that does. If you move all of your auto insurance policies to one company, you may be eligible for a loyalty discount. “It’s so important that you fully research your policy,” adds Bontrager. “For example, our customers are offered a series of concierge-style services, and we want everyone to know the extra value they are receiving free of charge.”

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Event Pizza Master Dough Recipe Yield: one 20-ounce ball of dough to make one 12-inch Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza 1 package active dry yeast 3/4 cup warm water (105-110 degrees F) 1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 cup corn oil 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 12-inch deep-dish pizza pan or cake pan In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast with water and sugar. Add the corn oil and blend. Add the flour and salt and mix thoroughly. If using a stand mixer, mix for 4 minutes at medium speed, until the dough is smooth and pliable. If kneading by hand, knead for 7 to 8 minutes. Turn the dough out of the bowl and knead by hand for two additional minutes. Add olive oil to a deep bowl. Place the dough ball into the bowl and turn it twice to coat it with the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Let the dough rise for two hours. Do not punch it down. Spread and push the dough ball across the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Pepperoni Deep-Dish Pizza 1 1/2 cups tomatoes, ground 1 teaspoon oregano, dried 1 teaspoon basil, dried 2 tablespoons romano cheese, grated 5 ounces part-skim, low- moisture mozzarella, sliced 5 ounces provolone, sliced 24 pepperoni slices (about 2 ounces) 1. In a mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, oregano, basil and romano. Set aside. 2. Lay the slices of mozzarella and provolone on top of the dough, overlapping the slices to cover all of the dough. 3. Spread the tomato mixture evenly over the cheese. 4. Dot the top of the tomatoes with the pepperoni. 5. Bake on the middle rack of a preheated 475-degree F oven for 20-25 minutes until crust is golden brown and pulls away from the sides of the pan. 6. Allow the pizza to rest for 3-4 minutes before cutting and serving.

Happy Birthday Chocolate Cupcakesďżź 3/4 cup raisins 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream 1/4 cup softened heart healthy vegetable spread 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup sugar 4 egg whites 1 cup flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt Frosting 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar, divided 1/4 cup softened heart healthy vegetable spread 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tablespoons fat-free half-and-half 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F and line 12 muffin cups with cupcake papers. Set aside. Combine raisins and hot water in food processor or blender; process until smooth. Beat raisin puree together with sour cream, spread and extract in a large bowl until light. Beat in sugar, then egg whites. Add dry ingredients and beat until well mixed. Spoon into lined cups and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before frosting. For frosting, beat together 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar with remaining ingredients until smooth; spread the top of each cupcake with a thin layer. Stir remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar together with a few drops of half-andhalf until thick and smooth. Drizzle a swirl on top of each cupcake. Makes 12 cupcakes

Grilled Haddock Greek Salad Serves: 2 Ingredients: 2 Haddock Fillets 1 package prepared mixed greens 1/2 cup dressing (Greek, Italian, etc.) 10-15 grape, cherry, or pear tomatoes cut into halves 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/4 cup Kalamata (Greek) olives 1/4 cup sliced red onion 1/4 cup pine nuts (optional) Preparation Bake the Fillets according to package. In a bowl, toss lettuce and dressing. Once the fillets are fully cooked cut them into bite size pieces. Top the dressed lettuce with remaining ingredients, including the cut fillets and serve immediately.

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Sunday Jazz Jams: (Bonita Springs) March 29, April 26, 1-4pm. Enjoy smooth sounds jazz located in The Promenade in the center of the courtyard. Bonita Art Festival: (Bonita Springs) March 14-15, 10am-5pm, located at the Promenade. Over 200 artists presenting art at this national ranked art festival Farmers Market: (Bonita Springs) Every Saturday morning from 7am-12pm, located in The Promenade. Farm-fresh vegetables, baked goods, frozen fish, cut flowers, plus much more. Sidewalk Sale & Live Entertainment: (Bonita Springs) April 17-18, 10am-5pm. Located at the Promenade shop for great savings & enjoy entertainment from 1-4pm in the courtyard

Germain Arena: (Estero) March 2, Smuckers Star on Ice. March 14-15, Big Boy Tech & Toy Expo. April 15, Yanni Voices Live in Concert. For further information & for Everblades tickets & other shows call (239) 948-7825 or visit Annual Estero Art Show: (Estero) April 4, 10am-6pm & April 5, 11am-5pm. Located at Miromar Outlets, Southeast side of the mall. Art event showcases artists from 30 states and Canada. For more information call 941-755-3088. Gulf Coast Town Center: (Ft. Myers) 8-10pm – Weekend Concert Series Barbara B. Mann Theatre: (Ft. Myers) For more info & listing of shows, visit, php or call (239) 481-4849 or 800-440-7469.

Historic Palm Cottage & Norris Gardens: (Naples) March 3-31, April 1-30, Tues-Sat 1-4pm. (239) 261-8164. Thursday on Third: (Naples) March 19/April 16, 6-9pm. Enjoy music & other entertainment in the center of historic Naples. Antique Auto Show: (Naples) March 7 at the Naples Depot Museum. More than 100 rare and antique autos. For more info call 239-860-2726. Farmers Market: (Naples) Every Saturday morning from 7:30am-11:30am Featuring nearly 50 vendors. Located behind Tommy Bahamas. Philharmonic Center: (Naples) Located at 5833 Pelican Bay. For more info and current shows visit aspx or call (239) 597-1900 or (800) 597-1900

EMERGENCY Police, Fire, Medical ................................................911 Lee County Ambulance (Non Emergency) ....................................................................... 335-1600 Lee County Sheriff (Non Emergency) ....................................................................... 477-1200 Lee County Emergency Management (Weather & Disaster Spills) ........................... 477-3600 Poison Control Center............................. 800-282-3171 Hospitals: North Collier Hospital..................................... 513-7000 Health Park Hospital....................................... 433-7799 Chamber of Commerce (Local Area): Bonita Springs Area . ..................................... 992-2943 Estero Area . .................................................. 948-7990 Library (Local Area): Bonita Public Library ..................................... 992-1043 Estero South County Regional Library........... 390-3200 License (Lee County): Animal License .............................................. 432-2083 Boat Registration/Fishing License.................. 339-6000 Drivers License . ........................................... 278-7192 Vehicle Registration - Lee County ....................................................................... 339-6000 Voters Registration . .......................... 339-6300 Medical (Lee & Collier Counties): Gulf Coast Hospital - Ft. Myers...................... 768-5000 Lee Memorial Hospital - Ft. Myers.................. 332-1111 North Collier Hospital (NCH) Downtown Naples ......................................... 552-7000 North Collier Hospital (NCH) North Naples ................................................. 436-5000 Poison Control Center ............................ 800-282-3171 Newspaper Bonita Banner . ..............................................765-0110 Coconut Point Press . .................................... 777-0473 Ft. Myers News Press ................................... 335-0233 Naples Daily News ....................................... 992-3609

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Thoughts to Ponder

If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP? Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced onety-one?

Lesser Known Laws

Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t. The things that come to those who wait will be the things left by those who got there first.

I close my eyes with love for this beautiful baby!

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8 Ways to stay Positive in Tough Times By Barbara Pachter Courtesy of Priority Management The economy has tanked. Sales are down. You’re disappointed that you didn’t get your promotion, you’re angry at your colleague for missing a deadline, or you’re bummed that you blew the presentation. It is easy at times like this to let negative events affect you and influence how you appear to others.

someone over and over again. If you have an issue with someone, talk to him or her, don’t complain to others. Plus, people can start wondering what negative things you are saying about them.

To start viewing the glass half full, practice these eight behaviors:

DISAGREE AGREEABLY. Saying, “I see it differently,” or “I disagree” lets people know that you have a different opinion without attacking them or their opinion. If you say, “You’re wrong,” you are pointing fingers.

AVOID DOWNBEAT TOPICS. Don’t keep discussing negative things. You do not want to keep talking about how you lost the contract, or how bad the economy is. People will steer clear of you to avoid listening to your negative comments.

AVOID USE OF THE WORD “BUT.” “But” can negate what comes before it. If someone says, “I agree but ...” or “You did a nice job but ...” you are waiting for the bad news. Use the word “and.” “You did a nice job, and it would even be better if ...”

REMIND YOURSELF TO BE POSITIVE. One man I coached put up a small sign by his desk with the initials KIP (Keep It Positive). Another man had a boss who would pass him a note that had B+ (be positive) on it if he started being negative in meetings.

WORD THINGS POSITIVELY. The same thought can often be expressed negatively or positively. One manager said, “I don’t want my people viewed as unprofessional or incompetent.” Or, “I want my people viewed as professional and competent.” What would you rather hear?

TAKE ACTION. Don’t let a bad situation paralyze you. Explore different options. Take a class, sign up for training. Keep your resume up-to-date; don’t put your job search on hold. The more action you take, the more likely the issue will be resolved.

REMEMBER YOUR NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION. Have a pleasant facial expression. No stern expressions, frowns, or stares of gloom as you go about your day. Greet people when you see them. Avoid sarcasm and eliminate any harsh tone to your voice.

STOP COMPLAINING. Complaining is draining. People get tired of listening to the same negative comments about

Seven Words With Two Meanings 1. THINGY (thing-ee) n.  Female...... Any part under a car’s hood.  Male..... The strap fastener on a woman’s bra. 

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2. VULNERABLE (vul-ne-ra-bel) adj. Female.... Fully opening up one’s self emotionally to another.  Male..... Playing football without a cup.  3. COMMUNICATION (k’-meeo-ni-kay-shon) n.  Female... The open sharing of thoughts and feelings with one’s partner.  Male... Leaving a note before taking off on a fishing trip with the boys.  4. COMMITMENT (k’- mit-ment) n.  Female..... A desire to get married and raise a family. Male...... Trying not to hit on other women while out with this one.  5. ENTERTAINMENT (en-ter-tayn-ment) n.  Female.... A good movie, concert, play or book.  Male...... Anything that can be done while drinking beer.  6. FLATULENCE (flach-u-lens) n.  Female.... An embarrassing by-product of indigestion. Male...... A source of entertainment, self-expression, male bonding.  7. REMOTE CONTROL (ri-moht kon-trohl) n.  Female.... A device for changing from one TV channel to another.  Male... A device for scanning through all 375 channels every 5 minutes. 

Is it me, or...

is it colder than normal?

You like? Mom just picked them up at Macy’s.

Do you see what I see?

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4 Bed 2 Bath 1775 Sq Ft . 4 full beds. Garden tub w/shower in Master. Open great room/ family room w/Kitchen plus formal LR/DR. New Tile - Formal Living/Dining, Kitchen, Laundry, Hall and Hall Bath. Vaulted ceilings. NEW Hot Water Heater. New built-in Micro. Old Republic Home warranty already in place for Buyer.

Medicine Hat, AB


4 bedrms., 3 full bathrms, formal d/r, , 2 fireplaces and walk-out basement. Slab heating in the basement floor and garage. Super floor plan on this home, very open and unique! Finished dbl. attached garage, full appliance pkg., underground sprinklers and much more.

Tilley, NB


Well cared for 4 bdrm home sitting on approximately 144 acres of land in the rolling hills of Tilley. Eat in kitchen with beautiful maple cabinets. Separate open dining room has hardwood floor and doors leading to patio. Livingrm is very bright and spacious. Upper level has 4 lg bdrms and a newly renovated full bath with ceramic floors. This home should not be overlooked. Large closed in breezeway between main house and heated garage. “

Kingston, ON


Open Concept Family Home W/Ceramic Flooring in sunken foyer, bright Oak Kitchen Cabinets. Vaulted ceilings and patio doors leading to extensive decking with Hot Tub, Fenced Yard, 2.5 Baths, mst bdrm w/walk in closet, ensuite, finished bsmt, interior entrance to attached garage. A lovely family home in a great area.

Kingston, ON

Hainesville, NB



“Dairy farm set up to milk 80+ herd. Slanted floor barn with single sided parlour. Approx. 197 workable acres and 240 treed with possibility of stumpage. A lovely restored 4 + 2 bdrm century home. Land parcels may be sold separately or as a package.”

Grandézza, Estero

Great Varty Lake location, Watch the lovely sunsets w/75 ft on the water. Lovely cape cod decorating throughout w/3 bdrms and heat sources. Lovely garden shed and beautiful gardens. Pride of ownership throughout.

Claresholm, AB



3+Den, 3 bath, 2493 under air, 3500 total sf. Rich in detail & incredible views of large lake & golf course beyond. Tile, tray ceilings w/crown, archways, window treatments. Kitchen, 42” cabinets, granite counter tops, nook w/miter window. Lanai w/pillars, built-in pool & pool bath

Okotoks, AB

Great potential for handyperson. New windows, shingles hardwood floors and close to golf and downtown/park. Enjoy the awesome community of Claresholm. Start your work project today. Immediate possession.

Medicine Hat, AB



Snowbirds Welcome. This adult only villa offers 2500 sq. ft. of luxury living with granite counters, custom cabinetry, vaulted ceilings, in-floor heating, hardwood, floors, two fireplaces, developed basement, double garage, huge lot, end unit, low condo fees.

Mesa, AZ

Inviting & open layout in easily – accessible bungalow. Nearly all décor & exterior new in the last few years. Brick, gas f/p in L/R. Spacious kit. w/ oak cabinets (incl. newer appliances). All bathrms. redone. Master B/R w/ garden doors to semi-enclosed deck w/ hot tub. Complete basement. Fenced yard.

Grandézza, Estero



5 Bed 6 Bath 5781 Sq Ft home features crown-molding ceilings & custom designed fireplace in LR, Highly upgraded Granite in all counters & master closet. Self cleaning pebble sheen pool w/ fire pots & water features. 1234 sqft fully insulated garage-34ft bays w/ 12ft ceilings-potential for lifts. Secret Room. All bds have own baths & walk-in-closets. Lrg pantry & wet bar.

2+Den, 2 bath, 1540 under air, 1962 total sq. ft. Beautiful tranquil views of 2 large lakes & golf course. Former Model unit, w/numerous upgrades. Faux finishes, window treatments, tile on diagonal, hardwood flooring, decorative lighting/ceiling fans, wired for surround sound. Only steps from pool.

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Coconut Point Press March April 2009  

Local Housing Market Highs Continue in 2009

Coconut Point Press March April 2009  

Local Housing Market Highs Continue in 2009