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Great Brunches in Naples

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You may enjoy sleeping in on the weekends, but you won’t mind waking up early for brunch! It’s that favorite meal of many Americans that happens to be between lunch and breakfast and can include everything from sandwiches to waffles to crepes.

Now where should you spend your weekend brunch? Here’s our list of great brunch spots in Naples. Please comment with your favorite and we’ll be sure to add it! 🙂

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EJ’s Bayfront Cafe

EJ’s Bayfront Cafe
Menu Highlights
Classic Benedict, Banana Stuffed French Toast Platter, Chunky Monkey Waffle Platter, Crab and Shrimp Omelet
469 Bayfront Pl
Naples, FL 34102
Phone number (239) 353-4444

Goldies Restaurant
Menu Highlights
Country Fried Steak, Ultimate Breakfast, Biscuits and Gravy
Try the strawberry jam, and peanut butter fluff spread
5400 Taylor Rd
Naples, FL 34109
Phone number (239) 591-3400

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Jane’s on 3rd

Jane’s Cafe on 3rd
Menu Highlights

Fresh Berry Blintz, Crazy Harry’s Nutella Crepes, Omelet
1209 3rd St S
Naples, FL 34102
Phone number (239) 261-2253

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Skillets

Skillets
Menu Highlights
Denver Skillet, Potato Pancakes, Pecan Encrusted French Toast
4170 Tamiami Trl N
Naples, FL 34103
Phone number (239) 262-3788

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First Watch

First Watch
Menu Highlights
Acapulco Express Omelet, French Toast Monte Cristo,
Key West Crepeggs
225 Banyan Boulevard
Naples, FL 34102
Phone number (239) 434-0005

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Blueberry’s

Blueberry’s
Menu Highlights
Irish Skillet, Florentine Eggs Benedict, Blueberry Stuffed French Toast
3350 Tamiami Trail N
Naples, FL 34103
Phone number (239) 430-0700


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Fashion Passion Event

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What: Fashion Passion Fashion Show
Where: Mercato Naples
When: Thursday July 23 6-8:30pm

Join us this Thursday for our a great event supporting a great cause. We’re proud to sponsor Fashion Passion, a fashion show to help support the Pace Center for Girls of Collier County. It is hosted by Mercato which will also provide tasty treats. Drinks are compliments of the Laser Lounge Spa.

Get your tickets now! They are $40 and include the food and drinks, and 100% of your ticket price goes towards the PACE center for girls.

And don’t miss the flash sale at the event! You can save $50 on the upcoming Love That Dress event.

For information contact our lovely Elisabeth Nassberg 239- 431-6661


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Southwest Florida Origins

We recently told everyone about our expanded service area…

coverageIn case you missed it, we cover seven counties in Southwest Florida now, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, and Collier Counties.  We’re fans of history around here (that massive gallery of old American flags on Independence Day might have given that away…), but in Florida, history usually means Tampa and Miami.  What about Southwest Florida?  Well, we’ve got you covered.  We’re going to go over some of the more interesting history in our coverage area over several blogs, coming back to the subject every now and then.  To kick things off, lets take a quick look at those seven counties.  Specifically, why are they called what they’re called, and where did they come from?  Those county names reflect a lot of the history around here, so let’s get going!

Charlotte County

Seal_of_Charlotte_County,_FloridaFormed out of part of DeSoto county in 1921, the county was named for the Bay of Charlotte Harbor, which was in turn named for Queen Charlotte Sophia, wife of King George III, in 1775.  The Spanish originally called it “Carlos Bay,” so we almost had a “Carlos County”!

Collier County

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Carved out of Lee County in 1923, Collier County was named for Baron Collier, a New York real estate developer and businessman who moved to SWFL and built the Tamiami Trail for the state in exchange for having a county named after him!

DeSoto County

DeSoto_County_Fl_SealThis one is fairly self-explanatory.  Created in 1887 out of what was then Manatee County, it was named for Hernando de Soto (1496/1497–1542), Spanish explorer and conquistador.  He famously was the first European to cross the Mississippi River, and likely first landed in Florida on that voyage very near modern day DeSoto County.

Glades County

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Formed in 1921 from DeSoto County, the county was named after the nearby Everglades, which were, in turn, were named partly by British surveyor John Gerard de Brahm in 1773, who called the area “River Glades.”

Hendry County

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Formed out of Lee County in 1923, it was named for Francis A. Hendry (1833–1917), a Florida cattle rancher and politician who was an early settler of the area, and an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Lee County

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Carved out of the original, massive Monroe County in 1887, Lee was named for famed Confederate General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), and has grown to become, by far, the largest county in Southwest Florida.

Sarasota County

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Founded in 1921 out of Manatee County.  Believe it or not, the word “Sarasota” is of unknown, probably Native American, origin.  The word has been used in the area since nearly the very beginning of European colonization, but there’s no record of where it came from.  A possibility is that it’s a Calusa (the original Native language in the area) word meaning “point of rocks” or “place of the dance.”  Again, there’s no way to know for sure!


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Plan for your Pets during Hurricane Season

(Photo credit: Weather Channel iWitness user Debra McCord)

(Photo credit: Weather Channel iWitness user Debra McCord)

It’s hurricane season in Southwest Florida and Just Like Family Home Care has a top notch check list for Seniors when it comes time to prepare for the big storm, but we also don’t want to forget about our four legged friends! At Just Like Family Home Care we know family includes everyone!

When it comes to making plans make sure you include all your family members even your furry loved ones. It’s not unusual for many pets to be abandoned following major hurricanes like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Charley. It is very important to include your animals in your evacuation plan to make sure that they are taken care of.

Counties like Charlotte, Lee, and Collier have emergency shelters for families and their pets but space is often restricted to those in spots where evacuation is mandatory. Experts suggest to have a plan in place for a hurricane with your last resort seeking refuge at a pet friendly shelter.

Preparing for a hurricane is vital for the safety of your family and your pets. Pet owners need to make sure that they have everything they need for a pet friendly shelter when an emergency occurs. Owners need to have their pet’s vaccinations up to date. Remember, it takes a couple of week for most immunizations to become protective.

Owners will need an impact resistant crate that is sufficient size for each pet. As for your pets identification, you must to have your pets’ county licensing tag as well as an ID tag on their collars. As a general guide, pet owners should have a weeks worth of pet food in waterproof containers, a weeks worth of water and a few weeks worth of medications. Other things to consider are a bowl for water, bedding, chew toys, leash, proof of vaccinations, grooming items and a pet first-aid kit.

Click here for more information on Hurricane Preparedness for Your Pets


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Calling All Home Health Aides, Companions and Nurse Assistants!

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Just Like Family Home Care has an immediate need for Companions, Home Health Aides and Certified Nurse Assistants in Collier and Lee counties.  Typical clients will need you to provide companionship, personal care, meal preparation, light housekeeping and/or shopping and errands to patients in their homes as needed.  Various shifts, including evenings & weekends, are available, and we offer competitive pay as well as a warm, happy, family-like atmosphere.  We have a specific need for registrants who are interested in doing small day shifts, four hours or less.  You will love working with our experienced office staff, and feel good about what you are doing!

You must be at least 18 years of age, mature and emotionally stable, and capable of displaying empathy and sympathy towards patients at home who have medical problems or are infirm.  Many clients want to feel like they’re being taken care of by someone who could be their own child or grandchild, so a genuinely caring and invested attitude are absolutely essential.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to application@jlfhc.com.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


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Aging Maps

Viewing information, especially numbers, can be trying.  It’s hard to get a good feel for what, exactly, is happening, when you’re looking at a wall of numbers.  Displaying that info as maps makes it much easier to digest, and can be a great way to get informed about a specific subject.  And what better subject for us, than one that comes close to our hearts: aging in America.  It’s common knowledge which states are the “oldest,” but about what counties are the oldest?  Well…

map_65plusInteresting, isn’t it?  You have the obvious I-4 Corridor, Naples area, Fort Myers area and West Palm Beach areas there, but what’s going on with that wide band of elderly that roughly parallels Tornado Alley?  Or the Port Angeles area of Washington State?  And that one bright red county on the Jersey Shore?

If this is what the distribution of elderly looks like, what about elderly in need of care?

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Wow.  Florida suddenly looks like a spring chicken, while broad swaths of the South, especially Eastern Kentucky, are in intense need of care.  We wouldn’t be surprised if this map overlaps with a map of poverty levels.  Lack of access to proper care frequently has more to do with income than age.

But what about how things are changing going forward?  Are some areas getting older and some younger?  Glad you asked.  These are changes in median ages from the 2010 Census to 2012 Census estimates, on a county-level.

NESENWSWAKHIIn short, most of the country is getting slowly older, while that same elderly corridor in the Midwest from earlier is getting younger!  Let’s take a look at our local two “core” counties.

CollierLeeA gradual uptick in both, but not a strong one.

In short, it’s very interesting to look at maps like these, and get a “big picture” view of aging in America.  And, as anyone can see, issues related to aging and lack of care for the disabled elderly will only become more serious as time goes on, with a universally greying population.