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July 1, 2022


Notable Neighbors

The Lady Behind The Signs Of Our Times

If you were to stand at a busy intersection in Englewood, waving a large sign in your hands, you’d expect at least some people to notice you. And Jean Ranallo can tell you it works.


Thursday, June 30, 2022

Notable Neighbor
This Guy Has Certainly Shown A Lot Of Drive More than 200 synonyms for the word “drive” can be found in the vast repositories of our English language, and Englewood’s Roy Ault epitomizes a few of them in particular: nouns such as motivation, initiative, self-reliance and perseverance...

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Notable Neighbors
A Self-Made Man Who Followed His Dreams
There has been a long-standing argument in the sciences about “nature vs. nurture.” Are our lives shaped more by our environment or by our DNA?  Learning in school and in life is obviously a huge factor, but what about one’s innate ability to learn and develop in the first place?...

Monday, June 6, 2022

Notable Neighbors
These Two Free Spirits Have Been Destiny’s Tots
Englewood’s Les and Kim Beery are a fascinating couple, who have been married now for 54 years and just seem to go together, like Antony and Cleopatra or Napoleon and Josephine or cheese and crackers. That they got together at all defied probability, and that they succeeded in their personal and public lives is a testament to love and compatibility … and talent.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Notable Neighbors
She Will Charm You One Way Or Another
Englewood’s Amy Hibberd is an outgoing, friendly lady who captures your interest within the first few minutes of meeting her...

Friday, April 22, 2022

Notable Neighbors
The ‘King of Cans’
Juergen Kroos is already noticeable in his neighborhood. On his 140-ft. by 100-ft. residential lot in Englewood Isles, he grows over 40 different fruits and vegetables, and he gives many of them away to friends and neighbors. Want some oranges, passion fruit, papayas, lemons, limes, plums, strawberries, pineapple, persimmon or bananas? He’ll get you a few...

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Notable Neighbors
There's A Maven In Our Haven
Rich developed an early interest in going to West Point, and as you might suspect, he aced the mathematics part of his SATs as a senior at Linden (N.J.) High School. Unfortunately, he bombed the English section and ended up taking a year of college at nearby Rutgers University before reapplying...

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Notable Neighbors
Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man
Bill Farnsworth has to be one of the most visibly notable persons in our neighborhood. Look no further than the Hughes Gallery in Boca Grande or the Dabbert Gallery in Sarasota–or in some of the finest art galleries in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Texas and Colorado–for evidence.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Notable Neighbors

She Sure Knows The Seashore
She may not sell seashells by the seashore, but Brenda Bossman is the one to see if you’re interested in Southwest Florida’s shore life. She’s an independent consultant who, for years now, has worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Charlotte County, Lee County and others to help save our Florida shorebirds and sea turtles. 


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Notable Neighbors

This Gal Has Had A Moving Career
Kristine Sedra was and is a travelin’ gal, to put it mildly. In her 24 years as a professional caregiver, she has, by her count, “worked in 37 emergency departments in 12 states.” 


Thursday, June 4, 2020

Notable Neighbors
Where ‘The Dogs Are In Charge’
If Allan and Pamela Schildknecht say something to you about dogs, you’d better listen, because they know from experience what they’re talking about. During the 40 years of their marriage they’ve shared their house with over 160 dogs–fortunately, not all at the same time...

Friday, November 22, 2019

Notable Neighbors
The Travel Guy
You could say that Dick Dunham has been a world traveler since the day he was born. His dad, Lt. Colonel Richard Weston Dunham Sr., was a 29-year career officer in the U.S. Air Force, and he moved around a lot, toting his family with him...

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Notable Neighbors
She’s ‘where the magic happens'
Jean O’Neil first came to Englewood during the summer after her graduation from Keene State College. Newly equipped with a degree in education and certified in art and English, she landed her first job … as a cocktail waitress...

Friday, September 13, 2019

Notable Neighbors
SEPTEMBER 11: A time to forget? 
Everybody remembers where they were on September 11, 2001...  Englewood’s JoAnn Siciliano certainly remembers, because she was there. And for her, it’s a merciful day even now when she can repress her memories of that fateful event...

Monday, September 2, 2019

Notable Neighbors
An angel on his shoulder
At age 96, Englewood’s Arthur Nicholas is one of a dwindling number of survivors of the “Greatest Generation” that endured the travails of the Great Depression and the even greater hardships of World War II...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Notable Neighbors
She’s ‘hearing the call, Englewood’
Noel Crosby had more than her share of problems growing up: a parental divorce “at a time when no one got divorced,” as she puts it, problems with a speech defect, low self-esteem, difficulty in school and a wrenching relocation from her Manchester, N.H. home...

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Notable Neighbors
He went from wine to water
Englewood’s Kenn Visser pretty much by accident found himself in the businesses of growing fine wines and making pure water...

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Notable Neighbors
The man with the Midas touch
Although he’s now a wealthy man, Derek Pullen’s “West End” accent betrays his growing-up years in a tough urban neighborhood: Aldershot, England, a small city of about 35,000 people, 30 miles southwest of London, that is famed as “The Home of the British Army.”

Friday, June 21, 2019

Notable Neighbors
She Could Have Been A Comedienne
Acually, Judy Moore is something of a comedienne, very quick with one-liners and full of funny stories...

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Notable Neighbors
Not Your Typical Neighbor
How many guys do you know who have installed a zipline to their backyard pool and regularly run their grandkids through a Ranger School obstacle course? ...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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