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Hurricane Sandy

Civil Air Patrol in Northeast flies assessment sorties for FEMA and State Emergency Management Centers Regardless of where the storms are, Civil Air Patrol stands organized to respond. Locally, the Florida Wing along with the rest of the Southeast Region is capable and ready to provide similar support when needed. With Hurricane Sandy, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) wings in the organization’s Northeast Region made many flights assessing damage from Hurricane Sandy, including those with aircrews looking for people possibly stranded and needing help. The first aerial missions took place as soon as winds subsided sufficiently, as CAP aircrews’ photographed damage ... Read More »

CCSO Sergeant Receives Heroism Medal

The Naples Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) honored Corrections Sgt. Kristin Shiner of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office for her successful efforts to persuade a man who allegedly shot and killed another man in his driveway to give up his gun. Sgt. Shiner was awarded the Medal for Heroism after risking her personal safety in order to protect the lives of others. She received her medal at a special ceremony during SAR’s monthly luncheon on Friday at the Country Club of Naples. Sgt. Shiner was at home in Cape Coral on her day off July 25 ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek “Community of the Year” and home of a Top 100 Golf Course

Fiddler’s Creek has been awarded a 2012 Sand Dollar Award as “Community of the Year” by the Sales and Marketing Council of the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA). The award was presented before more than 250 people attending the annual awards presentation recently at the Waldorf Astoria Naples. The “Community of the Year” award is one of the highest honors bestowed and recognizes the quality of design of the community’s overall amenity package. It also evaluates the recreation provided, including clubhouse, golf, tennis and swimming facilities as well as outdoor use amenities such as paths, gazebos and sculptures that add to ... Read More »

Immokalee students see better after trip aboard vision van

More than 130 underprivileged and at-risk children stepped aboard a 37-foot specially outfitted mobile-vision van parked in the Immokalee Middle School parking lot. One-by-one they saw an optometrist for a comprehensive vision exam, and if warranted, were fitted for eyeglasses by an optician. The vision care screening is part of an initiative funded by Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of Naples Winter Wine Festival. In about two weeks, the students receive two pairs of eyeglasses; one pair will remain in the school’s office in case the other pair is lost or broken. NCEF trustees began this pediatric vision initiative ... Read More »

More than 200 students participated in the Greater Naples YMCA Storybrook Parade

The hallways of the Greater Naples YMCA were filled today with hundreds of trick-or-treating children dressed in homemade costumes based on their favorite storybook characters during the Y’s annual Storybook Parade, which celebrates the importance of literacy and early childhood education. The children, ages 3 months to 5 years, are part of YMCA’s Early Childhood program. Each of the 13 participating child care classrooms selected a storybook for the event, and teachers and children worked together to create costumes that reflected characters in each of those books. This year’s selections included “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” “The Cat ... Read More »

Children from NCEF Early Childhood Development Center Participate in SWIM Central Program

The Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County recently conducted its SWIM Central Program for 53 three and four year old children attending the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center, located at Edison State College Collier Campus and operated by Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. The program was held at the Golden Gate Community Park and Aquatic Center. SWIM Central provides 10 thirty- minute lessons over a two week period, supervised by professional aquatic directors and staffed with qualified instructors and lifeguards.  The program targets children ages 3-5 years attending socially-economically-disadvantaged child care programs. Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. is ... Read More »

Camp Jeffrey

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Offers Camp Jeffrey As Respite For Challenged’s Caregivers St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Marco Island offers a camp for challenged or disabled children and young adults on Tuesdays from October through April from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This serves a respite for the caregivers of the campers. There are four volunteers who stretch the abilities of the campers gently while engaging them in both physical and mental activities. One of the volunteers brings a therapy Golden Doodle dog. Activities include music, pitch and catch, drawing pictures with crayons, Legos and more. The campers give back ... Read More »

National Diabetes Awareness Month

The Greater Marco Family YMCA Encourages the Marco Island community residents to learn their Risks for Diabetes during National Diabetes Awareness Month One in three Americans has prediabetes, yet few realize they are at risk November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the Greater Marco Family YMCA is encouraging residents of Marco Island to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce developing the disease. Currently, one in three Americans (79 million people) has prediabetes, a condition where a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for them to ... Read More »


In lieu of buying yet another year of holiday gifts for her family and friends, Kathleen Menchero, the owner of Top Dog Kitchen, decided to do something much better with her money. She decided to purchase as many dog and cat bandanas her budget could afford with her holiday gift cash and start a fund raising drive for the countless dogs, cats and wolves at the local rescue shelters. And for 2 bucks, anyone can help with this furry cause. “I wanted to collect donations on a larger and broader scale this year and this idea just came to me. It’s fun, affordable ... Read More »


The Education Foundation— Champions For Learning™ will present an Education Forum on November 29, 2012, from 7-9pm at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. There, leading advocate in children’s education and The Education Trust, President, Kati Haycock will share models of innovation that impact student learning. National and local data along with examples of what is working to help students become college and career ready will be highlighted. Kati Haycock speaks about educational improvement before thousands of educators, community and business leaders, and policymakers each year. The Education Trust in Washington D.C. works for the high academic achievement of all ... Read More »

Annual Fall Sailing Regatta

Marco Island Yacht Club Annual Fall Sailing Regatta Saturday November 17 and Sunday November 18 In the Gulf – Directly off of Marco Island Beach This weekend Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf directly off of the Marco Island beach. Two dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards. They will be sailing both Saturday and Sunday in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Proceeds from the Regatta will go to the Marco Island Community Sailing Center which promotes ... Read More »

2013 Christmas Island Style

Judging for next year’s Christmas Island Style Ornament (2013) will take place at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The theme was a ” MANATEE”.  The Marco Island Charter Middle School students are very busy finishing up their drawings under the direction of teacher Shane Totten. Judging will take place Friday, November 16th at 12:00-12:30 PM. CIS will sponsor light refreshments for the judges. The 2013 judges include Dave Baer- Asst. Police Chief, Nancy Carrington- Marco Florist, Dianna Dohm-Mutual of Omaha Bank, Dawn Norgren- CIO Island Title, Gerry Rosenblum-President MIAAOR, Rosemary Wick- Board Member Marco Island Center for the Arts, Glenn Blong-Marco ... Read More »

Christmas Concert

Welcome the Christmas season with flutes, piccolo and handbells. Musical selections include sacred holiday classics as well as some fun twists on old favorites at Marco Presbyterian Church’s 6 p.m., Dec. 2, Christmas Concert. The seven-member flute virtuoso group Flute Cocktail will join the combined bell choirs of the Marco Presbyterian and Wesley United Methodist Churches. The concert is free; a love offering will be received. The church is located on 875 West Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. For information call the church at 394-8186.   Read More »

Internet Related Fraud Investigation

The Marco Island Police Department was recently asked to investigate two cases of internet related fraud. Although one victim was located in Tennessee and the other resided in Tampa, the cases were linked to Craigslist and a suspect who illegally assumed the virtual identity of a Marco Island resident. Although the cases are still being actively investigated, we wanted to provide the public information to protect themselves from similar scams in the future. A national financial website identified the seven most common scams perpetrated on internet based classified websites; they include home & apartment rental, car buying & selling, employment ... Read More »

Operation Santa Mail

Would you like to adopt one or more families this year in an effort to help make their Christmas a cheerful event? The Fort Myers and Cape Coral post offices are offering “Operation Santa Mail” for the second year. The post offices will be intercepting Santa’s mail and reviewing it for letters from children whose parents could use help to have a brighter holiday. The adopted families will be residents of Lee, Collier or Charlotte counties. Information on the adopted families is kept confidential. You will be provided with a child’s (or sometimes a parent’s) letter. You will be asked ... Read More »

Orchids, Friends & Fun

Something new in the Southwest Florida orchid world. Like orchids? Then there’s a new organization just for you where you can learn how to grow them, conserve them and enjoy them to the fullest. A group of orchid enthusiasts from around Southwest Florida have aligned to form the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance, Inc. (GCOA) to promote interest in orchids by bringing something new to the Southwest Florida orchid world. “What makes us unique is our desire to reach out to the community to inspire others to share in our passion. We want to pass on our knowledge so that everyone ... Read More »

Postal Service Letter Carriers Collecting Toys

Postal Service Letter Carriers Collecting Toys Left At Mailboxes Saturday, December 1 What: Postal Service letter carriers will collect new, unwrapped toys left by customers’ mailboxes and in bins at Post Offices. When: Saturday, December 1 Where: All Post Office Customers in the Suncoast District; Includes ZIP Codes Beginning With First Three Digits: 321, 327, 328, 329, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 341, 342, 346 and 347 Who: Postal Service Letter Carriers U.S. Marines Corp   Background Postal Service Letter Carriers, in support of the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation (, will collect toys left at mailboxes as they deliver mail on Saturday, December 1. The new, unwrapped toys will help ... Read More »

Registration Open for 3-Day Southwest Florida Nature Festival

Registration is now open for the almost 40 field trips as well as the keynote presentation offered during the 9th annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival, hosted Jan. 18-20 by the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Florida. Across the three days, experienced naturalists will lead guided birding walks, swamp buggy tours, canoe and kayak trips, sunset boat rides and other adventures on land and water to more than two dozen wildlife hot spots. Tours are offered with partnering organizations such as Big Cypress National Preserve, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples Botanical Garden and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. ... Read More »

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children launches the “Holiday Drive 2012” to ensure a safe and happy holiday for the children, men and women, as well as their pets, served by Collier County’s only certified domestic violence center. Help make the holidays merry and bright by providing new, non-violent, unwrapped gifts items for babies, children, teens, adults, seniors and their pets: Gift Certificates: Winn Dixie, Publix, Walmart, Payless Shoes, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Best Buy, Coastland Center Phone & gasoline cards Movie passes Pedicure/hair salon certificates Board games & instructional toys Sesame Street (anything) Dolls/ethnic dolls Dora the Explorer Girls dress-up (princess) Sports equipment Clothing (especially boys, ... Read More »

Special Olympics Collier County needs assistant coaches

Special Olympics Collier County needs assistant coaches for cycling, tennis, track & field and soccer for the 2013 season DATES: 5 January 2013 to 19 May 2013 DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Every Saturday 9:30–11:00 am (There will be some Saturdays where there will be no practice due to holidays and other school commitments). LOCATION: Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Lane, Naples 34116. COMPETITION DATES: 2 March 2013 County Games at GGHS 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. 6 April 2013 day trip to Charlotte County Area Games (Not all Asst. Coaches needed). 17-19 May 2013 Two night overnight trip to Disney World, State Games (Not all ... Read More »