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Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation unveils youth development park at Boys & Girls Club of Collier County


NAPLES, Fla. (Nov. 13, 2012) – The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, through a generous donation from Jay and Patty Baker, recently unveiled a multipurpose youth sports complex in Naples at the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County. Baker Field will provide underserved and at-risk youth with a safe place to play and participate in education and character development programs. “When we started the foundation 11 years ago, we wanted to help kids and pay tribute to our dad,” said Cal Ripken Jr., MLB hall of famer and co-founder of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.  “However, we never imagined we ... Read More »

2013 Christmas Island Style Ornament Design Contest Winner Announced

The winner of the Fifth Annual Christmas Island Style Ornament Contest was chosen recently. The judges met at the Marco Island Center for the Arts to consider all entrants which came from art classes at the Marco Island Charter Middle School under the direction of teacher, Shane Totten. The contest is part of Christmas Island Style and is co-chaired by Bette McGilvary and Barb Dasti. Judges included Dave Baer, Assistant Chief of the Marco Island Police Department, Glenn Blong, Marco Men’s Club, Nancy Carrington, Marco Island Florist, Dawn Norgren, Island Title, Gerry Rosenblum, President MIAAOR, Rosemary Wick, Marco Island Center ... Read More »

Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Makes Donatation to Realtors® Relief Foundation

Gerry Rosenblum, Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® President, announced a recent donation was made by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Relief Foundation for Hurricane Sandy victims. The National Association of Realtors® Relief Foundation distributes one hundred percent of all funds collected to disaster relief causes. The NAR president announced that NAR would match member’s donations up to $500,000. To date, $1,250,000 has been collected which includes NAR’s $500,000 match. For more than eleven years, the Realtors® Relief Foundation has been dedicated to providing housing-related assistance to victims of disaster. The ... Read More »

Real Estate Market on Marco Island is as Strong as Ever

MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, show a continuing active market according to Gerry Rosenblum, President.  Here is a recap of what happened in the Marco Island Real Estate market during October 2012. 73 Total properties closed for a total of $31 Million (including Time Shares and Commercial) 29 Single Family Homes for $15.3 Million – Avg. Sale price $528K 34 Condominiums for $14.3 Million – Avg. Sale price $422K 9 Vacant Home Sites for $1 Million – Avg. Sale price $103K 107 Total properties went under contract in October ... Read More »

New No parking Zones and Fines


Over the past year citizens living in the southern portion of the island have become increasingly concerned with safety and quality of life issues affiliated with parking in the neighborhoods. Various city Departments including the Police, Community Development and Public works worked with residents in an attempt to resolve the issues. It became apparent that current signage and ordinances were not going to remedy the situation, so the Marco Island City Council asked the City’s Planning Board to review the circumstances. On July 16th, in a joint workshop with City Council, Planning Board members and the public had an extended ... Read More »


On Saturday, December 1, 2012 the San Marco Columbiettes will be having a Treasures in the Trunk fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center parking lot. The trunk sale will be from 8am to 1pm. Vendors should be set up by 7:30am. People will have an opportunity to sell their new, used, antique, etc. from the trunk of their car. The cost is $10 for each car parking space. You can purchase more than one parking space. A table is permitted in front of your open trunk. Tables can be rented by $10 each. All merchandise not sold must be ... Read More »


Thanks to the generosity of donors from the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida (JFCS) donated complete turkey dinners for Thanksgiving to 28 families who are struggling with food insecurity.  JFCS is a non-sectarian human service agency providing mental health counseling, senior support programs and financial assistance to the Southwest Florida community. Read More »

Collier County Special Olympians Score Big at 2012 State Bowling Competition

Special Olympics Collier County took a delegation of ten Special Olympics athletes and one Unified Partner to the 2012 State Bowling Competition in Orlando, FL on November 16-18 2012 to compete against athletes from around the State. Our athletes gave their all to their competition with the following results. Shawn Denton                                   Gold Medal                Doubles Bruce Irvin                                          Gold Medal                Doubles Damian Johnson                                Gold Medal                Unified Doubles Davruis Johnson (Unified Partner)              Gold Medal                Unified Doubles Todd Kleiber                                      Gold Medal                Singles Jeffery Wohlers                                  Gold Medal                Singles Michael Tulipano                               Bronze Medal            Singles Latasha Gardner                                Bronze Medal             Team Mary Garza                                         ... Read More »

CCSO, Community Take Stand Against Human Trafficking

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Collier County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, held an anti-human trafficking community event in Immokalee recently  at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. 1st St. More than 450 members of the community attended the fourth annual “A Day Without Slavery” event to learn more about human trafficking and ways to identify victims of human trafficking. Deputies hope the event will open avenues of communication with the community and encourage residents to report suspected trafficking. The event featured free food and refreshments and music from La Ley 92.1 FM. Activities for children were provided ... Read More »

The Marco Island Newcomer’s Club Annual Welcome Back Luncheon

Rachel DeHanas, Realtor Partner at the Sandlin Team, had fun walking down the fashion run-way showing off some of the season’s latest designs at The Marco Island Newcomer’s Club Annual Welcome Back Luncheon on Thursday November 8th. This annual event welcomes back all the snowbirds back for the season. A fashion show was presented by Georgie’s of the Marco Town Center and Sweetwater located in the Marco Island Marriott. Rachel DeHanas, a Realtor since 1983, has been ranked in the Top 100 Realtors in the U.S by Nat’l Realtor Magazine as well as Top 100 Agents RE/MAX International 3 years ... Read More »

Newest Animals A Little on the Small Side

During a visit to Naples Zoo, you can see the tallest animals in the world that stroll the plains of Africa or the giant reptiles that bask in our Florida sun. The newest arrivals, however, are a little on the small side. And they’re meant to be. They are called miniature zebus. These tiny cattle are as cute as they are small. The Zoo’s two new miniature zebu were born this past spring. Miniature zebus reach a maximum height of 42” just behind the hump on their back although many are far shorter. For example, the father of the Zoo’s new boy zebu tops ... Read More »

Naples Winter Wine Festival volunteers celebrate success

Naples Winter Wine Festival volunteers and trustees of Naples Children & Education Foundation – the founding organization of the festival – recently celebrated the 2012 festival’s success. The brunch celebration took place at Waterside Shops. NCEF Trustee and Board Chair Anne Welsh McNulty told the group that 347 volunteers spent 3,886 hours working on the 2012 festival, which raised $12.2 million for underprivileged and at-risk children. Volunteer hours increased by 1,000 compared to the 2011 festival, and Joan and Bob Clifford, 2012 festival chairs thanked the volunteers for their remarkable contribution. Since 2001, the festival has raised $107 million, with ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Hosts Open House

Celebrate the holiday season dining with the best waterside view of the Marco Island Boat Parade The lights, the palm trees, the waterways. Celebrate the holiday season with the best waterside view of the 25th annual Marco Island Boat Parade while dining at the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Harbor Dining Room. Today, MIYC Membership Director Lisa Luft announced the Club will host an Open House, Saturday, December 8 from 5 pm until 9 pm, inviting the public to tour the facilities, watch the holiday flotilla and enjoy a buffet dinner at $34.95 for adults and $14.95 for children immediately following the ... Read More »

Who is the better driver?

Who is the better driver?  Parent vs. student?  An alumni driving course challenge will be held Saturday, Dec. 15  at the Barron Collier High School, 5600 Cougar Drive, North Naples TIME: 9 a.m. to noon SUMMARY: Who’s the better driver? That’s the question facing student graduates of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Teen Driver Challenge and their parents at the inaugural course picnic Dec. 15. Teen Driver Challenge graduates and their parents will put their skills to the test on several driving courses. Winners will receive a certificate. All the participants will get a free picnic lunch. The Teen Driver Challenge began in ... Read More »