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Marco Moms Against Cancer Calendar

Sales are strong for the inaugural 2013 Marco Moms Against Cancer calendar. Stop by one of the distributors listed below to pick one up in time for holiday gift giving. The calendar makes a great gift and the best part is 100% of the proceeds will go to the local American Cancer Society unit. You can purchase the Marco Moms Against Cancer calendar at the following locations: the Marriott Gift Shop, Progressive Auto, the Snook Inn, Fred Kramer Law Firm, Realty Executives Of Marco Island, South Beach Hair at the Marriott and Marco Walk, Ricks Island Salon, Obsession Boutique, Georgie’s ... Read More »


BMO helps Naples Equestrian Challenge prepare for event Employees from BMO Private Bank and BMO Harris Bank, both a part of BMO Financial Group, recently organized a volunteer team for a day dedicated to helping Naples Equestrian Challenge prepare for their 7th Annual Bootstrap Boogie Barn Dance. BMO volunteers pulled up their bootstraps and painted a cottage as well as stained railings and posts around the stables. Proceeds from the Barn Dance allow Naples Equestrian Challenge to fulfill its mission of improving the lives of children and adults with special needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs. Volunteers participating ... Read More »

CAP Board of Governors selects Chairman, Vice Chairman

Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors (BoG), meeting in person for the first time since the organization’s new governance structure was introduced in August, today elected retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John Speigel as its chairman and CAP Lt. Col. Ned Lee as vice chairman. Speigel, previously the board’s vice chairman, succeeds Brig. Gen. Richard Anderson when Anderson’s term concludes in February. A BoG member since 2005, Speigel is the former director of personnel policy, deputy chief of staff for personnel, Air Force Headquarters. He has served in numerous Air Force technical and command positions during his military career, commanding ... Read More »

Marco Island Center for the Arts

The Clay Guild, an adjunct of the Marco Island Center for the Arts, is holding its second annual pottery show, called It’s a Wrap, now through December 20. More than 180 pieces of pottery, everything from hand-built to wheel-thrown tableware and accessories, are on display in the Lauritzen and Rush galleries. Sharing the spotlight with the Clay Guild are whimsical oil portraits of Santa’s reindeer by California artist Brad Nack, which are being shown in La Petite Galerie. All of the art is for sale and ready for Christmas giving. “We are delighted to have two such impressive shows, one ... Read More »

Update of the Vehicle Accident Damaging the Big Flag Pole

On Wednesday, November 7, the Collier Boulevard median, housing the Big Flag Pole, lighting fixtures and the Welcome to Marco Island sign was the site of a vehicle accident causing severe damage. Clarification of the accident, damage report, estimates to repair and replace, and procedures in affect, were discussed by the Big Flag Committee at a recent meeting. Attending were City of Marco representative, Tim Pinter members of the public including Jill and Mike Havey, donors of the pole and City Councilman, Larry Sacher. The initial news report stating that “Replacement of the pole and lights will come from funds ... Read More »

The Golf Club offers non-resident memberships

Situated amidst lush natural surroundings with saw grass marshes and abundant wildlife in Naples, Florida, The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek has consistently been ranked among the top in the nation. Non-residents now have access to The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek.  A limited number of non-resident annual and seasonal memberships are available at The Golf Club. Memberships are tailored to the needs of area golfers with term date flexibility and no up-front fees. By becoming a Member-for-a-day, golfers have the perfect opportunity to experience it first-hand. The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek presents golf as nature intended. Designed by acclaimed golf course architect ... Read More »

Volunteer mentors needed for Immokalee students

The Immokalee Foundation is looking for mentors to participate in Take Stock in Children, a statewide program that makes it possible for at-risk students in the community to reach academic and personal success. In 2001, TIF brought to Immokalee and since then, the foundation has matched volunteer mentors with qualified students from Immokalee Middle School and Immokalee High School to inspire, guide and be involved in the students’ lives. Those students who successfully fulfill their required pledge to earn good grades, exhibit good behavior and meet weekly with their mentor are awarded a full college scholarship upon high school graduation. ... Read More »

Prudential Florida Realty Associates

With more than 110 Realtors and guests in attendance three Prudential Florida Realty Associates were recognized and honored by their peers at the 37th Annual Installation of Officers and Directors and annual awards presentation of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors at Hideaway Beach Club. Gerry Rosenblum was installed as President for 2013 of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors. In his acceptance speech Gerry reminded Realtors that the real estate market in the Marco Island area continues to show positive signs of recovery and that he will do his utmost to ensure through the Association that it ... Read More »

Christmas Decorating Contest Committee Plan for the 16th Annual House and Business Decorating Contest

The Christmas House, Business and Condominium Decorating Contest begins the week beginning Monday, December 10 announced Chairman, Dave Rice. Enthusiasm is building among Marco Island residents as early decorations already displayed. In 2011, the contest included over 1800 homes and 125 businesses judged. Marco Island has long been noted for the many outstanding Christmas decorated homes. Residents and visitors alike add to their Christmas spirit by driving around the Island to see the innovative decorations. The contest is an independent Florida Corporation operated by members of the committee, funded and supported financially by sponsors and committee members. The preliminary judging ... Read More »

Holidays with the Swamp Boys

The “Swamp Boys” from AMIkids Big Cypress went to the Bentley Village Retirement Home to help decorate it for Christmas. They started by getting all of the boxes out of storage and then unpacked them. Not only did they put up the decorations, they worked with the seniors, helping them to join in the fun as well! They worked side by side with the seniors getting them ornaments, lugging boxes, lifting things up to hang them. One of the residents said to her friend, “We never could have done this without their help.” Anthony Bowens, the manager from AMIkids Big Cypress, ... Read More »


Collier County Landfill Open Monday, December 24, 2012, closed Tuesday, December 25, 2012 (Christmas Day) Open Monday, December 31, 2012, closed Tuesday, January 1, 2013 (New Year’s Day) Collier County Recycling Drop-off Centers Closed Monday, December 24, 2012 and Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Closed Monday, December 31, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Collier County Trash / Recycling Holiday Collection Schedule There will be no trash or recycling collection on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 (Christmas Day), in the areas of Collier County serviced by Waste Management (including Marco Island and Everglades City), or in the Immokalee area serviced by Choice Environmental. If your normally scheduled collection day falls ... Read More »


State Roadways countywide: Maintenance permit project — Crews are replacing raised pavement markers nightly from 8 p.m. to midnight, Sunday night/overnight, December 9 through Thursday night/overnight, December 13, weather permitting.Crews also will be striping nightly from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday night/overnight, December 9 to Thursday night/overnight, December 13, weather permitting. Work requires a slow moving operation. Crews will work on the following roadways in Collier County: US 41, SR 84, SR 951, SR 29, SR 90 and SR 82 (this order is not necessarily sequential). Motorists should be advised of slow moving traffic and to use caution traveling through these areas. I-75: ... Read More »


First National Bank of the Gulf Coast, an independent community bank serving the banking needs of businesses and individuals, is hosting a food drive to benefit St. Matthew’s House. Items being collected include peanut butter and jelly, canned goods, non-dairy creamer, canned tuna fish and chicken, dry cereal, powdered and evaporated milk and instant potatoes. Donations will be accepted at all three of First National Bank’s offices in Naples, located at 3580 Pine Ridge Road, 811 Anchor Rode Drive and 1255 Creekside Parkway, as well as the Marco Island banking center at  690 Bald Eagle Drive. Donations are being accepted ... Read More »


About a dozen Peoples Gas workers now heading to New York to help National Grid In a first-of-its-kind trip, a baker’s dozen TECO Peoples Gas workers are leaving for New York today to help National Grid restore natural gas service to its Long Island customers who continue to be without service in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Crews left this morning for the two-day drive to West Hempstead, N.Y., and they are prepared to stay for nearly three weeks. They will replace regulators and turn on natural gas service for residential customers. “We have appreciated the assistance of other gas ... Read More »


Marco Island Police Department Partners with The Shelter for Abused Women & Children for a Donation Drive of Dreams Marco Island Police Department has teamed with The Shelter for Abused Women & Children this Holiday season by hosting a Donation Drive of Dreams. We will begin collecting new and unwrapped gifts and basic necessities for women. children. and men of all ages in the lobby of the Marco Island Police Department as of December 5. 2012. The donation box will be located near the elevator at the Marco Island Police Department located at 51 Bald Eagle Dr. We will continue to ... Read More »

CCSO To Offer ID Theft And Fraud Awareness Class

Collier County Sheriff’s Office Identity theft and fraud awareness will be the topic of the next Collier County Sheriff’s Office Minority Affairs meeting. The hourlong ID theft and fraud presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Professional Development Center, 615 Third Ave. S., Naples. The course is free and open to the public. Lt. Chad Parker of CCSO’s Financial Crimes Bureau will teach the course, which will focus on what people can do to minimize becoming a victim of identity theft. With identity theft on the rise, the Sheriff’s Office offers this course to help protect ... Read More »

Underwriters and Donations Needed for Holiday Gift Shop for Immokalee Kids

The Guadalupe Center of Immokalee seeks businesses and individuals for underwriting and donations for its annual Holiday Gift Shop, which provides toys, gifts and clothing for more than 800 Immokalee children. Recipient families are chosen based on financial need. The typical family of four typically lives on less than $14,000 per year. Guadalupe Center President Barbara Oppenheim said that in addition to toys, gifts and clothing, corporate underwriters are needed to sponsor one night each of the five-day Holiday Gift Shop. The underwriter contributes $2,000 and provides volunteers on their designated night. “Wells Fargo has pledged to continue its “Wells Fargo ... Read More »

Community Rallies For Texting While Driving Ban In Florida

After just one week, more than 500 people have signed a call to action in support of a law that would ban texting while driving in Florida. “We will build on this momentum,” Sheriff Rambosk said. “People tell me daily that they want to see a law like this, so I know the support is out there.” The Collier County Sheriff’s Office kicked off the “Stop Texting & Driving” campaign Nov. 28. As of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 522 people had signed the online document. Sheriff Rambosk will deliver the results to the Collier County Legislative Delegation and also present them ... Read More »

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches “Community Cups” to Raise Funds and Awareness for Autism

Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, has partnered with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, to collect donations from December 3-16 – just in time for the holidays. Participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurantsin Florida include Alachua, Brevard Collier, Lee, Marion, Seminole and Volusia counties. During the two-week promotion, a portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Southeast chapter of the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF). The mission of The DDBRCF is to serve our neighborhoods by supporting initiatives that address hunger, safety and children’s health. Autism is the nation’s ... Read More »