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Calusa Garden Club Holds Christmas Party

On Monday, December 10, Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club held its annual Christmas party at the Mirage. Prior to the party a short business meeting was held. Two new members, Marsha Riss and Kathy Hershberger, were inducted into the club. The meeting was followed by Sandy Wallen’s program, “Holiday Designs,” which featured table decorations and helpful hints. Dale DeFeo presented a slide show of White House Christmas decorations. Read More »

Bundles for Christmas

Bedtime Bundles joined forces with congregants from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Sunday, December 9, 2013, to distribute 62 bundles to children at RCMA (Redlands Christian Migrant Association) located in East Naples, on 6L Farm Road. The children and their parents were treated to a Christmas party sponsored by St. Mark’s. We were able to enhance their day by giving each child a bundle, as well as a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart. Their parents were encouraged to help themselves to extra sweatshirts, sweatpants, socks & underwear. We experienced the true meaning of Christmas and thank St. Mark’s for allowing us to participate ... Read More »

“Florida’s Got the Blues”

The Marco Island Historical Museum will open “Florida’s Got the Blues”, a traveling exhibition from the Museum of Florida History on January 2, 2013 with a wine and cheese reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Come celebrate “Florida’s Got the Blues” with live blues music from “Little Eddie” of “Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers”. Event is free and open to the public. “Florida’s Got the Blues” will be on display from January 2, 2013 to March 30, 2013. Although the state is seldom associated with the genre, Florida has a long blues tradition. For instance, did you know ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Big Flag Fly’s Again

  At the City Council meeting today, following Councils approval of Phase II construction plans to enhance Veteran’s Park, Big Flag Committee Chairman, Dave Rice announced to the audience that in honor of the veteran’s at today’s meeting that the Big Flag at the Jolley Bridge is again flying. A vehicle severely damaged the pole, requiring the purchase of a new and improved flag pole.  Stated Rice, “I had a wish for the Holiday Season that the flag would fly for Christmas and my wish came true. City Staff liaison, Tim Pinter has accomplished in record time, the coordination of purchasing ... Read More »

Noted Author Tom F. Dodd

Noted Author Tom F. Dodd recently paid a visit to the Greater Marco Family YMCA Pre-School room of Miss Kelly O’ Connor. Dodd read his book which he co-authored with Pamela Schmidt titled” The Adventures of Monty, The Kelped Crusader” to the class of 4 and 5 year old children. Dodd stated the reasons he likes to read to children is that he wants the children to know he cares about them and the importance of listening to their parents. The book is available at Read More »

Give an Orchid Calendar for 2013

Looking for a unique gift for someone who has everything? There were only 300 copies printed of the new Fakahatchee Orchid Calendar and they are are going fast! This artistic work includes beautiful photographs of rare orchids only found in the pristine state park at our doorstep, such as the famous Ghost Orchid and the endangered Cigar Orchid which is being restored in the wild, thanks to the funds raised by the Friends of Fakahatchee who are donating profits from calendar sales to that effort. To order, see the Friends’ website or phone Jimene at (239) 293-8742. Read More »


Don’t know what to do with your energetic visitors? Send them on a Swamp Walk in the Fakahatchee. If they are relatively fit and don’t mind getting wet to the waist while wondering at the marvels of this primeval environment, they’ll have memories and photos to take home of a Florida far from concrete condos and shopping malls. The walk is led by naturalists who can point out the rare plants along the way and answer questions about this local state park which was saved from development in the 1970s. The Fakahatchee is called “the Amazon of North America” and ... Read More »

Marco Island Citizen of the Year Dave Rice Recognized by Governor Rick Scott and United States Senator Bill Nelson.

Marco Island’s 2012 Citizen of the Year, Dave Rice, received congratulatory letters from Governor Rick Scott and United States Senator Bill Nelson. Governor Scott stated “Your efforts are helping make Florida the greatest place to live, work and play.  The work you are doing is to be commended”. United States Senator Bill Nelson commented “I am happy that you are being recognized and rewarded for your many years of commitment and dedication to so many worthwhile projects in and for the Marco Island Community”. Said Rice, “Governor Scott’s and Senator Nelson’s letters were the second surprise of the season, the first being selected ... Read More »

CCSO, Community Partners Make Mother’s Wish Come True

The holiday season is about more than packages and pretty bows. It’s a time to cherish what we have and help those in need. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office and its community partners embodied this spirit to help a struggling East Naples family have a happy holiday. The CCSO learned of a woman who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and is the single mother of five children ranging in age from 6 to 18. Her greatest wish is for her children to have a merry Christmas. Through the diligence of East Naples deputies and the generous contributions of ... Read More »


The Collier County Lodging & Tourism Alliance (CCLTA), an organization dedicated to addressing regional issues of mutual importance to the tourism industry and the local community, announced its 2013 Board of Directors. Darren Robertshaw, Vice President of Hospitality for the Trianon Hotel Company, has been elected as President. Robertshaw has more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience. He has been with Trianon Hotel Company since 1997 where he oversees all aspects of hospitality and is involved in the development of additional hotel properties. Other CCLTA board members and officers for 2013 include: Vice President: Joseph N. DiNunzio, Managing Partner ... Read More »


First National Bank of the Gulf Coast, an independent community bank serving the needs of businesses and individuals in Collier County, is pleased to announce the promotion of Aliette Pettay to the position of Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Administration. Ms. Pettay is based out of the bank’s headquarters in Naples, FL. Ms. Pettay stated, “I’m grateful to work for an organization where hard work and contributions are recognized and rewarded.” A resident of Naples, FL since 1971, she has worked in the banking industry for over 30 years in Collier County. Ms. Pettay is a former First National ... Read More »


On Wednesday, December 19, Governor Rick Scott appealed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of disaster assistance to seven Florida counties due to the impacts Hurricane Sandy, which caused more than $44.9 million of damage to infrastructure and beaches. Governor Scott requested Public Assistance on November 1, for Brevard, Broward, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. “Hurricane Sandy had a tremendous impact on the economy and communities along Florida’s East Coast. While damages totaled in tens of millions of dollars, businesses and workers who depend on Florida’s beaches were disrupted – and we have to do ... Read More »

Meals of Hope – Communities coming together to end hunger

Food Available during Winter Vacation 2012 Meals of Hope Fortified Macaroni and Cheese Meals will be available for anyone in need during the Winter School Vacation at the following locations. YMCA of the Palms Pine Ridge and Airport Roads, Naples, Florida Greater Marco Family YMCA: 101 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island, Florida Grace Place: 4300 21st Avenue S.W., Golden Gate Habitat for Humanity: 640 North 9th Street, Immokalee Tree of Life Church: 2132 Shadowlawn Drive, East Naples Read More »

Celebrate the New Year in Florida With 5 Free Crapemyrtles from the Arbor Day Foundation

Residents of Florida can ring in the New Year with 5 free crapemyrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2013. “These small flowering trees will provide any landscape in Florida with a splash of color for much of the year,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Members will experience pink and red flowers in the spring, green flowers in the summer and a mix of red, orange and yellow during autumn.” The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek Holiday Models

Come out to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season and find your dream home as Fiddler’s Creek presents its holiday collection of model residences from December 26-30. The open house celebration runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily and will showcase beautiful model homes by national home builders D.R. Horton, Lennar Homes and Stock Construction. While touring the residences, enjoy light snacks and refreshments. Three holiday models will be open. The Washington is D.R. Horton’s fully furnished model in the village of Chiasso. Designed by One of a Kind Design Inc., the home offers 2,788 air conditioned square ... Read More »

Marco Presbyterian Church Worship Time Schedule for 2013 Season

Beginning January 6, Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 West Elkcam Circle will have two worship services and additional Sunday school classes. The Sunday schedule is as follows: 9:00 a.m.: worship service (children excused for Kids Worship) adult, middle and high school Sunday school 10:00 a.m.: fellowship 10:30 a.m.: worship service, pre K through fifth grade and adult Sunday school 4:30 a.m.: youth group 6:00 a.m.: worship service and fellowship The 6:30 p.m. Wednesday prayer and Bible study for Adults, “Through the Bible” with the Rev. Bill Lyle and Youth Group continues. Other opportunities for growth and study: 7:30 a.m., Tuesday men’s seasonal ... Read More »

Annual Event Helps Bring Christmas To Everglades Kids

More than 40 deserving Everglades area children purchased presents for their family members during the eighth annual “Shop With A Cop” event Saturday, Dec. 1. Susan Gentry, a Collier County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention specialist, organized the event, sponsored by the Collier County Police Activity League (PAL). Forty-four children received $100 each to select items for their parents, siblings and a gift for themselves. Around three dozen CCSO members, along with their family members, went shopping with the kids to help them pick out and purchase the items. The shopping spree began early in the morning when the CCSO members ... Read More »

Adult Softball 12/13/2012

In the game of the unbeaten, Island Pizza flexed its muscles and handed Cocomo’s its first loss of the season 28 to 10.  While Cocomo’s was able to score 10 runs, it was Island Pizza‘s bats that came alive. Bobby Natale had 5 hits including a HR, Eric Nagel also had 5 hits. Brad Frazier, Jason Berning and JP Nachef each added three hits apiece and Wes Alberry, Neil Alberry and Lee Borgin each added 2 hits.  Only Curt Wittoff for Cocomo’s was able to get anything going having two hits. Game two at Winterberry saw Joey’s move into a ... Read More »

School Security by the MIPD

Along with the nation, the Marco Island Police Department mourns the tragic and senseless loss of children and educators in Newtown Connecticut. This horrific event reminds us that no community, regardless of location or demographic is immune to crime, even criminal acts as unspeakable and dreadful as demonstrated on December 14th. Those who research school violence remind us that these events have occurred in many countries and at all levels of educational institutions for the past five decades, however the 24/7 media cycle has made us more aware of these events in recent memory. The purpose of this communication is to explain ... Read More »

Jewish Federation of Collier County Presents its 2012 Human Needs Award

Angels Undercover and Laces of Love are the 2012 recipients On Tuesday, December 11, the Jewish Federation of Collier County presented its 2012 Human Needs Award to Angels Undercover and Laces of Love. Angels Undercover provides underwear, socks and school uniforms to school children in need. Laces of Love provides shoes to disadvantaged children in Collier County. Each organization also received a check for $2,400 from the Federation. In 2003, the Federation Board and its Community Relations Committee established a “Fund for Human Needs” to recognize organizations for their generous spirit and service to the entire community. It was another ... Read More »