Monthly Archives: December 2012

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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. ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »