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Butterfly Gardening in Florida: The Heliconia Trio

Zebra Longwing Butterfly

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com This is the second installment in my 10-part series on Butterfly Gardening in Florida. This time we’re going to focus on the Heliconia genus of butterflies, which includes the Zebra Longwing (Zebra), Florida’s state butterfly; the Julia; and the Gulf Fritillary. Let’s begin with the Zebra butterfly, also known as the social butterfly. It travels great distances during the day for néctar, but always returns to the same place at night to roost. Zebras commonly roost together in large numbers, which is why they’re nicknamed social butterflies. While hanging motionless, they are vulnerable. To discourage ... Read More »

Are You Ready for a Great Tennis Invention?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com I don’t know about you, but I love conveniences. It’s been a long time since I walked through my bank to do a transaction. Heck, I seldom go into a fast food restaurant to do a quick order because I love the drive thru. Walgreens has made their pharmacy so convenient that one may pick up their prescriptions at the drive through window. Awesome! The new Pick-Up Wall for tennis ball machine enthusiasts may be the most incredible new invention because it is so easy to get the best workout, and there is little ... Read More »

Questions and Answers

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I hope to debunk wives tales and re-inform the misinformed in the next couple of issues, about all that glitters. Falsehood #1: Can you melt all my small diamonds together and make a large one ? No, you cannot take a bunch of little diamonds and melt them together to make one large one. No. Why? Because you can’t. Diamonds are formed by individual carbon crystals that take millions of years of pressure and high temperatures to form. One can burn a diamond and ruin it’s appearance, but never melt one. It would be ... Read More »

Do You Overeat?: Part 3

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com In Part I, we looked at some simple tools we could use to help combat the impulse to overeat: being mindful, changing your triggers, making a list of situations you cannot control and formulating alternatives, and creating new habits. In Part II, we addressed additional helpful alternatives for combating the urge: Be cautious of your environment, remind yourself of how crappy you feel, disengage to reengage, and get mad instead of sad or happy — at the advertisers of course. In this article, we will add to those tips to give you more tools for ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Tony Costantino

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Over the past several weeks the local news publications have given Marco residents the opportunity to voice their opinions concerning the candidates for city council in the upcoming election. The single candidate that truly stands out is Mr. Victor Rios.  Victor is a dynamic individual that will dedicate his proven organizational skills towards the betterment of our island home. Victor Rios will bring back some semblance of fiscal and social sanity to our island.  Victor is dedicated to the preservation of the residential quality of life that brought us to this paradise. He is not part of the real estate ... Read More »

Letter the the Editor: George Karpman

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My wife and I live at 530 Snell Court and we are property owners for over 30 years and we are full time residents. The reason we purchased on Marco Island was to improve our quality of life, the island’s tropical atmosphere and small town character. We are very concerned that Marco Island has little control over single family rental homes. We have been disturbed by loud and excessive noise going late into the night, and excessive numbers of people occupying these houses which appear to be over the safety limit. We, along with our neighbors have called the police ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Representative Kathleen Passidomo

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Over the years since I was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives representing Naples and Marco Island I have gotten to know Litha Berger well.  She is a passionate advocate for Marco Island and its residents and has served the community well as a volunteer in a number of important roles.  She chaired the Marco Island Newcomers’ Club and served on the board of the Marco Island Taxpayers Association and the City Parks and Recreation Committee.  Prior to moving to Marco Island she was an executive for several companies specializing in geriatric care services and helped develop affordable ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Victor N Rios

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To the Editor: A significant event in my life, was being a political prisoner in Cuba where I was severely tortured. My release from prison and exit papers from Cuba to come to the US was thanks to a good hearted man who risked his life to help people like me. That man that saved my life taught me that we need to give back to our fellow citizens. My many years of Community service, from helping children in NJ learn computer technology, to serving as a proud member of the U.S. Army, to helping Los Angeles children at risk learn about computers, in a program I ... Read More »

Letter to the editor: Pat Molloy

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Our beautiful city of Marco Island always needs a city council that cares deeply about the city and its citizens.  Litha Berger has spent her time in this city working selflessly to improve the quality of life for the people of Marco Island.  She has led and/or participated in the Marco Island Taxpayer Association, Newcomers of Marco Island, Marco Island Big Flag Committee, and most recently as a member of the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Committee. Even more important than her contributions to this city is the business judgment she will bring to the council.  Litha has extensive experience ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Litha S. Berger

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A better voice for Marco Island I firmly believe that anyone who runs for office must be an involved, concerned and active member of the community. I back up my beliefs with action! I have served as President of Newcomers, Vice President of the American Association of University Women, President and Founder of the Caxambas Republican Club, member of the Big Flag Committee, past board member of MITA, active member of the annual Prayer Breakfast committee and am currently serving on the Parks & Recreation Committee. These experiences have provided the opportunities to hear what is important to Marco Island ... Read More »

I Do Windows!

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Sherri Medeiros has a knack for seeing things more clearly, especially when it comes to her business, See-Thru Window Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Scratch and Waterstain Removal Inc. For 15 years, See-Thru has offered professional cleaning and glass restoration services to homeowners and businesses on Marco Island and surrounding communities. “I especially enjoy providing superior service to a diverse and interesting clientele,” Sherri says. “I love when a client looks through the clean glass and is amazed at the difference we made. I employ a professional team of window cleaners and pressure washers, many of whom have worked for my company ... Read More »

Singing to the Beat of her Own Drum

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Performing is Sabrina Williams’ way of life. Her melange of Reggae, R&B, Jazz, dance and theatre has prompted music critics to call her “one of the most versatile live performers of the day.” Jamaican by birth, Williams has been in the music business for 35 years. She moved to the United States in 2009, and now resides on Marco Island, performing at the Marco Island Marriott, Naples Waldorf, Ritz Carlton and other familiar venues. “I look forward to relocating my company Reggae Woman International to the US, so we can continue to produce shows, develop and record artists, and continue ... Read More »

Relationships Heart of Blue Mangrove

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Christie Marcoplos is an entrepreneur at heart. It all started when she began working at the age of 15, and she owned her own florist and gift shop in New Hampshire for a time. When she moved to Southwest Florida, she tried to shake the business bug and worked a few years for Clyde Butcher at his Big Cypress Gallery in the Everglades. Alas, Marcoplos could not resist, answered the siren’s call of entrepreneurship once again. On Dec. 5, 2006, she opened Blue Mangrove Gallery, now located at 1089 N. Collier Blvd. in the Marco Town Center. “I felt compelled ... Read More »

A Passion for Shells

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Emily Savage and her shop Shells By Emily are testaments to how a simple idea or hobby can turn into a long-standing business. Savage started her business in 1985 in a 400-square-foot space at 651 S. Collier Boulevard and a cigar box as a cash register. It had $25 in it. “We started with two card tables that we bought for $1 a piece at a garage sale and folding chairs too,” remembers Emily. “I took a large 4×8 real estate sign, painted it and used it as a partition wall in the store between the public and private area.” ... Read More »

Marco Island Skin and Body Boutique

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Beautiful skin has always been a way of life for Pam Campbell — from her days as a professional model to today as the owner of Marco Island Skin and Body Boutique. She has been a medical esthetician and makeup artist for more than 30 years. “As a professional model, I always loved working with the makeup artists, and they always told me a beautiful face always starts with beautiful skin,” Campbell explains. “So, I went to school to learn just that!” Initially, she worked for large cosmetic companies, such as Yves St. Laurent, Givenchy and Lancome. At one point, ... Read More »

Jumping for Joy

Katie Schweighoefer, co-owner of Jump Hair & Nails, is no stranger to making her dreams come true. When she was a child, she knew she wanted to be a hair stylist. Ten years ago, she started her own tanning salon on Marco Island, and kept her dream alive with plans for one day adding hair and nails to the menu of services. Her dream came true when she teamed with her business partner, Peter Galluzzo. The two opened Jump Hair & Nails in April. A board-certified cosmetologist for 16 years, she attended Michigan State University, earning a degree in advertising. ... Read More »

Three generations of Women in Business

Sandy Franchino with mother Carmela Lanni
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Dreams do come true, especially on Marco Island. When Sandy Franchino and her first husband drove south from New Jersey to check out a restaurant for sale, little did she know that 31 years later she would be the successful proprietor of Café de Marco. “When we came over the bridge (Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge), that was it! We fell in love with the island! We made a deal to buy what was then known as Delaney’s restaurant, and the rest is history,” Franchino says. “Marrying a chef was my main inspiration to work in the food industry. A desire ... Read More »

Family Motivates Classic Transportation

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Jennifer and Ron Doino were looking for a warmer climate and a good place to raise their two children, Noah and Amanda. The husband-and-wife team found that and a thriving business when they took over Classic Transportation in 2004. “Classic Transportation has been around for 20-plus years,” says Jennifer. “We wanted to take the business and give it a fresh start.” Immediately, they revamped Classic Transportation’s six original vehicles and enforced new guidelines for their drivers. To be sure, the Doino’s were no strangers to being self-employed business owners, and they understood what it would take to push the business ... Read More »

Donna Kittle’s Journey to Becoming a Top-Producing Realtor

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When you hear Donna Kittle’s story, you know immediately that she was born to be a business owner and to sell. In fact, the Marco Island Coldwell Bank real estate agent recently received a personal letter from Bruce Zipf, the president and CEO of NRT LLC, informing her that she earned the special distinction as an NRT Top 1,000 Sales Associate of 42,000-plus sales associates nationwide. She has been in Coldwell Banker’s Top 100 Realtors in the state of Florida for the past two years, and has been awarded several International Achievement Awards from Coldwell Banker including: the International Sterling ... Read More »

Gabby Abbeys – It’s all in the Name

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Gabby Abbey’s opened three years ago at the Shops of Olde Marco. Owner Denise Goldman had always been told she had an eye for putting things together as a child, particularly for a favorite aunt. Her aunt loved to take Denise shopping with her to her favorite boutiques. Now, years later, Denise has her own women’s clothing store, Gabby Abbey’s, named after a daughter and granddaughter. When you speak with Denise, you quickly learn she travels regularly to fashion shows and buys from a variety of fashion designers in an effort to offer her customers the latest in clothing, shoes ... Read More »