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JCMI Bingo Joe Varano was the big winner at Monday night’s BINGO game at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Vivian Mesner of Marco Island was the HOT BALL winner at Monday night’s BINGO at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island while Sharon Daley, a visitior from Illinois, was the BIG winner. Bingo is being played every Monday night at JCMI. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome. Read More »

Vocational and career exploration

Vocational and career exploration can take many forms, and students that pass the advanced swim test and that score out in the top ranked students at AMIkids Big Cypress can take scuba lessons at the residential boys program located deep in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The program has boys ages 14-18 that are completing their court ordered sanctions at the innovative program. For the first time they go to school every week day and learn life skills by trained staff who are dedicated to ensuring that the boys get every opportunity to get their lives back on course. Vocational training ... Read More »

A day without slavery

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Collier County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, will hold an anti-human trafficking community event in Immokalee in November. “A Day Without Slavery” is scheduled for Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. 1st St. While the event will feature food, music and activities for children, the primary goal is to provide information about human trafficking and community services available in Immokalee. Deputies also hope the event will open avenues of communication with the community and encourage residents to report suspected trafficking. Members of the sheriff’s ... Read More »

SCORE of Naples and IBERIABANK Continue Small Business Seminar Series: You Built It, You Grew It, Now Is the Time to Pass the Torch or Sell It; What Is Your Business Succession Plan?

IBERIABANK (, a 125-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, and SCORE of Naples continue their Small Business Seminar Series with a session titled “You Built It, You Grew It, Now Is the Time to Pass the Torch or Sell It; What Is Your Business Succession Plan?” This seminar, scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at IBERIABANK’s headquarters located at 2150 Goodlette Road in Naples will cover three very important business succession topics. • How do you change the ownership of your business by selling, closing or transferring the business to your successors • How do you establish an exit strategy for retirement or changing fields ... Read More »

New Life Christian Church

On Saturday, November 17th, New Life Christian Church will be hosting Marco Island’s finest Holiday Bazaar! There will be beautiful gifts, decorations, Thanksgiving Bake Sale, and a fundraiser providing Indian River Fruit, sponsored by FLORIDA SPECIALTY FRUIT out of Vero Beach, FL. You will be able to ship fruit and gifts to your friends and relatives across the country right from the Bazaar. Mark your calendar TODAY for this spectacular event! You will have opportunities to win some great prizes at local restaurants, spas, florists, gift shops, etc. Please come and support “The Ladies Teas.” And last, and possibly the best, ... Read More »

Make a Lasting, Positive Impact This Holiday Season: Give Family and Friends Gifts from the Arbor Day Foundation

Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. Returning for the fifth season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a unique holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. For the first time this year, Give-A-Tree cards can be purchased individually and with customized text. Purchasing the Arbor Day Foundation’s specialty coffee helps preserve rain forests in Central and South America. The Foundation’s Specialty Coffee is shade-grown under the canopy of Latin American rain forests. Unlike ... Read More »


This report is prepared by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to inform the public about upcoming road work. Below are the work schedule and lane closure locations for major state road projects. Motorists are urged to drive with courtesy, caution, common sense, and patience as they travel through construction areas. Speeding fines are doubled in work zones. COLLIER COUNTY I-75: Recreational access area (east of Firewater Canal) on Alligator Alley: Construction project — Crews are building a recreational access facility that includes a boat ramp and parking lot with fencing and lighting. Work involves widening and resurfacing the facility’s roadway, making drainage improvements, and adding ... Read More »

Emergency Beach Renourishment to Begin Early November

The Board of County Commissioners (Board) approved at its Tuesday, Oct. 23 meeting an emergency beach renourishment project for Vanderbilt and Naples beaches. The renourishment project is needed due to severe erosion in these areas. The Vanderbilt Beach renourishment project is expected to start in early November and take approximately one month to complete, weather permitting. Equipment will then move south to the 8thStreet North area of Naples Beach for work to begin there. That segment of beach renourishment is also expected to take approximately one month, weather permitting. Completion of the entire beach renourishment project is expected in early ... Read More »


Collier County Public Library received a $27,000 grant to teach computer skills to job-seeking individuals who have little or no experience with electronic resources. The grant was awarded under the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. Collier County Library is using the grant to fund Collier Connects, a series of 49 hands-on computer skills training classes, at the East Naples, Estates, and Immokalee Branch Libraries. The classes include PC Basics, Internet Basics, Email Basics, Word and Excel Basics, and are geared ... Read More »

Board Vacancies

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has four vacancies representing the following: Employers in Local Jurisdiction (Term expires on October 1, 2014); Resident within Local Governing Body (Term expires November 18, 2015); Labor Actively Engaged in Home Building (Term expires October 1, 2015); and Alternate Member. One of the above must be a resident of Immokalee. This is an 11 member committee created by Ordinance No.91?65, as amended, to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, and the goals, objectives, and policies of the ... Read More »

‘Amazing Adventures’ lecture on Nov. 9 at Rookery Bay Reserve

Randy McCormick, Rookery Bay Reserve Assistant Manager, will discuss how he explored several unique eco-regions in Ecuador this past summer during the reserve’s Amazing Adventures evening lecture series from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. This presentation takes guests from the tropical rainforests of the Amazon Basin to the spectacular cloud forests on the slopes of the Andes, and then moves above treeline to a world-renowned wetland on top of the mountains. Along the way, McCormick will present some of the wildlife, the people and the geography ... Read More »

Shipping Gets Easier for Postal Customers

Prepaid Forever Priority Mail Packaging Holiday shipping is now easier than ever with Prepaid Forever Priority Mail boxes or envelopes. Priority Mail packaging sold with pre-paid postage is available for purchase by credit card from or by calling 800-782-6724. The purchase made with a credit card enables you to take advantage of FREE carrier pickup at your home as well as FREE delivery confirmation service. No weighing or calculating is needed and delivery is within two days in most cases. Saturday and residential delivery are made at no extra cost. Priority Mail is the only two day service that ... Read More »


Arleen Harris announces the formation of a Pet Loss Support Group to be held every other Monday beginning November 5th. “For pet owners their pets are members of the family and their deaths create a huge void. When they pass away, our routines as well as our hearts are broken. I am pleased to sponsor this new group for people to come and talk with others about their loss and not feel so all alone.” Since this is the first meeting, I would like to have a “Pet Remembrance Gathering” for those people who wish to come by. Feel free ... Read More »

New pastor to be installed

Marco Presbyterian Church will install their new associate pastor the Rev. Jan Werson at the 10:30 a.m., Oct. 28 worship service. Werson a former navel flight officer and flight instructor has 27 years in the ministry including 12 as a navy chaplain. He has a master’s of divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi and has served churches from California to Florida. He most recently served Cross Creek Church in St. Johns, Florida. On April 29 the congregation unanimously elected Werson to be the church’s new associate pastor. He has a passion to fulfill the Great Commission through local and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ethics Complaint Filed (Joy Circle)


Attached you will find an Ethics complaint filed by Bob and Mary Brown (Joy Circle), outspoken supporters of my opponents who are seeking election to City Council. While I harbor no animosity towards anyone who makes such frivolous and reckless allegations against me in my capacity as a public official, I do want to correct their erroneous conclusions. It is my hope that in the future they will exercise more ‘due diligence’ before casting stones at anyone. As the facts and documentation will establish, on October 8, late at night (11:27 pm), I wrote a very positive letter about our ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Larry Honig

As the City Council election comes to a close, I want to thank my fellow citizens for the tremendous level of support and encouragement I’ve encountered all over the Island. I’ve truly enjoyed the process of running for office. I’ve met over 2,800 people by knocking on doors up and down the residential streets, listening to your concerns and talking about my positions. Early in the campaign, I set out to meet with City officials, prior and current Council members, and participants and leaders of civic organizations – including informal groups of concerned citizens. The range of ideas, opinions and ... Read More »

Grievance settlement in D’Alessandro case

The City of Marco Island and Police Officer Ed d’Alessandro have resolved the grievance filed by D’Alessandro contesting his termination from the Marco Island Police Department on October 7, 2011. The grievance was filed pursuant to the Florida Police Benevolent Association/City of Marco Island Collective Bargaining Agreement. Officer D’Alessandro was found guilty in Collier County Traffic Court of careless operation of a motor vehicle. It was determined after an internal investigation by the Marco Island Police Department that d’Alessandro had also violated numerous police department policies and police practices. Evidence established that his careless actions contributed to a vehicle crash ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Robert McNally

Friends, can’t we get to a little straightening up and cleaning up of our nation’s house? Can’t we pretend that “company is coming” and spruce up somewhat? Do we really want ourselves and others seeing our national home so careless that: • one third of America’s children live in poverty? • our educational system ranks 31st in math & 23rd in science in the world of industrial and developing nations? • our present medical delivery system is the costliest in world? • our best scientific brains inform us of ecological facts that are denied by many as evil distortions? • ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Herbert Jermanok

OPEN LETTER TO CONDO OWNERS TO QUESTIONS FOR CONDO OWNERS Don’t let scare tactics divert your attention from the important issues; Do we want a convention center that will bring a multitude of tractor trailers up and down Collier Boulevard disrupting our quality of life and disrupt traffic? Do we want a shuttle service from Veterans Park and Mackle Park which will bring thousands of day trippers to our beaches? Do we want a 40,000 square foot Mackle Park which will add to our Debt? Do we want CRA Midtown density which we thought was cancelled and is now back?  THE ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Al Diaz

The SCARY FACTS I am writing this letter in response to several recent letters regarding the upcoming City Council elections. Several letter writers have indicated that no one can predict what the slate of Ken Honecker, Amadeo Petricca & Larry Sacher will do if elected to the city council but if past behavior is any indication of future behavior than the facts, the very scary facts speak for themselves, on who will fairly represent ALL of the property and business owners of Marco Island. The facts are that Ken Honecker and Amadeo Petricca both served on the Utility Advisory Board ... Read More »