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Finding the Blue Room


ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill Each person has their own safe place – running, painting, swimming, fishing, weaving, gardening. The activity itself is less important than the act of drawing on your own resources.” I recently came across this quote by Barbara Gordon, author and tv producer, and was touched by how eloquently these words echo the definition of an artful life… and I’m happy to picture you readers reacting the way I did, quickly scanning the list for your place – or adding to the list: dancing, golfing, building, cooking, rowing… go ahead, take a moment. Notable is her ... Read More »

Marco Family’s Son Ordained


Submitted Fr. Joseph R. Gates, son of Kimberly Gates, of San Marco Catholic Church, was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 29, 2013 by Bishop Frank Dewane at the Diocese of Venice Cathedral in Venice, FL. Fr. Gates received a Masters of Divinity from St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL. The program included one year year of pastoral experience which he spent at Epiphany Cathedral. During the summers, Joseph interned and spent time in the Dominican Republic in an intensive Spanish program. A chaplain in an ecumenical setting in a hospital environment in Washington, D.C., Fr. ... Read More »

Matinees at MIHM


Submitted Free family-friendly Movies! Free candy! Air-conditioning! You can find them all summer long in the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Showtimes for the entire series will start at 1 PM. Mark your calendars because here’s the line-up:   • July 16: Twelve Miles Beneath the Reef • July 23: A Farewell to Arms • July 30: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon • August 6: Little Shop of Horrors • August 13: Cross Creek • August 20: My Pal Trigger • August 27: Meet John Doe • September 10: Topper Returns   The Marco Island ... Read More »

North by Northwest

Facing Northwest, 11:00PM July 19. Did you know that Thuban was the North Star when the Great Pyramids were built? SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Generally we look towards the south in this column, but tonight we will gaze northwestward. Here far from the Milky Way there are fewer stars and no star clusters of note. However, there are no dense clouds of dust to hide the wide spaces outside of our galaxy and a number of other galaxies are visible in binoculars. Each little circle on the chart marks the location of one. They are all rather faint and will not be seen with the Moon in the sky. For the naked eye observer there is the ... Read More »

Revolution… Coup… What’s next?


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun After reading as many news articles as possible and watching most news channels for updates about the events in Egypt, I asked myself if anyone was surprised about the most recent events in Egypt. Readers may recall my article about Egypt during the Arab Spring; I was cautiously optimistic about democracy’s arrival in Egypt yet more than a little pessimistic about the identity of the revolutionaries. Having seen members of the Muslim Brotherhood amongst the demonstrators waving their Korans in the air was enough to give me that “fly in the soup” feeling. I ... Read More »

Butterfly Time of the Year


PLANT TALK Mike Malloy July is underway; what does that mean? It’s summer in Florida? Yes, but it is also the start of the full blown butterfly season. In Southwest Florida we have a year-round butterfly season, while numbers of butterflies like Monarchs and Yellow Sulfurs will migrate, many of the same and others stay in South Florida and prosper year round, much to the delight of all those crazed butterfly enthusiasts living here. In spring, summer and fall the numbers of these little flying flowers rise dramatically because the temperatures are warm just like they like it, and ... Read More »

Celebrating 102 Years: “Grandpa Bill” Tiley


By Natalie Strom Every morning, Bill Tiley woke up at the crack of dawn to prepare for a day of grocery deliveries. His father, William F. Tiley, owned Tiley grocery in Tamaqua, PA, and he expected his son to help with the family business. Bill was around 10 years old. It was 1921. Bill, known as “Grandpa Bill” to many Marco Islanders, recently celebrated his 102nd birthday on June 28, 2012. At his party on Marco he shared many personal stories as well as his secret to longevity. One of his earliest memories, was of course, working for the ... Read More »

Mind, Body & Spirit


By Dianne Saywell “Be faithful in small things, because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Theresa When we think about the world around us, collectively and as individuals, it seems it is inevitable that our focus is self-pointed and in accordance to our needs. They may be for such things as strength, power, money, comfort or love. The ability to change our own lives, and as a result, perhaps plant the seed for others to empower change in their lives, is found within our very own self. Not ANYWHERE else. And it begins with thought. Our ... Read More »

The Reddish (or is it Whitish) Egret?


PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie One of the most entertaining and beautiful wading birds to watch along the Marco Island beach, especially in the Tigertail Lagoon area, is the medium sized egret named appropriately the Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens). Once, nearly completely annihilated from the state of Florida, the Federal 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act was passed, protecting the Reddish Egret and all other herons and egrets from plume hunters. Today, there is a population estimated between 1,500 and 2,000 in the United States – mostly found along the Texas coast, a few in Louisiana and southern Florida. We ... Read More »

Everglades Student Showcase


By Natalie Strom Throughout the summer, the Museum of the Everglades is featuring artwork by local students. The colorful and talent-filled artwork in its many different mediums lights up the display cases in the front room as visitors enter the museum. Located in the heart of Everglades City, only one block from City Hall, the Museum of the Everglades is run by the Collier County Museums, which encompasses the museums of Naples, Marco Island, Immokalee and Everglades City. The well-maintained museum is free to visit, and is filled with information and exhibits on the vibrant history of the Calusa ... Read More »

Coaches learn CPR

These coaches are more prepared for an on field emergency with up-to date CPR certification: Dave Vergo, Ricky Soto, Rick Endres, Hayden Warren, Eddie Webb, Jim
Gates and Randy Hamilton (not in order of
appearance). SUBMITTED PHOTO

The volunteer coaches of the Optimist Club of Marco Island take their dedication to our children seriously. Their goal is to bring quality sports programming to the children of the area, but their safety is of utmost importance, too. With that in mind, a number of coaches recently gave up a Saturday morning to take a free CPR course offered at the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. Topics covered in the course were adult CPR, child/infant CPR, Heimlich maneuver and use of an Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). The certification courses are free of charge thanks to the Marco Island Rescue ... Read More »

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, A Small Town and the Secret of a Good Life


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Rod Dreher Grand Central Publishing, April 2013 271 pages I wanted to read this book because it addresses sibling relationships, in particular the loss by premature death of an adult sibling, a topic rarely written about or discussed. Society does not seem to acknowledge sibling grief but focuses on surviving parents and the grief of losing a child, and/or spouses and their grief. Not to be crass or denigrate anyone’s grief, but spouses can and usually are replaced while siblings cannot be. No one else knows your personal history, shares your DNA or your ... Read More »

Freestyle Soccer Pro Pays Visit to Marco


By Natalie Strom Freestyle football. To any American the term may sound somewhat dangerous. But not in Europe. After all, the rest of the world’s version of football is what us Americans call soccer. Freestyle football (freestyle soccer) is actually a sport for one – where the player performs extraordinary tricks simply by using their own body and a soccer ball. A fast growing sport and fun to watch, freestyle soccer performances have quickly grown in popularity. Marco Islanders and Fort Lauderdale Strikers soccer fans were treated to some freestyle soccer tricks over the Fourth of July week by ... Read More »

Mackle Park field to reopen mid-August


By Noelle H. Lowery Anyone driving by Mackle Park lately, is asking one question: What happened to the athletic field? The usual scenes of kids kicking soccer balls or sports teams practicing have been replaced by men working tillers and huge piles of dirt and sand. According to Bryan Milk, the city’s Community Affairs Director, the answer can be summed up in two words: fungus and compaction. “The field was hit with a fungus complex,” he says. “There were also compaction problems. Compaction results from heavy field use. The amount of play on the field beat down the top ... Read More »

Rescue Boat Delivery


By Noelle H. Lowery Members of the Marco Island Fire Department have been eyeing their calendars all summer, and their anticipation has nothing to do with vacation days. The reason: The department’s new $398,000, state-of-the-art and customized fire-rescue boat will be delivery in August, marking the end of a three-year journey for Fire Chief Michael Murphy, Deputy Chief Chris Byrne and Captain Tom Bogan. The new vessel will be housed at the dock behind Station 50 on Elkcam Circle. “We are a water-based, recreational community,” explains Chief Murphy. “We get calls of cardiac problems on the water. We get ... Read More »

Porky’s: New Owners, Fresh Ideas


By Natalie Strom Just call it Porky’s. The newly owned and newly renovated restaurant was purchased by Bob and Linda Berkowitz in March of this year. Ready to get original, the old name, Porky’s Last Stand, was shortened as the original owners of the landmark Marco restaurant still own a second Last Stand location on US-951. The restaurant theme has stayed the same – meaning delicious ribs, as always – but some great changes have taken place as well. Bring in Al Landers as the new General Manager, and you know the place is off to a good start. ... Read More »

Ricky (The Rino) transforms tough hides


By Carol Glassman Beneath his quiet exterior there lies a tough, determined artisan with very specific ideas about his work. Ricky (Rino) Novak, a self-confessed leather addict got hooked 46 years ago as a ten year old kid in New Jersey, when he fashioned a leather case for his comb: he still has the original. In the ensuing years he experimented with, expanded, and improved on both his techniques and his designs until his hobby began to produce some of the unique pieces of leatherwork on his website: Now a resident of Marco Island, Novak divides his time between ... Read More »

Camp Able comes to Marco Island


By Noelle H. Lowery Kelly Bennett and Sarah Reveland have a lot in common. Both young women are 21 years old. Both have been Lely High School students, and both have a ton of friends. Both of their families live on Marco Island, and both are members of St. Marks Episcopal Church on the island. This summer, both young women also will attend Camp Able, a five-day (July 17-21) summer camp focusing on people with special needs and hosted this year by the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida and St. Marks on Marco Island. Kelly, however, will be the ... Read More »

Catching a Breath


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan What do you mean, Richard isn’t here? The light at the end of the tunnel I presumed to be an oncoming train was actually daylight and a sign of good things to come. To my surprise the move I dreaded making from Front Street, my original location on the island for 17 years to my current location next to Beall’s at Island Plaza proved to be the smartest thing I’ve done in a long time, besides leaving New England in ‘94. In fact the work coming in only days after reopening was at times so ... Read More »

Newest Fitness Craze in a Pickle!


By Marco Island YMCA Pickleball is a sport described as “a combination of ping pong, tennis, and badminton. The game uses a simplified combination of tennis rules and strategies. Pickleball is played with a rigid, seamless wiffleball and a paddle similar to a ping pong paddle and can be made of wood or fiberglass. The game is played on a court that is the same size as a badminton court and players volley the ball over the net. There is 11 points to a game. Our Summer Session Pickleball Ambassador is Michael Endelman.   What: Pickleball  Who: 4 players to ... Read More »