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Disco Dave Memorial Golf Tournament

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Submitted On Sunday, October 16, the Rookery at Marco will host the third annual Disco Dave Memorial Golf Tournament. Holding fundraisers was always a great passion for Dave. He loved to help those in need. The golf tournament is a way to continue his legacy of giving. Proceeds to go to Jacob Carranza, a two-year-old with a hearing deficiency that ... Read More »

New Kid’s Guide to Loving Our Beach

Samples of completed sea treasure bottles.

Submitted Earlier this month, members of the Calusa Garden Club and Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) jointly presented an environmental program to the Junior Gardeners at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. The Junior Gardeners program is an after school program provided monthly by members of the Calusa Garden Club. The beach environment was the theme as BAC members Katie O’Hara, Ruth McCann ... Read More »

Show Me Shows Readers a Positive View


Submitted Featuring a foreword by the Emily Post Institute’s Peggy Post and an introduction by Erin Brockovich, Randall Kenneth Jones’s Show Me is a result of more than 50 years of research: 50-plus years of living a life, 10 years of journaling about that life, and four years as a Southwest Florida newspaper columnist writing about people who, at one time, Jones assumed ... Read More »

Y’s ASPIRE Makes Learning Fun

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Children in the Y’s ASPIRE program with counselor Hali Telashmet

Submitted Dozens of young students are again benefitting from ASPIRE, a long-running Marco Y program that seeks to motivate and stimulate students from kindergarten to fifth grade by making after-school fun. ASPIRE stands for After School Program for Inspiration, Recreation and Education. The program serves children from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School and Manatee Elementary School. Each year ... Read More »

Can Pickleball Improve Your Tennis?

Tennis Volley

Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark With the ever-growing popularity of the sport of pickleball, I have had many tennis players tell me that they don’t want to play pickleball, because they fear it will mess up their tennis game. However, due to the fact that the fundamental strategy of the sport of pickleball is to play and complete points at ... Read More »

Smooth Ride for Bread Run

Pedestrians enjoy the improved Blue Heron Drive. Submitted Photos

Submitted Each morning, Y Bread Run volunteers collect unsold bread and bakery goods donated by Publix and Starbuck’s to distribute to those in need. Until recently, a road in East Naples that was the last leg of the Bread Run was nothing short of a moonscape. The dirt strip featured more potholes than smooth sections, and negotiating it by car ... Read More »

Hurricane Threat


By Jay Fernandes  Hurricane season is upon us again and we are all watching weather maps to be ready and prepared. Much of the knowledge and information we acquire is accumulated from years of experience and listening to others. Most of us have assets at risk which are exposed to wind and sea. Our Marco boating citizens have been challenged ... Read More »

Truth About Spending


By Steve “Stef” Stefanides As Election Day draws closer and islanders are called upon to make a rational and educated choice for who they will chose to fill four open council seats, we thought it might be prudent to review some of the claims by candidates about various issues. One of the favorite claims by many during an election cycle ... Read More »

Get Ready For Spooktacular


The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Spooktacular at Mackle Park will take place on Saturday, October 29th, from 4 to 6 PM. Everyone, from kids to adults, is encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes. Bring a basket or bag to collect candy and treats at each craft and game station. Visitors will be ... Read More »

City Team Off to a Good Start With Karaoke Night

Samantha Malloy and daughter Alexis sharing the stage.

By Maureen Chodaba The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marco Island recently jump-started the 2017 fundraising season with a karaoke fest at Nacho Mamas. This fabulous evening was a fundraiser for the Relay For Life Team City of Hope (City of Marco Island). The City of Hope Relay For Life team consists of members from all of the ... Read More »

MIA’s Tech Students Offer Help to Community

Photo by Barry Gwinn
MIA Tech Tutors discuss a problem. From left: Allesandro Donato, Vincent Piranio, Sean Sorrick, Tina Nash, and Mariana Ruiz Vallejo. Nash is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, who sponsors the group by providing an advisor for meetings.

By Barry Gwinn  A small group of dedicated Marco Island Academy (MIA) techies meets every other Wednesday in Room 106 at MIA. They style the group as Tech Tutoring and will take a shot at fixing most any tech problem that comes to their attention. They are devoted to solving the software problems of anyone who needs help because of ... Read More »

Mission Support


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Did you know that we have a local support group for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers? This wonderful group was started in 1989 by Jan Whitebook, and she remains the leader of the group today. Jan has a very personal connection to cancer having been the loving caregiver for her sister who lived with ... Read More »

The Latest From East Naples


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Many have wondered what ever happened to the plan to build a swimming pool for the Eagle Lakes Community Park in East Naples. It is alive and well and kicking! They had a lot to do for planning and changing plans, etc., then design, then sending out for bid, then moving forward. I think it’s taken ... Read More »

Marco Voters Are Smarter


More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides This is an interesting year for elections in every segment of the political scene around the country. Voters can’t help but shake their heads at the negative nature of the campaigns and some of the outrageous claims and comments being made. Here on the island we are about to elect four individuals to ... Read More »

It’s Official


It is official, the architect of the STRP, John Arceri, is back into Marco politics, circulating an endorsement sheet for two republicans, one libertarian, and a democrat for City Council. The last time Mr. Arceri ran a slate of four, they completed the sewer system that has buried the City of Marco Island into 100’s millions of dollars of debt. ... Read More »

Amadeo Petricca’s Accomplishments and Positions


There have been numerous statements made maligning the current City Councilors. Supporters of some candidates would like to elect likeminded candidates to improve council performance. I believe in individually minded councilors who are honest, ethical, and factual and who will and do the right thing for all the residents of Marco Island. As a City Councilor I would like to ... Read More »

Family Leader


My husband, Jerry Swiacki and I, raised and educated five children. Our children have blessed us with ten wonderful and healthy grandchildren. We instilled in our children the important values that Jerry and I hold true. Those values include honesty, fairness, courtesy, loyalty, and commitment. We taught our children not to complain unless they are willing to work to solve ... Read More »

What You Should Know!


Public / Private Partnership to develop parking spaces in swales. In my last article I wrote that parking spaces developed in swales should not be dedicated to a specific business, but should be dedicated to public parking to alleviate the City’s parking problem. If parking spaces are dedicated to a specific business that would maintain the present parking problem. Why ... Read More »

Community Service


For the third year in a row, the staff at the Hair Salon of Skin Renewal Systems has made it a point to gather up magazines from the salon for distribution to the Infusion Centers in the Naples area. This generous community service is done each month with smiles and kind words from the staff. Thank you, special friends at ... Read More »