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Liggett Named Executive Director of Youth Haven

Stephanie “Jinx” Liggett has been named executive director of Youth Haven, Southwest Florida’s residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-16 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Liggett joined Youth Haven in March 2010 as the organization’s director of programs.  Since that time, Youth Haven has greatly expanded its one-of-a-kind programs and services providing not only immediate protection and healing for traumatized children but hope, inspiration, and guidance to at-risk families in the Southwest Florida community. Liggett’s extensive background in healthcare administration includes working in a leadership capacity in both for profit ... Read More »

Sandy Emergency Supplemental To Fund Repairs at Refuges, Hatcheries

In the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental funding bill signed this week by President Obama, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will receive $68.2 million to make repairs to 25 national wildlife refuges and 3 national fish hatcheries from Florida to Maine. The funds will be invested to restore facilities to their pre-Sandy condition. Projects will include debris field clean-up, rebuilding roads, trails, and other public access facilities, and restoring important ecosystems that benefit communities as well as wildlife. In many areas, the Service will restore facilities to be more resilient and withstand future storms and rising sea-levels. The Service will now ... Read More »


The striking stone sculptures of Zimbabwe (meaning “great stone house”) will be returning to Naples Botanical Garden from February 1st through March 24th, 2013. The success of last year’s show demonstrated that the Garden is a truly spectacular venue for sculpture exhibits and this year we will have over 100 new pieces representing over 40 artists installed in the gardens. The stone sculpture of Zimbabwe has evolved over the last 40 years into a critically acclaimed and immensely popular art form. Artists are recognized for their technical and artistic skills, often communicating respect for their natural environment and reverence for ... Read More »

Ancient Traditions Modern Expressions Is Ikebana Annual Exhibit

Ikebana International Naples Chapter # 160 invites you to their beautiful annual Japanese Floral Arts exhibit called “Ancient Traditions and Modern Expressions” on Friday, March 8th from 10 a.m to 5 p.m and Saturday, March 9th from 10 a.m to 4 p.m at the Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples located one block west of 41 just north of Clive & Daniels at 791 Harbour Drive. The entrance fee is eight ($8.00) dollars and children under 12 are admitted free. The organization recently celebrated its’ 41st year in Naples and is part of an international network of Ikebana groups. The exhibit ... Read More »

Florida Department of Children and Families

Lauren’s Kids Foundation Unveil “Don’t Miss the Signs” Campaign Multi-media campaign aims to encourage child abuse reporting   “Don’t Miss the Signs” – that’s the message Floridians will soon see on television ads, posters and other materials, urging them to raise their voices to stop child abuse. The comprehensive public awareness campaign will educate Floridians about their obligation to report suspected abuse under Florida’s sweeping new child abuse reporting law, which took effect Oct. 1, 2012. Last year, the Florida Legislature passed the nation’s most protective child abuse reporting law, making it clear that reporting suspected child abuse is everyone’s responsibility, ... Read More »


Chad Thilborger, the author of the New Orleans family cookbook “A Whole Heap of Goodness,” said celebrating Mardi Gras is more about reveling in your own individual style more than a rigorous set of rules. Fat Tuesday is February 12, the last day of the Carnival season falling the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Colorful parades, food, spirits, and dancing are all parts of the month-long festivities. “As a New Orleans native, Mardi Gras is the time of year when we let everything go and celebrate life, love, and family,” said Thilborger. “Even though we are ... Read More »

Road Report

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. As a reminder, travelers can visit or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state. If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money. COLLIER COUNTY Intersections countywide: Construction project: Crews are replacing hanger systems for traffic signals at intersections. Nighttime/overnight work scheduled from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting, and depending on location will require short duration ... Read More »

Collier County Elections Office Conducts Student Elections

AMIkids students learn first-hand how the voting process works Students participating in the AMIkids Big Cypress program recently elected their student government officers the same way Collier County voters elect their government officials. On Tuesday, January 29th the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office conducted an election for AMIkids with real ballots and voting tabulation machines. Cyndi Young, Education Coordinator for the elections office first visited the students in early January to explain the voting process. On Tuesday, during their election, 29 student voters lined up to check-in and were given a ballot created by the elections office with the ... Read More »

Applications being accepted for airport noise committee

Terms expire in March for three members of the City of Naples Airport Authority Noise Compatibility Committee, and members of the public are invited to apply for a four-year term. Applications are available online at, under Noise Abatement/Noise Committee/Volunteer Application, and must be submitted by Feb. 27 to Deputy Executive Director Sheila Dugan. The committee helps monitor the impact of aircraft noise and makes recommendations about noise-mitigation procedures for consideration by the City of Naples Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. The nine committee members are volunteers who serve as representatives of the Collier County Commission, Naples City Council, general aviation ... Read More »

The Island Theater Company

Community theatre announces auditions for Spring shows.  Marco Island, FL: (February 3, 2013) . . .The Island Theater Company will hold open auditions for two upcoming productions, Mama Won’t Fly and And The Tony Goes To…. Auditions for Mama Won’t Fly will be held February 11th and 12th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm on the second floor of Centennial Bank, 615 E. Elkcam Cr., Marco Island, FL. Mama Won’t Fly is the latest play by the writing team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten and will be directed by Pattie Ziesig. Mama Won’t Fly is an outrageously hilarious race ... Read More »

Price Change Affects Postal Customers

Postage for First Class mail increases by one penny Sunday, January 27th. GREAT NEWS – Effective on the 27th, FREE tracking service will be included on all Priority, Express and Standard Post (formerly called Parcel Post) as well. This year’s one-cent increase translates to only a few more dollars for the average residential customer. In fact, even if you mail a letter or card every single day, you’ll only pay $4 more for postage the entire year! At 46 cents, a postage stamp is still one of the best bargains in the United States. The Postal Service does not receive ... Read More »


The Naples Orchid Society presented two scholarships for the Society’s six-week Orchid Culture Class to the Naples Botanical Garden. Two volunteers in the Garden’s Orchid House, Nina Iraggi and Mike Brewer, were recipients of the awards and are attending the 2013 classes. The Culture Classes prepare participants with the knowledge about growing and caring for the more popular orchid genera that are well suited for Southwest Florida. Iraggi and Brewer will also serve short internships at the NOS orchid house as well as the Botanical Garden’s new orchid house to gain more hands-on experience. Read More »

“Music for the Soul” Concert Series

The second of Marco Presbyterian Church’s “Music for the Soul” Concert Series will be 6 p.m., Feb. 17. The concert features contemporary Christian singer, songwriter and recording artist Nathan Clark George. His combination of melodic finger-style guitar, original compositions and time-honored hymns appeals to all ages. This is the eighth year for Marco Presbyterian Church’s concert series. The final concert begins 6 p.m. on March 10. The organ and piano duo of Babs Hillenbrand and Marv Hollenbeck will play favorite hymn arrangements on the church’s grand instruments, the three-manual Allen Organ and the seven foot six inch Yamaha Grand Piano. ... Read More »


The Collier County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) passed the “Collier County Illicit Synthetic Drugs Ordinance” on Jan. 8 to assist the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in their efforts to control the increasing use of illicit synthetic drugs. Known as synthetic marijuana and a myriad of names like “Bath Salts,” “Spice” and “K2,” these substances were being sold at local service stations and convenience stores, and can be highly unpredictable, and cause hallucinations, psychotic episodes, seizures, paranoia, and tremors. Some users have died. The effects vary due to inconsistency of chemical mixtures. The substances were being marketed with packaging and affordable prices aimed at ... Read More »

Runaway Bay in Fiddler’s Creek

Lennar Homes has completed construction on the Bougainvillea luxury model at Runaway Bay in Fiddler’s Creek. The fully furnished single-family residence is currently open for viewing. Situated along the namesake Creek and The Creek Golf Course at Fiddler’s Creek, Runaway Bay is a single-family home village of 98 home sites. Each residence within Runaway Bay will boast classical Mediterranean exterior features along with an extensive list of standard features. The Bougainvillea is professionally decorated by Soco Interiors. The one-story model offers 2,800 air-conditioned square feet with three bedrooms, three baths and a study. The home also features an expansive great room with beautiful ... Read More »

Historic Movie Night

Relive your childhood memories! The Everglades Society for Historic Preservation is hosting an “Old-Fashioned Movie Night” showing the full-length film “Distant Drums” starring Gary Cooper. This feature film was made in 1951 and focuses on the Seminole Wars in the 1850s with scenes shot around this area. Cooper plays a Army captain and the love interest is provided by Mari Aldon who has been captured by the Indians. The movie is in Technicolor and runs 1 hours and 40 minutes. Come enjoy popcorn and soda while you indulge in nostalgia at 5:30 p.m. in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall in Everglades Community Church ... Read More »

Free Answers Conference at Marco Presbyterian Church

Dangerous ideas threaten our families; protect them with biblical answers at Marco Presbyterian Church’s Free Answers Conference, 7 p.m., Feb. 22. The guest speaker is Ken Hamm, president and CEO of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum. The schedule is as follows: 7 p.m. Communicating the Gospel in Today’s World 8:30 p.m. Science Confirms the Bible Ken Hamm’s greatest burden is to share the truths of the Bible beginning with Genesis 1:1. He presents creation topics at Answers Conferences worldwide and has authored and co-authored books including the best-selling books “The Lie: Evolution” and “Already Gone: Why your kids will ... Read More »

Golf Club Reception

The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek kicked-off the season with a Golf Reception featuring delicious food and delightful conversation. Held outside on the Caxambas Terrace at The Club & Spa, the reception was highlighted by heavy appetizers and specially concocted beverages along with live entertainment. The event was an opportunity for Golf Club members to rekindle old friendships and establish new relationships. The event also marked the “official” start of a busy season of exciting tournaments, clinics and special events for members and their guests. The Golf Club provides superior member services and offers everything needed for a wonderful day on ... Read More »

Association Celebrates Erin’s Isle as 100th Member!

After 30 years on Collier Blvd., Erin’s Isle has relocated their restaurant to Hibiscus Golf Club. “Welcoming Erin’s Isle as our 100th member reinforces our mission to enhance the image and profitability of members through advocacy, information and networking opportunities, said Shirley Calhoun, Chairman. Mike Ward chose to continue his thriving restaurant career in East Naples and we wish him every success in the new location”. In three short years, the accomplishments of The East Naples Merchants’ Association are astounding! Our success is a direct result of e n m a members working together, boasts Natalie Anguilano, Board Secretary. Just ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center

Conservancy of Southwest Florida announces additional daily programs at the Nature Center scheduled to run through April 2013. In addition to hourly electric boat tours at 10 AM – 3 PM, kayak rentals, Dalton Discovery Center, Shotwell Wavering Filter Marsh, Nature Trails and the Christopher B. Smith Preserve, visitors can also experience: 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM Wildlife Nursery Viewing with volunteer von Arx Wildlife Hospital Shorebird Pool Viewing Behind von Arx Wildlife Hospital 11:00 AM Trail Walk & Interpretive Talk meet at Lutgert Commons Deck 12:00 PM Reptile Reverie – Lutgert Commons Deck 2:00 PM Sea Turtle Program Dalton Discovery Center/Patch ... Read More »