Community

Islanders Love Their Farmers Market

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For over a decade now islanders and visitors alike have enjoyed the opportunity to avail themselves of a Farmers Market here on Marco. It has become a ritual of sorts that many look forward to on Wednesdays and make the drive over to Veterans Community Park to walk the grassy field to hunt for vegetables, fruits, ... Read More »

Family’s Early Onset Alzheimer’s Helps Research

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Perhaps you are part of a large family with siblings. You keep in touch: phone calls, emails, Facebook pictures, and maybe get together for family vacations or reunions. You enjoy each other’s company most of the time. They’re family. They are there for you when you need someone to talk with. They have your back. ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Cares

By Nikkie Sardelli Thank You, Supporters! Wow! Can it be true that season is coming to an end? I think this season has flown right by – but it was certainly a successful one! The Marco Island Relay For Life Event, presented by Robert J. Flugger, was held April 1st. It was the first time hosting the event at Veterans ... Read More »

Bob Ray Bocce Tournament

The Italian American Society and the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department hosted 16 bocce teams for the annual Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Ball Tournament. In addition to the first place team (pictured), the other winning teams are: Second Place: Carol Forest, Bill Forest, Fran Kavcic and Zanka Grajazl. Third Place: Lilia and Gino Pasquinelli, Giovanna Pedrelli and ... Read More »

How We Give Back

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island The most vital part of what we do as an organization is giving back to those touched by cancer. A large focus is placed on patient services, and how the funds raised are being distributed and used. As a community, this question comes up frequently, and for good reason. People want ... Read More »

Celebrate Mother Nature at Earth Day Festival

Submitted The Southwest Florida community is invited to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Conservancy Nature Center, located at 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. From electric boat tours to live animal shows, to live music and great food, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth ... Read More »

Goodland’s Last Mullet Fisherman – Frog Ellington keeps pulling ‘em in

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn As you enter Goodland, a colorful sign welcomes you to our “Historic Fishing Village.” In many respects, it is still historic, drawing winter visitors to gawk at our quaint cottages brought over from Caxambas in 1949; but fishing – not so much. People still come here to fish, but the commercial fishermen (excluding stone crabbers) ... Read More »

Clinical Trials – Hope for a Cure

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Alzheimer’s disease is probably high on our list of something we don’t want to experience for ourselves or for a loved one. Yet some of us are or have been caregivers. Some of us may have memory loss and are worried about getting worse. Whatever our situation, if past midlife, you’re probably hoping for a ... Read More »

Island Pedaler – Let’s be a Friendly Bicycle Friendly Community

By Scott Shook In recent years, the City of Marco Island has gone to great lengths to become a bicycle community. It formed a Bike Pathways Committee—of which I’m proud to be a member—that is working hard to complete its master plan of a network of shared-use paths (wide sidewalks) and in-road bike lanes. The results have been impressive—thanks largely ... Read More »

Still Time to Register for Half-Marathon & 5K

Submitted Runners of every level are invited to participate in the Marco Island Half-Marathon and 5K-Walk/Run on Sunday, March 19. In its ninth year, the Half-Marathon starts at 7:30 AM, while the 5K Walk/Run, celebrating its fifth event, starts at 7:45 AM. The events have grown from Collier and Lee County residents to include participants from all over the United ... Read More »

Screening Drops Colorectal Cancer Deaths

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017 there will be 95,520 new cases of colon cancer, and 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum, typically as a growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum called a polyp. Not all ... Read More »

Library Advisory Board to Meet

Submitted The Collier County Library Advisory Board will meet at 10 AM on Wednesday, March 15, in the Headquarters Regional Library, located at 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. In regards to the public meeting, two or more members of the Board of County Commissioners may be present and may participate at the meeting. The subject matter of this meeting may ... Read More »

Conservancy Camperships

The Friends of Tigertail Beach will be presenting three one-week summer camperships to the SWFL Conservancy this year. They will be awarded to three Tommie Barfield Elementary School fourth graders who choose to submit an essay.  All essays will be judged by the Friends of Tigertail Beach’s board. Check out the Friends of Tigertail website at friendsoftigertail.com and the Facebook ... Read More »

Prayer Breakfast Offers Message of Hope

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island churches, for more than three decades, have come together to hold a prayer breakfast, acknowledging the need for God’s blessing in our community’s affairs. The 34th Annual Marco Island Prayer Breakfast will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7:30 to 9 AM at the JW Marriott Beach Resort, Palms Ballroom. Music ... Read More »

Sascha’s Salon Offers Brazilian Blowouts

Submitted What in the world is a Brazilian Blowout and why do I need it? This is the kind of comment you hear often at Sascha’s Salon on Marco Island. Salon owner and hair designer, Maria Elena Pujol, says it’s easier to show clients than to tell them. “It’s the perfect application for our high humidity lifestyle here in Southwest ... Read More »

Danny Mootispaw’s Life Afloat: How Does He Do It?

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn Danny Mootispaw has lived on a boat in waters adjacent to Naples or Goodland since 1993. In 2002 he traded a pickup truck for a 26-foot 1973 Chris Craft. He and his wife Roseanne, whom he had known since age 8, and with whom he had two of his children, lived aboard the Chris Craft, ... Read More »

Realtors Announce Dick Shanahan Award

Submitted The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® announced a new annual award in memory of Dick Shanahan, 2016 President. Dick exemplified duty, commitment and service to the Realtor® Association and to the greater Marco Island community. The new award will be called the “Richard Shanahan Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Service Award” and will be presented annually at ... Read More »

Save the Date: Cure PSP Awareness and Memorial Walk

By Jesus Calo Bring your walking shoes for a day of awareness. The 14th Annual Cure PSP Awareness and Memorial Walk hosted by the SW Florida PSP Support Group. Day: Saturday March 18, 2017 Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM Location: Mackle Park, Marco Island Registration: $25 per person, $10 for students. This includes a t-shirt and lunch. PSP is a ... Read More »