The Samurai Of Puzzles

by the Mepham Group Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit www.sudoku.org.uk See answers on page B/33  

Goren On Bridge: Disappearing loser

North cue bid four diamonds as a mild slam try, but South wasn’t interested. In fact, even four spades is a poor contract because the North and South hands are “mirrored” with the same distribution. There appear to be four certain losers – two hearts, one diamond, and one club. South won the opening diamond lead with dummy’s ace and […]



ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the coming week you are likely to be filled with warm feelings toward others. You may inadvertently step on some toes while seeking companionship. Heightened ambition could desensitize you to the word “no.” TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Guard against financial losses. The Full Moon may light up areas where you are spending money on numerous […]

Holiday Season in Full Swing

Christmas keeps getting better and better on Marco Island. Two events from Christmas Island Style have started the holiday season off right. A record crowd descended on Veterans Community Park on a sultry Saturday evening for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Residents and visitors mingled with neighbors and friends, listened to live music, and enjoyed performances by local children. The […]

BROADWAY at the JW Marriott

Broadway on the Beach held audiences rapt attention with its cabaret-like, Las Vegas circa the Rat-Pack-years ambiance, abundant humor, personal stories, and expertly sung and played musical selections. A specially erected, waterfront tent at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort served as an elegant stand-in for the supper clubs of yesteryear. The four-night run marked not just the Broadway […]

The Merchant of Venice: A Play With a Bold Message

All that glitters is NOT gold

A cast of talented, young actors recently gave a stellar performance of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice for the community. The production of the Merchant of Venice was made possible by the Marco Island Shakespeare Festival (MISF). They are a young professional ensemble and are the theater wing of Marco Island Academy. According to Jacquielynn Wolff, Founding Artistic and Executive Director, […]

Coco: An Animated Achievement from Pixar!


Reviewing an animated film made by Pixar feels almost like cheating. It’s like reviewing a Picasso painting; just about everyone agrees it’s great. However, Disney/Pixar’s latest animated release, “Coco,” caught my eye because of its setting in Mexico and use of local culture and tradition. This all culminates in making “Coco” one of the most exhilarating and heartwarming storytelling I’ve […]

Coastal Trade Bounty, Booty, and Boats of the Gulf and Glades

Currently on exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum is “Coastal Trade — Bounty, Booty, and Boats of the Gulf and Glades from Naples to Key West” from artist Paul Arsenault. The exhibition will be on display until Friday, March 2, 2018. A free opening reception for the public, sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, will be held from […]

‘The Rooster Bar’ by John Grisham


“Now she could only watch them and wonder what happened.” What makes “The Rooster Bar” such a great book? Okay, so here’s how it happened. When I was sitting in the airport, I noticed a woman reading a hardcover, to the exclusion of everything else going on around her. I mean, her husband, the children, a small dog… none of […]

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