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Jewish Congregation of Marco Island Bingo

Elliot and Rivka  Masoop  were the BIG winners at the Monday night Bingo game at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome!     Katie Livesey of Marco Island was a BIG winner at the Monday night Bingo game at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Bernie Seidman. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at5:30 PM. The Public is welcome!   Read More »

Sugden Regional Park to host the 2015 Pro Watercross Tour World Championships

Event to be held September 19-27, 2015   The 2015 Pro Watercross Tour World Championships will be held at Sugden Regional Park in Naples from Sept. 19 – 27, 2015.              This weeklong event showcases the Pro Watercross Tour and combines the electricity and appeal of traditional beach events with the high speed thrills of competitive motorsports says Rob Wells, Collier County Senior Sports Marketing Manager. “Dramatic staging, professional sound system, banners, flags, and pit tents set the stage for a truly large-scale event – this is like the NASCAR of Watercross,” Wells said. The Tour features a contingent of up-and-coming men and ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION BEGINS APRIL 1

Registration for all Collier County Parks and Recreation Summer Camps begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1. You many register online at www.collierparks.com or visit your nearest community center.   Collier County Parks & Recreation has been in the summer camp business longer than any other organization. Camp Collier offers a fun lively environment where children can play, connect and discover! Each week is a different theme! Children have the opportunity to attend weekly or enjoy the entire summer.  Campers will take nature walks, play games, make arts and crafts, participate in different sports, host guests from the community, as well as take weekly swim ... Read More »

DISTRACTIONS FOUR TIMES MORE PREVALENT IN TEEN CRASHES THAN PREVIOUSLY REPORTED

Unprecedented Look into the Causes of Teen Crashes by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Broadcast Quality B-Roll (Preview / Download) Broadcast Quality Sound Bites (Preview / Download) TAMPA, Fla. (March 25, 2015) – The most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious a problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. Researchers analyzed the six seconds ... Read More »

TAKE THE EVERGLADES RIDE

SEE THE GATORS – SEE THE BIRDS –  EAT GREAT SEAFOOD FRESH FROM THE GULF Sunday, April 12 McLeod Park 208 South Copeland Ave. Everglades City, FL Registration includes RIDE,  FULLY SUPPORTED SAG stops,  LUNCH from Triad Seafood Cafe and ADMITTANCE TO THE HISTORIC SMALLWOOD STORE & MUSEUM REGISTER TODAY! Great Rides! Great Fun! Only $30* 7:30am     Registration 8:00am     62 Mile On-Road Ride 8:30am     27 Mile Off-Road Ride 9:00 am    16 Mile On-road Ride 11:00am – 1:00pm Delicious lunch from Triad Seafood Cafe *until April 4, then the price goes to $35 Children under 12 years old: first child FREE, additional kids ... Read More »

Naples Press Club Offers Journalism Scholarships

A joint press conference between the Greater Naples YMCA and the National Park Service (NPS), detailed the recent national partnership between the two organizations were announced. Naples YMCA President Paul Thein, Acting Big Cypress National Preserve Superintendent J.D. Lee and South Florida National Parks Trust trustee, Howard Isaacson, were on hand to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve and the Naples YMCA will be partnering on transportation, programs and outings starting as soon as this Summer.  The national initiative, entitled Play. Learn. Serve Work. was announced just two weeks ago by Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a meeting ... Read More »

Potential health hazards associated with black henna tattoos

Florida Department of Health is warning residents and visitors of the potential health hazards associated with black henna tattoos. The paste in black henna tattoos contains a toxic chemical found in black hair dye called para-phenylenediamine (PPD). “When applied directly to the skin, the PPD found in black henna tattoos can produce serious adverse health effects in children and adults,” said Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services Dr. Celeste Philip. “It is important to be aware of these dangers and take steps to avoid them. Always ask to see the ingredients of the ... Read More »

Give Florida’s beach-nesting shorebirds space to help them survive

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks beachgoers to watch out for and avoid disturbing beach-nesting shorebirds on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the state. Shorebirds build nests out of sand and shells on Florida beaches in spring and summer, hatching chicks that are difficult to see. Shorebird nests, eggs and chicks are well camouflaged and can be easily missed and even stepped on unless people know to look out for them. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of Florida’s beach-nesting shorebird species that face conservation challenges and need ... Read More »

FWC Division of Law Enforcement – COLLIER COUNTY

Officers Futch and Reams were working a resource detail focusing on hunters taking turkey over bait in northern Collier County.  They observed fresh tire tracks on a road leading to an area known for illegal hunting activity. They located a vehicle and observed a turkey yelper (a device hunters to use to mimic the sound of a female turkey) and other hunting related items in the vehicle.  The Officers then heard a gunshot.  Officer Reams stayed with the vehicle and Officer Futch followed fresh shoe prints heading in the direction of the shot.  The shoe prints led to an area ... Read More »

Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1

Attention Gulf reef fish anglers: You’ve asked for better data and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has listened and taken action. Now the FWC needs your help. Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1, so sign up today. The easy, no-cost process will help the FWC paint a clearer picture of how many people are targeting Gulf reef fish, like red snapper and gag grouper, and what anglers are seeing on the water. The Gulf Reef Fish Survey is for anglers (including those 65 and older) fishing in the Gulf ... Read More »

GOV. SCOTT: TAMIAMI TRAIL PROJECT WILL HELP MOVE WATER SOUTH

~DEP Issues Permit for Construction of Important Everglades Project~ Governor Scott today announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a permit to the Department of Interior’s National Park Service, Everglades National Park, for the construction of 2.6 miles of bridging and road raising along the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Miami-Dade County. The project will deconstruct a section of the Tamiami Trail and replace it with a bridge so that water north of the road may flow into the Everglades, providing needed water to the Everglades National Park. This project will result in enhanced movement of water ... Read More »

Fire Extinguisher RECALL

A well-known fire extinguisher manufacturer, Kidde, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has announced avoluntary recall to replace certain Kidde fire extinguisher units. A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury. About 4.6 million extinguishers are affected that were sold nationwide between August 2013 and November 2014. To see if you have an affected fire extinguisher and arrange for a replacement, go towww.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Kidde-Recalls-Disposable-Plastic-Fire-Extinguishers. According to the CPSC, Kidde has received 11 reports of fire ... Read More »

FWC asks beachgoers to help survey spawning horseshoe crabs

As spring approaches, horseshoe crabs congregate to spawn along sandy beaches and shallow coastal waters throughout the state. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists are asking the public to assist in the FWC’s survey effort by reporting horseshoe crab sightings and other useful information. Although horseshoe crabs mate year-round, spring is the peak season to see them aggregate on beaches and in bays. Citizen scientists interested in contributing to the survey should have the best luck sighting horseshoe crabs around high tide within three days of a new or full moon, March 20 and April 4 respectively. The FWC asks ... Read More »

COLLIER AREA TRANSIT TO USE GOOGLE TRANSIT TO HELP RIDERS FIND BUS STOPS, SCHEDULES

Collier Area Transit (CAT) is pleased to announce that riders will be able to find bus stops and bus schedules using Google Transit. Google Transit allows riders to find the nearest bus stop, bus schedules at specific stops and how much the trip will cost, as well as alternate routes. Riders can access Google Transit by visiting www.google.com/transit or by downloading the Google Transit app to their smartphones. The app will allow riders to customize their routes and get walking directions to the nearest transit stop or to their destination once they leave the bus. You can also use business names or ... Read More »

Last Fakahatchee Island cruise of season

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The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their final cruise of the season to historic Fakahatchee Island on Saturday, March 21. Fakahatchee Island was once home to a thriving community of farming and fishing families and was first inhabited by the Calusa. On the way to the island, Everglades National Boat Tours will cruise among the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands. On the island, a Friends of Fakahatchee naturalist will lead a walking tour and describe the island’s colorful history. Cold drinks and snacks will be served on the boat. Please bring bug repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and closed shoes. Jackets are ... Read More »

Art of Steve Malinchoc and William Moseley

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Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its March exhibit will feature the Art of Steve Malinchoc. Unlike most of the Art Center exhibitions that feature multiple artists in the main galleries, Malinchoc’s personal collection is so extensive that the Center chose to adorn both Lauritzen and Rush Galleries for what will be Malinchoc’s first ever exhibition. “Steve’s art should not be missed,” according to Executive Director for the Center, Hyla Crane. Crane continued, “His work is enticing, engaging and quite unlike what we usually see at the Art Center.” Also, in the La Petit Gallery, the Center will ... Read More »

“History Comes to Life” The Collage Art of John M. Williams

The Naples Depot Museum is pleased to present History Comes to Life, The Collage Art of John M. Williams on display April 1, 2015 through May 30, 2015 . The opening wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, open to the public at no cost and will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm. Williams, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, brings history to life through his intriguing cut paper collage portraits of important figures in U.S. and world history. He illuminates their lives, emotions and the background elements ... Read More »

Naples YMCA & National Parks Service Team Up for New Youth Program

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Greater Naples YMCA president, Paul Thein, attended the South Florida launch of a new initiative entitled Play. Learn. Serve. Work. from the Department of the Interior and the National Parks Service on Friday, March 13th in Miami, Florida. Here in South Florida, Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park will be actively involved with the YMCA as early as this summer to help children explore and understand the value of our national parks. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a commitment from American Express that will support the new initiative in fifty cities across America. The effort ... Read More »

Naples Zoo Announces New Panther Exhibit

Naples Zoo officials announced today they are breaking ground on a permanent home for a young Florida panther that cannot be returned to the wild after it was blinded by a shotgun blast. This new panther exhibit will focus on expanding public awareness of the issues surrounding the growing number of cats in the area. And to meet the increased need to care for injured or orphaned panthers, Naples Zoo is also creating habitat space to provide temporary care along with an all-new large animal veterinary clinic. This is part of a cooperative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife ... Read More »

Friends of Fakahatchee three tram tours

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their final four tram tours of the season. The group’s Ghost Rider tram will offer naturalist guided tours of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park on March 24, and April 4. Riders on the 2 1/2 hour tour will learn about the park’s history and unique ecosystem that is home to a profusion of orchids, air plants, birds, and mammals including the Florida panther. Tours leave at 10 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required at $25 per person. For those who want to immerse themselves in the Fakahatchee, the Friends offer the season’s final Tram Tour and ... Read More »