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Fiddler’s Offers New Villas

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Fiddler’s Creek announces that Stock Signature Homes is offering a diverse selection of single-family residences at three distinctive villages within the luxury, master-planned community. Stock is currently building in the villages of Isla del Sol, Mahogany Bend and Majorca. The builder’s homes are renowned for the rich architectural details of their front elevations, lending them a unique air of distinction. Inside each residence, soaring ceilings produce a spaciousness that maximizes the living areas, while the finest appointments create a visual feast for the eyes. Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community. For membership details ... Read More »

ECity Parade on June 28!

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Historic Everglades City is always first – the first Collier County seat and now the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day. The annual family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be on Saturday, June 28, this year. The Opening Ceremony is at 10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall. That is followed at 10:30 a.m. by the Patriotic Parade, the theme of which this year is “Celebrating Our Heritage”. There are prizes for the best floats which may be anything from golf carts to swamp buggies. The fun continues in McLeod Park when booths open at 11:00 ... Read More »

Junior Achievement Recognizes IBERIABANK

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IBERIABANK was recently recognized by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. for the third year in a row for teaching greatest number of classroom volunteer hours of any company in Southwest Florida. During the 2013-14 school year, 23 bankers from IBERIABANK taught 30 classes in 11 different Southwest Florida schools. The Junior Achievement curriculum is based on financial literacy, business, economics, entrepreneurship and free enterprise. It is estimated than nearly 300 volunteer hours were donated through classroom instruction and lesson preparation by IBERIABANK associates. In addition to IBERIABANK’s overall volunteerism, Junior Achievement named Pete D’Alessandro as their “Rookie Volunteer of ... Read More »

Orchids of the Everglades

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Orchids of the Everglades Florida history buffs, as well as orchid lovers, are invited (no charge) to the Gulf Coast Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on June 19, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. Tricia Rose, award-winning orchid hobbyist and Director of Education for the Alliance, will present Orchids of the Everglades, a poignant and beautiful presentation about the highest concentration of wild orchids in North America. Please mark your calendar for June 19! For information please call (239) 498-9741 or visit www.GulfCoastOrchidAlliance.com. Read More »

Apply For Fall Quota Permits in June!

There are several types of quota permits, and most are issued by random drawing. This year there’s been a change: The wild hog application periods will now be grouped with the other fall quota hunts. The first-phase application period – for archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, wild hog, youth, family, track vehicle (a swamp buggy with tank treads), airboat and mobility-impaired quota hunt permits – runs June 1-30, so you’ve got all month to submit your application. You may submit one application for each of the hunt types, and there is no fee to apply. One thing to remember though: Unless ... Read More »

Non-native Fishing Tourney Nets Invasives

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center hosted the weigh in for the fifth annual Everglades and Southwest Florida Chapters of CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area) Non-Native Fish Round Up/Tournament. Participants caught 115 non-native fish, representing six species and totaling 80 pounds (36 kg). Most of the non-native fish collected were given to the Conservancy von Arx Wildlife Hospital to help feed rehabilitating native wildlife. For the official results of the roundup, visit http://www.evergladescisma.org/roundup/. The Everglades and Southwest Florida Chapters of CISMA hosted the Everglades Non-native Fish Round Up to raise public awareness about the potential negative impacts of releasing non-native fish ... Read More »

Paintings of Ferdinando Ambrosino

Collier County Museums is delighted to host From Cumae to Pompeii: A Voyage Through Time, paintings by Ferdinando Ambrosino inspired by archaeological sites in Campania, from June 12-30, 2014 at the Naples Depot Museum. This event is held in conjunction with ArtsNaples World Festival, “Celebrate the Cultural Arts of Italy!” Throughout unique multiple venues, ArtsNaples presents chamber music, opera, symphony, fashion, gourmet cuisine and art exhibitions. A free opening reception sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums will be held on Wednesday June 11, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. For more information about the Naples Depot Museum’s From Cumae to Pompeii: A Voyage Through Time please contact ... Read More »

Rip Current Awareness

Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore. When strong winds blow toward the shore, waves are formed that move large amounts of water toward the shore. One common way that rip currents form is when water becomes trapped behind sand bars. Sand bars lie parallel and close to the shore. At some point, the pressure of the water against the sand bar may cut a narrow channel through it. The channel is usually no more than 20 yards wide and water rushes back out to sea through it. That rapidly moving water is called a rip ... Read More »

Scott Approves $2.5 Million for Collier

Governor Rick Scott today signed into law a State budget appropriations bill that included $2.5 million in state funds to help develop a Soft-Landing Business Accelerator project in Collier County. The Business Accelerator Project is designed to help existing domestic businesses grow and develop while also providing a “port of entry” for international businesses seeking to expand into the U.S. market. This one-time state funding award will be combined with local public and private sector funding to establish facilities and business support services designed to spur economic development and create additional high wage jobs. “I am very appreciative of the ... Read More »

Collier DAS Receives $20,000

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) encourages people to give animals a second chance by adopting a shelter pet. That is what generous donor Lesley Brown Robert did by donating $20,000 to underwrite pet adoptions and to purchase pet supplies for homeless dogs and cats. With this charitable donation, DAS will be able to help more than 70 dogs and 100 cats get adopted. The adopter will only need to pay the $10 county license fee. Each adoption includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and a microchip. The donation will also help pay for promotional and advertising costs to spread the word ... Read More »

Hodges’ Innovative STEM Programs

Hodges University announced today that it will begin offering STEM programs in a competency-based learning format beginning this fall. Competency-based learning (CBL) is a self-paced, academically rigorous and highly affordable degree completion option especially designed for adult learners and non-traditional students.  Hodges is one of the first four-year institutions in the State of Florida to offer a CBL version of an associate or bachelor’s degree program. Programs to be offered in the new format are an Associate and Bachelor’s in Computer Information Technology and an Associate and Bachelor’s in Digital Design and Graphics. Instead of enrolling in a specific number ... Read More »

Annual Fill-a-Backpack Drive

While the calendar may say June, at The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, it is time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. The annual “Give Back – Fill a Pack” back-to-school-donation drive begins today to ensure that its youngest survivors have the supplies they need throughout the school year. The Shelter assists more than 800 child victims and survivors of domestic violence annually through safety, intervention and support. In addition, the organization reaches out to more than 17,000 school-age children through their presentation and education programs. Three ways to give: Adopt a Student, Grant a Wish, Donate a Dollar. The Shelter, ... Read More »

Summer Science Events

The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting numerous science-based activities and events for students. Events include engaging educational lectures, a watercolor exhibit and free admission for several events. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection encourages students and parents to join us for these fun-filled educational events. The following activities and events will be held at the Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Watercolor Exhibit: May 29 – September 29; Kids Free Fridays: June 6 – August 1 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) World Oceans Day: Monday, June 9; Coral Reef Awareness, Tuesday, July 15; Smokey the Bear’s Birthday, Friday, August 8. For more ... Read More »

Roadwatch 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 www.FL511.com 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. I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety ... Read More »

Reel Kind Fishing & Tours Awarded TripAdvisor Excellence

Recognized as a Top Performing Fishing and Tour company as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site Reel Kind Fishing & Tours today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website. Read More »

Seven 2014-15 Scholarships Awarded by Naples Press Club

Three Naples Press Club Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Renewable Scholarships were recently awarded to recipients all of whom are graduates of Collier County high schools. Sarah Grace Davenport (Golden Gate High School-2014), a Graduate of Distinction, will attend FGCU and major in journalism. Melissa Gomez (Lely High School-2014), a Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete, will attend the University of Florida and major in journalism. John Marshall Wix III (Golden Gate High School-2011) is a junior at FGCU, majoring in journalism. Three students who previously held the NPC $1,000 Renewal Scholarships were again awarded the scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. Oscar Santiago-Torres ... Read More »

The Island Theater Summer Camp

Summer’s here…. what are the kids going to do???? How about the ITC summer camp?  This exciting and fun three-week theater program will introduce young people to all aspects of the theater, including creating props and costumes, music, choreography, and technical aspects of putting on a show. All activities are designed to develop imagination, creativity, concentration, character, teamwork and professionalism. All participants will be cast in the 2014 Holiday production of The Music Man, Jr. The Camp Program includes: Acting workshops; Lessons on bringing a character to life through voice, movement and imagination; Creative, hands-on experience with the technical side ... Read More »

Generous Donation to MIHS

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On April 17, 2014, Portrayer Bonnie Bozzo and Madeline Zorzi of Tropical T’s presented a check for $1,000 to Lori Wagor, MIHS Enterprise Manager.  This donation represents the proceeds from the hugely popular performance of “Catherine the Great” by Bonnie earlier this year. This is the third year in a row that Madeline and Bonnie have collaborated on this type of program.  They have donated the proceeds each year to the MIHS. We are extremely grateful for their time, talent and generosity to the Historical Society.  We look forward to another fabulous performance next season – we can hardly wait ... Read More »

Pair Goes Undefeated at USTA

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Yvette Benarroch and Luis Benito won all 4 of their playoff matches this weekend (May 16-18) at the USTA 40+ Mixed Doubles 7.0 State/Sectional Championship held in Daytona Beach, Florida. The team from the Greater Marco Family YMCA was the winner of the Collier County region. In the Daytona Championships they won two of their four matches and did not advance to the finals. Andrea Washak is the captain and other members of the team who were present in Daytona were Darlene Roddy, Carrie Masci, Maria Hayden, George Hayden, Steve Schottland, Alan Zuckerman, Fritzi Holmes, Nat Holmes and John Sullivan. ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Announces Emerson

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Fiddler’s Creek announces that construction is starting on the Emerson luxury home at Chiasso, a village of 59 single-family residences located within the luxury, master-planned community. The Emerson is a two-story floor plan, encompassing 3,522 air-conditioned square feet and 4,666 total square feet. The home has three bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath, plus a second floor loft with morning bar that could be utilized for a home entertainment theater. Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community. For membership details and more information on this gated golf course community in Naples, offering ... Read More »