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Conservancy Hosts Wildlife Housewarming 

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites the public to celebrate the Conservancy’s wildlife ambassadors as they move into their new homes in the newly expanded outdoor wildlife rehabilitation area, now open at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital. The wildlife ambassadors are former patients, now permanent residents, unable to be released due to the extent of their injuries. On Saturday, Dec. 10 ... Read More »

Head Tennis Coach Needed For Special Olympics

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Special Olympics of Collier County is in urgent need of a head tennis coach for its upcoming season, which runs from January 7 through May 21, 2017. The coach will be responsible, along with several assistant coaches, for one practice per week, on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Greater Naples YMCA. The head coach must be ... Read More »

America to Play Seminole 

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Classic rock favorite America will perform at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee Tuesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) at 8 PM. Tickets, which are on sale now, are $45 each and can be purchased from the Seminole Casino Hotel cashier or by calling 800-218-0007. America became a global household name starting in the early 1970s with the release of their signature #1 ... Read More »

Orchid Doctor

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Each year at this time, the Naples Orchid Society in conjunction with the Naples Botanical Gardens holds it “Orchid Doctor” sessions at the gardens. Veteran NOS orchid experts will be on hand to help remedy your orchid pest problems and recommend best care techniques. Bring your orchid or photo to better diagnose. Learn how to get your orchids to grow ... Read More »

Baby Basics Moves Over 2,200 Cases of Diapers

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With the help of more than 25 volunteers, Baby Basics of Collier County (www.BabyBasicsCollier.org)- a volunteer organization that provides free diapers and kindness to over 400 infants and toddlers from low-income, working families in Collier County and Bonita Springs – moved over 2,200 cases of diapers to its 10 distribution sites on November 30. “As a 100% volunteer-driven organization, we ... Read More »

FWC Videos on How Best to Avoid Bear Conflicts

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As part of a continuing effort to reduce conflicts with bears, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is releasing two new videos in the “Living with Florida Black Bears” series, designed to educate the public about how to safely coexist with bears in Florida. The “Cause for a Call” video outlines when and how people can reduce conflicts ... Read More »

Children’s Charities Dedicates Funds 

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One in ten children struggle with a mental health condition before the age of 10. Locally and across the country, there is a lack of resources for children in need of mental health care and this year, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is dedicating its fund-a-cause dollars to the pediatric behavioral health initiative at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to ... Read More »

Camp Gets Grant From Hubley 

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The MDRT Foundation has awarded a $3,000 grant to Camp Knutson, Crosslake, Minnesota to provide scholarship funding for special needs adults and youth. The purpose is to give underprivileged people with the opportunity to attend a camp and get away from the difficult lives they may be experiencing in their own homes. Representing the MDRT Foundation is Roger Hubley, CFP, ... Read More »

JCMI BINGO

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The winner of JCMI’s Monday Night Bingo was Mary Lewitsky of Marco Island. Bert Posner, a member of the Bingo Committee, gives her winnings. Bingo is played at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island every Monday evening. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Supper is complimentary. The game is open to the public. Cecelia Chang of Naples was the big winner ... Read More »

Community Oriented Policing 

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Officer Barringer attended the annual Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve post-season shoreline bird meeting, which was an opportunity for partners such as FWC biologists, FWC law enforcement, National Audubon Society, Rookery Bay staff and Team OCEAN to meet and share information about shorebird and seabird nesting data in Collier County. The meeting was arranged to learn more about statewide ... Read More »

Directed Conservation Patrols 

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Over the course of two weekends, Officers Barringer, Johnson, Osorio-Borja, Tidwell and White worked a Manatee Zone detail to enforce manatee speed zones. The detail was conducted within the manatee zones from Wiggins Pass throughout the county down to Marco Pass. During the detail, the officers wrote 20 warnings, 8 citations, and educated over 100 boaters on the importance of ... Read More »

Major Wildlife Assistance

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Officers Araujo and Polly responded to a call about a panther/dog-related incident. When the officers arrived on the scene, they met with the complainant who explained that he had heard his two dogs barking aggressively outside of his house. He has several livestock animals on his property, including uncaged chickens. When he went outside to investigate, he saw a panther ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier

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Officers Errico, Kleis and White were on nighttime water patrol in the area of the Marco River and observed a vessel with fishing gear operating with improper navigational lights. The officers stopped the vessel to conduct a resource inspection and address the navigational light issue. When the officers activated their blue lights, the operator and passenger switched places. Upon approaching ... Read More »

Court Rules in Favor of County Manager 

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In a decision the Second District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Collier County Manager Leo Ochs, former Procurement Services Director Joanne Markiewicz, and the Board of County Commissioners in the lawsuit filed by Collier County Clerk Dwight Brock over the County’s procurement policies. The court issued a per curiam affirmance, agreeing with Circuit Court Judge James R. Shenko’s ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo 

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Ruth Ann Mullaney from Naples was a big winner at Monday Night Bingo. She is congratulated by Natalie Klein, Bingo Committee member. Bingo is played every Monday night at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Supper is complimentary. Doors open 5:30 PM. Bonanza is posted at 6:15 PM and the first game is called at 7 PM. Ann Axtman of Naples was another big ... Read More »

Christmas Mail-by Dates — Domestic Services

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Dec. 15 – USPS Retail Ground Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages. Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less. Dec. 21 – Priority Mail Domestic service in 1, 2 or 3 business days based on where the package is mailed and where ... Read More »

Adopt-A-Senior Pet 

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As November is Adopt-A-Senior Pet Month, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is focusing on our senior pets. DAS will allow people to adopt a cat or dog for $5 in the month of November for those animals in our kennels over six years old. Typically, senior pets are more difficult to adopt because of certain misconceptions about older pets. ... Read More »

Big Cypress as Dark Sky Place

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The National Park Service is pleased to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve has been designated an International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) International Dark Sky Place. With the extent of urbanization in the eastern United States it is becoming nearly impossible to experience the night with little impact from artificial light pollution. Here in south Florida, away from the urban development ... Read More »

One-of-a-Kind Auction Lots for Naples Winter Wine Festival  

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A guided trek with chimpanzees off the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania; a yacht trip to Havana, Cuba to experience first-hand a nation on the brink of rapid change; and a trip to Los Angeles with Judge Judy onboard her private jet “The Queen Bee” are just a few of the newly unveiled items up for grabs at the ... Read More »

FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski Recognized for Conservation Leadership

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FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski was recognized with Audubon Florida’s Theodore Roosevelt award this weekend for reinvigorating the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) critical wildlife areas (CWA) program. This program protects vulnerable waterbirds from disturbance, ensuring these species can survive on increasingly crowded coasts and waterways. Yablonski accepted the award at the annual Audubon Assembly- Florida’s signature conservation event ... Read More »