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The Immokalee Foundation honors program graduates

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The Immokalee Foundation recently recognized the accomplishments of 87 graduates participating in TIF programs, including Take Stock in Children, Career Development, Immokalee Readers and College Success, during a graduation ceremony and celebration held at Ave Maria University. The graduates included 62 Immokalee High School students, 13 post-secondary students and 12 Heavy Equipment Mechanics students. Of those, 48 high school students are enrolling at a college or university, five are attending a post-secondary vocational training program at iTECH in Immokalee and one is entering the military. Bernardino Valdez is among those scholars headed to college. In the fall, he will attend ... Read More »

Paint On the Wild Side

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If you’re not familiar with Heidi Saletko’s work, you’re in for a real treat. Saletko specializes in creating life-like animal masks out of discarded palm fronds and other garden foliage, suitable for hanging inside and out, and is ready to share her techniques in two summer workshops being held at the Marco Island Center for the Arts on August 21 and September 18 from 1-4pm. The cost of each workshop is $55, including all supplies.  Just pick an animal–lion, zebra, turtle, cockatoo, panther, monkey and more–and Saletko will walk you through the step-by-step procedure of creating an unusual work of ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County members attend FGCU STEM Camp

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Recently in partnership with NAACP Collier County, teen members from the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County had the opportunity to attend Florida Gulf Coast University’s STEM Camp. The two-week science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camp brought emerging high school sophomores, juniors and seniors together to learn more about the four subject areas. Teens were able to improve their skills in engineering and mathematics by being exposed to real-world application, were introduced to practicing professionals in STEM fields and learned about potential college majors and internship opportunities. “STEM education is a major focus of our Club. Those key ... Read More »

National AAU Karate Championships

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The 2014 National AAU Karate Championships were recently held at the Broward County/Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center with over 1600 participants and 4 members of the Greater Marco Family YMCA Shima Dojo not only medaled but 2 are now Double Gold National AAU Karate Champions. Under the direction of Sensei Nick Lemke, Seibukan Karate Students Chase Polley won the Gold Medal in Kata and Kobudo in the 5-12 Division, Laurie McCardle won a Gold Medal in Kata and Kobudo and also a Silver Medal in Kumite. Santino Galvez also won a Silver Medal in Kobudo in the 5-12 age groups ... Read More »

FWC supports ‘Operation Dry Water’ for 6th year

Last year, nine people died from boating accidents related to alcohol and drug use in Florida. That represents 15 percent of the state’s boating fatalities for 2013. “Alcohol- and drug-related boating accidents are preventable,” said Capt. Tom Shipp of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Boating and Waterways Section. “Even one death is too many. We want all boaters to enjoy the freedom to get out on the water and the opportunity to do it safely.” That is why law enforcement agencies around the state and country are participating in “Operation Dry Water” this weekend. This nationwide, public ... Read More »

DISCOVER GEOCACHING AT FLORIDA’S STATE PARKS AND TRAILS

Join the new outdoor geocaching craze at Florida State Parks Adding to the already dynamic recreational opportunities at Florida state parks, the availability of geocaching is now expanding at many locations around the state.The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida State Parks is excited to begin offering Operation Recreation GeoTour, hosted by Geocaching.com. Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held GPS devices or smartphones. The game is an inexpensive, interactive high-tech treasure hunt that teaches geography and outdoor recreation skills. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. “Geocaching is a popular activity ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek announces that construction is underway on a new Somerset model at Chiasso, a village of 59 classical Mediterranean-style single-family homes within the luxury, master-planned community. The model is anticipated to be completed and open for viewing in the fall. Offered by D.R. Horton, the Somerset is a two-story residence offering 3,461 air-conditioned square feet and 4,297 total square feet. The home features a luxuriously appointed master bedroom, master bath, and powder bath on the ground floor and three guest bedrooms and three additional full baths on the second floor. The second floor also provides an entertainment/game room with ample ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County help raise awareness of swimming safety at “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson”

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently joined more than 40 Collier area agencies at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon to participate in the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.” The Southwest Florida waterpark broke the record for the Largest Single Location with over 1,200 swimmers taking part in the lesson. The global event included registrations of more than 40,000 participants at 900+  locations in 48 states and 26 countries. It was created by the World Waterpark Association to raise awareness of the importance of teaching children to swim. During the event, children were led by instructors to practice swimming activities such as ... Read More »

Gone Coastal by FWC Scalloping offers family-friendly fun

I’ll never forget my first time scalloping. It was 2008 and there I was, face down in the water, sun warming up my back, seagrass tickling my feet and legs, searching for hidden treasure and trying not to look up, lest there be something larger than me swimming about. A boat loomed above us, dive flag displayed, warning others that folks were in the water. In the distance, the Steinhatchee coast sat, waiting for our return. That was the day I fell in love with the sport of scalloping. There is something calming about intensely looking through plot after plot ... Read More »

DEP, DOT REACH AGREEEMENT TO OPTIMIZE PETROLEUM CLEANUP PROGRAM

~Agreement to make petroleum rehabilitation more efficient and economical reached~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that augments current collaboration between the two agencies to prioritize environmental assessment in areas critical to the expansion of vital transportation corridors. The agreement also ensures taxpayer funds used to remediate petroleum sites located under state roads are optimally utilized. The two agencies have agreed to share knowledge and expertise related to the environmental assessment and remediation of petroleum sites that are located next to state roads or in the ... Read More »

E-Filing Option Now Available to the Public

Members of the public who wish to file their own court documents electronically, including new cases, may now do so using the Florida Courts E-filing portal, which handles the electronic filing of court documents statewide. The Florida Courts Technology Commission recently gave unanimous approval to allow pro se, or self- represented, litigants the use of the Florida Courts E-portal. Citizens must first register with the portal similar to an attorney, although no Florida Bar number is required. Also, when filing court documents, pro se filers must comply with Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420 which requires confidential information to be identified in any ... Read More »

Region’s Native American Past Highlighted in American Archeology Summer 2014 Issue

Southwest Florida Museum of History and other cultural resources featured  The Southwest Florida Museum of History is featured as part of an 8-page spread titled “On the Trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage” in the Summer 2014 issue of American Archaeologymagazine. The article tours sites from Tampa Bay to Southwest Florida. In this region, the Southwest Florida Museum of History’s exhibits on life during the Paleolithic Age, the Calusa and the Seminole are highlighted. The author also makes stops at Mound House, Mound Key and the Randell Research Center.   American Archaeology is the quarterly publication of the national Archaeological Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving archaeological sites discovered on ... Read More »

Help America’s Forests: Join the Arbor Day Foundation in July and 10 Trees Will Be Planted in High-Need National Forests

America’s forestland is a prized natural resource, and anyone can help plant trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. Through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will honor each new member who joins in July by planting 10 trees in forests that have been devastated by wildfires, insects and disease. The cost for joining the Arbor Day Foundation is a $10 donation. America’s national forests face enormous challenges, including unprecedented wildfires that have left a backlog of more than one million acres in need of replanting. The Foundation has worked ... Read More »

SENSORY NIGHTS OFFERED AT GOLISANO CHILREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES

Sensory Night at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) is an engaging, interactive, and inspiring night to promote families playing, learning and dreaming together in a low-sensory museum experience. Held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5-7pm, sensory night is intended for all individuals with sensory integration needs including people with autism.   According to Mary Fellenz, OTR/L, an Autism Specialist and owner of MF Therapy Group, “Sensations flow into the brain like streams flowing into a lake. Countless bits of sensory information enter our brain at every moment, not only from our eyes and ears, but also from ... Read More »

Collier Clerk Hits 5,000,000 Official Records

As of Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 9:31 am, the Clerk’s Recording Department had 5,000,000 official records in Collier County, according to Dwight E. Brock, Clerk of the Circuit Court. The one page instrument recorded as # 5,000,000 was a Notice of Commencement which provided public notice of an improvement planned for a piece of real property in the County, in accordance with Chapter 713 of the Florida Statutes.   Lee McCaskey of Florida Records Research was present on April 29, 1986 when the Clerk’s Office recorded instrument # 1,000,000.  Needless to say, a lot has changed since then, according ... Read More »

RESIDENTS FROM ACROSS THE STATE CREATE SUPPORT ORGANIZATION FOR AQUATIC PRESERVES

~The Aquatic Preserve Society is the first statewide organization for Florida’s 41 aquatic preserves~ A new statewide citizen support organization (CSO), the Aquatic Preserve Society, has been formed to promote the protection of Florida’s 41 aquatic preserves. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office has long made use of the volunteerism and fundraising capabilities of citizen support organizations from around the state. These CSOs work in conjunction with regional staff to hold events and provide operational support throughout the year. “We are very excited to see how the Aquatic Preserve Society develops,” said Kevin Claridge of the Florida ... Read More »

Which Orchids Grow Well and How to Grow Them

Presented by Mac Rivenbark of Mac’s Orchids of Ft. Lauderdale Learn about growing great orchids! Orchid lovers are invited (no charge) to the Gulf Coast Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on July 17, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. (Look for the tall steeples across from Sam’s Club on Immokalee Road.) Mac Rivenbark of Mac’s Orchids in Fort Lauderdale will talk about his passion for Asian species, and how those orchids thrive here in Florida. His presentation will include a travel log, showing the areas where the orchids originate. He will also bring ... Read More »

FWC provides guidance on enhanced boating safety legislation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced changes that were made by the Florida Legislature and approved by the governor to divers-down flag requirements. House Bill 1049, by Rep. Raschein and Sen. Abruzzo, created an additional opportunity for divers to stay safe. Effective July 1, when in the water, they may display a buoy with a series of divers-down symbols as an alternative to the traditional divers-down flag. The buoy can be three or four-sided and must have a divers-down symbol of at least 12-by-12-inches displayed on each of the flat sides. Such a buoy should help divers, especially ... Read More »

T-Shirt Design Contest—Southeastern Guide Dogs 2015 Walkathon

Southeastern Guide Dogs announces a T-shirt design contest for its 2015 Walkathon, the charity’s biggest annual fundraiser of the year. The winning design will be worn by Walkathon participants, volunteers, and staff members at seven unique locations, and will be featured on Walkathon promotional items such as banners, signage, the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon website, Tervis tumblers, and more. Artists of any experience level are invited to submit original designs and concepts in a digital format, and the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Southeastern Guide Dogs online gift shop. “Our dogs make a difference, and our ... Read More »

NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN CLOSURE TO COMPLETE ELEANOR AND NICHOLAS CHABRAJA VISITOR CENTER

Naples Botanical Garden will be closed Monday, June 2 to Thursday, October 23 2014 as we complete construction on the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. During this time, large scale projects such as the completion of the center and three new gardens, the LaGrippe Orchid Garden, the Charismatic Garden and Kathryn’s Garden will be completed. These new gardens are designed by renowned Landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The Garden was awarded a $500,000 grant from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, in support of the construction of the new Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center.  The Garden’s grant submission ranked number ... Read More »