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Naples family earns national honors from Experimental Aircraft Association

John, Joshua and Jacob Beauvais, with their parents Sabrina and Brian, earned national honors for their volunteer work with the Naples Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, based at Naples Municipal Airport.

What started for the Beauvais family as a pancake breakfast eight years ago at Naples Chapter 1067 of the Experimental Aircraft Association has blossomed into national aviation honors. They were presented the 2014 EAA Young Eagles Award for Outstanding Ground Volunteers during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, known as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” The Beauvais family, including parents Brian and Sabrina, John, 17, Jacob, 14 and 12-year-old Joshua, helped revitalize Chapter 1067, which is based at Naples Municipal Airport. The family’s aviation passion inspired Chapter President Ted Brousseau to nominate them for the national award. “They pumped new energy and enthusiasm ... Read More »

Tai Chi Yang

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The Tai Chi exercise, simply known as forms, is practiced to foster the circulation of Chi. Sifu Olfus is a certified senior Tai Chi instruc- tor who teaches the 24 Yang style form to help beginners master balance and proper body alignment. This is also a key means to achieve core strength and rhythm of motion. In addition, the style form exercise is calming and relaxing in and onto itself for improved overall health and longevity. Walk?ins Welcome! Friday Sept. 19, Oct. 10, & Nov. 7 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mackle Park $10/class Sifu Maurice Olfus   Min: ... Read More »

The Immokalee Foundation names Steven Kissinger executive director

The Immokalee Foundation board of directors announced the appointment of Steven E. Kissinger as executive director. Kissinger has 15 years of experience working with local nonprofits that are focused on children, most recently as chief financial officer of Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County. “We are pleased that Steven has accepted this leadership position with TIF,” said Joe Zednik, TIF’s chairman. “His strong financial and management experience, and community involvement make Steven the ideal choice for leading our organization into the future.” Kissinger is an alumnus of Leadership Collier (2005) and Bonita Springs (2010), and is a board member of ... Read More »

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP-MONTH

Collier County Public Library September 2 – 30, 2014 The Collier County Public Library is promoting library card sign up month with the slogan “The Smartest Card: Get It, Use It, @ Your Library!” It’s the smartest card for a lot of reasons, including the access it provides to a wide spectrum of reliable information resources and for the value it provides to every card holder. Customers can borrow rather than buy books and movies, download audiobooks and take advantage of a wide variety of programs and events for every age group. Two dozen community businesses are partnering with the ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY

Investigator Haney was on late-night water patrol with Officers Harris, Johnson and Lugg near Marco Island.  They stopped a small fishing boat and during the boating safety inspection, detected signs of impairment from the operator.  After performing seated field sobriety tasks, the subject was determined to be impaired and was arrested for BUI.  He was transported to jail where he was confirmed to be impaired on alcohol and drugs by a Drug Recognition Expert and charged with a felony fourth offense BUI. Officers Lugg and VanTrees were on water patrol and observed a man violating a manatee speed zone in ... Read More »

FWC recommends Collier County residents take steps to protect small livestock from panthers

Because of recent incidents of Florida panthers taking small livestock in Golden Gates Estates, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is cautioning Collier County residents to take the necessary precautions to properly shelter animals such as goats, sheep, calves, pigs, donkeys and chickens. “The best way for people to protect small livestock is to keep them in a secure, fenced enclosure with a roof, especially at night,” said FWC panther team leader Darrell Land. “Panther depredations on animals in backyards can be prevented, and we encourage Golden Gate Estates residents to take the necessary steps to protect their ... Read More »

Marco Island, FL has been selected as the #4 city on our list of the 20 Safest Cities in Florida

To ensure the accuracy of our rankings, we compared crime statistics (including both property and violent crimes) of over 300 cities in Florida to determine our list of the 20 safest cities. Members of the Marco Island, FL community should be very proud to have made it to the top of our list! Check out Marco Island’s listing and the full list of Florida’s safest cities here: http://www.safechoicesecurity.com/blog/safest-cities-in-florida Not only is Marco Island beautiful, but it’s also safe, making it a great place for families to vacation and make a home. We would love it if you would show off Marco Island’s award ... Read More »

JPMorgan Chase & Company recently awarded $25,000 to Guadalupe Center’s college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program.

The Guadalupe Center has been a part of the Immokalee community for more than 30 years, addressing the needs of at-risk children and their families. The Tutor Corps program accepts qualified Immokalee High School students to its college-preparatory program each fall. As Tutor Corps participants, they are hired to work as tutors in the Center’s After-school Program for Kindergarten through 2nd graders in four Immokalee elementary schools.  Many students contribute this wage to their family’s income.  In addition, they can accrue up to $16,000 in scholarship money for college, and they are assigned adult mentors to support them through high ... Read More »

License-Free Fishing

Action: Saltwater license-free fishing day Sept. 6 Information: Florida residents and visitors can experience Florida’s unique saltwater fishing opportunities without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license on Sept. 6. All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply. Miss this license-free fishing day? Nov. 29 is also a saltwater license-free fishing day. There are eight license-free fishing days each year including four freshwater and four saltwater. An annual license for residents can be purchased at 1-888-FISH-Florida or at License.MyFWC.com. All fishing license fees are used to support Florida fish and wildlife conservation and help attain additional funding for Federal Aid in Sport Fish ... Read More »

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in September and Receive 10 Free Live Oak Trees for Planting in Florida

Everyone from Florida who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free live oak trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees that will benefit the environment and improve the quality-of-life. With one million members, the Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. “Those who plant live oak trees will enjoy shade and splendor for years and years to come,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These trees will also add to the proud heritage ... Read More »

Hope Health Services

Hope HealthCare Services, dedicated to comfort and support for individuals and families facing life-limiting illness, offers assistance to youngsters coping with the loss of a loved one through its upcoming Rainbow Trails Camp program. Scheduled Friday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 19 at Riverside Retreat in LaBelle, the free program, available to all children ages 6-16, provides an understanding of the grief process, skills to cope with grief and loss, and an opportunity to memorialize and say goodbye to loved ones. The campers will be picked up by bus from the HealthPark office and transported to the LaBelle camp on Friday, returning Sunday afternoon. Upon ... Read More »

FWC, partners see ultimate coral reef-building success

Researchers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) observed transplanted nursery-raised staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) spawning for the first time this month at Tropical Rocks, just over 4 miles offshore of Marathon. These corals were supplied by the Coral Restoration Foundation and Mote Marine Lab nurseries and outplanted by the FWC. The project was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act via The Nature Conservancy. The FWC, in collaboration with the Conservancy and other American Recovery and Reinvestment Act partners, began construction on the Middle Keys coral nursery in late 2009 but suffered setbacks due to ... Read More »

Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. Divorce Attorney Chris Lombardo, Esq. to author book on Prenuptial Agreements

Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A., a law firm in Southwest Florida with over 40 years of experience in the Naples and Marco Island area, is looking for guest contributors to include in Divorce Attorney Chris Lombardo’s upcoming book about Prenuptial Agreements.  The title is tentatively slated to be, “To Pre-Nup or Not – that is the question.  A definitive guide for anyone considering signing or participating in a prenuptial agreement”.   Lombardo will author the book, along with with Naples Psychotherapist Jill Wheeler, Founder of Wellfit Institute. Wheeler will contribute a therapist’s perspective to the book. MARKIT Group will serve ... Read More »

Temporary Modification to the Disinfection Procedures

Marco Island Utilities (MIU) will be temporarily changing the disinfection process for the potable (drinking) water supply for the Marco Island Drinking Water Service Area. From September 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014, the water will be disinfected with free chlorine rather than chlorine combined with ammonia (chloramines). This conversion to free chlorine (a stronger disinfectant) from chloramines allows MIU to perform an annual water distribution system purge as recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection for water utilities using chloramines as their primary disinfectant. The process will start on Sept 1, 2014. This temporary change in disinfectant does not cause adverse ... Read More »

Southeastern State Departments of Transportation are Honored for Innovative, Community-Focused, Cost-Saving Projects

Six transportation projects in the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) region, today received top honors in the America’s Transportation Awards competition for improving safety and mobility, reducing traffic congestion, excellence in emergency response and saving taxpayer dollars. “This competition showcases the outstanding, innovative and diverse range of transportation projects that are improving travel and the quality of life in America, even during a time of funding uncertainty,” said Mike Hancock, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials president and secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “This is an opportunity to recognize State DOTs for their ... Read More »

From Payroll to Purchasing, FSBDC and IBERIABANK Partner to Host Small Business Seminars

A 127-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University to host a series of three complimentary seminars aimed at helping small business owners with a variety of topics including Quickbooks®, cash flow, budgeting, and professional resources. All presentations will be held at the IBERIABANK branch located at 775 Airport Road North in Naples from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  Speakers include Theresa Ayers, Cathy Haworth, and Sharon Brunette from the FSBDC; CPAs, Laura Gelman and Terri DiSciullo, from Rogers, Wood, Hill, Starman and Gustason; William Morris, Esq. of the Law Office ... Read More »

Public sightings of Florida panthers, bears going strong, helping FWC biologists

When someone catches sight of a panther or black bear and reports it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the agency’s biologists may use that sighting to help research and manage those species. Already, the public’s willingness to report where they see panthers and black bears in Florida is having a positive impact on what is known about where these large mammals live and reproduce in the state. Based on two years of online public reporting of panther sightings and nearly one year ofonline reports of bear sightings, biologists know more about what areas of Florida provide viable habitat ... Read More »

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

The Marco Beach Ocean Resort announced that it has earned an Expedia Insiders Select Award for 2014. The resort is one of just 650 winners worldwide from an annual survey of more than 2 million guest reviews from Expedia customers based upon criteria including service and value for the money. “It is an honor to receive this prestigious recognition which places the Marco Beach Ocean Resort among the top resorts around the globe,” said Joseph Fisher, General Manager of the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. “This award is especially gratifying because it is based upon our customers’ personal experiences at our property.” Overlooking ... Read More »

Florida Fishing and Seafood Industries Faces Major Threat from Foreign Illegal Fishing in Gulf

It seems that every week brings another story of U.S. Coast Guard or other maritime law enforcement giving chase to foreign fishermen who have entered into U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico to fish illegally. Foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf, mostly by Mexican crew in boats called lanchas, accounts for thousands of pounds worth of seafood and is a significant threat to Florida’s fishing and seafood industry, says Will Ward, a member of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Fishermen’s Association and CEO of Captain’s Finest Seafood in Clearwater. “I have visited extensively with business owners, recreational and ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County begins fall after-school programs

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently began its fall after-school programs. Nearly 400 members entered the main campus after their first day of school to enjoy the impact-driving programs designed to help develop strong character and life skills while keeping them on track to graduate high school. On their first day back, members were divided into groups according to their ages and received their new membership cards. They received a nutritious meal and were able to unwind after their first day of school. They engaged in sports such as basketball and volleyball and “ice-breaker” activities familiarizing them ... Read More »