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FWC Law Enforcement 

Officer Arbogast and Investigator White were at a local boat ramp conducting a follow-up investigation to a boating accident involving a PWC livery. The livery inspection revealed that the livery did not have the necessary personal watercraft insurance as required by Florida Statue 327.54(5). This company had been warned a few weeks prior regarding their lack of proper insurance. While ... Read More »

2016 Golden Apple Celebration

Champions For Learning hosted the 27th Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner. During this event the community honored and thanked the Golden Apple Recipients, Teachers of Distinction, and Collier County Public Schools Teachers of the Year. Community members were treated to students introducing their teachers and teachers sharing their passion for the profession. Champions For Learning also honored Myra ... Read More »

ASH Offers New Treatment Options

Naples-based Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida expanded its physical rehabilitation and fitness center, installing an Oasis Underwater Treadmill. This hydrotherapy system gives patients the best opportunity to recover from surgical, arthritic, geriatric and chronically debilitating diseases and conditions. ASH of Florida’s physical rehabilitation team designs treatment programs focusing on sports medicine, performance optimization, fitness, weight management, surgery recovery and chronic ... Read More »

CEO Selected For Harvard Program

The Harvard Club of Naples awarded a scholarship to Dr. Tim Ferguson, chief executive officer at Grace Place for Children and Families (www.graceplacenaples.org) to participate in an upcoming Harvard Business School leadership program, “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.” This Executive Education program focuses nonprofit executive directors and CEOs on the core strategic management essentials needed to lead a nonprofit organization. Dr. Ferguson joined ... Read More »

First Florida Integrity Promotes Butrum

First Florida Integrity Bank, a Naples-based, full-service community bank serving the local banking needs of individuals and business owners, announced today that Brad Butrum has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President – Credit Manager. Mr. Butrum has 14 years of experience in the banking industry. He began as a Vice President – Credit Manager when he joined ... Read More »

 Knights of Columbus BINGO

The Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 hosted a Bingo Fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center from January through the first week in April. The Council contributes to various charities with the funds raised. A big jackpot winner, Diane Nobis of Maine and during the last session of season, Peggy Roy was a big jackpot winner. Read More »

John R. Wood’s Luxury Portfolio Summit

Local real estate professional Natalie Kirstein of John R. Wood Properties joined an accomplished group of real estate professionals from around the world at the Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The event was open exclusively to sales associates who specialize in the luxury market and whose firms are affiliated with Luxury Portfolio International®, the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of ... Read More »

BINGO at JCMI

Maria Galton from Canastota, New York receives her big winnings from Marvin Klein, Bingo Committee member, at Monday’s Bingo held weekly at the JCMI, 991 Winterberry Drive. Bingo was closed April 10 for Passover but will resume on April 17 – doors will open at 5:30 PM and the first game is called at 7 PM. Call 239-642-0800 for more information. Shirley Posner, a member of the Bingo Committee, ... Read More »

Knights of Columbus BINGO

Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 hosted a Bingo Fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center with the doors opening at 5:30 PM and Bingo starting at 7 PM. Bingo runs every Thursday from January 5, 2017 to April 6, 2017. This event was open to the public and everyone was invited for an evening of fun and games. Our big jackpot winner was ... Read More »

Senior Javier Camargo the 2017 Youth of the Year

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County celebrated the extraordinary achievements of 21 local Boys & Girls Club members at the 5th annual Youth of the Year Celebration. Celebrity guest, Andre Reed, NFL Hall of Famer and Boys & Girls Club Alumni, hosted the award presentation which was held at Artis–Naples. Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1985, Reed played 15 seasons and ... Read More »

Naples Teen Competes for Miss Jr. Teen

Kaitlyn Sokolich of Naples was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Miss Jr. Teen pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Kaitlyn learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local area. Kaitlyn submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was ... Read More »

Country Road Watch Report 

US 41/Tamiami Trail at Lely Resort Boulevard: Construction project: Work begins on April 3, to construct a concrete median that will allow left turns from US 41 onto Lely Resort Boulevard. Crews will remove the temporary median curb currently at the intersection.Crews will need to close travel lanes that are closes to the median for crews to perform the necessary work. Lane ... Read More »

Lookout for Manatees in Motion 

In balmy spring weather, both manatees and boaters are cruising through Florida’s waterways. For manatees, it is a seasonal ritual when they abandon winter retreats and head north along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees to avoid colliding with these large, slow-moving aquatic ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

Investigator White and Lieutenant Mahoney conducted plain-clothes foot patrol within the Big Cypress WMA with a primary focus on the feeding of alligators. Upon arrival, three subjects were fishing from a bridge which is posted as “No Fishing from Bridge.” They saw a juvenile catch a fish and dangle it over the water to entice the alligators located near the ... Read More »

Collier Healthy Weight Community 

Collier County was recognized by the Florida Department of Health as a 2017 Healthy Weight Community Champion. The Board of County Commissioners received the recognition on Tuesday from members of the Florida Department of Health in Collier County. Between August and December 2016, local governments were invited to submit best practices they implemented in their communities to increase physical activity ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo

David Kastenholz, from Brookfield, Wisconsin was Monday night’s big winner. Sue Baum, Bingo Chair, hands him his winnings. Bingo is played every Monday night at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Doors open at 5:30 PM, complimentary supper, open to the public!       Read More »

Raymond James Financial to Join S&P 500

Raymond James Financial Inc. (NYSE: RJF) announced today that it has been selected for the S&P 500® index effective at the open of trading on Monday, March 20, 2017, under the GICS Investment Banking and Brokerage Sub-Industry Index. “We are honored to be included with this prestigious group of companies,” said Chairman and CEO Paul Reilly. “This represents a significant ... Read More »

Pasternak Earns Designation 

Kathryn Pasternak of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices|Florida Realty and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices|New England Properties has earned the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation, placing her among 3,400 elite real estate professionals in over 45 countries. The designation was awarded to her by the National Association of REALTORS© for completing rigorous coursework devoted to learning international real estate practices and demonstrating proficiency ... Read More »

FWC-Collier County Law Enforcement 

Officers Arbogast, Lugg, and Plussa responded to a boating accident that involved multiple personal watercraft (PWC) from a local tour group out of Marco Island. The accident occurred in a remote portion of the Ten Thousand Islands Wildlife Refuge. Officers quickly made their way to the accident scene along with the Collier County Sheriff’s Marine and Emergency Medical Service’s Marine ... Read More »

Join Arbor Day Get 10 Free Trees

The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2017 and receive 10 free white pine trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. With planting instructions included, the trees will ... Read More »