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Boys & Girls Club of Collier County provides a preview Youth Development Center

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently held a community awareness event at CareerSource SouthWest Florida in Immokalee. The event was held to showcase plans for the Micheal G. Degroote and Gillian Campbell Youth Development Center. Hosted by Lipman Produce, the event drew various members, supporters and organizations from throughout the Immokalee community. Dinner was provided and attendees were introduced to several Immokalee youth from the Boys & Girls Club who presented their heartfelt, personal stories of  how the Club has helped them overcome challenges. Attendees also received a glimpse of the floor plans and design for the ... Read More »

Over 7,000 Teddy Bears Collected at the Annual Germain Arena Teddy Bear Toss Sponsored by IBERIABANK

Photos courtesy of Al Larson Photography

IBERIABANK, a 127-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, partnered with Germain Arena and the Florida Everblades for a fifth year to host the annual Teddy Bear Toss on Dec. 13. Over 7,000 stuffed animals were collected for the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Toys for Tots and several other local charities. David Gordley, market president for IBERIABANK, and players from the Everblades delivered the toys to children at the hospital on Dec. 15. “This was such a heart-warming experience. The children at the hospital were smiling ear to ear from the teddy bears and star struck by the Everblades players,” ... Read More »

The Immokalee Foundation students help make holidays brighter

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Students of The Immokalee Foundation recently had a hand in helping make the holidays brighter for children overseas by donating shoeboxes filled with gifts to Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project designed to deliver good news and great joy to boys and girls around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 113 million shoeboxes in over 150 countries. When donating, students could decide whether they wanted to pack a shoebox for a boy or a girl and then look for gifts appropriate for a specific age range. In addition to toys, practical items such as ... Read More »

Passing the Torch at the Marco Island Historical Society

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At their Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon, the Marco Island Historical Society said goodbye to retiring Board of Directors members and welcomed new members to their Board. There was also a change of Society leadership as current President, Tom Wagor, transferred the gavel to the incoming President, Pat Rutledge. Retiring Board members, Dottie Henderson, Kathy Miracco, Heidi Moss and Craig Woodward accepted the heartfelt gratitude of the Historical Society for all of their contributions during their Board service, which included the fund raising for and the construction of the impressive Marco Island Historical Museum. The MIHS warmly welcomed to their ... Read More »

ASTON GARDENS RAISES $2,420 FOR LIGHTHOUSE

Thank you to Aston Gardens, their residents and guests for raising $2,420 at their 11th Annual Art Fest on November 20, 2014. Aston Garden’s residents donated their art to be placed in a silent auction with the net proceeds benefiting Lighthouse of Collier. The event was open to the public. Over 100 participated in the fun filled afternoon. Lighthouse of Collier sends a BIG thank you to all the residents and staff for such a fun and successful event. A special Thank You to Peggy Davis. Lighthouse of Collier will use the funds to expand current programs or initiate new ... Read More »

Marco Island Historical Museum features “Painting S.W. Florida History”

The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to present the “Painting S.W. Florida History” exhibit from Jan. 6 to March 21, 2015.  An opening artist reception will take place on Jan. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.  During the reception, artwork will be juried by a panel of experts and will include a “Peoples’ Choice Award” for attendees to vote on their favorite piece. The exhibition portrays Southwest Florida as one of the last frontiers of the United States.  Each piece tells the story of settlers like Tommie Barfield, who arrived on Caxambas with her family ... Read More »

Featuring pleine aire paintings of Vietnam, ca 1995 by Paul Arsenault

The Naples Depot Museum is delighted to host Images from the Land of the Descending Dragon, pleine aire paintings of Vietnam by local artist Paul Arsenault, on display from Jan. 3 through Jan. 30, 2015. The opening wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, is open to the public at no cost and will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of America’s withdrawal from the conflict in Vietnam. These special paintings were created on two separate trips in 1995 and 1998, after ... Read More »

Award Sign and Plaqcue presentation Left to Right – Dave Rice, Chairman, Amanda and Kevin Gladish and Kayden and Kinley and dog TuckerG

House Winner: 20 Tahiti Rd. Business/Non House Facility Winner Tradewinds Condominium The Marco Island House and Business Decorating Contest final judging took place on December 19th from 6:30 -10:30 PM. Judging teams traveled every street on the Island to view over 1600 properties displaying Christmas décor. Plaques were presented to the Top 10 Home Contest Finalists. The Winner of the Business/Non House Facility Contest received a plaque and a yard sign for annual display. The House Decorating winner received a Winners plaque, yard sign and $250.00. LCEC, the events premier sponsor since the contest’s inception, provided the funds for the ... Read More »

Lee County Electric Cooperative

For 18 years, Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) has annually supported the Marco Island Annual Christmas House Decorating Contest. This year, LCEC Representative Tricia Dorn presented the event’s chairman, Dave Rive, with a check for $2000. This year, preliminary judging was done Dec. 15-16, and final judging was held Dec. 19. The Island is divided into nine areas with a judging team evaluating every home on every street on Marco, and judging teams rotate to a different zone each season. The overall winner of the house contest received a cash award of $250, a yard sign and the winner’s plaque. ... Read More »

ROOKERY BAY RESERVE VOLUNTEER HONORED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS

Ted Below has logged more than 9,000 hours of volunteer service Ted Below, a long-time volunteer at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, was recognized by the Collier County Commission on Dec. 9 for his dedication to the study of birds and the protection of their habitats in south Florida. Following his tenure as National Audubon Society warden at Rookery Bay, Below continued his efforts to monitor pelicans, wading bird rookeries, osprey nests and beach-bird nest colonies. He conducted his work as both a paid employee of the reserve and also as a volunteer, often regardless of weather conditions. It was this determination that encouraged Gary ... Read More »

Florida black bear

A young Florida black bear triggers an infrared trail camera on a cattle ranch in central Florida. The Florida Wildlife Corridor expedition was inspired by this particular population of black bears and their wide ranging movements throughout a connected network of public conservation and private agricultural lands. Photo by Carlton Ward Jr./ Carlton Ward Photography Wildlife Corridors can Prevent Tragic Car Accidents Highways are an essential part of the infrastructure in developed parts of the world. They connect our human world, enabling commerce and conveying us over, around, and through landscape obstacles like waterways and mountains. While they’re important in our world, to wildlife they introduce many challenges, ... Read More »

RENOWNED ARTIST PROVIDES INSTRUCTION AT ROOKERY BAY RESERVE

~Art classes tailored for participants at all ability levels~ Back by popular demand for the third season, Rookery Bay Reserve offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to learn from master artist, author and instructor Lee Hammond, whose classes cover a variety of modes and styles with a focus on animals and landscapes. Hammond is a police composite artist, holds licenses to paint pictures of NASCAR drivers and has published more than 30 art instruction books that have sold more than 1 million copies. With a home base in the Midwest all summer and fall, Hammond has established her winter teaching home ... Read More »

Mike Owen, Fakahatchee Biologist, to Speak: Restoring the Rarest Epiphytic Orchid in the Fakahatchee Strand

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Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:30-8:30 pm One of the rarest epiphytic orchids in the Fakahatchee Strand, the Cowhorn or Cigar orchid, is listed on Florida’s Endangered Plant Index. Efforts have been underway for several years to restore this once-flourishing orchid. The long road from orchid seed to successful seedling will be told by Mike Owen, Fakahatchee State Park biologist, at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on December 18, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. Orchid lovers are invited (no charge). Mike Owen has been the biologist ... Read More »

Comedy and Magic of Craig Diamond Shine

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The Comedy and Magic of Craig Diamond Shine at the Rose History Auditorium On Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM The Marco Island Historical Society presents Craig Diamond and his Off the Wall Magic Show, A Lester Production. This show is designed for audiences twelve years and older. Craig Diamond has toured with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joan Rivers as their opening act. He appeared on all the top TV talk shows and is a headliner on major cruise ships. Bill Harris, Reporter for Entertainment Tonight, stated, “Wildly infectious humor touched with magic all wrapped together by a master ... Read More »

GAIL TRENT RISNER

Artist’s Bio Gail Risner was born in South Dakota about an hour south of Mt Rushmore and has subsequently lived in Bardstown KY, Indianapolis, IN, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and for the last 10 years in Naples, FL. She attended San Jose State University and graduated with a BFA in Drawing from Northern Illinois University. Gail’s interest in art began in grade school when she began painting portraits of her classmates and other imaginary characters. The vibrant and colorful art scene in California was an important artistic influence and encouraged her love of color and expressive brushwork. While living ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo

Tom Campbell of Naples was the Big winner at Monday night BINGO at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. He is being congratulated by Bert Thompson. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome!

Etta Gluzbang of Marco was the winner Monday night of the END OF THE MONTH PRIZE at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Sue Baum. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome!   Claire Boulanger  of Marco Island was a BIG winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Sue Baum. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome! Read More »

Honor Flight red carpet reception raises $60,000 for Collier County Honor Flight

Community members and friends of Collier County Honor Flight raised $60,000 during a two-day Veterans Day fundraising event featuring the film Honor Flight at Paragon Theater in Naples November 11 and 12. The Collier County Honor Flight is a hub of the non-profit Honor Flight Network created solely to honor America’s veterans and their sacrifices. The Veterans Day celebration included a movie screening of the award winning documentary and VIP meet and greet with Honor Flight film Producer, Director and Co-Founder. The award-winning documentary, first released in 2012 and shown at the 2012 Naples International Film Festival (NIFF), is a ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY’S ISSUER CREDIT RATING INCREASED TO AAA

Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has upgraded Collier County’s Issuer Credit Rating to AAA, the highest rating available in the industry. The decision was made on Monday, Nov. 21, after S&P completed its surveillance credit review of the county. The review also resulted in an increase to the county’s rating on the special obligation non-ad valorem bonds to AA+. S&P increased the county’s issuer rating from AA+ to AAA based on its view of the county’s ability to maintain a strong financial position despite the Great Recession, coupled with its opinion of Collier’s improving economic characteristics. These include a very ... Read More »

SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLLIER COUNTY NEEDS ASSISTANT COACHES FOR CYCLING, TENNIS, TRACK & FIELD AND SOCCER FOR THE 2015 SEASON

DATES: 10 January 2015 to 9 May 2015 DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Every Saturday 9:30–11:00 am (There will be some Saturdays where there will be no practice due to holidays and other school commitments). LOCATION: Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Lane, Naples 34116. COMPETITION DATES:   1 March 2015 County Games at GGHS 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. 21 March 2015 Area Games at GGHS 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. 15-17 May 2015 Two night overnight trip to Disney World, State Games (Not all Asst. Coaches needed)  ASSISTANT COACH REQUIREMENTS: Must be a Class A volunteer with Special Olympics (requires a background check) and be able ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek is now offering newly completed, move-in-ready residences by national home builder Lennar Homes in two residential villages within the luxury, master-planned community. In the village of Sonoma, Lennar has completed the Florence, a fully furnished, ground floor coach home encompassing 1,741 square feet of air-conditioned living space. The Florence has three bedrooms and two baths in a split floor plan. This model home, professionally decorated by Soco Interiors, also offers a spacious living room, kitchen, breakfast area and dining room. Other features of the Florence include a screen covered patio with a two-car garage. Upgraded features that are ... Read More »