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Student from Florida Named Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 World Champion

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Certiport (www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announces Tyler Millis has been named the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champion in PowerPoint 2007, culminating the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office since its inception in 2002.  16-year-old Tyler attends Dunbar High School in Lee County, Florida. In its 13th year, the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship attracted more than 400,000 unique candidates from 130 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. 123 student finalists participated in the final round of competition. The 2014 ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County launches 2014-2015 after-school programs

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The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County has opened enrollment for after-school programs at its five site locations: -          Main Campus (7500 Davis Blvd. Naples, Fla. 34104) -          Manatee Middle School (1920 Manatee Rd. Naples, Fla. 34114) -          Tommie Barfield Elementary School (101 Kirkwood St. Marco Island, Fla. 34145) -          Immokalee Middle School (401 N Ninth St. Immokalee, Fla. 34142) -          Immokalee High School (701 Immokalee Dr. Immokalee, Fla. 34142) The Club, which provides after-school programming for youth ages six to 18, has programs which focus on five core areas: character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, ... Read More »

Water flow study at Naples Airport

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The large pond along Airport Pulling Road at Naples Municipal Airport may take on unusual colors during the next month, but there is no cause for concern. University of Florida researchers are adding dye to the waters to test computer models that predict water flow. Testing will continue for three to four weeks and will occur during or immediately following rain. The dye, the safest used for water tracking, typically creates a reddish tint and may take more than 100 hours to dissipate. Underwater gabions – walls created with baskets of rocks – were installed in the pond earlier this year ... Read More »

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s Birthday with BOGO Admission at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

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On August 8 the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center will offer “buy one, get one free” admission in honor of Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday. Since 1944, this legendary bear has reminded us of the dangers of forest fires and how we can do our part to prevent them. Featuring hands-on activities and presentations this special opportunity will help you learn about Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s prescribed fire program, and how this careful process actually helps prevent wildfires and rejuvenate plant and animal communities. Take today to acknowledge Smokey’s lasting influence, and gain awareness about the Reserve’s unique ecosystems and how we ... Read More »

Princess Cruises Debuts “Chocolate Journeys” in Partnership with World-Renowned Chocolatier Norman Love

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New Program Offers Guests the Most Delectable Chocolate Experience at Sea Princess Cruises today announced a delectable new partnership with internationally acclaimed master chocolatier and pastry designer Norman Love. “Chocolate Journeys,” the line’s new onboard chocolate experience will entice guests with an impressive array of onboard chocolate offerings among which are custom-crafted desserts, chocolate and wine pairings, and exquisite chocolate bites created by one of the top names in artisan chocolate. Since debuting Norman Love Confections in 2001 after a notable career as a pastry chef for many luxury resorts, Love has since received wide-spread recognition for his hand-crafted, chocolate-making artistry ... Read More »

Florida’s Butterfly Orchid

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All about Encyclia tampensis by Jim Longwell, Award-Winning Exhibitor Orchid lovers are invited (no charge) to come and learn about one of Florida’s most beautiful native orchids – Encyclia tampensis – also known as the “Butterfly Orchid.” A dazzling presentation will be given by Jim Longwell at the Gulf Coast Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on August 21, 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.) Encyclia tampenses are native to Florida (as well as the Bahamas and Cuba) and can be found growing attached to trees. They flower ... Read More »

Florida Wildlife Federation names Mike Owen Forest Conservationist of 2014

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park biologist Michael Scott Owen has been named Forest Conservationist of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation at its 77th annual Conservation Awards Banquet held in Naples.  Owen was recognized for his 20 years of work at Fakahatchee documenting the diversity of plants and animals and measuring water levels—data that is critical to Everglades restoration projects. The FWF stated: ”For his deep love of nature and tireless efforts on behalf of this very special place, the Federation is delighted to name Mike Owen as Forest Conservationist of the year.” Owen’s enthusiastic efforts to educate the public ... Read More »

MORE THAN 163 ACRES OF CONSERVATION LAND DONATED TO STATE OF FLORIDA

~Collier County property donation helps preserve habitat for endangered species~ The state of Florida is accepting a major land donation from Calusa Pines Golf Club, LLC, an affiliate of Indian Hill Partners. The move will preserve wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities in Collier County. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands, acting on behalf of Governor Scott and the Board of Trustees, accepted the donation of the more than 163 acres of valuable conservation land on the north border of Picayune Strand State Forest.  The parcel is valued at $400,000, and also includes $1,000 per acre for management. The donation ... Read More »

Supervisor of Elections Office Begins Mailing Sample Ballots

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office will begin mailing sample ballots today to every registered voter who has not requested a mail/absentee ballot for the upcoming August 26 Primary Election. The sample ballot indicates which contests voters are eligible to participate in. Eligibility depends on where a voter lives in the county and/or the voter’s registered party affiliation. Voters are encouraged to complete their sample ballot and use it as a guide when voting in person during Early Voting or on Election Day. There are three ways to vote in Collier County: Vote by Mail, Early Voting and Election Day. If ... Read More »

Red tide causes large fish kill in northeast Gulf of Mexico

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed a large-scale offshore fish kill in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Citizens have reported observations of thousands of dead and dying bottom-dwelling reef fish, including grouper, hogfish, white grunt, triggerfish and snapper, as well as sea turtles and crabs, to the FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline. Water quality is poor in the region with several reports of black water. On July 23, FWC Law Enforcement took scientists to collect fish, water samples and water quality data from six locations offshore of Hernando County. Sample analysis confirmed a bloom of the Florida ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY Road Watch Report

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state. If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money. COLLIER COUNTY Road Watch Report CR 846/Immokalee Road at I-75:  Maintenance contract project:  Landscape crews are installing trees in the median.  Motorists should expect the inside turn lanes closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Drivers should use caution ... Read More »

Artist Tom Weinkle’s Another Path Art Exhibition now on Display at Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center

Another Path artist exhibition showcases Tom Weinkle’s inspired work while he was an Artist-In-Residence at Big Cypress for five weeks during January and February 2012 His stunning pastels are now on display at Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center August 1 through October 31, 2014. Another Path represents the artist’s continuing effort to call attention to the unexpected beauty of the Preserve found in plain sight and just off the beaten path. Speaking about his the Preserve, Tom explains “My exploration of the Big Cypress then and now has been made through a series of hikes that are ‘scissor-cuts’ into a 700,000 plus acre ... Read More »

Be a Hero! Help rescue manatees, sea turtles by getting FWC decals

“Be a Hero!” by getting decals that help with the research, rescue, rehabilitation and management of Florida’s endangered manatees and sea turtles. People can receive a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee or sea turtle decal, and show their support for saving these iconic Florida species, with a donation of $5. Rescues of manatees and sea turtles that are injured, ill or otherwise in distress are one of the many FWC conservation activities supported by decal donations. The new editions of the decals are originally designed works of art, and available now at local tax collectors’ offices across the ... Read More »

Marco Island Soccer Club

The Marco Island Soccer Club is sponsoring a entry level soccer USSF referee course taught by the Florida State Referees. The cost of the course is $100.00 and includes all instructional costs, registration with US Soccer and a background check or age verification through FYSA. To register for the course, go to: https://www.leaguelineup.com/formpreview.asp?url=marcoislandsoccer&sid=315414824&FormID=94475 COURSE DATE & TIME: September 6th (9a-4p) September 7th (9a-2p) COURSE LOCATION: Marco Island Academy 2255 San Marco Rd. Marco Island, FL 34145 The referee course is a great opportunity for High School & Middle School students, as well as adults to learn more about the game of soccer, and ... Read More »

NCH Healthcare System on U.S. News and World Report Top 25 List in Florida

U.S. News & World Report has released its list of top 25 medical centers in Florida. The NCH Healthcare System is the only healthcare system in Collier and Lee Counties to make the list, and is ranked #17 in Florida. The report looked at 265 hospitals in Florida. This is the 25th hospitals. The 2014-15 U.S. News and World Report national rankings cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and span 16 medical specialties from cancer to urology. NCH has been ranked “high-performing” in the following five specialties: Orthopedics, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Urology, and Geriatrics. ... Read More »

Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) to Relocate Main Office

Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. has announced relocation plans for its administrative office.  The relocation is slated for July 29.  The new office address will be 2335 Tamiami Trail N. Suite 504, Naples, Florida. Niccole Howard, Executive Director of CCCR said, “We are excited about finding office space that will accommodate the growing needs of our organization and the expansion of our staff. Also, we will not have to move very far.  The new office is on Tamiami Trail, too, just across the road from where our original office was located.” Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. (CCCR) operates the NCEF ... Read More »

March of Dimes Reminds Parents to Immunize Children for the New School Year

March of Dimes, the leading organization for mom and baby health, urges parents to immunize their children against infectious diseases before the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. Influenza, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles are just a few of the serious vaccine-preventable diseases that still affect children and adults in the United States today. “Immunizations are as important today as they were in the age of polio in the 1950s, when the March of Dimes funded the pioneering work that resulted in the vaccine that still is used today against this deadly disease,” says Dr. Karen Harris, Chair of the ... Read More »

Ignition interlock laws protect the public and stop drunk driving

When Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) launched its Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® in the fall of 2006, one state, New Mexico, had an all-offender ignition interlock law. Since then, 23 states have passed all-offender ignition interlock legislation. The Campaign continues to be the nation’s blueprint to eliminate drunk driving, and much of its success is due to passage of strong DUI laws in all 50 states.  Drunk driving deaths are down more than 24 percent since 2006 and, while much has been accomplished, much more must be done. “As we continue to sound the drumbeat that high-visibility enforcement and ignition ... Read More »

2 FREE public seminars

Dwight Brock, Clerk of the Circuit Court in Collier County, is planning 2 FREE public seminars for Fall 2014. The seminars are held in cooperation with the Collier County Public Library. Early registrations are currently being accepted and pre-registration is required.  A flyer is attached.   Fall Seminars Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 2-4 PM – Filing a Small Claims Case, Headquarters Regional Library on Orange Blossom Drive (239) 593- 0177 Thursday, November 13, 2014, 2-4 PM – Searching Public Records,  South Regional Library on Lely Cultural Blvd(239) 252-7542 Detailed descriptions are available on the Clerk’s website.   http://collierclerk.com/resource-library/pdf/press-release/clerk-of-courts-free-public-seminars Please sign up early to reserve a seat ... Read More »

EcoTourism Update

The Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism, known as Florida SEE, held its annual meeting recently in Punta Gorda, Fla. The society announced that since expanding from its original base in Southwest Florida to a statewide organization, it now has eight members that have received official certification as authentic ecotour operators. Certified Florida SEE Associate Members are recognized as preferred service providers who are committed to using best practices for ecological sustainability, natural area management, and quality ecotourism experiences. Florida SEE’s extensive criteria for certification were established by the Society’s membership to promote professionalism and integrity within the ecotourism industry. The society has four levels ... Read More »