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Master Gardeners Graduate

Elaine Buch (Master Gardener Training Aide), Walter Dehmel, Tatiana Burkhart, Sharon Hild, Connie Willson, Jeanne Estes, Tonimarie McGlynn-Long, Barbara Pace, Isabel Way-Soto (Master Gardener Coordinator), Maria Giovine, Tracey Burton, Yvette Boland, Mike Gott (Master Gardener Training Aide), Sharon Killoy, Maria Schoenfelder, Rege Malone (Training Aide, Josephine Shields (Master Gardener Training Aide), and Christal Beheler.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Collier County office held a formal graduation ceremony on June 11, for 13 volunteers who successfully completed the 13week Master Gardener certification program. The Master Gardener certification program is a 13-week program that covers an array of gardening topics including soils and fertilizers, plant identification, insect and pest identifications and control, pesticide safety, Florida native plants, and experience interacting with the public. The graduating class of 2015 including Walter Dehmel, Tatiana Burkhart, Sharon Hild, Connie Willson, Jeanne Estes, Tonimarie McGlynn-Long, Barbara Pace, Maria Giovine, Tracey Burton, Yvette Boland, ... Read More »

2nd Annual NoGala Gala Benefits Collier 211

Gear up and get ready for United Way of Collier County’s second annual Nogala Gala dinner and a show event on Friday, July 10 on 5th Avenue South, downtown Naples. The fundraiser, which will help support United Way’s program, Collier 211- information and referral helpline for health and human services, includes cocktails at either Vergina or Mangrove Café beginning at 5:00, a 3-course dinner to follow at either restaurant, and the night will conclude at Sugden Theater, with the Naples Players performance of “Legally Blonde, The Musical” which will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and are ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club 2015 Summer Enrichment Program

In partnership with the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival – the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently began the 2015 summer enrichment program at its Main Campus, 7500 Davis Boulevard, as well as Immokalee site locations. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through August 4. To combat summer learning loss, the Club is offering the Summer Brain Gain initiative — a summer learning loss prevention program that includes but is not limited to activities such as reading, mentoring, dance and music, swimming, arts and crafts, organized sports ... Read More »

River of Grass Greenway

The River of Grass Greenway (ROGG) project will not be continued unless there is an indication of community support by July 1.   The feasibility of the ROGG is being measured in large part BY THE GRANTOR on public comment. So far only the OPPOSITION has made an effort to voice an opinion. The grant closes in July. If you support ROGG, PLEASE, send an email to the grant coordinator Mark Heinicke mhenic@miamidade.gov by July 1. Contact Maureen Bonness Or Patty Huff and ask what else you can do Maureen: bonness@infionline.net Patty: snookcity@gmail.com Read More »

Collier County Medflight accredited

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) announced that Collier County MedFlight, a County Emergency Medical Services-run rotorwing service, was awarded accreditation on June 3, 2015. MedFlight provides highly skilled flight paramedic teams to care for adult and pediatric patients in Collier County as well as the surrounding counties CAMTS is an organization of non-profit groups dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services. The commission, which has 21 current member organizations, offers a program of voluntary evaluation of compliance with accreditation standards demonstrating the ability to deliver service of a specific quality. The commission ... Read More »

Big Cypress Preserve – Oil and Gas Plan Comments

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments on Nobles Grade 3-D Seismic Survey/Plan of Operations (Plan) to explore for oil and gas within Big Cypress National Preserve. The Plan seeks approval to conduct a seismic survey over a 110± square mile area to identify subsurface geologic structures that may contain commercial quantities of crude oil and natural gas in the Sunniland Oil Trend. The applicant, Burnett Oil Company, Inc., proposes to conduct the seismic survey by using small, portable seismic receivers (geophones) and recording devices, which measure and record subtle vibrations in the ground. No explosives will be ... Read More »

FREE Dental Services

Dr. Zachary Zaban, Dr. Andrew Haidet, the team at Mission Hills Dentistry and other area dentists will be providing free dental services to those in our community who may not otherwise receive basic or routine dental care. People in our community will have the opportunity to receive free dental care from Dr. Zaban, Dr. Haidet, the Mission Hills Dentistry team and the following area dentists: Nestor Villarreal, DDS, Whitney Howard, DMD, Frederick Klepes DDS and Jordan Martin DDS. Saturday, July 18th – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mission Hills Dentistry, located at 7485 Vanderbilt Beach Road in Naples. A choice of one ... Read More »

Actor’s Workshop

This workshop is for anyone who wishes to hone acting skills or anyone who desires to learn the “how-to’s” of acting. Emphasis is placed on learning to release the life of the character by breaking down the scripts of scenes from plays, i.e., determing objectives, actions, inner monologue, and sub-text, creating the character’s back story, and actuating the character’s vocal and physical qualities. Then, scenes will be rehearsed and performed by class members. Individualized attention with workshop size of 6 to 10 participants. July 18 – August 29, 2015 10 am – noon The Marco Players Theater Rehearsal Space $140 ... Read More »

East Naples Cat Deaths Caused By Predator Attacks

The recent East Naples cat deaths have been found to be caused by predator attacks. Necropsies were performed on five of the cats by the Austin, Texas-based Veterinary Forensics Consulting. All five cats had evidence of predator attacks as the cause of death, evidenced by bite marks on the cats’ skin, muscle and bone, according to the report. Pets are prohibited from running at large per the Collier County Animal Control Ordinance. Pets must be on a leash if they are off the owner’s property. “There are many dangers for animals that are allowed to roam unattended,” said DAS Director ... Read More »

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. We’d like to take the time to remind you that when thunder roars, go indoors. On average, lightning accounts for more deaths per year than tornados. We have people working outdoors in this county every day. Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is a large enclosed building.  If you are away from a building, the second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible, on a bike, or in other topless or soft top vehicles. If you are caught ... Read More »

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE ECONOMIC INCENTIVES FOR ARTHREX

The Board of Collier County Commissioners approved an agreement that will give Arthrex more than $160,000 for its planned 55,027 square foot medical device finishing facility in Ave Maria. The agreement, which is under the Capital Investment for Diversification Incentive (CID) Program, provides Arthrex with a grant of up to $164,613.82 paid over four years as an inducement equivalent to the payment made for commercial impact fees. Under the agreement, Arthrex will pay the total county impact fee upfront and then will receive a yearly payment of $41,153.45 for four years, which will offset that impact fee. “This is a ... Read More »

“Dispatches from the Deep: The Archaeology of Florida’s Spanish Shipwrecks”

Collier County Museum: June 10 Spanish ships have been navigating Florida’s waters for more than 500 years. This talk will highlight the evidence underwater archaeologists have uncovered over the years about failed colonies, far-ranging trade networks, and doomed plate fleets. Visitors can see the evidence and learn about these unique Florida resources. The program was organized by Melissa Timo at the Florida Public Archaeology Network and begins at 2 p.m. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are suggested. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738.   Read More »

“The History of Collier County Place Names”

Collier County Museum: June 24 Ever wonder how some of our local places got their names? Who is Gordon Pass named after? How about Doctors Pass? What about Tigertail Beach? Collier County Museums invites visitors to look into an interesting history behind names of the places in the community. The program was organized by Naomi Goren, Curator of Education at the Collier County Museums. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are required. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738 Read More »

“Enterprising Entrepreneurs: The Archaeology of Southwest Florida’s Cuban Fishing Ranchos”

Collier County Museum: July 8 In the late 18th and early 19th century, creole communities of Cuban and “Spanish Indian” fishermen flourished along Florida’s southwest coast. Who were these people and how did they live? Learn how this group survived and thrived in a wild land long after the Spanish had lost control and the historical and archaeological evidence that tells their stories. The presentation was organized by Melissa Timo, Florida Public Archaeology Network. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738. Read More »

“Southwest Florida’s Hurricane History”

Collier County Museum: July 22 Southwest Florida has been hit by several damaging hurricanes over the years including Hurricane Donna in 1960. Learn more about these destructive forces of nature and how they have shaped local history. The presentation was organized by Naomi Goren, Curator of Education at the Collier County Museums. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are required. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738. About Collier County Museums: More than 10,000 years of Southwest Florida History is on display at Collier County Museums’ five locations – the main museum location in Naples, four additional museum ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY IS LOOKING FOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. They are: The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has three vacancies: one representing labor actively engaged in home building (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), one representing for-profit provider of affordable housing (term expires Oct. 1, 2015) and one representing advocate for low income persons (term expiresOct. 1, 2017). This committee was created to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations and the goals, objectives and policies of the housing elements of the County’s Growth Management Plan and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The committee also determines ... Read More »

Collier Child Care Resources Receives $8,000 Grant from The League Club

Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. (CCCR)announced it has received an $8,000 grant from the Community Trust Fund of The League Club. The proceeds from the grant will provide funds to purchase an interactive board, projector and pre-installed learning activities for the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center classroom for three-year olds. Mabel Ramirez, Director of Program Administration at the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center says, “We are very grateful for this generous grant from The League Club. With the interactive board we can expose the children to state-of-the-art digital technology so they will become comfortable with the touch process that is becoming ... Read More »

Postal Service to Issue Elvis Presley Stamp

Postmaster General Megan Brennan announced that Elvis Presley will be commemorated on a Forever stamp as the sixth inductee into the Postal Service’s Music Icon Series. The stamp image will be previewed at a later date. “Elvis is a natural addition to our Music Icon Series,” said Brennan. “His life and talents are an incredible story. Spanning from his humble beginnings in a Tupelo, Mississippi, two-room house to becoming one of the most legendary performance artists of the 20th Century, Elvis Presley’s works continues to resonate with millions the world over.” The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony will take place on the ... Read More »

ROAD ALERT

This ROAD ALERT was prepared by the Collier County Growth Management Division to inform the community about scheduled road construction and road maintenance projects along major roadways in Collier County where lane closures are planned or traffic flow may be affected. COLLIER COUNTY CONSTRUCTION/MAINTENANCE PROJECTS: Airport-Pulling Road between U.S. 41 East and Cougar Drive – On Airport-Pulling Road between U.S. 41 East and Cougar Drive expect southbound and northbound intermittent lane closures for approximately one month from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to ... Read More »

WHEELS BMX TRACK HAS RE-OPENED

The Wheels BMX Track has re-opened at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway. The track recently went through a six month renovation project that included reshaping and resurfacing the track utilizing a Soiltac coating. This coating will not only save the County money in the long run by reducing maintenance costs but it will also allow for shorter downtime for riders during inclement weather. The new design includes jumps, table tops and rhythm sections, offering something for riders of all ages and abilities. Wheels is now open from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. ... Read More »