Tag Archives: children

Blasting Ahead to the ‘Battlefield of Brotherhood’

By Jory Westberry Attending a rehearsal with the cast of the upcoming performance of “Battlefield of Brotherhood” is like being pummeled and then revived. Let me explain. The play, written, produced and directed by Gina Sisbarro, showcases the often misunderstood, but clearly the reality of relationships between the southern plantation owner and family with the plantation overseer and his family. ... 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 »

Fatal Traffic Accident

A message from Police Captain David S. Baer: At 7:28am, the Marco Island Police Department responded to a vehicle crash in the area of 269 N Barfield Dr. MIPD patrol officers arriving on scene observed a two vehicle collision involving a 2005 Dodge panel van and a 2016 Volkswagen sedan. The driver of the Dodge, Raul D. Gonzales, 44 of ... Read More »

Upcoming Seafood Fest and More

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala We will be losing a very special Marco person and hotel manager and Tourist Development Council member when Mac Chaudhry moves upstate soon. I just finally learned to spell his name and there he goes! After 28 years with the Hilton Hotels, he and his wife are moving to northern Florida to be with their beloved ... Read More »

I’m Just Wild About Stars and Candy…

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “Stars on the Water” and Candy Morgan, that is. Eleven years ago, Candy Morgan visited me (the principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary at the time) with a proposal for an after-school support program for second graders called “Stars on the Water.” The original inspiration came from Reverend Kyle Bennett at St. Mark’s ... Read More »

Buddy Day: A Hideaway Celebration for Guadalupe Center Kids

Submitted For the 25th year, second graders from Immokalee will spend an afternoon at Hideaway Beach on Marco Island with volunteer Big Buddies. These students have earned this special day after studying and working hard for up to three years to improve their reading and math skills in Guadalupe Center’s After-school Program. Buddy Day 2017 is Monday, March 20, from ... Read More »

Avow Butterfly Release March 25, 2017 

The community is invited to join Avow at Cambier Park, Naples on Saturday, March 25, 2017 for its 12th annual Butterfly Release event. Festivities begin at 10 AM and will include children’s activities and a walk-through butterfly exhibit showcasing hundreds of live butterflies. Beginning at noon, a community memorial service will include inspirational readings, music, and a name-reading ceremony to honor the lives of ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement – Collier

In response to Stan’s Mullet Fest 2017, Officer Lugg put together a boating safety and BUI detail in the areas of Goodland Bay and Coon Key. Officers Arbogast and Kleis, as well as Collier County Sheriff’s Officers Darren and Cornelius participated in the detail. A total of 12 vessels were stopped, six Uniform Boating Citations were issued and 13 warnings ... Read More »

Tour de Marco 7 Sets Record

By Scott Shook A record crowd for Tour de Marco 7 equated to record fundraising for the Marco Y as riders enjoyed perfect weather while discovering Marco Island by bicycle, Sunday morning, February 26. “We had 253 participants and raised $6,000 for the Marco Y,” said Steve Reynolds, the director of this year’s tour. The previous record attendance was 200 ... Read More »

Brace Yourself for the ‘Battlefield of Brotherhood’

By Jory Westberry The upcoming play, “Battlefield of Brotherhood” debuting in March is a unique collaboration of students from three local schools to portray historical events with attention to the personal interactions between races. Students from the Marco Island Charter Middle School, Lely High School and the Marco Island Academy have been learning and practicing their lines diligently for weeks ... Read More »

Kiwanis Launches “Christmas in July” Backpack Campaign

By Maureen Chodaba  Close your eyes and remember the days of childhood. Go back in your mind’s eye to recapture the feeling of going to school. Do you remember the challenges of learning? How about the social goals of fitting in and making friends? Did any other kids ever make fun of you? Hopefully, most of you were as fortunate ... Read More »

Discover Tigertail – A Feel Good Event: Friends of Tigertail Beach team with TBE for a day of fun

By Scott Shook Overcast skies and pleasant temperatures welcomed visitors to Discover Tigertail, a program for attendees of all ages to become acquainted with Tigertail Beach. Organizers of the event, held Saturday, February 25, benefitted from the weather conditions that kept everyone comfortable as they took part in the various programs that awaited. The weather was also conducive to bird ... Read More »

Small Dog, Big Hero

Steve “Stef” Stefanides  The stories are countless throughout the nation of lives lost from residential fires as residents slept while smoke and heat filled kitchens and other rooms as it raced towards the unsuspecting victims who slept soundly until it was too late. We hear about these tragedies all the time and this year alone there have been 483 deaths ... Read More »

Smiles and Tears as Chaudhry Departs

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For Mac Chaudhry the day had to be bittersweet last Sunday. The longtime manager of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa would gaze out amongst 150-200 family, friends and co-workers who would assemble in the newly renovated dining facility to wish him well as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. ... Read More »

Grace Place Launches West Side Challenge

By Maureen Chodaba Grace can be defined as a state of regeneration and betterment bestowed with divine assistance upon those in need. Grace Place for Children and Families is a place where this bestowal of blessings can be witnessed on a daily basis. Started in 2004, this non-profit education center in Golden Gate is dedicated to putting faith into action ... Read More »

Marco Fire Rescue Partners With Children’s Coalition

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Water is a major component of what makes Marco Island so special. With over 100 miles of canals, thousands of swimming pools and approximately five miles of beach, residents and visitors flock to the water on a regular basis to enjoy a number of recreational activities that include swimming, boating and a number of water sports ... Read More »

Fashion of the Heart

By Samantha Husted  To walk the runway is art. A model needs just the right amount of attitude, confidence, and personal swag to conquer the catwalk. Marco Island is home to a variety of fashion shows—usually showcasing trending styles of resort wear and almost always benefitting a specific cause or charitable venture. Marco Island models are well practiced. On February ... Read More »

Art at the Library

Submitted The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive. The months of February and March 2017 will feature the works of Marco Island artist Judy Chinski. “I think of painting as a journey. As I travel to places real or ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON INVITES YOU BACK

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon invites you back for the winter season. The park will open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Saturday, Feb. 18. The park will also be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, for the President’s Day holiday. The Lazy River is under construction, so the Collier County Parks & Recreation Division is offering a special admission rate ... Read More »