Tag Archives: equipment

MIND, BODY And Spirit: The Heart of the Matter

Submitted Photo: Seven little people who make the holidays happy!

Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “I have found that it’s not WHAT I have in my life but WHO I have in my life that counts.” ~ Author Unknown We have reached that time of year when I feel as though I’m at the top of a roller coaster, the very highest peak, after a long, steady climb. As I peer over ... Read More »

Children’s Charities Dedicates Funds 

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One in ten children struggle with a mental health condition before the age of 10. Locally and across the country, there is a lack of resources for children in need of mental health care and this year, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is dedicating its fund-a-cause dollars to the pediatric behavioral health initiative at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to ... Read More »

Popular Programs Hosted by Friends of the Library

Photos by Maria Lamb: Smiles all around as participants show off their “magnum opus” for the day.

Submitted Friends of Marco Island Library hosted two popular programs last week that were very well attended. The first program, offered on November 12, was an exciting morning review on burrowing owls. Jean Hall, project manager of Marco Island’s Owl Watch Program had a brief slide show on the history of the burrowing owls and their protective status. Attendees learned ... Read More »

Books & Brews: Marco Gives a Hoot!

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Submitted The Friends of the Marco Island Library are sponsoring an exciting morning with our charming burrowing owls. On Saturday, November 12 at 10 AM, visit the Marco Island Branch Library to learn about the fascinating creatures. Jean Hall, project leader for the Audubon of the Western Everglades Owl Watch Program, will share her beautiful photographs of Marco’s burrowing owls. Two local ... Read More »

50 Years Making Marco a Better Place

Judy Kenney prepares for the first responders’ luncheon.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Coming together as a group of 16 friends back in 1966, the Marco Island Woman’s Club was chartered in an effort to fill a void and provide the fledgling community with an organization that women could rally around to provide needed philanthropy. Fifty years later that basic philosophy of civic involvement continues, as the organization and ... Read More »

Shining the Light on Amendment 1

Shining the Light on Amendment 1

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Florida is known as the “Sunshine State” because of its abundance of that commodity, which may be able to help Floridians wean themselves off of fossil fuels, minimizing the effect those fuels have on our environment. When you go to the polls, on your ballot you’ll find Florida’s Solar Amendment, known as Amendment 1. Although it ... Read More »

Books & Brews: Marco Gives a Hoot

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Submitted The Friends of the Marco Island Library are sponsoring an exciting morning with our charming burrowing owls. Join us at 10AM on Saturday, November 12th, at the Marco Island Branch Library, located at 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, to learn about the fascinating creatures. Jean Hall, project leader for the Audubon of the Western Everglades Owl Watch Program, will share ... Read More »

The Contradiction in My Yard

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’m not sure when I heard a quote from Buddha for the first time, but for as long as I can remember, the image of Buddha has been associated with peace in my mind. This association gained solidity when I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Of course, the ancient sage, Gautama Buddha was ... Read More »

Five Tips to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

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Mesh rod sleeves keep your rods from tangling and chipping while being transported.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Your fishing rods and reels are your most vital fish catching tools, so you should know how to keep them in good working order. After all, no one wants to lose out on catching that trophy fish due to a broken rod tip or a frozen reel. However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your ... Read More »

MIA’s Tech Students Offer Help to Community

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MIA Tech Tutors discuss a problem. From left: Allesandro Donato, Vincent Piranio, Sean Sorrick, Tina Nash, and Mariana Ruiz Vallejo. Nash is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, who sponsors the group by providing an advisor for meetings.

By Barry Gwinn  A small group of dedicated Marco Island Academy (MIA) techies meets every other Wednesday in Room 106 at MIA. They style the group as Tech Tutoring and will take a shot at fixing most any tech problem that comes to their attention. They are devoted to solving the software problems of anyone who needs help because of ... Read More »

Local Author & Friend to Owls

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Submitted  Marco Island children’s book author Roseanne Pawelec announced today that a total of over $1,000 has been donated to Audubon of the Western Everglades from sale proceeds of “Ollie Finds a New Home, the Story of a Burrowing Owl on Marco Island,” since the book was launched last fall. “It is so gratifying to play a part in supporting ... Read More »

Thrills & Excitement At Watercross World Championship

Photos by Fun Photography: Mary Kay Mickiewicz.

Submitted  The Pro Watercross World Championship roared back to 60-acre Lake Avalon at Sugden Regional Park from September 21-25, 2016 for the second year in a row. This exciting event was sponsored by the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. In attendance were the world’s best powersports athletes, as well as up-and-coming men and women in the highly ... Read More »

New MIPD Patrol Boat Put in Service

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Father Nguyen and Chief Schettino enjoy the first ride as Officer Ferris steers.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The city added another tool in its arsenal to provide enhanced safety for its residents when it commissioned a new 2016 Ranger single engine boat to patrol the waters around Marco Island, its bays and canals. The new boat was purchased utilizing the City’s “pay as you go,” Capital Improvement/ Replacement Plan, which is often referred ... Read More »

Pickleball For All

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Pickleball For All provided a complete pickleball package to Collier County schools.

By Paige Mitschele Florida is the vanguard of a movement that is sweeping the nation: the sport of Pickleball. It has taken speed beyond all bounds and few have known how to harness its force like Jim Ludwig. There are pickleball players. There are pickleball pros….and then there are individuals whom have become ambassadors of the sport, free of charge, donating their time and admiration for pickleball’s growth ... Read More »

Water Workouts at the Y

Instructor Gustavo Sita puts a class through one of the resistance moves.

Submitted At the start of one of her Aqua-Zumba pool workout programs at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, Aqua-Zumba in- structor Doris D’Agostino tells participants this isn’t about overexertion. “Burning is good, pain is not good,” D’Agostino says before conducting her class with infectious enthusiasm. She goes through her moves outside the pool, and clearly enjoys the solid 45-minute session. ... Read More »

Mackle Park Closure & Construction

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Submitted  Construction of the new Community Center at Mackle Park is set to commence. The following operational changes to Mackle Park and the Community Center will occur during construction. In anticipation of the start of construction of the new Mackle Park Community Center, the existing center will officially close to the public on Sunday, August 7, 2016. While city staff plans ... Read More »

Missi D’Ambrosio – Painting Marco With Sunshine

Missi’s clients are an extension of her family.

By Maureen Chodaba A new ray of sunshine has illuminated 1720 San Marco Road with color and light. Paint and Color Specialist Missi D’Ambrosio has joined the staff of Sunshine Ace Hardware, bringing along her talent, experience and dedication to customer service. A Marco Island resident since 1986, Missi is a familiar face, a powerhouse of expertise and a friend ... Read More »

Equipment Donated to Special Olympics

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Submitted The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation recently donated $8,000 worth of sports equipment to Special Olympics Florida – Collier County. The equipment will be used by Collier athletes who participate in tennis, basketball, track & field, bocce, soccer, golf, aquatics, and flag football. According to Special Olympics County Director David McKenzie, “We are so thankful for this generous donation. We ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier

Officer Kleis was on water patrol a few miles off of Marco Island when he observed a vessel without registration numbers containing multiple fishing rods. Officer Kleis stopped the vessel to address the registration issue, and conducted a vessel safety and resource inspection. Upon stopping the vessel, Officer Kleis learned that the operator was using a dealer registration number on the ... Read More »

Mackle Park – A New Beginning

The water spray park at Mackle Park.

By Maureen Chodaba  Mackle Park, located at 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island has been a hub of community activity for many years. This oasis of recreation has served Marco Island’s residents and visitors of all ages with its outstanding programs and facilities. Whether attending a “Be Fit Over 50” class, taking a stroll around the lake, or attending Camp Mackle, ... Read More »