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Keep in Touch wants to “Stamp Out” Breast Cancer

For the fourth year in a row, the Keep in Touch satellite post office and gift store at the Shops of Marco has honored Breast Cancer Awareness month. If you buy two sheets of Breast Cancer stamps, you can have your choice of a pink breast cancer awareness band bracelet. Choose from bands that read Hope, Strength, Survivor and Faith. “One in four people have their lives rocked by cancer. My cousin is a breast cancer survivor. She had chemotherapy and a mastectomy.” Seventy percent of the net amount raised by the sale of these stamps is given to the ... Read More »

The Collier County American Cancer Society seeking teams and volunteers for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk

The Collier County American Cancer Society is seeking teams and volunteers to participate in its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk. Please walk with us to raise awareness and raise funds, October 20th, at Cambier Park. To register as an individual or a team, or to volunteer, please contact Allison Freeman, American Cancer Society, 239- 261-0337, ext. 3861, allison.freeman@, or visit   Saturday, October 20th, Cambier Park  Registration starts 7:30am – Walk starts 9am   Read More »

Major event just a year away!

SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher  We looked at this region of the sky just two weeks ago; notice how the sky has rolled upwards since then? Perseus, which was just starting to rise last edition is now well clear of the horizon. Being in the Milky Way Perseus is full of interesting deep sky objects, but it is probably best to wait until the constellation is a bit higher to scan it with your binoculars. Pay particular attention to Capella, which is just now rising. Observe how it sparkles, flashes on and off and changes colors constantly. This ... Read More »

Southern Americana Tour: Part 3 Momma’s Home Cookin’

MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus   The saga continues… Although the beautiful North Carolina wilderness had been so good to me, there were “Gatorheads” down in Georgia and Tennessee that had waited patiently for my arrival, and they were not gonna be let down. Not this trip, and definitely not by me. So, I got up, bright n’ early, at the crack a’ dawn, and as the heavy mountain dew was still rising off the river I said goodbye to Rusty and all my friends in Nolichucki and hit the road in ol’ “Silver,” my trusty Ford ... Read More »

Little things mean a lot

GOODLAND LIFE  Joanie Fuller It’s tiny, it’s old, it’s really used and it’s full of art. Everyone loves it even though there’s no parking. Most would say who needs parking when you can walk to it? Some would say it has become a destination – maybe it should even be on the Historic Register. There’s a well tended garden out front complete with orchids and there are two very nice people inside ready to help you. There’s also a big sign out front displaying the numbers 34140. Surely you know by now I am talking about something that means a ... Read More »

Pawlitically correct

DOG & STYLE Tony Wakefield-Jones     Dear Tony: What are your political views? Lynn A. – Marco Island, FL Dear Miss Lynn: My views? Well, from my vantage point (mostly television), all the major candidates are actually quite attractive. Now, I’m not gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but the views from my couch are not too bad. Nobody can work a suit and tie like President Obama. Joe Biden has really big teeth and an equally fetching smile. And if this run for office doesn’t work out, Romney and Ryan could easily be models for Abercrombie ... Read More »

For all the saints come marching in

By Virginia Carlin The Celtic festival of the dead was incorporated into Christian ritual and in the 9th century a feast in honor of all the saints was fixed for November 1. What or who is a saint? I would suspect we have many among us, in all races and religions who have never been officially recognized. This is not to denigrate the heroism, dedication or devotion of saints of earlier days. The Bible is full of compelling stories. Peter, (called Cephas, Aramaic equivalent of Peter, meaning the Rock) a fisherman in Capernaum, was with Christ during many of his ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Welcomes New Clubhouse Manager Thomas M. Leonard

Culinary Institute of America-trained veteran returns to balmy Gulf breezes Thomas M. Leonard, a 30+ year veteran of the hospitality industry, has been named Clubhouse Manager at the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC), effective immediately. In his new role, he will be responsible to oversee all daily operations of the prestigious waterfront yacht club and provide leadership and guidance to a dynamic management team and staff. Leonard returns to Marco Island after spending the past five years with Food & Company Caterers in East Hampton, NY, where his deep business and leadership acumen and keen taste for exceptional food elevated ... Read More »

Surge in the Number of Properties Closing Sales Activity Continues to be Strong on Marco Island

MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, show a very active market according to Gerry Rosenblum, President.  Here is a recap of what happened in the Marco Island Real Estate market in a comparison of Real Estate Sales for the first nine months of 2012 and 2011 (January – September). 858 Total Sales in 2012 708 Total Sales in 2011 $491,000 Average Sales Price in 2012 $514,000 Average Sales Price in 2011 295 Single Family homes sold in 2012 with a total dollar volume of $203 Million with an average Sales ... Read More »

16th Annual Christmas House Decorating Contest

Premier Sponsor LCEC Supports Event In 1997, Dave Rice, then the overall Christmas Island Style Chairman, requested Lee County Electric Company to support a new event on Marco Island which was a contest to honor the top Christmas decorated homes. Since that time, LCEC has annually supported this independent program. Above, LCEC representative, Tricia Dorn is pictured presenting Dave with a check for $2,000.00. Said Dorn, “It is LCEC’s pleasure to continue financial support of this wonderful annual event. It embodies the true Christmas Spirit and provides an entertainment event for everyone for the entire holiday season. The 1,848 private homes and businesses that ... Read More »

IBERIABANK Hosts Health Plus Lecture: “Aging with Grace”

IBERIABANK in partnership with Physicians Regional Healthcare System, will host a Health Plus Lecture focused on “Aging with Grace” on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marco Island branch of IBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. Carlos Portu, M.D. will discuss simple, everyday changes people can make to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle as they age. Dr. Portu is board certified in Internal Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and a member of the American Medical Association and Society of Hospital Medicine. His special interests include multidisciplinary primary care, including integrated diabetes management. This free lecture is open ... Read More »

Celebrities lining up for AOTO Golf Classic

Professional golfers, football and basketball players, as well as Olympic athletes have signed up to participate in the 2012 Art of the Olympians College of Life Foundation Premiere Olympian Golf Classic. To be played Dec. 2 to 4 at The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla., the tournament pairs celebrity-athletes with amateurs in a fundraiser for Art of the Olympians Foundation Inc., the Fort Myers-based museum and gallery. Scheduled to participate in the inaugural tournament that recognizes the return of golf to the games at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro include: -Cornelius Bennett, football: ... Read More »


NATIONAL CONTEST TARGETS TEN REGIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES - Ten schools from across the U.S. will win $1,000 grant for drug prevention - - Ten families will win an iPad for the home - The National Family Partnership® (NFP) announces the national contest for its 27th annual Red Ribbon Week®, Oct. 23-31. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. In 1985 after the murder of a DEA agent, parents, youth and teachers in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused ... Read More »

Acclaimed International Interior Designer Kira Krümm Headlines Shanghai International Design Exhibition in November!

Internationally renowned Interior Designer, and Marco Island native, Kira Krümm was invited to be the showcase designer and key note speaker for the 2012 100% Design “Italian Apartment” exhibition to be held in Shanghai, China this November. Krümm, whose distinct design aesthetic and name brand global appeal has secured her position among Florida’s most influential interior designers, has established a strong presence in China’s art & design industry in recent years, garnering national notoriety from contributions in various international design projects, publications and events. 100% Design Shanghai, China’s leading contemporary design exhibition, presents its fourth annual event at the Shanghai ... Read More »

Regional Women’s Event For Business Growth and Personal Success Women Living Consciously Tour

Powerful You! Women’s Network gratefully announces the Women Living ConsciouslyTM National Tour & Networking Event. These events reach out to women across the entire Hartford Metro Area and they are beneficial for women from all walks of life, especially entrepreneurs and women in business. It serves as a great way for women to come together, learn, share, grow and network with other incredible women. The event will be held on Fri. November 2nd in Ft. Myers at The Plantation Golf & Country Club. This full-day event features three expert speakers, vendors, coordinated networking sessions, introductions, lunch, door prizes and gifts. “We’re ... Read More »

Sportsmen Want BP Fines Used for Fish and Wildlife Restoration in the Gulf

For Hunters and Anglers, Conservation a Deeply-Held Value A new national poll shows sportsmen prioritize protecting public lands above energy production. The poll conducted by Chesapeake Beach Consulting shows threats to America’s conservation heritage are priority issues for sportsmen, on par with gun rights. “As a hunter and as a board member of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), I am personally reassured by the results of this poll,” said Jenny Brock, newly elected Chair of the Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF). Regardless of political affiliation, hunters and anglers, many of whom serve as first-line observers of the environment, know that good stewardship of ... Read More »

Project Linus

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Project Linus have partnered to offer a permanent location where community members can donate handmade blankets to children in need of comfort. Project Linus, named after the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz, is a national nonprofit volunteer organization that provides comfort and security to seriously ill and traumatized children through handmade blankets. Since its inception in 1995, Project Linus has grown to more than 400 chapters, with more than four million blankets delivered. CCSO Criminal Research Investigator Michelle Gawlinski has been named the chapter coordinator for the Collier County area. The ... Read More »

Everglades Artist to Open Studio/Gallery at the Esplanade

The Grand Opening Celebration for Jo-Ann Sanborn, Everglades painter, is scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 5:30-7, at the Esplanade, Marco Island, FL. Admission is free, champagne and chocolates will be served. Starving Artist? Not a good portrayal says Jo-Ann Sanborn of Sunshine Studios. Artists shouldn’t starve. Sanborn, a painter who initiated an Artist Colony at the Esplanade three years ago, is alone among the local artists who opted to stay at the popular Esplanade location after the expiration of the Colony’s lease. In the past, artists worked in studios away from the public. Their work was shown in galleries created ... Read More »

For the Love of Cats introduces 2013 “Glamour Puss” Fundraising Calendar

The 2013 Glamour Puss Calendar contains 37 photos of beautiful and adorable cats and kittens chosen through our online photo contest. Each calendar is 11”x 10” folded and printed in full color on matte paper. In addition to the 37 winning photos, the Glamour Puss Calendars contain animal birthday photos in each month as well as business card listings from sponsors and a wonderful collage of the rescued cats and kittens from For the Love of Cats at the back of the calendar. The Glamour Puss Calendars will be available for sale until January 31, 2013 or while supplies last. ... Read More »