Tag Archives: Everglades City


Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net         Many of you know that I have some very special Amish friends in Ohio whom I consider family. It’s such a joy to visit them because I feel like I’m stepping back in time – back to a time when life was slower. People still visit one another (rather than texting them), children ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net It happened suddenly. One moment I was a whole sentient being merrily chomping on something. The next moment I felt a large crater in my jaw. It easily was at least as large as the Grand Canyon…all because I lost a crown from a tooth. “Oomph”, I mumbled, “I fink I loft a toofth”. (It was ... Read More »

Sandhill Cranes


PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Sandhill Cranes (Grus Canadensis pratensis), one the most common cranes in the world, is not commonly found in our area of southern Florida. Being dependent on freshwater marshes as habitat, the coastal, brackish and saltwater wetlands are not suited for this bird species. On occasion there will be sightings of Sandhill Cranes on a golf ... Read More »

Splash and Dash at the Y

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Grab your swimsuit and tennis shoes and head on down to the Marco Island YMCA. On Sunday, September 16, the Y will play host to the USA Triathlon’s Splash and Dash. Also known as an Aquathlon, the multi-sport event features both swimming and running and is geared towards kids between the ages of seven and fifteen. ... Read More »

Fragrant Plants

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com With August winding down, it’s time in Florida to set our sights on– fall? Most of us have been trapped for months, scurrying from our air-conditioned cars to our air-conditioned homes, trying not to be overcome by heat exhaustion or dehydration and working in our gardens only in the wee hours of the morning to ... Read More »

September fishing in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com September is typically the warmest month of the summer here in the 10,000 Islands. Day time air temperatures will average around 92. Water temps will hover between 86-88 degrees. Typical to our summer months, September heats up so much by midday, that the bite typically drops off by early afternoon. We get a lot ... Read More »

Baby Got Back

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Do you sit at a desk all day or sit for the majority of the day? Do you practice strengthening your postural muscles when you stand or sit? Do you train those often neglected back muscles or forget that they’re there because they aren’t easily visible to you? Most people are desk jockeys and a larger ... Read More »

Social Media Moves From Fun to Investment

BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing Facebook has become a bad version of the “Spam-a-Lot” musical rip off of Monty Python’s movie “The Holy Grail.” People using Facebook for personal communication with friends and family have long complained about unwanted spam messages and mail on the popular social media website. The issue now arises for business owners who are beginning ... Read More »

Eagles Hang On To Win!

By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net Photos by Victoria Wright [imagebrowser id=109] Marco Island’s Charter Middle School Eagles hung on in the last two minutes of their first game to defeat Community School’s Seahawks 16-12. The game was a nail-biter for the entire second half, and wasn’t decided until the final minute. Led by quarterback Jay Vanderjagt the Eagles scored quickly in ... Read More »

Did Roddick retire too soon?

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com First, tennis fans had to absorb the retirement of Kim Clijsters; perhaps one of the most popular pro tennis players in the history of the game. Then, a few days later as he celebrated his thirtieth birthday, American tennis standout, Andy Roddick announced his retirement – effective at the end of the US Open tournament. ... Read More »

The Star That Vanishes

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher  usher34105@earthlink.net In the neck of Cetus, the sea-monster, just under the “C” on the accompanying chart, lies the star Mira. Most of the time it is invisible to the naked eye, so that is what the chart shows. About every 332 days Mira brightens to a maxima of about magnitude 3.5 and slowly sinks ... Read More »

New Tricks, Old Dogs

DOG & STYLE Tony Wakefield-Jones Tony@mindzoo.com We interrupt this advice column for a special message on the importance of aging—or rather, the lack of importance of it. First, as an advice columnist, I am all too aware of the significance of keeping the home fires burning. An odd proverb, to say the least, as I simply can’t see a benefit ... Read More »

2013 Golden Apple Nomination Time

Tell The Education Foundation about a Golden Moment with your teacher. The Education Foundation of Collier County kicks off its 23rd year of the Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers this year. Now is the time to nominate your favorite teacher. Nomination forms are being distributed to students in Collier County Public Schools, and can also be submitted online at www.GetOnTheBusCollier.org/Nominate.  ... Read More »


So, what is there to do on a beautiful Sunday morning on Marco Island? Well, on August 19th, which was one such Sunday, 30 residents gathered to clean up Marco Island’s beach. “CJ’s on the Bay” owners and staff, City of Marco Island Beach Advisory Committee members, Publix Manager and President of the Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Donlan, and Marco ... Read More »

The Greater Marco Family YMCA welcomes Coach Raul Saad!

Tennis Coordinator and Pro Raul will teach the following Tennis Classes at the Greater Marco Family YMCA: “Stroke of the Week” Clinic on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Adult Tennis Clinic for Intermediate players 3.0 to 3.5 on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Adult Cardio Tennis on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Raul also ... Read More »

Construction Update on Golden Gate Boulevard Replacement Bridges

Construction started earlier this week on the replacement of the bridge on Golden Gate Boulevard approximately one mile east of Wilson Boulevard across the Golden Gate Main Canal.  Crews have begun the preliminary work to construct a temporary bridge that will be used to maintain traffic during the replacement work for the permanent two-lane bridge. Once the temporary bridge is ... Read More »


Joint venture aims to enhance educational programs offered to families in Southwest Florida – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) have jointly announced a new partnership that will infuse a marine science component into the exciting line-up of educational programs offered to students and visitors of ... Read More »

A Few Spaces Remain. Sign up for the 2012 RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament November 2 – 4, 2012

Angler and guide participation encouraged to help save our waters and juvenile gamefish habitat. www.conservancy.org/redsnook Clean Water!  More Fish!  A few spaces are still available for lucky anglers to register for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida 2012 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament scheduled for November 2-4. The presenting sponsor for the 2012 event is The Johnson Meland Group at ... Read More »


Legal Aid Services of Collier County selected attorney  Yale T. Freeman as “Attorney of the Month” for August 2012. This award is in recognition of his pro bono service, generous financial support, leadership and willingness to give back to those less fortunate. Yale T. Freeman, P.A. represents individuals and companies faced with allegations of criminal impropriety, and facilitates internal investigations on behalf of ... Read More »