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September fishing in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps 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 of mid afternoon storms which will cool things off a little, and produce a late afternoon/ early evening bite. Although Tropical Storm Isaac did not accumulate to much as far as damages on land, it sure did leave it’s mark ... Read More »

Baby Got Back

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres 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 waistline isn’t the only thing to be concerned about. Most of us have the memories of a parent or teacher reminding us to sit up straight—some of us didn’t. Either way, your mother may have been onto something. For one, ... 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 to feel the pinch on their own Facebook accounts. Facebook is the second most visited website in the world. In an effort to protect its users, developers have consistently rolled out significant tracking tools of spammers or people sending unwanted ... Read More »

Eagles Hang On To Win!

By Monte Lazarus 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 the first quarter, and it looked like an easy win was coming. Tyler Gresham scored first, and Vanderjagt scored the second touchdown. But, things turned upside down when a succession of penalties nullified one touchdown and killed several promising drives. ... Read More »

Did Roddick retire too soon?

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne 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. In the age of declining American pro tennis stars, Roddick stood alone at the top for the better part of his entertaining career. During one stretch, he led the American Davis Cup team to a title as he went undefeated ... Read More »

The Star That Vanishes

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher 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 back to a minima of around 9. The given magnitudes are approximations; Mira is notably unpredictable. Historically it can get as bright as magnitude 2.0, making it the brightest star in the constellation or as dim as magnitude 10.1, making ... Read More »

New Tricks, Old Dogs

DOG & STYLE Tony Wakefield-Jones 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 to a house fire of any kind. But I digress… For many years now I have known, when it comes to managing psychological trauma, there’s no place like home. My daddies, both the “Tall” and the “Short,” are turning 50 ... 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  The deadline for nominations is September 7th. Back-to-school time is a great time of year for students, parents, and community members to reflect upon the impact that teachers make in the lives of Collier County students. Please take a moment ... 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 Island Civic Association (MICA) members all gathered at the South Beach boardwalk access to walk the seven miles of Marco Island’s beach to remove trash and debris while enjoying the warmth of the morning sun, the gentle breeze of the ... 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 will provide a racket re- stringing service to members and the general public Raul Saad resides in Naples, FL and is married to his wife Gabriela and has two children, Dylan and Micaela. Raul Saad, formerly the Director of Tennis ... 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 in place, in approximately one month, traffic will be shifted to the temporary bridge while the old bridge is demolished and rebuilt. Crews are also preparing the area on Golden Gate Boulevard approximately three miles east of Wilson Boulevard on ... 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 Naples’ newest cultural institution. Through the partnership, educators from Rookery Bay Reserve will provide presentations to museum guests Science Saturday events such as the one that took place at the museum on Saturday, August 25.  Led by a Rookery Bay ... 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. 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 Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.  Allen Systems Group is the “Stars and Stripes” sponsor which will allow two teams of selected veterans to participate in the Tournament The Tournament is open to all amateur anglers.  Awards will be presented to ... 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 victims of fraud. Read More »

Wild Everglades Womens Fishing University Announced for Oct. 13-14, 2012

 Women’s-only Everglades getaway offers fishing, rigging, conservation and more! New Venue! An incredible Everglades adventure is offered for women for the first time by the award winning “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®” University Series. The Everglades Adventure University is Oct. 13-14, 2012 at Port of the Islands Everglades Resort, with optional Everglades excursions offered on Friday, Oct. 12. “This is a great ‘out-there’ fishing adventure, where women can learn and go fishing in an amazing area they might not visit on their own,” commented Founder, Betty Bauman. The organization polled its 7,000 graduates for input, who voted to fish the pristine 10,000 islands, ... Read More »


Chase Goddin, representing the U.S. Customs & Border Protection employees, delivered 152 pounds of food they collected to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The food will be made available to the food bank’s network of nonprofit agencies in Southwest Florida. Businesses, organizations, or individuals interested in having a food drive or fund raising activities are encouraged to contact the Harry Chapin Food Bank, 239-334-7007. The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than ... Read More »

The Island Theater Company

Marco’s community theatre group announces auditions for Christmas show. The Island Theater Company will hold open auditions for their Christmas show, The Bethlehem Project.  The company will once again team up with a local church and Christmas Island Style to bring the community this wonderful production just in time for the Christmas Season. Adults and children ages 5 to 18 can audition at Rose History Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, (across from the Library)   Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. The Bethlehem Project features the traditional Christmas story but with a fresh twist that provides both fun ... Read More »

Auxiliary Deputy Program

A few years ago Mike Provost was looking for a way to give back to the community. The 42-year-old computer software specialist had always been intrigued by a career in law enforcement. So when he learned the Collier County Sheriff’s Office had an auxiliary deputy program, he saw it as an opportunity to do both. Provost completed CCSO’s Auxiliary Deputy Training Academy and has been an auxiliary deputy since 2008. “Now I’m able to help my community in a way that not everybody can, and it’s extremely rewarding,” said Provost. CCSO is looking for volunteers interested in training to become ... Read More »

Marco Players Auditions

Plaza Suite Performances: November 7 thru November 25th, 2012 Auditions: September 10 & 11, 2012 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Cast Requirements 4 women: various ages 6 men: various ages Rehearsals Begin: October 1, 2012 Dress Rehearsal: November 4, 2012 8:00 pm Preview: November 5, 2012 8:00 pm Comedy by Neil Simon Directed by: Richard Joyce Plaza Suite is about what happens in the lives of different couples in Suite 719 in the Plaza Hotel. Act one opens with Karen Nash reserving the Suite to celebrate her 24th anniversary. Karen is trying to put a spark in her failing marriage. But her husband Sam has his own plans. ... Read More »