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Third Annual Red, White & Roulette “Casino Night” Friday, November 4, 2011 NAPLES, FL (October 5, 2011) – Picture yourself aboard Dennis Conner’s “Stars & Stripes” yacht for 150-minute hands-on San Diego sailing experience. This America’s Cup Excursion, plus hotel and round-trip air for two, will be auctioned on Friday, November 4 at the Friends of the Library Third Annual Red, White & Roulette benefit held at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North. Last year’s casino fundraiser earned the Florida Library Association’s Outstanding Program of the Year Award. For 2011, the friends of the ... Read More »

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB Launches Tourism Marketing Plan for Fiscal Year 2011/2012

Naples, Fla.(October 11, 2011) – The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) representing the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades area has released its Strategic Plan for tourism destination marketing for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. The plan includes an increased focus on digital marketing and continuation of the focus on growing the group meetings market established in the 2010/2011 fiscal year. The plan contains both a long-range plan for the destination through 2016 and the 2011/12 Destination Marketing Plan. It is based on considerable input from national and local research, area tourism businesses and area stakeholder groups. The draft plan was presented to ... Read More »

Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Goes Live In Marco Island, Fla.

Waterfront property becomes vacation resort brand’s seventh destination Holiday Inn Club Vacations® today announced that it has added the seventh location to its portfolio of vacation resorts, a 36-unit resort located on the Rio waterway in the “City Center” activities district of Marco Island, Fla. Holiday Inn Club Vacations Sunset Cove Resort joins the flagship location, Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort in Orlando, Fla., and five other Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts. Travelers can book vacation villas at all seven resorts at, just as they would any Holiday Inn® hotel room. The addition of Sunset Cove ... Read More »

Food & Supplies Needed for Victims of Domestic Violence Residing in Emergency Shelter

Due to record numbers of residents in The Shelter for Abused Women & Children’s Beau Venturi Home emergency shelter and onsite kennel, the nonprofit domestic violence center is seeking donations of non-perishable food, cleaning items and pet supplies, dropped at Options Thrift Shoppe, 968 Second Avenue North, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.   Immediate needs include: Mac n’ cheese Pasta & sauce Spaghetti-O’s Canned ravioli Cereal Peanut butter & jelly Bread Fresh & canned meats Fresh & canned vegetables Soup Juice & juice boxes Milk Cat litter Dish soap & dishwasher soap Laundry detergent Diapers Baby wipes ... Read More »

Fall Gymnastics

Each four week session will focus on strengthening, flexibility, balance and confidence. Learn basic gymnastics through mat work, beam, vault, spring board and dance. Instructor is Tracy Decker. Bring water, wear Dance/Gym leotard or shorts and shirt. Children ages 6 years old and up There will be 4 sessions, each Tuesday each month, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Y Gym. Y members pay $30 month; Community participants pay $35 month with 8 participant minimum. For more information please contact Kim Burke at 239-394-3144 ext, 224 or Read More »

Bill Andrew’s Art Show

Be sure to stop by the Marco Library on Winterberry Drive this month to see Bill Andrew’s art show of his oil paintings. Bill retired 18 years ago and moved to the Naples area from Indiana in 2004 with his wife, Linda. When Bill started to paint in 2010, he discovered how much he enjoyed it. His paintings are colorful and imaginative. This is a joint venture between the Marco Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Monthly, one artist shows are displayed at the library for the public’s enjoyment. Paintings are also for sell. Next month’s ... Read More »

District 1 Town Hall Meetings Scheduled

Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, District 1, invites Collier County residents to attend two upcoming Town Hall Meetings. The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo and Commissioner Fiala will make presentations to be followed by a question and answer period. “I encourage District 1 and all Collier County residents to attend these informative meetings,” said Commissioner Fiala. “I’m very appreciative that Sheriff Rambosk and Representative Passidomohave agreed to participate. Attendees will receive an update on ... Read More »

Collier DAS Shares Good News Stats, Asks for Public Input

Collier County Domestic Animal Services has recently completed a compilation of statistics following the end of their fiscal year, and the numbers reveal some good news about the state of homeless animals in At 6,212, overall animal intake at the public open-admission animal shelter fell 7 percent from the previous year, and is at a six-year low. “We look at animal intake as an indicator of the community’s commitment to its pets,” said DAS Director Amanda Townsend. “Are they treating their animals like a commodity, or are they looking at pet ownership as an important lifelong responsibility?” For the shelter, ... Read More »

Collier County Parks Go Green With Yellow-Topped Recycling Containers

Collier County’s Solid Waste Management and Parks and Recreation Departments are teaming up to make recycling easier for the recreating public. A pilot program initiated in September placed recycling containers next to waste containers in Sugden Regional Park, Eagle Lakes Community Park, Cocohatchee River Park, Marco Island’s south beach access, and Immokalee Community Park. The concrete containers have yellow lids and are clearly marked with a stylized version of the familiar chasing arrows recycling logo. The yellow lids mimic the yellow tops of the recycling containers used in the residential curbside collection program, making them easily recognizable as being for ... Read More »

CHS Partners with Eden Autism -Offers Free Screenings

CHS Healthcare has partnered with Eden Autism Services to offer free autism spectrum disorder (ASD) screenings onboard the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® in Collier County. Autism disorders are a growing health concern, but is it something that parents in our community should be concerned about? Consider this, according to the Centers for Disease control (CDC) one in every 110 children are diagnosed with some form of ASD making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Autism is a term to describe a group of complex developmental disorders known as autism spectrum disorders or ASD. These ... Read More »

Chris Sullivan Achieves National Recognition From Re/Max International

RE/MAX International recently recognized their top 100 national real-estate associates through July 31, 2011. These associates were categorized and recognized as the “Top 100 U.S. Individuals” and the “Top 100 U.S. Team Leaders.” Chris Sullivan had ranked number 23 within the “Top U.S. Individuals.” Chris Sullivan is a Broker Associate at RE/MAX Results Realty, located at 847 North Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Read More »


Marathon, FL, Tuesday, October 11, 2011: Centennial Bank congratulates Justine Townsend and Laura Castro of the Marco Island branch for earning the Centennial Bank Star Teller award. “The Star Teller program sets the bar in regards to the quality of service we wish to see from our employees,” states Teresa Condas, President of Centennial Bank’s South Florida Region. “ Justine and Laura deserve recognition for their dedication and attention to detail.” In appreciation of the challenges tellers have in providing best-in-class customer service, Centennial Bank designed the Star Teller Program, a monthly recognition program that showcases the importance of error-free ... Read More »


Public Is Asked To Assist With Turkey Drive Are you planning a family and/or friends gathering for a Thanksgiving get-together this year? Are you planning on having the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings? Are you aware that there are thousands of families in Southwest Florida who won’t have that opportunity because they can’t afford The Harry Chapin Food Bank needs to supply 9,000 turkeys to their participating agencies for distribution to families. The food bank would like to find partners to assist by planning a drive to collect turkeys or cash so the food bank can purchase the ... Read More »

Sunset Cove acquired by Holiday Inn Club Vacations

Sunset Cove, which boasts 36 two and three bedroom timeshare units, is located between Winn Dixie and Veteran’s Community Park and is one of two recent Holiday Inn Club Vacations® acquisitions! The new management intends on keeping the current employees of Sunset Cove. One local staffer said they are starting from scratch in going over every department and operation. “We are excited with future possibilities under the new ownership.” As the hands-on publisher of a community newspaper, vacation time is hard to come by. Combined with the budget constraints, my family decided to opt for a ‘staycation’ this year and ... Read More »

Three Marco polling places consolidated

Over the past 10 years, the number of Collier County voters exercising their right to vote during Early Voting and by Absentee/Mail ballot has steadily increased. During the 2010 General Election, 71% of eligible Marco Island voters cast their ballot early – nearly 40% voted during Early Voting and 31% cast an Absentee/Mail ballot. Conversely, voting on Election Day has continued to decline. Considering this voting trend, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office is making changes to precinct boundaries and consolidating precincts to improve voter services and better serve the voters of Collier County. In developing the consolidation plan, ... Read More »

Lely Junior ROTC launches letters from home

By Danielle Dodder  Exactly one hour before this article was written, a US military convoy was attacked in Farah province by Taliban militants and five security guards killed, according to the Wakht News Agency wire, a local news service that reports in Farsi and English. As US troops seek to keep order, roads, supplies and fuel all moving forward in this western Afghan province, Taliban routinely target the soldiers, along with the aid workers and demining agencies trying to push back against the danger and misery. Island veterans are anticipating upcoming ceremonies to reflect on their military past, but an ... Read More »

The Headstone Project

Craig Woodward  I appreciate the many people who commented or called about the last article written about John Weeks and his family. One point that concerned readers was the comment that his wife, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Weeks Sawyer was buried in an unmarked grave at the Marco Cemetery. Clearly the wife of the first settler of Collier County, who moved here in 1862, deserves more recognition. Lizzie died in 1939 in the middle of the depression and although there were four generations of Weeks living on the Island at the time, the family was not affluent. However, her grave site is ... Read More »

ArtWalk supports “Bras for Life”

By Natalie Strom  Is it a brassiere? Is it a piece of art? It’s both! The artists of the Artist Colony at the Esplanade displayed their “bra art” at their monthly ArtWalk on Wednesday, September 28th. These hand-crafted pieces of lingerie/artwork were then brought to the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the “Bras for Life” Auction benefiting the American Cancer Society. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the seven bras on display at the ArtWalk were a part of the twenty bras auctioned off on October 6th. The success of the auction was certainly due to the ... Read More »


Donna Fiala  The Marco Beach Ocean Resort received the Waste Reduction Award for contributing to the greater good of Collier County by promoting the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” philosophy, thereby helping to prolong the usable life of the Collier County landfill, thus keeping all of our landfill fees lower. Jeffrey Bullock, Hotel Manager, and Branka Guberina, Operations Manager, received the award for the hotel. In 2010, the Marco Beach Ocean Resort was awarded a Green Lodging designation by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. They expanded their recycling program to include placing recycling containers throughout the 98 units, two offices and ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus  Once upon a time the writing and release of memoirs and biographies was in the province of the well known and, usually, well aged. Now it seems that everyone writes a memoir (or, more likely in some cases, has it ghost written). I confess that I’m aghast and amused at the same time, by some of the books flooding the bookstores. Sure, there are the books of Bubba (Bill Clinton, if you forgot), W, Rumsfeld, Obama, Jimmy Carter, Cheney, Colin Powell and other noteworthy characters. Whether we agree with them or not, there’s usually something to learn. ... Read More »