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Light it up!!! See and be seen

By Matt Walthour  There are many fun and functional accessories you can put on your bicycle, but to me the most important, especially for early morning riding and late evening riding, is a light system. Not only do lights make you visible and feel somewhat safe, they are required by Florida law. (Section 316.2065, F.S.): A bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from 500 feet to the front and both a red reflector and a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from 600 ... Read More »

Thank you Mother Nature!

Capt. Pete Rapps It seems as though every day is a new adventure out here in the 10,000 islands. Every day we go out, there is something new or different from the day before. The tides are constantly moving and Mother Nature is always showing us something new. This past week we had wind, rain, & big full moon tides. One day the water was clean, the next it was thick and muddy. Each fall the mullet move into our area in huge schools. With them come predators of all shapes and sizes looking for a nice meal. There are ... Read More »

Enjoying the islands’ cuisines, part II

Frances Diebler The islands of the Caribbean may be close together and share a certain amount of similarities, but for the most part they are each quite different from one another. The islands were settled by varying nations and took on many of the customs of their mother countries.  The European influences are mostly English, Spanish, Dutch, and French.  Islands such as St Lucia and Antigua had the influence from the English. Dominica had French; Trinidad was influenced by the East Indian and British and Jamaica by the British and the Spanish. Obviously, Martinique and St. Martin had French influences ... Read More »

Do not beware “The Ides of March”

By Monte Lazarus  If you are not already cynical about the state of politics you may be after watching “The Ides of March”. This film is not about ideology; it keeps its focus on the human beings who tangle themselves in the political process. The story could easily focus on a Republican primary campaign by changing just a very few words in the script. The vital part is the human interchange. There’s virtually no end of double-cross, who leaked what, and the results of crass ambition. George Clooney, who also wrote part of the script and directed the film, plays ... Read More »


Diane Bostick  Author: Nina Revoyr.  Publisher: Akashic Books. Available in hardcover and paperback 2011.  Why we select the books we read is somewhat of a mystery. Sometimes we read something because it is on the best seller list or a friend has said, “You just have to read this.” Often it is a new book just published by an author we have come to love over the years. We would hope it is frequently because you read a review such as this that led you to feel the need to read the book being reviewed. Occasionally we are just caught ... Read More »

Sisters raise money for mission trip

Marissa and Madeline Barrett are not your typical teenagers. Most kids their age spend their hard earned money on clothes, music, and other not-so-important items that they feel they need. The Barrett sisters, however, are currently trying to raise money for a cause that is much greater than them. On November 7th, 17-year old Melissa and 14-year old Maddie will be flying to El Salvador to take part in their first mission trip. Through their church, New Life Community Church of Marco Island, the girls became involved in this week-long venture. For one week the girls will be volunteering their ... Read More »


The free Festival sheds light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through interactive activities about the Florida panther’s life and habitat. The Living with Wildlife Pavilion: provides proactive steps to be taken to protect pets and livestock on private property from wildlife. The Pavilion is staffed by panther biologists and includes tools biologists use to monitor panthers, capture videos, demonstration livestock pen, handouts, and the popular Adopt-a-Panther program. Music: The sounds of bluegrass music enlivens the Festival with live performances by two bands, Frontline Bluegrass and the BugTussle Ramblers. Presentations: Fascinating presentations by panther biologists and panther research ... Read More »

Q&A with Simba

This column is the opinion of a 3-year-old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the humans they own…  Dear Simba,  I am an anonymous Blue and Gold Macaw and the official spokesbird of Occupy The Rainforest. I cordially invite you to our first General Assembly and march in October. We are the creatures both big and small ... Read More »

Art of his own

Tara O’Neill  There’s an unorthodox gallery in town. The Marco Island Branch of the Collier County Library hosts a monthly rotation of original artwork by members of the Marco Island Center for the Arts (home of the Art League) – a satellite gallery of sorts. The exhibits feature one artist a month, allowing visitors to get a more comprehensive feel for that artist. Don’t know about you, but a reading room surrounded by art is my idea of heaven on earth. The month of October the Library features the work of Bill Andrews. Andrews came late to the game of ... Read More »


Richard Alan  Buyer beware is a term used probably before ancient Roman times, to warn even savvy consumers that if the price of merchandise they are purchasing is too good to be true it usually is. I grew up with a saying my mentor, and at the time my master, often quoted (I was an apprentice goldsmith then though I felt like an indentured servant.) “The bitterness of a low price lingers long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten” Ben Franklin.  That saying influenced my whole life, not just what I bought for my household, but even ... Read More »

Avocados, falsely accused

Chef Bob Aylwin After spending my summer on beautiful Put In Bay, Ohio, it was a wonderful feeling arriving home to Marco Island. Five months away from home is a long time and certainly there were so many things I missed. But one thing I missed dearly was my avocado tree. That’s right, my avocado tree. Sure I missed my wife and kids and surely I missed the Marco Island beaches. I missed my cat, my friends and my rosemary bush­es, too. But my avocado tree and me go way back. For 14 wonderful years my tree has been producing ... Read More »

Jupiter at Opposition

By Mike P. Usher What is opposition? It’s when an outer planet is 180 degrees away from the Sun; it rises when the Sun sets and is visible the whole night long. Dynamically speaking, opposition happens when the Earth, on the fast inside track around the Sun, passes the outer planet. Opposition is also the time when the outer planet is closest to Earth (on this lap around the Sun anyway) and thus brighter. Tonight Jupiter is -2.78 magnitude – about the brightest it ever gets. Jupiter reaches opposition about every 13 months; it takes Earth the extra month to ... Read More »

“Big Flag Campaign Committee Meets with City Official”

October 10, 2011 Today the Steering Committee of the Big Flag Campaign met with Tim Pinter, Director of Public Works for the City of Marco Island. The group and Pinter toured the Jolley Bridge to determine an appropriate place to install a permanent American Flag. Following their discussions, it was agreed that the best location for the Flag pole would be in the second median island as you enter Marco from the Bridge. At this site, the American Flag will be visible from the crest of the Bridge. According to Chairman Dave Rice, “This has been a whirlwind week. In ... Read More »

Operation Christmas Child—The Shoebox project

Plans are underway at four Marco churches to be a part of world’s largest Christmas project, Operation Christmas Child (OCC). OCC is the international holiday outreach of Samaritan’s Purse. Last year shoeboxes filled with small toys, school supplies, shoes and clothing were sent via plane, cargo ship, truck, bus, train, helicopter, boat, dog sled, mule and elephant to 8.8 million children in more than 130 countries. For many of these children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received. Information on OCC and how to pack and prepare your box may be found at The Family ... Read More »

40th Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The 40th Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta was held last week in New Mexico. This event is the largest gathering of balloonists in the world and brings over 800,000 people to the Albuquerque area each year! It is the most photographed event in the world! We attended to see this beautiful display and as REMAX Real Estate Agents with the Sandlin Team we wanted to have our picture taken in front of the REMAX balloon. We attended on Saturday October 1st the opening day of the Fiesta. The weather was the best it has ever been in the Fiesta’s 40 year ... Read More »

Queen for a Day

The holiday season is approaching us and it is that time of year when you can enjoy the holiday and help others in the process. Purchasing a ticket will help the underprivileged local children through the Joy Of Giving and you will receive: Lunch at the Island Country Club, and a Fashion Show -presented by Chloe’s Boutique, and Georgie’s. You will be entered into drawings: 1st prizewinner receives the Queen for a Day, from Skin Renewal Systems. Prize includes Massage, Facial Treatment, Manicure and Pedicure, Haircut and Style. 2nd prizewinner receives a $200 Gift Certificate from Chloe’s. 3rd prizewinner receives ... Read More »

Enjoy BOO at the ZOO for Half Price!

Watch Wild Animals “Carve” Pumpkins while Kids Trick-or-Treat at Naples Zoo on Saturday, October 22, 2011 Imagine your kids or grandkids parading their costumes through your zoo while safely trick-or-treating. At the same time, you’ll all watch rare animals going wild “carving” pumpkins and other treats with tooth, hoof, and claw. And before it’s all over, the kids get to join in a fun costume contest with great prizes. You’ll have a wildly good time at BOO at the ZOO. Naples Zoo is partnering with 95.3 The River, Y100 All the Hits Now, 105.5 The Beat, and Cat Country 107.1 ... Read More »

The Marco Island Academy IS Empowering The Next Generation

Our Nation‘s focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is clearly the foundation for education at the Marco Island Academy. Gone are the traditional chalkboards and even whiteboards. Instead Tekboards (which are similar to a high definition TV with IPAD capabilities) on the wall bring interactive lessons to multi-media life. Gone too are the Webster’s Dictionaries on the shelves for every student has been issued their own iPAD2 complete with teacher-selected curricular applications. Whether logging on to any one of twenty-seven Collier County Public Library online resources, using an electronic student planner, studying an electronic textbook for a test, ... Read More »

The Collier County Board of Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees.

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has three vacancies, one for a member in the category, real estate, with a term to expire on October 1, 2013, and one for a member in the category, area of labor actively engaged in home building, with a term to expire October 1, 2013, and one member as, an alternate, with a term to expire October 1, 2013. It is required that one of the applicants reside in Immokalee. Thesis an 11 member committee created by Ordinance 91?65 as amended to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, and the ... Read More »

Richard Condle and Jeanne Taylor of Naples, Florida WIN the framed presentation piece featuring the Save Vanishing Species semi-postal stamp

Richard Condle and Jeanne Taylor of Naples, Florida were thrilled to learn that they won the framed presentation piece featuring the Save Vanishing Species semi-postal stamp. Postmaster Richard Barber offered attendees at the National Estuaries Day event held at Rookery Bay National Estuaries Research Reserve on September 24th an opportunity to win the beautiful framed piece as well as purchase the stamps. Postmaster Barber worked the crowds at the event encouraging use of the semi-postal stamp which provides funding to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to help save vanishing species which includes our local marine turtle. Over 500 ... Read More »