Tag Archives: Everglades City

Marco Island featured in Where to Retire magazine

Marco Island, FL, has been selected by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, as a top retirement destination and will be profiled in the feature story “8 Treasured Islands for Serene Living.” The November/December issue will be available nationwide on October 18, 2011. Where to Retire editor Mary Lu Abbott ... Read More »

Terrific Kids

The 2011-2012 Kiwanis Club of Marco Island Terrific Kid program got off to a great start in October. Families of the children receiving the awards joined the club and Vice Principals of each school attended the Thursday morning meeting to watch the presentation. Manatee Elementary School 3rd grader, Madison Case, 4th grader, Cassandra Alonso and 5th grader, Jessica Reyes were ... Read More »


Patricia Huff On Sunday morning, October 16, my husband and I bicycled to Chokoloskee and followed a rough sandy road to the Smallwood Store & Museum. Although it was just after ten in the morning, many visitors from outside Florida and from Europe were walking around taking photos and admiring the Museum artifacts indoors.  They were greeted by Alice Morrow ... Read More »

Let’s talk TPMS

  Tim Gorman & Keith Pershing  In last month’s article we discussed (link) what to do to wake up your dead car! As we mentioned, it’s important to check your tire pressures and make sure they are in safe condition (tread depth aside.) One indicator for proper tire pressures is your TPMS sensor. Keith says, “Tire Post Mental Syndrome monitor.” Tim ... Read More »

Prevent Cancer

Crystal Manjarres  Q. What are some effective ways to prevent cancer?  A. One of the most preventable ways to avoid cancer is avoid cigarette smoke. Do not smoke, do not inhale the smoke of those who do, and if you currently smoke—stop immediately. Smoking easily tops the list of the most preventable cancers, and for good reason—you are literally signing your ... Read More »

PHILLY GRILLE, known for variety

Joan Kelly Philadelphia bred Guy and Lisa’s PHILLY GRILLE is making a statement. Here you can order authentic steak sandwiches (also called Philly Cheese Steak) “with or without.” In contrast the menu is vegan and vegetarian friendly. Chef Guy is continually creating, so there are always new menu items. A new kids’ menu is being offered. Fresh soups are made ... Read More »

GE Technology reduces energy use and increases productivity

GE and Marco Island city officials today announced that data from an ongoing, nearly two-year demonstration project in Marco Island proves the capability of GE’s new LEAPmbr membrane bioreactor(MBR) wastewater-treatment technology to reduce energy costs and increase productivity, among other key benefits. GE’s LEAPmbr system, introduced in July 2011, is the result of a multi-year development effort. It was driven ... Read More »

Russian Imperial Waterways Cruise

Vickie Kelber Early May may not be the best time to book a Russian waterways cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow. We embarked on May 8th, but, unfortunately, spring was reportedly “ three weeks late” and our trip was impeded by ice. From the Neva River in St. Petersburg, we cruised to Ladoga Lake, the largest lake in Europe. Due ... Read More »

It’s only a rectangle – Learn how to run great tennis mixers!

Doug Browne If you are running the tennis program at a Golf and Country Club, it is inevitable that the two sports will collide. Fair or not, golfers and tennis players often clash but it is imperative to understand the differences. For one, I’ve never met a tennis pro who didn’t want to unwind on the golf course. Most of ... Read More »

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 ... 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. ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »