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Scholarships Available For Marco Island Students Majoring In the Arts


Once again the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is announcing the availability of scholarships for high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in some area of the arts during the 2014-15 school year. Since 2007, the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to Marco Island students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. The cost of a higher education beyond high school continues to rise each year, and the Foundation for the Arts awards these scholarships to help students to pursue their dreams in the arts. Perhaps you know of a ... Read More »

Marco Island Soccer Club to Host 3v3 Tournament


By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Soccer Club (aka Surge) is kicking off its spring season with a Live 3v3 Tournament on Saturday, May 3, at Mackle Park. “The Marco Island tournament is going to be a great opportunity for our kids to get out and play, as well as an introduction to families who haven’t experienced the fun atmosphere of 3v3 soccer yet,” said tournament organizer Patrick Baldwin, vice president of the Marco Island Soccer Club. “We are expecting 40-plus teams from the area, including adult teams, to compete, which will be great for generating business for ... Read More »

Marco Island-Naples Among Top for Homeownership


By Noelle H. Lowery A recent national study on homeownership ranked the Marco Island-Naples area sixth among the nation’s small metropolitan areas (with populations under 500,000) for homeownership. Conducted by San Francisco-based consumer advocacy group NerdWallet, the analysis was spurred by the new rental reality facing many Americans seeking a place to live. A recent report from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies indicated that one in four households are spending more than 50 percent of their income on rent. This comes as no surprise to Jamie Ortiz, the NerdWallet analyst behind the homeownership report. It is no ... Read More »

ATF to the rescue


By Natalie Strom  “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.” - Bob Barker of “The Price is Right” The community of Henderson Creek In East Naples is proud to be following in Bob Barker’s footsteps, and with the help of Animal Task Force of SWFL, Inc., (ATF) nearly every home with a dog or cat has had their pets spayed or neutered. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is on a mission to promote animal welfare which includes spaying and neutering pets and providing food and education to low income neighborhoods. Kelly Hyland and Cindy Harrold are ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach Hosts Buddy Day 2014

Employees from the Greater Marco Family YMCA organized games for the Buddy Day event.

By Noelle H. Lowery It was a day of discovery. It was a day of celebration. It was a day of bonding. It was Buddy Day 2014 at Hideaway Beach on Marco Island. Some 168 second-graders and 200 adult volunteers participated in the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee’s annual Buddy Day event, which rewards children enrolled in the Guadalupe After-School (G-A-P) Program for their hard work and dedication to reading and academic achievement. The students and adults spent the day at Hideaway Beach learning about sea life in the Gulf of Mexico from Rookery Bay volunteers, studying coastal and migratory ... Read More »

Success at ‘Discover Tigertail’

Mary Nelson talks about the significance Tigertail Beach holds to nesting sea turtles.

Submitted On Saturday, March 1, Friends of Tigertail hosted its annual “Discover Tigertail Beach” event. The weather was delightful, and the attendance was impressive with 200 people, including local residents and many national and international visitors. A part of this year’s event, FOT launched a new program dubbed “Question Quest.” A fun scavenger hunt, it served not only as an educational element, but as a facilitating tool for the self-guided tour through the nine information stations. At the beach entrance, FOT greeters presented the guests with a pencil and the scavenger hunt sheet, explaining that each numbered question corresponded with ... Read More »

Marriott’s Lights for Hope


By Noelle H. Lowery A cool breeze kissed the palm trees in the courtyard at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. Josh Groban’s “You Raised Me Up” played softly in the background. People mixed and mingled quietly. Their conversations moved from warm greetings to happenings of the day to discussions of cancer. All were anticipating the moving ceremony to come — the Seventh Annual Marriott Lights of Hope. Sponsored by the Marriott, its Spirt to Serve committee and American Cancer Society-Marco Island, it also serves as the kick-off for ACS’s Relay for Life campaign on Marco Island. This year’s ... Read More »

New Maven of Center for the Arts

By Noelle H. Lowery Hyla Crane has the soul of an artist, and the heart and mind of an educator. This combination has served the Connecticut native well in her career heading up education programs for non-profit theaters and museums throughout the Northeast, and it will make her a shining star as the new executive director of the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Her first day on the job was Feb. 17. “She has the spirit and love of art and the other humanities that we espouse here,” explains Rosemary Wick, president of the Center for the Arts ... Read More »

Mackle Park Referendum Tabled


By Noelle H. Lowery After sitting through the first three hours of the March 3 Marco Island City Council meeting, many in the audience were relieved the one agenda item they came to hear about — the referendum for the Mackle Park Community Center project — was on deck. It took councilors less than 30 minutes, though, to unanimously table the issue. “We have to table this to get more information — more information to do the job right,” said Councilor Amadeo Petricca. At issue in the discussion was the language of the resolution which would have set the ... Read More »

2nd Annual Harbor Arts & Music Fest


The Goodland Arts Alliance, 501(c)3, along with Collier County Parks and Rec is sponsoring its 2nd annual outdoor Harbor Arts & Music Festival at MarGood Harbor Park, 321 Pear Tree Ave., Goodland on Sunday, March 9, 10am-4pm. The venue, MarGood Harbor Park, has great historic and environmental significance, the property was purchased with Florida Forever funds in 2005. Today native landscaping and lovely walkways wrap around a charming harbor-front. The park also features a museum/exhibition hall, 2 open-air pavilions, and a canoe/kayak. Proceeds from this event will go towards fulfilling the GAA’s long-range goal to establish a true and cooperative ... Read More »

Mahogany Bend at Fiddler’s


Fiddler’s Creek reports that sales have reached 80 percent at Mahogany Bend, an enclave of 53 classic Mediterranean-style single-family residences located within the luxury, master-planned community. Mahogany Bend offers a choice of three expansive four-bedroom floor plans, ranging from 3,174 air-conditioned square feet to 3,525 air-conditioned square feet. Additionally, most of the homes within the village are situated with desirable golf or water views. For membership details and more information on this gated golf course community in Naples, offering move-in-ready and new homes call 239-732-9300, stop by the Fiddler’s Creek Information Center at 8152 Fiddler’s Creek Parkway or visit at Read More »

Register for Camp Challenge


The chance to fly through the air on a zip-line…swim in a new pool… sit by a fire roasting marshmallows and smores…all typical summer camp experiences. At Camp Challenge, children and adults of all ability levels have the chance to make new friends and share in camp life. Located in Sorrento, FL, just across the Lake County border on SR 46, between Sanford and Mt. Dora, Camp Challenge, is owned and operated by Easter Seals Florida (ESF) and is accredited by the American Camp Association.  Camp Challenge offers two types of summer camp programs – OVERNIGHT CAMP and DAY CAMP. ... Read More »


Deborah Phelan of Marco Island was a winner at Monday night at Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Shirley Posner. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome!     Lee Knerv of Naples was a winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Sue Baum.         Valerie Sisson of Marco Island was a winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Bernie Seidman.     Read More »

Marco Players presents Art


The Tony Award-winning comedy, revolves around three friends and raises questions about art and friendship. Written by Yasmina Reza, Art is a French language play set in Paris and translated by Christopher Hampton. This witty, yet provocative play revolves around three friends—Serge, Marc and Yvan, who find their previously solid 15-year friendship on shaky ground when Serge buys a large, expensive, completely white painting. Art shows from March 19 – April 6, 2014. On Wednesday – Saturday, doors open at 7:30 pm for the 8 pm show and on Sunday, doors open at 2:30 pm for the 3 pm show. ... Read More »

Art at the Marco Library


The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive. March and April 2014 will feature watercolors by Wanda Coady. Her artwork is for sale with a percentage of the sale to benefit the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Inspiration for many of her paintings comes from travel in a variety of countries around the world. Read More »

YMCA Sneaker Ball


More than 300 guests gathered for the ninth annual Greater Naples YMCA’s Sneaker Ball. With the help of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation’s matching grant, more than $200,000 was raised to help rebuild the Naples facility, which was partially destroyed by fire on Labor Day. Guests came dressed in their favorite footwear for the themed event, held Feb. 21 at Seacrest Country Day School. For more information or to make a contribution toward the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation match pledge, call 239-597-3148 or visit Naming opportunities and membership options are available. Read More »

Meet Shaq and Dick Vitale at Boys & Girls Club


The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County will host the second annual Youth of the Year Celebration March 24 at 8 p.m. at Artis-Naples. Special guests joining the event will be Boys & Girls Club Alumni and retired NBA professional basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal and ESPN college basketball analyst, Dick Vitale. The Youth of the Year Celebration is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year program, a national recognition program for club members. It was established to foster young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities. For more information or to purchase tickets and/or ... Read More »

Imperial Golf Club Names First Female Board President

Imperial Golf Club is pleased to announce that Sunny McCown, Ph.D., was named President of its Board of Directors at the Club’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 18. She had served as Imperial’s first elected female Board Director and now is Imperial Golf Club’s first female president. McCown has held many titles at Imperial Golf Club since she and her husband joined the Club in 2002. Her most recent roles include that of Club Historian, Membership Chair and Secretary of Imperial’s Board of Directors. She served for 6 years in the Women’s Golf Association, including the position of president. She ... Read More »

Snook to reopen in Gulf

The recreational harvest season for snook reopened on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30. In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 33 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. A snook permit is required to keep ... Read More »

Voting Reminder

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office has begun mailing a Notice of Election/Vote by Mail Request Form to all registered voters who are eligible to vote in the US Congressional District 19 Special Elections. This mailing serves to remind voters of the upcoming Special Primary Election scheduled forTuesday, April 22 and the Special General Election scheduled for Tuesday, June 24, and the Vote by Mail Request Form provides a convenient way for voters to request a mail/absentee ballot for one or both elections. Registered Collier County voters may also request a mail/absentee ballot by visiting and selecting the Mail/Absentee tab. For more information, please ... Read More »