Tag Archives: family

Smiles and Tears as Chaudhry Departs

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For Mac Chaudhry the day had to be bittersweet last Sunday. The longtime manager of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa would gaze out amongst 150-200 family, friends and co-workers who would assemble in the newly renovated dining facility to wish him well as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. ... Read More »

City Manager Resignation

Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Congratulations on getting the best City Manager we have ever had to resign. The man who finally got our bucket plan together is out. I truly wish Roger Hernstadt the best. The citizens, who voted for the slate of four, do not deserve a man with his talent and commitment. Now it is time for ... Read More »

Grace Place Launches West Side Challenge

By Maureen Chodaba Grace can be defined as a state of regeneration and betterment bestowed with divine assistance upon those in need. Grace Place for Children and Families is a place where this bestowal of blessings can be witnessed on a daily basis. Started in 2004, this non-profit education center in Golden Gate is dedicated to putting faith into action ... Read More »

Marco Museum Meets Family Member

By Jesus Calo  When visiting a museum, you cannot help but wonder what the history an item holds beyond the descriptions being displayed. It’s a treat when you get the opportunity to walk with a direct relative who contributed to Marco Island Historical Museum’s (MIHM) very own artifact collection, recently displayed in the Pioneer Era Exhibit. Will Smith and his ... Read More »

Under the Docks MIA Students Enrich Marco Canals

By Maria Lamb Ocean Habitats, Inc. of Ft. Myers has been hard at work in Marco Island installing artificial reef habitats underneath existing docks. To date, they have installed 108 habitats in Marco Island’s canals with an additional 20-plus scheduled for installation. This is great news for the health of our canals. According to David Wolff, Ocean Habitats’ president, this ... Read More »

Pomelo – a Farmer’s Market Citrus Treat

By Maria Lamb It is citrus season in Southwest Florida and the best time to pick up fresh Florida grapefruits, tangerines and honeybells. And it might be time to try a locally grown pomelo. South Naples Citrus Grove has been a staple at Marco Island’s Farmers Market for more than eight years. They bring their fresh ripe tangelos, easy-to-peel tangerines, ... Read More »

National Cancer Prevention Month

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island The month of February is dedicated to National Cancer Prevention, and it was fitting that the American Cancer Society of Marco Island held their annual Imagination Ball on February 4th, which was World Cancer Day. On the topic of prevention, early detection and screening are among the top preventatives you may ... Read More »

Never Say Never Writer Roy Eaton Overcame Challenges to Motivate Others

By Jessica Hernstadt Naples writer Roy Eaton, in his book “Soldier Boy,” describes life’s challenges as “numerous and complex.” Roy writes these words from experience. The first of his many life challenges began upon birth. In the spring of 1946, Roy Eaton was born in New London, Connecticut. A full month premature and weighing around two pounds, Roy’s underdeveloped lungs ... Read More »

Marco Half Marathon and 5K

Submitted Grab your sneakers and mark your calendars for the Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K run-walk, which will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The Half Marathon will begin at 7:30 AM and the 5K run-walk will begin at 7:45 AM. The event starts at the Shops of Marco Publix parking lot at the corner of San Marco ... Read More »

Fishing and Boating in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Looking at a map or marine chart, the 10,000 Islands area of Southwest Florida is essentially located from the south end of Naples, continuing south past Marco Island, Goodland, Everglades City, and several miles past Chokoloskee. The 10,000 Islands is home to many species of fish that can be found throughout the year. The ... Read More »

Service to His Community is Just Natural

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since his arrival on Marco Island as a vacationer in 1987, Jim Curran saw something special in the small island he would eventually call his fulltime home. In 1992 he would purchase a unit at Smokehouse Bay Condominiums. In 1999 he and his wife Lori relocated here on a permanent basis and never looked back. Jim ... Read More »

Project’s Final Legacy Reef Named

Submitted Recent residents to Marco Island, Chris Haunschild and his wife Jennifer, read an article about the Artificial Reef Project and wanted to provide a lasting gift for the people of Marco Island and Southwest Florida. “We moved our family here for the unique beauty and traditional values,” stated Chris Haunschild, “and wanted to provide a place for marine life ... Read More »

Grace Place: New Appointments

Grace Place for Children and Families in Golden Gate City announced that it has hired Barbara J. Wilson to lead its marketing and communications efforts and Chrissie Missal to manage the volunteer experience initiatives at the nonprofit organization. Ms. Wilson brings over 20 years of professional experience in marketing, business development, consulting, media relations, social marketing, development and public relations ... Read More »

COUNCIL ACCEPTS MANAGER’S RESIGNATION 5-2

At the outset of the meeting on Monday night the Marco Island City Council accepted the resignation of City Manager Roger Hernstadt.  Hernstadt has served the Marco community for 3 years, and has been a highly visible member of the community in addition to his wife Jessica who volunteered for numerous charitable organizations. Hernstadt came to the community after many ... Read More »

Chalk Art for the Young at Heart

By Jesus Calo Who says there’s an age limit when it comes to chalk art? The Marco Island Center for the Arts (MICArts) held its third Annual Chalk Art for the Young at Heart event on Saturday, January 28, 2017. The event was free to the public and everyone was welcome. The community gathered on a beautiful sunny afternoon without ... Read More »

Foodie Friday is Back!

By Samantha Husted The Naples Outlet Center will once again be hosting their food centric event, Foodie Fridays. Two of Naples most sought after food trucks, The Sizzle Truck and Red Roc Cravings, will be on sight every Friday between 4-8p.m. to serve up their delicious fare. The Sizzle Truck is family owned and specializes in gourmet sandwiches. Chef Z’s ... Read More »

How to Handle Identity Theft

By Don Manley It’s important to be armed with knowledge about the scope of identity theft and the steps necessary to prevent it and correct the crime should it occur to you. Those topics were covered in a thorough presentation by Tina Nash of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s Marco office at the identity theft seminar held recently at Wesley United ... Read More »

The Gravity of Falling

Keeping You Safe Chris Bowden Firefighter/Paramedic cbowden@cityofmarcoisland.com Losing your independence after years of self-reliance is often a hard pill to swallow. Due to the natural ageing process, these golden years are often overlooked altogether. As you can imagine, it’s very important that while you and your loved ones continue to age, being properly prepared and informed is vital. I am ... Read More »

Our Oyster is Your World

Submitted The Carvelli Family has created a little slice of their homeland in the quaint atmosphere of Marco Island. The family shared a cherished memory from their childhoods in Mesoraca, Italy, when the entire family and friends sat at the table to share meals and conversations. Brothers Luigi, Sal and Francesco Carvelli with cousins Adamo and Francesco Serravalle opened the ... Read More »

Fate, Love and Choice

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com When I was 16, I worked as a clerk in a grocery store in my Iowa hometown. I earned about $2.35 an hour, and over the course of a week, I might clear twenty bucks. I liked the independence of having money in my pocket and in my bank account. But mostly I ... Read More »