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Letter to the Editor: SWFL CLEAN WATER MOVEMENT

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Good Afternoon, I am writing as a concerned citizen and hoping that you will help spread public awareness for our state’s most valuable resource. Please note the recent events of Lake O discharges, the sink hole that has led to millions of gallons of radioactive waste into an aquifer, fracking and the Sabal Pipeline in the horizon. The water in the SWFL beaches of Fort Myers, Captiva, Sanibel and Bonita Beach are brown. The beaches are filled with dead marine life. Most Collier county residents are unaware of the dire situation of our state’s water because it is not evident ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni

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Marco Island is a wonderful place to be whether you are raising a family, retiring, making this your permanent home, or stopping by for a short or long-term visit. This island is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. We have all found a piece of paradise here in southwest Florida. We are a successful year-round residential community that supports a wide variety of locally owned and operated small businesses outside of our thriving tourist season. We truly have a lot to be thankful for. So much of our local success is due to the environmental ... Read More »

2016 America’s Favorite Places survey

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Travel + Leisure, one of the world’s leading travel publications, lists Naples, Florida at No. 3 on its list of “Favorite Beach Towns In America” and No. 27 on the list of “America’s Favorite Towns” within its 2016 America’s Favorite Places survey. The six-month survey asked respondents to submit their favorite place and rate it in over 65 categories including affordability, notable restaurants, and public parks. The magazine’s editors noted in the beach towns ranking that the “tiny resort town on the Gulf Coast has long been a favorite destination for the jetsetters that prefer quiet relaxation over the glitzy see-and-be-seen ... Read More »

Rabbi Gross to Lead JCMI High Holy Day Services

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Submitted  Synagogue President Sue R. Baum said, “On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, we wish each of our members, their families and the Jewish community a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year.” Two new happenings for the Jewish New Year 5777, which begins at sundown on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 8 PM. The service will be conducted using the recently published prayer books, Mishkan haNefesh, (“Sanctuary of the Soul”) for the first time. The second new happening will be the first Holy Days that Rabbi Mark Gross will ... Read More »

Fashion Show to Help Cancer Patients in Need

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Submitted  The Buckeyes Care Luncheon and Fashion Show Premier Event, sponsored by the Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples Outreach Program will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North at 11:30 AM. A special Hilton lunch is included with the cost of $60 or $70 for premier runway seating. All fashion clothing provided by Casual Connection of Naples, Florida. The proceeds will benefit the Compassionate Care Fund at Lee Memorial Health System Regional Cancer Center to provide need-based financial help to those fighting cancer. Funds will pay for health insurance premium subsidies for the non-insured, ... Read More »

The Truth Will Set You Free

“Three things cannot be long hidden: The sun, the moon, and the truth.”
- Buddha

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  Many years ago our youngest son was in his last year or two of college when he called us on a Sunday afternoon. My husband took the call and I watched his face go from surprise to amusement as he heard the news our son was sharing. Feeling left out, I motioned to my husband to let me in on the announcement, so he looked at me and mouthed these words, “He got a tattoo.” Not the news I was expecting, and I was not amused. Our kids were all young adults ranging in ... Read More »

Pickleball For All

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Pickleball For All provided a complete pickleball package to Collier County schools.

By Paige Mitschele Florida is the vanguard of a movement that is sweeping the nation: the sport of Pickleball. It has taken speed beyond all bounds and few have known how to harness its force like Jim Ludwig. There are pickleball players. There are pickleball pros….and then there are individuals whom have become ambassadors of the sport, free of charge, donating their time and admiration for pickleball’s growth and prosperity. Jim has been a major proponent in bringing to Naples hundreds of designated courts, multiple USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association) tournaments, as well as creating a nonprofit organization known as Pickleball For All. This organization’s mission statement is to instill encouragement, integrity, strength ... Read More »

Fewer Sea Turtle Nests This Year

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By Don Manley This is a busy time of year for Marco’s longtime “Turtle Lady,” Mary Kelly Nelson, as she monitors and protects this year’s loggerhead sea turtle nesting season on the island’s beaches. Nelson, an environmental specialist for Collier County Sea Turtle Protection, said 2016 represents a departure from what has been an upward trend in the number of nests found annually on Marco. “For Collier County and throughout Florida, the numbers are up, but Marco’s beaches are down from what we had last year,” she said. “We did get 77 nests this year, which is good, but not ... Read More »

Touch A Piece of Space! Meteorite Comes to Southwest Florida Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium Hosts Meteorite Unveiling

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The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium has unveiled a 126-pound meteorite. The big meteorite will be the focal point of a three-year exhibit. On loan by arrangement with the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences, the meteorite is part of a larger meteor that exploded just above the Earth’s surface some 4,500 years ago. Originally found in Argentina’s Campo del Cielo (Field of the Sky), the meteorite’s parent body is 4.53 billion years old. This explosion resulted in a “strewn field” (about the size of the island of Manhattan) of craters and meteorite chunks from the same parent body. The ... Read More »

Comment Period

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The Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has opened a 21-day public comment period for the adoption of the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Amendment on September 9, 2016.  The document may be viewed at colliermpo.net by going to the Latest News on the left side of the screen, then select the link, “21-Day Public Comment Period for 2040 LRTP Amendment.” The public comment period for the amendment will close on September 9, 2016.  The MPO Board will consider the adoption of LRTP Amendment together with comments received within the public comment period at the MPO’s regular meeting on September 9, 2016 at 10 a.m., in the Board of ... Read More »

The Wall Street Dollies: Investing in Friendship

Kathy Sullivan outlines the bucket list and challenges. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Understanding the ups and downs of the stock market can be a challenge. The jargon itself can prove to be baffling. For 20 years, a group of Marco Island women have been meeting to learn about the market and do some investing of their own. The Wall Street Dollies are proud to be one of the longest existing investment clubs in Florida. The group originally started as a mini club within the Newcomers Club of Marco Island. Original member, Phyllis Marco, said, “Two other clubs said we would never survive. Here we are 20 years later!” The ... Read More »

Sailing Center’s Summer Program Ends

The MICSC summer camp participants in action. Photo by Mary Lee Cale

By Don Manley Rocky Cale is looking forward to the fall after another successful summer for the Marco Island Community Sailing Center’s youth program. “Our advanced class really took off this year, which is what we were really trying to achieve,” said Cale, the nonprofit’s president, said of enrollment in the summertime program. The Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) provides instruction to youths between the ages of 8 and 18 at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The year-round program, which operates from the Marco Island Yacht Club beach, also provides instruction to adults, including private lessons. For the ... Read More »

Travel “Here & There” Without Leaving the Island

“Marco Sunset” by William Ward Moseley

By Don Manley The opportunity to take a virtual journey, as portrayed with canvas and paint, to select locations in the U.S. and Canada is the focus on the most recent art installation at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Entitled “Here & There,” the show features 30 pieces works created by artist William Ward Moseley of Eagle Creek. He specializes in landscapes, some with buildings and some without, depicting scenes from across North America, skillfully painted in a realistic, impressionist style. Moseley is represented by galleries in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, and his landscapes have been on exhibit in ... Read More »

Iowa Hills Challenge 20,000 Riders

Start: Glenwood, Iowa with Team Lamb: (From left) John Lamb, 69, Charles Lamb, 72, Thomas Lamb, 24, and Bruce Lamb, 67. Submitted Photos

Submitted An ESPN sportswriter, Rick Reilly once wrote, “Iowa is so flat you can watch a train pull out for three days.” To flatlanders, a hill is an interstate overpass. But it is a myth that Iowa is flat. Each year, twenty thousand cyclists come from all over the world to Iowa to be part of the longest, oldest and largest recreational touring bicycle event in the world. This is not a race, but a non-competitive ride with all levels of riders represented; from Tour de France veterans to unseasoned riders, and plenty in between. Each rider who has done ... Read More »

Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) Receives 2016 Eagle Award

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August 2, 2016: The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE), announced recognition of the 2016 Eagle Award from the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials & Treasurers (IACREOT) for its Florida Certified Election Professionals (FCEP) program. The FCEP program is affiliated with the Florida Institute of Government and offers continuing education and certification programs for election officials with topics including voter registration, media relations and managing election workers. Since its development in 2007, FCEP has grown each year. Eighty-four election professionals have graduated from the program and are designated as “Master Florida Certified Elections Professionals (MFCEP).” “The ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERS ARE HERE TO HELP

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Collier County is home to a variety of tropical flora, most of which can be cultivated in your own yard. Growing and maintaining healthy plants can often present challenges, especially if you are new to managing tropical foliage. The Collier County Extension Office has Master Gardeners to offer guidance on your horticultural endeavors. If you are having difficulty with your shrubs, don’t know what kind of insects are attacking your plants or if you are having any other plant problems, the Master Gardeners can help. Collier County Master Gardeners are trained and certified by the County Horticulture Agent. Each Master ... Read More »

Avow Foundation Charity Golf Tournament planned October 24th

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Proceeds support families touched by serious illness and loss. Golf lovers in southwest Florida have an opportunity to play for a cause this fall. The second annual Avow Open Charity Golf Tournament is planned on Monday, October 24 at the Audubon Country Club in Naples.  Funds raised through the event will support the non-profit palliative and hospice care services provided by Avow. Registration begins at 8 AM; shotgun start at 9 AM. The event is open to men and women and features a $25,000 hole-in-one prize and long drive golf pro on par 5. Player fee is $175 per person and includes lunch. Online registration is accepted ... Read More »

Meet Rick & Danielle Siegel

Dr. Rick Siegel (L) Danielle Siegel (R) Submitted Photos

By Maureen Chodaba, RDH A visit to the dentist. The phrase alone can strike fear in the hearts of many. I know. I was a registered dental hygienist in New York State for 33 years before I “retired” to beautiful Marco Island. I remember the apprehension and anxiety of many patients as they entered the office for that necessary but dreaded appointment. But today there is good news. The field of dentistry is rapidly changing with advances in technology, techniques and new treatments, all designed with the patient’s wellbeing and comfort in mind. Rick and Danielle Siegel, newcomers to our ... Read More »

Love is in the Air – Courtship Rituals of Black Skimmers

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Submitted  A walk to Sand Dollar Island feels like a world away as you leave Marco’s “condo rises” behind. This small sand spit of unspoiled, sugary-white sand is a birder’s paradise where you’ll encounter resting, nesting and feeding birds. It is one of Florida’s Great Birding Trails and a flyover site for over sixty species of rare and protected birds. Sand Dollar Island is also a state designated “Critical Wildlife Area.” During springtime, love is in the air, as birds on Sand Dollar Island look for a mate. Courtship rituals range from something sweet and simple like head bowing, or ... Read More »