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Happy Fit of July!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com It’s that time of year again: swimsuits, sand, and sun– sans snowbirds. We locals love having the beach all to ourselves! The question is, will you actually get out there and enjoy it? Some of us will and some will hibernate like it’s winter in Canada counting down the days until it blows us into the safer, more fully-clothed weather of the fall. Some will get out there and enjoy every sunrise, every foamy lick of the gulf while others will only admire it from a glance– out of the window. Why is that? For the ... Read More »

Independence

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Independence is Happiness” – Susan B. Anthony On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted and thirteen colonies broke free from the governance of Great Britain. Those thirteen colonies would one day become part of the United States of America, and for the more than 200 years that have passed since it’s signing, we have fought every day to maintain the independence implied in that landmark document. John Hancock, in his support of this newly-sought freedom, concluded that Americans would have to rely on the “Being who controls both Causes and Events ... Read More »

“Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast” Shines Light on Marco’s Luxury Homes

Christina Lusby of WINK-TV interviewing Frank Monti at the Alameda Court home featured in an episode of “Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast,” while Cliff Donenfeld looks on.

By Don Manley It’s only natural that Marco Island’s bounty of luxurious homes be included in “Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast.” “Everybody wants to be in it,” said Chuck Ardezzone, co-founder, of the 30-minute reality show’s producer, Naples-based In Trouble Zone Productions. “We’ve got Marco, we’ve got Cape Coral. We’ve got all kinds of places.” As the title, “Million Dollar Listings: Billionaire’s Coast,” makes clear, the show focuses on the luxury real estate markets in Collier and Lee counties, and the professional and personal lives of the realtors who deal in multi-million dollar homes. “It’s the high end homes and ... Read More »

Life After the Test

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FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org Many schools across the country have spent the last eight months preparing for the end of year high stakes tests. For example, at Marco Island Academy (MIA), a public charter high school in Southwest Florida, we have administered countless numbers of tests in the past couple of months to comply with the state mandates. Out of ninety full-time instructional days in the second semester, we have administered tests forty-nine of the days. Since we are a small school, the logistics of the testing have been a nightmare. The teachers have juggled their lessons ... Read More »

Westberry Among Changing Guard

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By Don Manley Jory Westberry is moving on to the next phase of her life after 14 years as the principal at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE). Last week’s end to the school year also marked the close of her tenure at TBE, as well as her 25-year career with the Collier County school district. The move is a painful one for Westberry. “I love this place,” she said. “I love the kids. I love the staff. There wasn’t a day that I ever was sad to come to work. I was always excited. Never had a crabby day, honest ... Read More »

Breathing Life into History

Steven Smith, commander of VFW Post 7721 in Naples, and Mary Ellen Cash, scholarship chairman for the post’s ladies auxiliary, flank MIA history teacher Lori Galiana.

By Don Manley Lori Galiana’s approach in the classroom at Marco Island Academy (MIA) has led to her being recognized by district 13 of Florida’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organization. As her world history class looked on, the history instructor recently received the district’s Teacher of the Year award from Steven Smith, commander of VFW Post 7721 in Naples, and Mary Ellen Cash, scholarship chairman for the post’s ladies auxiliary. Cash said Galiana was selected for the award, which encompasses Collier, Lee and Hendry counties, because of her focus on bringing the study of history alive for her students. ... Read More »

The George DeMarco Foundation Celebrates 10 years and $100,000

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The George DeMarco Foundation celebrates over ten years and $100,000 in donations. Initially created to provide proceeds as charitable contributions with a principal focus on the needs of construction academies, the Foundation has expanded to include other endeavors benefiting the children in Collier County. The Foundation has committed over a decade to improving the lives of the young people in Collier County through hosting golf tournaments, Key West vacation raffles, and poker tournaments. With the leadership of a strong board, the Foundation has placed money with ABLE Academy, Step By Step and the construction academies at Lely High School, Palmetto ... Read More »

Saving Animals From Extinction at Naples Zoo and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

On Saturday, May 16th, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day and AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Naples Zoo is proud to participate in AZA’s SAFE program. For the first time, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus our conservation science, our wildlife expertise and our 180 million visitors on saving species in the wild on one special day, Endangered Species Day. Designated as a national celebration of America’s commitment to protecting and recovering our nation’s endangered species, the goal ... Read More »

Saving Animals From Extinction at Naples Zoo and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

On Saturday, May 16th, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day and AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Naples Zoo is proud to participate in AZA’s SAFE program. For the first time, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus our conservation science, our wildlife expertise and our 180 million visitors on saving species in the wild on one special day, Endangered Species Day. Designated as a national celebration of America’s commitment to protecting and recovering our nation’s endangered species, the goal ... Read More »

The Key to Life is Balance

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” General George S. Patton   Question: What are your thoughts on interest rates? Answer: When it comes to making predictions, I’ve learned over the years that it is helpful to plan for occasional economic wildcards and look for trends rather than absolutes. Current events such as dramatically lower oil prices, international tensions, a stronger than expected U.S. dollar and dramatically lower oil prices all influence interest rates and make it difficult to predict the timing of any movements. While expectations might be for rates to move ... Read More »

How to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I’m sure you’ve read every possible article or heard about the latest breast cancer prevention information out there, but believe it or not, there are constant studies coming out on how to try to prevent obtaining this debilitating disease once and for all. Is there an absolute fool-proof plan to guarantee that you will never get breast cancer in the first place? Not yet, but hopefully we’re on our way to that glorious day. Here’s what we know, and what we can continue to do on our part to slash our odds: Avoid being overweight ... Read More »

FWC moves forward with comprehensive draft bear management rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to build on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its April 15 meeting in Tallahassee, FWC Commissioners approved several proposed bear-related rules that will be presented for final action in June. The draft rules address a wide variety of tools to manage bear populations and help reduce human-bear conflicts. Staff were directed to refine changes to the feeding rule by making a new sub-section specifically for bear feeding and adding coyotes to rule 68A-4.001(3). In responding to feeding violations, staff will focus on written warnings as a key component. ... Read More »

Nurses Matter—All Year Long

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By Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Award-winning American filmmaker Carolyn Jones said, “At one point in our life each of us will encounter a nurse, whether it’s as a patient or as a loved one and that one encounter can mean the difference between suffering and peace; between chaos and order. Nurses matter.” National Nurses Week begins every year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This is the very special week that each hospital, doctor’s office and healthcare facility sets aside to honor our nation’s national healthcare treasures: our nurses. As the CEO of Physicians Regional ... Read More »

Are You Putting Yourself First?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com With season coming to a close, many of you are left frazzled and gasping for breath—I know we sure are! Each year I am amazed at how our small island seems to swell like a sponge filled with water. Most of you I’ve spoken with are exhausted and burned out from the constant demands of dealing with customers, clients, or even simply the traffic. I’m here to remind you to breathe! Take three slow deep breaths, closing your eyes and clearing your thoughts. Imagine with each exhale that you are pushing stress further and further away ... Read More »

Can You Really Boost Your Metabolism?

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By Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I’m sure you’ve read the claims splashed across fitness magazines and various canisters of green tea: “fire up your metabolism” reads Herbalife’s Ultimate Thermofit or “naturally boosts metabolism – no jitters” reads Garden of Life’s fucoThin Green supplement. Sounds legit, right? Sadly it’s not. The scary truth is that these supplement companies need no evidence whatsoever that what they claim is actually true. It’s frustrating for the consumer who wastes their hard-earned cash on flimsy statements, which further demonstrates the rule of thumb that if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. ... Read More »

Terracina Grand to Introduce the Montessori Method for Memory Care

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By Randall Kenneth Jones When The Goodman Group—the development and management company for East Naples’ Terracina Grand—officially opens the doors of its latest project on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, their sights are set on literally creating a day to remember. Their brand new, two-story building—Villa at Terracina Grand—will feature 55 apartments for 60 residents specifically in need of memory care. This includes all stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. What’s more, this grand opening gives the healthcare community much to celebrate. The state-of-the-art memory-care facility will focus much of its resident care on renowned psychologist Dr. Cameron Camp’s revolutionary teaching method, an approach traditionally used to maximize ... Read More »

“History Comes to Life” The Collage Art of John M. Williams

The Naples Depot Museum is pleased to present History Comes to Life, The Collage Art of John M. Williams on display April 1, 2015 through May 30, 2015 . The opening wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, open to the public at no cost and will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm. Williams, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, brings history to life through his intriguing cut paper collage portraits of important figures in U.S. and world history. He illuminates their lives, emotions and the background elements ... Read More »

Naples Zoo Announces New Panther Exhibit

Naples Zoo officials announced today they are breaking ground on a permanent home for a young Florida panther that cannot be returned to the wild after it was blinded by a shotgun blast. This new panther exhibit will focus on expanding public awareness of the issues surrounding the growing number of cats in the area. And to meet the increased need to care for injured or orphaned panthers, Naples Zoo is also creating habitat space to provide temporary care along with an all-new large animal veterinary clinic. This is part of a cooperative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife ... Read More »

SCHLEHR Selected as Puppy Raiser

Kaitie Schlehr, Lighthouse of Collier Case Manager, has been selected by Southeastern Guide Dogs to be an official Puppy Raiser. As a puppy raiser, Kaitie will provide Carley, the new puppy, with home life experiences, while teaching her basic obedience. Puppy raisers take the puppies everywhere—to work, out to eat, on trips, and even grocery shopping. The dogs need real-world training in order for them to grow up to successfully guide a visually impaired person. The puppy-raising experience requires a great deal of commitment, time, energy, and focus. Once the dog has matured, Kaitie will say goodbye to Carley in ... Read More »

Putting – Club Face Alignment

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By Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many important aspects to be a good putter, confidence, focus, set-up/address position, grip, green reading, club face alignment, constant tempo, feel, visualization, and speed control.One important factor that should be near the top of the list is club face alignment at address. Club face alignment is important, because the golf ball needs to role end over end at the target. If the club face is not aligned properly at address there is good chance the club face will not come back square to the target line. A player has an instinct about where the ... Read More »