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NCH Awarded an ‘A’ for Patient Safety

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Submitted The NCH Healthcare System is the only hospital system in Collier and Lee counties to be awarded a national Hospital Safety Score of “A” from The Leapfrog Group. The NCH Healthcare System has been recognized for its’ dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. This A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients, who are looking for a ... 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 »

Rookery Bay Walking Trails

The bridge over Henderson Creek leads to three walking trails that progress through several habitats. Two are clearly  noticeable from the bridge, the lower and nearer trees are the mangrove habitat at water’s edge, while the taller trees are the pine flatwoods on a slightly higher elevation. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Carl and Joan Kelly The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has four trails within its territory. Three are behind the environmental center and one is on Shell Island Road (to be discussed in a later issue). Each has its own appeal. Stop inside the environmental learning center to get complete information and directions for the Snail Trail. The trailhead is across the bridge over Henderson Creek, accessed from the second floor of the building. Here you get a good view of the mangroves and a possible sighting of manatee, fish, otters, or raccoons. The water is brackish, a ... Read More »

NPC RIDE OF SILENCE PLEASE JOIN US

Wednesday, May 20 6:30 pm Cambier Park Downtown Naples, FL   Food and Socializing at Cafe Luna after the ride 467 5th Avenue S, Naples On May, 20, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe in a silent procession to honor bicyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although bicyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often is not aware of these rights – an sometimes not even aware of the cyclists themselves. The Ride of Silence is free. It is ... Read More »

An Osprey Rescue, With a Happy Ending

Obviously in distress, this young Osprey was fighting to stay above water. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s Saturday, May 2nd, the Dolphin Explorer’s 9 AM trip is on the water and something special is about to take place. With 19 happy passengers on board, the tour started as usual, with several dolphin sightings of adult males and even a mom and her calf. We passed a few Osprey nests and the guests took interest in the information that we shared about these raptors. As we made our way up the Intercoastal toward Keewaydin Island, I noticed something in the water flapping its wings furiously. Using my binoculars I was able to determine ... Read More »

An Orchid Double Hitter

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Submitted Come one, come all! The orchid-loving public is invited to attend this rare “Orchid Double-Hitter” on May 21, 2015 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 for the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday” Member Event. Attendance is free. The evening begins at 6:30 PM with a sale of rare and exotic orchids flown in from Hawaii just for the event. “I’ll be there when the doors open,” said Carmina Rodriguez Villa, a Naples orchid collector and member of the Alliance. “This is an opportunity to find unusual orchids, so I’ll go early to ... Read More »

VETERAN SERVICES LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

The Collier County Veteran Services Division is looking for volunteer drivers to help take veterans to medical appointments at Bay Pine VA Healthcare System in Bay Pines (near St. Petersburg) and the Cape Coral VA Clinic in Cape Coral. Collier County Veteran Services relies on volunteers to help transport some 1,100 veterans annually to medical appointments at these facilities, which are operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The county provides the service to veterans free of charge. “We are highly dependent on the drivers willing to give of their time for our veterans,” said Gary Vincent, manager of ... Read More »

NATURE PLAY PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM EXPANDS TO REACH MORE FLORIDIANS

The Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Get Outdoors Florida! are proud to announce the 2015 renewal and expansion of the Nature Play “Prescription” Program. Created in 2014, the program was designed to increase healthy activity for children and their families through access to Florida’s award winning state parks. “Nature Play ‘Prescription’ is a great opportunity for Florida families to get outside, get active and enjoy our outstanding state parks,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “This collaboration is a great example of state agencies working together for Florida’s families in ... Read More »

Spring Ring Bling Fling

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By Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net April was here and gone, it’s time to spring clean, clear-out and check your fine jewelry. Periodic cleaning and inspection is the surest way to prevent diamond or gemstone loss from faulty or missing prongs in settings. It seems this past season many have heeded my advice and many have not. I replaced a record amount of “missing” diamonds these past months, all of which losses could have been prevented by a simple inspection. A prong in time saves nine grand. My simple cleaning and inspection, which by the way is a free service takes three ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn: A Tale of Henderson Creek

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com One diary, two years of research and a great deal of passion all came together at the Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn on April 7. The final product is a fascinating glimpse into the history of pioneer life on Henderson Creek. The diary was written by Frank ‘Watts’ Hall and covered 186 days from 1898 into 1899. Watts was a teacher living with the Kirkland family on Henderson Creek and in his diary he shares a very intimate view of what daily life was like near the turn of the century. Ray Carroll was the presenter ... Read More »

Celebrate National Park Week with Free Park Entrance

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Submitted National Park Week will be commemorated nationwide by the National Park Service April 18 to 26, and Everglades National Park is inviting everyone to come enjoy free park entrance the opening weekend, April 18 and 19. National Park Week is an opportunity to engage families and communities nationwide in America’s Great Outdoors, by reconnecting people with opportunities to enjoy parks located right in your back yard. The theme this year for National Park Week is, “Find Your Park.” “National Park Week is the perfect time for everyone to ‘Find Your Park,’ the national campaign premiered this month to launch ... Read More »

NCH Wellness Hosts Yoga and Joint Health Event

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Submitted The NCH Wellness Centers are hosting a free community experience called, “The Power of Food & Yoga for Joint Health” on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10 AM to 1 PM. The event will take place in the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, Telford Center, second floor auditorium at 350 7th Street North. The program begins at 10 AM with a multi-level yoga class including chair yoga demonstrations for those who benefit from modifications. At noon, a lecture called “A Holistic Approach for Promoting Musculoskeletal Health” will be presented by Sue Graziano, RN, NCH Director of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. The ... Read More »

Conservancy’s Earth Day Festival April 18

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Submitted The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth Day Festival, an eco- and family-friendly event for all ages, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Conservancy Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. The festival features live animal shows, special programs, live music, local vendors and exhibits. The environmentally friendly event offers activities for all ages including electric boat tours along the Gordon River, educational programs for kids and adults, expert lectures, arts and crafts, face painting, hands-on habitat experiences, live music, locally made crafts and tasty festival food. Along with new events, ... Read More »

COLLIER AREA TRANSIT TO USE GOOGLE TRANSIT TO HELP RIDERS FIND BUS STOPS, SCHEDULES

Collier Area Transit (CAT) is pleased to announce that riders will be able to find bus stops and bus schedules using Google Transit. Google Transit allows riders to find the nearest bus stop, bus schedules at specific stops and how much the trip will cost, as well as alternate routes. Riders can access Google Transit by visiting www.google.com/transit or by downloading the Google Transit app to their smartphones. The app will allow riders to customize their routes and get walking directions to the nearest transit stop or to their destination once they leave the bus. You can also use business names or ... Read More »

Remodeling Your Kitchen or Bath?

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The kitchen and bath remodeling industry hit an all-time high in 2014 of three hundred billion dollars nationally. On Marco Island last year 615 permits were issued for condo remodeling work. According to the city’s web site, licensed General or Building Contractors are required to do remodeling work in condos. Most of the Condo Boards require you to follow all of their remodeling rules and guidelines as well. 2015 is a year of dramatic change! Sophisticated technology is the new shining star for renovated kitchens and baths. All of our daily tasks ... Read More »

Amplified Phone Technology to Florida to Help with Hearing Loss

For residents of Collier County who are among the three million Floridians with hearing loss, help has arrived. Today, Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI), the non-profit distributor of amplified telephones for people with hearing loss and speech challenges, is offering an innovative new amplified telephone at no cost to local residents with hearing loss. Amplified phones serve as lifelines for people with hearing loss, keeping them connected and engaged to loved ones. FTRI is making the XLC3.4, developed by Clarity, available to residents for free. It is an easy-to-use cordless phone with talking Caller ID that boosts incoming sounds up ... Read More »

Conservancy to host Earth Day Festival April 18

Featuring live animal shows, special programs, live music, local vendors and exhibits, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth Day Festival is a “not-to-be-missed” eco- and family-friendly event for all ages. The public is invited to the Conservancy’s annual Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Conservancy Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. Conservancy biologist and python expert Ian Bartoszek will share his innovative work with pythons in Southwest Florida; the Naples Zoo will present its popular animal show featuring live animals; and Conservancy Veterinarian, Dr. P.J. Deitschel will be back to ‘wow’ ... Read More »

Association Consumer Alert: Watch Out For “Official Documents” That Are Not

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell It’s that time of year again! Many of the Annual Meetings for Associations have already taken place and others will take place within the next few months. After we get by the first of the year, it is time for the Annual Corporate Reports to be filed with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. Most of these are filed by the managers once the Annual Meeting has taken place, so that any changes to the directors or officers of the association can be made. In that way the corporate information for the association ... Read More »

Spring Break Then and Now

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By Pat Newman Ah! Can you smell it? The scent of sun lotion and beer is everywhere. That means only one thing—spring break is here again. That heady mix of aromas reminds me of some of the best times of my life, especially my first foray into Florida during college break in the 1970s. My friend Donna and I headed to Daytona Beach in search of sun and fun and discovered sun, 40 degree temps and a few hangers-on from the weekend’s Daytona 500. Intrepid travelers that we were, we decided to continuing driving south until we got a “good ... Read More »