Tag Archives: goals

Searching for a Searcher

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  A RFP (Request for Proposal) has been sent out by the city to acquire the services of an executive search firm to begin the process of hiring a new city manager for the community. Former City Manager Roger Hernstadt tended his letter of resignation on February 6 to be effective on July 7, 2017, however council ... Read More »

Kiwanis Launches “Christmas in July” Backpack Campaign

By Maureen Chodaba  Close your eyes and remember the days of childhood. Go back in your mind’s eye to recapture the feeling of going to school. Do you remember the challenges of learning? How about the social goals of fitting in and making friends? Did any other kids ever make fun of you? Hopefully, most of you were as fortunate ... Read More »

5 Questions to Ask When Your Broker Changes Firms

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Clarity affords focus.” ~ Thomas Leonard, American businessman  Question: My financial advisor called to let me know that he changed firms again and sent paperwork to move my accounts. Why would he be moving and what should I do? Answer: There are a number of reasons why advisors would change firms. In fact, I’ve ... 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 »

Letter to the Editor: City Council Behavior

  Lady and Gentlemen, It is with great regret that I have to send you this Email. I was hoping that after the initial few council meetings after the election, much of the rancor directed toward the City Manager would stop. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it has only gotten worse. The way some of you continually belittle Roger Hernstadt is ... Read More »

Building Your Financial Team: Who Should Make the Cut?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.”  ~Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) Question: How do I find out if my financial advisor is a fiduciary, and why is that important? Answer: Your question has become more prevalent and relevant recently because the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new rule governing retirement investment accounts ... Read More »

MIA Girls’ Disappointing Finale Follows Best Season Ever

By Barry Gwinn The MIA girls soccer team had a record breaking season this year – the best ever – capping it off with its first district playoff game at home. On January 17, the fourth seeded Rays hosted the fifth Community School Seahawks, with whom they had previously split close games. At stake was a trip to the district ... Read More »

Learn Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling

Submitted Calusa Garden Club will meet on Monday, February 13 at 1:15 PM to learn about “Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling” from Margie Hapke, Collier County recycling coordinator. Hapke has been with the Department of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management of the Public Utilities Department of Collier County since 2002. As recycling coordinator, one of Ms. Hapke’s goals is to ... Read More »

AAUW Celebrates 10 Years

By Maureen Chodaba  The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization of 170,000 women throughout local communities and college campuses. The AAUW provides $4 million annually in grants, fellowships and awards for women pursuing degrees in higher education. The AAUW works diligently to improve the future for all. On February 3, the Marco Island branch of AAUW ... Read More »

Humbug to New Year’s Resolutions? Not so fast!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry My friends and I were comparing our struggles with New Year’s Resolutions, and okay, resolutions in general, because they seem to fizzle out over time…like February. We decided that it could be our wavering memories, lack of progress or real commitment, or the insane insanity of our lives that makes it difficult. ... Read More »

Boy Rays’ Win Impressive Last Game

By Barry Gwinn  The first 11 games for new head coach Fernando Higuera and new assistant coach Brian Gambuzina have been challenging. With a 3-8 record, the boys’ season is reminiscent of the girls’ team when starting with new head coach, Jim Watt, three years ago. “It is the same mistakes being made over and over that are hard to ... Read More »

Healthy Wish List

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Ever get stuck on what to buy a friend or family member? How about a gift that can help their health and fitness goals? The American Cancer Society has some great ideas for any budget that will make great little gifts for the holidays. Happy Holidays and New Year from your ... Read More »

New Walk to Run Program at the Y

Submitted Personal trainer Maddy Wyers brings enthusiasm and a ready smile to her new job at the Greater Marco Family YMCA (Y). She is spearheading a new program, the Marco Walking Club, which embraces walking, jogging and running. Wyers says the aim is to attract people of all levels and ability at the two sessions. On Fridays, the group meets ... Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer – Mid-Season Team at 5 & 3 after strong first half

By Barry Gwinn After winning three of the five straight road games to begin the season, the Lady Rays finally got to play in front of the home crowd at Winterberry Park, where they won two out of three. On November 28, the Rays overpowered a talented St. John Neumann team, 4-1. The Rays defense was all but impenetrable, with ... Read More »

Screwworm Endanger Key Deer

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 3, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared an agricultural state of emergency in Monroe County after New World screwworm were found in samples taken from three Key deer. At this time, the infestation seems limited to Big Pine Key, No Name Key, and surrounding areas in the Lower Keys. Although not ... Read More »

MIA Girls Piling up Soccer Wins

By Barry Gwinn Trying to build on last year’s 4-10-2 season, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) Lady Rays took to the road for their first five games. With a solid core of sophomores, juniors, and one senior returning, the Rays were hoping that the incoming freshman would give them a boost. They weren’t disappointed. Their first game was at highly ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Letter from City Council Candidate Grifoni

When I announced my campaign 5 months ago, I set out to be a positive voice, focusing on the issues that matter to our citizens. I pledged to fight for every vote, and not ignore anyone in the process. I said I was going to run the most active and involved campaign for City Council because the people of Marco ... Read More »

City Council Election: Monica L Pierce

As an informed and concerned resident of Marco Island, I have been doing my research on the candidates for City Council and have been very impressed with some of the candidates that are running this year. Jared Grifoni especially stands out. I first met Jared at the Glory of the Grape event at CJs in June. I spoke with him ... Read More »

Local Parkinson’s Services Added

By Don Manley The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida, Inc. (PASFI) is expanding the services it offers for people in the Marco Island area who are afflicted with the neurological disease and their families. “We’re definitely very interested and committed to bringing about an awareness of our programs and services and educational opportunities to the Marco Island population,” said Chris ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Partners With FIU

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Florida International University (FIU) have established a new partnership that will serve FIU students as well as citizens of Collier County and surrounding areas. This unique educational and research partnership will enhance the environmental understanding necessary to manage the reserve’s 110,000 acres. Nine joint reserve-FIU staff positions have been created for scientific research, education ... Read More »