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Farmers market starts

By CBN Staff What has become one of the most popular weekly events in season on Marco Island is now even better. The Marco Island Farmers’ Market kicks off on Wednesday, November 7. Every Wednesday, from 7:30 AM until 1:30 PM, the freshest fruits, veggies and flowers can be found at Veterans Community Park. This year’s Farmers’ Market hosts 90 vendors, all bringing their unique gifts to the table. Spices, smoothies, artwork and fresh hot food are also a part of the line-up. Look for new vendors this year, which includes Summer Day Café and Market, Philly Grille, Nancy Dowdall ... Read More »

Kiwanis New Year

Submitted The new year for the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island has started off as a busy one. Two new members were inducted into the Club at the Thursday morning meeting. Marge Superitis was the sponsor for Turk Tilev and Joanna Todisco. Rondi Hauser, Membership Chairperson, recited the Objects of Kiwanis and presented the new members with their name badge and Kiwanis pin. The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island along with the two Rotary Clubs on Marco Island have teamed up to pack 150,000 meals on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the Charter Middle School. Volunteers are welcome to help ... Read More »

Snowy Egrets: One of the coolest birds on our beach


PROTECTING & PRESERVING  Nancy Richie One of several larger shorebirds that are spectacular to watch while walking the beach, especially along the Tigertail Lagoon and Sand Dollar beach peninsula area, is the Snowy Egret (Egretta thula). Just saying the name can cool one off on a hot Florida day at the beach. When walking the beach, one notices that there are several large white birds with long legs in the tidal zone and lagoon area. The Snowy Egret is easily identifiable by its bright yellow feet. Perhaps they are yellow galoshes? Not the largest of the long-legged shorebirds, the Snowy ... Read More »

Bromeliads in the South Florida landscape

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Bromeliads are finally getting the attention they deserve. Until recently, they were only popular with a small segment of house-plant enthusiasts. Today, bromeliads are prized tropical treasures in many Southwest Florida landscapes and public and private gardens. Featuring a wide range of color, leaf shapes and textures, bromeliads are as beautiful as they are hardy. If you’re looking for beautiful, exotic-looking tropical plants that are easy to care for and drought tolerant, look no further than bromeliads. Bromeliads are in the Bromeliaceae family, which is native to the tropical Americas. The pineapple plant is the ... Read More »

Thinking in color

ARTFUL LIFE  Tara O’Neill Recently I was asked by a fearlessly inquisitive art collector why so many artists wear black, or shades of grey, or neutral brown. “I mean,” said my inquirer, “their stock in trade is, generally, color.” It’s true, we often mute ourselves. The best answer I ever heard to that oft-asked question came recently from Brian Curtis, head of the drawing department at University of Miami, and a much lauded oil painter. Mr. Curtis explained to a roomful of workshop participants (part of the Naples Philharmonic Lifelong Learning program) that colors are so emotionally evocative, that it was ... Read More »

November fishing in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps November is one of my absolute favorite months here in the Ten Thousand Islands! The reasons are numerous and I could go on forever describing them, but some of the highlights are…. 1) Mild weather patterns with little rain and light winds, 2) Fish are actively following and feeding on the huge bait pods just off the coastal beaches, 3) Daytime temperatures are comfortably hovering in the high 70’s to low 80’s, 4) Migratory birds are actively arriving for the winter……. and the list goes on! The change of seasons will begin to affect ... Read More »

The Goodland Gazette

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom Goodland is buzzing with activity as more and more residents travel back to our fishing village for the winter months. With so much going on and only a small section of the Coastal Breeze to utilize, this will be the first edition of what I like to call “The Goodland Gazette.” Utilized only when necessary, “The Goodland Gazette” is a newspaper inside a newspaper, created to give readers the scoop on all things good in Goodland. Enjoy! GCA Meeting a Success The first Goodland Civic Association Meeting was held on October 16 at the Community Center ... Read More »

The return of the King of the Planets

SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher  Tonight, Jupiter returns to the early evening sky after an absence of some months. Jupiter is nearing opposition which will occur on December 3; Jupiter will be 180 degrees away from the Sun and will rise as the Sun sets. Opposition is important because Jupiter will be at its closest point to Earth on this pass around the Sun. Jupiter will be extra big and bright the next couple of months just begging to be viewed with binoculars. Viewing Jupiter with your binoculars tonight you will see four of its largest moons (Jupiter ... Read More »

Calusas Return to Marco

By Natalie Strom The Marco Island Historical Museum has come to life. A recent addition of four extremely lifelike Calusa Indian mannequins has visitors to the museum doing a double-take. Featuring an entire wing dedicated to the first known inhabitants of Marco Island, the realistic mannequins are only the beginning of grand plans for the Calusa exhibit and the museum as a whole. Managed by Collier County, the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) opened in 2010 thanks to the ongoing support of the Marco Island Historical Society. With four distinct showrooms to fill and limited funding, the MIHM is ... Read More »

The End Of Your Life Book Club

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust Author: Will Schwalbe Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf 2012 The End Of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe is not morbid or maudlin. It is a celebration of life. Do not be deterred by the title or you will miss one fantastic book as well as the opportunity to meet one of the kindest and most generous people who ever lived. And boy, did she live! The book club consists of the author and his mother, Mary Anne Schwalbe. It is formed when Will accompanies his mother to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for treatment of her ... Read More »

Eagle Scout supports Lely

Submitted  Attaining the highest rank of Eagle Scout within the Boy Scouts of America program is no easy task. Alexander Robau of Marco Island has been in Scouting for the past 11 years, starting out as a Tiger Cub in the first grade. Now a high school student, he is working on his final project to achieve Eagle Scout status. Among the heavy criterion that goes along with receiving top Scouting honors is to plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization, school or community. “When deciding on my Eagle Scout project, I realized I ... Read More »

Jewelry repair 102: Watch batteries

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan The reason I’m explaining the process of simple repairs is to educate and eliminate the mystery of what actually happens to your ring or chain or any piece of your beloved jewelry when you need it fixed or restored. The most common event in my shop is simple watch battery replacement. Simple right? I usually charge $10.00 for the average watch; most Timex watches require a lithium battery that cost $15.00… go figure: an inexpensive watch with the most expensive battery. I offer coupons on the island that can lower the cost by $ 5.00. ... Read More »

Are you ready to break all of the rules?

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Ok. I’m guilty. I’ve told my ladies teams hundreds of times to hit crosscourt. Yes, I even yelled, hit all of your returns crosscourt so you play the high percentages. And, this particular strategy works for all levels of play. However, I am offering a new plan. In no way am I suggesting that a conservative plan is a bad idea; today’s suggestions are another way to attack your doubles opponent. Whether the net player poaches or not, it can be wise to hit your return down the line instead of crosscourt. Why? Most recreational ... Read More »

TheatreZone Announces Comedic Casting for FORUM

TheatreZone Artistic director Mark Danni today announced his cast selection for the Tony award winning production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. “Forum is a light, fast-paced, witty and irreverent play considered to be one of the funniest musicals ever written with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart,” says Danni. The farcical qualities in this wonderfully crafted musical will have audiences laughing in the aisles. The musical opens the Equity professional theatre group’s Season 8 and is the perfect escape from life’s troubles. Joining Tony-nominated and television actor Eddie ... Read More »


Robin Taylor, Realtor Partner with the Sandlin Team at RE/MAX Results Realty in Marco Island, recently achieved her Resort & Second-home Property Specialist, RSPS designation. Robin joins more than 1,300 real estate professionals worldwide who have earned the RSPS certification. REALTORS® who receive the RSPS certification have successfully completed the Resort & Second Home Markets Courses along with additional advanced courses in the field of resort and second home real estate. Advanced education is one of the many ways that Sandlin Team Partners work to offer their clients the highest level of expertise. They specialize in helping their clients accomplish ... Read More »

CCSO Names October “Do The Right Thing” Winners

Heroism and positive decision-making were recognized during the first “Do The Right Thing” awards ceremony of the 2012-13 school Monday at the Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office adopted the “Do the Right Thing” program in January of 1988, and has honored hundreds of children for acts that reinforce good behavior, positive acts, and outstanding accomplishments in the community. The following students were recognized for October: Richard Wiegold, 11th grade, Gulf Coast High School (Overall Winner)  While going door-to-door collecting funds for his football team, Richard heard someone yelling for help inside one of the homes ... Read More »

Tarpon Club at Fiddler’s Creek Prepares for Busy Season

Beach and boating enthusiasts in The Tarpon Club at Fiddler’s Creek can anticipate an exciting schedule of special themed events and activities in which to participate this upcoming season. The Tarpon Club is a members-only organization featuring a full-service marina, beach pavilion with complimentary lounge chair and umbrella service, luxurious resort and spa privileges, and wine and dine rewards. There is also a full-service concierge to assist with dining reservations, entertainment and other requests. Tarpon Club member privileges include a wide range of social events and activities for members and guests, including sunset dinners, wine tastings, themed social events, beach ... Read More »

Next Calusa Garden Club Meeting and Program Set for November 12

The first Calusa Garden Club meeting of the year was held on October 8. Dale DeFeo, president of the club, also presented a program entitled “The Secrets of Sansavarias.” Sansavarias are plants seen all-over Southwest Florida and are commonly called Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue. Those in attendance left with new-found knowledge and respect for the plant seen daily in local landscapes. Dale is a National Garden Club Five Star Member and holds Master status in Gardening Studies, Landscape Design, Environmental Study, and Floral Design. She is a National Garden Club Horticulture Instructor and teaches nationally and is also a ... Read More »


JCMI Bingo Joe Varano was the big winner at Monday night’s BINGO game at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Vivian Mesner of Marco Island was the HOT BALL winner at Monday night’s BINGO at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island while Sharon Daley, a visitior from Illinois, was the BIG winner. Bingo is being played every Monday night at JCMI. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome. Read More »

Vocational and career exploration

Vocational and career exploration can take many forms, and students that pass the advanced swim test and that score out in the top ranked students at AMIkids Big Cypress can take scuba lessons at the residential boys program located deep in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The program has boys ages 14-18 that are completing their court ordered sanctions at the innovative program. For the first time they go to school every week day and learn life skills by trained staff who are dedicated to ensuring that the boys get every opportunity to get their lives back on course. Vocational training ... Read More »