Tag Archives: Goodland


Diane Bostick  dianebostick@comcast.net Author: Andrea Levy  Publisher: Picador (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 2010. Available in Hard cover, soft cover, audio and Kindle.  I know that some of you would rather be shot in the foot than read anything considered a “Historical Novel.” (Yes, I know, some of you think I should say ‘an’ rather than ‘a’ before the word historical. ... Read More »

Hugo: a blend of fact and fiction

By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net “Hugo” is a charming mixture of the real Georges Melies, a French film pioneer, and Hugo Cabret, a 12 year old boy who lives in the Gare Montparnesse in Paris, and is a combination orphan, station clock minder, and part-time petty thief. The film is based on Brian Selznick’s 526 page book “The Invention of Hugo ... Read More »

Species spotlight: Redfish

Capt. Pete Rapps  Pete@CaptainRapps.com Another species of fish that we catch all year round here in the 10,000 islands is the Redfish. Its true name is Red Drum, however, most in our area refer to the fish as Redfish or just “Reds”. Its Latin name is Sciaenops Ocellatus, and it is closely related to the Black Drum or the Pogonias ... Read More »

Christmas in the Caribbean

Frances Diebler hfdiebler@gmail.com  Holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas are celebrated all around the world and it makes no difference if you celebrate at home or at sea. We have experienced both and, each time, we had friends and family who celebrated with us wherever we were at sea or at home. Each celebration was joyous, warm, with both family ... Read More »


Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net In my last article I mentioned I took in a lot of diamonds in any given week, but that doesn’t compare to the amount of watches that land on my bench in a single day. I look at and work on a hundred or more timepieces a week. I replace dead batteries, shorten or enlarge metal watch ... Read More »

Nutcracker Magic

Joanie Fuller  joaniefuller@embarqmail.com Three silly but fun questions for you. Have you ever thought much about nutcrackers at holiday time? Do you know the story of the Nutcracker Ballet? Have you ever seen hundreds of nutcrackers in a restaurant? I certainly never thought about seeing them in a restaurant. Actually, my main memory of nutcrackers as a kid, is the ... Read More »

The Winter Solstice

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher eas-newsletter@earthlink.net This is primarily a stargazing column, but we never talk about the somewhat unusual movement of our very own star, the Sun. On December 22, the Sun reaches the Winter Solstice – its most southerly location in the sky. The Sun is now located a few degrees above the spout in the Sagittarius ... Read More »

Deck the walls with bounds of Hawley

Tara O’Neill  Ethereal images pulsate from the work of Naples-based (but internationally collected) artist Bonny Hawley. The word is: entrancing. You look and look and, inescapably, must look some more. The more you look, the more you see. The more you see, the more you feel. The art is warm-toned acrylic mixed media collages: mono-printing, stenciling, gold and silver-leaf, metallic ... Read More »

Nine nearby natural worlds

Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Marco Island is surrounded by a richness of unique natural worlds to explore and enjoy with family and friends. All are a relatively short drive off the Island and can be experienced in any degree – from a day trip to an overnight to many days of camping. By foot or watercraft, get to know the “real” ... Read More »

My husband wants me to hit my serve harder, what do I do?

Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com Most of my male friends have been playing all kinds of sports since early childhood and are still in good physical condition. Additionally, many of my buddies stand six feet tall or greater and often weigh over 175 pounds. Whether they are playing a pick-up weekend basketball game or they have playing in a golf tournament, they ... Read More »

Let’s be safe out there!!!

PEDAL IN PARADISE  By Matt Walthour  It’s that time of year when the roads will start to get a bit busier with drivers from all over the world. It is important as a bicyclist that we know the rules of the road as much as the automobile drivers. With all the new bike paths and multi-use sidewalks that have been ... Read More »


Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Q. What are some tips for a healthier holiday season? A. When people think of the holidays, several images come to mind—generally yummy, indulgent food tops the list. We all know that the treats and eats are what can make or break us. Why not prepare ahead of time for the expected and unexpected? I generally workout ... Read More »


After 26 years of partnership as Slocum & Christian, Inc., John Slocum has announced his retirement from the company planned for the end of this year.  It is the end of an era—but also a new beginning. “Year after year, we have built some of the finest homes and remodels for the most knowledgeable clients who have demanded the best.”  ... Read More »

Presbyterians to Gather at the Historical Church

Marco Presbyterian Church’s 6:30 p.m. Prayer and Bible Study will gather on Dec. 21 at the Historic Church to sing Christmas Carols.  The Historic Church is located on the Marco Island Cemetery property.  All are invited. For information call 394-8186.   Family Christmas Service Marco Presbyterian Church will host a 6 p.m. Dec. 18 family Christmas service entitled “Through the Eyes of ... Read More »

The Highwaymen Have Arrived

The Marco Island Historical Museum proudly announces a new exhibit called Against All Odds. Back in the middle part of the 20th century, a group of young black artists (25 men and a woman) were trying to sell their paintings along the highways on the other side of Florida, without much success.  A kind white artist befriended them and taught them some ... Read More »

Collier County Redistricting Map Approved by Justice Department

The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has issued a letter of no objection for the county commission redistricting plan approved in September by the Collier County Board of County Commissioners. The approved redistricting map (Map 1A) can be viewed at www.colliergov.net/redistricting The criteria used in developing the new map included the following: 1. The population of each district should ... Read More »


Christmas Decorating Contest Committee Plan for the 15th Annual House and Business Decorating Contest The Christmas House and Business Decorating Committee met recently at Sanitasole, hosted by Paula and Richard Robinson, for final preparations for the 15th Annual Decorating Contest.  Enthusiasm is building among Marco Island residents as they noted early decorations already displayed. Marco Island has long been noted for ... Read More »


January 6 & 7 2012 9:00 – 1:00 Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N Collier   Marco Island For Reservations please Contact Don Hutchings 394-8780 Most Insurance Companies give discounts of each premium over a three year period. Learn current changes in the law. You do not need to be an AARP member. Open to everyone age 50 and up. Cost is $12.00 for AARP members. $14.00 for non ... Read More »

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island to Host Community Hanukkah Celebration

The Collier County community is invited to attend the Third Annual Marco Island Community Hanukkah Celebration on Wednesday, December 21 at 5:45pm at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI), 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. This year’s celebration will include: –          Greetings from community leaders –          Menorah Candle Lighting –          Music featuring Klezmer Clarinetist Dr. Martin Cohn –          Lots of holiday spirit for the ... Read More »