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How Do You Measure Student Learning?

Johnathan Watt; Students’ individual talents cannot 
only be measured by standardized tests. PHOTO BY JANE WATT

FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt website: As the chairman of the board of Marco Island Academy (“MIA”), a public charter high school for the past five years, I have had an opportunity to witness firsthand how the current standardized testing strategies affect students, teachers and administration at the school. As a parent of three children in the public school system, I have personal experience with how the testing has affected my own kids. In both cases, there is an unnecessary amount of stress caused by the abundance of standardized testing in schools today. During the past few years, legislators ... Read More »

Setting Intentions

The Line Drill (above) - Paint a line, with course marking paint, and hit golf balls that sit on top of the line. This will help determine initial club to
ground interaction entry point.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott As golfers we can try a million different techniques or sensations when playing golf. One sensation might work for one swing. Another swing, though, might work for five or six holes. So which sensations are correct, and which sensations are not? As an instructor, I am trying to get people to be consistently better. My correction cannot be telling a student a sensation they should have. I prefer to help students set intentions, and guide them beyond that point. Whatever technique or sensation helps them accomplish this intention is the correct one; the sensation is ... Read More »

Tram Tours Explore Fakahatchee Subtropical Wilderness

Naturalist Glen Stacell makes a point during a Fakahatchee tram tour. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Thanks to the Ghost Rider Tram, you don’t have to get your feet wet or drive your car down dusty roads to see the wonders of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. At 85,000 acres, the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve is the largest, and least developed, of Florida’s State Parks. The tram, named in honor of the famous ghost orchid found in the park, offers a naturalist-guided tour of the park, which is home to more orchid species than any other place in all of North America. The park is home to 47 native orchids, 38 native ferns and 14 ... Read More »

Restrictions: What are they? How do they affect me? Why should I care?


ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA Few people think to ask the above questions. Significantly less people may realize the impact the answers to these questions may have on what, in most cases, will be the most important investment of their lives. Zoning, what is it? Zoning, also referred to as “The Zoning Code” or, in the case of Marco Island, it is specifically referred to as “The Land Development Code” (refer to the link provided to the city’s website). The Land Development Code basically deals with matters of growth, density, uses and restrictions as they pertain to the built ... Read More »

The Greenest Grass


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “He who is not content with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” – Socrates   I just returned from a truly special family vacation. My husband and I rented a log home nestled in the mountains of Colorado, and along with our children and their families, we spent seven days together exploring the 120-acre home site. Located seven winding, rolling miles from the nearest town, we ate our meals at the big wooden table using the groceries we carried in. We took a few day trips ... Read More »

NCH Among Top Ten Hospitals in Florida

The Cerner Smart Room 
incorporates the latest technologies to improve patient care and clinician

Submitted The NCH Healthcare System has been recognized as one of the top ten hospitals for 2015-16 in Florida by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. “The U.S. News and World Report ranking of the NCH Healthcare System has been on a steady upward climb for the past three years,” says Allen Weiss, M.D., President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “NCH’s state ranking has improved from 22nd, to 17th, to 9th in Florida,” Weiss adds. “A Best Hospital has ... Read More »

Believe to See


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer I am a visual person. I’m pretty sure I’ve always been a little deficient in the category of imagination. I have to see evidence in order to confirm that something exists. I have never seen a ghost, Bigfoot, or the Loch Ness Monster, therefore I am skeptical of their existence. Growing up as a child in the 60’s and 70’s, imagination was a pretty important element in day to day play. Toys in that era were fairly simple and involved creativity to fully enjoy. For instance, I had several dolls growing up, but they ... Read More »

Healthy Plus Lecture on Joint Replacement

Submitted Is joint pain holding you back? Dr. H. Kurtis Biggs will provide a guide to available treatments, from conservative therapies to direct anterior hip replacement and patient specific knee replacement. The presentation is hosted by IBERIABANK’s Marco Island branch, as part of the bank’s Health Plus lecture series. Dr. Biggs is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples. He completed his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation before entering private practice. He serves as a national knee and hip replacement instructor and an advisor on replacement technology development. Dr. Briggs’ presentation ... Read More »

“Giants of the Everglades” Dennis Goodman Exhibit at Marco Island Historical Museum

Dennis Goodman (in front of  sunset) answers questions during the reception for his show “Giants of the Everglades”.

By Steve Gimmestad On June 2, the opening reception for “Giants of the Everglades,” by photographer Dennis Goodman, was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The event, along with hors d’oeuvres and wine, was sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Dennis Goodman is an award winning photographer, and has appeared in numerous publications throughout Florida and elsewhere. He has received accolades from many organizations for his work, and for his efforts in the preserving the Everglades. Upon entering the gallery, the “Giants” in the exhibit name not only refers to the subject matter, but also aptly describes the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Kevin Dohm


Editor: First and foremost allow me to congratulate and thank the Marco Island City Council for finally locating and hiring a city manager with the requisite knowledge and experience to effectively help our temporary elected officials govern wisely. Mr. Hernstadt’s impressive credentials and professionalism will hopefully bring stability and consistency to our island and its political process. The days when city council members could shy away from making the difficult decisions or blame their actions on a lack of knowledgeable information have come to an abrupt halt. I can see why a couple of the current council members (Rios and ... Read More »

Clerk Wins 2015 Budget Award from Government Finance Officers Association

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the Collier County Clerk of the Courts, Florida has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for budget year 2015, for the thirteenth consecutive year.   The award represents a significant achievement by the Clerk’s Accounting Department. It reflects the commitment of Clerk of Courts Dwight E. Brock and his staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the Clerk had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines are designed to assess how ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank Lenzi


Re: The Marco Island proposed Rental Ordinance Reconsideration Apples, Oranges, Lions and Tigers and Bears. What do they have in common? Everything, according to a few Marco Island City Councilors that are proposing to once again reconsider Condominiums in the proposed rental ordinance. Single family detached homes and Multi unit Condominiums. These are two different animals! 1) Condominiums have rules and regulations that effectively address, renter, guest and owner problems coupled with strong management that actively enforces those rules. Single family homes have no such requirement. 2) Condominiums have legal obligations to have annual fire inspections. Single family homes do ... Read More »

Putting – Club Face Alignment


By Todd Elliott 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 »

Fly Fishing on the Middle Provo

There is fly fishing year round on the Middle Provo, even when the ground is snow covered. photoS BY Vickie Kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber This column is my husband’s idea. He suggested I write about something in which he is interested. So, at least this week, no museums, no churches, and except for a quick mention, no shopping, no restaurants,…..just a river and some fish. To learn more about fly fishing and the Provo River, I met with Ben Nelson, Matt Puodziunas, and Peter Robinson of Trout Bum 2 in Park City, Utah. Trout Bum 2 is a comprehensive retail and guide service. In 2013 and 2014 it was named Park City’s best fly fishing shop by readers of the ... Read More »

Into Africa, Part Two: The People

At night from a rooftop restaurant Cape Town shows some of her beauty.

By Carl and Joan Kelly South Africa. As we considered our trip to South Africa we thought of some of the people and places: Zulu, Bushman, Dutch, English, Afrikaner, Johannesburg, Cape Town. As we traveled to South Africa those words were gradually filled by personal names, histories, stories and details. We came away richer for the experience. We met Jonathan in Johannesburg, Joberg to the locals. Jonathan is a Bushman, the grandson of a chief. He learned herbal medicine from his grandmother, has an herb garden at home. As we walked and he named plants, he noted their medicinal value, ... Read More »


39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown Naples Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:30 am Lighthouse of Collier, in collaboration with American Comfort Limousines, invites you to attend and support Naples’ premier winter event — The 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 in Downtown Naples. Wear your yellow Lighthouse of Collier t-shirt and walk in the 1.8 mile parade to show how you support the community. All volunteers, sighted guides, guide dogs and white canes are welcomed. For non-walkers, limited seating is available on the American Comfort Limousines executive bus by RSVP to ... Read More »

Amsterdam, How It’s Changed

The Stedelijk Museum with its new addition. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEDELIJK MUSEUM

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I first visited Amsterdam in the 70s; my husband and I were last there in the 80s. On that trip, after a week in the city, we traveled on to Brussels. We were amused when a guide who took us to visit Waterloo and some of the countryside chateaus of Belgium referred to Amsterdam as a “doomed city.” On a recent visit there, I’m pleased to report that it is not doomed. It is a vibrant, diverse city, known for its tolerance, picturesque canals, and outstanding art collections. After a recent government sponsored overhaul and renovations ... Read More »

Panorama Home Services Inc.


Submitted Panorama president Roy Lansdown attributes his business’s success to a few key points. One is that he and his team are experts in client builder relationships. “We make it a priority to develop relationships with our clients reminiscent of small town friendships. Each client is given help every step of the way from concept to completion with their preferences, style, and budget in mind. We not only offer choice A B or C in any part of selection process; the world is literally our showroom. We help, guide and direct our clients with hands on to help them locate ... Read More »

Solving the Student Debt Crisis


By Noelle H. Lowery Marco Islander Abigail Widynski is a Millennial — one of those people who according to the Pew Research Center was born between 1981 and 2000. Academic research has characterized this generation as always being treated as special and important by overprotective parents; as being motivated, goal-oriented and confident folks who are no strangers to over-achievement and pressure to succeed; as being civic-minded and progressive, supporting social equality and high levels of education; and as being just the tiniest bit entitled. They also are a generation racked with student debt. For instance, in 2010, Pew Research ... Read More »

Up a Creek at the Nature Festival

The kayak launch point was at the very end a slow, three-mile drive down Shell Island Road, After donning life vests and stashing our valuables, we were helped into our kayaks one by one before our tour.

By Melinda Gray As a reporter, I’m often presented with opportunities to participate in fun local activities; invited to join in some wild adventures; and sometimes even confronted with daunting new challenges. Recently, I was invited to join a two-hour, guided kayaking trip on the morning of Friday, Jan. 16, as part of the Coastal Breeze’s coverage of the 11th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. When I agreed to take part in the tour, I was unsure of which category the day’s activity would eventually fall under. Having only kayaked twice in ... Read More »