Tag Archives: help

Waterways Group Reviewing Water Quality

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many islanders the rain events during the first week of June were their first exposure to the effects that tropical depressions can bring here to Southwest Florida. The temporary flooding of streets and the need to find alternate routes around the island during the 18” of rainfall we received was somewhat trying. That heavy rainfall ... Read More »

Beating the Odds

By Don Manley  Kristina Woodman Hodgdon was leading a full life when the unexpected radically altered her circumstances on July 19, 2015. Until that day, she was a wife and mother, employed fulltime by Marco Island’s utilities department who played tennis twice a week and had just completed an associate’s degree. She was also known for volunteering for an assortment ... Read More »

Protect Our Burrowing Owls: Your Input is Needed!

By Maria Lamb Recently, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists and specialists joined law enforcement staff at the Marco Island Library’s Rose Hall for an open-house style meeting on our burrowing owls with residents, realtors, lot owners, builders, conservation groups and other interested parties. Stations were set up around the room with FWC staff answering questions on protection, ... Read More »

GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR A CURE

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The plight of a little 11-year-old girl in the Palm Beach County area was one which local Marco Island Marine Police Officer Josh Ferris was quick to warm to. Little Piper Suit was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) in 2011. Her father, Travis Suit knew he ... Read More »

ITC Camp Call for Actors

Submitted The “Sun Will Come Out” on Marco when the Island Theater Company (ITC) celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Broadway hit show, “Annie.” ITC is calling all actors for this year’s ITC summer camp and show. If you have a “performer” in your family age 8-18, this is an opportunity to get them onto the stage. If acting isn’t ... Read More »

Trailering Your Boat Safely, Part II

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  In the last issue, we began this topic by looking at the hardware necessary to get your boat from home to the boat ramp. This week we will look at the launching process. I will give you some pointers and checklists to help you get your boat in the water successfully. As in any endeavor ... Read More »

Volunteers Are a Valuable Resource

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us With more than 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters to manage and protect, the small staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is very busy, and always happy to receive help. Through a strong volunteer program, hundreds of individuals play a vital role in the preservation, restoration and management of our mangrove estuary, donating ... Read More »

Master Gardeners Here to Help 

Collier County is home to a variety of tropical flora, most of which can be cultivated in your own yard. Growing and maintaining healthy plants can often present challenges, especially if you are new to managing tropical foliage. The University of Florida IFAS Extension Collier County Office offers the guidance of local Master Gardeners to aid in your horticultural endeavors. ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek Blue Zone

Fiddler’s Creek has been designated a Blue Zones Project community by the Blue Zones Project-Southwest Florida, in recognition of the community’s demonstrative commitment to promoting a healthful lifestyle. The Blue Zones Project-Southwest Florida is a region-wide well-being initiative focused on making each community a healthier, happier place to live, work and play. “Fiddler’s Creek has long advocated wellness through a variety ... Read More »

$60,000 TO THE GUADALUPE CENTER

The Clark Family Foundation recently made a $50,000 gift to the Guadalupe Center, which provides year-round educational programs to more than 1,300 children a day in Immokalee. A portion of the funds will be used to add a bike path to the Early Childhood Center’s existing playground so that children can ride their tricycles safely and be shaded from the ... Read More »

A Restoration Project to Honor All Veterans

By Jesus Calo Marco Island Cemetery is home to a veterans’ monument with a special past. A result of an Eagle Scout project by two boys a decade ago, it has been a gathering place for veterans and their loved ones each Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Harsh elements and time have caused the original monument to become worn and ... Read More »

Art in All Forms Embraced by MIFA

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing literary, visual and performing arts to public places on Marco Island. At their recent annual luncheon, scholarships were presented to five students who are majoring in the arts in college. Also included at the luncheon was the presentation of the ... Read More »

Keep Your Kids Safe on Their Bikes

By Scott H. Shook With summer break upon us, many of the island’s children will be bicycling, whether it be to the Y, racket center, or to a friend’s house. Here are some ways parents can help their kids bicycle safely. Kids need to make sure they obey the law when riding on the island’s bike lanes and shared use ... Read More »

Help Save Christmas on Marco Island!

Submitted For over 30 years now the island has celebrated the Christmas holiday with programs and events brought by the hard work of a committee of volunteers known as Christmas Island Style. The events have grown, and include everything from Santa’s arrival in a helicopter to festive activities such as the Canine Holiday Pet Parade, holiday decorated boats cruising the ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Donates To Teen Court

Submitted On May 30, 2017, Ms. Carol Fritsch, Collier County Teen Court Coordinator spoke to the members of the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise about Teen Court. To her great surprise and delight, at the end of the presentation, the Sunrise Club President, Neil Snyder, presented Ms. Fritsch with a $1,000 donation. The donation will go toward scholarships as ... Read More »

Wilfrid’s Journey From Cancer Diagnosis to Preschool Graduation

By Samantha Husted and Jesus Calo  Translation by Jesus Calo and Myriam Calo Editor’s Note: The writers conducted their interview with Yanet Ramirez entirely in Spanish, her native language. In order to maintain the integrity of their conversation, some of Yanet’s original responses in Spanish will follow the English translation. Nearly three years ago Yanet Ramirez and her young son Wilfrid (“Willy”) ... Read More »

Life After Cancer

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island June is National Cancer Survivors month, and the American Cancer Society Marco Island Unit would like to recognize all the cancer survivors who have stayed strong through their cancer journey. We recognize that it is a long and difficult road to recovery. The American Cancer Society believes that whether you’re still ... Read More »

Cash on the Sidelines?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “We always underestimate the future.” ~ Charles F. Kettering, Inventor (1876-1958); General Motors head of research from 1927-1940. Question: Before the presidential election I moved a significant percentage of my portfolio to cash. I’m still waiting for a market drop to get back in. What are your thoughts and suggestions? Answer: If it makes ... Read More »

Bonnie Hauke Makes a New Friend: A visit to Joe Douglas

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn I can’t remember a day quite like this since I became a reporter two years ago. Bonnie Hauke couldn’t either. Neither could Joe Douglas. Bonnie Hauke is an accomplished artist who also loves the village of Goodland. She was married here on a sailboat, fortuitously to a sign painter, Kevin Hauke, whom she helps with ... Read More »

Clean Beach a Priority for JW Marriott

By Maria Lamb On May 23rd, employees from the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort showed up at South Beach for an evening beach cleanup. According to Jeff Hartzler of the JW Marriott and also a member of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee, “The JW Marriott is committed to ensuring that our beaches and environment remain clean for everyone to ... Read More »