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Apps Revolutionize Aging

By Jesus Calo “For the next generation of retirees, the question that will trump all others will be a simple one: How do you add life to longer lives? The equally simple answer: technology.” ~ Dr. Joe Coughlin Director, MIT AgeLab As the 10th anniversary of the iPhone approaches in September, the latest revolutionary version of the smartphone is highly ... Read More »

Goodland Road Finally Coming Home

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On July 11, 2017, the Collier County (CC) Commissioners, unanimously approved an agreement with the City of Marco Island (MI) in which jurisdiction of Goodland Road would be returned to the county. It’s been a long slog (literally) for Goodland residents, visitors, and deliverymen who have been sloshing, grinding, and bumping over Goodland Road for ... Read More »

The House: Is it Good? Don’t Bet on it!

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana When it comes to comedy, I feel like the genre can be split into two separate categories. In one category, you have comedies starring actors who can act funny, but also deliver a performance. Actors like Christopher Walken, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, etc. In the other category, you have comedies starring comedians who are only there ... Read More »

Council To Continue Search For Manager

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides City Councilors were not comfortable giving the thumbs up to the candidacy of the sole contender for the vacant position of city manager on Wednesday evening. They voted 4 to 3 in opposition of offering the job to Josh Gruber of Beaufort, South Carolina after almost 3½ hours of discussion and two days of interviews and ... Read More »

Cloud Over Search for Manager

More Straight Talk By Steve “Stef” Stefanides It was during the 1984 Presidential Debates that then President Ronald Reagan, running for a second four year term, successfully negated an attack on age when he said, “I will not make age an issue of this campaign; I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponents youth and inexperience.” Those ... Read More »

Civility, Compassion and Respect Forgotten Traits of an Admirable Nation

Written by Roy Eaton, August 2010 Updated by Jessica Hernstadt, June 2017  Some people may blame the current climate of disrespect and rudeness on the political antics of the day. But this problem predates the nastiness of the recent 2016 election. Formalities and customs that encourage a polite society are being forgotten, or are never learned. People have allowed the ... Read More »

Blame it on the Boomers

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Innovation is the calling card of the future.” ~ Anna Eshoo, U.S. Congresswoman  Question: Do you think there will be a resurgence of manufacturing jobs in the United States? Answer: I’d like to say yes but the numbers tell a different story. During the last two recessions manufacturing jobs declined and haven’t bounced back ... Read More »

Moving Up, But Not Away

By Don Manley Bob Pfeffer will retain a professional association with the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort despite no longer being the hotel’s director of sales and marketing. In May, he was named senior director for the Marriott Corporation’s Convention and Resort Network Portfolio, overseeing 34 resorts in the continental U.S., Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. “He’ll basically be ... 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 »

Coiro Comes to Coach Part II: And a lot besides

By Barry Gwinn and Danya Zarate In August 2015, Damon Coiro (pronounced Kor’-ee-oh) began what he hoped would be a long and rewarding association with Hall of Fame Coach, Johnny Roscoe at Northern Guilford High School (NGHS) in Greensboro, North Carolina. Roscoe had won four state championships at NGHS. He offered Coiro one of the coveted assistant coaching positions on ... Read More »

Freedom of Speech on College Campuses

While diversity of all kinds is undoubtedly crucial to success in academic environments, more and more college campuses across the country seem to flaunt one glaring omission: that of opinion and, more specifically, political belief. This exception was underscored most recently by the actions of students at Evergreen State College, a small liberal arts college in Olympia, Washington. The school’s ... Read More »

Signets of Significance

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently completed a custom made 18kt. yellow gold gent’s signet ring to be presented to a gentleman’s grandson. I honestly can’t remember the last time I have had a request for one of these rings that used to be the rage many years ago. They are not really in demand today. The creation and ... Read More »

The Chicks of Sand Dollar Island

By Maria Lamb According to Ricardo Zambrano, a biologist for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), there are approximately 400 least tern nests and 600 black skimmer nests at the tip of Sand Dollar Island. These birds lay an average of two to three eggs in a season. Last year, the Sand Dollar Island nesting colony had the largest ... Read More »

CMCD Spells R-E-L-I-E-F From Mosquitoes That Is

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Since the first week in May, Goodlanders have been swatting and scratching their way through life, facing relentless attacks from swarms of salt marsh mosquitoes, waiting eagerly and ravenously outside their doors. A mosquito that breeds in salt water is one of the worst nightmares for a community surrounded by the stuff. These guys usually ... Read More »

Growth Management Wins National Award

Collier County’s Growth Management Department was recently awarded an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for using real-time data to create an accessible inspections environment. As part of NACo President Bryan Desloge’s presidential initiative, the county also received recognition as one of the 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work, illustrating the best innovations in county government nationwide. Following ... Read More »

FOF name Stevens to new post

The Friends of Fakahatchee have named Francine Stevens to the new position of Executive Director for the group.  The Friends of Fakahatchee is a 400-member citizen support organization that contributes almost $80,000 and 10,000 volunteer hours annually to support Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. In announcing the appointment, Patrick Higgins, president of the FOF, said: “With the growth of our ... Read More »

UPDATE: Hilton Fire Causes Evacuations

Update on Hilton Fire: The following update was received from Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy: The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has had contact with the Marco Island Hilton today. The Hilton has advised that the damage from the electrical fire is greater than originally predicted. Out of concern for safety the Hilton will remain closed indeterminately until all ... Read More »

Senior Empowerment Series | Experts Advise ‘Plan Now’

By Shirley Woolaway Make a plan now to avoid difficult decisions later was advice given by health and home care panelists recently at the first Senior Empowerment Series of 2017 at South Regional Library. Moderator Kenn Voegele, chair of the Leadership Coalition on Aging of Collier County spoke of his experience when first his father and then his mother developed ... Read More »