Tag Archives: life

Crime Rate Down on Marco Island

Submitted  On February 9, 2017, Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino announced a significant and continued reduction in crime, as measured by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. The FBI’s UCR program is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies with a primary objective to generate reliable information for use in ... Read More »

Open Letter to Mr. Roger Hernstadt

Dear Mr. Hernstadt: I am very sorry to hear of your resignation as Marco Island’s City Manager. It is regrettable that some of our councilors failed to set aside emotions and find a civil, constructive, businesslike manner in which to work with you on their issues of concern. It was the hope of many citizens that these issues would be ... Read More »

Town Hall Meeting

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Please mark your calendar for our Marco Town Hall Gathering, which will be held on Thursday, February 23 at 6 PM in the Rose Hall Auditorium on the Museum property. Come early so you can see the newest attraction: “The Pioneer Cabin,” the newest exhibit to be added to this wonderful museum. Each exhibit seems to ... Read More »

Marco Museum Meets Family Member

By Jesus Calo  When visiting a museum, you cannot help but wonder what the history an item holds beyond the descriptions being displayed. It’s a treat when you get the opportunity to walk with a direct relative who contributed to Marco Island Historical Museum’s (MIHM) very own artifact collection, recently displayed in the Pioneer Era Exhibit. Will Smith and his ... Read More »

Imagination Ball 2017: Unforgettable Evening of Glitz, Glamour & Giving

By Nikkie Sardelli Over 250 guests, dressed to the nines, attended the annual Imagination Ball supporting the American Cancer Society on the evening of Saturday, February 4. Aligned with the evening’s theme, “Glitz, Glamour & Giving,” there was no lack of effort made to ensure guests felt like they were entering an event fit for celebrities. Welcomed by a red ... Read More »

Swing Through Time In Hollywood

Submitted The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled’s (FDD) Hollywood Swing Through Time- themed Gala takes place March 4 from 6–11 PM at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. The evening features an elegant cocktail hour, live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. Guests can take part in the unique Diamond Drop, where they can win diamond earrings from Yamron ... Read More »

Five Days of Celebration Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival Returns

Submitted The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host its 13th annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival from Tuesday, February 21, to Saturday, February 25. This festival celebrates the life and work of Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) (1890-1998), who was an author, journalist and environmental activist. Her best-known work, “Everglades: River of Grass,” was published in 1947. It drew attention ... Read More »

Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Tonight, for the first time in a long time, he hadn’t been the odd man out. Tonight he’d been part of a pair. Part of a something.”  If you’re in the mood for laughing, crying, and sighing, then Lauren Layne’s “Someone Like You” is the book for you. This is a contemporary romance novel following ... Read More »

Scammers and Scallywags

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Just want to issue a heads up warning to my faithful followers. Apparently, there are some unscrupulous folks who are wandering around Marco and Naples selling jewelry under the pretense of it being real gold. It’s shiny and looks good, but the ring or chain feels a little too lightweight. That’s because it is gold ... Read More »

Never Say Never Writer Roy Eaton Overcame Challenges to Motivate Others

By Jessica Hernstadt Naples writer Roy Eaton, in his book “Soldier Boy,” describes life’s challenges as “numerous and complex.” Roy writes these words from experience. The first of his many life challenges began upon birth. In the spring of 1946, Roy Eaton was born in New London, Connecticut. A full month premature and weighing around two pounds, Roy’s underdeveloped lungs ... Read More »

Origami on a Grand Scale

By Maria Lamb  According to artist Kevin Box, “Origami represents a simple metaphor. We all start with a blank page. What we do is up to us. The possibilities are endless.” In Japanese, “origami” means “folding paper.” There are birds, boats, ponies, a bison, and a butterfly at the Naples Botanical Garden’s Origami in the Garden exhibit. Each sculpture is ... Read More »

L is For…?

“L Is For…?” takes place at La Serenata, a moderately upscale retirement community in Southwest Florida. Relax and spend some time with Louise (Mary Bryan), a Southern Belle who appears to be a cleaning fanatic, and Mark (R.E. Joyce), a lonely widower from Upstate New York. What is she up to? Will he even notice? Come see for yourself what ... Read More »

Nominate the Artist of the Year

Submitted  Since 2014, every spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) has recognized an Artist of the Year. The non-profit organization is requesting nominations for the Artist of the Year from the public. This special honor recognizes the art or activity of a person or group who has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of our ... Read More »

Listen to Your Heart

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “It’s impossible.” Said Pride. “It’s risky.” Said Experience. “It’s pointless.” Said Reason. “Give it a try.” Whispered the Heart. There’s an inspirational book titled, “Waking” by Matthew Sanford. The book is based on the real-life events of Mr. Sanford’s life. When he was 13 years old, he and his family were traveling through ... Read More »

Experience the Everglades by Moonlight

By Jesus Calo We are fortunate to experience some of the most scenic sunsets in our country and the best view is right out in the Everglades. Occasionally, it is nice to step outside your comfort zone and do something adventurous. Everglades Area Tours is an excellent way to spend your evening with a small group and if you’re one ... Read More »

Director’s Screening of ‘Dawn of the Abyss’

Submitted St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Marco Island, in co-sponsorship with Mindfulness Meditation on Marco, will host a Director’s Screening of the film, “Dawn of the Abyss, the Spiritual Birth of Swamiji,” on Friday, February 24 at 7:30 PM. The film follows the journey of a Christian monk as he seeks to fulfill his spiritual destiny in the magical land ... Read More »

Art at the Library

Submitted The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive. The months of February and March 2017 will feature the works of Marco Island artist Judy Chinski. “I think of painting as a journey. As I travel to places real or ... Read More »

Project’s Final Legacy Reef Named

Submitted Recent residents to Marco Island, Chris Haunschild and his wife Jennifer, read an article about the Artificial Reef Project and wanted to provide a lasting gift for the people of Marco Island and Southwest Florida. “We moved our family here for the unique beauty and traditional values,” stated Chris Haunschild, “and wanted to provide a place for marine life ... Read More »

Chalk Art for the Young at Heart

By Jesus Calo Who says there’s an age limit when it comes to chalk art? The Marco Island Center for the Arts (MICArts) held its third Annual Chalk Art for the Young at Heart event on Saturday, January 28, 2017. The event was free to the public and everyone was welcome. The community gathered on a beautiful sunny afternoon without ... Read More »

Interactive Exhibit Brings Pioneer Era to Life

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) recently hosted a reception for the unveiling of their third and final exhibit at the museum. The Pioneer Era – A Tale of Two Villages is the story of two villages, one to the north and one to the south, that were created through ... Read More »