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Celebrations Planned for City’s 20th Anniversary

By Don Manley Fun for all ages accented by a dash of local culture and history will be at the heart of the City of Marco Island 20th Anniversary Celebration. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Marco Family YMCA, the Marco Island Center for the Arts, the Marco Island Civic Association, the Marco Island History Museum, the ... Read More »

Disappointing Expectations

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Disappointment is something every single one of us has experienced one time or another, sadly some more than others. It’s a fact of life, and the less disappointments one has, the richer one’s life is. There was a gentleman in the shop last season asking about what it would cost for a particular heavy gold ... Read More »

Stonewalls to Host Happy Hour For Hope

Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope will hold its July “Happy Hour for Hope” on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM at Stonewalls, 551 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. “Stonewalls’ motto, “Fine Food Fast,” is a perfect fit for the event,” said Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris. Morris added, “Tim and Kim Burke always support our events ... Read More »

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 »

AKA…Mosquitoes

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” ~ Dalai Lama When I was a child in the ‘60s, our family went on a camping vacation every summer. We packed a “pop-up” camper with all the essentials and pulled it behind our Oldsmobile to the mountains of Colorado or a ... Read More »

A Larger-Than-Life Celebration of Florida’s Birds

By Maria Lamb  The first thing you notice when parking in front of the Donna Fiala Wellness Center at Eagle Lakes, East Naples is a towering seven-foot tall cotton-candy pink roseate spoonbill installed on a front entry wall of the Center. Your eye is drawn to it immediately. Denise Santos, artist from Goodland was commissioned to create a series of ... Read More »

Trailering Your Boat Safely, Part I

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  Getting your boat into the water can be an adventure in and of itself, if you launch it from a trailer. Bringing the boat to the launch ramp, launching and retrieving your boat and returning home safely are the focus of this series of articles. Boat owners who routinely trailer their boats know all too ... Read More »

Facets of the Underground Railroad Come to Light

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry I recently wrote about the Capitol Building from my trip to Washington D.C. in March. We arrived when the cherry blossoms were at their peak and blooming throughout the area, not just in the Tidal Basin. There are hundreds of pink, flower-laden trees framing the water and monuments nearby including the Jefferson ... Read More »

Bicycles Welcome on Marco

By Scott H. Shook Marco Island has quietly been building a bicycling infrastructure that can compare with any bicycling community in the U.S. With a combined 70 miles of in-road lanes and shared-use paths, cyclists on Marco Island can go virtually anywhere they wish—and do so safely—on the island’s bicycle facilities. That’s an incredible number when you consider the island ... Read More »

Health Care in the U.S.A.

Yes! If you don’t have health insurance you can die. The question we need to ask is why? Every developed country believes it is a “right.” When will our congress see the “light?” Additional money needs to come from the budget book. Into a multi-trillion dollar budget we must look. Does the budget reflect the things in which we believe? ... Read More »

Closer to Normal

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.” ~ José N. Harris Three weeks ago my prosthetic knee was in a sterile package, sitting on a shelf somewhere, with my name on it. Twenty-four hours later, it was removed from its packaging, and carefully installed in the place ... Read More »

Round Robin Fun at Racquet Center

By Jodi Pree On Tuesday, May 9, 16 players participated in the Marco Island Racquet Center’s “Mixed Doubles Mayhem” tennis round robin. The 16 participants were divided into four fun-themed teams: Hurricanes, Turbulence, Love Bugs, and Cyclones. Team Hurricanes was declared the winner with a total of 54 points. Players enjoyed a morning of tennis, light refreshments, and lots of ... Read More »

Racquet Center Hosts Spring Fling

By Jodi Pree On Tuesday, April 11th, 24 players participated in the Marco Island Racquet Center’s “Spring Fling” tennis mixed doubles round robin competition. The 24 participants were divided into four fun, themed teams: Spring Breakers, Spring Fever, Spring Cleaning, and Spring Training. The Spring Cleaning team won with a total of 82 points. Players enjoyed a morning of tennis, ... Read More »

Our US Capitol Building Outside and In

Rumination From the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry One of my goals while visiting Washington, D.C. recently was to tour our nation’s United States Capitol Building. The Capitol’s dome could be the most recognized manmade landmark in America and the Statue of Freedom that tops the dome is impressive; no wonder, it stands 19 feet 6 inches tall. The location ... Read More »

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A True Story of Altruism

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a true story set in World War II. It isn’t the first film to be based around that period, and it probably won’t be the last, but “The Zookeeper’s Wife” not only stands out from the long lineup of WWII films, it stands on its own as this year’s most compelling drama. ... Read More »

TO YOUR HEALTH Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System I hope the title of this week’s column is thought provoking. Yes, we all have an actual heart, but caring for that heart is another matter entirely—especially as we get older, and the risk of heart disease rises exponentially. Heart care at Physicians Regional Healthcare System focuses on the ... Read More »

Fine Dining at its Best DaVinci, Marco Prime & The Oyster Society

By Jessica Hernstadt  For fine dining on Marco Island, three restaurants stand out; DaVinci’s, Marco Prime and The Oyster Society. This dining trio, created by the Carvelli Family, each has distinct, unique menus and decor, yet shares an elegant creativity in its warm, inviting environments. These fine establishments are all conveniently located in Marco Walk, across from the Hilton, at ... Read More »

When Art Meets Function: Cornell University Architecture Students Come to Marco

By Samantha Husted In early March, the Marco Island Center for the Arts announced an exciting new partnership with Cornell University. The Center was selected by Cornell to take part in an architectural design project to create the blueprints for a “stressed membrane fabric structure.” On April 4th, six Cornell architecture students, along with their teaching assistant Caroline Niederpruem and ... Read More »

Prayer Breakfast Celebrates 34 Years

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The greater Marco Island community came together on Tuesday, March 21st as the JW Marriott Beach Resort hosted the 34th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast. Karen Blake, co-chair of the event welcomed a sell-out crowd to the Palms Ballroom at the newly branded JW Marriott property as they continued with a tradition over three decades old in ... Read More »

All Things Golf

Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In my experience there are three situations in a golfer’s life that result in the most anxiety about playing golf, particularly at private clubs. Hopefully this article will bring to light some of the most common concerns, which usually center on: Beginning to play golf with other golfers while learning the game; becoming good enough to contemplate ... Read More »