Tag Archives: light

Recycling, Not to be Confused with Bicycling

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Let’s admit that we all have pet peeves; some of mine are irksome and some bring out downright ire. Take, for example, on one of my trips to the mainland on a recycling day, I noted that about 90% of the residents have their recycling carts out. That’s not an official number, ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera Gala to Feature Patricia Racette

By Randall Kenneth Jones While there may not be a resident opera company on Marco Island, thanks to Gulfshore Opera’s General Director Steffanie Pearce, top-notch performances are available to all the communities alongside Southwest Florida’s gulf shore. In fact, the company has brought their personal brand of musical magic to the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the past ... Read More »

What to Know Before Buying a Fishing Rod

Follow the Fish By Capt. Pete Rapps Use the wrong kind of rod and you might find yourself unable to cast as far or accurately as you need to. However, the right fishing rod can allow you to land a cast on a dime and work the bait in the way it was intended. Here are just a few things ... Read More »

Kiwanis Christmas Toys for Kids

By Maureen Chodaba “Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” ~ Ruth Carter Stapleton Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island recently took part in that ... Read More »

Giving Tree is not a Mirage

By Maureen Chodaba  For the past seven years, the Mirage On the Gulf condominium has been making sure that Christmas is not a mirage for families in need. The holidays can be a difficult time for those who do not have the financial ability to buy gifts for children and other family members. This waterfront community, located at 1070 South ... Read More »

Marco Island Box Angel Service

By Jesus Calo About 100 Members of the Marco Island community gathered on a windy night on the Marco Island Cemetery grounds for the 17th ceremony in remembrance of young loved ones lost. It was an intimate memorial service that ran shorter than usual due to the unexpected downpour of rain. But rain and the loss of power was not ... Read More »

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FROM THE SEA

Submitted The men and women of the Marco Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) went the extra mile to help light up the lives of many needy children in Collier County. They contacted members of Christmas Island Style to find out where 46 bicycles could find a needy home this Christmas. “Last year, we surprised the Christmas Island Style group with eight ... Read More »

Local Artist Show to Benefit Marco Island Center for the Arts

Submitted The Marco Island Branch of the Collier County Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts provide monthly art shows at the library’s Heathwood Drive location. During the months of December and January, the artwork of Marco Island artist Jo-Ann Sanborn will be featured. A percentage of the sales of Jo-Ann’s artwork will go to the Marco ... Read More »

Buche de Noel, the Perfect Holiday Dessert

By Samantha Husted  With the winter holidays fast approaching, many families are in a rush to go out and get things done.  Presents need to be bought, cards need to be sent out, and of course, that special holiday meal needs to be planned. And while the holidays bring cheer and good times, they can also be stressful and anxiety ... Read More »

Hilton Grand Opening Set for January

Submitted The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa will hold a grand opening January to mark the completion of a $40 million expansion and renovation project. Among the project’s components was the addition of 23 suites to increase the room count to 310 at the 11-story resort. Included is the introduction of all-new, oversized luxury family suites with connecting ... Read More »

Conservancy Hosts Wildlife Housewarming 

Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites the public to celebrate the Conservancy’s wildlife ambassadors as they move into their new homes in the newly expanded outdoor wildlife rehabilitation area, now open at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital. The wildlife ambassadors are former patients, now permanent residents, unable to be released due to the extent of their injuries. On Saturday, Dec. 10 ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier

Officers Errico, Kleis and White were on nighttime water patrol in the area of the Marco River and observed a vessel with fishing gear operating with improper navigational lights. The officers stopped the vessel to conduct a resource inspection and address the navigational light issue. When the officers activated their blue lights, the operator and passenger switched places. Upon approaching ... Read More »

Big Cypress as Dark Sky Place

The National Park Service is pleased to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve has been designated an International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) International Dark Sky Place. With the extent of urbanization in the eastern United States it is becoming nearly impossible to experience the night with little impact from artificial light pollution. Here in south Florida, away from the urban development ... Read More »

Executive Auto’s New Roadside Service

By Samantha Husted Tara O’Neill checks in on Samuel Falla’s progress with one of her drawing class assignments. For the past 23 years Marco Island native Dwain Naftal has driven Bald Eagle Towing’s bright red tow truck. Recently Dwain traded in his trademark tow truck for a Mercedes service van that operates out of Executive Auto Repair. “It’s a little ... Read More »

Christianity in the Holy Land 

Submitted On Wednesday, November 16, Marco Lutheran Church, as part of the Visiting Scholar Program, will welcome Dr. Mitri Raheb, a theologian and pastor of the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. The evening will begin at 6:30 PM with a “Taste of Palestine,” light hors d’oeuvres of Palestinian cuisine. At 7:45 PM, Dr. Raheb will present, “Assuring that Christianity Survives ... Read More »

Council Updates

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The second meeting for October of the Marco Island City Council had a relatively light agenda and dealt more with recognizing individuals and groups that have contributed to the community over the years, after council listened intently to Coastal Zone Manager Gary McAlpin brief councilors on the details surrounding an impending beach re-nourishment. Council presented a ... Read More »

50 Years Making Marco a Better Place

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Coming together as a group of 16 friends back in 1966, the Marco Island Woman’s Club was chartered in an effort to fill a void and provide the fledgling community with an organization that women could rally around to provide needed philanthropy. Fifty years later that basic philosophy of civic involvement continues, as the organization and ... Read More »

Marco Island Shell Club Seminar

Submitted Thursday, November 3, 2016– Jeannine Windsor, Education Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, will demonstrate how she uses the microscopes and camera which were donated by the Marco Island Shell Club for her lessons with the middle school students who visit the RBNERR as part of their science curriculum. The seminar will begin at 6:00PM at the Dissler Hall ... Read More »

Autumn Celebrated at First Friday Art Walk

Submitted It may still feel like summer but it was definitely autumn at the Local Color Art Gallery’s recent First Friday Art Walk. Ladies were treated to complementary flowery hair clips that were handcrafted by Malenda Trick. The buffet table was a cornucopia of pumpkin and apple inspired dishes, with a centerpiece that boasted of the abundance of a fall ... Read More »