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New Physician Joins Florida Gynecologic Oncology

Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, is pleased to announce the addition of Gynecologic Oncologist Samith Sandadi, M.D., MSc., to its practice. Florida Gynecologic Oncology provides high quality, personalized care to women with complex gynecologic problems and suspected diagnosed cancers of the female reproductive tract. Dr. Sandadi will be joining the team of distinguished physicians at Florida Gynecologic Oncology who have held, or currently hold, faculty appointments in academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology, have published hundreds of scientific papers and book chapters, and have received numerous awards for their contributions to women’s cancer care. “Dr. Sandadi’s clinical ... Read More »

Vibrant Ljubljana

A ride along the river in Ljubljana is a peaceful diversion.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I have two words for people who say the capital cities of Europe are old and stagnant: visit Ljubljana (lyoo-BLYAH-nah). The capital of Slovenia and located approximately in the center of this small country, it is young and vibrant. With a population of about 280,000, the 60,000 students in this city help invigorate it. It is a captivating city in which to spend some time. Major rebuilding after an earthquake in 1895 has made this city an architectural delight with a mixture of some original and restored Baroque and Vienna Secession (art nouveau), along with ... Read More »

A Chef to Savor


REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus [email protected] If you’ve had your fill of super-heroes, super-villains, zombies, Godzilla’s and other zillas plus assorted other freaks, treat yourself to “Chef.” It’s a delightful take on the food world, family bonding and multiculturalism with a great soundtrack and a bit of a travelogue to boot. After a disastrous experience with “Cowboys and Aliens” and a few other non-memorable movies, Jon Favreau wrote, directed and stars in this charming and very funny piece of entertainment. Carl Casper (Favreau) is a first-rate chef in a successful Los Angeles restaurant. The problem is that he’s still turning ... Read More »

The Friendly Skies Bite Back


By Carol Glassman The next time you decide to fly the friendly skies, I suggest you trust no one. You know how it is when you elect travel by charter and your air route and seat selection are completely out of your hands. In order to go from point A to point B the tour company will toss all kinds of travel gobbledegook at you to justify the shortest line between two points as the crow flies (a drunken crow, it seems) and take you to A-1, A-2. and A-3 before arriving at B, and often flying you to the ... Read More »

Miami Museum Bound

Take a trip to the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Miami with friends of the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The all-day event is scheduled for May 31st from 7am-7:30pm. The price of $115 includes a round trip luxury bus ride, which meets in the parking lot of the Art Center, admissions to both museums, and lunch at the Perez. The PAMM is dedicated to 20th century and contemporary art, as well as exhibits from cultures of the Atlantic rim, which is defined as the Americas, Western Europe and Africa. The ... Read More »

Fakahatchee Award Given!


Bill Mesce was given the prestigious Mel Finn Award at the Friends of Fakahatchee Dinner on April 13 for “for reflecting the spirit of the Founding Father of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park”. Mel Finn, a Miami attorney who identified 43 different orchids in the Fakahatchee, campaigned to make the territory a preserve. That finally happened in 1974. The award in his name is given by the Friends annually if an appropriate winner is identified. Bill Mesce certainly deserved it this year. He was a founding member of the Friends, has led swamp walks since they were initiated, and ... Read More »

United for Care Applauds Charlotte’s Web Medical Marijuana Bill

United for Care, the main organization advocating for the approval of Florida Amendment 2 allowing for the medical use of marijuana in the state, expressed its approval of the Florida Senate’s passing of SB1030, a bill that would legalize a non-euphoric strain of marijuana that has proven effective at reducing convulsions in patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. The strain, commonly known as Charlotte’s Web, is high in a non-euphoric compound called Cannabidiol, or CBD, and is low in THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. Powered by over 10,000 volunteers, United for Care is the largest organization in Florida urging ... Read More »

Time to Raise Elbows

Matt Browne is raising his
elbows on his backhand service return. Submitted Photos

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne [email protected] Ironically, when I grew up playing tennis on the Har-Tru (clay) courts at the Milwaukee Town Club (former home of the United States Clay Court Championships) back in the late 1960’s, we never had to contend with high-bouncing tennis balls. Sure, many of my peers had nice, well-groomed American Twist serves, but no one commanded vicious topspin groundstrokes that routinely bounced above one’s shoulders. In my era, there was such a premium on the serve and volley strategy that points were relatively quick. Conversely, in the present game, foes constantly battle from the baseline ... Read More »

Fakahatchee Award Given

Bill Mesce (left) is paid tribute by Fakahatchee biologist Mike Owen (right) who said jokingly that the greatest tip photographer Mesce ever gave him was ‘hold the camera still.’ PHOTO BY MARYA REPKO

Submitted Bill Mesce was given the prestigious Mel Finn Award at the Friends of Fakahatchee Dinner on April 13 for “for reflecting the spirit of the Founding Father of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.” Mel Finn, a Miami attorney who identified 43 different orchids in the Fakahatchee, campaigned to make the territory a preserve. That finally happened in 1974. The award in his name is given by the Friends annually if an appropriate winner is identified. Mesce certainly deserved it this year. He is a founding member of the Friends, has led swamp walks since they were initiated, and ... Read More »

Paddlers Complete 1,515 Mile Sea Kayaking Journey


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection congratulates kayakers Marc DeLuca and Jim Windle for finishing the entire 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, as mapped and developed by the Department’s Office of Greenways & Trails. The two retired police officers from Charlotte, N.C., began their four-month journey Nov. 2, 2013 at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola and finished March 1, 2014, near Fort Clinch State Park just south of the Georgia border. They are the 12th and 13th paddlers to complete the entire trail since it opened in 2007. The two men faced extreme weather, large ocean swells and ... Read More »

Karate/ Ju- Jitsu/ Kobudo Seminar at the Marco YMCA

The Greater Marco Family YMCA ‘s Seibukan Karate Shima Dojo recently hosted a Karate/Jitsu/Kobudo Training Seminar which featured guest instructors from around the USA.  19 participants who traveled to Marco Island from such locations as Ft. Lauderdale spent the day of instruction and practice of techniques under the guidance of Marco YMCA Shima Dojo Sensei Nick Lemke. Guest instructors included Craig Eubanks from San Francisco, California, Robert Pichardo of Miami, Florida and Ben Scott of Cumming, Georgia the home of Seibukan USA Dojo. Sensei Nick Lemke stated the event was a huge success; more seminars will be scheduled in the ... Read More »

Seminole Casino Immokalee, IGT MegaJackpots® Creates a Southwest Florida Millionaire

A simple trip to entertain house guests turned into a fortuitous trip for a Florida resident on Saturday evening at Seminole Casino Immokalee. International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) awarded $1,097,272.26 on a Wheel of Fortune® DoubleDiamond®  slot machine to Connie B. of Naples, Fla. IGT’s latest millionaire said that the Wheel of Fortune® DoubleDiamond® slot is the game she typically plays, and has won on it before, but never to the extent which she did on Saturday. As the reels began to line up with Double Diamonds, the winner turned to her friend who was playing at a machine next to ... Read More »

HUUUGE Part 3: The Spree

Cosmos were chilled by pouring them through an ice sculpture in the shape of a martini glass.

By Natalie Strom [email protected] We barely had time to recover from our “Cruise with Huge” before Duffy and I headed back to Miami for the $1,000 shopping spree she also won after purchasing a KIA at the Fucillo KIA dealership in Cape Coral. Only two days after coming back from a five-day cruise a la Fucillo, we found ourselves checking in to the Hyatt Regency in Miami for a dinner with Billy and Caroline and a shopping spree. To be honest, Duffy and I knew we weren’t fully recovered from our ultimate cruise experience. We had way too much fun! ... Read More »

One HUUUGE Experience: Part One

By Natalie Strom [email protected] Love him or hate him, you have to admit, his success in Cape Coral has been “HUUUUGE, Florida, HUUUUGE!” You know the man: Billy Fucillo of the Cape Coral Kia dealership. With his trusty sidekick, Caroline, Billy has turned his low-budget television and radio ads into a sensation in Southwest Florida. His dealership, boasting three lots of new and used cars is as HUUUUGE as he says it is. And so are the car deals and prizes to be had if such car is purchased. That is how I am going on a five-day, four-night cruise ... Read More »

Adventure and Beauty in the Everglades


PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] For many years, the South Florida Plant Pickers have traversed the East Trail (US-41) through the Everglades. Bound for either Miami or Homestead, we are on a mission to find the most beautiful and unique tropical plants to bring back to Naples. We are constantly searching for that rare and special plant not found at your local gardening center. And, when we find it, we feels like we’ve struck gold! The South Florida Plant Pickers are a group of dedicated local plant enthusiasts who provide entertaining and informative YouTube videos and articles on the purchase ... Read More »

Shorebirds & Birds of Prey


By Steve Mutart Marco Island Historical Museum features a presentation on Florida’s Shorebirds The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host Shorebirds & Birds of Prey, a PowerPoint presentation by Steve Mutart on August 22, at 2 pm. Join us amid the beautiful Florida Shorebirds & Birds of Prey photographic exhibition by Marie Adams, which is currently on display in the museum until September 26, 2013. Artist Marie Adams will be present and seating is limited. Mutart, a retired real estate lawyer from the Philadelphia area, has garnered a life-long passion for birds and volunteers with the Conservancy of ... Read More »

Top questions II


SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vi[email protected] In discussing top travel questions, the issue of insurance is second to money concerns which were addressed in my last column. Should I buy travel insurance and if so what kind? There are many things to think about as insurance can add 3-15% (or more) to the cost of your trip. In considering trip cancellation policies, ask yourself how much you are willing to risk if you have to cancel. If you are OK with risking loss of all your prepaid fees, then just think about medical insurance. What if part of a trip has ... Read More »

Whale Tales (Tails?)


PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie [email protected]   “It is not down on any map; true places never are.” - Herman Melville, Moby- The unexpected experiences are always the most memorable and perhaps the most real. While fishing offshore Miami a few weekends ago nothing much was happening; no fish were biting, no birds were flying. It was hard to complain about not catching anything, though. The day was beautiful on the Atlantic Ocean about 6 miles offshore Biscayne Bay. The water was clear deep blue, the seas were calm and air warm. Watching the occasional man-of-war jellyfish float by with its ... Read More »

Prudential Florida Realty joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices


By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] It’s official. In October, Prudential Florida Realty’s 39 locations and 1,340 sales professionals — including those on Marco Island — will begin operating under the flag of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is the new real estate brokerage franchise network managed by Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC. “This is a rebranding,” explains Rei Mesa, President and CEO of Sunrise, FL-based Prudential Florida Realty. “We are the very first (in Florida) to sign the brokerage agreement and go through the rebranding process.” Nationally, eight other Prudential brokerages will join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at ... Read More »

Lost Dogs of the Everglades


By Natalie Strom [email protected] Brenda Midolo of Verona Walk in Naples has been rescuing stray dogs for the majority of her life. Amy Roman of Miami has rescued over 900 dogs in just under two years. What do these two women on opposite ends of the state have in common. They both have rescued dogs that were senselessly dropped off in the Everglades. Left to fend for themselves, these domesticated animals don’t survive long in the snake, alligator and disease-infested Everglades. Brenda, a retired veterinarian technician, owned 13 rescue dogs at one point while living on an 11-acre piece of ... Read More »