Tag Archives: October

South Beach Re-Nourishment Plan Proceeding

Photo by Steve Stefanides
McAlpin addresses Marco Island City Council.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At the October 17 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Gary McAlpin, the Collier County Coastal Zone Manager, stepped forward to update the council on Collier County’s plans to re-nourish an approximately 4,000 foot section of the beach. The project is the result of damage done by Tropical Storm Debby, which impacted Southwest Florida and ... Read More »

Randy Wayne White Comes to Sunshine Books

Submitted Photo

Submitted “Seduced” by Randy Wayne White will be released by Penguin Randomhouse on Tuesday, October 18. On Friday, October 21 at 3 PM, Randy will be at Sunshine Booksellers South store. He’ll be talking about his new book, telling a few stories and autographing copies for his many fans. Due to the fact that our event is three days after ... Read More »

Disco Dave Memorial Golf Tournament

Submitted Photo

Submitted On Sunday, October 16, the Rookery at Marco will host the third annual Disco Dave Memorial Golf Tournament. Holding fundraisers was always a great passion for Dave. He loved to help those in need. The golf tournament is a way to continue his legacy of giving. Proceeds to go to Jacob Carranza, a two-year-old with a hearing deficiency that ... Read More »

New Kid’s Guide to Loving Our Beach

Samples of completed sea treasure bottles.

Submitted Earlier this month, members of the Calusa Garden Club and Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) jointly presented an environmental program to the Junior Gardeners at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. The Junior Gardeners program is an after school program provided monthly by members of the Calusa Garden Club. The beach environment was the theme as BAC members Katie O’Hara, Ruth McCann ... Read More »

Get Ready For Spooktacular


The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Spooktacular at Mackle Park will take place on Saturday, October 29th, from 4 to 6 PM. Everyone, from kids to adults, is encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes. Bring a basket or bag to collect candy and treats at each craft and game station. Visitors will be ... Read More »

Coconut Bowl


Submitted The annual Coconut Bowl rivalry between Lely High School and Naples High School was played October 7th with a home field advantage. It wasn’t enough though, the Trojans lost to the Eagles, 42 to 34. This was the 43rd Coconut Bowl game between the two teams. A reunion party took place the following night, put on by alumni of ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet Draws Crowd

Photos by Scott Shook Everglades City children prepare flower petals for the blessing of the stone crab fleet. Top to bottom: Katie Collins, Taylor  Dahlke, Gena Collins, James Collins, Holden Fitzgerald, Brenden Bagley Jr., and Turner Shealy.

By Scott Shook The annual Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet in Everglades City is Americana at its best—an example of what makes Everglades City such a tight-knit community. Politicians, including U.S. Rep Mario Diaz-Balart and Collier County Commission hopeful Tamara Paquette were on hand on Saturday, October 8th for this year’s event, and added to the festive atmosphere. Children and ... Read More »

Facing Lewy Body Dementia With Courage and Love

A glorious wedding day in 2012. Submitted Photos

By Maureen Chodaba Years ago, the word “dementia” was rarely heard. Senility was the more common expression. The term “senile” would conjure up an image of a forgetful old codger whiling away the time in a rocking chair. In today’s world, dementia is becoming more of a household word, but many are still unfamiliar with the correct definition. Dementia is ... Read More »

Experience Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing


Submitted Internationally known holistic healing practitioner, Mark “Dr. DREAM” Peebler brings his Tibetan Healing Bowl Experience to Marco Island on October 17. Attendees will feel energized and inspired, as the bowls unlock stuck energies and connect the mind, body and spirit. The event, one of many being held nationwide, supports villages in Nepal devastated by earthquakes. The earthquakes destroyed all ... Read More »

SpeakEasy to Host Happy Hour for Hope


Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope’s last “Happy Hour for Hope” for this year will be Monday, October 24, 2016 at The SpeakEasy, 1106 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island from 5 PM to 7 PM. The SpeakEasy is graciously hosting this event with drinks at happy hour prices and a delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres. Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris, ... Read More »

Walking in History’s Footsteps

Robert N. Macomber

Submitted Florida author and historian, Robert N. Macomber recently embarked on a historical expedition to Santiago de Cuba, researching the battlefield sites of the Spanish-American War for his upcoming novels. His trek to eastern Cuba will be repeated in a Military History Expedition March 6-11, 2017, open to anyone interested in walking in Theodore Roosevelt’s footsteps. Macomber’s “eyeball recon” research ... Read More »

Marco Players Opens With The Cemetery Club

The Cemetery Club.jpg: From left: Nancy Martin (Lucille), Victor Caroli (Sam), Patti Caroli
(Ida), and Casey Cobb (Doris).

Submitted The Marco Players Theater begins this season with “The Cemetery Club,” a dramatic comedy about three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands’ graves. Written by Ivan Menchell in 1990, the main characters, friends for years, are deciding on another glass of wine, but their choices parallel a much larger theme: how we ... Read More »

Punt, Pass and Kick Results 2016


Submitted Thanks to the support of the Marco Island Optimist flag football program, 45 participants took part in the nationwide NFL Punt, Pass & Kick (PPK) competition hosted by the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department recently at Mackle Park. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest of all the NFL youth football programs. This program ... Read More »

Miami, Naples Athletes Claim Triathlon Top Spots

Competitors in the swimming leg of the Marco Island Triathlon.

By Scott Shook Mild temperatures and a pleasant breeze greeted 374 participants in the sixth annual Marco Island Triathlon the morning of October 2, at the Marriott’s Marco Beach Resort. Vladimir Casanova of Miami blitzed the field, finishing a full 48 seconds in front of second place finisher Ross Lenehan of Cape Coral. Kayla Schmidt of Bonita Springs outdistanced the ... Read More »



In an emergency, the unfamiliar and stressful situation can lead to the person with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia to become confused, agitated or aggressive. First responders on the scene could easily mistake the behavior for uncooperativeness, when it is actually caused by the disease. To help prepare first responders for this possibility, the staff at Barrington Terrace of Naples, an ... Read More »

County Supervisor of Elections Office Hosting Art Contest


The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will partner, once again, with the Collier County Public School system to present an art contest encouraging students of all ages to express the spirit of democracy through art. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to one winning entry submitted by a high school senior and a $500 donation will be awarded to ... Read More »

Receive 10 Free Autumn Classics Trees or Five Crapemyrtle


The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering 10 free autumn classics trees or five free Crapemyrtle when you join the organization in October. Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in October will receive five free crapemyrtle trees or 10 free autumn classics selected for your area. The 10 autumn classics include: two sugar maples, two ... Read More »

Red Tide Alert for Marco’s Beaches


Submitted You can smell the whiff of dead fish from the boardwalk of Residents Beach. Thousands of dead fish blanket the water’s edge from South Beach to the tip of Sand Dollar Island. Collier County raked the beach on Friday, October 7, and is scheduled to return on Monday, October 10. Die-hard walkers braved a cooler Saturday morning for their ... Read More »

First Page Critique at October Writer’s Meeting


Submitted After our September hiatus, Marco Island Writers, Inc. is back on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, resuming its regular second Wednesday of the month schedule. The agenda is a panel presentation on First Page Critique. Members have submitted the first page of a current work for anonymous review by a panel of peers. At this meeting, the panel will read ... Read More »

10,000 Islands Fishing In October


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps October can prove to be one of the favorite months of year for many 10,000 Islands fishing enthusiasts. Although still a hot summer month, you can expect to see the regular rainstorms begin to taper off as the season begins to change. The daytime temperatures will average in the 87 degree range while the water ... Read More »