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Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan. Black bear curriculum teaches kids about wildlife, meets Florida education standards

Giving schoolchildren a chance to learn all about Florida black bears is a great way to teach them about wildlife, while sharpening their skills in reading, math, science and problem solving. For that reason, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has updated its Florida Black Bear Curriculum, and put it online for the first time atBlackBearInfo.com. The revised Florida Black Bear Curriculum is free, easy for teachers to use, and meets the new Florida Standards for educational curricula. The curriculum offers 10 lessons on topics such as “The Black Bear Necessities” and “Oh Where, Oh Where is the Florida Black Bear?” ... Read More »

High Praise for NCH Physicians

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Today, I’d like to pay tribute — “give props” for you younger readers — to the 111-strong NCH Physician Group, which has become by far the biggest group practice in Collier County from Bonita to southeast Collier County and Marco Island, and continues to grow in multiple ways. Last year, 17 physicians joined Chief Administrative Officer Zach Bostock, ably helped by Administrative Director Pat Read, Administrative Assistant Lindsey Shanks and the team. With two months to go in our financial year, another 16 physicians have been added, and ... Read More »

Mid-summer Near Shore Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Nice Tripletail caught on a Captain Rapps Charter. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com The mid-summer heat is on, and some proper planning can equate to some of the best and most productive fishing our area has to offer. By mid-day, air temperatures are now averaging around 93 degrees. Water temperatures are warm — right around 88 degrees. With the daytime air temperatures being where they are at now, be sure to pack a good cooler with lots of ice and water. We count on our “Grizzly Coolers” every day to keep our ice frozen and drinks cold all day long no matter how hot it is. ... Read More »

How Often Do You Brush…

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Your body? What? Never heard of body brushing? It’s one of the easiest, quickest, (cheapest), most underrated things you can do to improve your immune system among a host of other fantastic benefits! Why, you ask? It’s detoxifying. Our body releases about a pound of waste from our skin daily; if the skin is clogged from dead skin cells, the toxins that are trying to make their way out of you end up being reabsorbed instead. Dry brushing removes these dead cells, and as a result, stimulates the immune system, better enabling it to do ... Read More »

w17¢ Goes a Long Way

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by Carol Glassman This is so pathetic it can only be true. A few weeks ago an elderly friend from out-of-state entertained me with a surrealistic tale of horror involving a co-op utility company to which she is attached — not having a choice. She was widowed eight years ago, but had always looked after family finances and paying the bills, quite proud of being able to handle the simple transactions online. A month ago, she received a taped phone call from the utility company telling her the bill was overdue and if not paid within one day, her service ... Read More »

Donation Secures Freedom Fountain for Veterans’ Park

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com A decade ago, Marco Islanders envisioned a new city park when they approved the $10 million bond referendum to purchase the old Glon property. This park would include a memorial to Marco Island’s veterans, and would be called Veterans’ Memorial Park. Part of the plan included a memorial flag plaza with benches and lush landscaping. It would be the perfect gathering spot for veterans’ celebrations or moments of silence to honor fallen heroes. It also included a water feature known as the Freedom Fountain, the piece de resistance of the memorial. In 2007, the Veterans’ ... Read More »

Red tide causes large fish kill in northeast Gulf of Mexico

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed a large-scale offshore fish kill in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Citizens have reported observations of thousands of dead and dying bottom-dwelling reef fish, including grouper, hogfish, white grunt, triggerfish and snapper, as well as sea turtles and crabs, to the FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline. Water quality is poor in the region with several reports of black water. On July 23, FWC Law Enforcement took scientists to collect fish, water samples and water quality data from six locations offshore of Hernando County. Sample analysis confirmed a bloom of the Florida ... Read More »

Be a Hero! Help rescue manatees, sea turtles by getting FWC decals

“Be a Hero!” by getting decals that help with the research, rescue, rehabilitation and management of Florida’s endangered manatees and sea turtles. People can receive a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee or sea turtle decal, and show their support for saving these iconic Florida species, with a donation of $5. Rescues of manatees and sea turtles that are injured, ill or otherwise in distress are one of the many FWC conservation activities supported by decal donations. The new editions of the decals are originally designed works of art, and available now at local tax collectors’ offices across the ... Read More »

Yes, It Is All About You!

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“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” Alan Lakein, American Author and Businessman.   Question: I’m curious, what is the difference between a Financial Advisor and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™? In addition, what should I expect when working with an advisor or planner? Answer: Anyone can call himself or herself a financial planner, yet only those meeting the requirements of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. may display the CFP® certification. Earning a professional designation demonstrates a level of commitment by an advisor to obtain and keep the ... Read More »

Living Out-of-Pocket — Yours!

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I heard the daughter of a close friend was getting married, and knowing her taste and some of her likes and dislikes, I began to plan ahead for an appropriate and appreciated gift. After listening to her preferences and lack of enthusiasm for cleaning sterling silver, I collected beautiful pieces of contemporary and vintage pewter for her — things like candlesticks, mugs and serving platters that were useful and attractive. As the wedding date drew closer and my large carton of pewter pieces filled, I was both surprised and disturbed when I heard that the couple had registered themselves online ... Read More »

Negative GDP

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ASK THE CFP®  PRACTITIONER  Darcie Guerin  darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. Winston Churchill   Question: Please explain negative Gross Domestic Production (GDP) for the first quarter of 2014. What does this mean for investors? Answer: We define GDP as the total output of all goods and services resulting from economic activity in the United States. GDP consists of consumer spending, government spending, business spending, investment and total net exports (exports minus imports). According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, during the first quarter of 2014, GDP decreased at an annual rate of ... Read More »

E-Filing Option Now Available to the Public

Members of the public who wish to file their own court documents electronically, including new cases, may now do so using the Florida Courts E-filing portal, which handles the electronic filing of court documents statewide. The Florida Courts Technology Commission recently gave unanimous approval to allow pro se, or self- represented, litigants the use of the Florida Courts E-portal. Citizens must first register with the portal similar to an attorney, although no Florida Bar number is required. Also, when filing court documents, pro se filers must comply with Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420 which requires confidential information to be identified in any ... Read More »

U.S. Postal Service Issues Limited-Edition Hot Rods Forever Stamps

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The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the fast, powerful vehicles thrill-seeking enthusiasts have been modifying for nearly a century by dedicating the limited-edition Hot Rods Forever Stamps. The stamps depict two 1932 Ford “Deuce” roadsters — a black ’32 Ford with orange flames running down the car’s body — and a red ’32 Ford. Designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, the two stamps were digitally created by artist John Mattosof San Francisco. The hot rod culture is vibrant today, with monthlies like Hot Rod magazine and organizations like the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) helping keep the flame alive. Customers ... Read More »

The Eagle Has Landed

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Submitted The eagle has landed and can be found at its temporary perch outside the city of Marco Island’s Community Room, located at 51 Bald Eagle Drive, behind City Hall. Standing 9-feet tall, the majestic 800-pound statue of an American Bald Eagle stands sentry there awaiting a move to its eventual home atop the Freedom Fountain that will grace the Veterans’ Memorial at Marco Island’s Veterans’ Community Park. The Freedom Fountain will be built at the Memorial’s entrance, joining the Flag Plaza where the American, Marco Island, state of Florida and POW/MIA flags proudly wave above an inscribed brick-paver plaza. ... Read More »

Creating a Buzz Through Advertising

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing This column focuses on creating a buzz using the marketing tactic, advertising. While press releases and article writing create some media buzz, organic promotion is easy if publicity is connected to advertising. Ways to Create Advertising Buzz Marketing research has shown that to create positive marketing buzz advertisers must connect with consumers and stir positive emotions. Buzz comes as a result of hitting a consumer’s sweet spot, meaning a topic they love to talk about and share with others by turning an ad campaign into a viral buzz online. Use humor or controversy to ... Read More »

Mailing Begins for Absentee Ballots

On Wednesday, May 21, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office sent its first mailing of mail/absentee ballots to domestic non-uniformed voters for the upcoming Special General Election for US Congressional District 19. Voters may submit requests online at www.CollierVotes.com under the “Vote by Mail” tab.  Requests can also be made by calling the Supervisor of Elections Office at (239) 252-VOTE. By law, mail/absentee ballots cannot be forwarded and can only be delivered to the address on file with the Supervisor of Elections Office. The deadline for voters to request a ballot to be delivered by mail for this election is 5:00 p.m. ... Read More »

Home Watch Seminars

A great real estate season has led to a high demand for additional home watch companies in Southwest Florida this season. “Local law enforcement and area experts agree that seasonal residents should not give their keys to just anyone,” said Diane Pisani, founder of Your Home Watch Professionals® (YHWP). For the seasonal resident, YHWP is a resource to find an Affiliate Home Watch Companies that are trained, tested and trusted by visiting www.YourHWP.com and entering a zip code. For individuals interested in pursuing the home watch profession, YHWP will be conducting free Home Watch Informational Seminars on Thursday, May 29 at ... Read More »

FWC 2013 Boating Accident Stats

Sixty-two people lost their lives in Florida last year in boating accidents, and there have already been 11 deaths so far this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which has released its 2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report. The theme of accident-related messages from FWC staff is clear: Officers want to help keep Florida’s beautiful waterways a safe place to boat. Failing to have a proper lookout is a leading cause of boating accidents, statistics show. The 2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report is now available online at MyFWC.com/Boating; click on “Boating Accidents.”   Read More »

Cirque Du Soleil in Estero

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show, Varekai, will perform in Estero at Germain Arena from September 24 – 28, 2014 for eight performances only. Advance tickets for Varekai are available now online exclusively to Cirque Club members through May 15. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to www.cirqueclub.com. Tickets for the general public will be available starting Friday, May 16 at www.cirquedusoleil.com/varekai or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For complete show and ticket information, please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/varekai.   Read More »

Reclaiming Clarity

Dawn over Myakka River State Park, viewed from tree-top boardwalk. PHOTOS BY TARA O'NEILL

ARtful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I am interrupting my regularly-scheduled column to report on a fiercely fabulous and impromptu experience… Yes, I did have another column prepared for this issue, but a recent trip to Myakka River State Park seems to have trumped my previous topic. The park is near Sarasota and just barely ten miles off Interstate 75. Needless to say, the park is hypnotically beautiful: old-growth trees, plentiful wildlife, a serpentine river, a sparkling lake and a treetop boardwalk from which you can see for miles. All of this can be viewed online. Along with multiple campsites, it ... Read More »