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Cybercrime on the Rise

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)   Question: According to the news, it appears that cybercrime and identity theft are on the rise. What can we do to protect ourselves? Answer: You’re right; these types of crime are on the rise. The Federal Trade Commission reports that between 2011 and 2013, odds increased by 65 percent that if you were notified of an online data compromise, you’d become an actual victim of identity theft. Because that’s where the money is. Willie Sutton (1901-1980) the notorious ... Read More »

Introducing General Surgeon Dr. Brian Smith

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd We have all heard the story countless times: the one where “person X” or “person Y” comes to Southwest Florida on vacation and decides to stay. As it turns out, this really happens — sometimes at your neighborhood hospital. When Richmond, Virginia’s, Dr. Brian Smith and his family chose Marco Island for their recent vacation, little did they know that their lives were about to change. As the Physicians Regional Collier Boulevard campus tends to dominate the landscape for a brief stretch of Collier Boulevard just a few miles north of Tamiami ... Read More »

The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle

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By Joanne Smith Harmony Books, 2014, 204 pages Genre: Christmas/Family Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Christmas is doing a little extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz, “Peanuts” creator In the first week of October 1999, Rick Smith died in the night. He had been diagnosed the prior month with a heart valve defect that needed surgical repair but elected to postpone repair until Christmas vacation when he could recuperate at home with his kids. The story picks up two months later, 13 days before Christmas. Rick’s widow, Joanne, and their three kids are adrift, no longer functioning as ... Read More »

Smallwood Music Festival

Stepping into the Smallwood Store is a trip
back in time.

By Pat Newman Museum curators could never replicate the artifacts contained in the Smallwood Store standing precariously on the western edge of the Everglades. The original 1906 trading post and post office, established by Ted Smallwood, has changed little over the last century. Bottles of liniment, wooden dolls dressed in traditional Seminole garb, dry goods and other necessities of life, line the store’s wooden shelves. Preserving this gem of Florida history is coming to a head, though, possibly in January, in a Florida courtroom. A four-year legal battle over a spit of road leading to the store, now a museum ... Read More »

’Tis the season for gifts to support Florida wildlife

All year long, residents and visitors to Florida can step outside and find places to watch and photograph wildlife as they hike beaches and trails, steer a boat along rivers and coastlines, fish clear waters, or hunt game in one of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) wildlife management areas. This holiday season, the FWC hopes people will consider gifts that will make a difference in conservation of Florida’s wildlife and help pass along great outdoors experiences to future generations. On this checklist are gifts that should please almost anyone who appreciates Florida wildlife: Vehicle license plates supporting Florida ... Read More »

Anchoring Regulation Survey

Interested parties on potential anchoring regulations on Florida waters should contribute their thoughts on this subject through an online survey FWC has developed in response to feedback received at three prior public meetings this year. This survey has crucial explanatory language in the form of a video and audio messages (text options are available). To minimize the risk of confusion please listen to the messages in their entirety. Immediately following each video or audio message are questions specifically related to the information contained in that message. It is desired to obtain the most widespread response possible from all parties with ... Read More »

Gifts for the Traveler 2014

Three-in-one charging cords eliminate the need to bring different types of cables. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber For this year’s review of gifts for the traveler, I asked some frequent travelers what items they find invaluable and what is on their wish lists. It was interesting to find commonalities concerning what is important to them. What follows are all manner of gift suggestions from stocking stuffers to more expensive purchases. First, I want to mention some gadgets that I like. I recently discovered Travelon’s Bag Bungee ($10-$15) which helps secure a second bag or other item, such as a coat, to the telescoping handle of a carryon. In the past, when I ... Read More »

Educate Yourself and Get the Information You Need

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Remember the good old days when it was commonplace to clip a helpful and/or interesting article out of the newspaper for future reference or to share with a neighbor? Well, grab your scissors, this is one of those times. As the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I believe there is nothing more important than your access to information to successfully navigate all aspects of your health care needs. Today, I’m going to cover some basics about insurance and billing as well as a great new resource to access your patient record information. ... Read More »

Condo Concepts

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CONDO DESIGN By Sandy and Gary Elliott www.sandyelliottinteriors.com www.marcoislandcondoguy.net Although people buying a Marco Island condo this year range in age from 22 to 92, the average age of a condo buyer is 57, and the median age is 60. Thankfully, Collier County is where women can expect to live the longest in the United States — 86. Men living here have a life expectancy of 80. These life expectancies will only increase as NCH Healthcare Systems initiates its Blue Zones Project in Southwest Florida in support of its 10-year vision to make the region an even healthier, happier and ... Read More »

State Cyber Safety Presentation Comes to MICMS

MICMS students give their full attention while the presenter discusses cyber bullying, online gaming, sexting, identity theft
and general safety on the internet. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “We want to cultivate a culture of compassion. We don’t want you to grow up being the brightest bullies in the world. We are changing the culture of middle school.” This is what Marco Island Charter Middle School Principal George Abounader told his students during a recent assembly. It wasn’t just any assembly, though, as there was a special speaker waiting in the wings. A representative from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office was visiting the school to talk to the students about cyber safety. In 2007, the Florida Attorney General’s CyberSafety Education Program debuted ... Read More »

Maureen Chodaba: A Survivor’s Story

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Maureen Chodaba is the ultimate breast cancer survivor. At 10 years old, she watched her grandmother fight and die from the dreaded disease. It was 1968. She also helped her mother fight it and survive twice — in 1978 and 1984. “It was a scary thing,” Maureen admits. “I was very close to my grandmother; she lived with us. At the age of 10, I was faced with the word mastectomy.” Then in 1995, she faced her own battle with breast cancer. At the time, 38-year-old Maureen was enjoying a quiet but full life, living ... Read More »

Cooler weather brings more hunting opportunities

Football season is in full swing, and the 2014-15 hunting season is cranking up. Heck, in Zone A, they’re already into general gun season. But for the rest of us, I’d like to cover some things you should know regarding three hunting seasons that are just around the corner: muzzleloading gun, gray squirrel and the first phase of dove. Immediately following the close of crossbow season in each zone, the muzzleloading gun season begins. Season dates on private lands run Nov. 22 – Dec. 5 in Zone B, Oct. 18-31 in Zone C and Dec. 6-12 in Zone D. During muzzleloading gun season, bows and crossbows ... Read More »

Stone crab season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws, and follow all protective management guidelines for stone crab harvest. To be harvested, stone crab claws must be at least 2¾ inches in length when measured from the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable portion of the claw (see illustration). View a video on how to properly remove the claw, and increase the likelihood of survival of the released crab. Claws may not be taken from egg-bearing stone ... Read More »

Post Offices Ready For October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Research First-Class Semipostal Stamps Have Raised $79 Million Post Offices nationwide will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month in October through the sales of Breast Cancer Research First-Class Semipostal stamps. The self-adhesive, non-denominated semipostal stamp is sold in sheets of twenty 60-cent stamps. The price of a semipostal pays for the First-Class single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase.   The stamps are available at Post Offices nationwide, online at www.usps.com and by phone at 1.800.STAMP.24. By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised is given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent is given ... Read More »

Airline Passenger Rights

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber What are your rights as a passenger if your flight is delayed or cancelled or your luggage lost? Since 2009, the US Department of Transportation has issued some laws that ensure certain rights for domestic airline passengers. When there still was a Continental Airlines, I remember that booking online and having an option to hold a booked flight for 24 hours without payment. Well, it turns out that is the law. If you book through an airline, you have the right to lock in a price for 24 hours without payment. You are entitled to ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Reserve

Rookery Bay Reserve staff and volunteers join other dedicated volunteers and professionals to count shorebirds at more than 1,000 locations across six continents as part of the inaugural World Shorebirds Day. Beverly Anderson, Rookery Bay Reserve Research Associate, and Deborah Woods, Rookery Bay Reserve and Collier County Shorebird Steward volunteer, counted all birds seen along a three-mile route at Tigertail/Sand Dollar beach and lagoon at the north end of Marco Island. The location was chosen because the sandy beach, dunes and mudflats in the Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area serve as important year-round feeding and resting areas for breeding, ... Read More »

New Online Off-Road Vehicle Training Course Available

Effective September 19, 2014, Big Cypress National Preserve will offer an online opportunity for visitors to complete the off-road vehicle operator course. Since 2000, visitors have been required to take a training course, in person at the off-road vehicle office, during office hours. Unlike before, this new online course will be available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Upon successful completion of the course individuals can print a form to present at the ORV Office to receive their operators permit.  A computer will continue to be available at the off-road vehicle office for those who do not have internet access. The training course ... Read More »

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in October And Receive Five Free Crapemyrtle Trees

The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering five free crapemyrtle trees when you join the Foundation in October. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through tree planting. “Crapemyrtles are especially beautiful in the fall and were selected for this campaign because of their elegant color and form,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Crapemyrtles make an attractive addition to the home landscape.” The trees will be shipped postpaid between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10, at the right time ... Read More »

Websites for Travelers

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber There is so much travel information on the internet that it can be overwhelming. For my annual review of websites, I am going to highlight those I find most helpful when planning a trip. First and foremost is Google. If I want general or specific information about a place, I Google it. Want to know the best time to visit? Google it by entering the location and “best time to visit.” By putting the name of a city and “weather” in the search field, the results reveal the present temperature, precipitation, wind, humidity and forecast ... Read More »

County’s Growth Management Division Working to Make Development Easy

With Collier County poised to potentially grow to about 1 million people by 2080, the county’s Growth Management Division needs to keep up with demand and make it easier and faster for businesses to get their work done while at the same time making sure our quality of life is preserved. That was the message Growth Management Division Administrator Nick Casalanguida and Deputy Administrator Jamie French told the audience at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce’s Wake Up Naples event Wednesday morning at the Naples Hilton. The county has made improvements by taking a private sector approach to development, organized around client ... Read More »