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New Board at Marco Urgent Care Center

Submitted The NCH Healthcare System recently announced the election of new officers and board members for the Marco Urgent Care Center Board of Trustees. Incoming Chairman Kevin M. Fitzgerald said, “It is a privilege and an honor to serve as the chairman of this dedicated group of community leaders who strive to ensure that quality-driven, patient-centered care is provided to patients at the Marco Urgent Care Center.” In addition to Fitzgerald as chairman, Jack Patterson is the newly elected 1st vice chairman and Dick Adams, 2nd vice chairman, as well as the secretary/treasurer. Newly incoming trustees are Lisa Gandy, David ... Read More »

Celebrate Our Nation’s Birthday by Respecting Our Beach


PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com One of the best holidays in our country is the 4th of July! Our nation — turning 238 years old — knows how to put on a party, right? It is a day to reflect why our nation is so great, how we are the luckiest citizens on earth, and be thankful for all those that have and do ensure that the United States remains the “land of the free.” It has always been such a big, happy, fun-filled holiday for my family growing up in California in a small town and then raising ... Read More »

Pre-Swing Fundamentals Part 3: Alignment


Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Part 1 and 2 covered the grip and set-up position. Now, we move on to Part 3: alignment. This is the simplest fundamental of the four pre-swing fundamentals. Golfers can fix many problems by aiming a different direction. If a golfer always slices the ball to the right 30 yards, they will aim 30 yards left to get the ball to land at the target. This is a reasonable solution while playing golf. However, in the long run, aiming 30 yards left will lead to more problems. Golfers always tell me one thing: I want ... Read More »

What’s Behind a Front?


By Lt. Bill Hempel, United States Power Squadrons I find TV weathermen to be most confusing. They seem to be happy if there is a threat of a hurricane and sad when there is nothing to report: “There is a tropical depression forming off the coast of Africa (smile, smile).” Then, there is this low pressure thing that they say is bad. When they talk about isobars with the pressure up, I am really lost. But the big question in my mind is: What is a front? In simple terms, it is the line of demarcation between two air masses ... Read More »

Goodwill and Mutual of Omaha Bank Join Forces


Submitted Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. and Mutual of Omaha Bank have joined forces to provide entrepreneurs from low and moderate income backgrounds the opportunity to develop business skills and receive funding to become more independent and successful. Through Goodwill’s MicroEnterprise Institute, more than 215 entrepreneurs have received business training and many have successfully started their own business. MicroEnterprise sessions typically meet for six weeks and cover an array of topics including developing a business plan, feasibility planning and cash flow.  Representatives from Mutual of Omaha Bank and other partners often provide the instruction for the classes. In addition ... Read More »

Non-native Fishing Tourney Nets Invasives

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center hosted the weigh in for the fifth annual Everglades and Southwest Florida Chapters of CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area) Non-Native Fish Round Up/Tournament. Participants caught 115 non-native fish, representing six species and totaling 80 pounds (36 kg). Most of the non-native fish collected were given to the Conservancy von Arx Wildlife Hospital to help feed rehabilitating native wildlife. For the official results of the roundup, visit http://www.evergladescisma.org/roundup/. The Everglades and Southwest Florida Chapters of CISMA hosted the Everglades Non-native Fish Round Up to raise public awareness about the potential negative impacts of releasing non-native fish ... Read More »

Summer Science Events

The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting numerous science-based activities and events for students. Events include engaging educational lectures, a watercolor exhibit and free admission for several events. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection encourages students and parents to join us for these fun-filled educational events. The following activities and events will be held at the Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Watercolor Exhibit: May 29 – September 29; Kids Free Fridays: June 6 – August 1 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) World Oceans Day: Monday, June 9; Coral Reef Awareness, Tuesday, July 15; Smokey the Bear’s Birthday, Friday, August 8. For more ... Read More »

Kids Free Fridays at Rookery Bay


Submitted The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting its annual summer program, “Kids FREE Fridays,” at its Environmental Learning Center through Aug. 1. This summer education program provides free admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult (up to 5 children per adult). Educators will present a different topic each week following a central theme around the rookery. Lunch will be available for purchase from 11 AM-1 PM. June 6 and July 11: Water Let’s begin building a Rookery! We will have to start with water, the most important part of this habitat. ... Read More »

I’m Grounded, and I Can’t Get Off!


By Lt. Bill Hempel, United States Power Squadrons In many locations where boaters cruise, there are opportunities to run aground. If you do, see that no one is injured, and get life jackets on all persons aboard. Then check to make certain there is no hull damage. A cracked or punctured hull means you don’t want to be afloat or in deeper water, so just remain aground while you make emergency repairs and call for help. If the hull is okay, you can get about the task of freeing your boat. Check the tide tables. A rising tide may work ... Read More »

Pre-swing Fundamentals Part 2: Address Position


Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Now that we’ve developed a solid grip in Part One it is time to address the ball with the correct posture. People are made in different shapes and sizes. There is no one perfect posture in golf. Depending on height, arm length, leg length and torso length an athletic golf posture will look different. However, there are fundamentals of setting up to a golf ball that are absolute. The picture provided shows three different address position. N stands for neutral spine, which is desirable. C stands for a C curve in the back/spine at address, ... Read More »

The Four Pre-Swing Fundamentals: Part 1 of 4

Exhibit B. 3 most widely used ways to grip a golf= club. Left to right: 10 Finger, Over Lap, Inter Lock.

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The four pre-swing fundamentals of the golf swing are grip, stance, alignment and ball position. The pre-swing fundamentals are the most important elements to becoming a better golfer. There are a million different ways to swing the club and make the golf ball go towards the target, however correct pre-swing fundamentals are universal. Bad fundamentals lead to bad habits in the golf swing. I teach golfers who aim 30 yards right of their target. The student will hit the first shot 30 yards right of their target, turn to me and say, “See, I told ... Read More »

Learn to Paint Alla Prima

‘Beach Squadron’ by Hudson. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Spend a day at the Marco Island Center for the Arts with well-known, local oil painter Inez Hudson, learning to paint Alla Prima (Italian for at first attempt) or wet-on-wet, in layers, quickly and in one session. Hudson’s workshops will be held on June 18, July 16 and September 18, from 10 AM-3:30 PM. The cost is $96 for both members and nonmembers, and the workshop is appropriate for both adults and older teens of all experience levels. To get an up close look at Hudson’s work, visit the Historical Museum, where her work is currently on display. For ... Read More »

Win for Southwest Florida’s Land, Water, Wildlife and Future

The Board of Collier County Commissioners voted unanimously to legally challenge the consent agreement between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Dan A. Hughes Company. This action is related to the illegal and fracking-like oil extraction techniques the Hughes Company recently performed at their Hogan Island drill site. Following the Collier County Commission’s unanimous vote on April 22 to request DEP revoke oil drilling permit provided to the Dan A. Hugh’s company for a well near Hogan Island, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida retained legal counsel and a technical expert to begin gathering information in an effort ... Read More »

Pace of Play / Tee it Forward


Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Slow play is contagious. It starts with the professional golfers and ends with casual golfers. Nothing is more frustrating than spending a day waiting on the group in front. This is why the USGA launched an initiative called, “While We’re Young.” This initiative is meant to get your attention and take a stern stance on slow play. Pace of Play at the club level is a sensitive issue. It is difficult for the golf professional to be critical and pull aside members that are slow, and it is harder for members to speak up to ... Read More »

Art Goes Wild


Don’t get rid of those pesky palm fronds and other tree debris. Heidi Saletko, an instructor at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, has a viable alternative. She turns those palm fronds into totally unique art forms: three-dimensional animal masks that can be hung inside or out. Now Saletko will share her palm frond techniques at a monthly workshop from 1-4pm on May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21 and September 18. The cost of each workshop is $55 and includes acrylic paints, brushes, palm fronds etc. Just pick the animal that you would like to paint, whether ... Read More »



It may be off-season, but the Marco Island Center for the Arts still has a lot in store for Marco Islanders. May’s theme for the main galleries is Abstraction/Distraction and includes over 50 pieces of art from artists all over the Southwest Florida area. The official opening for this exhibit, our Second Tuesday Reception, will be held on May 13, from 5:30-7pm and is open to the public. The exhibit is bold, colorful and imaginative, reflecting the many ways an artist can express himself, whether in clay, mixed media, photography or paintings. Some of the art you will recognize immediately, ... Read More »

Meet Betsy

In an emotional meeting at the Conservancy Nature Center, Friday, April 18 long-time sea turtle advocate and volunteer Betsy Sandstrom met her new namesake.  Sandstrom, who is terminally ill, was surrounded by more than 120 friends and family members as Conservancy President and CEO Rob Moher announced that with more than 70 percent of the vote, BETSY is the name of the Conservancy’s new baby loggerhead sea turtle. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Betsy Sandstrom is well-known by her friends and colleagues as a passionate supporter and defender of the threatened species as well as a long-time volunteer with the Bonita Springs/Fort Myers ... Read More »

Naples Botanical Garden Closure

Naples Botanical Garden will be closed Monday, June 2 to Thursday, October 23 2014 as we complete construction on the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. During this time, large scale projects such as the completion of the center and three new gardens, the LaGrippe Orchid Garden, the Charismatic Garden and Kathryn’s Garden will be completed. Guests may obtain up to date construction information via the Garden’s website, www.naplesgarden.org, including project timelines, photographs and videos. For more information on Naples Botanical Garden, please contact Kara Laufer at 239-325-1910 or KLaufer@naplesgarden.org Read More »

DEP and DOT Recognize Clean Air Month

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Transportation are partnering this month to promote practices to improve air quality in Florida. Florida’s residents, businesses and visitors are encouraged to adopt environmentally friendly practices to help protect Florida’s air quality throughout May—and all year long. There are many steps Floridians can take to prevent air pollution and protect human health, as well as the environment. These steps include: Drive less; Drive smart; Use energy-efficient products; Use reel or electric lawn mowers; Compost rather than burning waste materials; Use green cleaners; Maintain heating and air conditioning units; Recycle; ... 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 »