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Festival of Trees Winter Wonderland


SUBMITTED The Marco Island Center for the Arts will host the Second Annual Festival of Trees, December 1 through 3, 2015. Islander Dave Rice will chair the event, which will kick off from 10 AM-12 PM on December 1. During the Festival of Trees, the Center for the Art’s main galleries will be transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland, featuring a unique variety of decorated trees. The display will be open for public viewing December 2nd and 3rd from noon until 7 PM. Bring your children and grandchildren to the festival’s Family Night on December 2 from 5-7 PM. Family ... Read More »

Happy Feline Holidays

Persimmon needs a loving home. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi &Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines We have an annual tradition here at For the Love of Cats: every year on Black Friday all felines in residence collaborate on a letter to Santa. Wait for it at the bottom of this column! As the shelter’s surrogate Santa Claws, official supervisor, and top cat I am overseeing my staff of 73 elves this season as they decorate kitty condos, lead the cats and kittens in singing cat-mas carols, and distribute gifts to the most deserving and purr-fect felines to cross our threshold. Each shelter cat and ... Read More »

Can Senior Adult Tennis Players Avoid Injury?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com For the better part of three-plus decades, I have coached hundreds, if not thousands, of senior tennis players from all around the globe. Unfortunately for me, I also aged along with my students and have experienced innumerable injuries. In order to beat the clock, senior tennis players have to embrace the new and improved sporting world: Fitness room, chiropractors, massage and nutritional therapists. And let’s not forget the huge impact of the yoga world. If I had a dollar for every senior student who told me that all chiropractors were “quacks,” I would be a ... Read More »

Chanukah at the JCMI

By Sandra Hechler When I think of Chanukah, I see in my mind’s eye spinning dreidels, glowing candles and luscious latkes (potato pancakes). I think of the tiny bit of oil, which escaped defilement in the Jerusalem Temple during the rule of the Hellenic Syrians B.C.E. The oil miraculously provided light for eight days. Hence, this holiday lasts for eight days. Most of all I thank a small band of Jewish fighters, led by Judah Maccabee, who repelled the aggressor so that they and their Jewish brethren could live and worship as they pleased. Chanukah is a holiday whose ideas freedom-loving people ... Read More »

Stop Identity Theft Forum

Carrie Kerskie presented to a full and attentive room. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted In front of a full room at the Marco Island Police Department on November 18, identity theft expert Carrie Kerskie, PI presented the “Stop Identity Theft Forum.” Kerskie is also the director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University, as well as the president of the Kerskie Group, Inc. Police Chief Al Schettino introduced Kerskie. “Identity theft is really an epidemic and it’s affecting a lot of people all over the world,” said Schettino. “Everywhere we go we’re exposed to that possibility.” While Kerskie says there is no one absolute way to prevent identity theft, there ... Read More »

New Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk Tour

The new Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk tour stops at this gator hole. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted A new naturalist-led tour of the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is the newest Friends of Fakahatchee adventure offered at www.orchidswamp.org. The new tour uses high-tech two way headsets will help tour participants get the most out of their naturalist-led small group tour of the Fakahatchee’s Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. The tour of the National Natural Landmark site on the Tamiami Trail is a morning stroll in dappled shade along the 2,220-foot boardwalk through one of the last remaining stands of virgin cypress trees in Florida. The tour will provide many photography and bird watching opportunities. Highlights include an old growth ... Read More »

“The Tears of Dark Water”


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Corban Addison Thomas Nelson 2015, 439 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi   In “The Tears of Dark Water,” his third novel, Corban Addison proves himself to be one of the prominent authors of his generation. He has a beautiful writing style that is both intelligent and gripping, moving the story along at an almost-perfect pace while deepening the layers of the characters’ personalities with each page. It is November 2011, and Daniel Parker and his 18-year-old son ... Read More »

Team Tennis Dilemma: One Captain or Two


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com CTA or USTA team tennis offers distinct challenges each season, and picking the ‘right’ captain or captains is crucial to the success of the tennis operation. Moreover, when club teams win each week, there is a special buzz at the club. In my practices, I have enjoyed exceptional team captain, as well as the co-captain set up. There are many factors in determining which direction to move. For example, if the club head pro is “hands on”- sets up each roster, designs team practices and has weekly meetings with each team. In this particular case, ... Read More »

MIHS Hosts World-Class Entertainment


Submitted By popular demand, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is once again bringing world-class entertainment to Marco Island. The first of several musical/variety shows begin this holiday season, with more to come next year. The performances will be held live onstage at the Rose History Auditorium (RHA) on Marco. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience these popular events. Later this month, on Saturday, November 28, Duo Romantico, the husband and wife team of Atilio and Christy Marinelli, will perform a Tribute to Andrea Bocelli. This classically trained tenor and soprano bring unforgettable chemistry to the RHA stage. As cousins ... Read More »

Craft Beer Festival Celebrates Local Favorites

A toast to the day! From left: Nick Catudal (CJ’s), Juan Mejia (Chop 239), Curt Koon and Chef Laura Owen (CJ’s).

By Steve Gimmestad Whew, it was a warm Friday on November 7, but that didn’t stop over 250 people from attending the first ever Marco Island Craft Beer Festival at CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade. Hosted by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and chaired by Jacquie Koon, the festival brought local restaurants and local brewers together to showcase the world of craft beers and great food. Each brewer was paired with a restaurant and select food creations that would compliment each of the flavors. The presentations at each booth were as much fun as the beers and ... Read More »

Urologist Expands Marco Island Hours

Storey and staff, from left: Joanna Smith, Elizabeth Keller, Dr. Storey, Natalie Conde and Evangeline Perez.

By Roger LaLonde Urologist Dr. Barclay Storey is responding to patient needs by adding another day to treat patients on Marco Island. He also is offering same-day appointments and the opportunity to use new state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in an outpatient setting. Story has been seeing patients once a week on Marco Island for two years. He now will see patients on Tuesday, 8:15 to 11:15 AM and Friday, 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM in the NCH Medical Building at 40 Heathwood Drive. He will continue to see patients off island at his office behind the Physicians Regional Medical Center on ... Read More »

Saran Wishes You Balance Marco resident has authored book on his new form of yoga

Marco’s Saran, author of “Baraabar Yoga, The New Yoga of Balance.” PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Saran has had a very interesting life, the sort for which the term “renaissance man” was invented. The Marco resident has a psychology degree from the University of Miami. Aside from being a talented painter, Saran has worked as an orchestral songwriter and record producer, enjoyed international success as a fashion designer and a carved-glass artist, and established a memorial design company whose works can be seen locally. Along the way, he’s formed friendships with such luminaries as Judd Hirsch, of “Taxi” fame, the “Chairman of the Board,” Frank Sinatra and astronaut Charlie Duke, who was the ... Read More »

An Interview with YMCA Tennis Director Roberto Saad

Roberto Saad was ranked number 36 tennis player in the world in 1988.

By Samantha Husted Meet Roberto Saad, the Marco Island YMCA’s newest tennis director. Roberto’s life and tennis career has been nothing short of amazing. He’s traveled all over the world, played in tournaments such as the Davis Cup, won two doubles titles, and in 1988 he was number 36 in the world, a feat very few can claim. Now, he’s here on Marco Island to share his wisdom of the game and his philosophies on life, which to him are inextricable. Let’s start with the beginning, when did you first start playing tennis and how do you get involved with ... Read More »

MIHS Hosts 50th Anniversary Party

Submitted Dust off those dancing shoes and get ready for an evening filled with fun and nostalgia. The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is throwing a party to celebrate Marco Island’s 50th anniversary. The “Party Like It’s 1965” shindig will be held Saturday, November 14, from 5:30-10:00 PM. Come dressed in your favorite 1965 (through ‘75) garb, whether floral prints, Birkenstocks and bell-bottom jeans; miniskirts and high vinyl boots; or bright sun shades, apple green and electric blue, polyester and platform shoes. Join in the fun, make your own statement and help us bring back the memories of a bygone ... Read More »

“Did You Ever Have A Family?”


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Bill Clegg Simon & Schuster 2015, 253 pages Genre: Family Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.” ~ Thornton Wilder   Lolly Reid and Will Landis are getting married in the garden of her mother June’s spacious home in small town Connecticut. Her home has never been so full. Her ex-husband Adam is staying over, Lolly and Will of course, and June’s much younger boyfriend Luke Morey. Things had wound down, everyone retired to their rooms for the evening except ... Read More »


Roger Federer hitting his slice.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Taking my own advice from one of my previous articles, “Listen and Learn,” I was recently watching and listening to a post-match discussion earlier this year with Darren Cahill, former coach of Roger Federer. Cahill was commenting in regards to Federer, stating that while Roger prefers to offensively dominate in a match, he is so good at knowing when to play defense and when to play offense. With all sports there are times that offense is played, and there are times when defense is played. In most other sports, there is a definite separation of offense ... Read More »

Meals of Hope Packaging Event is Just Around the Corner

By Don Manley Neil Snyder is eagerly counting down the days until he and hundreds of other volunteers will be busily doing their part to help fight hunger at the annual Meals of Hope Packaging Event. Set for 8:30 to 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 14 at the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym, Snyder is expecting 550 to 600 people to turn out to package 225,000 meals to be dispensed to needy Collier County families for the Christmas holiday season and beyond. “It’s just a very busy and exciting time,” said the man who is also known as “Captain Hope” ... Read More »

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Submitted November 7th marks another year for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year there are two teams from Marco Island participating in the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Marco Island resident and 5th year team captain, Karin Hatcher, heads up Lillian’s “A” Team. The team is named after her mother Lillian, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. Karin says “Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or ... Read More »

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES By Nikkie Sardelli October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In just this year alone, approximately 231,840 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and of that number, a saddening 40,290 will lose the battle. This is 40,290 too many. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S., and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Additionally, there will be about 2,350 men diagnosed, with about 440 of them losing their battle. The American Cancer Society is involved through their annual nationwide Making Strides Against Breast Cancer ... Read More »

Kicks Off 2016 Relay For Life of Marco Island


SUBMITTED It’s a celebration of fun, family and life! On April 18, 2015, at Mackle Park on beautiful Marco Island, there was a festival of sorts. There were games, food, entertainment, and ceremonies honoring the loved ones of many who were present. It was a festival of fun for people of all ages! That festival was the Relay For Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger. It was a celebration of life that raised $278,000 for the American Cancer Society, making the Relay For Life of Marco Island the third highest fundraising Relay event in the State of ... Read More »