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Marco Island Woman’s Club Recognized

Top row, from left: County commissioners Penny Taylor, Tim Nance, Donna Fiala, Georgia
Hiller and Tom Henning. Bottom row: MIWC’s Mary Deetjen, Debbie Roddy, Jackie Pierce,
Shirley Thayer, Rosemary Wick and Hyla Crane.

By Debbie Roddy  Marco Island Woman’s Club, founded October 24, 1966, began its “Celebration of 50 Years of Giving Back” in January of this year. While members have been busy with a 50th Anniversary community project and celebratory events, the Club received well-deserved official recognition from both Collier County and the State of Florida for its service to the community. ... Read More »

Merrill Allen Thanks You: Music is his life. Goodland is his town.

Photo by Barry Gwinn

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn If you should happen to greet Merrill Allen on the streets of Goodland, you might be surprised at the warmth and friendliness of his response. He says he has found fulfillment and happiness here. Merrill, who was born in Grantsburg, Wisconsin in 1957, moved to Goodland in 1993 and never looked back. He has become ... Read More »

Entertaining By Mother Nature

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• Submitted If you are looking for a unique and memorable Southwest Florida experience, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s eco cruise through Rookery Bay is all that and more. From December through April the Conservancy offers an exclusive eco cruise through Rookery Bay aboard the Good Fortune II. “The Good Fortune II eco cruise offers residents and visitors a very ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 75 Years

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• By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Members of the “Black Sheep Squadron” of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), based here at the Marco Island Executive Airport, will join with members across the country on December 1st to celebrate the 75th birthday of the founding of the CAP. It was ironic that the organization came into existence only six day prior to ... Read More »

FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski Recognized for Conservation Leadership

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FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski was recognized with Audubon Florida’s Theodore Roosevelt award this weekend for reinvigorating the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) critical wildlife areas (CWA) program. This program protects vulnerable waterbirds from disturbance, ensuring these species can survive on increasingly crowded coasts and waterways. Yablonski accepted the award at the annual Audubon Assembly- Florida’s signature conservation event ... Read More »

Art For Art’s Sake

Photos by Don Manley: 
Daniela Hernandez-Garcia, left, Scotia Holdsworth and Clare Hassell mold clay mugs of their own creation.

By Don Manley Anna Zeidman has established career goals at the age of 15 that include becoming either an animator or a video game designer and the Young Artists Academy at the Marco Island Center for the Arts is helping her develop the skills to turn that vision into reality. “It’s a free place where you can study art so ... Read More »

Morris Law Firm to Donate Disney Trip

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Submitted For the last three years, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. has donated a family trip, an all expenses paid vacation to Disney World, to a local family in need of a little holiday cheer. The firm needs your help to find a local family who would benefit from its For the Family holiday give-away for the ... Read More »

Punt, Pass and Kick Results 2016

Photo by Tony Smith

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

Flag Football a Hit The Philly Connection

Photos by Morgan Gastineau: The National Anthem starts things off.

By Barry Gwinn Bruni calls a play for his team, on which his son Jake plays quarterback (wearing do rag). The coaches call each play, remind players of their assignments, and make sure they are in the proper positions before the ball is snapped. On most fall Saturday mornings, you will find Mackle Park with end to end football games ... Read More »

Free Dental Screenings For Local Children

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The traveling team that services schools and daycare centers throughout Collier County is (from left) Angelica Galindo, Yuni Diaz-Pratz, Yohana Hernandez and Susan Gorman.

Submitted Some were a little nervous about having their mouths checked, but in the end, a group of Y Early Learning Program children all benefited from dental screenings. The youngsters received a dental screening, and in some cases fluoride varnish on their teeth during a recent session conducted by hygienist Susan Gorman, fellow hygienist Angelica Galindo and dental assistants Yuni ... Read More »

Books & Brews: Marco Gives a Hoot!

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Submitted The Friends of the Marco Island Library are sponsoring an exciting morning with our charming burrowing owls. On Saturday, November 12 at 10 AM, visit the Marco Island Branch Library to learn about the fascinating creatures. Jean Hall, project leader for the Audubon of the Western Everglades Owl Watch Program, will share her beautiful photographs of Marco’s burrowing owls. Two local ... Read More »

The Marco Island Boxing Club Presents Live Boxing

DATE: Friday, November 11, 2016 LOCATION: Marco Island JW Marriott Hotel, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island (Palms Ballroom) TIME: Doors open 6 PM, first bout scheduled for 7 PM TICKETS: $20, available at the door NJ vs. Ireland This year, there will be five bouts between NJ and Ireland competing for the Frank Gervin Memorial Belt. Frank Gervin was ... Read More »

Business Networking With ENMA

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Submitted The October East Naples Merchants Association (ENMA) business networking meeting was hosted by the Lely High School business INCubator class, in their state-of-the-art lab classroom. Class instructor Adam Peterson briefed the ENMA business owner members on the business INCubator program, and thanked them for their support of the program. Business owners were given a short introduction to each of ... Read More »

Y’s ASPIRE Makes Learning Fun

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Children in the Y’s ASPIRE program with counselor Hali Telashmet

Submitted Dozens of young students are again benefitting from ASPIRE, a long-running Marco Y program that seeks to motivate and stimulate students from kindergarten to fifth grade by making after-school fun. ASPIRE stands for After School Program for Inspiration, Recreation and Education. The program serves children from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School and Manatee Elementary School. Each year ... Read More »

Passero’s Passion, Experience, Boost Marco Y

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Deborah Passero explains the Rock Steady Boxing class to attendees at September’s Family
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By Don Manley The five chronic diseases included among the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s health and wellness program priorities for the next few years have played a pivotal role in life of Deborah Passero. Cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and cardiovascular disease were all selected as focal points by the Y’s board of directors earlier this year. ... Read More »

Rotary Brings Baby Basics to Marco

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Submitted If you want to help Kiwanis support literacy programs, in addition to participating in the 5K, consider becoming an event sponsor. Sponsorships come at many levels, starting at only $250. For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Preston Stiner at 239-6828070 or Tim Clune at 239-394-2299. The 4th Annual Kiwanis Family 5K takes place on November 19 from ... Read More »

Punt, Pass and Kick Results 2016

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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 »

Champions For Learning Give Grants

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Champions For Learning awarded almost $65,000 in classroom grants to Collier County teachers. Volunteers, supporters, and board members of Champions For Learning, surprised local teachers when they delivered 126 grant checks to 41 Collier County schools, to support innovative experiences for students. Collier County teachers requested funding through the classroom grant portal on the Champions For Learning website. This online ... Read More »

County Supervisor of Elections Office Hosting Art Contest

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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 »

Collier’s Artificial Reefs: The End of the Beginning

Photo by Cathy McConville
From left: Katie Laakkonen, Kathleen Rooney and Bob McConville.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Over the past few months I’ve addressed issues regarding the reef structures here in South Florida on several occasions. Recent visits by my wife, Cathy, and me have resulted in viewing the natural reef formations in the Florida Keys. The unfortunate “bleaching” of these once beautiful structures is caused by numerous factors, and has increased worldwide ... Read More »