Tag Archives: program

Cuban-born Tenor a Big Hit

Submitted “Memorable concerts don’t merely deliver what’s expected; they also take audiences beyond what they can envision.” ~ Gerald Klickstein  Marco Island Center for the Arts was thrilled to introduce to island audiences Cuban-born, Miami based tenor Anibal Cruz with guest appearances by his sons, Anibal Cruz, Jr. and Alex Cruz, as well as his daughter-in-law Liset Mercantete. This sold ... Read More »

The Dominican Republic A Journey of Discovery & Exploration

Global Traveler Dave Pattison A cruise to a remote and newly developed tourist area of the Dominican Republic provided a unique and unexpected visit to a largely undiscovered and unexplored area of this historic country. We stayed four days in the newly developed port of Amber Cove, which engaged us in the newly designed “impact” activities with local residents or visits ... Read More »

Volunteers Are a Valuable Resource

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us With more than 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters to manage and protect, the small staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is very busy, and always happy to receive help. Through a strong volunteer program, hundreds of individuals play a vital role in the preservation, restoration and management of our mangrove estuary, donating ... Read More »

Together We Can Make A Difference

Lighthouse of Collier is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Summer Camp for children who are blind/visually impaired.  The camp is made possible by the very generous donations of Naples Children & Education Foundation founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, The Kendel H. Kennedy Fund, The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, the Martin Foundation, The League Club, American Comfort Limousines, and the Girl Scouts of Gulf ... Read More »

Growth Management Wins National Award

Collier County’s Growth Management Department was recently awarded an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for using real-time data to create an accessible inspections environment. As part of NACo President Bryan Desloge’s presidential initiative, the county also received recognition as one of the 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work, illustrating the best innovations in county government nationwide. Following ... Read More »

Mosquito Control Targeting Invasion 

The Collier Mosquito Control District (the District) is continuing to see high numbers of salt marsh mosquitoes through its surveillance program and is scheduling missions to control the aggressive biters. The habitat which produces these mosquitoes is so abundant to the south and east of Naples, the pests are coming off the mangroves in broods easily numbering in the trillions ... Read More »

A Guide to Local Summer Camps

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Looking for ideas to keep your child busy, and happy this summer? Look no further! There are a variety of summer camp offerings that provide everything your kids need to have a great summer. Camp Mackle Due to the temporary facility changes, this year’s Camp Mackle is located at the Family Church of Marco Island ... Read More »

Senior Empowerment Series | Experts Advise ‘Plan Now’

By Shirley Woolaway Make a plan now to avoid difficult decisions later was advice given by health and home care panelists recently at the first Senior Empowerment Series of 2017 at South Regional Library. Moderator Kenn Voegele, chair of the Leadership Coalition on Aging of Collier County spoke of his experience when first his father and then his mother developed ... Read More »

Images Capture Florida Panther Near Crocodile Nest

By Samantha Husted Last month a group of biologists from the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve shared something remarkable. Images captured on a Reconyx wildlife camera showed a young Florida panther lingering near a known crocodile nesting area on the reserve. According to Rookery Bay, the panther hung around for about 30 minutes. Images of the panther have been ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Donates To Teen Court

Submitted On May 30, 2017, Ms. Carol Fritsch, Collier County Teen Court Coordinator spoke to the members of the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise about Teen Court. To her great surprise and delight, at the end of the presentation, the Sunrise Club President, Neil Snyder, presented Ms. Fritsch with a $1,000 donation. The donation will go toward scholarships as ... Read More »

Wilfrid’s Journey From Cancer Diagnosis to Preschool Graduation

By Samantha Husted and Jesus Calo  Translation by Jesus Calo and Myriam Calo Editor’s Note: The writers conducted their interview with Yanet Ramirez entirely in Spanish, her native language. In order to maintain the integrity of their conversation, some of Yanet’s original responses in Spanish will follow the English translation. Nearly three years ago Yanet Ramirez and her young son Wilfrid (“Willy”) ... Read More »

Mr. Holm’s Opus: A legacy of music for Swarthmore

By Barry Gwinn When I saw the movie, “Mr. Holland’s Opus” in 1996, I was reminded of my high school band and orchestra director and how much he must have struggled to place instruments in our hands and introduce music into our lives. It was his life’s work. Thankfully for me and countless students, he performed this work while Director ... Read More »

Avow Receives Significant Donation 

Avow hosted an Armed Forces Appreciation Day breakfast program at the Ispiri community center on Avow’s Naples campus for over 150 veterans. During the event, the Raymond James Family Wealth Planning Group, led by Tom LaMacchio and Nadia Keric, facilitated a $90,011 donation to Avow’s new “We Honor Veterans” program on behalf of their clients, William and June Wigal. The ... Read More »

Breakfast With the Birds

By Jesus Calo Season may be over, but a new visitor has made its home here for the hot months ahead: beach nesters. From March to the end of August, these shorebirds depend on Marco Island and the emergent sandbar located southeast of Cape Romano, known as Second Chance, for their survival. From black skimmers to Wilson’s plovers, there are ... Read More »

Project Lifesaver Now on Marco

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The realtors at Keller Williams on Marco Island donate time, talent and treasures in many ways. One such undertaking will assist local law enforcement to benefit all age groups and will help locate individuals who may have a habit of wandering away from home due to challenges beyond their control. On Tuesday, May 16th the realtors ... Read More »

 Pollution Control Receives Accreditation 

Collier County Pollution Control’s water quality field sampling program was approved for accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation as a Field Sampling Monitoring Organization. This makes Collier County one of two governmental agencies and one of five programs overall to achieve this accreditation statewide. The idea to seek accreditation as a Field Sampling Monitoring Organization began about two ... Read More »

Environmentally Friendly Marco Beach Ocean Resort

The award-winning Marco Beach Ocean Resort, located along the Gulf of Mexico’s famous white-sand beaches, has been recertified as an environmentally friendly destination, receiving a Two-Palm rating from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging program. Known for its stunning Gulf views, intimate environment and personalized service, the 93-suite Marco Beach Ocean Resort was originally certified as a Florida Green ... Read More »

MIYC: First to Install Mini Reef

Submitted The Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) is the first yacht club in Southwest Florida to install “Mini Reef” artificial marine habitat systems under its dock to support an environmental initiative to restore the cleanliness and aquatic diversity of the region’s canals and waterways. “The Marco Island Yacht Club is proud to participate in this important environmental program to create ... Read More »

Cross Training

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Wikipedia defines cross training as “an athletic training in sports other than the athlete’s usual sport. The goal is improving overall performance. It takes advantage of the particular effectiveness of one training method to negate the shortcomings of another.” It has become a catch phrase in sports. Growing up, I played all sports. Back ... Read More »

The Importance of Sports at MIA

By Don Manley Who better to render an opinion on Marco Island Academy’s athletic programs than the athletes themselves? “I feel like at MIA, our sports teams are a family,” said freshman Jenna Palumbo, who is a member of the school’s soccer and track teams. “Everyone is really close, so it’s more than just playing a sport. It’s just a ... Read More »