Tag Archives: program

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
Fun Night.

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


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


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


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


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 »

Farhat’s Swimmers Again Find Success

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Caelan Burt, left, sister Maddie and Gleb Korchagin are all smiles after claiming best overall in their age classes at the Key West Invitational.

By Roger LaLonde Kamal Farhat has spun his swimming magic at the Greater Marco Island Family YMCA for many years. His crop this season is no exception to superlatives. With 48 swimmers in his program, Farhat has enough for four competitive teams in varying age groups. Nine team members went to the Key West Invitational, bringing home a slew of ... Read More »

Collier and Lee Building Industry Hosts the 6th Market Trends


The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) and Lee Building Industry Association will host the joint 6th Annual Market Trends on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Miromar Design Center in Estero, Florida. The program will begin at5:30 p.m. with networking, immediately followed by Land Solutions’ presentation “What is Really Happening in New Home and Land Sales in Southwest Florida.”  The presentation will include detailed statistics and ... Read More »

Star Trek US Postage Stamps


The Postal Service is proud to commemorate ‘Star Trek’ on the eve of its 50th anniversary,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan referring to the iconic television program’s Sept. 8, 1966, debut. “Star Trek’s intricate futuristic setting, multicultural cast and story lines touched on social issues and pushed past the boundaries of popular science fiction becoming a worldwide phenomenon.” “With ... Read More »

Florida Reefs: Old and New

A sea turtle makes its way across a reef this past summer. Photo by Bob McConville

Stepping Stones Bob McConville A short while ago I wrote an article about the decline of the coral reef system in the Florida Keys. Included were some pictures that actually showed a section of a reef and how dramatic the change occurred over a 20-year period. It was not good. The brightly colored corals of yesterday are now gray and ... Read More »

How Spin Affects Today’s Game


Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark In today’s world of professional tennis, with all of the big topspin forehands and two-handed backhands, players don’t just hit the ball hard, they hit it heavy! By heavy, I mean that they hit the ball with a lot of spin. Through the utilization of high tech photography, it has been measured, that the men ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ocean Habitats


Ocean Habitats My home on Perrine Court was built in 1996 and my wife and I have fished off the back sea wall with our 3 children, 3 nephews who live on the Island, and now 5 grandchildren, as well as countless house guests over the year and therefore I believe I have had “good perspective” of the number and ... Read More »

Roger Raymond, a Middle School Sports Icon

Roger Raymond relaxing at his desk at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Roger and Karen Raymond went from having a band to owning a music store, when Roger was asked if he would be interested in serving as athletic director for a new school opening in 1998. Roy Radlovacki and John Pike had children enrolled and wanted to get a sports program going at the Marco Island Charter Middle ... Read More »

New BAC Program

Thank You poster from campers to BAC, from left: Russ Rakestraw, Katie O’Hara, Samantha Malloy, Elaine Lancaster, Ruth McCann, Maria Lamb, Gene Burson and Tony Ferrara. Submitted Photo

Submitted Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) brought its newest program to Camp Mackle on August 4. BAC members brought the beach to campers in grades 1-2 and 3-5, teaching them that “keeping the beach healthy” is as easy as A-B-C. Elaine Lancaster, BAC educational outreach program coordinator, presented “beach etiquette” in an easy-to-understand format, which was both age appropriate ... Read More »

A Tough Game Ahead For MIA Football

MIA football team is lined up and ready to go for its preseason game. Photos by Roger LaLonde

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Academy (MIA) football team travels to Lake Highland Prep in Orlando for a 7 PM game on September 2. Marco Island’s game with St. Petersburg- Shorecrest Prep on August 26 was canceled due to severe weather. Distance and a non-district game determined the game will not be made up. The highly-touted 5A Highlanders won ... Read More »

Leadership Marco Class of 2016


By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco program is a course that brings together potential community leaders and immerses them in Marco’s culture and history. During the four-month long program participants get an in depth look at all aspects of our island community. By the time graduation rolls around in January, students will be well educated ... Read More »

Water Workouts at the Y

Instructor Gustavo Sita puts a class through one of the resistance moves.

Submitted At the start of one of her Aqua-Zumba pool workout programs at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, Aqua-Zumba in- structor Doris D’Agostino tells participants this isn’t about overexertion. “Burning is good, pain is not good,” D’Agostino says before conducting her class with infectious enthusiasm. She goes through her moves outside the pool, and clearly enjoys the solid 45-minute session. ... Read More »

Crocodiles in South Florida

Photos by Bob McConville

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Quite often when I’m talking about dolphins on my tours someone will ask the question regarding alligator sightings. I am always happy to respond that gators primarily stay in fresh water or brackish water habitats, and then I mention that brackish and saltwater areas of South Florida are home to many crocodiles and that this ... Read More »

The Importance of Holding Serve

Traditional Setup For Doubles

Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark I enjoy watching tennis and golf on television because the commentators (who are usually retired champions themselves) do such a great job of explaining what is occurring mentally and emotionally with a player, which directly translates to what is occurring physically as the players compete. How many times do you hear winning players being asked, ... Read More »