Tag Archives: University

Striving for Excellence

By Don Manley Michael Grossi has found that taking the road less traveled can truly make all the difference. He credits taking that approach and striving for excellence as being key to his becoming valedictorian of Marco Island Academy’s class of 2017 with a 6.0 grade point average and an associate’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University under his belt. ... Read More »

Nursing Scholarship Awarded to Local Student

Submitted P.E.O. Chapter GT, Marco Island, established a memorial scholarship honoring Marg (Margaret) Mead. Her husband, Wayne, initiated this through a loving annual donation to Chapter GT, dedicated to a local woman studying in the nursing field. Marg Mead graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa ... Read More »

Kevin Williams Construction Takes the LEED With Sea Glass Marco

By Maureen Chodaba  Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an international standard of excellence in green construction. Based on adherence to prerequisites of required elements or green-building strategies, and credits of optional elements and strategies, LEED construction projects earn points toward certification. Based on credits that are developed through rounds of public comments and the collaboration of the ... Read More »

Meet Your Acting City Manager

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since the election of November 2016 it was apparent that a change in the corner office wasn’t something in question, only its timing. So at the first meeting in February council chose to exercise their right to accept the resignation of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt effective immediately and provide him with his severance package as ... Read More »

MIA Athletics Annual Fundraiser Inspirational Guest Speaker Not to be Missed

By Don Manley Marco Island Academy (MIA) is gearing up for its second annual Cheers For Champions Benefit Dinner. The fundraiser, which benefits the school’s athletic programs, will be held May 20 at the Hideaway Beach Club. As with last year’s debut, the event will feature dinner, live and silent auctions and a cash bar and speakers, but the location ... Read More »

Journey Across Religions

By Jesus Calo St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in co-sponsorship with Mindfulness Meditation on Marco, hosted a Director’s Screening of the film, “Dawn of the Abyss: the Spiritual Birth of Swamiji,” on Friday, February 24. The film follows the journey of a Christian monk as he seeks to fulfill his spiritual destiny in the land of India. This film contained remarkable ... Read More »

Shell Club Prepares for 7th Annual Shell Show

By Samantha Husted  In preparation for the Marco Island Shell Club’s 37th Annual Shell Show, Shell Club members met to create some one-of-a-kind shell art. The club members met at Dissler Hall at the United Church of Marco Island. The same location where the upcoming show will take place. Rows of large round tables were set up throughout the room. ... Read More »

Health Plus Lecture: Age-related Macular Degeneration

Submitted IBERIABANK has partnered with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) to host Jaclyn L. Kovach, M.D., who will review the clinical features, risk factors, and treatment options for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). She will also discuss the AMD clinical trials conducted at BPEI Naples for which she is the principal investigator. The Health Plus Lecture will be held on Tuesday, ... Read More »

Member’s Talent on Exhibit

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts February exhibition is a Members Only Show, showcasing the work of member-artists. The exhibit is currently open, and runs through February 28, 2017. The Center’s Main Gallery will feature work in a variety of medium available for viewing enjoyment and purchase. The exhibit will be judged by Barbara Anderson Hill. Hill has ... Read More »

Windows & Doors to History Grand Opening

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) presents the public opening for a dramatic one-of-a-kind permanent outdoor gallery — Windows & Doors to History — at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM). The Windows & Doors to History gallery opens to the public on February 18 with an event from 1 to 3 PM. There is no admission charge. Windows ... Read More »

Agricultural Tours in Collier 

Join the University of Florida/IFAS for a tour of farms and other agricultural operations in Collier County. The tour is Wednesday, March. 15, departing from Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples, Florida . Two tour times are available: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Not only will this change give us a chance to showcase ... Read More »

Art at the Marco Players Gallery

On display now until January 22, during the run of the current show, “Second Time Around,” the Marco Players Theater gallery will feature the works of the talented artist, Joanna Sunshine. Joanna Sunshine is an experienced and well-known fiber artist. She says, “More than 50 years ago I acquired my first loom, or rather pieces of a loom discovered in ... Read More »

Dillman’s Arts Festival Returns to Marco

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts brings Dillman’s annual Arts Festival to the island on January 22, from noon to 4 PM. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Attendees will experience demonstrations by artists and learn about Dillman’s creative arts program. They will also enjoy door prizes and refreshments. The Dillman’s Arts ... Read More »

Center for the Arts January Exhibits

Submitted  The Marco Island Center for the Arts January exhibit features the art of Betsy Ross Koller. The exhibit will include a broad sampling of Betsy’s flower and alpine motifs, based on her years in Switzerland. The exhibit will also include work displaying idyllic charm of rural Ohio, where Betsy was born and raised. Private collectors own most of her ... Read More »

The Island Country Club Introduces New Sous Chefs

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) has two new sous chefs on their culinary team. Los Angeles native Loren Cogswell earned the title of executive sous chef and Fanny Bustamante, originally from Lima, Peru, is now the club’s Double Eagle sous chef. Cogswell has a degree in aquatic biology. During his college years, Loren cooked for friends and ... Read More »

Marco Island Shell Club Holiday Sale

By Maureen Chodaba Lindbergh was in awe of the vastness of the sea, a universe in itself, blessed with the abundance of life that it holds. The beautiful shells that we collect lay empty on the beach because their former inhabitants have perished. Each one holds its own unique mystery and allure. Seashells are a graceful reminder that every passing ... Read More »

Dimensions of Dementia: The Role of Art and Music

Shirley Woolaway Thank goodness for music and art. Try to imagine a world without them and it is too difficult to contemplate, for they give us beauty and take us to places we’ve never been or send us back to experiences from the past. Important to most of us, music and art are especially so for those with dementia. Recently ... Read More »

MIA Gets New Boys Soccer Coach

By Barry Gwinn After the win at Moore Haven, boys soccer team (from left), top row: Marshall Daffner, Kodie Dean, Ron Linn, Josh Dacruz, Jack Babian, Cameron Zook and Head Coach Fernando Higuera. Bottom row: Kaleb Acosta, Charlie Slonaker, Juan David Patino, Francisco Mendez, Jorge Munoz and Marco Disbel. Not pictured: Asst. Coach Bryan Gambuzina.  Fernando Higuera, 39, took over ... Read More »

Ideas Will Bloom at the 2016 Yard and Garden Show

Do you want to learn more about unique container gardening ideas or micro irrigation? Or you simply want to learn how to successfully grow tomatoes on a small space? Explore all this and more at the 14th Annual SW Florida Yard and Garden Show, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, ... Read More »

Research is Cautiously Hopeful

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway In my experience, most of us know someone with dementia, either a family member, a friend, or a neighbor. So, it is not surprising to learn that in Florida there are 510,000 people with Alzheimer’s in 2016, just one of the many dementia diseases, but the most common. That figure will rise to 720,000 by ... Read More »