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Graduation 2015

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Don Manley ‘Tis the season for convocations. Yes, the time of graduations is once again upon us, with its celebrations of youthful achievements, and the prospect of bright tomorrows. Commencement exercises for Marco Island students begin this week, and include: Island Montessori Academy – The annual “Moving Up” ceremony, which will include a cookout, pot luck meal and a waterslide, is set for 11 AM, May 29. The school is located at 579 E. Elkcam Circle. For more information, visit islandmontessoriacademy.org or call (239) 642-2020. Marco Island Academy – MIA’s graduation ceremony will begin at 6 PM, May 29, at ... Read More »

Feeling Family at Marco Fitness Club

Left to right: Jean Cholka, Diane Saywell and Bob Cholka.

By Diane Saywell The family that stays fit together, remains knit together. We are of body, mind and spirit, but when it comes to presence, while we are apart from one another, the spirit comes through the strongest. It is the spirit that loves on, remains strong in direct correlation to the depth and experience of the relationship. Follow me?! Another thing, notice that I didn’t mention time spent in the relationship? Simply because I bet each of you can recall individuals you have known for very short periods of time, or for short periods of engagement (dental appointments!) over ... Read More »

Institute of Mixology Bartending School Opens on Marco Island

John Liverani tends “bar” at the school. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

Submitted Ever wonder how your bartender can free pour so accurately? Do you know the difference between scotch, whiskey, bourbon and rye? Answers to these questions, and many more, have arrived! The Institute of Mixology Bartending School opened its doors last month, becoming the only bartending school on Marco Island. Owners John and Ann Liverani had been visiting Marco Island for twenty years before making the move to full-time residents six years ago. The Liveranis have two boys – Joey, 16, a student at MIA, and Thomas, 20, a Lely graduate and bartender. Mom Jeanette Liverani works in the office. ... Read More »

NCH Awarded an ‘A’ for Patient Safety

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Submitted The NCH Healthcare System is the only hospital system in Collier and Lee counties to be awarded a national Hospital Safety Score of “A” from The Leapfrog Group. The NCH Healthcare System has been recognized for its’ dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. This A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients, who are looking for a ... Read More »

Wasserman, Delivers Presentation to Members of American College of Mohs Surgery

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Submitted Daniel I. Wasserman, MD, board certified in dermatology with a dual fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and laser and cosmetic medicine, presented at the recent 47th American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting on the intraoperative use of fractionated carbon dioxide lasers for the improvement of post-operative scars. Dr. Wasserman also moderated and spoke at a separate session with Christopher Barker, MD, radiation oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, presenting results from his experience and outcomes of utilizing photodynamic therapy as a neoadjuvant treatment for select non-melanoma skin cancers prior to Mohs surgery. Members attending the sessions earned ... Read More »

In Search of Swiss Cheese

Outside the beautiful walled city of Gruyeres. photos by vickie kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Switzerland is known for its cheese. Most of us have eaten “Swiss” cheese. Yet, few of us have experienced true Swiss cheese, for most of what is sold at local deli counters is a cheaper, lower quality commodity produced either domestically or from another country. It is made from pasteurized milk from cows fed on silage and often contains artificial ingredients. True Swiss cheese has no milk treatment, no artificial ingredients, no preservatives and comes from cows fed only grass or hay; no silage is allowed for Swiss cheese. The craft of cheesemaking in Switzerland dates ... Read More »

Let the Countdown Begin: Naples Readies for ButterBurgers and Fresh Frozen Custard

The Naples community prepares to welcome a new Culver’s® restaurant as construction Began on May 5th, 2015 with the official groundbreaking ceremony.  Craig Culver, co-founder and CEO, of the restaurant chain, and local owner Mike Busalacchi and Vinnie Busalacchi will be, along with Brian Key opperating partner, on hand to break ground for the new restaurant located at 5102 Tamiami Trail East.  The new restaurant will employ 70 part and full-time team members when it opens in late summer. “We’re thrilled to bring handcrafted, high-quality meals and desserts to the community of Naples,” says Busalacchi. “We think it’s a wonderful ... Read More »

Enjoy the Ride

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Many years ago, back when living in Florida was nothing more than a daydream, my husband and I wanted to live near the water. For many of us, there is a natural gravitation toward shoreline. For those who live in landlocked states, water views are rarer than Bigfoot sightings. And for us, living in Iowa, the landscape consisted of tall corn and clean rows of beans, with an occasional farm pond. But we were determined, so in 1997 we bought a tiny cabin on a small lake, a short drive from our hometown. When ... Read More »

5th ANNUAL BLUES, BREWS AND BBQ

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Blues, Brews and BBQ is coming back to Tin City May 9th and 10th in celebration of CityFest. Sponsored by the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Wicked Dolphin Rum, Big C Events, Pinchers, and Texas Tony’s Rib House, festival highlights will include live music and tasty local treats, kid’s activities and vendors. Kicking off at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8th, local band favorite Deb and the Dynamics will play from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. while finger-licking good BBQ is served with fresh, local seafood and icy brews. Saturday the 9th, the fun continues with The Good Bad Kids from ... Read More »

Online Identity and Your Legacy

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” – Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder   Question: Having just lost my mother, I’m now more aware than ever of how important it is to make things as easy as possible for my loved-ones after I’m gone or for when I cannot manage my own affairs. It was extremely difficult to gain access to my Mom’s on-line information for bill paying, email and other matter further complicating the situation. What recommendations can you make? Answer: First, my condolences on the loss of your mother. ... Read More »

A Perfect Cartwheel

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By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My mom and sister were recently here for a visit and they could not be more appreciative guests. Through their eyes I am reminded how beautiful our Island home truly is. No sunset is taken for granted. Everything blooming is awed over. The beach is marveled. And having a swimming pool out the back door, paired with consistently sunny days, is a luxury they do not take for granted. As with most families, I suppose, when two or more family members gather together, conversations tend to slip into memories of childhood. This reunion of mine was ... Read More »

Gardenias

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By Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Along with the yellow Tabebuia trees that are blooming all around town in early spring, the gardenias begin blooming. My gardenia facing east started blooming two months ago, and is still going strong. Remember when people ask when gardenias are supposed to bloom to tell them spring to early summer is usually the time, but I always say, plants bloom whenever they feel like it. That is probably the best answer because you can only give an estimate of when things bloom because so much can change with the weather here in South Florida. But when ... Read More »

Macro Photography Workshop

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Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its first special event with DPI-SIG. This special event will be a 3-hour macro presentation and workshop by Mike Matthews from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. on May 16, 2015. The full program includes a 90 minute lecture, reception and a 90 minute hands-on macro workshop, photographing a variety of items for only $35. Lecture program alone includes a 90 minute lecture and reception followed by the opportunity to observe (not photograph) the macro workshop for $25. As an added bonus, door prizes from Hunt’s Photo and Video will be awarded. ... Read More »

New Line of Museum Jewelry

Ari Kathein, Lori Wagor and Avital Kathein.

Submitted The Smithsonian may have the original Marco Island artifacts, but here is the next best thing: a line of fine jewelry fashioned after some of the Island’s most famous archeological finds. A collaborative effort of the Marco Island Historical Society’s Gift Store (MIHS) and Golden Gate Jewelers, the jewelry includes a Key Marco Cat pendant, a favorite mascot of Islanders, as well as a Calusa mask made into necklaces, earrings, rings, and cufflinks. The jewelry is available in several different sizes, in either solid sterling silver or 14kt. gold, and can be customized with precious or semi-precious gems (diamonds, ... Read More »

Bo Really Does Know

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Today’s rain has left the sweet smell of summer in the air and my mind once again turns to the promise of long lazy days ready to fill however I see fit. My calendar is nearly empty and my ideas are many. Mmmm, delicious. For many artists, season is a rapid juggling act of shows and festivals, press-releases and newsletters, business, business, business, with precious little time for the creative process. But summer, summer I could paint with one slow continuous brush stroke. I love summer. For the past few summers, as the barometer begins to ... Read More »

Oleanders for a Spring, Summer and Fall Show of Color

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By Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Oleanders (Nerium oleander) an evergreen shrub that makes a great specimen plant when planted in the garden but also makes a great hedge or container plant. However you decide to use this plant shrub, hedge or standard (tree), it will always be a very colorful and showy plant. Oleanders bloom from spring to fall, coming in colors of orange, pink, red, white and yellow. Some have single flowers and there are others with a double bloom. Flowers are usually in clusters at the end of branches. Oleanders can grow up to 12 feet and are almost ... Read More »

Healthy Kids Day and Dottie’s Duck Derby

Dottie readies ducks for the race.

By Don Manley The Greater Marco Family YMCA will present two of its signature events as one seamless extravaganza of fun, healthy living information and fundraising. Both the Y’s Healthy Kids Day and the Dottie’s 20th Annual Duck Derby fundraiser will be held backto-back on Saturday, April 25 at the organization’s Sand Hill Street campus. “We’re trying to showcase our youth this year and make it more of a fun, interactive event and hopefully, get a good turnout from that,” said Charlene Garcia, the Y’s school age (after-school program) coordinator, who is also coordinating Healthy Kids Day. The festivities will ... Read More »

La Tavola-Family, Food and Friends

Marco Island restaurateurs Guy and Lisa Verdi discuss their dining philosophy.

By Don Manley The traditional family gathering place – the kitchen table – evokes thoughts of heartwarming moments for long-time Marco Island restaurateurs Guy and Lisa Verdi. Such memories and their shared Italian heritage served to inspire the Verdi’s selection of a name for their new restaurant, which they have dubbed “La Tavola,” Italian for “the table.” “I really thought long and hard about it,” said Lisa Verdi. “I thought about how Guy and I, both here and when we travel to Italy and France to visit family, the best times and our favorite memories are always around the table ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Have you been wondering what those piles of dirt are just south of the Dunkin’ Donuts on 951/41? We have too, so I called the County Growth Management Division, who had to do a little research. Staff advised that the lot was cleared under an approved Site Development Plan when the lot was part of the Shoppes of Eagle Creek. Since then the vegetation had re-grown on the lot and the parcel had been removed from the Shoppes of Eagle Creek. The Property Owner had the lot cleared again, both of which constitute a violation. The ... Read More »

Collier County’s First Senior Center: Over 150 Attend First Birthday Party To Celebrate New Name, Expansion

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Submitted The Naples Senior Center, a program of JFCS of Southwest Florida, hosted more than 150 guests on March 31 to enjoy a huge birthday cake, browse artwork by members and listen to dignitaries express gratitude for the role the Center plays in giving local seniors a place to find friendship, activities and services. When the Naples Senior Center opened a year ago, it was the first such center in Collier County. In one short year, it has grown to 580 members. “When JFCS began planning the Senior Center we did some research,” Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, president and CEO of ... Read More »