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The Art of Forgiveness

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I have an artist friend, Sally, who not only is a very supportive friend, but also is one of the most grounded people I know; sure of who she is and confident in her art. During a recent conversation she assured me she had not always been this way. “Let me show you something I keep around as sort of a touchstone.” She bounced out of the room and returned with a self-portrait as a young girl in pencil. It was a life-sized head shot and was really good…if it hadn’t been torn in places and ... Read More »

ACS News

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By Don Manley The new year has included changes at the Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society with two of its mainstays assuming new titles and responsibilities. Lisa Honig, the unit’s former executive director, is now the state ACS’ senior manager for distinguished events for the region extending from Marco to the Tampa area. The unit’s former event coordinator, Sue Olszak has been promoted to its specialist for distinguished events and Relay For Life. They assumed their new posts in January. In her new role, Honig is responsible for all ACS galas and Cattle Barons Balls in her ... Read More »

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

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By Pat Newman Tuesday, February 24th marks the opening of the 11th Annual Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Festival in Everglades City. This five-day historical event is a tribute to Douglas, who as an early environmentalist and professional journalist, made legislators, developers and the general public take notice of the tremendous importance of the Florida Everglades as an eco-system. Her book, “Everglades: River of Grass,” was published in 1947 and opened up the minds of naturalists and Florida residents alike that the system was not just a swamp but a key to the life of the state. The event features a series ... Read More »

Join Us for “Discover Tigertail”

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Submitted Friends of Tigertail Beach is hosting “Discover Tigertail”, February 21, 2015 from 9AM to noon. This is a free family program that addresses the marine life and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach lagoon. There will be nine “information stations” spotted around the lagoon. Take part in seining for creatures from the lagoon or enjoy hands-on activities about loggerhead sea turtles, shore birds, sharks, butterflies, plants, seashells and more. Our specialists are from Rookery Bay, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Marco Shell Club. Featured again this year, will be the very popular scavenger hunt, “Question Quest”, enjoyed ... Read More »

Everglades Ultras race set for Feb. 21 in Fakahatchee

The fourth annual Everglades Ultras off-road-running race has been set for Saturday, February 21 in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.  Registration is now open for the event’s three distinct races of 25 kilometers, 50 kilometers and 50 miles.  The 50 mile and 50 kilometer races are the USA Track and Field – Florida Association state championships. This unique run through the Everglades has been cited by Trail Runner magazine as a “must do” race for 2015. “This is an amazing race venue,” says Race Director Bob Becker.  “Runners will experience all the varied environments in the Fakahatchee Preserve running on raised trails through cypress ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON INVITES YOU BACK FOR THE WINTER SEASON

SPEND PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND AT SUN-N-FUN LAGOON! Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will be open weekends February 14 –May 24 Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will be open on President’s Day, Monday, February 16 Sun-N-Fun Lagoon invites you back for the winter season. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends starting Saturday, Feb. 14. Come spend your weekend at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. The park will also be open on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 16. Sun-n-Fun Lagoon features great attractions for water park enthusiasts of all ages. They include: A waterslide that drops into Sunny’s Lazy River Five water slides that take you to a drop ... Read More »

PARADE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown Naples Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:30 am Lighthouse of Collier, in collaboration with American Comfort Limousines, invites you to attend and support Naples’ premier winter event — The 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 in Downtown Naples. Wear your yellow Lighthouse of Collier t-shirt and walk in the 1.8 mile parade to show how you support the community. All volunteers, sighted guides, guide dogs and white canes are welcomed. For non-walkers, limited seating is available on the American Comfort Limousines executive bus by RSVP to ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Flower Show

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Submitted The Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island held its monthly meeting Monday, February 9th. Following the design workshop three new members were inducted into the club by 2nd V.P. Connie Lowery and President Dale DeFeo. The inductees are Janice Engel, Diane Hughes, and Marilyn Torgow. Almost fifty members were present to enjoy the program given by designer Kathleen Hawryluk of Naples. Kathleen demonstrated how to create multi-rhythm and construction designs. All eyes were glued on her every movement of working with the plant materials. It is amazing how one minute the material is laying on a table and the ... Read More »

Amsterdam, How It’s Changed

The Stedelijk Museum with its new addition. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEDELIJK MUSEUM

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I first visited Amsterdam in the 70s; my husband and I were last there in the 80s. On that trip, after a week in the city, we traveled on to Brussels. We were amused when a guide who took us to visit Waterloo and some of the countryside chateaus of Belgium referred to Amsterdam as a “doomed city.” On a recent visit there, I’m pleased to report that it is not doomed. It is a vibrant, diverse city, known for its tolerance, picturesque canals, and outstanding art collections. After a recent government sponsored overhaul and renovations ... Read More »

How to Choose a Home Builder

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The National Association of Home Builders provides a three-point checklist for choosing a home builder. Make a List of Possible Builders: This can be done a number of ways. First, contact your local home builders’ association to obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your area. You can find your local HBA at nahb.org/findanhba. Second, look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for builders and projects. Looking through the ads and reading the articles can help you to learn which builders are active in your area, the types of homes they are building and the ... Read More »

Smith Homes & Remodeling Services Inc.

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By Pat Newman Carey Smith began his business as a handyman on Marco Island in the 1990s. “I always had a passion for building, remodeling and fixing things,” he said. “As I got busier, took on more involved work, and needed to apply for permits, I decided to go back to school and learn about the legalities of the trade.” Fast forward about 30 years, add in some hard work, and you have Smith Homes and Remodeling Services Inc., serving Marco Island and Naples. The business’ motto is “You get the best for less.” Smith considers himself to be honest, ... Read More »

Aqua Construction and Development: Custom Homes to Commercial Projects

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By Don Manley Quality rather than quantity is of primary importance at Aqua Construction and Development. “Our goal is not to build the most homes, but instead the most beautiful homes,” said Rod Bushnell, who founded the company more than 23 years ago. Aqua Construction has centered its sights on redefining waterfront luxury living with a combination of exquisite design and thoughtful architecture. From concept to creation, each custom home is built to the buyer’s specifications with the highest quality craftsmanship. Through its four-step construction process, the company prides itself on providing a personalized home building experience with exceptional customer ... Read More »

A Family Affair at AP Builders Construction Services

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By Don Manley The construction business is a family affair for AP Builders Construction Services founder and owner Alex Parker III. He grew up learning at the feet of his father, who was a premier carpenter in metropolitan Detroit from the 1950s through the 1970s. By the age of 12, Parker began spending summers on rough-carpentry crews. From there, he progressed to finished carpentry at age 18. When he was 20, Parker built his first home, and with that, a career in custom home building was born. Those lessons he learned from his father included more than important instruction in ... Read More »

Panorama Home Services Inc.

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Submitted Panorama president Roy Lansdown attributes his business’s success to a few key points. One is that he and his team are experts in client builder relationships. “We make it a priority to develop relationships with our clients reminiscent of small town friendships. Each client is given help every step of the way from concept to completion with their preferences, style, and budget in mind. We not only offer choice A B or C in any part of selection process; the world is literally our showroom. We help, guide and direct our clients with hands on to help them locate ... Read More »

The Marco Players Theater presents

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“The Interview” February 11 – March 1 The Interview, written by Peter Swet, is about Abie Moscowitz, an aging Jewish tailor (Victor Caroli) who owns a run-down tailor shop. He receives a visit from James Shannon (Greg Madera), a workaholic investigator who comes across as arrogant and insensitive and is determined to find out the reasons Abie wants to increase the value of his life insurance policy. Reluctant and guarded at first, Abie becomes more agitated under Shannon’s relentless questioning. As buried truths come out, so do Abie’s emotional memories about his past life. “This is not a frivolous play, ... Read More »

New Public Relations Director for Marco Island Center for the Arts

Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today appointment of local attorney William G. Morris as Public Relations Director for the Center. Morris is past president and a current member of the Board of Directors. Morris is a volunteer providing services that were previously provided by paid staff. The appointment is intended to streamline communication between the Center and the press. Morris will be responsible for preparing and transmitting information about Center events to local media and to the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Morris assumes these responsibilities in addition to his volunteer efforts as a director and full time employment as a Marco Island attorney. The ... Read More »

Conservancy Gets Grant

The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation has awarded the Conservancy of Southwest Florida with a grant for $175,000 to fund STEM education programs at the Conservancy. Toyota supports the Conservancy in teaching children to be tomorrow’s conservationists by providing funding for hands-on activities in indoor and outdoor laboratories. The STEM Institute at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida encompasses all of the Conservancy’s Learning Adventures programs (K-12 field trips and outreach programs), including the new STEM Smart program designed for high school students. The STEM Institute programs connect real-world research experiences with classroom curriculum. Programs are inquiry-based, teaching critical thinking skills, and consist of ... Read More »

The Art of Spontaneity: Wet Paint Live!

Enjoying visitors during Wet Paint Live! 2011 at Goodland's Boat Park. PHOTO BY GEORGE VELLIS

Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com One of my favorite events, “Wet Paint Live!,” is coming up on Wednesday, Feb. 11. I enjoy all my art events, or I wouldn’t do them, but my particular fondness for this event is owed to the impact “Wet Paint Live!” has had on my artful life. Spontaneity — straight up or on the rocks — that’s the drink that refreshes! The day of “Wet Paint Live!” dawns with local artists painting at various outdoor venues and finishes the same day with a generous reception and guaranteed lively live-auction at Rose Auditorium (Marco Island History Museum). ... Read More »

Dr. James Orr Appointed Chair

Medical Director of Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, James Orr, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S., has been appointed to serve as the Chair of the Florida Board of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Orr will direct the actions of the board, ensuring the Florida Board of Medicine’s goal of ensuring that the 68,000 Florida physicians continue to maintain their practice of quality medicine. Through efficient and dedicated organization, Dr. Orr will lead the organization’s initiatives to license, monitor, discipline, educate and rehabilitate physicians in order to better serve patients in Florida. “Dr. Orr has always shown an ongoing compassion ... Read More »

Courtyard Gardens

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com In Florida, there are many homes that are built around small courtyards having a view of the courtyard from all rooms in the house. Small areas, which can be a challenge to landscape, can be the true focal point of your home if done right. Keeping plants neat and organized and watching their size will ensure the area will not be overwhelming. Creating your own tropical paradise can be fun and rewarding even if you live in a condo with a small lanai. Plants and Trees Planting a small tree in your courtyard can really bring ... Read More »