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Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man
Defends His Homeland
By Dave Barry
G.P. Putnam’s Sons - September 2016,
240 pages
Genre: Florida – Humor
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust I have been a fan of Dave Barry’s humor for most of the 25 years that he has been writing columns, so I was anticipating a great read. He starts out with a strong first chapter, in which he takes on the State of Illinois and their penchant for electing governors who end up in prison. This ... Read More »

Y’s ASPIRE Makes Learning Fun

Submitted Photo
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 »

Smooth Ride for Bread Run

Pedestrians enjoy the improved Blue Heron Drive. Submitted Photos

Submitted Each morning, Y Bread Run volunteers collect unsold bread and bakery goods donated by Publix and Starbuck’s to distribute to those in need. Until recently, a road in East Naples that was the last leg of the Bread Run was nothing short of a moonscape. The dirt strip featured more potholes than smooth sections, and negotiating it by car ... Read More »

City Team Off to a Good Start With Karaoke Night

Samantha Malloy and daughter Alexis sharing the stage.

By Maureen Chodaba The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marco Island recently jump-started the 2017 fundraising season with a karaoke fest at Nacho Mamas. This fabulous evening was a fundraiser for the Relay For Life Team City of Hope (City of Marco Island). The City of Hope Relay For Life team consists of members from all of the ... Read More »

Music from Marco to Norway and Back


By Don Manley Joerey Ortiz has once again left behind his usual gigs on Marco Island and elsewhere in Collier County to experience music’s universal nature. The singer, songwriter and guitarist is back home after spending one month playing dates in Norway, while visiting his brother and fellow professional musician, Gilbert, a former resident of Marco who moved to that ... Read More »

Local Author & Friend to Owls


Submitted  Marco Island children’s book author Roseanne Pawelec announced today that a total of over $1,000 has been donated to Audubon of the Western Everglades from sale proceeds of “Ollie Finds a New Home, the Story of a Burrowing Owl on Marco Island,” since the book was launched last fall. “It is so gratifying to play a part in supporting ... Read More »

Walking in History’s Footsteps

Robert N. Macomber

Submitted Florida author and historian, Robert N. Macomber recently embarked on a historical expedition to Santiago de Cuba, researching the battlefield sites of the Spanish-American War for his upcoming novels. His trek to eastern Cuba will be repeated in a Military History Expedition March 6-11, 2017, open to anyone interested in walking in Theodore Roosevelt’s footsteps. Macomber’s “eyeball recon” research ... 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 »

Tax Offices Closed


Collier County Tax Collector, Larry H Ray, announces that all Collier County Tax Collector offices will be closed Monday October 3, 2016 for mandatory employee training.  All offices will resume normal business operations on Tuesday October 4th. For more information or any questions regarding the services the Collier County Tax Collector offers, please call (239) 252-8171 or visit the website at www.colliertax.com.   Read More »

Exploring Western Canada

Stunning scenery in Western Canada. Photos by Dave Pattison

Global  Traveler Dave Pattison  A recent journey to the magnificent Canadian Rockies revealed amazing frozen glaciers, snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, wild roaming animals and massive azure lakes. On a trip sponsored by Grand Circle Travel, which specializes in travel by small groups of seniors, I was able to explore Banff and Jasper National Parks, and the Canadian cities of Calgary, ... Read More »



Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts October exhibit in the Rush and Lauritzen Galleries will be “Fiber as Art.” The exhibit will run from October 3-25, 2016, featuring the art of Pat Kumicich, Jeannie Thomma, Allison Ouverson and Sharon and Bob Warner. Fiber art includes anything that can be done with fabric. The exhibit will include figurines, scarves, ... Read More »

5K Fun Run Supports Shelter for Abused Women


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Register now for Marco Island’s Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run, which takes place on October 15 and benefits The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. This is a non-timed event that encourages participation from all ages and activity levels. There will be runners, walkers and spectators at the event. All kids under 18 are ... Read More »

Lunch Bunch Cooks With Chef Laura

From left: Priscilla Penn, Vini Just, Andrea Battaglia and Joyce Martindell.

Submitted The September 13th  “Lunch Bunch” of the Marco Island Woman’s Club featured a cooking class with Chef Laura at CJ’s on the Bay. The menu consisted of spaghetti squash, green bean pesto, heirloom tomato and avocado salad, and ended with a honey peach sundae. Chef Laura shared with members how basic recipes and cooking skills can be built upon ... Read More »

Artificial Reefs Deliver Real Impact

As time passes, the artificial reefs become part of the underwater landscape.

By Maureen Chodaba What is underwater and giving Collier County an economic boost? The Artificial Reef Project! Deployed in January 2015, this combined effort of the City of Naples, Collier County and Marco Island, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has placed a ... Read More »

Local Couple’s 60-Mile Breast Cancer Walk

Ana holds up her shoe at the end of a previous walk.

By Samantha Husted On September 17th, husband and wife duo Ana and Cary Cramer set out to walk 20 miles on Marco Island. Decked out in bright pink shirts, necklaces and a backpack with images of Ana’s sister and her mother attached to it, their mission was clear: to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. For the past four ... Read More »

Gatsby Gala to benefit FGCU students


Young professionals in Southwest Florida are invited to a ball to benefit Florida Gulf Coast University students who have overcome major life obstacles. The Great Gatsby Gala will be the first fundraising ball held exclusively for Southwest Florida’s young professionals. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. until midnight at The Knickerbocker of Naples, 2225 ... Read More »

National White Cane Day


Saturday, October 15th is National White Cane Day! In order to raise public awareness, Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., in collaboration with Collier Association of the Visually Impaired (CAVI), will be hosting a White Cane Walk on Fifth Ave S in Naples from 10am to 12pm. The White Cane Walk will begin in front of Sugden Theater on Fifth Avenue, just ... Read More »

Early Childhood Program Receives 5 Stars


The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida recently awarded the Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program with 5 Stars through its Southwest Florida Stars Program.  This is the Coalition’s highest rating and “reflects the quality of care your program offers to children, day in and day out,” the group’s announcement states. Southwest Florida Stars evaluates programs on six child care ... Read More »