Tag Archives: volunteer

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 »

Get Ready For Spooktacular


The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Spooktacular at Mackle Park will take place on Saturday, October 29th, from 4 to 6 PM. Everyone, from kids to adults, is encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes. Bring a basket or bag to collect candy and treats at each craft and game station. Visitors will be ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni


Marco Island is a wonderful place to be whether you are raising a family, retiring, making this your permanent home, or stopping by for a short or long-term visit. This island is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. We have all found a piece of paradise here in southwest Florida. We are a successful year-round ... Read More »

Baby Basics of Collier County


Baby Basics of Collier County (www.BabyBasicsCollier.org) – a volunteer organization that provides free diapers and kindness to over 400 infants and toddlers from low-income, working families in Collier County and Bonita Springs and is celebrating its six millionth diaper donated this year – will host its 9th annual Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show on Friday, November 4. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m The Baby ... 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 »



Collier County is home to a variety of tropical flora, most of which can be cultivated in your own yard. Growing and maintaining healthy plants can often present challenges, especially if you are new to managing tropical foliage. The Collier County Extension Office has Master Gardeners to offer guidance on your horticultural endeavors. If you are having difficulty with your ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Fred Kramer, Candidate for Marco City Council


Dear Editor, Our island has greatly changed since I moved here in January of 1977. Over these years, I have witnessed the lasting aftermath of governmental decisions: the benefit of the good ones and the consequences of the bad ones. My life here has been an incredible one, and I fully recognize how special our island is. Over the years, and ... Read More »

Save the Date! October 15, 2016


Submitted On Saturday, October 15, 2016, the Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run will take place on Marco Island. Mark your calendars for this first time ever event. This fundraising event hopes to raise awareness of the growing problem of domestic violence in our area, and throughout the country. All proceeds from the Hands Are For Helping 5K will ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed!


Submitted  The Friends of Rookery Bay Reserve are looking for volunteers to help make phone calls and other tasks related to securing auction items for our two major fundraisers. If you appreciate air conditioning this time of year and enjoy event planning, join our amazing team! Contact Donna Young at volunteer@rookerybay.org to find out more about these positions and what ... Read More »

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition


Submitted At a recent meeting of the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club, Mary Allice Stansfield was honored by being named a Paul Harris Fellow for her dedication to the Interact Club at Lely High School for the past five years.  Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their ... Read More »

Equipment Donated to Special Olympics


Submitted The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation recently donated $8,000 worth of sports equipment to Special Olympics Florida – Collier County. The equipment will be used by Collier athletes who participate in tennis, basketball, track & field, bocce, soccer, golf, aquatics, and flag football. According to Special Olympics County Director David McKenzie, “We are so thankful for this generous donation. We ... Read More »

Large Turnout for Evening Beach Clean-up


Submitted “Our beach is so beautiful and it’s sad to see the trash people leave behind.” Cristina Leske, beach clean-up volunteer. Trash was expected on the beach the day after Memorial Day. The Beach Advisory Committee coordinated the evening clean-up and was joined by over 25 volunteers from Marco’s Sail and Power Squadron. Long-time residents and frequent beach volunteers, Jean ... Read More »

SUP Paddle Boarding Event Sets Records for Special Olympics

Paddle boarders depart from near the Capri Fish House for Special Olympics Florida –SUP Poker Run.

By Don Manley The first time was a fun time for Cragin and Kaye Anderson at the fourth annual SUP Poker Run to benefit the Special Olympics Florida – Collier County. It also proved to be a bit more challenging than expected for the Naples couple, who were taking part in the recent stand-up paddle boarding event for the first ... Read More »

MIA Students Inducted into NHS

Jenny and Jay Cartwright with daughter Julia before induction ceremonies.

By Barry Gwinn On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Mackle Park was the scene of an impressive induction ceremony for Marco Island Academy (MIA) students, whose achievements and academic records had earned them a spot in the National Honor Society. Established in 1921, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More ... Read More »

Odland Honored by Civil Air Patrol


Submitted At a recent bi-weekly meeting, Captain Lyle Odland was recognized by the Marco Island Senior Squadron for his long and distinguished community service. Captain Odland was a volunteer member of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). He was trained as an unpaid volunteer currier of life-saving bone marrow, peripheral red blood cells or adult stem cells for the advanced ... Read More »

Two for Boating Safety

Submitted Photo

Submitted Education and vessel maintenance are two things that you can do now as a responsible boat owner. Both are key to boating safety. 1- Take a Boating Safety Course From navigation to the “rules of the road,” or boat handling to weather, educated boaters are safe boaters. Approximately 80% of all boating fatalities occurred on boats where the operator ... Read More »

NCH Auxiliary Awards

RIGHT: Volunteer of the Year Marion Bearden (left) with Amanda Smith.
LEFT: Dennis Pidherny holding the President’s
Award, with Amanda Smith.
Submitted Photos

Submitted The NCH Marco Healthcare Auxiliary was honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club on April 5, 2016. The attendees were treated to a delicious luncheon, and NCH Director of Volunteers & Retail Amanda Smith presented the awards. The President’s Award was bestowed on Dennis Pidherny. Dennis has been a loyal and hard working volunteer and has ... Read More »

CAP Squadron Major Advancements

From left: Lt. Col. Cindy Dohm, Capt. Robert Corriveau, Capt. Steve Riley, and Lt. Col. Lee Henderson.
Submitted Photos

Submitted At the recent Marco Island Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Squadron meeting, two members were distinguished by their advancement to the rank of Major. They are Captain Robert Corriveau, Commander of the Squadron and also the Professional Development Officer, as well as Captain Steve Riley, Assistant Finance Officer and Fundraising Chairman. The ceremony was conducted by Group 5 Director of ... Read More »

Vietnam Veteran Shares Experience With DAR

Submitted Most Vietnam veterans decline to tell their stories because the home front reception was extremely antagonistic during and after the war. So, it was an interesting experience for the Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at its March 17th meeting to hear the firsthand experiences of a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran. Dan Walden and ... Read More »