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Boys & Girls Club 2015 Summer Enrichment Program

In partnership with the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival – the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently began the 2015 summer enrichment program at its Main Campus, 7500 Davis Boulevard, as well as Immokalee site locations. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through August 4. To combat summer learning loss, the Club is offering the Summer Brain Gain initiative — a summer learning loss prevention program that includes but is not limited to activities such as reading, mentoring, dance and music, swimming, arts and crafts, organized sports ... Read More »

Glaciers – Visit them Soon

Further along the Aletsch; the black stripes along the surface are known as medial moraines, rick debris pushed along the sides of the streams of ice. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Although I love a tropical climate, many of our travels have taken us to places noted for their glaciers. These visits have always occurred in the warmer months, for I would never venture forth in winter to an area capable of producing glaciers. Even my glacier skiing experiences were in the northern hemisphere in August. Simplistically, a glacier forms when, over years, more snow accumulates in the winter than can melt in the summer. The mass of snow gradually turns into glacial ice. While new snow/ice is added to the top of the glacier, the bottom ... Read More »

Sharks Among Us

White shark (Carcharodon carcharias). FILE PHOTOS

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s hard to believe that 2015 is already halfway complete. Sitting here contemplating the first 6 months of the year and then the last 12 months total, I realized that it has been 1 full year since I was right where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea and that’s where my wife and I were swimming….with Whale Sharks! About the size of a small school bus, it was quite an experience to be in the migratory route of these plankton eating giants. It got me thinking about the Gulf Stream current, other migrating ... Read More »

Goodland Civic Association Ends Season on High Note

Greg Bello and Richard Welch grilling Olde Marco Lodge hamburgers. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net The GCA was incorporated on May 2, 1978. Its by-laws call for a meeting, open to the public, to be held every third Tuesday of each month, from October through April. It meets in the Goodland Community Center, at 417 Mango Ave. After April, we get to leave town or do some serious recreating. For as long as I have been on the board, we have faithfully adhered to this schedule. In addition, we have a potluck supper before each meeting, featuring specialties and delicacies of our members. These guys are good. Most of ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in July

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the Ten Thousand Islands, the weather in July is somewhat predictable, as are the fishing patterns. Expect the bite to drop off during the mid day heat and slack tides. The bite is early in the day, and again late in the afternoon/early evening after the mid day storms cool things off a little. Day time air temperatures are now hovering around 90 degrees each day, bringing the water temperatures up to 87 degrees. Anglers can get into some nice Snook on the outside islands. Top water plugs and suspended soft plastic ... Read More »

NCH Recognized as AHA Fit-Friendly Worksite

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Submitted NCH Healthcare System has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. “Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at NCH Healthcare System. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Lisa Brown, Director Employee Health and Wellness. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.” Platinum-level employers: Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace. Increase healthy ... Read More »

Unique Florida Butterflies

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com The butterfly season here in Florida is a long one, actually all year. June begins an all-out attract of all types of Florida butterflies on the host plants (plants butterflies lay their eggs on and sustain their caterpillars on their way to butterfly hood). In the butterfly gardens all over south Florida people are calling, emailing and texting do you have milkweed, dill, and parsley and passion vines on and on? The summer season is off with a bang, not only are people looking for host plants to feed these hungry little critters but in the ... Read More »

Condos with Boat Docks and Fishing Piers

Boat docks with and without lifts.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Boating and fishing are popular pastimes on Marco Island. 90 of the 284 condos for sale this week on Marco Island feature boat docks and 50 feature fishing piers. Condo owners can choose between various types of boat dock arrangements like daily, weekly, monthly or annual rental plans or ownership of a deeded dock. 13 condos for sale this week come with a deeded dock – that is, the dock is part of the condo and conveys to the buyer upon the sale of the condo. Eight of these condos with deeded docks ... Read More »

Capri Fire Department Dog Rescue

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Submitted On June 15th, construction workers noticed a dog in a canal and notified the Isles of Capri Fire Rescue. Firefighters responded on Engine 90 to the location. Upon arrival Lieutenant Jorge Lara, Firefighter Chris Mercier and Collier County Firefighter Paramedic Beau Nix quickly located the dog about 75 feet out in the canal. Arthur, a 15 year old English Sheep dog, was struggling in the water and unable to get back over the sea wall. With equipment in hand, firefighters secured Lieutenant Lara to a life line. With lifeline and rescue fins, Lieutenant Lara quickly entered the water and ... Read More »

Catholic Heart Work Camp Experiences Grenada

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Submitted by Lisa Meurgue Pope Francis has proclaimed to the youth of the Catholic Church, “Go forward. Make noise. Do not be afraid!” That is exactly what the San Marco Catholic Youth Group did this past week. San Marco participated for the fourth year in Catholic Heart Work Camp. Various groups have traveled to Tampa and Belize in recent years. This year, the destination was “The Spice Island”, Grenada, in the Caribbean, one hundred miles off the coast of Venezuela. Catholic Heart Work Camp’s mission is “to share the love of Christ as they serve the neglected, brokenhearted and the ... Read More »

MIA Applications Hit All Time High

A-rated Marco Island Academy has record number of applicants. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “Every year it’s going up and up” says Deneen Rose, office manager for Marco Island Academy (MIA), describing the number of student applications received. This year the applications exceeded the school’s 255 student maximum. MIA is now at full capacity, with a waiting list. This is a 50 student increase from last year’s student population. Impressive considering the school opened its doors in 2011, with only 68 students. By its fourth year the school was full, and there was a waiting list for every grade. What is behind the increase? Word of the school’s recent ... Read More »

Wonder Girls Brings Wondrous Changes

The girls pause for a moment of revelry as they prepare the Family Celebration Dinner.

Eighth Grade Girls Grow in Important Ways Thanks to New Program By Don Manley Deborah Passero entered summer with a sense of anticipation regarding the return of the Wonder Girls this fall. Wonder Girls is a 12-week long, after-school program focused on empowering eighth grade girls to adopt healthy lifestyles that was created Passero, the Y’s Healthy Living and membership director, and Carrie Bamberger, a science teacher at Marco Island Charter Middle School. The program, a partnership between the Greater Marco Family YMCA and MICMS, debuted this year, running for 12 weeks, from early February to late April. It will ... Read More »

Police/Fire Youth Academy – A Glimpse into the Real World

A chance to crew the police/fire boat.

By Steve Gimmestad Oh, to be a youth once again. At least during the week of June 8-12 when Marco Island’s finest held their annual Police/Fire Youth Academy. An exceptional week where local kids got a chance to learn what firefighters and police officers do on a daily basis. The event is in coordination with Camp Mackle. Fifteen students are selected on a first-come basis and it fills up quickly. This year there was a waiting list which attests to the popularity of the event. “They get to experience what we are trained to do on a daily basis,” says ... Read More »

Fourth of July Fireworks Ready With a Bang

By Don Manley Marco Island’s annual Fourth of July community fireworks display is all set to go. Also on tap are the same Independence Day festivities at Residents’ Beach that have become a tradition for island residents and visitors. Fundraising for the fireworks display, which is put on by the City of Marco Island, was spearheaded by the Marco Island Civic Association and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Sandi Riedemann, the chamber’s executive director, said the $42,000 cost of this year’s fireworks display was secured about two weeks ago, thanks to a $21,000 contribution from the City of Marco ... Read More »

Everglades City Parade June 27

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Submitted Historic Everglades City is always first – the first Collier County seat and now the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day. The annual family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be on Saturday, June 27, this year. The Opening Ceremony is at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of City Hall (the former county courthouse). That is followed at 10:30 a.m. by the Patriotic Parade, the theme of which this year is “Stars & Stripes”. There are prizes for the best floats which may be anything from golf carts to swamp buggies. The fun continues in McLeod Park when booths open at 11:00 ... Read More »

NCH Healthcare System “High Performing”

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Submitted U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals has unveiled the broadest expansion of its analysis of hospital quality since it began ranking medical centers 25 years ago. The new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings cover nearly every hospital in the country and evaluate each one in five common surgical procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations a year. “It’s rewarding to see that the system-wide focus on quality and collaboration among our physicians, caregivers, and other colleagues has resulted in NCH being ranked “best in region” by U.S. News for the fifth consecutive ... Read More »

May Real Estate Prices Up!

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties compare May 2015 to May 2014. With inventory decreasing 14.55% from a year ago for all properties, volume sold also decreased from $83,435,064 in May 2014 to $72,929,740 in May 2015, according to Susan Ackerson, President. As always, please contact a local Realtor® professional if you have any questions. (Average sale price is total sales in dollars divided by the number of sales and median sale price means 50% of sales were above and 50% of sales were below.) The number ... Read More »

Collier County Sees an Increase in Permit Applications, Building Inspections

Collier County’s Growth Management Department has seen an almost 30 percent increase in the number of permits issued between January and May 2015 compared to the same time last year, the latest figures from the county show. Collier County saw 3,487 permits applied for in May 2015, an increase of 501 permits from May 2014 and a slight decrease from the 3,518 permits applied for in April 2015. From January 2015 to May 2015, 15,552 permits have been applied for in Collier County, an almost 30 percent increase from the 10,920 permits applied for between January and May 2014. There ... Read More »

Not All Pens Are Created Alike Marco resident crafts-one-of-a kind pens, pepper mills and bottle stoppers

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By Don Manley Marco resident crafts-one-of-a kind pens, pepper mills and bottle stoppers A pen isn’t just a pen if it’s a pen that sprang from the fertile mind and skilled hands of Doug Johnson. The same applies to the pepper mills and bottle stoppers that the Marco Island resident produces in a small work area he has created in his garage. Johnson is a practitioner of the avocation and in some cases, vocation, of “turning,” the art of forming objects on a lathe, or an object, such as a spindle, that is turned on a lathe. Since taking up ... Read More »

Governor Vetoes Veterans Community Service Center

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A lobbyist hired by the City of Marco Island last year has been hard at work seeking funding for various projects earmarked by the city. Among the projects on the list was a new multi-purpose building at Veterans Park dubbed the Veterans Community Service Center. “Unfortunately, we learned that despite our successful efforts to encourage the Collier County Delegation to the State of Florida the legislature to include $2.5 million to match city funding for the veterans community park service center in the state budget submitted to the governor – and the legislature supported and included ... Read More »