Q&A with Simba

This column is the opinion of a 3 year old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the […]

I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

by Joanne Tailele Published by HarperCollins, New York 2010 Eliza Benedict lived a well balanced and happy life with her husband and two children in Bethesda Maryland. She was at least as happy as any mother could be trying to keep a willful teenage daughter and an active eight year old boy from killing each other.  It had been twenty […]


By Monte Lazarus It’s difficult to find a really bad movie if Denzel Washington is its star.  Throw in Director Tony Scott, for their fifth pairing, and there’s a high probability that the movie is pretty good, and that there’s a fair amount of action.  That’s all fairly descriptive of Unstoppable.  It’s a bit like the legendary average Chinese meal […]

Shop Well! Shop smart this season!

by Richard Alan Another holiday season is upon us and as I predicted, the  public is blanketed with slightly obscure and deceptive ‘sale’ ploys to get you in their stores. So… was it really a bargain? Gee, they told me it was. Honestly how would you even know? Was it trumped up pricing that was then ‘discounted’? What exactly were […]

Do you know your tennis quota?

by Doug Browne Quotas – my old college teammate from Grosse Pointe Michigan abhorred quotas as he deemed them grossly unfair. In this case, I’m talking about a player’s ability to understand how many winners he is capable of making in a big match. In other words, I believe all sports participants, whether it be team-sports or individual games like […]

What is best for me?

By Matt Walthour As I ride my bicycle around the local area I see a lot more people riding bicycles, I think, “ How great is this!!” First it seems people on Marco Island are using the more than 20 miles of bike lanes that have been installed in recent years and secondly we are really helping the environment, but […]

Reading the red and green channel markers

By Capt. Carl Kelly Red and green channel markers line both sides of the safely navigable water in passes and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). Green marks are always square and odd numbered (1, 3, 5, etc.); red marks are always triangular and even numbered. In passes, when you are returning from the Gulf the red marks will be on your […]

Tis the season for giving

• East Naples Fire District: 239-775-8200 Collections for Toys for tots. • Kiwanis Club of Marco Island: 239-389-1313. • Collier County School Christmas project: 239-377-0351. • Joy of Giving- Call Nicki Davis 239/269-8121. • Bedtime Bundles-Call Karen Saeks 239/393-3415. • Christmas Island Style – Call Steve Stefanides 239/250-8348. • Marco Island Fire Department – Call for more information 239/389-5040. • […]

What are we going to catch today?

by Capt. Pete Rapps There are so many different species of fish that we catch here in shallow near shore and backwater areas of the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park. Some fish that are targeted for food purposes, depending on their open season, are Redfish, Snapper, Trout, Flounder, Mackerel, Tripletail, Cobia, Pompano, Snook, Grouper and more. Some fish […]

Boot Key Harbor

by Frances Diebler We boaters are so fortunate to live here in Southwest Florida. This area is the gateway to the Florida Keys, Key West, and the Bahamas with the Abaco and Exuma chain. Sailboats going south have the opportunity to stop and spend some time both going and returning home in some of the most boater friendly places that […]