City of Marco Island Names Don Hunter as Police Chief

Former Collier County Sherriff Brings 20 Years of Law Enforcement Experience to MIPD City Manager Jim Riviere announced today that Don Hunter has been named the Chief of Police for the City of Marco Island. Mr. Hunter will assume the duties of the city’s highest ranking law enforcement officer on August 8, 2011, following the retirement of Chief Thorn Carr. […]

“There’s an App for that”

By Vickie Kelber                                                                                                  “There’s an app for that”.  Chances are that if […]

Ruby, the famous lady in red

By Richard Alan Besides being one of my favorite gemstones the ruby is also the birthstone for those blessed to be born in the month of July. The rubies originating from Thailand are perhaps the most recognizable of rubies although East Africa is more recently a source. But the Burma ruby is coveted for its deep red color, clarity and […]

Elusive Mercury

By Mike P. Usher We are going to break the usual rule and look at the sky tonight at twilight where we will find the most elusive of all planets, Mercury. There is even a legend that Copernicus, promoter of the sun-centered Solar System, never saw it – though that is hard to believe. Mercury is difficult to find due […]

The Sixth Man

By Diane Bostick Author: David Baldacci Published by Grand Central Publishing 2011. When each of us goes to the polls in the fall of the year we imagine that we have done due diligence in selecting the perfect candidate for the job of overseeing our lives from the pedestal of the Capital. But in David Baldacci’s world there are no guarantees […]

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 […]


By Tara O’Neill Summer in Southwest Florida has many a secret. Two of my favorites are: there really are people here, and there really  is lots to do. Of course, if you’re reading this, you’re already in on the ruse. Come summer, clocks are no longer Public Enemy #1; our high-season work-load has slowed to a simmer and time is […]

Everything’s primo at Davinci’s Ristorante Italiano

By Joan Kelly    The ever expanding DaVinci’s in the Marco Walk Plaza on South Collier is in business to provide the best food in a heart-warming ambiance. The Carvelli family from Calabria, Italy has provided true Italian food for sixteen years. The same chefs, Giovanni and Francesco, make their creations by the book providing consistency you will appreciate. PRIVATE ROOM […]

How to fight inflammation

By Crystal Manjarres  Q. I have heard a lot about inflammation lately… what can I do to prevent it? A. Believe it or not, inflammation can be a good thing for the body; for this conversation’s sake, we will focus on the negative, chronic effects of prolonged inflammation. Diet controls a large portion (no pun intended) of how our body […]

Are you getting all this?

By Matt Walthour The Tour de France has been very exciting so far this year; the projected “winners” are not at the point where they were expected to be, Alberto Contador for example, but that’s not to say they won’t be soon. There have been some great stage winners as well, Tyler Farrar of the USA, winning a stage on […]