Saturday, April 10, 2021




By Donna Fiala

The long awaited groundbreaking of the Marco Island Taxiway has happen! This airport is the busiest airport on the Collier County airport system (does not include the City of Naples airport), and growing all the time, with much more planned for the future.

How many times is a person “exposed” when he is turning 50? I’m not sure, but I thought all of you should know that Robb Vann just turned 50 and had a surprise party to let others know as well. He handled it gracefully considering the surprised look on his face. The party was held at The Duchess, and given by his Mom, Shirlee Barcic. Between Shirlee and Opal, the cooking was magnificent! We all ate way too much. So, by way of this column……………Happy Birthday Robb! Here’s to another 50!

A special thank you to a very special lady who reaches out to help others……………..Terri DiSciullo. It was she who referred The Home Depot to help with their volunteer program to improve parks that were lacking important facilities. The Home Depot and Terri reached out to me and Eagle Lakes Community Park to see what the needs were. They found there were MANY unmet needs and no dollars to fund them, such as benches for parents to sit on while watching their children at play, or shelters for those parents to shield them from the hot summer sun. The Home Depot applied for, and received, a $12,000 grant, got all the permitting in place, and then their volunteers gathered from their stores in Collier County, Bonita, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral and Punta Gorda, and this past weekend built these much needed structures so that families could play together safely. From the bottom of my heart I want to say THANK YOU to the very special Terri DiSciullo, The Home Depot, and all of their wonderful volunteers who came out to help those less fortunate. The little ones and their families will probably never know who these people are who helped them so much, but they’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor for years to come.

And lastly…………..a heartfelt thank you to the residents of Hideaway Beach! You have no idea how much your kindness is appreciated!


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