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Red Alert! These Marco Students are Going Places

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Jory Westberry writes about three special Marco Island Charter Middle School students who were recently awarded by the Optimist Club in her column Ruminations From the Rock and Beyond.

The Isles of Capri = Fun? No, “<***!FUN!***>”

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Jory Westberry talks about recent events on Islas of Capri in her column Ruminations From the Rock and Beyond.

Pondering Civility, Decency and Education

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In her column Rumination From the Rock and Beyond, Jory Westberry discusses civility and the book Dont, a little book of early American gentility.

When a Shoe Family Loses Its Footing, They Take New and Bigger Steps

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If you’ve lived in Naples for any length of time, you’ve either heard of, shopped at or seen Snyderman’s Shoes of Naples on Tamiami Trail N., across the parking lot from the Outback Steak House. The owners, Becky and Jim Joyce have a reputation for being generous and helping others, like Laces of Love, a Naples non-profit that turns their […]

CCPS Literacy Week Ignites Readers Across the District

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During January of each year, elementary schools in Collier County harness their creative efforts to involve parents and students in literacy activities to promote reading. It was my pleasure to participate in three of these events at three different schools. Messages of encouragement, family involvement and positive memories about reading and learning permeated each Literacy Night event as evidenced by […]

Kat, Kittens and Feline Faces to Celebrate the Return of the Key Marco Cat

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After biding their time stored in chests for about 100 years in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Smithsonian archives, the Key Marco Cat and several other stunning artifacts are back on Marco Island at the Marco Island Historical Museum until April 2021, for the first time in over 100 years. January 26th was the […]

Out With the Old, In With the View

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Way back about 16 months ago, an angry girl named Irma descended on this area with a wild, untamed demeanor that swept away homes, trees…and boats. Some boats are “anchored” in their new residences, the backwaters and mangrove islands that surround our area, blown from their tethers to ride the wind and waves like surfers until finally settling into shallow […]

LOTS OF BRIGHT LIGHTS ON ISLES OF CAPRI

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Starting with the traditional boat parade, the creativity that Capriers exhibit was outstanding. Thanks to Mike Cox, who coordinated the parade and the Greater Naples Fire/Rescue Boat 90, which led the boaters. This year, our first responders had an exceptionally decorated boat all the while making it a safe event for all to enjoy. As darkness crept in, cheers and […]

Hero House Raises Funds to Honor Our Servicemen/Women

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Once again, Brandi Tramazzo sponsored a fundraiser for her cause, BT Hero House, at the popular Speakeasy on Marco Island, with a crowd of lively supporters in attendance. Proceeds from the event enable BT Hero House to honor our military members who are in active service and dedicated to our country, but Brandi does this in a very unique way. […]

Let’s Talk Critters – They Deserve Holidays, Too

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We live in a beautiful county and state, surrounded by lush growth with several different types of environments that are home to many varieties of wildlife. Because we have an appreciation for our local environment, most of us try to coexist in ways that don’t harm the critters around us. There’s also the other group; the ones that purposely try […]


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