Houses of Worship

First Family Baptist Church 1450 Winterberry Dr. 239-394-1646 Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 991 Winterberry Dr. 239-642-0800 Marco Lutheran Church 525 N. Collier Blvd. 239-394-9073 Marco Presbyterian Church 875 W. Elkcam Circle 239-394-8186 New Life Community Church of God 590 West Elkcam Cir. 239-394-3469 San Marco Catholic Church 851 San Marco Rd. 239-394-5181 St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church 13520 U.S. 41 E., Naples 239-417-2084 St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 1101 […]

Father’s Day and great fishing are amongst us!

Father’s day is a great time and a perfect occasion to schedule a day of fishing and grilling out with dad! The latter half of June is here and the fish bite is on!  Daytime air temperatures are now hovering around 92 degrees each day, bringing the water temperatures up over 86 degrees.  Since the daily storms usually show up […]

Goodland: great people

Two and a half years ago I moved to Goodland. When I got here I called my father and detailed the sleepy little village. “What, are you living on a commune now?”  he asked.  I, of course, explained to him that Goodland is not at all a commune but it most certainly is a community. Growing up in the suburbs […]

The Lake Shore Limited

Author: Sue Miller Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York We all have roles to play. But what happens when the expectations from that role do not fit the depths of our soul? In The Lake Shore Limited four characters find a way out of their guilt and grief.  Deeply layered in nuances of infidelity, passion, guilt, and loss we […]

The Blue Heron

Rediscover the fine dining experience at the Blue Heron Restaurant, just minutes from Marco Island and Naples. This culinary jewel located at the water’s edge on the Isles of Capri is known for its sunsets, excellent food, comfortable atmosphere and superb service creating a standard of excellence that has been maintained for over 35 years. Alex Alexander, owner of the […]

America, ready for some soccer?

My aim in writing this column is not to convert you into an ardent soccer fan but to give you a little history and appreciation of the game, with a global, USA, and Marco Island  focus.  For more history of soccer, go to my previous columns at In soccer footwear makes all the difference: “Boot it”, a well known […]

Where’s the gold?

I had to do something totally against character the other day: I refused to repair a piece of jewelry for a new customer. Now wait… those of you that know me personally are probably shocked and appalled because normally I will accept all jewelry repairs no matter how complicated or challenging. The hundreds of repairs my shop pushes out a […]

Provisioning for a boating trip

Each of you out there knows your own boat’s storage capacity, length of time for your expected voyage, and the amount of time you want to devote to food preparation.  This said, we should all be prepared for the unexpected delays that may and will occur at one time or another.  Weather may deteriorate; there may be breakdowns to boat […]

Florida’s Mascot: The West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus)

Averaging ten feet in length and between 800 and 1,200 pounds as an adult, the West Indian Manatee, commonly see in the Marco Island canals, Marco River, the bays, inlets and Gulf of Mexico, is closely related to an elephant.  Scientists believe this mammal could have evolved from wading, plant eating mammals. One could almost see that, with the gray […]

Proud of our graduates

With the mosquitoes finally starting to buzz around the swamp during this hot and muggy month, the residents of the Everglades area are relaxing and enjoying the quiet of the season. On June 4, our eight graduates made us proud as they all accepted their high school diplomas from Mary Ann Gemmill, Chief Administrative Officer of the Collier County School […]