Students have a hand in painting mural

Like art? How about an 1100 square foot mural? That is exactly what Tim Davis is painting at Tommie Barfield Elementary school, an underwater scene which ranges from mangroves and manatees on one end, to a deep sea scene with dark blue and purple hues on the other. It was the vision of Dr. Westberry, Principal of TBE who reached […]

Voting in Florida’s primary

There’s often confusion and consternation about voting in primary elections. Each state has its own rules and voters must be vigilant to preserve their voting rights. Those rights are part of the blessings of living in a Republic. Florida is one of a number of so-called “closed primary” states. That simply means that only registered Democrats or Republicans may vote […]

Volunteers’ Luncheon

The City of Marco Island depends on the efforts of countless volunteers for their guidance, expertise and hard work they offer through their efforts on a number of advisory boards and committees. In their honor, the City of Marco Island held a Volunteer Luncheon. Jerry Gibson, City Council Chair and Master of Ceremonies, told the attendees the City depended on […]

Marco the beautiful

USA TODAY and Rand McNally have discovered what Marco Islanders already knew, Marco Island is one of the most beautiful places in America! A Best of the Road contest, sponsored by USA TODAY and Rand McNally, received over 600 nominations in six categories: most beautiful, most patriotic, friendliest, most fun and best for food and points of interest en route. […]

FOOT CARE: Back to the Future

By Greg Spain, DPMr What do you think about when you have to go to the doctor? Are you concerned about waiting for hours to see the doctor and even then only for a few minutes? Is it difficult to arrange a suitable time to actually get to the doctor’s office or clinic? Do you wonder how difficult it will […]

Horses and kids and you

By Carl Kelly You like horses and kids? Well, here’s an idea for you: volunteer at Naples Equestrian Challenge, Inc (NEC.) NEC is a non-profit organization offering therapeutic riding for Collier County children and adults with disabilities. The mission is to improve their lives through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs. They do it with volunteers and retired horses. And […]

Glory of the grape

Eighty or so wine enthusiasts gathered at CJ’s on the Bay on Sunday night to celebrate the tenth Annual “Glory of the Grape” event. This year’s soiree featured wines of South America, and included Cabernet Sauvignons, Malbecs, Sauvignon Blancs and assorted other reds and whites. Six serving tables were loaded with “heavy” hors d’oeuvres, featuring cheeses, puffs, seafood combinations, strawberries […]

The greatest Spammy Jammy on earth!

By Natalie Strom Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Children of ALL ages! Prepare to be dazzled by the annual Spammy Jammy party hosted by Goodland’s own Little Bar Restaurant! For nearly twenty years, people from all over Florida flock to this spectacle in hopes of appeasing the Hurricane Gods and Goddesses of Southwest Florida. After years of attending the […]

Charter High School introduces Spanish teacher

THE IVY LEAGUE MEETS THE PLAYA By Danielle Dodder Matt McConnochie, the future Spanish instructor and likely soccer coach for the Marco Island Academy, earned his degree from Yale and honed his understanding of the language and culture in Chile. Not appearing on his resume but endearing nonetheless: He’s also an honorary island “grandchild.” “My grandparents lived here my entire […]


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