Rare Lions to Turn Three Years Old

Naples Zoo Celebrates with Carnivore-Friendly Milk and Blood Flavored Cake Tuesday, July 19, 2011 was the third birthday of Naples Zoo’s purebred South African lions (Panthera leo krugeri). To celebrate the occasion, keepers at Naples Zoo gave the cats their own cake. Of course, the regular flour cake with sugar frosting would not satisfy a carnivores’ cravings so keepers prepared […]

EMS Chief Jeff Page Announces His Retirement

Collier County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief Jeff Page today announced his retirement from EMS – effective September 3. Page recently achieved his 30 year anniversary date with the county and submitted his resignation letter to County Manager Leo Ochs.  “I have contemplated retirement for some time now but with the recent completion of the required documentation for MedFlight’s accreditation […]

The Marco Island Writing Project

Lynn Holley, Executive Director for the Center for the Arts is in the process of getting her feet wet in her new role. Rather than treading lightly, easing in one toe at a time, Lynn has organized a new project for the Center and for local residents that signifies her ability to take the whole plunge with new fresh ideas! […]

Summer Rental

By Diane Bostick Author: Mary Kay Andrews Published by St. Martins Press New York, 2011 O.K. It’s summer and every part of your body, including your brain, is fried beyond recognition and the only thing you want to do is sit somewhere shady and cool, drink in hand, and read something that requires no actual thought what-so-ever. This is the […]

Marco Island Academy holds premiere of Us vs. Them music video

The Marco Island Academy held a premiere party for a music video which they sponsored. Mark Haffner, producer, who is overseeing the school’s multimedia curriculum, wrote the music and held auditions for bands to perform it. A young popular band from Southwest Florida, Us vs. Them, won the opportunity to record the school’s song, ‘Breakout’. The video was the culmination […]

Biblio travel

By Vickie Kelber                                                                                                  When my husband and I travel, we enjoy bringing […]

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 […]

Catch Vesta while you can

By Mike P. Usher By the time you read this you may have seen the first close up pictures of the Asteroid Vesta – the space probe Dawn is scheduled to enter orbit on July 16th. For a brief time you, too, can glimpse Vesta – the only main belt asteroid visible to the unaided eye. (At least forty are […]


By Richard Alan Up and up we go! Clickity, clack, clickity, clack, over the crest and down, then up, then down, then way, way up! Where’s my stomach? I’m getting dizzy. Will some one please get me off this endless roller coaster ride? No, I’m not talking about being trapped on a crazy ride at some amusement park. My metaphor […]

Art Uncovered

By Tara O’Neill A blithe spirit enchants 1555 Shadowlawn Drive. It twists in the trees, sparkles along the garden paths, and nests just out of sight. It is whimsical, satirical, certainly tropical, and definitely spiritual. The sign out front reads The Clay Place. And it couldn’t be anything but. Time for a field trip! From the parking-space blocks, through the gate, […]