Novak Djokovic: From jokester to World Champion!

By: Doug Browne It’s impossible to comprehend what Novak Djokovic has accomplished this year; 10-1 against both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and winning three out of four Grand Slam singles championships. Just a few summers ago, when Federer surpassed Pete Sampras’ Grand Slam record, we were watching the rise of Rafa Nadal as he not only dominated the French […]

Buried Secrets

Diane Bostick Author: Joseph Finder Publisher: St. Martins Press, 2011. I have given quite a bit of thought since I started writing these reviews as to what makes a book something I want to continue reading. Sometimes it is beautifully detailed descriptions of people and places. Sometimes it is the thrill of the chase. Sometimes it is learning about something […]

It’s about time!

SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher  This particular Autumn is a bad time for early evening planet watchers; bright naked eye planets seem to be missing from the sky. It will be midnight before Jupiter will be high enough for good viewing, Saturn is behind the Sun, and it will be December before Venus will be a decent evening star. […]


By Jane A. Marlowe  The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation sponsored a “Celebration of Courage” on Sunday, September 11, 2011 in honor of 9/11. Dave Elliott, Radio Host of WGUF 98.9FM, Master of Ceremony, welcomed the guests to the beautifully appointed Palms Ballroom of the Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa. The Posting of Colors was presented by […]

Blue Suede Blues

Richard Alan September is almost over, and I finally got my business moved to my new location at Island Plaza. All my thanks to the contractors, inspectors and my father in-law, Ray, who designed and created the shop of my dreams. September is also the month that has one of the nicest birthstones… the sapphire. A beautiful multi colored gemstone […]

Healthy Fast Food

Crystal Manjarres  Q. I want to eat healthy, but feel like I don’t have time to prepare healthy meals. Any advice?  A. So many of us struggle to keep up with our jobs, family, school obligations, recreational activities, workouts, and more. It’s no wonder that we are paying the price health-wise. Many times we hurriedly race out of the door, […]

A wake-up call for your car!

Tim Gorman & Keith Pershing  If your car has been sitting for the summer at your condo or home, it’s likely that you’ve returned to a car that is sleeping and won’t wake up. Many things can go wrong, but these are the first suspects. Common problems for customers returning for the winter often involve electronics in cars that are continually […]

Touring Art 101

Tara O’Neill It’s September and you know what that means: SEASON cometh. Artists are gearing up for a busy exhibition schedule; galleries are fine-tuning plans for upcoming events. And you, my friend, still feel like you’re missing something. I’ve seen you out there, nosed pressed to gallery window, eyeballs rolling up and down the walls. I’ve also seen you at […]

Stonewalls: fresh, fast and friendly

Joan Kelly    Stonewalls is just what Al Landers and Tim Burke pictured. The restaurant has an elegant atmosphere, clean and open space, with electronic menus, flat screen televisions and fine food at an exceptional value. Food comes to the table fast and freshly made, with friendly service. FINE FOOD  Fine food and drink is what is promised. From the […]

Q&A with Simba

ASK 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 […]