Couple Donates Piano to MIA

By Barry Gwinn On Saturday, November 8, Tom and Kathy Benedik donated a beautiful Kohler and Campbell upright piano to Marco Island Academy’s fledgling music program. Tom Benedik, a retired math teacher, said the piano was only being used occasionally, by his visiting children. “When we read of the need for a piano at MIA [Marco Island Academy], we felt […]

Tour des Trees

Submitted On Thursday, October 29, the 85 cyclists of the STIHL Tour des Trees, North America’s largest fundraiser for tree research, travelled from Fort Myers Beach to Everglades City as part of their weeklong cycling trek through Florida to increase awareness of the need for tree research and to raise funds for the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE […]

Holiday Gift Ideas: Books by Local Authors

By Maggie Gust If you are looking for holiday gifts for family, children, friends, or acquaintances up north or locally, may I suggest you consider giving a little bit of the flavor of our region? We have many talented authors here in Southwest Florida. No matter what you’re looking for, cookbook, romance, history, fantasy, poetry, children’s books about local turtles, […]

Marco Island Writers Meet

By Maggie Gust On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will enjoy a presentation by Dr. Rich Blonna. His topic will be “Marketing Checklist.” Basically, it is a how-to for writers to build a platform for promotion of their works, as well as themselves. Following his presentation, there will be a social time with holiday snacks, beverages, and […]

Holiday Arts Festival

Submitted The Holiday Arts Festival is coming to Wesley United Methodist Church. Take some time on Saturday, December 5th between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM to enjoy the art, music and festivity at this first-ever church event. If you are still searching for a unique holiday gift, you will find it here. Thirty professional artists will bring a variety of […]

Tournament Benefits YMCA

Submitted On December 12th the Greater Marco Family YMCA will hold its 21st Annual Golf Tournament to benefit their Strong Kids Scholarship Campaign. Strong Kids Scholarships help low income families send their children to the YMCA’s preschool, the East Naples outreach afterschool, and summer day camp programs. Annual preschool tuition costs around $7,000. Tuition assistance is required by approximately 50 […]

Tech Trek Seeks Nominations

Submitted T Tech Trek is seeking nominations of seventh grade girls for their weeklong STEM educational camp. Students are nominated for the program by their math and science teachers. The deadline for teachers’ nominations is December 15. Women are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Tech Trek’s camp aims at changing that by introducing girls […]


By Samantha Husted Captain’s Corner Deli is a family-owned and operated store that offers made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, hot dogs, pizza and wings. The deli exclusively serves Boar’s Head brand meats and cheeses, because to them, quality is important. They also post daily specials to their Facebook page. This year, the deli opened for the season on October 15; […]

Clyde Butcher Exhibit

SUBMITTED The Marco Island Historical Museum is pleased to host fine art photographer Clyde Butcher’s special exhibition “Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary.” The exhibit, graciously sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, is to be on display at the museum from Tuesday, December 1 through Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Butcher is best known for his stunning photography and contributions to public awareness of […]

Lady Rays Hit Rough Patch. Lose Thriller

By Barry Gwinn After a resounding victory over Seacrest on November 6, the Lady Rays lost a couple of tough ones at Southwest Florida, 0-2 and St. John Neumann, 2-5. Marco Island Academy was in both games all the way, but had trouble penetrating the defenses of both schools. At Neumann on November 12, the Rays did get through for […]