Sunday, November 28, 2021




RookeryAs part of the National Estuaries Day celebration on Sept. 26, Rookery Bay Reserve will unveil Coastal America Partnership’s Ocean Art Exhibition, a traveling showcase of works that provide a visual expression of the link between society and the ocean.

Sixteen pieces of art, selected from numerous works submitted to Coastal America’s biennial North American Ocean Art Contest will be displayed in the art gallery at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. One of the pieces, named “Under the Bubbly Blue,” was submitted by six-year-old Southwest Florida artist Arundhati Sharma.

The Coastal America Partnership held its first art contest in 2008 and the biennial contest has attracted as many as 2,000 student entries. This year the contest categories were expanded to include one for adults. Winning artists range in age from six to 23 and their pieces include works done in watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic and crayon. The selected artists of the biennial contest represent 11 of the Coastal America Partnership’s 25 learning centers, which extend from Florida to Alaska and from Veracruz, Mexico, to the shores of the Great Lakes.

Entrance fees to the exhibit are complimentary on National Estuaries Day. After that, admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12 and free for members of Rookery Bay Reserve. The exhibit runs through Nov. 17, 2015.

For more information visit or call 239-530-5940.


The Third Stem to Stern:  Boating and Waterway Management in Florida Conference is being held in conjuction with the National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium, November 16-19, 2015 in Tampa, FL

Early registration has been extended to September 8, 2015.  Register by that date at the rate of $375.  AfterSeptember 8 thru October 19 registration is $425 and after October 19 and on-site registration is $475.

Go to the website at for more information.

Hotel for the Symposium is the Hilton Downtown Tampa.  Reservations must be made before October 16 for the Symposium rate of $99 per night.

Special Olympics Florida – Collier County Athletes
Earn 10 Medals at State Standup Paddle Championships


On August 29, a delegation of ten Special Olympics Florida – Collier County athletes competed in the first ever Special Olympics Florida Standup Paddle State Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. More than 80 athletes from throughout Florida competed in the event.


Every member of the Collier delegation earned a medal during the competition, capping off a highly successful year for the team, which consists of more than 30 athletes. Results from the State Championships for the Collier delegation are:


  • John Hammig III, 2ndplace (silver medal) in the 2.5 mile Level 1 race
  • Steven Newell, 1stplace (gold medal) in the 1.5 mile Level 2 race
  • Matthew Fisher, 3rdplace (bronze medal) in the 1.5 mile Level 2 race
  • Michael Tulipano, 3rdplace (bronze medal) in the 1.5 mile Level 2 race
  • Stephan Johnson, 1stplace (gold medal) in the 0.75 mile Level 3 race
  • Walter Lasek, 2ndplace (silver medal) in the 0.75 mile Level 3 race
  • Martin Grasser, 3rd place (bronze medal) in the 0.75 mile Level 3 race
  • Peter Burns, 1stplace (gold medal) in the 50 meter Level 4 race
  • Louis Navin, 2ndplace (silver medal) in the 50 meter Level 4 race
  • Alyssa Walker, 2ndplace (silver medal) in the 50 meter Level 4 race


Coaches and volunteers traveling with the delegation were Stephanie Dangler, Doug Newell, Becky Newell, Carla Fisher, Harry Fisher, Judy Burns, Tim Burns, Raymond Mino, John Hammig II, Donna Catron, Michele Wonicker, and Chris Bono.


Special Olympics Florida – Collier County, a volunteer-driven organization, offers a year-round sports program that includes training and competition in aquatics, golf, bowling, basketball, track and field, cycling, soccer, bocce, tennis, flag football, and standup paddle for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, all at no cost to the athletes and their families. All individuals with intellectual disabilities are welcome, with no upper age limit.


The organization also offers two additional programs specifically for younger athletes. The Young Athletes Program, for 2 to 7 year olds, helps teach basic movement and sports skills to children with intellectual disabilities and to their siblings and peers without disabilities. The second program, Project UNIFY, is a school-based initiative that encourages all young people, with and without disabilities, to participate in athletic and leadership activities together.


Special Olympics Florida – Collier County’s programs are possible because of the dedication of hundreds of volunteers who organize, coach, publicize, raise funds, and administer the organization. All financial support for Special Olympics Florida – Collier County comes from local businesses, organizations, and individuals.


To become a volunteer coach for any sport or to sign up to participate as an athlete or a Unified Partner, please call Special Olympics Florida – Collier County at 775-1991, or go to

Marco Island, FL Resident Brendan McDonnell receives Academic Honors
Northeastern University announces spring semester 2015 dean’s list

BOSTON, Mass. (Grassroots Newswire) September 2, 2015 – Northeastern
University is pleased to recognize those students who distinguish
themselves academically during the course of the school year. Marco Island
resident Brendan McDonnell, a Northeastern University student majoring in
Sociology, was recently named to the University’s dean’s list for the
spring semester, which ended in May 2015.

To achieve the dean’s list distinction, students must carry a full program
of at least four courses, have a quality point average of 3.5 or greater
out of a possible 4.0 and carry no single grade lower than a C- during the
course of their college career. Each student receives a letter of
commendation and congratulation from their college dean.

In addition to achieving distinction through the dean’s list, Brendan
McDonnell is a member of the University Honors Program, which offers high
caliber students the chance to further hone their studies and interests,
live in special interest on-campus housing, and participate in one or two
honors courses each term. Invitation into the honors program is highly
competitive and students must maintain a high GPA and strong commitment to
campus leadership to remain a part.

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