Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Conservancy celebrates Earth Day with festival

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is inviting community members and area visitors to its 2018 Earth Day Festival, an eco-friendly event featuring fun for the whole family.

The Earth Day Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the Conservancy Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. Attractions include live animal programs, including an alligator feeding encounter, electric boat tours, live music, face painting, exhibitions and culinary treats served right out of food trucks.

“Earth Day offers a great opportunity to celebrate nature and commit, or recommit, to protecting our natural environment and wildlife habitat,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy. “It’s so important for the community to remain united in protecting our resources and animals, and the Earth Day Festival provides a great opportunity to engage guests of all ages.”

Reduced admission to the Earth Day Festival is just $10 for adults and $5 for youth; children under 2 years old are free. Admission is also free for Conservancy members.

Presenting sponsors for the festival are Arthrex and Bank of America. Supporting sponsors include Florida Weekly, D’Latinos, Univision and Naples Daily News.

For more information, please visit or call 239-262-0304.


AAA Fights Impaired Driving Between Prom And Graduation 

Thousands of high school students are getting ready to celebrate two of the most memorable events of high school – prom and graduation. However, these occasions can bring deadly consequences to those who participate in underage drinking and illegal drug use. According to a survey conducted in January 2018 by AAA and its Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, 39% of teens aged 16 to 19 admit they or their friends would likely be under the influence of drugs or alcohol sometime during prom or graduation season.

AAA PROMise, a program offered by the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, aims to reduce the dangers of impaired driving by providing high schools, teens and parents with communication tools that can help prevent tragedies on these special occasions.

AAA PROMise encourages teens and their parents to talk about the dangers of underage drinking, illegal drug use and impaired driving. This includes having a plan for a safe way home during prom and graduation season. Should the teen be in danger of driving impaired or riding with someone who may be impaired, parents can pick their teen up and AAA will tow the family car home free of charge, AAA member or not.

“When we surveyed teens, most felt that their peers would be likely to drive impaired instead of calling their parents to avoid getting in trouble,” said Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “When parents and teens can speak openly about the dangers of impaired driving and agree on a plan beforehand, it greatly increases everyone’s chances of getting home safely.”

Free AAA PROMise toolkits are available to high schools interested in helping protect their students from the dangerous consequences of impaired driving. For more information on AAA PROMise or for high schools to order their free toolkit, please visit


Mr. Rogers on Forever Stamp


It really is “a beautiful day in the neighborhood” now that the U.S. Postal Service has immortalized Mister Rogers on a Forever stamp. Please share the news using the hashtag#MisterRogersStamp.

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan dedicated the stamp honoring Fred Rogers at the studio named in his honor where it all began 50 years ago — WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio in Pittsburgh.

America’s Beloved Television Neighbor

Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was known as a beloved television neighbor to generations of children. His groundbreaking public television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity and honesty.

The stamp features Walt Seng’s photograph of Rogers in a red cardigan and also includes puppet King Friday XIII, a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood character hailing from “The Neighborhood of Make-Believe.” The words “Forever” and “USA” appear in the left corner.

Each episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood began with its host welcoming the audience into his television “house.” While singing the show’s theme song “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” which he composed along with hundreds of other songs, Rogers always put on his trademark cardigan, changed into sneakers, and then introduced the day’s topic. He discussed many of the experiences of growing up, like sharing and friendship, and difficult subjects like anger, fear, divorce and death.


Knights of Columbus BINGO

In the final evening of this season’s bingo held at the San Marco Catholic Parish Hall, the Knights of Columbus congratulated winner Roseann Kurtiak from New Jersey and Naples’ own Belinda Horton who won the Coach bag. The Knights use this fundraiser to support many charitable causes. Bingo will be back next season! For more information about their events, contact 239-389-5633 or visit our website at



Gloria Gardner, pictured with Bingo Committee member Bert Posner, was a big winner at Monday Night Bingo held at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Bingo is played every Monday through May 7th, serving a complimentary hot dog dinner to all players. The doors open at 5:30 to everyone who wants a chance to win big pots of cash!! 239-642-0800.


 Regular Unleaded Gasoline

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago Highest Price on Record
National $2.662 $2.663 $2.657 $2.532 $2.386 $4.114 (7/17/2008)
Florida $2.614 $2.618 $2.639 $2.522 $2.421 $4.079 (7/17/2008)



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