A careless driver rolled into and dented a luxury sedan owned by a friend last week, at a Marco Publix parking lot. The offending driver looked at the damage and blurted, “Oh! That shouldn’t cost much.”
When the body shop estimated more than $500, the upset guilty guy said to my friend, “You’re lucky! If you had not seen it happen, you’d never know who did it.” Jerk.
It’s fun, it’s free and it salutes families
National Family Week will get a salute by Youth Haven, our emergency shelter for abused and abandoned children, as it joins the YMCA in Naples for a day of free family fun Nov. 18th.
The kids will enjoy interactive games and activities, thanks to the more than 60 social service agencies and family-friendly businesses taking part at the YMCA of the Palms at Airport and Pine Ridge roads.
Among the fun-lovers and fun-havers will be McGruff, the Crime Dog, the Tooth Fairy and other kids’ favorites. Did I mention it’s FREE?
Youth Haven has served to more than 1,500 children and family members annually since 1972. For more information visit www.youthhaven.net.
For more information about this event, contact Jennifer at 734-0193.
Christmas, island-style tree lighting — Are you ready?
Speaking of good fun for the kids of all ages, is it possible that we’re only 23 days away from the big Tree Lighting at Town Center?
It’s a great evening of holiday fun, part of our popular Christmas Island Style. People bring their families for a big party, with tailgaters, kids running around, Santa and Mrs. Claus and great music and other on-stage entertainment. All about Christmas.
But wait! There’s an even earlier tree-lighting here
Arturo’s Restaurant has its own unique tree lighting party on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
This is the tenth time Arturo’s has welcomed the season with a tree lighting, with Christmas music and some specials at the restaurant, including holiday gift ideas.
This will be Judy and Arturo’s 12th season, with Judy at the door and Arturo in the kitchen.
Arturo won two major restaurant kudos this year, a Wine Spectator salute and a “Star” award from Fodor’s travel guide.
Our “babble” award of the month goes to ...
Occasionally I like to choose, from the many blogs and emails I get, a message that fits the babble award, as in, “Brilliant Anonymous Blogger’s Looney Attitude.” I hope you enjoy its incisive content, its logic, even the spelling that has been left untouched:
“Farmer likes to take pot shots at his critics about every three or four weeks. Everything from calling people cowards for not signing their names to blogs that bash him to calling all those who oppose Marco City hall, malcontents, blowhards and other names.
“Like a true coward he is, Farmer empties the cannons on his adverseries then the next week he hides behind column usually boasting about his love of america, our troups, those who love our troups, our firefighters and police and so on.
“Farmer you are beyond transparent, you are beyond amatuer, you are beyond predictable.”
Advice to bloggers — use spell check. I know I need it.
Good news for jewelry fans
Richard and Andrea Alan of Harbor Goldsmith are just back from Venice and they brought home some special Italian pieces for their second Harbor Goldsmith store, now open at Marco Walk. I’ll have more on that here, next week.
Don Farmer has been a full-time Marco Islander for eight years and a part-time resident for more than 30 years. He says full-time is better. Farmer welcomes your ideas for column items via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.