Editorials: Starfish, sand dollars, sand spurs & coconuts - Oct. 17, 2009

A look at some of the good, the bad and the questionable:

A life-saving effort

A starfish to the North Naples Fire Department for helping promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pink T-shirts for on-duty personnel.

Inspired by brushes with the disease in his own family, Capt. Nick Ford makes the shirts and sells them at cost — plus a little extra for the American Cancer Society.

“Not a single penny from the taxpayers went toward the shirts,” Ford says.

Hmmm. That’s the kind of thing taxpayers, we believe, would go for.

Delivering education

Starfish are awarded in advance to readers who answer the call to volunteer for the School on Wheels Program at Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities in Immokalee.

The program matches women volunteers with non-English-speaking women for one-on-one tutoring sessions. Volunteers travel to the home of the student once a week to provide a 90-minute teaching session in basic English.

“Training is provided and teaching experience or speaking another language besides English is not required,” Guadalupe officials say. “Many homebound women, who cannot speak English, have no other outlet to learn the language and ultimately become self-sufficient.”

For more information, call Helen Heffington at 239-657-6242.

Humor on the road

One of our periodic starfish is shared by motorists who brighten our commutes and traffic jams with specialty plates.

The latest standouts: KERRY ON, MY EXPLR (on a Ford Explorer), VEROOM 1, I TCH KIDS, IOWUH, TWO GEMS, PEAZ 2 U, U SCREAM, NUDGEM, NU LUNGZ, Y Y Y Y and UPS N DWNS.

Stores with a sense of humor are in the same league. A lighting/fan store on U.S. 41 East rotates sign slogans such as:

“Our fan prices will blow you away”

“We have the lightest prices in town”

“C’mon, light my foyer”

Rib City Grill on U.S. 41 North — across from Whole Foods Market — boasts the rib-tickler in the photo above.

There to serve you

A starfish to Quail West Country Club.

Of all the ads that pump up personal service over-computerized efficiency, Quail West has the best.

The centerpiece is artwork that shows the head of a golf club this far way from smacking a computer mouse.

The text next to that image says: “No computerized tee times. Human beings always answer the phone.”

The slogan under the Quail West logo: “We’re here. We’re open. And you’re invited.”

An educational star

A starfish to an adult educator in Collier County inducted into the Adult and Community Educators (ACE) of Florida Hall of Fame.

Robert Breitbard, administrator of adult and community education, was chosen “in honor and recognition of his distinguished service in education, and in dedication to the principles of lifelong learning.”

Do you have an idea for a starfish, sand dollar, sandspur or coconut? E-mail it to us at starsearch@naplesnews.com. If we use it, we will send you a T-shirt identifying you as a Daily News “star” collaborator.

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