Hopefully everyone had a wonderful, happy and family-oriented Thanksgiving, and you’ve been able to walk off a little of that extra turkey and all the trimmings you enjoyed.
Although our family enjoyed being together and sharing our love, the father of my children, Ted Fiala, was in Vitas Hospice at Physician’s Regional Hospital on Collier Boulevard, where we kept constant vigil with his wife Laurie. Vitas Hospice couldn’t have been more caring and concerned, as they did everything they could to make Ted comfortable in his last hours, and helped all of the family members through this unhappy ordeal.
Luckily we all had each other for support. So as I end this paragraph, I give thanks for the love of family and friends, and for strength to help us move through the process. We all have so much to be thankful for. Remember to hug your kids, love them like crazy, and treat your neighbors and friends like they are family.
• Time is ticking away quickly! The Republican presidential primary will be held on Jan. 31. Florida’s voting rules make us a little different than some of those states up north. In order to vote in a Republican primary, you must be a registered Republican (of course, that holds true also if there was a Democratic primary as well). If you are registered as an independent or no party affiliation (NPA), you cannot vote in any party primary because Florida is a closed state.
If you want to vote in the upcoming primary (and in the August primary as well, where most of the local candidates are elected), you will need to call the Elections Office at 252-8450 to obtain a Florida voter registration application, or you can go online to the Collier County Supervisor of Elections website and print out a voter registration application, plus the libraries have the applications there for your convenience.
You must fill them out and return them no later than Jan. 3 or you cannot vote in the presidential primary. Also, you may stay registered as a Republican to vote in the August 14 primary as well. If you then want to change back to independent or NPA, you will still have plenty of time to make that adjustment before the general election in November.
• This coming Saturday, Dec. 3, the East Naples Kiwanis Club will be holding a giant garage sale at Guardian Storage on Davis Boulevard, along with many merchants and storage unit holders. The fun begins at 8 a.m. and goes on till early afternoon. This should be a great event, and will even be offering food and beverages for sale! See you then!