Editorial: Stars, dollars, coconuts, spurs

JOYCE JACOBS 
 John and Janet Smiedendorf arrived at 7:15 a.m. to start a very long line.

JOYCE JACOBS John and Janet Smiedendorf arrived at 7:15 a.m. to start a very long line.

A sand spur to service employees who tell you they perform fundamental chores when they really don't.

The truth comes to light when you discover the same problem later and go back to the business to get it right.

The point of reference here is checking the tire pressure during a quickie oil change. The crew said it was done when it wasn't, thus taking away the shine of an otherwise satisfactory experience.

Wouldn't it be easier just to do it right the first time, or when asked if the little chore has been done, say "thanks for the reminder" and do the little chore?

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A starfish to Florida Gulf Coast University for going public for alumni award nominees.

FGCU graduates who have "significantly contributed to the community'' are eligible for the Alumni of Distinction Society and Soaring Eagles Society.

The criteria for the Distinction award includes a distinguished professional career (both regionally and nationally), plus service to the community and FGCU.

Soaring Eagles dedicate time and resources to their communities and excel in their professions.

Deadline for nominations is April 1. Go online to www.fgcu.edu/Alumni/AlumniAwards.html.

For more information about the FGCU Alumni Association, contact Kimberly Williams at 239-590-1087 or alumnirelations@fgcu.edu.

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A starfish to everyone who helped Empty Bowls overflow with success.

Last weekend's fundraiser at Cambier Park for the Harry Chapin Food Bank raised nearly $43,000.

Special kudos go to the all-volunteer leadership team based at Barron Collier High School, student musicians who entertained and, of course, the patrons who started lining up after 7 a.m. — four hours ahead of time — to get first pick from the 2,000 handmade ceramic bowls for soups donated by restaurants, country clubs and culinary students.

Yes, a rich donor could write a single check for $43,000, but that would mean the community would miss all that fun for a good cause.

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A starfish to the FGCU Bower School of Music Choir for spreading music and good will far beyond campus.

The choir performed with the vocal ensemble last weekend at North Naples United Methodist Church — hopefully the first of many such invitations in our region — and will tour the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area in the spring and maybe Europe next year.

Director Trent Brown says the choir has been accepted for a masterworks concert series at Carnegie Hall but cannot afford to go, "so we had to decline the offer.''

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A sand spur to a taste of national politics tainting the Naples City Council election.

The name of the political action committee, Citizens for Better Naples Government, that popped up at the last minute was needlessly close to the established, heftier Naples Better Government Committee.

The Citizens leader, from the Naples Airport Authority, says it was coincidental.

The Better Government response has it just right: Additional political voices are welcome; the tricky maneuvering is not.

HeadlineA starfish to Dr. Elaine Nicpon Marieb.

The author of books on anatomy assumes the role of benefactor for students by making a $5 million donation to the new health sciences program and Florida Gulf Coast University.

After a struggle with construction financing, the health building just opened. Now, thanks to this generous gift, which includes need-based scholarships, the learning will go on and on in the Marieb Building.

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