Three to know: Fire on Twitter, job growth, toy drive

1. Fire Rescue Department launches Twitter page

The City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has launched a Twitter home page to provide information to those who choose to follow the site. The site will be used to provide information regarding emergency incidents, training, community events and general Department information. During announcements of significant emergency incidents, contact information will be included to allow you an opportunity to follow up with a Chief Officer. Please follow the department on Twitter at @MarcoIslandFire.

2. Naples, Marco Island lead state in job growth

When it comes to hiring employees, Naples and Marco Island are the leaders of the pack. The Naples-Marco Island area led the state in job growth in October, adding 8,800 jobs in the last year, according to Gov. Rick Scott’s office. “We are seeing the economy continuing to improve,” said Naples Mayor John Sorey. “We just have to keep going in the right direction.” The Naples-Marco Island metropolitan statistical area’s unemployment rate declined by 2.1 percentage points over the last 12 months, dropping to 6.4 percent from 8.5. Agriculture, professional and business services, education and health services led the way. Collier County’s unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in October 2013, dropping from 8.5 percent in October 2012. Lee County’s unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in October 2013, compared with 8.4 percent in October 2012, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

3. Postal Service to collect toys for needy children

This year, children who might otherwise not experience a happy Christmas are getting one thanks to the United States Postal Service and The Salvation Army Naples. Postal Service letter carriers will go the extra mile on Saturday, Dec. 7. While the carriers deliver mail, they will collect donations of new unwrapped toys placed by mailboxes throughout Collier County. Toys will be brought to The Salvation Army’s toy store on South Horseshoe Drive and given to underprivileged children locally. Information: 239-775-9447

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