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Full gallery »50th anniversary of Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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Janna Dewey holds up a Nox owl during a zoo animal show at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida during their 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Naples, Fla. The Conservancy is a home for the public to experience nature of the region, and works to protect Southwest Florida's natural environment.
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Janessa Pasco, Gabriella Martinez, and Mason Hayhurst, left to right, pet sea life in the salt water touch tank during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Naples, Fla. The Conservancy is a home for the public to experience nature of the region, and works to protect Southwest Florida's natural environment.
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Nolan Woodruff, left, and his brother Jonah Woodruff, right, touch foreheads while looking at the fish tank during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Naples, Fla. The Conservancy is a home for the public to experience nature of the region, and works to protect Southwest Florida's natural environment.
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Anderson Hiester, 3, plays in the fossil dig during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Naples, Fla. The Conservancy is a home for the public to experience nature of the region, and works to protect Southwest Florida's natural environment.
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Nora Rintelman, Jonah Woodruff, Nolan Woodruff, and Loren Woodruff, left to right, look closely at the fish tank during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Naples, Fla. The Conservancy is a home for the public to experience nature of the region, and works to protect Southwest Florida's natural environment.
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Mason Hayhurst feels around the salt water touch tank during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Naples, Fla. The Conservancy is a home for the public to experience nature of the region, and works to protect Southwest Florida's natural environment.


Full gallery »Project Prom 2014

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Annisa Setiawan looks at her reflection while trying on a dresses for the Naples High School Military Ball with volunteers Inez Edmondson, holding the mirror, and Saralene Oldham, back reflection, at Fashion Fresh on Friday, April 18, 2014 in Naples, Fla. In an effort coined Project Prom 2014, young men and women can browse through hundreds of dresses, and men's formal attire, through Saturday at Fashion Fresh Dry Cleaners, 15275 Collier Blvd. The dresses are available to them for free. Naples residents Edmonson and Fashion Fresh owner Jeff Rhea worked together to make the event possible.
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Annisa Setiawan finds the right dress for her to wear at  the Naples High School Military Ball at Fashion Fresh on Friday, April 18, 2014 in Naples, Fla. In an effort coined Project Prom 2014, young men and women can browse through hundreds of dresses, and men's formal attire, through Saturday at Fashion Fresh Dry Cleaners, 15275 Collier Blvd. The attire is available for free.
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 In an effort coined Project Prom 2014, young men and women can browse through hundreds of dresses, and men's formal attire, through Saturday, April 19 at Fashion Fresh Dry Cleaners, 15275 Collier Blvd. The attire is available for free.
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Volunteers Inez Edmonson, Penny Peck, Gaby Cunningham, and Saralene Oldham, left to right, talk about the different dresses available for free through Project Prom 2014 at Fashion Fresh on Friday, April 18, 2014 in Naples, Fla. For Project Prom 2014 young men and women can browse through hundreds of dresses, and men's formal attire, through Saturday at Fashion Fresh Dry Cleaners, 15275 Collier Blvd. Naples residents Inez Edmonson and Fashion Fresh owner Jeff Rhea worked together to make the event possible.
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Annisa Setiawan, left, takes her dry cleaning ticket, donated free of cost from Fashion Fresh as part of Project Prom 2014 on Friday, April 18, 2014 in Naples, Fla. For Project Prom 2014, young men and women can browse through hundreds of dresses, and men's formal attire, through Saturday at Fashion Fresh Dry Cleaners, 15275 Collier Blvd. The attire is available for free.


Full gallery »Boy Scouts dig

  • Scout Christopher Bryan, 13, digs deeper into the past. Marco Island Boy Scouts earned merit badges by conducting an archaeological dig on Saturday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Gene Erjavec, left, Andrew Smith, Jordan Davidson and Scoutmaster Dan Davidson sort through the debris in a wooden sifter. Marco Island Boy Scouts earned merit badges by conducting an archaeological dig on Saturday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • 'Bingo!' Gene Erjavec holds a stone used to weigh down fishing nets thousands of years ago. Marco Island Boy Scouts earned merit badges by conducting an archaeological dig on Saturday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island Boy Scouts earned merit badges by conducting an archaeological dig on Saturday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Andrew Smith, left, and Scoutmaster Dan Davidson prepare to dump earth into a wooden sifter held by Jordan Davidson. Marco Island Boy Scouts earned merit badges by conducting an archaeological dig on Saturday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island Boy Scouts earned merit badges by conducting an archaeological dig on Saturday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The section of the island is called “Old Marco,” and the name may be more apt than many people realize. Just steps away from the Snook Inn at the north end of Bald Eagle Drive, Gene Erjavec led a group of Boy Scouts on a tour down into Marco Island’s past, excavating their way down through the remains of 10,000 years of human habitation. The area is a hotbed of history. Just around the corner at what is now Vernon Place, the storied Key Marco Cat was unearthed in 1896 by a Smithsonian expedition led by Frank Cushing. The earliest modern settlement of Marco Island took place here, and the spot chosen for the dig once held the home of Ralph Doxee, whose family clam cannery provided a major early economic engine for Marco.



Full gallery »Firefighters put out house fire in Golden Gate

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Firefighters from Golden Gate, East and North Naples, work to put out a fire in the 1400 block of 39th street in SW Golden Gate on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Naples, Fla. Officials say the fire was caused by a lightening strike. Two firefighters were sent to the hospital with heat exhaustion.
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Firefighters from Golden Gate, East and North Naples, work to put out a fire in the 1400 block of 39th street in SW Golden Gate on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Naples, Fla. Officials say the fire was caused by a lightening strike. Two firefighters were sent to the hospital with heat exhaustion.
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Firefighters from Golden Gate, East and North Naples, work to put out a fire in the 1400 block of 39th street in SW Golden Gate on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Naples, Fla. Officials say the fire was caused by a lightening strike. Two firefighters were sent to the hospital with heat exhaustion.
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Firefighters from Golden Gate, East and North Naples, work to put out a fire in the 1400 block of 39th street in SW Golden Gate on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Naples, Fla. Officials say the fire was caused by a lightening strike. Two firefighters were sent to the hospital with heat exhaustion.
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Firefighters from Golden Gate, East and North Naples, work to put out a fire in the 1400 block of 39th street in SW Golden Gate on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Naples, Fla. Officials say the fire was caused by a lightening strike. Two firefighters were sent to the hospital with heat exhaustion.
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Firefighters from Golden Gate, East and North Naples, work to put out a fire in the 1400 block of 39th street in SW Golden Gate on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Naples, Fla. Officials say the fire was caused by a lightening strike. Two firefighters were sent to the hospital with heat exhaustion.


Full gallery »MMA fighter Mike King

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MMA fighter, Mike King poses for a portrait at Jabz Gym where he exercises regularly on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Naples, Fla. King will be competing in the reality TV show 'Ultimate Fighter' beginning Wednesday.
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MMA fighter, Mike King poses for a portrait at Jabz Gym where he exercises regularly on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Naples, Fla. King will be competing in the reality TV show 'Ultimate Fighter' beginning Wednesday.
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MMA fighter, Mike King removes tape that protects his patellar tendinitis at Jabz Gym where he exercises regularly on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Naples, Fla. King will be competing in the reality TV show 'Ultimate Fighter' beginning Wednesday.
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Mike King's gloves sit beside the rink where he exercises at Jabz Gym where he exercises on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Naples, Fla. King will be competing in the reality TV show 'Ultimate Fighter' beginning Wednesday.
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MMA fighter, Mike King smiles with friends at Jabz Gym where he exercises regularly on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Naples, Fla. King will be competing in the reality TV show 'Ultimate Fighter' beginning Wednesday.
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MMA fighter, Mike King walks into Jabz Gym where he exercises regularly on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Naples, Fla. King will be competing in the reality TV show 'Ultimate Fighter' beginning Wednesday.


Full gallery »Marco Island airport reopens

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- Following a three-month, $6.2 million renovation, Marco Island Executive Airport re-opened with a brand new runway on April 14, 2014.
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- Seasonal Naples resident Jerry Karschner, of Wellsboro, Penn., covers his twin-engine Aero Commander after being one of the first few pilots to fly into the Marco Island Executive Airport after it reopened Monday, April 14, 2014. A $6.2 million overhaul closed the airport for three months.
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- An airplane lands at Marco Island Executive Airport on its first day reopened on April 14, 2014 following a three-month, $6.2 million renovation
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- Following a three-month, $6.2 million renovation, Marco Island Executive Airport reopened with a brand new runway on April 14, 2014.
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- A helicopter lands at Marco Island Executive Airport on the airport's first day reopened following a three-month, $6.2 million renovation on April 14, 2014.
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- Seasonal Naples resident Jerry Karschner, of Wellsboro, Penn., covers his twin-engine Aero Commander after being one of the first few pilots to fly into the Marco Island Executive Airport after it reopened Monday, April 14, 2014. A $6.2 million overhaul closed the airport for three months.


Full gallery »Re/Max Awards, Marco Island, 2014

  • Realty Co-owner Rocky Farhat, center, receives a gag award from Mike O'Rourke and Mike Boland. Marco's Re/Max Affinity Plus office held an awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Realty Co-owner Rocky Farhat and general manager Maggie thousand with their overall sales award. Marco's Re/Max Affinity Plus office held an awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bonnie Zaikov, left, and Rachel Dehanas receive awards from general manager Maggie Thousand, center. Marco's Re/Max Affinity Plus office held an awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Alan and Linda Sandlin, left, speak with Mercedes Baez and Rick Hanscom. Marco's Re/Max Affinity Plus office held an awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Realty Co-owner Rocky Farhat talks to his troops. Marco's Re/Max Affinity Plus office held an awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Realty Co-owner Rocky Farhat, left, presents Bill Filbin with an award for being named Realtor of the Year by the local board. Marco's Re/Max Affinity Plus office held an awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Local Re/Max real estate associates have a lot of reasons to celebrate about 430,000,000 of them. That figure, $430 million, is the total dollar volume for the brokerage group as a whole last year. This number, which should cheer all Marco Island property owners and the office’s friendly competitors, puts the Re/Max Affinity Plus at number two for Re/Max offices in the entire state of Florida, behind only the Sarasota affiliate.



Full gallery »Relay for Life, Marco Island, 2014

  • Firefighters march in full gear. Marco Island's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society took place over the weekend at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • William Sueaquan of Marco carries son Roy, age 3. Marco Island's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society took place over the weekend at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Wayne Waldack marches with the Knights of Columbus color guard for the opening Survivors' Lap to open the event. Marco Island's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society took place over the weekend at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Event chairman Raul Medina reads a welcome to the crowd before the start. Marco Island's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society took place over the weekend at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Peter Dannemann takes a swing with the big hammer. Marco Island's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society took place over the weekend at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Karina Paape fills her plate at the survivors' dinner. Marco Island's Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society took place over the weekend at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

With their legs a little heavier, but their hearts and wallets a little lighter, Marco Island has put another Relay for Life into the record books. Uncounted hundreds, comprising 29 different teams, walked around and around the track, moved for this year to Mackle Park, starting at 4 p.m. on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and carrying on through the night till 6 a.m. Sunday morning.



Full gallery »Bay Days, Tigertail, 2014

  • Girl Scouts from Naples Troop 490 earn their Bay Days T-shirt for picking up trash at Tigertail Beach on Saturday as part of the Keep Collier Beautiful Great American Clean Up initiative. From left are Haley Lamb, Sydney Murray, Emma Lubas and Haley Mahoney. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Haley Lamb of Girl Scout Troop 490 in Naples gets help putting on her plastic glove to pick up trash at Tigertail Beach on Saturday. The troop’s community service was part of Bay Days, a Keep Collier Beautiful Great American Clean Up initiative. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Joseph Parisi and Susan LaGrotta of Friends of Tigertail get ready to hang a sign promoting cleaner beaches as part of Bay Days, a Keep Collier Beautiful Great American Clean Up initiative. Friends of Tigertail was the sponsor organization for the cleanup at Tigertail Beach on Saturday. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Amy Webb signs in at the Tigertail Beach kiosk to be a volunteer to pick up trash for Bay Days, a Keep Collier Beautiful Great American Clean Up initiative. Friends of Tigertail organized the Saturday event. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco resident Debbie Roddy stands by a new beach marker placed near Marco Island’s south beach entrance. In her dual role on the city’s Beach Advisory Committee and Collier County’s Coastal Advisory Committee, Roddy addressed the need for updated signs. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

The Friends Of Tigertail Beach once again called on volunteers to help clean up Tigertail Beach on Saturday, at the annual Bay Days cleanup event. Garbage bags and work gloves were provided courtesy of Keep Collier Beautiful.



Full gallery »Sheila's Out Shopping: Easter eggs

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 Extra-large, hollow, painted, chocolate egg from Norman Love
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 Norman Love Confections filled Easter chocolates
  • Norman Love Confections’ Easter chocolates
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 Three painted chocolate, medium Easter eggs from Norman Love Confections
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 Three painted chocolate, medium Easter eggs from Norman Love Confections
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 Painted hollow chocolate egg from Norman Love Confections


Full gallery »MTV Movie Awards 2014

  • From left, Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, Nicki Minaj and Kate Upton present the award for best male performance on stage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Shailene Woodley poses in press room with her award for favorite character for 'Divergent' at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • Jonah Hill accepts the award for best comedic performance for “The Wolf of Wall Street” at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Mark Wahlberg poses in the press room with MTV Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • Sam Claflin, left, poses with the award for best movie of the year and Josh Hutcherson poses with the award for best male performance for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' in the press room at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • Baseball fans watch as New York Yankees  right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (31) catches an eighth-inning flyout by Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, robbing Ortiz of a game-tying home run, in the MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Full gallery »Bubba Watson wins 2014 Masters

  • Defending Masters' champion Adam Scott, of Australia, congratulates Bubba Watson, right, after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Bubba Watson raises his putter after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Bubba Watson, carrying his son Caleb, is congratulated by spectators after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Bubba Watson is kissed by his wife Angie after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Bubba Watson, left, is congratulated by Jordan Spieth after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Former Masters champions Jose Maria Olazabal and Vijay Singh cross paths on the eighth green during the final round of The Masters in Augusta, Ga., Sunday, April 13, 2014. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)


Full gallery »Earth Day at Riverside Park

  • April 12, 2014 Earth Day Riverside Park in Bonita: John Slaby of Kowiachobee Animal Preserve talks here about ball pythons and even had a bengal tiger on hand teaching the kids the right way to go about pet ownership and what to avoid.  The annual event takes place in Riverside Park and features educators, vendors, musicians, arborists and more from the community.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Bonita Banner.
  • April 12, 2014 Earth Day Riverside Park in Bonita: Enihyah Rolle of Naples puts on a nice hula hoop demo.  The annual event takes place in Riverside Park and features educators, vendors, musicians, arborists and more from the community.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Bonita Banner.
  • April 12, 2014 Earth Day Riverside Park in Bonita: Band number two of five was Natural Spirit from Alva who played a host of original songs with a Florida environmental therme.  They're at heinrich.heidi@gmail.com.  The annual event takes place in Riverside Park and features educators, vendors, musicians, arborists and more from the community.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Bonita Banner.
  • April 12, 2014 Earth Day Riverside Park in Bonita: Otis the rat terrier from the HumaneSociety perches on  the lap of owner Jennifer seen here with Doug.  They also have their free tree donated by environmental organization esterobaybuddies.org.  The annual event takes place in Riverside Park and features educators, vendors, musicians, arborists and more from the community.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Bonita Banner.
  • April 12, 2014 Earth Day Riverside Park in Bonita: Childrens book author Dan Lowery reads aloud to the kids.  They heard his captain Fishbone's 'The Cursed Treasure.'  The annual event takes place in Riverside Park and features educators, vendors, musicians, arborists and more from the community.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Bonita Banner.
  • April 12, 2014 Earth Day Riverside Park in Bonita:  A surprisingly small crowd took in Earth Day at Riverside Park despite plenty to see, do and experience.  The annual event takes place in Riverside Park and features educators, vendors, musicians, arborists and more from the community.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Bonita Banner.

Live bands, kids educational outlets, free trees, animal exhibits and plants for sale were highlights at Earth Day on Saturday at Riverside Park.



Full gallery »Adoptable pets in SW Florida: April 13, 2014

  • Brooke’s Legacy Animal Rescue - Ferris Wheel is an adorable and very friendly, 3-month-old Labrador retriever. Adopt this cutie by calling Brooke’s Legacy Animal Rescue at 239-434-7480. brookeslegacyanimalrescue.com
  • Florida English Bulldog Rescue - Tyson is a lovable 4-year-old English bulldog that loves to give kisses. Visit all available dogs at www.FloridaEnglishBulldogRescue.com or call 813-927-3550.
  • Labrador Retriever Rescue - Bella is a very sweet and gentle Labrador retriever who wants to be part of your loving home. Visit all the pets of the Labrador retriever Rescue of Florida at www.labradorrescue.net/index.html or call 866- 464-5227.
  • Humane Society Naples - Marge Simpson is a sweet 3-year-old Chihuahua mix who loves to go for walks. She has been at the shelter for more than 180 days, so her adoption fee has been waived. Adopt her by visiting the Humane Society Naples, 370 Airport-Pulling Road N., Naples from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 239-643-1555 or www.HSNaples.org
  • Abby’s Little Friends - Coco loves to snuggle and go for walks. She also especially enjoys attention. Adopt her and give her the attention she deserves by going to www.abbyslittlefriends.com or call 239-234-6159 for more information.
  • Brigid’s Crossing - Magic is a good-looking cat with a sweet personality. She loves everyone and will sit in your lap. Adopt her by visiting Shabby Cat, 963 Fourth Ave. N., Naples or 239-591-8425.


Full gallery »Rio-inspired Carnival fundraiser

  • Board members Tom and Linda Uhler were among the crowd.
  • Attendees at the  inaugural Rio Carnival fundraiser got a Rio-style show from International Productions by Tahja. Photos by Mary Kay Mickiewicz/FunPhotography.US (4)
  • Karin Ciesla, Kathy Cathcart, Donna Bobb and Emily Powderly stand with the sign for donors who 'pay it forward for patients,' pledging money to help with expenses.
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 -The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation of the inaugural Rio Carnival fundraiser -
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Full gallery »Burgers & Bubbles at The Promenade

  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -             Melissa Sorochen, right, looks on as her daughters, Lyla, 3, and Emmy,1, enjoy eating hotdogs during the Promenade at Bonita Bay's first burger competition, 'Burgers & Bubbles', on Saturday April 12th, 2014. Proceeds from the event will be used to help area residents during a crisis.
  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -           The Casino of Immokalee served up a variety of burgers during the Promenade at Bonita Bay's first burger competition, 'Burgers & Bubbles', on Saturday April 12th, 2014. Proceeds from the event will be used to help area residents during a crisis.
  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -           David Crowther, center, of  Ft. Myers, watches his sons, sawyer, 4, left, and Brayden, 5, eat ice-cream sandwiches at the Promenade at Bonita Bay's first burger competition, 'Burgers & Bubbles', on Saturday April 12th, 2014. Proceeds from the event will be used to help area residents during a crisis.
  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -           John Chirich, of Naples, holds his 1-year-old grandson Luke's arms as the toddler dances to music during the Promenade at Bonita Bay's first burger competition, 'Burgers & Bubbles', on Saturday April 12th, 2014. Proceeds from the event will be used to help area residents during a crisis.
  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -           Fade Away Sports  Bar & Grill offered their burgers at the Promenade at Bonita Bay's first burger competition, 'Burgers & Bubbles', on Saturday April 12th, 2014. Proceeds from the event will be used to help area residents during a crisis.
  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -           Nick Caruso, right, owner of Caruso's Eats & Treats, prepares a burger while his friend, Justin Southard, helps out at the grill during the Promenade at Bonita Bay's first burger competition, 'Burgers & Bubbles', on Saturday April 12th, 2014. Proceeds from the event will be used to help area residents during a crisis.


Full gallery »Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at AMU event

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz meets Ave Maria Law students after speaking about religious liberty as part of Ave Maria School of Law's 'Faith and Reason' series at the Hilton on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Naples, Fla. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ave Maria School of Law scholarship fund.
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz speaks about religious liberty as part of Ave Maria School of Law's 'Faith and Reason' series to a crowd of V.I.P. guests at the Hilton on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Naples, Fla. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ave Maria School of Law scholarship fund.
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz, left, speaks with Ave Maria University founder Tom Monaghan, right, during Ave Maria School of Law's 'Faith and Reason' event at the Hilton on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Naples, Fla. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ave Maria School of Law scholarship fund.
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz, right, meets Ave Maria Law School student Brittany Santee, center, during Ave Maria School of Law's 'Faith and Reason' event at the Hilton on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Naples, Fla. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ave Maria School of Law scholarship fund.
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz smiles to a V.I.P. guest before introducing himself during Ave Maria School of Law's 'Faith and Reason' event at the Hilton on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Naples, Fla. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ave Maria School of Law scholarship fund.
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Bobbie Dusek sits at an Ted Cruz speaking event put on by the Ave Maria School of Law at the Hilton on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Naples, Fla. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ave Maria School of Law scholarship fund.


Full gallery »Gov. Rick Scott press conference

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Governor Rick Scott speaks at a press conference about cancer research funding in the 'It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget,' at 21st Century Oncology on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Fort Myers, Fla. Scott has increased funding for state cancer research centers by $30 million.
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Governor Rick Scott speaks at a press conference about cancer research funding in the 'It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget,' at 21st Century Oncology on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Fort Myers, Fla. Scott has increased funding for state cancer research centers by $30 million. Scott has proposed budget calls for about $80 million in funding, an increase over the $50 million in the previous year's budget.
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Gail Johns, center, speaks at a press conference with Governor Rick Scott, left, and Doctor Daniel Dosoretz, right, at 21st Century Oncology on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Fort Myers, Fla. Johns, a five-time cancer survivor has been treated at 21st Century Oncology. 'Without this group I wouldn't be here,' she said. Scott has increased funding for state cancer research centers by $30 million.
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Governor Rick Scott, left, and Gail Johns, center, smile along as Doctor Daniel Dosoretz, right, speaks about how the increases in cancer research funding has helped his practice during a press conference at 21st Century Oncology on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Fort Myers, Fla. Scott has increased funding for state cancer research centers by $30 million. Johns, a five-time cancer survivor has been treated at 21st Century Oncology. 'Without this group I wouldn't be here,' she said.
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Governor Rick Scott answers questions during a press conference about cancer research funding in the 'It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget,' at 21st Century Oncology on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Fort Myers, Fla. Gail Johns, right, a five time cancer survivor, told the press how 21st Century Oncology has helped her survive. 'Without this group I wouldn't be here,' she said.


Full gallery »Crash on Alligator Alley

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A vehicle is towed after a rollover crash near the 74 mile marker of Alligator Alley on Thursday, April 10, 2014. According to Officer Armand Tobar of the Florida Highway Patrol, a pregnant woman and a young child were ejected from a vehicle. At least one person is being transported to the hospital. A new station will be built, just a few miles from where the crash occurred. It will be staffed by the Ochopee Fire Control District. The state will fund the first four years of operations costs. The station will open in the fall.
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Emergency responders attend to a rollover crash near the 74 mile marker of Alligator Alley on Thursday, April 10, 2014. According to Officer Armand Tobar of the Florida Highway Patrol, a pregnant woman and a young child were ejected from a vehicle. At least one person is being transported to the hospital. A new station will be built, just a few miles from where the crash occurred. It will be staffed by the Ochopee Fire Control District. The state will fund the first four years of operations costs. The station will open in the fall.
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Emergency responders attend to a rollover crash near the 74 mile marker of Alligator Alley on Thursday, April 10, 2014. According to Officer Armand Tobar of the Florida Highway Patrol, a pregnant woman and a young child were ejected from a vehicle. At least one person is being transported to the hospital. A new station will be built, just a few miles from where the crash occurred. It will be staffed by the Ochopee Fire Control District. The state will fund the first four years of operations costs. The station will open in the fall.
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A vehicle is towed after a rollover crash near the 74 mile marker of Alligator Alley on Thursday, April 10, 2014. According to Officer Armand Tobar of the Florida Highway Patrol, a pregnant woman and a young child were ejected from a vehicle. At least one person is being transported to the hospital. A new station will be built, just a few miles from where the crash occurred. It will be staffed by the Ochopee Fire Control District. The state will fund the first four years of operations costs. The station will open in the fall.
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A vehicle is towed after a rollover crash near the 74 mile marker of Alligator Alley on Thursday, April 10, 2014. According to Officer Armand Tobar of the Florida Highway Patrol, a pregnant woman and a young child were ejected from a vehicle. At least one person is being transported to the hospital. A new station will be built, just a few miles from where the crash occurred. It will be staffed by the Ochopee Fire Control District. The state will fund the first four years of operations costs. The station will open in the fall.
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Emergency responders attend to a rollover crash near the 74 mile marker of Alligator Alley on Thursday, April 10, 2014. According to Officer Armand Tobar of the Florida Highway Patrol, a pregnant woman and a young child were ejected from a vehicle. At least one person is being transported to the hospital. A new station will be built, just a few miles from where the crash occurred. It will be staffed by the Ochopee Fire Control District. The state will fund the first four years of operations costs. The station will open in the fall.


Full gallery »Obama offers solace to nation at Fort Hood

  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama turn to leave after paying their respects during a memorial ceremony, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Fort Hood Texas, for those killed there in a shooting last week. President Barack Obama is reprising his role as chief comforter as he returns once again to a grief-stricken corner of America to mourn with the families of those killed last week at Fort Hood and offer solace to the nation.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • Spc. Kristen Haley, right, the fiancee of Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson, who was killed in the Fort Hood shooting, is consoled at the memorial ceremony for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/MCT)
  • Three Soldiers Crosses for those killed in last week's Fort Hood shooting, from left, Sgt. Danny Ferguson of Mulberry, Fla., Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez, of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and Sgt. Timothy Owens of Effingham, Ill, are set in front to the stage as President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial ceremony, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas, for those killed there in a shooting last week. President Barack Obama is reprising his role as chief comforter as he returns once again to a grief-stricken corner of America to mourn with the families of those killed last week at Fort Hood and offer solace to the nation.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, and is wife Hollyanne Milley as they arrive at Robert Gray Army Air Field in Killeen, Texas, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, as they travel to Fort Hood for a memorial service for those killed there in a shooting last week. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • Family members and friends comfort each other as the final roll call is called out during a memorial ceremony, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Fort Hood Texas, for those killed there in a shooting last week. President Barack Obama is reprising his role as chief comforter as he returns once again to a grief-stricken corner of America to mourn with the families of those killed last week at Fort Hood and offer solace to the nation.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • Part of a Soldiers Cross for Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez, of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, is set near the stage before a memorial ceremony where President Barack Obama with speak, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Fort Hood, Texas, for those killed there in a shooting last week. President Barack Obama is reprising his role as chief comforter as he returns once again to a grief-stricken corner of America to mourn with the families of those killed last week at Fort Hood and offer solace to the nation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)



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