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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.
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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)


Full gallery »Just Friends cooking demo at CJ's

  • From left, Pam Callinan, Florence Fisk, Lynn Hall, Jan Minuitti and Pat Terreri listen intently to Chef Laura Owen's words of wisdom. Submited
  • Looking forward to a fun demo and yummy lunch are, from left, Madeline Moore,  Susie Walsh, Carol Rosasco and Cea Horton. Submitted
  • Chef Laura Owen chats with Just Friends members before the cooking demo;. From left, Owen, Dottie Henderson, Cathy Mendygraw, Eileen Carlsen, Carol Rosasco and Jo Bailey. Submitted

Members of Just Friends enjoyed a cooking demo at CJ’s with Chef Laura Owen. They were given a tour of the kitchen as Owen explained the various posts of food preparation. The lunch demo included a main dish, salad, dessert and wine. Owen gave cooking hints and shared some favorite cook book titles with the group.



Full gallery »Connecticut beats Kentucky to win NCAA championship

  • Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright (11) gets past Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2), pk44n=, as guard Andrew Harrison (5) looks on during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Connecticut center Amida Brimah blocks a shot by Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, left, and Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison fight for a loose ball during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  • Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) dunks the ball in front of Kentucky's Dakari Johnson, right, and Andrew Harrison (5) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, Pool)
  • Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Kentucky forward Julius Randle (30) shoots over Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) as Niels Giffey (5) and Terrence Samuel (3) look on during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


Full gallery »Tour de Marco 2014

  • Riders enjoy a little downhill in the estates section. The fourth annual Tour de Marco sent about 250 cyclists pedaling around Marco's roads Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Y. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Saving on tires, this tandem twosome turns off San Marco Rd. The fourth annual Tour de Marco sent about 250 cyclists pedaling around Marco's roads Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Y. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The fourth annual Tour de Marco sent about 250 cyclists pedaling around Marco's roads Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Y. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Riders head out for the 15 mile jaunt. The fourth annual Tour de Marco sent about 250 cyclists pedaling around Marco's roads Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Y. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Saving on tires, this tandem twosome turns off San Marco Rd. The fourth annual Tour de Marco sent about 250 cyclists pedaling around Marco's roads Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Y. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Riders prepare to head out for the 15 mile jaunt. The fourth annual Tour de Marco sent about 250 cyclists pedaling around Marco's roads Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Y. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

What is a cycling event without a scandal? In the aftermath of the fourth annual Tour de Marco on Sunday morning, controversy reared its head. Okay, not really. But rider Eric Emmer, who signed up for and completed the 30-mile ride, the longest of the three distances available, did point out afterward that it wasn’t really 30 miles.



Full gallery »Festival of the Arts, Marco Island, 2014

  • Marco artist Lee Horton applies face paint to Brielle Ramirez, 5. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, a new juried show with 150 artists benefiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, debuted over the weekend at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Betsy and Justin Hanna push Teagan and Tyler in their stroller. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, a new juried show with 150 artists benefiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, debuted over the weekend at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Photographer Brent Anderson specializes in Everglades photography. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, a new juried show with 150 artists benefiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, debuted over the weekend at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Leon Ruiz and his paintings came from his California studio. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, a new juried show with 150 artists benefiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, debuted over the weekend at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Art Center executive director Hyla Crane takes in the show Sunday. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, a new juried show with 150 artists benefiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, debuted over the weekend at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Sculptor Steve Umphrey and one of his creations. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, a new juried show with 150 artists benefiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, debuted over the weekend at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Marco Island boasts many exhibits, galleries, and shows opportunities to “expose yourself to art,” as the saying goes but over the weekend, the island took a step into the big leagues of art. The Marco Island Festival of the Arts, held Saturday and Sunday in Veterans Community Park, brought over 150 artists together, both top national names and accomplished locals, in a juried show put on by promoter Howard Alan. He is responsible for some of the nation’s most-respected art fairs, including the Downtown Aspen Art Festival, the Downtown Venice Art Classic, St. Armands Circle Art Festival, and the Las Olas Art Fairs.



Full gallery »Notable deaths of 2014

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, file photo, Mickey Rooney takes the stage to make an award presentation at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, in Los Angeles. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
  • Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman arrives for the premiere of the movie 'The Master' at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
  • In this Jan. 4, 1984 file photo, Phil, left, and Don Everly, of the Everly Brothers joke around for photographers in New York City. Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. He was 74. Everly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a Burbank hospital, said his son Jason Everly. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File)
  • This March 31, 1960, photo shows Juanita Moore, a groundbreaking actress and an Academy Award nominee for her role as Lana Turner's black friend in the classic weeper 'Imitation of Life.' Actor Kirk Kelleykahn, her grandson, said that Moore collapsed and died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at her home in Los Angeles. She was 99, according to Kelleykahn. Accounts of her age have differed over the years. (AP Photo, file)
  • This July 2009 photo provided by courtesy of the Goodman Family Collection shows George Goodman at home in Princeton, N.J. Goodman, a journalist, business author and award-winning television host who under the pseudonym 'Adam Smith' made economics accessible to millions of people, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at age 83. Goodman's son, Mark Goodman, said his father died at the University of Miami Hospital after a long battle with the bone marrow disorder myelofibrosis. (AP Photo/Goodman Family Collection, Mark Goodman)
  • In this Sunday May 16, 2004 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses during a news conference in his Jerusalem office regarding education reform. Israeli media outlets are reporting that Sharon has died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at the age of 85. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Famous people who died in 2014.



Full gallery »Church service honors fallen in Fort Hood shooting

  • Rebecca Gutierrez, Marcus Bates and Daniel Ramirez pray for the victims and families affected by the Fort Hood shooting during a memorial service at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. On April 2, 2014, three people were killed and 16 were wounded when a gunman opened fire before taking his own life at the Fort Hood military base. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
  • Kathy Abad, a military wife, prays for the victims and families affected by the Fort Hood shooting during a memorial service at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. On April 2, 2014, three people were killed and 16 were wounded when a gunman opened fire before taking his own life at the Fort Hood military base. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
  • A congregation of military servicemen and civilians listen to the national anthem during a memorial service for the victims and families affected by the Fort Hood Shooting at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. On April 2, 2014, three people were killed and 16 were wounded when a gunman opened fire before taking his own life at the Fort Hood military base. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
  • Pastor Robert Sperbeck delivers a sermon during a memorial service for the victims and families affected by the Fort Hood Shooting at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. On April 2, 2014, three people were killed and 16 were wounded when a gunman opened fire before taking his own life at the Fort Hood military base. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)


Full gallery »Adoptable pets in SW Florida: April 6, 2014

  • Humane Society Naples - Skittles is a 3-month-old Royal Bahamian Potcake mix who wants to romp and play with you. See him at 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
  • Collier County Domestic Animal Services - Sally is a 15-year-old brown female Paso Fino who not only is beautiful but also can be ridden. Adopt her at Collier County Domestic Animal Services from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples. Information: 239-252-7387 or www.colliergov.net/pets
  • Florida English Bulldog Rescue - Samoa is a sweet and young English bulldog who gets along with children and other dogs. Adopt him by visiting all available dogs at www.FloridaEnglishBulldogRescue.com or call 813-927-3550.
  • Volunteer Services for Animals - Romeo is a handsome boy and has a sweet sibling named Julilet. See them from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Naples PetSmart, 2235 Pine Ridge Road, Naples or call 239-261-4768 or visit www.VsaRescue.org
  • Abby’s Little Friends - Winston is a 12-year-old Yorkshire terrier ready to be your best friend. Adopt this lap dog by going to www.abbyslittlefriends.com or call 239-234-6159 for more information.
  • Naples Cat Alliance - Amber is a sweet 2-year-old with bright amber eyes. Adopt her at 7785 Davis Blvd., Suite 104, Naples, or PetSmart, Coconut Point mall, 23106 Fashion Drive, Estero, or go to naplescatalliance.org. Call 239-300-0829 for more information.


Full gallery »2nd annual Dodge Ball to benefit the Children's Home Society

  • April 5, 2014  Second annual dodgeball challenge at FGCU benefiting the Children's Home Society of Florida:  Players formed teams and competed to benefit the Childrens' Home Society for the 2nd year and hoped to raise about $5,000.  The charity benefits children and families in difficult domestic situations.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 5, 2014  Second annual dodgeball challenge at FGCU benefiting the Children's Home Society of Florida:  Players formed teams and competed to benefit the Childrens' Home Society for the 2nd year and hoped to raise about $5,000.  The charity benefits children and families in difficult domestic situations.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 5, 2014  Second annual dodgeball challenge at FGCU benefiting the Children's Home Society of Florida:  Players formed teams and competed to benefit the Childrens' Home Society for the 2nd year and hoped to raise about $5,000.  The charity benefits children and families in difficult domestic situations.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 5, 2014  Second annual dodgeball challenge at FGCU benefiting the Children's Home Society of Florida:  Players formed teams and competed to benefit the Childrens' Home Society for the 2nd year and hoped to raise about $5,000.  The charity benefits children and families in difficult domestic situations.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 5, 2014  Second annual dodgeball challenge at FGCU benefiting the Children's Home Society of Florida:  Players formed teams and competed to benefit the Childrens' Home Society for the 2nd year and hoped to raise about $5,000.  The charity benefits children and families in difficult domestic situations.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 5, 2014  Second annual dodgeball challenge at FGCU benefiting the Children's Home Society of Florida:  Players formed teams and competed to benefit the Childrens' Home Society for the 2nd year and hoped to raise about $5,000.  The charity benefits children and families in difficult domestic situations.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

The action was fast paced out at FGCU's Alico Arena where the 2nd annual Dodge Ball to benefit the Children's Home Society was held. Teams formed up from local schools, businesses & social clubs to help raise about $5,000 for the charity. Executive Director Rebecca Mc Guire said "It's a great event to support children & families." She also noted that in just its second year the event has already grown with 14 teams taking to the hardwood floor this year. Many sponsorships also defrayed the costs, allowing for a win-win situation for all involved. Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.



Full gallery »Business Expo, Marco Island, 2014

  • Tom Wagor of First National Bank of the Islands spins his company's prize wheel. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their 14th annual Business Expo Monday afternoon at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rick LoCastro of Physicians Regional validates Sherri      Medeiros' card. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their 14th annual Business Expo Monday afternoon at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Shelley Anderson, left, and Robin Shifflett of Sunshine Tours talk with customers. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their 14th annual Business Expo Monday afternoon at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dianna Dohm of Mutual of Omaha gets into the 'Wild Kingdom' spirit. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their 14th annual Business Expo Monday afternoon at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their 14th annual Business Expo Monday afternoon at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mike Donnelly with the corkscrew he won spinning the wheel at First National Bank of the Gulf Coast. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their 14th annual Business Expo Monday afternoon at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Attendance was strong at the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Monday afternoon. For this 14th annual event, the official clicker showed 393 visitors with 45 minutes still to go at 5:45. The function room at the Marriott was filled, and so was the parking lot, with essentially every space taken, creative interpretations used to make additional spots, and cars trailing anyone who walked toward the parked cars, eager to snap up the vacancy created.




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