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Community Service Award presented by Marco Community Bank to Philip Egizio on January 26 for his volunteer services at the Marco Island Hospital Auxiliary (NCH Treatment Center). From left: Robert Marks, Chairman (left), Marco Community Bank, Philip Egizio (center), Dick Braun (right), Marco Community Bank Advisory Board.

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Community Service Award presented by Marco Community Bank to Philip Egizio on January 26 for his volunteer services at the Marco Island Hospital Auxiliary (NCH Treatment Center). From left: Robert Marks, Chairman (left), Marco Community Bank, Philip Egizio (center), Dick Braun (right), Marco Community Bank Advisory Board.

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  • Willow Montana! Willow Nash puts on her Hannah Montana wig and gives us her best impression!
  • Lisa Drann sends along this picture of a picture of the sand dragon her brother Keith Dolezel and his girlfriend Elizabeth Gandha created on Marco Beach while here on vacation from San Francisco
  • The Marco Cruise Club held its 32nd Annual Change of Watch and Commodores Ball, at the Marco Island Yacht Club last month. Pictured from left to right are Joe Watson, the incoming commodore and Harvey Eisen the outgoing commodore. The Marco Cruise Club was established in 1976 and still remains one of the oldest and most active boating clubs on Marco Island. The club is affiliated with the “International Order of the Blue Gavel” (IOBG). Meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Marco Community Bank. Overnight and long range cruises as well as Landlubber social activities are schedule year around. Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Tom Thacher 963-9232 or Commodore Joe Watson 394-8800. For additional information on the Marco Cruise Club “Change of Watch”, contact Joe Hirschenberger, 642-9087
  • Rick Bush, a Realtor with John R. Wood, sends along this photo of possibly the best garage sale deal of all time. The sign reads 'GARAGE SALE - HOUSE INCLUDED.'  The home is in the Fountain Lakes community of Estero.
  • Elizabeth Nash pulls the right string on the Tinkerbell Pinata at her sister Willow's 7th birthday party. The string released a downpour of 4 bags of yummy candy!
  • Tim Scanlan writes, 'This photo of our grandson Hunter Scanlan, age 2, was taken in Naples on Christmas Day 2007. Although not really dressed appropriately for the occasion, Hunter was jumping into the small waves as they reached the shore. Among the features I find interesting about this photo are the height of the jump (for a two-year-old), the reflection of his feet and legs in the wet sand, his long shadow in the sand behind him. It was 5:55 p.m. and the sun was low in the western sky to the left, which explains the long shadow. Also, the young man farther down who is also acting like a 2-year-old having fun on Christmas.'
  • Shawn McMann of Marco Island, sitting on left, volunteered at the phone bank in New Hampshire for Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain. McCain (standing on right) walked over to Shawn and asked to talk with whoever he was on the phone with. McCain won the New Hampshire primary.
  • The nearly 300 softball players of Citrus Park in Bonita Springs celebrate Opening Day.
  • Veterans Memorial Elementary School students show their thanks for American soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Officers for the Area 15 multi-program council of the Florida Local Advocacy Council covering Charlotte, Manatee, Sarasota, Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Collier counties were elected to serve another term. Officers for 2008 are Penny Deutsch, Chair, and Greg Masonick, Vice Chair, both from Charlotte County and Orin Oppermann, second Vice Chair from Collier County.
  • A member of Wesley United Methodist Church on Marco Island sends this photo. 'We had a lovely evening at our 'Evening in Paris'' January 11, 2008. The ladies at the table are as follows, R-L Evelyn Currier, Katherine Crook, Lois Siwicki, Dottie Young.
  • A member of Wesley United Methodist Church on Marco Island sends this photo. 'We had a lovely evening at our 'Evening in Paris'' January 11, 2008. Here, Emily Orgass is showing her teacher Anne Hayes a painting she's working on.
  • This past Tuesday, January 15, the Florida Everblades hosted Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Florida at the Everblades hockey game.
  • This past Tuesday, January 15, the Florida Everblades hosted Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Florida at the Everblades hockey game.
  • On January 12th, 2008, Katie Kirstein played her violin for the guests at the wedding of Anna (Ivanova) and Christopher Lamutt at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort.
  • Matthew Webb, 10 months old, got the chance to be up close and personal with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his campaign visit in Naples Tuesday, January 22, 2008. Romney addressed a crowd of about 200 at The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce office on U.S. 41 at about 3:30 p.m.
  • Miranda Webb, 6½ years old, got the chance to be up close and personal with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his campaign visit in Naples Tuesday, January 22, 2008. Romney addressed a crowd of about 200 at The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce office on U.S. 41 at about 3:30 p.m.
  • Jack Kleintop enjoys playing on his swing set.
  • Ryan Smith, left, gave Undersheriff Kevin Rambosk the American flag that flew with his U.S. Navy unit in Balad, Iraq on Friday morning. His unit received care packages from the Adopt A Soldier Program at the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Smith said he enjoyed having a piece of home with him while serving overseas.
  • Ryan Smith, left, gave Undersheriff Kevin Rambosk the American flag that flew with his U.S. Navy unit in Balad, Iraq on Friday morning. His unit received care packages from the Adopt A Soldier Program at the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Smith said he enjoyed having a piece of home with him while serving overseas.
  • Pat Del Vecchio is handing a five-gallon water jug of can tabs, collected in Ohio, to Bruce Slater, a clown for the Shriners. Slater takes the can tabs in to the Shriners Childrens Hospital for Wheel Chairs for the Children. Anyone wanting to save can tabs for the Shriners Children's Hospital can drop them off at Bruce Slater's home at 3787 Cardinal Circle, Bonita Beach Trailer Park, in Bonita Springs until April.
  • Happy Birthday! Bob Lank and family gathered on Marco for his dad's 80th birthday. It was a surprise visit from Toronto.
  • Left to Right: Fire and Life Safety Educator Chairman Victor Hill,  FFCA 1st V.P. Nat Ippolito, Naples Fire Chief Jim McEvoy, Fire Inspector Pamela DeMeo, FFCA President Barry Baker. Inspector DeMeo was recognized as Florida’s Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year by the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association (FFCA).
  • Pat Del Vecchio is handing a five-gallon water jug of can tabs, collected in Ohio, to Bruce Slater, a clown for the Shriners. Slater takes the can tabs in to the Shriners Childrens Hospital for Wheel Chairs for the Children. Anyone wanting to save can tabs for the Shriners Children's Hospital can drop them off at Bruce Slater's home at 3787 Cardinal Circle, Bonita Beach Trailer Park, in Bonita Springs until April.
  • On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, Kenny Skinner of Chesapeake, Va. was honored on his 96th birthday with an open house in the recreation hall at Bonita Beach Trailer Park.  Kenny & his wife Jane arrived in the park on Jan. 12, 1977. They were snowbirds for 26 years. Kenny lost Jane on April 3, 2001. For 2 years he was a permanent resident. Then moved in with his daughter and son-in-law, Pat & Roger Rees, who hosted the party. It was a great time to reminisce for Kenny and all his friends.
  • This is a picture of Tom and Bernadette Carroll's youngest grandchild, Tommy. The photo was taken in November, two months after Tom's death. Tommy is wearing the helmet his grandfather wore for over 30 years while a fireman and then an officer of the NYFD. Tommy; his brother, Jack; and all of their cousins know that their Pop will always be watching over them.
  • Joel Shover sends along this photo of him and his daughter Amanda at the Hannah Montana concert in January of 2008.
  • Tommie Barfield first-graders Willow Nash and Jesse Giansanti share a great big best friend hug while bowling at the Woodward lanes in Naples for Jesse's birthday.
  • Elizabeth Nash gives a professional 5-year-old throw of the bowling ball, waiting for a perfect strike.
  • On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, Kenny Skinner of Chesapeake, Va. was honored on his 96th birthday with an open house in the recreation hall at Bonita Beach Trailer Park.  Kenny & his wife Jane arrived in the park on Jan. 12, 1977. They were snowbirds for 26 years. Kenny lost Jane on April 3, 2001. For 2 years he was a permanent resident. Then moved in with his daughter and son-in-law, Pat & Roger Rees, who hosted the party. It was a great time to reminisce for Kenny and all his friends.
  • Naplesnews.com reader John Henry sends along this photo of Jared Delventhal's first Super Bowl Sunday and his first Super Bowl outfit. Way to pick the winner Jared!
  • Naplesnews.com reader John Henry sends along this photo of Jared Delventhal's first Super Bowl Sunday and his first Super Bowl outfit. Way to pick the winner Jared!
  • Community Service Award presented by Marco Community Bank to Philip Egizio on January 26 for his volunteer services at the Marco Island Hospital Auxiliary (NCH Treatment Center). From left: Robert Marks, Chairman (left), Marco Community Bank, Philip Egizio (center), Dick Braun (right), Marco Community Bank Advisory Board.
  • (Back Row-left to right) Norman Hinspeter (Big Brother of the Year-Collier), Steven Cunningham (Big Brother of the Year-Lee), Patrick Nolan (FOX-4), Carolyn Curtis (Big Sister of the Year-Lee), Lissette Rubio (Big Sister of the Year-Collier) (Front Row –left to right) Nick (Norman’s Little Brother), Jordan (Steven’s Little Brother), Victoria & Tracy (Carolyn’s Little Sisters), Sabrina (Lissette’s Little Sister)
  • Many years ago Renee Zepeda, who graduated from Tulane University in Louisiana brought the tradition of serving King Cake on Fat Tuesday here at Boughton Architects Inc.  Today, Jim Boughton was responsible for providing the cake, as he ‘got the baby’ last year.
  • Susette Lewis writes 'While our family attended the fair Sunday I took this shot of my kids and their friends on a ride. I couldn't have asked for a better shot! I am looking directly up into the sky, the ride flew right in my view finder and SNAP. Perfect! Just had to share.'
  • Sunni Pitra writes, 'This is a picture is of Blaise (6) and Brooke Lombardo (4), our grandchildren, who came down to Fort Myers to visit last month.  We were on our way to the Naples Zoo.'
  • (From left) Mr. and Mrs. Marici and Mr. and Mrs. Buetow enjoy cocktails. The Italian American Society of Marco Island held its annual Sweetheart Ball on Sunday, February 17, at Hideaway Beach Club. It was great fun and our members danced the night away.
  • (From left) Ed Marici, Gwen Caracci, Mr. and Mrs. Daly, Lou Caracci and Lorraine Marici enjoy each other's jokes.  The Italian American Society of Marco Island held its annual Sweetheart Ball on Sunday, February 17, at Hideaway Beach Club. It was great fun and our members danced the night away.
  • (From left) Mr. and Mrs. Zarrow and Mr. and Mrs. Milano. The Italian American Society of Marco Island held its annual Sweetheart Ball on Sunday, February 17, at Hideaway Beach Club. It was great fun and our members danced the night away.
  • Bert Hoell (center), accompanied by Frau Susie Walsh (left) and Frau Cindy Crane (right), leads the Marco Sportfishing Club (MSC) in singing 'Ein Prosit' during the third annual FeBREWfest at Sarazen Park on Wednesday.  Octoberfest, which begins the last week of September in Germany, is celebrated in February by the MSC since many of the members are still up North in September.  The name FeBREWfest is based on the fact that for many, a 'brew' is the beverage of choice at Octoberfest and the MSC picnics.
  • Ladies gathered to show off their masks at the Aquarius Condos' Heart of Mardi Gras Party.
  • Matt and Adele Smith danced the night way at the Aquarius Condos' Heart of Mardi Gras Party.
  • Russ and Pat Owens wore their masks at the Aquarius Condos' Heart of Mardi Gras Party.
  • AnnMarie DeVito writes, 'This is my son, Dominic, enjoying the great weather on Marco.  He is equipped with all his 'gear' ready for the pool!'
  • Terry Johnson and the Flamingos (Terry Johnson, TheresaTrigg, Jeff Calloway and Joseph Mirrione) played a great set at the Norris Center on February 22, 2008.
  • Terry Johnson and the Flamingos (Terry Johnson, TheresaTrigg, Jeff Calloway and Joseph Mirrione) played a great set at the Norris Center on February 22, 2008.
  • Aiden Curtis Miles, 1, of Naples, enjoying his first snow cone, many more of those to come!!
  • Frank Losurdo,91, of Des Plaines, IL enjoys the pool at South Seas North West with college students from Wisconsin.
  • Cpl. Steve Loyd helped kids fish at the “Kids Love Fishing” event held at the Junior Deputy’s Camp Discovery at the Florida Sports Park on Saturday. More than 200 kids participated.
  • Andrew Shaffer sent in this had-to-see-it-to-believe-it cell phone shot from the road to Orlando and writes, 'This is a car I saw while driving to Orlando. Simply amazing!'
  • Marco Islander Jenna Canfield, 15,  won the Miss Sarasota Teen USA pageant on  Feb. 2, 2008.  She is now eligible to compete in Miss Florida Teen USA in October 2008.

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