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Full gallery »Estuaries Day 2013

  • Boys will beÉPaul Westberry, left, and son Ryan play with the 3-D slide viewers. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteer Rob Wilson gets his batfish on. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kayakers head off down the creek. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Guerds Jeang suits up to try kayaking. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteer Rob Wilson gets his batfish on. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Polka Dottie the Batfish, Rookery Bay's mascot, is portrayed by Katie Pulling. The National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

There was a strong Marco presence at Rookery Bay’s Environmental Learning Center (ELC) on Saturday for the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s celebration of Estuaries Day. This is appropriate, with the 100,000 acres under management by Rookery Bay surrounding Marco on all sides, and the ecological stewardship the Reserve provides of critical importance on this barrier island.



Full gallery »Pet Blessing, St. Mark's, 2013

  • Mark and Kris Merrill brought Jake and Brody to be blessed. St. Mark's Episcopal Church held the annual Blessing of the Animals Tuesday evening in the church's activity center. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Spotsy the lizard is guest-held by Jose Herrera. St. Mark's Episcopal Church held the annual Blessing of the Animals Tuesday evening in the church's activity center. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Judy Gelo with her little girl, Zsa Zsa, a teacup Yorkie. St. Mark's Episcopal Church held the annual Blessing of the Animals Tuesday evening in the church's activity center. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Helen Totten gets Freddy, her lizard, blessed by Father Kyle Bennett. St. Mark's Episcopal Church held the annual Blessing of the Animals Tuesday evening in the church's activity center. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Brody, a golden doodle brought by Mark Merrill, seems to be having a great time. St. Mark's Episcopal Church held the annual Blessing of the Animals Tuesday evening in the church's activity center. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church held the annual Blessing of the Animals Tuesday evening in the church's activity center. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Pets, no doubt, are a blessing to their owners. And on Tuesday evening, some of those pets had the favor returned. As he has for eight years, ever since taking the helm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Father Kyle Bennett celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi with the Blessing of the Animals, celebrating and polishing the haloes of about 50 furry, finned or scaly friends, who showed up with their human companions to be blessed.



Full gallery »CJ's B'Day

  • Marco ACS chairman Loan Lam tries to estimate the number of golf tees in an oversized wine glass. CJ's on the Bay celebrated five years on Marco Island on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, with a carnival atmosphere, food specials, live music and activities benefitting the American Cancer Society. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • CJ's on the Bay server Jessica Butler models her costume. CJ's celebrated five years on Marco Island on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, with a carnival atmosphere, food specials, live music and activities benefitting the American Cancer Society.
  • CJ's on the Bay  owners Jacquie and Curt Koon toast the restaurant's birthday with chef/manager Laura Owen, right. celebrated five years on Marco Island on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, with a carnival atmosphere, food specials, live music and activities benefitting the American Cancer Society.
  • Lisa Honig, executive director of the Marco ACS, scoops up popcorn. CJ's on the Bay celebrated five years on Marco Island on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, with a carnival atmosphere, food specials, live music and activities benefitting the American Cancer Society.
  • Soledad Belmare did her best, but couldn't drop Nick Catudal into the chilly water. CJ's on the Bay celebrated five years on Marco Island on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, with a carnival atmosphere, food specials, live music and activities benefitting the American Cancer Society.
  • Like Babe Ruth, Dick Brown calls his shot at the dunk tank. CJ's on the Bay celebrated five years on Marco Island on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, with a carnival atmosphere, food specials, live music and activities benefitting the American Cancer Society.

It was a birthday party for a five-year-old, but the guests were doing more than a little drinking. CJ’s on the Bay celebrated five years on Marco Island on Sunday afternoon, with a party around the outside bar in the courtyard at their Esplanade location on Smokehouse Bay. Curt Koon, the “C” of CJ’s, gleefully poured a five-gallon bucket of ice into the dunk tank above which Nick Catudal sat poised, forgetting perhaps that he was scheduled for his own turn in the “cold seat” later on.



Full gallery »Coastal Cleanup, Marco Island

  • Art Dobberstein takes to the water to scour the shoreline in the lagoon at Tigertail. The quarterly beach cleanup held Saturday by the Friends of Tigertail Beach was part of the worldwide International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Consevancy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Art Dobberstein takes to the water to scour the shoreline in the lagoon at Tigertail. The quarterly beach cleanup held Saturday by the Friends of Tigertail Beach was part of the worldwide International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Consevancy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Joan and Burt Robbins are the first wave of an army of volunteers. The quarterly beach cleanup held Saturday by the Friends of Tigertail Beach was part of the worldwide International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Consevancy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Girl Scouts Angie Stoi, 12, and Hannah Avinon, 10, look for trash. The quarterly beach cleanup held Saturday by the Friends of Tigertail Beach was part of the worldwide International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Consevancy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Collier County Parks & Rec Director Barry Williams, volunteering with the cleanup, listens to ideas from Friends of Tigertail president Linda Colombo. The quarterly beach cleanup held Saturday by the Friends of Tigertail Beach was part of the worldwide International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Consevancy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Whatever this circular piece of shattered glass used to be, Linda Meier found it and removed it from the beach. The quarterly beach cleanup held Saturday by the Friends of Tigertail Beach was part of the worldwide International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Consevancy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Saturday, over 50 of those volunteers scoured Tigertail Beach, from the tideline in the lagoon, where Art Dobberstein patrolled the mangroves standing up and floating on his paddleboard, to the scrub around the parking lots, where hardcore cleanup veterans like Stan Hutchins collected a pickup truck bedful of debris. And the logs records of just what was found and removed from the beach, as opposed to the baulks of timber which comprise one large component of the junk played a key role in their activities.



Full gallery »Fire House Boyz

  • Special to the Daily News/Jason Easterly 
 Peter Weidner's 1931 Pontiac hot rod at his car garage on Marco Island on Monday, June 24, 2013. Weidner purchased the garage, which used to be the old fire department on the island, approximately 15 years ago in order to restore hot rods and thus creating a group of car enthusiasts he calls the Firehouse Boyz. Each member of the Firehouse Boyz has a history with rebuilding cars, and each has their own specialty they bring to the table in the restoration process.
  • Special to the Daily News/Jason Easterly 
 Peter Weidner's 1999 Prowler and Jack Bueute's 1933 Ford set in front of Weidner's car garage on Marco Island on Monday, June 24, 2013. Weidner purchased the garage, which used to be the old fire department on the island, approximately 15 years ago in order to restore hot rods and thus creating a group of car enthusiasts he calls the Firehouse Boyz. Each member of the Firehouse Boyz has a history with rebuilding cars, and each has their own specialty they bring to the table in the restoration process.
  • Special to the Daily News/Jason Easterly 
 Special to the Daily News/Jason Easterly 
 Peter Weidner purchased his car garage, which used to be the old fire department on Marco Island, approximately 15 years ago in order to restore hot rods and thus creating a group of car enthusiasts he calls the Firehouse Boyz. Each member of the Firehouse Boyz has a history with rebuilding cars, and each has their own specialty they bring to the table in the restoration process.
  • Special to the Daily News/Jason Easterly 
 Peter Weidner, right, and Jack Bueute work on the restoration of Weidner's 1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk at Weidner's car garage on Marco Island on Monday, June 24, 2013. Weidner purchased the garage, which used to be the old fire department on the island, approximately 15 years ago in order to restore hot rods and thus creating a group of car enthusiasts he calls the Firehouse Boyz. Each member of the Firehouse Boyz has a history with rebuilding cars, and each has their own specialty they bring to the table in the restoration process.
  • Special to the Daily News/Jason Easterly 
 The tachometer of Peter Weidner's 1974 Pontiac Ventura that has 680 horsepower in his car garage on Marco Island on Monday, June 24, 2013. Weidner purchased the garage, which used to be the old fire department on the island, approximately 15 years ago in order to restore hot rods and thus creating a group of car enthusiasts he calls the Firehouse Boyz. Each member of the Firehouse Boyz has a history with rebuilding cars, and each has their own specialty they bring to the table in the restoration process.
  • Special to the Daily News/Jason Easterly 
 Hood ornament of Peter Weidner's 1931 Pontiac at his car garage on Marco Island on Monday, June 24, 2013. Weidner purchased the garage, which used to be the old fire department on the island, approximately 15 years ago in order to restore hot rods and thus creating a group of car enthusiasts he calls the Firehouse Boyz. Each member of the Firehouse Boyz has a history with rebuilding cars, and each has their own specialty they bring to the table in the restoration process.

If you’re looking for your husband, you might want to check the old firehouse. In a warehouse-style building, behind a row of rollup doors, the gear-heads of Marco Island can often be found. Some days they’re tinkering under the hood of an old Chevy, others they’re simply gathered around a spindly table, ribbing each other and telling tales of days and cars gone by.



Full gallery »'Turtle Lady' Mary Nelson

  • 'Turtle Lady' Mary Morgan, right, volunteer Beverly Shipe and assistant Ed Tucker release a pailful of baby turtles into the Gulf of Mexico. Marco Island is having a banner year for hatching out sea turtle nests. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteer Beverly Ann Shipe holds a baby turtle before releasing it into the Gulf at Tigertail Beach. Marco Island is having a banner year for hatching out sea turtle nests. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island is having a banner year for hatching out sea turtle nests. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island is having a banner year for hatching out sea turtle nests. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Four baby turtles head for the water, except for the last one, heading in the wrong direction. Marco Island is having a banner year for hatching out sea turtle nests. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Baby turtles head for the water of the Gulf in the afterglow of sunset. Marco Island is having a banner year for hatching out sea turtle nests. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Marco Island is prime nesting habitat for sea turtles, including the loggerhead sea turtle caretta caretta, so big they had to name it twice. These gentle giants are protected under the Endangered Species Act. For decades, Mary Nelson has worked to improve the odds for turtle hatchlings on Marco, giving them the chance to at least start their ocean journey.



Full gallery »Killer bees, Marco Island

  • Licensed beekeeper David Gatley closes the door to his truck.  He wears a net to protect his face and neck from stings. 
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  • Larry returns the smoke pot to the truck. 
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  • Tony wears protective clothing to shield him from Africanized bee stings. 
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  • David’s Beehaven workers use smoke to calm down Africanized bees as they attach an artificial hive next to where the bees had built a hive. 
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  • The sign warns neighbors to keep away as Africanized bees are removed from a home in old Marco. 
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  • Stucco is removed to expose Africanized bees in a wall in a home in old Marco 
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The sign stating:“Danger, Africanized bee removal, keep away,” in front of a home in old Marco is enough to induce a panic attack. How can we have Africanized bees on Marco? The state of Florida considers all feral bees to be Africanized. Colonists imported European honeybees from Europe in the 1600s and 1700s. The African bees were imported to Brazil in the 1950s. African bees are the most productive but are not good for beekeeping because of their vicious nature. They slowly worked their way from Brazil to Texas and then to Florida.



Full gallery »GoShots: Salon de Garage

  • Louise Peloquin collects images of pelicans, and added this photograph to her collection. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held a 'Salon de Garage' Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, opening a show of works on sale to benefit the organization and saying goodbye to executive director Lynn Holley.
  • Dave Rice checks out the hors d'oeuvres table. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held a 'Salon de Garage' Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013, opening a show of works on sale to benefit the organization and saying goodbye to executive director Lynn Holley.
  • Retired art teacher and new Marco resident Margo Kostecka inspects a painting by Inez Hudson. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held a 'Salon de Garage' Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013, opening a show of works on sale to benefit the organization and saying goodbye to executive director Lynn Holley.
  • The price tag on this piece by Leo Schimanszky, titled 'Head,' reads $29,000. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held a 'Salon de Garage' Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, opening a show of works on sale to benefit the organization and saying goodbye to executive director Lynn Holley.
  • Outgoing executive director Lynn Holley and board president Rosemary Wick share a moment. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held a 'Salon de Garage' Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, opening a show of works on sale to benefit the organization and saying goodbye to Holley. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Outgoing executive director Lynn Holley addresses the group. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held a 'Salon de Garage' Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, opening a show of works on sale to benefit the organization and saying goodbye to Holley. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

There was a lot going on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. For starters, the regular “Second Tuesday” opening reception for the gallery’s exhibits bore the tantalizing title “Salon de Garage,” featuring a sale of artwork donated to the center, what outgoing Art Center executive Director Lynn Holley called “a garage sale for art connoisseurs.”



Full gallery »Marco Realtors' luncheon, trade show

  • Brandy Simpson, left, with Element Funding speaks to Stacy Witthoff of The Needles Group during the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors September General Membership Luncheon, Trade Show and Election on Tuesday at Hideaway Beach. Bill Green/Staff
  • Michael Hutch, Mary Quinton and T.J. Boone staff the Marco Eagle booth during the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors September General Membership Luncheon, Trade Show and Election on Tuesday at Hideaway Beach. Bill Green/Staff
  • New officers for 2014 are presented during the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors September General Membership Luncheon, Trade Show and Election on Tuesday at Hideaway Beach. Bill Green/Staff
  • A crowd gathers for the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors September General Membership Luncheon, Trade Show and Election on Tuesday at Hideaway Beach. Bill Green/Staff

On Wednesday the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors held their September General Membership Luncheon, Trade Show and Election at Hideaway Beach. Realtors and their support networks had booths and displays leading up to a lunch and presentation of the new officers for the coming year.



Full gallery »TBE exhibit visit

  • Fourth and fifth graders at Tommie Barfield Elementary explored Florida's aquatic environment Thursday with WaterVentures, a museum in a semi-trailer. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Fifth grader Henry Abrega gazes into a cypress swamp. Fourth and fifth graders at Tommie Barfield Elementary explored Florida's aquatic environment Thursday with WaterVentures, a museum in a semi-trailer. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Fifth grader Henry Abrega gazes into a cypress swamp. Fourth and fifth graders at Tommie Barfield Elementary explored Florida's aquatic environment Thursday with WaterVentures, a museum in a semi-trailer. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Fifth grader Amy Laria plays with an interactive display. Fourth and fifth graders at Tommie Barfield Elementary explored Florida's aquatic environment Thursday with WaterVentures, a museum in a semi-trailer. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Opening a drawer in the exhibit displays a trove of skulls. Fourth and fifth graders at Tommie Barfield Elementary explored Florida's aquatic environment Thursday with WaterVentures, a museum in a semi-trailer. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Fourth and fifth graders at Tommie Barfield Elementary explored Florida's aquatic environment Thursday with WaterVentures, a museum in a semi-trailer. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The fourth and fifth grade students at Tommie Barfield Elementary were getting a look at the wonders of Florida’s natural environment, focusing on the water which makes life possible here, thanks to a visit from the WaterVentures traveling exhibit. Essentially a museum inside a semi-trailer, the display is spending six weeks in Collier County, visiting every one of the 30 elementary schools. First on the list was Everglades City, and then TBE.



Full gallery »Back-to-school, Marco Island, 2013

  • Sarah, a TBE kindergarten student, gets right down to work.
  • Tommie Barfield students listen to a talk on safety and responsibility. School started Monday for Marco Island's elementary, middle and high school students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Melissa Scott teaches intensive reading and English honors at Marco Island Academy.
  • MICMS Principal George Abounader directs traffic as children arrive. School started Monday for Marco Island's elementary, middle and high school students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • MICMS Principal George Abounader directs traffic as children arrive. School started Monday for Marco Island's elementary, middle and high school students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • MICMS Dean Mark Albanese helps with class assignments.

Monday marked the first day of the new school year at Marco Island’s public schools, as it did all across Collier County. Chaos, for the most part controlled chaos, reigned in and around the schools as students and parents tried to navigate unfamiliar halls, and figure out where they were supposed to be first thing in the morning.



Full gallery »FSA visits Marco Island

  • Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk acknowledges attendees' thanks for hid department's hosting of the meeting. The Florida Sheriffs' Association, holding their summer conference at the Marco Island Marriott, got a visit from Florida Governor Rick Scott Tuesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott, Marco Island Police Chief (and former sheriff) Don Hunter), and Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk. The Florida Sheriffs' Association, holding their summer conference at the Marco Island Marriott, got a visit from the Governor Tuesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Collier Commissioner Georgia Hiller with Collier Sheriff's Investigations Chief Jim Williams, left, and Operations Chief Jim Bloom. The Florida Sheriffs' Association, holding their summer conference at the Marco Island Marriott, got a visit from Florida Governor Rick Scott Tuesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to the group. The Florida Sheriffs' Association, holding their summer conference at the Marco Island Marriott, got a visit from the Governor Tuesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter stops by to chat with Marco City Manager Jim Riviere, left, and his wife Wanda, with Assistant Chief Dave Baer at right. The Florida Sheriffs' Association, holding their summer conference at the Marco Island Marriott, got a visit from Florida Governor Rick Scott Tuesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Florida Sheriffs' Association, holding their summer conference at the Marco Island Marriott, got a visit from Florida Governor Rick Scott Tuesday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The Governor dropped in on Marco Island Tuesday evening, but he couldn’t stay for dinner. The occasion was the Summer Conference of the Florida Sheriffs Association, which had been meeting at the Marriott since Sunday. The FSA held their concluding banquet Tuesday, and Gov. Scott flew in from Tallahassee for the occasion.



Full gallery »Marco Island Marriott expansion plans

  • An artist's rendering of proposed improvements to the Marriott's parking, which adds an upper parking deck. Submitted
  • An artist's rendering of proposed improvements to the Marriott's parking, which adds an upper parking deck. This is teh street view. Submitted
  • Planning Board members Monte Lazarus, from left, Frank Mulligan, and Bob Brown listen to Marco Island Marriott general manager Rick Medwedeff. The hotel presented plans for expanded meeting and parking facilities to the city's Planning Board Friday in City Council chambers. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • An artist's rendering of addition to the Marco Island Marriott. Submitted


Full gallery »John Patterson's Youth Soccer Class

  • Roger LaLonde Staff 
 Kaden Ramierez flies over mini hurdle in John Patterson's YMCA soccer class at Parkside Elementary School in Naples. Patterson has begun a Marco YMCA soccer academy for ages 6 to 14 to inspire them to play soccer.$RETURN$$RETURN$
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 Erika Guitterez maneuvers between two defenders in John Patterson's soccer class at Parkside Elementary School in Naples. He has begun a Marco YMCA soccer academy for ages 6 to 14 to inspire them to play soccer.$RETURN$$RETURN$
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Alex Villareal is the last of the Cookie Monsters, playing with a handicap, an injured arm, at John Patterson’s soccer class at Parkside Elementary School. Patterson has begun a soccer academy in conjunction with the Greater Marco Family YMCA for ages 6 to 14 to inspire them to play soccer.
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 It looks like the Tooth Fairy will be visiting Sandra Nava as she smiles after answering a soccer question correctly in John Patterson's soccer class at Parkside Elementary School in Naples. He has begun a soccer academy in conjunction with the Greater Marco Family YMCA, for ages 6 to 14, to inspire them to play soccer.$RETURN$$RETURN$
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Melanie Pagan spreads her arms like a butterfly as she goes over a mini hurdle in John Patterson’s soccer class at Parkside Elementary School in Naples. He has begun a soccer academy in conjunction with the Greater Marco Family YMCA, for ages 6 to 14, to inspire them to play soccer.$RETURN$$RETURN$


Full gallery »Youth Sports

  • Dean Stahlman/Citizen Contributor
The Naples Bombers won the USSSA 14U Invitational on Sunday. Front row, from left, Dillon Doria, Kevin Heben, Connor Stahlman and Zach Solow. Back row, coach Scott Ison, Julio Doria, Mike Mambuca, Mike Drasba, Cameron Criss, Tanner Ison, coach Tim Dawson, Luke Dawson, Joe Lang, coach Mike Drasba and Sam Saletko. Not shown, Corey Berning and coach Dean Stahlman.
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Jay Beshears and Cooper Smith celebrate after winning their semifinal game against Kendall to make it into the State 9-10 Little League Championship.
  • Chuck Bender/Citizen Contributor
Sivan Palacios slides safely home for a run in the State Junior (13-14) Softball Championship action. The Braves won three straight games before running into a strong Tampa South team in the championship game.
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Naples Braves Mattison Springs delivers a pitch in the Little League 13-14 Junior Softball State Championship. The Braves won three straight games before losing in the championship game in Fort Myers on Monday.
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The team congratulates Nicolas Kythreotis after hitting a home run in their state tournament game against Apopka. From left, Cooper Smith, Jay Beshears, James Tureskis, Kyle Mullan, Easton LaPlaca and Kythreotis.
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Naples Braves Leyla Yonlisky gets a free pass to first base after the catcher’s glove interferes with her swing for an interference call in State Junior (13-14) Softball championship play. The Braves fell short, losing in the title game to South Tampa.


Full gallery »Meals of Hope fundraiser at CJ's On The Bay

  • Helen McCullough chats with CJ's 'Chef Laura' Owen. CJ's on the Bay hosted a fundraising get-together for Meals of Hope on Monday, July 15, 2013, sponsored by both Marco Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis, all working together.
  • Jacquie Koon keeps an eye on things. CJ's on the Bay hosted a fundraising get-together for Meals of Hope on Monday, July 15, 2013, sponsored by both Marco Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis, all working together.
  • Dave Gardner provides his vocal stylings. CJ's on the Bay hosted a fundraising get-together for Meals of Hope on Monday, July 15, 2013, sponsored by both Marco Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis, all working together.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Violet Sullivan, 16, sells raffle tickets. CJ's on the Bay hosted a fundraising get-together for Meals of Hope on Monday, July 15, 2013, sponsored by both Marco Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis, all working together.
  • CJ's on the Bay hosted a fundraising get-together for Meals of Hope on Monday, July 15, 2013, sponsored by both Marco Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis, all working together.
  • Stan Niemczyk, left, talks with Bill Morris and Zeke Morris, 11. CJ's on the Bay hosted a fundraising get-together for Meals of Hope on Monday, July 15, 2013, sponsored by both Marco Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis, all working together.

On Monday, July 15, 2013, approximately 80 donors came by CJ’s on the Bay on Marco Island to raise money to help purchase the bulk foodstuffs that make up the meals provided by the Meals of Hope program. On Nov. 7, hundreds of volunteers will converge on Marco Island Charter Middle School to package nutritious, low-cost meals to feed the staggering number of families who, right in this area, do not have enough food to let them eat every day.



Full gallery »Sophia-Belle Carrasquillo and family

  • Tony and Carol Costantino with Sophia. Seen at her grandparents' home on Marco Island, Sophia-Bella Carrasquillo stars onstage with the Naples Players in their production of 'Les Miserables.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Seen at her grandparents' home on Marco Island, Sophia-Bella Carrasquillo stars onstage with the Naples Players in their production of 'Les Miserables.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Carol and Tony Costantino with Sophia. Seen at her grandparents' home on Marco Island, Sophia-Bella Carrasquillo stars onstage with the Naples Players in their production of 'Les Miserables.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Seen at her grandparents' home on Marco Island, Sophia-Bella Carrasquillo stars onstage with the Naples Players in their production of 'Les Miserables.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Seen at her grandparents' home, Carol and Tony Costantino, left, on Marco Island, Sophia-Bella Carrasquillo, right, stars onstage with the Naples Players in their production of 'Les Miserables.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Four generations: Grandmother Carol Costantion, standing at left, great-grandmother Josephine Gelo, mom Joanna and Sophia. Seen at her grandparents' home on Marco Island, Sophia-Bella Carrasquillo stars onstage with the Naples Players in their production of 'Les Miserables.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

For many of the performances at the Naples Players’ production of Les Miz, currently in a month-long run at the Sugden Community Theatre in Naples, the face belongs to Sophia-Belle Carrasquillo, an eight-year-old girl playing her first major theatrical role. She lives with her parents in Naples, but comes every weekend to visit her grandparents, Carol and Tony Costantino, at their waterfront home on Marco Island. Sophia is a determined, self-possessed young lady, and when opportunity knocked, she was ready to answer the call.



Full gallery »Marco Island Code Enforcement Board

  • Code Compliance Supervisor Liz Carr addresses the board. The city's Code Enforcement Board listened to 'a day in the life of Code Compliance' at their meeting Tuesday afternoon.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chairman Dick Adams runs the meeting. The city's Code Enforcement Board listened to 'a day in the life of Code Compliance' at their meeting Tuesday afternoon.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Code Compliance Supervisor Liz Carr addresses the board. The city's Code Enforcement Board listened to 'a day in the life of Code Compliance' at their meeting Tuesday afternoon.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Board member Paul Kampmeyer, left, speaks. The city's Code Enforcement Board listened to 'a day in the life of Code Compliance' at their meeting Tuesday afternoon.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent


Full gallery »Marco Island's Audit Advisory Committee Meeting

  • City Attorney Burt Saunders explains the Sunshine Law as committee member Jim Conway watches. Marco Island's Audit Advisory Committee met Tuesday morning in council chambers, working to select an outside firm for the city's annual auditLance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The one seeming audience member is also a committee member, Deborah Mueller.  Marco Island's Audit Advisory Committee met Tuesday morning in council chambers, working to select an outside firm for the city's annual auditLance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chairman Bill Schroeder addresses his committee. Marco Island's Audit Advisory Committee met Tuesday morning in council chambers, working to select an outside firm for the city's annual auditLance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Committee member Steve Arena, right, speaks as Finance Director Gil Polanco listens. Marco Island's Audit Advisory Committee met Tuesday morning in council chambers, working to select an outside firm for the city's annual auditLance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent


Full gallery »Marco Island Eagles lacrosse practice

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Chris Gengenbach looks down field to make a pass at a Marco Island Eagles lacrosse practice. The Optimist Club of Marco Island is offering the program for the first time.
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 Josh Jordan waits to make a catch at Marco Island Eagles lacrosse practice. The Optimist Club of Marco Island is offering the program for the first time.
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 Dominick Moller is ready for action at Marco Island Eagles lacrosse practice. The Optimist Club of Marco Island is offering the program for the first time.
  • Submitted by Patty Webb 
 Grant Gordon shows his intensity at Marco Island Eagles lacrosse practice. The Optimist Club of Marco Island is offering the program for the first time.



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