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James and Nancy Nash get Festivly fishy for the Fourth of July, spent on residents beach!

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James and Nancy Nash get Festivly fishy for the Fourth of July, spent on residents beach!

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  • Dan and Donna Strishock brought their daughter Carrie and her good friend, Allie to visit Marco family: Ken and Diane Honecker. They couldn't return to Virginia before experiencing a sunset dinner at the Snook Inn!!!
  • Marvin Farrugia smiles alongside his wife, Nancy and his new grill that he won on Father's Day at Guy Harvey's Island Grill. Being a Dad definitly has it's perks! Congratulations and Happy Father's Day Marvin!!
  • James and Nancy Nash get Festivly fishy for the Fourth of July, spent on residents beach!
  • Danielle Klein was chilling out under her towel during one last hurrah at Wiggins Pass beach before school starts  when the wind caught it  and blew it up.
  • The Florida Society of Enrolled Agents has sponsored a 501(c)3 charity - Teddy Bears for Kids, Inc. More than 3,000 teddy bears were brought in at the annual convention/seminar in June. Yudy Barbera of ACCOUNTING PLUS MORE chose Hospice of Naples as the recipient and delivered the bears to Stephanie Foster, Director of Development.
  • The Naples KAOS defeated the Cape Coral Combat 6-5 in the championship round to capture the 2007 ISA Labor Day Bash Tournament.
  • Lynn Jones is happy to have her brother Morgan, 22, back on Marco for a few weeks. Morgan heads back to Australia in a few weeks.
  • HEART WARMING !! In the middle of the construction zone on Collier, these construction workers were buying roses for their significant other.  I thought the thought was very touching.
  • The Golden Gate High marching band prepares to play the national anthem before the Barron Collier at Golden Gate football game Friday night.
  • This is our foursome getting ready to tee off at Spring Run Golf Club in Estero. It includes Bob Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Bob Moore and Bill Bates. We all belong to Moose Lodge 1454 in Bonita Springs and play golf in the off season two to three times a week. Spring Run is our favorite place to play in the summer.
  •  The Naples 14U Sun Devils Fast pitch Travel Team poses with their newest championship trophies from the ISA 'September To Remember' Tournament played September 15-16 at the Fort Myers Sports Complex. It was a long, hot weekend, but the ladies played hard and had fun and triumphed over some of the area's toughest competitors!
  • This sign is at the corner of Davis Boulevard and County Barn Road, near the Napoli condominiums. Dan Carr asks, “Do we really need a costly sign to tell us the obvious?”
  • Local author Ron Groenke, who has written three personal finance books, spoke at investment clubs in St. Petersburg and Orlando on September 18th & 19th.   Hundreds of investors came to hear about his latest book, 'Cash for Life.”
  • These guys are known around town as “The Kool Team,” -  Duncan Sheridan (left) and Gary Hazel (right).
  • Lely High School Key Club members Renee Greco, Erin Zappia, Sean Morris, Nicole Neuman, Chelsea DiNiro, Courtney Williams, Nancy Johnson, Jennifer Stout, Kristina Osbron and Greta Schneider-Herr pose with Kiwanis Advisor Nancy Markham at the Key Club Kick-Off Conference held at Estero High School Saturday, September 22. The Lely High School Key Club is working hard this year to help the community and school in many ways. This is just the beginning to our year full of service. The Kick-Off Conference is important for training officers for this year and for years to come.
  • Barron Collier High School swimmers Christine Titus, Arianna Sunyak, Cassie Gross, and Catie Weichelt are shown here ready to race in a relay against Community School at Norris Pool on Wednesday, September 26th.
  • Samantha Misener, Miss Naples Teen USA, greets the event attendees and invites them to join her in the 2.25 mile United Way “Walk for the Way” Saturday, September 29, 2007 at North Collier Regional Park.
  • Miss Collier County Teen USA Emily Provenza, left, Azteca America’s Carlos Zapata and Miss Naples Teen USA Samantha Misener were three of the 6 grand marshals that led the United Way “Walk for the Way” Saturday, September 29, 2007 at North Collier Regional Park.
  • ALL SHIP SHAPE - George Domenech of the Marco Island Model Yacht Club prepares to launch his Laser model. Members meet each Sunday afternoon at Mackle Lake.
  • Austin Akers, 12 coming out of turn 4 at a flat track race in Valdosta, Ga.  Austin and his brother Scott, 14, are part of a race team that travels to tracks around the state and Georgia to race.  'It's great family fun,' reader Trisha Akers writes.
  • The Naples High School class of 1957’s 50th reunion, held October 6, 2007, at the home of Arthur Ayers in Naples was a huge success. Arthur Ayers entertained classmates with a country song, while Pam Clark looked on.
  • The Naples High School class of 1957’s 50th reunion, held October 6, 2007, at the home of Arthur Ayers in Naples was a huge success.
  • This festive manatee reminds drivers along Collier Boulevard on Marco Island that the spooky season approaches.
  • Nineteen members of the Digital Photography club had photographs selected for the Shy Wolf Sanctuary 2008 calendar.  From left, the 19 DPI-SIG photographers who participated in the calendar shoot are: Benjamin Carp, Betty Saunders, Bob Kenedi, Bob Levin, Brad Shelton, Carolyn Collmer, Gareth Callbeck, Greta Eckerle, Janet Bigalke, Jeff Bilyeau, Jessica Newton, Jim Chatham, Jim Vanas, John Schanen, Jon Kennedy, Marilyn Nagy, RL Caron, Sarah Chatham and Sonny Saunders.
  • Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14) recently met Monica Boemi of Naples, 11, a 6th grade student at North Naples Middle School.  Monica was in Washington for the 'People to People' program, which offers students from across the country the opportunity to study, learn, attend hearings and meet with elected officials in the nation’s capital.
  • Mr. Howard Montgomery, President of Marco Community Bank, right, presents Mrs. Arlene Heidings, left, with a beautifully framed golf towel at the Glades Country Club. The towel was embroidered with 'Marco Men's Club Fred Heidings Memorial Golf Tournament'. The tournament was in honor of Arlene Heidings’ husband Fred, who recently passed away and was an active member in the Marco Men's Club.
  • Pat and Paul Julian celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the Outback Steakhouse in Naples.
  • Joe and Lucy Kisnosky of Naples will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on November 14th. They have been residents of Naples since 1999 when they relocated from Rosebush, Michigan. They were married at Mineral Wells, Texas where Joe was stationed for basic training in the Army. Joe saw combat in France with the Army Infantry where they paraded through Paris. He retired from WCEN Radio in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan after being on the air for 30 years. Lucy worked in retail sales most of her life after a stint in factory work during WWII. Joe and Lucy have two daughters: Kathy (Joe) Graves of Rockford, IL and Elizabeth (Dale) Dillingham of Naples; 4 grandchildren and one great grandson.
  • Summer youth This image of a young man boarding in the surf was shot Saturday, November 3, 2007 from the Naples Pier. Tom Brooks writes “To me it clearly shows one of the best things of Naples in good weather.”
  • The 4-year-old class at Stars and Stripes Learning Center on Marco Island made a banner to send to Iraq. Stars and Stripes owner Judy Elliott writes 'They were so proud of their masterpiece. We mailed the banner to our adopted troops to lift their spirits. Captain J. Purvis, right, said 'They made us feel so special.'  It is hanging in their platoon for all to see.
  • Jennifer Semro sent in this photo of fantastic sandcastles created by artists on Fort Myers Beach.
  • Jennifer Semro sent in this photo of fantastic sandcastles created by artists on Fort Myers Beach.
  • On November 3, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the Southwest Florida Quilters' Guild had a 'Clothesline Quilt Show.” More than 40 quilts were hung between the royal palm trees lining the palm alley in front of Henry Ford's winter home.
  • This is the first place winner of the parade at the Countryside Golf and Country Club. There is actually a golf cart under the Countryside Bridge!
  • One of our homeowners went back to 1920 with their speakeasy converted golf cart in the parade at the Countryside Golf and Country Club.
  •  This birthday cake took third place honors in the parade at the Countryside Golf and Country Club.  .
  • “Something wicked this way comes.” The Lely Shakespeare Academy, is staging “Macbeth” in the Lely High School Auditorium November November 15, 16, 17, 18 at 7:00 PM. On-stage seating plunges the audience right into the “hurly burly.” Here, the three wyrd sisters of fate (Stephanie Spears, Sarah Piper, and Michele Garner) brew up a hell-broth of trouble in the cauldron scene. Tickets available at lelyshakespeare.org. Admission is $10 online or $15 at the door. Find out more about this event and sign up for cell phone and email reminders
  • Naples Professional Natural Bodybuilder Karen Taylor won 1st Place in the Women's Pro Division of the National Gym Association (NGA) Pro Universe Bodybuilding Competition on November 10, 2007 in Coral Springs. Karen Taylor also placed 2nd in the Women's Pro Division of the IFPA Yorton Cup Bodybuilding Championships held in Bowie, Maryland on October 27, 2007.
  • Kelly Lichter completes the quarter-mile open water swim portion of the Boca Bop Triathlon. She came in 2nd place in her age group with a time of 1:20:46 (7 minutes faster than her husband, Nick.) The three-event race (1/4 Mile Swim - 13 Mile Bike - 3.1 Mile Run) took place on November 5th on Gasparilla Island. After training for thirteen weeks with her husband, Kelly competed in the triathlon in honor of her late father, Don Mason, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 62 on October 31, 2007.
  • Nick and Kelly Lichter standing in front of the Boca Grande Community Center in Gasparilla Island before competing in the Boca Bop Triathlon.
  • Naples Rotary Club Jim Connell and Naples Orchid Society past president Tom Coffey presented a check for $10,275 to Laces of Love representative Jeanne Nealon. The local charity donates new shoes to underprivileged children in Collier and Lee Counties. Naples Rotary and Orchid Society members work together to put on the annual orchid show. Net proceeds from the 2007 show were matched with a District Simplified Grant from Rotary's 6960 District. Laces of Love will also receive proceeds from the 2008 Orchid Show. The show will be held March 14-16 at the Naples United Church of Christ.
  • Graham and Grayson Lawyer of Bonita Beach & Fairfax, Virginia, caught a nice pair of Little Tunny tuna while fishing with Capt. Ward Kowalyk. “Nice going guys,” Captain Ward writes!
  • Jordan and Aviles Scardigno share a father/daughter memory at Bonita Beach. Aviles is 18 months old and loves to visit the beach with her daddy.
  • WINK-TV anchor Lois Thome (left) poses for a photo with Snow Queen Analia Rodriguez (center) and Mallory Murphy (right) during Monday night's 31st annual Third Street South tree-lighting ceremony that kicked off the Festival of Lights.
  • The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars featured an international cast of daredevils, aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, clowns and animal performers.
  • E.T. brought home 43 medals from a karate tournament.
  • Chef Tony Rainone (right),   owner of The Crazy Flamingo, Chef Louis Morales and Chef Frank Setera helped to raise funds for Marco's Upon A Star Foundation. The Sheetz family won the 'Wild & Crazy' dinner package at this past summer's 'So You Think You Can Sing' event at Nacho Mama's.  'Kathy and Larry Sheetz are great supporters of the foundation. And Tony Raineone is always ready to help when children benefit', said Michelle Jordan, who, along with her husband Howard, founded the Upon A Star Foundation.
  • Steve Elkington shoots his 18th hole-in-one Wednesday, Dec. 5th at the Merrill Lynch Shootout at Tiburon on Hole 8.
  • Jerry & Robah Vallez and County Commissioner Donna Fiala were the honored guests at a luncheon Monday, December 3, hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades. Paintings by Jerry Vallez, who has painted portraits of Everglades City's historic buildings and its local birds, will be on exhibit at the Museum in Everglades City for the month of December. Visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone number is 695-0008.
  • Jerry & Robah Vallez and County Commissioner Donna Fiala  were the honored guests at a luncheon Monday, December 3, hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades. Flanking them are Patty Huff and Carol Moseman, Vice-President and President of the Friends. Paintings by Jerry Vallez, who has painted portraits of Everglades City's historic buildings and its local birds, will be on exhibit at the Museum in Everglades City for the month of December. Visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone number is 695-0008.
  • Norman Taylor, 78, of Naples and grandson David Taylor, 10, of Cape Coral, won gold medals at the Granparent-Grandchild 100 meter relay during the Florida State Senior Games at South Fort Myers High School on December 9, 2007.
  • Joseph Lyons Jr. snapped this photo of an unknown surfer at the Naples Pier around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon December 16, 2007.
  • The Calusa Garden Club of  Marco Island donated plants to help Eagle Scouts Joseph and Vincent Giannone decorate around the Veteran's  Memorial Dec. 1, 2007. President Sue Oldershaw, shown with the Scouts,  and past president Eva Schliesser helped with the plantings.
  • Four generations of women - Originally of Lake Hopatcong N.J., Susan Mills and her husband of 34 years, Tom, now reside in Naples.  This past September her and Tom traveled to Bethlehem, Penn., to visit with her mom and have a rare photo opportunity with her mother, daughter and granddaughter.  Susan and Tom have two children and four grandchildren in all.  Pictured are Sophie Roszkowski, 90, of Bethlehem, Penn., Susan Mills of Naples, Danielle Marden of Gainesville, Fla., and baby Nicole Marden who will be one year old this January.
Tim Marden
  • Four generations of women - Originally of Lake Hopatcong N.J., Susan Mills and her husband of 34 years, Tom, now reside in Naples.  This past September her and Tom traveled to Bethlehem, Penn., to visit with her mom and have a rare photo opportunity with her mother, daughter and granddaughter.  Susan and Tom have two children and four grandchildren in all.  Pictured are Sophie Roszkowski, 90, of Bethlehem, Penn., Susan Mills of Naples, Danielle Marden of Gainesville, Fla., and baby Nicole Marden who will be one year old this January.
Tim Marden
  • Army Medic Nickolas Willer was reunited with son TJ and his wife Remy on Chiristmas Eve after a 15-month deployment in Al Doura, Iraq. Nick's grandparents Jack and Pat Willer, his mother Lee and his bother Mikhail live on Marco Island.

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