Marcophiles: A funky kind of a bird's eye 'Tour of Homes'
Published 05/15/2013 at 3:04 p.m.
The next time you attend one of those "Tour of Homes" events we have around here now and then, why not expand your horizons? After a day admiring dramatic dining rooms, killer kitchens and cool pools, take a few hours ...
Marcophiles: Bored by shuffleboard? Want to get sky high?
Published 05/01/2013 at 9:36 a.m.
We have learned two good ways to discover that recreational skydiving is very popular these days. One is to Google "skydiving." You'll find 10s of millions of results. A research method closer to home would be to check out the ...
Marcophiles: Old dogs – How old? Staying alive and learning new tricks
Published 04/18/2013 at 12:11 p.m.
If you could wave a magic wand at your dog allowing it to answer one question in English, what would be your question? Mine would be, "Hey you big sweetie, good girl, yes you are, yes you are! How old ...
Marcophiles: Nobody's too cool for this Marco school
Published 04/04/2013 at 4:18 p.m.
The Marco Island Academy may be the coolest place in town. From the visionary founder and chairperson, Jane Watt, to the high-octane faculty and staff, this charter public high school apparently is a place where teachers love to teach and ...
Marco's DAR chapter honors Lely High School JROTC cadets
Published 03/25/2013 at 12:45 p.m.
Every year, the Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) singles out outstanding Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) cadets for recognition. This year, the DAR invited two cadets and their Senior Army Instructor t
Marcophiles: 'Surrounded By Thunder' gets Islanders' attention
Published 03/19/2013 at 6 a.m. 1 Comment
Some people know Darrell Loan as a fall and winter resident of Marco Island, an 83-year old whose body and brain are active and motivated to stay that way. Many people in Iowa know Darrell as a vigorous farmer who ...
Marcophiles: A Marcophile and show biz vet directs 'Death Trap'
Published 03/13/2013 at 6:56 p.m.
Dave Elliott has more gigs than a frog farm. His Marco Island-related pursuits include a daily talk show on WGUF 98.9 FM, licensed to Marco, his annual hosting of the tree-lighting bash that's part of Christmas Island Style and frequent ...
Marcophiles: Don't assume motorists will look before backing up, says bike tour operator
Published 03/07/2013 at 7:18 a.m. 3 Comments
Cyclist Susan Evans, whose Island Bike Tours is increasingly popular here, says she's had few problems with drivers and cyclers trying to share the same space. "We're mostly on the sidewalks and in the bike lanes, so we're very safe. ...
Marcophiles: Nick Campo hoping to bring Oscar films back to Marco Movies
Published 02/20/2013 at 6:57 p.m.
Marco Movies owner Nick Campo has lots to be happy about on this Oscar night weekend. Our now digitally enhanced multi-screen cinema has had a flurry of fine films, several of which are nominated for Oscars in the big show ...
Marcophiles: Look out, America, here comes Neal Boortz
Published 02/06/2013 at 2:42 p.m.
Naples resident and marcophile Neal Boortz has left the building, literally. Neal, the nationally syndicated radio talk show host based in a beachfront high-rise here, and his wife, Donna, are on the road again.
AuthorFest: Do you like to read books? Meet people who write them
Published 01/31/2013 at 9:56 a.m.
Twenty or more authors from Marco and elsewhere in Southwest Florida will gather to meet and greet book lovers at a free AuthorFest next week. Were very excited to have this event and hope a lot of people will show ...
Marcophiles: Focus on the Family's Jim Daly will speak on Marco
Published 01/24/2013 at 7:31 a.m. 18 Comments
When we recently spoke by phone with Jim Daly, president of the international Christian ministry, Focus on the Family, we quickly realized that he has a personal charisma which makes him a great communicator. Daly is the gue
Marcophiles: Plaid madness A pre existing condition
Published 01/10/2013 at 12:40 p.m.
As we reflect on the recent holidays, one image leaps forward. Henceforth, whenever we think of December and January, 2012 and 2013, we will thinkof plaid. Everyone in our extended family wore plaid stuff over the holidays.
Marcophiles: Like the happy birthday song, only less interesting
Published 12/26/2012 at 4:40 p.m.
Many of you know that some senior living centers invite children and teenagers who take music lessons to entertain residents of those facilities. Especially around this holiday time of year. So when my grandson Cade and othe
Marcophiles: Marco has great gift shopping for good causes
Published 12/13/2012 at 1:45 p.m.
Heres a thought for those of us who prefer to do our shopping, including in this holiday season, on Marco Island: Our list of local retailers to visit should include non-profit gift shops The Museum Gift Store, the Art ...
Marcophiles: A friend again from way back when
Published 11/01/2012 at 3:56 p.m. 1 Comment
Roger Allen and I didn't need this new-fangled FaceSpace or Tweaker or whatever those instant, constant communication tools are called, to stay in touch. Why, we had dinner just a few months or so ago, while Roger and his wife ...
Marcophiles: Being part of Marco's history - The docent thing to do
Published 10/18/2012 at 1:16 p.m.
So your out of town guests and relatives have had fun and sun on our beach. Theyve had music, food and drink at Stans, the Snook Inn, Little Bar and other hot spots. Theyve danced at Marco Polo, reveled at ...
Marcophiles: Maria Elena taking her hair care talents 'International'
Published 10/04/2012 at 1:01 p.m. 2 Comments
[No Paragraph Style]BC BodycopyOne of Marco Islands best-known hair care artists is making a major career move. Maria Elena Pujol is closing her hair design salon to take her hard work and talent to join the other experts at the ...
Marcophiles: Adoptable pets An antidote to prickly politics?
Published 09/20/2012 at 12:33 p.m.
Apparently a lot of people around here are dealing with the stresses of this boisterous, harsh, contentious political season by following an old saying in politics: ---- If you want a friend, get a dog. Or, we would add, a ...
Marcophiles: Detractors of Fox News claim a big 'cover-up
Published 09/06/2012 at 4:49 p.m. 1 Comment
Some leftist media types have uncovered the real reason the Fox News Channel clobbers CNN and MSNBC in popularity. Is it the quality of Fox News anchors and reporters? Nah. Is it OReillys bloviating,
Marcophiles: Marco Movies has its own digital drama
Published 08/09/2012 at 2:09 p.m. 2 Comments
The digital revolution is coming to the Marco Movies. Owner Nick Campo is thrilled with the changeover from the world of 35- millimeter film, but, as he says with a grin, I really had no choice. Last fall, I got ...
Marcophiles: Even cavemen loved a parade
Published 07/26/2012 at 11:33 a.m.
Were still about five months away from Marcos two winter holiday parades, one boat, one street, but already some Islanders are preparing for all the activities that comprise the popular Christmas Island Style. Its a lan
Marcophiles: The Maddie crowd goes to London
Published 07/12/2012 at 9:32 a.m. 1 Comment
Maddie Richie, a young Marco woman whos a rising senior at the University of Florida, has two big things and a little thing to think about this summer. The big things are a field project in the American west for ...
Marcophiles: Straight from the horse-drawn carriage expert's mouth
Published 06/29/2012 at 8:36 a.m. 2 Comments
As Marco Island considers allowing a horse drawn carriage business, we decided to get the perspective of a source as close as we could get to being straight from the horse's mouth. We talked with Charlene Casey, whose 13-year-old enterprise, ...
Marcophiles: Konrad Meyerhofer: – I came; I saw; I loved it; I stayed
Published 05/17/2012 at 4:31 p.m. 3 Comments
That phrase, “I came, I saw, I loved it, I stayed,” is how long-time Marco restaurateur Konrad Meyerhofer remembers events when he first got to Marco Island in 1981. He had left a prestigious job as executive chef at the ...
Marcophiles: Marco’s history, seen through new eyes
Published 05/03/2012 at 10:48 a.m. 1 Comment
So how do you show off our beautiful island to first-time visitors after you’ve arranged a fine hotel on our great beach, good restaurants and other fun, on and off the water? Now you can show them the history of ...
DAR recognizes two Marco Islanders
Published 04/26/2012 at 2:24 p.m.
The Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honored two deserving Marco Islanders at its April 19 meeting at the Hideaway Beach Club.
Marcophiles: From Spanky to digital evildoers
Published 04/19/2012 at 2:02 p.m.
Remember when the world of passwords was one of fun, childish intrigue and access to special people, places and things? Passwords used to be crucial to being an elite member of the Little Rascals’ He-Man Woman Haters Club. Life didn’t ...
Marcophiles: Prom attire - ‘Some years it’s not an issue; some years we’re horrified’
Published 04/12/2012 at 2:25 p.m.
The principal of Naples High School, Dr. Nancy Graham, said that, when we asked what our kids are wearing to high school proms in Collier County these days.
Marcophiles: On the beach – The do-dos and the don’ts
Published 04/06/2012 at 9:26 a.m. 4 Comments
Now that the City of Marco Island will have a team of volunteers to help beachgoers have a good experience there while not intruding on wildlife or other people, we wondered about our knowledge, and yours, on beach dos and ...
Marcophiles: Real radio, really for Marco Island, is now a reality
Published 03/30/2012 at 8:18 a.m. 6 Comments
The road to a successful radio station in and for Marco Island is strewn with road kill. Now there’s new hope. Several broadcasters and/or other would-be media mavens have spent and lost a lot of money in a clutch of ...
Marcophiles: Our seafood festival makes some dreams come true
Published 03/22/2012 at 3:51 p.m. 1 Comment
If you attend the Marco Island Seafood Festival here this weekend, the beverages may seem colder and the seafood may taste sweeter if you know or know of some of the people whose lives are changed by this annual event.
Marco’s DAR Chapter Honors Lely High School JROTC Cadets
Published 03/22/2012 at 3:38 p.m.
Every year the Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) singles out outstanding Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) cadets for recognition. And every year the members are newly impressed with the achievements of the students ...
Marcophiles: Congrats to Marco Island’s newest U.S. citizen
Published 03/15/2012 at 3:16 p.m.
When Valentyna Chystyk first came to Marco Island from her home in Ukraine to visit a friend here, she says she knew right away she wanted to make Marco her home and America her country.
Marcophiles: You’re going to like this picture and Islander Tom Curtis’ story
Published 03/08/2012 at 4:46 p.m.
We’re guessing Islander Tom Curtis’s favorite animal is a particular zebra in Kenya that doesn’t know its image is being seen in all the right places these days.
Marcophiles: Rotary Club recipe book is a laugh riot
Published 03/01/2012 at 2:55 p.m.
The funniest new book that focuses on Marco and many of its residents is a cookbook, full of recipes by locals and their friends. It is the Sunrise Rotary Club’s “Marco Island Cooking Secrets, a Collector’s Cook book.”
Marco DAR Chapter hosts its Florida State Official
Published 02/23/2012 at 4:01 p.m.
The Marco Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution welcomed the organization’s Florida State Regent, Donna Cullen, at its Feb. 16 meeting at Hideaway Beach Club.
Marcophiles: Smooth sailing tips for ‘mature’ boaters
Published 02/23/2012 at 3:52 p.m.
We qualify as “mature” but we’re not sure we can claim to be boaters. We have no snazzy Sea-Doo, no super sailboat, no sexy Stingray, not even a quaint kayak.
Marcophiles: Marco’s water world: From decoy to the real McCoy
Published 02/16/2012 at 4:52 p.m.
So are those Canada geese we see enjoying the calm waters of Mackle Park Lake (or pond, as some call it)? Don’t laugh. We hear that some people thought they were alive, real Canada geese that seemed to have found ...
Crucial care for pet critters of all kinds
Published 02/10/2012 at 2:50 p.m.
Our talented firefighters and EMT personnel now have a new weapon in their arsenals. On their vehicles, along with the right stuff to fight fires and save lives of humans in peril, they’re also equipped with small, medium and large ...
Marcophiles: Internet anguish? Terrified of hi-tech?
Published 02/06/2012 at 1:41 p.m. 1 Comment
Welcome to “Your Digital Dude,” a new feature in our Marcophiles and Shop Talk columns, in which we drain the brain of our favorite computer guru, an expert in all things digital, Patrick Junkroski. He has clients on Marco, having ...
Shop Talk: Shivering Northerners get a look at Marco area via big billboards
Published 02/02/2012 at 2:09 p.m.
Have you ever noticed in large cities that sometimes billboards around town carry bigger-than-life photos of the local TV anchor people? The theory is, if people see those giant images enough, the public will want to watch the newsies on ...
Shop Talk: Putt-putt courses could score holes in one
Published 01/28/2012 at 12:15 p.m. 9 Comments
When Joe Irvin arrived on Marco last October as the city’s zoning administrator, his office computer was barely warmed up when the first proposal for a putt-putt golf course here landed on his desk. Within two weeks another putt-putt proposal ...
Marcophiles: Couple’s daughter helps celebrities, from heroines to horses
Published 01/23/2012 at 12:22 p.m.
Karen Gardner’s clients seem to love the services she provides to them, from A-list show biz celebrities to some of the most beautiful, rarest creatures among us. Karen, whose parents, David and Anne Gardner, are long-time Marco Islanders, could fill ...
Shop Talk: Questions somebody ought to ask City Council
Published 01/19/2012 at 2:44 p.m. 2 Comments
Here’s a reminder that you’ll have a chance to ask questions of city council members Monday. The format is a Town Hall meeting. Some questions already submitted will be asked and, if they haven’t changed the rules, the floor will ...
Marcophiles: Islanders check out a candidate for congress here
Published 01/13/2012 at 11:35 a.m.
The primary election to choose a Republican candidate to represent our area in the U.S. House of Representatives is heating up, with the entry into the race by 35-year-old Trey Radel. He’s the conservative former radio talk show host and ...
Shop Talk: Good news for visually impaired people and their families
Published 01/13/2012 at 11:13 a.m.
One of our favorite hard-working service organizations in Collier County is all smiles these days – Lighthouse of Collier, Inc. The group that serves blind and other visually impaired people here is very pleased that it has been accredited by ...
Marcophiles: A lively nature festival helps us humans celebrate wildlife
Published 01/09/2012 at 1:32 p.m.
The upcoming Southwest Florida Nature Festival is shaping up to be a celebration of our environment, eye-opening closeup looks at the critters we love to see, a weekend full of fun in nature’s playground and a chance to get a ...
Shop Talk: New menu in the spotlight at Marco Movies
Published 01/05/2012 at 11:34 a.m.
When you go to the Marco Movies, are you going to see a specific movie and have dinner while you’re there? Or are you going primarily for dinner and the film is of secondary importance?
Talk about a bank expanding its reach
Published 12/30/2011 at 12:05 p.m.
Talk about a bank expanding its reach