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. 6 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. 1 Comment
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
Good news to report on crab season
Published 12/29/2011 at 5:51 p.m. 1 Comment
We are in the heart of the stone crab season and for professional crabbers there is good news to report.
Marcophiles: Why not double our putt, putt pleasure
Published 12/23/2011 at 10:51 a.m.
Now we know why a lot of miniature golf courses are called “Putt Putt.” With two putts. It’s because sometimes they show up in pairs, at least conceptually, at least on Marco Island.
Shop Talk: Confidence, hard work are hallmarks of Marco’s new restaurants
Published 12/22/2011 at 12:10 p.m.
Last week we brought you observations from several restaurateurs about why they opened new places in the face of these tough economic times. Now we focus on others who have moved their establishments to new locations or occupied digs that ...
Marcophiles: Computer Wizard shines light on the iCloud
Published 12/19/2011 at 4:19 p.m.
We were talking with Kim Komando on her radio program the other day after trying for several weeks to grasp the concept of the latest sea change in how humans use their computers.
Shop Talk: The double life of a news guy
Published 12/15/2011 at 3:36 p.m.
Entertainer Lance Shearer says he believes what he read somewhere that, “you always want to hear the music for the rest of your life which was what you were hearing when you started steaming up car windows.”
Marcophiles: Prominent comedian and dog lover returns to Marco
Published 12/12/2011 at 12:54 p.m.
When nationally known comedian and actor Bob Zany was in Marco two years ago, he and his wife Erin made a contribution to our nifty dog park, Canine Cove. Zany also poked fun at Capt. Brien’s restaurant, home of Zany’s ...
Shop Talk: Council salutes the Big Flag Campaign
Published 12/08/2011 at 2:12 p.m. 1 Comment
Going into the latest Marco City Council meeting, supporters and creators of the Big Flag Campaign were hopeful that the councilors would approve the no-brainer project, to put a huge U.S. flag in the median where the new Jolley Bridge ...
Marcophiles: Our oldest church comes alive for this Christmas season
Published 12/05/2011 at 2:32 p.m.
One of our family’s enduring memories of Marco Island in days gone by was the weather-worn, time-tested church building on Bald Eagle Drive. On the front the sign read, at first glance, “Church – God. The word “of” was obscured ...
Shop Talk: So we’ll never forget the fallen heroes of Vietnam
Published 12/01/2011 at 4:40 p.m.
The ever efficient, civic-minded Carole Roberts sends along important information for people visiting The Wall That Heals during its coming Marco visit. You already may know some of this, but it bears repeating, for obvious reasons. And there’s news to ...
Marcophiles: An Islander’s thoughts on work and play the Pan Am way
Published 11/28/2011 at 2:26 p.m.
The impression we get from talking with several Islanders who formerly worked for Pan Am World Airways is that the TV show set in the glory and glamor days of big league air travel, is light years from real life, ...
Shop Talk: Join in for 'Jolley Be Good' fun run
Published 11/03/2011 at 3:22 p.m.
Don't wait to sing up for the "Jolley Be Good 5K Run."
Marcophiles: On Marco, ‘11/11/11’ begins at 10
Published 10/31/2011 at 2:58 p.m.
We got word from Lee Rubenstein that if you want to get the full experience at the dedication of the memorial at Veterans’ Community Park on Nov. 11, you may want to arrive there by 9:45 a.m. or so. “The ...
Shop Talk: Islander wins, ‘It’s like something that happens on Oprah’
Published 10/27/2011 at 3:35 p.m.
Several Marco business people have combined talents and facilities to create a complete makeover for a Marco woman everybody involved agrees deserves it. The gift givers are part of a contest dreamed up by Rick Popoff, whose Rick’s Island Salon ...
Marcophiles: Counting down to Veteran’s Memorial dedication
Published 10/24/2011 at 2:27 p.m.
Farmer’s Market days will come and go at the city park at 901 Park Avenue. And Christmas tree lightings will continue to brighten the park every December. But one day will stand alone in the history of that park. It’s ...
Shop Talk: A bargain of an event at the 'Basket'
Published 10/21/2011 at 9:10 a.m.
The Bargain Basket, a fixture on Marco Island for more than 35 years, is having an anniversary party today, Oct. 21, and you’re invited. It’s been a year since the Bargain Basket moved to its bigger, brighter facility at 750 ...
Marcophiles: State of the art heart center is up and running
Published 10/17/2011 at 3:56 p.m.
As I was coming out of the shiny new Naples Heart Institute the other day, after interviewing the facility’s Medical Director, Dr. Ron Levine, a couple also leaving the Institute struck up a conversation. They are among the many Marco ...
Shop Talk: Scouting out a home for Marco’s proposed big flag’
Published 10/13/2011 at 4:06 p.m.
The cloudy sky gave way to several bursts of rain last Monday afternoon, but members of the Big Flag Committee were all smiles as they visited the site where they would love to see the flag flying. With them was ...
Marcophiles: More giant steps for the big flag campaign
Published 10/10/2011 at 1:19 p.m.
It’s amazing what a difference a fortnight can make in the life of what began as an idea and has rocketed to a real life happening. We refer to the Big Flag Campaign, the project to erect a large American ...
Shop Talk: Island Garden Center to fix 'glaring hole'
Published 10/06/2011 at 2:07 p.m.
Owner Chris Burt of the Island Garden Center is banking on locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables, available six days a week to bring islanders to his newest feature of the center because, “The island doesn’t have anything like this. There’s ...
Marcophiles: Marco sports fishermen saddle up for the Redfish Rodeo
Published 10/06/2011 at 1:48 p.m.
One very popular fish with sports fishermen and women is being celebrated here in a week-long fun fest October 17-21. It’s the “Redfish Rodeo” appropriately, because the fish of honor, so to speak, is the redfish. Sponsors of the annual ...
Marcophiles: A big talent joins the ‘Big Flag Campaign’
Published 10/03/2011 at 5:26 p.m. 3 Comments
The Big Flag Campaign has a leader, a long-time Marco Islander and a veteran of more successful community projects than we can count. He’s Dave Rice, whose island good deeds list includes helping start Christmas Island Style and leading the ...
Shop Talk: Marco’s autumn restaurant shuffle
Published 09/29/2011 at 2:31 p.m.
As we began preparing this column on Marco restaurants, mostly ones that had been on hiatus and are opening in the next few days, we came across news of some interesting changes in the restaurant landscape. Pincher’s Crab Shack chain ...
Marcophiles: How to pay for the big flag – One knowledgeable man’s view
Published 09/29/2011 at 2:23 p.m. 4 Comments
In our reporting on the effort to have a huge American Flag installed at the Jolley Bridge, we’re hearing varying ideas on how to pay for it. Should it be a government job or community donations or what? Lee Rubenstein ...
Marcophiles: Vietnam Wall on Marco – A monumental undertaking
Published 09/26/2011 at 3:34 p.m.
We are just beginning to grasp the size, scope, expense and expanse of the visit of the Traveling Vietnam Wall to Marco Island in December. It’s a daunting project. Here are examples of what’s in store for Islanders and the ...
Marcophiles: When a garage door goes down, a U.S. flag goes up
Published 09/22/2011 at 1:07 p.m.
For homeowner Tony Frazzano, a lot of thought and a lot of detail work went into creation of this garage-door flag even before artist Maggie Campo took on the project. “I’d been thinking about it for a long time,” Tony ...
Shop Talk: Ayasun wins a business award and critiques our business climate
Published 09/22/2011 at 12:23 p.m.
As you may know a Marco-based company, Tarik Ayasun’s Taray International Corporation, has won a major award for excellence from the Economic Development Council of Collier County. The firm, a major global supplier to the tire and retread industries, has ...
Marcophiles: A big idea – An ‘addition’ to the new Jolley Bridge
Published 09/19/2011 at 1:21 p.m. 2 Comments
Most Marco Islanders we know are proud to be Americans and feel blessed to be living here. We all don’t wave our arms and shout about it much, but there is a palpable atmosphere here, despite occasional outbursts of angst ...
Shop Talk: New digs, new goods and expanded services at Harbor Goldsmith
Published 09/15/2011 at 3:08 p.m.
As you may have noticed, Harbor Goldsmith jewelers has moved up Bald Eagle Drive from its former location on Front Street to Island Plaza, near Beall’s, CVS and Richard’s Reef. Richard and Andrea Alan own the Reef and have moved ...
Marcophiles: Christmas is coming early for the Island Players
Published 09/15/2011 at 2:52 p.m.
It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Marco’s newest theater troupe, the Island Players, hopes to become more than a traditional community theater. Sure, the Island Players will be staging plays – the first opens Sept. 30 – but the organization’s founders ...
Marcophiles: Quit smoking or quit the commercials about quitting
Published 09/12/2011 at 2:33 p.m.
We have at least two friends whose New Year’s resolutions for 2011 were to quit smoking. If good wishes would help, they both could have had a shot at it. But even at about $6 a pack at a Marco ...
PHOTOS 9/11: Islanders pause to remember
Published 09/11/2011 at 9:09 p.m.
The more than 300 or more people in a ballroom at the Marco Marriott Hotel were silent and still as the North Naples Firefighters Color Guard appeared. At the same time, the haunting sound of bagpipes swelled, played with solemnity ...
Marcophiles: 9/11 observance is Sunday at Marriott
Published 09/08/2011 at 2:34 p.m. 4 Comments
It no doubt will be a bittersweet time at the Marco Island Marriott Resort this Sunday, as Islanders pause to observe the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. Bitter, of course, because of the carnage, the outrage, the ...
Shop Talk: Chef Alberto has a new home
Published 09/08/2011 at 1:27 p.m.
Hey, somebody has to win, right? All you have to do is download an app to your smart phone and register to have a shot at a free iPad 2, courtesy of Marco Island Florist. It’s to promote the use ...
Marcophiles: How much is that doggie in the mall? And ‘Jolley’ good news
Published 09/05/2011 at noon
Here’s a reminder that on Thursday, Sept. 15, the Humane Society Naples will open its mall satellite adoption center. It’s a move born of necessity, a move to an otherwise unused space at Coastland Center Mall at 1900 Tamiami Trail ...
Marcophiles: Be a part of something big, right here at home
Published 09/02/2011 at 6:38 p.m.
On Sept. 17, you can take a walk on the beach with a million or more other people. They won’t all be here, of course. That would make for a tough day for the attendants at our Residents’ Beach for ...
Shop Talk: Chico's is celebrating; Island Cafe is open for business
Published 09/02/2011 at 6:29 p.m.
Here’s a suggestion for fine supermarkets on Marco. How about setting up reading rooms somewhere in the stores for shoppers who insist on clogging the aisles while reading every word of the fine print on the label of each item? ...
Marcophiles: Happy (almost) Grandparents Day
Published 08/29/2011 at 4:31 p.m.
To all the Gammies, Mammies, Maamaws and PaaPaws out there and to all the other grandparents whose kids’ kids give them funny, endearing names, Happy (almost) Grandparents Day. It is on Sept. 11 this year, a day that will be ...
Marcophiles: Visually impaired kids loved camp, signing up for next year
Published 08/26/2011 at 3:03 p.m.
The many summer camps for youngsters around here this year created some unforgettable good times. One of the successful camps was the four-week event for visually impaired and blind kids, thanks to Lighthouse of Collier, Inc. “It was a hit,” ...