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  • All for charity: Half-priced diamonds up for auction at special Marco Island fundraiser Published 09/17/2010 at 1:29 p.m.

    What sparkles like nothing else? A diamond, right? But diamonds can become quite costly, so what’s a woman to do? Easy, attend A Diamond Affair, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, where you can take away expensive jewelry at ...

  • Korals on Marco creates every kind of sushi the ocean has to offer Published 08/29/2010 at 10:58 p.m. 3 Comments

    Sushi is considered as much a work of art as much as food, where great care is taken in its many methods of creation. The importance of its appearance is an indicator of its appeal to an educated consumer. Koral’s ...

  • Plunge into the view at Stilts Bar and Grill Published 08/06/2010 at 2:52 p.m.

    Beach umbrellas in jewel tones dot the beach below, as far as the eye can see, in rows of yellow for one hotel, cobalt blue for another. Sailboats rigged with white canvas shimmer motionlessly against the surreal brilliance of the ...

  • Italian food, Italian song – Opera lovers turn out for Pasta and Puccini at Casa Mia Published 08/03/2010 at midnight 7 Comments

    Opera Naples vocalists gave a blow-out, black-tie show to a sell-out crowd at Sunday night’s performance of “Pasta and Puccini,” the one-night-only opera dinner theater at Casa Mia Steakhouse, in the Marco Island Lakeside Inn.

  • Island restaurants lead rally to help family after tragedy Published 07/30/2010 at 11:30 a.m. 1 Comment

    Within days of the tragic death of Erik Warshel, more than a dozen area restaurants, in addition to other Island businesses and community members, have donated gift certificates, products, services and financial assistance to the Warshel family.

  • Casa Mia Italian Steakhouse and Opera Naples presents “Pasta and Puccini” opera dinner theatre Published 07/22/2010 at 12:41 p.m. 1 Comment

    For one night only, Marco Islanders will enjoy one of the year’s cultural highlights, as they dine on seven courses of fine Italian cuisine at Casa Mia Italian Steakhouse, in the Marco Island Lakeside Inn. Starting at 6 p.m. on ...

  • New ice cream store is good, clean fun Published 06/24/2010 at 4:24 p.m. 1 Comment

    Ahmad Ahmad, of Naples, dreamed of opening an ice cream shop, like the ones he had seen in his travels. His dream ice cream shop was inviting, and beautiful, and brought happiness to the people who came there. And the ...

  • Marco Island History Museum opens to public Published 06/22/2010 at 11:40 a.m.

    Visitors meandered through the Pioneer Room, Calusa Room and Modern Marco Room of the new Marco Island History Museum, 180 Heathwood Drive, speaking in hushed voices as they gazed in awe at world-class exhibits on view in buildings so beautiful, ...

  • PHOTOS: O’Donoghue’s Bar and Grill: A blend of traditional Irish atmosphere, food, drink, music and celebration Published 06/15/2010 at 2:22 p.m.

    Your hosts at the brand-new O’Donoghue’s Bar and Grill, Peter and Helen O’Donaghy, are really Irish, and they’ve created an Irish restaurant and pub in the Irish tradition of blending atmosphere, food, drink and celebration. Festivities kicked off at 3 ...

  • Share a glass of wine and beautiful sunset views at Glory of the Grape wine tasting Published 06/08/2010 at 1:39 p.m.

    New friends, new flavors, and a new venue make this gala one of Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s nicest events of the year. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Glory of the Grape wine ...

  • Fire Department helps kids learn CPR, first aid Published 05/28/2010 at 1:09 p.m.

    Marco Island Charter Middle School Students who participated in American Heart Association CPR and First Aid Certification classes were awarded AHA Certification cards in a brief, rowdy ceremony at the school gymnasium Wednesday. Cheryl Toth, physical education instructor, teaches 7th ...

  • PHOTOS: Brews On The Bay brings big fun for first feast Published 05/25/2010 at 1:07 p.m. 1 Comment

    A leisurely occasion for culinary delights and hand-crafted beer tasting held Saturday at The Esplanade, overlooking Smokehouse Bay, by the creative people of CJ’s On The Bay featured six courses on an impressive menu. “I thought the idea for Brews ...

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Scouts hold spaghetti social Published 05/10/2010 at 4:44 p.m.

    Marco Island Boy Scouts Of America Troop 234 hosted the a Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner on Friday night, at Wesley United Methodist Church, to benefit Marco Island’s Scouting program and honor the community’s Eagle Scouts. Scoutmaster Rick Grootveld, whose son, Ricky, ...

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Mariachi music and margaritas make Cinco de Mayo Marco Island’s favorite fiesta Published 05/07/2010 at 1:03 p.m.

    One look at the crowds spilling into the streets around any of Marco Island’s Mexican restaurants on Wednesday will tell you how much Americans love Cinco de Mayo. Much bigger in the United States than it ever was in Mexico, ...

  • Taste of Marco offers feast of festivities Published 04/22/2010 at 5:01 p.m. 1 Comment

    The 20th annual Taste of Marco takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the Esplanade, 760 N. Collier Blvd., to benefit the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s Scholarship Fund. “Taste of Marco is the YMCA’s signature event of ...

  • This weekend: Celebrate Stan’s 40th anniversary Published 04/22/2010 at 4:56 p.m.

    The flag that flies over Stan’s Idle Hour Seafood Restaurant in Goodland, is replaced, every six months, by a new one. Not brand-new; each one has been flown over the White House, before the White House sends it to Stan’s ...

  • Mutual of Omaha holds grand opening ceremony Published 04/20/2010 at 4:02 p.m.

    Mutual of Omaha Bank acquired the former Marco Community Bank from the FDIC, according to John Clark, Mutual of Omaha market president, as of February 19, when it was awarded the winning bid to acquire the failed institution.

  • That's amore! Published 04/16/2010 at 12:27 p.m. 1 Comment

    Vivonetto recreates those old family recipes for us to enjoy, at the family dinner table. She prepares her specialty cuisine with the finest and freshest ingredients, then freezes it, to lock in the fresh flavors. It’s wholesome aroma will fill ...

  • PHOTOS: Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation holds old-fashioned pancake breakfast Published 04/13/2010 at 10:35 a.m. 1 Comment

    Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation volunteers arrived at 6 a.m. to hold the second annual Pancake Breakfast, a community event fundraiser to benefit families of local firefighters in times of need, tragedy or hardship, held Sunday at the City of ...

  • Shop and socialize at Island Market and Catering Company Published 03/22/2010 at 8:18 a.m.

    The Market also features Cusanno’s bakery items, like Italian Tuscan bread, pastries, rolls and cannoli. “They’re authentic, and very, very yummy,” says Reynoso, “ They’re filled with apple, raspberry, cherry, and, they’re all natural; no preservatives or fillers. We have ...

  • To Market: Fish and shellfish Published 03/12/2010 at 2:09 p.m.

    Townley’s husband, Mark Townley and his brother, Jay Townley have been in business as Sanibel Seafood, of Ft. Myers Beach, for 33 years. Ralph’s Seafood is a part of family-owned and operated Sanibel Seafood, serving retail markets and restaurants, from ...

  • Go Red For Women Published 03/12/2010 at 1:49 p.m.

    The event was cause for celebration on Tuesday at The Marco Island Florist, 178 S. Barfield Drive. Christin Collins of Norman Love Confections served heart-healthy and delicious chocolates and cake at the party, hosted by Nancy Carrington, owner of The ...

  • Naples Pasta Company makes cooking quick and easy Published 02/25/2010 at 9:10 p.m.

    “What makes the Farmers Market on Marco Island so much fun, is that we have people from not just all over the country, but the world. That is phenomenal. And they come back, again and again, ever since we’ve been ...

  • Behind Bars: School lands bartender Ariel Heinspeter at Porky's Published 02/18/2010 at 1:33 p.m.

    Ariel Heinspeter went to bartending school to study to become a bartender. When she graduated, she went right to Porky’s Last Stand, where she has been working at her dream job since August.

  • The Dish: Camellia Street Grille is about celebrating good food, good people Published 02/15/2010 at 11:05 a.m.

    “In our restaurant, it’s not about turning tables."

  • Behind Bars: Stay in school – bartending school, that is Published 02/12/2010 at 12:17 p.m.

    Ariel Heinspeter went to bartending school to study to become a bartender

  • To Market: JC’s Daily Bread popular stop at Farmers Market Published 02/11/2010 at 4:03 p.m.

    You can find huge, wild-caught pink gulf shrimp fresh off the boat, or guacamole and salsa from a Columbian man, anchovie stuffed olives from a charming Frenchman, and marmalade made from local citrus at the Marco Island Farmers Market.

  • Island Views; Should the city regulate how many parking spaces restaurants must have? Published 02/11/2010 at 10:48 a.m.

    I don’t think they should do anything to get in the way of creating more business for any business.

  • Bluegrass fest this weekend Published 02/09/2010 at 3:37 p.m.

    If you want to catch the bluegrass bug, head on down to the Collier-Seminole State Park Saturday and Sunday for the third annual Jammin’ in the Hammock bluegrass fest.

  • Celebrate the tale of Casa Mia’s first year Published 02/09/2010 at 2:20 p.m.

    Once upon a time, there was a lady who loved to tell stories.

  • Behind Bars: Barrios feels at home at Guy Harvey’s Published 02/03/2010 at 3:55 p.m.

    Carin Berrios has worked in the restaurant industry for almost 15 years, and she says Guy Harvey’s Island Grill is different than the rest.

  • Cheap Eats: Joey’s Pizza imports Chicago-style dining to Marco Published 02/02/2010 at 4:45 p.m.

    Joey’s Pizza owners Doreen and Joe Oliverio, originally from Chicago, came to Marco 10 years ago as vacationers and loved it so much they bought a restaurant that became the family business.

  • Everglades Seafood Festival this weekend Published 02/02/2010 at 3:37 p.m.

    In addition to great seafood, visitors will enjoy the back-to-back lineup of performing artists.

  • Behind Bars: Jo Cameron demonstrates the fine art of tending bar Published 01/27/2010 at 11:08 a.m. 2 Comments

    If you ask gifted and well-known local artist Jo Cameron about the art of tending bar, she will tell you it is knowing how to make the perfect drink.

  • Cheap Eats: Empire Bagel Factory is for Marco’s morning people Published 01/26/2010 at 3:46 p.m.

    Amy Wojcik bought the 16-year-old Empire Bagel Factory at 277 N. Collier Blvd. three years ago and grew the business until it outgrew Marco Island. Now, she has just opened Empire Bagel Factory’s Naples store.

  • Cheap Eats: Paradise found on Marco Island Published 01/21/2010 at 3:08 p.m. 1 Comment

    “It’s always surprising how you think everybody knows about you, but they don’t,” says Scott Young, proprietor and chef at Paradise Seafood & Gourmet Market.

  • Third Annual Left Bank art Festival takes over the Esplanade Published 01/18/2010 at 2:26 p.m.

    Tyler MacDonald, 14, was one of 30 artists from Marco Island and around the state who participated in Saturday’s Left Bank Art Festival at the Esplanade. MacDonald, an underwater photographer, won second place in the prestigious National Wildlife Federation’s photo ...

  • Planning Board: Rolling gurneys on shell remains a concern Published 01/15/2010 at 5:03 p.m. 12 Comments

    About two years in the waiting, and the Marco couple with the shell driveway is going to have to wait some more to find out if they can get their certificate of occupancy for their home. The Planning Board again ...

  • Cheap Eats: Dutchkins creates traditional European delights Published 01/13/2010 at 2:26 p.m.

    “Today is a very exciting day for us, because we are officially in business,” says Sebastian Hermans, Owner and CEO of Dutchkins, in the Big Cypress Marketplace, east of CR 951 on U.S. 41.

  • Park improvements, naming rights on city agenda Published 12/31/2009 at 9:59 a.m. 15 Comments

    A special-called closed session precedes the Jan. 4, City Council meeting, which begins at 5:30 with a community forum, followed by the second reading of an ordinance to establish a Utilities Advisory Board. The City’s Utilities Advisory Ad Hoc Committee ...

  • Support builds for septic tank conversions Published 12/31/2009 at 9:52 a.m.

    In the first water conservation initiative put in place by the City of Marco Island, with the cooperation of the Collier County Department of Health, City Council has unanimously agreed to waive city imposed fees on septic tank to cistern ...

  • Cheap Eats: Eating healthy at Summer Day Published 12/30/2009 at 2:36 p.m.

    Owners Duban Valencia and Sarah Asbell make everything at Summer Day Market & Café by hand, from fresh ingredients.

  • Toys and the Joy of Giving: Islanders help needy families Published 12/15/2009 at 1:08 p.m.

    A line of happy parents waited at the door, as the Wal-mart store at 6650 Collier Blvd. opened early, to let moms and dads choose gifts for their children at the 21st Annual Joy Of Giving shopping day.