Photos by COURTNEY POTTER

  • Sidewalk sales along Fifth Avenue began on Aug. 6 and will run through Sept. 30.  Fifth Avenue merchants can put one rack or table on display from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
  • Sidewalk sales along Fifth Avenue began on Aug. 6 and will run through Sept. 30.  Fifth Avenue merchants can put one rack or table on display from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
  • (From left): Ingrid Munter and Matina Bialas leave Wind in the Willows-Beth Boutique after shopping at 793 5th Ave S on Wednesday.  Sidewalk sales along Fifth Avenue began on Aug. 6 and will run through Sept. 30.  Fifth Avenue merchants can put one rack or table on display from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
  • Sales associate Jane Duffy arranges blouses on a sidewalk sales rack outside of Vogue Petite Shoppe at 634 5th Ave S on Wednesday.  Sidewalk sales along Fifth Avenue began on Aug. 6 and will run through Sept. 30.  Fifth Avenue merchants can put one rack or table on display from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
  • (From left): Abbie Alfieri and Kevin Beatty blow into their sousaphones at Barron Collier High School on Monday, which was the first day of a rigorous 2-week training for band students before the start of the new school year.  'Everyone is really happy to be back,' says band director Kelly Parker.  'I can't get them to leave.'
  • USF sophomore Sean O'Connor and Rev. Ryan Wright load a Salvation Army truck with 67 bags of donated food on Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Naples.  O'Connor asked all the members of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church to collect food and bring it to church on Sunday, August, 3.  'I was a bored college student living in Naples for the summer, and I wanted to do something good for those in need,' O'Connor said.
  • JCPenney is only one of a handful of stores that will enact Florida tax relief discounts this summer.  From Aug. 2 until Aug. 11 customers will receive a discount equal to or greater than the amount of the Florida sales tax on various items in JCPenney stores.  Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Back-to-school shopper Rosaelia Lopez sorts through discounted shirts and shoes at JCPenney at Coastland Center on Friday.  JCPenney is only one of a handful of stores that will enact Florida tax relief discounts this summer.  From Aug. 2 until Aug. 11 customers will receive a discount equal to or greater than the amount of the Florida sales tax on various items in JCPenney stores.  Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Sandra Henderson sorts through discounted shirts and shoes at JCPenney at Coastland Center on Friday.  JCPenney is only one of a handful of stores that will enact Florida tax relief discounts this summer.  From Aug. 2 until Aug. 11 customers will receive a discount equal to or greater than the amount of the Florida sales tax on various items in JCPenney stores.  Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • (From left): Back-to-school shoppers Ana Sanchez, Sandra Henderson, Cheyene Henderson, 9,  and Rosaelia Lopez sort through discounted shirts and shoes at JCPenney at Coastland Center on Friday.  JCPenney is only one of a handful of stores that will enact Florida tax relief discounts this summer.  From Aug. 2 until Aug. 11 customers will receive a discount equal to or greater than the amount of the Florida sales tax on various items in JCPenney stores.  Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • JCPenney is only one of a handful of stores that will enact Florida tax relief discounts this summer.  From Aug. 2 until Aug. 11 customers will receive a discount equal to or greater than the amount of the Florida sales tax on various items in JCPenney stores.  Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • (From left): Jocelin, JP and Yami Sanchez wait as their parents sort through discounted shirts and shoes at JCPenney at Coastland Center on Friday.  JCPenney is only one of a handful of stores that will enact Florida tax relief discounts this summer.  From Aug. 2 until Aug. 11 customers will receive a discount equal to or greater than the amount of the Florida sales tax on various items in JCPenney stores.  Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • (From left): Back-to-school shoppers Rosaelia Lopez, Sandra Henderson and Cheyene Henderson, 9, sort through discounted shirts and shoes at JCPenney at Coastland Center on Friday.  JCPenney is only one of a handful of stores that will enact Florida tax relief discounts this summer.  From Aug. 2 until Aug. 11 customers will receive a discount equal to or greater than the amount of the Florida sales tax on various items in JCPenney stores.  Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Nick Brown, 12, conquers the high dive at Golden Gate Community Park's Aquatics Center on Monday.  Kids from North Naples Camp, Oak Ridge Camp, East Naples Middle and Golden Gate Middle spent the morning and early afternoon at the Aquatics Center to stay cool.
  • Dan Weeks, an inspector with the Collier County Mosquito Control District, takes a mosquito landing rate count on Wednesday morning in Naples.  Weeks stands at more than a dozen sites every morning and waits for mosquitoes to land on him.  'I stand for about two minutes and count how many mosquitoes are on me,' Weeks says.  'Then I go and log the number.  Sometimes there are only two or three, others there are hundreds.'
  • A mosquito clings to the left cheek of Dan Weeks, an inspector with the Collier County Mosquito Control District, as Weeks takes a mosquito landing rate count on Wednesday morning in Naples.  Weeks stands at more than a dozen sites every morning and waits for mosquitoes to land on him.  'I stand for about two minutes and count how many mosquitoes are on me,' Weeks says.  'Then I go and log the number.  Sometimes there are only two or three, others there are hundreds.'
  • Dan Weeks, an inspector with the Collier County Mosquito Control District, gets dressed for his mosquito landing rate counts on Wednesday morning in Naples.  Weeks stands at more than a dozen sites every morning and waits for mosquitoes to land on him.  'I stand for about two minutes and count how many mosquitoes are on me,' Weeks says.  'Then I go and log the number.  Sometimes there are only two or three, others there are hundreds.'
  • Dan Weeks, an inspector with the Collier County Mosquito Control District, takes a mosquito landing rate count on Wednesday morning in Naples.  Weeks stands at more than a dozen sites every morning and waits for mosquitoes to land on him.  'I stand for about two minutes and count how many mosquitoes are on me,' Weeks says.  'Then I go and log the number.  Sometimes there are only two or three, others there are hundreds.'
  • Co-owners Sheila Striglers and Laurent Millour put new products on their Web site at Coastland Center's Wired for Wireless store on Tuesday.  The store, which has been open for six weeks, specializes in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and RF Technologies, carrying everything from MP3 players to wireless headsets and baby monitors.  'We started with just a Web site.  Then we decided, why not expand our products to a store?  That way people can see the products, feel the products, test them,' says Millour.
  • Coastland Center's Wired for Wireless store, which has been open for six weeks carries everything from wireless speakers to wireless headphones.  Co-owners Sheila Striglers and Laurent Millour decided to expand their Web site, http://wiredforwireless.com, to a store where customers can interact with the products.
  • (From left) Jaime Kassismis and Danny Nieves leave Coastland Center's Wired for Wireless store after browsing on Tuesday.  The store, which has been open for six weeks, specializes in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and RF Technologies, carrying everything from MP3 players to wireless headsets and baby monitors.  'People still don't even know that this store is here,' says co-owner Sheila Striglers.  'They come in looking for cell phones, but we don't sell cell phones.  We sell wireless products.'
  • (From back left:) 'Jokers' teammates Rosemarie White, Dorothy MacKenzie and Cliff Bransby celebrate their baseball pitch victory at the Carlisle Naples Olympic Challenge, on July 24, 2008, as Sue Dumas (left) announces the results.  The Jokers won the late morning event with a score of 22 points.  Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Corinne Dunne concentrates on the ball at the golf-chipping event at the Carlisle Naples Olympic Challenge, on July 24, 2008.  Dunne was part of the Hurricanes team, 1 of 3 teams that participated in the competition. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Roger Sommerville concentrates on the ball at the baseball pitch event at the Carlisle Naples Olympic Challenge, on July 24, 2008.  Sommerville was part of the Grasshoppers team, 1 of 3 teams that participated in the competition. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Sig Derman concentrates on the ball at the golf-chipping event at the Carlisle Naples Olympic Challenge, on July 24, 2008. Derman helped out on the 'Hurricanes' team, one of three teams that participated in 9:30 am competition.   Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Roger Sommerville concentrates on the ball at the baseball pitch event at the Carlisle Naples Olympic Challenge, on July 24, 2008.  Sommerville was part of the Grasshoppers team, 1 of 3 teams that participated in the competition. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Emily Baum concentrates on the ball at the golf-chipping event at the Carlisle Naples Olympic Challenge, on July 24, 2008.   Baum was part of the Grasshoppers team, 1 of 3 teams that participated in the competition. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Gwen Krantz concentrates on the ball at the baseball pitch event at the Carlisle Naples Olympic Challenge, on July 24, 2008.  Krantz was part of the Grasshoppers team, 1 of 3 teams that participated in the competition. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • (From left): 'Jokers' teammates Rosemarie White and Dorothy MacKenzie cheer for teammate Cliff Bransby during the baseball pitch event at the Carlisle Naples Olympic Challenge, on July 24, 2008.  The Jokers won the late morning event with a score of 22 points.  Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Fred Kranz prepares to throw the ball at the baseball pitch as Gwen Krantz watches from the sidelines at the Carlisle Naples Olympic Challenge, on July 24, 2008.  The baseball pitch took place at 11 am after the morning's golf-chipping event.   Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Jeff Hurst concentrates on the ball at the golf-chipping event at the Carlisle Naples Olympic Challenge, on July 24, 2008.  Hurst was part of the Hurricanes team, 1 of 3 teams that participated in the competition. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Gwen Krantz concentrates on the ball at the baseball pitch event at the Carlisle Naples Olympic Challenge, on July 24, 2008.  Krantz was part of the Grasshoppers team, 1 of 3 teams that participated in the competition. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • City Furniture, one of Florida's most successful furniture retailers, opened its new 53,500 square foot Naples showroom to the public on Monday. The new showroom located at 14250 Tamiami Trail features a wide variety of furnishings as well as area rugs, mattresses and 'The Academy of Design,' an interior design service using City Furniture's selection of home furnishings.
  • Gaby Riestra (left) and her mother Clara Field measure a bed for Gaby at City Furniture on Monday. The store, which is one of Florida's most successful furniture retailers, opened its new 53,500 square foot Naples showroom to the public on Monday.  'We came here to find me a new bed because my other one is way too small,' said Riestra. City Furniture sells furniture from multiple vendors, offering a wide variety of products.
  • Connor Keyser, 11, emerges from a pitch-dark water slide at North Collier Regional Park's Sun-N-Fun Lagoon on Monday.  After a week of rain Naples residents are once again finding ways to battle the heat and stay cool.
  • Barbara Johnston kicks back and relaxes in an armchair at City Furniture on Monday. City Furniture, one of Florida's most successful furniture retailers, opened its new 53,500 square foot Naples showroom to the public on Monday. The new showroom located at 14250 Tamiami Trail features a wide variety of furnishings as well as area rugs, mattresses and 'The Academy of Design,' an interior design service using City Furniture's selection of home furnishings.
  • The most recent creation of C. Ronald Oister, www.aroundacity.com, provides users with tourist and traveler information for more than 450 domestic and international locations.  The Web site offers valuable local information and links to maps, police, transportation alternatives, hospitals, local newspapers/television/radio, museums, pro sports, convention centers, hotels, colleges, tourist sites and weather. Subjects listed are designed to meet the information needs of tourists and business travelers who desire to learn more about a specific city.
  • C. Ronald Oister, co-founder of www.yellowpages.com and recent creator of www.aroundacity.com, works from his office in Marco Island.  'I guess you could call me a visionary,' Oister says.  His latest brainchild, AroundaCity, provides users with tourist and traveler information for more than 450 domestic and international locations.
  • Rained-in Tennis Plus campers (from left) Brant Ralph, 6, Jacob Miller, 9, Bobby Dampier, 9, Jake Walker, 7, and Indiana Page-Jones, 10, watch Ratatouille at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park while waiting out Wednesday's storms.   The kids were going to swim after the morning activities but had to take a rain check on pool time.
  • (From left): Noah Cross, 5, and Harrison Cross, 8, enjoy an educational owl talk during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's Hoot 'n' Toot owl demonstration at the Marco Branch Library on Tuesday.  In addition to the presentation, kids dissected owl pellets and experienced a live barn owl up-close and personal. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • A projector illuminates and owl during an educational owl talk during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's Hoot 'n' Toot owl demonstration at the Marco Branch Library on Tuesday.  In addition to the presentation, kids dissected owl pellets and experienced a live barn owl up-close and personal. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Education and Discovery Center Manager Troy Frensley shows off a live barn owl during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's Hoot 'n' Toot owl demonstration at the Marco Branch Library on Tuesday.  In addition to an educational owl presentation, kids dissected owl pellets and experienced a live barn owl up-close and personal. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Education and Discovery Center Manager Troy Frensley displays an owl wing during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's Hoot 'n' Toot owl demonstration at the Marco Branch Library on Tuesday.  In addition to the presentation, kids dissected owl pellets and experienced a live barn owl up-close and personal. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Education and Discovery Center Manager Troy Frensley gives an educational owl talk during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's Hoot 'n' Toot owl demonstration at the Marco Branch Library on Tuesday.  In addition to the presentation, kids dissected owl pellets and experienced a live barn owl up-close and personal. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • (From left): Harry and Jolie Sukonik, 7, dissect owl pellets with enthusiasm during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's Hoot 'n' Toot owl demonstration at the Marco Branch Library on Tuesday.  In addition to dissecting pellets, kids listened to an educational talk on owls and experienced a live barn owl up-close and personal. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • An instructor points out some interesting items during the course on owls. Courtney Potter/staff
  • Natalie Cross, 8, enjoys an educational owl talk during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's Hoot 'n' Toot owl demonstration at the Marco Branch Library on Tuesday.  In addition to the presentation, kids dissected owl pellets and experienced a live barn owl up-close and personal. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • Education and Discovery Center Manager Troy Frensley gives an educational owl talk during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's Hoot 'n' Toot owl demonstration at the Marco Branch Library on Tuesday.  In addition to the presentation, kids dissected owl pellets and experienced a live barn owl up-close and personal. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • (From left): Joshua Wagner, 9, and Harrison Cross, 8, dissect owl pellets with enthusiasm during the Conservancy of Southwest Florida's Hoot 'n' Toot owl demonstration at the Marco Branch Library on Tuesday.  In addition to dissecting pellets, kids listened to an educational talk on owls and experienced a live barn owl up-close and personal. Courtney Potter/Staff.
  • (From left) Conservatory Camp attendees Manny Osaba, Olivia Pancake, Freddie Miller and Dylan Ward marvel over the scales of a live 3-year-old American Alligator at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida on Monday.  A new round of kids started the week-long camp on Monday, which runs until Aug. 4.  The kids enjoyed a controlled live animal encounter Monday in light of the week's 'Predator' theme.

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