Our World: The triathlete
Published 06/16/2012 at 4 a.m.
Bobbi Galante was last to cross the finish line.
Our World: Armed and dangerous?
Published 03/05/2012 at 1:33 p.m.
Former Israeli special forces soldier trains local gun owners in gun handling.
OUR WORLD: A living history
Published 01/01/2012 at 5:59 p.m.
Local military antique dealer provides a home-away-from-home for local veterans.
Our World: Riding a wave towards perfection
Published 10/26/2011 at 11:48 a.m.
Local master carpenter Vincent Redding is chasing his dream in surfboard building.
Our World: Six across
Published 07/22/2011 at 5:40 p.m.
When was the last time you saw a family of six walking together hand-in-hand? It seems simple enough, but in today’s world of kids with cell phones and busy schedules, it is a striking image.
Our World: Picking up after ‘inconsiderate little punks’
Published 05/26/2011 at 10:44 a.m.
As beachgoers trickled onto Clam Pass on a recent morning, Loraine and Jerry Stiehl and their 17-year-old daughter, Jena, stood in disbelief. The family had planned a relaxing day of fishing at the beach, yet one of their favorite spots ...
Our World: ‘It’s fun to be able to act out something that isn’t you’
Published 04/08/2011 at 1:38 p.m.
Lucie Fumagalli does her own freckles. Last Friday, the 10-year-old fifth-grader stepped out of her own skin and into the role of Peppermint Patty in St. Ann Catholic School’s production of the classic “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
OUR WORLD: Mr. Cleveland
Updated 02/21/2011 at 10:54 p.m.
Cleveland Powell is an institution within the institution of St. Ann School in Naples.
PHOTOS: Firefighters conduct controlled burn in 5,000 acres of Big Cypress
Published 02/03/2011 at 8:13 p.m. 1 Comment
Wildland firefighters from the Big Cypress National Preserve, the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and Everglades National Park have spent three days conducting a controlled burn of roughly 5,000 of the 720,000 acres of the Big Cypress National Preserve in ...
PHOTOS: Firefighters practice rope rescue on 28-story building
Published 01/20/2011 at 5:38 p.m.
More than a dozen local firefighters and SWAT team members practiced high-angle rope rescue drills from the roof of the 28-story Enclave at Park Shore building.
Video from Haiti: Hope for Haiti empowers locals, children in health and life
Published 01/14/2011 at 4:30 p.m.
The one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti has come and gone. Tens of thousands still live in camps. In the wake of the devastation and lack of social structure, Hope for Haiti continues to provide medical help and ...
Our World: Battle of the Bulge ‘was a great adventure’ for Naples veteran
Published 12/30/2010 at 4:10 p.m.
Sixty-six years ago today, Cpl. Mike Viechec was fighting in the bloodiest U.S. battle in World War II, the Battle of the Bulge. The 21-year-old son of Polish immigrants from a Pennsylvania coal-mining town participated in the Allied push from ...
Flights resume as do long lines after blizzard
Updated 12/28/2010 at 7:34 p.m.
Travelers at Southwest Florida International Airport faced long lines Tuesday as airports across the country continued to sort out travel complications from a massive winter storm in the Northeast.
Our World: Like a moment straight out of a ‘miracle’ scene
Published 12/03/2010 at 2:01 p.m.
Four-year-old Haley Sweeten tugs on Santa’s beard. “You’re real!” she cries. The man in red doesn’t even flinch as he banters back and forth with the pre-schoolers surrounding him in the St. Elizabeth Seton Parish center. The Alvin and the ...
Local Muslims celebrate Festival of Sacrifice at Fleischmann Park
Updated 11/17/2010 at 2:44 p.m. 1 Comment
As Muslims around the world celebrate the Eid Ul-Adha, or Festival of Sacrifice, roughly 80 local Muslims gathered for a local celebration Wednesday at Fleischmann Park Community Center in Naples.
Local driver license bureau dedicated to Guy Carlton
Updated 11/10/2010 at 6:06 p.m.
Credited with reducing an average 2- to 3-hour wait at local driver license bureaus to 15 minutes, former Collier County Tax Collector Guy Carlton's name now adorns the agency's Airport-Pulling Road location.
Our World: The most difficult things to see are right in front of you
Published 10/21/2010 at 1:24 p.m.
During a recent assignment to illustrate a story about the enrollment of local private schools, I found myself waiting in the courtyard of St. John Neumann Catholic High School. Waiting can be nearly impossible in this business.
Woman dies in Lee County trailer home fire
Published 10/17/2010 at 11:42 a.m.
Lee County sheriff's deputies responded just before 3 a.m. Sunday to a report of a trailer home fire at River’s Edge Mobile Home Park, 1064 U.S. 41 N., North Fort Myers.
FGCU students work on campus to combat climate change
Published 10/10/2010 at 9:56 p.m. 1 Comment
A group of Florida Gulf Coast University students and faculty members joined ecologically-minded citizens across the globe Sunday by working on campus with the international climate crisis in mind. Their efforts as part of 350.org’s Global Work Party were mirrored ...
PHOTOS: More than 1,000 enjoy National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay
Updated 09/25/2010 at 5:07 p.m.
More than 1,000 visitors got a free chance to explore estuaries surrounding Naples on Saturday during the National Estuaries Day celebration at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Our World: The hafiz
Updated 09/10/2010 at 6:06 p.m.
In a small strip mall in East Naples on Labor Day afternoon, two brothers rocked back and forth independently to the poetic rhythm of the Arabic verses they each recited. Sitting against opposite walls in the empty mosque, Adnaan Waseem, ...
Naples celebration marks the end of Ramadan
Published 09/10/2010 at 12:34 p.m.
To mark the conclusion of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, more than 100 local Muslim men, women and children gathered Friday morning at the Fleischmann Park Community Center to begin the three-day festivity of Eid al-Fitr.
Rambosk stays afloat in one of four boats built by Collier Sheriff’s Office’s summer youth program
Published 08/20/2010 at 5:19 p.m.
Sheriff Kevin Rambosk demonstrated his trust in the community’s youth Friday as he set sail in a handmade rowboat constructed by a group of them.
PHOTOS: More than 200 Ave Maria law students volunteer during day of charity
Updated 08/20/2010 at 5:28 a.m.
More than 200 Ave Maria School of Law students spent Thursday afternoon volunteering at three local charities for their annual community service project.
Our World: Dancing Under the Star
Published 08/06/2010 at 5:14 p.m.
The red glow from the windows alerts passers-by that something different is going on at the back of the Fifth Avenue South restaurant. As the patrons finish their dinners at the front of the establishment, two bare light bulbs beckon ...
Taking root: Volunteers plant trees to help beautify Lee County
Published 07/31/2010 at 3:48 p.m.
More than 80 trees and shrubs are taking root at the intersection of Summerlin Road and Gladiolus Drive thanks to the effort of volunteers Saturday.
Our World: Epic skies
Published 07/09/2010 at 3:37 p.m.
The snowbirds don’t know what they are missing. Those of us who live here year-round are treated to some epic scenery thanks to the summer’s weather patterns. I grew up in the Midwest and spent most of my life north ...
Our World: The write stuff
Updated 06/11/2010 at 12:17 p.m.
A microphone, a teenager and an audience can produce some interesting results. In the four weeks following spring break at Golden Gate High School, an event called Open-Mic Poetry Friday floods a corner of the library with these results during ...
Our World: The organic garden of Eden
Published 05/20/2010 at 1:27 p.m.
The organic garden of Eden. As sweat trickles along the frames of his glasses, 12-year-old Charles DeMarco empties the last few drops of water onto the row of zucchini plants. He watches the water droplets for a full 15 seconds ...
Our World: An honorable trip
Published 04/27/2010 at 3:59 p.m.
More the 100 World War II veterans from Southwest Florida travel to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials with the Honor Flight Network.
PHOTOS/VIDEO Flying high again: Officials release bald eagle that was brought back from brink of death
Published 04/13/2010 at 5:05 p.m.
An American bald eagle on the verge of death is back in the skies above Picayune Strand State Park.
Our World: New home, wheelchair ramp opens doors for Mary Edwards
Published 04/04/2010 at 11:35 a.m.
Thirteen years after Mary Edwards’ father died, Collier County officials have torn down the home she inherited from him. They also have helped build her a replacement home. In 1969, Edwards’ father, Glenn Shears Sr., became one of the first ...
PHOTOS: Tightrope walker traverses 32-story towers in Fort Myers
Published 03/19/2010 at 3:29 p.m.
Seventh-generation tightrope-walker Nik Wallenda, 31, successfully traversed a 5/8-inch wire between the 32-story towers of High Point Place in downtown Fort Myers on Friday.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Murder/suicide victim described as dedicated to helpless
Updated 03/16/2010 at 8:03 p.m.
Todd Jenkins dedicated his life to helping the helpless. Born in Missouri, Jenkins was a shaman and a natural healer working with alternative medicines, said his brother, Brien Jenkins of Bonita Springs.
St. John Neumann students protest seal hunting by Canada
Published 03/15/2010 at 3:21 p.m.
Five St. John Neumann Catholic High School students protested the practice of hunting seals on Monday at the corner of U.S. 41 and First Avenue North in Naples.
Our World: Bringing smiles to all, especially those most in need of a laugh
Published 03/11/2010 at 10:29 p.m.
You really don’t have much of a choice when a good clown is in the room. Being bombarded with a certain quality of ridiculousness, you can’t help but feel better. Literally. Laughter Unlimited is a crew of entertainers from the ...
Our World: When everything else is gone, kindness remains
Published 02/19/2010 at 3:42 p.m.
Leonard Mitch wanted to know about my life back in the United States. When I showed the 29-year-old a picture of my wife on my mobile phone, his smile was the first I had seen all morning. Five days after ...
A step up: 1,200 pairs of confiscated counterfeit Nike shoes headed to Haiti
Published 01/29/2010 at 10:19 p.m. 1 Comment
Former Fort Myers service station owner Hathum Ayesh was arrested in October 2008 for selling the illegal trademarked goods from his Citgo store near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd and I-75.
PHOTOS: Naples organization continues to bring Hope for Haiti
Published 01/18/2010 at 10:26 p.m.
The Haitian capital’s general hospital has 1,500 patients seeking treatment within its compound walls. Mike Stewart, in-country director for the Naples-based organization Hope for Haiti, said that 80 percent of those patients need surgery. Doctors have completed a couple hundred ...
Our World: Ride (carefully), they said
Published 08/12/2007 at 10:18 p.m.
This is what they’ll tell you: Every single driver on the road is trying to kill you on your motorcycle.
Brothers of the field
Updated 07/07/2007 at 8:51 p.m.
On this Monday night, Golden Gate Community Park is nearly empty, except for the baseball diamond in the back corner, which is overflowing with electricity. If you look around the field, you can see it in every pair of eyes. ...