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  • Marcophiles: More gifts that missed the mark Published 12/24/2013 at 1:01 p.m.

    As you may recall, we recently have been sharing with our readers some compelling tales of people getting what they considered to be horrible gifts, Christmas and otherwise. With that as prologue, let us say that if we still are ...

  • Marcophiles: Marco Movies – A hot ticket for 20 years Published 12/13/2013 at 4 a.m. 1 Comment

    Nick Campo says changes in the movie industry, have been "pretty spectacular" since he opened Marco Movies 20 years ago. We asked Nick to look back and look ahead at the Marco Movies and movies in general as he celebrates ...

  • Marcophiles: Bring a "Buddy" home for Christmas Published 11/26/2013 at 3:41 p.m.

    Recently we asked you and other readers to share the worst or oddest gifts of holidays past. We received some fun responses.

  • Marcophiles: Time flies – So do hats and pants Published 10/31/2013 at 9:20 a.m.

    Here we are with Halloween in our rear view mirror, rushing toward Thanksgiving and the December holidays, still bewildered about how fast the past year streaked by. How could that be? Maybe the Mars lander and its follow-up friend Curiosity ...

  • Marcophiles: A cliché a day makes the brain decay Published 10/15/2013 at 8:49 p.m. 1 Comment

    I am writing this from my cliché place, a quiet corner where my mind rejects all thoughts that include any words coined, minted, made up, imaginated or otherwise foisted on the English-speaking world since at least the year 2000. Or ...

  • Marcophiles: In Mount Dora, the outdoors is the in place to be Published 10/02/2013 at 11:19 a.m.

    What if 20 authors traveled from here in Southwest Florida to a small town in northern Florida for a book-selling festival and hardly anybody showed up to buy books? I know the answer to that now and the headline is, ...

  • Marcophiles: Marco Movies – Coming attractions, inside and out Published 09/19/2013 at 10:40 a.m. 1 Comment

    A lot of exciting things are in motion at the Marco Movies these days and nights and we don't mean just the motion pictures on the screens. Nick Campo and his team of fast moving men and women are giving ...

  • Marcophiles: Names in the games – Some laughable, some lame Published 09/03/2013 at 11:29 a.m.

    With all the important outrages that come our way these tumultuous days, I chuckle at how often I hear or read about people who are furious over this or that team name, as in FSU Seminoles, Immokalee Indians or the ...

  • Marcophiles: Islanders reminisce about their first cars Published 08/20/2013 at 2:41 p.m.

    Dave Rice: He says most of the many cars he owned were “weekend cars,” because, “They spent all week being repaired to run on the weekends.” It’s all about priorities for Dave and his life-long affection for cars continues unabated.

  • Marcophiles: My first car Published 08/06/2013 at 10:51 a.m.

    Ask people around town to talk about their very first car and probably you'll get answers running from, "Gee, I'm not sure. I think maybe it was a Chevy, a 60 something, not sure," to "It was a red and ...

  • Marcophiles: PMs in the a.m. – A great wakeup call Published 07/23/2013 at 9:52 a.m.

    Humans obviously could survive if there were no purple martins on the planet, but it wouldn't be nearly as much fun for us. These critters that sing and soar their way into our neighborhoods and our hearts are smart, brave ...

  • Marcophiles: Marco retailer make's a kid's day, 'rescues' the grandparents Published 07/09/2013 at 9:53 a.m.

    What do loving grandparents do when their visiting teenaged grandson loves to fish, especially on Marco Island? Take him fishing? Well, yes, but the grandparents are neophytes whose experience with fish mostly centers around the Paradise Seafood store on

  • Marcophiles: Local commerce flirts with Hertz Published 06/25/2013 at 8:32 p.m.

    Now that Southwest Florida is about to become the new headquarters for the Hertz car rental company, people with commercial interests here on Marco Island might be assuming that the economic benefits Hertz brings will never make it all the ...

  • Marcophiles: Cafe de Marco's 'Sandy' helping Hurricane Sandy victims Published 06/12/2013 at 10:44 a.m.

    Marco Island's "Jersey Girl," Sandy Franchino, wants you at her gourmet evening to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. It's at Cafe de Marco, Wednesday, June 19, when scores of restaurants nationwide will host similar events for the cause. ...

  • Marcophiles: Two CNN 'originals' look at the struggling network at age 33 Published 05/29/2013 at 12:36 p.m.

    As the Cable News Network turns 33 years old this Sunday, major news media in America are having less than a stellar year. Gaffs and gaps abounded in coverage of such blockbuster events as the Boston marathon bombings, the house ...

  • 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 ...

  • Marcophiles: 'Surrounded By Thunder' gets Islanders' attention Published 03/19/2013 at 6 a.m.

    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. “We’re 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. 12 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.

    Here’s 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 ...

  • Farmer File: Many thrift stores thrive on quality, quantity of sale items Published 12/07/2012 at 6 a.m.

    Here's a quick quiz to make a point about shopping for retail merchandise in Collier County:

  • 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 ...

  • Farmer File: Halloween 2012 — Trick or treat for retailers? Published 10/24/2012 at 6 a.m.

    As Southwest Floridians and other Americans prepare to observe, celebrate, ignore or flee from Halloween this year, predictions on the economic impact of the haunt-happy holiday are like a witch's brew — mixed.

  • 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. They’ve had music, food and drink at Stan’s, the Snook Inn, Little Bar and other hot spots. They’ve 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 Island’s 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 ...

  • Farmer File: Things we don't know about restaurant menus Published 09/26/2012 at 5 a.m.

    A man with a national clientele who calls himself a "menu engineer" is helping a local enterprise maximize the impact of its menu.

  • 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 ...

  • Farmer File: WiFi - Its enemies within Published 09/09/2012 at 10:30 a.m.

    You're taking your iPad or smartphone with you as you walk from your desk to the office break room for a bit of Internet browsing and a bite from the vending machine.

  • 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 O’Reilly’s bloviating,

  • Farmer file: New business raises the bar for old furniture Published 08/22/2012 at 5 a.m.

    If you poked around in a lot of homes here and around the country, you might fight old armoires sitting empty and neglected in the garage, or even at a garage sale.

  • 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.

    We’re still about five months away from Marco’s 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.” It’s a lan

  • Farmer File: A business hiding in plain sight Published 07/18/2012 at 5 a.m.

    In this political campaign season, much is made of the relationship of business and government.

  • Marcophiles: The Maddie crowd goes to London Published 07/12/2012 at 9:32 a.m. 1 Comment

    Maddie Richie, a young Marco woman who’s 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, ...

  • Farmer File: The bottom line of monkey business Published 06/20/2012 at 5 a.m.

    A lot of American children have visions of making a life and a living tending to the likes of Flipper, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin or maybe a family of gentle giraffes. One local enterprise with a workplace that has a ...

  • Father's day tale: A dad by any other name is still dad Published 06/16/2012 at 4 a.m.

    Some dads' names may actually be close to Sue, but it's all in the family.

  • Marcophiles: Konrad Meyerhofer: – I came; I saw; I loved it; I stayed Published 05/17/2012 at 4:31 p.m. 2 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.

    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 ...

  • 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.

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