Around Town: U.S. 41 East intersection reconfiguration project should begin soon
Published 10/28/2013 at 3:47 p.m.
The road construction project should begin shortly for the reconfiguration of the intersection at U.S. 41 East and Collier Boulevard (County Road 951).
Around Town: Annual Collier County facility tours now open for registration
Published 10/15/2013 at 1:47 p.m.
The annual tours have been selected for this year. This is something I started years ago to familiarize our citizens with the services that Collier County offers but none of us ever think about such as garbage pickup or water ...
Around Town: News tidbits about Bayshore CAPA, East Naples merchants, Goodland holiday bazaar
Published 09/03/2013 at 1:05 p.m.
Hopefully everyone's summer has been happy, relaxing and peaceful, but now it's time to get back to work (like you haven't been working all summer) and making things happen for the betterment of our community.
Around Town: Get prepared for hurricane season while there is still time
Published 05/21/2013 at 12:16 p.m.
Hurricane season is approaching again, so this is a friendly reminder to begin to prepare. Each year I write a little in my column about being prepared just in case.
Around Town: Economy showing signs of improvement, particularly in East Naples
Published 05/08/2013 at 11:42 a.m.
Have you wondered if it is really true that the economy is looking better all the time? Last Wednesday, Collier County's Growth Management Division issued 177 permits. Yes, in just one day! It looks like things are really looking up.
Around Town: Still waiting on an answer from FPL about ‘smart meters’
Published 05/01/2012 at 12:33 p.m.
There is something that puzzles me. Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced they would install a “smart meter” on each home, which would read the usage every month electronically rather than have a meter reader go to each and every ...
Around Town: Eagle Lakes is finally going to get a community center
Published 04/18/2012 at 11:58 a.m.
There are always a lot of good news items to talk about these days. To start off, the community center at Eagle Lakes Community Park is going to be a reality. It has been 6 long years of fighting to ...
Around Town: Collier County’s first paddlecraft park ready for paddlers
Published 04/04/2012 at 10:17 a.m.
With much anticipation and excitement, the Isles of Capri Paddlecraft Park has officially opened. The ribbon cutting was held on Friday, March 30, and was attended by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) officials, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve ...
Around Town: I for one will be sad to see our part-time residents head back north
Published 03/21/2012 at 11:32 a.m.
My goodness, isn’t the year going by quickly? I can’t believe it is almost Easter and soon our winter residents will be leaving, which means a huge portion of our volunteers will be leaving. These people come down from up ...
Around Town: East Naples looking better and better every day
Published 03/06/2012 at 10:11 a.m.
Towne Centre on U.S. 41 East is really looking up. New façade on the buildings on the east end of the shopping center, new decorative additions and updated paint colors, the parking lot has a new layer of asphalt, all ...
Around Town: Revitalization of East Naples neighborhoods ongoing
Published 02/21/2012 at 6:16 p.m.
Lennar Homes has taken the East Naples community by storm and showered their full force on revitalization projects. Many of you probably already know that they purchased the gorgeous Treviso Bay resort and have been focused on getting it back ...
Around Town: Improvements should help shopping center draw more customers
Published 02/07/2012 at 3:21 p.m.
Hopefully you have taken a ride through Naples “Towne Centre” (yes, that’s how they spell it) on U.S. 41 East on the side opposite Bealls department store. You might already know that there are eight owners in that shopping center.
Around Town: Fatal accident in East Naples proof that traffic light is desperately needed
Published 01/24/2012 at 11:44 a.m.
Recently there was a ribbon cutting ceremony as the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge on Marco Island was officially opened for traffic. Included in the ceremony was a memorial for the late Mike Minozzi, a Marco resident and former Marco Island ...
Around Town: Saving money, gas and energy at the county landfill
Published 01/10/2012 at 10:45 a.m.
Many people have asked why Collier County doesn’t have a gas to energy plant at the landfill, and I’m happy to tell you we now have one. I promised to write about it in this week’s Collier Citizen, and here ...
Around Town: Looking forward to a great new year
Published 12/27/2011 at 3:27 p.m.
What a wonderful time of the year! Hopefully each and every one of you had a joyous holiday and are looking forward to a happy and healthy new year!
Around Town: Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
Published 12/14/2011 at 9:31 a.m.
Christmas is in the air! Everything looks brighter and happier, lights twinkling and cheerful greeting, people singing, celebrations taking place, families coming together, folks caring about others. It feels good to spread good cheer.
Around Town: Losing a loved one over holidays made easier thanks to hospice
Published 11/30/2011 at 11:34 a.m.
Hopefully everyone had a wonderful, happy and family-oriented Thanksgiving, and you’ve been able to walk off a little of that extra turkey and all the trimmings you enjoyed.
Around Town: Banquets, concerts, tours and much, much more
Published 11/15/2011 at 10:39 a.m.
Congratulations to Chellie Doepke (of Verona Walk, one of my new soon-to-be developments in the redistricting process beginning in January, subject to the Justice Department’s approval) for being awarded the first-ever Outstanding Service of the Year Award at the inaugural ...
Around Town: Plenty of good news to report this week
Published 11/01/2011 at 10:10 a.m.
It seems there is always good news to talk about, and this week is no exception. The state and Collier County transportation departments held a groundbreaking ceremony this week as work officially began on the widening of Davis Boulevard, and ...
Around Town: The time is now to choose your political party affiliation
Published 10/17/2011 at 2:21 p.m.
As many of us now know, thanks to the controversial choice of the date, Jan. 31 is now the Republican primary. Just so you know, you must be a registered Republican to vote in the primary. You cannot be an ...
Around Town: Glad to see our northern friends are starting to flow back into town
Published 10/04/2011 at 12:20 p.m.
Have you noticed the traffic has picked up? Years back, we locals used to get upset. Now we say “Hooray!” With the entrance of our winter visitors we get our volunteer force back, our restaurants fill up, the events and ...
Around Town: Collier County continues to crack down on unlicensed contractors
Published 09/20/2011 at 12:21 p.m.
Recently, Greg Johnson of Olde Naples Marble & Granite wrote me a note about the escalation of permit fees over the last 5 years and wanted to know why licensing fees have increased and what benefits are derived from these ...
Around Town: It’s good to be back home again
Published 09/06/2011 at 2:25 p.m.
Many of us take the slower summers as a way to visit family and friends up north, and I did the same. Time was spent with family members in other states and I was lovin’ every minute of it. But ...
Around Town: The art of fundraising
Published 08/23/2011 at 9:47 a.m.
On my vacation this summer, while in Ohio Amish country, I experienced some new techniques in fundraising. That community gets together, usually organized by one of their churches, to support someone who has overwhelming medical expenses. Let me tell you ...
Around Town: Community support like I’ve never seen at an Amish funeral
Published 08/05/2011 at 5:47 p.m.
As many of you know, I am very close to the Old Order Amish community in Holmes County, Ohio. In fact, they feel like family to me, so when I got a call last week that my dear friend Fannie’s ...
Around Town: East Naples becoming a ‘happening place’
Published 07/12/2011 at 11:20 a.m.
It’s exciting to see all the positive changes taking place in East Naples. It’s becoming the “happening place” and more people are noticing it all the time. Let me just mention a few marvelous things we can see taking place ...
Around Town: Graduation celebration, trillions of dollars in debt and a new park
Published 06/14/2011 at 11:12 a.m.
A huge congratulations to my marvelous assistant, my right hand aide, Sue Jacobs, who graduated from Hodges University with a bachelor of science degree in management. Her family and I are so proud of her. Her dedication to her studies ...
Around Town: A couple new eating establishments to try this summer
Published 05/31/2011 at 4:09 p.m.
It is getting very quiet here in Collier County now that our winter residents have headed back up north, which also means our volunteer core has left. It always amazes me how these wonderful people come to stay for a ...
Around Town: It’s a great day for Eagle Lakes Community Park
Published 05/17/2011 at 11:25 a.m.
Eagle Lakes Community Park, located on U.S. 41 East between Naples Manor, Whistler’s Cove and Lely Resort, has been identified as the busiest park in the parks system.
Around Town: Help is available for those who have lost loved ones to suicide
Published 05/02/2011 at 11:50 a.m.
Suicide is a very difficult subject to write about — especially when it affects someone you know, and many times it does — but many times people who have suffered the loss do not know where to turn.
Around Town: Community outreach continues for ‘Miss Amy’
Published 04/20/2011 at 10:21 a.m.
Thank you to the kind gentleman who donated a check to “Miss Amy.” It was such a nice thing for you to do. My son’s church donated a turkey as well, so both gifts will be delivered this week.
Around Town: Community comes together to help ‘Miss Amy’
Published 04/05/2011 at 9:56 a.m.
A heartwarming story emerged this past weekend, thanks to the new Lowe’s on U.S. 41 East and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. A house was brought to their attention that was very dilapidated and unsafe. An 88-year-old lady lives there ...
Around Town: Naples father proud of his ‘Soldier of the Year’
Published 03/22/2011 at 10:14 a.m.
Terry Meyers of Naples Manor was thrilled to receive news that his son, Specialist Timothy J. Meyers, was awarded the 2011 U.S. Army Enlisted Soldier of the Year at the 7th Army and Joint Multi National Training Command in Germany.
Around Town: Kiwanis Club put on a great murder mystery play
Published 03/07/2011 at 1:36 p.m.
The East Naples Kiwanis Club may be little, but they are certainly mighty. They help so many children in the community. Of course they must raise money to help these kids, so they planned a fundraiser, and what fun it ...
Around Town: Better economic climate seems to be returning
Published 02/22/2011 at 1:10 p.m.
The Erich Kunzel Series presented another outstanding performance featuring the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus and West of Galway Irish/Celtic band.
Around Town: Plenty of fun activities going on to keep residents entertained
Published 02/08/2011 at 10:55 a.m.
Question: How much new water do we receive here on Earth each year? Answer: None, we only have the water that has been on this Earth since time began. We are drinking the same water the dinosaurs drank millions of ...
Around Town: Honored to be named ENCA’s Citizen of the Year
Published 01/25/2011 at 11:48 a.m.
On Jan. 24, the East Naples Civic Association held their 61st — yes, the 61st annual banquet — at the Naples Lakes Country Club. I am pleased to announce that I was awarded the Citizen of the Year award at ...
Around Town: Stock Development agrees to reroute construction traffic
Published 01/10/2011 at 4:15 p.m.
You’ve all read how well Lely Resort has been doing, even through this recession, but if you ask me, it is because they listen to their residents and really care about what they have to say!
Around Town: Sending wishes for a great new year to all
Published 12/28/2010 at 12:40 p.m.
Happy New Year everyone! Let us hope that this year is a year that brings happiness, good health and joy to each family.
Around Town: What a wonderful time of year!
Published 12/13/2010 at 11:51 a.m.
In my home the season can’t officially begin without going to see the Living Christmas Trees at First Baptist Church with my friends Carol and Carl Schulz. It is always an outstanding performance, and you leave thinking this is what ...
Around Town: Lots of interesting tidbits about East Naples area
Published 11/30/2010 at 10:55 a.m.
What a wonderful Thanksgiving! It seems everyone I’ve talked with so far, and believe me, that’s a lot of people, have said they had a marvelous day.
Around Town: East Naples in need of distribution point for needy children
Published 11/15/2010 at 1:52 p.m.
Many people are not aware that the Assembly of God church, which has been located on Collier Boulevard, has sold their property to First Baptist Family Church of Marco Island.
Around Town: East Naples intersection is going to turn into a ‘happening place’
Published 11/02/2010 at 10:31 a.m.
My goodness, the new Lowe’s on U.S. 41 East and County Road 951 is looking great. The place is enormous. There are people everywhere working, planting, etc. They hope to open in a month, and by the looks of things, ...
Around Town: Why I support Jackson Labs coming to Collier County
Published 10/18/2010 at 11:47 a.m.
Recently I met with a small group of Glades residents to talk about the Jackson Lab issue and answer a few questions. They in turn asked me to write about the subject in my column, and I am responding by ...
Around Town: Now that other businesses are starting or succeeding in East Naples, more needed
Published 10/04/2010 at 1:35 p.m.
It’s wonderful to see some construction taking place. The new Lowe’s on the corner of U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard looks huge. I bet they’ll be surprised at how popular they are immediately, as people from Marco Island, East Naples ...
Around Town: Plenty of activities happening in East Naples
Published 09/21/2010 at 11:43 a.m.
Take this time to mark your calendar — November 13th is a big day! It starts off with the fabulous East Naples Foundation Second Annual Golf Charity Event, which starts at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at the marvelous ...
Around Town: East Naples starting to see ‘depression recovery’
Published 09/07/2010 at 11:01 a.m.
On the way to Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant in Goodland the other day I saw my first bobcat. It ran across 92A, the road to Goodland off State Road 92, the east entrance road to Marco Island. Any of you ...
Around Town: Now that election is over, some positive news to share
Published 08/25/2010 at 10:27 a.m. 1 Comment
It’s been a tough election year with much hostility, personal insults, accusations and hatefulness. Let us hope that now with the election behind us we can move to a better atmosphere. It is heart-wrenching to see what has happened to ...
Around Town: The Amish barn raising, part two
Published 08/10/2010 at 4:15 p.m.
My recent column told you of the upcoming Amish barn raising and the events that led up to the need to build a new barn. Happily many people have said they were waiting for part two, and so here it ...
Around Town: It’s best to get prepared early for hurricane season
Published 07/23/2010 at 4:17 p.m.
Although it’s a little late to begin preparing for hurricane season, it is MY time to prepare. I have a usual routine each year, normally starting on June 1st. I check my generator to make sure everything is working properly, ...