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Title: Columnist - Collier Citizen
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Recent Work

  • 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, ...

  • Around Town: A quiz about East Naples Published 07/01/2010 at 2:39 p.m.

    Dinner with Alan Wittenauer and Karen Homiak is always interesting, especially when we talk about county issues (and enjoy wonderful food served in places like Eurasia, Little Italy, Alice Sweetwaters, Rib City, Cracklin’ Jack’s, and so many more East Naples ...

  • Around Town: A community and a park Published 06/17/2010 at 2:35 p.m.

    A very important issue will be decided at the June 22, 2010, Board of Collier County Commission meeting regarding the Eagle Lakes Community Park.

  • Around Town: Calling all East Naples residents! Published 05/20/2010 at 8:18 a.m.

    On June 8, the Board of Collier County Commissioners will hear a presentation by the County Parks & Recreation Department concerning the future of Eagle Lakes Community Park and a proposed Community Center.

  • Recovery; E. Naples energy; Stan’s 84th birthday Published 04/22/2010 at 8:54 a.m.

    Jeffrey Macasevich just had hip surgery recently and is now rehabbing at Manor Care at Lely Palms on Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. He said the care couldn’t be better and the food is fantastic. I’ve heard those same comments from others ...

  • DONNA FIALA: Around Town - Naples shows signs of both growth and consequences Published 04/08/2010 at 9:18 a.m.

    We have all seen the car transports busily picking up winter residents’ cars to head back up north. These wonderful people have brought much to our community over the last few months and we thank them.

  • DONNA FIALA: Around Town - A parent-child record; a show; a festival Published 03/24/2010 at 4:54 p.m.

    At a recent East Naples Civic Association luncheon we had quite a treat. We had FOUR parent/child combinations eating with us!

  • DONNA FIALA: Around Town - Speak out for the parks, meeting set March 17 Published 03/10/2010 at 7:17 p.m. 2 Comments

    lease mark your calendars and try to attend the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting on March 17 at 2 p.m. at North Collier Regional Park on Livingston Road, south of Immokalee Road (park with the Sun-N-Fun Lagoon).

  • DONNA FIALA: Around Town - New Lowe’s store breaks ground Published 02/03/2010 at 3:43 p.m. 6 Comments

    Here’s some exciting news from Jim Lackey of Eagle Creek, who keeps in close contact with the folks at Lowe’s home improvement store. He has learned that Lowe’s plans to break ground and start construction of their newest store at ...

  • Update from Donna: Fresh Market is coming to Shoppes of Eagle Creek Published 11/09/2006 at 12:05 a.m.

    Hot off the presses! Guess what is coming to our part of town! A fresh market! We’re being discovered, folks. Yup, it is going in the old Winn Dixie store in Shoppes of Eagle Creek. It will occupy about two-thirds ...

  • Update from Donna: Manatee Road dog park to be completed in 2007 Published 10/12/2006 at 12:01 a.m.

    Many things are going on this month in the general vicinity of Marco Island and Isles of Capri. You should all be aware that the county will be building a dog park at the Manatee Park site, off Manatee Road. ...

  • Update from Donna: Canvassing Board: Why your vote might not count Published 09/07/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    I know many of you have voted in Tuesday’s election and I congratulate you on your patriotic spirit. This year I serve on the county Canvassing Board for the Supervisor of Elections Office, representing the Board of Commissioners.

  • Around Town: Open air market is coming to town Published 08/04/2006 at midnight

    Have you heard about the Naples Open-Air Market yet? This new and exciting event will be held every Saturday at Sugden Regional Park at the East Trail and Lakewood Blvd., starting Oct. 14 and continuing through Apr. 14. The hours, ...

  • Update from Donna Fiala: We're not the only ones with growing pains Published 08/03/2006 at midnight

    I am thrilled that the Marco Eagle has asked me to write a column once a month. I have just returned from a short vacation in Idaho and Utah, where I visited my son. I was fascinated there to see ...

  • Around Town: Construction boom not unique to Collier Published 07/28/2006 at midnight

    My vacation took me to visit my son, T.J. Fiala, in Idaho, but first he met me in Salt Lake City, Utah, so we could hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearse. What an experience that was! It sounded like a ...

  • Around Town: Busy opening and it was out of season! Published 07/07/2006 at midnight

    Wait till you hear this! We were eating dinner at Carrabba’s the other night for a second time, and I was talking with a manager who told me that headquarters notified them that this was the third busiest opening at ...

  • Around Town: So much is taking place in East Naples Published 06/23/2006 at midnight

    You know, you find the strangest people in the strangest places! Here I am, writing for the Collier Citizen! I was honored to receive a call, asking if I would write a column every other week, and this column is ...