Photos by ED MATTHEWS

  • Charlotte Maddox points out baby turtles swimming around a tank to Olivia Roberts and her son, Parker Maddox while on a visit to the Ritz Carlton's Nature's Wonders exhibit on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008. As a part of their guest services, the Ritz Carlton offers  children staying in the hotel a chance to learn about Florida's ecosystem by attending a day-camp inside the Nature's Wonders center. The kids spend the day interacting with various marine animals and learning about what species live near the hotel. At the end of the day, the Nature's Wonders center opens its doors for an open house, during which many children bring their parents. 'It's interesting to see the kids come back with their parents in tow,' said the hotel's Master Naturalist Randy Sarton, who oversees the center. 'It's great to see that they've learned something.'
  • Nature's Wonders center Counselor Gloria Rojas helps Ryan Utter search for an octopus inside a tank during an open-house visit on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008. As a part of their guest services, the Ritz Carlton offers  children staying in the hotel a chance to learn about Florida's ecosystem by attending a day-camp inside the Nature's Wonders center. The kids spend the day interacting with various marine animals and learning about what species live near the hotel. At the end of the day, the Nature's Wonders center opens its doors for an open house, during which many children bring their parents. 'It's interesting to see the kids come back with their parents in tow,' said the hotel's Master Naturalist Randy Sarton, who oversees the center. 'It's great to see that they've learned something.'
  • Holton Roberts stares into a tank containing sea life from various coral reefs on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008 at the Ritz Carlton's Nature's Wonders exhibit. As a part of their guest services, the Ritz Carlton offers  children staying in the hotel a chance to learn about Florida's ecosystem by attending a day-camp inside the Nature's Wonders center. The kids spend the day interacting with various marine animals and learning about what species live near the hotel. At the end of the day, the Nature's Wonders center opens its doors for an open house, during which many children bring their parents. 'It's interesting to see the kids come back with their parents in tow,' said the hotel's Master Naturalist Randy Sarton, who oversees the center. 'It's great to see that they've learned something.'
  • Holton Roberts points to several colorful fish swimming around a tank while his mother, Mary, and sister Vivian watch on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008 at the Ritz Carlton's Nature's Wonders exhibit. As a part of their guest services, the Ritz Carlton offers  children staying in the hotel a chance to learn about Florida's ecosystem by attending a day-camp inside the Nature's Wonders center. The kids spend the day interacting with various marine animals and learning about what species live near the hotel. At the end of the day, the Nature's Wonders center opens its doors for an open house, during which many children bring their parents. 'It's interesting to see the kids come back with their parents in tow,' said the hotel's Master Naturalist Randy Sarton, who oversees the center. 'It's great to see that they've learned something.'
  • Cole Maddox peers into a tank with is father, Paul, at the Ritz Carlton's Natures Wonders exhibit on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008. As a part of their guest services, the Ritz Carlton offers  children staying in the hotel a chance to learn about Florida's ecosystem by attending a day-camp inside the Nature's Wonders center. The kids spend the day interacting with various marine animals and learning about what species live near the hotel. At the end of the day, the Nature's Wonders center opens its doors for an open house, during which many children bring their parents. 'It's interesting to see the kids come back with their parents in tow,' said the hotel's Master Naturalist Randy Sarton, who oversees the center. 'It's great to see that they've learned something.'
  • Guervy Williamceau, 13, right, and Bernardino Salas, 13, left, watch as another boy shoots a jump shot on the playground of Immokalee Middle School during a meeting of the Immokalee Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. This is the first year the Boys and Girls Club has been available to the children of Immokalee. The program, which ends July 25, had 165 middle school-aged children enroll. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Ernesto Salas, 12, adds decoration to a lab board created during at science class at the Immokalee Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at Immokalee Middle School. This is the first year the Boys and Girls Club has been available to the children of Immokalee. The program, which ends July 25, had 165 middle school-aged children enroll. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Gym teacher Bobby Gonzalez throws a wiffle ball to Meline Mateo, 12, during a game at meeting of the Boys and Girls Club at Immokalee Middle School on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. This is the first year the Boys and Girls Club has been available to the children of Immokalee. The program, which ends July 25, had 165 middle school-aged children enroll. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Instructor Donna Cornwell slides a domino across the table during a game at a meeting of the Immokalee Boys and Girls Club at Immokalee Middle School on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. This is the first year the Boys and Girls Club has been available to the children of Immokalee. The program, which ends July 25, had 165 middle school-aged children enroll. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Olna Astrel, 14, laughs while running to the finish line during the 100-meter dash with a twist during a class at the Immokalee Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. With only socks on their feet, the kids had to run from the starting line to a pair of baseball bats, spin around them seven times, run back and put their shoes on and tie them as fast as they could. This is the first year the Boys and Girls Club has been available to the children of Immokalee. The program, which ends July 25, had 165 middle school-aged children enroll. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Mary Jerome, 12, smiles at a friend while making bracelets during a class at the Immokalee Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday, June 22, 2008. This is the first year the Boys and Girls Club has been available to the children of Immokalee. The program, which ends July 25, had 165 middle school-aged children enroll.Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Briana Reyna, 12, runs toward her shoes in a effort to win the '100 meter race with a twist' during classes at the Boys and Girls Club in Immokalee on Tuesday, July 22, 2208. With only socks on their feet, the kids had to run from the starting line to a pair of baseball bats, spin around them seven times, run back and put their shoes on and tie them as fast as they could This is the first year the Boys and Girls Club has been available to the children of Immokalee. The program, which ends July 25, had 165 middle school-aged children enroll. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Alyssa Stuve, 8, reads off her school supply list while out shopping with her mother, Paulette, right, and sister Sarah (not pictured) at Target on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008. Paulette Stuve expects to spend about $20 on school supplies for each of her two girls, who will be starting in the third and first grades at Lake Park Elementary on August 19, 2008.
  • Heather Picone, a kindergarten through second grade teacher who works with autistic students at Lake Park Elementary, sorts through a stack of educational posters while trying to get her classroom organized on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008. Teachers across the county are busy readying their classrooms for the start of Collier County schools on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Many schools will be holding open houses in the upcoming weeks to allow new students and their parents to tour the buildings and meet with teachers.
  • After dusting a piece of glass for fingerprints, Zachary Rodriguez, 11, and Crime Scene Investigator Sara Vazquez examine the print during the Naples Police Department's Youth Academy on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 at the Naples Police Training Center. The children also used other forensic tools to check for blood residue on possible murder weapons. The academy, which will last until the end of the week, also affords kids a chance to learn various aspects of both the fire and police professions, including fire safety and prevention, confined space training simulations, radar gun and taser operation and crime prevention.
  • Cheerleaders with the Varsity squad of the Naples High School Golden Eagles fly through the air during stunting practice on the  Naples High School football field on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008. The girls were participating in a two-week boot camp to prepare them for the upcoming school year. 'We're doing a lot of conditioning,' said cheerleading Coach Kelley Fox, adding that, even though they may be experienced cheerleaders,  she tries to start all the girls over at square one.
  • Collier County Sheriff's Cpl. Chris Jordan talks with Naples resident Jack Ritter after the man and his wife were involved in a two-car accident with another motorist on Pine Ridge Road near I-75 on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. According to a report issued yesterday by the Collier County Sheriff's Department, the number of reported crimes dropped two percent during the first six months of 2008, when compared with the same months of 2007. According to sheriff's officials, sexual assaults dropped 23 percent, robberies decreased seven percent, aggravated assaults dropped by 10 percent, burglaries declined by 13 percent and vehicle theft dropped by 11 percent.
  • Four-year-old Johnny Hernandez flinches while Nurse Jamie Thompson gives him a shot at the Collier County Health Department Clinic on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. With only a couple weeks before schools begins, the Collier County Public School District is reminding parents that their children must be up-to-date on immunizations before they will be allowed to attend school. Parents must bring the proper forms to school office before the beginning of school on August 9. The Collier County Health Department is offering free vaccinations to children on a walk-in basis in Naples, Golden Gate and Immokalee. Visit the Health Department;'s Web site at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdcollier/ for more information, including hours of operation. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • One-year-old Crystal Leonor, who is being held by her mother, Lisbet Morales, looks up at Nurse Jennifer Duvernay before getting a shot inside the Collier County Health Department Clinic on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. With only a couple weeks before schools begins, the Collier County Public School District is reminding parents that their children must be up-to-date on immunizations before they will be allowed to attend school. Parents must bring the proper forms to school office before the beginning of school on August 9. The Collier County Health Department is offering free vaccinations to children on a walk-in basis in Naples, Golden Gate and Immokalee. Visit the Health Department;'s Web site at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdcollier/ for more information, including hours of operation. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Judah Moore cries while his father, Eddie, tries to comfort him after the four-year-old received five shots at the Collier County Health Department Clinic on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. With only a couple weeks before schools begins, the Collier County Public School District is reminding parents that their children must be up-to-date on immunizations before they will be allowed to attend school. Parents must bring the proper forms to school office before the beginning of school on August 9. The Collier County Health Department is offering free vaccinations to children on a walk-in basis in Naples, Golden Gate and Immokalee. Visit the Health Department;'s Web site at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdcollier/ for more information, including hours of operation. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Nurse Jamie Thompson explains to Brianna Monroe and her mother, Susan Skrzynski, what kind of vaccination she will be giving at the Collier County Health Department Clinic on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. With only a couple weeks before schools begins, the Collier County Public School District is reminding parents that their children must be up-to-date on immunizations before they will be allowed to attend school. Parents must bring the proper forms to school office before the beginning of school on August 9. The Collier County Health Department is offering free vaccinations to children on a walk-in basis in Naples, Golden Gate and Immokalee. Visit the Health Department;'s Web site at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdcollier/ for more information, including hours of operation. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Soila Sierrealta watches as her 11-year-old daughter, Caralette, recieves her polio vaccination at the Collier County Health Department Clinic on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. With only a couple weeks before schools begins, the Collier County Public School District is reminding parents that their children must be up-to-date on immunizations before they will be allowed to attend school. Parents must bring the proper forms to school office before the beginning of school on August 9. The Collier County Health Department is offering free vaccinations to children on a walk-in basis in Naples, Golden Gate and Immokalee. Visit the Health Department;'s Web site at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdcollier/ for more information, including hours of operation. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Bass & Bass co-owner Sylvia Fescher talks on the phone while customer Lavon Coate sorts through glass window panes on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. Bass & Bass owners Fescher and Pascal Martin buy used, new, overstock and scratch-and-dent building materials and hardware and sell them at their store on Industrial Blvd. The store features a wide variety of items, including over 1500 toilet lids, stoves, cabinets, door knobs and even a few bowling balls.
  • Bass & Bass Flea Mart, located off Industrial Blvd., specializes in buying and selling used, new, overstock and scratch-and-dent building materials and hardware. The store owned by Sylvia Fescher and Pascal Martin, features a wide variety of items, including over 1500 toilet lids, stoves, cabinets, door knobs and even a few bowling balls.
  • Campers line up, waiting their turn to ride 'The Grinch,' a motorized machine that pulls campers through the water along the beach near Lowdermilk Park during the city of Naples' H2O Extreme Camp on Friday, August 1, 2008. The camp, whose last day was Friday, taught campers the basics of a variety of watersports, including skimboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. 'It definitely teaches them water confidence,' said the camp's assistant Director Christina Llamas, adding that, with all the marine life the kids encounter, it also instills in them respect for the Gulf. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Twelve-year-old camper Jordan Gross bails while being pulled through the water near Lowdermilk Park during the city of Naples' H2O Extreme Camp on Friday, August 1, 2008. The camp, whose last day was Friday, taught campers the basics of a variety of watersports, including skimboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. 'It definitely teaches them water confidence,' said the camp's assistant Director Christina Llamas, adding that, with all the marine life the kids encounter, it also instills in them respect for the Gulf.Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Camp instructor Cody Geidner lends a hand to six-year-old Justin Merrell as he tries to hold his balance on an Indo Board before he and his fellow campers head to the beach near Lowdermilk Park for a day of skimboarding during the city of Naples' H2O Extreme Camp on Friday, August 1, 2008. The camp, whose last day was Friday, taught campers the basics of a variety of watersports, including skimboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. 'It definitely teaches them water confidence,' said the camp's assistant Director Christina Llamas, adding that, with all the marine life the kids encounter, it also instills in them respect for the Gulf. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Instructors Richard Mancib, right, and Kyle Davidson serve as a base for a chicken fight between campers Clay Dominy, right, and Madelyn Rego, while Justin Merrell watches from a body board near Lowdermilk Park during the city of Naples' H2O Extreme Camp on Friday, August 1, 2008. The camp, whose last day was Friday, taught campers the basics of a variety of watersports, including skimboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. 'It definitely teaches them water confidence,' said the camp's assistant Director Christina Llamas, adding that, with all the marine life the kids encounter, it also instills in them respect for the Gulf. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Eight-year-old Seve Depinto watches from shore as camp Instructor Cody Geidner carves through a wave in the Gulf near Lowdermilk Park during the city of Naples' H2O Extreme Camp on Friday, August 1, 2008. The camp, whose last day was Friday, taught campers the basics of a variety of watersports, including skimboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. 'It definitely teaches them water confidence,' said the camp's assistant Director Christina Llamas, adding that, with all the marine life the kids encounter, it also instills in them respect for the Gulf. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Nine-year-old Payton Francher watches as Instructor Cody Geidner waxes his skimboard before heading to the water near Lowdermilk Park during the city of Naples' H2O Extreme Camp on Friday, August 1, 2008. The camp, whose last day was Friday, taught campers the basics of a variety of watersports, including skimboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. 'It definitely teaches them water confidence,' said the camp's assistant Director Christina Llamas, adding that, with all the marine life the kids encounter, it also instills in them respect for the Gulf. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Instructor Ryan Deese carves through the top of a wave in the Gulf near Lowdermilk Park during the city of Naples' H2O Extreme Camp on Friday, August 1, 2008. The camp, whose last day was Friday, taught campers the basics of a variety of watersports, including skimboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. 'It definitely teaches them water confidence,' said the camp's assistant Director Christina Llamas, adding that, with all the marine life the kids encounter, it also instills in them respect for the Gulf. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Camp Instructor Cody Geidner cuts through a wave on the beach near Lowdermilk Park during the city of Naples' H2O Extreme Camp on Friday, August 1, 2008. The camp, whose last day was Friday, taught campers the basics of a variety of watersports, including skimboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. 'It definitely teaches them water confidence,' said the camp's assistant Director Christina Llamas, adding that, with all the marine life the kids encounter, it also instills in them respect for the Gulf. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Instructor Alex Bevard throws up a No. 1 sign while wiping out in the Gulf near Lowdermilk Park during the city of Naples' H2O Extreme Camp on Friday, August 1, 2008. The camp, whose last day was Friday, taught campers the basics of a variety of watersports, including skimboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. 'It definitely teaches them water confidence,' said the camp's assistant Director Christina Llamas, adding that, with all the marine life the kids encounter, it also instills in them respect for the Gulf. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Seven-year-old Madelyn Rego stands with her body board watching the waves roll in on the beach near Lowdermilk Park during the city of Naples' H2O Extreme Camp on Friday, August 1, 2008. The camp, whose last day was Friday, taught campers the basics of a variety of watersports, including skimboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. 'It definitely teaches them water confidence,' said the camp's assistant Director Christina Llamas, adding that, with all the marine life the kids encounter, it also instills in them respect for the Gulf. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Eight-year-old Seve Depinto glances at the sand while he and other campers line the shore, waiting to charge into the water and catch a wave on their skimboards near Lowdermilk Park during the city of Naples' H2O Extreme Camp on Friday, August 1, 2008. The camp, whose last day was Friday, taught campers the basics of a variety of watersports, including skimboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. 'It definitely teaches them water confidence,' said the camp's assistant Director Christina Llamas, adding that, with all the marine life the kids encounter, it also instills in them respect for the Gulf. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Led by Instructors Cody Geidner, right, and Kyle Davidson, campers Madelyn Rego, center, and Seve Depinto walk down the beach near Lowdermilk Park during the city of Naples' H2O Extreme Camp on Friday, August 1, 2008. The camp, whose last day was Friday, taught campers the basics of a variety of watersports, including skimboarding, wake boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing. 'It definitely teaches them water confidence,' said the camp's assistant Director Christina Llamas, adding that, with all the marine life the kids encounter, it also instills in them respect for the Gulf. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Program instructor Christa Crehan gives students some final pointers following the graduation ceremony of the One Laptop Per Child pilot program at Bethel Assembly of God in Immokalee on Thursday, July 31, 2008. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Children lone up to get slices of cake after the graduation ceremony of the One Laptop Per Child pilot program at Bethel Assembly of God in Immokalee on Thursday, July 31, 2008. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Eleven-year-old Jesus Alvarado waits in line to receive his certificate during the graduation ceremony of the One Laptop Per Child pilot program at Bethel Assembly of God in Immokalee on Thursday, July 31, 2008. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Ifrain Venegas smiles as he receives his certificate during the graduation ceremony of the One Laptop Per Child pilot program at Bethel Assembly of God in Immokalee on Thursday, July 31, 2008. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Volunteer Donna McAvoy peers over the shoulder of Uziel Martinez, 10, while he finished up his project before the graduation ceremony of the One Laptop Per Child pilot program at Bethel Assembly of God in Immokalee on Thursday, July 31, 2008. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Volunteer Donna McAvoy smiles as she walks to receive her certificate of gratitude during the graduation ceremony of the One Laptop Per Child pilot program at Bethel Assembly of God in Immokalee on Thursday, July 31, 2008. Ed Matthews / StaffVolunteer Donna McAvoy smiles as she walks to receive her certificate of gratitude during the graduation ceremony of the One Laptop Per Child pilot program at Bethel Assembly of God in Immokalee on Thursday, July 31, 2008. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Bethel Assembly of God secretary Linda Avalos cuts a cake in preparation for over fifty hungry children and parents before the graduation ceremony of the One Laptop Per Child pilot program on Thursday, July 31, 2008. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Program sponsor Bill Ventress laughs while watching a demonstration of Ifrain Venegas' computer's video camera capabilities before the graduation ceremony of the One Laptop Per Child pilot program at Bethel Assembly of God in Immokalee on Thursday, July 31, 2008. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • After snapping several photos of his classmates, Ifrain Venegas, 10, left, along with Josh Rincon, 9, center, and Sammy Perez look preview them on the back of the camera while volunteer instructor Russell Van Riper, lower right, helps Jesse Mata, 9, with his project on Thursday, July 31, 2008. The children were gathered at Bethel Assembly of God in Immokalee for the graduation ceremony for the One Laptop Per Child pilot program, which afforded 42 Immokalee soon-to-be fifth graders a chance to learn computer skills on personal laptops, which the children were allowed to keep upon completion of the program. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Jesse Mata, 9, smiles as he receives a certificate, signifying his completion of the One Laptop Per Child pilot program in Immokalee on Thursday, July 31, 2008. The One Laptop Per Child program afforded 42 Immokalee soon-to-be fifth graders a chance to learn computer skills using their own personal laptops, which they were allowed to keep upon completion of the program. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Colton Bailey watches as camp director Mike Racine helps the nine-year-old bait his hook with shrimp during Advanced Angler camp on the Naples Pier on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. The camp, which is based in Fleischmann Park, takes kids to various fishing locations, including the pier, Seagate, Clam Pass and Wiggins Pass. The advanced class, which is currently full for the remainder of the summer, meets every other week and rotates with the beginner class, which is geared toward younger children. The beginner classes still have spots available and parents seeking more information can call the Fleischmann Park main office at 213- 3020. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Jacob Agin, left, stares at the water while Slater Muslimani fishes from the Naples Pier during Advanced Angler camp on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. The camp, which is based in Fleischmann Park, takes kids to various fishing locations, including the pier, Seagate, Clam Pass and Wiggins Pass. The advanced class, which is currently full for the remainder of the summer, meets every other week and rotates with the beginner class, which is geared toward younger children. The beginner classes still have spots available and parents seeking more information can call the Fleischmann Park main office at 213- 3020. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Michael Herrera, left, and Connor Grant joke with Parker Arnold, right, about a lure he is holding while the kids of the Advanced Angler camp packed up to leave the NAples pier after a morning of fishing on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. The camp, which is based in Fleischmann Park, takes kids to various fishing locations, including the pier, Seagate, Clam Pass and Wiggins Pass. The advanced class, which is currently full for the remainder of the summer, meets every other week and rotates with the beginner class, which is geared toward younger children. The beginner classes still have spots available and parents seeking more information can call the Fleischmann Park main office at 213- 3020. Ed Matthews / Staff
  • Michael Herrera, 12,  fishes from the Naples Pier during Advanced Angler camp on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. The camp, which is based in Fleischmann Park, takes kids to various fishing locations, including the pier, Seagate, Clam Pass and Wiggins Pass. The advanced class, which is currently full for the remainder of the summer, meets every other week and rotates with the beginner class, which is geared toward younger children. The beginner classes still have spots available and parents seeking more information can call the Fleischmann Park main office at 213- 3020. Ed Matthews / Staff

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