Photos by HARMONY OSWALD

  • The scene looked like something right out of a fairytale Saturday morning as dozens of girls ages 3 to 9 gathered for a princess party at Marco Branch Library.
  • Lily Rosenblum pins a kiss on the frog during the Marco Branch Library princess party Saturday morning.  Other fun included a treasure hunt, bean bag toss, making a wand, creating a crown and listening to stories and tips on how to be a true princess.
  • Three TBE first graders gathered Saturday morning for the princess party at Marco Branch Library.  Sterling Ickes, shown here on the left, happened to be celebrating her seventh birthday too!  Upon leaving the event, Miranda Webb (center) and Lily Rosenblum (right) joined Sterling for a private princess tea party at her house on the island.
  • Lee Gabourel, cemetery director at Marco Community Church, says many people are not aware that the historical cemetery behind Marco Community Church exists. In the next year, he hopes to get the site recognized as a historical landmark on the island.
  • San Marco Youth Choir performed several songs during Thursday night's Christmas Box Angel service.
  • The Marco Island cemetery Christmas Box Angel service takes place each year on December 6, in remembrance of children who passed on too soon.  Near the end of the service, family and friends sang 'Silent Night' as candles were lit and white flowers were placed at the base of the angel.
  • Marco Island's Christmas Box Angel sits in the Marco Island cemetery, in remembrance of children who have passed on at an early age.  This is the first year donations are being taken for upkeep of the site.
  • The Christmas Box Angel service takes place on December 6 of each year, in remembrance of children who passed on too soon.  Last Thursday's memorial at Marco Island Cemetery, featured readings from the newly published book 'Sleepless Nights, The First Ten Years,'  written by Roger Moll, in memory of his daughter Kendall.
  • A member of the San Marco Youth Choir receives a candle during last Thursday night's candlelight 'Christmas Box Angel' service at Marco Cemetery.  The memorial takes place each year on December 6, to remember children who passed on too soon.
  • Roger Moll reads from his newly published book, 'Sleepless Nights, The First Ten Years,'  during this year's Christmas Box Angel Service at Marco Island Cemetery last Thursday.  The book features journal entries, photos and special thoughts to remember his daughter, Kendall, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of nine, back in 1996.
  • Volunteers received messages, pins, artwork, entertainment and breakfast last Tuesday at Tommie Barfield Elementary.
  • Students recited poetry and sang songs to entertain over forty volunteers during a special 'Thank You' breakfast last week at Tommie Barfield Elementary.
  • Volunteers were invited for a breakfast of waffles, fruit toppings, sausage and juice last week at Tommie Barfield Elementary.  Students made cards and other art to say 'thank you' for the countless hours of hard work and dedication put in by volunteers.
  • Over forty volunteers attended a breakfast last Tuesday at Tommie Barfield Elementary cafeteria.  The event was put on by faculty and students to say 'thank you' for the many contributions volunteers make at the school.
  • Teachers have committed themselves to reevaluating priorities at Tommie Barfield Elementary as of late, in response to a recent one percent bonus offer by the Collier County School District.  Upkeep of this bulletin board is just one sign of teachers who are now working strictly to contract.  Parents and other members of the community are encouraged to attend the Collier County School District school board meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Osceola Trail in Naples.  Public comments are welcomed.
  • Blank bulletin boards at Tommie Barfield Elementary reveal results of the teachers 'work to rule' stand in recent weeks.  Teachers who would normally come to school early and stay late, doing extra duties like hanging up student's work or planning lessons have made a commitment to work strictly to contract, doing nothing extra until conflict is resolved with the Collier County School district.
  • The Seaside Strings musical group packed the house Thursday night at the Marco Branch Library on Heathwood Drive.  The concert was a unique final chance to celebrate the Collier County Public Library system's 50th anniversary.
  • A captivated audience listens intently to a beautiful concert put on Thursday night at Marco Branch Public Library.  The performance by The Seaside Strings began at 6:30 and lasted around an hour and a half.
  • The Seaside Strings musical group drew a large crowd of people to Marco Branch Library Thursday night.  The performance was the last event planned to celebrate Collier County Public Library system serving the community for 50 years.
  • A full house listened intently as The Seaside Strings musical group performed a concert at Marco Branch Library Thursday night.  The grand finale event concludes this year's celebration of  Collier County Public Library system serving the community for 50 years.
  • Captain Rodger Parcelles leads guests aboard a ship with a mission.  The Tuesday afternoon cruise aboard the Marco Island Princess was held in support of local schools.
  • Supporters of education paid $50 to board the Marco Island Princess Tuesday afternoon.  The two hour cruise organized by the American Association of University Women raised over $1,000 for local schools.
  • Captain Rodger Parcelles of the Marco Island Princess welcomed guests on a cruise to support education Tuesday afternoon.  The tour included a stop between Olde Marco and the Isles of Capri to watch the sunset.
  • Guests boarded the Marco Island Princess Tuesday afternoon to support local schools.  The first ever event raised more than $1,000 to be split between Tommie Barfield Elementary, Marco Island Charter Middle School and Manatee Middle School.
  • Marco Island native and local attorney, Jennifer Tenney, happily signs a contract last Wednesday, showing her commitment to serve the community as the newest member of Marco Island Charter Middle School board.
  • Outgoing President of the Marco Island Charter Middle School, Vincent Magee, shakes the hand of new board member, Jennifer Tenney, during last Wednesday night's board meeting at MICMS. Tenney, a Marco Island native and local attorney, follows in the footsteps of her parents, who both actively participated in the community as members of the local school board, as she was growing up.
  • Claire Newman kisses her little drummer girl, Gracie, 16 months, at the first ever 'Music Together' class on the island Friday.
  • Instructor Carolyn Beauchamp leads the children in songs and dances using many different kinds of instruments Friday, November 30, at the sample 'Music Together' class on the island.  The class had an excellent turnout and will be starting the first of the year.  Applications are now being accepted.
  • Brandon Gear, 8 months, participates in his very own way, chewing on the musical equipment Friday at the sample 'Music Together' class at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
  • Celina Alber, 2, dances to the music on Friday at the sample 'Music Together' class at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
  • Eight-month-old Brandon Gear pays close attention to the instructor as she dances and plays guitar at the sample 'Music Together' class at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Friday.
  • Carolyn Beauchamp, licensed 'Music Together' teacher, shows parents the music book that will be used in class starting in January.  The upcoming class will be the first of its kind in Marco Island.
  • Kelly Gear holds her 8-month-old son, Brandon, during the sample 'Music Together' class at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Friday.
  • Carolyn Beauchamp, licensed 'Music Together' instructor, encourages kids to enjoy music, by offering all kinds of instruments for youngsters to play during class.
  • Celina Alber, 2, shakes to the beat on Friday at the first ever 'Music Together' class for kids at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
  • Carolyn Beauchamp, licensed 'Music Together' teacher, provides a sample class in Marco to give parents and children a feel for what an actual class would be like.  Classes are scheduled to begin in January.
  • Kelly Gear prompts her two boys, Ryan, 3, and Brandon, 8 months, to sing, during the 'Music Together' class Friday.
  • Carolyn Beauchamp, licensed 'Music Together' teacher, plays guitar during a 'sample class' for parents in Marco Island on Friday, November 30.  The music classes for youngsters will begin the first of the year in the music room at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
  • George Abounader, principal at Marco Island Charter Middle School gave opening comments Tuesday night, to kick off the dedication ceremony and celebration of a brand new facility that provides the children of Marco Island with 'high quality education in a safe environment.'
  • The audience gives a standing ovation as Jim Reinders, Marco Island Charter Middle School board member, receives a special award for hard work and dedication to Marco Island Charter Middle School throughout the many years of planning and construction of the new facility.  The public dedication ceremony Tuesday night lasted around 45 minutes, including many awards thanking the community for contributions and support and was followed by refreshments and a tour of the new facility.
  • Jim Reinders smiles as he receives both an award from George Abounader, principal at MICMS and a standing ovation from the crowd, recognizing his hard work and dedication as a distinctive school board member at Marco Island Charter Middle School.   The ceremony to dedicate the new middle school, which was finished this year after more than seven years of planning, design and construction, included comments from Dr. Dennis Thompson, Collier County School District Superintendent.
  • Thirty two students from the MICMS 'Jazzy Eagles' musical group played the national anthem Tuesday night for a standing crowd, in the Marco Island Charter Middle School gymnasium, to kick off the dedication celebration event.
  • Marco Island Charter Middle School dedication ceremony began Tuesday night with the national anthem, played by the Jazzy Eagles musical group, led by Mrs. Martie Miller, Band Director at the school.
  • Corporal James Hassig from the Marco Island Police Department performs a routine check on a residential property on the island.
  • Marco Island Police will perform routine checks on residential property for anyone who notifies the department of a leave of absence.  Putting storm shutters down provides extra security to prevent criminal trespassing.
  • Marco Island Police Department urges holiday shoppers to carry little cash with them, lock doors, roll up windows and put all packages out of sight.
  • Kindergarteners at Tommie Barfield Elementary shake the hand of Red E. Fox, a special visitor to the school on Tuesday, who helped students learn the ins and outs of calling 9-1-1.
  • A big hug for Red E. Fox, the cuddly 'friend' who visited with kindergarten and first grade students at Tommie Barfield Elementary on Tuesday, to help students learn about 9-1-1.
  • Red E. Fox shakes the hand of students at Tommie Barfield Elementary on Tuesday, after a presentation regarding the use of the 9-1-1 calling system.
  • Tommie Barfield Elementary Kindergarteners watch as Red E. Fox enters the cafeteria, during an assembly last Tuesday to learn about the proper measures to take in the event of an emergency.

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