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Title: Staff Writer - Marco Eagle
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  • Remembering angels — written memories Published 12/13/2007 at 1:50 p.m.

    Nearly a decade after the first Christmas Box Angel ceremony at Marco Island cemetery, donations were gathered for the very first time, during last Thursday’s service.

  • Keeping the Faith: Lee Gabourel, Marco Community Church Published 12/13/2007 at 1:09 p.m.

    Lee Gabourel participates in “keeping the faith” at Marco Community Church by being a friend, in a time when families need it most.

  • Give and take: Volunteers get free breakfast/ live entertainment Published 12/12/2007 at midnight

    Log onto the Web site, fill out an application, answer a few questions and wala! You are now the newest volunteer for Collier County Schools.

  • School Board meeting scheduled — will ‘work to rule’ end? Published 12/12/2007 at midnight

    In recent weeks, Collier County teachers, including those at Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE), have been adhering to a “work to rule” decision, abiding strictly to contractual agreements and providing nothing more of themselves than what they are required to do ...

  • AAUW keeping education afloat Published 12/06/2007 at 3:20 p.m.

    “Welcome aboard!” said Captain Rodger Parcelles with a smile, as he welcomed more than 50 guests aboard the Marco Island Princess Tuesday evening.

  • Keeping the Faith: Isabel Price brings Jewish history in images Published 12/05/2007 at 5:44 p.m.

    Isabel Price participates in “keeping the faith” at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island by keeping history alive through films.

  • Community invited to support MICMS Published 12/04/2007 at 3:02 p.m.

    In preparation for the new year, Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) says “out with the old and in with the new,” welcoming two new board members during a meeting last Wednesday.

  • Children learn to make beautiful music Published 12/03/2007 at 5:05 p.m.

    Finally, Marco Island kids will benefit from a program developed at Princeton back in 1985. The “Music Together” sample class held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Friday was a huge success, guaranteeing a class for kids ages birth to ...

  • Keeping the Faith: Cathy Gallus, New Life Community Church Published 11/29/2007 at 1:05 p.m.

    Cathy Gallus participates in “keeping the faith” at New Life Community Church by sipping tea each month with thousands of women of all ages. Over the last eight years, nearly 9,000 ladies from Miami to Fort Myers have made the ...

  • ‘Tis the season to be safe Published 11/27/2007 at 10:43 a.m.

    During the busiest shopping season of the year, islanders are reminded to put safety first. Marco Island Police Officer Jen Lofy says December may seem relatively quiet here in paradise but locals should be careful not to let the calm ...

  • Marco Island Charter Middle School Dedication Tuesday Published 11/26/2007 at 5:33 p.m.

    The public is invited to attend the dedication celebration of Marco Island Charter Middle School at 6 p.m. Tuesday in MICMS gymnasium.

  • To dial or not to dial, that is the question Published 11/23/2007 at 8:56 p.m.

    Young children need to know how to properly react in the event of an emergency. In order to get students up to par, Tommie Barfield Elementary invited Red E. Fox, a giant cuddly “friend,” to visit with Kindergarten and first ...

  • Keeping the Faith: Joan Sledge, Marco Lutheran Church Published 11/22/2007 at 8 a.m.

    Joan Sledge participates in “keeping the faith” at Marco Lutheran Church by conducting interviews and writing stories for a monthly newsletter each month, which lets people know about outstanding Godly families at her church.

  • Top 40: TBE teacher honored as one of Collier's "teachers of distinction" Published 11/21/2007 at 12:02 p.m. 1 Comment

    Through the years, Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) has seen its share of Golden Apple Teachers make their way down the hallway of fame. Like in year’s prior, the tedious selection process began in September with nominations cast, requirements met, applications ...

  • Thousands raised for Sunshine Kids Published 11/21/2007 at 7:59 a.m.

    Prudential Florida WCI Realty went the extra mile again this year, raising around $6,000 to benefit children nationwide who struggle with cancer.

  • Farmer’s Market returns Wednesday Published 11/20/2007 at 4:04 p.m.

    Marco Island Farmer’s Market at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church returns in full swing Wednesday morning. It will be held on Wednesdays through April 16. The market will open for business at 7:30 a.m. and close at 11:30 a.m. on the ...

  • Thankful reunion: Twelve years later, Island clergy associates make amends Published 11/20/2007 at 1:06 p.m.

    At least ten clergymen and women from around Marco Island will unite for the first time in twelve years Thursday morning, to create a very special community Thanksgiving Day service to be held at Marco Lutheran Church on Collier Boulevard.

  • Marco Island teachers take a stand Published 11/16/2007 at 6:03 p.m. 17 Comments

    Work to rule! That’s the new way teachers at Tommie Barfield Elementary school will go about “business unusual,” in reaction to a decision Thursday by the Collier County School Board.

  • Local young talents brighten up morning at restaurant Published 11/16/2007 at 2:25 p.m.

    Around four dozen fourth and fifth grade students sang their hearts out Wednesday afternoon for an overflowing dining room at Konrad’s Seafood and Grille on Collier Boulevard. The first public performance of the year by Tommie Barfield’s own Morning Musician’s ...

  • Operation Medicine Cabinet is back Published 11/15/2007 at 12:47 p.m.

    Marco Island residents are encouraged to bring leftover and unused medicines to Mackle Park this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program, referred to as “Operation Medicine Cabinet,” is brought to the community by Drug Free Collier, formerly ...

  • Sweet signs of autumn: Farmer’s Market returns Published 10/29/2007 at 2:35 p.m.

    Marco Island Farmer’s Market at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will return in full swing Wednesday mornings starting Nov. 21 and running through April 16. The market will open for business at 7:30 a.m. and close at 11:30 a.m. sharp.

  • Comedian to talk about drugs, premarital sex at MICMS Published 10/26/2007 at 4:02 p.m. 1 Comment

    Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) welcomes Keith Deltano, teaching comedian, who will speak to seventh and eighth grade students at an assembly Tuesday, regarding the dangers of drug abuse and the potential consequences of sexual activity before marriage.

  • Kids pledge to say no during national Red Ribbon Week Published 10/25/2007 at 2:23 p.m.

    “Look at me, I’m drug free!” That’s this year’s motto for national Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the National Family Partnership. Jennifer Lofy, Marco Island Police Officer says Collier County School District partners with law enforcement agencies to teach students ...

  • New Island Brownie troop has a cheesy start Published 10/24/2007 at 12:34 p.m.

    The first ever meeting for newly formed Brownie troop 215 was quite cheesy... literally!... thanks to Little Caesar’s on Collier Boulevard. The group for young girls gathered last Wednesday night at Tommie Barfield Elementary cafeteria and while troop leaders went ...

  • Marco Community Church builds and celebrates new home Published 10/23/2007 at 12:36 p.m.

    Marco Community Church opened doors to a brand new parsonage Sunday afternoon, offering the congregation, members of other churches and the general public a chance to view the spectacular new home on the water.

  • Rotary honors students of the month Published 10/19/2007 at 11:32 p.m.

    The Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island recognized two students from four different area schools at a luncheon held at the Marco Island Yacht Club on Thursday.

  • Racquet Center improvements keep coming Published 10/19/2007 at 11:27 p.m.

    A year has come and gone since the city held a public meeting to discuss priorities for renovating and beautifying Marco Island Racquet Center.

  • FBC Marco: Keeping it real Published 10/18/2007 at 4:45 p.m.

    Whether you’re new to the island or just visiting and looking for a worship service to fit your needs, First Baptist Church of Marco Island may be right for you.

  • Island Derby’s future uncertain Published 10/17/2007 at 1:24 p.m.

    Saturday night’s Island Derby, held at the beautiful Henell Estate on Mimosa Court in Marco Island brought out less people and less funds than last year, but the fun for everyone who did come out seemed to top the charts.

  • Budget cuts holding high school seniors back? Published 10/16/2007 at 2:02 p.m.

    Lely High School encourages seniors to get those college applications in now, since students who wait to the last minute this year will quite possibly miss the bus.

  • Filled to the brim: City may hold culinary classes twice a year Published 10/15/2007 at 3:55 p.m.

    More than 20 chef-wannabes of all ages gathered at Blu Fusion restaurant this weekend for the opportunity to learn from some of the best chefs on the island. Paul Johnson, recreation leader for Marco Island Parks and Recreation says these ...

  • Marco Island seeks Spooktacular support Published 10/12/2007 at 3:02 p.m.

    The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department implores Islanders to volunteer for the Second Annual Spooktacular event, which is open to the public and scheduled to take place Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mackle Park.

  • Wesley United Methodist Church strives for teamwork Published 10/11/2007 at 4:07 p.m.

    Whether you’re new to the island or just visiting and looking for a worship service to fit your needs, Wesley United Methodist Church could be right for you.

  • Managing math problems: TBE announces improvement plan Published 10/09/2007 at 11:28 a.m.

    The 706 students who attend Tommie Barfield Elementary can plan on meeting high standards once again this school year. Staff members went public with the TBE School Improvement Plan on Friday afternoon, which included a mission statement, beliefs, demographics and ...

  • What’s grosser than gross?: Eating boogers on a stick at Marco Island Branch Public Library Published 10/08/2007 at 11:03 a.m.

    Things were certainly grosser than gross at the Marco Island Branch Library Wednesday afternoon, during October’s afterschool adventure. Children’s librarian, Ellen Tanner says she chose the theme “Gross Me Out” for this month, since it’s drawing closer to that weird ...

  • Island youth brave rain for International Walk to School event Published 10/07/2007 at 6:51 p.m.

    Over 140 students from Tommie Barfield Elementary School braved the early morning rain on Wednesday to take part in Collier County’s official kickoff for International Walk to School month.

  • Vision of the spirit: Local church members contemplate their future Published 10/04/2007 at 4:35 p.m.

    Whether you’re new to the island or just visiting and looking for a worship service that fits your needs, United Church of Marco Island could be right for you. Last summer, E. Neil Hunt’s phone rang in Nobi, Michigan.

  • Marco Island YMCA: Helping parents find balance Published 10/03/2007 at 3:03 p.m.

    Choosing the perfect extracurricular activity for a young child is an “art” not a “science.” Organized sports programs, even those aimed at very young children, tend to promote a high level of competitiveness, during a time of youth development when ...

  • Cyber safety: Lely students get an online life lesson Published 10/02/2007 at midnight

    Some things never change. Today’s teenagers, like those of generations passed, still need a “crowd” to hang out with. Friends to talk to. Somewhere to belong. Whether it’s sports, music or academics, to someone between the ages of 13 and ...

  • A pink ribbon reminder: October is breast cancer awareness month Published 10/01/2007 at 3:49 p.m.

    In the coming weeks, women all over the world will sport tiny pink ribbon pins, to support, encourage and remind one another that living healthy should remain a top priority. The reality is, consistent, yearly mammograms save lives of mothers, ...

  • Parks and Recreation improvements coming Published 09/28/2007 at 5:15 p.m.

    The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department continues to make improvements, offering more programs and better facilities for the community to enjoy. A long awaited event, the new Spray Park dedication/grand opening celebration will take place Oct. 13 ...

  • The race for tickets begins: Island Derby returns Oct. 13 Published 09/25/2007 at 1:42 p.m.

    Break out the funny money and pick that lucky racehorse, the second annual Island Derby returns to Marco Island on Oct. 13. The adult fundraiser to benefit Tommie Barfield Elementary students, was a sellout last year, raising nearly $17,000 to ...

  • Return the favor: Red Cross needs local volunteers Published 09/24/2007 at 4:01 p.m.

    The American Red Cross, Collier County Chapter, will celebrate 80 years of humanitarian service next year. As the county plans to honor volunteers who show up in the face of disaster to offer a compassionate “helping hand” to victims in ...

  • Marco Presbyterian Church: Spreading good news to all Published 09/20/2007 at 1:04 p.m.

    Whether you’re new to the island or just visiting and looking for a worship service that fits your needs, Marco Presbyterian Church could be right for you.

  • Human trafficking on Marco Island?: Islanders learn warning signs of ‘underground slavery’ Published 09/19/2007 at 3:36 p.m.

    Late Tuesday, the Knights of Columbus and the Council of Catholic Women gathered together at San Marco Catholic Church to find out how to prevent and recognize warning signs of the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, human trafficking.

  • Kids count: Math tutoring starts Thursday Published 09/18/2007 at 2:01 p.m.

    The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation’s idea to offer free math tutoring to local kids became an overwhelming hit this month, with numbers almost doubling expectations. Starting Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Joan Van Glabek will begin ...

  • Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard says “It’s OK to Ask!” Published 09/17/2007 at 2:01 p.m.

    The staff at Physicians Regional Medical Center-Collier Boulevard takes infection control very seriously. Hand sanitizing stations can be found not only at each entrance, but also at various places throughout the hospital.

  • Advanced, special, gifted ...: Understanding today’s student, using Collier County vocabulary Published 09/14/2007 at 2:22 p.m.

    As a direct result of an increasingly competitive job market, oftentimes today’s student deals with intense pressure to perform well in school. Nowadays, parents often urge tots to read much earlier than in year’s past. Elementary tasks might include research ...

  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church: A diverse family, ministering to all Published 09/13/2007 at 2:02 p.m.

    Whether you’re new to the island or just visiting and looking for a worship service that fits your needs, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church could be right for you.

  • Help Diego fight back: Donations needed for man attacked on Marco Published 09/13/2007 at 1:35 p.m. 3 Comments

    The Gutierrez family of Marco Island needs your help. Four weeks ago this Saturday, Diego Gutierrez, husband, father of three kids under the age of six and primary breadwinner for the family, was attacked late at night on the island. ...