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  • ‘I promise to read’: Golden Terrace students take reading oath as part of ‘Read Across America’ Published 03/29/2011 at 4:09 p.m.

    “So I take this oath, to make reading my way, of feeding my brain, what it needs every day.” So goes the last verse of a readers’ oath recited by students at Golden Terrace Elementary School, on a recent Friday, ...

  • BUSINESS MONDAY: Cellphone ads, promos focus of Naples company Updated 03/27/2011 at 11:23 a.m.

    You’re staying at a Las Vegas casino and an ad or promotion pops up on your cell phone. There’s a good chance that information was provided by Proximus Mobility, a Naples-based company that offers digital content to consumers’ mobile phones ...

  • Courage in Motion: Cyclists invited to third annual ride to help amputees Published 03/18/2011 at 1:50 p.m.

    Cyclists from all around will be pedaling their wheels Saturday to help a local organization get people like 3-year-old Itzel Chavez and former soldier Corey Kent back on their feet — or at least into a new prosthetic device. Miracle ...

  • Marco Academy organizers: Overcoming obstacles and ‘pursuing the dream’ Published 03/17/2011 at 4:35 p.m. 15 Comments

    Community members and interested parents had the chance to meet newly appointed Marco Island Charter High School Principal, Chris Pellant on Tuesday evening and find out about the latest news on the school’s progress (see Guest Commentary, 6A). The meeting, ...

  • Purdue Glee Club to sing in Estero Published 03/11/2011 at 10:52 a.m.

    Vocal group aficionados and those who call Purdue their alma mater will get a chance to hear the glee club in concert at Estero United Methodist Church (EUM) at 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more than 115 years, the members ...

  • From Ash Wednesday to Easter, Islanders observing Lent Published 03/10/2011 at 5 p.m.

    Multiple hundreds of Marco Island Roman Catholics went about their business last Wednesday with an ashy mark in the shape of a cross on their foreheads. Heralding the 40 day period known as Lent, Ash Wednesday drew the faithful to ...

  • TBE has a Seussical kind of day Published 03/04/2011 at 3:01 p.m.

    In classrooms across the country, on March 2, students paid homage to one of the beloved children’s story book authors, Dr. Seuss as part of the Read Across America event. Born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, ...

  • PHOTOS: More leg room: Walmart Supercenter undergoes renovation Published 03/03/2011 at 4:27 p.m. 2 Comments

    Walmart customers at one East Naples store should have more room to shop these days. The Walmart Supercenter at Collier Boulevard near Davis Boulevard is undergoing renovations that began Feb. 7 and will be complete in a few weeks.

  • Special anthem to be performed at Evensong Service Published 03/03/2011 at 10:30 a.m.

    Choirmaster and organist Brian Aranowski is celebrating his 10th anniversary as the director of music ministry at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs. In honor of the benchmark event, members of the 30 voice choir and the church’s Friends ...

  • TBE’s budding playwrights and actors Published 02/28/2011 at 5:19 p.m.

    The “Bright Star Buddies” can proudly say they are now playwrights and actors. Working cooperatively in an ambitious project, 19 students at Tommie Barfield Elementary, wrote and will be performing their own play. Teaching veteran, Judy Albero’s second graders learned ...

  • Local nonprofit offers free, low-cost drugs Published 02/21/2011 at 2:20 p.m.

    Joyce Crain of Marco Island opened her non-profit organization, Prescriptions 4 Hope, to help people find low-cost or free prescription drugs. As a medical professional, Crain has member-only access to 475 drug assistance programs supplied through grants, funds, pharmaceutical and ...

  • PHOTOS: Tile from space shuttle lands at Tommie Barfield Elementary Published 02/18/2011 at 2:24 p.m.

    On an ordinary school day at Tommie Barfield Elementary, via a UPS delivery, an extraordinary piece of history was delivered. A tile from a space shuttle will reside at the Media Center on Marco Island.

  • Course explores Christianity without pressure Published 02/10/2011 at 2:52 p.m.

    Why did Jesus come to earth? What was his message to mankind? Is the Old Testament relevant for today? What is the function of the Holy Spirit? The answers to these and other questions about Christianity are being addressed through ...

  • PHOTOS: TBE students take part in Literacy Week Published 01/28/2011 at 10:55 a.m.

    “A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” So goes a Chinese proverb that relays the inherent benefits contained in a book as able to produce a living growth of character and substance. Students at Tommie Barfield Elementary ...

  • PHOTOS: Kiwanis club supports Manatee Elementary School literacy week Published 01/28/2011 at 10:42 a.m.

    Students and their parents spent quality time together, at Manatee Elementary School (MES), on Tuesday, reading and working on a family book chronicling memories that they will treasure forever. The event, We Both Read and Write, was part of Literacy ...

  • Canasta Club collect and ship coupons to troops overseas Published 01/25/2011 at 1:30 p.m.

    If you want to make the most of leisure time, while sitting in front of the tube, when chatting on the phone or sitting with friends, then consider joining many local Marco Island women who are serving our country in ...

  • Extra dose of help goes a long way for migrant students Published 01/21/2011 at 1:57 p.m.

    There is a group of “cool kids” at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE) who get a double dose of help in academic subjects like reading, writing, math and science, in order to succeed academically. The help is in the form ...

  • Marco Island Homeowners discuss hot-button issues Published 01/20/2011 at 2:48 p.m. 1 Comment

    About 100 members attended the Marco Island Homeowners (MIH) meeting on last Friday. County Commissioner Donna Fiala opened the meeting with information related to Maine-based Jackson Labs. She revealed that an announcement would be made revealing tht Jackson Labs will ...

  • Kiwanis Car show planned for Feb. 13 Published 01/20/2011 at 11:06 a.m.

    Antique cars, hot rods, classic and other custom and specialty vehicles will be featured at a car show coming to Marco Island, hosted by the Kiwanis Club. About 120 to 150 cars will represent owners from Southwest Florida as well ...

  • Tech savvy TBE: Mimio technology assists with education process Published 01/14/2011 at 2:02 p.m.

    The first use of technology in the classroom probably started back in the ‘60s, when television sets where wheeled into classrooms on tall rolling carts. Recently, Michelle Robau and Donna Condee, kindergarten teachers at Tommie Barfield Elementary School on Marco ...

  • Former director of national intelligence speaks at Forum Club luncheon Published 01/07/2011 at 5:17 p.m.

    Expectations were high as approximately 365 attendees filled a ballroom at the Naples Beach Hotel to hear the Forum Club’s featured speaker, John. D. Negroponte, a United States career diplomat.

  • Recreational storage center opens on Marco Island Published 12/23/2010 at 1:50 p.m.

    Duane Thomas is working magic for Marco Island residents these days by turning the space over a backyard canal into a functional space, with customized boat docks and decks. “For years, I have been saying that the cheapest real estate ...

  • Jones energized about serving your electrical needs Published 12/23/2010 at 11:03 a.m.

    With a motto like “Nice People Working for Nice People,” Rich Jones Electric, Inc. has carved out a reputation in the community for friendly and meticulous service for all electrical needs. “We strive to be as courteous and caring as ...

  • Holiday wishes: Marco Island’s young and old chime in with funny, heartfelt gift lists Published 12/23/2010 at 10:47 a.m.

    Many school-aged children are hip these days and their Christmas wishes reflect a new crop of kids ready to enter the world of technology. Still, others express heartfelt wishes that parents, siblings and others may receive gifts — both material ...

  • Experience counts in the travel industry Published 12/22/2010 at 9:12 a.m.

    Pat and Jack Hazen, originally from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, operate the Bonita Springs agency. Their recipe for business success is simple and works well.

  • PHOTOS: TBE students build gingerbread houses Published 12/21/2010 at 2:44 p.m.

    Finding a new use for cleaned out milk cartons, graham crackers and a variety of decorations like gumdrops and M&M’s, Tommie Barfield Elementary students exercised their creativity and made unique gingerbread houses for the holiday season last week.

  • Marco Island student Tia Nielsen knows how to ‘do the right thing’ Published 12/19/2010 at 6 a.m.

    Last Tuesday, the Collier County Sheriff’s Department held its “Do the Right Thing” awards ceremony. Marco Island’s representative, Tia Nielsen, a fifth grade student at Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE), was nominated by Principal Jory Westberry for the special recognition.

  • New MICMS board gears up for term Published 12/16/2010 at 3:44 p.m.

    The new officers and members for the 2010 Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) Board were announced without fanfare after a ballot count, on Tuesday. The officers include former President Jennifer M. Tenney, Vice President Lisa Meurgue, Treasurer Bill Hollowsky ...

  • Fifth grader designs new T-shirt for Marco school Published 12/03/2010 at 1:28 p.m.

    Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE) students are set to sport new school motto T-shirts. What makes the new shirt so special is that Sandy Vizcaya created the winning design, selected from entries made by her fellow fifth grade students.

  • Learn to love reading: Parents attend special program at Tommie Barfield Elementary Published 12/02/2010 at 3:31 p.m.

    Parents went back to school Tuesday evening as part of the Tommie Barfield Elementary School’s (TBE) Parent Reading Academy. The TBE leadership team, along with veteran reading coach Debbie Cooper, collaborated on the program, which exposes parents to various skill ...

  • Resignation requested: Council to discuss board’s future at Monday’s meeting Published 12/02/2010 at 3:09 p.m. 32 Comments

    Marco Island’s City Council member Chuck Kiester recently asked Carol Glassman to step down from her position with the code compliance board. Now, City Council will discuss dismantling the code compliance board in favor of hiring a magistrate, at Monday’s ...

  • Marco Island Inn earns white glove award Published 11/29/2010 at 4:13 p.m.

    On Marco Island, amidst the larger hotels, the cozy Marco Island Lakeside Inn was recently honored with the coveted White Glove Award from the Florida Superior Small Lodging Association (SSL) for 2010. There are more than 370,000 rooms available to ...

  • Musical horse show coming to TBE Published 11/29/2010 at 4:03 p.m.

    Mona Raux and Doris Suenkel, equestrians and their equine partners, will perform a “dressage musical kuer — a pas de deux” on Friday at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE). Dressage is a training method for horses that grooms them for ...

  • St. Matthew’s talking turkey for Thanksgiving Published 11/23/2010 at 3:40 p.m.

    As the holidays approach, those who have fallen on hard times, needy families and others struggling with addiction, will be going to St. Matthew’s House in Naples for meals and companionship.

  • Marco Island Homeowners hold inaugural meeting Published 11/11/2010 at 4:58 p.m. 14 Comments

    On Wednesday morning, about 100 concerned citizens gathered at Mackle Park for the newly chartered Marco Island Homeowners (MIH) meeting. Participants viewed the gathering to be a commendable start to a formidable group. Spearheaded by Larry Sacher and Ray Seward, ...

  • PHOTOS: Knights of Columbus cook traditional Italian fare for fundraiser Published 11/04/2010 at 6:25 p.m.

    If you’re in the mood for a hearty dish of pasta smothered in homemade Italian spaghetti sauce, tasty homemade meatballs and sausage, then call now for tickets to the second annual Christmas Island Style spaghetti dinner at San Marco Catholic ...

  • Educational Arts: TBE art program reinforces math, science and reading Published 10/31/2010 at 6 a.m.

    More than reading, writing and arithmetic, students at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE) on Marco Island creatively express themselves across academic disciplines in a variety of ways through the Related Arts Program

  • Marco Island parents, teachers discuss ways to protect children from Internet dangers Published 10/22/2010 at 10:51 a.m.

    Do you know which are some of the more popular teen social networking sites? Have you heard of Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, AIM, Gaia, or a blog? Do you know that danger awaits youngsters who access these Internet sites and give ...

  • Creative solutions: Math just got a little easier at Marco Island's TBE Published 10/14/2010 at 1:35 p.m.

    How many slices of pizza can you get out of one pie? Right away, a picture of a round pizza comes to mind as you mentally cut the pie in half, then again into quarters. Slices are still too large, ...

  • Editorials: Starfish, sand dollars, sand spurs & coconuts - July 24, 2010 Published 07/23/2010 at 5 p.m.

    A look at some of the good, the bad and the questionable.

  • Hot of the Grill: North Naples pizzeria staking claim as area’s top italian eatery Published 03/01/2010 at 5:35 p.m.

    With the motto “You’ve tried the rest, now try the best,” La Villa Pizzeria and Café is determined to prove that their cafe, featuring New York style pizza, will make the North Naples corner café the go-to spot for locals, ...

  • Drug store representatives meet in Estero to discuss role in communities Published 02/12/2010 at 11:07 a.m.

    With a drug store on virtually every corner, the public may not stop to think that industry would have a visible, unified leadership and steering organization.

  • Naples concert to help feed hungry Published 02/12/2010 at 10:35 a.m.

    The critically acclaimed Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band will have the audience tapping their toes to their infectious music on Feb. 16 at a benefit concert for St. Matthew’s House at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

  • Hot Off the Grill: Chocolate just plain magic Published 02/12/2010 at 10:32 a.m.

    Valentine’s Day is soon approaching and if you’re lucky, you’ll receive a red heart-shaped, festooned box, chock full of the sinfully rich chocolate confections.

  • Hot Off the Grill: Great burgers, classic diner style at Red Robin Published 02/10/2010 at 3:15 p.m.

    Raising the bar one of the singularly popular foods of all-American fare, Red Robin Gourmet burgers, at the Gulf Coast Town Center, features specialty burgers, made 14 ways, along with other menu items with descriptions like “insanely delicious.”

  • Expert talks ‘7 Steps’ approach to cardiovascular health Published 02/05/2010 at 12:51 p.m.

    February is reserved for matters of the heart and the tokens of affection. Lovers may exchange roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and surprise each other with gifts, expressing hearts bursting with wells-spring of love.

  • Golden Apple finalist uses media tools to teach students Published 02/02/2010 at 11:16 a.m.

    Lisa Pockrus, media specialist at Three Oaks Elementary, has earned a Lee County finalist nomination for the coveted Golden Apple Award.

  • Faithspot: Give me that old-time religion Published 01/26/2010 at 2:35 p.m.

    Revival services, just like those held by traveling Christian preachers, are coming to Gospel Baptist Church and School, Bonita Springs starting on January 17.

  • Dining Spot: There's no guys Like five Guys Published 01/26/2010 at 1:50 p.m.

    If you have a hankering for what’s been called the best burger, then head over to Five Guys Burgers and Fries in the Gateway Shoppes in North Naples

  • Dining Spot: Survey celebrates first year Published 01/20/2010 at 4:35 p.m.

    The Survey Café is a renovated, historic house with décor in the tradition of old Florida and early Bonita. Dark wood floors, historic artifacts and wall hangings help to create a casual, warm ambiance.