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  • Naples senior becomes a published playwright at 81 Published 12/14/2010 at 11:33 a.m.

    Longtime Naples resident Cynthia Medley England is an accomplished news reporter, radio and television music programmer, but the 81-year-old has a new career highlight with the online publication of her musical children’s play, “Poisoned Present for Princess.”

  • Middle schoolers learning life skills at St. Elizabeth Seton Published 09/07/2010 at 12:49 p.m.

    A stitch in time saves nine, or at least a button or two. Eighth graders at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School are in stitches over their new Life Skills course. “Last week, the button fell off my uniform shirt. This ...

  • Golden Gate Fire district board - three or five? Voters to decide Published 02/24/2010 at 5:26 p.m.

    Would you campaign for a political office that may not exist? That will be the reality for some Golden Gate Fire Commission candidates as the district attempts to expand from three to five members this fall.

  • KAYDEE TUFF: Scratch Paper - Mama Hokie’s good advice Published 02/24/2010 at 4:40 p.m.

    BEER WORMS If you drove the Tamiami Trail from Naples to Ochopee in the late 1980s, you couldn’t miss the hand-painted sign out front of a run-down shack across the trail from the National Park Service offices, formerly the infamous ...

  • He’s got the right frame of mind and business - Art & Frame Depot Published 02/24/2010 at 3:33 p.m.

    Jim Davenport gets the big picture. Of course he gets some small ones as well as a few photos, jerseys and even instruments at his frame shop, Art & Frame Depot on Shirley Street in Naples.

  • VIDEO: North Naples' first Bald Eagle Scout Published 02/10/2010 at 5:43 p.m.

    North Naples Boy Scout Tyler Paine is not only an Eagle Scout, he has the unique distinction of being a bald Eagle Scout. The 18-year-old recently celebrated his Eagle Award among family and friends of Troop 2001 during a Court ...

  • VIDEO: All entries in the Collier Citizen Photo Contest, "Inspiration" Published 01/04/2010 at 2:37 p.m.

    All entries in the Collier Citizen Photo Contest, "Inspiration"

  • VIDEO/PHOTOS Santa's Slide Show - updated Dec. 17 Published 12/09/2009 at 2:54 p.m.

    View Santa's Slide Show of Holiday Photos submitted by our readers.

  • Gator hunt turns murky after local couple's airboat capsizes Published 11/06/2009 at 2:26 p.m.

    A first-time alligator hunt turned into a watery nightmare for Collier County residents Beth and Tony Hamm. The two felt extremely lucky to secure two of 4,000 randomly-drawn permits for this year’s Alligator Harvest, but that luck took a turn ...

  • Local man sets up Web site for primitive jungle village Published 10/22/2009 at 4:57 p.m.

    Sean McDonald traveled to the jungles of Panama to plant trees, but the natives of the tiny, primitive village of Arimae didn’t want help planting trees – they wanted a Web site.

  • VIDEO: All entries in the Unforgettable Faces Photo Contest Published 10/16/2009 at 6:06 p.m.

    All entries in the Unforgettable Faces Photo Contest

  • PHOTOS/VIDEO: All Collier Citizen "Summer Fun" entries Published 08/26/2009 at 2:48 p.m.

    View all entries in the Collier Citizen's Summer Fun Photo Contest.

  • Playing with fire: Districts push to establish sales tax to replace property taxes Published 08/13/2009 at 3:20 p.m.

    The agreement would authorize the county to levy a sales tax, up to 1 percent, with the full value of all proceeds being subtracted from ad valorem property taxes and non-ad valorem assessments. In layman’s terms, property taxes in the ...

  • Make a teen’s dream come true Published 04/07/2009 at 8:47 p.m.

    Local residents can make a teen’s dream come true by taking part in “Prom-Aide,” a grassroots effort to provide new or slightly used prom attire for local high school students.

  • Golden Gate fire district hopes fourth time a charm for tax vote Published 02/12/2009 at 7:20 p.m.

    Perhaps four is a charm. The Golden Gate fire district will send voters to the polls in May, in a fourth attempt to secure a tax increase. Three previous attempts failed in 1986, 1988 and 1990.

  • Comic series depicts Collier County's horror Published 10/24/2008 at 11:55 a.m. 1 Comment

    Nosey elderly neighbors, yapping lap dogs, truck traffic, and vocal opposition to change — these are some of the terrors of Collier County.

  • Medals take a long road home Published 08/10/2008 at 12:01 a.m.

    It has been 63 years since the surrender of Japan brought World War II to a close, but Golden Gate resident Willie Olen Benfield can remember that time like it was yesterday.

  • Scratch Paper: Arresting results on restroom research Published 08/04/2006 at midnight

    I used to work at an office where I somehow earned the "choicest" of desk locations —adjacent to the unisex bathroom. Now it wouldn't be so bad if my desk were angled diagonally, at a right angle, or 180-degrees away ...

  • Residents wary over lake erosion Published 08/04/2006 at midnight

    Waterways residents fear Collier County is letting their concerns slide like the eroding banks of their lakeside community. In 2003, the development was turned over to the homeowners association by Waterways Joint Venture, making the association responsible for community infrastructure ...

  • SFWMD balks on promised land for ATV riders Published 07/28/2006 at midnight

    Area recreational vehicle users' bumpy haul to the promised land is running out of gas. In 2003, Collier County commissioners turned over road easements in the Southern Golden Gate Estates (now the Picayune Strand State Forest) to the South Florida ...

  • Board says no to North Naples' re-audit request Published 07/21/2006 at midnight

    A request from North Naples fire officials for the Golden Gate fire district to support a re-audit of Collier County's impact fees, gave commissioners a chuckle during the July 12 Golden Gate fire board meeting. North Naples is seeking to ...

  • Scratch Paper: A stitch in time saves duct tape and staples Published 07/21/2006 at midnight

    "If it needs sewing, put it in this basket," I announced to my family one evening. Ten minutes later, the basket was overflowing with four buttonless dress shirts; six crusty, mismatched socks with toe and heel holes; a pair of ...

  • District, union collide on ALS participation Published 07/21/2006 at midnight

    If a pat on the back would do it, Golden Gate fire officials say they're ready to participate in the Collier County EMS advanced life support swap program.

  • County offers EMS as 'carrot' Published 07/14/2006 at midnight

    Collier County is offering up its emergency medical service as a carrot to encourage consolidation of county fire and rescue districts, but will the agencies bite? The concept of consolidation has been researched and debated several times over the years, ...

  • Gypsy horses arrive in SW Florida Published 07/14/2006 at midnight

    Gypsy horses have made their way to the Golden Gate Estates. Originally bred to pull the colorful gypsy caravans of England and Ireland in the Middle Ages, the rare breed was brought to Southwest Florida seven months ago by breeders ...

  • Scratch Paper: One '70s fad yet to make a comeback Published 07/07/2006 at midnight

    From halter tops and hip-hugging bellbottoms to bean bag chairs and lava lamps, the '70s have definitely made a comeback.

  • Nine of 14 area schools receive 'A's Published 06/23/2006 at midnight

    It's apples all around for the 14 schools serving the Collier Citizen readership area. Nine of the area's schools received 'A's, two earned'B's and three received 'C's on their state reports cards for 2005-06. Only one school fell in grade ...

  • Scratch Paper: The 'great' popcorn disaster of 2006 Published 06/23/2006 at midnight

    It's as reliable as Mom — always there when I've skipped lunch — always urging me to have "a little something to tide me over" — never requiring a "give" for a "take"... It's the Honor Snack box.

  • Fire board backs off on tax increase Published 06/23/2006 at midnight

    After a year of fiercely defending the need for a tax increase, two of three Golden Gate Fire & Rescue District commissioners did a complete flip-flop, June 14, stating they no longer support an increase.

  • Water service for the Estates — why? Published 06/16/2006 at midnight

    When it comes to water services for the Estates, District 5 Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta has one response — why?"Why would you want it?" asks Coletta, who lives off 17th Avenue SW. "It would be extremely expensive. Their first ...

  • Library expansion progresses Published 06/16/2006 at midnight

    Projected costs on the new Golden Gate Branch library project came in higher than expected, but officials says that's no surprise considering construction costs have been steadily rising by 15-20 percent for the past few years. At $6.7 million, the ...

  • Decision on Touron punishment may come next week Published 06/09/2006 at 12:28 a.m.

    Immokalee High School Principal Manny Touron might have to wait until next week to learn what possible punishment might be in store for him. Collier schools Superintendent Ray Baker met with Touron and Assistant Superintendent Eric Williams on Thursday to ...

  • Carts get the brakes in Golden Gate Published 06/09/2006 at midnight

    New technology will put the brakes on shopping cart theft at one Golden Gate shopping center thanks to the new Gatekeeper program at Kash and Karry. Community leaders couldn't be happier. "It's a major leap from the many years we ...

  • A techy twist to homeschooling Published 06/02/2006 at midnight

    Ben MacDonough has been a pioneer for much of his young life. The 14-year-old was among the first infants ever to be operated on inside the womb. At three, he became one of the youngest children ever to receive a ...

  • Scratch Paper: Turning temper tantrums into profit Published 05/26/2006 at midnight

    My youngest son has a nasty temper. I don't know from whom he inherited it, but I have my suspicions, none of which will be validated by anyone on my husband's side of the family tree.

  • State reps seek 100 ideas from local folks Published 05/26/2006 at midnight

    State Representatives Mike Davis and David Rivera came for 100 ideas, but what they got was more like 100 concerns, May 17, during a town hall meeting. "That's pretty typical," Davis said following the meeting. "Our hope is that they ...

  • Uniforms contribute to FCAT hike, principal says Published 05/19/2006 at midnight

    Third grade math and reading scores on the 2006 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) increased at nearly every school in northeastern Collier County area.

  • Deadline closing in on fire board tax vote Published 05/19/2006 at midnight

    Time may be running out for Golden Gate fire officials to place a tax cap increase on this year's primary election ballot. As of the May 10 fire board meeting, the board has yet to assign a figure to the ...

  • Big Corkscrew facility honors former fire chief Published 05/19/2006 at midnight

    Long-time Big Corkscrew Island Fire Chief Frank Kovarik died before he could see his dream of an administration building become a reality, but staff, friends and family gathered, May 13, to dedicate the new facility in his honor.

  • Library design now ‘inside the box’ Published 04/26/2006 at 3:22 p.m.

    County library officials have been directed to think “inside the box” regarding the design for the Golden Gate Library expansion. On Mar. 20, Collier County commissioners questioned the proposed fan-shaped design for the 17,000-square-foot building to be constructed northeast of ...

  • Tempers flare at fire board Published 04/21/2006 at 11:09 a.m.

    Emotions rose like the fire index during the Apr. 12 Golden Gate Fire Board meeting, following board direction that could delay a referendum on a tax cap increase. “This has certainly been a convoluted last 20 minutes,” board chairman Matt ...

  • Designer hired for boulevard 4-laning Published 04/21/2006 at 11:07 a.m.

    The good news - design work has started on the widening of Golden Gate Boulevard from Wilson to DeSoto boulevards. The bad news - actual construction won’t begin for two years and the project is expected to take three years ...

  • Hotdogs - a great recipe for eating out Published 04/12/2006 at 4:52 p.m.

    As a young wife of 19, hotdogs were THE staple in our newlywed diet. At first, my husband was gracious about my limited culinary talents. Monday night was hotdog on bun; Tuesday night, hotdogs and macaroni; Wednesday was hotdogs and ...

  • Uniform popularity is growing Published 04/05/2006 at 3:34 p.m.

    School uniforms took a giant step forward as the Collier school board gave the nod for three more local schools to implement mandatory policies next fall. Corkscrew Elementary, Estates Elementary and Golden Terrace Elementary will join existing uniform schools Golden ...

  • Community says farewell to friends Published 04/05/2006 at 3:31 p.m.

    It was during a Civic Association in 1994 that Fred and Cheryle Newman signed up for their first volunteer effort in Golden Gate. He agreed to be Santa and she would be an elf for the community’s photos with Santa ...

  • Videos provide most restful sleep in years Published 03/30/2006 at 9:42 a.m.

    The television blasts the room with rapid gunfire and loud explosions as the rented action thriller reaches its dramatic climax... Zzzzzzzzz... “Wake up! You’re missing the most exciting part!” my husband interrupts a good snooze. “I can’t believe you can ...

  • Collier waste stream flip-flopping? Published 03/30/2006 at 9:36 a.m.

    Following the success of Collier County’s yellow bin recycling program, officials say they plan to “go with the flow” when it comes to waste collection. A few months back, the Collier Citizen published a political cartoon depicting a county solid ...

  • Crime reports down by 15 percent Published 03/22/2006 at 4:38 p.m.

    Despite its rapid population growth, northeastern Collier County noted a 15 percent drop in the number of reported felonies in 2005, one of the largest reductions in the county, according to preliminary Uniform Crime Report figures from the Collier County ...

  • County eyes consolidation study for fire and EMS Published 03/22/2006 at 4:31 p.m.

    News of Collier County’s plan to study consolidation of emergency response services met with skepticism from the Golden Gate Fire & Rescue District Board, Mar. 8. The concept has been studied off and on since the late 1980s. In May, ...

  • Why did the chicken cross the road? Published 03/16/2006 at 4:05 p.m.

    With all the talk about roads, it reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve asked that evasive question, “Why did the chicken cross the road?’ This column has been a tradition since I read a similar piece on ...