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LAURA ARCHAZKI-PACTER

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  • Project Innovation evening challenges, inspires, builds new ideas Published 02/01/2011 at 11:13 a.m.

    Explore a new career path lately? At a recent Project Innovation program presented by the Economic Development Council of Collier County (EDC) at the Naples Hilton, more than a hundred participants had their chance to dive into new job titles. ...

  • YahSU! GreekElicious to open permanent location Published 01/14/2011 at 10:15 a.m.

    When Yannis Temenos first set eyes on the love of his life in Athens, Greece, he was just 14 years old. She was not allowed to date either, which put a kink in his plans. But they remembered each other ...

  • Local club all dolled up for show this weekend Published 01/11/2011 at 11:47 a.m.

    For little girls, it’s mainly just a toy. But for the adults who collect dolls, it’s really more about history. But as the Naples Doll Club gears up for its annual show this weekend, the organization plans to have plenty ...

  • A new year, and more peeling paint on traffic signal poles Published 01/03/2011 at 3:59 p.m.

    It’s a bright new year for Collier County, but for more than five years now, peeling paint on traffic signal poles are becoming more of a nuisance. For Collier County residents, the eyesores are seen at many street corners, from ...

  • Chilly weather sparks brush fire concerns for area fire officials Published 12/28/2010 at 11:23 a.m.

    For local fire officials, the recent chill brought on by the temperature changes has fired up new worries of a strong start to the wildfire season. “We just had another freeze and frost cycle, and when vegetation dries out, it ...

  • Vic’s Boot and Shoe celebrates 42 years of boot scootin’ success Published 12/17/2010 at 4:02 p.m.

    If the shoe fits, go into business with it. For the Logsdon family, the past 42 years of boot and shoe fittings in Naples has had customers kicking up their heels in high performance work boots, and ladies shoes made ...

  • Cold weather takes toll on local homeless population Published 12/15/2010 at 10:44 a.m.

    The number of homeless families with children in Collier and Lee counties is up, and as many seek refuge in homeless shelters, the frigid weather is impeding self-sufficiency in already difficult times for those who lost their homes due to ...

  • Don’t toy with safety this holiday season Published 12/07/2010 at 10:41 a.m.

    Remember the old movie “The Christmas Story?” The classic scene when Ralphie asks for a BB gun for Christmas, and Santa replies, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” Santa’s warning holds true with some of the season’s hottest toys this ...

  • Grab your mittens! Fresh snow-filled fun arriving soon to Golden Gate Updated 11/24/2010 at 4:32 p.m.

    What is better than waking up to a fresh snowfall on a cold winter day? A Snowfest in Golden Gate on a warm sunny day, of course. Set in Golden Gate Community Park, on Dec. 4, this snow packed event ...

  • Local retired U.S. Marines back in action for Toys for Tots campaign Published 11/16/2010 at 12:06 p.m.

    Christmas is drawing near, and a number of local retired U.S. Marines are back in action. Over the years, the Marine Corps League of Naples has collected thousands of toys for area children in need, and this year they plan ...

  • Paradise Jewelry hosts event to showcase opals Published 11/09/2010 at 3:05 p.m.

    Diamonds have always been considered to be a girl’s best friend. But Barry Nicholls, owner of Paradise Jewelry in the Bed, Bath & Beyond Plaza, recently placed opals center stage as a semi-precious stone that left everyone craving colorful gemstone ...

  • No friend of Jack: Antivenin for coral snake bites in short supply Published 11/09/2010 at 1:24 p.m.

    Coral snakes, which possess one of the most potent venoms of any North American snake, could reside in your backyard. But what unsuspecting people may not realize is that the antivenin used to counteract this snake’s bite is in critically ...

  • Snail mail change: New addresses implemented for Collier County complex Published 11/03/2010 at 11:28 a.m.

    The Collier County Government Complex isn’t packing up and moving anywhere. But the address certainly is shifting. Due to a computer automation problem at the local post office that has resulted in thousands of pieces of mail addressed to county ...

  • Solving the puzzle in finding superior care for your loved ones Published 11/02/2010 at 10:09 a.m.

    Deciding to move a loved one to a skilled nursing care facility is a daunting task. There are queries families face together, and ultimately understanding what questions to ask before transitioning can ease the entire process.

  • Well-known restaurateur hopes to turn his mistaken name into another profitable venue Updated 10/26/2010 at 12:37 p.m.

    Touchdown! Sports fans looking for an ultimate entertainment venue, combined with a wide variety of menu selections, have a fresh place to cheer for their favorite team at Freddie Rebel’s Neighborhood Sports Bar and Grill, located on Shirley Street in ...

  • Community rallies to help baby with rare heart condition Published 10/25/2010 at 11:57 a.m.

    Eight-month-old Kian Moss was born with a broken heart. But the Naples community is coming together and organizing two fundraisers to help mend the little boy with the huge smile that could easily break others’ hearts.

  • Costumed pets showcase four-legged fashions at Strut Your Mutt Halloween Fashion Show Updated 10/23/2010 at 9:39 p.m.

    Make no bones about it, Saturday's Strut Your Mutt Halloween Pet Fashion Show at Germain BMW in North Naples offered up some of the hottest four-legged fashion ever to hit the runways. The annual fund-raising event for the Humane Society ...

  • Recapture serenity with halotherapy in Naples’ only salt cave Published 10/20/2010 at 10:50 a.m.

    In between the hectic hustle and bustle of work routines, some believe that a calm moment in a salt cave can stave off stress. Andrea and Peter Geresdi, and Peter’s sister, Anna Krecicki, established a salt cave business in Naples ...

  • Haunted houses step up fear factor this year Published 10/12/2010 at 2:20 p.m.

    Ready for eerie screams, goosebumps and a scare back in time? Then you might want to consider checking out one — or more — of the various haunted houses that have been erected by everyone from Boy Scouts to private ...

  • Size matters: Bank, law enforcement officials encourage women to choose smaller wallets Published 10/06/2010 at 11:07 a.m.

    When it comes to wallets and purses, size does matter. At least it does for those trying to protect their identities, credit cards and bank accounts from criminals. Therefore, local bank executives and law enforcement officers are recommending women make ...

  • Newly paved Shell Island Road in need of stewardship, some say Published 09/29/2010 at 11:45 a.m.

    Shell Island Road is not what it used to be. Sure, the southwestern Collier County road still remains shy of three miles long, with plant, wildlife, fishing and birding activities to keep any naturalist intrigued for hours. But the newly ...

  • Fire agencies come together to spark fire prevention awareness Updated 09/30/2010 at 2:09 p.m.

    What kid doesn’t like looking at and being able to get close to big, shiny fire trucks? Pretty much all of them. This weekend, they’ll get that chance while they and their parents also learn about fire safety at Collier ...

  • Keeping it simple: Accent helps homes, businesses streamline electronic systems Published 09/27/2010 at 6 a.m.

    Accent president Dan Robbins and vice president Paul Caruso are experts in integrated home electronics, which gives owners complete operational control of their home or business from their televisions and thermostats to their alarm systems and lighting, remotely. Electronic enhancements ...

  • Big Corkscrew fire district proposing tax increase to keep itself out of red Published 09/22/2010 at 11:20 a.m.

    In another sign of the faltering economy, the Big Corkscrew Island Fire Control and Rescue District is one of the latest victims of the recession. With decreasing home values and lower property taxes, and an all-together freeze in new construction, ...

  • As some celebrate, others not so thrilled about new Santa Barbara Boulevard extension Updated 09/15/2010 at 2:49 p.m.

    The Santa Barbara Boulevard extension has been open to traffic since early August, but Collier County is just now getting ready to officially celebrate the opening of the six-lane route that has brought along a new, wider connection from Davis ...

  • Weight loss contest hits Naples with a very unique grand prize Published 09/14/2010 at 3:13 p.m.

    There was Jared Fogle, a 22-year-old customer at Subway who lost 100 pounds eating two 6-inch sub sandwiches a day. Then there was Christine Dougherty, who lost 54 pounds eating one of seven fresco items offered in the “drive through ...

  • M & H Stables gallops to success in business Published 09/14/2010 at 10:20 a.m.

    Sometimes accidents happen. And for Joyce Holland and Rick Morrell, owners of M & H Stables for the past 23 years, a chance request to board a horse belonging to Morrell on Holland’s property turned into a successful business venture.

  • Long-time friends start up company offering new type of socks Published 09/08/2010 at 11:20 a.m.

    A new company in Naples seeks to change the way people wear their socks. Instead of pulling all the way up and past a person’s heel, their socks fit over just half of a foot. Martha Bibby and Kathleen Fleming ...

  • Former NYC firefighter wants people to remember 9-11 - now and forever Updated 09/08/2010 at 10:46 a.m.

    Nine years may seem like a long time ago, but for Jerry Sanford, the 9-11 terrorist attacks feel like they just happened yesterday. That’s because Sanford dedicated 30 years with the New York City police and fire departments, first as ...

  • Columbus Day parade makes a comeback to Golden Gate Published 09/07/2010 at 5:09 p.m.

    The Columbus Day parade is back. For the past two years, Golden Gate missed the traditional parade. But that is all about to change, thanks to the coordinated efforts of the Knights of Columbus, Chapter 4357, and Corporal James Klewicki, ...

  • Plenty of activities available in Southwest Florida for Labor Day weekend Published 09/01/2010 at 1:01 p.m.

    Labor Day weekend is here, and many Southwest Florida residents are either busy making plans or already in the process of enjoying the three-day break from work. Taking its place in U.S. history books as the first Monday of September, ...

  • Pregnant women stepping out in high fashion at Naples newest boutique Published 09/01/2010 at 11:23 a.m.

    Kerry Erick is a busy career woman and mother. Once working as a pharmaceutical representative in Southwest Florida, she found it challenging to find clothes that fit properly when she became pregnant with her first child.

  • Sharing his talents: Artist tutoring young and old as he sketches at library Published 08/31/2010 at 11:49 a.m.

    Three years ago, Jary Sell was searching for a place to sketch. Somewhere quiet. A place where he could sit for hours and rediscover wherever his imagination would take him in his drawings. Sell, who is also known as J.P., ...

  • Recycling center helping to tame beast of office paper and more Published 08/25/2010 at 12:11 p.m.

    In today’s home-based businesses in Collier County, many residents are often left trying to tame their recyclable materials, which can pile up. And the Naples Recycling Center located off Enterprise Avenue near the Naples Municipal Airport offers recycling solutions for ...

  • New company offers 'green' solution with water-based paints Published 08/25/2010 at 11:10 a.m.

    What you don’t know about applying common paint coatings and car finishes may hurt you. The major chemical compounds that cause the paint product to adhere to your car can cause respiratory irritation while also creating chaos in the air ...

  • Happy days are here for local childhood cancer survivor Published 08/24/2010 at 12:54 p.m.

    As Matthew Carlton enters his senior year at Barron Collier High School, the charismatic 17-year-old has put all of his focus and hopes on a future in film directing and developing musical scores in college and beyond.

  • Golden Gate Estates resident publishes third romantic comedy novel Published 08/18/2010 at 10:42 a.m.

    Barbara Meyers has just gotten started. With her third novel now out, the Golden Gate Estates resident isn’t resting on her laurels. She’s working on more romantic comedy fiction. This week, the novelist talked about how she has been successful ...

  • New youth orchestra sets sights on future Published 08/17/2010 at 12:03 p.m.

    Just as every child approaches music theory with different motivations, Magnus Nilsson is setting a powerful tempo in teaching and assembling Naples’ newest community youth orchestra. Nilsson has a boundless passion for teaching music. He is a driving force in ...

  • Gulf Coast High School grad pursuing his modeling career in Miami Published 08/11/2010 at 11:50 a.m.

    All eyes are on Mason Bellamy as he strikes a pose on the runway. The local Gulf Coast High School graduate and Florida Gulf Coast University student recently signed a modeling contract with an agency in Miami.

  • Local eatery helps community during Philanthropizza Day Published 08/09/2010 at 5:37 p.m.

    California Pizza Kitchen is known for its wide variety of pizza creations. And thanks to events like the Philanthropizza Day that was held last Friday at the Waterside Shops restaurant, the establishment may soon become just as well known for ...

  • Improving lives one patent at a time: Naples man invents colostomy cleaning system Published 08/04/2010 at 10:43 a.m.

    Ken Schena, a successful businessman and former managing director of MetLife, decided to retire in 2002 after a rewarding career. About a year later, the 64-year-old Schena went to his family doctor in Naples for his annual physical exam. A ...

  • No more rain outs: Hit a grand slam at Naples newest Hitter’s Club Published 08/03/2010 at 10:24 a.m.

    Batter up! Those with late night batting fever can take a swing in the Hitter’s Club of Florida. The indoor batting facility is a baseball and softball player paradise, complete with five air-conditioned indoor batting cages, a quiet area for ...

  • Breast cancer survivor gives new meaning to athletic training Published 07/28/2010 at 10:32 a.m.

    Run, bike, swim, eat, sleep, repeat! A calendar in the Pascale family kitchen has this peppy rhyme scrawled at the top. And with just 38 days left to participate in an upcoming triathlon in September, the Pascales plan out their ...

  • Tap into your inner child: Climb a terrific tree house at Naples Botanical Garden Published 07/27/2010 at 11:07 a.m.

    In a tree house, childhood memories come alive again. Thoughts of adventures yet to be are vividly seen inside its cozy wooden walls. And for visitors at Naples Botanical Garden, the tree house presents an awe inspiring adventure in the ...

  • A new club - an Ice Cream Club - hits Naples Published 07/27/2010 at 10:47 a.m.

    Florida’s summer heat is tough to escape from, but a new club in Naples aims to cool residents off in a sweet way. Not to worry, golf club membership dues are not necessary to belong, or even greens fees. But ...

  • Hybrid buses arrive in Collier County Published 07/09/2010 at 1:45 p.m.

    Gentleman, start your engines! But for local Collier Area Transit bus drivers, a specialized training for hybrid buses start first. That’s because Collier Area Transit just took delivery of two of the latest technologically advanced hybrid diesel vehicles. These public ...

  • An emerging classical painter from Golden Gate: At only 8 years old, George Messina constantly practices his craft Published 07/09/2010 at 1:43 p.m.

    In a quiet neighborhood of Golden Gate, a painter perfects his craft. He studies Van Gogh’s works through books, analyzes a still-life of flowers, quickly creating it in a vibrant rendition of ruby pink and purple contrasts on his artist ...

  • The Citizen: Environment ... escape to Picayune Strand State Forest Published 07/09/2010 at 1:35 p.m.

    Did you know there are approximately one million acres of state forest land available for public use in the State of Florida? And the pristine landscape of Picayune Strand State Forest comprises 69,975 of those natural acres for local residents ...

  • Bet the barbecue! Golden Gate Meats has it all Published 07/09/2010 at 7:51 a.m.

    A corner meat market of The Gathering Shops presents itself as a cut above others.

  • Bicycle trekking to fabulous Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park Published 07/01/2010 at 4:34 p.m.

    Meet Nick and Lori Arcese. They moved to Florida three weeks ago from Virginia Beach, Virginia. One of their first bicycle treks began at Cocohatchee River Park in North Naples, to Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, for a relaxing day of ...

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