Local chef features in ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’

Chef Asif Rasheed, a longtime executive chef at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort, will compete on “Guy’s Grocery Games” on the Food Network at 10 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25. Host Guy Fieri referred to Rasheed as “the King of Curry” during the episode, which was filmed earlier this year in Sonoma County, California.

Contestants are subjected to certain arbitrary pressures, such as using ingredients that start with a certain letter; or by using an unlikely ingredient, for example.

Chef Asif was born and grew up near Hyderabad, India. He has a degree in hotel management and catering, and he trained and worked as a chef in India, Europe and the United States, developing a signature fusion style of cooking that blends the distinctive and exotic tastes of India, Asia and Europe. This December, he will open 21 Spices, the region’s first “progressive” Indian-themed fine dining restaurant.

Book benefits burrowing owls

Inspired by observing burrowing owls near her Marco home, Roseanne Pawelec has written a children’s book called Ollie Finds a New Home – a parable that addresses the trauma of moving for young children and provides positive life lessons about change.

Pawelec, a former Sun Times correspondent, is donating $1 from the sale of each book to benefit an owl protection fund she formed in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Collier County.

Pawelec notes that Marco’s burrowing owl population has grown from 326 in 2012 to 471 in 2015. The book is available at Sunshine Booksellers on Marco Island.

Law firm achieves ‘Best Practices’ certification

Following an assessment by a national certified public accounting and consulting firm, Marco law firm William G. Morris, P.A. recently became certified in accordance with the American Land Title Association’s Best Practices.

"There are a number of title and settlement services companies out there claiming to be “certified” in ALTA’s Best Practices, but a number of those certifications are either self- proclaimed or provided by third parties that lack the credentials of an established accounting firm," attorney Morris said in a release.

He explained that essentially, certification qualifies the firm to close real estate mortgages with those lenders requiring the highest level of security and qualification. The company has provided legal services on Marco for more than 30 years, with offices located at 247 North Collier Boulevard, Suite 202 on Marco Island, Florida. Visit

Percel returns to realty roots

For nearly 25 years George Percel has been intimately involved in the Marco Island and Naples real estate world. During this time George acquired an in-depth understanding of the real estate industry.

After 20 years in real estate management positions, he has returned to working in what he says the most satisfying facet of the business: real estate sales. He is with John R. Wood.

Publix boosts Y youth development center coffers

Publix this week stepped up to the tune of $25,000 to support the Y's new Youth Development Center. The $25,000 represents the first installment of a three-year pledge for naming of your instructional kitchen area.

Rising enrollment in the Greater Marco Family YMCA summer camps, after-school and youth fitness programs has made erecting a Youth Development Center a priority. The new Youth Center will provide 5,800 square feet of building space to accommodate twice as many children.

Presidential performances encapsulated

Scholar, researcher, teacher, writer, storyteller and lecturer Robert A. Nowlan will talk about his book on the country’s first 10 presidents Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. in the Marco library’s Rose Hall. His appearance is presented by the Marco Island Friends of the Library.

Nowlan, a seasonal resident will discuss “The American Presidents, Washington to Tyler: What They Did, What They Said, What Was Said About Them” – examining accounts of each president’s term, their roles in foreign affairs and also how each was viewed by his contemporaries and the other presidents.

Tea, coffee and a continental breakfast is on tap. Register at or call Nanette Finkle at 217-474-6911, or

Bank stages customer appreciation day

Officials Laura Schneider (manager) and Laura Burgo (assistant manager) invite IberiaBank customers (and non-customers) to enjoy an appreciation day set for Oct. 23. On tap will be freshly baked cookies from Subway’s Nancy Santucci, and some Publix desserts washed down with tea, coffee, soda or water. Things start happening from 10:30 a.m.

Life-saving device launch

Sunshine ACE Hardware ( will host a launch party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 to showcase the first-of-its-kind CPR RsQ Assist device. The FDA-cleared tool is designed for users to perform life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Bystander CPR that is initiated before the arrival of first responders can triple cardiac arrest survival rates, according to a release. The launch will happen at all seven of the Sunshine ACE Hardware stores, including Marco. Device demos are planned.

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