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Sons of Erin President Kathleen Reynolds, left, presents Shannon O'Regan with her scholarship.
  • A boost for Marco - it’s in the top 35 best educated towns in America

O’Regan secures 'Irish' scholarship

It’s the season of charitable organizations handing over scholarships to deserving Marco students to help them with college expenses.

Latest show of support came from the Sons and Daughters of Erin, whose president Kathleen Reynolds presented Shannon O’Regan with $1,000 award. The money is raised through the popular St. Patrick’s Day parade down Marco’s Bald Eagle Drive.

O’Regan plans to head for Florida Atlantic University come the fall.

Sailing open house set for May 21

Youngsters, feel like a ride in a small Opti Pram sailing boat? Head for the Marco Island Yacht Club with your parents Saturday May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As a prelude to its summer sailing program, the Marco Island Community Sailing Center is staging an open house at its storage and launch site at the Yacht Club.

The open house is under the auspices of the city’s Parks & Rec department, and besides the rides in the small craft, will provide food and drinks. Parents wanting to register their children for the summer camp series can do so on the day.

MICSC board members and summer sailing Instructors will be on hand.

On display will be the 420 and laser boats on display. For more information call Mackle Park at 642-0575.

Beauty … and brains define Marco

Marco has had its share of “best” ratings over the past few years, but here’s something different. The town has been deemed 31st in the United States in terms of “best educated.”

Marco has made another survey list, this time coming in at 31st place in the nation for "best educated' towns and cities.

According to a survey done by Valuepenguin, described as a “a free source for information and tools to help you make consumer spending decisions,” Marco is in the 90th percentile of residents holding bachelor or associate degrees, in the 39th percentile of residents with advanced degrees, in the 22nd percentile for school quality, and at ranks 190th in the country for residents with bachelor degrees who are employed.

Top overall cities in the survey were San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA; Boulder, CO, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA; Fort Collins, CO; Ann Arbor, MI; Austin-Round Rock, TX; Seattle-Tecoma-Bellvue, CA; Charlottesville, VA; Raleigh, NC; Rochester, MN, and Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA.

Brokerage flies high

RealTrends, the recognized keeper of statistics for the national residential real estate industry since 1988, has named John R. Wood Properties as the number one residential brokerage in Florida per agent productivity. The ranking places JRW number 18 in the nation for per agent productivity.

Also, the company ranked 65 out of 500 brokerages in the nation in total closed sales volume at $2.365 billion.

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According to a company release, the rankings are further significant because many of the firms named are affiliates of large, national firms - whereas John R. Wood is family-owned and locally-based, one of only a handful of such firms to be named to any of the rankings.

Founded in 1958, John R. Wood Properties is Southwest Florida’s oldest major real estate firm representing over 3500 clients annually through its 14 offices from Marco Island to Sanibel/Captiva.

ReMax team tops in area

Also on the real estate front, the Marco-based Sandlin Team (with ReMax) was recognized as the top producing team in the Marco/Naples and Collier County area.

Individual sales achievement honors were also recognized. Rick Hanscom earned executive club performance status; Linda Sandlin and Mike Seigfried earned 100 percent club status; while Mike Boland and Mike O’Rourke earned platinum club staus and also earned hall of fame honors.

During 2015, the team sold more than $67 million in real estate, and closed 115 transactions.




Attorney joins county legal aid service board

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that David N. Morrison, a partner in the firm’s Naples office, has been appointed to the legal aid service of Collier County advisory board. In this role, he will assist the private, nonprofit organization in its mission of providing free civil legal services to local residents who face matters of life-changing significance.

Morrison has more than 30 years of experience representing financial institutions, developers, investors, and individuals in real estate development, transactions, and mortgage lending.

His practice is focused on representation of national, regional, and community lenders in a wide variety of property and development fields.

Physicians Regional seminar/lecture dates to remember

Physicians Regional Healthcare System has a slew of upcoming lectures and seminars.

Risk Factors for Stroke and How to Manage Them; Thursday, May 19, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Speaker: Aileen Staller, ARNP – Stroke Center Coordinator; 6101 Pine Ridge Road – Physicians Dining Room. May is Stroke Awareness month.

Lose 20-80 lbs with a 15 Minute non-surgical procedure: gastric double balloon; Thursday, May 19, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Speaker: Mark Liberman, M.D., F.A.C.S. - General Surgeon. 6101 Pine Ridge Road – lobby.

American Heart Association Courses (pay per class) Please call 239-354-6085 to register for these classes and for cost and details: Monday, May 9, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Basic Life Support (BLS): For healthcare providers and others who must have a credential (card) documenting successful completion of a CPR course. Saturday, May 21, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. CPR and AED: Designed to train lay responders to act without hesitation in emergency situations. Saturday, May 21, Noon - 3 p.m. First Aid Class: Designed to teach lay responders the knowledge and skills necessary to give care in an emergency until medical help arrives. All American Heart Association courses are held at 8300 Collier Blvd. Education Room A & B. Biologic Therapies for Hip, Knee and Shoulder Pain; Tuesday, May 24, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Speaker: David Eichten, D.O. – Orthopedics, 6101 Pine Ridge Road – lobby.

Discussion of the latest orthopedic applications for Platelet Rich Plasma, Amniotic Tissue Grafts and Stem Cell Therapies. Bariatric Support Group. Wednesday, May 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Speaker: Gail Ekblad, RN – Bariatric Center Coordinator. 8300 Collier Blvd. – Palm Dining Room. RSVP Required: Call Gail Ekblad at (239) 354-6143 or email Long-term weight loss requires positive changes in lifestyle and eating habits. Our support group is dedicated to those who have had, or are planning to have bariatric surgery. We welcome patients who have had bariatric surgery elsewhere.

Advances in Robotic Surgery: Improved Treatments for Prostate and Kidney Cancer; Thursday, May 26, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Speaker: David Ornstein, M.D. - Urology. 6101 Pine Ridge Road – lobby. Come take the robot for a test drive. Dr. Ornstein will be doing demonstrations and discussing robotic-assisted surgery for prostatectomy and cystecotomy, and the treatment of bladder and kidney cancer.

Reservations are required. Unless otherwise noted, call 348-4180 To RSVP for an event.