Naples Blogs

  • One Fine Spring Day Posted 4/14/2014 at 6:02 a.m. 0 comments

    He was kind old man, referred to by all who knew him as a "wonderful family man." He'd had little real childhood, until he married a fair young maiden and had a family of his own. His days were devoted...

  • True Blessings Posted 4/12/2014 at 11:38 a.m. 0 comments

    "How lucky I have been to be given such wonderful people in my life"

  • The NRA and it's cohorts are at it AGAIN! Posted 4/9/2014 at 6:11 a.m. 9 comments

    Another piece of legislation basically written the NRA and carried to Florida's Republican legislature. Believe that statement is a little extreme?
    Me too, but goggle Marion Hammer and then follow the money trial to see who is really running our state and the Republican congress on gun laws and regulations.

  • Will the Blades make the playoffs? Posted 2/28/2014 at 1:21 p.m. 0 comments

    Unfortunately, this is where the Everblades are at, with just over a month left in the regular season -- holding down the eighth spot in the conference (actually tied for it) instead of wondering if they have a shot at...

  • Photoshop Elements at the Corkscrew... Posted 1/16/2014 at 6:00 a.m. 0 comments

    ... this weekend!!  If you'd like to learn Photoshop Elements for the first time or pick up on some of the later features this Saturday's class might be for you.  Set out at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary the class will...

  • December marks closure for two popular species in Gulf Posted 11/30/2013 at 3:27 p.m. 0 comments

    The beginning of December marks the end of open season on two of the Gulf of mexico's most popular species: Gag grouper and snook. The recreational harvest season for snook, which reopened this year after a three-year hiatus, closes Dec....

  • Campus smoking ban is illogical Posted 11/2/2013 at 1:25 a.m. 0 comments

    In response to a possible change in FGCU's smoking policy, I authored a guest editorial printed on October 30, 2013 in the Eagle News, FGCU's Official College Newspaper.

  • YOU Make A Difference Posted 10/31/2013 at 10:13 a.m. 0 comments

    Make A Difference Day, was held this past Saturday, October 26, and represents the largest national day of community service. For over 20 years, millions of volunteers around the world have come together for a common cause to improve the...

  • Lecture on Quack Medicine Posted 10/28/2013 at 12:28 p.m. 0 comments

    I will be giving a lecture on “Quack Medicine” next Sunday, November 3 at the Unitarian Church at 9 AM.

  • VIDEO: Florida Rep celebrates 16 years Posted 8/26/2013 at 9:08 a.m. 0 comments

    I've had this in my inbox since May. Jason Parrish and Jenn Blosser produced this ten-minute video as part of a grant application for Florida Rep; the result is amazing.

  • A Whole New Ball Game Posted 8/15/2013 at 10:00 p.m. 0 comments

    I love football, particularly Miami Dolphin football. I've been a fan since I was a kid (and that's a lot of years ago). I've thrilled at their triumphs and endured their defeats. They are my team, good - bad...

  • CHESS at Moorings Posted 7/19/2013 at 4:50 p.m. 0 comments

    Casual chess, a cup of coffee - you're invited each Saturday morn, 9 to noon.

    You Are Invited!
    All levels of Knowledge and Skills!
    Chess Sets Supplied .... or Bring Your Own!

  • Taxation by Negative Representation Posted 4/24/2013 at 9:46 p.m. 0 comments

    Our country is still struggling to recover from a depressions, unemployment is inordinately high, and the method of calculating this number is so bizarre that it doesn't factor in ninety million able bodied, working age people who are NOT employed....

  • Home Color Trends 2013 Posted 2/11/2013 at 2:04 p.m. 0 comments

    Are you thinking about remodeling your bathroom?

    Have you torn out a collection of magazine pages showing beautiful baths clad in white marble and white fixtures?

    While white fixtures will remain timeless, the color choices for your walls are shifting towards darker grays. (Gray = American while Grey = UK)

  • The Personal Touch Effect Posted 1/25/2013 at 4:57 p.m. 0 comments

    Tony discusses customer feedback and how passion drives the business. Also, he shares the story behind his Carrot Cake recipe.

  • Mind the Gap Posted 9/23/2012 at 10:34 p.m. 1 comment

    What are the most painful choices we face protecting our watershed?

  • Day 7 of the Food Stamp Challenge Posted 9/22/2012 at 10:33 p.m. 0 comments

    Well today is the last day of the Food Stamp Challenge. It has been an interesting week. I am certainly glad that it is over. Yet I have learned a number of things from this experience. When I began the...

  • Voter Registration Posted 9/2/2012 at 2:14 p.m. 5 comments

    When university faculty insert actual voter registration into an academic curriculum that narrowly embraces distinct ethic then how can it be construed as being anything but the partisan coercion of students beholden to their instructors for their grades?

  • A good day for transparency Posted 8/22/2012 at 8:10 a.m. 0 comments

    Whether you think it’s wise or workable to require politicians to make public every burp and cough is not the story’s point. The governor drew attention to the issue with a new plan, and gave it an impressive name.

  • Book Review, "Did Not Survive" Posted 2/2/2012 at 11:09 a.m. 1 comment

    “Did Not Survive” opens with veteran, and pregnant, zookeeper Iris Oakley trapped in a hopeless situation as she attempts to save Zoo Foreman, Kevin Wallace, from an apparent elephant attack.

  • Political campaigns Posted 1/29/2012 at 4:20 a.m. 3 comments

    I don't like politics, but there seems to be no way of getting completely free from its tentacles.

  • NCAA Overhauls System Posted 11/23/2011 at 11:21 a.m. 1 comment

    A startling announcement from the National Collegiate Athletic Association that will change college and professional sports forever

  • Fantasy politics Posted 7/26/2011 at 10:40 a.m. 5 comments

    Fantasy sports are all of the rage today. How about we try a round of fantasy politics

  • Summer Dreaming Posted 7/21/2011 at 2:40 p.m. 0 comments

    As the summer of 2011 and "the heat dome" hits over 75 percent of the U.S., it is this time of the year that the "true" hockey fan starts to wonder what the upcoming season will bring. The Blades will...

  • Photos/Audio: Concert in Prague Posted 7/12/2011 at 5:22 p.m. 0 comments

    Some of the people from last night’s concert traveled into Prague just to hear us again. Both concerts were well attended and three encores at each show.

  • Living Abundantly II Posted 6/30/2011 at 9:42 p.m. 0 comments

    On the last article we addressed hacking away at the unessentials. Unessentials are things that we actually don't need. Things like oxygen, water, food, clothing, and a house over your head are truly essential items. Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, television, and...

  • Weather v. climate Posted 6/27/2011 at 6:33 a.m. 2 comments

    Do you the difference between "weather" and "climate?" I thought I did, until I started preparing for a paper at the recent American Meteorological Society conference in Oklahoma City, OK. Now, I'm looking for input from others...

  • Feeling the pain but loving it! Posted 5/10/2011 at 11:33 p.m. 0 comments

    The green tunnel has arrived! So far on my journey I've hiked 416 miles. It's amazing what the human body is capable of doing. That being said, those miles are not done with zero pain. Blisters, bruises, and horrible swelling....

  • Bill prohibiting health insurance mandate heading to Gov. Scott Posted 5/3/2011 at 11:43 p.m. 0 comments

    A House bill that provides that Floridians cannot be mandated to purchase health insurance passed through the Florida Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 1193, sponsored by Rep. Matt Hudson, has already passed through the House. "This legislation protects the individual...

  • Wisconsin Governor and Teachers Union Posted 2/22/2011 at 5:17 p.m. 10 comments

    Just so you’ll think twice before calling me a right wing Republican extremist, let me tell you a little bit about myself. First, yes, I am a registered Republican, but other than Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, my votes have gone independent.

  • DADT fix needs time Posted 12/21/2010 at 5:18 p.m. 7 comments

    Changes involving long held moral and religious positions are highly emotional and require much time and effort to effect in a positive way

  • Engage in Earth-Friendly Giving, Entertaining this Year Posted 12/14/2010 at 3:20 p.m. 0 comments

    Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s as compared to any other time of the year. The extra waste amounts to about 1.2 million extra tons per week (or an extra 6 million tons during the entire holiday season) and is being predicted to be roughly the same for this year even in light of the economic downturn.

  • Employee Burnout – The Signs and the Solutions Posted 11/16/2010 at 4:13 p.m. 0 comments

    People who suffer from burnout often feel fatigued, sapped emotionally and tired just doing the day to day grind. Tempers can get a little short or a reaction may seem like an overreaction to a small incident. You might see someone who is much less productive than they were before, or exhibit a more “I don’t care” attitude.

  • 'Our Single Greatest National Challenge' Posted 10/31/2010 at 3:44 p.m. 1 comment

    There’s a significant issue that plagues our great nation, yet it gets relatively little political attention—education at inner-city schools. In a country as great as ours, it’s inexcusable that only five out of thirty kids will show up to their English class on a Friday afternoon at West Philadelphia High School. Where's the political will to do something?

  • Recovering from a public 'meltdown' Posted 8/12/2010 at 4:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Occasionally, people are going to suffer a public meltdown that will be amplified by a combination of media and internet. The funny thing about meltdowns is that they always attract attention, but can have very different implications.

  • Naples Airport Authority Needs Reform Posted 8/9/2010 at 9:49 a.m. 5 comments

    The NAA has made serious errors of judgment in proceeding with its largely secret plan to expand the runways to enable large regional commercial jets to use the Naples airport and two commissioners who's terms are ending should not be reappointed.

  • 013. Dog Days Posted 8/8/2010 at 9:11 a.m. 0 comments

    First of all, this installment is NOT about dogs! It is about (as the song says) those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. And known as the "dog days" of summer, August is the month when it is simply too...

  • 76. Creativity Posted 8/1/2010 at 1:11 p.m. 0 comments

    How does one test for creativity? There is a huge difference between assessing acquired skills like technical development and actual creativity; and that is the purpose of this installment of Chalk Dust & Paper Cuts. It was the mid-1970s when...

  • Brotherhood Ride-Day 10 Posted 4/11/2010 at 11:36 a.m. 0 comments

    This is the day. The day we reach our final destination, Houston. The excitement this morning is palpable. The riders are ready, the support team is ready. Lets roll. We eat, we pack up and hit the road. Much love...

  • Can you handle the truth? Posted 3/8/2010 at 1:20 p.m. 0 comments

    Get ready for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! There are decisions made on your behalf that don't always make it into the media.

  • Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010 Posted 3/1/2010 at 8:38 a.m. 0 comments

    Naples News Media Group web sites received 182,249 page views Sunday, more than 40,000 page views over the same day last year. We exceeded 6.2 million page views for the month, a 32 percent increase over the 4.7 million page views received in February 2009.

  • Owls in Florida, Jan. 5th Program Posted 12/30/2009 at 12:10 p.m. 0 comments

    Come to our third Program of the Season on Tuesday, Jan.5th at The Conservancy of SW Florida auditorium at 7:30pm to hear Dr. Jerry Jackson talk about these marvelous creatures.

  • It's been a while Posted 10/16/2009 at 2:47 p.m. 0 comments

    Feel lost and confused as to what is going on in prep sports? Is Adam Fisher not doing a good enough job on his stories? Don't worry, your good friend Nick is here to shed some light on everything you have been missing out on!

  • Live blog begins Tuesday Posted 10/12/2009 at 4:08 p.m. 0 comments

    The live blog for this week's Collier County Commission meeting begins Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at 9 a.m.

  • Update on the Edible Garden Posted 9/23/2009 at 10:41 a.m. 0 comments

    The students from the Bonita Springs Middle School's chapter of the National Junior Honor Society were out this morning at 8:45 am before school started to weed the Edible Garden. Giving a new meaning to the phrase, sweat labor, these kids were getting dirty and sweaty before their first period.

  • Larry Magel for City Council Posted 9/17/2009 at 5:45 p.m. 0 comments

    Welcome to this blog. I am running for election to the Marco Island City Council, and am very interested in what you, the voters on Marco Island, desire in your city government. I have developed a website , you can read additional information about me, my position on some of the current issues, and thoughts on making city government more responsive to the citizens.
    I believe my management experience in lean, cost effective operations and strong financial management are needed at this time in Marco’s history. I have been involved in numerous governmental committees serving the citizens on Marco and Collier County. My campaign theme is “ An Independent Voice – For A Change”, and if elected will work to represent the citizens of Marco balancing your requirements for services with the realities of the economy in these difficult financial times.
    Please let me have your thoughts

  • From Estero to Africa and Back Again Posted 8/26/2009 at 12:14 p.m. 0 comments

    I chastised myself for worrying about Ghanaians holding their own on the world stage as I eavesdropped on the two very astute Ghanaian nationals giving my fellow Americans a real run. I already appreciate how good we Americans are in these matters. I felt pride, too for the Ghanaians so up to the challenge. These people are important to me now, too.

  • Things a Powerful Personal Brand Can Do for You (Yes....YOU!) Posted 6/17/2009 at 4:57 p.m. 0 comments

    We're in a whole new world of employment -- one that has continued (and will continue) to evolve and one that is MUCH different from the employment world of our parents and grand-parents. The days of joining a company that you stay at and retire from are LONG GONE and will likely never return again. Job changes occur more and more frequently and career changes are more common than ever before.

  • The never-ending cat and mouse game Posted 5/26/2009 at 6:31 p.m. 1 comment

    The longer I stay unemployed the longer employers will not look at me.
    This is getting frustrating and discouraging by the day. No matter what I do, it seems like it is a constant cat and mouse game. The employers being the mice and the unemployed being the cat. The cat works diligently to make the perfect mouse trap, making it enticing with cheese or peanut butter.

  • "Old school" job seeker Posted 5/7/2009 at 4:22 p.m. 0 comments

    My name is Jake Haap and I've been unemployed for almost eight months now. I am a Vietnam vet and realize the importance of having a job that is secure.
    What I find amazing is that, due to the fact we live here in Florida, an employer can let you go for any reason under the sun, even if he or she had a lousy weekend! LOL.

  • Job Seeking 101 Posted 5/7/2009 at 12:40 a.m. 0 comments

    As an employer of health professionals over several decades, I am aware of the many pitfalls potential candidates may encounter. An applicant will succeed if they portray themselves honestly and professionally. You may have been a good candidate, but not portraying yourself as a professional may lessen your chance to work in your chosen field.

  • Do You Have a "Ta-Dah!" Resume? Posted 4/19/2009 at 4:45 p.m. 1 comment

    On Easter Sunday, I listened to a sermon given by Reverend Richard Rogers of Unity Church of Naples, Florida about Ta-Dah! moments in life. As he was talking, I had a Ta-Dah! moment myself. You know, Ta-Dah!, that moment of ultimate realization when it hits you and the light bulb clicks on very brightly.

  • Interested in most frustrating part? Apply online. Posted 4/7/2009 at 11:42 p.m. 0 comments

    My biggest concern with the existing labor market is the number of jobs supposedly available online that I keep applying to, and never seem to get an interview. The jobs are always wanting you to sign up for further education. However, that does not apply to me, since I am currently studying.

  • Sharon's story Posted 4/7/2009 at 11:22 p.m. 0 comments

    I have been looking for a job for the past two years. During this time, I have a filled out a ton of applications and sent my resume to a bunch of daycare centers. Still, nothing.

  • What Are Employers Looking For? Posted 4/7/2009 at 11:19 p.m. 0 comments

    Whether our economy is vibrant or not, employers will always have expectations when hiring new workers. After all, the recruitment, selection, training and retention of employees leads to an important investment for every firm - large or small!

  • Law degree for retail work Posted 3/30/2009 at 5:11 p.m. 1 comment

    I have been desperately searching for regular employment since relocating to Southwest Florida in October 2007. We both had been living in Tampa since 2002, and were married in June 2007. I have been practicing law in the Tampa Bay area since 2002.

  • Every turn is a dead end Posted 3/30/2009 at 5:08 p.m. 0 comments

    I have been out of work for eight months now due to budget cuts. I have been searching every day, constantly in the Naples Daily News, the Fort Myers News Press,, craiglist and much more.

  • Searching for a job today is a whole new game Posted 3/30/2009 at 5:06 p.m. 0 comments

    When I was laid-off from my job of six years from a real estate developer (no big surprise) in August I was not that upset. I had accumulated a comfortable amount of savings and thought a bit of time off might be nice. Boy was I wrong!

  • Introductory post Posted 3/30/2009 at 1:25 a.m. 0 comments

    Jerry's views on the labor market and a description of the thoughts he will focus on in his posts.

  • Resume realism Posted 3/30/2009 at 1:19 a.m. 0 comments

    Your resume is your calling card. A professional resume paints a favorable picture of you long before the interviewing process begins. A poorly written resume can ruin your chances of ever getting that first telephone call.

  • Finding a Job vs. Gaining New Skills through Education Posted 3/30/2009 at 12:03 a.m. 1 comment

    n every class I teach at Hodges University, students tell me they are either unemployed or their dependent is out of work. However, I’m glad to see that they realize the importance of education and believe that education pays back, even in difficult economic times.

  • My concerns with the labor market Posted 3/29/2009 at 11:37 p.m. 1 comment

    These are arguably the most difficult times any of us have had to endure, with indications that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't anywhere near.

  • NDN photos capture national award Posted 2/9/2009 at 1:29 p.m. 0 comments

    Daily News visual journalist Greg Kahn won first place in the Individual Audio Slideshow category for his digital piece, "Out of prison, still doing time," about a Fort Myers ex-felon trying to get a second chance. This National Press Photographers Association award included photographers from major metropolitan markets.

  • An Impetus To Live Posted 12/2/2008 at 1:17 p.m. 0 comments

    Allow me to get off of the Pop Culture Pedestal for a second and retell one of the most moving and inspiring stories I've ever heard, from my drama professor Sid Homan. I hope that, upon reading it, you feel as ready to take on the world as I do.

  • Local Collier race ends with candidates tied! Posted 11/4/2008 at 11:40 p.m. 0 comments

    Officials with the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office determined Tuesday night that the 1,000 faulty ballots have white blemishes in the tracking area on the left-hand margin. This prevented the machines from scanning them properly.

  • Tropical storm watch continues for SW Florida Posted 9/8/2008 at 8:49 a.m. 0 comments


  • Affordable Bubbles Posted 2/11/2008 at 12:25 p.m. 0 comments

    Flowers? They die too fast. Chocolate? Better, but there’s only so many Harshey kisses you can enjoy without making yourself sick. Champagne? Now THAT is something both you and your sweetie (or just you if you are single and still feel like celebrating) can really enjoy together. Here's a guide to score a great bottle of sparkling wine without going broke...

  • MLB Reflections and Thoughts Posted 11/8/2007 at 3:45 p.m. 0 comments

    Now that the baseball season has come and gone, I can't help but remember the good, bad, and downright ugly things that happened this year...

  • Halloween Fun Posted 10/3/2007 at 3:02 p.m. 0 comments

    Here we are in October already and I haven’t even started thinking about Halloween yet. I have to say, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Even though it has become commercialized like everything else it is still a lot of fun. I enjoy the weather at this time of year (it is a little cooler) and it is the one time of year you actually see some of your neighbors. I am sad that many places have decided to stop celebrating Halloween and are instead calling it a Fall Festival. I guess Halloween is not PC.

  • Final report from Beloit Posted 9/30/2007 at 8:56 p.m. 0 comments

    The season finally ended and what a year it was. We took the season to the last possible day you can have in Minor League Baseball.

  • About the Home Stager Posted 9/5/2007 at 6:36 p.m. 0 comments

    Margie Ogle is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP™ ) and a member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP ™).

  • It is the season for the Stingray Shuffle Posted 8/20/2007 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments

    The sandy beaches and the gorgeous warm waters of Marco Island can make for the perfect day unless you are one of the unfortunate ones that encounter a Dasyatidae, also known as stingrays.

  • Grab the long rod and hit the beach! Posted 8/2/2007 at 3:56 p.m. 2 comments

    The snook bite is going off on the beaches! The best time to get out there with a fly rod is at daybreak but the bite can last well into the heat of the afternoon if conditions are favorable. Look for the bait and cast on the fringes. There's no need to cast out very far; in fact, you shouldn't even have to get your feet wet as long as the tides rollin' in!

  • Peek-A-Boo Posted 3/22/2007 at 4:50 p.m. 2 comments

    It took you guys long enough to hit the nail on the head as to what has caused this "slump" if you will. Chip gets extra credit for coming up with the answer -- I'M NOT THERE.

    Instead of the Curse of the Bambino you now have the Curse of AK.

  • Cruise Control Posted 3/21/2007 at 9:56 p.m. 0 comments

    North Dakota fans are chanting and feeling better but FGCU still is in cruise control with a 77-56 lead with less than five minutes remaining. Well, there's a Steffi Sorensen steal and layup. That's how fast the Eagles are in this.

  • Last Blog From Austrailia Posted 2/1/2007 at 7:55 a.m. 0 comments

    She was always going to be a great champion, Serena Williams. From her early days on tour it was obvious she had great natural skill and a fierce drive to win and be more than just 'Venus' little sister".

  • Courtney Cox throws one into the 'Dirt' Posted 1/11/2007 at 4:57 p.m. 2 comments

    You haven't been able turn on a television in the past two months without seeing one of the incessant promos for former "Friend" Courtney Cox's new FX series "Dirt," which purports to follow the adventures of a tabloid editor and her motley crew into the bowels of gossip and scandal in Hollywood.

  • Everblades Hockey Back In Action Posted 11/17/2006 at 10:57 p.m. 3 comments

    The Florida Everblades have kicked off their season with a number of wins, and also a few losses. But that's okay! Hockey Gameday blog is back.

  • And here comes the postseason Posted 10/10/2006 at 4:01 p.m. 2 comments

    Golf teed off Monday and swimming is diving into the postseason today. Many of the area teams are still alive after districts, so it will be interesting to see how golfers from Southwest Florida will fare on the fairways with the best in the state.

  • Old is the new new Posted 8/30/2006 at 9:40 a.m. 0 comments

    X-tina and Ray LaMontagne get their retro on and in turn release some great music.

  • Swords and Sorcery Posted 5/26/2006 at 4:29 a.m. 0 comments

    For an alternative to modern sword and sorcery tales, look as far back as 1965 and science fiction master Michael Moorcock, who created an albino antihero, Elric of Melniboné, to take up the struggle in the eternal war (is there any other) between good and evil.

  • Passing The Taste Test Posted 10/26/2005 at 1:53 a.m. 3 comments

    Answer: Corned beef hash, baked beans, ham and cheese and white bread.
    Question: What are foods you won't find in The Ritz-Carlton dining room.

  • Back to the office, back to work Posted 10/25/2005 at 2:49 p.m. 0 comments

    It's a good thing we all get along because working in a room that's probably 12 feet by 20 feet with five or six other people isn't the friendliest of situations.

  • Exit where? Posted 10/24/2005 at 9:03 a.m. 0 comments

    Fire alarms were tripped throughout the morning due to losses in power. Evacuees were already standing in lines that stretched the entire length of the concourse waiting for their breakfast, fruit and struedel, when an automated message blared over the loudspeakers at 7:58 a.m. telling them to report to the nearest exit.