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    January Marco Citizens Police Academy graduates, rear, from left, include Andy Singer, Capt. Dave Baer, Chief Al Schettino, Patty Foth, Sabine Scholz, Rich Masterson; front row, Tom Westfall, Bonnie Willames, Candice Speas, Steve Arena, Bob Brown, Tom Kirstein, Dick Adams. Special to the Sun Times

    Civilian police academy graduates 11

    Part of new police chief's community policing initiative

    • Jan. 27, 2015
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    Jumpin' John Minicieli and his wenches, Debi Goodaker and Bonnie Cottage, symbolize the flavor of Pirate Day at the museum. B. Elaine Michaelis/Special to the Sun Times

    Marco museum battens down hatches for annual Pirate Day

    Cool weather and rain threatened, but didn't dampen anything

    • Jan. 27, 2015
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    Not too flashy, but it takes off in a flash. One of the Teslas at Island Automotive's annual open house awaits another test drive. Quentin Roux/Sun Times

    Local automotive shop showcases car extremes at annual open house

    Savoring the Alpha and Omega of motoring history

    • Jan. 26, 2015
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    Goodland's Zach Gober looks for an open man during Lely's loss to Naples. Gober led Lely with 15 points. Scott H. Shook/Sun Times

    Lely hangs with Naples for a half, but loses 66-52

    Trojans' Marco Island backcourt makes strong appearance against Naples

    • Jan. 26, 2015
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    A Smithsonian Institution guide holds the Key Marco Cat for a photo. Officially, the Cat is referred to as Catalog No. A240915, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution. Austin Bell/Special to the Sun Times

    Historical Society seeks to bring Key Marco Cat back from Smithsonian Institution

    $1 million effort underway to pay for artifact visit, local display

    • Jan. 24, 2015
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    Artist's rendering of new YMCA youth development center. File photo

    YMCA raises another $210,000 for youth development center

    The Greater Marco YMCA took another toward its long-time dream to build a $1.45 million youth development center on the Y campus on Sand Hill Street.

    • Jan. 24, 2015
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    Dr. Mehmet Oz File photo

    DR OZ: Five health upgrades for busy people

    If you don't think you have time for exercise, healthy meals or stress-busting techniques, you're not alone. New surveys report that crazy-busy schedules keep around 42 percent of North Americans from exercising, and 21 percent from cooking and relaxing.

    • Jan. 24, 2015
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    A protestor makes the point to motorists driving along Collier Boulevard. Quentin Roux/marcoislandflorida.com

    Anti-abortion protestors turn out on Marco

    It coincided with the anniversary of the famous Roe vs Wade case

    • Jan. 22, 2015
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    Rose Marina as viewed from the air. Photo courtesy Capt. Ron Hagerman/Special to the S

    Rose Marina's $15 million modernization set to start

    Marina also addresses concerns of Anglers Cove Condo Association

    • Jan. 22, 2015
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    Marco Island City Council questions need for new 16K-square-foot community center

    Earlier in the day on Tuesday, the Marco Island City Council met in joint session with the members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to review moving forward on the new Mackle Park Community Center – or at least that was what the committee thought they were there for.

    • Jan. 22, 2015
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    The Heights Court home. Special to the Sun Times

    Business Digest: Marco home sells for $7.5 million

    Marco business briefs

    • Jan. 21, 2015
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    Cole Stretton leads the Rays in scoring with 21 while playing his usual scrappy game. The Rays beat Evangelical Christian 63-43. Scott H. Shook/Sun Times

    Academy avenges early-season loss to Evangelical Christian

    Cole Stretton got hot in the second half and ended up with a game-high 21 points

    • Jan. 21, 2015
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    Barbara Cardoos, flanked by employees Karen Hogan and Phil Hogan, takes care of another customer. Quentin Roux/Sun Times

    Farmers market profiles: a taste of Damascus on Marco

    Profiles from the Wednesday market, part II

    • Jan. 19, 2015
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    Police chief Al Schettino reviews staffing requirements at his desk at the Marco Island Police Department headquarters. Steve Stefanides/Sun Times

    Al Schettino named permanent Marco Island police chief

    Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt said Tuesday he has named Al Schettino the permanent Marco Island police chief.

    • Jan. 20, 2015
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    Author Tom Williams and Darrell Loan. Chris Curle/Special to the Sun Times

    Marco's DAR hears from the man who put man on the moon

    Rocket scientist Darrell Loan took the Marco's Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution out of this world at its recent meetinh at the Hideaway Beach Club.

    • Jan. 20, 2015
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    Marco Islander Jessica Andrade. Scott H. Shook/Sun Times

    Islander headed to Villanova to play soccer

    Jessica Andrade loves playing soccer.

    • Jan. 20, 2015
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    Marco rental houses, such as this upmarket one, are facing possible regulations, depending on a city council decision. Steve Stefanides/Special to the Sun Times

    Marco Island City Council to consider rental ordinance again at Tuesday meeting

    Council to enjoy holiday on Monday – its regularly scheduled meeting will be pushed to Tuesday, Jan. 20, due to the Martin Luther King holiday.

    • Jan. 17, 2015
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    Cheerful and artistic bowls cost $10, and after that the soup is free and unlimited. Special to the Sun Times

    Souper Bowl to raise money for scholarships

    Mackle Park is the venue for Leadership Marco fundraiser from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 31

    • Jan. 17, 2015
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    Bert Posner congratulates Helen Lerner at the Monday night bingo game at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Bingo is being played every Monday. Special to the Sun Times

    Things to do: Monday night bingo continues at Jewish Congregation

    Weekly round-up of upcoming happenings on Marco Island

    • Jan. 17, 2015
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    Dr. Mehmet Oz File photo

    Dr Oz: BPA and your health -- Should you worry?

    Bisphenol A – the banned-from-baby-bottles chemical found in food-can linings, some plastic containers, paper receipts and in the bodies of 95 percent of adults and kids in North America – is in the news again. This time, just as the U.S.

    • Jan. 17, 2015
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    Aerial photo shows the ongoing construction at the State Road 951/U.S. Highway 41 intersection. This photo is looking north from SR 951 coming from Marco, at left is Walgreens and the East Trail, right is US 41 toward Everglades City. Photo courtesy Capt. Ron Hagerman

    TRAVEL ALERT: 951/41 road work to continue til year's end

    $20 million project aims to relieve stress at intersection

    • Jan. 15, 2015
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    Scene in Chamber of Commerce Plaza where the man was arrested. Steve Stefanides/Sun Times

    Man with BB-pellet gun arrested after school shutdown

    Gamariel Pacaios Gonzales, 33, of 6th Street on Marco Island was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of resisting with violence in connection with a police call that resulted in the shutdown of local schools.

    • Jan. 16, 2015
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    Marco council considers new outside law firm to handle city business

    The Marco Island City Council for most of the last year has been mulling which law firm to utilize for legal services in the future.

    • Jan. 15, 2015
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    Mike Arnold of Speakeasy (in luminous uniform) is forced at third base by Tom Loiacono of Joey's Pizza. Mike Galatis/Special to the Sun Times

    Senior softball season underway

    New sponsors' teams already right in the mix

    • Jan. 14, 2015
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    Firefighters respond to the trash fire off Muspa Way. Scott H. Shook/Sun Times

    Firefighters respond to trash truck blaze

    Quick thinking by a Waste Management truck driver averted a potentially serious problem Monday afternoon on the south end of the island.

    • Jan. 14, 2015
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    Lely's magnificent seven, from left, are seniors Jessica Andrade, Lexie Lunquist, Lauren Hansom, Christy Thorstenson, Morgan Burke, Jenny Carter and Jordan Giles. All seven girls are four-year starters for the Trojans. Only Giles is not an islander. Scott H. Shook/Sun Times

    Magnificent 7 lead Lely to playoff victory

    Six of 7 team members are from Marco Island

    • Jan. 13, 2015
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    Kat Green has been making condiments for the past few years, using more than 30 years in the restaurant business as her guide. Quentin Roux/Sun Times

    Market-goers snapping up Kat’s Southern Twang condiments

    Tales from the Wednesday morning farmers markets, part I

    • Jan. 13, 2015
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    Similar to any department store, the Bargain Basket has wings for clothes, glassware, furniture and books and CDs. Quentin Roux/Sun Times

    Bargain Basket celebrates 40 years of service

    A mission of the United Church of Marco Island

    • Jan. 12, 2015
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    Academy sophomore Tyler Gresham fights Dylan Doster for a rebound. Gresham is becoming a tough inside presence for the Rays. He grabbed five rebounds in the 74-47 win. Scott H. Shook/Sun Times

    Marco Island Academy Rays wear out Everglades City Gators in high-flying win

    Peter Servente is Rays' high-point man, scoring 28

    • Jan. 11, 2015
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    Chop239's Marco Porto this week suggests a 'voluptuous' wine in the form of Biale Black Chicken at $99 a bottle in the restaurant. Quentin Roux /Sun Times

    WINE TALK: Black Chicken - a plump, voluptuous 2012 Zinfandel at chop239

    A hearty wine really worth clucking about

    • Jan. 9, 2015
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    Marco Island Charter Middle School girls soccer team members enjoy a victory lap around the field after completing a perfect season by dominating Evangelical Christian School 6-1 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference final. Scott H. Shook/Sun Times

    Marco Charter Middle School soccer girls cap perfect season with 6-1 win

    The Marco Island Charter Middle School girls soccer team came out strong, scoring four goals in the first period and blitzed an over-matched Evangelical Christian School, 6-1, at Winterberry Field on Friday afternoon.

    • Jan. 10, 2015
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    Crew members from McCulley Marine Services dump cement materials in the Gulf of Mexico as part of a new artificial reef about 10 miles off of Naples's Gordon Pass on Friday. The reef is being built to benefit fisherman and divers. Andrew West/The News-Press

    New artificial reef splashes down off Collier County

    At 10:28 a.m. Friday, under a gray sky with chilly 5-knot northwest winds, the yellow forklift front loader on the black barge dropped a concrete junction box into the clear green water 10 miles off Marco Island.

    • Jan. 10, 2015
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    Collier-Seminole State Park has resumed guided canoe trips on the Blackwater River. Special to the Sun Times

    THINGS TO DO: Daily guided paddle trips resume in Collier-Seminole State Park

    The weekly guide to Marco-area happenings

    • Jan. 9, 2015
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    Litha Berger File photo

    Parks advisory board member: Let's discuss, build Mackle Park community center

    Joint city council/parks advisory board meeting set Jan. 20

    • Jan. 9, 2015
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    Shane, left, and Brad Kelley install redesigned signs for the Marco Island Academy. The school's art class designed and constructed the colorful signs. Scott H. Shook/Sun Times

    Father-son team installs new Marco Academy signs

    Art class designs and builds

    • Jan. 8, 2015
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    Keith Flaugh File photo

    Southwest Florida group with Marco roots drafts anti-Common Core bill

    Southwest Florida education activists have drafted a bill they believe will be a 'solution to stopping Common Core.'

    • Jan. 8, 2015
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    Council OKs new home-rental law on 1st reading; City Manager gets 4.7% raise

    Council will discuss Common Core at a later date

    • Jan. 7, 2015
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    Cole Stretton drives to the basket during Marco Island Academy's 68-64 win over Canterbury Tuesday night. Scott H. Shook/Sun Times

    Marco Island Academy Rays outlast Canterbury in thriller, 68-64

    Charter high school basketball team faces Everglades City Friday

    • Jan. 7, 2015
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    Early area settlers are the subject of the big art project now on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Special to the Sun Times

    25 artists show their works for extensive new Marco museum exhibition

    'Painting SW Florida History' opens Tuesday; on view until March 21

    • Jan. 6, 2015
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    Back row, from left, Michael Mertens, judges Laura Spell, Randy Kenneth Jones and Karen Kayser Benson, Mercedes Mertens, Hyla Crane; front, Ashley Francis, Sloan Wheeler, James Burns, Audrey Campbell and Connor Flaherty. Photos by Sue Keller/Sun Times

    Arts center kicks off youthful inaugural 'Marco's Got Talent' show

    Organizers hope it's an annual affair

    • Jan. 5, 2015
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    Carla Bottalla puts clients through Fit 4 Life cardio at the YMCA. Special to the Sun Times

    YMCA's Fit 4 Life works on comprehensive fitness for mind, body, spirit

    QiGong, cardiovascular, strength training, and yoga are four fitness foundations for a healthy you in 2015

    • Jan. 4, 2015
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    Charles and Benita Staadecker sit with the cast of 'Becky's New Car,' opening on Wednesday at The Marco Players Theater. Denise Wauters/Special to the Sun Times

    The Marco Players opens new year with comedy, 'Becky's New Car'

    Island Theater Company sets 'Frankenstein: A New Musical' Feb. 26

    • Jan. 2, 2015
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    The Mr. & Mrs. trio & Michael Nardi will be in concert on Sundays in Mackle Park. Special to the Sun Times

    Winter concert series in Mackle Park starts Sunday

    City parks and rec department's free winter concert series starts Sunday, Jan. 4, and continues every Sunday except for April 5 at Mackle Park from 2-4 p.m.

    • Jan. 2, 2015
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    Local residents seek city council support for educational reform

    On Monday, will ask council to seek repeal of Common Core standards.

    • Jan. 2, 2015
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    Canoe trips are available at Collier-Seminole State Park. File photo

    THINGS TO DO: Guided canoe trips begin at Collier-Seminole State Park

    Marco Island-area calendar of events

    • Jan. 1, 2015
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    Colorful bombs bursting are the main attraction at the culmination of Marco's July Fourth celebrations. Quentin Roux/Sun Times

    Oh, what a year – Marco's Year in Review: Part II

    July-December 2014 -- Preparation work for the replacement of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge on Collier Boulevard began with the preliminary relocation of utilities such as electric, cable, phone and gas lines.

    • Dec. 31, 2014
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    Runners Shelli Connelly, left, and Maria Lamb pause during a run in Mackle Park. Sue Keller/Sun Times

    Marco friends complete NYC marathon together

    Maria Lamb and Shelli Connelly

    • Dec. 30, 2014
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    Herb Savage, former Deltona Corp. architect, stands in front of the street that bears his name. Scott H. Shook/Sun Times

    New alley designation: Herb Savage Way

    Named for island's original architect

    • Dec. 29, 2014

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