Do blondes have more fun? Florida Rep Conservatory students perform "Legally Blonde"
Posted 5/23/2013 at 9:07 a.m. 0 comments
"Legally Blonde," presented by students in Florida Rep's Conservatory Program, plays three shows next weekend only. Performances (in the ArtStage Studio Theatre) are 7 p.m. Friday, May 31 and 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Call (239) 332-4488 or floridarep.org.
Everyday Saints by Kathryn Taubert
Posted 5/20/2013 at 6:00 a.m. 0 comments
We casually toss superlatives around these days. Conversations are replete with words like "amazing, stunning, extraordinary" and more. Derogatory adjectives are applied with just as much vigor. We've become so immune to the effects of such words that we must...
REAL COMMON SENSE!
Posted 5/3/2013 at 9:35 a.m. 38 comments
Common sense is not so common; Voltaire
As our country clearly wants more common sense gun control [85%-91%].
Less than 60 of 100 of our elected U.S Senators voted for it. They voted NO, in an effort only to protect thier jobs. The facts show they DO NOT represent 9 of 10 Americans today.
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....
Report: Barron Collier High among state, nation's best public schools
Posted 4/23/2013 at 4:14 p.m. 0 comments
Barron Collier High was near the top on the U.S. News & World Report's high school rankings, released today. The Naples school ranked 31 of 777 public schools in Florida and 486 of about 21,000 nationwide. It was the only...
The Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow of the Tea Party
Posted 4/15/2013 at 5:04 p.m. 123 comments
A farewell reporting of a blog entry by Barry Willoughby
GNBGC Announces City Council 2012 Report Card Grades
Posted 4/11/2013 at 9:27 a.m. 0 comments
Learn how the Greater Naples Better Government Committee rates your most recently elected City of Naples City Council Members
Retirements are in jeopardy from rising health care costs.
Posted 4/6/2013 at 11:59 a.m. 2 comments
Health care costs are rising much faster than wages.
We need to support survivors of sexual violence
Posted 3/14/2013 at 5:22 p.m. 0 comments
As the trial of two high school football players charged with rape is underway in Steubenville, the national spotlight has returned to this small Ohio town. While this may seem to be an isolated incident, sexual assault occurs with...
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)
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?
Presumptive GOP VP Nominee, Paul Ryan already under attack by Obama’s supporters.
Posted 8/13/2012 at 8:02 p.m. 0 comments
Democrat Liberal have already initiated the Mediscare attacks.
Local Congressional Candidate Receives National Attention
Posted 4/22/2012 at 9:32 a.m. 1 comment
Byron Donalds receives Herman Cain's endorsement for Congress!
Point ... Counterpoint
Posted 2/26/2012 at 3:20 p.m. 1 comment
In the nature of Naples Center for Critical Thinking we have now started the same type club on Marco Island. We are in the early stage but certainly will grow and learn. The name for the club is, perhaps unique, Point … Counterpoint.
Next club meeting, open to all, is on Wednesday February 29, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:30 at the YMCA on Marco Island.
The hot topic is The 99% vs. 1% - Is it real? Is this class warfare? How is this debate affecting America?
Background on the column.
letter #2 independent voters engage in primaries to save our middle class economic prosperity
Posted 12/11/2011 at 10:15 a.m. 3 comments
independent voters have more responsibility then just voting in general elections; our political two party system actually does not want the 35 to 40 percent of the decision makers in the general election to have any responsibilty in selecting the primary candidates.
SALAZAR MACHINE & STEEL NAMED JULY BUSINESS OF THE MONTH BY COLLIER COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSI
Posted 7/26/2011 at 6:07 p.m. 0 comments
The Collier County Board of Commissioners today recognized Salazar Machine & Steel, Inc. as Business of the Month. Designed to be a joint program between Collier County Government and the Economic Development Council of Collier County (EDC), Business of the...
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...
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...
Forgetting about Africa: leaving Equatorial Guinea and Madagascar behind.
Posted 2/26/2011 at 2:30 p.m. 0 comments
Yesterday, I realized how close I came to transforming back into a my past self. A self whose life revolved around my credit score and the cleanliness of my office desk. What I was like thirteen months ago. Thirteen months...
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.
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.
New reason for optimism about America’s economic future
Posted 12/8/2010 at 11:22 a.m. 1 comment
Deficit Commission report outlines the challenge ahead
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?
Positive Superintendent-Board Relationship Starts Now!
Posted 10/17/2010 at 11:20 a.m. 4 comments
What the School Board does now, can set the stage for future progress!
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.
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...
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.
From the Great Lakes to the Southeast...back home to SWFL
Posted 10/26/2009 at 1:16 p.m. 0 comments
Sustainable Tour Across North America, from Naples to the Pacific Northwest, to the Midwest, to the Great Lakes, Southeast...and back to Florida.
Does Your Marketing Explain Exactly What Problem You Solve?
Posted 10/6/2009 at 3:19 p.m. 0 comments
eNewsletter expert puts it all in perspective for professional service providers
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 http://www.magel4marco.com , 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
Kudos & Kicks: How did we do the week of Monday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 6
Posted 9/10/2009 at 9:28 p.m. 0 comments
Managing Editor of Local Content Allen Bartlett's staff review for the week. For entries prior to this blog, go to the Daily News Staff Directory and click on Allen Bartlett's page on the staff directory.
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.
Reporting back from the Annual League of Cities Conference in Orlando
Posted 8/19/2009 at 4:39 p.m. 0 comments
Councilman Wayne Waldack, here, reporting back from Orlando, where the annual Florida League of Cities Conference was held.
RUSSELL TUFF: Scold The Student For Excellent Performance
Posted 7/5/2009 at 11:46 p.m. 0 comments
Should we really scold students for top performance?
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.
Nine temp-to-hire jobs, but still no full employment
Posted 5/7/2009 at 4:55 p.m. 0 comments
I just stumbled upon this page while using the computers to apply for jobs at the Agency for Workforce Innovation office here in Naples today. I have been looking for a permanent position for the past 18 months.
"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.
NFL Draft Blog: Picks 31 and 32: Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers
Posted 4/25/2009 at 9:22 p.m. 0 comments
Picks 31 and 32: Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers
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.
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.
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!
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.
What part of the body moves first during the downswing?
Posted 2/19/2009 at 5:51 p.m. 0 comments
Question: What part of the body moves first during the downswing?
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
TROPICAL STORM WATCH CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHWEST FL GULF COASTAL WATERS. AT 800 AM EDT THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IKE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 21.1 NO. LONGITUDE 77.9 WEST. THIS LOCATION IS ABOUT 360 MILES SE OF MIAMI OR ABOUT 430 MILES SE OF NAPLES.
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...
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.
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!
Take second round with grain of salt, especially on the greens
Posted 2/25/2007 at 11:41 a.m. 1 comment
I kind of worked it out the last 25 holes were just really as good as I can play, I think. I’m still making mental errors because it’s my first tournament since September.
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.
Affordable housing meetings finish with no solutions and no refunds
Posted 10/17/2006 at 9:39 p.m. 4 comments
Here's what came of the affordable housing meetings: nothing
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.
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.
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.