Marcophiles: Nick Campo hoping to bring Oscar films back to Marco Movies
Published 2/20/2013 at 6:57 p.m. 0 comments
Marco Movies owner Nick Campo has lots to be happy about on this Oscar night weekend. Our now digitally enhanced multi-screen cinema has had a flurry of fine films, several of which are nominated for Oscars in the big show ...
Farmer File: Many thrift stores thrive on quality, quantity of sale items
Published 12/7/2012 at 6:00 a.m. 0 comments
Here's a quick quiz to make a point about shopping for retail merchandise in Collier County:
Farmer File: Often lost, often found
Published 11/9/2012 at 6:00 a.m. 0 comments
I realized Americans must be getting dangerously forgetful when I heard a radio public service announcement urging us to check the car seat so we don't leave the baby behind.
Farmer File: Halloween 2012 Trick or treat for retailers?
Published 10/24/2012 at 6:00 a.m. 0 comments
As Southwest Floridians and other Americans prepare to observe, celebrate, ignore or flee from Halloween this year, predictions on the economic impact of the haunt-happy holiday are like a witch's brew — mixed.
Farmer File: Things we don't know about restaurant menus
Published 9/26/2012 at 5:00 a.m. 1 comment
A man with a national clientele who calls himself a "menu engineer" is helping a local enterprise maximize the impact of its menu.
Farmer File: WiFi - Its enemies within
Published 9/9/2012 at 10:30 a.m. 0 comments
You're taking your iPad or smartphone with you as you walk from your desk to the office break room for a bit of Internet browsing and a bite from the vending machine.
Farmer File: A business hiding in plain sight
Published 7/18/2012 at 5:00 a.m. 0 comments
In this political campaign season, much is made of the relationship of business and government.
Farmer File: The bottom line of monkey business
Published 6/20/2012 at 5:00 a.m. 0 comments
A lot of American children have visions of making a life and a living tending to the likes of Flipper, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin or maybe a family of gentle giraffes. One local enterprise with a workplace that has a ...
The Farmer File: How can anyone be Siri-ous about this lady in our phones?
Published 3/9/2012 at 4:00 a.m. 4 comments
If you know anyone who has an iPhone 4S, you’re probably hiding in your cubicle at work or in the garage at home, hoping the iPhoner won’t find you. Being a recent purchaser of this latest Apple-built marvel, it’s hard ...
The Farmer File: Doctors’ diagnosis: Medicare is a mess, health insurance too
Published 11/3/2011 at 1:42 p.m. 1 comment
Medicare occupies such a huge chunk of America’s health care environment that when the program is ill, most of us feel the pain or care about someone who does.
The Farmer File: Hooray for Halloween -- no gifts!
Published 10/12/2011 at 4:34 p.m. 1 comment
Halloween used to be a mostly homemade scary, spooky thing. Now, this holiday once dominated by mommy’s little ghosts and witches has morphed into a green holiday. Not green as in weird old Al Gore or stupid new light bulbs, ...
The Farmer File: In the game of baseball, one must learn to lose
Published 10/5/2011 at 6:22 p.m. 2 comments
This should be about the most exciting time of the year for baseball fans, except for those of us who are ardent fans of one of the 22 teams that didn’t advance to post-season play. As I watched my team, ...
The Farmer File: Grandparents by any other name
Published 9/29/2011 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments
Talking with friends who are grandparents in the aftermath of National Grandparents Day this year, I asked them what their grandchildren call them. That produced a lot of smiles and a rush of great grand names — Gammies, Mammies, Maamaws ...
The Farmer File: Marco residents, Collier commissioner hoists up a great idea
Published 9/22/2011 at 12:16 p.m. 1 comment
Sometimes an interesting idea bursts into the public awareness, only to flame out in the face of indifference or daunting obstacles. Here’s one that may survive because of the fervor for it — the desire to have a very large ...
The Farmer File: Does the movie rating system get an ‘F’?
Published 9/14/2011 at 4:42 p.m. 2 comments
Most moviegoers know Hollywood is always pushing, testing, trying to get more naughty words, anatomical bits and other titillations into their films. Now they’re getting bolder, pushing the limits set up by their own industry.
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