By Val Simon
The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team made a visit to Marco Island to play an exhibition game against a select group of resident players deemed the Marco All-Stars. The Warriors came to the island once before on November 11, 2011. They didn’t just come and swing a bat; their spirit and drive hit a homerun right into our hearts. After several requests from numerous people that they should return, return they did.
The game started off with a presentation of colors by the local VFW Post #6370. World War II veteran and amputee Owen Carr, and Pearl Harbor survivor Walt Tucker threw out the first balls. Each team member then honored these gentlemen by lining up at the mound to shake their hands.
Most of the game, the All-Stars were ahead and held their own, but when the final inning came, the athletic prowess of the Wounded Warriors turned on. In the end, the Wounded Warriors won 17-14.
Their service to our country — for many of the freedoms we take for granted — is admirable, but it is their sacrifice and their ability to overcome personal loss which makes each of them a true hero in our eyes. They are an inspiration. Watching them play softball, without hindrance due to loss of limb(s), humbles us, reminding us how some of our own problems, by comparison, may be a bit trivial.
When it came to supporting the Wounded Warriors, this community stepped right up to the bat. A Meet-and-Greet fundraising event held at the Island Country Club the Friday evening before the game was supported by more than 175 people. Estimates from game day put the crowd at nearly 2000! The bleachers were filled; the fence was lined with onlookers; and many sat around the outfield in the grass or on lawn chairs. The luncheon at the event after the game saw many supporters!
Events like this don’t just happen. It is through support from the community, the businesses that participate and the hard-work and effort of many that the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team was presented a check in the amount of $28,000. The donations, however, continued after the game and are now at $35,000.
These Wounded Warriors are inspirational. So is the way this community came together to show its support for these young men. What a community we live in!
K.C. Shulberg remembers when his dad Stuart and uncle Bud were making their celebrated film “Wind Across the Everglades” (Warner Brothers, 1958) starring Burl Ives, Gypsy Rose Lee, and a young Christopher Plummer.
The area and ambiance left a lasting impression on him, inspiring him to now plan a new film in southwest Florida. On Friday, February 28, at 5:30 p.m. he will recall memories and stories of the movie industry from his youth before showing clips from his upcoming project in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall behind Everglades Community Church (102 Copeland Avenue South, Everglades City, FL, 34139).
His presentation will be followed by a screening of the full-length “Wind Across the Everglades”.
The event is hosted by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation. It is free and open to the public but reservations are required. For information and to book your places, email ESHP@hotmail.com or call Marya at (239) 695-2905.
The young men from the AMIkids Big Cypress program with their Program Manager Anthony Bowens spent their Saturday helping community volunteers at NCH’s SAFE garden in the interior courtyard of the cancer patient wing. The young men learn horticulture skills from the knowledgeable volunteers as they help weed, trim and plant the vegetables that have been specially selected for their cancer healing properties. The cancer patients love opening their curtains so they can watch the young men working and learning in the garden. The volunteers always say that they cannot do it without the boys and the boys all say that that it is hard work but that they enjoy working with the volunteers.
Patty Quinn has just joined the Sandlin Team at RE/MAX Affinity Plus as our new Closing Manager. Patti has over 10 years of Real Estate Closing experience on Marco Island. Patty’s exceptional communication skills and attention to detail help ensure a smooth and timely closing in addition to giving our clients the personal attention they deserve. “We are thrilled to have Patti on our Team. She provides our clients with superior expertise in their closings as well as a total commitment to protecting them and accomplishing their goals,” Alan & Linda Sandlin announced.
Lucille Corva, a visitor from the North, was the HOTBALL winner at Monday night BINGO at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Joan Thompson.
The Southwest Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care presented Marco Island’s
home town aid organization, Bedtime Bundles with checks totaling $7,400. The mission of 100+ Women Who Care is to bring women together and in 60 minutes time raise significant dollars with the least amount of time. At every meeting each member has the opportunity to nominate a charity for consideration. Bedtime Bundles was recently chosen and was given a $100 check.
Bedtime Bundles serves the migrant workers and underserved of Collier County by providing them with basics of daily living such as food, blankets, underwear, sweatpants, sweat shirts toiletries, as well as new and gently used clothing, books and toys.
Bedtime Bundles will be hosting their signature fundraiser Mutts and Martinis on March 19 from 5 to 8PM at CJ’s on the Bay on Marco Island. For more information call 239-393-3415. For detailed information please contact Dianna Dohm or visit www.bedtimebundles.com
Collier County Museum invites visitors and guests to step back into the past at the Old Florida Festival, Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 from10AM to 5PM at the Collier County Museum. The annual family-style event, now in its 25th year, brings together over 80 of the state’s finest historical reenactors, craft workers, and living history performers to recreate over ten centuries of daily life on the Southwest Florida frontier.
Admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for members and seniors, $5 for children (10-18 years old), and free for children under 10. Free public parking is available and VIP parking at the Collier County Museum, located on 3331 Tamiami Trail East in Naples, Fla. For more information, call (239) 252-8476 or visit the event webpage at http://www.colliermuseums.com/oldfloridafestival. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Museum’s school field trip and educational programs.
Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 4,831 manatees in Florida during this year’s statewide aerial survey, conducted in late January.
“This year’s manatee count is the third highest we have recorded since the first statewide aerial survey in 1991,” said Gil McRae, director of the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. “We are encouraged by the relatively high count, especially given the high number of manatee deaths documented recently. Information on warm-water habitat use from this year’s survey will be integrated with manatee survival and reproductive rates to update future population projections.”
To learn more about statewide aerial surveys, visit MyFWC.com/Research/Manatee and click on “Population Monitoring and Aerial Surveys.” To learn more about manatee conservation, go to MyFWC.com/Manatee.
Brittany Biagi from Marco Island was recently named to the Dean’s List at the College of William & Mary for the fall 2013 semester. In order to achieve Dean’s List status, a full-time degree seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 Quality Point Average during the semester. William & Mary is the second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.
February is American Heart Month, and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to improving the nation’s health and well-being, the Greater Marco Family YMCA offers the following tips to help families in our community be heart healthy.
- Get Physical
- Take a Snooze
- Shape Up Those Recipes
- Feeling the Pressure: Maintaining normal blood pressure can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Play Together: Spending time together as a family is a great way to reduce stress.
For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, visit the Greater Marco Family YMCA at 101 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island, FL 34145 or call us at 239-394-3144
The largest and most popular camp program in the USA and Canada returns
to the Greater Marco Family YMCA. This summer camp will feature the new 1,000 Touches Curriculum, packed with new drills and practices designed to improve individual ball control, foot skills, fakes and moves! Soccer Camp Dates:
June 16- June 20; July 14- July 18; August 4-August 8. All Groups will be split upon age and ability. Sign up on line at www.challengersports.com For more information contact email@example.com.
The Marco Police Foundation was established in October 2001 when Roger Reinke was the Police Chief. He saw a need to establish a support group for the department and met with several Marco Island civil leaders and shortly thereafter the organization was formed including The Marco Police Foundation Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation under Federal and State laws and have been in operation ever since.
The Foundation is a nonpolitical, civic minded, charitable organization. Open to all business, organizations and citizens of the Island. The organization encourages and promotes citizens participation in maintaining community safety, and sponsors programs under the training and supervision of the Police Department such as Neighborhood Watch and Traffic Control.
The Foundation has quarterly lunches with the Chief to honor officers and discuss areas of interest to Marco residents by bringing high quality speakers to educate and help the community on relevant subject matters.
To accomplish these goals, a strong membership base is needed.
For more information and/or to join the organization please call Joe Granda 389-2823 or visit our web site www.marcopolicefoundation.org.Donations can be made by sending a check payable to “Marco Police Foundation” at 1083 North Collier Blvd. #123, Marco Island, FL. 34145.
I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety center and water treatment plant, and upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant.
The Island Theater Company brings the very popular Stage 2 Improv to Marco Island March 21st & 22nd. Stage 2 Improv is a Naples-based improvisational theatre group featuring scenes, games and songs that are created right before your very eyes! If you liked the television show “Whose Line is it Anyway”? and the improv troop The Second City, you’ll love this!
The actors utilize information given by the audience to build the show! Every scene and game is driven by suggestions from the audience. Some games may even feature audience participation!
The Island Theater Company production of Stage 2 Improv will run two shows at 7:30 pm on March 21st & 22nd.
Tickets are $20 and on sale at Centennial Bank / 615 Elkcam Circle, or at the Marco Island Historical Society Gift Shop / 180 S. Heathwood. To reserve tickets call 239-394-0080. Online tickets are available at www.theateronmarco.com. Both shows will be presented at The Rose History Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island.
Naples Performing Arts Center (NPAC) invites all students, ages 11 to 18, to join an intense 9-week-long Musical Theater Master Class. The “Wicked!” Workshop, featuring Broadway performer Christopher Dean, will be held every Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting Friday, February 28 through the end of April. The class will conclude with a “Wicked!” performance showcase featuring musical numbers, vocal solos and choreographed pieces from the Broadway musical “Wicked!”
Students of the class will have the opportunity to learn Broadway choreography, vocal techniques, acting skills, Broadway staging, music theory, vocal harmonies, character development, and more.
The class will be held at NPAC’s headquarters at 6646 Willow Park Drive in Naples, Fla. Questions or requests to sign up for the class can be done by phone at (239) 597-6722.
By Noelle H. Lowery
On Feb. 7, Collier County and the Florida Department of Transportation broke ground on a project nearly 20 years in the making — the U.S. 41 and S.R./C.R. 951 Intersection Capacity Improvement Project. The two-year project is being completed in conjunction with the resurfacing of 951 from south of Fiddler’s Creek Parkway to south of 41.
According to Connie Deane, Collier County’s community liaison, the projects are part of a Joint Participation Agreement with FDOT, which will be reimbursing Collier County for approximately $14 million of the approximately $20 million in construction costs. The combined contract was awarded to Community Asphalt by the Collier Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 8, 2013.
The goal of the project: To reduce congestion, improve safety and improve emergency evacuation. This will be achieved by adding capacity improvements, such as additional turn lanes, and by realigning the intersection. In addition, bike lanes, a sidewalk and a 10-foot shared-use pathway on the east side of Collier Boulevard are part of this project, as well as enhancements to Collier Area Transit bus stops both on north and southbound Collier Boulevard at Triangle Boulevard and eastbound and westbound on 41.
The resurfacing of 951 includes milling and resurfacing the existing roadway; widening the paved shoulders; designating bike lanes with pavement markings and signs; upgrading to mast arm traffic signals at the East Naples Fire Station and Manatee Road intersections and adding a signalized pedestrian crossing at Manatee Road intersection; adding Collier Area Transit bus stop enhancements both northbound and southbound at Manatee Road; upgrading signs and pavement markings; and making access management improvements.
The need for such improvements was identified as far back as November 1995 in the Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization’s “Collier County 2020 Needs Assessment.” The reasons are two-fold. First, 41 and 951 is a major signalized intersection and a primary access point for traffic. Second, 951 is an important corridor in the Collier County Emergency Management Department’s evacuation network, providing access to northbound evacuation routes along 951 for Gulf Coast residents in Marco Island, Goodland, Isles of Capri and East Naples.
Further, the intersection was included in the U.S. 41 Project Development & Environmental (PD&E) Study completed by the Florida Department of Transportation in 2008. For the 951 intersection, the study recommended an at-grade intersection alternative with a six-lane divided roadway on 41. As a result, Collier County’s Growth Management Division conducted a detailed intersection study to further analyze the intersection and reevaluate the alternatives proposed by the PD&E Study. The report identified a grade-separated overpass, constructed in two phases, as the ultimate solution. Phase I — At-grade Improvements — would maintain an acceptable level of service through 2025, when the grade-separated overpass would potentially be needed. The grade-separated overpass is expected to provide an acceptable level of service beyond 2035.
To bring the projects to fruition, Collier County worked in coordination with FDOT and the Federal Highway Administration during the multi-phase planning, design and public involvement process. Public meetings were held over a two-year period (2010-2012) where staff and consultants reviewed the various alternatives. The public meetings were crucial to the success of this project due to concerns from residents about environmental impacts and noise issues.
In addition for the 951 Resurfacing, Restoration and Rehabilitation Project, a public design review and informational meeting was held to allow the public to review the plans and provide comments when the design was 60 percent complete. Plus, staff and consultants met with homeowners associations and community groups to review the plans for the projects and provide responses to any questions during this same two-year period.
Citizens and motorists should be aware that during the course of the construction there will be times when traffic will be shifted and/or reduced from multiple travel lanes, but traffic will still be able to proceed through the construction zone. Deane warns, as with any construction project, it is recommended that drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians stay alert and pay attention to the construction signage and maintenance of traffic devices. “What may be happening in the morning when a driver travels through the construction area on the way to work may be different in the evening when the same driver travels back home,” she says.
To help assuage public concerns, the county requires that during peak travel times — morning rush hours and late afternoon/evening rush hours — as many travel lanes as possible remain open and usable. The county distributes a Road Alert report each week, usually on Thursday afternoons, with information regarding where planned lane closures and other road construction items are scheduled in order to advise the traveling public. The reports can be found on the county’s website at http://www.colliergov.net/index.aspx?page=18, or by signing up for electronic notices at http://www.colliergov.net/index.aspx?page=15.
For more information, contact Pam Bastien at 239-252-8192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Noelle H. Lowery
It has been said that play is the purest form of research, and the fourth-grade students in Gail Dunphy’s class at Tommie Barfield Elementary School have put this statement to the test.
Since November, TBE’s entire fourth-grade team has been engaged in a classroom science project that combines engineering and technology to challenge students to devise a solution to clean up an oil spill. The project is part of the STEM — Science Technology Engineering and Math — program at TBE, and was developed by the Museum of Science-Boston through its National Center for Technological Literacy initiative and Engineering is Elementary curriculum.
TBE’s fourth-graders were the only ones in Collier County conducting “Project: Clean Up Oil Spill,” but Dunphy’s class took the project a few steps further. Now, its approach may become a model for other Collier County public schools interested in doing the project in the future.
“In this paper, pen and pencil test world, you don’t get better than a hands on projects like this,” says TBE technology teacher Jody McCarty.
A Pollution Solution
The project actually began last summer for McCarty, who attended a special training session for the STEM program. Collier County Public Schools offered the training to its science and technology teachers. McCarty worked through the project as a student, learning how to apply its lessons in the world. Then, in the fall, she brought the project to TBE.
McCary worked with TBE’s fourth-grade team to integrate the project into the science curriculum. She jump-started the project in her technology class with the prep lesson, which focused on defining and discussing engineering and technology and how they are used in the world.
The fourth-grade classroom teachers took over from there conducting the four lessons of the project (see information box). The main event: A class experiment centered on cleaning up an oil spill on a beach. A test beach, or ecosystem, was created in an aluminum pan, completed with rocks and water. Vegetable oil with food coloring was floated on the water and infiltrated the beach area. The students were to engineer a clean-up solution using a combination of 10 materials — felt, nylon, spoon, pipette, coffee filter, sponge, cotton ball, rubber band, yarn and craft sticks.
Once the experiment was complete, it was back to the tech lab to record the findings on Discovery Education’s Board Builder application. McCarty challenged the fourth-grade students to build a science board like their fifth grade counterparts for the Science Fair each year, complete with a title, thesis, research, media boxes, materials, procedures, and sourcing and bibliography.
TBE principal Dr. Jory Westberry was pleased her fourth graders were taking on the task. “When I first heard about the project, I thought it was very timely and relevant,” she explains. “(Its components) are part of our increased interest and emphasis on STEM.”
A $20 Million Project
According to McCarty, Dunphy’s class took the project to a whole new level, incorporating life skills and budgeting and learning how businesses conduct and award bids for projects. The students were divided into six groups and created their own environmental clean-up companies: B.N.T. Co., N.R.N. Co., The Clean Up Crew, Oil Clean Up Sweepers, Lucas’ Cleaning Co. and Clean Up Masters Inc.
The student companies were told a big business needed to clean up an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The budget for the pretend effort was $20 million, and each company was asked to engineer a solution for the big business; test it; re-engineer it if weaknesses were present; retest it; and formulate a bid for the big business based on their results that remained within the $20 million budget.
Each group member was given a specific job — buyer, builder, note-taker or photographer. Once the student companies completed a clean-up solution, they tested its success by skimming the top of the water with a piece of clean white paper. If the paper picked up blotches of oil, it was back to the drawing board.
The students learned about the clean-up efforts employed during the BP/Deep Water Horizon oil spill, and attempted to mimic some of them with the 10 materials at their disposal. For example, floating booms used to contain oil from the BP spill were similar to yarn, felt and rubber bands. Dunphy’s students found that those materials best at containing oil were cotton balls, yarn, coffee filters, rubber band, sponge and popsicle sticks, and those materials best at removing the oil were yarn, sponge, rubber band, cotton ball, nylon and felt.
In the end, the winning bid was for $5 million from N.R.N. Co. It used a coffee filter over a piece of yarn to allow for two-layers of absorption. Nicole Geddis and Reid Castillo, members of N.R.N. Co., both say they learned a lot from the experiment.
“Oil spills can harm a lot of things,” notes Castillo. Geddis adds that she discovered just “how serious (oil spills) are and how they harm ecosystems.”
Dunphy is pleased with the outcome, and feels like the emphasis on engineering and technology will give her students an advantage as she is seeing more elementary schools incorporating both into their curriculum. “We worked on it for three months,” she says. “It increased the children’s technology literacy, and it increased the educators’ abilities to teach engineering and technology to students.”
A Special Guest
Throughout the course of the project, Dunphy’s students also benefited from a special guest teacher, Marco Island Realtor Jeff Compton. Some may not know it, but Compton spent nearly 20 years as an analytical chemist working for a specialty chemical manufacturer.
He stumbled upon Dunphy’s project when he was invited to the TBE Science Fair by Geddis, who is a friend of the family. As a former TBE student, Compton was only too happy to attend. While speaking to Dunphy, he learned of the class project, and Dunphy learned about his background in science. It was serendipity.
“(Mrs. Dunphy) asked if I would like to participate in the lesson,” Compton explains. “I read the material, and decided it was a great lesson that was applicable to our everyday lives here on the Gulf coast.”
Compton was impressed with hands-on nature of the experiment: “Reading is great, but when it comes to learning, nothing beats hands-on trail and error. The students had a great time, and learned more than a book could ever teach.”
In fact, the experiment harkened back to Compton’s own time as a student at TBE. Back then, frequent visits by the biologists from The Big Cypress Nature Center (now The Conservancy of Southwest Florida) had a big impact on him, and sparked his interest in science.
In Dunphy’s classroom, Compton was both student and teacher. “I explained the real world details where business, science and environmental responsibility must all work together,” he notes. “Then I got to get my hands dirty, and worked with each group as they engineered an oil spill cleanup within their model ecosytem.”
At the close of the project, he emphasized that every experiment isn’t a success. “Nothing is a really a failure as long as you learn from it.”
For Dunphy’s students, TBE’s fourth-grade classes and future fourth-graders in Collier County, there is no doubt “Project: Clean Up Oil Spill” was a success. Currently, school district officials are considering the use of Dunphy’s method as a prototype for conducting the experiment in other school STEM programs throughout Collier County.
Westberry is proud of her fourth graders and their teachers, and admits that without STEM experiments like “Project: Clean Up Oil Spill” students would lose a wealth of knowledge. “First of all, hands-on projects of this level engage learners and let them experience relevance to the world outside the school walls,” she states. “Second, when we utilize these projects at young ages, skills and competence increase, and their problem-solving ability becomes more fluid and effective.
“We’ve had integrated units in many subjects, but STEM focus is changing the way we plan those units so that more science, engineering and technology are included. These are the foundations of thinking that will shape the future.”
By Coastal Breeze News Staff
Cars came rolling into the Kiwanis Car Show early on a sunny morning. Kiwanis volunteers directed 165 drivers to park their automobiles around the Marco Urgent Care Center grounds. The cars were polished and cleaned, and the sun reflected brightly off the chrome. The cars lined up; some opened their hoods or opened their doors or windows to let the spectators do what they do best….look! And look they did, hundreds and hundreds of people came to enjoy the cars.
In addition to the viewing cars, the Marco Magic Cheerleaders and the Irish Dancers performed, and the activities were emceed by DJ Steve Reynolds. There was plenty of food, popcorn and ice cream. Attendees voted for their favorite cars, and the kids were able to get in the act with a “Kid’s Choice” favorite category.
The votes were tabulated, and the following winners were present to receive their awards:
• Best in Show: Bob Potter (Panther Custom Car)
• Best Corvette: Bill Young (1958 Corvette)
• Best Sports Car: Karen Young (1956 Austin Healy)
• Best Convertible: Gary Broad (1957 Chevrolet)
• Best Paint: Eric DeSimone (2003 Mustang)
• Best Classic Pre-1950: Ed Chesney (1947 Lincoln Continental)
• Best Classic 1950-1970: Kathy Strobel (1957 T-Bird)
• Best Muscle Car: David Cohen (1967 Pontiac GTO)
• Best 4 Door: Dan Disco (1951 Mercury)
• Best Sports Car Pre-1950: Claire Keery (1949 MG)
• Best Sports Car Pre-1970: Angel Fleitas (1960 VW)
• Best Sports Car Pre-1980: Jack Keery (1974 Jaguar)
The annual car show is just one of several fun events Kiwanis Club holds throughout the year to raise funds for charitable giving, the focus of which is children. The Kiwanis motto: “Serving the Children of the World.”
The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island meets at 7:30 AM Thursday’s at Stonewall’s.
By Noelle H. Lowery
When you walk up to the front door of Arturo’s Restaurant on Marco Island, you notice a plaque on the wall. On that plaque is a prayer for “the customer within our gates.” It welcomes patrons to their “second home” and beckons them to “be as comfortable and happy as (they) are in (their) own home.”
One meeting with co-owner Judy Barney makes it clear that the words on the plaque are more than just sentiment. They are the life’s blood of the restaurant.
“Our slogan is ‘come home to Arturo’s’,” Barney says with emphasis, and though the restaurant just celebrated 18 years on the island, she is confident that visitors feel like they are coming home when they enter the 150-seat, Bald Eagle Drive location.
Barney started the restaurant with her partner, Arturo Perez, Sr., in 1996. Since then, the two have become synonymous with classic, homemade Italian cuisine for Marco Islanders. Everything is made fresh daily — from breads to desserts to salad dressings to pastas. Stop a local on the street and ask them about Arturo’s signature stuffed pork chop, and you are likely to hear an ode to tender pork loin pounded thin, stuffed with mozzarella cheese, prosciutto, raisins and fresh herbs, and finished with a marsala cream sauce.
Still, key to Arturo’s success and its at-home atmosphere is the fact that it is a family business under the same ownership since inception. Arturo’s sons — Edgar Perez and Arturo Perez, Jr. — have worked in the restaurant since they were 17 and 15, respectively. Each started out washing dishes in their father’s kitchen, and along the way, they both cultivated a passion for cooking that rivals the patriarch.
Today, Arturo has turned the kitchen over to his sons, with Edgar at the helm as executive chef. While Arturo Sr. expedites the operation, his two “boys” carry on their father’s tradition of preparing fine Italian dishes, and no one misses a beat. “It is a well-oiled machine,” says Barney of the kitchen. “They are brothers, and there is a lot of love in there.”
“It’s easy because it is run by a family,” Edgar notes. Arturo Jr. adds, “The recipes and the food are consistent.”
Still, that does not mean the two brothers are not adding their own twists to the menu. Edgar Al Modo Mio is a pasta dish Edgar made frequently at home for his wife, Bianca, who is a vegetarian, before adding it to Arturo’s repertoire. It is loaded with mushrooms, peas and artichoke hearts sautéed in olive oil and garlic. Arturo Jr.’s Penne Rosa Verda with arugula, gorgonzola cheese, onions, almonds and tomato in garlic and olive oil is quickly becoming a house favorite.
The formula is working. Arturo’s has been Zagat-rated for the last four years, and it also has been recognized by “Wine Spectator” for nearly a decade for its amazing list of 157 wines, 40 of which are available by the glass.
The restaurant is incredibly busy right now at the height of season, with predictions being made that this will be the best season in many years. Even so, Barney, Edgar and Arturo Jr. already are turning their sights to summer time, developing new summer menu items and specials. A VIP Club also is in the works.
All of these efforts are to make patrons feel like they have come home when they dine at Arturo’s or even when they call to place a to-go order. Either way, Barney and the boys want everyone to leave satisfied. “We want to provide a well-rounded meal at reasonable prices,” says Barney. “If being too full is the only complaint we have, then we are doing really well.”
By Melinda Gray
On Saturday, Feb. 15, boaters, volunteers and a large audience gathered to participate in the 18th Annual Mardi Gras-Goodland Boat Parade. This year’s theme was “Comedy,” and 13 boats were decorated and entered into the event.
The parade cruised through Goodland Harbor — now officially Buzzard’s Bay South — and ended at the new boat park.
Each year, proceeds are donated to Avow Hospice Inc., and help support services provided by their Marco Island office. Donations were collected through t-shirt sales, raffles, auctions, crafts and direct contributions. Last year, the popular event raised $18,000 for hospice.
Committee Chair Elaine Ritchie said the inspiration for a Goodland Mardi Gras boat parade came to her 19 years ago, after her daughter spent Mardi Gras in New Orleans. “It’s a fun idea, and Goodlanders love to dress up,” said Ritchie.
And the winner is…
1st place: Boat 9 – “Ain’t We Got Fun” Chuck and Sue Thomas, Marco Island
2nd place: Boat 11 – “Up in Smoke” Cheech and Chong, Goodland
3rd place: Boat 5 – “Men’s Legs Contest” aka “Kinky Boots” John Ritchie and Margie Hart, New JerseyHonorable Mentions:
Boat 7 – “The Monkeys” John and Jack Ritchie, Newmanstown, PA
Boat 10 – “The Cat in the Hat” Greg and Debi Hoskins, Goodland, and Laura Carney, Marco Island
Boat 13 – “Flintstones” Bob and Beth Wire, Marco Island
Boat 6 – “Women Comedians” Dave Wensel, Goodland
Boat 4 – “Buzzard Lope” Tim Cahill and Giz, Goodland
Boat 12 – “Clowns” Lisa and Janet, Goodland
Boat 1 – “Circus/Clowns” Jim Ingliss, Goodland
Boat 8 – “Circus/Clowns” Donna Ingliss, Goodland
Boat 3 – “Winter Olympics” Jim and Robin Roberts, Goodland
Boat 2 – “Caddy Shack” Peggy and Don Meyer, Marco IslandSpecial Prizes:
Participation – Boat 9 “Ain’t We Got Fun” Chuck and Sue Thomas
Best Props/Costumes – Boat 13 “Flintstones” Bob and Beth Wire
Most Original – Boat 11 “Up in Smoke” Cheech and Chong
Best Music/Sound – Boat 9 “Ain’t We Got Fun” Chuck and Sue Thomas
Best Overall Appearance – Boat 11 “Up in Smoke” Cheech and Chong