Southwest Florida’s trouble with opioids
KRISTEN TOUHEY IS AN ENTREPRENEUR.
She now owns seven pain management clinics in Florida, plus a Fort Myers pharmacy she will soon move to Dade County to establish as a wholesaler. Full Story
Award-winning spots showcase Avow services
When George Merritt’s wife Marion suffered a massive stroke in November 2008, he says he “turned my most precious treasure over to strangers… my friend for 70 years, my wife of 63 years, the mother of my 10 children.”
He turned to Avow Hospice, an organization he and his wife had not heard of but that their doctor recommended. Full Story
PROFILES IN PARADISE
A steadfast custodian of Collier County funds
Dwight Brock is serving his fifth consecutive four-year term as the clerk of the circuit court of Collier County.
As a licensed attorney at law in Florida and a CPA, he is uniquely qualified for his duties as the accountant, auditor, keeper of public records (court, land and financial) and watchdog of public funds for Collier County. Full Story
How oxycodone assaults the minds and bodies of addicts
When oxycodone kills addicts, it usually does so in tandem with other drugs such as Xanax or alcohol. But whether or not it proves fatal, as an opioid it significantly and destructively alters brain function, explains Bob Long. Full Story
Need assistance? Collier 211 is here
Collier 211, an information and referral service for all citizens of Collier County, is available simply by dialing 2-1-1 or 263-4211 or by visiting www.collier211.org. Full Story
Six teachers get the Golden Apple surprise visit
Students in six Collier classrooms received bushels of golden delicious apples and their teachers a Golden Apple during surprise visits by representatives from Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, board members from the Education Foundation of Collier County and others on March 5.
Congratulations to the 2012 Golden Apple teachers, pictures at right: Full Story
Conference will focus on the value of art therapy for young children
Early childhood educators and others can register now for the fifth annual Early Childhood Conference hosted by Collier Child Care Resources Inc. coming Saturday, April 28, at Edison State College- Collier Campus. Full Story
Interested in grad school? Find out what FGCU offers
Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public to its Graduate Studies Spring Expo to learn about graduate, doctoral and certificate programs offered at FGUC. The expo takes place from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Cohen Center ballroom. Full Story
Thousands expected to cheer on the St. Patrick’s Day parade
The Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps out on the actual Feast of St. Patrick this year: Saturday, March 17. Nearly 40,000 spectators traditionally line the Old Naples parade route, and there’s no reason to expect anything less for the city’s 34th annual celebration of Irish heritage and culture. The procession starts at 11 a.m. Full Story
Concert and fun for Community Blood Center
Three bands will take the stage for a charity music festival and blood drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Shoppes of Vanderbilt. Harp guitarist Andy Wahlberg will perform jazz and blues music, The Bean Pickers will present their signature bluegrass sounds, and Little Eddie and the Reverend will rock ’n’ roll. Full Story
Free forum addresses ‘The Reality of Hunger in Collier County’
What is the reality of hunger in Collier County, and what can individual citizens do about it? How does the Harry Chapin Food Bank, which is a regional effort, compare to a food pantry or soup kitchen?
Find out at a free public forum, “The Reality of Hunger in Collier County” from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Hilton Naples. Full Story
Youth Haven hosts Olympian skater
Olympic speed skater and eighttime medalist Apolo Anton Ohno will be the guest speaker at Youth Haven’s “Home Hope Healing” luncheon Thursday, March 22, at the Naples Grande. A limited number of tickets remain available for $250 per person, or $1,000 for two guests and a pre-luncheon reception with Mr. Ohno. Full Story
High schoolers invited to apply for art scholarships
The Naples Art Association, Ringling College of Art and Design and PNC Bank will award at least $13,000 in scholarships to Collier County high school juniors and seniors for the 2012-13 academic year.
Now in its 41st year, the Jade N. Riedel scholarship program is designed to encourage young students to pursue their dreams in art at a college level. Full Story
Palm Cottage open house draws a crowd
More than 750 people visited Palm Cottage, home of the Naples Historical Society, during a free open house earlier this month as part of the society’s 50th anniversary celebration. Visitors toured the oldest home Naples, played croquet on the lawn, viewed video histories and chatted with longtime residents about the good old days in Naples. Full Story
‘Soup for the Soul’ lunch programs through Lent
The Theological Center in Naples presents the 14th annual “Lenten Soup for the Soul” luncheon series from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday during Lent at various locations.
Programs consist of a simple meal and reflection offered by spiritual leaders from throughout the community. Full Story
Planned Parenthood hosts political pundit for breakfast talk about the 2012 election
Join Planned Parenthood of Collier County at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Hilton Naples for breakfast and a discussion about the media’s influence on the 2012 presidential election. Full Story
Crayton Cove gallery helps keep the peace
Jo-Gi Gallery in Crayton Cove and owner Joanne Giunta present the “Meet Matt Lamb 2012 Exhibition” in conjunction with “The Matt Lamb Umbrellas for Peace Project,” which makes its first stop in Naples on Friday, March 16. Full Story
Get on your mark for Marco Bridge Run
The fourth annual Marco Island Half Marathon and Marco Bridge Run, dedicated to the memory of Carole Sbertoli, sets out at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18, from the Shops at San Marco. Marco Island is the largest of the 10,000 Islands and its Indian Hill is the highest natural elevation in all of South Florida. Full Story
HIT THE LINKS
Here are some charity tournaments and more fun coming up for golfers on area greens: Full Story
WALK THE WALKS
Do yourself some good and help local charitable organizations at the same time by signing up and getting out to some of the following events: Full Story