BY MARCY SHORTUSE - It started with a whimper and ended with a whine. Tropical Storm Isaac, which many meteorologists thought would have a major impact on our area, essentially passed us by without a hitch.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - On Monday, Aug. 20, Boca Grande Community Center employees walked into a mess. The phones were ringing ... and ringing ... and ringing ... but no one was there. At first they thought it was due to storms that had occurred over the weekend, but they soon found out they were victims of a scam.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - One of Boca Grande’s oldest children’s programs, the Munchkins pre-school, will begin fall classes next Tuesday with a new but very familiar face at the helm. Laquata Meade has stepped down as teacher, and Angela Colosimo will take her place.
Colosimo is currently the youth programs director for Friends. She administers the after-school program, and also works with the summer camp program for kids at the Boca Grande Community Center. Now she will add teaching the Munchkins to that list.
Commander Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 25. He had Boca Grande connections through friends here, and even visited The Island School last February. On Friday, Aug. 31 a private funeral service will be held for one of America’s greatest icons, and it is only fitting it will be held on the same day as a rare ‘blue moon.’ Island resident Mark Futch had the rare opportunity to not only meet Cmdr. Armstrong, but to fish with him all day. Here is his story.
BY MARK FUTCH - Roger Howe, the Chairman of U.S. Precision Lens and longtime customer of Boca Grande Seaplane, chartered Nat (Italiano) and I for a tarpon trip. We arrived at the dock to pick up our people at 9 a.m. Roger mentioned he had a treat for me and, to my surprise, the person who stepped onboard the boat was none other than the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. I was honored and excited.
Sign-ups for the Gasparilla Island 4 Mile Run & Fun Walk, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 a.m., are taking place now.
The fee for participants 18 and under, pre-registered, is $15. For those 19 and up pre-registered, the cost is $20. On the day of the event registration will be $25 for all ages.
On the day of the race registration is from 6 to 7 a.m. There will be no refund of race entries.
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