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Naples police: Time to move forward after State Attorney declines to pursue charges in officer

naplesnews.com — Thursday's announcement that no charges would be filed in July's officer-on-officer shooting is an opportunity for the department to start putting the shooting behind them, Naples Police Chief Tom Weschler said. "There's no win in this," he said. "It's all about the families and their hopefully having the ability to move forward."
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ndn: Naples police: Time to move forward after State Attorney declines to pursue charges in officer. bit.ly/1xGHlrR

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ndn: Naples police: Time to move forward after State Attorney declines to pursue charges in officer. bit.ly/1xGHlrR

Suspect in trooper ambush Eric Frein captured

naplesnews.com — Eric Frein has been captured after eluding law enforcement for nearly two months, multiple outlets reported Thursday. Frein, 31, is accused of murdering a Pennsylvania state trooper on Sept. 12 and had been one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives. Frein is accused of injuring another state trooper during an ambush.

Cleaning up in the woods: AmeriCorps volunteers help out at Corkscrew Swamp

naplesnews.com — They've hacked away at Brazilian pepper on Panther Island, sprayed torpedo grass with herbicide while knee-deep in water and pulled popcorn sedge by hand for the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. During their stay in Collier County, the AmeriCorps NCCC team, kids from all over the country, got an up close look at Florida foliage, focusing on the undesirable, invasive and exotic species.

A sanctuary that almost wasn’t: Corkscrew Swamp prepares to celebrate 60 years

naplesnews.com — Jason Lauritsen is happy to celebrate the last 60 years of Corkscrew, but he is more focused on the next 60 years. Lauritsen is the sanctuary director for National Audubon Society's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, located between Naples and Immokalee, and this year the society marks 60 years of organized conservation efforts at what is now a more than 13,000-acre preservation area, home to the largest virgin stand of bald cypress trees in the world.
Oct 30, 2014

A sanctuary that almost wasn't: @CorkscrewSwamp prepares to celebrate 60 year anniversary shar.es/10sSLL via @ndn #SWFL

Black Friday ads already beginning to roll out

naplesnews.com — With less than a month until the Black Friday shopping sales, the advertisements are starting to roll out. Best Buy is having an in-store event at select stores on Nov. 8, according to coupon and savings website GottaDeal.com. The three-hour event is a preview to Black Friday and will only be at select stores.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ndn: #BlackFriday ads are already beginning to roll out. Check out our weekly ads. bit.ly/1wO8ZGJ

Department of Corrections admits 'significant loss of data'

naplesnews.com — Every email sent or received from the embattled Florida Department of Corrections over a nearly two-year period was destroyed in 2012, a massive loss of public records that help document the agency's actions. The department acknowledged only recently, in response to inquiries over the past 12 months from the Scripps-Tribune Capitol Bureau, that emails from January 2007 through September 2008 were destroyed.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ndn: ICYMI: #Florida Department of Corrections admits 'significant loss of data.’ (via @Mdixon55) bit.ly/102ZFQQ

Prep football: South Fort Myers can clinch district title Thursday

naplesnews.com — FORT MYERS - South Fort Myers can wrap up its third straight district title with a home Thursday night sack of Lehigh.
Oct 30, 2014

@SFMHSWolfpack can wrap up 6A-12 tonight w/a win against Lehigh. Redhead not much fearing tricks. naplesnews.com/sports/high-sc…

Choir students protest cancelled concert in song

naplesnews.com — NAPLES, Fla. - Before dawn Thursday, more than 100 students, alumni and parents held hands near the main entrance to Barron Collier High School to show solidarity for the school's choir after a concert planned at a local church was canceled this week. District officials say the concert wasn't canceled, instead it was never approved.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ndn: UPDATE: Barron Collier choir students protest cancelled concert in song. (via @NaplesEducation) bit.ly/1rD6sat

Artis-Naples’ Community Day - Gallery

naplesnews.com — Artis-Naples hosted the fifth annual Halloween-themed Community Day on Sunday, allowing approximately 1,500 guests to partake in family-friendly activities while enjoying the exhibits.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @BrandiBroxson: Love this photo of zombie Woody @artisnaples community day. Kudos @ndn photog Samuel Wilson. bit.ly/1tZb5mO pic.twitter.com/zFuwzAnVzN

Brent Batten: Coyle, the old soldier, plans to fade away

naplesnews.com — Coyle's thoughts went back to days when the county had bigger problems. Days when the talk of the town was the time it took to drive from Point A to Point B in season and threats of a building moratorium loomed.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ndn: Brent Batten: Fred Coyle, the old soldier, plans to fade away ($$) - ow.ly/Dzm87

U.S. economy grew at 3.5% rate in third quarter

naplesnews.com — WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years. The Commerce Department says that the third quarter result followed a 4.6 percent rebound in the second quarter.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ndn: The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter. bit.ly/1wg5Jm9

8th annual RiverFest a success

naplesnews.com — Rollin' on the river was easy on the ducks-and a challenge for paddlers-at the 8th Annual RiverFest in Bonita Springs on Saturday. Dozens of canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards took to the Imperial River Saturday in a time challenge race that draws contestants from throughout Florida.
Oct 30, 2014

The community turned out for the 8th annual RiverFest! Check it out ;-) ow.ly/Dx1AQ

George Clinton: A life in pursuit of music that's 'funky as all hell'

naplesnews.com — Driving through Detroit earlier this week, funk father figure George Clinton reflected on his years as a songwriter at Motown studios in the 1960s. He left his home in New Jersey nearly 50 years ago and headed west to the Motor City, knowing it would help him make it big in music some day.

NBA: LeBron-less Heat open season with victory over Wizards

naplesnews.com — MIAMI - A new-look Miami Heat took the floor Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena to open the 2014-15 season and proved there is life after LeBron James. Chris Bosh and Norris Cole seemed to relish being unshackled, while rookies James Ennis and Shabazz Napier gave a promising glimpse of the future in Miami's 107-95 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Oct 29, 2014

NBA: LeBron-less @Heat open season with victory over Wizards (metered) shar.es/102CQT via @ndn

Bonita Springs Concert Band to kick off exciting 2014-15 season

naplesnews.com — Strike up the band. The Bonita Springs Concert Band kicks off its seventh season 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Riverside Park with a patriotic musical extravaganza in honor of Veterans Day that's sure to inspire national pride in everyone who attends.
Oct 29, 2014

Bonita Springs Concert Band to kicks off 2014-15 season this Sunday at Riverside Park shar.es/102pV7 via @ndn #inthe239

Oct 29, 2014

Bonita Springs Concert Band kicks off its exciting 2014-15 season this Sunday! Check it out :-) ow.ly/Dx0eP

Fallout continues from canceled choir concert

naplesnews.com — NAPLES, Fla. - Last year, Barron Collier High School choir members performed at Epcot Center in Orlando and the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. They also sang at Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples. "It's the best," said Jeanne Tierney, whose daughter was in the chorus for four years before graduating last spring.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @ndn: The fallout continues from canceled Barron Collier choir concert. bit.ly/1zLCc7r

Prep football: Thursday’s preview capsules

naplesnews.com — Preview capsules for Thursday's high school football games: GULF COAST (5-4) at GOLDEN GATE (4-4) Time: 7 p.m. Radio: WGUF/FM 98.9 Key players: GC - QB Kaden Frost, RB Gage Rion, WR Jonathan Villar; GG - QB Jorquel Condomina, RB/LB Isaiah D'Haiti, RB/LB Calerb D' Haiti, DL Lavanda Warren.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @NDN_PrepZone: Prep football: Thursday, Oct. 30 preview capsules (free) shar.es/102s07 via @ndn