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New operations manager joins the Randell Research Center

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com In mid-June, the Randell Research Center hired a new operations manager, Annisa Karim, who will replace Cindy Bear, as she is retiring. Karim, who has had a life-long love for the environment, is a wildlife ecologist. She holds a master’s degree in wildlife ecology and conservation, and said she has much experience with environmental education. “You get a lot of clues along the way as to what your life will be,” said Karim. “My dad took us to a lot of national parks in Nairobi every weekend and that was a way for him to spend time with us and ...

News from around the region

Island server beneficiary of ‘Tip Challenge’

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Islander Stephen Longest is one of many happy recipients of the "Tip Challenge." Simply put, the “Tip Challenge” is when a restaurant patron leaves a 100 percent tip, which equals the size of their check. Having been a server for at least 11 years, ...


William Edward Brush

William Edward Brush, 77, of St. James City, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

Letters to the Editor

Honor and respect of Old Glory

To the editor: As a veteran and former Marine, it causes me great concern when I see the disrespect to our National Colors, the American Flag. On my daily journeys around the Island I see numerous American Flags that are respectfully displayed, but I also see numerous flags flying that are ...


Local Columns

Bridge Beat

Bridge has started up again on Pine Island with one weekly game: Fishers of Men Wednesday Bridge, noon to 3 p.m., everyone welcome. For further information about this game, please call Maxine Crispi at 239-283-7869. Fishers of Men Lutheran Church is located at 10360 Stringfellow Road in St. ...


A step in the right direction

While Florida’s politicized Parent’s Bill of Rights bill grabbed headlines and split mostly along party lines, another parental rights bill long in the works finally — finally and unanimously — was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. SB 590, aka the School Safety bill, went ...