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CCSO Wants to Protect You Over the Holidays

While you’re out looking for deals this holiday shopping season, criminals may have their eyes on you.

The 2016 holiday shopping season officially begins Friday, November 25, also known as Black Friday. It’s a busy time for not just retailers and shoppers, but also thieves.

Collier County Sheriff ’s Office deputies will be in and around area shopping districts throughout the holiday season. They’ll be patrolling on foot, in cars and on horseback. They’ll also be using the agency’s Skywatch Sentinel to help keep vigil over various shopping center parking lots to keep shoppers safe.

Deputies will be out reminding store managers to adjust parking lot lighting if they’re planning to offer extended hours of nighttime shopping.

CCSO is also reminding the community to follow these holiday shopping tips:

sheriff-horsemanPERSONAL SAFETY:

  • Shop during daylight hours when possible. If shopping at night, take a friend or family member and park in a well-lit area.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. They are prime targets in crowded areas. Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of money.
  • Be alert to your surroundings.
  • Locate your keys and have them in your hand before you arrive at your car.

HOME SAFETY:

  • Keep your windows and doors locked.
  • If you have an alarm system, use it.
  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up newspapers and mail.
  • Set an automatic timer for interior and exterior lights if you will be away from home.
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • Call the Sheriff ’s Office and set up an extra protection while you are out of town.
  • Schedule a free home security survey by calling CCSO’s Crime Prevention Bureau at 239.252.0700, or at prevention@colliersheriff.org.

VEHICLE SAFETY:

  • Lock your vehicle when you leave it.
  • If you have an alarm system on your vehicle, use it.
  • Park in a high visibility area with good lighting.
  • Remove valuables from your vehicle as soon as you reach your destination.

sheriff-greetingONLINE AND SAFE IDENTITY

  • Never give out your Social Security number! Reputable online merchants should never require you to to submit your Social Security number.
  • Only shop using secure websites. Most websites will have a pop up screen indicating that they have a security certificate, a “lock” should also appear in the bottom corner of your browser window. Use only reputable websites that you are familiar with. If you are in doubt, don’t order.
  • Check out the merchant’s privacy and security policies. Some merchants ask for personal information to sell to other merchants, direct marketers, and even telemarketers. Read their online privacy and security polices so that you know where your information is going. Some merchants will allow you to opt out of giving this information.
  • Use the same credit card when making all online purchases. If you use only one credit card for all your online purchases it will make it easier for you to track them and identify any fraudulent transactions. • Use companies you know.
  • When making purchases online, make sure the website you are using is secured with “https://www…” in the URL and make certain the padlock symbol is on the bottom of your browser.
  • Read the company’s privacy statement carefully. Will they sell your personal information to other companies?
  • Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t seem right, then it probably isn’t.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you give out and print all online receipts.
  • Consider obtaining a credit card that you use only when shopping online to easily keep track of all your purchases.
  • If possible, call in your order.
  • Notify the issuer if your credit card is lost or stolen. That flat-screen TV and iPhone you received are great, but remember they were meant for you and not some thief. Your holiday won’t be a happy one if you become the victim of a crime.

CSO OFFERS THESE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOLIDAY GIFTS SECURE:

  •  As soon as you receive that special gift, mark it with your driver’s license number. If it cannot be marked, take color pictures or video. And record the serial number and put it away for safe keeping. • Consider putting valuable gifts such as jewelry on layaway and leaving them in the store until just before Christmas.
  • Be careful about discussing any valuable gifts you received with strangers.
  • Be careful about the after-Christmas garbage you put out for pickup. Put smaller waste in a black trash bag and break down all the bigger boxes and turn them inside out so the labels cannot be seen.
  • Do not leave opened valuable gifts under the tree, especially if the tree is in front of a window where they can be easily seen from the outside.

For more holiday shopping safety information, visit the Collier County Sheriff ’s Office website at www.colliersheriff.org, or visit the CCSO YouTube channel to watch one of the agency’s holiday safety videos.

Nine Apps for Every Smartphone Owner

Most everyone has a smartphone, and the little programs that run on smartphones are called apps. With tens of millions of apps available, how do you know which ones are right for you? I will tell you about some of the most useful apps I have used on my own devices, I think if you try them you’ll be happy! They will all work on both iOS and Android devices unless noted after the app title.

nook1. NOOK, KINDLE AND IBOOKS

Read dozens of your favorite novels on your device with one of these apps. With millions of bestselling books, magazines, comics and more, you’ll always find a great adventure to get lost in. Plenty of fiction, romance, history, business and sci-fi stories are available – so download one of these apps and start reading today!

weather2. THE WEATHER CHANNEL

Don’t wait around for the weather report to come on to head out the door, with this app you’ll receive real-time forecasts, current conditions and detailed weather maps to help you plan your day accordingly. Since it uses your phone’s GPS, you will always have the current local forecast and conditions even when away from home!

medisafe3. MEDISAFE

Have you ever forgotten to take your medications, supplements or vitamins on time? With this app, you’ll never have to worry about missing a dose again. It helps you manage pill usage and can also track your blood pressure and weight. You can even send your medication reports directly to your doctor, nurse or family member.

canera4. CAMERA+ (IOS ONLY)

If you have an iPhone and want to have a little more control over your photos both while taking and editing, Camera+ is the app for you. This is the app I use most often for taking photos with my phone, and you can adjust focus, shutter speed and ISO in an intuitive and easy to navigate interface. The filters and effects are a great way to add some life to otherwise dull photos.

food-network5. FOOD NETWORK IN THE KITCHEN

This app has over 50,000 recipes from your favorite Food Network chefs. Looking for a recipe that you just saw as the show ended? You can quickly find it here! Healthy, Weeknight Dinners, Quick and Easy and Kid-Friendly are among the many categories you can choose from to find the perfect meal for you and your family members to enjoy.

uber6. UBER

Uber connects you with a driver who will pick you up from your front door within minutes and take you to your destination – and it’s about the same price as a taxi. And it’s easy to use: Just tap the screen to set your location, request the ride, enter your destination and let the driver take care of everything else. And just tap again when it’s time to go home! No cash is needed as your credit card is safely stored in the app and never changes hands.

facebook7. FACEBOOK

With Facebook installed on your phone, you can instantly check updates, messages, notifications, and posts through your phone. It is an easy way to communicate with friends, family, and relatives immediately directly from your Smartphone. The Facebook app also allows users to instantly update their status and upload photos anytime and anywhere. Beware of syncing your phone contacts with Facebook, as all your Facebook friends will appear in your address book and calendar.

flipboard8. FLIPBOARD

This app helps users stay updated with all the latest news updates from all around the globe. It has an intuitive design and has a friendly user interface. It allows users to stay updated with the latest news and social media happenings. Flipboard also allows its users to save news and contents for later reading using other apps.

whatsapp9. WHATSAPP WhatsApp lets the users send messages and make free calls from their smartphone to other WhatsApp users. Through WhatsApp, one can send photos, videos, contact, location, and documents to other users. By installing the WhatsApp account and syncing with your contact list, you can easily see the names of WhatsApp users present in your contact list. However, you need to have active internet connection or Wi-Fi to access the app… and avoid charges while traveling out of the country!

Jeff Bohr | Naples Mac Help 239.595.0482 | jeff@jeffbohr.com

An Attitude of Gratitude

PAUL JONES, MD, F.A.A.F.P.

Concierge Medicine I am most grateful for my family. My children are happy and healthy and either gainfully employed or working hard at school. I am especially grateful for my wife who keeps our family centered and on whom I can rely. Finally, I am very grateful for the Naples community. It is an incredibly beautiful, safe and wonderful place to live, and, seems to get better every day. Happy Thanksgiving!

RICK LOCASTRO Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret)

I’m thankful for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Watching our Olympians in Rio waving our flag to celebrate their achievements was exciting… But I’m most thankful for those who fought for that flag and who continue to fight for it across the globe every day proudly wearing the uniform. Their service, sacrifice, and the courage of those who did the same before them is extraordinary. They all have my sincere thanks, my admiration, and my respect. We can’t thank THEM enough. Never miss an opportunity to shake the hand of a veteran and thank THEM for their dedicated service. Our personal thanks means more to them than we often realize… and their service has meant more to our country and the freedoms we have… than many remember.

DAVE ELLIOTT Celebrity Radio Host

Being thankful is easier done than said if you stop to think about it, but I wonder how many of us say it? Admittedly I don’t say it as much as I probably should. But here’s what I’m thankful for: First and foremost, my family: My wife, Eileen, who makes my life full (and organized). For my very active 10-year-old, Maggie, for keeping me feeling young and up on the latest Cool Kids music on Pandora. For living in this slice of heaven and making the decision to do so 23 years ago. For the privilege of being in the presence of so many great, kind and generous people on an almost-daily basis. And for the cats, Cinder and Ella, who make one realize that there are creatures great and small on this earth who all need each other.

FRANCIS ROONEY Congressional Candidate, Southwest Florida

“I am eternally thankful for the opportunities and freedoms we have in this country. We owe our gratitude to the brave Americans who have come before us and built this country, in addition to the members of our nation’s military and their families for the sacrifices endured while defending the freedoms that make America exceptional.”

ALLEN WEISS M.D. President and CEO NCH Healthcare Systems

“I continue to be thankful for the privilege of helping everyone in Southwest Florida live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Being a member of a team of 4,300 compassionate and competent caregivers who are dedicated to the noble profession of helping others is a continuing source of energy and inspiration.”

MAYOR BILL BARNETT Mayor of Naples

As this Holiday Season approaches I am thankful for the following and not necessarily in the order that I list them (smile) My wife Chris, my children and my eight grandchildren. My rescue Bulldog Zsa-Zsa and my two rescue cats Ava and Maggie. My friends, they know who they are! My health. Being Mayor of the City of Naples. The people that I serve with on our Naples City Council. The great staff and employees of our City. Living in a generous and giving community. And at least a hundred more!

The Evolution of Communication

communication

Neil Curley

Neil Curley

by Dr Neil Curley PhD

Born many years ago before iPhones, tablets, e-mail, Kindle, and numerous apps, one had to be proficient in the art of handwriting. Script writing, known as writing cursive was an important element in one’s education. Classes in penmanship were part of your elementary school curriculum. Hours were dedicated to completing your mastery of the written word. Your homework, projects, and papers were always written in cursive. People communicated by written letters, cards or notes all elegantly written in their best cursive style. Writers developed their own signature style that was unique and gave them a sense of personal pride in writing and signing communication.

One’s signature somewhat indicated the character and/ or the personality of the signer. One could be flamboyant and ostentatious while others could be plain and unpretentious. A recipient of a signed document might be able to determine the distinctive traits of the signer. In fact there were psychological studies that examined the shape and size of individual letters in the writing to help characterize the writer.

However in today’s society the art of handwriting does not appear to be of much importance as lettering. We refer to it as printing. Thus, one will note that when an individual is asked for a signature the individual might just scroll some type of mark. The cursive style no longer appears to be prevalent in today’s society. Your signature was once part of your identity.

Fast forward to our life today, communication has changed drastically with the advent of modern technology. It begins with the grandchildren of the Baby Boomers who are known as Millennials. It is the beginning of the digital age. Communication changed with the use of iPods and My Space. Computer use is in all aspects of business communication, information, research, entertainment and so on. Constant improvement in computer technology and  usage was prevalent. Handwriting became less important for communication. Written communication for informal matters was transformed.

communication2Now we have a new generation born after the Millennials who do not remember a time before social media. Most made their closest relationships from Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook. They are the first generation raised with Smartphones. This generation just completing high school can almost simultaneously create a document, edit it, post a photo on Instagram and talk all from the user friendly interface of their iPhone.

A significant aspect of this younger generation is its widespread use of the internet from a young age. They are typically thought of as comfortable with technology and thus interacting on social websites is a significant portion of their socialization. Communication is changing with regular usage of Smartphones. People can become very dependent on their phones and very anxious when they are not able to use their phones for even a few hours. Every call or text is so important that it must be heard or seen immediately. iPhone messages relayed to others often are not specific enough and necessitate more message communication being sent or received.

Oral communication doesn’t seems to be as important as in the past. You see families out to lunch or dinner and every member is on their iPhone. No oral communication between the parties is apparent. Even the aspect of safe driving seems to be suffering. Driving, one watches other drivers with one hand on the wheel and the other hand holding a phone. Some drivers are texting as they drive, you can see their distraction as their speed changes and many times they float in their lanes and drive erratically.

People have to be told at meetings, churches, movies etc. to turn off their phones so as not to disturb others. Courtesy towards others is seemingly lost.

So what we are seeing is a new method of communication that varies from those of us who grew up in a different time. While many of us will communicate with our learned traditional method of writing letters and notes and orally communicating at our dinner, we will strangely marvel how the younger generation is equally satisfied with their method of using devices to handle all their communication needs.

Formal writing still exists in business contracts, research, legislative actions and judicial decisions but it appears that it also will change in the future.

So the question arises: has the method and needs of communication changed? Yes they have changed in the life time of this communicator. So have the profound demographics shifted in our population as reflected in new values of our society since Millennials were teenagers. Life is the interval between birth and death and thus; communication is needed to remain informed of the passing events and time. Thus, be it whatever method is in use during this period of time it is the communication that matters. So, be it in print, long hand, text or phone just keep all messages moving to be received by the recipient.

Neil B. Curley Ph.D, the writer of this article, was originally from the North Shore of Boston. He received his Educational Degrees, B.A. University of New England, M.Ed Boston State College, Advanced Degrees C.A.G.S. and Doctorate in Psychology Northeastern University, and Ashwood University. He also hold a Doctorate in Theology conferred by United Faith Ministry. Further Educational Study has been done at Wurzburg University, Germany and the University of Guam.

Dr. Curley has had extensive experience in the Educational field for over forty years. He has held a position as a College Admission Officer (Assistant Director), Assistant Principal, Director of Guidance, Career Specialists, School Counselor and Classroom Teacher. He also served as School Accreditation Evaluator in the Pacific for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Dr. Curley has lived in numerous places all over the world including Germany, Bermuda, Guam, Cairo ,Egypt and travelled extensively with his wife Joan to over one hundred countries of the world. “Travel has always been a priority in my life since I believe travel provides the opportunity for a person to meet unique people and experience different cultures and customs.”

Dr. Curley is an active member of our Naples community as a long time Board Member of the East Naples Civic Association, the Executive Committee Member of the Collier County Republican Committee, Member of the Collier County Men’s Republican Club, active in College Alumni Associations and active in local election campaigns. He has given lectures at Hodges University and other local clubs on the American Constitution and subjects related to American Civics.

November’s Treasures and Traditions

LIN Lois Bolinby Lois Bolin
Old Naples Historian

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. My first year in paradise, I did not notice the subtleties the seasons had to offer, but after 38 years of living in paradise; those understated moments are treasured. Whether it’s shifting light patterns, low humidity with gentle breezes, or the smells of jasmine across the lake; I am transported to memories of pumpkins, mums and preparations for some of November’s oldest traditions.

fanksgivingTHANKSGIVING

One of America’s most treasured holidays began with our first President, George Washington. Since Washington’s proclamation, the dates varied until President Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of 1863. This custom of the last Thursday of November fell prey to a marketing idea when President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving ahead one week, believing this would help encourage retail sales during the Great Depression.

The new tradition was called Franksgiving, a portmanteau of “Franklin” and “Thanksgiving,” coined by Atlantic City mayor Thomas D. Taggart, Jr. to describe the 1939-41 Thanksgiving holidays. This change caused such upheaval that after 1941; the tradition was moved to the fourth Thursday in November.

ELECTION DAY

Maybe it’s not the most beloved tradition, but certainly an important one. The tradition of voting for the Presidency is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday. In 1792, states were given the latitude to hold their elections at any time in a 34-day period before the first Wednesday of December, the day set for the meeting of the Electoral College. There was no problem with this time frame as it was ahead of the winter storms and allowed for the harvest season to be completed. What soon became a problem, due to improved communication with the telegraph and trains, was the influence of candidate’s victories on states voting later in November.

If voting is not your thing (heaven forbid), why not make a new tradition with Vote in Honor of a Veteran, a community initiative from our Supervisors of Elections to create a Virtual Honor Wall for our local veterans. Check out their website to add your favorite veteran.

VETERANS DAY

Armistice Day marked the cessation of WWI, the ‘Great War’ that was to be the war to end all wars until that fateful morning on December 7, 1941. After WWII and the Korean War, the 83rd Congress, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation and the blessing of Dwight D. Eisenhower, on June 1, 1954, November 11th became the day to honor American veterans of all wars.

This November 11th, local USAF veteran and Vietnam POW, Wayne Smith, will be the keynote speaker at the newly unveiled SWFL Vietnam Memorial Wall at Laishley Park at 11 a.m. in Port Charlotte.

This November 30th will usher in a new traditions, Thank You Across Florida. Mark Michaels, President of Rolling Thunder Chapter 5, will lead his group from Naples stopping at various military and veterans sites along Florida’s WWII Heritage Trail in remembrance of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Their seven-day journey around Florida gives thanks to all veterans and reminds Floridians of the extraordinary history of Florida in WWII.

SWFL Veterans Alliance’s 2nd Annual Operation Christmas Spirit will launch November 1st to raise funds to provide our local veterans with Christmas trees, wreaths, gift cards, poinsettias and baked goods. Last year’s response from the Vet Center’s counselors rendered us almost speechless as we learned how touched the veterans were to see anonymous gifts left for them and how these gifts sparked meaningful discussions about Christmas memories and the relief to know they could have a tree as many were unable to lay out the cash for such extra expenses. (Let those words sink in.)

The fee to participate in Operation Christmas Spirit is $75 in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Participants will be invited to a post OCS party at a date and place TBD. The Alliance also invites Christmas elves to bake goodies such as breads, cakes or cookies for our local veterans. Call Lois Bolin at 239.777.2281 for details or visit www.swflveternasalliance.org.

Until next time, I hope your November is filled with many conscious moments to find your heart filled with treasures and alive with the wonders of these traditions.

THE GIFT THAT LASTS A LIFETIME

LIN Jill Rappsby Jill Ciccarelli Rapps, CFP®
Financial Advisor

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is nearly upon us! As we celebrate the festivities with our families and loved ones, many of us are searching for the perfect holiday gift for our children and grandchildren. While we may feel compelled to buy the latest tech gadget or a flashy new toy, you may want to consider the gift that lasts a lifetime: financial knowledge.

AN UNFORGETTABLE LESSON

Growing up in western New York, I remember going on “road trips” with my parents and siblings. We would visit a company and take a tour of their facilities, or spend time exploring a farm. Our experiences on the road with Mom and Dad served a valuable purpose: educating my siblings and me about saving and investing.

At an early age, we learned which goods were produced in the factories and farms we visited, and that the demand for those goods would go up and down over time. We learned that we could invest our money in the companies we visited – as demand for their products increased, we could earn money without actually working as a farmer or a laborer.

Above all, our parents taught us the importance of starting to save early in life, and to save a little bit of every dollar that comes your way. These simple but powerful lessons have had an enduring impact on our lives, leading us down the road towards financial success.

GIVE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN A JUMP START

Engaging your grandchildren in a financial conversation can pay dividends for years to come. Everyone can benefit from having this valuable discussion, regardless of their age or level of interest.

Imagine you are having lunch with your 8-year-old grandchild. You recently set up a mutual fund for her. How do you discuss this topic with him or her? The best approach is to keep it simple and build on their knowledge over time.

Start by explaining that there are many companies in the fund and that he or she owns part of these companies – which means they will make money when the companies make money. While your grandchild probably won’t remember everything you say, you will plant the seeds for further education throughout her life.

The next step is to provide your grandchild with a memorable gift that relates to their investment. For instance, if the mutual fund holds Tesla, purchase him or her a model Tesla car and explain that they own part of the company that builds those cars.

As your grandchild continues to grow and mature, you can introduce more detailed concepts. You can talk about how stocks work and why the prices fluctuate, and give him or her an update on the performance of her investments. To add even more value to your financial lessons, you can supplement your conversation with interactive financial tools (many resources are available online) or enlist the expertise of a financial advisor.

With adult grandchildren, I recommend starting a conversation about 401(k) plans. Many young people don’t understand how a 401(k) plan works; as a result, they don’t participate in the plan and miss out on the benefits. Emphasize the value of making regular contributions. Explain that most employers will match your contributions, and illustrate how their money will gain compounding interest throughout their entire career. This is the perfect opportunity for you to impart valuable lessons that can guide your grandchild towards financial wellness.

To reinforce the wisdom you share with your grandchild, you can give them tangible gifts that promote financial success. A powerful way to encourage your grandchild to save is to match their savings. Another idea is gifting time with a financial advisor, who will guide them in identifying their current needs and their financial goals for the future.

Books can also provide a wealth of financial knowledge that will benefit your grandchild. I highly recommend these books, which are two of my favorite reads:

  • The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
  • Five: Where will you be five year from today? by Dan Zadra

It’s never too early to share your financial experience with your family. This holiday season, capitalize on the opportunity to help your children and grandchildren prepare for a lifetime of financial success. Give the gift that lasts a lifetime!

Jill Ciccarelli Rapps, CFP®
www.CASMoneyMatters.com
Ciccarelli Advisory Services, Inc. is located at
9601 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL (239.262.6577)
Jill Ciccarelli Rapps is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL
PLANNER®, a trained life coach and a partner of Ciccarelli Advisory
Services, Inc., a family-focused wealth management firm in
Florida and New York.
Investment advisory services offered through Ciccarelli Advisory
Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser independent of FSC
Securities Corporation. Securities and additional investment advisory
services offered through FSC Securities Corporation, member FINRA/
SIPC and a registered investment adviser.

About Basis

Michael Wiener, E.A.

Michael Wiener, E.A.

by Michael Wiener, E.A.

The tax consequences of many personal and business transactions attributable to the taxpayer are determined in whole or in part by the taxpayer’s basis in the property. So then, what is basis?

A taxpayer’s basis in property represents the capital investment that has not been recovered through some provision in the tax code. The (tax) basis is important to property transactions determining gain or loss when the property sold or exchanged, the investment that may be recovered thru deductions, limitations for certain loss deductions, and determines the basis in the hands of a subsequent taxpayer in a non-taxable exchange.

This capital investment is further defined as being either unadjusted basis or adjusted basis. The unadjusted basis in property is the cost of the property at the time of acquisition by the taxpayer and includes cash transferred, mortgages assumed, costs to complete the transaction and costs incurred in acquiring or producing the property.

The adjusted basis then is the original basis in the property increased or decreased to reflect capital expenditures, recovery costs (i.e. depreciation), and other gains and losses recognized while the property is being held.

To illustrate. In 2014 Joe purchases an automobile for $10,000. Since he uses this in his business, in 2015 and 2016 he depreciates (expenses) the car $2,000 per year. At the end of 2016, Joe’s unadjusted basis is $10,000 and his adjusted basis is $6,000 ($10,000 less $4,000.)

The unadjusted basis or original basis in certain circumstances will be determined by Fair Market Value or transferred value. For example, the basis of inherited property is largely determined by the fair market value and the date of passing of the decedent.

SO WHY IS ADJUSTED BASIS IMPORTANT?

The adjusted basis of a taxpayer’s property is the largest single factor in the computation of gain or loss when the property is disposed of. It is also critical in determining the recognition of losses. This applies to real property, investments, personal and business property. Being aware of how and what factors affect the basis will in large part determine how much tax you will pay.

If you should have a topic that you would like me to
discuss or if you should have a question, please feel
free to call 239.403.4410 or e-mail me at
michael@mwtaxandaccounting.com.
An enrolled agent, licensed by the US Department
of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the
IRS for audits, collections and appeals. To attain
the enrolled agent designation, candidates must
demonstrate expertise in taxation, fulfill
continuing education credits and adhere to a
stringent code of ethics.

CONNECTING WITH THE PAST CONNECTING

PHOTO BY ELAM STOLZFUS

PHOTO BY ELAM STOLZFUS

Thousands of years ago, indigenous people called the Calusa inhabited much of coastal Southwest Florida. The Calusa culture was a complex society that thrived on the bounty of the estuary as opposed to agriculture, which was the primary means of subsistence for many other early American people. Numerous Calusa settlements were developed along the Collier County coastline and were occupied from 400 to 2,500 years ago.

Changing their landscape on many fronts, the Calusa people left behind traces of their way of life on the shell mound complexes they built. The size and locations of the settlements, many of which are in the Ten Thousand Islands, indicate that large communal groups flourished on the abundance of coastal resources with fish and shellfish accounting for up to 70 percent of their diet.

The Calusas regarded mollusk shells, as well as other animal parts, as important resources because of the lack of workable stone and building materials in their ROOKERY BAY environment. They utilized bones, spines and teeth as tools for sewing, piercing or spearing. And, their homes were built on large mounds of discarded shells, like modern building foundations, to provide protection from extreme high tides and storms.

Several Calusa mound complexes are protected within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s 110,000 acres. These cultural resources belong to the people of Florida, and their continued existence is instrumental for future research and education.

PHOTO(S) BY RENÉE WILSON

PHOTO(S) BY RENÉE WILSON

Archaeologists studying the Calusa culture look closely at artifacts (items made or carved by humans) to learn about what life was like for prehistoric peoples. Within each mound complex are middens (smaller mounds) that served specific purposes. The “kitchen middens,” or refuse piles, tend to provide the greatest clues to the mysteries surrounding their lost culture. In addition to shell tools, pieces of broken pottery are, by far, the most commonly found remnants of the Calusa civilization. These artifacts have provided valuable insights into their social evolution.

In the Calusa culture, women made the pottery and finished the rim of each piece with their finger nail or other object in a distinct pattern representing a sort of regional, tribal trademark. By studying pottery remnants found in different middens along the coast, archaeologists have determined that either the pots, or their makers, were traded between regions.

There is still much to learn about our Floridian predecessors. Rookery Bay Reserve’s cultural resource monitor, Steve Bertone, has been working with archaeologists to curate an inventory of prehistoric artifacts found during grant-funded surveys at some of the shell mounds in the reserve. Since 1978, the reserve has cataloged more than 200 artifacts in its inventory, which also includes shell tools, shell net weights, carved bones and remnants from pioneer settlers who squatted atop the abandoned mounds in the 1880s.

Each artifact in the inventory has been recorded in a PHOTO(S) BY RENÉE WILSON database along with the GPS coordinates of the location where it was found and other details about the find. With help from Rookery Bay Reserve educator and photographer Dave Graff, each record in the database is now accompanied by a photo of the actual artifact. High resolution, close-up images enable close inspection of the artifact virtually, and the photos show clear details such as embedded fibers and fingernail marks.

This database serves as an incredible resource for archaeologists and other researchers who are studying at the reserve. Expanding our collective knowledge of the local history and land use is essential to guiding management efforts, educating the community and planning for trails or other recreational opportunities.

BOAT TOURS

With Rookery Bay Reserve

Explore this unique ecosystem via small boat tours that offer an up-close and personal experience. With a maximum of six passengers these on-the-water adventures are the only Rookery Bay tours actually conducted by Reserve staff. The relaxed pace and emphasis on learning is designed to help visitors develop a true sense of place and a deeper connection to this unique coastal wilderness. Several different trips are available, each with a different theme. All tours provide a chance to see a diversity of native wildlife and offer a comfortable platform for photography. Tours include free admission to the Environmental Learning Center on day of trip and proceeds support the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay, Inc. Offered every Tuesday through Friday until May. Pre-registration is required at www.rookerybay.org/calendar. Cost is $109, includes same day admission to the Environmental Learning Center.

Essence of Estuary Boat Tour

Offered 2 – 5 p.m. Nov. 8, 10, 18, 23, 28 and Dec. 21, 26.

Have you ever visited a place with the hope you might come away with a profound understanding of its essence rather than just a snapshot? This tour is designed to “get you there.” You will drift through the bays and backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about plants and animals, but more importantly, how they fit into the complex tapestry of this special place we call an estuary. Bring your curiosity and be rewarded with discovery and insight. You will journey back in time and learn how human history and natural history intersect. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are ever the same. Participants will be on the boat the entire time and must have the physical ability to step on and off of the boat at our dock.

Life’s A Beach Boat Tour

Offered 2 – 5 p.m. Nov. 9, 22, 25, and Dec. 9, 20, 22.

This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about all the things you are seeing: specially adapted native plants, gastropods, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. This island is a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals “living on the edge”. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are recommended for the walk across the island (and can be removed on the beach).

Sunset to Starlight Cruise

Offered 4 – 7 p.m. Nov. 12, 13, 14 and Dec. 11, 12, 13.

This one-of-a-kind tour takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather for the night. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock.

High Points Boat Tour

Offered 2 – 5 p.m. Nov. 16, 29 and Dec. 15, 30.

Come along on this small boat cruise through back bays and winding creeks to visit a particularly unusual place in Rookery Bay Reserve. After disembarking, take a short hike to one of the highest points in Collier County, an ancient sand dune relic from the Pleistocene Era. Your naturalist guide will help you see and appreciate the geologic history of Sand Hill as you enjoy the remarkable view. You will also learn about the specially adapted trees, shrubs and wildflowers that survive in this coastal scrub ecosystem. This tour allows guests the opportunity to experience a place few visitors get to see. Participants must have the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied to shore.

Treasure Island Boat Tour

Offered 2 – 5 p.m. Nov. 17, Dec. 16, 23, 28.

The treasure on this interesting island isn’t gold, silver or pirates’ booty. It is the amazing ecological treasure of a rare tropical hardwood hammock. You will enjoy a leisurely boat trip through the estuary to the island, disembark, and hike about 1/2 mile on a primitive trail in a shaded forest dripping with ferns and bromeliads. Your naturalist guide will introduce you to the fascinating plants that make this community of life unique and will share interesting stories of how human history and coastal ecology intertwine. This tour requires the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock and walk 1/2 mile on uneven terrain.

November 14 – 18, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Art Class: Draw Birds and Butterflies in Colored Pencil

Learn how to realistically draw all kinds of beautiful birds and gorgeous butterflies in colored pencil. Lee Hammond is a police composite artist, holds licenses to paint pictures of NASCAR drivers, and has published more than 30 art instruction books that have sold more than one million copies. Now, she brings her passion to the Rookery Bay Reserve, where she teaches art classes each season. In five days, you will learn everything you need to know to draw proficiently in colored pencil, based on Lee’s best-selling book. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $395, supplies are not included.

November 17, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Art Gallery Opening Reception

The Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County present the Annual Painting Exhibition from November 15 through January 26, with works submitted by artists from Collier and Lee counties. Following Rookery Bay’s environmental mission, works will share a central theme of flora and fauna. Most of the works are for sale. The Opening Reception will feature wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $3 for the public and free for participating artists and their guest as well as members of the United Arts Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay.

November 19, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Birds of the Beach

Southwest Florida is a critical stopover site for thousands of migrating and wintering shorebirds. In this class, Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually. Winter shorebirds are notoriously difficult to ID, so practicing the skills learned in this class is essential. You will learn how to use plumage, size, and behavior to help with identification. The classroom session will be followed by a trip to Tigertail Beach, one of the most important winter shorebird sites in Florida, where we will see many of the birds discussed. Pre-registration is required, cost is $40. Also offered December 17.

November 24-25

Environmental Learning Center is closed for Thanksgiving

November 30 – December 8

No Eco Tours

December 5 – 9, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Art Class: Paint Portraits in Acrylic

Create beautiful portraits in acrylic with Lee Hammond. Based on her painting books by North Light, Lee will show you how to achieve beautiful skin tones, hair and clothing. Lee Hammond is a police composite artist, holds licenses to paint pictures of NASCAR drivers, and has published more than 30 art instruction books that have sold more than one million copies. Now, she brings her passion to the Rookery Bay Reserve, where she teaches art classes each season. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $395, supplies are not included. December 10, 8 – 10 a.m. Adventure Race Enjoy a 3k kayak along Henderson Creek and a 4k trail run at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center to benefit the Friends of Rookery Bay. All participants will receive a t-shirt (sizes guaranteed if registered before Nov 20), post-race refreshments, Rookery Bay water bottle, and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center and entry for door prizes. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category: men, women, relays, tandem teams and surf-skis. Pre-registration is required. Cost varies by category, prices increase on Nov 21.

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