Entries by LifeInNaples

The Pandemic Has Been Hard on the Mentally Ill – Jessica Bennett tells us more

In May, a 32-year-old man in West Palm Beach who was overcoming a decade-long battle with opioid and substance abuse died of an apparent overdose. As a nurse working with COVID-19 patients, he could no longer attend his recovery meetings in person, and the impact of the virus and isolation took its toll. Mental health […]

Healthcare Network hires Julie Pedretti as director of COVID-19 community relations

Pedretti will oversee grant activities that support increased COVID-19 testing and education throughout Collier County Julie Pedretti, APR, FACHE, has joined Healthcare Network as the new COVID-19 community relations director. The position is funded by a federal grant awarded to the organization by Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).  Pedretti  will be responsible for directing grant activities that […]


Project HELP has been providing free and confidential services to victims of rape, violence, crime and sudden traumatic loss of a loved one for over 34 years. We serve all crime victims of Collier County with crisis counseling, therapy, civil and criminal advocacy, support groups and a 24/7 Crisis and Sexual Assault HELPline (239) 262-7227/(800)329-7227. During these trying […]

Valerie’s House a Place to Heal

Although the world around us is changing every day, the vision of local nonprofit, Valerie’s House, remains the same: no child will grieve alone. After losing her mother, Valerie, when she was only 10 years old, Valerie’s House Founder and CEO, Angela Melvin, was determined to establish a place in Southwest Florida where children could come together […]

William Douglass Candidate for District 1 County Commissioner …Have you met?

My name is William Douglass and I am a proud results-oriented conservative Republican. In 1984 I moved from Ohio to Collier County to manage a local restaurant. Three years later I found my love in serving my community, as a firefighter with East Naples Fire Department.  After 30 years of service, recently retired as Act. […]

Bruce Buchanan A candidate for Seat 4, Collier Mosquito Control District

I am a Veteran having served in the 32nd Army Air Defense Command, stationed at the United States Air Force headquarters in Europe. Upon leaving the Service I embarked upon a 28 year career in radio/broadcasting. This took me throughout America in the roles of program director, operations manager, consultant and youngest TV news anchor/news director. […]

Hodges University… Getting to a New Normal

By: Teresa Araque The year 2020 has been an extraordinary experience in the unpredictable. “The disruption of COVID-19 has impacted just about every aspect of our lives, both personally and professionally,” said Dr John Meyer, president of Hodges University. “And not just in our region, but worldwide.” For higher education, the impact has meant changing the delivery […]

jenny gezella… “We are so excited to get back out on the water with you!”

Our Response to COVID-19 to Ensure the Safest Environment for You To our valued guests: We are closely monitoring government both locally and nationally on policy changes, CDC guidelines, government mandates and public health advancements. We will continue to make changes as necessary or appropriate to our policies and procedures but want to ensure you […]