The Farmers Market? Yes, it’s open

If you wandered down to the Wheeler Road ballfield last Friday and noticed the Boca Grande Farmers Market wasn’t there, don’t worry. It wasn’t shut down by any hand other than Mother Nature’s.

Hey, what’s so funny about this film forum?

BY SUE ERWIN – The annual Film Forum presented by the Friends of Boca Grande is planned for Feb. 15-19. This year the event is themed “What’s So Funny?” Now entering its fifth year, “Film Forum: See Something Worth Talking About,” will take a look at comedy through film and TV. Throughout the week of […]

Father Carosella entertains ‘Bytes’ crowd with church history

BY SUE ERWIN – History Bytes is back for the 2016 season, and it started out with a new twist as the public was invited to attend an historical lecture presented by Rev. Jerome Carosella at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on Wednesday. More than 100 people attended the event. Father Carosella has been […]

‘The Master’ to be explored by Literature Forum next week

On Thursday, Feb. 11, Linda May and Jo Van Zoeren will be presenting “The Master,” by the Irish writer Colm Toibin. This novel, his fifth, was shortlisted for the 2004 Booker Prize and depicts the American-born writer Henry James in the final years of the 19th century. It is a compelling portrait of a complex […]

Heavy pockets don’t necessarily make for good neighbors

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – I just read an article submitted to the Interwebs universe by The Cultural Landscape Foundation, an article written about Gilchrist Avenue, with no author named but photo credit given to an island resident. It’s a humdinger. I will start by saying the article is well written, and in all honesty it’s […]

If you took the pin, you won’t be happy

To the Editor: This is a letter to the person who has my Silver Tarpon pin, picked up from Hudson’s. This pin has been a part of my life in Boca for close to 30 years. Whenever you look at it, wear it, touch it or even think about it, you will feel my presence. […]

Tennis Ball nets more than $60,000 for Suncoast animals

To the Editor: The Boca Grande Club held our 8th Annual Tennis Ball Fête for Pets, benefiting the Suncoast Human Society. We had a packed house on January 27, 2016 with over 190 attendees who enjoyed a cocktail hour, silent auction, delicious dinner and a live auction to round out the evening. The auction was […]

Thank you for making OBGBBC so successful in 2016!

To the Editor: On behalf of the Johann Fust Library Foundation and the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center, we would like to thank all of the people who volunteered their time and support to make last Sunday’s OBGBBC (One Big Grande Boca Book Club) program so successful.

PROFILE: Jimmy McIntire

BY SUSAN ERWIN – Nationally experienced Island Chef Jimmy McIntire joined the staff at Newlin’s Market on 4th Avenue in October. It’s kind of a funny, coincidental story that brought him to Boca Grande. “Kim (Newlin’s owner) and I worked together in New Hampshire 26 years ago, when I was in high school and I […]

Obituary: James Anthony Eha

James Anthony Eha, MD, 80, of Boca Grande, Florida passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at his Lee County residence. Born on February 25, 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he had served in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Captain. A graduate of Ohio State, he received his doctorate degree in medicine […]