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PROFILE: Noël Crosby

March 24, 2017
BY DEAN LAUX – Noël Crosby grew up in Manchester, N.H., where her dad’s parents owned the Greenfield Carpet Company and her mom’s parents were in the grocery business. So you could say she never ha…

Profile: Sharon Payne

March 17, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN Delaware native Sharon Payne never heard of Boca Grande before 2011, and if it wasn’t for her husband, John, acting on an impulse she might have never found it. Sharon is currently a…

Profile: Kim Hume

March 10, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN.     After working for more than 25 years in the television broadcast news industry, Boca Grande seasonal resident Kim Hume decided in 2007 that it was time to enjoy retirement. Kim …

Profile: Carol Napoli

March 3, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN.     Retired licensed professional counselor Carol Napoli has been coming to Boca Grande seasonally for the past 20 years. Carol spent 18 years of her career in the Washington, DC ar…

Profile: Tara Clark

February 24, 2017
Tara Clark, sales associate at The Palm on Park, a Lilly Pulitzer signature store, has lived quite an adventurous life during the past decade.      Tara, 30, was born in Jackson, New Jersey. Her pa…

Profile: Candice Shy Hooper

February 17, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN     Island author Candice Shy Hooper was born in Agana, Guam. Her father served in the Navy, and her mother was a military wife. As a child, she lived on Saipan, and she moved around…

PROFILE: HILJA BILODEAU

February 3, 2017
BY SUE ERWIN – Hilja Bilodeau has been keeping very busy as CEO of the Boca Grande Health Clinic since last summer. She officially started the job on August 1, replacing former CEO Jon Sielert. Her…

PROFILE: Sierra Cunningham

January 27, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN      Sierra Cunningham has been helping people on the island look their best for the past nine years. She’s a full-time hair stylist at James Griffith Salon at the Gasparilla Inn Bea…

Profile: Penny Lach

January 20, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN      If you’ve been browsing through the beautiful items at Ariel, Ltd. on the island recently, you were very likely greeted by sales associate Penny Lach. Penny is the oldest daught…

Profile: Jeff Simmons

January 13, 2017
■ BY SUE ERWIN      Jeff Simmons has spent 25 years working about every position at “The Temp” restaurant and bar on the island. He started out as a busboy in 1991 and is currently a partner/owner …