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5 Alternatives to SwapShop and Craigslist (Classifieds)

For a few years, the Naples Free-Net has hosted a Swap-shop online, where Southwest Florida residents were able to post wanted/sell ads online. With the arrival of Craigslist in Southwest Florida the NFN Swapshop was hardly used and we only had about 1 new ad per month posted over last two years. So it was time to discontinue the service and we shut it down per September 30, 2014.

The largest online classified sites is Craigslist Southwest Florida, but we also found a few more sites, some of them much more modern and optimized for mobile consumption.

We scouted around the Internet and found a few more.

  1. eBay Classifieds 
  2. Oodle
  3. Pawngo
  4. Poshmark
  5. SnobSwap

If you have a favorite classified sites that’s not listed, feel free to let us know about it in the comment section below.

Local Elections on August 26, 2014 – Better Government Committee released endorsements

 The Greater Naples Better Government Committee announced endorsements Friday for Collier County Commissioner District 4 and District 1, 3 & 5 School Board Races. Candidates were interviewed at the law offices of Cummings & Lockwood. Each candidate receives 30 minutes to elaborate his or her platform and answer questions asked by the Committee.  

Penny Taylor, Candidate Collier County Board of Commissioner, District 4Penny Taylor, Collier County Commissioner District 4, Endorsed

Ms. Taylor demonstrates an accountable, no-nonsense approach to using taxpayer resources. She seeks to promote efforts to make Collier County a national center for medical diagnostics and patient wellness, while working with residents to diversify the economy.

Penny Taylor’s website : www.votepenny.com
Also running: Lavigne Kirkpatrick

Jacob Wenge, Candidate School Board, District 1Jacob Winge, Collier County School Board District 1,  Endorsed

The committee sees a strong and dedicated candidate. As a 2011 high school graduate of Barron Collier and 4-year Jr. ROTC member, this candidate exemplifies both civility and a commitment to the County, earning a degree at Edison State. Winge also served as President of the Student Government Association. He hopes to build a “constituent roundtable” in an effort to build communication and accountability on the school board, and to shrink county mandated testing of students.

Jacob Winge on Facebook
Also running: Kathleen Greenawalt, Kelly E Lichter

Luis Bernal, Candidate School Board, District 3Luis Bernal, Collier County School Board, District 3, Endorsed

As a consultant for international development, who also boasts a Master’s degree in Public Policy, Bernal brings a fresh approach to ethics, good behavior and common sense. Rising from humble beginnings, Bernal hopes to close achievement gaps in the local school system while also looking for ways to cut wasteful spending.

Luis Bernal’s website: http://luisbernal.co/
Also running: Erika B. Donalds, JB Holmes, Kathy Ryan

Roy Terry, school board member, District 5Roy Terry, Collier County School Board District 5, Endorsed

Terry is an incumbent school board member who has successfully met his previous campaign promises to cut impact fees by 50% and reduce referendum liability. He also helped implement online kindergarten registration and hopes to expand web registration to all grades in an effort to improve the school board planning process.

Roy Terry’s profile on Collier County Public School Board website
Also running: Thomas Andler

  • August Primary is on August 26, 2014
  • Election to Collier County Commission in District 4 is an open primary, which means all residents in District 4 can vote for their next Commissioner, independent of their party affiliation.
  • School board elections are county wide, Collier County voters can vote for candidates in all districts.
  • Learn more about the election and the candidates on the website of the Supervisor of Elections: www.colliervotes.com

Established in 1991, The GNBGC serves the community through providing objective evaluations and endorsements of Collier County candidates for office, in an effort to help residents learn about their platforms.

Each Committee member must disclose, prior to the endorsement vote, any campaign involvement or monetary contributions made to a candidate being considered for endorsement by the Committee. These Board members abstain from the discussion/vote in that particular race.

“As dedicated members of this committee, we have a great responsibility in honestly evaluating our local candidates. It’s often a very tough job because most are very qualified.” says Sally Tiffany, President of the GNBGC. “With these endorsements, residents of Collier County can expect critical assessments.”

NFN DSL is Now Nettally DSL

Effective June 1, 2014, Network Tallahassee (Nettally), which leased lines from Century Link so we could offer you NFN DSL, took over existing NFN DSL operations and is providing full support for the NFN DSL that you had been using.

NFN DSL is now Nettally DSL, also referred to as NTI DSL.

We owe huge thanks to all volunteer as DSL Head Administrators: Ron Bender, Don Frankenberger and Mary Ann Wallace. They tackled a Herculean Task keeping the service up and running and spending countless hours navigation the maze between Century Link, and before that Embarq, NetTally, Model companies and users. If you see or speak to them please thank them as well. Their commitment to excellence and their perseverance to act on behalf NFN DSL users is unmatched.

Active users provided billing information to Nettally during May, 2014 and they began being billed directly by Nettally beginning with the June monthly dsl charges. Network Tallahassee, Inc. (NTI) provides direct support for your dsl connection issues with a toll-free number, 1-866-586-1598.

INACTIVE (SUSPENDED) NFN DSL USERS: You must either call the NFN Helpdesk at 239-417-1400, visit the NFN Office in person, or call Nettally at 1-866-586-1598 explaining you are currently a suspended NFN DSL user and wish to supply billing information and re-activate. You must have your billing information available at the time you call if you have not previously provided it to Network Tallahassee. You do not need to call until you are ready to re-activate.

INFORMATION NEEDED: You will need to provide your billing address, an e-mail contact address (it can be any e-mail address that you use), and choice of billing method: ACH (via a bank account and bank routing number) or credit card. Using a credit card will incur a service charge; there is no service charge if you use ACH.

In Summary:

  1. Your e-mail is NOT changing. NO changes to your e-mail settings. Your dsl line is NOT changing. You are transitioning over at your current basic dsl line rate. There are no changes to your modem.
  2. Support and monthly dsl charges are now done by Network Tallahassee with a toll-free number for you to call with dsl connection problems or when suspending, reactivating, changing speed, cancelling, billing questions: 1-866-586-1598
  3. Premium account renewals will go through the NFN Office Helpdesk the same as non-dsl accounts with automatic e-mail notifications when expiration dates draw near reminding members to renew online, by mail, or by calling the Helpdesk at 239-417-1400 during office hours.

Contact information for Network Tallahassee

  • Nettally Support: 1-866-586-1598 (toll-free number) – 9 am – 6 pm Eastern
  • Non toll-free (direct, from outside US) number: 1-850-671-4007
  • e-mail: billing@nettally.com (for billing questions)
  • e-mail: support@nettally.com (for Nettally DSL support)

Photo by Trey Ratcliff from http://www.StuckInCustoms.com

NFN Scholarship Student Jason Cooper National Cyber Ninja

Our fellow Naples Free-Net volunteer and scholarship student 2013, now student at University of Central Florida, Jason Cooper, won with his team mates the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition!

The regional competitions were held in March with 180 team out of 9 regions participating and the winner went on to compete at the National level.

Competing teams built so-called Blue Teams tasked with defending computer systems against attacking Red Teams, which tried to penetrate and hack the Blue Teams’ networks and servers.

We are proud to have a national champion amongst our midst and Jason returned home to join the NFN Techteam he volunteered for the last four years.


Read the announcement at Raytheon’s website