New year at NDN

Clearly updating a month by month blog has not worked out for me so far. Since my last post, I've worked on a few larger projects in addition to the day-to-day assignments. I've gone to North Carolina for a reunion story, Fort Lauderdale for the airport shooting and I've started work on my first in depth project. Here are a few of the highlights from the last month and a half. 

A double exposure shows people watching the fireworks from the beach during the New Years Eve celebration at Naples Pier on Saturday, December 31, 2016 in downtown Naples. 

Christmas day beach goers run around a tree placed on in the sand near 2nd Street North on Sunday, December 25, 2016 in downtown Naples. Extra pieces of string were available on the tree for people to create their own shell ornaments. 

Will Kramer, 9, looks up towards the "snow" during the annual Christmas on Third celebration in downtown Naples on Monday, November 21, 2016. The event featured tree lighting, ice sculptures, music and fake snow.

Peter Moscatelli kisses his wife, Pamela, under a mistletoe archway during the annual Christmas on Third celebration in downtown Naples on Monday, November 21, 2016. The event featured tree lighting, ice sculptures, music and fake snow. 

T-Pain performs at Eaglepalooza on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. 

Taylor Erschen, 4, from Cape Coral, throws a ball as Emma Merz, 8, lifts the hula hoop high and higher during the first holiday party at Valerie's House in Fort Myers on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Valerie's House, which opened in January, provides a platform for the community to come together, grieve and openly talk about losing a loved one. 

Kids take turns throwing the basketball as Wyatt Sargent, a volunteer, rebounds during the first holiday party at Valerie's House in Fort Myers on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Kathy Good leans in and high fives Brice Foutch after he said a joke while eating breakfast at McDonald's in Granite Falls, North Carolina on Friday, December 2, 2016. After meeting for the first time since Brice was a baby, the two realized that they have a lot in common. 

Broward County Sheriff vehicles park outside of terminal 2 at the Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport  in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday, January 7, 2016. 

People make their way into terminal three at the Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport  in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday, January 7, 2016. Terminal two remained closed Saturday morning. 

Dr. Benny Melendez, chief of emergency medicine and Dr. Ralph Guarneri, trauma surgeon address the media outside of the Broward Health Medical Center Trauma Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Friday, January 6, 2016. 

Dr. Benny Melendez, chief of emergency medicine and Dr. Ralph Guarneri, trauma surgeon address the media outside of the Broward Health Medical Center Trauma Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Friday, January 6, 2016. 

A worker with Florida Licensing on Wheels holds a backdrop taught for identification photos between the baggage claims for terminals one and two at the Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday, January 7, 2017. A Safer Florida and Florida Licensing on Wheels arrived at the airport late afternoon to help those who lost their drivers license as a result of the shooting get a form of identification. 

Investigators in hazmat suits gather material in bags inside of the terminal two baggage claim at the Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday, January 7, 2017. The baggage claim remains closed in terminal two. 

Pedro Blanco waves the Americn flag and cheers into the street on 5th Avenue South on Saturday, November 26, 2016 in the city of Naples. The Cuban community in Naples wished to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro. 

Nicole Gonzalez, a Cuban American, dances to the music on 5th Avenue South on Saturday, November 26, 2016 in the city of Naples. The Cuban community in Naples wished to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro. 

B17 Bomber 

Lisa Maloney, left, and her mother, Margo Moulton Snyder, pose for portraits with their hiking gear on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Snyder's backyard in Golden Gate Estates. At the beginning of 2016, Snyder and her daughter committed to try the trail as a new year's resolution. They hiked three days, sleeping in lodges along the way, starting in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley in August. They have another adventure filled trip planned for 2017. 

And finally, this image is a part of an in-progress project on the Florida Trail.