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Feral Cat Free Spay/Neuter Through August

Time is running out for FREE cat spay/neuter in Collier County. The Collier Spay Neuter Clinic is offering 400 free spay/neuter surgeries for cats available now through Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Trap-Neuter-Release Grant · June – Aug 2011 · Call (239) 514-7647 for information. The Collier Spay Neuter Clinic (CSNC) has created a spay/neuter campaign called “Stop Littering.” The program is funded by a Florida Animal Friend, Inc. grant. Florida Animal Friend awarded CSNC a $25,000 grant to spay and neuter free roaming, stray and feral cats to address cat overpopulation. CSNC’s “Stop Littering” Program will fix feral or free ... Read More »

National Advisory Board

Kira Krumm has recently been named to the National Advisory Board of the Marco Island Academy. According to Jane Watt the schools founder, her role will be to assist and guide the school’s art program. As an accomplished designer, Ms. Krümm continues her dedication to the arts and her community. In addition to her affiliation with many national and international trade organizations, she is involved with several regional fine arts and civic organizations. She is a member of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and is the former Vice President and Visual Arts Chairman for the Marco Island Foundation for the ... Read More »


Since 1970, Newcomers Club of Marco Island has welcomed over 5,000 women from all over the world to our tropical paradise. The objective of our club is to foster friendships for life through a wide range of enjoyable activities. President Rachel DeHanas was recently installed for the 2011-2012 year. You may be eligible for the Newcomers Club even if you have lived on the island for many years. “If you have never been a member of Newcomers Club of Marco Island and desire to meet new friends and enjoy an array of activities, please come check us out,” said Rachel. ... Read More »

Financial Planning for a Healthy Future

A Fiscal Fitness Plan for Women. Join me every Thursday 10-11 a.m. at Raymond James & Associates, Inc., 606 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite 401, Marco Island. A lively, informative, complimentary presentation that’s specifically created for women just like you. You’ll learn · Why women’s financial needs are different from men’s · How to organize your finances · Why you need a long-term plan · How to build a plan that will help you prepare for retirement · How stocks, bonds, and other investments work · What to expect from your professional advisor. Presented by Darcie Guerin, Financial Advisor, WMS™. Seating ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol honored with international award

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, will be awarded a World Peace Prize during a June 14 ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize and retired U.S. Rep. Lester Wolff announced CAP will be honored as the World Peace Corps Mission’s “Roving Ambassador for Peace” at the ceremony in Washington, D.C., which will also recognize top honor prize recipients H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and Benjamin A. Gilman. “Civil Air Patrol makes a huge impact, going above and beyond to make a profound difference in America’s communities, ... Read More »

Home Market Holds Steady on Marco Island

Statistics for Marco Island only properties, from the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service, continue to show high sales activity. Pending listings, all property types, are up in the year-to-year comparison (April 2010 to April 2011) by 22.03% and up in the month-to-month comparison (March 2011 to April 2011) by 7.46%. Total all property types closed (Marco Island only) is up by 36.25% in the March – April 2011 comparison and up by nearly 2% in the yearly comparison. The average sales price was up 32.47% in the monthly comparison and up 12.73% in the yearly comparison. ... Read More »

Book Club and Bible Studies

Marco Presbyterian Church is kicking off a Classic Summer Book Club for ladies; mothers and daughters are encouraged to participate. The group will explore how the main characters discover what it means to be a woman of God. The Book Club discussion will begin at 5:30 p.m. The schedule is as follows: “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery, June 28; “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom, July 12, with an optional visit to the Holocaust Museum; “Emma” by Jane Austen, August 9, with an optional trip to Brambles Tea House. For meeting places and information call Meaghan at ... Read More »

Pet Supply Drive

Collier County Public Library is pleased to be partnering with Collier County Domestic Animal Services by hosting a pet supply drive through Saturday, June 25. All 10 county libraries are participating. For your convenience, a poster and drop box are located near each library entrance. We will gladly accept any of the following items: Kitty Litter Leashes (please no retractable) Martingale Style Collars (all sizes) Towels (new or gently used) Newspapers (no ads) Kuranda Cat or Dog Beds ( Paper Towels Unscented Bleach Cat Toys (please no toys with feathers) Dog Toys (Frisbee, basketball, etc.) Kiddie Pools (hard plastic pool) ... Read More »

‘The Kings Speech’

The Headquarters Regional Library schedules encore presentation of the film ‘The Kings Speech’ winner of the 2010 Academy Award for best picture is being shown for a second time Wednesday, June 15, 2 p.m. at the Headquarters Regional Library, located at 2385 Orange Blossom Drive. “The film was originally shown this past week to a full house with others expressing an interest in wanting to attend so a decision was made to show it a second time giving those who missed it the opportunity to see this great film,” said Marilyn Matthes, Director of Collier County Public Libraries. The film ... Read More »

Are we running dry?

By Danielle Dodder A drought can feel deceptively non-urgent when you live on an island surrounded by water, until the smoky haze of wildfires to the east drifts downwind. Residents of South Florida are long used to being told not to overwater their lawns during dry season, so it’s easy to overlook the black and yellow ‘Severe Drought’ signs posted along State Road 951. According to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the signs are anything but pro-forma; October to February saw the driest season in 80 years. “We are incredibly dry throughout the entire district,” explains SFWMD representative ... Read More »


By Donna Fiala As many Islanders have seen, there has been a huge pile of debris at the entrance to Isles of Capri on State land for almost 3 years. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, managed by the FDEP, has wanted to move forward with this project, but until now there has been one delay after another. Rookery Bay has now successfully completed all the engineering designs for the site and obtained all the required approvals from local, state and federal agencies, and the trash piles are ready to be sorted and hauled to the County landfill. Once these ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus A while ago a newspaper report referred to someone as “elderly”. Since I find myself in the same age bracket I take umbrage at that characterization. I AM NOT ELDERLY. I am a geezer. That is different. Being a geezer means that I can buy discount tickets for movies and rides at amusement parks. Aha! Amusement parks. Elderly people do not go to amusement parks. I examined my situation and it’s clear that I don’t qualify as elderly. For example, my running times are virtually identical now to my high school times. The only difference is distance: ... Read More »

Celebrating 100 Years!

William F. (Bill) Tiley, a native of Tamaqua, Pa. is observing his 100th Birthday on June 28th on Marco Island. Many relatives and friends will gather to celebrate the occasion. Bill went to Temple University where he played football under the coaching of the famous Glenn “Pop” Warner. He played on the winning team of the first Sugar Bowl game. Following college he started working for the Allentown Call-Chronicle Newspaper at their Lansford office as a cub reporter. He advanced into management where he remained until his retirement in 1976 as Bureau Chief of all the satellite offices. At that ... Read More »

From Arab Spring to Persian Summer

By Tarik Ayasun What is correctly named “Arab Spring” is continuing to heat up the Middle East without an end in sight. As predicted earlier in this column, Muslim Brotherhood started to show its strength in Egypt; elections hoped for by all Tunisians have been delayed; President of Yemen has been injured in an assassination attempt and moved to Saudi Arabia for treatment leaving Yemen in the hands of various tribes and rebels who have no definite plans for the future; protesters have been subdued in Bahrain; and an undeclared, aimless and leaderless war continues to deplete our resources in ... Read More »

Bald Eagles named

The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation has chosen names submitted by Mrs. Hoffman’s Fifth Grade class at Tommie Barfield Elementary for two Bald Eagles inhabiting the Marco Eagle Sanctuary, an area commonly referred to as Tract K, now under the foundation’s direction through a long-term lease agreement with the Collier County School District. The eagles have been dubbed Paleo and Calusa. A plaque and check for $1000 were awarded to the school for all the hard work selecting the eagle’s names by Carl H. Way, Founder and Chairman of the Foundation, along with Dr. Gerald Swiacki, Vice-President of the Foundation, and ... Read More »

New home for Marco Island Academy

By Jane Marlowe The closing of a door for Winterberry Christian Academy has opened a door for The Marco Island Academy. An article in this issue of Coastal Breeze News covers the beautiful Commencement Celebration held recently for the school’s graduating senior. This reporter heard many disappointed remarks from the guests about the closing of such a well appointed facility. WCA staff were philosophical about the future for their students and themselves, certain that a good result would follow the disappointment about the closing of their school. And so it is. The Marco Island Academy announced Monday, June 13, that ... Read More »

Men in Blue: Ed Stamm

By Danielle Dodder I’m sitting on a boat that used to read, ‘Fire the Police,’ watching another boat whip by in the middle distance at a speed that even to my untrained eye has left the concept of ‘no wake’ far behind. “Late on the rental,” observes marine patrol officer Ed Stamm. We are docked at the slip the city rents from Pier 81, where Officer Stamm has been outlining the challenges of enforcing waterway rules. The MIPD marine unit is staffed by two full- time and two part-time officers who do double duty with land-based assignments, and pilot a ... Read More »

Y’all come back now, ya hear!

By Tresa Nielsen Our local Girl Scout Troop #389, who worked very hard this year, spent this past Memorial week-end surrounded by 100,000 acres of protected wildlife. The girls raised enough money to go to The Westgate River Ranch Resort, a 1,700-acre ponderosa forest recalling an era when Florida was home to cowboys and cattle ranchers. The River Ranch was a perfect setting and retreat for the girl scouts to experience Florida’s nature first hand. Located just an hour south of Orlando, the Westgate River Ranch gave the girls the chance to experience an authentic dude-ranch. The accommodations were spacious ... Read More »


By Pierre Guesnon Per-spic-u-ous Adjective: (Latin: perspicere, to see through) clear in a statement or expression; easily understood. Pro-trep-tic Adjective: intended as instructional. Noun: a book, speech, essay, etc., that is protreptic Aus-tral Adjective: southern, southerly; Austral: Australian. Mor-ga-na-tic Adjective: of a form of marriage between a royal or noble person on a person of inferior rank, with the provision that neither the spouse of inferior rank nor the children of the marriage may lay claim to the rank or property of the other spouse. Thes-pian Noun: actor or actress (a somewhat humorous or pretentious term). Adjective: having to do ... Read More »