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Saul I. Stern Cultural Series

Submitted  The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island opens the18th consecutive season of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, on Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 7:30 PM. The series has been named by the Congregation’s Board of Directors for one of its Congregants, Saul Stern, the man who brought outstanding events to the series, for the benefit of the entire Collier County community. Saul Stern passed away in March of 2010. The series continues to honor his work. The opening speaker, Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, relates his amazing story. Born the son of a high official of the Nazi regime—–he speaks of ... Read More »

Mars returns to the evening

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Tonight at 11:00 PM Mars is well clear of the horizon and appears in the constellation Leo, the Lion. Every night Mars is just a little brighter than the previous one as we draw closer to opposition on March 3; opposition happens when Mars and the Sun are 180 degrees apart. Opposition is a great time to observe planets. Earth is as close as it will get on this orbit around the Sun. The planet appears both larger, brighter and is visible all night long. In the case of Mars, the change in ... Read More »

Jewish Film Festival 2011-2012

By Jane A. Marlowe  The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Collier County, is presenting a series of award winning films which have been acclaimed throughout the United States and Canada. The films have been scrupulously reviewed and selected for their interesting and informative content by the JCMI Film Festival committee. The Jewish Film Festival is presented under the auspices of the Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial. The films tell the story of Jewish life and are intended to both educate and enlighten the audience. The themes are not only meaningful to the Jewish ... Read More »

Bedtime Bundles renewed

Submitted  The Board of Directors of Bedtime Bundles is pleased to announce the organization, and its mission, will continue! Karen Saeks, the founder of Bedtime Bundles, felt obliged to resign as Executive Director earlier this fall to allow more time with family. A series of meetings ensued and Dennis Pidherny has enabled a reorganization of the Bedtime Bundles 501(c)3 corporation. Dennis is well known throughout the community for his tireless volunteer hours with organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, the Seafood Festival, Knights of Columbus and as President of the Marco Healthcare Auxiliary. Karen will remain the “face of Bedtime ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Rooney Mara is mesmerizing as Lisbeth Salander, the tiny birdlike product of the Digital Age. She’s tattooed, pierced in all the wrong places, fierce, anti-social, abused, and sheathed in black leather and even wearing “Oliver Twist” gloves with the fingers cut out. Lisbeth is a genius computer hack. She joins forces with Mikael Blomqvist (ably played by Daniel Craig) a journalist who is on the wrong end of a very expensive libel suit. Ms. Mara’s performance is truly remarkable. The film is shot in cold, desolate Sweden where snow is ... Read More »

The military life of Herb Savage

By Natalie Strom Herb Savage is a man who wears many hats. He has been married for more than sixty years and is a father to three adult children who have kids of their own. As one of the original architects to the Mackle Brothers, he designed the first hotel on Marco Island, now the Marriott. He also developed the original Deltona home design. He has been the President of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects. He is active in the Rotary Club of Marco. He is also a military man. And that is the “hat” ... Read More »

New paddle craft park near completion

By Natalie Strom  The state of Florida, Collier County Parks and Recreation and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve have teamed together to create a new park in Collier County. The Isles of Capri Paddle Craft Park, located on the corner of US-951 and Isles of Capri Boulevard is slated to open by March of this year. With only the finishing touches left, the park will have much to offer both Collier County residents and visitors. The park, which sits at the entrance to the Isles of Capri, will feature two open-air pavilions and public restrooms. Its greater purpose, however, ... Read More »

HOPE is in Fashion

By Coastal Breeze News Staff So what do Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Sandra Bullock have in common with Marco Island? It’s Celebrity Designer Marc Bouwers, of course. During an elegant night of glamour on Saturday, February 25th, guests attending the American Cancer Society’s Hope Ball 2012, will have an opportunity to meet Marc Bouwers and see his hottest fashion collection to date. In fact, you can see his latest design collection prior to the big fashion shows in New York where Marc will be headed soon after this event. The Ball will be held at the ... Read More »

SWFL Nature Festival takes flight

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The 8th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival will take place January 13th to the 15th. The event, hosted by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Center will feature numerous events, expeditions and speakers that will hi-light the unique ecosystem that is Southwest Florida. Beginning on Friday and running through Sunday, the center will host field trips at 20 different locations. Some of these trips include birding walks, turtle walks, canoe and kayak excursions, swamp buggy tours and more. These field trips take place all over Collier County and a few are even in Lee County. Some ... Read More »


Donna Fiala Most of the cheerful twinkling lights and decorations have now been taken down and stored away until next year. I loved the feeling they gave the community. They are missed already, but – now we have something to look forward to next year. For now, there’s not much of anything more beautiful than Marco Island, so let’s drink in its beauty and enjoy its community spirit. Many people have asked why the County doesn’t have a Gas to Energy plant at the landfill, and I’m happy to tell you we now have one. I promised to write ... Read More »

Connecting Continents… Crossing Bridges…

BEYOND THE COAST  Tarik Ayasun Everyone must know by now that I was born and lived the first 20 years of my life in Istanbul; a mysterious, photogenic and historic city on the shores of the Bosporus Straits, that divides the continents of Europe and Asia. As a young boy growing up in Istanbul, the only way we could get across the Bosporus to see our family members who lived on the “other side” or to go to any city which was located in Anatolia (Asia Minor) which comprises 85 percent of the land mass of the country; we had ... Read More »

Capri- in harmony with nature

By Joan Kelly  THEN  The Isles of Capri is 56 years old. It was the dream of one man, “Doc” Loach, where eight mangrove islands with abundant fish and wild life would live in harmony with people. Loach developed four of the islands located between Rookery Bay Refuge and Marco River and Tarpon Bay into 550 home sites. The purchase price, $350 an acre. Most of the lots are waterfront. The lots sold for about $2,700 each with 25 percent down and three years to pay. There were no roads on the Isles of Capri property. There were mosquitoes, sand ... Read More »

Acclaimed duo coming to Mozart’s

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Will and Anthony Nunziata will be performing ‘A Night of Broadway’ at the House of Mozart’s, Thursday and Friday night, February 2nd and 3rd at 6:00 PM. Make reservations quickly, these performances will surely be sold out! Will & Anthony enchant their audiences during concerts singing fresh arrangements of classic standards, songs from the Golden Era of Broadway, and Italian music, along with their fun and improvised comedic interplay with each other and their audience. Will and Anthony have performed across the nation and across the globe, including Avery Fisher Hall as part of the ... Read More »

Coastal Breeze News begins its third year in new offices

Coastal Breeze News has moved to 1857 San Marco Road in the Provence Building just a block east of the Shops of Marco. “We’re in our third year now and simply outgrew the space in Olde Marco,” commented publisher Valerie Simon. “This office space had been available for quite some time before we decided to act. We are very pleased with the space and we’ve heard positive comments from people visiting the office to place a classified ad or to speak with us. We will continue to bring you a “fresh perspective” of interesting, timely stories from a number of ... Read More »

Big snake found in Big Cypress

By Natalie Strom The Skunk Ape Research Center in Ochopee, Florida has added a fascinating new piece to its collection of weird and wild. Stop at the research center and camp ground on US-41 to see and feel the skin of a 20-foot reticulated python. According to David Shealy, owner of the Skunk Ape Exhibit, the reticulated python “was found on US-41 and Burns Road, which is located in the Big Cypress Reserve, about two-and-a-half miles from our shop here. The snake was found by a hunter on the side of the road and it was assumed the snake ... Read More »

Town Hall meeting

On January 23, 2012, City Council will hold a Town Hall forum as part of the scheduled City Council meeting to allow Council to respond to issues and questions that are not normally addressed during Community Forum. If you have questions that you would like to submit for the Town Hall, please email them to: The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2012. Read More »

Tampa Bay disappointment

By Justin Cox The Tampa Bay Buccaneers barely missed the playoffs last year with their impressive 10-6 season. Their quarterback Josh Freeman played great, with a TD/ INT ratio of 25 touchdowns to a measly 6 interceptions. Those statistics are of course from last season. This season the Bucs only won 4 games. After a promising start going 4-2, they lost their final ten games and were last place in the NFC South. Fans are upset and don’t know what went wrong after thinking this might be the year the Bucs gain ground in the division. There was no ... Read More »

Reflections of life at sea

CRUISING LIFE Frances Diebler After writing several pleasant articles about our life at sea, I began to miss some of the things that made life both more pleasant and more frustrating at the same time. I know that this statement is a contradiction within itself. When we all write letters or tell stories about our family adventures or accomplishments, we tend to forget or diminish some of the unpleasant circumstances that we experienced. Indeed, we could not have lived aboard a forty foot boat for more than four years and in the past, sailed three different boats over a span ... Read More »


BOOK REMARKS  Diane Bostick Author: Janet Evanovich.  Publisher: Bantam Books 2011. If you haven’t read a Janet Evanovich book you have missed a reading experience like no other. However, I must warn you, don’t even pick up the book if you aren’t prepared for some funky, quirky humor. If you are at the library you will find them in the mystery section, but I wouldn’t exactly call them mysteries. The author started out writing One for the Money and is now up to Explosive Eighteen with a book for each number in between. Her heroine, if you want to call ... Read More »

‘In The Round’ with Robert S. Cohen

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  On Wednesday, January 25th, Iberia Bank will present Robert S. Cohen as guest speaker for the next installment of the bank’s popular “In the Round” series. Robert is the Federal Security Director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Southwest Florida International Airport. Robert will answer questions regarding the past, present and future of the TSA and what role the TSA plays in protecting us. He will share with the audience insights on any new technologies aimed at keeping us safe, what we can do to protect ourselves and what we can do to reduce ... Read More »