Daily Archives: November 1, 2012

Honoring our Veterans

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com As the 2012 election continues to divide our island and our nation, it is important to remember those who fought for our freedoms; including the right to vote. In honor of Veterans Day, Tommie Barfield Elementary, the City of Marco Island and VFW Post 6370 have organized events on Marco Island to celebrate the men and ... Read More »

Quiet moments in Firenze

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com Firenze, or Florence, Italy is a beautiful city full of impressive art and churches that are works of art. It is a Renaissance city that invites a lot of walking and some of the most uneven cobblestone I have ever traversed. There is a long list of “must see” items….the Duomo, the Uffizzi, Piazza Signoria, ... Read More »

UPDATED: Marco Walk Talk

Marco Walk Restaurant Expansion Approved for Public Hearing Venetian Investments’ plans to upgrade the restaurant space in the Marco Walk Plaza will move forward to a public hearing on January 7. The company plans to take the now defunct space formerly occupied by Konrad’s and Five Brothers Pizza and create Marco Prime Seafood and Grill. The Five Brother’s space will ... Read More »

Resurrecting the Red Baron

By Kathleen Zehler  WHAT IF….we could step back in time some 77 years ago to the year 1935? We would find that the NFL Champions were the Detroit Lions, the World Series Champions were the Detroit Tigers and the most popular Christmas gifts were Monopoly and the Fire Fly Sled. You would also find the gem that one local Marco ... Read More »

Jog over the Jolley

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Lace up your running shoes and sprint over to Veterans Park on on November 17. Make sure to be there bright and early to join in on the Jolley Be Good 5K Run/ Walk. The race returns for another year, taking participants up and over the Jolley Bridge and back again. The Jolley Be Good ... Read More »

Florida Panther Festival

Learn about the endangered Florida Panther at the second annual Florida Panther Festival on November 10, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. North Collier Regional Park in Naples will host the family-friendly event which offers interactive activities for all ages. “Our goal is to hold this free event every year for families and visitors to celebrate the Florida panther and ... Read More »

Great coaches for great lessons

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Vince Lombardi: “A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”  ... Read More »

Lely Wins District

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Lely’s Lady Trojans took home the District Title for the second year in a row. They played against Estero, winning in four games. Congratulations to all of the players, Coach Dan Selvey and Assistant Coach Jess Duesler on a job well done! The Varsity players include: #1 – Amanda Marinaro, #3 – Ashley Schneller, #4 ... Read More »

An unusual Bar Mitzvah

By Tarik Asayun  turk1949@comcast.net  In late August we received an invitation to attend a Bar Mitzvah in Cincinnati, Ohio. The invitation was printed on an exquisite stock in classical fashion. The cover page had a photograph of a certificate indicating that it was granted to: “Edward Saeks, who has successfully completed the course of studies of his Hebrew School and ... Read More »

On Heroes and Cowards

          A hero is defined as someone who deliberately and courageously overcomes obstacles for the benefit of others without regard to personal consequences. A coward is defined as a person who shows disgraceful fear and shameful lack of courage or fortitude under difficult conditions at the expense of others. This week, as we learn more and ... Read More »

Supermarket Follies

By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net It was raining and unusually chilly, so it was a great day for the supermarket (store names are omitted to protect the guilty). So off I went for a new adventure among the shoppers. “Ah”, I mused, “My thoughtful wife provided a list of goods and goodies and today will be fast and easy.” Wrong! My ... Read More »

Notice to congress

By Roy Eaton Time has come to address the concerns and interests of all Americans. Humorist and author Dr. Jim Boren once said, “Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either.” Your behavior has done much to support this assessment, but your reign of indecisiveness, disagreement and gridlock is about to end. On November 6, the American people will either vote ... Read More »

Candidate profile: Donna Fiala

By Danielle Dodder  Donna Fiala has held the office of Collier County Commissioner longer than anyone else, and she’s done it as a woman. But in the beginning she never anticipated how far her journey would take her;  Donna Fiala has lived in the same East Naples home since 1974. She was the director of community relations for Naples Community ... Read More »

Soap stars return to Marco

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  The stars are back for the 14th Annual Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend. The popular event will be held November 9 – 11 and will feature a dozen of television’s daytime actors at local events all in the name of children’s charities. What began in 1998 as a fundraiser for the Marco Island Film Festival, Soapfest ... Read More »

House of Mozart: a good meal is balm for the soul

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Robert and Gaby Hofbauer visited Southwest Florida while on their honeymoon. Like many young couples, they started making plans for their future. Finding Naples and Marco Island intriguing, their long range goal was to return someday. 22 years later, they returned to this paradise and recently bought the House of Mozart. The restaurant has been ... Read More »

The Dolphin Redux

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  Where have all the dolphins gone? Ten years ago, the Marco Island YMCA and The Art League of Marco Island introduced 36 dolphin sculptures displayed throughout the city which were designed by local artists. The “Dolphin Debut,” as it was dubbed, raised $123,000 for the two organizations through an auction held on April 13, 2003. Ten ... Read More »

Welcome back to the nest celebration

By Linda J. Turner It is officially nesting season and the bald eagles are once again busy rebuilding their nest in the center of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary on Tigertail Court. Less than fifty years ago, there were many bald eagle nests on Marco Island. Today, there are only two remaining active nests on the island, one being at the ... Read More »

Goodland artist holds one man show

By Coastal Breeze News Staff David Fuller, an award winning artist who has lived in Goodland for over five years, opened his one man show in the West Wing Gallery of the Naples Regional Library on November 1. The show will hang all month in Old Naples at 650 Central Avenue. Hours are 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through ... Read More »

Help end Holiday Hunger

Submitted Thanksgiving is fast approaching and turkeys are in very short supply in order to feed hungry Southwest Floridians. The Harry Chapin Food Bank has put out a plea for the 5,000 turkeys needed by its participating non-profit agencies. These agencies rely on donated turkeys to fill holiday food baskets for the ever-increasing numbers of hungry adults and children. Higher ... Read More »