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Honoring our Veterans

By Natalie Strom 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 women of the United States Military. On November 9, Tommie Barfield Elementary’s Morning Musicians will host “A Salute to our Veterans” at 9:00 AM in the cafeteria. Under the direction of Lisa Braren, students will sing and speak to a ... Read More »

Quiet moments in Firenze

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber 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, the Pitti Palace, Ponte Vecchio, the San Lorenzo Market, the weeping “angels” surrounding Michaelangelo’s tomb in the church of Santa Croce and his statue of David in the Accademia. Consult any guidebook and you will find the tourist favorites. Because ... 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 serve as the kitchen and back of house. The indoor and outdoor portions of Konrad’s will be the restaurant itself. Venetian Investments hopes to upgrade the outdoor seating area in the Konrad’s space. “The green area [designated outdoor seating] was ... 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 Island man has asked himself “WHAT IF” several times since discovering her… THE RED BARON! She is 63 feet long and every bit of 66,000 pounds, a beam of 13 feet, 6 inches and powered by massive twin GMC Detroit ... 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 5K starts at 7:30 AM at Veterans Community Park at 901 Park Avenue on Marco Island. The 3.3 mile route goes down Collier Boulevard, over the Jolley Bridge and returns by the same route. A one-mile walk will take place ... 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 become aware of responsible actions for safe coexistence of panthers with communities, livestock and pets,” says Ben Nottingham, Refuge Manager of Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Activities at the festival include presentations by panther biologists, a Living with Wildlife Pavilion, ... 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.”  Coaches have a profound impact on our lives. They make us strive to be better. They have the opportunity to teach lessons that are carried on throughout life. Lessons our children learn which have less to do with individual winners, ... 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 – Mary Gibler, #5 – Jessica Simon, #7 – Briana Anguilano, #8 – Christy Thorstenson, #9 – Kaelyn Mahoney, #10 – Samantha Howard, #11 – Cassidy Penzo, #12 – Jenna Lundquist, #13 – Kaitlyn Ziegelmaier, #14 – Navia Penrod, #15 ... Read More »

An unusual Bar Mitzvah

By Tarik Asayun  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 is herewith qualified for entrance in to Higher School of Jewish studies.” The date on the certificate was 6th of June, 1943. “A good touch,” I said to myself. Dr. Eddie Saeks’s grandson or great-grandson is going to celebrate his ... Read More »

On Heroes and Cowards

Sean Smith.

          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 more details of what happened in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012; we as Americans must get to know more about and celebrate the lives of our American heroes and condemn those cowards who let them be murdered by a ... Read More »

Supermarket Follies


By Monte Lazarus 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 first reaction on entering the store was shock and awe – oops, that was Iraq. Substitute shock and amazement. Almost everything was out-of-place and confusion reigned. Little old people were wandering hither and yon like busy ants. Many had completely ... 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 to retain our present administration or replace it with new leadership. Regardless of the electorate’s decision, you will have to come to grips with the inevitable conclusion that you must succumb to compromise. In case you are not familiar with ... 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 Hospital from 1987 to 2000, and it was during that time that NCH encouraged her to find a way to get involved in her East Naples community. A daunting task since East Naples at that time was, as Fiala recollects, ... Read More »

Soap stars return to Marco

By Natalie Strom  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 has grown by way of stars, events and charitable donations. This year’s proceeds will go to Eden Florida’s Eimermann Center and Camp Able. The Eimermann Center is an outreach service for children with autism, while Camp Able is a camp ... Read More »

‘We lived in a world gone mad,’ Holocaust survivor tells story to MIA students

By Danielle Dodder Living testimonials from Holocaust survivors are themselves becoming an artifact of history, so Abe Price’s story was recorded by Marco Island Academy Students as they witnessed it. Like the tattoo on his arm, his anger is still fresh 70 years later, and he displayed both proudly to the room full of students and faculty. History teacher Amber Prange hoped the lesson hit home. “It can be difficult for kids to connect with history, so hopefully this helps make it real.” Like your average Marco teen, Price knew a comfortable middle class upbringing until the Nazis invaded his ... 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 a fixture on the island dining scene for many years. From Vienna, Austria, Robert had trained as a gourmet chef since he was 15 years old. Even before his apprenticeship began, Robert watched his grandmother cook in her restaurant as ... Read More »

The Dolphin Redux

By Natalie Strom  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 years later, a number are still visible around the island, but many have barely been seen since. Artist Denise Santos is searching for those dolphins, hoping to perform a “Dolphin Redux” on those in need of a touch up or, ... 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 Marco Eagle Sanctuary. The sanctuary is unique as it provides the public an opportunity to observe and photograph the eagles and their eaglets at a relatively close distance. It is too soon to estimate when this season’s eaglets will arrive. ... 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 Thursday, and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. David has two aspects to his show. First, he is exhibiting some of his acrylic paintings which are in the narrative style and depict poignant scenes from everyday life. ... 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 living costs, coupled with job loss and other difficulties, mean Southwest Florida families are struggling to make ends meet. Struggling families cannot afford holiday meals and other traditions that so many of us take for granted. They need your help. ... Read More »