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Education in need of art, and vice versa

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill We can bluff a lot in this lifetime, and that’s often OK, but when it’s important, when it matters, I prefer to reference those wiser than I. So I am borrowing heavily from artist and instructor Robert Genn and author Elliot Eisner in regards to art in education; and offering from myself a little something about education in art. Robert Genn is author of the free on-line Twice-Weekly Letter found at rgenn@saraphina.com At it’s best, and at any level, art education teaches students creative problem solving, how to tap into one’s inner-reservoir to create innovative solutions. Crazily, ... Read More »

A paws to give Thanks

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DOG & STYLE Tony Wakefield-Jones Tony@mindzoo.com The human celebration of Thanksgiving is once again upon us. Thanksgiving—also known as the day before humans set their alarms at 3 AM to trample over other humans for something they call “doorbuster specials.” One would think I would find this more appealing as I am a “doorbuster” every time our doorbell rings. I admit—I have not been feeling all that inspired lately. Yes, I have many things to be thankful for: two misfit daddies who make me look brilliant by comparison, a bumbling “Chihua” who seems to understand the household pecking order, an exhilarating ... Read More »

ROAD UNDER WATER Funding and ecological hurdles for Goodland Drive

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By Danielle Dodder An historical anecdote says that the road into Goodland was originally built out of shell sixty years or so ago by a man named Henry Pettit with just a shovel and a wheelbarrow. Goodland residents today find the old road’s twists and turns endearing, but not the way it frequently floods and traps them on or off the island. Goodland Drive (92A) was first given over to the city of Marco in 1999 by Collier County, and Goodlanders and the city have been wrangling over how to maintain the road ever since. At the heart of the ... Read More »

LENDING, REAL ESTATE IN UPSWING

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By Danielle Dodder Dollar volume is already up ten percent over last year for Mutual of Omaha’s mortgage lending sector. According to the Marco Island Area Board of Realtors, 2012 closings on island property tally 1,061, an 18% increase over last year. The signs are there, according to Tiffany Homuth, Metro Market President for Mutual of Omaha, for the real estate sector’s return to strong market activity. “There’s a lot of potential demand [for financing] out there, more personal than business right now.” When the real estate market bottomed out, prices were low enough to attract cash buyers. “People who ... Read More »

Veterans in the SPOTLIGHT

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By Julia Barnett Among the various Veterans’ weekend events, the Saturday, November 10, gathering at Iberia Bank was an intimate and personal commemoration and recognition for the men and women who served our country and kept us free, centering on portraits painted with love and care by local artist Malenda Trick. The night included a private unveiling for the veterans and their families being featured in the portrait series, followed by a viewing open to the public. The private unveiling began with acknowledgments and thanks, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance,” led by Bonnie Woodward, daughter of one of the ... Read More »

New Council members ready to get down to business

By Danielle Dodder  “All politics is local.” So said Tip O’Neill, the second longest serving speaker of the US House of Representatives in reference to the only political race he ever lost: a run for city council. It’s a trivia tidbit that speaks volumes for the aggressive politicking that seems to take the island by surprise each election season. The newly elected council members are about to take on the challenge of trying to set public policy for the next four years, so we asked them how they plan to get started now that the dust has settled. Responses from ... Read More »

The American Cancer Society welcomes new executive director

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The Marco Island Unit of the American Cancer Society has a new Unit Executive Director, Lisa Honig. Prior to accepting her new role, Lisa had a successful 26 year career in Information Technology Management and in Computer Storage Sales and Consulting Services. Lisa has already hit the ground running, visiting area businesses and communicating with the Board of Directors. She reviewed progress on plans for two major upcoming events, the Relay for Life and the Gala, and attended last week’s Relay for Life Kickoff at the Marriott. If the Honig name sounds familiar, it is ... Read More »

Disaster Relief for Hurricane Sandy victims

By Coastal BreezeNews Staff  In an instant, a natural disaster can take away everything. Assistance is needed immediately. The basics: food, water, shelter, and in the case of Hurricane Sandy victims, warmth, are immediate necessities. There are those who go into survival mode and yet make every effort to accommodate their neighbors as well as themselves, like First Responders. Once basic needs are met, one can try to ‘dig themselves out.‘ For those close to an impacted area at heart, but physically far away, it is hard to sit idly by while every cell in your body wants to be ... Read More »

Florida at War

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COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward  CWoodward@wpl-legal.com  As we reflect on a peaceful Veteran’s Day with great weather and our local beaches full, it is hard to envision a time when Florida skies were full of fighter pilots, our coasts under constant watch for enemy attack, and U.S. sailors both dead and wounded were being brought into Florida hospitals. World War II was not only fought in Europe and in the South Pacific, but was also fought here at home. Few remember that Nazi Germany brought WW II literally to our shores, with U-boats (submarines) paroling up and down our coasts looking for ... Read More »

A most memorable Thanksgiving…

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  BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun turk1949@comcast.net Thanksgiving 1975, will remain as one of the most memorable and strange Thanksgiving holidays for my wife and me. We were living in Istanbul, Turkey while I completed my compulsory military service in the Turkish Armed Forces. My wife and our one year old son lived in the first floor of my childhood home while I was stationed in the small western town of Bornova. Since I could not communicate directly with her from our base, we had to wait until weekends when I could call her from nearby hotels where I spent short ... Read More »

It’s island time!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Today my subject will just be about the Islands. First, Marco Island – Tigertail Beach. People have been inquiring lately about access to Tigertail Beach and when the boardwalks will be complete. The county is building, and in some cases rebuilding, the boardwalks from the huge parking lot (a place for residents, friends, visitors and tourists to park!) to the water. By the time you receive this column, three of those boardwalks are scheduled to be completed. Actually, they look finished right now but are awaiting the installation of the ADA required handrails. Those should ... Read More »

The Gold Medal

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By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net My dream came true. I won a gold medal! It isn’t from the London Olympics, but it’s awfully close. It’s probably not real gold, but it’s heavy and “golden” and has a magnificent blue ribbon. In my feeble mind it’s Olympic quality, and that’s that. It took Olympic teamwork to win it, since it was the result of a four day team trivia competition on the “Allure of the Seas,” a cruise ship to end all cruise ships. It has everything Columbus ever wanted: a rock climbing wall; an ice skating rink; at least a thousand ... Read More »

Relay for Life Kick Off

By Jane A. Marlowe janem@coastalbreezenews.com The American Cancer Society Marco Island Unit kicked off Relay For Life at a reception hosted by the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort on Wednesday, November 7. The event was held in one of the Marriott’s Lanai Suites offering a lovely view of the Gulf waters and lush tropical foliage along a private walk a few steps from the beach. A cocktail reception buffet was provided courtesy of Porky’s Last Stand, Publix Foods and the Marriott. Raul Medina, Chair of Relay For Life Marco Island, welcomed guests and committee members inviting them to view a ... Read More »

Welcome Back to the Nest

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Over 175 supporters gathered at the Snook Inn on November 8 for the Marco Bald Eagle Sanctuary’s “Welcome Back to the Nest” celebration. Feathers and floral shirts filled the Chickee Hut as friends gathered to support Paleo and Calusa, the bald eagle couple that reside in the Sanctuary on Tigertail Court. It was revealed during the evening that Calusa, the female, had recently been spotted nesting with eggs. Read More »

Summit House goes back in time

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  In its first historical tour, the Marco Re-enactors hosted 16 ladies from The Summit House Condominium of Marco Island. The women experienced the private docent tour which is hosted by the Marco Island Historical Museum. Beginning at the Museum, the ladies were treated to local historical author and member of the Re-enactors, Betsy Perdichizzi, as their docent. “Her wealth of knowledge made the experience a unique historical tour,” said Arlene Riegel of The Summit House. The ladies began their tour at the museum, learning about the first settlers and marveled at the all too realistic ... Read More »

Christmas Box Angel Memorial Service

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  On Thursday, December 6, all are welcome to attend the Annual Christmas Box Angel Memorial Service at 6:30 PM at the Marco Island Cemetery. The candle light service is held every year in remembrance of children who have passed away. Those who attend are asked to bring a white flower to place at the base of the Angel. The names of children who have memorial bricks will be read aloud during the service. For directions or information, call the Marco Island Cemetery Office at 394-3469 or Nanette Moll, Coffee and Comfort Support Group Leader, at ... Read More »

Dreamlander blesses new fleet

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Dreamlander Eco-Adventure Tours of Marco Island recently carried out the ancient tradition of the “Blessing of the Fleet.” Expanding its paddle board and kayak operation to include wave runners and boat tours, the paddle – and now power – friendly company is doing things right, starting with The Blessing. The Blessing of the Fleet is a centuries-old tradition originating in southern European fishing communities. The Blessing is used to ask for the safety of mariners, good harvest from the sea, clean waters and good will and peace among peoples of the world. Launching its “Dolphin and ... Read More »

Meet the Ambassadors!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Nancy has been with Publix for 19 years, and Eddie, a few months. The two Publix employees have the task of greeting shoppers and helping them find what they’re looking for. According to Nancy, “It is our mission to make sure people are happy.” The store recently underwent remodeling. “It was designed with the comfort of the shopper in mind, said Eddie. “I am so fortunate to work with Nancy. She takes great care of the customers and welcomes them with an open heart.” Nancy said she enjoys working with Eddie, too. “He is a ... Read More »

HISTORY FOR KIDS: Sanibel Island

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Just in time for the winter season and holiday giving, here’s a history of Sanibel for kids. “The Story of Sanibel Island; A History for Younger Readers” is a new publication from local historian Marya Repko. The little paperback book tells about the pioneers on this special island, the growth of tourism, “Ding” Darling’s effort to save the land for wildlife, the building of the Causeway and the founding of the City. One adult reviewer said, “this was the first comprehensive history of the island that I have read. I enjoyed it.” “The Story of ... Read More »

Soapfest

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Soapfest Weekend was held over the weekend of November 9. The fourteen year program encompassed both theatre and parties and culminated in day cruise on the Marco Princess. Thirteen actors from day and evening programs socialized with fans but also made some serious contributions to charity. The stars spent Saturday with local autistic children and worked with them to create paintings that were later auctioned. One actor, Sean Ringgold, is doing double duty, working hands on in his neighborhood to bring relief to many Hurricane Sandy survivors, and part of the funds will also go ... Read More »