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New Public Relations Director for Marco Island Center for the Arts

Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today appointment of local attorney William G. Morris as Public Relations Director for the Center. Morris is past president and a current member of the Board of Directors. Morris is a volunteer providing services that were previously provided by paid staff. The appointment is intended to streamline communication between the Center and the press. Morris will be responsible for preparing and transmitting information about Center events to local media and to the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Morris assumes these responsibilities in addition to his volunteer efforts as a director and full time employment as a Marco Island attorney. The ... Read More »

Conservancy Gets Grant

The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation has awarded the Conservancy of Southwest Florida with a grant for $175,000 to fund STEM education programs at the Conservancy. Toyota supports the Conservancy in teaching children to be tomorrow’s conservationists by providing funding for hands-on activities in indoor and outdoor laboratories. The STEM Institute at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida encompasses all of the Conservancy’s Learning Adventures programs (K-12 field trips and outreach programs), including the new STEM Smart program designed for high school students. The STEM Institute programs connect real-world research experiences with classroom curriculum. Programs are inquiry-based, teaching critical thinking skills, and consist of ... Read More »

CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

“Gas prices could fluctuate in the next couple of weeks, but will likely increase as we move into the spring,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Prices usually rise between 30-50 cents in the spring, because of higher demand and refinery maintenance, then decline in autumn. There is a chance that prices will not increase as much as in years past, but even if they do, gasoline should remain well below $3 for the rest of the year.” Regular Unleaded Gasoline Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago National $2.056 $2.054 $2.035 $2.240 $3.281 Florida $2.074 ... Read More »

The Art of Spontaneity: Wet Paint Live!

Enjoying visitors during Wet Paint Live! 2011 at Goodland's Boat Park. PHOTO BY GEORGE VELLIS

Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com One of my favorite events, “Wet Paint Live!,” is coming up on Wednesday, Feb. 11. I enjoy all my art events, or I wouldn’t do them, but my particular fondness for this event is owed to the impact “Wet Paint Live!” has had on my artful life. Spontaneity — straight up or on the rocks — that’s the drink that refreshes! The day of “Wet Paint Live!” dawns with local artists painting at various outdoor venues and finishes the same day with a generous reception and guaranteed lively live-auction at Rose Auditorium (Marco Island History Museum). ... Read More »

Dr. James Orr Appointed Chair

Medical Director of Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, James Orr, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S., has been appointed to serve as the Chair of the Florida Board of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Orr will direct the actions of the board, ensuring the Florida Board of Medicine’s goal of ensuring that the 68,000 Florida physicians continue to maintain their practice of quality medicine. Through efficient and dedicated organization, Dr. Orr will lead the organization’s initiatives to license, monitor, discipline, educate and rehabilitate physicians in order to better serve patients in Florida. “Dr. Orr has always shown an ongoing compassion ... Read More »

A Super Day for a Souper Bowl

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The beautiful Southwest Florida winter weather brought the Marco Island community out in droves on Saturday, Jan. 31, to the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce’s Third Annual Souper Bowl-Marco 2015. The event, which raises funds for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund through the sale of original, hand-painted soup bowls, entertained and fed more than 1,000 islanders. In fact, folks were lined up a half-hour before the 11 AM start, and received a front row seat of the event preparations, which included CJ’s on the Bay Chef Laura Owen testing all of the soups to make ... Read More »

Zoobilee

Join the Naples Zoo for the wildest party of the year! Tickets are now on sale for ZOObilee Feast with the Beasts to be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 right in the heart of the zoo. Attendees will enjoy delicious cuisine from some of Naples best restaurants and caterers, as they journey along the paved paths of the zoo’s historic botanical garden from 7:00pm to 11:00 pm. Evening highlights include exotic animal encounters, silent auction, and a dance party featuring the sounds of Blonde Ambition, a high energy eleven piece dance band. For those who prefer to relax with ... Read More »

Courtyard Gardens

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com In Florida, there are many homes that are built around small courtyards having a view of the courtyard from all rooms in the house. Small areas, which can be a challenge to landscape, can be the true focal point of your home if done right. Keeping plants neat and organized and watching their size will ensure the area will not be overwhelming. Creating your own tropical paradise can be fun and rewarding even if you live in a condo with a small lanai. Plants and Trees Planting a small tree in your courtyard can really bring ... Read More »

Surge Wins First at Disney’s 3V3 World Championships

Surge U12 Boys (and Girl) and the U9 Boys take a  trophy shot with Mickey Mouse. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Coach Jim Watt led three Marco Island Surge soccer teams to compete at the Disney 3v3 World Championship in January over the MLK holiday weekend. After three days of games, the U12 boys (and one girl) won first place in the open division. The U9 boys and U15 girls also gave a great effort with the U9 boys finishing in the final four out of 22 teams in the Open Division of the ESPN 3V3 Championship — a great feat as most of the team is U8 playing up to the U9 level. The Surge Soccer Academy continues to ... Read More »

“American Sniper” — Must See

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you’ve read “American Sniper” don’t avoid the movie; it’s much different in several ways. The book concentrates on the elements of war in Iraq. The movie emphasizes the character and travails of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq protecting Marines in savage fighting. It’s anything but a “war movie”; indeed it qualifies more as an anti-war movie, much as the first 15 minutes of “Saving Private Ryan.” The story follows Kyle, superbly played by Bradley Cooper, as he transitions from a laid back Texas guy to a husband, father, ... Read More »

“Big Little Lies”

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Liane Moriarty, 460 pages Penguin Group, 2014. Genre: Mystery Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.” — Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot   “Big Little Lies” tackles some very serious issues but serves them up with a mega dose of humor. Moriarty’s characters are so artfully written that the reader can instantly visualize these people. By page 5, I was hoping that someone would make a movie out of ... Read More »

Argh, Matey!

‘Jumpin’ John Mincieli, Debi Goodaker and Bonnie Cottage guard the Pirates Day treasure chest.

By Don Manley Rain and wind outside did nothing to dampen spirits of the children and adults cavorting inside the Marco Island Historical Museum on a recent Saturday. The dank conditions also failed to significantly hold down attendance at the museum’s Third Annual Pirate Day festival, held from 10 AM-2 PM, Jan. 24. Pirate-themed crafts, face painting, pirate games and treasure hunts are the attractions at the family-themed event, where youths came decked out in their buccaneer best to solve puzzles, capture “treasure” and enjoy food, drink and all the museum has to offer. “It’s been a lot of fun, ... Read More »

The Argo Backs into the Sky

Looking Southeast, 9 PM, Feb. 20. Can you make out the stern of Argo? SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Tonight, we look again into the Southeast where the ancient constellation Argo, the ship, is rising stern first into the sky. Argo is no longer counted as one of the 88 constellations visible in the night sky; about two centuries ago it was found to be inconveniently large so it was broken into four separate constellations, Carina the keel, Puppis the deck, Pyxis the compass and Vela the sails. The old Argo is so large and deep in the southern sky that it never is completely above our horizon at the same time, ... Read More »

Practice…We Are Talking About Practice!

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many ways to succeed in the game of golf. Since I have been in the business, I have improved my own game. Many PGA golf professionals played in college and/or professional golf. I, on the other hand, entered the golf business after a short stint in the financial world. I have worked hard on my game since I started in the golf business. Truth be told, my game was not up to par with other PGA Professionals. I realized this early in my career, and I started practicing every day. I was single, ... Read More »

How Symczek’s Sportsmanship Raised the Bar

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Tim Smyczek’s (pronounced Smeecheck) recent gesture at this year’s Australian Open (Grand Slam) not only earned the respect of his top-ranked opponent but also of the entire tennis world. Leading 6-5 in the fifth and deciding set and the score 30 love, Rafael Nadal was serving when a disrespectful fan screamed just as he was hitting his first serve. Nadal badly missed the shot. Within seconds, Milwaukeean Smyczek told the umpire that Nadal should get another serve. Nadal appreciated this act of kindness and set up to serve again with two serves coming. To put ... Read More »

Island Country Club’s Charity Golf and Tennis

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By Pat Newman Picture perfect weather greeted 125 golfers recently for tee-off at Island Country Club’s 14th Annual Charity Golf and Tennis Tournament. The event has raised more than $1.25 million since its inception, according to coordinator Gary Landis. The club’s charitable foundation (ICCCF, founded in 2000), has a two-fold purpose — promote community involvement and raise funds for local non-profit organizations. The monetary awards are determined through a grant process. One of this year’s recipients is the American Cancer Society where funds are earmarked for pediatric cancer research. Groups who have benefitted over the years from the foundation include ... Read More »

Grand Opening of New Villas

The Mimosa. PHOTOS BY ROB-HARRIS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Isles of Collier Preserve will be a very busy place this weekend. The reason: The Minto Communities development is holding a grand opening event to introduce four new villa models on Saturday, Feb. 7, 12-4 PM. The new, furnished luxury villa models — the Fresia, Petunia, Mimosa and Dahlia — will be showcased and open to the public, in addition to three furnished coach home models and four furnished single-family models. The event will include trolley tours to the models; guided electric boat and kayak tours of the Cypress Waterway; nature trail tours; and ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Saving 500 Lives Per Day

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Sr. Manager Distinguished Events American Cancer Society, Marco New data shows that the American Cancer Society continues to create a world with more birthdays by saving 500 lives per day. In fact, 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer today will survive at least five years. These are encouraging statistics, and they motivate me to work as hard as I can to help finish this fight. I invite you to join me. So, you may be thinking how do we make this happen? We do it by working together to raise the funds that the ... Read More »

Commodore’s Ball

Pinning the boutonniere on incoming Commodore Dick Irwin. PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman The 13th Annual Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch ceremony held recently at the Marco Island Yacht Club was a show of class and nautical tradition. The event recognized past and present members of the Bridge, (club officers) and those who have contributed their time and talent to the club over the past 12 months. Dick Irwin was sworn in as Commodore for 2015, promising to uphold the club’s mission statement to “Provide an outstanding boating, social and dining environment that is friendly, comfortable, affordable and invites participation.” He replaces Commodore Robert DeFeo who ceremoniously lowered his ... Read More »

Presidential Wives Bring History to Life

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By Don Manley A veil is lifted during the course of the Marco Island Historical Society Re-Enactors’ “Meet the Presidents’ Wives.” The annual Historical Society production shines a light on the roles of several first ladies during their husbands’ terms in the White House. Performances are set for 2 PM, Sunday, Feb. 15, and at 7 PM, Monday, Feb. 16, at the Marco Island Historical Museum’s Rose History Auditorium. This year, a glimpse is provided into the lives of Julia Gardiner Tyler, Sarah Childress Polk, Helen Louise Taft, Edith Galt Wilson and Rosalynn Carter. They are portrayed by, respectively, Doreen ... Read More »