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Treasures in the Trunk

Organizers included (left to right) Trish Wilcox, Fran Cislo,  Gloria Ann Pavin, Mary Kay Moll, Carmen Bingham, Alice Rizzo, Joan Pudherny, Roseann Hill, and Claire Boulanger. PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman A beautiful day and bountiful treasures drew a bargain-hunting crowd Saturday at the Columbiette’s twice annual tag sale. Held in the parking lot of San Marco Catholic Church, 67 vendors sold everything from furniture to handmade jewelry. All proceeds from the sale of vendor space is donated to charities in the Marco Island community, Guadeloupe Center in Immokalee and preparing Thanksgiving baskets for families in need. Read More »

Happy Birthday Big Cypress!

In 1974, Congress established Big Cypress National Preserve as America’s first National Preserve. The area was saved through a grassroots effort to halt the construction of a massive jetport project, ensuring that the Big Cypress Swamp would be protected and enjoyed for generations. Join the National Park Service and its partners on Dec. 5 and 6 to celebrate this special place. The celebration begins Friday, Dec. 5, at the Big Cypress Birthday Bash in Naples with live music and dancing to the JJ McCoy Band, 7-10 PM, on the grounds of the Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail East. Ticket ... Read More »

Newcomers Luncheon

Newcomers-turned-models for the day include (top row, l-r) Karen Lombardi, Rose Kraemer, Luisa Maldonado-Stiers and Pat Hagedorn. Bottom row left to right is Kathy Bressan, Pat Petrella, Maureen Chodaba and Eve Connolly.

By Pat Newman The Newcomers Club welcomed its snowbirds back to the flock last week with an elegant luncheon and fashion show at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. “It was a wonderful luncheon and a time to catch up with old friends,” said Luisa Maldonado-Stiers, club historian and publicist. More than 100 women descended on the hotel for their seasonal reunion. The Newcomers Club has 235 members, two-thirds of which are “snowbirds,” according to Stiers. The event marked the “kick-off” for the 2014-15 calendar of social and service events on Marco Island. The fashion portion of the luncheon showcased ... Read More »

Robert Fuchs to Speak at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance Event

Bob in his garden with a specimen Rhynchostylus retusa. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted World-renown orchid grower and accredited American Orchid Society (AOS) judge, Robert Fuchs, will make a rare appearance to speak in southwest Florida at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on Nov. 20, at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd. in Naples, 6:30–8:30 PM. Orchid lovers are invited (at no charge) to come hear Fuchs’ presentation about name changes in the vandaceous alliance and what that means for current hybrid genera. His presentation, “What’s In a Name?”, was the keynote address at the 21st World Orchid Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September. During that ... Read More »

Have A Musical Interlude at the Art Center

Local students perform at the Bach festival. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted For those who love music, the Art Center has planned a new series of evening events called “Musical Interludes.” The first such evening will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 5:30-7:00 PM and features the Bach Ensemble of Southwest Florida. Lovers of the classics will not want to miss this exceptional performance. Tickets are $35 per person. “Music, as an art form, is meant to enhance the quality of life. Here is your chance to sit back, close your eyes and just relax,” says Rosemary Wick, President of the Art Center’s Board of Directors. Members of the Ensemble will ... Read More »

Tour de Taverns

Charles Muntwyler, bar manager at the Sand Bar, gives participants instructions for the day’s events.

By Pat Newman Bicyclers participating in the Sixth Annual Tour de Taverns raised more than $9,000 recently to benefit Harper Stapleton, a precious two-year-old girl who was stricken at 15 months old with viral encephalitis, compounded by seizure disorders. Harper is the granddaughter of Marco Island residents Mike and Janet Stapleton. The bicycle poker run attracted about 100 people to the Sand Bar restaurant and sports bar on a very windy November morning. Riders prepped for the tour of local establishments with a hearty breakfast and a cold one from the tap. Sand Bar’s Manager Capri Sickler coordinated the event ... Read More »

Fourth Florida Panther Festival

Florida panthers. FILE PHOTO

Submitted The fourth annual Florida Panther Festival — Saturday, Nov. 15, at North Collier Regional Park in Naples — offers interesting and fun opportunities to learn all about Florida’s State Animal and one of the most endangered mammals on planet Earth, the Florida panther. The festival is a free, family-friendly event designed to shed light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through unique interactive activities such as presentations by panther biologists, a Living with Wildlife Pavilion, nature walks, children’s activities, a rural backyard demonstration, exhibits by conservation agencies, live music, storytelling, entertainment, vendors, food and much more. On ... Read More »

Inaugural Guardian Anglers Tournament raises $40,000

Anglers were anxious to get a jump on the day. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida jointly hosted the inaugural Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8. The two-day event engaged local anglers and supporters in a catch-and-release challenge and fundraiser, reeling in a total of $40,000 to benefit both organizations. “We are pleased to work with so many generous donors and sponsors in our community,” said Friends of Rookery Bay president Craig Seibert. “Now, more than ever, support from the community is critical in ensuring our coastal resources are protected for future generations.” During Saturday’s tournament, anglers photographed and documented all snook, ... Read More »

Historical Society’s Talk on Caloosahatchee River

Dr. Kevin McCarthy discusses his book ‘10 Little-known Facts about the Caloosahatchee River.’ PHOTO BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman The Marco Island Historical Society opened its 2014-2015 season with a scenic voyage along the Caloosahatchee River guided by Dr. Kevin McCarthy, author and retired University of Florida professor of English and Linguistics. McCarthy’s book “10 Little-known Facts about the Caloosahatchee River” was brought to life at the Rose History Museum through his engaging narrative and power-point that included depictions of the river then and now. Did you know that the Caloosahatchee River helps connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Gulf of Mexico? It is part of the cross-Florida water way which includes Lake Okeechobee. Built in ... Read More »

RedSnook Tournament Nets $72,000

The winning corporate team, RGM Capital LLC, included Ed Novinksi and Jason Krishnan. They are pictured with co-chairs
Wayne Meyland and Gary Parsons.

Submitted A record-breaking 45 teams participated in the 2014 RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament that took place Oct. 24-26, generating $72,000 to support juvenile gamefish studies, water-quality research and estuary protection conducted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Wayne A. Meland of Morgan Stanley sponsored the event. Meland also served as event co-chair, along with Gary Parsons. The 2014 honorary chair was Oliver White, a rising star in the fly fishing community and passionate conservationist. “The mission of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and their water quality work is a natural fit for the conservation work I do,” White said. ... Read More »

Tennis Update

Mary Husted and Carrie Masci

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Island Club’s outstanding tennis director, Rick Calton, ran another successful event this past weekend and here are the winners: 3.5 Men’s Division: Corky Trebilcock and Anthony Tarakdjian defeated Monson Douglas and Lou DeMattheis, 6-2,6-0. 3.5 Ladies Division: Jackie Heise and Ramsay Erickson won the round robin with a perfect record of 2-0. 4.0 Men’s Division: Rick Eichman and Ken Baker defeated Walt Lasik and Trig Kuhn, 7-5, 7-5 4.0 Ladies Division: Carrie Masci and Mary Husted defeated Stacy Fromouth and Sara McGuinn, 7-6, 3-6, 10-4 Islanders have many more big events to get excited ... Read More »

Friends of the Museum of the Everglades Gift BCCC for Parking Lot

Submitted The Board of Collier County Commissioners (BCCC) unanimously voted Tuesday to accept a $30,000 donation from the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades and to appropriate $36,000 to purchase a paved parking lot adjacent to the Museum of the Everglades, 105 W. Broadway St., Everglades City. Visitor parking at the Museum of the Everglades is currently limited to nine passenger vehicles and is difficult to access due to the close proximity of the museum building and wheelchair ramp. As a result, parking often overflows onto the lawn and grassed medians along Broadway Street and Storter Avenue and is ... Read More »

ACS Kicks Off Relay For Life

Jamie Bergen. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted On Oct. 28, the Marco Lutheran Church was illuminated as a beacon of hope and celebration of life. The Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society hosted their kickoff party of the 2015 Relay For Life, “One World One Hope,” presented by Robert J. Flugger. Approximately 50 attendees were greeted by a path of shining luminaria leading the way to a room decorated with purple and white balloons where they enjoyed refreshments and an audiovisual presentation of the 2014 Relay For Life of Marco Island. The 2015 Relay For Life Chair Jamie Bergen welcomed the audience and opened ... Read More »

3 Amazing Ladies

Mother Nature’s contribution, a Reddish
egret hunting.

Submitted The Friends of Tigertail recently hosted their seventh Breakfast and Bird event entitled, “Welcome Back Our Northern Nesters.” Without a doubt, the birds are always the main attraction. However, the success of this event can be attributed, in particular, to three amazing ladies: Mother Nature, Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley. During the event, Mother Nature provided glorious weather and a remarkable array of shorebirds. Kubat and Huxley were the catalysts to a delightful morning addressing the migratory patterns of our northern nesters and their return to our shore. FOT is so fortunate to have these naturalists as part of ... Read More »

Jolly Be Good 5K Run/Walk

On Sunday, Nov. 16, the Island Parks & Recreation Foundation and city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its annual Jolley Be Good Bridge 5K Run/Walk. The race route travels in the northbound lanes of Collier Boulevard, crosses the Jolley Bridge and returns going south in the northbound lanes of Collier. During the race, the northbound lanes of Collier will be temporarily closed approximately from 6:45-10:00 AM. Traffic flow will continue on and off the bridge using southbound lanes and the side streets will remain open. Please allow enough time to get to your destination and ... Read More »

2nd Annual Deck the Doors

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Now that Halloween is past, Christmas festivities are on everyone’s mind. Why not get started by joining in the 2nd Annual “Deck the Doors and More” Wreath and Tree Decorating Contest and Silent Auction? And this year, due to popular demand, the event has been expanded to include original wreaths and small trees. There’s still time to enter your original festive creation, but hurry! The application submission deadline ends Monday, Nov. 17. Just complete and submit the Application to Decorate and deliver your wreath or tree to the Rose History Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 29, between ... Read More »

MIPD Hero: Emilio Rodriguez

Emilio Rodriguez. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Police Officer Emilio Rodriguez is the ultimate public servant. He spent 24 years as a fire fighter, and has been a law enforcement officer since 1996. Now, he also is a bona fide hero. Last June, while on vacation with his wife, Kristin, and a group of friends in the British Virgin Islands, Rodriguez saved the life of his friend, Phil Reid, during a scuba diving accident. He was recognized for his actions by the MIPD and the Marco Island Police Foundation during the October “Lunch with the Chief” event. His wife and ... Read More »

New City Council Takes the Dais

The Marco Island City Council: (front row, l-r) Ken Honecker, Joe Batte and Victor Rios (back row, l-r) Amadeo Petricca, Larry Sacher, Bob Brown and Larry Honig. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Less than a week after the ballots were counted, Marco Island’s newly elected and re-elected city councilors were sworn into office. Collier County Circuit Judge Ramiro Manalich presided over the ceremonies during the City Council’s Monday, Nov. 10, regular meeting. Re-elected city councilors Joe Batte and Bob Brown won their seats with 28 percent and 27 percent of the vote respectively. Victor Rios joins them with 23 percent, beating out Litha Berger who received 21 percent of the vote. Rios assumes the seat of former City Councilor Chuck Keister. After the swearing in ceremony, all ... Read More »

Time for Joy

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Joy of Giving, now in its 26th year, has provided Christmas for thousands and thousands of children over the years. Many would not have Christmas at all if it weren’t for the Joy of Giving. “Not only is the smile of a child worth every second of 26 years, but imagine the relief for parents who get to see their children smile on Christmas Day,” says Joy founder Nicki Davis. Nicki begins fundraising months before the “big day.” She works with school guidance counselors to help find the neediest of children. Last year, $80,000 was ... Read More »

State Cyber Safety Presentation Comes to MICMS

MICMS students give their full attention while the presenter discusses cyber bullying, online gaming, sexting, identity theft
and general safety on the internet. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “We want to cultivate a culture of compassion. We don’t want you to grow up being the brightest bullies in the world. We are changing the culture of middle school.” This is what Marco Island Charter Middle School Principal George Abounader told his students during a recent assembly. It wasn’t just any assembly, though, as there was a special speaker waiting in the wings. A representative from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office was visiting the school to talk to the students about cyber safety. In 2007, the Florida Attorney General’s CyberSafety Education Program debuted ... Read More »