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Pet Parade Boat Parade

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Boat Parade Winners were: Best in Parade: Thunderbird,  captained by Otis Tavlin and Nancy Anderson Best Holiday Spirit: Capio,  captained by Mike Richards Most Creative: Tenne Sea Walts, captained by Bob Herndon Most Entertaining: Therese Joann, captained by Joe Giannone and Dale Rod Read More »

Santa’s Workshop Remembering the Little Angels

Some of the toys that grace the base of the Christmas Box Angel monument at the Marco Island Cemetery.

By Don Manley A solemn remembrance of young lives ended too soon to bring comfort and healing to the loved ones who mourn their passing. That mission is at the core of the annual Christmas Box Angel Memorial Service, which was held recently at the Marco Island Cemetery. As the Saturday sun gave way to the evening moon, Ed Beck welcomed the array of friends and family who attended what was the 15th such service at the cemetery’s Christmas Box Angel statue. The service is held each Dec. 6, the day Richard Paul Evans cited in his book “The Christmas ... Read More »

Ride for Joy 2014

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Toss out the old stereotype of motorcycle riders and their clubs. Reality is nothing like the Sons of Anarchy or even the real life Outlaws. In fact, here they are a group of soft hearted people who just happen to love to ride with the wind in their face and the freedom to hit the road. Almost a hundred bikers hit the road for fun and charity recently. The Joy of Giving is a local 501c3 which provides Christmas for more than 1000 children in need in Collier County. All proceeds from the bike run, ... Read More »

Festival of Trees

Pictured here with the Calusa Garden Club’s unique little tree (left to right) are Linda Colombo, club vice president; Festival of Trees Chairman Dave Rice; tree designer and creator Connie Lowery; and Donna Kay. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Monday, Dec. 8, marked the opening night of the First Annual Festival of Trees at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Visitors entered the upstairs studio to find it had been transformed into a winter wonderland by 28 unique Christmas trees arranged around the room. Local artists, businesses and community organizations each submitted original creations for display and some for sale. The exhibition will be open 5-9 PM on December 12, 15, 16 and 18; and from 11 AM-2 PM on Dec. 13, when Santa will be making an appearance. “We hope that people will ... Read More »

Holiday Festivities at BMO Harris

The Marco Island branch of BMO Harris Bank’s Holiday Spectacular attracted about 80 holiday revelers. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Marco Island’s Christmas spirit and its sense of community were in abundance at a recent gathering on a second-floor patio at The Esplanade Shoppes. The occasion was the BMO Harris Bank Holiday Spectacular, which brought together residents, merchants, friends and family members and city officials for a festive evening one floor above the bank’s branch. About 80 people attended the evening affair, where they enjoyed light refreshments, with music provided by D.J. Anthony DeLucia, AKA Steve Reynolds, a personal banker for BMO Harris’ Marco location. “This was our first one, and it looks like a great turnout,” ... Read More »

Freedom Fountain Breaks Ground

Joel Garcia Zamora, left, Robert Engler and Reinaldo Batista Perez, in ditch, of Crystal Waterscapes in Naples, prepare to install piping for the Freedom Fountain at the Veterans
Memorial at Marco Island’s Veterans Community Park.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com After seven years of fundraising, the Freedom Fountain is becoming a reality. Construction on what is touted as the crown jewel of Marco Island’s Veterans Memorial Park began in mid-November, and has an expected completion date of the end of February. When completed, the roughly $200,000 Freedom Fountain will stand 10-feet tall and have a 26-foot circumference. Topping it will be the bronze, 9-foot tall, in-flight American eagle currently perched outside the city of Marco Island’s Community Room, located behind City Hall. An artist’s rendering of the Freedom Fountain is on permanent display at both ... Read More »

Big Cypress Preserve Turns ‘40,’ Celebrates at Swamp Heritage Fest

Jack Shealy demonstrates the art of poleboating.

By Pat Newman Alligators, panthers and bobcats, oh, my! Add Frank Hamilton Cushing, Guy Bradley and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas historical re-enactors to the mix, plus swamp buggies, cypress pole boats and live music, and you have the Fourth Annual Swamp Heritage Festival held Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Ochopee. The event marked the preserve’s 40th birthday and brought together a diverse group of people with a shared appreciation of Everglades’ history and protection of its resources. Representatives from the Miccosoukee and Seminole tribes were on hand, demonstrating traditional beading, carving and weaving crafts and ... Read More »

JCMI to Host Jewish Film Festival

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island proudly presents The Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Jewish Film Festival 2014-2015. For the next four months, JCMI will host four films focused on Jewish history and culture. Marco Island resident Dr. Isabel Price is the founder and organizer of the film festival, which is held in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Collier County. “Our film festival aims to build bridges and make connections, Jew to Jew and to our wonderful non-Jewish friends and neighbors,” Price explains. “We want to entertain with new, quality films that also provoke thought ... Read More »

Deck Your Doors

Attendees gathered around the room to celebrate and enjoy the wreaths on display. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island History Museum was very merrily decked with a variety of creative holiday wreaths on Nov. 30. The Second Annual “Deck the Doors and More” wreath and tree decorating contest drew a steady stream of visitors to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, socialize in some Christmas spirit and bid on the wreaths they hoped would adorn their door this holiday season. After final submissions, the wreaths were judged. CJ’s on the Bay took first place; Marco Island Shell Club came in second; and Karen Swanker won third. The ... Read More »

Lely Trojans Fall Sports Awards

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Lely High School held a banquet for players who participated in the fall sports programs catered by Carrabbas. The evening began with Athletic Director Josh Corr giving a short speech and awarding some district recognitions. After dinner, the teams separated for coachs’ awards and recognitions.     Lely Volleyball players honored by coaches Christine Haire coached Freshman volleyball. Coach Haire recognized Savannah Jones with a Just Got Served award, Yesenio Castillo as Body Sacrificer award, Lauren Bulka and Andrea Castillo with Freshman Athletic awards. Mike Cain coached the Junior Varsity volleyball team. He awarded Payge ... Read More »

Lely Cross Country Team Celebrates Multiple Awards

Bailey Greaves, left, Jack Remaks, Dalton Herrity, Gage Wheeler and Rosie Poling were among cross country athletes recognized at the Lely awards dinner. Wheeler was 3A District 12 champion and Poling came in second. Both were named to the Collier County All Conference cross country team and most valuable for their teams.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Lely cross country team celebrated an outstanding season at the awards program at Lely High School on December 3. The girls won the 3A District 12 team title, while the boys finished second. Senior Gage Wheeler won the district championship and sophomore Rosie Poling ran to second place in leading the girls. The week before both teams finished fifth at the Collier Cross County Conference Championships, but refocused for the district races. Head coach Mark McGarity said that he and new assistant Leslie Bentley talked with the runners prior to the district meet. “We projected ... Read More »

Mike Owen, Fakahatchee Biologist, to Speak: Restoring the Rarest Epiphytic Orchid in the Fakahatchee Strand

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Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:30-8:30 pm One of the rarest epiphytic orchids in the Fakahatchee Strand, the Cowhorn or Cigar orchid, is listed on Florida’s Endangered Plant Index. Efforts have been underway for several years to restore this once-flourishing orchid. The long road from orchid seed to successful seedling will be told by Mike Owen, Fakahatchee State Park biologist, at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on December 18, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. Orchid lovers are invited (no charge). Mike Owen has been the biologist ... Read More »

Comedy and Magic of Craig Diamond Shine

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The Comedy and Magic of Craig Diamond Shine at the Rose History Auditorium On Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM The Marco Island Historical Society presents Craig Diamond and his Off the Wall Magic Show, A Lester Production. This show is designed for audiences twelve years and older. Craig Diamond has toured with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joan Rivers as their opening act. He appeared on all the top TV talk shows and is a headliner on major cruise ships. Bill Harris, Reporter for Entertainment Tonight, stated, “Wildly infectious humor touched with magic all wrapped together by a master ... Read More »

GAIL TRENT RISNER

Artist’s Bio Gail Risner was born in South Dakota about an hour south of Mt Rushmore and has subsequently lived in Bardstown KY, Indianapolis, IN, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and for the last 10 years in Naples, FL. She attended San Jose State University and graduated with a BFA in Drawing from Northern Illinois University. Gail’s interest in art began in grade school when she began painting portraits of her classmates and other imaginary characters. The vibrant and colorful art scene in California was an important artistic influence and encouraged her love of color and expressive brushwork. While living ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo

Tom Campbell of Naples was the Big winner at Monday night BINGO at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. He is being congratulated by Bert Thompson. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome!

Etta Gluzbang of Marco was the winner Monday night of the END OF THE MONTH PRIZE at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Sue Baum. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome!   Claire Boulanger  of Marco Island was a BIG winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Sue Baum. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome! Read More »

Honor Flight red carpet reception raises $60,000 for Collier County Honor Flight

Community members and friends of Collier County Honor Flight raised $60,000 during a two-day Veterans Day fundraising event featuring the film Honor Flight at Paragon Theater in Naples November 11 and 12. The Collier County Honor Flight is a hub of the non-profit Honor Flight Network created solely to honor America’s veterans and their sacrifices. The Veterans Day celebration included a movie screening of the award winning documentary and VIP meet and greet with Honor Flight film Producer, Director and Co-Founder. The award-winning documentary, first released in 2012 and shown at the 2012 Naples International Film Festival (NIFF), is a ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY’S ISSUER CREDIT RATING INCREASED TO AAA

Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has upgraded Collier County’s Issuer Credit Rating to AAA, the highest rating available in the industry. The decision was made on Monday, Nov. 21, after S&P completed its surveillance credit review of the county. The review also resulted in an increase to the county’s rating on the special obligation non-ad valorem bonds to AA+. S&P increased the county’s issuer rating from AA+ to AAA based on its view of the county’s ability to maintain a strong financial position despite the Great Recession, coupled with its opinion of Collier’s improving economic characteristics. These include a very ... Read More »

SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLLIER COUNTY NEEDS ASSISTANT COACHES FOR CYCLING, TENNIS, TRACK & FIELD AND SOCCER FOR THE 2015 SEASON

DATES: 10 January 2015 to 9 May 2015 DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Every Saturday 9:30–11:00 am (There will be some Saturdays where there will be no practice due to holidays and other school commitments). LOCATION: Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Lane, Naples 34116. COMPETITION DATES:   1 March 2015 County Games at GGHS 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. 21 March 2015 Area Games at GGHS 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. 15-17 May 2015 Two night overnight trip to Disney World, State Games (Not all Asst. Coaches needed)  ASSISTANT COACH REQUIREMENTS: Must be a Class A volunteer with Special Olympics (requires a background check) and be able ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek is now offering newly completed, move-in-ready residences by national home builder Lennar Homes in two residential villages within the luxury, master-planned community. In the village of Sonoma, Lennar has completed the Florence, a fully furnished, ground floor coach home encompassing 1,741 square feet of air-conditioned living space. The Florence has three bedrooms and two baths in a split floor plan. This model home, professionally decorated by Soco Interiors, also offers a spacious living room, kitchen, breakfast area and dining room. Other features of the Florence include a screen covered patio with a two-car garage. Upgraded features that are ... Read More »