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Woman’s Club Donates Wigs to ACS

Penny Weidner, Sue Olszak and Sharyn Kampmeyer in ACS resource room. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Jessica Hernstadt “Why you are born and why you are living depends on what you are getting out of this world, and what you are giving.” This is the motto of the Marco Island Woman’s Club, and the women clearly live up to its sentiment. The Woman’s Club recently made donations to a multitude of educational and charitable organizations which benefit Marco Island residents. Marco Island’s American Cancer Society office was a lucky recipient of one such donation. With the Woman’s Club’s generous donation, the American Cancer Society purchased 27 wigs, 12 turbans and 40 wig caps, all to ... Read More »

Spring Football Game Becomes a Scrimmage for MIA Rays

Oops! A number of Marco Island Academy football players, are caught watching a play, rather than being involved in it, during a scrimmage on a Friday night when Deerfield Beach-Zion Lutheran canceled at the last minute.

By Roger LaLonde On a balmy Friday night, May 15, Marco Island Academy football fans walked onto the field at Winterberry Park. They were anxious to see what the next season may hold as the Manta Rays were to play their spring game against Deerfield Beach-Zion Lutheran. The referees chatted as they readied to have the opportunity to work a game, after being idle for more than six months. But wait, they were only talking with coaches and players from the Rays. Zion Lutheran wasn’t on the field. In fact, they weren’t even on Marco. In the waning afternoon hours ... Read More »

Bringing Home a Trophy

Adidas Spring Cup players.

Submitted Over 70 teams competed in the Adidas Spring Cup, hosted by the Florida Fire Juniors, in Naples, over Mother’s Day weekend, including Collier FC SURGE U12 boys and girls, as well as U8 boys teams. The Collier FC U12 boys tied their first two matches against the Venice Falcons and Florida Fire in the U12 11v11 bracket, and then won their next two matches, both 1-0, against the same two teams, for a thrilling championship. The U8 Collier FC boys also brought home a championship plaque. “It was a fun, well run tournament for the kids,” said Chadd Chustz, ... Read More »

Marco Students Benefit from Chamber Scholarships

Marco Island Chamber of Commerce scholarship recipients.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Ten Marco Island high school graduates were made very happy by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. The ten were chosen to receive scholarships thanks to the Chamber’s Leadership Marco committee which hold events such as Wet Paint Live to fund the scholarships. Students from Lely High School, Marco Island Academy and St. John Neumann applied. The Education Committee is tasked with reviewing the applications and interviewing candidates, then naming the recipients. The 2015 scholarship winners and their families were celebrated at an event held at CJ’s on the Bay on Wednesday, May 20th. Dick ... Read More »

Breathing Life into History

Steven Smith, commander of VFW Post 7721 in Naples, and Mary Ellen Cash, scholarship chairman for the post’s ladies auxiliary, flank MIA history teacher Lori Galiana.

By Don Manley Lori Galiana’s approach in the classroom at Marco Island Academy (MIA) has led to her being recognized by district 13 of Florida’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organization. As her world history class looked on, the history instructor recently received the district’s Teacher of the Year award from Steven Smith, commander of VFW Post 7721 in Naples, and Mary Ellen Cash, scholarship chairman for the post’s ladies auxiliary. Cash said Galiana was selected for the award, which encompasses Collier, Lee and Hendry counties, because of her focus on bringing the study of history alive for her students. ... Read More »

Condos with a View!

One of many beautiful Marco Island views. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Views from your condo are everything on Marco Island! These memorable tropical views bring you back to the island year after year. Daily views from your condo kindle emotions and allow quiet wandering thoughts. They change with the season, time of day or night and the weather. Window fashions help enhance the natural beauty of the view you see and feel. All of Marco’s 11,000 plus condos have views – some are better than others. Interestingly, one-third of Marco Island condos have views facing west, one-third have views to the south, southwest or ... Read More »

Rotary Awards Unsung Hero to Jada Shigley

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Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for First Quarter, 2015 to Jada Shigley. Jada is recognized for her service to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self” consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Jada works full-time at the Marco Island Marriott but unselfishly gives her time to the American Cancer Society, Chamber of Commerce and Golisano Children’s Hospital. In the words of Debra Shanahan, the Rotary member nominating Shigley “Jada never says no, always goes above and beyond and never looks for personal recognition. She is terrific!” As the Sunrise Rotary’s Unsung ... Read More »

Briggs Boardwalk

Roughly midway on the trail, Briggs Boardwalk visitors  stop to look for water birds in the brackish marsh. PHOTOS BY JOAN AND CARL KELLY

By JOAN AND CARL KELLY Briggs Boardwalk, founded in 1960, is one of oldest trails in Collier County. It is located on Shell Island Road off Route 951, south of US 41, on the west side of the road. This walk is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. It is a short, well defined, self-guiding trail with a diverse landscape. Starting off, you will walk through oak scrub, then pine flatwoods, a hammock and some fringe marsh. In the marsh look for the mosquito fish. About mid-way on the walk there is a roofed birding station overlooking a brackish ... Read More »

New Farmer’s Market a Great Summer Experience

Fresh produce is a signature of a great farmer’s market. There is plenty available at the new market. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad Just as nature abhors a vacuum, so it seems we miss our market. A new farmer’s market experience awaits just down the road at the Naples Outlet Center on Collier and Manatee Roads. It in its fourth week, this new farmer’s market offers a lot of homemade items, produce and wares available only through the market venue. With 17 vendors, they are looking to grow and make Wednesday mornings a reason to get out and shop in an open, fun environment. Shopping, in general, is a fun activity. I know many people who would make it a ... Read More »

Friends of Tigertail Beach Awards Campership to MICMS Student Lola Wesson

Lola Wesson with Ken Kubat. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted “As the rigors of testing continue to become more demanding it’s delightful to have a reprieve from the monotonous testing schedule,” stated Jerra Minning, an 8th grade teacher at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. This past month, the 8th grade students at Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) participated in a writing competition sponsored by The Friends of Tigertail Beach, Inc., a non-profit organization that is solely funded by memberships and donations. Ken Kubat explained that the goal of Friends of Tigertail Beach, Inc. is to preserve, protect and enhance the treasure of Tigertail Beach, which is a ... Read More »

The Marco Bay Yacht Club’s Abaco Islands Adventure Continues

John and Dianne Kernan, trip organizers. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Debbie Schroeder After a week of cruising the Abaco Islands, eight (we’ll call them land cruisers) joined members in Treasure Cay, about 21 miles from our last stop in Marsh Harbor. The spectacular sandy beaches are widely recognized as being among the top 10 beaches in the Bahamas. Collecting such treasures as seashells and sea glass was a great pastime. Treasure Cay also has the most romantic restaurant, Treasure Sands, where you can enjoy the most amazing food and breathtaking panoramic views with the most colorful sunsets. Next stop, Hope Town, a little town in Elbow Cay, home to ... Read More »

Booty Barre Benefit Works Out

Left to right, front row: Bob Cholka, Margaret Peters  Lamp and Kyle Cholka, pose with the Booty Barre workout participants. PHOTOS BY KYLE CHOLKA

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Tutus were flying high as the spirit of camaraderie and community was abound at the recent Booty Barre benefit. This creative fundraising was the effort of Booty Barre guru Margaret Peters Lamp, who then enlisted the help of Marco Fitness Club. The benefit included ongoing sessions of Booty Barre workouts and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event went to the aid of local resident Jada Shigley, who is undergoing cancer treatments. “Jada is one of those rare kind souls. She was the first person I met when I moved to this area 21 years ... Read More »

Feeling Family at Marco Fitness Club

Left to right: Jean Cholka, Diane Saywell and Bob Cholka.

By Diane Saywell The family that stays fit together, remains knit together. We are of body, mind and spirit, but when it comes to presence, while we are apart from one another, the spirit comes through the strongest. It is the spirit that loves on, remains strong in direct correlation to the depth and experience of the relationship. Follow me?! Another thing, notice that I didn’t mention time spent in the relationship? Simply because I bet each of you can recall individuals you have known for very short periods of time, or for short periods of engagement (dental appointments!) over ... Read More »

MIFA Awards Scholarships and Artist of the Year

From left – Karen Swanker, 
Carolyn Burger, Tara O’Neill, Sandi Johnson, Allie Ellis. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad   It was a great Saturday luncheon on May 23 at Wesley United Methodist Church, as the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts introduced their 2015 scholarship winners and presented their Artist of the Year. The scholarship winners were Joseph Byrne (Theater, Vocal Performance, Writing), Livia Lenhoff (Motion Design, Illustration), Tyler MacDonald (Business, Photography, Art) and Theodor Schimek (Illustration). Tyler was unable to attend due to a photography show in Hilton Head, SC. His mother, Priscilla, was on hand to accept in his stead. Attendees got a chance to view their works during the initial meet and ... Read More »

Marco Island Center for the Arts Announces Summer Youth and Family Workshops

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Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today a full line up of Youth and Family Summer Workshops. The workshops are an expansion of the Center’s outreach to Marco Island youth. As noted by President Rosemary Wick “These programs are intended to fill a gap in available activities for our Island youth, and provide opportunities during their summer off from school.” Summer programs kick off with Clay Creepy, Crawly or Cute Bugs and Extruded Forms into Funky Boxes on June 17, 18 and 24. Students will work in the clay studio and build fantastic bugs and cool shaped boxes ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Group

Gwen DeCrow, founder 
and former president of Marco Island Writers, Inc. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted For the June 10 meeting of Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIW), Gwen DeCrow, founder and former president of MIW, will lead a round-table discussion on the things writers are struggling with. Thanks to Lisa Wroble for her class held at our May meeting on Building an Author Website. Marco Island Writers meet at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, the second Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Meetings run from 6-8 PM. First time visitors are always free. For more information about Marco Island Writers, Inc., visit their website at www.marcoislandwriters.com or ... Read More »

Two Area Students Receive ‘Camperships’ to Camp Wekiva

Members of the Tommie Barfield Junior Gardeners, sponsored  by the Calusa Garden Club, surround Kira Swanson (center) after she received her campership award. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club awarded Denise Diaz from Avalon School and Kira Swanson from Tommie Barfield Elementary School camperships to Camp Wekiva. Camp Wekiva is located in Wekiva Springs State Park and is sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. It’s a week-long residential nature camp for third through eighth graders. Additionally, Critter Camp, a mini-camp consisting of three days and two nights, is offered to first and second graders. Calusa Garden Clubs meets on the second Monday of the month from October through April. For additional information, call 239-394-1425 or log on to Calusa.org.   Read More »

Institute of Mixology Bartending School Opens on Marco Island

John Liverani tends “bar” at the school. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

Submitted Ever wonder how your bartender can free pour so accurately? Do you know the difference between scotch, whiskey, bourbon and rye? Answers to these questions, and many more, have arrived! The Institute of Mixology Bartending School opened its doors last month, becoming the only bartending school on Marco Island. Owners John and Ann Liverani had been visiting Marco Island for twenty years before making the move to full-time residents six years ago. The Liveranis have two boys – Joey, 16, a student at MIA, and Thomas, 20, a Lely graduate and bartender. Mom Jeanette Liverani works in the office. ... Read More »

Fiala Community Center No Longer a Bucket List Wish

Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala receives a standing ovation before a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Donna Fiala Community Center at Eagle Lakes Community Park on May 21. Located off U.S. 41 in East Naples, Fiala had fought for the construction of the center for more than 10 years.

By Roger LaLonde Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala received a standing ovation as she came to the podium at the opening of the Donna Fiala Community Center on May 21 at Eagles Lakes Community Park off U.S. 41. The center had been on the commissioner’s bucket list for more than 10 years. She got to scratch it off in style. For her efforts, a petition to name the center after her was successful. Family, friends and government officials all made the day special for the once young lady coming to Naples from East Cleveland, Ohio. One speaker described Fiala as ... Read More »

Marco’s Wheeler, Ragan Represent Schools for Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award

Jessica Ragan, the Marco Island Academy Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award nominee, with her family, from left, Cameron, Connor, Jaden, Jenna, mom Paula, Jessica and dad Ron.

By Roger LaLonde Overcoming worthy competition, Michael Walker of Naples High was named the 26th Annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete on May 21. He was among 13 candidates, each representing a Collier County high school. Marco Island’s Gage Wheeler represented Lely, and Jessica Ragan represented Marco Island Academy. Each nominee received a $2,500 scholarship from the Collier Athletic Club. Walker received a $10,000 scholarship, paid over four years. Wheeler will attend the United States Air Force Academy. Ragan is undecided, although Stetson University in Deland is a possibility. Starring in the classroom, cross country and track at Lely High School, Wheeler ... Read More »