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John Dandola Talks Dead by Happenstance

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By Holly Benedict In the past, author John Dandola has set one mystery novel on Marco Island (A Beckoning Wind) and soaked up atmosphere to write another (Dead in Small Doses). His latest, Dead by Happenstance, was written entirely during his last annual stay here. “My wife and I have had to put off relocating to Marco solely because of an elderly relative for whom we are caregivers. As is known to everyone who has been involved with such things, that doesn’t leave a lot of time to oneself. I used research as a respite because it can be done ... Read More »

Land More Fish

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com One of the most rewarding things about being a fishing guide is sharing the excitement and joy experienced through others when they hook and land fish. It has been my experience, however, that many less-experienced anglers lose a good number of fish through improper retrieval technique. Often, fish are lost due to over excitement when the angler tries to rush the fish into the boat. Others are lost due to excessive slack in the line or improper rod tip position where leverage is lost. Although not every fish hooked will be landed, there are ... Read More »

Bargain Basket Fashion Show Features Mock Wedding

The wedding party (l-r): Donna Gordon, Al Saunders, David Abercrombie (groom), Margi Abercrombie (bride), Sheila Sawyer and Bob Meyn. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Many “ohs” and “ahas” were heard Thursday, Feb. 27, as the “bride,” Margi Abercrombie, was escorted down-the-isle by her “father,” Bob Meyn. The bride wore a beautiful full-length, over-beaded lace gown with a cathedral train, and dad was elegantly attired in a black tux. Both outfits, as well as those worn by all the other members of the mock wedding party, were chosen from merchandise on sale at the Bargain Basket. The Basket currently has among its varied inventory, eight magnificent bridal gowns — complete with head pieces and veils. Manager Sue Woods stated that it would be possible ... Read More »

New Workshops at Center for the Arts

Moseley’s ‘Everglades Approaching Storm’

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Two of Marco Island’s favorite senior artists — William Ward Moseley and Charles Gruppe — are back by popular demand this month at the Center for the Arts. Both are conducting workshops in their favorite mediums. Moseley will lead two sessions of “Fun with Pastels.” The first will be held Tuesday, March 11, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM, and the second will be a two-day workshop, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25-26, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM, each day. The workshop fee is $100. Gruppe’s three-day workshop, “Painting in Oil and Acrylics,” will be held Wednesday-Friday, March 12-14, 10 AM-4 ... Read More »

Shock to the System

I still can’t believe this is my backyard. PHOTO BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com In my 35 years, I’ve traveled all over the world. My mother and grandmother loved to see new places and experience different things. As a very young child, I was taken to various tourist destinations and third-world countries. I’ve known my fair share of culture shock. Yet, as well-traveled as I am, I never expected to find myself so amazed at how different life could be just six states away. Goodland has delivered its own dose of culture shock; it’s unlike any place I’ve been in the world, including my former home in Ohio. Here are ... Read More »

Is Your Workout Knotty?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Whether you walk or watsu, bike or bend it like Beckham, chances are you have some tight muscles, adhesions or “knots” that put you in a bind. You probably suffer through them, attempt to stretch them out or visit a physical (or massage) therapist to get rid of them. Have you ever tried a foam roller? Dubbed “the poor man’s massage,” a foam roller is an inexpensive tool that was once used exclusively by physical therapists for myofascial release. According to Dr. Karl Knopf, “Some experts suggest that, if not addressed early, minor muscle imbalances (such as ... Read More »

Come ‘Play with the Arts’

Judy Chinski, The Artist’s Gallery. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Meet local artists and share in their creative process during demonstrations planned for Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15. The Marco Players and The Artist’s Gallery are proud to co-sponsor “Play with the Arts,” an event designed to showcase and celebrate the talent of local artists. “We are excited to showcase Marco Island artists. The Marco Players wants to build strong connections between our community theater and the arts,” says Beverly Dahlstrom, president of The Marco Players. Open to the public, demonstrations will be held throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM at The Artist’s Gallery, ... Read More »

March is a great month to hit the water!

Tom and Chris with twin Redfish.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Typically, the month of March brings some of the best Speckled Trout fishing our area has to offer. If you can find areas where you have grass on one side of the boat and sand on the other, you could certainly get into some fun fishing! In these areas you can fish the same flats for both Speckled Trout and Pompano. Try casting out a 3/8 oz bucktail style jig tipped with very small fresh shrimp pieces (cut a shrimp into 6-8 pieces). The Trout will be in 3-5 feet of water in the ... Read More »

Knights of Columbus Annual Tootsie Roll Drive

Arlene Coff of Marco Island makes a donation to Knight Henry Cormier. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The San Marco Knights of Columbus have completed a successful Tootsie Roll drive to raise funds for children with intellectual and physical disabilities. The Knights, the Columbiettes (the women’s arm of the fraternity) and local volunteers offered donors a “Toostie Roll” in exchange for a donation. The Tootsie Roll Drive ran for three days, Feb. 21-23. Grand Knight Ben Farnsworth said, “I am proud of the support we received from Marco residents and visitors, and thank them for their commitment to our youth who need these services.” Volunteers solicited more than $14,000 from contributors at the following locations: Publix ... Read More »

Honoring the Individual

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Reclining in the pre-dawn hours of the rainiest camping weekend ever, I sip my coffee in this little, cozy space and feel happy as I watch Fred Astaire conducting a big band orchestra and move his feet in a brilliant, successful attempt to show us what the music looks like through dance. What a talented human being! I am grateful that this talent was recorded through the visual art of filming. Last night, my husband and I were listening to Paul McCartney, as were blessed with a dry period for a couple of hours ... Read More »

Gardening for Honey Bees

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Honey bees are more important than you think. One-third of all food consumed in the United States is pollinated by honey bees, and hundreds of crops rely on the tiny honey bee for pollination. The value of those crops is estimated at $15 billion annually. Truth “bee” told, the future of the American agricultural industry depends on the honey bee. The demise of the honey bee is a very complex issue. Since 2006, U.S. beekeepers have seen about one-third of their honey bee colonies disappear due to Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon caused by a number ... Read More »

Cell

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Author: Robin Cook Publisher: G. P. Putnam, 2014 Length: 402 pages. Genre: Medical fiction Medicine for the soul” – Inscription over the doorway at the Library at Thebes. In his latest novel, Robin Cook takes on the issue of digitalized medical practice. The title refers to 21st century humanity’s ubiquitous accessory: the cellular phone. If you are interested in healthcare issues, this is worth your time. Cook takes the Affordable Healthcare Act, death panels, primary care physician shortages, reimbursement schedules, health insurance companies, electronic medical records, etc. Amalgamated Healthcare, insurance giant aiming to become a behemoth, ... Read More »

A Beginner’s Guide to (GULP) Pythons: Part 2

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist In the last edition of Coastal Breeze News, I gave you a brief introduction to Burmese pythons. These animals are an invasive species (not native to Florida), and they are now firmly established not only in the Everglades but as far west as Collier County. Their numbers have been estimated to be from 15,000 to 150,000 or more throughout the lower portion of the state. They inhabit areas that are both tropical and subtropical, much like that in our region. I recently had a very enlightening conversation with a man who studies Burmese pythons. He ... Read More »

To be or not to be… Enhanced

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I may have touched on this subject in the past but the increase in popularity on Clarity Enhanced (C.E.) diamonds have piqued the interest of many that are unaware of the product and process in my shop the past couple of months. Yes, it’s true some jewelers won’t even consider selling them in their stores. I have been dealing with all kinds of diamonds since the tender age of 15 and have been involved in buying from dealers and cutters all over the world. Israel, Amsterdam, Belgium, Boston, New York City, L.A. and beyond! ... Read More »

Just look, don’t touch!

The Saddleback Caterpillar. Look but don’t touch!

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Beware! Lurking in many South Florida backyards is a small critter that will offer a terrible surprise if touched. The half to one inch long, stout-bodied brown caterpillar has a conspicuous green back with brown oval outlined in white. It’s unique coloring may entice a closer look by touching or holding it– but don’t! It is a stinging caterpillar known as the Saddleback Caterpillar. The brown oval marking on the center of its back looks like a saddle on a bright green saddle blanket, hence the silly name. Archaria stimulea (Saddleback Caterpillar) is the larvae ... Read More »

Gender & the art of language

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Sticks & stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me… To that childhood rhyme I say: ahh, baloney. Words can hurt, and deeply. The damage may be subtle, a slow insinuation into the core of your being, and with suffering so much longer lasting than a temporary scrape of the flesh from a stick or a stone. Last week a friend of mine, a proud and loving father of a high-spirited eight-year old daughter, was recounting to me his daughter’s triumph on the school track where she out-raced most of the boys in ... Read More »

Tending the Garden

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” Miles Kington, British Journalist, 1941-2008 Question: After last year’s market activity, should I review and rebalance my investments? Answer: Yes, to maximize your efforts, it’s beneficial to monitor your portfolio on a regular basis. Whether you need to rebalance will depend on your goals and results. In many ways, investment oversight is like tending a garden. We have a small garden in our back yard that Pete tends to, and from what I see, it takes a ... Read More »

4th Annual Hideaway Beach Open

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Doug, I’ve played USTA tournaments throughout the state (Florida), and this is the best organized event I’ve attended,” entrant and former champion Monson Douglas offered Sunday afternoon. Not only did we have the largest draws in the four-year history but we had the greatest talent as well. The weather was picture perfect with 80 degree temperatures and literally no wind, and the players responded with stellar play. Finally, we had record crowds cheering their friends on Saturday and Sunday — a minimum of 200 players patrolling the grounds around the beautiful tennis center at the ... Read More »

It’s All in the Coat

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: It’s that time of year again — “kitten season!” And are we ever bursting at the seams with adorable little furballs. Our first two litters of the 2014 season were born right here at the shelter, giving us a total of 11 baby felines in the wink of an eye. For those who may have forgotten, the 2013 season delivered 176 kittens, all of whom found fantastic fur-ever homes thanks to all of the love showered upon them by my staff of 80 erstwhile volunteers. And, of course, thanks ... Read More »

The Dynamic Golfer

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Golf has many things to offer; fun with friends, exercise, friendly wagers, nature, family time, wildlife, etc. If you want to excel at the game of golf you must treat it as a sport. Golf is similar to many sports in which the human body moves in a rotary motion, such as batting in baseball, hitting a hockey puck, etc. The difference is the object is moving in most other sports, so more physical endurance might be needed to get to where the object is located. The kinematic movement to hit the object however is ... Read More »