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‘Vintage Movies’ Draws a Crowd

MIHS Curator of Collections Austin Bell (right) and Craig Woodward (courtesy of Bernadette Lapagliaco).

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On an otherwise quiet Tuesday evening in July, the Rose History Auditorium was filled almost to capacity as islanders and visitors alike came to hear Craig Woodward’s fascinating introduction of three vintage movies from Marco Island’s recent past. The Marco Island Historical Society sponsored the “Vintage Movies” event. Among the films shown were “Florida’s Emerald Island, Marco Island” (ca. 1982), “Marco Island” (ca. 1986-75) and “Marco Island: “Get Away From It All and Have it All” (ca. 1982). Woodward served as the tour guide transporting the audience back to the early days of modern Marco ... Read More »

Carole Taddei: Inspiration Through Exercise

Carole feels the burn during the ab work that is part of the Jillian Michaels workout. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Noelle H. Lowery Meet Carole Taddei. The 78-year-old mother of three and grandmother of eight moved to Marco Island in 1990 with her golf-loving husband, Jim. Prior to that, they lived in Bucks County, PA, where Jim was a printing ink salesman and Carole was a psychiatric nurse. Between family and work, Carole spent the majority of her time nursing and nurturing others. Today, Carole is a four-time cancer survivor — breast, thyroid and skin —and has learned manage her Type II Diabetes. Her secret: Exercise. In 2010, after her first two rounds with cancer and her diabetes ... Read More »

John R. Wood Properties Holds Ribbon-Cutting, Adds Agents

Local real estate professionals, Managing Broker George Percel and Chamber supporters lined up to welcome the newest John R. Wood real estate office.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Wednesday, July 16, was a good day for John R. Wood Properties. That was the day that the legendary John R. Wood cut the ribbon on the real estate firm’s new Marco Island office, located at 1000 N. Collier Blvd. As managing broker of John R. Wood-Marco Island, George A. Percel welcomed everyone to the ribbon-cutting, including founding owner John Wood, representatives from the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR). Wood toasted the opening, citing the positive impact the real estate industry has had on the Florida ... Read More »

Straight Talk


Straight Talk Allen S Weiss,M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System The new arrivals are here — and all 18 of them are beautiful and gleaming. And we couldn’t be more proud! No, they’re not babies — they’re bassinets, and the proud “parents” in this case are North Naples Hospital COO and System CNO Michele Thoman, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services Bernadine Hinton, Nurse Manager Neonatal ICU (NICU) Cathy Ravelo, and our colleagues from DeAngelis Diamond Construction, who earlier this week announced the birth of our spanking new 18-bassinet NICU. Although five weeks premature (delivered early, which in this ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Andrea Cooper


Dear City Council, I recently emailed the council with a plea for you to reconsider down sizing the Marco Island Farmers Market. Thanks to those of you who responded. Since then, I have spoken to many of the shop owners of the stores in the Marco Town Center plaza.  They tell me that their business is more profitable the day of the farmers market.  They make more money because people from Marco Island and Naples shop in the stores and eat in their restaurants after the market. I encourage the council to slow down on making this very important decision ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market


There is a clear misconception that Farmers’ Markets should be merely fruit and vegetable stands.  This perspective is looking through a limited lens of commerce versus one of community, so let’s take a step back.  Here, in Marco Island, we cater to both the local and transient guest, and we are truly one family.  These once-a-week markets for five hours are really about social connection.  Yes, radishes and cucumbers used to take center stage, but they have happily made room for flavored honeys, fresh pastas, locally carved sustainable artifacts, wildlife photography and custom terrariums.  As diversity started to populate the ... Read More »

Camp Able 2014: Going Beyond Special Needs

Campers kayak and paddle board with Capri Fish House on Isles of Capri. PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRA DIAZ

By Noelle H. Lowery Schaeffer McHenry, Ellie Bennett, Gage Wheeler and Mary Evelyn Webb could not be more different. McHenry is a junior at the Air force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; Webb is a Mississippi native who attends the University of Mississippi. Bennett and Wheeler both attend Lely High School. Bennett is a bubbly, talkative junior, and Wheeler is a senior, quiet and a young man of few words. The one thing these four have in common: A special connection with people who have special needs. McHenry’s 23-year-old cousin, Sara, has Down Syndrome. Webb’s mother suffers from Huntington’s ... Read More »

From Sea to Shining Sea

The audience watched as the first strokes of color were placed in the piece, promising what looks to become a vibrant finished product.

By Melinda Gray The first time I had the pleasure of meeting local artist, Malenda Trick, was nearly two months ago. The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) had chosen to honor her as their first annual artist of the year. I noticed right away how open, friendly and down-to-earth she was. She instantly put me at ease, a treat I see far less often than one would think. After accepting her award, she spoke of her two previous Veterans Day projects in which she painted 35 individual portraits of veterans in Southwest Florida and then in Sarasota. ... Read More »

CBN Wins Again!


By Noelle H. Lowery Once again, Coastal Breeze News has been recognized by its statewide industry peers for its in-depth reporting, historical storytelling, website design and all-round general excellence. CBN brought home five awards from the 2013 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest, which is hosted by the Florida Press Association. The contest is open to all Florida Press Association monthly, semi-monthly, weekly, semi-weekly and tri-weekly member newspaper. The awards ceremony was held during FPA’s 2014 Annual Convention at The Biltmore Hotel in Miami/Coral Gables, July 10-11. CBN’s five awards are solid examples of the combined team effort — publisher, editorial ... Read More »

Mackle Park Referendum: Island Parks & Rec Foundation Rallies Support

The Plan

By Noelle H. Lowery Greg West is no stranger to the Mackle Park Community Center referendum, which is set for a vote in the Aug. 26 election. Until recently, West served as the chairman of the city of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC), and was one of the masterminds behind the committee’s marketing plan for the new community center. Now, as the president of the Island Parks & Recreation Foundation Inc., West is pulling out all of the stops for one final push to raise the community’s awareness and favor for a new Mackle Park Community ... Read More »

Hiking with Henry Lowe: North of the Isles of Capri


COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward A conversation led to my taking a walk in the woods with Henry Lowe accompanied by Steve Purcell. We were on an expedition to hike the 1912 old Marco Road and seek out the location where Henry had lived as a child. Armed with bug spray, we headed north of Capri Boulevard and followed a hiking trail into the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Preserve. We quickly found that the trail was not used much as we were forced to climb over fallen trees, push through dense brush and fight heavy vines. Henry pointed out ... Read More »

Caves of the Yucatan Peninsula and Florida

Bob and Cathy explore an underground  cavern in Mexico. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STEPPING STONES  Bob McConville  Master Naturalist In early June of this year, my wife, Cathy, and I took the opportunity to visit the Yucatan Peninsula area of Mexico. The marine life and geology of this region are positively fascinating. In addition to snorkeling with whale sharks — the largest fish on the planet — we ventured inland to Mexico’s jungles to learn more about the ecology. What we found was absolutely surprising. This portion of the peninsula sits right where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea. The closest land mass is Cuba, and just north of that is ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 in July

Redfish caught on a Captain Rapps Charter. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps Here in the Ten Thousand Islands, the weather in July is somewhat predictable, as are the fishing patterns. Expect the bite to drop off during the mid-day heat and slack tides. The bite is early in the day, and again late in the afternoon/early evening after the mid-day storms cool things off a little. Day time air temperatures are now hovering around 90 degrees each day, bringing the water temperatures up to 87 degrees. Anglers can get into some nice snook on the outside islands. Top water plugs and suspended soft plastic artificials will ... Read More »


View of the Barge and Vizcaya main house from the Teahouse.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL  Vickie Kelber Vizcaya, the former villa and estate of John Deering in the Coconut Grove section of Miami, had been on my list of places to visit in Florida for more than 10 years. I kept putting it off, and then Hurricane Wilma struck, bringing $3 million damage to the gardens, art work and some of the interior. By 2010, the destroyed cafe and shop had reopened, and the gardens and artwork were coming back to life. This past season, I thought the time had finally arrived for my visit. John Deering was the son of the ... Read More »

The Story of the Story of Belle

Lady Elizabeth Murray and Dido Elizabeth Belle. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

ARTFUL LIFE  Tara O’Neill I haven’t seen the movie “Belle,” but I can tell you it is a testament to the power of art. It’s a period film rich with elegant costumes and lavish sets embodying the true story of a mixed-race daughter of a British admiral who became an unwitting force of change in 18th century societal mores and instigated the end of slavery in the British Empire. A fascinating story — tremendous, really — but for me the more interesting tale is how the story came to be told, and the movie made. So here it is: A ... Read More »

Home Remedies, Myths or Facts?

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

PLANTTALK Mike Malloy There is a saying that insects will inherit the earth. Well, in Florida they already have so we better just get over it. You aren’t the only one looking forward to harvest time in your flower and vegetable gardens, so are your neighbors. I’m referring to insects, of course. And, you don’t want to be hosting a veggie buffet for all the bugs in your neighborhood. Sure, there are effective pesticides that will quickly rid your garden of these hungry invaders, but before resorting to harsh chemicals, why not give some of these popular home remedies ... Read More »

Fighting a Boat Fire


By Lt. Bill Hempel  United States Power Squadrons In Florida, a 64-foot yacht that was ravaged by fire burned to the waterline. Follow up stories reported that the boat was presenting a hazard to navigation and was later towed to a nearby marina to be salvaged. There are a few lessons we can learn from this incident. Obviously, one lesson is to take all of the steps necessary to prevent fire, but when such a yacht is ravaged by fire, we can see just how horrific and all-consuming a boat fire can be. Fortunately, the subject boat was near the ... Read More »

Supreme Justice


BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust By Max Allan Collins Thomas & Mercer, 2014 336 pages “I always turn to the sports page first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.”Earl Warren, 14th Chief Justice, SCOTUS   Someone is assassinating the justices of the Supreme Court in this nifty little thriller set in the future, circa 2030. “Summertime and the readin’ is easy” to paraphrase that famous Gershwin tune. “Supreme Justice” was quite a delightful surprise. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Joe Reeder, CEO of ABC Security, is a former Secret Service ... Read More »

Beat the Bloat!


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Summer is officially here, and with it comes beer bellies and bikinis — two things that don’t belong in the same sentence. Take some time to plan ahead this summer for get-togethers, cookouts and lazy beach days, and you’ll feel good no matter if you wear a swimsuit or not. To avoid the dreaded bulge, belly or bloat (or all three), adopt some of these tips: Have healthy snacks handy: Do this, and when temptation comes your way, you won’t even think twice about reaching for your healthy fare. I suggest loading up on good-for-you-treats that ... Read More »

MIWC Donates Bench


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Women’s Club (MIWC) donated a park bench to the Veterans Memorial. Members of the club gathered recently at a dedication of the bench. Lee Rubenstein, head of the Veterans Memorial fundraising committee, explained to the women present how a nine-foot-tall bronze American Bald Eagle will sit atop of the Freedom Fountain. Rubenstein is past commander of the local VFW and present commander of the local American Legion branch. The Freedom Fountain will be built at the Memorial’s entrance, joining the Flag Plaza where the American, Marco Island, state of Florida and POW/MIA ... Read More »