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Thinking ahead: Developing an EcoConscience

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] “In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation… even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine.” – “The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations: The Great Binding Law” The Native American creed reminds us that everything that we do has consequences for something else. What we do today will have an effect as far into the future as seven generations. An idea long forgotten by the hustle and bustle of the modern world has once again begun to pick up speed as today’s society is ever more ... Read More »

Ugly Holiday Sweater

By Coastal Breeze News Staff What is Christmas with an ugly sweater? How about an Ugly Holiday Sweater Party? One such party took place recently at the Keller Williams office for Relay for Life teams of the American Cancer Society. In addition to pizza, cookies and refreshments, tickets were drawn for raffle prizes. Raul Medina, Chair for the 2013 Relay for Life, called for applause for the worst sweater. A lavender sweatshirt donned with snowmen won the prize! The teams were given tips to keep fundraising efforts moving, and were reminded of the importance of the mission. This is one ... Read More »

Solidarity among the sisters

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By Jane A. Marlowe [email protected] The “Early Birds”, a group of women who gather for exercise at 6:30 AM at Curves planned a special morning for one of their members, Friday, December 6th. Bonnie Kirkley had been absent from the group since her diagnosis of uterine cancer in October. Bonnie is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments almost daily following surgery. Her daughter, Karen, one of four daughters who have been taking turns assisting their mother and father, came to Curves to continue her own exercise regimen. Karen is a member back home in Pennsylvania. Bonnie’s friends asked Karen what ... Read More »

Blue Mangrove celebrates

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] Happy Birthday to you! On December 6, Blue Mangrove Gallery appropriately celebrated its sixth year in business. The Golden Birthday was honored by a wine and cheese event at the gallery, featuring well known artist Tara O’Neill. Six years ago, Christie Marcoplos, owner of Blue Mangrove Gallery called on her friend and artist, Tara O’Neill to present her work for the opening of the gallery. “I was [Christie’s] first opening act,” explained O’Neill. “When I opened my studio in the Esplanade, it seemed redundant to both of us to have my art in both places. But ... Read More »

It’s better to give, especially to Santa!

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By Danielle Dodder Kids usually obsess over what Santa will be leaving for them, but Olivia Waters paused to consider sharing some holiday cheer for the jolly red man while out on Black Friday shopping with her mom, Michele. The Waters family lives in Naples but came to Marco for dinner and Santa’s arrival at the Shops of Marco. Olivia asked her mom to buy a Santa ring earlier that day and then waited in line to give Santa her gift. Says Michele, “she explained that he [Santa] is so busy giving everyone presents on Christmas, that he doesn’t get ... Read More »

Snook sends to troops

By Natalie Strom [email protected] Sending packages overseas for the holidays is a great way to help someone in need this season. For Brenda Truitt, it is especially meaningful as her son was an active Marine until December of 2011, including two tours of duty in Afghanistan. During his time overseas, Brenda would send him boxes once or twice a month to provide him with every day items he couldn’t get there. “He told me that there were many men and women in the armed forces who don’t receive any mail or boxes. He also told of how the mail was ... Read More »

TREES FOR CHARITY

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the second year in a row, Heavenly Evergreens has set up its Christmas tree lot in Goodland. With trees ranging in size from table top to 12-feet tall, and a variety of wreaths and garland, there is something for everyone. Rich and Kathy Rasimowicz, owners of Heavenly Evergreens bring their trees down every year from the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Trees will be for sale until they are gone. Located in the empty lot across from Stan’s, Heavenly Evergreens is hard to miss as one makes their way into Goodland. As you buy your ... Read More »

Glenn Miller at Lely High

Submitted Enjoy a night of big band music listening to the Glenn Miller Band live at Lely High School on January 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Moonlight Serenade, String of Pearls, In the Mood; all the Miller classics and more. This is memory lane at its best. But, the concert it is all about the students as they work on ticket sales, usher, direct parking and sell refreshments at intermission. And they alone benefit, as the performance is a fund-raiser for the Lely High School Band. Golf carts driven by band boosters will be available to shuttle from car to ... Read More »

MIFRD responds to garage fire

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island Fire Rescue crews were called to the scene of a garage fire at 32 Gulfport Court on Tuesday, December 4, at 10:45 PM. Reports upon arrival cited a well-involved fire in the garage that extended into the attic and a victim with severe burns. Immediately, rescue crews were alerted to the burn victim. Medic Rescue 50 initiated medical treatment. The victim was transported to Physicians Regional Hospital on Collier Boulevard by Collier County EMS. He was later transferred to the Miami Burn Unit. His condition at this time is unknown. In the meantime, ... Read More »

Wine tasting and food pairing soiree

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Submitted Wine lovers were treated to a fabulous evening last week at a Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Soiree. Doug and Angelica Andrews, members of a Wine Tasting group hosted and coordinated the magnificent event which took place at CJ’s on the Bay and showcased Award Winning Chef Laura Owens. The first event of this nature for the restaurant, gathered around 60 guests who enjoyed a nice selection of wines from California, Chile, Argentina, Australia and Italy. White wines were paired with Baby Scallops in Grapefruit Butter, Mini Baked Brie with Spiced Apple and Yukon Gold Potato Puffs. Red Wines ... Read More »

A simple life in Naples…

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By Tarik Asayun [email protected] My friend and fellow soccer coach Rocco had been asking me to take a ride with him to Naples to meet a Cuban fisherman who lived an interesting life and had a great story to tell. “He fishes from a tiny boat near Marco Island and writes poetry with a pencil on yellow pads then types them on an ancient typewriter,” Rocco kept telling me. At first I put it off hoping he would give up but at the end I had to give him a date. A week or so ago, I met Rocco in ... Read More »

Milk and Cookies with Santa

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By Julia Barnett  Nothing says Christmas to a child more than iconic Santa Claus. And every child knows that Santa loves milk, cookies, and cocoa. So when Mackle Park puts on their annual “Milk and Cookies with Santa” party, it isn’t very surprising the amount of kids smiling and excited to be there. Mackle Park has been hosting its Santa party for eight years, and always for free. This year, the party was on Saturday, December 8, and from the moment the doors opened at ten, families and children swarmed in to celebrate the season with Santa Claus. Some were ... Read More »

Christmas in the Glades

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BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff  [email protected] In the Everglades our annual Christmas Light Parade, sponsored by the School Booster Club, is a great way for the whole community to get together. This year the event is scheduled for Saturday, December 15. Activities begin with food, fun and fellowship at 5:00 PM at McLeod Park on the Circle. Decorated floats with children singing Christmas carols tour the neighborhoods spreading good will to all. The boat parade was held last weekend On Tuesday, December 18, the Everglades City students will celebrate the holidays with a very special concert at 6:00 PM in ... Read More »

The Bethlehem Project

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By Julia Barnett The story behind the Christmas Holiday is well-known and often acted out. God chose the Virgin Mary to carry his child, she and her husband Joseph traveled to Bethlehem for the census, and the Messiah was born in the stables. That is, of course, the short version. And every reproduction of this story is the same—until C. Barny and Carter Robinson changed it. A Christmas Musical entitled “The Bethlehem Project” was presented from December 6 to December 9, at the Rose History Auditorium, and this version of that beloved tale was something altogether fun, entertaining, and a ... Read More »

Holiday highlights

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GOODLAND LIFE  Joanie Fuller  [email protected] Here we are right in the middle of another holiday season. They come so fast, don’t they? In Goodland we celebrate our season in many different ways. Let’s share a few highlights. • We held our 3rd annual Christmas Bazaar on December 7 and 8 at the Goodland Boat Park. Artisans, craftsmen, food and music created a holiday atmosphere and everyone had a great time. A big thank you goes to Connie Fullmer and Noreen Seegers for chairing this big event. If you missed it this year, we hope you will come next year! • Everyone ... Read More »

Naomi’s debut

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape [email protected] Dear fellow felines. Welcome back to kitty paradise! Not much has changed since you left last spring. But be advised, there are still too many predators for us to be outdoor kitties. We have bobcats, coyotes, hawks, eagles, panthers, black bears, the occasional python, and at least one lynx. But who can complain? We get the run of the lanai where we can chase geckos, nap in the sun, shed all over our human’s nice, rattan furniture, and drink out of the pool. But too many geckos makes for an upset ... Read More »

“LINCOLN”

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus [email protected] In 1865, the Civil War was draining the blood of North and South. Mr. Lincoln was personally ravaged by the war and was also determined to abolish slavery by passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. This piece of history and Mr. Lincoln’s remarkable life is the focal point of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”, based in large part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals”. Daniel Day-Lewis is extraordinary as he cajoles, manipulates and threatens both Republicans and Democrats to pick off each critical vote. This is not the Lincoln of past movie makers; ... Read More »

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust  [email protected] Author: Bill O’Rielly, Martin Dugard.  Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 2012  In October 1962 I was a fairly new bride, with a four month old baby, living in Perrine, Florida, a suburb of Miami, only 228 miles from Cuba. My nervousness in how to care for a new baby was grossly overshadowed by my fear in hearing the constant roar of military trucks loaded with servicemen rumbling down the highway a few blocks from my home headed to Homestead Air Force Base. Overhead could be heard the nerve-racking drone of military planes headed to the same ... Read More »

GETTING STARTED: Expert tips on where and how to

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LADY ANGLER’S CORNER Capt. Mary Fink  [email protected]  In the mangrove maze of South Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, fish are plentiful. The key to productive fishing, however, often depends upon your ability to find the fish and to use the existing environmental conditions to your advantage. Among these conditions are factors like water temperature, depth, wind direction and strength, tidal exchange, moon phase and structure. This author believes that, of these factors, tidal exchange and the presence of structure are most important, as structure provides habitat and tidal movement provides forage or food for fish, especially during an incoming tide. Structure ... Read More »

Homemade Key West pink shrimp and Tripletail soup

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FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps  [email protected] What’s better than a warm fresh homemade pot of locally caught seafood soup on a cool winter’s day? Head on down to the local grocer or farmer’s market and pick up just about everything you need for this quick and easy recipe. You can substitute the Tripletail fish with and firm locally caught fish fillet like Redfish, Grouper, Cobia, Snapper, etc. It will take you just 30 minutes from start to finish. Serve with some warm fresh bread or biscuits and butter. INGREDIENTS:  • 1/2 lb Ditalini or any small pasta • 3 Cloves ... Read More »