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“Music for the Soul” Concert Series at Marco Presbyterian Church

The final “Music for the Soul” concert will be 6 p.m., March 10.  The organ and piano duo of Babs Hillenbrand and Marv Hollenbeck will play favorite hymn arrangements on the church’s grand instruments, the three-manual Allen Organ and the seven foot six inch Yamaha Grand Piano.  Local music teachers, Sandy and John Stein, playing a variety of musical styles from sacred to jazz, will join them on the flute and piano. This is the eighth year for Marco Presbyterian Church’s concert series.   The concert is free; a love offering will be received. The church is located on 875 West Elkcam Circle, Marco ... Read More »

Marco Island Charter Middle School Open Enrollment Period

Marco Island Charter Middle School announces the Open Enrollment Period for admission to the school for the 2013-14 school year to be held from March 4 until 3:00 p.m. of March 22.  Applications to enroll in next year’s sixth, seventh and eighth grades can be obtained on March 4 and anytime thereafter from school or by going on the school’s website at When the Open Enrollment Period closes, should the number of applications exceed the number of seats available in each grade level, a lottery will be used to determine which students get admitted to the school, as per ... Read More »


SATURDAY, MARCH 9 – SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.   Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park will open for spring break, Saturday, March 9 through Sunday, March 17, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily.   The park is offering a special discount for spring break for Collier County residents. Residents with a Florida driver’s license showing a Collier County address will receive $2 off any entry for those 48-inches or taller (normally $12). Individuals less than 48-inches tall enter for $5.50: children three and under enter free. Sales tax added to all fees.   Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park Facility Attractions ... Read More »

The Arts and Alzheimer’s

Life Long Learning at The Philharmonic Center for the Arts to offer innovative six week program for people challenged by Alzheimer’s and other associated dementias: ~The Arts and Alzheimer’s~ The program will feature visits to the Patty & Jay Baker Museum with Philharmonic musicians alternatively with studio arts activities & talks with local artists and educators at the Toni Stabile Building located on the campus of The Phil. This unique 6-week, Tuesday morningseries (10:30 am – 12:30 pm) begins March 26th and runs through April 30th.   Under the direction of educator, artist and registered nurse Bernadette La Paglia, BSN, ... Read More »

Saul I. Stern Cultural Series Second Event Jerusalem


Submitted The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, opens the 2nd event of its 19th season, with a presentation about “Jerusalem”, Wednesday, February 6th, 2012, at 7:30 pm, at the Marco Island Jewish Congregation, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. The speaker, Chaim Silberstein, a native of Jerusalem, is a lifetime scholar of Jerusalem. He will present the city with a visual demonstration from 1920, to-date, and discuss “To Divide or Not to Divide” Mr. Silberstein brings new information he gained from his research. After the presentation, there will be a Question and Answer period conducted by Roger Blau. A reception to ... Read More »

Laugh out Loud with Knights of Columbus


By Natalie Strom On Saturday, February 9, The Knights of Columbus will have you laughing all night long as they host an evening of entertainment featuring comedian Tim Walkoe. Sign up for this one-day event and chuckle in the name of children’s charities supported by The Knights of Columbus. If you haven’t heard of Tim Walkoe, you may as well be living under a rock. The Grand Prize winner of ABC’s “America’s Funniest People” has been on HBO, Showtime, A&E, TNN, PBS and much more. A headliner of over 100 comedy clubs nationwide, including the Comedy Stop in Las ... Read More »

Renowned Photographer speaks on Mother Theresa


By Coastal Breeze News Staff “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa. On Wednesday, February 6th at 6:30 PM, award winning photojournalist Linda Schaefer, will give an inspiring presentation, “Come and See” – A Photojournalist’s Journey into the World of Mother Teresa. Linda is recognized by respected magazines and newspapers as her work has appeared in the New York Times, Catholic Digest, Time and Newsweek, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Parade Magazine, and Los Angeles Times to name a few. Linda began her career as a journalist ... Read More »

Power Up Your Boating Skills This Season


By Danielle Dodder As part of the Ten Thousand Islands, the National Park Service aptly refers to this area as “a labyrinth of water and mangroves.” Add approximately 5,000 area boats out at any given time to enjoy this natural beauty, and it’s not a big surprise that Collier is one of the top ten counties in Florida for boating accidents, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The FWC adds that inexperience, inattention and speed were top causes of these accidents. “There are many reasons to understand safe boating around Marco Island,” points out Laura Carney of the ... Read More »

Re/Max Affinity Plus Franchise Bridges Tradition and Innovation

Rocky Farhat and Debra Peters, owners of the Re/Max Affinity Plus franchise. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Danielle Dodder “Did you know that when you sell a house, you trigger a minimum of 18 other commercial transactions?” Debra Meredith-Peters is passionate about bringing home the point that her profession is a stronger engine for growth than it’s often given credit for in a post-real estate crash world. Peters is the broker/owner, who along with her partner, Rocky Farhat, purchased the Re/Max franchise on Marco after it was due to expire last fall. The partners also own Re/Max franchises in Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties and are excited to be extending their market share into Marco Island. ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club


By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Monday, January 14, the Calusa Garden Club held its monthly meeting at 1:00 PM in Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church. An optional pre-meeting workshop,”All About Vines,” was conducted at 11 AM by Sue Oldershaw and Donna Kay. Donna listed a variety of vines, including pictures, that can be used in Southwest Florida. The business meeting included updates on environmental issues, Junior Gardeners at Tommie Barfield, the garden therapy program, “How Our Garden Grows,” at Sanitasole, upcoming field trips, and planning for the March 16 – 17 flower show. Dolly Tomalina presented a ... Read More »

Nelson joins Python Challenge


By Natalie Strom Saturday, January 12th, marked the start of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 2013 Python Challenge. The month long hunting competition aims to both educate the public and better understand the invasive Burmese python. Senator Bill Nelson joined the hunt alongside FWCC Commissioner Ron Bergeron on January 17th to bring awareness to the devastation of the Everglades caused by the constrictor snake. Before heading out on the hunt, Senator Nelson and Commissioner Bergeron addressed media alongside I-75 at the Mile Marker 41 Boat Ramp. Senator Nelson discussed the urgent need to control the ever-growing python ... Read More »

Season for Sneezing: Flu Arrives on Marco


By Danielle Dodder The littlest members of the community are lining up for repeated hand washing throughout their school day and local pharmacies are running out of the flu vaccine. As visitors from all over arrive for warm beaches, so does the seasonal germ influx. Wash your hands and cover your nose; flu season is alive and well on Marco. Dr. Joe Vickaryous practices family medicine at the Marco Island Medical Center. He observes, “This season on Marco has seen unusually high numbers of flu cases in our practice.” Vickaryous adds that his cases span all age ranges and the ... Read More »

Bill Cullerton, One of America’s Last Fighter Aces Dies


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Bill Cullerton, one of America’s top fighter aces during World War II, died on January 12, 2012 at the age of 89. He and his wife, Steve, made Marco Island their winter home for the past 40 years. He was credited with destroying at least five enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 15 more on the ground and damaged nine. “With 21 kills, he ranked as the third-highest strafing ace in the 8th Air Force, and flew for the 355th fighter group,” said John J. Kevil Jr., who wrote a book about Mr. Cullerton, “The ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club 2013 Commodores Ball and Change of Watch


Submitted Saturday night January 19, 2013 was the most prestigious event of the year at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch is a formal event the entire Club anticipates each year. The Commodore has responsibility for the cruising and racing fleets of yachts, regattas, boating programs, matters relating to the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs and all social activities. The 2012 outgoing Commodore Stuart Curtis performed the ceremony, swearing in Commodore Jim Marr for 2013. Jim swore to uphold the Mission Statement; “To provide an outstanding boating, social, and dining environment that is friendly, ... Read More »

Runways and Renourishment


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Runways: Many things are happening around the County; some are quite controversial. I usually stay away from government talk, but today, through a little encouragement, I will write about what happened with the Marco and Immokalee Airport runway resurfacing and also about the Hideaway Beach/Collier Creek erosion control structures. Last year, the Airport Director, Chris Curry (who will be the speaker at the Marco Kiwanis Club on Thursday, Feb. 21st) advised the County Commission that the FDOT had determined that both airport runways were in “very poor” condition and would need resurfacing within the next ... Read More »

A Three-Hour Pizza


By Monte Lazarus My wife is noted, among other things, for her charm, poise and perspicacity. She is also a keen shopper and, so help me, does our Christmas shopping for next year on the 26th of December. Thus it was that we were dreaming of 2013 sugar plum fairies and all that stuff as we began our adventure. Shopping went well. There were bargains galore. Almost everything is done, except buying for the little kids where sizes cannot be predicted a year in advance. We finished. It was time to chow down. My wife in a moment of ... Read More »

Nero Continues To Fiddle While Rome Burns: Part II


Suggested Economic Reforms By Roy Eaton It is correct to criticize Congress for past failures, because their lack of insight, complacency, inattentiveness, and inability to compromise has led to our current fiscal dilemma. Congress’s incompetence and laissez faire attitude has compromised the integrity of a balanced system of government that has nearly ceased to function. Two unfunded wars and an unfunded tax cut further exacerbated the need to raise taxes and substantially reduce spending to eliminate deficits and reduce long term indebtedness that can no longer be solely addressed by economic growth. The need for sizeable increases in revenues could ... Read More »

Mali! Again!


When I wrote about what was going on in Mali a few issues ago as a follow-up to my earlier story about what happened in Benghazi; many readers emailed me wondering the importance (or lack thereof) and the timing of the story. The events of last week in Algeria and in Mali brought this important area of Africa back into the headlines again. Whether the general public in our country will pay attention to these events or not is unknown at this moment. The continent of Africa is still too far away for most; the names of countries are very ... Read More »

Voyage of Moonbeam


by Fran Diebler I will be following s/v Moonbeam and her crew as they sail from Marco Island and through the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand completing a Pacific Circuit. Moonbeam is a 52’ Island Packet Cutter. There will be updates from time to time as they push forward to achieve their objective which is from Marco Island to New Zealand via the Panama Canal, visiting many South Pacific Islands along the way. A return trip to Marco by completing the circumnavigation is expected in the Spring of 2014. Ken Bardon, owner and skipper of the s/v Moonbeam, is a ... Read More »

Marco Players LIVE!


By Julia Barnett Nestled in Marco Island’s Town Center Plaza, The Marco Players’ theater sits waiting to be filled for its next show; for laughter, for tears, for the next story to come alive inside its walls. Now in its 38th season, the Marco Players is a non-profit theater company that began putting on productions in hotels, churches and other borrowed locales. It eventually found the Town Center Plaza space and has made it home for the last thirteen years. The theater is run by a board of directors, all very hands-on in their involvement, whether it be financially or ... Read More »