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It’s That Time Again…

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray [email protected] The smell of crab traps in the open air — after months of being underwater — is a tell-tale sign of the end of stone crab season in Southwest Florida. “It’s quite pungent over there,” said Pat Kirk, the matriarch of the Kirk family and owner of Kirk’s Fish Company. Anyone living or passing by Kirk’s downwind can confirm that, as over the past month crab traps have been systematically pulled and stacked next to the store in preparation for cleaning and repair. May 15 was the last day to legally collect those delicious stone ... Read More »

Winds of Change

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell [email protected] We can’t direct the wind; we can only adjust our sails. — Thomas Monson   Winds of change will come into every human life. We, aware of it or not, are always heading in a direction. This may be obvious at some point in our lives and not perceivable at other times. Did you ever take stock of your life and ponder just how you got here? Through the small adjustments (of the sails tacking) or the big decisions (turnabout the sails), you are traveling in a direction — toward a destination. The ... Read More »

The Four Pre-Swing Fundamentals: Part 1 of 4

Exhibit B. 3 most widely used ways to grip a golf= club. Left to right: 10 Finger, Over Lap, Inter Lock.

Golf Tips Todd Elliott [email protected] The four pre-swing fundamentals of the golf swing are grip, stance, alignment and ball position. The pre-swing fundamentals are the most important elements to becoming a better golfer. There are a million different ways to swing the club and make the golf ball go towards the target, however correct pre-swing fundamentals are universal. Bad fundamentals lead to bad habits in the golf swing. I teach golfers who aim 30 yards right of their target. The student will hit the first shot 30 yards right of their target, turn to me and say, “See, I told ... Read More »

The Reel and the Rod Tip

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com There are many successful fishing techniques that can be utilized depending on your fishing location and targeted species. Some of the more common techniques used include fly fishing, trolling, bottom fishing, kite fishing and cast and retrieve. In the local back country areas of the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades National Park, I have experimented with numerous techniques, but have found one, in particular, to be most effective which I will share with you in this article. I prefer to fish with light to ultra-light spinning tackle, a light- to medium-weight rod between ... Read More »

Market Cycles and Bicycles

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin [email protected] “The only investors who shouldn’t diversify are those who are right 100 percent of the time. For those properly prepared in advance, a bear market in stocks is not a calamity but an opportunity.” — Sir John Templeton, 1912-2008   Question: Would you explain market cycles and why they matter? Answer: Understanding market cycles and keeping the ups and downs in perspective can be a challenge especially when discussing market or economic activity. There’s no doubt that markets are cyclical, and that often makes it difficult to adhere to a long-term investment strategy. ... Read More »

Creating a Buzz Through Advertising

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing This column focuses on creating a buzz using the marketing tactic, advertising. While press releases and article writing create some media buzz, organic promotion is easy if publicity is connected to advertising. Ways to Create Advertising Buzz Marketing research has shown that to create positive marketing buzz advertisers must connect with consumers and stir positive emotions. Buzz comes as a result of hitting a consumer’s sweet spot, meaning a topic they love to talk about and share with others by turning an ad campaign into a viral buzz online. Use humor or controversy to ... Read More »

Naomi’s Get Out of Town Cheat Sheet

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape [email protected] Dear Fellow Felines:  So my furry friends, it’s that time of year again — the time when our staffs hyper ventilate and reach for their glasses of wine at the Weather Channel’s merest utterance of any or all of the following words/phrases: tropical storm, hurricane watch, category 3,4 or 5 monster storm, cone of danger, predicted path of travel, and target landfall. And thus is launched what can only be described as “hurricane mania,” that heart rate inducing frenzy that compels our staffs (remember, cats have staff, dogs have owners) ... Read More »

Do You Suffer From Sugar Hangovers?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres [email protected] With the holidays behind and in front of us, I’m sure we have thrown our willpower to the wind on one occasion or the other. Whether it was Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduations, Memorial Day, or the upcoming Father’s Day, most of us have succumbed to evil spell of sugar. If you eat clean the majority of the time and can have one cheat treat and get back on the wagon, then this message is most likely not as crucial as it is for the occasional binge eater – you know the type: where one ... Read More »

Use Those Binoculars!

Facing South, 11PM June 13. Mars will catch up and pass Saturn in a few months. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher [email protected] Even the slightest optical aid reveals new wonders unseen by the naked eye. The most affordable aid are binoculars; almost any size and model number will work well for you. Binoculars will show you the moons of Jupiter, the crescent phase of Venus, the larger lunar craters, every other planet in the Solar System, all 110 Messier objects (albeit with some difficulty), a number of binary stars and a handful of asteroids. Binoculars are generally the best instrument to use when scanning the vistas of the Milky Way and observing the larger star ... Read More »

FOT Gives Camp Scholarships

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Fourth graders Colton Wood and Isabella Angelis are headed to summer camp at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Tigertail. For the third year, FOT presented two Tommie Barfield Elementary fourth graders with scholarships to one of the Conservancy summer camps. Woods and Angelis will attend “Wet-N-Wild,” a camp that explores the underwater world of Southwest Florida. From swamps to the salty sea, campers will investigate our local aquatic environments and discover the best methods of protecting them. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students had ... Read More »

A Chef to Savor

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus [email protected] If you’ve had your fill of super-heroes, super-villains, zombies, Godzilla’s and other zillas plus assorted other freaks, treat yourself to “Chef.” It’s a delightful take on the food world, family bonding and multiculturalism with a great soundtrack and a bit of a travelogue to boot. After a disastrous experience with “Cowboys and Aliens” and a few other non-memorable movies, Jon Favreau wrote, directed and stars in this charming and very funny piece of entertainment. Carl Casper (Favreau) is a first-rate chef in a successful Los Angeles restaurant. The problem is that he’s still turning ... Read More »

Meet Marco Island’s New Firefighters

Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department’s newest firefighter-EMT’s (l-r): Alex Correa, Eric Griffin and Jesse Yarnell. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Three short months after the Marco Island City Council approved the hiring of three new firefighter-EMT’s, they have been hired, trained and are on the job. Twelve-year firefighting veteran Alex Correa and Naples-born-and-raised newbies Eric Griffin and Jesse Yarnell joined the department earlier this month. “The Fire-Rescue Department experienced a very impressive group of local applicants making our final decision very difficult but also very rewarding as we know going forward that we have well-educated, homegrown young men and women eager to serve their community,” says Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department Deputy Chief Chris Byrne. And, ... Read More »

Never Forget: Memorial Day on Marco

Veterans, current service men and women and family members were positioned around the flag plaza as the wind whipped the five flags, flying at half staff.  PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray [email protected] Veterans Community Park on Marco Island was filled with red, white and blue on Monday, May 26, as veterans and civilians joined together to celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who lost their lives while serving our country in the Armed Forces. Lee Henderson, commander of the VFW Post #6370 and the Marco Island Civil Air Patrol, began the ceremony by announcing the presentation of the colors. The fly-over immediately thereafter, provided by Lt. Colonel Robert Berlam and the Marco Civil Air Patrol, elicited loud applause from the skyward-looking crowd. “Memorial Day is not just for ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala [email protected] A Public Hearing will be held on July 10 at the Capri Community Center (time is not certain at this time) to ask any questions regarding the future of the Isle of Capri Fire-Rescue Department. The final fire district vote will take place on August 26, and you will want to get all the information you need to prepare for the vote. Ask any questions and receive answers so that you will be comfortable with your decision when you vote. If you will be out of town and haven’t registered for an absentee ballot yet, please do ... Read More »

I Can See Clearly Now

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My confession: I am a surgery wimp. It would require an absolutely essential, life-threatening situation, not in the realm of “cosmetic,” before I would lie down and allow some white-coated, individual with a degree to use a knife to remove, repair, or adjust my body parts. I’m not sure which is more frightening – being unconscious or being unconscious while someone works on my body. I’m not that much of a control freak that I need to watch and give instructions, but a little knowledge is a very dangerous thing, and one cannot help but observe and worry about some ... Read More »

Familiar with a 529 Plan?

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Submitted Seven out of 10 Americans do not know that a 529 plan is a college savings tool, according to the annual 529 Plan Awareness Survey from financial-services firm Edward Jones. In its third year monitoring college savings awareness, the survey found that only 30 percent of Americans could correctly identify a 529 plan as a college savings tool from among four potential options, down from 37 percent during the inaugural 2012 survey. “Despite the fact that the average cost of an in-state public college totaled $22,828 in the 2013-2014 academic year, we have seen a downward trend in 529 ... Read More »

Honoring artists, scholars

MIFA scholarship awardees (l-r) Christopher Niemczyk, Richard Stein, Theodore Schimek and Tyler MacDonald. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray [email protected] The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) held a special Scholarship Awards Luncheon for Marco Island students on Saturday, May 24. Scholarships were presented to local students pursuing college studies in the arts: Christopher Niemczyk, Theodore Schimek, Richard Stein and Tyler MacDonald. Niemczyk, who is studying accounting and music, played his guitar as luncheon attendees arrived. His mother, Donna, expressed her gratitude to MIFA, “We appreciate everything you guys do for the kids on Marco Island. It means so much to them that they’ve got your support and you’re watching out for them. When they ... Read More »

‘Normal’ Hurricane Season Ahead

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] June 1 ushers in the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a “near-normal” or “below-normal” season. The Atlantic hurricane region includes the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.       The reason: the anticipated development of El Niño this summer. According to NOAA experts, El Niño causes stronger wind shear, reducing the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes, while also strengthening the trade winds and increasing the atmospheric stability across the tropical Atlantic. These conditions make it more difficult ... Read More »

An Artful Partnership

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] When Hyla Crane took the reins at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, one of her goals was to expand programming for the island’s younger demographic, and thanks to a partnership with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, that goal is now a reality. Together, the two entities are offering seven summer art enrichment camps at the Center for the Arts. Beginning June 16, children ages 8-15 will be able to draw, paint, sculpt, photographer, play music and dance their way through the dog days of summer. Crane reached out to Marco Island Recreation ... Read More »

Hairspray Jr

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the last show of the 2013-14 school year for Marco Island Charter Middle School, Karen Raymond brilliantly directed and choreographed the hit production “Hairspray.” The students responded by giving 100 percent towards becoming the characters they portrayed. Jolie Sukonik was Tracy Turnblad and Lauren DeHoogie played her mother, Edna, while Cody Webb portrayed her father. The talent among the singers on stage would rival any national series, such as the Voice or American Idol. The storyline sees Tracy dreaming about being on the popular “Corny Collins” television show. Her dream eventually becomes reality. Although ... Read More »