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Jewish Deli Fest

In 2014, some 1,000 people visited JCMI’s Jewish Deli Fest. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is back by popular demand. The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will hold its annual Jewish Deli Fest Sunday, Jan. 25, 11:30 AM-4:00 PM, at 991 Winterberry Drive. Last year, more than 1,000 people delighted in the event, and it sold out. Members of the JCMI congregation have been cooking since Jan. 7, as they prepare to feed the community of Marco Island and all of Collier County. This year’s Jewish Deli Fest will feature: Bernie’s Deli: Come and enjoy a New York-style deli sandwich of kosher-style corn beef, pastrami or salami with ... Read More »

Center of the Arts to Host Outdoor Member Art Show

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its 2015 Member Outdoor Art Show on Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 AM-4 PM, on the grounds of the Center at 1010 Winterberry Drive. The outdoor show will be imbued with a sense of “community,” as all participating artists are members of the Center, and many also have taught classes or provided individual instruction to local residents and visitors. Many of the artists will be creating new works at the show, and if a visitor sees something he or she likes, virtually everything on display will be for sale. All of ... Read More »

Minto Communities wins National Sales, Marketing Award

Minto’s Discovery Sales Center at The Isles of Collier Preserve  was recognized with National Sales and Marketing Council Silver Award. SUBMITTED photo

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto Communities has received a prestigious Silver Award from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) National Sales & Marketing Council. The Silver Award for “Best Welcome Center” recognized Minto’s Discovery Sales Center at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. Minto is one of only five recipients in the entire country and the only welcome center in Florida to be recognized with a Silver Award in this category. For 35 years, The Nationals — National Sales and Marketing Awards — have paid tribute to superior sales and marketing achievements. ... Read More »

Supervisor of Elections Accepting Scholarship Applications

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer J. Edwards is currently accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity provided by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE). The FSASE is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business Administration, or Journalism/Mass Communication majors who have finished two years of junior college or undergraduate work. Students should also demonstrate a financial need. The deadline for the completed application and two letters of recommendation must ... Read More »

Art, Conservation Discussion at MIHM

John Ruthven, center, with President and Mrs. Bush.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Rose History Auditorium will become a classroom on Tuesday, Jan. 13, when renowned artists John Agnew and John Ruthven speak about how they have used their art to shape conservation efforts throughout the United States and the world. The program is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Agnew’s career began in natural history museums and zoos throughout the world where he designed exhibits, produced illustrations and painted murals and dioramas. He expanded his work beyond museum and zoos and began painting full time in 1983. Now, his paintings hang in collections around the ... Read More »

New Group to Hold Fundraiser for Y

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A small group of Marco Island residents are organizing a fundraiser to help the YMCA build a Youth Development Center for the 2015-2016 school year. According to Fritzi Holmes, one of the organizers, “the number of children under (the Y’s) care has grown, and the Marco Y is desperately in need of a larger more updated facility.” To make that dream come true, the group is holding “Dining for a Dream,” an elegant evening of dining and dancing, on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Tickets are $150 per person. The evening will be divided into three sets: The ... Read More »

Two Buses for MICMS

Abounader is proud of the school’s A rating. PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Tarik Ayasun In order to cut rising costs to its athletic transportation budget, the Marco Island Charter Middle School Board of Directors last year authorized Board President Tarik Ayasun to purchase two 25-seat buses for transporting student athletes to and from away games. The purchase was completed, and the buses were refurbished with new seats, new seat belts, new tires and a complete inspection and repair of the engines were done by Gorman’s Auto Service or Marco Island. To raise funds for the operations of the buses without using school funds, the buses were wrapped with advertising of local ... Read More »

Island Organics Makes Healthy Choices Simple

Red bins are $25 per week, and additional items are available upon request.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For the last eight months, Eileen Malaret has been very busy on Mondays and Tuesdays. As the current organizer and buyer for Island Organics Buying Club and Community Garden, Malaret spends Mondays ordering produce. On Tuesdays — with the help of a few volunteers and space at Island Garden Center — she divides up the fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables amongst the 25-30 members of Marco Island’s only organic food co-op. Members pick up their healthy, pesticide-free produce between 3-5 PM every Tuesday. For Malaret and her family, Island Organics was just what the doctor ... Read More »

Raise for City Manager Approved

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was another epic meeting for Marco Island’s City Council on Monday, Jan. 5, and the agenda — and City Council chambers — were packed. This time, council adjourned at 9:41 PM. Still of all the items up for discussion, none seemed to tweak councilors more than the discussion about giving a raise to City Manager Roger Hernstadt. Maybe it was because of the late hour (the discussion started around 9 PM) or maybe it was because two councilors expressed views on Hernstadt’s performance that were truly divergent from the remaining councilors overall consensus of ... Read More »

Is Consolidation An Option for Collier County?

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It appears consolidation may still be an option for the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue District (ICFRD) — along with Collier County’s other three dependent fire districts — especially if Collier’s Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has a say in it. During the December 9 BCC meeting, the topic of fire-rescue district consolidation came up twice. The first time was the consideration of an agenda item which would establish the EMS Fire Districts Merger Ad Hoc Committee enabling fire district commissioners, union leaders and county staff to discuss a mass fire and EMS merger over the ... Read More »

Local Artists Create for Souper Bowl 2015

A sampling of the artist made bowls auctioned during the 2014 Souper Bowl-Marco Island event.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Eight local artists are letting their creative juices flow for Souper Bowl-Marco Island 2015. Each artist has designed and painted his or own soup bowl for the event’s silent auction, fashioning one-of-a-kind pottery to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Now in its third year, Souper Bowl-Marco Island has raised more than to $26,000 during it first two events through the sale of more than 1,800 soup bowls. Thanks for the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, seven scholarships were awarded last year. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 ... Read More »

What Was on Your Holiday Wish List?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com There was a time when most recreational tennis players dreamed of the day Santa would deliver a solid backhand drive on Christmas Eve, but those old days of weaker backhands is long over. Not only have we witnessed an explosion of outstanding “two-handers,” but now we are watching the return of some of the best one-handers we have ever seen: Wawrinka, Gasquet, Dimitrov, Almagro, Kolschreiber, Haas and Federer. So, I’ve completely changed my mind, and now I am totally focusing on the mental game. Why? Without a doubt, the emergence of tennis coaching is at ... Read More »

Merry Christmas from Marco’s Baby Dolphins

Darwina and Rose. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five baby dolphins. What? That’s not how the song goes! Well, it is this year, and all of the new baby dolphins around Marco Island deserve a golden ring. The survey team on board The Dolphin Explorer have seen five brand new calves so far this fall, with “so far” being the optimal words. Several adult females are still on our “nice” list as potential moms this season. Birthing usually takes place from September thru January in our area, so we are looking for more young every day. These ... Read More »

Process Servers: Do We Have to Let Them in?

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Condo Law By Robert Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. A question that often arises in Florida is in regard to the service of process in gated communities and condominiums. Our community association clients often ask if they are required to admit process servers to serve process to members in the community. The questions often asked are: Isn’t privacy what we are all about? Why would we have to allow a process server in? If we have to let them in, can we at least call ahead to the members and let them know so they won’t answer their door? ... Read More »

Istanbul Highlights

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Whether visiting Istanbul short term as a cruise port or enjoying an extended stay, the top tourist sights are found in the Sultanhamet district. Also called the Old City, Sultanhamet is the seat of Ottoman Istanbul. The triumvirate of Topkapi Museum Palace, the Hagia Sophia and the Sultanahmet Mosque, more commonly called the Blue Mosque, are adjacent to each other. If visiting on your own, when you descend from the tram at the Sultanhamet stop, it may seem a bit confusing, particularly with the crowds and hawkers selling sight-seeing tours and cruises. Just ignore them or ... Read More »

I’ve Looked at Clouds From Multiple Sides Now

Cloud 6, oil on canvas by Tara O'Neill

Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com A dear friend and fellow artist was visiting from Europe last week, and it was delicious to fill so many conversations with artful topics. After visiting my home gallery, she was moved by a collection of cloud paintings of mine and shared her thoughts about the rising popularity of clouds as subject matter in western art. Was it a rising trend? I had not heard. (Growing up in flat-as-the-ocean Florida, clouds have always seemed a natural obsession.) Tell me more. She named several European artists, well-known and obscure, who are now dedicating yards and yards of ... Read More »

Club Face Awareness

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Anyone who reads my articles understands that I believe in the body-swing connection. To constantly keep improving over time, a golfer must strive to improve the body and the golf swing. My experience of doing physical evaluations of students has made it clear to me that the club path is heavily affected by how the body functions. The club path is the path the club head travels to make impact to the golf ball relative to the target. With that being said, the club face angle at impact is king. The club face is especially ... Read More »

The Power of a Kind Heart

The impromptu event ended with a group photo for Margie. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com In my 35 years of being perpetually lost in the big city shuffle, I have never had the pleasure or privilege of witnessing unity and support within a neighborhood like I’ve experienced here. On Saturday, Dec. 6, the small island community of Goodland came together in a very big way with a tremendous show of love and support for one of their own. Nearly 400 familiar faces gathered in Margood Harbor Park to participate in a benefit to raise money for 30-year beloved Goodland resident, Margie Fortune. Two days before Thanksgiving, Margie was diagnosed with colon ... Read More »

Platinum Plus

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I trust many of you reading this are presently enjoying a day at home recuperating from the results of overindulging on Christmas Day, and then there are many of us that have to face a busy day. That includes yours truly…a goldsmith who happen to run a jewelry store. I would like to take this moment to extend a sincere thank you and a Happy New Year to our customers and friends for exceeding our expectations and goals this past gift giving shopping season! At my old Front Street location, I used to close the ... Read More »

The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle

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By Joanne Smith Harmony Books, 2014, 204 pages Genre: Christmas/Family Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Christmas is doing a little extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz, “Peanuts” creator In the first week of October 1999, Rick Smith died in the night. He had been diagnosed the prior month with a heart valve defect that needed surgical repair but elected to postpone repair until Christmas vacation when he could recuperate at home with his kids. The story picks up two months later, 13 days before Christmas. Rick’s widow, Joanne, and their three kids are adrift, no longer functioning as ... Read More »