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3 Amazing Ladies

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Submitted The Friends of Tigertail recently hosted their seventh Breakfast and Bird event entitled, “Welcome Back Our Northern Nesters.” Without a doubt, the birds are always the main attraction. However, the success of this event can be attributed, in particular, to three amazing ladies: Mother Nature, Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley. During the event, Mother Nature provided glorious weather and a remarkable array of shorebirds. Kubat and Huxley were the catalysts to a delightful morning addressing the migratory patterns of our northern nesters and their return to our shore. FOT is so fortunate to have these naturalists as part of ... Read More »

Jolly Be Good 5K Run/Walk

On Sunday, Nov. 16, the Island Parks & Recreation Foundation and city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its annual Jolley Be Good Bridge 5K Run/Walk. The race route travels in the northbound lanes of Collier Boulevard, crosses the Jolley Bridge and returns going south in the northbound lanes of Collier. During the race, the northbound lanes of Collier will be temporarily closed approximately from 6:45-10:00 AM. Traffic flow will continue on and off the bridge using southbound lanes and the side streets will remain open. Please allow enough time to get to your destination and ... Read More »

2nd Annual Deck the Doors

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Now that Halloween is past, Christmas festivities are on everyone’s mind. Why not get started by joining in the 2nd Annual “Deck the Doors and More” Wreath and Tree Decorating Contest and Silent Auction? And this year, due to popular demand, the event has been expanded to include original wreaths and small trees. There’s still time to enter your original festive creation, but hurry! The application submission deadline ends Monday, Nov. 17. Just complete and submit the Application to Decorate and deliver your wreath or tree to the Rose History Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 29, between ... Read More »

MIPD Hero: Emilio Rodriguez

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Police Officer Emilio Rodriguez is the ultimate public servant. He spent 24 years as a fire fighter, and has been a law enforcement officer since 1996. Now, he also is a bona fide hero. Last June, while on vacation with his wife, Kristin, and a group of friends in the British Virgin Islands, Rodriguez saved the life of his friend, Phil Reid, during a scuba diving accident. He was recognized for his actions by the MIPD and the Marco Island Police Foundation during the October “Lunch with the Chief” event. His wife and ... Read More »

New City Council Takes the Dais

The Marco Island City Council: (front row, l-r) Ken Honecker, Joe Batte and Victor Rios (back row, l-r) Amadeo Petricca, Larry Sacher, Bob Brown and Larry Honig. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Less than a week after the ballots were counted, Marco Island’s newly elected and re-elected city councilors were sworn into office. Collier County Circuit Judge Ramiro Manalich presided over the ceremonies during the City Council’s Monday, Nov. 10, regular meeting. Re-elected city councilors Joe Batte and Bob Brown won their seats with 28 percent and 27 percent of the vote respectively. Victor Rios joins them with 23 percent, beating out Litha Berger who received 21 percent of the vote. Rios assumes the seat of former City Councilor Chuck Keister. After the swearing in ceremony, all ... Read More »

Time for Joy

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Joy of Giving, now in its 26th year, has provided Christmas for thousands and thousands of children over the years. Many would not have Christmas at all if it weren’t for the Joy of Giving. “Not only is the smile of a child worth every second of 26 years, but imagine the relief for parents who get to see their children smile on Christmas Day,” says Joy founder Nicki Davis. Nicki begins fundraising months before the “big day.” She works with school guidance counselors to help find the neediest of children. Last year, $80,000 was ... Read More »

State Cyber Safety Presentation Comes to MICMS

MICMS students give their full attention while the presenter discusses cyber bullying, online gaming, sexting, identity theft
and general safety on the internet. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “We want to cultivate a culture of compassion. We don’t want you to grow up being the brightest bullies in the world. We are changing the culture of middle school.” This is what Marco Island Charter Middle School Principal George Abounader told his students during a recent assembly. It wasn’t just any assembly, though, as there was a special speaker waiting in the wings. A representative from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office was visiting the school to talk to the students about cyber safety. In 2007, the Florida Attorney General’s CyberSafety Education Program debuted ... Read More »

Celebrating the Past and the Future

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By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig R. Woodward On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Marco Island Historical Society and the Marco Island Historical Museum will celebrate the next stage of their evolution with the completion of its newest permanent exhibit about Frank Hamilton Cushing and his famous 1896 archeological expedition on Marco Island. Dubbed “Paradise Found: 6,000 Years of People on Marco Island,” the ribbon will be cut on the exhibit Nov. 15 during a private donor reception, followed by a MIHS member preview on Monday, Nov. 17. It will officially open to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 18. It will ... Read More »

What’s Up with Orthopedics?

Dr Aldo Beretta. SUBMITTED PHOTO

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd One of the most important responsibilities for any health-care provider is education. As CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I may not have the same hands-on opportunity as our physicians and staff to share potentially life-saving information, but my responsibility to promote public awareness is equally important. Though Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard is home to a significant number of specialty health care providers, I still find that many don’t take the time to understand the ins and outs of various specialties until they are in NEED of a particular type of care. Ladies and ... Read More »

Election 2014 Results

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By Noelle H. Lowery The ballots have been cast and counted, and the results are in with more than 61 percent of registered Collier County voters heading to the polls. The Marco Island City Council will have one new face in the coming year. Incumbents Joe Batte and Bob Brown will remain on the dais with 28 percent and 27 percent of the vote respectively, and Victor Rios will join them with 23 percent. Litha Berger fought a tough race, though, coming in with a little more than 21 percent of the vote. In other local races, Erika Donalds won ... Read More »

Maureen Chodaba: A Survivor’s Story

Philip and Maureen  Chodaba are pictured with Buster. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Maureen Chodaba is the ultimate breast cancer survivor. At 10 years old, she watched her grandmother fight and die from the dreaded disease. It was 1968. She also helped her mother fight it and survive twice — in 1978 and 1984. “It was a scary thing,” Maureen admits. “I was very close to my grandmother; she lived with us. At the age of 10, I was faced with the word mastectomy.” Then in 1995, she faced her own battle with breast cancer. At the time, 38-year-old Maureen was enjoying a quiet but full life, living ... Read More »

Goodland ‘Pink Out’

Pictured left to right: Trish Oehler, Zach Gober, Michael Gober and their dad, Steve Gober collectively showed support in their pink shirts.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It was a sea of pink as far as the eye could see at Stan’s Idle Hour on Sunday, Oct. 26, where Salon and Spa Botanica of Marco Island came together with the small community of Goodland to host their second annual Pink Hair for Hope fundraiser to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The usual “Sunday Funday” crowd drawn to Stan’s joined in the day’s activities, entering raffles and sporting pink hair extensions provided by the salon team — all of which were present and decked out in head-to-toe pink. “They did it last year, ... Read More »

Survivor Stories from Pink Out

Lisa (second from right in with long pink scarf) is among breast cancer survivors honored at a Green Bay Packers game. Lisa hales from Wisconsin.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Each year, the Lely High School Volleyball team honors breast cancer survivors during a special “Pink Out” game. All proceeds from the game, t-shirt sales, etc go to a breast cancer support organization. A few of the players have had their own breast cancer battles within their families. Two were willing to share a bit about their experience and were included in the game program. Barb Cooper is the grandmother of Katie Moss, and Lisa Meurgue is the mother of Emmanuelle Meurgue. Here are their stories, in their words: Barb Cooper – Saved by a ... Read More »

Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer NOW

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Here are the latest tidbits on ways to slash your breast cancer risk as of 2014. The good news is we can all strive to do them right now! Brush your teeth and keep up with your dental checkups: Seriously! According to Dayton, Ohio, obstetrician/gynecologist Rosalind Jackson, “The connection between breast cancer and oral hygiene is the inflammation. Bacteria can build in your gums, and you can get periodontal disease or cavities in the bone of your tooth and that’s where infection can start and spread.” (1) Recent studies have shown that women who suffer ... Read More »

Surgeon Creates New Bra for Breast Cancer Patients, Post-Surgery

Breast Surgeon, Lea Blackwell, MD, developed new bra for breast cancer patients.

Lea Blackwell, MD, a Breast Surgeon at Lee Memorial Hospital, is giving breast cancer patients a new, more practical and comfortable option for a bra after breast surgeries. Women who undergo mastectomy, biopsy and lumpectomy surgeries use special bras after surgery to decrease swelling and promote healing, but after seeing her patients describe the bra as scratchy, uncomfortable and restrictive, Dr. Blackwell felt compelled to create a new bra in her spare time. Ilona Martin was the first patient to try the bra. When she learned she had breast cancer for the third time in 2013, the fiercely independent 61-year-old ... Read More »

Create Your Own Path

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com In the many years I enjoyed coming to Marco Island as a tourist, walking the beach was the activity I looked forward to the very most. Sometimes, I would wake before dawn and walk north to the very tip of Hideaway Beach. I’d reach it as the sun came up and then meander my way southward, searching for shells and interesting debris deposited by the tide. I envisioned the Gulf as this enormous living creature that gathered shells and sand dollars and seawhip and starfish and dropped them at the water’s edge for ... Read More »

Light the Way

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour It seems now-a-days with so many new products for bicycles, like Go-Pro cameras and Garmin computers, you seem to run out of space on your handlebars pretty quickly, thus leaving out room for one of the most important accessories needed for this time of year: lights. Light sets are especially useful for early morning riding and late evening riding. Not only do they make you visible and feel somewhat safe, they are required by Florida law. (Section 316.2065, F.S.): A bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the ... Read More »

Deck the Halls at GCA’s Annual Holiday Bazaar

Marker 8.5 owner Michael Duncan.PHOTOS By Melinda Gray

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It’s hard to believe that another holiday season is just around the corner. It’s almost time for big family gatherings, elaborate meals, decorations and presents; and while I didn’t have the pleasure of being in Florida this time last year, I’m very excited knowing where I will do all of my 2014 Christmas shopping: the Goodland Civic Association (GCA) Annual Holiday Bazaar. Marking its second season at Margood Harbor Park, the annual event will be held on November 15-16, 10 AM-4 PM. Last year, nearly 70 vendors — many from Goodland and Marco — were ... Read More »

Would You Like Mustard with Your Monet?

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Nothing like starting your day with a good laugh. Last week, I heard a joke on National Public Radio. I agree with you: NPR isn’t famous for it’s hahahas. What does the artist say while working? “Would you like fries with that?” I just laughed and laughed, especially because at the time I was just parking my truck at the restaurant where I hostess part-time, and I’m an artist. They say the trick to good joke-telling is timing. You betcha. Another time, I might have reacted differently. But, I love my hostess job. I work ... Read More »

Investor, Know Thyself

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates Question: As a retiree, I’m concerned about the recent market volatility. How will this and all the uncertainty in the world affect my investments and financial future? What are your thoughts? Answer: You’re not alone with your concerns. Ebola, ISIS, Russia, falling oil prices, and slowing global growth, all contribute to economic uncertainty. The market has reacted in the short-term with fear. During the second week of October 2014, broad markets reversed their upward trend down sharply from recent highs. This change sparked activity ... Read More »