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New Manager of Wastewater Treatment at MI Utilities


By Noelle H. Lowery Jon H. Pratt is a Renaissance man. Studying chemistry and biology in college, the Chicago native began his working life as a research chemist working on products for the pulp and paper industry. Then, he tried his luck as a stock broker for E.F. Hutton & Co. After the stock market crash in 1989, he went into business for himself. At one point, he started a wine importing business, bringing fine German wines to the US. He even had the opportunity to work as a spokesperson for the Home Shopping Network. Then, 28 years ago, ... Read More »

Manta Rays Shock Seacrest for District Win, 78-61


By Roger LaLonde After the first quarter, Marco Island Academy trailed Seacrest Country Day School, 18-12. No problem for the 7-3 Manta Rays, as they ran away with the contest in the last three quarters, resulting in a 78-61 win. It was their third straight Class 2A-District 12 victory. Peter Servente came off the bench and singed the nets for a career high 32 points, with seven three-pointers. Quietly, team leader Cole Stretton added 20 points, including three three-pointers, and Brandon Estremera made four three-pointers for 12 points. During the game, the Rays ran hot and cold, but when ... Read More »

Celebrating Chanukah on Marco Island

Jeffrey Feld, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, lights the Chanukia.

By Roger Blau President, Jewish Congregation of Marco Island Chanukah is not the “Jewish equivalent of Christmas,” but because we American Jews are so assimilated into American culture, many customs of “the Christmas season” have been incorporated into the manner in which American Jews celebrate this holiday. Generally, Jewish families celebrate by lighting the Chanukah candles, eating delicious treats and giving gifts to their children. After all, with all the gift-giving going on around Christmas, we wouldn’t want our children to feel that they aren’t eligible to receive gifts simply because they are Jewish. So, quite understandably most Jews joined ... Read More »

Reaching New Heights

After becoming familiar with the hammocks and treating our bodies to some
deep stretching, the fun began as we slowly started the inversions.

By Melinda Gray As a child, I lived at the playground; the monkey bars were my favorite hangout. I would spend hours hanging upside down, flipping and contorting my body in and out of the crisscrossed metal structures. As I’ve gotten older, gravity and other unfortunate factors of aging have put a stop to my body’s ability to do what it once could, but my mind is always yearning for that freedom I felt as a child, leaving the ground and tumbling around in the air. So when I heard about a new class called Aerial Yoga, I was ... Read More »

‘Up Close and Personal’ with Randall Kenneth Jones

Randall Kenneth Jones and Peter Thomas at work in Thomas’ home recording studio. PHOTO BY KAREN KAYSER BENSON

By Noelle H. Lowery Randall Kenneth Jones grew up in Missouri — the Show-Me State — and on Thursday, Jan. 8, he is going to show Marco Island his true colors during the Marco Island Center for the Arts’ first “Up Close and Personal” presentation of 2015. Beginning at 5:30 PM, Jones will regale attendees the wit and wisdom he has gleaned from the many interviews he has conducted while writing his column, “Business Class.” The Naples Press Club, of which Jones is vice president, is a sponsor for the event. “Part of the Naples Press Club’s sponsorship of ... Read More »

A Moment with Adam James

Adam James with lifeguard Phil Wanzenberg. PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman Adam James is a man on a mission. As the new sports and aquatics manager of Marco Island’s YMCA, his immediate goal is to create more programs and offerings at the facility and more importantly, “to build excitement and create an atmosphere where people feel good about themselves.” James is 24 years old, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and a 2012 graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University. He has already established himself at the Y as a friendly guy with a quick smile who takes the time to chat with members and listen to their recommendations. A ... Read More »

New Networking Group Comes to Marco

From Left, Jane Watt, Stephanie Davis, Stacey and JJ Mrozinski,  Sam Blalack, Donna Sandell, Cindy Griese, Kristina Lambros and Marc Creach, the core group of Connectivity Me. Missing from photo is Brian Monahan. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Marc Creach thought a fresh approach to networking that stressed fun and community service might just work on Marco Island. It’s a concept that he discussed with some friends and colleagues earlier this year, a chat that led to the formation of the ConnectivityMe networking group. “The reason why we wanted to establish and create ConnectivityMe was for a group of professionals to connect with other professionals from various industries in event-based activities,” said Creach, a mortgage lender with Marketplace Home Mortgage on Marco. Building business relationships through fun activities like kayaking, professional growth through seminars and ... Read More »

Free Veteran’s Haircuts on Jan. 11

By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you served our country in the military, Joe’s Barber Shop has a treat for you! In honor of your dedication and sacrifice for our country, Joe’s Barber Shop is offering you a FREE HAIRCUT! On Jan. 11, with four barbers in the shop with scissors ready, Joe’s Barber Shop welcomes veterans to come in 8AM-1 PM for a free haircut. To make your morning complete, Dunkin Donuts has donated doughnuts and fresh coffee. The Print Shop has donated flyers and design. Phil Alberti said, “We appreciate what these men and women have done for ... Read More »

Painting Southwest Florida History


By Coastal Breeze News Staff A unique art event is coming to the Marco Island Historical Museum in January. The focus: Paintings of area artists capturing the stories of Southwest Florida pioneers. The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts and MIHM have teamed up to create this art show which will bring such historic figures as Tommie Barfield, Captain Bill Collier and members of the Olds Family to life through original paintings. In all, 25 artists from Collier and Lee counties will be featured. The artists sough inspiration in historic paintings from the 1800s to the early 1900s to create ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Party

Members line up for more part of the program. FILE PHOTO

Submitted The Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island met on Monday, Dec. 8, for its annual Christmas party. Connie Lowery and Opi DeFalco presented a program entitled “Easy Christmas Decorations.” A grab bag raffle was held, lunch was served, and a short meeting followed. President Dale DeFeo gave the members an overview of the tea and floral design program that will be held on Jan. 22 at the Marco Island Yacht Club. Noted designer Anthony Swick will present the program, and tickets will be available for the public to attend. The Calusa Garden Club meets on the second Monday of ... Read More »

SWAMP Programs Begin at Big Cypress

Mike Owen on Swamp Walk. FILE PHOTO

Submitted A new season of environmental education programs for Collier County’s sixth-grade students has begun with student field trips to the Big Cypress National Preserve. Programs began in October and are scheduled through the end of March. They are supported this year by the South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT), the official nonprofit partner of the Big Cypress National Preserve. More than 3,000 students, teachers and parents are scheduled to explore the Big Cypress Swamp this season on ranger-led field trips while participating in the Swamp Water and Me Program (SWAMP), the preserve’s hands-on environmental education program. The program gives ... Read More »

Marco Island Area Canadian Club to Meet

left to right are Jim Lonie (Ottawa Canada), Darleen Kramer and Sandy Elliott. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The welcome back party for the Marco Island Area Canadian Club is set for Thursday, Jan. 15, 4-6 PM, at the Marco Island Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive. The annual meet-and-greet event will feature street art, refreshments, gift drawings and good fun thanks to club sponsors the Marco Island Center for the Arts, BMO Harris Bank, Costco Wholesale in Naples, Island Title Five Star Agency, Keller Williams Realty and Sandy Elliott Interiors. Rosemary Wick, president of the Board of Directors at the Center for the Arts says, “I’m looking forward to welcoming ... Read More »

MIHS: Passing the Torch


Submitted At its annual meeting and holiday luncheon, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) said goodbye to retiring Board of Directors members and welcomed new members to their Board. There was also a change of MIHS leadership as current president Tom Wagor transferred the gavel to the incoming president Pat Rutledge. Retiring board members Dottie Henderson, Kathy Miracco, Heidi Moss and Craig Woodward accepted the heartfelt gratitude of MIHS for all of their contributions during their board service, which included the fundraising for and the construction of the impressive Marco Island Historical Museum. The MIHS warmly welcomed new Board of ... Read More »

Compton, Bennett Are ‘FleaBitten’


Submitted Have you ever been to a flea market? Not those weekend, temporary things, but permanent ones that sell everything from home paternity tests to autographed pictures of Jesus? Where the wine doesn’t breathe…it gasps? Compton and Bennett, authors of “Assisted Living: The Musical,” are happy to bring their newest show “FleaBitten: Good Buys Gone Bad” to the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum for two performances: Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2:30 PM. “FleaBitten” is a romp through what used to be called a thieves-and-fleas market. Inside, audiences meet Cap’n ... Read More »

Local Residents Graduate from FGCU

The following local residents recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University: Michael Sanchez, Marco Island, with a Master of Science from the College of Arts and Sciences. Danielle D’Amato, Marco Island, with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Business. Kailey Knudson, Marco Island, with a Bachelor of Art from the College of Education. Cristina Martinez, Marco Island, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Health Professions & Social Work. Jessica Rodriguez, Naples, with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Business. Florida Gulf Coast University is dedicated to providing a student-centered learning environment ... Read More »

Over 7,000 Teddy Bears Collected at the Annual Germain Arena Teddy Bear Toss Sponsored by IBERIABANK

Photos courtesy of Al Larson Photography

IBERIABANK, a 127-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, partnered with Germain Arena and the Florida Everblades for a fifth year to host the annual Teddy Bear Toss on Dec. 13. Over 7,000 stuffed animals were collected for the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Toys for Tots and several other local charities. David Gordley, market president for IBERIABANK, and players from the Everblades delivered the toys to children at the hospital on Dec. 15. “This was such a heart-warming experience. The children at the hospital were smiling ear to ear from the teddy bears and star struck by the Everblades players,” ... Read More »

The Immokalee Foundation students help make holidays brighter


Students of The Immokalee Foundation recently had a hand in helping make the holidays brighter for children overseas by donating shoeboxes filled with gifts to Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project designed to deliver good news and great joy to boys and girls around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 113 million shoeboxes in over 150 countries. When donating, students could decide whether they wanted to pack a shoebox for a boy or a girl and then look for gifts appropriate for a specific age range. In addition to toys, practical items such as ... Read More »

Passing the Torch at the Marco Island Historical Society


At their Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon, the Marco Island Historical Society said goodbye to retiring Board of Directors members and welcomed new members to their Board. There was also a change of Society leadership as current President, Tom Wagor, transferred the gavel to the incoming President, Pat Rutledge. Retiring Board members, Dottie Henderson, Kathy Miracco, Heidi Moss and Craig Woodward accepted the heartfelt gratitude of the Historical Society for all of their contributions during their Board service, which included the fund raising for and the construction of the impressive Marco Island Historical Museum. The MIHS warmly welcomed to their ... Read More »


Thank you to Aston Gardens, their residents and guests for raising $2,420 at their 11th Annual Art Fest on November 20, 2014. Aston Garden’s residents donated their art to be placed in a silent auction with the net proceeds benefiting Lighthouse of Collier. The event was open to the public. Over 100 participated in the fun filled afternoon. Lighthouse of Collier sends a BIG thank you to all the residents and staff for such a fun and successful event. A special Thank You to Peggy Davis. Lighthouse of Collier will use the funds to expand current programs or initiate new ... Read More »

Marco Island Historical Museum features “Painting S.W. Florida History”

The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to present the “Painting S.W. Florida History” exhibit from Jan. 6 to March 21, 2015.  An opening artist reception will take place on Jan. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.  During the reception, artwork will be juried by a panel of experts and will include a “Peoples’ Choice Award” for attendees to vote on their favorite piece. The exhibition portrays Southwest Florida as one of the last frontiers of the United States.  Each piece tells the story of settlers like Tommie Barfield, who arrived on Caxambas with her family ... Read More »