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Sunrise Rotary: Service to Community

From left: Color guards Elizabeth Clark, Jennifer Vergara and Nathalie Martinez with Rotary President Debra Shanahan.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Tuesday, November 3rd brought another bright and early weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise to Bistro Soleil. “Member Obligations, Opportunities and Challenges” was the topic, presented by speaker Bob Thomas. Bob has been a Rotary Club member for about 55 years. In 2015 he was awarded Rotarian of the Year, the first club member to receive the honor twice. Bob explained the mission of the Rotary Foundation, “to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.” ... Read More »

Friends of Tigertail Breakfast & Birds

FOT’s Breakfast & Birds event.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On November 7, Friends of Tigertail (FOT) held their semiannual “Breakfast & Birds” event. A group of about 20 birdwatchers, with binoculars and cameras in hand, combed Tigertail Beach in search of migratory birds. FOT Vice President Susan Kubat and former board member Fran Huxley led the event, sharing with participants their knowledge and love for the species. Fellow birders were able to mingle amongst others who share their passion, as well as learn about the birds that make Marco Island their winter home. The event was open to the public and FOT encourages anyone who’s ... Read More »

One Year for Squadron’s Tuskegee Painting

Marco Island Squadron completes first year of painting’s custodianship.

By Capt. Robert Corriveau, Cmdr., MI Senior Squadron, CAP This Veterans Day will mark the one-year anniversary for the Marco Island Senior Squadron’s receipt of custody for the last Tuskegee Airmen painting. The Tuskegee Airmen painting “The Longest Mission” was presented to the Squadron on permanent loan from the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The painting was donated to the Center for the Arts in 2011 by artist and Tuskegee historian Clinard “Clint” Martin. However, since the Center is a gallery for exhibiting artwork on a temporary basis, there existed no permanent display for the painting. Project director Dave Rice ... Read More »

Viva La Difference at Seven-O-One

Chef Sebastian Cacciatore, left, co-owner  Davide Valenti and his wife Juany, co-owner Bob Berkowitz and chef Franco Paniccia, inside Seven-O-One Bistro & Lounge PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Seven-O-One Bistro & Lounge is striking a blow for culinary uniqueness on Marco’s restaurant scene. The restaurant features two underrepresented, if not absent, cuisines on the island, Peruvian and Cuban, along with Japanese sushi and American dishes. “For us, it was something new to bring to the island, and because my wife is Peruvian and we love the food,” said Davide Valenti, who co-owns Seven-O-One along with Bob Berkowitz. Located in the space that was formerly home to Berkowitz’s Porky’s Restaurant and Lounge, Seven-O-One began its soft opening on Halloween and celebrated its grand opening on ... Read More »

Area Schools First Quarter Honor Roll

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County School District announced honor roll students for the first semester of the 2015/2016 school year. Below are the names of students in middle or high school that attend a reporting school, which is in the Coastal Breeze News distribution area. Congratulations to each student on a job well done!   Everglades City School: High School Honors Ashlyn Goff, Alanna Humphreys, Courtney Jim, Bryce Kish, Tawny Wood.   Everglades City School: Middle School Highest Honors Brady Bowen, Brandy Bowen, Taylor Dahlke, Alexis Hendrickson.   Lely High School: Highest Honor Roll Brandon Acosta, Juan Acosta, ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Golf Tournament

Curt Koon, John Dougherty, Vip Grover and Jacquie Koon

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts held its Third Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday October 31, 2015 at Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club. With a shotgun start at 8:30 AM, the players swung away, with many successfully hitting balls from tee to fairway and even from fairway to green. Getting the ball in the hole proved a challenge for many, but everyone enjoyed a hearty lunch and a few good laughs at what proved to be a perfect day for golf. The tournament included 112 golfers playing for the education programs of Marco Island Center for the ... Read More »

Urologist Expands Marco Island Hours

Storey and staff, from left: Joanna Smith, Elizabeth Keller, Dr. Storey, Natalie Conde and Evangeline Perez.

By Roger LaLonde Urologist Dr. Barclay Storey is responding to patient needs by adding another day to treat patients on Marco Island. He also is offering same-day appointments and the opportunity to use new state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in an outpatient setting. Story has been seeing patients once a week on Marco Island for two years. He now will see patients on Tuesday, 8:15 to 11:15 AM and Friday, 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM in the NCH Medical Building at 40 Heathwood Drive. He will continue to see patients off island at his office behind the Physicians Regional Medical Center on ... Read More »

Lady Rays Make History

Lady Rays after first-ever victory. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

Submitted On Friday evening, November 6, after two years of futility, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) Girls’ Soccer Team exploded for the team’s first win, ever – a convincing 7 to 1 victory over Seacrest. This is only the third season of existence for this team at the still very young MIA. Jim Watt became their coach last year, when the team went 0 and 16, the same as the year before under a different coach. Before this season, Watt told me that there were some pretty good freshmen joining the team, and that they would be heard from sooner ... Read More »

Children’s Book Raises Funds for Burrowing Owls

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Submitted Marco Island resident Roseanne Pawelec is launching a new children’s book, “Ollie Finds a New Home,” and donating $1 from every copy sold to a fund which helps protect Marco Island’s burrowing owls. The book takes children on a journey with Ollie, a burrowing owl on the island, as he and his family search for a new underground home. The book addresses the trauma of moving for young children and positive life lessons about change. “In writing the book I became inspired by the burrowing owl communities near my home in the Tigertail Beach area,” Pawelec explained. “I feel ... Read More »

A 3,000-Mile Ride for Wounded Warriors

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By Samantha Husted On Sunday November 1, part-time Marco Island resident Grant Bergsma began his 3,000-mile bike ride from San Diego, California to Marco Island. Grant, 30, is attempting to raise $100,000, as well as awareness, for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a foundation that aids injured service members. Since its creation in 2003, WWP has established an interconnected support network for veterans and active duty military personal alike. They offer programs in order to help members heal physically, mentally and emotionally. To Grant, the 3,000 miles and the money raised is his way of saying thank you. “I didn’t ... Read More »

Santa’s Coming to Town!

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coming to the Shops of Marco. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff After months of hard work fundraising, the Christmas Island Style organization once again will bring free holiday events to Marco for all islanders to enjoy. On Friday, November 27 at 6 PM at the Shops of Marco, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be paying a visit. They will arrive by fire truck and be greeting local children, both naughty and nice. Saturday, November 28 at 6 PM brings the annual tree lighting and community celebration at Veterans Community Park. The family-friendly event will be full of activity, including live music and dance performances by youngsters. ... Read More »

MIAAOR’s First Annual Economic Summit

PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors organized and held their First Annual Economic Summit at Rose Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Society. Laurie Kasperbauer of the MIAAOR Development Committee introduced the panel of four presenters, who shared their views and expertise with the audience. Panel member Dr. Christopher Westley is the Director of Regional Economic Research Institute and Professor of Economics, FGCU. Next up was Jack Wert, the Executive Director of Collier County’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Cindy Carroll, SRA, Carroll & Carroll Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants was also a part of ... Read More »

‘Tis the Season for the Joy of Giving

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In just a few short weeks, the charity Nicki Davis founded in 1988 once again will perform their elf-like duties by allowing underprivileged children to experience the magic of Christmas. So how does this work? Many have heard about the Joy of Giving but don’t fully understand its operation. Organizations throughout the year raise funds and donate to the Joy of Giving. The Joy of Giving, through teachers in the Collier County School District and through organizations like Sports Camp and Parks Departments, identify children in need and the number of other children in that ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Research in the Ten Thousand Islands

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Dr. Jeff Schmid release a loggerhead sea turtle from their capture net. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Most Marco residents know that Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters on Southwest Florida’s coast, but few are aware that this outdoor classroom and living laboratory hosts hundreds of research projects undertaken by DEP staff, graduate research fellows, and visiting scientists from around the world to answer scientific questions about the wildlife, plants and habitats. The results of these projects contribute to the reserve’s overall understanding of local trends and often help guide future management and restoration efforts. One local scientist studying in the reserve is Dr. Jeff ... Read More »

Robinson downs Lely for regional title

The Lady Trojans celebrate an early score in the Class 5A Regional final at Lely on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Unfortunately they couldn’t hold the momentum, losing three straight games to Tampa Robinson.

By Roger LaLonde The team that makes the fewest mistakes wins. That sums up Tampa Robinson sweeping Lely in the Class 5A regional final on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Lely jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first game. That would be the last time it led in a game until late in the third game, but Robinson came back to finish off the Lady Trojans, ending their season, again without winning a regional championship. It was a bitter loss for a team that thought they would finally end what has seemed like a curse. With service problems and mistakes ... Read More »

Marco loses in electrifying finish

Marco Island's Tyler Gresham outruns Evangelical defenders on a 65-yard TD run on Friday, Oct. 30. The Sentinels scored in the last 16 seconds to down Marco, 30-26.

By Roger LaLonde An electrifying pass play, with but 16 seconds left, sent Marco Island Academy to a crushing 30-26 defeat on Friday, Oct. 30. Evangelical Christian quartberack Mikey Marcelak somehow tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jerramie Joseph with two MIA players all over him. Joseph caught the ball and surged to the end zone for the game winner. The game ended with MIA’s Tyler Gresham trying valiantly to make a running play that just wouldn’t be. He lay helpless on the field as the clock ran out. In a game where the MIA defense tackled Evangelical runners for ... Read More »

Erin’s Isle Hosts Chamber After Five

The chamber’s president-elect Alex Parker, with Katie O’Hara (left) and past president Jacquie Koon.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 21 islanders left the rock to attend the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce After Five Networking Event at Erin’s Isle Restaurant and Irish Pub in Naples. The monthly networking event allows guests to mingle and hand out business cards while socializing at a local venue. Ninety-one guests were in attendance, according to Sandi Riedemann, Executive Director of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. She says, “Erin’s Isle always does a nice job. Everything was delightful.” Erin’s Isle opened its dining area and treated guests to a lavish buffet. Fresh roasted turkey and pork, ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS: Philip “Phil” Ballou

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By Maggie Gust Philip Ballou served as a Staff Sergeant in the 1771 Air Transport Command, Army Air Force, in the Pacific Theater, 1943 to 1946. Phil had a very unique wartime story. He is the first person I have ever met whose mother served in the same war. Hazel Ballou, a 38-year-old legal secretary during peace time, enlisted in the WACs a month before her 18-year-old son Phil was drafted into the Army. Ironically, they both got their 30-day leave before deployment at the same time, so were able to spend time together at home. Home was Clarion, Iowa, ... Read More »

Marco Island Historical Museum Hosts “Winners’ Circle” – Now Through Nov. 14

Submitted In early 2015 the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) partnered to create and exhibit the juried show “Painting S.W. Florida History.” As part of this collaboration, the awarded artists are now having a subsequent exhibit of their works at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The show “Winner’s Circle” is comprised of the artists’ own selections, and is currently on display. The awardees are: 1st Place: “The Watson Home” by Linda Chambers; 2nd Place: “Welk Wall-Otter Mound” by Peter Sottong; 3rd Place: “Early Fashionistas” by Inez Hudson; and the People’s Choice: ... Read More »