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Rotary Spirit Award Winners Feted at Festive Event

Neil and Rebecca Snyder, with Bruce Graev, center.

By Don Manley Exemplary commitment to public service was recognized and celebrated in an elegant fashion at the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island’s annual Gala Awards Dinner and Silent Auction. Now in its seventh year, the festive event honors recipients of the club’s Spirit of Marco Island Award, which is presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to benefitting the community through donating their time and talents, as well their financial support. Honored this year were George Abounader and his wife Cindy Love-Abounader, Douglas and Grace Herr, Condee Cooling and Electric, Carole Roberts and attorneys ... Read More »

MIFRD: Grassroots Commitment via Pancakes and Students

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Recently, the bays of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department were filled with members of the community enjoying a morning breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage. Neighbors, family and friends gathered to chat alongside our fire/rescue personnel. The City Manager, the Fire Chief, several members of the Marco Island Police Department and a few City Councilmen were there, as well. While several took the opportunity to tour the facility and kick the tires on fire trucks, members of the Fire Rescue Foundation manned their stations cooking, serving, pouring coffee and making sure everyone was happy. ... Read More »

Judge Jessica Presides in Teen Court

Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Jessica Hernstadt was excited to move to Marco Island when her husband, Roger, accepted a position with the City. After all, Marco Island is not only set in an idyllic location, it offers a sense of community and is known for having great schools and being a nice place to raise a family. It’s the perfect setting for the parents of a teenage son. As an attorney by profession, Jessica still works with a number of private clients throughout Florida. She works in probate, wills, trust and real estate. However, like many who move to ... Read More »

Collier FC Surge takes 1st place at Mexisoccer Naples Finals

U14 boys win 1st place at
Mexisoccer Naples Championship.

Submitted Mexisoccer Naples Youth Soccer League finals last Saturday night had Collier FC competing for the championship in 3 out of the 4 age divisions. The U14 Collier FC Surge won against Bayern Munich in penalty shots 2-0. “The game was crazy intense,” said head coach Mario Guzman. The match was tied 1-1 at fulltime. Johnny Garcia made a spectacular save at the end of regulation time to keep the match tied. In overtime, Bayern Munich scored with only minutes left, but the Collier FC Surge boys didn’t give up, and scored just before the end of overtime. Goalie Luis ... Read More »

Surge Plays Mexisoccer Naples

SURGE united in victory! SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The two Marco Island based youth soccer clubs, SURGE and the Optimist Club, squared off in the local Mexisoccer Naples soccer league at East Naples Park on Friday. The U9 SURGE team beat the Optimist handily 5-2. With the win, the U9 SURGE proceed to the playoffs against Holanda on Friday. The championship is played on Saturday night. The U7 game between the #2 seed SURGE and #3 seed Optimist teams was a gripping match. Tied at 2-2 in regular time, the game went into overtime, and was finally decided in extra penalty kicks when 5 year old Luke Trebilcock banged ... Read More »

Marco Bay Yacht Club’s Abaco Islands Adventure

Old Bahama Bay Club, West End. Left to right Charley Skillern, Al & Marcia Orsolini and John Kernan.

By Debbie Schroeder Seven boats from the Marco Bay Yacht Club start their three week adventure, some boats left before mid-April, stopping first in Marathon, then Ft. Lauderdale. The Abaco Islands lie in the Northern Bahamas – 180 miles east of South Florida. They comprise the main islands of Great Abaco and Little Abaco, along with smaller barrier cays (pronounced keys). On April 16th, all seven boats met up, spending the first night at the Old Bahama Bay Marina located in West End, Grand Bahama Island, only 80 miles from Ft. Lauderdale. West End, also referred to as Settlement Point, ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Installation & Awards Banquet

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently held its installation and awards banquet at Hideaway Beach Club. The evening was a celebration installing Debra Shanahan as President and recognizing those contributing to the Club’s accomplishments under President Eugenio Cardenas. Incoming Rotary District Governor Pete Doragh installed President Shanahan along with her incoming board and officers consisting of President Elect Neil Snyder, President Elect nominee Erik Condee, Secretary Wanda Day, Treasurer Erik Condee, Assistant Treasurer Tom Wagor, Directors Kathleen Beaufait, Bill Morris, Stan Niemczyk, Dick Shanahan, Bob Thomas and Stuart Unsworth. Before looking to the future of the new ... Read More »

Don’t Just Carry a Life Jacket… Wear It!

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Submitted On May 11th the Chairman of Marco Island City Council, Larry Sacher, will present the Commander of Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, Peggy Reiss, with a Proclamation to have the week of May 16th – 22nd declared National Safe Boating Week on Marco Island. We would like to have as many people as possible attend the event outside of City Hall on May 11th at 4:45 PM for the presentation ceremony and the photograph. The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISPS), a squadron in the United States Power Squadron™, has always taught boating classes for boaters of ... Read More »

Mertens Nominated to Science & Technology Congress

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Submitted Mercedes Mertens, a 9th grader at Marco Island Academy (“MIA”), has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, MA on June 28th- June 30th, 2015. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their ... Read More »

Healthy Kids Day Duck Derby Combo Pleases Participants and Marco Y

Judges and onlookers cheering on the ducks as the near the finish line.

By Don Manley The little yellow duckies showed no indication that onlookers’ cheers were going to affect their pace as they traveled the length of the Greater Marco Family YMCA pool. But that’s always the case with the plastic faux waterfowl that comprise the annual Dottie’s Duck Derby fundraiser, which benefits the Y’s aquatics program. This was the 20th anniversary of the derby, which was started by the event’s namesake, Dottie “Miss Dottie” Weiner. The Y’s pool and aquatic center, where the derby is held, are also named after the woman who started its “Learn to Swim” classes in 1972 ... Read More »

Our SwampLife is Wild…

Barbara Johnson shows her appreciation for our wild life.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Literally, just outside our doors is a world foreign to many; a vast wetlands we call the Everglades. Thanks to Bob McConville, this world becomes a little less unknown. Bob is a Master Naturalist and shared some insight with us on April 23rd at the Rose History Auditorium. Through pictures, stories and fun facts, Bob let us know quite a bit about the wildlife around us. The breadth of his knowledge is vast and there is so much to impart about his talk. We have limited space here so let’s explore just a few of these ... Read More »

MICMS Qualifies for 8 Events in Collier County Track & Field Championships

Marco Island Charter Middle School’s Degan Rash, readies to throw in the shot put at the South Division Track and Field qualifying events at Lely High School. Rash was surprised by Gulfview Middle’s Jett Su in suffering his first loss of the season.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The day was sunny and very warm when the South Division Track & Field competition began at Lely High School on Saturday. Withstanding the heat, members of the Marco Island Charter Middle School track team qualified in eight events for the Collier County Middle School Track & Field Championships this Saturday at Golden Gate High School. The 3200 meter race and the field events begin at 8 AM, with further track competitions beginning at 9 AM. The South Division qualifiers will meet up with the top four finishers in each category from the North Division to ... Read More »

Macro Photography Workshop

Mike Matthews. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its first special event with DPI-SIG. This special event will be a 3-hour macro presentation and workshop by Mike Matthews from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. on May 16, 2015. The full program includes a 90 minute lecture, reception and a 90 minute hands-on macro workshop, photographing a variety of items for only $35. Lecture program alone includes a 90 minute lecture and reception followed by the opportunity to observe (not photograph) the macro workshop for $25. As an added bonus, door prizes from Hunt’s Photo and Video will be awarded. ... Read More »

New Line of Museum Jewelry

Ari Kathein, Lori Wagor and Avital Kathein.

Submitted The Smithsonian may have the original Marco Island artifacts, but here is the next best thing: a line of fine jewelry fashioned after some of the Island’s most famous archeological finds. A collaborative effort of the Marco Island Historical Society’s Gift Store (MIHS) and Golden Gate Jewelers, the jewelry includes a Key Marco Cat pendant, a favorite mascot of Islanders, as well as a Calusa mask made into necklaces, earrings, rings, and cufflinks. The jewelry is available in several different sizes, in either solid sterling silver or 14kt. gold, and can be customized with precious or semi-precious gems (diamonds, ... Read More »

VITAS and BMO Harris Bank Team Up for Alzheimer’s Education

Pictured at right, Cindy McCue, VITAS volunteer services manager, with Rachel Schenk (right), BMO Harris vice president and
branch manager.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com VITAS Healthcare and BMO Harris Bank partnered to bring Alzheimer education to the residents of Marco Island on April 22nd. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Daniel Kaplan DO, MD. With 35 years of experience, Dr. Daniel Kaplan is board certified in family and geriatric medicine and associate medical director of VITAS Healthcare in Collier County. Attendees received in-depth information about Alzheimer’s disease, from early symptoms through long term care possibilities. Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that not only affects those diagnosed, but everyone around them. Over five million people in The United States are ... Read More »

Bo Really Does Know

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Today’s rain has left the sweet smell of summer in the air and my mind once again turns to the promise of long lazy days ready to fill however I see fit. My calendar is nearly empty and my ideas are many. Mmmm, delicious. For many artists, season is a rapid juggling act of shows and festivals, press-releases and newsletters, business, business, business, with precious little time for the creative process. But summer, summer I could paint with one slow continuous brush stroke. I love summer. For the past few summers, as the barometer begins to ... Read More »

Are You Putting Yourself First?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com With season coming to a close, many of you are left frazzled and gasping for breath—I know we sure are! Each year I am amazed at how our small island seems to swell like a sponge filled with water. Most of you I’ve spoken with are exhausted and burned out from the constant demands of dealing with customers, clients, or even simply the traffic. I’m here to remind you to breathe! Take three slow deep breaths, closing your eyes and clearing your thoughts. Imagine with each exhale that you are pushing stress further and further away ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market Packs Up Until Next Season

The gang from Clay Guild, Writer’s Guild, Angela’s Gourmet Pasta, Katherine’s Bead Designs and Cardzbynikki bid adieu.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com (Insert heavy sigh here) Well, another season of the farmer’s market is in the books. April 22nd was the final takedown and many hugs and, yes, even a tear or two on the last day. Let’s hope the summer goes quickly cause there are many people that will be missed. “Many of these vendors don’t have a store,” said Amanda Kuck, a farmer’s market regular. “The only place I can get some of this great stuff is right here. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but it’s still kinda hard when they’re gone.” ... Read More »

An Author’s Website on Agenda

Lisa Wroble. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted For the May 13 meeting of the Marco Island Writers, Inc., Lisa Wroble, Children’s Educator, Author, Speaker, and Writing coach will lecture on “Building your Author Website.” Lisa has been writing for nearly 30 years, and publishing for children for 25. She launched her writing career with two acceptances to the same Christian children’s magazine and continued focusing on magazine pieces for 6 years. In 1996 her first children’s book was published. She has since authored 27 nonfiction books and over 1500 articles for or about children. When she isn’t researching or writing, she teaches workshops for at-risk youth, ... Read More »

Marco Island High Schoolers Are DAR Award Winners

(LtoR) Sandro Mendoza, his daughter Andrah Sansberg-Mendoza and DAR member Joanie Shields

Submitted Three Marco Island high school students received medals, certificates and scholarships at the April 16th meeting of the Marco Island Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at the Hideaway Beach Club. DAR Regent Karen Lombardi noted, “The focus of the national DAR is education, so what better way to demonstrate this than to meet and greet our Marco Island scholars!” Joanie Shields introduced the DAR Christopher Columbus Essay Contest winner, Andrah Sansberg-Mendoza, escorted by her father, Sandro. Andrah is the first Marco Island Academy student to win this award. Andrah is a straight A student who loves science, especially robotics, ... Read More »