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The Columbiettes – Stars of Faith, Hope and Charity

The officers of the Columbiettes with Father Tim. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba A simple cross set in a circle of blue, complemented by rays of light leading to three stars. That is the emblem of the Columbiettes, an organization of Catholic women with the purpose to promote the welfare of its members spiritually, socially, and charitably. The cross within the circle represents the Catholic belief of Christ’s love, alive and ever present in the world. The rays illustrate service to God through the mediums of faith, hope and charity, depicted by the stars. This charitable and spiritual organization, an auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, can trace its history ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Ken Honecker: Running for Re-election A lot has been accomplished in the past 3½ years. Long stalled projects like the Herb Savage Bridge (Smokehouse) are near completion and construction on the new Mackle Park Community Center will start shortly. The renovations of the Marriott were approved, when I was Chairman of Council, and the construction is scheduled for completion later this year. A new professional City Manager was hired. Under his management, City departments were consolidated, new 3 year contracts with the police and firefighter unions were signed and a 5 year comprehensive budget (bucket plan) has been implemented. Code ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Larry Honig Running for Re-election Announcement I’m running for re-election on a positive platform to bring back a sense of community on Marco Island through a less intrusive, more respectful government. Here’s what I want to accomplish: 1. Get back local control of our community. We need fewer government regulations. We should reduce our use of consultants and lawyers who don’t understand our community – there are plenty of good people right here in Collier County that we can use. We can streamline government services – for example, I’d like to see faster review and approval of permits. 2. Create ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Amadeo R. Petricca files for Re-Election for City Council I have been honored to have served on City Council these past three and one half years. It has been very challenging and contentious at times. But, be that as it may I feel I have done my best for the citizen of Marco Island. One of my major accomplishments with help of Chief Murphy, Deputy Chief Byrne, then City Attorney Saunders and Commissioner Fiala we were able to convince County Commissioners Marco’s need for a part time ambulance for in season. This past season we had part time (12 Hours ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Jared Grifoni Announces Candidacy for City Council My fellow Marco Islanders, We certainly have a lot to be thankful for. Our piece of paradise is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. I love Marco Island and all that it has to offer. Over the course of the last few years I have witnessed our home being poked, prodded, and divided by those in positions of authority within our city for the purposes of what can only be described as political manipulation for electoral advantage. It is time that we, the citizens of Marco Island, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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For Whom The Bells Toll Twice daily, at noon and then at five I would stop and listen to the beautiful sound of the Carillon coming from the Marco Lutheran Church. Though I am not a member of that particular church, for just a few wonderful minutes my heart would skip a beat and I would get a warm feeling inside. I guess I felt good about my town. Those bells spoke to us and reminded us that we had a lot in common. Recently, the Carillon bells no longer resound across the land and water. I assumed that the ... Read More »

Challenges Ahead for MIA Football

C.J. Noel (right) bears down on Kyle Ginther in an intense tackling drill. Photos by Roger LaLonde

By Roger LaLonde  On the Marco Island Academy Football team’s website you first see its program mission. There are a lot of superlatives, much of them about student athletes. In many ways the student athletes have already proven to be worthy over the past five years. One section includes sustaining a level of success “on the field of play.” New coach Damon Coiro has his hands full. The team is without eight starters who played major roles. Running backs, quarterback, receivers and linemen whose jobs have to be filled. Starters back are Tyler Gresham, Kyle Ginther, Bon Dees, John Roche, ... Read More »

MIA Boys Basketball Scores in Academics

Photo by Roger LaLonde
MIA’s Patrick Michel comes down with rebound in the Rays victory over Canterbury.

By Roger LaLonde  The Marco Island Academy (MIA) boys basketball team scored on the court and in the classroom. In the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) winter sports report, MIA scored second in Class 3A. Westminster Academy of Fort Lauderdale was first and First Baptist of Naples third. Not only were they in the top three for their class, they were the top three for all classes in the state. On a 4.0 grade point scale, Westminster recorded a 3.723, MIA a 3.655 and First Baptist, 3.604. The next highest score came from Class 2A, as Covenant Christian of ... Read More »

MIA Cheers for Champions

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Submitted  On May 16 at 10 AM, a planning meeting for the first Marco Island Academy Cheers for Champions fundraiser will be held at the school in Room 303. Athletic Director Kelly Monnot invites parents and community members to take part in planning this event that will benefit the athletic programs at the school. The Cheers for Champions fundraiser will take place May 21 at Kretch’s Restaurant, from 6:30 to 10 PM. Tickets are $50 a person, which includes dinner, live and silent auctions and music. There will be a cash bar. The deadline for tickets or to be part ... Read More »

Lely’s New Football Coach Kicks Off Season

Jesus Godinez tosses a pass.

By Roger LaLonde  It is audition time for Lely football players. New coach Maurice Belser said, “Everyone is being evaluated, players and coaches.” Belser takes over the reigns from Culmer St. Jean, who was fired after three seasons with a 14-19 mark. In 2014 St. Jean was area Football Coach of the Year when his Trojans went to the playoffs. Belser knows personal playing success as a starting lineman for Alabama’s 1992 national championship team. He is Lely’s sixth head coach in 10 years. Belser has coached at 12 schools in 18 seasons. Belser said he has 80 players on ... Read More »

Positive Future for Lely Track

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Lely boys track team celebrate after winning the Class 2A Region 3 title.

By Roger LaLonde  There were just two Lely medalists at the FHSAA Class 2A State Track & Field Championships over the weekend, but the boys and girls teams did shine on their way to the title competition. The Lely girls won the Class 2A-District 10 competition and the boys came back the next weekend to win the Class 2A-Region 3 title. The Lely girls competed in five events, the boys in eight at the state Class 2A championships on May 6 and 7. “There were a lot of good possibilities and the kids did a good job of competing,” coach ... Read More »

The Bersh Family

By Barry Gwinn  What would you do if Cornell, MIT, Notre Dame, Princeton and the U.S. Military Academy requested the favor of your presence for the next four years? How about if, in addition, the U.S. Army offered to give you what amounts to a full scholarship at all of those schools? Kasey Bersh, an MIA senior graduating in June 2016 was recently faced with this dilemma. How did she get in this scrape, and what did she do about it? Kasey grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, (pop. 40,000), an affluent North Shore suburb of Chicago and neighbor of Northwestern ... Read More »

Mier Photography Exhibit

Photo by Connie Mier

Submitted  “Wild and Remote: Photographing South Florida by Canoe,” a collection of photographs by artist Connie Mier, is currently on exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum through July 26, 2016. Connie Mier is a wildlife and nature photographer who derives inspiration from her canoe explorations of the Everglades and Biscayne Bay. She often spends days at a time canoeing and camping in the Everglades to photograph some of the most remote wilderness areas in Florida. As a result, her photographs offer a rare glimpse of these beautiful places, as seen from a canoe. “I have chosen to go deep into the ... Read More »

Sea Turtles Cry Foul Over Dredging Project

Sand Dollar spit creeping slowly to Hideaway Beach will be removed. The area will be dredged to a depth of 9 feet.

Submitted Loggerhead sea turtles, nesting shorebirds and assorted marine life will become collateral damage from the Marco Central beach hydraulic dredging project just getting started at Hideaway Beach. As dredging starts, female loggerhead turtles are navigating their way into our beaches this month through the end of October. Project Detail: At its March 21st meeting, the Marco Island City Council voted 5-2 to approve the Hideaway erosion control project and award the contract to Gator Dredging. They will dredge approximately 40,000 cubic yards of beach compatible sand from the Hideaway Beach Near Borrow Area to improve navigation along the south ... Read More »

Good Luck, George! Longtime Ace Hardware Employee Retires

Photo by Samantha Husted George on his last day at work.

Longtime Ace Hardware Employee Retires By Samantha Husted After 27 years, George Shaler is officially retiring from his job at Sunshine Ace Hardware on Marco Island. In the almost three decades that George has been an employee he’s seen a lot of changes. The Island for instance was a completely different place back in 1989 compared to now. Technologies have come and gone and George has remained, witness to it all. “This is the third owner I’ve been through,” said George “I was with the first guy for two years, the second guy for 14 years and I’ve been working ... Read More »

Hart Goes Out in Style

Photo by Patricia Poling
High fives all around after MICMS girls placed third in the county’s Middle Schools Track & Field Championships.

By Roger LaLonde  When it comes to Marco Island Charter Middle School track this season, it had to have Hart. Ryenn Hart. She easily won both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs to lead the Lady Eagles to a third place finish in the Collier County Middle Schools Track & Field Championships on April 30 at Palmetto Ridge High School. The team missed tying for second by just one point. The girls’ team winner was Gulfview with 82 points, North Naples, 66 and Marco, 64. Hart’s first run, the 3,200, was a breeze. Hart took the lead early then maintained ... Read More »

Baking Babka with Estie

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By Samantha Husted The babka is a Jewish pastry that originated in Eastern Europe. It’s chewy and flaky on the outside, yet gooey and sugary on the inside – not unlike coffee cake, though its texture is more similar to that of bread. And while this Slavic sweet is certainly no beginner’s loaf, don’t be discouraged. All you need is some patience, a little bit of bravery, a trustworthy dough mixer and about six hours, and you’ll be good to go. Luckily I had Marco Island resident Estie Karpman, a seasoned baker, to guide me through the process. As a ... Read More »

Jon Busch Wins Gold Award

Jon Busch. Submitted Photo

Submitted  At an awards event at the Ritz Carlton ~ Tiburon, Jon Busch of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty was awarded the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ prestigious Chairman’s Circle – Gold Award for 2015. The Chairman’s Circle-Gold is awarded to the top two percent of the network’s sales professionals based on gross commission income or closed units. Jon’s professionalism and his committed service to his clients were recognized. President and C.E.O. of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, Rei L. Mesa said, “Jon demonstrates a strong work ethic and is extremely knowledgeable. Jon is a proven sales leader and he always exceeds ... Read More »

Susie Hauze Named to Chairman’s Circle

Susie Hauze. Submitted Photo

Submitted  Susie Hauze of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has been named to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ prestigious Chairman’s Circle – Gold Award for 2015. Susie Hauze was recognized during the special awards event that was held at the Ritz Carlton ~ Tiburon, Naples. The Chairman’s Circle-Gold is awarded to the top two percent of the network’s sales professionals based on gross commission income or closed units. In addition to this honor, Susie was also recognized as being the #12 sales associate for the entire company who currently has over 1,700 actively licensed sales associates. “We congratulate Susie. Winning the Gold ... Read More »