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MIA’s Tech Students Offer Help to Community

Photo by Barry Gwinn
MIA Tech Tutors discuss a problem. From left: Allesandro Donato, Vincent Piranio, Sean Sorrick, Tina Nash, and Mariana Ruiz Vallejo. Nash is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, who sponsors the group by providing an advisor for meetings.

By Barry Gwinn  A small group of dedicated Marco Island Academy (MIA) techies meets every other Wednesday in Room 106 at MIA. They style the group as Tech Tutoring and will take a shot at fixing most any tech problem that comes to their attention. They are devoted to solving the software problems of anyone who needs help because of ... Read More »

Mission Support

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Did you know that we have a local support group for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers? This wonderful group was started in 1989 by Jan Whitebook, and she remains the leader of the group today. Jan has a very personal connection to cancer having been the loving caregiver for her sister who lived with ... Read More »

The Latest From East Naples

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Many have wondered what ever happened to the plan to build a swimming pool for the Eagle Lakes Community Park in East Naples. It is alive and well and kicking! They had a lot to do for planning and changing plans, etc., then design, then sending out for bid, then moving forward. I think it’s taken ... Read More »

Marco Voters Are Smarter

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com This is an interesting year for elections in every segment of the political scene around the country. Voters can’t help but shake their heads at the negative nature of the campaigns and some of the outrageous claims and comments being made. Here on the island we are about to elect four individuals to ... Read More »

It’s Official

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It is official, the architect of the STRP, John Arceri, is back into Marco politics, circulating an endorsement sheet for two republicans, one libertarian, and a democrat for City Council. The last time Mr. Arceri ran a slate of four, they completed the sewer system that has buried the City of Marco Island into 100’s millions of dollars of debt. ... Read More »

Amadeo Petricca’s Accomplishments and Positions

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There have been numerous statements made maligning the current City Councilors. Supporters of some candidates would like to elect likeminded candidates to improve council performance. I believe in individually minded councilors who are honest, ethical, and factual and who will and do the right thing for all the residents of Marco Island. As a City Councilor I would like to ... Read More »

Family Leader

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My husband, Jerry Swiacki and I, raised and educated five children. Our children have blessed us with ten wonderful and healthy grandchildren. We instilled in our children the important values that Jerry and I hold true. Those values include honesty, fairness, courtesy, loyalty, and commitment. We taught our children not to complain unless they are willing to work to solve ... Read More »

What You Should Know!

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Public / Private Partnership to develop parking spaces in swales. In my last article I wrote that parking spaces developed in swales should not be dedicated to a specific business, but should be dedicated to public parking to alleviate the City’s parking problem. If parking spaces are dedicated to a specific business that would maintain the present parking problem. Why ... Read More »

Community Service

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For the third year in a row, the staff at the Hair Salon of Skin Renewal Systems has made it a point to gather up magazines from the salon for distribution to the Infusion Centers in the Naples area. This generous community service is done each month with smiles and kind words from the staff. Thank you, special friends at ... Read More »

City Council Election

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It seems disingenuous for Amadeo Petricca to claim to be for taxpayers when he refused to vote for the roll-back millage rate the last two years. The roll-back rate would have kept tax revenue constant. Instead, Amadeo Petricca voted to raise collected ad valorem tax revenue for FY2016 and FY2017 by approximately 2.3 million dollars! He also claims to be ... Read More »

Cub Scouts Battle Firefighters in Annual Tug-of-War

A tug-of-war between firefighters Stoller, Correa and Esquerete vs. the Webelos Den, as the rest of the pack cheers them on.

By Megan Olsen Recently, members of the Marco Island Fire Department faced off against Cub Scout Pack 234 at the annual tug-of-war. Firefighters Dan Stoller, Alex Correa and Richard Esquerete arrived at Wesley United Methodist Church on their fire truck to greet the scouts. The firefighters graciously battled it out with each of the dens individually before taking on the ... Read More »

Music from Marco to Norway and Back

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By Don Manley Joerey Ortiz has once again left behind his usual gigs on Marco Island and elsewhere in Collier County to experience music’s universal nature. The singer, songwriter and guitarist is back home after spending one month playing dates in Norway, while visiting his brother and fellow professional musician, Gilbert, a former resident of Marco who moved to that ... Read More »

MIA Rays/MICMS Eagles Invitational Lely Teams Take Best in Tournament

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By Barry Gwinn On Saturday, October 1, Marco Island Academy (MIA) and Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) hosted the 4th annual Rays/Eagles Invitational Cross Country Tournament at Mackle Park. On a sun splashed and still day, 331 kids from 15 high schools and 17 middle schools, in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Hendry Counties, came to show their stuff and ... Read More »

Coconut Bowl

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Submitted The annual Coconut Bowl rivalry between Lely High School and Naples High School was played October 7th with a home field advantage. It wasn’t enough though, the Trojans lost to the Eagles, 42 to 34. This was the 43rd Coconut Bowl game between the two teams. A reunion party took place the following night, put on by alumni of ... Read More »

Passero’s Passion, Experience, Boost Marco Y

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Deborah Passero explains the Rock Steady Boxing class to attendees at September’s Family
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By Don Manley The five chronic diseases included among the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s health and wellness program priorities for the next few years have played a pivotal role in life of Deborah Passero. Cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and cardiovascular disease were all selected as focal points by the Y’s board of directors earlier this year. ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet Draws Crowd

Photos by Scott Shook Everglades City children prepare flower petals for the blessing of the stone crab fleet. Top to bottom: Katie Collins, Taylor  Dahlke, Gena Collins, James Collins, Holden Fitzgerald, Brenden Bagley Jr., and Turner Shealy.

By Scott Shook The annual Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet in Everglades City is Americana at its best—an example of what makes Everglades City such a tight-knit community. Politicians, including U.S. Rep Mario Diaz-Balart and Collier County Commission hopeful Tamara Paquette were on hand on Saturday, October 8th for this year’s event, and added to the festive atmosphere. Children and ... Read More »

Facing Lewy Body Dementia With Courage and Love

A glorious wedding day in 2012. Submitted Photos

By Maureen Chodaba Years ago, the word “dementia” was rarely heard. Senility was the more common expression. The term “senile” would conjure up an image of a forgetful old codger whiling away the time in a rocking chair. In today’s world, dementia is becoming more of a household word, but many are still unfamiliar with the correct definition. Dementia is ... Read More »

Admiralty House Goes Green

Photos by Samantha Husted
All of the lighting both interior and exterior, as see here, has been replaced with LED bulbs.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the past eight years, Admiralty House, a 43-year-old 17-story condominium on Marco Island, has been making strides to become more energy efficient. “Our goal was to improve the infrastructure of our 43-year-old building with the best products available,” said Frans Jungslager, board president and retired electrical engineer. “Offering long life, less maintenance and the ... Read More »

Bella Florals Comes to Marco

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Bella Florals owner Theresa Chambers (left) and assistant floral designer Bjenana Ninkovic, in the Front Street storefront that will soon house the business. Hair courtesy of Sascha’s Salon, Marco Island.

By Don Manley Theresa Chambers’ passion is unmistakable when she is discussing her business. “I enjoy making people happy through what I can do for them,” said the owner of Bella Florals by Theresa. “That’s how I work. That’s why I do what I do. It really is true. I don’t just say it.” Chambers opened the newest addition to ... Read More »