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A barking good time

Oscar hits the stage in the Puppy Parade. PHOTOS BY JULIA BARNETT

By Julia Barnett Mutts and Martini’s returned to Marco for the sixth year, running this past Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The event once again brought barks and bucks to the Esplanade Plaza, all in the name of charity. The “Yappy Hour” event ran from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and included a puppy parade, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. Mutts and Martini’s is an annual fundraising event held to benefit Bedtime Bundles, a local charitable organization that provides necessities to migrant workers and their families, especially children, living in Collier County. Founded in 2006 by Karen Saeks, Bedtime Bundles ... Read More »

Naples Chabad Dedicates World-Class Mikvah

The ribbon-cutting ceremony -- let to right, the Yitzchak family, Maria Elias, Chabad President Dr. Art Siegel, Sally Aaron, Rebbitzin Ettie Zaklos.

By Carol Glassman Jewish law states that building a mikvah is more important to a community than building a synagogue and that even a community’s most treasured assets such as the synagogue and the Torah scroll may be sold to raise the funds needed to build a mikvah. (A bath used for the purpose of ritual immersion, literally means “a collection,” generally a collection of water.) When Sally Aaron of Marco Island learned that the women of the Chabad of Naples community were traveling to Miami once a month to use the closest mikvah, she found that “unacceptable” and donated ... Read More »

Habitat recognizes St. Mark’s

Rev. Lisa Lefkow, right, was greeted by Lauri Shafer, a member of the St. Mark’s Habitat team. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Sunday March 23, was “Habitat Sunday” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Lisa Lefkow, executive vice president of Collier County Habitat for Humanity, presented the congregation with a plaque recognizing the congregation’s building of Habit homes number seven and eight. It read, “With gratitude and appreciation for your tremendous expression of faith in action,” ending with a quote from Psalms 68:10, “From your bounty O God, you provide for the poor.” The congregation took an offering during the service to build St. Mark’s ninth Habitat house. Later, during coffee time, the congregation’s members signed lumber that will be used ... Read More »

Marco Riders Honor Dasti

Photos by Marilyn Honahan

By Marilyn Honahan On Saturday, March 22, the Marco Riders got together for an evening aboard the Marco Island Princess. The evening was arranged by long time member Marvin Tomlin. There were 79 members and guests in attendance. After an excellent dinner and a fun door prize drawing, there was a surprise award. Carmen Dasti was honored by his fellow riders for his leadership and unending loyalty to the group and its members. Dan Honahan made the presentation citing Dasti’s willingness to help everyone and always being a “Stand-Up” kind of guy! Honahan added, “He’s got a heart bigger than ... Read More »

Local Women Doing a World of Good

By Melinda Gray The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) was formed in1966 by 16 friends who shared the desire to help support the people of Marco Island and various non-profit groups. Today, the civic-minded organization is an active social network for the women of Marco Island. The club is comprised of roughly 180 women who live on the island at least 6 months out of the year. The MIWC boasts a long history of helping the community and providing scholarships to Marco Island high school students. This year, two very popular club events helped raise money for their education fund: ... Read More »

Special Olympics Event Draws Regional Athletes

Hundreds of Special Olympics athletes from all over Southwest Florida competed at the March event. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff As a prelude to the Special Olympics Summer Games held at Walt Disney’s Wide World of Sports this May, hundreds of athletes from all over Southwest Florida came to compete in the Special Olympics held at Golden Gate High School in March. Special Olympics Florida trains individuals who are intellectually challenged for eight weeks prior to competitions. The program offers the coaching and competitive events absolutely free, in an effort to provide opportunities for physical fitness and preparation for entering other community sporting events and school. These athletes are amazing and inspirational. They are supported ... Read More »

Laying Foundations at AMI Kids-Big Cypress

The students mix the mortar for the wall.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The adage “teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime” is alive and well at AMI Kids-Big Cypress, and Director of Education Dr. Derek Tolley is leading the way. Tolley has created a new vocational training program for AMI Kids’ students that includes certification in construction safety, masonry and electrical trades. This program follows the success of the non-profit organization’s culinary arts certification program in food safety, handling and kitchen management, says Ron Boyce, executive director of AMI Kids-Big Cypress. “A lot of our kids have left and have been able ... Read More »

Last Event of Season for Canadian Club

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By Melinda Gray The Marco Island Canadian Club held their last event of the season at the Marco Island Historical Museum on Thursday, March 27. The “Networking Symposium: What You Need to Know to Buy, Sell or Rent Properties in Southwest Florida” was aimed at answering questions Canadians might have regarding real estate on the island. Event sponsor and founder of The Island Title 5 Star Closing Team, Dawn Norgren, introduced the esteemed panel of experts, versed in various real estate issues. They then proceeded to network through the crowd of 120 club members in attendance. Club founders, Gary and ... Read More »

Dr. Ellen Prager to Speak at Rookery Bay

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Submitted On April 4, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is celebrating Everglades Day with films, naturalist presentations, a guided walk and featured lecture by Dr. Ellen Prager called “Dive into the Story: Ocean Science and Storytelling, Fun for All” at 1:30 PM. From her books and adventures, the author and marine scientist will share stories and images that blend ocean science with entertainment, making it fun for people of all ages. Learn while you laugh and be amazed by the ocean’s strange creatures. See how even scientists can be surprised and get a sneak peek at Prager’s about-to-be released ... Read More »

Diamonds on the Soles of His Shoes

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I believe it’s a verse from a Paul Simon song, and it’s something that can occasionally occur by accident in a jewelry shop that happens to work with really tiny diamonds. It can happen. Crazy you say? I guarantee shoe soles and heels impregnated with industrial diamonds would last darn near a life time or better than that. Imagine how long car tires would last? Diamonds… Just ordinary carbon created by Mother Nature that becomes transformed into something so beautiful and precious with a little help from we mere mortals. Diamonds are an incredibly hard ... Read More »

Passover moves bingo to Wednesday

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Submitted Monday night bingo at JCMI will take place on Wednesday, April 16 in observance of the religious holiday of Passover. A complimentary supper will be served which will observe the holiday, including traditional matzo. Doors will open 5 p.m.; dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. Bonanza is posted at 6:15 p.m., and the game is called at 7 p.m. Complimentary tea, coffee, ice cream and drinks will also be served. Bingo at JCMI is in its 15th season. The game is open to the public. For more information call the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island Synagogue office at 239-642-0800. Read More »

The orange tree of the sea

Artwork in the Goodland Post Office depicts the strong stone crabbing heritage tied to the village.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s the crab that keeps on giving. It’s the mighty, yet delicious stone crab. The Southwest Florida delicatessen is much more than your average shellfish. Learn all about it during a day around town at the “Are You Smarter Than A Stone Crab” event. Hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Extension, this tour takes those who are hungry for knowledge and a tasty treat of fresh stone crab claws through Marco Island and Goodland to learn more about “the orange tree of the sea.” Goodland is home to many stone crab fishermen who work long, ... Read More »

Something’s Got to Give

July 5, 2013 partial trash collection. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Something’s got to give. Soon. The Marco Island beach is raked daily and large debris is removed by Collier County. Volunteer Beach Stewards walk the beach daily picking up at least one bag of trash – sometimes two or more. The City’s Beach Advisory Committee partners with the Marco Island Civic Association, Publix and local businesses and groups for monthly beach clean-ups which remove dozens of bags of trash in only a few hours. Friends of Tigertail, Inc. has quarterly clean-ups that hundreds participate in removing carts full of trash and debris. This equates to ... Read More »

The Croatian Istrian Peninsula

Along the Lungomare in Opatija.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net The Croatian portion of the Istrian Peninsula is located in northwest Croatia, along the Adriatic’s Gulf of Kvarnar. Historically, this area was ruled first by the Romans, followed by the Venetians and then the Austrians. For a while in the 1920s, the Italians regained control. Although Istria became part of Yugoslavia in the 1940s, many towns still have two official names — one Croatian, the other Italian. A small part of the peninsula also lies in Slovenia and Italy. While visiting Istria, the town of Opatija was our home base. I could easily write of ... Read More »

Copperleaf: A Rainbow of Colors in the Garden

Copperleaf plants vary in color from pink, red, green and white…

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Native to Fiji in the South Pacific, the Acalypha — better known as Copperleaf — group of plants has the most colorful foliage I’ve ever seen. They can turn your garden into a spectacular, unending kaleidoscope of color. Under perfect conditions, they will grow to 10 feet and just as wide, but they can be kept to any desired height with just a little trimming. The flowers are small and inconspicuous, mostly hidden by the colorful foliage. Copperleaf comes in a large variety of leaf shapes, ranging from large and oblong to round and fringed to ... Read More »

WHO TAUGHT WHOM?

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Have you ever dreaded something that turned out to be wonderful? Of course you have, it’s part of the whole human experience. I suppose, likewise, we have all looked forward to things that in the end fell short of our desires — but that’s not for today’s discussion. I like this lesson much better… Once upon right now, I teach drawing at Marco Island Center for the Arts, and have for three years. I have always preferred the larger classes because I believe it can be vastly rewarding to students when they interact with a multitude ... Read More »

Crocs ‘N’ Gators…They’re Here!

You can clearly see the 4th tooth on the lower jaw. This is an easy way to tell a croc from a gator. Photo taken at Wooten’s Nature Preserve.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Crocodiles and alligators….we’ve got both species on, or very near to, Marco Island. Although they look a lot alike, they are very, very different. Alligators are found primarily in freshwater habitats, and crocodiles are found primarily in saltwater habitats. The key word here is “primarily” because we do find both types of reptile in both types of water. Crocs and gators belong to a group of reptiles called crocodilians, which are the largest of all living reptiles. There are 23 species native to the U.S., and the only place where both species coexist is South ... Read More »

Keep It Light

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Although the sport of fishing is great fun, the excitement of catching is even more so. One sure bet to increase the action on your next trip is to use light tackle. Light tackle can be defined as a reel with a line capacity and strength in the 8-15 lb. range and a rod that is much lighter and shorter than average, say between 4-6 feet. Consider ultra light tackle being on the lowest end of this range. Keep in mind that fly fishing is light tackle fishing in a category all of its ... Read More »

Isle Be Jammin

Billy J and the Big Easy play regularly at Marker 8.5. The duo pack this small venue with a large crowd.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Anyone who knows me knows I love listening to live music and enjoying a cold drink with some friends. Music has always been very close to my heart. I’ll listen to almost any genre, depending on my mood: country for the “nothing else could go wrong” day; metal or punk if I’m angry or a little rebellious; electronic or dubstep if I’m in the dancing mood. Where ever I go, I always check out the local music scene. I’ve known fantastic musicians in every place I’ve lived. I prefer small, unique venues and undiscovered talent. My ... Read More »

The Accident

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Chris Pavone Crown Publishing, 2014 402 pages Genre: Thriller “Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.”         – William Hazlitt If you love thrillers, grab this book. Once you do, hang on, because it’s a heck of a ride. I have not yet read Mr. Pavone’s Expats, published in 2012, but I will be reading it in the near future. This man has clearly mastered the thriller genre. Where to start? Too many books lately have been weak in character but ... Read More »