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Marco Island Writers Group

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Submitted For the June 10 meeting of Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIW), Gwen DeCrow, founder and former president of MIW, will lead a round-table discussion on the things writers are struggling with. Thanks to Lisa Wroble for her class held at our May meeting on Building an Author Website. Marco Island Writers meet at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, the second Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Meetings run from 6-8 PM. First time visitors are always free. For more information about Marco Island Writers, Inc., visit their website at www.marcoislandwriters.com or ... Read More »

Two Area Students Receive ‘Camperships’ to Camp Wekiva

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Submitted Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club awarded Denise Diaz from Avalon School and Kira Swanson from Tommie Barfield Elementary School camperships to Camp Wekiva. Camp Wekiva is located in Wekiva Springs State Park and is sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. It’s a week-long residential nature camp for third through eighth graders. Additionally, Critter Camp, a mini-camp consisting of three days and two nights, is offered to first and second graders. Calusa Garden Clubs meets on the second Monday of the month from October through April. For additional information, call 239-394-1425 or log on to Calusa.org.   Read More »

Institute of Mixology Bartending School Opens on Marco Island

John Liverani tends “bar” at the school. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

Submitted Ever wonder how your bartender can free pour so accurately? Do you know the difference between scotch, whiskey, bourbon and rye? Answers to these questions, and many more, have arrived! The Institute of Mixology Bartending School opened its doors last month, becoming the only bartending school on Marco Island. Owners John and Ann Liverani had been visiting Marco Island for twenty years before making the move to full-time residents six years ago. The Liveranis have two boys – Joey, 16, a student at MIA, and Thomas, 20, a Lely graduate and bartender. Mom Jeanette Liverani works in the office. ... Read More »

Fiala Community Center No Longer a Bucket List Wish

Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala receives a standing ovation before a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Donna Fiala Community Center at Eagle Lakes Community Park on May 21. Located off U.S. 41 in East Naples, Fiala had fought for the construction of the center for more than 10 years.

By Roger LaLonde Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala received a standing ovation as she came to the podium at the opening of the Donna Fiala Community Center on May 21 at Eagles Lakes Community Park off U.S. 41. The center had been on the commissioner’s bucket list for more than 10 years. She got to scratch it off in style. For her efforts, a petition to name the center after her was successful. Family, friends and government officials all made the day special for the once young lady coming to Naples from East Cleveland, Ohio. One speaker described Fiala as ... Read More »

Marco’s Wheeler, Ragan Represent Schools for Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award

Jessica Ragan, the Marco Island Academy Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award nominee, with her family, from left, Cameron, Connor, Jaden, Jenna, mom Paula, Jessica and dad Ron.

By Roger LaLonde Overcoming worthy competition, Michael Walker of Naples High was named the 26th Annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete on May 21. He was among 13 candidates, each representing a Collier County high school. Marco Island’s Gage Wheeler represented Lely, and Jessica Ragan represented Marco Island Academy. Each nominee received a $2,500 scholarship from the Collier Athletic Club. Walker received a $10,000 scholarship, paid over four years. Wheeler will attend the United States Air Force Academy. Ragan is undecided, although Stetson University in Deland is a possibility. Starring in the classroom, cross country and track at Lely High School, Wheeler ... Read More »

Memorial Day Ceremony by the VFW

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The Marco Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold it’s annual memorial day ceremony at Veteran’s Park on 25 May at 11;00 AM. The approximately one hour program will feature music by the Marco Strummers, Wes English, Director. Also, the Star Spangled Banner and TAPS performed by Craig Gruesel, Director of the Lutheran Church music department. There will be the usual salute to the armed services, with members of each service standing for recognition as their branch march is played. Post Commander Dave Gardner will give an address for the occasion, and Marco’s own Kate Smith duo, Herb Savage and his ... Read More »

Memorial Day…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Spending this Mother’s Day Sunday with my wife, her mom and dad and my son and our two grandchildren, waiting anxiously for the barbecue to start, the farthest thing from our minds is the Civil War. It is hard to believe only a mere 150 or so years ago, our nation was divided and our country was covered with the blood of brother killing brother. After four years of combat, which left over 600,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead and destroyed much of the South’s infrastructure, the Confederacy collapsed and slavery was abolished. Memorial Day ... Read More »

Art at Marco Island Public Library

Alley Gator by Karen Swanker. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive. The month of May will feature the work of Marco Island artist Karen Swanker. Inspired by the impressionists, Karen’s water lily paintings evoke a peaceful and quiet calm. By using a glazing technique with transparent washes, the water has both depth and reflective qualities. The lily pads appear to float serenely atop the water, with lotus flowers in various stages of bloom breaking the surface. Colors range from liquid blues ... Read More »

Dr. Joseph Parisi: Road to Marco Paved with Many Hats

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The paths we take to get from one point to another are as varied as the stars in the sky. For Joseph Parisi, there was a hat for every path, and a path for every hat. A good place to start is the beginning, which, for our story, is Brooklyn, New York and a chicken farm. “Instead of spending the summers in hot Brooklyn, I went to Tom’s River, New Jersey and spent the summers with my Grandparents on their chicken farm. That was my first introduction to animals.” After high school, Joe joined the navy ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala The Tamiami Crossings Shopping Center is now in the beginning stages of construction on 951/Collier Blvd, immediately north of the Walmart Shopping Center. You may have noticed the area being cleared, with lots of heavy machinery on site. For those of you who might not recognize the name, it’s the Kite Realty Company’s newest addition to that intersection (they already own the Shoppes at Eagle Creek, where the Fresh Market, Burger Fi, Panera Bread and Hoots are located). On this new site will be retail shops including Steinmart, Marshall’s, Ross, a pet store and more, plus a couple ... Read More »

HUMOR: That Reminds Me…

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was the second day of a moving sale. Like animals sense fear, people sensed it was bargain time. A man walked over to the table marked ‘All Items – $10’. He picked up one item and turned it around in his hands for a moment. “How much is this?” “Ten dollars,” was the reply to him. “I’ll give you five for it,” he said with the grin of a man about to get a deal. “Sold!” The man handed over his five-dollar bill. He took a step toward the exit, turned and asked: “What is ... Read More »

Domestic Animal Services Adoption Weekend

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Mike Held of Keep in Touch Cards and Gifts and his Manager on Duty, Lucy, participated in a promotion to benefit Collier County’s Domestic Animal Services. Participants took a chance to guess at what breeds were present in Lucy’s background. Lucy was adopted from the shelter ten years ago. The ‘Pick A Breed’ program raised about $500 for the cause. With 58 adoptions, the weekend was a success. Lucy went through a DNA test and it was determined she is a mix of Dalmatian, Old English Sheepdog, Boxer and Maltese mix. Read More »

MIFA’s Scholarship Winners & Artist of the Year

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Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) accepts applications for scholarships from students seeking a college education in music, visual arts or a performing area of study. On Saturday, May 23rd, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is happy to announce those who have been chosen to receive a scholarship during the Recognition Luncheon at the Wesley United Methodist Church. They include Joseph Byrne, beginning study in Theatre, Vocal Performance and Writing; Livia LenHoff, beginning study in motion design and illustration at Ringling School of Art and Design; Tyler MacDonald, continuing study in business, photography ... Read More »

Booty Barre Benefit for Jada

Yoga/pilates mats are used, bringing another workout aspect into the mix.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff First of all, what is booty barre and second, who is Jada? Booty barre is a rigorous form of exercise that combines a stationary handrail (as in ballet barre) with an exercise routine. Booty barre classes are regularly scheduled on the island and are run by Margaret Peters Lamp. One of the regulars attending the class was Jada Shigley. Jada is known to many on Marco Island as an employee of the Marco Island Marriott, she is on the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers countless hours to various organizations and ... Read More »

Focus on Medium Clay is Cool

These pieces,  by Ginny Mueller show how intricate clay can be. Ginny hand paints the pieces with glaze.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Note: This is a series of articles about the mediums people use to express themselves and create some great works of art for us to enjoy.   My only real experience working with clay was in 7th grade art class. I made a small urn type of thingy on the wheel. My grade was a “C.” That is why I was excited to be able to spend some time with people who really know how to maximize the potential of this great medium. “The more you work with clay, each potter develops their own style,” said ... Read More »

The Specactular Grand Opening of Villa at Terracina Grand

photos by Scott Knutson and Giovanni Photography

Kim Campbell, Wife of Glen Campbell, Guest Speaker for Opening Submitted Villa at Terracina Grand, an innovative, state-of-the-art experiential memory care community, developed and managed by The Goodman Group, celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday, April 29 in a truly grand fashion. Naples Major John Sorey, Collier County District One Commissioner Donna Fiala and Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce CEO John Cox were on hand to help John Goodman, Chairman of The Goodman Group, cut the ribbon and open the doors to an truly innovative new approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Situated on the campus of Terracina Grand at 6825 ... Read More »

Students Learn Being “Waterwise” Saves Lives

Marco Y swimming instructor and lifeguard Steven “Bear”  Terstegge, has the students demonstrate their kicking abilities. photos by don manley

By Don Manley Judging by the laughter and excitement emanating from the grade school students, it might have been hard to tell that serious instruction was occurring at the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s Ms. Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center. Garbed in swim attire, the youths were gathered there on a recent morning for a session of the annual Waterwise Program, which teaches third graders from Tommie Barfield and Manatee elementary schools the basics of water and boating safety. Boating safety instruction is handled by members of Marco’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, while the Y’s aquatics staff conducts a swimming skills test ... Read More »

MI Real Estate April 2015 – Average Sale Price Up Nearly 20%

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, compare April 2015 to April 2014. According to Susan Ackerson, President, volume sold in this comparison of the Marco Island real estate market remained essentially unchanged in dollars from $96,375,900 in April 2014 to $96,846,313 in April 2015, a 0.49% increase. The number of new single family listings that came on the market in April 2015 v. April 2014 decreased 25.81% (46 v. 62). The total number of single family properties active on the market decreased 21.12% (295 v. 374). The ... Read More »

NCH Awarded an ‘A’ for Patient Safety

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Submitted The NCH Healthcare System is the only hospital system in Collier and Lee counties to be awarded a national Hospital Safety Score of “A” from The Leapfrog Group. The NCH Healthcare System has been recognized for its’ dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. This A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients, who are looking for a ... Read More »

Marco Island Educator Appreciation Luncheon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Red carnations were a striking contrast to the beautifully decorated tables that greeted over 70 Marco Island K-12 teachers for a relaxing and delicious lunch in their honor at the Family Church on Winterberry Drive. The lunch was provided, free of charge, to the administrators, teachers, and support staff that were required to attend the final district “in service” day of the year, when no students were present at the schools. Several students actually took that last day of spring break to help provide this special time for the educators. In addition to the students, ... Read More »