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Karen Raymond Didn’t Miss a Note

Karen Raymond with the cast of “Alice in Wonderland.” Submitted Photos

By Roger LaLonde At seven, Karen Garriott was already interested in music, playing the piano. In junior high Karen continued with piano, adding the school choir and singing at church in her hometown of Indianapolis. She went on to Ball State University, majoring in music education and minoring in piano, adding musical theater. She was part of the Ball State University singers who performed at the National Governors Convention, with Governor Ronald Reagan the headliner. She met Roger Raymond, a Ball State basketball player, who was pledging Lambda Chi Alpha with two of her friends. She had joined Chi Omega. ... Read More »

Roger Raymond, a Middle School Sports Icon

Roger Raymond relaxing at his desk at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Roger and Karen Raymond went from having a band to owning a music store, when Roger was asked if he would be interested in serving as athletic director for a new school opening in 1998. Roy Radlovacki and John Pike had children enrolled and wanted to get a sports program going at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. The Raymonds had lived on Marco, part or full time, since 1984. They completed their time as the house band at the Marco Marriott in 1994 and bought a music store. It was named Morningstar music, just like the ... Read More »

Beer Tasting, Music Comes to Chili Cook Off

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Submitted IBERIABANK has partnered with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to host three informative seminars where Sergeant Neal Bohannon from the CCSO will provide instruction and tactics to help individuals improve their chances of surviving an active shooter scenario. Places formerly viewed as safe havens unfortunately have become targets for individuals or groups who want to afflict fear and harm. To help citizens better prepare, the public is invited to attend one of the following lectures: • October 4: IBERIABANK, 605 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Reservations: 239- 393-2400. • October 5: IBERIABANK, 3838 Tamiami Trial N., Naples. Reservations: ... Read More »

Active Shooter Scenario Run, Hide or Fight

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Submitted Feel the heat, enjoy the burn and join good times at Marco Island’s 4th Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook Off. Each year this event gets bigger and better with more than a dozen competitors showing off top-notched signature chili dishes. New this year, participants can augment their chili judging by selecting the best craft beer from a Southwest Florida Brew Crafters and by listening to a live performance of the Ben Allen Band. Ben and the boys play their special brand of South Florida country with hits including “Small Town Cowboy.” Chili and beer winners will be decided by ... Read More »

What Does the Future Hold for the Dome Home?

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In previous issues Coastal Breeze News has shared readers’ photographs and stories about their experiences with the Cape Romano dome home. Through these photos we have seen the rapid progression of the deterioration. The dome home is being literally swept away into the sea. Universally our readers have expressed concern over the fate of these iconic structures. In 2005, the dome home was purchased by the Tosto family trust for $300,000. Originally John Tosto had expressed an interest in saving the structures; that now seems impossible. Since 2005 the Cape Romano landscape has changed dramatically, ... Read More »

First Half Costs MIA in Loss to Boca Raton Christian

Photo by Roger LaLonde
MIA’s Tyler Gresham hauls a Boca Raton Christian tackler to within scoring distance. Gresham tallied three touchdowns in the game.

By Roger LaLonde Finally, a beautiful night for Marco Island Academy football. For two straight games the Manta Rays had been cancelled because of weather. On September 9, they hosted Boca Raton Christian, whose bus broke down and the starting time was moved to 7:30. It was one of few breakdowns that occurred on the field in the first half as Boca Raton downed the Rays, 44-34. The Rays travel to Moore Haven September 16 for its first Class 2A-District game. Moore Haven has already played three district opponents, recording a 2-1 mark. Against Boca Raton, the Blazers took the ... Read More »

MICMS Alum Shadrick Takes Over as Athletic Director

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Damien Shadrick takes over as new athletic director at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Damien Shadrick attended Marco Island Charter Middle School in its infancy. It was 1998 and the school was made up of portable trailers. He played on the team’s first basketball team under Roger Raymond, the school’s first athletic director. The team went an undefeated, 9-0. “It’s a bit surreal now,” Shadrick says with a smile. “I can hardly believe that I am taking over for Roger.” Shadrick became the new athletic director in mid-August when Roger and Karen Raymond announced they were moving to Orlando for family health reasons. As Raymond was leaving he showed Shadrick a ... Read More »

Sisbarro Acting School to Open

Gina Sisbarro. Submitted Photo

By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Gina Sisbarro wears many hats. She’s a playwright, an author, a public speaker, a ghost tour operator, and most recently the creator of Marco’s premiere acting school. Gina’s newest venture, Sisbarro Acting School, is set to open on Marco Island come October. The school will offer five different six-week courses that are geared for both adults and children of all different acting levels. Courses will take place at the Rose History Auditorium. For the past 20 years Gina has been directing youth and teen theater on Marco Island. The idea for an acting school ... Read More »

Walk-in Clinic Coming to East Naples

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Officials from Physicians Regional Healthcare System and Collier County, including County Commissioner Fiala, were among the dignitaries turning the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital’s new walk-in clinic.

By Don Manley East Naples residents will have more convenient access to healthcare when Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s newest walk-in clinic begins operations in early in 2017. A late January or early February grand opening is planned for the approximately 9,000-square-foot facility located off Thomasson Drive, near the intersection of Rattlesnake-Hammock Road and U.S. 41. As with Physicians Regional’s three existing clinics, the facility will offer same-day appointments, family medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, x-ray services, physical therapy, pulmonology services and critical-care medicine. “There’ll be upwards of four to five providers at any one time,” said Physicians Regional Market CEO Scott Lowe ... Read More »

Marriott Golf Discount Program for Students

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Submitted  As college students across the U.S. prepare for a new semester, Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators and the golf management organization of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), announced College Links ’16 – a golf discount program specifically designed for college students – is being offered at The Rookery & Hammock Bay in Marco Island. Active college students who enjoy the game of golf will have an opportunity to tee-it-up at a premier collection of championship golf courses throughout the school year, with special pricing to better fit their budgets. As part of the College Links Program, in effect ... Read More »

Conserve Today, Enjoy Tomorrow

Cynthia Barnett speaks with Paul Westberry of Isle of Capri following her
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By Don Manley The time is now for creating a framework to preserve one of the world’s most precious resources, its freshwater reserves, in Florida and worldwide. That was the message delivered by long-time environmental and science journalist and author Cynthia Barnett during her lecture entitled “Blue Revolution, A Water Ethic for Florida,” held recently at the Rose History Auditorium. “Water has become the most degraded ecosystem in the U.S., which I know can be hard to understand in one of the country’s wettest places” said Barnett, who teaches environmental journalism, and nature and adventure writing at the University of ... Read More »

Golf is Back in Season

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This fall promises to be a busy one for golfers with the number of fundraising golf tournaments scheduled so far. Plan ahead and reserve your foursomes early, as many of these events have been known to sell out. All tournaments start at 7:30 AM with registration or check in and breakfast followed by an 8:30 AM start time. Police Foundation 13th Annual Golf Tournament  October 1, Marco Island Country Club All proceeds benefit the Marco Police Foundation Scholarship Police Emergency Fund. Presented by CJ’s on the Bay. The cost is $125 per person. Includes golf ... Read More »

Annual Realtors Luncheon

At the end of the luncheon members of the Realtor Support Network raffled off prizes.

By Samantha Husted  On September 8th the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) held their annual membership luncheon and tradeshow at the Hideaway Beach Club. The morning kicked off with the tradeshow. Colorful displays set up by the Realtor Support Network lined the inside of the club. MIAAOR members sipped on their ice tea as they perused the many booths, saying hello to familiar faces and networking with new supporters. This year it seemed like the affiliates were competing for the most creative display, many incorporating mini games, balloons, candy and other fun takeaways into their booth. The law ... Read More »

Hero House Gives Military Family a Marco Vacation

Natalie and Ava play in the sand. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted When Marco Island resident Brandi Tramazzo created the Hero House Foundation for Recovering Warriors in 2015 she had just one goal in mind: to give back to the servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives to our country. The organization aims to provide vacation homes for military personnel that have recently returned home from deployment. Brandi’s mission is founded on a simple premise, to give military members and their families, most of whom have been separated for months, a chance to relax and spend time together. “You want to change the world?” said Brandi Tramazzo. “Then ... Read More »

A Somber Day

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Most adults know exactly what they were doing when they saw news of the first plane striking the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It was a horrific day for Americans. The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation honored the fifteenth anniversary of 9-11 with a program. Following a mass for all first responders at San Marco Catholic church, a ceremony and luncheon was held in the church hall. Foundation President Dianna Dohm welcomed first responders, members of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation, and several councilors including Bob Brown, Ken Honecker, Larry Honig, Amadeo ... Read More »

One Wheel

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Not often someone is driving and hears, “What’s THAT?!??”  To the young man riding around on a one-wheeled board, it must have been a little disconcerting to have a car start following close behind, but that is just what this writer did. We met a young man, originally from Jamaica, riding the board. His name is Lance Hart. The board he was riding is what is called a One Wheel. That is correct, it is different from a hover board as it only has one large wheel in the center. Lance says because of the ... Read More »

Getting to Know Marco Island’s City Council Candidates, Part 1

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By Steve “Stef” Stenfanides When voters go to the polls on November 8th this year they will be electing men and women that will hold offices ranging from the highest in the land to that of local school boards. On Marco Island, residents will also be voting to fill four city council seats. Those seats are either being vacated by a sitting member or by members running for re-election. This year Councilman Larry Sacher has chosen to not stand for re-election and will be stepping down.  Councilmen Ken Honecker, Larry Honig and Amadeo Petricca are seeking a second and final ... Read More »

Optimist Names Bowden Firefighter of the Year

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By Samantha Husted Marco Island firefighter/paramedic Chris Bowden was named Firefighter of the Year by the South Florida District International Optimist. The award criteria places strong emphasis on educational outreach, something Chris is very passionate about. As Public Education Coordinator for the Marco Island Fire Department, Chris is dedicated to educating Marco’s youth on fire and life safety. As part of his educational outreach Chris helped coordinate the YMCA Water-Wise program, which teaches third grade students about water safety. He created a nine-part educational video series on fire safety that is broadcasted at local elementary schools. Chris is also responsible ... Read More »