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JCMI to Host Jewish Film Festival

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island proudly presents The Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Jewish Film Festival 2014-2015. For the next four months, JCMI will host four films focused on Jewish history and culture. Marco Island resident Dr. Isabel Price is the founder and organizer of the film festival, which is held in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Collier County. “Our film festival aims to build bridges and make connections, Jew to Jew and to our wonderful non-Jewish friends and neighbors,” Price explains. “We want to entertain with new, quality films that also provoke thought ... Read More »

Deck Your Doors

Attendees gathered around the room to celebrate and enjoy the wreaths on display. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island History Museum was very merrily decked with a variety of creative holiday wreaths on Nov. 30. The Second Annual “Deck the Doors and More” wreath and tree decorating contest drew a steady stream of visitors to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, socialize in some Christmas spirit and bid on the wreaths they hoped would adorn their door this holiday season. After final submissions, the wreaths were judged. CJ’s on the Bay took first place; Marco Island Shell Club came in second; and Karen Swanker won third. The ... Read More »

Lely Trojans Fall Sports Awards

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Lely High School held a banquet for players who participated in the fall sports programs catered by Carrabbas. The evening began with Athletic Director Josh Corr giving a short speech and awarding some district recognitions. After dinner, the teams separated for coachs’ awards and recognitions.     Lely Volleyball players honored by coaches Christine Haire coached Freshman volleyball. Coach Haire recognized Savannah Jones with a Just Got Served award, Yesenio Castillo as Body Sacrificer award, Lauren Bulka and Andrea Castillo with Freshman Athletic awards. Mike Cain coached the Junior Varsity volleyball team. He awarded Payge ... Read More »

Lely Cross Country Team Celebrates Multiple Awards

Bailey Greaves, left, Jack Remaks, Dalton Herrity, Gage Wheeler and Rosie Poling were among cross country athletes recognized at the Lely awards dinner. Wheeler was 3A District 12 champion and Poling came in second. Both were named to the Collier County All Conference cross country team and most valuable for their teams.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Lely cross country team celebrated an outstanding season at the awards program at Lely High School on December 3. The girls won the 3A District 12 team title, while the boys finished second. Senior Gage Wheeler won the district championship and sophomore Rosie Poling ran to second place in leading the girls. The week before both teams finished fifth at the Collier Cross County Conference Championships, but refocused for the district races. Head coach Mark McGarity said that he and new assistant Leslie Bentley talked with the runners prior to the district meet. “We projected ... Read More »

Procession honors Our Lady of Guadalupe

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you’re lucky, you will get a glimpse of a faithful group of residents adorned in colorful costume as they parade down the street. Some play drums, some dance, and some carry images of the Virgin Mary. The faithful make the annual trek to commemorate Our Lady of Guadalupe. The walk stretches from Kretch’s Restaurant, down Bald Eagle to San Marco Road continuing to San Marco Catholic Church where Mass is celebrated. A statue of the Virgin Mary is carried the entire route to the church. In Latin America, the faithful believe Our Lady of ... Read More »

PPK Scores Webb Day with the Dolphins

Local winners competed in the sectional competition
in October at the Dolphins training facility. They were: Boys 6/7: Jake Bruni, Girls
8/9: Lyndsay Lowdermilk, Boys 8/9: Andrew Meyers, Girls 10/11: Jordan Kraley, Boys 10/11: James Burns, Boys 12/13: Justin Webb,
Boys 14/15: Cody Webb.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Cody Webb won the Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) competition for the 14-15 age group earlier this year. The annual PPK event is hosted by the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department, winners were: From that win, Cody moved on to one of the four section competitions that were held, where again, he won his age group. Cody then progressed to the Miami Dolphins Team Championship held pre-game at the Miami Dolphins December 7th home game. Cody finished second in his age group. Cody had previously received an award from the City of Marco Island ... Read More »

Lely Golf Team Honored

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Golf Team were included in the awards night banquet. Several recognitions were awarded: Hunter O’Neil and Becca Gates were recognized for being named to the All-Conference and both made it to the Regional golf finals. The coach named Hunter as the team’s Most Valuable Player and he presented Nicholas Gross with the Team Spirit award. For the girl’s team, Becca Gates earned Most Valuable Player. Yanish Meester was named the Most Improved Player, and the Coach presented the Coaches’ Award to Itze Gomez.   Read More »

Ke Robinson Exhibit at The Museum of the Everglades

Ke Robinson is joined by her daughter, Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance and his wife Gayle at the exhibit reception at the Everglades Museum.

By Pat Newman Bold colors marry traditional Florida flora and fauna in a whimsical blend of “tropical expressionism” at a new exhibit hosted by the Museum of the Everglades entitled “Tropical Art With An Edge” by Ke Robinson. The Florida artist, who lives in West Palm Beach, was on hand Saturday, Dec. 6, to talk about her mixed media collection which made its debut in Everglades City. She spoke modestly of her work, explaining her inspiration behind the paintings of native Florida birds and alligators. “I paint what I please,” she stated. Robinson is a self-taught artist who claims to ... Read More »

Forever Young

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Doretta Alger has a genuine smile, bubbly personality and is earnestly happy to meet people. When it comes to Doretta, nothing strikes you as unusual until you learn she is 95 years young! She completely belies her age. Of course, the first question always is “to what do you attribute your youthful appearance?” Longevity seems to run in the family as Doretta’s grandmother lived to be 101. Doretta added, “Each birthday, I walked my age. When I turned 90, I walked 90 minutes. At 91, I walked 91 minutes and so on. I did it each ... Read More »

Tales from the Front – in Korea, 1951

Lt. Alyce Kobzina (Army Ret.) told the DAR members about her assignment as a nurse in a MASH unit on the front lines in the Korean War.

Submitted The Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored a veteran member and welcomed a newcomer to the group at its first meeting of the season, November 20 at Hideaway Beach Club. Jean Boucher received a certificate noting her thirty years with DAR on Marco and Cindy Anderson was recognized as a new member. Then the members listened intently to the war stories of Lt. Alyce Kobzina (Ret.). She was an army nurse during WWII and then assigned to a MASH (mobile army surgical hospital) unit like the one depicted in the famous TV series, set ... Read More »

Notes From Fatima

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Local resident, Peter Vale, has been studying and working at the Vatican and the Pontifical North American College. San Marco Catholic Church and the Diocese of Venice, as well as family and friends have been encouraging in his endeavors. During weekends and some holidays, Peter has the opportunity to visit surrounding areas and holy sites in other countries. Recently, Peter made a weekend pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain. “We flew into Lisbon, rented a small car there, and drove all the way up to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain (a 5.5-hour ride). Because the ... Read More »

Conservancy Announces January Nature Experiences

Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers daily electric boat cruises of the Gordon
River. Additionally, Boat and Brunch events are hosted on Sundays.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The folks at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are busy gearing up for the new year and new nature experiences in January. As always, the Conservancy invites the public to take part in all of its events at the Nature Center, its Eco-Cruises of Rookery Bay and its off-site nature walks. At the Nature Center “Boat and Brunch” will be held Sundays in January at 11 AM. Take a guided tour of the Gordon River aboard a Conservancy electric boat, and stopping for brunch at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club. Reservations are recommended, and the ... Read More »

Change Comes to MIPD

Chief Al Schettino. FILE photo

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com In less than five months, Acting Police Chief Al Schettino has more than left his mark on the Marco Island Police Department. When he took over on July 25, MIPD was a department in crisis. During a three-year period — January 2001 to January 2014 — roughly two-thirds of the department left. That is 23 of 36 officers. What’s more, City Manager Roger Hernstadt was conducting interviews with former employees to find out why they left. Under the tutelage of Schettino, the now fully-staffed department of 34 sworn-officers has undergone a restructuring and reorganization to ... Read More »

More Phoenix Awards for MIFRD

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For the second time in a month, members of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department were recognized by the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services with a Phoenix Award. Named after the mythological bird that died and rose renewed from the ashes, the Phoenix Award is given to first responders who brought back to life, through their highly-trained efforts, patients who were clinically dead with no heartbeat or breathing. A total of 19 MIFRD personnel received a Phoenix Award — 16 in November and three more this month. All told, more than 90 emergency response personnel ... Read More »

City Council Honors Dr. Fay Biles

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Dr. Fay Biles was a major topic of interest at the December Marco Island City Council meeting. Not only was she recognized for serving the community for the last 36 years as the president of the Marco Island Taxpayers Association (MITA) through a proclamation and key to the city, but Council Chairman Larry Sacher also announced to the audience that he had formally submitted the application to name the city’s Community Room after Dr. Biles and her late husband, Bedford. “I formally submitted the paperwork to the Parks and Recreation Committee to rename (the community ... Read More »

BCC, City Council Focus on Fate of Goodland Road

Improving tidal flow beneath the Goodland Road bridge could be a start to fixing the flooding issue.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The Goodland Road and what should be done about it was the main topic of discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 2, when the Collier County Board of Commissioners and the Marco Island City Council came together at Government Center. Goodland Road (County Road 92A) is the only access in or out of the community of Goodland, and it acts as the singular emergency route for 300 homes. It’s long been in need of repair, as it often becomes impassable during high tides and storm surges. In 1999, Collier County ceded all roads within the city limits to ... Read More »

Etched Windows of Advent

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Artists in Residence (AIR) at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church celebrated the season of Advent, the coming of Christ, last year by creating drawings which were then etched in glass. Acclaimed glass artists Stan Saran and Don and Elaine Jones masterfully took the designs and etched them into windows. The project, was the fifth project of AIR and was entitled, “Incarnation Windows.” The windows were then hung with a custom built hanging system and when season ended, they were stored away. The project was a culmination of the effort of many participants, from Father Kyle, ... Read More »

Botana Named “Citizen of the Year”

Maria Botana, left, was honored by the Golden Gate Civic Association during the 2014 Citizens of the Year Banquet, Nov. 13, 2014. She was joined by fellow honorees, from left, Carol Fries of the Golden Gate Kiwanis Club, Public Service Employee of the Year; Pat Meulenberg of the Golden Gate Fire & Rescue District; Pat and Michael LaMendola, who accepted the award from the Rotary Club of Naples-Collier on behalf of the late Mario LaMendola. Photo Credit: Kaydee Tuff

Maria Botana of IBERIABANK was recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the Golden Gate President’s Council at a reception on Nov. 13.  Botana, who serves as vice president and branch manager for IBERIABANK’s Golden Gate office located at 5247 Golden Gate Parkway, is well known for her volunteerism and professionalism. She has been a banker in Southwest Florida for nearly 35 years and has helped many non-profits, families and businesses. “The Golden Gate Civic Association held a strategy meeting at the start of the year to identify specific areas of opportunity for our community. Bringing businesses together to foster ... Read More »

Lynn Kittelson, REALTOR, joins the Sandlin Team at RE/MAX

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We are excited to announce that Lynn Kittelson has joined the ranks of the Sandlin Team as our newest Realtor Partner.  Lynn, born and raised in Osseo, Wisconsin.   She earned her Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Lynn’s 12 years’ experience working for two Naples area high end resorts in the hospitality & service industry as well as her local real estate experience & her love of the Marco Island and Naples area amenities and lifestyle are a winning combination for our clients. Lynn and her fiancé Kevin love spending their time outdoors on the water ... Read More »

MARCO ISLAND REAL ESTATE MARKET UP

Bette McGilvray, President Marco Island Area Association of Realtors 2014

OCTOBER 2014 TO OCTOBER 2013 COMPARISON MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties compare October 2014 to October 2013. Marco Island MLS Statistics, for Marco Island only property, continues to be a seller’s market, according to Bette McGilvray, 2014 President, Marco Island Area Association of Realtors. Active inventory continues to decrease from a year ago and pending statistics for all property types are Single Family Home Activity: Fewer new single family homes were listed in October 2014 v. October 2013. The percentage was down 4.69% (61 v. 64). The total number ... Read More »