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Look North!

Looking North, 9PM, Nov. 14. What happened to the Big Dipper? SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net We hardly ever look north in this column, and it’s time to fix that. Now, locate Polaris, the pole star, by locating the finder stars in the Big Dipper. What? Where is the Big Dipper you say? That’s the first lesson to learn tonight: We have no Big Dipper in the sky on evenings during November and December! To find the pole star, locate the upside down W-shape of Cassiopeia and drop your eye straight downwards. Polaris is the brightest star seen before you reach the horizon. Notice that Polaris is far lower ... Read More »

Naomi’s Black Cat Lores

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Happy Halloween! This is my favorite day of the year because I get to race and slither through the shelter like a wild cat, wielding my tiger-sized goody bag and collecting the annual toll I exact from my staff of 80 volunteers. It matters not whether it be people food or top-end cat food (none of that dry stuff, yuck!), just so long as it isn’t that dreadful tasting junk food dogs eat with such gusto. It goes without saying, but obviously I’m going to say it ... Read More »

Do You Value Your Team Captain?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com “Oh, no way. I wouldn’t want to be captain of this team under any circumstances,” Sandy remarked after practice. Most CTA or USTA participants are well aware of the number of challenges team captains have each season with a wide variety of issues. Most importantly, a large majority of the players are cooperative and support the captain and the pro. Depending on the team, the captain plays a large role in the success of their team. A dynamic captain will assist in the following: Team roster Practice day and time Practice ideas Players attending ... Read More »

A Tribute to My Ultimate Dolphin Lover

Emily on her 90th birthday in 2012. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist STEPPING STONES…This is the primary title of the column I write. Typically, a stepping stone is something to help you get from one place to another or from one phase in life to another as well. We have all utilized them. Sometimes, they are very obvious to us; very evident. Other times, we just happen to stumble upon them. They can be subtle or they can be earth shattering. One thing is for sure: We use them from the day we are born until the time we die. Some of the people who create ... Read More »

November Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

David Goodenough caught and released this Snook with  Capt Kurt on a Captain Rapps Charter. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com November is one of my absolute favorite months here in the Everglades National Park! The reasons are numerous, and I could go on forever describing them, but some of the highlights are: 1) Mild weather patterns with little rain and light winds; 2) Fish are actively following and feeding on the huge bait pods just off the coastal beaches; 3) Daytime temperatures are comfortably hovering in the high 70s to low 80s; 4) Migratory birds are actively arriving for the winter…and the list goes on! The change of seasons will begin to affect ... Read More »

Maximum Distance

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In 1997, world-renowned golf instructor Jim McLean published a book called, “X–Factor and Other Secrets of Power and Distance.” McLean has always been on the forefront of golf instruction. The X–Factor is a concept based on a golfer turning their hips to start the downswing without moving the shoulders (as seen in the picture). The greater degree of separation between the hip turn and the shoulder turn the farther the golf ball will travel. McLean has studies with stats to prove the theory, and also discusses in the book other factors involved in achieving distance. ... Read More »

LELY VOLLEYBALL

The Lely volleyball team was recognized during half time at the Lely-Sebring football game for winning its fourth straight Class 5A-District 12 Championship. The Lady Trojans will host Lemon Bay at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in regional quarter final matchups. Read More »

DEP, Collier County Enter Agreement on Dan A. Hughes Enforcement

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently finalized a stipulated agreement with Collier County, clearing the way for the county to join DEP in its lawsuit against the Dan A. Hughes Co., a Beeville, TX-based oil and gas company. Filed in July, the lawsuit requests the court’s enforcement of the requirements under a consent order between DEP and the Dan A. Hughes Co. and seeks monetary penalties in excess of $100,000 as a result of the company violating the terms of the consent order and other regulations. The consent order was issued in April ... Read More »

Going Skin Deep with Dr. Daniel Wasserman

Dr. Daniel Wasserman and his team at Skin Wellness Physicians. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Pat Newman “I don’t treat skin cancer; I treat people. That’s what it’s about,” stated Dr. Daniel I. Wasserman, who opened his own practice “Skin Wellness Physicians” at 8625 Collier Blvd in Naples in July. Daniel I. Wasserman, MD, FAAD, and a Board Certified Dermatologist, practiced locally on Marco Island and Naples for three-and-half years. “Marco Island has a family atmosphere, and the interconnectedness is really nice,” he said. His new location will provide a highly specialized level of treatment with an onsite surgical suite for people in Southwest Florida dealing with skin cancers and port wine stains. As ... Read More »

Code Enforcement Handles Problems, Seeks Magistrate

By Carol Glassman At the City’s Code Enforcement meeting on Oct. 14, the board heard an addition to the agenda, involving a sewer connection from a previous meeting to be installed at 641 Inlet Drive, a property owned by Joanne and Neal Beightol. The board voted unanimously to extend Beightols’ compliance deadline as their contractor had experienced difficulties with the installation. The board also received a letter from Duane Thomas Marine Construction requesting a postponement for a case involving the removal of vessels at 620 Rockport Court, as Thomas’ attorney was unable to be present. The board voted unanimously to ... Read More »

Honor Flight From a Marco Island View

Collier County District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala with members of American Legion Post 404 who participated in the Oct. 25 Honor Flight. SUBMITTED PHOTO

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net On Saturday, Oct. 25, there was the most amazing event I’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing. It was called “The Honor Flight,” and by now most of you have read about it in the local newspapers. Today, though, I’d like to give you an up close and personal look from the Marco Island point of view. The Collier County Honor Flight was one of six Honor Flights from around the country. Marco Island had five veterans on board, all five from the new American Legion Post 404. Ray Rosenberg was the escort for his ... Read More »

GPS, Google Maps, To and From, etc.

By Pat Newman Thank God for my Cub Scout Leader’s training, or I would be abysmally lost in this tech-savvy world. Give me a compass, map, or a night sky with a guiding star, and I can travel from point A to point B. Tell me to log onto Google maps or follow my GPS (Goofy Piloting Set-Up), and you will need to follow-up with an APB (All Points Bulletin). I have tried to navigate with impersonal voices telling me where to turn and printed directions sending me down streets under construction. It’s a hit or miss situation. Just the ... Read More »

Memorial Wall to be Unveiled

On Nov. 11, artist Malenda Trick’s breathtaking Memorial Wall of historical images of our valiant soldiers at war will be unveiled in a ceremony beginning at 5 PM at the Marco Island Historical Museum, in front of veterans, local, state and federal officials and the public. Trick began painting on her third Veterans’ Day project on July 15, and has painted every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at the Marco Island Historical Museum since that day to create dramatic images of Florida’s soldiers at war and our national war efforts. The memorial wall then will travel throughout Florida and by April ... Read More »

Kudos…

are due to Noelle Lowery for the well written article concerning the efforts of Marco Island Academy to become one of the leading charter high schools in the state. This comprehensive piece of journalism details every facet of MIA’s progress and needs. Not often have I seen a local article of this caliber which seems to leave nothing out. It portrays the heroic efforts of MIA to continue fulfilling the need for a high quality high school on Marco Island. This article should encourage more of us to increase our support for MIA. Barry Gwinn, Goodland Read More »

Veterans Day Celebration

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Veterans Day — Tuesday, Nov. 11 — marks a day of remembrance for many Marco Islanders. On this day, the Marco Island Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6370, will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 11 AM at Veterans Memorial Park. This time of day — 11 AM —represents the day and hour of the signing of the armistice ending World War I. Organizations taking part in the program include: Marco Island American Legion Post 404; the Marco Island Strummers; Marco Island Police Department; Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department; the US Coast Guard Auxiliary; Civil Air Patrol; Marco area Boy ... Read More »

On Tour with Marco Island Utilities

Taking a look into the massive storage tank, students also got a  bird’s eye view of Marco Island. PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman When 24 first graders arrived at the Marco Island Utilities site for a tour of water distribution and wastewater treatment, many of the girls and boys wanted to be policemen or fire fighters when they grew up, but after an eye-opening walk-through and presentation by several of the city’s key engineers and operators, at least six students switched to water operations as their future career field. The students from First Baptist Church of Naples Academy visited the utilities operation on East Elkcam Circle as part of their unit study on community services. Upon arrival, they were greeted ... Read More »

Lely Invitational Hosts Record 32 Schools

Lely’s Rosie Poling, center, passes a runner in the Lely Cross Country Invitational. Poling, of Marco Island, placed 10th in a personal best time of 19:43.7.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Lely Cross Country Invitational hosted a record 32 schools on Sept. 18, marking its 15th year. The Marco Island Academy girls, with five freshmen, raced against experience and still came in at 18th. The lone boy, Fermin Mendoza, set a personal best in his race. Lely’s Gage Wheeler of Marco, raced to seventh in leading his team to a fifth-place finish. Marco’s Rosie Poling, placed 10th, leading her team to a ninth-place finish. Olivia Watt led her MIA team with in a time of 22:42. Watt was an outstanding runner at Marco Island Charter Middle ... Read More »

PHANTOM FLIES OVER LELY CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL

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As runners at the Lely Cross Country Invitational revved up, so did Chris Black and his Phantom 2 Drone. The drone, with a GoPro camera, circumnavigated the cross country course to give an additional enhancement to the event. By Florida High School Association rules, the drone can hover up to 400 feet above the subject. Sean Duffey, race timer for Gulf Coast Runners, was recording times at the meet. “It benefits the runners,” he said. “It gives a different perspective. Very cool at the finish line.” Black first purchased a drone for his personal use, then earned a grant for ... Read More »

Celebrating 20 Years of Always There

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Rosalind “Roz” Minicozzi is a woman of faith, and during a vacation in Southwest Florida more than 20 years ago, the president and CEO of Always There Home Health Care decided to take a giant leap of faith to open a second office for her New Jersey-base home health care agency on Marco Island. Today, that office is celebrating 20 years of service to the homebound, infirm and elderly on Marco Island and in its surrounding communities. The firm’s Marco office is located at 317 N. Collier Blvd. in Suite 201. Always There also has ... Read More »

Manatee Rescue All in a Day’s Work

Mrs. Webb, Tony Smith and Ms. Lacks.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you’re the city of Marco Island Environmental Specialist, rescuing a manatee or other wildlife can be all in a day’s work. Just as it was during a recent manatee rescue at Tigertail Beach. A manatee stranded itself on a mud flat in Tigertail lagoon due to a strong outgoing tide in a New Moon phase. Walking the beach, Todd Tateo, spotted the stranded manatee and reported it to the Tigertail Beach gate attendant, Lee Gunderson. Todd told Lee the manatee was “high and dry” in the lagoon. Lee called the city of Marco Island ... Read More »