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2nd Grade Tommie Barfield Profiles

Trisha Herzog. Photos by Noelle H. Lowery

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Tommie Barfield Elementary welcomed two new second grade teachers to its hallowed halls this fall — Trisha Herzog and Awilda Torres. Although the two women traveled very different roads to TBE, they are both in their 14th year of teaching, and their passion for teaching is evident as their No. 1 priority is their students. A native of New Jersey, Herzog attended from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a degree in Psychology and an elementary certification for grades K-6. She and her husband, Tom, in live Naples, and their son, Aidan, is ... Read More »

Everglades City December Wrap-Up

By Pat Newman There is no shortage of things to do in Everglades City the month of December! The holiday season kicks off with the Fourth Annual Swamp Heritage Festival on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center. The event is a celebration of the rich history and culture of South Florida. There will be demonstrations and exhibits documenting the rugged lifestyle of the area’s earliest pioneers. Also on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 are two evening events at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Stroll the boardwalk after dark on Friday ... Read More »

Suddenly in Command

US Coast Guard Auxiliary members teach boating maneuvers during  ‘Suddenly in Command’ thanks to the generous donation of Rose Marina. SUBMITTED photoS

By Laurie Harris US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 Suddenly in Command — a scary thought. You are on the water. Your “captain” is incapacitated, and you are suddenly in command of the vessel. Do you know how to get the boat under control? Can you perform basic first aid and get the boat back to the dock? If you are not sure you could handle this situation and would like to gain confidence on the water, the “Suddenly in Command” course offered by the Marco Island Coast Guard Auxiliary is for you. True story: A Miami woman was out ... Read More »

2014 Christmas Island Style Ornament Design Competition

Reviewing the entrants. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The theme for this year’s Christmas Island Style Ornament Design Contest was the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island. Sixth and seventh graders at Marco Island Charter Middle School submitted 75 works of art to be considered by the judges. This year’s first place winner will have their design on the official 2015 Christmas ornament. The judging took place at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Distinguished judges made the rounds around the room to view each entry before voting for their favorites and tallying up the votes. The judging was done by State Representative ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy Charity Bash

Contestants for the Mr. MIA Pageant line up before the show. SUBMITTED photo

By Gabriella Perez In August 2014, the Marco Island Academy Manta Mentoring group, along with mentor Mr. Kirby Rients, considered creating something out of the time between lunch and classes together as a group. Mr. Rients knew he wanted to construct a mentoring group that would achieve great things, instead of neglecting this 20-minute period. So, with the brains of the students in the group and the suggestions from Mr.Rients, the Marco Island Academy Charity Bash was established. The MIA Charity Bash was created to raise money for a charity of the students’ choice, the American Cancer Society. Since August, ... Read More »

Marco Lights Up for Annual Decorating Contest

SUBMITTED photo Left to right: (back row) Chairman Dave Rice, Donna Rohrbach, Dr. Jerry Swiacki, Liz Doyle, Jim Rohrbach, Richard Robinson, Barry Grass, Ken Honecker, Bill Doyle, Marty Roddy and Jeff Hewson; (middle row) Dee Honecker and Debbie Roddy; and (sitting) Mike Mickes, Carla Mickes, Paula Robinson, Peggy Grass, Sue Hewson and Linda Turner.

Submitted The Christmas House and Business Decorating Committee met Wednesday, Nov. 19, for the annual Committee Pot Luck Supper, hosted this year by Treasurer Bob Boland. Final preparations were completed for the 18th Annual Christmas House and Business Decorating Contest. Marco Island has long been noted for the communities some 2000+ Christmas decorated properties, and enthusiasm is building among Marco Island residents as they noted early decorations already being installed. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the Christmas spirit by driving around the island to see the innovative decorations. The contest is an independent Florida corporation operated by members of the ... Read More »

Iberia Bank Transforms Shredded Paper into FOT Scholarship Funds

$2000 Shred Party check presented to FOT President Linda Colombo (left) by Keith Dameron (center) Iberia Bank retiring VP and Branch Manager and Laura Schneider (right) incoming Branch Manager. PHOTOS BY JOSEPH PARISI

Submitted Keith Dameron, retiring vice president and manager, organized and orchestrated a very successful 15th Shred Party, Nov, 8, at Iberia Bank on Bald Eagle Drive. The practical purpose of this event is to help in the prevention of identity theft. Additionally, the $3 fee per box of documents translates into benefiting a community cause. For each Shred Party, the bank has designated a Marco Island nonprofit as the beneficiary of the day’s proceeds. This year’s fortunate recipient was Friends of Tigertail Beach, a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to the stewardship of the unique, rich natural area that comprises ... Read More »

Police Foundation Sets Date for Rib Cook-off

Submitted The Marco Police Foundation will present the Fourth Annual Rib Cook-off on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, from 12-6 PM with rib judging at 5 PM. The cook-off will again be held at the Marco Island Brewery. The event brings together the best “Ribbers” in the area to compete for the coveted “Rib Trophy” and bragging rights. This family-friendly event features a silent auction, prizes and great entertainment. Tickets are only $20 each and include a full, served meal For ticket information contact Joe Granda 239-389-2823, Curt Coon 239-389-541, Lou Prigge 239-269-2148, Dick Shanahan 239-248-7419, Dick Adams 239-285-9683 or Steve ... Read More »

Big League Help Comes to MIA Baseball

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It is not often that young athletes get to take advantage of training opportunities with those working in the professional sports world, but a group of Marco Island Academy baseball hopefuls recently received some pointers from Jeff Mathers, a strength and conditioning coach with Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers. The big leaguer’s family lives on Marco Island, and he has been enjoying the off-season here. MIA Assistant Baseball Coach and local homebuilder Andy Delgado met Mathers, and asked him if he could come and give those interested in playing baseball for MIA some advice on ... Read More »

Utility Rate Discussion Continues at City Hall

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Last week, Marco Island’s Finance Director Guillermo Polanco sent a report out to City Council members. The topic: balancing the budget for Marco Island Utilities. According to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, the report says the Council voted to approve the budget on September 8th and 22nd, 2013 that included a 2.1% increase in utility rates. The Council deferred the implementation to determine if the implementation of a new rate structure would mitigate the need for the additional revenue. Unfortunately, that effort has not reached a consensus to date. Therefore, the Council will have to either ... Read More »

MIFRD Recognized

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Everyday members of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department risk their lives to help those in need and peril, and recently a number of them were recognized for their valiant efforts. In September, MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy received a letter from Walter Kopka, chief of Collier County Emergency Medical Services, informing him that 16 members of his crew were being honored with a Phoenix Award by the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services. The Phoenix Award recognizes a fire fighter, paramedic or EMT who has successfully resuscitated a cardiac arrest patient. Among those receiving the award ... Read More »

Marco Island Chosen to Host Traveling Vietnam Wall Again

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Mark your calendars. The traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is headed back to Marco Island for a repeat exhibition Feb. 11-16, 2015. Dubbed “The Wall That Heals,” the wall first came to the island in December 2011 and was visited by more than 16,000 people in four days. “This is probably the most honorable thing that could happen to Marco Island,” says Lee Rubenstein, current commander of the American Legion Post 404-Marco Island and the person responsible for bringing the wall back. “To be chosen a second time is quite an honor.” “The Wall That ... Read More »

Up to My Knees in Adventure

We arrived at our designated entrance point into the swamp and exited the tram; this was the first thing I saw. Of the countless pictures I've taken in my career, this now ranks among my most favorites.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Recently relocating to a place so geologically different from where I was born and raised in northeast Ohio, I get to experience new things almost daily. As a reporter, I go out on many assignments with a child-like wonder, and come away with life-long memories often feeling renewed and empowered. In my quest to see all of the exotic beauty on display here at the bottom of our nation, I’ve ventured where I never thought I could, pushing through my fears, phobias and physical limitations. That being said, if someone had told me exactly one year ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Roger T. Hernstadt, City Manager

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A prolific writer of letters to the editor has once again misstated the facts which can unfortunately mislead or bias public opinion.  The City has been consistent in explaining that the “bucket plan” was designed to accumulate money to meet the known existing needs for renewal and replacement obligations of the general fund.    This does not mean any new general fund obligations approved by the Council (by the way there have been none to date) or the utility debt which is current approximately $150 million and scheduled to be paid off in 2033.   This community needs to arrive at a ... Read More »

Bingo Winners!!

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Joann Irvolino was the the Big Winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Bert Thompson. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The public is welcome! Read More »

Marco DAR Celebrates its Founders Day and Marco Anniversary

DAR members (LtoR) Debra Haeussler, Karen Lombardi, Becky Krisko, Dona Zuckerman, Judy Kenney, Mary Alice Ritchie, Betsy Perdichizzi, Cindy Anderson,Virginia Read, Barbara Messner

It was more than just a pre-Season get together October 16th.  It was a mini-reunion of local DAR members and an opportunity to observe the organization’s Founders’ Day.  The luncheon at Kretch’s marked the 124th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It also was the 38th anniversary of the Marco Island Chapter. The DAR was founded in 1890 with the simple mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. This nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.  It has ... Read More »

STOP IDENTITY THEFT FORUM

By Collier County Schools and City of Naples ID Theft Task Force   Learn how to prevent becoming a victim of identity fraud on Wednesday, November 12, 4:45 PM to 6:15 PM, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Collier county School District Administrative Center, 5775 Osceola Trail in Naples.   This program will be moderated by Jeff Lytle, former Naples Daily News Editorial Page Editor, and feature speakers: Kevin Rambosk, Collier County Sheriff, Thomas Weschler, the Chief of Police for the City of Naples, Chad Parker, Lieutenant of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crime Bureau, Carrie Kerskie, P.I. ... Read More »

Arturo’s re-opens with sole proprietor Judy Barney

Longtime Marco Island resident Judy Barney has set the first week of November for the grand re-opening of Marco Island culinary mainstay, Arturo’s Italian Restaurant at 844 Bald Eagle Drive. Though the Zagat, Wine Spectator and AAA Approved Arturo’s has been in business on Marco Island for almost 19 years, Barney’s role has changed from co-owner to sole proprietor of the popular restaurant. A very familiar face to patrons, Barney has been responsible for maintaining Arturo’s public image for many years—at the restaurant and throughout the community. With the dawn of a new era, Barney promises: “Something old, something new, ... Read More »

Istanbul Impressions

The Golden Horn of the Bosphorus divides ‘old and ‘new’ Istanbul.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When we first planned our trip to Istanbul, I was surprised how many people told me that their dream was to travel there or that it was on their “Bucket List.” Everyone I knew who had visited told me that it was beautiful and that we would love it; they were right. It’s difficult to capture the essence of the city in words. There are the cliches of old and new, where east meets west. In a small way, the city reminded me of Budapest where the Danube divides the historical Buda from the more ... Read More »

Keeping Florida Wild: Thank You for Voting Yes to Amendment 1

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Florida, a sensitive and dynamic peninsula, unique in its habitat, wildlife and hydrology in the world, is the third most populous state in the nation. From the outcome of the election, it apparently has a majority of very wise people who hope to allow the next generation by providing clean water and protection to natural lands and wildlife. With a population that has doubled in 10 years to 20 million and predicted to be 30 million in the next 35 years, the overwhelming approval to keep Florida wild was an amazing historical decision made ... Read More »