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The Family and Fragrance

Clerodendrum dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Clerodendrum is a beautiful, flowering plant that can be found blooming and thriving all over our South Florida landscape. With more than 300 species of vines and shrubs in the genus, they are as plentiful as they are lovely. Some are grown primarily for the large, beautiful flowers that emerge in clusters. Others are wanted mostly for their fragrance. Either way, they’re a great addition to anyone’s garden. Many of the varieties can be found easily; others are rarer, and must be hunted down a bit. Finding them is part of the fun of using ... Read More »

Traveling Left of Center

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com I was looking for a good love story to break up the string of thrillers I have been reading. Instead, I found “Traveling Left of Center.” As the title indicates, these 18 short stories have protagonists who are slightly off kilter psychologically. We all know they are “out there.” It is estimated that one in four Americans suffers from some form of mental illness. Nancy Christie has given them a voice. Though not as dreary as Edgar Allen Poe by any means, Christie’s protagonists are in various stages of psychic distress. The first story, named ... Read More »

It’s Just Another Summer Day

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Ah, the glamorous daily life of a goldsmith! It dawned on me after what should have been a slow month was in fact uncannily busy. A kind of nothing seems to get accomplished busy. The day usually begins around 9 AM, when I usually encounter a single person or small crowd milling around the front door when I arrive. I then have to politely apologize for the fact I can’t let anyone in until 9:30 AM for security and insurance protocol — 9:30 is when I actually open. Try convincing your bank to let ... Read More »

Language Has a Slippery Slope

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Is there really no escaping the fate of eventually sounding just like our parents? Is today’s music really just noise? (I know mine was to my parents.) Are kids today really wearing horrible statements for clothing just to get a reaction from “us” (as we did to “them” 40-50 years ago)? Is language truly a dying art? Zounds, methinks not. Oh right, no one says “zounds” anymore, and “methinks” it’s amazing that spell check has nothing to say about, well, about methinkings. Or zounds. Huh? Like everything else, language is, of course, constantly evolving. I ... Read More »

Don’t Let PWC Men Pretty Wild Character

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By Lt. Bill Hempel United States Power Squadrons While many operators of personal water craft (PWC) are careful to obey the laws of the water road and of courtesy, some people seem electrically charged by the handle bars. Like the results of Dr. Frankenstein’s machine, they are transformed into mindless monsters. These drivers grab the handle bars, throw their heads back, and mindlessly speed off. I have seen PWC’s running into the face of waves in attempts to do 360 degree flips. Of course, most of them fall backwards into the water with the machine on top of them — ... Read More »

How Often Do You Brush…

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Your body? What? Never heard of body brushing? It’s one of the easiest, quickest, (cheapest), most underrated things you can do to improve your immune system among a host of other fantastic benefits! Why, you ask? It’s detoxifying. Our body releases about a pound of waste from our skin daily; if the skin is clogged from dead skin cells, the toxins that are trying to make their way out of you end up being reabsorbed instead. Dry brushing removes these dead cells, and as a result, stimulates the immune system, better enabling it to do ... Read More »

You Have to Reach to Get to the Bottom of It

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Have you ever had one of those days where you just “don’t feel right?” But, of course, we all do! As we get older, those days seem to come more frequently than we like. One day you wake up and your neck refuses to rotate to one side. If it does move, it’s accompanied by a cacophony of snaps and pops or the grinding sound of tires on gravel. Or quite possibly, you suffer from one of the most common ailments we experience in adulthood: low back pain. That annoying ache or discomfort ... Read More »

The Secret

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There is no better title to reel a golfer into an article. Every golfer is looking for the “secret” in an effort to improve. Golfers are looking for that one swing thought or one tip that takes their game to the next level. I believe there is a so-called “secret,” but just because there is a secret does not mean you will be on tour next week. With golf, nothing is that simple. I do not know if “secret” is the right word. However, all professional golfers have only one thing in common. The PGA ... Read More »

Volunteer Leaders Make a Difference

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Cancer never sleeps, and at the Marco Island American Cancer Society, we never forget that we are here to finish the fight. We had an amazingly successful 2014 and are actively gearing up for a new season. I have written on several occasions about how we would not exist nor would we even have local events if it weren’t for our volunteers who give their time, talent and treasure to help men, women and children survive cancer and live longer, healthier lives. I am so grateful to our volunteer leaders, and I’d like to ... Read More »

Is It Possible to Hit the Big Ball?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com The desire to knock the cover off the ball appears to have hit all levels of tennis. With technology moving at such a fast rate, I really shouldn’t be surprised that so many tennis players desire to play quick points — whether they win it or not! Sometimes, I want to blame the sports shows because they condense a game down to one or two plays, and viewers are programmed to a quick fix. Here’s one more shocking revelation: Men and women have different styles on the tennis court. Unfortunately, men, hitting just one ... Read More »

Getting Your Goat

Facing Southeast, 11PM August 22nd. The bright star Fomalhaut is a relatively close neighbor of the Sun and seems to have a planetary system around it.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Capricornus, the goat, is the second faintest constellation in the zodiac after Cancer, but it is rather easier to pick out than its near neighbor Aquarius. Capricornus is framed by several modestly close pairs of stars which are quite noticeable once initially located. This constellation is usually referred to as a goat, but classic drawings of Capricornus show a sort of hybrid creature with goat forequarters and a fishlike tail. This makes Capricornus a member of “the sea” — a term covering a large patch of sky which contains constellations with a water ... Read More »

w17¢ Goes a Long Way

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by Carol Glassman This is so pathetic it can only be true. A few weeks ago an elderly friend from out-of-state entertained me with a surrealistic tale of horror involving a co-op utility company to which she is attached — not having a choice. She was widowed eight years ago, but had always looked after family finances and paying the bills, quite proud of being able to handle the simple transactions online. A month ago, she received a taped phone call from the utility company telling her the bill was overdue and if not paid within one day, her service ... Read More »

MIFRD June Update

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Six months into 2014 and the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department has been busier than ever. At the Aug. 4 City Council meeting, MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy reported that through June the department had answered 1854 total calls, ranging from fire alarms and incidents to medical calls to marine rescues. This accounts for a 6.5 percent increase over the same period of time last year. Moreover, occurrences of concurrent overlapping emergency calls are up 38 percent over 2013. For all of 2013, MIFRD had 683 overlapping incidents; for the first six months of 2014, the department ... Read More »

City Manager Hernstadt Aims to Fill City’s Bucket List

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By Carol Glassman City Manager Roger Hernstadt addressed approximately 50 residents of Hideaway Beach last week, accompanied by Fire Chief Mike Murphy, Assistant Chief Chris Byrne, Public Works DirectorTim Pinter, Assistant Chief of Police Dave Baer, some colorful handouts and an assorted table full of groceries and edibles valued at about $5 each. Hernstadt seemed determined to make the city’s budget and longterm debt presentation both simple and entertaining as he introduced himself and encouraged the audience to take his business card and never hesitate to contact him with questions or concerns. Briefly, Hernstadt pointed out that in order for ... Read More »

Point of No Return…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com I was up most of the night listening to the thunderstorms and watching the lightning strikes light up the cloudy summer sky over Marco Island. As a kid growing up in a suburb on top of one of the seven hills which make up the city of Istanbul away from the blinding city lights, I used to love to watch the summer storms with my mother who was totally afraid of the phenomenon yet stayed up to watch the storms with me because she felt a great sense of awe at the power of ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Farewell to Linda Greer

Linda Rae (Cowman) Greer, age 67 of Ludington, MI, and Marco Island, FL, passed away on July 27, 2014, at her home in Ludington, MI. She was born on July 18, 1947, in Ludington, MI, daughter of the late Gordon and Gladys “JoJo” (Huggins) Cowman. Linda attended Ludington High School, Grand Rapids Junior College and Northwest Michigan College of Nursing. She married Edward James Greer on December 14, 1968, at the United Methodist Church in Ludington. Linda was self-employed as a private duty nurse, and she enjoyed birds, flowers, volunteering, animals, traveling and was actively involved with the Marco Island ... Read More »

Donation Secures Freedom Fountain for Veterans’ Park

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com A decade ago, Marco Islanders envisioned a new city park when they approved the $10 million bond referendum to purchase the old Glon property. This park would include a memorial to Marco Island’s veterans, and would be called Veterans’ Memorial Park. Part of the plan included a memorial flag plaza with benches and lush landscaping. It would be the perfect gathering spot for veterans’ celebrations or moments of silence to honor fallen heroes. It also included a water feature known as the Freedom Fountain, the piece de resistance of the memorial. In 2007, the Veterans’ ... Read More »

‘What Happened to Ochopee?’

A future explorer rides the lion that guards the door, 
painted gold in honor of the Golden Lion Motor Inn.
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By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Southwest Florida’s history is rich with accounts of rugged pioneers and adventurous prospectors searching for places to settle and on which to build thriving, prosperous enterprises. One such person was James Gaunt. In 1928, Gaunt bought 250 acres of swamp land along the then brand new U.S. 41 and set his sights on farming the land. His produce would be tomatoes, and a thriving Everglades community dubbed Ochopee grew up around Gaunt’s farm. Unfamiliar with Ochopee? Drive east down U.S. 41 towards Miami, and just three miles past the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road ... Read More »

Planning Board Approves MIHS Alley Name Proposal

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By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council for review and approval. The proposal is the brainchild of Marco Island historian and attorney Craig Woodward, who worked with several members of the MIHS to come up with local historical figures who were not already recognized in some way around the island. ... Read More »

New at the Marco Island Center for the Arts

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff “What do you see when you see Marco?” That was the question asked of 59 artists for the new exhibit at the Marco Island Center for the Arts — Over the Bridge: Your Vision of Marco. Entries cover a wide range of artistic disciplines, including acrylic, clay, fabric art (including batik, quilting and trapunto stitchery), jewelry, metal sculpture (cold cast), mixed media, oil, pastels, photography, shells craft and watercolor. In La Petite Galerie, the Center is featuring the quilting and jewelry making of Marco Islander Linda Kropp. Each of Kropp’s quilts tells a story in ... Read More »