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The US Defense Department Recognizes Marco’s DAR for its Support of Vietnam Veterans

(LtoR) Five of the Marco DAR members who volunteered at the Wall That Heals, the traveling
Vietnam Wall replica: Doris Lyng, Karen Lombardi, Susan Ediss, Becky Krisko, Judy Kenny, Debra Haeussler. SUBMITTED photoS

Submitted Among the hundreds of Marco Islanders who were part of the effort surrounding the return of the Vietnam War memorial replica were members of the Marco Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The women volunteered to help while the Wall That Heals, the traveling replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC, was on Marco February 12 through 16. The women worked at the Wall’s welcome center, participated in reading aloud the names on the Wall and helped people find names using the computer index and searching on the Wall itself. DAR Regent Karen Lombardi explained their commitment. ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Flower Show

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Submitted The Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island held its monthly meeting Monday, February 9th. Following the design workshop three new members were inducted into the club by 2nd V.P. Connie Lowery and President Dale DeFeo. The inductees are Janice Engel, Diane Hughes, and Marilyn Torgow. Almost fifty members were present to enjoy the program given by designer Kathleen Hawryluk of Naples. Kathleen demonstrated how to create multi-rhythm and construction designs. All eyes were glued on her every movement of working with the plant materials. It is amazing how one minute the material is laying on a table and the ... Read More »

TBE Teacher Profile: Barbara Fields

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Barbara Fields knows kids. Not only does she have six children of her own, but she also has been teaching for the last 14 years — grades 2-5 and college. To date, she has taught in West Virginia, Virginia and South Carolina, and currently, she is in her first year of teaching fourth grade at Tommie Barfield Elementary. She has two bachelors degrees: one in education and one in recreation. She also has a masters degree in education/administration leadership. “People are fascinating, and teaching children is motivating and energizing!” says Fields. “I get to work ... Read More »

“Make Stuff Up!” with WOW Improv

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Submitted Let’s Make Stuff Up, explains the spontaneity and fun you’ll have with an evening of comedy with WOW Improv of southwest Florida. Improv comedy is a form of live theater in which the plot, characters and dialogue are made up in the moment. WOW Improv practices short-form improvisational comedy where the improvisers use suggestions from the audience and act out scenes and theater games. If you enjoyed “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” you’ll love WOW Improv! Many of the current rules of comedic improv were first formalized in Chicago in the late 1950s and early 1960s at The Second ... Read More »

Amsterdam, How It’s Changed

The Stedelijk Museum with its new addition. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEDELIJK MUSEUM

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I first visited Amsterdam in the 70s; my husband and I were last there in the 80s. On that trip, after a week in the city, we traveled on to Brussels. We were amused when a guide who took us to visit Waterloo and some of the countryside chateaus of Belgium referred to Amsterdam as a “doomed city.” On a recent visit there, I’m pleased to report that it is not doomed. It is a vibrant, diverse city, known for its tolerance, picturesque canals, and outstanding art collections. After a recent government sponsored overhaul and renovations ... Read More »

“Stababa: The History of Mound Key”

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Submitted On Tuesday, March 3 at 7 PM in the Rose History Auditorium archaeologist and cultural resource consultant, Theresa Schober, will take you on a fascinating journey to the remnants of elevated mounds and ridges, and sculpted canals and water courts that remain a visible yet subtle reminder of the once thriving Calusa society in today’s southwest Florida landscape. Careful archaeological excavation reveals how and when this landscape was constructed, and its relationship with the development of the Calusa through time culminating in the highly complex, stratified chiefdom controlling the southern third of the Florida peninsula at the time of ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol SAREX training

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By Col. Dave Gardner On 23-25 January 2015, the Civil Air Patrol’s Marco Island Senior Squadron conducted a three-day search and rescue exercise (SAREX) with a mission-base at the Marco Island Airport. 21 CAP members from the Marco Squadron and 1 from the Naples Senior Squadron participated in the sorties and managed the SAREX. Civil Air Patrol squadrons combined their experienced personnel and equipment assets to conduct this large three-day event. Having aircrew and administrative staff from both Squadrons flying and working together helped hone their skills in searching for downed aircraft, lost boaters and kayakers, as well as spotting ... Read More »

Remind Us Why We Love Marco….

Nico de Vries is off checking the catch with his two dogs. PHOTOS DE VRIES PHOTOGRAPHY

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Last month, Marco Islanders Ewout and Jill de Vries of America Travel Arrangements took their family on a trip that would not appeal to most of their loyal travel clients to the Long Lake International Ice Fishing Derby on the Canadian border in northern Maine. For more than 30 years, they have organized unique deluxe travel experiences for small groups to the far corners of the world from Antarctica to Bhutan in the Himalayas and a wide variety of safaris. Read More »

Walking Collier

Eagle Lakes Community Park provides excellent habitat  for birds that live on or near water, as well as easy access trails for birders. Egrets, herons, anhinga, and cormorants feed in close proximity to a large alligator. photo by carl kelly

By Carl and Joan Kelly Eagle Lakes Community Park is located on US 41 where Eagle Lakes Drive becomes Barefoot William Road (1 ½ miles west of SR 951 and US 41) there is an animal sanctuary that is part of a community park. The sanctuary is very busy with birds. It has multiple trails encircling three lakes and marshlands. Each trail connects back to the car park. There are also a children’s park, baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, picnic tables, and restrooms. To reach the trails walk past the baseball fields north of the parking lot. At the ... Read More »

Local History Authors at Fest

Submitted Local historians Betsy Perdichizzi and Marya Repko will be signing their books at the Author Fest held by the Marco Island Writers on Wednesday, March 4, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Marco Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Avenue. Betsy is well-known for her publication A Girl Called Tommie; Queen of Marco Island which tells how this amazing woman was ahead of her time in the progress of the island and fought for the formation of Collier County. Marya writes about the Everglades area and has just published a new book A Brief History of the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee, Florida. And, by the way, there will be wine & cheese to go ... Read More »

CAMIG Welcomes the Boxcar Exhibit

On display at the Marco Island Historical Museum parking lot through February 28th. FILE photo

Submitted The Cultural Alliance of Marco Island and Goodland (CAMIG)* partnering with the Naples Holocaust Museum is proud to present the Boxcar Exhibit, an authentic railway relic from World War II. This 10-ton artifact, which was built in 1919 and was in the German Railway Service until 1945, will be on display through February 28th in the parking lot at the Marco Island Historical Museum, Tuesday through Saturday from 9am-4pm. There is no charge to the public. A docent from the Holocaust Museum will be on hand to answer questions at the boxcar on the 19th, and 26th from 10-2pm. ... Read More »

Andrew Hunter Homes: Building Affordable Luxury

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By Don Manley What Andy Delgado finds most fulfilling about home building has nothing at all to do with the actual construction process. Instead, Delgado, of Andrew Hunter Homes on Marco Island, gains his greatest satisfaction after a home is built and the move-in has occurred. “What I find most rewarding after the build is running into a client at the supermarket and hearing the client tell me how much they love their new home and how wonderful my staff continues to treat them,” he said. Established in 2009, the company prides itself on “building affordable luxury” for its customers. ... Read More »

Building Your Dream on Marco Island

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com So, you did it! You bought a vacant lot on Marco Island, and you are ready to build your dream home. You have found paradise, but now, what? Where do you begin? According to Lisa Loewer, customer service supervisor for Marco Island Building Services, property owners usually start by finding the right home builder and design professional. The builder, designer and property owner put their heads together to create a preliminary design for the house. After that, they pay the city’s Building Services Division a visit. “It starts here with an inquiry,” Loewer notes. This ... Read More »

How to Choose a Home Builder

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The National Association of Home Builders provides a three-point checklist for choosing a home builder. Make a List of Possible Builders: This can be done a number of ways. First, contact your local home builders’ association to obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your area. You can find your local HBA at nahb.org/findanhba. Second, look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for builders and projects. Looking through the ads and reading the articles can help you to learn which builders are active in your area, the types of homes they are building and the ... Read More »

Florida’s Construction Lien Law: Protect Yourself and Your Investment

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff When it comes to building your own home, there are a number of lessor known — but vitally important — precautions that property owners must take to protect themselves, their properties and their bank accounts. According to Florida law (Florida Statute 713, Part 1), those who work on a property or provide materials, and are not paid-in-full, have a right to enforce their claim for payment against said property. Further, if a contractor fails to pay subcontractors or material suppliers, the people who are owed money may look to the property owner for payment, even if ... Read More »

Steven A. Hennell: Building Marco’s Green Dream Homes

Looks can be deceiving... this home is GREEN!
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By Coastal Breeze News Staff What makes a good home? Sturdy walls, hurricane-rated windows, fine and fancy appliances. What makes a smart home? One that can utilize simple concepts and smart technology while actually saving the homeowner money. Ask Steve A. Hennell of Steven A. Hennell Inc., Custom Home Building and Remodeling. Last year, the Marco Island custom home builder won the Aurora Award for “Green New Construction” at the 2014 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) for his Florida Green Building Certified Model Home at 316 Bald Eagle Drive. The home now serves as the model center for Hennell and consists ... Read More »

Building Marco with APM Custom Homes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Drive around Marco Island for five minutes, and it’s likely you will pass a structure built by APM Custom Homes, a locally-based residential and commercial development and construction company. Currently, there are more than 100 custom homes and a number of familiar commercial and retail buildings, such as the Schilling Professional Building, Sanitasole Health and Wellness Center and Mango’s Dockside Bistro (formerly Guy Harvey Island Grill), to APM’s credit. Builder Todd E. Schneider began leaving his mark on Marco in 2000 when he built his own house for speculation. “I saw that builders were selling ... Read More »

Smith Homes & Remodeling Services Inc.

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By Pat Newman Carey Smith began his business as a handyman on Marco Island in the 1990s. “I always had a passion for building, remodeling and fixing things,” he said. “As I got busier, took on more involved work, and needed to apply for permits, I decided to go back to school and learn about the legalities of the trade.” Fast forward about 30 years, add in some hard work, and you have Smith Homes and Remodeling Services Inc., serving Marco Island and Naples. The business’ motto is “You get the best for less.” Smith considers himself to be honest, ... Read More »

KWC: Building Homes on Relationships

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every home – and business – must be built on a solid foundation. For Kevin Williams Construction, Inc (KWC) that foundation is relationships. The Marco Island-based custom home builder has spent the last 30 years carefully constructing his business on a foundation of strong relationships with family, clients and subcontractors. It is owned and operated by the father-son team of Kevin and Ryan Williams. Both of whom are Certified Building Contractors by the State of Florida. The KWC story begins with Kevin putting himself through college working as a carpenter on Cape Cod, MA. He ... Read More »

Aqua Construction and Development: Custom Homes to Commercial Projects

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By Don Manley Quality rather than quantity is of primary importance at Aqua Construction and Development. “Our goal is not to build the most homes, but instead the most beautiful homes,” said Rod Bushnell, who founded the company more than 23 years ago. Aqua Construction has centered its sights on redefining waterfront luxury living with a combination of exquisite design and thoughtful architecture. From concept to creation, each custom home is built to the buyer’s specifications with the highest quality craftsmanship. Through its four-step construction process, the company prides itself on providing a personalized home building experience with exceptional customer ... Read More »