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NCH Among Top Ten Hospitals in Florida

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Submitted The NCH Healthcare System has been recognized as one of the top ten hospitals for 2015-16 in Florida by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. “The U.S. News and World Report ranking of the NCH Healthcare System has been on a steady upward climb for the past three years,” says Allen Weiss, M.D., President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “NCH’s state ranking has improved from 22nd, to 17th, to 9th in Florida,” Weiss adds. “A Best Hospital has ... Read More »

Summer Training at Marco Island Fire Rescue

Marco Island firefighters preparing to train at
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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Although call volume declines with the end of season, summer time is no vacation at the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. Off-season is training time for all fire rescue personnel. Chris Byrne, Deputy Chief, tells us that every summer the department trains in a variety of ways. Much of the training is to comply with annual training requirements, for rescue divers to keep up to date on their state certifications, to satisfy EMT and paramedic medical training hours, and to keep compliant with all updates to county medical protocols. “Things are always changing,” Deputy Chief ... Read More »

Guest Commentary

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Mr. Harris, try using facts instead of misinformation! In his most recent LETTER TO THE EDITOR Bill Harris once again attempts to mislead the Marco Island Community with misinformation and irrelevant statements. To wit: He specifically challenges my comments that despite the contention of a small group of people at the July 20 Regular Council Meeting that while they demanded that Council “listen to the people” that, in fact, the number of petitions submitted only represented about 20% of the registered voters. He states: “Councilor Sacher should recall that year 204 only showed about 36 percent overall voter turnout, so ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Species in Our Area

This lone Loggerhead hatchling is just moments old, about 2 inches long, and full of steam to get to the water. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s August and we’re right in the thick of things. They are coming and going, mostly by night, on Florida’s beaches, and rarely does the public get to see them. They disturb the sand and we can’t walk in that spot for two months. Many people look for them, but mostly in vain. Do they really exist? They must! We see evidence of their presence, but rarely do we see “them.” Numerous volunteers scour the Collier County shorelines every morning for tracks and then mark where “they” have been. What are these creatures? Why are ... Read More »

Greece is the Word

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Complacency is a Problem.” ~ Ben Bernanke, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Question: Can you explain the relationship between Greece and the European Union? Answer: The European Union, also called the Eurozone (EZ), is an association of nineteen countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece, among others. The common denominator of this union is a shared currency, the Euro, to provide an effective exchange rate system to facilitate ease of trade. Today’s Greek drama focuses on the amount of debt that Greece originally brought to the union and continued to add to the balance ... Read More »

Cheap Home Jewelry Repair

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I may not speak for everyone out there, but the subject of home remedy jewelry repair reminds me of a famous quote from actor Clint Eastwood…“A man’s got to know his limitations!” In time I learned what my limitations were; plumbing, auto repair and electrical work. What brought me to my senses was standing in water up to my ankles, a car that wouldn’t start and blown house fuses! I pay someone who knows what they are doing, like for example, a professional plumber, auto mechanic or an electrician. Then I get it done right ... Read More »

Selling and Listing Condos on Marco Island

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Condos sell year round on Marco Island. Condo sales peak during March, April and May when about 70 condos per month are sold, and are at the lowest during September, October and November when about 35 per month are sold. This is 50% of the peak months’ rate. It takes one to three months after an offer is written and accepted to close on a property, so most offers appear to be made during the seasonal months of January, February and March. However, this year the biggest month for sales so far was ... Read More »

Marco Marriott Reopens While Work Continues

The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa  reopened on August 1. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley It’s a case of one down and one to go for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa. The resort has reopened, with the July 31 completion of the bulk of Phase One of a $250 million expansion and improvement project that began May 4. When work is completed at the end of next year, the resort will be ready for its transformation, in January 2017, from a Marriott to the more upscale J.W. Marriott brand, the Marriott brand’s first beachfront resort in the continental United States. The August 1 reopening was called for ... Read More »

How We Got to Goodland

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Everyone has a story about how they ended up in Goodland. Many, like Nancy and I had never heard of Goodland or knew where it was. Our story begins back in 1993. That was the year that my company sprung for a retirement seminar at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando. The three day seminar was for the benefit of those of us in the Philadelphia Office who were facing retirement. When I discovered that no attendance was being taken, we started touring Florida instead. When the seminar was over, we decided to stay for ... Read More »

Awards, Awards, Awards

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Whether it be the highly respected statewide newspaper organization, Florida Press Association (FPA), or the national organization, the Association of Free Community Papers, Coastal Breeze News is a solid favorite among readers and publishing peers. It is evidenced time and time again by the awards it receives competing against other weekly newspapers. The latest winnings include four awards from the Florida Press Association’s Better Weekly Awards Competition. “Coastal Breeze News writers and staff are dedicated and care for the community they serve,” said publisher Valerie Simon. “It shows in their writing and comes through on ... Read More »

Naomi’s August Doldrums

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi the cat and Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: The rescue story of the year is the incredible, seven month, 16-mile long journey taken by a curious tabby from Bayshore Drive in Naples to Hideaway Beach on Marco. Late one evening, as I was finishing my nightcap and watching the end of “Lassie Come Home,” the phone rang. It was one of the guards from Hideaway’s gatehouse who reported that a large stray cat had taken to sitting in their laps and making sure they didn’t fall asleep in the darkest hours of their ... Read More »

Not so secret of success

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Several years ago my husband and I were visiting the outer banks of North Carolina. In the lovely town of Duck we found a gift shop that specialized in quaint, erudite, and whimsical hand painted signs on driftwood. It was a bottomless well of humor and pithy insights in all sizes. As charming as it was, my first thought was: How the heck do these people make money? Then a certain sign caught my eye, and although I didn’t buy it (how do these people make money?) it stayed with me, like a tune one can’t ... Read More »

Bark Busters: A Better Way to a Better Dog

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The tell-tale collar and stern “BAH!” lets dog owners instantly recognize fellow Bark Busters clients. Naples Bark Busters, owned by June and Colin Glass, provides dog training and behavior services in Naples and Marco Island. In 2008, the couple, originally from Scotland, opened their business in Naples, combining their love of dogs with their desire to live on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Bark Busters’ philosophy is to get the dog to think and make correct decisions. They never use pain, electricity or treats (“PET”) as training methods. “No PET’s!” Colin explains. One method they do use ... Read More »

The English Spy

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Daniel Silva Harper Collins 2015, 484 pages Genre: Suspense   “No more tears now; I will think upon revenge.” – Mary, Queen of Scots   The above quotation from the epigraph page of The English Spy states exactly what this book is – the story of a manhunt. The fourth in a series about Israeli spy and assassin Gabriel Allon who sometimes dabbles in art restoration as a sideline, this book is bound to please any lover of thrillers and spy stories. You do not need to have read any of the previous Allon novels ... Read More »

To Peek or Not to Peek?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Unless we are coaching highly ranked tennis players, I am a firm proponent of having my net players turn and take a brief look at their partner during a doubles point. Why? Far too many unproven doubles players do not move with their partners, and thus are not prepared for the next ball. Too often, with their eyes peering straight ahead, they plant their bodies in the same place and become spectators. I have witnessed some of the brightest coaches in the country teach an advanced doubles drill (especially in Florida), and they advise their players ... Read More »

Feel the Music

Blue Sky Ranch, Nederland, Colorado. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “The bad news is, time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler When our kids were younger, and still living at home, we used to go on vacations about once a year. When they were really little we had a pop-up camper we towed out to Colorado or South Dakota for a week or so. Once they were older the tight space of a camper proved a bit challenging for our family of 6, so we rented condos or hotel rooms. But for a couple of years we rented a ... Read More »

Goats and Water Bearers

Looking south-southeast August 21, 11:00PM. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Tonight Capricornus, the goat, rides fairly high in the southeastern sky. It is usually visualized as a hybrid half goat – half fish creature; it’s also extremely old – it has endured essentially unchanged for over 3,000 years. Likely this is because of its great importance (to an agricultural society) as being the site of the winter solstice in the early bronze age. Nowadays the winter solstice occurs in nearby Sagittarius. Capricornus is supposed to be the second dimmest of the zodiacal constellations after Cancer, but I don’t find it difficult to pick ... Read More »

The Team Approach

At his TPI certified fitness professional’s gym.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The first three majors of the year in golf were won by Jordan Speith and Zack Johnson. After each victory they thanked many people- golf coaches, caddies, fitness instructors, mind coaches, etc. I follow many of their coaches and trainers on social media. Jordan and Zack team members posted pictures on these social media outlets. They made the rounds to share in the victory, because all the team members had a hand in making the victory possible. Every PGA Tour Professional, that I am aware of, has a team. Many have a TPI team, like ... Read More »

NCH Has Optimistic Future

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STRAIGHT TALK Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Every three years, the Joint Commission visits NCH—and 2,000 other hospitals and healthcare systems around the country—to assess how the organization is serving its patients. Last week was our visit. As always, it was an exhaustive, important and rewarding exercise. Seven Joint Commissioner surveyors inspected almost every area of our system over five days. Half their time was focused on the NCH Physician Group and out-patient areas. This Joint Commission visit equated to a 31 “survey days” covering 462 standards, 2,000 elements of performance, and 3,000 federal conditions of ... Read More »

Cole Stretton Makes the Move to Lely

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By Roger LaLonde Cole Stretton has left Marco Island Academy to pursue athletic and academic opportunities at Lely High School. Sport wise, Cole will concentrate mostly on basketball, and will also play baseball. Academically, he looks forward to the opportunity to study criminal justice, an area he thinks will be a boost to his future. About to enter his senior year, Cole was a star in every sport he played at MIA, all while maintaining an impressive 3.9 grade point average. “It was an incredibly difficult decision after having such good friends and getting some of them to come to ... Read More »