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Marco loses in electrifying finish

Marco Island's Tyler Gresham outruns Evangelical defenders on a 65-yard TD run on Friday, Oct. 30. The Sentinels scored in the last 16 seconds to down Marco, 30-26.

By Roger LaLonde An electrifying pass play, with but 16 seconds left, sent Marco Island Academy to a crushing 30-26 defeat on Friday, Oct. 30. Evangelical Christian quartberack Mikey Marcelak somehow tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jerramie Joseph with two MIA players all over him. Joseph caught the ball and surged to the end zone for the game winner. The game ended with MIA’s Tyler Gresham trying valiantly to make a running play that just wouldn’t be. He lay helpless on the field as the clock ran out. In a game where the MIA defense tackled Evangelical runners for ... Read More »

Erin’s Isle Hosts Chamber After Five

The chamber’s president-elect Alex Parker, with Katie O’Hara (left) and past president Jacquie Koon.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 21 islanders left the rock to attend the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce After Five Networking Event at Erin’s Isle Restaurant and Irish Pub in Naples. The monthly networking event allows guests to mingle and hand out business cards while socializing at a local venue. Ninety-one guests were in attendance, according to Sandi Riedemann, Executive Director of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. She says, “Erin’s Isle always does a nice job. Everything was delightful.” Erin’s Isle opened its dining area and treated guests to a lavish buffet. Fresh roasted turkey and pork, ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS: Philip “Phil” Ballou

Phil Ballou

By Maggie Gust Philip Ballou served as a Staff Sergeant in the 1771 Air Transport Command, Army Air Force, in the Pacific Theater, 1943 to 1946. Phil had a very unique wartime story. He is the first person I have ever met whose mother served in the same war. Hazel Ballou, a 38-year-old legal secretary during peace time, enlisted in the WACs a month before her 18-year-old son Phil was drafted into the Army. Ironically, they both got their 30-day leave before deployment at the same time, so were able to spend time together at home. Home was Clarion, Iowa, ... Read More »

Marco Island Historical Museum Hosts “Winners’ Circle” – Now Through Nov. 14

Submitted In early 2015 the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) partnered to create and exhibit the juried show “Painting S.W. Florida History.” As part of this collaboration, the awarded artists are now having a subsequent exhibit of their works at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The show “Winner’s Circle” is comprised of the artists’ own selections, and is currently on display. The awardees are: 1st Place: “The Watson Home” by Linda Chambers; 2nd Place: “Welk Wall-Otter Mound” by Peter Sottong; 3rd Place: “Early Fashionistas” by Inez Hudson; and the People’s Choice: ... Read More »

Attorney Patrick H. Neale Debuts Renovation Project Protection

Submitted Collier County attorney Patrick H. Neale announces Patrick Neale & Associates’ Home Renovation Project Protection service, which is designed to minimize unnecessary cost and risk associated with renovations to homes and condos. Delivered for a fixed fee of just $500, it includes: 1) Checking for valid contractor licenses; 2) Review of the renovation contract; and 3) Evaluation of building permits. As the attorney for the Collier County Contractor Licensing Board for 15 years, with extensive real estate law experience, Patrick Neale is especially qualified to provide this protective service to clients. According to Attorney Neale, “Issues with any of these ... Read More »

Historic Veterans Day Ceremony Planned at Veterans Park


By Don Manley The annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Community Park will take on a new look this year. For the first time, it will be a blended ceremony involving all of Marco Island’s military organizations: American Legion Post 404, VFW Post 6370, Marco’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla and the Civil Air Patrol’s Marco Island squadron. Set for 11 AM, November 11, the ceremony will also include a number of other firsts. One will be the color guard, which will be comprised of representatives from military organizations, carrying flags representing the four branches of the military, as well ... Read More »

United States Power Squadron Chapman Award Recipient

From left: District 22 Commander Connie Beckman, District Education Officer Don Cook, (back) District 22 Executive Officer Warren Maciag, Chapman Award recipient Ted Reiss, and USPS Chief Commander’s representative, National Secretary Peter Mitchelson. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron members attended the District 22 Squadron Conference of the United States Power Squadrons in Tampa, Florida from October 15-18, 2015. Marco Island had 10 voting delegates out of the 150 voting delegates from the 18 squadrons in Southwest Florida that make up District 22. We received certificates of achievement for increased membership, number of vessel safety checks, and the number of educational classes presented to the public. Past commander Ted Reiss, from Marco Island, was honored by receiving the District 22 Charles F. Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award recognizes the ... Read More »

Saran Wishes You Balance Marco resident has authored book on his new form of yoga

Marco’s Saran, author of “Baraabar Yoga, The New Yoga of Balance.” PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Saran has had a very interesting life, the sort for which the term “renaissance man” was invented. The Marco resident has a psychology degree from the University of Miami. Aside from being a talented painter, Saran has worked as an orchestral songwriter and record producer, enjoyed international success as a fashion designer and a carved-glass artist, and established a memorial design company whose works can be seen locally. Along the way, he’s formed friendships with such luminaries as Judd Hirsch, of “Taxi” fame, the “Chairman of the Board,” Frank Sinatra and astronaut Charlie Duke, who was the ... Read More »

A Few Words for My Fellow Catholics

By Saran My philosophy of balance I call Baraabar Yoga, the new yoga of this new millennium. I have been a Catholic all my life. For the last 45 years I have been fortunate enough to study many of the other religions of the world and how those religions interact with their followers. It has been a very interesting and informative journey. One of the main reasons I took this journey was because of my last name, Saran. That name comes to me from my Hindu ancestors who have had that name since the very beginning of Hinduism some 8,000 ... Read More »

Rays Fall, Lely Wins Rays Host Evangelical Christian on Senior Night

By Roger LaLonde Marco Island Academy (MIA) and Lely football fortunes differed on Friday, October 23. The Rays got themselves back into the game before a fourth-quarter barrage of points saw Community School of Naples win 69-37. Lely used a passing and running game to take an early 20-0 lead in its 27-8 victory over Cypress Lake. The area’s top passing quarterback, Andrew Fowler, threw for 354 yards and four touchdown passes. Austin Gross stepped up, as MIA’s running game was lacking two of its best runners. Gross ran for 116 yards, including a touchdown and caught six passes for ... Read More »

Haire, Ziegelmaier Earn FACA honors

Lely’s Lady Trojans Varsity Volleyball Team won  the District Championship. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Lely volleyball coach Christine Haire and player Kaitlyn Ziegelmaier were among the top honorees for Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 18 honors. Kaitlyn Ziegelmaier of Lely (Class 5A) Emily Hancock of Seacrest (Class 2A) and Kenzie Ackerman of Gulf Coast (Class 7A) were named players of the year in their respective classes. Emily Moore of Evangelical Christian (Class 3A), Mindy Mabry of Bishop Verot (Class 4A), and Alayna Ryan of Fort Myers (Class 6A) were the other players of the year. Hancock was also named Senior All-Star Player of the Year. Moore was first runner-up, ... Read More »

The Marco Players Theater Presents “Art of Murder” November 4–22


Submitted “Art of Murder,” a comical mystery with twists of greed, revenge and manipulation earned the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play in 2000. Written by Joe DiPietro, “Art of Murder” is directed by the multi-talented director and actor, Jim Corsica, and has attracted fresh, talented cast members to the Marco Players’ stage. The tangled plot introduces husband and wife artists who concoct an elaborate plan to increase the value of their work. Jack Brooks (Paul McCreight) feeling the loss of his creative gifts, plans to deceive his art dealer (Robert Armstrong) into believing that he has committed suicide in ... Read More »

Casino Night “Gambling” For a Cause

Lucille Dotterweich, Diane Kernan, Kay Jacobs, Sue Anzalone  and Betty Barter enjoy Casino Night. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Christmas Island Style’s first-ever Casino Night brought Vegas-style gambling to the Rose History Auditorium on Saturday, October 17. A red carpet set the mood, and led guests into the transformed auditorium. Professional casino party planners filled the space with blackjack tables, Texas hold ‘em, three card poker, mini baccarat, casino war, roulette and craps tables. Dealers were patient with the gambling newbies, clearly explaining rules of the games and answering questions. The bar was sponsored by Morgan Stanley, and manned by Brad Bersh and Lisa Honig. DJ Steve Reynolds provided the music for the evening. ... Read More »

Books & Brews: Neither Saints Nor Demons, Human All Too Human

Submitted Robert A. Nowlan, Ph.D. is a scholar, researcher, teacher, writer, storyteller, lecturer and the author of two-dozen books and numerous articles. He is Professor and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a resident of Marco Island, Florida and spends summers in New Haven, Connecticut. Join the Marco Island Friends of the Library for coffee, tea and a continental breakfast as they present author Robert A. Nowlan. The event will be held in Rose Hall at the Marco Island Branch Library on November 6, 2015 at 10 AM. Dr. ... Read More »

Anniversary Cruise Becomes History Lesson

A red sunset on the eastern Danube River.

By Joan and Carl Kelly We set up our latest trip with Grand Circle Cruise Line (GCCL). It was to be a relaxing anniversary trip on the Danube River, and romantic. We knew GCCL programs always include the difficult local, sociological and political questions, but we had no idea that we would get such a dramatic history and civics lesson. Refugees are now passing through eastern European countries, and recent events in these countries give the local citizens a connection to the refuges. It became a discussion throughout the trip, informative and educational. Grand Circle Cruise Line does not shy ... Read More »



By Samantha Husted Sunshine Tours is a locally owned tour, sightseeing and charter company that’s been operating on Marco Island for a little over 30 years. Owner Rodger Parcelles started the company in 1984, when he was just 19 years old and has been running it ever since. Rodger, along with his dedicated and professional staff, including two sisters and two nephews, works hard to ensure that guests have an experience they won’t soon forget. The company offers a variety of boat-related services including: fishing excursions, sightseeing, shelling and sunset and dinner cruises. Their trips, charters and cruises can accommodate ... Read More »

Getting Fired Up for Souper Bowl 2016!

Joann Herndon (left) and Ann Vreeland help to get ready for Souper Bowl 2016. In the background, Barney Halaschak at the kiln.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Fourth Annual Souper Bowl Marco 2016 is around the corner, and volunteers are busy firing up the ceramic soup bowls they anticipate will sell out at the event. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 11 AM – 1 PM at Mackle Park. Expectations are that it will surpass last year’s sell-out. The chamber’s Donna Niemczyk tells us that organizers “plan on having 1,200 bowls this year” for the anticipated crowd. Now that the soup bowls have been painted, firing parties are taking place. On Friday October 16 volunteers ... Read More »

An Interview with YMCA Tennis Director Roberto Saad

Roberto Saad was ranked number 36 tennis player in the world in 1988.

By Samantha Husted Meet Roberto Saad, the Marco Island YMCA’s newest tennis director. Roberto’s life and tennis career has been nothing short of amazing. He’s traveled all over the world, played in tournaments such as the Davis Cup, won two doubles titles, and in 1988 he was number 36 in the world, a feat very few can claim. Now, he’s here on Marco Island to share his wisdom of the game and his philosophies on life, which to him are inextricable. Let’s start with the beginning, when did you first start playing tennis and how do you get involved with ... Read More »

Penny Musco to Perform at MIHS November 3

Penny Musco as Priscilla Sinclair in her one-woman play. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Drama takes center stage at the Marco Island Historical Society’s (MIHS) next meeting, Tuesday, November 3rd, at 7:00 PM in Rose History Auditorium. Penny Musco performs her one-woman play, “Steal Away: The Story of a Homesteader and an Exoduster,” which focuses on a little known piece of American history: the greatest migration of blacks from the South to other parts of the United States. The story is set in 1880 and told from the perspective of Priscilla Sinclair, a white, New Jersey woman who together with her family is determined to claim free acreage in Kansas courtesy of the ... Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer Team Breaks Long Losing Streak


By Barry Gwinn On Tuesday evening, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team tied Golden Gate High School, breaking a losing streak that lasted all of last season. Down one-nothing at the half, the Rays tied the game early in the second half with a goal by freshman Abi Merideth, assist by Julia Wagner. Golden Gate then retook the lead with another goal. With about 10 minutes left in the game, MIA freshman Miranda Webb tied the game, scoring off a blocked shot by the Golden Gate goalkeeper. That was the last of the scoring. The Rays were understandably ... Read More »