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Celtics Take MIA

Marco Island Academy cheerleaders perform in the community (first row from left) Caitlin Carlson, Sydney Feriozzi, Chantel Parks, Blake Dehooghe and Emily McRae, and (top row) Meagan Reisiner, Haley Havemeier, Caitlyn Schmidt, Larysa Chystik, Taylor Lowdermilk, Kaley Whitworth, Miranda Kinaman and Raquel Esquivel.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Academy had St. John Neumann worried plenty, but the Celtics pulled away for a 42-24 win on Oct. 10. Spoiling MIA’s homecoming game, St. John Neumann couldn’t shake the Manta Rays until the last seven minutes of the contest. Worse, it was an important Class 2A District matchup that both teams needed in the five-team division. The district standings show favored First Baptist Academy at 3-0; St. John Neumann, 2-1; Evangelical Christian, 1-1; Moorehaven, 1-2; and MIA, 0-2. MIA travels to Evangelical Christian tonight (Oct. 17) for a 7 PM contest. The Manta Rays ... Read More »

MIA Swim Team: Few in Numbers, Fast in Pool

Alexander Berg is ready to charge into the water for his first 50 freestyle event as a member of the first Marco Island Academy swim team. photoS By Roger Lalonde

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Academy’s swim team hosted its first-ever swim meet on Oct. 9. Although few in numbers — four girls and one boy — they did well under coach Kamal Farhat at the Marco YMCA Miss Dottie Pool. The girls, freshmen Lisa Cottage-Ramnick, Susan Faremouth and Sandra Martinez, with senior Livia Lenhoff, scored 47 points. Full teams, Lely, won with 78 and Golden Gate, 28, finished behind MIA. Alexander Berg, a freshman, is not only new to the swim team, but Marco Island. Berg came here from Helsingborg, Sweden the week before school started and is ... Read More »

Keep Calm and Boat On

Just a few of the 10,000 islands.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Since moving to Florida almost one year ago, I’ve felt like a stranger in a strange land, a tourist most times, learning the lay of my new homeland with each different excursion. Until now, the various trips I’ve taken have always been structured with a fairly strict itinerary of stops and attractions, but I can honestly say, I’ve never felt more in control of my recreational destiny as when I went exploring with fellow Goodlander and owner and sole operator of Island Boat Trips Captain Mike Hewitt. Born in England and known locally as “English ... Read More »

MIA’s Key Club and Kiwanis of Marco

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By Gabriella Perez Marco Island Academy — being the only high school in the community of Marco — has quite an exceptional advantage than most charter schools would in other communities. Throughout the years, the community of Marco has provided support for MIA to grow and blossom into the remarkable school it is and will continue to be. One group in particular throughout the community of Marco has been accompanying MIA from the start. Four years ago, the Marco Island Kiwanis and members Gina Sisbarro and Gayle Thayer helped in establishing the academy’s very first Key Club, a program which ... Read More »

Bridge Over Troubled Water

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com From the moment I sat down on her couch, by far the most comfortable seat in her home-office on Marco Island, I was drawn in; and it wasn’t just because of her soft tone of voice. Psychotherapist, Carolyn Katchmar is a very interesting woman with a story I found myself relating to in many ways. Born and raised in southern Illinois, her life experiences seem to have all but fated her to choose this career path and help others using her acquired skills. Katchmar married her first husband at just 20 years old, and shortly after, ... Read More »

Breakfast & Birds

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Friends of Tigertail will be hosting “Breakfast & Birds” to welcome back the island’s northern nesters to their southern home. Meet at 9 AM at the picnic tables at the Tigertail Beach kiosk, 400 Hernando Drive, to begin the walk with our naturalists. Bring your own coffee, donuts or favorite breakfast sandwich, and meet fellow birders. Binoculars and wading shoes are recommended. Birding ID cards, hats and T-shirts will be available for purchase. FOT memberships will be offered. A special promotion of a free FOT hat will be given for a three-year membership signup. FOT ... Read More »

When Dogs Bite…

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was a beautiful August evening, and Arleen Harris was headed into her back yard. That is when it happened. “I was opening the gate to my pool area when a Pit Bull came around the back of my home, pushed the gate opened and attacked me,” she remembered. “Apparently, he had gotten out of the house and ran away. He did not even have a collar on, and I was in shorts.” Harris recounted the attack: “Once he pushed the gate open, he immediately attached to my leg, and having no collar on, it ... Read More »

Failure to Communicate

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” - From the1967 film, “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman. Question: I’m trying to organize my financial life and am worried that I’ll overlook something important. Help! I’m losing sleep. What suggestions can you make? Answer: If something is keeping you up at night, it is definitely time to take action. The most common concerns people have are not running out of money and leaving a legacy or inheritance. To address these and other issues, begin with what’s on your mind by prioritizing fiscal ... Read More »

Happiness is a Marco Island Condo!

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By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.sandyelliottinteriors.com Of the nearly 300 condos listed for sale on Marco Island this week, one-third of them are offered turnkey; one-third are being sold furnished; and another third are either partially-furnished, unfurnished or the furnishings are negotiable. Realtors refer to these condos as either “T, F, P, U or N”. There is no legal definition for these terms so it is important to develop an inventory list before closing. Turnkey includes furnishings, accessories, rugs, dishes, cutlery, linens, TVs, art and lamps — everything you see except for personal items. After the closing, you bring ... Read More »

Welcome to Women’s Small Business Month

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff October marks a very important milestone for women and for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). It is National Women’s Small Business Month and the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 (H.R. 5050), an effort to eliminate discriminatory lending practices and to establish the Women’s Business Center Program and the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC). Today, the NWBC advises the White House, Congress and the Small Business Association on issues relevant to women business owners — with a critical focus on how to alleviate the obstacles faced by ... Read More »

Stride-away through Hideaway

All skill levels participate

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Fifteen minutes prior to the start, rain threatened to wash out the runners who showed up for the Second Annual Kiwanis 5K Run/Walk. Those that stayed home missed out; the rain subsided by race time and kept early morning temperatures in check, making what is considered a great course by participants even better. There were runners from all over — runners from the East Coast (New York and Miami) to Eugene, Oregon, in the West, and one father/son duo hailed from Germany. There were senior citizens and babies in strollers. Organizers were Dr.’s George Sarantos ... Read More »

Stone Crabs are Back!

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The beginning of another Stone Crab season is here! On Wednesday, Oct. 15, crabbers began pulling their crab traps, set just ten days before on Oct. 5. Fresh, delicious stone crab claws will be available until May 15, when they go back out of season. Kirk’s Fish Co. in Goodland expects to be stocked with fresh stone crab claws of all sizes shortly after the boats hit their dock. This year, due to some recent expansion, their store will offer a larger quantity of fresh crab claws and other seafood. They’ve added two new crabbers, and ... Read More »

Local Doctor Rates CDC/TSA Response a FAILURE

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By Val Simon Val@coastalbreezenews.com The spread of Ebola is filling headlines and news broadcasts across the globe, but how does the spread of Ebola affect us here in Naples and Marco Island? On a return trip from Brussels, just two weeks ago at this writing, popular area podiatrist Dr. Loan Lam was able to see first-hand how the policies and procedures of government agencies such as the CDC and TSA were enacted and enforced. Here is recap of her experience in her own words. “As a physician and US citizen, I have to say I was highly disappointed in how ... Read More »

Funding MIA

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Making good on promises made at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, Jane Watt and Tina Nash are in fund raising mode. The mavens of Marco Island Academy — the island’s charter high school — are prepping for a major push over the next nine months to raise some $555,000. According to Nash, the board is focused on raising $255,000 by Dec. 31, 2014, which would cover the school’s operating budget for the entire school year. Then, between January and June, the target would be $250,000 for the school’s proposed expansion. The board wants to ... Read More »

To the Editor: Bill Harris

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To the Editor: Often, as election time nears, we wonder who we should vote for. This year’s election includes the selection of three Councilors for the City of Marco Island. As a Marco Island full time resident who frequently attends City Council meetings, I always find that Victor Rios, who is currently running for City Council, is always in attendance. He shows detailed knowledge of city issues and his comments are not only informative, but show that he has carefully studied the issues that concern many of us. Victor supports a “balanced growth for Marco Island, so that our wonderful ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bruce W. Novark, M.D.

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I am writing this letter in support of Victor Rios, candidate for our Marco Island City Council. I  know Victor to be an honest & trustworthy hard working citizen.  He is fiscally knowledgeable, responsible, and is committed to making sure the City spends our tax money for programs we “Need to Have”—not on those “Nice to Have”. He has attended a high percent of City Council meetings, paying attention & commenting based on facts. I believe he will listen to us, the tax-payers, & will work hard with others to ensure our taxes are spent wisely & efficiently. I believe Mr. Rios will be an asset to our City. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: James & Joanne Funk

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To the Editor: My wife and I moved to Marco Island 15 years ago to enjoy this wonderful paradise. As voters, we have the opportunity to vote for a candidate who over the past ten years has been a key advocate for keeping our beaches pristine and intact, while preserving our precious wildlife for the enjoyment of future generations. That candidate is Victor Rios for the office of City Council. During the ten years we have known him, he has demonstrated his continued dedication to community and a willingness to help others. This is easily verified by looking at his ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Patricia Sattan

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To the Editor: I would like to share with my fellow voters of Marco Island that I am extremely happy that Victor Rios, whom I have known for a long time, decided to run for City Council of Marco Island. It is great to have choices and my number one choice for Marco Island City Council is Victor Rios. Victor has always shown his willingness to help others. Neighbors and friends seek him out for advice and appreciate hisleadership and community service. As a retired teacher, I appreciate Victor’s strong financial and managerial skills and his ability to understand and explain issues that affect us all. He has attended MI City Council meetings, which better helps him understand what our city needs. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Sherri Wolfe

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To the Editor: The City of Marco island voters need to vote for candidate Victor Rios. Mr. Rios is a very dedicated person whom I have known and worked with for several years. He is very honest and ethical and always fulfills his promises. He wants for Marco Island to continue being the “piece of Paradise that I and all other residents of Marco Island moved here for. For years he has volunteered to make sure that our beaches and wildlife are taken care of.  He believes in a balanced approach to Marco Island’s growth. I know he will serve ... Read More »

It wasn’t pretty but Naples wins Coconut Bowl 20-6

Anatalie Dantes, Lely High drum major, leads the band in the National Anthem at the 41st annual Coconut Bowl.

By Roger LaLonde roger@costalbreezenews The Naples Golden Eagles got away with a victory in the 41st annual Coconut Bowl at Lely on Oct. 3, but it was far from pretty. Naples won, 20-6, but its vaunted offense and defense had their hands full with Lely. A blocked punt and a pass interference set up Naples’ only touchdowns. Naples outstanding kicker Jerry Nunez contributed field goals of 51 and 31 yards. Lely’s score came on Richard Annorat’s interception and 44-yard touchdown jaunt a minute into the third quarter. The longest run of the game was by Lely’s Wendell Joseph five minutes ... Read More »