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The Wonderful Star

Looking Southeast, 11PM on October 17. SUBMITTED

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net In the southeast tonight lies the constellation Cetus, the whale, as it is usually called, although it is really more of a sea monster in mythology. It’s in that area of the sky called the sea, which is a large group of constellations that have a watery theme. It’s not the brightest of constellations. In fact, it is rather dim, and it will take you a moment to locate it in the sky. Look first for Fomalhaut, the brightest star in that whole region of the sky — almost due south of you. ... Read More »

’Tis the Season for Murder, Mysteries and Mayhem

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com She’s baaaack! Just in time for Marco Island’s high season, Martha Horror (a.k.a. Gina Sisbarro) is launching the second season of her “Marco Murder & Mayhem” historical frightseeing tour — a “ghost tour” through the unsolved murders and mysteries of Marco’s last 150 years. “This is a historical tour as well as a ghost tour,” explains Sisbarro. “History plays an important part of what shapes our world…Ghost stories are all over the island, but I focus one the ones that I can identify that helped to shape the island and its history.” Still teamed with ... Read More »

TBE Profile: First-grade Teacher Katie Bush

Katie Bush with her 1st-grade class at TBE. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com This time last year, Katie Bush was teaching first grade Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools in Newton Falls, Ohio, but a June vacation to Marco Island changed everything for her. Now, she is the newest first-grade teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. “I absolutely fell in love with it here!” the Ohio native remembers. “I decided right then, ‘why not live and work in paradise?’ The available first-grade job and interview process came together so perfectly that I know this is God working in my life!” Now, just two months into the school year, her ... Read More »

Owner of Special Forces Coin Found!

Debbie Walsh, Frank Keefer, Molly Hennings and Gingie Keefer are happy to have met. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Molly Hennings Debbie Walsh went grocery shopping at Winn-Dixie at the end of July. On her way to the store from the parking lot, she spotted something on the ground and picked it up. Interestingly, it was a coin that read Army Special Forces. Debbie thought this might be important, so she picked it up. Debbie asked a few people, who knew nothing about the coin, so she gave it to her daughter, Molly Hennings, to see if she had any suggestions. Molly posted it on popular social media. “We received an email from ‘Coastal Breeze News’ asking if ... Read More »

Balocki and O’Connell: Stories of Honor

Rudy stands in front of a quote by Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Rudy Balocki and Francis O’Connell have a lot in common. Both men were born and raised in New England — Balocki in Connecticut and O’Connell in Rhode Island. Both men now live on Marco Island. Both men joined the U.S. Army right out of high school, and both men fought in World War II. Recently, both Balocki and O’Connell also were among the 75 veterans flown to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 13, courtesy of Honor Flight of Collier County, for a whirlwind, police-escorted tour of the nation’s military monuments, including the World War II ... Read More »

Tales of a South Beach Parking Garage

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Many have already heard or read rumors and innuendos about a supposed “parking garage” at South Beach. Being that I’ve been involved from the start, let me tell you how it began and where it is now. Will it happen? We have no idea. As your county commissioner, I was approached by some property owners on Marco Island who explained all the problems they were having with parking spaces for the South Beach area. They asked how the county would feel about building a parking deck over the parking spaces on our side of the ... Read More »

Organizationally Challenged

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By Pat Newman I’ve always wanted to be one of those women whose shoes are arranged by color and lovingly arranged on shelves shuttered by tinted glass. Instead, I am constantly seeking two matching shoes in a two-room apartment. It’s clear that I am not remotely related to Martha Stewart, despite my desire to build gingerbread castles at Christmas and hand-stitch the perfect fairy godmother costume for Halloween with 15 yards of pink tulle and a single needle and strand of thread. Kitchen acumen? How about lining up my three spices in alphabetical order — cinnamon, pepper, salt? Celebrating a ... Read More »

Go on a Cognitive Rampage

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Looking to make a change in your life? Then go on a “Cognitive Rampage” with therapist and mental health counselor Adam Lowery on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11 AM-12 PM, at The Hampton Inn-Beachside, 3210 Tamiami Trail N. This one-hour talk is for anyone yearning to change their life, experiencing a life transition, seeking another approach to fight substance abuse or simply craving growth and personal empowerment. Lowery’s “Cognitive Rampage Approach” to initiating change and sustaining growth will help seekers: Learn how to develop a personal life philosophy which will separate truth from emotion in life choices and help avoid ... Read More »

City Council Candidate Forums Heat Up

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With the November election looming, civic-minded Marco Islanders are turning their attention to the upcoming election for City Council. There are three open seats and four viable candidates: Joe Batte, Litha Berger, Bob Brown and Victor Rios. These candidates will be making the rounds this month and letting their platforms be heard at local candidate forums. The first will be sponsored by the Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) on Wed., Oct. 8, at 6 PM, at the Rose History Auditorium. MICA representatives will pose questions to all candidates and will take questions from the audience. The second forum is sponsored ... Read More »

On Political Correctness and Beheadings

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers may recall an older opinion piece on these pages regarding “political correctness” a.k.a. “PC.” The readers may also recall various warnings expressed in this column and elsewhere as to how PC is killing us, and judging by the events of last week, it looks like things will get worse before it gets better. From the insane notion of trying to forcefully change a privately-owned professional football team’s name (established in 1932) to not allowing elementary students to say “bless you” when a fellow student sneezes, the madness continues. “Workplace violence” is becoming ... Read More »

Civitan Comes to Marco

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Submitted It would be hard to beat Marco Island when it comes to a community with big hearts, charitable giving and supporting those in need. Proof of this is the newly formed chapter of the Civitan Club of Marco Island. Civitan International is a service organization dedicated to serving the needs of the community with an emphasis on the developmentally disabled. A press release stated, “Its uniqueness is the Civitan International Research Center, which is dedicated to finding a cause, cure and better treatments for many brain disorders.” There are several types of memberships available: Active member, Project member, Support ... Read More »

Come Meet Marco’s Newborn Dolphins

You can see the body creases or "fetal folds" on this newborn dolphin. It is less than 2 weeks old. Photos by Kent  Meredith of the Dolphin Explorer

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Come join Bob McConville of Steppingstone Ecotours/Dolphin Explorer and Coastal Breeze News for two very special evenings at the Rose History Auditorium. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 7-8 PM, McConville will introduce children of all ages to the young dolphin population around Marco Island, at the Rose History Auditorium. The program will take the audience into the world of the bottlenose dolphin where they will meet the newborns of the past three years, spend some time getting to know the new youngsters seen so far in 2014 and then meet the potential moms that may ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

Everglades City crabbers are ready for 2014 season.

By Pat Newman Everglades City’s crab fleet was blessed by pastors and baptized in rainwater Saturday, Sept. 27, as families gathered to celebrate the start of another stone crab season. The event was held on the grounds of the historic Rod and Gun Club on the Barron River. Sponsored by members of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, the blessing of the boats was initiated six years ago by Tod Dahlke and local crabbers, according to the society’s president Marya Repko. Saturday’s celebration included local crafters, a frog-jumping contest and a cake baking competition for the best coconut guava confection. ... Read More »

Notes from the Bus

The Manta Rays lost on a rainy, muddy night. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Sports writer Roger LaLonde spoke with some of the Marco Island Academy football players and cheerleaders. They had the opportunity to talk about their significance in being athletes and representing their school as they rode a bus to Moore Haven for a football game on Sept. 26. Sports, education and community topped their agendas. Pass catcher and running back Cole Stretton and offensive linemen Bon Dees said sports and education are main factors for them to be at MIA. Stretton, a junior, plays football, basketball and baseball. “I like it here for the sports opportunities and ... Read More »

Moore Haven Muddies Manta Rays for Win

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coach Greg Fowler speaks to his players during a timeout. PHOTO BY ROGER LALOND

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Moore Haven Terriers hounded Marco Island Academy in winning 46-7 at Moore Haven on Sept. 26. The loss evened the MIA Manta Rays record at 2-2 and 0-1 in the district. Moore Haven won its first game against four losses, all to larger size schools. The Terriers forfeited their game the week before the Marco game to make sure all players were ready for the district clash. Moore Haven’s D’Angelo Ware proved his importance and why he is going to Iowa next fall, rushing for three touchdowns. He amassed 134 yards on just four carries. ... Read More »

Pop the Cork!

To our veterans...SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Marion Nicolay An impromptu champagne celebration was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum recently when noted local artist Malenda Trick reached the halfway mark on her ambitious mural dedicated to American participation in the military and warfare, especially to our veterans. The mural is approximately 5 feet high and 18 feet long, and is a polychrome rendition painted on a double-sided canvas in collage style, blending many facets of the vast subject. The location of the work-in-progress has been the lobby of the Marco Island Historical Museum and is supported by a generous grant from Marco Island Foundation ... Read More »

Touchdown Club Donates Equipment to MIA Football

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The Marco Island Academy Rays Touchdown Club, a local booster club made up of Marco area residents, has made its first significant donation to MIA’s varsity football program — new equipment. The new equipment donated includes a Generation Two Vertical Power Model hydration system from Waterboy Sports, as well as video equipment enabling coaches to video tape Rays’ games. “With the hot weather we have here in Southwest Florida, it is vital that we keep these students well hydrated,” said Wayne Purvis, Touchdown Club president. “It is also important to assure coaches have the resources they need for teaching our ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief

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The Marco Island Police Foundation will host its quarterly “Lunch with the Chief” event at Hideaway Beach Club, Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11:30 AM. Recently appointed Chief of Police Al Schettino will speak on “Why Marco Island is the Fourth Safest City in the State of Florida” and how we can become number one. Lunch is $20 per person with a selection of prime rib sandwich or trio salad plate. For reservations, call Joe Granda at 239-389-2823 or Lou Prigge at 239-269-2148. Read More »

50 Years of Marco Island Community Television

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MarcoIslandCommunityTelevision.Com is a popular internet-based television center. In celebrating 50 years of Marco Island, producer William Hughes has arranged many of the community television videos available on the site in an easy to follow historical order. From stories on the movers and shakers of Marco Island, such as Frank Mackle, Jack Parr, Gene Sarazen, Thelma Heath and Herb Savage, to videos of the 25th and the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the island, these videos will bring to life the early days of the island. Hughes, owner of Hughes Video Productions, provides these videos free of charge as a public service. ... Read More »

16 Years of BINGO at JCMI

The Bingo committee does it all. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Sue Baum, co-chairperson of the Monday Night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, states, “It’s time to yell BINGO again! This is our 16th Season.” She adds, “A new feature each Monday evening will be a drawing for a free shampoo and blow dry or manicure by Jump Hair and Nails. The drawing will be from the player’s admission ticket.” Bingo will be played every Monday evening at the Synagogue, located at 991 Winterberry Drive, from Oct. 6, 2014 through May 6, 2015. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Bonanza is posted at 6:15 PM, and the game ... Read More »