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Garrett Richter Promoted

Submitted First Florida Integrity Bank has promoted President Garrett S. Richter to Chief Executive Officer – President. With his term as Florida state senator complete, Mr. Richter will now lead the day-to-day operations of First Florida Integrity Bank. His promotion to Chief Executive Officer will provide consistency in the leadership direction of the bank. Mr. Richter is one of the ... Read More »

MIYC Welcomes New Bridge at Commodore’s Ball

Submitted The Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) will hold its 15th annual Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch ceremony on Saturday, January 21, 2017, followed by the gala ball. The formal program includes the traditional Colors Ceremony and Change of Watch. Lois Dixon will be sworn in as the new commodore, taking over the leadership role at the Club as ... Read More »

ACS Imagination Ball Will Hug Away Cancer

By Maureen Chodaba A hug is a loving squeeze, a bestowal of hope, and an embrace of comfort and healing. Whether we give that hug or receive it, the gift remains the same. A hug is living proof of the power of touch. Close your eyes and travel back in time to the days of childhood. Imagine a hug with ... Read More »

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Cervical cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix. Gradually, those cells start to develop pre-cancerous changes, but only in some women will this develop into cancer. Having regular Pap tests will detect changes in these cells, and if any changes occur, a doctor will be able to closely monitor the ... Read More »

Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Have you ever read a really interesting book on Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving that is also a couple’s love story? I’ve just finished one, “Before I Forget,” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby, a 2016 publication. They tell us what frustrates them, why they get angry and where they find joy. It feels as though ... Read More »

Steve Gober Part Two – Trained by the Master

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn By the late ‘70s, Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant was doing OK, but it was Stan’s sons, plus Fletcher Addison, who were doing the cooking. Steve, 16, (a Naples High School freshman) and Russ, 26, were in the kitchen at night, and Jay, 21, was the daytime cook. “We were open for breakfast, lunch and dinner ... Read More »

Steve Gober Remembers: Part One – The Early Days

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Steve Gober is carrying on the family business in Goodland, and, by all reports, is doing a capital job of it. For any success he has had, he is quick to deflect credit to his dad, Stan Gober, whom Steve says has served as his role model in life. Steve still idolizes Stan to this ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is looking for volunteers! At this time we are in need of more docents for our educational programs and school programs, as well as visitor services volunteers at our admissions desk, Nature Store and greeters. The next new volunteer orientation will take place at 11 AM on January 24th in the Environmental Learning Center, ... Read More »

Healthy Wish List

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Ever get stuck on what to buy a friend or family member? How about a gift that can help their health and fitness goals? The American Cancer Society has some great ideas for any budget that will make great little gifts for the holidays. Happy Holidays and New Year from your ... Read More »

Goodland Does Christmas: It Is Intimate, Poignant, and Personal

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn During the holidays, you can watch (on TV) a blockbuster parade in New York, listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, or enjoy a performance of the Nutcracker Suite. Closer to home, we have a truly fabulous Christmas parade in Marco Island. People start reserving their spaces a week before the event. Down here in Goodland, ... Read More »

Give the Ultimate Gift – Your Brain

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway The giving of gifts is something many of us think about in December, whether we celebrate St. Nicholas Day, Hanukkah, or Christmas. We might make lists: jewelry for daughters, grand-daughters, wives, T-shirts or socks for our sons, grandsons, husbands, and books for parents, aunts, and uncles. For year-end giving to our favorite charity we might ... Read More »

Keeping You Safe: Is Your Home Poison Proof?

Chris Bowden Firefighter/Paramedic cbowden@cityofmarcoisland.com With poisoning now being listed as one of the leading causes of death in the State of Florida, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department strongly encourages you to poison proof your home. Preventing these tragic incidents before they occur should be everyone’s top priority. As many of us know, children are very curious and will get ... Read More »

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES: Loss During the Holidays

Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island With the holidays upon us, it is an opportunity to gather your loved ones and celebrate the joyous occasions of the season. No matter your traditions or family being big or small, there are so many great memories being made at this time of year. With Thanksgiving somehow already behind us, and our ... Read More »

Y’s New First Splash Program

Submitted  The Marco Y wants you to come splash in their pool. The cost is nominal, and members as well as non-members are welcome. Sports and aquatics director Gustavo Sita is conducting the twice-weekly sessions (Tuesdays and Thursdays) with staggered age groups running on the half-hour from 3:30 to 5 PM. “We’re not teaching them to be great swimmers,” Sita ... Read More »

Merrill Allen Thanks You: Music is his life. Goodland is his town.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn If you should happen to greet Merrill Allen on the streets of Goodland, you might be surprised at the warmth and friendliness of his response. He says he has found fulfillment and happiness here. Merrill, who was born in Grantsburg, Wisconsin in 1957, moved to Goodland in 1993 and never looked back. He has become ... Read More »

Dimensions of Dementia: The Role of Art and Music

Shirley Woolaway Thank goodness for music and art. Try to imagine a world without them and it is too difficult to contemplate, for they give us beauty and take us to places we’ve never been or send us back to experiences from the past. Important to most of us, music and art are especially so for those with dementia. Recently ... Read More »

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES: Non-smoker Lung Cancer

Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, and about 14% of all new cancers are lung cancers. In 2016, the American Cancer Society estimates there were about 224,390 new cases of lung cancer, and about 158,080 deaths. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about ... Read More »

Weekend Roundup

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The weekend’s activities are a good indicator that this season will be a busy one! For a full listing of local events see this issue’s calendar. Friday, November 11 Marco Island Boxing Club: NJ vs. Ireland For live boxing action go to the Palms Ballroom, Marco Island Marriott (400 S. Collier Blvd.). Doors open at ... Read More »

Goodland Road Primer Where Did County’s $13M go? And Why?

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Seasonal residents returning to Goodland in mid-October were dismayed to find another monthly spring tide flooding substantial portions of the road. The author’s wife had to postpone a doctor’s appointment on account of it. “Why isn’t the county doing something about this?” one resident asked, “Driving through the salt water will ruin our cars. Are ... Read More »