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Keeping You Safe: Is Your Home Poison Proof?

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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 Photo: Tais Carrasco, age 3, enjoys his session.

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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?

At an October Goodland town meeting, County Commissioner Chairman Donna Fiala answers questions about Woodland Road, and assures that the county will take back the road and see that necessary rehabilitation is accomplished. Fail has made Woodland a top priority for the county.

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 »

Let’s All Relay For Life!

Submitted Photo: Luminary help us honor and remember loved ones affected by cancer.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES  Nikkie Sardelli The American Cancer Society Marco Island Unit had their Relay Kickoff Party on November 7th at the Marco Island Marriott to celebrate the start of the 2017 Relay For Life season. For many on Marco Island, the spirit is in the air, and team fundraising plans are already in the making! Last year we had 26 ... Read More »

October Fire and Life Safety

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Keeping You Safe  Chris Bowden With Halloween fast approaching it’s extremely important to remember the significance of being safe during the fall festivities. Accidents happen everyday and are in fact, more likely to occur during the holidays. It’s statistically proven that children are twice as likely to be hit by a motor vehicle on Halloween night while trick-or-treating, than any ... Read More »

Business Networking With ENMA

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Submitted The October East Naples Merchants Association (ENMA) business networking meeting was hosted by the Lely High School business INCubator class, in their state-of-the-art lab classroom. Class instructor Adam Peterson briefed the ENMA business owner members on the business INCubator program, and thanked them for their support of the program. Business owners were given a short introduction to each of ... Read More »

Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Aside from family history and aging, which cannot be controlled, there are certain healthy lifestyle habits that can potentially lower your risk and protect your breast health. Below is a list of five different factors that may be able to help you, courtesy of www.cancer.org: 1. Watch Your Weight  Being overweight ... Read More »

Exercise to Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

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DIMENSIONS OF DEMENTIA Shirley Woolaway My 17-year-old granddaughter ran two half-marathons this summer, each 13.6 miles. Back in school she’s running three to five miles daily with her cross country team. She’s getting plenty of exercise. By contrast, this summer I walked up to two miles four or five times weekly and also swam occasionally. Because of traveling I seldom found ... Read More »

Mission Support

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Did you know that we have a local support group for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers? This wonderful group was started in 1989 by Jan Whitebook, and she remains the leader of the group today. Jan has a very personal connection to cancer having been the loving caregiver for her sister who lived with ... Read More »

Goodland Road Flooded Again: Marco Pressed by Commissioners to Act

Goodland Road, on the first of three days of flooding. A storm that barely
made a ripple in Collier County flooded Goodland’s only access road with 8” to 18” of water (1 PM, 8/30/16).

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn An unnamed tropical depression, 350 miles west of Marco Island, caused more serious flooding on Goodland Road on Tuesday, August 30. Torrential rains also added to the maelstrom, with rainwater having nowhere to go due to seawater gushing in through the road’s only two drains. The result was the usual chaos in traffic trying to ... Read More »

Research is Cautiously Hopeful

In 2016 there are 510,000 people with Alzheimer’s
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Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway In my experience, most of us know someone with dementia, either a family member, a friend, or a neighbor. So, it is not surprising to learn that in Florida there are 510,000 people with Alzheimer’s in 2016, just one of the many dementia diseases, but the most common. That figure will rise to 720,000 by ... Read More »

Why is Learning CPR so Important?

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Keeping You Safe  Chris Bowden Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, commonly called CPR, is one of the main elements to survival in cardiac arrest. To clear up a common misconception before going any further, the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest is very simple. A heart attack occurs when a blocked artery prevents oxygenated blood from reaching one or multiple ... Read More »

Goodland Water Line Replacement What Will Happen? When?

Photo by Barry Gwinn August 24th county informational meeting at Goodland Boat Park. Everyone seemed pleased that the construction was postponed until next spring.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On or about April 17, 2017, Quality Enterprises, with offices near Collier Boulevard and I-75, will begin replacing Goodland’s main water line from San Marco Road to Harbor Place N. (just short of Stan’s). Grady Minor, of Bonita Springs will be the engineers for the project. The project, costing $612,305, was originally scheduled to begin ... Read More »