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Salute to Veterans: Manny Puglisi

Multi-sectional breakfront crafted by Manny Puglisi.

By Maggie Gust Emanuel “Manny” Puglisi (pooh-glee-see) served in the 76th Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. Manny was born in Sicily, Italy, and came to this country with his parents in 1937. His older brother and sister had each been born in America, but his parents subsequently returned to Sicily due to his father’s health and the need to be near family. When they came back to New York City, Manny was 13. He began immediately to literally build a life for himself. At age 14, he started working after school in a woodworking ... Read More »

Art Flicks Schedule

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts Third Annual Art Flicks program, featuring foreign, independent and “art” films, has begun. All films are shown at 10 AM at Marco Movies, located at 599 South Collier Boulevard in Marco Island. Admission is free, and the program includes lively discussions concerning the films and the art of film. The theme for 2016 is “Food, Glorious Food.” Upcoming films are: February 16, 2016: “Kings of Pastry.” Contenders seek France’s highest honor in the sublime art of patisserie, employing vast amounts of sugar, butter and eggs- not to mention adrenaline- to create gorgeous, ... Read More »

Avow Groundbreaking for New Building

Ceremonial shovel toss at Avow’s groundbreaking on January 11, 2016.  From left: Architect Phil Krieg, Facilities Manager Greg Dougherty, Board Member Kent McRae, Board Member Vip Grover, Founder Glenna Hayhoe, Board Chairman Chuck
Hoffman, Thelma Lyon, Dr. Diane Meier, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Mitchell, Russell Lyon, Dr. Sean Morrison, President & CEO Jaysen Roa, Board Member Lee Pinto, Board Member
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Submitted Avow held a celebratory groundbreaking event for its newest building, The Lyon Palliative Care and Hospice Center, on the Avow campus in Naples. During the public ceremony Avow leadership and special guest speakers Diane Meier, MD, FACP and R. Sean Morrison, MD, co-directors of the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center at Mount Sinai in New York, and Avow benefactress Thelma Lyon addressed the crowd and participated in a symbolic shovel toss. Avow’s newest building will serve as the new home for its palliative care and hospice clinical teams plus community bereavement. It will be located adjacent ... Read More »

Begin Lent With Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

Every Friday through March the Knights of Columbus  will hold a Fish Fry at San Marco Church. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The San Marco Knights of Columbus Fish Fry opens for the 2016 season on Friday, February 5th at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall, 14 years after its inaugural dinner. For the second year in a row, every Friday through March, the Knights will serve their in-house seasoned Atlantic Cod filets, which became instantly popular when it was introduced last year. The half-pound portion of fish is baked or fried to perfection and served along with French fries or baked potato, coleslaw, a roll and butter, and dessert. Coffee and tea are included and bottled water, soda, wine ... Read More »

Souper Bowl 2016 is Here!

Some of the beautiful hand-painted bowls which will be sold and filled with soup, at the Souper Bowl February 6. PHOTO BY LANA WITHERS

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Souper Bowl is back and we’re not talking football. On Saturday February 6th, 10 different local restaurants will set up shop at the Mackle Park Airnasium, bringing with them 20 gallons of soup each. The event, which is in its fourth year, is organized by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce in order to benefit Leadership Marco’s scholarship fund. Last year through the Souper Bowl, as well as the organization’s other event Wet Paint LIVE, Leadership Marco was able to raise an impressive $20,000 for students. Each year 20 to 30 local high schoolers apply ... Read More »

Museum Celebrates Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

Submitted The 12th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival begins Tuesday, February 23 at the Everglades Isle, 803 Collier Ave, Everglades City. The festival continues through Feb. 27 at the Museum of the Everglades, 105 West Broadway in Everglades City. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival is an annual five-day celebration of the Everglades and Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ legacy, encompassing daily activities, programs, workshops and presentations bringing together specialists and professionals who share enthusiasm for the Glades. All activities are designed for the entire family. Best known for her work “Everglades: River of Grass,” first published in 1947, author, journalist and environmental ... Read More »

JCMI Celebrates Third Annual Jewish Deli Fest

Volunteers Abbe Hankin (left) and Ted Bunten smile as they pose behind a mountain of pastrami and corned beef sandwiches they helped distribute. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On January 24th the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) celebrated their third annual Jewish Deli Fest. Thousands of eager, and hungry, people showed up Sunday morning to celebrate the occasion by feasting on the delicious kosher-style dishes. The synagogue was packed with rows of long tables, good smells and a whole lot of food. Patrons were divided into two long lines that spilled out into the parking lot and along the side of the building. One line was for eating in and the other for taking out. Once inside the line twisted and turned in ... Read More »

Window and Doors Project Special Preview

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Submitted The community is invited to a very special “Coming-Out Party” to announce the artists who will be bringing the past to the present through the Windows and Doors to History at the Marco Island Historical Museum, on Sunday, February 14 from 3-5 PM. The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) will give the community a special preview of their Windows and Doors to History project. This project is part of a series of exciting changes happening at the MIHS during 2016. The Marco Island Historical Museum’s 20 faux windows and three doors will be transformed into vivid scenes from Marco ... Read More »

Gritty Goodlanders Rally to Revive Lifeless Resident Use County-donated defibrillator to save life

JoAnn and Don Methner. JoAnn’s prompt action got things off to a good start.

By Barry Gwinn This reporter has written a two-part article for this paper, chronicling the development of one of Goodland’s gems – the Drop Anchor Mobile Home Park. Part two appears in today’s edition in Goodland Life. This story relates to what those folks did on Sunday, January 24, 2016. It may change forever how we think of and care for the many retirees in our Southwest Florida communities. This story begins back on February 19, 2013, when Dr. Greg Bello, a retired maxillofacial surgeon, was elected president of the Goodland Civic Association (GCA). Bello well knew the dangers of ... Read More »

Despite Rain Fashion Show Shines

A crowd of 300 braved heavy rains to attend the American Beauty Fashion Show.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On January 27 Marco Island was soaked with record-breaking rainfall of almost four and one-half inches. But even heavy showers did not deter the three hundred women who attended the sold-out American Beauty Fashion Show at San Marco Catholic Church. The annual fashion show is organized by the Council of Catholic Women (CCW) as a fundraiser for the many charities and scholarships the group supports in the community. This year’s theme, American Beauty, was reflected in the red, white and blue decorations throughout the church, as well as the attire of many of the ladies. ... Read More »

Canadian Club Welcome Back

BMO Harris Bank’s Rachel Schenk, Lilbeth Nordell and Marva Sutt serve champagne and chocolate to guests.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff While our neighbors to the north are experiencing frigid temperatures, some lucky Canadians are enjoying a mild winter here on Marco Island. To celebrate the return of our seasonal visitors, the Canadian Club held a Welcome Back Party on January 27 at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The evening began in the entry of the Center for the Arts, where club members and guests mingled and networked. Those in attendance savored Norman Love chocolates, a local favorite, and glasses of bubbly champagne. The elegant treats were provided by BMO Harris Bank and Island ... Read More »

Sport Clays Classic Sees MIA Classroom Dedicated to Memory of Bill Rose

The Marco Island Police Department was represented by Matt Goetz, Adam Nelson, Ryan Montgomery, Chief Al Schettino, John Derrig and Sharon Kovacs.

By Don Manley The third annual Bill Rose Memorial Sporting Clays Classic is one that will stand out in the memories of Myrt Rose and the entire family. After the winners of the competition were named and awards presented for the Marco Island Academy fundraiser, it was announced that the school is dedicating a classroom to Bill Rose’s memory. Jane Watt presented his widow, Mryt Rose, and his daughter, Sue Vandenbergh, with plaques commemorating the dedication. “We thought of it as a way to thank the Rose family for allowing us to honor Bill year after year,” said Jane Watt, ... Read More »

Happenings at the Marco Island Center for the Arts

“City Dusk” by Oscar Glottman

Submitted Glottman Photography Exhibit The Marco Island Center for the Arts February gallery features the photography of Oscar Glottman. The exhibition is open through February 23, 2016 and the art will be available for purchase. Glottman is both an artist and architect. He has been experimenting with visual art and photography as a second career, running parallel to his architecture practice. Glottman’s photography is not the usual pictures of the world we live in. It is a mixture of form and color approaching the abstract. Glottman describes his work as “fragmentation and the capture of the DNA of time and ... Read More »

Ablin to Speak on Markets, Economy

Submitted BMO Private Bank’s Chief Investment Officer Jack Ablin will be making a special appearance on Marco Island. Ablin is scheduled to address residents on thoughts for navigating these turbulent times in the markets, and what BMO Private Bank sees ahead for our economy. Ablin is a frequent contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, and is the author of the best-selling book, “Reading Minds and Markets.” Ablin will address Marco Island residents on February 23rd at the Marco Island Center for the Arts at 4 PM. If interested in attending, please contact Patricia Ryan at 239-592-2468 ... Read More »

Our Island Ecology

By Chadd Chutsz It’s Raining, It’s Pouring No man is an island, and Marco, along with the rest of the globe, is feeling the effects of built up pressure in the Western Pacific pushing back towards the east. The result for us is a relatively warm, wet winter caused by reversed trade winds extending a Pacific Jetstream across the southern U.S.A. In December, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported the Oceanic Niño Index, which compares ocean surface temperatures in the east-central Pacific to the long-term average, to be 3.4. This breaks the record of the last strong El ... Read More »

St. Matthew’s House Benefit Dinner

Submitted On Monday, February 15, the Outreach Committee of San Marco Parish will sponsor the 8th Annual Benefit Dinner for St. Matthew’s House. This event has been a huge success in the past seven years. Everyone who attended raved about the food and the service, both of which were provided by the workers from St. Matthew’s House. The main entrees will be sliced tenderloin of beef and roast chicken with all the fixings, including salad and dessert, and there will be great appetizers on every table. The cost per person is still only $30. Usually the people from St. Matthew’s ... Read More »

Come Experience the Everglades

Submitted Join us for a ride in the Everglades! This year the 9th Annual Everglades Bike Ride will be held earlier, on March 13, to accommodate our winter residents. Cyclists will have an opportunity to experience the ride of their choice, at their own pace. In addition to the bicycle ride, all participants will be provided a continental breakfast beginning at 7:30 AM, free bike repairs compliments of Bikes for Tykes of Naples, SAG support for the ride, tour of the historic Smallwood Store Museum in Chokoloskee, and a seafood lunch with a special treat of homemade desserts including calamondin ... Read More »

BAC Community Forum

Submitted On Wednesday, February 10 the City of Marco Island’s Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) is sponsoring a Community Forum from 7-9 PM in the city’s Community Room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive. Bring your questions relating to Florida-friendly landscaping! The event is a great way to learn about an array of gardening topics. Exhibit booths include Doug Caldwell, University of Florida (Tree Diseases), Lee County Electric Cooperative, 2015 Marco in Bloom Winners, Calusa Garden Club, Bio-Green, and the Botanical Garden-Butterfly Gardens. There will be speaker presentations by Cris Costello, Sierra Club (Fertilizers, Clean Water); James (“Nik”) Nikolich (Water Conservation, Irrigation); Donna ... Read More »

Meet and Chat With Marco’s Top Cops

Submitted Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) will conduct its second Public Forum Meeting of the season on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 3 PM in the City Council Chamber at 51 Bald Eagle Drive. Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino and Captain David Baer will discuss burglaries, phone alerts and scams, citizens’ complaints, explain how complaints are addressed and processed, and how violations are enforced. Law enforcement plays a critical role in assuring the safety, wellbeing and quality of life for Marco Island residents. Considerable time will be allotted to provide citizens an opportunity to ask questions, express their concerns, ... Read More »

Goodland Celebrates 32nd Mullet Fest

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Another year and another Buzzard Lope Queen (and princess) has been crowned. That’s right, Mullet Fest was back at Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland for the 32nd year in a row. The three-day long event was comprised of live music, dancing, drinking—lots of drinking, fried mullet, Stan’s famous Buzzard Punch cocktail, and of course, the crowning of the Buzzard Lope Queen. The Buzzard Lope Queen ceremony is a very serious matter. It takes dedication, coordination and most importantly, heart to win the coveted title. This year the competition was fierce. Over thirty hopefuls were dressed to ... Read More »