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Memorial Day Ceremony by the VFW

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The Marco Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold it’s annual memorial day ceremony at Veteran’s Park on 25 May at 11;00 AM. The approximately one hour program will feature music by the Marco Strummers, Wes English, Director. Also, the Star Spangled Banner and TAPS performed by Craig Gruesel, Director of the Lutheran Church music department. There will be the usual salute to the armed services, with members of each service standing for recognition as their branch march is played. Post Commander Dave Gardner will give an address for the occasion, and Marco’s own Kate Smith duo, Herb Savage and his ... Read More »

Art at Marco Island Public Library

Alley Gator by Karen Swanker. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive. The month of May will feature the work of Marco Island artist Karen Swanker. Inspired by the impressionists, Karen’s water lily paintings evoke a peaceful and quiet calm. By using a glazing technique with transparent washes, the water has both depth and reflective qualities. The lily pads appear to float serenely atop the water, with lotus flowers in various stages of bloom breaking the surface. Colors range from liquid blues ... Read More »

Dr. Joseph Parisi: Road to Marco Paved with Many Hats

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The paths we take to get from one point to another are as varied as the stars in the sky. For Joseph Parisi, there was a hat for every path, and a path for every hat. A good place to start is the beginning, which, for our story, is Brooklyn, New York and a chicken farm. “Instead of spending the summers in hot Brooklyn, I went to Tom’s River, New Jersey and spent the summers with my Grandparents on their chicken farm. That was my first introduction to animals.” After high school, Joe joined the navy ... Read More »

Domestic Animal Services Adoption Weekend

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Mike Held of Keep in Touch Cards and Gifts and his Manager on Duty, Lucy, participated in a promotion to benefit Collier County’s Domestic Animal Services. Participants took a chance to guess at what breeds were present in Lucy’s background. Lucy was adopted from the shelter ten years ago. The ‘Pick A Breed’ program raised about $500 for the cause. With 58 adoptions, the weekend was a success. Lucy went through a DNA test and it was determined she is a mix of Dalmatian, Old English Sheepdog, Boxer and Maltese mix. Read More »

MIFA’s Scholarship Winners & Artist of the Year

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Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) accepts applications for scholarships from students seeking a college education in music, visual arts or a performing area of study. On Saturday, May 23rd, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is happy to announce those who have been chosen to receive a scholarship during the Recognition Luncheon at the Wesley United Methodist Church. They include Joseph Byrne, beginning study in Theatre, Vocal Performance and Writing; Livia LenHoff, beginning study in motion design and illustration at Ringling School of Art and Design; Tyler MacDonald, continuing study in business, photography ... Read More »

Booty Barre Benefit for Jada

Yoga/pilates mats are used, bringing another workout aspect into the mix.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff First of all, what is booty barre and second, who is Jada? Booty barre is a rigorous form of exercise that combines a stationary handrail (as in ballet barre) with an exercise routine. Booty barre classes are regularly scheduled on the island and are run by Margaret Peters Lamp. One of the regulars attending the class was Jada Shigley. Jada is known to many on Marco Island as an employee of the Marco Island Marriott, she is on the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers countless hours to various organizations and ... Read More »

Focus on Medium Clay is Cool

These pieces,  by Ginny Mueller show how intricate clay can be. Ginny hand paints the pieces with glaze.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Note: This is a series of articles about the mediums people use to express themselves and create some great works of art for us to enjoy.   My only real experience working with clay was in 7th grade art class. I made a small urn type of thingy on the wheel. My grade was a “C.” That is why I was excited to be able to spend some time with people who really know how to maximize the potential of this great medium. “The more you work with clay, each potter develops their own style,” said ... Read More »

The Specactular Grand Opening of Villa at Terracina Grand

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Kim Campbell, Wife of Glen Campbell, Guest Speaker for Opening Submitted Villa at Terracina Grand, an innovative, state-of-the-art experiential memory care community, developed and managed by The Goodman Group, celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday, April 29 in a truly grand fashion. Naples Major John Sorey, Collier County District One Commissioner Donna Fiala and Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce CEO John Cox were on hand to help John Goodman, Chairman of The Goodman Group, cut the ribbon and open the doors to an truly innovative new approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Situated on the campus of Terracina Grand at 6825 ... Read More »

Students Learn Being “Waterwise” Saves Lives

Marco Y swimming instructor and lifeguard Steven “Bear”  Terstegge, has the students demonstrate their kicking abilities. photos by don manley

By Don Manley Judging by the laughter and excitement emanating from the grade school students, it might have been hard to tell that serious instruction was occurring at the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s Ms. Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center. Garbed in swim attire, the youths were gathered there on a recent morning for a session of the annual Waterwise Program, which teaches third graders from Tommie Barfield and Manatee elementary schools the basics of water and boating safety. Boating safety instruction is handled by members of Marco’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, while the Y’s aquatics staff conducts a swimming skills test ... Read More »

MI Real Estate April 2015 – Average Sale Price Up Nearly 20%

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, compare April 2015 to April 2014. According to Susan Ackerson, President, volume sold in this comparison of the Marco Island real estate market remained essentially unchanged in dollars from $96,375,900 in April 2014 to $96,846,313 in April 2015, a 0.49% increase. The number of new single family listings that came on the market in April 2015 v. April 2014 decreased 25.81% (46 v. 62). The total number of single family properties active on the market decreased 21.12% (295 v. 374). The ... Read More »

NCH Awarded an ‘A’ for Patient Safety

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Submitted The NCH Healthcare System is the only hospital system in Collier and Lee counties to be awarded a national Hospital Safety Score of “A” from The Leapfrog Group. The NCH Healthcare System has been recognized for its’ dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. This A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients, who are looking for a ... Read More »

Marco Island Educator Appreciation Luncheon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Red carnations were a striking contrast to the beautifully decorated tables that greeted over 70 Marco Island K-12 teachers for a relaxing and delicious lunch in their honor at the Family Church on Winterberry Drive. The lunch was provided, free of charge, to the administrators, teachers, and support staff that were required to attend the final district “in service” day of the year, when no students were present at the schools. Several students actually took that last day of spring break to help provide this special time for the educators. In addition to the students, ... Read More »

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Rivka Mascoop, Kristina Lambros, Marc Creach, Barbara Meyer, Colleen Mescall and Elliott Mascoop volunteering  theirSaturday to organize the food donations. Join Collier Harvest efforts, call either 455-FOOD, or go online to www.collierharvest.org. SUBMITTED photos

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Islanders rose to the challenge by donating enough food to nearly break the 2009 record of 32,900 pounds to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. By the time this article is published, it is expected that number will be surpassed. Residents and guests left bags of non-perishable food items by their mailbox on Saturday, May 9th or they delivered their donation to a post office. Letter carriers on Marco Island, like other carriers throughout Collier County, picked up those items. “We have a hard working group of letter carriers on Marco Island,” said Elliott ... Read More »

Above and Beyond – Lisa Meurgue

In Belize with San Marco Catholic Church, Catholic Heart Work Camp, going out into the community screening windows and more.  SUBMITTED photos

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Life is a busy proposition for most of us. We all have things to do, places to be and people to see. Some people, however, have the alacrity to fit even more into a full day. One of those people is Lisa Meurgue. Lisa, along with husband Chef Denis Meurgue, have owned and operated Bistro Soleil in Olde Marco since 2008. Owning a restaurant, in itself, fills up a day very quickly and very intensely. And in 2013, they opened Petit Soleil, in the Shops of Olde Marco. So how does one go about having time ... Read More »

May Crowning

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Council of Catholic Women(CCW) sponsored the May Crowning of Mary on Mother’s Day at San MarcoCatholic Church. A group of children were escorted from the parish hall to the church by the Knights of Columbus. A ceremony to honor the Virgin Mary was organized under the direction of Victoria Josberger of the CCW. The Knights were dressed in full regalia. Flowers lay at a mantle at the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary, and a crown of flowers was placed on her head by Julian and Ashley. Rev. Russell Ruggiero presided over the mass, all children were invited to the altar to participate in ... Read More »

Wasserman, Delivers Presentation to Members of American College of Mohs Surgery

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Submitted Daniel I. Wasserman, MD, board certified in dermatology with a dual fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and laser and cosmetic medicine, presented at the recent 47th American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting on the intraoperative use of fractionated carbon dioxide lasers for the improvement of post-operative scars. Dr. Wasserman also moderated and spoke at a separate session with Christopher Barker, MD, radiation oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, presenting results from his experience and outcomes of utilizing photodynamic therapy as a neoadjuvant treatment for select non-melanoma skin cancers prior to Mohs surgery. Members attending the sessions earned ... Read More »

MIA Honor Student to Attend Johns Hopkins University

The entrance to Marco Island Academy. SUBMITTED photos

Submitted Fermin Mendoza, a Marco Island Academy (MIA) senior, has never received a grade lower than an “A.” He will graduate at the top of his class on May 29, 2015. His weighted GPA of 5.2 helped him gain acceptance to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, with scholarships, grants, and work study to pay for most of his college. Fermin will be the first of his family to graduate from high school. His parents grew up in San Juan, Mexico, where his father toiled on a small family farm. His parents seeing little opportunity for their children in ... Read More »

Isle of Capri hosts Third Annual SUP Poker Run to benefit Special Olympics

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday, June 6, 2015, the Third Annual SUP Poker Run will be held on the Isle of Capri, to benefit Special Olympics Florida, Collier County. Funds raised by corporate sponsors and other supporters have enabled Special Olympic athletes to train and participate in the first three Special Olympics Florida- Monroe County Stand Up Paddle Invitational, an annual event taking place in October in the Florida Keys. Last year over 99 athletes participated, and hundreds attended the event during the day. In addition to raising funds, the event raises awareness of how this fitness sport ... Read More »

SoapFest Again Brings Stars to Marco To Benefit Charity

Troy - Jeff Branson - Melissa Archer - John Driscoll - Frankie with drawings on their shirts by Days Austin Peck at 15th Soapfest 2014 painting party on
May 24, 2104 gathered together to do paintings with guests and the proceeds went to charity
- The weekend of events is held on Marco Island, Florida.  Photos by Sue Coflin/Max Photos

By Don Manley Providing a setting where stars and fans can intermingle has worked well for the annual SoapFest Charity Weekend. Now in its 16th year, SoapFest brings actors from daytime soap operas to Marco Island for a weekend of fun and fundraising for local children’s charities. The festival enables fans to rub elbows with the daytime stars at a series of public event fundraisers, held Friday through Monday. Set for May 22 through May 25, SoapFest also includes the private Art 4 Autism painting session, in which the stars team up with autistic children and adults with autism to ... Read More »

William Shakespeare’s Epic Tragedy, Macbeth

Submitted Following the success of last season’s Julius Caesar, the Marco Island Shakespeare Festival is back as the Marco Island Academy High School’s theatre program performs the bard’s dark Scottish classic, Macbeth. Macbeth—celebrated, battle-worn, and a seemingly loyal subject to the crown of King Duncan— encounters witches wandering through the wood upon his return from war. Promising him glory and kingdom, these shadows set him down a path of darkness and self-destruction as he puts his faith in forces that forswear, and forsake him at every turn. Encouraged by his power-hungry wife, Macbeth takes all that he deserves until he ... Read More »