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What ACS Means to Me & What It Could Mean to You


ACS CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Even before I became an American Cancer Society (ACS) staff partner, I was well aware of the nonprofit organization and its mission to fight cancer. However, what I did not know until I joined the wonderful staff and dedicated volunteers, was just how much ACS provides for those diagnosed with cancer that goes far beyond funding research. Most importantly, the services ACS provides are either free, or at significantly reduced rates. I chose to work for the American Cancer Society because I wanted my passion for coordinating events to go towards an ... Read More »

Senior Cat Adoption

Submitted For the Love of Cats began the Seniors for Seniors program in 2010 with a one year grant from Home Again, the microchip company. This program has become so valuable that For the Love of Cats has made it a part of their ongoing programs. Older cats languish in shelters for years. Most do not get adopted, or worse, they are euthanized to make room for younger animals. Senior citizens are often living alone, and depression is a major concern. Having a cat increases seniors’ activities, social interaction and is beneficial to their overall health. “This is the fifth ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Charles “Chuck” Purple

National conventions Chuck attended are displayed on his Legion hat.

By Maggie Gust Charles “Chuck” Purple served as a Coxswain in the 28th Special Naval Construction Battalion in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946. Coxswain is a ranking who were easily recognizable because they wore their insignia on the right arm, not the usual left arm. Although born in South Bend, Indiana, Chuck Purple moved around a lot even as an infant. His father, a World War I veteran, was in the newspaper business and transferred frequently by his employer, the Nixon chain. Life was very good until the Depression, when the Purples, like millions of families, suffered a ... Read More »

DVDs Wanted: Children’s DVDs

Usually behind the postal counter, Jiri with Keep in Touch helps Frank send a package of DVDs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Family Ministries of Florida provide quality homes and an educational environment grounded in Christian principles, for children 6-18 years old who require alternatives to living with their parents or guardians. The organization, a 501(c) 3, offers guidance and referrals. Frank LaFerrara, a Marco Island resident and a volunteer for the organization, asks the community to donate either used DVDs or new DVDs that are G or PG rated and that children would enjoy watching. Each week, Frank goes to the post office located at Keep in Touch Cards, Gifts & More to mail the ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Help for Hungry Collier County Residents

From left: St. Matthew’s House  Executive Chef Kristopher Jubinville with Bill Filbin. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Bill Filbin is once again calling upon his fellow Marco Islanders to assist the underprivileged by donating to the St. Matthew’s House Thanksgiving dinner food drive. St. Matthew’s House is a nonprofit, Naples-based homeless shelter and food bank that prepares Thanksgiving Day meals for hundreds of Collier County’s economically disadvantaged each year. Filbin spearheads the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors’ annual donation of side dishes for the nonprofit, an effort that he founded 17 years ago. The community is asked to donate disposable trays loaded with pre-cooked and reheatable mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, baked ... Read More »

Students Tour Water Facility

First graders completed a fun scavenger hunt after the tours. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Samantha Husted On October 29, the City of Marco Island Utilities hosted a guided tour of their facilities for a group of first graders from the First Baptist Academy in Naples. The teacher chaperoning the event was Danielle Bockus. The water and wastewater operators spoke with the children about water production— where it comes from, how it’s cleaned and how to conserve it. The children were then given a presentation on the wastewater system, where they learned the process of how water goes from individual homes all the way to the plant. The first graders were able to ... Read More »

Stop Identity Theft


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Federal Trade Commission reports that Florida leads the nation in the highest percentage of identity theft complaints per capita ( Victims of identity theft can attest to the enormous stress, aggravation and expense caused by this type of fraud. Victims also suffer serious damage to their credit report history, which is often difficult and time consuming to correct. The Marco Island Police Department, in conjunction with the Collier County Identity Theft Task Force, is helping residents avoid identity theft through the “Stop Identity Theft Forum” to be held on Wednesday, November 18 from 2-3 ... Read More »

Birds of a Feather

Burrowing Owl chicks. Photo by Victoria Wright

By Monte Lazarus Until quite recently most of us on Marco Island did not know that there are TWO kinds of burrowing owls on Marco Island. Oh, sure they look almost exactly alike, but take my word for it – they’re different. The adorable little guys you see in their yellow taped confines are the ones who appear more often and seem to be intent on helping their neighbors. Their look-alikes (LA’s) are not so obvious. That’s because they’re very rarely seen publicly, usually only when the entire group has a meeting. (NOTE: quite properly a group of owls is ... Read More »

Highs & Lows for MIA and Lely

By Roger LaLonde There were highs and lows on the Lely and Marco Island sports scene over last weekend. Isles of Capri’s Lucca Delcompare won two medals in the Class 2A State Swimming and Diving Championships. A senior, Delcompare swam to a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 200 freestyle. He and teammates Andrew Smith, Hunter Angersbach and Morgan Kuphal ran into strong competition in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle events in the preliminary rounds and their times did not move them into the finals. Sisters, Audrey and Grace Ann Delcompare also competed, but did ... Read More »

Historic Site #10 Old Marco Inn 100 Palm Street, Marco Island


Captain Bill Collier and his wife Maggie built the Marco Hotel on a 10-acre plot to house fishermen and visitors to the island. Construction of the hotel was completed by 1896 with 20 rooms, a parlor, a dining room and a two-story bathroom. It opened to the public advertising “Two dollars a day and bring your own vittles.” The Colliers allowed Frank Hamilton Cushing, leader of the Pepper-Hearst Expedition, to use the summer parlor to dry out ancient Indian artifacts uncovered in the muck near the hotel. By 1925, the rates had gone up to $30 a month in the ... Read More »

Berkshire’s Beach Bash


By Coastal Breeze News Staff People in Southwest Florida are known for their generosity. The same goes for the companies and organizations that call this area home. A perfect example would be Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS). For 24 years, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and its predecessors, have supported kids with cancer through The Sunshine Kids Foundation, not just locally, but across the nation. This year, rather than the usual golf tournament fundraiser, Geri Nowak coordinated the Marco Island Berkshire Hathaway office effort, and garnered support for a new event. So, with further support from the Marco Island Marriott Beach ... Read More »

Delgados Committed to MIA Experience

Andrew and Ivette Delgado, with MIA athletic director Kelly Monnot,  and football coach Greg Fowler, show check for $8,847.20, provided by Delgado’s Andrew Hunter Homes. PHOTO BY FRANK STEIGER PHOTOGRAPHY

By Roger LaLonde When Marco Island Academy High School was in its infancy Andy and Ivette Delgado joined in the commitment to make it a success. Their most recent aid came with their donation of $8,847.20 to cover the cost for the football team and staff traveling to Texas for an outstanding football and bonding experience at the beginning of the season. Jane Watt, school founder and board president, acknowledged the generous donation, adding that the Delgados mean much more to the school. She talked with the Delgados when it was time for son Andrew to choose a high ... Read More »

Marie Thompson Retires from Goodland Post Office

Marie Thompson as customers saw her. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Friday, October 30, 2015 was Marie Thompson’s last day with the U.S. Postal Service. After 15 years with the postal service, Marie is exchanging her postage machine for a pickup truck and camper. She and her husband Mike plan on doing some traveling around North America. “Mike and I have always wanted to travel,” said Marie, “Our health is still good and we felt that now was the time.” Marie has been a clerk at Everglades City, Ochopee, and Chokoloskee. She was transferred to the Goodland Post Office three years ago, taking the place of Judith Pritchard, ... Read More »

Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta


Submitted On Saturday, November 14, Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf of Mexico directly off the Marco Island beach. Up to two-dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Proceeds from the Annual Fall Regatta will go to the Marco Island Community Sailing Center Youth Sailing Program, which promotes interest in sailing on the Island through its education and instruction programs. The Sailing Center, just north of the Jolley Bridge, is ... Read More »

Fine Fire Station Fare

Eddie (on the right, pouring his drink) eats with the other firefighters.

By Samantha Husted On my recent visit to the Marco Island Fire Station I met with firefighter Eddie Cabal so that he could teach me a thing or two about firehouse cooking. Eddie graciously agreed to share with me his chicken mojo recipe, served with beans and rice and crispy, fried plantains. Preparing dinner at the fire station can be somewhat chaotic. There are 12 mouths to feed, a constant coming and going of firefighters and staff and, of course, the threat of an incoming call that could disrupt cooking at any time. As we were about to begin ... Read More »

Art in the Glades


Submitted This annual event will take place Saturday, November 21st from 10 AM to 2 PM at McLeod Park, Everglades City. There will be food vendors and arts and crafts for sale, and live music for your entertainment. Stop by and join the fun! VENDORS: No charge, bring your own table and chairs! Call Marya for more information at 239-695-2905.   Read More »

Danube Cruise: Reflections

Castle Baba Vida bears the name of the 10th  century princess who built it. PHOTOS  BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly This is our 50th anniversary cruise. The river? Danube. Where else do you go to celebrate 50 years? Our ship: The River Aria. We cruise east. Romania on the right, Bulgaria left, ahead the cities of Ruse (ROO-ze) and Vidin (vee-DEEN). The Danube here is quiet but not lazy, beautiful but not romantic. Not yet. Tomorrow maybe. Today it is farmland, farm people, small cities, city people and castles. Ah, we love castles. Love to prowl around and through them. Imagine them on feast days, stuffed with people, the people stuffed with food, swimming in ... Read More »

Craft Beer Festival Celebrates Local Favorites

A toast to the day! From left: Nick Catudal (CJ’s), Juan Mejia (Chop 239), Curt Koon and Chef Laura Owen (CJ’s).

By Steve Gimmestad Whew, it was a warm Friday on November 7, but that didn’t stop over 250 people from attending the first ever Marco Island Craft Beer Festival at CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade. Hosted by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and chaired by Jacquie Koon, the festival brought local restaurants and local brewers together to showcase the world of craft beers and great food. Each brewer was paired with a restaurant and select food creations that would compliment each of the flavors. The presentations at each booth were as much fun as the beers and ... Read More »

MIA Creative Writing Students Share Stories

Aidan Kahn, 12th grade, reads to TBE kindergartners. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 29, 2015, Marco Island Academy’s creative writing class took some time out to share Halloween stories with the kindergartners at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. Creative writing at Marco Island Academy (MIA) is an elective class taught by David Horn. The students range from 9th to 12th grade. Some of the writing assignments include different forms of poetry, a story from the perspective of an object and dialogues. Students are encouraged to stretch their imaginations while learning about the various forms of writing as a form of self-expression and communication. Keeping with the theme ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary: Service to Community

From left: Color guards Elizabeth Clark, Jennifer Vergara and Nathalie Martinez with Rotary President Debra Shanahan.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Tuesday, November 3rd brought another bright and early weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise to Bistro Soleil. “Member Obligations, Opportunities and Challenges” was the topic, presented by speaker Bob Thomas. Bob has been a Rotary Club member for about 55 years. In 2015 he was awarded Rotarian of the Year, the first club member to receive the honor twice. Bob explained the mission of the Rotary Foundation, “to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.” ... Read More »