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Holiday Festivities at BMO Harris

The Marco Island branch of BMO Harris Bank’s Holiday Spectacular attracted about 80 holiday revelers. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Marco Island’s Christmas spirit and its sense of community were in abundance at a recent gathering on a second-floor patio at The Esplanade Shoppes. The occasion was the BMO Harris Bank Holiday Spectacular, which brought together residents, merchants, friends and family members and city officials for a festive evening one floor above the bank’s branch. About 80 people attended the evening affair, where they enjoyed light refreshments, with music provided by D.J. Anthony DeLucia, AKA Steve Reynolds, a personal banker for BMO Harris’ Marco location. “This was our first one, and it looks like a great turnout,” ... Read More »

Sunshine in Goodland

On the opening night of his exhibit, Donald Sunshine and his wife Joanna greeted every visitor. They are pictured here with Marco Island residents, Judy and Ron Hattendorf.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It’s no secret that upon my first visit to Goodland, I recognized it to be a very unique place, unmatched in its beauty and rich history. As I left the main road and first arrived on this little island, the feeling of being transported back in time was so overwhelming that it was elemental in my decision to leave Ohio and move here in search of a better life. It’s hard to describe the pride I feel when others get to see my beloved home as I do, but recently I had an opportunity to ... Read More »

Marco Island Honors Its Veterans

Every service man and woman raised a salute for the Pledge of Allegiance.

By Noelle H. Lowery and Melinda Gray Marco Island loves its veterans, and that was very apparent during a number of local events scheduled to commemorate Veterans Day — Nov. 11. According to History.com, Veterans Day was born on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the declaration of an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany to end World War I. President Woodrow Wilson declared the day — Nov. 11, 1918 — Armistice Day, and it was first celebrated in 1919 with parades and a two-minute pause in the daily business activities ... Read More »

Fourth Florida Panther Festival

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Submitted The fourth annual Florida Panther Festival — Saturday, Nov. 15, at North Collier Regional Park in Naples — offers interesting and fun opportunities to learn all about Florida’s State Animal and one of the most endangered mammals on planet Earth, the Florida panther. The festival is a free, family-friendly event designed to shed light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through unique interactive activities such as presentations by panther biologists, a Living with Wildlife Pavilion, nature walks, children’s activities, a rural backyard demonstration, exhibits by conservation agencies, live music, storytelling, entertainment, vendors, food and much more. On ... Read More »

ACS Kicks Off Relay For Life

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Submitted On Oct. 28, the Marco Lutheran Church was illuminated as a beacon of hope and celebration of life. The Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society hosted their kickoff party of the 2015 Relay For Life, “One World One Hope,” presented by Robert J. Flugger. Approximately 50 attendees were greeted by a path of shining luminaria leading the way to a room decorated with purple and white balloons where they enjoyed refreshments and an audiovisual presentation of the 2014 Relay For Life of Marco Island. The 2015 Relay For Life Chair Jamie Bergen welcomed the audience and opened ... Read More »

3 Amazing Ladies

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Submitted The Friends of Tigertail recently hosted their seventh Breakfast and Bird event entitled, “Welcome Back Our Northern Nesters.” Without a doubt, the birds are always the main attraction. However, the success of this event can be attributed, in particular, to three amazing ladies: Mother Nature, Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley. During the event, Mother Nature provided glorious weather and a remarkable array of shorebirds. Kubat and Huxley were the catalysts to a delightful morning addressing the migratory patterns of our northern nesters and their return to our shore. FOT is so fortunate to have these naturalists as part of ... Read More »

Marco Island Charter Middle School

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The first day of school for Marco Island Charter Middle School students will be Monday, August 18. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Increased rigor in the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which is replacing the former FCATs, is driving several changes at the charter middle school in order to provide students with the best possibility achieving success. Among the changes include, an emphasis on reading strategies in every subject area, 142 new computers and ancillary technological equipment throughout the school to accommodate the demands of the new state assessments, new Mathematic textbooks, new software, ... Read More »

Total Immersion

Eight year-old Santino Galvez, pictured at the 2014 AAU Super Regional Tournament.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com I’ve written once before about Goodland’s own, Nick Lemke, and his Shima Dojo, at the Marco Island YMCA. To this day, it ranks as one of my most favorite stories. Every time I talk to Sensei Nick and his students, I get to know them better, and I love that each person in this close-knit group is just as committed to each other’s success as they are to their own personal achievement. I always feel welcome into their dojo family. In fact, many of his students are family, like brothers, Luca and Santino Galvez; father and ... Read More »

Grants Awarded by Noontime Rotary

Bruce Graev, president of the Rotary Club of Marco Island, presents a $4,000 check  to Neil Snyder for the Meals of Hope project at The Snook Inn where a fund-raiser event was held Tuesday, Aug. 12. More than 100 people attended donating enough to package more than 11,000 meals. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island (Noontime Club) recently announced the list of organizations receiving grants from their fund-raising efforts of the past year. Topping the list is $36,000 for college scholarships for local students. The club is currently providing $3,000 per student for this academic year to a total of 12 students. They are at various stages of their college careers and must maintain an acceptable grade point average and carry at least 12 credit hours in order to remain eligible for their scholarships each year. The club has been awarding scholarships to local students since 1973. The ... Read More »

From Sea to Shining Sea

The audience watched as the first strokes of color were placed in the piece, promising what looks to become a vibrant finished product.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The first time I had the pleasure of meeting local artist, Malenda Trick, was nearly two months ago. The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) had chosen to honor her as their first annual artist of the year. I noticed right away how open, friendly and down-to-earth she was. She instantly put me at ease, a treat I see far less often than one would think. After accepting her award, she spoke of her two previous Veterans Day projects in which she painted 35 individual portraits of veterans in Southwest Florida and then in Sarasota. ... Read More »

Which Orchids Grow Well and How to Grow Them

Presented by Mac Rivenbark of Mac’s Orchids of Ft. Lauderdale Learn about growing great orchids! Orchid lovers are invited (no charge) to the Gulf Coast Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on July 17, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. (Look for the tall steeples across from Sam’s Club on Immokalee Road.) Mac Rivenbark of Mac’s Orchids in Fort Lauderdale will talk about his passion for Asian species, and how those orchids thrive here in Florida. His presentation will include a travel log, showing the areas where the orchids originate. He will also bring ... Read More »

Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation teaches Boys & Girls Club of Collier County youth the game of baseball

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Twenty youth and three chaperones from the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently attended the Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation (CSRF) baseball camp in Aberdeen. The CRSF overnight camp attendees are deserving youth ages 10-14 from throughout the country, who join together to learn baseball and develop life-long character traits that will help build great futures. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is made possible through a grant partnership with Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival. Their camp begins with daily baseball instruction and activities followed by rope courses, special law enforcement presentations and intramural coach ... Read More »

Honoring artists, scholars

MIFA scholarship awardees (l-r) Christopher Niemczyk, Richard Stein, Theodore Schimek and Tyler MacDonald. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) held a special Scholarship Awards Luncheon for Marco Island students on Saturday, May 24. Scholarships were presented to local students pursuing college studies in the arts: Christopher Niemczyk, Theodore Schimek, Richard Stein and Tyler MacDonald. Niemczyk, who is studying accounting and music, played his guitar as luncheon attendees arrived. His mother, Donna, expressed her gratitude to MIFA, “We appreciate everything you guys do for the kids on Marco Island. It means so much to them that they’ve got your support and you’re watching out for them. When they ... Read More »

Small Business Seminars on Marco Island

Small Business Seminars on Marco Island IBERIABANK is pleased to announce a partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University to host a series of three complimentary seminars aimed at helping small business owners with a variety of topics. All presentations will be held at the IBERIABANK branch on Marco Island located at 605 Bald Eagle Drive from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The first presentation will be held on Tuesday, May 6. This presentation will include tips on selecting the right professionals such as CPAs, attorneys, and bankers; information about the variety of state and federal resources available for small businesses; ... Read More »

Have Lunch with the Chief

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Submitted The Marco Island Police Foundation will host the next “Lunch with the Chief Series” on Thursday, May 8, at 11:30 AM. The location will be the beautiful Hideaway Beach Club, 250 South Beach Drive. The special guest speaker will be Robert Cohen. Cohen is a retired Colonel in the Marine Corps and was a Federal Security Director responsible for overseeing Southwest Florida Regional Airport. He will discuss security risk assessment and strategic readiness. Attendees will dine on their choice of a Prime Rib sandwich or Trio Salad. The event fee is $20 per person and reservations can be made ... Read More »

FOT Nabs 240 lbs of Debris at Clean Up

FOT member Susan Lagrotta gives a first-time  volunteer the lay of the land. PHOTOS BY JOSEPH PARISI

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Friends of Tigertaill Beach are wrapping up season with a flurry of activity. On March 24, FOT hosted its annual Membership Appreciation Dinner, with more than 50 attendees, including three of the founding members. Then on Saturday, April 12, FOT held the Annual Bay Days Beach Clean Up. A whopping 240 lbs. of trash and debris were collected in a total of 22 large garbage bags by some 70 volunteers. “Keep Collier Beautiful” provided the volunteers with garbage bags, plastic gloves, water bottles, item tally boards and event T-shirts. It was an astonishing mix of ... Read More »

15th Annual SWFL Soapfest

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Soapfest, one of Marco Island’s most beloved charity events for almost two decades, returns for its annual weekend festival featuring daytime celebrity actors and signature events to raise funds for local children’s charities. Tickets are now on sale for the 15th annual Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend May 23-26, 2014. “This year’s SoapFest children’s beneficiaries include Camp Able and the Island Theater Company Kids Program, among others” says SoapFest founder Pat Berry. Camp Able provides a program for local special needs children. The three days of non-stop festivities include favorites such as the legendary “A Night of Stars”, “Cruisin’, Boozin’ and ... Read More »

Kiwanis Car Show Success

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Cars came rolling into the Kiwanis Car Show early on a sunny morning. Kiwanis volunteers directed 165 drivers to park their automobiles around the Marco Urgent Care Center grounds. The cars were polished and cleaned, and the sun reflected brightly off the chrome. The cars lined up; some opened their hoods or opened their doors or windows to let the spectators do what they do best….look! And look they did, hundreds and hundreds of people came to enjoy the cars. In addition to the viewing cars, the Marco Magic Cheerleaders and the Irish Dancers performed, ... Read More »

Friends of Tigertail Ready for Day of Discovery

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Submitted On the heels of its success with “Breakfast and Birds,” Friends of Tigertail is gearing up for its next big event. “Discover Tigertail” is set for Saturday, March 1, from 10 AM-12 PM at Tigertail Beach. This will be FOT’s second event of 2014. The first — “Breakfast and Birds: Identify Our Winter Residents” — was held the morning of Jan. 11, and celebrated Tigertail Beach’s feathered friends. An impressive crowd of 62 attendees enjoyed their “bring-your-own breakfast” and coffee as Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley gave brief presentations at the Tigertail pavilion on the characteristics and feeding habits ... Read More »

An evening with Robert Stone on Marco Island

Submitted Lee Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce a free presentation by folklorist Robert Stone entitled, “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition,” on Feb. 25, at 7 PM at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Cattle were introduced into the present-day United States when Juan Ponce de León brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. Stone’s multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century. Attendees will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions, including material culture such as Cracker ... Read More »