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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


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


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


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


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


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 »

Bluegrass under the Hammock

Pre-show practice at the park.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The 7th Annual Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival is fast approaching. The event, which will host six different bluegrass bands, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 AM-5:30 PM and Sunday, Feb. 9, from 9:30 AM-5:30 PM, at Collier-Seminole State Park. Sponsored by the Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park, a Citizens Support Organization (CSO), all proceeds from the festival will benefit the park. Admission to the event is $15 per day or $25 for both days. Admittance is free to children 13 and under as long as they are accompanied by a paying ... Read More »

Pirates to Invade Marco Island Museum

Pirates say, ‘Arrrrrrrrrrr!’

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Pirates, buccaneers and swashbucklers, all roamed the gulf waters and mangrove swamps of Southwest Florida during what historians dubbed the “Golden Age of Piracy” between the 1650s and 1730s. In their wakes, they left tall tales of buried treasures, treachery amongst thieves and battles with Spanish and English sea captains. Swords will clash. Treasure will be found, and the Jolly Roger will fly high once again on Saturday, Jan. 25, in celebration of the Second Annual Pirate Day at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Marauders and scalawags will be on hand for pirate-themed arts and ... Read More »

Tickets Now Available for Opera Naples’ Annual Gala

Opera Naples is pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the company’s upcoming annual gala, “Fête du Cirque”, which will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Lawn Pavilion of the Ritz-Carlton Tiburon. Opera Naples is delighted that Myra Janco Daniels, founder of the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts (now Artis-Naples), will serve as the Honorary Chair of Fête du Cirque, which promises to be one of the most stunningly-visual fundraising events of the season.  The affair will be highlighted by colorful performers from Circus Sarasota who will serve as a curtain ... Read More »


The Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced the launch of an Art Flicks movie program that is free and open to residents and island visitors alike. The program, which will feature theme-based foreign, independent and “art” films, refreshments and a lively discussion, will be held at the Marco Movie Theater on 599 S. Collier Blvd. The theme for the 2014 is The Art of Stealing Art and will feature the following movies: January 21: Rape of Europa, 10am February 18: Art of the Steal, 10am March 11: Stolen, 10am March 25: Critics Choice, A film to be chosen ... Read More »

Bird Watching at Tigertail Beach

Friends of Tigertail learn about bird migration. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Barbara Parisi On Saturday, November 2, 2013, Friends of Tigertail Beach hosted their Fifth Breakfast & Birds event – Welcome Back our Northern Nesters. FOT welcomed attendees who brought their own breakfasts and binoculars. The event was lead by Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley. The morning commenced with a group of 27 people gathered at the beach pavilion. Susan explained the incredible journeys our migratory shorebirds undertake yearly as they travel from here in the spring to their summer nesting grounds in the north and their return trip here for the winter. Her presentation was punctuated by the use ... Read More »

French Tea


By Vickie Kelber Marco Island Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn recently traveled to Frayssinet, France with an international group of painters led by Dreama Tolle Perry for a 10-day plein-aire excursion in the French Countryside. Wearing purple berets and armed with their best “Oui, Oui!” the seventeen artists were housed at Le Vieux Couvant, a place of retreat for artists and writers. The grounds of Le Vieux Couvant were designed with an artist’s eye, and included three stone buildings, a lily pond, rose gardens, medieval ruins, poppy fields, a bountiful kitchen garden, climbing roses, and shutters colored in the beautiful blue ... Read More »