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Marco Island Writers Meet

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Submitted  At the Marco Island Writers July 13th meeting, Betsy Perdichizzi presented her rendition of “Dr. Mary Olds” to a small but very appreciative audience. The wind and rain depressed attendance that evening. Thanks, Betsy, and thanks to all the stalwart attendees for braving the weather. The next meeting, on August 10th at 6 PM, will focus on loglines and pitches. Joanne Tailele, current group secretary and former president, will present information on why these are important and how to do them well. Loglines are one-sentence summaries of a written work that convey its essence. Pitches are written or verbal ... Read More »

Rare Vertical of 10 Harlan Estate Wines will kick off Naples Winter Wine Festival

Wine legends Bill Harlan and Antonio Galloni to showcase unique collection of “first-growth” vintages   Harlan Estate, the ultimate cult winery behind some of the world’s most sought-after California Cabernets, will headline the 2017 Vintage Cellar with a vertical tasting of ten celebrated vintages, including extraordinary 100-point vintages from 2001 and 2007. This very special pre-Festival tasting and luncheon will give a select few guests the chance to learn from the team behind one of the country’s most iconic wineries, while tasting a rare combination of their highly-regarded wines. Scheduled for January 26, 2017 at 10am, a day before the Naples Winter Wine Festival officially ... Read More »

Art in the Park Returns to Cambier

The Naples Art Association (www.NaplesArt.org) – a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand cultural opportunities, broaden education, and enrich Southwest Florida through the visual arts – is pleased that its popular Art in the Park will return to Cambier Park in Downtown Naples for the 2016-2017 season. Now in its 59th season, Art in the Park is the oldest outdoor art show in Southwest Florida.  This popular, casual, and fun-filled event allows attendees to meet local artists and become acquainted with their work, while also giving the artists a platform from which to foster the public’s knowledge, understanding, and appreciation ... Read More »

Emotions High at MIA Graduation

Photo by Roger LaLonde
Teacher Robert Eder with MIA students before graduation. From left: Jordan Roath, Cameron
Ragan, Eder, Jacob Golec, Matthew Nugent, Jose Ramirez and Austin Acosta.

By Roger LaLonde  More than 400 family and friends packed the Family Church for the Marco Island Academy (MIA) graduation on June 3. Laughs, cheers and tears made for a special occasion. Valedictorian Stephen Vale brought about the first jolt of laughter when he told of “Not having a normal high school experience.” He chose to go the dual enrollment path his junior year, going to Florida SouthWestern State College. “It was definitely tough the past two years, missing out on all the fun and experiences at MIA.   Due to his youthful looks, Vale said, “On the first day, ... Read More »

Newcomers Club Honors Jacky Childress

Jacky enjoying a good laugh at her own expense. Submitted Photos

Submitted A select group of Newcomers Club of Marco Island members recently met at the Island Country Club for an Appreciation Luncheon to honor outgoing president, Jacky Childress. Kim King played hostess to this time honored event, a 46-year tradition. The attendees included several past presidents, board members, and Jacky’s Arts and Entertainment (“A&E”) club members. As always, the Island Country Club lunch was delicious and exceeded expectations. The Appreciation Luncheon is also a roast of sorts, where funny stories about the outgoing president are shared. It was an afternoon filled with a few tears, and lots of laughter. For ... Read More »

TOTALLY 80s Gratitude Glam

“TOTALLY 80s Gratitude Glam,” is a teased-up, hair-raising, 1980s-themed fundraising event to benefit PACE Center for Girls-Collier, Friday, May 6, 2016, at The Colosseum in Naples. Featuring a Journey/Bon Jovi Tribute Band, the Fundraiser is presented by MidWest One Bank, and 100% of proceeds will benefit PACE. Tickets are $68.00. Attendees are invited to dress in 1980s styles and enjoy the LIVE Journey/Bon Jovi Tribute Band, Glamour shots, a Look-A-Like Contest, Glitter Station, Rad Raffle, Signature drinks, and more. “It’s all about gratitude and being thankful for what we have,” said Event Founder/Chair, Rosalia Podolak. Led by Executive Director Marianne Kearns, ... Read More »

NCH Auxiliary Awards

RIGHT: Volunteer of the Year Marion Bearden (left) with Amanda Smith.
LEFT: Dennis Pidherny holding the President’s
Award, with Amanda Smith.
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Submitted The NCH Marco Healthcare Auxiliary was honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club on April 5, 2016. The attendees were treated to a delicious luncheon, and NCH Director of Volunteers & Retail Amanda Smith presented the awards. The President’s Award was bestowed on Dennis Pidherny. Dennis has been a loyal and hard working volunteer and has held every office in the Auxiliary. He is involved in many other community organizations and devotes his time on Marco to helping others. Congratulations Dennis! The recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award was Marion Bearden. Marion works hard ... Read More »

Focus on Marco’s Health

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Firefighter Paramedic Chris Bowden attends DOH-Collier focus group.

By Maureen Chodaba Recently the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department hosted a focus group presented by the Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) in the development of a Community Health Assessment (CHA). By late summer, the CHA will be completed, released and then used to develop a new Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is designed to address specific opportunities for improved health as identified by the community. Some of the attendees included Robert Ostbye, MPH, program manager of DOH-Collier; Andrea McKinney, operations analyst/public information officer of DOH; and Marco Island Firefighter Paramedic/Public Education Coordinator Chris Bowden. Based ... Read More »

The Museum of the Everglades

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The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host Through the Eyes of Everglades Pioneer F.J. Frankehoff from April 1 – May 31, 2016. F.J. Frankenhoff served as the comptroller for Barron Gift Collier stationed in Everglades City. Between 1923 and 1930, Frankenhoff took many pictures of Everglades City, its people and the surrounding area. This free exhibit showcases black-and-white photos of Frankenhoff’s family, the town of Everglades and various other people in the town along with Seminole Indians taken from 1923 through the 1930s. There will also be informational boards that tell the history of the town and the building of Tamiami ... Read More »

Course Certifies Sailing Instructors

Sailboats on Marco, during the instructor certification course.

Submitted From March 17-20, 2016, the Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) had the privilege of hosting a U.S. Sailing Association (USSA) Level I Instructor Certification course. The purpose of this course is to teach prospective instructors how to properly teach individuals to sail safely, effectively and creatively, with a goal of producing highly qualified instructors. USSA is the governing body that provides the guidelines and oversees all organized sailing activities in the United States. Rocky Cale, MICSC president, arranged to have USSA hold the Level I Certification Course on Marco Island, in part to allow some of the MICSC’s ... Read More »

Young and Old Support ALS Odyssey Walk

Mary Jo O’Regan treated the walkers to an impassioned version of “The ALS Odyssey Anthem.”

By Don Manley Finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – ALS – and supporting those afflicted with the disease and their families is a cause that drew both young and old to Marco Island recently. The reason was the first annual “Cindy’s ALS Odyssey Walk” fundraiser, which benefitted the ALS Association Florida Chapter. Held at Mackle Park, the event drew about 80 walkers and raised $5,500 for the organization. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is an incurable and progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. As the disease progresses, voluntary ... Read More »

Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Tournament

Teams placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Bill Forrest, 1st place team member, is holding the trophy.

Submitted The Italian American Society and the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department hosted 16 bocce teams for the Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Ball Tournament. Over 160 attendees were counted, at which point it was deemed a success and counting ceased! All who came enjoyed a gorgeous day, cheered for their favorite teams and took advantage of the opportunity to do a bit of socializing. An Italian American Society (IAS) member and bocce player, Jerry Leeman, designed and sculpted the trophy that is awarded to the winning team. The award is in honor of an IAS member, the ... Read More »

LAUNCH OF AUDUBON BURROWING OWL WATCH PROJECT ON MARCO ISLAND: Public Invited to Special Presentation and Training

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Audubon of the Western Everglades (AWE) announces a new project called Burrowing Owl Watch, to monitor and protect Marco Island’s imperiled, state-listed Burrowing Owl population. On Saturday, March 5, from 9:00 – 10:30am at Rookery Bay Reserve, 300 Tower Road, Naples, a special presentation on Burrowing Owl Natural History will be given by Nancy Richie, former Environmental Specialist for Marco Island and current owner of Island Environmental and Marine Services. That will be followed by a Burrowing Owl Photography Show and brief training for attendees interesting in becoming owl monitors, by Jean Hall, Audubon Florida Volunteer of the Year for ... Read More »

Fashions in Paradise

Models from left: Virginia Rooney, Sandra Monson, Susan Setter, Carlene Chin-Crouch, Dr. Roberto Macedo, Elizabeth Milito, Nancy Nycum, Savannah Smith, Dianna Dohm and Amanda Smith. Missing from photo, but also modeling were: Bill Rooney
and Leonard Messineo.  PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was a gorgeous day for a “Fashions in Paradise” fashion show and luncheon, presented at Hideaway Beach by the NCH Marco Island Auxiliary. It was a packed house with over 150 attendees. Fashions were provided by Beach Daisy, Patchington and Rose Marina’s Ships Store. In addition to lunch and a fashion show, a silent auction was held which brought beautiful baskets of all shapes and sizes. The baskets lined the lounge area, where shoppers could bid to their hearts delight while raising funds for a good cause at the same time. Proceeds from the ... Read More »

Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

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Submitted For the eighth consecutive year, the two Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island are working together on this very successful joint venture: Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, the Island’s single largest, all-volunteer, community event. Enjoy a weekend of festivities on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 from 11AM to 9 PM, and on Sunday, March 20 from 11 AM to 4 PM, at Veterans Community Park located in the center of Marco Island. “Little did we know when we started this festival it would continue to grow each year to over 9,000 visitors” said ... Read More »

Energy-Packed Naples Winter Wine Festival Raises More than $11 Million for Children in Need

– After a spirited weekend featuring the best wines produced worldwide and cuisine from the country’s top chefs, the Naples Winter Wine Festival generated $11.1 million during its thrilling live auction, bringing the total amount raised since the Festival’s inception in 2001 to more than $146 million. Guests from around world came together under the tent to bid on 64 live auction lots, including exclusive wine and travel experiences, dazzling art pieces, and limited-edition cars. These items were donated in support of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s founding organization, which has delivered grants ... Read More »

An Evening of Music at the JCMI

The Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet to perform on February 13th at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Thirty-three years ago two important events occurred on Marco Island: the founding of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, and the organizing of the Philharmonic. Originally here on Marco Island, the Philharmonic later moved to Naples, and is now known as the Artis-Naples Philharmonic. For the 10th year, the Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet will perform at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI). The February 13th performance is part of the JCMI Cultural Series, now in its 22nd continuous year. The music is classical and modern, from Bach to Ellington and Fats Waller. The musicians are the number one players ... Read More »

Encore Bank to Hosts Event for CCCR

Encore Bank will sponsor an event for Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR), “The Resolution Solution: A Healthy and Prosperous New Year,” on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Encore Bank, 3003 Tamiami Trail N, Suite 100, in Naples.   The members of the “CCCR Business 100” will host the free networking event which will feature consultants from the financial and banking sectors, medical, cosmetic and fitness areas.  Encore Bank, Edward Jones, and Thrive Physical Therapy Wellness Solutions are a few of the companies represented.  The consultants will be on hand for those attendees who wish to discuss topics ... Read More »

Partner In Command Class

Submitted If you’re the captain of a boat, what is the outcome if something happens to you on the water? Can your partner get help? Are they able to drive the boat? To be prepared, captains and their first mates should attend the “Partner in Command” seminar. The seminar is presented by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron and will instruct attendees on how to get emergency help and be able to drive the boat back to safety. It will be held at noon, January 23rd at the Squadron classroom located at 1114 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. For ... Read More »

Your Holiday Home

Calusa Garden Club members at Your Holiday Home event.

Submitted On November 12, the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Calusa Garden Club and Marco Island Florist co-hosted “Your Holiday Home,” an evening event that featured three kiosks where designers provided “how to” demonstrations of holiday decorating and designs. Over 50 attendees enjoyed wine and appetizers as they moved around the gallery from kiosk to kiosk, learning the tips and techniques of new holiday design themes. Two lucky winners won door prizes of a family membership to the Marco Island Center for the Arts and a floral design from Marco Island Florist. The club’s next community event will be ... Read More »