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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 »

Strideaway Through Hideaway Family 5K


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Kiwanis Third Annual Family 5K Fun Run/Walk went off successfully on Saturday morning, with one significant glitch. Due to a miscommunication, some runners were directed off of the “official” course, and they wound up walking or running a longer distance than originally planned. Tim Clune, Kiwanis President, apologized to the participants, and informed them that anyone who registered for this race would receive free registration for the Fourth Annual Family 5K Fun Run/Walk in October of 2016. Despite this misstep, the crowd was jovial during the awards ceremony, and appeared to embrace the important ... Read More »

Avoid Charity Scams


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” ~ Sophocles, Greek playwright born in 495 B.C. Question: How do I distinguish reputable charitable organizations from others that may be scams? Answer: It’s interesting that you ask this question now because I just received several calls requesting donations for the victims of the South Carolina floods and was leery of making donations to unknown entities. We know that as year-end approaches, the push will certainly be on for donations to numerous organizations. Weeding out the worthy ones from the unworthy can be tricky. For instance, in ... Read More »

Historical Museum and Society Win Awards


Submitted This must be the “season” for awards because the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) have sure taken a few. The Museum’s permanent exhibit, “Paradise Found,” a collaborative effort of both groups, has just received the 2015 Museum Excellence Award from the Florida Association of Museums (FAM), a membership organization for museums and museum professionals. And that’s not all. The Historical Society also received two honorable mentions in the annual publication competition sponsored by the Southeastern Museum Conferences (SEMC), another major networking organization for the museum community throughout the Southeastern states. Pat Rutledge, ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo Opens Monday October 5, for its 17th Season


Submitted Monday Night Bingo will begin its 17th season. Sue Baum, Chairperson of the Monday Night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island announces that Bingo will re-open on Monday, October 5, 2015, at the congregation, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. The Bingo Committee has re-assembled. Many have been with the game since the inception, and are known to the players Doors will open at 5:30 PM, Bonanza is posted at 6:15 PM, and the game is called at 7 PM. The Bingo Committee will continue to round off winnings, when there are multiple winners, which awards the players additional money. Read More »

Gifts to Charity


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to your father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.” ~ Francis Maitland Balfour, British Biologist, 1851-1882   Question: What is the most efficient way to make gifts to charities? I support a number of organizations and want to know if the gifts need to be completed before year-end for tax purposes? Answer: Making charitable donations isn’t only commendable, ... Read More »

Bark Busters: A Better Way to a Better Dog


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The tell-tale collar and stern “BAH!” lets dog owners instantly recognize fellow Bark Busters clients. Naples Bark Busters, owned by June and Colin Glass, provides dog training and behavior services in Naples and Marco Island. In 2008, the couple, originally from Scotland, opened their business in Naples, combining their love of dogs with their desire to live on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Bark Busters’ philosophy is to get the dog to think and make correct decisions. They never use pain, electricity or treats (“PET”) as training methods. “No PET’s!” Colin explains. One method they do use ... Read More »

Picture Perfect Pets Photo Contest Winners

Dixie and Beau

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is a difficult task to select winners in any pet contest when one sees how much love and adoration owners have for have for each entrant. Truly, each pet is a winner in its own right as we cannot shower them with enough affection in return for all of the unconditional love they give us. Critter Café and Coastal Breeze News sponsor this contest as a fun way to show our love for pets and support our favorite animal related charities while doing it. This contest raised several hundred dollars for Canine Cove – ... Read More »

Focus on Medium: Call of the Canvas

Jo-Ann Sanborn representing acrylics.

By Steve Gimmestad 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 art envy carries forth from the last article to this one and those who work the canvas so well. One of the assignments I had in 5th grade at Lily Lake Elementary School was to paint a blue sky. I got a B-. Really? How do you mess up painting the color blue at the top of a sheet of paper? That’s why it was an amazing opportunity for me ... Read More »

Picture Perfect Pets

Dixie and Beau

By Coastal Breeze News Staff We do love our pets and the Picture Perfect Pet Photo Contest proves it. The contest was a great opportunity to show off our wonderful furry, feathered or scaly friends and support our favorite pet charity at the same time. Shown here are all the entries for the 2015 Picture Perfect Pet Photo Contest. Judging will take place in the coming days. Winners will be notified and their photos will be featured in the next edition. First, second and third place prizes are awaiting the winners, sponsored by Coastal Breeze News and Critter Café. There ... Read More »

Marco Students Benefit from Chamber Scholarships

Marco Island Chamber of Commerce scholarship recipients.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Ten Marco Island high school graduates were made very happy by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. The ten were chosen to receive scholarships thanks to the Chamber’s Leadership Marco committee which hold events such as Wet Paint Live to fund the scholarships. Students from Lely High School, Marco Island Academy and St. John Neumann applied. The Education Committee is tasked with reviewing the applications and interviewing candidates, then naming the recipients. The 2015 scholarship winners and their families were celebrated at an event held at CJ’s on the Bay on Wednesday, May 20th. Dick ... Read More »

Collier County to Honor First Responders Who Resuscitated Patients from Cardiac Arrest

Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department will hold a special ceremony for emergency response personnel who responded to and contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. The Phoenix Awards ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at the Emergency Services Center, 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida 34113. Named after the mythological bird that died and rose renewed from the ashes, the Phoenix Award is given to first responders who brought back to life, through their highly trained efforts, patients who were clinically dead, with no heartbeat or breathing. More than 70 emergency response personnel from ... Read More »

You Are Stars!


Artful Life Tara O’Neill Today’s column is an open letter to high school art students who submitted to the recent Marco Island Center for the Arts scholarship exhibit. I am one of three jurors whose agonizing task is to select the award winners.   Dear Artists, You came from Barron Collier, the Community School of Naples, Gulf Coast High School, Lely, Marco Island Academy, Naples High, and Palmetto Ridge. Your talent and dedication are inspiring, as is your courage. And since I never get the opportunity to meet you, I am using this forum to congratulate each and every one ... Read More »

Rotary Spirit Award Winners Feted at Festive Event

Neil and Rebecca Snyder, with Bruce Graev, center.

By Don Manley Exemplary commitment to public service was recognized and celebrated in an elegant fashion at the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island’s annual Gala Awards Dinner and Silent Auction. Now in its seventh year, the festive event honors recipients of the club’s Spirit of Marco Island Award, which is presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to benefitting the community through donating their time and talents, as well their financial support. Honored this year were George Abounader and his wife Cindy Love-Abounader, Douglas and Grace Herr, Condee Cooling and Electric, Carole Roberts and attorneys ... Read More »

2015 Spirit of Marco Island Awards to Recognize Recipients

Bruce Graev, President of the Noontime Rotary Club presents George Abounader & Cindy Love-Abounader with the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award, while fellow club members look on. Left to right: Rachel DeHanas, George & Cindy Abounader, Bruce Graev (holding the certificate), Kathy & Ian Small in the foreground.

By Don Manley Giving selflessly to benefit the greater good is a pleasure for Condee Cooling and Electric. “The things we can help out with for which we have the resources, we’re happy to do that for the community that supports the families that we provide with employment,” said Erik Condee, the company’s operational coordinator. Condee Cooling and Electric has been named one of the recipients of the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award presented by the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island. Now in its seventh year, the award recognizes civically involved individuals and organizations for their contribution of ... Read More »

NCH “Volunteers are Aces” Las Vegas, Baby!


By Steve Gimmestad On Wednesday, March 25, NCH Healthcare recognized a most valued group of people at an awards luncheon held at Hideaway Beach Club. The theme was Las Vegas, Baby! – and their Aces were the volunteers of Marco Island Auxiliary that contribute so much to the value and quality of care people receive. Many of the volunteers dressed to fit the Vegas theme; feathered boas, special hats and belted baubles. Most apparent were the smiles and the general feeling was that of an extended family, rather than co-workers. Their work is not easy and their reward is ... Read More »

Marco Hilton Keeps Rating Streak Alive


By Don Manley The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has done it again. For the 16th consecutive year, the hotel has received the AAA Four Diamond Rating, making it one of 4 percent of AAA approved hotels and restaurants to receive the honor. “This could not be possible without the great team we have,” said Mac Chaudhry, Hilton Marco Island’s general manager, at the award ceremony, held recently at the hotel. An extensive array of amenities and guest services, and a commitment to providing attentive, personalized service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings is typical for hotels that earn the Four Diamond ... Read More »

Marco Island Shell Club Shows Beauty from the Beaches

The three day show saw about 2,000 visitors enjoy the exhibits and crafts.

By Steve Gimmestad Once again, the work of the Marco Island Shell Club was put on display March 12-14 for all to experience. And what a show it was. For 35 years, the MI Shell Club has been on a mission; to promote the study, conservation, history, and science of seashells and mollusks, and to encourage shell-related interests, such as shell collecting, crafting and shell art. The Shell Show saw about 2,000 visitors come through the doors at the United Church of Marco, which also serves as headquarters for their workshops and other endeavors. Greeters gave a quick overview ... Read More »

Keller Williams Double Play – A Grand Opening and a Grand Slam

For client lunch meetings

By Steve Gimmestad On March 11, Keller Williams Realty celebrated the grand opening of their new office facilities on Marco Island. On March 12, they held an awards banquet for achieving first place from the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors for 2014. It was their fourth win in a row – a grand slam. It was a busy two days. Grand Opening What was once nine individual office suites, is now one cohesive 8,000 square foot facility at 830 Bald Eagle Drive. “We wanted to create a place that would reflect our values of teamwork, education and agent-centered ... Read More »

MIA, Lely Players Earn Player of Week Honors


By Roger LaLonde Three Marco Island Academy and three Lely High School basketball players have been named “Player of the Week” by the National Scouting Report. Scott Hills, NSR director of scouting for Southwest Florida, began the award in the fall for football and volleyball. He provides the plaques and certificates after coaches from Southwest Florida provide the nominees. “I have continued the awards for basketball, and since everyone has enjoyed the acknowledgement, I will continue for softball and baseball,” he said. “We do it for the kids, for the accolades they deserve for being the top athlete in ... Read More »