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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 »

Join Marco Island Writers at Authorfest

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Submitted Marco Island Writers, Inc. invites you to join us for Authorfest on March 29, 2016, from 3:30 to 6 PM at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive. Admission is free. We are particularly excited this year to celebrate a new activity we sponsored. The fourth grade students at Tommie Barfield Elementary School participated in a writing contest, and at 4 PM during Authorfest, the first, second and third place winners will receive their awards. Come congratulate them on their good work! Authorfest is a chance to meet local authors, get your book signed, browse a selection ... Read More »

Photography Exhibit at Library

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Award winning Marco Island photographer, Nancy Garrison.

Submitted The work of local photographer Nancy Garrison is on exhibit at the Marco Island Public Library for the month of March. The show is a collaborative effort with the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Nancy has been a Marco Island resident since 1981. Her photographs have earned her several awards and have been featured in local publications. “Photography is my obsession. I have learned to look and light and form with new eyes, and I’m always ‘on the hunt’ for prospective subjects. Time spent at the computer finalizing the latest photo shoot and making the image complete helps ... Read More »

Keller Williams Awards Top Achievers

The McCarty Group, a big winner that day, also received the Heavy Hitter Award.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Each year since 2007, Keller Williams Realty of Marco Island has held an award ceremony for their many agents, celebrating different selling achievements as well as benchmarks they’ve reached. On March 9th the company held their 9th annual awards event at the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco. The morning began with breakfast provided by the club. Agents slowly trickled into the large room that overlooks the water and mingled among one another. It felt like a reunion for some of the realtors who maybe hadn’t seen each other in awhile. There was a lot of back ... Read More »

Half Marathon & 5K Basics

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2016 Marco Island Half Marathon Bridge Run and 5K will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016. The start location is The Shops of Marco, 1845 San Marco Road. Start time for the half marathon is 7:30 AM, and for the 5K it is 7:45 AM. Packet pickup is at the Shops of Marco on Saturday, March 19 from 2-4 PM (recommended) or on race day, Sunday, March 20 from 6-7 AM -sharp! If you pickup your packet the morning of the race, arrive early to avoid long lines. If you haven’t yet registered ... Read More »

2016 City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This is the ninth year the City of Marco Island will hold its amateur photo contest highlighting our area’s unique flora and fauna. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and what began as a celebration of Earth Day has grown into a photographic tribute to the beautiful Southwest Florida area in which we live. It’s a great competition if you’re a nature lover, a photography aficionado, or you “accidentally” captured that perfect shot. The photo contest begins now and runs through May 6th. You can enter up to four times in varying ... Read More »

Center for the Arts March Happenings

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Submitted Gallery Shows Exciting new gallery shows in March bring to the Marco Island Center for the Arts the works of three great artists, in three different mediums. The Main Gallery is featuring the works of Emily James. La Petit Galerie will showcase Annabelle Johnson. There will also be a jewelry trunk show with the jewelry of Natalie Cara. As is customary, the works of these three great artists will be for sale. James is a native Floridian working in both oil and watercolor. She was selected as the official artist of the Masters golf tournament and is the only ... Read More »

Minto: Best in American Living

Entry to The Isles of Collier Preserve: More than half of The Isles’ lands are dedicated to natural habitat and preserve areas.

Submitted The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples, by Minto Communities, received a prestigious Silver Award at the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) for “Best Mixed Community.” Minto is one of only three recipients to be recognized in this category in the entire country. Winners were announced on January 20 at the 2016 International Builder Show in Las Vegas. The Best in American Living Awards is the nation’s premier award program, continually redefining design excellence for the entire residential building industry. It spotlights the most creative and innovative builders, remodelers, architects, residential and building designers, developers, land planners and ... Read More »

Happenings at the Marco Island Center for the Arts

“City Dusk” by Oscar Glottman

Submitted Glottman Photography Exhibit The Marco Island Center for the Arts February gallery features the photography of Oscar Glottman. The exhibition is open through February 23, 2016 and the art will be available for purchase. Glottman is both an artist and architect. He has been experimenting with visual art and photography as a second career, running parallel to his architecture practice. Glottman’s photography is not the usual pictures of the world we live in. It is a mixture of form and color approaching the abstract. Glottman describes his work as “fragmentation and the capture of the DNA of time and ... Read More »

Neale and Manchen Co-Presidents of NPC

Patrick Neale (R). Craig Manchen (L). SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Patrick Neale and Craig Manchen were elected to lead Naples Pathway Coalition as Co- Presidents by the NPC board of Directors. John Coffey was elected Vice President/ Secretary, and Sean Nolan was re-elected Treasurer. A longtime Collier County resident, Pat Neale practices law in the areas of business, contracting, real estate, and bankruptcy. He is also the president and owner of Lucera, Inc., a firm dealing with plastics, chemical and specialty petroleum products markets. He has traveled extensively and is an active member of the community who serves on numerous boards and has received many awards for his distinguished service. Pat is a ... Read More »

Agents Join John R. Wood Properties

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Submitted John R. Wood Properties is proud to announce the addition of the following new agents. Stacy Needles Witthoff as a broker associate in the Marco Island office and as a team leader of the Needles Group. She is originally from Marco Island and attended Florida State University, earning a B.S. Degree in Biology. She is the recipient of the 1998 Bobbie Clark Award and a member of the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) and the Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS® (MIAAR®). Scott Needles as a broker associate in the Marco Island office and as a member of ... Read More »

Chamber Gala & Awards

Allyson Richards addresses the crowd after being named Volunteer of the Year.

Submitted On December 6 the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce held their Christmas Gala at Bistro Soleil, and presented three annual awards. The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Monte Lazarus, posthumously, and accepted by his wife Sandi Riedemann. Monte, an attorney, civic leader and magistrate, made innumerable contributions to Marco Island and the community. Jane Watt, founder and board chair for Marco Island Academy and author of “Fighting For Kids” was awarded Citizen of the Year. Marco Island’s Volunteer of the Year is Allyson Richards. Allyson is the Board President of the Greater Marco Island YMCA, and volunteers and ... Read More »

Being Thankful

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ACS CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island The top ten reasons why the American Cancer Society Marco Island is thankful this year: Being a part of such a supportive and philanthropic community. Being able to help Marco Island residents and their families battle cancer. The donation of wigs from the Marco Island Woman’s Club to supply our Marco Island resource room. For our volunteer leadership board members who give us time, talent, treasure and guidance throughout the year. Being ranked the #3 Relay For Life in the whole state for 2015! (We ranked 5th in 2014). Receiving two national ... Read More »

It’s Redfish Time!

First place winners Captain John Marchetti and Mike Larsen.

SUBMITTED After months of anticipation, Marco Sportfishing Club’s Tenth Annual Redfish Tournament “Full of Bull,” kicked off at the Old Marco Lodge. The Old Marco Lodge not only provided great food and drink, but an inspiring backdrop for what was about to be an action packed week and a half of camaraderie, fishing, dining and prizes. Two separate tournaments took place- REDFISH X and REDFISH MONDAY. On the water in Goodland, the fishing began. October 22 and 23 was the start of the team event, REDFISH X. Each team was sprinkled with novice and experts alike, all hoping for the ... Read More »

Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta

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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

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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

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “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

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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

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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

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “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 »