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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!

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com 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!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com 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

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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 steve@coastalbreezenews.com 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

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com 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

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com 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 »

Tammi Vance Earns Membership in Prestigious Million Dollar Guild®

Tammi Vance of RE/MAX Affinity Plus has been recognized by the prestigious Institute for Luxury Home Marketing for her recent performance in the million-dollar and above luxury home market within Marco Island and the surrounding communities. “Real Estate professionals who have earned admittance to The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild® not only have specific upper-tier market knowledge, but they also understand the unique needs of affluent buyers and sellers and recognize the importance of being discreet,” said Institute President Laurie Moore-Moore. “Whether you’re buying or selling a multi-million dollar property, you can depend upon The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild® members to have the ... Read More »

Rainbow of Fashions

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The San Marco Catholic Church held its “Rainbow of Fashions” Jan. 28. The Parish Hall was full to the brim with almost 300 ladies of all faiths in attendance. This is truly an “event” of the season with many of the ladies themselves dressed fashionably and ready for fun. You can be sure an annual event has been happening for many years when no one can recall just how long. That was cleared up quickly when the fashion presenters were greeted and Kay from Kay’s on the Beach, who mentioned they would be celebrating their ... Read More »

“American Sniper” — Must See

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you’ve read “American Sniper” don’t avoid the movie; it’s much different in several ways. The book concentrates on the elements of war in Iraq. The movie emphasizes the character and travails of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq protecting Marines in savage fighting. It’s anything but a “war movie”; indeed it qualifies more as an anti-war movie, much as the first 15 minutes of “Saving Private Ryan.” The story follows Kyle, superbly played by Bradley Cooper, as he transitions from a laid back Texas guy to a husband, father, ... Read More »

Commodore’s Ball

Pinning the boutonniere on incoming Commodore Dick Irwin. PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman The 13th Annual Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch ceremony held recently at the Marco Island Yacht Club was a show of class and nautical tradition. The event recognized past and present members of the Bridge, (club officers) and those who have contributed their time and talent to the club over the past 12 months. Dick Irwin was sworn in as Commodore for 2015, promising to uphold the club’s mission statement to “Provide an outstanding boating, social and dining environment that is friendly, comfortable, affordable and invites participation.” He replaces Commodore Robert DeFeo who ceremoniously lowered his ... Read More »

Art, Conservation Discussion at MIHM

John Ruthven, center, with President and Mrs. Bush.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Rose History Auditorium will become a classroom on Tuesday, Jan. 13, when renowned artists John Agnew and John Ruthven speak about how they have used their art to shape conservation efforts throughout the United States and the world. The program is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Agnew’s career began in natural history museums and zoos throughout the world where he designed exhibits, produced illustrations and painted murals and dioramas. He expanded his work beyond museum and zoos and began painting full time in 1983. Now, his paintings hang in collections around the ... Read More »

Lely Trojans Fall Sports Awards

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Lely High School held a banquet for players who participated in the fall sports programs catered by Carrabbas. The evening began with Athletic Director Josh Corr giving a short speech and awarding some district recognitions. After dinner, the teams separated for coachs’ awards and recognitions.     Lely Volleyball players honored by coaches Christine Haire coached Freshman volleyball. Coach Haire recognized Savannah Jones with a Just Got Served award, Yesenio Castillo as Body Sacrificer award, Lauren Bulka and Andrea Castillo with Freshman Athletic awards. Mike Cain coached the Junior Varsity volleyball team. He awarded Payge ... Read More »

Lely Golf Team Honored

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Golf Team were included in the awards night banquet. Several recognitions were awarded: Hunter O’Neil and Becca Gates were recognized for being named to the All-Conference and both made it to the Regional golf finals. The coach named Hunter as the team’s Most Valuable Player and he presented Nicholas Gross with the Team Spirit award. For the girl’s team, Becca Gates earned Most Valuable Player. Yanish Meester was named the Most Improved Player, and the Coach presented the Coaches’ Award to Itze Gomez.   Read More »