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The Last Anniversary

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Liane Moriarty Harper Collins 2006, 388 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you might as well make it dance.” ~ George Bernard Shaw Warning: Do not read this book in the vicinity of sleeping babies or people with a nervous disposition. Your frequent spontaneous peals of laughter may startle them. “The Last Anniversary” is not a new book, but it is presently on the New York Times Bestsellers List. It was originally published in Australia in 2005. Apparently interest in it ... Read More »

Dillman’s Mid-Winter Arts Festival

Watercolor by Rose Edin. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts confirmed today that Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat will hold one of its vastly renowned Festival of Arts at the Center on January 31, 2016 from noon to 4 PM. The festival will be free to attend and is open to the public. It will feature complimentary artist demonstrations, door prizes and refreshments. Dillman’s has offered art workshop retreats and creative art workshops for 39 years. Its programs have included more than 10,000 artists at its headquarters in Wisconsin and exotic ports of call. The Marco program will feature artists David R. Becker, ... Read More »

My Name Is Lucy Barton

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Elizabeth Strout Random House, January 2016, 193 pages Genre: Domestic fiction This book is not for everyone, but if you liked “Olive Kitteridge,” by this same author (which won her a Pulitzer), or “Someone,” by Alice McDermott, chances are that you will enjoy this book immensely. It is a masterpiece, a book that you know you will re-read and notice nuances that you missed on your first visit with these people. I read it in one sitting, too engrossed to put the book down. Plus, it is less than 200 pages. Lucy Barton is a ... Read More »

Lemon Sea Trout With Capers

Capt. Pete Rapps with a speckled sea trout. SUBMITTED PHOTO

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The January and February shallow water fishing season is all about speckled sea trout, and if you’re planning to take home dinner, there are plenty of incredible recipes you can use. One that is particularly simple and tasty is lemon sea trout with capers, which brings a little sunshine into our coldest weather season. You’re going to want to start with two ½ inch thick sea trout filets, but if you’re cooking for more than two this can be adjusted as needed. Next, you’re going to want to gather together four tablespoons butter, one ... Read More »

Historic Site #14 Otter Mound 1821 Addison Court, Marco Island

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Otter Mound has native vegetation representative of what covered the Island before modern development; the whelk shell walls located throughout the property were built in the 1940’s and 50s by Ernest and Gladys Otter from the Calusa shell that was found on the site. Archaeological surveys show that Calusa Indians occupied the property around 750-1200 A.D. It is thought that the walls were constructed for the Otter’s vegetable and flower gardens. After selling most of Caxambas to Barron Collier in 1922, the Barfield’s moved into their house which was located on the south half of ... Read More »

Historic Site #13

Marco Island Historical Museum 180 South Heathwood Drive The Marco Island Historical Museum consists of three buildings: the main museum, an administration building, and the Rose History Auditorium for meetings and presentations. The complex is constructed on an artificial shell mound with native plants around it. On the top of the shell mound is a lagoon with a bridge and chickee hut. The buildings have thatch roofs and a faux tabby mortar. The museum has rooms devoted to the Native American Calusa Indian culture, the early pioneers of the Island, and the modern development. The Marco Island Historical Museum is ... Read More »

Love of Reading Starts Early

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By Peggy Totten “What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.” ~ Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook   Reading is the foundation for educational success. We’ve all heard this and inherently know that as a parent we need to nurture reading in our child, but how do we go about doing this? How do we make sure that our children become avid readers and succeed in their education? Jim Trelease is a best selling author who promotes literacy to children through reading aloud to children. His book, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” has sold ... Read More »

January Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com While January is typically found to be our coldest month of the year, it also makes for some really excellent fishing in the 10,000 Islands. Temperatures can rise into the mid 70s, and with no fronts around, a nice sunny day on the water is actually quite comfortable. With the month of January comes a lot of great fish to be caught! January is another month that you should keep an eye on your tide chart before planning your day on the water. We have some extremely low tides around both the full and ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue 50th Anniversary Book

Submitted City Council Chairman, Bob Brown, was presented with the 50th Anniversary of the Marco Island Fire Rescue commemorative book by Dianna Dohm, Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation president. The book is available for sale at Fire Station 50, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, the Marco Island Historical Museum, Keep in Touch, Mutual Bank of Omaha and the Coastal Breeze News office. The book contains the history of the department, major incidents, community outreach, training, equipment, personal stories and so much more. Read More »

Historic Site #12: Church of God & Pioneer Cemetery 590 West Elkcam, Marco Island

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This early wooden church built of yellow pine was the first church on Marco. Caroline Robinson held Sunday school classes in her home and is credited with collecting money and supplies to construct the Church. This Cemetery is the burial place of pioneers significant to Marco Island history. It also has a form of early cement head stones. The Church of God, originally constructed in Old Marco, was moved to its present location. www.newlifemarco.irg/content?id=314 In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic ... Read More »

Fishing in the 10,000 Islands in December

Lou Clementi with a nice snook on a Capt. Rapps charter. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com December in the 10,000 Islands is a time of change, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not a time for great fishing! The change of season just means the fish are on the move into different areas. It’s in December that we’ll start seeing our first real cold fronts, and the water temperatures in the Gulf will begin dropping. Looking at the moon phase, tides and solunar bite times for December, I like what I see for best bet days on the 11th-15th and the 24th-28th. The new moon and full moon low tides ... Read More »

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea..” In this nifty new book, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger tell the exciting story of how the U.S. Marines earned bragging rights to include the shores of Tripoli in their hymn. Even before the Constitution was ratified and the United States of America came to official existence, the Barbary pirates were menacing our vessels. In summer 1785, the American minister to France, Thomas Jefferson, received a letter from Richard O’Brien, captain of the Dauphin, ... Read More »

PACKER

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By Monte Lazarus (Note: If you are deceived by the title and believe this is about professional football, you may stop reading now. For purposes of full disclosure I hereby acknowledge that references to “my wife” are purely coincidental and I hope this acknowledgment insulates me from extraordinary reprisals.) Every travel book and article I have read admonishes travelers to pack lightly. In fact, some urge prospective voyagers to lay out their clothes and sundries, and then leave half of them behind. In my world this advice is pooh-poohed, ridiculed and completely ignored. My wife (a fictional example), practical in ... Read More »

Historic Site #11 Captain Collier House 1121 Bald Eagle Drive

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Bob and Betty Whitaker managed the Marco Hotel (now called the Old Marco Inn) and lived in the Collier House that was then situated between the hotel and the two-story motel that Bob Carrier built and named “the Units.” Carrier owned the hotel from 1955 to 1967. The Collier House was moved in 1967 to its present location on Bald Eagle Drive, and has operated as a restaurant since 1995. See www.mareksmarcoisland.com. In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological ... Read More »

Christmas Box Angel Memorial Service

The Christmas Box Angel Memorial Service, Marco Island.

By Samantha Husted It was a cool, windy night. Family and friends gathered together, illuminated by the faint glow of the candlelight, at the Marco Island Cemetery. Every December 6th for the past 16 years, the cemetery has hosted the Christmas Box Angel Memorial Service in order to mourn and to remember the lives of children that have been lost too soon. The origin of the service stems from a book written by Richard Paul Evans. His book titled, “The Christmas Box” follows a mourning mother who has lost her child. She finds a sort of peace or solace in ... Read More »

JCMI Film Festival

Submitted For the fifteenth year, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) welcomes members and non-members to its exciting Film Festival. On Sunday afternoons, once a month from December through March, four viewings will take place. Prior to the film, on December 13 at 1:30 PM, moviegoers will enjoy a reception and a performance by a live Klezmer Band, conducted by Stu Warshauer, known as the King of Klezmer music. At 2:30 PM attendees will view “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem.” The next three films all begin at 2 PM, and are always followed by a lovely ... Read More »

Five Reasons Fishing Trips Make Family Memories

Three generations: Todd, Sandy and Charlie Mintz.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing trips are great for people of any age, but they really bring quite a few distinct benefits to families. With today’s high tech world, taking the kids on a boat trip is one way to leave them with an experience ripe with lasting impressions, as everyone gets to spend some quality time together. Memories aren’t made in front of a screen, memories are made in front of one another, and taking a trip out on the boat is a great way to make it happen. Five reasons why fishing trips make the best ... Read More »

Marco’s First Firefighters Ball

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On November 15, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation held it’s first ever Firefighters Ball in honor of the island’s 50th anniversary. Firefighters, first responders, EMTs, retirees and their families were invited to an evening of dancing and fun at the Island Country Club. Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) president Dianna Dohm commenced the evening by welcoming guests, as well as acknowledging the members of the MIFRF who helped make the night possible. She then turned the microphone over to fire station administrative assistant, Mary Husted. Mary, who’s been at the station since 1998, introduced ... Read More »

Goodland Art Bazaar

Some of “Judy Judy Judy: Sea Shell Embellished Art.”

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Though Goodland is only a short drive away, it’s a community so unique it almost feels like a different world entirely. It has it’s own music scene, it’s own art scene, and of course, it’s own bar scene. It’s tucked into a little corner of the island, yet it’s bursting with all this energy. It’s no surprise then, that it would attract artists and foodies from all over Southwest Florida. On November 14th the Goodland Civic Association held its Fifth Annual Holiday Art & Craft Bazaar at MarGood Harbor Park in Goodland. It was an overcast, ... Read More »

Women in the Everglades

Local author Marya Repko at a book signing. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted In her book “Women in the Everglades” local author Marya Repko encapsulates information from her previous “Brief History” books, but adds much more, as she summarizes the role of women in the settling of South Florida from the east to west coasts and around Lake Okeechobee. After describing the hardships of pioneer life, the book cites examples of how women took a leading role on environmental issues, even before they could vote. There are numerous historic photos, a timeline, a list of further reading, and brief biographies of some of the key people. Craig R. Woodward, Chairman Collier County ... Read More »