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Association Consumer Alert: Watch Out For “Official Documents” That Are Not

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell It’s that time of year again! Many of the Annual Meetings for Associations have already taken place and others will take place within the next few months. After we get by the first of the year, it is time for the Annual Corporate Reports to be filed with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. Most of these are filed by the managers once the Annual Meeting has taken place, so that any changes to the directors or officers of the association can be made. In that way the corporate information for the association ... Read More »

Inside The O’Briens

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Book Remarks By Maggie Gust   “The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him.” – George Santayana Boston PD officer Joe O’Brien is frantic. If he does not find his service weapon RIGHT NOW, he will be late for roll call and he is already in hot water with his sergeant. He looks everywhere, retracing his steps and finally into the kitchen where his wife Rosie is serving breakfast to their four children. The Glock is on the kitchen counter. Each of them denies seeing or touching his weapon even though he ... Read More »

Authorfest 2015

Kathleen Eichman and her coloring book entitled “Trouble’s Travels,” based on the escapades of “Trouble,” the African Gray Parrot perched over her shoulder.

By Don Manley Sue Strachman’s Marco Island vacation included a discovery that warmed the bibliophile’s heart. The find that brought a smile to her face was the third annual Marco Island Writers Authorfest 2015, held recently at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Authorfest featured 36 local authors promoting and selling their books, as well as readings and discussions by 16 of the authors. Strachman was part of a well-attended gathering, highlighted by spirited conversation as attendees rambled from one display laden author table to the next, sipping wine and snacking on cheese. A resident of Silver Spring, Md., ... Read More »

A Spool of Blue Thread

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Anne Tyler Knopf, February 2015, 368 pages Genre: Domestic fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world, but a world lives in you.” – Frederick Buechner   On Bouton Road in Baltimore, Maryland, there is a house situated on a gentle slope, surrounded by tulip poplars, accessed by a flagstone walkway. The neighbors call it the “porch ... Read More »

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

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By Pat Newman Tuesday, February 24th marks the opening of the 11th Annual Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Festival in Everglades City. This five-day historical event is a tribute to Douglas, who as an early environmentalist and professional journalist, made legislators, developers and the general public take notice of the tremendous importance of the Florida Everglades as an eco-system. Her book, “Everglades: River of Grass,” was published in 1947 and opened up the minds of naturalists and Florida residents alike that the system was not just a swamp but a key to the life of the state. The event features a series ... Read More »

Early Collier County History

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Here’s a rare chance to hear about our early history. When the little farming village of Everglades suddenly became the county seat in 1923 after Collier County was established, Barron Collier attracted many talented and experienced people to help him administer his new regime. One was F. J. Frankenhoff who arrived from New York and started working for the new county, eventually becoming Chairman of the School Board. His granddaughter Lynn Pierce has delved into the family history and wrote about her mother, “growing up in Everglades was like paradise” despite the mosquitoes and remoteness. Lynn has even visited the original Collier home where her mother grew up. She will talk about what she discovered about this early county luminary and ... Read More »

Jane Watt, In Her Own Words

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jane Watt is many things. She is a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, an educated woman with a degree in zoology and a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As the founder and chairperson of Marco Island Academy (MIA) — the local public charter high school — she also is a woman from a small Midwestern town who moved to Southwest Florida and succeeded in bringing high-quality secondary education to Marco Island and its surrounding communities, and she did it with no background in education. Watt details ... Read More »

Fakahatchee tram tour brings swamp to life for Minnesota book club members

Ten members of a Minneapolis book club made the trek from their chilly city to sunny Florida to bring the best selling book they had just read—The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean—to life. “We read the book and last night we watched  Adaptation, the movie based on it.  Now we’re ready to see the swamp ourselves,” said Kathie Doerr, who organized the trip.  The group, on a tight schedule, arranged a custom tour  on the Friends of Fakahatchee Ghost Rider tram. Naturalist Patrick Higgins, who led the three hour tour, told the group that orchid and bromeliad poaching—the subject of ... 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 »

“Big Little Lies”

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Liane Moriarty, 460 pages Penguin Group, 2014. Genre: Mystery Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.” — Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot   “Big Little Lies” tackles some very serious issues but serves them up with a mega dose of humor. Moriarty’s characters are so artfully written that the reader can instantly visualize these people. By page 5, I was hoping that someone would make a movie out of ... Read More »

Illustrated Watercolor Journaling Workshops

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is offering a unique workshop — Illustrated Watercolor Journal — suitable for beginners as well as accomplished painters looking for a fun way to find new images and loosen up. Experienced instructor and well-known local artist Hannah Ineson (www.hannahineson.com) will lead the workshop. What is an “illustrated watercolor journal?” It’s a small book of watercolor paper in which to record images and text around any theme. Traditionally used to record memories while traveling, the journal can also explore family memories, images of one’s hometown, favorite recipes, visits to restaurants, any theme that ... Read More »

Solving the Student Debt Crisis

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Islander Abigail Widynski is a Millennial — one of those people who according to the Pew Research Center was born between 1981 and 2000. Academic research has characterized this generation as always being treated as special and important by overprotective parents; as being motivated, goal-oriented and confident folks who are no strangers to over-achievement and pressure to succeed; as being civic-minded and progressive, supporting social equality and high levels of education; and as being just the tiniest bit entitled. They also are a generation racked with student debt. For instance, in 2010, Pew Research ... Read More »

Murder on O’Hollow’s Eve

Swisher, a resident of Everglades City, FL, will be available to sign copies of her book, Murder on O’Hollows Eve and other Short Stories, at Sweet Mayberry’s Cafe And Gifts Inc, 207 Broadway West, Everglades, FL 2-4:00 PM on January 31st. “Murder on O’Hollow’s Eve”, is a historical fiction/mystery/horror that takes place in Salem, Massachusetts around 1775. Mr. Hartings, a good friend of Mr. Andrew Moore, ends up dead. Lieutenant Jaykinson, a British soldier lodging in Mr. Moore’s house, claims that Mr. Hartings death was caused by the siting of the house’s resident ghost, Maggie Moore. However, was this death caused ... Read More »

Marco Writers Welcome SWFL Romance Writers of America

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By Connie Gaertner At the Jan. 14th meeting of the Marco Island Writers Inc., SWFL Romance Writers of America members, Karen Auturi and Sonja Gunter, will talk about romance writing and the differences and similarities it has to other genres. Meetings are held at the Marco Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Dr., on the second Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 5:30 PM, and meetings run from 6-8 pm. First time visitors are always free. Thanks to Susan Block of the Early Learning Coalition for attending our December meeting and promoting the Literacy Buddy Project. We encourage anyone ... Read More »

Leaving Time

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Jodi Picoult 417 pages, Ballantine/Random House 2014. Genre: Mystery/Suspense Collier County Public Library: Yes Rating: 4.25/5.0   I have read two previous books by Jodi Picoult but never considered myself a fan. After reading “Leaving Time,” I am a Picoult fan. This a must-read for anyone who enjoys suspense stories with a clever twist. Much of the story is set in an elephant sanctuary near Boone, New Hampshire. The care, feeding, social life, emotionality and research of elephants figure very strongly in this novel. The older female protagonist, Alice Kingston, was studying elephants ... Read More »

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In The End

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Atul Gawande Henry Holt (sold by MacMillan), 2014 300 pages. Genre: Medical Nonfiction “If end-of-life discussions were an experimental drug, the FDA would approve it.” — “Being Mortal.” The author is a general surgeon practicing in the Boston area, who has written previous books about medical practice (“Better,” “Complications,” “The Checklist Manifesto”). His name may be familiar to you. In “Being Mortal,” he is opening a conversation about how we deal with not just end-of-life issues but also debility and decline in our well-being. “‘Being Mortal’ is about the struggle to cope with the ... Read More »

Maximum Distance

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In 1997, world-renowned golf instructor Jim McLean published a book called, “X–Factor and Other Secrets of Power and Distance.” McLean has always been on the forefront of golf instruction. The X–Factor is a concept based on a golfer turning their hips to start the downswing without moving the shoulders (as seen in the picture). The greater degree of separation between the hip turn and the shoulder turn the farther the golf ball will travel. McLean has studies with stats to prove the theory, and also discusses in the book other factors involved in achieving distance. ... Read More »

Spooktacular Rousing Success

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Halloween Spooktacular at Mackle Park was a success! That is, if you measure success by how many ghosts, comic book characters, monsters and princesses you can rouse at one time! The city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department puts on this popular event each year complete with entertainment, games, crafts, petting zoo, food and pumpkin patch. There were costume contests with four categories and age groups, and 16 winners received special pumpkin trick-or-treat baskets. Island Dance Academy troupe danced a variety of numbers. Marco Island Academy Key Club manned a number of game and ... Read More »

The Children Act

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Ian McEwan Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 2014 240 pages. Genre: Legal fiction In 1989, the United Kingdom’s parliament passed The Children Act to ensure that when families and legal guardians fail the young the legal authorities are mandated to step in and protect them. As the title indicates, this book is about that law and how its implementation affects the lives of those touched by it. When I started reading this book, I knew it involved a judge dealing with the case of a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness with end-stage leukemia who, along with his parents, ... Read More »

Author Rick Chiantaretto

Author Rick Chiantaretto’s novel Death of the body was recently featured in Tampa and Orlando Style Magazines on pages 61-64. Check out the article at With Halloween around the corner, many readers are looking for just the right book to send them shivering under the covers. We wanted to tip you off on some top spooky reads for young adults (and adults who like their creepy reads on the mild side!) from popular and new and up and coming authors. You might have recommendations as well.   Death of the Body by Rick Chiantaretto Horowitz Horrors by Anthony Horowitz The ... Read More »