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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 »

All The Light We Cannot See

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Anthony Doerr Scribner 2014, 545 pages Genre: Historical Fiction   “A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, what human nature is and what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.” — Susan Sontag   I resisted reading “All The Light We Cannot See” when it was published in May, thinking the world did not really need another novel about the second World War. Well, I was wrong. It is quite a vocabulary challenge to find the adjectives to describe this marvelous book ... Read More »

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell: A Novel

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Nadia Hashimi William Morrow, May 2014, 464 pages   “You know what they say about the human spirit? It is harder than a rock and more delicate than a flower petal.” - Khala Shaima, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell: A Novel. In her debut novel, Nadia Hashimi has gifted the world with a wonderfully written, mesmerizing look into a fascinating family drama set in Afghanistan. The main protagonists are Rahima, a young 21st century Afghani girl and her great-great-grandmother Shekiba who lived in the early 20th century. The story shifts between the ... Read More »

New Laws: Part 4

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. Today, we are continuing our look at the changes to the laws that were signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June, and became effective July 1. We are continuing our look at the changes that were brought about by House Bill 807. Today, we will consider the changes to the Homeowners’ Association Act found in Chapter 720, Florida Statutes. The first change in Chapter 720 is found in Section 720.303(2)(a), which was amended to require that meetings of the board must be at a location that is accessible to a ... Read More »

Celebrating the High Holy Days

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By Roger Blau President of The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island The Jewish “High Holy Days” (not “holidays”) are known as the “Jewish New Year,” but there is no resemblance of Rosh Hashanah to the secular “New Year” which most American Jews celebrate along with our Gentile neighbors and friends. The Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are solemn holy days. They do not include celebrations and champagne at midnight. The Jewish High Holy Days begin this year with Rosh Hashanah on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 24, and conclude at sundown on Saturday, October 4. ... Read More »