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Early Childhood Program Receives 5 Stars

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The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida recently awarded the Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program with 5 Stars through its Southwest Florida Stars Program.  This is the Coalition’s highest rating and “reflects the quality of care your program offers to children, day in and day out,” the group’s announcement states. Southwest Florida Stars evaluates programs on six child care center quality standards that include learning environments and classroom interactions, health and safety, screening assessment and curriculum, professional development and staff qualifications, family and community relationships, and professional responsibility. The voluntary program rates child care centers through a process of site ... Read More »

7 Essentials For Family Fishing Trips

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Kieran caught some nice trout while wearing his good luck safety gear on a Captain Rapps Charter

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps While you probably can’t wait to get out on the water with the family, there are a few things you should have with you to keep them happy, healthy and safe during your fishing trip. 1. Life Jackets While you should have life jackets handy anyway, you should never take kids out fishing on the boat without having a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket in the proper size. Even if your child knows how to swim, you do not want to risk their safety. Although the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and ... Read More »

New Clinic Comes to East Naples

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala As you see the building rise up from the ground behind the CVS on Thomasson Road and look at it inquisitively, you will see the Physicians Regional Walk-In Clinic. What a great addition to our community here in East Naples! There are so many children in the area (you know – broken arms, bee stings, bike accidents, football injuries, etc.) with two parks right close by: East Naples Community Park – home to the Pickleball Championship Tournaments as well as many other Pickleball tournaments and many children’s programs and soccer games, plus Sugden Park – home ... Read More »

Sisbarro Acting School to Open

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By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Gina Sisbarro wears many hats. She’s a playwright, an author, a public speaker, a ghost tour operator, and most recently the creator of Marco’s premiere acting school. Gina’s newest venture, Sisbarro Acting School, is set to open on Marco Island come October. The school will offer five different six-week courses that are geared for both adults and children of all different acting levels. Courses will take place at the Rose History Auditorium. For the past 20 years Gina has been directing youth and teen theater on Marco Island. The idea for an acting school ... Read More »

Conserve Today, Enjoy Tomorrow

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By Don Manley The time is now for creating a framework to preserve one of the world’s most precious resources, its freshwater reserves, in Florida and worldwide. That was the message delivered by long-time environmental and science journalist and author Cynthia Barnett during her lecture entitled “Blue Revolution, A Water Ethic for Florida,” held recently at the Rose History Auditorium. “Water has become the most degraded ecosystem in the U.S., which I know can be hard to understand in one of the country’s wettest places” said Barnett, who teaches environmental journalism, and nature and adventure writing at the University of ... Read More »

Golf is Back in Season

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This fall promises to be a busy one for golfers with the number of fundraising golf tournaments scheduled so far. Plan ahead and reserve your foursomes early, as many of these events have been known to sell out. All tournaments start at 7:30 AM with registration or check in and breakfast followed by an 8:30 AM start time. Police Foundation 13th Annual Golf Tournament  October 1, Marco Island Country Club All proceeds benefit the Marco Police Foundation Scholarship Police Emergency Fund. Presented by CJ’s on the Bay. The cost is $125 per person. Includes golf ... Read More »

Dying to Survive, Part 2 Coping with Heart Disease, Complacency, Indifference, and a Flawed Healthcare System

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By Roy Eaton A chill passed through my entire body and I began to uncontrollably tremble as my gurney was positioned in the center of the room. Both fear and my attempt to acclimate to the lab’s cool temperature and sterile environment had exacerbated an already heightened sense of anxiety. To my right lay a round table covered with instruments and syringes, and to my left, a rather large, intimidating monitor. Before I could collect my thoughts, I was approached by my physician and two nurses dressed in light green attire. One of the nurses suggested an additional sedative be ... Read More »

Keeping You Safe

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Coastal Breeze News is pleased to announce its newest column, Keeping You Safe, which will provide readers with valuable, life-saving information from Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Bowden, who also serves as the Public Education Coordinator for the City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department.   Keeping You Safe By Chris Bowden This fire safety message brought to you by the City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. The Marco Island Fire Department always recommends that you know what to do before an emergency strikes. With that in mind, it only seems fitting for this month’s fire safety message to be on creating ... Read More »

The Truth Will Set You Free

“Three things cannot be long hidden: The sun, the moon, and the truth.”
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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  Many years ago our youngest son was in his last year or two of college when he called us on a Sunday afternoon. My husband took the call and I watched his face go from surprise to amusement as he heard the news our son was sharing. Feeling left out, I motioned to my husband to let me in on the announcement, so he looked at me and mouthed these words, “He got a tattoo.” Not the news I was expecting, and I was not amused. Our kids were all young adults ranging in ... Read More »

Dementia with Lewy Bodies or is it Parkinson’s?

Tips for caregivers of DLB patients from the Mayo Clinic include speaking clearly, simply, and slowly, giving one direction at a time not rushing the result,
and using gestures and cues such as pointing to objects.

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway If you’ve not heard of a Dementia with Lewy Bodies, or DLB, you’re in good company. In my experience many have never heard of it, or if they have, know little about it. First of all, it has a funny name and second, its symptoms are varied, not always well defined, and can come and go. But we need to learn about DLB as it is often considered the third most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. Symptoms of DLB include difficulty sleeping, loss of smell, and visual hallucinations that often precede ... Read More »

Big Changes Ahead on 951/Collier Boulevard

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Coastal Comments By Donna Fiala What fun it will be to write this column! First and foremost, no matter where I go people ask me what is happening with the old “skeleton building” at the corner of Davis Boulevard and 951/Collier Boulevard, the old, almost decaying structure that has been sitting there as a greeting to all of us. Well, I got the happiest call I’ve had in a long time. The owner of the site, the Benderson Company, was nice enough to call to let me know they finally have a great business who will be building on that ... Read More »

September Awareness – A Look Beyond the Ribbons

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By Maureen Chodaba Throughout the calendar year, there is a cancer awareness theme for almost every month. These themes are usually marketed with the images of colorful ribbons. For September, a teal ribbon is the symbol of ovarian cancer awareness, while thyroid cancer awareness is represented by a teal, pink and blue combination ribbon. As a cancer survivor, I have mixed emotions about the use of these pretty ribbons to depict a disease that is anything but pretty. Although I applaud the marketing outreach, which has indeed been effective in spreading the word, I prefer to experience awareness by embracing ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Scuba Marco – 18 Years of Taking a Dive

From left: Scuba Marco’s Tyler Beck, Jessica Dawson and Jeff Dawson.
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By Maureen Chodaba As you drive north along Bald Eagle Drive through Old Marco, just before the intersection with Palm Street, feast your eyes on the aqua colored house on your right. It calls out your name with its Old Florida charm and inviting style. This is the home of Scuba Marco, the island’s premier dive shop. On August 23, Scuba Marco celebrated 18 years of successful business, taking a dive and loving it! The shop features diving instruction and certification, dive trips, service and rentals, and a vast array of diving products. Scuba Marco is known for its “Mom ... Read More »

MIHS Humanities Speaker Series

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Submitted Mark your calendars for the upcoming 2016-2017 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS). The series features four fascinating lectures about Florida’s history, culture and people. Each speaker is a well-known and award-winning expert in his/her field; each lecture is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation with an opportunity to ask questions at the end. All of the lectures will be given at Rose History Auditorium starting at 7 PM. The Humanities Speaker Series will touch on a wide range of topics, including a historical examination of Florida’s ... Read More »

Fewer Sea Turtle Nests This Year

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By Don Manley This is a busy time of year for Marco’s longtime “Turtle Lady,” Mary Kelly Nelson, as she monitors and protects this year’s loggerhead sea turtle nesting season on the island’s beaches. Nelson, an environmental specialist for Collier County Sea Turtle Protection, said 2016 represents a departure from what has been an upward trend in the number of nests found annually on Marco. “For Collier County and throughout Florida, the numbers are up, but Marco’s beaches are down from what we had last year,” she said. “We did get 77 nests this year, which is good, but not ... Read More »

JRobert Offers Glimpse of Old Florida

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By Don Manley Marco troubadour JRobert is taking audiences on a journey to Old Florida through song and spoken word with his new production, “The Florida Fiddler Show.” The longtime Marco Island musician, composer, songwriter and producer will perform what he describes as “a musical monologue,” on September 10 at The Marco Island Players, located in Marco Town Center. “Ever since I first started playing as a hobby, I’ve collected fiddle tunes and folk tunes, and I’ve kind of combined them into a show with Florida history and some of my own family history,” said the multi- instrumentalist and fourth ... Read More »

Berko Moves Building Services Forward

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many city residents they quickly identify the benefits provided to them from the various city departments. If they play senior softball or take their kids to Mackle Park they quickly identify with those employees that work for Parks and Recreation. They see police officers on patrol or have an occasion to call for service they interact with those professionals and can see the benefits. The same applies for members of the Marco Fire-Rescue team, should they have need of their services. Turn your faucet on at the sink in the morning to brush your teeth ... Read More »

Touch A Piece of Space! Meteorite Comes to Southwest Florida Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium Hosts Meteorite Unveiling

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The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium has unveiled a 126-pound meteorite. The big meteorite will be the focal point of a three-year exhibit. On loan by arrangement with the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences, the meteorite is part of a larger meteor that exploded just above the Earth’s surface some 4,500 years ago. Originally found in Argentina’s Campo del Cielo (Field of the Sky), the meteorite’s parent body is 4.53 billion years old. This explosion resulted in a “strewn field” (about the size of the island of Manhattan) of craters and meteorite chunks from the same parent body. The ... Read More »

CATEGORY FIVE PURRICANE

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Cats have blown in from all over the county, and Collier Domestic Animal Services (DAS) needs help weathering the storm! Due to the influx in the cat population at the shelter, DAS has lowered the adoption price of felines to $5 for the month of September. “During the summer months, we always see an increase in the cat population,” said DAS Director Darcy Andrade. “We hope offering adoptions at such a low price will alleviate the pressures of the feline population surge.” Every adoption includes: spay/neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccinations, FELV/FIV test, flea prevention and deworming, Collier County license, microchip ... Read More »

Coupon for FREE CHILD TICKET To Naples Zoo All Labor Day Weekend

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Looking for a great way to spend time with the kids or grandkids this Labor Day weekend? Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is offering a free child ticket with every paid adult ticket. Come meet our new red-ruffed baby lemurs, Fred and George! Children (and adults!) can feed the giraffe herd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Of course, guests also enjoy animals from apes to zebras, a cruise through monkey islands, and feature presentations with everything from venomous snakes to rare carnivores. Naples Zoo offers a full day of fun for all generations beneath the canopy of a ... Read More »