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Boys & Girls Club of Collier County gives back to the community with Publix school supply drive

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Boys and Girls Club of Collier County recently distributed more than 2,000 cases of free school supplies to families and community partners that includes schools served by the Club, churches, shelters, and other non-profit organizations. The school supplies were generously donated by Publix Supermarkets and its customers as part of their annual school supply drive. Items included notebook paper, glue, markers, crayons, scissors, pencils, pens, folders and more. More than 30 different schools and organizations throughout Collier County received an invitation to pick up the supplies, followed by Family Night where families of Club members were given bags full of ... Read More »

Take Stock in Children recognized The Immokalee Foundation with statewide award in excellence Successfully providing Collier County’s youth with scholarships, mentors and hope

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The Immokalee Foundation, an affiliate of Take Stock in Children, was recently recognized with a coveted Excellence Award for successfully providing at-risk youth with caring volunteer mentors, college readiness curriculum and college scholarships. The Immokalee Foundation has shown great results with a high school graduation rate of 100 percent with 100 percent of those students entering college with the guidance of 86 mentors from the local community. This is well above Florida’s average high school graduation rate of 57 percent for students living in poverty, with only 28 percent enrolling in college. TIF, currently serving 125 students, received the award ... Read More »

Arthrex Donates $5,000 to Collier Child Care Resources, Inc.

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Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. (CCCR)  announced that it has received a $5,000 contribution from Arthrex, Inc. to help provide partial tuition assistance for the children who are enrolled at the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center located at Florida SouthWestern State College, Collier Campus.  About forty percent of these families live at or below the poverty level and cannot afford the cost of child care on their own.  Approximately 75% of these families receive some form of tuition assistance. “We are proud to support and partner with Collier Child Resources, Inc. as the organization’s mission aligns well with Arthrex’s overall ... Read More »

Brain Attacks Can Cause a Lifetime of Physical Challenges: Learn about strokes and more at the Health Plus Lecture on November 12

IBERIABANK, a 127-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, and Physicians Regional Healthcare System continue the Health Plus Lecture Series with the life-saving topic of “Brain Attacks” on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Marco Island branch ofIBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. A welcome reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m. According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death with more than 750,000 Americans experiencing a new or recurrent stroke each year. A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow in an artery, or when a blood vessel breaks which can interrupt blood flow to the brain. ... Read More »

3D Mammography Coming to PRCB

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Submitted Though the celebrations of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness month are now underway, ask any health-conscious woman and she’ll quickly tell you: Breast health is a year-round focus. To that end, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard will soon be the first hospital in Southwest Florida to offer 3D digital tomosynthesis for early breast cancer detection — mammography that allows for a more detailed understanding of breast tissue. Now FDA approved, 3D mammography has already resulted in an earlier detection of invasive and noninvasive breast cancers in multiple studies and is expected to be available to patients in November. This new screening ... Read More »

2015 Relay for Life Kick-off

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Submitted Mention the word “cancer,” and almost every person can relate an experience, be it with a family member, a friend or that individual him or herself. In spite of research and progress in the fight against this dreaded disease, an individual can easily feel ineffective and hopeless in the quest for a cure. However, the ideas and actions of one man did indeed make a difference and created a worldwide phenomenon. In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon walked and ran for hours around a track in Tacoma, WA, raising $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This was ... Read More »

Airline Passenger Rights

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber What are your rights as a passenger if your flight is delayed or cancelled or your luggage lost? Since 2009, the US Department of Transportation has issued some laws that ensure certain rights for domestic airline passengers. When there still was a Continental Airlines, I remember that booking online and having an option to hold a booked flight for 24 hours without payment. Well, it turns out that is the law. If you book through an airline, you have the right to lock in a price for 24 hours without payment. You are entitled to ... Read More »

Questions and Answers

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I hope to debunk wives tales and re-inform the misinformed in the next couple of issues, about all that glitters. Falsehood #1: Can you melt all my small diamonds together and make a large one ? No, you cannot take a bunch of little diamonds and melt them together to make one large one. No. Why? Because you can’t. Diamonds are formed by individual carbon crystals that take millions of years of pressure and high temperatures to form. One can burn a diamond and ruin it’s appearance, but never melt one. It would be ... Read More »

I Do Windows!

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Sherri Medeiros has a knack for seeing things more clearly, especially when it comes to her business, See-Thru Window Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Scratch and Waterstain Removal Inc. For 15 years, See-Thru has offered professional cleaning and glass restoration services to homeowners and businesses on Marco Island and surrounding communities. “I especially enjoy providing superior service to a diverse and interesting clientele,” Sherri says. “I love when a client looks through the clean glass and is amazed at the difference we made. I employ a professional team of window cleaners and pressure washers, many of whom have worked for my company ... Read More »

Singing to the Beat of her Own Drum

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Performing is Sabrina Williams’ way of life. Her melange of Reggae, R&B, Jazz, dance and theatre has prompted music critics to call her “one of the most versatile live performers of the day.” Jamaican by birth, Williams has been in the music business for 35 years. She moved to the United States in 2009, and now resides on Marco Island, performing at the Marco Island Marriott, Naples Waldorf, Ritz Carlton and other familiar venues. “I look forward to relocating my company Reggae Woman International to the US, so we can continue to produce shows, develop and record artists, and continue ... Read More »

Relationships Heart of Blue Mangrove

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Christie Marcoplos is an entrepreneur at heart. It all started when she began working at the age of 15, and she owned her own florist and gift shop in New Hampshire for a time. When she moved to Southwest Florida, she tried to shake the business bug and worked a few years for Clyde Butcher at his Big Cypress Gallery in the Everglades. Alas, Marcoplos could not resist, answered the siren’s call of entrepreneurship once again. On Dec. 5, 2006, she opened Blue Mangrove Gallery, now located at 1089 N. Collier Blvd. in the Marco Town Center. “I felt compelled ... Read More »

Marco Island Skin and Body Boutique

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Beautiful skin has always been a way of life for Pam Campbell — from her days as a professional model to today as the owner of Marco Island Skin and Body Boutique. She has been a medical esthetician and makeup artist for more than 30 years. “As a professional model, I always loved working with the makeup artists, and they always told me a beautiful face always starts with beautiful skin,” Campbell explains. “So, I went to school to learn just that!” Initially, she worked for large cosmetic companies, such as Yves St. Laurent, Givenchy and Lancome. At one point, ... Read More »

Celtics Take MIA

Marco Island Academy cheerleaders perform in the community (first row from left) Caitlin Carlson, Sydney Feriozzi, Chantel Parks, Blake Dehooghe and Emily McRae, and (top row) Meagan Reisiner, Haley Havemeier, Caitlyn Schmidt, Larysa Chystik, Taylor Lowdermilk, Kaley Whitworth, Miranda Kinaman and Raquel Esquivel.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Academy had St. John Neumann worried plenty, but the Celtics pulled away for a 42-24 win on Oct. 10. Spoiling MIA’s homecoming game, St. John Neumann couldn’t shake the Manta Rays until the last seven minutes of the contest. Worse, it was an important Class 2A District matchup that both teams needed in the five-team division. The district standings show favored First Baptist Academy at 3-0; St. John Neumann, 2-1; Evangelical Christian, 1-1; Moorehaven, 1-2; and MIA, 0-2. MIA travels to Evangelical Christian tonight (Oct. 17) for a 7 PM contest. The Manta Rays ... Read More »

Welcome to Women’s Small Business Month

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff October marks a very important milestone for women and for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). It is National Women’s Small Business Month and the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 (H.R. 5050), an effort to eliminate discriminatory lending practices and to establish the Women’s Business Center Program and the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC). Today, the NWBC advises the White House, Congress and the Small Business Association on issues relevant to women business owners — with a critical focus on how to alleviate the obstacles faced by ... Read More »

It wasn’t pretty but Naples wins Coconut Bowl 20-6

Anatalie Dantes, Lely High drum major, leads the band in the National Anthem at the 41st annual Coconut Bowl.

By Roger LaLonde roger@costalbreezenews The Naples Golden Eagles got away with a victory in the 41st annual Coconut Bowl at Lely on Oct. 3, but it was far from pretty. Naples won, 20-6, but its vaunted offense and defense had their hands full with Lely. A blocked punt and a pass interference set up Naples’ only touchdowns. Naples outstanding kicker Jerry Nunez contributed field goals of 51 and 31 yards. Lely’s score came on Richard Annorat’s interception and 44-yard touchdown jaunt a minute into the third quarter. The longest run of the game was by Lely’s Wendell Joseph five minutes ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Victor Rios

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My name is Victor Rios, and I am a candidate for Marco Island City Council. This past weekend the Eye on Marco newsletter published falsehoods impuning me. This newsletter is written by the “8th member” of City Council (only 7 are elected), Bill McMullan, who is attempting to manipulate the residents of Marco Island.  Mr. McMullan claims that the Eye on Marco doesn’t endorse candidates, but of course he does everything just short of that. The facts are just the opposite of what Mr. McMullan stated.  3 days after announcing my candidacy he sent me an e-mail  telling me not to run.  He called me repeatedly and sent me emails asking ... Read More »

LOCAL TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT RETURNS TO RE/MAX

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Pat Wilkins signs on with RE/MAX Affinity Plus After a brief period with another franchise company, local top-­?producing real estate agent Pat Wilkins has returned to RE/MAX Affinity Plus in Marco Island, FL. Wilkins is one of the area’s most reputable agents having worked real estate in Marco Island and Naples since 1978. In 2009, 2010 and 2013 he was the top selling agent on Marco Island. “We’re thrilled to have Pat back with RE/MAX Affinity Plus as he exemplifies the professionalism and quality of RE/MAX agents that serve this community,” said Debra Meredith-­?Peters, Managing Broker of RE/MAX Affinity Plus, ... Read More »

Collier County Housing and Human Services Provides Prescription Drug Savings to Collier Residents

Collier County Housing and Human Services (HHS) have teamed up with Coast2CoastRX to provide savings on the high cost of prescription drugs. Through this partnership, Collier County HHS is making free prescription discount cards available to Collier County residents. Participants could save up to 75 percent off the retail price of prescription medications, and can use the card at more than 60,000 participating pharmacies across the country. Even the furry family members can benefit from this program as many pet prescriptions are covered. “We are happy to be able to provide the means to financial relief to those that need ... Read More »

Little Rock Foundation

The Little Rock Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children who are blind or visually impaired initiated a bill into law establishing October as “Blindness Awareness Month.” In October 2010, the City of Naples proclaimed October as Blindness Awareness Month and World Sight Day. On October 9, 2012 The Collier County Board of Commissioners presented Lighthouse of Collier with a proclamation from the County. Studies indicate that over 14,000 persons in Collier County live with blindness or significant vision loss. Although blindness and vision loss largely affects senior citizen; accident, disease, genetics and other causes can ... Read More »

Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office Announcement of Book Closing for Voter Registration for the 2014 General Election

September 29, 2014: In order to vote in the 2014 General Election, voters must be registered to vote in Florida by 12:00 a.m. (Midnight), Monday, October 6, 2014. A downloadable voter registration form can be found on the Supervisor of Elections page at www.CollierVotes.com under the “Register to Vote” tab.  The Supervisor of Elections Office, located at the Collier County Government Complex, 3295 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL, is open during regular business hours, which are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The satellite office is located at the North Collier Government Service Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, FL and is open Monday through Friday, ... Read More »