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The Power of a Smile

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”  – Joseph Addison Our sixth grandchild was born in March. A perfect little girl with 10 fingers, 10 toes and bright eyes that follow sound and movement. I was lucky enough to hold her shortly after her birth and say prayers of thanks for her healthy arrival. Five weeks later, little Greer Elizabeth took her first plane ride from her home in the Midwest to Southwest Florida for a visit, and for six days she was (mostly) mine…except for the feedings and interrupted sleep that ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May

Jeff with a nice black drum caught on a Captain Rapps Charter.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Spring has sprung, and with it, it brings one of the best months for fishing: May. Because of the mild and dry weather patterns and light wind, May is the perfect month to enjoy our local waters. The water is warming up into the 80s, attracting the fish to set out on their annual migration from the back country waters into the near Gulf flats and island areas. In May the new moon falls on the 7th and full moon on the 22nd. May is one of the months that we will not have ... Read More »

Twenty-two Push-ups for #22kill

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By Margaret Lamp Everywhere on social media you see posts of members of our military coming home to a wife, a husband, parents, children or pets. We witness tears of joy. You can sense their overwhelming happiness to be reunited with those they love. Each instance tugs at my heartstrings. I can’t imagine how that feels. I am always amazed that the camera can bring me to tears. Tears of joy and gratitude. My gratitude for our military is overwhelming at times, especially when witnessing these not so private moments. If asked why I’m crying and laughing at the same ... Read More »

A Caregiver’s Burden

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Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway I never thought dementia would play such a large part in my life, but it did, and it started with my mother. As an active 70-year-old, after dad died, she moved from her home in Pennsylvania to Phoenix to be near her sisters. For a few years all was well, until on a visit, I noticed she forgot to cook most of the fish defrosted for supper. A year later she missed a connecting flight to a family reunion in Colorado, despite the specific information I’d given her. Then, she stopped washing her clothes regularly ... Read More »

Focus on Marco’s Health

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Firefighter Paramedic Chris Bowden attends DOH-Collier focus group.

By Maureen Chodaba Recently the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department hosted a focus group presented by the Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) in the development of a Community Health Assessment (CHA). By late summer, the CHA will be completed, released and then used to develop a new Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is designed to address specific opportunities for improved health as identified by the community. Some of the attendees included Robert Ostbye, MPH, program manager of DOH-Collier; Andrea McKinney, operations analyst/public information officer of DOH; and Marco Island Firefighter Paramedic/Public Education Coordinator Chris Bowden. Based ... Read More »

Patriot Golf Day at Hideaway

Patriot Golf Day winning team, from left: Jane Demler, Sally Crow, (Todd Elliott, golf pro), John Demler and Chuck Crow.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org On Saturday, March 12th Hideaway Beach Club hosted the 2nd Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running Patriot Golf Days throughout the year. The mission statement of the Folds of Honor Foundation is written as such: Honoring Their Sacrifice, Educating Their Legacy. Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Folds of Honor seeks to meet this need by providing annual ... Read More »

Health Care Heroes Are Everywhere

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO,  Physicians Regional Healthcare System A major part of my role as Market CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System is interacting with caregivers. As one would expect, this includes an exceptional group of physicians, nurses, clinicians and employees—those whom I am privileged to work alongside every day. The ability to witness their never-ending commitment to our patients—as seen through their focus on high quality, compassionate care—is truly inspirational. I also receive letters and emails from patients and their family members praising the care provided throughout our healthcare system. These truly make my day. We ... Read More »

Projects in the Works

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Sometimes I feel like I’m the queen of the median landscaping effort, so we have good news coming our way on this subject…lots of good news. First, the county applied for a Florida Highway Beautification Council Grant quite a while back to landscape another portion of Collier Boulevard/951 between Mainsail Drive and Fiddler’s Creek. It seemed like there were more hurdles to jump than ever, but our staff is persistent, and so am I. We finally got the news that the request has been approved and we can move forward with design, bid and construction. It ... Read More »

Charter Girls Breeze to GCAC Track & Field Championship

Village School’s Ashby Beckner has a half-step lead in going over the hurdle, but MICMS’ Susan Linn took over in the last 20 yards to win.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) girls blew away the competition in winning the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships on March 10. The girls garnered 220 points in their victory. The Charter boys, without some key competitors, came in third, with Village School of Naples winning the title. All but relay results were reported. For the girls they had star power in most every event. Ryenn Hart took care of her specialties in the 800 and 1600 meter events where the girls swept the top four places. Following Hart in the 800 ... Read More »

Try Not To Breathe

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   Try Not To Breathe By Holly Seddon Ballantine Books, February 2016 – 369 pages Genre: Mystery/Thriller   Anyone who enjoyed “The Girl On The Train” might like this book very much. I didn’t care for the Hawkins book, but I found this one intriguing. The protagonist, Alex Dale, is a self-destructive barely functional alcoholic with an enlarged liver whose life revolves around her wine consumption and urinary incontinence. When we meet her in 2010, she has drunk her way through college, marriage to police officer Matt, a miscarriage, and a steady job as a ... Read More »

The 9-1-1 on Marco’s Emergency Service

By Maureen Chodaba On March 15, 2016 many voters in Collier County will be asked to vote in a “straw ballot” regarding the future of their EMS and transport services. You may ask, and rightfully so, just what is a straw ballot? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a straw ballot, also known as a “straw vote” or “straw poll” as “an unofficial vote taken (as at a chance gathering) to indicate the relative strength of opposing candidates or issues.” Wikipedia.com goes on to say that the idiom’s origin “may allude to a straw (thin plant stalk) held up to see in what ... Read More »

Life Saving Questions for Marco Islanders

Submitted What is a COPCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity)? Are the safety and wellbeing of Marco Island citizens seriously affected? How are the Marco Island Fire/Rescue Department’s Advanced Life Support rescue efforts being limited? What is the role of the Collier County Commissioners regarding the COPCN and emergency medical service for Marco Island? Do Collier County politics and money play into all of this? The voters of unincorporated Collier County, which excludes Marco Island, will vote to consolidate Collier County EMS in a “straw vote” on March 15, 2016. How can the results of this straw vote affect ... Read More »

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air
By Paul Kalanithi
Random House 2016 – 258 pages
Genre: Memoir
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “When there’s no place for a scalpel, words are the surgeon’s only tool.” – Paul Kalanithi At age 36, in the last year of his neurosurgery residency, Paul Kalanithi discovered he had stage IV lung cancer. For the next 22 months, he and his wife Lucy, an internal medicine physician, awoke each day focused on living, not “living until…” “When Breath Becomes Air” was written largely because Dr. Kalanithi had the soul of a poet and turning to words to express any experience in life was as instinctive to him as breathing itself. His intent was ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: Standing Watch

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Q: Boaters or Manatees? A: How about the “Environment”?   I hear it all the time – “…do you want to keep boating, or save manatees?” It’s as if the two are thought of as mutually exclusive. Generally, the one asking the question is working on the premise that manatees are truly and desperately endangered, and are also wonderful for the environment. They seem to believe that the more manatees we have, the better off our estuarine systems would be. Thanks to the “educational” initiatives of groups like Save the Manatee Club, they have also accepted the premise that all ... Read More »

Thousands Visit 12th Annual Car Show

The shiny, red Chevrolet commanded the attention of all who passed it.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Keith Pershing, owner/master technician of Island Automotive, with the Marco Island Historical Society’s 1922 Ford Model T. Keith is responsible for resorting the 94-year-old car, and is one On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island held their 12th Annual Car Show at the NCH Health Care Center on Marco. It was a warm, sunny afternoon—a perfect occasion for a romantic stroll through the 200 shiny, classic cars. Each year Kiwanis organizes the event in an effort to raise money for the various children’s programs of Collier County and East Naples that they ... Read More »

The Original Snowbirds…White Pelicans

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It is estimated that humans have been in the Florida region for more than 14,000 years. Naples became a destination point just over 100 years ago and Marco Island was a mosquito-infested area until development escalated in the 1950s. Long before northern tourists began visiting our beaches to seek refuge from the winter cold there was a different type of “snowbird”…the white pelican. This giant of the skies breeds primarily in the interior regions of North America and makes its way to Florida, Central America and South America for relief from the colder climate. They ... Read More »

Avow Groundbreaking for New Building

Ceremonial shovel toss at Avow’s groundbreaking on January 11, 2016.  From left: Architect Phil Krieg, Facilities Manager Greg Dougherty, Board Member Kent McRae, Board Member Vip Grover, Founder Glenna Hayhoe, Board Chairman Chuck
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Submitted Avow held a celebratory groundbreaking event for its newest building, The Lyon Palliative Care and Hospice Center, on the Avow campus in Naples. During the public ceremony Avow leadership and special guest speakers Diane Meier, MD, FACP and R. Sean Morrison, MD, co-directors of the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center at Mount Sinai in New York, and Avow benefactress Thelma Lyon addressed the crowd and participated in a symbolic shovel toss. Avow’s newest building will serve as the new home for its palliative care and hospice clinical teams plus community bereavement. It will be located adjacent ... Read More »

Panther Kittens Safe Behind the Scenes at Naples Zoo

Last summer, Naples Zoo created a permanent home for a blind panther that also included space away from the public area to give temporary care for injured or orphaned panthers. Already, the Zoo has taken in two more panthers. The first arrival was a now six-month-old female that was orphaned in October when her mother was killed by a vehicle. The latest arrival came in just last week – a 2 to 3 month old male. Naples Zoo’s carnivore team is caring for these young cats behind the scenes as part of a collaborative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Florida ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island

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Submitted It is going to be a very busy February for Calusa Garden Club members. The Club meets on the second Monday of each month at 11 AM, starting with a workshop for its members. They meet at the Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive. For February 8th at 11 AM, the topic for the floral workshop will be “Elements of Design” presented by Lindy Kowalczyk. Members come prepared with their containers, soaked oasis, foliage and flowers, ready to be creative and inspired. At 1:15 PM, club members Connie Lowery and Jackie Purvis will continue ... Read More »

“Family Matters”

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com It happened again. Our whole family gathered together here for our holiday celebration. For four joyous nights we had 15 people and two dogs sleeping under the same roof. But for nearly three weeks they streamed in and out, in various combinations of individual families, at the mercy of work schedules and “paid time-off.” In 19 days I made no less than 19 trips to the grocery store. I washed bedding and towels in quantities that would rival Motel 6. I baked cookies, made pies, fried fish and tossed salads. I wiped milk off ... Read More »