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Domestic Animal Services Adoption Weekend

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Mike Held of Keep in Touch Cards and Gifts and his Manager on Duty, Lucy, participated in a promotion to benefit Collier County’s Domestic Animal Services. Participants took a chance to guess at what breeds were present in Lucy’s background. Lucy was adopted from the shelter ten years ago. The ‘Pick A Breed’ program raised about $500 for the cause. With 58 adoptions, the weekend was a success. Lucy went through a DNA test and it was determined she is a mix of Dalmatian, Old English Sheepdog, Boxer and Maltese mix. Read More »

SoapFest Again Brings Stars to Marco To Benefit Charity

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- The weekend of events is held on Marco Island, Florida.  Photos by Sue Coflin/Max Photos

By Don Manley Providing a setting where stars and fans can intermingle has worked well for the annual SoapFest Charity Weekend. Now in its 16th year, SoapFest brings actors from daytime soap operas to Marco Island for a weekend of fun and fundraising for local children’s charities. The festival enables fans to rub elbows with the daytime stars at a series of public event fundraisers, held Friday through Monday. Set for May 22 through May 25, SoapFest also includes the private Art 4 Autism painting session, in which the stars team up with autistic children and adults with autism to ... Read More »

The Southern Cross

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By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net We are going to change our viewing time from our usual 9PM to 11PM until October. There are two reasons for this: 1) The longer days of summer mean it is not fully dark at 9PM, and 2) the rapidly approaching rainy season means early evening clouds blot out the stars. By 11PM there is at least a chance of clearing, although it’s not usually totally clear until after midnight. Did you think you would have to travel to Argentina to see the Southern Cross? Not so! Theoretically, you can see the whole cross (official ... Read More »

Our SwampLife is Wild…

Barbara Johnson shows her appreciation for our wild life.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Literally, just outside our doors is a world foreign to many; a vast wetlands we call the Everglades. Thanks to Bob McConville, this world becomes a little less unknown. Bob is a Master Naturalist and shared some insight with us on April 23rd at the Rose History Auditorium. Through pictures, stories and fun facts, Bob let us know quite a bit about the wildlife around us. The breadth of his knowledge is vast and there is so much to impart about his talk. We have limited space here so let’s explore just a few of these ... Read More »

VITAS and BMO Harris Bank Team Up for Alzheimer’s Education

Pictured at right, Cindy McCue, VITAS volunteer services manager, with Rachel Schenk (right), BMO Harris vice president and
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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com VITAS Healthcare and BMO Harris Bank partnered to bring Alzheimer education to the residents of Marco Island on April 22nd. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Daniel Kaplan DO, MD. With 35 years of experience, Dr. Daniel Kaplan is board certified in family and geriatric medicine and associate medical director of VITAS Healthcare in Collier County. Attendees received in-depth information about Alzheimer’s disease, from early symptoms through long term care possibilities. Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that not only affects those diagnosed, but everyone around them. Over five million people in The United States are ... Read More »

MI Chamber Business Expo

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Chamber brought customers and businesses together for a festive afternoon on April 6 for the 15th Annual Business Expo. The doors opened at 4:00 and the general public streamed into the showroom. Awaiting them were 30 booths representing various local businesses and groups armed with the finest information about their organization, giveaway items and special prizes for those entering their names at each booth. About 300 people attended this year’s expo. During the show, chamber staff went around to each booth and gave up the microphone so businesses could tell a bit about ... Read More »

Fishing the Ten Thousand Islands in April

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Spring is here and April is a more than welcomed month here in the Ten Thousand Islands. Spring is here, the cold fronts and windy days are about over, and the fishing is typically fantastic! Near coastal water temperatures are averaging 80 degrees, with air temperatures in the mid 80’s. The full moon this April falls on the 4thth and the new moon is on the 19th. April is the first month of the year that we will not have any extreme negative low tides to be concerned with. We will have some ... Read More »

HOPE is in the Air

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Sr. Manager Distinguished Events American Cancer Society, Marco I start each New Year with lots of great ideas, new energy and plenty of optimism that we will do better than the year before and as you can guess that gets harder each year. This year was no different; we laid out our plans, set our dates, recruited our committees and got to work. Our hope was that members of our community would want to help us further our mission and create more birthdays. Little did we know that our hope would turn into reality ... Read More »

MIA Footballers Boost Boat Parade

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Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com For the past nineteen years, Elaine Ritchie, has raised a lot of money for AVOW Hospice through the Goodland Boat Parade. She stages it every February and somehow gets the whole town of Goodland to pitch in. The parade starts at the Stan Gober Bridge, winds its way through the bay behind our restaurants, and ends at the Goodland Boat Park at the southern end of Goodland. Crowds come from all over to revel in the festivities, and to support the parade. The water’s edge is lined with spectators. When the parade pulls in ... Read More »

40 Years of Marco Players

The cast of “Love, Loss, & What I Wore” rehearses.

By Don Manley The Marco Players is still going strong 40 years after staging its first production. “Challenging ourselves to do better and better work, a good fiscal outlook and having actors and directors who want to work here,” has been a key to the theater group’s longevity and success said Beverly Dahlstrom, its artistic director and president of its board of directors. “This doesn’t mean everyone will like everything we do,” she added. “But the work that we do is interesting and varied. Technically, like all the 501cs (nonprofits) on the island, a successful show is what brings in ... Read More »

Columbus Ships Still Inspire Adventure

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Stepping aboard the Columbus ships as they were docked at Rose Marina in Marco Island on the weekend of February 28, my mind drifted back to what it must have been like. The wind filling the sails as the bow broke deep through the waves of an open ocean. Dolphins streaking keeping pace with the ship and the sun making me squint as I survey the rigging above me. How glorious it must have… Whoa…wait a minute! That was the fantasy. The reality was much different. In truth, these ships are not large; Nina is 65 ... Read More »

Marco’s DAR Honors MICMS Patriotic Essay Winners

Three Charter Middle School Students won the annual Marco Island DAR  chapter’s patriotic essay contest. (LtoR) Language Arts teacher Bill Badger, 8th grader Brandon Johnson, DAR Regent Karen Lombardi, 7th grader Ittay Cisneros and 6th grader Kira Polley. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted Marco Island Charter Middle School students were given the chance to compete in a patriotic essay contest sponsored by Marco Island’s Daughters of the American Revolution. The three contest winners were honored at the chapter’s February 19th meeting at the Hideaway Beach Club. Language Arts teacher, Bill Badger, accompanied the students, Kirra Polley, Ittay Cisneros and Brandon Johnson. The assignment was to write a 600 to 1,000 word essay entitled “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.” The essay was supposed to be written as a child’s letter to a cousin describing his or her personal experience as an immigrant passing ... Read More »

MI Healthcare Center Auxiliary Puts on the Ritz

Many door prizes were given out including the “Money Hat” Karen is wearing.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com An incredible Tuesday afternoon at Hideaway Beach Club goes a long way toward supporting Marco Island healthcare thanks to the efforts of the MI Healthcare Center Auxiliary. Volunteers had been making preparations for months and expectations were high for this important fund raiser. At stake was an EKG machine for Marco Island Urgent Care. “While part of NCH system, our efforts are focused on providing support right here on Marco Island,” said Anita Heffernan, Publicity Chairperson. “Everyone’s contribution today, both in time and dollars, makes a positive impact on the quality of health care for Marco ... 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 »

VenturePitch

The Tamiami Angel Fund II (T2), a family of member-managed funds organized to invest in early stage, high potential, accelerated growth companies, will present the inaugural VenturePitch SWFL on Wednesday, March 11. The event is open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Naples Silverspot Cinema, Theatre 12, located at 9118 Strada Place. The ‘Shark Tank’- style event brings together four early stage entrepreneurs who will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges and attendees. One company will be selected as the most investible. “We’re excited to bring VenturePitch to Southwest Florida and offer a ... Read More »

‘The Wall That Heals’ Returns Feb. 12

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The sacrifices of the Vietnam War are never too far from the minds of those who fought and those who awaited their loved one’s return. It’s a memory accompanied by heart rending pain when it comes to the members of America’s military who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict. Saluting the service of the US soldiers and sailors who gave their lives in Southeast Asia is the purpose of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, as well as its half-size replica, the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Known as “The Wall That Heals,” the traveling memorial returns to Marco ... Read More »

CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

“Gas prices could fluctuate in the next couple of weeks, but will likely increase as we move into the spring,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Prices usually rise between 30-50 cents in the spring, because of higher demand and refinery maintenance, then decline in autumn. There is a chance that prices will not increase as much as in years past, but even if they do, gasoline should remain well below $3 for the rest of the year.” Regular Unleaded Gasoline Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago National $2.056 $2.054 $2.035 $2.240 $3.281 Florida $2.074 ... Read More »

Zoobilee

Join the Naples Zoo for the wildest party of the year! Tickets are now on sale for ZOObilee Feast with the Beasts to be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 right in the heart of the zoo. Attendees will enjoy delicious cuisine from some of Naples best restaurants and caterers, as they journey along the paved paths of the zoo’s historic botanical garden from 7:00pm to 11:00 pm. Evening highlights include exotic animal encounters, silent auction, and a dance party featuring the sounds of Blonde Ambition, a high energy eleven piece dance band. For those who prefer to relax with ... Read More »

Auriga the Charioteer

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Very high tonight in the northern sky rides Auriga the Charioteer. The driver usually also is visualized as a shepherd holding a goat over his shoulder. The bright star Capella is thus nicknamed “the goat star,” and the two dimmer stars just to the left are likewise named “the kids.” Auriga is located 180 degrees away from the galactic center in Sagittarius, and so when you look at Auriga, you are looking at the shortest way out from our galaxy. The Milky Way, although thinner, is still substantial in this area, and there ... Read More »

Now at the Marco Island Historical Museum

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff History buffs are never at a loss when it comes to things to do and programs to see at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and Rose History Auditorium. After his highly successful Jan. 13 program with John Ruthven, renowned wildlife artist and conservationist John Agnew has generously allowed his work to remain on display at MIHM until mid-February. Agnew’s career began in natural history museums and zoos where he designed amazing exhibits, produced illustrations, and painted murals and dioramas in the US and as far away as Moscow. His paintings now hang in collections ... Read More »