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Everyone a Winner at Power Squadron Party

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff San Marco Catholic Church was overflowing on Friday, January 28 for the annual Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron Wine & Hors D’oeuvres Party. From the moment guests stepped in the parish hall doors they had a chance to win, their ticket stub entering them in a prize drawing. The ultimate goal of this fun-filled event was to raise funds for squadron missions, such as boating safety; vitally import for us islanders who spend so much of our time on the waters that surround us. The party gave guests many opportunities to become winners that ... Read More »

How Much???

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I’m pretty sure the question is asked in every jewelry store on the entire planet on a daily basis. I’m talking about folks who wish to purchase fine jewelry, diamonds, precious gemstones platinum, gold and high-end wrist watches to be exact. For many of the uninformed masses it’s darn near impossible for them to get their head wrapped around the fact that yes, this stuff is expensive, has been and always will be. If gold were cheap we would make cell phones and automobiles out of it. The ones in the know, well they know ... Read More »

Lunch With the Chief

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Submitted The Marco Island Police Foundation will host its next “Lunch with the Chief” on Thursday, January 28 at the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island. Lunch will begin at 11:30 AM. Joining Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino, foundation President Curt Koon, Marco Island Police Officers and foundation members and guests, will be guest speaker Lieu- tenant Colonel Tom Di Tomasso, who will speak about how to protect yourself from terrorism. Lt. Colonel Di Tomasso served in the Army for twenty years, earning the Silver Star and Purple Heart as a Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. ... Read More »

Discovering Your Way: How We Learn From Nature

Lee Memorial Hospital staff participates in a leadership exercise. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Humans…the dominant species on the planet. We have evolved to a point that we don’t have to rely on other animals for our own wellbeing. We’ve gone from being hunters to farmers to producers of artificial substitutes for food. We’ve domesticated other species to provide nourishment for ourselves. Our social structure now demands that we depend on each other to maintain a sense of community, a balance among ourselves. Skills and instincts that we once had are now less valued. There is a hierarchy of managers, middle managers and laborers now, and the relationships among ... Read More »

Sunshine Fiber Art Exhibit

Submitted Now through February 2016, the fabulous and colorful fiber art of Isle of Capri artist Joanna Sunshine will be both on exhibit and for sale. A percentage of her sales will go to the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The Marco Island Public Library works cooperatively with the Marco Island Center for the Arts to present art shows, such as this one, to the Marco Island community. More than 50 years ago Joanna acquired her first loom, or rather pieces of a loom discovered in a junkyard. Since then there have been floor looms, table looms, back strap ... Read More »

Providence House Fundraiser

Submitted On January 18 the San Marco Catholic Church will host the Second Annual Dinner to benefit Providence House, a non-profit organization located in Naples, Florida. Providence House offers homeless women with young children the chance to create a solid foundation for a more secure future. In the United States, single women with young children represent the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Providence House’s mission is to help poor, single working women with young children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless create a better quality of life through a supportive transitional housing and self-sufficiency program. The ... Read More »

Santa’s First Stop

Kiwanis members joined by Santa and  Mrs. Claus distributed toys at Manatee Elementary School. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a visit to Manatee Elementary School on December 15, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. That day, eight hundred pre-k through fifth grade children received Christmas gifts. Kiwanis had worked hard all year to fundraise and purchase the gifts for the kids, some of whom will not receive anything else this Christmas. The joy was seen on the young faces, lined up and waiting eagerly to meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Some were bursting to tell Santa they had been good, others hugged Mrs. Claus sweetly. “Thank ... Read More »

Self-Corrections – Focus on the Facts, Not the Feels

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I want to educate golfers on how they can evaluate each shot, and what actually happens on their common misses. As an instructor there are certain prescriptions that I prefer to fix problems. Another instructor might have a totally different remedy to address the same problem. Golfers also have ways to fix problems with what they believe to be the solution, such as, keeping their head down, keeping their eye on the ball, etc. The golfer felt their head raise up, so they think that reversing the feel will solve their problem. Self-corrections need to ... Read More »

Leadership 2015 Ends, 2016 Co-Chairs Chosen

Collier County Manager Leo Ochs addresses the leadership class.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff December 2, “Government Day,” marked the end of Leadership Marco 2015. On their last day of class, students spent the day learning about Collier County government, both in Naples and on Marco Island. Speakers at the Collier County Government Center included Collier County Manager Leo Ochs, Commissioner Donna Fiala and Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards. Presentations were also given by the county’s director of zoning, tax collector, property appraiser and clerk of courts. Circuit Judge Lauren L. Brodie met with students in her courtroom, asking them to think about “how to make a difference” in ... Read More »

Paris, Mali and Beyond…

Injured man outside the Bataclan  concert hall in Paris receives aid. PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/REUTERS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Friday the 13th I came home early in the afternoon and wrote the following letter to the Editor of the Coastal Breeze Newspaper, Val Simon: Dear Val, After my last article “Invasion of Europe Part II” I decided to turn in my resignation as an opinion writer for the Coastal Breeze Newspaper. While I do love writing for the Breeze and look forward to receiving my issue of this wonderful paper every other Friday, I feel very strongly that my articles stick out like a sore thumb, messenger of bad things to come amongst all ... Read More »

Tournament Benefits YMCA

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Submitted On December 12th the Greater Marco Family YMCA will hold its 21st Annual Golf Tournament to benefit their Strong Kids Scholarship Campaign. Strong Kids Scholarships help low income families send their children to the YMCA’s preschool, the East Naples outreach afterschool, and summer day camp programs. Annual preschool tuition costs around $7,000. Tuition assistance is required by approximately 50 percent of the participating families. Jean Shaw is a member of the tournament organizing committee, and was its chairman for the last three years. She is looking forward to another successful event. “It was one of our better years, last ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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By Maggie Gust On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will enjoy a presentation by Dr. Rich Blonna. His topic will be “Marketing Checklist.” Basically, it is a how-to for writers to build a platform for promotion of their works, as well as themselves. Following his presentation, there will be a social time with holiday snacks, beverages, and a blind book exchange. Please see our website for details explaining the fun book exchange. The November 11, 2015 meeting was very busy. Thanks are due to our president Joanne Tailele for sharing “The Ten Most Important Things I Have ... Read More »

New Balloon Provides Non-Surgical Weight Loss Option

A new, non-surgical device for weight loss is now available for the first time in Naples. The recently FDA-approved ReShapeTM Integrated Dual Balloon System is a combination of two balloons that are inserted through a tube in the mouth into the stomach, where they take up space and help to control portion size and curb appetite. The minimally-invasive procedure is usually completed in 30 minutes. After remaining in place for six months, the balloons are then deflated and removed. With the balloons’ help, paired with personalized coaching, patients are encouraged to focus on healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle habits to maximize ... Read More »

Marco Firefighters Honored for Distinguished Service

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By Don Manley Marco Island Fire and Rescue Department’s Sergio Deleon and Munier Gattas are being recognized for their off-duty actions, which saved the life of Munier’s 55-year-old neighbor, Ron Krawczyk. Ron suffered from sudden cardiac death in his home on July 30, 2015. The firefighter paramedics were chosen to receive the 2015 Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Public Service Award for emergency medical services. The events that led to the award took place under circumstances that may have ended much differently. That day, Munier was enjoying a well-needed day off. He had just purchased a home in Naples. ... Read More »

Stone Crabs … Interesting Facts

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturali Yum! There they are, precooked, and on a plate right in front of me. Just a bit cooler than room temperature, with a side of drawn butter, as well as a mild mustard sauce, I can already taste them and I’m three feet from the table. Those delicious stone crab claws are back in season! Hundreds upon hundreds of crab traps were placed in position in the backwaters and just offshore during the first two weeks of October all around the Marco Island area. Traps were baited and commercial crabbers waited for the magic date ... Read More »

November Meeting Second Wednesday

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Submitted On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIW) will welcome our own Joanne Tailele, president of MIW, as she takes us “Back to the Basics of Writing.” She will share what she has learned over the past few years in her own writing career and refocus our attention from marketing to our love for writing. A hearty thank you to Barbara Miller, guest speaker at our October 14, 2015 meeting. Barbara gave an excellent presentation on Goodreads.com including a very organized 3-page handout of how to sign up and maneuver around the site, the etiquette of posting, ... Read More »

Breast Health at Physicians Regional

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Once again, it’s October and the world has suddenly turned pink—and for very good reason. For many years, pink has been the color most commonly associated with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The correlation between “pink” and health care isn’t a new concept. In centuries past, the phrase “in the pink” was synonymous with being in good health—both physically and emotionally. Though I applaud the various shades of pink that seem to pop up everywhere during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a focus on women’s health must be maintained every day of the ... Read More »

Isles of Capri, Marco Swimmers Shine in Meets

MIA’s three-member swim team (from left): senior Kasey Bersh, sophomores Susan Faremouth and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick.  PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Roger LaLonde Lely and Marco Island Academy swimmers made a big splash in district meets last week. With just three swimmers on the MIA team, coach Kamal Farhat has made the most of their ability. All three will compete in regional races at the Sarasota YMCA pool on Saturday, October 31. Kasey Bersh, Susan Faremouth and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick qualified for regionals with strong finishes in the Class 1A-District 9 meet. Bersh, a senior, had personal best times in winning the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. In the 50 free her time was 25.63 and in the 100 it was ... Read More »

One Room, One Hour, One Way Out

Cell Block M  is ready for booking. This room challenges gamers to prove their innocence in 60
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Submitted To say a new business is opening on Marco Island would be an understatement. Not only is it a new business, but a brand new concept that, until now, has been reserved for metropolitan areas such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. In a world dominated by smartphones and evolving technology, this is a refreshing change. “Think video games meet real life,” said co-founder, 15-year-old Marco Island resident Howie Jordan. “Instead of watching the character on a screen, you are the character.” The real-life adventure game phenomenon started in 2007 in Japan. It’s extremely popular in ... Read More »

Visitors and locals alike will converge in Florida’s Paradise Coast

Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades – Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25 for theNaples Annual Stone Crab Festival. The event returns for its sixth year and welcomes a variety of seafood vendors and features numerous activities including live music, boat rides and children’s entertainment. Presented by the Old Naples Waterfront Association, the Stone Crab Festival is a chance for guests to explore the beautiful and historic Naples waterfront district with activities on land and by water. Events will kick off on Friday night at 4:00 p.m. with Mayor John Sorey III and other local dignitaries and a special appearance by Derrick ... Read More »