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Kretschmer Family Freezes for a Reason

The Kretschmer family, Bruce Jr., left, Ellen and Halley before taking the Polar Plunge. Inset: Edward Cantwell, Ellen’s brother, with his Special Olympics medals. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Halley Kretschmer took the plunge, so did her mother, Ellen and brother Bruce Jr. It was the Polar Plunge, into the icy waters of Cedar Beach at Mount Sinai, N.Y. on Nov. 24. The Marco Islanders were “Freezin’ for a Reason,” to support Special Olympics of New York. “In late November of 2012, I was studying for finals (at the University of Miami) when I came across a posting for the plunge. I majored in special education and follow the Special Olympics avidly,” Halley said. “Hurricane Sandy had postponed the plunge into December, giving us enough ... Read More »

Big Cypress Preserve Turns ‘40,’ Celebrates at Swamp Heritage Fest

Jack Shealy demonstrates the art of poleboating.

By Pat Newman Alligators, panthers and bobcats, oh, my! Add Frank Hamilton Cushing, Guy Bradley and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas historical re-enactors to the mix, plus swamp buggies, cypress pole boats and live music, and you have the Fourth Annual Swamp Heritage Festival held Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Ochopee. The event marked the preserve’s 40th birthday and brought together a diverse group of people with a shared appreciation of Everglades’ history and protection of its resources. Representatives from the Miccosoukee and Seminole tribes were on hand, demonstrating traditional beading, carving and weaving crafts and ... Read More »

It’s All in the Hips

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org It’s all in the hips” is a funny line from the movie “Happy Gilmore.” Happy’s teacher, Chubbs, tells him this line while helping with his golf swing. The line has some truth to it. The hip movement is important for many reasons. The number one reason is that hip rotation affects pelvic rotation and footwork. If a golfer’s hips move properly, the correct balance and footwork can be achieved. Many of us have limitation in our hip rotation. When the hips are limited in the golf swing, compensations are made with other body movements. Compensation ... Read More »

Tech Trek Nomination Deadline: Dec. 15

By Coastal Breeze News Staff What do wind-powered cellphones, DNA testing for law enforcement and Barbie bungee-jumping have in common? These were just a few of the workshops that girls from throughout Florida participated in at Tech Trek’s weeklong camp at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg this past July. Now the deadline for science and math teachers to nominate seventh-grade girls statewide for next year’s camp is quickly approaching — Monday, Dec. 15. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Tech Trek is scheduled June 27-July 3, 2015, at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Last year, Marco Island ... Read More »

Sunshine in Goodland

On the opening night of his exhibit, Donald Sunshine and his wife Joanna greeted every visitor. They are pictured here with Marco Island residents, Judy and Ron Hattendorf.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It’s no secret that upon my first visit to Goodland, I recognized it to be a very unique place, unmatched in its beauty and rich history. As I left the main road and first arrived on this little island, the feeling of being transported back in time was so overwhelming that it was elemental in my decision to leave Ohio and move here in search of a better life. It’s hard to describe the pride I feel when others get to see my beloved home as I do, but recently I had an opportunity to ... Read More »

Take Stock in Children Pledge Night at Immokalee Middle School.

The Immokalee Foundation, dedicated to providing sustained educational opportunities to Immokalee’s youth, recently hosted the Take Stock in Children Pledge Night at Immokalee Middle School. TSIC students from eighth to 11th grades, along with their parents and mentors, gathered to renew their pledge to maintain good grades, stay drug and crime free, attend required workshops and events, meet weekly with their TIF mentor and volunteer in the community. Take Stock in Children is a scholarship and mentoring program that provides students with the promise of a four-year scholarship to a Florida state college, university or vocational school upon graduation if ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation Pancake Breakfast

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was a cool and windy day, but the Seventh Annual Pancake Breakfast put on by the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) was a definite success. A complete breakfast was offered with eggs, sausage, pancakes, coffee and orange juice. Tables and chairs lined the bays of the fire station and some of the pancake “flippers” included local “celebrity chefs” MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy, City Councilman Larry Honig and City Manager Roger Hernstadt, as well as a few Fire Rescue Department personnel. Hundreds of islanders and visitors stopped in to enjoy breakfast. MIFRF holds a ... Read More »

Have A Musical Interlude at the Art Center

Local students perform at the Bach festival. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted For those who love music, the Art Center has planned a new series of evening events called “Musical Interludes.” The first such evening will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 5:30-7:00 PM and features the Bach Ensemble of Southwest Florida. Lovers of the classics will not want to miss this exceptional performance. Tickets are $35 per person. “Music, as an art form, is meant to enhance the quality of life. Here is your chance to sit back, close your eyes and just relax,” says Rosemary Wick, President of the Art Center’s Board of Directors. Members of the Ensemble will ... Read More »

Would You Like Mustard with Your Monet?

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Nothing like starting your day with a good laugh. Last week, I heard a joke on National Public Radio. I agree with you: NPR isn’t famous for it’s hahahas. What does the artist say while working? “Would you like fries with that?” I just laughed and laughed, especially because at the time I was just parking my truck at the restaurant where I hostess part-time, and I’m an artist. They say the trick to good joke-telling is timing. You betcha. Another time, I might have reacted differently. But, I love my hostess job. I work ... Read More »

Naomi’s Black Cat Lores

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Happy Halloween! This is my favorite day of the year because I get to race and slither through the shelter like a wild cat, wielding my tiger-sized goody bag and collecting the annual toll I exact from my staff of 80 volunteers. It matters not whether it be people food or top-end cat food (none of that dry stuff, yuck!), just so long as it isn’t that dreadful tasting junk food dogs eat with such gusto. It goes without saying, but obviously I’m going to say it ... Read More »

Lely Invitational Hosts Record 32 Schools

Lely’s Rosie Poling, center, passes a runner in the Lely Cross Country Invitational. Poling, of Marco Island, placed 10th in a personal best time of 19:43.7.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Lely Cross Country Invitational hosted a record 32 schools on Sept. 18, marking its 15th year. The Marco Island Academy girls, with five freshmen, raced against experience and still came in at 18th. The lone boy, Fermin Mendoza, set a personal best in his race. Lely’s Gage Wheeler of Marco, raced to seventh in leading his team to a fifth-place finish. Marco’s Rosie Poling, placed 10th, leading her team to a ninth-place finish. Olivia Watt led her MIA team with in a time of 22:42. Watt was an outstanding runner at Marco Island Charter Middle ... Read More »

Celebrating 20 Years of Always There

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Rosalind “Roz” Minicozzi is a woman of faith, and during a vacation in Southwest Florida more than 20 years ago, the president and CEO of Always There Home Health Care decided to take a giant leap of faith to open a second office for her New Jersey-base home health care agency on Marco Island. Today, that office is celebrating 20 years of service to the homebound, infirm and elderly on Marco Island and in its surrounding communities. The firm’s Marco office is located at 317 N. Collier Blvd. in Suite 201. Always There also has ... Read More »

Art Center Honors Vets and Artists

photo by John Saber

Submitted The Center for the Arts celebrates the bravery and patriotism of veterans, as well as proudly displays the work of member artists during the month of November. The exhibits — a special salute to the American G.I. in the Atrium, a Members’ Show in the main galleries and the stone lithographs of Barbara DiMattio in La Petite Galerie — run November 3-20. The Second Tuesday opening reception will be held on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 5:30-7:00 PM. Plan to attend this special event and share with us some refreshments and good conversation. Everyone is welcome to attend. ... Read More »

ACS Luau Party

Hawaiian shirts to the ready.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The American Cancer Society held its second annual Luau Party benefitting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. It was a chance for everyone to pull out any Hawaiian0style shirts, skirts and dresses from the darkest corners of their closets. There was laughter and applause while everyone rated their favorite Hawaiian shirt or tested their ability to see how low they could go doing the Limbo. A scrumptious dinner buffet was served, including whole pineapple ham, blackened mahi-mahi, pan-roasted chicken, stir fry veggies, sweet plantains, saffron rice and black beans, along with three dessert selections. After dinner ... Read More »

Relax, It’s Just the Doctor

Dr. Vivian Torres (Left). Dr. Natasha Choyah (right). SUBMITTED PHOTOS

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blv As the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I’m used to interacting with doctors, but for many, that is not the case. Though some people may be (at least somewhat) apprehensive about a trip to the doctor’s office, other folks worry to the point of experiencing high blood pressure surges — a phenomenon referred to as “white coat syndrome.” In addition, if someone you know claims, “I don’t have time to go see the doctor,” there’s at least a chance this is their fear talking and not common sense. As children, many of ... Read More »

Chili Chefs Spice It Up

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation held its Second Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Oct. 11. There were 18 willing chili chefs, many of them firemen representing various fire stations around the county, as well as a few restaurants, fire department supporters and just great chili makers. They each wanted a chance to win the “copper ladle” trophy. An island favorite among the booths was manned by Chief Mike Murphy of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department, who teamed with Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino to serve up chili. There was white ... Read More »

Do You Overeat?: Part 3

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com In Part I, we looked at some simple tools we could use to help combat the impulse to overeat: being mindful, changing your triggers, making a list of situations you cannot control and formulating alternatives, and creating new habits. In Part II, we addressed additional helpful alternatives for combating the urge: Be cautious of your environment, remind yourself of how crappy you feel, disengage to reengage, and get mad instead of sad or happy — at the advertisers of course. In this article, we will add to those tips to give you more tools for ... Read More »

Keep Calm and Boat On

Just a few of the 10,000 islands.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Since moving to Florida almost one year ago, I’ve felt like a stranger in a strange land, a tourist most times, learning the lay of my new homeland with each different excursion. Until now, the various trips I’ve taken have always been structured with a fairly strict itinerary of stops and attractions, but I can honestly say, I’ve never felt more in control of my recreational destiny as when I went exploring with fellow Goodlander and owner and sole operator of Island Boat Trips Captain Mike Hewitt. Born in England and known locally as “English ... Read More »

Bridge Over Troubled Water

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com From the moment I sat down on her couch, by far the most comfortable seat in her home-office on Marco Island, I was drawn in; and it wasn’t just because of her soft tone of voice. Psychotherapist, Carolyn Katchmar is a very interesting woman with a story I found myself relating to in many ways. Born and raised in southern Illinois, her life experiences seem to have all but fated her to choose this career path and help others using her acquired skills. Katchmar married her first husband at just 20 years old, and shortly after, ... Read More »

Stone Crabs are Back!

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The beginning of another Stone Crab season is here! On Wednesday, Oct. 15, crabbers began pulling their crab traps, set just ten days before on Oct. 5. Fresh, delicious stone crab claws will be available until May 15, when they go back out of season. Kirk’s Fish Co. in Goodland expects to be stocked with fresh stone crab claws of all sizes shortly after the boats hit their dock. This year, due to some recent expansion, their store will offer a larger quantity of fresh crab claws and other seafood. They’ve added two new crabbers, and ... Read More »