Tag Archives: children

Tom Bogan 25 Years of Dedicated Service

Photo by Maureen Chodaba: Division Chief Tom Bogan on the job.

By Maureen Chodaba  The life of a firefighter is one that requires hard work and dedication. Each day on the job brings forth new challenges and surprises, most in the form of emergencies where the firefighter needs to react quickly and effectively. Marco Island Fire Rescue Division Chief Tom Bogan has been reacting quickly and effectively for over 25 years ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: The Holiday Season is Here!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a wonderful time of the year! There seems to be excitement in the air and happy greetings everywhere as people are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and then Christmas or Hanukah. Of course, we are excited and happy because many of us will be with family and/or friends, but NOT in the snow! My Amish ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Happy Thanksgiving…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers of this column may already know that Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. I have celebrated every Thanksgiving holiday with my family and friends going back to 1969, the year of my arrival to America as a college student. From my first Thanksgiving to the present day, this holiday warms my heart and ... Read More »

Kiwanis 5K Racers Enjoy Beautiful Course, Ideal Conditions

From left: Julie Wagner, Teagan Havemeier and Morgan Jones haven’t a care in the world as
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By Scott Shook Participants in the fourth Marco Island Kiwanis Family 5K race couldn’t have asked for better conditions, with temperatures hovering around 60 degrees and the wind light. Children, teenagers, adults and seniors-alike were raring to go at the starting line in the parking lot at Tigertail Beach Saturday morning. “We had approximately 250 participants,” said race co-director Tim ... Read More »

Joy of Giving Provides Holiday Smiles

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By Maureen Chodaba  “Santa, I knew you wouldn’t forget me. Last year I waited and waited and you didn’t come.” Santa Claus heard those words from a little girl back in 1988. That little girl’s cry to Santa gave birth to the Joy of Giving, a 501(c) (3) charitable non-profit that now reaches 1,000 children in our area year, filling ... Read More »

Meals of Hope Packaging Event

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Under the leadership of Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris, Meals of Hope volunteers successfully packaged 253,632 meals at this year’s packaging event. Volunteers filled the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym, where tables were set up for the assembly-line process of measuring, packaging, sealing and boxing meals for the hungry. Marco Island’s Sunrise Rotary Club, ... Read More »

‘The Nest’

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Insanity runs in my life. It practically gallops.”      ~ Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” I thought that the title, “The Nest,” referred to the family home in this novel, but in fact it is their term for the nest egg that their father set up for them. They themselves shortened ... Read More »

Stop Texting While Driving

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Here are some chilling statistics about texting while driving from a report by the National Safety Council: Over 2.5 million people in the U.S. are involved in road incidents each year. Of these, 1.6 million have cell phones involved – that’s 64%! Every year approximately 421,000 people are injured in crashes involving a driver who was distracted. 78% of all ... Read More »

MICMS Raises Funds with Boots & Blues

Photos by Steve Stefanides: MICMS Jazz Band, led by Marty Miller.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Last Saturday evening the community came out in typical Marco Island fashion to help raise those precious dollars for the children that attend the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS). Dennis and Lisa Meurgue, the owners of the popular Bistro Soleil Restaurant at the historic Old Marco Inn, hosted the 8th Annual Dinner Dance and Silent ... Read More »

Fishing Fun

The Freedom Waters Foundation helped to make the Ten Thousand Island Kids’ first charitable event a success.

By Don Manley Ed Lindemanis experienced a milestone on a recent Sunday morning in the waters off of Marco Island. The 8-year-old went fishing for the very first time and was lucky enough to land a fish, a real keeper that he took home for his family to grill and enjoy. “It was over 12 inches,” he crowed joyfully, as ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: What’s New in East Naples?

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala For those who are interested in hearing firsthand from the new owners of the Outlet Mall, they will be speaking at a few meetings between November 17 & 18. The first will be to the Marco Island Kiwanis Club on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 AM at Stonewall’s Restaurant, and all are welcome! The same day ... Read More »

Another Year Helping Children for Kiwanis

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Outgoing officers and board members of the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island.

By Maureen Chodaba The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island recently held their Installation Dinner Dance at Hideaway Beach Club. The local organization is a component of Kiwanis International, a global foundation of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Among other causes, Kiwanis International has taken on the global initiative of eliminating neo-natal ... Read More »

Art For Art’s Sake

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Daniela Hernandez-Garcia, left, Scotia Holdsworth and Clare Hassell mold clay mugs of their own creation.

By Don Manley Anna Zeidman has established career goals at the age of 15 that include becoming either an animator or a video game designer and the Young Artists Academy at the Marco Island Center for the Arts is helping her develop the skills to turn that vision into reality. “It’s a free place where you can study art so ... Read More »

Tips to Survive?Thanksgiving With Family

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Thanksgiving is here, and the start to the holiday season has officially arrived. While the holidays are a special time to get together with family and share traditions, they are also a time of increased stress for many. Although we may love our family, inevitably when all members are in the same room for an ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Unveils New Exhibit

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COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson Three new marine animals are now in residence at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center for the public to see. The new aquarium exhibit allows visitors to safely observe moon jellies that are commonly found in local waters. Dave Graff, an education specialist for Rookery Bay Research Reserve, introduced the exhibit to the Learning Center to help ... Read More »

Fall Book Sale – Come Get a Bargain!

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THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 -5PM, 2016 The Collier County Public Library invites you to save money and help local library programs when you shop at the Fall Book Sale being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples, Florida 34102. The sale offers adult and ... Read More »

October Fire and Life Safety

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Keeping You Safe  Chris Bowden With Halloween fast approaching it’s extremely important to remember the significance of being safe during the fall festivities. Accidents happen everyday and are in fact, more likely to occur during the holidays. It’s statistically proven that children are twice as likely to be hit by a motor vehicle on Halloween night while trick-or-treating, than any ... Read More »

Kids Fishing Event

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Submitted Marco Island’s newest fishing club is making waves. The Ten Thousand Islands Kids Fishing Team (10KIK) will hold their first annual fishing event with the Freedom Waters Foundation (FWF). Freedom Waters provides opportunities for children and adults whose health and quality of life may be improved through boating and fishing. Several local charter captains have donated their services in ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: City Council Election

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I have lived on Marco Island full time for the past 26 years and in the same house for the past 21 years. My two children were born and raised on Marco Island. They attended the local schools and participated in the many clubs and activities Marco Island has to offer. My husband and I have also worked full time ... Read More »

City Council Election: Kristina Pruyn

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I have lived on Marco Island full time for the past 26 years and in the same house for the past 21 years. My two children were born and raised on Marco Island. They attended the local schools and participated in the many clubs and activities Marco Island has to offer. My husband and I have also worked full time ... Read More »