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Take the Kids Fishing

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Just remember: It’s more about quantity, not quality. Forget the trophy. Just put them on action. When I was young, my grandfather used to take my brother and I fishing all he could. He loved to have us out on the boat. Sometimes, he would take us out to the shallow reefs, and we would drop cut squid or live shrimp down on small hook. We would have a blast reeling in grunts, porgies, snapper and the occasional trigger fish. We would laugh and giggle as we pulled in one after the other ... Read More »

An Island Christmas

At our house, even the pets are forced to be merry.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Christmas is just around the corner, and “island-style” holiday preparations are being made all around me. I’m also nearing the one-year anniversary of my big move here in February, and I’ve been reflecting back on this past year in sunny southwest Florida. I’ve never been happier, and my kids are doing really well. We are all making adjustments and thriving, but the holidays are proving an unfamiliar challenge to me and my newly relocated family. This time last year, my brothers and I were digging our cars out from under several feet of snow daily, ... Read More »

Ride for Joy 2014

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Toss out the old stereotype of motorcycle riders and their clubs. Reality is nothing like the Sons of Anarchy or even the real life Outlaws. In fact, here they are a group of soft hearted people who just happen to love to ride with the wind in their face and the freedom to hit the road. Almost a hundred bikers hit the road for fun and charity recently. The Joy of Giving is a local 501c3 which provides Christmas for more than 1000 children in need in Collier County. All proceeds from the bike run, ... Read More »

Notes From Fatima

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Local resident, Peter Vale, has been studying and working at the Vatican and the Pontifical North American College. San Marco Catholic Church and the Diocese of Venice, as well as family and friends have been encouraging in his endeavors. During weekends and some holidays, Peter has the opportunity to visit surrounding areas and holy sites in other countries. Recently, Peter made a weekend pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain. “We flew into Lisbon, rented a small car there, and drove all the way up to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain (a 5.5-hour ride). Because the ... Read More »

TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE

Local Letter Carriers will help Santa and The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program on Saturday, December 6th. Toys left by mailboxes will be collected for distribution by The Salvation Army to underprivileged children. Residents are encouraged to leave a new, unwrapped toy by their mail box on Saturday, December 6th. The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is directed by the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, with the assistance of his staff, from the Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity, is the ... Read More »

SNOWFEST

NEW LOCATION * NEW HOURS * NEW ATTRACTIONS There’s snow in the forecast for Saturday, Dec. 6, as Collier County Parks and recreation hosts the 29th annual Snowfest. The event, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., welcomes more than 15,000 people who want to see snow in Florida and celebrate the winter holiday. This year, Snowfest will be held at a new location, the Golden Gate Community Center – 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, with new hours and many new attractions. These include: SNOWGLOBE LIVE:  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a snowglobe? Here’s ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON Open Through NOVEMBER 30

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park will open up for the Collier County schools’ Thanksgiving Break from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on through Sunday, Nov. 30. The park is offering a special discount for the winter holiday break for Collier County residents. Residents with a Florida driver’s license showing a Collier County address will receive $2 off any entry for those 48 inches tall or taller (normally $13). Individuals less than 48-inches tall enter for $6, and children 3 and under enter free. Sales tax added to all fees. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park Facility Attractions: One waterslide drops into the 1,200 foot long ... Read More »

Keeping Florida Wild: Thank You for Voting Yes to Amendment 1

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Florida, a sensitive and dynamic peninsula, unique in its habitat, wildlife and hydrology in the world, is the third most populous state in the nation. From the outcome of the election, it apparently has a majority of very wise people who hope to allow the next generation by providing clean water and protection to natural lands and wildlife. With a population that has doubled in 10 years to 20 million and predicted to be 30 million in the next 35 years, the overwhelming approval to keep Florida wild was an amazing historical decision made ... Read More »

Fourth Florida Panther Festival

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Submitted The fourth annual Florida Panther Festival — Saturday, Nov. 15, at North Collier Regional Park in Naples — offers interesting and fun opportunities to learn all about Florida’s State Animal and one of the most endangered mammals on planet Earth, the Florida panther. The festival is a free, family-friendly event designed to shed light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through unique interactive activities such as presentations by panther biologists, a Living with Wildlife Pavilion, nature walks, children’s activities, a rural backyard demonstration, exhibits by conservation agencies, live music, storytelling, entertainment, vendors, food and much more. On ... Read More »

Time for Joy

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Joy of Giving, now in its 26th year, has provided Christmas for thousands and thousands of children over the years. Many would not have Christmas at all if it weren’t for the Joy of Giving. “Not only is the smile of a child worth every second of 26 years, but imagine the relief for parents who get to see their children smile on Christmas Day,” says Joy founder Nicki Davis. Nicki begins fundraising months before the “big day.” She works with school guidance counselors to help find the neediest of children. Last year, $80,000 was ... Read More »

Ghouls and Goodies

Above, two cuties took a quick break to enjoy the yummy sugar cookies they had just decorated.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Family fun was the order of the day on Friday, Oct. 24, at the Marco Island YMCA, where this year’s Bootacular Night Halloween Bash drew children of all ages from Marco Island and surrounding communities to celebrate and play. The YMCA gymnasium was alive with children’s laughter and gleeful chatter, while familiar Halloween tunes — courtesy of DJ Steve Reynolds — brought entire families out onto the dance floor to do the Monster Mash and the Hokey Pokey. A mini carnival atmosphere was created with stations set up around the room featuring activities like coloring pages; ... Read More »

Marco Packaging Meals of Hope November 15th

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Joan Pidherny volunteered for last year’s event. photo by kathleen zehler

By Noelle H. Lowery Neil “Captain Hope” Snyder has been busy this year. Since February, the local attorney and chairman of the annual Marco Island Meals of Hope packaging event has held seven After-Five gatherings at island restaurants to help raise the $45,000 necessary to fund the 2015 packaging extravaganza, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym from 9-11 AM. For the last two years, nearly 600 volunteers participated in the event, according to Snyder. “The goal three years ago was 150,000 meals,” he says. “Last year, it was 175,000, and we ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: JOAN MYERS

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Have you noticed something missing on Marco City Council? I have; it’s called a woman’s point of view. Luckily, that issue can finally be resolved. Vote Litha Berger for City Council Have you heard the expression that if you need something done, you ask a busy person? Simply put, she knows how to get things done. How else could she raise children, obtain her college degree and work full time simultaneously? She’s worked tirelessly for her community working on the Parks and Recreation committee, the Big Flag Committee and welcoming our newest community members as a former President in the ... Read More »

Author Rick Chiantaretto

Author Rick Chiantaretto’s novel Death of the body was recently featured in Tampa and Orlando Style Magazines on pages 61-64. Check out the article at With Halloween around the corner, many readers are looking for just the right book to send them shivering under the covers. We wanted to tip you off on some top spooky reads for young adults (and adults who like their creepy reads on the mild side!) from popular and new and up and coming authors. You might have recommendations as well.   Death of the Body by Rick Chiantaretto Horowitz Horrors by Anthony Horowitz The ... Read More »

Then Came Life: Living With Courage, Spirit and Gratitude After Breast Cancer

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Geralyn Lucas, Gotham Books, October 2014, 210 pages. Genre: Memoir   “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard   If the author’s name sounds familiar, it is because this is a sequel to her tremendously popular “Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy,” published 10 years ago. At the time of her mastectomy, she was 27 years old, enthusiastic, open and determined to enjoy every nanosecond of life. Now, 18 years later, she is in her mid-40s, graying, sagging, moving up in pants size, with a ... 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 »

The Elusive Green Flash

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Have you ever seen a green flash? A green flash will sometimes happen at the moment of sunset; it usually requires an unobstructed horizon like the Gulf of Mexico. Essentially, they are a mirage effect that happens under certain atmospheric conditions. Light from the Sun is refracted (bent) as it passes through the atmosphere. Blue light is refracted more than green light, and red light is refracted the least. In addition, blue light is heavily scattered by the atmosphere, which is why the sky is blue. Essentially, this refraction gives us three images ... Read More »

Family Motivates Classic Transportation

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Jennifer and Ron Doino were looking for a warmer climate and a good place to raise their two children, Noah and Amanda. The husband-and-wife team found that and a thriving business when they took over Classic Transportation in 2004. “Classic Transportation has been around for 20-plus years,” says Jennifer. “We wanted to take the business and give it a fresh start.” Immediately, they revamped Classic Transportation’s six original vehicles and enforced new guidelines for their drivers. To be sure, the Doino’s were no strangers to being self-employed business owners, and they understood what it would take to push the business ... Read More »

Donna Kittle’s Journey to Becoming a Top-Producing Realtor

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When you hear Donna Kittle’s story, you know immediately that she was born to be a business owner and to sell. In fact, the Marco Island Coldwell Bank real estate agent recently received a personal letter from Bruce Zipf, the president and CEO of NRT LLC, informing her that she earned the special distinction as an NRT Top 1,000 Sales Associate of 42,000-plus sales associates nationwide. She has been in Coldwell Banker’s Top 100 Realtors in the state of Florida for the past two years, and has been awarded several International Achievement Awards from Coldwell Banker including: the International Sterling ... Read More »

Speed Networking

Moderator Gina Sisbarro (third from left) answers questions after the speed networking event. PHOTO BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman There it is — networking in 60 seconds! Marco Island’s Chamber of Commerce recently challenged about 30 members and guests to promote themselves and their businesses during a “speed networking” tutorial led by Gina Sisbarro, local children’s theater director and guide of Marco Island Murder and Mayhem Ghost Tour. Participants sat in one of two lines of chairs, facing each other. Those seated on the left spoke first. Then it was the right-siders turn to give their introductions. After two minutes, Sisbarro gave the signal to switch and the right siders slipped into the next seat, while ... Read More »