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Police and Fire Departments Open Doors

Sharon McCarthy, the Marco police department’s administrative assistant, selects a toy badge for Ocean Musgrave, 5.

By Don Manley Children’s laughter and the smiles of adults were in generous supply as they toured the facilities of Marco Island’s police and fire-rescue departments. They were there for the departments’ June 20, joint open house, which gave the community the opportunity to chat with the island’s emergency responders and gets a bird’s eye view of the equipment they use on the job. Held at police headquarters and fire-rescue department Station 50, located behind city hall, the open house was indeed kid friendly, with vehicle displays – including fire-engine tours, fire safety games and prizes. There were also free ... Read More »

Life After the Test

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FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org Many schools across the country have spent the last eight months preparing for the end of year high stakes tests. For example, at Marco Island Academy (MIA), a public charter high school in Southwest Florida, we have administered countless numbers of tests in the past couple of months to comply with the state mandates. Out of ninety full-time instructional days in the second semester, we have administered tests forty-nine of the days. Since we are a small school, the logistics of the testing have been a nightmare. The teachers have juggled their lessons ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy 2015 Graduating Class

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Daring to dream, Jane Watt took on a mission. The goal was to see Marco Island high school aged children given the chance to stay on the island for a more individualized, caring classroom environment. Four years ago, after great effort, the dream became a reality. Now, for the first time in its history, Marco Island Academy has had a graduating class with students starting as freshmen and spending the entire four years within its classrooms. Like the dream upon which the school was built, these students will create their own dream. Congratulations to the ... Read More »

Collier Child Care Resources Receives $8,000 Grant from The League Club

Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. (CCCR)announced it has received an $8,000 grant from the Community Trust Fund of The League Club. The proceeds from the grant will provide funds to purchase an interactive board, projector and pre-installed learning activities for the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center classroom for three-year olds. Mabel Ramirez, Director of Program Administration at the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center says, “We are very grateful for this generous grant from The League Club. With the interactive board we can expose the children to state-of-the-art digital technology so they will become comfortable with the touch process that is becoming ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE DISCOUNT ON SWIMMING LESSONS FOR CHILDREN

In an effort to keep young children safe in the water, the Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a 20 percent discount for all Collier County children ages 5 and under for Level 1 swim lessons at county aquatic locations. Deaths from drowning for children age 5 or younger in Florida are more than double the national average and are higher than any other state in the nation, according to the Florida Department of Health. More than two-thirds of those deaths occurred in swimming pools. Drowning is the leading cause of death of children ages 1 to 4 ... Read More »

Naples YMCA and Collier Area Transit Announce Partnership to Create YMCA Stops in Collier County

The Greater Naples YMCA and Collier Area Transit (CAT) have taken a monumental step forward in making family-friendly health & wellness affordable and accessible to everyone in Collier County.  The partnership was announced Friday at a press conference held at a CAT Transit stop in the Golden Gate neighborhood. Starting this summer, CAT transit will offer five stops throughout the county that will be YMCA Stops. At four of those stops, children enrolled in YMCA’s Camp Wyhoway summer camp can ride the bus with a YMCA Camp Counselor to and from the Naples Y.  A fifth stop will service the ... Read More »

Rookery part of Blue Star Museums Program

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a proud participant of the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, including National Guard, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage. “We are proud to connect military families with the history and natural resources here at the Reserve,” said Gary Lytton, director of Rookery Bay Reserve. “The ... Read More »

Be Authentic

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” ~ Brene Brown   Authenticity is one of those words that is easier to define through action than it is to describe with words. Babies are authentic. My dog is authentic. A tree is authentic. In fact, most living things are authentic. However, humans, as we grow older, have a tendency to lose our authenticity. We collapse under the pressures of life; we cave to the influence of others. All too often we ... Read More »

A Festival for Everyone

Alp horns are a part of most festivals in alpine Switzerland. PHOTOS BYVICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Every country has its celebrations and festivals, but it seems that the diminutive Switzerland, not quite as large as Vermont and New Hampshire combined, has more than its share, especially in the summer and early autumn. Perhaps it is the hard working character of the Swiss (yes, I know I am stereotyping) that makes them want to party so much. Or, the long cold winters that inspire everyone to get outside in the warmer weather and celebrate, squeezing in as much enjoyment as possible, before fall turns into early winter. We’ve visited Switzerland many times, often ... Read More »

Fiala Community Center No Longer a Bucket List Wish

Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala receives a standing ovation before a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Donna Fiala Community Center at Eagle Lakes Community Park on May 21. Located off U.S. 41 in East Naples, Fiala had fought for the construction of the center for more than 10 years.

By Roger LaLonde Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala received a standing ovation as she came to the podium at the opening of the Donna Fiala Community Center on May 21 at Eagles Lakes Community Park off U.S. 41. The center had been on the commissioner’s bucket list for more than 10 years. She got to scratch it off in style. For her efforts, a petition to name the center after her was successful. Family, friends and government officials all made the day special for the once young lady coming to Naples from East Cleveland, Ohio. One speaker described Fiala as ... Read More »

Memorial Day…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Spending this Mother’s Day Sunday with my wife, her mom and dad and my son and our two grandchildren, waiting anxiously for the barbecue to start, the farthest thing from our minds is the Civil War. It is hard to believe only a mere 150 or so years ago, our nation was divided and our country was covered with the blood of brother killing brother. After four years of combat, which left over 600,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead and destroyed much of the South’s infrastructure, the Confederacy collapsed and slavery was abolished. Memorial Day ... Read More »

Booty Barre Benefit for Jada

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff First of all, what is booty barre and second, who is Jada? Booty barre is a rigorous form of exercise that combines a stationary handrail (as in ballet barre) with an exercise routine. Booty barre classes are regularly scheduled on the island and are run by Margaret Peters Lamp. One of the regulars attending the class was Jada Shigley. Jada is known to many on Marco Island as an employee of the Marco Island Marriott, she is on the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers countless hours to various organizations and ... Read More »

Students Learn Being “Waterwise” Saves Lives

Marco Y swimming instructor and lifeguard Steven “Bear”  Terstegge, has the students demonstrate their kicking abilities. photos by don manley

By Don Manley Judging by the laughter and excitement emanating from the grade school students, it might have been hard to tell that serious instruction was occurring at the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s Ms. Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center. Garbed in swim attire, the youths were gathered there on a recent morning for a session of the annual Waterwise Program, which teaches third graders from Tommie Barfield and Manatee elementary schools the basics of water and boating safety. Boating safety instruction is handled by members of Marco’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, while the Y’s aquatics staff conducts a swimming skills test ... Read More »

May Crowning

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Council of Catholic Women(CCW) sponsored the May Crowning of Mary on Mother’s Day at San MarcoCatholic Church. A group of children were escorted from the parish hall to the church by the Knights of Columbus. A ceremony to honor the Virgin Mary was organized under the direction of Victoria Josberger of the CCW. The Knights were dressed in full regalia. Flowers lay at a mantle at the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary, and a crown of flowers was placed on her head by Julian and Ashley. Rev. Russell Ruggiero presided over the mass, all children were invited to the altar to participate in ... Read More »

Meet the Designer

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by Coastal Breeze News Staff Anna is 87 years old and lives near Lansing, Michigan. She loves the almost lost art of crocheting. Anna learned how to crochet when she was ten years old…and she still enjoys the craft! She takes great pride and pleasure in creating beautiful Christmas ornaments, doing all the crochet work herself. She also designs the color schemes and carefully selects and applies the adornments by hand, creating beautiful one-of-a-kind keepsakes. All of Anna’s children and grandchildren proudly display these treasured gifts. In addition to making ornaments, Anna crochets beautiful doilies, enjoys sewing, counted cross-stitch and ... Read More »

The George DeMarco Foundation Celebrates 10 years and $100,000

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The George DeMarco Foundation celebrates over ten years and $100,000 in donations. Initially created to provide proceeds as charitable contributions with a principal focus on the needs of construction academies, the Foundation has expanded to include other endeavors benefiting the children in Collier County. The Foundation has committed over a decade to improving the lives of the young people in Collier County through hosting golf tournaments, Key West vacation raffles, and poker tournaments. With the leadership of a strong board, the Foundation has placed money with ABLE Academy, Step By Step and the construction academies at Lely High School, Palmetto ... Read More »

FIGHTING FOR KIDS

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Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org Over five years ago, I sat in the front row at a district school board meeting in Naples awaiting the news of our school’s fate. This meeting was my second time in front of the school board. The first time, only a month earlier, the superintendent did not recommend our charter school for approval. Today was a new day. Anything was possible. As the motion to approve our school came to a vote, I shut my eyes, held my breath and listened intently to the comments from the board members. Out of the five members, ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com As May rolls out and June rolls in, we begin our summer fishing season and enter into our four warmest months of the year. With midday time air temperatures now hovering around 90 degrees each day, your best bet for fishing the shallow flats will be to start early in the morning before both the peak heat of the midday sun, and the almost daily afternoon showers. We are now fishing mostly on the outside flats and shorelines and have pretty much left the farther backwaters for the summer. The Snook will be feeding ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Walking Trails

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By Carl and Joan Kelly The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has four trails within its territory. Three are behind the environmental center and one is on Shell Island Road (to be discussed in a later issue). Each has its own appeal. Stop inside the environmental learning center to get complete information and directions for the Snail Trail. The trailhead is across the bridge over Henderson Creek, accessed from the second floor of the building. Here you get a good view of the mangroves and a possible sighting of manatee, fish, otters, or raccoons. The water is brackish, a ... Read More »

The Goodland Scholarship Fund Goodland’s Gift to High School Graduates

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Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com Most visitors to Goodland don’t exactly know what to make of us. Most would agree with the aphorism that Goodland is “a drinking village, with a fishing problem.” We have our share of that, I guess. It may be time for a new adage. Something like “Goodland takes care of its own.” Since the mid 1980’s, the Goodland Scholarship Fund has been raising money and dispensing scholarships to Goodland kids who want more than a high school education. It was founded by Betty Bruno as Village Productions. From all that I have heard, Bruno ... Read More »