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Avow Groundbreaking for New Building

Ceremonial shovel toss at Avow’s groundbreaking on January 11, 2016.  From left: Architect Phil Krieg, Facilities Manager Greg Dougherty, Board Member Kent McRae, Board Member Vip Grover, Founder Glenna Hayhoe, Board Chairman Chuck
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Submitted Avow held a celebratory groundbreaking event for its newest building, The Lyon Palliative Care and Hospice Center, on the Avow campus in Naples. During the public ceremony Avow leadership and special guest speakers Diane Meier, MD, FACP and R. Sean Morrison, MD, co-directors of the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center at Mount Sinai in New York, and Avow benefactress Thelma Lyon addressed the crowd and participated in a symbolic shovel toss. Avow’s newest building will serve as the new home for its palliative care and hospice clinical teams plus community bereavement. It will be located adjacent ... Read More »

A Belated Valentine To Mom And Dad

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A reprint from the book “Movers, Shakers and Takers” by Roy Eaton Whether it is distance that separates us from those who have given us life, or their close proximity that allows us to take their presence for granted, we often find ourselves either too busy, or emotionally unable to openly convey our love and gratitude for all we have benefited from their presence. Although, in a healthy relationship most truly understand the love and admiration that exists between parents and siblings, few ever get to openly express their innermost feelings before our Mom and Dad, our guardian, teacher, mentor, ... Read More »

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

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Submitted On Saturday, February 27, 2016, the Marco Island Lions Club will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast at the United Church of Marco Island at 320 North Barfield Drive. The hours will be from 8 to 11 AM. Breakfast includes pancakes (all you can eat), eggs, sausage, coffee, tea, and milk. Children are welcome. There will also be a bake sale and 50/50 drawing. The Pancake Breakfast is the Lions Club’s largest project for collecting donations for the year. Tickets will be $7 the day of the breakfast, or $6 if purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased at Island ... Read More »

Drop Anchor Trailer Park – The Early Years

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Drop Anchor is a collection of sixty-three gaily painted and well maintained 1950s, 60s and 70s travel trailers, and single wide manufactured homes crammed onto less than two acres of land in the heart of Goodland. Today it is a quiet, well-run, close-knit community, revered by its residents and neighbors. Goodland kind of grew up around it. The first residents were winter visitors, lured here by word of mouth, warm weather, fabulous fishing (always the fishing), and Woodall’s Campground Directory. Always known as Drop Anchor, the park was developed as a trailer park, and ... Read More »

Dillman’s Mid-Winter Arts Festival

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts confirmed today that Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat will hold one of its vastly renowned Festival of Arts at the Center on January 31, 2016 from noon to 4 PM. The festival will be free to attend and is open to the public. It will feature complimentary artist demonstrations, door prizes and refreshments. Dillman’s has offered art workshop retreats and creative art workshops for 39 years. Its programs have included more than 10,000 artists at its headquarters in Wisconsin and exotic ports of call. The Marco program will feature artists David R. Becker, ... Read More »

Outdoor Chalk Art Event

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its annual outdoor sidewalk Chalk Art event on January 30, 2016 from 2-5 PM. The event is free, and everyone who is young or young at heart is invited. Participating artists feature their works on the parking area around the Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Materials, and even assistance, will be provided by the Center for the Arts. This year, Lee Horton, one of the artists working with the Center, will coordinate, offer assistance and work with the artists to help them create their chalk ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS: Rachael Pietrini Klein

Rachael at the National Mall Reflection Pool on her Honor Flight visit.

By Maggie Gust Rachael Pietrini served in the WAVES November 1943 to March 1946 as a yeoman third class but prior to that served her country as a civil servant in the U.S. Department of the Navy. Shortly after the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) were instituted, Rachael expressed to her supervisor, a rear admiral, that she wanted to enlist. He quipped that at 90-some pounds, she was “A ripple, not a WAVE,” and gave her a glowing recommendation. Born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Rachael was the youngest of five children born to Italian immigrant parents. After ... Read More »

Outdoor Chalk Art Event

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its annual outdoor sidewalk Chalk Art event on January 30, 2016 from 2-5 PM. The event is free, and everyone who is young or young at heart is invited. Participating artists feature their works on the parking area around the Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Materials, and even assistance, will be provided by the Center for the Arts. This year, Lee Horton, one of the artists working with the Center, will coordinate, offer assistance and work with the artists to help them create their chalk ... Read More »

Marco Island Car Show Returns

(FILE PHOTO) A classic Cadillac chassis - struttin’ its stuff at the Annual Kiwanis Club Car Show. Photos by Val Simon & Jessica Simon

Submitted Sunday, February 14, 2016 is Valentines Day, and we want you to spend that special day with all of your loved ones. Celebrate and enjoy the day with something that can be bright, colorful, shiny, fast, slow, unique, cool, old or new. That “something” is a lot full of over 200 cars you will love, at the Marco Island Car Show hosted by Kiwanis from 9 AM-3 PM at the Marco Heathcare Center, corner of San Marco Road and Heathwood Drive. Music will be provided by Marco Island’s favorite DJ Steve Reynolds, who also is the master of ceremonies. ... 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 »

3 Ways To Cook Mangrove Snapper

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Mangrove snapper is going to start to become a regular catch as winter season moves in, and if you plan to bring a few home you’re going to want to know how to cook them! A few recipes can turn this kind of fish into your new favorite kind of fish, and there is a way to cook up mangrove snapper to suit any sort of taste. Three fairly simple and really delicious ways to cook and serve mangrove snapper are: Pineapple Crusted – Mangrove snapper has a flavor that goes so well with ... Read More »

Putting For Eagles

Submitted A “Kids Putting Contest and Family Event” is being hosted by the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The event will run from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Marco Golf & Gardens located at 971 Winterberry Drive. A ticket includes 18 holes of putt-putt, hotdog, chips, beverage, t-shirts for kids 12 and under (while supplies last), face painting and DJ. Contest prizes will be awarded to winners in age groups 4-7, 8-9 and 10-12. A great family event with the ticket price of $25 admitting one adult and up to three children, 12 and ... Read More »

Toni’s Back!

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By Don Manley Toni Mezzoline has returned to real estate sales on Marco Island as an agent handling the Marco and Naples markets for Downing-Frye Realty, in Naples. For 16 years, she was the general manager at Porky’s Last Stand, until its 2012 closure. Mezzoline was a real estate agent on the island from 1986 until 1999, when she joined Porky’s. After taking some time off, she returned to real estate last year. “I’m still very hard working,” Mezzoline said. “I’m still very much about customer service and very much about giving back to the community.” Mezzoline donates a portion ... Read More »

Mother’s Gift to MIA Honors Father

Northwestern Band performing at halftime – 1938. PHOTOS COURTESY OF COLPAERT FAMILY

By Barry Gwinn Anne Colpaert has raised three children on Marco Island. She has sent two to college and a third is attending Golden Gate Middle School. She was particularly close to her adoptive father, Joseph Colpaert and cared for him after he moved to Shell Point Assisted living facility in Ft. Myers six years ago. Her adoptive mother died in 1997. On August 13, her father died at age 97. Joseph Colpaert grew up in Lynden, Washington, and played tuba in the local high school band. In 1935 he matriculated at Northwestern University, and played tuba in its band ... Read More »

Love of Reading Starts Early

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By Peggy Totten “What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.” ~ Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook   Reading is the foundation for educational success. We’ve all heard this and inherently know that as a parent we need to nurture reading in our child, but how do we go about doing this? How do we make sure that our children become avid readers and succeed in their education? Jim Trelease is a best selling author who promotes literacy to children through reading aloud to children. His book, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” has sold ... Read More »

MIPD Trains Officers in Active Shooter Situation

Officer Brad Gallagher of the Naples police department instructing the MIPD officers on how to properly work together to
ensure a smooth and safe operation.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It was a surreal sight, police officers with guns drawn creeping through the hallways of Tommie Barfield Elementary School. The same school that I spent my elementary years and graduated from in 2004. It still looks pretty much the same, maybe a little bit smaller. It definitely smells like it always did. The large, hunkering police officers did not fit. Nor did the guns. The officers were looking for an active shooter. Well, an actor posing as an active shooter. And the guns, they were the real deal, except that they were modified. Instead of bullets ... Read More »

“Giving Back”

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. ~ Maya Angelou   When I lived in Iowa I taught my first yoga classes. Our studio was in a city recreational building, much like our YMCA here. Interest in yoga was just beginning to blossom in my Iowa hometown, and like many, I was inspired by the potential “work out” I might receive through yoga, while completely oblivious to the spiritual aspects of the practice. I’ve heard it said ... Read More »

Play Ball!

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Submitted The Gulf Coast Little League spring registration is now open! The league offers baseball and softball for children ages 4 to 14 years old and serves the East Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City areas. The Gulf Coat Little League is also home to the 2015 10-11 year old District 27 Champions! If you are seeking a structured activity for your child that will instill teamwork and sportsmanship while making lasting friendships Gulf Coast Little League can provide this. As a 100% parent volunteer organization, Gulf Coast Little League has been shaping positive outcomes in our area for over ... Read More »

A Community Holiday Spirit

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala *The Christmas Island Style Parade was a huge success! Each and every float was outstanding! It would have been difficult to choose one over the other. The marching bands were just as good as those in the Macy’s Day Parade – no kidding! The parade watchers started setting up their food tables and folding chairs early in the day. Neighbors joined neighbors to watch from their driveway chairs and snack on the tempting foods. Children were squealing with delight as the parade slowly rolled down their street with wonderful entertainment. The parade watchers were as much fun ... Read More »

A Marco Island Style Christmas

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Christmas Island Style (CIS) has done it again, bringing Christmas to Marco Island in spectacular style. Chairman Steve Stefanides and his dedicated group of volunteers successfully organized, planned and executed the numerous events that make Christmas here on Marco so special. All the CIS events are family oriented and evoke the feel of small town America. This is the Marco Island community at its best –families, neighbors and friends enjoying the holiday season, together. A recap of some of the recent CIS events we hope you had the pleasure of attending. Cookies and Milk with ... Read More »