Tag Archives: children

Souper Bowl 2017: A Peek Inside the Bowl

By Don Manley  The time is rapidly approaching for the pouring of succulent piping hot soups from local restaurants to be poured into one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Now in its fifth year, the Souper Bowl raised a record $16,000 last year, up from the previous record of $12,000 in 2015. The event’s ... Read More »

Sports Were a Small Part of Roger Lalonde, the Man

By Don Manley  Roger LaLonde was known for his love of sports, but that passion was far exceeded by the late journalist and realtor’s desire to lift up his fellow man. The 72-year-old Lely Resort resident passed away on December 16 following a brief illness and after years of covering the sports teams of Marco Island schools and Lely High ... Read More »

Pirate Day Marco Island

Submitted Get ready for Pirate Day, taking place at the Marco Island Historical Museum on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Marauding pirates were a constant headache for the Spanish sea captains during the 1600s, and tall tales of swashbucklers and buried treasure abound in Southwest Florida to this day. Pirate-themed arts and crafts, face painting, treasure hunts, a dunk tank and ... Read More »

Six Reasons To Go Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing is an activity that has been going on since man first met water. Fishing is a hobby for some people and a way to make a living for others. If you’ve ever thought about learning how to fish, or brushing up on your rusty fishing abilities, there’s never been a better time to ... Read More »

Discover Mentoring

The Guadalupe Center invites those interested in becoming a mentor to a college-bound Immokalee High School student enrolled in its Tutor Corps Program to Discover Mentoring on the Terrace at Caxambas in Fiddler’s Creek beginning at 5 PM on January 26. Each year, 20-30 promising new students are added to Tutor Corps. Each student works as a tutor to Kindergarten-2nd graders each day ... Read More »

Collier County Embraces Kindness Awareness

By Jory Westberry Having a conversation with Bob Latruba, the supporter of One Million Acts of Kindness and The Kindness Bus is like looking into a gentle heart, filled with compassion and dedication to his cause: Stop Bullying – Be Kind. His mission, ever since the shooting at Virginia Tech on April 17, 2007, is to touch as many lives ... Read More »

A Hometown Visit

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’m from a small town in west central Iowa. My husband and I both grew up there. We were born in the same hospital where our four children were also born. For 50 years, Carroll was our home. We grew a business there. We established friendships in grade school that have lasted through ... Read More »

Register Now for Gulf Coast Little League

Submitted The Gulf Coast Little League spring registration is now open! The league offers baseball and softball for children from 4 to 14 years old, and serves the East Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City areas. The Gulf Coast Little League is also home to the 2015 10-11 year old District 27 Champions and the 2016 11-12 year old District ... Read More »

Avow Ribbon Cutting

Submitted Avow will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Lyon Center for palliative care, hospice and bereavement on Friday, January 6 at 11 AM on its campus at 1095 Whippoorwill Lane. Hosted by the Avow Foundation, the event will feature special guest speakers Dr. Diane Meier and Dr. Sean Morrison, co-directors of the Patty and Jay Baker National ... Read More »

Free nature talk series 

If you are looking for something to do that is fun, free and educational, the Naples Preserve is focusing its Spring Nature Talk Series on the natural habitats and ecosystems of Southwest Florida. Speakers will include rangers, researchers, foresters and other subject-area specialists from a variety of the region’s parks, nature organizations and educational institutions. The series will include photographs ... Read More »

Kiwanis Christmas Toys for Kids

By Maureen Chodaba “Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” ~ Ruth Carter Stapleton Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island recently took part in that ... Read More »

Joy of Giving 2016

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2016 Joy of Giving shopping event was a huge success. Nicki Davis works with Misty Sayah creating a “list and checking it twice.” They speak with teachers, camp counselors and coaches to gather names of children who might be able to use a bit of help over Christmas. These families are invited to a ... Read More »

Marco Island Woman’s Club 50th Annual Luncheon

By Jesus Calo No expense was spared for the 105 women attending the Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) 50th Annual Luncheon. Held at the Marco Island Yacht Club, this holiday party was more than a social gathering; it was an opportunity for philanthropy. In the spirit of their motto, “why you are born and why you are living depends on ... Read More »

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FROM THE SEA

Submitted The men and women of the Marco Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) went the extra mile to help light up the lives of many needy children in Collier County. They contacted members of Christmas Island Style to find out where 46 bicycles could find a needy home this Christmas. “Last year, we surprised the Christmas Island Style group with eight ... Read More »

Cheers for Charity Holiday

Over $15,000 was raised during Children’s Home Society of Florida’s inaugural holiday reception and silent auction on Wednesday December 7 at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Naples. Funds will benefit programs and services serving Southwest Florida’s most vulnerable children and families. Each year, Children’s Home Society of Florida helps more than 2,500 children and family members in the Southwest ... Read More »

More Straight Talk: The True Meaning of Christmas

Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com There has been much said about the “commercialization” of the Christmas holidays. One might only have to walk into any of the big box stores to see the display of Christmas decorations and ornaments as early as October. Six foot high inflatable Santas can be seen alongside Halloween lawn decorations, while our mailboxes become stuffed with ... Read More »

Keeping You Safe: Is Your Home Poison Proof?

Chris Bowden Firefighter/Paramedic cbowden@cityofmarcoisland.com With poisoning now being listed as one of the leading causes of death in the State of Florida, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department strongly encourages you to poison proof your home. Preventing these tragic incidents before they occur should be everyone’s top priority. As many of us know, children are very curious and will get ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS: A Christmas Message

By: Donna Fiala It looks like the long awaited improvement and upgrading to a business for the “Skeleton Building” will have to wait longer. Although we all heard that BJ’s Wholesalers was in negotiations with the shopping center owners to bring that outline of a business into a fantastic business in just the right area, there was one catch. They ... Read More »

On Becoming Santa

By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Dennis MacDonald first began growing his beard about three months ago. His friends down at Wake Up Marco, a local coffee shop, had been encouraging him to enter the Ernest Hemmingway lookalike contest that takes place annually in Key West. Dennis liked the idea and decided to pursue it. “I had the beard and ... Read More »

Ride for Joy

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Speakeasy opened a bit early one day last week to serve breakfast to a crowd of bikers. The mission of this “gang” wasn’t mayhem however, it was to see their wheels rolling convoy-style for the Joy of Giving charity. The event, the Ride for Joy Poker Run met for breakfast at Speakeasy. After breakfast, ... Read More »