Tag Archives: children

Stumbling Blocks

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.”  ~ Zig Ziglar Our grandson Boone is 4 years old, and the middle of three children. I’m not sure how important it is that he’s a “middle child” except that my husband and I ... Read More »

Legislature Frequently Tinkers With Child Custody

LAW MATTERS William G. Morris  The two biggest issues in most divorce cases are money and children. Who gets the kids and how often involves a variety of considerations for the parties, including which party “wins,” taking the kids to punish the other parent and even child support. In some cases, the parents actually focus on what is best for the ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Honors Henderson

Submitted Marco Island Senior Squadron (FL-376) held a ceremony honoring Lieutenant Colonel Lee Henderson for his many years of service to the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Florida Wing, Group 5 and the Black Sheep Squadron. “We had a great turnout for Colonel Henderson’s send-off,” remarked public affairs officer, Major Marian Motyl-Szary. Lee and his wife Dottie are moving to Mississippi ... Read More »

Brown Paper Bags Make a Difference

By Samantha Husted  In early June, thousands of Marco Island residents received a brown paper grocery bag in the mail. The bags were sent on behalf of real estate team the Bartos Group of Premiere Plus Realty as part of their annual food drive. For the past three years the Bartos Group has taken a stand against hunger in Collier ... Read More »

Sarcoma Awareness Month

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island July represents sarcoma cancer awareness month, a cancer I believe to be less publicly known. There are several types of sarcoma, but Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is the dominant form. This cancer develops from the cells that line lymph or blood vessels, and typically appears as tumors on the skin or mouth. ... Read More »

Backpack Giveaway for Local Students

Submitted Wireless Zone, the nation’s largest wireless retail franchise offering exclusive Verizon products and services, is partnering with The Cellular Connection (TCC) and Culture of Good to donate backpacks full of school supplies to children in need in Marco Island through its fifth annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. On Sunday, July 23 visit the Marco Island Wireless Zone store at ... Read More »

Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Though summer officially began on Wednesday, June 21, in Southwest Florida, it often feels as if summer begins in late April or May. However, one true sign of summer has not changed from the days most of us were youngsters. In the summer, the kids are out of school. ... Read More »

YMCA to Offer Summer Theater Camp

By Samantha Husted Marco Island playwright Gina Sisbarro will once again be lending her directorial prowess in a new YMCA theater camp to take place July 17-21. “It is such a thrill to return to the Greater Marco Island YMCA to direct summer camp,” said Sisbarro. “This is where it all started with our first production of ‘Annie’ over 20 ... Read More »

Get Ready For Hurricane Season

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The public is invited to attend a neighborhood information meeting being held on Thursday, June 29th at 5:30 PM at the Rookery Bay National Research Reserve in the Auditorium, 300 Tower Road off Collier Boulevard. The developer is seeking a small scale growth management plan amendment to allow for intermediate commercial uses, limited to those allowed ... Read More »

Some Insights on Picking a Childcare Center

By Isabel Arce Finding the right childcare center is one of the most important decisions parents can make when they are considering putting their child into daycare. All children deserve, and thrive under, good nurturing care. It is worth it to take the extra steps to find them quality care. As a director and owner of Little Ducks Day School ... Read More »

Summer Fishing & Vacationing in SW Florida

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The Ten Thousand Islands area of Southwest Florida boasts of tidal rivers, flats, and islands with an abundance of forage and the fish species that most fishing enthusiasts crave including snook, redfish, speckled sea trout, tarpon, snapper, permit, shark, mackerel, and many more. It is not uncommon to fish in this area during the ... Read More »

Golden Gate Park has Summer Fun 

From bocce ball to high dives, if you are looking for outdoor summer fun, Golden Gate Community Park, located at 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples, Florida 34106, has something for everyone. For the sports fans, Golden Gate Community Park offers lit softball fields, little league field, racquetball and tennis courts, a soccer/football field and basketball courts. For those that are ... Read More »


The Clark Family Foundation recently made a $50,000 gift to the Guadalupe Center, which provides year-round educational programs to more than 1,300 children a day in Immokalee. A portion of the funds will be used to add a bike path to the Early Childhood Center’s existing playground so that children can ride their tricycles safely and be shaded from the ... Read More »

A Guide to Local Summer Camps

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Looking for ideas to keep your child busy, and happy this summer? Look no further! There are a variety of summer camp offerings that provide everything your kids need to have a great summer. Camp Mackle Due to the temporary facility changes, this year’s Camp Mackle is located at the Family Church of Marco Island ... Read More »

Soapfest: A Weekend of Stars

By Jesus Calo This past Memorial Day weekend, it was a holiday filled with stars as the Soapfest Charity event officially kicked off May 27-29. This was the charity’s 18th year that brought daytime actors from the greater Los Angeles area to Marco Island to raise money for local organizations. On Saturday morning, the first event of the weekend was ... Read More »

Keep Your Kids Safe on Their Bikes

By Scott H. Shook With summer break upon us, many of the island’s children will be bicycling, whether it be to the Y, racket center, or to a friend’s house. Here are some ways parents can help their kids bicycle safely. Kids need to make sure they obey the law when riding on the island’s bike lanes and shared use ... Read More »

It’s a Matter of Survival

By Maria Lamb On Sand Dollar Island, while some least terns are busy incubating their eggs others are still in courtship mode. Nearby, the black skimmers were observed panting under the harsh sun as they sat on their eggs. The birds have returned to their favorite strand of sand to rest, nest, feed and breed. Across the lagoon at the ... Read More »

The Future is Bright

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com On a daily basis we seem to be barraged by story after story of what we can’t get accomplished or what is wrong within our nation and the world. Reports of violence, corruption and disappointment seem to sell better as the news of the day. Don’t get me wrong, not all is perfect, ... Read More »

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. When thunder roars, go indoors. On average, lightning accounts for more deaths per year than tornados.  Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is a large enclosed building.  The second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible ... Read More »

Mad Hatter Tea Party

By Samantha Husted  Fanciful, mischievous and absolutely mad! A tea party fit for the Mad Hatter herself. On May 13th, the City of Marco Island held its annual Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Family Church. All were invited to attend the Alice in Wonderland themed event in celebration of Mother’s Day. The tea party, now in its seventh year, ... Read More »