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Early Childhood Program Receives 5 Stars

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The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida recently awarded the Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program with 5 Stars through its Southwest Florida Stars Program.  This is the Coalition’s highest rating and “reflects the quality of care your program offers to children, day in and day out,” the group’s announcement states. Southwest Florida Stars evaluates programs on six child care center quality standards that include learning environments and classroom interactions, health and safety, screening assessment and curriculum, professional development and staff qualifications, family and community relationships, and professional responsibility. The voluntary program rates child care centers through a process of site ... Read More »

7 Essentials For Family Fishing Trips

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Kieran caught some nice trout while wearing his good luck safety gear on a Captain Rapps Charter

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps While you probably can’t wait to get out on the water with the family, there are a few things you should have with you to keep them happy, healthy and safe during your fishing trip. 1. Life Jackets While you should have life jackets handy anyway, you should never take kids out fishing on the boat without having a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket in the proper size. Even if your child knows how to swim, you do not want to risk their safety. Although the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and ... Read More »

New Clinic Comes to East Naples

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala As you see the building rise up from the ground behind the CVS on Thomasson Road and look at it inquisitively, you will see the Physicians Regional Walk-In Clinic. What a great addition to our community here in East Naples! There are so many children in the area (you know – broken arms, bee stings, bike accidents, football injuries, etc.) with two parks right close by: East Naples Community Park – home to the Pickleball Championship Tournaments as well as many other Pickleball tournaments and many children’s programs and soccer games, plus Sugden Park – home ... Read More »

Roger Raymond, a Middle School Sports Icon

Roger Raymond relaxing at his desk at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Roger and Karen Raymond went from having a band to owning a music store, when Roger was asked if he would be interested in serving as athletic director for a new school opening in 1998. Roy Radlovacki and John Pike had children enrolled and wanted to get a sports program going at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. The Raymonds had lived on Marco, part or full time, since 1984. They completed their time as the house band at the Marco Marriott in 1994 and bought a music store. It was named Morningstar music, just like the ... Read More »

Sisbarro Acting School to Open

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By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Gina Sisbarro wears many hats. She’s a playwright, an author, a public speaker, a ghost tour operator, and most recently the creator of Marco’s premiere acting school. Gina’s newest venture, Sisbarro Acting School, is set to open on Marco Island come October. The school will offer five different six-week courses that are geared for both adults and children of all different acting levels. Courses will take place at the Rose History Auditorium. For the past 20 years Gina has been directing youth and teen theater on Marco Island. The idea for an acting school ... Read More »

Pointing Fingers

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By Jory Westberry This year, more than any in recent memory, has been a political hotbed of accusations, misinformation, prevarication and unprofessional behavior. One has to wonder, “What in the world (or USA) is going on here? Didn’t we used to look to our leaders as Leaders? Weren’t we motivated by their education, articulation, humble beginnings, sincerity and humanity? We now have candidates campaigning for the highest offices in our land, our states and for important local positions, who have questionable character, demeaning attitudes to most everyone in our country (and out of our country) and little or no accountability ... Read More »

Hands Are For Helping

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island’s first Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run will take place on October 15 to benefit The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. The name of the 5K is a reference to The Shelter’s “Hands Are for Helping Not For Hitting” Program, a violence prevention program for Pre-K through first grade, where children learn non-aggressive ways to deal with anger. The Shelter serves the community in many ways, through providing an emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and education. In addition to supporting fundraising efforts, one of the main goals of the Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run is to ... Read More »

Hansen Joins YMCA Board

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Submitted Scott Hansen, senior vice president at The Naples Trust Company has joined the Greater Marco Family YMCA Board of Directors. He brings 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and enthusiasm for his community to the role. “I am honored to serve as a member of the YMCA board,” said Hansen. “It’s the nation’s leading nonprofit for community development and healthy living, and a powerful organization committed to bringing about personal and social change.” The YMCA focuses on nurturing the potential of children and adults, improving our nation’s health and well-being by engaging 9 million youth and ... Read More »

Keep Safe During Summer Storms

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The summer of 2016 may be seen by many to be the summer of storms. Islanders who have made Marco Island their homes for a number of years now seem to agree that the storms of this summer have been more frequent than past years. “Mother Nature has certainly provided us with some awesome fireworks this summer,” said Bill Holmes, who has been on Marco Island since 1995 and is the manager of the Summit House Condo Association on the beach. “People have to be aware of their surroundings and the need to be aware of ... Read More »

Extracurricular Learning Opportunities Abound

Participants in the Field-based Estuarine Studies program trawl for samples.

By Don Manley Learning will not only take place in the classroom during the 2016-2017 school year thanks to a variety of Marco Island- area nonprofits and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The Greater Marco Family YMCA, the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Mackle Park all offer opportunities for youths to expand their knowledge and skills, and to have fun too. Below is a listing of the programs offered by these providers: Mackle Park Fall Programs Punt, Pass and Kick: 5-6 PM, Sept. 20 – Boys and girls ages 6-15 are eligible ... Read More »

On the Run to Recognize Raymonds

Roger and Karen Raymond (right) with the Marco Island Charter Middle School girls Gulf Coast Athletic Conference track championship team last spring.

By Roger LaLonde Kyle Grucci and Dr. Patty Poling are on the run for Roger and Karen Raymond. The Raymonds have announced that they are leaving Marco Island for Orlando, due to family health reasons. After being leaders in their fields for 18 years, the Raymonds will be leaving Marco Island Charter Middle School. Due to a short time frame, Grucci and Poling have been hustling to put together a “Raymond Going Away Run” at Mackle Park, beginning at 8 AM on Sunday, August 28. Grucci, who coaches basketball, along with Poling and husband Dr. Bob, who have had four ... Read More »

The Oldest Realtor in Town Art Calvert Sells Goodland

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This is the fourth and last iteration of a welcoming sign coming in to Goodland. This one was done by Kevin Hauke and installed in 2000. The first one was installed by Art Calvert (advertising his local real estate brokerage) in 1978.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn In the spring of 1945, when Art Calvert returned to the States from the South Pacific, his children didn’t recognize him. He had been taking Atabrine for his malaria, and it gave him a yellowish hue. He resettled the family in Miami Springs and resumed his electric supply business. He also got involved in politics and the newspaper business, chairing the Dade County Democratic Executive Committee, and publishing (and editing) the Dade Democrat. In 1961, after helping Doyle Conner to be elected as Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, Art was appointed as Southern Regional Director of the ... Read More »

Frontier Grit The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of
Daring Pioneer Women
by Marianne Monson
Shadow Mountain,
September 6. 2016, 208 pages
Genre: Nonfiction
Collier County Public Library: No

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This little nugget is a delightful find and carries quite a punch for a small book. The stories of 12 fascinating women will captivate you while exposing you to the history they did not teach us in school. The author purposefully chose 12 women of different nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic status, to illustrate the diversity of the American West. Contrary to what our history textbooks and the Hollywood movies claim, white males were not even half the true story of the West much less the whole story. Monson wants to help correct that distortion. She hopes ... Read More »

5 Tips For Boaters To Beat The Heat

It’s hot out and we are all wearing long-sleeve Columbia brand breathable fishing clothing. Submitted Photo

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps The mid-summer heat has arrived, but that doesn’t keep the fish from biting. Still, with the heat can come the risk of sunburn and skin damage, dehydration, heat stroke, and more. So before you head out into the boat, here are a few ways you can stay cool in the summer heat. Tip 1: Stay Hydrated  Staying hydrated is more than just being in or on the water. When you are swimming, it can be tempting to feel like you are more hydrated than you actually are. You may assume the same thing when you ... Read More »

East Naples Matters

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s amazing to see how quickly the Hobby Lobby is going up since it started coming out of the ground. It took a long time to get started, but now they are moving quickly. I wonder how that will work, now that there will be two shops with crafts and creative items to use for decorating and flower arrangements and holidays, etc. I believe the big difference is that Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays, but Michael’s is open 7 days a week, and Michael’s is quite a bit smaller. I think there’s plenty of business ... Read More »

Aerospace and Rocketry at Camp Mackle

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Submitted  Excited voices chanting, “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Launch, launch, launch!” could be heard at Camp Mackle. On July 28, 2016, Marco Island Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducted an Aerospace Education and Rocketry Workshop at Camp Mackle for more than 60 children ages 6-12. Captain Jesse L. Baker told the campers about the services that CAP provides to the community, and its three main missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services. The squadron constantly practices search and rescue exercises to always be “mission ready.” Captain Baker explained CAP’s weekly air patrols of the Wilderness ... Read More »

“Wear Your Wish Wednesday” social media campaign will benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

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Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida announces “Wear Your Wish Wednesday” — a social media campaign to take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. This day-long event is intended to celebrate thePower of a Wish®. Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers invite businesses, co-workers, classmates, schools, hospitals and individuals to think like wish child and dream of their own heartfelt wish, then dress accordingly to participate in “Wear Your WishWednesday.” There are four categories participants can use as inspiration: I wish to be; I wish to go; I wish to have; and I wish to meet. To join in the fun, participants are asked to post a photo of themselves on ... Read More »

LIGHTHOUSE 7th ANNUAL SUMMER CAMP

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Another successful Lighthouse of Collier summer camp has come to a close and it was the best one yet! It was an incredible year for the camp with a total of 27 campers signed up, 40 volunteers- volunteering over 2,500 hours and tons of fun, laughs and memories! The 4 week camp was held at The Girl Scout House. Each week was themed and featured a field trip or two with age appropriate daily living skill activities that kept the campers busy. Besides the 4 week summer camp, Lighthouse of Collier also offers monthly children’s programs. Please call or visit ... Read More »

“Wear Your Wish Wednesday” social media campaign will benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

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Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida announces “Wear Your Wish Wednesday” — a social media campaign to take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. This day-long event is intended to celebrate thePower of a Wish®. Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers invite businesses, co-workers, classmates, schools, hospitals and individuals to think like wish child and dream of their own heartfelt wish, then dress accordingly to participate in “Wear Your WishWednesday.”  There are four categories participants can use as inspiration: I wish to be; I wish to go; I wish to have; and I wish to meet. To join in the fun, participants are asked to post a photo of themselves on ... Read More »

Love Your Beach Clean-Up

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From left: Samantha Malloy, Bernardo Bezos and Gene Burson.

Submitted On Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 9 AM, come to South Beach for a community beach clean-up and show your love for Marco Island’s beautiful beaches! Please bring your children and invite your friends and neighbors – we all can make a difference. • Clean beaches are important for their recreational value, and also as a clean nesting place for sea turtles and migratory shorebirds. • Trash on our beaches is not good for our beach economy. • Let’s make sure our gulf waters are healthy for future generations. Monthly Beach Clean-Ups are sponsored by the Beach Advisory Committee. ... Read More »