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The Harder Leo Worked, The Luckier He Got

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Leo Sutera is a lucky man. At the young age of 54, Leo Sutera sold his successful business and retired. In the years to follow, he travelled extensively with his family within the U.S. and internationally. Leo, now 83, lives at Hideaway Beach with Barbara, his wife of 58 years. The couple also enjoys time at their condominium in Middleton, Massachusetts. Although many people would agree that Leo Sutera is a lucky man, it was hard work, not luck, which brought him such great success. Hard Work Brings Success Leo’s story begins in Boston’s North ... Read More »

Good Things Coming Our Way

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The U. S. Open Pickleball Championships are coming to town! This will be the first ever Pickleball U. S. Open and it will be held right here in town at the East Naples Community Center located on Thomasson Drive, which is an extension of Rattlesnake Hammock Road going south, next to Avalon Elementary School. The games begin on April 26th and will end on May 1st with the final championship games and grand prizes awarded at the end of the games. CBS Sports will cover the entire five-day event. Make plans to attend and enjoy. Food ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek, Manatee Elementary Partnership

Submitted Photos From left: Donna Oyhe, Arlene Greenburg, Kathy Slater and Kathi Gunzenhauser.

Submitted In 1997, Fiddler’s Creek responded to Collier County Schools’ “Building Bridges” program by forming a partnership with nearby Manatee Elementary School in which residents of the master-planned community collected toys to help students in need have a brighter Christmas. Today, that partnership has flourished; while the community’s support still includes the toy drive, Fiddler’s Creek residents organize an annual school supply effort, collect funds through an annual Turkey Trot to help teachers purchase classroom supplies, and volunteer in classrooms as mentors and aides to work directly with kids in the Title I school. Title I schools are those with ... Read More »

Goodland Post Office Resumes Full Service

Asiel Rodriguez and Rhonda Joyce, during training. Asiel was hired in February to work full time at the Goodland Post Office. Photo by Barry Gwinn

By Barry Gwinn The Goodland Post Office is where Goodland residents meet and greet each other every day. It has served as our de facto social center for over 50 years. It’s where we learn what is going on in Goodland and a big reason why we love it here. We could always depend on the Post Office – until January of this year. Rhonda Joyce, a perky mother of three took over as our postal clerk when Marie Thompson retired in October 2015. Rhonda, who lives in Cape Coral, was hired by the Marco Island main post office two ... Read More »

Give Space to Nesting Shorebirds

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Submitted Shorebird nesting season is underway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds beachgoers to watch out for and to avoid disturbing birds and their young. Shorebirds build shallow nests out of sand and shells on beaches in spring and summer, hatching chicks that are difficult to see. Shorebird nests, eggs and chicks are well camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on unless people know to look out for them. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of Florida’s ... Read More »

Sail Away For MIA Raises $125,000

MIA VIPs who generously raised $125,000 for the school on a sunset cruise. Submitted Photos

FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org On Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5 PM, a luxurious private yacht set sail with 20 of Marco Island Academy’s VIPs. There was live music, laughter, delicious food, and en-gaging conversation. After watching the sunset fade into dark, the guests all made their way downstairs to celebrate MIA’s past year and to hear the plan for the future. The prestigious 2015 MIA Philanthropists of the Year Award was presented by Jane Watt, board chair to Bill and Karen Young. Over the past year, Bill and Karen have giv-en personally in many ways to ... Read More »

Easter Bunny’s Spring Jubilee

Photos by Val Simon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There was so much excitement at Mackle Park for the Easter Bunny’s party of the year, the Spring Jubilee. It was eggsactly as you’d expect! Hundreds of children and parents laughing, giggling, having fun and yes, an Easter egg hunt to end all Easter egg hunts. Lola Dial, recreation manager for the City of Marco Island, said 20,000 eggs were spread out on the Mackle Park field, roped into four age categories. Members of the Marco Island Senior Softball League guarded the eggs to be sure none disappeared while families played games, bounced on inflatables, ... Read More »

Pilot Project Promotes Aquatic Diversity

Juvenile fish, crabs, shrimp and lobster have found a home on the sampler-sized
artificial dock habitat at Jim Timmerman’s home.

By Don Manley A pilot project is underway that may turn the murky waters of Marco Island’s canals into transparent, sustainable marine habitats, teaming with a diverse array of fish, shellfish and other aquatic life. Ocean Habitats, LLC, has installed its artificial dock habitats in canals abutting six homes on the island. The simply designed habitats have are designed mimic mangrove roots in creating a home for organisms, such as larval and juvenile fish, crabs, shrimp and lobster, that consume phytoplankton – microscopic marine plants – that discolor water. Constructed of fiberglass, PVC pipe, polypropylene rope and crab trap floats, ... Read More »

Men of Rushmore Brings History “Live”

Writer/Director Gina Sisbarro

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “The Men of Rushmore…and Their Wives,” written and directed by Gina Sisbarro, opens April 15 at the Rose History Auditorium. This original play is the first of what will become an annual performance of “History Live” with the Marco Island Historical Society. The mission: Teach history through live theater in a way that will entertain both children and adults. This production is unique in that all the characters are played by local youth, elementary through high school age. Some actors have performed with their beloved director Gina for over 10 years – many starting with ... Read More »

The 10,000 Islands Fish You Should Know

This lucky fisherman will enjoy trout for dinner!

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The warm weather is coming in, and the fish are popping up along with it- making it a great time to head out on the boat to do some fishing! Here in the 10,000 we catch many different species of fish, from redfish to trout, flounder to mackerel, sheepshead to snook. Right now with the warm April weather coming in, there are a few species you should be looking out for. Redfish This type of fish can be quite the challenge on the oyster bars and mangroves. You can often find redfish in shallow ... Read More »

Golfers Sizzle in ?K of C Tournament

Eagle Country Club pro Johnny Schwaller gets ready to hammer a drive. Watching the shot are, from left, Bill Cataldi, Don LaPato, Jack Hannigan, Dan Moll and Lee Cataldi. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The afternoon sun sizzled, and so did the scores in the 42nd Annual Marco Island Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament on March 13 at the Eagle Creek Country Club. Joe Fatony and Dick Shanahan chaired the event. “It was a great turnout,” Fatony said. “We had a number of entries sign up today, giving us a total of 122 players.” Funds from the event go to disabled children, veterans’ programs and the needy through St. Vincent DePaul and the Catholic Charities Food Bank, Fatony said. Alan Green, Al LaRochelle, Dave Robertson and Vic White won the ... Read More »

DAR Essay Contest Winners Honored

Karen Lombardy and guest speaker Jeanne Basso explained the history
of the many DAR pins, medals, ribbons and other insignia.

By Chris Curle Essay awards for middle school students and the details of insignia protocol were the main events at the February 18th meeting of the Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Hideaway Beach Club. Three Marco Island Charter Middle School students read their winning submissions to the DAR American History Essay Contest. Zachary DeSerranno, 8th grade, Hailey Cartwright, 7th grade, and Ryan Palumbo, 6th grade, wrote imaginative narratives of colonial families trying to decide what to do about the crushing British stamp tax of 1765. Their assignment was to write from a young person’s point of view ... Read More »

CCCR Receives $15,000

Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) has received grant monies from the Community Foundation of Collier County from the Alfred & Vera Goodman Fund in the amount of $15,000. The funds will provide partial tuition assistance for lower income families whose children are enrolled at the NCEF Early Childhood Education Center, operated by CCCR. “At least 75 percent of the families receive partial tuition assistance and 60 percent live at or below poverty level. The future success of every child is in many ways determined before he or she enters kindergarten. During these early years, a child’s brain develops more rapidly ... Read More »

Discover Tigertail

Submitted There is only one place you need to be Saturday morning February 20th- and that place is Tigertail Beach. From 9 AM to noon, the Friends of Tigertail Beach will present their sixth Discover Tigertail event, which is free to all. Whether you go to Tigertail Beach frequently, or have never visited, you will be surprised at the information you will learn while having a fun morning. Specialists from Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Center, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Marco Shell Club, and others will be present. Interactive information stations will be set up at the park and around ... Read More »

Schindler’s List Survivor with Timeless Message

Rabbi Fishel Zaklos, Chabad of Naples, and 87-year-old guest speaker Rena Finder, the youngest survivor of Schindler’s List, field questions following her hour-long presentation to
a spellbound sellout audience.

By Carol Glassman It was a full house of over 400 people (with an equal number disappointed for not getting tickets) for Chabad of Naples’ inspiring and thought-provoking evening with Mrs. Rena Finder, the youngest person on Oskar Schindler’s List; this saved her life and her mother’s during the Holocaust. Now approaching her 87th year, Rena kept the audience spellbound as she stood before them for more than one hour, relating her moving story of courage and survival. Rena was a child of ten when her family life in Krakow, Poland was abruptly turned upside down with the arrival of ... Read More »

Mirthful Marauders of Marco Island: The Black Pearl

From left: Becky Cook, Head Piratess Aleesha Asper, and Captain Frank Camarda prepare for their pirate excursion.  PHOTOS BY SUMMER HEADLEY

By Summer Headley I have always enjoyed summers on Long Beach Island, New Jersey (LBI). Being a Lawrenceville, New Jersey native, the place to go from Memorial Day to Labor Day was “down the shore,” which constitutes anywhere on the New Jersey coastline – ranging from Belmar, to Seaside Heights, to Atlantic City, to Wildwood, to LBI (these are just a few of New Jersey’s shoreline finest). The shore’s outstanding plethora of activities extend far and wide, and appeal to all ages and demographics. LBI, the area in which I’ve vacationed the most, boasts mini golf courses, Fantasy Island Amusement ... Read More »

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
Hoffman, Thelma Lyon, Dr. Diane Meier, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Mitchell, Russell Lyon, Dr. Sean Morrison, President & CEO Jaysen Roa, Board Member Lee Pinto, Board Member
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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 “Makers, 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 »

Energy-Packed Naples Winter Wine Festival Raises More than $11 Million for Children in Need

– After a spirited weekend featuring the best wines produced worldwide and cuisine from the country’s top chefs, the Naples Winter Wine Festival generated $11.1 million during its thrilling live auction, bringing the total amount raised since the Festival’s inception in 2001 to more than $146 million. Guests from around world came together under the tent to bid on 64 live auction lots, including exclusive wine and travel experiences, dazzling art pieces, and limited-edition cars. These items were donated in support of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s founding organization, which has delivered grants ... 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 »