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Meals of Hope – Feeding Those in Need

Meals of Hope volunteers (from left): Dianna Dohm, Donna Niemczyk, Bill Morris and Catalina Vallejo with Erik Condee (seated). Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba  The Snook Inn was the place to be for happy hour on June 13 as 91 people enjoyed great food, fellowship with friends and the musical sounds of Rosetta Stone. But this was not just any happy hour. This was a Happy Hour for Hope supporting Meals of Hope (MOH), a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity supporting the needy families of Collier County. Did you know that Collier County has the largest concentration of migrant workers in the eastern United States? The county is also unique in that it lacks the manufacturing resources of other larger cities. Thus, local ... Read More »

Money in Motion; What’s Next?

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower Question: My business sold and the transaction will close next quarter. What are your thoughts on how to proceed? I don’t want to overlook anything. Answer: As with all major changes, my first recommendation is to go slowly. The financial strength, stability and integrity of the professionals and institutions you work with is critically important. There will be plenty of people who’ll be happy to offer suggestions on what you should do with the proceeds, unfortunately, all of them may not have your best interest at ... Read More »

Paradise Reef Premier

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Has anyone noticed how much traffic there is out there? It’s as busy as during season! Sometimes we can’t even get out of the government parking lot! For the last few years the Governor has been working on growing jobs, jobs, jobs everywhere. Well, with jobs come people and cars and housing and more children. What IS the perfect world? Let’s face it – our unemployment rate is very low, so it looks like that is good for the people living here, but surely it must have also brought people who are new to the area ... Read More »

Nikki Davis Awarded by Rotary

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Bill Morris (right) presents Joy of Giving founder Nikki Davis with the Unsung Hero award. Val Simon (left) nominated Nikki for her tireless work, bringing gifts to more than 1,000 local children annually.

Submitted  The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for First Quarter, 2016 to Nikki Davis. Nikki was honored for her service to the Marco Island community and for placing “service above self,” actions consistent with Rotary Club aspirations. Specifically, Nikki was recognized for her work with the organization she founded, the Joy of Giving, which raises money so that needy children may enjoy gifts from Santa during Christmas. Nikki began the Joy of Giving in 1988 after moving to Marco Island. She missed her family and friends over the holidays, and rather than feeling ... Read More »

Soapfest Returns

Soap stars aboard the Marco Island Princess for the “Cruisin’ Boozin’ & Schmoozin” tour. Photo by Jesus Calo

By Samantha Husted  This year Marco Island celebrated Soapfest’s 17th birthday. The annual fundraising event, which benefits several children’s charities and the Island Theater Company’s scholarship fund, featured 11 daytime celebrity actors from some of television’s most popular soap operas. The soaps and the stars included: “Days of Our Lives” (Melissa Archer), “The Young and the Restless” (Kate Linder, Jeff Branson, Christian LeBlanc, Sean Carrigan), “General Hospital” (Ryan Paevey, Brytni Sarpy, Donnell Turner, Robert Palmer Watkins) and “Guiding Light” (Tom Pelphrey). Soap operas have long been a form of daytime entertainment. Many of the longest-running scripted television shows are a ... Read More »

TBE Author and Artists Night

Masked Kacie and Darwin hold colorful books that they wrote. Submitted Photos

By Maggie Gust  Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) was electric with activity on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, as the students and staff opened their doors to the public to celebrate another successful school year at Authors and Artists Night. The aroma of the vendors’ carts in the playground area wafted down to the parking lot. A local professional jazz band’s rollicking music had visitors smiling and moving to the notes as they entered and exited the main building. The hallways and rooms were bright and cheerful, festooned with the art, writing and science projects of the students. A Karaoke room was ... Read More »

Savvy Women Seminar

From left: Speakers David Garrett, Jessica Hernstadt and Kevin O’Fee. Submitted Photos

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is undeniable that women’s roles have changed dramatically over time. Often heads of their own households, many women today are busy working while taking care of their children or aging parents. Women face many issues, some arising from widowhood, divorce or second marriages, some from their roles as parents and caregivers. Planning for their financial future has become challenging for many women. On May 19, a seminar on Marco Island entitled “Savvy Women, Smart Investors Take Charge of Their Financial Future” tackled these issues with presentations and discussion. Speakers included Kevin O’Fee, a financial ... Read More »

Social Skills for Children

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Submitted Manners and Dance with Ms. Laura is pleased to announce brand new summer activities. Beginning July 2016, Laura Spell will bring her brand of life and social skills, as well as modeling and charm, to Venetian Village. A long-time Naples resident, Spell is offering two-hour workshops on select Saturdays this summer to teach children ages 6-12 valuable life and social skills. These include: self-confidence, poise, presence, introductions, dining etiquette, hygiene and basic sewing. Children will learn time-honored life and social skills as part of additional two-hour workshops on select Saturday afternoons. Workshops in introductions and polite conversation, dining etiquette ... Read More »

Green Thumbs for YMCA Kids

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Donna Hardy Johnston (left) and children from the YMCA after school program care for the garden.

By Don Manley Anticipation is in the air among the children in the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s after school program. The object of their preoccupation can be found outside the rear doors of the Y’s youth development center and a few steps away on the right, where the youths are receiving first-hand experience in growing food, as part of the Y’s new Green Thumb program. Green Thumb is part of the nutrition education portion of the Y’s after-school program in which the children plant seeds and seedlings to raise fruits, vegetables and herbs that when ripe, will be used in ... Read More »

Fun Summer Camp Options

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Rocky Cale, president of the Marco Island Community Sailing Center, discusses the organization’s youth summer programs with Diana Pagach at the program’s recent open house.

By Don Manley Local summer camp providers are gearing up to make the season informative and fun for the children they serve. With the school year’s end just around the corner, children and parents have a broad assortment of options for making the summer a constructive one. Camp Mackle The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s Camp Mackle is a multi-faceted program for youths in kindergarten through fifth grade. Camp Mackle operates on weekdays, from 7:30 AM to 6 PM, June 8 through August 5. The cost, on a per-child basis, is $20 a day, $80 a week ... Read More »

Too Much of a Good Thing?

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “We can be sure that the greatest hope for maintaining equilibrium in the face of any situation rests within ourselves.” – Francis J. Braceland, former U.S. Surgeon General  Question: My portfolio contains a fair amount of stock in the company I retired from. One of my children still works for the same company. What are your thoughts on how much is too much to have invested in one company? Answer: The situation you’re describing is referred to as a concentrated equity position. This is generally defined as any single holding that’s three or more ... Read More »

Lely’s DaCruz Awarded Nursing Scholarship

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Seated: Wayne Mead and Tatiana DaCruz. Standing, from left:
Billie Maine, Sheila Wilbur, Linda Boston and Beverly Boggs

Submitted  The first annual P.E.O. Marg Mead Memorial Scholarship for Nursing was recently awarded to Lely High School senior and Marco Island resident, Tatiana DaCruz. P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where the educational advancement of women is celebrated by assisting deserving women reach their goals through loans, grants or scholarships. The organization also owns Cottey College, which is located in Nevada, Missouri. It aims to motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations, overcome obstacles and gain confidence through loving support and encouragement. It is headquartered in DesMoines, Iowa and has chapters in all 50 states and throughout Canada, as ... Read More »

The Fulfillment of a Dream

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Brandon, Pete, Melanie and Cameron Latulippe enjoying some much needed family time at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa.

By Don Manley The importance of time spent together has taken on added significance for the Latulippe family of Derry, New Hampshire. Pete and Melanie Latulippe and their sons Cameron, 18, and Brandon, 16, are treasuring every moment as they contend with her two-year-long battle against Stage IV colon cancer. The family recently shared six fun-filled days together at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa, a trip that fulfilled a dream that ranked high on Melanie Latulippe’s bucket list. The trip was made possible by the Dream Foundation, a national dream-granting organization for terminally ill adults. ... Read More »

Family Fun at YMCA Healthy Kids Day & Duck Derby

At last year’s event, Marco Island’s Fire-Rescue Department sends the plastic ducks on their way.

By Don Manley The Greater Marco Family YMCA will again present a wide-ranging assortment of fun activities, and healthy living information for the entire family at its annual Healthy Kids Day and Duck Derby. Set for April 30 at the organization’s Sand Hill Street campus, the dual events are held back to back, starting with Healthy Kids Day, which runs from 8 AM to 12:30 PM, when the 21st Annual Duck Derby fundraiser begins. Healthy Kids Day is a national YMCA initiative that mixes fun activities with education and information designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices among youth. The Duck ... Read More »

Celebrate Israel’s 68th Anniversary

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Submitted  On Sunday, May 15 from 1 to 4 PM, adults and children of all ages are invited to participate in a multi-cultural celebration to honor the 68th Anniversary of Israel’s Independence. The event, sponsored by the Israel Advocacy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, will be held on the lawn area of the Mercato, near Vanderbilt Beach Road and Tamiami Trail North in Naples. Admission is free, and everyone is invited! There will be activities for all ages including Israeli singing and dancing, crafts, a Mount Masada climbing wall and, of course, Israeli food. All proceeds benefit ... Read More »

Local Guidebook for Kids Wins Award

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Submitted The Independent Book Publishers Association awarded “A (mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island, & The Everglades” its Silver Benjamin Franklin Award, making it runner up for the Top Travel Book of 2015. Published by Naples-based Mostly Kids’ Guides, LLC, the book is the only winner featuring a U.S. destination. The other two winners featured Paris, France and Naples, Italy. The Benjamin Franklin Awards are regarded among the highest publishing honors recognizing excellence in book editorial and design. Nationally known travel journalist and book author Karen T. Bartlett is the founder of Mostly Kids’ Guides. She has been a ... Read More »

Give Us This Day… Our Daily Bread Food Pantry

The shelves of Our Daily Bread. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island is known for its beaches, its beauty, its tourism, and its supposed affluence. But is there something hidden or omitted in that description? Thirty-eight percent of the children in Tommie Barfield Elementary School qualify for a program that provides free or subsidized breakfast, lunch and weekend food. Marco Island’s busy season of tourism winds down in the months following winter. As our “snowbirds” go away, so do many of the jobs on the island. Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, located and managed by The Family Church at 1450 Winterberry Drive, is serving the needs of ... Read More »

Summer at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Enjoy summer at the Conservancy with electric boat tours, kayak rentals and boat and lunch tours of the Gordon River. Submitted Photos

Submitted  Parents looking for a fun and educational way for kids to spend time over the summer – consider the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is now offering new summer activities, including a Little Explorer pre-K programs, guided kayak tours, Junior Vet Lab, wildlife hospital exhibits and an environmental education lecture series. Led by Conservancy representatives, guests will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with native reptiles, ocean creatures, and occasionally catch a glimpse of rehabilitating wildlife. Daily Education Programs begin May 1 through October 31 at 11 AM at the Wildlife Hospital Nursery Viewing Window. ... Read More »

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 »