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23 Hours and 50 Minutes of Magic

WWII vet Rudy Balocki and Honor Flight Guardian Jim Prange were  eager for the day’s memorable and moving festivities to begin, including trips to the WWII Memorial, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial and Vietnam Memorial. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By John Scott Honor Flight Guardian Mel Ollman, a Marco Island resident since 1967, is in the prime of his life at 95 years of age. He and two other Marco Islanders — Francis O’Connell and Rudy Balocki — were among our World War II military heroes honored in September by Honor Flight of Collier County. Mark Sturdivent served as Guardian to Francis, while Jim Prange was Rudy’s Guardian for the trip. The magic began at 2:15 AM when I arrived at Mel’s apartment on Bald Eagle Drive. He was waiting for me enthusiastically at the door. My job was ... Read More »

Put a Cork in It!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you want to take a real life “hands on” approach to ending hunger, Meals of Hope is the way to go! This 501c3 organization was designed as a way for communities to come together to end hunger in their communities and beyond. So far, more than 22.5 million nutritious meals have been packaged and distributed. Locally, Neil Snyder has been dubbed “Captain Hope” by fellow Rotarians as the man in charge of the Meals of Hope campaign. His wife, most recent president of the Kiwanis Club, also joins the effort. In fact, more than ... Read More »

The Immokalee Foundation names Steven Kissinger executive director

The Immokalee Foundation board of directors announced the appointment of Steven E. Kissinger as executive director. Kissinger has 15 years of experience working with local nonprofits that are focused on children, most recently as chief financial officer of Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County. “We are pleased that Steven has accepted this leadership position with TIF,” said Joe Zednik, TIF’s chairman. “His strong financial and management experience, and community involvement make Steven the ideal choice for leading our organization into the future.” Kissinger is an alumnus of Leadership Collier (2005) and Bonita Springs (2010), and is a board member of ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County begins fall after-school programs

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently began its fall after-school programs. Nearly 400 members entered the main campus after their first day of school to enjoy the impact-driving programs designed to help develop strong character and life skills while keeping them on track to graduate high school. On their first day back, members were divided into groups according to their ages and received their new membership cards. They received a nutritious meal and were able to unwind after their first day of school. They engaged in sports such as basketball and volleyball and “ice-breaker” activities familiarizing them ... Read More »

Eagle Sanctuary Property in the Spotlight Again

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] On Monday, Sept. 8, the Marco Island City Council will be asked to sign a letter of support for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation. This will be the second time in three weeks that Carl Way, chairman and founder of the volunteer, nonprofit foundation, will appear before council seeking its written support for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary at 665 Tigertail Court, which also is known as Tract K. When Way first appeared before City Council during its regular Aug. 18 meeting, he explained that he was asking for the letter of support as part of ... Read More »

Local Referendums Have Surprise Endings

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By Noelle H. Lowery Prior to Tuesday, Aug. 26, most folks were calling the referendums on Marco Island and Isles of Capri too close to call. Not anymore. Some 3,928 Marco Islanders cast their ballot on the non-binding referendum question regarding the construction of a new Mackle Park Community Center: “Shall the city expend up to $3.5 million to construct a new community center up to 16,000 square feet at Mackle Park?” With 2,059 yes votes, the referendum passed by a margin of 52.42 percent to 47.58 percent. On Capri, firefighters, their families and community supporters spent the day rallying ... Read More »

High Praise for NCH Physicians

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Today, I’d like to pay tribute — “give props” for you younger readers — to the 111-strong NCH Physician Group, which has become by far the biggest group practice in Collier County from Bonita to southeast Collier County and Marco Island, and continues to grow in multiple ways. Last year, 17 physicians joined Chief Administrative Officer Zach Bostock, ably helped by Administrative Director Pat Read, Administrative Assistant Lindsey Shanks and the team. With two months to go in our financial year, another 16 physicians have been added, and ... Read More »

Public Safety Center on Alligator Alley

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services staff has announced that construction of the long-awaited Public Safety Center fire station facility on Alligator Alley is nearing completion. Located at Mile Marker 63, the county anticipates beginning services by the fourth quarter of this year. First approved in 2011 by the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott, the fire state will be operated by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) and the Bureau had pursued a fire station and Public Safety Center for many years in an effort to decrease response ... Read More »

Get Out and Vote on Mackle Park Referendum

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] The time has come for Marco Islanders to cast their ballot and let the City Council know where they stand on the construction of a new Mackle Park Community Center to replace the current 25-year-old center. The referendum question: “Shall the city expend up to $3.5 million to construct a new community center up to 16,000 square feet at Mackle Park?” It is a question that — in some way, shape or form — the Marco Island community has been dealing with since 2005 when the city released the Mackle Park master plan. Since the ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County launches 2014-2015 after-school programs

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The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County has opened enrollment for after-school programs at its five site locations: –          Main Campus (7500 Davis Blvd. Naples, Fla. 34104) –          Manatee Middle School (1920 Manatee Rd. Naples, Fla. 34114) –          Tommie Barfield Elementary School (101 Kirkwood St. Marco Island, Fla. 34145) –          Immokalee Middle School (401 N Ninth St. Immokalee, Fla. 34142) –          Immokalee High School (701 Immokalee Dr. Immokalee, Fla. 34142) The Club, which provides after-school programming for youth ages six to 18, has programs which focus on five core areas: character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, ... Read More »

MORE THAN 163 ACRES OF CONSERVATION LAND DONATED TO STATE OF FLORIDA

~Collier County property donation helps preserve habitat for endangered species~ The state of Florida is accepting a major land donation from Calusa Pines Golf Club, LLC, an affiliate of Indian Hill Partners. The move will preserve wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities in Collier County. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands, acting on behalf of Governor Scott and the Board of Trustees, accepted the donation of the more than 163 acres of valuable conservation land on the north border of Picayune Strand State Forest.  The parcel is valued at $400,000, and also includes $1,000 per acre for management. The donation ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County members attend FGCU STEM Camp

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Recently in partnership with NAACP Collier County, teen members from the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County had the opportunity to attend Florida Gulf Coast University’s STEM Camp. The two-week science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camp brought emerging high school sophomores, juniors and seniors together to learn more about the four subject areas. Teens were able to improve their skills in engineering and mathematics by being exposed to real-world application, were introduced to practicing professionals in STEM fields and learned about potential college majors and internship opportunities. “STEM education is a major focus of our Club. Those key ... Read More »

Mid-Season Sea Turtle Update

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] For the last three months, Mary Kelly Nelson has been busy combing the beaches of Marco Island searching for evidence of Loggerhead sea turtle nests for Collier County’s Natural Resources Department. She has not been disappointed. Thus far, Nelson has found 68 turtle nests on Marco’s shore, down from 87 during the same time period last year. Even so, false crawls — tracks or other signs left in the sand by a sea turtle who has abandoned its attempt to nest — are down from 156 at this time last year to 97 this year. ... Read More »

School Supplies Needed

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By Melinda Gray [email protected] It’s hard to believe this summer is almost over and that another school year is quickly approaching. With two school-age children of my own, I’m already feeling the pinch of needing two sets of school supplies. I can usually only afford to get a few things at a time on my tight budget, and I’m not alone. According to The Education Foundation/Champions for Learning, more than 64 percent of Collier County schools had more than half of their students receiving free or reduced lunch during 2013-14. Thankfully, there will be some welcome relief, and to this ... Read More »

Straight Talk

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss,M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System The new arrivals are here — and all 18 of them are beautiful and gleaming. And we couldn’t be more proud! No, they’re not babies — they’re bassinets, and the proud “parents” in this case are North Naples Hospital COO and System CNO Michele Thoman, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services Bernadine Hinton, Nurse Manager Neonatal ICU (NICU) Cathy Ravelo, and our colleagues from DeAngelis Diamond Construction, who earlier this week announced the birth of our spanking new 18-bassinet NICU. Although five weeks premature (delivered early, which in this ... Read More »

Mackle Park Referendum: Island Parks & Rec Foundation Rallies Support

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Greg West is no stranger to the Mackle Park Community Center referendum, which is set for a vote in the Aug. 26 election. Until recently, West served as the chairman of the city of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC), and was one of the masterminds behind the committee’s marketing plan for the new community center. Now, as the president of the Island Parks & Recreation Foundation Inc., West is pulling out all of the stops for one final push to raise the community’s awareness and favor for a new Mackle Park Community ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County help raise awareness of swimming safety at “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson”

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently joined more than 40 Collier area agencies at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon to participate in the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.” The Southwest Florida waterpark broke the record for the Largest Single Location with over 1,200 swimmers taking part in the lesson. The global event included registrations of more than 40,000 participants at 900+  locations in 48 states and 26 countries. It was created by the World Waterpark Association to raise awareness of the importance of teaching children to swim. During the event, children were led by instructors to practice swimming activities such as ... Read More »

SENSORY NIGHTS OFFERED AT GOLISANO CHILREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES

Sensory Night at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) is an engaging, interactive, and inspiring night to promote families playing, learning and dreaming together in a low-sensory museum experience. Held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5-7pm, sensory night is intended for all individuals with sensory integration needs including people with autism.   According to Mary Fellenz, OTR/L, an Autism Specialist and owner of MF Therapy Group, “Sensations flow into the brain like streams flowing into a lake. Countless bits of sensory information enter our brain at every moment, not only from our eyes and ears, but also from ... Read More »

Collier Clerk Hits 5,000,000 Official Records

As of Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 9:31 am, the Clerk’s Recording Department had 5,000,000 official records in Collier County, according to Dwight E. Brock, Clerk of the Circuit Court. The one page instrument recorded as # 5,000,000 was a Notice of Commencement which provided public notice of an improvement planned for a piece of real property in the County, in accordance with Chapter 713 of the Florida Statutes.   Lee McCaskey of Florida Records Research was present on April 29, 1986 when the Clerk’s Office recorded instrument # 1,000,000.  Needless to say, a lot has changed since then, according ... Read More »

William G. Morris P.A. Earns Accolades

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. has been named a member of The Fund President’s Circle and a Top Contributor by Orlando-based Attorneys’ Title. The Fund supports and promotes the success of attorneys’ real estate practices by providing expert underwriting counsel, legal education, title information and products and services to preserve and facilitate the real estate practices of its members in their protection of the public. The Fund President’s Circle is comprised of an elite group of leaders within the legal profession. These top-tier law firms have received this statewide recognition because of ... Read More »