Tag Archives: community

Meals of Hope Kicks Off 2017

By Maureen Chodaba  Back in 2007, when Naples resident Stephen Popper was asked to help ship food to a poor school in Haiti, he willingly and enthusiastically accepted the endeavor. But Popper felt a strong urge to help those in his own backyard. In August 2007, a food packing event was held where Popper and a team of volunteers packed ... Read More »

Souper Bowl 2017: A Peek Inside the Bowl

By Don Manley  The time is rapidly approaching for the pouring of succulent piping hot soups from local restaurants to be poured into one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Now in its fifth year, the Souper Bowl raised a record $16,000 last year, up from the previous record of $12,000 in 2015. The event’s ... Read More »

Projects in the Works

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Our Kiwanis Club is looking for people who can knit or crochet hats for children who have cancer. We’ll do a fundraiser to pay for the hats if we can find the people who can knit them. Who knows? Maybe someone will even want to donate yarn for a knitting group or church group to knit ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Recognizes Generosity, Professionalism

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Police Foundation hosted its first Luncheon with the Chief of 2017, with newly installed President Dick Adams wielding the gavel presented to him by Curt Koon, outgoing president from 2016. The first order of business was to recognize the efforts of the Sunset Grill, who hosted a fall fundraiser for Sergeant Mark Haueter ... Read More »

Goodland Arts Alliance Arts & Crafts Fair Returns

Submitted The Goodland Arts Alliance (GAA), along with Collier County Parks and Recreation, is sponsoring its fourth annual outdoor Members’ Arts & Crafts Fair on Sunday, January 29, 10 AM to 4 PM, at MarGood Harbor Park in Goodland. The event coincides with Goodland’s world famous Mullet Festival – a cultural extravaganza unto itself. Talented members of the GAA gather ... Read More »

New Year, New You

By Samantha Husted  As many Americans will attest, 2016 was a strange year. Sure, there were some good times. Remember when Leo finally won his Oscar? Or when the Cubs broke their 100-year curse and won the World Series? Or when Simone Biles dominated gymnastics at the Rio Olympics? But there were also some bad times. Lots of them. Whole ... Read More »

JCMI Cultural Series Opens

Submitted  The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series opens its 23rd season at 7:30 PM, Saturday, January 21, 2017, with a program entitled “The Dead Sea Scrolls” to be held at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. What are the scrolls? Who wrote them? What do words written more than 2,000 years ago say today? The speaker, Dr. ... Read More »

Mark Your Calendars Marco Half Marathon & 5K

Submitted The Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K Run-Walk will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The Half Marathon begins at 7:30 AM and the 5K Run-Walk begins at 7:45 AM. The event will be held in the Shops of Marco Publix parking lot at the corner of San Marco Road and Barfield Drive, Marco Island. Money raised is ... Read More »

Reflections on the Past

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com As I sit here and write this many of you are scurrying around to take down your Christmas decorations and pack them away carefully for next year’s celebration. Many have even done a little strategic shopping for next year’s home or business decorating contest, while taking advantage of the big discounts on those ... Read More »

Making This Year Even Better

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala 2017 is already here and I feel like I haven’t finished half of 2016! Gosh that year went by quickly. Now I’m sitting back and taking a look at the last year and planning on what I can do better in this coming year. There is always so much room for improvement, and I just have ... Read More »

Honig Assumes Chairman

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides On a governmental board of seven individuals with strong personalities and varied backgrounds, the job of the man sitting in the middle can be a challenging, if not daunting task. In Marco elective politics the man sitting in the middle occupies the seat as the Chairman on the City Council, and for the next ten months ... Read More »

Puss ‘N Boots Shoe Collection Drive

Submitted  For the Love of Cats is conducting a shoe collection drive, aptly name Puss ‘N Boots, every other Friday starting January 6, 2017 to raise funds for our TNR, spay/neuter, rescue and senior cat adoption programs. Shoes collected through the Puss ‘N Boots Shoe Drive will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase ... Read More »

Marco Island Mattress Welcomes Baby Cash Home for the Holidays

Submitted Baby Cash Macchiarolo is finally home! That is the good news from Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation president, Dianna Dohm. Just over four months old, Cash is home from the hospital. Born prematurely, he has already endured two heart surgeries and experienced several feeding tube changes in his young life. He is the son of local fire fighter, Nicholas ... Read More »

Bright and Cheery This Time of Year!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala  The Marco Island Christmas Island Style Parade was spectacular this year with so many people enjoying the music, laughing, costumes and lights. What a wonderful way to ring in the Christmas season. The streets were filled with throngs of people dressed for the parade as they celebrated along the route. There were children everywhere, waving and ... Read More »

Wishing Public Safety Personnel a Happy Holiday

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com As I write this week’s column, I am very aware of the wonderful celebrations that are ongoing across this great nation of ours. Families, neighbors and friends are celebrating this glorious holiday season. However, as many of you know, I have a background in both the fire service and law enforcement. I cannot ... Read More »

Giving Tree is not a Mirage

By Maureen Chodaba  For the past seven years, the Mirage On the Gulf condominium has been making sure that Christmas is not a mirage for families in need. The holidays can be a difficult time for those who do not have the financial ability to buy gifts for children and other family members. This waterfront community, located at 1070 South ... Read More »

Holiday Donation

Submitted The Marco Island Police Department presented The Shelter for Abused Women and Children with over $1,000 in gift cards and toys today. “The Shelter is an integral part of our community and we consider them part of our family,” said Police Chief Al Schettino. “I’d like to thank everyone for generously donating during this holiday season to this worthy ... Read More »

1980s Condos

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Of the 392 condos for sale last week, 162 of them, or 41%, were built in the 1980s. Not surprising when you consider that the 1980s saw the biggest number of condo building completions of any decade during Marco Island’s development. For comparison, of the condos for sale, 11 condos were built in ... Read More »

Make it Count in SO MANY WAYS

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “I have one life and one chance to make it count for something…” Take a moment to ponder which American president made this statement and, true to his beliefs, followed through. He not only served his country, he was ethical, looked for the positive in people and situations and sought ways to ... Read More »

Pure Florida Partners with St. Matthew’s

Pure Florida’s newest partner is St. Matthew’s House, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating the elements of poverty in the community at their base. Pure Florida’s partnership launches a new program to support employees of St. Matthew’s House and graduates of the organization’s Justin’s Place Recovery Program, a long-term program for men and women aimed to combat drug and alcohol abuse. ... Read More »