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Letter to the Editor: City Council Election


I have lived on Marco Island full time for the past 26 years and in the same house for the past 21 years. My two children were born and raised on Marco Island. They attended the local schools and participated in the many clubs and activities Marco Island has to offer. My husband and I have also worked full time ... Read More »

City Council Election: Kristina Pruyn


I have lived on Marco Island full time for the past 26 years and in the same house for the past 21 years. My two children were born and raised on Marco Island. They attended the local schools and participated in the many clubs and activities Marco Island has to offer. My husband and I have also worked full time ... Read More »

MIA’s Tech Students Offer Help to Community

Photo by Barry Gwinn
MIA Tech Tutors discuss a problem. From left: Allesandro Donato, Vincent Piranio, Sean Sorrick, Tina Nash, and Mariana Ruiz Vallejo. Nash is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, who sponsors the group by providing an advisor for meetings.

By Barry Gwinn  A small group of dedicated Marco Island Academy (MIA) techies meets every other Wednesday in Room 106 at MIA. They style the group as Tech Tutoring and will take a shot at fixing most any tech problem that comes to their attention. They are devoted to solving the software problems of anyone who needs help because of ... Read More »

Family Leader


My husband, Jerry Swiacki and I, raised and educated five children. Our children have blessed us with ten wonderful and healthy grandchildren. We instilled in our children the important values that Jerry and I hold true. Those values include honesty, fairness, courtesy, loyalty, and commitment. We taught our children not to complain unless they are willing to work to solve ... Read More »

Passero’s Passion, Experience, Boost Marco Y

Submitted Photo
Deborah Passero explains the Rock Steady Boxing class to attendees at September’s Family
Fun Night.

By Don Manley The five chronic diseases included among the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s health and wellness program priorities for the next few years have played a pivotal role in life of Deborah Passero. Cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and cardiovascular disease were all selected as focal points by the Y’s board of directors earlier this year. ... Read More »

SpeakEasy to Host Happy Hour for Hope


Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope’s last “Happy Hour for Hope” for this year will be Monday, October 24, 2016 at The SpeakEasy, 1106 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island from 5 PM to 7 PM. The SpeakEasy is graciously hosting this event with drinks at happy hour prices and a delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres. Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris, ... Read More »

Champions For Learning Give Grants


Champions For Learning awarded almost $65,000 in classroom grants to Collier County teachers. Volunteers, supporters, and board members of Champions For Learning, surprised local teachers when they delivered 126 grant checks to 41 Collier County schools, to support innovative experiences for students. Collier County teachers requested funding through the classroom grant portal on the Champions For Learning website. This online ... Read More »



In an emergency, the unfamiliar and stressful situation can lead to the person with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia to become confused, agitated or aggressive. First responders on the scene could easily mistake the behavior for uncooperativeness, when it is actually caused by the disease. To help prepare first responders for this possibility, the staff at Barrington Terrace of Naples, an ... Read More »

Officer Saves Fellow Officer From Choking

Photo by Steve Stefanides
During a serious choking incident, Officer George Guyer (left) successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on Officer Paul Keys.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Law enforcement officers, like their counterparts in the fire rescue services, are often called upon to render lifesaving aid to many within the community on a regular basis. When they are called upon to respond to a citizen in need of assistance, they do so without missing a beat. However, for two local Marco Island officers ... Read More »

Coffee With the Chiefs


Submitted Marco Island’s Police Chief Al Schettino and Fire Chief Mike Murphy have extended an invitation to all Marco Island residents to participate in “Coffee with the Chiefs” at Starbucks on September 30 and October 27 from 7:30-9:30 AM. Starbucks is located at 1080 N. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Chiefs Schettino and Murphy believe that keeping the lines of communication ... Read More »

Celebrating Our Schools


More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides Every morning when I get out of bed I look around me and marvel at the wonderful place we live. The thought that went into designing and laying out this island was truly a stroke of genius. However, someone bigger than us all provided the Mackle Brothers with a wonderful canvas to create such ... Read More »

Free Veterans Job Fair


Submitted  The Rotary Clubs of Marco Island will host a free Veterans resource and job fair Tuesday, October 11th from 9 AM to 3 PM at Rose History Auditorium in the Marco Island Historical Society, located at 180 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. This event is free and open to all Collier County veterans, regardless of discharge status. Participating in ... Read More »

5K Fun Run Supports Shelter for Abused Women


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Register now for Marco Island’s Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run, which takes place on October 15 and benefits The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. This is a non-timed event that encourages participation from all ages and activity levels. There will be runners, walkers and spectators at the event. All kids under 18 are ... Read More »

Early Childhood Program Receives 5 Stars


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 ... Read More »

Baby Basics of Collier County


Baby Basics of Collier County (www.BabyBasicsCollier.org) – a volunteer organization that provides free diapers and kindness to over 400 infants and toddlers from low-income, working families in Collier County and Bonita Springs and is celebrating its six millionth diaper donated this year – will host its 9th annual Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show on Friday, November 4. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m The Baby ... Read More »

Marco’s Relay For Life Tops $308K

Trophies for the Teams of Excellence.

By Maureen Chodaba Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. These are the words that define the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The Relay For Life began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt of Tacoma, Washington walked and ran around a track to raise $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. The Relay For Life went on to become a global movement, raising ... Read More »

Beer Tasting, Music Comes to Chili Cook Off


Submitted IBERIABANK has partnered with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to host three informative seminars where Sergeant Neal Bohannon from the CCSO will provide instruction and tactics to help individuals improve their chances of surviving an active shooter scenario. Places formerly viewed as safe havens unfortunately have become targets for individuals or groups who want to afflict fear and ... Read More »

Walk-in Clinic Coming to East Naples

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Officials from Physicians Regional Healthcare System and Collier County, including County Commissioner Fiala, were among the dignitaries turning the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital’s new walk-in clinic.

By Don Manley East Naples residents will have more convenient access to healthcare when Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s newest walk-in clinic begins operations in early in 2017. A late January or early February grand opening is planned for the approximately 9,000-square-foot facility located off Thomasson Drive, near the intersection of Rattlesnake-Hammock Road and U.S. 41. As with Physicians Regional’s three ... Read More »

Hands Are For Helping


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. ... Read More »

Public Speaking Class Added


Submitted Due to the popularity of this summer’s new Public Speaking Class, the Education Department of The Naples Players is pleased to announce the formation of new class for the fall. The class will meet for eight consecutive Tuesday evening sessions from September 20 to November 8. Classes run from 7 PM to 10 PM. In addition to a variety ... Read More »