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Early Childhood Program Receives 5 Stars

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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 center quality standards that include learning environments and classroom interactions, health and safety, screening assessment and curriculum, professional development and staff qualifications, family and community relationships, and professional responsibility. The voluntary program rates child care centers through a process of site ... Read More »

Baby Basics of Collier County

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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 Basics Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show will feature delicious food, local models, a showing of fall’s latest fashions by Wildflower and J&K Collections and stunning jewelry by Bigham Jewelers. The event will also feature silent auction with the chance to ... Read More »

Marco’s Relay For Life Tops $308K

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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 nearly $5 billion in the fight against cancer. The Relay For Life is known as a one-day community event, but there is so much more to this powerful force in the quest for a cure. The Relay For Life is ... Read More »

Beer Tasting, Music Comes to Chili Cook Off

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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 harm. To help citizens better prepare, the public is invited to attend one of the following lectures: • October 4: IBERIABANK, 605 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Reservations: 239- 393-2400. • October 5: IBERIABANK, 3838 Tamiami Trial N., Naples. Reservations: ... 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 existing clinics, the facility will offer same-day appointments, family medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, x-ray services, physical therapy, pulmonology services and critical-care medicine. “There’ll be upwards of four to five providers at any one time,” said Physicians Regional Market CEO Scott Lowe ... Read More »

Hands Are For Helping

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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. The Shelter serves the community in many ways, through providing an emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and education. In addition to supporting fundraising efforts, one of the main goals of the Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run is to ... Read More »

Public Speaking Class Added

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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 of weekly on-your-feet exercises, instructor Randall Kenneth Jones has included a book club segment: a group exploration of TED TALKS by Chris Anderson. The curriculum will also include lessons learned from Jones’s time spent with high-profile public speaking virtuosos such ... Read More »

Hansen Joins YMCA Board

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Submitted Scott Hansen, senior vice president at The Naples Trust Company has joined the Greater Marco Family YMCA Board of Directors. He brings 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and enthusiasm for his community to the role. “I am honored to serve as a member of the YMCA board,” said Hansen. “It’s the nation’s leading nonprofit for community development and healthy living, and a powerful organization committed to bringing about personal and social change.” The YMCA focuses on nurturing the potential of children and adults, improving our nation’s health and well-being by engaging 9 million youth and ... Read More »

Leadership Marco Class of 2016

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By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco program is a course that brings together potential community leaders and immerses them in Marco’s culture and history. During the four-month long program participants get an in depth look at all aspects of our island community. By the time graduation rolls around in January, students will be well educated on Marco’s history, hospitality, government, tourism, education, law enforcement, media and more. This is part one of a two-part series to introduce our readers to the Leadership Marco Class of 2016. Each student brings with them an impressive list of ... Read More »

Running a Natural Parting for the Raymonds

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Roger Raymond leads runners for a casual jaunt at his going away run.

By Roger LaLonde Like thousands of practices, Roger Raymond led his stalwarts on a run around Mackle Park, but it wasn’t the same. It was his athletes, young and older, and parents, gathering to recognize him and wife Karen for their years of service to Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), Marco Island Academy (MIA) and the community. Karen Raymond, as school musical director, put on outstanding musicals. She has been Roger’s assistant coach for countless MICMS cross country and track meets. She became team manager and statistician supreme. The Raymonds are moving to Orlando due to an illness in ... Read More »

JRobert Offers Glimpse of Old Florida

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By Don Manley Marco troubadour JRobert is taking audiences on a journey to Old Florida through song and spoken word with his new production, “The Florida Fiddler Show.” The longtime Marco Island musician, composer, songwriter and producer will perform what he describes as “a musical monologue,” on September 10 at The Marco Island Players, located in Marco Town Center. “Ever since I first started playing as a hobby, I’ve collected fiddle tunes and folk tunes, and I’ve kind of combined them into a show with Florida history and some of my own family history,” said the multi- instrumentalist and fourth ... Read More »

Officer, Father and Friend Fights Cancer

With fellow Marco Island Police Officers, from left: Steven Gaskill, Sal Pernice, Rod Rodriguez, Chief Al Schettino, Mark Haueter and Kris Franta.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Police Sergeant Mark Haueter is known throughout the community as the school resource officer for Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Marco Island Charter Middle School and Marco Island Academy. But even if you don’t have children who go to school on Marco Island, chances are if you live on the island you either know or recognize the 34-year-old. Since he started as the school resource officer last August, Mark has become a familiar and trusted face for the students and their parents. He says that the best part of his job is “being around the kids. ... Read More »

First Florida Integrity

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OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM), operator of financial markets for 10,000 U.S. and global securities, today announced TGR Financial, Inc (OTCQX: TGRF), the holding company of First Florida Integrity Bank headquartered in Naples, Florida, has qualified to trade on the OTCQX® Best Market.  TGR Financial upgraded to OTCQX from the Pink® market. TGR Financial begins trading today on OTCQX under the symbol “TGRF.”  U.S. investors can find current financial disclosure and Real-Time Level 2 quotes for the company on www.otcmarkets.com. “We are pleased to welcome TGR Financial to OTCQX,” said Jason Paltrowitz, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services at OTC Markets Group. “Trading on OTCQX ... Read More »

What Does “Back to School” Mean to You?

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RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND Jory Westberry What memories do the words, “Back to School” tickle in your head? An end to goofing off and feeling so free that when the wind blows through your hair it erases any schedule you had? The time to play was paramount to even eating lunch or dinner when you were called; you dutifully looked apologetic when reprimanded for being late, while in your heart you wanted to keep playing forever. “Back to School” means many things to many people. For the retailers it’s a much needed lift after the sultry summer with clothing sales, ... Read More »

Frontier Grit The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of
Daring Pioneer Women
by Marianne Monson
Shadow Mountain,
September 6. 2016, 208 pages
Genre: Nonfiction
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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This little nugget is a delightful find and carries quite a punch for a small book. The stories of 12 fascinating women will captivate you while exposing you to the history they did not teach us in school. The author purposefully chose 12 women of different nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic status, to illustrate the diversity of the American West. Contrary to what our history textbooks and the Hollywood movies claim, white males were not even half the true story of the West much less the whole story. Monson wants to help correct that distortion. She hopes ... Read More »

Election 2016: Learn the Facts Before You Vote

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides 2016 continues to be an election year that has Americans shaking their heads as to the choices they have at the ballot box. This year we will have the opportunity to elect office holders that range from the highest office in the land, in addition to candidates for some of the more local, state and federal offices which are up for election. It was Winston Churchill that said; “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other ... Read More »

East Naples Matters

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s amazing to see how quickly the Hobby Lobby is going up since it started coming out of the ground. It took a long time to get started, but now they are moving quickly. I wonder how that will work, now that there will be two shops with crafts and creative items to use for decorating and flower arrangements and holidays, etc. I believe the big difference is that Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays, but Michael’s is open 7 days a week, and Michael’s is quite a bit smaller. I think there’s plenty of business ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Clarification

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In your last edition, a letter writer mentioned the comprehensive rental ordinance and I wanted to address their question. One of my goals of this campaign has been to speak with as many Marco Island citizens as possible so please email me at jared@jaredgrifoni.com at any time to discuss the issues. Regarding the comprehensive rental ordinance I was against it because I felt it had morphed from an effort to find an appropriate solution to the problems surrounding some short-term rentals into a large and unnecessary city bureaucracy that ultimately wouldn’t have accomplished its intended goal. This became clear to me ... Read More »

Helping Marco Island’s Burrowing Owls

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Submitted As part of Truly Nolen Pest Control’s mission statement, and in the spirit of adding value to the lives they touch, Pest Control Technician Rafeal Rodriguez takes that statement to another level by making a difference for Marco Island’s burrowing owl population. Over the last few weeks, Rodriguez has visited many burrowing owl habitats and trimmed the weeds to allow the owls to have easy access to their homes. “Our company always encourages our employees to give back to the community and we help clean up Tigertail Beach every three months as part of that effort,” said Joe Jayne, Marco Island service ... Read More »

Minto Communities Wins Ten Awards

Minto’s two-story, 23,000 square-foot Harbour Isle Beach Club presents luxurious amenities including resort-style pool and state-of-the-art fitness center. Wrap-around windows and glass doors open to views of Anna Maria Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway. Submitted Photo

Submitted Minto Communities was recognized with ten awards at the 2016 Southeast Building Conference presented by the Southeast Building Council (SEBC) in Orlando on July 29. Minto’s Grand Aurora Awards include Best Single Family home in the 2,500-2,999-square-foot category for the Mansfield model at Laureate Park at Lake Nona in Orlando, and Best Interior Merchandising Condominium in the under $1 million category for the Mariner model at Marina Walk at Harbour Isle in Bradenton. Five Aurora Awards went to Minto for the Beach Club at Harbour Isle in Bradenton for Best Recreational Facility, the Mariner model in Marina Walk at ... Read More »