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Miller’s Valley

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “There is nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street.”  Willie Stargell I enjoyed this book. Mary Margaret Miller narrates her story which is centered around the state’s decision to permanently flood the farmland of Miller’s Valley. During the time since the government built a dam and redirected the river, the valley was flooding every few years anyway. Every flood would drive a few more families away, those who were not willing or not able to rebuild and wait for the next flood. Mary ... Read More »

Goodlanders Open Hearts and Wallets – Again

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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On April 2nd, the Goodland Civic Association put on its 4th annual Spring Fling, the immensely popular town barbecue where guests need bring nothing but their appetites. “It is our way of wrapping up the season and thanking our members and friends for their support during the year,” said GCA President Greg Bello. Bello, who chaired the event, estimated more than 350 in attendance. Lou Van Meter, Lynn Albee and Richard Welsh cooked the food donated by Goodland’s excellent restaurants (plus Kirk Fish Company). “We cooked over 500 [total] hotdogs (from Little Bar), and hamburger ... Read More »

Historical Society Volunteers Recognized

The Marco Island Historical Society’s talented team. Submitted Photo

Submitted It takes a village, or in this case, an island to keep the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) and Museum running smoothly. Recently the volunteers who dedicate their time and talent were recognized and thanked at a reception held in their honor at the museum. The reception was the culmination of a weeklong celebration of the people who give so generously of themselves to preserve the history and heritage of our island. Pat Rutledge, president and executive director of the Marco Island Historical Society and Jennifer Perry, Collier County museum manager expressed their appreciation for all that the volunteers ... Read More »

Coastal Breeze News Named ?Chamber Champion

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News has been named the second quarter Chamber Champion by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.  On April 20, publisher Val Simon was surprised with the award at the Chamber After Five event at Marco Island Florist and Gifts. The Chamber Champion is selected by the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Business Alliance Committee as a way to recognize and thank a chamber member that is successful in business and also gives back to the community. Coastal Breeze News was nominated for this award because of the many nonprofit organizations it supports, ... Read More »

Exhibit, Talk Celebrate Isles of Capri

Works by Artist Donald Sunshine are on display through April 26. Submitted

Submitted Artist Donald Sunshine’s “Isles of Capri…A Place in Time” is currently on exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum. This collection of watercolors celebrates the rich history and community of the Isles of Capri. Sunshine is an award-winning architect, author and artist and has collaborated with local historian Betsy Perdichizzi to narrate the charming story of the Isles of Capri and its development. Isles of Capri’s lush beauty captures the feeling of an old Florida fishing village, while possessing all the conveniences of today’s world. On Thursday, April 21, from 2-3 PM artist Donald Sunshine and historian Betsy Perdichizzi ... Read More »

NCH Auxiliary Awards

RIGHT: Volunteer of the Year Marion Bearden (left) with Amanda Smith.
LEFT: Dennis Pidherny holding the President’s
Award, with Amanda Smith.
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Submitted The NCH Marco Healthcare Auxiliary was honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club on April 5, 2016. The attendees were treated to a delicious luncheon, and NCH Director of Volunteers & Retail Amanda Smith presented the awards. The President’s Award was bestowed on Dennis Pidherny. Dennis has been a loyal and hard working volunteer and has held every office in the Auxiliary. He is involved in many other community organizations and devotes his time on Marco to helping others. Congratulations Dennis! The recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award was Marion Bearden. Marion works hard ... Read More »

Shred Party Benefits Eagles

Submitted Show your support for green space and wildlife. Show your support for the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary! IBERIABANK will host a document shredding event on Saturday, April 16th from 9 AM to noon. A $3 per box or bag voluntary donation will be collected for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation (MESF) for the future development of the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary. Residents and small business owners are invited to dispose of outdated bank statements, checks, contracts, junk mail and other documents in a safe and secure manner. Shredding services will be conducted by Shred-it, ... Read More »

Relay For Life: A Community Celebrates and Remembers

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The theme may have been a multi-state “Relay Road Trip,” but it was all Marco Island at Mackle Park as the community came out to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. All day on Saturday, April 9, enthusiastic Relay teams manned decorated tents, played games, and sold various culinary treats and goods. The day was filled with walkers on the track, children playing in the bounce house, and singing, dancing and other local talent on display. In the park’s community room, 130 cancer survivors and caregivers enjoyed a lunch generously donated by local ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Marco Island Seafood Festival

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Marco Island Seafood Festival Thank you so very much to all of the volunteers who gave their time and generous spirit to the Seafood Festival the weekend of March 18-20th. This is an annual event between the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club, the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club and the Marco Island Kiwanis International Club. The proceeds from this annual event are split equally between the three clubs and helps us to provide scholarships for our students and support many of the charitable organizations that benefit our community. There is a wonderful seafood festival committee already in place planning for ... Read More »

Elliott Mascoop Stamps Out Hunger

Elliott shows us the growing pile of food drive donations at the post office. Photos by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For 29½ years Elliott Mascoop has worked for the United States Postal Service. Some people in his position might be counting the days to their retirement. But Elliott is busy thinking of ways he can do more to help others, and then acting on them. Elliot spearheads local efforts for the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, “Stamp Out Hunger,” an organized food drive of grand proportion carried out by postal workers throughout the entire country. In fact, it’s the largest one-day food drive in the United States, in its 24th year helping the ... Read More »

Beach Steward Program Needs Coordinator

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Submitted Volunteers across the globe help local governments by offering their time and talent on committees, boards and councils. So it is here too. Through the Volunteer Beach Steward Program, Marco Island’s citizens offer to be stewards of the beach, providing education and information for beachgoers and making our greatest asset, the beach, the best it can be. The City of Marco Island is seeking a volunteer Beach Steward Coordinator for the Beach Steward Program. Primary responsibilities would be to coordinate volunteer stewards logistically, be knowledgeable on City of Marco Island beach ordinances, local wildlife and proper beach etiquette, and ... Read More »

Focus on Marco’s Health

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Firefighter Paramedic Chris Bowden attends DOH-Collier focus group.

By Maureen Chodaba Recently the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department hosted a focus group presented by the Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) in the development of a Community Health Assessment (CHA). By late summer, the CHA will be completed, released and then used to develop a new Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is designed to address specific opportunities for improved health as identified by the community. Some of the attendees included Robert Ostbye, MPH, program manager of DOH-Collier; Andrea McKinney, operations analyst/public information officer of DOH; and Marco Island Firefighter Paramedic/Public Education Coordinator Chris Bowden. Based ... Read More »

MICMS Students D.C. Trip – A Week of Wows

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com It was a week of wows around every corner when Marco Island Charter Middle School eighth graders and chaperones visited Washington D.C. over the holiday break. A bus ride to Fort Lauderdale, then a plane trip with a layover, didn’t lower the element of excitement. Coordinating the trip, for the ninth time, was Joe Jarrett, technology teacher and D.C. Club sponsor. Overall there were 43 students, Jarrett and eight chaperones. To be eligible for travel club, student qualifications included academic, behavioral and community service standards, along with trip behavioral expectations. On the very first day they ... Read More »

MIPD’s Lean Organization

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By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino leads a force of 34 full-time law enforcement officers who protect and serve this city. Marco Island has a permanent population of 16,413 and a service population of between 30,000 to 50,000. That computes to 2.12 police officers per 1,000 permanent residents, far less than many other Florida cities. For example, Sanibel reports a 4.01 to 1,000 ratio, Naples has 4.2, Mt. Dora has 3.89, and Venice reports a 2.31 to 1,000 ratio of officers to residents. Add on the regular full-time service population plus our seasonal population and Marco Island’s ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek, Manatee Elementary Partnership

Submitted Photos From left: Donna Oyhe, Arlene Greenburg, Kathy Slater and Kathi Gunzenhauser.

Submitted In 1997, Fiddler’s Creek responded to Collier County Schools’ “Building Bridges” program by forming a partnership with nearby Manatee Elementary School in which residents of the master-planned community collected toys to help students in need have a brighter Christmas. Today, that partnership has flourished; while the community’s support still includes the toy drive, Fiddler’s Creek residents organize an annual school supply effort, collect funds through an annual Turkey Trot to help teachers purchase classroom supplies, and volunteer in classrooms as mentors and aides to work directly with kids in the Title I school. Title I schools are those with ... Read More »

Villagers’ Views

‘’The Hump,’’ photograph by Jim Freeman.

Submitted  Tara O’Neill, award-winning artist, community activist, and devout Floridian, is hosting her 13th annual home-grown art extravaganza, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, from 1-4 PM, at Little Bar Restaurant, 205 Harbor Place, in the historically-significant fishing village of Goodland. This year O’Neill will be joined by guest artist, renowned photographer Jim Freeman. Recognized as the 2015 Artist of the Year by Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, O’Neill enjoys thinking ‘outside the gallery’ and invites all to enjoy fine art and fine fare in a venue like no other. The Bozicnik family, owners of the famous waterfront ... Read More »

The Goodland Civic Association – The Early Years

From 1978 to about 1990 the GCA met at first president George Pattison’s house.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn The GCA was incorporated in 1978 as a “corporation, not for profit.” It is designated as a 501(c)(3) corporation in the IRS Code. The first two of its stated primary purposes were, “To preserve in perpetuity, the good life of Goodland,” and “To promote the general welfare of the residents and property owners of the community of Goodland…” Forty-two of our residents signed as subscribers. Of these, 12 were named as directors. It would be fair to say that these men and women were the founding fathers of our village, as we know it today. ... Read More »

Goodland Post Office Resumes Full Service

Asiel Rodriguez and Rhonda Joyce, during training. Asiel was hired in February to work full time at the Goodland Post Office. Photo by Barry Gwinn

By Barry Gwinn The Goodland Post Office is where Goodland residents meet and greet each other every day. It has served as our de facto social center for over 50 years. It’s where we learn what is going on in Goodland and a big reason why we love it here. We could always depend on the Post Office – until January of this year. Rhonda Joyce, a perky mother of three took over as our postal clerk when Marie Thompson retired in October 2015. Rhonda, who lives in Cape Coral, was hired by the Marco Island main post office two ... Read More »

Ending Domestic Violence Starts With Men

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Efforts to prevent domestic violence have been focused recently on educating boys and men. Coastal Breeze News learned that a group from the Island Country Club met with Linda Oberhaus, the executive director of The Shelter for Abused Women and Children to help educate and raise awareness among Marco Island men about the problems of domestic violence and the work of The Shelter. Many of the men were unaware of the degree of domestic violence that exists locally. To learn how men can help end the problem of domestic violence, Coastal Breeze News contacted Linda ... Read More »

Health Care Heroes Are Everywhere

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO,  Physicians Regional Healthcare System A major part of my role as Market CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System is interacting with caregivers. As one would expect, this includes an exceptional group of physicians, nurses, clinicians and employees—those whom I am privileged to work alongside every day. The ability to witness their never-ending commitment to our patients—as seen through their focus on high quality, compassionate care—is truly inspirational. I also receive letters and emails from patients and their family members praising the care provided throughout our healthcare system. These truly make my day. We ... Read More »