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Sponsors Needed

Submitted Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce invite local businesses to consider an affordable $50 sponsorship for the Eighth Annual Marco Island Wet Paint Live event, a day of fine art plein-air painting followed by an evening of celebration and live auction to benefit the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Marco Island serves as the backdrop for this Feb. 11 event, with up to 20artists capturing the essence of the island community while painting from several picturesque locations. The public is invited to visit the artists as they create their works around the area, and a map of ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief’

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By Pat Newman The new president of the Marco Island Police Foundation, Curt Koon, along with incoming board members, were sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 20, by Marco Island City Council Chairman Larry Sacher at the foundation’s first luncheon of the year at Hideaway Beach. Koon and his wife, Jackie, are eight-year residents of Marco Island and owners of CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade. Attendees also gave a standing ovation to Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino, who has assumed the official title of “police chief” after being the “acting” chief since July 25. Since his hiring, the department ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County provides a preview Youth Development Center

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently held a community awareness event at CareerSource SouthWest Florida in Immokalee. The event was held to showcase plans for the Micheal G. Degroote and Gillian Campbell Youth Development Center. Hosted by Lipman Produce, the event drew various members, supporters and organizations from throughout the Immokalee community. Dinner was provided and attendees were introduced to several Immokalee youth from the Boys & Girls Club who presented their heartfelt, personal stories of  how the Club has helped them overcome challenges. Attendees also received a glimpse of the floor plans and design for the ... Read More »

Straight Talk

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System We have a multitude of “stars” at NCH, and at the recent Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 26th annual meeting in Orlando, NCH stars had a major presence, with 58 colleagues attending and the following 40 presenting. Additional authors and a picture gallery of our folks can be found on http://www.nchmd.org/IHI-2014. Tracy Britto: “Something to Talk About: Medication Education” Angela Devaney: “Quality Improvement through Bedside Shift Report” Alicia Dalto: “Decreasing Fallouts” Melanie Huber: “Educate Before You Medicate” Sarah Horner: “Smart Room Stroke Education: Giving Time Back to the RN” Maria Stewart: ... Read More »

Dick Shanahan: 2015 Chamber President

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By Don Manley It would be hard to top the community involvement of Dick Shanahan. The long-time Marco resident has been part of virtually every civic and fraternal organization to be found on the island, often serving as president — in some cases, multiple times. However, the presidency of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce had been one job he has not held, at least until now. Shanahan will be sworn in as the organization’s president for 2015 at its annual installation dinner, set for Jan. 18 at the Hideaway Country Club. “My goals are to continue the growth pattern ... Read More »

2015 Arbor Day Ceremony

TBE Singers: ‘The root is connected to the stem; the stem is connected to the leaves; the leaves make the plant its food through PHO-TO-SYN-THE-SIS!’ (2014 file photo).

Submitted All members of the community are invited to attend the 2015 Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony to be held at 10 AM on Friday, Jan. 16, at Mackle Park near the parking lot entrance. The ceremony will include singing performances by 130 Tommie Barfield Elementary third-grade students, musical performances by the Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band and a display of Arbor Day posters created by TBE artists. The Tree Blessing will be done by Rev. Kyle Bennett of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and guest speakers will include City Manager Roger Hernstadt and City Council Chairman Larry Sacher. ... Read More »

BMO Harris Adds 3 Employees

By Coastal Breeze News Staff BMO Harris Bank’s has added three new private bank professionals at its Marco Island branch. Joining the staff are wealth advisor Walter Schacht, personal banker Anthony DeLucia and mortgage banker Penny Armstrong. Schacht, a certified financial planner, advises high net worth individuals, families and organizations. He has a BBA from the University of North Texas and an MBA from Hodges University. He is active in a variety of community organizations, including serving on the board of the Friends of Foster Children SW Florida. He can be reached at Walter.Schacht@bmo.com or at 592-2442. DeLucia brings a ... Read More »

Jewish Deli Fest

In 2014, some 1,000 people visited JCMI’s Jewish Deli Fest. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is back by popular demand. The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will hold its annual Jewish Deli Fest Sunday, Jan. 25, 11:30 AM-4:00 PM, at 991 Winterberry Drive. Last year, more than 1,000 people delighted in the event, and it sold out. Members of the JCMI congregation have been cooking since Jan. 7, as they prepare to feed the community of Marco Island and all of Collier County. This year’s Jewish Deli Fest will feature: Bernie’s Deli: Come and enjoy a New York-style deli sandwich of kosher-style corn beef, pastrami or salami with ... Read More »

Center of the Arts to Host Outdoor Member Art Show

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its 2015 Member Outdoor Art Show on Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 AM-4 PM, on the grounds of the Center at 1010 Winterberry Drive. The outdoor show will be imbued with a sense of “community,” as all participating artists are members of the Center, and many also have taught classes or provided individual instruction to local residents and visitors. Many of the artists will be creating new works at the show, and if a visitor sees something he or she likes, virtually everything on display will be for sale. All of ... Read More »

Is Consolidation An Option for Collier County?

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It appears consolidation may still be an option for the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue District (ICFRD) — along with Collier County’s other three dependent fire districts — especially if Collier’s Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has a say in it. During the December 9 BCC meeting, the topic of fire-rescue district consolidation came up twice. The first time was the consideration of an agenda item which would establish the EMS Fire Districts Merger Ad Hoc Committee enabling fire district commissioners, union leaders and county staff to discuss a mass fire and EMS merger over the ... Read More »

The Power of a Kind Heart

The impromptu event ended with a group photo for Margie. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com In my 35 years of being perpetually lost in the big city shuffle, I have never had the pleasure or privilege of witnessing unity and support within a neighborhood like I’ve experienced here. On Saturday, Dec. 6, the small island community of Goodland came together in a very big way with a tremendous show of love and support for one of their own. Nearly 400 familiar faces gathered in Margood Harbor Park to participate in a benefit to raise money for 30-year beloved Goodland resident, Margie Fortune. Two days before Thanksgiving, Margie was diagnosed with colon ... Read More »

Commercial Properties Landscape Buffers: Let’s Keep the Island Beautiful

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It is well-known that Marco Island is naturally beautiful and not just for its beaches. Designated as a “Tree City USA” for five consecutive years, the landscape and trees are very important to all residents for the high quality of life standard on the island. Appointed by City Council, the Beautification Advisory Committee’s mission is to advise them on the beautification of the community’s landscape that is consistent with the tropical character and natural beauty of Marco Island. This committee strives to educate residents about planting the right plants in the right place, irrigation with water conservation techniques and proper ... Read More »

MIHS: Passing the Torch

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Submitted At its annual meeting and holiday luncheon, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) said goodbye to retiring Board of Directors members and welcomed new members to their Board. There was also a change of MIHS leadership as current president Tom Wagor transferred the gavel to the incoming president Pat Rutledge. Retiring board members Dottie Henderson, Kathy Miracco, Heidi Moss and Craig Woodward accepted the heartfelt gratitude of MIHS for all of their contributions during their board service, which included the fundraising for and the construction of the impressive Marco Island Historical Museum. The MIHS warmly welcomed new Board of ... Read More »

Over 7,000 Teddy Bears Collected at the Annual Germain Arena Teddy Bear Toss Sponsored by IBERIABANK

Photos courtesy of Al Larson Photography

IBERIABANK, a 127-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, partnered with Germain Arena and the Florida Everblades for a fifth year to host the annual Teddy Bear Toss on Dec. 13. Over 7,000 stuffed animals were collected for the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Toys for Tots and several other local charities. David Gordley, market president for IBERIABANK, and players from the Everblades delivered the toys to children at the hospital on Dec. 15. “This was such a heart-warming experience. The children at the hospital were smiling ear to ear from the teddy bears and star struck by the Everblades players,” ... Read More »

Souper Bowl Marco: Helping Hands Sending Kids to College

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It takes a lot of money to send a kid to college these days. In fact, the College Board recently reported that for the 2013-2014 academic year the cost of one year at a moderately-priced in-state public college was $22,826, and annual private college tuition averaged $44,750. For those college-bound students seeking financial aid, the need translates to student loans, grants and scholarships, and on Marco Island, scholarships from local charitable organizations are shining examples of how people in a community can lend a hand to help college dreams come true. So, how many of ... Read More »

The Accidental Speaker

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I am an artist. I am not a public speaker. I can talk about my art to any group, but beyond that I’d rather chew glass. I am actively involved in several cultural non-profit organizations. I am not an organizer. If you’re wondering about my organizational skills just ask my husband. (Hint: He does the bookkeeping in our home, and for good reason.) So, how is it I recently found myself standing at a podium with about 70 or so Goodland residents seated in neat rows before me and three highly-respected Collier County representatives on ... Read More »

The Condee Man Can…and has for 45 years!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Condee Cooling and Electric recently celebrated 45 years of service to this community, and beyond. The momentous occasion was celebrated with employees and spouses over dinner at Bistro Soleil. The company was started by Don Condee, Sr. Originally from Illinois, Don (Senior as he was affectionately called by employees) had his pilot’s license and loved to fly. He found Marco Island in the early 1960’s when he flew to Marco Island with his friend Ed Husted, who worked for Deltona and had invited him to take a look at Marco as an investment opportunity. After ... Read More »

Morris Law Gives Disney Dream “For the Family”

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Submitted Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 “For the Family” vacation. Starting with the firm’s 30th Anniversary last year, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. decided to donate an all-expense paid vacation to Disney World to a family of four, instead of throwing a party to celebrate. The firm announced today that it plans on making the holiday give-away to a local area needy family an annual event which will be called “For the Family”. This year, the firm is donating a three-day, three-night, trip to Disney World to a family of four. Attorney William G. ... Read More »

Santa Arrives

Debbie Schroeder of Marco greets Mr. and Mrs. Claus at their home base on the island, Salon and Spa Botanica in the Shops of Marco.

By Don Manley Celina Alber has a well thought out opinion about what she enjoys about what’s become an annual event for her family – “Santa’s Arrival” at the Shops of Marco. “They always give out candy canes and that’s one of my favorite parts,” said the 9 year old Marcoite on the day after Thanksgiving, “And also everybody dresses up as reindeer and elves, and there’s Santa Claus.” “Santa’s Arrival” is part of the annual Christmas Island Style celebration and the event drew throngs of revelers to the shopping center’s parking lot where many lined up to visit with ... Read More »

Festival of Trees

Pictured here with the Calusa Garden Club’s unique little tree (left to right) are Linda Colombo, club vice president; Festival of Trees Chairman Dave Rice; tree designer and creator Connie Lowery; and Donna Kay. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Monday, Dec. 8, marked the opening night of the First Annual Festival of Trees at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Visitors entered the upstairs studio to find it had been transformed into a winter wonderland by 28 unique Christmas trees arranged around the room. Local artists, businesses and community organizations each submitted original creations for display and some for sale. The exhibition will be open 5-9 PM on December 12, 15, 16 and 18; and from 11 AM-2 PM on Dec. 13, when Santa will be making an appearance. “We hope that people will ... Read More »