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Somewhere Between Duty and Distraction

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Artful Life By Tara O’Neill Here’s one that definitely doesn’t apply to just artists, but certainly requires some artful adjustments: The Home Office. You know, the one that modern technology promised would help us shed the scales of The Work Place and allow us the freedom and flexibility to work from our own nests? May I just say, it ain’t that easy. In fact, it can be really hard. How, for example, is one to stay focused (yes, the f-word) when the kittens need feeding – and then play-time, dang they’re cute – and there’s that laundry to do, the ... Read More »

Manatees Are Back!

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By Bob McConville Master Naturalist During the week of March 4th thru the 11th I was fortunate to be on the water every day. In addition to surveying our area dolphins, some other marine and bird life was very noticeable. A few Kemp-Ridley turtles popped their heads up and some of the osprey hatchlings are now several weeks old and growing fast. Arriving from as far away as Brazil on their 10,000 mile round-trip journey, even a few Swallow Tailed Kites were seen. The biggest surprise of all was 5 separate sightings of those lumbering aquatic giants in the Marco ... Read More »

Naomi’s Up to Her Ears in Kittens!

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For the Love of Cats Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: I’m up to my tortie ears in kittens! I’m talking lots and lots of kittens! Just the other day I was making my morning rounds – taking inventory if you will, and thought surely my eyes were deceiving me; so much so that I had to dig out my calculator. The numbers weren’t lying. Sometime in the early hours of a placid March morning, nine kittens appeared as if out of thin air. We – For the Love of Cats, Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter – had recently ... Read More »

South Seas Towers – Enjoy the Island Lifestyle at a Median Price!

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By Gary & Sandy Elliott The median price of the 342 condos listed for sale on Marco Island this week is $479,000 – half of the condos for sale on the island are priced below $479,000 and half are listed for more than $479,000. Representative of this middle price range are the four South Seas Towers located on the beach along Seaview Court. Altogether there are 848 condos in these four buildings. This week, 43 of them are for sale ranging in price from $376,000 to $779,000. All of these condos are two bedroom, two bathroom units with differing floor ... Read More »

Humanitarian of the Year: Al Bismonte

MICA’s Dick Adams with honoree Al Bismonte.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Civic Association Humanitarian of the Year award was developed in 1998 to honor the unsung heroes of Marco Island. It was recently announced the honor for 2015 goes to Al Bismonte. Al is a retired pediatrician. He still practices medicine and travels to Chicago for a couple of weeks each year to cover for his former partner while he goes on vacation. He prefers to get paid in the form of medicine so he can take it to his Mission in the Philippines where he spends three weeks every year opening a ... Read More »

“ONE WORLD ONE HOPE” What is Your Definition of Relay?

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By Maureen Chodaba What does the word “relay” mean to you? The dictionary defines relay as “the act of passing something along from one person or group to another, as in passing a baton in a race” or “an electrical device designed to permit current flowing through in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit”. These are both adequate definitions, but there is another meaning of the word when it is used as the Relay For Life. In order to understand the definition of the Relay For Life, one needs to experience the event ... Read More »

Fly Fishing on the Middle Provo

There is fly fishing year round on the Middle Provo, even when the ground is snow covered. photoS BY Vickie Kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber This column is my husband’s idea. He suggested I write about something in which he is interested. So, at least this week, no museums, no churches, and except for a quick mention, no shopping, no restaurants,…..just a river and some fish. To learn more about fly fishing and the Provo River, I met with Ben Nelson, Matt Puodziunas, and Peter Robinson of Trout Bum 2 in Park City, Utah. Trout Bum 2 is a comprehensive retail and guide service. In 2013 and 2014 it was named Park City’s best fly fishing shop by readers of the ... Read More »

An Afternoon Around the World Benefits Local Students

O’Hara Leiner enjoys a treat from the African table of delights.

Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Food, music, drink and art from all corners of the globe were brought together to raise money for the Island Montessori Academy (IMA). “We decided to forego our usual gala celebrations in favor of a more family-friendly event,” said Lisa Nguyen, founder of IMA. “We got together and came up with a fun event that would allow all age groups to enjoy and participate in.” The event was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Upon entering, everyone is given a passport with information about all the food and drink available representing continents from around the world. ... Read More »

Magazines

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By Pat Newman I have been a magazine junkie all my life and continue to lose myself in the glossy pages of at least a dozen monthly periodicals ranging from Good Housekeeping and Garden and Gun, to Elle, Vanity Fair and National Geographic weekly. I have outgrown Cosmo, Glamour and Seventeen, but still take an occasional peak at Highlights for Children and American Girl. I have learned how to cook, diet, style my hair, and travel the world from my armchair through magazines. I tried using a tablet for getting my fix at the push of a button, but nothing ... Read More »

Columbus Ships Still Inspire Adventure

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Stepping aboard the Columbus ships as they were docked at Rose Marina in Marco Island on the weekend of February 28, my mind drifted back to what it must have been like. The wind filling the sails as the bow broke deep through the waves of an open ocean. Dolphins streaking keeping pace with the ship and the sun making me squint as I survey the rigging above me. How glorious it must have… Whoa…wait a minute! That was the fantasy. The reality was much different. In truth, these ships are not large; Nina is 65 ... Read More »

Not Just a Lady…an Arlington Lady

Wreaths were placed at Arlington Cemetery during Veterans’ Day ceremonies and Nella was honored to be part of it.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com “I am an Arlington Lady because I care and consider it an honor and privilege. It is important for the families to know that the sacrifice their loved ones have given in the service of their country, will never be forgotten.” - Nella Neary   The Arlington Ladies is a group of volunteers with the purpose of representing the Army Chief of Staff, his wife and the “Total Army Family”, during funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. Its origins trace back to 1948. In 1973, Julie Adams, wife of General Creighton Adams, initiated the Army version and ... Read More »

A Great Day for Bocce!

A player attempts to score during the Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Tournament.

By Don Manley The thrill of victory had Jim Guilford and his teammates beaming at the conclusion of the Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Tournament. He, along with Peter Pereene, Joe Deo and Jerry Leeman captured the championship, outpointing 15 other four-person teams in the single-elimination contest held Feb. 28 at Mackle Park. They also captured the crown and the trophy that goes with it, in 2013. How did it feel to win again? “Wonderful, wonderful,” said Guilford. “This is the highlight of the year.” The annual tourney is sponsored by the Marco Island Italian-American Society and the city’s Department of ... Read More »

Superheroes Glide Into Goodland

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com One of the safest places to be is Goodland? At least it was on February 21st, as the 19th Annual Goodland Boat Parade brought in the superheroes. “This is so cool,” said Sarah, a visitor from New York. “Floats that float and they all look great!” The boat parade is part of the Goodland Mardi Gras celebration and the turnout was fantastic with $17,000 raised for Avow Hospice on this day. Fifteen boats entered the parade with numerous variations on the superhero theme. As each boat passed through the harbor, judges had a tough decision ahead ... Read More »

Filbin’s Commendable Action

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By Don Manley Bill Filbin learned well the lessons of his youth where extending a helping a hand is concerned. The long-time Marco resident and realtor is well known for his tireless efforts on behalf of Special Olympics Collier County and the St. Matthew’s House homeless shelter and food bank in Naples. Altruism was both preached and practiced by Filbin’s family during his formative years in Detroit. As a case in point, he cites an act that was a routine part of their post-church visits to his grandmother’s apartment. Those trips invariably included his father, Bill Filbin, Sr., pulling over ... Read More »

Audubon Counts Birds

Though not unusual,  this osprey taking a bath in Avalon Lake at Sugden Park was certainly one of the more interesting sightings. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted Audubon worldwide counted birds on the four day weekend of February 13 through 16. It was the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) and involved 116 countries, with individual volunteers sitting on their back porches or tramping through their forests, and reporting the number of birds of every species spotted. 42,862 persons in the US participated, identifying 620 species. Among locals participating in the GBBC, Carl and Joan Kelly counted on all four days in four separate locations, Isles of Capri, Eagle Lakes Community Park, Sugden Regional Park and 10,000 Islands Marsh Walk. They recorded 42 species of shorebirds, ... Read More »

Marco Teens Among JROTC Senior Staff

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Submitted Since August 18, when the halls of Lely High School were reintroduced to its students, Lely JROTC cadets have been tirelessly working toward preparing their program for the all new JPA Formal Inspection. JPA is an acronym standing for JROTC Program Accreditation. The Army JROTC program is accredited by AdvancEd as a Special Purpose Program and as such is committed to continuous improvement. AdvanceEd requires that the Army JROTC program meet five standards of quality. The purpose of the school visits is to gather information and evidence to support the continuous improvement of teaching and learning in the JROTC ... Read More »

Adversity

Peaceful beach yoga weekly. PHOTO by LAURIE KASPERBAUER

Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The last installment of this column did not run in its entirety. Our apologies to tLaurie and our readers for our error and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.   “Adversity introduces a man to himself” -Albert Einstein   Saturday morning beach yoga is one of my most favorite classes. Generally speaking, the sky is beautiful blue, the dolphins are playing in clear view and the morning sun provides just the right amount of warmth without the heat of mid-day. Needless to say, when the conditions are this desirable, we have a ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Beachfront Condos

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Thirty four condo buildings were constructed along Marco Island’s beaches between 1967 and 2006. The first one built on the beach is the aptly named and well maintained, 48 residence Emerald Beach and the newest is the luxurious 101 residence called Madeira. Of the 4,091 beachfront apartments only 168 condos are for sale this week. The lowest priced listing is a $210,000, 534 square foot condo at Sunset North and the highest priced listing is a $9,500,000, 13,528 square foot penthouse at Belize in Cape Marco. On a dollar per square foot basis, ... Read More »

The Convicts have arrived! Convict fish that is…

Jim with a Sheepshead. photos by captain dan rapp

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Winter time here in SW Florida is synonymous with the arrival of huge flocks of snow birds, but did you know that convicts arrive here in big numbers too? Yes it’s true, and these are much welcomed convicts… AKA Sheepshead fish. These fish arrive in good numbers each winter to spawn. They inhabit many of our near shore structures, oyster bars, and the deeper mangrove pockets in the back county river mouths. We call them convicts because of the black and white stripes they bare. In addition to being called Convicts, Sheepshead are sometimes ... Read More »

Golf Swing Myths

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org When I am on the lesson tee with students we converse about their latest round, what their swing thoughts are at the moment, bad shots, good shots, etc. One thing that sticks out to me in these conversations is the amount of bad information that is communicated between playing companions, whether it is husband/wife, friends, opponents, or someone they just met. Many common sayings by amateur golfers need to be put to bed. The fact of the matter is people give free advice, and usually the person who listens gets what they paid for. Many ... Read More »