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Tom Bogan 25 Years of Dedicated Service

Photo by Maureen Chodaba: Division Chief Tom Bogan on the job.

By Maureen Chodaba  The life of a firefighter is one that requires hard work and dedication. Each day on the job brings forth new challenges and surprises, most in the form of emergencies where the firefighter needs to react quickly and effectively. Marco Island Fire Rescue Division Chief Tom Bogan has been reacting quickly and effectively for over 25 years ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Time For Change

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com On November 8th Americans went to the polls around the country and participated in what could best be described as a revolution of sorts. Throughout the nation men and women, young and old went to vote that day and sent a message that they would like to see a change in the direction ... Read More »

ALL THAT GLITTERS: Shock and Awe-mour 

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Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net So what is it? All can tell you is I am not the sole perpetrator of this emotional phenomenon. I have a great deal to do with the final result, which by the way is a joyful, positive, and most often, a romantic experience. The catalyst of creating this phenomenon is fine jewelry. Who knows? A pre-historic ... Read More »

Relay For Life Kickoff Unveils Exciting Changes

Photos by Maureen Chodaba: Women’s Club of Marco Island team.

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Marriott recently hosted the kickoff of the 2017 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marco Island. More than 50 people from our community attended this party to jumpstart the fundraising season. The Relay For Life (RFL) is a global movement that flourishes as a grassroots community event, raising money in the fight against ... Read More »

Two Promoted at Island Country Club

Photos by Samantha Husted: Bid Bakkar has been working at the ICC for 16 years. Recently he was promoted to Club House Manager.

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) has promoted longtime employees, Bid Bakkar and Chobie Fekete to the positions of club house manager and dining room manager, respectively. Both Bid and Chobie have been dedicated members of the ICC team for over 10 years. Bid Bakkar began working at the Island Country Club in 2001 as the assistant food ... Read More »

Free Dental Screenings For Local Children

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The traveling team that services schools and daycare centers throughout Collier County is (from left) Angelica Galindo, Yuni Diaz-Pratz, Yohana Hernandez and Susan Gorman.

Submitted Some were a little nervous about having their mouths checked, but in the end, a group of Y Early Learning Program children all benefited from dental screenings. The youngsters received a dental screening, and in some cases fluoride varnish on their teeth during a recent session conducted by hygienist Susan Gorman, fellow hygienist Angelica Galindo and dental assistants Yuni ... Read More »

Let’s All Relay For Life!

Submitted Photo: Luminary help us honor and remember loved ones affected by cancer.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES  Nikkie Sardelli The American Cancer Society Marco Island Unit had their Relay Kickoff Party on November 7th at the Marco Island Marriott to celebrate the start of the 2017 Relay For Life season. For many on Marco Island, the spirit is in the air, and team fundraising plans are already in the making! Last year we had 26 ... Read More »

Governor Scott – Goodland’s Pied Piper?

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From left: Mark Kennedy, his mother, Mary Kean, Bill Mueller, and Carol Hughes. Curious as to why Governor Scott kept coming to the Kirk Fish Market in Goodland, the four friends came over from Naples to find out.

By Barry Gwinn Goodland’s Margood Park, built on the site of the old Margood Trailer Park, was dedicated by Collier County in 2012. The crown jewel of the park is a stately pavilion, situated in the shade of two magnificent rubber trees, watered by an ancient underground spring. It is quiet and serene there. The pavilion, used for community events, ... Read More »

Walter Kroschel Promoted

Photos by Samantha Husted: Walter Kroschel with Director of Golf Paul Boland.

By Samantha Husted   The Marco Island Country Club (ICC) has promoted longtime employee Walter Kroschel from his position as First Assistant Golf Professional to Head Golf Professional. Walter’s golf career began as a caddy, working at the Point O’ Woods Country Club in his hometown of Coloma, Michigan. Over the years Walter honed his skills as a player and his ... Read More »

Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Aside from family history and aging, which cannot be controlled, there are certain healthy lifestyle habits that can potentially lower your risk and protect your breast health. Below is a list of five different factors that may be able to help you, courtesy of www.cancer.org: 1. Watch Your Weight  Being overweight ... Read More »

The Contradiction in My Yard

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’m not sure when I heard a quote from Buddha for the first time, but for as long as I can remember, the image of Buddha has been associated with peace in my mind. This association gained solidity when I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Of course, the ancient sage, Gautama Buddha was ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in November

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com November is for sure one of the best months to go fishing in the 10,000 Islands! Around this time of year you can easily enjoy the wonderfully mild weather, with very little rainfall or winds to concern yourself with. You can expect daytime temperatures to stay comfortably from the high 70s to the low ... Read More »

Five Tips to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

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Mesh rod sleeves keep your rods from tangling and chipping while being transported.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Your fishing rods and reels are your most vital fish catching tools, so you should know how to keep them in good working order. After all, no one wants to lose out on catching that trophy fish due to a broken rod tip or a frozen reel. However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your ... Read More »

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man
Defends His Homeland
By Dave Barry
G.P. Putnam’s Sons - September 2016,
240 pages
Genre: Florida – Humor
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust I have been a fan of Dave Barry’s humor for most of the 25 years that he has been writing columns, so I was anticipating a great read. He starts out with a strong first chapter, in which he takes on the State of Illinois and their penchant for electing governors who end up in prison. This ... Read More »

MIA Rays/MICMS Eagles Invitational Lely Teams Take Best in Tournament

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By Barry Gwinn On Saturday, October 1, Marco Island Academy (MIA) and Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) hosted the 4th annual Rays/Eagles Invitational Cross Country Tournament at Mackle Park. On a sun splashed and still day, 331 kids from 15 high schools and 17 middle schools, in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Hendry Counties, came to show their stuff and ... Read More »

The Impact of Grow

Older home being demolished for new construction.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Like all cities and counties within the State of Florida, the City of Marco Island will face its share of challenges in both the short term and in the decades moving forward. The fact that the community sits on an island will not isolate it from many of the issues facing municipalities around the state as ... Read More »

Marie Senechal’s Blankets of Love

Marie’s wonderful world of color. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Color is a celebration of sight, an experience of vision and a reflection of light. The qualities of hue and brightness awaken our vitality and stir our emotions. Texture is the tactile quality of physical substance and touch. When color and texture are combined, they create an entity that can be grasped and held. Long time Marco ... Read More »

Thanking Soldiers With a Day of Fishing

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For its sixth year, the annual Naples Take a Soldier Fishing event took place at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club. This year 62 boat owners donated the use of their boats and their time captaining to bring soldiers and their families on a memorable fishing trip. The soldiers, mostly Air Force and some Marines, were all ... Read More »