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Making the Smart Choice

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com It is true that most of the population really doesn’t stay abreast of what is going on around them unless it directly affects their daily lives. That doesn’t mean that they don’t care, but in many cases they are absorbed into so many other issues that concern them or members of their family ... Read More »

Disappointing Expectations

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Disappointment is something every single one of us has experienced one time or another, sadly some more than others. It’s a fact of life, and the less disappointments one has, the richer one’s life is. There was a gentleman in the shop last season asking about what it would cost for a particular heavy gold ... Read More »

The House: Is it Good? Don’t Bet on it!

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana When it comes to comedy, I feel like the genre can be split into two separate categories. In one category, you have comedies starring actors who can act funny, but also deliver a performance. Actors like Christopher Walken, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, etc. In the other category, you have comedies starring comedians who are only there ... Read More »

Slow-Pitch Softball Keeps Seniors Active & Fit

By Maria Lamb Be careful, lots of new guys hurt themselves by doing too much too fast. It’s the advice given by the seasoned players to the newbies showing up at the pick-up games for the first time. Player safety is the number one concern, as injuries at this age take much longer to heal. A lot of the players ... Read More »

Cold Brew For a Hot Summer

By Maria Lamb “The coffee is what hooks you, Oscar is what keeps you coming back.” ~ Jessica Hadraba, customer For millions of coffee drinkers in the 1980s, the catchy jingle of “The best part of wakin’ up is Folgers in your cup,” started their day with the sound and smell of fresh brewed coffee. If you’re a coffee drinker, ... Read More »

Cash on the Sidelines?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “We always underestimate the future.” ~ Charles F. Kettering, Inventor (1876-1958); General Motors head of research from 1927-1940. Question: Before the presidential election I moved a significant percentage of my portfolio to cash. I’m still waiting for a market drop to get back in. What are your thoughts and suggestions? Answer: If it makes ... Read More »

A Rising Star

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News is fortunate to have Samantha Husted on staff. Sam was born and raised in Southwest Florida, attending school on Marco Island and graduating from Florida State University. Once she started working at Coastal Breeze News, Sam jumped into her role as a photojournalist. “Her first assignment was to cover a young man ... Read More »

All Body Parts Accounted For? Check!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Such is the life of a tree trimmer, or in this case, a climber of coconut palms that stretch up to 50 feet into the air with nothing but the earth to cushion a fall. Rafael Barajas has been in the business of trimming palm fronds, cutting out pre-blooming coconut branches, the ... Read More »

‘Traveling Light’ by Brian Andreas

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “I can imagine it working out perfectly, I said. I can’t, she said and I said no wonder you’re so stressed.” Traveling has never appealed to me, and so it came as quite the surprise when I met and fell in love with someone who loved to travel. Maybe that’s why this book’s title appealed to ... Read More »

TO YOUR HEALTH Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System I hope the title of this week’s column is thought provoking. Yes, we all have an actual heart, but caring for that heart is another matter entirely—especially as we get older, and the risk of heart disease rises exponentially. Heart care at Physicians Regional Healthcare System focuses on the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The End of an Era – Marco Island VFW

For over 30 years the members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) on Marco Island have conducted both Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies for those wishing to attend. The VFW members who have participated in these Ceremonies are veterans who served in World War II to the most recent foreign wars. For the past 15 years our ... Read More »

All Roads Lead to Resurfacing Programs

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com When Marco Island Public Works Director Tim Pinter recently briefed council on his plans to spend just over $600,000 in 2017 to continue with the planned repaving program for the island, Councilman Howard Reed made pointed inquires as to what it would take to make a more aggressive approach and spend about a ... Read More »

Furnish Your Home with Quality

By Jesus Calo  The good life starts with a good night’s sleep. Being the only mattress store on the island makes for good business, but that does not stop Marco Island Mattress (MI Mattress) from expanding its showroom with a full line of furniture. The best deal cannot be found online but inside the Marco Island store. After over a ... Read More »

‘The House on Mango Street’ by Sandra Cisneros

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “I wanted to will my blood to stop, my heart to quit its pumping.” Sometimes a book comes along that compels a reader to reread it. That happened to me, as I wandered around my local Barnes and Noble. It had a new cover, but in this instance, it wasn’t the cover that caught my attention. ... Read More »

Should the Tax Tail Wag the Dog?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.” ~ Frederic Chopin, Composer Question: How much will the possibility of tax reform influence financial markets, and should I wait until this is completed before reviewing my estate planning documents? Answer: There’s an old adage on Wall Street; “Don’t’ let ... Read More »

Present at the Creation Julia Cartwright Looks Back

By Barry Gwinn In the space of just four years, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team has gone from being the laughing stock of the league to being the team that no one wants to play. Julia Cartwright remembers it all. Julia is graduating this year with plans to major in elementary education and minor in women’s studies ... Read More »

Shell Show Celebrates 37th Anniversary

By Samantha Husted  For three days a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible covered in over 200 pounds of seashells sat outside of the United Church of Marco Island. Passersby stopped to ogle at the vehicle, many getting out to take pictures and ponder its intricacy. The Volkswagen, also known as the Shell Love Bug, was there as part of the Marco ... Read More »

You Can Do Anything Once Every 5-10 Years

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System President Clinton officially named March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month in February 2000. Since that time, this designation has led to an annual parade of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates beating their various drums for colon cancer awareness. They wear blue; they sponsor fundraising and education events; but ... Read More »

‘Purity’ By Jonathan Franzen

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Don’t you like me?” she whispered. “Actually, I love you.” When I pick up a Jonathan Franzen novel, I have a certain expectation for a fluidity of writing and meandering narrative. I expect the author to use family and journeys, deep introspective thinking and humor. “Purity” is missing something of that thoughtful, heavy edge, but truthfully, ... Read More »

Jackie: An Alternative View or Lackluster to View?

Welcome Matthew Mendisana! Coastal Breeze News is happy to announce the addition of film enthusiast and critic, columnist Matthew Mendisana. Matthew will bring readers his insightful movie reviews in a regular column, “Reel Reviews.” REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is a story that has been told countless times. Dozens of books and films have ... Read More »