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Refrigerator Inflation, Frantic Freckles and Laid-Back Lucy

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com You’ve got bad eating habits if you use a grocery cart in 7-Eleven.” - Dennis Miller, American Comedian and Actor   Question: My grocery bill keeps going up even though I purchase the same items each week. According to the media, inflation is low or non-existent. How can this be true? Answer: Inflation is measured by the Core Consumer Price Index (CPI) to indicate price trends. The reason your food shopping experience doesn’t match what you see as reported inflation is that necessities like food and energy aren’t included in the calculation. This ... Read More »

Harmony, Discord and Composition

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Passion vs. serenity; active vs. static; harmony vs. discord. These aren’t just the building blocks of artful compositions, but of all human relationships. What we seek is balance – and it’s not one-size-fits-all – it’s personal. In color theory, the juxtaposition of color-wheel opposites – oddly called compliments – creates a super-charged vibrancy (just put a dot of purple paint in the middle of a yellow sun and watch for a solar explosion). Color-wheel neighbors, however, create a calmer, more soothing composition. Elsewhere in visual arts, a horizontal line is perceived as static, a vertical ... Read More »

Do You Suffer From Sugar Hangovers?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com With the holidays behind and in front of us, I’m sure we have thrown our willpower to the wind on one occasion or the other. Whether it was Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduations, Memorial Day, or the upcoming Father’s Day, most of us have succumbed to evil spell of sugar. If you eat clean the majority of the time and can have one cheat treat and get back on the wagon, then this message is most likely not as crucial as it is for the occasional binge eater – you know the type: where one ... Read More »

A Chef to Savor

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you’ve had your fill of super-heroes, super-villains, zombies, Godzilla’s and other zillas plus assorted other freaks, treat yourself to “Chef.” It’s a delightful take on the food world, family bonding and multiculturalism with a great soundtrack and a bit of a travelogue to boot. After a disastrous experience with “Cowboys and Aliens” and a few other non-memorable movies, Jon Favreau wrote, directed and stars in this charming and very funny piece of entertainment. Carl Casper (Favreau) is a first-rate chef in a successful Los Angeles restaurant. The problem is that he’s still turning ... Read More »

Change: It’s a Way of Life?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Change is supposed to be good, but for many, even the suggestion of change can be downright traumatic for them. Change has been my way of life since I read that seemingly silly book “Who moved my Cheese” by Spencer Johnson. You can read the whole book in about an hour, but what you get from it can honestly change your life. It was that book that motivated me to leave a steady job in someone else’s jewelry store, sell my small condo, pack up the wife and kids in a U-Haul and leave ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net It was wonderful to get the message from Barry Gerenstein of VeronaWalk that their community had won the prestigious “Communities of Excellence” award in multiple categories. Three-thousand communities entered the competition this year. Property Manager Lynn Ross was named “Property Manager of the Year.” What an honor to be chosen over 3,000 other property managers — although I’m guessing that each entry also contained a property manager nomination in that 3,000 figure. VeronaWalk was awarded the “Energy Efficiency” award, the “Safety and Security Initiatives” award and the “Community of the Year” award! Gerenstein, a resident and member ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Thomas

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THE CORE QUESTION IS THE IMPORTANT ONE The Marriott proposal is so complex it has been difficult to identify the “core” of the issue for those of us who live on Marco Island. Even though Marriott has done a fine job of presenting their plans it’s been tough for residents to look beyond those formal presentations to identify any core issues that may adversely affect the happy Marco lifestyle. The principal “core” issue, important to all residents, is the condition of Marco Island traffic, long term. Most residents understand the construction traffic caused by the extended buildout period of such a project ... Read More »

Wellfit Girl Challenge

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Submitted The Wellfit Institute, based in Naples, is partnering with Peaks Foundation, a non-profit, on a five-month health, wellness and empowerment program for at-risk teen girls. Wellfit Girls Challenge will conclude with a life-changing trip to Peru and a trek up Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. The eleven carefully selected teen girls from Lee and Collier County will be featured in a full-length documentary as they embark on the expedition of a lifetime. “The day I started believing in myself, there was no going back,” says Jill Wheeler, Founder and CEO of Wellfit Institute. ... Read More »

A Personal Resurrection, 2014

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Two dates best herald the end of high-season in Southwest Florida: April 15 and Easter. Before April 15, many of our part-time residents find it necessary to haul it on home to talk taxes. As for Easter, it marks the end for tourists in general; although why this should be I’ve never understood – especially since the date is all over the calendar – but there you have it. For the worker-bees who remain year-round, end of season – on either date – has much different meanings. It’s over… working six to seven days a ... Read More »

Florida’s Easter Bunny: Marsh Rabbits

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com The weather is a bit warmer. Humidity is not too high. Fresh breezes make the Gulf a little choppy, and the island is quieter. It’s spring, and that time of year when many, especially those younger than 10 years old, may be keeping an eye out for the Easter Bunny, who may be hiding eggs around their house or yard — or perhaps hiding 20,000 eggs at Mackle Park on April 19 at the annual city of Marco Island’s Spring Jubilee! Though the Easter Bunny may visit just once a year, there is a ... Read More »

Pack Rat or Hoarder?

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By Carol Glassman Many people like to accumulate things, and at a certain age, find they have amassed what looks more like a jumble than an organized collection. For some, it represents the inability to throw things away, fearing these items may be of use one day; while for others, it’s the inability to say “no” when someone drops off yet another homeless cat on the doorstep. At any rate, hoarding exists and seems to be more prevalent, or perhaps just more noticeable, than it used to be. The media — television in particular — finds it interesting enough to ... Read More »

No Pain, No Wrinkles, Lose Weight Rapidly and Eternal Youth

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By Carol Glassman Are you over-medicated? What does that mean — how can anyone say a thing like that after a headline promising an almost ideal life, free of superficial and ongoing medical problems! We all have minor, and some major, aches and pains. Who among us doesn’t have a wrinkle or two? Wouldn’t you like to lose a couple of those Thanksgiving pounds that you gained, especially after adding Christmas and New Year’s eating? How about that grey hair, if indeed it is thick enough to worry about — would you like more/some — better than none? Are you ... Read More »

Learning to Crawl

The ‘Daring Dozen,’ founders of the Goodland Art Alliance. Front row (l-r): Denise Santos, Margi Fortune, Tara O’Neill and Joan Fuller. Back row (l-r): Judy Wittwer, Darren Clack,
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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com In November 2012, our community lost a great woman, and I lost a great friend with the passing of Helen Tateo. Helen was an inspiration to me for so many reasons and for so many years, but today, it’s her artful side that brings her into this column. In the 1960s, she owned the first art gallery on Marco Island. She was also one of the 12 founding members of the Art League of Marco Island (now the Marco Island Center for the Arts). The Center/Art League today, nearing its 45th birthday, is a thriving, ... Read More »

NEW OWNER AT GULF COAST CLAYS HAS PLANS TO LURE BRITISH CLAY SHOOTERS TO THE FORMER PORT OF THE ISLANDS GUN CLUB

One of Florida’s oldest clay shooting grounds, the Port of the Islands Gun Club, is now under new management and has been renamed Gulf Coast Clays. British businessman and shooting enthusiast Colin Burrows bought the club, located halfway between Naples and Everglades City in Collier County, Fla. and has plans for improvements to the facility and its sporting clay options and services. The club occupies over 50 acres on the edge of the Florida Everglades and is the only clay range in the region with two trap fields, two skeet, Five Stand and a 15 stand sporting clay layout. A ... Read More »

Surviving The “C” Word

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By Julia Barnett Sometimes life throws you a curveball, aimed straight at your head. You can’t avoid it; you can’t duck out of its way. Sometimes that curve ball is called breast cancer. In September of 2006, Marco Island local Marian Colli went in for a routine annual mammogram, thinking nothing of it—it was chore, a time consuming addition to an ever-growing to-do list. She never expected them to find anything. But find something they did, a something that was too deep to find in a self-examination or on a normal doctor’s visit. Worried about the lump, the examining physician ... Read More »

Whatever you do, don’t call me a pig!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Here is the question of the day: In the game of doubles, is it ok to cross the middle line and take your partner’s ball? However, before we attempt to answer this delicate question, doubles partners must communicate before they go to battle. Remember, a doubles partnership is no different than a marriage. It doesn’t take a genius to know that to enjoy your marriage, it is essential to communicate well and flourish. Conversely, if couples avoid the important topics, it is only a question of time when it will blow up in their face, ... Read More »

50 Years: The Pair from Paradise

By Val Simon Eddie and Marianne Valvano have been married since 1963. The couple just celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. In Point Pleasant, NJ, Eddie was swimming, using a diving board at a neighbor’s house, when he spotted a girl walking down the street. Eddie asked his neighbor, “Who is that girl?” His neighbor replied, “My friend, Marianne.” At 16 years old Eddie felt in his heart he would marry her one day. Marianne recollects, “We thought Eddie was conceited. He had this boat, we all had boats, but his was a big motor boat and all we had were ... Read More »

The Code Board Pendulum swings – yet again

By Carol Glassman “What’s the point of allowing the Code Enforcement Department to tie up its time and resources on unenforceable circumstances like imposing liens… when it’s pointless to wallpaper homes with notices of violation?” In the words of Marco Island City Councillor Larry Sacher, “For too long officers and the Board have had their hands tied – especially with renters.” Sacher was referring to one case that came before the October meeting of the Code Board that involved, “the renter from hell” who has received five years of repeated violations for parking an over-sized commercial vehicle in the driveway ... Read More »

Diner Beware

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Yes, I have a one track mind – food. But any self-respecting feline is like minded and, deep down, a connoisseur of fine food, especially food snagged on the hoof. But I must warn you: DINER BEWARE! Many of these entertaining little critters are bad for us, as are some plants, rodents, large predators, Labor Day picnic foods, low water levels in the pool, and the trusty but dangerous barbecue grill. You know the saying; if it tastes good it has to be bad for you. One ... Read More »

Top questions II

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net In discussing top travel questions, the issue of insurance is second to money concerns which were addressed in my last column. Should I buy travel insurance and if so what kind? There are many things to think about as insurance can add 3-15% (or more) to the cost of your trip. In considering trip cancellation policies, ask yourself how much you are willing to risk if you have to cancel. If you are OK with risking loss of all your prepaid fees, then just think about medical insurance. What if part of a trip has ... Read More »