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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 »

Which Watch?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Someone asked me a simple question the other day regarding what would be the best watch for her to purchase, seeing that the present one she owned did not survive multiple swimming sessions in her pool. I did point out to her that it was clearly marked “Water-resistant” – not water-proof. A fact that any ... Read More »

The Woodwork Brings New Sounds to Marco

By Samantha Husted In an area like Southwest Florida where Jimmy Buffett “island style” music reigns supreme, it can be difficult for an indie band to stand out. It seems, however, that a group of four young Naples residents have done just that. It’s as if they came out of the woodwork (aptly naming their band “The Woodwork”) with their ... Read More »

USPS Video Filmed on Marco

Submitted The United States Power Squadron (USPS) is more than100 years old, but that doesn’t mean its leadership won’t resort to current technologies to support their objectives of boating education, fellowship, and civil service. Toward that end, USPS members Sari Lafferty and Louie Ojeda were tasked with creating a promotional video that illustrates just how much fun squadron members have ... Read More »

Getting Started/Briefing Guests

Boating Safety Tips From Flotilla 95 By Doug Johnson Before getting underway, there are a few simple things that can be done to make the trip more enjoyable and safer. Start with checking the weather, tides and your vessels systems and gear and make sure your boat registration is aboard. Your guests should be familiar with your boat and its safety ... Read More »

Sascha’s Salon Offers Brazilian Blowouts

Submitted What in the world is a Brazilian Blowout and why do I need it? This is the kind of comment you hear often at Sascha’s Salon on Marco Island. Salon owner and hair designer, Maria Elena Pujol, says it’s easier to show clients than to tell them. “It’s the perfect application for our high humidity lifestyle here in Southwest ... Read More »

Golf Etiquette

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org That stuffy sounding term, golf etiquette, is a hotly debated topic among golfers across the land from sea to shining sea, mainly because what we know as “etiquette” changes over time in all walks of life. Some will think that’s good and some bad depending on what changes. Usually, people believe in what they ... Read More »

Bargain Basket Runway Fashion Show – Couture du Tour

By Maureen Chodaba A popular shopping place for both locals and tourists alike, the Bargain Basket, located at 750 Bald Eagle Drive offers quality gently used merchandise at reasonable prices. But the word bargain doesn’t just mean low prices in this case. It also means value. And that pertains to the valuable mission of the Bargain Basket. Established in 1975, ... Read More »

Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling

By Samantha Husted  The Calusa Garden Club met recently to discuss the “Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling” in Collier County. Margie Hapke, Collier County recycling coordinator, led the presentation, offering her knowledge and advice on all things garbage. Hapke has been with the Department of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management since 2002. Part of her job as recycling coordinator is ... Read More »

SOWFLO’S Tipping Point

By Coastal Breeze News Staff At the end of October, I had the opportunity to see an area band, SOWFLO. The performance SOWFLO put on for the rousing crowd was nothing short of great! Everyone around here has been mentioning SOWFLO for a few years. This was my first time attending their performance and I LOVED them. It has been ... Read More »

A Study of Human Nature: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “The date I had in mind was December tenth, but would you prefer the ninth or the eleventh?” Hello and happy February! I’m super excited to be here, because even though I rarely make resolutions, this new year I’d already vowed to read one published book a week when this opportunity to share my book remarks ... Read More »

‘Cookin’ with Gus’ is a Café of Comedy

Submitted The Marco Players’ production of “Cookin’ with Gus” tells the story of gourmet chef Gussie Richardson (Paula Keenan) and her chance of a lifetime: her very own cooking show. The play was written by actor and playwright Jim Brochu and is directed by Charles Kolmann. “Cookin’ with Gus” has a fun plot, and a hilarious twist—a food fight! The ... Read More »

Bright and Cheery This Time of Year!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala  The Marco Island Christmas Island Style Parade was spectacular this year with so many people enjoying the music, laughing, costumes and lights. What a wonderful way to ring in the Christmas season. The streets were filled with throngs of people dressed for the parade as they celebrated along the route. There were children everywhere, waving and ... Read More »

Seeking Soviet Spies on the Subway

By Barry Gwinn During the 1960s, the Cold War with the former Soviet Union had reached fever pitch. The epicenter in the U.S. was New York City where diplomats from the Soviet Union and its satellite nations were stationed. Many of their establishments were well-staffed with spies placed there by the First Chief Directorate of the KGB. J. Edgar Hoover ... Read More »

On Becoming Santa

By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Dennis MacDonald first began growing his beard about three months ago. His friends down at Wake Up Marco, a local coffee shop, had been encouraging him to enter the Ernest Hemmingway lookalike contest that takes place annually in Key West. Dennis liked the idea and decided to pursue it. “I had the beard and ... Read More »