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Cuba: On the Road to Cienfuegos and Trinidad

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Three and four hours east of Havana, on the Caribbean side of Cuba, are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Both are colonial cities, the first with obvious French influence, the other Spanish. The highway from Havana to Cienfuegos and Trinidad was in good condition, but many of the secondary roads appeared to be more primitive. Traffic was light; we passed a few Yank Tanks, those American classics from the 50s, Ladas, other Russian and some Chinese makes of cars, and some horse carts. Outside of Havana, there was a Mercedes Benz dealership; certainly ... Read More »

FIDDLIN’ AROUND

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By Kevin Kubat Conservancy Volunteer It’s a warm, sunny day. You decide to visit Tigertail Beach, and when you get there, it’s low tide. You look to the north, toward Hideaway Beach, and you see what appears to be a red carpet covering the sands. A special sort of carpet, as it’s constantly in motion. As you get closer, the carpet suddenly disappears, and you realize that the illusion of a carpet was created by the massing of hundreds of fiddler crabs which have scurried into their burrows as you approached. If you remain very still, the crabs will eventually ... Read More »

Bubbie’s Bakery is Back!

From left: Talented bakers Joan Thompson, Estie  Karpman, Joan Blau, Natalie Klein and Trudy Bloom. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The pleasant smell of cinnamon is once again in the air at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI). In the kitchen, Bubbie’s Bakery is keeping the ovens hot, baking for the more than 2,000 diners expected to attend the Jewish Deli Fest on January 24. Bubbie’s Bakery is a group of talented ladies who are JCMI Sisterhood members. Coastal Breeze heard that they were busy using their baking skills and paid them a visit. We arrived at the JCMI kitchen to find the air filled with the sweet smell of strudel, and the ladies ... Read More »

America’s Military Celebrated at Holiday Salute

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited with reverence at the Christmas Island Style Holiday Salute to Veterans. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The service of America’s military service men and women was recognized at the Christmas Island Style Holiday Salute to Veterans. World War II veterans are known as “The Greatest Generation,” noted master of ceremonies Steve Stefanides, who is also the Christmas Island Style chairman. “There’s another “Greatest Generation coming along behind them,” he added, referring to the soldiers, sailors and Marines who have represented the country in battle in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East over the last 14 years. Stefanides also mentioned the importance of ensuring that military members and emergency responders, such as ... Read More »

Victory Florida Kindness Tour

Bob and Bogart pay their respects at the Bay Pines National  Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted You may have seen him riding around Marco. He’s hard to miss. On the back of his bike is a large American flag and on the front there’s a sign that reads, “Riding Florida Perimeter for Veterans.” Sometimes the sign changes, depending on what he’s riding for. But he’s always riding for something. On November 10, Veteran’s Day eve, Bob Votruba began his 1,600 mile perimeter bike ride of Florida. He arrived back in Naples on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day. The purpose of his ride was to honor the veterans who fought bravely for our country. ... Read More »

Fishing in the 10,000 Islands in December

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com December in the 10,000 Islands is a time of change, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not a time for great fishing! The change of season just means the fish are on the move into different areas. It’s in December that we’ll start seeing our first real cold fronts, and the water temperatures in the Gulf will begin dropping. Looking at the moon phase, tides and solunar bite times for December, I like what I see for best bet days on the 11th-15th and the 24th-28th. The new moon and full moon low tides ... Read More »

Fowler Resigns as MIA Football Coach

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By Roger Lalonde Greg Fowler, Marco Island Academy (MIA) football coach, resigned on December 8. In his letter of resignation to Melissa Scott, school principal, Fowler said: “I am writing to inform you of my decision to step down as head football coach following the 2015 season, effective Dec. 8. I appreciate the opportunity I have been given by you and Marco Island Academy. I have enjoyed working with the young men of MIA on and off the football field. This letter is to allow you a reasonable amount of time to find my replacement. I am willing to help ... Read More »

Gifts for the Traveler 2015

Great stocking stuffers: Vaultz mesh bags and water bottle carabiner.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber For this year’s column on gift suggestions for the traveler, I am featuring some recent acquisitions that I have found useful. Always trying to remain hands-free and unencumbered by a handbag, I recently started using a Sholdit. It looks like a traditional infinity scarf, but has a hidden zipper pocket to store items such as a passport, cash, credit cards, key, tickets, lipstick, glasses, phone; whatever one doesn’t want to be without. I used it daily on our most recent trip and loved it, never having to fuss with a purse. Although I purchased mine at ... Read More »

How to Impress a Woman (Do It Right This Time!)

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Wine her, Dine her, Call her, Hug her, Support her, Hold her, Surprise her, Compliment her, Smile at her, Listen to her, Laugh with her, Cry with her, Romance her, Believe in her, Cuddle her, Shop with her, Lavish her with diamonds.   For His Eyes Only!   Heavens, yes! Gentleman, it’s that time of the year again! I know, I know you don’t want to hear it, but here’s my friendly and early heads-up warning. Just because you think you got away with giving her that sorry excuse-for-a-gift you presented her last Christmas. Did ... Read More »

Danube Cruise: Reflections

Castle Baba Vida bears the name of the 10th  century princess who built it. PHOTOS  BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly This is our 50th anniversary cruise. The river? Danube. Where else do you go to celebrate 50 years? Our ship: The River Aria. We cruise east. Romania on the right, Bulgaria left, ahead the cities of Ruse (ROO-ze) and Vidin (vee-DEEN). The Danube here is quiet but not lazy, beautiful but not romantic. Not yet. Tomorrow maybe. Today it is farmland, farm people, small cities, city people and castles. Ah, we love castles. Love to prowl around and through them. Imagine them on feast days, stuffed with people, the people stuffed with food, swimming in ... Read More »

Avoid Charity Scams

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” ~ Sophocles, Greek playwright born in 495 B.C. Question: How do I distinguish reputable charitable organizations from others that may be scams? Answer: It’s interesting that you ask this question now because I just received several calls requesting donations for the victims of the South Carolina floods and was leery of making donations to unknown entities. We know that as year-end approaches, the push will certainly be on for donations to numerous organizations. Weeding out the worthy ones from the unworthy can be tricky. For instance, in ... Read More »

Jewelry Common Sense…Watches

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net With any profession there are words or jargon (call it what you like) that pertain to only that particular business. The word “shop talk” comes to mind. Sometimes I catch myself using jewelry terminology in front of a customer, and at once realize he or she has no clue what I am taking about. Sort of like me understanding the daily goings on the subject of physics or nuclear fusion. Over the years I have tried to educate or give advice on certain aspects of the business, whether it is on the subject of jewelry ... Read More »

Modern Marco Exhibit Opens

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The Modern Marco Exhibit has opened at the Marco Island Museum. It is so much fun to look at everything, recall the past and enjoy the many things we recognize because we were already here. They did a great job, and the staff is so excited to see people coming to enjoy the progress. The next display is a year away, and is called “Pioneer Days on Marco Island.” Visiting the museum is one of those great things to do when you have company, or it rains, or it is too hot (or too cold in the ... Read More »

A Simple Recipe to Make You Fall in Love With Spanish Mackerel

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com November fishing in the 10,000 Islands is great for catching Spanish mackerel, and here is a simple recipe that can make you fall in love with this fish for the first time, or all over again. Many people are turned off by the mention of Spanish mackerel, however, if cleaned and treated correctly at the fillet station, you will be left with some awesome fillets that will impress. Simple and delicate, but able to be paired with so many sides, it’s a perfect way to embrace the flavor of the fish while also making ... Read More »

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES By Nikkie Sardelli October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In just this year alone, approximately 231,840 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and of that number, a saddening 40,290 will lose the battle. This is 40,290 too many. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S., and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Additionally, there will be about 2,350 men diagnosed, with about 440 of them losing their battle. The American Cancer Society is involved through their annual nationwide Making Strides Against Breast Cancer ... Read More »

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Wake Up Marco

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By Samantha Husted Wake Up Marco is Marco Island’s premier coffee café that boasts freshness and quality drinks. Locally owned and family run, the coffee shop has been operating for about 10 months. Wake Up Marco offers organic, handcrafted coffee, tea and bakery items. For those serious coffee lovers out there, Wake Up Marco also sells wholesale coffee beans from areas across the world. They have beans available from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Asia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Owner and 12-year Marco Island resident, Oscar Galvez, believes that he has the best coffee in all of Southwest Florida. The quality of his ... Read More »

Mind, Because it Matters

PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER
A meditative moment during beach yoga.

Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be it’s master and not it’s slave.” ~ Remez Sasson   On most days, when I wake up in the morning, my mind begins working before I open my eyes. In fact, I might go so far as to say that it’s my mind, as it hums into consciousness, that generally wakes me up. Sometimes I’m startled awake by the thought that I somehow slept in too late. Other mornings, my thoughts start streaming in like a very efficient assistant, “It’s Tuesday… meeting at 8:30…show property at 1:00…yoga at 5:30…dinner ... Read More »

Are Today’s Players Training Properly?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Gluten-free and vegan diets, insane workouts in the fitness center and yet, we had over 12 disqualifications, primarily due to heat issues, at this year’s U.S. Open? Something just doesn’t add up. Midwestern tennis star Jack Sock, now the number 2 ranked American, was dominating in the first two sets before leg cramps sidelined him. As he lay on the court in excruciating pain, the medical staff advised him to leave the court using a wheelchair! Unfortunately for me, I can relate to Jack Sock’s cramping problems. About 25 Florida summers ago while competing on ... Read More »

What can we learn from the Tour Professionals?

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The start of a lesson I always begin with getting to know the student, their golf game and any goals or task they want to accomplish. The main question I ask is simply, “What brings you here today?” I get a lot of responses, ranging from “I want to lower my handicap by 3 shots before the end of the year,” “I want to be able to play with others and not get embarrassed,” or “I want to swing like my favorite player that I see on TV, they make it look so easy.” The ... Read More »

Artful Aging

Artists rocking it at Naples Senior Center. PHOTO BY TARA O’NEILL

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@gmail.com Sometimes good fortune finds us despite our best efforts to look the other way. When Janice Paine of the United Arts Council contacted me about teaching a month-long drawing class at a senior center in Naples, I am embarrassed to admit how quick I was to back off. Thank goodness she was persistent. First of all, it was in far-away Naples, you know, over the bridge. All the way over the bridge. Islanders understand. Second, summer is my prime paint season, and while teaching has its own rewards, I do not like to take away from ... Read More »