Tag Archives: education

A Class for Future Anglers

By Don Manley Kyla Prusha may have discovered a lifelong hobby before she’s reached first grade if her recent success in the waters off Goodland is any indication. The 5-year-old Naples resident’s skills as an angler were on display on that balmy morning at Coon Key Marina, site of Walker Marine’s third annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic. As always, members of ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Supports Eagle Cam Fund Drive

Submitted  Carl H. Way, founder and chairman of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation and Marco Island Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, received a $1,000 donation to the Eagle Cam fund from Calusa Garden Club. The Foundation, the parent organization for the Nature Preserve project, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to establishing and preserving the Nature Preserve, protecting wildlife ... Read More »

Help Save Rookery Bay

With the recent news that the White House budget plan recommends the elimination of federal funding for Rookery Bay and the 29 National Research Reserves, the Friends of Rookery Bay has launched a Call to Action on our website. Our campaign is simple: It is Congress that determines the federal budget, and those of us who care about this 110,000-acre ... Read More »

Scholarships Available for Local Arts Majors

Submitted Each year the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awards scholarships to high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in an area of the arts. Since 2007 the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to local students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. With the cost of a higher education ... Read More »

Relay’s Battle Against Cancer Continues

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For the last 30 years the American Cancer Society has brought cancer survivors, families and friends together to walk hand in hand to fight for awareness regarding the ravages of cancer and the toll it takes on families and those fighting the disease. This year will see over 5,200 communities, spread over 20 countries come together ... Read More »

Photography Exhibit Featured at Library

Submitted The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco library on Heathwood Drive. The months of April and May 2017 will feature the works of photographer Ed Cohen. Ed Cohen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where his education led to medical school and specialty training ... Read More »

Explore the Arts With StayInMay Festival

Guest Commentary By Keith Dameron It has been my pleasure to get to know the StayInMay Festival and all of the wonderful cultural activities it brings to our County. For the past five years this Festival has brought talent from around the world to Southwest Florida; and it is with great pride that I tell you that this year’s Festival ... Read More »

The Healthcare Reform Debacle | Can President Trump turn defeat into a win for the American people and his presidency?

By Roy Eaton President Trump was correct when he initially thought that healthcare reform should be easy for it is not as complex at it may seem. What is challenging is reigning in the extremities of both parties and getting a general consensus among our current partisan legislators in Congress who are still influenced by lobbyists and special interest groups and ... Read More »

How We Give Back

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island The most vital part of what we do as an organization is giving back to those touched by cancer. A large focus is placed on patient services, and how the funds raised are being distributed and used. As a community, this question comes up frequently, and for good reason. People want ... Read More »

Brew Crafters Club Brings Competition to Seafood Fest

By Samantha Husted For the first time ever the annual Marco Island Seafood Festival held an official home brewed beer-tasting competition. Members of the local organization Southwest Florida Brew Crafters brought with them ten of their finest ales for festivalgoers to sample. After trying the various beers participants were able to vote for their favorite. Cass Palmer, a local Florida ... Read More »

Kiwanians Partner With Knitters For Kids

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Kiwanis is an international organization with over 600,000 members, which annually raises over $100 million dollars and contributes over 18.5 million volunteer hours doing charitable and fundraising activities to help strengthen communities and assist children worldwide. The organization was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1915 and now extends to over 80 nations. Their goal is simple: ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation: A Year in Review

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary at a luncheon held at the Island Country Club. The annual event honored the accomplishments and successes of the foundation as well as the Marco Island Fire Department in 2016. MIFRF President, Dianna Dohm opened the ceremony with a reminder: the Marco Island Fire Rescue ... 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 »

Patriot Golf Day

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org On Saturday, March 12th Hideaway Beach Club hosted their 3rd Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running a Patriot Golf Day. Dan Rooney is the founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a PGA of America member, ... Read More »

Big Cypress Draws 1.1 Million Visits in 2016

Big Cypress National Preserve recorded 1,102,148 visits in 2016, the National Park Service’s centennial year. “For four decades, families and visitors have traversed the Tamiami Trail through the Big Cypress National Preserve for a chance to explore the swamp, catch a glimpse of abundant wildlife, or learn more about the region’s rich history and culture. We experienced steady visitation in ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Gala a ‘Masterpiece’

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Gala benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, a highly anticipated annual event on the island, took place on Sunday, February 26 at the Island Country Club. From a richly decorated room, to a scrumptious meal and star performances, guests were treated to an unforgettable evening that appealed to all of their senses ... Read More »

Dr. Santiago-Coiro Joins Island Tower Dentistry

Submitted Island Tower Dentistry is pleased to announce that Dr. Victoria Santiago-Coiro has joined their practice. Dr. Santiago-Coiro has over ten years experience as a dentist, and provides thorough and meticulous care to her patients. Victoria had a lifelong dream of becoming a dentist. She completed her undergraduate coursework at Montclair State University in Molecular Biology. She was offered early ... Read More »

Conservancy Welcomes New Board

Submitted The Conservancy of Southwest Florida recently hosted its 53rd Annual Members’ Meeting at the Conservancy Nature Center. During the meeting, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida introduced new members to the board of directors, presented the 2017 Eagle Award to John and Donna Hall, and introduced its first Eaglet Award, presented to fourth grade student, Kea Shindle. The Conservancy of ... Read More »

Grace Place: New Appointments

Grace Place for Children and Families in Golden Gate City announced that it has hired Barbara J. Wilson to lead its marketing and communications efforts and Chrissie Missal to manage the volunteer experience initiatives at the nonprofit organization. Ms. Wilson brings over 20 years of professional experience in marketing, business development, consulting, media relations, social marketing, development and public relations ... Read More »

MIA Fundraiser Sets Record

By Don Manley The fourth time turned out to be a record setter for the Bill Rose Memorial Sporting Clay Classic. A record amount of money was raised for the fundraiser’s beneficiary, Marco Island Academy (MIA), at this year’s event, held recently at Gulf Coast Clays, in Port of the Islands. “I think this year is the most we’ve ever ... Read More »