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Rib Cook-off Raises Heat

Rich Stoltenborg and Jim Downey were all smiles as they showed off Downey’s grill. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted  Barbecue lovers, grill enthusiasts and meat-eaters alike came out April 16th to celebrate and chow down at the 5th Annual Rib Cook-off at the Marco Island Brewery. All proceeds from the event went to the Marco Island Police Foundation and its scholarship fund. The Foundation also assists members of the Marco Island Police Department should an emergency financial situation occur. It felt like a summer block party or a family reunion. Outside the Brewery there were four large tents with five grills occupying them. Smoke filled the air with its sweet smells, inviting those who passed by ... Read More »

Timing is Everything

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Federer hits on the run, demonstrating full reach and perfect balance.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com If you are a regular reader of my column, you already know my favorite saying is “lazy feet lead to lousy shots.” We have accepted and conquered the fact that our feet must move for us to be in proper position to strike the ball. Let’s now consider the importance of the timing of our footsteps in relation to being in proper position to strike the ball. There is a certain cadence that is associated with a rally in a tennis point. In today’s world of professional tennis with all of the grunting and ... Read More »

The House of Horrors- Part V Will It Ever End?

Photos by Carol Glassman
January 1 - All but one panel of the new metal roof is in place.

By Carol Glassman As I approached my House of Horrors the first week of January, after being away for 16 days, the first thing I noticed was the absence of most of the metal panels on the lawn and a lovely new, almost-finished green metal roof. That looked promising. The roofer had said he didn’t need access to the house so at first I was pleased he had gone ahead and used his ladders. However, once in the house I realized his zealous workers had not only pried open the upper sliding doors to the verandah, but had left them open ... Read More »

Good Things Coming Our Way

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The U. S. Open Pickleball Championships are coming to town! This will be the first ever Pickleball U. S. Open and it will be held right here in town at the East Naples Community Center located on Thomasson Drive, which is an extension of Rattlesnake Hammock Road going south, next to Avalon Elementary School. The games begin on April 26th and will end on May 1st with the final championship games and grand prizes awarded at the end of the games. CBS Sports will cover the entire five-day event. Make plans to attend and enjoy. Food ... Read More »

Goodbye, Art Flicks Hello, Classic Movie Nights

Classic Movie Nights begins April 8th

Submitted  The Marco Island Center for the Arts Art Flicks film series has come to an end for the season, with the showing of the Danish film, “Babette’s Feast.” The Art Flicks series features special showings of foreign, independent and art films. This season’s program, themed “Food, Glorious Food!” was a huge success. Although Art Flicks has ended, the Center will be bringing audiences more wonderful movies to enjoy. On April 8 Classic Movie Nights begins with “On the Waterfront,” and the series will continue on the second Friday of each month, through August. For all showings, doors will open ... Read More »

Marco Island ?Writers Meet

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Submitted by Maggie Gust March Meeting The Janice Hardy Workshop at our March 9, 2016 meeting was an astounding success. Many members of the general public joined us for the workshop and were excited and satisfied at the end of the evening. Thanks to Janice for sharing her passion for writing and inspiring us, as well as to all participants for their interest and support. April Meeting Second  Wednesday To keep those creative juices flowing, please join us Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 6 to 8 PM. The topic is “Widen Your Scope as a Writer.” Pauline Hayton, our Anthology Book ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part IV

Photos by Carol Gassman
This is how the kitchen used to look.

By Carol Glassman Not much happened the first week after Uncle Steve and his assistant Diana took over renovating and repairing the flood-damaged house, but at least I received frequent calls and was kept in the loop as the insurance company approved various steps. At the end of the second week, a team from the company that had installed my precious unique quartzite counters appeared. I was a little nervous when the two men didn’t seem to know why they were sent and even more nervous when they continually commented on how heavy the counters looked. After a few phone ... Read More »

Projects in the Works

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Sometimes I feel like I’m the queen of the median landscaping effort, so we have good news coming our way on this subject…lots of good news. First, the county applied for a Florida Highway Beautification Council Grant quite a while back to landscape another portion of Collier Boulevard/951 between Mainsail Drive and Fiddler’s Creek. It seemed like there were more hurdles to jump than ever, but our staff is persistent, and so am I. We finally got the news that the request has been approved and we can move forward with design, bid and construction. It ... Read More »

Easter Bunny’s Spring Jubilee

Photos by Val Simon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There was so much excitement at Mackle Park for the Easter Bunny’s party of the year, the Spring Jubilee. It was eggsactly as you’d expect! Hundreds of children and parents laughing, giggling, having fun and yes, an Easter egg hunt to end all Easter egg hunts. Lola Dial, recreation manager for the City of Marco Island, said 20,000 eggs were spread out on the Mackle Park field, roped into four age categories. Members of the Marco Island Senior Softball League guarded the eggs to be sure none disappeared while families played games, bounced on inflatables, ... Read More »

IBERIABANK Shred Events

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Submitted In April, IBERIABANK will host two document shredding events: April 16, 9 AM to noon, 605 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island (239-393-2400) April 23, 9 AM to 1 PM, 1905 Pine Ridge Road, Naples (239-403-5170) Residents and small business owners are invited to dispose of their outdated documents in a safe and secure manner. Shredding services will be conducted by Shred-It. A $3/box donation will be collected for Camp Angels at the Naples event and the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation at the Marco Island event. There is a limit of 10 boxes per person or business. Shred events will end early if trucks are filled ... Read More »

Bocce 2016

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Tournament winners the Beach Bums, from left: Paul Rhoads, Mike Cox, Connie
Taylor and George Taylor.

By Joan Kelly Bocce took over the Isles of Capri four days a week and on weekends when the team competition took to the court. Red and blue balls beat up the poor little white ball, playing in rain or shine, wind or calm, heat or cold. The measuring tape came out, as balls were close. At times there was no winner with equal distance between balls. Seventeen teams with at least four members played two games a week during the eight-week season. They were in two divisions, A and B, and only played within their division until the playoff. ... Read More »

Habitat For Humanity Homes

Wilbert (front row, seventh from the left), his wife sitting in front of him, together with the
Hideaway Beach Club volunteers led by Erni Stevens (standing next to Wilbert). PHOTOS BY EWOUT RIJK DE VRIES

By Ewout Rijk de Vries Wilbert Luders, who immigrated from Haiti 12 years ago, met his South African wife, Candy Khumako three years ago at the New Hope Ministry in Naples. Seven months ago Wilbert and Candy had twins and ended up in Miami’s Children’s Hospital for surgery on a rare birth defect. Although he is working full time as a stock clerk at Whole Foods and at an Auto Glass Store, their future looked bleak. Luckily they had strong support through their church and someone suggested they apply for a Habitat for Humanity home. They were chosen out of ... Read More »

Imagination Success

Photos by Val Simon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The beautiful Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort set an elegant scene for the American Cancer Society’s Imagination Ball. Guests filled the beach pavilion -not just to dine and dance- but united in a common purpose: To finish the fight against cancer. Each year the Marco Island branch of the American Cancer Society (ACS) holds a gala fundraiser that helps support cancer research for better treatments and to find a cure; Funds raised also provide assistance for those battling the disease. When the fundraising totals came in for last year’s Imagination Ball, little did anyone know ... Read More »

Nesting Sea Turtles, Flashing Cell Phone Photos- A Bad Mix

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Nesting sea turtles are an amazing sight, but please - no flash photos.

Submitted Sea turtles digging their nests to lay eggs on Florida’s beaches face a new 21st century hazard: someone snapping a flash photo with a cell phone. March 1 is the official start of the sea turtle nesting season. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds people not to take cell phone flash photos of sea turtles on the beach at night, because that can interfere with nesting. “It’s great that people are enjoying Florida’s beaches and are enthusiastic about our sea turtles,” said Dr. Robbin Trindell, who leads the FWC’s sea turtle management program. “However, most visitors ... Read More »

Nancy Garousi Awarded Golden Apple

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com For 26 years the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, through Champions For Learning, has honored over 23,000 teachers in Collier County. The prestigious teaching award is sort of like the Oscars for instructors. Instead of a golden statuette of a person, the teachers are awarded a life-size golden apple. On February 18, five special teachers from all over the county were presented with the Golden Apple in a surprise classroom visit. Representatives from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, Champions For Learning board members, as well as volunteers and other sponsors presented the educators with their well-deserved accolades. ... Read More »

Yoga Magic

A magical yoga moment. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. – James Allen When we lived in Iowa, my husband and I used to have season tickets to the Iowa State University Cyclones basketball games. If you’re a basketball fan you might recognize the current coach of the Chicago Bulls as former ISU head coach, Fred Hoiberg. Fred is a “home grown” Iowan. He was raised in Ames, Iowa, home of the ISU Cyclones, where he was ... Read More »

Try Not To Breathe

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   Try Not To Breathe By Holly Seddon Ballantine Books, February 2016 – 369 pages Genre: Mystery/Thriller   Anyone who enjoyed “The Girl On The Train” might like this book very much. I didn’t care for the Hawkins book, but I found this one intriguing. The protagonist, Alex Dale, is a self-destructive barely functional alcoholic with an enlarged liver whose life revolves around her wine consumption and urinary incontinence. When we meet her in 2010, she has drunk her way through college, marriage to police officer Matt, a miscarriage, and a steady job as a ... Read More »

Putt to the End Point

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Most golfers warm up for their round, and practice, on the greens by hitting 15-20 foot putts. I have a sense that many do this because they believe this is the best way to determine the speed of the greens that day. Practicing mid-range putts has little benefits. If you miss a 15-20 footer do you get feedback? Of course not! Even tour pros miss more 15-20 footers than they make. It is more beneficial to work on speed control without hitting to a hole in the putting green. Set up an alignment stick, or ... Read More »

Naomi’s Rogue-Urinating Advice

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I’m still being a really bad girl. I’ve managed to stay away from the stove after my touch-and-go paw-burning incident of last month, but I’m still peeing in sinks and spraying walls and doors. As “supervisor” over here at For the Love of Cats, Marco’s no-kill cat rescue, people are always asking me why their cat is misbehaving. Yes, I know, that makes me a hypocrite! Take the other day for instance. My driver was driving me to Naples when a call came in from an exasperated woman ... Read More »

International “Sharkman” Wows MIA Students

Katherine, a female great white, is one of the sharks the Global Shark Tracker follows. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Bob McConville, Master Naturalist Great white sharks. For some, those three words cause the hairs on the back of the neck to stand on end. Others will get goosebumps. But for a select few it means it is time to go to work. Such is the case with Chris Fischer. Recently Mr. Fischer donated his time to educate students at the Marco Island Academy about his life work and passion, tracking sharks around the globe. His goals, however, reach much deeper than that. He is a scientist, an educator and a motivator. As founding chairman and expedition leader for ... Read More »