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Lessons Learned

The orange glow from the first light of sunrise.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Some of you may have noticed that my column was on hiatus for a few months while I attended to some family medical issues. During that time, planned trips were cancelled, including my dream water view apartment in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy. Thank goodness for trip insurance. I purchased the insurance from Roam Right, via the website. Compared to a prior incident with another company, Roam Right was very accommodating in issuing a refund. Of course, having learned from that experience, I did have all my receipts and substantiating paperwork readily available in a folder ... Read More »

Perfect Imperfections


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Might sound like an oxymoron to you, but when it comes to buying diamonds or precious gemstones a perfectly located imperfection can save you a great deal of money. When purchasing a fine diamond or any expensive gem, the clarity is graded by the amount of inclusions, imperfections, blemishes or flaws. Call them what you like, they can be white or black marks, striations, even surface cracks or chips. Sometimes flaws appear to be minute bubbles or similar to the scrape that an ice skate leaves on ice, inside or near the surface of the ... Read More »

Students Tour Water Facility

First graders completed a fun scavenger hunt after the tours. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Samantha Husted On October 29, the City of Marco Island Utilities hosted a guided tour of their facilities for a group of first graders from the First Baptist Academy in Naples. The teacher chaperoning the event was Danielle Bockus. The water and wastewater operators spoke with the children about water production— where it comes from, how it’s cleaned and how to conserve it. The children were then given a presentation on the wastewater system, where they learned the process of how water goes from individual homes all the way to the plant. The first graders were able to ... Read More »

Delgados Committed to MIA Experience

Andrew and Ivette Delgado, with MIA athletic director Kelly Monnot,  and football coach Greg Fowler, show check for $8,847.20, provided by Delgado’s Andrew Hunter Homes. PHOTO BY FRANK STEIGER PHOTOGRAPHY

By Roger LaLonde When Marco Island Academy High School was in its infancy Andy and Ivette Delgado joined in the commitment to make it a success. Their most recent aid came with their donation of $8,847.20 to cover the cost for the football team and staff traveling to Texas for an outstanding football and bonding experience at the beginning of the season. Jane Watt, school founder and board president, acknowledged the generous donation, adding that the Delgados mean much more to the school. She talked with the Delgados when it was time for son Andrew to choose a high ... Read More »

One Year for Squadron’s Tuskegee Painting

Marco Island Squadron completes first year of painting’s custodianship.

By Capt. Robert Corriveau, Cmdr., MI Senior Squadron, CAP This Veterans Day will mark the one-year anniversary for the Marco Island Senior Squadron’s receipt of custody for the last Tuskegee Airmen painting. The Tuskegee Airmen painting “The Longest Mission” was presented to the Squadron on permanent loan from the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The painting was donated to the Center for the Arts in 2011 by artist and Tuskegee historian Clinard “Clint” Martin. However, since the Center is a gallery for exhibiting artwork on a temporary basis, there existed no permanent display for the painting. Project director Dave Rice ... Read More »

MIAAOR’s First Annual Economic Summit


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors organized and held their First Annual Economic Summit at Rose Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Society. Laurie Kasperbauer of the MIAAOR Development Committee introduced the panel of four presenters, who shared their views and expertise with the audience. Panel member Dr. Christopher Westley is the Director of Regional Economic Research Institute and Professor of Economics, FGCU. Next up was Jack Wert, the Executive Director of Collier County’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Cindy Carroll, SRA, Carroll & Carroll Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants was also a part of ... Read More »

Robinson downs Lely for regional title

The Lady Trojans celebrate an early score in the Class 5A Regional final at Lely on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Unfortunately they couldn’t hold the momentum, losing three straight games to Tampa Robinson.

By Roger LaLonde The team that makes the fewest mistakes wins. That sums up Tampa Robinson sweeping Lely in the Class 5A regional final on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Lely jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first game. That would be the last time it led in a game until late in the third game, but Robinson came back to finish off the Lady Trojans, ending their season, again without winning a regional championship. It was a bitter loss for a team that thought they would finally end what has seemed like a curse. With service problems and mistakes ... Read More »

Marco loses in electrifying finish

Marco Island's Tyler Gresham outruns Evangelical defenders on a 65-yard TD run on Friday, Oct. 30. The Sentinels scored in the last 16 seconds to down Marco, 30-26.

By Roger LaLonde An electrifying pass play, with but 16 seconds left, sent Marco Island Academy to a crushing 30-26 defeat on Friday, Oct. 30. Evangelical Christian quartberack Mikey Marcelak somehow tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jerramie Joseph with two MIA players all over him. Joseph caught the ball and surged to the end zone for the game winner. The game ended with MIA’s Tyler Gresham trying valiantly to make a running play that just wouldn’t be. He lay helpless on the field as the clock ran out. In a game where the MIA defense tackled Evangelical runners for ... Read More »

Erin’s Isle Hosts Chamber After Five

The chamber’s president-elect Alex Parker, with Katie O’Hara (left) and past president Jacquie Koon.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 21 islanders left the rock to attend the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce After Five Networking Event at Erin’s Isle Restaurant and Irish Pub in Naples. The monthly networking event allows guests to mingle and hand out business cards while socializing at a local venue. Ninety-one guests were in attendance, according to Sandi Riedemann, Executive Director of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. She says, “Erin’s Isle always does a nice job. Everything was delightful.” Erin’s Isle opened its dining area and treated guests to a lavish buffet. Fresh roasted turkey and pork, ... Read More »

Rays Fall, Lely Wins Rays Host Evangelical Christian on Senior Night

By Roger LaLonde Marco Island Academy (MIA) and Lely football fortunes differed on Friday, October 23. The Rays got themselves back into the game before a fourth-quarter barrage of points saw Community School of Naples win 69-37. Lely used a passing and running game to take an early 20-0 lead in its 27-8 victory over Cypress Lake. The area’s top passing quarterback, Andrew Fowler, threw for 354 yards and four touchdown passes. Austin Gross stepped up, as MIA’s running game was lacking two of its best runners. Gross ran for 116 yards, including a touchdown and caught six passes for ... Read More »

Setting Intentions

The Line Drill (above) - Paint a line, with course marking paint, and hit golf balls that sit on top of the line. This will help determine initial club to
ground interaction entry point.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott As golfers we can try a million different techniques or sensations when playing golf. One sensation might work for one swing. Another swing, though, might work for five or six holes. So which sensations are correct, and which sensations are not? As an instructor, I am trying to get people to be consistently better. My correction cannot be telling a student a sensation they should have. I prefer to help students set intentions, and guide them beyond that point. Whatever technique or sensation helps them accomplish this intention is the correct one; the sensation is ... Read More »


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer A few weeks ago I spent 11 days taking care of our 17-month-old granddaughter. It was quality time and I was her primary caregiver. We got to know one another really well and we integrated into one another’s lives and habits. I prepared her food, and she threw back at me what she didn’t like. I changed her diapers and she accompanied me on all my bathroom visits. I made calls on my phone and she put up a fuss if she wasn’t able to join in the conversation. She expressed her independence, and ... Read More »

Undisciplined football leads Kings win over Marco Island

The captains for MIA for its homecoming football game, from left, Andrew Delgado, Brian Flynn, Patrick Michel and Andrew Fowler. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE AND VALERIE SIMON

By Roger LaLonde Southwest Florida Christian Academy football team rammed its way to a 35-7 win over Marco Island Academy on Friday, Oct. 16. Kings players continually showed unsportsmanlike play on the field, with the encouragement of their coaches. Hitting after the whistle had blown was common place for the Kings. The first quarter took one hour and six minutes due to game stoppage from confrontations and scoring drives. The Florida High School Athletic Association gave two Kings players six-game suspensions each on Monday, Oct. 18. One of the two Kings players was ejected twice. First for his actions in ... Read More »

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


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 »

Third Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off


By Samantha Husted On October 10, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) held their Third Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off, hosted by CJ’s on the Bay. The event raises money for the foundation, whose mission it is to support firefighters who are in financial, medical, or personal need, and to offer scholarships to firefighters and their children. The title of the event, and the chili theme, is in honor of Jerry Adams, a Marco Island firefighter, who in 2012 lost his battle to cancer. Jerry was known for his famous firehouse chili. A chili so popular and tasty, it ... Read More »

Kiwanis Reconvenes With Tim Clune at the Helm

Chamber President Dick Shanahan was the weekly speaker at the Kiwanis Club’s meeting on September 24.

Submitted On Thursday mornings if you drive by Stonewalls at 7:30 AM you will find a packed parking lot. If you venture inside you will find a room full of some of the nicest people you can find, and a breakfast worth waking up early for. After a brief summer respite, Kiwanis has resumed their weekly breakfast meetings. On September 24 the gavel was passed from Dianna Dohm to Tim Clune, this year’s Kiwanis president. Tim told us that the goals for this year are to “continue helping the children of our community.” Kiwanis fundraising events include the Seafood Festival, ... Read More »

Rays Win Historic First District Game, Play FBA Friday in Another District Matchup

The Marco Island Academy football team celebrates.

By Roger LaLonde It was a sweet and overwhelming win for the Marco Island Academy (MIA) football team on Friday, September 25. They outplayed St. John Neumann in every aspect of the game, winning their first Class 2A-District 7 game in school history, 49-17. The Manta Rays go for a second district win when they travel to First Baptist Academy (FBA) in Naples for a 7:30 PM game on Friday, October 2. FBA downed a district opponent, Southwest Florida Christian Academy, 14-7, on September 25. The perennial district leader is 2-0 and 3-1 on the season. The Rays are ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Hosts Events

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today two upcoming events in partnership with Connectivity-Me to which the public is invited. The Center for the Arts, at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145, will be hosting Speed Networking and a Halloween Bash. The Speed Networking event will be Friday, October 16th from 6-9 PM. Speed Networking is a variation of the traditional business networking activity for meeting people. Participants will have the opportunity for brief one-on-one information exchanges which will hopefully lead to future business opportunities. At the end of the event, those attending will have the ... Read More »

Standardized Test Results Showing MIA Student Progress


By Don Manley Marco Island Academy’s top administrators could hardly be more pleased with their students’ performance on two standardized testing programs that are a key barometer of academic preparedness for college. The charter high school recently released its most recent scores for the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests, which were administered to students in May and June. Also released were the MIA students’ results for the ACT college admissions examination, which is traditionally taken during a high school student’s junior and senior years. For both, MIA students showed marked improvement in most categories, when compared to ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers October Meeting


Submitted On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome Barbara Miller to our meeting. Barbara is an author, motivational speaker, certified master life coach, and founder of Barbara and Company International, Inc. Her several books include “You Lost Your Marriage, Not Your Life,” and soon to be released, “How to Achieve Your Goals, Easy Steps to Setting and Reaching Your Goals.” Our topic for the meeting is Barbara will coach us through navigating that popular website and share her expertise on using it as a marketing tool for our published works. Flash Fiction is back at ... Read More »