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Good night Jerry Vallez

ART UNCOVERED  Tara O’Neill  On Saturday, September 29, I attended the funeral service for artist Jerry Vallez in Naples. I didn’t know him well, we met years ago when he was painting at the City Dock at Crayton Cove (before Tin City, and before the Dock Restaurant) and I was a teenager with high aspirations of being an artist. He was cordial, sweet actually, if maybe not a wee bit salty, and over the years I made it a point to stop into his various Naples galleries for a chat and to view his latest paintings. I learned something from Jerry ... Read More »

Why get hooked on fishing?

LADY ANGLER’S CORNER Capt. Mary Fink  islandgirls123@yahoo.com Ladies, when you think of the sport of fishing, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe you visualize complacently sitting somewhere with your line in the water hoping that a fish may swim by and take some interest in your bait. Could it be that you have an aversion to touching live bait and fish? Perhaps your husband wants to go fishing and asked you to join him, so you feel obligated to go. Whatever your initial thought of fishing may be, it is this author’s experience that many women ... Read More »

Serving success

READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com  Despite the changes in today’s modern game where groundstrokes rule the planet, every tennis player desires to have a big serve. In particular, when the match is closely contested, winning easy points is a premium and possessing a big serve will decide the match. To me, far too many tennis players toss poorly and do not have the necessary balance to be good servers. In order to achieve serving success, I like to put my students in big buckets or a big tennis case. The key is to make sure the server is comfortable ... Read More »

Fakahatchee strand

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff  mulletrapper@gmail.com  If you’ve ever walked along the Big Cypress Boardwalk in the Fakahatchee Strand or driven the back roads of Janes Scenic Drive, then you’re familiar with the wonders of the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. Guided Swamp Walks will begin in November on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Saturday of each month. Reservations are required for these adventures into the wild. Friends of the Fakahatchee members receive a discounted rate of $50 ($70 for non-members). The trips are well worth it. Phone 239-695-1023 or email islandgirl@msn.com for more information. On Saturday, October 27, the official ... Read More »

The spotted seatrout

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com A prime shallow water fishing target here in the 10,000 Islands, the Spotted Seatrout are common estuarine fish found throughout the southern coasts of the United States along the south Atlantic and all coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico. Contrary to its name “Spotted Seatrout”, they actually are not a member of the Trout family at all, however they are a member of the drum family (Sciaenidae). Spotted Seatrout are silver in color with olive-green tints on their back, and numerous small black dots which extend over their dorsal fins and onto their ... Read More »

Prevent Colon Cancer, Part II

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA  Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com  Now that you know that the colon is considered the sewer system of the body, it makes sense to pay even closer attention to what we eat. In part one we learned that smoking increases our risk for colorectal cancer, as does high amounts of red meat and alcohol. We learned the importance of knowing our family history, getting screened, and the benefits of colon hydrotherapy to cleanse the colon of toxic waste. Now we will go over a few simple tips that will also help to keep your colon healthy. Keep ... Read More »

Good enough to eat

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  Profiled for his Dia de los Muertos artwork on page A/18, Esau Rodriguez is using his artistic talents to hopefully help those suffering with cancer. “When I was living in Gainesville, my brother was diagnosed with cancer. We were living together and we were both filled with anxiety; it was a really rough time.” His brother, Edgar, “was very strong, but the only thing he would complain about was the hospital food and that he was never hungry.” The only option to help induce hunger for Edgar was a specific type of steroid. “He was surprised ... Read More »

One family STANDS UP to Cancer

By Jane A. Marlowe  janem@coastalbreezenews.com  Judy Mayo is my dearest friend, my support system, my sister in Christ, my neighbor, my sounding board, my hero. She is involved in many ministries in our San Marco Catholic Church, helping parishioners with practical and spiritual needs, assisting with the bereavement group, grief support, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and Homebound Minister bringing the Sacred Eucharist to members of the parish who are unable to attend Mass. She serves in all these capacities quietly and joyfully and when asked how she is doing, her response is always, “I’m just fine. Isn’t today a ... Read More »

Keep in Touch wants to “Stamp Out” Breast Cancer

For the fourth year in a row, the Keep in Touch satellite post office and gift store at the Shops of Marco has honored Breast Cancer Awareness month. If you buy two sheets of Breast Cancer stamps, you can have your choice of a pink breast cancer awareness band bracelet. Choose from bands that read Hope, Strength, Survivor and Faith. “One in four people have their lives rocked by cancer. My cousin is a breast cancer survivor. She had chemotherapy and a mastectomy.” Seventy percent of the net amount raised by the sale of these stamps is given to the ... Read More »

The Collier County American Cancer Society seeking teams and volunteers for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk

The Collier County American Cancer Society is seeking teams and volunteers to participate in its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk. Please walk with us to raise awareness and raise funds, October 20th, at Cambier Park. To register as an individual or a team, or to volunteer, please contact Allison Freeman, American Cancer Society, 239- 261-0337, ext. 3861, allison.freeman@ cancer.org, or visit www.putonyourpinkbra.com/naples.   Saturday, October 20th, Cambier Park  Registration starts 7:30am – Walk starts 9am   Read More »

Major event just a year away!

SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher  usher34105@earthlink.net  We looked at this region of the sky just two weeks ago; notice how the sky has rolled upwards since then? Perseus, which was just starting to rise last edition is now well clear of the horizon. Being in the Milky Way Perseus is full of interesting deep sky objects, but it is probably best to wait until the constellation is a bit higher to scan it with your binoculars. Pay particular attention to Capella, which is just now rising. Observe how it sparkles, flashes on and off and changes colors constantly. This ... Read More »

Southern Americana Tour: Part 3 Momma’s Home Cookin’

MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com   The saga continues… Although the beautiful North Carolina wilderness had been so good to me, there were “Gatorheads” down in Georgia and Tennessee that had waited patiently for my arrival, and they were not gonna be let down. Not this trip, and definitely not by me. So, I got up, bright n’ early, at the crack a’ dawn, and as the heavy mountain dew was still rising off the river I said goodbye to Rusty and all my friends in Nolichucki and hit the road in ol’ “Silver,” my trusty Ford ... Read More »

Little things mean a lot

GOODLAND LIFE  Joanie Fuller  joaniefuller@embarqmail.com It’s tiny, it’s old, it’s really used and it’s full of art. Everyone loves it even though there’s no parking. Most would say who needs parking when you can walk to it? Some would say it has become a destination – maybe it should even be on the Historic Register. There’s a well tended garden out front complete with orchids and there are two very nice people inside ready to help you. There’s also a big sign out front displaying the numbers 34140. Surely you know by now I am talking about something that means a ... Read More »

Pawlitically correct

DOG & STYLE Tony Wakefield-Jones Tony@mindzoo.com     Dear Tony: What are your political views? Lynn A. – Marco Island, FL Dear Miss Lynn: My views? Well, from my vantage point (mostly television), all the major candidates are actually quite attractive. Now, I’m not gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but the views from my couch are not too bad. Nobody can work a suit and tie like President Obama. Joe Biden has really big teeth and an equally fetching smile. And if this run for office doesn’t work out, Romney and Ryan could easily be models for Abercrombie ... Read More »

For all the saints come marching in

By Virginia Carlin The Celtic festival of the dead was incorporated into Christian ritual and in the 9th century a feast in honor of all the saints was fixed for November 1. What or who is a saint? I would suspect we have many among us, in all races and religions who have never been officially recognized. This is not to denigrate the heroism, dedication or devotion of saints of earlier days. The Bible is full of compelling stories. Peter, (called Cephas, Aramaic equivalent of Peter, meaning the Rock) a fisherman in Capernaum, was with Christ during many of his ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Welcomes New Clubhouse Manager Thomas M. Leonard

Culinary Institute of America-trained veteran returns to balmy Gulf breezes Thomas M. Leonard, a 30+ year veteran of the hospitality industry, has been named Clubhouse Manager at the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC), effective immediately. In his new role, he will be responsible to oversee all daily operations of the prestigious waterfront yacht club and provide leadership and guidance to a dynamic management team and staff. Leonard returns to Marco Island after spending the past five years with Food & Company Caterers in East Hampton, NY, where his deep business and leadership acumen and keen taste for exceptional food elevated ... Read More »

Surge in the Number of Properties Closing Sales Activity Continues to be Strong on Marco Island

MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, show a very active market according to Gerry Rosenblum, President.  Here is a recap of what happened in the Marco Island Real Estate market in a comparison of Real Estate Sales for the first nine months of 2012 and 2011 (January – September). 858 Total Sales in 2012 708 Total Sales in 2011 $491,000 Average Sales Price in 2012 $514,000 Average Sales Price in 2011 295 Single Family homes sold in 2012 with a total dollar volume of $203 Million with an average Sales ... Read More »

16th Annual Christmas House Decorating Contest

Premier Sponsor LCEC Supports Event In 1997, Dave Rice, then the overall Christmas Island Style Chairman, requested Lee County Electric Company to support a new event on Marco Island which was a contest to honor the top Christmas decorated homes. Since that time, LCEC has annually supported this independent program. Above, LCEC representative, Tricia Dorn is pictured presenting Dave with a check for $2,000.00. Said Dorn, “It is LCEC’s pleasure to continue financial support of this wonderful annual event. It embodies the true Christmas Spirit and provides an entertainment event for everyone for the entire holiday season. The 1,848 private homes and businesses that ... Read More »

IBERIABANK Hosts Health Plus Lecture: “Aging with Grace”

IBERIABANK in partnership with Physicians Regional Healthcare System, will host a Health Plus Lecture focused on “Aging with Grace” on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marco Island branch of IBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. Carlos Portu, M.D. will discuss simple, everyday changes people can make to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle as they age. Dr. Portu is board certified in Internal Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and a member of the American Medical Association and Society of Hospital Medicine. His special interests include multidisciplinary primary care, including integrated diabetes management. This free lecture is open ... Read More »