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Benefits of Pilates

Crystal Manjarres    Q. I have heard a lot about Pilates. Could you elaborate on the benefits? A. The benefits to Pilate are numerous! The first that comes to mind is that of postural awareness; you cannot master Pilates without it! In fact, that is one of the first goals I urge clients to take away from their first (as well as successive) session(s). You learn how to stand, breathe, and carry yourself consciously—you will find that it spills over into every aspect of your life. Another facet that Pilates is known for is promoting longer, leaner muscles; because there ... Read More »

Does your brain get in the way of your success?

Doug Browne Doug, did you see the latest tip in Tennis Magazine?,” one of my enthusiastic stu­dents asked me recently after one of our work-outs. My main concern is that the student is on the right track; she is begin­ning to do the essential items to win ten­nis matches but due to her curiosity she just may screw things up. In other words, a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing as people tends to over analyze cer­tain bits and pieces and then they become mentally slower on the tennis court. For example, my improving student is rapidly becoming ... Read More »

Congratulations to the Aldis Family!

The beachfront at Marco Beach Ocean Resort was the recent site of the Renewal of Vows for a Marine and his wife of 20 years. Coastal Breeze News helped Navy Command Master Chief Chris Aldis and his wife, Paula, have the wedding of their dreams. They eloped during the time between Chris’ many deployments. They were never able to realize their dream of having a wedding on the beach. Over the years, they have endured many good times as well as a number of difficult ones. They were unable to share many of life’s everyday events as Chris, a career ... Read More »

Enjoying the islands’ cuisines

Frances Diebler Before we visit the many more islands of the Caribbean, I would like to introduce you to the many exciting and unusual foods and recipes that are popular and different from island to island. Many kinds of fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and fish are common to each island. The differences are in how each country combines and uses these raw and natural resources. Even with a similar culture and many of the same foods, each region prepares them differently. I personally found this aspect of the cultures most fascinating. For example, Spanish speaking people in Venezuela cook differently ... Read More »

PEAR, SPINACH AND GORGONZOLA BAKED CHICKEN

Chef Annie  Who would have thought that the simple combination of spinach, chicken, pears and gorgonzola could create such a delicious meal? Well, for me, I’m just awed that it took me so long to realize it. I mean, I love spinach, I love chicken, I love pears and I am crazy for anything with gorgonzola! How has this dish never been prepared in my kitchen? And when can I have it again? It truly is a perfect combination of flavors and textures and all those other things that make food so decadent. This dish has the benefit of making ... Read More »

This is not going to stay in Vegas

By Matt Walthour Well I did it, I broke down and headed to Vegas. I know what you’re thinking; poor guy had to go to Vegas. Actually, my trip was not about hanging at the Palms, I did do that, or seeing elaborate shows. I did take in the Elvis Cirque de Soleil show, I mean how could I not, he is the king after all, but in all actuality my main objective for going to “Lost Wages” (as the Southwest pilot called it) was to attend our industry’s yearly show, called “interbike” and what a show it was. Besides ... Read More »

Fall weather is here and it’s time to “Hunt for Reds in October!”

Capt. Pete Rapps With all of that tropical storm activity that has been going on out there, it’s nice to see the change of seasons. It seemed as though summer would last forever. October is here and what a great month it is to fish the 10,000 Islands! Our day time air temperatures should now be averaging around 87 degrees, as water temps hover around 81 degrees. Usually right now, we will start to see some nice schools of large live bait like Pilchards and Thread Herring pour into the area. Last October the live bait came, but was not ... Read More »

Q&A with Simba

This column is the opinion of a 3-year-old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the humans they own… Dear Simba, My name is Sassy and I’ve been told I am the prettiest and the “sassiest” Chihuahua on Marco. I have a dilemma. My human is so excited about her move to a new condo (it’s bigger and ... Read More »

All That Is Bitter & Sweet: A Memoir

Diane Bostick Author: Ashley Judd Publisher: Ballentine Books 2011 It may seem harsh to say in this day and age that I have little sympathy for those who have made no effort to improve themselves and expect others who have studied and worked hard to pay their way. I understand that the economics of today have changed a lot of the rules and there are many who are suffering because of it who have truly tried to do all the right things. But, I also realize there are millions of people in the third world countries who, through no fault ... Read More »

MONEYBALL

By Monte Lazarus  Don’t expect “Moneyball” to be an old, hackneyed, romanticized Hollywood film such as “Pride of the Yankees” in which Gary Cooper couldn’t even pretend to be Lou Gehrig (they had to reverse the batting scenes because Cooper couldn’t even pretend to bat left-handed), or the monumental flop in which William Bendix does a horrible impersonation of Babe Ruth. “Moneyball” based on a 2003 non-fiction story, is all about the backrooms of sports enterprise and the characters who set values on human performances. It’s much more like “The Social Network” than my own favorite “Bull Durham”. Brad Pitt ... Read More »

Honesty & integrity

Richard Alan I’m finally settled in and open at my new location at Island Plaza (better known as Beall’s Plaza) and in just two short weeks I have achieved the desired results I was hoping for. One was to be busier than I was at my old Front Street location, the other was to attract some new clientele. It’s no secret to many of us seasoned island business people that lots of our customers abandon “the rock” each year and many never return for whatever reasons. I have seen a lot of new faces with the old and that’s a ... Read More »

How far can you see?

By Mike P. Usher  Tonight Jupiter is finally visible at a reasonable time, but still too close to the horizon for good binocular viewing. Also the Moon is still nearly full tonight – which washes out all the fainter stars, but it’s a good time to try a simple experiment. Everyone is familiar with a huge Moon floating just above the horizon but it shrinks drastically by the time it’s high overhead. This is purely an optical illusion – the Moon does not change size. You can prove it to yourself by marking with a wax pencil its size on ... Read More »

St. Petersburg, an Imperial City

Vickie Kelber  St. Petersburg, designed by Peter the Great to emulate a grand European city, has also been known as Petrograd and Leningrad. In 1991, by a majority vote of 52%, its name was returned to the original St. Petersburg. It served as the capital of Russia from 1713-1728 and 1732-1918. Although Peter studied in Amsterdam and used it as his model in fashioning his city, St. Petersburg’s 68 rivers and canals, 42 islands, and 300 bridges have earned it the nickname, “Venice of the North.” Of great consequence in the city’s history was the siege of Leningrad. During World ... Read More »

The Shirley Street Scene

Tara O’Neill Why in the world are art lovers converging on Shirley Street, the traditionally industrial neighborhood in Naples? I’m guessing it’s for a chance to see fine artists of all genres at work in their studios. Okay, I’m not guessing, I’m filthy with inside information. Shirley Street Galleries and Studios, formerly the notorious Shirley Street 16, is a group that began with five members eight months ago and has grown to include 23 artists. A diverse group of Florida artists, each studio showcases unique and original art. Fine Art Watercolorist Barbara Groenteman, who moved her gallery to Shirley St. ... Read More »

Plans for Island Christmas in high gear

While meteorologists are still scanning the horizons for the hint of bad tropical weather and neighbors and friends who left for the summer are packing up their bags for the return to the island and its tropical breezes, a dedicated group of volunteers are making plans for the 24th annual Christmas Island Style series of events. Each year the events grow to encompass a number of endeavors by various groups and organizations. This year the new theatrical group on the island will be joining in under the CIS umbrella of events according to board member Kris Hodgton. The Island Players ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island is hosting the District IX meeting

On Friday, October 14, 2011, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island is hosting the District IX meeting of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs at Hideaway Beach Club.  An anticipated 120 gardeners, horticulturists, and environmentalists from the 30 garden clubs in this district, as well as newly elected state officers of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, will be attending.  The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Jerry Gibson will be greeting attendees and an outstanding program, “Marco’s Natural Magic,” will be presented by noted speaker, Charlette Roman.  Prior to the meeting, the District IX Board ... Read More »

Celebrity Bra Auction for the Arts Center and Cancer Society on Marco Island

The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold a silent and live auction for six celebrity bras, along with more than 20 artistic interpretations of bras by local artists, on Thursday, October 6 from 5:30-8PM. Admission is free. The celebrity bras are signed gifts from Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Gloria Feldt, Jesse Golden and Irina Voronina, Miss January 2001 for Playboy magazine. These bras and more will be auctioned off during a fun-filled evening with wine and hors d’oeuvres. A silent auction is also included in this event, along with paintings and photographs celebrating the female form. “The ... Read More »

“Florida’s Role in the War Between the States”

David Southall, Curator of Education, Collier County Museums will present “Florida’s Role in the War Between the States” Tuesday, October, 4, 7 pm Rose History Auditorium 180 S. Heathwood Free!!! and open to the Public Light refreshments will be served! “The smallest tadpole in the filthy pool of secession” is how Florida was described in the northern press in February of 1861.  With the poorest economy, the smallest population, and vast unsettled territory, Florida still managed to provide more than 15,000 soldiers and significant financial support for the Southern cause.  Join us for a discussion of these difficult times and how ... Read More »

Blessing of the Animals October 2nd

The Blessing of the Animals. All are invited to this free community event on October 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Father Kyle Bennett will bless all pets for health and happiness at the Blessing of the Pets festival at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Music will be performed by Ron Doiron and Shane Totten.  Free hot dogs for all! Also, join us at St. Mark’s Pet Memorial Garden, where your precious pet’s ashes can be interred and remembered forever. Call the office at 394-7242, ext. 93 if you have a pet to be interred. Participatants are: For the Love ... Read More »

Consul General discusses Palestinian request

By Jane Marlowe On Monday, September 19, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island hosted a luncheon and lecture by the Israeli Consul General for Florida and Puerto Rico, the Honorable Chaim Shacham. Mr. Shacham, American born, has served Israel in several capacities, as an army commander, Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel’s representative to the Plenary of the United Nations General Assembly for nine sessions and participated in the Israeli Delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. He drafted the speech given by the late Prime Minister Rabin at the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Principles in 1993. ... Read More »