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We Don’t Need a Guide…

SUBMITTED PHOTO. Molodova and Transnistria

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com There is a common expression in Turkish which roughly translates to “you don’t need a guide to tell you how to get there if you can see the destination.” This expression — which I heard many times as a young man growing up in Turkey — applies well to the situation in Ukraine today. Russia is preparing to invade and annex Ukraine as well as the neighboring country of Moldova. As I have done before, I would like to stress that I am writing this article on Sunday, March 30. The situation is fluid and ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Nets 15-foot Sawfish

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Submitted March 7 was a big day for Rookery Bay Reserve Fisheries Biologist Pat O’Donnell and his volunteers. The team captured three endangered smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) in Fakahatchee Bay while out on its monthly shark monitoring and tagging program. The biggest — a female measuring nearly 15 feet — is the largest sawfish captured by Rookery Bay since May 2000. It is no secret that many species of shark come into shallow, protected estuarine bays of the Ten Thousand Islands to give birth to their young. These back bays provide young sharks with plenty of food and protection from ... Read More »

Tyler MacDonald Featured at Festival of the Arts

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Submitted This weekend — April 5-6 — Veteran’s Park will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, as Howard Alan Events and the Marco Island Center for the Arts bring the Marco Island Festival of the Arts to the island community for the first time. The juried art festival benefits the Center for the Arts. Chief among the line-up of artistic talent is Marco’s own Tyler MacDonald. At just 18 years old, MacDonald already has won numerous awards and national recognition for his work including second-place in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual photo contest. His passion for wildlife photography is ... Read More »

A Marco man’s high adventure

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By John Scott The sheer excitement of sliding down the backside of six feet of following sea in a small but well crafted open sailboat for the first time was an exhilarating awakening to the powerful forces of nature. We methodically rose on a wave’s front side, reached its crest and accelerated, only to skate into its trough. We would slow and repeat the cycle over and over. Watching the froth bubbling, smelling the fresh salt air, hearing the wind gusts fill our sails and feeling the constant rhythm of motion glued a grin on my face and an adrenalin ... Read More »

Touring The Isles of Collier Preserve

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On a blustery and sunny March day, Collier County District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala hosted a special constituent tour of East Naples’ newest eco-friendly resort-style community — The Isles of Collier Preserve. Spearheaded by Minto Communities Florida, the 2,300-acre development boasts some 1,649 home sites, which include coach homes, paired homes and single-family residences ranging in size from 1,600-3,900 square feet. The piece de resistance of the outdoor living community, though, is the 1,300 acres Minto set aside to remain undeveloped. This protected land encompasses lakes, preserves and natural habitat with miles of hiking, biking ... Read More »

Karate Kids

Students responded in sync to Sensei Nick’s direction.

By Melinda Gray When people think of Karate, they think of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Mr. Miyagi, but make no mistake young grasshoppers, there is much more to it than the Hollywood portrayal. Nick Lemke, owner and sensei of Shima Dojo, will tell you that. On Saturday, March 22, Shima Dojo held their Third annual All-You-Can-Eat Blue Crab fundraiser. Unlike the previous fundraisers, which were held at the YMCA on Marco Island, this year it was hosted by Marker 8.5, and the setting was perfect. Students showed off their skills to proud parents and audience members enjoying their meal. ... Read More »

A barking good time

Oscar hits the stage in the Puppy Parade. PHOTOS BY JULIA BARNETT

By Julia Barnett Mutts and Martini’s returned to Marco for the sixth year, running this past Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The event once again brought barks and bucks to the Esplanade Plaza, all in the name of charity. The “Yappy Hour” event ran from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and included a puppy parade, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. Mutts and Martini’s is an annual fundraising event held to benefit Bedtime Bundles, a local charitable organization that provides necessities to migrant workers and their families, especially children, living in Collier County. Founded in 2006 by Karen Saeks, Bedtime Bundles ... Read More »

Naples Chabad Dedicates World-Class Mikvah

The ribbon-cutting ceremony -- let to right, the Yitzchak family, Maria Elias, Chabad President Dr. Art Siegel, Sally Aaron, Rebbitzin Ettie Zaklos.

By Carol Glassman Jewish law states that building a mikvah is more important to a community than building a synagogue and that even a community’s most treasured assets such as the synagogue and the Torah scroll may be sold to raise the funds needed to build a mikvah. (A bath used for the purpose of ritual immersion, literally means “a collection,” generally a collection of water.) When Sally Aaron of Marco Island learned that the women of the Chabad of Naples community were traveling to Miami once a month to use the closest mikvah, she found that “unacceptable” and donated ... Read More »

Habitat recognizes St. Mark’s

Rev. Lisa Lefkow, right, was greeted by Lauri Shafer, a member of the St. Mark’s Habitat team. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Sunday March 23, was “Habitat Sunday” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Lisa Lefkow, executive vice president of Collier County Habitat for Humanity, presented the congregation with a plaque recognizing the congregation’s building of Habit homes number seven and eight. It read, “With gratitude and appreciation for your tremendous expression of faith in action,” ending with a quote from Psalms 68:10, “From your bounty O God, you provide for the poor.” The congregation took an offering during the service to build St. Mark’s ninth Habitat house. Later, during coffee time, the congregation’s members signed lumber that will be used ... Read More »

Marco Riders Honor Dasti

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By Marilyn Honahan On Saturday, March 22, the Marco Riders got together for an evening aboard the Marco Island Princess. The evening was arranged by long time member Marvin Tomlin. There were 79 members and guests in attendance. After an excellent dinner and a fun door prize drawing, there was a surprise award. Carmen Dasti was honored by his fellow riders for his leadership and unending loyalty to the group and its members. Dan Honahan made the presentation citing Dasti’s willingness to help everyone and always being a “Stand-Up” kind of guy! Honahan added, “He’s got a heart bigger than ... Read More »

Local Women Doing a World of Good

By Melinda Gray The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) was formed in1966 by 16 friends who shared the desire to help support the people of Marco Island and various non-profit groups. Today, the civic-minded organization is an active social network for the women of Marco Island. The club is comprised of roughly 180 women who live on the island at least 6 months out of the year. The MIWC boasts a long history of helping the community and providing scholarships to Marco Island high school students. This year, two very popular club events helped raise money for their education fund: ... Read More »

Honoring the Arts

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Recently, the Ladies of the Summit House attended the play The Drowsy Chaperone performed at the Sugden Theater in Naples. With them was the Tony Award Winner for the lyrics, Lisa Lambert, who visited with the cast of the play and was honored by the Ladies of the Summit House at their annual champagne party. Lisa Lambert gave high praise to the production and thought it one of the best. Congratulations to the cast!!!   Read More »

Sonoma Homes at Fiddler’s Creek

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Fiddler’s Creek announces that move-in-ready homes are now available for viewing in Sonoma, a Mediterranean-style village of just 44 coach homes in the luxury, master-planned community. Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community that has been selected by the readers of the Naples Daily News and Bonita Daily News as “Best Community” in the Southwest Florida Readers’ Choice Awards. The community also received the 2013 CBIA Sand Dollar Award for “Community of the Year.” For membership details and more information on this gated golf course community in Naples, offering move-in-ready and ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo

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Pat Gage of Marco Island was a big winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Miriam Slavich. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome! every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM.   Read More »

United Church Celebrates 25 years of Stephen Ministry

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On Sunday, March 23, United Church of Marco Island celebrated a very special day, the 25th anniversary of Stephen Ministry. This International not-for-profit religious program was founded by Dr. Kenneth Haugk in 1975. Dr. Haugk was a pastor of a church in St. Louis and saw a need for care in his church that exceeded what he alone could offer and decided to train a small group of people in his church to help meet these needs and Stephen Ministry was born. It was started in our church by Russ and Pat Rainey who still remain active in both support ... Read More »

Paddlers Complete 1,515 Mile Sea Kayaking Journey

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection congratulates kayakers Marc DeLuca and Jim Windle for finishing the entire 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, as mapped and developed by the Department’s Office of Greenways & Trails. The two retired police officers from Charlotte, N.C., began their four-month journey Nov. 2, 2013 at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola and finished March 1, 2014, near Fort Clinch State Park just south of the Georgia border. They are the 12th and 13th paddlers to complete the entire trail since it opened in 2007. The two men faced extreme weather, large ocean swells and ... Read More »

Opera Naples Announces Cast of “Nabucco”

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Naples is pleased to announce the cast of Nabucco which will be presented in partnership with ArtsNaples World Festival at North Naples Methodist Church on Friday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. Nabucco propelled Verdi into musical prominence in 1842 as Italy’s leading opera composer. Although it is the biblical story of the Jews repressed then exiled from Babylon, it actually stood to represent the Italians struggling against the bonds of Austria. The chorus of the Hebrew slaves Va, pensiero, has heretofore become the adopted national anthem of Italy’s citizenry. The famed Italian baritone Andrea Zese will embody the role of ... Read More »

Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach

The 26th Annual Marco Island Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held at 7 a.m., April 20, at the Marriott Marco Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Beach access is north of the Marriott Spa and the public access north of the Madeira Condominium. Participating clergy are Marco Presbyterian Church’s Senior Pastor the Rev. Dr. Steven Schoof, New Life Community Church’s Pastor the Rev. Thomas McCulley and Wesley United Methodist Church’s Pastor the Rev. Kirk Dreiser. The guest soloist is Dawn Birch of the duo Billy Dean and Dawn. The prelude will begin at 6:45 a.m. The Marco ... Read More »

Dottie’s Duck Derby

Join your friends and come to the Marco YMCA on Saturday, April 26 and celebrate Healthy Kids Day and cap off the day’s activities with the Duck Derby at the Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center. Activities, games, arts & crafts are on the schedule from 10am to 1pm. The 19th Annual Dottie’s Duck Derby races are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Race your rubber ducky down the pool with the help of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. For more information, contact Steve Reynolds, Communications Coordinator at 239-394-YMCA, ext 228. Read More »

The Odd Couple

The Marco Players Children’s Theater presents The Odd Couple by Neil Simon. A compulsive neat-freak, uptight Felix Unger moves in with a slovenly, easy going friend Oscar Madison during a period of emotional stress. This mismatch is a source of hilarious comic situations, involving a circle of kooky acquaintances and neighbors. Show dates run from April 25 through April 27. Buy your tickets now; adults, $20 and children, $10. Visit TheMarcoPlayers.com or call 239-642-7270.   Read More »