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Connected or Cavalier?

BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing A new generation is born called Generation C, short for the “connected” generation. Assumptions may have business owners thinking this is a generation outside of the target audience traditionally 25 to 54-years-old, but according to Nielsen and NM Incite’s U.S. Digital Consumer Report released in February, Generation C is the primary digital consumer audience. Between the ages of 18 and 34, Generation C, formerly known as Generation Y, is connecting with brands and products in new and unique ways. More than 58 percent of Generation C members use mobile phones to access social media ... Read More »

Marco Presbyterian Church hosts twenty-sixth annual Missions Conference “To Pray, to Go, to Send”

By Kathleen Tuttle Marco Presbyterian Church will hold their Twenty-sixth Annual Missions Conference, March 9th through 11th. This year’s conference features: the Rev. Jim Rosene, Kids Around the World; Gary Waldecker, Mission to the World-South America; and Stacy Ladenburger from Crossroad Bible Institute. The schedule is as follows: • 7:00 PM, March 9th, Rosene, Waldecker and Ladenburger will discuss their ministries and opportunities to get involved. Dessert will be served. • 9:00 to 11:00 AM and 1:00 to 3:00 PM, March 10, food packaging event with Kids Around the World. The nutritious packaged meals will be distributed to the needy ... Read More »

Terrorist Cop to speak at Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

By Jane A. Marlowe  The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series will conclude this season with a very special event on Sunday evening, March 11, at 7:30PM at the Jewish Congregation, 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Mordecai Dzikansky, a retired New York City police officer, will talk about his work with the Israeli government in searching out terrorists who threaten our country, Israel and any friends of the American and Israeli way of life. Dzikansky, son of a Rabbi, became one of the first Orthodox Jewish police officers on the New York City Police Department. He was fluent in Hebrew ... Read More »

Victoria, the Royal

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL  Vickie Kelber With its mild climate, diverse First Nations, British and Asian influences, and proximity to Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Colombia (BC), Victoria, BC makes an enjoyable day excursion from either location. Stay longer to leisurely enjoy all the city has to offer. Situated on Vancouver Island, the best ways to reach Victoria from either location is by air, boat/ferry, or bus via the ferry. A friend, upon hearing I was going there, noted that I would think I was in “Jolly Olde England without the British accent” and indeed, with some of its 19th century ... Read More »

THE ISLAND PLAYERS PRESENTS: Wild Bill! An evening with James Butler Hickok

Submitted by The Island Players  The Island Players is pleased to present Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok, to be performed March 22-25. Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok is actor/writer Walt Willey’s tribute to fellow Illinoisan and childhood hero, James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok. “I was traveling to Mendota, Illinois to pick my family up at the train station there,” Willey explains. “And on the way there’s this sign: ‘Troy Grove, Birthplace of James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok.’ I had no idea we were born in the same county, forty miles apart!” Willey, who played ... Read More »

Don’t forget to “Count Your Beans”

By Natalie Strom Let’s face it. Most people who are fortunate enough to buy a second home on Marco Island have been pretty smart with their money. Dr. Richard J. Van Ness, a part-time Marco resident has shared his secret to success in his new book, “Count Your Beans!! A Pathway to Riches.” Through the knowledge provided in Van Ness’ book, anyone at any level can achieve monetary success. “Count Your Beans” is co-authored by W. Ralph Sommers, M.A. and has been endorsed by William D. Danko, Ph.D. Danko co-authored the New York Times best seller, “The Millionaire Next ... Read More »

Old Florida friendly Marker 8

GOODLAND LIFE  Joanie Fuller Are you the friendly type? Do you like to meet old timers and hear stories? If so, you definitely need to go to Marker 8 Restaurant and sit at their Friendly Table like I did the other morning. Of course, you feel at home the minute you enter the place. It is like going to someone’s home. How could it not be with its rustic Old Florida ambiance, a machine blowing bubbles over the docks and Dave Serber and Jimmy Ketchum running the place? But the Friendly Table is the best part. Here you sit with ... Read More »

Follow the TARPON!

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps Each summer giant Tarpon gather in huge schools in different areas around the state of Florida, as they have done for centuries before we even started to fish for them. They are on their annual spawning migration and arrive hungry and ready to eat. Tarpon are considered by many as the most incredible and ultimate game fish available. To experience a Tarpon’s violent head shaking and its raw strength as it leaps ten feet out of the water, is simply one of the most amazing adrenaline rushes out there! Although I am not headed ... Read More »

Florida Native Americans, Artists of the Everglades

ART UNCOVERED Tara O’Neill I’ll start by telling you that it has been my great honor to chair the Gallery Committee at the Marco Island Center for the Arts these past two years. I work with exceptionally creative men and women dedicated to bringing interesting, enlightening, and energizing exhibits and events to ‘’The Center.‘’ In March, 2011, during a brain-storming session, Ken Stroud, President of our Board of Directors, suggested to the committee an exhibit of work by Seminole artists. Sure, I think, this is a wonderful idea. I’m a Florida gal, I know people who know people, etc. Absolutely! I ... Read More »

Smallwood Store update and more buzz…

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff Smallwood Store & Museum had a very successful fundraiser on February 25, based on the number of people who came out to support this historic site. Visitors from all over the county and beyond attended and donated funds to help with the battle to restore Mamie Street. It is still very difficult to travel on the unpaved bumpy road; it is so narrow in places that cars are required to move off the road in order to pass one another. Although Florida-Georgia Grove LLP was ordered to pave the road by February 27, they were ... Read More »

Bravest vs. Finest… second time around!!

By Monte Lazarus  It was April in March; a balmy day with temperature in the 80’s; an emerald green field awaiting kids and “The Bravest v. The Finest”. Marco Island’s second Community Fun Day was set to go. Thanks to very generous sponsors, the two hosts of the day – the Marco Island Fire- Rescue Foundation and the Marco Island Police Foundation – were able to set up the day and to provide food and beverages at rather remarkably low prices. Where can you get a hot dog for $2 these days? The largest sponsor was the Marriott Hotels ... Read More »

Why no becomes the only option

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s a sad day for me anytime I have to refuse service to certain clients. No, I’m not a bartender, although I am often asked what my opinion is about jewelry and certain subjects about life in general. The major way I make a living is with my hands busy at my work bench and on any given day, the things that appear before me can be a bit confusing to any other goldsmith or bench jeweler or any one else for that matter. Confusion? Just the other day I started with a malfunctioning strap ... Read More »

Sugar lover, part II

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Q. Are you addicted to sugar? A. Do you ever find that eating makes you happy? Do you ever notice that certain foods make you feel super happy? Women usually reach for comfort foods like chocolate, cookies, cake, (basically anything sweet) or salty. Men usually opt for salty and crunchy. Whatever your preference, consumption of carbohydrates is usually the food of choice; and the effects are real—thanks to your body pumping out serotonin. Serotonin is the hormone responsible for making you “feel good”. So, sad, happy, anxious, stressed, hungry, or bored, we ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach Open doubles tournament

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne The 2nd Annual Hideaway Beach Open Doubles tournament featured 94 tennis players from all over Collier County and beyond. The following tennis facilities were represented: Hideaway Beach, Fiddler’s Creek, Marco Island Racquet Center, Marco Island YMCA, Cape Marco, Eagle Creek, Player’s Club, Pelican Bay and the Longboat Key Club in Sarasota. This year, we added the 4.0 divisions – in both the men’s and women’s events, the winning teams were undefeated. In particular, Ann Campisi and Jackie Pham were unbeatable this past weekend as they braved the sweltering heat and finally the wind to capture ... Read More »

MICMS routs Seacrest

By Ed D’Alessandro  In a hard fought series of matches at Seacrest Country Day School, some of the matches lasted over two hours. The Marco Island Charter Middle School Boys prevailed over Seacrest five matches to zero and the Girls won three matches tied one doubles match and lost the other. Read More »

Island Country Club tennis tournaments

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The Mens’ 3.5 event was won by member Roger Boissie and his guest Paul Violette both from Dover NH 10-8 over Corky Trebilcock from the Island Club and his guest Kerry O’Brien . The Womens Open level Member/ Guest Tournament Championship went to the team of Island Club member Keely Miller and her guest Stacy Faremouth taking out club member Eileen Fisher and Elizabeth MidKiff 10-6 in the Match Tie breaker final. In the Mens Open level Member/ Guest the 3 time Champs Larry Sexton and Clay Zyerefld were eliminated 10-8 in the semi finals ... Read More »


SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher  If you can drag your eyes away from the beautiful conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the west, look towards the north and find everyone’s favorite asterism – the Big Dipper. Besides being easy to find it’s also useful; in addition to its famous ability to point out the North Star if you flip the direction of the pointer stars they indicate the direction of the constellation Leo. Extend the arc of the handle you will come to the bright star Arcturus, although you should wait until the Big Dipper is higher in ... Read More »

Marco Yacht Club celebrates

Submitted In January, Marco Bay Yacht Club celebrated its 38th Annual Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball. The event was held at Hideaway Beach Club, with music provided by the versatile Dan Vass and a wonderful dinner provided by the Hideaway staff. The beautiful floral arrangements of white hydrangea with red roses and miniature blue tinged flowers on tables covered with red, white and blue linens created a perfect environment for the patriotic theme selected by outgoing Commodore Brent Cook. More than a 100 members and guests were in attendance to witness Commodore Brent Cook welcome Alan Rapp as the ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Some of the simplest pleasures of life are enjoyed on the ubiquitous lanais and terraces of Southwest Florida. These spaces provide the best features of indoor and outdoor living, places where homeowners can enjoy the fresh subtropical air while reading the morning newspaper, relaxing over cocktails or watching the sunset over the Gulf. Many Southwest Florida homeowners have electric storm shutters on their lanais. They like to leave their shutters open as much as possible to let in the abundant Florida sunshine, and they close them when they sense that rain is imminent. But everyone ... Read More »

Visit Everglades City in March 10

Historic Everglades City is buzzing on Saturday, March 10, with something for everyone. ART-IN-THE-GLADES opens at 10:00 a.m. in McLeod Park on the Circle where the playground is a diversion for the kiddies while adults browse among arts & crafts stalls. Live music will entertain all ages. For information, phone (239) 695-2905. Then at 1:00 p.m. the EVERGLADES HOMES TOUR starts. You can visit historic private houses, open to the public especially for this event. Included are some of the oldest buildings in Collier County, dating from the early 1920s when Everglades City was the County seat and headquarters for ... Read More »