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There’s a Bus on the Beach!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On February 14, Bald Eagle Towing helped to tow the “Ion Bus” onto Marco’s beach. What on earth is the “Ion Bus” and why is it on our beach? The story is all about science. The bus is owned by Life Technologies. “A biotech company out of California,” explains Denise Mosey of Life Technologies. “We are here with a scientific convention that is going on at the Marriott called AGBT (Advances in Genome Biology and Technology). We do genetic sequencing. We’ve brought our mobile bus with us where we can do full genetic sequencing with ... Read More »

Geia sas, a Greek welcome

By Carl Kelly Geia sas! (Yah sas) They welcomed us all as one. The weekend of February 10 through 12 was another marvelous welcome. For more than 20 years the members of St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church have celebrated their heritage and shared it with the community of Collier County. Geia sas! Thousands came to the church grounds, the huge tent, the music, the traditional garb, the art and jewelry, the church icons. But, mostly they came for the food and the dance. The air was dense with the odors of Mediterranean spices, sweet pastries, and seared meats. In the ... Read More »

Kayaking, cruising, biking and walking in the Everglades

Patricia Huff  mulletrapper@gmail.com Saturday, February 25, marks the first fundraiser for the Smallwood Store and Museum to help the not-for-profit organization with its fight to restore Mamie Street. Florida-Georgia Grove, LLP, was ordered by Judge Lauren Brodie to pave the street that they had destroyed in April; the deadline date to complete the paving is February 27 (as of 2/17 nothing had been done). Access to the Museum is now a rough road covered with pot holes. An update about the road will be published in the next BUZZ column. In the meantime, come support the Smallwood Store by attending ... Read More »

IT’S A SAFETY THING

PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthor Last year I wrote an in depth article on bicycle safety and bicycle laws and, as a bicyclist, how we must follow them, not only for our own safety but for the safety of others as well. In my years of cycling I have seen a lot of people who don’t follow the laws, and I have ridden with a lot of them who ignore the rules. It is very important as a bicyclist to earn the same rights and share the same roadways with pedestrians and motor vehicles. We do that by following ... Read More »

Viking River cruises and America Travel

By Monte Lazarus Here on Marco Island, America Travel Arrangements has promoted river cruises ever since this form of relaxing travel became popular in Europe. The company was one of the first to take a group of Americans, most of them from this area, on the “Voyage of the Czars” itinerary from Moscow to St Petersburg when that became possible in the former Soviet Union. Several weeks ago America Travel staged a dinner presentation on Marco Island in cooperation with Europe’s largest operator of river cruises, Viking River Cruises. The outstanding dinner presentation by the Regional Director for South Florida, ... Read More »

I LOVE TO COOK Rediscover your own JOY of cooking for family and friends

Chef Anne Feinman thechefsexpress@aol.com Has cooking become a chore…the thought of preparing, shopping and serving… an absolute dread? I can remember having those days. Yes, as a successful restauranteur… those moments are part of all our busy lives. Your life can consist of a hectic work, social, and family day…but take time out to be inspired and to inspire others! It is so easy to add a special touch to the foods you prepare. I like to add a strawberry to the top of pancakes and French Toast, with a sprinkle of powder sugar. An edible orchid is exceptional on ... Read More »

Mid winter fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com It has been a relatively mild winter here in the 10,000 Islands. Up until the end of the first week in February, day time air temperatures have been much warmer than normal, which has kept the near shore water temperatures about 5-8 degrees warmer than average. We were seeing water temperatures in the low 70’s prior to the cold fronts of the second week in February, which then dropped the water temperatures down to where they usually are this time of year. These typical winter water temperatures are what bring some of the best Speckled Trout ... Read More »

“NEWS FROM THE NEST”

By Linda J. Turner  Once again, Paleo and Calusa (dubbed last May by Tommy Barfield fifth grade students) have two new eaglets in their nest. The first egg hatched on January 18 and the second on January 21. The Marco Eagle Sanctuary is sporting a new look with the recent installation of a rope barrier, sign and benches. This new natural park setting offers visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy the eagle family. Sitting on park benches, visitors may watch the eagles’ activities in their own serene natural environment. Setting up with telescopes on the sidewalk or viewing through binoculars, ... Read More »

VENUS AND JUPITER

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher eas-newsletter@earthlink.net Look west tonight, or any night for the next couple of months, and you can not fail to see Venus. In fact you can even see Venus in broad daylight with a little perseverance. The easiest way is to get up before dawn and keep an eye on Venus as the sun rises – I have done this many times. But this approach will not work until fall when Venus will be visible in the morning. To see Venus in the afternoon requires knowing exactly where to look; Venus is easily lost in ... Read More »

FOR THE SUGAR LOVER

Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Q. Are you addicted to sugar? – Part One.  A. If you’re conscious about your health, you’ve more than likely taken up exercise and watch what you eat. If you’re like most Americans, you’ve shunned fat, carbs, and salt; but what you may not know is that sugar is the one you should be focusing on. When people think of consuming too much sugar, the first thing they think of (aside from the pleasure derived from eating it) is diabetes. The second thought that crosses people’s minds is that they cannot get diabetes because _____ (you fill ... Read More »

stay-n-play everglades ride

february 26, 2012 brought to you by Snook Publications Dragonfly Expeditions – Everglades Area Tours – Shamrock Bank the vibe: cycling, nature, local kitsch everglades city is a wild-west cowboy town in the swamp – renegade, independent, adventurous – with great seafood and stories to tell. lots of other stuff to do (on your own) before/after the bicycle ride: kayak,   boardwalks,   fishing,   hiking,   airboats,   museums,   boat tour. meet-up saturday night for seafood at Camellia St Grill & campfire. the smooth ride: not a single hill, but a great stretch of pavement in the wilds ... Read More »

Research: Improving Life with Parkinson’s

KENT STATE PROFESSOR’S PIONEERING RESEARCH TO HELP IMPROVE LIFE FOR PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE Dr. Angela Ridgel, an assistant professor of exercise science/physiology at Kent State University, is leading two new research projects to help individuals with Parkinson’s disease improve cognitive and motor function. Ridgel has been studying Parkinson’s disease for five years, and the two new research projects are bringing her closer to developing exercise therapy that can delay the progression of Parkinson’s and lower Parkinson’s medications dosages. “Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, and over time, individuals are required to take more and more medication – sometimes with negative side ... Read More »

Marco Presbyterian Church’s Music for the Soul Concert Series Continues with the Blackwood Brothers Quartet

The third of Marco Presbyterian Church’s free Music for the Soul Concert Series will feature the Blackwood Brothers Quartet 7 p.m., Friday, March 2. Members of the Blackwood family have been singing gospel music for over 75 years. This is the seventh year for Marco Presbyterian Church’s concert series. Upcoming concerts in the “Music for the Soul” series are: March 18, 6 p.m. Billy Dean and Dawn Birch will present a gospel concert. April 15, 6 p.m. Grammy award winning tenor, Larry Ford will present an evening of gospel music All concerts are free and open to the public. Love ... Read More »

“BURST INTO SPRING”

“BURST INTO SPRING” is the theme of the Marco Healthcare Auxiliary Fashion Show, to be held on March 6, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at the Island Country Club. The fashions will be provided by three local merchants: Chloe’s Boutique, Pathingtons and Richard’s Reef. The Tickets are $55.00 and include a delicious lunch, the fashion show and valet parking. In addition there will be a silent auction, prizes and a “money hat raffle” plus many surprises. Tickets are going fast! For more information and tickets call the Auxiliary Office – 393-4058; Joan Pidherney – 642-1447; Pat Ross – 394-0607; or Ann Beck ... Read More »

Enjoy an Old-Fashioned Breakfast with Us

On Saturday February 25, join the Marco Lions for a pancake breakfast at the United Church on Barfield Drive. Hours are 8:00-11:00 noon and you may buy tickets from any Marco Lion for $5.00 or at the door for $6.00. If pancakes are not your favorite thing, we will also be serving scrambled eggs. This is our big spring event, so please come out to support the important work of this group. Read More »

Everglades Boulevard and I-75 Interchange

Board of County Commissioners Vice Chair Jim Coletta, District 5, was among three Collier County Commissioners who traveled to Tallahassee last week to participate in the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Legislative Day followed by individual meetings with legislators and top state officials. Following a morning briefing with FAC legislative staff and guest speaker Senate President Mike Haridopolos, Commissioner Coletta met with House Speaker Dean Cannon where he explained a project that continues to be on the county’s state and federal legislative priority lists: the Everglades Boulevard/I-75 Interchange. “This interchange is a critical public safety need,” said Commissioner Coletta. “We have identified ... Read More »

SOUTH REGIONAL LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION

Effective Monday, February 20, 2012 Collier County’s South Regional Library located at 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway begins outside construction. Please enter the library from the south entrance as the north entrance will be closed for the next two weeks. The outside Book Drops have been roped off. For your convenience please return all materials after hours in the two drops that have been placed at the east side of the building under the drive through overhang. The library is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The work will ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed for Letter Carrier Food Drive

It’s not too early to start thinking about volunteering for the annual Letter Carrier Food Drive, which will be held on Saturday, May 12. This is the largest one-day food drive in the nation; locally food collected is donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. If you would like to volunteer to assist letter carriers in picking up food donations on the carrier routes please contact Debi Mitchell, 239-573-9638. If you’d like to help the Harry Chapin Food Bank pre-sorting donated food at a Post Office location, contact Bedzaida Bryen at the food bank, 239-334-7007, ext. 141. Seasonal visitors are encouraged to ... Read More »

We Did Not Know It Was Human Trafficking

We did not know it was human trafficking. We only knew that my friend’s daughter, Sandy, had attended a job fair at a well-known hotel. An employer told her that she could have the job, if she would go immediately with the other new hires and the staff to a training session. The company would provide transportation. She barely had time to go home, pack and leave her mother a note. She had just turned 18. What followed was a parent’s nightmare. With the help of the Houston Better Business Bureau, the Texas Attorney General’s staff, the FBI and the ... Read More »