Tag Archives: family

Tom Bogan 25 Years of Dedicated Service

Photo by Maureen Chodaba: Division Chief Tom Bogan on the job.

By Maureen Chodaba  The life of a firefighter is one that requires hard work and dedication. Each day on the job brings forth new challenges and surprises, most in the form of emergencies where the firefighter needs to react quickly and effectively. Marco Island Fire Rescue Division Chief Tom Bogan has been reacting quickly and effectively for over 25 years ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: The Holiday Season is Here!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a wonderful time of the year! There seems to be excitement in the air and happy greetings everywhere as people are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and then Christmas or Hanukah. Of course, we are excited and happy because many of us will be with family and/or friends, but NOT in the snow! My Amish ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Gender Inequality in the Workplace, Home and Family

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By Roy Eaton   Many forms of discrimination exist in today’s society. People are differentiated by color, sexual orientation, athleticism, appearance, age, intellect, social standing and gender, to name a few. One of the most common forms that appear in nearly every facet of our daily lives, and an embarrassment to a developed nation such as ours, is the latter ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Happy Thanksgiving…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers of this column may already know that Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. I have celebrated every Thanksgiving holiday with my family and friends going back to 1969, the year of my arrival to America as a college student. From my first Thanksgiving to the present day, this holiday warms my heart and ... Read More »

Marco Man Celebrates 100th Birthday

Photos by Jessica Hernstadt:  Pedro Vazquez and wife Aurora

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island resident Pedro Vazquez turns 100 years old on November 26, 2016. To celebrate this milestone, Pedro’s friend Kathleen Ferrier, son Pedro, Jr. and daughter-in-law Claribel, along with many other friends and family, threw a surprise party for him at Sarazen Park.  Some of the groups in attendance were the Beach Friends, Cuban American ... Read More »

Christianity in Palestine

Photo by Don Manley:  Rev. Mitri Raheb during his presentation at Marco Lutheran Church.

By Don Manley Christianity is alive and well in the land that was the religion’s birthplace: Palestine. An insightful glimpse into Christianity’s history, challenges, scope and current status in that strife-worn territory was provided recently at Marco Lutheran Church by someone with first-hand experience, Rev. Mitri Raheb. Rev. Raheb is pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church, located in his hometown and ... Read More »

Dr. Bryan Hanypsiak Comes Home

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To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System We have all heard the story about those who come to Southwest Florida for a vacation and essentially never leave. For Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s Dr. Bryan Hanypsiak, this all-too-familiar story has a slightly different twist. Dr. Hanypsiak lived and worked in Naples for several years. As director of ... Read More »

‘The Nest’

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Insanity runs in my life. It practically gallops.”      ~ Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” I thought that the title, “The Nest,” referred to the family home in this novel, but in fact it is their term for the nest egg that their father set up for them. They themselves shortened ... Read More »

Shell Art Sale

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Submitted It is time for one of Marco Island’s favorite holiday traditions- the Marco Island Shell Club Holiday Shell Art Sale. This fun event will take place on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to 2 PM at the United Church of Marco. The Holiday Shell Art Sale offers visitors the chance to see what the Shell Club has been ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands Late November Into December

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As November rolls into December, our winter fishery is finally here and some big changes are coming along with it. We can usually expect to have our first major cold front hit us around the middle of the month. We can expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid 60s later in ... Read More »

Fishing Fun

The Freedom Waters Foundation helped to make the Ten Thousand Island Kids’ first charitable event a success.

By Don Manley Ed Lindemanis experienced a milestone on a recent Sunday morning in the waters off of Marco Island. The 8-year-old went fishing for the very first time and was lucky enough to land a fish, a real keeper that he took home for his family to grill and enjoy. “It was over 12 inches,” he crowed joyfully, as ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Baseless Claims Cause Damage

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com In today’s world of instantaneous news and the digital matrix that winds through our lives without missing a beat, how does an individual restore his good name and reputation after allegations are brought that are found to be baseless, months, and even years, after they have been on the front page? Such was ... Read More »

A Salute to Our Veteran…And All Veterans

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry He came to live with us from another state when he was eight. Up until his departure, raising a stepson was the hardest thing I had ever done. Through his pre-teen and teenage angst years, his ears were granite. He ignored us or paid lip service to our parenting; believe me, we ... Read More »

Restaurant Scene Changes

This space in the Marco Walk Plaza will be home to The Oyster Society, expected to open in December.

By Don Manley Editors Note: This article was inspired by a Coastal Breeze News reader who suggested we inform returning Snowbirds of the many changes to Marco’s restaurant scene that took place in their absences. Have a great idea for a story? Send it to editor@coastalbreezenews.com.  As the Snowbirds return they’ll find that the island’s menu of dining options has ... Read More »

What’s it Worth?

Photos by Don Manley:  Rick Gannon, Gannon’s Antiques and Art, discusses a Marc Chagall print.

By Don Manley They came with prized heirlooms, objets d’art, paintings, baubles, bangles, beads and more, seeking knowledge from the possessor of the practiced eye. It was a scene that mirrored the popular PBS television show “Antiques Roadshow,” only this was the local version, which unfolded recently at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Entitled “What Have You Got? ... Read More »

Morris Law Firm to Donate Disney Trip

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Submitted For the last three years, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. has donated a family trip, an all expenses paid vacation to Disney World, to a local family in need of a little holiday cheer. The firm needs your help to find a local family who would benefit from its For the Family holiday give-away for the ... Read More »

Flag Football a Hit The Philly Connection

Photos by Morgan Gastineau: The National Anthem starts things off.

By Barry Gwinn Bruni calls a play for his team, on which his son Jake plays quarterback (wearing do rag). The coaches call each play, remind players of their assignments, and make sure they are in the proper positions before the ball is snapped. On most fall Saturday mornings, you will find Mackle Park with end to end football games ... Read More »

Let’s All Relay For Life!

Submitted Photo: Luminary help us honor and remember loved ones affected by cancer.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES  Nikkie Sardelli The American Cancer Society Marco Island Unit had their Relay Kickoff Party on November 7th at the Marco Island Marriott to celebrate the start of the 2017 Relay For Life season. For many on Marco Island, the spirit is in the air, and team fundraising plans are already in the making! Last year we had 26 ... Read More »

Tips to Survive?Thanksgiving With Family

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Thanksgiving is here, and the start to the holiday season has officially arrived. While the holidays are a special time to get together with family and share traditions, they are also a time of increased stress for many. Although we may love our family, inevitably when all members are in the same room for an ... Read More »

MIA Students Scramble for Snazzy Shirts

From left: Kelly Monnot, Abi Neal, Cassidy Carlson and Larissa Chystyk.

By Barry Gwinn  Marco Island Academy’s 230 students eat lunch in two shifts, beginning at 11:30 AM. They bring their own lunches and congregate on the Champagne Pavilion, named for benefactors, Rene and Tish Champagne. With rock music, blaring from the PA system, it vaguely recalls the school cafeterias many of us were used to – only on steroids. After ... Read More »