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MIA’s Kirby Rients Makes English Fun

Students get a heavy dose of journalism along with experience on how to publish in Kirby Rients’ Yearbook/Journalism class. Students put together the 2016 MIA yearbook.

By Barry Gwinn Kirby Rients is a much traveled English teacher and has been with Marco Island Academy (MIA) since its inception in 2011. Although MIA specializes in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum, the school also thinks it is important that students are well grounded in the humanities. It didn’t take them long to recognize Rients’ contributions in this area. In 2012, Mr. Rients was given MIA’s prestigious Teacher-of-the-Year award. On March 4th of this year, Rients and two other MIA teachers (who will be separately featured in later editions of Coastal Breeze News) were personally awarded Governor ... Read More »

The Criminal

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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! Charlie (the name is changed to protect the guilty) was probably the most famous criminal in Lake Forest, Illinois, in the late 1970s. Notwithstanding his criminal reputation he was beloved by all, and he loved all in return. Charlie was a large hunk of amiability – actually a retriever of some sort. The problem was that Lake Forest had ... Read More »

Twenty-two Push-ups for #22kill

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By Margaret Lamp Everywhere on social media you see posts of members of our military coming home to a wife, a husband, parents, children or pets. We witness tears of joy. You can sense their overwhelming happiness to be reunited with those they love. Each instance tugs at my heartstrings. I can’t imagine how that feels. I am always amazed that the camera can bring me to tears. Tears of joy and gratitude. My gratitude for our military is overwhelming at times, especially when witnessing these not so private moments. If asked why I’m crying and laughing at the same ... Read More »

The Harder Leo Worked, The Luckier He Got

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Leo Sutera is a lucky man. At the young age of 54, Leo Sutera sold his successful business and retired. In the years to follow, he travelled extensively with his family within the U.S. and internationally. Leo, now 83, lives at Hideaway Beach with Barbara, his wife of 58 years. The couple also enjoys time at their condominium in Middleton, Massachusetts. Although many people would agree that Leo Sutera is a lucky man, it was hard work, not luck, which brought him such great success. Hard Work Brings Success Leo’s story begins in Boston’s North ... Read More »

MIA Art Students Strike Gold at Arts Center Gala

Submitted “City of Lights Life,” by Anastasia Baran.
Manhattan’s skyline has never been so bright and colorful.

By Barry Gwinn Girl with Butterflies,” by Brenda Perez, was inspired by a Taylor Swift song. The Marco Island Center for the Arts (the “Arts Center”) started 40 years ago. It describes itself as a “cultural center available to those who wish to enrich their lives and those of others, and to create a greater sense of purpose in life.” It has certainly worked out that way for Anastasia (Ana) Baran and Brenda Perez. Their story begins in February 2014, when Hyla Crane was brought in as executive director of the Center. She hit the ground running. One of the ... Read More »

Youth Summer Art Workshops

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Submitted Marco Island area youth will have a special opportunity to develop their art skills and appreciation at the Marco Island Center for the Arts 2016 Youth and Family Summer Workshops. The program also encourages family bonding through family workshops where adults and children spend fun and creative quality time together. Participating young artists will have the chance to not only produce original works of art, but to also display their creations during the Young Artists’ Reception on July 29, 2016. Five workshops are planned: Family Fun with Coil Bowls – June 18 (9:30 AM-12:30 PM). Participants must be a ... Read More »

Mad Memoirs of an Old School/Modern Goldsmith – Part II

Uncle Ernest Gravallese taught Richard Alan the trade. Submitted Photos

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Meanwhile back at old 333 Washington Street, which was then called the Province Building, namely because the building was built directly on top of the exact location of the former British colonial governor’s mansion. It was there since the late 1600s, and demolished in 1922 for the current jewelers building. (My uncle Ernest was one of the building’s first tenants.) Today it is better known as the Boston Jewelers Exchange Building. By age twenty-two I actually started my own trade business. How hard could it be? I still helped my uncle, who was now ... Read More »

Marco’s Busy Spring

The soft, tilled sand is inviting to this family playing on the beach.

OUR ISLAND ECOLOGY By Chadd Chustz This spring, so much has happened here on Marco Island to remind us that we are stewards of our environment and nature’s inhabitants. Manatee Release  The manatee (identified as RSW1523) was rehabilitated at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa after being rescued on September 28, 2015, for watercraft related injuries in Roberts Bay. It was great to see this “little guy” being released back into the waters of the 10,000 Islands by the FWC at Caxambas Boat Launch Park on Marco Island. Read more about another manatee release in this issue of Coastal Breeze ... Read More »

Tour de Marco Returns

Photos by Scott Shook Scene from a past Tour de Marco, the popular bicycle tour that offers participants incredible water views, flowering plants and trees and some of the only hills in Southwest Florida.

By Don Manley A popular event that blends exercise, some of Marco Island’s most scenic environs and raising funds for one of the island’s chief community organizations has returned after a one-year hiatus. Registrations are underway for the 2016 Tour de Marco, set for April 24, which takes cycling enthusiasts on treks along the island’s roadways on courses laid out in five, 15 and 30-mile distances. The event benefits the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s scholarship fund. “It’s a chance for families to enjoy a bike ride and not a race, around the scenic areas of the island, including the south ... Read More »

Old World Craftsmanship Meets Modern Technology

Employees are family at Marco Canvas. Photo by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff At a time when most of our goods are anonymously manufactured in faraway places, it is gratifying to discover Marco Canvas & Upholstery, a family-owned company that employs local workers to create quality, American made products, here on Marco Island. Since the day the doors to Marco Canvas opened in 1978, the Skrzynski family has dedicated themselves to providing custom fabrication with the highest level of customer service and attention to detail. In the 70s, when the Skrzynski family moved to Marco Island there wasn’t much on the island in terms of services and products. ... Read More »

Marco Island Mattress Company = Better Sleep

Richard and Gregory Sumer. Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Toss…Turn…Toss…Turn! How many of us have had such sleepless nights? In my never-ending quest to achieve physical fitness, I now wear a Fitbit all day long, including to bed at night. It not only counts my steps taken and calories burned during the course of a day, it now records my hours and quality of sleep. And what does it say about that quality of sleep? In my case, the word is restless! I turn to the internet in times of insomnia. I tend to Google any and every topic that comes to my mind. On one ... Read More »

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “No two persons ever read the same book.” – Edmund Wilson The good news is that “Eligible” is not one of the “Gone Girl” or “The Girl On The Train” wannabes that are pervasive these days. The other news is that while it is a satisfying read, it is not even a shadow of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” the classic satire on the social mores of early 18th century England. P&P purists, be forewarned that you will find no subtlety and very little romance in “Eligible.” Sittenfeld’s satire is fairly in-your-face and quite humorous. Austen’s ... Read More »

Waves on Marco

By Coastal Breeze News Staff People are buzzing about “Marco Island and the Everglades,” a new book filled with vibrant photographs that will make you fall in love with Marco Island all over again. Photographer Joey Waves is the artist behind the lens. Joey, born Joseph E. Weiner, grew up in Miami, Florida. From early on it was clear that this rebellious youth was bursting with raw talent. He started his artistic life as a spray can graffiti artist. His skills became known, and soon he was being asked by teachers to paint large-scale murals on the walls of his ... Read More »

Pilot Project Promotes Aquatic Diversity

Juvenile fish, crabs, shrimp and lobster have found a home on the sampler-sized
artificial dock habitat at Jim Timmerman’s home.

By Don Manley A pilot project is underway that may turn the murky waters of Marco Island’s canals into transparent, sustainable marine habitats, teaming with a diverse array of fish, shellfish and other aquatic life. Ocean Habitats, LLC, has installed its artificial dock habitats in canals abutting six homes on the island. The simply designed habitats have are designed mimic mangrove roots in creating a home for organisms, such as larval and juvenile fish, crabs, shrimp and lobster, that consume phytoplankton – microscopic marine plants – that discolor water. Constructed of fiberglass, PVC pipe, polypropylene rope and crab trap floats, ... Read More »

Never Too Young For Boating Safety

Joey Puell with his MISPS membership card and his Boating Safety Education ID. Submitted Photos

By Kathleen H. Reynolds Some of the more “mature” attendants at two of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s (MISPS) recent classes were wondering just who is that bright young man studying alongside us? Well, his name is Joey Puell; he is a 13-year-old student at Marco Island’s Charter Middle School, and he has some really good reasons for wanting to enhance his boating knowledge. Some time ago Joey had an accident while on a Boy Scout boating trip. As he approached the back of the boat to get out of the water, the propeller was moving. Joey suffered ... Read More »

Flower Show Entries Top the Charts

From left: Opi DeFalco, Dale DeFeo and Connie Lowery with the winning Tillandsia
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Submitted Island Melodies were the inspiration for the Calusa Garden Club Flower Show at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The song titles and lyrics depicted summer, sunset, warmth and the illusion of a carefree lifestyle by the water. A songwriter once wrote, “A song is like an intimate conversation, one you’ll remember from beginning to the end.” If a song moves you to stand up, dance, clap your hands and sing the lyrics, then it is a “hit.” If a floral design receives a blue ribbon or the much-coveted Rosette of Excellence, it is then considered a “top ... Read More »

A FAST Bridge Run

Former members of a Michigan Girl Scout troop congratulate their own Linda Orosz.

By Maureen Chodaba On Sunday, March 20, 650 runners converged at the Shops of Marco for the 2016 Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk, also known as the Bridge Run. The event actually consists of two different races. The half marathon runs its 13.1-mile USA Track & Field (USATF) sanctioned course from the Shops of Marco through the rolling hills of Key Marco, onto the Goodland Bridge and back. The 5K winds its way through the residential Sheffield-Dogwood-Granada Drive area. Several words can be used to describe this year’s event: Fun, family, friends, familiar faces and FAST! Half marathon ... Read More »

Two to See at Marco Players

Karen Ezrine and Mitch Eil - “2 Across”.

Submitted Theater-goers will love the two current plays at Marco Island’s oldest non-profit theater, the Marco Players Theater. The Man Who Married His Mother-In-Law  When Gerald’s (Greg Madera) mother-in-law finds out she hasn’t long to live, Gerald concocts a plan to keep her estate “in the family.” But when they move down to Florida to wait out her death sentence at Riddle Key, old friends and new faces threaten to spoil the scheme, and a surprise twist throws a wrench into Gerald’s plans unless he can pull off the perfect murder. “The Man Who Married His Mother-In-Law” is live on ... Read More »

George’s Web

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George Moore, Ambassador of Fun

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde Kevin Bacon is a well-known Hollywood actor. His career began in the early 80s and he’s been in scores of films including “Footloose,” “Apollo 13,” “Mystic River” and “A Few Good Men.” He once commented that he had worked with every actor in Hollywood, or with someone who had worked with every other actor in Hollywood, and a phenomenon was born. It was called “The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” and was the creative brainchild of three ... Read More »

Governor Goes to Goodland, Dines at Kirk Fish Market

The governor’s lunch came from this display case.

By Barry Gwinn At about 12 noon on Friday, March 4th, one of the most well-known and easily recognizable men in Florida came to Goodland, ate lunch, and left. And almost no one in Goodland knew anything about it – except for Patty and Kelly Kirk. They knew all about it. Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Marco Island Academy Friday morning. Done before noon, Scott’s thoughts turned to lunch and to Patty Kirk, an old friend. Patty and Damas Kirk, along with their daughter, Kelly, own and run the Kirk Fish Company in Goodland. They sell fish. At ... Read More »