Tag Archives: family

Beating the Odds

By Don Manley  Kristina Woodman Hodgdon was leading a full life when the unexpected radically altered her circumstances on July 19, 2015. Until that day, she was a wife and mother, employed fulltime by Marco Island’s utilities department who played tennis twice a week and had just completed an associate’s degree. She was also known for volunteering for an assortment ... Read More »

GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR A CURE

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The plight of a little 11-year-old girl in the Palm Beach County area was one which local Marco Island Marine Police Officer Josh Ferris was quick to warm to. Little Piper Suit was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) in 2011. Her father, Travis Suit knew he ... Read More »

AKA…Mosquitoes

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” ~ Dalai Lama When I was a child in the ‘60s, our family went on a camping vacation every summer. We packed a “pop-up” camper with all the essentials and pulled it behind our Oldsmobile to the mountains of Colorado or a ... Read More »

ITC Camp Call for Actors

Submitted The “Sun Will Come Out” on Marco when the Island Theater Company (ITC) celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Broadway hit show, “Annie.” ITC is calling all actors for this year’s ITC summer camp and show. If you have a “performer” in your family age 8-18, this is an opportunity to get them onto the stage. If acting isn’t ... Read More »

Signets of Significance

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently completed a custom made 18kt. yellow gold gent’s signet ring to be presented to a gentleman’s grandson. I honestly can’t remember the last time I have had a request for one of these rings that used to be the rage many years ago. They are not really in demand today. The creation and ... Read More »

Summer Fishing & Vacationing in SW Florida

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The Ten Thousand Islands area of Southwest Florida boasts of tidal rivers, flats, and islands with an abundance of forage and the fish species that most fishing enthusiasts crave including snook, redfish, speckled sea trout, tarpon, snapper, permit, shark, mackerel, and many more. It is not uncommon to fish in this area during the ... Read More »

Golden Gate Park has Summer Fun 

From bocce ball to high dives, if you are looking for outdoor summer fun, Golden Gate Community Park, located at 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples, Florida 34106, has something for everyone. For the sports fans, Golden Gate Community Park offers lit softball fields, little league field, racquetball and tennis courts, a soccer/football field and basketball courts. For those that are ... Read More »

DAS to Find Homes for ‘Pocket Pets’

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is Collier County’s only open-admission animal shelter. This means no domestic animal is turned away, whether a stray or an owner surrender. For every pet that comes into the shelter, a forever home must be found. DAS works hard to promote the adoption of homeless animals, including holding adoption events, monthly promotions and public. ... Read More »

A Restoration Project to Honor All Veterans

By Jesus Calo Marco Island Cemetery is home to a veterans’ monument with a special past. A result of an Eagle Scout project by two boys a decade ago, it has been a gathering place for veterans and their loved ones each Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Harsh elements and time have caused the original monument to become worn and ... Read More »

James L. Helmer | Rest in Peace

James L. Helmer, long time Marco Island resident and realtor, went to heaven June 2, 2017. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. Services will be private. At the family’s request, please make a donation in his name to woundedwarriorproject.org. Read More »

Memories in Pen and Ink…

By Don Manley  Profound moments, family gatherings, oft-repeated sayings, shared wisdom and even run-of-the-mill times are just some of the remembrances of grandparents that can warm hearts and elicit smiles long after that person has departed this Earth. Ivan Klipstein has memorialized memories of his late grandmother, Georgia Olsen with pen and ink in the form of a picture book ... Read More »

Mackle Park Community Center Update See You in September!

By Maureen Chodaba It began with the first demolishing grab from the excavator back on September 12, 2016. Before long, the building at Mackle Park that had stood for 26 years was just a memory; a memory with a bright future to rise again, that is! Nine months later, the new building is taking shape with walls, windows and so ... Read More »

Facets of the Underground Railroad Come to Light

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry I recently wrote about the Capitol Building from my trip to Washington D.C. in March. We arrived when the cherry blossoms were at their peak and blooming throughout the area, not just in the Tidal Basin. There are hundreds of pink, flower-laden trees framing the water and monuments nearby including the Jefferson ... Read More »

Health Benefits of Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com There are so many health benefits that can be derived from fishing. So, while you are sitting at home and planning your next family vacation this summer, why not consider a week-long fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands area with your family. It is an enjoyable way to escape the hustle and bustle of ... Read More »

FWC Collier County Law Enforcement

While working in Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park on Memorial Day, Lieutenant Mahoney was approached by a frantic man stating his four-year-old cousin had been missing from the family picnic area for at least thirty minutes. After gathering the information for the missing child, park staff and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office were notified of the incident. Just as the search ... Read More »

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. When thunder roars, go indoors. On average, lightning accounts for more deaths per year than tornados.  Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is a large enclosed building.  The second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible ... Read More »

Name Your Own Price Adoptions 

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) works hard to find loving homes for all of kinds of animals at the shelter, but this month we are focusing on our feline friends. June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, so we encourage you to make your house a home for one of our many four-legged friends. All adopters can name their own price for ... Read More »

Eagle Lakes Community Park 

Eagle Lakes Community Park, located at 11565 Tamiami Trail E., has something for everyone. Whether you want to spend some time in nature, play sports or work on your fitness, this is the park for you. Eagle Lakes Community Park is listed on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s birding trail list. The park offers three retention ponds that ... Read More »

Loss of a Friend

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com For those of you that know me best, you know I tend to keep my private emotions inside; not always a good thing, but for me it has worked. The last decade or so I’ve been more open with those feelings and haven’t been ashamed to show them outwardly. When my dad died ... Read More »

SUMMER PROTECTION

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island To Florida residents, protecting ourselves from the sun happens all year-round, especially as the summer rays start to become stronger this time of year. As many have heard time and time again, “Wear your sunscreen!” However, exactly what type of sunscreen? And how do you choose from the plethora of options ... Read More »