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The Wall Street Dollies: Investing in Friendship

Kathy Sullivan outlines the bucket list and challenges. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Understanding the ups and downs of the stock market can be a challenge. The jargon itself can prove to be baffling. For 20 years, a group of Marco Island women have been meeting to learn about the market and do some investing of their own. The Wall Street Dollies are proud to be one of the longest existing investment clubs in Florida. The group originally started as a mini club within the Newcomers Club of Marco Island. Original member, Phyllis Marco, said, “Two other clubs said we would never survive. Here we are 20 years later!” The ... Read More »

Sailing Center’s Summer Program Ends

The MICSC summer camp participants in action. Photo by Mary Lee Cale

By Don Manley Rocky Cale is looking forward to the fall after another successful summer for the Marco Island Community Sailing Center’s youth program. “Our advanced class really took off this year, which is what we were really trying to achieve,” said Cale, the nonprofit’s president, said of enrollment in the summertime program. The Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) provides instruction to youths between the ages of 8 and 18 at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The year-round program, which operates from the Marco Island Yacht Club beach, also provides instruction to adults, including private lessons. For the ... Read More »

Travel “Here & There” Without Leaving the Island

“Marco Sunset” by William Ward Moseley

By Don Manley The opportunity to take a virtual journey, as portrayed with canvas and paint, to select locations in the U.S. and Canada is the focus on the most recent art installation at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Entitled “Here & There,” the show features 30 pieces works created by artist William Ward Moseley of Eagle Creek. He specializes in landscapes, some with buildings and some without, depicting scenes from across North America, skillfully painted in a realistic, impressionist style. Moseley is represented by galleries in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, and his landscapes have been on exhibit in ... Read More »

Iowa Hills Challenge 20,000 Riders

Start: Glenwood, Iowa with Team Lamb: (From left) John Lamb, 69, Charles Lamb, 72, Thomas Lamb, 24, and Bruce Lamb, 67. Submitted Photos

Submitted An ESPN sportswriter, Rick Reilly once wrote, “Iowa is so flat you can watch a train pull out for three days.” To flatlanders, a hill is an interstate overpass. But it is a myth that Iowa is flat. Each year, twenty thousand cyclists come from all over the world to Iowa to be part of the longest, oldest and largest recreational touring bicycle event in the world. This is not a race, but a non-competitive ride with all levels of riders represented; from Tour de France veterans to unseasoned riders, and plenty in between. Each rider who has done ... Read More »

Meet Rick & Danielle Siegel

Dr. Rick Siegel (L) Danielle Siegel (R) Submitted Photos

By Maureen Chodaba, RDH A visit to the dentist. The phrase alone can strike fear in the hearts of many. I know. I was a registered dental hygienist in New York State for 33 years before I “retired” to beautiful Marco Island. I remember the apprehension and anxiety of many patients as they entered the office for that necessary but dreaded appointment. But today there is good news. The field of dentistry is rapidly changing with advances in technology, techniques and new treatments, all designed with the patient’s wellbeing and comfort in mind. Rick and Danielle Siegel, newcomers to our ... Read More »

Love is in the Air – Courtship Rituals of Black Skimmers

Black skimmer male riding on back of female.

Submitted  A walk to Sand Dollar Island feels like a world away as you leave Marco’s “condo rises” behind. This small sand spit of unspoiled, sugary-white sand is a birder’s paradise where you’ll encounter resting, nesting and feeding birds. It is one of Florida’s Great Birding Trails and a flyover site for over sixty species of rare and protected birds. Sand Dollar Island is also a state designated “Critical Wildlife Area.” During springtime, love is in the air, as birds on Sand Dollar Island look for a mate. Courtship rituals range from something sweet and simple like head bowing, or ... Read More »

Nominate an Unsung Hero

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Submitted  The Sunrise Rotary Club of Marco Island is accepting nominations for its quarterly “Unsung Hero” program. The Unsung Hero has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He or she will be a special person who has done extra special things for the Marco Island community without receiving pay or expecting praise or recognition. The Club’s Board of Directors will vote on the award, but the nominee cannot be a Rotarian. The recipient will be a person who embodies the Rotary motto, “Puts service above self.” The nominee must reside in Marco Island, Florida at least six months, ... Read More »

Minto Title Sponsor of U.S. Open Pickleball

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Submitted Minto Communities has signed a multi-year contract extension as title sponsor of the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships (USOPC) in Naples, Florida. The 2017 USOPC will be held April 23-30 at the East Naples Community Park. It is anticipated that 1,000 athletes will compete on the park’s 48 world-class courts. According to USOPC founder and President Terri Graham, “This is a great partnership. Minto came on board for the inaugural event in 2016, and we are excited about continuing the relationship for years to come.” The inaugural USOPC event, held April 26-May 1, brought in more than 800 participants and ... Read More »

DAS OFFERS ‘NAME YOUR OWN PRICE ADOPTIONS’

In an effort to find homes for the homeless animals of Collier County, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is adopting animals at the customer’s desired price. The Name Your Own Price promotion is the response to the growing population of homeless animals at the shelter. From now until the end of August, customers will be able to decide the price of the animal they would like to adopt. Any price in a whole dollar amount will be accepted. Pet adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, county license and more. This is a value of over $400. To view adoptable ... Read More »

Big Cypress Fire Management Plans Assessment

Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are seeking public comments on a joint Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of their respective updated Fire Management Plans (FMPs). updated FMPs will keep management objectives current and adopt and refine strategies that help the fire management programs operate more effectively. The updated FMPs will provide fresh focus on restoring fire-dependent communities and threatened and endangered species. Lastly, they will incorporate updates in national fire policy and terminology. In their new FMPs, the Preserve and Refuge will consider strategies to increase their ability to actively manage wildland fire and ... Read More »

A High Tech Answer to Turtle Egg Poaching

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist          Just a few weeks ago a Florida man was caught stealing more than 100 eggs from an adult female loggerhead sea turtle while she was in the process of laying them. This guy could face a maximum term of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for hisactions. A California couple was sentenced to six months in prison when they were caught smuggling more than 900 olive ridley turtle eggs into our country from Mexico in May. A Georgia man went to jail for 21 months when he was ... Read More »

Why Can’t We Live Together?

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
It takes all the colors in the box to capture the beauty of the world we live in.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com People should act more like a box of crayons, living together in harmony no matter what color or how you look.  – Katelyn Doneker  I have a couple of news apps on my phone. One is NBC2, local news, and the other is USA Today for national news. They send an audible ping that accompanies a headline on my phone when there’s breaking news. Lately, there has been a lot of breaking news. As I write this article it is just days after the most recent tragedies involving shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and ... Read More »

MIHS to Host Moseley Exhibit

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHS) is honored to host “Here and There,” a collection of paintings by artist William Moseley, August 2 through October 29, 2016. William Ward Moseley is recognized throughout the United States for his bold and brilliant paintings. He has received more than 100 awards for his artwork. Participating in juried exhibitions for the last ten years, his landscape paintings have been on exhibit in group shows throughout the East Coast. In creating works in a realistic, impressionist style, Moseley is inspired by scenes throughout the U.S. and Canada. Moseley’s landscape paintings are included in ... Read More »

Women’s Gun Training

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Submitted The ALTAIR Gun Club is now taking reservations for the Women’s Pistol 1 course to be held on Sunday, August 7, 2016. This course will be held at ALTAIR’s Deep Lake Facility located at 20201 State Road 29 South in Copeland, Florida. Participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 AM; training will run from 9 AM to 5 PM. This course is designed to teach women basic knowledge and the mindset necessary for selecting, owning, and using the handgun of their choice safely and effectively. Participants will be introduced to the basic handgun handling skills required for personal defense. ... Read More »

Candidate Forum

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Submitted The Caxambas Republican Club is sponsoring a Candidate Forum for U.S. District FL-19 on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 PM, at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The cost is $25, which will include hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, tax and gratuities. A happy hour cash bar will be available. The following candidates will be present: Dan Bongino, Chauncey Goss and Francis Rooney. For reservations, please contact Litha Berger by July 25th at 239-450-3369 or lithasberger@gmail.com. PUBLIC NOTICE Elections Office Announcement of Book Closing For Voter Registration In order to vote in the Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Primary Election, ... Read More »

The Next Generation of Gaming

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Since its July 6th launch the smartphone application Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm. Millions of people have downloaded the game that allows users to catch Pokémon (virtual creatures or “pocket monsters”) via their location. The application, which was developed by Niantic, has reportedly added over $7.5 billion to Nintendo’s market value. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game, meaning it combines the physical and the digital. Many are speculating that augmented reality is the next step in smartphone gameplay technology. The game uses your phone’s location services to create the world in which ... Read More »

Pivotal School Board Election Spurs Candidates Forum

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Submitted  How about 50% of your tax dollars may be invested in public education will be considered at a School Board Candidate Forum held at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.  JCMI is located at 991 Winterberry Drive on Marco, and everyone is invited to attend. The upcoming School Board elections are critical ones, the results of which may well influence whether $57,000,000 in federal funding is refused by Collier County, how technology is used in our schools, and the general approach to school district governance.  The results of these elections ... Read More »

Burrowing Owls Need Your Help

Photos by Jean Hall

By Maria Lamb It has been a successful nesting season, according to Owl Watch Project Manager, Jean Hall. The volunteers recorded a high chick count of over 350+ chicks from 85+ adult pairs. Some pairs had no chicks or the nest failed for some reason. The group has until mid-July for a final count. For 15 years, former Marco Island environmental specialist, Nancy Richie collected the burrowing owl data and with a group of local volunteers also maintained the sites. The Owl Watch Group of Marco Island, under the coordination of Audubon of the Western Everglades has decided to continue ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ian D. Small

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My wife and I are English and since our retirement we have been lucky enough to spend our last fifteen winters on Marco Island. Can you imagine yourself happy with a situation where the USA was a member of an “American Union”, comprising Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, seven countries in Central America and twelve countries in South America? The government of the Union would be based in, say, Equador and would have authority to pass laws which the US Congress had no option but to accept. The Court of Justice , based in Honduras, would have precedence over your Supreme Court. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Soapfest Charity Weekend

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To all of you who volunteer at “Soapfest”, I’d like to say, “Thanks”. Year after year, my roommate, Frankie Bianca and I travel to Marco Island for a weekend of outstanding events. It’s the hightlight of our year! You see, we’re two of the special needs kids who begin the weekend on Saturday morning, painting with the stars.  It’s so much fun, sitting at a table with one of the “soap stars” and painting a picture with them. They are terrific people; can you imagine they travel from Los Angeles or New York just to be with us. I think they ... Read More »