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Pancakes, Planes and Festivals in Everglades City, Oh My!

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By Pat Newman Season has sprung in Everglades City, and the list of upcoming events is growing by the day. Pancakes and Planes You don’t have to be a pilot to fill-up on pancakes Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Everglades Airpark in Everglades City. The season’s first pancake breakfast is free and open to the public 10 AM- 12 PM. Hosted by Wings 10,000 Island Tours, the once-a-month event has been going strong for about 12 years. Chuck Gretzke of Wings 10,000 Island Tours said the breakfasts are held to focus attention on the small airport which has the distinction ... Read More »

Design, Use of Mackle Park Community Center Discussed

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was supposed to be a discussion about the size and design of the proposed new Mackle Park Community Center. As happens often times when the subject of Mackle Park comes up, though, the joint workshop between the Marco Island City Council and its Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) — held Tuesday, Jan. 20 — quickly devolved into a discussion about projected programming numbers, competition with private community and business organizations, and whether or not the sole focus of this project should even be Mackle Park. The workshop was a culmination of more than ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County provides a preview Youth Development Center

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently held a community awareness event at CareerSource SouthWest Florida in Immokalee. The event was held to showcase plans for the Micheal G. Degroote and Gillian Campbell Youth Development Center. Hosted by Lipman Produce, the event drew various members, supporters and organizations from throughout the Immokalee community. Dinner was provided and attendees were introduced to several Immokalee youth from the Boys & Girls Club who presented their heartfelt, personal stories of  how the Club has helped them overcome challenges. Attendees also received a glimpse of the floor plans and design for the ... Read More »

Sticking to Those New Year’s Resolutions!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Can you believe that Christmas is already over with? If you’re like me, you probably didn’t even get to register it until the day of because you were running full speed in many directions trying to keep all of your proverbial plates spinning at the same time. What I most enjoyed about this year was that my son was finally old enough to tear off the wrapping paper! He had a blast! I laughed in surprise when he picked up every scrap and tissue paper and promptly cleaned up by stuffing each piece in empty boxes. He ... Read More »

There is Nothing Like the Real Thing!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com First and most importantly, Happy New Year to all of our tennis enthusiasts in Southwest Florida and around the world. There are so many reasons to be thankful, and tennis continues to thrive in the area. Recently, I have been doing pro-bono work with a rising junior tennis player from California, and he has a solidly-built foundation. He lacks tournament proficiency, though. His ultimate goal is to play college tennis, and he has the work ethic to pursue his dream. However, the world of tennis has produced thousands of great practice players, but too many ... Read More »

AMIkids Big Cypress Receives DOL Funding

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff AMIkids Big Cypress has been awarded funding to develop vocational training and job placement programs. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the grant will provide AMIkids Big Cypress students the certifications and tools they need to be job-ready when they complete the program, qualifying them for immediate employment. The Vocational Training and Job Placement initiative will focus on four key industries: healthcare, information technology, construction and skilled crafts, and food service. All of the government funding will go towards this initiative. Students at these AMIkids programs will have the opportunity to select the path ... Read More »

Wishing you a HEALTHY New Year

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Once again, we are sitting right on top of another New Year’s celebration, and many of us, myself included, use this time of the year to reflect upon our successes and failures over the past 12 months. The result of this review is often an ambitious list of “New Year’s Resolutions.” In a list compiled by USA.gov of the 13 most popular resolutions, not surprisingly, health-related issues occupy almost one-half of the spots. They include: Lose Weight • Quit Smoking Get Fit • Eat Healthy Food Manage Stress • Drink Less Alcohol ... Read More »

McCarty Group: The Secrets of Success

The McCarty Group is Denis Smith  (l-r), Nancy Brewer and Wendy and Mike McCarty. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Mike and Wendy McCarty are very busy these days. Along with having the No. 1 market share on Marco, the career realtors with the Marco Island office of Keller Williams Realty Inc. (KW) — along with their team members Denis Smith and Nancy Brewer — increased their business by 73 percent in the last year, and most recently, they ranked in the top 50 agents in closed volume for all KW agents internationally. Specifically, they ranked 44th out of 110,000 agents. “The McCarty Group has experienced amazing growth in the last year,” explains Cindy Griesse, ... Read More »

New Networking Group Comes to Marco

From Left, Jane Watt, Stephanie Davis, Stacey and JJ Mrozinski,  Sam Blalack, Donna Sandell, Cindy Griese, Kristina Lambros and Marc Creach, the core group of Connectivity Me. Missing from photo is Brian Monahan. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Marc Creach thought a fresh approach to networking that stressed fun and community service might just work on Marco Island. It’s a concept that he discussed with some friends and colleagues earlier this year, a chat that led to the formation of the ConnectivityMe networking group. “The reason why we wanted to establish and create ConnectivityMe was for a group of professionals to connect with other professionals from various industries in event-based activities,” said Creach, a mortgage lender with Marketplace Home Mortgage on Marco. Building business relationships through fun activities like kayaking, professional growth through seminars and ... Read More »

RENOWNED ARTIST PROVIDES INSTRUCTION AT ROOKERY BAY RESERVE

~Art classes tailored for participants at all ability levels~ Back by popular demand for the third season, Rookery Bay Reserve offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to learn from master artist, author and instructor Lee Hammond, whose classes cover a variety of modes and styles with a focus on animals and landscapes. Hammond is a police composite artist, holds licenses to paint pictures of NASCAR drivers and has published more than 30 art instruction books that have sold more than 1 million copies. With a home base in the Midwest all summer and fall, Hammond has established her winter teaching home ... Read More »

Are Your Hidden Food Allergies Making You Fat?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I know what you’re thinking—not another excuse as to why we are overweight. Many people dismiss the new rule of thought that an obesity gene exists, and frown upon those who should “just exercise and eat right” to lose weight. Although I disagree, I do understand where they are coming from as fads, gimmicks, and excuses fill our inboxes and TVs on a regular basis, constantly changing and contradicting each other. In this case, we’re going to discuss hidden food allergies. Hidden food allergies are very real; studies have shown that once you remove the ... Read More »

Tropical Ornaments Abound

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com The holidays are here again. Soon, we’ll be unpacking colorful ornaments and decorating our trees. Wouldn’t it be great if we could enjoy festive decorations year round? Well, here in Naples, we can. The tropical jewels that bloom in our gardens are as beautiful as any or-nament you can buy at the store. The Dombeya, for example, every home in Naples should have at least one of these beauties. The Dombeya, also known as tropical hydrangea, starts bloom-ing in the fall and usually continues blooming until summer. It’s hands-down the most spectacular winter-blooming plant. Dombeya ... Read More »

Mike Owen, Fakahatchee Biologist, to Speak: Restoring the Rarest Epiphytic Orchid in the Fakahatchee Strand

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Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:30-8:30 pm One of the rarest epiphytic orchids in the Fakahatchee Strand, the Cowhorn or Cigar orchid, is listed on Florida’s Endangered Plant Index. Efforts have been underway for several years to restore this once-flourishing orchid. The long road from orchid seed to successful seedling will be told by Mike Owen, Fakahatchee State Park biologist, at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on December 18, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. Orchid lovers are invited (no charge). Mike Owen has been the biologist ... Read More »

Change Comes to MIPD

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com In less than five months, Acting Police Chief Al Schettino has more than left his mark on the Marco Island Police Department. When he took over on July 25, MIPD was a department in crisis. During a three-year period — January 2001 to January 2014 — roughly two-thirds of the department left. That is 23 of 36 officers. What’s more, City Manager Roger Hernstadt was conducting interviews with former employees to find out why they left. Under the tutelage of Schettino, the now fully-staffed department of 34 sworn-officers has undergone a restructuring and reorganization to ... Read More »

Water Works Lunch Program

Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites community to Jan. 14 Water Works lunch and program to focus on water advocacy Clean water is essential to all life, the basis of the Southwest Florida community and the foundation of its economy. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting the premier of Water Works, a luncheon to support Southwest Florida’s most valuable natural resource, water. The event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at Naples Yacht Club. The event includes a three-course, sit-down luncheon, and a meet and greet and keynote presentation by National Geographic’s Joel K. Bourne, an ... Read More »

Attack Arthritis!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Do you or someone you know have arthritis? Maybe it’s mild and more of a nuisance than anything, or maybe it’s so severe that you rely on medication to make it through the day. Depending on the type you have, you may find some relief in improving your diet (although it alone cannot reverse the damage that’s already been done). The two central types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is typically lumped into the too-much-wear-and-tear division with the majority of sufferers being diagnosed with this particular one. Truth be told, that’s not ... Read More »

Pluses of Perfect Posture

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Do you suffer from lower back pain? Upper back pain? Hip or neck pain? What about headaches? Do you drag through your day lacking energy? If so, your posture may be to blame. If you find yourself standing most of the day, you probably have a habit of doing the same repetitive motions one-sided: standing with your weight more on one leg over the other, shifting your weight onto one hip more than the other, hyperextending (locking) your knees, rolling in or out on your feet, or perhaps you were born bowlegged or knock-kneed. These ... Read More »

Take Stock in Children Pledge Night at Immokalee Middle School.

The Immokalee Foundation, dedicated to providing sustained educational opportunities to Immokalee’s youth, recently hosted the Take Stock in Children Pledge Night at Immokalee Middle School. TSIC students from eighth to 11th grades, along with their parents and mentors, gathered to renew their pledge to maintain good grades, stay drug and crime free, attend required workshops and events, meet weekly with their TIF mentor and volunteer in the community. Take Stock in Children is a scholarship and mentoring program that provides students with the promise of a four-year scholarship to a Florida state college, university or vocational school upon graduation if ... Read More »

State Cyber Safety Presentation Comes to MICMS

MICMS students give their full attention while the presenter discusses cyber bullying, online gaming, sexting, identity theft
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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “We want to cultivate a culture of compassion. We don’t want you to grow up being the brightest bullies in the world. We are changing the culture of middle school.” This is what Marco Island Charter Middle School Principal George Abounader told his students during a recent assembly. It wasn’t just any assembly, though, as there was a special speaker waiting in the wings. A representative from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office was visiting the school to talk to the students about cyber safety. In 2007, the Florida Attorney General’s CyberSafety Education Program debuted ... Read More »

Celebrating the Past and the Future

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By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig R. Woodward On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Marco Island Historical Society and the Marco Island Historical Museum will celebrate the next stage of their evolution with the completion of its newest permanent exhibit about Frank Hamilton Cushing and his famous 1896 archeological expedition on Marco Island. Dubbed “Paradise Found: 6,000 Years of People on Marco Island,” the ribbon will be cut on the exhibit Nov. 15 during a private donor reception, followed by a MIHS member preview on Monday, Nov. 17. It will officially open to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 18. It will ... Read More »