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Town Hall Meetings Coming Up

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Mark your calendars now for the great St. Paddy’s Day Parade, Sunday March 6th on Marco Island! Parade participants will meet at the NCH Healthcare Center across from the City of Marco Island Government Center at 11 AM. For questions, please email Steve Stefanides at sstefanides@comcast.net. It’s always loads of fun and lots of people line the streets from all over. It’s a great way to prepare for the Irish holiday, and no one has more fun than the Irish! *The Coastal Breeze News started out a few years ago and they chose to serve both sides ... Read More »

Fundraising Gala to Bring Help to Cancer Patients in Need

Fundraising Gala to Bring Help to Cancer Patients in Need Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment is stressful enough without having to worry about how to pay for essentials such as rent or the electric bill. Patients suddenly discover that cancer not only strikes their body, but their family, friends, profession and their finances. Elaine Miller had to stop working when she was diagnosed with metastatic Stage 4 breast cancer. Although she had some money saved for emergencies and was covered by health insurance, she was soon having trouble paying her bills. That’s when she was referred to ... Read More »

The China Syndrome: The Week That Was

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” ~ Thomas A. Edison Question: Could you explain what happened to the stock market during the first week of 2016? Answer: That’s a tall order, but here’s my best shot at describing a few of the market moving events that took place during that first week. For starters, China took center stage, overshadowing everything else. To borrow from the 1960s BBC political satire show featuring David Frost, “that was the week that was.” For anyone associated with financial markets in ... Read More »

Year Round Entertainment

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Most organized sports have a season, which only last for a few months. Football in the fall. Baseball in the summer. College basketball, ending with the sweet sixteen and final four. Also, they are team sports and for the most part, they are played regionally. But tennis, along with golf and Formula 1 racing, are individual competition. They run year round and take place in fabulous and beautiful locations around the world. Now I know you are wondering, why am I associating these three sports in the same family. Even more so, you may be asking ... Read More »

Mental Mastery

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have found the modern sports psychologist like to use the word “mastery” to encompass all that it takes to become really good at something. By studying these masters of performance we can understand the mental makeup it takes to achieve greatness. Personally, I have found the mental side of golf to be a roadblock in my path to improve. I believe for everyone mastering our own mental state while in pressure situation is an ongoing battle, because it has been proven that the brain is ever evolving throughout our entire life. Improving performance comes ... Read More »

Happy New Year!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Here we are already in year 2016 and it’s hard to believe it took so little time to get here! My wish is that each and every person reading this column had a wonderful holiday season filled with joy, happiness and love. It’s been a bumpy year at times, but we all made it through to … a very warm December! I cannot remember when the full month of December was ever this warm, yet many of us are really suffering from sinus problems because of the weather, and my many Christmas cactus plants have struggled to ... Read More »

The Open Clubface Epidemic

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I try not to discuss preferences on how to swing the club, because I am a believer there is no one way for all golfers. However, there is one element in the golf swing I see in many lessons that most golfers struggle with. Seeing a golfer have this element does not mean I have figured out the cause of the problem, but it does mean that I can narrow my focus to find a cure. The element I am talking about is the club face being open on the downswing. It can be a ... Read More »

A Community Holiday Spirit

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala *The Christmas Island Style Parade was a huge success! Each and every float was outstanding! It would have been difficult to choose one over the other. The marching bands were just as good as those in the Macy’s Day Parade – no kidding! The parade watchers started setting up their food tables and folding chairs early in the day. Neighbors joined neighbors to watch from their driveway chairs and snack on the tempting foods. Children were squealing with delight as the parade slowly rolled down their street with wonderful entertainment. The parade watchers were as much fun ... Read More »

Self-Corrections – Focus on the Facts, Not the Feels

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I want to educate golfers on how they can evaluate each shot, and what actually happens on their common misses. As an instructor there are certain prescriptions that I prefer to fix problems. Another instructor might have a totally different remedy to address the same problem. Golfers also have ways to fix problems with what they believe to be the solution, such as, keeping their head down, keeping their eye on the ball, etc. The golfer felt their head raise up, so they think that reversing the feel will solve their problem. Self-corrections need to ... Read More »

MIA Student Wins Tennis Competition

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It seems that the Marco Island Academy is bursting with talented kids. This past October Thomas Harrington, a 14-year-old freshman at the school, competed in the “Spooktacular” tennis competition at the Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park. Thomas, a level 6 player, placed first in his age group—an impressive victory. Thomas has been playing tennis for over five years. He trains almost everyday at the South Seas condominiums on Marco Island, with high performance tennis coach, Gary Mcdevitt. Mcdevitt trains only the most serious of players, taking eight kids under his wing per year. ... Read More »

What is a Corporate Inversion?

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The only source of knowledge is experience.” ~ Charles Kettering   Question: The term corporate inversion is in the news lately. Can you explain this and discuss why would a company want to invert? Answer: The dictionary definition of invert is “to turn something upside down, change the position, order or relationship of things so that they are the opposite of what they had been.” Corporate inversions are a hot topic in the presidential debates and are regular discussion items on financial news channels. Most recently, we’re hearing about the New York based drug maker ... Read More »

New Balloon Provides Non-Surgical Weight Loss Option

A new, non-surgical device for weight loss is now available for the first time in Naples. The recently FDA-approved ReShapeTM Integrated Dual Balloon System is a combination of two balloons that are inserted through a tube in the mouth into the stomach, where they take up space and help to control portion size and curb appetite. The minimally-invasive procedure is usually completed in 30 minutes. After remaining in place for six months, the balloons are then deflated and removed. With the balloons’ help, paired with personalized coaching, patients are encouraged to focus on healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle habits to maximize ... Read More »

Trends, Part II

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ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA Continuing my column on “Trends,” we pick up where we left off and now delve inside the modern house (literally inside, as in under the hood, so to speak). Behind the scenes, or better yet, just behind the walls, things are getting sophisticated. More and more we see water reclamation in the form of cisterns or green roofs. And who on Marco wouldn’t want to save on water consumption- especially for irrigation? HVAC systems are being split into scalable systems, such as those manufactured by Daiken, to allow for room-by-room zone controlled environments. No ... Read More »

How Do You Measure Student Learning?

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FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org As the chairman of the board of Marco Island Academy (“MIA”), a public charter high school for the past five years, I have had an opportunity to witness firsthand how the current standardized testing strategies affect students, teachers and administration at the school. As a parent of three children in the public school system, I have personal experience with how the testing has affected my own kids. In both cases, there is an unnecessary amount of stress caused by the abundance of standardized testing in schools today. During the past few years, legislators ... Read More »

Putting – Beyond the Mechanics

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many myths being told between playing companions. One of the sources that keep the myths going is the TV announcer who is in the booth analyzing professional golf tournaments. Many of these TV personalities played golf in the 80’s and 90’s, and have really not been around instructors, new technology, and other educational sources since then. They seem to still use the same sayings that were popular before new technology tools have proven, or disproven these common phrases. One example of a common phrase that has been proven to be incorrect is: “he/she ... Read More »

SWFL Children’s Charities pledges $5 million for new Golisano Children’s Hospital

To support the construction of a new, state-of-the-art children’s hospital in Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has pledged $5 million to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Capital Campaign. In recognition of the pledge, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has earned a naming opportunity, and will dedicate the new Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in memory of Dr. Bob Arnall.   The SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised nearly $15 million over the past seven years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County ... Read More »

The Physicians Regional-Marco Island Walk-In Clinic: Why wait?

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System—and one who strongly believes in the importance of patient education—there’s one thing I have discovered over the years: people often know less about us than we’d like to think. For example, take Physicians Regional-Marco Island. Ask one person and you’re likely hear it’s an “urgent care center” or “walk-in clinic.” Ask someone else and he or she may tell you it’s a “doctor’s office.” In fact, both statements are true. However, Physicians Regional-Marco Island also offers physical therapy, rehab, lab and x-ray services. Open ... Read More »

Books & Brews: Neither Saints Nor Demons, Human All Too Human

Submitted Robert A. Nowlan, Ph.D. is a scholar, researcher, teacher, writer, storyteller, lecturer and the author of two-dozen books and numerous articles. He is Professor and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a resident of Marco Island, Florida and spends summers in New Haven, Connecticut. Join the Marco Island Friends of the Library for coffee, tea and a continental breakfast as they present author Robert A. Nowlan. The event will be held in Rose Hall at the Marco Island Branch Library on November 6, 2015 at 10 AM. Dr. ... Read More »

Optimist Club Breast Cancer Awareness Through Kids Sports

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By Meghan Bonos Sometimes the game is not about winning or losing. The lessons of life are more important than what can be learned on the field. The Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) continued its breast cancer awareness campaign to educate kids and families about the importance of this disease. Throughout the month, parents and kids were encouraged to participate in the organization’s “Pink Out” at sporting events and community gatherings. For the second year, OCMI participated in the Kick-or-Treat Soccer Tournament held by the Lee County Youth Soccer League. Opting out of wearing a Halloween costume, the players ... Read More »

Trends…

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ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA I figured I would give my readers a much-needed break from the heady topics and discussions concerning zoning, land use, deed restrictions, ordinances, etc. Let’s talk architecture, design and trends. As we look forward to the start of season, let’s see what’s hot and happening in design. So I’m going to take a very deliberate right turn on this one and set eyes on our nearest design capital, and arguably one of the current trendsetters internationally today. Yes, you guessed it, our neighboring metropolis of MIAMI. MIA for short, or the “305” if you ... Read More »