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Trends, Part II

Inside/outside: open floor plan. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

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?

Johnathan Watt; Students’ individual talents cannot 
only be measured by standardized tests. PHOTO BY JANE WATT

FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt website: 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

Set two tees down on the target side, and behind the golf ball, both tees  equal distance from the ball. Make a few strokes from a distance that the back and forward swing would be approximately where the tees are. No target is needed for this drill. Check
to make sure your backswing is not shorter than your forward stroke. SUBMITTED PHOTO

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott 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 »

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


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


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 »


Courtesy of G3 Homes, South Miami Fl.

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 »

Setting Intentions

The Line Drill (above) - Paint a line, with course marking paint, and hit golf balls that sit on top of the line. This will help determine initial club to
ground interaction entry point.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott As golfers we can try a million different techniques or sensations when playing golf. One sensation might work for one swing. Another swing, though, might work for five or six holes. So which sensations are correct, and which sensations are not? As an instructor, I am trying to get people to be consistently better. My correction cannot be telling a student a sensation they should have. I prefer to help students set intentions, and guide them beyond that point. Whatever technique or sensation helps them accomplish this intention is the correct one; the sensation is ... Read More »

Breast Health at Physicians Regional


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Once again, it’s October and the world has suddenly turned pink—and for very good reason. For many years, pink has been the color most commonly associated with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The correlation between “pink” and health care isn’t a new concept. In centuries past, the phrase “in the pink” was synonymous with being in good health—both physically and emotionally. Though I applaud the various shades of pink that seem to pop up everywhere during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a focus on women’s health must be maintained every day of the ... Read More »

MIA Tech Club: Students Help Community With Technology Issues

Standing: Aidan Kahn and Kalli Jacobs. Seated, from left: Max Rufatt and Nick Figueroa.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the third year in a row, the Marco Island Academy Tech Club is giving back to the community by providing technology support to Marco Island residents, free of charge. Teacher Kirby Rients leads the group of 15 tech-savvy students, grades 9 to 12. He tells us that the students do everything from “turning on an iPhone to complete system overrides and installing virus protection software.” Community members can bring their technology problems to the school for a one- hour help session, if they need it. On a typical day, students assist with setting up ... Read More »

Mind, Because it Matters

A meditative moment during beach yoga.

Laurie Kasperbauer “Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be it’s master and not it’s slave.” ~ Remez Sasson   On most days, when I wake up in the morning, my mind begins working before I open my eyes. In fact, I might go so far as to say that it’s my mind, as it hums into consciousness, that generally wakes me up. Sometimes I’m startled awake by the thought that I somehow slept in too late. Other mornings, my thoughts start streaming in like a very efficient assistant, “It’s Tuesday… meeting at 8:30…show property at 1:00…yoga at 5:30…dinner ... Read More »

Books & Brews


Submitted By Marco Island Friends of the Library Neither Saints nor Demons Human, All Too Human Robert A. Nowlan, PhD   Robert A. Nowlan Ph.D. is a scholar, researcher, teacher, writer, storyteller and lecturer, and the author of two dozen books and numerous articles. He is Professor and Vice-President for Academic Affairs Emeritus of 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 ... Read More »

Meet Marco: Lina Upham

Lina with daughter Karla.

By Steve Gimmestad Marco Island is a great community. This is a series that profiles some of those people that help make it that way. I would like to introduce you to Lina Upham. Lina shares a second floor office space at City Hall with a view of the Police and Fire Department parking lot. She is a Purchasing and Fiscal Analyst in the nine-person Finance Department headed up by Guillermo Polanco. That means if the city needs some new vehicles, new phone service, architect for a new building or more paper clips, Lina knows about it. She makes ... Read More »

Marine Archaeologist to Speak at Rose Auditorium


Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society welcomes marine archaeologist Jeff Moates to Rose History Auditorium on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 PM. Moates’s lecture will focus on the archaeology and history of Southwest Florida’s Cuban “Fishing Ranchos.” In the late 18th and 19th centuries, groups of Cuban and Spanish Indian fishermen established a number of “Fishing Ranchos” along the Gulf coast where they processed and sold their catch. Using historical and archaeological evidence, Moates will explain who these enterprising entrepreneurs were, where they came from and how they survived, even thrived, in a primitive land long after the Spanish had ... Read More »

Shaken, Stirred and Perturbed, or Were You Prepared?


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “For those properly prepared in advance, a bear market in stocks is not a calamity but an opportunity.” ~ Sir John Templeton   Question: Why were financial markets so volatile during August? Was it all because of China? Answer: China’s currency devaluation and overall economic slowdown were the likely catalysts for the recent dramatic declines, yet other factors also fueled the fluctuations. It’s convenient and tidy to pinpoint one reason for the market’s downward drift, but it’s usually not that simple. Slow(er) Boat to China For the past twenty years, China has experienced frenzied growth. ... Read More »

What Trust Means to Me

Dr. Robert Zehr, founder  of The Zehr Center for Orthopedics. SUBMITTED PHOTO

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, I have tremendous respect for the importance of “trust.” For example, what it means to earn another person’s trust. However, almost more important are the ongoing steps required to keep that trust. When a patient comes through the doors of our Pine Ridge and Collier Boulevard campuses or our Marco Island clinic, they must be able to trust — and find comfort in — the skill sets of everyone they meet. Not just our physicians and clinical staff, but every member of our team. Celebrated thought ... Read More »

Win-Win Proposal for Tract K and Marco Island Students


FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt website: For those of you who were unable to attend the 7-hour Collier County School Board meeting on Tuesday night, I urge you read the following proposal I made on behalf of Marco Island Academy regarding Tract K. This option is the result of years of research, expert legal advice, and the desire to find a solution to benefit the entire Marco Island community. Please know that at all times, my focus remains on the best possible interest of the students in our community. Right now, I am asking for your help and your ... Read More »

Meet Marco: Jeff Poteet

Jeff Poteet shows some of the equipment that is critical to monitoring the quality of our fresh water.

By Steve Gimmestad Marco Island is a great community. This is a series that profiles some of those people that help make it that way. Meet Jeff Poteet. Jeff is the General Manager of the Water and Sewer Department of Marco Island. He started with the utility in June of 1992 as an operator trainee. A few licenses and a couple degrees later, Jeff took on his current role in 2010. When asked to describe his job, Jeff responds: “My number one focus is to protect public health. The water industry, in general in the United States, does such ... Read More »

Should You Eat or Drink Your Greens?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres You see the plethora of multi-colored bottles lining the refrigerated shelves at grocery stores. The beneficial claims scream out at you: “High Vitamin C!” or “Two full servings of fruit and vegetables per bottle!” You see veggie juices splashed across magazine ads and sprinkled in between your television shows touting health, cleansing, energy, and yes– deliciousness! So the question is, should you start drinking them? Some people drink one or more a day as their way of making up for not having the time, motivation, or energy to prepare and eat the actual fruits and vegetables. ... Read More »

Music & Movement at Island Montessori

Submitted The Island Montessori Academy is offering Music and Movement classes for students and community members. All classes will perform at a Winter Showcase on December 17, 2015 at Island Montessori. Private Piano Instruction with Mrs. A Lisa Andreacchio, “Mrs. A,” as her students fondly refer to her, will be offering private 30-minute classical piano instruction for beginners and up. Mrs. A, a seasoned piano instructor with over twenty years of experience, continues to cultivate her craft by celebrating the uniqueness of each child that is presented within every student. Private Piano Instruction on Mondays from 2:45 PM, beginning September ... Read More »