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The Columbiettes – Stars of Faith, Hope and Charity

The officers of the Columbiettes with Father Tim. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba A simple cross set in a circle of blue, complemented by rays of light leading to three stars. That is the emblem of the Columbiettes, an organization of Catholic women with the purpose to promote the welfare of its members spiritually, socially, and charitably. The cross within the circle represents the Catholic belief of Christ’s love, alive and ever present in the world. The rays illustrate service to God through the mediums of faith, hope and charity, depicted by the stars. This charitable and spiritual organization, an auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, can trace its history ... Read More »

Winged Foot Candidates

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By Roger LaLonde Patrick Michel Defines the Student Athlete Patrick Michel says he transferred from Lely to Marco Island Academy (MIA) his sophomore year to “reshape myself.” He became one of its top students in sports and academics. For his efforts he is the school’s candidate for the 27th annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award. He is one of 13 candidates, representing each high school in Collier County. The winner will be announced at the annual dinner on May 26 at The Naples Grande Resort. “As a freshman at Lely I was starting to digress. I had lost my focus that ... Read More »

It’s Personal

A recent beach yoga practice, presenting a wide variety of “trees” on the beach. Photo By Laurie Kasperbauer

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe Growing up in Iowa I was lucky enough to go on family vacations every summer. Four kids and my parents packed ourselves in a four-door Oldsmobile, pulling a pop-up camper with attached bicycles and coolers and fishing rods projecting like appendages on a bug. Our destination might be a lake in Minnesota or a valley in Colorado, but it always included a campground with plenty of space to wander and a ring of stones for a fire. And ... Read More »

Serve It Up

Roger Federer prepares to throw in an upward motion to the ball. Submitted Photos

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Arguably, the most important shot in the sports of tennis and pickleball is the serve. In tennis, holding serve is an important factor in staying on a winning course and maintaining a positive attitude. This is even more of a factor in pickleball, because I can only score points when I’m serving and I only get one serve! The basic premise of a winning strategy in both games is very simple, be the last person to hit the ball over the net and inside the lines and you win the point. With that said, if we ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island City Council held a regular meeting on April 18. In addition to two business-related resolutions, staying safe and healthy seemed to be the prevailing theme. Keith Wohltman, Flotilla Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95, and other members of the Flotilla, were presented with a proclamation from the city council, declaring May 21-27, 2016 “National Safe Boating Week.” The proclamation supports the goals of the North America Safe Boating Campaign, urging everyone to practice safe boating, particularly with the use of life jackets. Next, the Florida Department of Health in Collier County recognized ... Read More »

Timing is Everything

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Federer hits on the run, demonstrating full reach and perfect balance.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com If you are a regular reader of my column, you already know my favorite saying is “lazy feet lead to lousy shots.” We have accepted and conquered the fact that our feet must move for us to be in proper position to strike the ball. Let’s now consider the importance of the timing of our footsteps in relation to being in proper position to strike the ball. There is a certain cadence that is associated with a rally in a tennis point. In today’s world of professional tennis with all of the grunting and ... Read More »

You Can’t Take It With You

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “In the end, only kindness matters.”  – Jewel  I have a close friend who lives in Iowa. Her name is Mary, and before my husband and I moved to Marco Island, Mary and I were next-door neighbors for 27 years. That’s almost three decades of vigorous waves from the driveway, impromptu potluck dinners, borrowed cups of sugar, and shared Sunday brunches. We raised a combined seven children; we claimed a total of five dogs, and we buried four parents during our time as neighbors. We’ve shared tearful challenges and bladder-bursting laughter. Together, Mary ... Read More »

The Shanks

The dreaded shank!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I know…sorry. I said the “S” word. It is all in your head, right? You can try all you want to fix mental problems: yoga, meditation, performance experts, etc., but it will not change the fact that your technique is leading to “hosel rockets.” The shanks are a technical problem that make hitting golf shots a mental battle. So the solution should be easy, right? The technical problem becomes so bad that we start hitting shanks, and mental boundaries make the road to recovery a lengthy process. However, we must first solve the technical problems. ... Read More »

Focus on Marco’s Health

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Firefighter Paramedic Chris Bowden attends DOH-Collier focus group.

By Maureen Chodaba Recently the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department hosted a focus group presented by the Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) in the development of a Community Health Assessment (CHA). By late summer, the CHA will be completed, released and then used to develop a new Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is designed to address specific opportunities for improved health as identified by the community. Some of the attendees included Robert Ostbye, MPH, program manager of DOH-Collier; Andrea McKinney, operations analyst/public information officer of DOH; and Marco Island Firefighter Paramedic/Public Education Coordinator Chris Bowden. Based ... Read More »

Historical Artist Clark to Speak

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Submitted Merald Clark, one of Florida’s leading historical artists, will speak about his specialized expertise at Rose History Auditorium on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 PM. The Europeans first encountered the Calusa when there were no cameras, cell phones, or “eye in the sky” to record life events for Florida’s indigenous peoples. Thanks to historical artists like Merald Clark, long-lost civilizations, like the Calusa, are brought to life, through artwork. Clark is well known for his works of art depicting the life and experiences of Florida’s indigenous peoples, particularly the Calusa. His lecture will focus on the process he uses ... Read More »

Health Care Heroes Are Everywhere

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO,  Physicians Regional Healthcare System A major part of my role as Market CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System is interacting with caregivers. As one would expect, this includes an exceptional group of physicians, nurses, clinicians and employees—those whom I am privileged to work alongside every day. The ability to witness their never-ending commitment to our patients—as seen through their focus on high quality, compassionate care—is truly inspirational. I also receive letters and emails from patients and their family members praising the care provided throughout our healthcare system. These truly make my day. We ... Read More »

Vietnam Veteran Shares Experience With DAR

Submitted Most Vietnam veterans decline to tell their stories because the home front reception was extremely antagonistic during and after the war. So, it was an interesting experience for the Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at its March 17th meeting to hear the firsthand experiences of a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran. Dan Walden and his wife, Pennie moved to Marco Island in 2014, three years after honeymooning here. He spent most of his career in management at UPS. The focus of Walden’s talk to the DAR was his experience as a Marine in Vietnam. ... Read More »

Election Day and the Markets

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. –Franklin D. Roosevelt Question: Does the stock market do better when there is a Democrat or a Republican in office as President? Answer: It’s a common misconception that financial markets do better when Republicans, or the Grand Old Party (GOP), occupies the White House. This is because they’re known for being “pro-business.” In contrast, Democrats are believed to support higher taxes and increased regulation, which tends to slow down economic and market growth. Therefore, the implication is that markets don’t do ... Read More »

Cindy Adams Brings Hypnotherapy to Marco

Cindy Adams, certified hypnotherapist, joins Skin Renewal Systems. PHOTO BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

Submitted For many people their only image of hypnosis has been distorted by Hollywood; Movies where an all-powerful hypnotist lulls a vulnerable subject into a deep trance, making them do and say outrageous things against their will. In reality, nothing can be farther from the truth. Both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association recognize hypnotherapy as a therapeutic treatment. The word “hypnosis” is derived from the Greek word for sleep, hypnos. Although sleep is not necessarily the goal, hypnosis does produce a highly relaxed state. And although your body relaxes, your mind remains focused. Once deeply relaxed, ... Read More »

Not Too Early, Not Too Late

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Federer displays proper timing of racquet preparation for an incoming ball, and out in front ball contact.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com I think that possibly the oldest and most overused (and in my opinion, the worst) phrase ever heard in tennis instruction is “get your racquet back.” Unless we are hitting a volley, we should always be getting our racquet back! With that said, I believe that getting our racquet back too early can cause more problems than getting our racquet back too late. Getting the racquet back too early means we must stop in the middle of our stroke and wait for the ball, which breaks the rhythm of our stroke. In the photo sequence, touring ... Read More »

Teens and Technology: An Inside Look

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By Larissa Bersh The year is 2016. Face–to–face interaction no longer exists. All communication is facilitated through cell phones. Texting is the new talking. To many, this scenario seems utterly absurd. But for teenagers in this day and age, it sounds all too familiar. Looking around at school, the number of students with eyes glued to their devices is staggering. There is not a single lunch table where everyone is fully engaged in conversation. If someone is not actively involved in texting, he or she is scrolling through Instagram, listening to music, or playing a game. It seems that, slowly ... Read More »

Wet Paint LIVE

Twenty artists participated in Wet Paint LIVE, a fundraising event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It was almost like a scavenger hunt. But instead of looking for landmarks or hidden treasures, you were on the hunt for artists. On February 16th, 20 different artists could be found scattered all over Marco Island and Goodland painting various scenes “en plein air,” or in the open air. The artists were participating in the Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraising event, Wet Paint LIVE. The paintings created that day were auctioned later in the evening in order to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. The participants started at around nine in the morning, ... Read More »

Putt to the End Point

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Most golfers warm up for their round, and practice, on the greens by hitting 15-20 foot putts. I have a sense that many do this because they believe this is the best way to determine the speed of the greens that day. Practicing mid-range putts has little benefits. If you miss a 15-20 footer do you get feedback? Of course not! Even tour pros miss more 15-20 footers than they make. It is more beneficial to work on speed control without hitting to a hole in the putting green. Set up an alignment stick, or ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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Submitted by Maggie Gust March Meeting Please join us for a two hour workshop at our March meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, from 6-8 PM. Janice Hardy of Fiction University will illustrate techniques to construct a novel that will keep readers turning its pages. Some of the areas she will focus on include creating empathic characters, compelling storylines, inspiring settings, and other components of a good read. Janice will use hands-on exercises to illustrate these techniques in the workshop. Participants will be able to go home and apply them to their writing. Bring your laptop or printed pages. Published ... Read More »

Identity Theft: You Could Be Next

Detective Sergeant Brian Sawyer presented first, using his law enforcement experience to provide insights into the criminals who engage in identity fraud.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On February 5th, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) held their general membership meeting at the Hideaway Beach Club. The guest speakers that day were Detective Sergeant Brian Sawyer of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Carrie Kerskie, director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University. Both Sawyer and Kerskie shared their expertise on how to avoid falling victim to not only identity theft, but business identity theft as well, an issue that is often overlooked. Surprisingly, or perhaps unsurprisingly depending on how you look at it, Naples comes in fifth nationwide for ... Read More »