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Arbor Day

By Maria C. Tobin The beautification committee of Marco Island spearheads the Arbor Day Celebration every year.  On January 20, 2017, Marco Island city officials and citizens will gather at Leigh Plummer Park located at 400 N Barfield Drive at 10AM to celebrate Arbor Day.  A Tabebuia tree was selected this year.  This highly ornamental tree grows between 20 and 30 feet.  ... Read More »

Reflections on the Past

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com As I sit here and write this many of you are scurrying around to take down your Christmas decorations and pack them away carefully for next year’s celebration. Many have even done a little strategic shopping for next year’s home or business decorating contest, while taking advantage of the big discounts on those ... Read More »

Buche de Noel, the Perfect Holiday Dessert

By Samantha Husted  With the winter holidays fast approaching, many families are in a rush to go out and get things done.  Presents need to be bought, cards need to be sent out, and of course, that special holiday meal needs to be planned. And while the holidays bring cheer and good times, they can also be stressful and anxiety ... Read More »

EXTREMES FROM HUMBLE SIMPLICITY TO OUTRAGEOUS LUXURY

By Ewout Rijk de Vries The silence was intense. There is no other place I have ever been that is so completely devoid of sound. We were standing at the top of a sand dune in the world’s largest desert, the Sahara. My wife, Jill, and I had been riding our camels accompanied only by a camel herder who clearly ... Read More »

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: Navigating Change

Laurie Kasperbauer  “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.” ~ Author Unknown In the late 1990s I was elected to the local board of education in my Iowa hometown. In my inaugural year, our board was asked to read a book as part of a team-building exercise. The book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by ... Read More »

Author Randy Wayne White Exposes His Secret to Success at Marco Appearance

By Scott Shook  Randy Wayne White’s famous Doc Ford series has catapulted him to the top of the New York Times bestseller list on numerous occasions. But Randy Wayne White didn’t hesitate to give credit where credit is due when addressing a standing room only crowd at Sunshine Booksellers on Friday, October 21st. “I couldn’t give away my early books,” ... Read More »

Love to Learn? Listen Up!

RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND Jory Westberry Marco Island, Isles of Capri and nearby environs are full of intelligent, inquiring minds that search out opportunities to be more informed and inspired. Let’s face it, we could be watching past seasons of “Game of Thrones” On Demand to make sense of it before the new series starts, but what would that ... Read More »

Ideas Will Bloom at the 2016 Yard and Garden Show

Do you want to learn more about unique container gardening ideas or micro irrigation? Or you simply want to learn how to successfully grow tomatoes on a small space? Explore all this and more at the 14th Annual SW Florida Yard and Garden Show, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, ... Read More »

Bingo Returns to JCMI

Submitted  For the 18th season, Monday Night Bingo is returning to the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI), opening its doors on Monday, October 10, 2016. For all these years, the Bingo Committee has remained the same, loyal workers, identified by their bright yellow aprons with JCMI Bingo and their names embroidered in blue. The group has been a great ... Read More »

Risk Factors and Recommendations

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway After hearing about Alzheimer’s disease from family, friends, or the media, we all might start to wonder about our own memory. Several years ago, I visited Bill Beckwith, a neuropsychologist then in Naples, to find out whether my brain was showing any signs of decline. After an initial visit, I was evaluated during two sessions ... Read More »

Al Bismonte

By Maureen Chodaba Upon entering the Marco Island home of Al Bismonte, you are greeted by a garden ornament with the message “All Things Grow With Love.” That is a theme that lives and flourishes in the heart of this man of many talents. This “retired” pediatrician from Waukegan, Illinois enjoys a home that is filled with more than one ... Read More »

Fun Time, Summer Time

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Summer is here and there are plenty of activities that are being offered for kids on Marco Island. As a coach, I believe that the more sports a young person can be exposed to, the better they will be at all sports! As a parent, I believe summer vacation is a time for kids to enjoy ... Read More »

Green Thumbs for YMCA Kids

By Don Manley Anticipation is in the air among the children in the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s after school program. The object of their preoccupation can be found outside the rear doors of the Y’s youth development center and a few steps away on the right, where the youths are receiving first-hand experience in growing food, as part of the ... Read More »

Bubbie’s Bakery is Back!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The pleasant smell of cinnamon is once again in the air at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI). In the kitchen, Bubbie’s Bakery is keeping the ovens hot, baking for the more than 2,000 diners expected to attend the Jewish Deli Fest on January 24. Bubbie’s Bakery is a group of talented ladies who ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Floral Design Workshop

Submitted Calusa Garden Club conducted a community flower arranging workshop in Rose Hall at the Marco Island Library on November 17. The event was sponsored by Friends of the Library. Eight garden club members worked together to provide instructional posters, plant materials, containers and oasis, plus guidance and enthusiastic encouragement as they led 25 would-be designers in creating their own ... Read More »

DAR Honors Veterans, Local Artist

By Chris Curle Art depicting patriotism was the centerpiece of the November 19th meeting of the Marco chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at the Hideaway Beach Club. Local artist, Malenda Trick, described the inspiration for her 18-foot long “From Sea to Shining Sea” patriotic mural. One side represents America at war. The other side depicts Florida’s war efforts. ... Read More »

A Sneak Peak at the Newly Renovated Ario

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Tuesday, September 29, some lucky members of the community got a sneak peak and taste of the newly renovated restaurant Ario, located in the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa. The menu explains that the word “ario” is derived from the zodiac elements of fire and water, and describes the restaurant ... Read More »

What is Kombucha and Should I be Drinking it?

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com If you’ve ever ventured in the refrigerated section at most health food stores, I’m sure your eyes have a field day with the many selections of colorful (mostly) glass bottles that line the shelves. Green tea – full of antioxidants! Chia seed smoothie – natural energy! Vegetable juice – cold pressed! Kombucha – organic and ... Read More »

Great Southern Whites

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com No, this is not another article on sharks on the west coast of Florida, which seems to have dominated the news since the summer started. Funny, “Jaws” was one of my favorite movies. Anyway, it’s about a couple of South Florida’s beautiful butterflies. Well this is another great year butterfly gardening in South Florida. It seems ... Read More »

Last Bingo of the Season Monday, May 4th

The last Bingo game of the season is scheduled for Monday night, May 4th, at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. Sue Baum, Co-Chairperson of the Monday Night Bingo, stated that Bingo will re-open on Monday, October 5, 2015, for its 17th year. She added, “The success of the Bingo is due to the Bingo Committee, some 28 trained workers, many ... Read More »