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A Sneak Peak at the Newly Renovated Ario

Dick and Debra Shanahan 
enjoy a preview of the newly renovated Ario restaurant, Mac and Qudsia Chaudhry in the background. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

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 as a “primal dining experience.” At Ario, dry-aged meats and fresh local seafood are paired with seasonings and salts from around the world. The meal was started with foie gras torchon and shrimp cocktail. The foie gras was house-made, served ... Read More »

What is Kombucha and Should I be Drinking it? photo credit.

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres 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 raw! Rejuvenate. Restore. Revitalize. Replenish. Regenerate. What does it all mean? Is there any truth to the label? Kombucha is a fermented beverage created using tea, sugar, and bacteria (from a starter culture). Depending on how long a batch ferments, ... Read More »

Great Southern Whites

Zebra longwing, Florida state butterfly.

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy 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 every year has a new surprise. This year the white butterflies in South Florida are more abundant then I have seen. Actually, I have seen more great southern whites, Florida whites and cabbage whites this year then I have seen ... 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 of whom have been with us for the entire 16 years or shortly after we opened.” “This year,” Baum stated, “we raffled each Monday night two $22 passes, a pizza certificate from Sami’s Kwik Stop, and a haircut, a shampoo and ... Read More »

Our Yard is a Wildlife Habitat


By Joan and Carl Kelly We have always loved plants and gardening. Never thought highly of grass, though. So, gradually, as we worked our yard, adding flowering and fruit bearing plants, our grass yard got smaller and the favored plants took over. With that change in vegetation also came a change in animal residents. We know of two black racers and a red rat snake who live in our yard. A red bellied woodpecker family resided here last year, and a cardinal visits us regularly for water. Palm warblers sing from the branches of our lemon tree. There are also ... Read More »

DaVinci’s and Mango’s Remain in First Place

submitted photos. 
Visiting with George and Wanda Kirk III from Pittsburgh, PA is son  G. W. Kirk IV, grandson Tyler Ryan Kirk-10 and granddaughter Annabelle Rose Kirk-7. George senior has been playing in the Marco Senior Softball League for 13 years. Tyler threw out the first pitch with the help of his sister Annabelle.

The mango is known as the ‘king of fruit’ throughout the world. Did you know more mangos are eaten fresh all over the world, than any other fruit? Marco Island Senior Softball Results   ISLAND DIVISION STANDINGS Wins Losses DaVinci’s 11 3 Brewery 8 6 Porky’s 7 7 Sand Bar 6 8 Nacho Mama’s 6 8 Mutual of Omaha Bank 4 10   MARCO DIVISION STANDINGS Wins Losses Mango’s 8 5 Speakeasy 7 5 Crazy Flamingo’s 7 5 Joey’s Pizza 6 5 CJ’s on the Bay 6 6 Stonewalls 4 8 Rookies 4 8       Read More »

Decorate Your Life


Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer “…..I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look….To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” — Thoreau, Walden   My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Iowa for Thanksgiving. We ... Read More »

16 Years of BINGO at JCMI

The Bingo committee does it all. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Sue Baum, co-chairperson of the Monday Night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, states, “It’s time to yell BINGO again! This is our 16th Season.” She adds, “A new feature each Monday evening will be a drawing for a free shampoo and blow dry or manicure by Jump Hair and Nails. The drawing will be from the player’s admission ticket.” Bingo will be played every Monday evening at the Synagogue, located at 991 Winterberry Drive, from Oct. 6, 2014 through May 6, 2015. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Bonanza is posted at 6:15 PM, and the game ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Reckel


I read your article about PRAC with great interest. I am 75 years old and have benn a Marco resident for 14 years. My family immigrated from behind the Iron Curtain in 1950. I have lived and written my personal biography about living the American Dream. What I see today is De Ja Vu about life in a socialist/communist country. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember that somewhere between 16.5 to 17.2 of our working population ( tongue in cheek) work for some form of government. What I see happening here is another form of government ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market


There is a clear misconception that Farmers’ Markets should be merely fruit and vegetable stands.  This perspective is looking through a limited lens of commerce versus one of community, so let’s take a step back.  Here, in Marco Island, we cater to both the local and transient guest, and we are truly one family.  These once-a-week markets for five hours are really about social connection.  Yes, radishes and cucumbers used to take center stage, but they have happily made room for flavored honeys, fresh pastas, locally carved sustainable artifacts, wildlife photography and custom terrariums.  As diversity started to populate the ... Read More »

Supreme Justice


BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust By Max Allan Collins Thomas & Mercer, 2014 336 pages “I always turn to the sports page first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.”Earl Warren, 14th Chief Justice, SCOTUS   Someone is assassinating the justices of the Supreme Court in this nifty little thriller set in the future, circa 2030. “Summertime and the readin’ is easy” to paraphrase that famous Gershwin tune. “Supreme Justice” was quite a delightful surprise. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Joe Reeder, CEO of ABC Security, is a former Secret Service ... Read More »

Beat the Bloat!


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Summer is officially here, and with it comes beer bellies and bikinis — two things that don’t belong in the same sentence. Take some time to plan ahead this summer for get-togethers, cookouts and lazy beach days, and you’ll feel good no matter if you wear a swimsuit or not. To avoid the dreaded bulge, belly or bloat (or all three), adopt some of these tips: Have healthy snacks handy: Do this, and when temptation comes your way, you won’t even think twice about reaching for your healthy fare. I suggest loading up on good-for-you-treats that ... Read More »

Managing Black Bears in Florida


By Noelle H. Lowery Most Southwest Floridians are well aware of the wide variety of wildlife that lives amongst them. Alligators, panthers and manatees, oh my! Not to mention, the vast array of lizards, birds, squirrels, bob cats and raccoons scurrying on land and the wide assortment of fish swimming under water. The largest of the furry creatures — the Florida Black Bear — has been the focus of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for the last month. The FWC launched its new Florida Black Bear Management Plan, introducing Southwest Floridians to it through three public ... Read More »

Do You Suffer From Sugar Hangovers?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres With the holidays behind and in front of us, I’m sure we have thrown our willpower to the wind on one occasion or the other. Whether it was Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduations, Memorial Day, or the upcoming Father’s Day, most of us have succumbed to evil spell of sugar. If you eat clean the majority of the time and can have one cheat treat and get back on the wagon, then this message is most likely not as crucial as it is for the occasional binge eater – you know the type: where one ... Read More »

Are You a Sugar Addict?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Do you crave chocolate or sweets on a regular basis? Do you reach for an afternoon carb-rich pick-me-up? Do you drown your sorrows in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s? Do you just enjoy sugar in any shape or form? Then we need to have a little talk! Not only is sugar in the most obvious places, but it also lurks in some lesser-known areas as well such as salad dressings, bread, yogurt, barbecue sauces and ketchup, baked beans, smoothies and basically most processed foods in one way or another. Is all sugar bad and ... Read More »

The orange tree of the sea

Artwork in the Goodland Post Office depicts the strong stone crabbing heritage tied to the village.

By Natalie Strom It’s the crab that keeps on giving. It’s the mighty, yet delicious stone crab. The Southwest Florida delicatessen is much more than your average shellfish. Learn all about it during a day around town at the “Are You Smarter Than A Stone Crab” event. Hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Extension, this tour takes those who are hungry for knowledge and a tasty treat of fresh stone crab claws through Marco Island and Goodland to learn more about “the orange tree of the sea.” Goodland is home to many stone crab fishermen who work long, ... Read More »

Something’s Got to Give

July 5, 2013 partial trash collection. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie Something’s got to give. Soon. The Marco Island beach is raked daily and large debris is removed by Collier County. Volunteer Beach Stewards walk the beach daily picking up at least one bag of trash – sometimes two or more. The City’s Beach Advisory Committee partners with the Marco Island Civic Association, Publix and local businesses and groups for monthly beach clean-ups which remove dozens of bags of trash in only a few hours. Friends of Tigertail, Inc. has quarterly clean-ups that hundreds participate in removing carts full of trash and debris. This equates to ... Read More »

Mango’s Turns Two


By Natalie Strom Mango’s Dockside Bistro celebrated its second birthday with a hog roast, bounce house and a dunk tank. At $10 a ticket, the price was right for the all-you-can-eat buffet, including a smoked pig, beautiful fruit tray, fresh, puffy and tasty homemade shrimp chips, strawberry shortcake and much, much more. Kids had a blast in the bounce house, getting their hair braided and ordering fruit juice drinks at the “kid’s bar.” Mango’s employees spent time in the dunk tank, including owner Lauren Feinman. The party, food and fun activities were definitely a hit. With all the positive ... Read More »

Healthy Snacking


By Pam Filbin Now that school is well under way, many parents have reached the point of needing new ideas for what to offer their child in the way of healthy snacks. When your child comes home every day, it is better to have a healthier snack waiting for them to keep them from going for the potato chips or cookies. If the right foods are offered, snacks can play an important part in managing kids’ hunger and boosting nutrition. Without snacks, it can be difficult for some children to achieve their daily nutrition needs and have enough energy to ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo Opens 15th Season


Submitted In celebration of the opening of the 15th season of Bingo, Monday, October 7th, two watches will be given away. Each player will receive a ticket and the lucky numbers will be called during the mid-evening intermission. Some 62,395 persons have played bingo during the past years. Bingo will be played every Monday evening, from October 7th, 2013 through May 5th, 2014, at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Doors open at 5:30 pm, Bonanza is posted at 6:15 pm. and the game is called at 7 pm. The game is open to the public. Each ... Read More »