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Risk Factors and Recommendations

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Barbara and Jack Markel in their purple Alzheimer’s Association Walk T-shirts.

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 of two hours each, and at the final visit, Beckwith told me the results. He had tested my memory with remembering lists of words, numbers forward and back, stories, and drawings. There were also timed exercises, questions about current events, ... Read More »

Al Bismonte

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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 hundred orchid plants. “They are not my hobby, they are my therapy,” says Bismonte with a smile. Surrounded by their beauty, Bismonte explained his secret in caring for these thriving plants. “Sometimes people think an orchid has died, but it ... Read More »

Fun Time, Summer Time

Island Kids advanced level players, Andrew, Jaxson and Camdon, with their favorite hitting partner, “Beauregard,” the ball machine!

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 fun activities, like going to the beach, or the movies, or just hanging out at home and having a barbeque and swimming in the pool for the afternoon. So, as a coach and a parent, my advice is make sure ... Read More »

Green Thumbs for YMCA Kids

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Donna Hardy Johnston (left) and children from the YMCA after school program care for the garden.

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 Y’s new Green Thumb program. Green Thumb is part of the nutrition education portion of the Y’s after-school program in which the children plant seeds and seedlings to raise fruits, vegetables and herbs that when ripe, will be used in ... Read More »

Bubbie’s Bakery is Back!

From left: Talented bakers Joan Thompson, Estie  Karpman, Joan Blau, Natalie Klein and Trudy Bloom. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

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 are JCMI Sisterhood members. Coastal Breeze heard that they were busy using their baking skills and paid them a visit. We arrived at the JCMI kitchen to find the air filled with the sweet smell of strudel, and the ladies ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Floral Design Workshop

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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 floral masterpieces. Workshop participants first learned elements of both traditional and creative floral designs from garden club instructors Sue Oldershaw and Connie Lowery, and then all hands were busy constructing their own creative designs, which they were able to take ... Read More »

DAR Honors Veterans, Local Artist

“From Sea to Shining Sea” by Malenda Trick’s depicts all U.S. war efforts, including fighter jets in Afghanistan.

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. “I’ve tried to include all the forces in all our wars, including the home forces, men and women, civilians,” she said. “I didn’t want to leave anyone out.” “People have brought me original pictures, magazines and patches, posters, fighter and ... Read More »

A Sneak Peak at the Newly Renovated Ario

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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?

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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 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 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 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

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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

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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

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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

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “…..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

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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

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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

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com 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!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com 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

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com 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 »