Tag Archives: goals

Humbug to New Year’s Resolutions? Not so fast!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry My friends and I were comparing our struggles with New Year’s Resolutions, and okay, resolutions in general, because they seem to fizzle out over time…like February. We decided that it could be our wavering memories, lack of progress or real commitment, or the insane insanity of our lives that makes it difficult. ... Read More »

Boy Rays’ Win Impressive Last Game

By Barry Gwinn  The first 11 games for new head coach Fernando Higuera and new assistant coach Brian Gambuzina have been challenging. With a 3-8 record, the boys’ season is reminiscent of the girls’ team when starting with new head coach, Jim Watt, three years ago. “It is the same mistakes being made over and over that are hard to ... Read More »

Healthy Wish List

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Ever get stuck on what to buy a friend or family member? How about a gift that can help their health and fitness goals? The American Cancer Society has some great ideas for any budget that will make great little gifts for the holidays. Happy Holidays and New Year from your ... Read More »

New Walk to Run Program at the Y

Submitted Personal trainer Maddy Wyers brings enthusiasm and a ready smile to her new job at the Greater Marco Family YMCA (Y). She is spearheading a new program, the Marco Walking Club, which embraces walking, jogging and running. Wyers says the aim is to attract people of all levels and ability at the two sessions. On Fridays, the group meets ... Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer – Mid-Season Team at 5 & 3 after strong first half

By Barry Gwinn After winning three of the five straight road games to begin the season, the Lady Rays finally got to play in front of the home crowd at Winterberry Park, where they won two out of three. On November 28, the Rays overpowered a talented St. John Neumann team, 4-1. The Rays defense was all but impenetrable, with ... Read More »

Screwworm Endanger Key Deer

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 3, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared an agricultural state of emergency in Monroe County after New World screwworm were found in samples taken from three Key deer. At this time, the infestation seems limited to Big Pine Key, No Name Key, and surrounding areas in the Lower Keys. Although not ... Read More »

MIA Girls Piling up Soccer Wins

By Barry Gwinn Trying to build on last year’s 4-10-2 season, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) Lady Rays took to the road for their first five games. With a solid core of sophomores, juniors, and one senior returning, the Rays were hoping that the incoming freshman would give them a boost. They weren’t disappointed. Their first game was at highly ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Letter from City Council Candidate Grifoni

When I announced my campaign 5 months ago, I set out to be a positive voice, focusing on the issues that matter to our citizens. I pledged to fight for every vote, and not ignore anyone in the process. I said I was going to run the most active and involved campaign for City Council because the people of Marco ... Read More »

City Council Election: Monica L Pierce

As an informed and concerned resident of Marco Island, I have been doing my research on the candidates for City Council and have been very impressed with some of the candidates that are running this year. Jared Grifoni especially stands out. I first met Jared at the Glory of the Grape event at CJs in June. I spoke with him ... Read More »

Local Parkinson’s Services Added

By Don Manley The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida, Inc. (PASFI) is expanding the services it offers for people in the Marco Island area who are afflicted with the neurological disease and their families. “We’re definitely very interested and committed to bringing about an awareness of our programs and services and educational opportunities to the Marco Island population,” said Chris ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Partners With FIU

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Florida International University (FIU) have established a new partnership that will serve FIU students as well as citizens of Collier County and surrounding areas. This unique educational and research partnership will enhance the environmental understanding necessary to manage the reserve’s 110,000 acres. Nine joint reserve-FIU staff positions have been created for scientific research, education ... Read More »

Hertz hosts students from The Immokalee Foundation, donates more than 100 school-ready backpacks

Ten students from The Immokalee Foundation recently visited Hertz Global Holdings’ world headquarters in Estero for a Career Development program that included one-on-one discussions with Hertz employees and executives, a tour of the state-of-the-art facility, and collecting 104 backpacks loaded with back-to-school supplies donated by Hertz employees for Immokalee students. “This was an incredible experience for our students,” said Steven ... Read More »

Marco Optimists Clean up in Orlando

Jake Watt’s Big Day  By Barry Gwinn Jim Watt is the volunteer varsity soccer coach at Marco Island Academy. He is the only coach the team has ever had. His daughter Olivia, now a junior, is a star on the team. Olivia has two younger brothers, Jake, at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE), and Jonathan at Marco Island Charter Middle ... Read More »

Money in Motion; What’s Next?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower Question: My business sold and the transaction will close next quarter. What are your thoughts on how to proceed? I don’t want to overlook anything. Answer: As with all major changes, my first recommendation is to go slowly. The financial strength, stability and integrity of the ... Read More »

Rosenblum ?Team Awarded ?President’s Circle

Submitted  Gerry Rosenblum of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, along with teammates Nancy Ehlen and Robert Camposano have been named to the prestigious President’s Circle for 2015 by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The award recognizes the network’s top three percent of residential sales professionals who in 2015 exemplified great sales achievement in closed residential GCI, commercial GCI or closed residential units. ... Read More »

Lely Passes Spring Test

By Roger LaLonde There were both good and bad plays, but more good ones, in Lely’s 33-27 win over Blanche Ely in its spring game on May 20. Blanche Ely traveled to Lely from Pompano Beach to play in a steady downpour in the first half that saw the Trojans take the lead and stay ahead. Both teams had breakaway ... Read More »

Lely’s DaCruz Awarded Nursing Scholarship

Submitted  The first annual P.E.O. Marg Mead Memorial Scholarship for Nursing was recently awarded to Lely High School senior and Marco Island resident, Tatiana DaCruz. P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where the educational advancement of women is celebrated by assisting deserving women reach their goals through loans, grants or scholarships. The organization also owns Cottey College, which is located ... Read More »

Responsibilities of Player and Coach

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org May 4th was National Golf Instruction Day on the Golf Channel. As much as the Golf Channel communicates incorrect information about the golf swing, and despite employee commentators who regularly bash tour player’s golf coaches, I really appreciate the network honoring those who grow golf through instruction. The Golf Channel is a huge factor in ... Read More »

Lely’s New Football Coach Kicks Off Season

By Roger LaLonde  It is audition time for Lely football players. New coach Maurice Belser said, “Everyone is being evaluated, players and coaches.” Belser takes over the reigns from Culmer St. Jean, who was fired after three seasons with a 14-19 mark. In 2014 St. Jean was area Football Coach of the Year when his Trojans went to the playoffs. ... Read More »

MIA Principal Turns a School Into a Family

By Barry Gwinn On Friday, March 4, 2016, during a visit to Marco Island Academy (MIA), Governor Rick Scott presented Principal Melissa Scott with the coveted Governor’s Shine Award, given to outstanding educators who have been nominated by their peers. Governor Scott had found out what many already knew. Marco Island Academy had finally found the principal they were looking ... Read More »