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MICMS Girls Soccer Wins GCAC Championship

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was beautiful afternoon for a soccer game on Friday, Jan. 9. Thanks to word-of-mouth community support and the Optimist Club of Marco Island’s recreational league, a crowd of about 200 spectators gathered at Winterberry Park to watch the Marco Island Charter Middle School Girls Soccer Team win the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Championship game against Evangelical Christian School of Fort Meyers. Led by a strong backbone of eighth graders and second-year Head Coach Patrick Baldwin, the Eagles won handily 6-1 and brought the first conference championship in any sport back to MICMS since ... Read More »

Sticking to Those New Year’s Resolutions!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Can you believe that Christmas is already over with? If you’re like me, you probably didn’t even get to register it until the day of because you were running full speed in many directions trying to keep all of your proverbial plates spinning at the same time. What I most enjoyed about this year was that my son was finally old enough to tear off the wrapping paper! He had a blast! I laughed in surprise when he picked up every scrap and tissue paper and promptly cleaned up by stuffing each piece in empty boxes. He ... Read More »

Goal Setting

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The game of golf in the year of 2014 was exciting. Rory McIlroy became an even bigger superstar. Tiger Woods battled injuries. Rickie Fowler shined in the majors. Patrick Reed made a stir as the USA lost another Ryder Cup, and President Barack Obama made news by playing a lot of golf. How was your 2014 golf year? Did you meet your goals? Did you have golf goals? I challenge all golfers who want to get better in 2015 to set golf goals. A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the ... Read More »

Susan Ackerson Takes Helm at MIAAOR

Susan Ackerson is serving a second time as president of the MIAAOR. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Susan Ackerson is stepping back into a familiar role as the president of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors for 2015. However, the picture for real estate is much brighter as compared to her tenure in 2010, when a recession, foreclosures, short sales and the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico sent home prices plummeting. “I think this is going to be a fantastic year for real estate sales,” said Ackerson. “I have never seen so many people here as I do now. All segments of the market, condominiums, houses, lots and new construction, ... Read More »

Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” — Audrey Hepburn   Question: Every year, I make New Year’s Resolutions and never follow through. What suggestions can you make so I’ll do things differently this year, especially with my finances? Answer: Only 5 percent of those Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions actually keep them for the entire year. Florida is the top state for making resolutions, with 65 percent of us committing to some sort of change or improvement in our lives. Of this group, 54 percent are women and 39 percent are ... Read More »

New Manager of Wastewater Treatment at MI Utilities

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jon H. Pratt is a Renaissance man. Studying chemistry and biology in college, the Chicago native began his working life as a research chemist working on products for the pulp and paper industry. Then, he tried his luck as a stock broker for E.F. Hutton & Co. After the stock market crash in 1989, he went into business for himself. At one point, he started a wine importing business, bringing fine German wines to the US. He even had the opportunity to work as a spokesperson for the Home Shopping Network. Then, 28 years ago, ... Read More »

Marco Island Area Association of Realtors Installation of Officers and Directors

Donna Fiala swears in the new Board of Directors. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Pat Newman Marco Island realtors celebrated the season and installed their 2015 officers and directors last week during an elegant dinner and awards presentation at Hideaway Beach Club. Susan Ackerson accepted the gavel as the organization’s incoming president, a position she also held in 2010. “It is such an honor to have the opportunity to serve this association as your president…I know that we have work to do; it will go smoothly because of the people involved. The directors and officers of this association are dedicated to making the right decisions that are fair to all involved,” Ackerson said. ... Read More »

Hope for the Hungry

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff By all accounts, Captain Hope and his band of warriors successfully packaged a ton of meals at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. This was the third year the Sunrise Rotary Club, the Noontime Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club came together to organize the event in the school gym. Local attorney and Rotarian Neil Snyder (aka Captain Hope) leads the charge as chairman, with event logistics handled by fellow Rotarian Erik Condee. Neil’s goals for 2014 were immense: first, raise $40,000; second, package 200,000 meals in two hours; and third, recruit 500 Hope Warriors ... Read More »

Failure to Communicate

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” - From the1967 film, “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman. Question: I’m trying to organize my financial life and am worried that I’ll overlook something important. Help! I’m losing sleep. What suggestions can you make? Answer: If something is keeping you up at night, it is definitely time to take action. The most common concerns people have are not running out of money and leaving a legacy or inheritance. To address these and other issues, begin with what’s on your mind by prioritizing fiscal ... Read More »

It wasn’t pretty but Naples wins Coconut Bowl 20-6

Anatalie Dantes, Lely High drum major, leads the band in the National Anthem at the 41st annual Coconut Bowl.

By Roger LaLonde roger@costalbreezenews The Naples Golden Eagles got away with a victory in the 41st annual Coconut Bowl at Lely on Oct. 3, but it was far from pretty. Naples won, 20-6, but its vaunted offense and defense had their hands full with Lely. A blocked punt and a pass interference set up Naples’ only touchdowns. Naples outstanding kicker Jerry Nunez contributed field goals of 51 and 31 yards. Lely’s score came on Richard Annorat’s interception and 44-yard touchdown jaunt a minute into the third quarter. The longest run of the game was by Lely’s Wendell Joseph five minutes ... Read More »

Hodges University Awarded 2015 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

Hodges University announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting military and civilian worlds.  This is the third consecutive year that the institution has made the list. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The Military Friendly®  Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing ... Read More »

The Body-Swing Connection

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The past few days, I was in Phoenix, Arizona, attending the TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Level 2 Golf Mechanics Seminar. TPI co-founder, Dave Phillips, and Mark Blackburn, a top 100 instructor, hosted the golf mechanics seminar. TPI is the world leader in education concerning golf instruction. Titleist Performance Institute has certified instructors in 58 countries around the world. TPI takes a team approach to help golfers reach their golf goals, including a golf instructor, fitness instructor and medical professional on the team. The TPI golf instructor leads the team, communicating the student’s golf goals and ... Read More »

TBE Profile: First-grade Teacher Katie Bush

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com This time last year, Katie Bush was teaching first grade Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools in Newton Falls, Ohio, but a June vacation to Marco Island changed everything for her. Now, she is the newest first-grade teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. “I absolutely fell in love with it here!” the Ohio native remembers. “I decided right then, ‘why not live and work in paradise?’ The available first-grade job and interview process came together so perfectly that I know this is God working in my life!” Now, just two months into the school year, her ... Read More »

Instructor or No Instructor?

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Tiger Woods announced this week that he would be parting ways with swing coach, Sean Foley. Anytime Tiger hires or fires any one on his team, there is a serious amount of attention. The talking heads of The Golf Channel, NBC and other networks have all chimed in on this topic. They have compared his records during his time with the three teachers he has had as a professional, Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and Foley. The talking heads and two of Tiger’s former instructors have stated that Tiger would be better off without a golf ... Read More »

Marco Island Charter Middle School

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The first day of school for Marco Island Charter Middle School students will be Monday, August 18. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Increased rigor in the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which is replacing the former FCATs, is driving several changes at the charter middle school in order to provide students with the best possibility achieving success. Among the changes include, an emphasis on reading strategies in every subject area, 142 new computers and ancillary technological equipment throughout the school to accommodate the demands of the new state assessments, new Mathematic textbooks, new software, ... Read More »

ESTERO BAY AQUATIC PRESERVE MANAGEMENT PLAN APPROVED BY ACQUISITION AND RESTORATION COUNCIL

~10-year management plan approved during public hearing and council meeting~ The Acquisition and Restoration Council today approved the 10-yearmanagement plan for Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve located in Lee County and encompassing 11,000 acres of exceptionally beautiful sovereign submerged lands. The Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Management Plan, which was last updated in 2004, characterizes each of its issues and delineates unique goals, objectives and strategies that set the framework for meeting the challenges presented by the issues. Objectives include the continuation of habitat management initiatives, such as the “No Internal Combustion Motor Zones” for passive seagrass bed restoration; “Critical Wildlife Area” designations ... Read More »

Yes, It Is All About You!

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“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” Alan Lakein, American Author and Businessman.   Question: I’m curious, what is the difference between a Financial Advisor and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™? In addition, what should I expect when working with an advisor or planner? Answer: Anyone can call himself or herself a financial planner, yet only those meeting the requirements of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. may display the CFP® certification. Earning a professional designation demonstrates a level of commitment by an advisor to obtain and keep the ... Read More »

RESIDENTS FROM ACROSS THE STATE CREATE SUPPORT ORGANIZATION FOR AQUATIC PRESERVES

~The Aquatic Preserve Society is the first statewide organization for Florida’s 41 aquatic preserves~ A new statewide citizen support organization (CSO), the Aquatic Preserve Society, has been formed to promote the protection of Florida’s 41 aquatic preserves. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office has long made use of the volunteerism and fundraising capabilities of citizen support organizations from around the state. These CSOs work in conjunction with regional staff to hold events and provide operational support throughout the year. “We are very excited to see how the Aquatic Preserve Society develops,” said Kevin Claridge of the Florida ... Read More »

Teamwork Works at NCH

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System NCH has three primary goals: (1) Improve the quality of care, (2) increase patient safety, and (3) enhance the patient experience. To accomplish these goals requires one thing in particular — shared decision-making from all of our 4,000 colleagues. With an “A” grade on safety for both campuses from Leapfrog, a well-respected national accreditation organization, we must be doing something right in terms of integrating the formidable resources of our entire caregiving team. This team-based model involves those who are closest to patients and families. By being involved ... Read More »

Katie Oakley, Marco Island Academy Teacher, Wins a Membership to Xcel Fitness Spa

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On June 16, 2014, at 10 a.m.,  Eddy Hoyo, Owner and Operator of Xcel Fitness Spa on Marco Island and Rebecca Hodge Snyder, President of the Kiwanis Club, will present Katie Oakley with a free one year membership to the Fitness Spa.   Xcel Fitness Spa joined with the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island in choosing to honor a local educator by offering this free membership, valued at approximately $1100. The winner was chosen by the Kiwanis Scholarship Committee based upon written responses about personal health and fitness goals and future commitments to using the gym membership. Katie Oakley is the ... Read More »