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To be or not to be… Enhanced

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I may have touched on this subject in the past but the increase in popularity on Clarity Enhanced (C.E.) diamonds have piqued the interest of many that are unaware of the product and process in my shop the past couple of months. Yes, it’s true some jewelers won’t even consider selling them in their stores. I have been dealing with all kinds of diamonds since the tender age of 15 and have been involved in buying from dealers and cutters all over the world. Israel, Amsterdam, Belgium, Boston, New York City, L.A. and beyond! ... Read More »

Just look, don’t touch!

The Saddleback Caterpillar. Look but don’t touch!

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Beware! Lurking in many South Florida backyards is a small critter that will offer a terrible surprise if touched. The half to one inch long, stout-bodied brown caterpillar has a conspicuous green back with brown oval outlined in white. It’s unique coloring may entice a closer look by touching or holding it– but don’t! It is a stinging caterpillar known as the Saddleback Caterpillar. The brown oval marking on the center of its back looks like a saddle on a bright green saddle blanket, hence the silly name. Archaria stimulea (Saddleback Caterpillar) is the larvae ... Read More »

Gender & the art of language

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Sticks & stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me… To that childhood rhyme I say: ahh, baloney. Words can hurt, and deeply. The damage may be subtle, a slow insinuation into the core of your being, and with suffering so much longer lasting than a temporary scrape of the flesh from a stick or a stone. Last week a friend of mine, a proud and loving father of a high-spirited eight-year old daughter, was recounting to me his daughter’s triumph on the school track where she out-raced most of the boys in ... Read More »

Tending the Garden

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” Miles Kington, British Journalist, 1941-2008 Question: After last year’s market activity, should I review and rebalance my investments? Answer: Yes, to maximize your efforts, it’s beneficial to monitor your portfolio on a regular basis. Whether you need to rebalance will depend on your goals and results. In many ways, investment oversight is like tending a garden. We have a small garden in our back yard that Pete tends to, and from what I see, it takes a ... Read More »

4th Annual Hideaway Beach Open

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Doug, I’ve played USTA tournaments throughout the state (Florida), and this is the best organized event I’ve attended,” entrant and former champion Monson Douglas offered Sunday afternoon. Not only did we have the largest draws in the four-year history but we had the greatest talent as well. The weather was picture perfect with 80 degree temperatures and literally no wind, and the players responded with stellar play. Finally, we had record crowds cheering their friends on Saturday and Sunday — a minimum of 200 players patrolling the grounds around the beautiful tennis center at the ... Read More »

It’s All in the Coat

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: It’s that time of year again — “kitten season!” And are we ever bursting at the seams with adorable little furballs. Our first two litters of the 2014 season were born right here at the shelter, giving us a total of 11 baby felines in the wink of an eye. For those who may have forgotten, the 2013 season delivered 176 kittens, all of whom found fantastic fur-ever homes thanks to all of the love showered upon them by my staff of 80 erstwhile volunteers. And, of course, thanks ... Read More »

The Dynamic Golfer

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Golf has many things to offer; fun with friends, exercise, friendly wagers, nature, family time, wildlife, etc. If you want to excel at the game of golf you must treat it as a sport. Golf is similar to many sports in which the human body moves in a rotary motion, such as batting in baseball, hitting a hockey puck, etc. The difference is the object is moving in most other sports, so more physical endurance might be needed to get to where the object is located. The kinematic movement to hit the object however is ... Read More »

ACS off to a great start in 2014

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig The American Cancer Society of Marco Island is a volunteer driven organization that depends on a Volunteer Leadership Council. Our Volunteer Leadership Council consists of hard working individuals who donate their time to our mission by serving on committees for events such as Imagination Ball, Relay For Life, Shoot Down Kids Cancer, the Luau Against Breast Cancer and many other fundraisers. In addition, they work with our local medical community to encourage them to inform patients about the services that the American Cancer Society provides right here on Marco Island. In our annual elections, Gary Landis ... Read More »

2014 Marketing Trends

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing Keeping up with the Jones’ is a cliché to follow in business, but businesses should take it one step further and beat the Jones’ when it comes to business. In 2014, marketing success is based less on the basics of advertising and more on businesses finding unique ways to deliver goods and services. Technology and strategic product development to no one’s surprise have been named by “Forbes Magazine” as leading agents for marketing successes this year. The perfect company setting an example in leading solutions to consumer challenges is Groupon. The company started as a ... Read More »

Assisted Living: The Musical: Back by Popular Demand

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Submitted “Assisted Living: The Musical®” is returning to Marco Island for another three-show run, March 14-16. The Rose Auditorium welcomes back authors and performers Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett for 7:30 PM shows on Friday and Saturday and for a 2:30 PM Sunday matinee. Tickets are $20 for the evening shows and $15 for the matinee. Subtitled “Sex, Drugs and Gettin’ Old,” the show delivers laughs from the opening scene when a newly-departed couple wonders why their son pulled the plug. The show romps through the “best years of their lives” at Pelican Roost, an active senior-living community. The place ... Read More »

Moon over Marco

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net We do not often talk about the Moon in this column as it usually wipes the stars from the sky when it is present – particularly when it is nearly full. However the Moon is an interesting object in its own right and provides endless hours of entertainment for small telescope owners. In fact it is about the only heavenly object a department store telescope provides a decent view of. It is shocking that so many misconceptions about our Moon exist; a small but significant percentage of people do not know that the ... Read More »

Ukraine….

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasu tayasun@taray.com Due to various obligations and travel, I was not going to send in an article to the next issue. However, after spending a sleepless night watching the ongoing events, I wanted to at least inform the readers as to what is going on in Ukraine, and what all this means for us in America. As I write this article at 6 AM on Sunday, March 2, Russian troops are on the move into Ukraine. On Friday, President Barack Obama promised “there will be costs” for Russia if the country moved on neighboring Ukraine — although ... Read More »

Help! I’m submerged in e-mail!

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By Carol Glassman Every morning, I am reluctant to admit, if I don’t have an early appointment I rise, and instead of shining, head for the computer. One excuse is that perhaps someone has sent me a message to inform me of a meeting, an event, a cancellation or just to update me on family matters. Possibly a client or two needs some writing or editing. Of course I simply need to scan the news from two or three newspapers. Well, that doesn’t account for the many pieces of e-mail that land on my desktop and clog my i-Phone daily. ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net A special thank you to Tony Voight. His business is always the first company to sponsor the Gulf Coast Little League each year! The coaches were kind enough to invite me to throw the first ball for this season. It was a wonderful ceremony with kids of all ages from 4 to 14! Families were everywhere, supporting and encouraging their players. Marco Island is also a part of this group, and who was right there, up front? It was Bill Morris, a prominent attorney on Marco Island, with his little one. When the coaches contacted me last ... Read More »

This is my hometown

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd With our hospital located in the heart of East Naples and our walk-in clinic on Marco Island, it is safe to say that Physicians Regional Healthcare System takes the needs of our local patient population very seriously. However, as the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I take the responsibly of my role quite personally. You see, as a proud graduate of Barron Collier High School, I was raised right here in Collier County. Though our local economy owes a debt of gratitude to all our residents — full-time, part-time, seasonal and guests ... Read More »

Joe Irvin Says Goodbye to Marco Island

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Joe Irvin is headed home. Marco Island’s Interim Director of Community Affairs has accepted the position of special projects manager for the city of Sequim in his home state of Washington. Irvin worked for Sequim prior to coming to Marco. Irvin handed in his resignation on Feb. 27, and his last day will be Friday, March 14. Irvin and City Manager Roger Hernstadt insist his departure has nothing to do with the last three tumultuous months in Community Affairs, which included the abrupt firing of former Director of Community Affairs Bryan Milk for not reporting ... Read More »

Open Enrollment at MICMS

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Marco Island Charter Middle School announces the open enrollment period for admission to the school for the 2014-15 school year. The period began March 3 and extends until 3:00 PM, Friday, March 14. Applications to enroll in next year’s sixth, seventh and eighth grades can be obtained from the school or by going on the school’s website at MICMS.org. Applications must be submitted in person, and can only be submitted by the parent or legal guardian. When the open enrollment period closes — should the number of applications exceed the number of seats available in each grade level — a ... Read More »

City Councilor Communications

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com City Councilor Larry Honig is the second member of the Marco Island City Council to open up the lines of communication with the community. Back in January, he launched www.HonigForMarco.com, and now, he will hold his own town hall-style forum — “Coffee with the Other Larry” — with residents on Tuesday, March 11, at 9 AM in the Community Room at the City Hall complex. Honig wants citizens to tell him what they think about the matters the city is facing, and he wants to be able to respond to their open questions. “Of course, ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Gears Up for Batfish Bash

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Calling all friends and patrons of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve: Saturday, March 15, the Friends of Rookery Bay will hold the Fifth Annual Batfish Bash for the Bay to support youth science education, environmental research activities and community outreach programs at the reserve. Held at the Environmental Learning Center (300 Tower Road, Naples), the festivities will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 PM, followed by silent and live auctions and an evening for dinner and dancing. According to Craig Seibert, president of the Friends of Rookery Bay, Batfish Bash has raised more ... Read More »

Swale, Sidewalk Parking?

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Everyone knows parking is dicey on Marco Island — especially during season — but there seems to be some confusion out in the community about just where a person can park in a residential area and in some cases for how long. In fact, parking has been a hot topic at recent City Council meetings. Council spent about an hour listening to community complaints and business concerns about swale parking during the March 3 council meeting. True tales of residents defending their swales from restaurant patron parking and business owners standing up for their right ... Read More »