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Inquiring Minds

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Over the course of a single day, I can be asked lots and lots of questions pertaining to my profession. The questions can begin with: Why? How come? Or my favorite… How do you know? For those of you reading my column for the first time, let me catch you up to speed. I make my living as a goldsmith. In a nut shell, the following is what many goldsmiths do… He or she is a technical professional who works with gold and other precious metals and gemstones. A goldsmith can design, create and fabricate original ... Read More »

Small Trees but Big Show

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com For all of us who want to have one of the showiest trees in town in our gardens (Royal Poinciana) and just don’t have the room because of their size, here are some of my favorite small trees that can be grown in courtyards, containers and small yards here in southwest Florida that can also be as special as the big boys. Dwarf Poinciana (Caesalpinina pulcherrima) is the little brother to the Royal Poinciana but a much smaller size. This evergreen shrub that can be pruned and trained into a specimen small tree, usually about 10 ... Read More »

City Committees: A Few Key Changes and A Special Magistrate

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By Danielle Dodder “Another avenue for citizen input shut down.” The chair of the city’s Beach Advisory Committee found city management’s proposal to consolidate city committees into four bodies plus a magistrate, distressing at the December 20 meeting and workshop. From city inception, volunteer committees have been a cornerstone of citizen input and oversight in local government. City council members agreed, passing on the proposal that would have merged seven committees down to three: a cultural advisory committee, environmental advisory committee and a financial advisory committee. The Planning Board would have been renamed the Quasi-Judicial Board. The Beautification Committee has ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net First, I hope everyone reading this column had a wonderful holiday! We are so blessed to be able to worship in any manner we want! We are so blessed to live in America! Being that most of my five kids and all of my grandchildren live right here, we celebrated together as a family for Christmas. And I wish everyone a very Happy New Year filled with good health and much happiness. I couldn’t help but exclaim over Barb and Lou Prigge’s home completely adorned by darling angels everywhere! What an outstanding display for all of us ... Read More »

River of Grass Greenway seen as top priority

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com In an effort to develop a statewide trail and paddle system, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Division of Recreation and Parks recently updated the overall vision for the Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS). The new five-year plan lists the River of Grass Greenway as a priority. In early fall, the Division of Recreation and Parks launched the new plan, calling for public comment on what specific trails and paddle ways should be considered areas of initial importance. After hosting six public meetings throughout the state, opportunity and priority maps were developed. This ... Read More »

Philharmonic Coming to Marco!

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The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island welcomes back the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet for another fine concert on Saturday, January 5th at 7:30 PM. This performance is part of the Congregation’s Cultural Series, now in its’ 19th year of offering exceptional program to this area. Highlights of this concert will include the Fire Dance, Gershwin, “Duke” Ellington, Fats Waller and William Handy. This production is an outreach program of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts and the Naples Museum. There will be delicious pastries available at a Viennese table and Starbucks Tasting following the show. The public is invited. Come ... Read More »

Santa Calls Marco Kids

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com “You better not pout, you better not cry, you better not shout, I’m telling you why… Santa Claus is coming to town!” For more than a decade, Santa and his sleigh have been making a regular stop at the Marco Island YMCA in mid-December to make phone calls to local children. This year, he stopped by on Sunday, December 16, along with Rudolph and a few of his elves. Children were delighted to hear from Santa and were surprised to learn that Santa really did know if they had been bad or good. With Rudolph’s bells ... Read More »

Joy of Giving wraps up 24th year

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Another 950 children were able to celebrate Christmas thanks to all those who contributed to the Joy of Giving. Year after year, this non-profit charity has provided the less fortunate families of Collier County with the means to provide a real holiday experience for their children. The children and their siblings are identified through teachers and after school youth organizations. “Major sponsors include Island Country Club and Walmart, but there are so many groups that contribute, I wish I could name them all,” said Nicki Davis, founder of the Joy of Giving. The Island Country ... Read More »

Wheeling into 2013

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour If you are reading this, either the world didn’t end, or you snuck out of your bunker and hopefully pedaled your bike to the closest newsstand and grabbed this issue of Coastal Breeze. Whatever the reason, I am happy we are all still alive and you have found the time in your renewed life to read my article. As I look towards 2013, and reflect on 2012, I think about all the bicycles I see, whether on the back of cars, in bike racks, at stores or schools, and the hundreds of people I ... Read More »

Fishing the cooling trends

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com Our typical weather patterns are here as December rolls into January, and we are seeing some of our first 40 degree mornings here in the 10,000 Islands. It is certainly our coolest period of the year, however the days when the fronts are absent, the sun is shining, and the thermometer gets up into the mid 70’s, can make for some awesome fishing! January is another month that you should keep an eye on your tide chart before planning your day on the water. We have some extremely low tides around both the Full ... Read More »

‘Family Medicine’ Puts Emphasis on ‘Family’

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TO YOUR HEALTH Dr. Michelle Becker The American Academy of Family Physicians defines Family Medicine as “the medical specialty which provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. It is a specialty in breadth that integrates the biological, clinical, and behavioral sciences. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system, and every disease entity.” More simply, your Family Medicine physician is there to promote overall health and advocate all-encompassing well-being for people of all ages. But Family Medicine is much more. Treating families, sometimes four generations at a time–from the newborn baby to great ... Read More »

The Devil in the Details

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from The Enthusiast Newsletter by local John Scott There is no question that one of the cardinal points of successful living is paying attention to the details of any undertaking; and no better lesson can be offered in the art and science of paying attention to those pesky little details than the story of our perfect evening on Keewaydin Island that unfortunately extended late into the night. We anchored in a little over two feet of water just a short distance from the beach. Keewaydin Island is a little used paradise that can only be reached by water. It is ... Read More »

New Year’s Resolutions and Survivors

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear fellow felines: It is imperative that I caution you about an upcoming human tradition that spells bad news for those of us who share “their” world: the dreaded New Year’s resolution. The number one resolution going into 2012 was to lose weight, or so states the website Statistic Brain. Adding to the belt tightening promised by this stat is a recent article in the Wall Street Journal (December 18) admonishing cat (and dog) owners to utilize “interactive feeders” designed to keep us from inhaling our food while simultaneously making us ... Read More »

Finding Creative Freedom Where You’d Least Expect It

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Well, here we are at the end of an old [read: worn-out, done-in, used-up] year and ready to take on a shiny new one. (Mmmm, don’t you just love that new calendar smell?) I’m not one to make resolutions, but I do try to set new goals each New Year, and assess my previous ones. Oh, I know, many of you will put your best scoffs on: it’s just a date; a day like any other; it’s arbitrary! it’s imaginary! To you I say an artful life is filled with imagination and much else that can ... Read More »

Blues, Music and Food!

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CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman thechefsexpress@aol.com A “Blues Joint” in the south is a place where people go to enjoy food, drink, and music. The sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans are coming to Marco Island. Live Blues and Jazz Bands are being introduced New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. A much needed venue of entertainment for the island… with a twist of the deep south. Come and see why Mango’s Dockside Bistro will be the “home of Annie’s Blues Bar!” Mango’s Dockside Bistro at The Esplanade offers delicious cuisine and designer cocktails, in a delightful casual atmosphere on ... Read More »

The Dog Star

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Stargazers can look at this section of the sky for hours. Monoceros, the unicorn in the center, is not much to look at of course, but the Milky Way does run through it and there are some fine clusters awaiting inspection by binocular users. In particular, try to find M47 near the border with Canis Major. Sirius the Dog star is the brightest star in the sky, only the Moon and several planets are brighter. Not that anyone ever needs help finding it, but the belt stars in Orion point right towards Sirius. ... Read More »

Holiday Concert Tribute to Veterans

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A lovely evening was had by all in attendance at the Christmas Island Style Holiday Concert for veterans held at the Marco Island History Museum’s Rose Auditorium. Steve Stefanides, chair of Christmas Island Style welcomed veterans and guests. He thanked Coastal Breeze News for sponsoring the event and Classic Transportation for providing transportation to those unable to drive themselves. Keith Dameron introduced Malenda Trick and the portrait series she has done to commemorate the military careers of 20 local veterans. The series will be on exhibit at various locations, including Hodges University. Jim Lang, Commander of VFW Post 6370 called ... Read More »

YMCA Fall Volleyball Season

The Greater Marco Family YMCA Fall Volleyball Season is finished with Team Powerhouse Marriott Resort & Spa again taking First Place honors. Second Place went to Classic Transportation Other participants included: Stan’s Restaurant American Computer Solutions The Winter Season of Adult Co Ed Volleyball is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 14, 2013 Enter your team for only $350 and enjoy up to 12 weeks of Adult Co Ed Volleyball at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. For more information please contact Steve Reynolds, Adult Co Ed Volleyball Coordinator at 239-394-3144 ext. 228 or via email at sports@marcoislandymca.org Pictured in photos ... Read More »

A.J. DeHanas Joins the Sandlin Team at RE/MAX Affinity Plus

April (A.J.) DeHanas, ABR, GRI, Realtor Partner; comes from a top producing family team of Realtors in Southern Maryland. Licensed in 1999, she was successful with RE/MAX and DeHanas Real Estate Services. The DeHanas Team was ranked among the Top 100 Realtors in the U.S. by Realtor Magazine and RE/MAX. She has attained designations as an Accredited Buyers Representative and Graduate Realtor Institute. A.J. is also a registered nurse. A.J. and her husband, Dave have been homeowners on Marco Island since 2003. A.J. loves boating, the beach, and sunsets. “We have known and respected A.J. for years as a real ... Read More »

16TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST RESULTS

“AND THE WINNERS ARE” Home Decorating Winner – the Giannone family, 151 Channel Court Business Property Decorating Winner – Nacho Mama’s (Mission Plaza) The Decorating Contest Final judging took place on December 14 by the entire committee aboard a trolley supplied by the Naples Transportation and Tours Company. Plaques were presented to the 10 Home Contest Finalists before returning to the winning home at 151 Channel Court. The House Decorating winner received a Championship plaque, yard sign and check for  $250.00.  Funding for the program is supplied by premiere sponsor, LCEC.  Home owners, the Giannone family, generously donated the funds to “Toys for Tots”.  The announcement  was ... Read More »