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Monitoring Marco’s Mangroves

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By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  It is no secret that there is a serious problem with the mangroves that exist along San Marco Road leading to the Goodland Bridge. The problem has existed for decades. A sign has been erected explaining the issue in hopes of increasing public support. Scientists have been consistently studying the area and have come up with a solution to the devastation of what is known as Fruit Farm Creek. Now that one phase of the plan has been completed, monitoring the mangroves is more important than ever. Scientists from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida have been ... Read More »

Reading is FUNdamental

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  For over eight years, the Marco Island Kiwanis Club has given books to area students through the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program. More than 32,000 books, in fact. Three times per year, books are donated to the students at Tommie Barfield Elementary and Manatee Elementary. The club also provides for special requests from Manatee Elementary for items such as a World Book Encyclopedia, Science Encyclopedias, Math Problem Solving books and more. In other giveaways, backpacks, school supplies, socks, underwear uniforms and, at Christmastime, toys have been distributed as well. When funds permitted special purchases were ... Read More »

35TH Anniversary celebration and Christmas gala

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff   Marco Island’s Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 35th Anniversary and the beginning of the Christmas Season on December 2nd at Bistro Soleil in Old Marco. 184 celebrants, including most living past chamber presidents, enjoyed soft breezes on the terrace while sipping cocktails and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. It resembled a school reunion as old friends had a chance to mingle outside of daily chores and occupations. Scott Campbell, CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, led off the pre-dinner proceedings as the Jade Sponsor of the event. He spoke glowingly of Marco Island, the Chamber, ... Read More »

Pets on parade

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The 2nd Annual Christmas Island Style Pets on Parade brought over 60 canines and their human companions to the Esplanade on December 4. Dogs dressed in holiday attire and special costumes paraded across the red carpet for judges to choose the top three winners in the categories of Most Festive, Funniest Costume and Most Original. All the dogs were winners as Critter Cafe on Marco Island provided goody bags for everyone. Mila Bridger photography also offered free pet sittings, with ten percent of portrait purchases going to For the Love of Cats. The non-profit organization ... Read More »

Making a go of it in the Glades

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Over a century ago, families traveled to Southwest Florida, pioneering the harsh environment and extreme temperature to forge a new life. Everglades City is one of the oldest settlements of these pioneer towns, along with Chokoloskee and Ochopee. Built on trading and raised on fishing, these quiet towns still hold allure to young families looking to make a go of it in the Glades. No stranger to the stories of the pioneer days, Jack Shealy is a third generation Ochopee native. His family has been in Southwest Florida even longer. “We settled down here in the ... Read More »

Marco’s PPK finalist

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com On September 17, 2012, nearly 70 kids arrived at Mackle Park for The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick (PPK) competition. The PPK program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15. Abigail Meredith of Marco Island won the female ages 10-11 category, advancing to the sectional finals held at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, Florida on November 25. Abigail Meredith went on to win first place at the sectional finals! Her posted results: Punt: 78’6”; Pass: 47’2”; and Kick: 81’6”; for a total of 207’2”. Abigail ... Read More »

River of Grass Greenway update

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By Patty Huff mulletrapper@gmail.com  The planned River of Grass Greenway will be a safe, non-motorized transportation and recreation corridor across the Everglades between Naples and Miami. It will provide opportunities for education, stewardship, and preservation of the environmental, historic, and cultural assets of this unique area. It will offer activities such as bicycling, walking, bird-watching, photography, fishing, etc. Addressing the needs of citizens, local businesses, governmental and tribal officials is crucial to the development of this unique greenway. Currently, a Feasibility Study and a Master Plan are being developed, and a new interactive website is now available online for the ... Read More »

Festival of Chanukah, when faith trumps fate

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By Carol Glassman As Jewish families gathered to light the first candle of Chanukah on Saturday, December 8, it was mind-boggling to recall how far they have come in so many ways. More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to adopt their religious ways. A small band of faithful Maccabean Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of God. However, when they tried to light the ... Read More »

Thinking ahead: Developing an EcoConscience

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com “In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation… even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine.” – “The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations: The Great Binding Law” The Native American creed reminds us that everything that we do has consequences for something else. What we do today will have an effect as far into the future as seven generations. An idea long forgotten by the hustle and bustle of the modern world has once again begun to pick up speed as today’s society is ever more ... Read More »

Ugly Holiday Sweater

By Coastal Breeze News Staff What is Christmas with an ugly sweater? How about an Ugly Holiday Sweater Party? One such party took place recently at the Keller Williams office for Relay for Life teams of the American Cancer Society. In addition to pizza, cookies and refreshments, tickets were drawn for raffle prizes. Raul Medina, Chair for the 2013 Relay for Life, called for applause for the worst sweater. A lavender sweatshirt donned with snowmen won the prize! The teams were given tips to keep fundraising efforts moving, and were reminded of the importance of the mission. This is one ... Read More »

Solidarity among the sisters

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By Jane A. Marlowe janem@coastalbreezenews.com The “Early Birds”, a group of women who gather for exercise at 6:30 AM at Curves planned a special morning for one of their members, Friday, December 6th. Bonnie Kirkley had been absent from the group since her diagnosis of uterine cancer in October. Bonnie is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments almost daily following surgery. Her daughter, Karen, one of four daughters who have been taking turns assisting their mother and father, came to Curves to continue her own exercise regimen. Karen is a member back home in Pennsylvania. Bonnie’s friends asked Karen what ... Read More »

Blue Mangrove celebrates

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Happy Birthday to you! On December 6, Blue Mangrove Gallery appropriately celebrated its sixth year in business. The Golden Birthday was honored by a wine and cheese event at the gallery, featuring well known artist Tara O’Neill. Six years ago, Christie Marcoplos, owner of Blue Mangrove Gallery called on her friend and artist, Tara O’Neill to present her work for the opening of the gallery. “I was [Christie’s] first opening act,” explained O’Neill. “When I opened my studio in the Esplanade, it seemed redundant to both of us to have my art in both places. But ... Read More »

It’s better to give, especially to Santa!

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By Danielle Dodder Kids usually obsess over what Santa will be leaving for them, but Olivia Waters paused to consider sharing some holiday cheer for the jolly red man while out on Black Friday shopping with her mom, Michele. The Waters family lives in Naples but came to Marco for dinner and Santa’s arrival at the Shops of Marco. Olivia asked her mom to buy a Santa ring earlier that day and then waited in line to give Santa her gift. Says Michele, “she explained that he [Santa] is so busy giving everyone presents on Christmas, that he doesn’t get ... Read More »

Snook sends to troops

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Sending packages overseas for the holidays is a great way to help someone in need this season. For Brenda Truitt, it is especially meaningful as her son was an active Marine until December of 2011, including two tours of duty in Afghanistan. During his time overseas, Brenda would send him boxes once or twice a month to provide him with every day items he couldn’t get there. “He told me that there were many men and women in the armed forces who don’t receive any mail or boxes. He also told of how the mail was ... Read More »

TREES FOR CHARITY

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the second year in a row, Heavenly Evergreens has set up its Christmas tree lot in Goodland. With trees ranging in size from table top to 12-feet tall, and a variety of wreaths and garland, there is something for everyone. Rich and Kathy Rasimowicz, owners of Heavenly Evergreens bring their trees down every year from the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Trees will be for sale until they are gone. Located in the empty lot across from Stan’s, Heavenly Evergreens is hard to miss as one makes their way into Goodland. As you buy your ... Read More »

Glenn Miller at Lely High

Submitted Enjoy a night of big band music listening to the Glenn Miller Band live at Lely High School on January 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Moonlight Serenade, String of Pearls, In the Mood; all the Miller classics and more. This is memory lane at its best. But, the concert it is all about the students as they work on ticket sales, usher, direct parking and sell refreshments at intermission. And they alone benefit, as the performance is a fund-raiser for the Lely High School Band. Golf carts driven by band boosters will be available to shuttle from car to ... Read More »

MIFRD responds to garage fire

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island Fire Rescue crews were called to the scene of a garage fire at 32 Gulfport Court on Tuesday, December 4, at 10:45 PM. Reports upon arrival cited a well-involved fire in the garage that extended into the attic and a victim with severe burns. Immediately, rescue crews were alerted to the burn victim. Medic Rescue 50 initiated medical treatment. The victim was transported to Physicians Regional Hospital on Collier Boulevard by Collier County EMS. He was later transferred to the Miami Burn Unit. His condition at this time is unknown. In the meantime, ... Read More »

Wine tasting and food pairing soiree

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Submitted Wine lovers were treated to a fabulous evening last week at a Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Soiree. Doug and Angelica Andrews, members of a Wine Tasting group hosted and coordinated the magnificent event which took place at CJ’s on the Bay and showcased Award Winning Chef Laura Owens. The first event of this nature for the restaurant, gathered around 60 guests who enjoyed a nice selection of wines from California, Chile, Argentina, Australia and Italy. White wines were paired with Baby Scallops in Grapefruit Butter, Mini Baked Brie with Spiced Apple and Yukon Gold Potato Puffs. Red Wines ... Read More »

Milk and Cookies with Santa

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By Julia Barnett  Nothing says Christmas to a child more than iconic Santa Claus. And every child knows that Santa loves milk, cookies, and cocoa. So when Mackle Park puts on their annual “Milk and Cookies with Santa” party, it isn’t very surprising the amount of kids smiling and excited to be there. Mackle Park has been hosting its Santa party for eight years, and always for free. This year, the party was on Saturday, December 8, and from the moment the doors opened at ten, families and children swarmed in to celebrate the season with Santa Claus. Some were ... Read More »

The Bethlehem Project

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By Julia Barnett The story behind the Christmas Holiday is well-known and often acted out. God chose the Virgin Mary to carry his child, she and her husband Joseph traveled to Bethlehem for the census, and the Messiah was born in the stables. That is, of course, the short version. And every reproduction of this story is the same—until C. Barny and Carter Robinson changed it. A Christmas Musical entitled “The Bethlehem Project” was presented from December 6 to December 9, at the Rose History Auditorium, and this version of that beloved tale was something altogether fun, entertaining, and a ... Read More »