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Donna Fiala   Not many of you know that I conduct tours every year of county facilities. We’ve seen places like the landfill, a waste water treatment plant, a water treatment plant, the Jail, Museums, Botanical Garden, the Emergency Operations Center, etc. Well, I’m beginning to plan for this year’s tours and wondered if anyone on Marco would be interested in going. In the past I’ve had a few Marco Islanders join me, so just maybe this year I’ll again have some people interested in learning a little about the inner workings of the county. I am now asking ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus Halloween is the strangest of all our holidays. For one thing it apparently originated as some sort of Pagan ritual. No, it did not involve a bunch of folks in animal skins munching on turnips (Americans invented pumpkin pie of course). Rather, the worship of the sun, moon, Manchester United Football (that’s European for soccer) Team, or the particular God or Goddess in vogue at the time. I suspect that on a chilly day in October (by our calendar) some early Brits of a Druid or comparable persuasion hoisted a few and then thought it would ... Read More »

Introducing Dr. Rashmi Sharma

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Forging a new path in the Naples/Marco Island, Everglades City area is Rashmi Sharma, M.D. She is an Endovascular/ Vascular Surgeon, the only female vascular surgeon in the area. Dr. Sharma joined Physicians Regional Medical Group and moved to this area in April. “I am a beach lover, and had vacationed here. I fell in love with the lifestyle of the area. The restaurants, the shops and of course, the beach,” said Dr. Sharma. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Moorhead University in Minnesota, she received medical school degrees at the University of North Dakota. ... Read More »

Marco Re-enactors sponsor Historical Tours

By Natalie Strom  The Marco Island Historical Society Re-enactors are taking on a new role. Beginning this November, the program is being expanded to offer historical tours of Marco Island. Sponsored by the Re-enactors, proceeds from the tours will go towards the Marco Island Historical Society. Fun and entertaining for both individuals or groups, all tours begin at the Marco Island Historical Museum. “Every tour starts out with a short viewing of the University of Florida film, ‘Domain of the Calusa,’” explains Betsy Perdichizzi, founder of the MIHS Re-enactors and well-known for her portrayal of Tommie Barfield. “Then we ... Read More »

Ikebana speaks an international language

By Carol Glassman Ikebana, the fine art of Japanese flower arranging, is enjoyed all over the world. Rather than putting a bouquet of flowers in a vase and moving the stalks around so that they ‘look pretty’, the student of Ikebana works in a disciplined way to balance blooms, stems, and leaves to emphasize shape, line, and form. It’s a practice that has been evolving for over 500 years, and under the umbrella there are seven main schools of styles: Ichiyo, Ikenobo, Ohara, Saga Goryu, Sangetsu, Sogestu, and Wafu Kai. At Ikebana International #160 – Naples, Florida, a very active ... Read More »

Island paddle challenge

By Natalie Strom Grab your paddle and head to The Esplanade on November 4th, for the second annual Marco Island Paddle Challenge. The day of family fun features paddle board and kayak races for all ages. Prizes, games, music, food and drinks await all those who attend. Hosted by the alumni of Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, the Island Paddle Challenge, “is a fun day event for the whole family,” states Tiffany Homuth, 2007 Leadership Marco graduate and co-chair of the event. “The first race starts at 10:00 AM and the last race will be at ... Read More »

Candidate sought for MICMS board

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Are you interested in serving on the Marco Island Charter Middle School Board? The school is seeking a qualified candidate who would be willing to serve for the next three years as a volunteer on the Board. School Board members establish school policies and lend their expertise to securing the financial future of the school. Over the next three years, the Board is scheduled to launch a multi-million dollar Endowment Campaign to secure the financial future of the school; so, qualified candidates should be able and willing to further this objective. An application is available ... Read More »

INSPIRATION THROUGH DEATH: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos with artist Esau Rodriguez

By Natalie Strom  “I always get inspired when Day of the Dead comes around,” explains local artist, Esau Rodriguez. The holiday, el Dia de los Muertos, celebrates death as a transition rather than a finality. “It helps you realize that death is just a part of life and then you can see the comical side to it,” adds the 26-year old who has used the celebration as a muse for his canvas oil paintings. Bright colors, masks, whimsical skeleton figures or “calacas,” and sugar skulls are all a part of the Mexican tradition and are also incorporated into Esau’s ... Read More »

Coping with loss of a pet

By Elinor Stanton  Have you ever had a pet? Have you ever become attached to a cat, dog or other little being from the animal kingdom? And have you experienced the loss of a beloved pet? If so, this is meant to help anyone who finds themselves grieving over the death of a pet, whether it be a cat, rabbit, dog or any other living creature with whom you have had a close bond. In my experience people who dearly love their pets experience deep pain and a sense of loss when these pets die. Often they are embarrassed by ... Read More »

Women’s health focus must be ongoing

TO YOUR  HEALTH  C. Scott Campbell October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Originally launched in 1985, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month began as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries. Initially, this focus on breast health was conceived to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer—a goal that remains as relevant today is it did in 1985. About one in eight U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. However, to those of us in the ... Read More »


Bruce Greene, 77, passed in Peace, Thursday, September, 20, 2012. Born in Bristol, Conn., he was raised to observe, appreciate and respect all of nature, especially wildlife. On one of his many walks with his father, he found his first arrowhead, thus, began his curiosity and passion for all human cultures. Stationed in Sendi, Japan, as a meteorologist, he received his honorable discharge from the US Army Air Corp 1958. His interest and study of the Japanese culture was as natural as the beauty he found there. This began his career path in anthropology and archeology. Following college, he was ... Read More »

Candidate profile: Russell Kish

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Russell Kish is running as an Independent for the Collier County Commission District 1 seat currently held by Republican incumbent Donna Fiala. Originally from Boston, Kish moved with his wife, Lynn, and their three sons to Port of the Islands in 2006. Kish has a B.S. in Pharmacy from Northwestern University and has been a career pharmacist for 33 years. Today, he works at both Naples Community Hospital and Golden Gate Pharmacy. “My background is math, science and business,” says Kish, who considers himself part of the ‘silent majority’ that can no longer be silent. ... Read More »

The Pyramid of CAPE ROMANO

By Natalie Strom “This is where it started. Do you see how far away the beach was? Never did we ever think the water would ever come that way. All the land was available but we decided not to buy where the domes were because we were afraid of erosion. Nevertheless, the erosion came from Marco and everything started building up at the point and blocking off the pass. You can see by the pictures.” Judy Innes recalls her time on Morgan Beach at Cape Romano as she looks through four photo albums filled with memories while at her ... Read More »

Vertical gardening

PLANT TALK  Mike Malloy  Leave it up to the mad gardener to find new ways and places to display more of his collection of plants. This is the ultimate in my horticulture addiction. In the past years, like most people with a plant “problem,” I have run out of room to plant one more plant in my garden. Most of us live in communities where the building lots are not that big (or they can never be big enough). I have been finding less and less open ground to install new plants I find on expeditions to the east ... Read More »

If It’s That Colorful, It Must Be Fall!

By Kit Kitchen-Maran Gorgeous colors of gold, red, yellow; splashes of orange and brown and lots of green—does it sound like it’s the annual leaf-viewing tour? Instead, it’s the Fall Orchid Plant Sale; the annual fundraising event put on by the members of the Naples Orchid Society. The plants come from members’ own collections, donations from orchid growers throughout the state or from purchases made by a selection committee. Every year different plants are offered and the variety is amazing. Many different kinds of orchids are offered for sale. Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Phalaenopsis, Vandas, Oncidiums and others will be available. Most ... Read More »

Why get hooked on fishing?

LADY ANGLER’S CORNER Capt. Mary Fink Ladies, when you think of the sport of fishing, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe you visualize complacently sitting somewhere with your line in the water hoping that a fish may swim by and take some interest in your bait. Could it be that you have an aversion to touching live bait and fish? Perhaps your husband wants to go fishing and asked you to join him, so you feel obligated to go. Whatever your initial thought of fishing may be, it is this author’s experience that many women ... Read More »

Serving success

READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  Despite the changes in today’s modern game where groundstrokes rule the planet, every tennis player desires to have a big serve. In particular, when the match is closely contested, winning easy points is a premium and possessing a big serve will decide the match. To me, far too many tennis players toss poorly and do not have the necessary balance to be good servers. In order to achieve serving success, I like to put my students in big buckets or a big tennis case. The key is to make sure the server is comfortable ... Read More »

Fakahatchee strand

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff  If you’ve ever walked along the Big Cypress Boardwalk in the Fakahatchee Strand or driven the back roads of Janes Scenic Drive, then you’re familiar with the wonders of the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. Guided Swamp Walks will begin in November on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Saturday of each month. Reservations are required for these adventures into the wild. Friends of the Fakahatchee members receive a discounted rate of $50 ($70 for non-members). The trips are well worth it. Phone 239-695-1023 or email for more information. On Saturday, October 27, the official ... Read More »

Prevent Colon Cancer, Part II

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA  Crystal Manjarres  Now that you know that the colon is considered the sewer system of the body, it makes sense to pay even closer attention to what we eat. In part one we learned that smoking increases our risk for colorectal cancer, as does high amounts of red meat and alcohol. We learned the importance of knowing our family history, getting screened, and the benefits of colon hydrotherapy to cleanse the colon of toxic waste. Now we will go over a few simple tips that will also help to keep your colon healthy. Keep ... Read More »

Good enough to eat

By Natalie Strom  Profiled for his Dia de los Muertos artwork on page A/18, Esau Rodriguez is using his artistic talents to hopefully help those suffering with cancer. “When I was living in Gainesville, my brother was diagnosed with cancer. We were living together and we were both filled with anxiety; it was a really rough time.” His brother, Edgar, “was very strong, but the only thing he would complain about was the hospital food and that he was never hungry.” The only option to help induce hunger for Edgar was a specific type of steroid. “He was surprised ... Read More »