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Soap stars return to Marco

By Natalie Strom  The stars are back for the 14th Annual Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend. The popular event will be held November 9 – 11 and will feature a dozen of television’s daytime actors at local events all in the name of children’s charities. What began in 1998 as a fundraiser for the Marco Island Film Festival, Soapfest has grown by way of stars, events and charitable donations. This year’s proceeds will go to Eden Florida’s Eimermann Center and Camp Able. The Eimermann Center is an outreach service for children with autism, while Camp Able is a camp ... Read More »

‘We lived in a world gone mad,’ Holocaust survivor tells story to MIA students

By Danielle Dodder Living testimonials from Holocaust survivors are themselves becoming an artifact of history, so Abe Price’s story was recorded by Marco Island Academy Students as they witnessed it. Like the tattoo on his arm, his anger is still fresh 70 years later, and he displayed both proudly to the room full of students and faculty. History teacher Amber Prange hoped the lesson hit home. “It can be difficult for kids to connect with history, so hopefully this helps make it real.” Like your average Marco teen, Price knew a comfortable middle class upbringing until the Nazis invaded his ... Read More »

The Dolphin Redux

By Natalie Strom  Where have all the dolphins gone? Ten years ago, the Marco Island YMCA and The Art League of Marco Island introduced 36 dolphin sculptures displayed throughout the city which were designed by local artists. The “Dolphin Debut,” as it was dubbed, raised $123,000 for the two organizations through an auction held on April 13, 2003. Ten years later, a number are still visible around the island, but many have barely been seen since. Artist Denise Santos is searching for those dolphins, hoping to perform a “Dolphin Redux” on those in need of a touch up or, ... Read More »

Welcome back to the nest celebration

By Linda J. Turner It is officially nesting season and the bald eagles are once again busy rebuilding their nest in the center of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary on Tigertail Court. Less than fifty years ago, there were many bald eagle nests on Marco Island. Today, there are only two remaining active nests on the island, one being at the Marco Eagle Sanctuary. The sanctuary is unique as it provides the public an opportunity to observe and photograph the eagles and their eaglets at a relatively close distance. It is too soon to estimate when this season’s eaglets will arrive. ... Read More »

Goodland artist holds one man show

By Coastal Breeze News Staff David Fuller, an award winning artist who has lived in Goodland for over five years, opened his one man show in the West Wing Gallery of the Naples Regional Library on November 1. The show will hang all month in Old Naples at 650 Central Avenue. Hours are 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. David has two aspects to his show. First, he is exhibiting some of his acrylic paintings which are in the narrative style and depict poignant scenes from everyday life. ... Read More »

Help end Holiday Hunger

Submitted Thanksgiving is fast approaching and turkeys are in very short supply in order to feed hungry Southwest Floridians. The Harry Chapin Food Bank has put out a plea for the 5,000 turkeys needed by its participating non-profit agencies. These agencies rely on donated turkeys to fill holiday food baskets for the ever-increasing numbers of hungry adults and children. Higher living costs, coupled with job loss and other difficulties, mean Southwest Florida families are struggling to make ends meet. Struggling families cannot afford holiday meals and other traditions that so many of us take for granted. They need your help. ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers

By Joanne Tailele The November 14th meeting of the Marco Island Writers has two guest speakers scheduled. For the first hour, southwest Florida resident, Tina Murray, Ph.D., will speak. Ms. Murray has degrees in art education, education, art and drama from the Florida State University and the University of Miami. Her debut novel, A Chance to Say Yes, will be the focus of her discussion. You can read about Ms. Murray and her novel at her website: Did you know that the first invasion of privacy lawsuit in Florida involved Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ book Cross Creek? Anne Dalton, Esq., ... Read More »

Summer Swing IV concludes season

Submitted  It was the beginning of a beautiful day. At 8:00 AM the sun was bright, the skies were clear ant the temperature was a cool 70 degrees. There was a slight breeze; it was a great day for tennis. The gathering of tennis players from all four tennis clubs on Marco Island showed this, as they gathered at the Marco YMCA for the final phase (phase IV) of this year’s island-wide tennis social program. The new Tennis Director of the Y, Raul Saad and his staff, Erin Olmes and Betty Neville were well prepared for the visitors. A continental ... Read More »

Marco Sportfishing Club rides the bull

By Danielle Dodder The Marco Sportfishing Club kicked off its annual redfish tournament on Tuesday, October 23 at Walker’s Marine in Goodland. Two person teams went out in 16 boats on a mission to bring back the largest regulation size redfish. The winners, Bruce Robertson and Chuck Gainan, brought back two fish weighing in at 9.34 lbs. The event kicked off ‘Ride the Bull’ week, a term for bringing in a large male redfish. The club also held boat and individual tournaments on Wednesday, October 31, closing the tournament with an awards dinner. Read More »

Employee engagement at Physicians Regional

TO YOUR HEALTH C. Scott Campbell Our people—physicians and staff—drive organizational performance. This is the reality for all health care organizations who provide services 24/7, 365 days a year. At Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, performance at our hospital begins and ends with our people—our Associates in conjunction with our medical staff. Consider this, day in and day out it is “people” who take care of patients, administer medications, perform life enhancing and lifesaving procedures, complete examinations and tests, respond to codes and deliver compassionate care to patients and their families. At Physicians Regional, we are committed to delivering the absolute best ... Read More »

Mila Langley: to Russia with love

By Marilyn Honahan Mila Langley, a relatively new resident of Marco Island, had a difficult beginning. She was born in Moscow when it was still part of the USSR. She was raised by her grandmother at a time when the country was under Communist rule. Attitudes toward women, both at that time and even today, are much as they are in the Muslim countries where women have few opportunities. As a child and young woman, she loved reading novels, particularly those by western writers such as Reed or Hemingway. She was always encouraged by the bold spirit of Americans ... Read More »

The Astronomical Station at Cape Romano and the Caximba route

COASTAL HISTORY  Craig Woodward The last few issues of this newspaper have contained excellent articles about Cape Romano, regarding the history of the dome house and the former pyramid house built in the early 1980s. This large point of land is one of Florida’s earliest recognized geographic features similar to Florida’s other large cape, Cape Canaveral. So, let’s investigate the early history of Cape Romano. Our story started 500 years ago when, in 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon sailed up the Southwest Coast of Florida on his first discovery trip of Florida. A few years later in 1521, he returned ... Read More »

Farmers market starts

By CBN Staff What has become one of the most popular weekly events in season on Marco Island is now even better. The Marco Island Farmers’ Market kicks off on Wednesday, November 7. Every Wednesday, from 7:30 AM until 1:30 PM, the freshest fruits, veggies and flowers can be found at Veterans Community Park. This year’s Farmers’ Market hosts 90 vendors, all bringing their unique gifts to the table. Spices, smoothies, artwork and fresh hot food are also a part of the line-up. Look for new vendors this year, which includes Summer Day Café and Market, Philly Grille, Nancy Dowdall ... Read More »

Kiwanis New Year

Submitted The new year for the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island has started off as a busy one. Two new members were inducted into the Club at the Thursday morning meeting. Marge Superitis was the sponsor for Turk Tilev and Joanna Todisco. Rondi Hauser, Membership Chairperson, recited the Objects of Kiwanis and presented the new members with their name badge and Kiwanis pin. The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island along with the two Rotary Clubs on Marco Island have teamed up to pack 150,000 meals on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the Charter Middle School. Volunteers are welcome to help ... Read More »

Snowy Egrets: One of the coolest birds on our beach


PROTECTING & PRESERVING  Nancy Richie One of several larger shorebirds that are spectacular to watch while walking the beach, especially along the Tigertail Lagoon and Sand Dollar beach peninsula area, is the Snowy Egret (Egretta thula). Just saying the name can cool one off on a hot Florida day at the beach. When walking the beach, one notices that there are several large white birds with long legs in the tidal zone and lagoon area. The Snowy Egret is easily identifiable by its bright yellow feet. Perhaps they are yellow galoshes? Not the largest of the long-legged shorebirds, the Snowy ... Read More »

Bromeliads in the South Florida landscape

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Bromeliads are finally getting the attention they deserve. Until recently, they were only popular with a small segment of house-plant enthusiasts. Today, bromeliads are prized tropical treasures in many Southwest Florida landscapes and public and private gardens. Featuring a wide range of color, leaf shapes and textures, bromeliads are as beautiful as they are hardy. If you’re looking for beautiful, exotic-looking tropical plants that are easy to care for and drought tolerant, look no further than bromeliads. Bromeliads are in the Bromeliaceae family, which is native to the tropical Americas. The pineapple plant is the ... Read More »

Thinking in color

ARTFUL LIFE  Tara O’Neill Recently I was asked by a fearlessly inquisitive art collector why so many artists wear black, or shades of grey, or neutral brown. “I mean,” said my inquirer, “their stock in trade is, generally, color.” It’s true, we often mute ourselves. The best answer I ever heard to that oft-asked question came recently from Brian Curtis, head of the drawing department at University of Miami, and a much lauded oil painter. Mr. Curtis explained to a roomful of workshop participants (part of the Naples Philharmonic Lifelong Learning program) that colors are so emotionally evocative, that it was ... Read More »

November fishing in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps November is one of my absolute favorite months here in the Ten Thousand Islands! The reasons are numerous and I could go on forever describing them, but some of the highlights are…. 1) Mild weather patterns with little rain and light winds, 2) Fish are actively following and feeding on the huge bait pods just off the coastal beaches, 3) Daytime temperatures are comfortably hovering in the high 70’s to low 80’s, 4) Migratory birds are actively arriving for the winter……. and the list goes on! The change of seasons will begin to affect ... Read More »

The Goodland Gazette

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom Goodland is buzzing with activity as more and more residents travel back to our fishing village for the winter months. With so much going on and only a small section of the Coastal Breeze to utilize, this will be the first edition of what I like to call “The Goodland Gazette.” Utilized only when necessary, “The Goodland Gazette” is a newspaper inside a newspaper, created to give readers the scoop on all things good in Goodland. Enjoy! GCA Meeting a Success The first Goodland Civic Association Meeting was held on October 16 at the Community Center ... Read More »

The return of the King of the Planets

SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher  Tonight, Jupiter returns to the early evening sky after an absence of some months. Jupiter is nearing opposition which will occur on December 3; Jupiter will be 180 degrees away from the Sun and will rise as the Sun sets. Opposition is important because Jupiter will be at its closest point to Earth on this pass around the Sun. Jupiter will be extra big and bright the next couple of months just begging to be viewed with binoculars. Viewing Jupiter with your binoculars tonight you will see four of its largest moons (Jupiter ... Read More »