Tag Archives: Goodland

Cub Scouts earn badges thanks to Marco Sportfishing Club

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Six members of the Marco Sportfishing Club held a fishing clinic for Marco Island Cub Scout Pack 234. About 20 Cub Scouts and many of their parents were at the meeting and they had a great time learning about fishing, being a good angler and other things they need to know to earn their merit ... Read More »

Kiwanis Club of Marco Island “Toys for Kids” drive

Submitted Once again, the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island has begun their annual toy drive for the children of our area. In lieu of donating toys, the club is requesting monetary donations. By doing so, it allows the club members along with the Lely Key Club to shop for appropriate toys for children in the area. K-Mart on Tamiami Trail ... Read More »

Kiwanis Terrific Kids

Submitted  Terrific Kids for December – It was a busy meeting on Thursday for the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. The recipients of the Terrific Kid Award brought their parents, siblings and principals to the presentation. Gayle Thawley was assisted by Fred Twilla in presenting the December nominees with their t-shirts, plaques and, as Gayle calls them, their trophies (Kiwanis ... Read More »

Mobile coupons emerge as front runners

Camden Smith  DREAMFly Marketing The name of the game this holiday season is saving for businesses and consumers. You may have hot sales plans under way for your business, but are you tapping into the free mobile application coupon systems? Sounds complicated, but it’s even simpler than those famous holiday coupon mailers and much less costly. Kohl’s has already mailed ... Read More »

Chef Bob remembers Christmas

Chef Bob Aylwin  chefbobpremier@yahoo.com Now that Christmas time is upon us once again, I have been literally pouring over hundreds of my Christmas time recipes for this article. As a result, I suddenly found myself less interested in recipes and party ideas and more interested in what Christmas really is, or should be about, namely family, friends and love. As I ... Read More »

Christmas in the Glades

Patricia Huff  mulletrapper@gmail.com Christmas is almost here and we’re celebrating in the Glades! Starting on Friday, December 16, at 3:00PM Santa will be arriving at the Community Center and distributing gifts. At 5:30PM everyone will gather for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in front of City Hall. Area children will decorate the tree and sing carols as refreshments ... Read More »


Diane Bostick  dianebostick@comcast.net Author: Andrea Levy  Publisher: Picador (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 2010. Available in Hard cover, soft cover, audio and Kindle.  I know that some of you would rather be shot in the foot than read anything considered a “Historical Novel.” (Yes, I know, some of you think I should say ‘an’ rather than ‘a’ before the word historical. ... Read More »

Hugo: a blend of fact and fiction

By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net “Hugo” is a charming mixture of the real Georges Melies, a French film pioneer, and Hugo Cabret, a 12 year old boy who lives in the Gare Montparnesse in Paris, and is a combination orphan, station clock minder, and part-time petty thief. The film is based on Brian Selznick’s 526 page book “The Invention of Hugo ... Read More »

Species spotlight: Redfish

Capt. Pete Rapps  Pete@CaptainRapps.com Another species of fish that we catch all year round here in the 10,000 islands is the Redfish. Its true name is Red Drum, however, most in our area refer to the fish as Redfish or just “Reds”. Its Latin name is Sciaenops Ocellatus, and it is closely related to the Black Drum or the Pogonias ... Read More »

Christmas in the Caribbean

Frances Diebler hfdiebler@gmail.com  Holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas are celebrated all around the world and it makes no difference if you celebrate at home or at sea. We have experienced both and, each time, we had friends and family who celebrated with us wherever we were at sea or at home. Each celebration was joyous, warm, with both family ... Read More »


Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net In my last article I mentioned I took in a lot of diamonds in any given week, but that doesn’t compare to the amount of watches that land on my bench in a single day. I look at and work on a hundred or more timepieces a week. I replace dead batteries, shorten or enlarge metal watch ... Read More »

Nutcracker Magic

Joanie Fuller  joaniefuller@embarqmail.com Three silly but fun questions for you. Have you ever thought much about nutcrackers at holiday time? Do you know the story of the Nutcracker Ballet? Have you ever seen hundreds of nutcrackers in a restaurant? I certainly never thought about seeing them in a restaurant. Actually, my main memory of nutcrackers as a kid, is the ... Read More »

The Winter Solstice

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher eas-newsletter@earthlink.net This is primarily a stargazing column, but we never talk about the somewhat unusual movement of our very own star, the Sun. On December 22, the Sun reaches the Winter Solstice – its most southerly location in the sky. The Sun is now located a few degrees above the spout in the Sagittarius ... Read More »

Deck the walls with bounds of Hawley

Tara O’Neill  Ethereal images pulsate from the work of Naples-based (but internationally collected) artist Bonny Hawley. The word is: entrancing. You look and look and, inescapably, must look some more. The more you look, the more you see. The more you see, the more you feel. The art is warm-toned acrylic mixed media collages: mono-printing, stenciling, gold and silver-leaf, metallic ... Read More »

Nine nearby natural worlds

Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Marco Island is surrounded by a richness of unique natural worlds to explore and enjoy with family and friends. All are a relatively short drive off the Island and can be experienced in any degree – from a day trip to an overnight to many days of camping. By foot or watercraft, get to know the “real” ... Read More »

My husband wants me to hit my serve harder, what do I do?

Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com Most of my male friends have been playing all kinds of sports since early childhood and are still in good physical condition. Additionally, many of my buddies stand six feet tall or greater and often weigh over 175 pounds. Whether they are playing a pick-up weekend basketball game or they have playing in a golf tournament, they ... Read More »

Let’s be safe out there!!!

PEDAL IN PARADISE  By Matt Walthour  It’s that time of year when the roads will start to get a bit busier with drivers from all over the world. It is important as a bicyclist that we know the rules of the road as much as the automobile drivers. With all the new bike paths and multi-use sidewalks that have been ... Read More »


Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Q. What are some tips for a healthier holiday season? A. When people think of the holidays, several images come to mind—generally yummy, indulgent food tops the list. We all know that the treats and eats are what can make or break us. Why not prepare ahead of time for the expected and unexpected? I generally workout ... Read More »


After 26 years of partnership as Slocum & Christian, Inc., John Slocum has announced his retirement from the company planned for the end of this year.  It is the end of an era—but also a new beginning. “Year after year, we have built some of the finest homes and remodels for the most knowledgeable clients who have demanded the best.”  ... Read More »