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Annual Recognition Breakfast

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Honors Members at Annual Recognition Breakfast December 8, 2011 (Naples, FL) Over 200 Conservancy of Southwest Florida members attended the Annual Recognition Breakfast in November in Naples. The annual event honors and recognizes those Conservancy members who have provided long term support for ongoing Conservancy initiatives and programs. At the event, Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center Supervisor Kelly Sowers updated the members on the progress and features of the future Conservancy Nature Center, scheduled to open early 2012.  Conservancy Wildlife Specialist Jonee Miller highlighted the wildlife rehabilitation efforts throughout the past year that are supported ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol celebrates 70 years of service

This week marked the 70th anniversary of the founding by Congress of the Civil Air Patrol. Seventy years ago civilian pilots from across the country signed up to perform their own homeland security in the air. Civil Air Patrol began on December 1, 1941 and it quickly became involved in combat operations off the Atlantic and Gulf Coast. After signing up, these pilots and crews went east to one of the Coastal Patrol Bases to perform a very hazardous form of flying. One such pilot who signed up back in December 1941, just days before the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian ... Read More »

The Historic Church Events

Wednesday, December 14th  Caroling Trolley pickup at 5 pm at The Historic Church, 590 W Elkcam Circle. “The Current” worship experience at 7 pm at The Historic Church for “Keeping Christ in Christmas.” Read More »


By Val Simon When Denise Goldman was growing up, her aunt would take her to the finest shops in New York City. While shopping, Denise would make the occasional suggestions on accessories, or comment on the latest trends and styles. Her aunt always told her, “You have a good eye for fashion.” Little did she know that her aunt would be the catalyst for her turning her ‘flair’ into her own fine women’s clothing store. Denise Goldman opened Gabby Abbey’s, a great fashion boutique in the Shops of Olde Marco. “It’s been a lot of hard work. From going ... Read More »


By Kathleen Douglas  I have always driven a car that reflects my current state of mind, so trading a low slung luxury convertible for a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was the first sign that change was imminent. After turning the key in the lock, closing Amantea Art Gallery in old Marco, I was ready to pursue the dream that nudged me into the Boston University School of Communication’s photojournalism program. I wanted to be a travel photographer. Like many of us, life, babies and mortgages derail fluffy dream stuff for big girl responsibilities. Ah, but time, Social Security and an ... Read More »

Pets in Paradise Christmas Parade

Marco Island Town Center held the latest in a series of Christmas Island Style events this week featuring a live musician, photographer for holiday portraits, and new Pets in Paradise Christmas Parade.  Merchants and restaurants participated with their most festive merchandise and restaurants their best specials.  According to Steve Stefanides, the Pet Parade is a winner and sure to gain in popularity in coming years. Prizes were awarded to winners in several different categories. Read More »

Closing Bedtime Bundles?

Coastal Breeze News Staff  Bedtime Bundles, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization operating since 2006, recently announced it will be closing as of May, 2012. The mission of Bedtime Bundles was to improve the lives of migrant children throughout Collier County by providing them with basic necessities. The closure announcement stated, “factors beyond our control.” “There is nothing I’d like more than to find an organization to take over Bedtime Bundles! I am still very passionate about the migrant population. We were poised to receive funding from the Naples Wine Festival this year, but we had to turn them down,” wrote ... Read More »

Greystone Manor site for Keys for a Cause

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Keys for A Cause, a prelude to the American Cancer Society’s premiere gala event held in February, was an exquisite high society event with 150 in attendance. Guests pulled up to valet at Greystone Manor, checked in and were given their “Key”. Hosts and hostesses escorted guests down a tiki torch lit path that led into the garden. Each guest was met with a Tiffany Blue signature cocktail and mingled in garden. Casey Weston, a popular singer-songwriter with local roots entertained the crowd. Islander Frannie Quintana, a cancer survivor, also sang for the audience. During ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style means giving and good times

By Danielle Dodder  Steve Stefanides really doesn’t want you to give him credit for pulling together the month-long series of holiday events that is Christmas Island Style. He declined a photo for this piece and credits the generosity of event sponsors before his own work. (Well, we did ask him to sport a holiday sweater, so the photo ducking is understandable.) However, when many a monument to ego-building masquerades as a good deed, this modesty is refreshing. In fact, Marco’s surrogate Santa does much more than coordinate a tree lighting, and Christmas Island Style is more than a good time. ... Read More »


Tarik Ayasun Before I leave my house on the way to work every day, I go through the kitchen and walk into a pantry which then leads into my garage. There are no windows in the pantry; therefore I do have to turn on the pantry light to see the garage door. Last Monday morning when I switched on the pantry lights I could hardly see in front of me. Wondering why the room was still dark, I looked up at the light fixture on the ceiling. The two bulbs in the fixture resembled two flickering candles in a glass ... Read More »

Holiday Season in Goodland

By Natalie Strom The holidays are here! And Goodland is preparing for the season in many ways. Thanksgiving was celebrated in usual fashion: traditional turkey dinners were shared all over town. With Christmas now just around the corner, locals are looking forward to getting crafty, feeling jolly and decorating their Christmas trees. On December 3rd and 4th, Goodland will host its annual Christmas Bazaar. The event will be held at the new Goodland Boat Ramp Park from 10AM to 3PM both days. Goodland is home to many talented artists who will feature their arts and crafts at this event. Some ... Read More »

Mindy and Matt find love through Mackle Park

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  If you have spent any time at Mackle Park or the Farmer’s Market, chances are you have met Mindy Matusiak, Recreation Manager for the City of Marco Island. Islanders and snowbirders alike are familiar with Mindy. She’s vivacious and energetic with a contagious smile. That smile got a bit bigger since Matt Gordon, a Marine serving in Afghanistan, returned home safely and asked her to marry him! Little did these two young people know when they took on summer jobs as Sport’s Camp Counselors in 2004, a life changing relationship would form. After all, they ... Read More »

Clay Guild and Mini Masters featured at Art League

By Natalie Strom The Art League at the Marco Island Center for the Arts is celebrating a first while also holding its annual Mini Masters collection this year. On December 13th, the Art League will hold its reception for “Expressing Art Thru Clay;” a clay exhibition which will feature works from the Clay Guild held at the Center for the Arts. The reception is free to the public and begins at 5:30PM. The exhibit will be on display beginning December 5th and will run through December 29th. This will be the first gallery show held by The Clay Guild ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff  It’s old fashioned, but it’s new fashioned. A couple of entrepreneurs, Chris Quinton and Glenn Walton have brought a hot dog cart – specifically Beach Dogs – to town. You may see front man Chris around Marco Island behind his shiny new hot dog stand, a terrific mobile all-in-one device featuring a grill, refrigerator, sink and display case. He can pack it and tow it from place to place. He also has a tent and some seating for those who want to dine al fresco! Chris offers up regular hot dogs from world renowned Nathan’s, ... Read More »

Exciting faculty additions at Marco Island Charter High School

By Jane A. Marlowe  Marco Island Academy has announced the addition of two new faculty members with impressive credentials who began teaching this week at the Charter high school. Dr. Michael H. Doherty and Mr. Robert A. Eder bring fine educational backgrounds, strong teaching credentials and unique, diverse practical experience in their respective fields to Marco Island Academy. Michael Hugh Doherty, Ed. D., received his B.A in Biology, Minor in Chemistry from Salem State College, Salem, MA. He received a M. Ed. from Tufts University, Medford, MA and Ed. D. in Mathematics and Science Education from the University of ... Read More »

Lou Thibeault: still swinging after 50 years

By Carol Glassman There are not many people who can claim to have done the same job for over 50 years, to have done it well, and still greet a working day with an optimistic smile. Lou Thibeault, well-known local golf professional, can make that claim. Recently recognized by the Professional Golf Association of America for 50 years of service, Lou enthusiastically recalled his history as a teaching pro and some of the many individuals to whom he is grateful for support and advice. With a tinge of nostalgia but no regret, Lou remembered how, as a youth, he might ... Read More »

Volcano project

By Val Simon  Dr. Vincent Albanese from Marco Island Charter Middle School teaches science to a group of eager sixth graders. Several projects are completed throughout the year by the students. A mousetrap race car, a volcano, building towers made out of straws and toothpicks and piece de resistance, dissection, including worms, clams, crawfish and fetal pigs. Dr. A, as the students refer to him, challenges the students and they respond to the hands-on projects with excitement and determination. The volcano project offers students the choice of making a volcano cake, or building a volcano to erupt. The cakes ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff  County have their holidays made a bit brighter by the Joy of Giving. Teachers, counselors and an afterschool care program Sports Camp identify children in need. The names and the number of children per family are verified by Misty Nixon, Executive Director of Sports Camp and each family is allotted a dollar amount based on the total funds available for the year and the number of children per family. “Those families are then invited to Wal-Mart on 951 (6650 Collier Boulevard) and are allowed to shop the store for age appropriate gifts, up to the ... Read More »

Dedication of the new span of the Jolley Bridge

By Jane A. Marlowe  The new Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge was dedicated on November 19, 2011, a breezy, sunny morning on Marco Island. The beautiful new southbound span eases long time congestion on the original bridge which served traffic heading north and south. The older span has been repaired and reinforced to meet current safety standards and the entire bridge should serve the needs of our community for decades to come. Steve Fickling, driver/engineer and Ray Ladurini, EMT/firefighter, both of the Marco Island Fire Department, were on hand in a motorized cart to provide assistance if needed. “We’re here ... Read More »