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OBITUARY: Zoe L. Webb

Zoe L. Webb, a veteran of Word War II, died Wed., Nov. 26, at 5:05 AM. She was 92. Zoe’s childhood was uncomfortable, and as an only child, her dog took the place of the siblings she never had. It traveled with her everywhere. When World War II broke out in 1939, Zoe was due to go to a “ladies finishing school” in Switzerland, but instead realized an unquestionable opportunity. With her dog in tow, Zoe ran away from home to join the Royal Air Force at the age of 17. The British military was desperate for personnel at the ... Read More »

November is Manatee Awareness Month!

Manatees have long been a part of the Florida ecosystem. Scientists have even discovered fossils in Florida from ancient relatives of the manatee dating back more than 45 million years. Unfortunately, manatees are currently an endangered species. Even with laws in place to protect the species, they face threats of accidentally being hit by motorboats or becoming entangled in fishing nets. The best way to help save our gentle giants is to be aware of your surroundings. Boat owners can help reduce the risk of hitting manatees by respecting No Wake Zones and Manatee Zones. Boaters should try to stay in deep water channels and avoid ... Read More »

Suddenly in Command

US Coast Guard Auxiliary members teach boating maneuvers during  ‘Suddenly in Command’ thanks to the generous donation of Rose Marina. SUBMITTED photoS

By Laurie Harris US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 Suddenly in Command — a scary thought. You are on the water. Your “captain” is incapacitated, and you are suddenly in command of the vessel. Do you know how to get the boat under control? Can you perform basic first aid and get the boat back to the dock? If you are not sure you could handle this situation and would like to gain confidence on the water, the “Suddenly in Command” course offered by the Marco Island Coast Guard Auxiliary is for you. True story: A Miami woman was out ... Read More »

Up to My Knees in Adventure

We arrived at our designated entrance point into the swamp and exited the tram; this was the first thing I saw. Of the countless pictures I've taken in my career, this now ranks among my most favorites.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Recently relocating to a place so geologically different from where I was born and raised in northeast Ohio, I get to experience new things almost daily. As a reporter, I go out on many assignments with a child-like wonder, and come away with life-long memories often feeling renewed and empowered. In my quest to see all of the exotic beauty on display here at the bottom of our nation, I’ve ventured where I never thought I could, pushing through my fears, phobias and physical limitations. That being said, if someone had told me exactly one year ... Read More »

It’s a Matter of Taste

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By Carol Glassman Friends of mine recently opened a new French restaurant, and as I drove home after my first satisfying visit, I thought of how happy they looked, working like the proverbial dogs but in their own business at something they love doing. Owning and running a restaurant isn’t for the faint of heart, and any time I had even a passing thought of entering the food business, I admit I had to lie down until the feeling went away. It also is not for the inexperienced. Both of my parents were wonderful cooks and bakers, and I spent ... Read More »

Marco Island Honors Its Veterans

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By Noelle H. Lowery and Melinda Gray Marco Island loves its veterans, and that was very apparent during a number of local events scheduled to commemorate Veterans Day — Nov. 11. According to History.com, Veterans Day was born on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the declaration of an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany to end World War I. President Woodrow Wilson declared the day — Nov. 11, 1918 — Armistice Day, and it was first celebrated in 1919 with parades and a two-minute pause in the daily business activities ... Read More »

MIPD Hero: Emilio Rodriguez

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Police Officer Emilio Rodriguez is the ultimate public servant. He spent 24 years as a fire fighter, and has been a law enforcement officer since 1996. Now, he also is a bona fide hero. Last June, while on vacation with his wife, Kristin, and a group of friends in the British Virgin Islands, Rodriguez saved the life of his friend, Phil Reid, during a scuba diving accident. He was recognized for his actions by the MIPD and the Marco Island Police Foundation during the October “Lunch with the Chief” event. His wife and ... Read More »

Friends of Fakahatchee announce Fall swamp walk schedule

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their Fall schedule of swamp walks in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.  In addition to its five-hour Biologist-Led Swamp Walk, the group is again offering the 3 1/2 hour Tram Tour and Swamp Walk. Both adventures take visitors into the heart of the Fakahatchee Strand, home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent.   The Preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds. For many visitors, a Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Led by experienced guides, participants wade in ... Read More »

Then Came Life: Living With Courage, Spirit and Gratitude After Breast Cancer

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Geralyn Lucas, Gotham Books, October 2014, 210 pages. Genre: Memoir   “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard   If the author’s name sounds familiar, it is because this is a sequel to her tremendously popular “Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy,” published 10 years ago. At the time of her mastectomy, she was 27 years old, enthusiastic, open and determined to enjoy every nanosecond of life. Now, 18 years later, she is in her mid-40s, graying, sagging, moving up in pants size, with a ... Read More »

2015 Relay for Life Kick-off

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Submitted Mention the word “cancer,” and almost every person can relate an experience, be it with a family member, a friend or that individual him or herself. In spite of research and progress in the fight against this dreaded disease, an individual can easily feel ineffective and hopeless in the quest for a cure. However, the ideas and actions of one man did indeed make a difference and created a worldwide phenomenon. In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon walked and ran for hours around a track in Tacoma, WA, raising $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This was ... Read More »

My Sisterhood of the Lycra Pants

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I feel that I’m in pretty deep. Not quite over my head, but once in a while, I am definitely treading water. From time to time I think about the fact that when my husband and I moved to this tropical vacation-land in Southwest Florida, I had a notion in my head that I’d be spending long hours at the beach with a flirty novel on my lap and an umbrella-clad beverage within reach. The reality of this mid-life transition looks remarkably different than the vision that was in my head, though. My ... Read More »

Relationships Heart of Blue Mangrove

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Christie Marcoplos is an entrepreneur at heart. It all started when she began working at the age of 15, and she owned her own florist and gift shop in New Hampshire for a time. When she moved to Southwest Florida, she tried to shake the business bug and worked a few years for Clyde Butcher at his Big Cypress Gallery in the Everglades. Alas, Marcoplos could not resist, answered the siren’s call of entrepreneurship once again. On Dec. 5, 2006, she opened Blue Mangrove Gallery, now located at 1089 N. Collier Blvd. in the Marco Town Center. “I felt compelled ... Read More »

Family Motivates Classic Transportation

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Jennifer and Ron Doino were looking for a warmer climate and a good place to raise their two children, Noah and Amanda. The husband-and-wife team found that and a thriving business when they took over Classic Transportation in 2004. “Classic Transportation has been around for 20-plus years,” says Jennifer. “We wanted to take the business and give it a fresh start.” Immediately, they revamped Classic Transportation’s six original vehicles and enforced new guidelines for their drivers. To be sure, the Doino’s were no strangers to being self-employed business owners, and they understood what it would take to push the business ... Read More »

Marco Island Style

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Looking for the latest trends in home décor, hostess gifts, framed art and fun jewelry? Visit Your Island Home, owned by Vee Young and her husband Jim located in the Marco Town Center on North Collier Boulevard. The shop, purchased by the Youngs in 2008, operated for 20 years as Linens Plus. “After a career change for Jim, we were looking for a business for me to dive into as a Plan B. It turned out to be a business we could both pour our hearts and talents into without having to relocate,” Vee says, explaining that they have lived ... Read More »

Answering the Call

Parked outside on display, were the departments fire-response and rescue vehicles. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Tuesday, Oct. 7, in honor of National Fire Prevention Week and in celebration of their 50th anniversary, the dedicated men and women of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department gave an interactive presentation at the Marco Island History Museum. The auditorium was filled with people eager to learn about the department’s past, present and future. Also, in the audience was Nick Macchiarolo, the 100th new-hire for the fire-rescue squad. Fire-Rescue Chief Mike Murphy opened the night by encouraging the audience to participate in each “show-and-tell” station demonstrating the different aspects of the department. The stations displayed ... Read More »

MIA’s Key Club and Kiwanis of Marco

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By Gabriella Perez Marco Island Academy — being the only high school in the community of Marco — has quite an exceptional advantage than most charter schools would in other communities. Throughout the years, the community of Marco has provided support for MIA to grow and blossom into the remarkable school it is and will continue to be. One group in particular throughout the community of Marco has been accompanying MIA from the start. Four years ago, the Marco Island Kiwanis and members Gina Sisbarro and Gayle Thayer helped in establishing the academy’s very first Key Club, a program which ... Read More »

United Church of Marco Island

For Faith briefs Sunday school:  United Church of Marco Island is now offering Sunday School for children ages 2-12. Every Sunday, children will depart from worship at approximately 10:20 for Sunday School in the Sunday School room. The curriculum will include Bible stories, snack time, and a craft. Share this exciting new program with your children, grandchildren, and with the family next door!  Information: http://ucmarco.org/education/childrens-education/ Bible Study:  United Church of Marco Island offers Bible study every Tuesday at 10AM in the Conference Room, The topic of the study will be “The Seven Church’s in Revelation: Christ’s Vision for the Community of God.” In Revelation 2 and 3, Jesus sent different messages to ... Read More »

Naomi’s Identity Crisis

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: My little tortie heart is crushed and broken. There is not a photo to be found of me in our 2015 Glamour Puss Calendar — for the second year in a row, I might add. Did someone forget to tell me I’ve been placed in the Witness Protection Program? There is, of course, the remotest of possibilities (very remote I might add) that I’m wrong, so here’s the deal. Anyone who’s been to Disney World knows there’s a great game whereby visitors are challenged to find “hidden ... Read More »

Blue Chip Community Business Award marks two decades of celebrating success

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While the turnarounds of large corporations often receive lots of attention, the less public triumphs of small businesses are not always recognized. Twenty years ago, insurance executive Gary V. Trippe decided to change that. The former CEO of Oswald Trippe and Company (now BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company) created the Blue Chip Community Business Award, a program designed to recognize entrepreneurs who have triumphed over adversity. The awards program serves two purposes: it honors those who succeed in overcoming obstacles while also inspiring others to do the same. The program has honored a wide range of businesses that have found innovative ... Read More »

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While the turnarounds of large corporations often receive lots of attention, the less public triumphs of small businesses are not always recognized. Twenty years ago, insurance executive Gary V. Trippe decided to change that. The former CEO of Oswald Trippe and Company (now BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company) created the Blue Chip Community Business Award, a program designed to recognize entrepreneurs who have triumphed over adversity. The awards program serves two purposes: it honors those who succeed in overcoming obstacles while also inspiring others to do the same. The program has honored a wide range of businesses that have found innovative ... Read More »