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Embree Retires From Tennis

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By Roger LaLonde Since she was five years old, Lauren Embree has played tennis, smashing her way to her dream of playing professionally. At 25 she is stepping back, looking to see what else her life will hold. “I wasn’t enjoying the experience, my heart wasn’t in it anymore,” she said. In her two years of professional tennis it wasn’t like high school or college. She won a bit more than she lost. It was a bumpy road, yet she fought through it mentally. On tour, she played in about 25 tournaments a year. She was constantly on the road, ... Read More »

Diagnosis by a Specialist

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Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Perhaps you’re concerned about a family member or friend’s memory loss, perhaps your own. One way to find out whether it is memory loss or normal aging is to seek out a physician. A family doctor or internist could be your starting place and might use a brief test for memory. But you may be better served with a specialist. For instance, with heart issues you would probably seek out a cardiologist, if cancer, an oncologist. So, if the brain may be an issue, the Alzheimer Association and other experts recommend seeing a neurologist who ... Read More »

Patriotism Reigns in Memorial Day Ceremony

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Dave Gardner, commander of Marco’s VFW Post 6370, addresses attendees.

By Don Manley The sacrifices of America’s military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving were honored in word and song at Marco Island’s Memorial Day ceremony. Dave Gardner, commander of Marco’s VFW Post 6370, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which included music from the Marco Island Strummers, the Marco Island Academy Singers and Craig Greusel, music director for the Marco Lutheran Church. Color guard duties were performed by members of the Marco Island Police Department. The keynote speaker was U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Lambert (retired), who began his military career as an ... Read More »

Can Al-Anon Help?

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Submitted  Heavy drinkers commonly say that their drinking is not as serious a problem as some people may think. People who are close to them also have a tendency to minimize how seriously the drinker’s alcohol abuse has affected them. They are trying to keep things as normal as possible under conditions that are sometimes unbearable.   How Can Al-Anon Help? A Member Shares Her Story Submitted  In November of 2011 I picked up a pamphlet in the doctor’s office titled “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism” and browsed through it. Words began to leap off the pages at me and aroused feelings that I ... Read More »

Emotions High at MIA Graduation

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Teacher Robert Eder with MIA students before graduation. From left: Jordan Roath, Cameron
Ragan, Eder, Jacob Golec, Matthew Nugent, Jose Ramirez and Austin Acosta.

By Roger LaLonde  More than 400 family and friends packed the Family Church for the Marco Island Academy (MIA) graduation on June 3. Laughs, cheers and tears made for a special occasion. Valedictorian Stephen Vale brought about the first jolt of laughter when he told of “Not having a normal high school experience.” He chose to go the dual enrollment path his junior year, going to Florida SouthWestern State College. “It was definitely tough the past two years, missing out on all the fun and experiences at MIA.   Due to his youthful looks, Vale said, “On the first day, ... Read More »

The SUN Trail State

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Submitted “If you build it, they will come.” But, first you need dedicated funding. That’s why the 2015 legislation that appropriated $25 million annually for the Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail (SUN Trail) program is more than momentous. It’s a seismic paradigm shift on how our state and communities view biking, walking, recreation, and safety. What is the top funding priority? The Coast to Coast Connector.  But how do trails become eligible for SUN Trail funding? First, they must be part of the Florida Greenways & Trails Priority System. Then, the regional trails must meet eligibility criteria developed by FDOT and the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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For Whom The Bells Toll Twice daily, at noon and then at five I would stop and listen to the beautiful sound of the Carillon coming from the Marco Lutheran Church. Though I am not a member of that particular church, for just a few wonderful minutes my heart would skip a beat and I would get a warm feeling inside. I guess I felt good about my town. Those bells spoke to us and reminded us that we had a lot in common. Recently, the Carillon bells no longer resound across the land and water. I assumed that the ... Read More »

It’s Personal

A recent beach yoga practice, presenting a wide variety of “trees” on the beach. Photo By Laurie Kasperbauer

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe Growing up in Iowa I was lucky enough to go on family vacations every summer. Four kids and my parents packed ourselves in a four-door Oldsmobile, pulling a pop-up camper with attached bicycles and coolers and fishing rods projecting like appendages on a bug. Our destination might be a lake in Minnesota or a valley in Colorado, but it always included a campground with plenty of space to wander and a ring of stones for a fire. And ... Read More »

CPR Saves a Life at YMCA

Eighth grade students at MICMS became CPR certified. Submitted Photos

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The importance of CPR training was tested at the Greater Marco Family YMCA on Tuesday April 19th. Personal trainer Kathy Kurtz was training her client Wendy Bullock in the back lobby of the Y. Debbie Hobbs, who happens to be another client of Kathy’s, rushed through the door and said, “I think there’s an emergency out here, there’s a man lying on the tennis courts!” Kathy and Wendy immediately took off running to the tennis courts, as she quickly told Debbie, “Go tell the front desk!” The two women saw a man laying on the ... Read More »

Tis the Season…Two Aquatic Friends Return

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist On Wednesday, April 13th at 7 PM join Bob McConville at the Rose Auditorium for a discussion about the sea turtles and manatees found in our area. Meet special guest, Master Naturalist Nancy Anderson, a manatee specialist. MIHS members and MIA students are free. A $5 donation is requested for all others. Ah, the first day of spring! Thoughts of warmer weather have many of us planning adventurous days at the beach or on the water. Our eyes will scan the surface, looking for anything that might arise from below. All of a sudden there’s ... Read More »

Mad Memoirs of an Old School/ Modern Goldsmith

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Part I My destiny of becoming a goldsmith was totally accidental. It was the mid 1960s. I was no more than eight or nine years old when my mother would leave me with her older brother Richard, who happened to be a goldsmith/jeweler, so she could go shopping in downtown Boston. (I was a bit of a nuisance to go dress shopping with.) My Uncle Richard had apprenticed with his step dad’s brother Ernest Gravallese, an accomplished and well-respected master goldsmith who plied his trade from his shop in the early 1920s in the original ... Read More »

Health Care Heroes Are Everywhere

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO,  Physicians Regional Healthcare System A major part of my role as Market CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System is interacting with caregivers. As one would expect, this includes an exceptional group of physicians, nurses, clinicians and employees—those whom I am privileged to work alongside every day. The ability to witness their never-ending commitment to our patients—as seen through their focus on high quality, compassionate care—is truly inspirational. I also receive letters and emails from patients and their family members praising the care provided throughout our healthcare system. These truly make my day. We ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part IV

Photos by Carol Gassman
This is how the kitchen used to look.

By Carol Glassman Not much happened the first week after Uncle Steve and his assistant Diana took over renovating and repairing the flood-damaged house, but at least I received frequent calls and was kept in the loop as the insurance company approved various steps. At the end of the second week, a team from the company that had installed my precious unique quartzite counters appeared. I was a little nervous when the two men didn’t seem to know why they were sent and even more nervous when they continually commented on how heavy the counters looked. After a few phone ... Read More »

MIA Principal Turns a School Into a Family

Principal Scott in her office at MIA, her door is rarely closed; Walk into the administration building and she is the first staff member you will see. (Right) Principal Scott and three of her teachers (recommended by her) received the prestigious Shine Award from Governor Scott during his recent visit.

By Barry Gwinn On Friday, March 4, 2016, during a visit to Marco Island Academy (MIA), Governor Rick Scott presented Principal Melissa Scott with the coveted Governor’s Shine Award, given to outstanding educators who have been nominated by their peers. Governor Scott had found out what many already knew. Marco Island Academy had finally found the principal they were looking for. It had not been easy. After a titanic battle to obtain Collier County School Board approval and secure a building and campus, Marco Island Academy finally opened for business in August 2011. It very nearly closed up shop a ... Read More »

Nancy Garousi Awarded Golden Apple

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com For 26 years the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, through Champions For Learning, has honored over 23,000 teachers in Collier County. The prestigious teaching award is sort of like the Oscars for instructors. Instead of a golden statuette of a person, the teachers are awarded a life-size golden apple. On February 18, five special teachers from all over the county were presented with the Golden Apple in a surprise classroom visit. Representatives from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, Champions For Learning board members, as well as volunteers and other sponsors presented the educators with their well-deserved accolades. ... Read More »

Yoga Magic

A magical yoga moment. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. – James Allen When we lived in Iowa, my husband and I used to have season tickets to the Iowa State University Cyclones basketball games. If you’re a basketball fan you might recognize the current coach of the Chicago Bulls as former ISU head coach, Fred Hoiberg. Fred is a “home grown” Iowan. He was raised in Ames, Iowa, home of the ISU Cyclones, where he was ... Read More »

Young and Old Support ALS Odyssey Walk

Mary Jo O’Regan treated the walkers to an impassioned version of “The ALS Odyssey Anthem.”

By Don Manley Finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – ALS – and supporting those afflicted with the disease and their families is a cause that drew both young and old to Marco Island recently. The reason was the first annual “Cindy’s ALS Odyssey Walk” fundraiser, which benefitted the ALS Association Florida Chapter. Held at Mackle Park, the event drew about 80 walkers and raised $5,500 for the organization. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is an incurable and progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. As the disease progresses, voluntary ... Read More »

A Celebration of Achievements

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This year’s Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation’s Annual Luncheon and general meeting took place at the Island Country Club. Above all else, it was a “Celebration of Achievements.” Fire Rescue Foundation President Dianna Dohm led the luncheon program, which began with board member Mike Stapleton leading the packed house in the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Kyle Bennet gave a moving invocation, telling those in attendance that they were “breaking bread with heroes.” The program to follow served to illustrate just how true his statement was. The first order of business was to swear in the ... Read More »

Optimist’s Debut Event Major Success

The sports theme of “For the Love of the Game” carried over the dining décor.

By Don Manley The role of athletics in the physical and character development of young people was celebrated with elegance and enthusiasm at the Optimist Club of Marco Island’s “For the Love of the Game” winter sports soiree. Held recently at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s The Rookery at Marco Golf Club, this was the first year for the event, which included silent auctions and raffles, live music and dinner. “For the Love of the Game’s” debut was a successful one, according to Optimist Club President Meghan Bonos, who said more than $15,000 was raised, after expenses. “That is ... Read More »

Standing Ovation for Father-Son Opera Duo

The audience was mesmerized by the father-son performance.

By Samantha Husted The Italian American Society of Marco Island is a lively group. On February 3rd the Society held, in conjuncture with their regular monthly meeting, a performance by opera singer Dino Valle and his son, guitarist Dino Valle II. The meeting, which also doubled as an open house, started pretty much as usual. After the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and a few housekeeping notes, President Ann Sepe introduced the father-son duo. Dino Valle, Sr. is the artistic director to the Bellini Opera Theater in Naples. He and his son have been playing together for about 15 ... Read More »