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David Lee Thompson Exhibit at Museum of the Everglades

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By Pat Newman The Everglades unfold mile by mile along the Tamiami Trail (41) as mangrove swamps give way to green hammocks, shallow canals and bursts of seasonal color. David Lee Thompson’s collection, “Primordial Everglades,” captures the panorama and the natural minutia of Florida’s natural treasure. His photographs are on display through Jan. 31 at Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City. Thompson was on hand to discuss his work at the exhibit opening earlier in the month. “I love creating art, which is a natural and important part of my life,” Thompson explained. The Florida native has been working ... Read More »

Beginnings

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Life is a series of beginnings…that bring us closer to the realization of our dreams. May all of your beginnings be showered by sunbeams and all of your dreams sense the warmth of success.” — Edith Schaffer Lederberg   The month of January marks the beginning of a brand, new year. For many of us, shedding the skin of 2014 as we morph into the image we have created for 2015 is exciting. It’s a New Year! I can improve my diet. I can exercise more. I can be a better friend, a more ... Read More »

Flea Market on Stage

Rockerfeller’s Attic was recon and research for Betsy Bennett.

Submitted “FleaBitten — Good Buys Gone Bad,” the one-act musical comedy playing at The Rose History Auditorium next weekend, is not just a figment of someone’s imagination. As research, co-author Betsy Bennett, took a double-wide stall at Flamingo Island in Bonita Springs and called it Rockefeller’s Attic. It offered stuff that had accumulated in her and her partner’s garages, in their parents’ storage facilities, “and, well, anything we could find that could be dusted off,” she recalls. But, selling the goods wasn’t the real reason for Rockefeller’s Attic; it was the flea market vendors who surrounded it, and the script ... Read More »

What Was on Your Holiday Wish List?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com There was a time when most recreational tennis players dreamed of the day Santa would deliver a solid backhand drive on Christmas Eve, but those old days of weaker backhands is long over. Not only have we witnessed an explosion of outstanding “two-handers,” but now we are watching the return of some of the best one-handers we have ever seen: Wawrinka, Gasquet, Dimitrov, Almagro, Kolschreiber, Haas and Federer. So, I’ve completely changed my mind, and now I am totally focusing on the mental game. Why? Without a doubt, the emergence of tennis coaching is at ... Read More »

The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle

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By Joanne Smith Harmony Books, 2014, 204 pages Genre: Christmas/Family Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Christmas is doing a little extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz, “Peanuts” creator In the first week of October 1999, Rick Smith died in the night. He had been diagnosed the prior month with a heart valve defect that needed surgical repair but elected to postpone repair until Christmas vacation when he could recuperate at home with his kids. The story picks up two months later, 13 days before Christmas. Rick’s widow, Joanne, and their three kids are adrift, no longer functioning as ... Read More »

Reaching New Heights

After becoming familiar with the hammocks and treating our bodies to some
deep stretching, the fun began as we slowly started the inversions.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com As a child, I lived at the playground; the monkey bars were my favorite hangout. I would spend hours hanging upside down, flipping and contorting my body in and out of the crisscrossed metal structures. As I’ve gotten older, gravity and other unfortunate factors of aging have put a stop to my body’s ability to do what it once could, but my mind is always yearning for that freedom I felt as a child, leaving the ground and tumbling around in the air. So when I heard about a new class called Aerial Yoga, I was ... Read More »

‘Up Close and Personal’ with Randall Kenneth Jones

Randall Kenneth Jones and Peter Thomas at work in Thomas’ home recording studio. PHOTO BY KAREN KAYSER BENSON

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Randall Kenneth Jones grew up in Missouri — the Show-Me State — and on Thursday, Jan. 8, he is going to show Marco Island his true colors during the Marco Island Center for the Arts’ first “Up Close and Personal” presentation of 2015. Beginning at 5:30 PM, Jones will regale attendees the wit and wisdom he has gleaned from the many interviews he has conducted while writing his column, “Business Class.” The Naples Press Club, of which Jones is vice president, is a sponsor for the event. “Part of the Naples Press Club’s sponsorship of ... Read More »

Compton, Bennett Are ‘FleaBitten’

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Submitted Have you ever been to a flea market? Not those weekend, temporary things, but permanent ones that sell everything from home paternity tests to autographed pictures of Jesus? Where the wine doesn’t breathe…it gasps? Compton and Bennett, authors of “Assisted Living: The Musical,” are happy to bring their newest show “FleaBitten: Good Buys Gone Bad” to the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum for two performances: Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2:30 PM. “FleaBitten” is a romp through what used to be called a thieves-and-fleas market. Inside, audiences meet Cap’n ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: PLEASE STAND UP

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This past Saturday night in the Christmas Island Style Holiday Parade, the newly formed Marco Island American Legion Post 404 Color Guard had the honor of carrying the flags of America. Three veterans carried 3 flags, one of which was the American flag. As we marched down San Marco I thought, Where are all the patriotic Americans? Why are all these people showing such disrespect towards the American flag? A few people knew what to do and they did it. They proudly stood and either saluted the American flag or put their hand over their heart. But the sad fact ... Read More »

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 »

Honor Flight red carpet reception raises $60,000 for Collier County Honor Flight

Community members and friends of Collier County Honor Flight raised $60,000 during a two-day Veterans Day fundraising event featuring the film Honor Flight at Paragon Theater in Naples November 11 and 12. The Collier County Honor Flight is a hub of the non-profit Honor Flight Network created solely to honor America’s veterans and their sacrifices. The Veterans Day celebration included a movie screening of the award winning documentary and VIP meet and greet with Honor Flight film Producer, Director and Co-Founder. The award-winning documentary, first released in 2012 and shown at the 2012 Naples International Film Festival (NIFF), is a ... 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

Every service man and woman raised a salute for the Pledge of Allegiance.

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 »