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NCH Healthcare System “High Performing”

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Submitted U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals has unveiled the broadest expansion of its analysis of hospital quality since it began ranking medical centers 25 years ago. The new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings cover nearly every hospital in the country and evaluate each one in five common surgical procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations a year. “It’s rewarding to see that the system-wide focus on quality and collaboration among our physicians, caregivers, and other colleagues has resulted in NCH being ranked “best in region” by U.S. News for the fifth consecutive ... Read More »

Goodland Goes Automated; AED Volunteers Ready to Assist

Digitized map of Goodland with marked AED locations. PHOTOS BY BARRY GWINN

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com The Goodland Civic Association (GCA) really cares about the well-being of our residents. The GCA actually does something about it. The following is one such story. There are others, but none involve life and death like this one. Theresa Morgan is a personal friend of mine. She also sits on the board of the Goodland Civic Association and puts in countless hours of community service here. In her spare time she runs a thriving CPA business, which among other things, does my taxes. She has spearheaded the effort to coordinate with Collier County, and ... Read More »

The Teapot and the Scorpion

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Tonight the two brightest, or at least the easiest to find, constellations of the zodiac are riding high in the sky; Sagittarius the Archer or Centaur (actually it’s both) and Scorpius the Scorpion are easy to locate. Sagittarius has the famous teapot asterism that really jumps out of the jumble of stars that fill this region of the sky; and Scorpius is one of the very few constellations that actually look like the thing they are supposed to represent. The teapot asterism consists of eight stars, all roughly equally bright. This time of ... Read More »

“Southwest Florida’s Hurricane History”

Collier County Museum: July 22 Southwest Florida has been hit by several damaging hurricanes over the years including Hurricane Donna in 1960. Learn more about these destructive forces of nature and how they have shaped local history. The presentation was organized by Naomi Goren, Curator of Education at the Collier County Museums. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are required. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738. About Collier County Museums: More than 10,000 years of Southwest Florida History is on display at Collier County Museums’ five locations – the main museum location in Naples, four additional museum ... Read More »

Reflections from the Artist of the Year

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com On May 23, I attended an annual luncheon held by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA). Besides fine food from Stonewall’s Kitchen, and grand camaraderie, MIFA used the occasion to present scholarships to four extraordinary students to further their arts education, and to acknowledge MIFA’s designated 2015 Artist of the Year – yours truly. From my heart, I thank the board members of MIFA for this kind recognition. I’m honored, and I was honored, and excited, to share the day with those bright and creative young stars…and with everyone that came to celebrate with ... Read More »

Feeling Family at Marco Fitness Club

Left to right: Jean Cholka, Diane Saywell and Bob Cholka.

By Diane Saywell The family that stays fit together, remains knit together. We are of body, mind and spirit, but when it comes to presence, while we are apart from one another, the spirit comes through the strongest. It is the spirit that loves on, remains strong in direct correlation to the depth and experience of the relationship. Follow me?! Another thing, notice that I didn’t mention time spent in the relationship? Simply because I bet each of you can recall individuals you have known for very short periods of time, or for short periods of engagement (dental appointments!) over ... Read More »

Saving Animals From Extinction at Naples Zoo and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

On Saturday, May 16th, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day and AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Naples Zoo is proud to participate in AZA’s SAFE program. For the first time, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus our conservation science, our wildlife expertise and our 180 million visitors on saving species in the wild on one special day, Endangered Species Day. Designated as a national celebration of America’s commitment to protecting and recovering our nation’s endangered species, the goal ... Read More »

Saving Animals From Extinction at Naples Zoo and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

On Saturday, May 16th, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day and AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Naples Zoo is proud to participate in AZA’s SAFE program. For the first time, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus our conservation science, our wildlife expertise and our 180 million visitors on saving species in the wild on one special day, Endangered Species Day. Designated as a national celebration of America’s commitment to protecting and recovering our nation’s endangered species, the goal ... Read More »

Strokes: A Matter of Time

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Among our most urgent goals at NCH is to save stroke patients. We’re making great progress. But with a stroke, time is of the essence. And knowing the following early signs and symptoms can be brain-saving and life-saving: Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination Sudden headache with no known cause The point is we can make a difference, ... Read More »

Bo Really Does Know

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Today’s rain has left the sweet smell of summer in the air and my mind once again turns to the promise of long lazy days ready to fill however I see fit. My calendar is nearly empty and my ideas are many. Mmmm, delicious. For many artists, season is a rapid juggling act of shows and festivals, press-releases and newsletters, business, business, business, with precious little time for the creative process. But summer, summer I could paint with one slow continuous brush stroke. I love summer. For the past few summers, as the barometer begins to ... Read More »

Spring

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Just a couple of weeks ago, on March 20th at exactly 6:45PM, Spring officially arrived on Marco Island. That is the moment when the sun crossed the celestial equator as it moved along its ecliptic path. And most of us were completely unaware of the event. Here in our temperate cocoon, the shifts between seasons certainly exist but the changes are more subtle and gentle than those I experienced living up north. In Iowa you can feel Spring in the air weeks before it arrives. The breeze carries a hint of warmth and ... Read More »

NCH “Volunteers are Aces” Las Vegas, Baby!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com On Wednesday, March 25, NCH Healthcare recognized a most valued group of people at an awards luncheon held at Hideaway Beach Club. The theme was Las Vegas, Baby! – and their Aces were the volunteers of Marco Island Auxiliary that contribute so much to the value and quality of care people receive. Many of the volunteers dressed to fit the Vegas theme; feathered boas, special hats and belted baubles. Most apparent were the smiles and the general feeling was that of an extended family, rather than co-workers. Their work is not easy and their reward is ... Read More »

Marvelous Marva’s Memory Bears

Jim and Marva Sutt hold just a few of Marva’s Memory Bears.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com One of the most difficult things we deal with in this life is losing a loved one. Marva Sutt has found a way to help people through that process and bring comfort to family members and friends. She does this by creating Memory Bears. Memory Bears are created to give family members something tangible they can use to preserve the cherished memories of their loved ones. Each Memory Bear is unique and created by a loving hand that pays homage to a loved one’s life. “This is not a business,” say Marva. “I do this as ... Read More »

Mutts & Martinis helps Marco YMCA’s Outreach…

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By Don Manley Dominic Corva leaves home before dawn every Saturday and embarks on a mission to aid the less fortunate among us. The Marco resident is part of the group of volunteers who deliver donated bread and other baked goods daily to the migrant farm workers at 6L Farms in East Naples and to Manatee Elementary School, where they are distributed to students from needy families. “It’s so heart wrenching that we live in such a great country where we have so much and these people have so little,” said Corva. “They’re so grateful and nice. They’re just the ... Read More »

Marco Hilton Keeps Rating Streak Alive

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By Don Manley The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has done it again. For the 16th consecutive year, the hotel has received the AAA Four Diamond Rating, making it one of 4 percent of AAA approved hotels and restaurants to receive the honor. “This could not be possible without the great team we have,” said Mac Chaudhry, Hilton Marco Island’s general manager, at the award ceremony, held recently at the hotel. An extensive array of amenities and guest services, and a commitment to providing attentive, personalized service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings is typical for hotels that earn the Four Diamond ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Displays the Beautiful Bs’ of Island Living

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com There is much truth in how complex beauty can be, and on March 7-8, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island demonstrated that for all to see. The ‘Beautiful B’s’ of island living are beaching, birding, boating and building. Club members created exquisite designs based on each theme. Entries were then reviewed by an esteemed panel of six judges from the National Garden Club and based on elements of design with 100 points as a perfect score. A score of 90 and above earns a blue ribbon. It is no easy task to become a judge ... Read More »

Shortage of Volunteer Mentors Hampers Marco’s Y Reads Program

Reads Mentor Rae Chamberlain assists Celine Eldira with an exercise recently at Manatee Elementary School.

By Don Manley First grader Celine Eldira was a study in concentration as she examined a worksheet containing spelling exercises. Sitting by her side and offering support was her mentor, Rae Chamberlain, of Marco. “The next sentence is ‘Pick up the socks,’ she told Celine. “Remember what we learned today and how to get the ‘K’ sound.” With that prompting, the youngster with multicolored beads adorning her neat plaits spelled every word correctly. A 1,000-watt smile spread across Celine’ face when Chamberlain exclaimed, “Absolutely perfect. You get a star.” Similar after-school scenes were playing out elsewhere that afternoon in the ... Read More »

Do You Eat Chocolate Because it’s Healthy?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I’m sure you’ve read the seemingly too-good-to-be-true articles touting that chocolate (dark specifically) is a superfood, or full of anti-oxidants, or can improve memory, or even that it is good for your heart. The question is, are these claims accurate? The answer is… sort of. Despite the claims that one or two squares of quality dark chocolate can “…reduce the risk of death from heart attack by almost 50 percent…” per a WebMD article, science is still investigating these hypotheses. Case in point, Howard Sesso, Associate Professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School is leading a ... Read More »

From Marco To Alaska, Local Female Captain Is Always Busy

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist I hear a very pleasant “Good morning, Bob” as someone passes by. “Good morning, Captain Jesse.” I reply as she ushers guests to a catamaran for a sailing tour of Marco Island. Yes, I did say “she”. One of the few female captains in the area, Captain Jesse Baughman leads a very active life. From fishing with active duty soldiers, to finishing her college education, to working the salmon run in Bristol Bay, Alaska, she is constantly on the move. In addition to conducting catamaran tours for the Marriott she owns a fishing charter business, ... Read More »

The Dipper Returns

Looking Northeast, 9:00PM Mar 6. Even though the Moon looks huge  when near the horizon you can still cover it up by a pinky finger held at arm’s length!
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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net After setting a few months ago the Big Dipper has returned to the early evening sky. The Dipper of course is not a constellation but merely an asterism and makes up a portion of the rather large constellation of Ursa Major, the bear. It is an odd fact that roughly half of the world’s cultures regard this grouping of stars as a bear; after all it does not look much like a bear. One possible explanation is that this constellation’s identification as a bear is a shared cultural tradition springing from a common ... Read More »