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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 »

Bigger, Better, Bad Breezy

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com They say babies are beautiful so your mind forgets the negative aspects of having them. That is true not only in the human world, but with animals as well! Breezy is the perfect example, he was the cutest puppy in the world, so when he did something bad, he would look up at you and melt your heart. Who could be upset with that cuteness? Breezy has been growing by leaps and bounds. A neighbor exclaimed, “My gosh, he grows a foot every day!” Hard to imagine, but the little puppy quickly grew bigger. And bigger. ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY MUSEUMS CELEBRATES 26th ANNUAL OLD FLORIDA FESTIVAL March 7-8, 2015

The one and only Collier County Museums Old Florida Festival returns for a limited engagement,Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Collier County Museum. The Friends of the Collier County Museum invites guests to step back in time and visit Florida through the ages. The annual family-style event, now in its 26th year, brings together more than 80 of the state’s finest historical reenactors, craft workers and living history performers to recreate ten centuries of daily life on the Southwest Florida frontier. This year’s festival features mounted Spanish Conquistadors and Calusa Indians, pioneers, pirates, Cracker Cowmen, soldier’s camps ... Read More »

Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence

Marco Fire-Rescue Chief Mike Murphy, left, and Deputy Chief Chris Byrne join Dr. Todd Bethel, who specializes in emergency
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By Don Manley The Marco Island Urgent Care Center played a key role in Bill Harrison’s recovery after his heart bypass surgery in 1977. “I came here for rehab,” said the spry 93-year-old. “They were great. I live on the south end of the island, so it’s really handy for me.” He was among the many Marco residents who took part in the center’s 30th anniversary celebration, which was held Tuesday at the Heathwood Drive facility. The event featured testing for balance and pulmonary disease, blood pressure screenings, an ask-the-doctor booth, a tour of the campus, give-aways and light refreshments. ... Read More »

‘The Wall That Heals’ Returns Feb. 12

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The sacrifices of the Vietnam War are never too far from the minds of those who fought and those who awaited their loved one’s return. It’s a memory accompanied by heart rending pain when it comes to the members of America’s military who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict. Saluting the service of the US soldiers and sailors who gave their lives in Southeast Asia is the purpose of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, as well as its half-size replica, the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Known as “The Wall That Heals,” the traveling memorial returns to Marco ... Read More »

Zoobilee

Join the Naples Zoo for the wildest party of the year! Tickets are now on sale for ZOObilee Feast with the Beasts to be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 right in the heart of the zoo. Attendees will enjoy delicious cuisine from some of Naples best restaurants and caterers, as they journey along the paved paths of the zoo’s historic botanical garden from 7:00pm to 11:00 pm. Evening highlights include exotic animal encounters, silent auction, and a dance party featuring the sounds of Blonde Ambition, a high energy eleven piece dance band. For those who prefer to relax with ... Read More »

Gratitude

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My children are here. In my house. Four adult children, their four significant others and our five grandchildren, ages 5 months to five years. They’ve been here nearly a week celebrating our own Christmas Holiday. That makes 10 adults, counting my husband and me and five young children, living in the same house for a week. Over the last six days, I have felt joy, pride, anxiety and exhaustion, but most of all, I have felt gratitude. I experienced overwhelming joy the very first morning when the babies all woke early, greeting each other ... Read More »

Questions…More Questions

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com As I sit in front of my computer preparing this piece for the Coastal Breeze News, I find myself drowning in questions and no answers. It is moments like these when I think my head is about to explode. It reminds me of my childhood when I used to lie down on a blanket in our back porch in suburban Istanbul on hot summer nights, gazing into the pitch black sky with millions of sparkling stars and wondering where did all this start; where is it going; how does everything work; why does the heart ... Read More »

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 »

Lawmakers on plan to ‘Send it South’: Let’s get it done – NOW

Florida lawmakers today renewed their push to win congressional action on a major Everglades restoration project that has been mired in bureaucratic red tape. The bipartisan group of federal legislators – led by Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Reps. Patrick Murphy (FL-18) and David Jolly (FL-13) – filed a bill Thursday to authorize the Central Everglades Planning Project, or CEPP. CEPP is designed to increase water flow south into the Everglades, thereby reducing harmful discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and improving the entire ecosystem. This important project was not included in the last ... Read More »

THE NAPLES ZOO AT CARIBEAN GARDENS NAMES COURTNEY JOLLY DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and nationally accredited zoo, has named Courtney Jolly as Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Ms. Jolly stated, “I am thrilled to join the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. It is a great honor to work for a non-profit organization that makes a difference around the world and in the community that I was raised in. I look forward to bringing my experience to the organization to make the Naples Zoo bigger and better than ever!” Ms. Jolly attended Florida Gulf Coast University, where she received a Bachelor of Science ... 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 »