Tag Archives: heart

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Happy Thanksgiving…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers of this column may already know that Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. I have celebrated every Thanksgiving holiday with my family and friends going back to 1969, the year of my arrival to America as a college student. From my first Thanksgiving to the present day, this holiday warms my heart and ... Read More »

Arturo’s – Fine Italian Dining, With a Personal Touch

Submitted Photos: Judy joins her chef and staff on the line.

By Maureen Chodaba Arturo’s Restaurant has been a mainstay for fine Italian dining on Marco Island for almost 21 years with its vast menu of delicious food. The story behind Arturo’s is just as amazing as its succulent dishes. Sole proprietor Judy Barney reminisced about the restaurant’s background and its early days. Originally from Brooklyn, Judy was an in-house trader ... Read More »

Marco Firefighter/Paramedic Honored

Photos by Steve Stefanides: Chris Bowden addresses the crowd after receiving the award.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Pride was on display on November 9, as one of Marco’s firefighter/paramedics was awarded the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award. Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Bowden was presented the award for his response to a call for a man down at the Greater Marco YMCA Tennis Courts on April 19th of this year. Bowden ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: What’s New in East Naples?

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala For those who are interested in hearing firsthand from the new owners of the Outlet Mall, they will be speaking at a few meetings between November 17 & 18. The first will be to the Marco Island Kiwanis Club on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 AM at Stonewall’s Restaurant, and all are welcome! The same day ... Read More »

Another Year Helping Children for Kiwanis

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Outgoing officers and board members of the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island.

By Maureen Chodaba The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island recently held their Installation Dinner Dance at Hideaway Beach Club. The local organization is a component of Kiwanis International, a global foundation of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Among other causes, Kiwanis International has taken on the global initiative of eliminating neo-natal ... Read More »

Expect Humor and Wisdom at ‘Show Me’ Book Launch

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From left: Derek Wakefield, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Randall Kenneth Jones.

Submitted On November 18 Randall Kenneth Jones will introduce Marco Island to his blend of humor, heart and wisdom at a Book Launch Party for his new book “Show Me.” From 5:30-7 PM at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Jones will read excerpts from his book, tell playful behind-the-scenes stories, and discuss his interviews with the likes of?Pat ... Read More »

Engle Dentistry Named 5th Avenue South Avenue Elite Sponsor

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The 5th Avenue South Business Improvement District or BID (www.FifthAvenueSouth.com) – whose mission is to brand promote and create awareness of 5th Avenue South, a world-renowned shopping, dining, and entertainment destination located in Naples, Florida – is pleased to announce that Engle Dentistry will serve as an Avenue Elite Sponsor. “Engle Dentistry is happy to participate in 5th Avenue South and its programs every year. ... Read More »

Solemn Goodbye to a Friend

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island came together on Wednesday to pay their respects to Richard “Dick” Shanahan at the Celebration of Life in his honor at San Marco Catholic Church. So many came forward to praise and pay tribute to Shanahan, saying both “Goodbye” and “Thank you.” Shanahan lost his courageous battle with a disease that in the last ... Read More »

Marco Home Sale Sets Record

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By Don Manley Cathy Rogers is basking in a glow that’s sure to warm the heart of any realtor –a really big sale. She represented the buyer in the purchase, this month, of a roughly 17,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-and-two-half bath, gated, South Barfield Drive estate home for $5.4 million. It was the highest price fetched for a single-family home in the ... Read More »

I Am Not My Brain

“...At the end of the day, all we have is who we are.”
~ Ryan Calhoun

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I have osteoarthritis in my knees. And in a roundabout way, my knee pain landed me in the office of a neurologist. A necessary step according to my cautious orthopedic surgeon, so I rolled my eyes (to myself) and dragged my feet all the way to the neurologist’s doorstep. After an MRI and a ... Read More »

MIA’s Tech Students Offer Help to Community

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MIA Tech Tutors discuss a problem. From left: Allesandro Donato, Vincent Piranio, Sean Sorrick, Tina Nash, and Mariana Ruiz Vallejo. Nash is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, who sponsors the group by providing an advisor for meetings.

By Barry Gwinn  A small group of dedicated Marco Island Academy (MIA) techies meets every other Wednesday in Room 106 at MIA. They style the group as Tech Tutoring and will take a shot at fixing most any tech problem that comes to their attention. They are devoted to solving the software problems of anyone who needs help because of ... Read More »

Mackle Park Indoor Programs Move to Family Church

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By Maureen Chodaba The fence is up, the PODS are packed, and the building is going down! The curtain has closed on Mackle Park’s Community Center, the longtime hub of recreation on Marco Island. But the show will go on! Although the outdoor activities will remain much the same throughout the demolition and new construction at the park, the indoor ... Read More »

Realistic Expectations

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you’re interested in improving your game and getting more joy out of your golfing experience, this article is for you. The road to better, more fulfilling golf starts with overcoming unrealistic expectations, that sense within us that builds up pressure from within, making the game more frustrating than it has to be. The ... Read More »

Coupon for FREE CHILD TICKET To Naples Zoo All Labor Day Weekend

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Looking for a great way to spend time with the kids or grandkids this Labor Day weekend? Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is offering a free child ticket with every paid adult ticket. Come meet our new red-ruffed baby lemurs, Fred and George! Children (and adults!) can feed the giraffe herd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Of course, ... Read More »

What Does “Back to School” Mean to You?

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RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND Jory Westberry What memories do the words, “Back to School” tickle in your head? An end to goofing off and feeling so free that when the wind blows through your hair it erases any schedule you had? The time to play was paramount to even eating lunch or dinner when you were called; you dutifully looked ... Read More »

It’s Time to Pay Attention

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry No one is around you to see you, so be honest with these questions. Raise your pinky if you voted in the school board primary election two years ago. I don’t predict many pinkies in the air because about 38,805 out of 185,016 of all Collier County registered voters voted in that ... Read More »

Seeking Comfort

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Me and Mocha on another thunderous afternoon.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My mother still lives in the same home she and my dad bought in 1964. It’s a modest 1920’s bungalow, located on a quiet street, in a rural Iowa town. When they bought the home, they were able to acquire some of the furnishings that were already in it. One such piece was ... Read More »

Meet Rick & Danielle Siegel

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By Maureen Chodaba, RDH A visit to the dentist. The phrase alone can strike fear in the hearts of many. I know. I was a registered dental hygienist in New York State for 33 years before I “retired” to beautiful Marco Island. I remember the apprehension and anxiety of many patients as they entered the office for that necessary but ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Imagination Ball 2017

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By Maureen Chodaba Imagination can be defined as the creative ability of the mind to form images that innovate a vision. Imagine this: An elegant beach pavilion adorned with diamonds and a red carpet, set against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico and a spectacular Marco Island sunset. Imagine a starlit evening of opulence and style. Picture all of ... Read More »