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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 »

The House of Horrors – Part 1

Carol Glassman’s kitchen, where serious  leaks from the roof caused major damage. PHOTOS BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman This is not just one of those spooky fantasies about a haunted house where terrible things happen and you are afraid to walk around; it’s a true story about a rather nice house, where terrible things happened, enough to make you walk out, heartbroken. The story isn’t really unusual, nor is it unfortunately, unique. Almost everyone who has suffered through home repairs probably has a similar tale of woe, but as you follow this one over the weeks, you may understand why I felt it needed to be shared with the public as a “consumer beware” saga. ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera Brings Opera to SW Florida Gala to feature Samuel Ramey and Michael Fabiano

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By Randall Kenneth Jones Steffanie Pearce’s true passion goes on display when discussing the joy of the human voice: “Opera expresses the human condition in a visceral, emotional way. It moves and inspires people.” And opera certainly inspired Pearce. In an attempt to bring the art form to a larger local audience, Pearce launched Gulfshore Opera in 2014. It’s not difficult to see why. Chat with Pearce about her love of opera and you hear it in her voice; you see it in her eyes. Yes, her heart sings. With Gulfshore Opera, Pearce immediately set out to reach as many ... Read More »

Art Flicks Schedule

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts Third Annual Art Flicks program, featuring foreign, independent and “art” films, has begun. All films are shown at 10 AM at Marco Movies, located at 599 South Collier Boulevard in Marco Island. Admission is free, and the program includes lively discussions concerning the films and the art of film. The theme for 2016 is “Food, Glorious Food.” Upcoming films are: February 16, 2016: “Kings of Pastry.” Contenders seek France’s highest honor in the sublime art of patisserie, employing vast amounts of sugar, butter and eggs- not to mention adrenaline- to create gorgeous, ... Read More »

Museum Celebrates Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

Submitted The 12th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival begins Tuesday, February 23 at the Everglades Isle, 803 Collier Ave, Everglades City. The festival continues through Feb. 27 at the Museum of the Everglades, 105 West Broadway in Everglades City. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival is an annual five-day celebration of the Everglades and Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ legacy, encompassing daily activities, programs, workshops and presentations bringing together specialists and professionals who share enthusiasm for the Glades. All activities are designed for the entire family. Best known for her work “Everglades: River of Grass,” first published in 1947, author, journalist and environmental ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE

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Once a year the Knights of Columbus hold a nationwide fund raiser for those individuals that are physical and/or mentally challenged. This is better known as “The Tootsie Roll Drive”, where Knights stand up outside the various local businesses and give out tootsie rolls to children and adults alike. Most patrons put a small donation in a small metal can ranging from pennies to $100 dollar bills. This is done in all 50 States in over 3000 communities where Knights are present. Marco Island is blessed to have citizens with a big heart that always support this fund raiser, and ... Read More »

Gritty Goodlanders Rally to Revive Lifeless Resident Use County-donated defibrillator to save life

JoAnn and Don Methner. JoAnn’s prompt action got things off to a good start.

By Barry Gwinn This reporter has written a two-part article for this paper, chronicling the development of one of Goodland’s gems – the Drop Anchor Mobile Home Park. Part two appears in today’s edition in Goodland Life. This story relates to what those folks did on Sunday, January 24, 2016. It may change forever how we think of and care for the many retirees in our Southwest Florida communities. This story begins back on February 19, 2013, when Dr. Greg Bello, a retired maxillofacial surgeon, was elected president of the Goodland Civic Association (GCA). Bello well knew the dangers of ... Read More »

Goodland Celebrates 32nd Mullet Fest

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Another year and another Buzzard Lope Queen (and princess) has been crowned. That’s right, Mullet Fest was back at Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland for the 32nd year in a row. The three-day long event was comprised of live music, dancing, drinking—lots of drinking, fried mullet, Stan’s famous Buzzard Punch cocktail, and of course, the crowning of the Buzzard Lope Queen. The Buzzard Lope Queen ceremony is a very serious matter. It takes dedication, coordination and most importantly, heart to win the coveted title. This year the competition was fierce. Over thirty hopefuls were dressed to ... Read More »

Outdoor Chalk Art Event

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its annual outdoor sidewalk Chalk Art event on January 30, 2016 from 2-5 PM. The event is free, and everyone who is young or young at heart is invited. Participating artists feature their works on the parking area around the Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Materials, and even assistance, will be provided by the Center for the Arts. This year, Lee Horton, one of the artists working with the Center, will coordinate, offer assistance and work with the artists to help them create their chalk ... Read More »