Tag Archives: heart

Collier County Embraces Kindness Awareness

By Jory Westberry Having a conversation with Bob Latruba, the supporter of One Million Acts of Kindness and The Kindness Bus is like looking into a gentle heart, filled with compassion and dedication to his cause: Stop Bullying – Be Kind. His mission, ever since the shooting at Virginia Tech on April 17, 2007, is to touch as many lives ... Read More »

Injured Great Blue Heron

By Maria Lamb Since Thanksgiving, an injured great blue heron (GBH) has been walking around Tigertail Beach lagoon with a fishing lure three inches long dangling from its delicate, long neck. This heron is unable to swallow food naturally; it has lost weight, its feathers looking dull and matted and is weaker with each passing day. The heron was a ... Read More »

Marco Island Mattress Welcomes Baby Cash Home for the Holidays

Submitted Baby Cash Macchiarolo is finally home! That is the good news from Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation president, Dianna Dohm. Just over four months old, Cash is home from the hospital. Born prematurely, he has already endured two heart surgeries and experienced several feeding tube changes in his young life. He is the son of local fire fighter, Nicholas ... Read More »

Chamber Celebrates Christmas With Awards Gala

By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island’s Bistro Soleil was a shining star of the season as the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held their Christmas Gala. Guests enjoyed a delicious meal at tables adorned with the creations of Marco Island Florist & Gifts, and danced to the sounds of the Wendy Renee Duo. Sandi Riedemann, executive director of the ... Read More »

Imagination Ball Remembers Dick Shanahan

By Maureen Chodaba  On World Cancer Day, February 4, 2017, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Pavilion will be aglow with the festivities of “Glitz, Glamour & Giving,” the 2017 American Cancer Society Imagination Ball, presented by BMO Wealth Management. Set against the backdrop of a spectacular Marco Island sunset, the guests will make their entrance along the red carpet for ... Read More »

Morocco, Part II A Cultural Treasure

By Ewout Rijk de Vries Driving up to 7,417 feet on a crumbling dirt road in the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains is not for the faint of heart, but it certainly was another highlight on our driving trip through this fascinating country and the Sahara Desert. (Read part one to the story in the Nov. 25 edition of Coastal Breeze ... Read More »

Another Great Place to Dine on Isles of Capri? You Bet!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Thirty-five years ago, Grandpa Mikey Cooper moved his family “lock, stock and barrel” from the Tennessee hills to tropical Isles of Capri. Extended family from Oklahoma pitched in to help rehab “Poor Paul’s Fish Camp,” formerly an original 50s bait, tackle and grocery store, to create the remodeled Pelican Bend restaurant. There ... Read More »

Baby Basics Moves Over 2,200 Cases of Diapers

With the help of more than 25 volunteers, Baby Basics of Collier County (www.BabyBasicsCollier.org)- a volunteer organization that provides free diapers and kindness to over 400 infants and toddlers from low-income, working families in Collier County and Bonita Springs – moved over 2,200 cases of diapers to its 10 distribution sites on November 30. “As a 100% volunteer-driven organization, we ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Happy Thanksgiving…

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »