Tag Archives: help

Keller Williams Realtors’ Efforts Will Benefit Many

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The term “We Are Family” truly has meaning at the Keller Williams Realty firm. When the plight of little Jenny Sagan, whose mom and dad are realtors at the firm, became known to Sandy Sims and her team leader Cindy Griesse they sprang into action to assist the family. Together, with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, ... Read More »

Reminiscing and Smiling

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Sitting around for coffee the other morning we were talking about challenges facing the community and across the bridge just off the island. The conversation was wide ranging and involved a great many topics, some very serious and others a little more lighthearted. Having owned here for 30 years and living fulltime on ... Read More »

Searching for a Searcher

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  A RFP (Request for Proposal) has been sent out by the city to acquire the services of an executive search firm to begin the process of hiring a new city manager for the community. Former City Manager Roger Hernstadt tended his letter of resignation on February 6 to be effective on July 7, 2017, however council ... Read More »

Book Club Does More Than Read Books Barbara Dines would be pleased

By Barry Gwinn Barbara Dines and her husband Tom moved to Marco Island in 2007. Barbara brought along her love of reading, which was nurtured as a college English major and as an elementary school teacher in Colorado. Upon arrival, the Dines joined the Newcomers Club on the island and soon made many friends. Among them were Cindy MacQuarrie and ... Read More »

Kiwanians Partner With Knitters For Kids

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Kiwanis is an international organization with over 600,000 members, which annually raises over $100 million dollars and contributes over 18.5 million volunteer hours doing charitable and fundraising activities to help strengthen communities and assist children worldwide. The organization was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1915 and now extends to over 80 nations. Their goal is simple: ... Read More »

I’m Just Wild About Stars and Candy…

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “Stars on the Water” and Candy Morgan, that is. Eleven years ago, Candy Morgan visited me (the principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary at the time) with a proposal for an after-school support program for second graders called “Stars on the Water.” The original inspiration came from Reverend Kyle Bennett at St. Mark’s ... Read More »

Cool Running – Keep Your Engine Cool

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  My neighbors were out fishing in the gulf one sunny afternoon and as the wind kicked up they decided to head back to the dock. The waves were beginning to build and their 21-foot Pursuit plowed through the waves smartly. Then they heard a beeping sound, obviously an alarm of some sort, but they did ... Read More »

Clinical Trials – Hope for a Cure

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Alzheimer’s disease is probably high on our list of something we don’t want to experience for ourselves or for a loved one. Yet some of us are or have been caregivers. Some of us may have memory loss and are worried about getting worse. Whatever our situation, if past midlife, you’re probably hoping for a ... Read More »

What Should Be in Your Boat’s Emergency Kit?

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Going out on the boat can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous if you aren’t prepared. Besides having lifejackets for everyone, you should always have an emergency kit handy and available at a moment’s notice. First Aid Kit If a serious injury happens on the boat, you could be ... Read More »

Patriot Golf Day

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org On Saturday, March 12th Hideaway Beach Club hosted their 3rd Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running a Patriot Golf Day. Dan Rooney is the founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a PGA of America member, ... Read More »

PACE’s “Throw a Girl a Lifeline” 

Over 400 men, women, PACE girls and honored guests attended the Annual “Throw a Girl a Lifeline” luncheon and fundraiser at the Naples Grande Beach Resort on March 3, raising over $95,000 for PACE Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee. “Thank you to all of our supporters and to everyone who contributed to making this years ‘Throw a Girl a ... Read More »

Citizen-Scientist for Horseshoe Crabs

Spring is approaching and that means it is peak mating season for horseshoe crabs. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public to report horseshoe crab sightings. Horseshoe crabs mate year-round, and spring is the peak season to see them in groups along the shore. To identify mating pairs, look for a smaller male ... Read More »

First Florida Integrity 8th Annual Charity Golf

First Florida Integrity Bank announced today that $110,000 was raised at their Eighth Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Hideout Golf Club in December. The proceeds will be split evenly between Collier Child Care Resources and New Horizons of SWFL. “We are delighted with the success of this year’s tournament. The resounding results would not have been possible if not ... Read More »

Tour de Marco 7 Sets Record

By Scott Shook A record crowd for Tour de Marco 7 equated to record fundraising for the Marco Y as riders enjoyed perfect weather while discovering Marco Island by bicycle, Sunday morning, February 26. “We had 253 participants and raised $6,000 for the Marco Y,” said Steve Reynolds, the director of this year’s tour. The previous record attendance was 200 ... Read More »

Nautical Flea Market – More Than Just Bargains

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Water sports are a huge part of the allure of Marco Island, and as such, anything that is related to getting out on the water has a certain mystique to it. In 2003, the then-commodore of the Marco Island Yacht Club, Dave Besuden had a vision for teaching children the ability to sail. He recognized the ... Read More »

The Truth About Red Tide

Submitted Nothing ruins a beautiful Southwest Florida beach day like red tide. But what causes red tide and is there anything we can do to prevent it? Collier County Pollution Control wants to help the public understand the truth about Florida red tide and to debunk some of the myths that are out there about this phenomenon. Rhonda Watkins, principal ... Read More »

Walking for a Cure

By Jesus Calo Fighting against a disease with no known cure can feel overwhelming, but hope is far from lost. It is thanks to loyal donors and local community leaders bringing awareness to diseases such as Progressive Supranucluear Palsy (PSP) that gains motivation to continue funding and searching for effective treatment. Later this month, on March 18, the SW Florida ... Read More »

Construction Projects Begin

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It seems no matter where you go on Marco Island there are friends waiting! What a wonderful place to vacation, to spend the winter or just to socialize! There is always something happening and friends waiting to greet you. The “Islands Town Hall Meeting” went very well, but next year we will have to remember not ... Read More »

Fundraisers Embrace Art & Entertainment

Submitted The oldest non-profit community theater on Marco Island kicks off its 42nd season with its first-ever fundraisers celebrating the art of music and theater. Two fundraising events are planned this season: Donors are invited to join our “Cast of Caricatures” mural. Your caricature will come to life by fine artist Karen Swanker. “This is a unique and entertaining way ... Read More »

Burrowing Owls Looking for Love

By Maria Lamb Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but love is in the air for Marco Island’s burrowing owls! According to Jean Hall, project manager of Marco’s Owl Watch Program, “Burrowing owls have started pairing up as early as December and into January and February. You’ll also notice a lot of digging at the burrows. Before laying eggs ... Read More »