Tag Archives: help

My Surreal Encounter With Angels

This is weird. I no longer trust boat trailers and I think of mangroves as angels. Actually I’ve never thought much about either one. After all, here in Southwest Florida, we see boat trailers all the time. And we take care of our mangroves but we take them for granted. Now my thinking is completely different. About eight o’clock one ... Read More »

Grace Place Launches West Side Challenge

By Maureen Chodaba Grace can be defined as a state of regeneration and betterment bestowed with divine assistance upon those in need. Grace Place for Children and Families is a place where this bestowal of blessings can be witnessed on a daily basis. Started in 2004, this non-profit education center in Golden Gate is dedicated to putting faith into action ... Read More »

Save the Date: Cure PSP Awareness and Memorial Walk

By Jesus Calo Bring your walking shoes for a day of awareness. The 14th Annual Cure PSP Awareness and Memorial Walk hosted by the SW Florida PSP Support Group. Day: Saturday March 18, 2017 Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM Location: Mackle Park, Marco Island Registration: $25 per person, $10 for students. This includes a t-shirt and lunch. PSP is a ... Read More »

Start Planning Today for Future Care

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway The beginning of a new year is a good time to think about getting organized in the legal and financial areas. So when looking for a program for our Alzheimer’s Association memory loss/caregiver support group on Marco Island, I thought about elder law. As a long-distance caregiver for my mother with Alzheimer’s in the late ... Read More »

W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving

Submitted The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations and nonprofits. In a related development, the W-2 scammers are coupling their efforts to steal employee W-2 ... Read More »

How to Handle Identity Theft

By Don Manley It’s important to be armed with knowledge about the scope of identity theft and the steps necessary to prevent it and correct the crime should it occur to you. Those topics were covered in a thorough presentation by Tina Nash of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s Marco office at the identity theft seminar held recently at Wesley United ... Read More »

Deli Fest

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There is something that feels special about eating a good pastrami sandwich and a warm bowl of matzo ball soup. For some of us it makes us recall our childhoods, and our mother or grandmother’s cooking. For folks from New York or New Jersey, where Kosher delicatessens are commonplace, it feels like home. And still ... Read More »

There’s Nothing Like the Joy in Helping a Child, Agreed?

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry When is the last time you noticed the shoes that a child was wearing? Or the way he or she walked? Or whether the shoes were appropriate for the activity? Often, we’re too busy, distracted and we have minimal eye contact, but nothing else; we really don’t look at the whole child ... Read More »

Building Your Financial Team: Who Should Make the Cut?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.”  ~Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) Question: How do I find out if my financial advisor is a fiduciary, and why is that important? Answer: Your question has become more prevalent and relevant recently because the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new rule governing retirement investment accounts ... Read More »

Bird is the Word! Great Blue Heron Released at Tigertail Beach Lagoon

By Maria Lamb  As the song goes, “Don’t you know ‘bout the bird! Well ev’rybody knows that the bird is the word!” The great blue heron made a remarkable recovery from an injury inflicted by a nine-inch fishing lure with treble hooks. Thank you to the staff at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital for the TLC that the bird received ... Read More »

Food Pantry Serves Local Families

Submitted The Marco Island area is lucky to have its own food pantry, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, which serves Marco Island, Goodland and the Isle of Capri. Located at the Family Church Marco at 1450 Winterberry Drive, no one is ever turned away. Families can pick up needed food on the second and fourth Saturday of every month from ... Read More »

Part Three – Steve Gober Takes Over, But He Never Forgets His Dad

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn By the late ‘80s, Stan’s was humming along on all cylinders. Business was good, and in 1990, Steve Gober got married. Five sons were born of the marriage – Michael in 1991, Dylan and Ryan (twins) in 1993, and Zachary in 1996. And then, the wheels started coming off. In 1997, Stan was diagnosed with ... Read More »

Fine February Fishing for the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Well, we made it through the first month of the year and had just a few fronts and wind to deal with in January. Though February generally brings a cold front or two, we sometimes find that they are not as powerful as those that come in January, so hopefully we can all look ... Read More »

Irula Tribesmen and Detector Dogs Help UF/IFAS and FWC Remove Pythons in Florida

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are working together on unique projects to target Burmese pythons in Florida. Two projects include using detection dogs and Irula tribesmen to help remove pythons from environmentally sensitive areas. In their first eight days on the job, the Irula tribesmen ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County 

Officer Plussa was conducting fisheries inspections of shoreline fishermen near the Jolley Bridge when he saw two subjects fishing behind some mangroves. A resource inspection revealed that neither subject possessed a fishing license. One subject provided identifying information to the officer cooperatively while the other provided a series of different number sequences, claiming that they were his driver license number. ... Read More »

Meals of Hope Kicks Off 2017

By Maureen Chodaba  Back in 2007, when Naples resident Stephen Popper was asked to help ship food to a poor school in Haiti, he willingly and enthusiastically accepted the endeavor. But Popper felt a strong urge to help those in his own backyard. In August 2007, a food packing event was held where Popper and a team of volunteers packed ... Read More »

Souper Bowl 2017: A Peek Inside the Bowl

By Don Manley  The time is rapidly approaching for the pouring of succulent piping hot soups from local restaurants to be poured into one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Now in its fifth year, the Souper Bowl raised a record $16,000 last year, up from the previous record of $12,000 in 2015. The event’s ... Read More »

Marco Tennis Team Competes at State Championships

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island YMCA Women’s 18 and over 7.5 combination tennis team recently competed at the USTA National Tennis Center in Orlando, Florida. The women competed against other teams from throughout the state of Florida for the state championship title. There were a total of 18 teams present that weekend. The ladies fought hard, eventually coming in ... Read More »

Sports Were a Small Part of Roger Lalonde, the Man

By Don Manley  Roger LaLonde was known for his love of sports, but that passion was far exceeded by the late journalist and realtor’s desire to lift up his fellow man. The 72-year-old Lely Resort resident passed away on December 16 following a brief illness and after years of covering the sports teams of Marco Island schools and Lely High ... Read More »

Great Blue Heron Released at Tigertail Beach Lagoon

  Bird is the Word by Maria Lamb   As the song goes, “Don’t you know ‘bout the bird! Well ev’rybody knows that the bird is the word!” The Great Blue Heron made a remarkable recovery from an injury inflicted by a 9-inch fishing lure with treble hooks. Our thanks to the staff at the Von Arx Wildlife Hospital for the TLC ... Read More »