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Marco Island Chosen to Host Traveling Vietnam Wall Again

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Mark your calendars. The traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is headed back to Marco Island for a repeat exhibition Feb. 11-16, 2015. Dubbed “The Wall That Heals,” the wall first came to the island in December 2011 and was visited by more than 16,000 people in four days. “This is probably the most honorable thing that could happen to Marco Island,” says Lee Rubenstein, current commander of the American Legion Post 404-Marco Island and the person responsible for bringing the wall back. “To be chosen a second time is quite an honor.” “The Wall That ... Read More »

Keeping Florida Wild: Thank You for Voting Yes to Amendment 1

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Florida, a sensitive and dynamic peninsula, unique in its habitat, wildlife and hydrology in the world, is the third most populous state in the nation. From the outcome of the election, it apparently has a majority of very wise people who hope to allow the next generation by providing clean water and protection to natural lands and wildlife. With a population that has doubled in 10 years to 20 million and predicted to be 30 million in the next 35 years, the overwhelming approval to keep Florida wild was an amazing historical decision made ... Read More »

The Art of Seeing

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com “What I have not drawn, I have never really seen.” — Frederick Franck, “The Zen Of Seeing”   I recently visited my dear friend, Barbara Sills, who lives in the Orlando area. There’s lots going on in Orlando — all the time — and Barbara is never at a loss when it comes to trying new and interesting things. In fact, she’s downright intrepid. I’ve known Barbara nearly 40 years, and she still never ceases to surprise me. Although I try to expect the unexpected, my friend managed to thoroughly gob-smack me on this last ... Read More »

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In The End

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Atul Gawande Henry Holt (sold by MacMillan), 2014 300 pages. Genre: Medical Nonfiction “If end-of-life discussions were an experimental drug, the FDA would approve it.” — “Being Mortal.” The author is a general surgeon practicing in the Boston area, who has written previous books about medical practice (“Better,” “Complications,” “The Checklist Manifesto”). His name may be familiar to you. In “Being Mortal,” he is opening a conversation about how we deal with not just end-of-life issues but also debility and decline in our well-being. “‘Being Mortal’ is about the struggle to cope with the ... Read More »

Should You Buy a Telescope?

Facing South, looking straight up, 6 AM, Nov, 28. If you want to see Jupiter, 
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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net As you are walking the dog this morning, take a look straight up (the zenith). The lack of early evening planets continues, but you can see Jupiter rising around midnight and is high in the sky by dawn not far from the bright star Regulus. This is the time of year when everyone asks me, “What kind of telescope should I buy for my spouse/child/grandchild?” The quick answer is none. Take the money set aside for a telescope and purchase binoculars instead. There are two reasons for this. First, the expectations of what ... Read More »

Lunch and Learn Series at Rookery

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its monthly “Lunch & Learn Lecture Series” lineup, which kicks off at noon on Nov. 4 with “Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors.” Using costume and character, literary historian Betty Jean Steinshouer will portray three authors in 15-minute segments. First will be Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to North Florida in 1866 after the Civil War. Act Two will feature Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who fell in love with Florida after arriving at Cross Creek in 1928, where she wrote “The Yearling.” Finally, the audience will meet Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the first to ... Read More »

St. Matthew’s House Thanksgiving Food Drive

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors, with the assistance of realtor Bill Filbin, delivered 70 trays of food to St. Matthew’s House Shelter last Thanksgiving. It was made possible through the generosity of islanders who prepared food and brought it to the Board of Realtors office. From there, Bill loaded up vans for delivery to St. Matthew’s House. Bill is requesting your assistance this Thanksgiving again. “You can contact Kandy at the Board of Realtor’s office to pick up an aluminum tray with cover. We ask that the trays are brought to the office ... Read More »

Slow Down as Manatees Swim to Warmer Waters

Manatee zone markings are increased during winter months.

Submitted The annual migration of Florida manatees to warmer waters begins in November, which is Manatee Awareness Month. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages boaters to help protect migrating manatees by looking out and slowing down for these aquatic mammals that often rest or congregate underwater and can be difficult to see. “During Manatee Awareness Month, the FWC encourages the public to celebrate manatees by learning more about these gentle giants, including the importance of people’s actions in conserving this iconic Florida species,” said Carol Knox, the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management section leader. “Boaters slowing down and ... Read More »

Marco Relay for Life Places 5th in State

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Submitted The leadership committee of the 2015 Relay For Life of Marco Island attended a training workshop on November 8 at the Estero Community Center. At the workshop, the committee received a recognition award banner for being the 5th largest fundraising Relay For Life in 2014 for the state of Florida. Pictured with the banner are (left to right) 2015 event chair Jamie Bergen, Maureen Chodaba, Loni Atton, Judy Mayo, Jessica Hernstadt, Sue Olszak, Lisa Honig, Cathy Nelson, and Brandon Glanville. The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event in the fight against cancer. This global event ... Read More »

Phase II Sales Open at The Isles of Collier Preserve

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Minto Communities has opened home sales in the next phase of The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. For a limited time, pre-grand opening pricing is available on the first release of homes in phase II. As part of the phase II launch, Minto is introducing a new collection of luxury paired villas and single-family home designs. Five paired-villa designs start from the mid-$300s, and nine luxury single-family home designs are priced from the $400s to more than $1 million. A new Model Court showcasing the new collections is scheduled to open early next year. ... Read More »

You Had Me at Merlot

After tasting the evening’s featured wine just hours before the event, Executive Chef Laura Owen said she spent the afternoon raiding her pantry at CJ’s to come up with the perfect appetizer.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Marco Island Florist and Gifts partnered with Executive Chef Laura Owen of CJ’s on the Bay to host a wine tasting and food pairing event free to the public. The shop was filled with guests socializing, sipping wine, tasting food and shopping; it was their first Wine Wednesday with hopes of many more to come. “We just wanted to do something different on Marco, and no one else is doing a free wine tasting,” said Tracy Bower, marketing specialist for Marco Island Florist and Gifts. The evening’s featured wine was a Mark ... Read More »

Happy Birthday Big Cypress!

In 1974, Congress established Big Cypress National Preserve as America’s first National Preserve. The area was saved through a grassroots effort to halt the construction of a massive jetport project, ensuring that the Big Cypress Swamp would be protected and enjoyed for generations. Join the National Park Service and its partners on Dec. 5 and 6 to celebrate this special place. The celebration begins Friday, Dec. 5, at the Big Cypress Birthday Bash in Naples with live music and dancing to the JJ McCoy Band, 7-10 PM, on the grounds of the Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail East. Ticket ... Read More »

Newcomers Luncheon

Newcomers-turned-models for the day include (top row, l-r) Karen Lombardi, Rose Kraemer, Luisa Maldonado-Stiers and Pat Hagedorn. Bottom row left to right is Kathy Bressan, Pat Petrella, Maureen Chodaba and Eve Connolly.

By Pat Newman The Newcomers Club welcomed its snowbirds back to the flock last week with an elegant luncheon and fashion show at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. “It was a wonderful luncheon and a time to catch up with old friends,” said Luisa Maldonado-Stiers, club historian and publicist. More than 100 women descended on the hotel for their seasonal reunion. The Newcomers Club has 235 members, two-thirds of which are “snowbirds,” according to Stiers. The event marked the “kick-off” for the 2014-15 calendar of social and service events on Marco Island. The fashion portion of the luncheon showcased ... Read More »

Fourth Florida Panther Festival

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Submitted The fourth annual Florida Panther Festival — Saturday, Nov. 15, at North Collier Regional Park in Naples — offers interesting and fun opportunities to learn all about Florida’s State Animal and one of the most endangered mammals on planet Earth, the Florida panther. The festival is a free, family-friendly event designed to shed light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through unique interactive activities such as presentations by panther biologists, a Living with Wildlife Pavilion, nature walks, children’s activities, a rural backyard demonstration, exhibits by conservation agencies, live music, storytelling, entertainment, vendors, food and much more. On ... Read More »

Inaugural Guardian Anglers Tournament raises $40,000

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Submitted The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida jointly hosted the inaugural Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8. The two-day event engaged local anglers and supporters in a catch-and-release challenge and fundraiser, reeling in a total of $40,000 to benefit both organizations. “We are pleased to work with so many generous donors and sponsors in our community,” said Friends of Rookery Bay president Craig Seibert. “Now, more than ever, support from the community is critical in ensuring our coastal resources are protected for future generations.” During Saturday’s tournament, anglers photographed and documented all snook, ... Read More »

Investor, Know Thyself

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates Question: As a retiree, I’m concerned about the recent market volatility. How will this and all the uncertainty in the world affect my investments and financial future? What are your thoughts? Answer: You’re not alone with your concerns. Ebola, ISIS, Russia, falling oil prices, and slowing global growth, all contribute to economic uncertainty. The market has reacted in the short-term with fear. During the second week of October 2014, broad markets reversed their upward trend down sharply from recent highs. This change sparked activity ... Read More »

GPS, Google Maps, To and From, etc.

By Pat Newman Thank God for my Cub Scout Leader’s training, or I would be abysmally lost in this tech-savvy world. Give me a compass, map, or a night sky with a guiding star, and I can travel from point A to point B. Tell me to log onto Google maps or follow my GPS (Goofy Piloting Set-Up), and you will need to follow-up with an APB (All Points Bulletin). I have tried to navigate with impersonal voices telling me where to turn and printed directions sending me down streets under construction. It’s a hit or miss situation. Just the ... Read More »

Veterans Day Celebration

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Veterans Day — Tuesday, Nov. 11 — marks a day of remembrance for many Marco Islanders. On this day, the Marco Island Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6370, will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 11 AM at Veterans Memorial Park. This time of day — 11 AM —represents the day and hour of the signing of the armistice ending World War I. Organizations taking part in the program include: Marco Island American Legion Post 404; the Marco Island Strummers; Marco Island Police Department; Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department; the US Coast Guard Auxiliary; Civil Air Patrol; Marco area Boy ... Read More »

Donald Sunshine: A Goodland Retrospective

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Goodland, its history and its famous cottages are the subjects of a new art exhibit sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Dubbed “Architectural Water Colors of Historic Goodland,” the exhibit features more than 50 water colors and pen and ink sketches by retired architect and Virginia Tech professor Donald Sunshine, along with historical commentary by local author Betsy Perdichizzi. The exhibit opens with a reception on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 5-7 PM, at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Visitors will be able to browse through the exhibit until Dec. 31. “We went a couple ... Read More »

Flag Football Sundays on Marco

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By Meghan Bonos If you look at the Mackle Park fields on a Sunday morning, you may think you’re watching an NFL game preview. Is that the Philadelphia Eagles playing the Denver Broncos? No, you are seeing the Optimist Club of Marco Island’s (OCMI) newly developed Flag Football program. With more than 40 kids from around the island, the OCMI Flag Football program has become an exciting morning of long passes and touchdowns for kids and parents to enjoy together. “The fields are buzzing with excitement on a Sunday morning. There’s music, kids high-fiving, a National Anthem sung by some ... Read More »