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Conservancy hosts Fracking Summit

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice and the Center for Biological Diversity will host the Florida Fracking Summit on Wednesday, Nov. 2at the Florida Gulf Coast University Cohen Center in Fort Myers. Free and open to the public, the summit will address hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” and its impact on the environment and Southwest Florida’s natural resources. Current oil and gas laws allow hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other chemical treatments that present a risk to water supplies, to occur with minimal regulations and without a permit. Florida’s first Fracking Summit will educate guests on ... Read More »

Gatsby Gala to benefit FGCU students

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Young professionals in Southwest Florida are invited to a ball to benefit Florida Gulf Coast University students who have overcome major life obstacles. The Great Gatsby Gala will be the first fundraising ball held exclusively for Southwest Florida’s young professionals. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. until midnight at The Knickerbocker of Naples, 2225 23rd St., S.W., Naples. In addition to raising funds for the students through the FGCU Foundation’s Dr. Bart S. and Peggy I. Cuderman Endowed Scholarship, the event will include the presentation of a Young Professional of the Year Award. Sponsorship ... Read More »

Early Childhood Program Receives 5 Stars

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The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida recently awarded the Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program with 5 Stars through its Southwest Florida Stars Program.  This is the Coalition’s highest rating and “reflects the quality of care your program offers to children, day in and day out,” the group’s announcement states. Southwest Florida Stars evaluates programs on six child care center quality standards that include learning environments and classroom interactions, health and safety, screening assessment and curriculum, professional development and staff qualifications, family and community relationships, and professional responsibility. The voluntary program rates child care centers through a process of site ... Read More »

Baby Basics of Collier County

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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 and is celebrating its six millionth diaper donated this year – will host its 9th annual Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show on Friday, November 4. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m The Baby Basics Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show will feature delicious food, local models, a showing of fall’s latest fashions by Wildflower and J&K Collections and stunning jewelry by Bigham Jewelers. The event will also feature silent auction with the chance to ... Read More »

Venomous Reptile Regulations

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At its Sept. 8 meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft rule changes to existing venomous reptile regulations to improve public safety. These draft rules strengthen biosecurity requirements by requiring more secure enclosures to minimize the risk of escapes to the public and native environment. Commissioners also approved further action by FWC’s captive wildlife section by continuing Technical Assistance Group meetings in order to listen to the public and stakeholders and to recommend future actions such as education, amnesty options and new training requirements. FWC captive wildlife staff was directed by the Commission ... Read More »

Zika: What You Need to Know

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff According to the Centers for Disease Control, from January 2015 to September 7, 2016, the number of cases of the Zika virus in the United States reached 2,964. In Florida alone there were 614 cases during that time period. As the numbers of people infected with the Zika virus grows, questions arise about the disease and how to prevent it. How Zika Spreads There is no risk of catching Zika from social contact, including touching, sneezing or coughing. Zika can be transmitted through: • Mosquito bites • From a pregnant woman to her fetus • ... Read More »

BEAUTIFICATION ADVISORY COMMITTE

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Submitted  The City of Marco Island’s Beautification Advisory Committee has eight-$100 dollar free vouchers for residents who want to improve the cul-de-sacs in their neighborhood. Property owners on Marco Island are encouraged to initiate and maintain cul-de-sac landscape improvements to enhance the streetscape environment of their neighborhood. The process is simple. Pick up the “Cul-de-Sac Landscaping & Permitting Guide” at City Hall (Public Works Department), fill out a right-of-way permit, and follow the instructions on the guide. The permitting fee will be waived. The plant species options that can be used, and that are described in the brochure, are low or no water ... Read More »

Active Shooter Scenario Run, Hide or Fight

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Submitted Feel the heat, enjoy the burn and join good times at Marco Island’s 4th Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook Off. Each year this event gets bigger and better with more than a dozen competitors showing off top-notched signature chili dishes. New this year, participants can augment their chili judging by selecting the best craft beer from a Southwest Florida Brew Crafters and by listening to a live performance of the Ben Allen Band. Ben and the boys play their special brand of South Florida country with hits including “Small Town Cowboy.” Chili and beer winners will be decided by ... Read More »

Sisbarro Acting School to Open

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By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Gina Sisbarro wears many hats. She’s a playwright, an author, a public speaker, a ghost tour operator, and most recently the creator of Marco’s premiere acting school. Gina’s newest venture, Sisbarro Acting School, is set to open on Marco Island come October. The school will offer five different six-week courses that are geared for both adults and children of all different acting levels. Courses will take place at the Rose History Auditorium. For the past 20 years Gina has been directing youth and teen theater on Marco Island. The idea for an acting school ... Read More »

Conserve Today, Enjoy Tomorrow

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By Don Manley The time is now for creating a framework to preserve one of the world’s most precious resources, its freshwater reserves, in Florida and worldwide. That was the message delivered by long-time environmental and science journalist and author Cynthia Barnett during her lecture entitled “Blue Revolution, A Water Ethic for Florida,” held recently at the Rose History Auditorium. “Water has become the most degraded ecosystem in the U.S., which I know can be hard to understand in one of the country’s wettest places” said Barnett, who teaches environmental journalism, and nature and adventure writing at the University of ... Read More »

Golf is Back in Season

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This fall promises to be a busy one for golfers with the number of fundraising golf tournaments scheduled so far. Plan ahead and reserve your foursomes early, as many of these events have been known to sell out. All tournaments start at 7:30 AM with registration or check in and breakfast followed by an 8:30 AM start time. Police Foundation 13th Annual Golf Tournament  October 1, Marco Island Country Club All proceeds benefit the Marco Police Foundation Scholarship Police Emergency Fund. Presented by CJ’s on the Bay. The cost is $125 per person. Includes golf ... Read More »

Hero House Gives Military Family a Marco Vacation

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By Samantha Husted When Marco Island resident Brandi Tramazzo created the Hero House Foundation for Recovering Warriors in 2015 she had just one goal in mind: to give back to the servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives to our country. The organization aims to provide vacation homes for military personnel that have recently returned home from deployment. Brandi’s mission is founded on a simple premise, to give military members and their families, most of whom have been separated for months, a chance to relax and spend time together. “You want to change the world?” said Brandi Tramazzo. “Then ... Read More »

Getting to Know Marco Island’s City Council Candidates, Part 1

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By Steve “Stef” Stenfanides When voters go to the polls on November 8th this year they will be electing men and women that will hold offices ranging from the highest in the land to that of local school boards. On Marco Island, residents will also be voting to fill four city council seats. Those seats are either being vacated by a sitting member or by members running for re-election. This year Councilman Larry Sacher has chosen to not stand for re-election and will be stepping down.  Councilmen Ken Honecker, Larry Honig and Amadeo Petricca are seeking a second and final ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers – September Hiatus

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Submitted Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIWI) thanks Joanne Tailele for her August 10th presentation on loglines and pitches. MIWI is taking some time off, and there will be no September meeting. MIWI will be back in October with a panel presentation on First Page Critique. In the meanwhile, everyone is invited to visit MIWI postings on the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce blog (www.marcoislandchamber.org/blog). In addition to information about the group, each week of the summer a book title written by a member is featured. Check out Marco Island Writers, Inc. on the new Marco Island, Fl app, sponsored by ... Read More »

Dementia with Lewy Bodies or is it Parkinson’s?

Tips for caregivers of DLB patients from the Mayo Clinic include speaking clearly, simply, and slowly, giving one direction at a time not rushing the result,
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Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway If you’ve not heard of a Dementia with Lewy Bodies, or DLB, you’re in good company. In my experience many have never heard of it, or if they have, know little about it. First of all, it has a funny name and second, its symptoms are varied, not always well defined, and can come and go. But we need to learn about DLB as it is often considered the third most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. Symptoms of DLB include difficulty sleeping, loss of smell, and visual hallucinations that often precede ... Read More »

Hands Are For Helping

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island’s first Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run will take place on October 15 to benefit The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. The name of the 5K is a reference to The Shelter’s “Hands Are for Helping Not For Hitting” Program, a violence prevention program for Pre-K through first grade, where children learn non-aggressive ways to deal with anger. The Shelter serves the community in many ways, through providing an emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and education. In addition to supporting fundraising efforts, one of the main goals of the Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run is to ... Read More »

Everything We Keep

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This is an engaging read for an afternoon or evening of escapism. Kerry Lonsdale is a relatively new writer, with a straight forward style. She has a knack for character description that draws the reader into the story almost immediately. I knew I was going to like Aimee Tierney and her parents by page three of this book. Aimee is a 29-year-old woman who has to attend the funeral and burial of her childhood sweetheart and fiancée James Donato on what should have been their wedding day. We are introduced to her while she is sobbing her ... Read More »

Public Speaking Class Added

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Submitted Due to the popularity of this summer’s new Public Speaking Class, the Education Department of The Naples Players is pleased to announce the formation of new class for the fall. The class will meet for eight consecutive Tuesday evening sessions from September 20 to November 8. Classes run from 7 PM to 10 PM. In addition to a variety of weekly on-your-feet exercises, instructor Randall Kenneth Jones has included a book club segment: a group exploration of TED TALKS by Chris Anderson. The curriculum will also include lessons learned from Jones’s time spent with high-profile public speaking virtuosos such ... Read More »

New BAC Program

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Submitted Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) brought its newest program to Camp Mackle on August 4. BAC members brought the beach to campers in grades 1-2 and 3-5, teaching them that “keeping the beach healthy” is as easy as A-B-C. Elaine Lancaster, BAC educational outreach program coordinator, presented “beach etiquette” in an easy-to-understand format, which was both age appropriate and kid-friendly. The campers enjoyed the hands-on crafts, which were meant to further enhance their beach experience, while away from the beach. For a “show and tell,” BAC member Katie O’Hara brought samples of plastic straws collected from beach cleanups, ... Read More »

September Awareness – A Look Beyond the Ribbons

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By Maureen Chodaba Throughout the calendar year, there is a cancer awareness theme for almost every month. These themes are usually marketed with the images of colorful ribbons. For September, a teal ribbon is the symbol of ovarian cancer awareness, while thyroid cancer awareness is represented by a teal, pink and blue combination ribbon. As a cancer survivor, I have mixed emotions about the use of these pretty ribbons to depict a disease that is anything but pretty. Although I applaud the marketing outreach, which has indeed been effective in spreading the word, I prefer to experience awareness by embracing ... Read More »