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Collier County Cities Ranked Among Best Performing for Job Creation and Retention

Naples, Immokalee and Marco Island have been ranked 15th on the Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities Report. The area soared 45 spots from 60th in 2014. “Exceptional performance on job and recent wage growth fueled this rise up in the rankings. It ranks third for job gains in 2014, experiencing growth of 10 percent over the past five years,” according to the report. “The region also ranked second for wage increases on the one-year measure.” The nonpartisan economic think tank looks at job creation, wage gains and technology trends that shape current and potential patterns for growth as part of ... Read More »

Kittle Raises the Bar

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Submitted Marco Island’s top producer, Donna Kittle, began 2016 with confidence as she in transitioned to RE/MAX Affinity Plus’ state-of-the-art café office located in the heart of the hotel district across from the Hilton Hotel at the Marco Walk! “It was a HUGE decision for me to make!” said Donna. “However, my professional lifestyle as well as my goal to continue to deliver five star personalized customer service and satisfaction have been elevated. RE/MAX is a leading brokerage on the island and is in the process of expanding its presence on Marco. With its global brand name recognition, prime position ... Read More »

YMCA Red Carpet Affair

From left: Dianna Dohm, Alex Elaty and Deborah Passero at the YMCA Red Carpet Affair.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Saturday, January 23, 2016 was a special night for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. A Red Carpet Affair was held at Hideaway Beach Club to raise funds for the organization. The formal event was set up like a Hollywood-style event, with photographers and a red carpet greeting guests as they entered. Mutual of Omaha’s Dianna Dohm acted in tribute to Joan Rivers- announcing guests and asking about their fashion choices for the evening. John Ritchie caught it all on camera, paparazzi-style. Throughout the night guests danced and socialized in the lavishly decorated room. YMCA CEO ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief

Officer Josh Ferris, left, receives his Policeman of the Year award from Marco Police Foundation
President Curt Koon and Police Chief Al Schettino. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Josh Ferris had no idea that he was going to be front and center at the recent Lunch with the Chief sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation. But Ferris was indeed in the spotlight, having been named the organization’s Policeman of the Year for 2015 at the event, held at the Hideaway Beach Club. In announcing the selection, Marco Police Chief Al Schettino said the process is always a difficult one because of his staff’s dedication and hard work. He said Ferris has been with the department since 2012, is working towards a bachelors degree at ... Read More »

My Name Is Lucy Barton

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Elizabeth Strout Random House, January 2016, 193 pages Genre: Domestic fiction This book is not for everyone, but if you liked “Olive Kitteridge,” by this same author (which won her a Pulitzer), or “Someone,” by Alice McDermott, chances are that you will enjoy this book immensely. It is a masterpiece, a book that you know you will re-read and notice nuances that you missed on your first visit with these people. I read it in one sitting, too engrossed to put the book down. Plus, it is less than 200 pages. Lucy Barton is a ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS: Rachael Pietrini Klein

Rachael at the National Mall Reflection Pool on her Honor Flight visit.

By Maggie Gust Rachael Pietrini served in the WAVES November 1943 to March 1946 as a yeoman third class but prior to that served her country as a civil servant in the U.S. Department of the Navy. Shortly after the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) were instituted, Rachael expressed to her supervisor, a rear admiral, that she wanted to enlist. He quipped that at 90-some pounds, she was “A ripple, not a WAVE,” and gave her a glowing recommendation. Born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Rachael was the youngest of five children born to Italian immigrant parents. After ... Read More »

Discovering Your Way: How We Learn From Nature

Lee Memorial Hospital staff participates in a leadership exercise. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Humans…the dominant species on the planet. We have evolved to a point that we don’t have to rely on other animals for our own wellbeing. We’ve gone from being hunters to farmers to producers of artificial substitutes for food. We’ve domesticated other species to provide nourishment for ourselves. Our social structure now demands that we depend on each other to maintain a sense of community, a balance among ourselves. Skills and instincts that we once had are now less valued. There is a hierarchy of managers, middle managers and laborers now, and the relationships among ... Read More »

MIA Boys Finish Fourth Season, Find Growth With New Coach

Omar Rodriguez (14) breaks up a Canterbury HS attack. Juan Redondo (9) looks on. PHOTO BY PAULA RAGAN

By Barry Gwinn The MIA boys’ soccer team ended the regular season with losses against Seacrest and Gateway Charter. On January 6, at Winterberry Park, after giving up two goals, Omar Rodriguez scored on a free kick, followed with a goal by Collin McMullen (assist – Logan Cross). The Seacrest defense stopped the Rays the rest of the way. Final score Rays 2, Seacrest, 4. At Gateway on January 7, the Rays took a shellacking, on the short end of a 2 to 10 score. Jordan Barrett scored on a free kick and Collen McMullen did some fancy dribbling through ... Read More »

Why New Year’s Resolutions Really Matter, Part One

(L to R) GET MORE SLEEP, Dr. Laura Nowosielski, Family Medicine. CUT BACK ON ALCOHOL, Dr. Doris Corey, Family Medicine. QUIT SMOKING, Dr. Richard Roland, Pulmonology

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Well, we’re just a week or so after the dropping of the ball in Times Square—as well as the dropping of countless New Year’s Resolutions by seemingly well-intentioned Southwest Floridians. I have to be honest, I have been guilty of losing sight of my best intentions not long after settling into the next calendar year. Legend has it that New Year’s Resolutions date back to the Babylonians. Babylonia was an ancient Semitic state and cultural region based in central-southern Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). The Babylonians reportedly made promises to the gods in hopes they’d earn good favor in the ... Read More »

Father and Son Veterans Harold and Ray Rosenberg

U.S. Army Veteran Ray Rosenberg today.

By Margaret Gust Harold Rosenberg served in WWII, U.S. Army 99th Infantry, June 1944 to December 1945. Ray Rosenberg served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1986, rose from PFC to Lieutenant Colonel, with two tours of duty in Vietnam, 1968 and 1971. The son of a toolmaker, Harold was born in Providence, Rhode Island. The family moved to Buffalo, New York when Harold was about eight years old in 1927. Harold’s maternal uncle convinced Mr. Abraham Rosenberg, Harold’s dad, that there were more opportunities in Buffalo, that it was a boomtown. Buffalo, New York, and New Port Richey, ... Read More »

The Open Clubface Epidemic

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I try not to discuss preferences on how to swing the club, because I am a believer there is no one way for all golfers. However, there is one element in the golf swing I see in many lessons that most golfers struggle with. Seeing a golfer have this element does not mean I have figured out the cause of the problem, but it does mean that I can narrow my focus to find a cure. The element I am talking about is the club face being open on the downswing. It can be a ... Read More »

A Marco Island Style Christmas

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Christmas Island Style (CIS) has done it again, bringing Christmas to Marco Island in spectacular style. Chairman Steve Stefanides and his dedicated group of volunteers successfully organized, planned and executed the numerous events that make Christmas here on Marco so special. All the CIS events are family oriented and evoke the feel of small town America. This is the Marco Island community at its best –families, neighbors and friends enjoying the holiday season, together. A recap of some of the recent CIS events we hope you had the pleasure of attending. Cookies and Milk with ... Read More »

MIA Boys Soccer Players Compile Some Impressive Statistics

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By Barry Gwinn I have been watching the Marco Island Academy boys practice and have introduced myself to some of them and to their coach, Jerry Miller. They are spirited likable young men who like their coach and are working hard. I feel the same. I hope to report on their upcoming games. These guys deserve some attention. Jerry Miller teaches Environmental Science MIA. This is his first year coaching the team. The team has compiled a 3-1-10 record so far. In their 3 wins they scored 20 goals and pitched a shutout against First Baptist Academy. Two of their ... Read More »

NATIONAL FOOD MANUFACTURING BUSINESS TO INVEST $10 MILLION IN COLLIER, CREATE AT LEAST 250 JOBS

Five Star Gourmet Foods of Florida, a California-based pre-prepared food manufacturing operation, announced plans to invest approximately $10 million in Collier County and create at least 250 production-related job opportunities for Collier County citizens. The Collier County Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously welcomed the company and approved Five Star as the first applicant to the County’s Basic Industry Growth Incentive Program as an inducement for the project. Five Star officials, planning for the expansion of its national specialty food manufacturing operation to the Eastern Seaboard from the West Coast have determined Collier County and Florida are best ... Read More »

National Food Manufacturing Business to Invest $10 Million in Collier, Create At Least 250 Jobs

Five Star Gourmet Foods of Florida, a California-based pre-prepared food manufacturing operation, announced plans to invest approximately $10 million in Collier County and create at least 250 production-related job opportunities for Collier County citizens. The Collier County Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously welcomed the company and approved Five Star as the first applicant to the County’s Basic Industry Growth Incentive Program as an inducement for the project. Five Star officials, planning for the expansion of its national specialty food manufacturing operation to the Eastern Seaboard from the West Coast have determined Collier County and Florida are best ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Sal Sciarrino

Platoon 114, Sal is third from right, second row. July 1946, Parris Island, S.C.

By Maggie Gust Sal Sciarrino served in the 23rd Regiment New York State National Guard in 1944, as well as U.S. Marine Air Corps Group 15, 1946 to 1952. Sal was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, but his father moved the family back to Brooklyn when Sal was very young. The East New York Section of Brooklyn was where he grew up. At age 13, Sal tried to join the military. School held no interest for him at that time and he felt that he was treading water as far as actual learning was concerned. His brother Anthony, older by five ... Read More »

ACS Cares

Award recipients Debra and Dick Shanahan and Dr. Loan Lam.

Submitted The American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Board recently had their annual holiday dinner. Gary Landis, the board chair, and his wife Anne were gracious hosts and outdid themselves with a beautiful Mexican-themed meal. The evening included two very well deserved awards. The Volunteers of the Year Award was given to Dick and Debra Shanahan, who have been the driving force behind the award winning Imagination Ball. The Above and Beyond Award was given to Dr. Loan Lam, an active board member who always steps up to help where needed, and who has acted as a liaison between the Marco ... Read More »

Happy Feline Holidays

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi &Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines We have an annual tradition here at For the Love of Cats: every year on Black Friday all felines in residence collaborate on a letter to Santa. Wait for it at the bottom of this column! As the shelter’s surrogate Santa Claws, official supervisor, and top cat I am overseeing my staff of 73 elves this season as they decorate kitty condos, lead the cats and kittens in singing cat-mas carols, and distribute gifts to the most deserving and purr-fect felines to cross our threshold. Each shelter cat and ... Read More »

Meals of Hope Next Year: New Captain, Same Hope

Coastal Breeze News sponsored a table of volunteers.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2015 Meals of Hope packaging event on November 14 was a monumental success. Over 550 volunteers packaged a record 232,000 meals in less than two hours. The group was also successful in achieving their 2015 goal of raising $45,000. After the event, Meals of Hope gives the packaged meals away free of charge. A distribution network, which utilizes the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Collier Harvest, insures that the meals are given to needy children. The mission of Meals of Hope is to ensure that no child in Collier County misses even a single ... Read More »

MIPD Fitted for Custom Earpieces

Donald Kleindl II,  Donald Kleindl III, Shauna M. Kleindl and Richard F. Radostits fit the MIPD with custom earpieces.

By Samantha Husted On November 11, members of the Life Hearing Health Clinic stopped by the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) to fit officers with custom made earpieces. The clinic is family owned and operated and has been in business for over 63 years. There that day was Donald Kleindl II, his son Donald Kleindl III, his daughter Shauna M. Kleindl, as well as his “adopted son” Richard F. Radostits. Kleindl II, Kleindl III and Radostits are board certified audioprosthologists. Shauna M. Kleindl is a hearing specialist. The clinic has provided custom earpieces for police and firefighters throughout Collier County, ... Read More »