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Missi D’Ambrosio – Painting Marco With Sunshine

Missi’s clients are an extension of her family.

By Maureen Chodaba A new ray of sunshine has illuminated 1720 San Marco Road with color and light. Paint and Color Specialist Missi D’Ambrosio has joined the staff of Sunshine Ace Hardware, bringing along her talent, experience and dedication to customer service. A Marco Island resident since 1986, Missi is a familiar face, a powerhouse of expertise and a friend in need. You may know Missi from the Florida Paint Centers. Many assumed she was the owner of the establishment, but in her words, she was “simply the manager” for almost 20 years. Anyone who has ever known Missi knows ... Read More »

Richard Alan…Jeweler to the Stars!

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net That might be one way to get your attention, or not? In June I thought I nearly died of boredom, and thankfully it got busy after the Fourth of July, despite the heat and days of torrential downpours. There were some mornings I swore there were tumbleweeds blowing through the parking lot; maybe it was only a heat mirage? It is a fact in my illustrious past I have created jewelry for rock stars from the Boston band Aerosmith, numerous Boston Celtic team members, a Red Sox player or two, heck I even designed pieces ... Read More »

The Computer Age

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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! It’s easy to understand why education costs so much. Think about it. In most of the last century there were no readily available computers. Teachers knew the basic stuff about reading, writing and arithmetic. As kids, many of us learned – maybe secretly – to count on our fingers. The arithmetically challenged also used their toes. In those days ... Read More »

Wine Wednesday – More Than Just Wine

Tracy Bower, left, and Nancy Carrington of Marco Island Florist Home and Gifts. Photos by Don Manley

By Don Manley  Marco Island Florist Home and Gifts takes on a slightly different feel on the last Wednesday of each month. Walk through the business’ doors between 3 and 5 PM and you’ll find more than just the varied assortment of items that are the shop’s stock-in-trade. There will also be live music, visual artists displaying their creations, and appetizers from local chefs and restaurants, such as Chef Mike Duncan from Marker 8.5 and Chef Laura Owen from CJ’s on the Bay, paired with an appropriate vintage of the fermented grape. For almost two years, the S. Barfield Drive ... Read More »

Wildfire Burns at Panther Refuge

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  A fire at the Panther National Wildlife Refuge has been raging, burning trees and brush. Drivers on I-75 may have seen the billowing smoke from the highway. This was not a prescribed burn. A recent thunderstorm with intense lightning caused the large wildfire at the Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Cass Palmer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that the fire is 50% contained, and holding at 2,500 acres. Cass Palmer says, “The crew has done a great job managing the fire and keeping smoke from impacting the interstate.” Smoke volume is being monitored ... Read More »

What a Hobby! Want-to-be Meteorologists Chase Tornadoes

A funnel cloud near Wray, Colorado.
Photos by Ryan Rackliffe

By Roger LaLonde Pursuing a degree in meteorology can bring about a most interesting hobby. In the case of Brandon Black of Marco Island, and three buddies, their hobby is tornado chasing. “Since I arrived at North Carolina State to pursue a degree in meteorology we began storm chasing,” he said. “Our primary targets have been tornadoes.” After three summers of capturing “decent photos from a couple tornadoes,” North Carolina wasn’t enough, Black said. Fellow meteorologists-to-be, Ryan Rackliffe, Mason Carneal and Mackenzie King packed their bags, driving to the Great Plains. Their original target was Eastern Colorado then north to ... Read More »

Camp Able Brings ‘Diversability’ to Marco Island

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com When Camp Able first began 10 years ago there were only eight campers and 14 staff members. Today that number has grown exponentially. The annual camp kicked off last week at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Marco Island. Fifty-four people with special needs and 120 camp volunteers participated in the weeklong event. “We have 54 campers, and the way I look at it, we’re running 54 Camp Able’s,” said Reverend Kyle Bennett. Reverend Kyle is the founder of Camp Able. Together he and his daughter Callie direct the camp. He says that his goal was to ... Read More »

Beyond Off-Duty

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Dave Smith addressing the crowd of officers from various stations and organizations.

By Don Manley and  Samantha Husted Maintaining a state of readiness isn’t only an on-the-job requirement for law enforcement personnel. It’s increasingly become necessary when the workday’s done, given the uptick in gun violence and potential dangers police and their families may face from those with sinister intentions. That was a key element of a recent seminar attended by officers from several local police agencies that was conducted by well-known law enforcement trainers and authors Dave and Betsy Smith. The Tucson couple brought more than six decades of combined experience as police officers to bear in presenting a free, day-long ... Read More »

Fire at Engine Company 51 on Marco Island

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Rolling up on a working structure fire is not something unusual for an engine company and its personnel; it is a little different when the fire is at their station though. That was the case on Friday afternoon at approximately 5:00pm when Engine Company 51 on Marco Island returned to their station on Elkcam Circle from a previous response and found smoke rolling out from the large bay door at the front of the station. “The guys did a great job making the initial attack and minimizing any fire damage to the building, but there ... Read More »

Batiato: Acting Deputy Fire Chief

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By Samantha Husted  The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has big shoes to fill. In the wake of Deputy Chief Chris Byrne’s retirement last May, the department has taken steps through succession planning to continue providing the highest level of service and care. Division Chief Dave Batiato expressed interest in the position, which is the next step in the fire service career ladder. “Division Chief Batiato has the talent, ability and professionalism to do the job,” said Fire Chief Michael Murphy. Dave Batiato has been with the fire department since 1990. As Division Chief he is in charge of a ... Read More »

More Changes to Come

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala We have a remarkable towing company in this part of Collier County named Bald Eagle Towing. I’m sure you’ve seen their tow trucks around. Did you know that if you have a car break down or an accident where the police would have to call a tow truck, you can REQUEST the tow company of your choice?  I did just that and was so pleased. The very next day I was reading in the paper about a different towing company who was towing a car late at night when the Sheriff’s Office put on his lights ... Read More »

Galiana Shines at MIA, ?Governor agrees

Lori Galiana at work in her classroom. Submitted Photos

By Barry Gwinn Lori Galiana is the go-to person at MIA. Since 2013, she has been teaching World History, U.S. History (except this year), Government, Economics, and her favorite, AICE Global Perspectives to the kids at MIA. She is also the cheerleading coach, Key Club advisor, and National Honor Society advisor. Right now, she is coordinating a student travel group, which she will guide through Europe, this month. “Lori is one of our top performers, and she literally gives her all to us on a daily basis,” says Melissa Scott, MIA’s Principal, “She is one of the most dedicated individuals ... Read More »

Since She Went Away

Since She Went Away
By David Bell
New American Library –
June 21, 2016 - 432 pages
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
4.0/5.0 stars

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Bell is an accomplished storyteller who is equally adept at both character development and plot advancement. I first read his “Someone I Used To Know” last year and was riveted by the nuances of his characters’ personalities. The same is true of “Since She Went Away.” I was invested in these characters by the end of chapter one and put the book down only once. This is basically the story of RN Jenna Barton, a single mom, and her teenaged son Jared, detailing how their quiet lives in tiny Hawks Mill, Kentucky were up heaved by ... Read More »

Jo Bromley – Goodland’s Multi-Talented Duck Lady Ducks and friends bringing ducks always welcome at Jo’s

Photos by Barry Gwinn Jo B proudly poses in front of her residence. If you’re a friend or a rubber duckie, you’re welcome here. If you’re neither, just bring a rubber duckie and you can probably get in.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn When driving into the Village of Goodland, the first residence you will see is the brightly colored yellow and royal blue mobile home of Jo Bromley. It is occasionally photographed by tourists, and a painting of this residence recently sold for $400. (It is hanging in the Little Bar Restaurant.) This gaily appointed residence was prominently shown in a recent NBC2 newscast concerning Goodland Road. As it turned out, this residence has set the tone for the many bright pastel colors, which have become endemic here in Goodland. It is what’s inside Jo Bromley’s home, ... Read More »

Deputy Chief Chris Byrne Retires

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By Samantha Husted On May 27th hundreds gathered in the Rose Hall Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum to bid farewell to longtime firefighter, Deputy Chief Chris Byrne. Chris started at the Fire Department in 1983 when he was just 20 years old. In the past 33 years he’s seen Marco Island grow from a sleepy little town to a bonafide city. He’s been witness to the evolving emergency response technologies and has played a significant role in laying the foundation for the department we know today. Chris grew up just two hours east of Marco Island in Miami. ... Read More »

The House of Horrors- Part VII Are We There Yet?

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By Carol Glassman CarolGlassman@embarqmail.com When I began this incredible journey of necessary home repair following a flood from a leaky roof ten months ago, I had no idea it would take so long and lead me into the unknown. When I began writing about it, I wasn’t motivated by revenge or any other evil thought, it just seemed to me that almost everyone I spoke to about contractors and home repair had a horror story to tell. If you don’t, I’d say you are among the minority and very, very fortunate. Hopefully this saga will prevent some from making the ... Read More »

Lely Passes Spring Test

Bodies fly as Lely stops a Blanche Ely drive.

By Roger LaLonde There were both good and bad plays, but more good ones, in Lely’s 33-27 win over Blanche Ely in its spring game on May 20. Blanche Ely traveled to Lely from Pompano Beach to play in a steady downpour in the first half that saw the Trojans take the lead and stay ahead. Both teams had breakaway plays, yet each had great moments on defense. A major defensive thrust for Lely came as the seconds wound down in the second quarter, but a lapse on defense set up the possible score for Blanche Ely. The Trojans had ... Read More »

A Busy Start to Summer

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Probably most of us have heard about the stem cell procedure, but really don’t know what it is or how it’s done. Although not being really immersed in the subject, I’ve spoken to the owner of Arthrex, the largest company in Collier County, in Florida, and actually one of the largest in the USA (!), who has diligently been working on streamlining the procedure and equipment for the orthopedic surgeons in our community. Here’s what I understand so far. The surgeon takes stem cells from the bone marrow in your hip, and platelets from your blood, which ... Read More »

Why I Love Journalism The Amazing Hannah Matthews

Mrs. Matthews (second from left) with her Swarthmore H.S. English Department in 1956. She is beaming at Mary Armstrong, her student at Doylestown H.S., who followed her to Swarthmore. Swarthmore High School Yearbook, 1956

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn I have been writing for Coastal Breeze News since March of 2015. Writing stories about people, places and things is something I have always wanted to do. That I have had some measure of success is due mainly to one diminutive woman – my high school English teacher, Hannah Kirk Matthews (with a nod to my editor, Val Simon, who has taught me a lot). Everything I have written for the last 60 years has Mrs. Matthews’ fingerprints all over it. The tributes paid to Mrs. Matthews upon her retirement were so remarkable that they ... Read More »

Positive Future for Lely Track

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Lely boys track team celebrate after winning the Class 2A Region 3 title.

By Roger LaLonde  There were just two Lely medalists at the FHSAA Class 2A State Track & Field Championships over the weekend, but the boys and girls teams did shine on their way to the title competition. The Lely girls won the Class 2A-District 10 competition and the boys came back the next weekend to win the Class 2A-Region 3 title. The Lely girls competed in five events, the boys in eight at the state Class 2A championships on May 6 and 7. “There were a lot of good possibilities and the kids did a good job of competing,” coach ... Read More »