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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

Photos By Patricia Poling
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 »

Good Luck, George! Longtime Ace Hardware Employee Retires

Photo by Samantha Husted George on his last day at work.

Longtime Ace Hardware Employee Retires By Samantha Husted After 27 years, George Shaler is officially retiring from his job at Sunshine Ace Hardware on Marco Island. In the almost three decades that George has been an employee he’s seen a lot of changes. The Island for instance was a completely different place back in 1989 compared to now. Technologies have come and gone and George has remained, witness to it all. “This is the third owner I’ve been through,” said George “I was with the first guy for two years, the second guy for 14 years and I’ve been working ... Read More »

Marco Hilton to Get Facelift

A rendering of how a portion of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa’s pool area will appear, post-renovations. Submitted Photo

By Don Manley  The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa’s $40 million renovation and expansion project is a plus on many levels, according to Bob Brown, chairman of Marco Island City Council. “Any time one of the major hotels in the area does any renovations, it benefits not only them, but tourists, residents, the community as a whole. Certainly the Hilton brought forth a site development plan that shows they’re very committed to make the hotel one of the best the area.” Alex Parker, president of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, agreed. “Ultimately, it will be a great ... Read More »

Miller’s Valley

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “There is nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street.”  Willie Stargell I enjoyed this book. Mary Margaret Miller narrates her story which is centered around the state’s decision to permanently flood the farmland of Miller’s Valley. During the time since the government built a dam and redirected the river, the valley was flooding every few years anyway. Every flood would drive a few more families away, those who were not willing or not able to rebuild and wait for the next flood. Mary ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part VI Aha! Is That a Tunnel I See Before Me?

A lovely new aqua glass and white tile backsplash sets off the quartzite counters. Photos by Carol Glassman

By Carol Glassman The day after the new kitchen cabinets arrived was Friday, March 18 and we all know how much work is usually accomplished at the end of a week: almost as if the Lord declared a day of rest in order to get ready for a few days of more rest. I was up and ready to admit workers at an early hour, and as usual sat around for three more hours until they actually arrived. I must admit I was a little dubious when two rather slight fellows, we’ll call them Joe and Moe because they looked ... Read More »

MIA’s Kirby Rients Makes English Fun

Students get a heavy dose of journalism along with experience on how to publish in Kirby Rients’ Yearbook/Journalism class. Students put together the 2016 MIA yearbook.

By Barry Gwinn Kirby Rients is a much traveled English teacher and has been with Marco Island Academy (MIA) since its inception in 2011. Although MIA specializes in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum, the school also thinks it is important that students are well grounded in the humanities. It didn’t take them long to recognize Rients’ contributions in this area. In 2012, Mr. Rients was given MIA’s prestigious Teacher-of-the-Year award. On March 4th of this year, Rients and two other MIA teachers (who will be separately featured in later editions of Coastal Breeze News) were personally awarded Governor ... Read More »

Successful Return of Tour de Marco

Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Samantha Husted and Coastal Breeze News Staff   April 24th marked the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s 6th Annual Tour de Marco. Bike riders of all levels and ages came out to the family-friendly event in order to support the YMCA’s scholarship fund, and to get a good workout. The Tour de Marco returned to the island this year after a one-year hiatus. Approximately 120 bicyclists took part in this year’s Tour de Marco, about twenty less than the 2014 event, according to event organizer Anthony DeLucia. Taking place later in the season may have contributed to fewer riders. Although ... Read More »

Lily to the Rescue

Lily practices life-saving skills with Power Squadron member Robert Gloodt. Submitted Photos

Submitted Don’t be surprised if you see a magnificent black and white Newfoundland in a custom life jacket prancing about on Marco Island. Lily is doing her job to encourage community-wide participation in the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s Wear It Campaign. She is, after all, the Power Squadron’s mascot. How can attending the Wear It event in your life jacket save lives? The North American Safe Boating Campaign continues to have positive impact on boater behavior. An annual survey of recreational boaters conducted by Paul Worth and Associates, on behalf of the National Safe Boating Council, found that: ... Read More »

The House of Horrors- Part V Will It Ever End?

Photos by Carol Glassman
January 1 - All but one panel of the new metal roof is in place.

By Carol Glassman As I approached my House of Horrors the first week of January, after being away for 16 days, the first thing I noticed was the absence of most of the metal panels on the lawn and a lovely new, almost-finished green metal roof. That looked promising. The roofer had said he didn’t need access to the house so at first I was pleased he had gone ahead and used his ladders. However, once in the house I realized his zealous workers had not only pried open the upper sliding doors to the verandah, but had left them open ... Read More »

Forty Under 40 Recognizes Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams, vice president and co-owner of Kevin Williams Construction, stands near a model home the company is building at the intersection of Barfield Drive and Majorca Court. Photo by Don Manley

By Don Manley Ryan Williams can boast of being in rare company after being named to Professional Builder Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Class of 2016.” Williams, the vice-president and co-owner of Kevin Williams Construction on Marco Island, was selected from the more than 350 people, nationally, nominated for the award which is based on their personal and professional accomplishments. “These young leaders are as dedicated to serving their communities as they are to growing their businesses and have remarkable achievements in their personal lives as well,” said Denise Dersin, Professional Builder’s editorial director. Williams, 37, was nominated by his father, ... Read More »

MIPD’s Lean Organization

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By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino leads a force of 34 full-time law enforcement officers who protect and serve this city. Marco Island has a permanent population of 16,413 and a service population of between 30,000 to 50,000. That computes to 2.12 police officers per 1,000 permanent residents, far less than many other Florida cities. For example, Sanibel reports a 4.01 to 1,000 ratio, Naples has 4.2, Mt. Dora has 3.89, and Venice reports a 2.31 to 1,000 ratio of officers to residents. Add on the regular full-time service population plus our seasonal population and Marco Island’s ... Read More »

April Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Captain Pete Rapps with a nice catch and release permit.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As March ends and April begins, our water begins to warm up, as does the bite. Water temperatures should get up into the high 70s this month, with air temperatures in the mid 80s. I always like to look at the moon phases and Solunar calendar when selecting the best bet fishing days each month. This April the new moon falls on the 7th and the full moon falls on the 22nd. When having a look at the moon phases, tides, and the Solunar calendar, we have some nice looking days on the 5th ... Read More »

Mad Memoirs of an Old School/ Modern Goldsmith

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Part I My destiny of becoming a goldsmith was totally accidental. It was the mid 1960s. I was no more than eight or nine years old when my mother would leave me with her older brother Richard, who happened to be a goldsmith/jeweler, so she could go shopping in downtown Boston. (I was a bit of a nuisance to go dress shopping with.) My Uncle Richard had apprenticed with his step dad’s brother Ernest Gravallese, an accomplished and well-respected master goldsmith who plied his trade from his shop in the early 1920s in the original ... Read More »