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Are You Putting Yourself First?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com With season coming to a close, many of you are left frazzled and gasping for breath—I know we sure are! Each year I am amazed at how our small island seems to swell like a sponge filled with water. Most of you I’ve spoken with are exhausted and burned out from the constant demands of dealing with customers, clients, or even simply the traffic. I’m here to remind you to breathe! Take three slow deep breaths, closing your eyes and clearing your thoughts. Imagine with each exhale that you are pushing stress further and further away ... Read More »

It’s All Good

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By Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com   Painting outside can be an unparalleled pleasure for an artist, but it can also present some unexpected challenges. I usually enjoy besting the forces that endanger my mission – though sometimes I’m not so successful. It seems when the troubles are nature-made, I am usually prepared and able to rise above…but when they’re man-made, well, sometimes the buckle just breaks and patience snaps. In my plein aire experiences I’ve dealt with the surprise of sprinklers, swarms of mosquitoes, the rise of fierce winds and the fall of rain. I’ve been nipped by dogs and ‘saluted’ ... Read More »

Special Olympics 2015 Summer Games

San Marco Catholic Church Knights of Columbus served up drinks and snow cones all day. John Albino, John Fuscous, Ed Altaic, Joe Fatony and Roger Nada.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Special Olympics of Collier County hosted the Area 9 2015 Summer Games at Golden Gate High School. Over 300 athletes came from all over Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties with more than 150 volunteers. Summer competition included track and field, cycling, soccer and tennis. All events were free of charge. Special Olympics Florida – Collier County, a volunteer-driven organization, offers a year-round sports program that includes training and competition in aquatics, golf, bowling, basketball, track and field, cycling, soccer, bocce, tennis, flag football, and standup paddle, all at no cost to the ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Displays the Beautiful Bs’ of Island Living

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com There is much truth in how complex beauty can be, and on March 7-8, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island demonstrated that for all to see. The ‘Beautiful B’s’ of island living are beaching, birding, boating and building. Club members created exquisite designs based on each theme. Entries were then reviewed by an esteemed panel of six judges from the National Garden Club and based on elements of design with 100 points as a perfect score. A score of 90 and above earns a blue ribbon. It is no easy task to become a judge ... Read More »

Morris Law Firm Awards Disney Vacation

The Santana Family is Disney bound.

Submitted Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. announced the award of their annual gift of a Disney vacation in the ‘For the Family’ event. The recipients are Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Santana and family. The gift was presented at the law firm’s office. The Morris firm started its “For the Family” program to commemorate the 30thanniversary of the firm in 2014. It made the award an annual event. In the words of firm principal William G. Morris, “this community has given so much to us and our families that we started this program to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We ... Read More »

So, How Do You Feel?

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd There seems to be quite a lot of information written about health care issues. In addition to this—my regular column in Coastal Breeze News—practically every local publication features some sort of healthcare-related column. Add the “news-related coverage” that local journalists assign to the comings and goings of doctors and staff from Southwest Florida’s abundant healthcare originations and, invariably, it can get confusing. Why? We sometimes don’t know who or what to believe. And yes, I most certainly include myself in the aforementioned group of “we.” However, as the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I would like ... Read More »

Frankenstein: A New Musical

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Submitted The Box Office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the upcoming production of Frankenstein: A New Musical…music by Mark Baron, book and lyrics by Jeffrey Jackson, original story adaptation by Gary P. Cohen, from a novel by Mary Shelley. The Island Theater Company presented the show last season, in partnership with Marco Lutheran Church, to sold out audiences and rave reviews. You won’t want to miss the encore production of Frankenstein: A New Musical. The cast will be joining together once again to raise funds for the ITC Kids Youth Program. If you missed the show, ... Read More »

Valen-times Day

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan No, it’s not a misprint; I’m talking about Valentines Day. It’s not only a word that irks most warm-blooded male Homo-sapiens, but it’s also an important event. The contents of my column today are directed at the guys out there, who may need a nudge or a wake-up call, so ladies, if you don’t mind moving on to another more interesting article. Oh sure, many of us guys try to ignore it or even claim to have forgotten the day of infamy. Trust me, though, we males are always aware of the inevitable day on the ... Read More »

More Holiday Ornaments in the Winter Garden

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Last time I gave you names of some plants that become beautiful holiday ornaments in our gardens during the holiday season here in South Florida. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I think! And Christmas is coming, or is it the over? Or are they all on the same day? This year they seemed to be celebrated at the same time! I would like to continue with others that will bring joy to our hearts and souls during this festive time of the year. Creating joy and happiness in the eyes of any gardener, beginner or old ... Read More »

The Stress Test

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Now that the holidays are over and done with, many people breathe in a collective sigh of relief. Glad that the treats and eats are no longer around. Glad that there are no more presents to wrap or gifts to buy. Glad there are no more parties to partake in. Glad the traveling is over. And so on. So many people welcome January with open arms, high hopes and healthy food in the fridge. Smiles and good intentions — for the first few weeks anyways. What people don’t realize is that life continues on pretty much ... Read More »

Gratitude

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My children are here. In my house. Four adult children, their four significant others and our five grandchildren, ages 5 months to five years. They’ve been here nearly a week celebrating our own Christmas Holiday. That makes 10 adults, counting my husband and me and five young children, living in the same house for a week. Over the last six days, I have felt joy, pride, anxiety and exhaustion, but most of all, I have felt gratitude. I experienced overwhelming joy the very first morning when the babies all woke early, greeting each other ... Read More »

Mitzvah Day

If you are looking to make a difference in helping to combat hunger in our community…don’t miss Mitzvah Day on Sunday February 8th. If you want to experience a unique opportunity to make 50,000 meals with hundreds of our One Family members, young and old…don’t miss Mitzvah Day on February 8th. If you want to feel the joy of participating in a great social action event…you don’t want to miss Mitzvah Day on Sunday February 8th. For the past seven years, Mitzvah Day has been the highlight of our efforts towards Tikun Olam, which our teaching suggests is humanity’s shared responsibility to ... Read More »

Custom-Made Jewelry

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net An increase in the demand of high-ticket items this past holiday season was all the proof I needed to assure me that many of my predictions came true. Certainly, my personal experiences in a small jewelry business located on a quiet little island sitting in the Gulf of Mexico can’t possibly be a national or world-wide barometer? I hit a threshold this past September; I simply got tired of trying to figure out what the public wanted. For the past five years or so, the cost of precious metals prohibited many folks from buying even ... Read More »

The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle

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By Joanne Smith Harmony Books, 2014, 204 pages Genre: Christmas/Family Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Christmas is doing a little extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz, “Peanuts” creator In the first week of October 1999, Rick Smith died in the night. He had been diagnosed the prior month with a heart valve defect that needed surgical repair but elected to postpone repair until Christmas vacation when he could recuperate at home with his kids. The story picks up two months later, 13 days before Christmas. Rick’s widow, Joanne, and their three kids are adrift, no longer functioning as ... Read More »

Kiwanis Shares the Joy of Christmas

Lisa Bludworth’s first grade class and their gifts.

By Don Manley The spirit of Christmas — the compassion, the joy of giving and the elation of receiving — has been a regular part of the holiday season at the Manatee Elementary School media center for more than a decade thanks to a special effort by Marco Islanders. Naturally, 2014 was no different thanks, as always, to the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. Through its annual Toys for Kids program, the club has raised funds to purchase toys for children in need at Manatee for the last 12 years. The program also includes some students at Tommie Barfield Elementary ... Read More »

The Immokalee Foundation students help make holidays brighter

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Students of The Immokalee Foundation recently had a hand in helping make the holidays brighter for children overseas by donating shoeboxes filled with gifts to Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project designed to deliver good news and great joy to boys and girls around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 113 million shoeboxes in over 150 countries. When donating, students could decide whether they wanted to pack a shoebox for a boy or a girl and then look for gifts appropriate for a specific age range. In addition to toys, practical items such as ... Read More »

JCMI to Host Jewish Film Festival

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island proudly presents The Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Jewish Film Festival 2014-2015. For the next four months, JCMI will host four films focused on Jewish history and culture. Marco Island resident Dr. Isabel Price is the founder and organizer of the film festival, which is held in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Collier County. “Our film festival aims to build bridges and make connections, Jew to Jew and to our wonderful non-Jewish friends and neighbors,” Price explains. “We want to entertain with new, quality films that also provoke thought ... Read More »

Operation Christmas Child

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Submitted Change the life of a child, one shoe box at a time! Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in some 130 countries have learned of God’s love through the power of a simple shoe box gift as part of Operation Christmas Child. By filling a shoe box with small toys, balls, toothbrush/paste, etc., you can bring joy to a child that has never received any gift at all. Journey of your shoe box… Filled shoe boxes are taken from Marco Island and forwarded to the Atlanta, Ga., Processing Center. Processing Centers consolidate and inspect each box ... Read More »

My Sisterhood of the Lycra Pants

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I feel that I’m in pretty deep. Not quite over my head, but once in a while, I am definitely treading water. From time to time I think about the fact that when my husband and I moved to this tropical vacation-land in Southwest Florida, I had a notion in my head that I’d be spending long hours at the beach with a flirty novel on my lap and an umbrella-clad beverage within reach. The reality of this mid-life transition looks remarkably different than the vision that was in my head, though. My ... Read More »

Special Olympics Florida (SOFL)

Collier County awarded the 2013 Patrick Solis Inspirational Athlete of the Year Award to Latasha Gardner of Immokalee, FL. Latasha is a versatile athlete who competes in cycling, bowling, basketball, rhythmic dance, soccer, and flag football with SOFL – Collier County. Her dedication, sportsmanship, and hard work in all of these sports have allowed her to excel and to achieve numerous awards and accolades at both local and state levels. Coach Kelly Stevenson states “Latasha is a great athlete with excellent sportsmanship, and she is always willing to help out no matter what you ask her to do.” Latasha’s love ... Read More »