Tag Archives: joy

For Heidi

By Don Manley  Heidi Lynn Moss gave much of her time and talent to the island she called home. A longtime Marco resident, mortgage broker and mother of two, Heidi was a dedicated member of a variety of clubs and organizations, including the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island, the Lely Athletic Booster Club, the island’s American Cancer Society unit ... Read More »

Goodland Arts Festival

By Jesus Calo It was a sunshiny weekend to take in the beautiful Goodland air and celebrate local art. The Fifth Annual Harbor Arts and Music Festival was sponsored by the Goodland Arts Alliance (GAA) in MarGood Harbor Park, March 11 – 12. The GAA and Collier County Parks and Recreation provided fine arts, crafts show with live music, great ... Read More »

Reminiscing and Smiling

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Sitting around for coffee the other morning we were talking about challenges facing the community and across the bridge just off the island. The conversation was wide ranging and involved a great many topics, some very serious and others a little more lighthearted. Having owned here for 30 years and living fulltime on ... Read More »

Bird is the Word! Great Blue Heron Released at Tigertail Beach Lagoon

By Maria Lamb  As the song goes, “Don’t you know ‘bout the bird! Well ev’rybody knows that the bird is the word!” The great blue heron made a remarkable recovery from an injury inflicted by a nine-inch fishing lure with treble hooks. Thank you to the staff at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital for the TLC that the bird received ... Read More »

Great Blue Heron Released at Tigertail Beach Lagoon

  Bird is the Word by Maria Lamb   As the song goes, “Don’t you know ‘bout the bird! Well ev’rybody knows that the bird is the word!” The Great Blue Heron made a remarkable recovery from an injury inflicted by a 9-inch fishing lure with treble hooks. Our thanks to the staff at the Von Arx Wildlife Hospital for the TLC ... Read More »

Making This Year Even Better

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala 2017 is already here and I feel like I haven’t finished half of 2016! Gosh that year went by quickly. Now I’m sitting back and taking a look at the last year and planning on what I can do better in this coming year. There is always so much room for improvement, and I just have ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Grinch is Alive and Well on Marco

By: Robert Nace Four days to Christmas and after weeks of greeting residents and visitors to Marco Island, Merry Christmas signs were removed from city right of ways. Up steps the Grinch, Mr. Ray Netherwood who used his political influence and friendship with fellow Libertarian Jared Grifoni to force his view and opinion on our residents. Official emails indicate that ... Read More »

Kiwanis Christmas Toys for Kids

By Maureen Chodaba “Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” ~ Ruth Carter Stapleton Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island recently took part in that ... Read More »

Local Artist Show to Benefit Marco Island Center for the Arts

Submitted The Marco Island Branch of the Collier County Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts provide monthly art shows at the library’s Heathwood Drive location. During the months of December and January, the artwork of Marco Island artist Jo-Ann Sanborn will be featured. A percentage of the sales of Jo-Ann’s artwork will go to the Marco ... Read More »

“The Best Gifts”

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com As a child, I remember the days of December being the slowest of the entire year. With so much anticipation for Santa and the packages he would bring, I’d go to bed early just to get to the next day faster. From the perspective of an adult, I now find the days before ... Read More »

WWII Veterans Take Flight

By Samantha Husted On Nov. 9, five World War II Veterans met at the Marco Island Executive Airport. Some were good friends and others had just met for the first time. But they were gathered that day for one reason, to fly. At the airport was a 1940’s Boeing Stearman biplane, the same of which the veterans flew during World ... Read More »

ALL THAT GLITTERS: Shock and Awe-mour 

Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net So what is it? All can tell you is I am not the sole perpetrator of this emotional phenomenon. I have a great deal to do with the final result, which by the way is a joyful, positive, and most often, a romantic experience. The catalyst of creating this phenomenon is fine jewelry. Who knows? A pre-historic ... Read More »

WWII Veterans Take Flight

By Samantha Husted On Nov. 9, five World War II Veterans met at the Marco Island Executive Airport. Some were good friends and others had just met for the first time. But they were gathered that day for one reason, to fly. At the airport was a 1940’s Boeing Stearman biplane, the same of which the veterans flew during World ... Read More »

The Trespasser

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books.” ~ Thomas Carlyle Mystery, suspense and police thriller readers, rejoice! This book is a rare delight – you will absolutely love every scrumptious word of the 464 pages. Stephen King ... Read More »

Marie Senechal’s Blankets of Love

By Maureen Chodaba Color is a celebration of sight, an experience of vision and a reflection of light. The qualities of hue and brightness awaken our vitality and stir our emotions. Texture is the tactile quality of physical substance and touch. When color and texture are combined, they create an entity that can be grasped and held. Long time Marco ... Read More »

Is That a Llama? Working in Grand Teton National Park

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Editors Note:  Please see other great articles on our national parks in our special edition. After I completed my undergraduate degree, I wanted to see our beautiful country so I headed off from the East Coast towards California with two friends. I remember thinking how HUGE and diverse it was, with pockets ... Read More »

Lion King Jr. Kicks Off Season

Submitted The Island Theater Company is kicking off its season with Disney’s The Lion King Jr., sponsored by APM Custom Homes. This not-to-be-missed, family-friendly show includes all your favorite songs. The story begins with the kind and wise Lion King of the Pridelands, Mufasa, and his queen Sarabi introducing their newborn son Simba to the animals of the Savanna. All ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni

Marco Island is a wonderful place to be whether you are raising a family, retiring, making this your permanent home, or stopping by for a short or long-term visit. This island is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. We have all found a piece of paradise here in southwest Florida. We are a successful year-round ... Read More »

Realistic Expectations

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you’re interested in improving your game and getting more joy out of your golfing experience, this article is for you. The road to better, more fulfilling golf starts with overcoming unrealistic expectations, that sense within us that builds up pressure from within, making the game more frustrating than it has to be. The ... Read More »

Rays Down Gateway Charter 45-38

By Roger LaLonde When the Marco Island Academy defensive line stuffed the quarterback on the last two plays of the game, the Rays earned a hard-fought win over Fort Myers-Gateway Charter, 45-38 on Aug. 19. First-year coach Damon Coiro’s team was looking to shed its losing ways over its first four years. They did it in dramatic fashion as they ... Read More »