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Twenty-two Push-ups for #22kill

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By Margaret Lamp Everywhere on social media you see posts of members of our military coming home to a wife, a husband, parents, children or pets. We witness tears of joy. You can sense their overwhelming happiness to be reunited with those they love. Each instance tugs at my heartstrings. I can’t imagine how that feels. I am always amazed that the camera can bring me to tears. Tears of joy and gratitude. My gratitude for our military is overwhelming at times, especially when witnessing these not so private moments. If asked why I’m crying and laughing at the same ... Read More »

You Can’t Take It With You

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “In the end, only kindness matters.”  – Jewel  I have a close friend who lives in Iowa. Her name is Mary, and before my husband and I moved to Marco Island, Mary and I were next-door neighbors for 27 years. That’s almost three decades of vigorous waves from the driveway, impromptu potluck dinners, borrowed cups of sugar, and shared Sunday brunches. We raised a combined seven children; we claimed a total of five dogs, and we buried four parents during our time as neighbors. We’ve shared tearful challenges and bladder-bursting laughter. Together, Mary ... Read More »

Sunrise Service Tradition Continues

The Sunrise Service drew a crowd of worshippers to the beach Easter morning.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Sunday, March 27th Marco Island’s tradition of the Sunrise Service continued, drawing even more faithful to the beach early Easter morning than ever before. It was dark when people arrived at the Marco Island Marriott for the 28th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach. But when they left, Marco’s glorious sun had risen, and there was a feeling of joy and community among the worshippers. A crowd of thousands filled the beach, people watched from balconies, and boats lined up on the water for this special Easter service. They sat in chairs and ... Read More »

Marco Island Loves Essentrics!

Submitted In just a short period of time, Essentrics with Judy classes, which began on January 4, 2016, have grown from just eight students to almost 40 students per class. According to Tom Waltz, director of business development, “We are seeing a huge response to the Essentrics program here on Marco Island. Since our first class on January 4th we are seeing more students every week, and have a overwhelming retention rate due to Judy’s energetic instruction.” Essentrics combines strengthening and stretching to develop a strong, toned body and enhances the ability to move joints and muscles freely, and with a full range of ... Read More »

Outdoor Chalk Art Event

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its annual outdoor sidewalk Chalk Art event on January 30, 2016 from 2-5 PM. The event is free, and everyone who is young or young at heart is invited. Participating artists feature their works on the parking area around the Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Materials, and even assistance, will be provided by the Center for the Arts. This year, Lee Horton, one of the artists working with the Center, will coordinate, offer assistance and work with the artists to help them create their chalk ... Read More »

Outdoor Chalk Art Event

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its annual outdoor sidewalk Chalk Art event on January 30, 2016 from 2-5 PM. The event is free, and everyone who is young or young at heart is invited. Participating artists feature their works on the parking area around the Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Materials, and even assistance, will be provided by the Center for the Arts. This year, Lee Horton, one of the artists working with the Center, will coordinate, offer assistance and work with the artists to help them create their chalk ... Read More »

Happy New Year!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Here we are already in year 2016 and it’s hard to believe it took so little time to get here! My wish is that each and every person reading this column had a wonderful holiday season filled with joy, happiness and love. It’s been a bumpy year at times, but we all made it through to … a very warm December! I cannot remember when the full month of December was ever this warm, yet many of us are really suffering from sinus problems because of the weather, and my many Christmas cactus plants have struggled to ... Read More »

A Community Holiday Spirit

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala *The Christmas Island Style Parade was a huge success! Each and every float was outstanding! It would have been difficult to choose one over the other. The marching bands were just as good as those in the Macy’s Day Parade – no kidding! The parade watchers started setting up their food tables and folding chairs early in the day. Neighbors joined neighbors to watch from their driveway chairs and snack on the tempting foods. Children were squealing with delight as the parade slowly rolled down their street with wonderful entertainment. The parade watchers were as much fun ... Read More »

OBITUARY

Cecil, left, four-wheel racing, an activity he loved.

In Memory of James Cecil Riner March 28, 1982 – December 12, 2015 James “Cecil” Riner II, 33, passed away suddenly on December 12, 2015. He died as the result of an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver. This loss has devastated the entire community. Cecil was born March 28, 1982, in Naples. He graduated from Gulf Coast High School in 2000. Cecil played varsity football for several years. He met the love of his life, Jessica, their senior year and they married in 2004. They went on to have four sons. He spent all of his spare time ... Read More »

New Local Business Wants to Personally Teach You Technology

Today, 1 on 1 Lessons, a new local business specializing in teaching individuals how to use iPhones and iPads, announced its official launch for Naples and Southwest Florida. 1 on 1 Lessons offers a personalized educational service to all ages for anyone who wants to learn more about technology. Lessons are offered in-home or at location of your choice and each lesson is unique to your needs and your devices including smartphones, tablets, computers, readers, and more. Excited to help our great community, owner James McQuillin said “I absolutely love the excitement I see in someone’s face when they learn ... Read More »

Santa’s First Stop

Kiwanis members joined by Santa and  Mrs. Claus distributed toys at Manatee Elementary School. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a visit to Manatee Elementary School on December 15, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. That day, eight hundred pre-k through fifth grade children received Christmas gifts. Kiwanis had worked hard all year to fundraise and purchase the gifts for the kids, some of whom will not receive anything else this Christmas. The joy was seen on the young faces, lined up and waiting eagerly to meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Some were bursting to tell Santa they had been good, others hugged Mrs. Claus sweetly. “Thank ... Read More »

Serafin String Quartet Performance

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts presents Serafin String Quartet in a performance on Thursday, January 21 at 5:30 PM. The Quartet’s recent recording on Naxos was named “Top 10 Classical Albums of 2013” by Philadelphia’s City Paper, and the Delaware-based Serafin String Quartet is sought after for performances around the nation. Hailed for “silken finesse and gritty vibrancy” by Gramophone Magazine and for “playing with style and sophistication” by The Strad Magazine, Serafin String Quartet debuted at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has consistently received superlatives in the press and ovations by audiences ... Read More »

Peace on Earth

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Twas the night, before the day we had anticipated. The day of dreams fulfilled and joy long awaited. Hope, hung like stockings on the mantel of our minds. Hope for unity, community; hope that together we might find   All dwellers of earth, both the man and the beast; The deep sea and its life forms; the forest creatures and trees. Hope, that together we will learn to live our lives in balance, We each give of ourselves. We each rise to the challenge.   On this night before the day we profess earthly ... Read More »

Being Thankful

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ACS CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island The top ten reasons why the American Cancer Society Marco Island is thankful this year: Being a part of such a supportive and philanthropic community. Being able to help Marco Island residents and their families battle cancer. The donation of wigs from the Marco Island Woman’s Club to supply our Marco Island resource room. For our volunteer leadership board members who give us time, talent, treasure and guidance throughout the year. Being ranked the #3 Relay For Life in the whole state for 2015! (We ranked 5th in 2014). Receiving two national ... Read More »

Senior Cat Adoption

Submitted For the Love of Cats began the Seniors for Seniors program in 2010 with a one year grant from Home Again, the microchip company. This program has become so valuable that For the Love of Cats has made it a part of their ongoing programs. Older cats languish in shelters for years. Most do not get adopted, or worse, they are euthanized to make room for younger animals. Senior citizens are often living alone, and depression is a major concern. Having a cat increases seniors’ activities, social interaction and is beneficial to their overall health. “This is the fifth ... Read More »

SKYFUN (Full disclosure: The writer is a retired airline executive)

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! By Monte Lazarus Dear SKYFUN Customer, We value your membership in our Fun In The Skies Club, and are pleased to offer the following new amenities on your upcoming flights. Please continue to enjoy yourselves on our retro propeller-driven aircraft. No longer do you have to worry about missing the joy of lingering in the sky. With SKYFUN your trips are leisurely and ... Read More »

Chop-Chop

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” ~ Buddha Growing up, as a young girl I was lucky enough to have grandparents who lived on a farm. I say “lucky enough,” because to a young child the expanse of land and outbuildings innate to an Iowa farm afforded me endless opportunities for exploration. There was a big barn and a machine shed. There was a grove of assorted maple and oak, a small livestock yard and a windmill. In addition, ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Species in Our Area

This lone Loggerhead hatchling is just moments old, about 2 inches long, and full of steam to get to the water. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s August and we’re right in the thick of things. They are coming and going, mostly by night, on Florida’s beaches, and rarely does the public get to see them. They disturb the sand and we can’t walk in that spot for two months. Many people look for them, but mostly in vain. Do they really exist? They must! We see evidence of their presence, but rarely do we see “them.” Numerous volunteers scour the Collier County shorelines every morning for tracks and then mark where “they” have been. What are these creatures? Why are ... Read More »

The American Dream is Alive and Well

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com In the artful world, there are a lot of talented people who refuse creative careers because they’re afraid they won’t reach The Top. “You’re either Elton John or some hack playing in a Holiday Inn,” a young, exmusician once told me (the “ex” is his description, not mine.) For him, to dedicate his life to music and not reach big stage SuperStardom was to set himself up for failure. In the same vein, many’s the painter who gave up their brushes because they realized were never going to be the hottest ticket on the New York ... Read More »

Do You Have a Good Tennis Job?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Talk about a loaded question…clearly, it means different things to different people. Certain business minded professionals enjoy matchmaking, programming and weekly meetings, and love being the leader in their department. Whereas, other tennis professionals just love to teach all day and not worry about the daily round robin. And then there are plenty of specialists: Adult coordinator, junior academy director and the Cardio Tennis clinic organizer. Often there are several different types of tennis jobs: Tennis clubs only, golf and tennis, camps and public parks. In order to win the interview, pros must do their ... Read More »