Tag Archives: learn

Broader Scope to Service to Others – Dogs?


Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Over a decade ago, my husband and I committed to fostering a puppy that ultimately would be assigned to a handicapped or visually impaired person. The organization that we partnered with, “Paws with a Cause,” is based in Michigan. Our black Labrador puppy was named Opal by the students at Tommie Barfield ... Read More »

Y’s ASPIRE Makes Learning Fun

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Children in the Y’s ASPIRE program with counselor Hali Telashmet

Submitted Dozens of young students are again benefitting from ASPIRE, a long-running Marco Y program that seeks to motivate and stimulate students from kindergarten to fifth grade by making after-school fun. ASPIRE stands for After School Program for Inspiration, Recreation and Education. The program serves children from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School and Manatee Elementary School. Each year ... Read More »

Marie Senechal’s Blankets of Love

Marie’s wonderful world of color. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

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 »

Silence Like a Cancer Grows

Phil, Maureen and Buster. Submitted Photo

By Maureen Chodaba When my grandmother died of breast cancer in 1968, no one really spoke of it. I don’t know which word provoked the silence – the word “breast” or the word “cancer.” My guess is that it was both, because each word by itself brought forth the image of something unmentionable. Put the two words together and you ... Read More »

Economic Summit Returns


Submitted Last year the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® hosted Marco’s first-ever Economic Summit. The event was such a success that the Economic Summit will return for its second year on Wednesday, November 9 from 1- 4 PM at Rose History Auditorium. Attendees will hear the latest local real estate statistics, as well as an economic forecast for Southwest ... Read More »

Ideas Will Bloom at the 2016 Yard and Garden Show


Do you want to learn more about unique container gardening ideas or micro irrigation? Or you simply want to learn how to successfully grow tomatoes on a small space? Explore all this and more at the 14th Annual SW Florida Yard and Garden Show, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, ... Read More »

A Man Called Ove


BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Ove is fifty-nine. He drives a Saab.” Knowing his age is an important point in any man’s story. In Ove’s case, knowing that he drives and has always driven a Saab is essential in understanding him. One’s choice of vehicle reveals much about one’s character, in Ove’s mind. He evaluates others based upon their vehicle brand. When ... Read More »

Is That a Llama? Working in Grand Teton National Park

NPS File Photo

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 »

Getting students involved in the Electoral Process!


The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will host their fourth annual High School Voter Registration Challenge this fall. So far, 11 high schools have scheduled their voter registration drives. The Supervisor of Elections is challenging local high schools to get students registered for future elections and so far, the following schools are scheduled to participate: Barron Collier High School, ... Read More »

National White Cane Day


Saturday, October 15th is National White Cane Day! In order to raise public awareness, Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., in collaboration with Collier Association of the Visually Impaired (CAVI), will be hosting a White Cane Walk on Fifth Ave S in Naples from 10am to 12pm. The White Cane Walk will begin in front of Sugden Theater on Fifth Avenue, just ... Read More »

7 Essentials For Family Fishing Trips

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Kieran caught some nice trout while wearing his good luck safety gear on a Captain Rapps Charter

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps While you probably can’t wait to get out on the water with the family, there are a few things you should have with you to keep them happy, healthy and safe during your fishing trip. 1. Life Jackets While you should have life jackets handy anyway, you should never take kids out fishing on the ... Read More »

Beer Tasting, Music Comes to Chili Cook Off


Submitted IBERIABANK has partnered with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to host three informative seminars where Sergeant Neal Bohannon from the CCSO will provide instruction and tactics to help individuals improve their chances of surviving an active shooter scenario. Places formerly viewed as safe havens unfortunately have become targets for individuals or groups who want to afflict fear and ... Read More »

Sisbarro Acting School to Open

Gina Sisbarro. Submitted Photo

By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Gina Sisbarro wears many hats. She’s a playwright, an author, a public speaker, a ghost tour operator, and most recently the creator of Marco’s premiere acting school. Gina’s newest venture, Sisbarro Acting School, is set to open on Marco Island come October. The school will offer five different six-week courses that are geared for ... Read More »

One Wheel

Photos by Val Simon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Not often someone is driving and hears, “What’s THAT?!??”  To the young man riding around on a one-wheeled board, it must have been a little disconcerting to have a car start following close behind, but that is just what this writer did. We met a young man, originally from Jamaica, riding the board. His name ... Read More »

September Awareness – A Look Beyond the Ribbons


By Maureen Chodaba Throughout the calendar year, there is a cancer awareness theme for almost every month. These themes are usually marketed with the images of colorful ribbons. For September, a teal ribbon is the symbol of ovarian cancer awareness, while thyroid cancer awareness is represented by a teal, pink and blue combination ribbon. As a cancer survivor, I have ... Read More »

Connecting with the Past: Cultural Resources in Rookery Bay Reserve Provide Insights to Early Coastal Life

Each artifact is recorded and photographed. Photos by Renee Wilson

Coastal Connections By Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Thousands of years ago, indigenous people called the Calusa inhabited much of coastal Southwest Florida. The Calusa culture was a complex society that thrived on the bounty of the estuary as opposed to agriculture, which was the primary means of subsistence for many other early American people. Numerous Calusa settlements were developed along the ... Read More »

Betty Kimble Shares Art of Calligraphy

Betty Kimble with her calligraphy students. From left: Gina Roberts, Anthony Cosentino, Gaby Porter and Mona Anderson

By Samantha Husted While some may consider it a dying art form, it seems that calligraphy has found its home on Marco Island. All thanks to artist Betty Kimble. Each year for the past 12 years that she’s lived on Marco, Betty has held a two-week calligraphy workshop in her condo. Space is limited and only the most serious of ... Read More »

Classical Education vs. Progressive Education


By Jory Westberry If you’ve been following the campaign rhetoric during campaigning for the Collier County School Board, you may have heard the term “Classical Education” proposed by two candidates as the ideal education for the students in Collier County schools. But what is it and how does it compare to the education our students are receiving now? Classical education ... Read More »

The Wall Street Dollies: Investing in Friendship

Kathy Sullivan outlines the bucket list and challenges. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Understanding the ups and downs of the stock market can be a challenge. The jargon itself can prove to be baffling. For 20 years, a group of Marco Island women have been meeting to learn about the market and do some investing of their own. The Wall Street Dollies are proud to be one of the longest ... Read More »

Avow Foundation Charity Golf Tournament planned October 24th


Proceeds support families touched by serious illness and loss. Golf lovers in southwest Florida have an opportunity to play for a cause this fall. The second annual Avow Open Charity Golf Tournament is planned on Monday, October 24 at the Audubon Country Club in Naples.  Funds raised through the event will support the non-profit palliative and hospice care services provided by Avow. Registration begins ... Read More »