Tag Archives: learn

Emergency Pet Care Program CPR With Shogi & So Much More!

By Maureen Chodaba They light up our lives with unconditional love. They touch our hearts and teach us valuable lessons about life itself. They are our pets and we love them dearly. Have you ever been faced with an emergency involving your beloved furry friend? Have you ever wondered what would happen to your pet if you were suddenly not ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Chamber Requests Removal of Rios From TDC

Our understanding of the mission of the City Council is to protect the interest, safety and reputation of the citizens, businesses and visitors of Marco Island. Each of you have a seat and represent the Island on our county boards. The words and actions of our City Council have a direct economic impact on our quality of life and your ... Read More »

Treasure Hunter Captain Carl Fismer Brings Treasure to Isles of Capri

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry When you hear that world-renowned treasure hunter Captain Carl Fismer, with 47 years of treasure hunting experience, is going to be the honored speaker at the Isles of Capri Community Center, you can bet your doubloons you’re going to be there to hear him! Capt. Carl, also known as “Fizz” to his ... Read More »

Get to Know the Civil Air Patrol

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides On Saturday, May 6th the greater Marco community is invited to attend an open house at the Marco Island Executive Airport for the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary’s Civil Air Patrol unit. The men and women of the local squadron will be showing off their newest aircraft with all of the high tech equipment that allows them ... Read More »

20% DISCOUNT FOR SWIM LESSONS 

To keep young children safe in the water, the Collier County Parks & Recreation Division is offering a 20 percent discount for all Collier County children age 5 and under for Level 1 swim lessons at all county aquatic locations. Deaths from drowning for children age 5 or younger in Florida are more than double the national average are higher ... Read More »

Talking Easter Eggs?

Imagine a child, blind or visually impaired, that cannot participate in an Easter egg hunt because they are unable to see the eggs. Not Lighthouse of Collier’s youth. On Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 10 AM to 1 PM, Lighthouse of Collier is teaming up with Royal Scoop at their 23rd Annual Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt and Games. The ... Read More »

News From The Nest: Keeping An Eagle Eye On Bald Eagles, Paleo And Calusa

By Linda J. Turner Finally! There are two eaglets in the nest at the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary. Last week, through a high-powered lens, two small, fuzzy, eaglet heads were seen reaching up for food being delivered into the nest by the adult eagles. One eaglet appears considerably larger than the other, an indication that the two ... Read More »

Boaters Go Hunting: Scavengers On The Water

Submitted Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron recently held its 11th annual Digital Scavenger Hunt. Organized and scored by club members Mona and Rick Kelso, the marine scavenger hunt tested the skills, the visual acuity and most vividly the imaginations of six boat crews. At 10 AM the crews boarded their craft and opened the sealed packets that contained the ... Read More »

How We Give Back

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island The most vital part of what we do as an organization is giving back to those touched by cancer. A large focus is placed on patient services, and how the funds raised are being distributed and used. As a community, this question comes up frequently, and for good reason. People want ... Read More »

MIA Senior Shoots for the Stars Grandparents Get Him Started

By Barry Gwinn Dylan Demkovich will be going to Brown University this year. Founded in 1764, this Ivy League school, of 6,200 undergraduates, is located in Providence, Rhode Island and is the seventh oldest college in the U.S. With a weighted GPA of 4.95 (out of 4.00) at Marco Island Academy (MIA), Dylan scored an early acceptance to Brown and ... Read More »

Brew Crafters Club Brings Competition to Seafood Fest

By Samantha Husted For the first time ever the annual Marco Island Seafood Festival held an official home brewed beer-tasting competition. Members of the local organization Southwest Florida Brew Crafters brought with them ten of their finest ales for festivalgoers to sample. After trying the various beers participants were able to vote for their favorite. Cass Palmer, a local Florida ... Read More »

Collier Healthy Weight Community 

Collier County was recognized by the Florida Department of Health as a 2017 Healthy Weight Community Champion. The Board of County Commissioners received the recognition on Tuesday from members of the Florida Department of Health in Collier County. Between August and December 2016, local governments were invited to submit best practices they implemented in their communities to increase physical activity ... Read More »

I’m Just Wild About Stars and Candy…

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “Stars on the Water” and Candy Morgan, that is. Eleven years ago, Candy Morgan visited me (the principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary at the time) with a proposal for an after-school support program for second graders called “Stars on the Water.” The original inspiration came from Reverend Kyle Bennett at St. Mark’s ... Read More »

Boaters Convene in Orlando

Submitted The United States Power Squadron, the largest recreational boating organization in the US with more than 35,000 members, held their annual meeting at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida during the last week in February. For over 100 years, the Power Squadron has worked to make boating safer through its extensive educational program. The local squadron, Marco Island ... Read More »

A Show of Flora & Fauna’s Free Spirit

By Maria Lamb Florida’s “Flora and Fauna” was the theme of the Calusa Garden Club’s recent March exhibit at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. It has been written that Florida’s flora is what caught the eye of Ponce de Leon and the Spanish explorers when they claimed Florida for Spain in 1512. They named the region “Florida” which ... Read More »

Calusa Days Offers Fun Look at Everglades’ Past

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “There are no other Everglades in the world.” ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas On Saturday, March 18 from 10 AM to 3 PM take a journey of the cultural history of the 10,000 Islands during Everglades National Park’s Calusa Days at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City. The Calusa were a self-sustaining indigenous people ... Read More »

PACE’s “Throw a Girl a Lifeline” 

Over 400 men, women, PACE girls and honored guests attended the Annual “Throw a Girl a Lifeline” luncheon and fundraiser at the Naples Grande Beach Resort on March 3, raising over $95,000 for PACE Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee. “Thank you to all of our supporters and to everyone who contributed to making this years ‘Throw a Girl a ... Read More »

Big Cypress Draws 1.1 Million Visits in 2016

Big Cypress National Preserve recorded 1,102,148 visits in 2016, the National Park Service’s centennial year. “For four decades, families and visitors have traversed the Tamiami Trail through the Big Cypress National Preserve for a chance to explore the swamp, catch a glimpse of abundant wildlife, or learn more about the region’s rich history and culture. We experienced steady visitation in ... Read More »

Pinball for Therapy

By Jesus Calo  Think back to a fond memory playing at an arcade. The rush when first walking in, the fun experience of winning prizes, and reaching a high score after a game of pinball. Think of the sounds of pinballs clashing and lights flashing. Believe it or not, there are scientific findings that playing games, such as pinball, can ... Read More »

Kiwanis Launches “Christmas in July” Backpack Campaign

By Maureen Chodaba  Close your eyes and remember the days of childhood. Go back in your mind’s eye to recapture the feeling of going to school. Do you remember the challenges of learning? How about the social goals of fitting in and making friends? Did any other kids ever make fun of you? Hopefully, most of you were as fortunate ... Read More »