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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 students need apply. This year, due to popular demand, Betty held two separate classes. The first round of students consisted of: Gaby Porter, Gina Roberts, Mona Anderson and Anthony Cosentino. “They all have their own style. I try to teach ... Read More »

Classical Education vs. Progressive Education

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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 began with the Greeks and Romans over 1,000 years ago and declined during the 1800s with the Progressive belief that students “learn by doing,” rather than memorizing. Classical education is based on the Trivium subjects, which are grammar, logic and ... 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 existing investment clubs in Florida. The group originally started as a mini club within the Newcomers Club of Marco Island. Original member, Phyllis Marco, said, “Two other clubs said we would never survive. Here we are 20 years later!” The ... Read More »

It’s Time to Pay Attention

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry No one is around you to see you, so be honest with these questions. Raise your pinky if you voted in the school board primary election two years ago. I don’t predict many pinkies in the air because about 38,805 out of 185,016 of all Collier County registered voters voted in that election. With Vote by Mail ballots, the question is, Why Not Vote? You don’t even have to go out in the heat. One of the benefits of a democracy is having the right to vote, but it should mean more ... Read More »

Police, Fire and City Employees Donate Backpacks

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Submitted For the seventh year, the City of Marco Island employees participated in the Give Back–Fill a Pack initiative in support of the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. The Shelter collects school supplies annually to ensure that school-aged children are well prepared when heading back to school in August. The goal to surpass last year’s total of 64 backpacks was accomplished, and a total of 84 backpacks were donated. “We are happy to assist the children in our community with school supplies and encouragement that will enable them to learn and be successful in life,” said Police Chief Al ... Read More »

6 Tips for a Safe Day on the Water

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With this hot summer air, and a tackle box full of lures, it is no wonder why you may be excited to hop onto the boat for a long day of fishing and relaxing. However, before you jump in, there are a few safety measures you should know about. 1. Follow and check off your pre-departure checklist  No one can perfectly remember everything they need to bring 10 minutes before heading out. That is why you should make a pre-departure checklist to check off before every boat ride. This list should include: life jackets, ... Read More »

Why Can’t We Live Together?

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It takes all the colors in the box to capture the beauty of the world we live in.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com People should act more like a box of crayons, living together in harmony no matter what color or how you look.  – Katelyn Doneker  I have a couple of news apps on my phone. One is NBC2, local news, and the other is USA Today for national news. They send an audible ping that accompanies a headline on my phone when there’s breaking news. Lately, there has been a lot of breaking news. As I write this article it is just days after the most recent tragedies involving shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and ... Read More »

Whoa, the Dreaded Words

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry As summer progresses, some of your children temporarily unoccupied by arts and crafts camps, drama experiences, nature field trips, organized sports, theme parks or other engaging experiences, may have uttered those dreaded words. “I’m bored.” If you haven’t experienced this declaration from your child or grandchild, you’re exceedingly lucky. I’ll tell you, it pains the heart. Here you are trying to find stimulation for your child(ren) beyond insipid TV and violent video games by researching the local and nearby activities, cross-referencing budgets, timing of events, carpooling options, supervision, whether friends will also ... Read More »

75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor/?Arizona Memorial

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Many of our readers know John Hamrick, a Goodland resident before his recent move to Key West. John is a true humanitarian. He has given so much back to the communities he has lived in that Coastal Breeze News did a feature article on him in 2012 (www.coastalbreezenews.com/2012/05/31/to-the-rescue). We were not surprised to hear from John and learn that he is still dedicated to helping others. By John Hamrick “A chill came over me and a tear started to rol. Wow, a phone call from the National Parks Association on behalf of the Pearl Harbor/Arizona Memorial, requesting my help!” I’m ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Droning on Agai

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Please, not another LTE from Councilor Rios “droning “on again about Veterans’ Community Park! You must think that you are a crusader for all Marco Island citizens with your constant LTE’s and the television news blurb airing of all your disagreements.   You are not.  You are embarrassing. Please learn to work with City Council, Gerard Baio Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni

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As many of you know I am a candidate for Marco Island City Council. The overarching theme of the campaign has been to unite Marco Island. For too long our city has been divided up, often times pitting neighbor against neighbor, for short-term political gain. I am running for City Council to represent our entire island community. I am an independent-thinker and I’ve pledged to listen to our citizens on the issues not just throughout the campaign but over the next four years. To that end, since I have announced my campaign I have had the pleasure of meeting with ... Read More »

Special Presentation for Marco Island Writers

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Submitted On July 13th, Betsy Perdichizzi as Dr. Mary Olds, will present renditions from her book “Into the Florida Wilderness”. The sketch will be followed by a discussion of the joys and woes from author to publisher. As always, admission to MI Writers, Inc. meetings are no charge for first-time visitors. This is your chance to see one of the finest historical re-enactors in SW Florida and learn about Mary Olds, one of the major forces in shaping Marco Island. Betsy will be answering questions afterwards, so it a great opportunity to learn from this historian, author and publisher. Betsy ... Read More »

PAWS to Hold Freedom Celebration BBQ

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Submitted Join PAWS Assistance Dogs of Naples in celebrating America and supporting our nation’s veterans on Saturday, July 9 at its first ever Paws Freedom Celebration Barbecue. PAWS, along with community partners, Post 9/11 Veterans Corp. and the City of Naples Fire-Rescue, will hold the BBQ at the PAWS Center at 3173 Horseshoe Drive, Naples between noon and 3 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Admission includes food and a non-alcoholic beverage. Advance reservations are required. Call 239-775- 1660 or go to www.pawsassistancedogs.org for reservations. All proceeds will benefit PAWS and Post 9/11 ... Read More »

Conservancy to Offer Kids Free Saturdays

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Submitted The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will offer free admission for children every Saturday during the months of July and August 2016. As part of the Conservancy’s commitment to connecting children with nature this summer, the Conservancy is offering up to four kids free with a paid adult ticket at $12.95. Visitors can travel around the Conservancy of Southwest Florida as they play games, create crafts and get up close with animals while learning about Southwest Florida’s environments and wildlife. Over the course of eight Saturdays, children can earn “Conservancy Explorer” pins to add to their “Junior Naturalist” sash. “It’s ... Read More »

New Voter Cards Mailed

In June the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office started mailing new voter information cards to all registered voters in Collier County. These cards will reflect changes in voters’ senate district wherein districts 23 and 39 have been combined into senate district 28; affecting all of Collier County. Voters are reminded to carefully review their voter information including their name, address and party affiliation. If voters need to make updates to their voter information, they can call (239)252-VOTE or complete and return the voter information update form included in the mailing. Florida is a Closed Primary State and during the ... Read More »

Master Gardeners Graduate

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences  (UF/IFAS) Extension Collier County office held a formal graduation ceremony on June 16, for 12 volunteers who successfully completed the 13-week Master Gardener certification program. The Master Gardener certification program is a 13-week program that covers an array of gardening topics including soils and fertilizers, plant identification, insect and pest identifications and control, pesticide safety, Florida native plants, and experience interacting with the public. The graduating class of 2015 including Chase Burnett, Dorine de Mena, Roberta Gannon, Maureen Gerrity, Hap Happney, Gerhard Horn, Alexis Lessard, Gilbert Long, Mark Poynter ODochartaigh, ... Read More »

Surge Youth Soccer Tryouts

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Submitted Surge Soccer Club youth tryouts and registration for the 2016/17 season is this Saturday, June 11, from 10-11:30 AM at East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Drive, Naples. Surge Soccer Club has partnered with the Florida Fire Juniors to give boys and girls in East Naples and Marco Island the opportunity to learn and play soccer in a professional environment with the best coaching staff in Southwest Florida. The 2016/2017 season runs from September 2016 to May 2017 (9 month program). The following programs are available: •  SURGE FFJ Pre-Academy – Boys & Girls U7 & U8 (2009, 2010 ... Read More »

New Owl Book on Bullying

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Submitted  On Thursday, June 16th from 3-4 PM, Dr. Dolores Burton will read her new book, “Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls are Worried,” at the Marco Island Public Library. The book is illustrated by local artist Jo-Ann Sanborn. Current statistics show nearly one out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year. After seeing the results of bullying in schools during her career as a teacher and school district administrator, Dr. Dolores Burton decided to do something about it. “Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls are Worried,” is a delightful story of Manny, ... Read More »

Great Migration of the World

A least tern flies over its nest on Tigertail Beach. Its cousin, the Arctic tern, will migrate up to 44,000 miles each year! Photo by Bob McConville

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Planet Earth is on the move! Every day, somewhere around the globe, some type of animal is on a migration route. Whether the need be food, water, warmth or finding a mate, there is a constant pattern of motion on our planet. Let’s talk about the migration of the largest number of land animals. This event takes place on the continent of Africa. In the springtime nearly two million wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and impala follow an annual pattern in their search for fresh grazing lands. The trail taken by these animals is now very predictable, ... Read More »

Social Skills for Children

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Submitted Manners and Dance with Ms. Laura is pleased to announce brand new summer activities. Beginning July 2016, Laura Spell will bring her brand of life and social skills, as well as modeling and charm, to Venetian Village. A long-time Naples resident, Spell is offering two-hour workshops on select Saturdays this summer to teach children ages 6-12 valuable life and social skills. These include: self-confidence, poise, presence, introductions, dining etiquette, hygiene and basic sewing. Children will learn time-honored life and social skills as part of additional two-hour workshops on select Saturday afternoons. Workshops in introductions and polite conversation, dining etiquette ... Read More »