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Arthrex Donates $5,000 to Collier Child Care Resources, Inc.

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Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. (CCCR)  announced that it has received a $5,000 contribution from Arthrex, Inc. to help provide partial tuition assistance for the children who are enrolled at the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center located at Florida SouthWestern State College, Collier Campus.  About forty percent of these families live at or below the poverty level and cannot afford the cost of child care on their own.  Approximately 75% of these families receive some form of tuition assistance. “We are proud to support and partner with Collier Child Resources, Inc. as the organization’s mission aligns well with Arthrex’s overall ... Read More »

Realistic Expectations

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Golf is not an easy game. I find that beginning golfers struggle with limiting their expectation. They see the person next to them on the range hitting the golf ball high and far. They want to make the ball fly far as well, and they expect to produce something similar. When I stand next to a basketball player dunking the basketball into the hoop, I do not change my own expectation of my own game. I simply do not have the physical capability to dunk the basketball. I would have to train for years, and ... Read More »

The Elusive Green Flash

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Have you ever seen a green flash? A green flash will sometimes happen at the moment of sunset; it usually requires an unobstructed horizon like the Gulf of Mexico. Essentially, they are a mirage effect that happens under certain atmospheric conditions. Light from the Sun is refracted (bent) as it passes through the atmosphere. Blue light is refracted more than green light, and red light is refracted the least. In addition, blue light is heavily scattered by the atmosphere, which is why the sky is blue. Essentially, this refraction gives us three images ... Read More »

Are You Ready for a Great Tennis Invention?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com I don’t know about you, but I love conveniences. It’s been a long time since I walked through my bank to do a transaction. Heck, I seldom go into a fast food restaurant to do a quick order because I love the drive thru. Walgreens has made their pharmacy so convenient that one may pick up their prescriptions at the drive through window. Awesome! The new Pick-Up Wall for tennis ball machine enthusiasts may be the most incredible new invention because it is so easy to get the best workout, and there is little ... Read More »

Jumping for Joy

Katie Schweighoefer, co-owner of Jump Hair & Nails, is no stranger to making her dreams come true. When she was a child, she knew she wanted to be a hair stylist. Ten years ago, she started her own tanning salon on Marco Island, and kept her dream alive with plans for one day adding hair and nails to the menu of services. Her dream came true when she teamed with her business partner, Peter Galluzzo. The two opened Jump Hair & Nails in April. A board-certified cosmetologist for 16 years, she attended Michigan State University, earning a degree in advertising. ... Read More »

Family Motivates Classic Transportation

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Jennifer and Ron Doino were looking for a warmer climate and a good place to raise their two children, Noah and Amanda. The husband-and-wife team found that and a thriving business when they took over Classic Transportation in 2004. “Classic Transportation has been around for 20-plus years,” says Jennifer. “We wanted to take the business and give it a fresh start.” Immediately, they revamped Classic Transportation’s six original vehicles and enforced new guidelines for their drivers. To be sure, the Doino’s were no strangers to being self-employed business owners, and they understood what it would take to push the business ... Read More »

Tales of a South Beach Parking Garage

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Many have already heard or read rumors and innuendos about a supposed “parking garage” at South Beach. Being that I’ve been involved from the start, let me tell you how it began and where it is now. Will it happen? We have no idea. As your county commissioner, I was approached by some property owners on Marco Island who explained all the problems they were having with parking spaces for the South Beach area. They asked how the county would feel about building a parking deck over the parking spaces on our side of the ... Read More »

Touchdown Club Donates Equipment to MIA Football

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The Marco Island Academy Rays Touchdown Club, a local booster club made up of Marco area residents, has made its first significant donation to MIA’s varsity football program — new equipment. The new equipment donated includes a Generation Two Vertical Power Model hydration system from Waterboy Sports, as well as video equipment enabling coaches to video tape Rays’ games. “With the hot weather we have here in Southwest Florida, it is vital that we keep these students well hydrated,” said Wayne Purvis, Touchdown Club president. “It is also important to assure coaches have the resources they need for teaching our ... Read More »

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters on the Gulf coast near Naples. This expansive amount of acreage requires a large team of staff members and volunteers to keep the area pristine. Rookery Bay Reserve is seeking 10 to 15 new volunteers who are year-round Florida residents. Volunteering allows participants to learn about the local environment while helping the state of Florida preserve natural resources and cultural heritage for future generations. Volunteers at Rookery Bay Reserve have the opportunity to assist in many areas including research, education, resource management, facilities and administration. “We ... Read More »

NCH Healthcare System Awarded “Top Tier” HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award

The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award honors hospitals operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EMR The NCH Healthcare System has been recently recognized by HIMSS Analytics with its top tier Stage 7 Award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model? (EMRAM), which tracks EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. “NCH Healthcare System is a top tier example of healthcare technology at work for the entire patient experience,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics. “From a comprehensive electronic medical record that has ... Read More »

American Patriettes Share Patriotism Through Talent

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jeff Popick was looking for a way to spend more time with his daughter, Alexis, doing things she really loves doing — namely singing and dancing. His entrepreneurial spirit and background in the entertainment industry took the desire one step further, and the American Patriettes was born. A troupe of local girls ranging in age from 7-15, the American Patriettes is a performance group specializing in song and dance with a patriotic flare. Recently, the girls traveled to Miami Marlins Park — via stretch limo — to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to the ... Read More »

Superfoods!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com If you’re like most people, you probably have a routine when it comes to just about everything from what you eat for breakfast to what you do before you go to bed. This could be a good or bad thing depending on what goal you are trying to achieve. When it comes to your diet, there is nothing wrong with eating the same foods for a while in the short term, but in the long run, you definitely need to feed your body a plethora of vitamins and minerals — you know nutrients — in ... Read More »

2014 Surge Soccer Academy

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Soccer Club or Surge as some prefer to call it, was started a few years ago by local soccer proponents who felt it was time to target their focus on this particular sport. The philosophy worked and in its very first year the club came home with trophies from championship games in Orlando. The ability to travel was just one reason the club was formed. Since those days, the club has undergone a number of changes and the sport has continued to grow in popularity. The 2014 fall season of the Surge ... Read More »

Dog Days of Summer Look Bright

The Humane Society Naples manned their adoption van on-site. I admit, I was dangerously close to adopting a new kitten.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com On Sat., Aug. 23, Sierra Grande, a brand-new 300-unit resort-style rental community located at 6975 Sierra Club Circle off Collier Boulevard and Rattlesnake-Hammock Road, partnered with the Humane Society Naples for a ribbon-cutting event to “unleash” the community’s newly-built Bark Park. The park is located on community grounds, and provides a place for residents to play with and walk their dogs. “As the area’s first new leasing community in over 10 years, this is really a special celebration for us,” said Property Manager Robin Schmitt. “Sierra Grande offers incomparable luxury amenities, and we are family- and ... Read More »

The Immokalee Foundation names Steven Kissinger executive director

The Immokalee Foundation board of directors announced the appointment of Steven E. Kissinger as executive director. Kissinger has 15 years of experience working with local nonprofits that are focused on children, most recently as chief financial officer of Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County. “We are pleased that Steven has accepted this leadership position with TIF,” said Joe Zednik, TIF’s chairman. “His strong financial and management experience, and community involvement make Steven the ideal choice for leading our organization into the future.” Kissinger is an alumnus of Leadership Collier (2005) and Bonita Springs (2010), and is a board member of ... Read More »

Are You Nutrient Deficient?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Do you struggle with losing weight? Do you exercise and feel that you eat “right” and yet the scale never seems to budge? Maybe you should inspect your diet a little bit closer… The truth is that we are an overfed and undernourished society. How can there be any truth to this oxymoron? Well, for starters, we are filling up on the wrong kinds of food. Forget about the food guide pyramid — don’t even get me started on that mess of a guide. Do you crave sugar? If yes, you could be deficient in ... Read More »

Marketing Marco

The Rose History Auditorium saw almost every seat taken, the audience entertained for more than an hour by Joyce’s colorful storytelling. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Tuesday, Aug. 5, the Marco Island Historical Society and the Marco Island Historical Museum hosted Jack Joyce to tell about his experiences in the early days of Marco Island real estate. “People love to hear about history. I’m telling them the history of Marco; how we did it, how we brought it to the marketplace,” said Joyce. Joyce was born and raised in Boston, where he was a food broker with his father. He attended Boston College night classes briefly, before shipping off to Korea and then Japan, but was wounded and sent home in ... Read More »

Optimist Soccer

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Lyndsi Koszo and Meghan Bonos are the ultimate soccer moms. Three months ago, the two Marco Islanders — with the support of the Optimist Club board. “We both have a passion for youth sports having grown up playing on various teams throughout our lives,” explains Lyndsi. “We recognized the need in the community for a comprehensive soccer program, focusing on core soccer skills with an emphasis on teamwork, character development and having fun at the same time. The Optimist program embodies these core values. It was a natural fit for us to volunteer to help ... Read More »

The Secret

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There is no better title to reel a golfer into an article. Every golfer is looking for the “secret” in an effort to improve. Golfers are looking for that one swing thought or one tip that takes their game to the next level. I believe there is a so-called “secret,” but just because there is a secret does not mean you will be on tour next week. With golf, nothing is that simple. I do not know if “secret” is the right word. However, all professional golfers have only one thing in common. The PGA ... Read More »

New Year’s Resolutions in August?

Basic “Summer Fun Health Care Tips” apply. Keep hydrated, use skin and lip protection,  sunglasses for eye protection and don’t overdo the your time in the sun... FILE PHOTO

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Few would argue that certain times of the year usher in a renewed focus on health and physical fitness. Each Jan. 1, the “new year” leads to countless New Year’s Resolutions — whether we adhere to them or not. Exercise, eat healthier, etc. Though Southwest Florida enjoys a certain amount of “summer” throughout the year, in most northern areas the pools open on Memorial Day weekend. To prepare, countless Americans diet in anticipation of exposing more skin in the months ahead. Plus, the wise ones buy sunscreen in preparation for the “ray ... Read More »