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Eagles Draw Art Patrons

Twenty artists were selected and every piece was available for sale to support the goals of the Foundation.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The streets of Marco Island were a little less crowded on Tuesday, February 10, and now we know why. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held its regular “Second Tuesday Reception” by hosting the opening of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation’s exhibit “Bald Eagle and Wildlife Art”. This was the highest attendance of all “Second Tuesday Receptions” at the Center and the exhibit was filled wall-to-wall with supporters of this worthy cause. Patrons lined up out the door to experience artist’s work of Bald Eagles and other protected wildlife to support the foundation’s efforts. “We ... Read More »

Former Co-owner of The Precision Cut now at Skin Renewal Systems

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For over 30 years, Teresa DiFranco has impacted the beauty industry. From precision cuts, premium hair products and a determination to succeed, this Sicilian-born Stylist knows her creativity. Born in Casteltermini, Prov. Agrigento, Sicily she began her trade in Chicago Illinois at the age of 17 years old. DiFranco was also known as Cosmetology Sweetheart, earning her first place amongst her class, which was no easy task coming to the Unites States at the age of 13, where she learned English and rapidly rose through the beauty ranks by her own will and determination. Being an entrepreneur and having a ... Read More »

Walking Collier

Eagle Lakes Community Park provides excellent habitat  for birds that live on or near water, as well as easy access trails for birders. Egrets, herons, anhinga, and cormorants feed in close proximity to a large alligator. photo by carl kelly

By Carl and Joan Kelly Eagle Lakes Community Park is located on US 41 where Eagle Lakes Drive becomes Barefoot William Road (1 ½ miles west of SR 951 and US 41) there is an animal sanctuary that is part of a community park. The sanctuary is very busy with birds. It has multiple trails encircling three lakes and marshlands. Each trail connects back to the car park. There are also a children’s park, baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, picnic tables, and restrooms. To reach the trails walk past the baseball fields north of the parking lot. At the ... Read More »

Roseanne Rosannadanna

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If you want to go fast…go alone. If you want to go far…go together.” — African Proverb   Question: My financial affairs are in good shape, although they might be a bit random and unintentional. I know I need a plan, yet I’m afraid that if I do make changes I’ll do something wrong. World affairs are so volatile, the economy is uncertain, interest rates are low and the stock market is so high; what should I do?   Answer: It sounds like you’re in the right frame of mind to prioritize, organize and gain ... Read More »

Practice…We Are Talking About Practice!

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many ways to succeed in the game of golf. Since I have been in the business, I have improved my own game. Many PGA golf professionals played in college and/or professional golf. I, on the other hand, entered the golf business after a short stint in the financial world. I have worked hard on my game since I started in the golf business. Truth be told, my game was not up to par with other PGA Professionals. I realized this early in my career, and I started practicing every day. I was single, ... Read More »

Deep Down Dark

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Hector Tobar Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014 309 pages – Nonfiction Collier County Public Library: Yes “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories Of 33 Men Buried In A Chilean Mine, And The Miracle That Set Them Free” is the complete title of this account of the August 2010 accident at San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile. When the men of A shift report for work on Aug. 5, 2010, most of them are aware of the thunder-like noise and dust, or “smoke,” coming from the mountain mine. A few are even aware of the half-inch ... Read More »

Marco Island Celebrates Arbor Day

Tommie Barfield Elementary School 3rd graders sing for the onlookers.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Gloomy, overcast skies gave way to beautiful Southwest Florida sunshine on Friday, Jan. 16, just in time for the city of Marco Island’s annual Arbor Day celebration. Sponsored by the city’s Beautification Advisory Committee, this year’s ceremony was held at Mackle Park, and included the planting of a Golden Trumpet tree provided by Affordable Landscaping Services. The brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska journalist and politician, the first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872. According to arbor-day.net, Morton felt that Nebraska’s landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees, ... Read More »

Havana to Tehran: When Does it End?

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Having traveled around the world for many years and negotiated many deals with various customers, distributors and some governmental organizations, I may claim to know something about what negotiations are all about. Negotiations are never “all or nothing.” There does not have to be one winner and one loser. While the goal of any negotiation is most certainly getting what you want, the fact is that the best deals are always a result of “give and take.” There is a definite technique involved in negotiations, and this is not a God-given talent or a result ... Read More »

McCarty Group: The Secrets of Success

The McCarty Group is Denis Smith  (l-r), Nancy Brewer and Wendy and Mike McCarty. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Mike and Wendy McCarty are very busy these days. Along with having the No. 1 market share on Marco, the career realtors with the Marco Island office of Keller Williams Realty Inc. (KW) — along with their team members Denis Smith and Nancy Brewer — increased their business by 73 percent in the last year, and most recently, they ranked in the top 50 agents in closed volume for all KW agents internationally. Specifically, they ranked 44th out of 110,000 agents. “The McCarty Group has experienced amazing growth in the last year,” explains Cindy Griesse, ... Read More »

The Body, the Body, the Body

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org When I started teaching the game of golf, it never crossed my mind that I would be studying biomechanics, 6D video and physics, but this is the high level of education available to instructors. I am just a novice at these subjects compared to the top teachers in the world. However, my expertise is helping a student make a golf swing that is functional for their body. A new buzz word in the golf instructional world is biomechanics. Many biomechanics are discovering that that the biomechanical study of the golf swing is complex and right ... Read More »

Diane Terrill

Diane Terrill has joined the City of Naples Airport Authority as its communications specialist for noise abatement. The position was created to oversee the noise program for Naples Municipal Airport and includes the responsibilities of responding to the public about aircraft noise concerns; promoting noise-abatement procedures among airport users; assisting with public outreach and communication; and working with the Airport Authority’s Noise Compatibility Committee. Terrill most recently served as manager of Laconia Municipal Airport, a general aviation airport in Gilford, New Hampshire. Built in 1941, the airport serves the needs of pilots flying a range of aircraft: from small, single-engine planes to ... Read More »

PPK Scores Webb Day with the Dolphins

Local winners competed in the sectional competition
in October at the Dolphins training facility. They were: Boys 6/7: Jake Bruni, Girls
8/9: Lyndsay Lowdermilk, Boys 8/9: Andrew Meyers, Girls 10/11: Jordan Kraley, Boys 10/11: James Burns, Boys 12/13: Justin Webb,
Boys 14/15: Cody Webb.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Cody Webb won the Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) competition for the 14-15 age group earlier this year. The annual PPK event is hosted by the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department, winners were: From that win, Cody moved on to one of the four section competitions that were held, where again, he won his age group. Cody then progressed to the Miami Dolphins Team Championship held pre-game at the Miami Dolphins December 7th home game. Cody finished second in his age group. Cody had previously received an award from the City of Marco Island ... Read More »

Teen Creates Smiles with Tiaras, Fairy Dust

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Sixteen-year-old Duneshka Cruz is anything but a normal teenage girl. The Marco Island Academy junior wants to be a medical examiner, and was recently invited to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, a summer program for young people eager to make a difference in the world and save lives. She is vice president MIA’s Student Leadership Team, and is a member of the Interact Club. She also is vice president of the South Florida Chapter of the Youth Leadership Committee of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Cruz already has narrowed her college choices down to five, with ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Adventure Race

The colorful boats waiting at the starting line enhanced the natural beauty, so rich at Rookery Bay. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Saturday, Nov. 22, a rainbow of colorful kayaks in an array of shapes and sizes filled Henderson Creek, behind the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning center. Kayakers and runners of mixed experience levels enjoyed the clear, beautiful morning as they awaited the start of the 5th Annual Rookery Bay Adventure Race. Onlookers lined the bridge above the starting line, each hoping to get the best view of the two-part race while admiring the assortment of crafts below. Hosted by Friends of Rookery Bay, the yearly event is run by Up A Creek Kayak Tours, owned by ... Read More »

Up to My Knees in Adventure

We arrived at our designated entrance point into the swamp and exited the tram; this was the first thing I saw. Of the countless pictures I've taken in my career, this now ranks among my most favorites.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Recently relocating to a place so geologically different from where I was born and raised in northeast Ohio, I get to experience new things almost daily. As a reporter, I go out on many assignments with a child-like wonder, and come away with life-long memories often feeling renewed and empowered. In my quest to see all of the exotic beauty on display here at the bottom of our nation, I’ve ventured where I never thought I could, pushing through my fears, phobias and physical limitations. That being said, if someone had told me exactly one year ... Read More »

Heed the Greed and Focus on Need

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Are you a thermostat or a thermometer?” — Martin Luther King, Jr. Question: During the Great Recession, my husband and I had losses in real estate and the stock market. While we’re still “okay” and have sufficient assets for a comfortable retirement, we disagree on how much risk to take with our portfolio. Can you help? Answer: Your situation isn’t uncommon. The desire to recoup losses is human nature. The problems arise when people think increasing risk is the way to recover. Before deviating from your current financial plan there are two important ... Read More »

Pluses of Perfect Posture

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Do you suffer from lower back pain? Upper back pain? Hip or neck pain? What about headaches? Do you drag through your day lacking energy? If so, your posture may be to blame. If you find yourself standing most of the day, you probably have a habit of doing the same repetitive motions one-sided: standing with your weight more on one leg over the other, shifting your weight onto one hip more than the other, hyperextending (locking) your knees, rolling in or out on your feet, or perhaps you were born bowlegged or knock-kneed. These ... Read More »

Historical Society’s Talk on Caloosahatchee River

Dr. Kevin McCarthy discusses his book ‘10 Little-known Facts about the Caloosahatchee River.’ PHOTO BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman The Marco Island Historical Society opened its 2014-2015 season with a scenic voyage along the Caloosahatchee River guided by Dr. Kevin McCarthy, author and retired University of Florida professor of English and Linguistics. McCarthy’s book “10 Little-known Facts about the Caloosahatchee River” was brought to life at the Rose History Museum through his engaging narrative and power-point that included depictions of the river then and now. Did you know that the Caloosahatchee River helps connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Gulf of Mexico? It is part of the cross-Florida water way which includes Lake Okeechobee. Built in ... Read More »

Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer NOW

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Here are the latest tidbits on ways to slash your breast cancer risk as of 2014. The good news is we can all strive to do them right now! Brush your teeth and keep up with your dental checkups: Seriously! According to Dayton, Ohio, obstetrician/gynecologist Rosalind Jackson, “The connection between breast cancer and oral hygiene is the inflammation. Bacteria can build in your gums, and you can get periodontal disease or cavities in the bone of your tooth and that’s where infection can start and spread.” (1) Recent studies have shown that women who suffer ... Read More »

Light the Way

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour It seems now-a-days with so many new products for bicycles, like Go-Pro cameras and Garmin computers, you seem to run out of space on your handlebars pretty quickly, thus leaving out room for one of the most important accessories needed for this time of year: lights. Light sets are especially useful for early morning riding and late evening riding. Not only do they make you visible and feel somewhat safe, they are required by Florida law. (Section 316.2065, F.S.): A bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the ... Read More »