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A Passion For Pickleball

Photo by Wayne Clark
The Zing Zang Championship Court.

By Wayne Clark   During my career as a tennis coach, I have been to several United States Tennis Association (USTA) -sanctioned tournaments. I have also been to many professional tennis tournaments. I have attended the professional events as a spectator, as a coach, as a director of ball boys and ball girls, and as a vendor providing racquet-stringing services for the players. Professional tennis tournament events are very different than regular USTA-sanctioned events. It’s the big leagues! In addition to tennis tournaments, I have attended a couple of Unites States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA) sanctioned pickleball tournaments, but ... Read More »

Never Again!

USS Donald Cook

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Here is what the news outlets reported back on April 11 and 12th: “A United States Navy destroyer operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft April 11 and 12.  USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close proximity of the ship. On April 11, Donald Cook was conducting deck landing drills with an allied military helicopter when two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous close-range and low altitude passes at approximately 3 p.m. local. One of the passes, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Jared Grifoni Announces Candidacy for City Council My fellow Marco Islanders, We certainly have a lot to be thankful for. Our piece of paradise is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. I love Marco Island and all that it has to offer. Over the course of the last few years I have witnessed our home being poked, prodded, and divided by those in positions of authority within our city for the purposes of what can only be described as political manipulation for electoral advantage. It is time that we, the citizens of Marco Island, ... Read More »

Marco Hilton to Get Facelift

A rendering of how a portion of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa’s pool area will appear, post-renovations. Submitted Photo

By Don Manley  The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa’s $40 million renovation and expansion project is a plus on many levels, according to Bob Brown, chairman of Marco Island City Council. “Any time one of the major hotels in the area does any renovations, it benefits not only them, but tourists, residents, the community as a whole. Certainly the Hilton brought forth a site development plan that shows they’re very committed to make the hotel one of the best the area.” Alex Parker, president of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, agreed. “Ultimately, it will be a great ... Read More »

Serve It Up

Roger Federer prepares to throw in an upward motion to the ball. Submitted Photos

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Arguably, the most important shot in the sports of tennis and pickleball is the serve. In tennis, holding serve is an important factor in staying on a winning course and maintaining a positive attitude. This is even more of a factor in pickleball, because I can only score points when I’m serving and I only get one serve! The basic premise of a winning strategy in both games is very simple, be the last person to hit the ball over the net and inside the lines and you win the point. With that said, if we ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part VI Aha! Is That a Tunnel I See Before Me?

A lovely new aqua glass and white tile backsplash sets off the quartzite counters. Photos by Carol Glassman

By Carol Glassman The day after the new kitchen cabinets arrived was Friday, March 18 and we all know how much work is usually accomplished at the end of a week: almost as if the Lord declared a day of rest in order to get ready for a few days of more rest. I was up and ready to admit workers at an early hour, and as usual sat around for three more hours until they actually arrived. I must admit I was a little dubious when two rather slight fellows, we’ll call them Joe and Moe because they looked ... Read More »

Golf Nutrition

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Here is a story we have all heard a million times. A golfer is going along nicely in his round, hitting good shots, having a good time, and then all of the sudden in the middle of the back nine the shots start going awry. It keeps getting worse and worse until he comes into the 19th hole after his round, depressed about his finish, and mentally drained from the experience. The usual statement is “I got tired out there.” Even though physical conditioning might be a problem, it usually is not the biggest reason ... Read More »

Lily to the Rescue

Lily practices life-saving skills with Power Squadron member Robert Gloodt. Submitted Photos

Submitted Don’t be surprised if you see a magnificent black and white Newfoundland in a custom life jacket prancing about on Marco Island. Lily is doing her job to encourage community-wide participation in the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s Wear It Campaign. She is, after all, the Power Squadron’s mascot. How can attending the Wear It event in your life jacket save lives? The North American Safe Boating Campaign continues to have positive impact on boater behavior. An annual survey of recreational boaters conducted by Paul Worth and Associates, on behalf of the National Safe Boating Council, found that: ... Read More »

The Saudi Prince, Oil and Electric Vehicles

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Straight roads are for fast cars, turns are for fast drivers.” Colin McRae, British Race Car Driver, 1968-2007. Question: How will sales of Electric Vehicles (EVs) impact oil demand and how prevalent is the use of EVs at this time? Answer: More Electric Vehicles (EV) on the road will certainly reduce oil demand. During the last quarter of 2015 the total number of EVs in use worldwide reached the one million mark. To put this in perspective, there are roughly one billion cars in use and the number of EVs on the road is one ... Read More »

Old World Craftsmanship Meets Modern Technology

Employees are family at Marco Canvas. Photo by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff At a time when most of our goods are anonymously manufactured in faraway places, it is gratifying to discover Marco Canvas & Upholstery, a family-owned company that employs local workers to create quality, American made products, here on Marco Island. Since the day the doors to Marco Canvas opened in 1978, the Skrzynski family has dedicated themselves to providing custom fabrication with the highest level of customer service and attention to detail. In the 70s, when the Skrzynski family moved to Marco Island there wasn’t much on the island in terms of services and products. ... Read More »

Timing is Everything

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Federer hits on the run, demonstrating full reach and perfect balance.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com If you are a regular reader of my column, you already know my favorite saying is “lazy feet lead to lousy shots.” We have accepted and conquered the fact that our feet must move for us to be in proper position to strike the ball. Let’s now consider the importance of the timing of our footsteps in relation to being in proper position to strike the ball. There is a certain cadence that is associated with a rally in a tennis point. In today’s world of professional tennis with all of the grunting and ... Read More »

Art on Marco

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Artists Lindy Kowalczyk, Malenda Trick, Betty Newman and Joanna Sunshine set up the buffet table.

Submitted April Fools! Easter may have been over, but the theme at the Local Color Art Gallery said differently. The gallery’s monthly art walk, which is always held on the first Friday of the month, just happened to fall on April 1st and Easter was the theme. Antique eggs, jelly beans, edible decorated eggs, spring flowers and bunny baskets were the décor of the evening. Fingers were crossed wondering how many guests would arrive since the season is closing and car carriers taking snowbird’s vehicles north are an everyday sight on the island. But art lovers did not disappoint and ... Read More »

East Naples Hosts ?Inaugural Pickleball Championship

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Submitted  The U.S. Open Pickleball Championships was founded by racquet sport professionals and life long athletes, Terri Graham and Chris Evon. Graham and Evon spent over two decades working for Wilson Sporting Goods in Chicago, where Graham was the Business Director for indoor racquet sports and spearheaded racquetball, squash, badminton, platform tennis and most recently, you guessed it, pickleball! The two recognized the time was right for a world-class international pickleball event and in 2014 they started Spirit Promotions, LLC to organize the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. To their delight, these Marco Island part time residents needed to look no ... Read More »

Marco Island Mattress Company = Better Sleep

Richard and Gregory Sumer. Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Toss…Turn…Toss…Turn! How many of us have had such sleepless nights? In my never-ending quest to achieve physical fitness, I now wear a Fitbit all day long, including to bed at night. It not only counts my steps taken and calories burned during the course of a day, it now records my hours and quality of sleep. And what does it say about that quality of sleep? In my case, the word is restless! I turn to the internet in times of insomnia. I tend to Google any and every topic that comes to my mind. On one ... Read More »

Fundamentally Speaking

Skeet shooting- field layout

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As an instructor and competitor in both tennis and pickleball, I have noticed a difference in how these two games are played. Here at the Marco Island Racquet Center, both sports are mostly played as doubles. As I watch games and matches being played, I see a significant difference when observing tennis in how much, or how little, all four players are participating in the point as compared to pickleball. The fundamental strategy of all doubles in both sports is for players to work together as a unit. Even though the two sports are very similar, ... Read More »

Marco Island Loves Essentrics!

Submitted In just a short period of time, Essentrics with Judy classes, which began on January 4, 2016, have grown from just eight students to almost 40 students per class. According to Tom Waltz, director of business development, “We are seeing a huge response to the Essentrics program here on Marco Island. Since our first class on January 4th we are seeing more students every week, and have a overwhelming retention rate due to Judy’s energetic instruction.” Essentrics combines strengthening and stretching to develop a strong, toned body and enhances the ability to move joints and muscles freely, and with a full range of ... Read More »

Travel to the Canadian Rockies

Along this road was typical (yet, no less beautiful) scenery.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  There are several ways to visit the main attractions of Alberta, Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Many companies offer package tours with various options. Some feature just the area around Banff and the Columbia Icefields, while others cover more of western Canada, including British Columbia. There are Canadian tour companies that provide organized hiking or hiking/camping tours. Road Scholar (formerly Elder Hostel) has active educational tours of the Canadian Rockies. You know how organized tours go; up at 6:30 AM, luggage out and breakfast at 7:00, on the bus by 8:00; herded into any lunch or dinners provided. ... Read More »

Not Too Early, Not Too Late

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Federer displays proper timing of racquet preparation for an incoming ball, and out in front ball contact.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com I think that possibly the oldest and most overused (and in my opinion, the worst) phrase ever heard in tennis instruction is “get your racquet back.” Unless we are hitting a volley, we should always be getting our racquet back! With that said, I believe that getting our racquet back too early can cause more problems than getting our racquet back too late. Getting the racquet back too early means we must stop in the middle of our stroke and wait for the ball, which breaks the rhythm of our stroke. In the photo sequence, touring ... Read More »

Online Contest Awards Artists with Heart

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Submitted  Artist Denise Wauters’ mission to promote artists led her to create the Heart Award– to recognize and market artists who submit their work to the Online Art Contest. Themed art calls through the Online Art Contest allow artists the opportunity to gain exposure and reach a larger audience for their talents. The most recent art call, entitled “Patterns: From Nature and Man Made,” recently named its winners. Marco Island’s Karen Swanker was named Grand Prize winner of the Heart Award. Using “found objects” of metal, plastic, glass and paper, Karen’s winning piece entitled “The Power” includes objects that she painted ... Read More »

Scholarships Help Educate Adult Women

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Submitted The Marco Island Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is accepting applications from adult women for the Martha Yates $1,000 Scholarship. To qualify, the applicant must be a woman age 21 or older living or working on Marco Island, Isles of Capri or Goodland, and enrolled in an accredited college or university. Candidates will be judged on past academic performance and ability, on educational goals and interests, and on their level of financial need. Completed applications must be received by March 31, 2016, and include the scholarship form, a statement of economic need, a course transcript ... Read More »