Tag Archives: life

BOOK REMARKS: The Wangs Vs The World

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Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “J. Marshall Weymouth made Charles feel small, like he hadn’t made his first million by the time he was thirty-three years old, like he didn’t have a flaming redhead named Saoirse on call, like he hadn’t blown out of Taiwan with nothing but a urea pipeline and lucked himself into the most ideal wife-and-children combo possible. Made ... Read More »

MIND, BODY And Spirit: The Heart of the Matter

Submitted Photo: Seven little people who make the holidays happy!

Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “I have found that it’s not WHAT I have in my life but WHO I have in my life that counts.” ~ Author Unknown We have reached that time of year when I feel as though I’m at the top of a roller coaster, the very highest peak, after a long, steady climb. As I peer over ... Read More »

Planning to Give

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.” ~William Wordsworth Question: What are the best ways to make gifts to charitable organizations? Answer: That’s a common question that comes up each year around the holidays. For that reason, let’s review how to best fulfill your charitable inclinations and make a difference ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Happy Thanksgiving…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers of this column may already know that Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. I have celebrated every Thanksgiving holiday with my family and friends going back to 1969, the year of my arrival to America as a college student. From my first Thanksgiving to the present day, this holiday warms my heart and ... Read More »

Marco Man Celebrates 100th Birthday

Photos by Jessica Hernstadt:  Pedro Vazquez and wife Aurora

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island resident Pedro Vazquez turns 100 years old on November 26, 2016. To celebrate this milestone, Pedro’s friend Kathleen Ferrier, son Pedro, Jr. and daughter-in-law Claribel, along with many other friends and family, threw a surprise party for him at Sarazen Park.  Some of the groups in attendance were the Beach Friends, Cuban American ... Read More »

Christianity in Palestine

Photo by Don Manley:  Rev. Mitri Raheb during his presentation at Marco Lutheran Church.

By Don Manley Christianity is alive and well in the land that was the religion’s birthplace: Palestine. An insightful glimpse into Christianity’s history, challenges, scope and current status in that strife-worn territory was provided recently at Marco Lutheran Church by someone with first-hand experience, Rev. Mitri Raheb. Rev. Raheb is pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church, located in his hometown and ... Read More »

Merrill Allen Thanks You: Music is his life. Goodland is his town.

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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn If you should happen to greet Merrill Allen on the streets of Goodland, you might be surprised at the warmth and friendliness of his response. He says he has found fulfillment and happiness here. Merrill, who was born in Grantsburg, Wisconsin in 1957, moved to Goodland in 1993 and never looked back. He has become ... Read More »

Dr. Bryan Hanypsiak Comes Home

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To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System We have all heard the story about those who come to Southwest Florida for a vacation and essentially never leave. For Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s Dr. Bryan Hanypsiak, this all-too-familiar story has a slightly different twist. Dr. Hanypsiak lived and worked in Naples for several years. As director of ... Read More »

‘The Nest’

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Insanity runs in my life. It practically gallops.”      ~ Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” I thought that the title, “The Nest,” referred to the family home in this novel, but in fact it is their term for the nest egg that their father set up for them. They themselves shortened ... Read More »

Shell Art Sale

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Submitted It is time for one of Marco Island’s favorite holiday traditions- the Marco Island Shell Club Holiday Shell Art Sale. This fun event will take place on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to 2 PM at the United Church of Marco. The Holiday Shell Art Sale offers visitors the chance to see what the Shell Club has been ... Read More »

Popular Programs Hosted by Friends of the Library

Photos by Maria Lamb: Smiles all around as participants show off their “magnum opus” for the day.

Submitted Friends of Marco Island Library hosted two popular programs last week that were very well attended. The first program, offered on November 12, was an exciting morning review on burrowing owls. Jean Hall, project manager of Marco Island’s Owl Watch Program had a brief slide show on the history of the burrowing owls and their protective status. Attendees learned ... Read More »

Fishing Fun

The Freedom Waters Foundation helped to make the Ten Thousand Island Kids’ first charitable event a success.

By Don Manley Ed Lindemanis experienced a milestone on a recent Sunday morning in the waters off of Marco Island. The 8-year-old went fishing for the very first time and was lucky enough to land a fish, a real keeper that he took home for his family to grill and enjoy. “It was over 12 inches,” he crowed joyfully, as ... Read More »

A Salute to Our Veteran…And All Veterans

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry He came to live with us from another state when he was eight. Up until his departure, raising a stepson was the hardest thing I had ever done. Through his pre-teen and teenage angst years, his ears were granite. He ignored us or paid lip service to our parenting; believe me, we ... Read More »

Relay For Life Kickoff Unveils Exciting Changes

Photos by Maureen Chodaba: Women’s Club of Marco Island team.

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Marriott recently hosted the kickoff of the 2017 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marco Island. More than 50 people from our community attended this party to jumpstart the fundraising season. The Relay For Life (RFL) is a global movement that flourishes as a grassroots community event, raising money in the fight against ... Read More »

Support Group for the Blind

Submitted Lighthouse of Collier is hosting a Peer Support Group, held every Tuesday from 10 AM–12 PM, and facilitated by Rick Hart. Rick currently holds a Master of Arts in Community Agency Counseling degree from Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois. He is a licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois and a member of the American Counseling Association. If you are new ... Read More »

Marco First Responders Awarded

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Steve Faskill (second from left) and Josh Ferris (second from right) with their awards

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Twenty Marco Island first responders were recognized on November 8 with Phoenix Awards, in a special ceremony held by the Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department. The Phoenix Award is given to emergency response personnel who have responded and contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. The award is given to first ... Read More »

This Was Not The Plan

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige This is the story of an overworked, over-ambitious, 30-something New York attorney who becomes a widower with a toddler son. When we meet him, his wife Mira has been deceased for over two years but Charlie Goldwyn is still spending days ... Read More »

Local Author Pens Book ?on Peyton Manning

Submitted Photo: Craig Kelley, left, with Peyton Manning, right.  (Man in center, unidentified.)

Submitted Twenty-four of Craig Kelley’s 29 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts were spent as the chief publicist for players and coaches, including 13 years for one of history’s finest players – Peyton Manning. Kelley recently was inducted into Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication Hall of Fame. A native of the state, Kelley graduated from LSU in 1982. ... Read More »

Expect Humor and Wisdom at ‘Show Me’ Book Launch

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From left: Derek Wakefield, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Randall Kenneth Jones.

Submitted On November 18 Randall Kenneth Jones will introduce Marco Island to his blend of humor, heart and wisdom at a Book Launch Party for his new book “Show Me.” From 5:30-7 PM at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Jones will read excerpts from his book, tell playful behind-the-scenes stories, and discuss his interviews with the likes of?Pat ... Read More »

The Marco Island Boxing Club Presents Live Boxing

DATE: Friday, November 11, 2016 LOCATION: Marco Island JW Marriott Hotel, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island (Palms Ballroom) TIME: Doors open 6 PM, first bout scheduled for 7 PM TICKETS: $20, available at the door NJ vs. Ireland This year, there will be five bouts between NJ and Ireland competing for the Frank Gervin Memorial Belt. Frank Gervin was ... Read More »