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HUMOR: That Reminds Me…

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was the second day of a moving sale. Like animals sense fear, people sensed it was bargain time. A man walked over to the table marked ‘All Items – $10’. He picked up one item and turned it around in his hands for a moment. “How much is this?” “Ten dollars,” was the reply to him. “I’ll give you five for it,” he said with the grin of a man about to get a deal. “Sold!” The man handed over his five-dollar bill. He took a step toward the exit, turned and asked: “What is ... Read More »

Students Learn Being “Waterwise” Saves Lives

Marco Y swimming instructor and lifeguard Steven “Bear”  Terstegge, has the students demonstrate their kicking abilities. photos by don manley

By Don Manley Judging by the laughter and excitement emanating from the grade school students, it might have been hard to tell that serious instruction was occurring at the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s Ms. Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center. Garbed in swim attire, the youths were gathered there on a recent morning for a session of the annual Waterwise Program, which teaches third graders from Tommie Barfield and Manatee elementary schools the basics of water and boating safety. Boating safety instruction is handled by members of Marco’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, while the Y’s aquatics staff conducts a swimming skills test ... Read More »

In Search of Swiss Cheese

Outside the beautiful walled city of Gruyeres. photos by vickie kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Switzerland is known for its cheese. Most of us have eaten “Swiss” cheese. Yet, few of us have experienced true Swiss cheese, for most of what is sold at local deli counters is a cheaper, lower quality commodity produced either domestically or from another country. It is made from pasteurized milk from cows fed on silage and often contains artificial ingredients. True Swiss cheese has no milk treatment, no artificial ingredients, no preservatives and comes from cows fed only grass or hay; no silage is allowed for Swiss cheese. The craft of cheesemaking in Switzerland dates ... Read More »

Collier County to Honor First Responders Who Resuscitated Patients from Cardiac Arrest

Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department will hold a special ceremony for emergency response personnel who responded to and contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. The Phoenix Awards ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at the Emergency Services Center, 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida 34113. Named after the mythological bird that died and rose renewed from the ashes, the Phoenix Award is given to first responders who brought back to life, through their highly trained efforts, patients who were clinically dead, with no heartbeat or breathing. More than 70 emergency response personnel from ... Read More »

The George DeMarco Foundation Celebrates 10 years and $100,000

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The George DeMarco Foundation celebrates over ten years and $100,000 in donations. Initially created to provide proceeds as charitable contributions with a principal focus on the needs of construction academies, the Foundation has expanded to include other endeavors benefiting the children in Collier County. The Foundation has committed over a decade to improving the lives of the young people in Collier County through hosting golf tournaments, Key West vacation raffles, and poker tournaments. With the leadership of a strong board, the Foundation has placed money with ABLE Academy, Step By Step and the construction academies at Lely High School, Palmetto ... Read More »

Is it a Job or is it a Career?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Color me delusional but I always approached each new opportunity as a part of my extensive career as tennis professional. As my mentor, Jak Beardsworth, once coined, “It seemed like a good idea at the time,” he said with a wry smile. Indisputably, my early ascent to running my own tennis program was an integral aspect of my joy in choosing my path in life. Similar to my playing career, I was lucky to taste success early, and that offered motivation to keep climbing, pursuing my dreams. My hometown club hosted the United States Clay ... Read More »

The Stranger

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Harlan Coben, Genre: Mystery Dutton 2015 – 386 pages   Adam Price was at the American Legion Hall for the draft of his son’s lacrosse league, at the bar with a Bud in his hand when his world was fractured. The Stranger approached him, telling him that his wife faked her pregnancy and miscarriage two years previously just to get him to stay in their marriage. As proof, he referred Price to verify Visa card charges to “Novelty Funsy.” It might be a good idea to run DNA tests on his two sons to see ... Read More »

Naomi’s Kittens and Triathlon Coach

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I need to clear up any confusion among new readers who have come late to my wisdom-packed columns. I am, in fact, a cat, a one-time dumpster diving stray turned full-time resident here at For the Love of Cats, Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter. I am, however, by no means your average house cat. For starters, I have my own newspaper column. Secondly, I am the shelter supervisor and manage a staff (remember, dogs have owners, cats have staff) of 70-80 volunteers who must heed my every request. And ... Read More »

Enjoy the Ride

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Many years ago, back when living in Florida was nothing more than a daydream, my husband and I wanted to live near the water. For many of us, there is a natural gravitation toward shoreline. For those who live in landlocked states, water views are rarer than Bigfoot sightings. And for us, living in Iowa, the landscape consisted of tall corn and clean rows of beans, with an occasional farm pond. But we were determined, so in 1997 we bought a tiny cabin on a small lake, a short drive from our hometown. When ... Read More »

New Memories and Fresh Interiors

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com As Marco Island celebrates its 50th anniversary, a whole new group of excited condo owners are creating new memories and fresh interiors. This week 318 condos are listed for sale on the island, representing $243 million of real estate, and making the average list price of a condo on Marco Island $764,000. In the first four months of 2015, 60% of these active listings came on the market. If no new listings came on the market the current inventory would be sold out in 6.9 months. Over the last twelve months, 550 condos ... Read More »

Set a World Record: WEAR IT!

The Marco Island City Council proclaimed its support for Safe Boating Week and its year round effort to promote safe boating by giving a proclamation to the
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 9-5 of Marco Island and the Marco Island Power
Squadron. To continue with its efforts for safe boating courses, the Coast Guard Auxiliary
of Marco Island will be holding its safe boating course “Boating Skills and Seamanship”
from July 6 - July 30. Anyone interested can contact Joe Riccio at 239-384-7416 or email flotilla95swope@
gmail.com. Pictured from l-r: John Moyer, Doug Johnson, Keith Wohltman (Flotilla
9-5 Commander), Larry Sacher (City Council Chairman), Doug Bartlett, and Joe Riccio. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted In honor of National Safe Boating Week, the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron is trying to help set a world record. Co-hosted locally by Rose Marina, a group photo will be taken of participants donning life jackets. The photo will be combined with photos from other sites around the world in an effort to reach a record breaking number of participants. The World Record attempt is an effort to remind everyone to wear their life jackets while boating. Boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Linda J. Turner

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The Marco Island Property Owners, (MIPO), Board of Directors thanks Council Chairman Larry Sacher and Councilors Batte, Honecker and Petricca for voting in favor of the Rental Ordinance. MIPO thanks all councilors for devoting many hours of service. Most Marco Island property owners worked many years to save their hard earned dollars so that they could afford to live on this beautiful island expecting a reasonable quality of life.   In time, many of these property owners witnessed their neighborhood transform from a friendly residential community to a rental/hotel business next door with new customers arriving every week. The Rental Ordinance ... Read More »

SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLLIER COUNTY NEEDS ASSISTANT COACHES FOR GOLF FOR THE 2015 SEASON

DATES:  June 2rd to August 1nd, 2015   DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Every Tuesday 5:00–6:30 pm (Practices held rain or shine unless otherwise notified).   LOCATION: Golden Gate Country Club, 4100 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples 34116 (Just west of 951 on GG Pkwy).   COMPETITION DATES: County Games: Tuesday, July 7th 2015 at GGCC 5:00-6:30 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. Area Games: Saturday, August 1st 2015 at Royal Palm Country Club, Naples 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Coaches are expected at games. State Golf Games:  Fri-Sat September 4th-5th, 2015 in Orlando. Not all coaches are expected to go to State Golf Games. But we will need some to go.   ASSISTANT COACH ... Read More »

Be a part of changing someone’s life forever… with Special Olympics Collier County

COLLIER COUNTY DRINKING WATER NAMED BEST TASTING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA   The Collier County Water Division produces the best tasting water in Southwest Florida, according to a panel of judges at the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association’s (FSAWWA) Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest – Region V.   Collier County’s drinking water was chosen as the best on Tuesday, April 14, during a blind taste test from among six samples submitted by water utilities from Collier, Lee and portions of Hendry counties.   This is not the first time Collier County’s water has been awarded the best tasting ... Read More »

Online Identity and Your Legacy

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” – Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder   Question: Having just lost my mother, I’m now more aware than ever of how important it is to make things as easy as possible for my loved-ones after I’m gone or for when I cannot manage my own affairs. It was extremely difficult to gain access to my Mom’s on-line information for bill paying, email and other matter further complicating the situation. What recommendations can you make? Answer: First, my condolences on the loss of your mother. ... Read More »

A Perfect Cartwheel

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By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My mom and sister were recently here for a visit and they could not be more appreciative guests. Through their eyes I am reminded how beautiful our Island home truly is. No sunset is taken for granted. Everything blooming is awed over. The beach is marveled. And having a swimming pool out the back door, paired with consistently sunny days, is a luxury they do not take for granted. As with most families, I suppose, when two or more family members gather together, conversations tend to slip into memories of childhood. This reunion of mine was ... Read More »

Blood On Snow

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By Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Jo Nesbo, Translated from Norwegian by Neil Smith Alfred A. Knopf 2015, 224 pages Genre: Mystery Collier County Public Library: Yes “When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.” – Victor Hugo   Since his earliest memory, Olav Johansen loved making up stories. With the soul of a poet, he seemed born to become a writer. Instead he became a hit man or fixer. When we meet him in late 1976 he has just carried out a “hit” for Daniel Hoffmann, an Oslo crime boss for whom ... Read More »

One World One Hope A Celebration of Life

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff On April 18, 2015, Mackle Park became the site for a celebration of life. “One World One Hope”, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger, embraced the community by celebrating cancer survivors, remembering loved ones lost, and empowering everyone to fight back against this disease. The opening ceremony began with the color guard presented by the Knights of Columbus, followed by the national anthem sung by cancer survivor, Marva Sutt. Event chair Jamie Bergen and presenting sponsor Robert J. Flugger rallied the crowd with enthusiasm while the ... Read More »

Building the Community: Marco Island

The Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge as it was being constructed in 1969. SUBMITTED photoS

By Don Manley Marv Needles is one of a relatively small group of people who can recall a Marco Island much different from the modern, bustling resort community of today. Marco’s full-time population now stands at about 16,000, with the number of residents almost tripling during the winter tourist season. The population stood at about 750 when he arrived in 1969, said Needles, the owner/broker of the business he started here, ERA Flagship Real Estate. “Most of them were construction workers, a huge number of construction workers,” said Needles. “It was definitely a blue-collar environment. There were a few of ... Read More »

Marco Island High Schoolers Are DAR Award Winners

(LtoR) Sandro Mendoza, his daughter Andrah Sansberg-Mendoza and DAR member Joanie Shields

Submitted Three Marco Island high school students received medals, certificates and scholarships at the April 16th meeting of the Marco Island Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at the Hideaway Beach Club. DAR Regent Karen Lombardi noted, “The focus of the national DAR is education, so what better way to demonstrate this than to meet and greet our Marco Island scholars!” Joanie Shields introduced the DAR Christopher Columbus Essay Contest winner, Andrah Sansberg-Mendoza, escorted by her father, Sandro. Andrah is the first Marco Island Academy student to win this award. Andrah is a straight A student who loves science, especially robotics, ... Read More »