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Then Came Life: Living With Courage, Spirit and Gratitude After Breast Cancer

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Geralyn Lucas, Gotham Books, October 2014, 210 pages. Genre: Memoir   “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard   If the author’s name sounds familiar, it is because this is a sequel to her tremendously popular “Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy,” published 10 years ago. At the time of her mastectomy, she was 27 years old, enthusiastic, open and determined to enjoy every nanosecond of life. Now, 18 years later, she is in her mid-40s, graying, sagging, moving up in pants size, with a ... Read More »

2015 Relay for Life Kick-off

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Submitted Mention the word “cancer,” and almost every person can relate an experience, be it with a family member, a friend or that individual him or herself. In spite of research and progress in the fight against this dreaded disease, an individual can easily feel ineffective and hopeless in the quest for a cure. However, the ideas and actions of one man did indeed make a difference and created a worldwide phenomenon. In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon walked and ran for hours around a track in Tacoma, WA, raising $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This was ... Read More »

Hello Holly! First Baby Dolphin of the Fall is Here!

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist This is the second article in a series of three about Marco Island’s young dolphins. The first article can be viewed by going to coastalbreezenews.com under the “Environmental” heading, then under “Stepping Stones.”   It is Thursday morning, Oct. 2, and the Dolphin Explorer is on the water, as usual, surveying the area dolphins. Naturalist Kent Morse and Captain Michael Tateo, along with several guests, enjoy multiple sightings which include a few adult females. Information is being logged into the data base for research purposes. Among those seen is two-time mom Sparky, but no ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Tony Costantino

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Over the past several weeks the local news publications have given Marco residents the opportunity to voice their opinions concerning the candidates for city council in the upcoming election. The single candidate that truly stands out is Mr. Victor Rios.  Victor is a dynamic individual that will dedicate his proven organizational skills towards the betterment of our island home. Victor Rios will bring back some semblance of fiscal and social sanity to our island.  Victor is dedicated to the preservation of the residential quality of life that brought us to this paradise. He is not part of the real estate ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Victor N Rios

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To the Editor: A significant event in my life, was being a political prisoner in Cuba where I was severely tortured. My release from prison and exit papers from Cuba to come to the US was thanks to a good hearted man who risked his life to help people like me. That man that saved my life taught me that we need to give back to our fellow citizens. My many years of Community service, from helping children in NJ learn computer technology, to serving as a proud member of the U.S. Army, to helping Los Angeles children at risk learn about computers, in a program I ... Read More »

Letter to the editor: Pat Molloy

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Our beautiful city of Marco Island always needs a city council that cares deeply about the city and its citizens.  Litha Berger has spent her time in this city working selflessly to improve the quality of life for the people of Marco Island.  She has led and/or participated in the Marco Island Taxpayer Association, Newcomers of Marco Island, Marco Island Big Flag Committee, and most recently as a member of the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Committee. Even more important than her contributions to this city is the business judgment she will bring to the council.  Litha has extensive experience ... Read More »

The Jewel of Marco

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On Nov. 8, Golden Gate Jewelers of Marco will celebrate its grand opening on Marco Island. Owners, Annelie and Amir Kathein, have been working in their store in the Shops of Marco since June 3. Marco Island is the location of their second store. The husband-and-wife team founded Golden Gate Jewelers 34 years ago in Fort Lauderdale, but have had a house on Marco for the last eight years. Mother and daughter, Annelie and Avital, are now year-round Marco Island residents and will operate this location full time. Father and son, Amir and Ari, commute during the week to run ... Read More »

Change Comes to Code Enforcement

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Since April, Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Department has been quietly undergoing reconstructive surgery. It started with the assignment of city Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie to the three-person department to carefully examine all means and methods used by enforcement officers. The process will continue through this year as City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council make crucial decisions about hiring a magistrate and organizing a new City Code Advisory Committee. “Nancy was a good, impartial person to bring in there and examine how (the department) was handling its responsibilities in an unbiased way,” explains Hernstadt. ... Read More »

Bridge Over Troubled Water

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com From the moment I sat down on her couch, by far the most comfortable seat in her home-office on Marco Island, I was drawn in; and it wasn’t just because of her soft tone of voice. Psychotherapist, Carolyn Katchmar is a very interesting woman with a story I found myself relating to in many ways. Born and raised in southern Illinois, her life experiences seem to have all but fated her to choose this career path and help others using her acquired skills. Katchmar married her first husband at just 20 years old, and shortly after, ... Read More »

The Marco Players Launches 40th Season! 1974 – 2014

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When The Marco Players raises the curtain for its 2014-2015 Season, the oldest not-for-profit theater on Marco Island will launch its 40th season of live performance art with Main Productions, Special Productions and a Lunch Box Series. Started in 1974 as a children’s play reading group, it was eventually re-created as an adult community theater known as The Marco Island Players.  Originally, a for-profit theater, the Players incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the mid 70’s and is now known as The Marco Players. Season subscriptions offer discounted ticket prices. Tickets are now on sale at www.TheMarcoPlayers.com or call the ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Leads Fight to End Breast Cancer

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Did you know that the American Cancer Society invests more in breast cancer research than any other cancer type to find, prevent, treat and cure the disease? We’re in every community providing free information and services to people fighting the disease. Today, one in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer turns to us for help and support. Over the past 20 years, we have helped more than 4 million women get potentially lifesaving breast cancer screening tests. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than ... Read More »

Prostate Cancer Survivor Urges Men to Get Screened

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Submitted Although September — Prostate Cancer Awareness Month — has come to a close, men must remain vigilant, and that is the message of Robert Dean. When the 58-year-old had a routine PSA test for insurance purposes, he never thought he would have abnormal results. Dean was healthy and had no symptoms, but in 2010, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. “As a curious person, I really needed to know everything I could about the disease and treatment options to make an informed decision,” Dean says. “I travel all over the U.S. for a living, and I’m not afraid to ... Read More »

All The Light We Cannot See

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Anthony Doerr Scribner 2014, 545 pages Genre: Historical Fiction   “A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, what human nature is and what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.” — Susan Sontag   I resisted reading “All The Light We Cannot See” when it was published in May, thinking the world did not really need another novel about the second World War. Well, I was wrong. It is quite a vocabulary challenge to find the adjectives to describe this marvelous book ... Read More »

The Body-Swing Connection

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The past few days, I was in Phoenix, Arizona, attending the TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Level 2 Golf Mechanics Seminar. TPI co-founder, Dave Phillips, and Mark Blackburn, a top 100 instructor, hosted the golf mechanics seminar. TPI is the world leader in education concerning golf instruction. Titleist Performance Institute has certified instructors in 58 countries around the world. TPI takes a team approach to help golfers reach their golf goals, including a golf instructor, fitness instructor and medical professional on the team. The TPI golf instructor leads the team, communicating the student’s golf goals and ... Read More »

Go Ahead and Act Like a Child

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Before we learn to speak, our true nature is to love and be happy, to explore and enjoy life. As little children, we are completely authentic. Our actions are guided by instinct and emotions; we listen to the silent voice of our integrity.” — Don Miguel Ruiz   My husband and I have been blessed with four great children. They’re all grown now, self-sufficient and productive citizens. Hard-working and happy, and for this, I am thankful every single day. In turn, our children have blessed us with five grandchildren. All babies and toddlers. ... Read More »

TBE Profile: First-grade Teacher Katie Bush

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com This time last year, Katie Bush was teaching first grade Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools in Newton Falls, Ohio, but a June vacation to Marco Island changed everything for her. Now, she is the newest first-grade teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. “I absolutely fell in love with it here!” the Ohio native remembers. “I decided right then, ‘why not live and work in paradise?’ The available first-grade job and interview process came together so perfectly that I know this is God working in my life!” Now, just two months into the school year, her ... Read More »

Owner of Special Forces Coin Found!

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By Molly Hennings Debbie Walsh went grocery shopping at Winn-Dixie at the end of July. On her way to the store from the parking lot, she spotted something on the ground and picked it up. Interestingly, it was a coin that read Army Special Forces. Debbie thought this might be important, so she picked it up. Debbie asked a few people, who knew nothing about the coin, so she gave it to her daughter, Molly Hennings, to see if she had any suggestions. Molly posted it on popular social media. “We received an email from ‘Coastal Breeze News’ asking if ... Read More »

Go on a Cognitive Rampage

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Looking to make a change in your life? Then go on a “Cognitive Rampage” with therapist and mental health counselor Adam Lowery on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11 AM-12 PM, at The Hampton Inn-Beachside, 3210 Tamiami Trail N. This one-hour talk is for anyone yearning to change their life, experiencing a life transition, seeking another approach to fight substance abuse or simply craving growth and personal empowerment. Lowery’s “Cognitive Rampage Approach” to initiating change and sustaining growth will help seekers: Learn how to develop a personal life philosophy which will separate truth from emotion in life choices and help avoid ... Read More »

50 Years of Marco Island Community Television

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MarcoIslandCommunityTelevision.Com is a popular internet-based television center. In celebrating 50 years of Marco Island, producer William Hughes has arranged many of the community television videos available on the site in an easy to follow historical order. From stories on the movers and shakers of Marco Island, such as Frank Mackle, Jack Parr, Gene Sarazen, Thelma Heath and Herb Savage, to videos of the 25th and the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the island, these videos will bring to life the early days of the island. Hughes, owner of Hughes Video Productions, provides these videos free of charge as a public service. ... Read More »

Artificial Reef Project Set to Begin

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The notoriously lengthy process of wading through government red-tape is now over. All of the permits are approved. In just 60 days, construction is set to begin on one of the world’s largest artificial reef projects. The six reefs — each the size of a football field — weigh in at around 500 tons each and are made up of six smaller pyramid-shaped reef modules. They will be deployed 12-30 miles off-shore from Marco Island, Naples and northern Collier County. “I’m really excited about this project. It’s been a passion of mine, and I never thought ... Read More »