Tag Archives: life

City Council Election: Monica L Pierce


As an informed and concerned resident of Marco Island, I have been doing my research on the candidates for City Council and have been very impressed with some of the candidates that are running this year. Jared Grifoni especially stands out. I first met Jared at the Glory of the Grape event at CJs in June. I spoke with him ... Read More »

A Classy Class Reunion Walt Reynolds Comes Home

Swarthmore High School’s 60th reunion - The author, lower right, the sole Floridian in the bunch, was the only one wearing shorts. He was the unanimous choice for “best legs.”

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn There are still some of us in Goodland who still travel back to a receding past, to enjoy the company of old friends and classmates at a high school reunion. I will never forget my last trip back. On a balmy September 17, 2016, a Saturday, Swarthmore High School’s Class of 1956 (or what was ... Read More »

Women in the Everglades A Brief History of Pioneers and Early Environmentalists


Submitted Local author Marya Repko encapsulates information from her previous Brief History books but adds much more as she summarizes the role of women in the settling of South Florida from the east to west coasts and around Lake Okeechobee. After describing the hardships of pioneer life, the book cites examples of how women took a leading role on environmental ... Read More »

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man
Defends His Homeland
By Dave Barry
G.P. Putnam’s Sons - September 2016,
240 pages
Genre: Florida – Humor
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust I have been a fan of Dave Barry’s humor for most of the 25 years that he has been writing columns, so I was anticipating a great read. He starts out with a strong first chapter, in which he takes on the State of Illinois and their penchant for electing governors who end up in prison. This ... Read More »

Show Me Shows Readers a Positive View


Submitted Featuring a foreword by the Emily Post Institute’s Peggy Post and an introduction by Erin Brockovich, Randall Kenneth Jones’s Show Me is a result of more than 50 years of research: 50-plus years of living a life, 10 years of journaling about that life, and four years as a Southwest Florida newspaper columnist writing about people who, at one time, Jones assumed ... Read More »

Facing Lewy Body Dementia With Courage and Love

A glorious wedding day in 2012. Submitted Photos

By Maureen Chodaba Years ago, the word “dementia” was rarely heard. Senility was the more common expression. The term “senile” would conjure up an image of a forgetful old codger whiling away the time in a rocking chair. In today’s world, dementia is becoming more of a household word, but many are still unfamiliar with the correct definition. Dementia is ... Read More »

Admiralty House Goes Green

Photos by Samantha Husted
All of the lighting both interior and exterior, as see here, has been replaced with LED bulbs.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the past eight years, Admiralty House, a 43-year-old 17-story condominium on Marco Island, has been making strides to become more energy efficient. “Our goal was to improve the infrastructure of our 43-year-old building with the best products available,” said Frans Jungslager, board president and retired electrical engineer. “Offering long life, less maintenance and the ... Read More »

Bella Florals Comes to Marco

Photo by Don Manley
Bella Florals owner Theresa Chambers (left) and assistant floral designer Bjenana Ninkovic, in the Front Street storefront that will soon house the business. Hair courtesy of Sascha’s Salon, Marco Island.

By Don Manley Theresa Chambers’ passion is unmistakable when she is discussing her business. “I enjoy making people happy through what I can do for them,” said the owner of Bella Florals by Theresa. “That’s how I work. That’s why I do what I do. It really is true. I don’t just say it.” Chambers opened the newest addition to ... Read More »

Marco Players Opens With The Cemetery Club

The Cemetery Club.jpg: From left: Nancy Martin (Lucille), Victor Caroli (Sam), Patti Caroli
(Ida), and Casey Cobb (Doris).

Submitted The Marco Players Theater begins this season with “The Cemetery Club,” a dramatic comedy about three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands’ graves. Written by Ivan Menchell in 1990, the main characters, friends for years, are deciding on another glass of wine, but their choices parallel a much larger theme: how we ... Read More »

Marie Senechal’s Blankets of Love

Marie’s wonderful world of color. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Color is a celebration of sight, an experience of vision and a reflection of light. The qualities of hue and brightness awaken our vitality and stir our emotions. Texture is the tactile quality of physical substance and touch. When color and texture are combined, they create an entity that can be grasped and held. Long time Marco ... Read More »

Silence Like a Cancer Grows

Phil, Maureen and Buster. Submitted Photo

By Maureen Chodaba When my grandmother died of breast cancer in 1968, no one really spoke of it. I don’t know which word provoked the silence – the word “breast” or the word “cancer.” My guess is that it was both, because each word by itself brought forth the image of something unmentionable. Put the two words together and you ... Read More »

Officer Saves Fellow Officer From Choking

Photo by Steve Stefanides
During a serious choking incident, Officer George Guyer (left) successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on Officer Paul Keys.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Law enforcement officers, like their counterparts in the fire rescue services, are often called upon to render lifesaving aid to many within the community on a regular basis. When they are called upon to respond to a citizen in need of assistance, they do so without missing a beat. However, for two local Marco Island officers ... Read More »

Collier’s Artificial Reefs: The End of the Beginning

Photo by Cathy McConville
From left: Katie Laakkonen, Kathleen Rooney and Bob McConville.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Over the past few months I’ve addressed issues regarding the reef structures here in South Florida on several occasions. Recent visits by my wife, Cathy, and me have resulted in viewing the natural reef formations in the Florida Keys. The unfortunate “bleaching” of these once beautiful structures is caused by numerous factors, and has increased worldwide ... Read More »

A Man Called Ove


BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Ove is fifty-nine. He drives a Saab.” Knowing his age is an important point in any man’s story. In Ove’s case, knowing that he drives and has always driven a Saab is essential in understanding him. One’s choice of vehicle reveals much about one’s character, in Ove’s mind. He evaluates others based upon their vehicle brand. When ... Read More »

Coffee With the Chiefs


Submitted Marco Island’s Police Chief Al Schettino and Fire Chief Mike Murphy have extended an invitation to all Marco Island residents to participate in “Coffee with the Chiefs” at Starbucks on September 30 and October 27 from 7:30-9:30 AM. Starbucks is located at 1080 N. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Chiefs Schettino and Murphy believe that keeping the lines of communication ... Read More »

Donna Fiala’s Happy Place It’s Not Where You Think!

Berlin Ohio is 72 miles south of Cleveland. Via I 77, the trip would have taken a little over an hour. Sherri, one of Donna’s daughters, often brings the grandchildren down from Cleveland for a visit.

By Barry Gwinn Donna Fiala has represented District 1 in Collier County since 2000, when she was first elected commissioner. She is, by all accounts, highly respected by her colleagues and revered by her constituents. She has consistently demonstrated her care and concern for East Naples and outliers, Everglades City, Isles of Capri, Marco Island, and Goodland. Until 1974, she ... Read More »



Good Afternoon, I am writing as a concerned citizen and hoping that you will help spread public awareness for our state’s most valuable resource. Please note the recent events of Lake O discharges, the sink hole that has led to millions of gallons of radioactive waste into an aquifer, fracking and the Sabal Pipeline in the horizon. The water in ... Read More »

Gatsby Gala to benefit FGCU students


Young professionals in Southwest Florida are invited to a ball to benefit Florida Gulf Coast University students who have overcome major life obstacles. The Great Gatsby Gala will be the first fundraising ball held exclusively for Southwest Florida’s young professionals. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. until midnight at The Knickerbocker of Naples, 2225 ... Read More »

National White Cane Day


Saturday, October 15th is National White Cane Day! In order to raise public awareness, Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., in collaboration with Collier Association of the Visually Impaired (CAVI), will be hosting a White Cane Walk on Fifth Ave S in Naples from 10am to 12pm. The White Cane Walk will begin in front of Sugden Theater on Fifth Avenue, just ... Read More »