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Salute to Veterans: Manny Puglisi

Multi-sectional breakfront crafted by Manny Puglisi.

By Maggie Gust Emanuel “Manny” Puglisi (pooh-glee-see) served in the 76th Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. Manny was born in Sicily, Italy, and came to this country with his parents in 1937. His older brother and sister had each been born in America, but his parents subsequently returned to Sicily due to his father’s health and the need to be near family. When they came back to New York City, Manny was 13. He began immediately to literally build a life for himself. At age 14, he started working after school in a woodworking ... Read More »

The Last Anniversary

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Liane Moriarty Harper Collins 2006, 388 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you might as well make it dance.” ~ George Bernard Shaw Warning: Do not read this book in the vicinity of sleeping babies or people with a nervous disposition. Your frequent spontaneous peals of laughter may startle them. “The Last Anniversary” is not a new book, but it is presently on the New York Times Bestsellers List. It was originally published in Australia in 2005. Apparently interest in it ... Read More »

Why New Year’s Resolutions Really Matter, Part Two

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System I have often wondered why so many people make New Year’s resolutions every year, yet few seem to follow though. And yes, I have been guilty of this as well. But who says the “New Year” has to start on January 1? When it comes to your health, the day YOU resolve to make positive changes could be defined as your personal New Year’s Day. As I look at my calendar, I see that the issue of Coastal Breeze News that will carry this specific column will hit newsstands on Friday, ... Read More »

A Belated Valentine To Mom And Dad

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A reprint from the book “Movers, Shakers and Takers” by Roy Eaton Whether it is distance that separates us from those who have given us life, or their close proximity that allows us to take their presence for granted, we often find ourselves either too busy, or emotionally unable to openly convey our love and gratitude for all we have benefited from their presence. Although, in a healthy relationship most truly understand the love and admiration that exists between parents and siblings, few ever get to openly express their innermost feelings before our Mom and Dad, our guardian, teacher, mentor, ... Read More »

Meet and Chat With Marco’s Top Cops

Submitted Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) will conduct its second Public Forum Meeting of the season on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 3 PM in the City Council Chamber at 51 Bald Eagle Drive. Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino and Captain David Baer will discuss burglaries, phone alerts and scams, citizens’ complaints, explain how complaints are addressed and processed, and how violations are enforced. Law enforcement plays a critical role in assuring the safety, wellbeing and quality of life for Marco Island residents. Considerable time will be allotted to provide citizens an opportunity to ask questions, express their concerns, ... Read More »

Marco ALS Odyssey Walk Inspired by a “Living Angel”

Mary Jo and Mike “Moose” O’Regan, left, join Cindy
and Dave Amerine in their Naples condominium. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Mary Jo O’Regan refers to Cindy Amerine as a “living angel” who has blessed her life since they and their spouses formed a close friendship two years ago. So it’s no wonder that she and her husband, Michael “Moose” O’Regan, have thrown themselves into joining Amerine and her husband Dave in an effort to help eradicate a deadly disease from the planet. A Marco Island resident, Mary Jo O’Regan is the chief organizer of “Cindy’s ALS Odyssey Walk,” a fundraiser that will benefit the ALS Association Florida Chapter. The event is set for 10 AM, February 20 ... Read More »

FIDDLIN’ AROUND

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By Kevin Kubat Conservancy Volunteer It’s a warm, sunny day. You decide to visit Tigertail Beach, and when you get there, it’s low tide. You look to the north, toward Hideaway Beach, and you see what appears to be a red carpet covering the sands. A special sort of carpet, as it’s constantly in motion. As you get closer, the carpet suddenly disappears, and you realize that the illusion of a carpet was created by the massing of hundreds of fiddler crabs which have scurried into their burrows as you approached. If you remain very still, the crabs will eventually ... Read More »

2016 Caregiver’s Award

By Maureen Chodaba Send Us Your Nominee’s Story The American Cancer Society continuously works to raise funds in the fight against cancer. These funds are used to provide medical research in the quest for a cure and support for all those touched by this dreadful disease. Caregivers for those who have been diagnosed with cancer are an integral part of the road to recovery. Caregivers provide love and support at a time when they are needed the most. The Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society wishes to honor these caregivers. This year they will recognize one such caregiver ... Read More »

How Much???

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I’m pretty sure the question is asked in every jewelry store on the entire planet on a daily basis. I’m talking about folks who wish to purchase fine jewelry, diamonds, precious gemstones platinum, gold and high-end wrist watches to be exact. For many of the uninformed masses it’s darn near impossible for them to get their head wrapped around the fact that yes, this stuff is expensive, has been and always will be. If gold were cheap we would make cell phones and automobiles out of it. The ones in the know, well they know ... Read More »

Drop Anchor Trailer Park – The Early Years

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Ritschard apartment complex with main entrance underneath. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Drop Anchor is a collection of sixty-three gaily painted and well maintained 1950s, 60s and 70s travel trailers, and single wide manufactured homes crammed onto less than two acres of land in the heart of Goodland. Today it is a quiet, well-run, close-knit community, revered by its residents and neighbors. Goodland kind of grew up around it. The first residents were winter visitors, lured here by word of mouth, warm weather, fabulous fishing (always the fishing), and Woodall’s Campground Directory. Always known as Drop Anchor, the park was developed as a trailer park, and ... Read More »

Dillman’s Mid-Winter Arts Festival

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts confirmed today that Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat will hold one of its vastly renowned Festival of Arts at the Center on January 31, 2016 from noon to 4 PM. The festival will be free to attend and is open to the public. It will feature complimentary artist demonstrations, door prizes and refreshments. Dillman’s has offered art workshop retreats and creative art workshops for 39 years. Its programs have included more than 10,000 artists at its headquarters in Wisconsin and exotic ports of call. The Marco program will feature artists David R. Becker, ... Read More »

My Name Is Lucy Barton

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Elizabeth Strout Random House, January 2016, 193 pages Genre: Domestic fiction This book is not for everyone, but if you liked “Olive Kitteridge,” by this same author (which won her a Pulitzer), or “Someone,” by Alice McDermott, chances are that you will enjoy this book immensely. It is a masterpiece, a book that you know you will re-read and notice nuances that you missed on your first visit with these people. I read it in one sitting, too engrossed to put the book down. Plus, it is less than 200 pages. Lucy Barton is a ... Read More »

Sunshine’s Isles of Capri… A Place In Time on Display

SUBMITTED PHOTOS. Watercolors by Donald Sunshine will be on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum.

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host “Isles of Capri…A Place in Time,” a collection of watercolors by artist Donald Sunshine. This collection of art celebrates the history and community of the Isles of Capri and will be on display from February 13 – April 26, 2016. Sunshine is an award-winning architect, author and artist. He has collaborated with local historian Betsy Perdichizzi to narrate the charming story of the Isles of Capri and its development. The Isles of Capri’s lush beauty captures the feeling of an old Florida fishing village, while possessing all the conveniences of ... Read More »

Cultural Carnivale Offers Fun Glimpse Into Local Arts Scene

Marco Island City Council Chair Bob Brown, center, is flanked by  Kevin O’Fee, left, Hyla Crane, Cindy Love, Beverly Dahlstrom and Carole Roberts of the Cultural Alliance of Marco Island and Goodland, and Marco City Manager Roger Hernstadt. Brown presented the organization with a proclamation designating Feb. 3, Cultural Arts Day in the city and encouraging citizens and visitors to attend CAMIG’s “Cultural Carnivale.” PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Kevin O’Fee believes that the arts are an important element in the composition of a vibrant community. So he was indeed excited to discover a thriving art scene after moving to Marco Island last August from Providence, R.I., by way of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. “I’ve always been involved in the arts and when I came to Marco, I was really quite excited to find the (Marco Island) arts center here,” said O’Fee, who is a financial advisor with Edward Jones investments on the island. “It’s really a quality of life issue. Having a thriving arts ... Read More »

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME

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Submitted Many of us remember the special times we had playing youth sports. Whether it was scoring your first goal, winning a team championship or the coach who encouraged you to push harder, sports have a way of creating defining moments in life. It is in that spirit that the Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) will be hosting its inaugural “For the Love of the Game” winter soiree benefit. The event will be held on February 6th at the Marco Island Marriott’s Rookery at Marco Golf Club. “We have a commitment to our children to give them the best ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy Welcomes New Head Football Coach

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January 8, 2016, Marco Island, FL – Marco Island Academy is proud to announce and welcome Damon Coiro as our new Head Football Coach. Coiro brings coaching experience at both the college and high school levels. He was formerly the assistant football coach at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he was responsible for wide receivers, outside linebackers, and strong safeties. He has been head football coach at Grimsley High School and offensive coordinator at Toms River High School East in New Jersey. Coiro has also had experience coaching at the college level, having served as the assistant football coach and head strength and ... Read More »

PAWS Partners With Bestselling Author

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Submitted People often ask how they can help our returning veterans or how they can make a difference. It’s sometimes hard to know exactly what to do as many veterans don’t show outward physical disabilities but rather suffer from invisible wounds like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injuries. PAWS Assistance Dogs directly impacts the needs of many combat wounded veterans by training and providing assistance dogs free of charge. They do this with the support of donors and sponsors, and with this campaign — through book sales. PAWS has partnered with New York Times best-selling author Captain ... Read More »

Providence House Fundraiser

Submitted On January 18 the San Marco Catholic Church will host the Second Annual Dinner to benefit Providence House, a non-profit organization located in Naples, Florida. Providence House offers homeless women with young children the chance to create a solid foundation for a more secure future. In the United States, single women with young children represent the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Providence House’s mission is to help poor, single working women with young children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless create a better quality of life through a supportive transitional housing and self-sufficiency program. The ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Hosts Renaissance Academy

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will again host the Renaissance Academy’s Marco Island programs in 2016. The Renaissance Academy is an educational outreach program offered by Florida Gulf Coast University in partnership with other regional organizations sharing the goals of advancing lifelong learning, creativity and social engagement. Renaissance Academy is based on the premise that learning should never cease, a philosophy shared by the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The programs will be presented at the Center. “Beethoven’s Ninth: The Struggle, Despair and Triumph” will be presented January 14, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM. Famed conductor ... Read More »

In a Word

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The word was privacy. Our grandson, just short of six years old, and a few weeks into his kindergarten school year, said to me, “Nana, I can spell that word. Privacy.” Uh huh, I thought. “Go ahead,” I said. “P.” Good start. What comes next? “R. I.” Hmmm. Now he has my attention. “V. I.S.Y.” Nice work! I say. I’m truly impressed! Phonetically correct. Are they teaching kindergarteners to read, I ask my daughter? Evidently yes. I remember kindergarten as an introduction to the days of the week, snack time, recess and nap. But ... Read More »