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Sunshine in Goodland

On the opening night of his exhibit, Donald Sunshine and his wife Joanna greeted every visitor. They are pictured here with Marco Island residents, Judy and Ron Hattendorf.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It’s no secret that upon my first visit to Goodland, I recognized it to be a very unique place, unmatched in its beauty and rich history. As I left the main road and first arrived on this little island, the feeling of being transported back in time was so overwhelming that it was elemental in my decision to leave Ohio and move here in search of a better life. It’s hard to describe the pride I feel when others get to see my beloved home as I do, but recently I had an opportunity to ... Read More »

Thankfulness

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BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Imagine waking up on your most ideal day. What would it look like? Not a hard question to answer really, and if you asked 1,000 people, you would likely receive 1,000 different responses. Again, imagine waking up on your most ideal day. What would it look like? Would the sun be streaming in the window or would there be the soft patter of rain against the panes of glass? Who would be with you as you woke to your ideal day? Or would waking up alone be your preferred way to greet the ... Read More »

Commissioners Rename Freedom Park in Honor of Commissioner Fred Coyle

Coyle Freedom Park. “I would like to thank my fellow commissioners for recognizing my years of service to the county by renaming the park in my honor,” said Coyle. “It is an incredible tribute to have my name associated with a park in my district that honors the members of our Armed Forces and Uniformed Services who protect our lives and freedoms.” Commissioner Coyle, a Vietnam War veteran, has always had a special connection to the park, leading the charge to have it developed. The county bought the land for the park, located at 1515 Golden Gate Parkway in Coyle’s ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Ruth E. Roseboom

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Ruth Elaine Roseboom, 82, of Celebration, FL, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. She was born on Feb. 1, 1932, in Chillicothe, Ohio, the daughter of the late Wilbert and Clara (Leasure) Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband John, son Bret and daughters Kelly and Joni. Surviving are her son Matt; sister Mary Marie Blue; grandchildren Amy Kearns, Michael Flesher and Chris, Kevin and Quinn Roseboom; and great-grandchildren Austin and Justin Kearns. Ruth was a graduate of Chillicothe High School in Ohio. She was a mother, wife and homemaker most of her life in Ohio, but most ... Read More »

St. Jean, Trojans Goal to Bring Back Winning Tradition

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Culmer St. Jean knows his way around Lely High. An all-star in football, basketball and track, 2003-2006, his efforts took him to the University of Wisconsin where he was a standout linebacker. His life’s trail brought him back to Lely High School, becoming an assistant coach to Stacey Stewart in 2012, working with the defense. In 2013, he got the nod as head coach, making him the second straight Lely grad to take over after alum Stewart resigned. Joining his staff was Rolf Bathold. The two, along with the late Ereck Plancher, led the Trojans to ... Read More »

ACS Kicks Off Relay For Life

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Submitted On Oct. 28, the Marco Lutheran Church was illuminated as a beacon of hope and celebration of life. The Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society hosted their kickoff party of the 2015 Relay For Life, “One World One Hope,” presented by Robert J. Flugger. Approximately 50 attendees were greeted by a path of shining luminaria leading the way to a room decorated with purple and white balloons where they enjoyed refreshments and an audiovisual presentation of the 2014 Relay For Life of Marco Island. The 2015 Relay For Life Chair Jamie Bergen welcomed the audience and opened ... Read More »

Maureen Chodaba: A Survivor’s Story

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Maureen Chodaba is the ultimate breast cancer survivor. At 10 years old, she watched her grandmother fight and die from the dreaded disease. It was 1968. She also helped her mother fight it and survive twice — in 1978 and 1984. “It was a scary thing,” Maureen admits. “I was very close to my grandmother; she lived with us. At the age of 10, I was faced with the word mastectomy.” Then in 1995, she faced her own battle with breast cancer. At the time, 38-year-old Maureen was enjoying a quiet but full life, living ... Read More »

Surgeon Creates New Bra for Breast Cancer Patients, Post-Surgery

Breast Surgeon, Lea Blackwell, MD, developed new bra for breast cancer patients.

Lea Blackwell, MD, a Breast Surgeon at Lee Memorial Hospital, is giving breast cancer patients a new, more practical and comfortable option for a bra after breast surgeries. Women who undergo mastectomy, biopsy and lumpectomy surgeries use special bras after surgery to decrease swelling and promote healing, but after seeing her patients describe the bra as scratchy, uncomfortable and restrictive, Dr. Blackwell felt compelled to create a new bra in her spare time. Ilona Martin was the first patient to try the bra. When she learned she had breast cancer for the third time in 2013, the fiercely independent 61-year-old ... Read More »

Create Your Own Path

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com In the many years I enjoyed coming to Marco Island as a tourist, walking the beach was the activity I looked forward to the very most. Sometimes, I would wake before dawn and walk north to the very tip of Hideaway Beach. I’d reach it as the sun came up and then meander my way southward, searching for shells and interesting debris deposited by the tide. I envisioned the Gulf as this enormous living creature that gathered shells and sand dollars and seawhip and starfish and dropped them at the water’s edge for ... Read More »

Investor, Know Thyself

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates Question: As a retiree, I’m concerned about the recent market volatility. How will this and all the uncertainty in the world affect my investments and financial future? What are your thoughts? Answer: You’re not alone with your concerns. Ebola, ISIS, Russia, falling oil prices, and slowing global growth, all contribute to economic uncertainty. The market has reacted in the short-term with fear. During the second week of October 2014, broad markets reversed their upward trend down sharply from recent highs. This change sparked activity ... Read More »

Naomi’s Black Cat Lores

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Happy Halloween! This is my favorite day of the year because I get to race and slither through the shelter like a wild cat, wielding my tiger-sized goody bag and collecting the annual toll I exact from my staff of 80 volunteers. It matters not whether it be people food or top-end cat food (none of that dry stuff, yuck!), just so long as it isn’t that dreadful tasting junk food dogs eat with such gusto. It goes without saying, but obviously I’m going to say it ... Read More »

A Tribute to My Ultimate Dolphin Lover

Emily on her 90th birthday in 2012. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist STEPPING STONES…This is the primary title of the column I write. Typically, a stepping stone is something to help you get from one place to another or from one phase in life to another as well. We have all utilized them. Sometimes, they are very obvious to us; very evident. Other times, we just happen to stumble upon them. They can be subtle or they can be earth shattering. One thing is for sure: We use them from the day we are born until the time we die. Some of the people who create ... Read More »

The Children Act

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Ian McEwan Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 2014 240 pages. Genre: Legal fiction In 1989, the United Kingdom’s parliament passed The Children Act to ensure that when families and legal guardians fail the young the legal authorities are mandated to step in and protect them. As the title indicates, this book is about that law and how its implementation affects the lives of those touched by it. When I started reading this book, I knew it involved a judge dealing with the case of a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness with end-stage leukemia who, along with his parents, ... Read More »

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!

Mom Sparky and baby Holly come up for air together. Holly is just learning how to breathe properly.  PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

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 »