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From Marco To Alaska, Local Female Captain Is Always Busy

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist I hear a very pleasant “Good morning, Bob” as someone passes by. “Good morning, Captain Jesse.” I reply as she ushers guests to a catamaran for a sailing tour of Marco Island. Yes, I did say “she”. One of the few female captains in the area, Captain Jesse Baughman leads a very active life. From fishing with active duty soldiers, to finishing her college education, to working the salmon run in Bristol Bay, Alaska, she is constantly on the move. In addition to conducting catamaran tours for the Marriott she owns a fishing charter business, ... Read More »

PARADE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown Naples Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:30 am Lighthouse of Collier, in collaboration with American Comfort Limousines, invites you to attend and support Naples’ premier winter event — The 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 in Downtown Naples. Wear your yellow Lighthouse of Collier t-shirt and walk in the 1.8 mile parade to show how you support the community. All volunteers, sighted guides, guide dogs and white canes are welcomed. For non-walkers, limited seating is available on the American Comfort Limousines executive bus by RSVP to ... Read More »

TBE Teacher Profile: Barbara Fields

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Barbara Fields knows kids. Not only does she have six children of her own, but she also has been teaching for the last 14 years — grades 2-5 and college. To date, she has taught in West Virginia, Virginia and South Carolina, and currently, she is in her first year of teaching fourth grade at Tommie Barfield Elementary. She has two bachelors degrees: one in education and one in recreation. She also has a masters degree in education/administration leadership. “People are fascinating, and teaching children is motivating and energizing!” says Fields. “I get to work ... Read More »

The Marco Players Theater presents

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“The Interview” February 11 – March 1 The Interview, written by Peter Swet, is about Abie Moscowitz, an aging Jewish tailor (Victor Caroli) who owns a run-down tailor shop. He receives a visit from James Shannon (Greg Madera), a workaholic investigator who comes across as arrogant and insensitive and is determined to find out the reasons Abie wants to increase the value of his life insurance policy. Reluctant and guarded at first, Abie becomes more agitated under Shannon’s relentless questioning. As buried truths come out, so do Abie’s emotional memories about his past life. “This is not a frivolous play, ... Read More »

Doggone it! I Want to Live the Life of a Labradoodle

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By Pat Newman Have you noticed how dogs are taking over the world? No kidding! They are on morning TV news shows, shopping for bargains at TJ Max (in strollers, no less), and boosting the nation’s economy by licking their owners into buying them wardrobes, jeweled collars and sleep number beds. Not long ago, it was acceptable for a non-working canine (house-dog) to live in a fenced-in yard, sleep in a pre-fab dog house and eat crunchy bits from a 50-pound bag of warehouse-brand chow. The stereotypical dog — let’s call him Spot — would entertain himself by digging holes, ... Read More »

Floodplain Management Plan Proceeds

Collier County is in the process of updating its Floodplain Management Plan as a requirement to maintain eligibility for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) federal disaster funding and to increase credit in the Community Rating System (CRS) Program. The county is working to better develop hazard mitigation to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Public participation has been an integral part of the process.  Public meetings were held in July and again in December along with multiple Floodplain Management Planning Committee meetings in order to work through the process of developing an up-to-date plan.  ... Read More »

Bayshore Community Development Agency Wins National Award

 The agency received the 2014 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award. A national award from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing, the award recognizes the significant work with many contributions to public safety. The CRA collaborated with the East Naples Community Oriented Policing unit of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Collier County Code Enforcement and other community organizations to target the problems the community had identified in the Bayshore area, from trash in the streets to street light repairs and abandoned buildings. The task force was successful, transforming the area into a healthy, thriving community “The ... Read More »

Fakahatchee tram tour brings swamp to life for Minnesota book club members

Ten members of a Minneapolis book club made the trek from their chilly city to sunny Florida to bring the best selling book they had just read—The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean—to life. “We read the book and last night we watched  Adaptation, the movie based on it.  Now we’re ready to see the swamp ourselves,” said Kathie Doerr, who organized the trip.  The group, on a tight schedule, arranged a custom tour  on the Friends of Fakahatchee Ghost Rider tram. Naturalist Patrick Higgins, who led the three hour tour, told the group that orchid and bromeliad poaching—the subject of ... Read More »

NAPLES PRESS CLUB ELECTS 2015 BOARD

Naples Press Club announces officers and governors elected at its annual meeting. As treasurer, Len Egdish takes over from Connie Kindsvater, who held that office for more than five years. Marisa Cleveland comes onto the board as a governor-at-large. Re-elected for another two-year term are Carole Greene, president; Randall Kenneth Jones, vice president for programs; and Karla Wheeler, membership chair. Marci Seamples was elected to move from governor-at-large to the position of vice president for administration. Kindsvater remains on the board as chair of the scholarship committee, occupying the position held for many years by Philip Beuth, who moves to ... Read More »

$5 BILLION TO RESTORE THE EVERGLADES

Governor Rick Scott proposed a dedicated source of revenue that will provide more than $5 billion for Everglades restoration over the next 20 years as part of his 2015-2016 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget. If passed by the Legislature, $150 million will go towards Everglades restoration this year. In addition, Governor Scott’s proposed budget also includes $150 million that will be allocated toward land acquisition and management which will focus in part on protecting land for the Florida panther. Governor Scott said, “Florida has an abundance of natural resources that help create a foundation for our growing economy, whether it is driving ... Read More »

The Art of Spontaneity: Wet Paint Live!

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com One of my favorite events, “Wet Paint Live!,” is coming up on Wednesday, Feb. 11. I enjoy all my art events, or I wouldn’t do them, but my particular fondness for this event is owed to the impact “Wet Paint Live!” has had on my artful life. Spontaneity — straight up or on the rocks — that’s the drink that refreshes! The day of “Wet Paint Live!” dawns with local artists painting at various outdoor venues and finishes the same day with a generous reception and guaranteed lively live-auction at Rose Auditorium (Marco Island History Museum). ... Read More »

“American Sniper” — Must See

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you’ve read “American Sniper” don’t avoid the movie; it’s much different in several ways. The book concentrates on the elements of war in Iraq. The movie emphasizes the character and travails of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq protecting Marines in savage fighting. It’s anything but a “war movie”; indeed it qualifies more as an anti-war movie, much as the first 15 minutes of “Saving Private Ryan.” The story follows Kyle, superbly played by Bradley Cooper, as he transitions from a laid back Texas guy to a husband, father, ... Read More »

February, March with M.I. Historical Society

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Historical Society is presenting a vast array of educational and entertaining programs at Rose History Auditorium throughout February and March. Every Friday in February Ted Eismeier will present “Mapping Florida History,” a study group that will consider Florida’s past, present and future through the lens of maps. Topics will include Florida’s discovery and development, demography, economy, politics and environment. The group will meet Feb. 6, 20 and 27 at Rose Auditorium from 1-2 PM and on Feb. 13 from 2-3 PM. There is a one-time fee of $5 per person. To join ... Read More »

Marco Writers Publishes New Anthology

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By Don Manley “Of all those arts in which the wise excel, nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well.” – The Duke of Buckinghamshire Sheffield (1649–1720)   Transforming creativity into finely wrought words upon a page is a passion for Marco Island Writers. It’s a skill the group’s members practice with a dedication that is displayed in their works, such as the group’s recently published anthology “Southwest Florida Stories & Poems.” The compilation contains 21 original stories and essays and 10 poems, all written by Marco Island Writers members with each work connected to life in Southwest Florida. Murder, romance, history, ... Read More »

A New Bride Waits…

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Joseph Leone was attend an Italian Club dance, he didn’t know his life would change forever that evening. While there, he spotted a young lady and asked her to dance. It may not have been “love at first sight,” but fate stepped in. The young couple fell in love, and soon, Joseph asked Rosemary to be his bride. She said yes… It wasn’t that simple though, as Rosemary was only 16 years of age. Her parents didn’t even allow her to date, let alone fall in love and get married. To further test the couple’s ... Read More »

Solving the Student Debt Crisis

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Islander Abigail Widynski is a Millennial — one of those people who according to the Pew Research Center was born between 1981 and 2000. Academic research has characterized this generation as always being treated as special and important by overprotective parents; as being motivated, goal-oriented and confident folks who are no strangers to over-achievement and pressure to succeed; as being civic-minded and progressive, supporting social equality and high levels of education; and as being just the tiniest bit entitled. They also are a generation racked with student debt. For instance, in 2010, Pew Research ... Read More »

Smallwood Music Festival

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By Pat Newman More than 700 people came out in support of the historic Smallwood Store Saturday, Jan. 31, at a benefit music concert staged to raise funds for the Chokoloskee landmark enmeshed in a legal tangle. “It was a real community event,” declared Marya Repko of the Everglades Society of Historic Preservation (ESHP). Approximately $10,000 was raised to help defray legal costs which involve the access road leading to the store. By 2 PM, 500 wristbands were sold out, and concert goers were marked with a felt pen signifying their paid admission. A black-and-white photo of Smallwood Store taken ... Read More »

The Stress Test

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Now that the holidays are over and done with, many people breathe in a collective sigh of relief. Glad that the treats and eats are no longer around. Glad that there are no more presents to wrap or gifts to buy. Glad there are no more parties to partake in. Glad the traveling is over. And so on. So many people welcome January with open arms, high hopes and healthy food in the fridge. Smiles and good intentions — for the first few weeks anyways. What people don’t realize is that life continues on pretty much ... Read More »

Great Horned Owl of Big Cypress

This Great Horned Owl watches from its nest in Big Cypress Swamp. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Raptors…birds of prey. When we think of some of the major hunting birds in South Florida, there are a few that always come to mind. Naturally, everyone watches when a majestic bald eagle soars overhead. Red-shouldered hawks, vultures, ospreys, peregrine falcons and other such creatures also make the grade. One of the fiercest hunters in the area usually misses most top 10 lists — the great horned owl. One of the most common owls in our country, the great horned owl’s range covers most of North and South America, including an active nest in the ... Read More »

Dr. Lam and the Wound Care Center at Physicians Regional

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By Pat Newman We all recognize that oxygen is a vital element for life, but in its purest form, it can be a miraculous curative for patients dealing with hard-to-heal wounds. Every year, doctors are faced with between 1.1 million and 1.8 million new cases nationwide of chronic wounds, plus the 8 million existing cases. Obviously, the need for cutting-edge wound care is essential. For patients living on Marco Island and Naples, treatment is just a phone call away at Physician’s Regional Health Care System’s Wound Care Center on Collier Boulevard. The addition of a third hyperbaric chamber enhances the ... Read More »