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Conversational Drifts

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Some of my favorite conversations — whether I’m actively involved or just eavesdropping — consist of one bright topic setting off a circuit of others. There are times when linear conversations — those that start with one topic and finish with it before moving to another — have their proper place, but it’s exhilarating to listen as creative ideas spark like electric arcs from one to another freeform. A recent article by David Pitt of the Associated Press on the spate of piano store closings around the country has ignited an impressive nationwide debate as to ... Read More »

Famous Last Words

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By Pat Newman Famous last words: “My immune system is so strong, I could walk through a typhoid ward and not get sick.” Ha! That’s what I get for bragging and laughing at the Tamiflu commercial with its giant-sized sickies balancing on teeny-tiny beds, sipping medicine from thimble-sized cups. I unexpectedly contracted the flu while visiting Gainesville. It hit me like a Florida Gator linebacker. One minute I was chatting on the phone, and the next, I was dragging myself to the car for a trip to Walgreens. I headed for the OTC aisle and loaded up with Super-Strength Cold/Flu ... Read More »

Afiyet Olsun

Kumpir stands with their baked potato toppings piled high line  the street in the Ortakoy district of Istanbul. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Many people have asked me about the food in Istanbul; we loved it. There was a wide variety of options available, both in terms of eating establishments and food choices. Street food is popular. Red push carts dot the streets and hole-in-the-wall kiosks are located throughout the city. For a quick breakfast or snack any time of the day, there is limit — thin rounds of baked dough that have been dipped in molasses and sesame seeds. During the day, other carts sell grilled corn on the cob and chocolate covered chestnuts. Kumpir stalls sell baked ... Read More »

Jupiter Returns to the Evening

Looking South, 9 PM, Jan. 23, the vertical line is called the meridian,  an imaginary line passing through both poles and the zenith. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net After a vacancy of some months, we finally have a bright planet available for viewing this evening, two actually, but Venus has set by the 9 PM chart time. Looking east at that time you can’t miss Jupiter. It’s the brightest thing in the sky. Tonight, four of its satellites are visible in binoculars. Between 10-11 PM, Callisto and Io appear so close together that they be difficult to split apart in your binoculars. The moons move fast though so this state of affairs will not last very long. A tripod will greatly ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Announces New Lectures, Workshops

Scott Sherman at Cathedral Rock. SUBMITTED photoS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff With the new year comes new programming at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The organization recently announced a new lecture series, birding workshops and landscape training schedule. Rookery Bay’s 2015 Amazing Adventures lecture schedule will be hosted at the Environmental Learning Center January through March with evening presentations narrated by a local naturalist, researcher or explorer providing destination ideas, natural histories, travel tips and insights. The lecture schedule begins Friday, Jan. 30 at 6 PM with “Westward Found, the American Southwest.” National Park Service Rangers Amy Washuta and Luke Gommerman will take attendees on ... Read More »

What to do With Holiday Plants After the Holidays

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) The poinsettia is probably the best known and most popular holiday plant. It has been hybridized into many different colors, but I believe red is still the most popular. It’s festive and epitomizes the holiday season. It’s unfortunate that because the price of poinsettias has become so reasonable, most of them end up in the garbage after the holidays, and because I hate to see any plant suffer that terrible fate, here is what you need to do to ensure that your poinsettia, along with several other popular holiday plants, will re-bloom next ... Read More »

Celebrating Chanukah on Marco Island

Jeffrey Feld, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, lights the Chanukia.

By Roger Blau President, Jewish Congregation of Marco Island Chanukah is not the “Jewish equivalent of Christmas,” but because we American Jews are so assimilated into American culture, many customs of “the Christmas season” have been incorporated into the manner in which American Jews celebrate this holiday. Generally, Jewish families celebrate by lighting the Chanukah candles, eating delicious treats and giving gifts to their children. After all, with all the gift-giving going on around Christmas, we wouldn’t want our children to feel that they aren’t eligible to receive gifts simply because they are Jewish. So, quite understandably most Jews joined ... Read More »

Decorate Your Life

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “…..I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look….To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” — Thoreau, Walden   My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Iowa for Thanksgiving. We ... Read More »

Be On the Lookout for the Kingly American Kestrel

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com On Marco Island, an urban, intensely developed island, surrounded on three sides by dense mangrove estuary habitat and one side by the Gulf of Mexico, it really is not uncommon to see a variety of wildlife in our yards and along roadways. Driving through several island neighborhoods one recent cold November morning, more than a dozen American Kestrels were observed in just a few hours. All of these small raptors were spotted on electric lines, perching, some swooping over the grassy empty properties with their distinct “klee klee klee” call — sometimes a high-pitched ... Read More »

Ice Skating in Veterans Park?

Joe Willy, territory manager for Daikin Heating and Cooling, along with Christmas Island Style Chairman Steve Stefanidis and Eric Condee of Condee Cooling & Electric Inc. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Two years ago, the folks of Christmas Island Style (CIS) made it snow on Marco Island. This year, they are going to create a winter wonderland in Veterans Memorial Park complete with an ice skating rink and their own version of the Polar Express. The event will be held on Sun., Dec. 14, 1-7 PM. According to Barbara Murphy, the CIS member who is coordinating it, the day will be filled with ice skating, train rides on the Polar Express, a bounce house and a giant mountain for kids to slide down. Members of the ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Zoe L. Webb

Zoe L. Webb, a veteran of Word War II, died Wed., Nov. 26, at 5:05 AM. She was 92. Zoe’s childhood was uncomfortable, and as an only child, her dog took the place of the siblings she never had. It traveled with her everywhere. When World War II broke out in 1939, Zoe was due to go to a “ladies finishing school” in Switzerland, but instead realized an unquestionable opportunity. With her dog in tow, Zoe ran away from home to join the Royal Air Force at the age of 17. The British military was desperate for personnel at the ... Read More »

Holiday Festivities at BMO Harris

The Marco Island branch of BMO Harris Bank’s Holiday Spectacular attracted about 80 holiday revelers. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Marco Island’s Christmas spirit and its sense of community were in abundance at a recent gathering on a second-floor patio at The Esplanade Shoppes. The occasion was the BMO Harris Bank Holiday Spectacular, which brought together residents, merchants, friends and family members and city officials for a festive evening one floor above the bank’s branch. About 80 people attended the evening affair, where they enjoyed light refreshments, with music provided by D.J. Anthony DeLucia, AKA Steve Reynolds, a personal banker for BMO Harris’ Marco location. “This was our first one, and it looks like a great turnout,” ... Read More »

Big Cypress Preserve Turns ‘40,’ Celebrates at Swamp Heritage Fest

Jack Shealy demonstrates the art of poleboating.

By Pat Newman Alligators, panthers and bobcats, oh, my! Add Frank Hamilton Cushing, Guy Bradley and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas historical re-enactors to the mix, plus swamp buggies, cypress pole boats and live music, and you have the Fourth Annual Swamp Heritage Festival held Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Ochopee. The event marked the preserve’s 40th birthday and brought together a diverse group of people with a shared appreciation of Everglades’ history and protection of its resources. Representatives from the Miccosoukee and Seminole tribes were on hand, demonstrating traditional beading, carving and weaving crafts and ... Read More »

Southern Skies!

Facing East, 9:00 PM, Dec. 12. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net For some reason the brightest stars in the sky make their appearance in the winter. We’ve discussed two of the brightest — Betelgeuse and Rigel — several times before; but is always nice to see them again. Extend the line formed by Orion’s belt stars upwards to find Aldebaran. It is the orange eye of Taurus the Bull, who seems to be forever fighting Orion. Turn your gaze to the left to find the bright star Capella, commonly nicknamed the goat star as ancient artists depicted Auriga holding a goat. Drop back towards ... Read More »

Fourth Florida Panther Festival

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Submitted The fourth annual Florida Panther Festival — Saturday, Nov. 15, at North Collier Regional Park in Naples — offers interesting and fun opportunities to learn all about Florida’s State Animal and one of the most endangered mammals on planet Earth, the Florida panther. The festival is a free, family-friendly event designed to shed light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through unique interactive activities such as presentations by panther biologists, a Living with Wildlife Pavilion, nature walks, children’s activities, a rural backyard demonstration, exhibits by conservation agencies, live music, storytelling, entertainment, vendors, food and much more. On ... Read More »

Light the Way

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour It seems now-a-days with so many new products for bicycles, like Go-Pro cameras and Garmin computers, you seem to run out of space on your handlebars pretty quickly, thus leaving out room for one of the most important accessories needed for this time of year: lights. Light sets are especially useful for early morning riding and late evening riding. Not only do they make you visible and feel somewhat safe, they are required by Florida law. (Section 316.2065, F.S.): A bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the ... Read More »

Going Skin Deep with Dr. Daniel Wasserman

Dr. Daniel Wasserman and his team at Skin Wellness Physicians. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Pat Newman “I don’t treat skin cancer; I treat people. That’s what it’s about,” stated Dr. Daniel I. Wasserman, who opened his own practice “Skin Wellness Physicians” at 8625 Collier Blvd in Naples in July. Daniel I. Wasserman, MD, FAAD, and a Board Certified Dermatologist, practiced locally on Marco Island and Naples for three-and-half years. “Marco Island has a family atmosphere, and the interconnectedness is really nice,” he said. His new location will provide a highly specialized level of treatment with an onsite surgical suite for people in Southwest Florida dealing with skin cancers and port wine stains. As ... Read More »

Think Pink

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The staff at Salon and Spa Botanica of Marco Island is at it again. For the second year in a row, they are participating in “Pink Hair for Hope” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland will host the entire salon team on Sunday, Oct. 26, where they will provide a pink hair extension to anyone wishing to donate $10 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The Pink Hair for Hope movement was started nine years ago through hair-extension company, SO.CAP.USA, and has been growing exponentially ever since. So far this ... Read More »

The Elusive Green Flash

The Sun photographed behind the Golden Gate bridge. Notice the red rim on the bottom and a green rim on top. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Have you ever seen a green flash? A green flash will sometimes happen at the moment of sunset; it usually requires an unobstructed horizon like the Gulf of Mexico. Essentially, they are a mirage effect that happens under certain atmospheric conditions. Light from the Sun is refracted (bent) as it passes through the atmosphere. Blue light is refracted more than green light, and red light is refracted the least. In addition, blue light is heavily scattered by the atmosphere, which is why the sky is blue. Essentially, this refraction gives us three images ... Read More »

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate. This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon ... Read More »