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On the Run to Recognize Raymonds

Roger and Karen Raymond (right) with the Marco Island Charter Middle School girls Gulf Coast Athletic Conference track championship team last spring.

By Roger LaLonde Kyle Grucci and Dr. Patty Poling are on the run for Roger and Karen Raymond. The Raymonds have announced that they are leaving Marco Island for Orlando, due to family health reasons. After being leaders in their fields for 18 years, the Raymonds will be leaving Marco Island Charter Middle School. Due to a short time frame, Grucci and Poling have been hustling to put together a “Raymond Going Away Run” at Mackle Park, beginning at 8 AM on Sunday, August 28. Grucci, who coaches basketball, along with Poling and husband Dr. Bob, who have had four ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Educators Honored at Meeting City Council moved quickly through a relatively light agenda on last Monday as they dealt with proclamations recognizing educational excellence at the Tommie Barfield Elementary School, the Marco Island Charter Middle School and the Marco Island Academy. Both Tommie Barfield and the Charter Middle School were presented with proclamations recognizing their “A” rating in the State of Florida and the Marco Island Academy was honored for being recognized by the Washington Post as being in the top 2% of High Performing Charter Schools within the nation. Staff members from all three ... Read More »

Missi D’Ambrosio – Painting Marco With Sunshine

Missi’s clients are an extension of her family.

By Maureen Chodaba A new ray of sunshine has illuminated 1720 San Marco Road with color and light. Paint and Color Specialist Missi D’Ambrosio has joined the staff of Sunshine Ace Hardware, bringing along her talent, experience and dedication to customer service. A Marco Island resident since 1986, Missi is a familiar face, a powerhouse of expertise and a friend in need. You may know Missi from the Florida Paint Centers. Many assumed she was the owner of the establishment, but in her words, she was “simply the manager” for almost 20 years. Anyone who has ever known Missi knows ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Update and Manatee Mortality

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How Can You Help Marco Island’s Sea Turtles?  Submitted 1. Make sure all holes in the sand near nesting sites are filled in. 2. Remove everything from the beach at night. This includes tents, chairs, coolers, toys, towels, plastic bottles and bags. And remember, no glass! 3. If you live in a condo on the beach, go on the beach and check the lighting after 9 PM. Have all the outside balcony lights turned off, and all windows with light on inside, shaded. 4. Stay 20 feet from a marked sea turtle nest. Call Mary Kelly Nelson, Environmental Specialist, Collier County ... Read More »

That’s Very Nice

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nice to be recognized when I’m out hob knobbing in different establishments around the island with my wife or friends, more often or not it’s “hello how are you, how you doing?” and the occasional… “I have to come see you!” Only thing is my appearance almost always also invites the inevitable dreaded question(s). “We just came back from a cruise and bought this diamond ring can you tell us what it’s worth?” (In other words, the way I see it without even looking at the piece in question, is while this couple, who happen ... Read More »

Red, White and Bully Event Promotes Bully Breed Adoptions

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Submitted  Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is promoting the adoption of bully breed dogs during the month of July. All bully breed dogs can be adopted for only $25. Some of the most common bully breed dogs are American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boxer, American Bulldog, and Bulldogs. “We see a lot more bully breed dogs at the shelter than any other dog,” said DAS Director Darcy Andrade. “I am hopeful that this promotion will help shine a positive light on these great pets and find many of them a forever home.” DAS takes in close to ... Read More »

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking’s Dangers

Nola Theiss, left, founder and executive director of  ARTREACH developer, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, discuss paintings created by program participants at the art show held in March at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Photos supplied courtesy of ARTREACH

By Don Manley Enlightenment in the dangers presented by human trafficking has been part of the program for some Greater Marco Family YMCA summer campers. About 25 sixth-through-ninth graders attending the Y’s Manatee Middle School camp recently took part in the ARTREACH program, which arms at-risk youths with information designed to prevent them from falling prey to traffickers, while also heightening the public’s awareness of the crime. The week-long program’s uses the creative arts to educate youths ages 8-to-18 about trafficking, whether it involves prostitution, forced labor or another form of exploitation. ARTREACH’s full program is making its Collier County ... Read More »

Doing the Right Thing

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com At beach yoga, we sometimes tell our students that the hardest part of the class is already over when they arrive at the beach. That is, the most difficult move they will make, is showing up for class. The same is true for exercising, eating better, being kinder, more patient, or tackling any task that takes us out of our comfort zone or off the couch. Yeah, we know what we should do, but it’s just so much easier to put it off until later, or tomorrow, or never. I remember reprimanding our ... Read More »

More Than a Number

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com A few years ago I was driving on the Island when I noticed a couple standing on the sidewalk waiting for the traffic light. The man wore the rounded spine of at least eight decades on Earth; his right hand clutched the handle of a cane, punched to the pavement for support. The woman was white-haired, and equally bent, with tubes in her nose that extended to an oxygen tank she pulled wagon-style behind her. But more than their postures and their accessories, I noticed that the fingers of their free hands were ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Traffic Signal Collier/Bayside Area

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I ask council to take a close look at a tentative decision to locate the proposed stoplight at Saturn. Let’s go back to the beginning. The primary need for a light is to provide safe access to traffic traveling North on Collier from the Bayside area. Traffic from and to the area from the South is expeditiously handled now and will continue to be handled by easy access from Seaview Ct., Saturn and Collier. This needs no change. • The sketch of the Saturn concept provides some interesting facts. For openers, the Saturns do not line up. It will be ... Read More »

Botox Questions Answered

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Some people just seem to age better than others, leaving the rest of us to wonder, is it genetics? Maybe. But then again, maybe not. These days, people are taking advantage of a variety of products and procedures that promise a more youthful appearance. Which leads us to Botox, one of the most readily available cosmetic procedures commonly used. But when it comes to Botox, it seems like everyone is doing it, but no one is talking. That leaves many of us with questions. Shedding some light on this little secret is Dr. Josephine Perez, ... Read More »

Tee it Forward

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org As we move into reciprocal season for private club members in Southwest Florida, many golfers in the area will enjoy neighboring courses for a minimal fee. This is a great program, and I am proud to say one of my mentors, John Carroll, helped start the program years ago. At that time it was an agreement with a few local clubs. The agreement was so members at these clubs would have a place to play when their course was shut down for summer agriculture practices. I bring up the topic of reciprocal season because this ... Read More »

The Power of a Smile

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”  – Joseph Addison Our sixth grandchild was born in March. A perfect little girl with 10 fingers, 10 toes and bright eyes that follow sound and movement. I was lucky enough to hold her shortly after her birth and say prayers of thanks for her healthy arrival. Five weeks later, little Greer Elizabeth took her first plane ride from her home in the Midwest to Southwest Florida for a visit, and for six days she was (mostly) mine…except for the feedings and interrupted sleep that ... Read More »

Marco’s Majestic Osprey

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Submitted  Amid the morning haze, sitting on a battered perch, bright yellow eyes, stare out into the horizon, alert, with a loud piercing shriek, take flight into the early morning light. Ospreys are common sights and sounds in Marco Island, soaring high over the waterways and sitting erect on their huge stick nest with white heads gleaming in the sun. Something is missing if you don’t hear the osprey’s call during your morning walk, which is more of a high pitched shriek, a cheereek, cheereek, or a yewk, yewk, yewk. The females are bigger than the males. Usually seen as ... Read More »

Baking Babka with Estie

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By Samantha Husted The babka is a Jewish pastry that originated in Eastern Europe. It’s chewy and flaky on the outside, yet gooey and sugary on the inside – not unlike coffee cake, though its texture is more similar to that of bread. And while this Slavic sweet is certainly no beginner’s loaf, don’t be discouraged. All you need is some patience, a little bit of bravery, a trustworthy dough mixer and about six hours, and you’ll be good to go. Luckily I had Marco Island resident Estie Karpman, a seasoned baker, to guide me through the process. As a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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New Traffic Signal on Collier The following letter is from the president of South Seas East Association recapping a meeting for residents regarding the proposal of a new traffic signal to be installed at Collier Blvd. and Saturn Ct. with Tim Pinter from the City of Marco: A meeting with Tim Pinter, Public Work Director for the City of Marco, was held with condo association members, along Seaview Court, to discuss the options for a new proposed traffic signal at the intersection of North Collier Boulevard and Saturn Court, 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016.   This signal would include provisions ... Read More »

Marco’s Busy Spring

The soft, tilled sand is inviting to this family playing on the beach.

OUR ISLAND ECOLOGY By Chadd Chustz This spring, so much has happened here on Marco Island to remind us that we are stewards of our environment and nature’s inhabitants. Manatee Release  The manatee (identified as RSW1523) was rehabilitated at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa after being rescued on September 28, 2015, for watercraft related injuries in Roberts Bay. It was great to see this “little guy” being released back into the waters of the 10,000 Islands by the FWC at Caxambas Boat Launch Park on Marco Island. Read more about another manatee release in this issue of Coastal Breeze ... Read More »

You Can’t Take It With You

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “In the end, only kindness matters.”  – Jewel  I have a close friend who lives in Iowa. Her name is Mary, and before my husband and I moved to Marco Island, Mary and I were next-door neighbors for 27 years. That’s almost three decades of vigorous waves from the driveway, impromptu potluck dinners, borrowed cups of sugar, and shared Sunday brunches. We raised a combined seven children; we claimed a total of five dogs, and we buried four parents during our time as neighbors. We’ve shared tearful challenges and bladder-bursting laughter. Together, Mary ... Read More »

Waves on Marco

By Coastal Breeze News Staff People are buzzing about “Marco Island and the Everglades,” a new book filled with vibrant photographs that will make you fall in love with Marco Island all over again. Photographer Joey Waves is the artist behind the lens. Joey, born Joseph E. Weiner, grew up in Miami, Florida. From early on it was clear that this rebellious youth was bursting with raw talent. He started his artistic life as a spray can graffiti artist. His skills became known, and soon he was being asked by teachers to paint large-scale murals on the walls of his ... Read More »

Get ready to RELAY!

Relay For Life teams choose their spots on the track.

By Maureen Chodaba The Relay For Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger, is rapidly approaching. On April 9, Mackle Park, in all its beauty and natural splendor, will be the site of this community festival and celebration of life. A team event, this year’s Relay For Life takes the theme “Relay Road Trip – Destination – END CANCER!” As you take your road trip around the Relay track, you will want to make stops at the tents, each one representing a fundraising team, and each one depicting a state. The teams have been working diligently to raise ... Read More »