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Big Cypress as Dark Sky Place

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The National Park Service is pleased to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve has been designated an International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) International Dark Sky Place. With the extent of urbanization in the eastern United States it is becoming nearly impossible to experience the night with little impact from artificial light pollution. Here in south Florida, away from the urban development ... Read More »

Executive Auto’s New Roadside Service

Photo by Samantha Husted: Dwain Natal with Executive Auto Repair’s new Mercedes service van.

By Samantha Husted Tara O’Neill checks in on Samuel Falla’s progress with one of her drawing class assignments. For the past 23 years Marco Island native Dwain Naftal has driven Bald Eagle Towing’s bright red tow truck. Recently Dwain traded in his trademark tow truck for a Mercedes service van that operates out of Executive Auto Repair. “It’s a little ... Read More »

Christianity in the Holy Land 

Submitted On Wednesday, November 16, Marco Lutheran Church, as part of the Visiting Scholar Program, will welcome Dr. Mitri Raheb, a theologian and pastor of the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. The evening will begin at 6:30 PM with a “Taste of Palestine,” light hors d’oeuvres of Palestinian cuisine. At 7:45 PM, Dr. Raheb will present, “Assuring that Christianity Survives ... Read More »

Council Updates

Photos by Steve Stefanides: Council Chairman Brown makes the proclamation presentation to the Woman’s Club.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The second meeting for October of the Marco Island City Council had a relatively light agenda and dealt more with recognizing individuals and groups that have contributed to the community over the years, after council listened intently to Coastal Zone Manager Gary McAlpin brief councilors on the details surrounding an impending beach re-nourishment. Council presented a ... Read More »

50 Years Making Marco a Better Place

Judy Kenney prepares for the first responders’ luncheon.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Coming together as a group of 16 friends back in 1966, the Marco Island Woman’s Club was chartered in an effort to fill a void and provide the fledgling community with an organization that women could rally around to provide needed philanthropy. Fifty years later that basic philosophy of civic involvement continues, as the organization and ... Read More »

Marco Island Shell Club Seminar

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Submitted Thursday, November 3, 2016– Jeannine Windsor, Education Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, will demonstrate how she uses the microscopes and camera which were donated by the Marco Island Shell Club for her lessons with the middle school students who visit the RBNERR as part of their science curriculum. The seminar will begin at 6:00PM at the Dissler Hall ... Read More »

Autumn Celebrated at First Friday Art Walk

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Cindy Crane checks her reflection in Bonnie Hauke’s beautiful frame of white shells.

Submitted It may still feel like summer but it was definitely autumn at the Local Color Art Gallery’s recent First Friday Art Walk. Ladies were treated to complementary flowery hair clips that were handcrafted by Malenda Trick. The buffet table was a cornucopia of pumpkin and apple inspired dishes, with a centerpiece that boasted of the abundance of a fall ... Read More »

Marco Mourns Loss of Dick Shanahan

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island lost one of its most respected citizens late Thursday afternoon with the passing of Richard “Dick” Shanahan when he lost his battle with a disease that he had committed so much time and effort to beating. During the last several years Shanahan and his wife Debra have chaired the Imagination Ball of the American ... Read More »

I Am Not My Brain

“...At the end of the day, all we have is who we are.”
~ Ryan Calhoun

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I have osteoarthritis in my knees. And in a roundabout way, my knee pain landed me in the office of a neurologist. A necessary step according to my cautious orthopedic surgeon, so I rolled my eyes (to myself) and dragged my feet all the way to the neurologist’s doorstep. After an MRI and a ... Read More »

The Latest From East Naples

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Many have wondered what ever happened to the plan to build a swimming pool for the Eagle Lakes Community Park in East Naples. It is alive and well and kicking! They had a lot to do for planning and changing plans, etc., then design, then sending out for bid, then moving forward. I think it’s taken ... Read More »

Community Service

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For the third year in a row, the staff at the Hair Salon of Skin Renewal Systems has made it a point to gather up magazines from the salon for distribution to the Infusion Centers in the Naples area. This generous community service is done each month with smiles and kind words from the staff. Thank you, special friends at ... Read More »

Back in the Kitchen with Marion

Marion adding the Pigs in a Blanket to the oven. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Marion Nicolay has once again welcomed me into her home and her kitchen. Last time I met with Marion she taught me how to make a simplified version of Beef Miroton, or red wine sauce served over roast beef. The recipe for Marion’s Beef Miroton can be found on our website, coastalbreezenews.com. As we ... Read More »

Marie Senechal’s Blankets of Love

Marie’s wonderful world of color. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Color is a celebration of sight, an experience of vision and a reflection of light. The qualities of hue and brightness awaken our vitality and stir our emotions. Texture is the tactile quality of physical substance and touch. When color and texture are combined, they create an entity that can be grasped and held. Long time Marco ... Read More »

Goodland Road Flooded Again: Marco Pressed by Commissioners to Act

Goodland Road, on the first of three days of flooding. A storm that barely
made a ripple in Collier County flooded Goodland’s only access road with 8” to 18” of water (1 PM, 8/30/16).

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn An unnamed tropical depression, 350 miles west of Marco Island, caused more serious flooding on Goodland Road on Tuesday, August 30. Torrential rains also added to the maelstrom, with rainwater having nowhere to go due to seawater gushing in through the road’s only two drains. The result was the usual chaos in traffic trying to ... Read More »

Free Veterans Job Fair

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Submitted  The Rotary Clubs of Marco Island will host a free Veterans resource and job fair Tuesday, October 11th from 9 AM to 3 PM at Rose History Auditorium in the Marco Island Historical Society, located at 180 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. This event is free and open to all Collier County veterans, regardless of discharge status. Participating in ... Read More »

Fine Art Comes to Marco Library

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Artist Phyllis Pransky with one of her paintings.

Submitted The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. The months of September, October and November will feature the artwork of Marco Island artist Phyllis Pransky. Phyllis is an American painter educated in the principles of fine art. ... Read More »

September Awareness – A Look Beyond the Ribbons

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By Maureen Chodaba Throughout the calendar year, there is a cancer awareness theme for almost every month. These themes are usually marketed with the images of colorful ribbons. For September, a teal ribbon is the symbol of ovarian cancer awareness, while thyroid cancer awareness is represented by a teal, pink and blue combination ribbon. As a cancer survivor, I have ... Read More »

Y Kids Put Through Olympic Paces

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Submitted Shades of the recent Rio Olympics came to the Greater Marco Family YMCA recently when staff members combined to offer tastes of swimming, basketball and tennis to youngsters who might not have tried them before. “We decided we wanted a family fun night,” said the Y’s Healthy Living Director, Deborah Passero. “The kids were from 3 years old and ... Read More »