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Gold: The Comeback Kid?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I was beginning to worry that I may not see the renaissance of demand for the precious yellow metal as jewelry in my lifetime. Maybe that seems a little drastic to many of you, but may I be frank and ask you a simple question? When was the last time you bought a really nice piece of gold jewelry? Ah, just as I thought, so it’s been a while. Want to know something you may find surprising? Until last season came around, that made two of us! Sounds incredible? After all, I’m a designer/goldsmith ... Read More »

Robert Fuchs to Speak at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance Event

Bob in his garden with a specimen Rhynchostylus retusa. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted World-renown orchid grower and accredited American Orchid Society (AOS) judge, Robert Fuchs, will make a rare appearance to speak in southwest Florida at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on Nov. 20, at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd. in Naples, 6:30–8:30 PM. Orchid lovers are invited (at no charge) to come hear Fuchs’ presentation about name changes in the vandaceous alliance and what that means for current hybrid genera. His presentation, “What’s In a Name?”, was the keynote address at the 21st World Orchid Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September. During that ... Read More »

Lunch, Learn at Rookery Bay

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its monthly “Lunch and Learn Lecture Series” lineup, which kicks off at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 4, with “Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors.” Using costume and character, literary historian Betty Jean Steinshouer will portray three authors in 15-minute segments. First will be Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to North Florida in 1866 after the Civil War. Act Two will feature Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who fell in love with Florida after arriving at Cross Creek in 1928 where she wrote “The Yearling.” Finally, the audience ... Read More »

Murphy’s Law in Istanbul

View of Istanbul from the rooftop terrace of our apartment.  The apartment was outfitted with emergency lights and filtered water. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Three years ago, I wrote a column in which I revealed my six rules for travel. Rule No. 4 was “Prepare for the unexpected.” As we “mature,” it seems more and more of the unexpected can occur, although situations arise no matter what our age. On my first “grand tour” of Europe four decades ago, I and my three traveling companions picnicked on a lovely bridge in Switzerland. One of them, drinking from a bottle of Pepita grapefruit soda, a Swiss favorite, aspirated some of the liquid into his lungs. I stood there frozen, watching ... Read More »

Brain Attacks Can Cause a Lifetime of Physical Challenges: Learn about strokes and more at the Health Plus Lecture on November 12

IBERIABANK, a 127-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, and Physicians Regional Healthcare System continue the Health Plus Lecture Series with the life-saving topic of “Brain Attacks” on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Marco Island branch ofIBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. A welcome reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m. According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death with more than 750,000 Americans experiencing a new or recurrent stroke each year. A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow in an artery, or when a blood vessel breaks which can interrupt blood flow to the brain. ... Read More »

Jumping for Joy

Katie Schweighoefer, co-owner of Jump Hair & Nails, is no stranger to making her dreams come true. When she was a child, she knew she wanted to be a hair stylist. Ten years ago, she started her own tanning salon on Marco Island, and kept her dream alive with plans for one day adding hair and nails to the menu of services. Her dream came true when she teamed with her business partner, Peter Galluzzo. The two opened Jump Hair & Nails in April. A board-certified cosmetologist for 16 years, she attended Michigan State University, earning a degree in advertising. ... Read More »

Stride-away through Hideaway

All skill levels participate

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Fifteen minutes prior to the start, rain threatened to wash out the runners who showed up for the Second Annual Kiwanis 5K Run/Walk. Those that stayed home missed out; the rain subsided by race time and kept early morning temperatures in check, making what is considered a great course by participants even better. There were runners from all over — runners from the East Coast (New York and Miami) to Eugene, Oregon, in the West, and one father/son duo hailed from Germany. There were senior citizens and babies in strollers. Organizers were Dr.’s George Sarantos ... Read More »

DEP SURPASSES GOAL TO SELL $40 MILLION IN LAND SALES TO BENEFIT CONSERVATION

The department sold two correctional facilities to raise funds for conservation purchases The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands on Monday, Sept. 15, increasing the budget for future purchases to $43,991,070. The move supports the vision of the 2014-2015 Legislature, which gave the department the authority to sell up to $40 million worth of non-conservation land. The department can now ask the legislature for authorization to spend the additional funds over ... Read More »

FWC Division of Law Enforcement Reports

Officers Marcus Reith and Heidi Johnson were conducting boating safety and marine fisheries inspections near Caxambas Pass in Collier County.  Officer Johnson boarded the vessel and was directed to a cooler located near the front of the vessel.  Upon inspection, Officer Johnson located five Red Grouper, three of which were undersized.  Appropriate citations and property receipts were issued and the fish were seized as evidence. During the September Commission meeting, commissioners approved the opening of a new hunting area in the Big Cypress National Preserve WMA known as the Addition Lands within Collier, Miami?Dade, and Monroe Counties. Several FWC officers ... Read More »

Blue Chip Community Business Award marks two decades of celebrating success

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While the turnarounds of large corporations often receive lots of attention, the less public triumphs of small businesses are not always recognized. Twenty years ago, insurance executive Gary V. Trippe decided to change that. The former CEO of Oswald Trippe and Company (now BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company) created the Blue Chip Community Business Award, a program designed to recognize entrepreneurs who have triumphed over adversity. The awards program serves two purposes: it honors those who succeed in overcoming obstacles while also inspiring others to do the same. The program has honored a wide range of businesses that have found innovative ... Read More »

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While the turnarounds of large corporations often receive lots of attention, the less public triumphs of small businesses are not always recognized. Twenty years ago, insurance executive Gary V. Trippe decided to change that. The former CEO of Oswald Trippe and Company (now BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company) created the Blue Chip Community Business Award, a program designed to recognize entrepreneurs who have triumphed over adversity. The awards program serves two purposes: it honors those who succeed in overcoming obstacles while also inspiring others to do the same. The program has honored a wide range of businesses that have found innovative ... Read More »

New Physician Joins Florida Gynecologic Oncology

Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, is pleased to announce the addition of Gynecologic Oncologist Samith Sandadi, M.D., MSc., to its practice. Florida Gynecologic Oncology provides high quality, personalized care to women with complex gynecologic problems and suspected diagnosed cancers of the female reproductive tract. Dr. Sandadi will be joining the team of distinguished physicians at Florida Gynecologic Oncology who have held, or currently hold, faculty appointments in academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology, have published hundreds of scientific papers and book chapters, and have received numerous awards for their contributions to women’s cancer care. “Dr. Sandadi’s clinical ... Read More »

Vibrant Ljubljana

A ride along the river in Ljubljana is a peaceful diversion.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I have two words for people who say the capital cities of Europe are old and stagnant: visit Ljubljana (lyoo-BLYAH-nah). The capital of Slovenia and located approximately in the center of this small country, it is young and vibrant. With a population of about 280,000, the 60,000 students in this city help invigorate it. It is a captivating city in which to spend some time. Major rebuilding after an earthquake in 1895 has made this city an architectural delight with a mixture of some original and restored Baroque and Vienna Secession (art nouveau), along with ... Read More »

A Chef to Savor

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you’ve had your fill of super-heroes, super-villains, zombies, Godzilla’s and other zillas plus assorted other freaks, treat yourself to “Chef.” It’s a delightful take on the food world, family bonding and multiculturalism with a great soundtrack and a bit of a travelogue to boot. After a disastrous experience with “Cowboys and Aliens” and a few other non-memorable movies, Jon Favreau wrote, directed and stars in this charming and very funny piece of entertainment. Carl Casper (Favreau) is a first-rate chef in a successful Los Angeles restaurant. The problem is that he’s still turning ... Read More »

The Friendly Skies Bite Back

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By Carol Glassman The next time you decide to fly the friendly skies, I suggest you trust no one. You know how it is when you elect travel by charter and your air route and seat selection are completely out of your hands. In order to go from point A to point B the tour company will toss all kinds of travel gobbledegook at you to justify the shortest line between two points as the crow flies (a drunken crow, it seems) and take you to A-1, A-2. and A-3 before arriving at B, and often flying you to the ... Read More »

Miami Museum Bound

Take a trip to the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Miami with friends of the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The all-day event is scheduled for May 31st from 7am-7:30pm. The price of $115 includes a round trip luxury bus ride, which meets in the parking lot of the Art Center, admissions to both museums, and lunch at the Perez. The PAMM is dedicated to 20th century and contemporary art, as well as exhibits from cultures of the Atlantic rim, which is defined as the Americas, Western Europe and Africa. The ... Read More »

Fakahatchee Award Given!

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Bill Mesce was given the prestigious Mel Finn Award at the Friends of Fakahatchee Dinner on April 13 for “for reflecting the spirit of the Founding Father of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park”. Mel Finn, a Miami attorney who identified 43 different orchids in the Fakahatchee, campaigned to make the territory a preserve. That finally happened in 1974. The award in his name is given by the Friends annually if an appropriate winner is identified. Bill Mesce certainly deserved it this year. He was a founding member of the Friends, has led swamp walks since they were initiated, and ... Read More »

United for Care Applauds Charlotte’s Web Medical Marijuana Bill

United for Care, the main organization advocating for the approval of Florida Amendment 2 allowing for the medical use of marijuana in the state, expressed its approval of the Florida Senate’s passing of SB1030, a bill that would legalize a non-euphoric strain of marijuana that has proven effective at reducing convulsions in patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. The strain, commonly known as Charlotte’s Web, is high in a non-euphoric compound called Cannabidiol, or CBD, and is low in THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. Powered by over 10,000 volunteers, United for Care is the largest organization in Florida urging ... Read More »

Time to Raise Elbows

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Ironically, when I grew up playing tennis on the Har-Tru (clay) courts at the Milwaukee Town Club (former home of the United States Clay Court Championships) back in the late 1960’s, we never had to contend with high-bouncing tennis balls. Sure, many of my peers had nice, well-groomed American Twist serves, but no one commanded vicious topspin groundstrokes that routinely bounced above one’s shoulders. In my era, there was such a premium on the serve and volley strategy that points were relatively quick. Conversely, in the present game, foes constantly battle from the baseline ... Read More »

Fakahatchee Award Given

Bill Mesce (left) is paid tribute by Fakahatchee biologist Mike Owen (right) who said jokingly that the greatest tip photographer Mesce ever gave him was ‘hold the camera still.’ PHOTO BY MARYA REPKO

Submitted Bill Mesce was given the prestigious Mel Finn Award at the Friends of Fakahatchee Dinner on April 13 for “for reflecting the spirit of the Founding Father of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.” Mel Finn, a Miami attorney who identified 43 different orchids in the Fakahatchee, campaigned to make the territory a preserve. That finally happened in 1974. The award in his name is given by the Friends annually if an appropriate winner is identified. Mesce certainly deserved it this year. He is a founding member of the Friends, has led swamp walks since they were initiated, and ... Read More »