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Salute to Veterans: Manny Puglisi

Multi-sectional breakfront crafted by Manny Puglisi.

By Maggie Gust Emanuel “Manny” Puglisi (pooh-glee-see) served in the 76th Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. Manny was born in Sicily, Italy, and came to this country with his parents in 1937. His older brother and sister had each been born in America, but his parents subsequently returned to Sicily due to his father’s health and the need to be near family. When they came back to New York City, Manny was 13. He began immediately to literally build a life for himself. At age 14, he started working after school in a woodworking ... Read More »

Cuba: On the Road to Cienfuegos and Trinidad

Parque José Martí is WIFI enabled, a rarity in Cuba.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Three and four hours east of Havana, on the Caribbean side of Cuba, are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Both are colonial cities, the first with obvious French influence, the other Spanish. The highway from Havana to Cienfuegos and Trinidad was in good condition, but many of the secondary roads appeared to be more primitive. Traffic was light; we passed a few Yank Tanks, those American classics from the 50s, Ladas, other Russian and some Chinese makes of cars, and some horse carts. Outside of Havana, there was a Mercedes Benz dealership; certainly ... Read More »

Glide and Slide

The same physics that apply to a hockey player sliding to a stop on his skates, apply to the tennis player sliding on a clay court. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com During the men’s final of the 2015 U.S. Open between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, early in the first set, Djokovic took a hard fall when attempting to change direction while on the full run. Before the match began, in a pre-match player strength comparison chat session, Djokovic was given a check on his chart for the quality of his footwork and his speed on the court. The overall opinion of all of the analysts was that arguably, Djokovic was possibly the quickest player in today’s game. So how can the quickest player, with the best ... Read More »

Begin Lent With Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

Every Friday through March the Knights of Columbus  will hold a Fish Fry at San Marco Church. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The San Marco Knights of Columbus Fish Fry opens for the 2016 season on Friday, February 5th at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall, 14 years after its inaugural dinner. For the second year in a row, every Friday through March, the Knights will serve their in-house seasoned Atlantic Cod filets, which became instantly popular when it was introduced last year. The half-pound portion of fish is baked or fried to perfection and served along with French fries or baked potato, coleslaw, a roll and butter, and dessert. Coffee and tea are included and bottled water, soda, wine ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE

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Once a year the Knights of Columbus hold a nationwide fund raiser for those individuals that are physical and/or mentally challenged. This is better known as “The Tootsie Roll Drive”, where Knights stand up outside the various local businesses and give out tootsie rolls to children and adults alike. Most patrons put a small donation in a small metal can ranging from pennies to $100 dollar bills. This is done in all 50 States in over 3000 communities where Knights are present. Marco Island is blessed to have citizens with a big heart that always support this fund raiser, and ... Read More »

Work Begins to Complete Collier County Freedom Memorial

Collier County came one step closer to completing the Collier County Freedom Memorial as representatives from GATES began work on the planned $2 million 9/11 memorial, which is housed at the Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park, 1515 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, Florida 34105. The granite, stone and water memorial as planned will be 13 feet tall and 40 feet wide, in the shape of the American flag anchored on a granite base in the shape of the United States. Plans for the Freedom Memorial began in 2004, when the Collier County Board of County Commissioners declared September as Freedom Month ... Read More »

Goodland Celebrates 32nd Mullet Fest

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Another year and another Buzzard Lope Queen (and princess) has been crowned. That’s right, Mullet Fest was back at Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland for the 32nd year in a row. The three-day long event was comprised of live music, dancing, drinking—lots of drinking, fried mullet, Stan’s famous Buzzard Punch cocktail, and of course, the crowning of the Buzzard Lope Queen. The Buzzard Lope Queen ceremony is a very serious matter. It takes dedication, coordination and most importantly, heart to win the coveted title. This year the competition was fierce. Over thirty hopefuls were dressed to ... Read More »

Marco ALS Odyssey Walk Inspired by a “Living Angel”

Mary Jo and Mike “Moose” O’Regan, left, join Cindy
and Dave Amerine in their Naples condominium. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Mary Jo O’Regan refers to Cindy Amerine as a “living angel” who has blessed her life since they and their spouses formed a close friendship two years ago. So it’s no wonder that she and her husband, Michael “Moose” O’Regan, have thrown themselves into joining Amerine and her husband Dave in an effort to help eradicate a deadly disease from the planet. A Marco Island resident, Mary Jo O’Regan is the chief organizer of “Cindy’s ALS Odyssey Walk,” a fundraiser that will benefit the ALS Association Florida Chapter. The event is set for 10 AM, February 20 ... Read More »

My Name Is Lucy Barton

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Elizabeth Strout Random House, January 2016, 193 pages Genre: Domestic fiction This book is not for everyone, but if you liked “Olive Kitteridge,” by this same author (which won her a Pulitzer), or “Someone,” by Alice McDermott, chances are that you will enjoy this book immensely. It is a masterpiece, a book that you know you will re-read and notice nuances that you missed on your first visit with these people. I read it in one sitting, too engrossed to put the book down. Plus, it is less than 200 pages. Lucy Barton is a ... Read More »

Rescue Monroe Station

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Submitted Before one of the last historical icons on the Tamiami Trail falls down, a local group wants to save it. You can help them… and help yourself to a tax deduction for your charitable donation. Monroe Station is a prime example of the rest stops that Barron Collier built in 1928 to help motorists along the new gravel road across the Everglades. The building at the corner of Loop Road & US41, about 20 miles east of SR29 on the way to Miami, was later expanded and became a popular meeting place for hunters and travelers in this isolated ... Read More »

Improvements at Freedom Fountain

Variegated arboricola now lines the walkway to the Freedom Fountain. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Visitors have no doubt noticed the most recent improvements made at the Freedom Fountain in Veterans Community Park. The walkway leading to the fountain is now accented on either side by rows of variegated arboricola, an easily maintained, tropical evergreen shrub with bright yellow and green leaves. The drought-resistant plants, 90 in all, were installed recently by Affordable Landscaping, of Marco Island, which donated its labor for the $2,000 project, which includes the installation of 12 sprinklers, which will use reclaimed water to irrigate the plants. Funding for the work was provided by the Veterans Memorial Fundraising Committee, which ... Read More »

So You’re Going to College!

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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy!     Something like this conversation is taking place every day… Daughter: Great news Dad. I got accepted at the college I want! Dad: Where’s that? And how much? Daughter: It’s that small school in Arizona, and the tuition is only $35,000 a year. Dad: Gulp. Arizona? Will they let you in the state? They’re very strict on immigrants. ... Read More »

Historic Site #12: Church of God & Pioneer Cemetery 590 West Elkcam, Marco Island

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This early wooden church built of yellow pine was the first church on Marco. Caroline Robinson held Sunday school classes in her home and is credited with collecting money and supplies to construct the Church. This Cemetery is the burial place of pioneers significant to Marco Island history. It also has a form of early cement head stones. The Church of God, originally constructed in Old Marco, was moved to its present location. www.newlifemarco.irg/content?id=314 In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic ... Read More »

A Meal at Home in Croatia

Parting gifts seem as much a part of Croatian life as the welcome plum brandy drink. We ate the grapes before we left and Joan carried the rose until it fell apart.

By Carl and Joan Kelly Our ship docks at Vukovar, Croatia. We 150 tourists flow out of the vessel to be bussed a few miles to Osijek. There we are to enjoy home cooked meals in private homes. This is one of the high points of every Grand Circle trip we have taken. Nearly 20 local families host eight to ten guests each for food and unguided, unscripted, unrestricted talk for three hours. The bus delivers us to the home of Stephane Swarz. The guides stay on the bus. First meetings are usually a bit awkward. But, Stephane and his ... Read More »

SWFL Children’s Charities announces 2016 Chef Vintner Dinner Hosts

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is pleased to announce the hosts of the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s Chef Vintner Dinners. At the Chef Vintner Dinners on Friday, Feb. 26, the hosts will wine and dine guests with the help of distinguished vintners and local chefs. Each host will present a uniquely themed dinner for guests to enjoy, paired with select wines from participating vintners. Nine extraordinary dinners will kick off the weekend of gracious giving, and each dinner will offer guests a creative and entertaining experience. “Magnolias Over Miromar” will be hosted by Don and Cathy Canterna in partnership ... Read More »

STASH CASH?

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can.” ~ Mark Twain Question: With interest rates so slow and the stock market basically flat for the past year, how much money do you suggest I keep available in cash? Also, do you think interest rates will rise? Answer: The classic textbook answer to your question is to have a minimum of three to six months’ worth of living expenses readily available. If you’re still working then you may face additional risks, such ... Read More »

Grant’s Return

After a month long journey and 3,000 miles,  Grant finally made it back to Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Samantha Husted On November 1, Grant Bergsma began his month long, 3,000-mile bike ride from San Diego, California to Marco Island. His goal was to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that creates programs in order to help military members heal both physically and mentally. On December 5, the Coastal Breeze News caught up with Grant as he rode into the Snook Inn, finally done with his journey. Welcome back! Are you happy you finally made it to Marco? Yes. It was a long ride. How did you keep yourself entertained on the road? On the ... Read More »

A 3,000-Mile Ride for Wounded Warriors

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By Samantha Husted On Sunday November 1, part-time Marco Island resident Grant Bergsma began his 3,000-mile bike ride from San Diego, California to Marco Island. Grant, 30, is attempting to raise $100,000, as well as awareness, for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a foundation that aids injured service members. Since its creation in 2003, WWP has established an interconnected support network for veterans and active duty military personal alike. They offer programs in order to help members heal physically, mentally and emotionally. To Grant, the 3,000 miles and the money raised is his way of saying thank you. “I didn’t ... Read More »

Avoid Charity Scams

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” ~ Sophocles, Greek playwright born in 495 B.C. Question: How do I distinguish reputable charitable organizations from others that may be scams? Answer: It’s interesting that you ask this question now because I just received several calls requesting donations for the victims of the South Carolina floods and was leery of making donations to unknown entities. We know that as year-end approaches, the push will certainly be on for donations to numerous organizations. Weeding out the worthy ones from the unworthy can be tricky. For instance, in ... Read More »

Setting Intentions

The Line Drill (above) - Paint a line, with course marking paint, and hit golf balls that sit on top of the line. This will help determine initial club to
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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org As golfers we can try a million different techniques or sensations when playing golf. One sensation might work for one swing. Another swing, though, might work for five or six holes. So which sensations are correct, and which sensations are not? As an instructor, I am trying to get people to be consistently better. My correction cannot be telling a student a sensation they should have. I prefer to help students set intentions, and guide them beyond that point. Whatever technique or sensation helps them accomplish this intention is the correct one; the sensation is ... Read More »