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The Truth According To Us

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Annie Barrows The Dial Press (Random House) 2015 491 pages Genre: Historical Fiction “Summertime and the livin’ is easy!” – Porgy and Bess Before you open this book, it would be wise to have a pitcher of lemonade or other favorite iced beverage at hand. Barrows’ description of the West Virginia sizzling summer weather will have you sweltering. Might help to have Miles Davis playing in the background as well. The time is Summer 1938 (three years after Porgy and Bess debuted). Miss Layla Beck has been shunned by her father, Delaware member of ... Read More »

Name the Exoplanet

Looking South about halfway to the zenith, 11:00PM July 10th. Don’t forget to look at Saturn if you have a small telescope. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Tonight the Summer Milky Way is rising, almost looking like the beginning of dawn; just above it is the large, but fairly faint constellation of Ophiuchus. It is usually drawn as a man grasping a snake, and as one might expect the name in ancient Greek means “serpent-bearer.” Recently it has become famous (again) as the 13th zodiacal constellation for, as you can clearly see from the chart, the ecliptic runs through it. Every few decades the media treats it as a major discovery, but it’s been that way for all of human ... Read More »

Naomi’s “Meow Power”

Coach Naomi, thinking about the job ahead.

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi &Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: It’s official! My triathlon team has a name – “Meow Power.” A big thanks to all of you who answered last month’s call for team name submissions. The winning name was submitted by Claire Baumler, one of my volunteers. What do you, dear readers, think of a minor team name modification, something along the lines of “Naomi’s Meow Power?” I think this is only fair since I am responsible for thinking this whole endeavor up in the first place. Moreover, I have to whip my team of three into ... Read More »

Fay and Bedford Biles’ Contributions to Marco Officially Recognized

Fay Biles, center, is surrounded by fellow members of the  Tri Delta sorority, Bridget Carpico, left, Jean Rice, Linda Spell and Gay Petty. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Fay Biles and her late husband Bedford were enthralled the first time they laid eyes on Marco Island. It was 1967 and the couple had traveled to the island from their northeastern Ohio home to check out what a salesman for the Mackle Brothers had touted to Bedford Biles as a beautiful new island that was just starting to be developed. “We had already said that when we retired, we were going to move to Florida,” Fay Biles recalled recently. “He (Bedford Biles) was from North Carolina and he hated the cold weather. He said, ‘They offered ... Read More »

Focus on Medium: Call of the Canvas

Jo-Ann Sanborn representing acrylics.

By Steve Gimmestad Note: This is a series of articles about the mediums people use to express themselves and create some great works of art for us to enjoy. My art envy carries forth from the last article to this one and those who work the canvas so well. One of the assignments I had in 5th grade at Lily Lake Elementary School was to paint a blue sky. I got a B-. Really? How do you mess up painting the color blue at the top of a sheet of paper? That’s why it was an amazing opportunity for me ... Read More »

The Marco Players are Serving Up “A Summer Double Dip”

(Left to Right) Sylvia (Tracy Lane); Greg (Greg Madera, Director); Kate (Casey Cobb). SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Players is serving up “A Summer Double Dip” with two romantic comedies, Sylvia and Shooting Star. Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney, is a romantic comedy about marriage. A suburban couple, Greg (Greg Madera) and Kate (Casey Cobb) have left the suburbs behind and moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising. Greg brings home a stray dog bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. Greg finds comfort in his relationship with Sylvia (Tracy Lane) as an escape from his job and middle age. Kate sees Sylvia as a rival. After a series of hilarious complications, Sylvia ... Read More »

“Giants of the Everglades” Dennis Goodman Exhibit at Marco Island Historical Museum

Dennis Goodman (in front of  sunset) answers questions during the reception for his show “Giants of the Everglades”.

By Steve Gimmestad On June 2, the opening reception for “Giants of the Everglades,” by photographer Dennis Goodman, was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The event, along with hors d’oeuvres and wine, was sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Dennis Goodman is an award winning photographer, and has appeared in numerous publications throughout Florida and elsewhere. He has received accolades from many organizations for his work, and for his efforts in the preserving the Everglades. Upon entering the gallery, the “Giants” in the exhibit name not only refers to the subject matter, but also aptly describes the ... Read More »

COMMISSIONER HILLER DISCUSSES POSSIBLE FRAUD AGAINST THE COUNTY

As you know, the Clerk of Courts is responsible for the county’s Accounts Payable function and to that end, his staff is required to pre-audit all invoices to ensure that the Clerk does not approve and pay an illegal expenditure.  The Clerk is prohibited by statute from making improper payments.  Upon the Clerk’s determination that the invoice to be paid is legal, the Clerk is required by county ordinance to present the invoice to the Board of County Commissioners for approval.  Once the Board grants such approval by vote, the Clerk has the authority to proceed with the actual payment ... Read More »

Our Best Investment

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends.” ~Benjamin Franklin   Question: What’s the best way to set aside funds for our grandchildren to help with college expenses? Answer: If your intention is to designate the funds exclusively for higher education expenses, there are three tax-advantaged strategies available. We’ll focus on these techniques because money not paid out in taxes is that much more available to offset rising college expenses. There certainly are other ways to save for future generations, but to answer your specific question, here are three tax efficient ways to help ... Read More »

Fiala Community Center No Longer a Bucket List Wish

Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala receives a standing ovation before a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Donna Fiala Community Center at Eagle Lakes Community Park on May 21. Located off U.S. 41 in East Naples, Fiala had fought for the construction of the center for more than 10 years.

By Roger LaLonde Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala received a standing ovation as she came to the podium at the opening of the Donna Fiala Community Center on May 21 at Eagles Lakes Community Park off U.S. 41. The center had been on the commissioner’s bucket list for more than 10 years. She got to scratch it off in style. For her efforts, a petition to name the center after her was successful. Family, friends and government officials all made the day special for the once young lady coming to Naples from East Cleveland, Ohio. One speaker described Fiala as ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala The Tamiami Crossings Shopping Center is now in the beginning stages of construction on 951/Collier Blvd, immediately north of the Walmart Shopping Center. You may have noticed the area being cleared, with lots of heavy machinery on site. For those of you who might not recognize the name, it’s the Kite Realty Company’s newest addition to that intersection (they already own the Shoppes at Eagle Creek, where the Fresh Market, Burger Fi, Panera Bread and Hoots are located). On this new site will be retail shops including Steinmart, Marshall’s, Ross, a pet store and more, plus a couple ... Read More »

Bamboo in Florida Landscapes

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com There are many uses for bamboo in the Florida garden. It can be used as a hedge, as a container plant, or even a specimen plant- either in a pot or in a natural garden setting. There are two main types of bamboo: One is clumping bamboo and the other is running bamboo. When we hear bamboo, most of us think of huge massive culms of bamboo that can grow a foot a day, growing to 60 feet tall in a short period of time. This is why so many people tremble in fear when they ... Read More »

Naomi’s Kittens and Triathlon Coach

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I need to clear up any confusion among new readers who have come late to my wisdom-packed columns. I am, in fact, a cat, a one-time dumpster diving stray turned full-time resident here at For the Love of Cats, Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter. I am, however, by no means your average house cat. For starters, I have my own newspaper column. Secondly, I am the shelter supervisor and manage a staff (remember, dogs have owners, cats have staff) of 70-80 volunteers who must heed my every request. And ... Read More »

Enjoy the Ride

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Many years ago, back when living in Florida was nothing more than a daydream, my husband and I wanted to live near the water. For many of us, there is a natural gravitation toward shoreline. For those who live in landlocked states, water views are rarer than Bigfoot sightings. And for us, living in Iowa, the landscape consisted of tall corn and clean rows of beans, with an occasional farm pond. But we were determined, so in 1997 we bought a tiny cabin on a small lake, a short drive from our hometown. When ... Read More »

Window Hangings at St. Mark’s Let the Son Shine

Each window holds a Station of the Resurrection and below is a plaque with accompanying verse, artist name and Patron.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The culmination of eight months work by a group of very dedicated parishioners is now hanging in the sanctuary windows of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Marco Island. “This was a unique project in that involved an unusual medium (tin) and some exceptional work by a large group of inspired people,” said Janet DeAnna, spokesperson for St. Mark’s Artists in Residence program. “We wanted to do a multi-media project so everyone could be involved.” This was the sixth project by the group at St. Mark’s. They began in 2009 with plaques of oil and clay, then ... Read More »

The Southern Cross

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By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net We are going to change our viewing time from our usual 9PM to 11PM until October. There are two reasons for this: 1) The longer days of summer mean it is not fully dark at 9PM, and 2) the rapidly approaching rainy season means early evening clouds blot out the stars. By 11PM there is at least a chance of clearing, although it’s not usually totally clear until after midnight. Did you think you would have to travel to Argentina to see the Southern Cross? Not so! Theoretically, you can see the whole cross (official ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail: The Name Was Easy, The Rest… Not So Much

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Let’s get one thing out of the way right from the start. The Tamiami Trail is so named because it connects Miami and Tampa Bay. But the name was the easy part. The rest was a grueling process that spanned eleven years. On April 21st, Park Ranger Bob DeGross, Big Cypress National Preserve, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs, gave a presentation at the Rose History Auditorium called “A Road Runs Through It”. In it, he chronicles the process of completing this enormous project. Key West was the largest city in Florida when the Tamiami Trail ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Just in time, the Goodland Fire Protection services, handled by the Marco Island Fire and Rescue Team, was rescued, thanks to a visit to my office by City Manager Roger Hernstadt and Counsel chairman Larry Sacher, and also Mike Barbush and Barry Gwinn who phoned from Goodland to alert me to a topic coming up for a vote by the County Commission shortly. We were able to rescue that service and keep Goodland fire protection where it belongs: with the Marco Island Fire Department. Team work at its finest! *Have you ever heard of a WaWa? When ... Read More »

Mertens Nominated to Science & Technology Congress

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Submitted Mercedes Mertens, a 9th grader at Marco Island Academy (“MIA”), has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, MA on June 28th- June 30th, 2015. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their ... Read More »

La Tavola-Family, Food and Friends

Marco Island restaurateurs Guy and Lisa Verdi discuss their dining philosophy.

By Don Manley The traditional family gathering place – the kitchen table – evokes thoughts of heartwarming moments for long-time Marco Island restaurateurs Guy and Lisa Verdi. Such memories and their shared Italian heritage served to inspire the Verdi’s selection of a name for their new restaurant, which they have dubbed “La Tavola,” Italian for “the table.” “I really thought long and hard about it,” said Lisa Verdi. “I thought about how Guy and I, both here and when we travel to Italy and France to visit family, the best times and our favorite memories are always around the table ... Read More »