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Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

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By Pat Newman Tuesday, February 24th marks the opening of the 11th Annual Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Festival in Everglades City. This five-day historical event is a tribute to Douglas, who as an early environmentalist and professional journalist, made legislators, developers and the general public take notice of the tremendous importance of the Florida Everglades as an eco-system. Her book, “Everglades: River of Grass,” was published in 1947 and opened up the minds of naturalists and Florida residents alike that the system was not just a swamp but a key to the life of the state. The event features a series ... Read More »

32nd Annual Prayer Breakfast

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Submitted The Marco Island Prayer Breakfast will host war hero Benjamin Sledge as the speaker at their annual event being held Tuesday, February 24th from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Marco Marriott Hotel. Ben Sledge is a wounded combat veteran of the United States Army with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan under the Special Operations Command. He served for 11 years and is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and two Army Commendation Medals. After leaving the military, he began working for Strategic Forecasting (more commonly known as Stratfor) as a junior designer, moving up the ranks to become ... Read More »

Bigger, Better, Bad Breezy

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com They say babies are beautiful so your mind forgets the negative aspects of having them. That is true not only in the human world, but with animals as well! Breezy is the perfect example, he was the cutest puppy in the world, so when he did something bad, he would look up at you and melt your heart. Who could be upset with that cuteness? Breezy has been growing by leaps and bounds. A neighbor exclaimed, “My gosh, he grows a foot every day!” Hard to imagine, but the little puppy quickly grew bigger. And bigger. ... Read More »

Meals of Hope After 5

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Submitted The Marco Island Meals of Hope project feeds hungry children and their family’s right here in Collier County. The 2015 packaging event will take place on Saturday November 14th at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. There is a ton of fundraising work to do between now and then to pay for the raw food materials that we package into meals. The packaging event is a joint effort of the Marco Island Sunrise and the Noontime Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. Tell any friends or family who have a soft spot in their hearts for hungry children to go ... Read More »

Marco Island City Council

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By Pat Newman There were plenty of waves Tuesday night at Marco Island’s City Council meeting when the resolution to approve a temporary use permit for construction staging at Rose Marina came up for discussion. Ultimately, the 50-year old family-owned marina, was approved for using lots zoned “residential” for boat storage while constructing a new storage facility in a vote of 4-3. The lots are owned by Rose Marina, but Magnolia Court area homeowners argued that deed restrictions imposed by the Mackle Brothers, Marco’s original developers, and currently MICA (Marco Island Civic Association) allows only single family residential homes on ... Read More »

TBE Teacher Profile: Barbara Fields

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Barbara Fields knows kids. Not only does she have six children of her own, but she also has been teaching for the last 14 years — grades 2-5 and college. To date, she has taught in West Virginia, Virginia and South Carolina, and currently, she is in her first year of teaching fourth grade at Tommie Barfield Elementary. She has two bachelors degrees: one in education and one in recreation. She also has a masters degree in education/administration leadership. “People are fascinating, and teaching children is motivating and energizing!” says Fields. “I get to work ... Read More »

Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence

Marco Fire-Rescue Chief Mike Murphy, left, and Deputy Chief Chris Byrne join Dr. Todd Bethel, who specializes in emergency
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By Don Manley The Marco Island Urgent Care Center played a key role in Bill Harrison’s recovery after his heart bypass surgery in 1977. “I came here for rehab,” said the spry 93-year-old. “They were great. I live on the south end of the island, so it’s really handy for me.” He was among the many Marco residents who took part in the center’s 30th anniversary celebration, which was held Tuesday at the Heathwood Drive facility. The event featured testing for balance and pulmonary disease, blood pressure screenings, an ask-the-doctor booth, a tour of the campus, give-aways and light refreshments. ... Read More »

Roseanne Rosannadanna

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If you want to go fast…go alone. If you want to go far…go together.” — African Proverb   Question: My financial affairs are in good shape, although they might be a bit random and unintentional. I know I need a plan, yet I’m afraid that if I do make changes I’ll do something wrong. World affairs are so volatile, the economy is uncertain, interest rates are low and the stock market is so high; what should I do?   Answer: It sounds like you’re in the right frame of mind to prioritize, organize and gain ... Read More »

Why Don’t We Just Eat Right?

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Every day, I inquire each of my clients on how their nutrition is going, and every day, I hear more or less the same type of response from at least one person: a sheepish look followed by an excuse as to why they could not eat right the day before. “Friends are in town so we eat out every night.” “My family is visiting and expects me to cook all of the favorite comfort foods.” “I was just too tired.” “I knew better, but I just couldn’t help it.” “I was stressed, and it calmed my ... Read More »

Valen-times Day

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan No, it’s not a misprint; I’m talking about Valentines Day. It’s not only a word that irks most warm-blooded male Homo-sapiens, but it’s also an important event. The contents of my column today are directed at the guys out there, who may need a nudge or a wake-up call, so ladies, if you don’t mind moving on to another more interesting article. Oh sure, many of us guys try to ignore it or even claim to have forgotten the day of infamy. Trust me, though, we males are always aware of the inevitable day on the ... Read More »

Practice…We Are Talking About Practice!

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many ways to succeed in the game of golf. Since I have been in the business, I have improved my own game. Many PGA golf professionals played in college and/or professional golf. I, on the other hand, entered the golf business after a short stint in the financial world. I have worked hard on my game since I started in the golf business. Truth be told, my game was not up to par with other PGA Professionals. I realized this early in my career, and I started practicing every day. I was single, ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Saving 500 Lives Per Day

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Sr. Manager Distinguished Events American Cancer Society, Marco New data shows that the American Cancer Society continues to create a world with more birthdays by saving 500 lives per day. In fact, 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer today will survive at least five years. These are encouraging statistics, and they motivate me to work as hard as I can to help finish this fight. I invite you to join me. So, you may be thinking how do we make this happen? We do it by working together to raise the funds that the ... Read More »

OCMI Basketball Registration Now Open

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Submitted As the NBA season rolls on and the NCAA looks forward to March Madness, the Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) will be tipping off its 2015 Winter Basketball season under new leadership with a re-invigorated direction. “Basketball has become one of the leading global sports around the world. We’d like to get our program back on track and get everyone on the Island excited about the sport again,” commented Bob Bruni, one of the program’s directors. The season will begin practices in late February and games are slated for early March. New for basketball, OCMI plans to hold ... Read More »

Bald Eagles, Wildlife Come to Center for the Arts

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Submitted The “Bald Eagle and Wildlife Exhibit,” a collaboration between the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation and the Marco Island Center for the Arts, will be featured February 1-24 in the Center’s Lauritzen Gallery. The work of 20 well-known artists will portray the strength and majesty of our national icon, the Bald Eagle, as well as the beauty, delicacy and lifestyles of many other Florida environmentally-protected wildlife. The Artists, who hail from all over Southwest Florida, Tampa, Indiana, Michigan and Toronto, work in acrylics, clay, hand color on glass etching, pencil, photography, stone sculpture and watercolors. Through the artists’ vision and ... Read More »

Great Horned Owl of Big Cypress

This Great Horned Owl watches from its nest in Big Cypress Swamp. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Raptors…birds of prey. When we think of some of the major hunting birds in South Florida, there are a few that always come to mind. Naturally, everyone watches when a majestic bald eagle soars overhead. Red-shouldered hawks, vultures, ospreys, peregrine falcons and other such creatures also make the grade. One of the fiercest hunters in the area usually misses most top 10 lists — the great horned owl. One of the most common owls in our country, the great horned owl’s range covers most of North and South America, including an active nest in the ... Read More »

Conversational Drifts

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Some of my favorite conversations — whether I’m actively involved or just eavesdropping — consist of one bright topic setting off a circuit of others. There are times when linear conversations — those that start with one topic and finish with it before moving to another — have their proper place, but it’s exhilarating to listen as creative ideas spark like electric arcs from one to another freeform. A recent article by David Pitt of the Associated Press on the spate of piano store closings around the country has ignited an impressive nationwide debate as to ... Read More »

Gratitude

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My children are here. In my house. Four adult children, their four significant others and our five grandchildren, ages 5 months to five years. They’ve been here nearly a week celebrating our own Christmas Holiday. That makes 10 adults, counting my husband and me and five young children, living in the same house for a week. Over the last six days, I have felt joy, pride, anxiety and exhaustion, but most of all, I have felt gratitude. I experienced overwhelming joy the very first morning when the babies all woke early, greeting each other ... Read More »

Have a Plan

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: What a whirlwind the holidays were for me and my loyal staff of volunteers here at For the Love of Cats. We had cats and kittens coming and going non-stop for two weeks. Everywhere I looked I saw cats being loaded into and out of carriers; kittens climbing the romper room walls, tumbling around in colorful balls of fur, stretching sore muscles, carb-loading at their troughs, standing in and knocking over their food and water bowls, wrestling and tackling one another, and chasing each other around in dizzying circles; ... Read More »

Mitzvah Day

If you are looking to make a difference in helping to combat hunger in our community…don’t miss Mitzvah Day on Sunday February 8th. If you want to experience a unique opportunity to make 50,000 meals with hundreds of our One Family members, young and old…don’t miss Mitzvah Day on February 8th. If you want to feel the joy of participating in a great social action event…you don’t want to miss Mitzvah Day on Sunday February 8th. For the past seven years, Mitzvah Day has been the highlight of our efforts towards Tikun Olam, which our teaching suggests is humanity’s shared responsibility to ... Read More »

Free Family Fun and Fundraiser

Family to Family, which has put more than 2000 Collier County moms and kids into beds of their own since 2009, recently acquired its 501 (c) 3 non-profit designation and will now celebrate a Grand Re-opening and Family Fun Day Open House in its new Kids’ Crisis Closet location, from10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at 3485 Enterprise Ave., one block off Industrial Ave., in Naples. Hosted by the Northside Naples Kiwanis Club, the event will feature property tours, old-school arts and crafts using recycled materials, sidewalk art, photo booth, balloons, hot dogs, sodas and two brand new ... Read More »