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Tom Bogan 25 Years of Dedicated Service

Photo by Maureen Chodaba: Division Chief Tom Bogan on the job.

By Maureen Chodaba  The life of a firefighter is one that requires hard work and dedication. Each day on the job brings forth new challenges and surprises, most in the form of emergencies where the firefighter needs to react quickly and effectively. Marco Island Fire Rescue Division Chief Tom Bogan has been reacting quickly and effectively for over 25 years ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Gender Inequality in the Workplace, Home and Family

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By Roy Eaton   Many forms of discrimination exist in today’s society. People are differentiated by color, sexual orientation, athleticism, appearance, age, intellect, social standing and gender, to name a few. One of the most common forms that appear in nearly every facet of our daily lives, and an embarrassment to a developed nation such as ours, is the latter ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Time For Change

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com On November 8th Americans went to the polls around the country and participated in what could best be described as a revolution of sorts. Throughout the nation men and women, young and old went to vote that day and sent a message that they would like to see a change in the direction ... Read More »

Pancakes at the Firehouse

Photos by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On November 13, pancake lovers of all ages gathered to enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Marco Island firehouse. Throughout the morning people came in waves, many arriving in their Sunday best following church services. Volunteers flipped endless pancakes and served scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and juice to hungry guests. Many came back for seconds, ... Read More »

Big Surprise at Keller Williams Luncheon

Ruben with his parents Eva and Ruben Sr.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On Nov. 16, Keller Williams Realty hosted its annual Thanksgiving Celebration luncheon at the United Church of Marco Island. This year, the potluck themed event was in honor of military members and veterans. “One of our agent’s nephews, Jared Davis, passed away after returning from Iraq,” said Donna Cottrell, agent services director for Keller Williams. “When ... Read More »

Container Gardening Workshop

Photos by Maria Lamb
Island Garden Center owner Chris Burt surrounded by Calusa Garden Club members.

Submitted Island Garden Center owner Chris Burt hosted a workshop on container gardening for members of the Calusa Garden Club, as part of the club’s November program.  Members had fun getting helpful tips on potting mixes, watering, spacing and pairing of plants. Annuals are the mainstay of a blooming garden, providing instant color and variety. Some annuals grow upright, trail, ... Read More »

Practice Makes Perfect

Photo by Wayne Clark: Players practicing and improving their dinking skills.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As someone who is a full time/year round resident, who continues to play and compete in the sports of tennis and pickleball during the off season, I find that my game tends to get in a bit of a rut, simply because I am playing and competing with the same handful of players day ... Read More »

Hero House Fundraiser

Photos by Jessica:  Hernstadt Girl Scout Troop 331 led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

• Submitted The Brandi Tramazzo Hero House Foundation for Recovering Warriors held a fundraiser at the SpeakEasy. Hero House provides a Marco Island vacation for veterans who return home and need time to reconnect with their families and recover from deployment. For more information go to www.btherohouse.org Read More »

Station 51 Replacement

Photo by Steve Stefanides

• By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Firefighters respond to a number of incidents each year, some are memorable, while others tend to fade as time passes. July 7th of this year the crew from Station 51 was returning from a routine medical call to their quarters on East Elkcam Circle.  That crew immediately recognized that something was amiss at their station ... Read More »

One-of-a-Kind Auction Lots for Naples Winter Wine Festival  

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A guided trek with chimpanzees off the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania; a yacht trip to Havana, Cuba to experience first-hand a nation on the brink of rapid change; and a trip to Los Angeles with Judge Judy onboard her private jet “The Queen Bee” are just a few of the newly unveiled items up for grabs at the ... Read More »

Assisted Living Discussion

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For a number of years now the discussions regarding whether or not Marco could support some type of Assisted Living Facility (ALF) for those in need of that service may be reaching a point where a conversation of greater substance might be about to occur. An ALF is simply defined as housing for those that due ... Read More »

A Salute to Our Veteran…And All Veterans

Veterans' Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry He came to live with us from another state when he was eight. Up until his departure, raising a stepson was the hardest thing I had ever done. Through his pre-teen and teenage angst years, his ears were granite. He ignored us or paid lip service to our parenting; believe me, we ... Read More »

Marco Officer Injured

Photos by Steve Stefanides

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island Emergency Services personnel work together as a seamless team to assist island residents and visitors on a daily basis. However, when the alarm comes in for one of their own their adrenaline levels spike a little higher as they respond to a brother in need. Such was the case on late Tuesday morning, November ... Read More »

Support Group for the Blind

Submitted Lighthouse of Collier is hosting a Peer Support Group, held every Tuesday from 10 AM–12 PM, and facilitated by Rick Hart. Rick currently holds a Master of Arts in Community Agency Counseling degree from Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois. He is a licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois and a member of the American Counseling Association. If you are new ... Read More »

Morris Law Firm to Donate Disney Trip

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Submitted For the last three years, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. has donated a family trip, an all expenses paid vacation to Disney World, to a local family in need of a little holiday cheer. The firm needs your help to find a local family who would benefit from its For the Family holiday give-away for the ... Read More »

Medicare Myths

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin “It is health that is real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi  Question: The closer I get to age 65 the more questions I have about Medicare. Would you provide an overview of the enrollment process and the benefits? Answer: That’s great that you’re asking questions before enrolling. Too many ... Read More »

This Was Not The Plan

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige This is the story of an overworked, over-ambitious, 30-something New York attorney who becomes a widower with a toddler son. When we meet him, his wife Mira has been deceased for over two years but Charlie Goldwyn is still spending days ... Read More »

Leveling the Playing Field

Submitted Photo: The Racquet Center’s new court.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark As a coach and a competitor, I am seeing an unprecedented number of new pickleball players on the courts. Many of these players are actively competing on a daily basis, and some are even playing twice a day, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. It is a sport that is easy to ... Read More »

Tips to Survive?Thanksgiving With Family

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Thanksgiving is here, and the start to the holiday season has officially arrived. While the holidays are a special time to get together with family and share traditions, they are also a time of increased stress for many. Although we may love our family, inevitably when all members are in the same room for an ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: A Response to Tarik Ayasun’s Editorial

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One of the great things about the American nation is the diversity and breadth of its media. It’s so great that a piece like “November 8th: A most important day” can enjoy a full page spread in local press, merely by convincing the editor of its worth. (Coastal Breeze, Page A10, October 28). The author’s patriotic emotions are admirable, and ... Read More »