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Tropical Ornaments Abound

Black Bat (Tacca chantrieri)

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com The holidays are here again. Soon, we’ll be unpacking colorful ornaments and decorating our trees. Wouldn’t it be great if we could enjoy festive decorations year round? Well, here in Naples, we can. The tropical jewels that bloom in our gardens are as beautiful as any or-nament you can buy at the store. The Dombeya, for example, every home in Naples should have at least one of these beauties. The Dombeya, also known as tropical hydrangea, starts bloom-ing in the fall and usually continues blooming until summer. It’s hands-down the most spectacular winter-blooming plant. Dombeya ... Read More »

MARCO ISLAND REAL ESTATE MARKET UP

Bette McGilvray, President Marco Island Area Association of Realtors 2014

OCTOBER 2014 TO OCTOBER 2013 COMPARISON MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties compare October 2014 to October 2013. Marco Island MLS Statistics, for Marco Island only property, continues to be a seller’s market, according to Bette McGilvray, 2014 President, Marco Island Area Association of Realtors. Active inventory continues to decrease from a year ago and pending statistics for all property types are Single Family Home Activity: Fewer new single family homes were listed in October 2014 v. October 2013. The percentage was down 4.69% (61 v. 64). The total number ... Read More »

Novemberrrr! Cold Weather Means Feathered Friends Are Here

White Pelicans at Tigertail Beach last winter. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist On Nov. 16, my daughter sent me a picture from Oshawa, Canada, just east of Toronto, to show me snow on the ground. I already knew that it had snowed in the Rockies a few weeks earlier. On the morning of Nov. 18, the local weatherman stated that 83 percent of the continental United States was at, or below, freezing! What’s up, Mother Nature? In mid-November? I’m aware of some of the annual migrations of birds from the North to the South, and they usually leave their northern habitats before Old Man Winter makes ... Read More »

Marco DAR Celebrates its Founders Day and Marco Anniversary

DAR members (LtoR) Debra Haeussler, Karen Lombardi, Becky Krisko, Dona Zuckerman, Judy Kenney, Mary Alice Ritchie, Betsy Perdichizzi, Cindy Anderson,Virginia Read, Barbara Messner

It was more than just a pre-Season get together October 16th.  It was a mini-reunion of local DAR members and an opportunity to observe the organization’s Founders’ Day.  The luncheon at Kretch’s marked the 124th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It also was the 38th anniversary of the Marco Island Chapter. The DAR was founded in 1890 with the simple mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. This nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.  It has ... Read More »

Road Watch Collier County from the Department of Transportation

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. I-75/Alligator Alley over Little Marsh (approximately 11 miles east of SR 29):  Maintenance contract project:  Motorists should expect one southbound lane closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 28while crews perform bridge maintenance.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway. US 41 over Rostov Canal (west of SR 29):  Maintenance contract project:  Motorists should expect intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 29 ... Read More »

Lely High School Wins High School Voter Challenge

The results are in, and with 171 voter registrations and pre-registrations received, Lely High School is the winner of the Second Annual High School Voter Registration Challenge. The seven Collier County High Schools who took part in the challenge were: Baron-Collier High School, Golden Gate High School, Immokalee High School, Lely High School, Marco Island Academy, Naples High School, and Palmetto Ridge High School. The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office received 629 registrations and pre-registrations collectively from all the schools who participated. Supervisor of Elections, Jennifer J. Edwards, will be at Lely High School on Wednesday, October 15 to ... Read More »

Island Theater Company

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The Box Office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the Island Theater Company’s upcoming fall production of Stonewall’s Bust sponsored by Centennial Bank. The Island Theater Company is delighted to bring you Stonewall’s Bust by John Morogiello (author of last year’s hit show Blame It On Beckett). Stonewall’s Bust will run from October 25th – November 8th. This year’s southern comic gem is about nervous New Yorker Paul Streyker who bites off more than he can chew when, while visiting his girlfriend’s hometown deep in Dixie, he breaks a priceless Confederate heirloom and lies about it. Paul’s ... Read More »

Kiwanis Club Mystery Night Dinner – October 18th

The East Naples Kiwanis Foundation will present their annual Mystery Night Dinner fund raiser on October 18th from 5pm to 8pm at the Naples Lakes Country Club. The Play: “Fall Magic, It’s Quicker than the Eye: The mystery which shuffles the deck and deals out death!” Enjoy a wonderful dinner and solve the mystery that takes place during the meal. The cast of performers are volunteers from the Naples Players and from the various Kiwanis Clubs. Win prizes and participate in the auction. Grand Prize is a night for two at the Marco Island Hilton Hotel and a $100 gift ... Read More »

Alligator District Jamboree on the Air

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014 Time: Stop by from 8:00AM – 5:00 PM Location: Naples American Red Cross (Behind Bob Evans Restaurant) 2610 Northbrooke Plaza Dr. Naples, FL 34119 Cost: No Charge! Details: All Scouts and general public are invited to an amateur HAM radio “Jamboree” with 14,000 Scouts from across the world! Every year Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) brings Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers together through the airwaves to learn about amateur radio operation. This is a great recreational use of “old school” technology to speak with other scouts in areas your Scout may never go in their lifetime. ... Read More »

Post Offices Ready For October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Research First-Class Semipostal Stamps Have Raised $79 Million Post Offices nationwide will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month in October through the sales of Breast Cancer Research First-Class Semipostal stamps. The self-adhesive, non-denominated semipostal stamp is sold in sheets of twenty 60-cent stamps. The price of a semipostal pays for the First-Class single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase.   The stamps are available at Post Offices nationwide, online at www.usps.com and by phone at 1.800.STAMP.24. By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised is given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent is given ... Read More »

3D Mammography Coming to PRCB

Dr. Sharla Gayle Patterson 
and Breast Health Navigator Jennifer Keller of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Though the celebrations of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness month are now underway, ask any health-conscious woman and she’ll quickly tell you: Breast health is a year-round focus. To that end, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard will soon be the first hospital in Southwest Florida to offer 3D digital tomosynthesis for early breast cancer detection — mammography that allows for a more detailed understanding of breast tissue. Now FDA approved, 3D mammography has already resulted in an earlier detection of invasive and noninvasive breast cancers in multiple studies and is expected to be available to patients in November. This new screening ... Read More »

The Elusive Green Flash

The Sun photographed behind the Golden Gate bridge. Notice the red rim on the bottom and a green rim on top. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Have you ever seen a green flash? A green flash will sometimes happen at the moment of sunset; it usually requires an unobstructed horizon like the Gulf of Mexico. Essentially, they are a mirage effect that happens under certain atmospheric conditions. Light from the Sun is refracted (bent) as it passes through the atmosphere. Blue light is refracted more than green light, and red light is refracted the least. In addition, blue light is heavily scattered by the atmosphere, which is why the sky is blue. Essentially, this refraction gives us three images ... Read More »

Hello Holly! First Baby Dolphin of the Fall is Here!

Mom Sparky and baby Holly come up for air together. Holly is just learning how to breathe properly.  PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist This is the second article in a series of three about Marco Island’s young dolphins. The first article can be viewed by going to coastalbreezenews.com under the “Environmental” heading, then under “Stepping Stones.”   It is Thursday morning, Oct. 2, and the Dolphin Explorer is on the water, as usual, surveying the area dolphins. Naturalist Kent Morse and Captain Michael Tateo, along with several guests, enjoy multiple sightings which include a few adult females. Information is being logged into the data base for research purposes. Among those seen is two-time mom Sparky, but no ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Mary Beth Brown

Mary Beth Brown, 64, died October 8, 2014, in Naples, FL. She was born on June 16, 1950, to Alexander and Leona (Michalak) Dasky. Growing up, Mary Beth lived in Auburn (Fisherville), MI, where she graduated from St. Joseph High School, Bay City in 1968. She is the beloved wife of Bob Brown, whom she married 40 years ago on April 20, 1974, and dear sister of Monica (Terry) Hus of Auburn, MI, Patti (Russ) Friebe of Nashport, OH, Marcia (Bill) Reder of Auburn, MI, and Carol (The late Jerry) Vincent of Matthews, NC. She also is survived by many ... Read More »

Celtics Take MIA

Marco Island Academy cheerleaders perform in the community (first row from left) Caitlin Carlson, Sydney Feriozzi, Chantel Parks, Blake Dehooghe and Emily McRae, and (top row) Meagan Reisiner, Haley Havemeier, Caitlyn Schmidt, Larysa Chystik, Taylor Lowdermilk, Kaley Whitworth, Miranda Kinaman and Raquel Esquivel.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Academy had St. John Neumann worried plenty, but the Celtics pulled away for a 42-24 win on Oct. 10. Spoiling MIA’s homecoming game, St. John Neumann couldn’t shake the Manta Rays until the last seven minutes of the contest. Worse, it was an important Class 2A District matchup that both teams needed in the five-team division. The district standings show favored First Baptist Academy at 3-0; St. John Neumann, 2-1; Evangelical Christian, 1-1; Moorehaven, 1-2; and MIA, 0-2. MIA travels to Evangelical Christian tonight (Oct. 17) for a 7 PM contest. The Manta Rays ... Read More »

“Portraits of Paradise” Art Exhibit

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The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host Portraits of Paradise, a photographic art collection by wildlife photographer, Captain Bruce Hitchcock. Native Floridian, Wildlife Photographer and local fishing guide, Bruce Hitchcock has been photographing spectacular landscapes, plants, birds and other Everglades creatures for over 20 years while mostly from a kayak which offers a distinct perspective to the viewer. The artist reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at ... Read More »

Little Rock Foundation

The Little Rock Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children who are blind or visually impaired initiated a bill into law establishing October as “Blindness Awareness Month.” In October 2010, the City of Naples proclaimed October as Blindness Awareness Month and World Sight Day. On October 9, 2012 The Collier County Board of Commissioners presented Lighthouse of Collier with a proclamation from the County. Studies indicate that over 14,000 persons in Collier County live with blindness or significant vision loss. Although blindness and vision loss largely affects senior citizen; accident, disease, genetics and other causes can ... Read More »

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in October And Receive Five Free Crapemyrtle Trees

The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering five free crapemyrtle trees when you join the Foundation in October. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through tree planting. “Crapemyrtles are especially beautiful in the fall and were selected for this campaign because of their elegant color and form,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Crapemyrtles make an attractive addition to the home landscape.” The trees will be shipped postpaid between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10, at the right time ... Read More »

Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office Announcement of Book Closing for Voter Registration for the 2014 General Election

September 29, 2014: In order to vote in the 2014 General Election, voters must be registered to vote in Florida by 12:00 a.m. (Midnight), Monday, October 6, 2014. A downloadable voter registration form can be found on the Supervisor of Elections page at www.CollierVotes.com under the “Register to Vote” tab.  The Supervisor of Elections Office, located at the Collier County Government Complex, 3295 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL, is open during regular business hours, which are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The satellite office is located at the North Collier Government Service Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, FL and is open Monday through Friday, ... Read More »

Naples Botanical Garden to Reopen with New Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center

Naples Botanical Garden will reopen Thursday, October 23, 2014 and debut the new Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. During summer closure large scale projects such as the completion of the center and three new gardens, the LaGrippe Orchid Garden, Irma’s Garden and Kathryn’s Garden are being completed. These new gardens are designed by renowned Landscape architect Raymond Jungles and are adjacent to the new Visitor Center. The Garden was awarded a $500,000 grant from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, in support of the construction of the new Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center.  The Garden’s grant submission ranked number ... Read More »