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Craft Beer Festival Celebrates Local Favorites

A toast to the day! From left: Nick Catudal (CJ’s), Juan Mejia (Chop 239), Curt Koon and Chef Laura Owen (CJ’s).

By Steve Gimmestad Whew, it was a warm Friday on November 7, but that didn’t stop over 250 people from attending the first ever Marco Island Craft Beer Festival at CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade. Hosted by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and chaired by Jacquie Koon, the festival brought local restaurants and local brewers together to showcase the world of craft beers and great food. Each brewer was paired with a restaurant and select food creations that would compliment each of the flavors. The presentations at each booth were as much fun as the beers and ... Read More »

Books & Brews: Neither Saints Nor Demons, Human All Too Human

Submitted Robert A. Nowlan, Ph.D. is a scholar, researcher, teacher, writer, storyteller, lecturer and the author of two-dozen books and numerous articles. He is Professor and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a resident of Marco Island, Florida and spends summers in New Haven, Connecticut. Join the Marco Island Friends of the Library for coffee, tea and a continental breakfast as they present author Robert A. Nowlan. The event will be held in Rose Hall at the Marco Island Branch Library on November 6, 2015 at 10 AM. Dr. ... Read More »

MIHS Hosts 50th Anniversary Party

Submitted Dust off those dancing shoes and get ready for an evening filled with fun and nostalgia. The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is throwing a party to celebrate Marco Island’s 50th anniversary. The “Party Like It’s 1965” shindig will be held Saturday, November 14, from 5:30-10:00 PM. Come dressed in your favorite 1965 (through ‘75) garb, whether floral prints, Birkenstocks and bell-bottom jeans; miniskirts and high vinyl boots; or bright sun shades, apple green and electric blue, polyester and platform shoes. Join in the fun, make your own statement and help us bring back the memories of a bygone ... Read More »

Avoid Charity Scams


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “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 »

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Submitted November 7th marks another year for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year there are two teams from Marco Island participating in the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Marco Island resident and 5th year team captain, Karin Hatcher, heads up Lillian’s “A” Team. The team is named after her mother Lillian, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. Karin says “Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or ... Read More »

A Simple Recipe to Make You Fall in Love With Spanish Mackerel


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps November fishing in the 10,000 Islands is great for catching Spanish mackerel, and here is a simple recipe that can make you fall in love with this fish for the first time, or all over again. Many people are turned off by the mention of Spanish mackerel, however, if cleaned and treated correctly at the fillet station, you will be left with some awesome fillets that will impress. Simple and delicate, but able to be paired with so many sides, it’s a perfect way to embrace the flavor of the fish while also making ... Read More »

Bringing Sunshine to Kids With Cancer


Submitted The Sunshine Kids Foundation has one, simple mission: to bring sunshine to kids with cancer. Since its start in 1982 by founder Rhoda Tomasco, the Sunshine Kids Foundation provides exciting, positive group activities for children with cancer so they have the opportunity to have fun and celebrate life. While Tomasco served as a volunteer in the pediatric cancer unit of a hospital in Houston, she witnessed the loneliness and depression among children during their extended hospital treatments. The Sunshine Kids is a culmination of her vision to provide these young cancer patients with opportunities to participate in positive group ... Read More »

Center for the Arts to Present “The Art of Fashion”

Becky MacKenzie models a wedding gown. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that it is hosting “The Art of Fashion” on October 26, 2015. The Art of Fashion is a fashion show and special art exhibition with Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. The fashion show is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM and, in the words of Executive Director Hyla Crane, “This will be one special event!” The show will feature artwork and fashion from participants in the Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Pathways Program for adults with disabilities. The evening will showcase models that designed their runway ensembles completely from Goodwill ... Read More »

Change and Choice

Roger Federer’s change to 
a larger head size racquet has improved his game. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark In my first article I recommended watching, listening and learning from the tennis commentators on television. Following my own advice, I spent many enjoyable hours watching the 2015 U.S. Open. I watched and listened to a pre-match discussion with Roger Federer. The focus of the interview was on how Federer, now at 34-years-old, was playing some of the best tennis of his career. During the interview, Federer made the comment that “change and choice had become a strategy.” A year or so ago, Federer made a decision to change to a larger head size racquet, and ... Read More »

Enterprising MIA Student Makes Wishes Come True


By Barry Gwinn Duneshka Cruz doesn’t have a lot of spare time on her hands. She is a senior at the Marco Island Academy, and is carrying 8 courses, plus teaching a course in Forensic Science as a teacher’s assistant. With the addition of online courses, she has managed to maintain a 4.68 weighted GPA in the 25 courses she has completed since 9th grade. The vast majority of these courses were either Honors courses or AICE courses. AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) is written and overseen by the University of Cambridge in England, ranked as one of the ... Read More »

Keeping Your Kids and Yourself Safe From the Sun While Out on the Water

Hats offer both kids and adults protection from the 
sun’s rays while fishing. PHOTOS BY CAPTAIN RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps When you’re going out on the water you want to have a great time; but the sun is strong down here in Southwest Florida, and it’s important to keep yourself and your kids protected. Fishing trips are great learning experiences for kids of all ages, and it can be the start of a lifelong hobby they really love, so you’ll want to make sure their experience is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. Sun exposure isn’t often thought of while you’re having a great time, but it should be. A few tips for keeping yourself protected ... Read More »

Naomi’s Teenage Moms


FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: Just as I was packing for my annual six-week vacation to the rain forests of Hawaii, I found my paws full, yet again, with new kittens who, in most cases, were born to “teenage moms.” In 99% of these cases, the new moms are less than one-year-old. Because their humans failed to have them spayed, these teenagers (in human years) can, and usually do, get pregnant the first time they go into heat (usually somewhere around six months old). Once their humans notice their swelling bellies, their once beloved ... Read More »

WVOI Broadcasts Lely & MIA Football & Hoops Games

Bob Ladd, co-owner of  WVOI 98.1 FM and WVOI AM 1480, Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Don Manley The Coastal Breeze and Marco Island-based WVOI 98.1 FM have joined forces to bring broadcasts of local high school sports to fans. WVOI will cover select football and basketball games of Lely High School and Marco Island Academy this school year, with sponsorship from Coastal Breeze. “We are pleased to expand our school sports coverage in partnering with WVOI,” said Coastal Breeze Publisher Val Simon. “Certain games will be broadcast live and we will link to those broadcasts online ( It furthers our mission as a community newspaper. Go Trojans! Go Rays!” The arrangement also calls for ... Read More »

Leadership Marco: Media Day

2015 Leadership Marco class with the WINK morning news crew (front from left) Rob Spicker, Joey Sovine, Jen Stacy and Therese O’Shea. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

By Steve Gimmestad August 26 and class was in session once again. It was Media Day and the Leadership Marco Class of 2015 had a 7:15 AM breakfast (sponsored by Stepping Stone Ecotours) and then hopped aboard the bus and headed off-island for a trip to Naples. First stop was WINK studios and a behind-the-scenes look at the news team. “It was a great day,” says Cathy Price McConville (a nurse at Physician’s Regional on Marco). “Bob and I watch WINK news every morning so we really felt that we were meeting members of our family. They were all ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: NOW LET’S HEAR THE TRUTH


Words cannot describe how disappointed I am with all the commentaries by a few malcontents in this Island that will stop at nothing to get their way to further their personal agenda. There is enough blame to go around; the question is where do I begin? First a non-Island resident attacks a City Councilman at a public meeting with false and inaccurate information, all based on an illegally obtained report by a renegade Officer that is upset with the system and wants to use this as means to embarrass his superiors. He provides a copy of the report to a ... Read More »

Marco Marriott Reopens While Work Continues

The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa  reopened on August 1. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley It’s a case of one down and one to go for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa. The resort has reopened, with the July 31 completion of the bulk of Phase One of a $250 million expansion and improvement project that began May 4. When work is completed at the end of next year, the resort will be ready for its transformation, in January 2017, from a Marriott to the more upscale J.W. Marriott brand, the Marriott brand’s first beachfront resort in the continental United States. The August 1 reopening was called for ... Read More »



ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill I have always believed, from tiniest totdom, that what one person can do, anyone can do. It’s just a matter of instructions. And I have always been very good at reading instructions. I have read instructions on everything from toy assembly to plumbing and wiring, to death and dying. There’s a wealth of information out there that is ours for the taking. In my teens I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, a work of philosophical fiction by Robert Persig. I’m afraid that, at the time, most of Mr. Persig’s ... Read More »


Radio Stations in Miami, West Palm Beach and Naples to be sold to Educational Media Foundation   Recognizing that media consumption and audience choices are rapidly changing, and that efforts to build a sustainable classical music radio service in South Florida have not succeeded, American Public Media Group (APMG) announced today that it will move its classical music service in South Florida from FM radio to its national on-demand service, This new direction includes the sale of its Classical South Florida (CSF) network of stations—WKCP-FM in Miami (classical music), WPBI-FM in West Palm Beach (classical music and news), and WNPS-FM in Naples(classical ... Read More »

Once Upon a Time…Camp Able 2015


By Steve Gimmestad (with Alexandra Diaz) I’d like to tell you a story. Clean off your glasses, grab a cup of coffee and get comfy. It’s a good story, and it begins something like… ONCE UPON A TIME …in a land called Marco Island, there was an event. It was more than an event, it was an adventure. And it goes by the name of Camp Able. For five days, 55 campers with special needs and diverse abilities, join 110 counselors and numerous volunteers to experience a week of inspiration, joy, self-discovery and exploration that instills a sense of awe ... Read More »

Graze Your Way Around the World

The Greece marketplace booth featured gyros, moussaka, spanakopita, saganaki, Greek wines and a Tzatziki martini.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Before settling in for the heat and humidity of summer in Florida, think about planning an activity for the more temperate weather of fall. Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando will take place September 25-November 16, 2015. Featuring foods from around the world, this year will be the 20th for this annual event. If you have never been to Epcot or are an Epcot fan and don’t have an opportunity to frequent a lot of ethnic restaurants, you might want to plan a visit. With the exception of Columbus Day weekend, this is a ... Read More »