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St. Matthew’s House Benefit Dinner

Submitted On Monday, February 15, the Outreach Committee of San Marco Parish will sponsor the 8th Annual Benefit Dinner for St. Matthew’s House. This event has been a huge success in the past seven years. Everyone who attended raved about the food and the service, both of which were provided by the workers from St. Matthew’s House. The main entrees will be sliced tenderloin of beef and roast chicken with all the fixings, including salad and dessert, and there will be great appetizers on every table. The cost per person is still only $30. Usually the people from St. Matthew’s ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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By Maggie Gust We are excited about our second meeting of this new year. On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome Jennifer FitzGerald of Fort Myers-based Mother Spider Book Designs. She chose the name for her business based on the fact that she was pregnant at the time she founded the company and was working on a college degree in design and website development. These two factors plus her life-long affinity for spiders generated the name. Jennifer will present tips on book design and interior formatting and explain why these elements are essential to a successful ... Read More »

An Evening of Music at the JCMI

The Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet to perform on February 13th at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Thirty-three years ago two important events occurred on Marco Island: the founding of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, and the organizing of the Philharmonic. Originally here on Marco Island, the Philharmonic later moved to Naples, and is now known as the Artis-Naples Philharmonic. For the 10th year, the Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet will perform at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI). The February 13th performance is part of the JCMI Cultural Series, now in its 22nd continuous year. The music is classical and modern, from Bach to Ellington and Fats Waller. The musicians are the number one players ... Read More »

“Family Matters”

Boone, Porter, Penn and Odie PHOTO BY MARY KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com It happened again. Our whole family gathered together here for our holiday celebration. For four joyous nights we had 15 people and two dogs sleeping under the same roof. But for nearly three weeks they streamed in and out, in various combinations of individual families, at the mercy of work schedules and “paid time-off.” In 19 days I made no less than 19 trips to the grocery store. I washed bedding and towels in quantities that would rival Motel 6. I baked cookies, made pies, fried fish and tossed salads. I wiped milk off ... Read More »

New Cancer Statistics Web Site

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ACS Cares Submitted In its efforts to promote cancer education, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has launched a new web tool that makes it easy to find and share cancer statistics (CancerStatisticsCenter.cancer.org). The ACS Cancer Statistics Center uses data collected from ACS, along with other significant data gathered from a variety of sources. The information has been organized and is now available through the new website. ACS made sure that the information is clear and easy to read. Readers will be able to view breakdowns of cancer rates and survival rates by state and cancer type. The new website is ... Read More »

What’s New in January

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a new way to start a new year – with wind forces like we’ve never seen in January! AND with gasoline prices we haven’t seen in years…on Saturday we had $1.75 along the Collier Boulevard/951 corridor. One of the same gas stations about two miles away had prices at $1.85 on U.S. 41 E, and further on down the prices continued to climb. This is a good place to be when buying gasoline, that’s for sure. It will be interesting to see how the prices will run when the WaWa gas station is built at Price ... Read More »

Art Around Marco

Browsing Karen Swanker’s work.

Submitted The First Friday of each month is alive with creativity and fun on Marco Island. Members of the Local Color Gallery, located above the historic Shops of Olde Marco (across from Café de Marco), have been hosting open house events since opening the gallery in April 2015. Currently, ten artists are represented in three rooms with Malenda Trick’s own gallery just next door. Photography, jewelry, fiber art, encaustic, mixed media, watercolor and fine art abound. Friday, January 1st started off the New Year with a glittering buffet of hors d’oeuvres and champagne worthy of any New Year’s celebration. The ... Read More »

An Interesting Islander

Al Landers is known for bringing many restaurants and cuisines to the island, including deli.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com A few months ago I did a story on Reno Landers, the part-time Marco Island resident who miraculously survived a skydiving accident. Recently I met up with his father Al Landers, to talk about Reno, as well as Al’s longtime role on Marco. Al has been here for over 30 years and is responsible for many of the restaurants us islanders consider staples. Al’s an interesting guy with a ton of experience. He’s been to culinary school, is good friends with Chef Bobby Flay and even spent some time in South America with the band Queen. ... Read More »

Better to Own a Safe Than Sorry

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s a fact: there have been a rash of burglaries on our safe and secure island paradise. Barely a couple of weeks go by where I face a sobbing and distraught customer describing to me what was lost due to a break-in or a “misplacement” of valuable jewelry. Try and guess how many of these unfortunate souls are looking for appraisals on the lost articles? “It was a diamond ring that kind of look like this (crude drawing) and I think it was yellow gold, I’m not quite sure of the diamond size or what ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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By Maggie Gust Our new year is starting off with an exciting duo of guest speakers. On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome two members of the Seymour Agency. Literary agent Nicole Resciniti and Marisa Cleveland, executive director of R&D for Florida and New York, will share some pointers for those wishing to publish commercially. They will address what is selling in the publishing world, how to capture a literary agent’s attention, and what an agent looks for in an author. Unfortunately, Dr. Rich Blonna, our scheduled speaker for December 9, 2015, was not able to ... Read More »

Family Financial Huddle

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Give me the gift of a listening heart.” ~ King Solomon   Question: Our family will be together for the holidays. I’d like to take advantage of this time to discuss a few financial matters. What advice can you provide to make this conversation as valuable and productive as possible? Answer: Providing your family with the gift of communication is commendable. This is an opportunity to share financial philosophies, discuss planning strategies and listen to how others feel about monetary matters. Keeping the lines of communication open and flowing with information is vital to the ... Read More »

Seasonal Condo Activity

A typical open house sign along Collier Boulevard. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com During season, owners and renters push condo occupancy rates on the island to the maximum. Friends and relatives come for a week or two, and visitors vacation at local hotels and enjoy the superb weather and activities in January, February, March and April. During season, a favorite leisurely pastime between beaching, boating and fishing is checking out open houses. Condo and home owners may be looking to downsize, upsize, change location or to compare their condo’s value for a future resale. Renters check out open houses looking for next year’s rental possibilities or ... Read More »

The Open Clubface Epidemic

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I try not to discuss preferences on how to swing the club, because I am a believer there is no one way for all golfers. However, there is one element in the golf swing I see in many lessons that most golfers struggle with. Seeing a golfer have this element does not mean I have figured out the cause of the problem, but it does mean that I can narrow my focus to find a cure. The element I am talking about is the club face being open on the downswing. It can be a ... Read More »

A Community Holiday Spirit

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala *The Christmas Island Style Parade was a huge success! Each and every float was outstanding! It would have been difficult to choose one over the other. The marching bands were just as good as those in the Macy’s Day Parade – no kidding! The parade watchers started setting up their food tables and folding chairs early in the day. Neighbors joined neighbors to watch from their driveway chairs and snack on the tempting foods. Children were squealing with delight as the parade slowly rolled down their street with wonderful entertainment. The parade watchers were as much fun ... Read More »

Marco Island Center For The Arts Hosts Marco’s Got Talent

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts confirmed today the Second Annual Marco’s Got Talent will take place on Tuesday December 29, 2015 at 6PM. Marco’s Got Talent is open to youth between 6 and 18 years of age. On December 29, participants will attempt to wow the judges with performances that may include singing, dancing, music and even magic. All of the performances are limited to five minutes each, the performers can appear singly or in combination. There will be no auditions and the 12 participants for this year’s show are registered! Last year’s winner was James Burns. ... Read More »

Self-Corrections – Focus on the Facts, Not the Feels

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I want to educate golfers on how they can evaluate each shot, and what actually happens on their common misses. As an instructor there are certain prescriptions that I prefer to fix problems. Another instructor might have a totally different remedy to address the same problem. Golfers also have ways to fix problems with what they believe to be the solution, such as, keeping their head down, keeping their eye on the ball, etc. The golfer felt their head raise up, so they think that reversing the feel will solve their problem. Self-corrections need to ... Read More »

Festival of Trees Winter Wonderland

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SUBMITTED The Marco Island Center for the Arts will host the Second Annual Festival of Trees, December 1 through 3, 2015. Islander Dave Rice will chair the event, which will kick off from 10 AM-12 PM on December 1. During the Festival of Trees, the Center for the Art’s main galleries will be transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland, featuring a unique variety of decorated trees. The display will be open for public viewing December 2nd and 3rd from noon until 7 PM. Bring your children and grandchildren to the festival’s Family Night on December 2 from 5-7 PM. Family ... Read More »

Spine Tilt at Address

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There is a difference between a full shot address position that requires power, and a short shot address position that requires finesse. Knowing how to set up to the ball depending on the required shot is a skill that can be learned by anyone. Set up changes, although simple to accomplish physically, can make a big feel change for the player. If done properly, set up changes can bring elements together correctly without too much thinking during the player’s motion. When hitting a driver off of a tee, it is advantageous for most golfers to ... Read More »

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Dockside Deli

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By Samantha Husted Captain’s Corner Deli is a family-owned and operated store that offers made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, hot dogs, pizza and wings. The deli exclusively serves Boar’s Head brand meats and cheeses, because to them, quality is important. They also post daily specials to their Facebook page. This year, the deli opened for the season on October 15; they have been in operation for the past two years. While they may only be open seasonally as of right now, manager Amanda Walker hopes that in the future they will serve food year-round. This year Captain’s Corner Deli underwent ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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By Maggie Gust On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will enjoy a presentation by Dr. Rich Blonna. His topic will be “Marketing Checklist.” Basically, it is a how-to for writers to build a platform for promotion of their works, as well as themselves. Following his presentation, there will be a social time with holiday snacks, beverages, and a blind book exchange. Please see our website for details explaining the fun book exchange. The November 11, 2015 meeting was very busy. Thanks are due to our president Joanne Tailele for sharing “The Ten Most Important Things I Have ... Read More »