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“Up Close and Personal” at the Center

Submitted Columnist Randall Kenneth Jones will be at the Marco Island Center for the Arts as part of its 2014-15 “Up Close and Personal” Series on Thursday, Jan. 8, 5:30-6:30 PM. A virtual “love letter” to his adopted Naples hometown, Jones’ engaging presentation promises to blend humor and thought-provoking insight with unexpected surprises gleaned from his column, “Business Class.” The column is an exploration of positive business principles selected from interviews with high-level executives, business leaders and business-savvy celebrities including Barbara Corcoran (ABC’s Shark Tank), Erin Brockovich (Consumer Advocate), Jack Hanna (wildlife superstar), Phil Beuth (former President of Good Morning ... Read More »

Conservancy Announces January Nature Experiences

Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers daily electric boat cruises of the Gordon
River. Additionally, Boat and Brunch events are hosted on Sundays.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The folks at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are busy gearing up for the new year and new nature experiences in January. As always, the Conservancy invites the public to take part in all of its events at the Nature Center, its Eco-Cruises of Rookery Bay and its off-site nature walks. At the Nature Center “Boat and Brunch” will be held Sundays in January at 11 AM. Take a guided tour of the Gordon River aboard a Conservancy electric boat, and stopping for brunch at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club. Reservations are recommended, and the ... Read More »

November is Manatee Awareness Month!

Manatees have long been a part of the Florida ecosystem. Scientists have even discovered fossils in Florida from ancient relatives of the manatee dating back more than 45 million years. Unfortunately, manatees are currently an endangered species. Even with laws in place to protect the species, they face threats of accidentally being hit by motorboats or becoming entangled in fishing nets. The best way to help save our gentle giants is to be aware of your surroundings. Boat owners can help reduce the risk of hitting manatees by respecting No Wake Zones and Manatee Zones. Boaters should try to stay in deep water channels and avoid ... Read More »

It’s All in the Hips

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org It’s all in the hips” is a funny line from the movie “Happy Gilmore.” Happy’s teacher, Chubbs, tells him this line while helping with his golf swing. The line has some truth to it. The hip movement is important for many reasons. The number one reason is that hip rotation affects pelvic rotation and footwork. If a golfer’s hips move properly, the correct balance and footwork can be achieved. Many of us have limitation in our hip rotation. When the hips are limited in the golf swing, compensations are made with other body movements. Compensation ... Read More »

All Decked Out at Center for the Arts

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Submitted To get you in the mood for Christmas, the Marco Island Center for the Arts has been transformed into a winter wonderland complete with more than 20 Christmas trees, holiday decorations and Christmas music throughout the building. Visitors to the Art Center also should expect a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus with an opportunity for a photo on Saturday, Dec. 13, 11 AM-2 PM. Children 12 years and under are free when accompanied by an adult; tickets for adults to the Festival of Trees are $5. According to the Festival chairman Dave Rice, “Center for the Arts Executive ... Read More »

Keeping Florida Wild: Thank You for Voting Yes to Amendment 1

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Florida, a sensitive and dynamic peninsula, unique in its habitat, wildlife and hydrology in the world, is the third most populous state in the nation. From the outcome of the election, it apparently has a majority of very wise people who hope to allow the next generation by providing clean water and protection to natural lands and wildlife. With a population that has doubled in 10 years to 20 million and predicted to be 30 million in the next 35 years, the overwhelming approval to keep Florida wild was an amazing historical decision made ... Read More »

The Art of Seeing

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com “What I have not drawn, I have never really seen.” — Frederick Franck, “The Zen Of Seeing”   I recently visited my dear friend, Barbara Sills, who lives in the Orlando area. There’s lots going on in Orlando — all the time — and Barbara is never at a loss when it comes to trying new and interesting things. In fact, she’s downright intrepid. I’ve known Barbara nearly 40 years, and she still never ceases to surprise me. Although I try to expect the unexpected, my friend managed to thoroughly gob-smack me on this last ... Read More »

This Holiday Season Give Gifts from the Arbor Day Foundation

Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. Returning for the sixth season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a unique holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. And again this year, Give-A-Tree cards can be purchased individually and with customized text. Purchasing the Arbor Day Foundation’s specialty coffee helps preserve rain forests in Central and South America. The Foundation’s Specialty Coffee is shade-grown under the canopy of Latin American rain forests. Unlike sun-grown coffee ... Read More »

Marco Relay for Life Places 5th in State

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Submitted The leadership committee of the 2015 Relay For Life of Marco Island attended a training workshop on November 8 at the Estero Community Center. At the workshop, the committee received a recognition award banner for being the 5th largest fundraising Relay For Life in 2014 for the state of Florida. Pictured with the banner are (left to right) 2015 event chair Jamie Bergen, Maureen Chodaba, Loni Atton, Judy Mayo, Jessica Hernstadt, Sue Olszak, Lisa Honig, Cathy Nelson, and Brandon Glanville. The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event in the fight against cancer. This global event ... Read More »

Newcomers Luncheon

Newcomers-turned-models for the day include (top row, l-r) Karen Lombardi, Rose Kraemer, Luisa Maldonado-Stiers and Pat Hagedorn. Bottom row left to right is Kathy Bressan, Pat Petrella, Maureen Chodaba and Eve Connolly.

By Pat Newman The Newcomers Club welcomed its snowbirds back to the flock last week with an elegant luncheon and fashion show at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. “It was a wonderful luncheon and a time to catch up with old friends,” said Luisa Maldonado-Stiers, club historian and publicist. More than 100 women descended on the hotel for their seasonal reunion. The Newcomers Club has 235 members, two-thirds of which are “snowbirds,” according to Stiers. The event marked the “kick-off” for the 2014-15 calendar of social and service events on Marco Island. The fashion portion of the luncheon showcased ... Read More »

Fourth Florida Panther Festival

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Submitted The fourth annual Florida Panther Festival — Saturday, Nov. 15, at North Collier Regional Park in Naples — offers interesting and fun opportunities to learn all about Florida’s State Animal and one of the most endangered mammals on planet Earth, the Florida panther. The festival is a free, family-friendly event designed to shed light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through unique interactive activities such as presentations by panther biologists, a Living with Wildlife Pavilion, nature walks, children’s activities, a rural backyard demonstration, exhibits by conservation agencies, live music, storytelling, entertainment, vendors, food and much more. On ... Read More »

Inaugural Guardian Anglers Tournament raises $40,000

Anglers were anxious to get a jump on the day. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida jointly hosted the inaugural Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8. The two-day event engaged local anglers and supporters in a catch-and-release challenge and fundraiser, reeling in a total of $40,000 to benefit both organizations. “We are pleased to work with so many generous donors and sponsors in our community,” said Friends of Rookery Bay president Craig Seibert. “Now, more than ever, support from the community is critical in ensuring our coastal resources are protected for future generations.” During Saturday’s tournament, anglers photographed and documented all snook, ... Read More »

ACS Kicks Off Relay For Life

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Submitted On Oct. 28, the Marco Lutheran Church was illuminated as a beacon of hope and celebration of life. The Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society hosted their kickoff party of the 2015 Relay For Life, “One World One Hope,” presented by Robert J. Flugger. Approximately 50 attendees were greeted by a path of shining luminaria leading the way to a room decorated with purple and white balloons where they enjoyed refreshments and an audiovisual presentation of the 2014 Relay For Life of Marco Island. The 2015 Relay For Life Chair Jamie Bergen welcomed the audience and opened ... Read More »

Time for Joy

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Joy of Giving, now in its 26th year, has provided Christmas for thousands and thousands of children over the years. Many would not have Christmas at all if it weren’t for the Joy of Giving. “Not only is the smile of a child worth every second of 26 years, but imagine the relief for parents who get to see their children smile on Christmas Day,” says Joy founder Nicki Davis. Nicki begins fundraising months before the “big day.” She works with school guidance counselors to help find the neediest of children. Last year, $80,000 was ... Read More »

Maximum Distance

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In 1997, world-renowned golf instructor Jim McLean published a book called, “X–Factor and Other Secrets of Power and Distance.” McLean has always been on the forefront of golf instruction. The X–Factor is a concept based on a golfer turning their hips to start the downswing without moving the shoulders (as seen in the picture). The greater degree of separation between the hip turn and the shoulder turn the farther the golf ball will travel. McLean has studies with stats to prove the theory, and also discusses in the book other factors involved in achieving distance. ... Read More »

Art Center Honors Vets and Artists

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Submitted The Center for the Arts celebrates the bravery and patriotism of veterans, as well as proudly displays the work of member artists during the month of November. The exhibits — a special salute to the American G.I. in the Atrium, a Members’ Show in the main galleries and the stone lithographs of Barbara DiMattio in La Petite Galerie — run November 3-20. The Second Tuesday opening reception will be held on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 5:30-7:00 PM. Plan to attend this special event and share with us some refreshments and good conversation. Everyone is welcome to attend. ... Read More »

Lunch, Learn at Rookery Bay

Caren S. Neile. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its monthly “Lunch and Learn Lecture Series” lineup, which kicks off at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 4, with “Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors.” Using costume and character, literary historian Betty Jean Steinshouer will portray three authors in 15-minute segments. First will be Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to North Florida in 1866 after the Civil War. Act Two will feature Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who fell in love with Florida after arriving at Cross Creek in 1928 where she wrote “The Yearling.” Finally, the audience ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Starts New Season

Calusa Garden Club members listen to officer and committee reports. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted On Monday, Oct. 15, Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club held their first meeting of the new season. The program, “Wildflowers of Southwest Florida,” was presented by Dr. Gary Schmelz. Dr. Schmelz also sold and signed books he has authored. The next meeting will be held in Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 South Barfield Road. An optional floral design workshop will begin at 11 AM and will be followed by a social time. The meeting starts at 1 PM, and a program by noted garden expert and author, Monica Brandies, will begin at 2 PM. Guests are ... Read More »

Operation Christmas Child

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Submitted Change the life of a child, one shoe box at a time! Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in some 130 countries have learned of God’s love through the power of a simple shoe box gift as part of Operation Christmas Child. By filling a shoe box with small toys, balls, toothbrush/paste, etc., you can bring joy to a child that has never received any gift at all. Journey of your shoe box… Filled shoe boxes are taken from Marco Island and forwarded to the Atlanta, Ga., Processing Center. Processing Centers consolidate and inspect each box ... Read More »

Author Rick Chiantaretto

Author Rick Chiantaretto’s novel Death of the body was recently featured in Tampa and Orlando Style Magazines on pages 61-64. Check out the article at With Halloween around the corner, many readers are looking for just the right book to send them shivering under the covers. We wanted to tip you off on some top spooky reads for young adults (and adults who like their creepy reads on the mild side!) from popular and new and up and coming authors. You might have recommendations as well.   Death of the Body by Rick Chiantaretto Horowitz Horrors by Anthony Horowitz The ... Read More »