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MICMS Seeks Volleyball Coach, Urges Physicals

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By Roger LaLonde Roger Raymond, Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) athletic director, is in search of a new girls varsity volleyball coach. “I would like a person with experience, someone who knows the game,” Raymond said. He can be contacted by email, RaymonRo@collierschools.com. He also urged all fall athletes, particularly girls volleyball players, to get their required sports physical. “Without a sports physical that is current (they are good for 365 days from the date of completion) you cannot tryout.” Volleyball tryouts begin the first week of school. School opens August 15th. “Volleyball is the first sport to start ... Read More »

Camp Able Brings ‘Diversability’ to Marco Island

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By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com When Camp Able first began 10 years ago there were only eight campers and 14 staff members. Today that number has grown exponentially. The annual camp kicked off last week at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Marco Island. Fifty-four people with special needs and 120 camp volunteers participated in the weeklong event. “We have 54 campers, and the way I look at it, we’re running 54 Camp Able’s,” said Reverend Kyle Bennett. Reverend Kyle is the founder of Camp Able. Together he and his daughter Callie direct the camp. He says that his goal was to ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed!

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Submitted  The Friends of Rookery Bay Reserve are looking for volunteers to help make phone calls and other tasks related to securing auction items for our two major fundraisers. If you appreciate air conditioning this time of year and enjoy event planning, join our amazing team! Contact Donna Young at volunteer@rookerybay.org to find out more about these positions and what else is involved. Hours are flexible! www.rookerybay.org. Read More »

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking’s Dangers

Nola Theiss, left, founder and executive director of  ARTREACH developer, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, discuss paintings created by program participants at the art show held in March at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Photos supplied courtesy of ARTREACH

By Don Manley Enlightenment in the dangers presented by human trafficking has been part of the program for some Greater Marco Family YMCA summer campers. About 25 sixth-through-ninth graders attending the Y’s Manatee Middle School camp recently took part in the ARTREACH program, which arms at-risk youths with information designed to prevent them from falling prey to traffickers, while also heightening the public’s awareness of the crime. The week-long program’s uses the creative arts to educate youths ages 8-to-18 about trafficking, whether it involves prostitution, forced labor or another form of exploitation. ARTREACH’s full program is making its Collier County ... Read More »

AMERICANA Exhibit

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Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its July exhibition is “AMERICANA,” featuring the work of renowned artists Dennis Church and Holly Manneck. Church describes his photography as work that he wants “listened to,” akin to improvising music. Church believes art should be felt, and not merely viewed. He improvises pictures with American places and subjects in digital color, often creating abstracts rather than “straight” photography. These pictures are as much about the author as they are a default documentation of the country. The Lauritzen & Rush Galleries will also feature the photographic artistry of Holly Manneck. Manneck’s ... Read More »

Beat The Heat

Photos by Wayne Clark
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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Earlier this season, I had a column called “Dress Code Required,” in which I discussed being properly equipped and protected when competing in outdoor sports activities. Summer is here and the days are long and hot. Staying cool and keeping well hydrated is an important daily requirement when living in the Sunshine State. This is even more important when we participate in outdoor activities like tennis and pickleball. So, I would like to review and remind everyone on how important it is to stay safe and healthy and not get beat by the heat! There are ... Read More »

Conservancy to Offer Kids Free Saturdays

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Submitted The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will offer free admission for children every Saturday during the months of July and August 2016. As part of the Conservancy’s commitment to connecting children with nature this summer, the Conservancy is offering up to four kids free with a paid adult ticket at $12.95. Visitors can travel around the Conservancy of Southwest Florida as they play games, create crafts and get up close with animals while learning about Southwest Florida’s environments and wildlife. Over the course of eight Saturdays, children can earn “Conservancy Explorer” pins to add to their “Junior Naturalist” sash. “It’s ... Read More »

Technology and Nature Keep Rookery Bay’s Marine Life Healthy & Happy

Photo by Dave Graff
Flounder often cover themselves with sand, leaving only their eyes exposed.

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson June is National Aquarium Month and some exciting things are happening in the watery world at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Located between Naples and Marco Island, the 16,500 square-foot center features a two-story exhibit hall and was developed to serve as an interactive gateway into the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The center’s exhibits, nature store, art gallery and more provide a comfortable environment for kids of all ages to learn about the estuary. The center is also responsible for keeping many species of fish and other marine life comfortable in its seven aquarium ... Read More »

A Night of Jazz on Marco

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Submitted  Renowned trumpet player Bob Zottola returns to the Marco Island Center for the Arts on June 15. Zottola performed to a sellout crowd early this year, and rightfully so. He has performed with the Maynard Ferguson and Duke Ellington bands and has accompanied such stars as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé. Hyla Crane, the Center’s executive director, says Zottola is one of the most exciting entertainers the Center has had. According to Crane, “Everyone will love this show.” Zottola will be performing with his group, Jazz Sympatico. As the name implies, these jazz musicians involve ... Read More »

MIYC Supports Summer Youth Sailing Program

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From left: MIYC Vice Commodore Lois Dixon, Marco Island Community
Sailing Center Foundation President Rocky Cale and MIYC Sailing Fleet Captain Chuck Downton.

Submitted  The Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) donated $500 to support the Marco Island Community Sailing Center’s Summer Youth Sailing Program. The Sailing Center, located at the Marco Island Yacht Club beach, will again have a full slate of youth summer programs, starting on June 13 and ending in August. Youths must be at least 8 years old to take part. Prices vary, depending on the program. For more information or to register, visit www.marcoislandsailingcenter.org or email LDial@cityofmarcoisland.com. Read More »

Local News From the Nest

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By Linda J. Turner Director of Operations Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation This past February 21, the resident bald eagles, Paleo and Calusa, hatched an eaglet at the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary, formerly known as the Marco Eagle Sanctuary. In a little over three months, this healthy eaglet rapidly grew to the size of the adult female eagle. Because female bald eagles are 25 percent larger than the males, it is speculated that this offspring is a female. The young eagle, now a fledgling, has been flying all over the Preserve property utilizing almost every tree, considerably more ... Read More »

Understanding the ?Fertilizer Ordinance

By Amber Crooks, Senior Natural Resources Specialist, Conservancy of Southwest Florida  With the approval of a fertilizer ordinance in the City of Marco Island this past March, ordinances are now in place all the way up the coast to Sarasota and beyond. In fact, over 90 Florida municipalities have adopted fertilizer rules since 2008. Why have so many cities and counties across Florida placed such importance on the proper application of fertilizers? Fertilizer products containing nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous can contribute to polluted water. Once applied to your lawn, these nutrients may make their way through the soil ... Read More »

New Owl Book on Bullying

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Submitted  On Thursday, June 16th from 3-4 PM, Dr. Dolores Burton will read her new book, “Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls are Worried,” at the Marco Island Public Library. The book is illustrated by local artist Jo-Ann Sanborn. Current statistics show nearly one out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year. After seeing the results of bullying in schools during her career as a teacher and school district administrator, Dr. Dolores Burton decided to do something about it. “Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls are Worried,” is a delightful story of Manny, ... Read More »

Tee it Forward

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org As we move into reciprocal season for private club members in Southwest Florida, many golfers in the area will enjoy neighboring courses for a minimal fee. This is a great program, and I am proud to say one of my mentors, John Carroll, helped start the program years ago. At that time it was an agreement with a few local clubs. The agreement was so members at these clubs would have a place to play when their course was shut down for summer agriculture practices. I bring up the topic of reciprocal season because this ... Read More »

Yoga for MS

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Submitted Revival Yoga Fitness Studio on Marco Island is offering free space to the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center of Southwest Florida for their clients to practice yoga. Classes begin June 1st on Wednesdays from 1-2 PM and will be taught by Elaine Malone, who also teaches Pilates. Elaine is an experienced teacher for students with neurological diseases; in fact, the studio is looking to offer the same program for Parkinson’s patients. Yoga has been found to be beneficial practice for those with MS. According to the National MS Society, “Yoga is relatively inexpensive, generally safe, and may potentially improve multiple ... Read More »

On the Road

Master Naturalist Bob McConville and friend. Submitted Photo

Submitted Whales do it. Birds do it. Even sea turtles do it. In fact, every year some of the Earth’s most incredible creatures take to the road, often traveling thousands of miles, to find resources that are not available within a single area on a year-round basis. On Tuesday, June 7 from 7-9 PM, Master Naturalist Robert McConville will describe some of the world’s greatest animal migrations. Take, for example, the adult sea turtles. In the spring and summer, these turtles migrate hundreds, even thousands of miles to Florida to mate and nest. The female of the species comes ashore ... Read More »

Fourth Annual SUP Poker Run

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Submitted A benefit for the Special Olympics of Collier County will be held Saturday, June 4th. A stand-up paddleboard Poker Run will begin at Capri Fish House on the Isles of Capri. Registration time is from 9 to 9:30 AM. Cost is $50 per entrant and includes event t-shirt, buffet lunch and more. You can register online at www.specialolympicsflorida.org/pokerrun and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AnnualSupPokerRun. For registration questions or to learn how to become a sponsor, call 239-450-1304, or email SOCCPokerRun@yahoo.com. Paddleboard and kayak rentals will be available.  Read More »

Green Thumbs for YMCA Kids

Photos by Don Manley
Donna Hardy Johnston (left) and children from the YMCA after school program care for the garden.

By Don Manley Anticipation is in the air among the children in the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s after school program. The object of their preoccupation can be found outside the rear doors of the Y’s youth development center and a few steps away on the right, where the youths are receiving first-hand experience in growing food, as part of the Y’s new Green Thumb program. Green Thumb is part of the nutrition education portion of the Y’s after-school program in which the children plant seeds and seedlings to raise fruits, vegetables and herbs that when ripe, will be used in ... Read More »

Don’t Wait to Evacuate

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By Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino At 6:30 AM on October 24, 2005, Hurricane Wilma made landfall at Cape Romano, seven miles south of Marco Island, with 125 mph winds and torrential rain. Wilma, a Category 3 hurricane, left widespread damage to South Florida that was estimated at $22.3 billion dollars. Approximately 3.2 million South Florida residents were left without power in the days and weeks following the storm. Eleven years later, Florida’s population has grown by 2.1 million, with the majority never having experienced a hurricane. I recommend that all new Florida residents take time to review this hurricane ... Read More »

Don’t Fry Day Promotes Skin Cancer Prevention

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Submitted May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. To further the efforts to raise awareness, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated May 27th as Don’t Fry Day. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. In fact, in the U.S. more skin cancers are diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined. Nearly all skin cancers could be prevented by limiting unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. When skin cancer is detected early, most can be treated successfully – even melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. There are ... Read More »