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From Sea to Shining Sea

The audience watched as the first strokes of color were placed in the piece, promising what looks to become a vibrant finished product.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The first time I had the pleasure of meeting local artist, Malenda Trick, was nearly two months ago. The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) had chosen to honor her as their first annual artist of the year. I noticed right away how open, friendly and down-to-earth she was. She instantly put me at ease, a treat I see far less often than one would think. After accepting her award, she spoke of her two previous Veterans Day projects in which she painted 35 individual portraits of veterans in Southwest Florida and then in Sarasota. ... Read More »

Lessons From a Dog

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BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT  Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com You may have heard the expression, “Everything you need to know you learned in Kindergarten.” Simple concepts like share everything and play fair. Don’t take things that aren’t yours, and wash your hands before you eat. How about clean up your own mess? Imagine how that one simple rule could alter the landscape and affect the human connection? If each of us, individually, were accountable for our own mess (AKA actions)? In my household alone, especially when the kids were growing up, abiding by that aphorism would have resulted in greater harmony. I agree ... Read More »

A Golden Reputation

Owners of new Marco Island business, Golden Gate Jewelers, Annelie and Amir Kathein. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com I love my job; it’s the vehicle through which I’ve met some of the most wonderful people since I’ve been here. Getting to know people is inherent in interviewing them for a story, and I recently had the pleasure of meeting, and interviewing one such family. The Katheins opened Golden Gate Jewelers of Marco on June 3, and contrary to what the name might suggest, they are not from Golden Gate, but rather Florida’s east coast. They are very excited that Marco Island is the location of their second store; owning a jewelry store here has ... Read More »

Suddenly Single

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” J.K. Rowling, British Novelist, author of The Harry Potter series.   Question: My divorce is final, and I need to focus on my financial situation. Where do I start? Answer: Going through a divorce can be an emotionally trying time, but it is also an opportunity to start fresh. This is the time to make sure your finances are on the right track. Doing so will help you put the past behind you and assist you in assembling the foundation for ... Read More »

Let’s Go Fishing!

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Southwest Florida summers are hot and steamy and a perfect time to enjoy fishing with family and friends. The experience doesn’t have to be all about the fish either. The quiet, scenic mystique of the area’s Ten Thousand Islands is about so much more than that! Manatee and dolphin sightings are likely, and the peaceful beaches found along some of the keys provide excellent shelling and swimming opportunities. It’s very possible that you may not see another person on the island you choose to explore! The best advice I can give to you ... Read More »

Youth See Police and Fire-Rescue Service Up Close

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By Val Simon Each year, the Marco Island Police Department works closely with the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department to present a Police/Fire Academy through the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department. The weeklong camp was headed up by MIPD Officer Al Schettino and Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Bowden. The academy — designed for students in the sixth through eighth grades — gives a hands-on look at the variety of training and skills each of these professions require. It’s an ideal camp for children interested in law enforcement, firefighting or emergency services. They cover everything these first responders do on a ... Read More »

‘The 4th Letter of Ponce de Leon’

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com What if the great Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon tried to set up a colony along the shores of Southwest Florida? What if he wrote a letter to the king of Spain about the mysteries he found on the gulf coast shores but the letter was lost in the sands of time? What if the letter reappeared 500 years later, found on a beach by a curious little girl and her father? What if finding this letter turned everything historically known about Ponce de Leon and his expeditions upside down? These are the questions ... Read More »

How Gullible Are We?

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By Carol Glassman I know, I know, none of us likes to see ourselves in those terms. After all, gullibility suggests not only that someone or perhaps some group of people out there is a lot smarter or wilier than we are but also that they are quite likely to take advantage of us, publicize it and make us look quite foolish. Well, I suppose that could happen, but take heart. I happen to know that tests have been done — yes, actual scientific tests — that show gullibility is not our fault. For example, did you know that people ... Read More »

Deciphering Changes to Federal Gulf Fisheries

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Just as the weather, water and fishing were heating up in the Gulf of Mexico this spring, officials with NOAA Fisheries implemented new recreational fishing closures and accountability measures for six popular Gulf reef species — red snapper, red grouper, gray triggerfish, greater amberjack, hogfish and Spanish mackerel. The reason: Federal recreational catch limits in the Gulf were exceeded in 2013 for red snapper, red grouper, gray triggerfish and greater amberjack, while the combined commercial and recreational catch limits for hogfish and Spanish mackerel also were exceeded. If you are one of the thousands of ... Read More »

Creating a Buzz Through Advertising

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing This column focuses on creating a buzz using the marketing tactic, advertising. While press releases and article writing create some media buzz, organic promotion is easy if publicity is connected to advertising. Ways to Create Advertising Buzz Marketing research has shown that to create positive marketing buzz advertisers must connect with consumers and stir positive emotions. Buzz comes as a result of hitting a consumer’s sweet spot, meaning a topic they love to talk about and share with others by turning an ad campaign into a viral buzz online. Use humor or controversy to ... Read More »

Mailing Begins for Absentee Ballots

On Wednesday, May 21, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office sent its first mailing of mail/absentee ballots to domestic non-uniformed voters for the upcoming Special General Election for US Congressional District 19. Voters may submit requests online at www.CollierVotes.com under the “Vote by Mail” tab.  Requests can also be made by calling the Supervisor of Elections Office at (239) 252-VOTE. By law, mail/absentee ballots cannot be forwarded and can only be delivered to the address on file with the Supervisor of Elections Office. The deadline for voters to request a ballot to be delivered by mail for this election is 5:00 p.m. ... Read More »

Gulf Recreational Red Snapper Season Opens

The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters opened Saturday, May 24, and will remain open through July 14, a total of 52 days, closing July 15. The federal season will be 9 days, starting June 1 and remaining open through June 9, closingJune 10. Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end, out to about 200 nautical miles. The daily bag limit for red snapper will remain 2 per person in Gulf state and federal waters. The minimum size limit is 16 inches total length. There is a zero daily ... Read More »

A Night Out with the Stars

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff About once a month pending favorable weather, members of the Everglades As-tronomical Society head out to a remote location in Fakahatchee Strand. They set up personal, high-powered telescopes to watch a cosmic stellar show unfold. These ‘star parties’ are free and open to the public. The most recent star party was hosted by Mike Usher, president of the Ever-glades Astronomical Society and columnist for Coastal Breeze News. The location is just far enough away to keep the unadventurous person from find-ing it. Not only should one be doused with plenty of bug spray to keep ... Read More »

Tom Thelen’s Victimproof at MICMS

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Living in Southwest Florida, particularly on Marco Island, most of us live a fairly privileged lifestyle. You send your children to school day after day, year after year. As a parent of two children that have been through Tommie Barfield and Marco Island Charter Middle School, I had not had much experience with bullying I never gave it much thought until my youngest daughter entered eighth grade. She would complain about this person or that person saying mean things to her or her friends. As a busy mom, my reaction was less sympathetic and more of ... Read More »

A Special Luncheon Invitation

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Submitted A luncheon has been planned by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts for Saturday, May 24, at Wesley’s Fellowship Hall. Scholarships will be presented to Marco Island students pursuing college studies in the arts. Scholarship recipients include Christopher Niemczyk, Theodore Schimek, Richard Stein and Tyler MacDonald. Local artist Melinda Trick also will be honored as “Artist of the Year” for sharing her artistic gifts with our community including the painting of 20 portraits in 2010 for local veterans who served in WW2, Korea and Vietnam. She duplicated the project in 2013-14 for veterans of Sarasota. Trick will be ... Read More »

Abstraction/Distraction

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It may be off-season, but the Marco Island Center for the Arts still has a lot in store for Marco Islanders. May’s theme for the main galleries is Abstraction/Distraction and includes over 50 pieces of art from artists all over the Southwest Florida area. The official opening for this exhibit, our Second Tuesday Reception, will be held on May 13, from 5:30-7pm and is open to the public. The exhibit is bold, colorful and imaginative, reflecting the many ways an artist can express himself, whether in clay, mixed media, photography or paintings. Some of the art you will recognize immediately, ... Read More »

Meet MIA’s New Head Football Coach

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Greg Fowler is what Marco Island Academy needs as a football coach and teacher. “He has been the head of a high school football program, understands building a young team and, just as much, is a good teacher,” said Roger Raymond, school athletic director. “He has won awards (as math teacher and football coach). He fits into our equation which is important to everyone involved. Ultimately, we get a good football coach and person strong in academics, which was critical.” To be sure, Fowler understands building a program. In 2009, he headed the 4A New Smyrna ... Read More »

Local Letter Carrier Honored With Postal Hero Award

The United States Postal Service honored Estero postal hero Barbara Saylors for demonstrating extraordinary community service by presenting her with a first-ever USPS Postal Hero Award, inspired by the new limited-edition Priority Mail shipping boxes featuring The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and ongoing heroism of the postal workforce.  Barbara was awarded a certificate at a ceremony on National Superhero Day, April 28, 2014. Barbara noticed that her customer was not picking up her mail. Barbara became concerned and notified one of the neighbors and asked that someone go check to see if everything was ok. When the neighbor checked it was ... Read More »

Going Out on the Edge for Advertising

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing Too often companies are weary of being different and yet when seeking marketing advice, the first request managers make is to set the company apart from the competition. Leaders must decide what they want. Being unique often means taking a risk in advertising, whereas being safe may mean simply redundantly promoting a business through traditional branding. I endorse taking a chance, but make sure that chance is well researched. Recently, listening to the radio I heard an ad for a church attempting to connect with young audiences in need of entertainment-styled sermons, but it ... Read More »

Stretton Makes All Area Team

(Left) Preston Reese, left, and Cole Stretton were named to the All-Area basketball team sponsored by NDN. Stretton made the first team and Preston was honorable mention. The two were stalwarts for the Manta Rays who recorded its first winning season and
won the Class 2A-District 10 title. (right) Cole Stretton dunks! With a little help from Marco Island Academy teammate Preston Reese, Stretton, a 6-footer dunks the ball. Stetton got on Reese’s shoulder to get up to rim and then Reese walked away! PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com If you watch Cole Stretton, no matter how much pressure comes from opponents on the basketball court, he seems to be in control. Even though a target the past season, Stretton, a sophomore, had enviable statistics. Plenty good enough to make the Naples Daily sponsored All-Area team. Preston Reese, a junior, was named honorable mention. High marks for two players in Class 2A, being judged along with players from schools like Naples, Lely, Community School and more. It marks the second straight year that a Manta Rays player was named to the team. A year ago, ... Read More »