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Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon

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Artist of the Year JRobert Houghtaling

Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts sponsors a special luncheon to recognize a local “Artist of the Year” and to give scholarships to local students who are majoring in the arts. This year’s luncheon will be on Saturday, May 21st at 11:30 AM at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. JRobert Houghtaling has been named this year’s Artist of the Year and will be recognized during the Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon. JRobert is a musician, composer, songwriter and producer. He has been singing, playing acoustic and electric guitars, violin and ... Read More »

The Power of a Smile

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”  – Joseph Addison Our sixth grandchild was born in March. A perfect little girl with 10 fingers, 10 toes and bright eyes that follow sound and movement. I was lucky enough to hold her shortly after her birth and say prayers of thanks for her healthy arrival. Five weeks later, little Greer Elizabeth took her first plane ride from her home in the Midwest to Southwest Florida for a visit, and for six days she was (mostly) mine…except for the feedings and interrupted sleep that ... Read More »

Lilac Girls

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.” – George Eliot This is the story of a little known chapter in the European theater of the Second World War, the “Ravensbruck Rabbits.” The story is told in first person via three main characters: Caroline Ferriday, wealthy American socialite; Kasia, young Polish woman; and Herta, a young German woman just starting her medical career. The chapters alternate among the three women. Caroline is a hardworking philanthropist, carrying on a long family tradition of working for social justice and taking charitable ... Read More »

MIA Cheers for Champions

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Submitted  On May 16 at 10 AM, a planning meeting for the first Marco Island Academy Cheers for Champions fundraiser will be held at the school in Room 303. Athletic Director Kelly Monnot invites parents and community members to take part in planning this event that will benefit the athletic programs at the school. The Cheers for Champions fundraiser will take place May 21 at Kretch’s Restaurant, from 6:30 to 10 PM. Tickets are $50 a person, which includes dinner, live and silent auctions and music. There will be a cash bar. The deadline for tickets or to be part ... Read More »

The Bersh Family

By Barry Gwinn  What would you do if Cornell, MIT, Notre Dame, Princeton and the U.S. Military Academy requested the favor of your presence for the next four years? How about if, in addition, the U.S. Army offered to give you what amounts to a full scholarship at all of those schools? Kasey Bersh, an MIA senior graduating in June 2016 was recently faced with this dilemma. How did she get in this scrape, and what did she do about it? Kasey grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, (pop. 40,000), an affluent North Shore suburb of Chicago and neighbor of Northwestern ... Read More »

Good Luck, George! Longtime Ace Hardware Employee Retires

Photo by Samantha Husted George on his last day at work.

Longtime Ace Hardware Employee Retires By Samantha Husted After 27 years, George Shaler is officially retiring from his job at Sunshine Ace Hardware on Marco Island. In the almost three decades that George has been an employee he’s seen a lot of changes. The Island for instance was a completely different place back in 1989 compared to now. Technologies have come and gone and George has remained, witness to it all. “This is the third owner I’ve been through,” said George “I was with the first guy for two years, the second guy for 14 years and I’ve been working ... Read More »

Sand Dollar Island Under Assault

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In violation of the Beach Ordinance, campers cook breakfast at Sand Dollar Island

Submitted On Saturday morning, May 7th, around 10 AM, a dog owner was seen happily walking her dog around a shorebird posted area at Sand Dollar spit. On Saturday mid-day, May 7th, there were kite boarders and boats observed on Sand Dollar Island. One beachgoer, on the Hideaway Beach side, counted 40 boats and close to 300 people on Sand Dollar Island. This area, also known as Big Marco Pass, is a posted Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) and nesting birds are inside posted areas, being flushed by the kite boarders and by the abundance of people walking through the dune ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part VI Aha! Is That a Tunnel I See Before Me?

A lovely new aqua glass and white tile backsplash sets off the quartzite counters. Photos by Carol Glassman

By Carol Glassman The day after the new kitchen cabinets arrived was Friday, March 18 and we all know how much work is usually accomplished at the end of a week: almost as if the Lord declared a day of rest in order to get ready for a few days of more rest. I was up and ready to admit workers at an early hour, and as usual sat around for three more hours until they actually arrived. I must admit I was a little dubious when two rather slight fellows, we’ll call them Joe and Moe because they looked ... Read More »

MIA’s Kirby Rients Makes English Fun

Students get a heavy dose of journalism along with experience on how to publish in Kirby Rients’ Yearbook/Journalism class. Students put together the 2016 MIA yearbook.

By Barry Gwinn Kirby Rients is a much traveled English teacher and has been with Marco Island Academy (MIA) since its inception in 2011. Although MIA specializes in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum, the school also thinks it is important that students are well grounded in the humanities. It didn’t take them long to recognize Rients’ contributions in this area. In 2012, Mr. Rients was given MIA’s prestigious Teacher-of-the-Year award. On March 4th of this year, Rients and two other MIA teachers (who will be separately featured in later editions of Coastal Breeze News) were personally awarded Governor ... Read More »

Deep Thoughts on a Beautiful Sunday Morning

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It is one of those beautiful Sunday mornings in Marco Island. I am crossing the Jolley Bridge on my way to Naples to make a presentation on Islamist terrorism. It is just about seven o’clock and the sky in the east is bright red, just as the sun rises over the Everglades. I am excited and a bit nervous. I may be facing a crowd that is not particularly in line with my ideology, beliefs and thoughts. As I drive on the downward slope of the bridge, leaving Marco Island behind me, many thoughts begin ... Read More »

Rib Cook-off Raises Heat

Rich Stoltenborg and Jim Downey were all smiles as they showed off Downey’s grill. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted  Barbecue lovers, grill enthusiasts and meat-eaters alike came out April 16th to celebrate and chow down at the 5th Annual Rib Cook-off at the Marco Island Brewery. All proceeds from the event went to the Marco Island Police Foundation and its scholarship fund. The Foundation also assists members of the Marco Island Police Department should an emergency financial situation occur. It felt like a summer block party or a family reunion. Outside the Brewery there were four large tents with five grills occupying them. Smoke filled the air with its sweet smells, inviting those who passed by ... Read More »

You Can’t Take It With You

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “In the end, only kindness matters.”  – Jewel  I have a close friend who lives in Iowa. Her name is Mary, and before my husband and I moved to Marco Island, Mary and I were next-door neighbors for 27 years. That’s almost three decades of vigorous waves from the driveway, impromptu potluck dinners, borrowed cups of sugar, and shared Sunday brunches. We raised a combined seven children; we claimed a total of five dogs, and we buried four parents during our time as neighbors. We’ve shared tearful challenges and bladder-bursting laughter. Together, Mary ... Read More »

Flippin’ Flapjacks for Fire Foundation

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) held its annual Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station for a hungry crowd. The eggs, sausage, and pancake breakfast is a popular treat for breakfast lovers. “Guest” pancake flippers included Fire Chief Mike Murphy, City Manager Roger Hernstadt and Steve Stefanides. Adults enjoyed an opportunity to support their local fire department, to socialize and share a meal with friends. Kids loved the pancakes (especially when the Chief added chocolate chips, or worked some Mickey Mouse pancake magic.) Children, no matter how old, were welcome to see the fire ... Read More »

Speed Networking to Success

Participants interact at Connectivity-Me’s recent speed networking event.

By Don Manley  Connectivity-Me’s recent speed networking session was a hit with participants and the organizers. Speed networking is a fast-paced, structured way for participants to interact, in a series of brief information exchanges. About 20 people turned out to make connections at the Connectivity-Me session to promote their business or organization. The late afternoon event began casually, with the attendees chatting informally in the lounge at Dolce Mare Sweets in the Marco Walk Plaza, which provided samples of its chocolates, along with champagne and wine. Next, they paired off for the formal networking, in which the duos meet one-on-one ... Read More »

Local Spotlight: Strands By Jules

Julie Stoller (center) with her staff. From left: Mary, Kristine, Julie, Sally and Kim. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com In October of 2015, 27-year-old Marco Island native Julie Stoller opened up her vey own hair salon, Strands by Jules. While Julie may be young, she’s no stranger to the hair industry, an industry she’s been a part of since she was 14-years-old. Julie began where most hair professionals begin, as an assistant. She worked her way through high school at a local salon, gaining critical knowledge and learning the nuances of the trade. After graduating high school her passion for hair drove her straight to professional school where she could hone in on her skills. ... Read More »

IBERIABANK Shred Events

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Submitted In April, IBERIABANK will host two document shredding events: April 16, 9 AM to noon, 605 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island (239-393-2400) April 23, 9 AM to 1 PM, 1905 Pine Ridge Road, Naples (239-403-5170) Residents and small business owners are invited to dispose of their outdated documents in a safe and secure manner. Shredding services will be conducted by Shred-It. A $3/box donation will be collected for Camp Angels at the Naples event and the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation at the Marco Island event. There is a limit of 10 boxes per person or business. Shred events will end early if trucks are filled ... Read More »

MIHS Musical March Entertainment

One night only hear Johnny T sing the oldies we all love.

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) brings world-class entertainment to Rose History Auditorium that will delight island music lovers. Oldies but goodies take the stage in two unique, one night only performances. Get your tickets early so you don’t miss this special opportunity to walk down memory lane. March 23 –  Liza and Judy, Together Again  Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli are certainly one of the most famous mother and daughter entertainers the world of show business has ever seen. Unlike the usual tribute show, this spectacular theatrical production brings Liza and Judy together again with the amazing sound-alike ... Read More »

George’s Web

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George Moore, Ambassador of Fun

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde Kevin Bacon is a well-known Hollywood actor. His career began in the early 80s and he’s been in scores of films including “Footloose,” “Apollo 13,” “Mystic River” and “A Few Good Men.” He once commented that he had worked with every actor in Hollywood, or with someone who had worked with every other actor in Hollywood, and a phenomenon was born. It was called “The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” and was the creative brainchild of three ... Read More »

House of Horrors- Part III Taking the Bull By What Hurts

By Carol Glassman Even a patient person eventually loses it. The renovations to my flood-damaged home had come to a standstill. All the smiles and pats on the head with no results other than a newly-tiled floor under a leaky roof were no longer reassuring or even made any sense. Time for a showdown at the not-so OK Corral, wouldn’t you say? Tony, self-proclaimed contractor actually came to the house to tell me when the roof work would begin, assuring me all the permits were in place. I knew this was untrue. “How can this be?” I asked. “Although you ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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As a community we are moving forward with plans for the 2016 Independence Day Celebration on Marco Island. The purpose of this letter is to ask for your help in sustaining the level and quality of this year’s fireworks display, which is such an important part of our American cultural tradition. This year, the total cost is $52,000 for our fireworks display. What complicates this event for Marco Island is the requirement of a large commercial barge (which is approximately 30 percent of the total cost). The Marco Island City Council has voted to contribute $26,000. Donations/contributions from businesses and ... Read More »