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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

PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER
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 »

Notice to Residents on Fertilizer Ordinance 16-02

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By Gene Burson, Chairman of the Marco Island Beach Advisory Committee As of March 7, 2016, your City Council passed Ordinance 16-02, known as the “Fertilizer Ordinance.” To minimize negative environmental effects – both on land and in our waterways – Marco Island City Council voted to regulate the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorous. By reducing the use of these fertilizers, they hope to upgrade the quality of life for city residents. The fertilizer regulations are based on the Model Ordinance for Florida Friendly Fertilizer Use. Low to no phosphorus fertilizer and slow release nitrogen fertilizer, along with ... Read More »

Feola Joins BMO Harris Bank

Submitted BMO Harris Bank at the Esplanade is pleased to welcome Anthony Feola as a personal banker. Many islanders already know Anthony from his sixteen years of banking on Marco. He moved to Marco from New Jersey with his wife Maria and two daughters, Lauren and Lisa, who attended Tommy Barfield and Marco Island Charter Middle School. His wife Maria is a nurse manager at NCH Healthcare Systems. Anthony and Maria are Marco Island homeowners and members of the Marco Island Civic Association. As a personal banker, Anthony develops financial solutions for small businesses, organizations and individuals. He is familiar ... Read More »

Teens and Technology: An Inside Look

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By Larissa Bersh The year is 2016. Face–to–face interaction no longer exists. All communication is facilitated through cell phones. Texting is the new talking. To many, this scenario seems utterly absurd. But for teenagers in this day and age, it sounds all too familiar. Looking around at school, the number of students with eyes glued to their devices is staggering. There is not a single lunch table where everyone is fully engaged in conversation. If someone is not actively involved in texting, he or she is scrolling through Instagram, listening to music, or playing a game. It seems that, slowly ... Read More »

Cars As Art Show Returns

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Submitted The 3rd Annual Cars as Art Show will be held at the Marco Island Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 10 AM to 4 PM. This year promises to be the best show yet. Cars as Art features only unmodified antique and classic automobiles built before 1975. “For some, this is a chance to revisit a favorite car from days gone by. For others, it is a chance to see the beauty of what used to be. And for artists at the Center, it represents a different medium that all can appreciate,” said Hyla Crane, ... Read More »

Smalltooth Sawfish Studied

Smalltooth sawfish rostrum on display at RBR Environmental Learning Center.

SUBMITTED Rookery Bay Reserve (RBR) regularly presents educational programs and lectures by local and visiting experts in various biological disciplines. On March 11 two lecturers shared the podium, Kelcee Smith from LSU who is studying the Smalltooth sawfish and Patrick O’Donnell of RBR who is studying sharks. The topic was sawfish, so Smith led off with a report of her research and O’Donnell followed with his observations of sawfish locally. Smalltooth sawfish grow to approximately 21 feet, are very strong and quite dangerous. Thus, the process of catching, taking the various measurements and tissue samples, tagging and releasing them is ... Read More »

It’s the Law- No Glass on the Beach!

Marco Island beach signage reminds visitors to leave prohibited items at home. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted In 2014, TripAdvisor named Marco Island the No. 1 Island in the U.S. It referred to our island as “the jewel of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands.” Our beaches were also listed among the top 10 “family friendly” beaches in Florida. We attract thousands of visitors to our island each year and they all come to experience our six miles of spectacular beaches. All this fame and fortune comes at a cost.   Our beaches are under assault from litter and trash. Before you head out to the beach, let’s take a moment to review the city rules necessary to ... Read More »

Smart911, A Must-Have Service

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Every second counts in an emergency. In the time that it takes for the dispatcher to receive a 911 call and alert first responders a lot can happen. These are the crucial moments that could change a person’s life. But what if there was a way to expedite the process? First responders arrive as fast as they can but they don’t always know what kind of scene they are about to enter into. They don’t know if the person they’re caring for is allergic to certain medications or if they have a medical condition such as ... Read More »

Schindler’s List Survivor with Timeless Message

Rabbi Fishel Zaklos, Chabad of Naples, and 87-year-old guest speaker Rena Finder, the youngest survivor of Schindler’s List, field questions following her hour-long presentation to
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By Carol Glassman It was a full house of over 400 people (with an equal number disappointed for not getting tickets) for Chabad of Naples’ inspiring and thought-provoking evening with Mrs. Rena Finder, the youngest person on Oskar Schindler’s List; this saved her life and her mother’s during the Holocaust. Now approaching her 87th year, Rena kept the audience spellbound as she stood before them for more than one hour, relating her moving story of courage and survival. Rena was a child of ten when her family life in Krakow, Poland was abruptly turned upside down with the arrival of ... Read More »

MEET YOUR MATCH AT COLLIER COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES ANIMAL ADOPTIONS DISCOUNTED FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

Call it puppy love. Or kitty love. Whatever you call it, Collier County Domestic Animal Services wants to help you meet you match this month by offering discounts on all dog and cat adoptions. For the month of February, all dog adoptions are $50 (regularly $85) and all cat adoptions are $25 (regularly $60). With every adoption, the county includes spay/neuter surgery, Collier County license, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip, 30 days of free pet insurance and more, a value of more than $400. “Our animal friends give us nothing but unconditional love. Since February is the month most associated with love, ... Read More »

FWC- Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

While on land patrol, Officers Eaton and Reith performed resource inspections and license checks within the Big Cypress WMA.  The officers stopped to check three individuals and found that one of them had an arrest warrant from Franklin County.  The individual was placed into custody and booked into the Collier County jail. Officers Despian, Kleis and Lugg responded to a call of a missing swimmer in the area of Camp Lulu in the Ten Thousand Islands. Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies, officers with the National Park Service, and fire rescue from multiple agencies also responded to assist.  After a short ... Read More »

Rise of Courage

An image from Rebecca’s Seeking Serenity project, a coloring book with special meaning.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff What does a young vibrant woman do when she receives the news she has stage III C breast cancer? A woman known for her vitality, her hard work and her positive outlook does not give up. Especially, a strong lady who lived a healthy lifestyle, no less. Rebecca Burg was used to living life on her own terms. She was surprised at the curve life threw in her path, so she had to adjust. Now she uses her energies, her emotions and creativity in a way to help her work through the ordeal and maybe, ... Read More »