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Invasion of Europe, Part II

Trafalgar Square Friday prayers.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun Those who do not believe in the adage “history repeats itself” are sadly mistaken. The recent and ongoing events in Europe clearly prove my point. The Ottoman Empire (1299-1922) was an Islamic empire with the head of state carrying the title of “Caliph” (a person considered a political and religious successor to the prophet Muhammad, and a leader of the entire Muslim community). The Ottomans grew their empire by invading territories in the Middle East and Northern Africa, and converting the populations to Islam. The most daring of these invasions was the Siege of Vienna ... Read More »

Junkyard of the Solar System

Looking Southwest 11:00PM September 18th, Take a good look  at the summer Milky Way before it sets in the fall. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Asteroids, until recently, were the Rodney Dangerfields of our Solar System – “they just get no respect!” In the last couple of decades though, both scientists and business tycoons have been taking notice of these oversized rocks, and it looks like asteroids are important after all. Most asteroids, and there are millions of them, inhabit the aptly named Asteroid Belt lying between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Even though asteroids are so numerous if you happened to be actually standing on one it would be rare for you to see another one ... Read More »

MIA in Texas Classic

Cayden Couture gains yards in the Rays Brook Hill Texas Football Classic game.

by Roger Lalonde In a high-scoring battle, it was Texas (Edgewood High) over Florida (Marco Island Academy), 41-28, Friday night in the Brook Hill Texas Classic in Bullard, Texas. The MIA Rays saw Edgewood take it to them early, with the Rays trailing at half time, 28-14. The teams swapped touchdowns in the second half for the final score. Chuck Ludwigsen, an assistant coach, said there were many Marco-area residents at the game, along with local Texas people related to the players. Saturday we will have full results and many photos taken on the game and the overall experience. Read More »

Rays in Texas

The Marco Island Academy football team outside Brooke Hill School, site of tonight's game and the American Freedom Museum which they visited

As coach Greg Fowler gazed at the Brook Hill football field this morning (Friday), the 50-yard line seemed a long way to the end zone. Yes, but the Marco Island Academy football team has already traveled 1,200 miles just to play in the Brook Hill Texas Football Classic in Bullard, Texas. Kicking off at 8 p.m., the Rays will go up against the Edgewood, Texas Bulldogs. The schools are similar in numbers, but not in experience. It may seem strange, but the fourth-year Rays have 17 starters back with many key players among them. Edgewood will be playing with many sophomores ... Read More »

Tulip Time in Holland

Tulip time in Holland. PHOTOS BY ART MANBURG

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber One of the best times to visit Holland is when the flowers, for which it is known, are in their full splendor, on display at Keukenhof Gardens, from mid-March through mid-May. Although people often use the terms “Holland” and “the Netherlands” interchangeably, Holland refers to only two of the twelve provinces that comprise the country of the Netherlands. North and South Holland are home to the Netherlands’ major cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and other popular destinations such as Leiden, Delft, and Haarlem. Tulips are not native to Holland; they were imported from the Ottoman ... Read More »

Picture Perfect Pets

Dixie and Beau

By Coastal Breeze News Staff We do love our pets and the Picture Perfect Pet Photo Contest proves it. The contest was a great opportunity to show off our wonderful furry, feathered or scaly friends and support our favorite pet charity at the same time. Shown here are all the entries for the 2015 Picture Perfect Pet Photo Contest. Judging will take place in the coming days. Winners will be notified and their photos will be featured in the next edition. First, second and third place prizes are awaiting the winners, sponsored by Coastal Breeze News and Critter Café. There ... Read More »

“Giants of the Everglades” Dennis Goodman Exhibit at Marco Island Historical Museum

Dennis Goodman (in front of  sunset) answers questions during the reception for his show “Giants of the Everglades”.

By Steve Gimmestad On June 2, the opening reception for “Giants of the Everglades,” by photographer Dennis Goodman, was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The event, along with hors d’oeuvres and wine, was sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Dennis Goodman is an award winning photographer, and has appeared in numerous publications throughout Florida and elsewhere. He has received accolades from many organizations for his work, and for his efforts in the preserving the Everglades. Upon entering the gallery, the “Giants” in the exhibit name not only refers to the subject matter, but also aptly describes the ... Read More »

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Rivka Mascoop, Kristina Lambros, Marc Creach, Barbara Meyer, Colleen Mescall and Elliott Mascoop volunteering  theirSaturday to organize the food donations. Join Collier Harvest efforts, call either 455-FOOD, or go online to SUBMITTED photos

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Islanders rose to the challenge by donating enough food to nearly break the 2009 record of 32,900 pounds to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. By the time this article is published, it is expected that number will be surpassed. Residents and guests left bags of non-perishable food items by their mailbox on Saturday, May 9th or they delivered their donation to a post office. Letter carriers on Marco Island, like other carriers throughout Collier County, picked up those items. “We have a hard working group of letter carriers on Marco Island,” said Elliott ... Read More »

Naomi’s Kittens and Triathlon Coach

Duchess (Port au Prince rescue)

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: I need to clear up any confusion among new readers who have come late to my wisdom-packed columns. I am, in fact, a cat, a one-time dumpster diving stray turned full-time resident here at For the Love of Cats, Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter. I am, however, by no means your average house cat. For starters, I have my own newspaper column. Secondly, I am the shelter supervisor and manage a staff (remember, dogs have owners, cats have staff) of 70-80 volunteers who must heed my every request. And ... Read More »

Do Not Disturb Nesting Sea Turtles


Submitted Sea turtles have begun nesting attempts in the area. Good time to post a few reminders about proper sea turtle etiquette. It can be thrilling to watch a sea turtle crawl onto the beach at night and dig a large hole in the sand to lay dozens of eggs. Just remember that “Do not disturb” is the best behavior to follow when observing a nesting sea turtle. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks people not to get too close, shine lights on, or take flash photos of nesting sea turtles. Spring is the beginning of sea ... Read More »

Wildlife Photography Competition Winners

Third Place: “Emerald Gator” by Robert Gamble

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 8th Annual City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photo Competition has drawn to a close. Over sixty beautiful photographs were submitted showcasing landscapes, insects, birds, alligators, deer, lizards, flowers, sunsets and more. This year’s judges had the difficult task of choosing the winners from a great field of entries. Winning photos are seen here. Judges included Vickie Kelber, travel writer and avid photographer. Vickie has worked with this competition since its inception. Frank Steiger, a Marco Island Policeman and professional photographer. Frank has been a part of the contest for the last three years. ... Read More »

Time to Review Your Condo Insurance Policies?


By Gary & Sandy Elliott Now is a good time to review your condo (HO6), wind and flood insurance with a knowledgeable and reputable local agent familiar with the Florida condo market. HO6 policies provide liability protection, medical payments, and cover losses due to water, hurricane, lightning and condo association loss assessments up to certain limits with defined deductibles. Typically the condo association insurance policy covers the building replacement including electric wiring, plumbing, AC system and drywall inside your unit but all other damages to your interior contents like personal property, flooring, interior painting, furnishings, window treatments, light ... Read More »

Enter the Wildlife Photo Contest Today


By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s final call for anyone wanting to enter the Eighth Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest. The contest closes to entries on April 24th. Winners will be announced May 1st. If you have any photos you have shot during the past year that you are considering entering, there is still time. Categories were combined this year into Land and Marine Animals, Insects and Plants and Trees and Landscapes. Black and white, color photos and photos creatively enhanced are all acceptable. Camera type is not limited, so whether you’re using a Canon, a ... Read More »

2015 Wildlife Photo Contest Focuses on SW Florida


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Click! Click! Click! Amateur photographers send your photos to enter the Eighth Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest. The contest runs now through April 24th with winners announced May 1st. This year, photos are eligible for the following combined categories: Land and Marine Animals, Insects and Plants an t na atr rs an anscapes. A winner will be chosen in each of the following sub-categories: Color, Black and White and Creatively Altered photos. Amateur photographers aged 14 and up, are eligible to enter. An amateur is n as an trar as not ... Read More »

Amsterdam, How It’s Changed

The Stedelijk Museum with its new addition. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEDELIJK MUSEUM

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I first visited Amsterdam in the 70s; my husband and I were last there in the 80s. On that trip, after a week in the city, we traveled on to Brussels. We were amused when a guide who took us to visit Waterloo and some of the countryside chateaus of Belgium referred to Amsterdam as a “doomed city.” On a recent visit there, I’m pleased to report that it is not doomed. It is a vibrant, diverse city, known for its tolerance, picturesque canals, and outstanding art collections. After a recent government sponsored overhaul and renovations ... Read More »

Oh, Christmas Tree

Mr. and Mrs. Clause hugged and smiled the night away as they posed for photos with children and grown-ups, alike.

By Melinda Gray Palpable Christmas cheer and an impressive crowd of more than 1,000 people filled Veterans’ Community Park on Saturday, Nov. 29, for Marco Island’s Annual Christmas Island Style tree lighting ceremony. Radio personality Dave Elliott emceed the event, and the evening’s entertainment included a charming dance recital by Spotlight Dance Studio, Center Stage Studios, Island Dance Academy and the Hurricane Softball Dancers. The crowd enjoyed the night’s festivities as popular local musician Jim Long performed staple holiday tunes and a bit of rock and roll. Reminiscent of the parking lot outside a super bowl venue, the party ... Read More »

Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa — complete with a North Pole postmark! Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa: Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole. Tell your child that you’ll place a stamp on the envelope and mail it to St. Nick for him or her. Later, when alone, open the envelope, read the letter and write Santa’s response ... Read More »

Ke Robinson Exhibit at The Museum of the Everglades

Ke Robinson is joined by her daughter, Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance and his wife Gayle at the exhibit reception at the Everglades Museum.

By Pat Newman Bold colors marry traditional Florida flora and fauna in a whimsical blend of “tropical expressionism” at a new exhibit hosted by the Museum of the Everglades entitled “Tropical Art With An Edge” by Ke Robinson. The Florida artist, who lives in West Palm Beach, was on hand Saturday, Dec. 6, to talk about her mixed media collection which made its debut in Everglades City. She spoke modestly of her work, explaining her inspiration behind the paintings of native Florida birds and alligators. “I paint what I please,” she stated. Robinson is a self-taught artist who claims to ... Read More »


IN ESTERO, FL ON TUESDAY, MARCH 3 The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their unrivaled family show to Germain Arena in Estero on Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m., during the Harlem Globetrotters 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour.  The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to match the franchise’s historic last victory over the Globetrotters nearly a half century ago.  It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off, as the Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to ... Read More »

Naomi’s Identity Crisis

Marissa and her kittens. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: My little tortie heart is crushed and broken. There is not a photo to be found of me in our 2015 Glamour Puss Calendar — for the second year in a row, I might add. Did someone forget to tell me I’ve been placed in the Witness Protection Program? There is, of course, the remotest of possibilities (very remote I might add) that I’m wrong, so here’s the deal. Anyone who’s been to Disney World knows there’s a great game whereby visitors are challenged to find “hidden ... Read More »