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Never Too Cool to be Schooled

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour Is this the favorite time of year for parents? For most kids, it’s not theirs because it’s time to head back to the classroom! There are a lot of things to think about before getting the kids ready for school. Kids have lists now of what they need. I sure don’t remember a list? We just had a back pack (maybe), a three ring binder or 5 subject spiral notebook, and off we went. Some kids did have all the goodies though: pencil boxes, pocket protectors, high tech calculators. But, that seemed to cover ... Read More »

How to Avoid Being Swindled – Part Deux

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net This is sort of a part two of an article I wrote a year ago regarding the wonderful world of jewelry scams, as well as some hard knock personal experiences and advice on how to avoid getting bitten by one. Ah! The cruising vacation. It’s the excitement of being on the open seas — sun, fun, food and cocktails. Beware of venders hawking loose precious gemstones and gold chain-by-the-inch, especially if you have had a few. Sure the prices seem cheap because they are. The so-called gems you are purchasing are mostly rejects from ... Read More »

And the Doughnuts Go Rolling Along

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By Carol Glassman I am so distraught! While checking on my AARP account this week, I learned from the young-sounding woman on the phone about all the wonderful deals and offers, most of which I had missed. Are you like me, weighed down by a two-inch stack of frequent buyer and discount cards for various stores and organizations? When I check into a motel, it’s all I can do to remember my name and license number and ask for a smoke-free room — how can I remember to ask for AAA, Senior and AARP rates too? But here’s the real ... Read More »

Student from Florida Named Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 World Champion

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Certiport (www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announces Tyler Millis has been named the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champion in PowerPoint 2007, culminating the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office since its inception in 2002.  16-year-old Tyler attends Dunbar High School in Lee County, Florida. In its 13th year, the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship attracted more than 400,000 unique candidates from 130 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. 123 student finalists participated in the final round of competition. The 2014 ... Read More »

Traveling Left of Center

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com I was looking for a good love story to break up the string of thrillers I have been reading. Instead, I found “Traveling Left of Center.” As the title indicates, these 18 short stories have protagonists who are slightly off kilter psychologically. We all know they are “out there.” It is estimated that one in four Americans suffers from some form of mental illness. Nancy Christie has given them a voice. Though not as dreary as Edgar Allen Poe by any means, Christie’s protagonists are in various stages of psychic distress. The first story, named ... Read More »

Point of No Return…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com I was up most of the night listening to the thunderstorms and watching the lightning strikes light up the cloudy summer sky over Marco Island. As a kid growing up in a suburb on top of one of the seven hills which make up the city of Istanbul away from the blinding city lights, I used to love to watch the summer storms with my mother who was totally afraid of the phenomenon yet stayed up to watch the storms with me because she felt a great sense of awe at the power of ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Farewell to Linda Greer

Linda Rae (Cowman) Greer, age 67 of Ludington, MI, and Marco Island, FL, passed away on July 27, 2014, at her home in Ludington, MI. She was born on July 18, 1947, in Ludington, MI, daughter of the late Gordon and Gladys “JoJo” (Huggins) Cowman. Linda attended Ludington High School, Grand Rapids Junior College and Northwest Michigan College of Nursing. She married Edward James Greer on December 14, 1968, at the United Methodist Church in Ludington. Linda was self-employed as a private duty nurse, and she enjoyed birds, flowers, volunteering, animals, traveling and was actively involved with the Marco Island ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Reserve Volunteer

The Friends of Rookery Bay celebrated a $10,000 donation  earlier this year from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for the restoration of a mullet
skiff used in high school education programs provided by Rookery Bay National Estuarine
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By Gabriella Perez As a student attending Marco Island Academy High School, there are many opportunities available for me to improve my academic experience and better prepare myself for the college years ahead. One of these opportunities involve volunteer work, which not only helps my community but provides me with volunteer hours and experience required to graduate. As a teen living in Florida and being near the ocean, it also gives me an advantage to help with ongoing programs and events that may not be offered anywhere else. One of the programs I have experience with offers a wide range ... Read More »

Sweet Victory

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com In my experience, especially as a writer, learning about any new place always begins with getting to know its people. I love listening to the local stories, and I’m always eager to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the people that make their town great. I’ve written once before about Goodland’s own, Nick Lemke, and his Shima Dojo at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. To this day, it ranks as one of my most favorite stories. So of course, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do an update on all of the exciting things ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County launches 2014-2015 after-school programs

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The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County has opened enrollment for after-school programs at its five site locations: -          Main Campus (7500 Davis Blvd. Naples, Fla. 34104) -          Manatee Middle School (1920 Manatee Rd. Naples, Fla. 34114) -          Tommie Barfield Elementary School (101 Kirkwood St. Marco Island, Fla. 34145) -          Immokalee Middle School (401 N Ninth St. Immokalee, Fla. 34142) -          Immokalee High School (701 Immokalee Dr. Immokalee, Fla. 34142) The Club, which provides after-school programming for youth ages six to 18, has programs which focus on five core areas: character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, ... Read More »

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s Birthday with BOGO Admission at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

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On August 8 the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center will offer “buy one, get one free” admission in honor of Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday. Since 1944, this legendary bear has reminded us of the dangers of forest fires and how we can do our part to prevent them. Featuring hands-on activities and presentations this special opportunity will help you learn about Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s prescribed fire program, and how this careful process actually helps prevent wildfires and rejuvenate plant and animal communities. Take today to acknowledge Smokey’s lasting influence, and gain awareness about the Reserve’s unique ecosystems and how we ... Read More »

Florida Wildlife Federation names Mike Owen Forest Conservationist of 2014

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park biologist Michael Scott Owen has been named Forest Conservationist of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation at its 77th annual Conservation Awards Banquet held in Naples.  Owen was recognized for his 20 years of work at Fakahatchee documenting the diversity of plants and animals and measuring water levels—data that is critical to Everglades restoration projects. The FWF stated: ”For his deep love of nature and tireless efforts on behalf of this very special place, the Federation is delighted to name Mike Owen as Forest Conservationist of the year.” Owen’s enthusiastic efforts to educate the public ... Read More »

Surviving Year-Round in a Seasonal Town

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Doldrums – a state of inactivity or stagnation; a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits. The term “summer doldrums” is new to me, but apparently it describes what I’ve been experiencing but successfully fighting off. How does a person of modest means ensure survival when home is a place that lives and dies by the season? I admit, I’m no expert, but this Ohio girl is trying to quickly acclimate to her new home, and I’ve learned a few things along the way. When I think of survival, I think of basic necessities: food, clothing ... Read More »

Butterfly Time of the Year

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com July is here. What does that mean? It’s summer in Florida? Yes, but it is also the start of the full blown butterfly season. In Southwest Florida, we have a year round butterfly season. While numbers of butterflies like Monarchs and Yellow Sulfurs will migrate, many of the same and others stay in South Florida and prosper year round, much to the delight of all those crazed butterfly enthusiasts living here. In spring, summer and fall, the numbers of these little flying flowers rise dramatically because the temperatures are warm just like they like it ... Read More »

New Laws: Part 2

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. This week’s column continues our look at the new laws signed recently by Governor Rock Scott that impact community associations. Last time, we were looking at some of the changes that were made by House Bill 807. This week, we will continue with our look at House Bill 807. One of the problems that associations are often faced with is obtaining the official records of the association that are in the possession of outgoing directors. The new statute clarifies this issue and requires outgoing board members to relinquish all official ... Read More »

Batte Seeks 2nd Term

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Joe Batte’s resume is an impressive one. The New Jersey native is a husband, father, Seton Hall graduate, former U.S. Marine Corps officer, Vietnam vet, and a former special agent and criminal investigator for the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. His federal law enforcement specialty was Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security fraud. Today, he still provides consulting services to the health care industry, focusing on compliance and health care fraud and abuse. For the last four years and four months, he also has served Marco Island residents on the City ... Read More »

MIPD to Hold 2nd Citizen Academy

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By CBN Staff With the overwhelming success of its first Citizen Academy, the Marco Island Police Department is now accepting applications for its second Citizen Academy. The 40-hour Academy will begin in November, and will be held in the evening on alternating Wednesdays and Saturday afternoons. On the last day, current Academy graduates will participate in a graduation event with former Academy Alumni, police officers, Marco Police Foundation members and city officials. The goal of the Citizen Academy is to bridge the information gap between MIPD and the public by teaching basic police operations and techniques. Many policies and procedures ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 in July

Redfish caught on a Captain Rapps Charter. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps  CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the Ten Thousand Islands, the weather in July is somewhat predictable, as are the fishing patterns. Expect the bite to drop off during the mid-day heat and slack tides. The bite is early in the day, and again late in the afternoon/early evening after the mid-day storms cool things off a little. Day time air temperatures are now hovering around 90 degrees each day, bringing the water temperatures up to 87 degrees. Anglers can get into some nice snook on the outside islands. Top water plugs and suspended soft plastic artificials will ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net What a gorgeous Marco night for the 4th of July fireworks! The breeze was beautiful; the sky was clear; the air was cool; and not a drop of rain interrupted the event. Friends from Physician’s Regional Marco Clinic Dr. Carlos and Jenny Portu and their two daughters; Dr. James Klein and family; along with Marco Island residents Bonnie and John Geraghty, Joe and Kathy Swaja, Bill and Kathy Walsh, Joyce Pastore, Kira Walthour, and some of the out of state Barcic Clan, and Rob, Opal and Jordan Vann, all got together at Shirlee and Brian Barcic’s to ... Read More »

Creating Mythical, Magical Creatures

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The mind of a child is an amazingly creative place. Put the minds of nine children together, and you embark on a journey to a truly special place where Pegasus soar through the sky and three-headed creatures rule the land. That is what art instructors Mary Kane, Linda Kropp and Robert Bransterator learned during the recent “Mythical Magical Creatures” art camp sponsored by the city of Marco Island and the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The three adults — all teach adult art classes as well at the Center — guided campers through a ... Read More »