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No Biting

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I hope you all had a terrific Valentine’s Day. I sure did. I was besieged with cards, treats, cat grass, treats, toys, treats, a fancy cat bed, treats, a designer cat tree, treats, and more treats. Mixed in with the hundreds of love letters, however, I ran across a few disturbing emails (yes, cats have email accounts; we just choose not to “reply”). It sounds to me like some of you have been biting your staff, the very hands that feed you, and without provocation. I’m not talking love ... Read More »

Earl of Oxford’s March to Bugle Call Rag

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Submitted Returning to Marco Island for its 9th consecutive year, the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet will perform Saturday evening, February 28th, 2015, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, as part of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series. The performance will take place at the Synagogue, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. The Brass Quintet consists of leading musicians from the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded in 1990, the group has received national and international honors, including first prize at the prestigious Summit International Brass Competition and honors at the Concurs International at Grenoble, France. The musicians are known ... Read More »

Meals of Hope After 5

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Submitted The Marco Island Meals of Hope project feeds hungry children and their family’s right here in Collier County. The 2015 packaging event will take place on Saturday November 14th at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. There is a ton of fundraising work to do between now and then to pay for the raw food materials that we package into meals. The packaging event is a joint effort of the Marco Island Sunrise and the Noontime Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. Tell any friends or family who have a soft spot in their hearts for hungry children to go ... Read More »

Announcing Musica Bella Performance

Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced tickets are now available for the performance of Musica Bella at the Center on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. The production is a cooperative venture with the Cultural and Performing Arts Center of Naples, Florida. Musica Bella was originally formed in 2009 as the “Rauschenburg Quartet.” Performing on flute, violin, cello and piano (and occasionally using historical instruments such as the baroque flute and harpsichord) the musicians transport the listeners to another time and place. The evening will feature a musical journey from baroque to jazz. Members of Musica Bella ... Read More »

Former Co-owner of The Precision Cut now at Skin Renewal Systems

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For over 30 years, Teresa DiFranco has impacted the beauty industry. From precision cuts, premium hair products and a determination to succeed, this Sicilian-born Stylist knows her creativity. Born in Casteltermini, Prov. Agrigento, Sicily she began her trade in Chicago Illinois at the age of 17 years old. DiFranco was also known as Cosmetology Sweetheart, earning her first place amongst her class, which was no easy task coming to the Unites States at the age of 13, where she learned English and rapidly rose through the beauty ranks by her own will and determination. Being an entrepreneur and having a ... Read More »

A Family Affair at AP Builders Construction Services

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By Don Manley The construction business is a family affair for AP Builders Construction Services founder and owner Alex Parker III. He grew up learning at the feet of his father, who was a premier carpenter in metropolitan Detroit from the 1950s through the 1970s. By the age of 12, Parker began spending summers on rough-carpentry crews. From there, he progressed to finished carpentry at age 18. When he was 20, Parker built his first home, and with that, a career in custom home building was born. Those lessons he learned from his father included more than important instruction in ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach: Life is Good!

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Hideaway Beach is a 300-acre upscale, gated community of homes, condos and lots located at the north end of Kendall Drive right on the Gulf with two miles of secluded beaches and all the amenities needed to enjoy a wonderful, healthy lifestyle. There are 367 condos located inside Hideaway Beach. This week, only 18 of these condos are listed for sale ranging in price from $549,000 for a two-bedroom condo at Habitat to $2.1 million for a three-bedroom condo at Riviera. The four Habitat condos listed for sale are located in ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Our Annual Town Hall Gathering with Commissioner Donna Fiala and a host of others will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 PM, at the Marco Island Historical Society’s Rose Hall Auditorium. The museum has been kind enough to host these events ever since they opened, and we are so grateful. It’s a great place to hold a community “get together.” Along with Donna, you will meet County Manager Leo Ochs, who will give an overview of the county. Nick Casalanguida, the administrator for the County’s Growth Management Division, will update you on the construction taking place ... Read More »

Fakahatchee tram tour brings swamp to life for Minnesota book club members

Ten members of a Minneapolis book club made the trek from their chilly city to sunny Florida to bring the best selling book they had just read—The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean—to life. “We read the book and last night we watched  Adaptation, the movie based on it.  Now we’re ready to see the swamp ourselves,” said Kathie Doerr, who organized the trip.  The group, on a tight schedule, arranged a custom tour  on the Friends of Fakahatchee Ghost Rider tram. Naturalist Patrick Higgins, who led the three hour tour, told the group that orchid and bromeliad poaching—the subject of ... Read More »

Courtyard Gardens

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com In Florida, there are many homes that are built around small courtyards having a view of the courtyard from all rooms in the house. Small areas, which can be a challenge to landscape, can be the true focal point of your home if done right. Keeping plants neat and organized and watching their size will ensure the area will not be overwhelming. Creating your own tropical paradise can be fun and rewarding even if you live in a condo with a small lanai. Plants and Trees Planting a small tree in your courtyard can really bring ... Read More »

Surge Wins First at Disney’s 3V3 World Championships

Surge U12 Boys (and Girl) and the U9 Boys take a  trophy shot with Mickey Mouse. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Coach Jim Watt led three Marco Island Surge soccer teams to compete at the Disney 3v3 World Championship in January over the MLK holiday weekend. After three days of games, the U12 boys (and one girl) won first place in the open division. The U9 boys and U15 girls also gave a great effort with the U9 boys finishing in the final four out of 22 teams in the Open Division of the ESPN 3V3 Championship — a great feat as most of the team is U8 playing up to the U9 level. The Surge Soccer Academy continues to ... Read More »

Island Country Club’s Charity Golf and Tennis

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By Pat Newman Picture perfect weather greeted 125 golfers recently for tee-off at Island Country Club’s 14th Annual Charity Golf and Tennis Tournament. The event has raised more than $1.25 million since its inception, according to coordinator Gary Landis. The club’s charitable foundation (ICCCF, founded in 2000), has a two-fold purpose — promote community involvement and raise funds for local non-profit organizations. The monetary awards are determined through a grant process. One of this year’s recipients is the American Cancer Society where funds are earmarked for pediatric cancer research. Groups who have benefitted over the years from the foundation include ... Read More »

More Holiday Ornaments in the Winter Garden

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Last time I gave you names of some plants that become beautiful holiday ornaments in our gardens during the holiday season here in South Florida. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I think! And Christmas is coming, or is it the over? Or are they all on the same day? This year they seemed to be celebrated at the same time! I would like to continue with others that will bring joy to our hearts and souls during this festive time of the year. Creating joy and happiness in the eyes of any gardener, beginner or old ... Read More »

Conversational Drifts

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Some of my favorite conversations — whether I’m actively involved or just eavesdropping — consist of one bright topic setting off a circuit of others. There are times when linear conversations — those that start with one topic and finish with it before moving to another — have their proper place, but it’s exhilarating to listen as creative ideas spark like electric arcs from one to another freeform. A recent article by David Pitt of the Associated Press on the spate of piano store closings around the country has ignited an impressive nationwide debate as to ... Read More »

Marco Police Foundation 4th Annual Rib Cook-Off

The judges sample the contestants’ wares, as Lynette LaCava looks on. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley They came, they grilled and in the end, big fun was had by all. Such was the lot of the contestants, the judges and the bevy of enthusiastic onlookers who turned out for the Marco Island Brewery’s Fourth Annual Rib Cook-Off, which benefits the Marco Police Foundation Scholarship Fund. The Brewery-sponsored event saw eight contenders vie to be selected as one of the three preparers most skilled in barbecuing that gustatory delight — the pork rib. In the end, it was cook-off newcomer Jim Gratkowski of Gratkowski Painting Contractors, who snagged the first-place trophy with a recipe ... Read More »

Marco Island Celebrates Arbor Day

Tommie Barfield Elementary School 3rd graders sing for the onlookers.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Gloomy, overcast skies gave way to beautiful Southwest Florida sunshine on Friday, Jan. 16, just in time for the city of Marco Island’s annual Arbor Day celebration. Sponsored by the city’s Beautification Advisory Committee, this year’s ceremony was held at Mackle Park, and included the planting of a Golden Trumpet tree provided by Affordable Landscaping Services. The brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska journalist and politician, the first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872. According to arbor-day.net, Morton felt that Nebraska’s landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees, ... Read More »

Historical Music Event

Excitement mounts for the historical happening at the Smallwood Music Festival on Saturday, January 31, in Everglades City but VIP seating is limited. Clyde Butcher has contributed a photo for the auction and Muffy Clark Gill has two of her tiles on the roster. Cindy Hackney is working on a new song about Everglades & Chokoloskee for this fun fundraiser. An array of South Florida musical stars are donating their time & talents for the Smallwood Music Festival which will benefit the beleaguered museum. Some familiar names on the program are Raiford Starke, Nate the Gladesman, J. Robert, Snooker Joe Stem, and Val Wisecracker who have all been gathered ... Read More »

PHOTO EXHIBIT REFLECTS ENVIRONMENTAL MISSION

The Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County invite the public to attend the Ninth Annual Juried Photography Exhibition at Rookery Bay Reserve, debuting Jan. 29, 2015. The exhibition highlights works by 21 Florida artists and features a wildlife theme. The exhibit, on display through March 26 was selected by preeminent photographer Clyde Butcher who has wandered Florida and the country recording the last wild vestiges of America through his unique large-format camera techniques. An opening reception in the art gallery takes place from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and includes wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Cash ... Read More »

Murder on O’Hollow’s Eve

Swisher, a resident of Everglades City, FL, will be available to sign copies of her book, Murder on O’Hollows Eve and other Short Stories, at Sweet Mayberry’s Cafe And Gifts Inc, 207 Broadway West, Everglades, FL 2-4:00 PM on January 31st. “Murder on O’Hollow’s Eve”, is a historical fiction/mystery/horror that takes place in Salem, Massachusetts around 1775. Mr. Hartings, a good friend of Mr. Andrew Moore, ends up dead. Lieutenant Jaykinson, a British soldier lodging in Mr. Moore’s house, claims that Mr. Hartings death was caused by the siting of the house’s resident ghost, Maggie Moore. However, was this death caused ... Read More »

The Persistent Ospreys

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In December, a pair of ospreys did what most of their species do that time of year — they began building a nest. Unfortunately, they chose as the location for their new abode the top of a seawall construction crane parked in a local canal. Neighbors reported this event to ever helpful and knowledgeable Nancy Richie, Marco Island’s city environmental specialist, who contacted the owner of the crane, Duane Thomas Marine Construction LLC, and Jo Barnhart of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Protected Species Permitting Office. According to the FWC web site, ospreys ... Read More »