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More Holiday Ornaments in the Winter Garden

Christmas Flower (Euphorbia leucocephala)

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 »

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 »

Beginnings

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Life is a series of beginnings…that bring us closer to the realization of our dreams. May all of your beginnings be showered by sunbeams and all of your dreams sense the warmth of success.” — Edith Schaffer Lederberg   The month of January marks the beginning of a brand, new year. For many of us, shedding the skin of 2014 as we morph into the image we have created for 2015 is exciting. It’s a New Year! I can improve my diet. I can exercise more. I can be a better friend, a more ... Read More »

There is Nothing Like the Real Thing!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com First and most importantly, Happy New Year to all of our tennis enthusiasts in Southwest Florida and around the world. There are so many reasons to be thankful, and tennis continues to thrive in the area. Recently, I have been doing pro-bono work with a rising junior tennis player from California, and he has a solidly-built foundation. He lacks tournament proficiency, though. His ultimate goal is to play college tennis, and he has the work ethic to pursue his dream. However, the world of tennis has produced thousands of great practice players, but too many ... Read More »

Merry Christmas from Marco’s Baby Dolphins

Darwina and Rose. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five baby dolphins. What? That’s not how the song goes! Well, it is this year, and all of the new baby dolphins around Marco Island deserve a golden ring. The survey team on board The Dolphin Explorer have seen five brand new calves so far this fall, with “so far” being the optimal words. Several adult females are still on our “nice” list as potential moms this season. Birthing usually takes place from September thru January in our area, so we are looking for more young every day. These ... Read More »

Process Servers: Do We Have to Let Them in?

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Condo Law By Robert Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. A question that often arises in Florida is in regard to the service of process in gated communities and condominiums. Our community association clients often ask if they are required to admit process servers to serve process to members in the community. The questions often asked are: Isn’t privacy what we are all about? Why would we have to allow a process server in? If we have to let them in, can we at least call ahead to the members and let them know so they won’t answer their door? ... Read More »

Istanbul Highlights

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Whether visiting Istanbul short term as a cruise port or enjoying an extended stay, the top tourist sights are found in the Sultanhamet district. Also called the Old City, Sultanhamet is the seat of Ottoman Istanbul. The triumvirate of Topkapi Museum Palace, the Hagia Sophia and the Sultanahmet Mosque, more commonly called the Blue Mosque, are adjacent to each other. If visiting on your own, when you descend from the tram at the Sultanhamet stop, it may seem a bit confusing, particularly with the crowds and hawkers selling sight-seeing tours and cruises. Just ignore them or ... Read More »

Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” — Audrey Hepburn   Question: Every year, I make New Year’s Resolutions and never follow through. What suggestions can you make so I’ll do things differently this year, especially with my finances? Answer: Only 5 percent of those Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions actually keep them for the entire year. Florida is the top state for making resolutions, with 65 percent of us committing to some sort of change or improvement in our lives. Of this group, 54 percent are women and 39 percent are ... Read More »

What to do With Holiday Plants After the Holidays

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) The poinsettia is probably the best known and most popular holiday plant. It has been hybridized into many different colors, but I believe red is still the most popular. It’s festive and epitomizes the holiday season. It’s unfortunate that because the price of poinsettias has become so reasonable, most of them end up in the garbage after the holidays, and because I hate to see any plant suffer that terrible fate, here is what you need to do to ensure that your poinsettia, along with several other popular holiday plants, will re-bloom next ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jo-B Bromley

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Sixteen years ago, I moved to Goodland. From the minute I turned the key to enter my new year-round home, I knew that I landed in a very special place in the world. Dec. 6th confirmed my feelings. A week ago, my sweet friend, Margi Fortune, was diagnosed with colon cancer. Three days later, through a few e-mails and Facebook messages, a ball started to roll. With only four days to take the field, our team was ready. Margood Harbor Park was the setting of a very successful fundraiser for Margi. I’d like to thank all the major players, you ... Read More »

Celebrating Chanukah on Marco Island

Jeffrey Feld, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, lights the Chanukia.

By Roger Blau President, Jewish Congregation of Marco Island Chanukah is not the “Jewish equivalent of Christmas,” but because we American Jews are so assimilated into American culture, many customs of “the Christmas season” have been incorporated into the manner in which American Jews celebrate this holiday. Generally, Jewish families celebrate by lighting the Chanukah candles, eating delicious treats and giving gifts to their children. After all, with all the gift-giving going on around Christmas, we wouldn’t want our children to feel that they aren’t eligible to receive gifts simply because they are Jewish. So, quite understandably most Jews joined ... Read More »

SWAMP Programs Begin at Big Cypress

Mike Owen on Swamp Walk. FILE PHOTO

Submitted A new season of environmental education programs for Collier County’s sixth-grade students has begun with student field trips to the Big Cypress National Preserve. Programs began in October and are scheduled through the end of March. They are supported this year by the South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT), the official nonprofit partner of the Big Cypress National Preserve. More than 3,000 students, teachers and parents are scheduled to explore the Big Cypress Swamp this season on ranger-led field trips while participating in the Swamp Water and Me Program (SWAMP), the preserve’s hands-on environmental education program. The program gives ... Read More »

Bedtime Bundles Gives Y an Early Christmas Present

Karen Saeks, Founder Bedtime Bundles,  Bedtime Bundles Directors, Rob Riley and Cheryl Mueller, Tiffany Homuth Past Y Board President, Allyson Richards incoming Y Board
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By Dianna Dohm Bedtime Bundles presented the Greater Marco Family YMCA with an $118,000 check to continue the grass roots work it began eight years ago. On Sept. 22, Bedtime Bundles directors announced they were ceasing operation due to the sweeping changes in the federal government’s Migrant Title I Education Program. These changes along with the decrease in the school liaison portion of the program severely limited the information needed for Bedtime Bundles to support the local migrant worker families and underserved of Collier County. In searching for a solution, Bedtime Bundles found the Greater Marco Family YMCA had a ... Read More »

Florida Panthers: Their Right of Passage

Seen in the Big Cypress  Swamp, this young bobcat could be mistaken for a young panther since both can be dark in color and have darker spots. This bobcat has a very short tail while the panther does not. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist As I watched the morning news over the Thanksgiving holiday, I learned that yet another Florida panther died on Collier Boulevard from injuries sustained by a motor vehicle. It was the 20th such death this year. The broadcast continued by stating that there are now less than 160 panthers remaining in southern Florida. Other sources place that number at less than 100. In a time when we were giving thanks for family, friends and the good things that surround us, my heart was deeply saddened. Panther, mountain lion, puma and cougar are all names ... Read More »

An Island Christmas

At our house, even the pets are forced to be merry.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Christmas is just around the corner, and “island-style” holiday preparations are being made all around me. I’m also nearing the one-year anniversary of my big move here in February, and I’ve been reflecting back on this past year in sunny southwest Florida. I’ve never been happier, and my kids are doing really well. We are all making adjustments and thriving, but the holidays are proving an unfamiliar challenge to me and my newly relocated family. This time last year, my brothers and I were digging our cars out from under several feet of snow daily, ... Read More »

Pets and Their Marco Island Condos

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Half of the condos on Marco Island welcome owner’s pets. Each pet-friendly condo has unique rules about the weight, size, number and type of pet allowed. For instance, some condos require a dog to be under 8 or 17 or 25 pounds. Some have height limitations like 17 inches to the shoulder. Some condos have no weight restrictions. We could not find any condos that allow renters to bring their pets with them. Generally, renters with pets will have to rent a house, stay at the Boat House Motel or use ... Read More »

Congratulations to Jack, Deb and Kathleen

Dianna Dohm (in blue) was volunteer of the year for 2013.

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net It’s 9:00 on a Sunday evening and the SR 951/Collier Blvd. road is ALIVE with road construction activity at this time! There are huge trucks and machinery everywhere, lights blazing, and resurfacing taking place while the least amount of traffic is on the road. It’s impressive indeed. When we all get on that road in the morning, we’ll be amazed at how good it looks, and all while we were home taking it easy or sleeping. This evening they were resurfacing from Manatee Rd. south past Fiddler’s Creek. The road construction company has been outstanding ... Read More »