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MICMS Brings Alice in Wonderland to Life

Photos by Stephanie Simon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was a grand finale of theatrical productions for the 2015/16 school year, and grand it was! The show was Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr., produced by the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) ALL STARZ for family, friends and faculty. Under the tutelage of the musical director and choreographer, Karen Raymond, with help from Kerri Holdsworth, assistant director and backstage manager, the production was bound to be a great one. This community is fortunate to have productions of such high caliber from their middle school. From the extremely talented individual vocal performances to the ... Read More »

Fun Summer Camp Options

Photo by Don Manley
Rocky Cale, president of the Marco Island Community Sailing Center, discusses the organization’s youth summer programs with Diana Pagach at the program’s recent open house.

By Don Manley Local summer camp providers are gearing up to make the season informative and fun for the children they serve. With the school year’s end just around the corner, children and parents have a broad assortment of options for making the summer a constructive one. Camp Mackle The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s Camp Mackle is a multi-faceted program for youths in kindergarten through fifth grade. Camp Mackle operates on weekdays, from 7:30 AM to 6 PM, June 8 through August 5. The cost, on a per-child basis, is $20 a day, $80 a week ... Read More »

Kittens Teach Students About Giving

Jan Rich introduces students to For the Love of Cats. Submitted Photos

Submitted Charity for Change invited For the Love of Cats to a Naples classroom recently to help students learn about their mission and how important it is to be involved in the needs of the community. Valentino and Vaughn, two 7-week-old brothers being fostered at For the Love of Cats, volunteered to visit with the 21 fourth graders and their teacher, Ms. Julie Baumgardner, at Calusa Elementary School in Naples. A lively question and answer session was followed by love and hugs from all the students, along with more questions and answers. “This is the third year that we have ... Read More »

Family Fun at YMCA Healthy Kids Day & Duck Derby

At last year’s event, Marco Island’s Fire-Rescue Department sends the plastic ducks on their way.

By Don Manley The Greater Marco Family YMCA will again present a wide-ranging assortment of fun activities, and healthy living information for the entire family at its annual Healthy Kids Day and Duck Derby. Set for April 30 at the organization’s Sand Hill Street campus, the dual events are held back to back, starting with Healthy Kids Day, which runs from 8 AM to 12:30 PM, when the 21st Annual Duck Derby fundraiser begins. Healthy Kids Day is a national YMCA initiative that mixes fun activities with education and information designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices among youth. The Duck ... Read More »

Uniform Crime Report Explained

By Maureen Chodaba In 1929, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) initiated a program to enable the reliable reporting of uniform crime statistics in the United States. In 1930, the FBI assumed the responsibility of collecting, publishing, and archiving this data. Today, four annual publications, “Crime in the United States,” “National Incident-Based Reporting System,” “Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted,” and “Hate Crime Statistics” are produced from data received through the Uniform Crime Report program (UCR). Over 18,000 municipality, university/college, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily participate in this program. The City of Marco Island ... Read More »

MIA Art Students Strike Gold at Arts Center Gala

Submitted “City of Lights Life,” by Anastasia Baran.
Manhattan’s skyline has never been so bright and colorful.

By Barry Gwinn Girl with Butterflies,” by Brenda Perez, was inspired by a Taylor Swift song. The Marco Island Center for the Arts (the “Arts Center”) started 40 years ago. It describes itself as a “cultural center available to those who wish to enrich their lives and those of others, and to create a greater sense of purpose in life.” It has certainly worked out that way for Anastasia (Ana) Baran and Brenda Perez. Their story begins in February 2014, when Hyla Crane was brought in as executive director of the Center. She hit the ground running. One of the ... Read More »

Youth Summer Art Workshops

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Submitted Marco Island area youth will have a special opportunity to develop their art skills and appreciation at the Marco Island Center for the Arts 2016 Youth and Family Summer Workshops. The program also encourages family bonding through family workshops where adults and children spend fun and creative quality time together. Participating young artists will have the chance to not only produce original works of art, but to also display their creations during the Young Artists’ Reception on July 29, 2016. Five workshops are planned: Family Fun with Coil Bowls – June 18 (9:30 AM-12:30 PM). Participants must be a ... 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 »

Gentle Giant Release

Photos by Samantha Husted
Following her full recovery from brevetoxicosis, this manatee is ready to be released.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On April 7th, Rookery Bay in congruence with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo released a manatee on Shell Island Road in Naples. The manatee in question was a 1,000-pound female who was rescued back in January after falling critically ill due to the effects of red tide, or harmful algae bloom. While red tide is commonplace in much of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, its impact on wildlife can be devastating. “The animal was showing signs of brevetoxicisity. It was having facial seizures, was unable to swim and ... Read More »

Goodbye, Art Flicks Hello, Classic Movie Nights

Classic Movie Nights begins April 8th

Submitted  The Marco Island Center for the Arts Art Flicks film series has come to an end for the season, with the showing of the Danish film, “Babette’s Feast.” The Art Flicks series features special showings of foreign, independent and art films. This season’s program, themed “Food, Glorious Food!” was a huge success. Although Art Flicks has ended, the Center will be bringing audiences more wonderful movies to enjoy. On April 8 Classic Movie Nights begins with “On the Waterfront,” and the series will continue on the second Friday of each month, through August. For all showings, doors will open ... Read More »

Kingfishers Support Clubfoot Project

Kingfishers (from left) Front row: Cheryl Duey, Durell Buzzini, Patricia Lloyd and Sue Haviland; Back row: Marly Rydson, Brian Knudson, Tom Lippert, Kevin Holloway, John
Mariotti, Charles Strasser and Mark Hagen. Submitted Photo

Submitted On March 17, 2016, the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club was treated to a very special meeting, one that was organized and run by the club’s “Kingfisher” members. The Kingfishers are Rotarians who are members of Rotary Clubs other than the Marco Island Noontime Club, but spend significant time here on Marco during season. “The Kingfishers are such an important part of our Rotary Club,” said Lynne Minozzi, Noontime Rotary Club president. “We look forward to their return every year.” In addition to a delightful program with a definite Irish flair, the Kingfishers presented Lynne Minozzi with a generous ... Read More »

Ending Domestic Violence Starts With Men

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Efforts to prevent domestic violence have been focused recently on educating boys and men. Coastal Breeze News learned that a group from the Island Country Club met with Linda Oberhaus, the executive director of The Shelter for Abused Women and Children to help educate and raise awareness among Marco Island men about the problems of domestic violence and the work of The Shelter. Many of the men were unaware of the degree of domestic violence that exists locally. To learn how men can help end the problem of domestic violence, Coastal Breeze News contacted Linda ... Read More »

Marco Island Loves Essentrics!

Submitted In just a short period of time, Essentrics with Judy classes, which began on January 4, 2016, have grown from just eight students to almost 40 students per class. According to Tom Waltz, director of business development, “We are seeing a huge response to the Essentrics program here on Marco Island. Since our first class on January 4th we are seeing more students every week, and have a overwhelming retention rate due to Judy’s energetic instruction.” Essentrics combines strengthening and stretching to develop a strong, toned body and enhances the ability to move joints and muscles freely, and with a full range of ... Read More »

Island Angels Turn Dreams Into Reality

Sarah Reveland, Mitchell= Weis, Annie Palys, Areesa Chaudhry, RJ Munoz, Nicole Cholka, Jennifer Gammon and Sabrina Rod celebrate the donation from the Island Angels. PHOTO BY KYLE CHOLKA

By Don Manley Marco’s Island Angels charitable organization has made some dreams come true for Nicole Cholka and her modified curriculum-special education class at Lely High School. A little more than $22,000 was raised for the program at an Island Angels benefit, with the lion’s share of the money going toward purchasing new appliances for the Breakfast Café that operates from the kitchen at the classroom’s rear. As part of the curriculum, Cholka and her class prepare and deliver breakfast for the school’s staff every school day. The practice imparts such important life skills as cooking, grocery planning and purchasing, ... Read More »

Mutts & Martinis Fund Y Programs

Cutest Dog Contest winner Lily the Newfoundland. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Dogs of all shapes, sizes and creeds showed up this year to the annual Mutts & Martinis event held at CJ’s on the Bay. For each martini purchased by a human, half of the cost went towards the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s summer camp program, the event’s beneficiary. There was also a silent auction with items from restaurants and other local businesses, three separate cutest dog contests, a photo station, a doggy caricature artist, and even a pet psychic who read the canine’s paws, giving owners insights to their dog’s deepest desires. This is the second ... Read More »

American Hero To Speak at JCMI

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Submitted You’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got. This mantra has helped inspire the most elite combat unit in the world to push past their limitations and succeed in every environment imaginable. But you don’t have to be part of a Special Ops force to benefit from their training when the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) presents an inspiring evening with top motivational speaker and former U.S. Navy SEAL, and American hero, David Rutherford on Sunday, March 6th at 7:30 PM. A top tactical training expert, author, speaker and popular ... Read More »

International “Sharkman” Wows MIA Students

Katherine, a female great white, is one of the sharks the Global Shark Tracker follows. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Bob McConville, Master Naturalist Great white sharks. For some, those three words cause the hairs on the back of the neck to stand on end. Others will get goosebumps. But for a select few it means it is time to go to work. Such is the case with Chris Fischer. Recently Mr. Fischer donated his time to educate students at the Marco Island Academy about his life work and passion, tracking sharks around the globe. His goals, however, reach much deeper than that. He is a scientist, an educator and a motivator. As founding chairman and expedition leader for ... Read More »

Tigertail Beach Wildlife Tower Opens

In attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Tigertail’s new observation tower: (Front row, from left) Maura Kraus, Collier County principal environment specialist, Jeanine McPherson, assistant director Collier County Parks & Recreation,
County Commissioner Donna Fiala, Marco Island City Councilman Bob
Brown, Steve Carnell, department head, Collier County Public Services Department; (Back row, from left) Collier County Parks & Recreation Director Barry Williams, and John Fuchs, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff One of Marco Island’s jewels just got shinier. What better than a beachside park that features a great playground for kids, a café with great food, and a rental hut, which not only rents paddle boards, kayaks, and water toys, but can teach you how to use them? Well, Collier County and the Tourist Development Council just made our jewel of Tigertail Beach even better by adding a wildlife observation tower so you can have amazing views of the wildlife habitat, the beach, and even an osprey nesting on a platform nearby. The observation tower officially ... Read More »

Watt Named MIA Winter Sports Coach of the Year

Coach Jim Watt holds his “Coach of the Year” award. Roger Raymond and Board Chairperson Jane Watt (Jim’s boss at school and at home) look on. Raymond holds autographed basketball from the MIA boys’ basketball team. PHOTOS BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn On February 17, Marco Island Academy (MIA) held its Winter Sports Awards Ceremony. The cheerleading team, boys and girls basketball teams and boys and girls soccer teams were honored. Last up on the podium was Jim Watt, the girls’ varsity soccer coach for the last two years. Kelly Monnot, MIA’s athletic director, recognized him as Winter Sports Coach of the Year. I have been following and reporting on this gritty bunch of girls, and have been impressed by their progress over the last two seasons. Even more impressive was the commitment and dedication of Coach Watt to ... Read More »

A Celebration of Achievements

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This year’s Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation’s Annual Luncheon and general meeting took place at the Island Country Club. Above all else, it was a “Celebration of Achievements.” Fire Rescue Foundation President Dianna Dohm led the luncheon program, which began with board member Mike Stapleton leading the packed house in the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Kyle Bennet gave a moving invocation, telling those in attendance that they were “breaking bread with heroes.” The program to follow served to illustrate just how true his statement was. The first order of business was to swear in the ... Read More »