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Take Stock in Children recognized The Immokalee Foundation with statewide award in excellence Successfully providing Collier County’s youth with scholarships, mentors and hope

Anna Taylor, Patricia Rizo, Marilyn Fashano, Marcie Bonilla, Noemi Perez, Yeimi Castaneda, Michelle Kennedy, Ele Bautista-Bernard, Michael Shier, Brenda Freitas

The Immokalee Foundation, an affiliate of Take Stock in Children, was recently recognized with a coveted Excellence Award for successfully providing at-risk youth with caring volunteer mentors, college readiness curriculum and college scholarships. The Immokalee Foundation has shown great results with a high school graduation rate of 100 percent with 100 percent of those students entering college with the guidance of 86 mentors from the local community. This is well above Florida’s average high school graduation rate of 57 percent for students living in poverty, with only 28 percent enrolling in college. TIF, currently serving 125 students, received the award ... Read More »

A Passion for Shells

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Emily Savage and her shop Shells By Emily are testaments to how a simple idea or hobby can turn into a long-standing business. Savage started her business in 1985 in a 400-square-foot space at 651 S. Collier Boulevard and a cigar box as a cash register. It had $25 in it. “We started with two card tables that we bought for $1 a piece at a garage sale and folding chairs too,” remembers Emily. “I took a large 4×8 real estate sign, painted it and used it as a partition wall in the store between the public and private area.” ... Read More »

MIA’s Key Club and Kiwanis of Marco

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By Gabriella Perez Marco Island Academy — being the only high school in the community of Marco — has quite an exceptional advantage than most charter schools would in other communities. Throughout the years, the community of Marco has provided support for MIA to grow and blossom into the remarkable school it is and will continue to be. One group in particular throughout the community of Marco has been accompanying MIA from the start. Four years ago, the Marco Island Kiwanis and members Gina Sisbarro and Gayle Thayer helped in establishing the academy’s very first Key Club, a program which ... Read More »

Breakfast & Birds

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Friends of Tigertail will be hosting “Breakfast & Birds” to welcome back the island’s northern nesters to their southern home. Meet at 9 AM at the picnic tables at the Tigertail Beach kiosk, 400 Hernando Drive, to begin the walk with our naturalists. Bring your own coffee, donuts or favorite breakfast sandwich, and meet fellow birders. Binoculars and wading shoes are recommended. Birding ID cards, hats and T-shirts will be available for purchase. FOT memberships will be offered. A special promotion of a free FOT hat will be given for a three-year membership signup. FOT ... Read More »

NCH Announces Opening of First NCH Concierge Medicine Practice

The NCH Healthcare System announces the opening of NCH Concierge Medicine. This new personalized health assessment and health management program offers increased access to a personal physician. Robert Hanson, M.D., Family Medicine, and Jesse Haven, M.D., Family Medicine, are the first physicians to join the NCH Concierge Medicine practice. Drs Hanson and Haven have been providing care to local patients for 22 and 13 years, respectively and will be accepting a limited number of patients in the new practice. Dr. Hanson is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He graduated from the University of Florida, College of ... Read More »

Special Olympics Florida (SOFL)

Collier County awarded the 2013 Patrick Solis Inspirational Athlete of the Year Award to Latasha Gardner of Immokalee, FL. Latasha is a versatile athlete who competes in cycling, bowling, basketball, rhythmic dance, soccer, and flag football with SOFL – Collier County. Her dedication, sportsmanship, and hard work in all of these sports have allowed her to excel and to achieve numerous awards and accolades at both local and state levels. Coach Kelly Stevenson states “Latasha is a great athlete with excellent sportsmanship, and she is always willing to help out no matter what you ask her to do.” Latasha’s love ... Read More »

Collier County Housing and Human Services Provides Prescription Drug Savings to Collier Residents

Collier County Housing and Human Services (HHS) have teamed up with Coast2CoastRX to provide savings on the high cost of prescription drugs. Through this partnership, Collier County HHS is making free prescription discount cards available to Collier County residents. Participants could save up to 75 percent off the retail price of prescription medications, and can use the card at more than 60,000 participating pharmacies across the country. Even the furry family members can benefit from this program as many pet prescriptions are covered. “We are happy to be able to provide the means to financial relief to those that need ... Read More »

The City of Naples Airport Authority

The Naples City council appointed Donna Messer and Raymond Stricklen to the board of commissioners of the City of Naples Airport Authority. The board includes five citizen volunteers, each appointed a four-year term to govern the airport authority. Messer and Stricklen are replacing John Allen and Cormac Giblin, whose terms expired. Other commissioners are Dick Evans, John Nocera and James Rideoutte. Messer founded Carl Ryan Associates LLC, a Naples firm that specializes in coaching, mentoring, team building and facilitation, in 2006. She has been affiliated with Kansas-based Overland Resource Group since 2008, consulting on labor-management collaboration. She previously spent three ... Read More »

11th Annual Choice Affair

Political analyst, journalist, actor, producer, writer and MSNBC news program commentator Lawrence O’Donnell will lend his voice in support of women’s rights on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Collier County at its 11th Annual Choice Affair, to be held at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Jan. 30, 2015. The premier fundraising event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. On his weeknight show, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the host has devoted an impressive amount of screen time to advocates for women’s reproductive health and has been outspoken in ... Read More »

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in October And Receive Five Free Crapemyrtle Trees

The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering five free crapemyrtle trees when you join the Foundation in October. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through tree planting. “Crapemyrtles are especially beautiful in the fall and were selected for this campaign because of their elegant color and form,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Crapemyrtles make an attractive addition to the home landscape.” The trees will be shipped postpaid between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10, at the right time ... Read More »

United Church of Marco Island

For Faith briefs Sunday school:  United Church of Marco Island is now offering Sunday School for children ages 2-12. Every Sunday, children will depart from worship at approximately 10:20 for Sunday School in the Sunday School room. The curriculum will include Bible stories, snack time, and a craft. Share this exciting new program with your children, grandchildren, and with the family next door!  Information: http://ucmarco.org/education/childrens-education/ Bible Study:  United Church of Marco Island offers Bible study every Tuesday at 10AM in the Conference Room, The topic of the study will be “The Seven Church’s in Revelation: Christ’s Vision for the Community of God.” In Revelation 2 and 3, Jesus sent different messages to ... Read More »

Come Meet Marco’s Newborn Dolphins

You can see the body creases or "fetal folds" on this newborn dolphin. It is less than 2 weeks old. Photos by Kent  Meredith of the Dolphin Explorer

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Come join Bob McConville of Steppingstone Ecotours/Dolphin Explorer and Coastal Breeze News for two very special evenings at the Rose History Auditorium. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 7-8 PM, McConville will introduce children of all ages to the young dolphin population around Marco Island, at the Rose History Auditorium. The program will take the audience into the world of the bottlenose dolphin where they will meet the newborns of the past three years, spend some time getting to know the new youngsters seen so far in 2014 and then meet the potential moms that may ... Read More »

Full-sided Traveling Soccer Comes to Marco

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By Lyndsi Koszo As youth sports evolve, so does youth soccer here on Marco Island. Last month, the Optimist Club of Marco Island Soccer program showcased the first full-sided traveling soccer team — OCMI-GR8WHITE U14 Girls. The GR8WHITE team was a formidable presence on the field against the Fort Myers Beach Club. Down 0-1 in the first half with a looming thunderstorm over Eagle Lakes Park, GR8WHITE fought hard and came back with a goal scored by Kristen Petronzio to tie. “These girls are amazing. They are all dedicated soccer players and really appreciate full-sided soccer,” commented Head Coach Pat ... Read More »

Blue Chip Community Business Award marks two decades of celebrating success

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While the turnarounds of large corporations often receive lots of attention, the less public triumphs of small businesses are not always recognized. Twenty years ago, insurance executive Gary V. Trippe decided to change that. The former CEO of Oswald Trippe and Company (now BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company) created the Blue Chip Community Business Award, a program designed to recognize entrepreneurs who have triumphed over adversity. The awards program serves two purposes: it honors those who succeed in overcoming obstacles while also inspiring others to do the same. The program has honored a wide range of businesses that have found innovative ... Read More »

Clerk’s Finance Wins Excellence Award

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. For the 28th consecutive year, the Finance and Accounting Department of the Clerk of the Circuit Court has been recognized for its excellent work on behalf of the citizens of Collier County. The Finance and Accounting Department is primarily ... Read More »

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While the turnarounds of large corporations often receive lots of attention, the less public triumphs of small businesses are not always recognized. Twenty years ago, insurance executive Gary V. Trippe decided to change that. The former CEO of Oswald Trippe and Company (now BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company) created the Blue Chip Community Business Award, a program designed to recognize entrepreneurs who have triumphed over adversity. The awards program serves two purposes: it honors those who succeed in overcoming obstacles while also inspiring others to do the same. The program has honored a wide range of businesses that have found innovative ... Read More »

Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Looking for a free, family-friendly activity on Saturday, Sept. 27? Then head to Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for a day of free staff-narrated boat tours, introductory 30-minute kayaking trips, paddle boarding on Henderson Creek and marine critter touch tanks and other live animal presentations. The event runs 10 AM-3 PM. Following a short hiatus in operation which began Sept. 15, this event — Rookery Bay’s Grand Reopening Estuaries Day — is part of an annual celebration of the 28 national estuarine research reserves. The day’s activities aim to recognize the importance of the ... Read More »

Leadership Marco 2014

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every community needs strong leadership, especially from the business professionals serving it. Enter the local chamber of commerce. Every year all over the country, these business organizations spearhead educational programs to help develop and inspire business owners and professionals in their communities to take more active leadership roles locally. In Florida, the statewide program — Leadership Florida — was founded in 1982, and leadership programs exist on municipal and county levels throughout the Sunshine State. Since 2002, the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce has sponsored its own program dubbed Leadership Marco. A series of ... Read More »

Talking Youth Sports with Samantha Morris

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Since 2008, the Optimist Club of Marco Island has worked to bring out the best in kids by providing them with an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, including football, cheerleading, basketball, soccer and lacrosse. In August, the club suffered a disappointment when it was forced to cancel its fall youth football season. During previous seasons, the Optimist Club had more than 90 combined registrants for its tackle and flag football programs, and has held various skills and training camps geared towards football throughout the years. According to Samantha Morris, president of the ... Read More »

JPMorgan Chase & Company recently awarded $25,000 to Guadalupe Center’s college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program.

The Guadalupe Center has been a part of the Immokalee community for more than 30 years, addressing the needs of at-risk children and their families. The Tutor Corps program accepts qualified Immokalee High School students to its college-preparatory program each fall. As Tutor Corps participants, they are hired to work as tutors in the Center’s After-school Program for Kindergarten through 2nd graders in four Immokalee elementary schools.  Many students contribute this wage to their family’s income.  In addition, they can accrue up to $16,000 in scholarship money for college, and they are assigned adult mentors to support them through high ... Read More »