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MIA Rays TD Club Secures New Football Uniforms

The Rays football team gets support from their booster club with a down payment on their new uniforms. Pictured (l-r) are Touchdown Club Treasurer Michael Hook, Touchdown Club President Wayne Purvis, Ray’s Head Coach Greg Fowler, MIA Principal Melissa Scott and MIA Board Chairman Jane Watt. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The MIA Rays Touchdown Club, a local booster club made up of Marco area residents, gas presented a check as a deposit for new home and away uniforms for the Marco Island Academy football team. Touchdown Club Board of Directors Wayne Purvis and Michael Hook presented the check to MIA Board Chairman Jane Watt, Principal Melissa Scott and Head Football Coach Greg Fowler. The new uniforms come on the heels of other donations by the Touchdown Club to the program this year, including a hydration system for the players, video equipment for coaches and knee ... Read More »

Lely Cross Country Team Celebrates Multiple Awards

Bailey Greaves, left, Jack Remaks, Dalton Herrity, Gage Wheeler and Rosie Poling were among cross country athletes recognized at the Lely awards dinner. Wheeler was 3A District 12 champion and Poling came in second. Both were named to the Collier County All Conference cross country team and most valuable for their teams.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Lely cross country team celebrated an outstanding season at the awards program at Lely High School on December 3. The girls won the 3A District 12 team title, while the boys finished second. Senior Gage Wheeler won the district championship and sophomore Rosie Poling ran to second place in leading the girls. The week before both teams finished fifth at the Collier Cross County Conference Championships, but refocused for the district races. Head coach Mark McGarity said that he and new assistant Leslie Bentley talked with the runners prior to the district meet. “We projected ... Read More »

Conservancy Announces January Nature Experiences

Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers daily electric boat cruises of the Gordon
River. Additionally, Boat and Brunch events are hosted on Sundays.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The folks at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are busy gearing up for the new year and new nature experiences in January. As always, the Conservancy invites the public to take part in all of its events at the Nature Center, its Eco-Cruises of Rookery Bay and its off-site nature walks. At the Nature Center “Boat and Brunch” will be held Sundays in January at 11 AM. Take a guided tour of the Gordon River aboard a Conservancy electric boat, and stopping for brunch at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club. Reservations are recommended, and the ... Read More »

SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLLIER COUNTY NEEDS ASSISTANT COACHES FOR CYCLING, TENNIS, TRACK & FIELD AND SOCCER FOR THE 2015 SEASON

DATES: 10 January 2015 to 9 May 2015 DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Every Saturday 9:30–11:00 am (There will be some Saturdays where there will be no practice due to holidays and other school commitments). LOCATION: Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Lane, Naples 34116. COMPETITION DATES:   1 March 2015 County Games at GGHS 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. 21 March 2015 Area Games at GGHS 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. 15-17 May 2015 Two night overnight trip to Disney World, State Games (Not all Asst. Coaches needed). ASSISTANT COACH REQUIREMENTS: Must be a Class A volunteer with Special Olympics (requires a background check) and ... Read More »

No Problems, Just Solutions

Young Artists Acadamy students  drawing in the gallery of Marco Islands Center for teh Arts. photo by Tara O'Neill

Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I am so fortunate. Despite the days that close in utter weariness due to facing a multitude of challenges, most mornings dawn with the waking certainty of how fortunate I am. For one thing, I now use the word challenges, where once I would have used the word problems. One recent shine of fortune was to be invited to instruct at the Young Artists Academy at Marco Islands Center for the Arts. The Center’s executive director, Hyla Crane, was challenged with resurrecting a bygone program that instructs dedicated 12-18 year old artists Saturday mornings for ... Read More »

City Employees Rally for Local Charities

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com More than two- thirds of the Marco Island city employees have answered City Manager Roger Hernstadt’s call to step up their group charitable contributions. To date, thanks to a new program instituted by Hernstadt, 149 city employees have donated almost $35,000 to some 25 local charities, with the vast majority of the money going to support the city’s Relay for Life Team — a group of city employees who voluntarily run a series of charitable fundraisers in a friendly team competition against other Marco entities, employers and civic groups that ends each year in April. ... Read More »

MIFRD Recognized

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Everyday members of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department risk their lives to help those in need and peril, and recently a number of them were recognized for their valiant efforts. In September, MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy received a letter from Walter Kopka, chief of Collier County Emergency Medical Services, informing him that 16 members of his crew were being honored with a Phoenix Award by the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services. The Phoenix Award recognizes a fire fighter, paramedic or EMT who has successfully resuscitated a cardiac arrest patient. Among those receiving the award ... Read More »

Marco DAR Celebrates its Founders Day and Marco Anniversary

DAR members (LtoR) Debra Haeussler, Karen Lombardi, Becky Krisko, Dona Zuckerman, Judy Kenney, Mary Alice Ritchie, Betsy Perdichizzi, Cindy Anderson,Virginia Read, Barbara Messner

It was more than just a pre-Season get together October 16th.  It was a mini-reunion of local DAR members and an opportunity to observe the organization’s Founders’ Day.  The luncheon at Kretch’s marked the 124th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It also was the 38th anniversary of the Marco Island Chapter. The DAR was founded in 1890 with the simple mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. This nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.  It has ... Read More »

Arturo’s re-opens with sole proprietor Judy Barney

Longtime Marco Island resident Judy Barney has set the first week of November for the grand re-opening of Marco Island culinary mainstay, Arturo’s Italian Restaurant at 844 Bald Eagle Drive. Though the Zagat, Wine Spectator and AAA Approved Arturo’s has been in business on Marco Island for almost 19 years, Barney’s role has changed from co-owner to sole proprietor of the popular restaurant. A very familiar face to patrons, Barney has been responsible for maintaining Arturo’s public image for many years—at the restaurant and throughout the community. With the dawn of a new era, Barney promises: “Something old, something new, ... Read More »

Take Stock in Children Pledge Night at Immokalee Middle School.

The Immokalee Foundation, dedicated to providing sustained educational opportunities to Immokalee’s youth, recently hosted the Take Stock in Children Pledge Night at Immokalee Middle School. TSIC students from eighth to 11th grades, along with their parents and mentors, gathered to renew their pledge to maintain good grades, stay drug and crime free, attend required workshops and events, meet weekly with their TIF mentor and volunteer in the community. Take Stock in Children is a scholarship and mentoring program that provides students with the promise of a four-year scholarship to a Florida state college, university or vocational school upon graduation if ... Read More »

Walmart Foundation Awards Naples-Area Nonprofits $125,000

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation hosted a Day of Giving around the state in honor of the 18 nonprofits receiving grants from the Foundation – totaling $485,000. The events will be held in Jacksonville and Naples. In Naples, five area nonprofits were recognized and awarded $125,000. The grants support hunger relief, reef restoration and education efforts across the area. The five nonprofits recognized at the Naples event include: Friends of Rookery Bay, Naples Guadalupe Center, Immokalee The Greater Marco Family YMCA, Marco Island Helps Outreach, Naples Jewish Family and Community Services of Southwest Florida, Naples The contributions to these organizations ... Read More »

Salute to Veteran Ken Johnson

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News would like to salute veteran Ken Johnson. Ken served in the Screaming Eagles, 101st Airborne, Company H, 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment from its inception in September 1942 to the end of World War II in 1945. He reported to Camp Toccoa, Georgia, and was one of the 2,100 trainees, out of 7,000 who had entered the program, to qualify as a paratrooper. Ken was wounded in action on June 6, 1944, in Normandy and on Jan. 5, 1945, in Bastogne. He participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, jumping ... Read More »

Happy Birthday Big Cypress!

In 1974, Congress established Big Cypress National Preserve as America’s first National Preserve. The area was saved through a grassroots effort to halt the construction of a massive jetport project, ensuring that the Big Cypress Swamp would be protected and enjoyed for generations. Join the National Park Service and its partners on Dec. 5 and 6 to celebrate this special place. The celebration begins Friday, Dec. 5, at the Big Cypress Birthday Bash in Naples with live music and dancing to the JJ McCoy Band, 7-10 PM, on the grounds of the Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail East. Ticket ... Read More »

ACS Kicks Off Relay For Life

Jamie Bergen. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted On Oct. 28, the Marco Lutheran Church was illuminated as a beacon of hope and celebration of life. The Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society hosted their kickoff party of the 2015 Relay For Life, “One World One Hope,” presented by Robert J. Flugger. Approximately 50 attendees were greeted by a path of shining luminaria leading the way to a room decorated with purple and white balloons where they enjoyed refreshments and an audiovisual presentation of the 2014 Relay For Life of Marco Island. The 2015 Relay For Life Chair Jamie Bergen welcomed the audience and opened ... Read More »

Veterans Day Celebration

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Veterans Day — Tuesday, Nov. 11 — marks a day of remembrance for many Marco Islanders. On this day, the Marco Island Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6370, will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 11 AM at Veterans Memorial Park. This time of day — 11 AM —represents the day and hour of the signing of the armistice ending World War I. Organizations taking part in the program include: Marco Island American Legion Post 404; the Marco Island Strummers; Marco Island Police Department; Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department; the US Coast Guard Auxiliary; Civil Air Patrol; Marco area Boy ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Starts New Season

Calusa Garden Club members listen to officer and committee reports. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted On Monday, Oct. 15, Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club held their first meeting of the new season. The program, “Wildflowers of Southwest Florida,” was presented by Dr. Gary Schmelz. Dr. Schmelz also sold and signed books he has authored. The next meeting will be held in Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 South Barfield Road. An optional floral design workshop will begin at 11 AM and will be followed by a social time. The meeting starts at 1 PM, and a program by noted garden expert and author, Monica Brandies, will begin at 2 PM. Guests are ... Read More »

Marco Packaging Meals of Hope November 15th

Eric Condee, Dennis Pidherny, Neil Snyder, Rebecca Hodge-Snyder, 
Joan Pidherny volunteered for last year’s event. photo by kathleen zehler

By Noelle H. Lowery Neil “Captain Hope” Snyder has been busy this year. Since February, the local attorney and chairman of the annual Marco Island Meals of Hope packaging event has held seven After-Five gatherings at island restaurants to help raise the $45,000 necessary to fund the 2015 packaging extravaganza, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym from 9-11 AM. For the last two years, nearly 600 volunteers participated in the event, according to Snyder. “The goal three years ago was 150,000 meals,” he says. “Last year, it was 175,000, and we ... Read More »

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 »