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Join the “Team”

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Coastal Connections Renee Wilson Southwest Florida is a great place to live and play because of the beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and great fishing. Forty percent of Collier County’s coastline is protected within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, with hundreds of boaters visiting on a daily basis. The “Team OCEAN” program at Rookery Bay has a mission to help boaters safely and responsibly enjoy the waters and wilderness around Naples and Marco Island. The boat-based volunteer program got underway at Rookery Bay Reserve in 2007 following a model at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Team OCEAN (Ocean ... Read More »

NCH Meeting Cancer Head On

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By Allen S Weiss, M.D. Cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis have changed dramatically for the better. Today, hospitals such as NCH, staffed by greatly experienced and highly competent medical personnel, are making tremendous progress in meeting the challenges of cancer. Last week, NCH added to its prestigious record in fighting cancer, earning National Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This highly respected, independent reviewing organization, established in 1922, awarded NCH “Silver” status and rated us “excellent” in six of seven categories. That placed us among the top 10% in the nation. To earn ... Read More »

Celebration of Achievements

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and the Marco Island Fire Foundation honored the years’ achievements, new employees and Firefighter of the year at a recent luncheon held at the Island Country Club. Foundation officers for 2015, Dianna Dohm, Roy Birkeland and Barb Murphy were sworn in by Council Chair Larry Sacher. An annual recap showed the Foundation built reserves to $100,000.00. A scholarship program has been initiated, a 50th Anniversary Book is underway and a Firemen’s Ball is in the works, this is in addition to the annual pancake breakfasts and the chili cook-off. Chief ... Read More »

Breaking Ground for Youth

Children from the Greater Marco Family Y’s preschool help the adults with the ceremonial turning of earth.

By Don Manley Cindy Love was almost at a loss for words when contemplating the fact construction is about to begin on the Greater Marco Family YMCA new $1.2 million youth development center. “I’m so excited and thrilled, I’m fighting back tears,” said Love, the Marco Y’s CEO, at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the 5,750 squarefoot center that is slated to be open by Sept. 1. “I’m very, very excited. I’m excited for the whole community and for our kids especially,” Love added. “I’m just excited to be able to make a dream come true.” The new facility will ... Read More »

Shortage of Volunteer Mentors Hampers Marco’s Y Reads Program

Reads Mentor Rae Chamberlain assists Celine Eldira with an exercise recently at Manatee Elementary School.

By Don Manley First grader Celine Eldira was a study in concentration as she examined a worksheet containing spelling exercises. Sitting by her side and offering support was her mentor, Rae Chamberlain, of Marco. “The next sentence is ‘Pick up the socks,’ she told Celine. “Remember what we learned today and how to get the ‘K’ sound.” With that prompting, the youngster with multicolored beads adorning her neat plaits spelled every word correctly. A 1,000-watt smile spread across Celine’ face when Chamberlain exclaimed, “Absolutely perfect. You get a star.” Similar after-school scenes were playing out elsewhere that afternoon in the ... Read More »

Hyla Crane: Museum Peer Field Reviewer

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Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that its Executive Director, Hyla Crane, has been appointed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as an IMLS peer field reviewer for 2015. Crane will be responsible for reviewing grants submitted under the Museums for America grant program for Community Anchors. The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of individual museums to serve their public. To be eligible for grant consideration, the museum must be either a unit of a State or local government, or a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status. It ... Read More »

Morris Law Firm Awards Disney Vacation

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Submitted Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. announced the award of their annual gift of a Disney vacation in the ‘For the Family’ event. The recipients are Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Santana and family. The gift was presented at the law firm’s office. The Morris firm started its “For the Family” program to commemorate the 30thanniversary of the firm in 2014. It made the award an annual event. In the words of firm principal William G. Morris, “this community has given so much to us and our families that we started this program to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We ... Read More »

LTE: Thank you Beautification Advisory Committee!

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I was recently asked to attend last month’s Beautification Advisory Committee Community Forum.  My wife dutifully went, as we do to many functions that I’m invited to, however once we were there we were astounded by how interesting and helpful the various speakers and representatives were.  With all of the agonizing time Council has spent on developing a “fair and equitable” water and wastewater rate structure, we’ve basically ignored the things we can do to reduce our consumption, with the obvious result of reducing our costs for water. Among the things we learned about were alternative ground covers and other ... Read More »

“Discover Tigertail” – Delightful and Educational FOT Event

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Submitted Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley, co-chairs of “Discover Tigertail”, organized and executed a delightful and successful Friends of Tigertail Beach event on Saturday, February 21, 2015. “Discovery Tigertail” is a free family program that addresses the marine life and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach lagoon. Specialists were from Rookery Bay, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Marco Shell Club. Two hundred participants enjoyed the weather and the expertise of the naturalists manning the nine information stations: shells, egg casings, turtles, butterflies, plants, sharks, birds, seining and wildlife rehabilitation. Both adults and children participated in the scavenger ... Read More »

When Books Went To War

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Molly Guptill Manning Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014, 267 pages Collier County Public Library: Yes Genre: Historical Nonfiction “Books cannot be killed by fire.…..No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt This book is a nice little treat for history buffs and booklovers. It gives a heartwarming and personal perspective on our fighting men as well as some insight into life on the home front during the war years. After the US began ... 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 »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Don’t you think this is the busiest year we’ve ever had? I’m not only talking about traffic, but events that are heavily attended, volunteers who are working extra hours, more events than I can remember, and all seem to pile up on the same days because there are only so many days to spread around. And of course, with the price of fuel down, we feel free to drive more places, and others feel more relaxed about driving to Florida………..and who can blame them with the bitter winter they are having up north. I’m glad they are ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed

Happiness is created for those giving and receiving through volunteer service. That is why the NCH Marco Heathcare Center Auxiliary would like to invite you to join their volunteer program. Whether you prefer patient contact, or assisting staff members we have the perfect volunteer position waiting just for you! Please visit us at www.nchmd.org/volunteer or call the Volunteer Office at 393-4058 to learn how you can give back to the Marco community. We look forward to meeting you! Read More »

Lady Trojans Softball

Submitted The final score was Lely 4 to Naples 2. This is the first win for Lely over Naples in over 20 years. Key players for the game from Lely High School were Vany Palacios 2-4, Savannah Wieben 2-4, RBI and Sivan Palacios 2-4 with a triple. Rebecca Gates got the win on the mound, scattering 6 hits, 1ER, and struck out 4. This is the first win for Lely over Naples in over 20 years. The coach commented, “This was a great win for the girls. Anytime you can play a program like Naples, it is always a good ... Read More »

Join Us for “Discover Tigertail”

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Submitted Friends of Tigertail Beach is hosting “Discover Tigertail”, February 21, 2015 from 9AM to noon. This is a free family program that addresses the marine life and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach lagoon. There will be nine “information stations” spotted around the lagoon. Take part in seining for creatures from the lagoon or enjoy hands-on activities about loggerhead sea turtles, shore birds, sharks, butterflies, plants, seashells and more. Our specialists are from Rookery Bay, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Marco Shell Club. Featured again this year, will be the very popular scavenger hunt, “Question Quest”, enjoyed ... 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 »

Calusa Garden Club Flower Show

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Submitted The Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island held its monthly meeting Monday, February 9th. Following the design workshop three new members were inducted into the club by 2nd V.P. Connie Lowery and President Dale DeFeo. The inductees are Janice Engel, Diane Hughes, and Marilyn Torgow. Almost fifty members were present to enjoy the program given by designer Kathleen Hawryluk of Naples. Kathleen demonstrated how to create multi-rhythm and construction designs. All eyes were glued on her every movement of working with the plant materials. It is amazing how one minute the material is laying on a table and the ... Read More »

Richie, Carr Bid Farewell

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com At the end of January, Nancy Richie and Liz Carr walked through the doors of Marco Island City Hall for the last time. According to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, Richie, who worked as the city’s environmental specialist and liaison with the Beach Advisory Committee, resigned to work in the private sector as a consultant, and Carr, one of the city’s three code enforcement officers, retired. “Their departures will be a loss of institutional knowledge to the city,” says Hernstadt. The recruitment process for a new environmental specialist — which was initially a part-time position — ... Read More »

‘Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!’

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Fishing can be so much more than just fishing! The sport of fishing provides wonderful opportunities for wildlife observation, quality time with family and friends as well as tranquility, rest and relaxation. If you are new to the sport, or haven’t been fishing for a while but would like to, there’s no better way to learn than by doing it yourself with the guidance from others who are knowledgeable and patient. There is a special fishing event coming in March that provides opportunities to learn or practice skills like casting, knot tying, cast netting, ... Read More »

European Group Debut at Everglades Seafood Festival

The group “The Watching” might be from Nanzdietschweiler, southwest of Frankfurt in Germany, but they have good local connections when they perform at the Seafood Festival – lead singer and song writer Nicholas Adkins’ father is a familiar face around the Everglades City area. Members of the four piece band have been making music since they were in kindergarten. The quartet has appeared at many European festivals of alternative-rock and has released an album “Open Eyes” (available on Amazon) but they really got their big start doing USO shows (Ramstein Airbase is nearby) for US military returning from deployments in ... Read More »