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Change Comes to Code Enforcement

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Since April, Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Department has been quietly undergoing reconstructive surgery. It started with the assignment of city Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie to the three-person department to carefully examine all means and methods used by enforcement officers. The process will continue through this year as City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council make crucial decisions about hiring a magistrate and organizing a new City Code Advisory Committee. “Nancy was a good, impartial person to bring in there and examine how (the department) was handling its responsibilities in an unbiased way,” explains Hernstadt. ... Read More »

Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan. Black bear curriculum teaches kids about wildlife, meets Florida education standards

Giving schoolchildren a chance to learn all about Florida black bears is a great way to teach them about wildlife, while sharpening their skills in reading, math, science and problem solving. For that reason, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has updated its Florida Black Bear Curriculum, and put it online for the first time atBlackBearInfo.com. The revised Florida Black Bear Curriculum is free, easy for teachers to use, and meets the new Florida Standards for educational curricula. The curriculum offers 10 lessons on topics such as “The Black Bear Necessities” and “Oh Where, Oh Where is the Florida Black Bear?” ... Read More »

Marco Island Charter Middle School

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The first day of school for Marco Island Charter Middle School students will be Monday, August 18. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Increased rigor in the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which is replacing the former FCATs, is driving several changes at the charter middle school in order to provide students with the best possibility achieving success. Among the changes include, an emphasis on reading strategies in every subject area, 142 new computers and ancillary technological equipment throughout the school to accommodate the demands of the new state assessments, new Mathematic textbooks, new software, ... Read More »

Traveling Left of Center

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com I was looking for a good love story to break up the string of thrillers I have been reading. Instead, I found “Traveling Left of Center.” As the title indicates, these 18 short stories have protagonists who are slightly off kilter psychologically. We all know they are “out there.” It is estimated that one in four Americans suffers from some form of mental illness. Nancy Christie has given them a voice. Though not as dreary as Edgar Allen Poe by any means, Christie’s protagonists are in various stages of psychic distress. The first story, named ... Read More »

Summer House With Swimming Pool

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Herman Koch Hogarth/Random House 2014 (USA) 387 pages   “Patients can’t tell the difference between time and attention.”Dr. Marc Schlosser He is back, folks, and he is even more dark and twisted than in “The Dinner.” Actually, those two couples appear positively lighthearted compared to Dr. Marc Schlosser, a general practitioner in the Netherlands whose patient base is composed of actors, writers, artists, celebrities from the creative sector. Dr. Schlosser also serves as the narrator of this story. The title comes from the fact that Marc’s most famous patient, actor Ralph Meier, has ... Read More »

Field of Prey

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By John Sandford, G.P. Putnam 2014, 392 pages, Genre: Mystery “There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house.” – Joe Ryan   The 24th book in John Sandford’s Prey series proves the author is only getting better at his craft. I was engrossed in this story from page one. Although Field of Prey is a mystery, the reader knows from the beginning who the killers are. The mystery involves how the police track them down. The story opens with the kidnapping of ... Read More »

I’m Grounded, and I Can’t Get Off!

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By Lt. Bill Hempel, United States Power Squadrons In many locations where boaters cruise, there are opportunities to run aground. If you do, see that no one is injured, and get life jackets on all persons aboard. Then check to make certain there is no hull damage. A cracked or punctured hull means you don’t want to be afloat or in deeper water, so just remain aground while you make emergency repairs and call for help. If the hull is okay, you can get about the task of freeing your boat. Check the tide tables. A rising tide may work ... Read More »

Reward Yourself for Patience

Facing South, 11PM June 27. The star clouds of Sagittarius, in a dark sky, sometimes look like real clouds. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Careful readers may notice this is the 100th column of Southern Skies. If you have been reading the columns and studying the sky for the past two years, now is the time to reward yourself – because you know the sky better than almost everyone. It’s time to buy your first telescope; but do careful research first. If you do not you will buy the wrong telescope. It is difficult to buy the right telescope, but it is easy to point out what the wrong one will be; it’s the one you will ... Read More »

Approved: 1st Reading of Marriott PUD Amendment

Marco Island city councilors listen to both sides of the Marriott project debate during the June 2 meeting.

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared its first hurdle Monday (June 2) night when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise from Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. The hotel’s ownership group will kick in $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse ... Read More »

Travel Through Books

Donna Leon’s series about Guido Brunetti takes place in Venice.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net I enjoy reading books that evoke the culture and neighborhoods of places that we have visited. Italy is a popular setting for authors who write mystery series as well as other novels. I’ve written before about my favorite, the Commissario Guido Brunetti books set in Venice by Donna Leon. Her portraits of Venice are so real, the last time we were there and passed by Brunetti’s headquarters, the questura, I had to restrain myself from stopping in to ask to meet him! We did have a coffee at one of his favorite bars, a ... Read More »

I Can See Clearly Now

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My confession: I am a surgery wimp. It would require an absolutely essential, life-threatening situation, not in the realm of “cosmetic,” before I would lie down and allow some white-coated, individual with a degree to use a knife to remove, repair, or adjust my body parts. I’m not sure which is more frightening – being unconscious or being unconscious while someone works on my body. I’m not that much of a control freak that I need to watch and give instructions, but a little knowledge is a very dangerous thing, and one cannot help but observe and worry about some ... Read More »

Denise Santos, TBE Students Create Mural

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Art and education go hand-in-hand at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. A stroll through the school’s hallways proves it — student artwork is everywhere. The theme also shines through during the school’s annual Authors & Artists night, an evening in May when the entire school turns into a giant art gallery for students to display works of art made from paint, paper and clay or words on paper. For this year’s Authors & Artists event, the PTO member Lisa Cartwright asked Goodland artist Denise Santos (www.signsanddesignsbydenise.com) to design and paint a mural with TBE staff and ... Read More »

On the Docket: Marriott Ordinance

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On Monday, June 2, at 5 PM, the Community Room at Marco Island City Complex is sure to be packed with folks anxious to hear the fallout from the first reading and public hearing of the ordinance amending the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s Planned Unit Development, or PUD. Be sure to check CBN’s web site and Facebook page for coverage of the meeting. Many have been waiting for this since last August when Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff appeared before Marco Island’s Planning Board with an informational presentation about the resort’s $150 million proposal ... Read More »

CAT/COW Pose

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Marjaryasana (marjari-cat/asana-pose) Bitilasana (bitili-cow/asana-pose) These two poses when connected in a flow offer tremendous benefits to the body. They are beginning poses, a warm up of gentle flexion and extension of the spine as it releases tension in both the front and back body. They stretch the neck, gently massage the organs and increase circulation within and around the spinal column. They teach proper pelvic movement for greater ease in all our other motions. The tension that builds in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine and surrounding tissue can lead ... Read More »

Thomas C. Garrison Sept 1928-April 2014

Thomas C. Garrison, beloved by family, died on April 12, 2014. Tom was born in Marion, Illinois on September 28, 1928, to Harmon E. and Ola P. Garrison. He had two brothers, Herbert and Norbert, and a sister, Jo Ann Wall Trosper, all of whom preceded him in death. Tom served in the Navy for two years and graduated from the University of Illinois. He was a member of ATO fraternity and is a past president of his Chapter at Urbana. He met his wife, Mary Alice, while at the University and married in 1951. Tom and Mary Alice moved ... Read More »

Encore Performance of Julius Caesar

On May 15, 16 & 17, Marco Island Academy students will breathe life into one of Shakespeare’s most iconic works, Julius Caesar.. The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival is a collaborative effort that includes the English and History curriculum of the Marco Island Academy High School and the Marco Island Shakespeare Festival. After reading the script in the classroom, students will perform a modern adaptation of the full production on stage at The Marco Players Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased through The Marco Players Theater box office at www.marcoplayers.com or by calling ... Read More »

Dr. Ellen Prager Wows the Crowds at Rookery Bay

In celebration of Everglades Day, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve offered films, naturalist presentations, a guided walk, and a lecture by Dr. Ellen Prager called “Dive into the Story: Ocean Science and Storytelling, Fun for All.” During two session this morning Dr. Prager spoke to 280 students from Manatee Middle School, sharing stories and images from her adventures as a scientist, and reading clips from her about-to-be released new book, Shark Whisperer. Geared toward kids aged 9 to 12, Shark Whisperer has been called “…an underwater Harry Potter.” Each student received a copy of the new book. Later in ... Read More »

This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” ~ Joseph Brodsky By Ann Patchett 306 pages, Harper-Collins 2013 The title is deceptive. This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage is a collection of essays about Ann Patchett’s life — not “simply” about her happy marriage. The road to that happy marriage had some significant detours. This is probably the most fun I have ever had reading a biography. From the first page, I felt that I was catching up with an old girlfriend over a very long lunch. ... Read More »

Story With Several Morals

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By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net The tale you may be about to read is true. Even the characters, I’m embarrassed to say, are real. This is written as a public service for those of the public who travel by air. My Wonderful Wife and I wrapped up our annual Cultural Fix Week in Canada, after four different plays and musicals at the Stratford Theatre (Canadian spelling, eh) Festival. For those of you who might enjoy exhilarating theatre (eh, again) this is a genuine treat. Regrettably it was time to leave, so we packed the gigantic SUV our friends at Hertz had ... Read More »

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic the Common Core Way

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com A couple of weeks into the new school year, parents are noticing some differences in their children’s’ schoolwork. Gone are the days of rote memorization and recall. Traditional prescriptive lessons ending with a multiple-choice quiz are a thing of the past. Bye bye, multiplication tables. They have been replaced with the Common Core State Standards for K-12 education specifically in English, Language Arts and Math. In their final stages of implementation in Florida schools CCSS are specific and rigorous standards and expectations for each grade level. Their focus: comprehension, analysis, explanation, writing, group work and ... Read More »