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A Look Back at the Dome Home

Southern view of the dome home (1997).

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In our August 5, 2016 issue, Coastal Breeze News featured a story on the Cape Romano dome homes, haunting structures that are disintegrating and slipping away into the sea. Readers were encouraged to email us their experiences, stories and photos. The response was overwhelming, and we will be sharing these special memories in this, and other upcoming issues. One of the responses we received was from Mary Nelson, a monitor with the Collier County Sea Turtle Protection Program, who is also known locally as the “Turtle Lady.” Mary told Coastal Breeze News how much she ... Read More »

New Beginnings, New School Year

Tommie Barfield Elementary dismissal procedures for the 2016-2017 school year. Submitted

By Don Manley The teaching and learning are underway and so are the clubs, sports and other activities that are part of the newly begun 2016-2017 school year. As always, the process involves that momentous and shared rite of passage for youngsters, the first day of kindergarten. It’s an experience that Jordan Carmignani of Marco Island can now chalk up in the “Been There, Done That” column. Jordan recently kicked off his school career at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE), where he was escorted by his mother, Tracy Carmignani and his brother Steel, a fourth grader, on that oh so ... Read More »

The Computer Age

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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! It’s easy to understand why education costs so much. Think about it. In most of the last century there were no readily available computers. Teachers knew the basic stuff about reading, writing and arithmetic. As kids, many of us learned – maybe secretly – to count on our fingers. The arithmetically challenged also used their toes. In those days ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba The City Council of Marco Island held a regular meeting on July 18, 2016. All councilors were present, except Councilor Sacher, who was excused. In a 4-2 vote, council passed a resolution approving the preliminary disclosure of the proposed millage rate for the Fiscal Year 2017. The tentative millage rate is determined to be 1.9966 mils for the City of Marco Island’s general operations, .0878 mils for the special voted debt and 1.4000 for the Hideaway Special Taxing District. The percentage increase in property taxes is 4.95% more than the rolled-back rate of 1.9024 mils. Councilors Honig ... Read More »

Washington’s Immortals

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine, “The Crisis,” December 23, 1776. Don’t let the genre dissuade you from this title. Yes, we know the outcome, but that does not take away from the fact that the author has written this account of America’s beginning in a gripping style similar to that of the most popular thrillers. O’Donnell ... Read More »

Rotary Essay ?Contest Winner

Essay contest winner Christopher Kimble and MICMS Principal George Abounader. Submitted Photo

Submitted The Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club honored Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) 8th grader, Christopher Kimble, for being the Rotary District 6960 Comprehensive Essay Contest Winner this year. Christopher earned the award “For his essay applying the ‘Four Way Test’ to relationships with friends or family, and exemplifying its application through golf.”  The certificate was accompanied by a gift card, and both were awarded at Rotary’s May 5th luncheon, during which Christopher delighted the Rotarians, their guests and his parents with a reading of his winning essay.   The Rotarian Four Way Test Essay By Christopher Kimble The ... Read More »

Lilac Girls

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.” – George Eliot This is the story of a little known chapter in the European theater of the Second World War, the “Ravensbruck Rabbits.” The story is told in first person via three main characters: Caroline Ferriday, wealthy American socialite; Kasia, young Polish woman; and Herta, a young German woman just starting her medical career. The chapters alternate among the three women. Caroline is a hardworking philanthropist, carrying on a long family tradition of working for social justice and taking charitable ... Read More »

MIA’s Kirby Rients Makes English Fun

Students get a heavy dose of journalism along with experience on how to publish in Kirby Rients’ Yearbook/Journalism class. Students put together the 2016 MIA yearbook.

By Barry Gwinn Kirby Rients is a much traveled English teacher and has been with Marco Island Academy (MIA) since its inception in 2011. Although MIA specializes in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum, the school also thinks it is important that students are well grounded in the humanities. It didn’t take them long to recognize Rients’ contributions in this area. In 2012, Mr. Rients was given MIA’s prestigious Teacher-of-the-Year award. On March 4th of this year, Rients and two other MIA teachers (who will be separately featured in later editions of Coastal Breeze News) were personally awarded Governor ... Read More »

The Assassin’s Honor

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BOOKREMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com The Assassin’s Honor By Robert Macomber Pineapple Press, September 2015,  351 pages Genre: Historical Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes “We of the sea come to know each other quickly; our loves, like our hates, are born of sudden danger.” – Lew Wallace, author of “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” and U.S. Civil War general. “The Assassin’s Honor” is the 12th installment of the Honor Series with Peter Wake as the protagonist. The story is set in the last decade of the 19th century and much of the action takes place at sea. Peter Wake ... Read More »

Pier 81 Flag Pole Dedication

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By Tom Kraemer Under skies of brilliant blue, temperatures in the wonderful eighties, and a gentle but gusty breeze blowing in from the east greeted over forty cheerful and patriotic residents and friends showing their pride and love of America. Gerry Rosenblum, Pier 81 Association President expressed gratitude to neighbor, Pier 81 Marina for donating the flag pole. Craig Tirrell, Cub Scout Master along with Melanie Burns, Boy Scout Leader, Randall Olsen and Megan Olsen, Webelos Leaders, led the scouts (Grant Tirrell, James Olsen, Nathan Olsen, James Burns and Michael Distel) who served as the Color Guard in formation to ... Read More »

Purim Celebration – March 23, 6:30 p.m. Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

By Sandra Hechler Purim recounts another chapter in the history of Jewish survival. Long ago and far away in the land of Persia, King Ahashverus had as an advisor a very wicked man named Haman who was scheming to do away with all the Jews in the Kingdom. Haman, however, more than met his match in Mordecai, a very intelligent Jewish man extremely devoted to his people. Hearing of Haman’s twisted scheme, Mordecai introduced his beautiful niece, Esther, into the King’s court. Ahashverus fell in love with Esther and made her his queen. Esther subsequently informed the King of Haman’s ... Read More »

Putt to the End Point

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Most golfers warm up for their round, and practice, on the greens by hitting 15-20 foot putts. I have a sense that many do this because they believe this is the best way to determine the speed of the greens that day. Practicing mid-range putts has little benefits. If you miss a 15-20 footer do you get feedback? Of course not! Even tour pros miss more 15-20 footers than they make. It is more beneficial to work on speed control without hitting to a hole in the putting green. Set up an alignment stick, or ... Read More »

Goodbye, Burger King

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff March 1, 2016 may have marked the end of an era for Marco Island with the closure of the island’s only Burger King. It is unclear if the closure is temporary, or permanent. Burger King, on the corner of Barfield and San Marco Roads, has been a constant on Marco Island for 20 years. Coastal Breeze News spoke to Manager Javier Torres on February 29th, the day before the signs came down and the doors were locked. Javier explained that he and other employees did not know for certain if the company would be renovating, ... Read More »

Green Reading – Start Line

If using a line helps, do it. And if it doesn’t, don’t!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Reading a green correctly can be difficult, especially on a course that we do not play every day. Reading greens can seem hard, even on our home course, if we are a golfer who struggles to visualize the break of the ball. There are green reading professionals and certifications that believe they have the best method to reading greens, such as a system called AimPoint. I am not AimPoint certified, but have learned some through their knowledge, third-hand. They have taken the scientific research of green reading, and turned it into a practical application while ... Read More »

Love of Reading Starts Early

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By Peggy Totten “What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.” ~ Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook   Reading is the foundation for educational success. We’ve all heard this and inherently know that as a parent we need to nurture reading in our child, but how do we go about doing this? How do we make sure that our children become avid readers and succeed in their education? Jim Trelease is a best selling author who promotes literacy to children through reading aloud to children. His book, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” has sold ... Read More »

Goldeneye Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Matthew Parker Penguin Books 2015, 387 pages Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “My contribution to the art of thriller-writing has been to attempt the total stimulation of the reader all the way through, even to his taste buds.” ~ Ian Fleming   The James Bond movie franchise is 53 years old yet it is the third highest grossing movie franchise in the world, right behind those whippersnappers “Harry Potter” and “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, wrote 14 Bond books plus a collection of short stories and “Chitty Chitty Bang ... Read More »

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea..” In this nifty new book, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger tell the exciting story of how the U.S. Marines earned bragging rights to include the shores of Tripoli in their hymn. Even before the Constitution was ratified and the United States of America came to official existence, the Barbary pirates were menacing our vessels. In summer 1785, the American minister to France, Thomas Jefferson, received a letter from Richard O’Brien, captain of the Dauphin, ... Read More »

Lighthouse of Collier’s Lunch discusses Stem Cell Treatments

Pauline Hayton, will discuss her experiences while undergoing stem cell treatments designed to stop or even reverse the progression of her Macular Degeneration, as well as other treatments available to help combat a number of other visual disorders. From the northeast of England, she worked twelve years as a probation officer in her hometown of Middlesbrough before immigrating to the United States in 1991 with her husband Peter. A new country led to a new career as a massage therapist for 16 years. After reading his tattered wartime diaries and listening to her father’s war stories, she felt compelled to ... Read More »

MIA Creative Writing Students Share Stories

Aidan Kahn, 12th grade, reads to TBE kindergartners. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 29, 2015, Marco Island Academy’s creative writing class took some time out to share Halloween stories with the kindergartners at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. Creative writing at Marco Island Academy (MIA) is an elective class taught by David Horn. The students range from 9th to 12th grade. Some of the writing assignments include different forms of poetry, a story from the perspective of an object and dialogues. Students are encouraged to stretch their imaginations while learning about the various forms of writing as a form of self-expression and communication. Keeping with the theme ... Read More »

“Did You Ever Have A Family?”

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Bill Clegg Simon & Schuster 2015, 253 pages Genre: Family Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.” ~ Thornton Wilder   Lolly Reid and Will Landis are getting married in the garden of her mother June’s spacious home in small town Connecticut. Her home has never been so full. Her ex-husband Adam is staying over, Lolly and Will of course, and June’s much younger boyfriend Luke Morey. Things had wound down, everyone retired to their rooms for the evening except ... Read More »