Tag Archives: reading

I’m Just Wild About Stars and Candy…

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “Stars on the Water” and Candy Morgan, that is. Eleven years ago, Candy Morgan visited me (the principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary at the time) with a proposal for an after-school support program for second graders called “Stars on the Water.” The original inspiration came from Reverend Kyle Bennett at St. Mark’s ... Read More »

Author Kidd Speaks at Library

Submitted  Recently, local residents and visitors were treated to a rare opportunity when award-winning and bestselling author, Sue Monk Kidd gave a presentation on Marco Island. A full house greeted Ms. Kidd at Rose Hall at the Marco Island branch of the Collier County Library. Ms. Kidd shared memories of her childhood in Sylvester, Georgia. She recalled the importance of ... Read More »

A Study of Human Nature: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “The date I had in mind was December tenth, but would you prefer the ninth or the eleventh?” Hello and happy February! I’m super excited to be here, because even though I rarely make resolutions, this new year I’d already vowed to read one published book a week when this opportunity to share my book remarks ... Read More »

In Memory of Anna Marie Engler

Devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother Anna Marie Engler, 82, died Sunday, December 18, 2016 in Naples, Florida, near her home in Marco Island, Florida, where she enjoyed many years of warm weather, made wonderful friendships and was able to enjoy life volunteering her time to the library, enjoying her passion of reading and traveling. Anna also lived in Old Tappan, ... Read More »

Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Shakespeare is a drunken savage with some imagination whose plays please only in London and Canada.” ~ Voltaire (1694-1778) This is the time of year when we are inundated with book lists. After the holiday “Must Buy/Read/Give” lists, the “Cozy Up This Winter” lists appear. Generally those books are mysteries. On those frigid winter days here ... Read More »

‘The Nest’

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Insanity runs in my life. It practically gallops.”      ~ Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” I thought that the title, “The Nest,” referred to the family home in this novel, but in fact it is their term for the nest egg that their father set up for them. They themselves shortened ... Read More »

‘Show Me’ Book Launch

Submitted On November 18 Randall Kenneth Jones introduced his new book “Show Me” to a crowd of loyal readers, who had lined up outside the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the chance to meet him and have their books signed. Also in attendance was Peggy Post of the Emily Post Institute, who wrote the forward to “Show Me.” ... Read More »

Stop Texting While Driving

Here are some chilling statistics about texting while driving from a report by the National Safety Council: Over 2.5 million people in the U.S. are involved in road incidents each year. Of these, 1.6 million have cell phones involved – that’s 64%! Every year approximately 421,000 people are injured in crashes involving a driver who was distracted. 78% of all ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Veterans Day Celebration

Submitted Welcome Home! to Vietnam Era Veterans will be the theme of the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Community Park, which for the first time will be sponsored by the City of Marco Island. Set for 11 AM, November 11, the ceremony honoring America’s service men and women will include a Tribute to Vietnam Era Veterans highlighted by: A ... Read More »

Write Soldiers for Veterans Day

By Don Manley Marco Island’s 2016 Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Community Park will be a notable one for several reasons. Welcome Home! To Vietnam Era Veterans will be the theme of the annual event that celebrates the contributions and sacrifices of America’s servicemen and servicewomen. Set for 11 AM-12 PM, November 11, this will be the first Veterans Day ... Read More »

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust I have been a fan of Dave Barry’s humor for most of the 25 years that he has been writing columns, so I was anticipating a great read. He starts out with a strong first chapter, in which he takes on the State of Illinois and their penchant for electing governors who end up in prison. This ... Read More »

Community Service

For the third year in a row, the staff at the Hair Salon of Skin Renewal Systems has made it a point to gather up magazines from the salon for distribution to the Infusion Centers in the Naples area. This generous community service is done each month with smiles and kind words from the staff. Thank you, special friends at ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: SWFL CLEAN WATER MOVEMENT

Good Afternoon, I am writing as a concerned citizen and hoping that you will help spread public awareness for our state’s most valuable resource. Please note the recent events of Lake O discharges, the sink hole that has led to millions of gallons of radioactive waste into an aquifer, fracking and the Sabal Pipeline in the horizon. The water in ... Read More »

French Rhapsody

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”  ~ Mason Cooley It has been a long while since I laughed out loud so many times while reading a book. “French Rhapsody” is the title that had my endorphins dancing a jig. A middle-aged married Parisian doctor who has been disillusioned about ... Read More »

Everything We Keep

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This is an engaging read for an afternoon or evening of escapism. Kerry Lonsdale is a relatively new writer, with a straight forward style. She has a knack for character description that draws the reader into the story almost immediately. I knew I was going to like Aimee Tierney and her parents by page three of this ... Read More »

City Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Upcoming Planning Board and Council Meetings Both the Marco Island Planning Board and the City Council will have busy agendas starting on Friday, September 2 as the Planning Board undertakes a review of a proposal from Joe Oliverio regarding a remark of the three properties he presently owns and a request to redo the alleyway behind ... Read More »

Exploring by Land

Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News would like to thank reader Rebecca Burg, who sent us these two photos, along with a video link of the Cape Romano dome home, from a time when the structures were still accessible by the beach. Rebecca, who describes the Marco Island dome houses as “enigmatic,” filmed her 2010 visit to Cape Romano ... Read More »

City Update: Upcoming Planning Board and Council Meetings

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Both the Marco Island Planning Board and the City Council will have busy agendas starting on Friday, September 2 as the Planning Board undertakes a review of a proposal from Joe Oliverio regarding a remark of the three properties he presently owns and a request to redo the alleyway behind those businesses. That meeting will convene ... Read More »

Frontier Grit The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This little nugget is a delightful find and carries quite a punch for a small book. The stories of 12 fascinating women will captivate you while exposing you to the history they did not teach us in school. The author purposefully chose 12 women of different nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic status, to illustrate the diversity of ... Read More »