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Can Senior Adult Tennis Players Avoid Injury?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com For the better part of three-plus decades, I have coached hundreds, if not thousands, of senior tennis players from all around the globe. Unfortunately for me, I also aged along with my students and have experienced innumerable injuries. In order to beat the clock, senior tennis players have to embrace the new and improved sporting world: Fitness room, chiropractors, massage and nutritional therapists. And let’s not forget the huge impact of the yoga world. If I had a dollar for every senior student who told me that all chiropractors were “quacks,” I would be a ... Read More »

Are Two Hands Better Than One?


COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com The majority of today’s professional players utilize a two-handed backhand. As an instructor, I direct all of my beginner students, especially kids, to use the two-handed backhand for one simple reason: two hands/wrists/arms/shoulders are stronger than one. But, a two-handed forehand? Years ago, during the era of the Virginia Slims sponsorship of the women’s professional tour, Monica Seles was known for her unique two-handed forehand. Seles was very petite in size compared to most of today’s tennis players, but she was able to strike the ball with an amazing amount of pace and spin, which at that ... Read More »



By Samantha Husted Captain’s Corner Deli is a family-owned and operated store that offers made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, hot dogs, pizza and wings. The deli exclusively serves Boar’s Head brand meats and cheeses, because to them, quality is important. They also post daily specials to their Facebook page. This year, the deli opened for the season on October 15; they have been in operation for the past two years. While they may only be open seasonally as of right now, manager Amanda Walker hopes that in the future they will serve food year-round. This year Captain’s Corner Deli underwent ... Read More »

Couple Donates Piano to MIA

Tom and Kathy Benedik donated this Kohler and Campbell piano to MIA. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn On Saturday, November 8, Tom and Kathy Benedik donated a beautiful Kohler and Campbell upright piano to Marco Island Academy’s fledgling music program. Tom Benedik, a retired math teacher, said the piano was only being used occasionally, by his visiting children. “When we read of the need for a piano at MIA [Marco Island Academy], we felt that it was time to put it to better use,” Benedik said. “I was moved by MIA’s appeal for musical instruments which students wanted to play but could not afford to buy.” Lianna Fried, MIA’s new music teacher says that ... Read More »



MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The season of pumpkins and goblins is behind us for another year and we have officially entered into the “Holiday” season. Looking back at Halloween, I wonder how many children suffered bellyaches from over-indulging in sugar? No judgement from me. When I have sugar products in the house I eat them. I OVER eat them. My self control dissolves and I fall into a cycle of eat, headache, regret, repeat. If only I was better at moderation. Recently a news report was released warning us to limit our intake of red and processed meat ... Read More »

Trends, Part II

Inside/outside: open floor plan. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA Continuing my column on “Trends,” we pick up where we left off and now delve inside the modern house (literally inside, as in under the hood, so to speak). Behind the scenes, or better yet, just behind the walls, things are getting sophisticated. More and more we see water reclamation in the form of cisterns or green roofs. And who on Marco wouldn’t want to save on water consumption- especially for irrigation? HVAC systems are being split into scalable systems, such as those manufactured by Daiken, to allow for room-by-room zone controlled environments. No ... Read More »

Putting – Beyond the Mechanics

Set two tees down on the target side, and behind the golf ball, both tees  equal distance from the ball. Make a few strokes from a distance that the back and forward swing would be approximately where the tees are. No target is needed for this drill. Check
to make sure your backswing is not shorter than your forward stroke. SUBMITTED PHOTO

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many myths being told between playing companions. One of the sources that keep the myths going is the TV announcer who is in the booth analyzing professional golf tournaments. Many of these TV personalities played golf in the 80’s and 90’s, and have really not been around instructors, new technology, and other educational sources since then. They seem to still use the same sayings that were popular before new technology tools have proven, or disproven these common phrases. One example of a common phrase that has been proven to be incorrect is: “he/she ... Read More »

Team Tennis Dilemma: One Captain or Two


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com CTA or USTA team tennis offers distinct challenges each season, and picking the ‘right’ captain or captains is crucial to the success of the tennis operation. Moreover, when club teams win each week, there is a special buzz at the club. In my practices, I have enjoyed exceptional team captain, as well as the co-captain set up. There are many factors in determining which direction to move. For example, if the club head pro is “hands on”- sets up each roster, designs team practices and has weekly meetings with each team. In this particular case, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Arleen Harris


I recently read Dawn Kuhn’s editorial on the addition of a building for Veterans to meet and gather at the beautiful Veteran’s Park. I also feel that there are plenty of places for our wonderful Veterans to meet on the Island.  The gathering place that has been made so beautiful at Veterans Park should be preserved as it currently is.  It seems like Marco Island wants to build something on every last piece of land on the Island.   We now see these huge, right up to the lot line, homes being built.  The quaintness of Marco has come and gone.   ... Read More »

Birds of a Feather

Burrowing Owl chicks. Photo by Victoria Wright

By Monte Lazarus Until quite recently most of us on Marco Island did not know that there are TWO kinds of burrowing owls on Marco Island. Oh, sure they look almost exactly alike, but take my word for it – they’re different. The adorable little guys you see in their yellow taped confines are the ones who appear more often and seem to be intent on helping their neighbors. Their look-alikes (LA’s) are not so obvious. That’s because they’re very rarely seen publicly, usually only when the entire group has a meeting. (NOTE: quite properly a group of owls is ... Read More »

An Interview with YMCA Tennis Director Roberto Saad

Roberto Saad was ranked number 36 tennis player in the world in 1988.

By Samantha Husted Meet Roberto Saad, the Marco Island YMCA’s newest tennis director. Roberto’s life and tennis career has been nothing short of amazing. He’s traveled all over the world, played in tournaments such as the Davis Cup, won two doubles titles, and in 1988 he was number 36 in the world, a feat very few can claim. Now, he’s here on Marco Island to share his wisdom of the game and his philosophies on life, which to him are inextricable. Let’s start with the beginning, when did you first start playing tennis and how do you get involved with ... Read More »


Courtesy of G3 Homes, South Miami Fl.

ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA I figured I would give my readers a much-needed break from the heady topics and discussions concerning zoning, land use, deed restrictions, ordinances, etc. Let’s talk architecture, design and trends. As we look forward to the start of season, let’s see what’s hot and happening in design. So I’m going to take a very deliberate right turn on this one and set eyes on our nearest design capital, and arguably one of the current trendsetters internationally today. Yes, you guessed it, our neighboring metropolis of MIAMI. MIA for short, or the “305” if you ... Read More »


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com A few weeks ago I spent 11 days taking care of our 17-month-old granddaughter. It was quality time and I was her primary caregiver. We got to know one another really well and we integrated into one another’s lives and habits. I prepared her food, and she threw back at me what she didn’t like. I changed her diapers and she accompanied me on all my bathroom visits. I made calls on my phone and she put up a fuss if she wasn’t able to join in the conversation. She expressed her independence, and ... Read More »

Invasion of Europe, Part II

Trafalgar Square Friday prayers.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Those who do not believe in the adage “history repeats itself” are sadly mistaken. The recent and ongoing events in Europe clearly prove my point. The Ottoman Empire (1299-1922) was an Islamic empire with the head of state carrying the title of “Caliph” (a person considered a political and religious successor to the prophet Muhammad, and a leader of the entire Muslim community). The Ottomans grew their empire by invading territories in the Middle East and Northern Africa, and converting the populations to Islam. The most daring of these invasions was the Siege of Vienna ... Read More »

Undisciplined football leads Kings win over Marco Island

The captains for MIA for its homecoming football game, from left, Andrew Delgado, Brian Flynn, Patrick Michel and Andrew Fowler. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE AND VALERIE SIMON

By Roger LaLonde Southwest Florida Christian Academy football team rammed its way to a 35-7 win over Marco Island Academy on Friday, Oct. 16. Kings players continually showed unsportsmanlike play on the field, with the encouragement of their coaches. Hitting after the whistle had blown was common place for the Kings. The first quarter took one hour and six minutes due to game stoppage from confrontations and scoring drives. The Florida High School Athletic Association gave two Kings players six-game suspensions each on Monday, Oct. 18. One of the two Kings players was ejected twice. First for his actions in ... Read More »

A Simple Recipe to Make You Fall in Love With Spanish Mackerel


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com November fishing in the 10,000 Islands is great for catching Spanish mackerel, and here is a simple recipe that can make you fall in love with this fish for the first time, or all over again. Many people are turned off by the mention of Spanish mackerel, however, if cleaned and treated correctly at the fillet station, you will be left with some awesome fillets that will impress. Simple and delicate, but able to be paired with so many sides, it’s a perfect way to embrace the flavor of the fish while also making ... Read More »

Divorce: Rent or Own?


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Question: I’m in the midst of a divorce and don’t know if it’s better to keep the house, sell it and buy another or rent. What are your thoughts? Answer: The answer is the same as it is for most questions, and that is “it depends.” This is an important time to regroup emotionally and financially. Realistic analysis of the economics of your new lifestyle, with financial planning, gets beneath the raw numbers as you go through this transition. Cookie-cutter advice isn’t specific enough to rely on for decisions of this magnitude. A woman in ... Read More »

Calusa Island Marina – Goodland’s Good Neighbor

At the Calusa Island Marina, a 25,000 pound forklift approaches launching area. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net I have lived across the street from the Calusa Island Marina (the “Marina”) for the past 10 years. Despite the rumbling of forklifts and the beeping of back-up signals, I am content to be hemmed in by a navigable waterway on one side, and a boatyard on the other. Boats and boating have always been high on my list since I had my own wooden rowboat at age 12. I began my seafaring days in 1950. In 1950, the Marina was just a part of a largely undeveloped area on the southeastern end of ... Read More »

Think Pink in Memory of Beth Johnson


By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 6, 2015, the Lely High School Lady Trojans celebrated volleyball with their annual Think Pink games. Always a fun event, supported by students who come out in force with pink gear including hats, t-shirts, face paint and signs! Proceeds from the evening went to Bosom Buddies, in memory of Mrs. Beth Johnson. It was a clean sweep for the Gulf Coast High School team, which also defined the team as the Collier County Athletic Conference Champions. Lely lost in three games, 21, 17 and 11. Coach Haire said, “We mentally and physically prepared ... Read More »

Keep the Flip


GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many different techniques that produce success in golf. When hitting a chip or pitch shot the sequence of body movements should be different compared to a shot that needs power. The chip or pitch shot is considered a finesse shot. In contrast, the power sequence is from the ground up: feet, hips, torso, arms, and then the club head. The power sequence starts with the feet shifting pressure into the earth, and pushing off the earth to generate maximum club head speed. The finesse shot does not need this explosive sequence. A golfer ... Read More »