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MICMS Brings Alice in Wonderland to Life

Photos by Stephanie Simon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was a grand finale of theatrical productions for the 2015/16 school year, and grand it was! The show was Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr., produced by the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) ALL STARZ for family, friends and faculty. Under the tutelage of the musical director and choreographer, Karen Raymond, with help from Kerri Holdsworth, assistant director and backstage manager, the production was bound to be a great one. This community is fortunate to have productions of such high caliber from their middle school. From the extremely talented individual vocal performances to the ... Read More »

MIA Ranked Top 2%

Photo by Jane Watt
MIA students following an MIT luncheon, from left: Dylan Demkovich, Duneshka Cruz, Caitlyn Schmidt, Jose Ramirez, Cora Stahl, teacher Hal Creech, John Roche and Matt Olzsak. Also attending was Kasey Bersh (not pictured), who was accepted to MIT this year.

By Jane Watt Marco Island Academy, a tuition-free, public charter high school, is rated in the top 2% of America’s Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post in 2016. The list is comprised of public, charter and private schools across America. Out of the 22,000 schools that were evaluated, only 2,300 made the list. Marco Island Academy (MIA) made the list at #255- landing the school in the top 2% in the nation. The rankings are based on results from the 2014-2015 school year. Last year, MIA achieved a 97.3% graduation rate, with 85% of the graduates going on ... Read More »

MIA Boys Basketball Scores in Academics

Photo by Roger LaLonde
MIA’s Patrick Michel comes down with rebound in the Rays victory over Canterbury.

By Roger LaLonde  The Marco Island Academy (MIA) boys basketball team scored on the court and in the classroom. In the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) winter sports report, MIA scored second in Class 3A. Westminster Academy of Fort Lauderdale was first and First Baptist of Naples third. Not only were they in the top three for their class, they were the top three for all classes in the state. On a 4.0 grade point scale, Westminster recorded a 3.723, MIA a 3.655 and First Baptist, 3.604. The next highest score came from Class 2A, as Covenant Christian of ... Read More »

MIA Cheers for Champions

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Submitted  On May 16 at 10 AM, a planning meeting for the first Marco Island Academy Cheers for Champions fundraiser will be held at the school in Room 303. Athletic Director Kelly Monnot invites parents and community members to take part in planning this event that will benefit the athletic programs at the school. The Cheers for Champions fundraiser will take place May 21 at Kretch’s Restaurant, from 6:30 to 10 PM. Tickets are $50 a person, which includes dinner, live and silent auctions and music. There will be a cash bar. The deadline for tickets or to be part ... Read More »

Local Guidebook for Kids Wins Award

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Submitted The Independent Book Publishers Association awarded “A (mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island, & The Everglades” its Silver Benjamin Franklin Award, making it runner up for the Top Travel Book of 2015. Published by Naples-based Mostly Kids’ Guides, LLC, the book is the only winner featuring a U.S. destination. The other two winners featured Paris, France and Naples, Italy. The Benjamin Franklin Awards are regarded among the highest publishing honors recognizing excellence in book editorial and design. Nationally known travel journalist and book author Karen T. Bartlett is the founder of Mostly Kids’ Guides. She has been a ... Read More »

The Harder Leo Worked, The Luckier He Got

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Leo Sutera is a lucky man. At the young age of 54, Leo Sutera sold his successful business and retired. In the years to follow, he travelled extensively with his family within the U.S. and internationally. Leo, now 83, lives at Hideaway Beach with Barbara, his wife of 58 years. The couple also enjoys time at their condominium in Middleton, Massachusetts. Although many people would agree that Leo Sutera is a lucky man, it was hard work, not luck, which brought him such great success. Hard Work Brings Success Leo’s story begins in Boston’s North ... Read More »

MICMS Students D.C. Trip – A Week of Wows

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com It was a week of wows around every corner when Marco Island Charter Middle School eighth graders and chaperones visited Washington D.C. over the holiday break. A bus ride to Fort Lauderdale, then a plane trip with a layover, didn’t lower the element of excitement. Coordinating the trip, for the ninth time, was Joe Jarrett, technology teacher and D.C. Club sponsor. Overall there were 43 students, Jarrett and eight chaperones. To be eligible for travel club, student qualifications included academic, behavioral and community service standards, along with trip behavioral expectations. On the very first day they ... Read More »

MIPD’s Lean Organization

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By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino leads a force of 34 full-time law enforcement officers who protect and serve this city. Marco Island has a permanent population of 16,413 and a service population of between 30,000 to 50,000. That computes to 2.12 police officers per 1,000 permanent residents, far less than many other Florida cities. For example, Sanibel reports a 4.01 to 1,000 ratio, Naples has 4.2, Mt. Dora has 3.89, and Venice reports a 2.31 to 1,000 ratio of officers to residents. Add on the regular full-time service population plus our seasonal population and Marco Island’s ... Read More »

Mad Memoirs of an Old School/ Modern Goldsmith

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Part I My destiny of becoming a goldsmith was totally accidental. It was the mid 1960s. I was no more than eight or nine years old when my mother would leave me with her older brother Richard, who happened to be a goldsmith/jeweler, so she could go shopping in downtown Boston. (I was a bit of a nuisance to go dress shopping with.) My Uncle Richard had apprenticed with his step dad’s brother Ernest Gravallese, an accomplished and well-respected master goldsmith who plied his trade from his shop in the early 1920s in the original ... Read More »

Local Spotlight: Strands By Jules

Julie Stoller (center) with her staff. From left: Mary, Kristine, Julie, Sally and Kim. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com In October of 2015, 27-year-old Marco Island native Julie Stoller opened up her vey own hair salon, Strands by Jules. While Julie may be young, she’s no stranger to the hair industry, an industry she’s been a part of since she was 14-years-old. Julie began where most hair professionals begin, as an assistant. She worked her way through high school at a local salon, gaining critical knowledge and learning the nuances of the trade. After graduating high school her passion for hair drove her straight to professional school where she could hone in on her skills. ... Read More »

Men of Rushmore Brings History “Live”

Writer/Director Gina Sisbarro

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “The Men of Rushmore…and Their Wives,” written and directed by Gina Sisbarro, opens April 15 at the Rose History Auditorium. This original play is the first of what will become an annual performance of “History Live” with the Marco Island Historical Society. The mission: Teach history through live theater in a way that will entertain both children and adults. This production is unique in that all the characters are played by local youth, elementary through high school age. Some actors have performed with their beloved director Gina for over 10 years – many starting with ... Read More »

MIFA Scholarships Help Young Artists

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Submitted Encouraging the next generation of artists, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) awards student scholarships each spring. MIFA scholarships up to $1,000 are available to local students who major in an area of the arts. Both graduating high school seniors and college students living on Marco Island, Goodland or the Isles of Capri, are eligible to apply. Scholarships are not limited to painters and sculptors.  Students who study any of the vast and varied aspect of the arts – such as visual art, music, dance or the performing arts- are encouraged to apply. Interested students must complete ... Read More »

Scholarships Help Educate Adult Women

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Submitted The Marco Island Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is accepting applications from adult women for the Martha Yates $1,000 Scholarship. To qualify, the applicant must be a woman age 21 or older living or working on Marco Island, Isles of Capri or Goodland, and enrolled in an accredited college or university. Candidates will be judged on past academic performance and ability, on educational goals and interests, and on their level of financial need. Completed applications must be received by March 31, 2016, and include the scholarship form, a statement of economic need, a course transcript ... Read More »

Governor Goes to Goodland, Dines at Kirk Fish Market

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By Barry Gwinn At about 12 noon on Friday, March 4th, one of the most well-known and easily recognizable men in Florida came to Goodland, ate lunch, and left. And almost no one in Goodland knew anything about it – except for Patty and Kelly Kirk. They knew all about it. Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Marco Island Academy Friday morning. Done before noon, Scott’s thoughts turned to lunch and to Patty Kirk, an old friend. Patty and Damas Kirk, along with their daughter, Kelly, own and run the Kirk Fish Company in Goodland. They sell fish. At ... Read More »

Teens and Technology: An Inside Look

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By Larissa Bersh The year is 2016. Face–to–face interaction no longer exists. All communication is facilitated through cell phones. Texting is the new talking. To many, this scenario seems utterly absurd. But for teenagers in this day and age, it sounds all too familiar. Looking around at school, the number of students with eyes glued to their devices is staggering. There is not a single lunch table where everyone is fully engaged in conversation. If someone is not actively involved in texting, he or she is scrolling through Instagram, listening to music, or playing a game. It seems that, slowly ... Read More »

MICMS Highest Impact Teachers Recognized

Highest Impact Teachers, from left: Debbie Waldinger, Terese Glasser, Kathy Albanese and Jaclyn Lightell. Not pictured: Joe Jarrett. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Five teachers at Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) have been recognized by the Florida Department of Education as the state’s “Highest Impact Teachers.” This recognition is a result of their students’ performance on one of the Florida Standards Assessments (FSAs). Teachers who have had an impact on student learning that is among the state’s most statistically-significantly positive are chosen for this award. MICMS Highest Impact Teachers are Kathy Albanese, Terese Glasser, Joe Jarrett, Jaclyn Lightell and Debbie Waldinger. Joe Jarrett is not pictured with the other teachers in the accompanying photo, as he is currently on a seven-day ... Read More »

Roaring Gulch: a Humorous, Tune-Gilled Journey Into the Old West

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By Don Manley A colorful spoof centered on the “Code of the Old West” unfolds in song and dance in the Island Theater Company’s production of “The Saga of Roaring Gulch.” The play opened Feb. 25, and runs March 17-20 and March 31 through April 3 at the Rose History Auditorium, located inside the Marco Island History Museum. Written by the late Jack L. Canon, the comedy is set in the mythical, small town of Roaring Gulch where the evil Bart Black has designs on young school mistress Hilda Heartfelt. However, his competitor for Hilda’s heart is the town’s marshal, ... Read More »

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Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As a kid, I spent the majority of my spare time outdoors, playing sports. The main sports in those days at school were football, baseball and track. If it rained, you went into the gym and played basketball. If the coach was in a good mood, we got to play dodgeball! When we weren’t at school playing organized team sports, we were in the backyard or a vacant lot, playing football and baseball, or dodgeball, with our neighborhood buddies. There was no Pop Warner baseball, no youth football leagues, and the sport of soccer ... Read More »

NAPA’s New Owners Are Auto Parts Veterans

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By Don Manley Auto parts and auto repair are a family affair for the Fehlhafers. Brian and Cindy Fehlhafer, the new owners of the NAPA Auto Parts store on Bald Eagle Drive, have a long history in the business back in their native Nebraska. They own two NAPA stores in the Lincoln, Ne. area, as well as a repair shop there that Brian Fehlhafer purchased from his grandfather in 1988 when he was just 19. The son Matthew runs the repair shop now and the couple’s youngest children, Brogan and Felicity, who are in high school, help out there. Another ... Read More »

Watt Named MIA Winter Sports Coach of the Year

Coach Jim Watt holds his “Coach of the Year” award. Roger Raymond and Board Chairperson Jane Watt (Jim’s boss at school and at home) look on. Raymond holds autographed basketball from the MIA boys’ basketball team. PHOTOS BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn On February 17, Marco Island Academy (MIA) held its Winter Sports Awards Ceremony. The cheerleading team, boys and girls basketball teams and boys and girls soccer teams were honored. Last up on the podium was Jim Watt, the girls’ varsity soccer coach for the last two years. Kelly Monnot, MIA’s athletic director, recognized him as Winter Sports Coach of the Year. I have been following and reporting on this gritty bunch of girls, and have been impressed by their progress over the last two seasons. Even more impressive was the commitment and dedication of Coach Watt to ... Read More »