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This Saturday! MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Invitational at Mackle Park

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The Marco Island Charter MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Invitational will be held this Saturday, October 1st at Mackle Park. Twenty-four schools from Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Hendry counties will be sending high school and middle school teams to compete in the 3000 and 5000-meter races. The races (10 in all) will begin at 8 AM with the high school varsity teams leading off. An awards ceremony at 10:45 AM will conclude the event. Events: 3000 meter, 5000 meter Event Limits: 10HS/7MS   Schedule: High School Coaches Meeting 7:30AM Middle School Coaches Meeting 8:30AM Girls HS Varsity Race 10 Runners Allowed 8:00AM ... Read More »

New Clinic Comes to East Naples

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala As you see the building rise up from the ground behind the CVS on Thomasson Road and look at it inquisitively, you will see the Physicians Regional Walk-In Clinic. What a great addition to our community here in East Naples! There are so many children in the area (you know – broken arms, bee stings, bike accidents, football injuries, etc.) with two parks right close by: East Naples Community Park – home to the Pickleball Championship Tournaments as well as many other Pickleball tournaments and many children’s programs and soccer games, plus Sugden Park – home ... Read More »

Marriott Golf Discount Program for Students

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Submitted  As college students across the U.S. prepare for a new semester, Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators and the golf management organization of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), announced College Links ’16 – a golf discount program specifically designed for college students – is being offered at The Rookery & Hammock Bay in Marco Island. Active college students who enjoy the game of golf will have an opportunity to tee-it-up at a premier collection of championship golf courses throughout the school year, with special pricing to better fit their budgets. As part of the College Links Program, in effect ... Read More »

Getting to Know Marco Island’s City Council Candidates, Part 1

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By Steve “Stef” Stenfanides When voters go to the polls on November 8th this year they will be electing men and women that will hold offices ranging from the highest in the land to that of local school boards. On Marco Island, residents will also be voting to fill four city council seats. Those seats are either being vacated by a sitting member or by members running for re-election. This year Councilman Larry Sacher has chosen to not stand for re-election and will be stepping down.  Councilmen Ken Honecker, Larry Honig and Amadeo Petricca are seeking a second and final ... Read More »

Big Changes Ahead on 951/Collier Boulevard

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Coastal Comments By Donna Fiala What fun it will be to write this column! First and foremost, no matter where I go people ask me what is happening with the old “skeleton building” at the corner of Davis Boulevard and 951/Collier Boulevard, the old, almost decaying structure that has been sitting there as a greeting to all of us. Well, I got the happiest call I’ve had in a long time. The owner of the site, the Benderson Company, was nice enough to call to let me know they finally have a great business who will be building on that ... Read More »

Running a Natural Parting for the Raymonds

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Roger Raymond leads runners for a casual jaunt at his going away run.

By Roger LaLonde Like thousands of practices, Roger Raymond led his stalwarts on a run around Mackle Park, but it wasn’t the same. It was his athletes, young and older, and parents, gathering to recognize him and wife Karen for their years of service to Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), Marco Island Academy (MIA) and the community. Karen Raymond, as school musical director, put on outstanding musicals. She has been Roger’s assistant coach for countless MICMS cross country and track meets. She became team manager and statistician supreme. The Raymonds are moving to Orlando due to an illness in ... Read More »

Welcome Ezgi! Rotary Exchange Student From Turkey Comes to Marco

After a 12-hour flight Ezgi (third from right) gets a big greeting at the airport. To her right are host parents Neil Snyder and Rebecca Hodge.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff At Southwest Florida International Airport on August 9, a group of local Rotarians eagerly waited with signs for the arrival of 18-year-old Ezgi Tacyildiz. Ezgi, an exchange student from Sakarya, Turkey, is part of the Rotary Youth Exchange, sponsored by Rotary International and Marco Island’s Noontime and Sunrise Rotary clubs. Sakarya, located close to the Black Sea, is approximately 90 miles from Istanbul. This year, through the Rotary Youth Exchange program, in addition to Ezgi, Rotary clubs in Southwest Florida have welcomed exchange students from Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, and Thailand. Rotary’s goal is that ... Read More »

Hertz hosts students from The Immokalee Foundation, donates more than 100 school-ready backpacks

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Ten students from The Immokalee Foundation recently visited Hertz Global Holdings’ world headquarters in Estero for a Career Development program that included one-on-one discussions with Hertz employees and executives, a tour of the state-of-the-art facility, and collecting 104 backpacks loaded with back-to-school supplies donated by Hertz employees for Immokalee students. “This was an incredible experience for our students,” said Steven Kissinger, executive director of The Immokalee Foundation. “The Hertz executives and employees were so generous with their time and had great career advice to offer. Then, when we formed a human chain to load the backpacks into our van, we ... Read More »

Noontime Rotary Supports MICMS

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Pat Ettensohn (left) and Tarik Ayasun.

Submitted At the August 11, 2016 Noontime Rotary Club meeting, Pat Ettensohn was proud to present a check for $5,200 to the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS). Each year the Marco Island Sunrise and Noontime Rotary Clubs hold a golf tournament as a joint fundraiser for their clubs. Traditionally, the Noontime Rotary Club dedicates their portion of the proceeds to MICMS. Rotarian Tarik Ayasun, who is also the MICMS board president, received the check on behalf of the school. For information regarding membership in the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club, contact Pat Rutledge at prutledge49@yahoo.com. Read More »

Art Calvert – XVI Baron of Baltimore One of Goodland’s early movers and shakers

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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn   Art Calvert has done just about everything during his lifetime. Fishing is what brought him to Goodland. Fame and fortune is what brought his Irish ancestors to America. Beverly Boggs, one of Calvert’s daughters, has a trove of Calvert memorabilia and shared the Calvert family history with me. The Calverts first appeared here in 1629, after King Charles I granted Sir George Calvert the proprietorship of a large tract of land, north of Virginia’s James River. Calvert, also known as the First Baron of Baltimore (West County Cork, Ireland), and his son Cecil, the ... Read More »

It’s Little League All Over Again!

“It’s hot out there,” and (from left) Don Schwartz, Jimmy Williams, Ray Niemeyer and Jeff Hultgren try to cool off.

Submitted “It’s gonna be a hot one,” yelled one of the guys, as players begin to file into the dugout at a recent softball pick-up game at Winterberry Park. Except, these are not your average ball players. They are members of the Marco Island Senior Softball League. By 8:20 AM on a Monday morning, about 20 guys arrived, enough for two teams. Ages ago, many of these guys played on teams in college, but some have not played since high school. They got married, had kids, moved around a lot. Then retirement came. They’ve been waiting for this moment for ... Read More »

Handling Nerves

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark All of us get anxious and nervous about things. As a high school or college student, it may SATs or final exams. In our careers, it may be a new job interview or a meeting with your boss. Maybe you don’t like to speak in public or in front of large groups.?Some of us don’t like to fly or we have a fear of heights. Whichever one it is for you,?the truth is, in sports, everybody, even the great champions, gets nervous when competing. Whatever the occasion, the main reason we get nervous is because ... Read More »

My Newest Best Friend A Carolina Love Story

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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn My newest best friend lives in North Carolina. Her name is Cassandra. She is a strikingly beautiful blue-eyed blond. She lives in Canton, N.C. where she grew up and spent most of her life. Until September of last year, I had never heard of her. On May 28, 2016, Cassandra, 46, (affectionately known to me as Cassie) married my son Bill, 52. To accommodate all the guests, the wedding took place in the Canton National Guard Armory. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Canton is located about 13 miles west of ... Read More »

Summertime is Health Care Time

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As much as I enjoy seeing my friends when they return for “ Season,”  there’s something special about the summer months in Southwest Florida. Though our“ summer”  seems to extend over six months, when the weather map shows 110 degrees in locations up north, we are typically 15 degrees cooler—and surrounded by water! More than anything, summertime enables my family and me to enjoy “ easy access”—the opportunity to take full advantage of our area’s amenities without the traffic, lines, crowds and delays. This benefit applies to beaches, restaurants, ... Read More »

Guest Commentary Guest Commentary on Dairy Consumption

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By Larissa Bersh Writer Larissa Bersh is a high school student at Marco Island Academy and will begin her junior year this fall.  Even as a young person, it feels as if the world around me is constantly changing. Not a day goes by that doesn’t bring news of a scientific breakthrough or groundbreaking medical discovery that alters what we thought we knew as fact. It goes without saying that, as our knowledge continues to grow, we do our best to adapt to these changes. But sometimes we find ourselves stuck deep in a rut of tradition, shielded by the ... Read More »

Boxing Club Commissions Mural

Robert Eder takes a photo of Jimmy Downey. Jimmy’s image will occupy the second half of the mural.

By Samantha Husted   A few months ago Robert Eder, the art teacher at Marco Island Academy (MIA), received an email from Rich Stoltenborg, the coach and president of the Marco Island Boxing Club. Rich, having just recently purchased the space for a boxing club, asked if Robert would be interested in getting some students together to create a mural. “I reached out to the high school because I know they have an arts program and I wound up speaking with Mr. Eder who was excited to do this for me,” said Rich Stoltenborg. The boxing gym, which opened in ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed

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Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is seeking volunteers! Our learning center is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM (open Saturdays beginning October). Volunteers are an integral part of the reserve and there are many opportunities available. Currently we are filling volunteers positions in the following areas: Docents for our daily programs; teachers and assistants for our school programs; maintenance/handyman; visitor services (admissions and Nature Store); greeters; fish feeders; communications assistance; special events and administrative assistance. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and we welcome high school students. Training will be provided and ... Read More »

MICMS Seeks Volleyball Coach, Urges Physicals

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By Roger LaLonde Roger Raymond, Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) athletic director, is in search of a new girls varsity volleyball coach. “I would like a person with experience, someone who knows the game,” Raymond said. He can be contacted by email, RaymonRo@collierschools.com. He also urged all fall athletes, particularly girls volleyball players, to get their required sports physical. “Without a sports physical that is current (they are good for 365 days from the date of completion) you cannot tryout.” Volleyball tryouts begin the first week of school. School opens August 15th. “Volleyball is the first sport to start ... Read More »

Summer Road Trip Tips

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Submitted  Summer is here and for many families that means the time honored tradition of the summer road trip. Maybe school is out and you want to take the kids to Disney World or on an educational trip to Washington, D.C. Maybe you want to visit your grandchildren in Georgia or North Carolina. Wherever you are planning to travel, if you will be driving there are some pointers you need to remember in order to make the trip both safe, and enjoyable for you and your family. The Automobile Association of America (AAA) provides tips for taking long road trips ... Read More »

Traditionally Speaking

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Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark Over the years, traditions in all sports, have changed. Two of the most ‘old school’ and honorable sports are tennis and golf. I was recently watching a broadcast of vintage Wimbledon matches on The Tennis Channel. The show included an interview with the great Rod Laver, aka, “The Rocket”, about how the game has changed since his day, both in regards to the speed, spin and power of today’s game, as well as what it was like to play at the Grand Slams back in his era. Some of the clips and films they were ... Read More »