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EDITORIAL & OPINION: The Holiday Season is Here!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a wonderful time of the year! There seems to be excitement in the air and happy greetings everywhere as people are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and then Christmas or Hanukah. Of course, we are excited and happy because many of us will be with family and/or friends, but NOT in the snow! My Amish ... Read More »

Sailing Toward Adventure

Photos by Samantha Husted: Ray and Cherie Yager outside of their sailboat home.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It sounds like the plot of a movie. A retired couple, tired of their life on land, packs up all their earthly belongings; sells their car, their house and sets sail for the open ocean. While this story may seem far-fetched or fantastical, it’s exactly what high school sweethearts Ray and Cherie Yager have done. The ... Read More »

‘The Nest’

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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 »

MICMS Salutes Veterans

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Submitted The students, faculty and administration of Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) celebrated a “Salute to Veterans” program by donating $800 to the G.I. GO FUND for Disabled Veterans. The money was raised by students placing change into containers in their math classes and the faculty donating $5 each for the privilege of wearing jeans to school. The students ... Read More »

Ario Chef Competes on ‘Top Chef’

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By Samantha Husted Gerald Sombright, Chef de Cuisine at the Marco Island Marriott’s premier restaurant Ario, is set to appear on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” come December. The cooking competition pits 16 chef contestants (or “cheftestants”) against one another as they compete for a $125,000 cash prize, a feature in Food and Wine Magazine and, of course, the title of ... Read More »

The EYES Have It

To Your Health Scott Lowe  As a culture, we seem almost obsessed about eyes. Just look at the various sayings and idioms we have associated with eyesight. People often claim to go through life with their eyes wide open—or sometimes shut tight. Many of us can’t take our eyes off of someone or something. Nevertheless some seek out a bird’s ... Read More »

MIA Students Scramble for Snazzy Shirts

From left: Kelly Monnot, Abi Neal, Cassidy Carlson and Larissa Chystyk.

By Barry Gwinn  Marco Island Academy’s 230 students eat lunch in two shifts, beginning at 11:30 AM. They bring their own lunches and congregate on the Champagne Pavilion, named for benefactors, Rene and Tish Champagne. With rock music, blaring from the PA system, it vaguely recalls the school cafeterias many of us were used to – only on steroids. After ... Read More »

Collier County Calling for Nominations for ‘Against All Odds’ Award Program

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Know someone who has overcome great challenges, excelled and given back to our community? Think that person deserves to be recognized? The Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday established procedures for its annual Against All Odds Award program. Beginning Nov. 1, the Collier County Communication and Customer Relations Office will accept public nominations for the award, which honors someone ... Read More »

October Fire and Life Safety

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Keeping You Safe  Chris Bowden With Halloween fast approaching it’s extremely important to remember the significance of being safe during the fall festivities. Accidents happen everyday and are in fact, more likely to occur during the holidays. It’s statistically proven that children are twice as likely to be hit by a motor vehicle on Halloween night while trick-or-treating, than any ... Read More »

MIA Students to Monitor Artificial Habitats

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David Wolff, Ocean Habitats’ president
and executive director, and one of his company’s artificial dock habitats.

By Don Manley The artificial habitat pilot project designed to restore the cleanliness, health and aquatic diversity of the island’s canals will be aided by students from Marco Island Academy’s environmental science classes. As part of their classwork, the students will monitor the 25 habitats that were purchased earlier this year from Ocean Habitats, Inc., a small Fort Myers-based company ... Read More »

Marco Island Shell Club Seminar

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Submitted Thursday, November 3, 2016– Jeannine Windsor, Education Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, will demonstrate how she uses the microscopes and camera which were donated by the Marco Island Shell Club for her lessons with the middle school students who visit the RBNERR as part of their science curriculum. The seminar will begin at 6:00PM at the Dissler Hall ... Read More »

Fashion Statement

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As the father of two daughters, I never seemed to have any success getting my girls to watch sports, like football, on television with me. I just had to accept the fact that they were not boys, and they did not like to watch football, and I had to learn to live with that! I always ... Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer Team Has High Hopes Most of Team’s Core Returning

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MIA’s 2016 girls soccer team. From left: Omar Rodriguez, assistant coach, Elizabeth Schulteis, junior, Teagan Havemeier, sophomore, Danya
Zarate, junior, Olivia Watt, junior, Julia Wagner, junior, Ellie Ball, freshman, Lauren Faremouth, freshman, Jenna Palumbo, freshman, Marisa
Roath, freshman, Anna Chamberlain, sophomore, Jim Watt, head coach, and John Ball, assistant coach. Not shown: Kayla Kladis, junior, Lexi
Harrington, sophomore, Morgan Jones, sophomore, Darrin Palumbo, assistant coach, and Camden Jones, manager.

By Barry Gwinn MIA’s 2016 girls soccer team. From left: Omar Rodriguez, assistant coach, Elizabeth Schulteis, junior, Teagan Havemeier, sophomore, Danya Zarate, junior, Olivia Watt, junior, Julia Wagner, junior, Ellie Ball, freshman, Lauren Faremouth, freshman, Jenna Palumbo, freshman, Marisa Roath, freshman, Anna Chamberlain, sophomore, Jim Watt, head coach, and John Ball, assistant coach. Not shown: Kayla Kladis, junior, Lexi Harrington, ... Read More »

Truth About Spending

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides As Election Day draws closer and islanders are called upon to make a rational and educated choice for who they will chose to fill four open council seats, we thought it might be prudent to review some of the claims by candidates about various issues. One of the favorite claims by many during an election cycle ... Read More »

MIA Cross Country Girls Bring Home First Trophy Olivia Watt Leads the Pack

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MIA’s cross country team with the team’s hard won first-ever trophy. From left: Danya Zarate, Olivia Watt, Anna Chamberlain, Morgan Jones, Julia Wagner, Teagan Havemeier and Coach Bruce Kretschmer.

By Barry Gwinn As the sun came up last Saturday, on the bucolic campus of Palmetto Ridge High School (PRHS) located near Immokalee and Oil Well Roads, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls cross country team made school history. Competing against six other high schools in PRHS’s inaugural Beware the Bear Invitational, the girls came in second overall, for their ... Read More »

Learn From the Best at Pickleball Academy

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The popularity of pickleball keeps growing in Southwest Florida. But although we may all love the sport, most of us can use some help with our game. Now players who want to improve their play have an opportunity to learn from top instructors at the U.S. Open Pickleball Academy in Naples. Two of the school’s ... Read More »

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »