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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell: A Novel

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust [email protected]   By Nadia Hashimi William Morrow, May 2014, 464 pages   “You know what they say about the human spirit? It is harder than a rock and more delicate than a flower petal.” - Khala Shaima, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell: A Novel. In her debut novel, Nadia Hashimi has gifted the world with a wonderfully written, mesmerizing look into a fascinating family drama set in Afghanistan. The main protagonists are Rahima, a young 21st century Afghani girl and her great-great-grandmother Shekiba who lived in the early 20th century. The story shifts between the ... Read More »

Sleep Is A Beautiful Thing!

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By Carol Glassman The commercials tell us that “sleep is a beautiful thing”, and I quite agree, especially if you have a good mattress and sweet dreams. A lot of people I know choose the time just before drifting off to sleep to “speak” to their dearly departed or to have a few words with some higher power in which they believe. Since the last thing we do before we enter dreamland often influences our dreams, we might be feeding and stirring our subconscious. Sometimes when we dream of those we have lost, it’s an uncanny feeling when we awake ... Read More »

MIA Student Volunteer Ops

Gabby Perez It’s fair to say that high school has definitely changed throughout the years. Though academics have remained quite similar, the high school experience today may differ from our parents high school experience. With the improvement of technology, addition to school-related programs being offered, and more power given to the student body, there’s a lot to be accomplished that could greatly benefit you in college. At Marco Island Academy, there is an abundance of great opportunities for students looking to be involved in school clubs, community service and for those looking to earn volunteer hours. Volunteering at MIA and ... Read More »

2014 Surge Soccer Academy

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Soccer Club or Surge as some prefer to call it, was started a few years ago by local soccer proponents who felt it was time to target their focus on this particular sport. The philosophy worked and in its very first year the club came home with trophies from championship games in Orlando. The ability to travel was just one reason the club was formed. Since those days, the club has undergone a number of changes and the sport has continued to grow in popularity. The 2014 fall season of the Surge ... Read More »

Tsunami Sand Blast

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Shortly after dawn on a hot and steamy Saturday morning, 32 girls gathered in the sand to “dig” up a tsunami, and that is just what they did. The Tsunami Beach Volleyball Club held a beach volleyball tournament at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa. The event was sanctioned by USAV National Junior Beach Tour and organized by the Tsunami Beach Volleyball Club, a branch of the volleyball club Heatwave. The girls gave it their all, competing against each team within their age category before going into pool play. Four age groups were represented ... Read More »

Marco Island Charter Middle School

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The first day of school for Marco Island Charter Middle School students will be Monday, August 18. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Increased rigor in the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which is replacing the former FCATs, is driving several changes at the charter middle school in order to provide students with the best possibility achieving success. Among the changes include, an emphasis on reading strategies in every subject area, 142 new computers and ancillary technological equipment throughout the school to accommodate the demands of the new state assessments, new Mathematic textbooks, new software, ... Read More »

Never Too Cool to be Schooled

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour Is this the favorite time of year for parents? For most kids, it’s not theirs because it’s time to head back to the classroom! There are a lot of things to think about before getting the kids ready for school. Kids have lists now of what they need. I sure don’t remember a list? We just had a back pack (maybe), a three ring binder or 5 subject spiral notebook, and off we went. Some kids did have all the goodies though: pencil boxes, pocket protectors, high tech calculators. But, that seemed to cover ... Read More »

Tips and Tricks: Surviving High School

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By Gabriella Perez It’s that time of the year again for those of us still in school. Our two months of fun and relaxation have sadly come to an end, although returning to a new year of school can be kind of exciting not to mention slightly nerve wracking for those new to the area. Though once school is in session, you really start to miss those lazy summer days doing nothing but eating, sleeping and hanging with friends. This year, I will be junior at Marco Island Academy, which is a huge relief knowing I survived those first two ... Read More »

Acting Police Chief

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By Noelle H. Lowery Since 2009, many Marco Islanders have gotten to know Al Schettino while he was out on patrol or walking the halls of one of the island schools. Now, they will get to know him as the Acting Police Chief of the Marco Island Police Department. On July 25, City Manager Roger Hernstadt announced that Schettino was appointed to the position, roughly two months after former Police Chief Don Hunter left the department to start his own private security firm. When Hunter handed in his letter of separation from the city in May, Hernstadt asked both Schettino ... Read More »

Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) to Relocate Main Office

Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. has announced relocation plans for its administrative office.  The relocation is slated for July 29.  The new office address will be 2335 Tamiami Trail N. Suite 504, Naples, Florida. Niccole Howard, Executive Director of CCCR said, “We are excited about finding office space that will accommodate the growing needs of our organization and the expansion of our staff. Also, we will not have to move very far.  The new office is on Tamiami Trail, too, just across the road from where our original office was located.” Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. (CCCR) operates the NCEF ... Read More »

Are You Really Hungry?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres [email protected] Have you ever eaten after you have just finished eating something? Have you ever been chewing, not even tasting your food, while perusing through your pantry for more? Have you ever celebrated with food? Punished yourself with food? Rewarded yourself with food? Eaten out of boredom? Eaten because it tasted good? Because you didn’t want it to go to waste? If any of the above apply to you, then you are not alone; even I have succumbed to many (if not all) of the aforementioned at some time in my life. I remember so clearly ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County members attend FGCU STEM Camp

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Recently in partnership with NAACP Collier County, teen members from the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County had the opportunity to attend Florida Gulf Coast University’s STEM Camp. The two-week science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camp brought emerging high school sophomores, juniors and seniors together to learn more about the four subject areas. Teens were able to improve their skills in engineering and mathematics by being exposed to real-world application, were introduced to practicing professionals in STEM fields and learned about potential college majors and internship opportunities. “STEM education is a major focus of our Club. Those key ... Read More »

Matt Browne Topples Billy Bush in Celebrity Doubles Match

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READMY TIPS Doug Browne [email protected] Skeptical, yes. Curious, sure. I always wondered how “Entertainment Tonight’s” Billy Bush moved up the line to secure such an awesome job in the television world. It surely can’t hurt to be a part of the Bush family; George H. W. Bush was President No. 41, first cousin George W. Bush was President No. 43 and first cousin Jeb Bush was the governor of Florida. Billy Bush, like his famous cousins, has a solid educational background as he attended the prestigious St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island, and then attained his degree at Colby ... Read More »

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Five young students entering into their senior year of high school were chosen by the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Noontime Rotary Club to attend a weeklong Students 4 Tomorrow’s Leaders (S4TL) program. The program was held at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Students from all over Central and South Florida converged on the campus, where past S4TL attendees greeted them as they arrived and divided them into groups. The students were housed on campus and had all meals there during the weeklong camp. Team building exercises and motivational speakers are presented throughout the week ... Read More »

WHY SUMMER CAMP AT GOLISANO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES?

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No more pencils, no more books… is the anthem of the summer.  While pencils, books, tests, grades and classrooms may pause for the summer, should the learning take a break as well?  Urmila Wadnerkar, program manager at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) says the adamant answer is, “No way! We at C’mon believe that learning is a lifelong process that should be encouraged and nurtured all year long.” Over the course of a lifetime, the average person spends only 5% of their time in school.  This means that we spend the majority of life outside of school… 95%.  ... Read More »

Planning for the Future at MIA

Jane Watt and Melissa Scott are all smiles these days and rightly so. The leaders of Marco Island Academy are celebrating the testing gains their students made in 2014 — both in the end of course tests and the FCAT-2.0. MIA’s first-time test-takers made the largest gains of any high school in Collier County in Algebra and the second largest for both U.S. History and Reading. Overall, in learning gains, MIA ranked first amongst all Collier County high schools in Biology and U.S. History, second in Geometry and third in Algebra. “This really sets us up for success,” says Scott, ... Read More »

Youth See Police and Fire-Rescue Service Up Close

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By Val Simon Each year, the Marco Island Police Department works closely with the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department to present a Police/Fire Academy through the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department. The weeklong camp was headed up by MIPD Officer Al Schettino and Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Bowden. The academy — designed for students in the sixth through eighth grades — gives a hands-on look at the variety of training and skills each of these professions require. It’s an ideal camp for children interested in law enforcement, firefighting or emergency services. They cover everything these first responders do on a ... Read More »

Annual Fill-a-Backpack Drive

While the calendar may say June, at The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, it is time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. The annual “Give Back – Fill a Pack” back-to-school-donation drive begins today to ensure that its youngest survivors have the supplies they need throughout the school year. The Shelter assists more than 800 child victims and survivors of domestic violence annually through safety, intervention and support. In addition, the organization reaches out to more than 17,000 school-age children through their presentation and education programs. Three ways to give: Adopt a Student, Grant a Wish, Donate a Dollar. The Shelter, ... Read More »

Class of 2014: ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ at MIA

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Across the United States this spring, more than 3.3 million high school seniors are donning caps and gowns to do the graduation walk, but few of these soon-to-be graduates will be as proud as the 20 students who make up the first graduating class of the Marco Island Academy. Their graduation ceremony is today — Friday, May 30 — at 6 PM in the Capri Ballroom at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. This first graduation ceremony is the culmination of five years of blood, sweat and tears, trials and errors, and ups and downs ... Read More »

FOT Gives Camp Scholarships

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Fourth graders Colton Wood and Isabella Angelis are headed to summer camp at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Tigertail. For the third year, FOT presented two Tommie Barfield Elementary fourth graders with scholarships to one of the Conservancy summer camps. Woods and Angelis will attend “Wet-N-Wild,” a camp that explores the underwater world of Southwest Florida. From swamps to the salty sea, campers will investigate our local aquatic environments and discover the best methods of protecting them. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students had ... Read More »