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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

The governor’s lunch came from this display case.

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 »

CCCR Receives $15,000

Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) has received grant monies from the Community Foundation of Collier County from the Alfred & Vera Goodman Fund in the amount of $15,000. The funds will provide partial tuition assistance for lower income families whose children are enrolled at the NCEF Early Childhood Education Center, operated by CCCR. “At least 75 percent of the families receive partial tuition assistance and 60 percent live at or below poverty level. The future success of every child is in many ways determined before he or she enters kindergarten. During these early years, a child’s brain develops more rapidly ... Read More »

How Do You Know That?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Questions, questions, always with the questions! And in case some of you out there don’t know it, I happen to be a goldsmith and jeweler to the stars. (This includes the sun, moon and deep blue seas.) So naturally I‘m asked a lot of questions on the subject of gold, jewelry, diamonds and precious gemstones, even subjects that I haven’t the slightest clue to the answer. For instance, “When do you think the price of gold will go up again?” If I knew the answer to that question I would be ruler of the ... Read More »

When Breath Becomes Air

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By Paul Kalanithi
Random House 2016 – 258 pages
Genre: Memoir
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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “When there’s no place for a scalpel, words are the surgeon’s only tool.” – Paul Kalanithi At age 36, in the last year of his neurosurgery residency, Paul Kalanithi discovered he had stage IV lung cancer. For the next 22 months, he and his wife Lucy, an internal medicine physician, awoke each day focused on living, not “living until…” “When Breath Becomes Air” was written largely because Dr. Kalanithi had the soul of a poet and turning to words to express any experience in life was as instinctive to him as breathing itself. His intent was ... Read More »

Get a Grip

PicklePro Paddles Production Manager Kane Pree demonstrates proper eastern forehand grip and form for pickleball serves. PHOTOS BY JODI PREE

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As the sport of pickleball grows and becomes more popular, I am seeing an unprecedented number of new players wanting to learn how to play the game. As in all sports, it is important to learn proper fundamentals from the beginning, so we do not have to reprogram and correct old, bad habits! In future columns I will cover many different aspects of strokes and strategies in both tennis and pickleball. In this column I will explain the similarities and differences of serve in both tennis and pickleball. In the sport of tennis, holding serve and ... Read More »

Ex-FBI Agent Duped in Goodland

A sign to one of the lots on Goodland that donates its parking  fees for student scholarships. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Yes, I’m the guy in the title. I’m also the guy who specialized in complicated fraud cases in the Bureau, and actually taught a class at our training facility at Quantico, Virginia on how to do it. That was then; this is now. Amy Bozicnik runs the Goodland Scholarship Fund, which awards $500 scholarships to qualified Goodland kids who wish to continue their education after high school. She raises money for this, both from donations and from $10 car parking fees on Sundays. Every Sunday during season, overflow crowds descend on Goodland to revel at Stan’s and ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Manny Puglisi

Multi-sectional breakfront crafted by Manny Puglisi.

By Maggie Gust Emanuel “Manny” Puglisi (pooh-glee-see) served in the 76th Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. Manny was born in Sicily, Italy, and came to this country with his parents in 1937. His older brother and sister had each been born in America, but his parents subsequently returned to Sicily due to his father’s health and the need to be near family. When they came back to New York City, Manny was 13. He began immediately to literally build a life for himself. At age 14, he started working after school in a woodworking ... Read More »