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Dr. Joseph Parisi: Road to Marco Paved with Many Hats

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The paths we take to get from one point to another are as varied as the stars in the sky. For Joseph Parisi, there was a hat for every path, and a path for every hat. A good place to start is the beginning, which, for our story, is Brooklyn, New York and a chicken farm. “Instead of spending the summers in hot Brooklyn, I went to Tom’s River, New Jersey and spent the summers with my Grandparents on their chicken farm. That was my first introduction to animals.” After high school, Joe joined the navy ... Read More »

Lely High School Cheerleading!

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Submitted The cheer team is dedicated to promoting school spirit among the students & staff. On Saturday, May 30th, 9-1pm, a Car Wash will be held at Kretch’s Marco Island. All donations benefit LHS Cheer Team!     Read More »

The Stranger

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Harlan Coben, Genre: Mystery Dutton 2015 – 386 pages   Adam Price was at the American Legion Hall for the draft of his son’s lacrosse league, at the bar with a Bud in his hand when his world was fractured. The Stranger approached him, telling him that his wife faked her pregnancy and miscarriage two years previously just to get him to stay in their marriage. As proof, he referred Price to verify Visa card charges to “Novelty Funsy.” It might be a good idea to run DNA tests on his two sons to see ... Read More »

The Goodland Scholarship Fund Goodland’s Gift to High School Graduates

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Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com Most visitors to Goodland don’t exactly know what to make of us. Most would agree with the aphorism that Goodland is “a drinking village, with a fishing problem.” We have our share of that, I guess. It may be time for a new adage. Something like “Goodland takes care of its own.” Since the mid 1980’s, the Goodland Scholarship Fund has been raising money and dispensing scholarships to Goodland kids who want more than a high school education. It was founded by Betty Bruno as Village Productions. From all that I have heard, Bruno ... Read More »

Lely Shines in Region 3A Competition

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com When Lely’s Christie Thorstenson and Taylor Fetzer walk onto the track at the 3A State Track & Field Championships at North Florida University in Jacksonville on Saturday it will be their swan song. They and other Lely athletes qualified at the 3A Region 3 competition at Port Charlotte last Thursday. In their four high school years they have competed each year at the state championship level in the 4×800 relay. This time they will be joined by junior Mallory Bell and sophomore Rosie Polling in the 4×800. All four are products of the Marco Island Charter ... Read More »

MIFRD: Grassroots Commitment via Pancakes and Students

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Recently, the bays of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department were filled with members of the community enjoying a morning breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage. Neighbors, family and friends gathered to chat alongside our fire/rescue personnel. The City Manager, the Fire Chief, several members of the Marco Island Police Department and a few City Councilmen were there, as well. While several took the opportunity to tour the facility and kick the tires on fire trucks, members of the Fire Rescue Foundation manned their stations cooking, serving, pouring coffee and making sure everyone was happy. ... Read More »

Going Old School

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By Pat Newman Today I scanned my Facebook News feed and realized that my profile picture, place of residence, and posts from my 120 “friends” is exactly the same as it was a year ago. The problem is that I don’t live in the same place, tossed the dress I was wearing in the photo and am still seeing the same pics of cute puppies, abandoned dogs, prancing horses and words of encouragement and wisdom as 12 months ago. I am so over Facebook. While I appreciate the updates from close friends on real life events like births, weddings, retirements ... Read More »

Marco’s New Environmental Specialist Enjoys Job & Community

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By Don Manley Dana Dettmar is a newcomer to Marco and her exposure to the island’s environs and its residents have left her enthralled. The New Jersey native is the city’s new environmental specialist, assuming the post two weeks ago. She replaces Nancy Richie, who occupied the position for thirty plus years, before resigning in January. “It’s just a very beautiful area,” said Dettmar. “I’ve met some really nice people down here, some people who are allies for what I’m doing. There are some unique animals here that I didn’t see when I was in New Jersey or going to school ... Read More »

2015 “Stamp Out Hunger” Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

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Submitted Collier Harvest announces the 2015 Letter Carrier’s Food Drive is going on NOW through Saturday, May 9th. Collier Harvest, the non-profit agency that manages the “Stamp Out Hunger” event locally, asks residents of Naples and Marco Island to place their non-perishable food donations by their mail boxes anytime between now and Saturday, May 9th, to be picked up by their letter carriers. All residents, including seasonal residents returning home, may also drop off donations at the post office on North Goodlette-Frank Road or the Coco River post office on Immokalee Road. Collier Harvest welcomes volunteers, middle school age and ... Read More »

Speaker Provides First-Hand Glimpse into The Monuments Men

Harry Ettlinger, of the original “Monuments Men” chats with Brenda Pollard, after his recent presentation at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island.

By Don Manley Millions of viewers around the world were entertained and informed by the 2014 movie “Monuments Men.” But for Harry Ettlinger, the movie was more than the cinematic depiction of a little-know, but real-life event. What he saw on the screen represented the dramatization of real-life experiences because he was one of the original Monuments Men. Ettlinger recently discussed his experiences with the special group that recovered and returned to its rightful owners art stolen by the Nazis, at The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island as part of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series. The Monuments, Fine Arts, ... Read More »

‘Til the Cows Come Home

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Speaking of Travel By Vickie Kelber Although we have visited Switzerland a number of times, usually choosing to spend a month at a time, our travels have always taken place between early June and late August. On our last trip, we went a little later in the season, determined to stay until the cows came home. Cows are an important part of Swiss culture and economy. Think Swiss cheese and chocolate. The cow has become a ubiquitous symbol of the country. After landing at Zurich Airport and getting on the internal transportation tram, we were greeted with a recording of ... Read More »

No Snoozin’ in Goodland

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Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn Seasonal visitors driving through Goodland or visiting some of our excellent eateries, observe a sleepy village (except on Sundays) where, during the week anyhow, nothing much seems to happen. There are no stores, beaches, theaters, or malls. The village is surrounded by water and mangrove forests. There is only one way in and one way out. What do those guys do anyhow? Quite a bit actually. One of my favorites is the self-styled Pool Sharks and Red Hot Mamas. Formed in 2009, this eclectic bunch gets together every Thursday afternoon, at a member’s house to ... Read More »

Scholarship Program

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Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) presents scholarships to area students majoring in an area of the arts. High school graduating seniors as well as college students living on Marco Island, Goodland or the Isle of Capri are eligible to receive a scholarship up to $1,000 if they will be studying the arts such as visual art, music, dance or the performing arts. Marco Island Foundation for the Arts wants to remind students and parents about this scholarship opportunity. Students are encouraged to complete the scholarship application and return it to MIFA no later than ... Read More »

Labor of Love Gets Personal

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By Jan Kinne Conway Women from “Marco Fellowship” are helping young African girls stay in school in Kenya, 8,000 miles away. Their tools are few: fabric, scissors, sewing machines, and a simple pattern found on the Internet. Each Thursday, four to ten women with willing hearts and hands gather at the home of Wanda Hobgood on Marco Island. They call these days “Personal Thursdays”. This “labor of love” began when Michelle Babin, a missionary to Kenya, visited friends, Mark and Kathy Matthews who are part of “Marco Fellowship,” a parachurch organization. “How can I help?” Kathy asked. “What do you ... Read More »

MICMS Open Enrollment

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Submitted Marco Island Charter Middle School announces the Open Enrollment Period for admission to the school for the 2015-16 school year, is now in effect until 3:00 PM on March 13th. Applications to enroll in next year’s sixth, seventh and eighth grades can be obtained either at school or by going on the school’s website at MICMS.org. On March 13th, when the Open Enrollment Period closes, should the number of applications exceed the number of seats available in a grade level, a lottery will be used to determine which students get admitted to the school, as per state law. After ... Read More »

When Books Went To War

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Molly Guptill Manning Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014, 267 pages Collier County Public Library: Yes Genre: Historical Nonfiction “Books cannot be killed by fire.…..No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt This book is a nice little treat for history buffs and booklovers. It gives a heartwarming and personal perspective on our fighting men as well as some insight into life on the home front during the war years. After the US began ... Read More »

Wet Paint Shows the Love

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By Don Manley Wet Paint Live has been an annual fixture on the Marco Island art scene since 2008. But this year’s installment of the fundraiser is one that stands out for Sandi Riedemann, executive director of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. “It was beyond anybody’s expectations,” said Riedemann of the event, which blends plein (open) air painting with an evening cocktail party and live auction to benefit the chamber’s Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. At 15 select locations scattered around Marco and Goodland, local artists applied paint to canvas one day last week, capturing what was before their eyes, ... Read More »

TBE Teacher Profile: Barbara Fields

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Barbara Fields knows kids. Not only does she have six children of her own, but she also has been teaching for the last 14 years — grades 2-5 and college. To date, she has taught in West Virginia, Virginia and South Carolina, and currently, she is in her first year of teaching fourth grade at Tommie Barfield Elementary. She has two bachelors degrees: one in education and one in recreation. She also has a masters degree in education/administration leadership. “People are fascinating, and teaching children is motivating and energizing!” says Fields. “I get to work ... Read More »

Travel Insurance: Safeguard or Scam?

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Travelers often consider the purchase of travel insurance. Policies differ, but typically comprehensive insurance covers trip cancellation, delay or interruption expenses and accident and medical expenses. The policies are long, with lots of fine print, conditions and exceptions. For years, we never bothered with trip insurance, but started to as our parents began developing health issues; we never knew if we might be called home unexpectedly. The past few years, as we have aged, we have purchased it for ourselves for international trips. Until recently, our only occasion to put in a claim came in September ... Read More »

Rainbow of Fashions

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The San Marco Catholic Church held its “Rainbow of Fashions” Jan. 28. The Parish Hall was full to the brim with almost 300 ladies of all faiths in attendance. This is truly an “event” of the season with many of the ladies themselves dressed fashionably and ready for fun. You can be sure an annual event has been happening for many years when no one can recall just how long. That was cleared up quickly when the fashion presenters were greeted and Kay from Kay’s on the Beach, who mentioned they would be celebrating their ... Read More »