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Circling the Sun

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Paula McLain Ballantine Books (Random House) 2015, 384 pages Genre: Historical fiction   “For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, so dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.” – D.H. Lawrence Although Circling the Sun begins with the transatlantic solo flight of female pilot Beryl Markham, the title does not refer to her flying exploits. Instead, “the sun” is Denys Finch Hatton, the lover that Beryl shared with her good female friend Karen Blixen, names familiar to those who know Out of Africa. Shortly into the flight, a lightning bolt over ... Read More »

Reception Highlights Youth & Children Initiative at Art Center

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was a good summer turn-out for the 2nd Tuesday reception at the Marco Island Art Center. The show highlighted works from the Youth and Family Workshops at the center. It also helped highlight the re-introduction of the Children and Youth Initiative at the Art Center. “The Children and Youth Initiative was created to focus efforts to re-establish and revitalize education and outreach programs for young people,” says Hyla Crane, Executive Director. “Educational programs for students in elementary through high school are designed to benefit young people through art exposure and art enrichment and education.” The ... Read More »

Local Couple Visits Cuba

Classic American automobiles are a common sight in Havana.

By Coastal Breeze Staff The door to American travel to Cuba is opening wider, and locals Lana and Roger Withers are among the lucky few to walk through. The Withers took part in an educational “people to people” tour through Friendly Planet Travel, called the “Understand Photography Havana Tour.” Lana grew up in Florida. She vividly recalls the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the air raid drills experienced as a child in elementary school. Lana always had a curiosity about Cuba, and when her husband Roger’s 70th birthday approached it presented the perfect opportunity for the trip. Lana’s ... Read More »

The Wright Brothers

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By David McCullough Simon & Schuster 2015, 303 pages Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Gentlemen, I’m going to fly.” – Wilbur Wright to onlookers at Le Mans, France, 1908 All American kids learn about the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in very early grade school. We think we know them and their importance to aviation. Turns out we know nothing. David McCullough brings Wilbur and Orville to life in his inimitable style, fleshing out the rather stern looking men in the old black-and-white photographs. This biography gripped me within the ... Read More »

Actor’s Workshop

This workshop is for anyone who wishes to hone acting skills or anyone who desires to learn the “how-to’s” of acting. Emphasis is placed on learning to release the life of the character by breaking down the scripts of scenes from plays, i.e., determing objectives, actions, inner monologue, and sub-text, creating the character’s back story, and actuating the character’s vocal and physical qualities. Then, scenes will be rehearsed and performed by class members. Individualized attention with workshop size of 6 to 10 participants. July 18 – August 29, 2015 10 am – noon The Marco Players Theater Rehearsal Space $140 ... Read More »

MIA Applications Hit All Time High

A-rated Marco Island Academy has record number of applicants. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “Every year it’s going up and up” says Deneen Rose, office manager for Marco Island Academy (MIA), describing the number of student applications received. This year the applications exceeded the school’s 255 student maximum. MIA is now at full capacity, with a waiting list. This is a 50 student increase from last year’s student population. Impressive considering the school opened its doors in 2011, with only 68 students. By its fourth year the school was full, and there was a waiting list for every grade. What is behind the increase? Word of the school’s recent ... Read More »

Memory Man

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By David Baldacci, Genre: Suspense Grand Central Publishing, April 2015, 406 pages   A horrific scene is encountered by the reader at the very beginning of this latest novel from the prolific Mr. Baldacci. It is the memory of the murder of Amos Decker’s family in their own home – his wife Cassie, almost 10-year-old daughter Molly, and Cassie’s brother Johnny Sacks (is Baldacci a “Sopranos” fan?). Amos remembers coming home from work and finding the grisly scene that destroyed his life. He cannot not remember because he can forget nothing. For a few brief moments, ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy 2015 Graduating Class

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Daring to dream, Jane Watt took on a mission. The goal was to see Marco Island high school aged children given the chance to stay on the island for a more individualized, caring classroom environment. Four years ago, after great effort, the dream became a reality. Now, for the first time in its history, Marco Island Academy has had a graduating class with students starting as freshmen and spending the entire four years within its classrooms. Like the dream upon which the school was built, these students will create their own dream. Congratulations to the ... Read More »

MIA’s Future Engineers Present Final Projects

Max Ruffat and Aidan Kahn test their catapult’s launch distances. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted For weeks now, Marco Island Academy’s (MIA) Principles of Engineering class carefully planned, crafted and built their final projects. The results were impressive. Taught by Hal Creech, the engineering class is just one of the many STEM classes students at MIA are offered each semester. The final assignment was to design, plan and create a mechanical, electronic or programming project from what they had learned. Creech told the students to “show me you learned something, and show me you can plan and create a project.” The students, made up teams of two and three, created unique projects. Some found ... Read More »

Teen Beach Bash Marks Summer’s Start

Marco Island’s finest show off their hula hoop skills. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The countdown is over, summer is here! “Every year we celebrate the beginning of summer,” said Lola Dial, Teen Center Recreation Leader for the City of Marco Island. This celebration is Marco’s annual Teen Beach Bash on South Beach, put on by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Lola runs the event, free for kids grades six through twelve. Samantha Malloy, Special Events Coordinator and Pat Kuhn, Parks Maintenance, for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department were on hand to help with the event. Lola tells us that in the past the number of teens attending had declined because ... Read More »

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. We’d like to take the time to remind you that when thunder roars, go indoors. On average, lightning accounts for more deaths per year than tornados. We have people working outdoors in this county every day. Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is a large enclosed building.  If you are away from a building, the second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible, on a bike, or in other topless or soft top vehicles. If you are caught ... Read More »

Collier Child Care Resources Receives $8,000 Grant from The League Club

Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. (CCCR)announced it has received an $8,000 grant from the Community Trust Fund of The League Club. The proceeds from the grant will provide funds to purchase an interactive board, projector and pre-installed learning activities for the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center classroom for three-year olds. Mabel Ramirez, Director of Program Administration at the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center says, “We are very grateful for this generous grant from The League Club. With the interactive board we can expose the children to state-of-the-art digital technology so they will become comfortable with the touch process that is becoming ... Read More »

First Four Year Graduating Class for Marco Island Academy

Maureen McFarland, who will be a professor in the fall at Florida SouthWestern State College, speaks to the Marco Island Academy's 33 graduates.

By Roger LaLonde It was a walk back in time for many of the Marco Island Academy graduating Class of 2015 when they returned to the Family Church, formerly the First Baptist Church, on May 29. It was where the school got its start in 2011. The auditorium was packed in celebration as ceremonies marked the first class to complete four years of education at the young school. Starting with 62 students in 2011, the class size will be 255 in the fall, its maximum size at its one-year-old location on San Marco Road, on the way to Goodland. There ... Read More »

Be Authentic

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” ~ Brene Brown   Authenticity is one of those words that is easier to define through action than it is to describe with words. Babies are authentic. My dog is authentic. A tree is authentic. In fact, most living things are authentic. However, humans, as we grow older, have a tendency to lose our authenticity. We collapse under the pressures of life; we cave to the influence of others. All too often we ... Read More »

Policeman of the Year: Granneman

Curt Koon, Jack Patterson and Colin Brown. PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There was a full agenda at the recent Lunch with the Chief sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation. First order of business was a scholarship presentation by Foundation member, Jack Patterson, to high school senior, Colin Brown. Colin’s father is auxiliary policeman, Alan Brown. Colin will be attending Nichols College, majoring in Business. Chief Al Schettino thanked the audience for the support showed to the department. He then began to tell the audience about the officer selected as the ‘Officer of 2014’. Schettino stated, “On one of the officer’s very first calls, he responded ... Read More »

Breathing Life into History

Steven Smith, commander of VFW Post 7721 in Naples, and Mary Ellen Cash, scholarship chairman for the post’s ladies auxiliary, flank MIA history teacher Lori Galiana.

By Don Manley Lori Galiana’s approach in the classroom at Marco Island Academy (MIA) has led to her being recognized by district 13 of Florida’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organization. As her world history class looked on, the history instructor recently received the district’s Teacher of the Year award from Steven Smith, commander of VFW Post 7721 in Naples, and Mary Ellen Cash, scholarship chairman for the post’s ladies auxiliary. Cash said Galiana was selected for the award, which encompasses Collier, Lee and Hendry counties, because of her focus on bringing the study of history alive for her students. ... Read More »

Institute of Mixology Bartending School Opens on Marco Island

John Liverani tends “bar” at the school. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

Submitted Ever wonder how your bartender can free pour so accurately? Do you know the difference between scotch, whiskey, bourbon and rye? Answers to these questions, and many more, have arrived! The Institute of Mixology Bartending School opened its doors last month, becoming the only bartending school on Marco Island. Owners John and Ann Liverani had been visiting Marco Island for twenty years before making the move to full-time residents six years ago. The Liveranis have two boys – Joey, 16, a student at MIA, and Thomas, 20, a Lely graduate and bartender. Mom Jeanette Liverani works in the office. ... Read More »

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 »