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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 »

Cuba: On the Road to Cienfuegos and Trinidad

Parque José Martí is WIFI enabled, a rarity in Cuba.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Three and four hours east of Havana, on the Caribbean side of Cuba, are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Both are colonial cities, the first with obvious French influence, the other Spanish. The highway from Havana to Cienfuegos and Trinidad was in good condition, but many of the secondary roads appeared to be more primitive. Traffic was light; we passed a few Yank Tanks, those American classics from the 50s, Ladas, other Russian and some Chinese makes of cars, and some horse carts. Outside of Havana, there was a Mercedes Benz dealership; certainly ... Read More »

Domicile, Residence and Homesteads, Oh My!


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” ~ Confucius Question: As a retiree from another state, with homes in both places, I’m confused about the difference between residency, homestead and domicile. I read all the information on various workshops and seminars on this topic, yet I’m still confused. Please help. Answer: Actually, it’s not as complicated as it may appear. Let’s start with a little history to help understand the background of the subject matter and the differences between the three terms. Homestead In 1862, during the Civil War, Abraham ... Read More »

Sport Clays Classic Sees MIA Classroom Dedicated to Memory of Bill Rose

The Marco Island Police Department was represented by Matt Goetz, Adam Nelson, Ryan Montgomery, Chief Al Schettino, John Derrig and Sharon Kovacs.

By Don Manley The third annual Bill Rose Memorial Sporting Clays Classic is one that will stand out in the memories of Myrt Rose and the entire family. After the winners of the competition were named and awards presented for the Marco Island Academy fundraiser, it was announced that the school is dedicating a classroom to Bill Rose’s memory. Jane Watt presented his widow, Mryt Rose, and his daughter, Sue Vandenbergh, with plaques commemorating the dedication. “We thought of it as a way to thank the Rose family for allowing us to honor Bill year after year,” said Jane Watt, ... Read More »

Class in Session New MIA coach holds class, but grades for him to come

Mike and Maureen Grille, parents of MIA player Matt, speak with Victoria Coiro, wife of the school’s new head football coach.

By Roger LaLonde Class was in session for mostly parents of Marco Island Academy (MIA) football players on January 21 at MIA. Damon Coiro, its new football coach, wasn’t drawing Xs and Os. Coiro voiced philosophies he learned from being an assistant college coach, displaying charts on the program’s mission: faith and family, program principles of scholarship, sustained level of success, leadership and character. A lengthy player-coach agreement was discussed that tied in the principles that will allow player, family and community to share in the school’s success. Parents easily doubled the number of players in the classroom, as ... Read More »

Samantha Morris, Esq. Completes Certification Course

Submitted The law firm of William G. Morris, P.A. announced today that Samantha Morris, associate attorney at the firm, recently completed the 2016 Marital and Family Law Certification Review Course at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando, Florida. The course is an intensive review of virtually all aspects of marital and family law, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child support and timesharing. Instructors included a who’s who of top family lawyers in Florida. Morris received her Juris Doctor degree with honors from Ave Maria School of Law, where she was also a senior editor on the school’s Law Review. Her practice ... Read More »

My Name Is Lucy Barton


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Elizabeth Strout Random House, January 2016, 193 pages Genre: Domestic fiction This book is not for everyone, but if you liked “Olive Kitteridge,” by this same author (which won her a Pulitzer), or “Someone,” by Alice McDermott, chances are that you will enjoy this book immensely. It is a masterpiece, a book that you know you will re-read and notice nuances that you missed on your first visit with these people. I read it in one sitting, too engrossed to put the book down. Plus, it is less than 200 pages. Lucy Barton is a ... Read More »

Woman’s Club Dedicates Freedom Fountain Plaque

The Marco Island Woman’s Club,  joined by Lee Rubenstein (center), at the Freedom Fountain for the dedication ceremony. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Marco Island Woman’s Club has donated a plaque that now graces the base of the Freedom Fountain at the Veterans’ Memorial at Marco Island’s Veterans Community Park. A dedication ceremony for the plaque was held recently at the fountain, with the club’s officers and members in attendance, along with Lee Rubenstein, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Fundraising Committee. The plaque states that the club “honors all those who served and all those who sacrificed for our freedom.” It is the club’s second donation to the memorial. A bench bearing a plaque inscribed “Donated by Marco Island ... Read More »

An Interesting Islander

Al Landers is known for bringing many restaurants and cuisines to the island, including deli.

By Samantha Husted A few months ago I did a story on Reno Landers, the part-time Marco Island resident who miraculously survived a skydiving accident. Recently I met up with his father Al Landers, to talk about Reno, as well as Al’s longtime role on Marco. Al has been here for over 30 years and is responsible for many of the restaurants us islanders consider staples. Al’s an interesting guy with a ton of experience. He’s been to culinary school, is good friends with Chef Bobby Flay and even spent some time in South America with the band Queen. ... Read More »

Tree Planting at MICMS

Submitted Arbor Day is America’s National Tree Holiday, a day set aside to plant ceremonial trees, educate the public about the importance of trees and honor the role trees play in our everyday lives. To celebrate Arbor Day, the Beautification Advisory Committee of the City of Marco Island is inviting the public to a tree planting. At 10:00 AM on January 15th, a Poinciana tree will be planted on the grounds of the Marco Island Charter Middle School at 1401 Trinidad Avenue. School administrators and city officials will be available and invite you to join them. The MICMS Jazz Band ... Read More »

Year Round Entertainment

Lewis Hamilton

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark Most organized sports have a season, which only last for a few months. Football in the fall. Baseball in the summer. College basketball, ending with the sweet sixteen and final four. Also, they are team sports and for the most part, they are played regionally. But tennis, along with golf and Formula 1 racing, are individual competition. They run year round and take place in fabulous and beautiful locations around the world. Now I know you are wondering, why am I associating these three sports in the same family. Even more so, you may be asking ... Read More »

Marco-Area Athletes Make All-Area Teams


By Roger LaLonde Marco Island area student-athletes shined in many fall sports, resulting in many being chosen to All-Area teams. Top dog was Lucca Delcompare of Isles of Capri, chosen as the Boys Swimmer of the Year. In his final season at Lely, Delcompare finished in the top four in his two specialties, 100 yard butterfly and 200 freestyle at the state championships for Class 2A. “Lucca steadily improved every year,” coach Adam Peterson said. “His sisters will be very good next year. I think Lucca was happy about his year and I am happy with the boys season ... Read More »

Marco’s Got Talent!

This year 22 talented kids performed to a packed room. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted On December 29, the Marco Island Center for the Arts presented their second annual “Marco’s Got Talent!” event. Marco’s most talented kids, ages 6 to 18, performed in front of an audience of family members and friends, original songs, dances, piano numbers and even a jump rope routine. “Since the kids on the island were out of school we decided that this was the kind of model that would give them the chance to showcase their talent and allow everybody to have fun,” said executive director to the Center for the Arts and host of the ... Read More »

Love of Reading Starts Early

Children benefit from 
reading age appropriate books. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Peggy Totten “What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.” ~ Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook   Reading is the foundation for educational success. We’ve all heard this and inherently know that as a parent we need to nurture reading in our child, but how do we go about doing this? How do we make sure that our children become avid readers and succeed in their education? Jim Trelease is a best selling author who promotes literacy to children through reading aloud to children. His book, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” has sold ... Read More »

Dress Code Required

Pro tour player  Samantha Stosur looks good and properly equipped for hot, sunny conditions. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark In previous articles, I have discussed how equipment such as our racquet, string and string tension can affect our performance and I have talked about the important safety issues related to playing on a properly groomed or squeegeed court. It is also important that we have the proper shoes and clothing when playing tennis or pickleball. So let’s start at the bottom and work our way up: Proper court shoes. Tennis shoes are specifically designed for movement in the sport of tennis. In tennis, there is a lot of lateral movement, along with forward motion. Running ... Read More »

So You’re Going to College!


By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy!     Something like this conversation is taking place every day… Daughter: Great news Dad. I got accepted at the college I want! Dad: Where’s that? And how much? Daughter: It’s that small school in Arizona, and the tuition is only $35,000 a year. Dad: Gulp. Arizona? Will they let you in the state? They’re very strict on immigrants. ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Robert Sargeant

Robert in his US Army uniform 1944. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Maggie Gust Robert Sargeant served in the U.S. Army 925th Ordnance Battalion, achieving the rank of sergeant, March 1943 to April 1946, in the European Theater. Born on a farm in Ohio in 1924, Robert grew up during the Depression years with two brothers and one sister. Like most of the families in the area, they “didn’t go to bed hungry” because they raised their own food. There was never any spending money and not much money for anything, period. Since everyone else was in the same boat, it was just the norm. He met his wife Thelma, also ... Read More »

The Tiny Town That Could – And Did!

Charles Purple at the Canteen memorial. Photo courtesy of Charles Purple. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Margaret Gust The North Platte Canteen was conceived after a bit of a snafu. On December 17, 1941, friends and families of Company D, Nebraska National Guard, came to the North Platte Depot with Christmas gifts after getting a heads-up that their men were on the next train. The train pulled up, the gift bearers scanned the train car windows for their loved ones’ faces, only to discover that this Company D was from the Kansas National Guard. After a few moments of frozen astonishment, one person stepped forward and distributed her gifts, then the other 500 followed suit. ... Read More »

Champions For Learning To Name Five Suncoast Credit Union Scholars In 2016

The Suncoast Credit Union announces its partnership with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, and the local education foundation, Champions For Learning, to offer five $2,000 scholarship awards to high school seniors (graduating 2016) in Collier County. Seniors in communities served by Suncoast Credit Union have the opportunity to apply for financial support to continue their education, thanks to a $100,000 investment in scholarships this year by the Tampa-based credit union’s Foundation. Applications are now open and are available. Click here to download the application or visit All applications must be received by 5pm on January 22, 2016 at the Champions For Learning office, 3606 Enterprise Avenue ... Read More »

MIA Student Wins Tennis Competition

Thomas and high performance coach Gary Mcdevitt at the “Spooktacular” event.

By Samantha Husted It seems that the Marco Island Academy is bursting with talented kids. This past October Thomas Harrington, a 14-year-old freshman at the school, competed in the “Spooktacular” tennis competition at the Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park. Thomas, a level 6 player, placed first in his age group—an impressive victory. Thomas has been playing tennis for over five years. He trains almost everyday at the South Seas condominiums on Marco Island, with high performance tennis coach, Gary Mcdevitt. Mcdevitt trains only the most serious of players, taking eight kids under his wing per year. ... Read More »