Tag Archives: science

Rookery Bay Reserve to Expand Goodland Facility

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn Goodland is awash in saltwater coming from the west and freshwater coming from the east. During the rainy season, the freshwater wins, often bringing with it an alligator or two. For the rest of the year, salt water prevails. But always, at some point, the rivers from the land and the tides from the ocean ... Read More »

WHODUNNIT? DNA Technology in Criminal Investigation

By Maureen Chodaba Practical application of the analysis technology of deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA, has offered the greatest advance in criminal investigations since fingerprinting. An expert in this field, Retired Lieutenant-Commander of the New York City Police Department, Vernon J. Geberth, recently addressed the Marco Island Police Foundation on this topic. Marco Island resident Geberth is a nationally ... Read More »

MIA Senior Shoots for the Stars Grandparents Get Him Started

By Barry Gwinn Dylan Demkovich will be going to Brown University this year. Founded in 1764, this Ivy League school, of 6,200 undergraduates, is located in Providence, Rhode Island and is the seventh oldest college in the U.S. With a weighted GPA of 4.95 (out of 4.00) at Marco Island Academy (MIA), Dylan scored an early acceptance to Brown and ... Read More »

Shell Show Celebrates 37th Anniversary

By Samantha Husted  For three days a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible covered in over 200 pounds of seashells sat outside of the United Church of Marco Island. Passersby stopped to ogle at the vehicle, many getting out to take pictures and ponder its intricacy. The Volkswagen, also known as the Shell Love Bug, was there as part of the Marco ... Read More »

Siegel Dental – Caring for People, Not Just Teeth

By Maureen Chodaba, RDH A visit to the dentist can be a warm and relaxing experience. A dental office can be a place of healing and rejuvenation. Now that I have your attention with those opening lines, please don’t think that I’m crazy! I promise you that I really do know what I’m talking about, and in this case, I’m ... Read More »

Burrowing Owls Looking for Love

By Maria Lamb Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but love is in the air for Marco Island’s burrowing owls! According to Jean Hall, project manager of Marco’s Owl Watch Program, “Burrowing owls have started pairing up as early as December and into January and February. You’ll also notice a lot of digging at the burrows. Before laying eggs ... Read More »

75 Years of Conservation Success 

In 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the wildlife management area system, one of the state’s greatest natural treasures. The FWC oversees this statewide network of remote and scenic lands, managing them for conservation and recreation. To celebrate the milestone and help people discover the opportunities these public lands offer, the FWC is ... Read More »

Marco Island Shell Club Seminar

Submitted Thursday, November 3, 2016– Jeannine Windsor, Education Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, will demonstrate how she uses the microscopes and camera which were donated by the Marco Island Shell Club for her lessons with the middle school students who visit the RBNERR as part of their science curriculum. The seminar will begin at 6:00PM at the Dissler Hall ... Read More »

C’mon Comedy Night Raises $6K

Submitted Over 100 C’mon supporters were in attendance for the C’mon Comedy Night, a fundraiser hosted by the C’mon Guild and Off the Hook Comedy Club. Nationally known comedian Frank Del Pizzo had the crowd laughing throughout his performance. “The C’mon Guild is thrilled to have raised $6,000 from this first time event. We are using these funds to support ... Read More »

Family Leader

My husband, Jerry Swiacki and I, raised and educated five children. Our children have blessed us with ten wonderful and healthy grandchildren. We instilled in our children the important values that Jerry and I hold true. Those values include honesty, fairness, courtesy, loyalty, and commitment. We taught our children not to complain unless they are willing to work to solve ... Read More »

Star Trek US Postage Stamps

The Postal Service is proud to commemorate ‘Star Trek’ on the eve of its 50th anniversary,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan referring to the iconic television program’s Sept. 8, 1966, debut. “Star Trek’s intricate futuristic setting, multicultural cast and story lines touched on social issues and pushed past the boundaries of popular science fiction becoming a worldwide phenomenon.” “With ... Read More »

Classical Education vs. Progressive Education

By Jory Westberry If you’ve been following the campaign rhetoric during campaigning for the Collier County School Board, you may have heard the term “Classical Education” proposed by two candidates as the ideal education for the students in Collier County schools. But what is it and how does it compare to the education our students are receiving now? Classical education ... Read More »

Camp Stellar – Out of this World!

By Samantha Husted The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department has created a new camp for middle school aged students. It’s called “Camp Stellar” and it runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mackle Park. Camp Stellar was designed specifically to cater towards the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who have grown too ... Read More »

Tia Nielsen Awarded Summer Scholarship

Submitted    Lely Sophomore Tia Nielsen has been awarded a full scholarship this summer at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at Cooper Union in New York City. Tia will attend the summer (STEM) program, studying digital logic design for six weeks during her summer break. Her parents, Pat and Tresa are ecstatic, stating, “We’re not quite ready for her ... Read More »

TBE Author and Artists Night

By Maggie Gust  Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) was electric with activity on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, as the students and staff opened their doors to the public to celebrate another successful school year at Authors and Artists Night. The aroma of the vendors’ carts in the playground area wafted down to the parking lot. A local professional jazz band’s rollicking ... Read More »

Conservation efforts for Florida

Conservation efforts for Florida, Pacific coast green sea turtles working, agencies say Those populations improving–now considered threatened, not endangered Two federal agencies today issued a final rule [link to FR] that will revise the listing for green sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act, including reclassifying turtles originating from two breeding populations from endangered to threatened status due to successful conservation ... Read More »

Annual Shell Show Blends Science and Art

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Nature, science, art and philanthropy; The Shell Club’s annual Shell Show was that, and more. From March 10-12 visitors viewed more than 150 incredible exhibits that filled Disseler Hall at the United Church of Marco Island.  Exhibits were divided as to “Scientific” or “Artistic.” The scientific exhibits included everything from complex, multi-part displays down to ... Read More »

Annual Shell Show Sure to Please

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Recently Coastal Breeze News peeked in on a meeting of the Marco Island Shell Club. It was a full house; twelve project tables, the scent of glue guns, and members busy creating shell art for the upcoming Shell Show. At the various tables I spied beautiful “sea glass” vases and candlesticks, Christmas ornaments and other ... Read More »

Tech Trek Seeks Nominations

Submitted T Tech Trek is seeking nominations of seventh grade girls for their weeklong STEM educational camp. Students are nominated for the program by their math and science teachers. The deadline for teachers’ nominations is December 15. Women are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Tech Trek’s camp aims at changing that by introducing girls ... Read More »

The Black Pearl

By Maureen Chodaba It called out my name in a sense. I looked at it and it almost seemed to have a life of its own, to actually be an eye that watched me. I walked away. Like a magnet, it drew me back. So elegant in its style, breathtaking in its mysterious, almost spiritual hue, and crowned with sparkling ... Read More »