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Letter to the Editor: Out the Park, but Not in Secret

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My wife and I live directly across the canal from Veterans Community Park. When you’re in the park, you might see us in our family room or grilling on the lanai or chilling on our dock. We have a front-row seat at the Seafood Festival and all the other wonderful events. It’s a real pleasure to live near the park, where we can open our storm doors and let the music flood our house. I would love to see the park built out – but not in secret, and not until the community is brought into the discussion the proper ... Read More »

Dying to Survive, Part 2 Coping with Heart Disease, Complacency, Indifference, and a Flawed Healthcare System

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By Roy Eaton A chill passed through my entire body and I began to uncontrollably tremble as my gurney was positioned in the center of the room. Both fear and my attempt to acclimate to the lab’s cool temperature and sterile environment had exacerbated an already heightened sense of anxiety. To my right lay a round table covered with instruments and syringes, and to my left, a rather large, intimidating monitor. Before I could collect my thoughts, I was approached by my physician and two nurses dressed in light green attire. One of the nurses suggested an additional sedative be ... Read More »

The Truth Will Set You Free

“Three things cannot be long hidden: The sun, the moon, and the truth.”
- Buddha

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  Many years ago our youngest son was in his last year or two of college when he called us on a Sunday afternoon. My husband took the call and I watched his face go from surprise to amusement as he heard the news our son was sharing. Feeling left out, I motioned to my husband to let me in on the announcement, so he looked at me and mouthed these words, “He got a tattoo.” Not the news I was expecting, and I was not amused. Our kids were all young adults ranging in ... Read More »

Realistic Expectations

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you’re interested in improving your game and getting more joy out of your golfing experience, this article is for you. The road to better, more fulfilling golf starts with overcoming unrealistic expectations, that sense within us that builds up pressure from within, making the game more frustrating than it has to be. The secret often lies with a realistic understanding of our skill level in each category of performance, which in turn results in avoiding an increase in mental pressure. Most golfers suffer from the curse of unrealistic expectations. This brings me to ... Read More »

Tomorrow is Promised to No One

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More Straight Talk By Steve “Stef” Stefanides I think every generation that has come before us can point to the changes that they have witnessed over their lifetime. Some of those changes may have been positive, while others are of a questionable nature and may result in adjustments to our thought process going forward. I’ve always enjoyed sitting with so many of you, as you’ve spoken of your experiences and the changes you’ve had the opportunity to witness on a personal basis. Some of our veterans who served in World War II or Korea have always had some very interesting ... Read More »

Y Kids Put Through Olympic Paces

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Submitted Shades of the recent Rio Olympics came to the Greater Marco Family YMCA recently when staff members combined to offer tastes of swimming, basketball and tennis to youngsters who might not have tried them before. “We decided we wanted a family fun night,” said the Y’s Healthy Living Director, Deborah Passero. “The kids were from 3 years old and up, and what we saw was a great turnout. We combined all our departments (business, swimming, tennis and after-school), blending people who work here together. It’s the way to become stronger together.” And certainly to inspire kids to maybe take ... Read More »

Fewer Sea Turtle Nests This Year

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By Don Manley This is a busy time of year for Marco’s longtime “Turtle Lady,” Mary Kelly Nelson, as she monitors and protects this year’s loggerhead sea turtle nesting season on the island’s beaches. Nelson, an environmental specialist for Collier County Sea Turtle Protection, said 2016 represents a departure from what has been an upward trend in the number of nests found annually on Marco. “For Collier County and throughout Florida, the numbers are up, but Marco’s beaches are down from what we had last year,” she said. “We did get 77 nests this year, which is good, but not ... Read More »

JRobert Offers Glimpse of Old Florida

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By Don Manley Marco troubadour JRobert is taking audiences on a journey to Old Florida through song and spoken word with his new production, “The Florida Fiddler Show.” The longtime Marco Island musician, composer, songwriter and producer will perform what he describes as “a musical monologue,” on September 10 at The Marco Island Players, located in Marco Town Center. “Ever since I first started playing as a hobby, I’ve collected fiddle tunes and folk tunes, and I’ve kind of combined them into a show with Florida history and some of my own family history,” said the multi- instrumentalist and fourth ... Read More »

Berko Moves Building Services Forward

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many city residents they quickly identify the benefits provided to them from the various city departments. If they play senior softball or take their kids to Mackle Park they quickly identify with those employees that work for Parks and Recreation. They see police officers on patrol or have an occasion to call for service they interact with those professionals and can see the benefits. The same applies for members of the Marco Fire-Rescue team, should they have need of their services. Turn your faucet on at the sink in the morning to brush your teeth ... Read More »

The Importance of Holding Serve

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark I enjoy watching tennis and golf on television because the commentators (who are usually retired champions themselves) do such a great job of explaining what is occurring mentally and emotionally with a player, which directly translates to what is occurring physically as the players compete. How many times do you hear winning players being asked, “What made the difference in your game today?” In tennis they usually say something like, “My serve was really on today,” or a golfer, after a good round stating, “I was hitting my driver well today.” Like hitting a good ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Clarification

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In your last edition, a letter writer mentioned the comprehensive rental ordinance and I wanted to address their question. One of my goals of this campaign has been to speak with as many Marco Island citizens as possible so please email me at jared@jaredgrifoni.com at any time to discuss the issues. Regarding the comprehensive rental ordinance I was against it because I felt it had morphed from an effort to find an appropriate solution to the problems surrounding some short-term rentals into a large and unnecessary city bureaucracy that ultimately wouldn’t have accomplished its intended goal. This became clear to me ... Read More »

Travel “Here & There” Without Leaving the Island

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By Don Manley The opportunity to take a virtual journey, as portrayed with canvas and paint, to select locations in the U.S. and Canada is the focus on the most recent art installation at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Entitled “Here & There,” the show features 30 pieces works created by artist William Ward Moseley of Eagle Creek. He specializes in landscapes, some with buildings and some without, depicting scenes from across North America, skillfully painted in a realistic, impressionist style. Moseley is represented by galleries in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, and his landscapes have been on exhibit in ... Read More »

MIPD Professionalism Exhibited

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Monday mornings at the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) are fairly routine for Police Chief Al Schettino and his staff. August 8, however, was not one of those normal Mondays; Schettino was called out from a staff meeting to take a call from an individual who had used the direct line to threaten lives and property at the Marco Marriott Resort by the use of explosives and sniper fire. In return for not initiating the attack he wanted the City of Marco Island to pay an undisclosed amount of cash to avert the incident. “Every potential ... Read More »

Runaway

“Runaway”
by Peter May
Quercus 2016 – 327 pages
Genre: Mystery
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This book is a must-read for any mystery lover, Anglophile, or Baby Boomer. In addition to having an exciting storyline, it is beautifully written with luscious language: “Moonlight cascaded across black water below us as we drove down into a larger town beyond the village of Threlkeld. Its street lamps twinkled in the night, light pollution masking the great canopy of the cosmos whose jewelled sky had, until then, sparkled above our flight path.” The “flight path” refers to the drive that five 17-year-old Glasgow boys, all members of a band “The Shuffle,” take to London. They ... Read More »

Handling Nerves

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark All of us get anxious and nervous about things. As a high school or college student, it may SATs or final exams. In our careers, it may be a new job interview or a meeting with your boss. Maybe you don’t like to speak in public or in front of large groups.?Some of us don’t like to fly or we have a fear of heights. Whichever one it is for you,?the truth is, in sports, everybody, even the great champions, gets nervous when competing. Whatever the occasion, the main reason we get nervous is because ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Imagination Ball 2017

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By Maureen Chodaba Imagination can be defined as the creative ability of the mind to form images that innovate a vision. Imagine this: An elegant beach pavilion adorned with diamonds and a red carpet, set against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico and a spectacular Marco Island sunset. Imagine a starlit evening of opulence and style. Picture all of this with the vision of something much greater. Imagine a world without cancer. The Marco Island chapter of the American Cancer Society (ACS) cordially invites you to the 2017 Imagination Ball, “Glitz, Glamour & Giving,” which will take place Saturday ... Read More »

Making Magic with Sand, Canvas and Paints

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John and Laura Cimador Gowdy and sand sculpture of a griffin they created recently at the Marco Island Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa.

By Don Manley John Gowdy is used to eliciting oohs and ahhhs from observers of his handiwork. It’s something that occurs with regularity at the Marco Island Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa where he’s been crafting the eye-catching sand sculptures prominently displayed by the lobby stairs since 2005. Known as the “Man of Sand,” Gowdy is a retired Atlantic City fireman who has travelled the world competing in sand sculpting contests, winning numerous championships over the last decade. “I’d like to carve on the moon someday,” quipped the New Jersey-based Gowdy. “I hear they’ve got some good sand up ... Read More »

Love is in the Air – Courtship Rituals of Black Skimmers

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Submitted  A walk to Sand Dollar Island feels like a world away as you leave Marco’s “condo rises” behind. This small sand spit of unspoiled, sugary-white sand is a birder’s paradise where you’ll encounter resting, nesting and feeding birds. It is one of Florida’s Great Birding Trails and a flyover site for over sixty species of rare and protected birds. Sand Dollar Island is also a state designated “Critical Wildlife Area.” During springtime, love is in the air, as birds on Sand Dollar Island look for a mate. Courtship rituals range from something sweet and simple like head bowing, or ... Read More »

Summertime is Health Care Time

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As much as I enjoy seeing my friends when they return for “ Season,”  there’s something special about the summer months in Southwest Florida. Though our“ summer”  seems to extend over six months, when the weather map shows 110 degrees in locations up north, we are typically 15 degrees cooler—and surrounded by water! More than anything, summertime enables my family and me to enjoy “ easy access”—the opportunity to take full advantage of our area’s amenities without the traffic, lines, crowds and delays. This benefit applies to beaches, restaurants, ... Read More »

About Travel and More

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Here’s a “hopeful” item that will affect many, but mostly those who travel U.S. 41E starting at the new widened road from 951 East to Greenway Road. When the FDOT widened that road they never installed any streetlights, or sidewalks, or pathways. The folks in that area, mainly those living in Reflection Lakes and Imperial Wilderness, brought their concerns to my office because of their fears that nothing can been seen in the darkness, and it gets very dark in the winter months. We all remember when the FDOT didn’t install streetlights in the section of ... Read More »