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Give Us This Day… Our Daily Bread Food Pantry

The shelves of Our Daily Bread. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Marco Island is known for its beaches, its beauty, its tourism, and its supposed affluence. But is there something hidden or omitted in that description? Thirty-eight percent of the children in Tommie Barfield Elementary School qualify for a program that provides free or subsidized breakfast, lunch and weekend food. Marco Island’s busy season of tourism winds down in the months following winter. As our “snowbirds” go away, so do many of the jobs on the island. Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, located and managed by The Family Church at 1450 Winterberry Drive, is serving the needs of ... Read More »

Planning the Future of Veterans Park

Members of the community attend a meeting on the future of Veterans Park. Submitted Photos

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A meeting open to the public on the topic of further development of Veterans Community Park was held at Mackle Park on April 19th. The original venue at Iberiabank was cancelled, and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) felt it prudent to move the meeting to Mackle Park rather than cancel it. Gathering feedback from the public on this topic has been a top mission of PRAC. Approximately 75 people attended. PRAC Chair Jerry Swiacki led the meeting, starting with a review of the purchase of the Glon property and its course on improvements ... Read More »

MIA Art Students Strike Gold at Arts Center Gala

Submitted “City of Lights Life,” by Anastasia Baran.
Manhattan’s skyline has never been so bright and colorful.

By Barry Gwinn Girl with Butterflies,” by Brenda Perez, was inspired by a Taylor Swift song. The Marco Island Center for the Arts (the “Arts Center”) started 40 years ago. It describes itself as a “cultural center available to those who wish to enrich their lives and those of others, and to create a greater sense of purpose in life.” It has certainly worked out that way for Anastasia (Ana) Baran and Brenda Perez. Their story begins in February 2014, when Hyla Crane was brought in as executive director of the Center. She hit the ground running. One of the ... Read More »

White Tailed Deer Around Marco Island

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist You are on a boat and in the distance you notice something swimming across the bay. It could very well be a pelican just relaxing on the surface or maybe a dolphin coming up for air. But the silhouette against the sun is unique. You grab your binoculars, filled with curiosity about what is there. As you focus on the animal you realize that you are seeing something rare, something never seen by most visitors to our area. A white-tailed deer is swimming from one island to another! It would not be a surprise for ... Read More »

Good Things Coming Our Way

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The U. S. Open Pickleball Championships are coming to town! This will be the first ever Pickleball U. S. Open and it will be held right here in town at the East Naples Community Center located on Thomasson Drive, which is an extension of Rattlesnake Hammock Road going south, next to Avalon Elementary School. The games begin on April 26th and will end on May 1st with the final championship games and grand prizes awarded at the end of the games. CBS Sports will cover the entire five-day event. Make plans to attend and enjoy. Food ... Read More »

A Caregiver’s Burden

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Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway I never thought dementia would play such a large part in my life, but it did, and it started with my mother. As an active 70-year-old, after dad died, she moved from her home in Pennsylvania to Phoenix to be near her sisters. For a few years all was well, until on a visit, I noticed she forgot to cook most of the fish defrosted for supper. A year later she missed a connecting flight to a family reunion in Colorado, despite the specific information I’d given her. Then, she stopped washing her clothes regularly ... Read More »

Tis the Season…Two Aquatic Friends Return

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist On Wednesday, April 13th at 7 PM join Bob McConville at the Rose Auditorium for a discussion about the sea turtles and manatees found in our area. Meet special guest, Master Naturalist Nancy Anderson, a manatee specialist. MIHS members and MIA students are free. A $5 donation is requested for all others. Ah, the first day of spring! Thoughts of warmer weather have many of us planning adventurous days at the beach or on the water. Our eyes will scan the surface, looking for anything that might arise from below. All of a sudden there’s ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part IV

Photos by Carol Gassman
This is how the kitchen used to look.

By Carol Glassman Not much happened the first week after Uncle Steve and his assistant Diana took over renovating and repairing the flood-damaged house, but at least I received frequent calls and was kept in the loop as the insurance company approved various steps. At the end of the second week, a team from the company that had installed my precious unique quartzite counters appeared. I was a little nervous when the two men didn’t seem to know why they were sent and even more nervous when they continually commented on how heavy the counters looked. After a few phone ... Read More »

The night my foot got caught

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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! By Monte Lazarus One of the things we enjoy every now and again is an Everblades hockey game at Germain Arena. It’s a great arena for spectators; just about every seat is good for viewing the game. Unlike the new mega-arenas, Germain is small, cozy, friendly and reasonably priced. A family of four can go for less than $100, if they don’t ... Read More »

Cindy Adams Brings Hypnotherapy to Marco

Cindy Adams, certified hypnotherapist, joins Skin Renewal Systems. PHOTO BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

Submitted For many people their only image of hypnosis has been distorted by Hollywood; Movies where an all-powerful hypnotist lulls a vulnerable subject into a deep trance, making them do and say outrageous things against their will. In reality, nothing can be farther from the truth. Both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association recognize hypnotherapy as a therapeutic treatment. The word “hypnosis” is derived from the Greek word for sleep, hypnos. Although sleep is not necessarily the goal, hypnosis does produce a highly relaxed state. And although your body relaxes, your mind remains focused. Once deeply relaxed, ... Read More »

Music Lovers Will Love Seafood Festival

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Although many are drawn to the Seafood Festival to savor local catch, a lineup of incredible music also stars in this beloved three-day community event. Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20 is the eighth annual Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival at Veterans Community Park. The festival attracts more visitors than any other single event on the island, drawing over 9,000 attendees. This year, a variety of continuous musical entertainment promises something for every music lover- 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s favorites, rock and roll, country, tribute bands and more. Local favorite Jim Long ... Read More »

Time is Winding Down for Shells by Emily

Emily Savage stands in the midst of the seashells, and shell-related novelties, gifts and souvenirs found at her store, Shells by Emily. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley After more than three decades of being immersed in all things seashell, Emily Savage is poised to close the door forever on her Marco Island gift and souvenir shop, Shells by Emily. She recently turned 87 and said she now knows that it’s time to move on from working six days a week, 52 weeks a year. “Time has gone on and things have evolved,” said Savage. “I’ve had a wonderful experience, a great journey with this, but now, I’m finding that physically, I just can’t keep up.” Located upstairs from the office of her well-known, much-loved ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part II

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said to remove dangerous and toxic mold and other air-borne particulates. Running them 24/7 as recommended guaranteed to render you deaf. PHOTO BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman “Listen my children and you shall hear,” NOT the midnight story you may be expecting, but the second, hair-pulling installment of ‘Homeowner Beware’ or how not to choose a contractor and why you should trust no one who tells you, “Don’t worry!” Facing possible replacement of a roof, a house full of floor tiles, and a complete kitchen, I awaited the verdict when the contractor Tony agreed to meet with my insurance company. The insurance adjuster John and his area manager Tom met with Tony on August 11, and the three of them seemed to have a plan. Of course my plan was ... Read More »

La Tavola Strikes a Unique Musical Blow

Michael Oakland, Jimmy Allen and Tim Griffin entertain at La Tavola Restaurant and Bar. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley La Tavola Restaurant and Bar is spicing up Marco Island’s music scene with a dash of something different. On Friday and Saturday, the soothing sounds of a jazzy trio entertains the evening crowd in the Winterberry Drive eatery’s lounge, augmented by a rotating lineup of guest vocalists and skilled musicians who care to sit in. But it’s not just any threesome manning the drums, bass and guitar. Each has an impressive professional background, including playing and recording with, or on the same bill as, such notables as the Crusaders, Stevie Wonder and other top names in pop, ... Read More »

YMCA Hosts Canadian Club

At the Y’s pool you can find Luca and Rocky Gurgenidze and Lisa Cottage-Ramnick practicing for Swim Florida.

By Gary Elliott The Greater Marco Island Family YMCA will host a tour and lunch for the Marco Island Area Canadian Club on Tuesday, February 23 from 11 AM to 1 PM. This event includes discovery tours of the Y’s facilities and programs, and a healthy lunch in the brand new Youth Development Center. In addition, Alma McDermott from the Southwest Florida Blue Zones Project will discuss this new initiative that promotes a heathier, longer and happier life. Steve Delisi, with NCH Healthcare System’s international billing, will discuss using Canadian Medical Emergency Travel Insurance Cards at NCH Healthcare facilities here ... Read More »

Local Spotlight Cars, Celtic Spirit and Canvases

The group spent a relaxing evening painting a beach shore and a palm tree. Other painting options can be found at www.spiritedpaintermarco.com.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Spirited Painter is Marco Island’s one and only guided paint studio that allows guests to bring their own wine, beer, soda, water and munchies. The studio follows the philosophy that painting is just a little more fun, and definitely less stressful, when it’s accompanied by a glass of wine. Each night a local artist leads participants on a journey of creativity and fun as they make their very own masterpieces. “We wanted to bring something different and fun to the Island,” said co-owner Cathy Gorman. “Our local talented artists provide step-by-step instruction, while we provide ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: Standing Watch

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Q: Boaters or Manatees? A: How about the “Environment”?   I hear it all the time – “…do you want to keep boating, or save manatees?” It’s as if the two are thought of as mutually exclusive. Generally, the one asking the question is working on the premise that manatees are truly and desperately endangered, and are also wonderful for the environment. They seem to believe that the more manatees we have, the better off our estuarine systems would be. Thanks to the “educational” initiatives of groups like Save the Manatee Club, they have also accepted the premise that all ... Read More »

Island Angels

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Two years ago, a group of friends began talking about different local charities and causes. They decided to try to do something together as a group, to raise funds in an effort to make a real impact. The group, founded by Paula Cummings, dubbed themselves the “Island Angels.” Some may have taken it lightly, but with their inaugural event, this energized group raised over $18,500, which they donated to the American Cancer Society. This year, for their third event, they have taken on another cause. The Island Angels are hosting a benefit for Nicole Cholka’s modified curriculum/special education ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part 1

Carol Glassman’s kitchen, where serious  leaks from the roof caused major damage. PHOTOS BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman This is not just one of those spooky fantasies about a haunted house where terrible things happen and you are afraid to walk around; it’s a true story about a rather nice house, where terrible things happened, enough to make you walk out, heartbroken. The story isn’t really unusual, nor is it unfortunately, unique. Almost everyone who has suffered through home repairs probably has a similar tale of woe, but as you follow this one over the weeks, you may understand why I felt it needed to be shared with the public as a “consumer beware” saga. ... Read More »

Ex-FBI Agent Duped in Goodland

A sign to one of the lots on Goodland that donates its parking  fees for student scholarships. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Yes, I’m the guy in the title. I’m also the guy who specialized in complicated fraud cases in the Bureau, and actually taught a class at our training facility at Quantico, Virginia on how to do it. That was then; this is now. Amy Bozicnik runs the Goodland Scholarship Fund, which awards $500 scholarships to qualified Goodland kids who wish to continue their education after high school. She raises money for this, both from donations and from $10 car parking fees on Sundays. Every Sunday during season, overflow crowds descend on Goodland to revel at Stan’s and ... Read More »