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Donna Fiala [email protected] The place is beginning to come alive again! We’re seeing people beginning to trickle in. Businesses are beginning to stock up. Restaurants are advertising for help. It’s like a sleepy little town waking up in the morning to a fresh new day. Welcome back to those who have arrived. We’ve missed you! Now, we can begin having fun again. * Guess what? Not only is our new Outback Restaurant on U. S. 41 East open and doing great business, they are open at lunch time, and now Carrabba’s has followed suit. Now, BOTH are open for lunch. ... Read More »

Strideaway through Hideaway – Kiwanis 5K Fun Run/Walk

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff When Drs. George Sarantos and his lovely wife, Melissa, joined Kiwanis, they quickly took up a particular cause: the Eliminate Project. “When you join a philanthropic organization like Kiwanis, you know something will come along to touch your heartstrings. We knew the Eliminate Project was where we wanted to concentrate our efforts,” said George. Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This disease kills more than 60,000 newborns and a significant number of mothers each year as well. MNT is known for repeatedly sending tiny newborns into painful ... Read More »

Raymond Returns to Running a Year After Accident

Roger Raymond is off and running again, leading the Marco Island Charter  Middle School cross country team. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde On Sept. 12, Roger Raymond finished what he started exactly a year ago. He completed his normal run, something he couldn’t do on Sept. 12, 2013. He actually laid down on the spot where he sustained his serious injury. This time he got back up, finishing his run, instead of a trip to a hospital. On Sept. 12, 2013, trying to get out of the way of an oncoming car, Raymond fell as he went into an alleyway along side Marco Floor Covering, just off San Marco Road on Marco Island. The result, Raymond broke his right ... Read More »

Butterfly Gardening in Florida

Monarch butterflies. photoS BY MIKE MALLOY

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] It’s summer in Florida. It’s hot, and the butterflies are in full swing. Florida has a year-round butterfly season because of the usually warm weather, much to the delight of all those crazed butterfly enthusiasts living here in Southwest Florida. Some migrate in the winter like Sulfurs (yellow butterflies) and monarchs, but many stay here and flourish. I am going to write a six-part series on the butterflies of Florida. Starting with the Monarchs — probably the most recognized butterfly in the country. Monarchs, Queens and Soldiers, all are in the Danas genius, and their ... Read More »

Patient Feedback Matters

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Just as the title says, patient feedback matters — and we want to hear from you. I recently received this letter from a patient who had visited the Emergency Room at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard. Though we need to hear all your feedback — the positive and the negative — it’s nice when a patient takes the time to say, “Job well done.” With the patient’s permission, I am sharing the letter today: Be it genetic or otherwise, my entire family is gastro-intestinally challenged. So, it was not that big of a surprise ... Read More »

Summer Fun, Island Style

A pelican perches on a post. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray [email protected] It’s September, statistically the slowest month before the inevitable up-swing into another season, and finding fun things to do locally is getting more challenging. Thus, despite last weeks of record-breaking heat, my best friend, Alicia Cameron, and I set out on our first Goodland kayak journey; no small feat for a couple of full-time moms with full-time jobs. A long-term shortage of recreation time has made me an unwilling indoor-girl — something I’ve always fought by taking last-minute adventures, often throwing caution to the wind. I once found myself clinging to the side of a ... Read More »

Cleaning Out the Closet

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer [email protected]   “It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small, and the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all!”- lyrics from “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel   I love a clean house. Shining countertops and freshly scrubbed floors. Beds made up with crisply cleaned linens, and bathrooms that smell, well, not like a bathroom. But, it goes even deeper than that for me. I love an organized home. “A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.” When I need a screwdriver or scissors, I can go to ... Read More »

Don’t Use Your Foot as Bait!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A young islander recently saved the day for Ross Snyder. Ross, an experienced fisherman with thousands of hours on the water under his belt, tells of fishing with well-known names like Doyle Doxsee and Tom McPherson when he was a young boy. The number of hours he has racked up fishing is a tale verified by his GPS trackers. Ross, in true “salty dog” form, was passing on the fishing tradition by taking young Marco Islander, JohnEdward Padgett-Wright, out on the water to one of his favorite fishing spots. JohnEdward, a MICMS student and son ... Read More »

Teens Conquering Self-Harm

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By Gabriella Perez In this day and age, teenagers may think their voice may never be heard, and that their opinion is not important when compared to that of an adult. What most teens don’t realize, though, is that they have a lot of power to dream big, and accomplish anything they set their mind to. A teen like this lives right in our Marco Island community. Tristan Ashby, 16, a student and one of my close classmates at Marco Island Academy, has started something our community has probably never seen before. Back in April, Tristan decided it was time ... Read More »

Apps for Your Travel Photos

Mobile Monet adds artistic touches to photos. Photo By Vickie Kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber It seems to be increasingly more popular for people to use their smartphones and tablets for taking travel photos. I’m not one of those people, but for my annual review of travel apps, I am going to focus on those that enhance the picture taking experience with mobile devices. I have been an Apple user for decades, so I am featuring iDevices and apps, although much of what I mention is also available for Android. Since I don’t take a lot of photos with my devices, I have not used all these apps. Before downloading ... Read More »

Eagle Sanctuary Property in the Spotlight Again

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] On Monday, Sept. 8, the Marco Island City Council will be asked to sign a letter of support for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation. This will be the second time in three weeks that Carl Way, chairman and founder of the volunteer, nonprofit foundation, will appear before council seeking its written support for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary at 665 Tigertail Court, which also is known as Tract K. When Way first appeared before City Council during its regular Aug. 18 meeting, he explained that he was asking for the letter of support as part of ... Read More »

To Thine Own Self…

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill [email protected] I recently overheard a conversation between two professional photographers. One emerging; the other well-seasoned — both artistic. The seasoned artist is fabulously known for a certain genre of photographs, with a few variants, and is quite successful. The emerging artist utilizes a wide-range of subjects. “I admire your dedication to your subject,” says our emerging artist. “Don’t worry,” says the seasoned artist, “you’ll find your niche.” “I hope not!” says the emerging artist. And I said, “Bravo!” I was witnessing, and admiring, a sense of adventure in the emerging artist that was too strong to ... Read More »

Are You Nutrient Deficient?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres [email protected] Do you struggle with losing weight? Do you exercise and feel that you eat “right” and yet the scale never seems to budge? Maybe you should inspect your diet a little bit closer… The truth is that we are an overfed and undernourished society. How can there be any truth to this oxymoron? Well, for starters, we are filling up on the wrong kinds of food. Forget about the food guide pyramid — don’t even get me started on that mess of a guide. Do you crave sugar? If yes, you could be deficient in ... Read More »

Do You Have the ‘IT’ Factor?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne [email protected] There is an abundance of outstanding athletes in this world, yet some stand out from the rest of the pack. We are riveted by their excellence. In examining this incredible group of “IT” athletes, a few of these elites rise to the top: Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Edwin Moses, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Steve Prefontaine, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Tom Seaver, Reggie Jackson and Willie Mays. What is the balance between genetics verses blood, sweat and tears? How did these athletes ... Read More »

What Birds Eat… The Beak Can Tell the Tale

Wood storks use “tactolocation” to find food
and can close their beak in 1/20th of a second!

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Have you ever seen a reddish egret dance along the shoreline to snag a meal? How about a great blue heron sitting trance-like on a mangrove branch just one foot above the water to catch a fish? Or an osprey swooping into the water feet first to grasp its prey? There is such a variety of bird life in the Marco area, and they capture their next meals in several different manners. One physical feature can tell you something very unique about their diets. Take a look at the shape of the bird’s beak. ... Read More »

The Horses are Off — Seahorses, That Is

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist “Mama, come quick!” a young girl cries. “There’s a tiny horse on the beach!” As mama and others run to the scene, sure enough there is a horse in the Marco Island sand. It is only a few inches long and sure looks like our equine friends but without legs. It is a seahorse. Seahorses are very small marine fish. Like other fish they breathe through gills. They float in an upright position and have pectoral fins to maneuver and dorsal fins to maintain balance. Most importantly, they are masters of camouflage. Just like ... Read More »

Language Has a Slippery Slope

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill [email protected] Is there really no escaping the fate of eventually sounding just like our parents? Is today’s music really just noise? (I know mine was to my parents.) Are kids today really wearing horrible statements for clothing just to get a reaction from “us” (as we did to “them” 40-50 years ago)? Is language truly a dying art? Zounds, methinks not. Oh right, no one says “zounds” anymore, and “methinks” it’s amazing that spell check has nothing to say about, well, about methinkings. Or zounds. Huh? Like everything else, language is, of course, constantly evolving. I ... Read More »

Getting Your Goat

Facing Southeast, 11PM August 22nd. The bright star Fomalhaut is a relatively close neighbor of the Sun and seems to have a planetary system around it.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher [email protected] Capricornus, the goat, is the second faintest constellation in the zodiac after Cancer, but it is rather easier to pick out than its near neighbor Aquarius. Capricornus is framed by several modestly close pairs of stars which are quite noticeable once initially located. This constellation is usually referred to as a goat, but classic drawings of Capricornus show a sort of hybrid creature with goat forequarters and a fishlike tail. This makes Capricornus a member of “the sea” — a term covering a large patch of sky which contains constellations with a water ... Read More »

City Council Approves Lobbyist

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] During the 2014 legislative session, Florida lawmakers had a $1.2 billion budget surplus to dole out to pet projects in their districts. Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council are betting this was not an anomaly. “This year, the Legislature had extra money and went on a buying spree,” explained Hernstatd. “(Marco Island) was not in the game. I don’t know how long this environment will last, but I felt it was worth the council’s consideration to see if they want to get into the game.” To that end, councilors voted 5-1 ... Read More »

Why We Do It

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill [email protected] Self-deprecating humor is not in my DNA. I figure the rest of the world has enough opportunities to critique us that we don’t have to steal anyones’ negative thunder. That being said, I seldom miss the chance to laugh at myself when I do or say something foolish, and for that, there’s plenty of opportunity. Recently, I had a happenstance chat with Linda Chambers, an artist I greatly admire and a fellow instructor at Marco Island Center for the Arts. She commented on how stridently I market my work and myself. “I have to,” I ... Read More »