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Conservancy Announces January Nature Experiences

Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers daily electric boat cruises of the Gordon
River. Additionally, Boat and Brunch events are hosted on Sundays.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The folks at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are busy gearing up for the new year and new nature experiences in January. As always, the Conservancy invites the public to take part in all of its events at the Nature Center, its Eco-Cruises of Rookery Bay and its off-site nature walks. At the Nature Center “Boat and Brunch” will be held Sundays in January at 11 AM. Take a guided tour of the Gordon River aboard a Conservancy electric boat, and stopping for brunch at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club. Reservations are recommended, and the ... Read More »

Botana Named “Citizen of the Year”

Maria Botana, left, was honored by the Golden Gate Civic Association during the 2014 Citizens of the Year Banquet, Nov. 13, 2014. She was joined by fellow honorees, from left, Carol Fries of the Golden Gate Kiwanis Club, Public Service Employee of the Year; Pat Meulenberg of the Golden Gate Fire & Rescue District; Pat and Michael LaMendola, who accepted the award from the Rotary Club of Naples-Collier on behalf of the late Mario LaMendola. Photo Credit: Kaydee Tuff

Maria Botana of IBERIABANK was recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the Golden Gate President’s Council at a reception on Nov. 13.  Botana, who serves as vice president and branch manager for IBERIABANK’s Golden Gate office located at 5247 Golden Gate Parkway, is well known for her volunteerism and professionalism. She has been a banker in Southwest Florida for nearly 35 years and has helped many non-profits, families and businesses. “The Golden Gate Civic Association held a strategy meeting at the start of the year to identify specific areas of opportunity for our community. Bringing businesses together to foster ... Read More »

Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek

For the 10th consecutive year, The Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek is ranked among Golfweek Magazine’s Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the country. Designed by acclaimed golf course designer Arthur Hills, The Creek Course is the only golf course in Southwest Florida to earn this recognition 10 years in a row. The 18-hole, Par 72 Creek Course is designed in harmony with the community’s lush natural surroundings and features a series of holes that are strategic and challenging, yet accessible for golfers of all skill levels. It was reviewed by more than 700 course raters from across the United States ... Read More »

Fall Color in the Florida Landscape

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PLANTTALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Summer heat is beginning to subside. and we actually have temperatures in the mornings in the 50s and 60s. The first thing to do is open all the windows and doors. The next step is to start enjoying all the cassias, or sennas, that begin to bloom this time of the year. Cassias are generally known for their fast growth. Let me get this over with now before we all get confused: Cassias and sennas are the same group of plants, but some people with too much time on their hands decided to change the name ... Read More »

Walmart Foundation Awards Naples-Area Nonprofits $125,000

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation hosted a Day of Giving around the state in honor of the 18 nonprofits receiving grants from the Foundation – totaling $485,000. The events will be held in Jacksonville and Naples. In Naples, five area nonprofits were recognized and awarded $125,000. The grants support hunger relief, reef restoration and education efforts across the area. The five nonprofits recognized at the Naples event include: Friends of Rookery Bay, Naples Guadalupe Center, Immokalee The Greater Marco Family YMCA, Marco Island Helps Outreach, Naples Jewish Family and Community Services of Southwest Florida, Naples The contributions to these organizations ... Read More »

Through the Eyes of Locals

Through the Eyes of Locals The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host “Through the Eyes of Locals”, an exhibit by various local photographers, Helen Bryan, Tommy Owen and Kathy Daniels. The museum invites visitors to experience the unique Everglades landscape through the lens of three longtime area resident artists and their view of the place they call home, its people and the amazing sunsets that should not be missed.  The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of November. The artist reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, which is free and open ... Read More »

New Reception Desk Debuts at MIHM

Artist J.J. Stinchcomb, donors Bill and Karen Young and artist Peter  Sottong with the newly refurbished reception desk at the Marco Island Historical Museum. PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Regular patrons of the Marco Island Historical Museum will notice something different about the lobby when they walk in during their next visit. Thanks to a generous monetary donation by Bill and Karen, the museum was able to secure a new reception desk and have it refurbished by local artist J.J. Stinchcomb. The Youngs have been major contributors to the Marco Island Historical Society and its museum since it was built. “We felt like it was a little piece of Marco that was missing,” says Bill of the museum. As a result of the Youngs’ ... Read More »

Have A Musical Interlude at the Art Center

Local students perform at the Bach festival. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted For those who love music, the Art Center has planned a new series of evening events called “Musical Interludes.” The first such evening will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 5:30-7:00 PM and features the Bach Ensemble of Southwest Florida. Lovers of the classics will not want to miss this exceptional performance. Tickets are $35 per person. “Music, as an art form, is meant to enhance the quality of life. Here is your chance to sit back, close your eyes and just relax,” says Rosemary Wick, President of the Art Center’s Board of Directors. Members of the Ensemble will ... Read More »

RedSnook Tournament Nets $72,000

The winning corporate team, RGM Capital LLC, included Ed Novinksi and Jason Krishnan. They are pictured with co-chairs
Wayne Meyland and Gary Parsons.

Submitted A record-breaking 45 teams participated in the 2014 RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament that took place Oct. 24-26, generating $72,000 to support juvenile gamefish studies, water-quality research and estuary protection conducted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Wayne A. Meland of Morgan Stanley sponsored the event. Meland also served as event co-chair, along with Gary Parsons. The 2014 honorary chair was Oliver White, a rising star in the fly fishing community and passionate conservationist. “The mission of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and their water quality work is a natural fit for the conservation work I do,” White said. ... Read More »

Celebrating the Past and the Future

Shell tool artifacts

By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig R. Woodward On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Marco Island Historical Society and the Marco Island Historical Museum will celebrate the next stage of their evolution with the completion of its newest permanent exhibit about Frank Hamilton Cushing and his famous 1896 archeological expedition on Marco Island. Dubbed “Paradise Found: 6,000 Years of People on Marco Island,” the ribbon will be cut on the exhibit Nov. 15 during a private donor reception, followed by a MIHS member preview on Monday, Nov. 17. It will officially open to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 18. It will ... Read More »

Look North!

Looking North, 9PM, Nov. 14. What happened to the Big Dipper? SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net We hardly ever look north in this column, and it’s time to fix that. Now, locate Polaris, the pole star, by locating the finder stars in the Big Dipper. What? Where is the Big Dipper you say? That’s the first lesson to learn tonight: We have no Big Dipper in the sky on evenings during November and December! To find the pole star, locate the upside down W-shape of Cassiopeia and drop your eye straight downwards. Polaris is the brightest star seen before you reach the horizon. Notice that Polaris is far lower ... Read More »

Going Skin Deep with Dr. Daniel Wasserman

Dr. Daniel Wasserman and his team at Skin Wellness Physicians. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Pat Newman “I don’t treat skin cancer; I treat people. That’s what it’s about,” stated Dr. Daniel I. Wasserman, who opened his own practice “Skin Wellness Physicians” at 8625 Collier Blvd in Naples in July. Daniel I. Wasserman, MD, FAAD, and a Board Certified Dermatologist, practiced locally on Marco Island and Naples for three-and-half years. “Marco Island has a family atmosphere, and the interconnectedness is really nice,” he said. His new location will provide a highly specialized level of treatment with an onsite surgical suite for people in Southwest Florida dealing with skin cancers and port wine stains. As ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Starts New Season

Calusa Garden Club members listen to officer and committee reports. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted On Monday, Oct. 15, Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club held their first meeting of the new season. The program, “Wildflowers of Southwest Florida,” was presented by Dr. Gary Schmelz. Dr. Schmelz also sold and signed books he has authored. The next meeting will be held in Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 South Barfield Road. An optional floral design workshop will begin at 11 AM and will be followed by a social time. The meeting starts at 1 PM, and a program by noted garden expert and author, Monica Brandies, will begin at 2 PM. Guests are ... Read More »

Island Theater Company

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The Box Office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the Island Theater Company’s upcoming fall production of Stonewall’s Bust sponsored by Centennial Bank. The Island Theater Company is delighted to bring you Stonewall’s Bust by John Morogiello (author of last year’s hit show Blame It On Beckett). Stonewall’s Bust will run from October 25th – November 8th. This year’s southern comic gem is about nervous New Yorker Paul Streyker who bites off more than he can chew when, while visiting his girlfriend’s hometown deep in Dixie, he breaks a priceless Confederate heirloom and lies about it. Paul’s ... Read More »

Alligator District Jamboree on the Air

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014 Time: Stop by from 8:00AM – 5:00 PM Location: Naples American Red Cross (Behind Bob Evans Restaurant) 2610 Northbrooke Plaza Dr. Naples, FL 34119 Cost: No Charge! Details: All Scouts and general public are invited to an amateur HAM radio “Jamboree” with 14,000 Scouts from across the world! Every year Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) brings Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers together through the airwaves to learn about amateur radio operation. This is a great recreational use of “old school” technology to speak with other scouts in areas your Scout may never go in their lifetime. ... Read More »

3D Mammography Coming to PRCB

Dr. Sharla Gayle Patterson 
and Breast Health Navigator Jennifer Keller of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Though the celebrations of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness month are now underway, ask any health-conscious woman and she’ll quickly tell you: Breast health is a year-round focus. To that end, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard will soon be the first hospital in Southwest Florida to offer 3D digital tomosynthesis for early breast cancer detection — mammography that allows for a more detailed understanding of breast tissue. Now FDA approved, 3D mammography has already resulted in an earlier detection of invasive and noninvasive breast cancers in multiple studies and is expected to be available to patients in November. This new screening ... Read More »

Butterfly Gardening in Florida: The Heliconia Trio

Zebra Longwing Butterfly

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com This is the second installment in my 10-part series on Butterfly Gardening in Florida. This time we’re going to focus on the Heliconia genus of butterflies, which includes the Zebra Longwing (Zebra), Florida’s state butterfly; the Julia; and the Gulf Fritillary. Let’s begin with the Zebra butterfly, also known as the social butterfly. It travels great distances during the day for néctar, but always returns to the same place at night to roost. Zebras commonly roost together in large numbers, which is why they’re nicknamed social butterflies. While hanging motionless, they are vulnerable. To discourage ... Read More »

Touchdown Club Donates Equipment to MIA Football

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The Marco Island Academy Rays Touchdown Club, a local booster club made up of Marco area residents, has made its first significant donation to MIA’s varsity football program — new equipment. The new equipment donated includes a Generation Two Vertical Power Model hydration system from Waterboy Sports, as well as video equipment enabling coaches to video tape Rays’ games. “With the hot weather we have here in Southwest Florida, it is vital that we keep these students well hydrated,” said Wayne Purvis, Touchdown Club president. “It is also important to assure coaches have the resources they need for teaching our ... Read More »

Hummingbirds Return in the Winter

Firebush – number two nectar plant. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Years ago when I began my quest to attract butterflies to my garden, little did I know that butterfly gardening came with a bonus? After years of removing turf grass from my yard and replacing it with colorful flowering plants to attract wildlife— particularly butterflies — I no longer have any grass left to mow. During the past couple of fall seasons, I’ve been seeing numerous hummingbirds competing for nectar with our year-round friends, the butterflies. This is such a great thrill! It started a few years ago, with one or two hummingbirds arriving every ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Celebrates National Estuaries Day

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The sky was clear. The sun was shining, and the parking lot of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was packed on Saturday, Sept. 27. The occasion: National Estuaries Day, an annual event established in 1988 as part of Coast Weeks to help educate the public and promote the importance of estuaries and the need to protect them. Rookery Bay is one of 28 national estuarine research reserves, and the local crowd celebrated the day in fine style, with guided boat expeditions of the estuary, kayak and paddle board adventures on Henderson Creek, behind-the-scenes laboratory ... Read More »