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Pre-Swing Fundamentals Part 3: Alignment

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Part 1 and 2 covered the grip and set-up position. Now, we move on to Part 3: alignment. This is the simplest fundamental of the four pre-swing fundamentals. Golfers can fix many problems by aiming a different direction. If a golfer always slices the ball to the right 30 yards, they will aim 30 yards left to get the ball to land at the target. This is a reasonable solution while playing golf. However, in the long run, aiming 30 yards left will lead to more problems. Golfers always tell me one thing: I want ... Read More »

A Meeting with Mr. Misguided

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill You are NOT going to believe what happened to me. This story begs the question: If someone is misguided, then who or what guided them there? I recently participated in a Naples event called “An Evening on 5th.” It involved visual artists and musicians scattered up and down the avenue to enhance the dining and shopping experience of the out-and-abouters. Sounded nice. I rather like talking to folks when I’m at my easel; I feel the more information the public has about the creation of art, the better for artists. The event was well organized, although ... Read More »

The Glories of Sagittarius

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SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher  usher34105@earthlink.net Last column, we gave only a scant glance at this most interesting spot in the sky, so with your indulgence we shall return to it. First notice the nearly full Moon in the sky — how could you miss it? Tonight, it sits quite low in the sky and will not rise much higher. This is because the Moon moves along the ecliptic, and the ecliptic itself is rather tilted, low in the summer sky and high in the winter. Why does the Moon follow the ecliptic at all? The major planets must ... Read More »

Field of Prey

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By John Sandford, G.P. Putnam 2014, 392 pages, Genre: Mystery “There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house.” – Joe Ryan   The 24th book in John Sandford’s Prey series proves the author is only getting better at his craft. I was engrossed in this story from page one. Although Field of Prey is a mystery, the reader knows from the beginning who the killers are. The mystery involves how the police track them down. The story opens with the kidnapping of ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

Captain Rapps with a Permit. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com The Summer heat is here, and the bite is on! Day time air temperatures in June are hovering around 90 degrees each day, which has now brought the average water temperature up to 86 degrees. Your best bet for fishing the shallow flats in June will be early morning up until about noon, and then again late in the afternoon after 4:00 PM until sunset. The regular mid-day storms will become more regular as the month progresses, so why not take advantage of a mid-day break off the water for a dip in ... Read More »

On the Shady Side

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com When most of the flowering plants and shrubs are struggling to thrive in the hot summer sun and waiting for the “cooling” afternoon showers, there is a group of plants that might be a little bit smarter. They thrive in the shade. Not only are these shade plants doing just fine, they are blooming. In Florida, shade takes on a different meaning than the shade “up north.” I don’t think we have the same deep shade areas in Florida as they do up north because the sun is so intense here. It’s lower in the ... Read More »

Creating a Buzz Through Advertising

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing This column focuses on creating a buzz using the marketing tactic, advertising. While press releases and article writing create some media buzz, organic promotion is easy if publicity is connected to advertising. Ways to Create Advertising Buzz Marketing research has shown that to create positive marketing buzz advertisers must connect with consumers and stir positive emotions. Buzz comes as a result of hitting a consumer’s sweet spot, meaning a topic they love to talk about and share with others by turning an ad campaign into a viral buzz online. Use humor or controversy to ... Read More »

Marco Y Tennis Player Takes Top Spot

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The “Clay in May” 45th Annual City of Naples Tennis Championship Tournament was held throughout the month of May and a Marco Island resident and Greater Marco Family YMCA member finished in the top spot of Combined 6.5 Women’s Tennis Doubles. Over 100 competitors competed in the Intermediate and Advanced skill level competition and Marco Y member Yvette Benarroch along with her partner Corey Stranger finished in First Place. The non-sanctioned USTA Tennis Tournament is considered to be one of the prestige Tennis Tournaments in the area and Gladyvette stated it was a fun tournament to participate in and she ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Season is Here

Sea turtle nesting has begun in Florida and will continue through the end of October. The Sunshine State accounts for 90 percent of sea turtle nests in the continental United States and five of the world’s seven beach-nesting species of sea turtles, including the loggerhead, green turtle, leatherback, hawksbill and the rarest and most endangered sea turtle – the Kemp’s ridley. Report sightings to 1-800-404-FWCC. Workers and volunteers can mark off the area to help prevent inadvertent damage; and if you spot a stranded or trapped female turtle call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-800-404-FWCC. Read More »

Mad Hatter Tea Party at Mackle Park

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is that time of year again — to celebrate Marco Island mom’s with a spot of tea. The city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department has extended its formal invitation to all Marco mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces and friends to its annual Mad Hatter Tea Party at Mackle Park. The Mad Hatter and all of Alice’s friends from Wonderland will celebrate Mothers’ Day on Saturday, May 10, from 10 AM-12 PM. On the menu are a delightful array of delicacies, including tea sandwiches, scones and various teas. The games and crafts are ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Spring is here, and one of my favorite months of fishing is among us. Mild weather patterns make May a perfect month to enjoy our local waters. It is typically a dry month with light winds. The water is warming up into the 80s, and the fish are on their annual migration from the back country waters into the near shore Gulf flats and island areas. Snook season was again open for a couple of months, but now closes on May 1 and will remain closed until September 1. The big “momma” snook ... Read More »

Southern Cross Over Marco

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Did you see the Lunar eclipse last month? We scored a reasonably cloud free night and everyone got at least a decent view. If you missed it, don’t worry. You will have another chance this coming October and twice more in 2015. A group of four consecutive lunar eclipses viewable from North America is modestly rare – the last time was in the 1990s. This time of year is the annual spot the Southern Cross challenge. What is needed is a good clear night and an unobstructed view of the southern horizon – ... Read More »

FWC Launches New Gopher Tortoise App

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Springtime in Florida means the sight of gopher tortoises strolling across a road or through a backyard or field. They leave their burrows in search of green plants to eat and a tortoise to become their mate. From now through May, females will be laying eggs the size of ping-pong balls in the sandy apron outside their burrows. This activity, however, makes them vulnerable to being struck by vehicles and injured or killed. Now, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has launched a new smartphone app to report to the FWC when and ... Read More »

Prime Fishing Targets of the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the Ten Thousand Islands, we target many different species of fish throughout the year. As the seasons change, so do our target species and methods of how and where we fish for them. Our top shallow water targets include snook, redfish, speckled trout and tarpon. In addition to these four, we catch snapper, sheepshead, shark, tripletail, pompano, permit, cobia, gag and red grouper, spanish mackerel, king mackerel, flounder, catfish, jack crevalle, ladyfish and a few others. Below is a very brief explanation of our top four targets. • Snook: There is ... Read More »

The Zenith

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Every now and then instead of facing a particular point of compass, it’s fun to look straight up — technically called the zenith. Looking up at the zenith has a couple of advantages over other directions: the sky becomes darker, and there is less atmosphere to absorb light so the stars tend to be brighter. The major difficulty is the human body is not well designed to spend an extended period of time staring straight up. Soon your neck starts hurting, and if you move suddenly, you could get dizzy and trip over ... Read More »

Mountain Pose: Tad asana (tah-dahs-anna)

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Mountain pose is a standing pose and starting pose for many other poses commonly practiced in yoga sessions. You are standing strong and tall as the name suggests, unwavering and focused in the present. It represents a strong foundation, and is full of power and meaning when taken and used to stabilize not only your physical body but also your mind and spirit. You may find yourself at first swaying a bit, or slightly moving back and forth. Given time, focus and a few cues, though, you will discover the mountain within, and be ... Read More »

Can You See the “G”?

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Here on Marco, the constellation Orion rides much higher in the sky than our northern visitors are used to. This allows the bright stars to really shine out with their full brilliance. Tonight, the chart depicts a close-up of this fascinating area of the sky. The first thing a casual stargazer should notice is how the bright stars in this constellation are all very blue — with one huge exception, Betelgeuse. This star, in the upper left of the constellation, is a red supergiant; despite the name, it looks rather closer to a ... Read More »

Jupiter Rises in the East Comet

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Comet ISON was totally roasted on Thanksgiving day during its suicide dive into the close proximity of the Sun. Apparently nothing is left of the comet except perhaps a few rocks. At less than one solar diameter distance, the comet failed to endure temperatures hot enough to melt iron. Needless to say, my careful instructions on how to view the comet during December turned out to be useless. In the form of a consolation prize, we now have Jupiter visible again during the early evening hours this winter. It can not be missed ... Read More »

‘Santa Paws’ Leads Canine Christmas Parade

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The dog biscuits flowed like wine at the 2013 Christmas Island Style Canine Christmas Parade. Some 75 pampered pooches pranced about dressed to the nines at CJ’s on the Bay in The Esplanade, all vying for the top spot in the parade. The winner: Bali, a Golden Retriever/Labrador mix owned by Brenda Kennedy. Dressed as Santa Paws, Bali received the highest marks for a costume complete with a red velvet bag filled with doggie bags for the other lupine participates. Neil Snyder, Wanda Day and Nellie Adams judged the event. Christmas Island Style’s Wayne and ... Read More »

The Surprise Planet

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net John Flamsteed was born in 1646 in England and was the first Astronomer Royal. Flamsteed’s particular astronomical passion was the careful mapping of all the naked eye visible stars. Flamsteed had this idea that the stars were forever fixed in their relative positions and his life’s work would be the final say on the matter – he considered this his own path to immortality. If you recall Bayer’s catalog used Greek letter designations for the stars and was thus limited to just 24 stars per constellation. Flamsteed’s method was to simply apply a ... Read More »