Tag Archives: strength

Listen to Your Heart

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “It’s impossible.” Said Pride. “It’s risky.” Said Experience. “It’s pointless.” Said Reason. “Give it a try.” Whispered the Heart. There’s an inspirational book titled, “Waking” by Matthew Sanford. The book is based on the real-life events of Mr. Sanford’s life. When he was 13 years old, he and his family were traveling through ... Read More »

The Gravity of Falling

Keeping You Safe Chris Bowden Firefighter/Paramedic cbowden@cityofmarcoisland.com Losing your independence after years of self-reliance is often a hard pill to swallow. Due to the natural ageing process, these golden years are often overlooked altogether. As you can imagine, it’s very important that while you and your loved ones continue to age, being properly prepared and informed is vital. I am ... Read More »

Marco’s DAR Learns About the Draft

By Chris Curle  DAR stands for Daughters of the American Revolution, so it’s expected that America’s military history would be very much on the minds of Marco’s DAR chapter. And that was the theme of Michael Eckers’ presentation at the chapter’s January meeting at Hideaway Beach Club. Michael Eckers is the author of several books on American military history, including ... Read More »

The Naples Trust Company: CURRENT OUTLOOK

Andrew Vanderhorst, CFA, CFP, CLU  Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager, The Naples Trust Company Naples/Marco, FL – – (January 23, 2017) – – In retrospect, the theme for 2016 was ‘expect the unexpected.’  The British vote to leave the European Union (EU) was greatly discounted by the ‘smart money.’ The surprise election of Donald Trump to the US presidency ... Read More »

From the Playing Field to the Ministry

By Don Manley Anticipation filled the air as Chip Minton chatted with the youths who’d flocked, along with a passel of adults, to the Greater Marco Family YMCA gym. All eyes were fixed upon Minton as he prepared to demonstrate a rare skill. In his hands he held a thick phone book that he quickly proceeded to rip in half. ... Read More »

JCMI Film Festival Presents ‘To Life!’

Submitted The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will present the second film of the season of its Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Jewish Film Festival. The movie, “To Life!” will be shown at the JCMI on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2 PM. The movie, in German with English subtitles, takes place in post WWII Germany and tells a touching ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Time For Change

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com On November 8th Americans went to the polls around the country and participated in what could best be described as a revolution of sorts. Throughout the nation men and women, young and old went to vote that day and sent a message that they would like to see a change in the direction ... Read More »

Be Informed

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides I’m sure that on the evening of November 8th, after all the polling places across the nation have closed and the robo-calls have ceased, Americans will breathe a sigh of relief as the electioneering will be done, at least for another two years. Our system of government, that of a Democratic Representative Republic, is ... Read More »

Managing Expectations: Hype Versus Reality

ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”  ~Ronald Reagan  Question: How much influence will either presidential candidate have on financial markets when one of them moves into the White House? Answer: A study by American Funds® Capital Group reviewing U.S. presidential elections since 1934 shows that market returns over the ... Read More »

Exercise to Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

DIMENSIONS OF DEMENTIA Shirley Woolaway My 17-year-old granddaughter ran two half-marathons this summer, each 13.6 miles. Back in school she’s running three to five miles daily with her cross country team. She’s getting plenty of exercise. By contrast, this summer I walked up to two miles four or five times weekly and also swam occasionally. Because of traveling I seldom found ... Read More »

Hurricane Threat

By Jay Fernandes  Hurricane season is upon us again and we are all watching weather maps to be ready and prepared. Much of the knowledge and information we acquire is accumulated from years of experience and listening to others. Most of us have assets at risk which are exposed to wind and sea. Our Marco boating citizens have been challenged ... Read More »

Cub Scouts Battle Firefighters in Annual Tug-of-War

By Megan Olsen Recently, members of the Marco Island Fire Department faced off against Cub Scout Pack 234 at the annual tug-of-war. Firefighters Dan Stoller, Alex Correa and Richard Esquerete arrived at Wesley United Methodist Church on their fire truck to greet the scouts. The firefighters graciously battled it out with each of the dens individually before taking on the ... Read More »

Passero’s Passion, Experience, Boost Marco Y

By Don Manley The five chronic diseases included among the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s health and wellness program priorities for the next few years have played a pivotal role in life of Deborah Passero. Cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and cardiovascular disease were all selected as focal points by the Y’s board of directors earlier this year. ... Read More »

Marie Senechal’s Blankets of Love

By Maureen Chodaba Color is a celebration of sight, an experience of vision and a reflection of light. The qualities of hue and brightness awaken our vitality and stir our emotions. Texture is the tactile quality of physical substance and touch. When color and texture are combined, they create an entity that can be grasped and held. Long time Marco ... Read More »

Mackle Park Indoor Programs Move to Family Church

By Maureen Chodaba The fence is up, the PODS are packed, and the building is going down! The curtain has closed on Mackle Park’s Community Center, the longtime hub of recreation on Marco Island. But the show will go on! Although the outdoor activities will remain much the same throughout the demolition and new construction at the park, the indoor ... Read More »

Pickleball For All

By Paige Mitschele Florida is the vanguard of a movement that is sweeping the nation: the sport of Pickleball. It has taken speed beyond all bounds and few have known how to harness its force like Jim Ludwig. There are pickleball players. There are pickleball pros….and then there are individuals whom have become ambassadors of the sport, free of charge, donating their time and admiration for pickleball’s growth ... Read More »

Water Workouts at the Y

Submitted At the start of one of her Aqua-Zumba pool workout programs at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, Aqua-Zumba in- structor Doris D’Agostino tells participants this isn’t about overexertion. “Burning is good, pain is not good,” D’Agostino says before conducting her class with infectious enthusiasm. She goes through her moves outside the pool, and clearly enjoys the solid 45-minute session. ... Read More »

Chess, the Battle Game of All Ages

By Wade Keller The battle was set. Round nine, the final game of the World Chess Open would begin at 4:30 afternoon on July 4. There were over a thousand players, competing in separate ratings at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia. I was in the Under-1400 rating with 118 competitors. After eight rounds my score was 5-3, meaning 5 wins, ... Read More »

“Wear Your Wish Wednesday” social media campaign will benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida announces “Wear Your Wish Wednesday” — a social media campaign to take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. This day-long event is intended to celebrate thePower of a Wish®. Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers invite businesses, co-workers, classmates, schools, hospitals and individuals to think like wish child and dream of their own heartfelt wish, then dress accordingly to participate in “Wear Your WishWednesday.” There ... Read More »

“Wear Your Wish Wednesday” social media campaign will benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida announces “Wear Your Wish Wednesday” — a social media campaign to take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. This day-long event is intended to celebrate thePower of a Wish®. Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers invite businesses, co-workers, classmates, schools, hospitals and individuals to think like wish child and dream of their own heartfelt wish, then dress accordingly to participate in “Wear Your WishWednesday.”  There ... Read More »