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Mackle Park Indoor Programs Move to Family Church

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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 activities have been relocated to the Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive. “So far everyone has been very receptive to our new location,” said Lola Dial, recreation manager, noting that the facilities at the Family Church are very nice. “Many programs ... Read More »

Pickleball For All

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Pickleball For All provided a complete pickleball package to Collier County schools.

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 and prosperity. Jim has been a major proponent in bringing to Naples hundreds of designated courts, multiple USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association) tournaments, as well as creating a nonprofit organization known as Pickleball For All. This organization’s mission statement is to instill encouragement, integrity, strength ... Read More »

Water Workouts at the Y

Instructor Gustavo Sita puts a class through one of the resistance moves.

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. D’Agostino leads her weekly classes Saturdays at the Y pool, and joins fellow instructor Gustavo Sita, who puts Aqua- Grove and Rock Steady Boxing Parkin- son’s participants through their paces at various levels of intensity. “Zumba works the entire body,” ... Read More »

Chess, the Battle Game of All Ages

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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, 3 losses. As I set up the chess pieces I was thinking, Got to have this final game. Score of 6-3 will be with the winners. Got to win. In tournaments the computer decides who plays who based on wins/losses/draws. ... Read More »

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

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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 are four categories participants can use as inspiration: I wish to be; I wish to go; I wish to have; and I wish to meet. To join in the fun, participants are asked to post a photo of themselves on ... Read More »

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

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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 are four categories participants can use as inspiration: I wish to be; I wish to go; I wish to have; and I wish to meet. To join in the fun, participants are asked to post a photo of themselves on ... Read More »

The Return of Wrestling to the Summer Olympics A Win for Contestants, Spectators, Coaches, and Society

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By Roy Eaton In 2013, the International Olympic Committee voted to drop wrestling, a core sport in Summer Olympics. To many this was unfathomable because wrestling was one of nine sports of the ancient Greek Olympics dating back to the year 708 B.C. After an overwhelming outcry from competitors, coaches, and spectators wrestling was reinstated, but as a non-core sport. The wrestling community was grateful for its return, but many within this assemblage found it offensive that a sport which transcends limitations and builds immeasurable character and whose origin traces back to ancient times and the beginning of competitive sport, ... Read More »

Project Nikita Revealed

Arthrex, a Collier County-based medical device manufacturing company, will expand its operations in North Naples, creating 560 jobs and $63 million in investment as part of a public-private agreement between the company, the state and Collier County. “To have a global medical device leader like Arthrex make this kind of investment shows their confidence in Collier County. The ripple effect of Arthrex’s physical expansion and the jobs created contributes greatly to our region’s growing economic strength,” said Kristi Bartlett, vice president of economic development for the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. “This is a prime example of the fruits of ... Read More »

Caring Enough To Take Care

Do something every day to fill your own bucket.
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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  As the Summer Olympic Games in Rio get closer, there is increasing media attention to the American athletes who will be participating. I recently saw Kerri Walsh Jennings interviewed and I was truly impressed. Ms. Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, a three time Olympic gold medal winner, a wife, and mother of three young children. Kerri stands more than six feet tall and her nickname is Six Feet of Sunshine. An appropriate appellation, in my opinion. She radiates happiness, warmth and strength. In her interview, Kerri was asked how she stayed ... Read More »

Lely’s Top 100 Scholars

From left: Sophomores Ella Kerchner, Tia Nielsen, Mariah Olcheski,  Molishka Heriveaux, Jordan Vann and Pilar Forrest. PHOTO BY TRESA NIELSEN

By Maureen Chodaba “These are the cream of the crop of Lely High School,” said National Honor Society advisor, Professor Brian Milner as he welcomed the attendees to the annual Lely High School Top 100 Dinner at the Marco Island Hilton on May 26. Sponsored by the Lely High School National Honor Society (NHS), the event honors the top 25 academic achievers in each class. NHS President Diana Alas said, “The National Honor Society enjoys celebrating the successes of the brightest students at Lely and believes they truly deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments. Students can enjoy seeing the ... Read More »

Can Al-Anon Help?

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Submitted  Heavy drinkers commonly say that their drinking is not as serious a problem as some people may think. People who are close to them also have a tendency to minimize how seriously the drinker’s alcohol abuse has affected them. They are trying to keep things as normal as possible under conditions that are sometimes unbearable.   How Can Al-Anon Help? A Member Shares Her Story Submitted  In November of 2011 I picked up a pamphlet in the doctor’s office titled “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism” and browsed through it. Words began to leap off the pages at me and aroused feelings that I ... Read More »

Mangroves…Florida’s “Walking Trees”

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Mangrove trees in the background, a great egret prepares to land in search of a meal.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist  Take a boat ride through Rookery Bay and you will see them. Head the other direction towards Florida Bay and, undoubtedly, they are prominent. Just walk to Tigertail Lagoon here on Marco and they can’t be missed. Mangrove trees are everywhere! Worldwide there are more than 50 species of mangrove trees. Here in Florida three species call our state home. They are the red mangrove, black mangrove and the white one. Of these three the red is probably most well known. They are some of Florida’s true natives, thriving in salty environments. All need ... Read More »

The Pull of the Moon

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The full moon sets over the Gulf at an early morning Beach Yoga class

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com She is our moon. Our tidal pull. She is the rich deep beneath the sea, the buried treasure, the expression in the owl’s eye, the perfume in the wild rose. She is what the water says when it moves. – Patricia A. McKillip The moon. Most of us have gazed at it on a clear night. Maybe even marveled at its changing shape, created by shadows and illumination. Some blame it for changes in mood or behavior. And a chosen few have walked atop its desolate surface, staring back at the Earth, tiny and ... Read More »

Marco Island Loves Essentrics!

Submitted In just a short period of time, Essentrics with Judy classes, which began on January 4, 2016, have grown from just eight students to almost 40 students per class. According to Tom Waltz, director of business development, “We are seeing a huge response to the Essentrics program here on Marco Island. Since our first class on January 4th we are seeing more students every week, and have a overwhelming retention rate due to Judy’s energetic instruction.” Essentrics combines strengthening and stretching to develop a strong, toned body and enhances the ability to move joints and muscles freely, and with a full range of ... Read More »

The 9-1-1 on Marco’s Emergency Service

By Maureen Chodaba On March 15, 2016 many voters in Collier County will be asked to vote in a “straw ballot” regarding the future of their EMS and transport services. You may ask, and rightfully so, just what is a straw ballot? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a straw ballot, also known as a “straw vote” or “straw poll” as “an unofficial vote taken (as at a chance gathering) to indicate the relative strength of opposing candidates or issues.” Wikipedia.com goes on to say that the idiom’s origin “may allude to a straw (thin plant stalk) held up to see in what ... Read More »

Character and Thought Foundation To Host Benefit Featuring Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne

On Sunday February 21, Character and Thought Foundation will host a Project UNIFY Community Awareness Day featuring internationally known athlete and speaker Loretta Claiborne. The event is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at North Collier Regional Park and will feature sports, games, music, Chinese auction, food, haircut-a-thon, and more! Everyone is welcome, and admission is free. Donations will be gladly accepted, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Florida – Collier County and Character and Thought Foundation. Ms. Claiborne, a Special Olympics athlete since 1970, is a world-class competitor who shares her life story with a heart-felt message of acceptance, hope, and tolerance. Born with ... Read More »

Character and Thought Foundation To Host Benefit Featuring Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne

On Sunday February 21, Character and Thought Foundation will host a Project UNIFY Community Awareness Day featuring internationally known athlete and speaker Loretta Claiborne. The event is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at North Collier Regional Park and will feature sports, games, music, Chinese auction, food, haircut-a-thon, and more! Everyone is welcome, and admission is free. Donations will be gladly accepted, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Florida – Collier County and Character and Thought Foundation. Ms. Claiborne, a Special Olympics athlete since 1970, is a world-class competitor who shares her life story with a heart-felt message of acceptance, hope, and tolerance. Born with ... Read More »

YMCA Red Carpet Affair

From left: Dianna Dohm, Alex Elaty and Deborah Passero at the YMCA Red Carpet Affair.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Saturday, January 23, 2016 was a special night for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. A Red Carpet Affair was held at Hideaway Beach Club to raise funds for the organization. The formal event was set up like a Hollywood-style event, with photographers and a red carpet greeting guests as they entered. Mutual of Omaha’s Dianna Dohm acted in tribute to Joan Rivers- announcing guests and asking about their fashion choices for the evening. John Ritchie caught it all on camera, paparazzi-style. Throughout the night guests danced and socialized in the lavishly decorated room. YMCA CEO ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy Welcomes New Head Football Coach

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January 8, 2016, Marco Island, FL – Marco Island Academy is proud to announce and welcome Damon Coiro as our new Head Football Coach. Coiro brings coaching experience at both the college and high school levels. He was formerly the assistant football coach at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he was responsible for wide receivers, outside linebackers, and strong safeties. He has been head football coach at Grimsley High School and offensive coordinator at Toms River High School East in New Jersey. Coiro has also had experience coaching at the college level, having served as the assistant football coach and head strength and ... Read More »

Mental Mastery

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have found the modern sports psychologist like to use the word “mastery” to encompass all that it takes to become really good at something. By studying these masters of performance we can understand the mental makeup it takes to achieve greatness. Personally, I have found the mental side of golf to be a roadblock in my path to improve. I believe for everyone mastering our own mental state while in pressure situation is an ongoing battle, because it has been proven that the brain is ever evolving throughout our entire life. Improving performance comes ... Read More »