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EDITORIAL & OPINION: Time For Change

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

A tug-of-war between firefighters Stoller, Correa and Esquerete vs. the Webelos Den, as the rest of the pack cheers them on.

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

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Deborah Passero explains the Rock Steady Boxing class to attendees at September’s Family
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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

Marie’s wonderful world of color. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

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

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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 ... 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 ... 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. ... 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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? ... 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 ... Read More »