Tag Archives: students

Souper Bowl 2017: A Peek Inside the Bowl

By Don Manley  The time is rapidly approaching for the pouring of succulent piping hot soups from local restaurants to be poured into one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls to raise money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Now in its fifth year, the Souper Bowl raised a record $16,000 last year, up from the previous record of $12,000 in 2015. The event’s ... Read More »

Sports Were a Small Part of Roger Lalonde, the Man

By Don Manley  Roger LaLonde was known for his love of sports, but that passion was far exceeded by the late journalist and realtor’s desire to lift up his fellow man. The 72-year-old Lely Resort resident passed away on December 16 following a brief illness and after years of covering the sports teams of Marco Island schools and Lely High ... Read More »

VFW Picks Essay Contest Winners

Submitted The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Marco Island Post 6370 recognized six local students for their entry and participation in the National Patriot’s Pen 2016 essay contest. Each year the VFW recognizes excellence among youth through this program. Students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades submit their entries based on the appointed theme to their local post. Each ... Read More »

One Million Gallons in a Month? Marco man faced with $10,700 water bill.

By Barry Gwinn Don Mills fought the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. As a high school principal, he presided over a Long Island high school riven by racial animosity, at one point, facing down a group of students who were attempting to burn down the school. Retiring in 1980, Mills and his wife, Genevieve, moved to Marco ... Read More »

Discover Mentoring

The Guadalupe Center invites those interested in becoming a mentor to a college-bound Immokalee High School student enrolled in its Tutor Corps Program to Discover Mentoring on the Terrace at Caxambas in Fiddler’s Creek beginning at 5 PM on January 26. Each year, 20-30 promising new students are added to Tutor Corps. Each student works as a tutor to Kindergarten-2nd graders each day ... Read More »

Supervisor of Elections Scholarship Applications 

Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections, is currently accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity provided by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE). The FSASE is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Submitted  Applications are now being accepted by Calusa Garden Club for its summer camp scholarships and for its college scholarship. Calusa Garden Club, an association of people interested in horticulture, ecology, flower art, and the environment, awards two camperships for elementary school students and one scholarship of $500 to a high school senior residing on Marco Island. Students must apply ... Read More »

SWFL Children’s Charities presents $200,000 to FGCU and FSW

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. recently presented $200,000 to both Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and to Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) to award scholarships to qualifying students within their health care programs. Over the past eight years, the organization has granted more than $1.6 million to FGCU and FSW for programs and scholarships focused on pediatrics. “At SWFL Children’s Charities, ... Read More »

Stock Homes in Fiddler’s

Fiddler’s Creek announces that the village of Majorca by Stock Signature Homes has sold out. Stock Signature Homes also recently sold out two other single-family villages at Fiddler’s Creek: Majorca, an intimate enclave of 19 classic Mediterranean homes, and Isla del Sol, a village of 34 custom-estate residences. Located on Collier Boulevard on the way to Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Collectible Ornaments

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Every year students at Marco Island Charter Middle School are challenged with creating a new design for a Christmas Island Style collectible ornament. The theme for the 2017 ornament was a “Hibiscus Flower” and it received 137 entries. That made the task of choosing a winner very difficult for the judges. Judging took place at ... Read More »

Marco Island Woman’s Club Recognized

By Debbie Roddy  Marco Island Woman’s Club, founded October 24, 1966, began its “Celebration of 50 Years of Giving Back” in January of this year. While members have been busy with a 50th Anniversary community project and celebratory events, the Club received well-deserved official recognition from both Collier County and the State of Florida for its service to the community. ... Read More »

Shell Art Sale

Submitted It is time for one of Marco Island’s favorite holiday traditions- the Marco Island Shell Club Holiday Shell Art Sale. This fun event will take place on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to 2 PM at the United Church of Marco. The Holiday Shell Art Sale offers visitors the chance to see what the Shell Club has been ... Read More »

MICMS Salutes Veterans

Submitted The students, faculty and administration of Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) celebrated a “Salute to Veterans” program by donating $800 to the G.I. GO FUND for Disabled Veterans. The money was raised by students placing change into containers in their math classes and the faculty donating $5 each for the privilege of wearing jeans to school. The students ... Read More »

MIA Gets New Boys Soccer Coach

By Barry Gwinn After the win at Moore Haven, boys soccer team (from left), top row: Marshall Daffner, Kodie Dean, Ron Linn, Josh Dacruz, Jack Babian, Cameron Zook and Head Coach Fernando Higuera. Bottom row: Kaleb Acosta, Charlie Slonaker, Juan David Patino, Francisco Mendez, Jorge Munoz and Marco Disbel. Not pictured: Asst. Coach Bryan Gambuzina.  Fernando Higuera, 39, took over ... Read More »

Marco Firefighter/Paramedic Honored

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Pride was on display on November 9, as one of Marco’s firefighter/paramedics was awarded the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award. Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Bowden was presented the award for his response to a call for a man down at the Greater Marco YMCA Tennis Courts on April 19th of this year. Bowden ... Read More »

MICMS Raises Funds with Boots & Blues

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Last Saturday evening the community came out in typical Marco Island fashion to help raise those precious dollars for the children that attend the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS). Dennis and Lisa Meurgue, the owners of the popular Bistro Soleil Restaurant at the historic Old Marco Inn, hosted the 8th Annual Dinner Dance and Silent ... Read More »

Another Year Helping Children for Kiwanis

By Maureen Chodaba The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island recently held their Installation Dinner Dance at Hideaway Beach Club. The local organization is a component of Kiwanis International, a global foundation of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Among other causes, Kiwanis International has taken on the global initiative of eliminating neo-natal ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Distributes Dictionaries

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently completed its annual distribution of dictionaries to local third graders. Rotarians Wanda Day and Skip Merriam were joined by Gene Burson in delivering the dictionaries to students and classrooms. The three volunteers delivered dictionaries to third graders at local schools as part of this annual Rotary project. The dictionaries are purchased ... Read More »

MIA Students Scramble for Snazzy Shirts

By Barry Gwinn  Marco Island Academy’s 230 students eat lunch in two shifts, beginning at 11:30 AM. They bring their own lunches and congregate on the Champagne Pavilion, named for benefactors, Rene and Tish Champagne. With rock music, blaring from the PA system, it vaguely recalls the school cafeterias many of us were used to – only on steroids. After ... Read More »

MIA Students to Monitor Artificial Habitats

By Don Manley The artificial habitat pilot project designed to restore the cleanliness, health and aquatic diversity of the island’s canals will be aided by students from Marco Island Academy’s environmental science classes. As part of their classwork, the students will monitor the 25 habitats that were purchased earlier this year from Ocean Habitats, Inc., a small Fort Myers-based company ... Read More »