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MICMS to Host GaudÌ Traveling Exhibit

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Submitted Marco Island Charter Middle School will be displaying giant reproductions — approximately 50 feet — of the fascinating architecture of Antoní Gaudi. A Teacher’s Discovery Traveling Exhibit, the huge, featured reproductions will be hung in the hallways outside of the Spanish, Art and Performing Arts classrooms during the week of Jan. 26-30. Like a passport to Spain, the exhibit celebrates architecture as art, the beautiful city of Barcelona and Spanish culture and demonstrates how Gaudi gave the world one of the finest examples of architecture as art. Brightly colored images on lightweight satin fabric include: Sagrada Familia and Casa ... Read More »

TBE Profile: Dana Vogel

Miss Vogel takes some time before starting the day to go over homework with her 4th-grade students. PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For Dana Vogel, coming to Marco Island was like going back to her childhood stomping grounds of Bethany Beach, DE. “I have family that live on Marco Island,” she says. “Marco Island reminds me of Bethany Beach, DE. When I lived there, I remember not having to lock our doors at night and being a smaller, tight-knit community. I feel safe on Marco Island just as I did when I lived in Bethany Beach. It’s a feeling that unfortunately is not so easy to find anymore.” That’s why she jumped at the chance to teach ... Read More »

K of C Bingo Season Opens with Record Crowds

Record crowds filled the hall for Bingo at San Marco Chuch.

Submitted The San Marco Church Knights of Columbus Bingo pulled in almost 500 players in the first two sessions of this season — the most players ever. Attendance for the opening night Bingo was up more than 70 percent over the previous year, a record opening night. The Jan. 15 Bingo games brought in 23 percent more players than the previous year. Joe Fatony, the Grand Knight of the San Marco K of C said, “Opening night temperatures were cool, which usually makes Bingo a more attractive entertainment alternative for seasonal visitors, but there was still a record crowd for ... Read More »

Souper Bowl 2015

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Right now, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are preparing to go to battle in the University of Phoenix Stadium during the National Football League’s Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1. On Marco Island, nine restaurants and one culinary arts program are prepping for their own competition, as they get ready to participate in Souper Bowl-Marco Island 2015 on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Mackle Park from 11 AM-1 PM. A bowl pre-sale event only for parents of students who created a bowl is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30. Bowls are $10 each. Now ... Read More »

Marco Island Schools Go into ‘Lockdown’

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By Noelle H. Lowery It was a typical Thursday for Dr. Jory Westberry, the faculty, staff and students at Tommie Barfield Elementary, until shortly after 1 PM. “We received word that there was a man with a rifle that appeared to be heading toward the vicinity of the schools,” explains Westberry of the Jan. 15 incident. “We immediately went into Code Red. Our main concern was that he had a rifle.” According to a statement released by the Marco Island Police Department, at 1:13 PM, MIPD was dispatched to the area of Front Street and Marco Lake Drive where there ... Read More »

Lely Student Tests Positive for TB

By Noelle H. Lowery The parents of Lely High School students received some disturbing information today when it was revealed that one student at the school has tested positive and is being treated for an active case of Tuberculosis, or TB. In conjunction with the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the administration at Lely sent home letters to parents about the situation, and parents also received a recorded message from Collier County Public Schools and DOH-Collier County Administrator Stephanie Vick. The message informed parents that those students who have been exposed will be directly contacted about testing options. Additionally, an informational ... Read More »

Goal Setting

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The game of golf in the year of 2014 was exciting. Rory McIlroy became an even bigger superstar. Tiger Woods battled injuries. Rickie Fowler shined in the majors. Patrick Reed made a stir as the USA lost another Ryder Cup, and President Barack Obama made news by playing a lot of golf. How was your 2014 golf year? Did you meet your goals? Did you have golf goals? I challenge all golfers who want to get better in 2015 to set golf goals. A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the ... Read More »

TBE Profile: Georgina Dolan

Georgina Dolan (center) is pictured with her 9-month-old daughter,  Delaney and husband, Devin. SUBMITTED photo

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every morning, Georgina Dolan walks down familiar hallways. After all, Tommie Barfield Elementary’s newest third grade teacher was once a student at TBE. “I was born in New York, and my family moved to Marco Island when I was one,” Dolan remembers. In 2008, she graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with Bachelors Degree in elementary education, and earned a Master’s Degree in K-12 Reading K-12 in 2012. Her husband, Devin, is a Naples native, and the couple recently moved back to Marco Island from Naples with their nine-month-old daughter, Delaney. She has taught third ... Read More »

AMIkids Big Cypress Receives DOL Funding

AMIkids Big Cypress has had much success already with its construction and skilled crafts programs. SUBMITTED photoS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff AMIkids Big Cypress has been awarded funding to develop vocational training and job placement programs. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the grant will provide AMIkids Big Cypress students the certifications and tools they need to be job-ready when they complete the program, qualifying them for immediate employment. The Vocational Training and Job Placement initiative will focus on four key industries: healthcare, information technology, construction and skilled crafts, and food service. All of the government funding will go towards this initiative. Students at these AMIkids programs will have the opportunity to select the path ... Read More »

Supervisor of Elections Accepting Scholarship Applications

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer J. Edwards 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 Administration, or Journalism/Mass Communication majors who have finished two years of junior college or undergraduate work. Students should also demonstrate a financial need. The deadline for the completed application and two letters of recommendation must ... Read More »

Kiwanis Shares the Joy of Christmas

Lisa Bludworth’s first grade class and their gifts.

By Don Manley The spirit of Christmas — the compassion, the joy of giving and the elation of receiving — has been a regular part of the holiday season at the Manatee Elementary School media center for more than a decade thanks to a special effort by Marco Islanders. Naturally, 2014 was no different thanks, as always, to the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. Through its annual Toys for Kids program, the club has raised funds to purchase toys for children in need at Manatee for the last 12 years. The program also includes some students at Tommie Barfield Elementary ... Read More »

MIA Receives ‘A’ Grade

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Academy received an early Christmas gift from the Florida Department of Education right before its holiday break. The island’s charter high school received an overall “A” grade for its academic performance over the 2013-14 school year. “The hard work of teachers, students, school leadership, and board members at Marco Island Academy really paid off,” said MIA Board Chairman and Founder Jane Watt. “I am so proud of all those who worked so hard.” The “A” grade was the result of MIA receiving its accreditation last year and its dramatically improved test scores ... Read More »

SWAMP Programs Begin at Big Cypress

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Submitted A new season of environmental education programs for Collier County’s sixth-grade students has begun with student field trips to the Big Cypress National Preserve. Programs began in October and are scheduled through the end of March. They are supported this year by the South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT), the official nonprofit partner of the Big Cypress National Preserve. More than 3,000 students, teachers and parents are scheduled to explore the Big Cypress Swamp this season on ranger-led field trips while participating in the Swamp Water and Me Program (SWAMP), the preserve’s hands-on environmental education program. The program gives ... Read More »

The Immokalee Foundation students help make holidays brighter

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Students of The Immokalee Foundation recently had a hand in helping make the holidays brighter for children overseas by donating shoeboxes filled with gifts to Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project designed to deliver good news and great joy to boys and girls around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 113 million shoeboxes in over 150 countries. When donating, students could decide whether they wanted to pack a shoebox for a boy or a girl and then look for gifts appropriate for a specific age range. In addition to toys, practical items such as ... Read More »

RENOWNED ARTIST PROVIDES INSTRUCTION AT ROOKERY BAY RESERVE

~Art classes tailored for participants at all ability levels~ Back by popular demand for the third season, Rookery Bay Reserve offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to learn from master artist, author and instructor Lee Hammond, whose classes cover a variety of modes and styles with a focus on animals and landscapes. Hammond is a police composite artist, holds licenses to paint pictures of NASCAR drivers and has published more than 30 art instruction books that have sold more than 1 million copies. With a home base in the Midwest all summer and fall, Hammond has established her winter teaching home ... Read More »

Souper Bowl Marco: Helping Hands Sending Kids to College

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It takes a lot of money to send a kid to college these days. In fact, the College Board recently reported that for the 2013-2014 academic year the cost of one year at a moderately-priced in-state public college was $22,826, and annual private college tuition averaged $44,750. For those college-bound students seeking financial aid, the need translates to student loans, grants and scholarships, and on Marco Island, scholarships from local charitable organizations are shining examples of how people in a community can lend a hand to help college dreams come true. So, how many of ... Read More »

North Pole: The Musical

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Song and dance filled the gym at Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), much to the delight of friends, family and other classmates. “North Poles: The Musical” was another popular production put on by the school, directed and choreographed by Karen Raymond, MICMS chorus and performing arts teacher. Stars included Santa and Mrs. Claus played by Carson Essi and Lia Okenova. Emily Boxma played Crystal, and Mikayla Rivera was one of the elves. Other elves included Prestley Irvan, Victoria Novotny and Morgan Mahony. Bailey Dunst was elf and assistant director. There were six snowmen, performed ... Read More »

Yuletide Shakespeare

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Submitted Celebrate the Christmas season with students from The Marco Island Academy who will conclude their acting workshop with The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival by performing a showcase of works from some of Shakespeare’s most renowned plays. Yuletide Shakespeare will feature scenes from As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and The Tempest. Joined by caroling singers and holiday cheer, this will be an event the entire family is sure to enjoy! The Yuletide Shakespeare showcase concludes an eight-week acting workshop that was taught by Kaitlynn McRae, Director of Operations at the Marco Island ... Read More »

ROOKERY OFFERS NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

~Participants sharpen their nature photography skills both in the classroom and the field~ Relative newcomers to digital SLR (single lens reflex) nature photography will be able to build on their skills at a two-session nature photography workshop to be held at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on Dec. 18 and 19, 2014. Only five photographers may participate in the two-part class, which will address nature photography techniques led by reserve educator and photographer Dave Graff. The classroom session will teach a variety of photography techniques including spot metering, composition and depth of field, among others. A discussion about the ethics ... Read More »

No Problems, Just Solutions

Young Artists Acadamy students  drawing in the gallery of Marco Islands Center for teh Arts. photo by Tara O'Neill

Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I am so fortunate. Despite the days that close in utter weariness due to facing a multitude of challenges, most mornings dawn with the waking certainty of how fortunate I am. For one thing, I now use the word challenges, where once I would have used the word problems. One recent shine of fortune was to be invited to instruct at the Young Artists Academy at Marco Islands Center for the Arts. The Center’s executive director, Hyla Crane, was challenged with resurrecting a bygone program that instructs dedicated 12-18 year old artists Saturday mornings for ... Read More »