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Eagles Draw Art Patrons

Twenty artists were selected and every piece was available for sale to support the goals of the Foundation.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The streets of Marco Island were a little less crowded on Tuesday, February 10, and now we know why. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held its regular “Second Tuesday Reception” by hosting the opening of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation’s exhibit “Bald Eagle and Wildlife Art”. This was the highest attendance of all “Second Tuesday Receptions” at the Center and the exhibit was filled wall-to-wall with supporters of this worthy cause. Patrons lined up out the door to experience artist’s work of Bald Eagles and other protected wildlife to support the foundation’s efforts. “We ... Read More »

CAPTIVATING CLASSICS

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The 2015 Kiwanis Car Show did not disappoint classic car enthusiasts. Over 200 waxed, buffed and shined autos were on display at the Marco Healthcare Center grounds. It was a great day strolling under beautiful Marco Island skies and close to 3700 people took advantage of the opportunity to look under the hoods, check out interiors and peruse the glistening paint jobs. Whether your interest was in muscle cars, sports cars, antique cars, hot rods or specialty cars, there was something to see. Students from the Marco Island Academy Key Club assisted their parent Kiwanis Club. ... Read More »

TBE Teacher Profile: Barbara Fields

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Barbara Fields knows kids. Not only does she have six children of her own, but she also has been teaching for the last 14 years — grades 2-5 and college. To date, she has taught in West Virginia, Virginia and South Carolina, and currently, she is in her first year of teaching fourth grade at Tommie Barfield Elementary. She has two bachelors degrees: one in education and one in recreation. She also has a masters degree in education/administration leadership. “People are fascinating, and teaching children is motivating and energizing!” says Fields. “I get to work ... Read More »

Jane Watt, In Her Own Words

The students headed out en masse to Big Cypress, and they came prepared with mosquito nets.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jane Watt is many things. She is a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, an educated woman with a degree in zoology and a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As the founder and chairperson of Marco Island Academy (MIA) — the local public charter high school — she also is a woman from a small Midwestern town who moved to Southwest Florida and succeeded in bringing high-quality secondary education to Marco Island and its surrounding communities, and she did it with no background in education. Watt details ... Read More »

Rainbow of Fashions

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The San Marco Catholic Church held its “Rainbow of Fashions” Jan. 28. The Parish Hall was full to the brim with almost 300 ladies of all faiths in attendance. This is truly an “event” of the season with many of the ladies themselves dressed fashionably and ready for fun. You can be sure an annual event has been happening for many years when no one can recall just how long. That was cleared up quickly when the fashion presenters were greeted and Kay from Kay’s on the Beach, who mentioned they would be celebrating their ... Read More »

‘Pinta,’ ‘Nina’ Dock in Marco Island

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On Friday, Feb. 27, the “Pinta” and the “Nina,” replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open in Marco Island. The ships will be docked at Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive, until their departure early morning Monday, March 2. The “Nina” was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the “Nina” on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the 15th ... Read More »

Illustrated Watercolor Journaling Workshops

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is offering a unique workshop — Illustrated Watercolor Journal — suitable for beginners as well as accomplished painters looking for a fun way to find new images and loosen up. Experienced instructor and well-known local artist Hannah Ineson (www.hannahineson.com) will lead the workshop. What is an “illustrated watercolor journal?” It’s a small book of watercolor paper in which to record images and text around any theme. Traditionally used to record memories while traveling, the journal can also explore family memories, images of one’s hometown, favorite recipes, visits to restaurants, any theme that ... Read More »

Solving the Student Debt Crisis

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Islander Abigail Widynski is a Millennial — one of those people who according to the Pew Research Center was born between 1981 and 2000. Academic research has characterized this generation as always being treated as special and important by overprotective parents; as being motivated, goal-oriented and confident folks who are no strangers to over-achievement and pressure to succeed; as being civic-minded and progressive, supporting social equality and high levels of education; and as being just the tiniest bit entitled. They also are a generation racked with student debt. For instance, in 2010, Pew Research ... Read More »

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 »

UNITED WAY OF COLLIER COUNTY SELECTS LIGHTHOUSE OF COLLIER AS 2015 MEMBER AGENCY

Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., Center for Blindness and Vision Loss, is excited to have been selected as a 2015 partner agency member with United Way of Collier County. The United Way of Collier County’s 2015 allocation of $10,000 is restricted for the transition students and children’s programming. The funding will allow Lighthouse of Collier to continue to offer monthly programs and a summer camp for the blind/ vision impaired children. If you know a child that is blind or visually impaired and wants to have fun, please call Lighthouse of Collier to sign up for the free programs and camp! The mission of the Lighthouse of Collier ... 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 »