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Souper Bowl 2016 is Here!

Some of the beautiful hand-painted bowls which will be sold and filled with soup, at the Souper Bowl February 6. PHOTO BY LANA WITHERS

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Souper Bowl is back and we’re not talking football. On Saturday February 6th, 10 different local restaurants will set up shop at the Mackle Park Airnasium, bringing with them 20 gallons of soup each. The event, which is in its fourth year, is organized by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce in order to benefit Leadership Marco’s scholarship fund. Last year through the Souper Bowl, as well as the organization’s other event Wet Paint LIVE, Leadership Marco was able to raise an impressive $20,000 for students. Each year 20 to 30 local high schoolers apply ... Read More »

Souper Bowl Returns!

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Submitted The year, the students and staff from Tommie Barfield Elementary, Marco Island Academy, Marco Island Charter Middle School, Lely High School and Marco Island Parks and Recreation have joined the Souper Bowl committee to hand paint one thousand bowls for this “Souper” annual event. The beautifully decorated bowls will be available for sale at Mackle Park for $15 each on Saturday, February 6th beginning at 11 AM. Attendees buying bowls will also have the opportunity to sample fine homemade soups from Big Cypress Culinary, Ciao Bella, CJ’s on the Bay, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Marker 8.5, Petit Soleil, Philly Grille, ... Read More »

Teachers of Distinction

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Submitted The job of molding the minds of our future leaders is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Teachers have risen to the occasion and so many have put great ideas into practice to make a difference for our students. Today, Champions For Learning highlighted those teachers by announcing the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program’s 2015-2016 Teachers of Distinction. These teachers will continue in the Golden Apple Selection Process. From this group of teachers, five will be selected to receive a Golden Apple Award. The Teachers of Distinction and the Golden Apple recipients will be honored at the Golden ... Read More »

In a Word

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The word was privacy. Our grandson, just short of six years old, and a few weeks into his kindergarten school year, said to me, “Nana, I can spell that word. Privacy.” Uh huh, I thought. “Go ahead,” I said. “P.” Good start. What comes next? “R. I.” Hmmm. Now he has my attention. “V. I.S.Y.” Nice work! I say. I’m truly impressed! Phonetically correct. Are they teaching kindergarteners to read, I ask my daughter? Evidently yes. I remember kindergarten as an introduction to the days of the week, snack time, recess and nap. But ... Read More »

The Open Clubface Epidemic

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I try not to discuss preferences on how to swing the club, because I am a believer there is no one way for all golfers. However, there is one element in the golf swing I see in many lessons that most golfers struggle with. Seeing a golfer have this element does not mean I have figured out the cause of the problem, but it does mean that I can narrow my focus to find a cure. The element I am talking about is the club face being open on the downswing. It can be a ... Read More »

“Giving Back”

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. ~ Maya Angelou   When I lived in Iowa I taught my first yoga classes. Our studio was in a city recreational building, much like our YMCA here. Interest in yoga was just beginning to blossom in my Iowa hometown, and like many, I was inspired by the potential “work out” I might receive through yoga, while completely oblivious to the spiritual aspects of the practice. I’ve heard it said ... Read More »

Leadership 2015 Ends, 2016 Co-Chairs Chosen

Collier County Manager Leo Ochs addresses the leadership class.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff December 2, “Government Day,” marked the end of Leadership Marco 2015. On their last day of class, students spent the day learning about Collier County government, both in Naples and on Marco Island. Speakers at the Collier County Government Center included Collier County Manager Leo Ochs, Commissioner Donna Fiala and Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards. Presentations were also given by the county’s director of zoning, tax collector, property appraiser and clerk of courts. Circuit Judge Lauren L. Brodie met with students in her courtroom, asking them to think about “how to make a difference” in ... Read More »

MIA Student Wins Tennis Competition

Thomas and high performance coach Gary Mcdevitt at the “Spooktacular” event.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It seems that the Marco Island Academy is bursting with talented kids. This past October Thomas Harrington, a 14-year-old freshman at the school, competed in the “Spooktacular” tennis competition at the Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park. Thomas, a level 6 player, placed first in his age group—an impressive victory. Thomas has been playing tennis for over five years. He trains almost everyday at the South Seas condominiums on Marco Island, with high performance tennis coach, Gary Mcdevitt. Mcdevitt trains only the most serious of players, taking eight kids under his wing per year. ... Read More »

In-House Trip to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

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By Katrina Day Recently the students at Island Montessori Academy were lucky to have an “in-house” field trip to learn about Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. The goal was to have students understand the benefits of prescribed fire, become familiar with different types of habitats found in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and the animals that live in them. The children engaged in hands-on activities including learning about the Florida Black Bear, American Alligator, Florida Panther, various birds and insects, fire and field equipment/attire and the role of the houndsman on the Florida Panther Project. Presenters from Fakahatchee Strand Preserve ... Read More »

Spine Tilt at Address

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There is a difference between a full shot address position that requires power, and a short shot address position that requires finesse. Knowing how to set up to the ball depending on the required shot is a skill that can be learned by anyone. Set up changes, although simple to accomplish physically, can make a big feel change for the player. If done properly, set up changes can bring elements together correctly without too much thinking during the player’s motion. When hitting a driver off of a tee, it is advantageous for most golfers to ... Read More »

Are Two Hands Better Than One?

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com The majority of today’s professional players utilize a two-handed backhand. As an instructor, I direct all of my beginner students, especially kids, to use the two-handed backhand for one simple reason: two hands/wrists/arms/shoulders are stronger than one. But, a two-handed forehand? Years ago, during the era of the Virginia Slims sponsorship of the women’s professional tour, Monica Seles was known for her unique two-handed forehand. Seles was very petite in size compared to most of today’s tennis players, but she was able to strike the ball with an amazing amount of pace and spin, which at that ... Read More »

Senior Night

Tyler Wallace, with parents Jessica and Fritz Braz, was honored with other athletes. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Senior Night is a once in a lifetime event. After four years of high school, with thoughts of the future and further education on their minds, seniors active in fall sports are honored by parents, faculty and fellow students and teammates. Coastal Breeze was fortunate enough to cover the Senior Night at a recent football game at Winterberry Park. Our coverage inadvertently omitted two seniors. We regret these seniors weren’t featured with their teammates! After all of their hard work and participation, they deserve to be recognized. Congratulations to seniors Tyler Wallace and Duneshka Cruz. Coastal ... Read More »

Tech Trek Seeks Nominations

Submitted T Tech Trek is seeking nominations of seventh grade girls for their weeklong STEM educational camp. Students are nominated for the program by their math and science teachers. The deadline for teachers’ nominations is December 15. Women are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Tech Trek’s camp aims at changing that by introducing girls to STEM through fun and interesting educational workshops. Some of the workshops offered at the 2015 Tech Trek camp included application inventor software, aeronautics design for hot air balloons and Barbie bungee-jumping. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) sponsors ... Read More »

Couple Donates Piano to MIA

Tom and Kathy Benedik donated this Kohler and Campbell piano to MIA. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn On Saturday, November 8, Tom and Kathy Benedik donated a beautiful Kohler and Campbell upright piano to Marco Island Academy’s fledgling music program. Tom Benedik, a retired math teacher, said the piano was only being used occasionally, by his visiting children. “When we read of the need for a piano at MIA [Marco Island Academy], we felt that it was time to put it to better use,” Benedik said. “I was moved by MIA’s appeal for musical instruments which students wanted to play but could not afford to buy.” Lianna Fried, MIA’s new music teacher says that ... Read More »

How Do You Measure Student Learning?

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FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org As the chairman of the board of Marco Island Academy (“MIA”), a public charter high school for the past five years, I have had an opportunity to witness firsthand how the current standardized testing strategies affect students, teachers and administration at the school. As a parent of three children in the public school system, I have personal experience with how the testing has affected my own kids. In both cases, there is an unnecessary amount of stress caused by the abundance of standardized testing in schools today. During the past few years, legislators ... Read More »

Area Schools First Quarter Honor Roll

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County School District announced honor roll students for the first semester of the 2015/2016 school year. Below are the names of students in middle or high school that attend a reporting school, which is in the Coastal Breeze News distribution area. Congratulations to each student on a job well done!   Everglades City School: High School Honors Ashlyn Goff, Alanna Humphreys, Courtney Jim, Bryce Kish, Tawny Wood.   Everglades City School: Middle School Highest Honors Brady Bowen, Brandy Bowen, Taylor Dahlke, Alexis Hendrickson.   Lely High School: Highest Honor Roll Brandon Acosta, Juan Acosta, ... Read More »

Setting Intentions

The Line Drill (above) - Paint a line, with course marking paint, and hit golf balls that sit on top of the line. This will help determine initial club to
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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org As golfers we can try a million different techniques or sensations when playing golf. One sensation might work for one swing. Another swing, though, might work for five or six holes. So which sensations are correct, and which sensations are not? As an instructor, I am trying to get people to be consistently better. My correction cannot be telling a student a sensation they should have. I prefer to help students set intentions, and guide them beyond that point. Whatever technique or sensation helps them accomplish this intention is the correct one; the sensation is ... Read More »

Kiwanis Terrific Kids

Kathleen Reynolds and Avè Dussias. Mom Jennifer looks on.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 22, the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island honored five fifth-grade children from Manatee Elementary School and Tommie Barfield Elementary School with the Terrific Kids award. October’s Terrific Kids are: Avè Dussias, Hope Heidreich, Woodjenley Nicolas, Alejandra Ramos and Olivia Saunders. Avè and Hope attend Tommie Barfield. Woodjenley, Alejandra and Olivia attend Manatee. The Terrific Kids program is a student recognition program that promotes character development and self-esteem. Outstanding students are nominated by their teachers. Every month the Terrific Kids and their family join the Kiwanians for breakfast where they are recognized for their ... Read More »

Meals of Hope Packaging Event is Just Around the Corner

By Don Manley Neil Snyder is eagerly counting down the days until he and hundreds of other volunteers will be busily doing their part to help fight hunger at the annual Meals of Hope Packaging Event. Set for 8:30 to 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 14 at the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym, Snyder is expecting 550 to 600 people to turn out to package 225,000 meals to be dispensed to needy Collier County families for the Christmas holiday season and beyond. “It’s just a very busy and exciting time,” said the man who is also known as “Captain Hope” ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Tarik N Ayasun

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Letter to the Editor   “The Board of Directors, Administration, staff and students of Marco Island Charter Middle School congratulates Marco Island Academy and Ms. Jane Watt for their successful purchase of the land which they have been leasing since the opening of their school. We also thank Bill and Karen Young who kindly lent the funds which made the purchase possible. Success of a public Charter High School will benefit all the students and citizens of Marco Island in particular and Collier County in general. We now anxiously await the District School Board’s final sale of Tract-K to the ... Read More »