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Why I Love Journalism The Amazing Hannah Matthews

Mrs. Matthews (second from left) with her Swarthmore H.S. English Department in 1956. She is beaming at Mary Armstrong, her student at Doylestown H.S., who followed her to Swarthmore. Swarthmore High School Yearbook, 1956

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn I have been writing for Coastal Breeze News since March of 2015. Writing stories about people, places and things is something I have always wanted to do. That I have had some measure of success is due mainly to one diminutive woman – my high school English teacher, Hannah Kirk Matthews (with a nod to my editor, Val Simon, who has taught me a lot). Everything I have written for the last 60 years has Mrs. Matthews’ fingerprints all over it. The tributes paid to Mrs. Matthews upon her retirement were so remarkable that they ... Read More »

Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon

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Artist of the Year JRobert Houghtaling

Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts sponsors a special luncheon to recognize a local “Artist of the Year” and to give scholarships to local students who are majoring in the arts. This year’s luncheon will be on Saturday, May 21st at 11:30 AM at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. JRobert Houghtaling has been named this year’s Artist of the Year and will be recognized during the Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon. JRobert is a musician, composer, songwriter and producer. He has been singing, playing acoustic and electric guitars, violin and ... Read More »

Responsibilities of Player and Coach

The world’s top ranked golfer, Jason Day, with his coach. Submitted Photos

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org May 4th was National Golf Instruction Day on the Golf Channel. As much as the Golf Channel communicates incorrect information about the golf swing, and despite employee commentators who regularly bash tour player’s golf coaches, I really appreciate the network honoring those who grow golf through instruction. The Golf Channel is a huge factor in the growth of the game, and I appreciate the network educating golfers that instruction is important. However, some golfers have had really bad experiences during and after golf lessons. Guarantee some are my former students. Some golfers have had a ... Read More »

Kittens Teach Students About Giving

Jan Rich introduces students to For the Love of Cats. Submitted Photos

Submitted Charity for Change invited For the Love of Cats to a Naples classroom recently to help students learn about their mission and how important it is to be involved in the needs of the community. Valentino and Vaughn, two 7-week-old brothers being fostered at For the Love of Cats, volunteered to visit with the 21 fourth graders and their teacher, Ms. Julie Baumgardner, at Calusa Elementary School in Naples. A lively question and answer session was followed by love and hugs from all the students, along with more questions and answers. “This is the third year that we have ... Read More »

It’s Personal

A recent beach yoga practice, presenting a wide variety of “trees” on the beach. Photo By Laurie Kasperbauer

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe Growing up in Iowa I was lucky enough to go on family vacations every summer. Four kids and my parents packed ourselves in a four-door Oldsmobile, pulling a pop-up camper with attached bicycles and coolers and fishing rods projecting like appendages on a bug. Our destination might be a lake in Minnesota or a valley in Colorado, but it always included a campground with plenty of space to wander and a ring of stones for a fire. And ... Read More »

MIA’s Kirby Rients Makes English Fun

Students get a heavy dose of journalism along with experience on how to publish in Kirby Rients’ Yearbook/Journalism class. Students put together the 2016 MIA yearbook.

By Barry Gwinn Kirby Rients is a much traveled English teacher and has been with Marco Island Academy (MIA) since its inception in 2011. Although MIA specializes in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum, the school also thinks it is important that students are well grounded in the humanities. It didn’t take them long to recognize Rients’ contributions in this area. In 2012, Mr. Rients was given MIA’s prestigious Teacher-of-the-Year award. On March 4th of this year, Rients and two other MIA teachers (who will be separately featured in later editions of Coastal Breeze News) were personally awarded Governor ... Read More »

Book Offers Taste of The Dock’s 40 Years

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Submitted “The Dock at Crayton Cove, Everybody’s Kitchen” is a commemorative book written by Debby DePasquale that retells the story of how “the real taste of Naples” began. The book is a historical synopsis of the past 40 years that includes recipes and photographs, and highlights the passion that owner Vin DePasquale has for the business and the city of Naples. Opening in 1976, The Dock has become a part of Naples’ history and is beloved by both locals and visitors of Collier County. The long established Naples restaurant, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary in February. The open-air restaurant is known for its waterfront dining, delicious seafood and laid-back atmosphere. “We’re incredibly excited to share ... Read More »

MIA Art Students Strike Gold at Arts Center Gala

Submitted “City of Lights Life,” by Anastasia Baran.
Manhattan’s skyline has never been so bright and colorful.

By Barry Gwinn Girl with Butterflies,” by Brenda Perez, was inspired by a Taylor Swift song. The Marco Island Center for the Arts (the “Arts Center”) started 40 years ago. It describes itself as a “cultural center available to those who wish to enrich their lives and those of others, and to create a greater sense of purpose in life.” It has certainly worked out that way for Anastasia (Ana) Baran and Brenda Perez. Their story begins in February 2014, when Hyla Crane was brought in as executive director of the Center. She hit the ground running. One of the ... Read More »

Youth Summer Art Workshops

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Submitted Marco Island area youth will have a special opportunity to develop their art skills and appreciation at the Marco Island Center for the Arts 2016 Youth and Family Summer Workshops. The program also encourages family bonding through family workshops where adults and children spend fun and creative quality time together. Participating young artists will have the chance to not only produce original works of art, but to also display their creations during the Young Artists’ Reception on July 29, 2016. Five workshops are planned: Family Fun with Coil Bowls – June 18 (9:30 AM-12:30 PM). Participants must be a ... Read More »

Timing is Everything

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Federer hits on the run, demonstrating full reach and perfect balance.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com If you are a regular reader of my column, you already know my favorite saying is “lazy feet lead to lousy shots.” We have accepted and conquered the fact that our feet must move for us to be in proper position to strike the ball. Let’s now consider the importance of the timing of our footsteps in relation to being in proper position to strike the ball. There is a certain cadence that is associated with a rally in a tennis point. In today’s world of professional tennis with all of the grunting and ... Read More »

Students Perform in Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Actors Leah Pearce (Miranda), Erik Olson (Prospero) and Ben Batcher (Ferdinand). SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted  Actors Leah Pearce (Miranda), Erik Olson (Prospero) and Ben Batcher (Ferdinand). This month, “The Tempest,” believed to be William Shakespeare’s final work, will be performed by Marco Island Academy, Lely High School and Florida Gulf Coast University students. This also will be the final production for Kaitlynn McRae, the Marco Island Shakespeare Festival’s operations director. McRae chose “The Tempest” as her last piece to direct for the Shakespeare Festival, not just because of the connection to Shakespeare’s own final work, but “because of the beautiful transition Prospero must make as he realizes where his real power lies.” Prospero becomes ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Marco Island Seafood Festival

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Marco Island Seafood Festival Thank you so very much to all of the volunteers who gave their time and generous spirit to the Seafood Festival the weekend of March 18-20th. This is an annual event between the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club, the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club and the Marco Island Kiwanis International Club. The proceeds from this annual event are split equally between the three clubs and helps us to provide scholarships for our students and support many of the charitable organizations that benefit our community. There is a wonderful seafood festival committee already in place planning for ... Read More »

Noontime Rotary Inspirational Programs

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Submitted Avoidable Blindness Project in Mexico The Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club is proud to partner with the Rotary Club of Buxton, Michigan to in turn partner with a Rotary Club and community in Empalme, Mexico to provide eye examinations and prescription eyeglasses to people in need. This is the longest running international project of the Noontime Rotary Club. The gift of sight has been given to thousands of very grateful residents of Mexico, many of whom travel by foot for miles and wait patiently in line for hours for this opportunity to improve their sight. The Buxton Rotary Club ... Read More »

MICMS Students D.C. Trip – A Week of Wows

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com It was a week of wows around every corner when Marco Island Charter Middle School eighth graders and chaperones visited Washington D.C. over the holiday break. A bus ride to Fort Lauderdale, then a plane trip with a layover, didn’t lower the element of excitement. Coordinating the trip, for the ninth time, was Joe Jarrett, technology teacher and D.C. Club sponsor. Overall there were 43 students, Jarrett and eight chaperones. To be eligible for travel club, student qualifications included academic, behavioral and community service standards, along with trip behavioral expectations. On the very first day they ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek, Manatee Elementary Partnership

Submitted Photos From left: Donna Oyhe, Arlene Greenburg, Kathy Slater and Kathi Gunzenhauser.

Submitted In 1997, Fiddler’s Creek responded to Collier County Schools’ “Building Bridges” program by forming a partnership with nearby Manatee Elementary School in which residents of the master-planned community collected toys to help students in need have a brighter Christmas. Today, that partnership has flourished; while the community’s support still includes the toy drive, Fiddler’s Creek residents organize an annual school supply effort, collect funds through an annual Turkey Trot to help teachers purchase classroom supplies, and volunteer in classrooms as mentors and aides to work directly with kids in the Title I school. Title I schools are those with ... Read More »

Sail Away For MIA Raises $125,000

MIA VIPs who generously raised $125,000 for the school on a sunset cruise. Submitted Photos

FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org On Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5 PM, a luxurious private yacht set sail with 20 of Marco Island Academy’s VIPs. There was live music, laughter, delicious food, and en-gaging conversation. After watching the sunset fade into dark, the guests all made their way downstairs to celebrate MIA’s past year and to hear the plan for the future. The prestigious 2015 MIA Philanthropists of the Year Award was presented by Jane Watt, board chair to Bill and Karen Young. Over the past year, Bill and Karen have giv-en personally in many ways to ... Read More »

MIA Principal Turns a School Into a Family

Principal Scott in her office at MIA, her door is rarely closed; Walk into the administration building and she is the first staff member you will see. (Right) Principal Scott and three of her teachers (recommended by her) received the prestigious Shine Award from Governor Scott during his recent visit.

By Barry Gwinn On Friday, March 4, 2016, during a visit to Marco Island Academy (MIA), Governor Rick Scott presented Principal Melissa Scott with the coveted Governor’s Shine Award, given to outstanding educators who have been nominated by their peers. Governor Scott had found out what many already knew. Marco Island Academy had finally found the principal they were looking for. It had not been easy. After a titanic battle to obtain Collier County School Board approval and secure a building and campus, Marco Island Academy finally opened for business in August 2011. It very nearly closed up shop a ... Read More »

Flower Show Entries Top the Charts

From left: Opi DeFalco, Dale DeFeo and Connie Lowery with the winning Tillandsia
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Submitted Island Melodies were the inspiration for the Calusa Garden Club Flower Show at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The song titles and lyrics depicted summer, sunset, warmth and the illusion of a carefree lifestyle by the water. A songwriter once wrote, “A song is like an intimate conversation, one you’ll remember from beginning to the end.” If a song moves you to stand up, dance, clap your hands and sing the lyrics, then it is a “hit.” If a floral design receives a blue ribbon or the much-coveted Rosette of Excellence, it is then considered a “top ... Read More »

Men of Rushmore Brings History “Live”

Writer/Director Gina Sisbarro

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “The Men of Rushmore…and Their Wives,” written and directed by Gina Sisbarro, opens April 15 at the Rose History Auditorium. This original play is the first of what will become an annual performance of “History Live” with the Marco Island Historical Society. The mission: Teach history through live theater in a way that will entertain both children and adults. This production is unique in that all the characters are played by local youth, elementary through high school age. Some actors have performed with their beloved director Gina for over 10 years – many starting with ... Read More »

Course Certifies Sailing Instructors

Sailboats on Marco, during the instructor certification course.

Submitted From March 17-20, 2016, the Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) had the privilege of hosting a U.S. Sailing Association (USSA) Level I Instructor Certification course. The purpose of this course is to teach prospective instructors how to properly teach individuals to sail safely, effectively and creatively, with a goal of producing highly qualified instructors. USSA is the governing body that provides the guidelines and oversees all organized sailing activities in the United States. Rocky Cale, MICSC president, arranged to have USSA hold the Level I Certification Course on Marco Island, in part to allow some of the MICSC’s ... Read More »