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Chamber Announces FIRST “Chamber Champion” Rick’s Island Salon & Day Spa

The Popoff family poses with their Chamber Champion award, joined by Dick Shanahan, far left and Nancy Carrington, far right. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Lisa and Rick Popoff are the perfect example of a Chamber Champion. With head to toe services as their business, Rick’s Island Salon and Day Spa has been providing outstanding service since 1992, and has been a selfless contributor to the Marco Island community since the day they opened their doors. As a past president of the Chamber and current Board Member, Rick knows the importance of giving back to the community. During the month of August, Rick and his staff have provided teachers and students with free haircuts for the past six years to prepare for back to ... Read More »

Get Ready to Go Back to School at Marco Island Academy!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s almost that time of year again, as the summer comes to its end, and the teachers and students at Marco Island Academy are getting ready for a new academic year. MIA has announced that there will be seven new teachers this year: Sandi Castillo (English), Dorothy Chapman (Math), Lianna Fried (Performing Arts), Farrell Kellener (ESE/SWD), Gerry Miller (Science), Mariah Walther (Spanish) and Michael Weyrauch (History). Two new staff members are also joining the MIA team: Maegan Carr (Receptionist) and Elona Ruci (Comptroller). When school doors open in August, we will bring you more about ... Read More »

Life After the Test

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FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org Many schools across the country have spent the last eight months preparing for the end of year high stakes tests. For example, at Marco Island Academy (MIA), a public charter high school in Southwest Florida, we have administered countless numbers of tests in the past couple of months to comply with the state mandates. Out of ninety full-time instructional days in the second semester, we have administered tests forty-nine of the days. Since we are a small school, the logistics of the testing have been a nightmare. The teachers have juggled their lessons ... Read More »

First Four Year Graduating Class for Marco Island Academy

Maureen McFarland, who will be a professor in the fall at Florida SouthWestern State College, speaks to the Marco Island Academy's 33 graduates.

By Roger LaLonde It was a walk back in time for many of the Marco Island Academy graduating Class of 2015 when they returned to the Family Church, formerly the First Baptist Church, on May 29. It was where the school got its start in 2011. The auditorium was packed in celebration as ceremonies marked the first class to complete four years of education at the young school. Starting with 62 students in 2011, the class size will be 255 in the fall, its maximum size at its one-year-old location on San Marco Road, on the way to Goodland. There ... Read More »

Breathing Life into History

Steven Smith, commander of VFW Post 7721 in Naples, and Mary Ellen Cash, scholarship chairman for the post’s ladies auxiliary, flank MIA history teacher Lori Galiana.

By Don Manley Lori Galiana’s approach in the classroom at Marco Island Academy (MIA) has led to her being recognized by district 13 of Florida’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organization. As her world history class looked on, the history instructor recently received the district’s Teacher of the Year award from Steven Smith, commander of VFW Post 7721 in Naples, and Mary Ellen Cash, scholarship chairman for the post’s ladies auxiliary. Cash said Galiana was selected for the award, which encompasses Collier, Lee and Hendry counties, because of her focus on bringing the study of history alive for her students. ... Read More »

Marco Island Educator Appreciation Luncheon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Red carnations were a striking contrast to the beautifully decorated tables that greeted over 70 Marco Island K-12 teachers for a relaxing and delicious lunch in their honor at the Family Church on Winterberry Drive. The lunch was provided, free of charge, to the administrators, teachers, and support staff that were required to attend the final district “in service” day of the year, when no students were present at the schools. Several students actually took that last day of spring break to help provide this special time for the educators. In addition to the students, ... Read More »

MIFRD: Grassroots Commitment via Pancakes and Students

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Recently, the bays of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department were filled with members of the community enjoying a morning breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage. Neighbors, family and friends gathered to chat alongside our fire/rescue personnel. The City Manager, the Fire Chief, several members of the Marco Island Police Department and a few City Councilmen were there, as well. While several took the opportunity to tour the facility and kick the tires on fire trucks, members of the Fire Rescue Foundation manned their stations cooking, serving, pouring coffee and making sure everyone was happy. ... Read More »

An Author’s Website on Agenda

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Submitted For the May 13 meeting of the Marco Island Writers, Inc., Lisa Wroble, Children’s Educator, Author, Speaker, and Writing coach will lecture on “Building your Author Website.” Lisa has been writing for nearly 30 years, and publishing for children for 25. She launched her writing career with two acceptances to the same Christian children’s magazine and continued focusing on magazine pieces for 6 years. In 1996 her first children’s book was published. She has since authored 27 nonfiction books and over 1500 articles for or about children. When she isn’t researching or writing, she teaches workshops for at-risk youth, ... Read More »

Marco Teens Among JROTC Senior Staff

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Submitted Since August 18, when the halls of Lely High School were reintroduced to its students, Lely JROTC cadets have been tirelessly working toward preparing their program for the all new JPA Formal Inspection. JPA is an acronym standing for JROTC Program Accreditation. The Army JROTC program is accredited by AdvancEd as a Special Purpose Program and as such is committed to continuous improvement. AdvanceEd requires that the Army JROTC program meet five standards of quality. The purpose of the school visits is to gather information and evidence to support the continuous improvement of teaching and learning in the JROTC ... 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 »

Register Now for Strategies for Children’s Challenging Behaviors Conference

Early childhood educators and others are invited to register for the 8th Annual Early Childhood Conference, hosted by Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR).  This year’s conference will be held at the Naples Conference Center (located at the Naples Area Board of Realtors), 1455 Pine Ridge Road, on Saturday, February 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast will be conducted from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Registration cost is $60, if received by January 26th; $75 if received after January 26th or at the door. Early registration is encouraged since close to 200 educators are expected to attend the conference.  CEU’s are available.  ... 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

Mike Owen on Swamp Walk. FILE PHOTO

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 »

No Problems, Just Solutions

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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 »

Tech Trek Nomination Deadline: Dec. 15

By Coastal Breeze News Staff What do wind-powered cellphones, DNA testing for law enforcement and Barbie bungee-jumping have in common? These were just a few of the workshops that girls from throughout Florida participated in at Tech Trek’s weeklong camp at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg this past July. Now the deadline for science and math teachers to nominate seventh-grade girls statewide for next year’s camp is quickly approaching — Monday, Dec. 15. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Tech Trek is scheduled June 27-July 3, 2015, at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Last year, Marco Island ... Read More »

2nd Grade Tommie Barfield Profiles

Trisha Herzog. Photos by Noelle H. Lowery

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Tommie Barfield Elementary welcomed two new second grade teachers to its hallowed halls this fall — Trisha Herzog and Awilda Torres. Although the two women traveled very different roads to TBE, they are both in their 14th year of teaching, and their passion for teaching is evident as their No. 1 priority is their students. A native of New Jersey, Herzog attended from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a degree in Psychology and an elementary certification for grades K-6. She and her husband, Tom, in live Naples, and their son, Aidan, is ... Read More »

A Tribute to My Ultimate Dolphin Lover

Emily on her 90th birthday in 2012. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist STEPPING STONES…This is the primary title of the column I write. Typically, a stepping stone is something to help you get from one place to another or from one phase in life to another as well. We have all utilized them. Sometimes, they are very obvious to us; very evident. Other times, we just happen to stumble upon them. They can be subtle or they can be earth shattering. One thing is for sure: We use them from the day we are born until the time we die. Some of the people who create ... Read More »

Talking Meta Meditation with Jillian Pransky

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Just one conversation with Jillian Pransky gives a person a sense of peace and calm that is hard to come by in today’s fast-paced, technologically-driven world. You immediately take a deep breath and relax. Your heart rate slows down. Your mind clears. The impact Pransky — daughter of well-known Marco Island artist Phyllis Pransky — has on people has garnered her a great deal of notoriety as a specialist in restorative yoga and yoga therapeutics. She is the director of restorative therapeutic yoga teacher training for YogaWorks and a founding director of Bright Spirit Yoga ... Read More »

Hope Health Services

Hope HealthCare Services, dedicated to comfort and support for individuals and families facing life-limiting illness, offers assistance to youngsters coping with the loss of a loved one through its upcoming Rainbow Trails Camp program. Scheduled Friday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 19 at Riverside Retreat in LaBelle, the free program, available to all children ages 6-16, provides an understanding of the grief process, skills to cope with grief and loss, and an opportunity to memorialize and say goodbye to loved ones. The campers will be picked up by bus from the HealthPark office and transported to the LaBelle camp on Friday, returning Sunday afternoon. Upon ... Read More »

Back to School with Dr. Jory Westberry

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com With three weeks of the 2014-2015 school year under her belt, Dr. Jory Westberry is very pleased. The principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary School and her staff made it through a summer of transitions to welcome 596 students — an average of 17-21 students per class — on the first day of school. Gone are the FCAT and Common Core Standards, and in their place, TBE is implementing the Florida Standard Assessments System and the LAFS and MAFS tests. With the retirement of teachers like Gayle Dunphy, Diane Stone and Debbie Cooper at then end ... Read More »