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Rash, Hart Lead Charter School at County Track & Field Championships

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com On Saturday, Marco Island’s Dagan Rash and Ryenn Hart showed their worth by winning first-place medals at the Collier County Middle School Track & Field Championships at Golden Gate High School. Rash came back from being upset at the South Division Track & Field qualifications on April 25, to easily winning the shot put in the championship round at Golden Gate High School on Saturday. His throw of 38-feet-2-inches topped the field. Jet Su, who upset Rash in the qualifier round, was second, but 1.4 feet shorter. “I was kind of surprised that I could win ... Read More »

Lely High School Cheerleading!

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Submitted The cheer team is dedicated to promoting school spirit among the students & staff. On Saturday, May 30th, 9-1pm, a Car Wash will be held at Kretch’s Marco Island. All donations benefit LHS Cheer Team!     Read More »

Learning About Sharks in the Ten Thousand Islands

Paulette and Bruce Carabelli have been Rookery Bay volunteers since 2007.  photoS by renee wilson

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us In the 1960s, a large residential neighborhood was created northeast of Marco Island called Southern Golden Gate Estates. Although the unfinished development was later abandoned, a network of roads and miles of canals were built that significantly altered the natural flow of fresh water to the estuaries in the Ten Thousand Islands. Today, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve manages most of the estuaries downstream of that failed development. Because estuaries provide important nursery habitat for sharks and other marine life, the Reserve has been monitoring water quality there since the late 1990s. Studies indicate that ... Read More »

Strokes: A Matter of Time

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Among our most urgent goals at NCH is to save stroke patients. We’re making great progress. But with a stroke, time is of the essence. And knowing the following early signs and symptoms can be brain-saving and life-saving: Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination Sudden headache with no known cause The point is we can make a difference, ... Read More »

Naomi’s Kittens and Triathlon Coach

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I need to clear up any confusion among new readers who have come late to my wisdom-packed columns. I am, in fact, a cat, a one-time dumpster diving stray turned full-time resident here at For the Love of Cats, Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter. I am, however, by no means your average house cat. For starters, I have my own newspaper column. Secondly, I am the shelter supervisor and manage a staff (remember, dogs have owners, cats have staff) of 70-80 volunteers who must heed my every request. And ... Read More »

MIA Rays host Zion Lutheran in spring game on Friday night

MIA's Vinnie Moller runs a play during the Manta Rays spring practice.

By Roger LaLonde Spring practice for the Marco Island Academy football team is different from years past. They have experience. They are going through every drill with gusto and dropping for 10 push-ups should they make a mistake without being told…at least sometimes. The team was 4-6 a year ago, its best record in its first three years. They have 10 offensive starters back and eight on defense. Many of them have been together most of the past three years. There will be strong senior leadership for the first time in the school’s short history. Most of all they are ... Read More »

Be a part of changing someone’s life forever… with Special Olympics Collier County

COLLIER COUNTY DRINKING WATER NAMED BEST TASTING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA   The Collier County Water Division produces the best tasting water in Southwest Florida, according to a panel of judges at the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association’s (FSAWWA) Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest – Region V.   Collier County’s drinking water was chosen as the best on Tuesday, April 14, during a blind taste test from among six samples submitted by water utilities from Collier, Lee and portions of Hendry counties.   This is not the first time Collier County’s water has been awarded the best tasting ... Read More »

Get Ready to Scream

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By Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com At the risk of sounding too fuddy-duddy, I may not be ready to endorse the new Big-12 Conference tennis rule which supports, screaming, yelling, shrieking during play. Yes, it is okay to yell at the opponent when he is about to strike his serve or when he is gearing up to rip a big groundstroke. Anything goes on the tennis courts during Big 12 Conference play. Why is collegiate tennis making such a dramatic — and seemingly desperate — change? In order to understand this new rule, we need to examine the big picture. For years, ... Read More »

Costante: 5A Coach of the Year

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By Roger LaLonde The Lely softball team had a breakout year, winning the Class 3A- District 12 Championship and topping the Collier County Athletic Conference. Behind new coach Rich Costante, the Lady Trojans won 18 games. They lost 9 games, but that was partly because Costante chose to play strong non-district competition. “We played 5A state champ American Heritage, 7A Fort Myers and 8A Coral Reef, highly-rated teams that pushed them to play better.” For his success, Costante was named 5A Coach of the Year by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association for Southwest Florida. The girls set 8 team records, ... Read More »

Lely Shines in Region 3A Competition

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com When Lely’s Christie Thorstenson and Taylor Fetzer walk onto the track at the 3A State Track & Field Championships at North Florida University in Jacksonville on Saturday it will be their swan song. They and other Lely athletes qualified at the 3A Region 3 competition at Port Charlotte last Thursday. In their four high school years they have competed each year at the state championship level in the 4×800 relay. This time they will be joined by junior Mallory Bell and sophomore Rosie Polling in the 4×800. All four are products of the Marco Island Charter ... Read More »

MICMS Qualifies for 8 Events in Collier County Track & Field Championships

Marco Island Charter Middle School’s Degan Rash, readies to throw in the shot put at the South Division Track and Field qualifying events at Lely High School. Rash was surprised by Gulfview Middle’s Jett Su in suffering his first loss of the season.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The day was sunny and very warm when the South Division Track & Field competition began at Lely High School on Saturday. Withstanding the heat, members of the Marco Island Charter Middle School track team qualified in eight events for the Collier County Middle School Track & Field Championships this Saturday at Golden Gate High School. The 3200 meter race and the field events begin at 8 AM, with further track competitions beginning at 9 AM. The South Division qualifiers will meet up with the top four finishers in each category from the North Division to ... Read More »

What is the Hurry to Turn Pro?

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By Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Tennis’ latest sensation, 17 year old, Frances Tiafoe, has made the decision to hit the professional circuit. Believe me, as a huge supporter of American tennis, I’m rooting for this fine young man to be a total success. He has signed with Wajid Syed of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency; a savvy move for this rising star. Not too long ago, my son was training with three of the top juniors in the land: Bjorn Fratangelo, Brett Clark and Gordie Watson. Clearly, Matt Browne hit far more balls with Bjorn and Brett but he was blessed to ... Read More »

All in the Family

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Question: I’m a bit uneasy with my children and grandchildren’s abilities to manage the family finances after I’m gone. What tips or suggestions might you have?   Answer: Not knowing your family, but based on studies by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, your concern is justified. The unfortunate reality is that 70 percent of family wealth disappears when passed to the next generation. All too frequently, the first generation builds the wealth, the second expands it and the third generation loses it, having to start over. With an estimated $30 Trillion (yes, that’s with a ... Read More »

Naomi’s April Woes

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By Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Spring has pounced, we’re still in the paw-grip of kitten season, and sherpas packing fleas are pitching tents in our warm and radiant fur coats. Now let’s talk bikini season. Most felines, such as ourselves, eat way too many carbohydrates in the form of dry food. I don’t care how much your staff (as you may recall only dogs have owners; we felines have staff) pays for a bag of the good stuff, even if it’s $175 for an eight -pound bag. Cats don’t need to carbo-load like amateur athletes in ... Read More »

FDOT Hearing on the US 41 at Lely Resort Intersection

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Submitted The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a public hearing about safety improvements to the US 41 at Lely Resort Boulevard intersection. The proposed improvements include: The improvement includes modification of the full median opening to a dual directional opening. Currently all movements are allowed at the median opening. With this change, left turns out of Gridley Medical Building/Equestrian Professional Center and Lely Resort Boulevard will be restricted to improve safety at the intersection. Drivers will continue to be able to make left turns from US 41. Temporary median modification anticipated in summer 2015, with final construction tentatively set ... Read More »

MIA Footballers Boost Boat Parade

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Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com For the past nineteen years, Elaine Ritchie, has raised a lot of money for AVOW Hospice through the Goodland Boat Parade. She stages it every February and somehow gets the whole town of Goodland to pitch in. The parade starts at the Stan Gober Bridge, winds its way through the bay behind our restaurants, and ends at the Goodland Boat Park at the southern end of Goodland. Crowds come from all over to revel in the festivities, and to support the parade. The water’s edge is lined with spectators. When the parade pulls in ... Read More »

NCH “Volunteers are Aces” Las Vegas, Baby!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com On Wednesday, March 25, NCH Healthcare recognized a most valued group of people at an awards luncheon held at Hideaway Beach Club. The theme was Las Vegas, Baby! – and their Aces were the volunteers of Marco Island Auxiliary that contribute so much to the value and quality of care people receive. Many of the volunteers dressed to fit the Vegas theme; feathered boas, special hats and belted baubles. Most apparent were the smiles and the general feeling was that of an extended family, rather than co-workers. Their work is not easy and their reward is ... Read More »

Double Play – Adult Softball League

The champs are Island Plaza.

Submitted For the second year in a row the Island Pizza/NeNe Kitchen team won the season ending tournament. Island Pizza along with its regular season crown “Doubled up” as champions of the City’s adult softball league for the second year in a row. On a beautiful night you could feel the electricity in the air as Island Pizza prepared to defend its crown against their arch rivals Joey’s Pizza at Winterberry field. In what would turn out to be a seesaw game the game had it all, hits, great defensive plays, home runs and errors. Island Pizza was led by ... Read More »

Davis Cup Action: Great Britain downs USA again

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By Doug Browne Even though we had the home court edge last year, (San Diego) the Great Britain Davis Cup team stunned the USA squad 3-1. Every tennis fan was well aware of GBR’s Andy Murray and his stellar record but the Americans knew they could outshine James Ward and win both singles matches. Additionally, the USA squad boasts the best doubles team in the game today, which enables the team to win 3-2. Unfortunately, tennis matches are not played on paper; Ward played loose and free and was able to topple both Sam Querry and Donald Young. Last week, ... Read More »

Celebration of Achievements

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and the Marco Island Fire Foundation honored the years’ achievements, new employees and Firefighter of the year at a recent luncheon held at the Island Country Club. Foundation officers for 2015, Dianna Dohm, Roy Birkeland and Barb Murphy were sworn in by Council Chair Larry Sacher. An annual recap showed the Foundation built reserves to $100,000.00. A scholarship program has been initiated, a 50th Anniversary Book is underway and a Firemen’s Ball is in the works, this is in addition to the annual pancake breakfasts and the chili cook-off. Chief ... Read More »