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FREE Dental Services

Dr. Zachary Zaban, Dr. Andrew Haidet, the team at Mission Hills Dentistry and other area dentists will be providing free dental services to those in our community who may not otherwise receive basic or routine dental care. People in our community will have the opportunity to receive free dental care from Dr. Zaban, Dr. Haidet, the Mission Hills Dentistry team and the following area dentists: Nestor Villarreal, DDS, Whitney Howard, DMD, Frederick Klepes DDS and Jordan Martin DDS. Saturday, July 18th – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mission Hills Dentistry, located at 7485 Vanderbilt Beach Road in Naples. A choice of one ... Read More »

A Fresh Look at Old vs. New

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd As one who grew up in Southwest Florida, I have come to appreciate the balance between “something old and something new”—and not just when it’s part of a wedding celebration. Though I appreciate the economic benefits of our current surge in development, a part of me—the “native Neapolitan” part—will always enjoy eating at an established, family-owned restaurant or walking the familiar beach adjacent to Naples Pier. Some things never change, nor would I want them to. However, as is often said: change can be a good thing. At Physicians Regional, we have ... Read More »

Capri Fire Department Dog Rescue

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Submitted On June 15th, construction workers noticed a dog in a canal and notified the Isles of Capri Fire Rescue. Firefighters responded on Engine 90 to the location. Upon arrival Lieutenant Jorge Lara, Firefighter Chris Mercier and Collier County Firefighter Paramedic Beau Nix quickly located the dog about 75 feet out in the canal. Arthur, a 15 year old English Sheep dog, was struggling in the water and unable to get back over the sea wall. With equipment in hand, firefighters secured Lieutenant Lara to a life line. With lifeline and rescue fins, Lieutenant Lara quickly entered the water and ... Read More »

MIA Applications Hit All Time High

A-rated Marco Island Academy has record number of applicants. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “Every year it’s going up and up” says Deneen Rose, office manager for Marco Island Academy (MIA), describing the number of student applications received. This year the applications exceeded the school’s 255 student maximum. MIA is now at full capacity, with a waiting list. This is a 50 student increase from last year’s student population. Impressive considering the school opened its doors in 2011, with only 68 students. By its fourth year the school was full, and there was a waiting list for every grade. What is behind the increase? Word of the school’s recent ... Read More »

Naomi’s “Meow Power”

Coach Naomi, thinking about the job ahead.

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi &Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: It’s official! My triathlon team has a name – “Meow Power.” A big thanks to all of you who answered last month’s call for team name submissions. The winning name was submitted by Claire Baumler, one of my volunteers. What do you, dear readers, think of a minor team name modification, something along the lines of “Naomi’s Meow Power?” I think this is only fair since I am responsible for thinking this whole endeavor up in the first place. Moreover, I have to whip my team of three into ... Read More »

WHO’S YOUR MAMA? Dolphin Birthing Season is Near!

In this photo taken May 24, adult female Nibbles looks
larger than usual and is a candidate to give birth this fall.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Giza, Nibbles, Rangle and Button. Ah, yes! These are some of my favorite girls. But wait…these are not girls’ names! They are, if we’re talking about dolphins. It’s that time of year, when the Dolphin Explorer’s survey team is noticing changes in behavior of some of the adult female bottlenose dolphins in the Marco Island area. Many of the 3 and 4 year old calves will be leaving their moms this fall for one main reason…mom is having a new baby. Birthing season is quickly approaching for our area. It will vary around the world, ... Read More »

Poling, Havemeier top Charter School student athletes

The Charter School girls soccer team, recognized at Charter Sports Awards night.

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Charter Middle School Sports Awards night was again a celebration of student athletes on May 28. The top four award-winning athletes are outstanding in the classroom as well. The night’s top award, Student Athlete of the Year, was won by eighth graders Mickey Poling and Teagan Havemeier. The Mickey Mendel Sportsmanship Award went to Richard Reisinger and Laura Poelstra. Poling played cross country, basketball, soccer and track while sporting a 3.6 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 system. “His work in the classroom has been excellent. He is ready to soar into his new ... Read More »

Road Watch Report

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. COLLIER COUNTY US 41 at Mooring Line Drive:  Maintenance permit project:  Crews will be working on sidewalks and landscaping on the west side of the roadway.  Drivers should use caution while crews work near the road. US 41 from Wiggins Pass Road to Immokalee Road:Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect the two outside southbound lanes closed during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday for crews to work on ... Read More »

At Physicians Regional, Helping Hands are Everywhere

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd It will come as no surprise if I suggest that a hospital or doctor’s office visit can be stressful. At Physicians Regional Healthcare System, we understand, when faced with safeguarding one’s health, one’s emotions can run high. However, your comfort, as well as confidence in our abilities, means the world to a lot of people. If you think about it, most of us tend to think of the “clinical” staff as synonymous with an office visit. In our minds, we almost immediately envision doctors and nurses. After all, the ‘70s TV show ... Read More »

Spring Football Game Becomes a Scrimmage for MIA Rays

Oops! A number of Marco Island Academy football players, are caught watching a play, rather than being involved in it, during a scrimmage on a Friday night when Deerfield Beach-Zion Lutheran canceled at the last minute.

By Roger LaLonde On a balmy Friday night, May 15, Marco Island Academy football fans walked onto the field at Winterberry Park. They were anxious to see what the next season may hold as the Manta Rays were to play their spring game against Deerfield Beach-Zion Lutheran. The referees chatted as they readied to have the opportunity to work a game, after being idle for more than six months. But wait, they were only talking with coaches and players from the Rays. Zion Lutheran wasn’t on the field. In fact, they weren’t even on Marco. In the waning afternoon hours ... Read More »

Marco’s Wheeler, Ragan Represent Schools for Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award

Jessica Ragan, the Marco Island Academy Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award nominee, with her family, from left, Cameron, Connor, Jaden, Jenna, mom Paula, Jessica and dad Ron.

By Roger LaLonde Overcoming worthy competition, Michael Walker of Naples High was named the 26th Annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete on May 21. He was among 13 candidates, each representing a Collier County high school. Marco Island’s Gage Wheeler represented Lely, and Jessica Ragan represented Marco Island Academy. Each nominee received a $2,500 scholarship from the Collier Athletic Club. Walker received a $10,000 scholarship, paid over four years. Wheeler will attend the United States Air Force Academy. Ragan is undecided, although Stetson University in Deland is a possibility. Starring in the classroom, cross country and track at Lely High School, Wheeler ... Read More »

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 »