Tag Archives: team

Present at the Creation Julia Cartwright Looks Back

By Barry Gwinn In the space of just four years, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team has gone from being the laughing stock of the league to being the team that no one wants to play. Julia Cartwright remembers it all. Julia is graduating this year with plans to major in elementary education and minor in women’s studies ... Read More »

Siegel Dental – Caring for People, Not Just Teeth

By Maureen Chodaba, RDH A visit to the dentist can be a warm and relaxing experience. A dental office can be a place of healing and rejuvenation. Now that I have your attention with those opening lines, please don’t think that I’m crazy! I promise you that I really do know what I’m talking about, and in this case, I’m ... Read More »

Stacking in Pickleball

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In my last column, titled “Proper Positioning is Paramount,” I discussed the importance of having ourselves properly set up in pickleball, to encourage and promote forehands on our groundstrokes. In that column, I recommended both members of the serving team set themselves up at the baseline area in a position to encourage a forehand ... Read More »

Not Our Finest Hour

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com For those that have followed the political landscape on Marco Island during the last six months, the events leading up to the resignation of City Manager Roger Hernstadt should not have come as a surprise. Hernstadt was not the favorite of the slate of four who swept to victory on November 8th, and ... Read More »

‘Crossing for a Cure’ MIPD Officer to Paddleboard from Bahamas to Florida

By Samantha Husted On June 17th, Father’s Day weekend, Marco Island police officer Josh Ferris will embark on a 50-mile, open-water, paddleboard adventure from Bimini in the Bahamas to Dania Beach, Florida. Ferris, an active paddle boarder, is making the journey in order to raise money on behalf of the Piper’s Angels Foundation. Piper, of whom the foundation is named ... Read More »

Proper Positioning is Paramount

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In all sports, we need to make sure that we are properly positioned to allow ourselves to efficiently and effectively execute a strategic game plan. In previous columns, I have discussed my belief of the need for proper fundamentals with both the serve and the return, as well as the fact of how important I believe ... Read More »

Project’s Final Legacy Reef Named

Submitted Recent residents to Marco Island, Chris Haunschild and his wife Jennifer, read an article about the Artificial Reef Project and wanted to provide a lasting gift for the people of Marco Island and Southwest Florida. “We moved our family here for the unique beauty and traditional values,” stated Chris Haunschild, “and wanted to provide a place for marine life ... Read More »

Grace Place: New Appointments

Grace Place for Children and Families in Golden Gate City announced that it has hired Barbara J. Wilson to lead its marketing and communications efforts and Chrissie Missal to manage the volunteer experience initiatives at the nonprofit organization. Ms. Wilson brings over 20 years of professional experience in marketing, business development, consulting, media relations, social marketing, development and public relations ... Read More »

Holston and Breusch Promoted 

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company announced today the promotions among its management leaders, also positively affecting their divisions of The Naples Trust Company and The Tampa Bay Trust Company.  Craig J. Holston has been named Chief Operations Officer and Ian N. Breusch, CFA has been named Chief Investment Officer. “Our company has experienced significant growth over the last few years ... Read More »

Finding Neverland…The Marsh Trails

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  “Second star to the right and ... Read More »

PUFFIN LOVE: Atlantic Puffins of Maine with a Marco Connection

By Maria Lamb Atlantic Puffins are often called “sea parrots” due to their flashy bills of red, yellow and blue during mating season. They have earned the moniker of “clown of the sea” with tears of clown markings on their oversized faces. From a distance, puffins can resemble the dark-tuxedoed penguins. Puffins are small seabirds measuring 10 inches from their ... Read More »

MIA Girls’ Disappointing Finale Follows Best Season Ever

By Barry Gwinn The MIA girls soccer team had a record breaking season this year – the best ever – capping it off with its first district playoff game at home. On January 17, the fourth seeded Rays hosted the fifth Community School Seahawks, with whom they had previously split close games. At stake was a trip to the district ... Read More »

Lely Falls to Naples in Double OT

By Scott Shook Round three of the Naples-Lely basketball rivalry was not for the faint of heart. After splitting their first two meetings of the season with each team winning by just two points, the rubber game took two overtime periods to decide. Naples High left the Trojans heartbroken on their home court Friday night, January 27. The final score ... Read More »

Irula Tribesmen and Detector Dogs Help UF/IFAS and FWC Remove Pythons in Florida

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are working together on unique projects to target Burmese pythons in Florida. Two projects include using detection dogs and Irula tribesmen to help remove pythons from environmentally sensitive areas. In their first eight days on the job, the Irula tribesmen ... Read More »

Lely falls to Naples in Double OT

By Scott Shook Round three of the Naples-Lely basketball rivalry was not for the faint of heart. After splitting their first two meetings of the season with each team winning by just two points, the rubber game took two overtime periods to decide. Naples High left the Trojans heartbroken on their home court Friday night, January 27. The final score was ... Read More »

Island Country Club Promotes and Hires

By Samantha Husted Island Country Club has seen extensive changes over the past year. The newest change comes in the form of both a promotion and a new hire. Dedicated employee and longtime Southwest Florida resident, Heather Hall, has been promoted to the Director of Membership and Marketing. New hire, Courtney Stevenson of Bonita Springs, has taken on the position ... Read More »

Young Dolphins of Marco Island It’s All About the Babes

By Maureen Chodaba The Rose History Auditorium was the place to be for the recent Marco Island Historical Society presentation of “Young Dolphins of Marco Island,” by certified Florida Master Naturalist Bob McConville. This renowned speaker is always known to draw a packed crowd, so it was indeed imperative to arrive early. But the audience did not wait idly as ... Read More »

Marco Tennis Team Competes at State Championships

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island YMCA Women’s 18 and over 7.5 combination tennis team recently competed at the USTA National Tennis Center in Orlando, Florida. The women competed against other teams from throughout the state of Florida for the state championship title. There were a total of 18 teams present that weekend. The ladies fought hard, eventually coming in ... Read More »

Y’s Over-50 Tennis Team Takes 6.5 State Title

Submitted Nice guys don’t always come last, despite the saying. Proof of that comes in the form of the Marco Y’s women’s over-50 tennis team, who recently returned from Daytona Beach with the 6.5 title under their belts. At the tournament, team captain Karen Lewis was told her team was probably the “nicest” of all the competing teams. The occasion ... Read More »