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Think Pink

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The staff at Salon and Spa Botanica of Marco Island is at it again. For the second year in a row, they are participating in “Pink Hair for Hope” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland will host the entire salon team on Sunday, Oct. 26, where they will provide a pink hair extension to anyone wishing to donate $10 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The Pink Hair for Hope movement was started nine years ago through hair-extension company, SO.CAP.USA, and has been growing exponentially ever since. So far this ... Read More »

PINK OUT

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Talk about team spirit! Lely High School’s yearly PINK OUT brings out the “pink” in all the students. Pink Out is an evening of volleyball between Lely players and rivals Naples High School. T-shirt sales carrying the Pink Out theme are sold before and during the game. The JV team lost their bid against Naples High in three games. The games were close though, the last of which was 13-15, Naples High. The Lely girls were ecstatic they played so well and fought so hard. It was definitely not an easy win for Naples High. ... Read More »

Hello Holly! First Baby Dolphin of the Fall is Here!

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist This is the second article in a series of three about Marco Island’s young dolphins. The first article can be viewed by going to coastalbreezenews.com under the “Environmental” heading, then under “Stepping Stones.”   It is Thursday morning, Oct. 2, and the Dolphin Explorer is on the water, as usual, surveying the area dolphins. Naturalist Kent Morse and Captain Michael Tateo, along with several guests, enjoy multiple sightings which include a few adult females. Information is being logged into the data base for research purposes. Among those seen is two-time mom Sparky, but no ... Read More »

Are You Ready for a Great Tennis Invention?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com I don’t know about you, but I love conveniences. It’s been a long time since I walked through my bank to do a transaction. Heck, I seldom go into a fast food restaurant to do a quick order because I love the drive thru. Walgreens has made their pharmacy so convenient that one may pick up their prescriptions at the drive through window. Awesome! The new Pick-Up Wall for tennis ball machine enthusiasts may be the most incredible new invention because it is so easy to get the best workout, and there is little ... Read More »

Marco Island Style

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Looking for the latest trends in home décor, hostess gifts, framed art and fun jewelry? Visit Your Island Home, owned by Vee Young and her husband Jim located in the Marco Town Center on North Collier Boulevard. The shop, purchased by the Youngs in 2008, operated for 20 years as Linens Plus. “After a career change for Jim, we were looking for a business for me to dive into as a Plan B. It turned out to be a business we could both pour our hearts and talents into without having to relocate,” Vee says, explaining that they have lived ... Read More »

Celtics Take MIA

Marco Island Academy cheerleaders perform in the community (first row from left) Caitlin Carlson, Sydney Feriozzi, Chantel Parks, Blake Dehooghe and Emily McRae, and (top row) Meagan Reisiner, Haley Havemeier, Caitlyn Schmidt, Larysa Chystik, Taylor Lowdermilk, Kaley Whitworth, Miranda Kinaman and Raquel Esquivel.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Academy had St. John Neumann worried plenty, but the Celtics pulled away for a 42-24 win on Oct. 10. Spoiling MIA’s homecoming game, St. John Neumann couldn’t shake the Manta Rays until the last seven minutes of the contest. Worse, it was an important Class 2A District matchup that both teams needed in the five-team division. The district standings show favored First Baptist Academy at 3-0; St. John Neumann, 2-1; Evangelical Christian, 1-1; Moorehaven, 1-2; and MIA, 0-2. MIA travels to Evangelical Christian tonight (Oct. 17) for a 7 PM contest. The Manta Rays ... Read More »

Failure to Communicate

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” - From the1967 film, “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman. Question: I’m trying to organize my financial life and am worried that I’ll overlook something important. Help! I’m losing sleep. What suggestions can you make? Answer: If something is keeping you up at night, it is definitely time to take action. The most common concerns people have are not running out of money and leaving a legacy or inheritance. To address these and other issues, begin with what’s on your mind by prioritizing fiscal ... Read More »

MIA vs SJN this Friday

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by Roger LaLonde For Marco Island Academy and St. John Neumann it is a must-win situation when they battle at 7 p.m. on Friday at Winterberry Park on Marco Island. This game has strong implications for Class 2A District 10 playoffs. MIA is 2-3 and 0-1 in district games. St. John Neumann is 2-3 and 1-1 in district action. The front runner as expected is First Baptist Academy at 2-0. Evangelical Christian and Moorehaven are 1-1. The top two teams make the playoffs. Should the Manta Rays lose to the Celtics, it will have a tough road ahead with First ... Read More »

LOCAL TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT RETURNS TO RE/MAX

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Pat Wilkins signs on with RE/MAX Affinity Plus After a brief period with another franchise company, local top-­?producing real estate agent Pat Wilkins has returned to RE/MAX Affinity Plus in Marco Island, FL. Wilkins is one of the area’s most reputable agents having worked real estate in Marco Island and Naples since 1978. In 2009, 2010 and 2013 he was the top selling agent on Marco Island. “We’re thrilled to have Pat back with RE/MAX Affinity Plus as he exemplifies the professionalism and quality of RE/MAX agents that serve this community,” said Debra Meredith-­?Peters, Managing Broker of RE/MAX Affinity Plus, ... Read More »

Seasoned Real Estate Professionals Form the New DeHanas Team at Affinity Plus

After many successful years serving the Marco Island and Naples communities, seasoned Real Estate professionals A.J. and Rachel DeHanas have joined together to form the DeHanas Team at RE/MAX Affinity Plus.  These dynamic real estate professionals have earned numerous accolades affirming their proven expertise and experience, including the RE/MAX Platinum Club award, the Top 100 RE/MAX International award, and the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.  A.J. and Rachel DeHanas have been following their passion and helping people with their real estate transactions for more than 45 years combined. “Our Team concept means you have a family team of specialists dedicated to ... Read More »

The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau was recognized for excellence in tourism marketing at the 47th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism during the Flagler Awards, named after named for the late railroad and hotel magnate Henry Flagler, often referred to as the Father of Florida Tourism. The Flagler Awards were established in 2000 to recognize outstanding tourism marketing in Florida. Annually, the Flagler Awards honor many of the countless individuals and organizations that help maintain and improve Florida’s position as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Based on the judges’ cumulative scores, awards were presented to ... Read More »

The City of Naples Airport Authority

The Naples City council appointed Donna Messer and Raymond Stricklen to the board of commissioners of the City of Naples Airport Authority. The board includes five citizen volunteers, each appointed a four-year term to govern the airport authority. Messer and Stricklen are replacing John Allen and Cormac Giblin, whose terms expired. Other commissioners are Dick Evans, John Nocera and James Rideoutte. Messer founded Carl Ryan Associates LLC, a Naples firm that specializes in coaching, mentoring, team building and facilitation, in 2006. She has been affiliated with Kansas-based Overland Resource Group since 2008, consulting on labor-management collaboration. She previously spent three ... Read More »

The Body-Swing Connection

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The past few days, I was in Phoenix, Arizona, attending the TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Level 2 Golf Mechanics Seminar. TPI co-founder, Dave Phillips, and Mark Blackburn, a top 100 instructor, hosted the golf mechanics seminar. TPI is the world leader in education concerning golf instruction. Titleist Performance Institute has certified instructors in 58 countries around the world. TPI takes a team approach to help golfers reach their golf goals, including a golf instructor, fitness instructor and medical professional on the team. The TPI golf instructor leads the team, communicating the student’s golf goals and ... Read More »

Balocki and O’Connell: Stories of Honor

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Rudy Balocki and Francis O’Connell have a lot in common. Both men were born and raised in New England — Balocki in Connecticut and O’Connell in Rhode Island. Both men now live on Marco Island. Both men joined the U.S. Army right out of high school, and both men fought in World War II. Recently, both Balocki and O’Connell also were among the 75 veterans flown to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 13, courtesy of Honor Flight of Collier County, for a whirlwind, police-escorted tour of the nation’s military monuments, including the World War II ... Read More »

Notes from the Bus

The Manta Rays lost on a rainy, muddy night. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Sports writer Roger LaLonde spoke with some of the Marco Island Academy football players and cheerleaders. They had the opportunity to talk about their significance in being athletes and representing their school as they rode a bus to Moore Haven for a football game on Sept. 26. Sports, education and community topped their agendas. Pass catcher and running back Cole Stretton and offensive linemen Bon Dees said sports and education are main factors for them to be at MIA. Stretton, a junior, plays football, basketball and baseball. “I like it here for the sports opportunities and ... Read More »

Full-sided Traveling Soccer Comes to Marco

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By Lyndsi Koszo As youth sports evolve, so does youth soccer here on Marco Island. Last month, the Optimist Club of Marco Island Soccer program showcased the first full-sided traveling soccer team — OCMI-GR8WHITE U14 Girls. The GR8WHITE team was a formidable presence on the field against the Fort Myers Beach Club. Down 0-1 in the first half with a looming thunderstorm over Eagle Lakes Park, GR8WHITE fought hard and came back with a goal scored by Kristen Petronzio to tie. “These girls are amazing. They are all dedicated soccer players and really appreciate full-sided soccer,” commented Head Coach Pat ... Read More »

MIA not a pushover in loss to Seahwaks

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by Roger Lalonde While the Community School coaches told their players after the game that they never doubted the team would win, it wasn’t easy. The Seahawks won their third straight game, but Marco Island Academy showed they can compete with the better area teams. The Manta Rays are 2-1 on the season at the start of its third season. They travel to Moorehaven on Friday for an important Class 2A district game that has playoff implications. On Friday the Rays lost 31-10, but led at half time, 10-7. The game-changing play was not made by the players, but the ... Read More »

2nd Art Tourney

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Spend a day on the links Saturday, October 11th at the Island Country Club, the “crown jewel” of Southwest Florida’s celebrated golfing community. The 2nd Annual Golf Tournament for the Arts, a fund-raiser for the Marco Island Center for the Arts, begins with a luncheon in the clubhouse at noon and a shotgun start at 1 pm. The cost is $125 per player and includes lunch, cart and green fees. All golfers are welcome! “This is our second golf tournament supporting the Center for the Arts,” said Aris Petropoulos Tournament Chairman and Member of the Board. “It is also a ... Read More »

Rescuing Skipper: A Dolphin Explorer Tale

About an hour after the Dolphin Explorer’s Bob Erickson and Meredith Barnard spotted Halfway and Skipper in Little Marco Pass, the cavalry arrived, complete with a net boat captained by Larry Fulford, a commercial fisherman with more than 30 years experience with dolphin capture and release efforts.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Finding one specific dolphin in the waters around Marco Island is akin to looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. At least that is what I thought on the morning of Sept. 4 when I set out with researchers from Sea Excursion’s 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project to find one female baby dolphin whose tail had somehow become entangled with a foot of wire leader from a fishing rig. These same researchers were the ones who spotted the baby dolphin — Skipper — and her entanglement in early August while aboard one of their Dolphin ... Read More »

Preps for Upcoming Season

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com If you stop by Arturo’s this month, you will note one of Marco Island’s favorite Italian restaurants is closed for its annual vacation. You also will note, though, that the restaurant is alive with activity as it prepares for its 19th season. “We had a great season last year,” says Arturo’s co-owner Judy Barney. “But, more importantly, we are looking forward to an even better season this year…We recognize that September is the slowest month of the year. One year, we opened in September, and then I remembered why we usually closed down to take ... Read More »