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They Are Here to Kill Us!

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Beyond the Coast By Tarik N. Ayasun Terror has once again arrived in America. This time it is in our home state of Florida. Forty nine Americans killed and many more injured in Orlando. Only three hours driving time from Marco Island. The murderer Islamist terrorist was born and raised in this country. He grew up and lived amongst us. He has been identified by officials as Omar Mateen of St. Lucie County, Florida, an American-born citizen with Afghani parents. Ladies and gentlemen, time has come to recognize that we are in danger and our government is neglecting us. They do ... Read More »

Money in Motion; What’s Next?

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower Question: My business sold and the transaction will close next quarter. What are your thoughts on how to proceed? I don’t want to overlook anything. Answer: As with all major changes, my first recommendation is to go slowly. The financial strength, stability and integrity of the professionals and institutions you work with is critically important. There will be plenty of people who’ll be happy to offer suggestions on what you should do with the proceeds, unfortunately, all of them may not have your best interest at ... Read More »

Cheers for Champs Has MIA Looking Ahead

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By Roger LaLonde Marco Island Academy is always looking ahead. While just the basketball team has won a district title, the school held its first Cheers for Champions dinner on May 28. The dinner was about supporting all sports. Attendees, 130, enjoyed dinner at Kretch’s Restaurant, athletes modeling worn out uniforms needing replacement and auction items that added to the school’s coffers. Overall, $40,000 was raised, school founder Jane Watt said. The school does not receive Collier County Schools support for the sports program. Each year more than $80,000 is needed, Watt said. Each sports team has its own way ... Read More »

SUP Paddle Boarding Event Sets Records for Special Olympics

Paddle boarders depart from near the Capri Fish House for Special Olympics Florida –SUP Poker Run.

By Don Manley The first time was a fun time for Cragin and Kaye Anderson at the fourth annual SUP Poker Run to benefit the Special Olympics Florida – Collier County. It also proved to be a bit more challenging than expected for the Naples couple, who were taking part in the recent stand-up paddle boarding event for the first time. “It was a lot of fun,” said Cragin Anderson, as he lugged his board to the shore at the end of their run. “We ended paddling back from the last stop, in the current. The total paddle was three ... Read More »

Rosenblum ?Team Awarded ?President’s Circle

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Submitted  Gerry Rosenblum of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, along with teammates Nancy Ehlen and Robert Camposano have been named to the prestigious President’s Circle for 2015 by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The award recognizes the network’s top three percent of residential sales professionals who in 2015 exemplified great sales achievement in closed residential GCI, commercial GCI or closed residential units. Gerry’s team was recognized during Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ annual awards event that was held at the Ritz Tiburon in Naples. Real estate professionals from the Southwest Region attended the annual event. “Gerry and his team are truly deserving of this ... Read More »

Rotary Essay ?Contest Winner

Essay contest winner Christopher Kimble and MICMS Principal George Abounader. Submitted Photo

Submitted The Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club honored Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) 8th grader, Christopher Kimble, for being the Rotary District 6960 Comprehensive Essay Contest Winner this year. Christopher earned the award “For his essay applying the ‘Four Way Test’ to relationships with friends or family, and exemplifying its application through golf.”  The certificate was accompanied by a gift card, and both were awarded at Rotary’s May 5th luncheon, during which Christopher delighted the Rotarians, their guests and his parents with a reading of his winning essay.   The Rotarian Four Way Test Essay By Christopher Kimble The ... Read More »

MICMS Top Student Athletes

Coach Joe Bartos with his outstanding soccer student athlete, Jose Aguilera.

By Roger LaLonde Ryenn Hart and Michael Mertens parlayed their academics and athletic abilities into winning the top student athlete award at the annual Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) Sports Night on May 18. Trent Fetzer and Lauren Faremouth won the other top award, the Michael “Mickey” Mendel Sportsmanship Award. Some 400 relatives and friends packed the MICMS gym. Not only was it the largest crowd, but the highest number of athletes to be recognized. While many played more than one sport, the number of participants in all sports totaled 271. Roger Raymond, athletic director, extolled the virtues of ... Read More »

Fowlers Hit Football Trails to N.C.

Former MIA football coach Greg Fowler making a point to his defensive line.

By Roger LaLonde Greg Fowler and son Andrew will be showing their talents at 1AA North Moore High School in Robbins, North Carolina. Greg Fowler left on May 19 to become the school’s new offensive coordinator. He certainly will know the quarterback, son Andrew. The rest of Fowler’s family will join them after school is out. Andrew transferred to North Moore on May 16 to take part in spring football practices. School enrollment is 630. Greg Fowler resigned as football coach at Marco Island Academy (MIA) following his second football season. Son Andrew led the area in passing yardage for ... Read More »

Positives Seen in MIA Spring Game

MIA’S Tyler Gresham shakes off the defender in gaining yards in the spring game.

By Roger LaLonde The spring game for Marco Island Academy (MIA) didn’t come out well in the won-loss column, but coach Damon Coiro saw a lot of positives. The Manta Rays were blanked on the road by St. Andrews of Boca Raton, 33-0 on May 20. The Scots scored on two huge pass plays in the first half. In the second half, when Coiro frequently subbed his charges, two running plays by the Scots in the third and a blocked punt in the fourth resulted in scores. “We had scoring opportunities in the first half, but we turned the ball ... Read More »

College Play Ahead for Lely Athletes

Lely athletes, from left: Wesley Germain, Zach Gober and Lik Estilien sign letters of intent. Gober and Estilien will play basketball, Germain will play football.
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By Roger LaLonde Cakes of various college colors adorned a table in the Lely High School Media Center as three of Lely’s own signed letters of intent to be college student athletes. Those signing letters for basketball were Zach Gober and Lik Estilien. Wesley Germain signed to play football. For Zach Gober of Lely it was a year in coming. Graduating in 2015, Gober spent the last year at DME Academy in Dayton Beach, improving his academics and basketball skills. Its website boasts providing a world-class training facility for a variety of sports with an elite instructional team designed to ... Read More »

MIA Ranked Top 2%

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MIA students following an MIT luncheon, from left: Dylan Demkovich, Duneshka Cruz, Caitlyn Schmidt, Jose Ramirez, Cora Stahl, teacher Hal Creech, John Roche and Matt Olzsak. Also attending was Kasey Bersh (not pictured), who was accepted to MIT this year.

By Jane Watt Marco Island Academy, a tuition-free, public charter high school, is rated in the top 2% of America’s Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post in 2016. The list is comprised of public, charter and private schools across America. Out of the 22,000 schools that were evaluated, only 2,300 made the list. Marco Island Academy (MIA) made the list at #255- landing the school in the top 2% in the nation. The rankings are based on results from the 2014-2015 school year. Last year, MIA achieved a 97.3% graduation rate, with 85% of the graduates going on ... Read More »

Too Much of a Good Thing?

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “We can be sure that the greatest hope for maintaining equilibrium in the face of any situation rests within ourselves.” – Francis J. Braceland, former U.S. Surgeon General  Question: My portfolio contains a fair amount of stock in the company I retired from. One of my children still works for the same company. What are your thoughts on how much is too much to have invested in one company? Answer: The situation you’re describing is referred to as a concentrated equity position. This is generally defined as any single holding that’s three or more ... Read More »

Crazy Pants Golf Tournament – KW Cares

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By Maureen Chodaba The sunshine was dazzling on the morning of May 7 at Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, but the spirit of enthusiasm was even brighter as 68 golfers participated in the first annual Keller Williams Realty/The Speakeasy “Crazy Pants” Golf Tournament. Participants were encouraged to wear their most colorful, crazy golf outfits for this fundraising event, and they did not disappoint. During the day, players enjoyed a four-person shotgun scramble and 18 holes of golf, followed by a delicious lunch at The Speakeasy. Organized by Sandi Sims-Ramage and Donna Cottrell, both of Keller Williams Realty, the tournament ... Read More »

Challenges Ahead for MIA Football

C.J. Noel (right) bears down on Kyle Ginther in an intense tackling drill. Photos by Roger LaLonde

By Roger LaLonde  On the Marco Island Academy Football team’s website you first see its program mission. There are a lot of superlatives, much of them about student athletes. In many ways the student athletes have already proven to be worthy over the past five years. One section includes sustaining a level of success “on the field of play.” New coach Damon Coiro has his hands full. The team is without eight starters who played major roles. Running backs, quarterback, receivers and linemen whose jobs have to be filled. Starters back are Tyler Gresham, Kyle Ginther, Bon Dees, John Roche, ... Read More »

MIA Boys Basketball Scores in Academics

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MIA’s Patrick Michel comes down with rebound in the Rays victory over Canterbury.

By Roger LaLonde  The Marco Island Academy (MIA) boys basketball team scored on the court and in the classroom. In the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) winter sports report, MIA scored second in Class 3A. Westminster Academy of Fort Lauderdale was first and First Baptist of Naples third. Not only were they in the top three for their class, they were the top three for all classes in the state. On a 4.0 grade point scale, Westminster recorded a 3.723, MIA a 3.655 and First Baptist, 3.604. The next highest score came from Class 2A, as Covenant Christian of ... Read More »

Lely’s New Football Coach Kicks Off Season

Jesus Godinez tosses a pass.

By Roger LaLonde  It is audition time for Lely football players. New coach Maurice Belser said, “Everyone is being evaluated, players and coaches.” Belser takes over the reigns from Culmer St. Jean, who was fired after three seasons with a 14-19 mark. In 2014 St. Jean was area Football Coach of the Year when his Trojans went to the playoffs. Belser knows personal playing success as a starting lineman for Alabama’s 1992 national championship team. He is Lely’s sixth head coach in 10 years. Belser has coached at 12 schools in 18 seasons. Belser said he has 80 players on ... Read More »

Positive Future for Lely Track

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Lely boys track team celebrate after winning the Class 2A Region 3 title.

By Roger LaLonde  There were just two Lely medalists at the FHSAA Class 2A State Track & Field Championships over the weekend, but the boys and girls teams did shine on their way to the title competition. The Lely girls won the Class 2A-District 10 competition and the boys came back the next weekend to win the Class 2A-Region 3 title. The Lely girls competed in five events, the boys in eight at the state Class 2A championships on May 6 and 7. “There were a lot of good possibilities and the kids did a good job of competing,” coach ... Read More »

Hart Goes Out in Style

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High fives all around after MICMS girls placed third in the county’s Middle Schools Track & Field Championships.

By Roger LaLonde  When it comes to Marco Island Charter Middle School track this season, it had to have Hart. Ryenn Hart. She easily won both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs to lead the Lady Eagles to a third place finish in the Collier County Middle Schools Track & Field Championships on April 30 at Palmetto Ridge High School. The team missed tying for second by just one point. The girls’ team winner was Gulfview with 82 points, North Naples, 66 and Marco, 64. Hart’s first run, the 3,200, was a breeze. Hart took the lead early then maintained ... Read More »

Poling, Bell Star Lely Wins District Championships

Lely coaches holding the boys and girls championship trophies. From left are Gage Wheeler, Krystal Righter, head coach Mark McGarity and Abby Zenz.

By Roger LaLonde  Rosie Poling and Mallory Bell kicked it into high gear in leading the Lely girls to the Class 2A-District 12 championship at Lely on April 22. The Lely boys used consistent placement in nearly every event to win the boys title. Both teams won easily with the girls tallying 222 points and the boys 219. The Dunbar girls came in second with 171 points and the Dunbar boys placed second with 151. Lely coach Mark McGarity was pleased with the teams’ overall efforts. “We have a bunch of young athletes who have been working hard to do ... Read More »

MIA Track Team Shows Heart

Mike Weyrauch adjusts his sunglasses during the coaches meeting. With him (from left): FBA’s Ryan Mitchell and Cassie Barone and Seacrest coach Nick Pohl.

By Roger LaLonde  An eight-member track and field team has little chance in a district meet, but the Marco Island Academy showed heart on April 21. The team managed nine points at the Class 1A District 8 meet as host First Baptist Academy (FBA) boys and girls won titles. In just its second season and coach Mike Weyrauch in his first, the team gave an all-out effort. “The team was impressive. Every single girl came to every practice and got better. The boys and girls all improved and their times dropped dramatically,” Weyrauch said. Sophomore Olivia Watt had the best ... Read More »