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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 »

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 »

Academy Faces 1st Major Football Test

MIA Head Coach Greg Fowler talks to his team on the sideline. PHOTO BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde [email protected] How good is the Marco Island Academy football team? It will get a major test in hosting Community School at Winterberry Park at 7 PM on Friday night, Sept. 19. The Seahawks have manhandled three opponents, outscoring them 139-8, with its most recent a 42-7 win over Fort Myers Canterbury. Marco Island has won two straight, outscoring its opposition, 84-6, with its most recent victory over Somerset Academy Charter High, 35-0. The game was called midway through the third quarter when the Somerset coach took his team off the field following a skirmish that resulted in ... Read More »

Does the Game of Tennis Need More Changes?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne [email protected] Change for the sake of change. Does the collegiate game really need a complete overhaul to attract more fans? Not too long ago, every single college tennis match was the best two out of three contest, and each match counted to determine the final score. For quite a long period of time, the order of play was consistent. Each university fielded six singles matches, and then the day was concluded with three doubles contests. Clearly too many duals were decided after the singles play and that rendered the doubles meaningless. So, in the mid-1970s, ... Read More »

Talking Youth Sports with Samantha Morris

U-12 player Jackson O’Shea and Stuart Endres bring down the Tiger football runner.

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Since 2008, the Optimist Club of Marco Island has worked to bring out the best in kids by providing them with an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, including football, cheerleading, basketball, soccer and lacrosse. In August, the club suffered a disappointment when it was forced to cancel its fall youth football season. During previous seasons, the Optimist Club had more than 90 combined registrants for its tackle and flag football programs, and has held various skills and training camps geared towards football throughout the years. According to Samantha Morris, president of the ... Read More »

Tsunami Sand Blast

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Shortly after dawn on a hot and steamy Saturday morning, 32 girls gathered in the sand to “dig” up a tsunami, and that is just what they did. The Tsunami Beach Volleyball Club held a beach volleyball tournament at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa. The event was sanctioned by USAV National Junior Beach Tour and organized by the Tsunami Beach Volleyball Club, a branch of the volleyball club Heatwave. The girls gave it their all, competing against each team within their age category before going into pool play. Four age groups were represented ... Read More »

New Physician Joins Florida Gynecologic Oncology

Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, is pleased to announce the addition of Gynecologic Oncologist Samith Sandadi, M.D., MSc., to its practice. Florida Gynecologic Oncology provides high quality, personalized care to women with complex gynecologic problems and suspected diagnosed cancers of the female reproductive tract. Dr. Sandadi will be joining the team of distinguished physicians at Florida Gynecologic Oncology who have held, or currently hold, faculty appointments in academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology, have published hundreds of scientific papers and book chapters, and have received numerous awards for their contributions to women’s cancer care. “Dr. Sandadi’s clinical ... Read More »

Relay For Life Turns 30!

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig The American Cancer Society of Marco Island is excited to announce that Relay For Life of Marco Island is scheduled for April 18-19 at Mackle Park. Relay for Life is the single largest fundraising event in the world, and in 2015, we are recognizing 30 years of raising funds so that researchers can find treatments, preventative measures and cures for cancer. For Relayers around the world, this anniversary is particularly meaningful as the founder of Relay For Life, Dr. Gordy Klatt, passed away last month from heart failure after a long struggle with cancer ... Read More »

High Praise for NCH Physicians

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Today, I’d like to pay tribute — “give props” for you younger readers — to the 111-strong NCH Physician Group, which has become by far the biggest group practice in Collier County from Bonita to southeast Collier County and Marco Island, and continues to grow in multiple ways. Last year, 17 physicians joined Chief Administrative Officer Zach Bostock, ably helped by Administrative Director Pat Read, Administrative Assistant Lindsey Shanks and the team. With two months to go in our financial year, another 16 physicians have been added, and ... Read More »

USS America Shall Sail Again

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun [email protected] Over the years, I found myself wondering where the rest of the world was during the Holocaust where more than 6 million Jews were exterminated by the Nazis. I wonder no more. They were exactly where the rest of the world is today when the Islamic State formerly known as the ISIS is massacring non-Muslims in Iraq, transmitting beheadings live on world television (technology not available to the Nazis) and no one really seems to care; no one wants to lift a finger! Some Americans are actually more concerned about the weapons, tactics, force ... Read More »

What Birds Eat… The Beak Can Tell the Tale

Wood storks use “tactolocation” to find food
and can close their beak in 1/20th of a second!

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Have you ever seen a reddish egret dance along the shoreline to snag a meal? How about a great blue heron sitting trance-like on a mangrove branch just one foot above the water to catch a fish? Or an osprey swooping into the water feet first to grasp its prey? There is such a variety of bird life in the Marco area, and they capture their next meals in several different manners. One physical feature can tell you something very unique about their diets. Take a look at the shape of the bird’s beak. ... Read More »

Optimist Soccer

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Lyndsi Koszo and Meghan Bonos are the ultimate soccer moms. Three months ago, the two Marco Islanders — with the support of the Optimist Club board. “We both have a passion for youth sports having grown up playing on various teams throughout our lives,” explains Lyndsi. “We recognized the need in the community for a comprehensive soccer program, focusing on core soccer skills with an emphasis on teamwork, character development and having fun at the same time. The Optimist program embodies these core values. It was a natural fit for us to volunteer to help ... Read More »

MIA Ready to Kick Off 2014 Season

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By Roger Lalonde [email protected] Back in the spring junior Cole Stretton, outstanding in basketball and football, predicted that the football team will be the talk of the school this year. That was after the basketball team won its first district basketball title and the football team had recorded one win last season against some very tough foes. This is a new season, and new head coach Greg Fowler is impressed by the work ethic of the team. Fowler and his staff have worked with the players on a new option-based offense and 3-5 defense. “The kids are picking up the ... Read More »

Acting Police Chief

Acting Police Chief Al Schettino. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery Since 2009, many Marco Islanders have gotten to know Al Schettino while he was out on patrol or walking the halls of one of the island schools. Now, they will get to know him as the Acting Police Chief of the Marco Island Police Department. On July 25, City Manager Roger Hernstadt announced that Schettino was appointed to the position, roughly two months after former Police Chief Don Hunter left the department to start his own private security firm. When Hunter handed in his letter of separation from the city in May, Hernstadt asked both Schettino ... Read More »

Rookies Raises Money for Avery McCaskill

After the tournament, everyone headed to Rookies  on Marco Island for food and more fun. PHOTOS BY VICTORIA WRIGHT

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Avery McCaskill is an adorable, spunky, funny four-year-old. She likes to make funny faces, pretend she is a princess and play with her big sister, Kaleah. She loves hugs from her mom, Sondra, and her dad, William. Avery also is a fighter. The Golden Gate City child has been battling Leukemia since February 2013. That is why for the second year in a row Marco Island’s Rookies Bar & Grill has held its annual golf tournament in honor of little Avery, with all proceeds going to her family to help with the costs of her ... Read More »

Straight Talk

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss,M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System The new arrivals are here — and all 18 of them are beautiful and gleaming. And we couldn’t be more proud! No, they’re not babies — they’re bassinets, and the proud “parents” in this case are North Naples Hospital COO and System CNO Michele Thoman, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services Bernadine Hinton, Nurse Manager Neonatal ICU (NICU) Cathy Ravelo, and our colleagues from DeAngelis Diamond Construction, who earlier this week announced the birth of our spanking new 18-bassinet NICU. Although five weeks premature (delivered early, which in this ... Read More »

Health Care’s Unsung Heroes

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd A major part of my role as CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard is interacting with caregivers. As one would expect, this includes an exceptional group of physicians, nurses, clinicians and employees—those whom I am privileged to work alongside every day. The ability to witness their never-ending commitment to our patients—as seen through their focus on compassionate care—is truly inspirational. However, there’s another very special group of caregivers—a somewhat hidden community that rarely gets recognized. A group that, without fanfare, selflessly gives their time to our patient population each and every day ... Read More »

S4TL

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Five young students entering into their senior year of high school were chosen by the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Noontime Rotary Club to attend a weeklong Students 4 Tomorrow’s Leaders (S4TL) program. The program was held at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Students from all over Central and South Florida converged on the campus, where past S4TL attendees greeted them as they arrived and divided them into groups. The students were housed on campus and had all meals there during the weeklong camp. Team building exercises and motivational speakers are presented throughout the week ... Read More »

Hodges University Hosts Workshop on Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency for Business Growth

The Office of Diversity at Hodges University will host a day-long workshop on diversity, inclusion and cultural competency and how it can impact business growth.  The workshop will take place on July 26, beginning at 8:30 am, and will be held at the institution’s Naples campus. The workshop will cover topics such as diversity’s effect on consumer behavior and how businesses respond, creating a diverse and inclusive leadership team, and best practices that ensure success among a diverse team.  Guest speakers, panel discussions and break-out activities are also planned for the event. “Business leaders need to increase their ability to sense new ... Read More »