Tag Archives: team

Lady Rays Banged Up, But Hang In Against First Baptist

By Barry Gwinn On December 20, in their last game before Christmas break, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team (8-6-1) stood toe-to-toe with First Baptist Academy (12-2) the division’s second ranked team, and gave as good as they got. This action-packed game was witnessed by over 50 spectators, an unofficial record crowd. The final score was First Baptist ... Read More »

Dolphins of Marco Island

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Everybody loves dolphins! They always seem ... Read More »

Avow Ribbon Cutting

Submitted Avow will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Lyon Center for palliative care, hospice and bereavement on Friday, January 6 at 11 AM on its campus at 1095 Whippoorwill Lane. Hosted by the Avow Foundation, the event will feature special guest speakers Dr. Diane Meier and Dr. Sean Morrison, co-directors of the Patty and Jay Baker National ... Read More »

Fire-Rescue Shoots Way to the Top

By Don Manley For now, Marco Island’s Fire-Rescue Department can claim bragging rights over their police department brethren where a certain shooting sport is concerned. A team of firefighters and paramedics outscored a squad from the police department in a head-to-head sporting clays competition to win the inaugural Marco Island Public Safety Challenge. Held recently at Gulf Coast Clays in ... Read More »

Giving Tree is not a Mirage

By Maureen Chodaba  For the past seven years, the Mirage On the Gulf condominium has been making sure that Christmas is not a mirage for families in need. The holidays can be a difficult time for those who do not have the financial ability to buy gifts for children and other family members. This waterfront community, located at 1070 South ... Read More »

The Island Country Club Introduces New Sous Chefs

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) has two new sous chefs on their culinary team. Los Angeles native Loren Cogswell earned the title of executive sous chef and Fanny Bustamante, originally from Lima, Peru, is now the club’s Double Eagle sous chef. Cogswell has a degree in aquatic biology. During his college years, Loren cooked for friends and ... Read More »

Boy Rays’ Win Impressive Last Game

By Barry Gwinn  The first 11 games for new head coach Fernando Higuera and new assistant coach Brian Gambuzina have been challenging. With a 3-8 record, the boys’ season is reminiscent of the girls’ team when starting with new head coach, Jim Watt, three years ago. “It is the same mistakes being made over and over that are hard to ... Read More »

Voted Best Place to Work

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company and its divisions including The Naples Trust Company announced today that it was named a Best Place to Work in Money Management for 2016 by Pensions & Investments, the global news source of money management. Pensions & Investments held the fifth-annual survey and recognition program dedicated to identifying and recognizing the best employers in the ... Read More »

Ferringo Joins Skin Renewal

Skin Renewal Systems of Marco Island has welcomed naturopath and homeopath, Brad Ferringo to their wellness team. Brad has certifications in clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, detoxification, functional medicine, bioenergetics, homeopathy, lab and integrative medicine. His practice focuses primarily on holistic anti-aging to which he’s devised a variety of testing methods and individualized treatment plans including his “3-Steps to Slow Aging” ... Read More »

Sale e Pepe Tapped for Excellence

Submitted Sale e Pepe, the gourmet Italian restaurant located in the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, earned its 11th consecutive Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Sale e Pepe is the only restaurant on Marco Island to receive the prestigious award for its top-quality wine list and is among an elite group of only 1,093 Best of Award ... Read More »

Holiday Decorating Contest Lights Up

Submitted  The Christmas House and Business Decorating Contest is underway, and enthusiasm is building as holiday decorations light up Marco Island. The contest, in its 20th year, is funded and supported by sponsors LCEC, Centennial Bank and committee members. For the 20th anniversary finals, special guests LCEC CEO Dennie Hamilton, his wife Pricilla, and LCEC representative Tricia Dorn will crown ... Read More »

Exciting Changes for Relay For Life

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Many big changes are coming to the Marco Island American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event, which will take place on April 1, 2017 at Veterans Community Park. In addition to the change of location, the 2017 Marco Island Relay For Life has a new format, and hours reduced to 4-10 PM. The Luminaria Ceremony ... Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer – Mid-Season Team at 5 & 3 after strong first half

By Barry Gwinn After winning three of the five straight road games to begin the season, the Lady Rays finally got to play in front of the home crowd at Winterberry Park, where they won two out of three. On November 28, the Rays overpowered a talented St. John Neumann team, 4-1. The Rays defense was all but impenetrable, with ... Read More »

Head Tennis Coach Needed For Special Olympics

Special Olympics of Collier County is in urgent need of a head tennis coach for its upcoming season, which runs from January 7 through May 21, 2017. The coach will be responsible, along with several assistant coaches, for one practice per week, on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Greater Naples YMCA. The head coach must be ... Read More »

MIA Students Work Out at Marco Fitness Club

By Barry Gwinn Bob Cholka has done a lot of things in his life, but none has been more gratifying than his fitness club on Marco Island This guy has tried his hand at everything from deputy sheriff to an IT guy with large corporations. Bob grew up in Milwaukee, married his high school sweetheart, and had two children, both ... Read More »

MIA Girls Piling up Soccer Wins

By Barry Gwinn Trying to build on last year’s 4-10-2 season, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) Lady Rays took to the road for their first five games. With a solid core of sophomores, juniors, and one senior returning, the Rays were hoping that the incoming freshman would give them a boost. They weren’t disappointed. Their first game was at highly ... Read More »

MIA Gets New Boys Soccer Coach

By Barry Gwinn After the win at Moore Haven, boys soccer team (from left), top row: Marshall Daffner, Kodie Dean, Ron Linn, Josh Dacruz, Jack Babian, Cameron Zook and Head Coach Fernando Higuera. Bottom row: Kaleb Acosta, Charlie Slonaker, Juan David Patino, Francisco Mendez, Jorge Munoz and Marco Disbel. Not pictured: Asst. Coach Bryan Gambuzina.  Fernando Higuera, 39, took over ... Read More »

Susan Kubat Named Unsung Hero

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise presented its Unsung Hero Award for Third Quarter, 2016 to Susan Kubat. Susan was recognized for her services to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self” consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Susan has worked endlessly to protect our environment. She has served as a volunteer board member and president of Friends ... Read More »

Marco Officer Injured

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island Emergency Services personnel work together as a seamless team to assist island residents and visitors on a daily basis. However, when the alarm comes in for one of their own their adrenaline levels spike a little higher as they respond to a brother in need. Such was the case on late Tuesday morning, November ... Read More »

Flag Football a Hit The Philly Connection

By Barry Gwinn Bruni calls a play for his team, on which his son Jake plays quarterback (wearing do rag). The coaches call each play, remind players of their assignments, and make sure they are in the proper positions before the ball is snapped. On most fall Saturday mornings, you will find Mackle Park with end to end football games ... Read More »