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Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Walkers, from left: Michael Cirillo, Jan Cirillo, Abby Cichon, Ray Nutter,  Jim Cichon, Joe Ann Vesely, Shirley Woolaway (Group Leader), Jack Markel, Barb Markel (Team Captain), Marilou Casey, Mary Ann Tittle, Suzanne Schmachtenberg, Ray Tittle,
Katie Denning and Marti Spence. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Members and friends of the Marco Spirit Team from Marco Island recently participated in the Alzheimer’s Walk at Fleischmann Park in Naples. The team was comprised of members and friends of the Memory Loss/Caregiver Support Group of Marco. Out of 77 teams, the team came in second in fundraising by raising $7,215. Of the 77 teams, there were 604 walkers and the grand total raised for Collier County was $87,617.   Read More »

Gearing Up For an Award Winning Gala

Dick and Debra  Shanahan, co-chairs ACS Imagination Ball. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The American Cancer Society’s Imagination Ball 2016 is not until March, but preparations for the award-winning gala have been in progress since this summer. On Saturday, March 5, 2016 the American Cancer Society will hold its annual gala- the Imagination Ball – at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa. ACS staff and volunteers are already hard at work planning for an event to top last year’s award-winning gala. On November 1 and 2, the American Cancer Society (ACS) held a “Gala University” in Dallas, where volunteers and staff came together from all over ... Read More »

Meals of Hope Next Year: New Captain, Same Hope

Coastal Breeze News sponsored a table of volunteers.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2015 Meals of Hope packaging event on November 14 was a monumental success. Over 550 volunteers packaged a record 232,000 meals in less than two hours. The group was also successful in achieving their 2015 goal of raising $45,000. After the event, Meals of Hope gives the packaged meals away free of charge. A distribution network, which utilizes the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Collier Harvest, insures that the meals are given to needy children. The mission of Meals of Hope is to ensure that no child in Collier County misses even a single ... Read More »

MIPD Fitted for Custom Earpieces

Donald Kleindl II,  Donald Kleindl III, Shauna M. Kleindl and Richard F. Radostits fit the MIPD with custom earpieces.

By Samantha Husted On November 11, members of the Life Hearing Health Clinic stopped by the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) to fit officers with custom made earpieces. The clinic is family owned and operated and has been in business for over 63 years. There that day was Donald Kleindl II, his son Donald Kleindl III, his daughter Shauna M. Kleindl, as well as his “adopted son” Richard F. Radostits. Kleindl II, Kleindl III and Radostits are board certified audioprosthologists. Shauna M. Kleindl is a hearing specialist. The clinic has provided custom earpieces for police and firefighters throughout Collier County, ... Read More »

Lady Rays Hit Rough Patch. Lose Thriller

Abi Merideth breaks free for a shot against St. John Neumann. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

By Barry Gwinn After a resounding victory over Seacrest on November 6, the Lady Rays lost a couple of tough ones at Southwest Florida, 0-2 and St. John Neumann, 2-5. Marco Island Academy was in both games all the way, but had trouble penetrating the defenses of both schools. At Neumann on November 12, the Rays did get through for two goals, by freshmen Miranda Webb and Teagan Havemeir, assisted by freshmen Abi Merideth and Morgan Jones. Olivia Watt and Elizabeth Schulteis had to sit this one out with injuries. On November 16, the Rays played their first home game ... Read More »

Team Tennis Dilemma: One Captain or Two


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne CTA or USTA team tennis offers distinct challenges each season, and picking the ‘right’ captain or captains is crucial to the success of the tennis operation. Moreover, when club teams win each week, there is a special buzz at the club. In my practices, I have enjoyed exceptional team captain, as well as the co-captain set up. There are many factors in determining which direction to move. For example, if the club head pro is “hands on”- sets up each roster, designs team practices and has weekly meetings with each team. In this particular case, ... Read More »

MIHS Hosts World-Class Entertainment


Submitted By popular demand, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is once again bringing world-class entertainment to Marco Island. The first of several musical/variety shows begin this holiday season, with more to come next year. The performances will be held live onstage at the Rose History Auditorium (RHA) on Marco. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience these popular events. Later this month, on Saturday, November 28, Duo Romantico, the husband and wife team of Atilio and Christy Marinelli, will perform a Tribute to Andrea Bocelli. This classically trained tenor and soprano bring unforgettable chemistry to the RHA stage. As cousins ... Read More »

Delgados Committed to MIA Experience

Andrew and Ivette Delgado, with MIA athletic director Kelly Monnot,  and football coach Greg Fowler, show check for $8,847.20, provided by Delgado’s Andrew Hunter Homes. PHOTO BY FRANK STEIGER PHOTOGRAPHY

By Roger LaLonde When Marco Island Academy High School was in its infancy Andy and Ivette Delgado joined in the commitment to make it a success. Their most recent aid came with their donation of $8,847.20 to cover the cost for the football team and staff traveling to Texas for an outstanding football and bonding experience at the beginning of the season. Jane Watt, school founder and board president, acknowledged the generous donation, adding that the Delgados mean much more to the school. She talked with the Delgados when it was time for son Andrew to choose a high ... Read More »

Lady Rays Make History

Lady Rays after first-ever victory. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

Submitted On Friday evening, November 6, after two years of futility, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) Girls’ Soccer Team exploded for the team’s first win, ever – a convincing 7 to 1 victory over Seacrest. This is only the third season of existence for this team at the still very young MIA. Jim Watt became their coach last year, when the team went 0 and 16, the same as the year before under a different coach. Before this season, Watt told me that there were some pretty good freshmen joining the team, and that they would be heard from sooner ... Read More »

Robinson downs Lely for regional title

The Lady Trojans celebrate an early score in the Class 5A Regional final at Lely on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Unfortunately they couldn’t hold the momentum, losing three straight games to Tampa Robinson.

By Roger LaLonde The team that makes the fewest mistakes wins. That sums up Tampa Robinson sweeping Lely in the Class 5A regional final on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Lely jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first game. That would be the last time it led in a game until late in the third game, but Robinson came back to finish off the Lady Trojans, ending their season, again without winning a regional championship. It was a bitter loss for a team that thought they would finally end what has seemed like a curse. With service problems and mistakes ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS: Philip “Phil” Ballou

Phil Ballou

By Maggie Gust Philip Ballou served as a Staff Sergeant in the 1771 Air Transport Command, Army Air Force, in the Pacific Theater, 1943 to 1946. Phil had a very unique wartime story. He is the first person I have ever met whose mother served in the same war. Hazel Ballou, a 38-year-old legal secretary during peace time, enlisted in the WACs a month before her 18-year-old son Phil was drafted into the Army. Ironically, they both got their 30-day leave before deployment at the same time, so were able to spend time together at home. Home was Clarion, Iowa, ... Read More »

Rays Fall, Lely Wins Rays Host Evangelical Christian on Senior Night

By Roger LaLonde Marco Island Academy (MIA) and Lely football fortunes differed on Friday, October 23. The Rays got themselves back into the game before a fourth-quarter barrage of points saw Community School of Naples win 69-37. Lely used a passing and running game to take an early 20-0 lead in its 27-8 victory over Cypress Lake. The area’s top passing quarterback, Andrew Fowler, threw for 354 yards and four touchdown passes. Austin Gross stepped up, as MIA’s running game was lacking two of its best runners. Gross ran for 116 yards, including a touchdown and caught six passes for ... Read More »

An Interview with YMCA Tennis Director Roberto Saad

Roberto Saad was ranked number 36 tennis player in the world in 1988.

By Samantha Husted Meet Roberto Saad, the Marco Island YMCA’s newest tennis director. Roberto’s life and tennis career has been nothing short of amazing. He’s traveled all over the world, played in tournaments such as the Davis Cup, won two doubles titles, and in 1988 he was number 36 in the world, a feat very few can claim. Now, he’s here on Marco Island to share his wisdom of the game and his philosophies on life, which to him are inextricable. Let’s start with the beginning, when did you first start playing tennis and how do you get involved with ... Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer Team Breaks Long Losing Streak


By Barry Gwinn On Tuesday evening, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team tied Golden Gate High School, breaking a losing streak that lasted all of last season. Down one-nothing at the half, the Rays tied the game early in the second half with a goal by freshman Abi Merideth, assist by Julia Wagner. Golden Gate then retook the lead with another goal. With about 10 minutes left in the game, MIA freshman Miranda Webb tied the game, scoring off a blocked shot by the Golden Gate goalkeeper. That was the last of the scoring. The Rays were understandably ... Read More »

Hart, Poling Lead Marco to Second-Place Finish

The field blasts off the starting line in the race on Saturday, October 24. PHOTOS BY PATRICIA POLING

By Roger LaLonde Again it was a battle of girl’s teams at the Collier County Athletic Conference Cross Country Middle School Championships on Saturday, October 24. Gulfview and Marco Island girls battled, but the outcome was the same. Gulfview placed its top five runners in the first 14, while Marco Island Charter Middle School’s top five placed in the first 19. Gulfview’s low score of 41 edged Marco with 53. No one else was close. Third went to Pine Ridge with 98 points. North Naples, 99 and Oak Ridge, 130, rounded out the top five schools. In the boys event, ... Read More »

Stretton Returns to MIA


By Roger LaLonde Mums the word when it comes to Cole Stretton returning to Marco Island Academy (MIA) in time for basketball season. Stretton decided to transfer in the fall to play his senior year at Lely, with the hopes of greater exposure for scholarship opportunities by playing at the 5A level, rather than MIA’s 2A team. The reason for coming back to MIA is not clear. In an email, William Mottola, Lely athletic director, gave a “No comment” remark when asked if there was a reason for Stretton leaving Lely. In a text, Roger Raymond, MIA basketball coach, confirmed ... Read More »

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Submitted November 7th marks another year for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year there are two teams from Marco Island participating in the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Marco Island resident and 5th year team captain, Karin Hatcher, heads up Lillian’s “A” Team. The team is named after her mother Lillian, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. Karin says “Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or ... Read More »

Undisciplined football leads Kings win over Marco Island

The captains for MIA for its homecoming football game, from left, Andrew Delgado, Brian Flynn, Patrick Michel and Andrew Fowler. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE AND VALERIE SIMON

By Roger LaLonde Southwest Florida Christian Academy football team rammed its way to a 35-7 win over Marco Island Academy on Friday, Oct. 16. Kings players continually showed unsportsmanlike play on the field, with the encouragement of their coaches. Hitting after the whistle had blown was common place for the Kings. The first quarter took one hour and six minutes due to game stoppage from confrontations and scoring drives. The Florida High School Athletic Association gave two Kings players six-game suspensions each on Monday, Oct. 18. One of the two Kings players was ejected twice. First for his actions in ... Read More »

Think Pink in Memory of Beth Johnson


By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 6, 2015, the Lely High School Lady Trojans celebrated volleyball with their annual Think Pink games. Always a fun event, supported by students who come out in force with pink gear including hats, t-shirts, face paint and signs! Proceeds from the evening went to Bosom Buddies, in memory of Mrs. Beth Johnson. It was a clean sweep for the Gulf Coast High School team, which also defined the team as the Collier County Athletic Conference Champions. Lely lost in three games, 21, 17 and 11. Coach Haire said, “We mentally and physically prepared ... Read More »

Why Has Pickleball Become So Popular?


COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark Three years ago, when pickleball was first introduced to the Racquet Center, not many people, including myself, knew much about the game. But pickleball is now the fastest growing sport in the country! Pickleball has become a very popular athletic activity across the nation, and its popularity is spreading around the world. Believe it or not, the sport of pickleball has actually been around for 50 years. The game was invented in 1965 in Seattle, by two dads who had returned from a round of golf and were in search of an activity that they could ... Read More »