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The Dipper Returns

Looking Northeast, 9:00PM Mar 6. Even though the Moon looks huge  when near the horizon you can still cover it up by a pinky finger held at arm’s length!
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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net After setting a few months ago the Big Dipper has returned to the early evening sky. The Dipper of course is not a constellation but merely an asterism and makes up a portion of the rather large constellation of Ursa Major, the bear. It is an odd fact that roughly half of the world’s cultures regard this grouping of stars as a bear; after all it does not look much like a bear. One possible explanation is that this constellation’s identification as a bear is a shared cultural tradition springing from a common ... Read More »

When Books Went To War

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Molly Guptill Manning Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014, 267 pages Collier County Public Library: Yes Genre: Historical Nonfiction “Books cannot be killed by fire.…..No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt This book is a nice little treat for history buffs and booklovers. It gives a heartwarming and personal perspective on our fighting men as well as some insight into life on the home front during the war years. After the US began ... Read More »

Code Enforcement Unit Improvements

Submitted The Marco Island Police Department now manages the Code Enforcement function within the City. In keeping with our community policing model, the Department is making several changes, and would like to brief you on one very important improvement. In the past, Code Enforcement had a separate telephone number (389-5060) which was answered Monday – Friday during business hours, when code personnel were in their offices. During the evenings, weekends or time periods when code officers were in the field, phone calls were sent to voicemail. Effective immediately all calls placed to 389-5060 will be automatically routed to the Police Department non-emergency ... Read More »

MIA Loses in Regional after Outstanding Season

Marco Academy’s Kyle Ginther sizes up a foul shot in the team’s loss to Sarasota Christian. photos by roger lalonde

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Manta Rays, undersized and undermanned, did what they have done all season in the Class 2A regional quarterfinal game against Sarasota Christian on Feb. 12. They fought. The Rays played with valor against all odds and stayed in the game early against a team that had many weapons, losing 80-52. The Rays ended with a best-ever record of 16-7, winning its Class 2A-District 10 championship for the second straight time. Pretty good after just four seasons. Coach Roger Raymond used a four-corners offense to slow down the game and it worked early. In ... Read More »

Announcing Musica Bella Performance

Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced tickets are now available for the performance of Musica Bella at the Center on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. The production is a cooperative venture with the Cultural and Performing Arts Center of Naples, Florida. Musica Bella was originally formed in 2009 as the “Rauschenburg Quartet.” Performing on flute, violin, cello and piano (and occasionally using historical instruments such as the baroque flute and harpsichord) the musicians transport the listeners to another time and place. The evening will feature a musical journey from baroque to jazz. Members of Musica Bella ... Read More »

Marco Island City Council

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By Pat Newman There were plenty of waves Tuesday night at Marco Island’s City Council meeting when the resolution to approve a temporary use permit for construction staging at Rose Marina came up for discussion. Ultimately, the 50-year old family-owned marina, was approved for using lots zoned “residential” for boat storage while constructing a new storage facility in a vote of 4-3. The lots are owned by Rose Marina, but Magnolia Court area homeowners argued that deed restrictions imposed by the Mackle Brothers, Marco’s original developers, and currently MICA (Marco Island Civic Association) allows only single family residential homes on ... Read More »

TBE Teacher Profile: Barbara Fields

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Barbara Fields knows kids. Not only does she have six children of her own, but she also has been teaching for the last 14 years — grades 2-5 and college. To date, she has taught in West Virginia, Virginia and South Carolina, and currently, she is in her first year of teaching fourth grade at Tommie Barfield Elementary. She has two bachelors degrees: one in education and one in recreation. She also has a masters degree in education/administration leadership. “People are fascinating, and teaching children is motivating and energizing!” says Fields. “I get to work ... Read More »

Amsterdam, How It’s Changed

The Stedelijk Museum with its new addition. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEDELIJK MUSEUM

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I first visited Amsterdam in the 70s; my husband and I were last there in the 80s. On that trip, after a week in the city, we traveled on to Brussels. We were amused when a guide who took us to visit Waterloo and some of the countryside chateaus of Belgium referred to Amsterdam as a “doomed city.” On a recent visit there, I’m pleased to report that it is not doomed. It is a vibrant, diverse city, known for its tolerance, picturesque canals, and outstanding art collections. After a recent government sponsored overhaul and renovations ... Read More »

“Stababa: The History of Mound Key”

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Submitted On Tuesday, March 3 at 7 PM in the Rose History Auditorium archaeologist and cultural resource consultant, Theresa Schober, will take you on a fascinating journey to the remnants of elevated mounds and ridges, and sculpted canals and water courts that remain a visible yet subtle reminder of the once thriving Calusa society in today’s southwest Florida landscape. Careful archaeological excavation reveals how and when this landscape was constructed, and its relationship with the development of the Calusa through time culminating in the highly complex, stratified chiefdom controlling the southern third of the Florida peninsula at the time of ... Read More »

Walking Collier

Eagle Lakes Community Park provides excellent habitat  for birds that live on or near water, as well as easy access trails for birders. Egrets, herons, anhinga, and cormorants feed in close proximity to a large alligator. photo by carl kelly

By Carl and Joan Kelly Eagle Lakes Community Park is located on US 41 where Eagle Lakes Drive becomes Barefoot William Road (1 ½ miles west of SR 951 and US 41) there is an animal sanctuary that is part of a community park. The sanctuary is very busy with birds. It has multiple trails encircling three lakes and marshlands. Each trail connects back to the car park. There are also a children’s park, baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, picnic tables, and restrooms. To reach the trails walk past the baseball fields north of the parking lot. At the ... Read More »

Local History Authors at Fest

Submitted Local historians Betsy Perdichizzi and Marya Repko will be signing their books at the Author Fest held by the Marco Island Writers on Wednesday, March 4, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Marco Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Avenue. Betsy is well-known for her publication A Girl Called Tommie; Queen of Marco Island which tells how this amazing woman was ahead of her time in the progress of the island and fought for the formation of Collier County. Marya writes about the Everglades area and has just published a new book A Brief History of the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee, Florida. And, by the way, there will be wine & cheese to go ... Read More »

Building Your Dream on Marco Island

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com So, you did it! You bought a vacant lot on Marco Island, and you are ready to build your dream home. You have found paradise, but now, what? Where do you begin? According to Lisa Loewer, customer service supervisor for Marco Island Building Services, property owners usually start by finding the right home builder and design professional. The builder, designer and property owner put their heads together to create a preliminary design for the house. After that, they pay the city’s Building Services Division a visit. “It starts here with an inquiry,” Loewer notes. This ... Read More »

How to Choose a Home Builder

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The National Association of Home Builders provides a three-point checklist for choosing a home builder. Make a List of Possible Builders: This can be done a number of ways. First, contact your local home builders’ association to obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your area. You can find your local HBA at nahb.org/findanhba. Second, look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for builders and projects. Looking through the ads and reading the articles can help you to learn which builders are active in your area, the types of homes they are building and the ... Read More »

Building Marco with APM Custom Homes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Drive around Marco Island for five minutes, and it’s likely you will pass a structure built by APM Custom Homes, a locally-based residential and commercial development and construction company. Currently, there are more than 100 custom homes and a number of familiar commercial and retail buildings, such as the Schilling Professional Building, Sanitasole Health and Wellness Center and Mango’s Dockside Bistro (formerly Guy Harvey Island Grill), to APM’s credit. Builder Todd E. Schneider began leaving his mark on Marco in 2000 when he built his own house for speculation. “I saw that builders were selling ... Read More »

KWC: Building Homes on Relationships

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every home – and business – must be built on a solid foundation. For Kevin Williams Construction, Inc (KWC) that foundation is relationships. The Marco Island-based custom home builder has spent the last 30 years carefully constructing his business on a foundation of strong relationships with family, clients and subcontractors. It is owned and operated by the father-son team of Kevin and Ryan Williams. Both of whom are Certified Building Contractors by the State of Florida. The KWC story begins with Kevin putting himself through college working as a carpenter on Cape Cod, MA. He ... Read More »

Aqua Construction and Development: Custom Homes to Commercial Projects

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By Don Manley Quality rather than quantity is of primary importance at Aqua Construction and Development. “Our goal is not to build the most homes, but instead the most beautiful homes,” said Rod Bushnell, who founded the company more than 23 years ago. Aqua Construction has centered its sights on redefining waterfront luxury living with a combination of exquisite design and thoughtful architecture. From concept to creation, each custom home is built to the buyer’s specifications with the highest quality craftsmanship. Through its four-step construction process, the company prides itself on providing a personalized home building experience with exceptional customer ... Read More »

A Family Affair at AP Builders Construction Services

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By Don Manley The construction business is a family affair for AP Builders Construction Services founder and owner Alex Parker III. He grew up learning at the feet of his father, who was a premier carpenter in metropolitan Detroit from the 1950s through the 1970s. By the age of 12, Parker began spending summers on rough-carpentry crews. From there, he progressed to finished carpentry at age 18. When he was 20, Parker built his first home, and with that, a career in custom home building was born. Those lessons he learned from his father included more than important instruction in ... Read More »

Richie, Carr Bid Farewell

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com At the end of January, Nancy Richie and Liz Carr walked through the doors of Marco Island City Hall for the last time. According to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, Richie, who worked as the city’s environmental specialist and liaison with the Beach Advisory Committee, resigned to work in the private sector as a consultant, and Carr, one of the city’s three code enforcement officers, retired. “Their departures will be a loss of institutional knowledge to the city,” says Hernstadt. The recruitment process for a new environmental specialist — which was initially a part-time position — ... Read More »

Jane Watt, In Her Own Words

The students headed out en masse to Big Cypress, and they came prepared with mosquito nets.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jane Watt is many things. She is a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, an educated woman with a degree in zoology and a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As the founder and chairperson of Marco Island Academy (MIA) — the local public charter high school — she also is a woman from a small Midwestern town who moved to Southwest Florida and succeeded in bringing high-quality secondary education to Marco Island and its surrounding communities, and she did it with no background in education. Watt details ... Read More »

Travel Insurance: Safeguard or Scam?

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Travelers often consider the purchase of travel insurance. Policies differ, but typically comprehensive insurance covers trip cancellation, delay or interruption expenses and accident and medical expenses. The policies are long, with lots of fine print, conditions and exceptions. For years, we never bothered with trip insurance, but started to as our parents began developing health issues; we never knew if we might be called home unexpectedly. The past few years, as we have aged, we have purchased it for ourselves for international trips. Until recently, our only occasion to put in a claim came in September ... Read More »