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Christianity in Palestine

Photo by Don Manley:  Rev. Mitri Raheb during his presentation at Marco Lutheran Church.

By Don Manley Christianity is alive and well in the land that was the religion’s birthplace: Palestine. An insightful glimpse into Christianity’s history, challenges, scope and current status in that strife-worn territory was provided recently at Marco Lutheran Church by someone with first-hand experience, Rev. Mitri Raheb. Rev. Raheb is pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church, located in his hometown and ... Read More »

Ask The CFP®Practitioner: What’s Next?

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Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”  ~Alan Alda  Question: What are your thoughts on how the Trump presidency will influence the economy and financial markets? Answer: Just when you think there aren’t any surprises left in ... Read More »

Skill Development VI: Variables – Wind

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Anybody who has ever played golf is well aware of one of the game’s most troublesome variables – wind. There are many options on how to play golf in windy conditions. For example, Tom Watson, one of the greatest wind players ever, never changed his ball flight when playing in the wind. He simply ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 75 Years

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• By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Members of the “Black Sheep Squadron” of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), based here at the Marco Island Executive Airport, will join with members across the country on December 1st to celebrate the 75th birthday of the founding of the CAP. It was ironic that the organization came into existence only six day prior to ... Read More »

Marco Officer Injured

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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 »

Ario Chef Competes on ‘Top Chef’

Submitted Photos: The Chef de Cuisine in action.

By Samantha Husted Gerald Sombright, Chef de Cuisine at the Marco Island Marriott’s premier restaurant Ario, is set to appear on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” come December. The cooking competition pits 16 chef contestants (or “cheftestants”) against one another as they compete for a $125,000 cash prize, a feature in Food and Wine Magazine and, of course, the title of ... Read More »

Flag Football a Hit The Philly Connection

Photos by Morgan Gastineau: The National Anthem starts things off.

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 »

The Holidays Are Here, Already?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nuts. Last August I was searching for pool supplies at Walter Marte’s (Walmart) only to find Christmas decorations where pool stuff used to be, in August?! I used to be perturbed when stores start putting that stuff out before Halloween, now the summer is common practice. Funny thing though, years ago (more like decades ago) ... Read More »

The EYES Have It

To Your Health Scott Lowe  As a culture, we seem almost obsessed about eyes. Just look at the various sayings and idioms we have associated with eyesight. People often claim to go through life with their eyes wide open—or sometimes shut tight. Many of us can’t take our eyes off of someone or something. Nevertheless some seek out a bird’s ... Read More »

Talks, Thanks, Tributes and Tears

Photo by Bob McConville, Master Naturalist:
Clouds gather over the mangrove trees in Big Cypress Preserve. Will it rain? Come find out
on November 16th!

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist       What makes it rain on Marco Island? Does the Everglades ecosystem play a part in this? Which clouds are rain makers and which are not? These questions will be answered by my guest speaker on November 16th at Rose History Auditorium. A National Park Service Ranger, Luke Gommerman has traveled to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: A Response to Tarik Ayasun’s Editorial

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One of the great things about the American nation is the diversity and breadth of its media. It’s so great that a piece like “November 8th: A most important day” can enjoy a full page spread in local press, merely by convincing the editor of its worth. (Coastal Breeze, Page A10, October 28). The author’s patriotic emotions are admirable, and ... Read More »

MIA Students Scramble for Snazzy Shirts

From left: Kelly Monnot, Abi Neal, Cassidy Carlson and Larissa Chystyk.

By Barry Gwinn  Marco Island Academy’s 230 students eat lunch in two shifts, beginning at 11:30 AM. They bring their own lunches and congregate on the Champagne Pavilion, named for benefactors, Rene and Tish Champagne. With rock music, blaring from the PA system, it vaguely recalls the school cafeterias many of us were used to – only on steroids. After ... Read More »

Expect Humor and Wisdom at ‘Show Me’ Book Launch

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From left: Derek Wakefield, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Randall Kenneth Jones.

Submitted On November 18 Randall Kenneth Jones will introduce Marco Island to his blend of humor, heart and wisdom at a Book Launch Party for his new book “Show Me.” From 5:30-7 PM at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Jones will read excerpts from his book, tell playful behind-the-scenes stories, and discuss his interviews with the likes of?Pat ... Read More »

Catch a Florida Memory

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) challenges you to Catch a Florida Memory and participate in any of three fun and exciting Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs, two of which are available for the first time starting today, Oct. 19. “Any angler knows saltwater fishing is a fun, challenging and rewarding sport, but these programs, which include the Saltwater ... Read More »

Engle Dentistry Named 5th Avenue South Avenue Elite Sponsor

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The 5th Avenue South Business Improvement District or BID (www.FifthAvenueSouth.com) – whose mission is to brand promote and create awareness of 5th Avenue South, a world-renowned shopping, dining, and entertainment destination located in Naples, Florida – is pleased to announce that Engle Dentistry will serve as an Avenue Elite Sponsor. “Engle Dentistry is happy to participate in 5th Avenue South and its programs every year. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman gets my vote!

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Over these past weeks, the public and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming City of Marco Island Council election. Charlette Roman is the most accomplished candidate running this term with a proven successful background.  Charlette has a broad scope of experience, responsibility, and proven decision making skills that have ... Read More »

Be Informed

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides I’m sure that on the evening of November 8th, after all the polling places across the nation have closed and the robo-calls have ceased, Americans will breathe a sigh of relief as the electioneering will be done, at least for another two years. Our system of government, that of a Democratic Representative Republic, is ... Read More »

Naples Named #8 Best Big City

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Submitted Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Naples, FL recognized as the 8th “Best Big City” in the US. “We are truly excited for Naples to be recognized with this prestigious award from Conde Nast Traveler readers,” said Jack Wert, Executive Director of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. “We ... Read More »

A Classy Class Reunion Walt Reynolds Comes Home

Swarthmore High School’s 60th reunion - The author, lower right, the sole Floridian in the bunch, was the only one wearing shorts. He was the unanimous choice for “best legs.”

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn There are still some of us in Goodland who still travel back to a receding past, to enjoy the company of old friends and classmates at a high school reunion. I will never forget my last trip back. On a balmy September 17, 2016, a Saturday, Swarthmore High School’s Class of 1956 (or what was ... Read More »

I Am Not My Brain

“...At the end of the day, all we have is who we are.”
~ Ryan Calhoun

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I have osteoarthritis in my knees. And in a roundabout way, my knee pain landed me in the office of a neurologist. A necessary step according to my cautious orthopedic surgeon, so I rolled my eyes (to myself) and dragged my feet all the way to the neurologist’s doorstep. After an MRI and a ... Read More »