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Lely Student Tests Positive for TB

By Noelle H. Lowery The parents of Lely High School students received some disturbing information today when it was revealed that one student at the school has tested positive and is being treated for an active case of Tuberculosis, or TB. In conjunction with the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the administration at Lely sent home letters to parents about the situation, and parents also received a recorded message from Collier County Public Schools and DOH-Collier County Administrator Stephanie Vick. The message informed parents that those students who have been exposed will be directly contacted about testing options. Additionally, an informational ... Read More »

Beginnings

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Life is a series of beginnings…that bring us closer to the realization of our dreams. May all of your beginnings be showered by sunbeams and all of your dreams sense the warmth of success.” — Edith Schaffer Lederberg   The month of January marks the beginning of a brand, new year. For many of us, shedding the skin of 2014 as we morph into the image we have created for 2015 is exciting. It’s a New Year! I can improve my diet. I can exercise more. I can be a better friend, a more ... Read More »

Legal Services Sought

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island City Council may be in the market for new legal services. After months of concern about the fees and quality of service being provided by GrayRobinson, P.A., city councilors voted 6-1 during a special workshop on Monday, Jan. 5, to open up the competition for city attorney. Councilor Larry Honig voted against the measure. The purpose of the meeting was two-fold. First, councilors wanted to try to iron out the major issues it has had with principles of GrayRobinson and to see if the working relationship could move forward. Second, councilors also ... Read More »

Painting Southwest Florida’s History

Second Place: Pete Sottong’s acrylic on hand-carved wood block relief depicts oyster, clam and lightening whelk shells. They were among the bivalves and other marine life whose shells were used in the mounds constructed by the Calusa Indians, Marco’s Island’s original inhabitants.

By Don Manley Southwest Florida’s days as a frontier outpost is the subject of a new art exhibit at the Marco Island History Museum. Entitled “Painting SW Florida History,” the show depicts life in Collier County from the late 1800s to the 1920s. The artworks tell the stories of settlers like Tommie Barfield, who arrived on Caxambas with her family in 1902; W.T. Collier, who settled on Marco in 1870; and Barron Gift Collier, who bought large tracts of Lee County in the early 1920s. At the opening reception on Tuesday, Jan. 7, the winners of the show’s juried portion ... Read More »

I’ve Looked at Clouds From Multiple Sides Now

Cloud 6, oil on canvas by Tara O'Neill

Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com A dear friend and fellow artist was visiting from Europe last week, and it was delicious to fill so many conversations with artful topics. After visiting my home gallery, she was moved by a collection of cloud paintings of mine and shared her thoughts about the rising popularity of clouds as subject matter in western art. Was it a rising trend? I had not heard. (Growing up in flat-as-the-ocean Florida, clouds have always seemed a natural obsession.) Tell me more. She named several European artists, well-known and obscure, who are now dedicating yards and yards of ... Read More »

A Record Year for Panthers… But Not A Record to Celebrate

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Submitted More of our state’s panthers have been killed on roadways than ever before this year. And when it’s a female, that often means orphaned kittens. And every year, this endangered species also suffer injuries that require biologists and veterinarians to step in and help. Up to this point, however, much of that care involved transporting cats from Collier County to Central or Northern Florida – requiring a sick or wounded cat to endure long hours of transport. You can help us change that in 2015 by donating today. A Local Solution for Our Local Cats We are planning a ... Read More »

Kiwanis Shares the Joy of Christmas

Lisa Bludworth’s first grade class and their gifts.

By Don Manley The spirit of Christmas — the compassion, the joy of giving and the elation of receiving — has been a regular part of the holiday season at the Manatee Elementary School media center for more than a decade thanks to a special effort by Marco Islanders. Naturally, 2014 was no different thanks, as always, to the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. Through its annual Toys for Kids program, the club has raised funds to purchase toys for children in need at Manatee for the last 12 years. The program also includes some students at Tommie Barfield Elementary ... Read More »

Featuring pleine aire paintings of Vietnam, ca 1995 by Paul Arsenault

The Naples Depot Museum is delighted to host Images from the Land of the Descending Dragon, pleine aire paintings of Vietnam by local artist Paul Arsenault, on display from Jan. 3 through Jan. 30, 2015. The opening wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, is open to the public at no cost and will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of America’s withdrawal from the conflict in Vietnam. These special paintings were created on two separate trips in 1995 and 1998, after ... Read More »

Smallwood Music Festival

Stepping into the Smallwood Store is a trip
back in time.

By Pat Newman Museum curators could never replicate the artifacts contained in the Smallwood Store standing precariously on the western edge of the Everglades. The original 1906 trading post and post office, established by Ted Smallwood, has changed little over the last century. Bottles of liniment, wooden dolls dressed in traditional Seminole garb, dry goods and other necessities of life, line the store’s wooden shelves. Preserving this gem of Florida history is coming to a head, though, possibly in January, in a Florida courtroom. A four-year legal battle over a spit of road leading to the store, now a museum ... Read More »

The Accidental Speaker

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I am an artist. I am not a public speaker. I can talk about my art to any group, but beyond that I’d rather chew glass. I am actively involved in several cultural non-profit organizations. I am not an organizer. If you’re wondering about my organizational skills just ask my husband. (Hint: He does the bookkeeping in our home, and for good reason.) So, how is it I recently found myself standing at a podium with about 70 or so Goodland residents seated in neat rows before me and three highly-respected Collier County representatives on ... Read More »

Holiday Family Fishing Fun

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com This is the time of year when friends and family come together to enjoy quality time during the holidays. I can think of no better way to enjoy time together than fishing in the magnificent inshore areas that South Florida has to offer. A good portion of the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge encompasses the area between Everglades National Park and Cape Romano and boasts some of the finest fishing opportunities in the state. Additionally, the area is rich with wildlife, including birds, manatees and dolphin due to the area’s pristine ecosystem and ... Read More »

How Can We Win If No One Will Go to the Net?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com A few weeks ago, I received a text from a 4.0 player who was clearly perplexed about her last CTA match and wanted to solve the puzzle on the tennis court. Strangely enough, not many of my students have inquired about this particular dilemma, and I had tremendous compassion about her recent problem. “Doug, it was so weird facing this last team because they elected to play from the baseline the entire match, and it threw us a curve, no doubt,” my student explained. Hey, it is always tough when we face a strategy ... Read More »

The Condee Man Can…and has for 45 years!

Michelle, Rene and Mary Beth.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Condee Cooling and Electric recently celebrated 45 years of service to this community, and beyond. The momentous occasion was celebrated with employees and spouses over dinner at Bistro Soleil. The company was started by Don Condee, Sr. Originally from Illinois, Don (Senior as he was affectionately called by employees) had his pilot’s license and loved to fly. He found Marco Island in the early 1960’s when he flew to Marco Island with his friend Ed Husted, who worked for Deltona and had invited him to take a look at Marco as an investment opportunity. After ... Read More »

Morris Law Gives Disney Dream “For the Family”

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Submitted Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 “For the Family” vacation. Starting with the firm’s 30th Anniversary last year, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. decided to donate an all-expense paid vacation to Disney World to a family of four, instead of throwing a party to celebrate. The firm announced today that it plans on making the holiday give-away to a local area needy family an annual event which will be called “For the Family”. This year, the firm is donating a three-day, three-night, trip to Disney World to a family of four. Attorney William G. ... Read More »

Forever Young

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Doretta Alger has a genuine smile, bubbly personality and is earnestly happy to meet people. When it comes to Doretta, nothing strikes you as unusual until you learn she is 95 years young! She completely belies her age. Of course, the first question always is “to what do you attribute your youthful appearance?” Longevity seems to run in the family as Doretta’s grandmother lived to be 101. Doretta added, “Each birthday, I walked my age. When I turned 90, I walked 90 minutes. At 91, I walked 91 minutes and so on. I did it each ... Read More »

Collier County Parks Newest Regional Park

Collier County Parks and Recreation is turning to the tech-savvy public to garner input on the county’s newest regional park. Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park, located at 825 39th Ave. NE in Golden Gate Estates, was designed in 2006 and then put on hold during the economic downturn when the county did not have the funds to take on large capital projects. As the economy rebounds, Parks and Recreation is once again gearing up to deliver the long-awaited park. But one question remains: Does the park plan developed in 2006 meet the needs and expectations of the community today? To get ... Read More »

Naomi Christmas 2014

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines, Now that I have — literally — Thanksgiving under my belt (boy, was that turkey and green bean casserole tasty), it’s time to talk about Santa Claws, elves, Christmas cookies (yummy smelling, but deadly for cats), stockings, tinsel, fake snow (what is snow by the way?), glass ornaments, those awful scented candles and, of course, that silly mistletoe your staff stands under in expectation that someone will kiss him or her. For you newbie felines experiencing your first Christmas, the joys of the day are many: dangling ... Read More »

Are You a Good Listener?

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I am a good listener, or maybe not. Maybe I’m just a better listener than I am a talker. Entertaining stories and antecdotes do not just roll off my tongue. Unlike my husband, who is a great talker. He can speak intelligently about any subject, and he can tell the same joke over and over. Even if the listener knows the punchline, they still find it funny. I recently attempted to recall one of his standard jokes that always gets big laughs, and it fell flat, like sea pork. It rolled around in ... Read More »

Istanbul Impressions

The Golden Horn of the Bosphorus divides ‘old and ‘new’ Istanbul.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When we first planned our trip to Istanbul, I was surprised how many people told me that their dream was to travel there or that it was on their “Bucket List.” Everyone I knew who had visited told me that it was beautiful and that we would love it; they were right. It’s difficult to capture the essence of the city in words. There are the cliches of old and new, where east meets west. In a small way, the city reminded me of Budapest where the Danube divides the historical Buda from the more ... Read More »

Should You Buy a Telescope?

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net As you are walking the dog this morning, take a look straight up (the zenith). The lack of early evening planets continues, but you can see Jupiter rising around midnight and is high in the sky by dawn not far from the bright star Regulus. This is the time of year when everyone asks me, “What kind of telescope should I buy for my spouse/child/grandchild?” The quick answer is none. Take the money set aside for a telescope and purchase binoculars instead. There are two reasons for this. First, the expectations of what ... Read More »