Tag Archives: University of Florida

Claus Discoveries

By Don Manley William Marquardt asked his audience to engage in visualization at the outset of his lecture on Calusa Indians who once dominated southern Florida, from coast to coast. “Just imagine for a minute the villages that were here on Marco Island,” he said before asking them to conjure images of cooking fires, canoes and their occupants returning home ... Read More »

Renowned Anthropologist Defines Calusa

Submitted What do we know about the indigenous tribe known as the Calusa? Get an update on April 4, at Rose History Auditorium, from acclaimed anthropologist, researcher and professor Dr. William Marquardt. His lecture, which begins at 7 PM, will briefly review what has been learned about the Calusa over the past 30 years and also cover the newest discoveries ... Read More »

Shell Club Seminar

Submitted At 6 PM on Thursday, March 2, 2017, the Marco Island Shell Club will host guest speaker Dr. Gary Schmelz, who will present a fascinating program entitled, “Solomon Islands Adventures – a Return to Bali Hai.” Dr. Schmelz will incorporate into the seminar photographs he had taken during his travels there. Dr. Schmelz is a field research associate with ... Read More »

Shoo Fly!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you have been to the beach recently you likely encountered some pesky black flies on the visit. Many beachgoers in Marco and Naples have noticed the insects, and have questions about the black flies. Why are the flies here, and for how long? What exactly are they? Staff at the City of Marco Island ... Read More »

Free Dental Screenings For Local Children

Submitted Some were a little nervous about having their mouths checked, but in the end, a group of Y Early Learning Program children all benefited from dental screenings. The youngsters received a dental screening, and in some cases fluoride varnish on their teeth during a recent session conducted by hygienist Susan Gorman, fellow hygienist Angelica Galindo and dental assistants Yuni ... Read More »

Naples Press Club Announces 2016-2017 Journalism Scholarship Recipients

The Press Club is renewing NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Journalism Scholarships for Collier County students Melissa Gomez (Lely HS 2014)-junior, University of Florida; and Eleanor “Ellie” Rushing (Naples HS 2015)-sophomore, Rollins College. Lauren Schoepfer (Barron Collier HS)-senior, University of Central Florida, is receiving an NPC $500 Journalism Scholarship. NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Annual Renewable Journalism Scholarships were also ... Read More »

An Olympic Experience

By Roger LaLonde  It has been eight years since Marco Island’s Mercedes Farhat stood on the starting block for her 100 breaststroke Olympic heat in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. A Lely High School graduate just two months before, Farhat was in a stratosphere of world-ranked competitors. As her heat race ended, all Farhat thought was, “I am ... Read More »

FDOT Stormwater Study Receives Award for Enhancing Water Quality and Safety at Airports

The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Statewide Airport Stormwater Study has received an environmental award from the Florida Airports Council (FAC) for its efforts to improve water quality and airport safety. Developed as a best management practice for stormwater runoff specific to airports, the study has been a multi-year effort to develop, build and test this new airport water management ... Read More »

Naples Press Club Announces Journalism Scholarship Recipients

The Press Club is renewing NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Journalism Scholarships for Collier County students Melissa Gomez (Lely HS 2014)-junior, University of Florida; and Eleanor “Ellie” Rushing (Naples HS 2015)-sophomore, Rollins College. Lauren Schoepfer (Barron Collier HS)-senior, University of Central Florida, is receiving an NPC $500 Journalism Scholarship. NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Annual Renewable Journalism Scholarships were also ... Read More »

Galiana Shines at MIA, Governor agrees

By Barry Gwinn Lori Galiana is the go-to person at MIA. Since 2013, she has been teaching World History, U.S. History (except this year), Government, Economics, and her favorite, AICE Global Perspectives to the kids at MIA. She is also the cheerleading coach, Key Club advisor, and National Honor Society advisor. Right now, she is coordinating a student travel group, ... Read More »

Lely’s Top 100 Scholars

By Maureen Chodaba “These are the cream of the crop of Lely High School,” said National Honor Society advisor, Professor Brian Milner as he welcomed the attendees to the annual Lely High School Top 100 Dinner at the Marco Island Hilton on May 26. Sponsored by the Lely High School National Honor Society (NHS), the event honors the top 25 ... Read More »

For Vale, Havemeier Paths Lead to Head of Their Class

By Roger LaLonde Taking different paths, and reaching lofty goals, Stephen Vale and Haley Havemeier stood at the top of their class at the Marco Island Academy (MIA) graduation ceremonies on June 3. Vale took the podium as valedictorian and Havemeier followed as salutatorian. They both chose MIA for similar reasons, but at different times. Havemeier first went to Lely ... Read More »

On the Road

Submitted Whales do it. Birds do it. Even sea turtles do it. In fact, every year some of the Earth’s most incredible creatures take to the road, often traveling thousands of miles, to find resources that are not available within a single area on a year-round basis. On Tuesday, June 7 from 7-9 PM, Master Naturalist Robert McConville will describe ... Read More »

Love Your Beach, Support a Beach Clean-Up

Submitted Publix Super Market volunteers joined members of the Beach Advisory Committee for the May 14th beach clean-up. Their mission was to collect plastic straws, bottle caps, candy wrappers, cigarette butts, plastic cups and lids and glass bottles. Armed with plastic buckets, grabbers and plastic gloves, this group of determined volunteers wearing their “Love Your Beach” green t-shirts, panned out ... Read More »

Lely Senior Night

by Roger Lalonde Lely High School senior football players and cheerleaders will be honored before Lely’s home game against Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. Friday (Aug.28) Here are those that will be introduced before the game begins.  Katie Schiller (captain) Escorted by: Her dad Richard Schiller & mom Susan Schiller Activities: Varsity member of cheerleading, cross country, soccer and track ... Read More »

DEP Announces New Rookery Director

Submitted The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced Keith Laakkonen as the new southwest regional administrator for the Florida Coastal Office and director at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Laakkonen’s duties include managing the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, as well as the 12 aquatic preserves within the Florida Coastal Office’s southwest region. He will also coordinate with local, state ... Read More »

First Four Year Graduating Class for Marco Island Academy

By Roger LaLonde It was a walk back in time for many of the Marco Island Academy graduating Class of 2015 when they returned to the Family Church, formerly the First Baptist Church, on May 29. It was where the school got its start in 2011. The auditorium was packed in celebration as ceremonies marked the first class to complete ... Read More »

‘French in Florida’ to Highlight Florida’s Early Colonial History

The Friends of the Collier County Museum are inviting residents and visitors to learn about Florida’s early colonial history at a special event being held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112. The event will highlight the museum’s four month exhibit, “The French in Florida: 1562 – 1566,” which ... Read More »

Historical Society’s Talk on Caloosahatchee River

By Pat Newman The Marco Island Historical Society opened its 2014-2015 season with a scenic voyage along the Caloosahatchee River guided by Dr. Kevin McCarthy, author and retired University of Florida professor of English and Linguistics. McCarthy’s book “10 Little-known Facts about the Caloosahatchee River” was brought to life at the Rose History Museum through his engaging narrative and power-point ... Read More »

Lunch, Learn at Rookery Bay

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its monthly “Lunch and Learn Lecture Series” lineup, which kicks off at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 4, with “Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors.” Using costume and character, literary historian Betty Jean Steinshouer will portray three authors in 15-minute segments. First will be Harriet Beecher ... Read More »