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Letter to the Editor: NOW LET’S HEAR THE TRUTH

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Words cannot describe how disappointed I am with all the commentaries by a few malcontents in this Island that will stop at nothing to get their way to further their personal agenda. There is enough blame to go around; the question is where do I begin? First a non-Island resident attacks a City Councilman at a public meeting with false and inaccurate information, all based on an illegally obtained report by a renegade Officer that is upset with the system and wants to use this as means to embarrass his superiors. He provides a copy of the report to a ... Read More »

Time for Some Fun

Dr. James Bowen leaves Island Animal Hospital to Pursue His Many Interests By Don Manley Dr. James Bowen may have stepped away from the workaday world, but please don’t describe the move with the dreaded “R” word. “I don’t even like the word retirement,” said Bowen, until recently, the owner and veterinarian at the Island Animal Hospital. “How shall I put it? Working less.” Bowen has sold the practice and is moving on to enjoy his varied interests on an almost fulltime basis. But he’ll still keep his hand in the game as a “relief veterinarian” on Florida’s East Coast, ... Read More »

Not so secret of success

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Several years ago my husband and I were visiting the outer banks of North Carolina. In the lovely town of Duck we found a gift shop that specialized in quaint, erudite, and whimsical hand painted signs on driftwood. It was a bottomless well of humor and pithy insights in all sizes. As charming as it was, my first thought was: How the heck do these people make money? Then a certain sign caught my eye, and although I didn’t buy it (how do these people make money?) it stayed with me, like a tune one can’t ... Read More »

Meet the Counselors & L.I.T.s

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff City of Marco Island Parks & Recreation This was a record summer for Camp Mackle – with 230 registered campers. A big part of what makes Camp Mackle such a success are the counselors and LITs who devote their summer to making sure the campers have fun. We sat down with two counselors and two LITs to find out what brings them to Camp Mackle each year. Kendall Griesse Counselor Kendall Griesse exudes energy. Kendall, 19, is a junior at the University of Southern Florida in Tampa. She is studying behavioral health, with a focus ... Read More »

AMIkids Big Cypress Names Two New Board Members

AMIkids Big Cypress is pleased to announce that Denise Murphy and Brian Herrick have joined the local program’s Board of Trustees. AMIkids Big Cypress is a nonprofit program that empowers kids to reach their potential and transform their lives to distance their troubled past from a bright future. Murphy is the Club Controller for The Players Club and Spa, an affiliate of Stock Development Associates, since 2012 and is an experienced accountant with over 19 years’ experience in the field. She is an avid volunteer and supports various organizations in addition to AMIkids Big Cypress, such as Guadalupe Social Services, ... Read More »

Master Gardeners Graduate

Elaine Buch (Master Gardener Training Aide), Walter Dehmel, Tatiana Burkhart, Sharon Hild, Connie Willson, Jeanne Estes, Tonimarie McGlynn-Long, Barbara Pace, Isabel Way-Soto (Master Gardener Coordinator), Maria Giovine, Tracey Burton, Yvette Boland, Mike Gott (Master Gardener Training Aide), Sharon Killoy, Maria Schoenfelder, Rege Malone (Training Aide, Josephine Shields (Master Gardener Training Aide), and Christal Beheler.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Collier County office held a formal graduation ceremony on June 11, for 13 volunteers who successfully completed the 13week Master Gardener certification program. The Master Gardener certification program is a 13-week program that covers an array of gardening topics including soils and fertilizers, plant identification, insect and pest identifications and control, pesticide safety, Florida native plants, and experience interacting with the public. The graduating class of 2015 including Walter Dehmel, Tatiana Burkhart, Sharon Hild, Connie Willson, Jeanne Estes, Tonimarie McGlynn-Long, Barbara Pace, Maria Giovine, Tracey Burton, Yvette Boland, ... Read More »

The American Dream is Alive and Well

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com In the artful world, there are a lot of talented people who refuse creative careers because they’re afraid they won’t reach The Top. “You’re either Elton John or some hack playing in a Holiday Inn,” a young, exmusician once told me (the “ex” is his description, not mine.) For him, to dedicate his life to music and not reach big stage SuperStardom was to set himself up for failure. In the same vein, many’s the painter who gave up their brushes because they realized were never going to be the hottest ticket on the New York ... Read More »

Don’t Fish for What You Can’t Swallow

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com We’ve all done it. Maybe in a moment of insecurity, maybe just needing a little attention, but, at one time or another, we’ve all fished for compliments. Does this dress make me look fat? How’s your dinner (that I slaved over)? Do you like my haircut? Pretty harmless stuff, right? No one really expects a negative answer, what would be the point? You look beautiful. This is delicious. Yes, it’s very attractive. It’s just a matter of kindness – until it isn’t. I have a friend, an imaginative composer and true piano virtuoso, who publishes a ... Read More »

Dr. Joseph Parisi: Road to Marco Paved with Many Hats

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The paths we take to get from one point to another are as varied as the stars in the sky. For Joseph Parisi, there was a hat for every path, and a path for every hat. A good place to start is the beginning, which, for our story, is Brooklyn, New York and a chicken farm. “Instead of spending the summers in hot Brooklyn, I went to Tom’s River, New Jersey and spent the summers with my Grandparents on their chicken farm. That was my first introduction to animals.” After high school, Joe joined the navy ... Read More »

You Are Stars!

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Today’s column is an open letter to high school art students who submitted to the recent Marco Island Center for the Arts scholarship exhibit. I am one of three jurors whose agonizing task is to select the award winners.   Dear Artists, You came from Barron Collier, the Community School of Naples, Gulf Coast High School, Lely, Marco Island Academy, Naples High, and Palmetto Ridge. Your talent and dedication are inspiring, as is your courage. And since I never get the opportunity to meet you, I am using this forum to congratulate each and every one ... Read More »

Lely Earns Medals at 3A State Track & Field

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Recently, Lely High School scored medals in the high jump, boys 800, and girls 4×800 events at the 3A State Track & Field Championships at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Competitors finishing in the top eight spots earned a medal. In the high jump, Richard Annorat went 6-feet-2-inches for 6th place. In the 800 meter run, Dieuvenel Tanis recorded a time of 1:58.30, which was good enough for an 8th place finish. The girls 4×800, with Christie Thorstenson, Taylor Fetzer, Mallory Bell and Rosie Polling, recorded a time of 9:46.2, for an 8th place ... Read More »

Bo Really Does Know

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Today’s rain has left the sweet smell of summer in the air and my mind once again turns to the promise of long lazy days ready to fill however I see fit. My calendar is nearly empty and my ideas are many. Mmmm, delicious. For many artists, season is a rapid juggling act of shows and festivals, press-releases and newsletters, business, business, business, with precious little time for the creative process. But summer, summer I could paint with one slow continuous brush stroke. I love summer. For the past few summers, as the barometer begins to ... Read More »

It’s All Good

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By Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com   Painting outside can be an unparalleled pleasure for an artist, but it can also present some unexpected challenges. I usually enjoy besting the forces that endanger my mission – though sometimes I’m not so successful. It seems when the troubles are nature-made, I am usually prepared and able to rise above…but when they’re man-made, well, sometimes the buckle just breaks and patience snaps. In my plein aire experiences I’ve dealt with the surprise of sprinklers, swarms of mosquitoes, the rise of fierce winds and the fall of rain. I’ve been nipped by dogs and ‘saluted’ ... Read More »

DISTRACTIONS FOUR TIMES MORE PREVALENT IN TEEN CRASHES THAN PREVIOUSLY REPORTED

Unprecedented Look into the Causes of Teen Crashes by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Broadcast Quality B-Roll (Preview / Download) Broadcast Quality Sound Bites (Preview / Download) TAMPA, Fla. (March 25, 2015) – The most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious a problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. Researchers analyzed the six seconds ... Read More »

“History Comes to Life” The Collage Art of John M. Williams

The Naples Depot Museum is pleased to present History Comes to Life, The Collage Art of John M. Williams on display April 1, 2015 through May 30, 2015 . The opening wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, open to the public at no cost and will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm. Williams, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, brings history to life through his intriguing cut paper collage portraits of important figures in U.S. and world history. He illuminates their lives, emotions and the background elements ... Read More »

Somewhere Between Duty and Distraction

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Artful Life By Tara O’Neill Here’s one that definitely doesn’t apply to just artists, but certainly requires some artful adjustments: The Home Office. You know, the one that modern technology promised would help us shed the scales of The Work Place and allow us the freedom and flexibility to work from our own nests? May I just say, it ain’t that easy. In fact, it can be really hard. How, for example, is one to stay focused (yes, the f-word) when the kittens need feeding – and then play-time, dang they’re cute – and there’s that laundry to do, the ... Read More »

35th Annual Shell Show

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 35th Annual Shell Show is presented by the Marco Island Shell Club. There will be dozens of magnificent juried scientific and artistic exhibits. One can find beautiful shell art pieces, see unique specimen shells and A LIVE shell tank will be on display. The show will be held March 12-14, 10AM to 4PM at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive. A $2 donation is requested. All proceeds of the show will go to support the Marco Island Shell Club’s scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded in conservation and education in line ... Read More »

The Art of Forgiveness

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I have an artist friend, Sally, who not only is a very supportive friend, but also is one of the most grounded people I know; sure of who she is and confident in her art. During a recent conversation she assured me she had not always been this way. “Let me show you something I keep around as sort of a touchstone.” She bounced out of the room and returned with a self-portrait as a young girl in pencil. It was a life-sized head shot and was really good…if it hadn’t been torn in places and ... Read More »

The Art of Spontaneity: Wet Paint Live!

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com One of my favorite events, “Wet Paint Live!,” is coming up on Wednesday, Feb. 11. I enjoy all my art events, or I wouldn’t do them, but my particular fondness for this event is owed to the impact “Wet Paint Live!” has had on my artful life. Spontaneity — straight up or on the rocks — that’s the drink that refreshes! The day of “Wet Paint Live!” dawns with local artists painting at various outdoor venues and finishes the same day with a generous reception and guaranteed lively live-auction at Rose Auditorium (Marco Island History Museum). ... Read More »

Dr. James Orr Appointed Chair

Medical Director of Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, James Orr, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S., has been appointed to serve as the Chair of the Florida Board of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Orr will direct the actions of the board, ensuring the Florida Board of Medicine’s goal of ensuring that the 68,000 Florida physicians continue to maintain their practice of quality medicine. Through efficient and dedicated organization, Dr. Orr will lead the organization’s initiatives to license, monitor, discipline, educate and rehabilitate physicians in order to better serve patients in Florida. “Dr. Orr has always shown an ongoing compassion ... Read More »