Tag Archives: University

Dillman’s Arts Festival Returns to Marco

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts brings Dillman’s annual Arts Festival to the island on January 22, from noon to 4 PM. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Attendees will experience demonstrations by artists and learn about Dillman’s creative arts program. They will also enjoy door prizes and refreshments. The Dillman’s Arts ... Read More »

Center for the Arts January Exhibits

Submitted  The Marco Island Center for the Arts January exhibit features the art of Betsy Ross Koller. The exhibit will include a broad sampling of Betsy’s flower and alpine motifs, based on her years in Switzerland. The exhibit will also include work displaying idyllic charm of rural Ohio, where Betsy was born and raised. Private collectors own most of her ... Read More »

The Island Country Club Introduces New Sous Chefs

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) has two new sous chefs on their culinary team. Los Angeles native Loren Cogswell earned the title of executive sous chef and Fanny Bustamante, originally from Lima, Peru, is now the club’s Double Eagle sous chef. Cogswell has a degree in aquatic biology. During his college years, Loren cooked for friends and ... Read More »

Marco Island Shell Club Holiday Sale

By Maureen Chodaba Lindbergh was in awe of the vastness of the sea, a universe in itself, blessed with the abundance of life that it holds. The beautiful shells that we collect lay empty on the beach because their former inhabitants have perished. Each one holds its own unique mystery and allure. Seashells are a graceful reminder that every passing ... Read More »

Dimensions of Dementia: The Role of Art and Music

Shirley Woolaway Thank goodness for music and art. Try to imagine a world without them and it is too difficult to contemplate, for they give us beauty and take us to places we’ve never been or send us back to experiences from the past. Important to most of us, music and art are especially so for those with dementia. Recently ... Read More »

MIA Gets New Boys Soccer Coach

By Barry Gwinn After the win at Moore Haven, boys soccer team (from left), top row: Marshall Daffner, Kodie Dean, Ron Linn, Josh Dacruz, Jack Babian, Cameron Zook and Head Coach Fernando Higuera. Bottom row: Kaleb Acosta, Charlie Slonaker, Juan David Patino, Francisco Mendez, Jorge Munoz and Marco Disbel. Not pictured: Asst. Coach Bryan Gambuzina.  Fernando Higuera, 39, took over ... Read More »

Ideas Will Bloom at the 2016 Yard and Garden Show

Do you want to learn more about unique container gardening ideas or micro irrigation? Or you simply want to learn how to successfully grow tomatoes on a small space? Explore all this and more at the 14th Annual SW Florida Yard and Garden Show, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, ... Read More »

Research is Cautiously Hopeful

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway In my experience, most of us know someone with dementia, either a family member, a friend, or a neighbor. So, it is not surprising to learn that in Florida there are 510,000 people with Alzheimer’s in 2016, just one of the many dementia diseases, but the most common. That figure will rise to 720,000 by ... Read More »

Dementia with Lewy Bodies or is it Parkinson’s?

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway If you’ve not heard of a Dementia with Lewy Bodies, or DLB, you’re in good company. In my experience many have never heard of it, or if they have, know little about it. First of all, it has a funny name and second, its symptoms are varied, not always well defined, and can come and ... Read More »

Hansen Joins YMCA Board

Submitted Scott Hansen, senior vice president at The Naples Trust Company has joined the Greater Marco Family YMCA Board of Directors. He brings 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and enthusiasm for his community to the role. “I am honored to serve as a member of the YMCA board,” said Hansen. “It’s the nation’s leading nonprofit for ... Read More »

Master Gardeners Graduate

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences  (UF/IFAS) Extension Collier County office held a formal graduation ceremony on June 16, for 12 volunteers who successfully completed the 13-week 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 ... Read More »

Winged Foot Award

Marco Reps Patrick Michel, Jonathon Irigoyen Stephanie Paul wins Winged Foot Award By Roger LaLonde While judges chose from a wide range of outstanding athletes, the decision came down to Community School’s Stephanie Paul, winner of the 27th annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award on May 26. As allowed in Florida, private schools can have middle school players in their high ... Read More »

Talent Recognized at MIFA Luncheon

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On May 21st the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) held their annual Scholarship/Artist of the Year luncheon. This year longtime Marco Island musician JRobert Houghtaling was granted the title. The Foundation also distributed scholarships to seven local students who plan on, or are majoring in the arts. This is the third year that the ... Read More »

Lely’s DaCruz Awarded Nursing Scholarship

Submitted  The first annual P.E.O. Marg Mead Memorial Scholarship for Nursing was recently awarded to Lely High School senior and Marco Island resident, Tatiana DaCruz. P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where the educational advancement of women is celebrated by assisting deserving women reach their goals through loans, grants or scholarships. The organization also owns Cottey College, which is located ... Read More »

Winged Foot Candidates

By Roger LaLonde Patrick Michel Defines the Student Athlete Patrick Michel says he transferred from Lely to Marco Island Academy (MIA) his sophomore year to “reshape myself.” He became one of its top students in sports and academics. For his efforts he is the school’s candidate for the 27th annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award. He is one of 13 candidates, ... Read More »

Young Sailor Competes in National Regatta

By Samantha Husted  Meet 10-year-old Ryan Garraty, a fifth grader at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. Ryan is passionate about sailing, an activity he’s been a part of since he was 7. About once or twice a month he and his family will travel all across South Florida in order to compete. Last month Ryan qualified for the U.S. Team Trials ... Read More »

MIA’s Kirby Rients Makes English Fun

By Barry Gwinn Kirby Rients is a much traveled English teacher and has been with Marco Island Academy (MIA) since its inception in 2011. Although MIA specializes in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum, the school also thinks it is important that students are well grounded in the humanities. It didn’t take them long to recognize Rients’ contributions in ... Read More »

COMBAT FICUS WHITEFLY BY LETTING GOOD BUGS COME TO THE RESCUE

There are still ficus hedges defoliating and dying from ficus whitefly attacks in the Naples area. The good news is that Dr. Doug Caldwell with the UF/IFAS Collier County Extension reports there are increasing numbers of good insect populations that kill the ficus whitefly, specifically a small parasitic wasp (a newly discovered species, yet to be named), green lacewings and ... Read More »

Forty Under 40 Recognizes Ryan Williams

By Don Manley Ryan Williams can boast of being in rare company after being named to Professional Builder Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Class of 2016.” Williams, the vice-president and co-owner of Kevin Williams Construction on Marco Island, was selected from the more than 350 people, nationally, nominated for the award which is based on their personal and professional accomplishments. “These ... Read More »

BAC Community Forum

Submitted On Wednesday, February 10 the City of Marco Island’s Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) is sponsoring a Community Forum from 7-9 PM in the city’s Community Room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive. Bring your questions relating to Florida-friendly landscaping! The event is a great way to learn about an array of gardening topics. Exhibit booths include Doug Caldwell, University of Florida ... Read More »