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Gatsby Gala to benefit FGCU students

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Young professionals in Southwest Florida are invited to a ball to benefit Florida Gulf Coast University students who have overcome major life obstacles. The Great Gatsby Gala will be the first fundraising ball held exclusively for Southwest Florida’s young professionals. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. until midnight at The Knickerbocker of Naples, 2225 23rd St., S.W., Naples. In addition to raising funds for the students through the FGCU Foundation’s Dr. Bart S. and Peggy I. Cuderman Endowed Scholarship, the event will include the presentation of a Young Professional of the Year Award. Sponsorship ... Read More »

National White Cane Day

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Saturday, October 15th is National White Cane Day! In order to raise public awareness, Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., in collaboration with Collier Association of the Visually Impaired (CAVI), will be hosting a White Cane Walk on Fifth Ave S in Naples from 10am to 12pm. The White Cane Walk will begin in front of Sugden Theater on Fifth Avenue, just west of Eighth Street and ends at noon at the von Liebig with an opportunity to enjoy docent tours of all Naples Art Association exhibits, to include the “Please Touch Exhibit”, with art created by Lighthouse of Collier clients. Lighthouse ... Read More »

Early Childhood Program Receives 5 Stars

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The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida recently awarded the Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program with 5 Stars through its Southwest Florida Stars Program.  This is the Coalition’s highest rating and “reflects the quality of care your program offers to children, day in and day out,” the group’s announcement states. Southwest Florida Stars evaluates programs on six child care center quality standards that include learning environments and classroom interactions, health and safety, screening assessment and curriculum, professional development and staff qualifications, family and community relationships, and professional responsibility. The voluntary program rates child care centers through a process of site ... Read More »

Rabbi Gross to Lead JCMI High Holy Day Services

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Submitted  Synagogue President Sue R. Baum said, “On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, we wish each of our members, their families and the Jewish community a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year.” Two new happenings for the Jewish New Year 5777, which begins at sundown on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 8 PM. The service will be conducted using the recently published prayer books, Mishkan haNefesh, (“Sanctuary of the Soul”) for the first time. The second new happening will be the first Holy Days that Rabbi Mark Gross will ... Read More »

Zika: What You Need to Know

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff According to the Centers for Disease Control, from January 2015 to September 7, 2016, the number of cases of the Zika virus in the United States reached 2,964. In Florida alone there were 614 cases during that time period. As the numbers of people infected with the Zika virus grows, questions arise about the disease and how to prevent it. How Zika Spreads There is no risk of catching Zika from social contact, including touching, sneezing or coughing. Zika can be transmitted through: • Mosquito bites • From a pregnant woman to her fetus • ... Read More »

Dying to Survive, Part 3 Coping With Heart Disease, Complacency, Indifference, and a Flawed Healthcare System

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By Roy Eaton  I sat motionless, stunned by what I heard. My heart began to race for I feared that I might lose my partner and best friend. An hour later I was informed the removal was successful and that she would be going home in a day or two. The event would take its toll for I would soon again experience the symptoms of severe angina. I started a new job and was quite content with my position and co-workers. But, in the winter of 1996, I collapsed while at work and was rushed to the hospital where I ... Read More »

Walk-in Clinic Coming to East Naples

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Officials from Physicians Regional Healthcare System and Collier County, including County Commissioner Fiala, were among the dignitaries turning the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital’s new walk-in clinic.

By Don Manley East Naples residents will have more convenient access to healthcare when Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s newest walk-in clinic begins operations in early in 2017. A late January or early February grand opening is planned for the approximately 9,000-square-foot facility located off Thomasson Drive, near the intersection of Rattlesnake-Hammock Road and U.S. 41. As with Physicians Regional’s three existing clinics, the facility will offer same-day appointments, family medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, x-ray services, physical therapy, pulmonology services and critical-care medicine. “There’ll be upwards of four to five providers at any one time,” said Physicians Regional Market CEO Scott Lowe ... Read More »

Conserve Today, Enjoy Tomorrow

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By Don Manley The time is now for creating a framework to preserve one of the world’s most precious resources, its freshwater reserves, in Florida and worldwide. That was the message delivered by long-time environmental and science journalist and author Cynthia Barnett during her lecture entitled “Blue Revolution, A Water Ethic for Florida,” held recently at the Rose History Auditorium. “Water has become the most degraded ecosystem in the U.S., which I know can be hard to understand in one of the country’s wettest places” said Barnett, who teaches environmental journalism, and nature and adventure writing at the University of ... Read More »

Golf is Back in Season

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This fall promises to be a busy one for golfers with the number of fundraising golf tournaments scheduled so far. Plan ahead and reserve your foursomes early, as many of these events have been known to sell out. All tournaments start at 7:30 AM with registration or check in and breakfast followed by an 8:30 AM start time. Police Foundation 13th Annual Golf Tournament  October 1, Marco Island Country Club All proceeds benefit the Marco Police Foundation Scholarship Police Emergency Fund. Presented by CJ’s on the Bay. The cost is $125 per person. Includes golf ... Read More »

Hands Are For Helping

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island’s first Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run will take place on October 15 to benefit The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. The name of the 5K is a reference to The Shelter’s “Hands Are for Helping Not For Hitting” Program, a violence prevention program for Pre-K through first grade, where children learn non-aggressive ways to deal with anger. The Shelter serves the community in many ways, through providing an emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and education. In addition to supporting fundraising efforts, one of the main goals of the Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run is to ... Read More »

New BAC Program

Thank You poster from campers to BAC, from left: Russ Rakestraw, Katie O’Hara, Samantha Malloy, Elaine Lancaster, Ruth McCann, Maria Lamb, Gene Burson and Tony Ferrara. Submitted Photo

Submitted Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) brought its newest program to Camp Mackle on August 4. BAC members brought the beach to campers in grades 1-2 and 3-5, teaching them that “keeping the beach healthy” is as easy as A-B-C. Elaine Lancaster, BAC educational outreach program coordinator, presented “beach etiquette” in an easy-to-understand format, which was both age appropriate and kid-friendly. The campers enjoyed the hands-on crafts, which were meant to further enhance their beach experience, while away from the beach. For a “show and tell,” BAC member Katie O’Hara brought samples of plastic straws collected from beach cleanups, ... Read More »

Tomorrow is Promised to No One

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More Straight Talk By Steve “Stef” Stefanides I think every generation that has come before us can point to the changes that they have witnessed over their lifetime. Some of those changes may have been positive, while others are of a questionable nature and may result in adjustments to our thought process going forward. I’ve always enjoyed sitting with so many of you, as you’ve spoken of your experiences and the changes you’ve had the opportunity to witness on a personal basis. Some of our veterans who served in World War II or Korea have always had some very interesting ... Read More »

Exploring by Land

Only six years ago, the dome home stood on land. Look carefully to find Rebecca’s husband Neil. Photos by Rebecca Burg

Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News would like to thank reader Rebecca Burg, who sent us these two photos, along with a video link of the Cape Romano dome home, from a time when the structures were still accessible by the beach. Rebecca, who describes the Marco Island dome houses as “enigmatic,” filmed her 2010 visit to Cape Romano with her husband, Neil Braun, and posted the video on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=doQL_gav0do#action=share). Continue sending your stories and photos to Jessica@coastalbreezenews.com. Keep reading upcoming issues of Coastal Breeze News for more on the Cape Romano dome home.     Read More »

Pickleball For All

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Pickleball For All provided a complete pickleball package to Collier County schools.

By Paige Mitschele Florida is the vanguard of a movement that is sweeping the nation: the sport of Pickleball. It has taken speed beyond all bounds and few have known how to harness its force like Jim Ludwig. There are pickleball players. There are pickleball pros….and then there are individuals whom have become ambassadors of the sport, free of charge, donating their time and admiration for pickleball’s growth and prosperity. Jim has been a major proponent in bringing to Naples hundreds of designated courts, multiple USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association) tournaments, as well as creating a nonprofit organization known as Pickleball For All. This organization’s mission statement is to instill encouragement, integrity, strength ... Read More »

Fewer Sea Turtle Nests This Year

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By Don Manley This is a busy time of year for Marco’s longtime “Turtle Lady,” Mary Kelly Nelson, as she monitors and protects this year’s loggerhead sea turtle nesting season on the island’s beaches. Nelson, an environmental specialist for Collier County Sea Turtle Protection, said 2016 represents a departure from what has been an upward trend in the number of nests found annually on Marco. “For Collier County and throughout Florida, the numbers are up, but Marco’s beaches are down from what we had last year,” she said. “We did get 77 nests this year, which is good, but not ... Read More »

Extracurricular Learning Opportunities Abound

Participants in the Field-based Estuarine Studies program trawl for samples.

By Don Manley Learning will not only take place in the classroom during the 2016-2017 school year thanks to a variety of Marco Island- area nonprofits and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The Greater Marco Family YMCA, the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Mackle Park all offer opportunities for youths to expand their knowledge and skills, and to have fun too. Below is a listing of the programs offered by these providers: Mackle Park Fall Programs Punt, Pass and Kick: 5-6 PM, Sept. 20 – Boys and girls ages 6-15 are eligible ... Read More »

Butterflies Thrive at Calusa Park

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Submitted “If you plant nectar plants, butterflies will come,” remarked Calusa Garden Club member Susan LaGrotta. Calusa Park’s Butterfly Garden on Winterberry Drive is thriving, attracting a kaleidoscope of butterflies sipping the sweets from their favorite nectar plants and laying their eggs on the plentiful hosts plants. This small gem of a garden is maintained year- round by members of the Calusa Garden Club. On the last Saturday of each month, volunteers gather to weed, trim and take a quick inventory of the plants and butterflies. The zebra longwing (Florida’s state butterfly), a black butterfly with light yel- low, zebra-like ... Read More »

JRobert Offers Glimpse of Old Florida

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By Don Manley Marco troubadour JRobert is taking audiences on a journey to Old Florida through song and spoken word with his new production, “The Florida Fiddler Show.” The longtime Marco Island musician, composer, songwriter and producer will perform what he describes as “a musical monologue,” on September 10 at The Marco Island Players, located in Marco Town Center. “Ever since I first started playing as a hobby, I’ve collected fiddle tunes and folk tunes, and I’ve kind of combined them into a show with Florida history and some of my own family history,” said the multi- instrumentalist and fourth ... Read More »

Touch A Piece of Space! Meteorite Comes to Southwest Florida Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium Hosts Meteorite Unveiling

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The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium has unveiled a 126-pound meteorite. The big meteorite will be the focal point of a three-year exhibit. On loan by arrangement with the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences, the meteorite is part of a larger meteor that exploded just above the Earth’s surface some 4,500 years ago. Originally found in Argentina’s Campo del Cielo (Field of the Sky), the meteorite’s parent body is 4.53 billion years old. This explosion resulted in a “strewn field” (about the size of the island of Manhattan) of craters and meteorite chunks from the same parent body. The ... Read More »

Sandlin Real Estate Team Welcomes Matthew Mann

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Submitted RE/MAX is known for having outstanding agents who are among the most productive in the industry. The Sandlin Real Estate Team is consistently among the top producing teams in all of RE/MAX. During 2015 the Sandlin Team was recognized as the #1 producing RE/MAX Team on Marco Island, in Naples and throughout Collier County. The team finished #4 in sales within the state of Florida for RE/MAX Teams. The team has successfully closed over 1,800 real estate transactions over the past 15 years. That’s one sale every three days! For 15 years… The only way to sustain and improve ... Read More »