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Networking, Food and Fun at the Chamber’s July After Five

From left: Dick and Debra Shanahan, Nikkie Sardelli. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano hosted the Chamber’s After Five networking event on July 15, which attracted 95 attendees, a great summer turnout. A few new faces were seen along with the familiar ones. This was Nikkie Sardelli’s first After Five event. Nikkie is the newest addition to the Marco Island American Cancer Society, filling the position of Coordinator- Division Office and Event Support. She thought the After Five event was “wonderful” and a “great way to meet everyone in the community.” Owners Juan and Marisol Cortazar and Arturo Perez outdid themselves. The food was plentiful and ... Read More »

Rotary International District Governor Visits Marco Island

Cyndi Doragh was the special guest at a recent Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island meeting.

Cyndi Doragh, governor of Rotary International District 6960, recently visited both of Marco Island’s Rotary Clubs to discuss the organization’s 2015-2016 initiatives, and to encourage the members to continue their efforts to both improve the lives of people in need and to better the communities the clubs serve. Stories on Doragh’s visits to the clubs can be found below. The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise By Bill Morris Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise Recently Hosted District Governor Cyndi Doragh. Doragh follows her husband, Pete Doragh, as district governor for District 6960 of Rotary International. District 6960 includes Collier, Lee, Hendry, Charlotte, ... Read More »

To Roth or Not to Roth?

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “They are able because they think they are able.” ~ Virgil, 70 BC – 19 BC, Ancient Roman Poet   Question: What is the difference between a Roth IRA and a regular IRA? Is it true that I can convert my traditional IRA to a Roth IRA? Answer: Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are personal savings plans that provide tax benefits. The IRS allows certain favorable treatment of these assets to encourage U.S. taxpayers to contribute to these accounts as way to take responsibility for their future financial well-being. Let’s start by identifying differences ... Read More »

Dining Diary – Gino’s Trattoria

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By Ms. Vittles This week’s adventure takes us to Gino’s Trattoria Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria nestled in the Royal Palm Mall at North Collier & Bald Eagle. I really like the open-air courtyard setting that greets you. Joining us this evening were a couple friends (code name Olivia and Hudson). We requested a table off in the corner and they sat us in a small room toward the back. It would make a great place for groups that would like a more intimate area for their occasion. The atmosphere at Gino’s is very casual, yet with an upscale feel. There ... Read More »

TECH NOT

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I have always believed, from tiniest totdom, that what one person can do, anyone can do. It’s just a matter of instructions. And I have always been very good at reading instructions. I have read instructions on everything from toy assembly to plumbing and wiring, to death and dying. There’s a wealth of information out there that is ours for the taking. In my teens I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, a work of philosophical fiction by Robert Persig. I’m afraid that, at the time, most of Mr. Persig’s ... Read More »

Rookery Seeks Volunteers & Offers A Special Night

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Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples is seeking volunteers for outdoor positions. Volunteers with some boating or captaining experience in local waters is preferred. The Team OCEAN program at Rookery Bay Reserve is seeking volunteers to operate vessels and provide other types of program support. The Rookery Bay Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters that serve as habitat for many of the state’s imperiled species. “It’s not necessary to be a licensed boat captain,” said Rookery Bay Reserve’s Volunteer Coordinator Donna Young. “We’ll provide the training.” Volunteers operating boats require some extra training, including ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Celebrates New Rotary Year

Deb and Eugenio make a toast.

Submitted President Eugenio Cardenas presided over his last meeting as president of Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise on June 30, 2015. He thanked the members of the Club for all of the support during what he termed his “best year of Rotary.” Incoming President, Debra Shanahan led a toast to the outgoing president. She thanked Cardenas for leading the Club through a successful year and, went on to note “I have some big shoes to fill.” At end of the meeting, the presidents exchanged theme banners. The 2014-2015 Rotary International theme of “Light Up Rotary” passes on to the ... Read More »

Nationwide Healthcare Subsidies Upheld

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Health is not simply the absence of sickness.” ~Hannah Green, American Author, 1927-1996 Question: What are your thoughts on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what will it do to the stock market? Answer: The nine U.S. Supreme Court justices voted 6-3 in the King vs. Burwell case stating that taxpayer money will pay for federally funded healthcare exchanges. These exchanges are essentially subsidized health-insurance plans for the states (including Florida) that chose not to create their own exchanges. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 11.7 ... Read More »

2nd Annual NoGala Gala Benefits Collier 211

Gear up and get ready for United Way of Collier County’s second annual Nogala Gala dinner and a show event on Friday, July 10 on 5th Avenue South, downtown Naples. The fundraiser, which will help support United Way’s program, Collier 211- information and referral helpline for health and human services, includes cocktails at either Vergina or Mangrove Café beginning at 5:00, a 3-course dinner to follow at either restaurant, and the night will conclude at Sugden Theater, with the Naples Players performance of “Legally Blonde, The Musical” which will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and are ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club 2015 Summer Enrichment Program

In partnership with the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival – the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently began the 2015 summer enrichment program at its Main Campus, 7500 Davis Boulevard, as well as Immokalee site locations. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through August 4. To combat summer learning loss, the Club is offering the Summer Brain Gain initiative — a summer learning loss prevention program that includes but is not limited to activities such as reading, mentoring, dance and music, swimming, arts and crafts, organized sports ... 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 »

NCH Recognized as AHA Fit-Friendly Worksite

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Submitted NCH Healthcare System has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. “Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at NCH Healthcare System. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Lisa Brown, Director Employee Health and Wellness. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.” Platinum-level employers: Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace. Increase healthy ... Read More »

Wonder Girls Brings Wondrous Changes

The girls pause for a moment of revelry as they prepare the Family Celebration Dinner.

Eighth Grade Girls Grow in Important Ways Thanks to New Program By Don Manley Deborah Passero entered summer with a sense of anticipation regarding the return of the Wonder Girls this fall. Wonder Girls is a 12-week long, after-school program focused on empowering eighth grade girls to adopt healthy lifestyles that was created Passero, the Y’s Healthy Living and membership director, and Carrie Bamberger, a science teacher at Marco Island Charter Middle School. The program, a partnership between the Greater Marco Family YMCA and MICMS, debuted this year, running for 12 weeks, from early February to late April. It will ... Read More »

The Dining Diary – Snook Inn

Snook Inn has dockage aplenty. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Ms. Vittles I find Thursday’s are a great night to dine out. Busy enough to make a place lively but not stand-in-line busy. This week’s choice is another dining landmark – Marco Island’s own Snook Inn. Snook Inn is celebrating 30 years on the Island and still has the same owners. No matter your mode of travel, Snook Inn is easily accessible for casual dining seven days a week. We started our evening under the chickee hut, having a cold one at the bar waiting for our other guests to arrive. Having Stella and Red Hook on tap made ... Read More »

Summer Theater Camp at Island Theater Company

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Summer’s here… what are the kids going to do???? How about the Island Theater Company (ITC) summer camp? We’re setting the stage for summer fun! Back by popular demand…this exciting and fun three-week theater program will introduce young people to all aspects of the theater, including creating props and costumes, music, choreography, and technical aspects of putting on a show. All activities are designed to develop imagination, creativity, concentration, character, teamwork and professionalism. All participants will be cast in the 2015 Holiday production. The three week camp for students ages 9-18 will be held July 13-31 and include a weekly ... Read More »

Great Southern Whites

Zebra longwing, Florida state butterfly.

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com No, this is not another article on sharks on the west coast of Florida, which seems to have dominated the news since the summer started. Funny, “Jaws” was one of my favorite movies. Anyway, it’s about a couple of South Florida’s beautiful butterflies. Well this is another great year butterfly gardening in South Florida. It seems every year has a new surprise. This year the white butterflies in South Florida are more abundant then I have seen. Actually, I have seen more great southern whites, Florida whites and cabbage whites this year then I have seen ... 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 »

Tigertail Life’s a Beach, Man!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com “It was the lowest point in my life,” laments Tony Smith (smiling). “I applied for a dishwasher position at the Pewter Mug here on Marco and was turned down. Try telling that to your girlfriend. Man, it was tough!” Luckily, it turned out to be a serendipitous moment for all of us. Tony Smith is the person who now runs the show at Tigertail Beach. But it didn’t start out that way. He played a lot of tennis as a kid and parlayed that into a gig at the Hilton as an interim Tennis Pro. “While ... Read More »

TruPayroll Seeks Support in Attaining Grant

Submitted Marco Island based TruPayroll is seeking support in its effort to qualify for a $100,000 grant from Chase Bank’s Mission Main Street Grants program. Mission Main Street will award 20 grants of $100,000 to small companies that submit a business profile, a grant questionnaire and meet relevant eligibility requirements. To be eligible, businesses must also receive at least 250 votes at the program’s website, https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/b/31625. Founded in 2007, TruPayroll is an accounting, tax and payroll firm specializing in serving small and mid-sized businesses. It also has offices in Naples. “TruPayroll is striving to grow and expand its services in ... Read More »

Marco Island Center Announces Board Appointments

John James, newly appointed to the Board of Directors for the Marco Island Center for the Arts. (L) William G. Morris, SUBMITTED PHOTOS
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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that Marco Island attorney, William G. Morris, has been appointed Vice President of the organization. Morris is a member of the Center’s Board of Directors and currently also serves the Center as its volunteer Publicity Director. Morris has been active in community service since moving to Marco Island in 1983. He has served on numerous boards and volunteer positions, including serving as past president of Marco Island’s branch of the American Cancer Society, YMCA, Jaycees and the Marco Island Police Foundation. He has even served as president of the Center ... Read More »