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The Accidental Speaker

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I am an artist. I am not a public speaker. I can talk about my art to any group, but beyond that I’d rather chew glass. I am actively involved in several cultural non-profit organizations. I am not an organizer. If you’re wondering about my organizational skills just ask my husband. (Hint: He does the bookkeeping in our home, and for good reason.) So, how is it I recently found myself standing at a podium with about 70 or so Goodland residents seated in neat rows before me and three highly-respected Collier County representatives on ... Read More »

An Island Christmas

At our house, even the pets are forced to be merry.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Christmas is just around the corner, and “island-style” holiday preparations are being made all around me. I’m also nearing the one-year anniversary of my big move here in February, and I’ve been reflecting back on this past year in sunny southwest Florida. I’ve never been happier, and my kids are doing really well. We are all making adjustments and thriving, but the holidays are proving an unfamiliar challenge to me and my newly relocated family. This time last year, my brothers and I were digging our cars out from under several feet of snow daily, ... Read More »

Holiday Family Fishing Fun

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com This is the time of year when friends and family come together to enjoy quality time during the holidays. I can think of no better way to enjoy time together than fishing in the magnificent inshore areas that South Florida has to offer. A good portion of the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge encompasses the area between Everglades National Park and Cape Romano and boasts some of the finest fishing opportunities in the state. Additionally, the area is rich with wildlife, including birds, manatees and dolphin due to the area’s pristine ecosystem and ... Read More »

How Can We Win If No One Will Go to the Net?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com A few weeks ago, I received a text from a 4.0 player who was clearly perplexed about her last CTA match and wanted to solve the puzzle on the tennis court. Strangely enough, not many of my students have inquired about this particular dilemma, and I had tremendous compassion about her recent problem. “Doug, it was so weird facing this last team because they elected to play from the baseline the entire match, and it threw us a curve, no doubt,” my student explained. Hey, it is always tough when we face a strategy ... Read More »

We Are Not Ourselves

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Matthew Thomas Simon & Schuster 2014. 620 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes “We are not ourselves when nature, being oppressed, commands the mind to suffer with the body.” - King Lear   Eileen Tumulty is 9 years old when we first meet her in 1950, failing miserably at the Irish dance classes her mother enrolled her in. Like most little girls, she idolizes her father and is bright enough to notice that all the men around them respect and defer to “Big Mike.” Both parents, Big Mike and Bridget, ... Read More »

Ice Skating in Veterans Park?

Joe Willy, territory manager for Daikin Heating and Cooling, along with Christmas Island Style Chairman Steve Stefanidis and Eric Condee of Condee Cooling & Electric Inc. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Two years ago, the folks of Christmas Island Style (CIS) made it snow on Marco Island. This year, they are going to create a winter wonderland in Veterans Memorial Park complete with an ice skating rink and their own version of the Polar Express. The event will be held on Sun., Dec. 14, 1-7 PM. According to Barbara Murphy, the CIS member who is coordinating it, the day will be filled with ice skating, train rides on the Polar Express, a bounce house and a giant mountain for kids to slide down. Members of the ... Read More »

Santa Arrives

Debbie Schroeder of Marco greets Mr. and Mrs. Claus at their home base on the island, Salon and Spa Botanica in the Shops of Marco.

By Don Manley Celina Alber has a well thought out opinion about what she enjoys about what’s become an annual event for her family – “Santa’s Arrival” at the Shops of Marco. “They always give out candy canes and that’s one of my favorite parts,” said the 9 year old Marcoite on the day after Thanksgiving, “And also everybody dresses up as reindeer and elves, and there’s Santa Claus.” “Santa’s Arrival” is part of the annual Christmas Island Style celebration and the event drew throngs of revelers to the shopping center’s parking lot where many lined up to visit with ... Read More »

Notes From Fatima

Fatima Shrine. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Local resident, Peter Vale, has been studying and working at the Vatican and the Pontifical North American College. San Marco Catholic Church and the Diocese of Venice, as well as family and friends have been encouraging in his endeavors. During weekends and some holidays, Peter has the opportunity to visit surrounding areas and holy sites in other countries. Recently, Peter made a weekend pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain. “We flew into Lisbon, rented a small car there, and drove all the way up to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain (a 5.5-hour ride). Because the ... Read More »

WORLD AIDS DAY

Planned Parenthood of Collier County knows that knowledge saves lives, and Monday, Dec. 1 – World AIDS Day – is the perfect time to act on that notion. Free and confidential rapid HIV testing will be available that day at its Naples and Immokalee locations. No appointment is necessary. Testing hours are noon to 3:30 p.m. All it takes is a simple finger prick, and results are available in as little as 20 minutes. To make the wait easier – even beautiful – those who get tested that afternoon can pass the time by receiving a free MAC makeup application. ... Read More »

Water Works Lunch Program

Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites community to Jan. 14 Water Works lunch and program to focus on water advocacy Clean water is essential to all life, the basis of the Southwest Florida community and the foundation of its economy. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting the premier of Water Works, a luncheon to support Southwest Florida’s most valuable natural resource, water. The event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at Naples Yacht Club. The event includes a three-course, sit-down luncheon, and a meet and greet and keynote presentation by National Geographic’s Joel K. Bourne, an ... Read More »

November is Manatee Awareness Month!

Manatees have long been a part of the Florida ecosystem. Scientists have even discovered fossils in Florida from ancient relatives of the manatee dating back more than 45 million years. Unfortunately, manatees are currently an endangered species. Even with laws in place to protect the species, they face threats of accidentally being hit by motorboats or becoming entangled in fishing nets. The best way to help save our gentle giants is to be aware of your surroundings. Boat owners can help reduce the risk of hitting manatees by respecting No Wake Zones and Manatee Zones. Boaters should try to stay in deep water channels and avoid ... Read More »

SNOWFEST

NEW LOCATION * NEW HOURS * NEW ATTRACTIONS There’s snow in the forecast for Saturday, Dec. 6, as Collier County Parks and recreation hosts the 29th annual Snowfest. The event, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., welcomes more than 15,000 people who want to see snow in Florida and celebrate the winter holiday. This year, Snowfest will be held at a new location, the Golden Gate Community Center – 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, with new hours and many new attractions. These include: SNOWGLOBE LIVE:  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a snowglobe? Here’s ... Read More »

Leaving Time

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Jodi Picoult 417 pages, Ballantine/Random House 2014. Genre: Mystery/Suspense Collier County Public Library: Yes Rating: 4.25/5.0   I have read two previous books by Jodi Picoult but never considered myself a fan. After reading “Leaving Time,” I am a Picoult fan. This a must-read for anyone who enjoys suspense stories with a clever twist. Much of the story is set in an elephant sanctuary near Boone, New Hampshire. The care, feeding, social life, emotionality and research of elephants figure very strongly in this novel. The older female protagonist, Alice Kingston, was studying elephants ... Read More »

No Problems, Just Solutions

Young Artists Acadamy students  drawing in the gallery of Marco Islands Center for teh Arts. photo by Tara O'Neill

Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I am so fortunate. Despite the days that close in utter weariness due to facing a multitude of challenges, most mornings dawn with the waking certainty of how fortunate I am. For one thing, I now use the word challenges, where once I would have used the word problems. One recent shine of fortune was to be invited to instruct at the Young Artists Academy at Marco Islands Center for the Arts. The Center’s executive director, Hyla Crane, was challenged with resurrecting a bygone program that instructs dedicated 12-18 year old artists Saturday mornings for ... Read More »

Educate Yourself and Get the Information You Need

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Remember the good old days when it was commonplace to clip a helpful and/or interesting article out of the newspaper for future reference or to share with a neighbor? Well, grab your scissors, this is one of those times. As the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I believe there is nothing more important than your access to information to successfully navigate all aspects of your health care needs. Today, I’m going to cover some basics about insurance and billing as well as a great new resource to access your patient record information. ... Read More »

Iberia Bank Transforms Shredded Paper into FOT Scholarship Funds

$2000 Shred Party check presented to FOT President Linda Colombo (left) by Keith Dameron (center) Iberia Bank retiring VP and Branch Manager and Laura Schneider (right) incoming Branch Manager. PHOTOS BY JOSEPH PARISI

Submitted Keith Dameron, retiring vice president and manager, organized and orchestrated a very successful 15th Shred Party, Nov, 8, at Iberia Bank on Bald Eagle Drive. The practical purpose of this event is to help in the prevention of identity theft. Additionally, the $3 fee per box of documents translates into benefiting a community cause. For each Shred Party, the bank has designated a Marco Island nonprofit as the beneficiary of the day’s proceeds. This year’s fortunate recipient was Friends of Tigertail Beach, a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to the stewardship of the unique, rich natural area that comprises ... Read More »

Up to My Knees in Adventure

We arrived at our designated entrance point into the swamp and exited the tram; this was the first thing I saw. Of the countless pictures I've taken in my career, this now ranks among my most favorites.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Recently relocating to a place so geologically different from where I was born and raised in northeast Ohio, I get to experience new things almost daily. As a reporter, I go out on many assignments with a child-like wonder, and come away with life-long memories often feeling renewed and empowered. In my quest to see all of the exotic beauty on display here at the bottom of our nation, I’ve ventured where I never thought I could, pushing through my fears, phobias and physical limitations. That being said, if someone had told me exactly one year ... Read More »

Istanbul Impressions

The Golden Horn of the Bosphorus divides ‘old and ‘new’ Istanbul.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When we first planned our trip to Istanbul, I was surprised how many people told me that their dream was to travel there or that it was on their “Bucket List.” Everyone I knew who had visited told me that it was beautiful and that we would love it; they were right. It’s difficult to capture the essence of the city in words. There are the cliches of old and new, where east meets west. In a small way, the city reminded me of Budapest where the Danube divides the historical Buda from the more ... Read More »

The Art of Seeing

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com “What I have not drawn, I have never really seen.” — Frederick Franck, “The Zen Of Seeing”   I recently visited my dear friend, Barbara Sills, who lives in the Orlando area. There’s lots going on in Orlando — all the time — and Barbara is never at a loss when it comes to trying new and interesting things. In fact, she’s downright intrepid. I’ve known Barbara nearly 40 years, and she still never ceases to surprise me. Although I try to expect the unexpected, my friend managed to thoroughly gob-smack me on this last ... Read More »

This Holiday Season Give Gifts from the Arbor Day Foundation

Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. Returning for the sixth season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a unique holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. And again this year, Give-A-Tree cards can be purchased individually and with customized text. Purchasing the Arbor Day Foundation’s specialty coffee helps preserve rain forests in Central and South America. The Foundation’s Specialty Coffee is shade-grown under the canopy of Latin American rain forests. Unlike sun-grown coffee ... Read More »