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Above and Beyond – Lisa Meurgue

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Life is a busy proposition for most of us. We all have things to do, places to be and people to see. Some people, however, have the alacrity to fit even more into a full day. One of those people is Lisa Meurgue. Lisa, along with husband Chef Denis Meurgue, have owned and operated Bistro Soleil in Olde Marco since 2008. Owning a restaurant, in itself, fills up a day very quickly and very intensely. And in 2013, they opened Petit Soleil, in the Shops of Olde Marco. So how does one go about having time ... Read More »

VETERAN SERVICES LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

The Collier County Veteran Services Division is looking for volunteer drivers to help take veterans to medical appointments at Bay Pine VA Healthcare System in Bay Pines (near St. Petersburg) and the Cape Coral VA Clinic in Cape Coral. Collier County Veteran Services relies on volunteers to help transport some 1,100 veterans annually to medical appointments at these facilities, which are operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The county provides the service to veterans free of charge. “We are highly dependent on the drivers willing to give of their time for our veterans,” said Gary Vincent, manager of ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Initiates New Programs

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff UNSUNG HEROES The Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club has rolled out two new community programs. The first program is the Unsung Hero Award which intends to recognize individuals who work to make Marco Island a better community. The Unsung Hero has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He or she will be a special person who has done extra special things for the Marco Island community without receiving pay or expecting praise or recognition. The Club’s Board of Directors will vote on the award, but the nominee cannot be a Rotarian. The recipient ... Read More »

2015 “Stamp Out Hunger” Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

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Submitted Collier Harvest announces the 2015 Letter Carrier’s Food Drive is going on NOW through Saturday, May 9th. Collier Harvest, the non-profit agency that manages the “Stamp Out Hunger” event locally, asks residents of Naples and Marco Island to place their non-perishable food donations by their mail boxes anytime between now and Saturday, May 9th, to be picked up by their letter carriers. All residents, including seasonal residents returning home, may also drop off donations at the post office on North Goodlette-Frank Road or the Coco River post office on Immokalee Road. Collier Harvest welcomes volunteers, middle school age and ... Read More »

951/41, Tamiami Crossings & Friends of the Marco Island Flotilla

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net The best good news item for our transportation system is that the huge intersection project (a footprint for a future overpass, with 951 flying over 41) according to the County is 6 months ahead of schedule and under budget. If our weather holds up and we have a mild summer, the intersection should be finished by the end of August, unless we have some severe weather problems. However, because of utility work, the FDOT’s U.S. 41 E expansion from the 951 intersection 6 lanes to Joseph Lane, and then 4 lanes to Greenway Rd., is running ... Read More »

Everglades Ultras race set for Feb. 21 in Fakahatchee

The fourth annual Everglades Ultras off-road-running race has been set for Saturday, February 21 in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.  Registration is now open for the event’s three distinct races of 25 kilometers, 50 kilometers and 50 miles.  The 50 mile and 50 kilometer races are the USA Track and Field – Florida Association state championships. This unique run through the Everglades has been cited by Trail Runner magazine as a “must do” race for 2015. “This is an amazing race venue,” says Race Director Bob Becker.  “Runners will experience all the varied environments in the Fakahatchee Preserve running on raised trails through cypress ... Read More »

Point-Counterpoint Returns

Now in its fifth year, the Point-Counterpoint series is back on Marco Island for four sessions. What is it all about? This popular discussion format is based upon a stimulating but respectful exchange of ideas. Point-Counterpoint’s format allows attendees to volunteer to speak on or state a position — a “point” of view — to the group or speak on a topic of their choosing, but only for five-minutes. When their five-minute timer has sounded the Point speaker must stop speaking. Sorry, no overruns. A new 10-minute timer is set, and during the next ten minutes “counterpoints” are given in ... Read More »

Have a Plan

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: What a whirlwind the holidays were for me and my loyal staff of volunteers here at For the Love of Cats. We had cats and kittens coming and going non-stop for two weeks. Everywhere I looked I saw cats being loaded into and out of carriers; kittens climbing the romper room walls, tumbling around in colorful balls of fur, stretching sore muscles, carb-loading at their troughs, standing in and knocking over their food and water bowls, wrestling and tackling one another, and chasing each other around in dizzying circles; ... Read More »

Free Family Fun and Fundraiser

Family to Family, which has put more than 2000 Collier County moms and kids into beds of their own since 2009, recently acquired its 501 (c) 3 non-profit designation and will now celebrate a Grand Re-opening and Family Fun Day Open House in its new Kids’ Crisis Closet location, from10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at 3485 Enterprise Ave., one block off Industrial Ave., in Naples. Hosted by the Northside Naples Kiwanis Club, the event will feature property tours, old-school arts and crafts using recycled materials, sidewalk art, photo booth, balloons, hot dogs, sodas and two brand new ... Read More »

Two Buses for MICMS

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By Tarik Ayasun In order to cut rising costs to its athletic transportation budget, the Marco Island Charter Middle School Board of Directors last year authorized Board President Tarik Ayasun to purchase two 25-seat buses for transporting student athletes to and from away games. The purchase was completed, and the buses were refurbished with new seats, new seat belts, new tires and a complete inspection and repair of the engines were done by Gorman’s Auto Service or Marco Island. To raise funds for the operations of the buses without using school funds, the buses were wrapped with advertising of local ... Read More »

Spreading Joy

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Joy of Giving started off years ago as one person — Nicki Davis — getting presents for a few less fortunate children. Within a few years, the charity grew into a handful of elves helping more children and their siblings. Today, it is a 501(c)(3) charity which has grown to serve more than 1,000 children in Collier County thanks to the help of dozens of individuals and various organizations. Davis is still behind it all, but she insists she could not have done it without her right hand, Misty Sayah. “Each year we get better,” ... Read More »

ROOKERY BAY RESERVE VOLUNTEER HONORED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS

Ted Below has logged more than 9,000 hours of volunteer service Ted Below, a long-time volunteer at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, was recognized by the Collier County Commission on Dec. 9 for his dedication to the study of birds and the protection of their habitats in south Florida. Following his tenure as National Audubon Society warden at Rookery Bay, Below continued his efforts to monitor pelicans, wading bird rookeries, osprey nests and beach-bird nest colonies. He conducted his work as both a paid employee of the reserve and also as a volunteer, often regardless of weather conditions. It was this determination that encouraged Gary ... Read More »

MIFRD Recognized

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Everyday members of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department risk their lives to help those in need and peril, and recently a number of them were recognized for their valiant efforts. In September, MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy received a letter from Walter Kopka, chief of Collier County Emergency Medical Services, informing him that 16 members of his crew were being honored with a Phoenix Award by the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services. The Phoenix Award recognizes a fire fighter, paramedic or EMT who has successfully resuscitated a cardiac arrest patient. Among those receiving the award ... Read More »

Marco DAR Celebrates its Founders Day and Marco Anniversary

DAR members (LtoR) Debra Haeussler, Karen Lombardi, Becky Krisko, Dona Zuckerman, Judy Kenney, Mary Alice Ritchie, Betsy Perdichizzi, Cindy Anderson,Virginia Read, Barbara Messner

It was more than just a pre-Season get together October 16th.  It was a mini-reunion of local DAR members and an opportunity to observe the organization’s Founders’ Day.  The luncheon at Kretch’s marked the 124th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It also was the 38th anniversary of the Marco Island Chapter. The DAR was founded in 1890 with the simple mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. This nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.  It has ... Read More »

Chip to Lower Your Scores

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org All golfers miss greens with approach shots. Jim Furyk had a scrambling percentage of 80 percent on the PGA Tour in 2014. Scrambling is the percentage of times a player gets the ball up and in from around the green. Furyk’s percentage was the best on the PGA Tour in 2014. This is why he is the best player in the world that is not in the top 50 in driving distance. Most golfers can relate with Furyk’s game. We do not hit 300 yards drives of the tee, and most of us have an ... Read More »

Maximum Distance

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In 1997, world-renowned golf instructor Jim McLean published a book called, “X–Factor and Other Secrets of Power and Distance.” McLean has always been on the forefront of golf instruction. The X–Factor is a concept based on a golfer turning their hips to start the downswing without moving the shoulders (as seen in the picture). The greater degree of separation between the hip turn and the shoulder turn the farther the golf ball will travel. McLean has studies with stats to prove the theory, and also discusses in the book other factors involved in achieving distance. ... Read More »

Flag Football Sundays on Marco

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By Meghan Bonos If you look at the Mackle Park fields on a Sunday morning, you may think you’re watching an NFL game preview. Is that the Philadelphia Eagles playing the Denver Broncos? No, you are seeing the Optimist Club of Marco Island’s (OCMI) newly developed Flag Football program. With more than 40 kids from around the island, the OCMI Flag Football program has become an exciting morning of long passes and touchdowns for kids and parents to enjoy together. “The fields are buzzing with excitement on a Sunday morning. There’s music, kids high-fiving, a National Anthem sung by some ... Read More »

Marco Island Half-Marathon

The Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K run-walk will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2014. The race begins in the Shops of Marco Publix parking lot at the corner of San Marco Road and Barfield Drive. The Half Marathon begins at 7:30 AM and the 5K run-walk begins at 7:45 AM. Monies raised are given to various community organizations on Marco Island. We welcome you to come run, walk or volunteer and be a part of this exciting family event. Runners are encouraged to register and additional information is available at www.marcoislandhalfmarathon.com. Read More »

Airline Passenger Rights

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber What are your rights as a passenger if your flight is delayed or cancelled or your luggage lost? Since 2009, the US Department of Transportation has issued some laws that ensure certain rights for domestic airline passengers. When there still was a Continental Airlines, I remember that booking online and having an option to hold a booked flight for 24 hours without payment. Well, it turns out that is the law. If you book through an airline, you have the right to lock in a price for 24 hours without payment. You are entitled to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Representative Kathleen Passidomo

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Over the years since I was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives representing Naples and Marco Island I have gotten to know Litha Berger well.  She is a passionate advocate for Marco Island and its residents and has served the community well as a volunteer in a number of important roles.  She chaired the Marco Island Newcomers’ Club and served on the board of the Marco Island Taxpayers Association and the City Parks and Recreation Committee.  Prior to moving to Marco Island she was an executive for several companies specializing in geriatric care services and helped develop affordable ... Read More »