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Have a Plan

A heap of exhausted kittens. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

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 »

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 »

Do You Overeat? – Part II

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com In part one, we looked at some simple tools we could use to help combat the impulse to overeat: being mindful, changing your triggers, making a list of situations you cannot control and formulating alternatives, and creating new habits. In this article, we will add to those tips to give you more tools for your arsenal. Be cautious of your environment: Case in point: the holiday party. You arrive with good intentions, linger longer than you should at the smorgasbord of delectable indulgences, and before you know it, you’ve had to loosen your belt before ... Read More »

LIGHTHOUSE OF COLLIER APPOINTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Lighthouse of Collier’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Robin Goldstone Garcia as its Executive Director. Robin has more than 20 years of successful business experience as Vice President in the Software Industry and as a Financial Advisor. She has been active in the Naples and Bonita Springs community and is currently involved in Leadership Bonita through the Bonita Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from the State University of New York College at Oswego majoring in both Business Administration and Psychology. In addition, Robin has served as a volunteer for the Lighthouse of Collier. She currently ... Read More »

Optimist Soccer

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Lyndsi Koszo and Meghan Bonos are the ultimate soccer moms. Three months ago, the two Marco Islanders — with the support of the Optimist Club board. “We both have a passion for youth sports having grown up playing on various teams throughout our lives,” explains Lyndsi. “We recognized the need in the community for a comprehensive soccer program, focusing on core soccer skills with an emphasis on teamwork, character development and having fun at the same time. The Optimist program embodies these core values. It was a natural fit for us to volunteer to help ... Read More »

The Secret

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There is no better title to reel a golfer into an article. Every golfer is looking for the “secret” in an effort to improve. Golfers are looking for that one swing thought or one tip that takes their game to the next level. I believe there is a so-called “secret,” but just because there is a secret does not mean you will be on tour next week. With golf, nothing is that simple. I do not know if “secret” is the right word. However, all professional golfers have only one thing in common. The PGA ... Read More »

FOT Quarterly Beach Clean-Up

Kassandra Watson, Tina Armstong, Patty Adams. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Saturday, July 12, proved to be a sunny, 82-degree day for the Friends of Tigertail Beach Quarterly Cleanup. Seventeen enthusiastic volunteers collected eight bags of debris weighing approximately 60 pounds from the parking lot, playground, boardwalk and beach. FOT Board members Dick Stone, Susan LaGrotta, Ray and Kathy Apy signed in volunteers, provided water bottles, trash bags and T-shirts. Joe Parisi, membership chairperson, spoke with potential new members. While Art Dobberstein collected trash on his paddle board in the lagoon, three lone volunteers filled three bags of garbage along the boardwalks. The most unusual item, found by Joan Robbins, ... Read More »

Native Beauty on Display

The starting point at the MIHM native plant walk.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com During the hustle and bustle of an average day, I wonder how often we notice just how amazing Southwest Florida is. I find when I take time to notice the natural beauty of my surroundings, I truly appreciate living here. The native animal and plant life that surrounds us is a fascinating mixture of beauty and strength. Mother Nature is wild, and taming her takes a special touch. The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) has accepted her challenge, and has been busy cultivating an impressive exhibit featuring native plant life available around-the-clock for the enjoyment and ... Read More »

Pre-Swing Fundamentals Part 3: Alignment

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Part 1 and 2 covered the grip and set-up position. Now, we move on to Part 3: alignment. This is the simplest fundamental of the four pre-swing fundamentals. Golfers can fix many problems by aiming a different direction. If a golfer always slices the ball to the right 30 yards, they will aim 30 yards left to get the ball to land at the target. This is a reasonable solution while playing golf. However, in the long run, aiming 30 yards left will lead to more problems. Golfers always tell me one thing: I want ... Read More »

Junior Achievement Recognizes IBERIABANK

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IBERIABANK was recently recognized by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. for the third year in a row for teaching greatest number of classroom volunteer hours of any company in Southwest Florida. During the 2013-14 school year, 23 bankers from IBERIABANK taught 30 classes in 11 different Southwest Florida schools. The Junior Achievement curriculum is based on financial literacy, business, economics, entrepreneurship and free enterprise. It is estimated than nearly 300 volunteer hours were donated through classroom instruction and lesson preparation by IBERIABANK associates. In addition to IBERIABANK’s overall volunteerism, Junior Achievement named Pete D’Alessandro as their “Rookie Volunteer of ... Read More »