Tag Archives: volunteer

Projects in the Works

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Our Kiwanis Club is looking for people who can knit or crochet hats for children who have cancer. We’ll do a fundraiser to pay for the hats if we can find the people who can knit them. Who knows? Maybe someone will even want to donate yarn for a knitting group or church group to knit ... Read More »

Mark Your Calendars Marco Half Marathon & 5K

Submitted The Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K Run-Walk will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The Half Marathon begins at 7:30 AM and the 5K Run-Walk begins at 7:45 AM. The event will be held in the Shops of Marco Publix parking lot at the corner of San Marco Road and Barfield Drive, Marco Island. Money raised is ... Read More »

2017 Brings Change to Marco Chamber

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The New Year started with some big changes for the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce. On January 1, 2017, Executive Director Sandi Riedemann-Lazarus retired. “Sandi has been a great asset to the Chamber, and we wish her all the best in her transition to retirement. We sincerely appreciate her years of dedicated service,” said ... Read More »

Register Now for Gulf Coast Little League

Submitted The Gulf Coast Little League spring registration is now open! The league offers baseball and softball for children from 4 to 14 years old, and serves the East Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City areas. The Gulf Coast Little League is also home to the 2015 10-11 year old District 27 Champions and the 2016 11-12 year old District ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is looking for volunteers! At this time we are in need of more docents for our educational programs and school programs, as well as visitor services volunteers at our admissions desk, Nature Store and greeters. The next new volunteer orientation will take place at 11 AM on January 24th in the Environmental Learning Center, ... Read More »

Planning to Give

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.” ~William Wordsworth Question: What are the best ways to make gifts to charitable organizations? Answer: That’s a common question that comes up each year around the holidays. For that reason, let’s review how to best fulfill your charitable inclinations and make a difference ... Read More »

Baby Basics Moves Over 2,200 Cases of Diapers

With the help of more than 25 volunteers, Baby Basics of Collier County (www.BabyBasicsCollier.org)- a volunteer organization that provides free diapers and kindness to over 400 infants and toddlers from low-income, working families in Collier County and Bonita Springs – moved over 2,200 cases of diapers to its 10 distribution sites on November 30. “As a 100% volunteer-driven organization, we ... Read More »

Ringside in Marco

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Boxing made its rounds back to the island in November thanks to the Marco Island Boxing Club. This year, not only did the club host teams from New Jersey and Ireland, it also featured local boxers. There were eleven bouts in all, starting out with the youngest local competitors. Although the team from Ireland led ... Read More »

Susan Kubat Named Unsung Hero

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise presented its Unsung Hero Award for Third Quarter, 2016 to Susan Kubat. Susan was recognized for her services to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self” consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Susan has worked endlessly to protect our environment. She has served as a volunteer board member and president of Friends ... Read More »

Flag Football a Hit The Philly Connection

By Barry Gwinn Bruni calls a play for his team, on which his son Jake plays quarterback (wearing do rag). The coaches call each play, remind players of their assignments, and make sure they are in the proper positions before the ball is snapped. On most fall Saturday mornings, you will find Mackle Park with end to end football games ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman gets my vote!

Over these past weeks, the public and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming City of Marco Island Council election. Charlette Roman is the most accomplished candidate running this term with a proven successful background.  Charlette has a broad scope of experience, responsibility, and proven decision making skills that have ... Read More »

Solemn Goodbye to a Friend

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island came together on Wednesday to pay their respects to Richard “Dick” Shanahan at the Celebration of Life in his honor at San Marco Catholic Church. So many came forward to praise and pay tribute to Shanahan, saying both “Goodbye” and “Thank you.” Shanahan lost his courageous battle with a disease that in the last ... Read More »

Marco Lost a True Friend

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Sadly we have lost a true friend to Marco Island and to the San Marco Catholic Church, and to all the people who loved Dick Shanahan. Somehow we felt he would live on and on. We send our deepest sympathy to his loving and adoring wife, Debra. He has probably already found Monte Lazarus up there. ... Read More »

Local Effort to Aid Haiti’s Hurricane Victims

By Don Manley Inaction was not a possibility for Amber Bragenzer when she learned of the death and destruction left in Hurricane Matthew’s wake after it pummeled the impoverished island nation of Haiti. The storm ripped across Haiti’s rugged landscape on October 4th with top sustained winds of 145 mph, killing more than 1,000 people and leaving survivors without food, ... Read More »

C’mon Comedy Night Raises $6K

Submitted Over 100 C’mon supporters were in attendance for the C’mon Comedy Night, a fundraiser hosted by the C’mon Guild and Off the Hook Comedy Club. Nationally known comedian Frank Del Pizzo had the crowd laughing throughout his performance. “The C’mon Guild is thrilled to have raised $6,000 from this first time event. We are using these funds to support ... Read More »

Smooth Ride for Bread Run

Submitted Each morning, Y Bread Run volunteers collect unsold bread and bakery goods donated by Publix and Starbuck’s to distribute to those in need. Until recently, a road in East Naples that was the last leg of the Bread Run was nothing short of a moonscape. The dirt strip featured more potholes than smooth sections, and negotiating it by car ... Read More »

Get Ready For Spooktacular

The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Halloween Spooktacular at Mackle Park will take place on Saturday, October 29th, from 4 to 6 PM. Everyone, from kids to adults, is encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes. Bring a basket or bag to collect candy and treats at each craft and game station. Visitors will be ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni

Marco Island is a wonderful place to be whether you are raising a family, retiring, making this your permanent home, or stopping by for a short or long-term visit. This island is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. We have all found a piece of paradise here in southwest Florida. We are a successful year-round ... Read More »

Baby Basics of Collier County

Baby Basics of Collier County (www.BabyBasicsCollier.org) – a volunteer organization that provides free diapers and kindness to over 400 infants and toddlers from low-income, working families in Collier County and Bonita Springs and is celebrating its six millionth diaper donated this year – will host its 9th annual Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show on Friday, November 4. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m The Baby ... Read More »