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Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni

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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 residential community that supports a wide variety of locally owned and operated small businesses outside of our thriving tourist season. We truly have a lot to be thankful for. So much of our local success is due to the environmental ... Read More »

Baby Basics of Collier County

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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 Basics Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show will feature delicious food, local models, a showing of fall’s latest fashions by Wildflower and J&K Collections and stunning jewelry by Bigham Jewelers. The event will also feature silent auction with the chance to ... Read More »

Leadership Marco Class of 2016

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By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco program is a course that brings together potential community leaders and immerses them in Marco’s culture and history. During the four-month long program participants get an in depth look at all aspects of our island community. By the time graduation rolls around in January, students will be well educated on Marco’s history, hospitality, government, tourism, education, law enforcement, media and more. This is part one of a two-part series to introduce our readers to the Leadership Marco Class of 2016. Each student brings with them an impressive list of ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERS ARE HERE TO HELP

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Collier County is home to a variety of tropical flora, most of which can be cultivated in your own yard. Growing and maintaining healthy plants can often present challenges, especially if you are new to managing tropical foliage. The Collier County Extension Office has Master Gardeners to offer guidance on your horticultural endeavors. If you are having difficulty with your shrubs, don’t know what kind of insects are attacking your plants or if you are having any other plant problems, the Master Gardeners can help. Collier County Master Gardeners are trained and certified by the County Horticulture Agent. Each Master ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Fred Kramer, Candidate for Marco City Council

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Dear Editor, Our island has greatly changed since I moved here in January of 1977. Over these years, I have witnessed the lasting aftermath of governmental decisions: the benefit of the good ones and the consequences of the bad ones. My life here has been an incredible one, and I fully recognize how special our island is. Over the years, and beyond my work and my family, I have contributed to our community by serving on various boards, including the Marco Island Residents Beach Association, the Marco Island Civic Association, the Forum Club of Collier County (Southwest Florida), the Marco Island ... Read More »

Save the Date! October 15, 2016

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Submitted On Saturday, October 15, 2016, the Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run will take place on Marco Island. Mark your calendars for this first time ever event. This fundraising event hopes to raise awareness of the growing problem of domestic violence in our area, and throughout the country. All proceeds from the Hands Are For Helping 5K will benefit the Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Naples, which serves as the shelter for local women and children in need. All ages are welcome to come walk or run in the Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run. ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed!

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Submitted  The Friends of Rookery Bay Reserve are looking for volunteers to help make phone calls and other tasks related to securing auction items for our two major fundraisers. If you appreciate air conditioning this time of year and enjoy event planning, join our amazing team! Contact Donna Young at volunteer@rookerybay.org to find out more about these positions and what else is involved. Hours are flexible! www.rookerybay.org. Read More »

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

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Submitted At a recent meeting of the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club, Mary Allice Stansfield was honored by being named a Paul Harris Fellow for her dedication to the Interact Club at Lely High School for the past five years.  Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about.  This past school year, the Lely Interact Club, under Mary Alice supervision, donated 551.5 hours of volunteer and community involvement.  Mary Alice retired after sixteen years of teaching in Collier County schools. The Paul ... Read More »

Equipment Donated to Special Olympics

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Submitted The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation recently donated $8,000 worth of sports equipment to Special Olympics Florida – Collier County. The equipment will be used by Collier athletes who participate in tennis, basketball, track & field, bocce, soccer, golf, aquatics, and flag football. According to Special Olympics County Director David McKenzie, “We are so thankful for this generous donation. We currently have more than 700 athletes and unified partners who participate in our year-round sports training and competition programs, and that number continues to grow quickly. The equipment donated by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation will help us serve these ... Read More »

Large Turnout for Evening Beach Clean-up

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Submitted “Our beach is so beautiful and it’s sad to see the trash people leave behind.” Cristina Leske, beach clean-up volunteer. Trash was expected on the beach the day after Memorial Day. The Beach Advisory Committee coordinated the evening clean-up and was joined by over 25 volunteers from Marco’s Sail and Power Squadron. Long-time residents and frequent beach volunteers, Jean and Paul O’Neill, came to make sure our sea turtles have a clean beach to welcome them ashore. Per Mary Nelson’s weekly report, the number of turtle nests was down for the month of May. Mary McIntosh of the Calusa ... Read More »

SUP Paddle Boarding Event Sets Records for Special Olympics

Paddle boarders depart from near the Capri Fish House for Special Olympics Florida –SUP Poker Run.

By Don Manley The first time was a fun time for Cragin and Kaye Anderson at the fourth annual SUP Poker Run to benefit the Special Olympics Florida – Collier County. It also proved to be a bit more challenging than expected for the Naples couple, who were taking part in the recent stand-up paddle boarding event for the first time. “It was a lot of fun,” said Cragin Anderson, as he lugged his board to the shore at the end of their run. “We ended paddling back from the last stop, in the current. The total paddle was three ... Read More »

MIA Students Inducted into NHS

Jenny and Jay Cartwright with daughter Julia before induction ceremonies.

By Barry Gwinn On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Mackle Park was the scene of an impressive induction ceremony for Marco Island Academy (MIA) students, whose achievements and academic records had earned them a spot in the National Honor Society. Established in 1921, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. History teacher Lori Galiana and school counselor, Chris Zumstein are the faculty advisors for NHS. They ... Read More »

Odland Honored by Civil Air Patrol

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Submitted At a recent bi-weekly meeting, Captain Lyle Odland was recognized by the Marco Island Senior Squadron for his long and distinguished community service. Captain Odland was a volunteer member of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). He was trained as an unpaid volunteer currier of life-saving bone marrow, peripheral red blood cells or adult stem cells for the advanced treatment of human cancers. Following his training, he became a currier and made his first volunteer pickup and delivery on April 17, 2008. The NMDP’s expectation was that each currier would make a minimum of two deliveries per year. However, ... Read More »

Two for Boating Safety

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Submitted Education and vessel maintenance are two things that you can do now as a responsible boat owner. Both are key to boating safety. 1- Take a Boating Safety Course From navigation to the “rules of the road,” or boat handling to weather, educated boaters are safe boaters. Approximately 80% of all boating fatalities occurred on boats where the operator had never taken a boating safety course. A wide variety of basic boating courses are available. Leading volunteer organizations such as the United States Power Squadrons® and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, as well as your own state boating ... Read More »

NCH Auxiliary Awards

RIGHT: Volunteer of the Year Marion Bearden (left) with Amanda Smith.
LEFT: Dennis Pidherny holding the President’s
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Submitted The NCH Marco Healthcare Auxiliary was honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club on April 5, 2016. The attendees were treated to a delicious luncheon, and NCH Director of Volunteers & Retail Amanda Smith presented the awards. The President’s Award was bestowed on Dennis Pidherny. Dennis has been a loyal and hard working volunteer and has held every office in the Auxiliary. He is involved in many other community organizations and devotes his time on Marco to helping others. Congratulations Dennis! The recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award was Marion Bearden. Marion works hard ... Read More »

CAP Squadron Major Advancements

From left: Lt. Col. Cindy Dohm, Capt. Robert Corriveau, Capt. Steve Riley, and Lt. Col. Lee Henderson.
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Submitted At the recent Marco Island Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Squadron meeting, two members were distinguished by their advancement to the rank of Major. They are Captain Robert Corriveau, Commander of the Squadron and also the Professional Development Officer, as well as Captain Steve Riley, Assistant Finance Officer and Fundraising Chairman. The ceremony was conducted by Group 5 Director of Operations, Lt. Col. Lee Henderson and Squadron Deputy Commander, Lt. Col. Cindy Dohm. The guest speaker for the meeting was Commodore Walter Jaskiewicz, Commander of the 7th District U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA). He gave a great talk about volunteer ... Read More »

Vietnam Veteran Shares Experience With DAR

Submitted Most Vietnam veterans decline to tell their stories because the home front reception was extremely antagonistic during and after the war. So, it was an interesting experience for the Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at its March 17th meeting to hear the firsthand experiences of a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran. Dan Walden and his wife, Pennie moved to Marco Island in 2014, three years after honeymooning here. He spent most of his career in management at UPS. The focus of Walden’s talk to the DAR was his experience as a Marine in Vietnam. ... Read More »

Spirit Award Winners Honored

The Rotary Spirit Awards drew a crowd to Bistro Soleil on February 21, 2016. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2016 Spirit of Marco Island Award Gala Awards Dinner and Silent Auction was held on February 21st at the Bistro Soleil Restaurant in Old Marco. Two individuals and three couples were honored for “service above self.” Noontime Rotary President Lynne Minozzi and Spirit Award Committee Chair Al Diaz presented awards to Tarik Ayasun, George and Mary Baron, Ron and Pat Rutledge and Tom and Lori Wagor. Award winner Ben Farnsworth was recovering from bypass surgery in the hospital, but his daughter Jane attended to receive his award while he listened, and spoke to the ... Read More »

Everglades Ultras Race

Submitted The fifth annual Everglades Ultras off-road running race has been set for Saturday, February 20 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. “This is unique race venue,” says Race Director Bob Becker. “Runners will experience all the varied environments in the Fakahatchee Preserve running on raised ... Read More »

Roadside Attraction Reinvented

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When I was growing up in the Northeast, my father loved road trips. He also loved roadside attractions. I think his favorites were Roadside America, an indoor miniature railroad and village in Pennsylvania and Santa’s Village in New Hampshire. We spent long summers in northern Maine, which meant frequent trips to New Brunswick, Canada, which had its own attractions. We never crossed the border without a stop at one of them…Magnetic Hill where cars appear to roll uphill, the longest covered bridge in the world that crosses the St. John River, the giant “flower pots” formed ... Read More »