Tag Archives: volunteer

Letter to the Editor: Volunteers Needed

Marco Island’s government could not function without the key volunteer boards and committees appointed by city council. And one of the most important is the Audit Advisory Committee. This committee oversees the city’s financial functions, recommends and works with the city’s public accounting firm, and implements policies and practices that help keep our financial situation one of the most stable ... Read More »

A Taste of Marco: A Delicious Event!

By Maureen Chodaba The Espalanade was the place to be last Sunday for A Taste of Marco, an annual event of mouthwatering desires. Although weather predictions included the threat of thunderstorms, the day proved to be a bright and sunny one, as the crowd enjoyed this fundraiser for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. The non-profit organization offers services and initiatives ... Read More »

Saving One Brown Pelican at a Time

By Maria Lamb Brown Pelicans are always looking for an easy meal and often times they’ll swoop in on a catch just as an angler is reeling it in. According to Jonee Miller, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, “Pelicans are very adaptable birds and for this reason, they get themselves into big trouble as they ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Cares

By Nikkie Sardelli Thank You, Supporters! Wow! Can it be true that season is coming to an end? I think this season has flown right by – but it was certainly a successful one! The Marco Island Relay For Life Event, presented by Robert J. Flugger, was held April 1st. It was the first time hosting the event at Veterans ... Read More »

Bargain Basket Thanks Volunteers

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Since 1975 the” United Church’s Bargain Basket has been a source of support for the church, its ministries and the community itself. Today the “Basket” is a regular weekly stop for many residents and visitors to the island, as it provides a wonderful assortment of a variety of bargains, ranging from household goods, to jewelry and ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue Launches Emergency Pet Care Program

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department invites you to join them on April 17 at 9 am at the dog park at Frank E. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace as they launch the Emergency Pet Care Program. This program, a complimentary service for the people and pets of Marco Island, is one of the first of ... Read More »

Temporary Station 51 Up & Running

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the need to deal with increasing demands for service, a rise in traffic in the mid-island area and the potential for delayed responses, Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy put together a plan to reopen the formerly decommissioned fire station on West Elkcam Circle. With the assistance of on duty personnel and a volunteer effort, ... Read More »

2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  What has readily become the biggest event of the season, the three-day Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival lived up to its reputation of great food and great music. “Each year we make a few changes and build on what works,” commented Stan Niemczyk, festival founder and chairman of the volunteer committee that organizes the ... Read More »

Fashion of the Heart

By Samantha Husted  To walk the runway is art. A model needs just the right amount of attitude, confidence, and personal swag to conquer the catwalk. Marco Island is home to a variety of fashion shows—usually showcasing trending styles of resort wear and almost always benefitting a specific cause or charitable venture. Marco Island models are well practiced. On February ... Read More »

Marco Half Marathon and 5K

Submitted Grab your sneakers and mark your calendars for the Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K run-walk, which will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The Half Marathon will begin at 7:30 AM and the 5K run-walk will begin at 7:45 AM. The event starts at the Shops of Marco Publix parking lot at the corner of San Marco ... Read More »

Marco’s DAR Learns About the Draft

By Chris Curle  DAR stands for Daughters of the American Revolution, so it’s expected that America’s military history would be very much on the minds of Marco’s DAR chapter. And that was the theme of Michael Eckers’ presentation at the chapter’s January meeting at Hideaway Beach Club. Michael Eckers is the author of several books on American military history, including ... Read More »

Food Pantry Serves Local Families

Submitted The Marco Island area is lucky to have its own food pantry, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, which serves Marco Island, Goodland and the Isle of Capri. Located at the Family Church Marco at 1450 Winterberry Drive, no one is ever turned away. Families can pick up needed food on the second and fourth Saturday of every month from ... Read More »

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 »