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Roadside Attraction Reinvented

Up close and personal with an iguana.

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 »

Play Ball!

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Submitted The Gulf Coast Little League spring registration is now open! The league offers baseball and softball for children ages 4 to 14 years old and serves the East Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City areas. The Gulf Coat Little League is also home to the 2015 10-11 year old District 27 Champions! If you are seeking a structured activity for your child that will instill teamwork and sportsmanship while making lasting friendships Gulf Coast Little League can provide this. As a 100% parent volunteer organization, Gulf Coast Little League has been shaping positive outcomes in our area for over ... Read More »

In-House Trip to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

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By Katrina Day Recently the students at Island Montessori Academy were lucky to have an “in-house” field trip to learn about Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. The goal was to have students understand the benefits of prescribed fire, become familiar with different types of habitats found in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and the animals that live in them. The children engaged in hands-on activities including learning about the Florida Black Bear, American Alligator, Florida Panther, various birds and insects, fire and field equipment/attire and the role of the houndsman on the Florida Panther Project. Presenters from Fakahatchee Strand Preserve ... Read More »

Coach with Special Olympics

Special Olympics Florida – Collier County needs assistant coaches for cycling, tennis, track & field, and soccer for the 2016 season. The season runs from January 9 through May 14, 2016, and practices are held on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:00 am at Golden Gate High School, at 2925 Titan Lane, Naples 34116. Because of holidays and school schedules, there will be a few variations in the practice schedule. The entire schedule is available on the Special Olympics website atwww.specialolympicscollier.org. Two competitions will take place locally. County Games will be held on March 5, 2016 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at Golden Gate High ... Read More »

Pole Vault Volunteer Coach Needed

Submitted The pole vaulters at Lely High School need a volunteer coach to help them improve their vaulting with proper technique and conditioning. Track and Field season is from late January through early May, with practices held Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 4 PM. Volunteer for any amount of time: a one time clinic, part-time, part of the season or every day all season long. The kids are eager to learn and will greatly appreciate your time, help and expertise. Please call 239-961-9395 for more information about this rewarding opportunity. Read More »

Being Thankful

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ACS CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island The top ten reasons why the American Cancer Society Marco Island is thankful this year: Being a part of such a supportive and philanthropic community. Being able to help Marco Island residents and their families battle cancer. The donation of wigs from the Marco Island Woman’s Club to supply our Marco Island resource room. For our volunteer leadership board members who give us time, talent, treasure and guidance throughout the year. Being ranked the #3 Relay For Life in the whole state for 2015! (We ranked 5th in 2014). Receiving two national ... Read More »

Joy of Giving Changes Web Address

Submitted Web Address The Joy of Giving holds their annual shopping event at Walmart on Collier Boulevard. Now in its 27th year, Joy of Giving provided Christmas for over 1,000 local children last year. It takes some mighty generous hearts to meet that challenge. Throughout the year, kind-hearted souls make donations to the Joy of Giving 501(c) 3 to help them meet the challenge. Many of those donations come through the form of online contributions to the Joy of Giving’s website. That is why it is extremely important everyone gets the word out that the Joy of Giving’s website address ... Read More »

DVDs Wanted: Children’s DVDs

Usually behind the postal counter, Jiri with Keep in Touch helps Frank send a package of DVDs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Family Ministries of Florida provide quality homes and an educational environment grounded in Christian principles, for children 6-18 years old who require alternatives to living with their parents or guardians. The organization, a 501(c) 3, offers guidance and referrals. Frank LaFerrara, a Marco Island resident and a volunteer for the organization, asks the community to donate either used DVDs or new DVDs that are G or PG rated and that children would enjoy watching. Each week, Frank goes to the post office located at Keep in Touch Cards, Gifts & More to mail the ... Read More »

The United Church of Marco Island Completes Renovations

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By Samantha Husted On May 1, 2015, the United Church of Marco Island (UCMI) began what would become a five-month long, total renovation of their building. The church, which is a little over 40 years old, was in dire need of a facelift. There were mold issues, drywall issues and roof and drainage repairs needed. Essentially, everything had to go. New pew bibles and hymnals were purchased, a new sound system was installed and almost everything was repainted and refurbished. What is perhaps the most interesting and intricate part of the church’s renovation plan was the disassembly and subsequent reassembly ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Promotes Five Members

From left: 1st Lt. Bob Boone, Lt. Col. Cindy Dohm, 1st Lt. Bill Hughes and Major Marian Motyl-Szary. (Not pictured- 1st Lt. Bill Rogers)

Submitted Several members of the Marco Island Senior Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have recently advanced in rank, culminating with the advancement of Major Cindy Dohm to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the August 17th Squadron meeting. A Promotion Ceremony honoring these advancements was conducted at the CAP hangar, located at the Marco Island Executive Airport on Mainsail Drive. In total, five members were recognized for their achievements. Advancing to Lieutenant Colonel, as mentioned above, is Deputy Commander Cindy Dohm; to the rank of Major, is Public Affairs and Information Technology Officer Marian Motyl-Szary; and to the rank of ... Read More »

Get Ready to Go Back to School at Marco Island Academy!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s almost that time of year again, as the summer comes to its end, and the teachers and students at Marco Island Academy are getting ready for a new academic year. MIA has announced that there will be seven new teachers this year: Sandi Castillo (English), Dorothy Chapman (Math), Lianna Fried (Performing Arts), Farrell Kellener (ESE/SWD), Gerry Miller (Science), Mariah Walther (Spanish) and Michael Weyrauch (History). Two new staff members are also joining the MIA team: Maegan Carr (Receptionist) and Elona Ruci (Comptroller). When school doors open in August, we will bring you more about ... Read More »

Meet Heidi Waite – Rookery Bay Intern

The two-story Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers visitors a hands-on learning experience.

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Southwest Florida has an amazing coastal environment. From pine flatwoods to salt marsh, mudflat to nearshore waters, the diversity of plants and animals here is spectacular. While it is impossible to experience it all in person in a short time, a visit to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center’s two-story exhibit hall can provide a glimpse of the unique habitats found within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters. It also offers visitors a look at the world of research and restoration ongoing within the Reserve, a step back ... Read More »

Naomi’s August Doldrums

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi the cat and Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: The rescue story of the year is the incredible, seven month, 16-mile long journey taken by a curious tabby from Bayshore Drive in Naples to Hideaway Beach on Marco. Late one evening, as I was finishing my nightcap and watching the end of “Lassie Come Home,” the phone rang. It was one of the guards from Hideaway’s gatehouse who reported that a large stray cat had taken to sitting in their laps and making sure they didn’t fall asleep in the darkest hours of their ... Read More »

Meet the Counselors & L.I.T.s

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff City of Marco Island Parks & Recreation This was a record summer for Camp Mackle – with 230 registered campers. A big part of what makes Camp Mackle such a success are the counselors and LITs who devote their summer to making sure the campers have fun. We sat down with two counselors and two LITs to find out what brings them to Camp Mackle each year. Kendall Griesse Counselor Kendall Griesse exudes energy. Kendall, 19, is a junior at the University of Southern Florida in Tampa. She is studying behavioral health, with a focus ... Read More »

“Chamber Champion” Spotlights Local Businesses

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Owning a business is a tough endeavor. Whether it is a small operation or larger company, it becomes a lifestyle rather than a job. A new program, initiated by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Business Alliance Committee (BAC), wants to put a spotlight on those who go above and beyond. “Running a successful business isn’t just about making money,” says Nancy Carrington, Chairperson of the BAC. “It’s about being part of the community.” Nancy is owner of Marco Island Florist & Gifts and has been doing business in the community for over 27 years. ... Read More »

AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP SETS NEW DIRECTION FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC SERVICE IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Radio Stations in Miami, West Palm Beach and Naples to be sold to Educational Media Foundation   Recognizing that media consumption and audience choices are rapidly changing, and that efforts to build a sustainable classical music radio service in South Florida have not succeeded, American Public Media Group (APMG) announced today that it will move its classical music service in South Florida from FM radio to its national on-demand service,YourClassical.org. This new direction includes the sale of its Classical South Florida (CSF) network of stations—WKCP-FM in Miami (classical music), WPBI-FM in West Palm Beach (classical music and news), and WNPS-FM in Naples(classical ... Read More »

Marco Island Center Announces Board Appointments

John James, newly appointed to the Board of Directors for the Marco Island Center for the Arts. (L) William G. Morris, SUBMITTED PHOTOS
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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that Marco Island attorney, William G. Morris, has been appointed Vice President of the organization. Morris is a member of the Center’s Board of Directors and currently also serves the Center as its volunteer Publicity Director. Morris has been active in community service since moving to Marco Island in 1983. He has served on numerous boards and volunteer positions, including serving as past president of Marco Island’s branch of the American Cancer Society, YMCA, Jaycees and the Marco Island Police Foundation. He has even served as president of the Center ... Read More »

First Four Year Graduating Class for Marco Island Academy

Maureen McFarland, who will be a professor in the fall at Florida SouthWestern State College, speaks to the Marco Island Academy's 33 graduates.

By Roger LaLonde It was a walk back in time for many of the Marco Island Academy graduating Class of 2015 when they returned to the Family Church, formerly the First Baptist Church, on May 29. It was where the school got its start in 2011. The auditorium was packed in celebration as ceremonies marked the first class to complete four years of education at the young school. Starting with 62 students in 2011, the class size will be 255 in the fall, its maximum size at its one-year-old location on San Marco Road, on the way to Goodland. There ... Read More »

WGCU Radio Reading Service provides Broadcasting to the Blind and Visually Impaired Lighthouse of Collier’s Brown Bag Lunch Series

Jack Flaherty, with WGCU Radio Reading Service, will share the programs that the Radio Reading Service provides to persons who are blind, physically impaired and print handicapped. The program operates like a commercial radio station with a control room, broadcast studios and individual recording booths to bring printed materials to those who may not have access otherwise. Dedicated volunteer produce hundreds of hours of programming each month. Find out how you can benefit from the Radio Reading Service, what types of information and news media is broadcasted, and how you can take advantage of these services. The Radio Reading Service ... Read More »

LIGHTHOUSE OF COLLIER, INC. 6th ANNUAL SUMMER CAMP FOR BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN JULY 6th – JULY 31st

Playing is an Opportunity to Learn at the Lighthouse of Collier Summer Camp! Lighthouse of Collier, Inc. is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Summer Camp for blind/visually impaired children. The camp is free for blind and visually impaired campers and is made possible by the very generous donations of American Comfort Limousines, Betsy and Dale Peck, Naples Children & Education Foundation, Special Needs Children’s Fund, Karleen Putnam, Wasmer, Shroeder & Co. and United Way of Collier County. In addition, programming sponsors are Naples Zoo, Home Depot, Naples Art Association, Naples Botanical Gardens, Greater Naples YMCA, City of Naples Fire ... Read More »