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An Investment in Love and Joy

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan  harborgoldsmith@comcast.net The other day a woman entered my establishment and asked me if I replace batteries in watches, which I do. While installing her new battery, she complimented me on the many wonderful things in my showcases. She said how she loved jewelry but her money conscious husband refused to buy her any nice quality jewelry (they were married over forty years!). He was always claiming diamonds and jewelry were a bad investment. A sense of sadness came over me for this nice woman. I noticed all she was wearing was a simple gold wedding band ... Read More »

Freedom Fountain’s Latest Improvements

Submitted Photo The Freedom Fountain, centerpiece of the veterans memorial in Marco Island’s Veterans Community Park.

Submitted The Freedom Fountain in Veterans Community Park has received a facelift that further enhances and preserves its beauty. Commemorative inscriptions on the black granite panels gracing the crown jewel of Marco Island’s veterans’ memorial recently received a coat of gold sealant, adding luster to its personalized messages honoring America’s military service men and women. At the same time, the bronze, 9-foot tall, in-flight American eagle that crowns the 10-foot-tall fountain was cleaned and treated with clear-coat sealant. The work was performed by Chris Holloway, owner of Marco Island Painting, and his staff. Lee Rubenstein, chairman of the all-volunteer Veterans ... Read More »

Patriotism Reigns in Memorial Day Ceremony

Photo by Don Manley
Dave Gardner, commander of Marco’s VFW Post 6370, addresses attendees.

By Don Manley The sacrifices of America’s military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving were honored in word and song at Marco Island’s Memorial Day ceremony. Dave Gardner, commander of Marco’s VFW Post 6370, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which included music from the Marco Island Strummers, the Marco Island Academy Singers and Craig Greusel, music director for the Marco Lutheran Church. Color guard duties were performed by members of the Marco Island Police Department. The keynote speaker was U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Lambert (retired), who began his military career as an ... Read More »

MIA’s Cruz Awarded Scholarship

From left: Debbie Orr, Duneshka Cruz and Barbara Markel at the awards ceremony. Submitted Photo

Submitted  The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, for the 2016-2017 academic year, was presented to Duneshka Cruz, a senior at Marco Island Academy (MIA). The scholarship was presented to her at the MIA Awards Ceremony by Barbara Markel, a representative of the local P.E.O. Chapter. Duneshka was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter GT of Marco Island. She will be attending the Penn State Schreyer Honors College, where she plans to study Forensic Science and Pre-Med. The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success. The program ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

Bob caught a nice catch and release snook on a Captain Rapps Charter. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As May makes way for June, the season for summer fishing begins, bearing entrance into our four warmest months of the year. Midday air temperatures hover around 90 degrees every day, making the shallow flats in the early morning – before both the peak heat of the midday sun and the almost daily afternoon showers – your best bet for fishing. Looking at moon phase, tides, and solunar calendar, I like what I see around June 3rd-7th on the new moon and the 18th-22nd on the full moon. These are the peak solunar days ... Read More »

Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Charlie Mike:  A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home By Joe Klein Simon & Schuster, October 2015 – 320 pages Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes “Charlie Mike” is not the name of any person, but military shorthand for “continue the mission.” This is the story of some veterans from America’s 21st century wars and their reorientation to civilian life. Navy veteran Eric Greitens was the initial driving force behind the organization that grew to be named “The Mission Continues.” His life had been filled with a desire to achieve excellence in ... Read More »

The Best Grilled Pompano You’ll Ever Have

A good day’s catch of pompano. Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing along our local beaches, you will have opportunity to catch some quality Pompano, and once you have your catch, you’ll want to make the most of it by turning it into something delicious. There are few feelings as satisfying as catching dinner, and we have a recipe that will allow you to make some of the best grilled pompano you’ve ever had! This easy recipe starts out with simple ingredients, and those you can typically find at your local grocery store. The ingredients are: 2 tablespoons of sugar 2 tablespoons of fresh lime ... Read More »

Lilac Girls

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.” – George Eliot This is the story of a little known chapter in the European theater of the Second World War, the “Ravensbruck Rabbits.” The story is told in first person via three main characters: Caroline Ferriday, wealthy American socialite; Kasia, young Polish woman; and Herta, a young German woman just starting her medical career. The chapters alternate among the three women. Caroline is a hardworking philanthropist, carrying on a long family tradition of working for social justice and taking charitable ... Read More »

Lely’s DaCruz Awarded Nursing Scholarship

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Seated: Wayne Mead and Tatiana DaCruz. Standing, from left:
Billie Maine, Sheila Wilbur, Linda Boston and Beverly Boggs

Submitted  The first annual P.E.O. Marg Mead Memorial Scholarship for Nursing was recently awarded to Lely High School senior and Marco Island resident, Tatiana DaCruz. P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where the educational advancement of women is celebrated by assisting deserving women reach their goals through loans, grants or scholarships. The organization also owns Cottey College, which is located in Nevada, Missouri. It aims to motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations, overcome obstacles and gain confidence through loving support and encouragement. It is headquartered in DesMoines, Iowa and has chapters in all 50 states and throughout Canada, as ... Read More »

The Columbiettes – Stars of Faith, Hope and Charity

The officers of the Columbiettes with Father Tim. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba A simple cross set in a circle of blue, complemented by rays of light leading to three stars. That is the emblem of the Columbiettes, an organization of Catholic women with the purpose to promote the welfare of its members spiritually, socially, and charitably. The cross within the circle represents the Catholic belief of Christ’s love, alive and ever present in the world. The rays illustrate service to God through the mediums of faith, hope and charity, depicted by the stars. This charitable and spiritual organization, an auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, can trace its history ... Read More »

DAR Honors Leaders

Former regents, from left: Joanne Moore, Kay Ziegler,
Carolyn Brown, Judy Kenny and Barbara Messere.
Photos by Chris Curle

Submitted  The final meeting of the season for Marco Island’s Daughters of the American Revolution included a look back at the leadership of the chapter since its establishment in 1976 and a look forward with the honoring of outstanding local students. Each year, Marco’s DAR presents a bronze medal to a JROTC cadet at Lely High School The cadet must rank in the upper 25% of the class in both JROTC and academic subjects, must have demonstrated qualities of dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability and an understanding of the importance of ROTC training. This year, Cadet ... Read More »

Breast Cancer Screening – When and How?

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Submitted Within the last few years, there have been several different recommendations for when and how often women should be screened for breast cancer. On May 11, as part of the Healthy Lecture Series, Dr. Margaret Taha will discuss the data supporting breast cancer screening, along with the latest recommendations and newest diagnostic imaging tests. Dr. Taha received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed a diagnostic radiology residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and later completed a fellowship in breast and body imaging, also at Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Taha is ... Read More »

CPR Saves a Life at YMCA

Eighth grade students at MICMS became CPR certified. Submitted Photos

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The importance of CPR training was tested at the Greater Marco Family YMCA on Tuesday April 19th. Personal trainer Kathy Kurtz was training her client Wendy Bullock in the back lobby of the Y. Debbie Hobbs, who happens to be another client of Kathy’s, rushed through the door and said, “I think there’s an emergency out here, there’s a man lying on the tennis courts!” Kathy and Wendy immediately took off running to the tennis courts, as she quickly told Debbie, “Go tell the front desk!” The two women saw a man laying on the ... Read More »

Everglades Saved by Pioneer Women

Submitted If it weren’t for activists like May Mann Jennings in 1916, before women had the vote, our Everglades might have been developed into yet more urban or agricultural terrain. This intelligent and spunky woman led the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs to save the old-growth trees on Paradise Key near Homestead and create Royal Palm State Park. She personally pushed through legislation in Tallahassee for its establishment. The area was then operated by the Women’s Clubs, and later was the nucleus of Everglades National Park. You can read more about the amazing women who achieved so much in those ... Read More »

Purim Fun Holds Important Messages

(Standing) A three-person team of kazoo players listens to their competition. Seated, from left, are judges Sue Baum, Roger Hernstadt and Larry Sacher.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On March 23 Rabbi Mark Gross led the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) in a “Midweek Madness” Purim celebration like never before. Masterfully woven through the joyous singing, dancing and even a kazoo contest, were deeper messages, such as our personal responsibility to act against injustice. Costumed guests filled the JCMI social hall. For the un-costumed few, colorful masks, beads and hats were shared. The evening began with a Feast of Esther – Hearty meatloaf and potatoes prepared by the JCMI chefs, washed down with wine, and finished with hamantaschen, traditional Purim cookies. Following ... Read More »

The 10,000 Islands Fish You Should Know

This lucky fisherman will enjoy trout for dinner!

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The warm weather is coming in, and the fish are popping up along with it- making it a great time to head out on the boat to do some fishing! Here in the 10,000 we catch many different species of fish, from redfish to trout, flounder to mackerel, sheepshead to snook. Right now with the warm April weather coming in, there are a few species you should be looking out for. Redfish This type of fish can be quite the challenge on the oyster bars and mangroves. You can often find redfish in shallow ... Read More »

Scholarships Help Educate Adult Women

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Submitted The Marco Island Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is accepting applications from adult women for the Martha Yates $1,000 Scholarship. To qualify, the applicant must be a woman age 21 or older living or working on Marco Island, Isles of Capri or Goodland, and enrolled in an accredited college or university. Candidates will be judged on past academic performance and ability, on educational goals and interests, and on their level of financial need. Completed applications must be received by March 31, 2016, and include the scholarship form, a statement of economic need, a course transcript ... Read More »

Keller Williams Awards Top Achievers

The McCarty Group, a big winner that day, also received the Heavy Hitter Award.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Each year since 2007, Keller Williams Realty of Marco Island has held an award ceremony for their many agents, celebrating different selling achievements as well as benchmarks they’ve reached. On March 9th the company held their 9th annual awards event at the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco. The morning began with breakfast provided by the club. Agents slowly trickled into the large room that overlooks the water and mingled among one another. It felt like a reunion for some of the realtors who maybe hadn’t seen each other in awhile. There was a lot of back ... Read More »

Yoga Magic

A magical yoga moment. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. – James Allen When we lived in Iowa, my husband and I used to have season tickets to the Iowa State University Cyclones basketball games. If you’re a basketball fan you might recognize the current coach of the Chicago Bulls as former ISU head coach, Fred Hoiberg. Fred is a “home grown” Iowan. He was raised in Ames, Iowa, home of the ISU Cyclones, where he was ... Read More »

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing comes to Ft. Myers March 12-13. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Back by popular demand, the nonprofit Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) will offer its Gulf Coast educational event to the Ft. Myers area March 12-13, 2016 at the Matlacha Community Center. Last year, sixty women and families traveled from several states for education, hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and the chance to meet other anglers. Perfect for women, men and teens who want to learn local fishing, educational events on Saturday from 12:30–4:30 PM feature speakers on conservation, inshore/backcountry and kayak fishing, equipment usage and more, followed by a hands-on fishing skill practice for releasing, dehooking/conservation, knot tying, ... Read More »