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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 »

Schindler’s List Survivor with Timeless Message

Rabbi Fishel Zaklos, Chabad of Naples, and 87-year-old guest speaker Rena Finder, the youngest survivor of Schindler’s List, field questions following her hour-long presentation to
a spellbound sellout audience.

By Carol Glassman It was a full house of over 400 people (with an equal number disappointed for not getting tickets) for Chabad of Naples’ inspiring and thought-provoking evening with Mrs. Rena Finder, the youngest person on Oskar Schindler’s List; this saved her life and her mother’s during the Holocaust. Now approaching her 87th year, Rena kept the audience spellbound as she stood before them for more than one hour, relating her moving story of courage and survival. Rena was a child of ten when her family life in Krakow, Poland was abruptly turned upside down with the arrival of ... Read More »

Begin Lent With Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

Every Friday through March the Knights of Columbus  will hold a Fish Fry at San Marco Church. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The San Marco Knights of Columbus Fish Fry opens for the 2016 season on Friday, February 5th at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall, 14 years after its inaugural dinner. For the second year in a row, every Friday through March, the Knights will serve their in-house seasoned Atlantic Cod filets, which became instantly popular when it was introduced last year. The half-pound portion of fish is baked or fried to perfection and served along with French fries or baked potato, coleslaw, a roll and butter, and dessert. Coffee and tea are included and bottled water, soda, wine ... Read More »

JCMI Celebrates Third Annual Jewish Deli Fest

Volunteers Abbe Hankin (left) and Ted Bunten smile as they pose behind a mountain of pastrami and corned beef sandwiches they helped distribute. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On January 24th the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) celebrated their third annual Jewish Deli Fest. Thousands of eager, and hungry, people showed up Sunday morning to celebrate the occasion by feasting on the delicious kosher-style dishes. The synagogue was packed with rows of long tables, good smells and a whole lot of food. Patrons were divided into two long lines that spilled out into the parking lot and along the side of the building. One line was for eating in and the other for taking out. Once inside the line twisted and turned in ... Read More »

Despite Rain Fashion Show Shines

A crowd of 300 braved heavy rains to attend the American Beauty Fashion Show.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On January 27 Marco Island was soaked with record-breaking rainfall of almost four and one-half inches. But even heavy showers did not deter the three hundred women who attended the sold-out American Beauty Fashion Show at San Marco Catholic Church. The annual fashion show is organized by the Council of Catholic Women (CCW) as a fundraiser for the many charities and scholarships the group supports in the community. This year’s theme, American Beauty, was reflected in the red, white and blue decorations throughout the church, as well as the attire of many of the ladies. ... Read More »

Woman’s Club Dedicates Freedom Fountain Plaque

The Marco Island Woman’s Club,  joined by Lee Rubenstein (center), at the Freedom Fountain for the dedication ceremony. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Marco Island Woman’s Club has donated a plaque that now graces the base of the Freedom Fountain at the Veterans’ Memorial at Marco Island’s Veterans Community Park. A dedication ceremony for the plaque was held recently at the fountain, with the club’s officers and members in attendance, along with Lee Rubenstein, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Fundraising Committee. The plaque states that the club “honors all those who served and all those who sacrificed for our freedom.” It is the club’s second donation to the memorial. A bench bearing a plaque inscribed “Donated by Marco Island ... Read More »

Gema Pearl at Rose Auditorium Friday, January 22nd

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Friday January 22nd, 2016 will be a very special night at the Rose Auditorium • Marco Island Historical Museum when GRAMMY nominated recording artist GEMA PEARL will be performing a concert to benefit the Lupus Foundation of Florida. Marco Island resident, Gema Pearl was forced to cancel her “Red Blooded American Girl” tour last year when she was diagnosed with the disease. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease for which there is no cure. Of the 1.5 million Americans that have Lupus, 90% are women. Awareness, early diagnosis and various treatments are key to managing it’s effects. The “Red Blooded American ... Read More »

Providence House Fundraiser

Submitted On January 18 the San Marco Catholic Church will host the Second Annual Dinner to benefit Providence House, a non-profit organization located in Naples, Florida. Providence House offers homeless women with young children the chance to create a solid foundation for a more secure future. In the United States, single women with young children represent the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Providence House’s mission is to help poor, single working women with young children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless create a better quality of life through a supportive transitional housing and self-sufficiency program. The ... Read More »

What You Need to Know About Thyroid Cancer

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By Leela Lavasani, M.D. The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland that sits over our trachea as it enters our chest. Each lobe of this gland is on average 3-5 cm. in height and 2 cm. in width. Thyroid nodules are growths that occur within the gland, which are very common. Fifty-percent of women over the age of fifty will have a nodule, however 90 percent of these nodules will be benign. What are the symptoms of a thyroid nodule? Most thyroid nodules are asymptomatic, including normal thyroid hormone levels. Very rarely, if a thyroid nodule is large enough ... Read More »

A Meal at Home in Croatia

Parting gifts seem as much a part of Croatian life as the welcome plum brandy drink. We ate the grapes before we left and Joan carried the rose until it fell apart.

By Carl and Joan Kelly Our ship docks at Vukovar, Croatia. We 150 tourists flow out of the vessel to be bussed a few miles to Osijek. There we are to enjoy home cooked meals in private homes. This is one of the high points of every Grand Circle trip we have taken. Nearly 20 local families host eight to ten guests each for food and unguided, unscripted, unrestricted talk for three hours. The bus delivers us to the home of Stephane Swarz. The guides stay on the bus. First meetings are usually a bit awkward. But, Stephane and his ... Read More »

The Tiny Town That Could – And Did!

Charles Purple at the Canteen memorial. Photo courtesy of Charles Purple. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Margaret Gust The North Platte Canteen was conceived after a bit of a snafu. On December 17, 1941, friends and families of Company D, Nebraska National Guard, came to the North Platte Depot with Christmas gifts after getting a heads-up that their men were on the next train. The train pulled up, the gift bearers scanned the train car windows for their loved ones’ faces, only to discover that this Company D was from the Kansas National Guard. After a few moments of frozen astonishment, one person stepped forward and distributed her gifts, then the other 500 followed suit. ... Read More »

Marco’s First Firefighters Ball

PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On November 15, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation held it’s first ever Firefighters Ball in honor of the island’s 50th anniversary. Firefighters, first responders, EMTs, retirees and their families were invited to an evening of dancing and fun at the Island Country Club. Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) president Dianna Dohm commenced the evening by welcoming guests, as well as acknowledging the members of the MIFRF who helped make the night possible. She then turned the microphone over to fire station administrative assistant, Mary Husted. Mary, who’s been at the station since 1998, introduced ... Read More »

Women in the Everglades

Local author Marya Repko at a book signing. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted In her book “Women in the Everglades” local author Marya Repko encapsulates information from her previous “Brief History” books, but adds much more, as she summarizes the role of women in the settling of South Florida from the east to west coasts and around Lake Okeechobee. After describing the hardships of pioneer life, the book cites examples of how women took a leading role on environmental issues, even before they could vote. There are numerous historic photos, a timeline, a list of further reading, and brief biographies of some of the key people. Craig R. Woodward, Chairman Collier County ... Read More »