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Senior Night

Tyler Wallace, with parents Jessica and Fritz Braz, was honored with other athletes. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Val Simon Senior Night is a once in a lifetime event. After four years of high school, with thoughts of the future and further education on their minds, seniors active in fall sports are honored by parents, faculty and fellow students and teammates. Coastal Breeze was fortunate enough to cover the Senior Night at a recent football game at Winterberry Park. Our coverage inadvertently omitted two seniors. We regret these seniors weren’t featured with their teammates! After all of their hard work and participation, they deserve to be recognized. Congratulations to seniors Tyler Wallace and Duneshka Cruz. Coastal ... Read More »

Gearing Up For an Award Winning Gala

Dick and Debra  Shanahan, co-chairs ACS Imagination Ball. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The American Cancer Society’s Imagination Ball 2016 is not until March, but preparations for the award-winning gala have been in progress since this summer. On Saturday, March 5, 2016 the American Cancer Society will hold its annual gala- the Imagination Ball – at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa. ACS staff and volunteers are already hard at work planning for an event to top last year’s award-winning gala. On November 1 and 2, the American Cancer Society (ACS) held a “Gala University” in Dallas, where volunteers and staff came together from all over ... Read More »

Goodland Art Bazaar

Some of “Judy Judy Judy: Sea Shell Embellished Art.”

By Samantha Husted Though Goodland is only a short drive away, it’s a community so unique it almost feels like a different world entirely. It has it’s own music scene, it’s own art scene, and of course, it’s own bar scene. It’s tucked into a little corner of the island, yet it’s bursting with all this energy. It’s no surprise then, that it would attract artists and foodies from all over Southwest Florida. On November 14th the Goodland Civic Association held its Fifth Annual Holiday Art & Craft Bazaar at MarGood Harbor Park in Goodland. It was an overcast, ... Read More »

Meals of Hope Next Year: New Captain, Same Hope

Coastal Breeze News sponsored a table of volunteers.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2015 Meals of Hope packaging event on November 14 was a monumental success. Over 550 volunteers packaged a record 232,000 meals in less than two hours. The group was also successful in achieving their 2015 goal of raising $45,000. After the event, Meals of Hope gives the packaged meals away free of charge. A distribution network, which utilizes the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Collier Harvest, insures that the meals are given to needy children. The mission of Meals of Hope is to ensure that no child in Collier County misses even a single ... Read More »

Hot Rod Turtle at YMCA

Posing with Hot Rod, from left: Ann Hughes (Community Foundation),  John Riley, Steve Garske, artist Christi Vadnais, Charlotte Garske, Cindy Love and Cheryl McDonnell. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Greater Marco Family YMCA was selected to house “Hot Rod,” one of 50 turtle sculptures from the community arts project, “Turtles on the Town.” Hot Rod, a turtle with yellow, orange and red racing flames, is the creation of artist Christi Vadnais. On November 12, Hot Rod was placed in front of the YMCA’s new Youth Development Center. It will be on temporary display until March 2016, when Hot Rod will be auctioned off to a permanent home. The YMCA would love to be Hot Rod’s permanent home; Consider bidding so Hot Rod can stay. Bidding will take ... Read More »

MIPD Fitted for Custom Earpieces

Donald Kleindl II,  Donald Kleindl III, Shauna M. Kleindl and Richard F. Radostits fit the MIPD with custom earpieces.

By Samantha Husted On November 11, members of the Life Hearing Health Clinic stopped by the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) to fit officers with custom made earpieces. The clinic is family owned and operated and has been in business for over 63 years. There that day was Donald Kleindl II, his son Donald Kleindl III, his daughter Shauna M. Kleindl, as well as his “adopted son” Richard F. Radostits. Kleindl II, Kleindl III and Radostits are board certified audioprosthologists. Shauna M. Kleindl is a hearing specialist. The clinic has provided custom earpieces for police and firefighters throughout Collier County, ... Read More »

Something New is Cooking in the Island Country Club’s Kitchen

Rudiger Loose, left, general 
manager of the Island Country Club, and Kurt Beattie, the club’s executive chef. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley While not obvious to diners in the Island Country Club’s dining room, a revolution, of sorts, has taken place behind the swinging doors that lead to the facility’s kitchen. It’s there that the club’s investment in a new, state-of-the-art kitchen is making life infinitely easier for executive chef Kurt Beattie and his staff, saving time and effort in the preparation of meals, while also helping to reduce the club’s energy costs. “Probably 85 percent of it is brand new,” said Beattie. “We couldn’t do anything with the footprint of the kitchen, so what we did was go ... Read More »



By Samantha Husted Captain’s Corner Deli is a family-owned and operated store that offers made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, hot dogs, pizza and wings. The deli exclusively serves Boar’s Head brand meats and cheeses, because to them, quality is important. They also post daily specials to their Facebook page. This year, the deli opened for the season on October 15; they have been in operation for the past two years. While they may only be open seasonally as of right now, manager Amanda Walker hopes that in the future they will serve food year-round. This year Captain’s Corner Deli underwent ... Read More »

Meet Marco’s New Baby Dolphins

Cosmo and her baby  Honeymoon play in a wave. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Freedom. Honeymoon. Little Bear. These words do not describe a mountain getaway for newlyweds. They are, instead, the names of the first three baby dolphins seen in the Marco Island area this fall. This is birthing season for the bottle nosed dolphins in this section of the world, and we are hoping to see a few more “Young of Year” (YOY) over the next several months. As well as being an educational ecotour, the dolphin survey team onboard the Dolphin Explorer takes pride in monitoring the birth statistics in the area; which one is the ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Charles “Chuck” Purple

National conventions Chuck attended are displayed on his Legion hat.

By Maggie Gust Charles “Chuck” Purple served as a Coxswain in the 28th Special Naval Construction Battalion in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946. Coxswain is a ranking who were easily recognizable because they wore their insignia on the right arm, not the usual left arm. Although born in South Bend, Indiana, Chuck Purple moved around a lot even as an infant. His father, a World War I veteran, was in the newspaper business and transferred frequently by his employer, the Nixon chain. Life was very good until the Depression, when the Purples, like millions of families, suffered a ... Read More »

Team Tennis Dilemma: One Captain or Two


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne CTA or USTA team tennis offers distinct challenges each season, and picking the ‘right’ captain or captains is crucial to the success of the tennis operation. Moreover, when club teams win each week, there is a special buzz at the club. In my practices, I have enjoyed exceptional team captain, as well as the co-captain set up. There are many factors in determining which direction to move. For example, if the club head pro is “hands on”- sets up each roster, designs team practices and has weekly meetings with each team. In this particular case, ... Read More »

Danube Cruise: Reflections

Castle Baba Vida bears the name of the 10th  century princess who built it. PHOTOS  BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly This is our 50th anniversary cruise. The river? Danube. Where else do you go to celebrate 50 years? Our ship: The River Aria. We cruise east. Romania on the right, Bulgaria left, ahead the cities of Ruse (ROO-ze) and Vidin (vee-DEEN). The Danube here is quiet but not lazy, beautiful but not romantic. Not yet. Tomorrow maybe. Today it is farmland, farm people, small cities, city people and castles. Ah, we love castles. Love to prowl around and through them. Imagine them on feast days, stuffed with people, the people stuffed with food, swimming in ... Read More »

Santa’s Coming to Town!

Santa and Mrs. Claus are 
coming to the Shops of Marco. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff After months of hard work fundraising, the Christmas Island Style organization once again will bring free holiday events to Marco for all islanders to enjoy. On Friday, November 27 at 6 PM at the Shops of Marco, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be paying a visit. They will arrive by fire truck and be greeting local children, both naughty and nice. Saturday, November 28 at 6 PM brings the annual tree lighting and community celebration at Veterans Community Park. The family-friendly event will be full of activity, including live music and dance performances by youngsters. ... Read More »

‘Tis the Season for the Joy of Giving


By Coastal Breeze News Staff In just a few short weeks, the charity Nicki Davis founded in 1988 once again will perform their elf-like duties by allowing underprivileged children to experience the magic of Christmas. So how does this work? Many have heard about the Joy of Giving but don’t fully understand its operation. Organizations throughout the year raise funds and donate to the Joy of Giving. The Joy of Giving, through teachers in the Collier County School District and through organizations like Sports Camp and Parks Departments, identify children in need and the number of other children in that ... Read More »

Marco loses in electrifying finish

Marco Island's Tyler Gresham outruns Evangelical defenders on a 65-yard TD run on Friday, Oct. 30. The Sentinels scored in the last 16 seconds to down Marco, 30-26.

By Roger LaLonde An electrifying pass play, with but 16 seconds left, sent Marco Island Academy to a crushing 30-26 defeat on Friday, Oct. 30. Evangelical Christian quartberack Mikey Marcelak somehow tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jerramie Joseph with two MIA players all over him. Joseph caught the ball and surged to the end zone for the game winner. The game ended with MIA’s Tyler Gresham trying valiantly to make a running play that just wouldn’t be. He lay helpless on the field as the clock ran out. In a game where the MIA defense tackled Evangelical runners for ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS: Philip “Phil” Ballou

Phil Ballou

By Maggie Gust Philip Ballou served as a Staff Sergeant in the 1771 Air Transport Command, Army Air Force, in the Pacific Theater, 1943 to 1946. Phil had a very unique wartime story. He is the first person I have ever met whose mother served in the same war. Hazel Ballou, a 38-year-old legal secretary during peace time, enlisted in the WACs a month before her 18-year-old son Phil was drafted into the Army. Ironically, they both got their 30-day leave before deployment at the same time, so were able to spend time together at home. Home was Clarion, Iowa, ... Read More »

The Marco Players Theater Presents “Art of Murder” November 4–22


Submitted “Art of Murder,” a comical mystery with twists of greed, revenge and manipulation earned the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play in 2000. Written by Joe DiPietro, “Art of Murder” is directed by the multi-talented director and actor, Jim Corsica, and has attracted fresh, talented cast members to the Marco Players’ stage. The tangled plot introduces husband and wife artists who concoct an elaborate plan to increase the value of their work. Jack Brooks (Paul McCreight) feeling the loss of his creative gifts, plans to deceive his art dealer (Robert Armstrong) into believing that he has committed suicide in ... Read More »

Casino Night “Gambling” For a Cause

Lucille Dotterweich, Diane Kernan, Kay Jacobs, Sue Anzalone  and Betty Barter enjoy Casino Night. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Christmas Island Style’s first-ever Casino Night brought Vegas-style gambling to the Rose History Auditorium on Saturday, October 17. A red carpet set the mood, and led guests into the transformed auditorium. Professional casino party planners filled the space with blackjack tables, Texas hold ‘em, three card poker, mini baccarat, casino war, roulette and craps tables. Dealers were patient with the gambling newbies, clearly explaining rules of the games and answering questions. The bar was sponsored by Morgan Stanley, and manned by Brad Bersh and Lisa Honig. DJ Steve Reynolds provided the music for the evening. ... Read More »

Busy First Year for Marco Civitan Club

Marco Island Civitan Board of Directors, from left: Sargent at Arms Eileen Kelly, Past President Naples Civitan Club/Director Nery Kircher, Director Lori Grisko, Chaplin June DeLucia, Treasurer Alex Elaty, Director Trish Boone, President Naples Civitan Club/Director Bob Kircher, President Anthony DeLucia

By Don Manley The Marco Island Civitan Club has spent its first year of existence getting up and running and involved in some of the community’s charitable efforts. Formed last October, the Marco branch of the national volunteer service organization has been involved in raising funds and volunteering for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Camp Able summer program for people with special needs, as well as the Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life program. “We’re in existence to help fundraise and better the lives of developmentally challenged adults, including those who are Alzheimer’s patients,” said ... Read More »

Marco Firefighters Honored for Distinguished Service

Munier Gattas (L) Sergio Deleon (R) SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley Marco Island Fire and Rescue Department’s Sergio Deleon and Munier Gattas are being recognized for their off-duty actions, which saved the life of Munier’s 55-year-old neighbor, Ron Krawczyk. Ron suffered from sudden cardiac death in his home on July 30, 2015. The firefighter paramedics were chosen to receive the 2015 Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Public Service Award for emergency medical services. The events that led to the award took place under circumstances that may have ended much differently. That day, Munier was enjoying a well-needed day off. He had just purchased a home in Naples. ... Read More »