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Art at Marco Island Public Library

Alley Gator by Karen Swanker. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive. The month of May will feature the work of Marco Island artist Karen Swanker. Inspired by the impressionists, Karen’s water lily paintings evoke a peaceful and quiet calm. By using a glazing technique with transparent washes, the water has both depth and reflective qualities. The lily pads appear to float serenely atop the water, with lotus flowers in various stages of bloom breaking the surface. Colors range from liquid blues ... Read More »

MIFA’s Scholarship Winners & Artist of the Year

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Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) accepts applications for scholarships from students seeking a college education in music, visual arts or a performing area of study. On Saturday, May 23rd, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is happy to announce those who have been chosen to receive a scholarship during the Recognition Luncheon at the Wesley United Methodist Church. They include Joseph Byrne, beginning study in Theatre, Vocal Performance and Writing; Livia LenHoff, beginning study in motion design and illustration at Ringling School of Art and Design; Tyler MacDonald, continuing study in business, photography ... Read More »

Focus on Medium Clay is Cool

These pieces,  by Ginny Mueller show how intricate clay can be. Ginny hand paints the pieces with glaze.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Note: This is a series of articles about the mediums people use to express themselves and create some great works of art for us to enjoy.   My only real experience working with clay was in 7th grade art class. I made a small urn type of thingy on the wheel. My grade was a “C.” That is why I was excited to be able to spend some time with people who really know how to maximize the potential of this great medium. “The more you work with clay, each potter develops their own style,” said ... Read More »

Students Learn Being “Waterwise” Saves Lives

Marco Y swimming instructor and lifeguard Steven “Bear”  Terstegge, has the students demonstrate their kicking abilities. photos by don manley

By Don Manley Judging by the laughter and excitement emanating from the grade school students, it might have been hard to tell that serious instruction was occurring at the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s Ms. Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center. Garbed in swim attire, the youths were gathered there on a recent morning for a session of the annual Waterwise Program, which teaches third graders from Tommie Barfield and Manatee elementary schools the basics of water and boating safety. Boating safety instruction is handled by members of Marco’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, while the Y’s aquatics staff conducts a swimming skills test ... Read More »

Marco Island Educator Appreciation Luncheon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Red carnations were a striking contrast to the beautifully decorated tables that greeted over 70 Marco Island K-12 teachers for a relaxing and delicious lunch in their honor at the Family Church on Winterberry Drive. The lunch was provided, free of charge, to the administrators, teachers, and support staff that were required to attend the final district “in service” day of the year, when no students were present at the schools. Several students actually took that last day of spring break to help provide this special time for the educators. In addition to the students, ... Read More »

Above and Beyond – Lisa Meurgue

In Belize with San Marco Catholic Church, Catholic Heart Work Camp, going out into the community screening windows and more.  SUBMITTED photos

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Life is a busy proposition for most of us. We all have things to do, places to be and people to see. Some people, however, have the alacrity to fit even more into a full day. One of those people is Lisa Meurgue. Lisa, along with husband Chef Denis Meurgue, have owned and operated Bistro Soleil in Olde Marco since 2008. Owning a restaurant, in itself, fills up a day very quickly and very intensely. And in 2013, they opened Petit Soleil, in the Shops of Olde Marco. So how does one go about having time ... Read More »

MIA Honor Student to Attend Johns Hopkins University

The entrance to Marco Island Academy. SUBMITTED photos

Submitted Fermin Mendoza, a Marco Island Academy (MIA) senior, has never received a grade lower than an “A.” He will graduate at the top of his class on May 29, 2015. His weighted GPA of 5.2 helped him gain acceptance to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, with scholarships, grants, and work study to pay for most of his college. Fermin will be the first of his family to graduate from high school. His parents grew up in San Juan, Mexico, where his father toiled on a small family farm. His parents seeing little opportunity for their children in ... Read More »

Meet the Designer

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by Coastal Breeze News Staff Anna is 87 years old and lives near Lansing, Michigan. She loves the almost lost art of crocheting. Anna learned how to crochet when she was ten years old…and she still enjoys the craft! She takes great pride and pleasure in creating beautiful Christmas ornaments, doing all the crochet work herself. She also designs the color schemes and carefully selects and applies the adornments by hand, creating beautiful one-of-a-kind keepsakes. All of Anna’s children and grandchildren proudly display these treasured gifts. In addition to making ornaments, Anna crochets beautiful doilies, enjoys sewing, counted cross-stitch and ... Read More »

Annual Everglades City Student Art Exhibit

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Everglades City, Florida (June 1, 2015 –August 31, 2015) The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host our annual summer exhibit showcasing work created by the students of Everglades City, Kindergarten through Twelve Grade. The artists reception, which is free and open to the public and will be held Friday, June 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the Museum of the Everglades. Located in historic Everglades City, three miles South of U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) and SR 29, the museum explores an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of human history in ... Read More »

THE TURTLES ARE COMING! HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO ENSURE WE HAVE A SAFE SEA TURTLE NESTING SEASON

The sea turtles have returned to Collier County. While sea turtle nesting season doesn’t officially start until Friday, May 1, the first Collier County turtle nest appeared on Marco Island earlier this month. Nesting season will continue through October.   The greatest threats to both adult and hatching sea turtles are caused by man. But there are things we can do to protect the sea turtles as they nest and hatch.   To protect nesting females and the nests and hatchlings themselves, turn off lights that shine on the beach, including your cell phones. If you can see your shadow, ... Read More »

PICAYUNE STRAND RESTORATION PROJECT CLEARS ANOTHER HURDLE

~ Project phase will mitigate potential impacts on manatees as freshwater inflows are reduced~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has authorized the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to continue the next phase of the Picayune Strand Restoration Project (PSRP), which will restore historic water flow and enhance wetlands in the western Everglades. The PSRP is a project component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, commonly called CERP. Once completed, the PSRP will reestablish historic water flows, reduce unnatural freshwater inflows, improve the water quality of coastal estuaries and restore ecological connectivity in the area. “This project exemplifies the department’s dedication to ... Read More »

Coastal Breeze Reader of the Week

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Brought to You by Marco Island Florist We caught up with Laura Burgo while she was on a break from work. Laura is a Marco Island resident and works at Iberia Bank. “I really like following the adventures of Breezy (the puppy),” says Laura. “I also enjoy the columns, especially Donna Fiala’s. Coastal Breeze is about local people, written by local people. I enjoy every issue.” Laura received a Mystery Gift Card from Marco Island Florist, which could be worth up to $50. It pays to be a Coastal Breeze reader. Thank you, Laura!     Read More »

Project Graduation Celebrates 30 Years of Safe and Sober Graduation Celebrations

All Collier County grads have a safe place to celebrate on graduation night, thanks to parents and volunteers.  For the past 30 years there have been no alcohol-related fatalities in Collier County on graduation night involving high school graduates.  A large part of that statistic is thanks to Project Graduation, a program that gives grads a safe, fun and sober place to enjoy their graduation night. On May 29, directly after they walk the stage, shake hands and throw their caps, grads from every Collier County High School will load up on buses that take them to the Greater Naples ... Read More »

Marco’s Everett L. Kuhn Celebrates His 100th Birthday

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Submitted On May 9, 2015, Everett L. Kuhn celebrated his 100th birthday, joining the small but growing population of centenarians. Everett has been spending winters on Marco Island since 1987, when he and his wife Frances purchased a vacation home. What is Everett’s secret to longevity? He tells us that when he was fifteen years old his parents promised him $100 and a gold watch if he wouldn’t smoke until he was twenty-one. He received that $100 and gold watch, which is with him to this day. He credits not smoking for contributing to his longevity. Everett was born in ... Read More »

“The Washboard” to Continue to Plague Motorists For Foreseeable Future

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By Don Manley Drivers who have traveled State Route-County Route 951 near the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge are no doubt familiar with “the washboard.” It’s that section of roadway, not from the bridge, that appears to be smooth to the eye. But the reaction of a vehicle’s tires and suspension quickly makes clear to motorists that appearances are deceptive when traveling that section of roadway. The tale-tale sign is an undulating feeling caused by virtually imperceptible waves in the pavement. The condition is especially noticeable at night, when headlights can be seen wavering up and down in the darkness. Unfortunately, ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY

US 41 at Mooring Line Drive:  Maintenance permit project:  Crews will be working on sidewalks and landscaping on the west side of the roadway.  Drivers should use caution while crews work near the road. US 41 from Wiggins Pass Road to Immokalee Road: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the two outside southbound lanes closed during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday for crews to work on utilities.  Drivers should expect slow moving traffic during this time. US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) from SR 951 to Greenway Road: Construction project: Crews continue work to expand two-lane US 41 to six lanes from ... Read More »

Edward Jones Ranks No. 6 on FORTUNE Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For List Financial-services firm makes list for 16th year

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 6 on FORTUNEmagazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2015″ list in its 16th appearance on the prestigious list, according to Gary Ozak and Kevin O’Fee, Financial Advisors in Marco Island, FL. Edward Jones’ 16 FORTUNE rankings also include top 10 finishes for 12 years, top five rankings for six years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 4 overall. In the FORTUNE survey of associates, for which the ranking is predominantly based, 94 percent of Edward Jones associates said they have pride in the work they do. And 96 percent ... Read More »

Gary Ozak Accepts Limited Partnership

Gary Ozak of Edward Jones in Marco Island, FL has accepted an invitation to become a limited partner in The Jones Financial Cos., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial services firm. Edward Jones currently employs nearly 40,000 associates in all 50 states and through its affiliate in Canada. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the firm’s first partnership offering – and today Edward Jones has expanded the partnership to more than 20,000 limited partners. “I am honored to be invited to become a limited partner in the firm,” said Ozak. “I enjoy working for Edward Jones, and I am very proud of the way we ... Read More »

Postal Service Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Saturday, May 9th, 2015

For more than 20 years, the National Associa­tion of Letter Carriers (NALC) has conducted an annual nationwide food drive on the sec­ond Saturday in May. Customers are asked to leave non-perishable food donations by their mailbox before their carrier arrives onSaturday, May 9. All food collected is donated to local food banks and stays in the community. The NALC food drive is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Among the many local volunteer groups that will help with the food drive are the United Way, Harry Chapin ... Read More »

Special Saturday Passport Application Days Planned in Collier County

Be sure to mark Saturday, May 2rd and Saturday, May 16th on your calendar if you would like to submit a U.S. Passport application to the U.S. Department of State through the Clerk of Court’s Office in Collier County.   Dwight Brock, Clerk of Courts, announced two special Saturday Passport Application days will be held to accommodate citizens and their families who require U.S. Passports for upcoming summer travel plans. The Saturday Passport days are designed to provide an option for those who are not able to take time off during the regular work week.   The North Collier Government ... Read More »