Tag Archives: work

Fight Like A Girl! Inspiring Fashion Show Benefits ACS Relay for Life

By Maureen Chodaba Fight like a girl! That’s the spirit! And that was the message of the 9th annual Fight Like A Girl Fashion Show at Bistro Soleil in the Olde Marco Inn. This fabulous event benefits the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marco Island. It began years ago when cancer survivor Lisa Meurge of Bistro Soleil was ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Announces Exciting Project

By Samantha Husted On March 10th the Marco Island Center for the Arts unveiled an upcoming project with Cornell University. Bruce Graev, a Cornell University alumnus and Center for the Arts board member, is spearheading the partnership. He announced that the Center for the Arts was selected by the Cornell University Department of Architecture to take part in a collaborative ... Read More »

Reminiscing and Smiling

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Sitting around for coffee the other morning we were talking about challenges facing the community and across the bridge just off the island. The conversation was wide ranging and involved a great many topics, some very serious and others a little more lighthearted. Having owned here for 30 years and living fulltime on ... Read More »

Fire Department Update

Submitted The City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has provided the following update in their monthly report to city council. Fire Station 51 The temporary housing facility has been delivered and is currently in the set-up phase. Staff anticipates that the station will open in mid-March. The City Attorney is waiting for a response from the insurance company relating ... Read More »

Searching for a Searcher

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  A RFP (Request for Proposal) has been sent out by the city to acquire the services of an executive search firm to begin the process of hiring a new city manager for the community. Former City Manager Roger Hernstadt tended his letter of resignation on February 6 to be effective on July 7, 2017, however council ... Read More »

Kiwanians Partner With Knitters For Kids

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Kiwanis is an international organization with over 600,000 members, which annually raises over $100 million dollars and contributes over 18.5 million volunteer hours doing charitable and fundraising activities to help strengthen communities and assist children worldwide. The organization was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1915 and now extends to over 80 nations. Their goal is simple: ... Read More »

A Happy Hour With a Cause

Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope will hold a “Happy Hour for Hope” on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Gino’s Trattoria from 5 PM to 7 PM. Gino’s Trattoria is located at 969 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145. Bill “Captain Hope” Morris said, “Gino’s always has great food and their staff is more than friendly. This will be ... Read More »

ArtBrazil: A Colorful Exhibit of Culture

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts in partnership with award-winning non-profit arts incubator ArtServe, presents “ArtBrazil Marco Island,” currently on exhibit until March 30, 2017. Recognized with three Brazilian International Press Awards over the last two years for “Best Cultural Event” in South Florida, the ArtBrazil exhibition now travels to Marco Island where it will feature a range ... Read More »

$1,200 Scholarship Offered by FSASE

Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections, is accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity until Wednesday, March 29. The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business Administration, or ... Read More »

FDOT’S FIVE-YEAR PLAN $45.6 Billion 

The Florida Transportation Commission, at its meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017 in Tallahassee, conducted its annual Statewide Public Hearing and statutorily mandated review of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Tentative Work Program for fiscal years 2017/18 through 2021/22. The commission reviewed and agreed the work program complies with applicable federal and state laws and policies. FDOT’S Tentative Work ... Read More »

First Florida Integrity 8th Annual Charity Golf

First Florida Integrity Bank announced today that $110,000 was raised at their Eighth Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Hideout Golf Club in December. The proceeds will be split evenly between Collier Child Care Resources and New Horizons of SWFL. “We are delighted with the success of this year’s tournament. The resounding results would not have been possible if not ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Gala a ‘Masterpiece’

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Gala benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, a highly anticipated annual event on the island, took place on Sunday, February 26 at the Island Country Club. From a richly decorated room, to a scrumptious meal and star performances, guests were treated to an unforgettable evening that appealed to all of their senses ... Read More »

Journey Across Religions

By Jesus Calo St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in co-sponsorship with Mindfulness Meditation on Marco, hosted a Director’s Screening of the film, “Dawn of the Abyss: the Spiritual Birth of Swamiji,” on Friday, February 24. The film follows the journey of a Christian monk as he seeks to fulfill his spiritual destiny in the land of India. This film contained remarkable ... Read More »

Kaitlin Creedon – When Irish Feet Are Dancing

By Maureen Chodaba “I danced in the morning when the world was begun, and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun…Dance then, wherever you may be. I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.” ~ From ... Read More »

John Wick 2: The New James Bond?

By Matthew Mendisana Today’s film industry has been saturated with an array of action films that have gotten tedious. By now most viewers are aware of how the dance goes: meet the protagonist, something goes wrong because of the antagonist, the protagonist goes through a range of action scenes, protagonist either prevails or it ends on a cliffhanger to set ... Read More »

Spinach and Junior Mints

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” ~ Oscar Wilde When I was young I used to watch a popular cartoon titled Popeye. The main character was a somewhat gnarly-looking sailor man who smoked a pipe and had an anchor tattoo on his arm. Popeye had a love interest named Olive Oyl and a long-standing ... Read More »

Construction Projects Begin

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It seems no matter where you go on Marco Island there are friends waiting! What a wonderful place to vacation, to spend the winter or just to socialize! There is always something happening and friends waiting to greet you. The “Islands Town Hall Meeting” went very well, but next year we will have to remember not ... Read More »

Thrill…her

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s no coincidence that 95% of my business is all about the ladies. I don’t count the guys, who bring in a hundred or so watches a week to replace dead batteries. Nine times out of ten I won’t see them again until the watch dies 365 days later. Personally speaking, in my 40-plus years ... Read More »

Sascha’s Salon Offers Brazilian Blowouts

Submitted What in the world is a Brazilian Blowout and why do I need it? This is the kind of comment you hear often at Sascha’s Salon on Marco Island. Salon owner and hair designer, Maria Elena Pujol, says it’s easier to show clients than to tell them. “It’s the perfect application for our high humidity lifestyle here in Southwest ... Read More »