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Join the “Team”

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Coastal Connections Renee Wilson Southwest Florida is a great place to live and play because of the beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and great fishing. Forty percent of Collier County’s coastline is protected within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, with hundreds of boaters visiting on a daily basis. The “Team OCEAN” program at Rookery Bay has a mission to help boaters safely and responsibly enjoy the waters and wilderness around Naples and Marco Island. The boat-based volunteer program got underway at Rookery Bay Reserve in 2007 following a model at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Team OCEAN (Ocean ... Read More »

Somewhere Between Duty and Distraction

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Artful Life By Tara O’Neill Here’s one that definitely doesn’t apply to just artists, but certainly requires some artful adjustments: The Home Office. You know, the one that modern technology promised would help us shed the scales of The Work Place and allow us the freedom and flexibility to work from our own nests? May I just say, it ain’t that easy. In fact, it can be really hard. How, for example, is one to stay focused (yes, the f-word) when the kittens need feeding – and then play-time, dang they’re cute – and there’s that laundry to do, the ... Read More »

Naomi’s Up to Her Ears in Kittens!

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For the Love of Cats Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: I’m up to my tortie ears in kittens! I’m talking lots and lots of kittens! Just the other day I was making my morning rounds – taking inventory if you will, and thought surely my eyes were deceiving me; so much so that I had to dig out my calculator. The numbers weren’t lying. Sometime in the early hours of a placid March morning, nine kittens appeared as if out of thin air. We – For the Love of Cats, Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter – had recently ... Read More »

Spring Jubilee 2015

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Submitted Marco Island Parks and Recreation will be hosting its annual Spring Jubilee event on Saturday, April 4th from 10AM1PM. This year’s event will include over 20,000 Easter eggs for ages 10 and under. Age groups include: 3 years and under, 4-5 years, 6-7 years, and 8-10 years old. Easter Egg Hunt will start promptly at 11:30AM. Additional activities this year include: music and games by Mobile Sound Entertainmnt a aintin irnt inatable games, Train Rides from Knights of Columbus, Youth Sailing rides by Marco Island Community Sailing Center, Con cessions by Marco Island Optimist Club, Easter holiday games and ... Read More »

Shortage of Volunteer Mentors Hampers Marco’s Y Reads Program

Reads Mentor Rae Chamberlain assists Celine Eldira with an exercise recently at Manatee Elementary School.

By Don Manley First grader Celine Eldira was a study in concentration as she examined a worksheet containing spelling exercises. Sitting by her side and offering support was her mentor, Rae Chamberlain, of Marco. “The next sentence is ‘Pick up the socks,’ she told Celine. “Remember what we learned today and how to get the ‘K’ sound.” With that prompting, the youngster with multicolored beads adorning her neat plaits spelled every word correctly. A 1,000-watt smile spread across Celine’ face when Chamberlain exclaimed, “Absolutely perfect. You get a star.” Similar after-school scenes were playing out elsewhere that afternoon in the ... Read More »

New Guidebook for Kids by Karen T. Bartlett

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By Pat Newman Looking for fun things to do with your kids during spring break? Pick up a copy of A (mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades by Naples resident Karen T. Bartlett, click your seatbelts and take off for adventure. The book is written for youngsters, but includes tons of fun facts and an indextreasure of names, web addresses, and phone numbers for the sights included in the colorful 79-page soft-cover guide. The section on Marco Island starts off with the Calusa Indians, and mentions the Marco Island Historical Museum and its life-size interactive Calusa ... Read More »

Annual Everglades Bike Ride

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By Patty Huff Once again, bicycling enthusiasts will have an opportunity to experience the “real” Everglades during the annual Everglades Bike Ride with registration beginning at 7:30 AM on Sunday, April 12 (discounted rate prior to April 4). Again, this year the ride will include options for both road and off-road cyclists with a “smooth ride” of 62 miles (starting at 8 AM) or 16 miles (starting at 9 AM). Opportunities to customize the distance of your ride are also available. The 27-mile “bumpy ride”, starting at 8:30 AM, will take cyclists down beautiful Janes Scenic Drive into the Fakahatchee ... Read More »

Scholarship Program

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Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) presents scholarships to area students majoring in an area of the arts. High school graduating seniors as well as college students living on Marco Island, Goodland or the Isle of Capri are eligible to receive a scholarship up to $1,000 if they will be studying the arts such as visual art, music, dance or the performing arts. Marco Island Foundation for the Arts wants to remind students and parents about this scholarship opportunity. Students are encouraged to complete the scholarship application and return it to MIFA no later than ... Read More »

Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the American Workforce…

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum, in cooperation with the Florida Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “The Way We Worked” will be on view April 4, 2015 through May 16, 2015. A reception, open to the public at no cost will take place on Tuesday, April 7 from 5pm to 7pm. The Marco Island Historical Museum and the surrounding community have been expressly chosen by the Florida Humanities Council to host “The Way We Worked” as part of the Museum ... Read More »

Do You Eat Chocolate Because it’s Healthy?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I’m sure you’ve read the seemingly too-good-to-be-true articles touting that chocolate (dark specifically) is a superfood, or full of anti-oxidants, or can improve memory, or even that it is good for your heart. The question is, are these claims accurate? The answer is… sort of. Despite the claims that one or two squares of quality dark chocolate can “…reduce the risk of death from heart attack by almost 50 percent…” per a WebMD article, science is still investigating these hypotheses. Case in point, Howard Sesso, Associate Professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School is leading a ... Read More »

Inland Condos – Enjoying the Island Lifestyle!

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Inland condos on Marco Island come in a variety of sizes, ages and locations. These condos are located close to beaches, close to shopping areas, close to the library and Historical Museum, close to parks and green spaces and just about everything else the island has to offer, but are not located directly on the water. People enjoy swimming, fishing and eating out by walking, bike riding or driving to their favorite island spots. This week there are 71 inland condos for sale starting at $94,900 for a 1 bedroom 508sf condo at ... Read More »

An Afternoon Around the World Benefits Local Students

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Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Food, music, drink and art from all corners of the globe were brought together to raise money for the Island Montessori Academy (IMA). “We decided to forego our usual gala celebrations in favor of a more family-friendly event,” said Lisa Nguyen, founder of IMA. “We got together and came up with a fun event that would allow all age groups to enjoy and participate in.” The event was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Upon entering, everyone is given a passport with information about all the food and drink available representing continents from around the world. ... Read More »

35th Annual Shell Show

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 35th Annual Shell Show is presented by the Marco Island Shell Club. There will be dozens of magnificent juried scientific and artistic exhibits. One can find beautiful shell art pieces, see unique specimen shells and A LIVE shell tank will be on display. The show will be held March 12-14, 10AM to 4PM at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive. A $2 donation is requested. All proceeds of the show will go to support the Marco Island Shell Club’s scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded in conservation and education in line ... Read More »

“Discover Tigertail” – Delightful and Educational FOT Event

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Submitted Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley, co-chairs of “Discover Tigertail”, organized and executed a delightful and successful Friends of Tigertail Beach event on Saturday, February 21, 2015. “Discovery Tigertail” is a free family program that addresses the marine life and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach lagoon. Specialists were from Rookery Bay, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Marco Shell Club. Two hundred participants enjoyed the weather and the expertise of the naturalists manning the nine information stations: shells, egg casings, turtles, butterflies, plants, sharks, birds, seining and wildlife rehabilitation. Both adults and children participated in the scavenger ... Read More »

Conservancy of SW Florida’s Good Fortune II

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Pontoon boat offers lunch and sunset cruises through Rookery Bay Submitted The Conservancy of Southwest Florida now offers cruises through Rookery Bay aboard the Good Fortune II, a 33-passenger pontoon boat. Leisurely Lunch and Classic Sunset Adventure Cruises are available daily, weather and tides permitting. The Leisurely Lunch Cruises runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers a relaxing, two-hour cruise through Rookery Bay, plus a one-hour stop for lunch on Isle of Capri. The Classic Sunset Adventure Cruises leave two hours before sunset and offer a spectacular view as hundreds of shorebirds roost for the evening in Rookery Bay’s mangrove islands. Passengers ... Read More »

Friendship through Flowers Exhibit

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Submitted The Naples Ikebana Chapter is holding its Annual Exhibit, “Friendship Through Flowers” on March 12 from 10 AM to 5 PM and on March 14 from 10 AM to 4 PM, at Moss Hall, Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbor Drive in Naples. The exhibit includes work from members of the club who represent all locations from Marco Island to Fort Meyers. During this true floral art exhibit, in addition to the exciting Japanese flower arrangements assembled by the various schools of Ikebana flower arranging, there will be ongoing demonstrations of the art and club members available to answer questions. Admission is $8 ... Read More »

Historic Century Old Smallwood Store

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Smallwood Store stands much like it did when it was established in the early 1900’s. Originally a trading post and post office, the store is now a museum on the National Register of Historic Places. A walk through the door is taking a step back in time. Many of the original goods sold or traded still line the shelves in this Everglades landmark. There are educational exhibits throughout the store. The setting is a serene spot on Chokoloskee Island where it is easy to imagine what it must have been like to row up ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Beachfront Condos

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Thirty four condo buildings were constructed along Marco Island’s beaches between 1967 and 2006. The first one built on the beach is the aptly named and well maintained, 48 residence Emerald Beach and the newest is the luxurious 101 residence called Madeira. Of the 4,091 beachfront apartments only 168 condos are for sale this week. The lowest priced listing is a $210,000, 534 square foot condo at Sunset North and the highest priced listing is a $9,500,000, 13,528 square foot penthouse at Belize in Cape Marco. On a dollar per square foot basis, ... Read More »

The Art of Forgiveness

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I have an artist friend, Sally, who not only is a very supportive friend, but also is one of the most grounded people I know; sure of who she is and confident in her art. During a recent conversation she assured me she had not always been this way. “Let me show you something I keep around as sort of a touchstone.” She bounced out of the room and returned with a self-portrait as a young girl in pencil. It was a life-sized head shot and was really good…if it hadn’t been torn in places and ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed

Happiness is created for those giving and receiving through volunteer service. That is why the NCH Marco Heathcare Center Auxiliary would like to invite you to join their volunteer program. Whether you prefer patient contact, or assisting staff members we have the perfect volunteer position waiting just for you! Please visit us at www.nchmd.org/volunteer or call the Volunteer Office at 393-4058 to learn how you can give back to the Marco community. We look forward to meeting you! Read More »