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Up to My Knees in Adventure

We arrived at our designated entrance point into the swamp and exited the tram; this was the first thing I saw. Of the countless pictures I've taken in my career, this now ranks among my most favorites.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Recently relocating to a place so geologically different from where I was born and raised in northeast Ohio, I get to experience new things almost daily. As a reporter, I go out on many assignments with a child-like wonder, and come away with life-long memories often feeling renewed and empowered. In my quest to see all of the exotic beauty on display here at the bottom of our nation, I’ve ventured where I never thought I could, pushing through my fears, phobias and physical limitations. That being said, if someone had told me exactly one year ... Read More »

Keeping Florida Wild: Thank You for Voting Yes to Amendment 1

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Florida, a sensitive and dynamic peninsula, unique in its habitat, wildlife and hydrology in the world, is the third most populous state in the nation. From the outcome of the election, it apparently has a majority of very wise people who hope to allow the next generation by providing clean water and protection to natural lands and wildlife. With a population that has doubled in 10 years to 20 million and predicted to be 30 million in the next 35 years, the overwhelming approval to keep Florida wild was an amazing historical decision made ... Read More »

The Art of Seeing

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com “What I have not drawn, I have never really seen.” — Frederick Franck, “The Zen Of Seeing”   I recently visited my dear friend, Barbara Sills, who lives in the Orlando area. There’s lots going on in Orlando — all the time — and Barbara is never at a loss when it comes to trying new and interesting things. In fact, she’s downright intrepid. I’ve known Barbara nearly 40 years, and she still never ceases to surprise me. Although I try to expect the unexpected, my friend managed to thoroughly gob-smack me on this last ... Read More »

Help Keep Dolphins Safe Why Venture Offshore?

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com If you enjoy catching a mixed bag of fish, viewing abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery, venture out on a trip in the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge located 15 miles east on 41 from the 951/41 intersection. Port of the Islands Marina is an ideal location to depart from as it provides easy access by kayak, canoe or larger vessel into the mangrove maze of the awesome 10,000 Islands. If a light craft such as a kayak or canoe is your preferred way of transport, be sure to consult with a local tide ... Read More »

Pluses of Perfect Posture

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Do you suffer from lower back pain? Upper back pain? Hip or neck pain? What about headaches? Do you drag through your day lacking energy? If so, your posture may be to blame. If you find yourself standing most of the day, you probably have a habit of doing the same repetitive motions one-sided: standing with your weight more on one leg over the other, shifting your weight onto one hip more than the other, hyperextending (locking) your knees, rolling in or out on your feet, or perhaps you were born bowlegged or knock-kneed. These ... Read More »

Condo Concepts

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CONDO DESIGN By Sandy and Gary Elliott www.sandyelliottinteriors.com www.marcoislandcondoguy.net Although people buying a Marco Island condo this year range in age from 22 to 92, the average age of a condo buyer is 57, and the median age is 60. Thankfully, Collier County is where women can expect to live the longest in the United States — 86. Men living here have a life expectancy of 80. These life expectancies will only increase as NCH Healthcare Systems initiates its Blue Zones Project in Southwest Florida in support of its 10-year vision to make the region an even healthier, happier and ... Read More »

‘French in Florida’ to Highlight Florida’s Early Colonial History

The Friends of the Collier County Museum are inviting residents and visitors to learn about Florida’s early colonial history at a special event being held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112. The event will highlight the museum’s four month exhibit, “The French in Florida: 1562 – 1566,” which explores the French foray into the New World, beginning in Florida. The event is also the Naples premiere of a digitally animated short film based on the historic Jacques Le Moyne and Theodor de Bry engravings of early Florida. The ... Read More »

Community Tour Schedule Announced

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net First things first, as of Dec. 1, Collier County will add an additional EMS vehicle to Marco Island. * Last week, my friends Shirlee and Brian Barcic and I decided to have dinner at the Bistro Soleil, located at the Olde Marco Inn. Now, I’ve been to many events at the Bistro and always enjoyed them, but have never just had dinner there with friends. What an outstanding experience THAT was! It felt very special to enjoy a dining experience in this historic place. The service was just wonderful, the food was so good it ... Read More »

Happy Birthday Big Cypress!

In 1974, Congress established Big Cypress National Preserve as America’s first National Preserve. The area was saved through a grassroots effort to halt the construction of a massive jetport project, ensuring that the Big Cypress Swamp would be protected and enjoyed for generations. Join the National Park Service and its partners on Dec. 5 and 6 to celebrate this special place. The celebration begins Friday, Dec. 5, at the Big Cypress Birthday Bash in Naples with live music and dancing to the JJ McCoy Band, 7-10 PM, on the grounds of the Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail East. Ticket ... Read More »

Newcomers Luncheon

Newcomers-turned-models for the day include (top row, l-r) Karen Lombardi, Rose Kraemer, Luisa Maldonado-Stiers and Pat Hagedorn. Bottom row left to right is Kathy Bressan, Pat Petrella, Maureen Chodaba and Eve Connolly.

By Pat Newman The Newcomers Club welcomed its snowbirds back to the flock last week with an elegant luncheon and fashion show at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. “It was a wonderful luncheon and a time to catch up with old friends,” said Luisa Maldonado-Stiers, club historian and publicist. More than 100 women descended on the hotel for their seasonal reunion. The Newcomers Club has 235 members, two-thirds of which are “snowbirds,” according to Stiers. The event marked the “kick-off” for the 2014-15 calendar of social and service events on Marco Island. The fashion portion of the luncheon showcased ... Read More »

3 Amazing Ladies

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Submitted The Friends of Tigertail recently hosted their seventh Breakfast and Bird event entitled, “Welcome Back Our Northern Nesters.” Without a doubt, the birds are always the main attraction. However, the success of this event can be attributed, in particular, to three amazing ladies: Mother Nature, Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley. During the event, Mother Nature provided glorious weather and a remarkable array of shorebirds. Kubat and Huxley were the catalysts to a delightful morning addressing the migratory patterns of our northern nesters and their return to our shore. FOT is so fortunate to have these naturalists as part of ... Read More »

Time for Joy

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The Joy of Giving, now in its 26th year, has provided Christmas for thousands and thousands of children over the years. Many would not have Christmas at all if it weren’t for the Joy of Giving. “Not only is the smile of a child worth every second of 26 years, but imagine the relief for parents who get to see their children smile on Christmas Day,” says Joy founder Nicki Davis. Nicki begins fundraising months before the “big day.” She works with school guidance counselors to help find the neediest of children. Last year, $80,000 was ... Read More »

State Cyber Safety Presentation Comes to MICMS

MICMS students give their full attention while the presenter discusses cyber bullying, online gaming, sexting, identity theft
and general safety on the internet. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “We want to cultivate a culture of compassion. We don’t want you to grow up being the brightest bullies in the world. We are changing the culture of middle school.” This is what Marco Island Charter Middle School Principal George Abounader told his students during a recent assembly. It wasn’t just any assembly, though, as there was a special speaker waiting in the wings. A representative from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office was visiting the school to talk to the students about cyber safety. In 2007, the Florida Attorney General’s CyberSafety Education Program debuted ... Read More »

Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer NOW

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Here are the latest tidbits on ways to slash your breast cancer risk as of 2014. The good news is we can all strive to do them right now! Brush your teeth and keep up with your dental checkups: Seriously! According to Dayton, Ohio, obstetrician/gynecologist Rosalind Jackson, “The connection between breast cancer and oral hygiene is the inflammation. Bacteria can build in your gums, and you can get periodontal disease or cavities in the bone of your tooth and that’s where infection can start and spread.” (1) Recent studies have shown that women who suffer ... Read More »

Surgeon Creates New Bra for Breast Cancer Patients, Post-Surgery

Breast Surgeon, Lea Blackwell, MD, developed new bra for breast cancer patients.

Lea Blackwell, MD, a Breast Surgeon at Lee Memorial Hospital, is giving breast cancer patients a new, more practical and comfortable option for a bra after breast surgeries. Women who undergo mastectomy, biopsy and lumpectomy surgeries use special bras after surgery to decrease swelling and promote healing, but after seeing her patients describe the bra as scratchy, uncomfortable and restrictive, Dr. Blackwell felt compelled to create a new bra in her spare time. Ilona Martin was the first patient to try the bra. When she learned she had breast cancer for the third time in 2013, the fiercely independent 61-year-old ... Read More »

Investor, Know Thyself

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates Question: As a retiree, I’m concerned about the recent market volatility. How will this and all the uncertainty in the world affect my investments and financial future? What are your thoughts? Answer: You’re not alone with your concerns. Ebola, ISIS, Russia, falling oil prices, and slowing global growth, all contribute to economic uncertainty. The market has reacted in the short-term with fear. During the second week of October 2014, broad markets reversed their upward trend down sharply from recent highs. This change sparked activity ... Read More »

Happiness is a Marco Island Condo

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By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.sandyelliottinteriors.com More than 500 Marco Island condos will change hands in 2014, or about 5 percent of all the condos on the island. Sellers this year have owned their condos for 9.6 years on average or a median time of 7.7 years. Some of these condos were flipped in less than a year, and some have been in the family for longer than 30 years. Owners put their condos on the market for a variety of reasons including changes in family status or changes in financial circumstances. Some just want to cash out and ... Read More »

Art Center Honors Vets and Artists

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Submitted The Center for the Arts celebrates the bravery and patriotism of veterans, as well as proudly displays the work of member artists during the month of November. The exhibits — a special salute to the American G.I. in the Atrium, a Members’ Show in the main galleries and the stone lithographs of Barbara DiMattio in La Petite Galerie — run November 3-20. The Second Tuesday opening reception will be held on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 5:30-7:00 PM. Plan to attend this special event and share with us some refreshments and good conversation. Everyone is welcome to attend. ... Read More »

Marco Island Half-Marathon

The Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K run-walk will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2014. The race begins in the Shops of Marco Publix parking lot at the corner of San Marco Road and Barfield Drive. The Half Marathon begins at 7:30 AM and the 5K run-walk begins at 7:45 AM. Monies raised are given to various community organizations on Marco Island. We welcome you to come run, walk or volunteer and be a part of this exciting family event. Runners are encouraged to register and additional information is available at www.marcoislandhalfmarathon.com. Read More »

Marco Packaging Meals of Hope November 15th

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Joan Pidherny volunteered for last year’s event. photo by kathleen zehler

By Noelle H. Lowery Neil “Captain Hope” Snyder has been busy this year. Since February, the local attorney and chairman of the annual Marco Island Meals of Hope packaging event has held seven After-Five gatherings at island restaurants to help raise the $45,000 necessary to fund the 2015 packaging extravaganza, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym from 9-11 AM. For the last two years, nearly 600 volunteers participated in the event, according to Snyder. “The goal three years ago was 150,000 meals,” he says. “Last year, it was 175,000, and we ... Read More »