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More Holiday Ornaments in the Winter Garden

Christmas Flower (Euphorbia leucocephala)

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Last time I gave you names of some plants that become beautiful holiday ornaments in our gardens during the holiday season here in South Florida. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I think! And Christmas is coming, or is it the over? Or are they all on the same day? This year they seemed to be celebrated at the same time! I would like to continue with others that will bring joy to our hearts and souls during this festive time of the year. Creating joy and happiness in the eyes of any gardener, beginner or old ... Read More »

Are you ready for 2015?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Attention sports fans: The new year is filled with big-time events, including the first-ever NCAA football four-team playoff and the big championship game, NFL playoffs, outstanding NBA and NHL games and the Australian Open. Speaking of the big event in Melbourne, house money is probably leaning towards picking Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams capturing singles titles. However, who else is in the running? Last year, Li Na won the women’s singles crown but now has retired due to nagging injuries. Remember, Serena has not won this prestigious tournament in four years, so she may be ... Read More »

Mid-Winter Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Snook are a sporty catch and release fish in the Winter.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Our mid-winter fishery here in the 10,000 Islands can prove to be full of action if planned properly. We have so many species of fish available to catch in the shallow flats and back water areas. Typical catches right now providing some good fresh fillets for dinner include speckled sea trout, sheepshead, redfish, black drum, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, pompano and silver trout. Other fish we are consistently catching for sport are snook, bluefish, ladyfish, black tip sharks, bonnethead sharks, jack crevalle and more. Looking ahead at the moon and tides, our full moon ... Read More »

The Stress Test

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Now that the holidays are over and done with, many people breathe in a collective sigh of relief. Glad that the treats and eats are no longer around. Glad that there are no more presents to wrap or gifts to buy. Glad there are no more parties to partake in. Glad the traveling is over. And so on. So many people welcome January with open arms, high hopes and healthy food in the fridge. Smiles and good intentions — for the first few weeks anyways. What people don’t realize is that life continues on pretty much ... Read More »

Cybercrime on the Rise

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)   Question: According to the news, it appears that cybercrime and identity theft are on the rise. What can we do to protect ourselves? Answer: You’re right; these types of crime are on the rise. The Federal Trade Commission reports that between 2011 and 2013, odds increased by 65 percent that if you were notified of an online data compromise, you’d become an actual victim of identity theft. Because that’s where the money is. Willie Sutton (1901-1980) the notorious ... Read More »

A Day with the Clays for MIA

Finishing in first place were, from left, Tom Horton, Glenn Lubeznik, Don Henderson, Gary Landis and Wes Blackwell.

By Don Manley Clay pigeons were the prey for 65 marksmen who blasted away with varying degrees of success to raise money for Marco Island Academy. The occasion was the Bill Rose Memorial Sporting Clays Classic held Jan. 17 at Gulf Coast Clays at Port of the Islands, formerly the Port of the Islands Gun Club. About 12,000 was raised for MIA through participant registration fees, sponsorships, and silent and live auctions. A Marco resident, successful businessman — he founded Rose Marina — philanthropist, avid boater and flier, and former US Marine, Rose passed away in 2010 at the age ... Read More »

Marco Police Foundation 4th Annual Rib Cook-Off

The judges sample the contestants’ wares, as Lynette LaCava looks on. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley They came, they grilled and in the end, big fun was had by all. Such was the lot of the contestants, the judges and the bevy of enthusiastic onlookers who turned out for the Marco Island Brewery’s Fourth Annual Rib Cook-Off, which benefits the Marco Police Foundation Scholarship Fund. The Brewery-sponsored event saw eight contenders vie to be selected as one of the three preparers most skilled in barbecuing that gustatory delight — the pork rib. In the end, it was cook-off newcomer Jim Gratkowski of Gratkowski Painting Contractors, who snagged the first-place trophy with a recipe ... Read More »

Music, Movies, Art at the Center for the Arts

Bob Chase with Salvador Dali

By Don Manley Officials with the Marco Island Center for the Arts have packed the facility’s schedule with programs sure to please locals and visitors to the island alike. First, on Sunday, Jan. 25, 4:00-5:30 PM, the Center will feature jazz vocalist Rebecca Richardson and The Rebecca Richardson Trio. They will present a program entitled “A Tribute to the Great Jazz Vocalists.” Richardson has been compared to the great female jazz voices of the ages, such as Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. She began her formal training at the age of 13, winning All-State and All Northwest honors ... Read More »

Berkshire Hathaway Welcomes Ken Bennett

Ken Bennett. photo By Don Manley

By Don Manley Count Ken Bennett among the legions of people who have fallen in love with Marco Island. Bennett is the new managing partner at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Marco Island office, a post he assumed four months ago. “I love the beach,” he said. “I think it’s one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. I like the laid back feel here. The people are all very friendly. It’s a much slower pace of life, which I think is great. It’s a little paradise, and it’s a well-kept secret, too. The whole lifestyle is just beautiful. It kind ... Read More »

Marco Island Celebrates Arbor Day

Tommie Barfield Elementary School 3rd graders sing for the onlookers.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Gloomy, overcast skies gave way to beautiful Southwest Florida sunshine on Friday, Jan. 16, just in time for the city of Marco Island’s annual Arbor Day celebration. Sponsored by the city’s Beautification Advisory Committee, this year’s ceremony was held at Mackle Park, and included the planting of a Golden Trumpet tree provided by Affordable Landscaping Services. The brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska journalist and politician, the first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872. According to arbor-day.net, Morton felt that Nebraska’s landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees, ... Read More »

Boys, Girls Basketball Teams Recognized at Senior Night

Proud parents stand with their children as they were honored at Marco Island Academy Senior Night.

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Academy’s boys and girls basketball teams were recognized at Senior Night on Tuesday (Jan. 20) between the two varsity games against Evangelical Christian. With their parents, Victoria Vale, Jessica Ragan, Alyssa Stolinas, Sarah Colburn, Peter Servente, Preston Reese and Connor Schmidt were honored, with each couple receiving a rose from Roger Raymond, athletic director. The daughter of Michael and Donna Vale, Victoria has been co-captain since the school’s first basketball team four years ago. She has been the team’s leading scorer every year. She has lettered all four years in basketball, cross country, track ... Read More »

Up a Creek at the Nature Festival

The kayak launch point was at the very end a slow, three-mile drive down Shell Island Road, After donning life vests and stashing our valuables, we were helped into our kayaks one by one before our tour.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com As a reporter, I’m often presented with opportunities to participate in fun local activities; invited to join in some wild adventures; and sometimes even confronted with daunting new challenges. Recently, I was invited to join a two-hour, guided kayaking trip on the morning of Friday, Jan. 16, as part of the Coastal Breeze’s coverage of the 11th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. When I agreed to take part in the tour, I was unsure of which category the day’s activity would eventually fall under. Having only kayaked twice in ... Read More »

TBE Profile: Dana Vogel

Miss Vogel takes some time before starting the day to go over homework with her 4th-grade students. PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For Dana Vogel, coming to Marco Island was like going back to her childhood stomping grounds of Bethany Beach, DE. “I have family that live on Marco Island,” she says. “Marco Island reminds me of Bethany Beach, DE. When I lived there, I remember not having to lock our doors at night and being a smaller, tight-knit community. I feel safe on Marco Island just as I did when I lived in Bethany Beach. It’s a feeling that unfortunately is not so easy to find anymore.” That’s why she jumped at the chance to teach ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Holds Meeting

Diane Hughes (l-r), Juliette Flasche and Bridget Murphy check the schedule.

Submitted Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club held their first meeting of the year on Jan. 12. Prior to the meeting a workshop about air plants was presented by Connie Lowery. During the meeting, it was announced that president Dale DeFeo had won two state awards: “The Mentoring Award” and a petite floral design award, which will be featured in the 2016 calendar. DeFeo, a well-known floral designer, presented the program after the meeting. It was titled “Blue Ribbon Horticulture Entries and Pot e’fleur.” A field trip, planned by Opi DeFalco, will occur in March and will be open to the ... Read More »

Flotilla 95 Swears In New Bridge for 2015

Tom Dines and Keith Wohltman are sworn in by Chief Warrant Officer Robert Garris and Commodore Walter Jaskiewicz.

By Laurie Harris Public Affairs Officer In a time-honored tradition, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary conducted the 48th annual Change of Watch. On Jan. 11, Flotilla 95 Marco Island swore in Keith Wohltman as flotilla commander and Tom Dines as vice flotilla commander. The program began with John DeFalco, a past flotilla commander, sounding the bell for the “Crossing the Bar” ceremony. The ringing of the bell provides a moment to remember those lost over the past year. In 2014, Flotilla 95 lost one of its most dedicated members, Ron Klein, after a long illness. This solemn time was followed ... Read More »

K of C Bingo Season Opens with Record Crowds

Record crowds filled the hall for Bingo at San Marco Chuch.

Submitted The San Marco Church Knights of Columbus Bingo pulled in almost 500 players in the first two sessions of this season — the most players ever. Attendance for the opening night Bingo was up more than 70 percent over the previous year, a record opening night. The Jan. 15 Bingo games brought in 23 percent more players than the previous year. Joe Fatony, the Grand Knight of the San Marco K of C said, “Opening night temperatures were cool, which usually makes Bingo a more attractive entertainment alternative for seasonal visitors, but there was still a record crowd for ... Read More »

Party with the Power Squadron

Submitted Join the party to find out why boaters have more fun at the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISPS) Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres Party on Friday, Jan. 23, 5:00-7:30 PM, at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Center. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy great food and fine wine while contributing to a good cause. Tickets are $20 per person at the door, in advance for cash or check by contacting Peggy Harsch, event chairman, at 239-394-3484. The annual Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres Party is the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s major fundraiser. All of the ... Read More »

Bracing Myself

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It was this time last year that I was first introduced to Goodland and the completely unfamiliar phenomenon of season. I flew back to Ohio with my head still spinning, but was ready to make the quick turnaround to relocate here. In the short month spent visiting my mother, I’d gotten caught up in the whirlwind of fun; so many things to do jam-packed into so little time. Over the last week, the air has once again become thick with an almost palpable anticipation for the sudden influx of tourism that’s just around the corner, and ... Read More »

Souper Bowl 2015

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Right now, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are preparing to go to battle in the University of Phoenix Stadium during the National Football League’s Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1. On Marco Island, nine restaurants and one culinary arts program are prepping for their own competition, as they get ready to participate in Souper Bowl-Marco Island 2015 on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Mackle Park from 11 AM-1 PM. A bowl pre-sale event only for parents of students who created a bowl is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30. Bowls are $10 each. Now ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief’

Curt Koon, Joe Granda, Bill Young

By Pat Newman The new president of the Marco Island Police Foundation, Curt Koon, along with incoming board members, were sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 20, by Marco Island City Council Chairman Larry Sacher at the foundation’s first luncheon of the year at Hideaway Beach. Koon and his wife, Jackie, are eight-year residents of Marco Island and owners of CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade. Attendees also gave a standing ovation to Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino, who has assumed the official title of “police chief” after being the “acting” chief since July 25. Since his hiring, the department ... Read More »