By Coastal Breeze News Staff Many readers may remember reading about Tia Nielsen in Coastal Breeze News last year as she distributed presents she collected at Christmas to the migrant children at Six L Farms. Tia didn’t stop there! She also received Collier County Sheriff’s Office ‘Do the Right Thing Award’ and received a scholarship through the Kohl’s Cares Program. […]

Kathleen Amantea Douglas’ work exhibited

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Islanders who have visited Amantea Gallery in the Shops of Olde Marco may have seen some of Kathleen’s work. In an upcoming exhibit the Marco Island Library will feature Douglas’ imagery of coastal and migratory birds. “Intimate Moments” explores the intimacy, playfulness and intriguing behavior of the real deal snowbirds. “Birds are our window […]

I’m thankful, I really am!

Richard Alan I tend to come across a bit on the sarcastic side, (In case some of you haven’t noticed.) I will try to control that emotion as I write this serious column. For me celebrating the holiday of Thanksgiving was for most of my life a day I dreaded, in those days my family was spread all over the […]


Vickie Kelber  Moscow is a busy city where East meets West and hustle and bustle surround a scene that seems to have come from a fairy tale. Most of the wealth in Russia is concentrated in Moscow. The metro with its richly decorated stations is fast moving and crowded. Traffic is a problem. Grocery stores stay open 24 hours because, […]


By Mike P. Usher  Tonight, just after sunset we have two planets in the east. Venus shines brightly in the twilight, but if you happen to be on the beach you can catch a glimpse of Mercury. If you can check the sky out a week earlier than the date on the chart Mercury will be quite a bit closer […]


Frances Diebler We arrived at last. No more movement up and down or side to side. We were securely tied up at a dock in order to prepare the boat for when we go back to the states for a visit with our family for a few months. We had to prepare Grendel so she could be hauled out and […]

Overcoming branding fear

Camden Smith The business of branding is a serious business calling for more fun. They market. You buy. Important in today’s economic climate, branding is what gives your business legs, to keep it running through consumers’ minds. Oddly enough this basic sales principle seems to be stumping both start-up and established organizations. The fear of failure is shading business owners’ […]

I want wontons!

Chef Bob Aylwin  In the Aylwin household we are not very complicated in our daily food routine but we do enjoy a variety of worldwide cuisines every week. We have always enjoyed teaching our children about different cultures and culinary styles of many different nations. Whether it is a simple dish of Bavarian style meatballs on Monday, or French Beef […]


Crystal Manjarres  Q. Thanksgiving is here! How can I avoid gaining weight? A. The fall season is littered with opportunities to fall off the fitness wagon: Halloween festivals and “fun-size” candies, November potlucks and the inevitable Thanksgiving Day feast, plus the holiday parties galore in December with Christmas, New Year’s Eve and so on. It is no wonder the holidays […]


Coastal Breeze News Staff Timothy Dwyer, local businessman and Junior Governor of the local Moose Lodge, along with Bill Miller, Governor, presented a $500 check to an appreciative Surge Soccer team. This is the second donation made by the Moose Lodge to a local sports organization in the past few weeks. “We gave the Marco Island Optimist Club’s Football team […]