Sullivan family fights against the odds

By Noelle H. Lowery For Mike and Michele Sullivan, the little things in life bring joy. Their daughter, Cassie, playing the drums. Their son, Ryan, performing in the theater. A day without a doctor appointment or visit to the emergency room. Michele coming home from the hospital — again. For the last three years, the Sullivan family has faced […]

Optimist Eagles Battle the Tigers in First Home Game

Submitted On Saturday, August 31st the Marco Island Eagles U-10 and U-12 teams had their first home games of the season with both team playing the Golden Gate Tigers. The U-10 team opened the day with a great start being able to control the Tigers on defense and scoring touchdowns when they had the ball on offense. Touchdowns by several […]

Marco Players: Forty Years of Theater

By Natalie Strom The Marco Players Theater is setting its sights on the 2013 season and beyond. After 40 years in the business, the 501(c)3 non-profit theater’s board of directors, marketing team, actors, directors and volunteers have created a successful style of choosing plays, selecting cast members and entertaining its audiences – around 5,000 or so per year. The […]

Blessing of the Fleet

Submitted Come to historic Everglades City for the Annual Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet on Saturday, September 28, on the bank of the Barron River at the Rod & Gun Lodge. The event starts at 1 p.m.with fun for all the family and ends at around 4 p.m. There will be arts & crafts booths, music, and a frog-jumping […]

Rookery Offers Interactive Map

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has unveiled a new interactive, web-based map app that shows the large number of science projects taking place within its boundaries. Dots on the map reference more than 570 study sites for research and monitoring programs that have been, or are currently being conducted by visiting scientists and reserve staff. Check it out […]

The High Holidays

By Rabbi Edward Maline Jewish Church of Marco Island Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year begins the evening of Wednesday, September 4 and ends the evening of Friday, September 6. It is one of the holiest days in the Jewish Calendar. It celebrates an event of cosmic importance – The Creation of the world and of Man. No other religion, […]

Celebrate the Jewish New Year with tradition

by Carol Glassman At sundown on Wednesday, September 4 the Jewish High Holy Day of Rosh Hashonah begins as Jews all over the world celebrate the observance of the Jewish New Year 5774. Actually, many observant Jews will begin to celebrate with Selichot services after midnight of Sunday morning, August 31. At this time penitential prayers are said before the […]

TBE teacher is home again

By Noelle H. Lowery Lauren Burgin tried leaving Marco Island and Florida behind, but the sunshine — and Tommie Barfield Elementary School — brought her back. Her family moved to Marco Island when she was two years old. She went to TBE, Marco Island Charter Middle School and Lely High School. In fact, her parents, Tom and Nancy Mitchusson, […]

Rays dominate Oasis in 44-0 home opener

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Academy Rays gave Head Football Coach Andy Delgado a birthday gift he will not soon forget: a 44-0 victory over Oasis Charter High School. “It was a big success,” says Delgado. “The kids played a fundamentally sound game.” In the last year, MIA has played Oasis three times, and are up on […]

It’s Football Time!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Can’t get enough of the all-American, pig skin sport that is football? Then you’re in luck. There’s much more to watch on Marco than just the NFL and college football. The Optimist Eagles U10 and U12 football teams are in full swing as well as the Rays of Marco Island Academy High School. Pick your […]