To be or not to be… Enhanced

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I may have touched on this subject in the past but the increase in popularity on Clarity Enhanced (C.E.) diamonds have piqued the interest of many that are unaware of the product and process in my shop the past couple of months. Yes, it’s true some jewelers won’t even consider selling them in their […]

A Beginner’s Guide to (GULP) Pythons: Part 2

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist In the last edition of Coastal Breeze News, I gave you a brief introduction to Burmese pythons. These animals are an invasive species (not native to Florida), and they are now firmly established not only in the Everglades but as far west as Collier County. Their numbers have been estimated to be from 15,000 to […]

Cell

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Author: Robin Cook Publisher: G. P. Putnam, 2014 Length: 402 pages. Genre: Medical fiction Medicine for the soul” – Inscription over the doorway at the Library at Thebes. In his latest novel, Robin Cook takes on the issue of digitalized medical practice. The title refers to 21st century humanity’s ubiquitous accessory: the cellular phone. If you […]

Gardening for Honey Bees

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Honey bees are more important than you think. One-third of all food consumed in the United States is pollinated by honey bees, and hundreds of crops rely on the tiny honey bee for pollination. The value of those crops is estimated at $15 billion annually. Truth “bee” told, the future of the American agricultural industry depends […]

Honoring the Individual

Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Reclining in the pre-dawn hours of the rainiest camping weekend ever, I sip my coffee in this little, cozy space and feel happy as I watch Fred Astaire conducting a big band orchestra and move his feet in a brilliant, successful attempt to show us what the music looks like through dance. What a […]

Knights of Columbus Annual Tootsie Roll Drive

Submitted The San Marco Knights of Columbus have completed a successful Tootsie Roll drive to raise funds for children with intellectual and physical disabilities. The Knights, the Columbiettes (the women’s arm of the fraternity) and local volunteers offered donors a “Toostie Roll” in exchange for a donation. The Tootsie Roll Drive ran for three days, Feb. 21-23. Grand Knight Ben […]

March is a great month to hit the water!

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Typically, the month of March brings some of the best Speckled Trout fishing our area has to offer. If you can find areas where you have grass on one side of the boat and sand on the other, you could certainly get into some fun fishing! In these areas you can fish the same […]

Come ‘Play with the Arts’

Meet local artists and share in their creative process during demonstrations planned for Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15. The Marco Players and The Artist’s Gallery are proud to co-sponsor “Play with the Arts,” an event designed to showcase and celebrate the talent of local artists. “We are excited to showcase Marco Island artists. The Marco Players wants to […]

Is Your Workout Knotty?

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Whether you walk or watsu, bike or bend it like Beckham, chances are you have some tight muscles, adhesions or “knots” that put you in a bind. You probably suffer through them, attempt to stretch them out or visit a physical (or massage) therapist to get rid of them. Have you ever tried a foam roller? Dubbed […]

Shock to the System

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com In my 35 years, I’ve traveled all over the world. My mother and grandmother loved to see new places and experience different things. As a very young child, I was taken to various tourist destinations and third-world countries. I’ve known my fair share of culture shock. Yet, as well-traveled as I am, I never expected to […]