Tom Thelen’s Victimproof at MICMS

By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Living in Southwest Florida, particularly on Marco Island, most of us live a fairly privileged lifestyle. You send your children to school day after day, year after year. As a parent of two children that have been through Tommie Barfield and Marco Island Charter Middle School, I had not had much experience with bullying I never […]

Up Close: MIA Principal Melissa Scott

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com When Melissa Scott moved to Marco Island in July 2013, her focus was family. Her parents — Michael and Vicki Hook — had recently relocated to the area to enjoy their semi-retirement, and Scott, wanting to be a part their daily lives, followed. At the time, she never would have predicted the path she would […]

MIPD Chief Hunter Resigns

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com When he took over as Marco Island’s police chief in August 2011, it was only supposed to be for one year. Nearly three years, he had handed in his resignation. According to the written notice of separation he submitted to City Manager Roger Hernstadt Friday, May 9, Hunter will remain at his post until June […]

THIRD PLACE Nature’s Sanctuary

By Jory Westberry  Dawn’s moisture shellacs fragile targets in the deep prairie grasses with glints of crystalline color, ever-changing as solar power intensifies and magically they are invisible to all but the arachnid. Pileated woodpecker stabs his beak violently against the tree, jarring the reverie. You’d think he’d choose the rotten, spongy wood of an ancient cypress nearby, a tiered […]

Nature, Poetry Winners for TBE Principal

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Henry Davis Thoreau said, “We can never have enough of nature,” and Tommie Barfield Elementary School Principal Dr. Jory Westberry would agree. Born in New York City, she has experienced a wide and diverse swath of Mother Nature’s creations from the shores and forests of New York and New Jersey to the mountains and rivers […]

Arc to Arcturus

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Very high in the east lies Arcturus, an orange giant star that is the brightest star in the sky this evening. Arcturus is also the brightest star in the Sun’s general neighborhood; it is about 170 times more luminous than our home star. If you are having a bit of trouble finding it […]

And They Lived Happily Ever After…

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Marriage is not simply a romantic union between two people; it’s also a political and economic contract of the highest order. Elizabeth Gilbert, American Novelist, Author “Eat, Pray, Love”   Question: I’m a widow in my late 60s contemplating marriage. What financial issues should I consider? Answer: Congratulations! Although monetary matters are one […]

Protecting Yourself from the Summer Sun

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Many flats fishermen have their boats set up for efficient casting. This involves minimizing items in the boat that can create obstacles and snags. Most of us fishing out of flats boats do not have bimini tops or T-tops for this reason. Because of this, there is no shade or any way to […]

Change: It’s a Way of Life?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Change is supposed to be good, but for many, even the suggestion of change can be downright traumatic for them. Change has been my way of life since I read that seemingly silly book “Who moved my Cheese” by Spencer Johnson. You can read the whole book in about an hour, but what you […]

Summer Activities to Keep Kids Busy

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Summer is almost here, parents. Can’t you just hear the cheers from your children right now? Okay, now that I have scared you all to death, I am going to fill you in on all of the amazing summertime activities available right here on Marco Island. From the city’s Parks and Recreation programs and the […]