Sailing Away on Marco Island

By Don Manley Emily Wertman received a surprise when she decided to stroll the sands alongside the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa before checking out on a recent Sunday morning. The Aventura resident was greeted by the sights and sounds of a colorful aquatic competition, the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta, held Nov. 15-16. […]

ITC Presents ‘The Music Man Jr.’

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For three magical nights — Nov. 21-23 — Marco Lutheran Church was transformed into River City, Iowa, as The Island Theater Co. presented Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man Jr.” The cast played to packed houses each night, as they told the story of Harold Hill’s transformation from ne’er-do-well con-man to leader of the band through […]

Holiday Fun

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It was a beautiful weekend to be outdoors, and Goodland’s Margood Harbor Park was abuzz with activity on Nov. 15 and 16 for the Goodland Civic Association’s (GCA) Annual Holiday Bazaar. Seeing another year’s success, the 2014 bazaar offered 52 vendors, one-third of which were Goodland residents. They lined the walkways, selling delicious food and a […]

Teeing Up for MIA

By Don Manley Fun, fundraising and a dash of golf’s storied past were much in evidence during The Squire’s 2014 Hickory Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 15. Held Saturday at The Rookery in Fiddler’s Creek, the annual event raised about $10,000 for Marco Island Academy and First Tee, Naples-Collier, a program that fosters character building in youth through the game of […]

City Employees Rally for Local Charities

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com More than two- thirds of the Marco Island city employees have answered City Manager Roger Hernstadt’s call to step up their group charitable contributions. To date, thanks to a new program instituted by Hernstadt, 149 city employees have donated almost $35,000 to some 25 local charities, with the vast majority of the money going to […]

Race to Victory!

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com In very competitive races, the Marco Island Charter Middle School boys raced away to victory in the Collier County Middle School Cross Country Championships on Nov. 15 at Oakridge Middle School. It marked the boy’s first-ever county championship. The girls, who have won the county championship, placed third. The Eagles’ Ryenn Hart won the race with […]

Teen Creates Smiles with Tiaras, Fairy Dust

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Sixteen-year-old Duneshka Cruz is anything but a normal teenage girl. The Marco Island Academy junior wants to be a medical examiner, and was recently invited to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, a summer program for young people eager to make a difference in the world and save lives. She is vice president MIA’s Student […]

All Decked Out at Center for the Arts

Submitted To get you in the mood for Christmas, the Marco Island Center for the Arts has been transformed into a winter wonderland complete with more than 20 Christmas trees, holiday decorations and Christmas music throughout the building. Visitors to the Art Center also should expect a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus with an opportunity for a photo on […]

OBIT: Corinne Josephine (Wood) Landers

Corinne Josephine (Wood) Landers, 88, died peacefully Nov.18, 2014. She was born in Lowell, MA, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1925 to Josephine and Matthew Wood. Married Feb. 24, 1944 to Lawrence A. Landers, the couple lived in Dedham and West Roxbury, Mass. before relocating to Nashua and later to Hollis, N.H. The family built a summer home on Cape […]

Holiday Catalogs

By Pat Newman I know the holidays are closing in on me when I need a hand truck to empty my post office box. Last week alone, I collected 14 catalogs advertising merchandise ranging from “whimsical” Mah-jongg guest soaps to a creepy two-and-a-half foot “traditional Santa head” with poinsettia. Judging by the pounds of catalogs I see in the post […]