One Million Gallons in a Month? Marco man faced with $10,700 water bill.

By Barry Gwinn Don Mills fought the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. As a high school principal, he presided over a Long Island high school riven by racial animosity, at one point, facing down a group of students who were attempting to burn down the school. Retiring in 1980, Mills and his wife, Genevieve, moved to Marco […]

Health Improvement Program Changes Lives

Submitted John Joyce lost 35 pounds, and attributes much of that to a YMCA program that is gaining momentum, CHIP. It’s the Complete Health Improvement Plan, and its goal is to encourage a plant-based diet and exercise along with resultant physical and well being. Joyce is being hailed as the “poster child” of the program. “Did you see me on […]

Pirate Day Marco Island

Submitted Get ready for Pirate Day, taking place at the Marco Island Historical Museum on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Marauding pirates were a constant headache for the Spanish sea captains during the 1600s, and tall tales of swashbucklers and buried treasure abound in Southwest Florida to this day. Pirate-themed arts and crafts, face painting, treasure hunts, a dunk tank and […]

Art at the Marco Players Gallery

On display now until January 22, during the run of the current show, “Second Time Around,” the Marco Players Theater gallery will feature the works of the talented artist, Joanna Sunshine. Joanna Sunshine is an experienced and well-known fiber artist. She says, “More than 50 years ago I acquired my first loom, or rather pieces of a loom discovered in […]

Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Have you ever read a really interesting book on Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving that is also a couple’s love story? I’ve just finished one, “Before I Forget,” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby, a 2016 publication. They tell us what frustrates them, why they get angry and where they find joy. It feels as though […]

Ticket to Ride

By Coastal Breeze News Staff She’s got a ticket to r-i-ide, but…we don’t care a ticket was not needed for excellent entertainment on a recent Saturday evening! In fact, there was great music, great weather, great food and entry into the event, the Island Rock’s Concert at Veterans Community Park was free! By the end of the evening it is […]

Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Identity theft in the United States has reached epic proportions. In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission received over 490,000 consumer complaints about identity theft, an increase by 47 percent from the year before. The Department of Justice has estimated that in 2014, 17.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft. So what can we do […]

VFW Picks Essay Contest Winners

Submitted The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Marco Island Post 6370 recognized six local students for their entry and participation in the National Patriot’s Pen 2016 essay contest. Each year the VFW recognizes excellence among youth through this program. Students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades submit their entries based on the appointed theme to their local post. Each […]

Young Activists Seek to Reinstate Reward Cards

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In the January newsletter for Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE), Principal Kary Stewart announced that the gold, silver and bronze honor cards that had been awarded to students for academic excellence would be discontinued. The cards rewarded students receiving A’s and B’s with movies tickets and discounts at local restaurants and businesses. The cards have […]

Gulfshore Opera Gala to Feature Patricia Racette

By Randall Kenneth Jones While there may not be a resident opera company on Marco Island, thanks to Gulfshore Opera’s General Director Steffanie Pearce, top-notch performances are available to all the communities alongside Southwest Florida’s gulf shore. In fact, the company has brought their personal brand of musical magic to the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the past […]