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Donald Sunshine: A Goodland Retrospective

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:11am

By Noelle H. Lowery

‘Island Woman’ by Donald Sunshine PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

Goodland, its history and its famous cottages are the subjects of a new art exhibit sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Dubbed “Architectural Water Colors of Historic Goodland,” the exhibit features more than 50 water colors and pen and ink sketches by retired architect and Virginia Tech professor Donald Sunshine, along with historical commentary by local author Betsy Perdichizzi.

The exhibit opens with a reception on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 5-7 PM, at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Visitors will be able to browse through the exhibit until Dec. 31.

“We went a couple of times to Goodland,” explains Donald, who with his wife, Joanna, are spending their third season on Isles of Capri. “I was looking for places to paint. One thing lead to another, and before I knew it, I had done more than 100 paintings and sketches of Goodland…We were so taken with the colors, the modest cottages, the historic aspect of a fishing village.”

And this experience made Donald begin to wonder how the anticipated growth in eastern Collier County is going to impact Goodland: “What is going to happen to it in the future? Along side and in contrast to Marco, it is threatened by development everywhere.”

For Joanna, who also is an artist working in fibers and textiles, the experience was about the people of Goodland. “We are both from the inner-city of Chicago, where you didn’t even make eye contact with people on the street,” she says. “The people of Goodland are very friendly and gracious; I was flabbergasted, and very impressed with that. They are so proud of their home.”

“The more we were there, and the more I was painting and Joanna was swatting mosquitos, the more we felt that what I was doing was documenting, recording what exists…It took on an importance to me,” Donald adds.

Enter the folks at the Marco Island Historical Museum and the Marco Island Historical Society, who felt Donald’s work and concept were worthy of an exhibition. To help with the historical aspects of his exhibit, Donald enlisted Perdichizzi, who has written several books about the pioneering families of Marco Island with her husband, Bill.

“Being an artist, I certainly don’t pretend for a moment to be historically knowledgable,” Donald quips. “Betsy also has some artifacts and historical photos which will be available for the exhibit.”

‘Smallwood Store’ by Donald Sunshine

Since coming to Southwest Florida, the Sunshines have become very active in the local arts scene, joining the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Marco Island Outdoor Artists, Marco Island Writers, MIHS, Marco Island Foundation for the Arts and Goodland Arts Alliance.

“It is wonderful that we have all of these opportunities in the arts in a relatively small area,” notes Joanna. “We have been most pleased with the interest with the arts, and the reception to our work has been just wonderful. It has encouraged us to participate in a number of the local art fairs.”

In fact, Donald will be part of this spring’s “Wet Paint Live 2015,” the annual local art extravaganza sponsored by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Center for the Arts.

Currently, Donald is working on three other series of paintings. Similar to his Goodland series, one of them focuses on Everglades City and Chokoloskee, and includes a water color of the Smallwood Store. He also is working on a series called “Appalachia Country.” The Sunshines spend part of the year in Appalachia and Blacksburg, Virginia, and next summer, the two will have a joint exhibit at Virginia Tech.

The final series is one of social commentary paintings. Among the topics of the work are a village destroyed in Syria, South America’s urban trash heaps and the influx of children over U.S. borders.

“Social commentary is a purpose that visual arts ought to embrace,” Donald explains. “Historically, Picasso’s work commented on the Spanish Civil War. It is a responsibility of artists.”

Still, he admits, the move to do this series may also be a function of getting older: “These are just things that we are confronted with, all of us in this time.”

For more information about Donald’s exhibit — “Architectural Water Colors of Historic Goodland” — contact the Marco Island Historical Society at 239-642-1440 or 239-389-6447. The exhibit will be located in the museum at 180 S. Heathwood Drive on Marco Island.

Carrington, Chavez Lely Queen, King

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 3:02pm

By Roger LaLonde

Seniors Mario Chavez and Elizabeth Carrington were introduced at Lely High School’s Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the Trojans recent football win over Sebring.

The two were chosen by their senior peers and announced at the pep rally on the afternoon before the game. “I thought all the candidates had an equal shot,” Carrington said of her competition. “I had a lot of support from my senior class.”

Even though Chavez was announced the king at the pep rally, he still felt overwhelmed that night when they were introduced with their parents. “It still hasn’t set in, but it feels good,” he said.

Chavez was escorted by his parents, Rosie and Mario, while Carrington was escorted by her parents, Nancy and Joe.

Members of the Homecoming Court included: freshmen, Jacquez Carter and Jelisa Georges; sophomores, Sara Dorcely and Andy Duprat; juniors, Tara Snyder and Al Nelson; seniors, Lexie Lundquist, Logan Flowers, Stancy Joseph, Tupac Isme, Lauren Hanscom, Dalton Herrity Amber Riley and Marcus Brown.


Freshmen members of the Lely Homecoming Court, Jacquez Carter and Jalisa Georges, are escorted by relatives and friends as they are introduced during halftime of the football game.


Lauren Hanscom, escorted by her parents, Marilyn Andreassi and Rick Hanscom, with Dalton Herrity and his mother Kerrie, as senior members of the Lely Homecoming Court.

Senior members of the Lely Homecoming Court, Marcus Brown and Amber Riley, are introducedduring halftime of the football game. With Brown are his mother Joyce and aunt Mina. With Riley are mom Yolanda Williams, sister Brittany Stready and friend Daniela Dorious.

Sophomore members of the Lely Homecoming Court, Sarah Dorcely and Andy Duprat, are escorted by friends and relatives at halftime of the football game

Senior members of the Lely Homecoming Court, Lexie Lundquist, with mother Joanna, dad Steve and sister Jenna, with Logan Flowers, parents Dana and David, with brother Cody

Marco’s Elizabeth Carrington and Mario Chavez are escorted by their parents, after being announced as Lely Homecoming King and Queen. She is with mom Nancy and dad Joe and Mario with parents, Rosie and Mario. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

Happiness is a Marco Island Condo

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:57pm

By Gary and Sandy Elliott

More than 500 Marco Island condos will change hands in 2014, or about 5 percent of all the condos on the island. Sellers this year have owned their condos for 9.6 years on average or a median time of 7.7 years. Some of these condos were flipped in less than a year, and some have been in the family for longer than 30 years.

Owners put their condos on the market for a variety of reasons including changes in family status or changes in financial circumstances. Some just want to cash out and go travel; others need a bigger or smaller condo or want to try a condo in a different location or with a different view and amenities; and some want to buy a house for a change of pace.

Interestingly, these ownership times varied little whether the condo is located on the beach, the Gulf, water direct, water indirect or inland. The average amount of ownership time changes by less than a year and a half no matter where the location on the island. There were no significant differences in the ownership time based on the decade the condo was built, square footage or other variables.

Marco Island’s condos appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers from all over the world. Sales prices this year ranged from $55,000 to $2.7 million. Buyers typically start with a budget in mind and then select a condo based on a combination of island location, view, size, floor height, amenities and part-time rental income potential. Investors are a substantial percentage of buyers.

Whether you are a buyer or seller in our rapidly changing world, you will be influenced by the global trends in technology, design, fashion and color. These influences spill over into our home environments and have a big impact on how often we update, change, redecorate or totally renovate our homes. Most of us gravitate toward certain styles or colors that make us feel the happiest, excite us or calm down our frazzled nerves. We all follow fashion forward trends, and with all of the millions of dollars advertisers spend to grab our attention, it is no wonder we love the excitement that change brings.

If you are planning to sell the condo that you enjoyed for many years, be aware that it is probably dated and a little worn looking even though it may have been lovingly cared for. A refreshing coat of paint, some simple updates and editing can give you a quicker sale at the price you would like to receive. An updated unit will be the first to sell in any type of market.

If you have just purchased a unit, get some professional design help so that you understand what the latest trends in resort island coastal design and colors are appropriate for a Marco Island condo. Across the country and across oceans, styles and colors vary. What looks good in Michigan or Germany may not suit a tropical island location. Make it fresh, make it exciting, and you will be able to start enjoying Marco Island’s vacation paradise.

Lely, MIA in Key District Games on Friday

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:55pm

By Roger LaLonde

Lely quarterback Lik Estilien looks downfield for a receiver in the Trojans, 27-14 win over Sebring. Estilien threw four passes, with one a touchdown.

The Lely Trojans and Marco Island Academy football teams each have big games on Friday night. While Lely hosts Immokalee to determine the winner of Class 5A-District 15, the Manta Rays host First Baptist Academy on Senior Night, trying to win its first Class 2A-District 12 game.

FBA is 3-0 in district play while MIA is 0-3. Both games kick off at 7 PM.

The Manta Rays did snap a five-game losing streak by pounding Canterbury, 52-13, last Friday. MIA has been putting up the points, even against good teams, but haven’t had much luck in the late goings of their five losses. In district losses, to St. John Neumann, Evangelical Christian and Moore Haven, each team secured victories in the second half.

Against Canterbury, the Manta Rays were without the team’s leading all-around offensive threat in Cayden Couture and defensive lineman Bon Dees. Couture has a knee injury that may keep him on the sidelines, and Dees is recovering from a concussion.

“We are waiting for the swelling to go down so that he (Couture) can have an MRI,” MIA Coach Greg Fowler said. “It may come down to a game-time decision.” Dees is going through the concussion protocol, and Fowler hopes he will be cleared by Friday. Gottfried Joseph, a free safety on defense and a backup tailback, will be back.

Tyler Gresham, who has been nagged by minor injuries all season, had a breakout game against Canterbury. He recorded touchdowns by rushing, pass-catching and an 85-yard TD interception. “He finally got healthy, and it showed Friday night,” Fowler said of Gresham.

FBA has already clinched the district title with a 56-23 thrashing of Evangelical Christian. FBA tallied seven rushing touchdowns and one through the air.

Lely coach Culmer St. Jean and defensive backs coach Fritz Jacques, review a replay of a defensive play in the Trojans’ 27-14 win over Sebring.

“We want to establish a running game early,” Fowler said. “Defensively, they are big up front, and we need to keep them in front of us to move the ball.”

The Manta Rays have shown they have many offensive talents, including its sophomore quarterback Andrew Fowler, the coach’s son. Andrew has the top statistics over all area quarterbacks. He added another TD pass, giving him 12. Going into the game he had marked up 1,210 yards through the air. Wide receiver Cole Stretton grabbed his sixth touchdown catch in sharing the lead in the area. Couture has eight touchdowns through the air or on the ground. Patrick Michel, who missed two games, has four touchdowns and has been a key on defense. Tyler Wallace is a major threat at wide receiver, having a 69-yard catch to the Canterbury one, then a one-yarder for a touchdown.

“Offensively, we just have to take care of the ball,” Fowler said. “They have a great offense and defense, but you never know what might happen on a Friday night.”

Lely’s defense, at times, smothered Sebring’s offense in winning 27-14 last Friday. The defense recorded a safety in the first and fourth quarters. For the second straight week, quarterback Lik Estilien threw a touchdown pass. In a run-oriented offense, Estilien actually threw four times. Tupac Isme and Marvin Liberiste took care of most of the running with each scoring touchdowns.

Lely coach Culmer St. Jean congratulates Tupac Isme for scoring the game-opening touchdown in a 27-14 win over Sebring.

Liberiste sealed the game on defense. With Sebring trailing 20-14, Liberiste intercepted a pass at the goal line with just three minutes left in the game. He ran the ball back to midfield and capped off the drive with a touchdown run with 1:14 left in the game.

Immokalee had a bye as they go into Lely to decide which team wins the district title. The loser still makes the playoffs. Lely has a three-game win streak, but knows it has to play better than it did in Friday night’s win to beat the Indians.

Lely Coach Culmer St. Jean said his Trojans have to play a clean game on both sides of the football. The Trojans hard-charging running game will be a major factor in its battle to win the district title.




Art Center Honors Vets and Artists

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:51pm


The Center for the Arts celebrates the bravery and patriotism of veterans, as well as proudly displays the work of member artists during the month of November. The exhibits — a special salute to the American G.I. in the Atrium, a Members’ Show in the main galleries and the stone lithographs of Barbara DiMattio in La Petite Galerie — run November 3-20.

The Second Tuesday opening reception will be held on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 5:30-7:00 PM. Plan to attend this special event and share with us some refreshments and good conversation. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Art Center atrium will feature a special exhibit called the American G.I. (Government Issued). Several portraits of local servicemen painted by Malenda Trick will be on display, as well as the photographs and charcoal drawings of WWII soldiers by Lieutenant John Saber, a photographer/cinematographer, now deceased, who served with the 5th Army Air Corp in Italy. Other pieces of war memorabilia will also be on display.

Members of the Art Center will have a chance to show off their special talents in the main galleries. All mediums — acrylics, clay, oils, pastels, photography, watercolors, wood sculpture and more — will be represented. La Petite Galerie will exhibit the work of Naples artist Barbara DiMattio, who specializes in stone lithography, a time consuming and precise process that predates modern-day photo offset printing. DiMattio will be on hand to answer any questions that may arise.

For more information about this event, call the Center for the Arts at 239-394-4221 or visit the Center’s website: Friend us on Facebook.


Grand Opening Celebrations

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:50pm

By Coastal Breeze News Staff

Golden Gate Jewelers of Marco

The Kathein family and staff of Golden Gate Jewelers of Marco are pleased to invite you to their Grand Opening festivities on Saturday, Nov. 8. Join them for an Open House with a ribbon cutting at 4 PM, complete with reception following the ribbon cutting. Golden Gate Jewelers is located at the Shops of Marco, 133 Barfield Drive, 239-259-8937.


JUMP Hair and Nails

Jump Hair and Nails is having an Open House in conjunction with its official grand opening on Thursday, Nov. 13. Business partners Katie Schweighoefer and Peter Galluzzo invite you to attend the celebration.

The full service salon has been in operation since late April. They proudly offer their clients a full staff of experienced professionals. Katie and Peter personally extend an invitation for you to join them for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Stop in and visit the salon to see the fresh new atmosphere which sets them apart from other salons on the island.

The salon is located at 118 S. Barfield Drive, Unit B, 239-394-5867. Festivities are from 5-7 PM.


New Pastor for United Church of Marco Island

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:49pm


It was a spectacular bright sunny day when United Church of Marco Island welcomed its new senior minister, The Rev. Dr. Mark Williams, and his family. The installation took place on October 19 at the regular 10 AM worship service of United Church. The participants in the service were Rev. Dr. E. Neil Hunt, recently retired moderator of the National Association of Congregational Churches, who served as both seasonal associate and interim senior minister at United Church; The Rev. Drs. Jim and Sandy Boler, who are currently serving as acting co-conference ministers of the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ; and Ron Thompson, associate minister of United Church of Marco Island.

Rev. Williams, who received his Doctorate of Ministry from Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga., comes to us from the Lebanon United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC, where he served for the last five years. His wife, Emily, is a child psychiatrist currently employed at the David Lawrence Center in Naples, and rounding out the family is 2-year-old Nolan, who has been adopted by the entire congregation.

Both Mark and Emily are native Floridians — Mark from Vero Beach and Emily from Naples. Because they are natives and because both grandparents still reside in Florida, Mark and Emily felt a strong need to bring up their son Nolan surrounded by family. When our ad appeared in a church publication both Mark and Emily felt it was the right time to come “back home.”

One of the things that attracted the search committee to Mark was his vitality, enthusiasm and creativeness. To quote one member of the church: “You spend five minutes with Mark, and you leave with a renewed commitment to your faith and lots of creative ideas.”

Mark has said United Church has an enormous group of very gifted and talented people; it is definitely one of their strengths. Another strength of the church that he sees is the Bargain Basket, a thrift store that has been in operation for more than 40 years.

Blue sky, warm weather, and a new family at United Church — a wonderful way to start the season.


Lunch, Learn at Rookery Bay

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:48pm

By Coastal Breeze News Staff

Betty Jean Steinshouer

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its monthly “Lunch and Learn Lecture Series” lineup, which kicks off at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 4, with “Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors.”

Using costume and character, literary historian Betty Jean Steinshouer will portray three authors in 15-minute segments. First will be Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to North Florida in 1866 after the Civil War. Act Two will feature Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who fell in love with Florida after arriving at Cross Creek in 1928 where she wrote “The Yearling.” Finally, the audience will meet Marjory Stoneman Douglas — the first to coin the phrase “river of grass” — in her 1947 guide “The Everglades,” written as part of her effort to save the Everglades.

Following the portrayals of the authors, Steinshouer will answer questions. She has degrees in speech communication and English, and has toured 43 states since 1988.

The “Lunch and Learn Lecture Series” will continues with “Nature’s Dozen: Key Moments in Florida’s Environmental History” on Tuesday, Dec. 2 with University of Florida environmental historian Jack Davis, who will provide a brief survey of Florida history — from the pre-Spanish period to the present — through the lens of the human relationship with the natural environment.

Jack Davis

Then on Tuesday, Jan. 6, master storyteller and Florida Atlantic University storytelling professor Caren S. Neile Ph.D. will rely some of Florida’s most memorable tales of folly and fortune, including John Ashley’s gun moll and Carl Tanzler’s not-so-magnificent obsession.

Craig Pittman will visit on Tuesday, Feb. 3, to present “The Everglades Queen and Other Tales of Old Florida.” Truly one of the weirdest “weird Florida” stories ever, the discovery of a spectacular new orchid from South America leads to black market sales in Miami at a price of $10,000 a plant and a grand jury investigation.

The series will wrap up with a Tuesday, March 3, presentation by Steven Noll called “Florida Since 1945 – A Whole New World” and yet-to-be-announced on program on Tuesday, April 7. Noll, a master lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Florida, will focus on Florida’s explosive transition from being the Southern state with the smallest population on the eve of World War II to its current position as the state with the third largest population in the country.

Craig Pittman

Advanced registration is required. Visit to register. The cost is $10, including lunch, and is free for Friends of Rookery Bay members. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island. For more information on the programs, go to or call 239-530-5940.

Calusa Garden Club Starts New Season

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:44pm


Dr. Gary Schmelz answers audience questions following his presentation.

On Monday, Oct. 15, Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club held their first meeting of the new season. The program, “Wildflowers of Southwest Florida,” was presented by Dr. Gary Schmelz. Dr. Schmelz also sold and signed books he has authored.

The next meeting will be held in Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 South Barfield Road. An optional floral design workshop will begin at 11 AM and will be followed by a social time.

The meeting starts at 1 PM, and a program by noted garden expert and author, Monica Brandies, will begin at 2 PM. Guests are welcome for a $10 donation, which will be applied to a membership application if received within three months.

Membership information can be found on the website or by calling 239-394-1425.


Lely H.S. Wins Voter Registration Challenge

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:42pm


The results are in, and with 171 voter registrations and pre-registrations received, Lely High School is the winner of the Second Annual High School Voter Registration Challenge.

The seven Collier County High Schools who took part in the challenge were: Baron-Collier High School, Golden Gate High School, Immokalee High School, Lely High School, Marco Island Academy, Naples High School and Palmetto Ridge High School.

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office received 629 registrations and pre-registrations collectively from all the schools. Supervisor of Elections Jennifer J. Edwards visited Lely High School on Oct. 15 to congratulate students and staff for their outstanding achievement during an award presentation.

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office continues to strengthen its partnerships with Collier County schools and looks forward to continuing this voter registration challenge in the future to engage students in the electoral process.

To learn more about voter outreach and educational programs provided by the Supervisor of Elections Office, contact Cyndi Young, education coordinator, at or call 239-252-8805.


Marco Island Half-Marathon

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:41pm

The Marco Island Half Marathon and 5K run-walk will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2014. The race begins in the Shops of Marco Publix parking lot at the corner of San Marco Road and Barfield Drive. The Half Marathon begins at 7:30 AM and the 5K run-walk begins at 7:45 AM. Monies raised are given to various community organizations on Marco Island. We welcome you to come run, walk or volunteer and be a part of this exciting family event. Runners are encouraged to register and additional information is available at

Murphy’s Law in Istanbul

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:41pm

Vickie Kelber

The Austrian Krankenaus in which my husband received treatment.

Three years ago, I wrote a column in which I revealed my six rules for travel. Rule No. 4 was “Prepare for the unexpected.” As we “mature,” it seems more and more of the unexpected can occur, although situations arise no matter what our age.

On my first “grand tour” of Europe four decades ago, I and my three traveling companions picnicked on a lovely bridge in Switzerland. One of them, drinking from a bottle of Pepita grapefruit soda, a Swiss favorite, aspirated some of the liquid into his lungs. I stood there frozen, watching him choke and wondering how difficult it would be to ship the body home. Fortunately, another one of us was prepared, knew what to do, administered the Heimlich maneuver, and all was fine for the rest of our trip.

I try to anticipate and plan for the unexpected. Preparing for a recent trip to Istanbul, I researched possible needs. It was reported that power outages are frequent, so I made certain that the flashlight I always carry when traveling was fully charged. As it turned out, we had no outages, and even if we had, our apartment was equipped with an emergency light.

Every guidebook I read cautioned not to drink the water in Istanbul. I filled our luggage with Pepto Bismal and Immodium tablets, and, just to be on the safe side, added Cipro to my increasingly growing stash of emergency precautions. Fortunately, none of these antidotes were needed as our apartment had filtered water and restaurant food was not an issue.

Istanbul has an extensive system of webcams, and I checked them frequently before packing so that I knew what types of clothing we might need.

Our apartment was in the “modern” European side of the city. Gezi Park and Taksim square, the site of protests leading to police use of tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets to disperse crowds in May 2013, were within walking distance. Daily, I read an online Turkish newspaper for news of any planned actions. We registered with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) of the U.S. Department of State so that we would receive email updates about any planned demonstrations or other incidents that might affect us.

As it turned out, we arrived the day after a tragedy in which more than 300 miners were killed, and there were demonstrations. We learned that the police are quick to disperse even small groups of protestors. As we walked along Istiklal Caddesi, the popular pedestrian shopping street that leads to Taksim Square, flanks of fully-equipped riot police and large tank-like vehicles that featured water cannons were stationed at various intervals. At one point, distant tear gas wafted down the avenue, causing some coughing, choking and our quickly turning back. During the night, we heard at least three volleys of rubber bullets being utilized.

Yes, we were prepared for all that. What we weren’t prepared for was my husband’s Achilles tendon and its reaction to the uneven cobblestones and steep streets in our neighborhood. Near the end of the first week, he developed significant heel pain to the point of being unable to walk. At first, I thought he was malingering in reaction to all the walking that I love to do when traveling. Soon, it became clear that this was more than pretense.

We learned that there was an Austrian hospital, a Krankenhaus, just around two corners from our apartment and made our way there. The lovely nun at reception who helped us spoke only Turkish and German. With my knowledge of some German and limited Turkish vocabulary, we let our needs be known, registered with the hospital, paid our bill of $56 for a visit with the orthopedic trauma specialist whom the nun assured us spoke “perfect English.”

One of the many carts selling simits, a popular sesame seed bread in Istanbul.

The doctor’s “perfect” English was more than adequate, and after an examination, he diagnosed Achilles tendonitis, prescribed both oral and topical anti inflammatories, and recommended some heel lifts that could be purchased at a special orthopedic outlet. Fortunately, there was a pharmacy, eczane, on the way back to our apartment, and the nearest branch of the orthopedic store was on Istiklal Caddesi, giving me another excuse to head back there for shopping.

After two days bed rest with constant icing, we hoped my husband’s condition would improve enough so that we could make a planned overnight trip to Cappadocia, an historical region in Central Turkey where we would stay in a cave hotel while exploring the unique landscape. When we woke on the day of our trip to await the 5:30 AM taxi to take us to the airport, my husband was unable to put any weight on his foot, and we knew that Cappadocia was not to be.

Since he seemed to be worse, it was back to the krankenhaus for us. The nun’s face lit up in welcome when she saw us. We were already registered with the hospital, so she sent us immediately to the doctor. He suggested an X-ray to rule out any calcifications. A return to reception to pay the $56.50 for the x-ray, then the test, then back to meeting with the doctor. There was no additional charge for this second visit; only for the x-ray. The film was negative, the diagnosis the same, so back my husband went for more bed rest and icing.

The manager of our apartment building contacted a physician friend of hers who put us in touch with another orthopedic surgeon, and I discussed my husband’s case with him. At that point, he recommended an MRI, and I knew that it was time to think about going home. After two weeks in Turkey, we had planned to follow the route of the tulip bulb and spend two more weeks in Holland. Alas, that also was not to be.

Because we had booked our flight from Istanbul to Amsterdam and then our flight home from Amsterdam separately, the airline would issue a new ticket (for $300 each) back to the states but not a rerouting. So, we had to fly to Amsterdam early one morning, stay over in an airport hotel, and then fly out the next day to Miami.

While my husband languished in bed, I spent the time seeing sites further afield and making runs to the grocery store and my favorite neighborhood restaurant where the staff did not speak English but knew I was there for paket, take out food.

Police and gas masked journalist prepare for demonstrations on Istiklal Caddesi.

I felt badly for my husband for I knew he would have loved the city and places I went. As I set out on my last full day there, I felt the city was “mine” as I stopped first for my fresh squeezed orange juice (more about that in a later column) and walked along with confidence while munching on a simit, a sesame seed circular bread sold at carts all over the city. I negotiated the underground passage where a maze of exits leads to trams, trolleys, ferries, avenues and a bridge, passed through the turnstile to the ferry with my Istanbul Card transit pass, and knowing exactly where I wanted to sit, took the ferry to the Asian side of Istanbul. I had no map and no plan, but felt sure that it would work out. Yet, I knew that I was still a tourist as I couldn’t help myself from taking more shots of the amazing skyline of Istanbul with the Topkapi palace, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque in the background.

I loved Istanbul and look forward to sharing some of it with you in future columns.

sure that it would work out. Yet, I knew that I was still a tourist as I couldn’t help myself from taking more shots of the amazing skyline of Istanbul with the Topkapi palace, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque in the background.

I loved Istanbul and look forward to sharing some of it with you in future columns.


Vickie is a former member of the Marco Island City Council and Artistic Director of the Marco Island Film Festival, and has been a volunteer for many island organizations. She is presently on the board of the Naples Mac Users Group. Prior to relocating to Marco, Vickie served as a school psychologist, Director of Special Services, and college instructor and also was a consultant to the New Jersey Department of Education.

Jewelry Falsehoods Continued

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:37pm

Richard Alan

Call them what you may, old wives tales, home remedies or a friend from work told me so. There are things that concern jewelry that are downright wrong, false and can actually harm and even destroy your precious gems or jewelry.

Cleaning jewelry whether it is fine (expensive) or costume jewelry (not expensive) is not a cut and dried process. There are certain chemicals that should never be used on either quality. Cleaning costume jewelry is always very risky. The gold or silver plating can be dulled or peel off and look worse that it did before the cleaning. Most stones are only glued in and can become dislodged in the cleaning process. Even with my many years of experience cleaning all kinds of jewelry, costume jewelry is like handling a delicate flower; it can break or fall apart by just touching it, let alone cleaning it.

Falsehood #1:

Clean your jewelry in bleach.

This is the worst thing you could possibly do to your jewelry. This is catastrophic to gold and silver; this can also damage many gemstones. Cleaning with bleach and soaking in heavily chlorinated swimming pools keep my repair business nonstop. It actually corrodes gold and silver and dulls emeralds and other porous gemstones, such as turquoise, coral or lapis, to name a few. Use a good quality jewelry cleaner, and remember not to mix gold jewelry with silver in the same cleaning solution (jar). The tarnish that is removed from the silver will attach itself to the gold. Always use a separate silver cleaner.

Falsehood #2:

Clean your jewelry with toothpaste.

This is just plain nonsense; this I can assure you. It will not whiten or keep your jewelry safe from plaque or bad breath. In effect, all it does is gunk up your favorite pieces and can actually scratch your jewelry from the pumice grit in the toothpaste. Using an old soft bristle toothbrush to clean with an approved jewelry cleaner is a better idea. Always remember to dip the jewelry in clean water (to neutralize the cleaning solution), and dry with a cotton swatch or polishing cloth.

Falsehood #3:

Diamonds are unbreakable!

Nothing could be further than the truth; diamonds can be chipped or be turned into dust from a sharp rap on a marble counter or car door handle. I come across scores of chipped diamonds that customers have inadvertently caused without being aware of the damage. Remove your rings when washing pots and pans, gardening, lifting or moving heavy articles.

Falsehood #4:

Only diamonds scratch glass.

Glass scratches glass. Try it yourself.

Falsehood #5:

A gift of pearls to a bride-to-be will only cause the couple heartache and tears.

I believe this is an Old Italian wives tale. I can’t prove this is not so, nor would I want to. What I can tell you is never apply perfume or hairspray directly onto your pearls. Put your pearls on after the fact. The sprays will seriously affect the appearance of your pearls by dulling and damaging the delicate surface (nacre) of the pearls and also weaken the silk cord. Only use special approved pearl cleaners.

Falsehood #6: Expensive sterling silver jewelry should never tarnish.

This sadly is not true, but there have been improvements. First problem is living on a tropical island surrounded by salt water/salt air, both of which speed up the tarnishing process.

All silver will tarnish. It is the nature of the metal; same goes for brass, bronze and copper. Recently, new technology in the science of metallurgy has brought forward new alloys that when added to pure silver keep its shine longer and actually tarnishes less quickly. I have several new lines of European and American sterling jewelry that I no longer have to clean on a regular basis because of this new technology. Also remember that a lot of sterling jewelry has a rhodium- or nickel-plated coating on the surface that does help prevent tarnishing, but it can wear off in time.

Falsehood #6:

The best diamond deals can be found

on the internet.

I for one found this to be a fallacy, but first, describe “best deal” to me. Only recently a customer showed me a “One Carat Bargain Diamond” he purchased for $1000 on some cockamamie bargain diamond website. It was farfetched calling it a diamond; it was more like imperfect carbon interrupted by bits of diamond. I have seen diamond grinding wheels with more brilliance.

To me, buying a diamond sight-unseen is just dumb. Whether you are haggling in a third world outdoor marketplace or shopping in cyber-space, you always get what you pay for — never more, unless they stole it — and money (profit) will be made by the seller. Otherwise, what’s the point? A one carat diamond for $1000 is comparable to buying a $1000 Mercedes-Benz. It might look good from a distance, but up close?


Richard Alan is a designer/goldsmith with more than 40 years of experience and owner of the Harbor Goldsmith of Marco Island. He welcomes your questions about “all that glitters” at 239-394-9275 or at

Trifecta of Success

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:35pm

Nancy Richie

Dedicated Collier County Shorebird Stewards: Jean Hall, Carole Talkowski, Karol
Tenace and Orlando Hildago

A trifecta of success unfolded this summer on the Marco Island beach. Humans, shorebirds and sea turtles were all successful in their use, productivity and healthy impact to our beautiful beach.

It is increasingly a tricky balance of the increased recreational use versus the protection of the natural beach. In the past couple weeks, when a typical seasonal northwest fall weather front blew over southwest Florida in combination with a full moon phase, it naturally washed sea squirts and other live organisms up on the beach from the near shore Gulf of Mexico. This phenomenon surprisingly caused outrage and complaints from short-time residents and tourists who had not experienced the ebb and flow of a natural, healthy coastal ecosystem. They exclaimed and wondered what and how this could happen to a “number one beach.”

For less than a week, the sea squirts — unfortunately unsightly little, brown, lumpy masses — littered the tidal zone, decomposing. For the very few complainers that “will never visit here again” and thankfully for the handful that were relieved it was not a pollution disaster and actually were interested in the sea squirts and their function once understanding “nature happens,” there were hundreds of people enjoying the beach.

Why such outrage at a naturally occurring event? While historically the quietest months in the year on any beach in Southwest Florida are September and October, the Marco Island beach had consistently high numbers of visitors consequently exposing them to the natural inconvenience of the high tides, unpredictable fall weather and ultimately, the uncharismatic, but ecologically important, sea squirt population.

That balance is tricky, but a third of the trifecta success this summer was we humans and the positive effect on the beach. Although there was the noted increased of beach goers in these hot summer and fall months, there was also increased outreach, education and understanding. Monthly beach clean-ups sponsored by community businesses and groups have had large and enthusiastic numbers of participants; volunteers walked the beach daily picking up trash and talking to folks; the police department hired and trained Community Service Officers that will be more accessible to beach goers. With all this increased human activity, wildlife was able to thrive.

Wilson Plover, a listed threatened species, newly hatched within the Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area known locally as Sand Dollar Island “spit.”

Yes, wildlife was thriving. Shorebirds, though precariously nesting on a very dynamic spit of sand, were given space and respect to produce. Each year, starting in April into May and June, Wilson Plovers, Least Terns and Black Skimmers settle in, breed, nest and fledge hundreds of young. One of the most productive beaches for shorebird nesting in Florida is the Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area — or locally known as Sand Dollar Island “spit” — and is managed and protected by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with the help of Collier Shorebird Stewards volunteers.

This past season biologists Ricardo Zambrano and Carol Rizcallo managed and monitored hundreds of Black Skimmers, Least Tern and Wilson Plover chicks while daily people walked, strolled, ran, kayaked, swam, fished and beached nearby. Shorebird Stewards Jean Hall, Julie Ausborn, Karol Tenace and Orlando Hildago reached out to thousands of beach goers who overwhelmingly support the effort to protect our wildlife. Many traveled here just to experience the shorebird nesting and our amazing Sand Dollar Island habitat.

The last part, to balance this summer’s trifecta success, is the Loggerhead sea turtles nesting and hatching season. From May to just now, Mary Nelson, our long time, dedicated sea turtle monitor and expert, with her enthusiastic assistant Morgan Scarborough, monitored and managed 73 nests from Hideaway Beach, Sand Dollar to Cape Marco. On the beach by sunrise to survey for crawls and after 10 PM most nights to monitor the nest hatching, Mary and Morgan put in long days and nights to ensure that 55 of those nests hatched successfully so thousands of sea turtle hatchlings could crawl to the Gulf of Mexico. The beachfront properties’ managers and residents, too, did their part, and kept the beaches dark by turning off unnecessary lights and shielding or shading lights by 9 PM each night during the nesting and hatching season. This collective effort along the beach ensures the sea turtles’ conservation.

On Marco Island’s beach, the trifecta success of humans, shorebirds and sea turtles is sustaining a balance of a healthy ecosystem, a balance that is needed to protect the natural ecosystem that in turn will support the recreational uses we all love to enjoy. As Benjamin Franklin famously and wisely once stated, “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”

For more information on the Marco Island beach and its wildlife, opportunities to volunteer or to sponsor or participate in a beach clean-up, please contact Nancy Richie, environmental specialist with the city of Marco Island at or 239-389-5003.


For more information on wildlife on Marco Island, contact Nancy J. Richie, Environmental Specialist, City of Marco Island, at 239-389-5003 or

The Children Act

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:31pm

Maggie Gust

By Ian McEwan
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 2014
240 pages. Genre: Legal fiction

In 1989, the United Kingdom’s parliament passed The Children Act to ensure that when families and legal guardians fail the young the legal authorities are mandated to step in and protect them. As the title indicates, this book is about that law and how its implementation affects the lives of those touched by it.

When I started reading this book, I knew it involved a judge dealing with the case of a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness with end-stage leukemia who, along with his parents, did not want the blood transfusion recommended by his oncologists. I did not understand why McEwan was spending the first part of the book describing in detail the state of mind of Fiona Mayes, British High Court Justice of the Family Division. We do not encounter Adam Henry, the young man, until we are one-fifth into the book. Then I understood how important Fiona’s state-of-mind pre-Adam is to the story development.

By the time Fiona decides to visit Adam in his hospital bed, her husband Jack has left her to have an affair with a younger woman. After 50 days (yes, he kept count) without any meaningful physical contact with Fiona, Jack asked her permission to have an affair — his first in their 35-year marriage. She denies permission. He packed a bag and left that night. She changed the locks the next day. As she is walking home that evening to an empty house, McEwan describes her inner turmoil, “An abandoned fifty-nine-year-old woman, in the infancy of old age, just learning to crawl.” The book is filled with stunning phrases such as this — brilliant use of language throughout.

“The Children Act” is Fiona’s story, told from her viewpoint. I think McEwan did an excellent job in development of all the characters in the book, but I was especially impressed with his description of the functioning of the adolescent mind. In the letters that Adam sends to Fiona, teenaged invincibility radiates from every word. He also examines the role of parents, religion and legal authority in society. Brilliantly, I would say. The ruling that Fiona hands down in Adam’s case is sterling in its use of language as well as regard for the child’s well-being. It addresses the role of religion, parental influence, exposure to alternative world viewpoints or lack thereof, immaturity, in determining the welfare and dignity of a child’s life.

If you read “Atonement” and enjoyed it, you might appreciate this book as well. There are long narrative passages that reveal details of other cases she is dealing with as well as Fiona’s attitudes and her self-examination. She is questioning everything — her childlessness, devotion to the law, the looming dissolution of her marriage, even her ability to play piano, which is her soul-refreshing retreat from the court room.

A word of caution if you are deeply religious: I think it is pretty clear McEwan is not. The pivotal subplot involves a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but Fiona’s other cases involve Orthodox Jews, Muslims and Catholics who have all failed their children due to their religious beliefs. Interestingly, no agnostic or atheist families seem to need family court in McEwan’s world. Still, Fiona is an interesting character who is not only a devoted brilliant judge but a wonderful pianist who cares about her extended family, her country and even the environment. This book should be great for discussion groups.

If you not have not read any of McEwan’s novels, “The Children Act” will illustrate why he is considered one of Britain’s best novelists, deserving of his many accolades.

Rating is 4.0/5.0. “The Children Act” is available just about everywhere in all formats. It is currently in the Collier County Public Library system, awaiting your request. Admire the wordsmithery.


Maggie Gust has been an avid reader all her life. Her past includes working as a teacher as well as various occupations in the health care field. She shares a hometown with Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, but Florida has been her home since 1993. Genealogy, walking on the beach, reading, movies and writing, are among her pursuits outside of work. She is self employed and works from her Naples home.


New Median for Bald Eagle Drive and Park Avenue

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 2:21pm

By Noelle H. Lowery


Next month, the traffic pattern at the intersection of Bald Eagle Drive and Park Avenue will be changing. According to Tim Pinter, the city of Marco Island’s public works director, the city will be building a raised concrete median island there to limit the traffic exiting from Park Avenue onto Bald Eagle Drive to right turns only.

The median is slated for construction during the first week of November, and while city staff does not yet have a firm price for the project, they are soliciting bids from contractors. Still, the project comes at the right time, with the first Farmers Market of the season set for Wednesday, Nov. 12.

“This will not affect the traffic on Bald Eagle,” assures Pinter, but people exiting Veterans Memorial Park via Park Avenue at Bald Eagle Drive will only be able to turn south, or right. The median is meant to help quell the continued traffic problems generated by the Farmers Market each Wednesday from November to April. This permanent median island will replace the temporary “no left turns” signs that the city puts up during the Farmers Market, and will prevent motorists from going straight across Bald Eagle into the Marco Town Center Mall.

“One of the problems was created by cars wanting to go straight through the intersection of Park Avenue and Bald Eagle into the town center, which not only created a potentially hazardous traffic situation but also increased the traffic back up on Park,” explains Alex Galiana, recreational facilities manager for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

He continues: “The major problem is the 2,000 people that visit the Farmers Market within a four-hour period on Wednesday mornings during the months of January, February and March. Any event on the island that draws that amount of people within a short duration will cause traffic congestion.”

The project is the result of a collaborative effort between Pinter, Galiana, the Marco Island Police Department and City Manager Roger Hernstadt. When Hernstadt arrived in Marco earlier this year — in the thick of season and the Farmers Market — he noted that the measures the city was taking to deal with the traffic congestion at the intersection were not working. These included the temporary “no left turn” signs and police presence.

“After the new city manager witnessed the traffic patterns, he suggested that we implement a new one direction traffic flow in the parking lot to avoid head on traffic conflicts and facilitate vehicles exiting from the Farmers Market,” says Galiana. “The city manager also suggested and MIPD instituted a no left turn at the corner on Elkcam and Bald Eagle for those leaving the Farmers Market.”

For this year’s market, the traffic pattern will be the same, only now the “no left turn” will be permanent. There also will be an extra officer added to further help traffic flow, and all traffic signage in the vicinity of the Farmers Market will be strictly enforced.

“We do want to remind drivers in the main parking lot that they must exit the lot using the gravel driveway at the west side of the lot and adhere to the directional signage,” Galiana stresses. “We will continue to monitor traffic patterns and behaviors, and implement additional modifications if deemed necessary.”

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:18am
Like most cities, Marco Island has ordinances governing where, when and how you can display political signs. Some of those rules, including Section 530-527(17), prohibit mounting political signs on vehicles, whether parked or being driven. And some of the rules prohibit political signs from being placed in the public right of way, as well as prohibiting vehicles from being parked within so many feet of any intersection, and within vacant lots without the owner’s permission. These requirements are for political fairness and equality, and for public safety and protection of property.

You would think that our stalwart “captains of industry” and leaders of some of our citizen’s advocate groups and newsletters would abide by, and obey, the letters of the law. Or, perhaps they feel that they are above the law. You would also think that our Marco Island Police Department would recognize these violations that occur in full view at the polling places and enforce the ordinances, especially since some of the members of the MIPD Foundation are aware of the violations that occur within 30 feet of where they are stumping for their chosen candidates. And since patrol cars pass by the polling place several times every day. It makes one wonder whether the violations would be tolerated and ignored like this if the vehicles and mounted signs were advertising for the other candidates, instead of just for the candidates they support. I’ve filed complaints with the MIPD about these violations, and they’re “investigating”. Hopefully the investigation will conclude in time to stop these violations before election day. C’mon, Man!! Make it an even playing field for all the candidates! You’re supposed to be impartial.    

Thanks, Bill Harris Marco Island, Florida

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island City Councilman Amadeo Petricca

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 2:28pm

Marco Island City Councilman Amadeo Petricca: I support Victor Rios for council

I approached Victor Rios to inquire if he would consider being a candidate for Marco Island City Council. After several conversations, Mr. Rios decided to be a candidate. I support his decision and formally endorse Victor Rios’ candidacy for council.

He is a person of integrity; he is honest, ethical and a fiscal conservative. Mr. Rios has an engineering degree and an MBA degree. He is well-respected and known for due diligence when working on projects.

He has attended 90-percent-plus council meetings over the last several years and has spoken to several items on the council agendas. He is very familiar with city ‘s operation and I feel he has the qualification to deal with the many issues that council is confronted with.

He has no personal agenda other than to represent all of the people of Marco Island. Mr. Rios, in my opinion, will deal with the facts when making-decision.

With that being said, I encourage all voters to consider Victor Rios as your candidate when you cast your vote.

Amadeo R. Petricca

Member, Marco Island City Council

Marv Needles and Paul Tateo, Co-Chairs Rental Task Force

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:03pm

The City of Marco Island is reviewing ordinances that address several issues related to the lifestyle and rights of residents and property owners who chose to rent their properties. The issues identified by the city are: excessive noise, illegal parking, trash left in swales and lack of taxes being collected from rental properties.

At the August 22nd meeting of the Planning Board, an agenda item was added to address concerns thought to be the result of rental activity in residential neighborhoods. As an active member of the community, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) volunteered to establish a Task Force to review the issues and report back at the Planning Board’s November meeting.

While the Task Force was establishes by MIAAOR, any recommendations proposed by the Task Force will not represent a position of MIAAOR, but that of the Task Force participants. The Realtor group’s action was intended to provide meeting space and help initiate and organize community involvement.

The Task Force is chaired by two Realtors, Marv Needles and Paul Tateo, who each have had a long history of community involvement. In addition, representatives of other community organizations are participating, as well as residents and property owners who rent their properties.

The Task Force is in the process of collecting data and input from others and intends to review and analyze the city’s concerns with the intent of finding and recommending solutions. The hope is to find and recommend solutions that benefit all parties that may be affected by the issues.

The Task Force intends to provide an update of the group’s activity at the Planning Board’s November 7th meeting. The Task Force would appreciate any input from our readers. All comments will be shared with the Task Force and the Planning Board with its final recommendations, expected at the Planning Board’s December 7th meeting.

Comments can be sent to

All comments will be forwarded to the Task Force.

Letter to the Editor: Craig R. Woodward

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:00pm

I have known Litha Berger since 2002 when I worked with her on a continuing care facility that was proposed by one of my clients for Marco Island. Litha was the professional consultant on the project having spent her career working with assisted and independent living facilities. Unfortunately for the Island, that facility was never completed as many of our residents have expressed a desire to be able to continue to live on the Island even when they need assistance and cannot live alone. In the last 12 years that I have known and dealt with Litha I have found her to be very compassionate and concerned with Marco’s future as well as involved in our community. In addition she is reliable, honest and will seek out and be open to different opinions before making decisions. We are fortunate this year to have a good selection of candidates running for the three open seats, but one criteria should be diversity and having a woman back on the Marco Island City Council would be a good way to give more of our Islanders representation. Litha clearly will be an asset to the City Council and should be one of your choices when you vote.


Craig R. Woodward, Esq.