The Islandias

South Ocean Drive, South Hutchinson Island,

Jensen Beach, Florida 34957



Dear Council Members, Please click on the Now or Neverglades link & show your support.
See correspondence below stating the history of this Declaration as sent to Ken at Nettles.  He sent this for distribution to garner the Council's support to add to the strength of the organization's foundation.  Now, please send it to everyone you know.
This is a state issue which requires the power of people joining together for this cause.
Thank you,
Patricia M French-Pacitti, President
Presidents Council of Hutchinson Island
772-229-0311 office
772-229-0140 fax
772-201-1466 cell Ken,
I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of support everyone has given the Now or Neverglades Declaration! In recent days a glimmer of hope that the voice of reason and sanity is finally being heard.

During February I attended a SFWMD water policy meeting in Homestead regarding problems associated with having too much water in South Dade and too little water in Taylor Slough. This was the principal cause of a 40,000 acre sea grass die off in Florida Bay last fall. Half way through the meeting I realized I had attended virtually the same meeting 30 years ago. Same problem same solution. Personally,I had had enough and with about 20 others pulled together some extremely concerned and knowledgeable like minded individuals and organizations who intend to fix the problem once & for all. Because three estuaries are needlessly in turmoil over the lack of following sensible scientific and social treatment we strove to bring together people from Fort Myers, Stuart and the Keys. Florida's Everglades beginning south of Orlando, like an aorta with a blockage needs a stint or bypass to repair it. It's just that simple.
As a result, the Now or Neverglades Declaration was created. For those who say this is a solution proposed by "environmentalist," it is apparent that is how people who fish, drink water, enjoy beaches, own water based businesses or real estate and cherish quality time on water are viewed by some; so I guess I am an environmentalist. Have we waited too long? For me, maybe yes. For my grandchildren, no. Is it too expensive? The cost to restore is dwarfed by the costs of inaction and further degradation to Florida's principal asset: Water!  I offer a heartfelt thanks to those individuals and organizations who have joined in support of the Now or Neverglades Declaration. In just one month, tens of thousands of individuals, companies, conservation organizations, public figures and politicians have endorsed the common sense plan to fix our waters! Please share and reshare the declaration far and wide! Urge increased support from others using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, Emails and in person. Click through Now or Neverglades Declaration to sign as an individual or organization and we will put this common sense plan for the future INTO ACTION!


Sandy Moret
Islamorada, Florida

Pat, An update below. Their site reports about 25,000 supporters.  That is the kind of number that gets the attention of politicos.  More is better.  There is a link in the update if you are not yet a supporter and would like to be.  I think the regional approach, including the Everglades and Keys is really a strong one.  The problem is not just a St. Lucie River one.  Ken Emens 


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From Jim Hudson, Hutchinson Island Coalition (Updated 5/16/2016)
Oceanside Resort to Open January 2017 on S. Hutchinson Island
Kennedy Space Center Launch events
Restaurants on Hutchinson Island
Video Clip of turtles on the beach at Islandia - July 2015 - Courtesy of Ron Darby
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... March 9, 2015 - Beachfront at Islandias
Pictures of the driveway repaving at Islandia
Changes on Hutchinson Island from Jim Hudson, Hutchinson Island Coalition (Updated 12/31/2014)
Hutchinson Island South Roadway Pictures
Islandia I Newsletter - September 2013
Places to Visit on or around Hutchinson Island
Discover Hutchinson Island - 2014 February Newsletter
Artist Renderings of proposed roundabout changes and Holiday Inn
Jules Rosenfeld and the "Honor Flights"
Shark off of the beach
Every day thousands of people suffer sudden cardiac arrest. Would you know what to do?
SPEAK UP for the St. Lucie (Martin County)
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Storm Sandy Pictures (10/28/2012)
Recent Obituaries:
Jim Blakely - June 5, 2016
James (Jim) Mirabella - October 19, 2015
Grace C. Mirabella - August 7, 2015
Dodie Hedges - July 23, 2015
Jules Rosenfeld - July 26, 2015
Bernard (Bernie) Wolf - April 5, 2015
John Jack K. Boerema - April 3, 2015
Elizabeth (Betty) Mary Heiland - February 17, 2015
Just watched this video and was impressed, so I'm sending it to those on my mailing list with the hope that it will save lives (maybe mine, yours or someone you love!). Ron Darby
Videos below courtesy of Ron Darby

Video of the magnificent Sea Turtles who, annually, come to our Islandia beach to lay their eggs and when ready to hatch, volunteers collect the eggs, and with many Islandia kids and grandkids, took part in the release of hundreds and hundred of wonderful Sea Turtle babies after they had matured several months. Residents would go down to the beach around 3:00 in the dark, with just a flashlight when all was still would watch these wonderful turtles lay their eggs then cover them with their massive flippers. This is a wonder each year.

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Hurricanes Francis and Jeanne, 2004, in case you've forgotten...
What you should know about Rip Tides

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"The FSBPA is a very different kind of state association - which is the source of our effectiveness" is the start of their brochure. This is a non-profit corporation that is vital to getting local beach projects off the ground. We need a lot of our Islandia families to join this organization to help give it influence on beach projects across the state and particularly on Hutchinson Island.

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Hutchinson Island Changes by Jim Hudson

December 31, 2014

Click Here for a pdf file of the minutes below.

Ocean Properties Meeting with HIC -­ ESC December 29, 2014 2:00 – 3:30pm

Florida Oceanographic Society Conference Room 

In Attendance: Gene Barnes (Spinnaker), Bobby Byrd (Martin County Engineering), John Canavan (Suntide), Jack Florin (HIC), Ed Griffith (Marriott Courtyard), Jim Hudson (HIC), Vicki Hudson, Tom McMurrian (Ocean Properties), Rich Morrin (IRP), Nerissa Okiye (Martin County Tourism & Marketing), Kathy Overton (Publix), Bill Peloso (IRP), Bob Raynes (Gunster – attorney), Ken Trabue (Green Turtle Cove), Mark Walsh (Ocean Properties) 

I. The main purpose of this meeting was to get a status update on the Oceanside Resort (Old Holiday Inn). 

Mark Walsh, one of the owners of Ocean Properties, described his company as a family-­‐owned builders of hotels/resorts. They currently own 42 hotels/resorts. The closest resort is the Jupiter Beach Resort. The closest hotel is the Hutchinson Island Marriott Courtyard in St. Lucie County. They have two major construction projects currently going on in Florida, one in Clearwater and one in Long Boat Key and they have two other hotels up in the New England area that are being built. Mark assures us that the resort that they have planned is being over-­‐designed for the long-­‐term – a unique, one-­‐of-­‐a-­‐kind resort for this area. It will be a high-­‐end resort, but not pretentious. It is being designed with corporate meeting space, weddings, and family events (because it cannot be sustainable with just the typical vacationing tourist of Martin County). Mark said they are going to try to stay as an independent resort (i.e., they are hoping they don’t have to “brand” the resort – like making it a Ritz-­‐Carlton) because it is quite expensive to brand a hotel or resort. 

Mark explained that they bought the Old Holiday Inn from Wayne Hiezenga (in late 2009). At that time the economy started its downward spiral. The market has been slowly recovering, but not at a pace that makes it feasible to start the building process. Unlike the other areas of Florida that they have hotels/resorts that have an average occupancy rate of 95%+ all year round; Martin County occupancy rate has an average occupancy rate of about 65% -­‐ this is not enough to sustain a resort that they are planning for their property at the old Holiday Inn site. They have been making strides towards completing the preliminary work that needs to be done before any building can take place. The site plan has been approved. Right now, they are spending about $600K to finalize the engineering plans on the exterior and the interior design – both are going well. 

All construction permits are to be pulled by April of 2015. The reason that Ocean Properties wanted to get some people together from the Hutchinson Island Coalition was to inform the residents of the Island that they are applying for a 2-­‐year extension; which is allowed as part of Florida Statutes. Bob (Ocean Properties attorney) said that the request had to be in to the Commissioners by Wednesday, December 31, 2014. This would mean they have until April of 2017 to get all the permitting pulled and then they would have 2-­‐years to complete the building. Mark said that they don’t know if they will need the extension, but they felt that they needed to apply for the extension just in case they did need it. 

After the meeting for Ocean Properties, Gene, Jim, Bobby and Rich stayed around to talk about the Jensen Beach Roundabout plan. Based on the polling of the residents of the Island (including some in St. Lucie County), Martin County was asked to delay the project until after “the season” and after the Sailfish Regatta. We asked Bobby to have everything staged and ready to go on Monday, May 18, 2015 and to finish as soon as possible. Gene also asked to have the landscaping changed to something more suitable to what the Coalition is trying to accomplish on the Island. Bobby and Gene will be working together to make the necessary changes.

Several people have asked what the yellow Martin County permitting/zoning signs on the Island are for. You will note that they have project numbers #15-­‐8 through #15-­‐14. All are on Martin County owned land. The changes were ordered by the Board of County Commissioners to change zoning codes from Estate Density or Industrial zoning to Conservation or recreational zoning.

Minutes submitted by Vicki Hudson

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August 30, 2014

The Phase 1 project is continuing and is supposed to be completed by mid-September. Stuart has had a tremendous amount of rain, so the swamp is having a hard time keeping dry to complete the project. Many years ago, the FDOT had cut down many Australian Pines and just left them in the wetland area (including the stumps); which no one knew at the time of the bidding process. So after the first two weeks the contractor had hauled away everything that had been in the bid. Needless-to-say, it took some time for Martin County (MC) and the contractor to resolve that issue - which also slowed the project down. I talked to Kevin Landry, who is the MC landscape architect, and Gene Barnes (HIC landscape architect) and within the last four weeks, they had to redesign Phase 1 so that we would have enough money to complete the project. Sable Palms have been planted. Irrigation pumps are installed. 19 Coconut Palms and several more truckloads of boulders will be delivered soon.

With regard to the roundabout, the bids just have come in in the last two weeks. Martin County should be making a decision by Labor Day to select the successful bidder (it will not be the same contractor that is doing Phase 1). MC is also waiting on an FDOT permit, which the engineering department says should be in by next week too. Bobby Byrd, the MC Engineer, tells me it is his goal to have the majority of the roadwork completed in late November or early December - before most of the snowbirds arrive. For the 26 years we have been on the Island, I would agree that most of the snowbirds do not come back until after Thanksgiving/Christmas. All of the bids for the roundabout came in higher than it was projected, so MC engineering is making adjustments to get as much done as possible with the dollars they have available.

At this time it would appear, between Phase 1 and the Roundabout, we will have over $1 million dollars in improvements to the Island in 2014. I have been encouraged to hear Commissioner Smith tell us that he will continue to support the Coalitions efforts; but we must be patient.
Once Phase 1 is completed, our goal is to send out an update to all Coalition members with pictures.

I will be back to Hutchinson Island the first week of October and hope to be able to be more "hands-on" with what is happening.

If you have any other questions, please let me know and I will try to get you answers. It's a little tough being 1,000 miles away, but M.C. has been trying to keep me updated on what is happening.

Jim Hudson


July 15, 2014

Since our last email on June 10, 2014 we haven't had a great deal of construction on our Phase 1 project for the following reasons:

1) After our last update, the contractor let us know that he had exceeded the number of truckloads of material to be hauled away from the project site. There was a great deal more muck, Australian Pines (which had been cut up many years ago by the FDOT and just left in the swamp) and tree stumps that did not show up in the bid package.

2) The water in the swamp was tested and turned out to be brackish and many of the plants which had been proposed in the bid and would be planted where water would remain would not have survived in the brackish conditions.

3) It had previously been determined that the ponds located on the golf course would still need to be corrected so that they do not drain into the newly constructed area. This is still being evaluated as to what needs to be done. I talked with Brad Cochran this week and he tells me he will do whatever is necessary, from the Marriott point of view, to elevate his golf cart path and keep it from being under water.

4) As you will be able to see with the attached pictures, we are in the rainy season and it is hard to do a lot of work when it is so wet and the water is accumulating and not draining quickly enough.

(Click on pictures to enlarge)

Last week Gene Barnes prepared alternate landscape prints, which will help save us enough money to bring in approximately 500 cubic yards of good soil which is needed. Kevin Landry, Martin County landscape architect is also in agreement with the new proposal. Bobby Byrd, who has replaced Erik Ferguson on this project, has met with Don Donaldson last week and he has also approved the changes in the landscape material and bringing in the additional soil. These changes needed to take place in order to work around our limited budget. Should you want to discuss the details of the new landscaping for the "swamp" area, please give me or Gene Barnes a call.

Approximately 25% of the wiring for the irrigation system has been completed and the water meter has been installed. Once the appropriate grade level is obtained, boulders, palm trees and ground cover will be installed (weather permitting). They are still projecting that the project will be completed by mid-August.

I would like to say a special thanks to Gene Barnes, Bobby Byrd, Erik Ferguson and Kevin Landry for their efforts in pushing this project along!! Thanks guys, we really appreciate your efforts!

I talked with Anna Colgan last week about the new Oceanside Resort and she informed me that on July 8th, one of the Board of Commissioner items concerning Martin County utility easements had been approved for the Oceanside project. There are more items which will need to be approved by engineering and the Commissioners, but they are still hopeful that this project should be completed within the next 18 months.

With regard to my letter to the governor, they have asked that I contact Elisabeth Hassett, of the FDOT, so that we can discuss appropriate landscaping for the rest of A1A (Martin County). In talking with Bobby today, I suggest that this meeting take place in the Martin County Engineering department around the end of October.

Jim Hudson

June 10, 2014

Since approximately 75% of us leave Florida during the summer months, I wanted to provide you with an update on this project. As you know, it has been a long, slow process getting approvals, permits and work started. I received pictures last evening, which are attached, and wanted to share them with you.

We are approximately 40% complete with this piece of Phase 1. The next steps will involve installing the small rock into the wet area of this property. It is projected that this will always be wet due to ground and rain water. But we do not want it to turn into a "swamp" area again. They will finish grading the project, install the irrigation system, installing big boulders, palm and other trees, and ground cover. Gene Barnes, our local landscape architect, will be back to Florida tomorrow to work with the contractor's staff, and Martin County's landscape architect.

I know that we will all be proud to see this area take on a new look. The project completion date will be August, 2014.

Jensen Beach Roundabout, the next HIC project we have been working on with Martin County Engineering and Commissioners, will be starting on the Island later this summer. This project costs approximately $500,000. Their goal is to have the project completed before the majority of "snow birds" return.

Thanks to each of you and with your continued support we will strive to make Hutchinson Island a safer, more beautiful place to live.


Jim Hudson








In June this year, Jules Rosenfeld, Islandia I, Apt 1409, was invited, as part of the "Honor Flight" program to travel to the War Memorials in Washington, DC. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.

CLICK HERE to view a few picture of the day (Click on slideshow, full screen for best viewing). A great and worthy tribute to Jules and all of our American Heros of all our wars!

For more information about the "The Honor Flights" CLICK HERE.












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Shark caught behind the Islandias on March 9, 2015 around 4:30 PM.

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If you know the fisherman who caught this, drop me a note so I can give him credit.

It appears to be a Black Tip Shark. CLICK HERE for a description.


Bert McConnell










For all of you "Ocean Swimmers" I thought you'd like to see some pictures of the ocean waterfront taken this morning from the sixth floor of Islandia I: CLICK HERE

Click on slideshow for best viewing.

I sent a question to the Florida Oceanographic group located on the south end of the Island and below is the response I received:

Thank you for your wonderful photos and question. We believe this is a hammerhead, potentially a great hammerhead Sphyrna mokarran due to perceived size and fin shape, commonly seen on our shores.

Hammerheads are very well known for their distinctive head shape which is used to great advantage in their movement, hunting, and sensing abilities. These sharks are primarily benthic (or bottom) feeders but have been known to hunt migratory prey like pompano which were running around that time. Stingrays and other fish are found in shallower waters so this animal may have been using the surf to its advantage, letting the wave hoist it to the prey and sweep it back out to deeper (and safer) waters.

These are fabulous photos. May we have your permission to use them for educational purposes?

Thanks and have a happy New Year,
Shannon Dack
Florida Oceanographic Stuart, FL

Also, here is a link to FLMNH to learn more about this species of hammerhead: CLICK HERE.











Elizabeth (Betty) Mary Heiland

December 7, 1942 - February 17, 2015

Islandia I, Apt 1609

Elizabeth (Betty) Mary Heiland a resident of Jensen Beach, Florida and Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, formerly of the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Treasure Coast Hospice. She was 72 years old. Elizabeth was born December 7, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late John Joseph Schick and the late Elizabeth M. Schick (nee - Downey). She is the beloved wife of Robert J. Heiland; Mother of Daniel J. Heiland and Robert C. Heiland. She was predeceased by her brothers Joseph and John Schick.

Betty was born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia. She attended St. Martin of Tours and was a 1961 graduate of Little Flower High School. She went to work for Bell Telephone after school and Sears on Roosevelt Boulevard. Betty went back to school to become a licensed Hair Dresser and started her own salon “Glamourous U” in the Fox Chase Section of Philadelphia. She later went to work for Proctor and Gamble before retiring. Betty met Robert at a party in 1958. They fell in love and were married in September of 1963 at St. Martin of Tours Parish. They raised their sons in Fox Chase. After retirement they spent ten years in Las Vegas, NV. They moved to Huntingdon Valley, PA and Jensen Beach, FL in 2010. Betty loved to travel and spend her time with the family and friends.

Relatives and friends were invited to her viewing on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. and prayer service at 8:00 P.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046. Relatives and friends were also invited to her Funeral Mass on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Cecilia Church, 535 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111 Her graveside service followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3301 West Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19038.

Religious services were conducted by Father Thomas M. Higgins from Holy Innocents Parish.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Jefferson Office of Institutional Advancement (Cancer Research), 125 South 9th Street, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Family flowers arranged by Sally’s Flowers 215-722-4500.






















John Jack K. Boerema

Boerema, John "Jack" K. Age 85 of Grand Rapids went to be with his Lord on Friday, April 3, 2015. He was preceded in death by his grandson Jack Tyler Boerema. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Betty; children, Glenes (John) Hamersma, John (Michele) Boerema, Norman (Terri) Boerema; grandchildren, Sam, Maddie, Riley, Tatiana & Anna; brother, Roger (Mary) Boerema.


Jack was a lifelong member of La Grave Avenue Christian Reformed Church. He served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant during the Korean War. A graduate of Michigan State and the University of Michigan, he went on to become a professor and administrator at Grand Rapids Junior College for over 25 years.


He served Kent County for over 32 years as the Treasurer, a Commissioner, and Chairman of the Aeronautics Board. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 11:00 am at La Grave Avenue CRC, 107 LaGrave Ave. SE, with Rev. John J. Steigenga officiating.


The family will greet friends and relatives at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, on Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jack Tyler Boerema Endowed Scholarship at Dutton Christian School, 6729 Hanna Lake Avenue SE, Caledonia, MI 49316; or, to the John and Betty Boerema Named Scholarship at Calvin College. - See more at:


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Gloria Ann (Dodie) Hedges
July 30, 1925 - July 23, 2015

HEDGES, Gloria A. age 89 passed away July 23, 2015. Loving wife of the late George for 45 years. Caring mother of Georgia (Robert) Burgess, Patrick (Kathleen), Kathryn (Richard) Rychlik, David (Linda), John (Susan), James (Donna), William (Ana), Janet (Brian) VandeBerg, and Susan (Craig) Rigby. Cherished grandmother of 25 and great grandmother of 15.


Visitation Monday 4pm-8pm at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills. In state 10am Tuesday until time of Funeral Mass 11am at St. Owen Catholic Church, 6869 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and National Parkinson’s Foundation.


CLICK HERE to sign the McCabe Funeral home guest book.

CLICK HERE for a few pictures of Dodie with her friends at Islandia

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Grace C. Mirabella

May 20, 1931 - August 7, 2015

Grace C. Mirabella of Hales Location, NH, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Grace Cecelia Rudyanski, May 20, 1931 to Joseph and Grace (Silesia) Rudyanski in East Orange, New Jersey. She spent her childhood summers on the Jersey Shore.

Grace met her husband, James Mirabella of New York City, while vacationing in Lake George, NY. They married in 1954 and moved first to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, then to Queens, NY where they raised their five children.
Grace was known for her strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. She rented rooms in her home while living in Queens for extra income, and went back to work in Manhattan when her children were older. In 1976 the family moved to Intervale, NH where they owned and operated Perry’s Motel and Cottages until 1991. She and Jim spent their winters in warmer weather, often taking the long way to destinations like Arizona, Florida and California, meeting up with and making new friends along the way.

Perhaps what Grace was best known for was her kind heart and sharp mind. She never forgot a name or a story, and could always be relied upon to give sound, observant unbiased advice. She was a woman ahead of her time, believing and encouraging women of all walks and ages to be strong and independent. She always did things her way, but was always polite in the face of opposing views, and everyone who knew her loved her for that.

Grace was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Church in North Conway, NH and St. Martin de Porres Church in Jensen Beach, FL. She is the beloved wife of James Mirabella of 61years of Hales Location, NH, loving mother to James J. Mirabella and his wife Judy of Intervale, NH, Francesca A. Mirabella and her wife Marlene Spittler of Toms River, NJ, Cecelia G. Hibbert of Jensen Beach, FL, Maria J. Mirabella of San Diego, CA, Anita Cheney and her husband Speedo of Hales Location, NH. She is the dear grandmother of Alicia Risi, Richard Sierpina, Matthew Mirabella, Stephen Hibbert, Victoria Han, Nathanael Hibbert, Raven Mirabella, Kiana Cheney and Zara Cheney. She has one great grandchild, Nico Han.  She is the sister of Joseph M. Rudyanski and his wife Joan of Indiana. Grace also leaves behind several very special cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

There will be no visiting hours by request of the family. A mass of Catholic burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Mountains Church in North Conway on August 28, 2015 at 11am. Burial to follow at St Joseph Cemetery on Route 302 in Bartlett, NH.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to North Country Cares, PO Box 1081, North Conway, NH 03860, phone number 603-662-3443 or to the drop off location at North Country Fair, 2448 White Mt Hwy North Conway, NH, gently used clothing etc. for the 12 - 18 age group for the Revolving Closet, or to a charity of your choice.































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James Mirabella of Hales Location passed away Oct. 19, 2015. He was born in Little Italy downtown Manhattan in New York City on Oct. 14, 1926, to Sebastiano and Frances Mirabella of Sicily, Italy.

​Jim graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in New York City. He was mostly self-employed, operating a coffee/lunch truck that serviced several factories in Brooklyn, with his brother Tom. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service for some time before moving his family to Intervale in 1976. There, he and his wife, Grace Mirabella, owned and operated Perry's Motel and Cottages in Intervale until they retired in 1991.

​Jim is the beloved husband of the late Grace C. Mirabella of Hales Location; loving father to James J. Mirabella and his wife, Judy, of Intervale, Francesca A. Mirabella and her wife, Marlene D. Spittler, of Toms River, N.J., Cecelia G. Hibbert of St. Petersburg, Fla., Maria J. Mirabella of San Diego, Calif., and Anita S. Cheney and her husband, Speedo, of Hales Location.

He is the dear grandfather of Alicia and Aaron Risi, Richard and Tricia Sierpina, Matthew Mirabella, Stephen and Desiree Hibbert, Victoria and Sheng Han, Nathanael Hibbert, Raven Mirabella, Kiana Cheney and Zara Cheney. He has one great grandchild, Nico James Han. He is the younger brother of the late Gaetano (Tom) Mirabella, and the older brother of the late Santa (Sandy) Riggi, and Angelo Mirabella and his wife, Eleanor.

He was a very gentle man who, along with his wife, Grace, of 61 years, touched many lives and opened his home to many people. He worked hard and was successful in all his endeavors, but Jim always considered his greatest achievement in life to be his wonderful and loving family.

​In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made in the name of James Mirabella to North Country Cares, P.O. Box 1081, North Conway, NH 03860, or call (603) 662-3443 to drop off gently-used clothing for the 12 to 18 age group for Revolving Closet at North Country Fair, 2448 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, or The Fresh Air Fund, 633 Third Avenue 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

The Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway is in charge of arrangements. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. To send a message of condolence, or for more information, visit
























Bernard (Bernie) Wolf

Subject: Number 4

Bernie passed away Easter Morning. 

My Mother Passed away 4 years ago the day before Easter.

By the Lunar Calendar- they both chose the same day to exit this planet - on the full Moon of Passover/Easter.

They were 4 years and 4 days apart in age.

Dad died 4 years after mom.

The number Four has to be significant!

According to Numerology, 4 is the most Practical of Numbers. Sheila was extremely pragmatic! I bet the idea was hers.

Dean Wolf (


Bernie Wolf, long time resident of Islandia I (Apt # 1403), passed away on April 5, 2015. Here seen in a picture with his wife Sheila, who predeceased him on April 23, 2011. Bernie was a member of the Underwater Demolition Teams, a predecessor of the SEALs, and was rightfully proud of his service to our country. He never missed the opportunity each year to let people know about the Navy Seal Museum in Ft. Pierce, the link to it is below. He loved to sail, could always be found in the pool doing laps, and was truly a memorable person aound Islandia I.


Bernie will be cremated and placed in the niche at section A-21, Row A, Site 66, with military honors at the South Florida National Cemetery at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 10, 2015. The address is 6501 South State Road, Lake Worth, Florida 33449

Click HERE for some pictures of Bernie and Sheila Wolf at Islandia. (Click on slide show and full screen for best viewing.)





















Jules Rosenfeld

Dear friends, it is with a very heavy heart that I tell you that Jules passed away on Sunday night.  He had been slowly failing in the last year, but always put up a good front. He liked to say that his body had caught up with his age.  I will miss him terribly.
           Take care,

Attached is his obituary that the family wrote.

Jules Rosenfeld, 95, of Jensen Beach, Florida and Egg Harbor Twp, passed away on July 26 surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Max and Katie Rosenfeld on April 28, 1920 and raised in Woodbine, N.J.

In December 1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Force and spent 4 ½ years in the Caribbean and Pacific areas.

After the war, he went into business with his father and over the next
15 years developed a series of laundromats and dry cleaning stores throughout Cape May County. At the same time, he was very active in his community serving time as a councilman and was named Citizen of the Year in 1957. He was also active as a member of the Woodbine Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in developing the local airport.

For the next 40 years, he lived in Margate. He and a partner developed the Groveland Center in Somers Point. He also became director of the Citizens National Bank and was named “Director of the Year” in 1970. He has been a long time member of Temple Emeth Shalom and Great Bay Country Club.

Participating in sports was a big part of his life and he excelled in all of them- baseball, racquetball, bowling, tennis, and lastly golf. At the age of 80 he shot his age. He also enjoyed traveling with his family. He and his wife spent 16 happy years traveling in their motor home visiting every continental state and parts of Mexico and Canada.

He is predeceased by his daughters Nancy and Sally. Jules is survived by June, his loving wife of 65 years, his daughters Janet Bishop (Bob), Shana Phelan (Peter) and son Blair (Janeisy) and 5 grandchildren, Allison and Andrew Bishop, Kyle and Ryan Rosenfeld, and Kyra Phelan. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Honor Flight of Southern New Jersey, Williamstown High School, 700 North Tuckahoe Road, Williamstown, NJ 08094. Home address is 74 Burnside Drive, Egg Harbor TWP, NJ 08234


CLICK HERE for pictures from Jules' 95th birthday gathering at Islandia I

CLICK HERE for Pictures of Jules on the Honor Flight, June 2014

CLICK HERE for pictures from Jules' 90th birthday gathering at Islandia I

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Jim Blakely

It is with great sadness I tell you that a good friend of the Islandia I family, Jim Blakely, passed away this morning peacefully, in his sleep. Jim and Olwen have been active residents at Islandia I (Apt 1010) since its opening in 1983. Our thoughts and prayers are with Olwen and their family during this most difficult time.
The Blakely family asks for no phone calls, or visits just now and no flowers. As arrangements and other information are available, they will be posted here on the home page of the web site.

Obituary from Acock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, Florida:

James "Jim" Blakely, 89, a resident of Jensen Beach, departed this life Sunday, June 5, 2016. Jim was preceded in death by his son, Brian Blakely. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Olwen Blakely; daughter, Carol Talley; grandchildren, Jayme Blakely, Christopher Blakely, Courtney Shields, Brett Talley, Lindsay Canto, and Andrew Blakely; great grandchildren, Hayden Blakely, Emma Blakely, Hannah Blakely, Abigail Blakely, Olivia Blakely, and Charlie Shields; and many other family members and friends.

Jim enjoyed making wood carvings, painting, and photography. He was also an avid animal lover and enjoyed walking along the beach. 

Services are to be planned at a later date. 

Please visit and CLICK HERE to sign our online guest register book.

Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's memory may be made to:
St. Lucie County Fire Department
     7583 S. Ocean Drive
     Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Treasure Coast Food Bank
     401 Angle Road
     Fort Pierce, FL 34947-9917

CLICK HERE for some pictures of Jim at Islandia