June 21, 2007 RSS feed / Top News

Dancing benefit set for October

The buzz is starting as excitement builds for the next local "Dancing with our Stars" event as last year's stars team up with this year's celebrities for the upcoming 2007 WishMaker's Ball, to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. More...

Kottkamp to speak at local event "Do the right thing" awards banquet Saturday

The 12th annual "Do the Right Thing" Regional Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 23 at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers beginning at 5:30 p.m. This year's Keynote Speaker will be Lt. Gov., Jeff Kottkamp. More...

Robots help teach Edison medical students

"Sim man" acts like a real patient

Nursing students at each of Edison College's three campuses will soon have a few new patients to treat. Only these won't need health insurance or complain about hospital food. They're robots. More...

Report: Florida healthcare below average

Feds say older Floridians at risk

Healthcare is sub par in the Sunshine State, according to a study released last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Florida is in the lower 25th percentile, which means 75 percent of the states are better," said Dr. More...

Off to R.O.C.K. camp

Seventeen local children get ready to board a bus recently for a week at camp in Central Florida. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

Thinking inside the box

B lack stilettos as sexy as a classic black dress. Sleek leopard-skin patterned sling-backs. Blue suede Hush Puppies. Futuristic looking sneakers that work well on the basketball court and give you street cred. More...

Duck stamps go on sale June 22

Available locally at Bass Pro Shops

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bass Pro Shops at the Fort Myers Outdoor World, in the Gulf Coast Town Center, have partnered to unveil this year's Federal Duck Stamp on Friday, June 22. More...

PET TALES

Our favorite pooch loved popcorn

While making popcorn the other night I was reminded of a tale about our old irreverent and quirky Old English sheepdog. More...

New causeway span opens to Sanibel

Old drawbridge now a memory

After a decade of debate, a couple lawsuits and years of construction, one more piece of the Sanibel Causeway puzzle is about to fall in to place. More...

Summer program at the Edison Estates

Summer Exploration at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a special tour package available to organizations that serve children including camps, schools, home schoolers, and scout and youth groups. The program is available throughout the summer. More...

Sheriff collecting letters for troops

Special wishes for soldiers in Iraq on Independence Day

Two Lee County Sheriff's Office Correction's Bureau clerks have initiated a card and letter campaign expressing gratitude to the men and women with American armed forces serving overseas. More...

Take the bus free on Thursday

June 21 is National Dump the Pump Day

LeeTran, Lee county's public transportation system, is giving residents a free ride on Thursday, June 21 as part of the Second Annual National Dump the Pump Day. Riders can take any bus, system-wide at no charge on that day. More...

Real life medicine man trying to heal Amazon

World-renowned botanist in Fort Myers drumming up support

Passionate about his cause for protecting rainforests and the indigenous people who call these forests home, ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin warmly encouraged, thanked and educated an intimate group of supporters at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa on More...

Blood Drive to combat holiday shortages

The Lee Memorial Blood Centers and Naples Community Blood Center are teaming up on Tuesday, June 26 for a community blood drive. More...

Business News

Sailing is big business

And you don't have to sweat the fuel costs

Laura Pfalz has sailing in her blood. Her family has been sailing since they came over to Florida from Germany. "I already kind of know how to sail," said 13-year-old Laura, who was enrolled in the Edison Sailing Center this summer. More...

Real Estate News

Verandah receives Trees Florida 2007 award

Verandah, the 1,456-acre masterplanned community created by Bonita Bay Group along a 1.75-mile stretch of the Orange River in East Lee County, has earned another environmental award - the Florida Urban Forestry Council's Trees Florida 2007 Award. More...

New Orion Bank going up in Estero

Gora McGahey Associates in Architecture has completed the design for a new prototype branch bank for Orion Bank, to be located in the Coconut Crossing Shopping Center in Estero. More...

New Taylor Woodrow development underway

Construction has started at Taylor Woodrow's new Tortuga community located on Gladiolus Drive in South Fort Myers. When complete, the project will have 370 garden and carriage homes reflecting a Bermuda-inspired, relaxing ambience. More...