July 19, 2007 RSS feed / Top News

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Master craftsman

John Ravenhill is thoroughly, charmingly English and sits quietly in an office chair, surrounded by the surface clutter of his work: leathers, glues, solvents, chemicals, scraps of papers, a 12-color printing machine, family heirlooms waiting for r More...

County looking to bump impact fees

Park fee to nearly double if commissioners approve

A new study of impact fees for community and regional parks in Lee County proposes an increase of about 45 percent, due mostly to significant increases in the market value of land and the cost of construction and insurance. More...

Edison Estates offering gardening class

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is offering two gardening workshops, Create your own Moonlight Garden based on the award winning restoration of the Edison Moonlight Garden on Wednesday, July 25 and again on Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a .m. More...

Lee gets money to enhance beach

Florida's environmentally conscious budget, recently signed by Gov. Charlie Crist, included more than $33 million to expand and improve local parks across the state. More...

Membership-based massage clinic opens in Fort Myers

A new concept in therapeutic massage opened in Fort Myers last week. Massage Envy is the only membershipbased massage clinic of its kind in the country, and was named one of the hot new franchise concepts of 2005 by Entrepreneur Magazine. More...

BUSH TELEGRAMS

Walking in Africa's wilderness

When you live and work among the most dangerous animals on the planet, you learn to read the signs that nature has provided. More...

Hodges University adds new trustee

One of the area's leading business professionals has been appointed as a new member of Hodges University's Board of Trustees. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

Kids' Theater

Bright lights beckon next generation

Kids! Most actors agree, they're a notoriously difficult but highly rewarding audience. When they love you, you know it. But if they're bored, well, you know that too. They lack no inhibition in expressing it. More...

Southwest Florida inspires William North

Local artist captures area scenes on canvas

Just when you thought there was nothing new to squeeze out of an orange along came William North. More...

PET TALES

Chickens make good pets

You just can't beat a good chicken. Come on my fellow pet lovers', tell me you all haven't thought long and hard about getting a pet chicken. More...

Lee County's tackling life with a tight budget

The days of double-digit increases in county spending are over, for now

Now that the Florida Legislature has rolled back local government spending to reportedly save property owners $174 on average this year, counties and cities will have to learn to get by with single digit increases. More...

"Green" idea nets county savings

Lee County Government recently received a $57,000 rebate for an idea that is saving energy and the environment. More...

Uncommon Friends name scholarship winners

From Eagle Scouts going off to college to single moms striving for financial independence, 24 men and women have received encouragement and support for the pursuit of their dreams from the Uncommon Friends Foundation. More...

Lee Memorial teams up with MEDSTAR

In hopes of improving recovery time and death rates, Lee Memorial Health System and MEDSTAR have teamed up to provide continuous care to trauma patients by using a special endotracheal tube to ensure that an airway remains open. More...

Lee Library wins national grant

The American Library Association presented Lee County Library System with the 2007 H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant at its recent national convention. The Library staff won for developing a program "Taking it to the Screen. More...

Symphony's Pops Season: something for everyone

Tito Puente, Jr. brings Mambo to Fort Myers

The Southwest Florida Symphony welcomes back the "Prince of Pops," the incomparable Erich Kunzel, for the 2007-08 Pops Season. More...

County charter group wants citizen's input

Lee County's Charter Review Committee is meeting over the next year and encourages citizens to view information about the process at www.leegov.com/ charterreview/. More...

How to make a senior move stress free

Moving is one of the most stressful events in life. It can be even more so for seniors. Senior moves often need more time and consideration. It is usually emotional because often the move is about downsizing space and possessions. More...

Business News

Small businesses team up to succeed

Scrapbook shop works with invitation boutique

Dee Pabon isn't letting go of her day job - not yet anyways. More...

Regions, Am-South banks merger complete

The banking landscape changed in Florida this past week when Regions and AmSouth banks officially complete their merger. More...

Real Estate News

Townhome amenities under construction

Stock Development has begun construction on the second set of townhome courtyard amenities at Paseo, a new community of multi- and singlefamily residences in South Fort Myers. More...

Brooks & Freund completes Reliance Bank

Brooks & Freund has completed construction of Reliance Bank, located at 14241 Metro Parkway in Fort Myers. The new building serves as the bank's corporate headquarters and is the company's second office in Lee County. More...

Robb & Stucky unveils eight models at Pacifico in Costa Rica

The Jack Parker Corporation has opened eight fully furnished, professionally decorated model residences at Pacifico, the company's 175-acre, mixeduse development in Playas del Coco, Costa Rica. More...