October 11, 2007 RSS feed / Top News

Coffee Shop proprietor brings 'Big City Casual' to Fort Myers

Nita Flores darkly drawn face is coolly offset by turquoise earrings and a tie-dyed t-shirt. She is a multi-continental infusion of Puerto Rican, Lithuanian, Italian, and something else unknown. "I'm a mutt," she said. More...

Teens: prepare to 'Laugh Out Loud' at the library

This month, some youths will be able to get away with giggling aloud at the library. In fact, the Lee County Library System is inviting teenagers to break their silence during Teen Read Week (Oct. 14-20). More...

PET TALES

Better box habits: A cat who's missing the litter box may be sending a message - so listen up!

When the weather turns colder and houses close up for warmth, every little thing starts to annoy us. Like the smell of the litter box, or (worse) the smell of a cat who's not using the litter box at all. But don't blame the cat. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

247 Ways to Look at Ducks

Federal stamp contest draws top artists to Sanibel Island

The two canvasbacks bob in the water, riding on the swell of a wave: a male with his reddish-brown head and neck, the female next to him in drabber brown feathers, like a pilgrim who's forsaken all flashy attire. More...

FGCU play explores homophobia

Student play looks at romantic relationships in the homosexual world

Homophobic reactions and their aftermath are nothing new but they may be something new to the stage in Lee County. "Stop Kiss", a production of Florida Gulf Coast University that opens on Wednesday, Oct. More...

Massage can be proxy for relationship

Is it bizarre that I'm virtually naked, lying in a room with a stranger?

Being single in Southwest Florida requires optimism. And, during the dry spells, a credit card. One of my favorite quotes on love and life comes from that great pessimist, Woody Allen. "Love is the answer," he said. More...

Local worker's movement targets Burger King

Tomato pickers in Immokalee are among the lowest paid workers in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Workers toil in area fields collecting tomatoes in buckets that weigh about 32 pounds when full. More...

Local horse club season begins

Lee County's horse club, the Lee County Horseman's Association, has taken on a new face. More...

Elderly inmates' health costs not issue in Lee

At 82 years old, Joseph Rodriguez has the distinction of being Lee County's oldest inmate. More...

Local priest blesses Shell Factory animals

Father Fritz Ligonde's is used to doling out blessings - to people that is. But now he can add large, scaly alligators and gangly emus to his repertoire of prayer recipients. In honor of the Catholic celebration of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. More...

One good turn may deserve another - as Congress considers extending IRA direct gifts

In August 2006, Congress passed a law which permits for 2006 and 2007 direct charitable gifts from one's IRA, which is a tax benefit to the IRA owner, but limited the eligibility to IRA owners older than 70-1/2 and gifts not exceeding $100,000 in e More...

Business News

Market booming for Cornerstone

Fort Myers firm building new plant

Slow home sales and a reported 16,000 homes in inventory throughout Lee County left many homeowners deciding to remodel rather than sell. That blessed at least one home remodeling business. More...

Area 9th largest tech employer in Florida

A recent report by AeA, the nation's largest trade association representing all segments of the high-tech industry, shows that Lee County added 200 net jobs in 2005, the most current metropolitan data available, making it the state's 9th largest te More...

Local firm picks up international awards

Fort Myers ActionCOACH honored by peers

The Fort Myers ActionCOACH franchise, which provides personalized mentoring, training and leadership development to help, announced that it took home four top international awards at the company's global conference in Dublin, Ireland. More...

Real Estate News

Art-themed development open in Estero

Sales strong at Art District at Rapallo

Developer Jim Wallace wanted to create a community rich in culture. The founder and CEO of Wallace Homes is doing just that with the development of the Art District at Rapallo in Estero. Off U.S. More...

Pace of Lee home permits remains slow

During September, Lee County Community Development issued 76 permits for single-family homes to be built in unincorporated Lee County, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers Beach. Residential permits were valued at $28.4 million. More...

MARKET NEWS

Real Estate Gates D'Alessandro & Woodyard reported the following: Bob's Barricades, Inc. More...