December 10, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Head downtown for holiday cheer

Get into the real Christmas spirit this season with a visit to historic downtown Fort Myers. The streets are already decorated and the popular Holiday House is open at the Burroughs and Langford/ Kingston houses. More...

Salvation Army needs bell ringers

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is not seeing the "rapid boil" it needs to help the unprecedented number of families asking for assistance this holiday season, said Major Art Penhale, Corp Officer for The Salvation Army in Lee and Hendry c More...

O negative blood needed

Florida's Blood Centers is asking for donations immediately for all blood types, but especially O negative. O negative is the universal donor type of blood and is used in emergency and trauma situations. More...

Fire training now part of college curriculum

Beginning next month, Edison State College will partner with the North Naples Fire and Rescue Department to offer a state-ofthe art Fire Academy certificate program. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

little theater, big heart

The Purple Heart Theater opens on Fort Myers Beach after a four-year labor of love

Carl Conley believes in building a home for the arts on Fort Myers Beach, one brick at a time. He started by presenting one performance at a time, and estimates that over the past eight years or so, he's brought 45 or 50 events to the Beach. More...

'Nutcracker' performed at BIG ARTS on Sanibel

Gulfshore Ballet, Southwest Florida's non-profit classical ballet school, will present two performances of "The Nutcracker" on Saturday, Dec. 13, in Schein Hall at Big Arts on Sanibel Island. More...

THE MUSIC GOURMET

Music to their ears: Gifts of CDs to please both giver and receiver

I am frankly obsessive when it comes to listening to the same CD over and over — sometimes for days (or even weeks) on end. Why? More...

Edison State College evolves to meet new demands

Like the five counties it serves, Edison State College is evolving. The college now offers four-year bachelor's degree programs at its Lee County campus, with similar programs planned for Collier and Charlotte counties. More...

Pregnant working women will get their day in Florida court

Pregnant working women in Florida who are discriminated against by their employers may sue for relief under the Florida Civil Rights Act, an appellate court ruled last week. More...

Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers

The American Cancer Society's South Gulf Coast Area is recruiting volunteer drivers to help cancer patients on their road to recovery. More...

Beach decorating contest on again this year

The Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor the Annual Christmas Decorating Contest. More...

Habitat for Humanity adds maintenance division

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County is increasing its production in the community by adding a new maintenance division to its home-building experience. The additional department is available for maintenance needs throughout Lee and Hendry counties. More...

Business News

E-marketing: Clicking for customers

It's the Internet, more than traditional forms of marketing like television, print or newsletters, that helped many Lee County businesses grow this year — especially local ones. More...

Edison National Bank introduces e-green checking

Earth-friendly account helps local organizations

Edison National Bank, Lee County's oldest locally owned and managed community bank, has introduced an earth-friendly checking account, which reduces paper waste and benefits local nature and conservation-focused organizations. More...

New executive suites open in Bonita Springs

Bonita Bay Group has opened The Brooks Executive Suites in Bonita Springs, providing a convenient office option for professionals and small businesses. Located at the Town Center of The Brooks, the suites are on Coconut Road, between U.S. More...

Real Estate News

Realtor Association launches new Web site

The Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, Inc. has launched a comprehensive Web site for real estate listings and information on available properties in Southwest Florida. More...

Developer closeout at The Residences at Bell Tower Park

Prices start at $197,000 on select carriage homes

Grosse Pointe Development Company is offering developer close-out prices on select carriage homes at The Residences at Bell Tower Park. The gated community is in South Fort Myers, on the east side of U.S. 41 about one mile south of Daniels Parkway. More...

Farmer's market set to open in Estero

Residents of The Reserve at Estero won't have to go far to "pick" fresh Florida produce when the new Farmers Market opens Saturday, Dec. 13, within the community. "The Famers Market will operate on Saturdays from 8 a.m. More...