December 31, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Goodwill opens donation center at Gulf Coast Town Center

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida is hoping that people grow to think of the Gulf Coast Town Center as a place to donate, as well as shop. Goodwill has opened a new Attended Donation Center at the popular outdoor mall. More...

Conservancy seeks partners for annual Earth Day Festival

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is seeking partners to donate services for its annual Earth Day Festival, a weekendlong, Earth-friendly event which will feature an organic Farmer's Market, special exhibits, carnival activities and educational More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

TURTLES PLAY TRANE

L IKE EVERYONE ELSE, THE TURTLE ISLAND STING QUARTET HAS TO GO through customs when traveling, but when it comes to music, they simply don't recognize borders. More...

Ring in the new year at Art Walk

Monthly downtown event features nine galleries

January marks the fourth of the monthly Art Walks since it debuted in October. Held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 pm., Art Walk showcases local and national artwork in the downtown art galleries of the Fort Myers River District. More...

The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch

By Michael Wolff (Broadway Books, $29.95)

Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corp., the $70 billion global media conglomerate, was asked during the recent U.S. presidential campaign if he had a preference between the two candidates. He didn't hesitate for a second before answering Barack Obama. More...

Emergency teams assist nurses with problem cases

Lee Memorial says program reduces cardiac arrests on floor

When North Fort Myers resident Betty Nickel needed a blood transfusion following knee replacement surgery a few weeks back, Lee Memorial Hospital's Medical Emergency Team was called in. More...

Salvation Army makes goal despite the economy

Just like the storybook ending, the economic Grinch could not spoil Christmas for thousands of Southwest Florida families. More...

Use caution around Blind Pass

Construction is attracting sharks

The Lee County Division of Natural Resources is warning beachgoers that the Blind Pass dredging project is attracting sharks. More...

'Breakfast with the Blades' coming up at Germain Arena

The Lee Memorial Health System Foundation will hold a "Breakfast with the Blades" event Sunday, Jan. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Cypress Club at Germain Arena in Estero to raise money to expand the Children's Hospital neo-natal unit. More...

Business News

Solar businesses set to boom in 2009

Local, state and federal support increasing

When Dan Morrissey's father started Fafco Solar in Fort Myers in 1974, that era's energy crisis helped him sell solar pool heaters. "That was a very short-lived inconvenience," Mr. Morrissey said. More...

FPRA holds one-day seminar: 'Weathering the Storm'

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will present PR University 2009: "Weathering the Storm," on Friday, Jan. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Hodges University in Fort Myers. More...

Commercial real estate

CB Richard Ellis, Fort Myers-Naples announced the following transactions: Clean Up Group, Inc leased 1,500 square feet at 28731 S. Cargo Court, Bonita Springs, from Collier District, LLC. More...

Real Estate News

Toll Brothers to host 'Gallery of Homes and Art'

Local artists will display their work in model homes

Model homes in Toll Brothers' Southwest Florida communities are showcasing the works of area artists in a featured exhibit series, "Gallery of Homes and Art. More...

Maison Nouveau model opens in Mediterra

The Maison Nouveau, a four-bedroom, 4½ bath single-family model home, is open in Mediterra. The custom home, built by Bordeaux Homes, is located on a lakefront homesite in the Amarone neighborhood. More...

Home sales up in S.W. Florida

State report says Fort Myers sales up 64 percent

Figures released by the Florida Association of Realtors on November 2008 sales of existing homes indicate that home sales were up overall statewide and existing condominium sales were down overall statewide, with median prices overall showing a dow More...