January 7, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Butterfly Estates opens Jan. 10

Eco-friendly attraction like a tropical rainforest

The Butterfly Estates, located at 1815 Fowler Street, will open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 9 a.m. This eco-friendly destination offers an educational experience for all ages. More...

Shell Point completes $24 million upgrade

Shell Point Retirement Community recently completed a $24 million renovation to expand and upgrade the skilled nursing facility on The Island, known as the Larsen Pavilion. More...

"Ding" Darling lecture series highlights living Florida

The 10-week "Ding" Darling Bookstore Lecture Series begins Thursday, Jan. 22. Highlights this season include two new-in-2009 books: "Hiking the Florida Trail" by Johnny Molloy and "An Everglades Providence" by Jack Davis. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

'Dancing at Lughnasa'

FLORIDA REP'S HAUNTING AND MOVING MEMORY PLAY

What do you do when words aren't enough to express your hopes, your joys, your longings, your desperate desire to grab ahold of life and not let it pass you by? If you're the Mundy sisters, living in Ireland in the mid-1930s, you dance. More...

Psychodrama on stage at Theatre Conspiracy

"Duet for One" opens Friday, Jan. 9, at Theatre Conspiracy, Southwest Florida's most unique theater. More...

The Slide

By Kyle Beachy (The Dial Press, $13)

Twenty-two-year-old Potter Mays, full of post-college regrets, heartache and anxiety about the future, returns to his Missouri hometown to be greeted by his parents' fractured marriage and a thankless job delivering water coolers. More...

Swim star overcomes obstacles to join Gator elite

Fitness Together prepared athlete for the next level

When Tayler Dubrasky skipped school as a seventh grader to play video games with a friend, his parents' intuition got the best of him. More...

Human Trafficking Awareness Day Jan. 11

Each year, an estimated 14,500-17,500 men, women and children are trafficked into the United States, and held as captives in the underground world of sex slavery and forced labor. To commemorate the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Jan. More...

High-tech simulator helps medics save lives

A mamequin that breathes, talks, has a pulse, blood pressure and dilating pupils will now help keep Lee County medics be ready for any medical condition on humans. More...

Bonita utility hosts open house at new facility

Wastewater plant one of nation's newest

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is holding an open house for member-customers and friends at its award-winning East Water Reclamation Facility Saturday, Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. More...

Health fair at Florida Gulf Bank

Florida Gulf Bank has joined with Bonita Community Health Center to hold a health fair at the bank's Coconut Point office on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Fox News host Chris Wallace headlines speaker series

Shell Point announces inaugural event

Veteran journalist and Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace will speak in the inaugural Shell Point Retirement Community Speaker Series. The series also includes international oil expert Dr. Kent Moors, Ph.D. More...

Business News

Survivors

73 businesses still around since Lee County started keeping records

A 50th star was added to the American flag (for Hawaii), Congress announced that 3,500 soldiers would be sent to Vietnam, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared Southwest Florida a disaster area when Hurricane Donna ravaged Fort Myers. More...

Airport traffic continues slide

Travel down 7 percent in November

During November, 603,366 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, a decrease of 7.4 percent compared to November 2007. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is down nearly 6.1 percent over the same period last year. More...

Real Estate News

River-view luxury at Tarpon Point Marina

At just $1.25 million, the 4,009-squarefoot Davenport is the newest model in Tarpon Landings at Tarpon Point Marina. More...

LISTING OF THE WEEK

Catalpa Cove: a boating community

This four-bedroom, 4½-bath lakefront home in luxurious Catalpa Cove — a small boating community off Iona Road, next to St. Charles Harbour — has many features perfect for guests and entertaining. More...

New model home on display at Mediterra

London Bay Homes completes Barbera villa

The Barbera, a luxury villa that pays homage to Old World European homes with its multiple al fresco areas and architectural styling, is now open in Lucarno at Mediterra. The home was built by London Bay Homes, named 2008 America's Best Builder. More...