January 28, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Mrs. Edison's Hymn Sing set for Feb. 3

This year's event will include three performances

Celebrate the Edison Festival of Light and help feed the hungry by attending "Mrs. Edison's Hymn Sing" Tues., Feb. 3, at The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers. More...

Red tide film premiers Feb. 9

Be part of the local premiere of the new film "Red Tide Refrain," sponsored by the Bonita Springs/Fort Myers Beach chapter of Solutions To Avoid Red Tide (START) on Monday, Feb. 9, at the DiamondHead Beach Resort. More...

Farmers Market grows with addition of new vendors

The Fort Myers Farmers Market, located underneath the Caloosahatchee Bridge in Centennial Park, is growing with the addition of several new vendors. The market, open every Thursday from 7 a.m. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

Attend the tale of SWEENEY TODD

"Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd. His skin was pale and his eye was odd. More...

Cypress Lake band knows how to get to Carnegie Hall

But paying for the trip is proving a challenge

"I think everyone at first just didn't believe it," said Max Pegues, a senior in Cypress Lake High School's Center for the Arts. More...

Luck by Design: Certain Success in an Uncertain World

By Richard E. Goldman (Morgan James, $27.95)

Here's a title you gotta love — "Luck by Design: Certain Success in an Uncertain World." This book is far more than the typical guide to business success. It's actually a handbook for both personal and business success. More...

New Rush library the heart of arts, culture at Edison State

A $7 million renovation of the 40-year old library at Edison State College "unveiled this beautiful building underneath," said Lee County Campus President Dr. More...

America's driving less

Decline tops 112 billion miles in past 13 months

America's trend of declining driving started its second year with a loss of 12.9 billion vehicle-miles traveled, or 5.3 percent less, in November 2008 compared to the same month a year earlier. More...

Puppy Bowl V offers alternatives for non-football fans

If watching the Sunday's big football game isn't your thing, there's an alternative: Animal Planet's fifth annual Puppy Bowl. The unique show will air at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, on Animal Planet. More...

Digging out of holiday debt

Tips for a financially healthy 2009

The holidays are over and the decorations are put away for another year, but for many consumers the reality of overspending for the holidays is just beginning to set in. More...

Silver Oaks Cellars named signature vintner for SWF Wine & Food Fest

The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest has named Silver Oak Cellars of California as the Signature Vintner for the 2009 Wine & Food Fest Chef Vintner dinners and Grand Tasting, Feb. 27 and 28. More...

Business News

New hotels will face stiff competition

Twelve new ones in the area seek guests

Fred Hirschovits stepped out of a silver Mercedes-Benz and strode toward his hotel, the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center, like an ambassador from the land of graciousness and good taste. More...

Junior Achievement names business hall of fame laureates

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has announced Carol Hudler, president and publisher of The News- Press, and Charles K. More...

Real Estate News

Homebuyers on a shopping spree

Inventories declining as median home price dips

Sales of existing homes in the Greater Fort Myers area were up an 181 percent December, with a total of 1,034 properties sold, compared to 367 during December 2007, according to a report by The Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beac More...

Bonita Bay reports sales up 58 percent

Sales in five SWF communities top $138 million

Bonita Bay Group, the Southwest Florida-based real estate developer of master-planned communities, reported a 58 percent increase in residential sales in 2008 over the prior year. More...

Taylor Morrison announces plans for Tortuga's Island Club

Taylor Morrison has unveiled plans for the Island Club, the centerpiece of its new Tortuga community located off Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers. More...