February 4, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

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Fairy Godmothers to help with prom dresses In these tough economic times, a prom dress can break a budget. The Fairy Godmothers of Southwest Florida plan to dress more than 100 high school girls so they can attend their proms. More...

Bell Towers Shops host a World Wine Tour to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities

Participating merchants and restaurants in the Bell Tower Shops invite people to tour the world of wine while helping Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida improve the health and well-being of children. More...

A Lunch of Laughs to benefit Alzheimer's

Nurse, author and humorist, New Yorker Carol O'Flaherty brings her humor at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13 to a lunch at Myerlee Manor, 1499 Brandywine Circle, Fort Myers. More...

Workshop will help women look their best in 2009

Focus is on clothing color and accessories

"Simply Irresistible," a glamour event for women desiring to look their very best in 2009, will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, 5001 Coconut Road in Bonita Springs. More...

Lee County Animal Services vaccination and microchip ID clinicon tap

Need your pet vaccinated? Need a microchip ID for it? Bring your pet from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 7 to Veterans Park, 55 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, for Animal Services' low-cost clinic. More...

Easier registration for Lee County Parks and Recreation activities

A new, easier registration system for classes, programs and summer camps with Lee County Parks and Recreation is available. The new online system will be at Web site leeparks.org. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

To the 'MAX'

Peter Max and his iconic artwork bound for Naples

No other artist captured the spirit of the '60s the way Peter Max did - the whole love, peace and happiness vibe, the total psychedelic trippiness of it all. More...

I Live Here

By Mia Kirshner, J.B. MacKinnon, Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge (Random House, $29.95)

Chechen refugees, Burma's sex workers, Juarez's murdered teenage girls, Malawi's AIDS orphans. More...

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO

This week's theater Church Basement Ladies - Broadway Palm Dinner Theater - Off Broadway presents "Church Basement Ladies,'' a musical tribute to the church basement kitchen and the fabulous women who work there through Sunday, March 29. More...

For the needy, a free oil change and a prayer

Keeping up with the rent, let alone basic car maintenance, can be tough for single parents. More...

Crossword puzzles built to amuse and perplex

Sanibel man creates them for the N.Y. Times

For crossword puzzle lovers, there's nothing like the euphoria of solving a crafty brainteaser. Yet, for some, there's an even greater high — creating the crossword puzzles that baffle us. Dr. More...

Cape Coral hosts second annual Winter Home & Garden Show Feb. 14 and 15

Homeowners and the just curious have a chance to catch seminars, browse products, furnishings and home accessories at the second annual Winter Home & Garden Show. More...

Sam Galloways Sixth annual Soup Kitchen Benefit set for March

Lee County had the highest foreclosure rate in the nation for 2008, unemployment is at 10 percent and the county's homeless population of more than 3,000 is growing daily. More...

Carson Scholars Fund has benefactor on Sanibel Island

Local elementary school students have a unique tie to the founder of the fund that will provide 47 scholarships to them this spring. And, they can watch him on television. Dr. More...

Simply Irresistible glamour event

Women desiring to look their very best in 2009 are invited from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 26 to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs. More...

Nature center opened 1,000-gallon touch tank

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium opened a new exhibit Jan 29. More...

Business News

Something for everyone

The new restaurant strategies

This is partly how the B & As figure it these days when they lay out a few hundred thousand bucks or more to open a new restaurant: People might curtail their European travel, their island vacation, their Hawaii trip, their new car, or the new addi More...

Applications being accepted for business ethics award

Nominations for the fourth annual Business Ethics Award of the Uncommon Friends Foundation are being accepted through Feb. 28. More...

Elmquist Eye Group opens branch office in Cape Coral

Elmquist Eye Group has opened a 2,022-square-foot office at the Shops at Surfside, 2336 Surfside Blvd., Cape Coral. Stevens Construction completed the business' third area office. More...

Real Estate News

Lee BIA Parade of Homes kicks off Feb. 5

Showcasing premier builders in the area and the very latest in architectural design, construction, technology, cabinetry, lighting, landscaping and pool design, this year's Lee Building Industry Association's Parade of Homes features 29 luxury mode More...

Magnolia Landing sold to Michigan developer

Windham Magnolia Landing LLC has purchased Magnolia Landing Golf & Country Club from Taylor Morrison. Taylor Morrison will continue to build single-family homes and twin villas in the community. More...

Lee home sales net big increase

Florida Association of Realtors says we're up 43 percent over last year

Florida's housing market mirrored the national trend in 2008, as mortgage industry troubles, unsettled financial markets, tightened credit and other economic issues impacted sales and prices. More...