February 18, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Some cruises can exceed expectations

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Florida cruises — Part II All cruise ships — like vacation resorts — are not created equal. And cruise ships, essentially, are floating vacation resorts. More...

Chico's Charities sponsoring Grande Dames Tea March 10

The Lee PACE Center for Girls announces that Chico's Charities has signed on as the title sponsor of the Grande Dames Tea honoring three of the community's most revered women. More...

DJ Quest fights HIV/AIDS with fund-raiser birthday bash

DJ Quest of 105.5 THE BEAT will host his sixth annual birthday bash: "Celebrating for a Cause" on Friday, March 6. Proceeds will benefit The Bob Rauschenberg Center for Living. More...

Cypress Lake student wins scholarship for print ad

Cypress Lake High School senior media arts major Dylan Jones won first place in a Florida regional print ad competition, and then went on to win the grand prize for the state with her take on the Florida KidCare health insurance promotion. Ms. More...

SWFAS to open new $9 million center

Public open house set for Feb. 26

Dedication of the first new detoxification center to be built in Lee County in more than 50 years is set for Thursday, Feb. More...

USPS mailing services prices change May 11

The governors of the U.S. Postal Service have approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents. The new prices will go into effect Monday, May 11. More...

Zonta Club marks 35 years of service to the community

The Zonta Club of Fort Myers is celebrating 35 years of service to the community. Many local organizations have benefited from the club's efforts over the years. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

ALL SHOOK UP

Evan Adamson shakes up tradition with his set design

in the way that he would perform them," Mr. Adamson says from his home in New York. "But the show takes departures from that. So the music is a surprise to them. More...

Naples National Art Festival celebrates 30 years

The Naples National Art Festival will draw 300 artists/exhibitors and tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Naples this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22. More...

Tupperware Unsealed

By Bob Kealing (University Press of Florida, $28.00)

You undoubtedly know what Tupperware is, but did you ever wonder where the name came from? More...

Teaching the ancient art of magic

Terry Harris knows how to capture a child's attention and imagination without the use of video games or high-tech wizardry. One could call it magic. Mr. Harris does. More...

Simply Irresistible glamour event Feb 26

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...

Rauschenberg prints, trips headline upcoming Wine & Food Fest auction

Three rare Robert Rauschenberg prints, exquisite experiences, to-die-for trips and wine packages top the list of items up for bid in the 2009 Southwest Florida Wine and Food Fest Grand Tasting and Auction on Saturday, Feb. More...

Environmental center hosts pair of Rachel Carson panel lectures

As part of its fifth anniversary celebration, the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, at Florida Gulf Coast University, will host two Rachel Carson Distinguished Panel Lectures on Friday, Feb. More...

Shell Point community awarded multiple CRF-CCAC accreditation designations

CARF-CCAC, the national non-profit accrediting body for continuing-care retirement communities, announced that the accreditation for Shell Point Retirement Community has been renewed for another fiveyear term, and that Shell Point has been certifie More...

United Way needs help to reach fundraising goal

With only a few weeks left in the 2008-2009 United Way campaign, volunteers and staff are striving to reach the $8 million goal. More...

Historian lectures at Beth Tikvah

Historian Gerald Ziedenberg will continue with the second and third lectures in his three-part series at Beth Tikvah of Naples. Mr. More...

Family fun event showcases best of Lovers Key State Park Feb. 28

The group Friends of Lovers Key is planning a new family-friendly, fun-filled event at Lovers Key State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. More...

Business News

Put your name up in lights:

The Chris Spiro story

Two things matter in Chris Spiro's advertising world: How you lead, and how you lead. More...

Real Estate News

Sales up in Southwest Florida's existing home market

Lee County up more than 150 percent compared to last year

Sales of existing homes in the Greater Fort Myers area were up 154.6 percent in January, with a total of 830 properties sold versus 326 during January 2008, according to a report from the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, Inc More...

Three Bonita Bay Group golf courses make exclusive list

Travel + Leisure Golf magazine lauds Mediterra, Bonita Bay

For the third consecutive year, Travel + Leisure Golf magazine ranked Bonita Bay, Mediterra and TwinEagles, three of Bonita Bay Group's Southwest Florida master-planned communities, on its 2009 list of America's top 100 golf communities. More...

The Resort at MarinaVillage offers affordable vacation homes

If you love sunshine, ocean breezes and direct-access to the Gulf of Mexico, there is no better place for such a retreat than Southwest Florida. More...