March 4, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Researchers will measure estuaries' nutrient changes

In support of the Watershed Protection Plans for the Caloosahatchee and St. More...

Permit activity in Lee County still slow

Builders in unincorporated Lee County pulled 25 permits for single-family houses in February, collectively valued at more than $9.3 million. That compares to 13 permits issued for the previous month and 58 issued in February 2008. More...

'Bello Comes Home' when Circus Sarasota comes to town

Comic daredevil Bello Nock, who spent eight years as the face of the Ringling Bros. More...

Yard pictures were consumer giveaways

"Yard-long prints" can sometimes be a yard wide, but those who collect these 36-inch-by-8-inch prints prefer the term "yard-long" or the original 19th-century name, "yard picture." Just before 1900, lithography companies began making these skinny p More...

ECHO's Farm Day coming up

All-day educational adventure set

ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) hosts its 18th annual Farm Day Saturday. March 14, from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. Enjoy unique tours, workshops, demonstrations, food and fun. More...

Black and White Ball to benefit Harry Chapin Food Bank

Tickets are now available for the Black and White Masked Ball on March 7. The ball, promoted by Hearts of Miromar, will be held at the Miromar Lakes Beach Club, beginning with a champagne reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner. 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...

Community Foundation awards $15,000 in grants to nonprofits

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has awarded $15,000 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations through its Capacity Grant Cycle. This grant cycle is open to all qualifying 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in Southwest Florida. More...

Lee Mental Health Center shifts services between campuses

Lee Mental Health Center has made changes to its service locations. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

Stephen Schwartz's music is 'Wicked' good

SECOND NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY OF 'WICKED' STARTS IN FORT MYERS

You could say it was love at first sight. Or maybe someone cast a spell. More...

The Duprees bring spirit of rock 'n' roll to Sanibel

BIG ARTS presents The Duprees at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, in Schein Performance Hall. Tickets are $41 floor, $46 loge, available at BIG ARTS Marks Box Office. More...

Michelle: A Biography

By Liza Mundy (Simon & Schuster, $25)

There is simply no middle ground when it comes to the diverse opinions that Americans have about Michelle Obama. Her detractors see her as an elitist More...

Make it art, or at least comply with postal regulations

Clair Millis' mailbox has the aura of an old Western, where it stands alone along a rural stretch of Cemetery Road in Buckingham. It's covered with ornate stones and flanked by a large cactus, which blooms every year. More...

SWF Wine and food fest nets more than $750,000

Annual event supports The Children's Hospital

Local children in Southwest Florida will benefit from more than $750,000 (net, after expenses) raised during the 2009 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, which concluded Saturday. More...

FDOT's travel information system provides up-to-the-minute updates

As hundreds of thousands of baseball fans travel throughout the Sunshine State for 2009 Major League Baseball's Spring Training, the Florida Department of Transportation reminds fans to stay safe and avoid traffic by calling its free 511 Travel Inf More...

Discover the winged wonders of Lee County avian wildlife

Visit the Charlotte Harbor Buffer Preserve with a bird patrol guide starting at 8 a.m. March 7 and 8. More...

Edison & Ford Winter Estates features programs for all ages

March at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted by extended evening hours every Friday for spectacular views of the sunset and guided tours. More...

This week on WGCU-TV

Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop - Wednesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. Hosted by Frankie Valli, Jerry Butler and Lloyd Price, this all-new, concertstyle program features original Top-40 artists in rock 'n' roll, rhythm and blues and doo wop music. More...

Learn the art of chocolate making from renowned chocolatier Norman Love

Anyone who has ever dreamed about becoming a pastry chef or who just loves baking in their home kitchen could learn a thing or two from chocolatier Norman Love, whose confections have been touted around the world. 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...

Derby Casino Night benefits Canterbury students

Canterbury School's Derby Casino Night will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa on Saturday, April 4. Tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorships are available. More...

Lee raising fees at county parks, closing some pools

Lee County Parks & Recreation will charge the following fees effective March 15: More...

Business News

Overseas connection is crucial for area businesses

Interacting with a global economy poses challenges, rewards

Last Friday, the British and the United States met for the purpose of selling Southwest Florida real estate, in a move some might call revolutionary. More...

Florida Gulf, Edison National banks earns top ratings

Florida Gulf Bank and Edison National Bank have earned a four-star rating from Bauer Financial, Inc., an independent bank and credit-rating firm that has analyzed and reported on the financial condition of the nation's banking industry since 1983. More...

Real Estate News

New flats and townhomes available at Paseo

Stock Development has released two new buildings of flats and townhomes and a section of casitas at Paseo, the 2008 Community of the Year. More...

Verandah's sales soar in 2008

Fort Myers development up 139 % over 2007

Home and homesite sales in Verandah in 2008 outpaced projections and exceeded the prior year's sales by 139 percent, said Gary Dumas, vice president for Bonita Bay Group, which is developing the 1,456-acre masterplanned community along a 1.75-mile More...