March 18, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

One month left: IRS offers free tax preparation, e-filing

The Free File Alliance reminds eligible taxpayers to take advantage of its free tax preparation and e-filing services before the April 15 tax deadline. More...

IDC NEWS

Free events at the IDC The public is invited to attend the next in a series of free informative events and seminars presented by the International Design Center. . Thursday, March 19, at 2 p.m. More...

Least Competent Criminals

. Matthew Peverada was arrested in Portland, Maine, in December and charged with attempting to rob Dipietro's Market. More...

AmeriCorps Team volunteers with the City of Fort Myers

The City of Fort Myers has received a grant to host an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team. The team is made up of nine members who will stay in Fort Myers for seven weeks. More...

Derby Casino Night benefits Canterbury School students

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

NEWS BRIEFS

Love Your Neighbor event benefits Heights Foundation The Heights Foundation will celebrate an evening of decadence featuring innovative chocolatier Norman Love and his confections Thursday, March 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. More...

Sustainable agricultural redevelopment debated

Sustainable agricultural redevelopment in the Okeechobee/Everglades Region will be on the agenda of the March 19 meeting of the Southwest Florida Watershed Council. As Florida considers the purchase of U.S. More...

This week on WGCU TV

. Connect! Volunteering - Friday, March 20, at 8:30 p.m. More...

Lee Memorial opens Outpatient Center

Lee Memorial Health System has opened a new, state-of-the-art outpatient center in Fort Myers. The facility provides convenient, nonhospital access for patients with sleep disorders, neurodiagnostics and laboratory services. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

THE LOVE OF MONEY AND THE EVIL OF MEN:

The historical thrillers of David Liss look at money and greed

D avid Liss may have set his latest novel, "The Whiskey Rebels," in 1790's America, but it's eerily modern. More...

Theatre Conspiracy revisits Shakespeare

Warning! "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" is a high-speed roller-coaster comedy of all of Shakespeare's works and is not recommended for people with heart ailments or bladder problems. More...

"Inheritance Hijackers: Who Wants to Steal Your Inheritance and How to Protect It"

By Robert C. Adamski (Ovation Books, $16.95)

Most people today have learned to be wary of identity theft, credit card fraud and even e-mail scams — but what about inheritance theft? More...

Moonshine: a colorful side of American history with a kick

How 'bout a little moonshine with your sunny side eggs? Well it wasn't exactly like that but Sanibel Captiva Rotary Club members sipped a little something other than orange juice during a recent morning breakfast meeting on Sanibel. More...

Sam Galloway Soup Kitchen event raises $500,000+

This year's Sam Galloway Soup Kitchen fundraiser featured a down-home meal, fellowship and fundraising, raising more than $500,000 to help feed the area's hungry. More...

Foundation Fighting Blindness to hold third annual VisionWalk March 28

The Foundation Fighting Blindness Inc. will be hosting the third annual Southwest Florida VisionWalk on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 9 a.m. at Lakes Regional Park. More...

AIA chapter plans avant-garde architecture tour of Miami

Architects and architecture aficionados are invited to board a Miamibound bus with the Florida Southwest chapter of the American Institute of Architects to see an array of recently built, avant-garde projects by internationally acclaimed architects More...

Pump It Up! Fitness event on tap for girls

Girls in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to have some heart-pumping fun from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, courtesy of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Inc. Activities include bounce houses, slides, obstacle courses, and more. More...

FGCU Collegiate High School taking applications for fall 2009 class

The Florida Gulf Coast University Collegiate High School is now accepting applications for its fall 2009 class. The Collegiate High School is a unique early admissions program limited to approximately 35 students from Southwest Florida. More...

Miromar Outlets turns 10

Miromar Outlets is gearing up to celebrate its 10-year "Decade of Deals" anniversary with a visit from a highprofile soap opera star and two full days of music and activities for the entire family on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22. More...

PET BRIEFS

Humane Society plans March 21 open house The Gulf Coast Humane Society will host an open house on Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shelter is located at 2010 Arcadia Street in Fort Myers. More...

Business News

Back to college

More and more workers are returning to school to learn new skills, enhance resumes

Once again, it seems, American colleges and universities, flexible enough to serve regional communities, and do it while the economy bucks wildly or the culture advances technologically, are riding to the rescue. More...

Commissioner Hall to speak on president's stimulus plan

Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon meeting on Thursday, March 19. More...

FGCU hosts investment forum

Florida Gulf Coast University Lutgert College of Business is hosting the second annual Southwest Florida Investment Forum event, sponsored by The Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Naples, 8 a.m. More...

Real Estate News

Homes sales still climbing in Lee County

The robust pace of existing singlefamily home sales continued in February with 936 homes sold, an increase of more than 100 percent compared to February 2008 and more than 12 percent higher than the previous month, according to a report by the Real More...

Stock Development posts strong February sales

Stock Development continues to post strong new home sales. In February, Stock Development sold 26 new homes at its communities of Lely Resort, Paseo in Fort Myers and Vivante in Punta Gorda, up from 24 sales in January. More...

Foreclosed homes go on auction block April 6 in Fort Myers

One of the nation's largest residential auctions this year will be held during April, when Rising Tide Auctions coordinates an auction of more than 700 bank-foreclosed homes throughout Florida. More...