April 1, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Leeway mini transponders now available to customers

A new sticker transponder called Lee- Way Mini will be available to LeeWay customers April 1. The new transponder utilizes backscatter technology and does not require a battery for operation. More...

This week on WGCU TV

. Jerusalem: Center of the World - Wednesday, April 1, 8 p.m. Jerusalem is arguably one of the most fascinating and complicated cities in the world. More...

Lend a paw to homeless pets

Mahatma Ghandi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged on the way its animals are treated." That being the case, we all have a chance to make a difference in some of our most vulnerable creatures — homeless pets. More...

Author, financial advisor speaks at women's event

The Women's Legacy Fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, in cooperation with the Edison State College Mina Edison Society, is hosting its inaugural Educational Boutique on Thursday, April 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. More...

Biogeneticist launches series covering health and science

BIG ARTS on Sanibel will present a set of lectures that will focus on the topic of health and science. The first speaker is biogeneticist Dr. Richard Klausner, who will talk about the genetic revolution in medicine Thursday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. More...

Foster families needed by Lee Animal Services

Lee County Animal Services is seeking foster homes for many of its resident pets. Foster homes for cats are especially needed as the start of kitten season is only a few weeks away. More...

Easter Sunrise Service on tap at City Of Palms Park

Congregations from throughout Southwest Florida will gather at City of Palms Park in downtown Fort Myers Easter Sunday, April 12, to worship and to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

Black Maria Film Festival

COMES TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

A matzo ball eating contest. Davy Crockett in outer space. An elderly butcher in his 90s, still working in New York's Little Italy. A Polar bears in their natural habitat, parents cavorting with cubs. More...

Estero show features top artists, live entertainment

The third bi-annual Estero Fine Art Show on April 4 and 5 brings juried artists from around the country and Canada to sell their art works at Miromar Outlets. More...

BEACH READING

Editors note: This week we decided to let a couple Canterbury School students review books for Florida Weekly. More...

Identity theft growing in Lee County

It isn't only the rich like Bernie Madoff who are scamming from hardworking, trusting Americans — small-time thieves are getting their share too, through identity theft. Identity theft complaints in Lee County shot up more than 16. More...

Edison State offers new degree in health information management

The Edison State College Board of Directors has unanimously approved a new associate's of science degree program in health information management. HIM is an outgrowth of the medical records department in area health care facilities. More...

AIRPORT NEWS

February traffic slightly down at Southwest Florida International During February, 809,990 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, a decrease of 4.2 percent compared to February 2008. More...

Volunteers sought to help develop new oyster reef

Scientists, students and volunteers will spend the day "planting" oyster reefs in the Estero Bay State Aquatic and Buffer Preserve Saturday, April 4. More...

Groups lobby for state, federal ban on texting

Two safety groups have announced a joint agreement supporting the passage of state and federal bans on text messaging. Stay Alive …. Just Drive! (SAJD) and Safety as Floridians Expect (SAFE) are pressing for the ban. More...

NEWS BRIEFS

Everblades fans can attend game and support Uncommon Friends Florida Everblades fans have the opportunity to not only attend the final home game of the season but also support the Uncommon Friends Foundation. More...

Doctor speaks about positive power of the aging brain

Dr. Gene Cohen, author of "The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain," will speak at BIG ARTS Tuesday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Cohen, a worldrenowned expert on all aspects of aging, is a medical doctor who holds a Ph.D. More...

Fundraiser for ARC

The Southwest Florida Dressage Association, with members from Lee, Collier and surrounding counties, will host its annual charity show Saturday, May 2, at the Lee County Civic Center horse facility on Old Bayshore Road. More...

Business News

When small businesses need a helping hand

FGCU's Small Business Development Center offers guidance, loans expertise

After Jim Wilson bought the Downtown Health Club in Fort Myers with his wife, Cindy, they found themselves stuck with aging cardio equipment, not enough space for new members and no money left to expand. More...

Bank of Florida pulls TARP-fund application

Naples-based Bank of Florida Corp. a $1.5 billion-asset multi-bank holding company said that it is withdrawing its application for TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program) funding. More...

Washington Post writer discusses what went wrong with AIG

Robert O'Harrow Jr., investigative reporter at The Washington Post, will be the final speaker of the season for the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida on Friday, April 3, at the Hyatt Coconut Point in Bonita Springs. Mr. More...

Real Estate News

Condo named Florida Community of the Year

Pointe Royale singled out for excellence

Pointe Royale, a Fort Myers condominium community, won three of the 2009 Florida Communities of Excellence Awards and was named "Florida Community of the Year. More...

Paul Homes announces plans for new model

"There's a lot of pent up demand in this marketplace," says Gary Paul, president of Paul Homes. "We're seeing it every day in our sales center, and as a result, we've decided that now is the perfect time to take action. More...

Paseo inventory nearly sold out

Developer in permitting stage for new units

Stock Development has sold 93 percent of the homes in the first phase of Paseo, the 2008 Community of the Year. More...