April 8, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Easter Sunrise Service 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...

Slipper chairs: essential furniture for Victorian elite

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Getting dressed was more complicated for a well-to-do woman in the 19th century. She wore undergarments, a camisole, petticoats, a laced corset, long stockings, shoes, a dress and accessories. More...

Beach trolleys could help Lee become more 'green'

LeeTran is looking at ways the LeeTran trolleys serving Fort Myers Beach could become even more environmentally friendly. More...

Florida could be the next medical marijuana state

Organizers around Florida ready to collect signatures

The Florida Division of Elections has approved a petition that may place a constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. More...

Wanderlust Auction offers values on travel, culinary and sporting packages

"Wanderlust With a Midas Touch" is the theme for this year's 20th annual Wanderlust Auction. More...

This week on WGCU TV

. Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures - Sea Ghosts - Wednesday, April 8, 8 p.m. Beluga whales are intelligent mammals that use one of the most complex sonar systems. More...

Step Up To Work 2009: City of Fort Myers has student aide program

The City of Fort Myers will offer jobs to 20 students through the summer student aide program, Step Up To Work 2009. The program will run for 10 weeks, from June 15 to Aug. 21. More...

Goodwill announces spring cleaning 'SWEEP' Stakes

Spring is here, and with the change of season also comes the annual rite of "spring cleaning." This spring, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida provides a new incentive for people to donate their gently-used items to Goodwill stores, by announ More...

Watercraft safety seminar put on by West Coast Motorsports

As summer approaches and more boats head to the open water, West Coast Motorsports will begin hosting monthly Watercraft Safety Seminars. The next one will take place on Thursday, April 23, from 5-6 p.m. More...

A revolution is brewing

Tax Day Tea Party set in Fort Myers River District

On April 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., a group of patriots will gather in Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers for the Fort Myers Tax Day Tea Party. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

There is nothin' like a Dame

DAME EDNA RETURNS IN HER 'FIRST LAST TOUR'

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO know about Dame Edna: She's sly. She's highly intelligent. She probably plays a mean game of chess, because in conversation, she's always at least three or four moves ahead of you. And she's very, very funny. More...

'The Pajama Game' playing Mann Hall this week

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival of 2006, "The Pajama Game," runs through Saturday, April 11, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. More...

Plea of Insanity By Jilliane Hoffman (Vanguard Press. $25.95)

BEACH READING

If you like legal thrillers, make yourself a note to read "Plea of Insanity" by Jilliane Hoffman. It won't be out until next month, but it's worth waiting and looking for. More...

Arabian days: Answering the call in a land of cultural contrasts

So far away! So exotic! More...

Incandescent Evening slated to show off $2 million restoration

EDISON & FORD WINTER ESTATES

April at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the unveiling of a $2 million restoration project as well as a variety of special programs for children and adults. More...

Dr. Paul Davies to speak about the search for life beyond earth

Upcoming BIG ARTS speaker Dr. Paul Davies will talk about his research in the origins of the universe, the origin of life, and searching for life beyond earth. Dr. More...

Robb & Stucky Interiors presents design seminars

Refresh your home's décor with tips from the professional interior design team at Robb & Stucky Interiors. More...

Free bird patrol offered at Lee's Bunche Beach

Experience the beautiful birds of Bunche Beach with a free bird patrol guide at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 11. Participants are asked to meet in the parking lot at Bunche Beach at the end of John Morris Road off Summerlin Road. More...

Everglades deal shrinks by $800 million

Budget forces reduced U.S. Sugar land-buy

Florida is cutting $800 million from the deal to acquire land for Everglades restoration from the United States Sugar Corp. Under the new proposal, announced by Gov. More...

New water safety programs available through Red Cross

The American Red Cross of Lee County is offering a newly revised and improved swimming and water safety program that provides an increased emphasis in the areas of drowning prevention and water safety. More...

Ave Maria School of Law's juris doctor program licensed by state

Ave Maria School of Law's juris doctor program has been licensed by the Florida Department of Education's Commission for Independent Education. More...

Cherish the Children event raises funds for Imaginarium

The annual fundraising event for the Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at The Edison Restaurant in Fort Myers. More...

Children's Home Society takes measures to save local children

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

While the Children's Home Society is dedicated to children all year round, the not-for-profit organization specifically addresses the issue of child abuse during April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month. More...

Coach Urban Meyer speaks at Gator Gathering May 20

University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer will speak at a Gator Gathering on May 20 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. Doors open at 5 p.m. with Coach Meyer scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m. More...

Harley-Davidson offers test rides on 2009 models

Harley-Davidson of Fort Myers and Naples Harley-Davidson are offering enthusiasts a chance to test ride any 2009 model Harley-Davidson Cruiser at their two retail locations. More...

Business News

Book it, baby— and don't give up:

The business of publishing on the Southwest coast

More than ever, the business of books is booming — but not always in traditional directions. More...

Commercial property firm joins Cushman & Wakefield

New firm to expand scale and services to businesses in the SW Florida region

Cushman & Wakefield, the world's largest privately-held commercial real estate services firm, and Commercial Property Southwest Florida LLC, a fullservice commercial real estate services firm focused on the Southwest Florida area, More...

Real Estate News

North Star Yacht Club offering $100,000 off published prices

Offer ends April 15

North Star Yacht Club has announced that until April 15, it is reducing home prices by $100,000. More...

New models open at Rapallo at Coconut Point

Rapallo at Coconut Point has opened two new models in its Enclave neighborhood The Andora I is a ground-floor, endunit with 1,706 square feet of air-conditioned space and 2,218 square feet overall. More...

Quail West development sold to local businessmen

New sales center to open in two months

QW 2009 LLC, a partnership of four local businessmen, have completed the purchase of Quail West Golf & Country Club and are making plans to continue development of the 1,180-acre Naples community. More...