May 20, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

City announces road closure

Main Street from Heitman Street to Monroe Street is closed while crews install underground utilities as part of the City of Fort Myers Downtown Utility & Streetscape Improvements Project. More...

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Schimmel carvings highly prized by collectors

In the 1950s, America's best-known folkart wood-carver was Wilhelm Schimmel of Cumberland Valley, Pa. A carved eagle by this man was the dream of many a collector. More...

Cancer Society seeks volunteers to help patients get to treatment

Lack of transportation is one of the biggest challenges many cancer patients face, and the American Cancer Society needs more volunteers willing to help patients get to treatment. More...

State park announces temporary closure of Lovers Key boat ramp

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Lovers Key State Park will temporarily close the park's boat ramp beginning Wednesday, May 27. The anticipated reopening of the boat ramp is early July. More...

This week on WGCU TV

. Wednesday, May 20 World War II Behind Closed Doors - Dividing the World (January 1944 to August 1945) — Part 3 - 9 p.m. Unknown forces were tearing the Alliance apart just as an Allied victory in Europe was in reach. More...

Advance Solar unveils largest photovoltaic electric system

LTC Global Insurance and Advance Solar of Fort Myers have joined forces to create the largest privately owned photovoltaic electric system in Southwest Florida at LTC Global's headquarters at 6201 Presidential Court in Fort Myers. More...

Physicians warn that ATVs, kids can be a dangerous combination

All-terrain vehicles and kids can be a dangerous mix, especially for those who tend to treat the ATVs like toys instead of high-powered vehicles. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

MOM'S THE WORD

THEATRE CONSPIRACY'S NEW SHOW EMBRACES MOTHERHOOD

I T WASN'T PLANNED, BUT THERE'S A CERTAIN KIND of cycle-of-human-life logic to Theatre Conspiracy's shows this year. Earlier this season, Theatre Conspiracy presented "Bad Dates," a one-woman show starring Lauren Drexler. More...

Film shot in Fort Myers makes its debut May 29

"Pose Down," an independent film shot in Fort Myers, is screening for the first time at the Lee County Alliance of the Arts' Foulds Theatre on May 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m. More...

BEACH READING

Lost and Found By Tom Williams (Archebooks. $27.99)

Tom Williams' debut novel, "Lost and Found," is a really well done adventure story that begins in Goodland, Fla. (near Marco Island) but quickly moves to Texas. More...

New Lee coalition puts onus on school district for cutting arts

The Lee County School District is planning to cut half or all of the music and art programs for kindergarten through fifth-grade students next year. More...

Lee VCB enhances its marketing mission

In keeping with a national trend in which destination marketing organizations are migrating from a marketing to a management role, the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau is fostering product development initiatives for The Beaches of Fort Myers More...

Honeybee swarms are only frightening in the movies

You've no doubt heard the expression, "She's a queen bee." The queen in a honeybee hive is one pampered female. She lives with up to 50 fertile males, but mates with them only outside the hive. More...

Free events at the IDC

The public is invited to attend the next in a series of free events and seminars presented by the International Design Center. Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. More...

Meeting targets age limit in downtown Fort Myers bars

The City of Fort Myers invites bar and nightclub operators and other interested parties to participate in a Town Hall Meeting to hear a report generated from the first meeting held on March 18 where downtown stakeholders discussed allowing 18- to 2 More...

Goodwill, Florida Community Bank partner for 'Shred Day'

Florida Community Bank and Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Inc. will host a free shredding event on Friday, May 22, at FCB's Caloosa Shores Branch in East Fort Myers. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Annual food drive brings in more than 300,000 pounds for agency

Hard work by both paid and volunteer workers brought in more than the 300,000 pounds of food that the Harry Chapin Food Bank needed this year. More...

Chair and vice chair announced for the 2010 Cattle Barons' Ball

The American Cancer Society of Lee County has named the chairs for its seventh annual Cattle Barons' Ball fundraiser to be held on Jan. 23, 2010. More...

Business News

Turning abandoned homes into fresh starts

Jackie Chang has been on the lookout for abandoned homes, which is not a difficult task with thousands of them dotting neighborhoods in Southwest Florida. She either buys them outright or fixes them up for the lenders who own them. More...

Clock-building exercise helps improve production time

Storm Smart uses stimulus money to retrain employees

Storm Smart Industries, a hurricane protection manufacturer based in Fort Myers, is using a $71,500 federal grant to teach its employees to be more productive. More...

Real Estate News

Foreclosure rates in Cape Coral-Fort Myers on the rise

Foreclosure rates in Cape Coral-Fort Myers have increased for the month of March over the same period last year, according to First American CoreLogic, a leading collector of national, state and local data on home prices, foreclosure and delinquenc More...

Custom homebuilder notes subtle changes in clients' interpretations of 'luxury living'

In his years as president of London Bay Homes, Mark Wilson has learned that homebuilding trends develop over a period of time and gradually play themselves out in a manner that changes the market. More...