July 1, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Ceramic figurines captured history before photography

Before there were photographs and television, some of the best likenesses of important people were created by makers of ceramics. More...

Fun, food, music highlight 2nd annual Taste of Coconut Point

Tasty fare is on tap for the second annual Taste of Coconut Point on Sunday, July 12. Set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event will feature an assortment of great food from about 20 Coconut Point restaurants, plus live entertainment. More...

High temperatures a danger to children

Be on alert for any child or vulnerable adult left unattended in a vehicle

As temperatures in Southwest Florida are heading toward triple digits, the Florida Department of Children and Families reminds parents and caregivers that it is never OK to leave young children or vulnerable adults unattended in hot cars. More...

AT EDISON STATE COLLEGE

Edison State College is offering the following Continuing Education classes in July. Classes will be held at Edison College, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. More...

Safety program provided for Alzheimer's patients

The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center is offering a Safety Program for Alzheimer's caregivers in Lee County. More...

Support group held for adult children of Alzheimer's persons

A support group for adults who have a parent with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder meets at the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center, 10051 McGregor Blvd., Ste. 101, Fort Myers. More...

Fire officials urge safety this Fourth of July

Fireworks have long been a tradition in this country to celebrate our independence. Big, bright and colorful, they draw awestruck crowds by the thousands each year to large events. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

THE B.B. MANN SHOWCASES A LEGEND

READY TO GO RIGHT NOW

T he video for John Legend's music video, "Green Light" has a deceptively mellow opening. He's at a party, sitting at the piano, playing his hit song "Ordinary People." But people are milling around, talking, not paying him much attention. More...

La Nouba: There's nothing like Cirque du Soleil

Neon-infused show plays at Disney World Resort

Pale imitators aside, there's literally nothing else like a Cirque du Soleil production. Regular live theater doesn't even begin to compare. There's the circus, but that doesn't feature the same energetic delirium as most Cirque shows. More...

BEACH READING

'Angel's Advocate ' By Mary Stanton (Berkeley-Prime Crime imprint, $7.99)

West Palm Beach author Mary Stanton has done it again. "Angel's Advocate," her second in the Beaufort & Company series, is as charming and intriguing as the first, "Defending Angel," released last year. More...

Jackson's chimp living the good life in SWFL

Bubbles was once a celebrity himself

Bubbles, the chimpanzee who was Michael Jackson's constant companion for years, has been living at the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary for chimpanzees and orangutans in Wauchula, about 70 miles north of Fort Myers, since 2005. More...

Southwest Florida celebrates Independence Day

Bonita lights up the night with laser light show As darkness falls on Saturday, July 4, the Bonita Springs night sky will come alive with a unique and spectacular laser light show highlighting Independence Day 2009. 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...

LMHS takes over center operations

Lee Memorial Health System has chosen to fully manage and operate its outpatient Radiology Diagnostics Centers in an effort to streamline patient care services and make better use of the health system's resources. More...

Sheriff's Fraud Line has increase in calls

The Fraud Line at the Lee County Sheriff's Office has experienced a 208 percent increase in calls in the second quarter of 2009 as compared to that same period in 2008. More...

'Back To School' request helps stock center's shelves

The School Resource Center, a major initiative of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, is seeking supplies to replenish its shelves. Now, more than ever, teachers need items for their classrooms. More...

Lee Tran announces July 4 schedule changes

Lee County Transit will not operate its 18 bus routes on Saturday, July 4. Instead, it will operate two trolley routes on that day, serving Fort Myers Beach. More...

LMHS launches second phase of Tobacco Free Lee Campaign

Lee Memorial Health System is one step closer to going completely tobacco free as a health system. Phase II of the System's Tobacco Free Lee campaign started June 19 and will greatly reduce the smoking areas at each of the system's locations. More...

Business News

27-year-old Bell Tower Shops seeks shoppers its own age

Plans call for more events, fresh colors and foliage

On a hot Friday afternoon, Amy Fletcher Smith lugged a dolly with bags of ice toward the main courtyard in Bell Tower Shops. That night Tribal Love, a reggae band, would perform as part of a summer concert series. It's one of many events Ms. More...

Changes to SBA loan program helps business expand

Program provides money for refinancing and expansion

Small businesses seeking to expand will be able to refinance existing loans used to purchase real estate and other fixed assets as a result of permanent changes to the U.S. More...

Quenzel & Associates launches online video Web site for comedian

Quenzel and Associates, a Fort Myersbased branding, advertising and Web marketing agency, launched a new online video entertainment Web site for international entertainer Jimmy Keys. Mr. More...

Real Estate News

National home prices show improvement over 2008

Lee County home prices continue decline

National housing prices fell 10.2 percent in April compared to a year ago, representing the smallest year-overyear decline recorded in 2009, according to newly released data from First American CoreLogic and its LoanPerformance Home Price Index. More...

Developer breaks ground on Funky Fish Houses

Key West-style dwellings make a splash at Cape Harbour Marina

Marvin Development Corp., a leading residential building contractor in Southwest Florida, announced the start of construction on the first home in Cape Harbour's newest development, "The Funky Fish Houses." The first home will be built for owner/de More...

Hidden Harbor development offers unique financing program

Hidden Harbor, a new harborfront community in South Fort Myers, has partnered with Florida Community Bank to offer special financing to buyers. More...