August 19, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

New educational campaign strives to prepare Floridians for license and ID card changes

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has launched Gather. Go. Get, an educational campaign designed to assist Floridians with new driver license and identification card requirements. Beginning Jan. More...

College offers ophthalmology assistant, COT prep courses

Edison State College will again offer the Ophthalmology Assistant Program through the Department of Continuing Education. More...

Doctor's open house explains latest non-surgical cosmetic procedures

Drew A. Kreegel, MD, and his staff of professionals will host a Medi Spa Open House from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. His office is located at 16410 HealthPark Commons Drive, Suite 200, Fort Myers. More...

GreenMarket boasts new vendors, more products

GreenMarket, open Saturday mornings at the Alliance for the Arts, is still expanding, with new vendors joining weekly. The market not only offers locally grown, caught and cultivated foods but now includes much more. More...

Benefit aids PACE Center For Girls

Love that dress you wore to the last charity event but don't want to be seen in it at the next event? Then donate it to the PACE Center for Girls Lee County's "Love That Dress" charity fundraiser set for Tuesday, Sept. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

hello, my name is Bill W. (...and I'm an alcoholic)

MOST PEOPLE'S LIVES POSSESS THEIR FAIR share of drama; an alcoholic's contains more than most. Gary Kimble knows this firsthand. A recovering alcoholic, Mr. Kimble directs and stars in "Bill W. More...

International Film Festival gala scheduled at the Phil

An opening night Hollywood-style, star-studded, red carpet gala for the Naples International Film Festival will be held at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. More...

BEACH READING

'The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe' By J. Randy Taraborrelli (Grand Central Publishers, $26.99)

Since several hundred books have been written about Marilyn Monroe, one might assume that there is nothing new to be revealed about the actress. That assumption would be wrong. Author J. More...

The Vespa's colorful charm endures

But is it the future of motor travel?

Fort Myers-based Vespa dealers Jim and Lucille Wilson are selling more than a cute-looking scooter available in a rainbow of colors. More...

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Colorful, collectible salt and pepper shakers are easy to find

Looking for an inexpensive, colorful collectible? Figural ceramic salt and pepper shakers are easy to find, and not only are they colorful and fun to display, but you can use them, too. More...

Blood drive at mall planned to combat summer shortage

Local hospitals traditionally see fewer blood donations during the summer season. The demand, however, remains constant. More...

Messina Children's Center earns national accreditation

The Joseph H. Messina Children's Center has earned accreditation from the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs for outstanding early childhood programs that meet national standards of quality. More...

Fort Myers earns Waterfronts Partnership Program designation

The Fort Myers community will be awarded Waterfronts Florida Partnership Program status by the state of Florida in a ceremony to be held in City Hall Council Chambers at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26. More...

Shell Point recognized in national retirement guidebook

Shell Point Retirement Community was recognized recently in the fourth edition of the publication "America's 100 Best Places to Retire." The book serves as a guide to today's most popular retirement cities, and includes retirement destinations acro More...

Business News

Recession trickles down to repo man

Repo men experienced their own bubble in 2008 — in some cases doubling the number of cars they took back for car lots, banks or large corporations that financed them — as more people failed to meet payment deadlines. More...

Symposium at Harborside to focus on local economy

Can we jump-start our local economy? Leaders from the region and the state plan to tackle this question as part of a day-long symposium planned at the Harborside Convention Center on Aug. 28. The symposium runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More...

Relative or absolute investment performance: You choose

MONEY & INVESTING

Is this a possible conversation between an investment advisor and a client? Advisor: "Your portfolio did really, really well." Client: "So I made a lot of money?" Advisor: "Well, not exactly. More...

Real Estate News

Lee County home sales on record pace

Sales overtake 2005 boom year this month

Affordability, low interest rates and first-time homebuyer tax credits combined to boost July sales in the Greater Fort Myers area 94 percent more than the same time last year. A total of 1,446 single-family homes were sold in July. More...

First home sites sold in Costa Amalfi at Miromar Lakes

The first two home sites have been sold and home construction has commenced in Costa Amalfi, the newest waterfront neighborhood at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. Distinctive Communities Inc. More...

Report: More than half of Lee mortgages underwater

Nearly one-third of U.S. homeowners have negative equity

More than 15.2 million U.S. mortgages, or 32.2 percent of all mortgaged properties, were in negative equity position as of June 30, according to newly released data from First American CoreLogic. More...