October 21, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

An introduction to mystifying skeleton chairs

Skeletons are invited guests at our celebration of Halloween, the Mexican holiday called “Day of the Dead” and a few other ghoulish events. More...

Farmer’s Market opens Nov. 1 on Sanibel

The Sanibel Island Farmers Market   hiblld k   begins Sunday, Nov. 1 at Tahitian Gardens, 1975 Periwinkle Way. The market will continue Sundays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. through season.   More...

Volunteers needed at Bonita Springs Assistance Office

With so many individuals currently experiencing a personal and financial crisis, the Bonita Springs Assistance Office is experiencing a strong need for volunteers in all areas.   More...

Annual native plant sale Saturday

The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is sponsoring its annual native plant sale on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lee County Manatee Park. More...

Local jeweler giving back to community

Imagine walking into an office lobby and finding a small jewelry sack on one of the couch cushions. You’d probably assume it had fallen out of the pocket or purse of a previous visitor. More...

Blueway Paddling Fest a highlight for eco-tourists

Passionate kayakers, newbies to paddlesports and families who love environmental festivals are expected to attend the fourth annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival, which kicks off Friday, Oct. More...

Community Foundation awards grants to area nonprofits

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently awarded more than $370,000 in grants to 21 nonprofit organizations through its Major Annual Grant Cycle. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

Organized chaos: The farce of Boeing Boeing

ASK ANY PROFESSIONAL ACTOR AND HE OR SHE WILL tell you: comedy is hard. And farce is particularly difficult. “There are other comedies,” says actor More...

Blues Traveler to perform in Punta Gorda

Iconic band plays Downtown GetDown Saturday, Oct. 24

Diminutive Punta Gorda is in for a ground-shaking awakening on Saturday, Oct. 24, when the Downtown GetDown brings the internationally-acclaimed band Blues Traveler to town. More...

BEACH READING

‘The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President’ By Taylor Branch (Simon & Schuster, $35)

If you’re a political junkie, this fascinating new book should be at the top of your reading list. Be forewarned, however, that it has more twists, turns and surprises than a well-written novel. More...

Fort Myers, Lee County to build new library downtown

It’s been more than 30 years since Lee County’s library in downtown Fort Myers has seen major improvements. But it won’t need any because the city is getting a new library in a new spot downtown. More...

Vivid memories of childhood summers in Taiwan

From an essay by Jessica Huang about her father, Michael Huang, owner of Szechuan Chinese Restaurant in Naples, and his family in Taiwan.. More...

Health & Harmony celebrates19 years

For the 19th year, Health & Harmony Center is hosting an open house and health fair Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 6 p.m. Teachers and therapists will offer mini-classes and demonstrations. More...

GreenMarket welcomes fall growing season

Florida is the nation’s prime source for fresh vegetables during the fall and winter seasons, and at the Alliance for the Art’s GreenMarket, Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. More...

Builders Care to host miniature golf tournament

Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association, will host its first miniature golf tournament to raise funds to help local homeowners in need.   More...

MarinaVillage hosts first geo paddle event

The first annual Geo Paddle, a professional and amateur on-the-water geocaching treasure hunt for Lee County, is a first-time festival set for Sunday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. More...

Radiology Regional hosts Quilt Unveiling to battle breast cancer

Radiology Regional Center will host its annual Quilt Unveiling and Ladies Night Out at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Harborside Event Center. More...

HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS

Pumpkin Festival at Fort Myers Beach     More...

Business News

A formula for success

What the start-up survivors know about staying in business

Statistics being what they are — undependable signposts that can be pointed conveniently in different directions — most small-business owners probably acknowledge this figure from the Small Business Administration, without being dissuaded More...

Florida Shores Bancorp acquires Shamrock Bank

Florida Shores Bancorp, with an office in Fort Myers, has acquired controlling interest in Shamrock Bank of Florida – its second transaction in two weeks. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Financial advisors: How many should you have?

Many financial advisors feel that it is necessary to have only one financial adviser. Yes, this works for many investors and oftentimes works even better for the financial advisor. More...

Real Estate News

Homes sales brisk, median price shows slight rise

Members of the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach Inc. sold 1,185 single-family homes in September, a 56.7 percent increase over last September. The area’s year-to-date sales have increased 118.7 percent. More...

Boat show, model tour at The Reserve at Estero

Declaring “Don’t Miss the Boat,” Toll Brothers will sponsor a boat show and model tour Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at The Reserve at Estero, a community of single family homes on Estero Parkway. More...

Paul Homes Majestic Model Under construction in the Cape

Construction is under way on The Majestic, a new model being built by Paul Homes of Florida LLC. It’s the first new design to be introduced by the Cape Coral-based builder in four years. More...