November 4, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Free seminar offers tools, pointers for healthier diet

Cape Coral residents can get practical help to learn healthy recipes and simple lifestyle tools for beating stress, improving mood and boosting their immune health at a free “Lifestyle Matters Simple Solutions for Diet and Stress Seminar&rdquo More...

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Antique toys a hot commodity

Although the news media is always telling us about the bad economy, there are some bright spots in the antiques world. An important collection of toys is being sold in a series of auctions by Bertoia Auctions of Vineland, N.J. More...

Water resources conference set

Interested in finding out more about our region’s water resource management, how agencies make decisions to protect our water quality, and some of the many regional programs to restore our vital ecosystems?   More...

Space auction promises the moon: Astronauts sign on, suit up for charity

Ever wanted to shoot the breeze with a legendary moonwalker? Own a genuine relic of space travel from an astronaut’s personal collection? Don a real astronaut flight suit? More...

Holiday Nights to light up Edison & Ford Estates

Southwest Florida is home to the winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Best known for his work with electricity and the light bulb, Mr. Edison also created early Christmas lights. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating Mr. More...

Lee DAS offers special event, pet adoption discounts

In recognition of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, celebrated the first week of November, Lee County Domestic Animal Services is asking residents to take a closer look at the valuable role their animal shelter plays in enhancing the qualit More...

Golfing for a good cause on tap at the Shell Point Open

The sixth annual Shell Point Open Golf Tournament, presented by the Legacy Foundation at Shell Point, will be held this year to raise funds for the Rehabilitation Center at Shell Point, which offers care to individuals with rehabilitation needs in t More...

Chix-N-Stix ladies fishing tourney has $5,000 in prizes

The first event of this caliber for ladies in the fishing industry, Chix- N-Stix, is taking over Southwest Florida Dec. 4 and 5 on Fort Myers Beach. Entry fees are $100 and cash and prize payouts top $5,000. More...

Famed Coach Don Shula to headline LMHS fundraiser

The Lee Memorial Health System Foundation will host an exclusive reception and dinner with legendary coach and mentor Don Shula on Thursday, Nov. 12.   More...

Lee County Animal Services announces new winter hours

Lee County Domestic Animal Services has changed its hours of operation for the winter season. Animal viewing hours for claiming or adopting pets will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

Edison Festival of Light issues call for artisans and crafters

The Edison Festival of Light is accepting applications for the annual Arts and Crafts on the River, to be held Feb. 19, 20 and 21, 2010, in Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. More...

Craft Guild presents All Member Show

The South West Florida Craft Guild will open its 2009-2010 season, and its 33rd year, at the Center For The Arts in Bonita Springs, with its annual All Member Show. More...

SW Florida Symphony is ‘Playfully Yours’ in Cape Coral and Sanibel

The Southwest Florida Symphony takes the Chamber Orchestra out to Cape Coral for the first time in the 2009-2010 season with “Playfully Yours.” The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. More...

Real Estate News

Home prices continue falling, but rate of decline improved

SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY   National home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 10.1 percent in August 2009 compared to August 2008: an improvement over July’s yearover year price decline (11.6 percent) and June’s (14.1 More...

BCB Homes’ Montelena gets green light for efficiency

BCB Homes’ Montelena single-family home has earned a Green Home certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System and Florida Green Building Coalition.   More...

Storm Smart awards free hurricane package to local family

As part of this year’s ongoing “We Care” program, in which deserving families are awarded a free hurricane protection package for their entire home, Storm Smart has provided hurricane protection to a Lee County special education te More...

Lee County’s roads insufficient for cyclists

New legislation could bring change

Lee County roads, like many in Florida, were built for cars, not to walk across or bicycle along. More...

Speakers series features member of ‘Black Hawk Down’ mission

The public is invited to attend a special motivational presentation at the Burroughs Home on Wednesday, Nov. 11. More...

Accounting, Web design on tap at Edison State College

The following classes are being offered at Edison State College through the Continuing Education Department. Classes will be held at Edison College, 8099 College Pkwy., Fort Myers. More...

Celebrity Waiter dinner to benefit Child Care of Southwest Florida

Politicians, business leaders and media personalities will don their aprons and   work for tips at the first-ever Stars for Kids Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Auction Saturday, Nov. 14, benefiting Child Care of Southwest Florida Inc.   More...

‘Becoming Cosmopolitan’ set for Nov. 19 at The Veranda restaurant

In celebration of the cosmopolitan lifestyle in Southwest Florida, this year’s “Becoming Cosmopolitan” event is giving women what they love most: fashion, pampering and chocolate, thanks to the participation of several vendors in t More...

Sponsors named for 2009 Festival of Trees

The 2009 Festival of Trees announces several sponsors who will help to present this year’s holiday showcase. The Home Depot is the event’s Starlight Sponsor, while this year’s Twinklelight Sponsors include Stephen R. More...

Make-A-Wish Foundation needs community’s help

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida is seeking help from individuals, business owners, organizations and community leaders of Lee, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties to fulfill the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical c More...

This week on WGCU TV

. THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 10 P.M. American Experience: The Berlin Airlift   A striking look at the first battle of the Cold War in 1948, and the world’s largest humanitarian campaign.   . FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 8:30 P.M. More...

Physicians Regional first in area to perform robotic-arm knee surgery

Physicians Regional Healthcare System CEO Joe D. Pinion announced that the hospital is the first in Southwest Florida to perform robotic-arm knee surgery. The first surgery was successfully performed by orthopedic surgeon Frederick F. More...

Cape Coral Eagles to host Inaugural Boat for Hope

The Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Eagles #3957 presents the inaugural Boat for Hope on Sunday, Nov. 15. The event starts at noon at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Pier, 5819 Driftwood Pkwy. in Cape Coral.   The event is open to the public. More...

Business News

SWF battery empire charged by lottery winnings

Jason Fry aims to be the Battery King of Southwest Florida with a series of Batteries Plus franchise purchases, a business plan boosted by the $13.6 million lump-sum payment Mr. Fry opted for when he won the Florida Lottery less than two years ago. More...

FGCU hosting entrepreneur workshops Nov. 7

The Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center presents “Turning Your Passion to Profit,” an educational workshop and mini tradeshow for new and existing entrepreneurs on Saturday, Nov. 7. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

A recap of the four concepts for investing

Though money and investing columns cover unique topics each week, the column should probably offer some continuity. More...