November 25, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

New Lakes Park Community Garden opens to public

The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation, in association with Lee County Parks and Recreation, announces the grand opening of the Community Garden of Lakes Regional Park, which is the first phase of the Lakes Park Botanic Garden.   More...

Carol Sing to help CCMI’s Soup Kitchen feed the hungry

Area residents can celebrate the holidays at an old-fashioned sing-a-long and help feed the hungry at the Holiday Carol Sing Thursday, Dec. 10, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Myers. More...

Edison & Ford Estates win award

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates received the Society of American Travel Writers 2009 Phoenix Award at a Nov. 18 reception at the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Fort Myers. More...

Kidz & Canines event on tap

Kidz & Canines, a brunch and photos with Santa event, is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Fred’s Diner in North Naples. This event is a fundraiser for Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida, a nonprofit rescue group. More...

Area Zonta Clubs and Peace Corps helping to save lives in Guatemala

Since 2007, six Zonta Clubs in Southwest Florida have assembled 6,000 birthing kits for use by midwives to ensure safer, more hygienic births in Guatemala, a country with one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. More...

Golfers can tee off with NFL legends in shootout for children’s charities

Golfers who want to compete in a round with a National Football League hero have to hurry for a spot at the tee. Limited openings remain in the Inaugural Gridiron Legends Charity Shootout coming up Saturday, Dec. More...

Local potato farmers planting fields now for spring harvest

What’s the first state you think of when you’re shopping for potatoes? Chances are it’s not Florida despite the fact that thousands of acres in southeast Lee County produce millions of pounds of potatoes each year. More...

FGCU’s 23rd commencement to graduate 907 at Alico Arena

Florida Gulf Coast University expects to honor 907 students during fall commencement exercises beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Alico Arena.   Participating graduates have been allocated tickets to provide to their guests. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

images of hope

e Photographic exhibit looks forward and back at the people of Immokalee

“Images of Hope: Immokalee – Looking Forward, Looking Back,” an illuminated portrait of Immokalee and the people who live and work there, opens Tuesday, Dec. More...

Roger Daltrey screams into Fort Myers for one show

Who frontman on first solo tour since 1985

With the Who mothballed, at least for now, Roger Daltrey is touring North America as a solo act.   “The Use It Or Lose It Tour“ comes to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Friday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m.   More...

‘New York 400: A Visual History of America’s Greatest City with Images from the Museum of the City of New York’

Text edited by John Thorn (Running Press, $40)

Four hundred years ago, Henry Hudson sailed along the river that bears his famous name. Little did he realize at the time that the tiny port would eventually become America’s largest and most famous city. More...

Regulators shutter Commerce Bank of Southwest Florida

Fort Myers bank becomes state’s 12th victim

Fort Myers-based Commerce Bank of Southwest Florida became the 12th Florida bank this year to be shuttered by Florida banking officials. The last FDICinsured institution closed in the state was Orion Bank, Naples, on Nov. 13.   More...

Keep pets safe over the holidays

Don’t let joy turn to tragedy by overlooking potential holiday hazards for pets. More...

Calling all ladies: Night With Santa on tap in Cape

Thomas Jewelers, a Cape Coral family jeweler since 1981, hosts its first annual Ladies Night with Santa from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. More...

Thanksgiving Weekend events at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

The Edison Garden Market and Creative Cottage are two added activities at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates on Thanksgiving Weekend. The Estates will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and closed on Thanksgiving Day. More...

Ballpark Festival of Beers makes fall return

The sixth annual Ballpark Festival of Beers, hosted by Miracle Professional Baseball, returns to Hammond Stadium this month. The event is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25.   More...

Senior games seeks volunteers

Volunteers are still needed for the 18th annual Florida Senior Games State Championships, which take place throughout Lee County and Cape Coral next month.   More...

Nominations sought for Edison Festival honorary grand marshal

The Edison Festival of Light Board of Directors is providing Southwest Floridians with the opportunity to nominate someone to be the parade’s honorary grand marshal. Nominating a local hero is simple. More...

Handsome and clever, southeastern skinks are tough to spot

The day was warm and sunny, the sort of day that says, “Get out and take a walk.” So I decided to do just that on the 3½-mile trail at Collier-Seminole State Park. More...

Got bells?

The Salvation Army needs Volunteer Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army wants to know if you’ve… got bells. After all, it helps those in need in our community and it does a heart good. The Salvation Army has begun the 2009 Kettle Campaign and it needs more hands to ring the bells. More...

Nov. 30 Shell Point Academy class studies history of Uncommon Friends Foundation

The public is invited to attend a presentation about the Uncommon Friends Foundation sponsored by The Academy at Shell Point Retirement Community. The seminar will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. More...

Business News

Business without borders

Smartphones are one of the fastinggrowing fields of mobile technology. They’re relatively inexpensive, pocketsized, and have the computing power and storage capacity to perform a variety of small business operations from anywhere.   More...

Boy Scouts name Catti to distinguished citizen award

Joe Catti, president and CEO of FineMark National Bank & Trust, has been named the 2009 Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America, Southwest Florida Council.   More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Buffett has spoken, but what did he say?

On Nov. 3, the world may not have stopped spinning but it did slow down. In financial circles, heads turned, conversations paused and various forms of “Wows” were whispered... Not just in the U.S. but all over the world.   More...

Real Estate News

‘MoneyTrack’ co-host has advice for today’s homebuyers, sellers

Whether you’re in the market to buy a home or need to sell the one you have, chances are you’re confused by conflicting reports and statistics coming at you from national, statewide, regional and local sources.   More...

Toll Brothers sweetens deal with a party

Move in by the holidays and invite your friends to celebrate with you at a special Holiday House-Warming Party provided by Toll Brothers. More...

Home prices decline but rate of drop continues to improve

National home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 9.8 percent in September 2009 compared to September 2008, according to First American CoreLogic and its LoanPerformance Home Price Index. More...