December 16, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Holiday Nights offers millions of lights

With a theme of “Favorite Things,” Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a 34-year tradition that attracts visitors from all over the nation to see millions of lights and decorations throughout the riverside More...

Nonprofit institute created to defend freedom at the local level

The board of directors of the Freedom & Virtue Institute has announced the formation of a new not-for-profit organization that will work in the local community to champion the virtues of individual freedom, limited government, and human dignity at t More...

Lee Homeless Coalition holds candlelight vigil

In 2009, at least 19 homeless individuals lost their lives while living on the streets or in shelters in Lee County. The Lee County Homeless Coalition’s 13th annual Candlelight Vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. More...

Monster truck show roars into Lee

Get ready, motorsport fans, because monster trucks, extreme freestyle MX and quad wars will be invading Estero’s Germain Arena for two big shows on Jan. 2.   More...

Shell Point dog park unleashed

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for new pet amenity

Shell Point Retirement Community has unveiled a new addition to the community, The Friendly Dog Park. More...

Let a ranger be your guide

Guided day and moonlight canoe trips and hikes are booking up quickly at Collier-Seminole State Park. Coming up:   More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

ah, the life of an elf

Perky, good with children and willing to work hard — this elf just isn’t

Ask most actors to describe the Christmas play they’re performing, and you’ll likely hear adjectives such as “heart-warming,” “sweet,” “charming.” Ask Jason Parrish to describe the Christmas show he&r More...

Immerse yourself in Janet Fish’s magical vision of the world

It’s difficult to view the exhibition of Janet Fish’s large and luscious paintings at the Naples Museum of Art without feeling positively gluttonous. Each of the paintings selected for the show is, indeed, a pearl in and of itself. More...

BEACH READING

‘Nightlight: A Parody’ By the Harvard Lampoon (Vintage, $13.95)

“Nightlight,” written by the humorist editors at the Harvard Lampoon, is the pitch-perfect parody for readers who love, hate or just haven’t yet been bitten by the runaway hit vampire book series, “Twilight.” A hysteric More...

Kettle drive falls short in funds, workers

As Ryan Roth’s ringing bell beckoned shoppers outside a Wal-Mart in South Fort Myers, a woman stuffed $1 in the red plastic “kettle.”   “That’s half my paycheck,” she complained to Mr. More...

FGCU Continuing Education presents programs on aging

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Continuing Education and Off Campus Programs presents a variety of classes offering insights into growing older. Programs are set for 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Jan. 20, Feb. 10, Feb. More...

Bonita Springs Utilities and FGCU create solar power internships

Four Florida Gulf Coast University students will have the opportunity to make a difference in the way Bonita Springs Utilities operates while they help protect the environment.   More...

Baseball contributes more than $67 million to Lee

Spring training study reports $47 mil impact

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Lee County Sports Authority reports that spring training combined with amateur baseball events in the county throughout calendar year 2009 contributed more than $67 million of direct spending to the More...

Middle-school students get unique chance to study solar

There was a time when a shelf made in Woodshop or a cake baked in Home Economics represented the fruits of a student’s labors. These days, the kids are making electricity in class. More...

Florida’s wild poinsettia

Wild poinsettia, poinsettia cyathophora, is a colorful Florida native plant in the family Euphorbiaceae. Easy to grow, it crowds out weeds and attracts butterflies such as the white peacock and honeybees that drink nectar from its tiny flowers. More...

Barbara’s Friends celebrates 15 years of caring for cancer-stricken children

In 1995, a young woman named Barbara Haskell died of breast cancer. Like many other cancer victims, her battle with the disease was long and painful. More...

Business News

PARTY ON

Direct sales is the way to go for many

Michele Ivanov prepared to travel from her home in Naples to a small party at a private residence in Fort Myers last Friday evening. But this was no ordinary party. A direct sales consultant for Arbonne International, Ms. More...

Franklin Shops offer retailers unique opportunity downtown

The Franklin Shops on First Street will be opening next year in the River District of downtown Fort Myers. This business offers retailers a solution to the escalating overhead cost of operating a business. More...

The shape of the U.S. economy: a ‘V,’ a ‘W,’ a ‘U’ or Hirigana?

MONEY & INVESTING

Foremost on everyone’s minds is the shape of our economy because it drives employment, affects gains in the equity and credit markets, and a host of other economic variables.  More...

Real Estate News

Shadow Wood, Commons Club strike purchase agreement for club

$8.25 million deal may close by year’s end

Members of Shadow Wood County Club and The Commons Club at The Brooks have overwhelmingly supported the purchase of the club from the Bonita Bay Group. More...

Median home price inching up in Lee

Realtor Association reports strong sales

Members of the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, Inc. closed 70 percent more home sales in November this year than in 2008. More...

North Star Yacht Club launches new Web site

Riverfront community also joins social media

The Marketing Directors LLC, the exclusive sales and marketing agent for North Star Yacht Club, has launched the riverfront community’s newly remodeled Web site, www.NorthStarYachtClub. com.   More...