April 18, 2012 RSS feed / Top News

State seeks input on black bear plan

The Florida black bear population has increased from as few as 300 bears in the 1970s to more than 3,000 bears today, and now the draft plan that will guide continued conservation of this species has been revised by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Cons More...

Sharing a Lil’ Love with Norman Love Confections to benefit local charities

Mary and Norman Love are launching a year-round program to raise money for local charities. More...

LeeTran offers free rides on Try Transit Day

To celebrate Earth Day, LeeTran will once again offer free rides on Thursday, April 19, throughout Lee County on Try Transit Day, part of a month-long, 12-county initiative called Taking It to the Street.  More...

Enjoy afternoon of fun and culture at Israel Fest

Israel Fest, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties, a celebration of Israeli Independence Day through Israeli arts, food and music. Israel Fest will be held from 12:30-4 p.m. More...

LEAPP to host free screening on elder abuse in America

In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 22-28, the Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership will hold a free public screening about elder abuse in America. More...

GIVING

Infant and toddler resource center planned

It’s another endless night with your fussy baby. You and your husband are at your wits end and going crazy. You are desperate to know what to do because you feel you just can’t take it anymore. Where can you go for help?  More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

CIRQUE MEETS SYMPHONY

MARY ANNE FARESE, the adventurous violinist and principal second for the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, must try to refrain from lifting her eyes above the notes where her duty lies.  More...

Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets close out concert series

The Alliance for the Arts’ 2012 Bruce T. Gora Sunday Sunset Concert Series wraps up on April 22 with Tampabased Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets. Gates open at 4 p.m. the concert begins at 5 p.m.  More...

BEACH READING

‘Shaq Uncut’

Autobiographies face a challenge when it comes to believability, because they depend upon self-analysis, and it’s hard to say how authentic someone is in examining his or her own motives.  But Shaquille O’Neal’s “Shaq Unc More...

Wicked Dolphin poised to create a rum of our own

JoAnn Elardo sat on her lanai reading some financial report on U.S. Sugar and drinking a cocktail. More...

Gov. Scott allows heated energy bill to become law

Gov. Rick Scott allowed a measure to become law last week without his signature. The measure put the governor in a political squeeze, because the bill includes tax breaks for renewable-energy production.  More...

NASA planning group takes key steps for future Mars exploration

NASA’s Mars Program Planning Group, established to assist the agency in developing a new strategy for the exploration of the Red Planet, has begun analyzing options for future robotic missions and enlisting the assistance of scientists and engi More...

WCI Communities launches ‘Give United’

WCI Communities has launched a resident referral program that supports United Way.  WCI’s “Give United” program works like this: When a resident of any WCI community refers a family member or friend who purchases a new WCI home More...

Always wanted to teach?

Share your knowledge at FGCU Renaissance Academy

The call is out for instructors and course proposals for the coming summer (July-August) fall (October-November) and winter/spring 2013 (January-May) classes at the FGCU Renaissance Academy’s 12 locations throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte c More...

Dancing With the Docs Gala set for April 29

The community is invited to the Dancing With the Docs Gala at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers. More...

Allegiant Air announces Punta Gorda operations base

Allegiant Air has established a new base of operations at Punta Gorda Airport. The operation takes flight as of June 27. More...

Lecture takes a look at Arab Spring

The Academy at Shell Point invites southwest Florida residents to attend an Academy class on The Arab Spring – One Year Later. More...

Business News

Light Bloom

Landscape industry sees growth after long drought

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED A CHANGE IN THE local landscape the past few months — new flowers and plants at your neighbor’s house and greener lawns despite the dry season.  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Ethical challenges in a time of systemic financial failure

There are many elements that make a country a suitable place for investment assets or for business. Among those elements are the rule of law and the moral compass of the people under the law’s governance. More...

Insurance agency wins regional achievement award

The Ted Todd Insurance Agency has won Allstate’s Agency Achievement Award for the Florida region for achieving the highest standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth.  More...

Real Estate News

Heating from the ground up

Belle Lago, a Toll Brothers community of single-family homes on Estero Parkway, has gone “green,” exchanging its natural gas swimming pool heating system for a geothermal system.  More...

Area inventory drops 39 percent while median price jumps

In March, the number of existing homes available for purchase in the Greater Fort Myers area is 39.45 percent less than in March 2011. Currently, there are 4,171 single-family homes for sale compared to 6,889 a year ago. More...

Myers, Brettholtz & Company to teach accounting for CAMs

Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA, Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants will teach the accounting education for the Community Association Managers Program this summer.  In partnership with Edison State College,   More...