October 5, 2016 RSS feed / Top News

Mental health symposium to give ‘Food for Thought’

Miss District of Columbia Haely Jardas returns to her hometown of Fort Myers for a special engagement as keynote speaker at the annual Mental Health Educational Symposium, presented by HOPE Clubhouse of Southwest Florida. More...

All that glitters may be gold – with a touch of cranberry

COLLECTOR’S CORNER/LOOK WHAT I FOUND

Over a half-century of collecting, my mom has had two passions.  The first was cranberry glass. Second came antique dolls.  But let’s go back to that cranberry glass.  More...

100 Years of Caring Lee Memorial Health System

Since its founding 100 ago, Lee Memorial has been our community’s major health care provider— created, built and staffed by the people of Southwest Florida. More...

The Roaring ‘20s

By time the calendar flipped to 1920, the first baby born at Lee Memorial Health System was nearly 3 years old. That was James Fielder Allred, who arrived on March 3, 1917, six months to the day after the hospital opened. More...

Growing Up: 1940s-1960s

In the 1930s, there was just that one little building in downtown Fort Myers. As that decade wound down, work had begun in small ways for a new hospital building. More...

1990s: The Century Winds Down and Construction Goes Up

When the decade of the ’90s began, Lee Memorial Hospital was a 608-bed hospital near downtown Fort Myers. More growth would follow when HealthPark Medical Center opened in December 1991 several miles away with 220 beds. More...

A Century of Change

When Lee Memorial Hospital first opened a century ago, medical care and technology were in relative dark ages compared to the 21st century. Insulin wasn’t used until 1922, when the hospital was 6 years old. More...

Thank You

This publication would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of volunteers; and current and retired employees who helped to research, organize volumes of old documents and share their stories. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

RIAF 2016

Experience the sublime, surreal, hilarious and audacious at Sarasota’s Ringling Festival

CHOREOGRAPHER/DANCER DOUG ELKINS considers himself a creative magpie; collecting various appealing things and bringing them back to his nest where he transforms them into something different. More...

Lab Theater’s ‘The Best Man’ study in political contrasts

Just in time for November’s presidential election, the Laboratory Theater of Florida brings to the stage a play that puts political campaigns in context. Opening Thursday, Oct. More...

A reminder of the joys of Southwest Florida’s May-November season

THE DIVA DIARIES

I don’t know about you, dear readers, but this summer has made me feel more claustrophobic than usual. More...

2016 Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida Race for the Cure

The 2016 Race for the Cure, held in March at Coconut Point mall in Estero, drew about 6,500 participants. The 2017 race is March 4. Money raised goes for local programs and education in the fight against breast cancer. ¦   More...

Markets heat up

At least a half-dozen Lee County farmers’ markets open this month

IT’S A SIGN THAT FALL IS HERE, EVEN IF IT’S STILL hot as summer. The first week in October is when many local farmers’ markets open for the season. Saturday, Oct. More...

Uncommon Friends Foundation announces Business Ethics Award finalists

The Uncommon Friends Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2016 Business Ethics Award. The finalists are CPR Tools Inc., Gecko Hospitality and Lee County Electric Cooperative.  More...

Handmade doll is an important piece of American Indian history

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

Many American Indian tribes almost lost their culture by the 1960s because of 19th- and early 20th-century U.S government rules. More...

In the Beginning

The first patient in the 100-year history of Lee Memorial Health System was a man with appendicitis from LaBelle named Sam Thompson. More...

The 1930s

The decade ended in a whimpering finale when the stock market crashed in October of 1929. It heralded not only the end of prosperity but also the beginning of the Great Depression. More...

Lee Memorial and Modern Medicine Grow: 1970s-1980s

By 1970, the early days of Lee Memorial Hospital were fading into history and few people were still around who remembered its origins. More...

A New Century Begins; the Old Values Remain: 2000s

As one millennium ended and another dawned, Lee Memorial Health System continued evolving and expanding. Both were necessary to keep up with medical advances and Lee County’s explosive population growth. More...

Quotes

Our board members, system and community leaders, and volunteers and auxilians have provided their perspective on our historic milestone. More...

Business News

Not easy being green

WHEN THE BACTERIAL DISEASE KNOWN AS greening collided with Florida’s huge citrus industry in 2005, nobody imagined that 11 years later the state’s annual production, now worth almost $11 billion, would have dropped from a once-high 240 mi More...

What’s going to happen to Saudi Arabia in this oil market?

MONEY & INVESTING

One of my favorite shows as a kid was “The A-Team.”  More...

Suncoast Credit Union Foundation awards $25,000 grant to The Heights Foundation

The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has awarded The Heights Foundation a grant of $25,000 for school success programs at The Heights Center. More...

Real Estate News

Estero villa offers golf views

THIS TWO-BEDROOM, TWO-BATHROOM villa in Estero is nearly 1,400 square feet, located on a cul-de-sac, and offers sprawling golf course views from the lanai. The updated, spacious kitchen features stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. More...

The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto named Community of the Year

The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples by Minto Communities recently received Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) 2016 Sand Dollar Awards for Community of the Year, Best Special Event for Residents for the Isles Club Grand Opening, and Best More...

Allure: the “Rolls Royce” of Historic Downtown Fort Myers

Barbara Bengochea-Perez, Sales and Marketing Director for ALLURE, the new, luxury condominium to be developed by JAXI CMD, LLC in charming, Historic Downtown Fort Myers, reports that buyers and brokers alike are extremely impressed and excited about More...