May 17, 2017 RSS feed / Top News

Edison Mall begins renovation, plans to relocate, add retailers

Edison Mall has started construction for a $4 million renovation project. More...

A highfalutin’ find that’s better than, ahem, just desserts

COLLECTOR’S CORNER

My name is Scott and I hoard china.  I live in a 1,200-square-foot house with two cats, five sets of silver and 10 sets of china.  There.  I feel better now.  The only good thing I can say? More...

Kitten season highlights need to spay, neuter pets

There will be a pitter-patter of paws throughout the next few months with the arrival of kitten season. The Florida wet season isn’t the only thing raining cats and dogs. The arrival of kittens being born spikes this time of year. More...

Fort Myers advisory boards have openings for volunteers

Fort Myers is seeking responsible, community-minded citizens to serve on its citizen advisory boards, which provide advice and recommendations to the city council on topics of public concern.  There are more than 30 vacancies on these boards. More...

SPADA-thon aims to break $33K record from 2016

In its eighth year, SPADA Salon & Day Spa will host SPADA-thon from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. The spa provides deeply discounted services in order to benefit local charities. More...

Kia Niro is the latest all-in-one hybrid gadget

BEHIND THE WHEEL

The new Kia Niro feels like a vehicle that was built for the bonus generation. It’s for those people who got their best gadgets in the pre-internet era from late-night TV infomercials that screamed, “But wait! More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

OUR CELLIST

How I went back to kindergarten to learn to play the cello

IT’S NOT UNCOMMON FOR PEOPLE TO GO BACK to school later in life. Maybe they audit classes or take online courses. Me? I went back to kindergarten. It all began when my editor gave me an assignment early last year. More...

Ahoy, boaters: Free safety check offered before Memorial Day

In recognition of National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, the Fort Myers Powers Squadron, the San Carlos Bay Sail and Power Squadron and the Fort Myers Yacht Basin is offering free vessel safety checks at the Yacht Basin, 1300 Lee St. More...

The reluctant traveler packs her bags, casts her anxieties aside

THE DIVA DIARIES

According to the smart people at Merriam Webster, the definition of wanderlust is “a strong desire to travel.”  And as we ease into travel season, I’m realizing more and more that I’m not only a homebody, I may even have More...

Lawsuit over Rauschenberg estate fees a matter of trust

The nine years since Robert Rauschenberg’s death in 2008 have not been without controversy over his art and estate.  Three trustees of the Rauschenberg Revocable Trust brought a lawsuit against the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2011, s More...

12,000 Lee County households could share $16.5 million for 34,000 lost citrus trees

About 12,000 Lee County households could share in a $16.5 million payout approved last week by the state Legislature to compensate homeowners whose fruit trees were destroyed to stop the spread of a disease called citrus canker.  More...

Taste of the Cape raises $27,000

Taste of the Cape, presented by the Gulf Coast Symphony and Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, raised $27,700 at its February event. Proceeds were divided equally between the two organizations. More...

But of course, collectors collect items showing a collection

ANTIQUES

Collecting is a pastime in almost every country. Children start collecting with, bottle caps and free toys that came with a Happy Meal. More...

The Laboratory Theater puts down roots in an old church

As it enters its ninth season, The Laboratory Theater of Florida has a new permanent home — a 1923 church where performances are held and the surrounding property on the corner of Second Street and Woodford Avenue in the River District.  More...

Free Junior Achievement event to honor volunteers, teachers

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will host a volunteer and teacher appreciation event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. More...

Moving day

Moving critically ill children from one hospital to another requires great precision. So the staff at the new Golisano Children’s Hospital had practice runs before all the patients and staff were moved on May 10. More...

Business News

Weak winter

Tourism numbers down in all but Collier — here’s why

SO TOURIST SEASON IS OVER? WELL, NOT quite. More...

Out of time? Fitbit, Fossil can’t keep up with Apple Watch

MONEY & INVESTING

What runs but cannot walk? What sometimes sings but never talks? What has hands but has no arms? What has a face but no head?  More...

Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida awardees announced

The Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University announced the winners of the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida Awards at the annual awards dinner on May 10.  More...

Real Estate News

Sold: Celine Dion’s Jupiter Island home for $38.5 million

After being placed on the market almost four years ago, the Jupiter Island “waterpark home” built by Celine Dion and her husband, Renee Angelil, has just sold.  More...

Stock Signature Homes expands inventory home construction at Hidden Harbor: move-in ready homes available

Stock Signature Homes is expanding construction of move-in ready homes at Hidden Harbor, a waterfront boating community in South Fort Myers.  More...

The Isles of Collier Preserve… where residents celebrate nature and active living

The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples by Minto Communities is an award-winning master-planned community inspired by nature, informed by historic references to the classic southern coastal architecture of Old Naples, and designed to accommodate an a More...