May 24, 2017 RSS feed / Top News

Memorial Day travel to hit highest level in 12 years

One million more travelers will take to the road, sky, rails and water for Memorial Day this year, creating the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2005.  AAA projects 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home th More...

Polishing silver? I prefer to think of it as burnishing memories

COLLECTOR’S CORNER

There’s something therapeutic in polishing silver.  It’s soothing, once you get into the rhythms of rubbing the paste onto the pieces then rinsing it away before buffing the items until they glow.  It’s even better if you More...

No. 8 in Naples writer’s serial killer mystery series continues to satisfy

FLORIDA WRITERS

This is No. 8 in the Alton Rhode Mysteries, one of three exciting series penned by Lawrence De Maria. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

The 2017 NANCIES

A somewhat skewed look at the 2017 arts and entertainment season

ANOTHER SEASON’S COME AND GONE, JAM-packed with concerts, plays, musicals and art shows. Time again for The Nancies, my annual mostly tongue-in-cheek, irreverent, sideways look at the arts and entertainment season that’s just ended. More...

Broadway Palm theater won’t be the same without Betsy

Betsy Cress has made a career of waitressing. She’s fast. She’s efficient. She’s good with detail. Not only that, but she’s entertaining. She sings. She dances. She makes wisecracks. More...

Can Tennessee mountain memories make Southwest Florida summer bearable?

THE DIVA DIARIES

As I type this missive, I basically feel like I’m Walt Whitman or Henry David Thoreau. More...

New traffic ticket app offers easy pay, reduced fines

It’s no longer so new nobody knows what will happen: TIKD, the brainchild app of Miami-based Chris Riley who insists you can pay a traffic ticket online in two minutes and save 15 to 30 percent of the fine while avoiding both traffic school and More...

More than 300K pounds donated during Lee letter carrier food drive

The fight against hunger in Southwest Florida took a giant step forward May 13, as the community came together to donate 300,305 pounds of food in Lee County. That’s a 1.7 percent increase over the 2016 total. More...

Airport traffic soars in April

During April, 1,032,783 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 14.7 percent compared to April 2016.  This number also represents the best April in the 34-year history of the airport. More...

‘I Want You,’ collectors still say of Uncle Sam memoriabilia

ANTIQUES

Uncle Sam wearing a blue tailcoat with stars, red striped pants, a red striped top hat and sporting a beard and goatee is not the first symbol for the United States, but probably is the best known today. More...

Business News

Working hands

Some professions rely more heavily than others on using all eight fingers and two thumbs.

OUR HANDS ARE AMAZING TOOLS THAT, along with our creativity, give us the capability to perform tasks that in many ways define what it is to be human. More...

Volkswagen #PinkBeetle is fuchsia fun with a funny name

BEHIND THE WHEEL

One of the funniest (or misguided) classic car sales advertisements today are for the “rare Karmann Edition” Volkswagen Beetle convertibles. More...

Index funds allow for no variables, but are good for those with no expertise

MONEY & INVESTING

As those of you that have been reading this column for a while know, I am a big fan of Exchange Traded Funds and low-cost index mutual funds. By buying these securities, you are basically buying a certain sector of the market. More...

Real Estate News

Prima Luce will offer downtown living, river view from every unit

Eric Rovner of Cape Coral and LouAnne Berg of Hudson, Wis., can see the future. They know what will sprout on what is now a roughly two-acre patch of dirt on the Calooshatchee River, just half a mile east of the heart of downtown Fort Myers. More...

Outdoor spaces share island contemporary flair at Grandview

Designed to optimize Florida’s outdoor lifestyle and connection with nature, London Bay Homes’ luxury 11-story high-rise, Grandview at Bay Beach, showcases elevated waterfront living with island contemporary flair – inside and out. 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...