March 3, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

Conference scholarships available for area educators, nonprofits

A limited number of scholarship tickets are available for representatives from Southwest Florida’s nonprofit and education sectors for the 2011 Imagine Solutions Conference coming up March 21-22 at The Ritz- Carlton Golf Resort in Naples.  More...

Mice that can roar

Perhaps we could call them the Mighty Mouse delegation.  Although one of state government’s smallest — out of 160 congressional leaders there are 14 members whose districts include at least parts of Collier, Lee or Charlotte counties More...

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Dave Fuller and Gail Kahoun flip flapjacks at the 2010 Goodland Community Center pancake breakfast. This year’s all-you-caneat feast is from 8-11:30 a.m. More...

Fundraisers help pave the way for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 33rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which receives no public funding, will follow its traditional route through Old Naples beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12. More...

New addiction treatment protocol available at David Lawrence Center

An new treatment protocol for adults suffering prescription drug and heroin addiction is available at the David Lawrence Center. Suboxone is an eight-day, tapered protocol administered by medical staff in the inpatient setting.  More...

Clerk of courts will hold workshops about finding public information online

March 13-19 is Sunshine Week in Collier County corresponding with the national initiative that underscores the importance of open government and serves as a reminder to all citizens of their right to access public records and public meetings.  More...

FGCU solicits nominations for annual awards

The Florida Gulf Coast University Alumni Association is sending out a call for nominations for FGCU graduates who have made significant contributions to the community.  More...

Buy at Bargain Box and benefit Baby Basics

All sale proceeds from the Bargain Box Thrift Store on Saturday, March 12, will be donated to help Baby Basics purchase diapers for 275 families in Collier and Lee counties. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 331 Eighth St. More...

Truckloads of new fabric just arrived at Boca Bargoons

Decorative fabric giant Boca Bargoons has brought in truckloads of brand new merchandise for their huge 30% off inventory sale this week. More...

CLUB NOTES

Republican women announce officers   More...

JCMI invites all to programs on Marco

The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island welcomes the public to the following programs at JCMI headquarters, 991 Winterberry Drive. Call 642-0800 for more information.  More...

Retired bishop will visit United Church of Christ

Naples United Church of Christ presents retired Bishop John Shelby Spong in a program for the public at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Bishop Spong will also speak at the 9 and 11 a.m. church services. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

SPORTS SHORTS

Red Sox add game to spring training  Boston Red Sox fans have an additional chance to cheer on the team at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. A game against the Houston Astros has been added to the spring training line-up at 1:05 p.m. More...

FLORIDA WRITERS

Guidebook update: Get oriented, then get the details

I t’s important to say “fifth edition” because Chelle Koster Walton produces and updates travel guides more frequently than she updates her own web pages to tell us about them. More...

OUT AND ABOUT AT MERCATO

Not only a prime spot for shopping, dining and movies, Mercato sets the stage for some of the best events around town. More...

Art of the Olympians welcomes royalty

Of all the people to jet into town, you might not expect His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. More...

Speakers, corporate sponsors boost Energy session

It can be said unequivocally that the world is dependent on non-renewable energy sources held by a precious few. More...

Six Apples awarded in one day

Collier teachers win the gold

Students throughout Collier County bit into golden delicious apples from bushel baskets as their teachers learned they were Golden Apple winners on Feb. 24. More...

Coast Guard Auxiliary plans 13th annual Port City Day

Flotilla 93 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Naples holds its 13th annual Port City Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the City Dock. More...

Civic awareness is topic of panel discussion

Members and guests of the League of Women Voters of Collier County will hear about “The State of Civic Awareness and Participation” at a meeting beginning at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the Hilton Naples. More...

Youth substance abuse programs get boost

The David Lawrence Foundation has been awarded an $11,000 grant from The Jerry L. and Barbara J. Burris Foundation to help fund youth substance abuse treatment programs at the David Lawrence Center.  More...

Marines celebrate Mark Russell at ‘Honor the Free Press’

The E.T. Brisson Detachment of the Marine Corps League of Naples honors political satirist, social commentator and PBS veteran Mark Russell at its annual “Honor the Free Press” luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. More...

Hazelden hosts benefit luncheon in honor of Collier’s Scott Salley

Academy Awardwinning actor Louis Gossett Jr. will be the keynote speaker at a community luncheon hosted by Hazelden on Thursday, March 24, at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. More...

University presidents on panel for EAN luncheon

Three Southwest Florida university presidents will be the guest speakers when the European American Network meets at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Bonita Bay Club. More...

Auction winners on Cloud Nine for The Immokalee Foundation

When two World War II fighter planes recently took to the picture perfect skies in Fort Myers, they provided the thrill of a lifetime for passengers and the opportunity of a lifetime for dozens of Immokalee children.  More...

Desserts and auction at First Baptist Academy

The faculty and staff of First Baptist Academy invite the public to “Friends of the Lion,” an evening of desserts and a live auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the school at 3000 Orange Blossom Blvd. More...

Methodist church plans first gala event

North Naples United Methodist Church hosts its inaugural “Faith For The Future” gala dinner and auction Saturday, March 19, at the Hilton Naples. More...

Business News

Still sunny

Tourist tax collections reveal a resilient industry

I N 2007 AND EARLY 2008, MORE people flew into Southwest Florida and spent more on hotel rooms than ever before, records show. That was before a broken economy cost millions of dollars in lost tax revenue. More...

Three companies will present to Gulf Coast Venture Forum

Gulf Coast Venture Forum invites members and those interested in learning more about the organization to the next meeting of its Naples chapter from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the members club room at Tiburon Golf Course. More...

Real estate trends for pension fund portfolios

MONEY & INVESTING

For a good sense of how real estate is faring across the U.S. nationally and by geographic region, as well as by commercial real estate type, take a look at the quarterly data compiled by the National Council for Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries. More...