December 8, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

Teachers of Distinction will vie for six Golden Apple awards

The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program’s 2011-12 Teachers of Distinction were announced in surprise classroom visits to their schools on Nov. 30. More...

Building managers association presents $1,250 to Youth Haven

At their annual holiday party in November, the Naples chapter of Building Managers International presented Youth Haven with a check for $1,250. More...

The Immokalee Foundation celebrates a $1.6 million event

Organizers of The Immokalee Foundation’s 2011 Charity Classic Celebration announce the events — an evening for nearly 400 guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, as well as the sixth annual Pro-Am golf tournament at Bay Colony Golf Club &mdas More...

Happy Holidays along the Avenue

Thousands of holiday revelers filled Fifth Avenue South for the 37th annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony the evening of Dec. 1. More...

Toys and volunteer helpers needed for Guadalupe Center holiday gift shop

The Guadalupe Center of Immokalee provides toys and other types of holiday gifts, so underprivileged families will not go without during the hol days. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

CLUB NOTES

Here are some programs and events in the works among the area’s clubs and organizations:  ¦ Members of the Naples Garden Club will meet for their annual holiday luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Port Royal Club. More...

SCULPTING SOUND

Ringling visitors see and hear Swiss artist Zimoun’s creations

IF YOU COULD VISUALIZE SOUND, THIS is what it might look like: Zimoun’s kinetic sculptures that writhe and rattle and vibrate and quiver.  The Swiss artist puts common industrial items — wire, motors, cotton, cardboard boxes — More...

Shining ‘Stars’ tapped for United Arts Council award

Six leaders in the local arts community have been named Stars in the Arts for 2012 by the United Arts Council of Collier County. They are: the Naples Concert Band, James Cochran, Brian Holley, William Noll, Peter Thomas and Richard Tooke.  More...

505 is magic number for special ‘seniors Santa’

Every Christmas for the past 16 years, Pat O’Connor has put on his Santa hat and brightened the holidays for hundreds of seniors in Collier County. Mr. More...

PROFILES IN PARADISE

Striving for government accountability

Tarren Bragdon has been an informative guest on my show and has enrolled me to support his new organization, the Foundation for Government Accountability www.floridafga.org).  More...

HITS Triathlon Series-Naples set for January

The HITS Triathlon Series-Naples kicks off the 2012 series as the first qualifier for the HITS Championship. Set for Jan. 7-8, HITS Triathlon Series-Naples will have five distances — something for endurance athletes of all abilities.  More...

Traveling Wall stops on Marco

“The Wall That Heals,” a national touring exhibit also known as The Traveling Wall, is at Marco Island’s Veterans Memorial Park through sunset Saturday, Dec. 10. More...

Grassroots fundraising in Vineyards generates $1 million for Avow Hospice

Friends of Avow Hospice living in the Vineyards community have gone doorto door, written neighbor-to-neighbor letters, held educational socials, a golf tournament, tennis clinics, silent auctions and assorted other activities to help raise funds to c More...

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

There’s no sign of snow in the forecast, but the holiday spirit is alive and well all around town. Here are some of our favorite traditions of the season:   More...

Business News

Executives unwind

Hard-working people tend to play hard, too

BY SOUTHWEST FLORIDA executives and professionals might present a guise similar to Clark Kent or Diana Prince. Mild-mannered, suited up and taking on the corporate and nonprofit world. More...

Researcher predicts modest growth in consumer confidence

The consumer confidence index among Floridians remained at 65 in November, a ranking that matches a revised mark set in October and is only two points higher than the record low of 59 set in June 2008.  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Getting a grip on the Euro crisis

The average citizen is easily confused by recent news of a multi-country plan to provide more liquidity to international banks, particularly to European banks struggling to stay solvent. More...