December 15, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

Habitat for Humanity receives $500,000 grant from Wells Fargo

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County has received a $500,000 grant, the largest grant made by Wells Fargo to a Habitat affiliate in the state of Florida, to aid in the revitalization of Naples Manor, specifically providing funding to purchase vacan More...

Step right up for Red Sox tickets

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Dec. 17, for the Boston Red Sox’ 2012 spring training schedule, which includes 18 games at the new JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers. More...

CLUB NOTES

Here are some programs and events in the works among the area’s clubs and organizations:   More...

Nordstorm pros will offer fashion advice

Do you sometimes wish you had a personal dresser to give you that special look? Temple Shalom Sisterhood hosts breakfast and a fashion demonstration at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Nordstrom in Waterside Shops. More...

Everybody loves a Christmas parade

Pictures of happy faces from the Naples Christmas Parade say more than 1,000 words. Photographer Bob Raymond caught hundreds of people in the crowd on film but couldn’t possibly get their names. See if you can find someone you know.   More...

Deck the historic halls

The halls of Palm Cottage, home of the Naples Historical Society, are decked in the elegant splendor of days gone by for the holidays. Visitors are welcome from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1-8 p.m. Thursday- Saturday. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

My life as a rat, a flower, a snowflake in ... ‘The Hard Nut’

Local dancer reflects on her roles in Mark Morris’ rendition of a classic

ALYCE BOCHETTE LOOKS BACK WITH GREAT FONDNESS AT HER TIME AS A RAT. “It was fun to be a rat!” she says. More...

Exhibit showcases Picassos, Chagalls, Matisses and more

An exhibit of signed lithograph prints and vintage posters by master artists of the 20th century opens Friday, Dec. 16, at The von Liebig Art Center. More...

ARTISTS AMONG US

Tammra Sigler

¦ How do you describe your art form and your style? Expressionist painter…. oil and mixed media… many large-scale works. I’m also a printmaker. More...

Bonita’s historic Shangri-La Healing Waters revival under way

When was the last time you stepped into a 90-year-old building to become reinvigorated? More...

PROFILES IN PARADISE

From great adversity to great success, an amazing life story

Bill Frusztajer’s life story is as amazing as it is improbable. Bill (Boruch) survived life in a Siberian work camp as a child living 1,100 miles from the closest railway station to become an extremely successful entrepreneur in America. More...

THE TRAVELING WALL

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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ provides inspiration for student writing contest

Volunteer USA Foundation and bestselling children’s author Jeff Kinney have partnered for a writing contest open to students throughout Southwest Florida.  More...

Sweet!

Simply Cupcakes opens downtown shop, East Naples location expands for baking

Simply Cupcakes owners JoAnne and Ken Glasgow will celebrate the grand opening of a new downtown location from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at 300 U.S. 41 N. (corner of Third Avenue North). Complimentary mini-cupcakes will be served.  More...

Avow Hospice hosts book signing for local author

New author Joni Raycroft, launches her book, “I Love You More Than I Love The Yankees,” with a book signing from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. More...

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Even though we don shorts and T-shirts, there’s no shortage of holiday spirit around town. Here are some of our favorite traditions of the season (see more holiday events in the regular calendar on pages C6-7):   More...

Business News

SWFLis Oil Country

Legislature looks to expand inshore drilling

THERE’S OIL IN THEM THAR’ HILLS. OK, maybe a slight exaggeration; Southwest Florida is, after all, flat.  More...

Holiday retail season starts strong

December’s Consumer Reports Index, a measure of overall consumer financial health, showed that despite flagging confidence and a weak employment picture, the holiday season is off to a good start, with excellent activity in November and the pro More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Getting a little help from your Value Forum friends

Investing is not an easy thing to do. If it were, the world would be replete with multi-millionaires who made their fortune investing.  More...