February 2, 2012 RSS feed / Top News

Building confidence:

Homes and optimism rising in SWFL

OVERWHELMINGLY, THE sense of where the residential building industry is at in Southwest Florida may be summed up in a single, lackluster, non-committal, wait-and-see, shrugging expression: eh.  More...

Clerk of court offers two free seminars

Collier County residents are invited to two free seminars presented by the office of Dwight Brock, clerk of the circuit court.  More...

More volunteer mentors needed to pair with Immokalee students

Since 2001, The Immokalee Foundation has matched mentors with qualified seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students from Immokalee Middle School and Immokalee High School through the Take Stock in Children scholarship and mentoring program. More...

Military Ball open to all at Club Pelican Bay

The Military Officers Association of Southwest Florida invites all present and former military members, their guests and the pubic to the MOASWWF Military Ball on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Club Pelican Bay,  More...

FAITH NOTES

Christian Scientist lecturer will discuss prayer   Can prayer and the universal messages illustrated in the Bible really make a difference today? Are they practical? More...

Local teens help nonprofit promote children’s literacy

Squeezing in volunteer hours can prove difficult for kids in high school, but five local seniors and two other students recently donated an afternoon to be teen spokespersons in three public service announcements to help collect books for children in More...

NONPROFIT NEWS

IberiaBank wants book deposits for area libraries   More...

Voices of Naples has scholarships for young singers

Voices of Naples is accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors who want to pursue vocal music studies in college or university. More...

Humane Society waives cat adoption fees

Through February, Humane Society Naples will waive the adoption fee for those who give an adult cat that has been in the shelter at Humane Society Naples for 180 days or more a permanent home. More...

Bonita Bay Club hosts tennis classic to raise funds for pediatric pharmacy

Eighteen of the world’s top touring tennis professionals will gather at Bonita Bay Club Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, for matches, mini-clinics, a pro-am competition and a dinner-dance gala. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

THE CAT'S PAJAMAS

(and his jackets, too)

LORENZO, A MAINE COON CAT rescued from a garbage can soon after he was born, has more than 18,000 fans on Facebook and nearly 4,000 followers on Twitter. More...

‘Jammin’ in the Hammock’

Bluegrass fest headed back to Collier-Seminole State Park

Rain or shine, Collier-Seminole State Park becomes bluegrass central for the fifth annual “Jammin’ in the Hammock” on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. More...

Playwrights encouraged to submit new works for annual competition

Naples Players’ ETC… Readers’ Theatre is accepting submissions for the ninth annual “An Evening of New Plays” contest for Southwest Florida playwrights. Works must be original, oneact scripts. More...

Farmworkers’ rights group will greet Trader Joe’s

The grocery chain Trader Joe’s will be greeted at the opening celebration of its first location in Florida by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. More...

PROFILES IN PARADISE

Many things about Reg Buxton might surprise you

Anyone who attends community or charitable events around our town has no doubt met Reg Buxton. More...

Circuit judge, attorney to address women voters

Collier County Circuit Judge Hugh Hayes and attorney Sharon Hanlon will discuss “How Florida Citizens can Maintain an Independent Judiciary” when the League of Women Voters of Collier County meets at noon Tuesday, Feb. More...

Nominate an outstanding senior volunteer

Home Instead Senior Care is seeking nominations for its “Salute to Senior Service” program honoring senior volunteers for the contributions they make to their communities. More...

Abraham Lincoln expert to speak on Marco

The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island and the Marco Island Historical Society present world-renowned Abraham Lincoln historian Thomas Schwartz, director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum, with “The Life and Legacy of Abr More...

24-passenger jet boat makes its local debut

Adventure Naples introduced its oneof a-kind “water adventure” jet boat, the ODIN, to the crowds at the Naples Boat Show sponsored by the Marine Industry Association of Collier County the weekend of Jan. 27-29.  More...

St. Patrick’s Day parade needs a grand marshal

The Naples St. Patrick Foundation, organizers of the annual Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade, is accepting nominations for the 2012 parade grand marshal.  The 34th annual parade takes place Saturday, March 17, in Old Naples.  More...

Key Bank donates to Neighborhood Health Clinic

The Neighborhood Health Clinic has received $5,000 from the Key Bank Foundation to help purchase surgical instruments. The check presentation was made recently by Mike Dillon, president of the bank in Naples.  More...

Fox News anchor, commentator set for Town Hall special event

The Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Bret Baier of Fox News for a Town Hall special event beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.  Mr. More...

Tournament set at Marco Y

The 22nd annual “For the Love of the Y” tennis tournament takes place Friday- Sunday, Feb. 10-12, at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. More...

Sterling Oaks hosts Sneaky Pete’s tourney

The 13th annual Sneaky Pete’s tennis tournament returns to Sterling Oaks Feb. 18-25. Divisions include 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 men’s and women’s singles and doubles as well as 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 mixed doubles. More...

Business News

Cash down

Realtors fight 20 percent requirement implementation

A FEDERAL REQUIREMENT THAT WOULD FORCE HOMEbuyers to fork out a 20 percent down payment — once the industry standard — is getting mixed reactions from Realtors and mortgage brokers. More...

Too-common crises befuddle statisticians and investors

MONEY & INVESTING

Much of what an investor thinks about his or her portfolio comes from what he or she has been advised/marketed to believe…how equity markets behave, historical returns, risk characteristics, etc., as well as direct personal experience over yea More...

IberiaBank ‘fan’ club goes global and has the pictures to prove it

Similar to the “Flat Stanley” exercise conducted by schools around the country where students take photos with a paper cutout of a boy during their travels, IberiaBank on Marco Island asked people to take one of the bank’s hand fans More...