February 27, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

PROFILES IN PARADISE

Greek roots inspire a passion for literacy

Elaine Mayrides, the energetic and capable executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Collier County, comes from a big Greek family and has always felt strongly that people should be given an opportunity to learn English. More...

Aspiring architects can take the LEGO challenge

Naples Botanical Garden invites kids to show off their artistic and architectural sensibilities at the “Build-Your- Own-Creation Challenge” on Saturday, March 8. More...

Ave Maria U. announces plans for performing arts center

Ave Maria University has announced plans to build a 1,250-seat performing arts center on its campus east of Naples.  Myra Janco Daniels, founder and longtime CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts and the Naples Museum of Art (now Artis&mda More...

Baby Basics to celebrate 3 millionth diaper

Baby Basics of Collier County, a nonprofit that provides free diapers to low-income, working families in Collier County and Bonita Springs, hosts its 3 Millionth Diaper Celebration from 5:30- 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Waterside Shops. More...

Learn how to use native plants

Naples Botanical Garden presents “Bringing Nature Home,” a program about native plants by Douglas Tallamy of the University of Delaware, at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1. Mr. More...

Workshops deliver the dirt on gardening

The Collier County Master Gardeners winter/spring workshops continue from 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. All are welcome. Admission is $7 to each class. Here’s the remaining lineup:  More...

Big snakes, over-the-top film wrap up ‘Moonlight on the Marsh’ series

“Biggest python ever captured in Florida caught in Miami-Dade County.”  “18-foot Burmese python found in Florida Everglades.” “Florida engineers find, kill monster Burmese python.”  More...

CALLING ALL ALUMS

¦ Greater Naples Delta Gamma members and visiting alumnae are invited to the annual Founder’s Day luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club, 896 River Point Drive. More...

CLUB NOTES

¦ Visitors who own and/or appreciate Corvettes are welcome to attend the next Corvettes of Naples meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd., in North Naples. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

Poet for the people

Billy Collins pens poems for those who think they don’t like poetry

WHEN IT COMES TO CONTEMPORARY POETS, Billy Collins is a rock star.  The New York Times has called him “the most popular poet in America.”  More...

Four films represent ‘A Journey of Jewish Impact’

The inaugural Naples Jewish Film Festival, “A Journey of Jewish Impact,” takes place on four Monday evenings in March at The Norris Center. A limited number of non-subscripton series tickets are available for individual screenings. More...

SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTS

The blindest of dates

Recently, a good friend asked if she could set me up on a blind date with a man named Lyle.  “I think you two would get along,” she said convincingly.  More...

Sports return to Edison State College after 17-year absence

Before Dunk City, long before Florida Gulf Coast University’s men’s basketball team made national headlines last year in the NCAA basketball tournament, another local college fielded sports teams.  What was then called Edison Junior More...

C OMMENTARY

The treacherous Fibahatchee River

The state legislative session is about to begin.  Although you may know that, you probably don’t know what a state legislative session really is or how it works, do you?  Of course you don’t, because you’re trying to earn More...

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NABOR plans a party to introduce the public to newest PAWS pups

Meet the three newest golden retriever pups that will become PAWS Assistance Dogs when the Naples Area Board of Realtors and its Community Improvement Committee host a get-together for the public from 5-7 p.m. More...

Drug Free Collier will honor sheriff at annual luncheon

Drug Free Collier hosts its sixth annual Community Awareness Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. The event is the organization’s primary fundraiser of the year.  More...

Older drivers can brush up on skills

The AARP driver safety class is designed to help drivers learn new traffic laws, refresh their driving skills and reduce their risk for tickets and accidents. More...

Nest Fest for Marco eagle sanctuary

Although there are no eaglets this nesting season, Paleo and Calusa, the beloved avian residents of the Marco Island Eagle Sanctuary, have been seen exhibiting courting behavior, which leaves room for hope that there will be a successful second matin More...

Evening gala and family fun day to benefit new Gordon River Park

A gala fundraiser for the Naples Gordon River Park takes place under the stars at Riverside Circle on Saturday, March 15. A family fun day follows on Sunday, March 16.  More...

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Linda Penniman, Douglas Finlay and Sam Saad III were sworn in as Naples City Council members during a ceremony at Naples City Hall on Feb. 19. Ms. Penniman is new to the seat; Mr. Finlay and Mr. More...

Avow’s ‘Coffee, Tea and Mortality’encourages conversation about death

The topic of death will be placed at the center of coffee-house conversation when Avow hosts “Coffee, Tea and Mortality” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Second Cup in Mercato.  More...

THE DIVA DIARIES

Dazed and confused? It’s in the stars

This latest Mercury retrograde has been merciless in its wake of backwards travel, causing havoc and confusion.  More...

Business News

The bridal business

Weddings don’t have to cost a fortune, but some nice touches are worth the price

Wpredicts a 2014 bride will wed within 25 miles of home. She will welcome 130 guests. She will marry in May or June, maybe September. Her big day will not be formal, but elegant, playing to a romantic, rustic or vintage theme. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Colors and money

Most investors do not think about how various stimuli in the environment influence their attitudes, emotions, decisions and, specifically, how colors impact their money and investing decisions.  More...

True employee engagement lies in the little things

No one can deny that disengaged employees are less productive, less innovative, less collaborative … less everything that leads to successful organizations. Yet despite all the handwringing, no one seems to know what to do about it.  More...