March 6, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Young musicians earn scholarships from concert band

Winners of the 2014 Naples Concert Band scholarships were announced at the band’s March 2 concert in Cambier Park. Over the years the band has awarded more than $95,000 to approximately 95 students, many of them winning multiple awards. More...

Meet the congressional hopefuls

Public forums throughout the region

The Southwest Florida Citizens’ Alliance hosts a series of public forums to provide candidates in the June 24 special election for the Congressional District 19 seat in the U.S. More...

Watch out for traffic deputies

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office gives drivers a heads-up that traffic enforcement deputies will be posted at the following places the week of March 10-14:  ¦ Monday, March 10  U.S. More...

The Old Florida Festival: 10,000 years in the making

You can live in the present any old time. More...

It’s the season to peer skyward in search of cedar waxwings

What is that shrill noise coming from the tops of my oak trees? More...

Discover what’s so great about the great outdoors

Embark on a journey to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit the coastal environment known as Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Daily educational programs at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. More...

Electric boats back on schedule at Conservancy Nature Center

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has resumed the full schedule for its guided electric boat nature tours that had been temporarily closed or rerouted due to the removal of downed trees in the Gordon River. More...

GET OUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE

¦ The David Lawrence Young Executives have partnered with Gulf Coast Runners for the inaugural Beach Bum Run, a family-friendly 3.1-mile run Saturday, March 22. Packet pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race sets out at 7:30 a.m. More...

THE DIVA DIARIES

The glamour, the sparkle, the snark … the Oscars

Awards season has come to a close, culminating in my version of Super Bowl Sunday — Oscar Sunday. More...

Airport security director set to speak on Marco

IberiaBank on Marco Island presents “Is Airline Security Still Top of Mind when Making Travel Plans?” featuring Robert Cohen, federal security director of the Transportation Security Administration at Southwest Florida International Airpo More...

Floating through a boating dream

BILL RING OF NAPLES LIKES TO remind Southwest Floridians that it doesn’t take a large boat to enjoy Southwest Florida’s waterways.  More...

Things to do along the 25 and 26 Latitudes

Take to the water, and the Naples and Collier County you thought you knew deliver an entirely new perspective. More...

Living aboard

Port of the Islands is home ... for now

Pete and Jan Hansen’s boat is their dream retirement home. They planned this life for years before retiring from careers at U.S. Steel in Indiana, where they met in 1993. More...

Collier County Marinas

Full Story

Mind your boat’s motor to keep the water fun running

I t’s easy to keep your outboard in tip-top shape, even if you’re not a mechanic. A little TLC and preventive boat motor maintenance facilitates safe boating and can keep your motor running well and reliable for years to come. More...

Fight fire with knowledge aboard boats

Fires are among the more dangerous — yet preventable — accidents that can occur onboard a boat. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

The soul of a horse

Tony Award-winning ‘War Horse’ comes to the BB Mann

THEATER IS KNOWN FOR RISK-TAKING, BUT THE DECISION TO transform the novel “War Horse” by Michael Morpurgo into a play seemed especially audacious.  After all, the lead character is a horse named Joey who’s sold to the cavalry a More...

Marco project puts a musical twist on ‘Frankenstein’

A church might seem like an unlikely setting for a production based on Frankenstein.  But the oft-portrayed celluloid monster is a far cry from the exploration of love and the human experience that are at the heart of “Frankenstein: A New More...

A horse is a horse — unless it’s three actors working as a team

When “War Horse” opened in London’s West End, there was a buzz about it among actors.  “There were whispers of a really cool show over in Britain that was very interesting, and using puppets,” says actor Joel Reuben More...

Black professionals create own networking niche

Lola Moore felt rather adrift when she and her late husband Al moved to Naples in 1999. More...

The high cost of ‘Enterprise’

It’s probably too late for those who have entered late-middle age to drop their spoons and pick up a five-gallon bucket.  But their children still have time.  That way, they can ladle much more than their full share of soup from the t More...

Lenten Soup for the Soul series set

The 16th annual Lenten Soup for the Soul luncheon series hosted by The Theological Center in Naples takes place on six consecutive Wednesdays beginning March 12. More...

Photo

Fifth Third Bank partners with The United Way to bring its eBus financial empowerment mobile van to the Bayshore Education Center from 1-6 p.m. Friday, March 7. More...

Embracing diversity at the city of Naples’ Cultural Heritage Celebration

The dance team from Eden Park Elementary School More...

Walking tour will guide visitors through history of Chokoloskee

The little village of Chokoloskee is about as far south as you can go in Southwest Florida. Its shell mounds, old buildings and cemeteries make it a fascination destination for those who enjoy local history. More...

Workshop focuses on nature photography with digital SLR cameras

Dave Graff, education specialist at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, will lead a two-part workshop in nature photography later this month. More...

Three dozen artificial reefs planned off the Collier coast

A master-planned artificial reef project consisting of 36 reefs is underway off the coast of Collier County. Coordinators say it could be a game changer for the local economy as well as the local ecology.  More...

Women on Water seminar coming up

MarineMax offers its Women on Water seminars to help women get comfortable behind the helm so they can be the captain of their own ship and better enjoy the boating lifestyle to the max.  More...

CALLING ALL ALUMS

¦ Boston College alumni have several events on the calendar this spring, starting with a get-together for drinks and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Boston Beer Garden. It’s the night before the Naples St. More...

Remember loved ones at Avow butterfly release

Avow holds its annual butterfly release Saturday, March 22, at Cambier Park. Starting at 10 a.m., activities will include an exhibit of hundreds of live butterflies. More...

BUSINESS MEETINGS

¦ A Job Search Support Group meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Contact Karen Klukiewicz at kluk77@comcast.net or visit www.napleschamber.org.   More...

Learn how to better manage your busy career and life

The Florida Institute of Government at Florida Gulf Coast University presents “Unlocking the Mysteries of Administrative Excellence: Four Keys to Job Success,” a conference designed for individuals looking for better ways to manage their More...

Water travel meanders through Southwest Florida history

The history of boats and Naples goes so far back that it dates to a time centuries before the city was formed.  One must wind the way-back machine to pre-Columbian times, long before the arrival of Europeans on this continent, before Ponce de Le More...

A boater’s guide to food and drink on area waters

Whether it’s a cheeseburger in paradise at Cabbage Key, lump crab cakes at Flippers Bayside Grill or a grouper sandwich at Gramma Dot’s, somehow it all tastes better if you’ve traveled there by boat. More...

Waterway patrols keep boaters on course

Water covers more than a quarter of Lee and Collier counties, a 688-square mile playground for about 65,000 registered boats of a seemingly endless variety.  More...

Buyers in control when it comes to boat-show dealing

With the spring boat shows winding down across America, Boat Owners Association of The United States says buyers are still in the driver’s seat when it comes to buying a boat. More...

VHF radio check makes boating safer

I f you haven’t freed up time to fix the important things on your recreational boat, such as having a fully working  VHF radio on board, do it.  More...

Business News

Hard to hire

Proposed laws try to make it easier for workers with bad credit, criminal histories

TWO OF THE MORE THAN 2,000 BILLS expected to be considered by the 2014 Florida Legislature could impact the way businesses hire employees.  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Federal government (and tax bills) keep on growing

A common complaint is that the size and scope of federal government agencies and departments are far too large — both bloated, on paths of unrestrained growth, and too large to be properly managed. Is this true?  More...

ON THE MOVE

Awards & Recognition   Tammy Clark and Nancy Dauphinais have been named Employees of the Year at the David Lawrence Center. Ms. Clark is the center’s Immokalee practice manager; Ms. More...