March 27, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Tax credits needed for film credits to roll in Florida

Thanks to its year round sunshine and moderate climate, the Sunshine State has a long film history.  In 2006, Florida ranked third in the U.S. for film production (after California and New York), based on revenue generated.  More...

Good Fortune II is a safe bet for wildlife sightings

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is teeming with life, and one of the best ways to see is by taking a cruise on the Good Fortune II, a 30-person pontoon boat. More...

Holocaust museum presents quarterly survivor lecture

The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida presents the third program in its quarterly Survivor Lecture Series from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, April 6. More...

2014 Porsche Cup Charity Regatta prepares to set sail in Naples waters

America’s Cup sailor, Porsche exec will be on hand

The Gulf Coast Sailing Club, the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club and the Naples Yacht Club co-host the 38th annual Porsche Cup Charity Regatta in gulf waters off the Naples coastline Friday through Sunday, March 28-30.  More...

Marine Corps vet, double amputee will address Miracle Limbs riders

As a community spokesman for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, double-amputee and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Josh Bleill makes about 200 motivational speeches across the country each year. More...

Easter egg hunt set at the Garden

Naples Botanical Garden hosts its annual family Easter egg hunt from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19. More...

Brush up on road skills at AARP class

The AARP driver safety class lets older drivers learn about new traffic laws, refresh their driving skills and reduce their risk for tickets and accidents. Drivers over age 55 may be eligible for a discount on auto insurance. More...

‘PRELUDE TO A PARK’ FOR THE GORDON RIVER PARK

Saturday-night gala unfolds under a full moon

1. Anthony and Ashley Solomon 2. John Passidomo and Sam Saad 3. Julianne Meek, Kristine Meek, Blase and Dayanna Ciabaton and Ursula Pfahl 4. Chris Barnett, Mary Diers, Amy Saad and Bunny Brooks 5. Ned Sachs and Barbara Hooper 6. More...

CALLING ALL ALUMS

¦ The Brown Club of Southwest Florida is hosting the 2014 Ivy Fest for Ivy League alums and their guests. More...

Pet owners can take advantage of low-cost vaccines and more

The Collier Spay Neuter Clinic has extended the dates and hours of its low-cost vaccine and wellness clinics where dog and cat owners can obtain vaccines, basic veterinary medical support and parasite prevention treatments for their pets. More...

THE DIVA DIARIES

Traffic, tourists — and, yes, culture in Southwest Florida

Your diva is happy to report that she is delightfully overwhelmed these days with the multitude of art, music and theater events in Southwest Florida.  More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

Grimm songs of hope

Tim Grimm composes and performs sad, hopeful songs for ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

TIM GRIMM LOVES SAD SONGS.  “I love their ability to move people,” he says. More...

Find peace, love, music in Bonita Springs

When Cherie Adams and Tim Albright of the band Freedom Evolving started to organize their second Peace, Love and Music Festival, they decided they wanted to do it as a benefit.  More...

Gulfshore Playhouse ends seasons with American classic ‘All My Sons’

Gulfshore Playhouse presents Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” as the final production in the professional company’s 2013-14 season. Opening night is Friday, March 28, and the show runs through Saturday, April 19.  More...

Naples’ newest museum revs up

Miles Collier is once again sharing his passion for the automobile with the world.  The retired business executive and grandson of Barron Gift Collier founded the Collier Automotive Museum, home to a car collection of worldwide significance, in More...

Readings from the mailbag

It’s spring. So let’s toast them all: the critics, the celebrators, the people who speak freely. Here are a few of the letters Mr. Williams has received of late.   Hi Roger:  More...

PROFILES IN PARADISE

Early childhood education: It’s more than child’s play

When it comes to early learning experiences for children ages 5 years and younger in Collier County, Niccole Howard does everything possible to ensure that Collier Child Care Resources practices what it preaches. More...

Last chance for a Chickee Chat

The Naples Historical Society presents the final Garden Side Chickee Chat of the season at 11 a.m. Friday, March 28, in The Norris Garden at Palm Cottage. More...

FSU med students ‘working in the field’ for spring break

Working in the field took on new meaning for a group of Florida State University first-year medical students who spent their spring break in Immokalee, conducting health screenings at migrant housing camps in partnership with the Healthcare Network o More...

DIG INTO GARDENING

¦ The Naples Garden Club holds the 61st annual Naples Flower Show on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, at Naples Botanical Garden. More...

GET OUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE

¦ Angels Undercover hosts Sip & Putt from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Grey Oaks Country Club. More...

Soup for the Soul lunches continue

The 16th annual Lenten Soup for the Soul luncheon series hosted by The Theological Center in Naples continues Wednesday afternoons through April 16. 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 31-April 4:  Monday, March 31  Pelican Marsh Boulevard and Airport- Pulling Road: More...

Study shows older drivers more affected by one drink

Baby boomers can’t party like they used to

You may have only had one glass of wine with dinner, but if you’re 55 or older, that single serving might hit you hard enough to make you a dangerous driver.  So, baby boomers, what you suspected is true: You can’t party like you use More...

‘PRELUDE TO A PARK’ FOR THE GORDON RIVER PARK

Family fun day follows on Sunday

1. Bounce house fun 2. Delores Sorey, Stella Deramo and Adria Starkey 3. Irra Palmateer 4. Kendall Brown 5. Lavigne Kirkpatrick and Linda Penniman 6. Liam Gallagher 7. Samantha Hyatt and Brooke Martin 8. The Celtic Spirit School of Irish Dance   More...

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds cleared for landing at air show

“America’s Ambassadors in Blue,” the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, return to the 34th annual Florida International Air Show on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30, at the Punta Gorda Airport. Officially known as the U.S. More...

How much is it worth? Ask the appraiser

The Carlisle in Naples welcomes art and antiques expert Gary Piattoni will offer free appraisals as a guest of The Carlisle in Naples at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday,   April 8. More...

Business News

Permit running

Getting a building permit is a review process that some builders probably look forward to about as much as a colonoscopy. Some employ permit runners, subcontractors who specialize in shepherding permit applications through local bureaucracies.  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

China’s banking problems could lead to systemic crisis

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is one of the best financial writers because he is an exceptional economic thinker, he gets scoops and leads from the international community far earlier than the regular columnist, he takes complex financial concepts and simp 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...