April 10, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

REMEMBERING JIM REIF

‘When the weather was at its worst, he was at his best’

When Jim Reif, 61, died April 6 after a bicycle accident in South Fort Myers, he was a few months shy of marrying Jane Hess. More...

PROFILES IN PARADISE

Blending heart, hard work, integrity and innovation

From among more than 310,000 employees worldwide working for the Hilton family of brands, a former hotel housekeeper who worked her way up to operations manager at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Naples earned the coveted distinction of the company&r More...

Keep up the momentum against inappropriate drilling

On behalf of the more than 6,000 supporting families of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, we thank the numerous citizens, environmental groups and organizations that attended the Big Cypress Swamp advisory panel meeting on March 31 to provide pub More...

Explore Mount Roraima at the Garden

Embark on a photographic journey to the top of Mount Roraima, the most famous of South America’s table mountains, with Bruce Holst, Ph.D., of Sarasota’s Marie Selby Botanical Gardens beginning at 7 p.m. More...

Learn about the Top 10 orchids to own

Take your orchid collection to the next level by including the Top 10 orchids to own. Learn what those orchids are at the next meeting of the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance. It starts at 6:30 p.m. More...

Florida Native Plant Society meetings set

The Florida Native Plant Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Naples Botanical Garden. Guest speaker Karyn Allman will discuss “Are All Wetlands the Same? Wetland Delineation in Southwest Florida.”  More...

Edison State College hosts job fair

Edison State College hosts a job fair from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Fort Myers campus. Businesses with full-time, part-time and internship positions will be on hand. More...

Summer ARTScool registration open

The Naples Art Association is taking registration for its ARTScool 2014 summer program for children ages 5-14. The camp is at The von Liebig Art Center off Park Street in Naples from June 9-Aug. 8.  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 April 14-18:  ¦ Monday, April 14  Santa Barbara and Davis boulevards: Aggressive driving More...

Hotline open for info about home invasions

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has established a hotline for anyone wanting to call in tips in connection with five recent home invasion robberies in Collier County and the city of Naples. More...

38th annual Great Dock Canoe Race a sure sign summer’s on the way

The 38th edition of a beloved Naples tradition, the Great Dock Canoe Race, is set for Saturday, May 10, at Crayton Cove. The fun begins at 11 a.m. More...

CALLING ALL ALUMS

¦ The Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club of Naples invites members and Pi Phi alums in the Naples, Marco Island and Bonita Springs area to the annual Founders Day Tribute and Golden Arrow Ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. More...

Naples church reenacts the Last Supper

North Naples United Methodist Church presents “Last Supper – Alive!” at noon and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17. More...

CLUB NOTES

¦ Toastmaster Academy presents “Body Talk: Let’s Get Physical” at a workshop from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive. More...

THE DIVA DIARIES

It’s not the lines, it’s the steps involved in the Diva’s latest role

Flamenco, my friends, is NOT for sissies.  More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

Flamenco

Powerful, liberating dance form is at the heart of ‘Heart Song’

THE WOMEN SIT IN A CIRCLE, CLAPPING rhythmically to the flamenco music in a style called palming. More...

Longtime Broadway Palm Theatre bartender busts into retirement

He’s known to virtually everybody around the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre as Busty. Simply Busty. Or, on a slightly more formal level, Busty the Bartender.  More...

Jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany headlines ‘Alive in the World’

Acclaimed vocalist Kevin Mahogany will headline the 2014 “Alive in the World” concert benefiting The Foundation for The Developmentally Disabled. More...

Lee Memorial plans ‘hospital without beds’

Lee Memorial Health System has moved on to Plan B in its efforts to build a facility in Estero. Plan A was an 80-bed hospital that was dismissed by state regulators after NCH Healthcare System opposed the move.  What is Plan B?  More...

COMMENTARY

Whistling Dixie

I found myself thinking the other day that the South will win the Civil War after all. We are exporting, with great success and for the benefit of the rest of the country, our most radical ideas. More...

Holocaust museum presents ‘The Ghost Army’ documentary

The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida presents a screening of the PBS documentary “The Ghost Army” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, and Sunday, May 18. More...

Donations and volunteers create a ripple effect influencing nature

Donations to nonprofit organizations don’t always have to come in the form of money. More...

Learn about local history by moonlight

Explore Naples’ oldest house under the cover of dark on the next full moon tour at Historic Palm Cottage, home of the Naples Historic Society. The docent-guided tour sets out at 8 p.m. More...

Get ‘Up Close and Personal’ with bonsai

The Marco Island Center for the Arts’ final evening in this season’s Up Close and Personal series focuses on the 1,000-year-old Asian art form of bonsai and takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the center.  More...

Baby Basics: 3 million reasons to keep up its good work

If you couldn’t provide diapers for your child, where would you turn? While this dilemma might not affect you personally, it probably hits closer to home than you think.  More...

Kids can dive into summer at free water safety program

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County, invites all middle and high school students to the second annual “Making a Splash” event from 5-9 p.m. More...

Kindergarten Round-Ups underway

Collier County Public Schools has started its annual Kindergarten Round-Up orientation events for parents and incoming kindergarten students for the 2014-15 school year. Each CCPS elementary school has scheduled its own session in April- May. 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...

GET OUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE

¦ The Relay For Life of Marco Island is set for Saturday, April 12, at Mackle Park. This year’s theme is “A World of Hope.” For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org or www.facebook.com/relayforlifeofmarco.   More...

Swimmers from around the world will make splash at Miromar Lakes

Miromar Lakes welcomes top swimmers from around the world to its 700-acre freshwater lake for the annual Open Water Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13. More...

Soup for the Soul series concludes

The 16th annual Lenten Soup for the Soul luncheon series hosted by The Theological Center in Naples concludes on Wednesday, April 16. More...

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Ivy Fest 2014 drew a crowd of schoolspirited Ivy League and Seven Sisters alums to the lawn at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club for the afternoon and evening on April 6. More...

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Members of the Southwest Florida chapter of the American Airlines Kiwi Club met recently at a member’s home in Naples. More...

Business News

Working the network

There are seemingly endless events at which fruitful business connections can be established.  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Revisit your life insurance policies

Mention life insurance in social conversation and your listeners’ eyes might glaze over. Cold calls from life insurance professionals are often met with short, terse terminations. More...