December 4, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Florida’s consumer confidence reaches post-recession high

Consumer sentiment among Floridians hit a post-recession high of 86 in November, an increase of two points over October, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.  More...

Letter carriers to collect toys while delivering mail on Saturday

Local letter carriers will help Santa and the Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program on Saturday, Dec. 6, when postal customers are encouraged to leave a new, unwrapped toy by their mailbox. More...

VETERANS DAY ON MARCO

Marco Island artist Malenda Trick’s “From Sea to Shining Sea” mural was officially unveiled during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Marco Island Historical Museum. 1. Lynn Lindsey with her father, U.S. More...

Better Business Bureau offers holiday spending trends and tips

The holiday season is here, and consumer trends suggest gift-givers are planning to “shop ’til they drop.” In fact, one-quarter of U.S. More...

Do you know an Ooh La La lady?

Ooh La La Jewels Du Jour is seeking nominations for its new Ooh La La Ladies program of recognition. More...

Tune up your driving skills

AARP offers classes to help older drivers learn about new traffic laws, refresh their driving skills and reduce their risk for tickets and accidents. Drivers over age 55 might be eligible for a discount on auto insurance.  More...

CLUB NOTES

¦ The Greater Naples Branch of AAUW holds its monthly meeting Saturday, Dec. 6, at Hodges University. A reception and networking begin at 9:30 a.m., and the meeting begins at 10 a.m. More...

Oh, say can you sing the national anthem?

Think you have what it takes to sing in front of more than 10,000 people? The Red Sox need new talent to perform the national anthem at their 2015 spring training games at JetBlue Park.  More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

Fringe Christmas Music

There’s more to Christmas music than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Ray Conniff Singers. Even more than Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby and the Very Special Christmas album series. More...

Marco art center decks the halls for the holidays

Now that the Thanksgiving leftovers are all gone, it’s time to turn your attention to the next big holiday. More...

‘Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol’ returns to The Norris Center

Naples’ newest holiday tradition, the Gulfshore Playhouse production of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” opens Saturday, Dec. 6, and continues through Dec. 21 at The Norris Center. Preview performances are Dec. 4-5.  More...

Public comments welcome on River of Grass Greenway

The public is invited to learn more about the River of Grass Greenway at an open house from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at South Regional Library in Naples. The shared-use trail for cyclists and pedestrians is proposed to run alongside U.S. More...

PROFILES IN PARADISE

‘Just a gal in the trenches’ playing the music she loves

If you’ve listened to my show in the last few years, you’ve heard me sing the praises of Mudbone, an R&B group that plays Tuesday nights at Weekend Willie’s. More...

Military museum at airport displays tribute to veterans

The Museum of Military Memorabilia at Naples Municipal Airport invites the public to view an 18-foot-long, 5-foothigh, double-sided canvas that honors veterans.  More...

Freedom Fountain is underway at Marco Island veterans park

Marco Islanders will soon be able to see the American eagle perched atop his new nest, the Freedom Fountain, at the veterans’ memorial in the city’s Veterans Community Park.  Construction of the Freedom Fountain began mid-November, w More...

FGCU student plans to return to Immokalee as a physician

More than 20 years ago, The Immokalee Foundation set out to help improve the future of Immokalee’s children and make a difference in the community. More...

Keep an eye out for traffic deputies

Here’s where Collier County Sheriff’s Office traffic-enforcement deputies will be the week of Dec. 8-12:  Monday, Dec. More...

ALUMNI NEWS

¦ The Harvard Club of Naples welcomes all residents of Collier County and southern Lee County who have a connection with Harvard University.  More...

Red Sox spring training tickets go on sale Dec. 6

Tickets for Boston Red Sox 2015 spring training games at JetBlue Park go on sale at the JetBlue Park box office in South Fort Myers, by phone and online starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Fans will be allowed to start lining up at 6 p.m. More...

THE DIVA DIARIES

Festive flitting requires some party-going strategy

As a professional diva, I’ve experienced more holiday parties over the years than I can possibly count. Why, I remember one Saturday night in 2004 when I hit a dozen sparkly seasonal gatherings in a span of about four hours. More...

Business News

Doubling down

Farmers markets benefit from federal program

For some (not all), it puts the lie to the notion that government is synonymous with bloated and inefficient bureaucracy. More...

The learning curve: Developing a sustainable competition advantage

Old-school competitive advantages that depend on all-knowing leaders and better mousetraps are dead. More...

Public invited to vote on FGCU students’ products, business plans

The Florida Gulf Coast University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship hosts the third annual Eagle Biz Awards to promote student venture startups from 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Venture X in Mercato.  More...