February 16, 2017 RSS feed / Top News

Free Habitat workshop focuses on refinishing

Cook up a fresh new look for your kitchen by learning how to refinish furniture, cabinets and countertops at Habitat for Humanity of Collier County’s second “Do More with ReStore” workshop. More...

Look! Up in the air! It’s a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor comes in for a landing at Naples Municipal Airport Feb. More...

Museum of the Everglades hosts 13th annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

The 13th annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival celebrating the life and work of the author, journalist and environmental activist takes place Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 21-25, at the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City.  More...

Imagine Solutions brings leaders, thinkers, adventurers to town

With a global perspective, national focus and an ability to implement at a local level, the Imagine Solutions Conference links learning with leadership. More...

Getting ready for the boys of summer

Long before the gates open or the crack of the bat and roar of the crowd fills Florida’s spring training ballparks, men and women are at work. More...

JetBlue Park, spring home of the Red Sox

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Red Sox spring security chief marks 25 years on the job

Steve Blessing has been around Boston Red Sox spring training about as long as two of the team’s best players - right fielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Xander Bogaerts – have been alive.  More...

Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex, spring home of the Minnesota Twins

Twins FAQ  ¦ Where can fans get tickets or rent a suite? Phone: (800) 33Twins; online: m.mlb.com/ twins/tickets/spring; in person: at the ticket office window, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Rays look for 2008 magic

The Tampa Bay Rays often look up at the rest of baseball.  They finished last in the American League East in 2016.  They finished last in attendance in the majors last year, averaging only 15,878 fans per home game at Tropicana Field in St. More...

15 years later this couple a fixture at the park

Working Minnesota Twins spring training game at CenturyLink Sports Complex is not merely a job for Dick and Linda Mellon.  The Bonita Springs residents have been fixtures at the ballpark for more than 15 years. Mrs. More...

Team broadcasters have seen it all

Joe Castiglione and Dick Bremer have likely seen more Major League Baseball games and been in more big-league stadiums than any fan alive.  More...

Sloppy, Mule, Firpo, Rube or Pinky: Baseball names are iconic

Long before Mookie Betts patrolled right field for the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park, other teams at other Florida spring training parks at other times boasted players with improbable names.  More...

This spring training with be first without legendary Ortiz

A quick glance at statistics tells even casual baseball fans that former Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz is an all-time great slugger.  His 541 career homers ranks 17th alltime, ahead of legends such as Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx and Ernie Banks a More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

Get your feet ready: BeauSoleil is a comin' into town

It’s music that makes you want to move. Somehow, even though you’re listening with your ears, Cajun music affects your feet. Your entire body wants to respond. sway to the music, twirl on the dance floor. More...

Marco museum opens ‘Windows and Doors to History’

The Marco Island Historical Society introduces “Windows and Doors to History,” a new and permanent exterior exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum that gives visitors a glimpse of island history spanning 10,000 years from the Pleis More...

Garage sale Civil War relics fuel third installment in mystery series

FLORIDA WRITERS

“Garage Sale Riddle,” the third title in Naples winter resident Suzi Weinert’s Garage Sale Mystery Series, follows “Garage Sale Stalker” and “Garage Sale Diamonds.” Sound familiar? Ms. More...

Tappers find friendship, fun and fitness on the dance floor

On a recent Saturday morning, tap instructor Judi Baruck cajoled an enthusiastic group of dancers to get it right. “Just think, if you get it really good, you can leave!” More...

Bike safety rodeo might temper kids’ reckless abandon

ROOTED IN NAPLES

I’ve always lived under the impression that there is no greater sense of freedom for kids than riding a bike. More...

Theology professors to present food for thought

Two distinguished professors of theology will present lectures in Naples in the coming weeks.  More...

The E in the new Mercedes E-Class might stand for electronics

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Mercedes is making 2017 a signpost to bring technology to its coddled masses. The new E-Class is a mainstream car that wants to do all of the thinking for you. So the real question is, can you still enjoy driving it?  More...

Local AAUW, Naples Press Club offer college scholarships

The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation Inc. More...

Storytellers will share their stories at second annual conference

The HeART of Storytelling, a conference for storytellers, writers, communicators and nonprofit and corporate leaders, takes place Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, at Covenant Church of Naples PCA. More...

Not hitting those New Year’s fitness goals? Relax and yoga on

THE DIVA DIARIES

Well, we’re more than halfway through February and it appears that everyone around me is handily making impressive strides with their New Year’s resolutions — especially when it comes to fitness. More...

With new blood, Sox looking to October

The 2017 season may be as easy as 1-2-3 for the Boston Red Sox. More...

New blood gives Twins hope

The 2016 Minnesota Twins dug themselves such an impossibly deep hole early in the season they needed Sherpa guides to climb out of it and the Hubble Space Telescope to see first place. More...

Gerry Adams: A Twins spring icon since 1991

Although Gerry Adams now resides in Memphis, she returns to Fort Myers every year around this time to work Minnesota Twins spring training games at CenturyLink Sports Complex.  When it opened in 1991, it was known as the Lee County Sports Comple More...

Charlotte Sports Park, spring home of the Tampa Bay Rays

Rays FAQ  ¦ Where can fans get tickets or rent a suite? Fans can buy tickets at m.mlb.com/rays/tickets/ spring#component-209141180, through Ticketmaster, over the phone at (888) FAN-RAYS or at the box office at the stadium. More...

Grapefruit League promotions

Wacky promotions aren’t typically a part of spring training the way they are during minor-league seasons but big-league teams do schedule extra events during Grapefruit League play. BOSTON RED SOX ¦ Feb. More...

Rays broadcaster has been with the team since day 1

Dewayne Staats knows where his heart rests.  “My heart is a baseball heart,” he once said.  It still applies. More...

Baseball fans don’t understand people who don’t get baseball

Why doesn’t everyone appreciate its magic and majesty, mythology and history, power and grace, drama and timelessness?  Such is the case, though. It’s fruitless explaining baseball to non-fans.  More...

Business News

Gauging tourism

Study shows exceptional revenue from visitors to Florida in 2015, but counties are wary about a slowdown

When Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism promoter, hired an Oxford Economics company called Tourism Economics to detail the effect of tourists on the Florida economy last year, Donald Trump had not yet taken office as the 45th president More...

Making a mark in business and community

FROM THE TOP

Timing can have a lot to do with success, in the opinion of H.A. “Bud” Hornbeck II. More...

Florida Community Bank sponsors Taste of Immokalee

Florida Community Bank has become a corporate sponsor of Taste of Immokalee, a benefit corporation that provides hands-on experience for young residents of Immokalee in all aspects of business, with a focus on social entrepreneurship.  More...