Lady from Haiti moves, still downtown
After fourteen years on Fifth Avenue South then closing her doors for good, Melody Bales, doing business as the Lady From Haiti, has recently moved her business and downsized to begin again at 515 Park St.
The new little Haitian art gallery and funky jewelry boutique is now near the intersection of Fifth Avenue South and Park Street, in the back room of Four Winds Gallery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed Sundays until further notice. Phone (239) 649-8607, or visit www.ladyfromhaiti.com.
“It’s feels really great to be back, and I especially look forward to seeing again all those cute babies’ reactions when they enter the store and first notice all the wildly bright colors,” says Bales. “The looks on their surprised little faces just tickle me to death.”
- Contributed by the Lady from Haiti
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Beginners investors’ class starts Tuesday
Financial Investment Class for Beginners is a six-week class that begins Tuesday. It runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Barron Collier High School in room 423.
The course, taught by Bob Belcastro, a vice president and financial advisers for RBC Wealth Management in Naples, will enable the student to understand and differentiate the advantages and disadvantages of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and options.
The student will be able to design a portfolio that will match his/her needs. The course also is designed to allow the student to choose a stock portfolio using only Dow Jones industrial stocks, or a more aggressive small cap stock portfolio. The course will discuss the effects of taxes and inflation on the value of investments and which type of investments should outperform with respect to the current interest rate environment.
No textbooks are needed but students are encouraged to bring a business newspaper to class in order to follow the various investment options presented. The cost of the six-week course is $69. Seating is limited, so reserve your place by calling Bob Belcastro at 649-2121.
- Contributed by Bob Belcastro
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Foundation creates James V. Mudd award
The Leadership Collier Foundation, a program of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, has announced the creation and endowment of the James V. Mudd Fellowship Award.
The announcement was recently made by Edward A. Morton, chairman of the Leadership Collier Foundation, during the annual Distinguished Service Personnel Awards at the Hilton Naples.
“Throughout his tenure in Collier County, Jim Mudd has demonstrated a true passion for public service,” stated Morton, referring to Mudd, a former county manager.
“His ethics, commitment to the community and leadership abilities are precisely the attributes we hope to instill in our Leadership Collier participants. We are proud to honor Mr. Mudd in this fashion.”
The James V. Mudd Fellowship will be awarded to a qualified candidate on an annual basis beginning in 2010. The recipient of the fellowship will be given full tuition to participate in one of the Leadership Collier Foundation’s annual programs, including Leadership Collier, The Leadership Institute, Growing Associates in Naples (GAIN) or Youth Leadership Collier.
- Contributed by the Leadership Collier Foundation
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