PHOTOS: Immokalee farmworkers target Tampa Publix stores in protests
Updated 03/05/2011 at 9:27 p.m.
Almost 1,000 members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and its supporters marched and protested through the streets of downtown Tampa on Saturday and were united by one goal: getting Publix Super Markets, Inc. to “do the right thing.”
PHOTOS: Haitian community celebrates high school graduates
Published 06/11/2010 at 10:13 p.m.
During the Friday night ceremony — which took place in the First Haitian Baptist Mission located at 14600 U.S. 41 East — prayers were said, words of encouragement and support were shared and loads of advice was given to the ...
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece speaks about injustice of abortions at Ave Maria
Published 06/08/2010 at 9:59 p.m.
The late civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece is “silent no more.” Dr. Alveda King had two abortions as a young woman and openly regrets them.
Fun and games: Collier high school outgoing seniors celebrate at Project Graduation
Updated 06/06/2010 at 12:28 p.m.
If a new high school graduate was at the YMCA of the Palms in Naples on Friday night and Saturday morning, their parents need not worry. Their son or daughter was probably just riding a mechanical bull, pounding on a ...
PHOTOS: Naples Armed Forces ceremony honors those who died serving U.S.
Published 05/15/2010 at 8:45 p.m.
A formal Armed Forces Day ceremony Saturday at Cambier Park in downtown Naples honored the 41 locals who died serving their country. Armed Forces Day was created in August 1949 to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force days, which ...
PHOTOS: Collier Sheriff's Office honors fallen deputies
Published 05/11/2010 at 12:46 p.m.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office held a memorial service Tuesday morning to remember and honor 10 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty since 1928.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Oil spill spurs activists to gather signatures on Fort Myers Beach
Published 05/08/2010 at 5:55 p.m. 1 Comment
When June Wiggington of Sebring heard about the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, she said her heart broke. That’s why she didn’t hesitate to say yes when one of eight local Sierra Club volunteers on a packed ...
VIDEO: Lee commissioners support plan to use no property taxes to pay for Red Sox stadium
Published 04/20/2010 at 6:27 p.m.
Lee County Commissioners voted Tuesday 3-1 for a motion to pay for the construction of the new, $75 million Boston Red Sox spring training stadium with a federal loan program funded solely with tourist tax dollars.
Lee Sheriff’s Office applying for federal money to pay for holding illegal immigrants in jails
Published 04/20/2010 at 5:50 p.m.
The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program provides federal compensation to localities that have incurred correctional officer salary costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens with at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions for violations of state or local law and ...
Health-care a hot topic as Naples Coffee Party meets, brews Tea Party rivalry
Published 03/27/2010 at 7:49 p.m.
A diverse brew of about 20 people drank coffee and participated in a civil, open forum about hot-button political issues Saturday during the Naples Coffee Party’s second meeting. “There was too much emotion whether I agreed with the (Tea Party) ...
Temporary art: Few come out to see Chalk Art 2010 after event’s 9-year hiatus
Published 03/21/2010 at 7:16 p.m.
At home, Skyler Rafaloff, 6, uses chalk to draw streets, which he drives his toy cars and trucks on. So when he came to the Pelican Bay Rotary Club’s Chalk Art 2010 on Sunday to see some massive, colorful chalk ...
Lady anglers get hooked on fishing at Naples women-only training seminar
Published 03/20/2010 at 8:18 p.m.
Lady anglers got a chance to learn some “reel-world” skills on Saturday at a “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar in Naples. “I love to wear high heels and dress up, but I like my target shooting and my fishing as ...
PHOTOS Naples couple in 40s, founders of Movers & Shakers, win national Parkinson's award
Published 03/15/2010 at 11:20 a.m.
A Naples couple was awarded the Louis B. Fishman Award for outstanding advocacy.
PHOTOS: Dozens turn out to support cancer, cycling organizations
Published 02/28/2010 at 8:09 p.m.
The Howard family rode their bikes on Sunday morning in loving memory of their mother and grandmother, Ruth Yag, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2001. “We came out to support the cause because my mother passed away from ...
PHOTOS: Immokalee residents get free bikes thanks to Sanibel Island residents
Published 02/23/2010 at 9:15 p.m.
Along with roughly 150 other Immokalee community members of all ages that came to the Immokalee Community School on Tuesday, Nixon Perez, 11, got a free bicycle thanks to the generosity of Sanibel Island’s residents.
Condo owners protest fire sprinkler requirement at Naples council workshop
Updated 02/16/2010 at 6:53 p.m.
More than 60 opponents to the enforcement of the new fire codes voiced their concerns with the reasoning behind the codes and the unwanted costs they may incur at a Naples City Council workshop.
VIDEO/POLL: Naples City Council in favor of allocating land for off-leash dog park
Updated 02/16/2010 at 8:18 p.m.
Naples City Council members tentatively agreed Tuesday to allocate land for Central Bark — a proposed off-leash dog park — but they refused for now to provide any additional money needed for the construction or maintenance of the park.
Collier County Fair closes with big end to otherwise slow season
Published 02/14/2010 at 9:08 p.m.
Three rains delayed the fair’s opening. Then it had to compete with the Super Bowl and Everglades Seafood Festival, which took place while the fair was going on from Feb. 4-14.
Naples protesters drill home the message: No oil rigs off Florida's Gulf coast
Published 02/13/2010 at 6:19 p.m. 3 Comments
Despite biting winds, a small group of protesters held Hands Across the Sand at a Naples beach Saturday to send a message to Florida lawmakers and coastal communities statewide. Hands Across the Sand is a nonprofit organization whose mission is ...
Florida’s education commissioner impressed with creativity he finds during visit
Published 02/12/2010 at 8:48 p.m.
At the AEL’s annual panel discussion on Friday in the WGCU Public Broadcasting studio on Florida Gulf Coast University’s campus, Florida’s educational leaders shared their perspectives on today’s educational challenges in Southwest Florida.
Community leader, outlet developer promoted to vice president of Miromar Development
Published 02/10/2010 at 3:17 p.m.
In Estero, he’s known as the mayor of Miromar Outlets.
Former Chief of Staff Andrew Card shares views on Obama administration during Naples stop
Published 02/09/2010 at 9:29 p.m.
Card, 62, candidly discussed his opinions on the current Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s recent gaffes, President George W. Bush’s initial reaction to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Republican Scott Brown’s election to the late Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate position ...
VIDEO: Jack Hanna attends dinner to raise money for Naples Zoo’s planned giraffe exhibit
Updated 02/08/2010 at 8:06 p.m. 1 Comment
Naples resident Mae S. Wood didn’t stick her neck out when she conveyed her love of zoos and especially a certain animal. “Every zoo should have a giraffe,” said Wood, 100, a onetime board member with the Cincinnati Zoo.
Washington, D.C., think-tank director discusses Constitution in Naples
Updated 02/05/2010 at 8:24 p.m.
The chairman of a libertarian think tank didn’t hold back when addressing a Naples group Friday. Robert “Bob” Levy, chairman of the board of directors at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., told a Forum Club of Southwest Florida luncheon ...
Teaching mariachi to Pinecrest Elementary students could help improve grades
Published 02/03/2010 at 10:32 p.m.
Thirty-six students at Pinecrest Elementary School are enrolled in a free after-school musical enrichment program that teaches third-, fourth- fifth- and sixth-grade students how to play mariachi music on violins and guitars.
Not Mickey Mouse: Collier's brand as the 'un-Disney' Florida destination appears to be working, tourism leaders say
Updated 01/25/2010 at 8:53 p.m.
An effort to market and advertise Collier County as "Florida's last paradise" has proven successful. A Collier County tourism research report conducted by Research Data Services Inc. shows that Paradise Advertising and Marketing's work out-shined the ads created for other ...
Lely High School students get real-world at corner store
Published 01/22/2010 at 2:14 p.m.
The newly opened Lely High Corner Store is giving Lely High School students entrepreneurial experience and an opportunity to prepare for life after graduation.
Take Stock in Children helping 24 more Immokalee students reach the dream of college
Published 01/21/2010 at 9:51 p.m.
Thursday night, Take Stock in Children inducted 24 Immokalee middle school students into a scholarship-mentoring program.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Naples Grande holds vigil to honor more than 125 Haitian employees
Published 01/20/2010 at 9:19 p.m.
A candlelight vigil at Clam Pass Beach on Wednesday reminded everyone of how the flame of hope still burns brightly for all who were affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti.
Berkshire Lakes neighbors band together to oppose school rezoning
Published 01/12/2010 at 9:56 p.m. 1 Comment
Many of the neighborhood’s residents agreed the amount of students attending Naples High School by choice, out-of-zone requests or illegally, is a problem.
Doing the doggie drool: Woof Gang Bakery baking fancy treats for Fido
Published 01/12/2010 at 11:52 a.m.
Care for a Snickerpoodle, a Nutty Squirrel or a Pumpkin Pie Fire Hydrant?
Doors swing shut at Sway Lounge in East Naples
Published 12/24/2009 at 5:50 p.m.
Sway Lounge is no longer swinging. The company doing business under the name of Sway Lounge, 2 Towers LLC, was evicted from its current location, 2095 U.S. 41 E., by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 1 for not ...
Christmas sales up slightly despite frugal shoppers, retailers cutting inventory
Published 12/17/2009 at 3 p.m.
The National Retail Federation reported in a press release that November retail sales released by the U.S. Commerce Department show total retail sales have increased 1.3 percent since October and 1.8 percent year-over-year.
Hanukkah celebrated at menorah lighting in Estero
Published 12/14/2009 at 9:25 p.m.
Jews and gentiles alike celebrated Hanukkah at Coconut Point Mall in Estero Monday night by lighting oil lanterns on a large aluminum menorah.
Lost opportunity: Fifth Avenue South in Naples missed out on $57 million potential retail income in past year, consultant says
Updated 12/14/2009 at 7 p.m.
Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples lost more than $57 million in potential retail income this year, and if no changes are made, the street could lose more than $100 million in retail income during the next five years, a ...
Delicious and nutritious: Chefs teach Tommie Barfield Elementary students to cook nutritional meals
Published 12/11/2009 at noon
The school invited three chefs from local restaurants to participate in the culinary and nutrition-centered workshop by showing the students how to make a healthy, four-course meal.
PHOTOS: Naples Christmas Walk brings out the holiday spirit
Published 12/10/2009 at 9:19 p.m.
Sleigh bells rang, were you listening? Down Fifth Avenue South, palm trees glistened. It was a beautiful sight. Everyone was happy on Thursday night. Walking in the Naples Christmas Walk.
The ghost of Christmas past: Naples Christmas Parade takes on historical theme
Published 12/08/2009 at 9:09 p.m.
Thousands of people looking to catch some holiday cheer came out to the Fifth Avenue South Christmas Parade.
Rain doesn't deter Snowfest participants in Golden Gate
Published 12/05/2009 at 7:40 p.m.
Despite the rain and 70 tons of snow, hundreds of Collier County residents pulled on mittens and came out to Snowfest at Golden Gate Community Park on Saturday. “It’s only rained for two Snowfests in 24 years,” said Annie Alvarez, ...
Children eat breakfast with Santa at North Naples church Saturday
Published 12/05/2009 at 6:37 p.m.
More than 100 local children got the chance to eat pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs with Santa Claus on Saturday morning at North Naples United Methodist Church. “I came to have breakfast here and play some games and do some ...
Naples Fifth Avenue tree finally lit in time for Tuesday's parade
Published 12/04/2009 at 10:21 p.m.
Rain or shine, tradition demands that the lights must come on. Mr. and Mrs. Claus were not present for the ceremony, but true to tradition, Naples Mayor Bill Barnett finally set Fifth Avenue South’s Christmas tree aglow on Friday night, ...
Literacy Council’s legacy pays off with new facility
Published 12/04/2009 at 3:45 p.m.
Oscar Hernandez gave a thank you speech in front of everyone at the Literacy Council of Bonita Springs’ grand opening celebration for its new, larger headquarters building Wednesday night.
A helping hand: Church aiding San Carlos Park family after vandals torch their wheelchair van
Published 12/01/2009 at 1:16 p.m.
Rob Nimmo was helping his 15-year-old daughter, Tessa, catch the school bus one morning in October. While outside he noticed a black substance on the windows of the family’s wheelchair accessible van — the van the Nimmos rely on transporting ...
PHOTOS: Naples city slickers meet east Collier country folk at Farm City event
Published 11/25/2009 at 7:33 p.m.
More than 750 Collier County residents came out to the barbecue at Ave Maria around lunchtime Wednesday for some grilled steak, corn, baked beans, Immokalee salad and loads of local camaraderie. The barbecue, which gives local farmers and city folks ...
POLL: Stores gearing up for Black Friday, start of holiday shopping season
Updated 11/24/2009 at 7:14 p.m.
Many area stores plan to make the Black Friday holiday shopping experience fun. See what's in store this Friday.
PHOTOS: Hundreds view bone of Saint Mary Magdalene at Ave Maria
Published 11/19/2009 at 8:06 p.m.
A piece of St. Mary Magdalene’s tibia, the typically larger of the two bones located between the knee and the ankle, made a one-day stop at Ave Maria during its national tour that started Oct. 21 and will end Nov. ...
Yoga teacher Ferraro shares her story
Published 11/18/2009 at 4:44 p.m.
Angela “Angie” Ferraro is open about her addiction and enjoys sharing it with others.
Lee County wants to make roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists, public transit
Published 11/10/2009 at 2:45 p.m.
Thirty-two pedestrian deaths occurred in the Cape Coral, Fort Myers metropolitan area in 2007 and 2008. So Lee County Board of County Commissioners decided today to make county roads more friendly for bicyclists, pedestrians and public transit. Commissioners unanimously voted ...
Loyal and loving it: Old school Bonita barbershop caters to no-nonsense customers, veterans in its third decade
Published 11/10/2009 at 12:48 p.m.
Gripping his walker, 89-year-old Robert Grugan slowly strolls into Mel’s Barber Shop. Owner Maria Strawder guides him to the barber’s chair and gently removes his glasses.
Annual walk for heart disease raised $320,000
Published 11/09/2009 at 7:13 p.m.
Nearly 4,000 people, including many heart disease survivors, walked 3.1 or 1 mile in downtown Naples to raise money to help combat America’s number one and three killers, heart disease and stroke.