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Chamber honors scholarship recipients at individual ceremonies

This year, instead of attending the annual Excellence in Education Awards ceremony, nine recipients had the opportunity to enjoy a small individual ceremony at the Cape Coral Yacht Club last weekend."Each year, our Education Committee hosts Taste of the Cape, along with the Gulf Coast Symphony. ...

Organizations join forces to make Big Backpack Event larger yet

More organizations have joined forces to make the annual Big Backpack Event bigger this year, which will also provide kid-friendly food."First time we have truly partnered and collaborated with friends in nonprofit world," Public Relations and Marketing Chair Connie Ramos-Williams said. ...

Safety measures could have significant impact on school budget

Some of the safety measures that have been discussed in reopening the school district could have a significant impact on the district's budget.A Zoom workshop meeting was held Wednesday to share information about the budget in regards to the start of this school year, which included staffing, ...

Voter registration deadline for the Primary Election is Monday

The deadline to register to vote or change your party affiliation for the Primary Election is Monday, July 20.Florida election law requires Florida residents must be registered to vote or make a party affiliation change 29 days before an election.Florida is a Closed Primary state. In a Primary ...

Mobile food pantry, backpack giveaway to be held next week

A mobile food pantry, and backpack giveaway, which is being underwritten by the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, will be held at the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library next Thursday.The event will begin at 11:30 a.m., July 23, at 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral, and continue ...

ARC adapts

During this pandemic, non-profit organizations have had to get creative to raise money and stay in business.The Animal Refuge Center in North Fort Myers has tried to do more with less since March, with creative ways to adopt animals while having as few people come to the shelter as possible.Rob ...

Beach experiencing big loggerhead nesting season

With two months still left in the nesting season, more loggerhead turtles have laid eggs on Fort Myers Beach than at any time in the past 31 years since Turtle Time was formed.On July 9, a record 113th nest was spotted on Fort Myers Beach, near the southern end in the Critical Wildlife Area. By ...

Delivery drivers needed for Meals on Wheels

With growing requests for meals to be delivered to homebound neighbors who cannot shop or cook for themselves, Community Cooperative has an immediate need for volunteer drivers throughout Lee County to deliver Meals on Wheels."Since the pandemic, the Meals on Wheels program has grown about ...

One killed, two wounded in shooting on Fort Myers Beach

An altercation on the beach behind the Lani Kai Island Resort on Fort Myers Beach after midnight on Wednesday ended in gunfire that left one person dead and two others wounded.The Fort Myers Beach Fire Department responded at approximately 12:38 a.m. and treated multiple victims, said Executive ...

34th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship postponed

The 34th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship has been postponed. In an announcement issued this afternoon, organizers of the popular event held on Fort Myers Beach said the plans for the annual November event have been difficult to move forward with given the uncertainty that is ...