2020-03-05

2020-03-05 E-Edition

Say, are you wearing a REIKO PARISI

¦ Fledgling designer of flashy fashions is setting his sights on the spotlight


Reiko Parisi. Say the name. RYE-ko. Pa-REE-see. It sounds like a fashion designer, rolling off the tongue the way Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Gianni Versace does. And that’s a good thing, because a fashion designer is precisely what Mr. Parisi is. Of course, there are a couple of ludicrously major differences between Mr. Parisi and established is just getting started […]

UF study: New Florida law leads to decline in opioid use

A 2018 Florida law restricting opioid prescriptions for acute pain has led to a drop in opioid use, according to a study published by researchers at the University of Florida. UF researchers found the number of new opioid users per month dropped 16 percent immediately after the law was implemented, and the number of new users continues to decrease each […]

Rist’s Do-Good Serum



Anybody who’s lived on the southwest coast for more than just a few years has likely heard either unvarnished broadsides or their echoes criticizing those “damn Yankees.” Most times the broadsides suggest the sooner those damn Yankees go back north — the sooner they get the hell out of Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties, in particular — the better. I’ve […]

Upcoming CHEC programs

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following free programs. Unless noted, all walks begin at 9 a.m. For directions or further information, call Cedar Point Environmental Park at 941-475-0769. All programs can be found at www.ChecFlorida.org. ¦ Saturday, March 7 – Join Al Squires on a guided walk through Tippecanoe II […]

In praise of the mysterious horseshoe crab



The spring mating season is here for animals, birds and reptiles that inhabit Southwest Florida. Our own Charlotte Harbor has hundreds of miles of shoreline and shallow areas that are ideal for these activities to take place. Many of these areas are extremely secluded and may not have had human intrusion for decades. Other areas are frequented by boaters, fisherman […]

Seek and find

Detection dogs learn their trade through play and rewards


You’ve probably seen beagles in airports, checking luggage for contraband foods and other items, or a German short-haired pointer at a train station checking areas for explosives. A Labrador sniffs out electronic evidence in child predator cases. Search-and-rescue dogs seek survivors after disasters. That’s because no electronic device has yet been created that beats out a dog’s nose. The number […]

Pets of the WEEK

These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. All animals are microchipped, neutered and current with their shots. We currently have 45 adoptable cats, 40 adoptable dogs, six rabbits and one pig. We are running a “St. Pawtrick’s” Day special through March 16 — $25 off regular adoption price and, on the […]

Mark your calendar for the SWFL Birding Seminar

Explore the science and value of birds in Southwest Florida and beyond at the sixth annual Southwest Florida Birding Seminar on Friday and Saturday, March 13-14. Sponsored by UF/IFAS Lee County Extension and Lee County Conservation 20/20, the event includes field trips to area birding hot spots. Birders of all levels and anyone interested in learning more about birds are […]

Golden retrievers coming to the Shell Factory

Participants can go to the dogs at GoldenFest XI from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Hosted by Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida, the festival will be held at the Doggy Heaven canine park at the Shell Factory & Nature Park, 16554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers. Events include vendors, exhibits, pet portraits, dock dog diving, […]