A former Florida Gulf Coast University student has a plan to stop distracted driving. Alexa Napoleon and her father, Vincent Napoleon, have created ProTextUs, a cell phone application that rewards drivers for staying off their phone when they’re behind the wheel.
Napoleon came up with the idea while she was a student at FGCU because she says she kept being bothered by her phone while driving. READ MORE
HealthyState.org held a contest calling on listeners to nominate people in their communities who inspire them to be healthy. Below is the winner for Southwest Florida.
Ferd DeSantis is a fighter in every sense of the word. The Fort Myers man has a third-degree black belt in multiple styles of martial arts. He regularly works out at the gym and trains with other fighters.
He’s also 85 years old. READ MORE
Ave Maria University, a small Catholic institution in Collier County, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in opposition to the provision of the federal health care plan requiring all employers to provide free contraceptive services to their employees.
Earlier this month, responding to criticism from some religious groups, President Obama amended the policy saying women could apply directly to their insurance company for the benefits rather than through their employer. But Ave Maria University President Jim Towey says that’s a shell game. READ MORE
Boston Red Sox players and fans alike were greeted by a perfect day for their first outing at Jet Blue Park in Ft. Myers.
The players were in their various pens warming up - pitching, catching, batting, leaping, and running at the new training venue. The fans had their noses pressed to the fence – watching every nuance of every move. READ MORE
Students stampede into Bonita Springs Middle School’s gymnasium and flood the bleachers.
Staples in gym class may evoke mixed emotions in kids. There’s dodgeball, the mile run, getting yelled at for standing around… Sixth-grader Alexis Fisher embodies that attitude. READ MORE
Passengers traveling through Southwest Florida International Airport will now go through advanced imaging technology or AIT, also known as body scanners. The Transportation Security Administration unveiled the new scanners last Thursday. They bounce harmless electromagnetic waves off the human body. New software protects passengers’ privacy by using only a stick figure. If there is a potential problem, the location of the threat is indicated on the drawing. The scanners use software that detect metallic and other threats, including explosives, concealed under a passenger’s clothing. READ MORE
Two Russian Nationals are opening a center in Naples to provide cultural events, continuing education and networking opportunities for expats living in the area - as well as the community at large.
The new non-profit Russian Cultural Center will celebrate, share and promote Russian and former Soviet Union awareness. It will include a music school in the best Russian and European traditions, a visiting Russian Theater troupe from New York presenting plays in Russian with English subtitles and a lecturer on Russian literature and history. READ MORE
Miles Collier is sharing his unique collection of 105 vintage vehicles with a research team at Stanford University with the ultimate aim of creating the cars of the future.
“So many of these cars are so important that not only have I never driven some of them -- I’ve never even sat in them,” says Collier, whose father and uncles founded the Automobile Racing Club of America in the 1930s. READ MORE
Jamie Trudeau of Trudeau Warbird Enterprises in Punta Gorda started his day tuning up the engine of a T28 Trainer. First built 1949, the planes were used to train a generation of Air Force and Navy pilots up through the Vietnam War. But, the old trainer is one of the newer planes on the tarmac outside a hangar at the Punta Gorda Airport. Trudeau said he also has a P51 Mustang in the shop, perhaps the most iconic fighter plane associated with World War II. READ MORE