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Attorney can help brother solve financial problems

April 25, 2014 QUESTION: We are new to Florida and have recently heard about Florida Homestead rules. I understand that homes are not able to be forced into a sale in a bankruptcy. more »»

Earth Day/Arbor Day at Trafalgar Middle School

April 25, 2014 I was privileged to be in the crowd at Trafalgar Middle School Tuesday afternoon to attend the proclamation ward by the city of Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki, as the city donated two trees, a mang... more »»

Tips on leasing commercial space?

April 18, 2014 QUESTION: It looks like the economy is really improving. My husband and I think it would be a great time to rent one of the vacant commercial locations locally and open a busines. more »»

Springtime gardening in Southwest Florida

April 18, 2014 By H.I. JEAN SHIELDS All gardeners must have noticed by now that springtime has arrived — cold fronts are not really cold now, just cool. more »»

May begins the ‘spring forward’ for summer programs at the library

April 18, 2014 The Friends of the Cape Coral Library will hold its “members only” book sale Thursday, April 24, from 3-5:30 p.. more »»

Condo board obligated to comply with the law

April 11, 2014 QUESTION: I have lived in my condo for decades and it seems that the board is constantly finding new ways to spend our money. Now they’ve decided that the pool drains need new covers. more »»

Two flowering trees: plumeria and frangipani

April 11, 2014 A classic white bloomer, plumeria pudica, with a yellow center, is many times mistaken as a frangipani; they are both trees. more »»

Can condo association reserve funds be invested?

April 4, 2014 QUESTION: I'm on our condo board and the question about how to deal with the diminishing value of our reserve funds has come up. more »»

Earth Hour has passed but Earth Day is coming

April 4, 2014 I was so engrossed in the preparations for the Trafalgar Middle School’s First Annual Taste of the Gardens last Saturday, I totally missed observing Earth Hour, and it means a lot to me. more »»

Blossoms not always needed with out tropical plants

March 21, 2014 We all enjoy the many tropical flowering plants and vines that grow so easily in our sunny climate. more »»

For estate planning, what are digital assets?

March 21, 2014 QUESTION: My nephew is very involved in technology and when I mentioned that I was working on planning my estate he said not to forget my digital assets. more »»

Cape Coral Mayor’s Scholarship Committee — helping to create a brighter future for our community

March 14, 2014 Many of you know me and also know of the many years that I have coached, worked in private business and participated in local, regional and state boards and committees as well as local government. more »»

Spring is almost here ... start planning and preparing

March 14, 2014 One more week and it will really be spring. I hope that means no more 49-degree early mornings. I know new residents and tourist think that temperature is just fine. more »»

Qualified Mortgage safer for the lender

March 14, 2014 QUESTION: I have been reading about “Qualified Mortgages” and the related rules that assure the lenders that borrowers can repay their loans. more »»

New mortgage lending rules in effect

March 7, 2014 QUESTION: My daughter and son-in-law are talking about buying a very expensive house. more »»

Condo association board does have emergency powers

February 28, 2014 QUESTION: My husband and I are very private people and we live in a quiet development that has a condominium association. more »»

Earth Day contest for kids, fun St. Patrick’s tales for adults

February 28, 2014 One of the most important children’s programs the Friends of the Cape Coral Library sponsors each year is the Earth Day contest, “Coloring the Eart. more »»

Huckleberries and blueberries — there is a difference

February 28, 2014 Blueberries are a passion of mine. I have loved them for a long time, only when I was young my father would take my available brothers and me huckleberry picking. I knew them as huckleberrie. more »»

A short sale will affect your credit report

February 21, 2014 QUESTION: My daughter and her husband both lost their jobs and had to sell their house in a short sale a couple of years ago. more »»

A cold, dry spring is serious for gardeners

February 21, 2014 By H.I. JEAN SHIELDS news@breezenewspapers. more »»



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