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Taking care of the contingencies in a home purchase

November 8, 2013 QUESTION: My husband and I are about to purchase our first home in Florida. We’ve been through this process before many years ago in a northern state but things are different here. more »»

Strawberry hills at Trafalgar Middle School

November 8, 2013 By JOYCE COMINGORE The garden at Trafalgar Middle School on Southwest 20th Avenue is doing very well. They have harvested a zucchini, pickling cucumbers and lots of radishes. more »»

Heads-up! Things fall during fall

November 1, 2013 It is the nature of things. The big beautiful, spreading frangipani tree now has its leaves falling all over. They look pretty ugly lying there but that is what happens, in the fal. more »»

Some senior communities do have restrictions concerning young children

October 31, 2013 QUESTION: My husband and I just retired. We’ve raised our children and helped to raise their children. We want to enjoy our retirement without listening to the happy sounds of little ones. more »»

Committee forming to address some association rules

October 25, 2013 QUESTION: Our condominium association went through the transition of control to the owners more than 17 years ago. more »»

Religion Notes

October 25, 2013 Branch of Life Christian Fellowship The Branch of Life Christian Fellow-ship is a spirit-filled, contemporary Christian church, located at 815 S.E. 47th St., Cape Cora. more »»

Scarecrows, ghouls and jack-o'-lanterns

October 25, 2013   It is that fun time of the year when we can just set things around in our gardens and yards and not have to go to the trouble of digging in the soil. more »»

In search of a patch of calabaza pumpkin/squash

October 18, 2013 It’s time for Linus to start seeking the most sincere Pumpkin Patch. It all started in the 1959 comic strip of Peanuts and debuted on television in 1966. more »»

Loan managed by mortgage servicer

October 18, 2013 QUESTION: My sister just closed on a condo. During the closing she received a document about mortgage servicing that indicated her lender usually transferred its loans to another entity to manage. more »»

Deposits when leasing commercial property

October 11, 2013 QUESTION: I thought I understood real estate but now that I am about to lease a commercial property, I’m confused. more »»

Do you remember ‘Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater?’

October 11, 2013 By JOYCE COMINGORE Pumpkins are a thing that inspires a child’s mind. more »»

Can association sue homeowner for xeriscaping?

September 27, 2013 QUESTION: We live in Florida where water is in short supply but almost half of residential water consumption is used on landscaping. more »»

Thanks to Lee County Commission, library programs continue — even after dark

September 27, 2013 Nothing scares our library personnel and the Friends of Libraries more than the dreaded governmental cuts to library funding — a recurring ordeal — and this year’s recommendation to reduce staff,... more »»

Rain ... rain ... and even more rain!

September 27, 2013 I am sure everyone’s rain barrel is spilling over right now. In fact, it seems like the whole world is spilling over in Southwest Florida. more »»

There are exceptions to Homestead protection

September 20, 2013 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 »»

Butterfly, flutter by

September 20, 2013 Just outside my living room sliding glass doors is my patio and garden area where I see several clusters of dainty brilliant yellow flowers sparkling and flirting with me. more »»

Explaining a community association manager’s duties

September 13, 2013 QUESTION: Our condo association uses an association management company to help us maintain our property and manage the business of the associatio. more »»

Recalibrating the Extension

September 13, 2013 Right now, I’m too befuddled by the recent proposed changes to the Lee Coutnty Extension, to think. I went to the County Commissioner’s budget hearing last Wednesday, Sept. 4, and spoke. more »»

Resident has right to have landscaping question answered

September 6, 2013 QUESTION: I live in a condominium and my neighbors and I are very concerned about the quality and appearance of our landscaping. Plants are dead or dying. The lawn is weedy and has bare spot. more »»

Wild poinsettia —?one beautiful native weed

September 6, 2013 By H.I. JEAN SHIELDS I suppose every gardener has his or her favorite weed. Think about it. more »»



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