June 23, 2016 RSS feed / Top News

Five tips from a master for beautiful barbecue

There are three things that reign supreme in summer, aside from sunshine and rain: Fire, smoke and meat. After all, they are the main components of any great cookout. Floridians don’t stand on ceremony. More...

Operation Dry Water on tap

In conjunction with the U.S. More...

Sneak away and enjoy some privacy on Southwest Florida’s secret islands

Spanning Southwest Florida’s coastline from Marco Island north to Manasota Key, our barrier islands cater to those in search of seclusion. More...

Summer offers games and water sports — you can get out and play or coolly observe

Summer isn’t that much different from spring and fall in Florida. Oh, yes, it’s even hotter and more humid, but the sun shines almost every day just like in the other seasons. More...

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Real Estate News

House Hunting:

2210 Lemon Ave., Englewood

Take in the captivating views of the intracoastal waterway from your private estate offering more than 200 feet of waterfront living. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Out of the box

Tommy Lee Cook wields beer, blues, hammers and nails, his own novels and blues-chart CDs into a formidable cultural force in east Lee County

IN THE CRICKET-EDGE OF DEEP TWILIGHT WHEN the green fields and ancient oaks glow like unplugged neon and his old mule peers from a flanking pasture at the unfathomable world of humans who want either live music in the backyard or an uncompromising ju More...

Yes, antiques can be frivolous. But don’t we need a little frivolity?

COLLECTOR’S CORNER

The piece is anachronistic enough, and it’s slightly fussy in an, oh, so Victorian way. But imagine the stories the glass bride’s basket I found this week could tell of brides, grooms, grandchildren andd countless feasts. More...

The rush of roulette in a dark, decadent Las Vegas world

FLORIDA WRITERS

¦ “Bad Action” by James Swain. Thomas & Mercer. 386 pages. Trade paperback, $15.95; Kindle e-book $5.99. More...

Jam out with this ultimate summer pool party playlist

With summer and its warm sunny days with us once again, it’s prime time for pool and beach parties. And any self-respecting event such as this needs a soundtrack. Fortunately, summer fun has long been a favorite topic for songwriters. More...

Drinks sure to cure those summertime blues

Whether you’re watching a hot, stormy afternoon drift by on a river of strong cocktails or hosting a midnight dinner party on a yacht, delicious drinks are the perfect accompaniment to the rainy season in South Florida. More...

The need for speed : Racing slated to return to Punta Gorda

You wouldn’t know from looking at it today, but the Charlotte County/Punta Gorda Speedway was once a flurry of activity. It remains a shadow of what it once was. More...

Freedom Boat Club donates to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Freedom Boat Club, the nation’s oldest and largest boat club with 12,000- plus members in 21 states and Canada, recently concluded its first-ever national cause-marketing partnership to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. More...

Yankee Doodle Dandy ways to celebrate our independence

JULY 3 ¦ The Charlotte Stone Crabs Stars and Stripes Spectacular features special offers for various ticket prices. Charlotte Sports Park gates open at 3 p.m.; Stone Crabs vs. Bradenton Marauders at 6:50 p.m. with fireworks to follow the game. More...

Business News

Keeping it in the family

Summer a great time to put the kids to work

WITH HIGH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES OUT FOR the summer, young people are looking for short-term employment, enjoying vacations or participating as volunteers for numerous causes. More...

Maureen Kratzer’s CPR Class brings emergency/crisis training to you

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Maureen Kratzer had been an EKG technician at a hospital, but had left to work at another health care facility. When a patient coded there, she was stunned to learn that the nurses who responded to the code had let their CPR certifications expire. More...

How to profit from the changing worlds of retail

MONEY & INVESTING

I don’t know about you, but I find it absolutely amazing that I can go into any of the half dozen grocery stores around town and find an absolutely dizzying assortment of produce to choose from: a dozen types of peppers, 10 types of potatoes, f More...