September 10, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

NEWS BRIEFS

Kids Day to be celebrated On Saturday, Sept. 19, communities worldwide will participate in the 15th annual Kids Day America/International, a health, safety and environmental awareness day. Dr. More...

Smuggler's Open scheduled

The Smuggler's 2009 Charlotte County Open golf tournament will be held Oct. 10 - 11 at the Rotonda-Long Marsh Course (Saturday) and Riverwood Golf Club (Sunday). There will be champion, men's amateur and ladies' amateur flights. More...

Charlotte County Chamber events planned

• The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce's 84th annual banquet will be held at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. Buffet stations and cash bar. Dressy-casual attire. $60 per person. More...

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Business News

The wellness biz:

Gyms and clubs thrive as they strive to keep us fit

One of the downsides of ever-increasing technology is an ever-increasing waistline. We no longer have to plow the fields for our food; instead, it's perfectly prepared and brought to the table. More...

Rental businesses provide just about everything

The next time you need a Bobcat Mini-Excavator 325 or a disco ball, 15-branch candelabra or 100 cup coffee urn More...

Raising hope: Autism Speaks' walk kicks off Sept. 10

Brad and Caroline Nurkin were a wondercouple. Married in 1998, they had it all: success, intelligence, good family, happy marriage — and they were moving ahead. They had their first child five years later, in 2003. They named him Jake. More...

Cell dogs' being trained at Charlotte County Jail

On Aug. 27, Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron officially welcomed three new dogs into the next Cell Dog inmate handler training pro-gram at the county jail. More...

BJ's foundation donates $5,000 to Children's Home Society program

BJ's Charitable Foundation donated $5,000 to Children's Home Society, Southwest Division, for its "Cribs for Kids" program. The grant provides new portable cribs for low-income families in Southwest Florida at little or no cost. More...

Punta Gorda chamber events planned

• The Punta Gorda Chamber's annual awards dinner will be held on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Isles Yacht Club starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $70 per person. Reservations are being taken. Call the chamber office at 639-3720 for more information. More...

Real Estate News

Real estate industry shows slow but certain signs of recovery

Realtors and industry experts in Southwest Florida say we may be finally looking in the rear-view mirror as sales numbers rise in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties and prices continue to plummet to a 10-year low. H. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

A Cultural Revolution

FLORIDA HAS A PLETHORA OF FESTIVALS. THERE ARE WINE fests, art fests, Shakespeare fests, fests for fests More...

BEACH READING

'Home Boy'

By H.M. Naqvi (Random House, $23) The days that follow Sept. 11, 2001, are fraught with desperation and chaos for 20-year-old Pakistani Chuck and his bon vivant friends AC and Jimbo. More...

Parrot Heads flock together and party with a purpose

If you like to party, party with a purpose. That's the mantra of the Parrot Heads, an international group of more than 30,000 members who do just that. More...