September 24, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Coalition offers financial aid

In conjunction with the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, the Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland is offering financial relief to unemployed parents with child care expenses. More...

Animal League offers pet programs

The Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County will conduct a blessing of the animals at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Pets must be leashed or in a carrier and fully controlled and monitored. More...

Bar Association offers workshop

The Lee County Bar Association, which encompasses Charlotte County in its jurisdiction, will sponsor a free monthly foreclosure and bankruptcy workshop for the public on the third Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. More...

Post office named for Navy SEAL

The post office at 19190 Cochran Blvd. in Port Charlotte has been named the Lt. Cmdr. Roy H. Boehm Post Office Building. Lt. Cmdr. Roy H. More...

"Bar Stool Open" on tap

On Oct. 3, Girls Night Out and Budweiser, through Peace River Distributing, will partner with nine Punta Gorda bars in the second annual "Bar Stool Open." The first event in 2008 raised more than $10,000. More...

Libraries renew six-day schedule

In order to better serve residents, the Charlotte County Library System has restored six-day a week service at the Mid-County Regional Library, standardized opening times, and increased morning hours at all locations. More...

Fighting against lung cancer

The first Free to Breathe 5K run/ walk is set for Saturday, Oct. 31. Awards will be given to men and women. The event is sponsored by National Lung Cancer Partnership. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. The run/walk begins at 8:15 a.m. More...

Punta Gorda Chamber honors announced

At its annual awards dinner last week, there were 21 finalists for the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce's 2009 Donna Heidenreich Business of the Year Awards. The chamber also celebrated its fifthyear anniversary as a chamber. More...

Special Sections

Business News

Vallacare's services keep loyal patients smiling

"We think outside the box. There will always be new ways to help the patients and to make work more enjoyable for the employees." — Jeannette Valladares of Vallacare Health Services Inc.

In the late 1950s, a young man living in Cuba by the name of Roger Valladares dreamed of becoming a physician. Certainly, he had the passion and the intellect for the task. More...

Toot our horn

Consider this a call to action for the business community. If we don't let people know Port Charlotte has been named the best place to retire by Money magazine and announced on CNNMoney.com, who will? More...

Community Foundation awards $36,000 in grants

Eight nonprofit organizations serving Charlotte County residents were the recipients of the Charlotte Community Foundation's 2009 grant awards, totaling more than $36,000. More...

Watch these gardens grow

A look at some robust gardens sprouting up around Southwest Florida

Charlotte Academy, Port Charlotte CHARLOTTE ACADEMY STUDENTS ARE MARKING THEIR THIRD SEASON OF organic gardening. During the first two years, the Montessori school students limited their efforts to plants grown in pots. More...

Family mealtime has its rewards

More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has proven that kids who eat dinner with their families are less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs. More...

Modern Woodmen awards grant

Emma Dennison of Port Charlotte was honored for hours of community service by local Modern Woodmen of America members. Ms. More...

Charlotte schools rank first in state

Charlotte County Public Schools ranked No. 1 in Florida for the second consecutive year with 61 percent of students scoring a grade of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams. No other district in the state scored in the 60 percent range. More...

Breast cancer event to be held

"Think Pink of the Pier" will be an all-day breast cancer awareness event at Fishermen's Village on Oct 3. More...

Join and get 10 oak trees

Everyone from Florida who becomes a member of the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free live oak trees as part of the Foundation's Trees for America campaign. More...

Waste not, want not

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Recycling isn't a new idea. Our ancestors reused bits of cloth for quilts, made clothing out of flour bags and used old cigar boxes to make chip-carved picture frames and boxes. More...

Real Estate News

Designer's retrofits assist residents in need

"It really doesn't matter what the disability is, there is a fix for the house." — Carole Ponzio, Design Solutions! of Southwest Florida

Dan Smith's daily routine is easier these days. Afflicted with post polio syndrome and confined to a wheelchair, the North Port resident had his home remodeled to make it easier for him to maneuver. Carole Ponzio, who owns Design Solutions! More...

Arts & Entertainment News

THE ART OF MAKING ART ... IS PUTTING IT TOGETHER

P UNTA GORDA ARTIST AND ART INSTRUCTOR MICHAEL Vires' name is widely recognized in the local art world and beyond. He's seen as a fierce competitor in art shows. More...

Arts & Humanities rings in its 20th year

The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County will be throwing itself a party to kick off its 20th season. The event takes place on Oct. 2 at the Punta Gorda Woman's Club. More...

BEACH READING

'In Great Waters'

By Kit Whitfield (Del Rey, $15) The setting is England, the time not too long ago, but there is a major difference between this world and our own: Humans not only cover the land, but also inhabit the seas. More...