October 29, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

CBHC’s grant helps military families

Charlotte County veterans and active duty personnel of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and their families face unique health issues. More...

Parade to honor veterans

The Punta Gorda Elks Lodge will host its fifth annual Appreciation Parade to honor veterans at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at the corner of Taylor Streets and West Marion Avenjue and proceed down Taylor across U.S. 41 and end at Charlotte High School.   More...

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Waste not, want not: repairs prolonged useful life

Recycling and reusing is not a new idea. In the 18th century, well-to-do European and American families bought made-to-order dinner sets from China that were sent across the ocean in ships. More...

Keeping flu at bay

There’s widespread concern over H1N1 this season. Hand washing tips flow as readily as water. However, there’s an enemy that often goes overlooked: the toothbrush. Germs from the ordinary toothbrush can collect and spread. More...

Tenth Celebration of Reading set

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba will host Florida’s annual Celebration of Reading on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs. More...

Amplified phone offered free

Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc., the nonprofit distributor of specialized telecommunications equipment for people with hearing loss and speech disabilities, is offering a new amplified telephone developed by Clarity, a division of Plantronics, More...

Veteran office hours change

The Charlotte County Veteran Services’ office hours have changed. The Englewood office, located at 6868 San Casa Blvd. in Englewood, is open are Monday and Wednesday for appointments only from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. More...

Trolley tour rolls out

Three distinct trolley tours originating from Fishermen’s Village will introduce residents and visitors to Punta Gorda’s history. The air-conditioned tours will be provided by Green Hibiscus Transportation.   More...

Yearly meeting set for PGI residents

Punta Gorda Isles residents are invited to the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association’s annual meeting at 7 p.m Monday, Nov. 2, at 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. More...

Worden Farms announces field trip schedule

November marks the beginning of farm tour and field trip season at Worden Farms in Punta Gorda. Tractor-drawn wagon hayrides introduce visitors to life on a working organic family farm. More...

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Business News

Harvesting stone crabs is hard work, big business

Paul Gladding harvests stone crab claws, a delicacy brought up almost exclusively from waters off the coast of South Florida. In spite of a fractured and swollen wrist from a recent slip on his boat — and the fact that Mr. More...

Everyone needs to ‘Shop Charlotte’

If nothing else, put yourselves in the shoes of others. It might not matter to you where you buy your car or holiday gifts or business cards — or shoes — but it sure does matter to your fellow Charlotte County citizens. More...

Charlotte schools lead Florida’s green movement

During his speech in Arcadia on Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced technologies that will help us save energy and money. More...

Foundation awards $40,000

The Fred Lang Foundation awarded Charlotte Behavioral Health Care a $40,000 grant to be utilized for children, adolescents and family services and programs.   Mrs. More...

Bill passes for soldiers’ mental health screenings

Reps. Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL) and Michael E. McMahon (D-NY) have earned a victory in ensuring that service men and women receive adequate mental health assessments prior to returning home.   More...

Costume ball, fishing event highlight Blueway Paddling Fest

The fourth annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival, running through Nov. More...

Florida Weekly writers, designers win top honors

Florida Weekly took home 17 awards recently in Florida newspaper contests recognizing the best writing and advertising design in the state.   More...

YMCA to host crime prevention seminar

Crime prevention practitioner Luis Piché will present a complementary crime prevention seminar at the Franz Ross Park YMCA on Quesada Avenue in Port Charlotte at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.   More...

School health advisory schedule announced

The meetings for the School Board of Charlotte County’s School Health Advisory Committee for Coordinated School Health and Safe & Drug-Free Schools are open to the public. More...

‘Boo! Ball’ to be held Oct. 30

The American Red Cross of Charlotte County will host its annual gala, the Halloween “BOO! Ball,” on Oct. 30 at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association. More...

Program helps homeless veterans

The Charlotte County Veteran Services is preparing for the fifth annual “Stand Down” for homeless veterans. The event will be held at the Family Services Center, located at 21450 Gibralter Drive in Port Charlotte from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Fishermen’s Village hosts Mustang show

The Mustang Club of Charlotte County will host its annual “Roundup at Fishermen’s Village” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 1. Music will be provided by DJ Tommy Brooks There will be a trophy presentation at 2:30 p.m. More...

HOLISTIC HEALTH NOTEBOOK

Let’s prevent

It is always easier to prevent than to cure, although the anecdotal tales are not nearly as fun. Every year I write about how to prevent getting sick. Some people actually take the advice and find that it works. More...

CCSO culls first hydroponics garden salad

Sheriff Bill Cameron called a special session Oct. 8 and invited dignitaries to have the first salad at the jail cafeteria, grown by inmates in the hydroponics garden in only 26 days. More...

Real Estate News

Foreclosure properties worth a look

People wanting to buy homes in Charlotte County are looking in all the usual places — and then some.   More...

Arts & Entertainment News

‘Grea se’ opens at Mann Hall Nov. 3

Production features American Idol’s Taylor Hicks

After spending a hopelessly devoted summer with Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl in town, Danny Zuko’s world is thrown upside down when Sandy appears at Rydell High on the first day of school. More...

A conversation with Carl Hiassen

{Florida’s crazy native son}

I USED TO THINK CARL HIAASEN WROTE FICTION. Then I moved to Florida. And when I’d read the news or catch a local newscast, I’d often find myself thinking: Oh my God! I’m living in a Carl Hiaasen novel! More...

‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

By Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (Quirk Books, $12.95 each)

Take a beloved classic, add a heaping dose of the supernatural and garnish well with silliness, and you have two of the most surprising publishing sensations of the year.   More...