December 17, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

NEWS BRIEFS

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Florida’s wild poinsettia

Wild poinsettia, poinsettia cyathophora, is a colorful Florida native plant in the family Euphorbiaceae. Easy to grow, it crowds out weeds and attracts butterflies such as the white peacock and honeybees that drink nectar from its tiny flowers. More...

Young adults in financial hardship given a home this holiday

Young adults aged-out of foster homes and those in life-altering situations without permanent homes will be roofed and supported in their education when Restoration Roads Ministry Inc. opens a home this holiday season.   More...

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Business News

PARTY ON

For many reps, a job in direct sales rules

Direct sales people market various product lines to co-workers, family, friends and acquaintances. More...

A true story of unemployment: Part IV

SHOP TALK

(Having found herself abruptly — and, thankfully, short -lived — p art of the nationwide unemplo yment statistics, Teri Ashley shares her e xperiences and More...

MONEY & INVESTING

The shape of the U.S. economy: a ‘V,’ a ‘W,’ a ‘U’ or Hirigana?

Foremost on everyone’s minds is the shape of our economy because it drives employment, affects gains in the equity and credit markets, and a host of other economic variables.  More...

Middle school gets chance to study solar

There was a time when a shelf made in Woodshop or a cake baked in Home Economics represented the fruits of a student’s labors. These days, the kids are making electricity in class. More...

Winter break training opportunities for teens

Red Cross Lifeguard Training offered   Charlotte County Parks and Recreation will offer the American Red Cross Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor certification courses during the winter school break. More...

Salvation Army volunteers keep fundraising on track

A woman dressed in a matching jean pants and jacket rummaged through her purse as her shopping cart began to roll out into the Publix parking lot at the Town and Country Plaza in Port Charlotte. More...

Local philanthropists rally support to aid Philippines

Organization will build villages in 2010 for homeless victims of typhoons

While many Southwest Florida residents are preoccupied with the holiday season, some are thinking about one group whose Christmas has been marred by tragedy — the people of the Philippines.   More...

Real Estate News

Local decorator spreads Christmas cheer to homes and businesses

Natalie Mungenast’s green thumb has gotten thumbs up from residential and commercial customers who have sought to enrich their décor with plants. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Holt-Howard creations feature playful look

KOVELS: ANTIQUES

Christmas is a time to buy gifts, but also a time for manufacturers to sell special holiday items. In 1949 John and Robert Howard and Grant Holt finished college and started Holt-Howard, a New York City business that sold Christmas items. More...

ah, the life of an elf

Seasoned Broadway actor, once a Macy’s elf, recounts his ‘career lowlights’

Ask Broadway actor Peter Gregus about “The SantaLand Diaries” — David Sedaris’ depiction of what it’s like to be an elf at Macy’s — and he’ll tell you it’s “dead-on. More...

Gallery Walk features holiday theme

Creations Gallery allows visitors the opportunity not just to walk through a gallery filled with art, but also to walk on it. The floor of the gallery features a watercolor collage that has become as much of a draw as the works adorning the walls. More...