December 31, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Free autism screening offered for toddlers

The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers ages 18 to 36 months. More...

Stone Crabs’ season announced

The Charlotte Stone Crabs will begin its FSL South Division title defense on Thursday, April 8, against the Palm Beach Cardinals at Charlotte Sports Park.   More...

Florida Warbirds’ inaugural Warbird Weekend planned

Florida Warbirds, EAA Warbird Squadron 24 has announced the inaugural Warbird Weekend, Jan. 23 and 24 at the Charlotte County Airport. The event will feature a static warbird display, flyovers, and a 1940s themed dinner dance on Jan. 23.   More...

FGCU’s first PGA management class graduates

Florida Gulf Coast University’s PGA Golf Management Program graduated its first class during fall commencement exercises Dec. 12 at Alico Arena. More...

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Crossing the lines

Area limo drivers steer through county permitting maze

Crossing over the imaginary line that separates Charlotte County from Lee County, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two places. More...

Small businesses help customers get by

SHOP TALK

It’s time for those New Year’s resolutions. While many of us will dust off the standards such as getting organized, being a more patient driver, following a budget or (ahem) weight loss, there is one that can cover quite a few topics. More...

Advertising Federation presents brand marketing experts

The American Advertising Federation’s Southwest Florida chapter will be presenting its 2010 BrandMaster Series, featuring a special slate of global marketing executives who are responsible for shaping strategy, development and implementation o More...

Hospital connects families with social media

Fawcett Memorial Hospital is capitalizing on the newest form of communication – utilizing social media. Realizing that social sites have become very powerful communication tools, Fawcett recently launched its own Facebook page. More...

County recycling rate improving

Charlotte County has achieved an alltime high of 36 percent recycling rate for calendar year 2008, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. More...

Kiwanis displays awarded

The Kiwanis Club of Punta Gorda presented trophies to the winners of Best of Show-Non-Religious (Punta Gorda Civic Association) and Best of Show-Religious (Trattoria Limoncello) Punta Gorda Kiwanis Christmas Card Lane 2009 at their annual Christmas More...

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Collectors find irons unusual, intriguing

|width=250|height=184|link=node|align=left]The old iron your great-grandmother use to iron her clothes woul not seem to be of much use or value today, but there are many collectors who want irons and other laundry-related collectibles. More...

Real Estate News

Inventory shrinking, but foreclosure wave looms

The real estate market in Southwest Florida bore good and bad tidings in 2009.   Area real estate experts have weighed in on the promising shifts in residential inventory and lingering concerns about bank-owned properties. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

The Art of the Eye

Area’s largest photo exhibit opens Jan. 4

The 21st annual Photo Arts Expo will be presented at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda Jan. 4 through 30. More...

Charlotte drum circle calls to everyone

It started with a few apprehensive souls tapping drums when bags and barrels of percussion instruments were delivered to the grounds.   More...

Everyone’s a critic (in his or her opinion)

ARTS COMMENTARY

  For some perverse reason, I’ve recently begun perusing reviews on Amazon. com.  And boy, am I sorry I have.  More...