April 8, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

State program allows employers and state to pitch in for child care

The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida is participating in the Child Care Executive Partnership Program, helping to fill the gap in child-care funding for working parents.   More...

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Red Cross offering training     The Charlotte County American Red Cross is offering a series of training programs at 866 Tamiami Trail, Suite 8, in Port Charlotte. More...

Professionals offer eco-friendly yard tips

The start of spring gets people excited about working in the yard. These days, many people want to create yards that are easier to maintain and more eco-friendly. More...

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Business News

When the going gets tough:

Small businesses defy the great recession

Dan Desrosiers knows it’s crazy. We suspect that’s why he smiles so much. More...

Making deals with Mother Nature

SHOP TALK

Back on Jan. 7, I wrote about our “little weather setback” and the “nip in the air” assuming we would soon snap out of it. Here’s what I’m thinking now. More...

Edison State College launches four new bachelor programs

The Florida State Board of Education has approved Edison State College’s applications for four new bachelor degree programs slated to begin this fall. More...

Conquistadors welcome a new Ponce

The golden helmet will be passed for the 31st time on April 9 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. A crowd of 300 is expected to witness current Ponce Marvin Fitzwater bestow honors to a newly elected Ponce, Jim Jones. More...

Fishville visitors win Easter basket

Suzanne Weimer-Sharp and her family were in Punta Gorda on spring break, visiting her parents, PGI residents Wayne and Michele Sharp. Ms. Weimer-Sharp said she never wins anything. Now she has. More...

Girls Night Out benefits playground

The Charlotte Harbor Center enriches the lives of 175 moderately or profoundly mentally or physically disabled children. They do not, however have a place outside, where these children can play and interact like other children their age. More...

Punta Gorda celebrates Earth Day April 22

The Yoga Sanctuary, in conjunction with the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, is hosting Punta Gorda’s third annual Earth Day celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at Laishley Park. More...

Real Estate News

Florida condo market gets relief

People looking to buy condominiums in Florida will see more relaxed regulations than they have during recent years. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

films galore

Sarasota Film Fest shines on Southwest Florida

More than 160 films will be screened during the 12th annual Sarasota Film Festival, which starts Friday, April 9 and continues through April 18. Films are showing at Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20 Theater and other venues around town. More...

Art centers party and celebrate new exhibits

Season is winding down, but lucky for us, there are some great art exhibits and related parties on the horizon in Punta Gorda and Englewood.   Visual Arts Center’s Sculpture Exhibit   More...

Everything you wanted to know about custard glass

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Custard glass usually is the color of egg custard, but collectors have added to the definition and now identify some glass as blue custard, custard with nutmeg stain and custard with painted roses or other decorations. More...