July 8, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

FGCU’s Renaissance Academy seeks new instructors and volunteer committee members

The Renaissance Academy at Florida Gulf Coast University seeks instructors to teach courses in its lifelong learning program for the fall 2010 and winter/ spring 2011 sessions at the university’s new Herald Court Centre located at 117 Herald C More...

Punta Gorda hailed as bike-friendly community

The Florida Bicycle Association presented its prestigious Bicycle-Friendly Community of the Year award to the city of Punta Gorda in recognition of the city’s efforts to create a pedestrianand bicycle-friendly community.   More...

Artists sought for Artisan’s Atelier

The Downtown Merchants Association is looking for artists for the Artisan’s Atelier scheduled to open September in the Herald Court building. For more information, contact Jerry Presseler at jerry@pressellergallery.com.   More...

Community garden project thriving

In collaboration with a number of community groups, TEAM volunteers are creating community gardens in Punta Gorda. Whether growing veggies or flowers, the goal of a community garden is to use vacant property in a productive manner. More...

Meet the candidates session set for July 13

On July 13, the Charlotte County League of Women Voters, in cooperation with Edison College Student Government, will host a meet the candidates program. More...

Ophthalmic drug OKd for new use after trials that included SWF clinic

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new use for an ophthalmic drug tested in Southwest Florida. More...

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Don’t let a hurricane sneak up on you

It’s been five years since the last hurricane hit Southwest Florida in the form of Hurricane Wilma’s Category 3 wind. More...

Shopping Charlotte is a wonderful thing

SHOP TALK

During a nice dinner at one of our wonderful local restaurants, my parents had an announcement to make. Mom and Dad broke the news to both my daughter and me at the same time. They had “signed on the dotted line at Happy Homes.” More...

Searching for the equity market bottom

MONEY & INVESTING

Since the equity bottom was reached in March 2009, the U.S. equity market climbed some 80 percent and along the way had only two significant corrections. Each was 9 percent in size and each lasted only one month, until now.   More...

Unforgotten Haiti: Local team reports desperation

Members of a local medical mission who took their third mission trip to Haiti can’t shake the experience.   More...

AARP Florida: 2010 hurricane season poses risks for Floridians 50+

Floridians have officially entered hurricane season, and AARP is urging its nearly three million Florida members to prepare for this year’s season. More...

PG police sergeant graduates from FDLE Leadership Academy

The Punta Gorda Police Department has announced the recent graduation of Sgt. Joe King from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Florida Leadership Academy, Class 16. More...

Paver sales help beautify city

Thanks to the generosity of contributors who purchased TEAM pavers, a number of beautification projects, such as the trees near the interactive fountain in Laishley Park, have been completed. More...

Cadets honored

At a recent joint meeting of cadets and senior members of the Charlotte County Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, two cadets received major awards in the program.   More...

Law firm forms speaker’s bureau

The elder law firm of Osterhout, McKinney & Prather P.A., has formed a free speaker’s bureau for communities, social organizations, associations, businesses and nonprofits from Port Charlotte to Marco Island. More...

Real Estate News

Feng shui by design:

It’s all in the planning

Jami and Joel Lin live in a personal corner of paradise.   Ms. Lin, a feng shui expert and Joel, her master carpenter husband, designed and built a circular house on an acre lot in Venice. More...

Timeshare meeting set for July 25

The Florida Timeshare Owners Group will meet Sunday, July 25, at the Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club, 499 Derbyshire Drive, Venice. More...

CCIM Excel Calculator course is Aug. 25

The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors is offering a CCIM Excel Calculator Course from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the association, 3320 Loveland Blvd, Port Charlotte. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

‘Mockingbird’ marks 50

To Kill a Mockingbird” is a phenomenon. It continues to enjoy mainstream success, even amid a pop culture saturated by social networks and viral videos. More...

Plein air artists’ work featured at Visual Arts Center

More than 60 paintings have been hung in the Goff Gallery at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda. The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 12. The public is invited to visit the VAC during its summer hours at no charge.   More...

This week on WGCU TV

. THURSDAY, JUNE 8 9 P.M. Ken Burns American Stories The West: The Geography of Hope (1877 - 1887) – Part 7 Newcomers arrive by the millions, bringing a new spirit of conformity to the West.   More...