Why Boca is so Grande
One fine, sunny day in 1957, Barbara Whidden Chatham — a beguiling beauty then in her early 20s — dressed in a billowing skirt, summoned her best come-hither gaze, languidly draped herself across the hood of a spanking-new Mercury automobile and had her picture taken. Full Story
Charlotte High School once again an icon of progress
Six years and six schools later, Charlotte High School’s revitalization was celebrated on Aug. 2 by more than 300 city and county officials, school district employees, students, alumni and people who care about education. Full Story
In with the old
Antiques business holds steady in hard times
Joe Fink pauses in mid-sentence to welcome customers into his Pearl’s Place antique shop in Arcadia. Sitting behind a glass case displaying antique baubles and assorted glassware and trinkets, Mr. Fink says his business has been “holding. You have to remember, we’re a want shop, not a need shop.” Full Story
Code name: Tinkerbell – Part 3
When Centennial Bank was first awarded bank acquisitions from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in March, the first one was in Orlando. As a member of the top-secret transaction, I silently assigned myself the code name “Tinkerbell” — back then we were all lumped in with spring breakers and winter tourists and it was difficult to get a rental car at the last minute. Full Story
WEBSITE BILLED AS ‘THE STRONGEST BIRTH CONTROL ON THE INTERNET’
HAVING CHILDREN IS SOMEWHAT AKIN to creating your own personal demolition team.
Because kids are just naturals at wrecking stuff.
They’ll destroy any organization
or punctuality you possess. Forget about schedules or getting enough sleep. Forget about having a clean house or car. Full Story
VAC: Re-creating ‘The Creation’ and other great works
Using house paint, artist Suzanne Bowles worked to re-create Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda. She and her sister, Carole Cobb, will contribute the 8-by-12-foot canvas to the Visual Arts Center’s “Leo vs. Mike” Fine Arts Festival in October. A total of 25 works will honor the month-long event. Full Story