September 2, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

PGPD Jammers receive award

A representative from Congressman Tom Rooney’s office recently presented volunteer coaches and referees of the 2010 Punta Gorda Police Department Jammers Basketball League with certificates recognizing the league’s dedication to the comm More...

10th Anniversary Edison-Ford Winter Estates Foundation Gala

The Southwest Florida Ford dealers, comprised of individually owned dealerships in Lee, Charlotte, Collier and Hendry counties, have signed on as the presenting sponsors of the 10th Anniversary Edison-Ford Winter Estates Foundation Gala. More...

Write why you should win a wedding

Wedding bells will ring for free for one lucky couple that wins a contest in conjunction with the National Association of Wedding Professionals, Naples Chapter, 2010 Sunset Weddings Show.   More...

Arcadia appraisal day set for Sept. 11

The Antique Association of   ual Arcadia will host its third Annual   2 Appraisal Day from 10 a.m. to p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Last   Chapter Coffee Shop, 15B West Street, Arcadia. More...

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Vietnam veteran honored locally     Punta Gorda resident Michael Hirsh received the Vietnam Veterans of America’s Excellence in the Arts Award Aug. 14 at the VVA leadership conference awards banquet in Orlando. More...

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There’s a fine art to packing the house

Talk to leaders of local arts venues about what went into making their business decisions for the upcoming season, and you may start thinking about the circus; they compare their task to a balancing act or a juggling act, they talk about walking a fi More...

Job fairs spring up despite sagging economy

Though unemployment in Charlotte County is still in the double digits, a surprising number of Southwest Florida job fairs will be held in the month of September. More...

CDs and bonds carry their own sets of risks

MONEY & INVESTING

The premise of investing is to get a return appropriate for the risk. The return comes from income, capital appreciation and, if applicable, tax advantages. More...

Entrepreneurial Academy established in Punta Gorda

The City of Punta Gorda, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce and Florida Gulf Coast University have announced the inaugural Punta Gorda Entrepreneurial Academy.   More...

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Senior Friendship Centers plans expo     Senior Friendship Centers of Charlotte County will host a Volunteer Expo and ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, Sept. 8. The expo begins at 2 p.m. More...

Parrot Heads mark third birthday

Come Labor Day Weekend, Charlotte Harbor will be transformed into Margaritaville.   Hundreds of Parrot Heads have begun migrating to Charlotte Harbor to celebrate the local chapter’s third birthday.   More...

Candlelight vigil honors recovering addicts

The Restoring Hope Candlelight Vigil is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda.   More...

Officers — and their canines — unite in marriage

July 24 was a special day for Charlotte County Sheriff’s K9 Sgt. John Heck, who married Punta Gorda Police K9 officer Katie Mendel at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. More...

Fundraiser will offset kidney transplant costs

Kenny Cox is waiting for a lifesaving kidney transplant, and the costs are overwhelming. Volunteers are planning a fundraiser to help offset the expenses.   More...

Arts & Entertainment News

CLYDE

CLYDE King of Clouds, Swami of the Swamp

Clyde Butcher is not your usual SOB. The son C ofa b bomb maker, he’s willing to proffer good, friendly advi advice right up front: “Always carry a stick.” A big stick. M Mr. More...

Local bodybuilder brings MuscleMania to Charlotte

Fitness guru Brian McIsaac, a soft-spoken man of 55, wears loose-fitting clothes that conceal one of the most extraordinary physiques in Charlotte County — the one that captured first place in the Grand Masters division at MuscleMania’s More...

While Irving Berlin rules, ‘I Love a Piano’ falters

ARTS COMMENTARY

Inside every piano lives an alluring tune just waiting to be played. And inside Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre’s production of “I Love a Piano” hides a fun musical dying to express itself. More...