December 9, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

Homeless Coalition seeks staples for hot meals program

The Charlotte County Homeless Coalition has an ongoing need for food staples that make its hot meals program possible. More...

Volunteers needed for county committees

The Board of Charlotte County Commissioners is seeking volunteers for several committees and panels. More...

Boomers at 65 face health and retirement choices

On Jan. 1, the first wave of baby boomers — 2.8 million of them in this one year alone — will begin turning 65. The U.S. More...

Gasgarth hosts outing ‘For the Love of Kids’ and golf

Don Gasgarth, owner of Don Gasgarth’s Charlotte County Ford, Don Randolph, broker for Caldwell Banker   Sunstar and Michael Hearn, Florida               More...

Carrabba’s fundraiser helps visually impaired

Visually Impaired Persons board members celebrated a recent fundraiser at Carrabba’s in Port Charlotte. The event raised more than $2,100 for the nonprofit organization.   More...

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Business News

A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN

Recession be damned, Bob Grace needed to expand his business and that meant he needed a loan.

Mr. Grace is president and founder of the Grace Tax Advisory Group, which is based in Fort Myers and has offices in Naples, Punta Gorda and Sarasota. More...

It’s your business: cultivate a system

Anyone who has ever bought or considered the purchase of a franchise business knows they are not just buying a business name or product or service but a system of doing business. More...

While Europe struggles, U.S. banks face their own problems

MONEY & INVESTING

The world has been paying a lot of attention to problems with the banks in the EU, with emphasis most recently on Ireland’s banks. More...

High euthanasia rates show a persistent problem

Putting down a stray animal is considered a last resort by animal control agencies. More...

Local student pitches in to help the homeless

A local Eagle Scout is collecting outdoor survival equipment for the homeless and less fortunate. Neelin Vakil, from Troop 338 in Port Charlotte, is doing his Eagle Scout project to benefit the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition.   More...

AARP Florida hopes to thwart elderly hunger epidemic

More than 6 million older Americans are struggling to afford food, and the number continues to rise. More...

RED CROSS BRIEFS

Blood drive planned     The Charlotte County Chapter of the American Red Cross will have a blood drive from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. More...

Bank collecting toys for needy children

Charlotte State Bank is teaming with the Salvation Army and the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program to brighten the holiday season for area children in need. Last year, the bank collected hundreds of new toys, as well as clothing and other items. More...

Love and Loren team to give sweet and shiny surprises to customers

Boxes of Norman Love Confections will be even sweeter during the month of December when Norman Love and Mark Loren partner for the second annual 12 Gems of Christmas giveaway.   More...

Fishing course coming up

A six-week introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered in January. The class is geared toward beginning anglers, but more knowledgeable fishermen will also pick up useful information.   More...

Real Estate News

TRENDS CONFERENCE AIMS TO KEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS UP TO DATE

The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce is having a Real Estate Market Trends Conference on Friday, Dec. 10.   The 8 to 11 a.m. conference is at the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors in Port Charlotte. More...

KB Home ceases construction in Creekside community

Builder KB Home has not resumed activity in Creekside, the deed restricted community in Punta Gorda. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

MAKING A LIVING AS AN ARTIST

Thirteen years ago, Marcus Jansen sold his paintings on the sidewalk.

Every day, he’d take the subway down from the Bronx and stand at the intersection of Prince Street and Broadway in SoHo, hoping to sell his scenes of city life. Most were small, and on cardboard, because he couldn’t afford canvas. More...

‘White Christmas’ ushers in the holiday spirit

When the script and score of “White Christmas” became available for the first time to non-professional theater groups, the Charlotte Players jumped at the opportunity. The show opened Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 11.   More...

Stars’ names revealed for A&H fundraiser

The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County recently announced the names of Charlotte County “stars” who will perform in the council’s standout fundraiser set for March 4.   More...