December 30, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

Year-end tax tips for individuals from the National Society of Accountants

Finances and the economy have been at the top of the news cycle again this year. Now comes everyone’s not-sofavorite time of the year — tax season. More...

Bush family members to present 11th annual Celebration of Reading

Call it a family affair: Former First Lady Laura Bush will join former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, his wife, Columba, former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush for the 11th annual Celebration of Reading, set for Friday, Feb. More...

Chamber of Commerce’s annual Wine and Jazz Festival is coming up

The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce’s annual Wine and Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Laishley Park, Punta Gorda.   Featured jazz musicians are David Benoit and Mindi Abair. More...

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Business News

Census paints mixed economic picture

The release of the 2010 U.S. Census provided one good bit of news for political wonks last week — Florida will gain two congressional seats next year thanks to the state’s revised population figure of 18.8 million. More...

Consumers Union calls for stricter oversight of reverse mortgage market

Industry says reforms already in place

The group that publishes Consumer Reports is calling for new rules on reverse mortgages that could bring changes to the way the mortgages are marketed and sold.   More...

Floridians’ consumer confidence unchanged in December

Florida’s consumer confidence this month remained unchanged from November’s mark of 71, but there was significant movement among the five components that comprise the index, according to a new University of Florida survey.   More...

Yah Yahs’ backpack program feeds hungry kids

The Yah Yah Girls — a group of about 30 women whose mission is to help Charlotte County’s children who are living in dire financial need — are determined that children returning to school on Monday mornings are well nourished, with More...

Boating fatalities soar in 2010

Common sense can prevent serious accidents

The year 2010 has proved to be a tragic one for boating accidents. So far, there have been 76 boating fatalities throughout the state, a 24 percent increase from this time last year. More...

Charlotte County: history in the making

The single span of one long human lifetime — 89 years and eight months, in this case — marks the distance we’ve come since that fateful moment when 859 square miles of the gulf coast — 694 of it in land stretching along the n More...

Old dogs, new year

Tips for keeping seniors warm, pain-free in winter

People flip over puppies, but to me, a well-loved older dog is one of the most beautiful creatures on earth. More...

Sheriff’s Department employees help needy kids

The CCSO’s Salvation Army “Angel Tree” effort was a success.   “There were 40 angel names on our Christmas tree in our cafeteria. More...

Real Estate News

Charming Suncoast Lakes

Bob and Greta Scaddan didn’t think about living in Southwest Florida.   But during their first visit to Florida, the United Kingdom residents decided to buy a home in the gated community of Suncoast Lakes.   More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Broadway Diva

Patti LuPone holds forth on her memoir, her one-woman show and on being an actor

PATTI LUPONE HAS NEVER BEEN KNOWN FOR BEING SHY. She has a reputation for making her opinion known. More...

Patti on creating her own Evita

Patti LuPone sings scores on stage, but in her autobiography “Patti LuPone: A Memoir,” she also takes the opportunity to settle some scores with people.   More...

Maestro Wada and the art of conducting

For anyone who believes conducting is simply a matter of waving a baton at a group of eager musicians, think again. There’s an art to conducting — one involving devotion, study, fierce discipline and, yes, eager musicians.   More...