January 13, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

First Punta Gorda Book Week set for Jan. 17-22

The first Punta Gorda Book Festival will be held Jan. 17-22, offering opportunities for both writers and businesses.  More...

World Wellness EcoFest planned for Warm Mineral Springs March 19-20

Natural Awakenings Magazine, Vision North Port and Warm Mineral Springs are teaming up to bring the World Wellness EcoFest to the city of North Port March 19 and 20. More...

Observatory viewing schedule revised

The James and Barbara Moore Observatory at Edison State College Charlotte campus has changed the date of January’s free public viewing session to Friday, Jan. 21.  Planned viewing dates for the remainder of the academic year include Feb. More...

Young readers gain entrance to air show

The annual Air Show Reading Contest for children ages 12 and younger gets under way Feb. 14 to March 26.  Every child who reads five books during that time qualifies for a free pass to the Air Show. More...

Donors and charities win with new tax bill

Tax-free charitable IRA transfers permitted

As part of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, legislators passed a two-year extension of Charitable IRA legislation, making it easier for Americans to give to causes they care about. More...

Dancing with the stars fundraiser gets hopping March 4

Charlotte County’s fun fundraiser, Dancing with the Charlotte Stars, is set for March 4 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Reservations are now being accepted.  More...

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Business News

Inspiring minds for change

The 2011 Imagine Solutions Conference

Would you like to join in a discussion of today’s most pressing issues with some of the greatest thinkers and doers in the country and 500 like-minded Southwest Florida leaders? More...

BIG WINNER

PALM Automall director of marketing Jan Jones celebrates with prize winner Debra Bradley- Guenther and PALM sales and leasing representative Desmond Pierre. Ms. More...

It’s your business: market wisely

Jay Levinson of Guerilla Marketing fame uses the term “fusion marketing” to describe strategic alliances in marketing of two or more businesses.  For example, when a new kids’ movie comes out, it’s soon the focus of a McD More...

Portfolio.com ranks top retirement destinations

Portfolio.com, a national business news site for small and mid-sized business executives, revealed its latest U.S. Uncovered study, which ranks the most desirable cities for retirement. More...

Spring training ticket sales highest in six years

The lines were long, stretching down the block and around the corner at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers Saturday morning. Fans camped out in the cold for as many as four nights... waiting.  They were rewarded at 10 a.m. More...

This week at the Renaissance Academy

The following courses are scheduled at the Renaissance Academy in Punta Gorda.  ¦ HC0150 Global Trends and Their Impact on Your Investments (2 sessions)  Series fee: $28  Thursdays, Jan. 13 and 20 — 10-11:30 a.m.  More...

German couple bikes 6,000 miles to Charlotte County

Ruth and Sebastian, a young German couple, found the time and courage to embark on a cross-country bicycle trip that spanned the United States. For the newlyweds, it was the trip of a lifetime.  More...

Cold weather took toll on manatees

While Southwest Florida deals with the effects of the latest cold snap, a report released last week reveals that low temperatures earlier this year led to a record high number of manatee deaths in 2010. From the beginning of the year through Dec. More...

County seeks volunteers for committees

The Board of County Commissioners is seeking volunteers for the following appointments. Submit applications to the Public Works Department, 7000 Florida Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950; call 575-3600; fax 637-9265; or e-mail msbu@charlottefl.com. More...

Real Estate News

Sunloft offers design flexibility to future residents

Though the commercial space in the Sunloft Center is drawing tenants, the same can’t be said for Sunloft residential space.  More...

National economists address SWFL real estate conference

Two national economists will be featured presenters at The News-Press Market Watch 2011: Focus on Real Estate event from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

The 'high wire' of high notes

Tenor Anthony Kearns embraces the challenge of ‘Lucia Di Lammermoor’

ANTHONY KEARNS IS A CHARMER. More...

Barry Manilow to perform with Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Legendary musician Barry Manilow will perform a series of first-ever Florida symphony concerts in the state of Florida in late January, backed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  More...

Classic chairs pleasant to the eyes, pain in the tush

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Before the 1850s, few chairs were made for comfort. Seventeenth and early 18thcentury American chairs were designed with hard seats and straight backs, and few had arms. No slouching allowed. People were expected to sit up straight.  More...