January 27, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

Edison State College marks progress in Hendry/Glades

Just one year in operation and the new Edison State College center serving Hendry and Glades county students has seen big changes.  This center now has its first college library and librarian, five student life clubs including a Student Governme More...

Sergeants graduate from leadership academy

Sgts. Melissa Reynolds and Jeffrey Woodard of the Punta Gorda Police Department recently graduated from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Florida Leadership Academy. More...

County government requests residents’ input

Charlotte County Government is working on its 2011/2012 budget and looking for ways to address the shortfall for the coming year. More...

Kids with special needs attend to the special needs of others

Students of the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy collected more than 300 pounds of pet food and supplies for the Animal Refuge Center in North Fort Myers. The students delivered the donation and had a tour of ARC Facilities.  The Goodwill L.I.F.E. More...

Last days to help local student helping the homeless

Eagle Scout Neelin Vakil continues to collect outdoor survival equipment for the homeless as a benefit the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition as part of his commitment.  “My project will benefit the 1,800- plus homeless individuals and fa More...

Rotary tourney benefits youth programs and scholarships

Peace River Harbor Heights Rotary Club’s 10th annual Bogeys & Stogies Golf Tournament will be held at Kingsway Country Club Saturday, Jan. More...

Donations, sponsors needed for Special Equestrians fundraiser

With tantalizing dishes from Italy, France, Thailand and points around the globe expertly paired with delicious regional wines, “An Epicurean Journey” is set to please the palate. Special Equestrians Inc. More...

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Business News

Have art will travel

The lucrative grind of the festival circuit

Behind the idyllic scenes of art festival crowds strolling among white tents in picturesque downtowns or parks, art shows are created through old-fashioned capitalist competition and the sweat of hard work and long hours. More...

It’s your business — Discovering the elements of a meaningful life

I need to get a life and quit watching videos at TED.com. I’ve even bookmarked talks by Simon Sinek, Martin Seligman, Gary Vaynerchuck and Dan Gilbert in my favorites files that I have watched several times. I just finished reading Mr. More...

Ain’t no Bull like a grain bull market

MONEY & INVESTING

Through last spring and early summer, the prevailing belief was that the North American 2010 summer crop of wheat, corn and soybean could be recordsetting. The first six months of 2010 saw an approximately 20 percent decline in grain prices. More...

Charlotte Community Foundation announces building campaign

It’s been a long time coming. Though the Charlotte Community Foundation has been serving the county’s philanthropic needs for more than 20 years, the nonprofit organization hasn’t had a permanent home — until recently.  More...

Second annual conference draws the best and brightest

The second annual Imagine Solutions Conference set for March 21-22 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples will bring area residents together with more than 40 of the best and brightest thought leaders on some issues and challenges we face as a nat More...

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The following courses are scheduled at the Renaissance Academy in Punta Gorda  ¦ HC0139 Put a spark into your relationship  Course fee: $15  Wednesday, Feb. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.  More...

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The Punta Gorda Police Honor Guard marched in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Jan. 17. Pictured are Det. Norman Nahra, Cpl. Tony Pribble and Det. Marty Meddaugh. More...

Coast Guard Auxiliary offers GPS course for boaters

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 98, Charlotte Harbor, is offering the class “GPS for Mariners,” a program focused on the use of a GPS for recreational boating.  More...

TEAM Punta Gorda open house set for Jan. 27

TEAM Punta Gorda will hold a “Meet ‘N Greet” at FGCU’s Herald Court Centre location, 117 Herald Court, in downtown Punta Gorda from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27. More...

Dean’s launches fundraiser to help the homeless

When the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition needed a new fund-raising idea, the owners of Dean’s South of the Border Cantina took the initiative.  Dean’s has been a popular downtown Punta Gorda restaurant and bar for 19 years. More...

Local professional women raise funds for C.A.R.E.

The Business and Professional Woman of Charlotte County recently donated $641 to the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc. for individuals and families displaced during the 2010 holiday season. More...

Bank food drive under way to help St. Vincent de Paul food pantries

All five offices of Charlotte State Bank are participating in a food drive for St. Vincent de Paul charity food pantries located at neighborhood churches. The four-week drive began Jan. 24 and ends on Friday, Feb. 18.  More...

Real Estate News

County-owned land could lure business to Charlotte

The decision to use Charlotte County owned property to lure business to the area is a step in the right direction, according to some area Realtors. More...

Herald Court Centre retail space still available

Interest in the vacant space in downtown Punta Gorda’s Herald Court Centre remains steady.  But the interest is mostly from parties who fall outside the criteria, according to Terry Yonker, Realtor for nearby Thomas Ryan Associates Inc.&nb More...

Arts & Entertainment News

STEP into mayhem

Florida Rep stages Hitchcock’s zany thriller, ‘The 39 Steps’

Every time Robert Cacioppo describes “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps” to audiences, they never fail to laugh. More...

Keep watch for Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock was known for making cameo appearances in his movies, showing up for a couple of seconds. Sometimes he’s a passerby, a figure on the edge of the crowd, a passenger on a bus or train. More...

‘Festa!’ Italiana pays tribute to legendary singer

You won’t find Rina Telli’s legacy in Wikipedia, but you will find it at Laishley Park this weekend. Ms. Telli was a celebrated dramatic soprano of international fame from the  1950s to the 1980s.  More...