February 3, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

Sheriff’s office implements electronic crash reporting system

Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron announced that the agency implemented a new state-of-the-art iyeCrash electronic crash reporting system Feb. 1.  More...

Teacher receives mini-grant for hands-on science projects

Vineland Elementary first-grade teacher Jacqui Barber has been awarded a grant for $400 from the Suncoast Schools Foundation. More...

Landscape gardening series scheduled

The annual Landscape Gardening Series, sponsored by the Charlotte County UF/IFAS Extension Service Master Gardeners, continues through Feb. 18. All sessions are scheduled from 9:30-11:30 p.m. More...

Mariners celebrate change of watch

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Taste of Love event benefits Special Equestrians

Special Equestrians presents “An Epicurean Journey” at its “Taste of Love 8” fundraiser to be held Sunday, Feb. 20, at The Design Studio by Raymond at 13830 Jetport Commerce Parkway in Fort Myers.  More...

YMCA Hi-Y’er Club has membership special

The Charlotte County YMCA 50+Hi- Y’er Club is holding a 2011 membership drive through Feb. 28. More...

Charlotte visitor’s guide available

The 2011 Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands Visitor’s Guide is available to help visitors plan a vacation in Charlotte County. More...

Special Sections

Business News

Butlers bare assets

Franchise featuring buff butlers stakes its claim on SW Florida

It’s bold. It’s cheeky. And it’s very, very British. We’re talking Butlers in the Buff. No Jeeves — he’d just bring up the rear at auditions. No tux. No polishing silver, either. A bowtie? Yes. More...

ETFs and ETNs attract investors’ interest

MONEY & INVESTING

ETF is an acronym for exchange-traded funds. ETN is an acronym for exchangetraded notes. These two instruments continue to grow in popularity. There were only 221 such instruments at yearend 2005. In five years, they have more than quadrupled. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

West Side Story

The world’s greatest love story told in two tongues

“WEST SIDE STORY” changed the face of musical theater when it first appeared on Broadway in 1957.  More...

‘Feel the Spirit’ celebrates black history and the American dream

Both technically retired, Earl Nelson and R. Bruce MacGregor sat across the table sipping coffee and talking about the love of both their lives: music. One man’s approach is laid-back. The other’s is a bit more regimented. More...

This week on WGCU TV

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Committee addresses 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness

As Charlotte County’s homeless population continues to grow — especially among families — a group of citizens, many who are professionals representing Charlotte County nonprofits, government and businesses, is working toward a plan More...

Meet five women who are redefining leadership

Southwest Floridians will have an extraordinary opportunity to link learning to leadership at the second annual Imagine Solutions Conference taking place March 21-22 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. More...

Coming of age: Local student celebrates sweet 16 for the homeless

Kendall Calkins had her 16th birthday party on Jan. 15.  She could have asked for the latest fashions and accessories. More...

New commodore makes Burnt Store boat club history

When Kathy Grindle and her husband, Paul, visited Punta Gorda in 2006, they fell in love with the area. They sold their home in Central Florida and moved to Burnt Store Isles in 2007. They joined the boat club and purchased a boat. More...

Local outfit offers seminars on +boat and RV maintenance

Charlotte RV and Marine will conduct a special event from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 6 in conjunction with its annual clearance sale. Each day during the event, the company will present free seminars at 2 p.m. More...

Grey Matters event to generate awareness, raise funds and honor those lost

TheT second annual GreyGre Matters Brain CancerCa Fundraiser startssta at 7 p.m. Saturday, urd Feb. 5, at the historicalhis Woman’s ClubCl building, 118 Sullivan St.,SuGd Punta Gorda. More...

Mini Medical School lecture series planned

Charlotte Regional Medical Center’s 13th Annual Mini Medical School Lecture Series will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 9.  At 5:30 p.m., Charlotte Regional cardiologist Dr. More...

Snowbird Baseball Classic coming to Charlotte County Feb. 25-March 20

For the third consecutive year, The Snowbird Baseball Classic will return to Charlotte County Feb. 25 to March 20, with 23 NCAA Division III teams registered. More...

Real Estate News

Condo sales on the upswing

There’s no shortage of available condominiums in Charlotte County.  Condo developments throughout Punta Gorda Isles, with is web of waterways, have units for sale, and Port Charlotte and Englewood have their share. More...

SandStar celebrates 30 years in Charlotte with a year of contests

SandStar Homes is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Charlotte County construction. The company, recognized for quality building and experience, has a proven track record of community involvement.  More...