February 10, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

Estuaries fail to meet quality standards

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida recently tested and graded the water quality of 10 local estuaries. Not a single one fully met state water quality standards. More...

PG Rotary Club earns multiple fellowships

The Punta Gorda Rotary Club’s District Governor Don Thomas recently bestowed Paul Harris Fellowships on eight Punta Gorda Rotarians.  Named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary in 1905, the Fellowship was established to express appreciation More...

Phone scam targets locals

Charlotte County sheriff’s detectives warn residents of a telephone scam from three Caribbean area codes and exchanges in Canada that can result in substantial long distance charges if the call is returned.  More...

Charlotte County seeks input for use of neighborhood stabilization funds

Charlotte County residents are urged to comment on the use of more than $2 million available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds are earmarked for neighborhood stabilization.  More...

Sheriff’s office staffers complete crisis training

The Charlotte County Criminal Justice & Behavioral Health Advisory Council recently held its fourth Crisis Intervention Team training for local law enforcement and corrections officers. The CCSO deputies were graduated on Friday, Jan. 28.  More...

Library Friends present ‘Daring to Dream’ annual luncheon

The Friends of the Punta Gorda Library will be presenting its third annual luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 24. More...

Ag expo to feature latest farming technology

The South Florida Ag Expo will be held Feb. 18 and 19 in Clewiston. The inaugural expo features more than 30 vendors and the latest innovations in agriculture. More...

Real estate outlook perks up

Optimism has increased slowly but steadily in Florida real estate markets through the fourth quarter of 2010, a new University of Florida survey finds.  More...

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Man caves and barrier islands are a few ideal places to invent things

IF NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENtion, consider marketability its father.  One day, they were talking with their offspring.  “You are a unique and special gift to the world,” Invention’s mother said.  More...

It’s your business: Ride the roller coaster

At the January Marketing Roundtable, one of our partners, John Gulick, did a great job of demonstrating how to develop and cost out your annual budget for marketing your business.  More...

Love and money in the 21st century

MONEY & INVESTING

As Valentine’s day approaches, it’s a good time to focus on the elephant in the room for seriously dating couples: money, the lack thereof or the disparity therein. More...

Collecting — and protecting — an investment in art

Call it a sign of the times or simply different tastes between the generations, but most children, according to Naples Family Wealth consultant Tamara Surratt, just aren’t interested in their parents’ things. More...

The economy: How America must adapt in order to thrive

Learning about the state of our economy — and how America can compete in the new global economy — is of critical importance to private sector leaders. More...

Charlotte Harbor Rotarians donate smoke detectors

Charlotte County Fire/EMS is partnering with the Rotary Club of Charlotte Harbor in the CC Fire/EMS Smoke Detector Program. CC Fire/EMS recognizes the importance and the need to assist Charlotte County residents in obtaining smoke detectors.  More...

Tax experts advise filing early

The time for procrastination is over for American taxpayers.  On the heels of several last-minute tax law changes passed by the U.S. More...

Seniors have a grand time with business professionals

Lexington Manor residents and guests filled the second-floor recreation hall at the Port Charlotte retirement community during Bingo Afternoon for Seniors Jan. 20. More...

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church returns to Haiti

On Feb. 5, the Haiti Mission Team of Burnt Store Presbyterian Church left for Port au Prince, Haiti.  More...

Pedal and Play coming up March 19

The second annual Pedal and Play in Paradise bicycle event has been planned for March 19, featuring five rides, including a 7-mile mystery tour, a 15-mile and a 30-mile tour. More...

Harbour Heights 5K Run/Walk benefits Autism Speaks

Five years ago, just 12 people came out for the Harbour Heights 5K. This year, the group is expecting 300 participants when the walk/run takes place Feb. 26 in Punta Gorda on the western bank of the Peace River.  More...

Real Estate News

Property management company makes life easier for owners, renters and real estate pros

Homeowners needing help in managing their properties have an ally in Rent Me Florida LLC.  More...

REAL ESTATE NEWS UPDATES

FBA leadership camp coming up in March   Charlotte County members of the Future Builders of America are getting ready for the March leadership camp.  The county had strong representation at the National Association of Home Builders Internat More...

Arts & Entertainment News

SWFL Arts Season Guide 2011

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Atelier artist shares sheer joy of art at Gallery Walk

In the industrial-like halls of the Artisans’ Atelier in Herald Court works an industrial-strength artist, John “Dedo” Cristina. More...

Disturbing images common on old children’s items

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Opinions change with time. More...