April 28, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

Law enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run largest ever

The April 20 Torch Run from Punta Gorda to Port Charlotte boasted the largest turnout in its history. More...

Arbor Day Expo has demonstrations, vendors

The Charlotte County Extension Service, in conjunction with the Charlotte Soil & Water Conservation District, will hold its annual Arbor Day Expo on Friday, April 29, at the Environmental Campus, 25550 Harbor View Road, Port Charlotte. More...

NASCAR star serves as spokesman for ER Extra

Mark Martin, one of the most highly respected stock car drivers on the NASCAR circuit, has taken on the role of spokesperson for Charlotte Regional Medical Center and Peace River Regional Medical Center’s ER Extra program.  More...

PG chamber to host Margarita Trolley Tour

The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce has collaborated with 12 local bars and restaurants to put together the city’s first ever Margarita Trolley Tour. The event starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 5. More...

The Value of One Donor

THE VALUE OF ONE

The “Value of One” campaign was initiated by the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition last fall to generate awareness about the value of each person involved in the plight of the homeless. More...

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Business News

Opening the Caribbean

Direct flights to Puerto Rico may create new opportunities

ALTHOUGH 47 NON-STOP ROUTES TO 47 distinct destinations now originate for air travelers at Southwest Florida International Airport (aka RSW), it’s the newest one officials are planning for the summer of 2012 that might someday prove a game chan More...

It’s your business … IN or ON, part 2

OK, OK, I get it. It is dang hard when you are a one-person business not to be constantly working IN your business. If you don’t do it, who will?  More...

The U.S. Tax Code: one big mess

MONEY & INVESTING

What book is longer than the “Bible?” Longer than Tolstoy’s “War and Peace?” Hint: the book is very much related to April 15. Yes, none other than the “U.S. Tax Code.” How long is long? Obscenely long. More...

Professor’s book defends the value of a good schmooze

In modern parlance, schmoozers are synonymous with users: smooth talkers with something to gain from the conversation. More...

Local students claim top honors in Model U.N. National Academic Team competition

The Port Charlotte High Model United Nations Academic Team recently won its 16th consecutive regional championship at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Two seniors received scholarships for their “Careers of Excellence” at the FGCU con More...

Fitness club launches Fit Momma Contest

The Punta Gorda Club For Tennis and Fitness is having its inaugural Fit Momma transformation contest.  This year on Mother’s Day Weekend, the club will be selecting 10 lucky moms looking to shape up for the summer. More...

Drivers, passengers needed for program

The Cultural Center of Charlotte County, in cooperation with Charlotte County Transit, is now offering transportation to the community. Patrons are picked up in private cars and delivered to places of necessity. More...

$1,000 scholarship awarded to local student

Haley Webb, a 2011 graduate of Charlotte High School, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Don Gasgarth’s Charlotte County Ford and the Ford Motor Company. Miss Webb’s parents are Harry Webb and Lucinda Webb of Punta Gorda. More...

Sometimes it just made sense to have a horse in the house

(Editor’s note: Periodically, Florida Weekly takes a glimpse backward into the lives of men and women who lived in Charlotte, Collier or Lee counties before mosquito control and air conditioning. More...

Real Estate News

Two new tenants ready to roll at Herald Court Centre

Herald Court Centre’s two newest tenants should have their certificates of occupancy this week, according to the man behind the units’ buildout.  More...

Listing agents shift at Herald Court

Bill Dryburgh and Lindsay Harrington are the new listing agents for the Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda.  The Realtors at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate replace Realtor Terry Yonker of Thomas Ryan Associates Inc., who gave n More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Taylor-made music

Like father and mother, like son: Ben Taylor’s sound is all his own

Ben Taylor writes music that causes music critics to invest in a fresh supply of hyphens, because his music is such an amalgam of styles. You could call it folk-pop-psychedelic funk-hip-hop. For his most recent album, Mr. More...

ARTS ON THE MOVE

Cheryl Temple is the new executive director of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Ms Temple replaces Chari Stanley-Leitch, who retires from the position May 1.  More...

Merry-go-round figures find their place as folk art

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Carousel figures, made mostly in the early 1900s, sell for high prices today. Carousels probably were first made in the 1700s to train spear-throwers, not as enjoyable rides for children. More...