June 16, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

2012 Fiat 500: Italian style and 57 mpg on the highway

Beautiful Italian styling combined with timeless functionality, efficient design and innovative technology — these are the attributes that made the original Fiat 500 (Cinquecento) a timeless icon. More...

Kickoff planned for Shoes for Kids Project

The Sunrise Kiwanis Club will kick off its annual Shoes for Kids project June 18 with a collection drive at the Murdock Walmart in Port Charlotte.  A second collection will be held June 25 at the Kings Highway Walmart in Port Charlotte. More...

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Business News

Uphill battle

Cycling to work can be a hassle, but more are enjoying the benefits

RIDING A BICYCLE TO WORK COULD EVENTUALLY reduce the cost of employee health care plans, make the environment cleaner, and control road congestion, advocates say. More...

It’s Your Business … Marketing, advertising and sales

Let’s get the definitions straight right up front. Marketing is finding a need and filling it. Advertising is a method of lead generation. Sales equals lead conversion.  More...

More problems with Credit Default Swaps

U.S. financial institutions, probably mostly U.S. banks, could be facing extremely large hits to their capital bases if the debt of Portugal, Ireland and Greece defaults.  More...

Emergency bands show residents storm surge risk

The Charlotte County Office of Emergency Management has installed more than 3,000 4-inch wide, reflective vinyl bands on stop signs and at intersections throughout the county.  More...

2011 Chevy Cruze Eco: 42 mpg on the highway

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze delivers features and details that challenge preconceived notions about what a compact car can be in North America.  More...

BBB urges parents to protect kids’ IDs

Hundreds of online businesses are finding inactive Social Security numbers online — most of which are assigned to children under the age of 18 who have not started using them yet — and selling them under different names to help people est More...

Stats show violent crime down in Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda police detectives and officers are solving more crimes, as is evidenced in the 2010 annual Uniform Crime Report statistics, which also showed declines in violent crimes for the city of Punta Gorda. More...

Real Estate News

Online upgrades

Realtor’s websites get maintenence to make them more user friendly

Online sites don’t have the lifespan they once did.  So upgrading their business online sites is becoming a more common reality for area real estate professionals.  The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors pro More...

Upgraded site geared toward member services

The new Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte- North Port Association of Realtors online site launched a month ago.  The site had not been improved in about three years, according to David Logan, association director of professional development.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Marilyn: forever blonde

For two hours on stage, Sunny Thompson becomes the pop icon

MARILYN MONROE WAS AN ENTICING BLEND of contradictions: sexy yet innocent, womanly but girlish, boldly glamorous yet vulnerable.  “The all-girl girl,” as performer Sunny Thompson describes her.  More...

Renowned hypnotist delivers more than just laughs

Rich Guzzi says he’s pretty busy. It’s little wonder. The certified hypnotist and comedian performs 300 hypnotism and comedy shows every year all over the world, leaving his audiences with memories and a sense of well-being.  More...

‘Smoke on the Mountain,’ song in the heart

Some theater-goers feel that attending a good show is like going to church: You’re forced to examine yourself, your life, your beliefs. A good play — well written and well acted — can change you on the inside.  More...