September 15, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

CCSO offers self-defense class for women

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is taking registrations now for its next one-day only “Self-Defense for Women” class. The free course will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sep. More...

Observatory opens for 2011-12 season

THe James and Barbara Moore Observatory on the Charlotte campus of Edison State College begins its 2011-12 season of free public viewings at dusk on Friday, Sept. 16. More...

Seminole Wars exhibit opens at Blanchard Museum

The Blanchard House Museum will open the first of a two-year exhibit highlighting the Seminole Wars from 2-5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 24. More...

Local entrepreneurs help ease transition to new homes

As the first of the 79 million baby boomers started turning 65 in 2011, there are an even greater number of families trying to help aging loved ones’ transition to another home or facility. More...

Senior-Palooza coming up in October

AllPro Home Health will hold its biannual Senior-Palooza and Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte. More...

Where the music led us: Duval Street

WHEN YOU LOOK AT A MAP OF THE UNITED States, and even when your eyes drift down by the Florida peninsula, you don’t generally notice the specks that curve out from the tip toward Cuba. One of the specks is Key West. More...

Bank sponsors video contest for kids

Charlotte State Bank is serving as a local sponsor of the American Banking Association’s “Lights, Camera, Save!” video contest. More...

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Internships a bright spot in SWFL job market

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA’S JOBLESS RATE MAY continue in the doldrums, but there is a glimmer of hope for one very specific demographic pool: college students. More...

It’s Your Business … Shameless!

It started out as a joke about marketing shamelessly. Somehow, it has caught on and we now hear it all the time. In fact, we make a point of sharing it as a badge of honor among folks we catch who practice shameless marketing. More...

Unemployment is our problem, and ours to solve

MONEY & INVESTING

The average Joe is trying to pay bills, keep a job or get a job, make payments on a home severely under water or, failing to have done so for any of a host of reasons, is facing eviction as a foreclosure process is under way. More...

Lack of funding halts Stay Alive…Just Drive operations

Stay Alive…Just Drive, which implores drivers not to use phones or be distracted while motoring about their lives on Southwest Florida roads, will cease most of its operations at the end of the month. More...

Bureau recommends caution when going for gold

As global markets are currently seeing rapid declines, worried investors are seeking safe havens for their funds, investigating new investment plans to help their money grow. More...

Drug Free Charlotte County presents parent boot camps

Connecting with parents and guardians of middle school students, Drug Free Charlotte County is holding Parent Boot Camps. More...

2011-13 budget meeting set

Charlotte County Commissioners will hold the first of two budget hearings at 5:01 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Charlotte County Administration Center, 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, to discuss the proposed budget for fiscal years 2011- 13. More...

Grief share sessions resume

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church resumed its Grief Share 13-week seminar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. The series features recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. More...

Edison State to feature award-winning documentary

The Rush Library Film Series kicks off its season with the award-winning documentary “The Anatomy of Hate; A Dialogue for Hope” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at Edison State College in Fort Myers. More...

Paddlepalooza set for Oct. 8

An event to celebrate North Port’s waterways with rowing, canoeing, kayaking and paddling in a dragon boat will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. More...

Derby Girls plan to roll over breast cancer

The Fort Myers Derby Girls will host its final home bout of the 2011 season on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Bamboozles Skating & Events Center, 2095 Andrea Lane, Fort Myers. The match will be against the Bradentucky Bombers. More...

Bank panel shares info on business loans

Bill Blevins, market executive for Encore National Bank, will be guest speaker at the seminar, “Financing Your Business and How to Get a Commercial Loan.” A 25-year banking veteran, Mr. More...

Real Estate News

Fundraiser finished, Realtor rides on

Nancy Andreae has been finished with her cross-country bicycle trip for weeks now, but her cycling adventures are far from done. More...

REAL ESTATE BRIEFS

Dryburgh takes reins as district vice president Bill Dryburgh of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has been elected the Florida Realtors’ District 13 vice president for 2012. Mr. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Circus Posters Come to Town

Vintage artwork celebrates the Greatest Show on Earth

WHEN THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN, everything stopped. Stores locked their doors, businesses closed and schools gave children the day off. More...

‘Sea You in September’ theme for Punta Gorda Gallery Walk

Gallery Walk returns to downtown Punta Gorda Thursday, Sept. 15, with the theme “Sea You in September,” inviting seasonal residents to partake in its artfully inviting environs. More...

The Circus Museum gets bigger and better

The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art’s Circus Museum in Sarasota is about to have 24,475 more square feet of fun, in a $7.5 million addition set to open Saturday, Sept. 24. Admission to the Circus Museum is free that day. More...