TEA PARTY BREWS INFLUENCE
Southwest Florida stands to make an impact on national politics
THE TEA PARTY IS NOT REGISTERED AS A POLITICAL party, but its ideas and advocates arguably carry more weight than those of any officially sanctioned third party in memory. Full Story
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. The organization’s website will remain active. Full Story
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.
With the price of gold at an all-time high — more than $1,700 per ounce — the Better Business Bureau is advising consumers to do their homework before making tempting gold transactions. Full Story
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. 22, at the Port Charlotte Beach Recreation Center, 4500 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte. Full Story
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.
The one-hour information session for parents addresses the up-to-date information on alcohol, marijuana and other drugs — as well as the latest research on teen brain development, body image and social media. Full Story
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. Full Story
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. The public is invited to attend. Full Story
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.
Sessions include the journey of grief; the effects of grief, the family in grief and being stuck in grief. Full Story
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.
The exhibit will portray viewpoints from Africans, Seminoles and other Americans, which will examine the meaning of the wars and how they shaped the history of Florida and the United States. Full Story
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. Full Story
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. Full Story
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.
Paddlepalooza gives attendees a chance to experience these things and more, including the use of a stand-up paddleboard, rowing a boat and participating in an open-class canoe and kayak race. Full Story
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. Full Story
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. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and the game begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/196663. Full Story
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. Full Story
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. Blevins leads the Encore National Bank commercial lending team in Charlotte and Lee counties to support corporate business banking and lending needs. Full Story
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. This national contest is designed to encourage young people to use the power of video to communicate the value and understanding of saving. Full Story