December 1, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

Safe toys: purchasing what’s right for young girls and boys

There are thousands of toys on store shelves to choose from, but making sure a toy is safe and age appropriate for a child is well worth the search to prevent injury or even death.  More...

Simple holiday design tips usher in the season

It’s not just about the presents and the mistletoe; holiday style is about enhancing your home and enjoying it with family and friends — and holiday entertaining and décor offers the perfect opportunity to let your lifestyle shine.  More...

Local foundation mixer features grant presentations

At its recent Wine Tasting Gala fundraiser, The Heron Creek Community Foundation at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club in North Port awarded six grants to local charities.  More...

Historical Center announces Symphony of Trees winners

The Charlotte County Historical Cen- ter and its society announced the winners of the 21st annual Symphony of Trees show and auction, which continutes through Dec. More...

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Business News

Golf on the upswing

Local courses buck the national trend

Golf, among the legions of industries affected by the economic recession, is on an upswing — at least in Southwest Florida. More...

It’s your business … fusion marketing

The best marketing you can get is word of mouth. That’s it. End of article. OK, not really. The point is, your business can be made or broken by what other people say about you.  More...

OMG, financial shorthand for U and your BFFs

MONEY & INVESTING

Each year brings new financial innovations, phenomena, disasters, etc. Along with these changes come new words, acronyms and phrases to describe them. More...

Sweating out the holidays on the job

From north to south, you’re seeing them now — those determined pinch hitters grateful to break a holiday sweat in pursuit of the almighty dollar.  More...

HOLIDAY CALENDAR

Friday, Dec. 2 ¦ The festivities surrounding the lighting of two trees in Punta Gorda kick off at 5 p.m. The first 500 guests can enjoy a complementary hot dog. More...

Time to get tickets

Boston Red Sox spring training includes games at new ‘Fenway South’ in Fort Myers

Tickets go on sale Dec. 17 for the Boston Red Sox’ 2012 spring training schedule, which includes 18 games at the new JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers.  More...

Growing Port Charlotte & North Port Real Estate Office Joins EXIT Realty

Paula Brill’s real estate brokerage office, serving Port Charlotte and North Port, now flies the EXIT Realty banner.  Previously known as Casa del Sol Realty, with 10 real estate professionals serving the area, the office became an EXIT fr More...

SWFL prepares to welcome The Traveling Wall

The word Vietnam conjures up a swarm of emotions among every generation. This week, emotions run high with anticipation of the arrival of a national touring exhibit, “The Wall That Heals,” at Marco Island’s Veterans Memorial Park. More...

Satya Realty opens in Punta Gorda

Broker Terry Yonker has annouced the opening of Satya Realty in Punta Gorda.  More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

3819 Carupano Court, Punta Gorda

“House Hunting” is a new Florida Weekly feature that focuses on one listing in the local marketplace   This home is located in Punta Gorda Isles. More...

Consumer confidence jumps 15 points

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which declined in October, surged almost 15 points in November. The Index now stands at 56.0, up from 40.9 in October. The Present Situation Index increased 11.2 points to 38.3 from 27.1. More...

Loan modification:

Options exceed government program

When the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, rolled out in 2009, officials estimated 3-4 million borrowers would seek relief amidst the worst recession and housing market collapse in decades.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

The Classic Art of making Noise

MARK CHAMBERS CREATES SOUNDS FOR ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY’

WHEN “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE Radio Play” opens at Florida Repertory Theatre, Mark Chambers will be playing the part of a car door slamming.  He’ll also be a train whistle, a rock thrown through a window, a police More...

History Park bustles with Candy Land holiday magic

It’s Christmas every day of the year for about 10 dedicated volunteers of the Punta Gorda Historical Society. Because every day, they are planning for the upcoming holiday festival held at History Park in Punta Gorda.  More...

Prized chestnuts had their own special bowls

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

A Chinese porcelain “chestnut basket” recently was offered for sale at a Virginia auction. More...