December 15, 2011 RSS feed / Top News

Parents, check out Santa websites before the kids do

More than 60 domain names have been registered in the name of Santa Claus, offering children a wide range of opportunities to e-mail St. Nick. More...

Workshops for bicycle and pedestrian plan set

Join your neighbors in creating the Charlotte County Bike/Ped Master Plan. Workshops are planned throughout the county in mid-December to assist with the planning process.  Workshops will be:  ¦ South county area: Dec. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. More...

Citizens’ Academy application deadline approaching

The City of Punta Gorda is accepting applications for its 2012 Citizens' Academy, winter and summer sessions, through 5 p.m. Dec. More...

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Business News

SWFL is Oil Country

Legislature looks to expand inshore drilling

THERE’S OIL IN THEM THAR’ HILLS. OK, maybe a slight exaggeration; Southwest Florida is, after all, flat. More...

It’s Your Business … It ain’t easy

Over the years, I’ve chatted with hundreds of small business founders. I don’t recall meeting anyone who founded a business who didn’t have a struggle in the process. More...

Getting a little help from your Value Forum friends

MONEY & INVESTING

Investing is not an easy thing to do. If it were, the world would be replete with multi-millionaires who made their fortune investing.  More...

The Santa factor: Kindness and joy and love

Occupy this, why don’t you?  Santa Claus is as real as love, white beard, red suit and all — unlike, say, those masters of the universe on Wall Street. And by the way, don’t pull his beard. No, sir. More...

Blue Angels return to SWF for 2012 air show

The 32nd annual Florida International Air Show returns in 2012 with some very special guests. The Blue Angels will return to the Southwest Florida skies on March 24-25 at the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda. More...

Help abuse victims and receive free parking

Mounting stress and pressure surrounding the holidays, coupled with skyrocketing unemployment, play a significant role in the rising number of people seeking shelter from abuse. More...

HOLIDAY CALENDAR

Saturday, Dec. 17   More...

Here’s to wine gifts that keep giving all year long

It’s gift-giving season and, once again, we struggle to come up with something that will delight and surprise friends and family. While a great bottle of wine is always welcome, it’s also fleeting. More...

Real Estate News

Lakefront living

10054 Jeansport Drive, Englewood

This pool home is located along Lake Weaver, a spring-fed lake in the private community of Shamrock Shores, minutes from beaches, fishing, restaurants and shopping. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

My life as a rat, a flower, a snowflake in ... ‘The Hard Nut’

Local dancer reflects on her roles in Mark Morris’ rendition of a classic

ALYCE BOCHETTE LOOKS BACK WITH GREAT FONDNESS AT HER TIME AS A RAT. “It was fun to be a rat!” she says. More...

The Met presents two performances ‘Live in HD’

“The Met: Live in HD” presents encore screenings of Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” and Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” — in abridged versions and sung in English so as to appeal to families — More...

The suspense thermometer rises with this chilling mystery

FLORIDA WRITERS

“Collateral Damage,” by H. Terrell Griffin. Oceanview. 360 pages. $25.95.   More...