July 12, 2012 RSS feed / Top News

Sneaker donations still needed for Kiwanis project

At the half-way mark for collecting new sneakers for public school students in need, the Sunrise Kiwanis Club has realized 25 percent of its intended goal.  The Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project provides sneakers for students in need in the CCPS Sy More...

July 28 Back to School Festival seeks donors

The fifth annual Back to School Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28, at the Cultural Center, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. More...

Gov. Scott allocates loans for small businesses harmed by Tropical Storm Debby

Small businesses located in designated counties, including Charlotte, Collier and Lee, that lost income due to physical damage caused by Tropical Storm Debby are eligible for financial assistance through the State of Florida Small Business Emergency More...

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Business News

Making the most of SUMMER DOWN TIME

PHILIP CHRISTIE DOES NOT SIT AROUND biting his nails. Neither does his wife, Karen, co-partner with him in their all-natural specialty meat company, Smoke Signals.  More...

It’s Your Business … Speak out

Back in my Washington, D.C., days, while running the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives — yes, I really was an association executive for an association of association executives — I started a Toastmasters chapter.  More...

Bank issues: More of the same for 200 years

MONEY & INVESTING

Numerous and significant bank issues have headlined news since the financial crisis began in 2007 and these issues continue through the present.  More...

Vernon Peeples’ latest book brings new insight to local history

When Vernon Peeples gives directions to his Punta Gorda home, he ends by saying, “The old concrete block house on the corner, the white block house, there’s a big royal poinciana tree in the front yard.” More...

Bruce Laishley honored as McLaughlin Economic Development Volunteer of the Year

Each year the Florida Economic Development Council recognizes the state’s most dedicated and successful professionals at the Florida Economic Development Conference. More...

Town Center hosts back-to-school event

Port Charlotte Town Center is kicking off the 2012-2013 school year by hosting a Back to School event for children of all ages from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. More...

Give more blood, ‘Eat more Chikin’

From now until the end of the year, Florida’s Blood Centers at the corner of Harborview and Kings Highway will give a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich to blood donors. More...

Real Estate News

What $475,000 will buy in SWFL

9298 SPANISH MOSS WAY, BONITA SPRINGS This elegant Tuscan-style home is in the gated community of Marbella at Spanish Wells. Built in 2004, the two-story pool home has 3,337 square feet under air. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Drawn to The Art of Urban Sketching

Book and blog depict a world of city sights

THERE’S JUST SOMETHING INTIMATE ABOUT sketching. In this age of digitalized art and PhotoShop, a sketch can be as personal and individual as a handwritten note. It’s art in its most basic form: All you need is paper and pen. More...

Searching for summer fun? Search for scallops

The University of Florida/Charlotte County Sea Grant Extension program’s 2012 Great Bay Scallop Search is set for Aug. 4. The search is a resource-monitoring program where volunteers snorkel, looking for scallops in select seagrass areas. More...

‘A Ship Without a Sail: The Life of Lorenz Hart’

BEACH READING

by Gary Marmorstein (Simon & Schuster, $30)   More...