October 18, 2012 RSS feed / Top News

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Business News

FLORIDA SALES RISING

Numbers indicate uptick in consumer confidence

A dozens of industries in Florida — from car and boat dealerships to florists and museums — has pushed gross sales figures up to pre-recession levels — although other factors such as unemployment and a lack of consumer confidence ar More...

It’s Your Business … Does social media sell?

According to “The Purchase Path of Online Buyers 2012,” a study conducted by Forrester Research Inc., the answer to the above question is decidedly no. More...

Federal Reserve’s money printing inspires readers’ inquisitiveness

MONEY & INVESTING

Readers often call or send e-mail after reading my column; but never quite as much volume as was received after “Does the Federal Reserve print money?” column from the first week of October. More...

Local hero remembers patrolling on the brink of war

Ray Dearborn, then a 25-year-old United States Navy ensign, was in the middle of the scariest event of the Cold War, the 13 harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.  More...

TEAM Punta Gorda elects new board members

TEAM Punta Gorda announced the election of six new members to its board of directors. They are Chris Evans, managing partner of Laishley Crab House Center and the Marina Park Management Group; Jeffrey R. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

11567 S.W. Dallas Drive South, Lake Suzy

This custom West Coast Builders home is located on two waterfront lots in Lake Suzy Estates.  More...

Few golf homesites remain at Venetian Golf & River Club

WCI Communities has released the final golf course homesites available overlooking fairways along Venetian Golf & River Club’s Chip Powell designed championship golf course. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

A DIFFERENT direction

Actors step down from the stage to take on director’s role

ACTORS WHO YEARN TO DIRECT ARE abundant in the movie industry. There’s even a T-shirt that quotes the sentiment: “But what I really want to do is direct.” Stage actors aren’t immune to the lure of directing, either. More...

Canine rescue group on a ‘golden’ mission

The folks who run Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida are fond of saying that they save lives, heal broken hearts and complete families. Sometimes, they are lucky enough to accomplish all three in one day.  More...

‘Thomas Jefferson’s Creme Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America’

BEACH READING

By Thomas J. Craughwell (Quirk Books, $19.95)   More...