January 10, 2013 RSS feed / Top News

Starboard Yacht Brokerage mergers with Pier One Yacht Sales

Starboard Yacht Brokerage Inc., located on Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda, has merged with Pier One Yacht Sales in Fishermen’s Village, according to Greg Postle, owner of Starboard Yacht Brokerage Inc.  More...

2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata named a 10 Best Car

The 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been named to Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars list for the eighth consecutive year and 14th overall since the vehicle made its global debut in 1989. More...

Florida Sportsman Expo hits town Feb. 2 and 3

Now in its 21st year, the Florida Sportsman Expo comes to the Lee Civic Center, just south of Charlotte County on State Road 31, for the weekend of Feb. 2-3. The Sportsman Channel serves as title sponsor for the expos. More...

Paul Geivett builds amazing scale model cars from scratch

PaulGeivettgotaDinshopclassbecause, instead of the project his teacher assigned, he built a gas-powered model of the Boyle Special Maserati that won the Indianapolis 500 in 1939.  The model is amazing in its detail, but Geivett still was marked More...

Just what comes in that Adams Home?

I t is hard to pick a place to start, so let’s start at the top — every Adams home comes with moldresistant shingles rated for 25 years. More...

Coccaro elected president of Florida Swimming Pool Association

Pete Coccaro, president and owner of Nautilus Pools in Charlotte County, has been elected as president of the Florida Swimming Pool Association for 2013. The FSPA serves as the coordinating organization for 16 local FSPA chapters. More...

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Trolleys tell tale of long-lost decanting tradition

A trolley, according to an American dictionary, is a cart or wagon of several types that moves on a track or wire. But in England and other parts of Europe, the definition can include a wine trolley, a cart that was used to serve wine. More...

Things to look out for when purchasing granite

Granite is made by Mother Nature, so humans have no control over its production. The more abundant a specific color of granite, the less expensive it is. The more rare the granite, the more expensive it is. Granite is heat resistant to 600 degrees. More...

Tread gently when selecting a flooring company

We fix $39 installations. No hidden costs.” Those words were posted on a billboard near a Georgia professional flooring store. The claim is definitely eye-catching. More...

Seasonal residents: Take care of your water heater

I t’s that time of year when our Northern customers are making their way back to our area. As they start to open up their homes, one of the most common items that might give them problems will be their water heater. More...

‘My hairdresser told me I couldn’t get a mortgage’

One of my clients called me last month and said she went to get her hair done and her hairdresser said she couldn’t get a mortgage — we’re closing her loan on Jan. 10. This just proves you can’t always believe what you hear. More...

You may have thousands of dollars hidden in your home

Weight and weighing precious metals

Hello. In the last issue of “At Home,” I talked about gold and the treasures that could be found in your home. This time, I will give you some insights about gold weight and the weighting of this precious metal.  More...

Special Sections

Business News

Latino influence

The Hispanic market continues steady growth

CIRO URQUIOLA KNOWS THE BEFORE AND after of the explosive Hispanic population growth in Southwest Florida.  Now a marketing executive at Water One, Mr. Uriquiola worked at WWCL, a Fort Myers radio station, in the mid- 1990s . More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Feger’s Health Foods still going strong after 42 yearss

When I first moved to Charlotte County in the late 1980s, Feger’s Health Foods, 3058 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte (fegershealthfoods. ws), was the only such store in town. More...

Asset class performance in 2012

At year-end, many investors like to review the past investment year to see how the various asset classes performed. More...

Alternative transportation takes shape in SWFL

A major road-widening project this year aimed at clearing congestion near U.S. 41 and County Road 951 in Collier County is just one example of how officials are catching up with population growth, and preparing for more.  More...

Allegiant extends schedule of nonstop flights from Springfield, Ill.

In response to overwhelming demand from central Illinois passengers, Allegiant Airlines is extending its nonstop schedule of flights from Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport to Punta Gorda through June 3.  Airport officials cite More...

Dodge Challenger is a modern muscle car

The muscle car is as American as baseball, apple pie and the Fourth of July. Muscle cars were made by stuffing a big V-8 into a midsize car, and the 1964 Pontiac GTO was one of the first. More...

NASCAR

Fans dreaming of a new season

The Daytona Shootout is scheduled for Feb. 16. Speedweeks continues at Daytona International Speedway through the season-opening Daytona 500, which is set for Feb. 24.  Matt Kenseth won last year. More...

BMW’s subcompact X1 is more sport than utility

BMW describes its subcompact X1 as a perfect blend of sports-sedan driving dynamics and SUV utility.  After a few days with the X1, I decided it was really more of a sedan with a tall station wagon body than an SUV. More...

‘Now’s the Time’ at the 2013 Florida RV SuperShow

The Florida RV Trade Association will host the 2013 Florida RV SuperShow, Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 16-20 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.  More...

Executive Cooling & Heating celebrates silver anniversary

Dear Southwest Florida Friends, We at Executive Cooling & Heating Inc., are happy to announce the 25th anniversary of our business here in Charlotte County. More...

Achieving ‘loft-y’ contemporary spaces

Paris-born Jerome Abecassis was heavily influenced by his mother, a famous French designer and architect. Mr. More...

Winter gray can be quite warm

Designers and decorators are often asked “what’s new?” or “what’s ‘in’ right now?” While I try to steer people clear of fads and trends that will not stand the test of some meaningful time, once in awhi More...

Choose natural spring water for better health, weight loss

A re you start- ing a weight- loss diet or eating a healthier diet for the new year? If so, don`t forget that drinking enough water is a big part of both of these plans. How much water should you drink daily? More...

The seven deadly sins of selling a home

Everyone has heard of the seven deadly sins. More...

Murphy beds mean maximum function, comfort and elegance

Murphy beds have become a popular option throughout Florida as families look for ways to make the most of their space — without compromising the overall aesthetic of their home.  Why Murphy beds?   More...

Alternative sanitizing: salt generator versus liquid chlorine

When you hear someone say “I have a salt pool,” you think of the ocean, right? In fact, it’s nothing like the ocean. A “salt pool” is also known as a chlorine-generated pool. More...

Real Estate News

HOUSE HUNTING:

1180 Sunrise Vista Circle, North Port

This two-story home sits on a culde sac in the desired Heron Creek golf community. More...

AAUW’s Venice home tour set for Feb. 15

The annual Association of American University Women Venice Home Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. More...

Centex starts Vanderbilt model construction at Riverwood

Centex has started construction of the Vanderbilt model home at Riverwood, a master-planned community overlooking the Myakka River west of SR 776 in Port Charlotte.  Scott Mairn, vice president of sales and marketing for the company, said the mo More...

Arts & Entertainment News

KOVELS: ANTIQUES

Mission phones dulled down with copper to match the drapes

Mission style, often called “Arts and Crafts,” was first popular in the early 1900s. Heavy wooden Mission furniture made of dark finished oak was introduced by Gustav Stickley. It was soon copied by many other firms. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ SATURDAY, JAN. 12, 9:30 P.M. Keeping Up Appearances   Hyacinth Bucket is a character with few, if any, saving graces. Long-suffering husband Richard gets the brunt of it.  ¦ SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 9 P.M. More...

COMING UP AT THE RENAISSANCE ACADEMY

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age.   ¦ Foreign Film Series  1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 23 and 29  Fee: $5 each film.  More...