February 28, 2013 RSS feed / Top News

TEAM moves ahead in creating pathways for pedestrians and cyclists

In the wake of Hurricane Charley in 2004, TEAM Punta Gorda volunteers hired a world-class urban planner and created a Citizens’ Master Plan for the purpose of identifying how the community should rebuild. More...

Fast track to the future: A glimpse at Daytona Speedway of tomorrow

Amid the triumph and tragedy of last weekend’s events at Daytona International Speedway — highlighted by Jimmie Johnson’s thrilling victory in the 55th annual Daytona 500 — Speedway president Joie Chitwood introduced NASCAR of More...

It’s showtime

Mark your calendars for next weekend, when the Fort Myers Spring Boat Show takes place at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, just south of Charlotte County. More...

The Duel will be done in the dark

The Budweiser Duel, the 150-mile qualifying races that determine the starting lineup for the Daytona 500, will move under the lights in 2014, Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood III announced.  The Budweiser Duel At Daytona, s More...

Homemade roadster puts twinkle in owner’s eye

Every Saturday morning for the past 27 years, at a tiny doughnut shop in a strip mall on the corner of Magnolia and Adams streets in Hunting Beach, Calif., hot rodders have met to grab a pastry, drink coffee and show off their cars. More...

Chevy SS will be a sedan of power, performance

As Chevrolet’s first V-8, rear-wheeldrive performance sedan since 1996, the new Chevrolet SS is designed to deliver performance on the street and on the track. More...

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Business News

New Rules

NEW FEDERAL REGULATIONS FOR MORTGAGE lenders are meant to protect consumers and spur a new wave of loans for homebuyers, but local lenders worry, rather than accelerating the market, these new guidelines may be slowing things down. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Everybody’s their own vintner at The Gilded Grape

“To me, it’s not going to work. I’m going to play every day,” said Paul Malcolm, co-owner (with David Welles) of The Gilded Grape Winery Inc., 4034B Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte (www.GildedGrape.com).  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Washington’s facts are stranger than fiction

Sequestration is upon us. More...

Warbird Weekend: A salve for the wounded

Stephanie Greenberg and her husband Erwin volunteered their Citation III business jet to fly a Marine from Baltimore to Miami to meet his fiancée’s parents for the first time. More...

A Q&A with Det. Mike Gandy, supervisor of Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit

FW: How do you crack a cold case?  More...

CHEC offers nature film and discussion

The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center will conduct a free Wild Wednesday Nature Film & Discussion at 10:30 a.m. More...

Don’t slip up: Make sure life jacket fits your kid

Kids grow fast. That’s why frugal parents often buy their kids shoes a little bigger than the actual size. More...

Strong RV consumer shows good sign for 2013

Large crowds and robust sales at consumer RV shows in the first month of 2013 give the industry positive news for the start of a new year.  Building on a third straight year of shipments growth, the industry is poised for continued recovery in 2 More...

NASCAR THIS WEEK

New tag for July race is a blast from the past

The July NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Daytona International Speedway will bear a legendary name in 2013 — the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola.  More...

Redesigned Accord sparkles with technology

The redesigned 2013 Honda Accord will not dazzle you with its sheet metal, but it will impress you with its allaround competence, enhanced fuel economy and high-tech features, one of which is not even found on top luxury sedans.  More...

Winnebago brings a whole new Aspect to motorhomes

If you’re looking for a touring coach experience in an easy-to-drive Class C motorhome, the 2013 Winnebago Aspect is the one for you. Base MSRP is $96,702 to $102,274  More...

Wood’s beauty meets wagon’s utility for a classic fit

My dad drove a 1946 Ford woody station wagon as a work car. I remember being captivated by the beautiful wood and dark green paint, and that is probably why I have such a soft spot in my heart for woodies today.  More...

Real Estate News

HOUSE HUNTING:

2138 Charlotte Amalie Court, Punta Gorda

This custom pool home overlooking intersecting canals offers sailboat access to Charlotte Harbor. More...

Coldwell Banker Schmidt, Sunstar and Morris merge

Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors of Traverse City, Mich., announced last week that it has reached an agreement with Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty Inc. and Coldwell Banker Morris Realty Inc. More...

Deep Creek sewer smoke tests to be conducted through March 7

Charlotte County Utilities will be conducting a smoke test of the sanitary sewer system in the Deep Creek neighborhood from north of Sandhill Boulevard from Copiapo Drive on the west side to Trujillo Drive on the east side. The testing began Feb. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

The evolution of space-saving tables

Small rooms need small furniture, but large families need large tables. This problem has been solved in a variety of ways since the 17th century. More...

COMING UP AT THE RENAISSANCE ACADEMY

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

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