April 18, 2013 RSS feed / Top News

Leafy madness reflected in artwork from the 1800s

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

Most people have heard about the bout of “Tulipmania” that spread through the Netherlands in the 17th century, but few know about “Pteridomania,” or fern madness. More...

Temple celebrates Israeli Independence Day

Temple Shalom of Port Charlotte will observe Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Isreali Independence day starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19. (The state of Israel officially celebrates its 65th anniversary on Tuesday, April 16.)  More...

Prafke announces city council candidacy, steps down from TEAM

Civic leader and executive Nancy Prafke has announced her candidacy for Punta Gorda City Council from the 5th District. Mrs. Prafke has served as the CEO of TEAM Punta Gorda for five years. Prafke More...

Marina campaign has no ifs, ands or butts

Boaters are keeping their butts out of the water — and we’re not talking about the kind in swim trunks.  More...

Top auto-sales analyst upgrades 2013 forecast

Edmunds.com, a top resource for car shopping and automotive information, sees reason for the automotive industry to be optimistic about car sales for the rest of the year, and is raising its 2013 light-vehicle sales forecast to 15.5 million.  Th More...

Land Rover’s LR4 is meant for rugged work

Land Rovers have been built since 1948, and their pedigree reflects decades of off-road prowess.  More...

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Business News

Helping the little guy

Agencies provide support for small businesses

MICHELLE REED-SPITZER STARTED TO clean houses to make some extra money while she was in college. As a business management student at Hodges University, then International College, Ms. Reed-Spitzer had the fortune of taking Dr. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

From beads to metals, Bejeweled by Renee offers a variety of custom jewelry

For two decades, Renee Prainito has been plying her trade as a jewelry maker, starting with beads, then moving on to vintage, custom, replica and metal and silversmithing. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Children and money

We all want our kids to grow up and maintain fiscal security. There are at least two things that all parents should do in order to ensure that our children can succeed financially.  More...

Edison College scholarships make education possible for people of all ages

When she was in second grade, Brittany Gerow had to write about what she wanted to be when she grew up. Even then, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. But there was a major obstacle in her way. More...

The new hope for Southwest Florida clammers

Like New England fishermen once did as the world began to embrace cold-water lobsters, Southwest Florida clammers are looking a new direction. More...

Sponsors sought for Police Jammers Youth Basketball League

The Punta Gorda Police Department is seeking additional sponsors for Jammers, its summer youth basketball league. The Jammers youth basketball program has become one of the premier leagues in Charlotte County. More...

TEAM Punta Gorda announces reorganization

TEAM Punta Gorda’s management team will reorganize effective May 1. Under reorganization plan, the responsibilities of leadership be divided into three positions.  More...

Big RV trade show returns to SW Florida

The Florida RV Trade Association returns this weekend for its 18th annual admission-free recreation vehicle show at the Lee County Sports Complex/ Hammond Stadium in South Fort Myers. Time daily is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

NASCAR THIS WEEK

It has been quite the ride for Rusty

For more than 30 years, Russell William Wallace, better known as “Rusty,” delighted fans not only with his hardnosed and aggressive approach to racing, but also with a personality and charisma that were unmatched in sports.  Mr. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

10491 SHERMAN ST., ENGLEWOOD

This waterfront home is a classic gem located on the upscale Cape Haze peninsula in the Palm Point neighborhood, which offers a mix of charming, wellpreserved and high-eng homes. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 9 P.M.  Doc Martin  Nowt So Queer  The news of Martin and Louisa’s engagement spreads. The couple find that the only date open at the local church is three weeks away and there is much to do.  More...

Block party

Punta Gorda’s 27th features Edgar Winter

THE 27TH EDITION OF THE PUNTA GORDA BLOCK PARTY — Southwest Florida’s largest street festival — is set for Saturday, April 20. More...

Local contemporary artists come together for ‘3 of a Kind’ exhibit in Sarasota

The contemporary work of three Punta Gorda artists is on display for the first time at Clothesline Gallery in Sarasota through late April. More...