August 22, 2013 RSS feed / Top News

New board members join Charlotte education foundation

The Charlotte Local Education Foundation has announced its board members for 2013-14.  The newest CLEF members are Kimberly Amontree, community representative and Take Stock in Children mentor; and Kimberly Widgeon of BB&T Bank. More...

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Business News

Sales up, improving

Florida merchants ring up a sales increase

We’re dressing up, dining out and getting out on the water more often than last year.  Restaurants, clothing stores and boat dealerships helped drive a 5.9 percent increase in sales statewide during the months of April through June.  More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

For full-service RV and boat repair, this is the only game in town

For Amos Slater — owner of Charlotte RV and Marine, 4628 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte (www.CharlotteMarine.com), — Hurricane Charley might have been one of the best things that ever happened.  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

All-cash real estate deals portend bad news for the long-term

Trends in real estate are important to the entirety of the U.S. and particularly important to Florida, as its economy is highly real estate dependent. More...

More than a quarter of us speak something other than English

Albert DeBono studied Latin in his Catholic school-going youth, he notes dryly — and a whole lot of help that’s been. More...

Keep pets, yourself tick- and flea-free

The wet and warm Southwest Florida summer has caused a surge in flea and tick infestations. More...

Memorial tour starts in SWF

The American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation has chosen Fort Myers as starting ground for a national GoldStar11 tour to raise awareness of and funds for a $30 million memorial in Kansas City, Kan., to honor fallen servicemen and servicewomen lost More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

25588 Aysen Drive, Punta Gorda

Just listed, this beautiful home in Punta Gorda Isles is as pristine and immaculate inside as it is outside. More...

Florida housing market continues to improve

Florida’s housing market gained strength in second quarter 2013 with more closed sales, higher median prices, more pending sales and a shrinking supply of homes for sale compared to the same quarter in 2012, according to the latest housing data More...

Neal Communities’ sales jump 66 percent

Neal Communities sold 73 new homes in July, a 66 percent increase from July 2012. This continues a record-breaking year for the Lakewood Ranch-based new homebuilder.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

COMEDY FOR A CAUSE

Community leaders star in Charlotte Players’ fundraiser

SEVEN BRAVE COMMUNITYTY LEADERS WILL take the stage Saturday,day, Aug. 24, in support of the Charlottelotte Players. More...

Art Therapy Workshop offered

The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County will offer a free Art Therapy Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Charlotte County Chamber Office, 2702 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.  More...

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

Ice stands stood to add flair to dinner tables

A Minton majolica centerpiece was auctioned in May 2013 as an “ice stand.” Minton & Polson was established in 1793 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. The company started making majolica in about 1850.  More...