December 19, 2013 RSS feed / Top News

Pets of the Week GIVING

Brick-giving: A lasting holiday gift

I am sure that everyone has at one time or another struggled with what to get the person who has everything — or wanting to give someone special a gift that is unique and everlasting. More...

Dec. 21 Holiday Gala pays special tribute to Sgt. Mike Wilson

First Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and Macedonia Human Services Cultural Training Center Inc. present the second annual Holiday Gala, an event honoring those who serve the community, county and country. More...

COMMUNITY NEWS

Florida fishing course announced   An introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association building at 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda.  More...

Hyundai unveils special ‘Walking Dead’ Tucson

To survive the ever-impending zombie apocalypse, you’ll need wits, strategies and a strong intuition. More...

2014 Silverado: Testing ensures it’s Chevy tough

Each of those shiny new Silverados in Chevrolet dealerships benefits from 12.5 million miles of durability testing before the first customer ever receives the keys.  More...

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Business News

Small businesses benefiting from Cyber awesome

online shopping shift IT’S ONE OF THOSE BELL-RINGING MARKETING terms instantly definable, at least in the context of the season: “Cyber Monday.” More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Java round two: Mercer’s — coffee roasted on site

Two issues ago, I wrote about what I consider the best coffee house in the South (Charlotte County, that is), The Bean on U.S. 41 in Punta Gorda. I’m following that column up with round two — coffee in the north county.  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Commodities futures explained

There is much confusion about the various types of commodities related investment vehicles. More...

Tech updates interfere with 911 service

If your home computer has ever done something funky, that’s similar to what 911 call center operators in Charlotte hared County experienced in early December.  More...

Crossing the other Delaware: a personal view of Christmas

In the American cultural vernacular, which may prove as confusing to you as it frequently does to me, the first Christmas did not occur 2,013 years ago.  Instead, the first Christmas took place exactly 237 years ago on a frigid night a few miles More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ FRIDAY, DEC. 20, 8:30 P.M. Great Performances Barbara Streisand: Back to Brooklyn The legend- ary Barbra Streisand makes a historic home- coming to Brooklyn joined by special guests Il Volo and Chris Botti. Ms. More...

PG championship benefits juvenile diabetes foundation

The inaugural city of Punta Gorda golf championship has been announced. The tournament will be a two-day, 36-hole stroke benefit open to amateur men and women golfers who have a Punta Gorda mailing address.  More...

Get muddy for The Children’s Hospital

Registration is now open for the second annual South Florida Mud Run, a challenging three-mile obstacle course event that lets you get dirty for a great cause. This event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. More...

H.O.G. revved up by new logo

Members of the Harley Owners Group, the official riding club of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, have celebrated H.O.G.’s commitment to freedom and self-expression by choosing a new logo for the world’s largest rider club.  More...

The Fiat 500L: Space in a small package

Think of the Fiat 500L as a little big car. It has the cachet of the tiny 500, yet it is 27 inches longer, six inches wider and 6 inches taller. The fivepassenger interior is 42 percent larger. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

This custom residence is situated on a 12-acre estate in the ranch community of Prairie Creek Park in Punta Gorda. The home offers 4,428 square feet, with five bedrooms, including a lanai-accessible master suite and 3½ bathrooms. More...

WCI Communities announces opening of new carriage home model at Venetian

Venetian Golf & River Club’s first carriage home model is now open for viewing. Venetian Golf & River Club is WCI Communities’ 1,039-acre masterplanned community located along the Myakka River in Venice.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

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ARTS COMMENTARY

Go to hell and love every second with Jacob Marley

You’ve probably seen “A Christmas Carol” — maybe numerous times — but you’ve never seen it like this.  At Gulfshore Playhouse’s production of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” we see th More...

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

Top to bottom, tree decorations enthrall collectors

Holiday-related collectibles are especially popular if they relate to Christmas, Halloween, Fourth of July, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day and even St. Patrick’s Day. But the most popular holiday for collectors is Christmas. More...