January 9, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

2014 Walk For The Poor registration open

Registration for the fifth annual St. Vincent de Paul Walk For The Poor, a vital fundraiser to help the needy in Charlotte County, is underway.  The Walk will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday,   More...

The monolith debate

At a sizeable dinner party the other night I whipped out my smart-phone computer and made motions to look up something none of us knew.  I forget what, now. More...

Edison State offers personal trainer prep course

Edison State College Continuing Education is offering a prep course starting Tuesday, Jan. 28, for individuals who wish to become certified American Council on Exercise Personal Trainers. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 11 P.M. Charlie Rose Host Charlie Rose engages the world’s most fascinating individuals in one-onone conversations and roundtable discussions five nights a week.   More...

Hands Across the Harbor to benefit Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center

The Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency and the Punta Gorda Community Redevelopment Agency will present the sixth annual Hands Across the Harbor walk, run, bike and the International Distance Skatebord Association sanctioned longboard rac More...

Special Sections

Business News

Turning palm fronds into greenbacks

WHEN YOU THINK FLORIDA, YOU SEE PALM trees. Ben Bolusky has pegged the palm as Florida’s icon. He cannot picture a coastal resort, seafood shack or theme park without the silhouette of a palm tree being instantly there.  More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

At Bella Balsamic, oil and vinegar become fine art

If olive oil and balsamic vinegar were considered fine art, Jeremy and Rebecca Berlin would be gallery owners. That’s the best way I can describe their business, Bella Balsamic & The Pressed Olive, inside Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Real estate’s new normal is good news for everyone

In May 2012, the headline for this column was “National housing study reports the worst is over.” And ain’t that the wonderful truth?  More...

Octagon, Naples Zoo welcome new animals

Though Southwest Florida is in the height of its snowbird migration, the region has opened its arms to creatures far more wild who have taken up residence south of the Peace River. More...

C.A.R.E. Ball to carry Great Gatsby / Roaring ’20s theme

The 26th annual C.A.R.E., Ball 2014 will be held from 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center as a benefit for the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies.  More...

Edison Charlotte students receive ceremonial nurses’ pins

Edison State College Charlotte campus nursing students celebrated a pinning ceremony on Dec. 12. More...

Make the Night Bright to help neglected children

The “Make the Night Bright” event for abused, neglected and abandoned children will take place from 5:30–8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the Muscle Car City Museum in Punta Gorda. More...

GIVING

The boomers are coming

AARP Magazine arrived at my home, reminding me that I am getting up there in years. More...

Pringle sequel to be celebrated at FGCU

Popular local author Naomi Pringle has written the sequel to her highly acclaimed first book, “Ginga’ Root Tea.” To celebrate, a book launch for “Lily: Riding the Color Line” will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. More...

Real Estate News

What $299,000 will buy in SWFL

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New sales center at Sarasota National showcases community lifestyle

Sarasota National’s Venice sales center has been redesigned to give visitors a glimpse of the lifestyle offered at WCI Communities’ newest community.  More...

When sanitizing, weigh salt generator vs. 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...

Arts & Entertainment News

The God Game

MANY THINGS CAN SPARK THE writing of a play. For Suzanne Bradbeer, the genesis of “The God Game” began while following the 2008 presidential campaign. More...

Coming up at the Players: a crossword comedy/romance

Everyone knows what it’s like when a stranger sits down and strikes up a conversation. Sometimes you get up and move or use body language to make it clear that you don’t want to engage. More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

‘Relatively Speaking’: Some laughs, but mostly mildly amusing

Relatively speaking, “Relatively Speaking” is a decidedly mixed bag.  You’d think the show, playing at Theatre Conspiracy through Jan. More...