January 16, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Jewish Film Fest starts with the story of iconic song

The Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties presents its much anticipated 2014 Jewish Film Festival from Jan. 16 through Feb. 11. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 8 P.M. Best of WGCU Tune in to find out what’s hot HDTV.  ¦ FRIDAY, JAN. 17, 8:30 P.M. More...

Edison State moves closer to name change

The Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee in the Florida House of Representatives last week unanimously approved HB 137 to rename Edison State College to Florida SouthWestern State College. The bill is sponsored by Rep. More...

Gregg’s Automotive awarded by Angie’s List for service

Gregg’s Automotive Maintenance & Repair Center has earned the service industry’s Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting exemplary service provided to members of the consumer review website in 2013.  More...

Former FGCU basketball player promotes tool to help students get aid

FutureMakers, a regional, educational call to action initiative, has enlisted the help of a local hero to help launch its free mobile application designed to assist high-school seniors with their next step in education.  More...

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Business News

Citrus industry in jeopardy

The race is on to stop HLB before it destroys Florida’s signature crop

Jim English has tended to citrus groves most of his adult life. His grandfather started the family business in the late 1800s. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Tami Patzer builds a national reputation, helps build local businesses

While toiling as an overworked, underpaid, underappreciated journalist and newspaper editor, Tamara “Tami” Patzer (www.TamiPatzer.com) earned a master’s degree in mass communications and instructional technology from University of S More...

MONEY & INVESTING

It’s not too late to resolve to fix your finances

If new year’s resolutions were ever so easily accomplished, then there would be little need for the psychological uplift attached to Jan. 1. More...

C.A.R.E. offers free legal assistance program to victims of violence and abuse

There’s an old adage that the person who chooses to be his or her own lawyer has a fool for a client. But many of those suffering from domestic violence or sexual assault haven’t had much of a choice.  More...

Bon voyage

I’ve decided to name the little upright piano that dominates one wall of our living room The George Sebastian Lopez Memorial Keyboard.  Mr. More...

Controlling alcohol intake part of diabetes management

People who live with diabetes have to learn about their bodies in ways the rest of the population does not — what to eat, when to eat and when or if to inject themselves with insulin.  More...

Lectures address red tide

Red tide killed a record number of manatees in Florida last year, while also threatening natural plant life and coastal tourism. More...

Marine industry continues rebound

Powerboat sales growth predicted in 2014 after strong year

NATIONAL MARINE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION   The National Marine Manufacturers Association predicts the U.S. More...

Audi’s supercharged SQ5 delivers dual-purpose fun

Audi’s SQ5 is a midsize utility vehicle that has the performance and handling of a sports sedan. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

5031 Bal Harbor Blvd., Punta Gorda

This beautiful custom home is on a Punta Gorda Isles lot with sailboat access. The residence of 2,346 square feet offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a spacious master bathroom with dual sinks and walk-in shower only. More...

2013 marks record-breaking year for Neal Communities

The privately-held builder Neal Communities solidified its position as one of the biggest and fastest-growing home building companies in the Southwest Florida region, closing out 2013 with 826 new home sales across 16 communities from Manatee to Lee More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Looking for some nerve

Lee MacDougall talks witches, flying monkeys and bringing a fresh take to being a cowardly lion

FEAR’S A FUNNY THING.  A tightrope walker might work with aplomb, with no net, yet be deathly afraid of spiders.  Actor Lee MacDougall can perform in front of large audiences with ease, but don’t ask him to mingle with 100 stran More...

DeSoto fine art show embraces Florida nature, calls for artists

On a bend of the Peace River known as Tater Hill Bluff, a community formed in the 1800s and eventually became known as Arcadia, DeSoto County. Years before that, the river was known as Tallackchopo, Peas Creek and Rio de la Paz.  More...

ARTS COMMENTARY Delight awaits for collectors of classic fortune tellers

There’s much to love in Florida Rep’s ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

If there are any murderers more adorable than the Brewster sisters, Abby and Martha, I’d be hard pressed to name them.  Spending time with these two sweet spinsters in “Arsenic and Old Lace” is like visiting your favorite aunts More...