January 23, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Dinner & dance party benefits Haitian orphanage

A local charitable organization of nurses is inviting the public and members of the health-care community to attend its third annual fundraiser.  More...

North Port seeks vendors, participants for the annual Second Nature Environmental Festival

The city of North Port is seeking organizations, businesses and vendors interested in participating in the annual Second Nature Environmental Festival to be held Saturday, Feb. 8. More...

Banjo Bash strums up entertainment Feb. 14-15

The fifth annual Punta Gorda Banjo Bash is set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. More...

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STILL UNDERWATER

Following the housing crisis, SWFL still has an abundance of homes in foreclosure

HOME FORECLOSURE CASES IN SOUTHWEST Florida have taken a roller coaster ride since the crisis hit the area full steam in 2009. In Charlotte and Collier counties, the track resembles the more gentle ups and downs toward the end of the ride. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Dr. Homoky strives to make going to the dentist fun

If your perception of dentists is less than pleasant, let me introduce the Mr. Rogers of dentists, Dr. Joseph M. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Separating fact from fiction in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Periodically, this column reviews movies related to investing and trading.  This week’s column is a review of “The Wolf of Wall Street.” My strong recommendation is to read this column and skip this R-rated film which more appr More...

Senior arcade owners cautiously reopen their doors

Last spring, legislators moved to shut down Internet cafes and senior arcades with haste. Within three months, a niche industry that bloomed in recent years by catering mostly to seniors disappeared.  More...

COMMENTARY

Paean to the utterly useless

We must now celebrate the utterly useless.  At least once a day or once in a lifetime, we must now champion the unproductive, the mute or voiceless, even the silent.  We must nourish, in effect, an unemployed word, jobless in the dictionary More...

What is philanthropy?

I was having lunch with a friend the other day, and we were discussing ideas for my article this week. More...

Bayfront: a new name for Charlotte and Peace River regional medical centers

Two Charlotte County hospitals have become part of the Bayfront Health, a newly-created regional network of seven health management hospitals along the I-75 corridor.  The new health network was created to improve patient care by providing a com More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

27113 Solomon Drive, Punta Gorda

This custom built David Weekley home is in Harbour Heights. The residence offers 3,110 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, office, game room and three full bathrooms. More...

Agostino model home underway at Venetian Golf & River Club’s model park

As WCI Communities develops its 1,039-acre Venetian Golf & River Club along the Myakka River in Venice, construction is underway on its three-bedroom, 3½- bath Agostino model.  More...

COMMENTARY

To build or to buy, that is the question

As we are beginning to emerge from the great recession, the debate about whether to build or to buy is becoming a dilemma for today’s buyers.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

An artist’s eye

Artist Carl Samson to select winners of VAC’s national art exhibition

In the life of every artist, there comes that moment when the world of art reaches out and takes hold. For Carl Samson, that moment came when he was a 14-yearold wandering down a street in Sandusky, Ohio. The young Mr. More...

Rauschenberg Gallery reopens with Yoko Ono’s conceptual art

Yoko Ono believes in the power of ideas.  “An idea is so important, and then sharing is so important,” she says. “So many people sharing one idea and doing it together is incredible. More...

In the bag with Yoko

Yoko Ono is known for her performance art.  She and husband John Lennon famously held weeklong bed-ins for peace, one in Montreal and one in Amsterdam, to protest the Vietnam War.  But even before that, the avant-garde artist was doing perf More...