February 6, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Jeb Bush to host Celebration of Reading with best-selling authors

For the 14th consecutive year, former Gov. More...

COMING UP AT THE RENAISSANCE ACADEMY

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda.   More...

Center For Sight Unveils Newest Englewood Location

State-of-the-Art Facility Brings Nation’s Best Surgeons to the Area

There’s a new home for clear vision, beautiful skin and cosmetic care – and the residents of Englewood and its surrounding areas couldn’t be happier.  More...

Renaissance Academy offers technology workshops

The Renaissance Academy, Florida Gulf Coast University’s adult lifelong learning and enrichment program, announces a series of varied technology workshops for those seeking to investigate, learn and explore today’s technologies.  More...

SWFL Bridal Blast offers the latest for planning the big day

Bridal Blast 2014, Southwest Florida’s most extensive bridal show, will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Germain Arena in Estero.  More...

Cadillac leads charge for new ELR with incentives

Cadillac is offering a complimentary 240-volt home charging station and installation to early buyers of the new 2014 ELR electrified luxury coupe.  More...

This 1939 Ford has been in the Goodrich family since it was new

Bob Goodrich describes his first look at his grandfather’s 1939 Ford so eloquently, it could be the beginning of a novel. In reality, it is the beginning of a love story.  More...

BEACH READING

‘Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey’

By Emma Rowley, foreword by Gareth Neame (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99)   More...

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Business News

Employee wellness

Companies spend on health programs to keep costs down

With an increasing emphasis on longer work days, shorter lunch hours and 24/7 accessibility, the modern-day workplace is a picture of poor health. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Bobbi’s Boutique: ‘Full-on girly’

Bobbi Dixon calls her business — Bobbi’s Boutique, 1552 S. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Plan your estate, no matter what the size of your assets

Whether you are wealthy or not, you need a basic estate plan. You need a plan that gives directions for distributions of your assets upon death and gives authority to make financial and medical decision making should you become incapacitated.  More...

Hermitage: Art as an antidote to war

Sitting in his New York City apartment last week, the screenwriter and playwright Craig Lucas finished a cup of coffee and prepared to go rehearse the actors in his revealing new play, “Ode to Joy,” set to run from Feb. More...

The American money parade

It’s been an extraordinary couple of weeks — either that, or it’s been an ordinary couple of weeks and I just happened to pay more attention than usual.  More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, FEB. 6, 8 P.M. British Antiques Roadshow Brits numbering in the thousands pour in clutching personal treasures for the chance to discover their true value.   More...

Charlotte Regional Medical Center volunteers award $100,000 to Edison

Edison State College’s Charlotte Campus recently received a $100,000 gift from the volunteers of the Charlotte Regional Medical Center.  The donation will fund a scholarship for Charlotte residents who major in health professions at Edison More...

Free trust seminars, complimentary consultations offered

With 14 years of experience in personal trust, estate planning and investment management services, Christine Hause will conduct a series of free educational seminars through March at the Murdock and Punta Gorda offices of Charlotte State Bank & T More...

Make donors feel appreciated

One of the biggest oversights nonprofits make is neglecting the people who have already donated to their organization. Everyone wants new donors and bigger donors, but what about the donors who consistently donate $25 a year? More...

Buyers control winter boat show dealing, BoatUS says

With the winter boat shows in full swing across America, Boat Owners Association of The United States says buyers are still in the driver’s seat when it comes to buying a boat. More...

BMW’s 320i emphasizes fuel economy, price

Manufacturers are downsizing engines in a quest for more miles per gallon and in anticipation of ever-tightening fuel economy regulations. More...

Real Estate News

Adams Homes’ sales prove Creekside neighborhood’s popularity

Adams Homes closed on 72 home sites in the Creekside Community in Punta Gorda in December.  “Creekside has been a very popular Adams Homes community for over the past couple of years,” said Adams Homes’ sales manager Bill Paneb More...

What $329,000 will buy in SWFL?

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WCI begins construction on Boretto model at Venetian Golf & River Club

The Boretto, a three-bedroom, threebath Classic Series single-family home at Venetian Golf & River Club, is now under construction in the community’s new model home park. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Practice, practice, practice: Charlotte residents to perform at Carnegie Hall

John Pappa is a 53-year-old Punta Gorda banker who didn’t start singing until he was in his late 30s. Marcella Brown is a 16-year-old home-schooled high school junior who started singing when she was 5.  More...

ART COMMENTARY

Occasional glimpses of grandeur

“A Grand Night for Singing” doesn’t need this review.  More...

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

Valentine’s Day cards evolve throughout the centuries

The history of valentines can be traced back to St. Valentine, who died a martyr. A feast was named for him by the Catholic Church in the year 496.  More...