February 13, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

GIVING

Doing our best for you — your gift, your choice

Now that the flood of letters and phone calls before and after the holidays is over, it’s time to pause and reflect on philanthropic giving.  More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 9 P.M. Doc Martin: Sickness and Health Portwenn is abuzz with arrangements for the wedding of the Doc and Louisa. Will they finally tie the knot?   More...

NEWS BRIEFS

PG boater destination topic to be addressed Feb. 14   TEAM Punta Gorda is sponsoring an event with noted boating author Claiborne Young for the purpose of helping community leaders better market Punta Gorda as a destination for boaters.  More...

COMMUNITY NEWS

Mangrove Symposium set for Feb. 20   The University of Florida/IFAS Extension, Charlotte County and Florida Sea Grant hold the 2014 Mangrove Symposium from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. More...

Fans are the big winners in Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Presenting The Sprint Unlimited winner’s trophy, being a part of driver introductions and riding in a grand marshal car are just a few of the unique prizes available for race fans who attend The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona on Saturday night, Fe More...

Lifelong love of motorcycles inspiration for collecting

Dale Keesecker was 12 years old when he put a gasoline-powered washing machine motor on his bicycle and rode it down a dirt road to a country school near his farm community.  More...

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Business News

Hot properties

Rental market sizzles in the wake of a harsh winter

Seasonal and annual rentals are so hard to come by in some areas of Southwest Florida, agents don’t bother to work on Saturdays. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

For 20 years, Asuka has been providing Japanese cuisine

I always thought that, for a sushi chef, job one would be presentation — how to make the rolls of raw fish and rice look pretty.  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Relationships and money

Money is obviously an integral part of daily living. We’re occupied with its accumulation, safeguarding, investing and spending. More...

Florida population growth returns to form

After growth screeched to a halt during the recession, people are moving back to Florida. Researchers project 192,091 new faces will arrive in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties over the next seven years. More...

Therapy, anyone? The Canadians have come.

It’s now February.  As you can see from the photo, an entire nation north of our borders lies in terrible need. Of counseling.  Canadians are a proud people, so they may not take kindly to the idea.  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...

The spirit of volunteerism is all around us

The spirit of local volunteerism is alive and well in our community and can be seen all around.  More...

Ford wants you to test 2015 F-150 on its built-tough reputation

Ford, America’s truck leader, is looking for truck buyers to take an all-new F-150 through some of the toughest testing it might ever encounter — their own.  More...

Miami’s where to be this weekend for all that floats

This weekend marks the granddaddy of all Florida boat shows: the Miami International, based at the Miami Beach Convention Center and two other locations in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area.  More...

The Corvette Stingray takes a giant step forward

The summer after I graduated from high school, one of my friends bought a black 1963 Corvette Sting Ray with money from his late grandmother’s estate. One night, on a deserted country road in central Illinois, he let me take the wheel. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

954 Red Bay Terrace N.W., Port Charlotte

This pristine custom-built pool home is located on more than a half acre of land. With 2,854 square feet of living space, the residence boasts four bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms, including a master with dual vanities and beautifully tiled shower. More...

WCI unveils new Donatello single-family floor plan at Venetian Golf & River Club

WCI Communities has introduced its largest single-family floor plan at Venetian Golf & River Club, the company’s 1,039-acre master-planned community situated along the Myakka River in Venice.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

BLOWING EMOTION

Harmonicist Bonfiglio performs with Charlotte Symphony

THE IMAGE OF A HARMONICA AND ORCHESTRAL instruments such as violins and cellos calls to mind the child’s game “which one of these is not like the other?”  This conception will be turned on its head when master harmonica player More...

Powerboat racing coming to Manasota Key April 13

This April, when the man on the public address system captivates the crowd announcing: “Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines,” they won’t be in Daytona Beach on the International Speedway. More...

Critic’s picks: What you can’t miss this season

EveryE year ffriendsi d callll or emailil me, inquiring about the upcoming season. “What’s good?” they ask. “What are you looking forward to? What would you recommend?” Here’s what I’d tell them this year. More...