February 20, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 9 P.M. Doc Martin Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party, the new nanny walks out, and Morwenna advertises for a lodger. More...

GIVING

Reintroducing the Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Association of Fundraising Professionals, or AFP, is an elite professional group of individuals and organizations dedicated to generating philanthropic support for a variety of charitable institutions and causes. More...

SPRING TRAINING 2014

Thrifty Rays prepare for another nifty season

The Tampa Bay Rays return to their spring training home at Charlotte Sports Park as the baseball team that does the most with the least, getting more bang for its buck than anybody. More...

Charlotte boating squadron wins national award

The Peace River Sail and Power Squadron, which serves the Charlotte County area, received a Distinguished Civic Service Award at the US Power Squadrons Annual Meeting held recently in Jacksonville.  More...

Prepare to be Funded

SWFL Community Foundation Supports, Walks Alongside Regional Nonprofits

FOCUSED ON ITS MISSION OF CREATING REGIONAL CHANGE for the common good, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation (SWFLCF) took to the highways and back roads in the region recently to deliver community impact grants totaling $440,000 to 15 agencies More...

Scholarship Season Kicks Off with a Slam Dunk

With an eye on increasing the number of high school seniors filling out the allimportant FAFSA form for free federal financial aid, the game-changer for students who otherwise couldn’t afford a college education, the Southwest Florida Community More...

Special Sections

Business News

Brothers in business

Siblings share values for success

You’ve heard of Cain and Abel, of course — the Old Testament brothers who tried to go into business together, and failed. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Rik Rollins’s passion is to turn websites into cash registers

Rik Rollins isn’t satisfied building websites that just look great. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Entering and exiting movie theaters and equity markets

Equity investing is similar to going to a movie — not the movie itself, but the process of the entering and taking one’s seat and, ultimately, exiting the theater. More...

Komen race puts faces behind funds raised for breast-cancer fight

Triathlete Bobbi Gonzalez runs in a number of charity races every year, but the annual Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida 5K Race for the Cure stands out as one of her favorites.  More...

Pain relief, and then some

I learned what I am about to tell you from a report in the New York Daily News, of all places — that’s the one I used to see with The New York Post blowing across windswept Broadway or Amsterdam Ave., or clutched in the paws of some blear More...

Free autism screening offered for young children

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to 5 years of age. More...

Floridians value water, but not ‘all in’ on conservation

Floridians value water almost as much as they value money and their health. Just don’t ask them to time themselves in the shower. More...

COMMUNITY NEWS

Public input requested for 1 percent sales tax increase More...

All you need to know about the Daytona 500

The 56th annual Daytona 500 takes place at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 23, and here are some interesting facts and figures heading into “The Great American Race” that traditionally kicks off the NASCAR season:  More...

The 300 continues to be a Chrysler success story

The Chrysler 300 looks a bit like an American Bentley, with its prominent grille, low roof and nicely chiseled body. The 300S takes that a step further with a blacked-out grille, 20-inch wheels, bigger brakes and an understated interior.  More...

We are still listening

Since I began as president and CEO of the SWFL Community Foundation, I kicked off my listening tour talking to donors, nonprofit leaders, community leaders, residents, friends and neighbors to get a wide variety of perspectives on community needs and More...

Regional Road Trip

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Real Estate News

House Hunting:

3959 San Rocco Drive, Unit 721, Punta Gorda

If you are looking for a condo the size of a house — without the maintenance — this is it.  Complete with a private elevator, this condo, accessible to people with disabilities, is one of the larger units in the complex and features More...

Charlotte County brings local flood insurance issues to nation’s capitol

Earlier this month, Charlotte County Commissioner Bill Truex and Charlotte County Program Liaison Jason Stoltzfus traveled to Washington D.C., with a group of representatives from the Florida Association of Counties to address the drastic changes in More...

Arts & Entertainment News

ONCE

A MUSICAL WITH A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE STORY

SOMETIMES, YOU MIGHT THINK THERE’S not a place for you, but there is.  A friend told Canadian actress Donna Garner that “Once” was going to hold auditions for the first national Broadway tour. More...

Tipton’s new mission: Visual visionary

Mary Ann Tipton isn’t an artist. She doesn’t pretend to be an artist. She’s a retired Air Force colonel whose first day of work in the Pentagon came on 9/11.  More...

Belly up to the bar

Patrons of the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall are used to waiting in the lobby to order their drinks.  But during the run of “Once,” they can line up on stage and order drinks there.  More...