April 10, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

GIVING

Charlotte Community Foundation competes and earns grants in a tough world

This is a great time for the Charlotte Community Foundation. March marks the official opening of the foundation’s new office facility in Punta Gorda. There seems to be an open house around every corner. More...

Southwest Florida mourns the loss of NBC-2 chief meteorologist Jim Reif

NBC-2 chief meteorologist Jim Reif was a welcome guest in thousands of SWFL homes as he reported on the weather and tracked threatening storms.  Mr. More...

LIVING GULF COAST

Mosquitoes are plentiful, unwitting carriers of disease

One of eight species that inhabit Sanibel and Captiva, the saltmarsh mosquito was once so numerous on Sanibel Island that it set a world record. More...

‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Robertson family coming to SWFL

The Robertson family, from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” television series, is coming to Germain Arena on Sunday, May 18, for a live performance to benefit The Salvation Army of Southwest Florida. More...

Taste of Love 11 tops $135,000

Taste of Love 11, the annual culinary extravaganza and fundraiser to benefit Special Equestrians, was a huge success. More...

Ford gives consumers a dream test drive

Ford Motor Co. is giving fans, and potential customers, in 12 cities across America a chance to get behind the wheel of its latest products with its second EcoBoost® Challenge consumer drive tour.  More...

Two Studebaker Presidents are united for a day

A common thread of Studebaker ownership connects Art Seifert and Don Armacost Jr., in ways that only enthusiasts understand. They both have 1939 President sedans — Mr. Seifert’s is “Velvet Black” and Mr. More...

Special Sections

Business News

Working the network

There are seemingly endless events at which fruitful business connections can be established.  More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

At BodyCore, personal trainer Amber Rollins helps folks get fit

Regardless of whether you’re young or old, novice or seasoned athlete, Amber Rollins will whip your butt into shape. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Revisit your life insurance policies

Mention life insurance in social conversation and your listeners’ eyes might glaze over. Cold calls from life insurance professionals are often met with short, terse terminations. More...

PG Block Party rocks on, featuring Mark Lindsay, formerly of Paul Revere and the Raiders

April 12 marks the 28th production of Southwest Florida’s largest one-day street festival, the Punta Gorda Block Party.  More...

COMMENTARY

The foreigners

“Goodbye, Sayonara. Vaya con Dios.”  More...

Volunteering: a priceless asset

It’s National Volunteer Week, a time to reflect that there is no higher calling than when you give of your time to help someone in need.  Volunteering has been shown to improve self-esteem, reduce heart rates and blood pressure, increase e More...

Miromar Lakes to host top swimmers at Open Water Festival

Miromar Lakes welcomes top swimmers from around the world to its 700- acre freshwater lake for the annual Open Water Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 - 13. More...

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...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, APRIL 10 8 P.M. – 2014 Makers: Women Who Make Southwest Florida, Part 2 Portraits of women who have impacted Southwest Florida highlighting Nancy Lascheid, Rita Bertler, Michele Valencourt, Darla Letourneau and Theresa Ink. More...

FGCU conference to help administrators

The Florida Institute of Government at Florida Gulf Coast University will present “Unlocking the Mysteries of Administrative Excellence… Four Keys to Job Success,” a conference designed for individuals looking for better ways to ma More...

New tool measures state’s progress using 21 metrics

Florida’s Regional Planning Councils received a new suite of economic development tools recently, as the Florida Regional Councils Association launched a new website on regional metrics. More...

Give ‘Catch of the Month’ contest your best shot

There’s a lot to pack before you head out for your next fishing trip. More...

The Chevrolet SS is a throwback sport sedan

If you’re a NASCAR fan, the face of the Chevrolet SS will look familiar, because the nose of the Chevrolet Sprint Cup stock car that Dale Earnhardt Jr. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting

162 Cousley Drive S.E., Port Charlotte

This spacious home is located on an oversized lot with direct sailboat access to Charlotte Harbor. The home of 2,868 square feet under air has four bedrooms, including two master suites with access to the lanai and pool, and three bathrooms.  More...

Perfect for summer: Victorian-era waterfront properties on the market

Halcyon Lodge was the Hamptons summer home of Henry Ford II, the oldest grandson of the automobile magnate for whom he was named (who had a winter home on the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers), until his death in 1987. More...

Five Star Realty announces 2013 top agents

The Helgemo Team was top producer in sales and top lister for the year. The Sigurdson Team was second top in sales and also second top lister. The Storlie team was third top producer in sales and also third top lister.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

FLAMENCO!

Powerful, liberating dance form is at the heart of ‘Heart Song’

THE WOMEN SIT IN A CIRCLE, CLAPPING rhythmically to the flamenco music in a style called palming. It starts soft, like a light spring rain, then builds to a ferocious downpour. More...

‘Last I Heard’: life on the outside

Retirement can be a rough transition. Some embrace it and seem to thrive, while others feel lost, not sure how to deal with this new phase in their life.  More...

Some film festival offerings

The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival offers a variety of indie films and shorts. Here’s a look at some that seem interesting, with descriptions provided by FMBFF.   More...