May 1, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

RMH accepting grant applications

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida offers grant opportunities to qualified organizations that provide services to children in Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties.  The next grant cycle ends May 31. 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...

What springtime boat buyers need to know

With the newest boat-buying season kicked off, springtime customers are on the prowl. More...

Kia’s redesigned Soul is a fun daily commuter

Originally, the boxy Kia Soul was an anticar aimed at youth who wanted a funky ride. More...

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Business News

Automated abodes

More homes getting futuristic special features

It can change our surroundings and our lives with the push of a button or send some of us into an epithet-riddled tirade when it refuses to cooperate. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Punta Gorda Chamber adopts a temporary dual-chair system

I imagine many in the local business community were taken aback when José Morillo resigned as CEO of Bayfront Health Punta Gorda in March.  He retired from the health-care industry to uproot his family and move to Katy, Texas, where he could hav More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Good investors read good books and lots of reports

Good investors read multiple periodicals on a regular basis and good investors attempt to annually read several books for much deeper investment understanding. More...

Renaissance Academy at FGCU extends reach in Charlotte County

Florida Gulf Coast University’s lifelong learning classes, with dozens of classroom sessions, from one-off lectures on a variety of topics to film series, often cater to intellectually active retirees. More...

Car wash on tap Park needs survey available

Members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Explorers youth program will hold a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, May 3, at the Charlotte State Bank & Trust Service and Support Center, located behind the Murdock branch office at 1100 Tamiami T More...

Bicycle Center earns Trek award

Bicycle Center of Port Charlotte (www.bicyclecentercc.com) was recently presented Trek Bicycle Corp.’s 2014 Game Changer Award. More...

EXCURSIONS

Nav-A-Gator celebrates National Marina Day   More...

You can vote on this year’s best teen-driver videos

Toyota and Discovery Education want your impression of the top 10 finalists in the annual Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge, the nation’s premier teen safe driving program.  These top 10 inspirational videos appear online for public votin More...

‘Need for Speed’ Mustang nets $300,000 at charity auction

A custom 2013 Ford Mustang GT that starred in the blockbuster movie “Need for Speed” was sold by Ford Motor Co. for $300,000 at the recent Barrett- Jackson Auction Company’s West Palm Beach event.  More...

Meet a true master of automotive paint detailing

With the steadiness and precision of a surgeon wielding a scalpel, Bob Bond’s 65-year-old hands drew his pin striping brush along the side of a Model A coupe in a line so straight it could have been laid down with a laser. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

241 White Marsh Lane, Rotonda West

THIS FOUR-BEDROOM, THREE-BATH, single-family home is a spacious 2,265 square feet with a two-car garage. It features 18-inch ceramic tile in the main living areas and stain-guarded carpeting in the bedrooms. More...

WGCU hosts appraisal fair

WGCU Public Media will hold an Antiques Appraisal Fair Saturday, June 7, on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Play Lab 2014

Concocting new works for Florida Rep’s inaugural new play festival

PLAYS ARE WORDS ON PAPER, UNTIL ACTORS GIVE life to them, and audiences react.  Even a reading — actors reading the dialogue in front of an audience, sans costumes or sets — can be enormously helpful for a playwright.  More...

Harper’s back with new music, his didgeridoo and plenty of blues

Australian blues musician Harper’s newest album isn’t a Harper album in the strictest sense.  More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

Some missteps in flamenco play ‘Heart Song’

It’s a well-known axiom among dance instructors that people who come to their studios are often looking for something more than lessons in dancing.  Maybe they’ve gone through a breakup or a divorce. More...