February 5, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. Unless otherwise noted, the following sessions will be held at 117 Herald Court in downtown Punta Gorda. More...

Low gas prices expected to fuel light truck, SUV sales

Low gasoline prices and pent-up consumer demand will combine to drive new car and light truck sales to an estimated 16.94 million in 2015, says the National Automobile Dealers Association.  NADA’s original sales forecast of 16.4 million ne More...

2015 Silverado Midnight is a black beauty

Chevrolet to introduce special-edition pickup at Feb. 14 show

Truck fans know that nothing adds presence to a pickup like basic black. More...

So how exactly do diamonds work?

I was fortunate enough to attend two of the greatest universities in the world — The University of Virginia and the  Wharton School of Business. More...

Have you always wanted an ODK? Then get cooking

What is an ODK? It’s an outdoor kitchen!  Outdoor entertaining (or just cooking for the family) is a year-round tradition here in Florida. More...

Let’s take a look at jewelry with a silver lining

Everybody is going to start thinking about gifts for Valentine's Day and I wanted to give you a primer on things to look for, things you should know when you are out there shopping, and some terms you are going to hear.  More...

Roofs, fascia and soffits: Topping off the new model

The Florida sun can be merciless on one's skin ... and roofs. To protect your skin, use sunscreen. If you want a beautiful, long-lasting roof, consider cement tile. Cement tiles will outlast three asphalt roofs. More...

Star-studded performance to raise special needs awareness in Charlotte schools

Al Holland knows the need is great and growing greater all the time for those with autism — from one in 150 children affected by autism in 2000 to one in 68 currently. That’s 14.7 in 1,000 8-year-olds.  Mr. More...

Two locations, one goal: Great windows, doors ... and more

When you own your own business with doors and windows in the name, you might think people would know you sell doors and windows. But that is not always the case. More...

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Business News

Dining goes digital

Locally-designed technologies helping perfect the eating experience

Sommeliers are changing.  Time was, when they arrived at your table to consult, educate or perhaps to recommend a wine pairing or two, they stood somewhere in the 6-foot range, they were dressed formally, and they combined the talents of an urba More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Murdock Stones Etc. helps customers turn a lawn into an ‘oasis’

Since he was in high school, Chris Dwyer’s career had been in auto parts. But when his father-in-law’s health began to fail, and he wanted to keep the business he had established in 1995 in the family, Mr. Dwyer answered the call. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Give the gift of financial clarity

Even simple gifts can create great confusion. Gifts to those we love can express our affections, fulfill responsibilities and further our altruistic passions. More...

Punta Gorda Sail Club to present Conquistador Cup Regatta

The Punta Gorda Sailing Club’s 22nd annual Conquistador Cup Regatta will be held Friday to Sunday, March 6-8, on Charlotte Harbor.  “This is a special year for us,” said Mary Dorey, who co-chairs the event. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 10 P.M.  Father Brown: The Bride of Christ  When two nuns die in mysterious circumstances at St. Agnes convent, Father Brown investigates with the aid of Sister Boniface, an eager young fan of detective novels. More...

SAVE THE DATE

Healthy Start lunch   Charlotte County Healthy Start’s annual “Show the LOVE” luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the 24TwentyOne Event Center, 2421 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. More...

Hot boating products debut Feb. 12-16 at Miami show

See the recreational boating industry’s newest innovations and join more than 100,000 boating enthusiasts from around the globe who flock to Miami for one of the world’s largest boating events. More...

To liven your look, start on the floor with your rug

Nothing provides warmth and color to an interior or exterior space like a well-selected area rug. A rug can inspire a color scheme or style statement for any room. More...

Make sure you have cold-hardy plants in that garden

Even though winter weather can easily ruin a garden, you can grow cold-hardy plants to take the work and the worry out of freeze protection. More...

Professional installation: What a difference it makes

If it is time to refresh your home and replace your old flooring, enjoy today’s selections of beautiful and durable flooring choices. More...

Look no further for Sheer Elegance in blinds

Looking for the latest trend in window treatments that are as functional as they are beautiful? A visit to Absolute Blinds, Etc. on Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte demonstrates the innovative use of Sheer Elegance horizontal blinds. More...

Which stone countertop is the right one for you?

The countertop industry means big business today, and your choice of colors, textures and stone materials seems to grow with each passing day. So which stone countertop is right for you? More...

How do I know when it’s time to resurface my pool?

There are many factors to consider when it comes time to resurface your pool. Hopefully, this article will answer most, if not all of your questions. More...

Real Estate News

What $650,000 will buy in SWFL

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Sarasota National’s new Key Largo model open for viewing

The Key Largo, one of two new Grand Villa models at WCI Communities’ Sarasota National, is now open for viewing. The 2,389-square-foot Key Largo singlefamily design offers three bedrooms, a den, three full baths and a powder room.  More...

Luke Brothers puts unique luxury in custom homes

Luke Brothers Custom Homes — a state-certified, family owned and operated, new-home builder in Charlotte County — has been building single- and multi-family homes since 1968.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

COLOR RIOT

Deborah Groover brings her colorful work to ArtFest Fort Myers 2015

ARTIST DEBORAH GROOVER LOVES COLOR. More...

Aaron Neville comes together with Keith Richards and Don Was

Anyone who has heard Aaron Neville sing can’t deny that the man’s dulcet tones are the kind of fine-tuned natural instrument tailor-made for singing a capella.  More...

Lifelong Learning adventures scheduled

The Lifelong Learning Institute began in 1996 as an organization called Learning in Retirement. More...