March 12, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

THE LIVING GULF COAST

Blind mole difficult to spot

In Florida the eastern mole rarely builds the characteristic molehill. Instead, it prefers to make long continuous tunnels just beneath the surface of the earth. A single tunnel was once measured to be more than 3,300 feet long. More...

Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest raises $3.35 million

Enthusiastic bidders set a record last Saturday, raising $3,353,000 during the 2015 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest auction. More...

New Mazda MX-5: Zoom, zoom, zoom, indeed

Mazda Motor Corp. last week began production of the all-new Mazda MX-5 two-seater lightweight sports car (known as Mazda Roadster in Japan) at Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima.  More...

Spark of sophistication: Chevrolet to debut redesigned global minicar

The all-new 2016 Spark will debut on April 2 at the Seoul and New York auto shows, Chevrolet has announced.  A sleeker, more aerodynamic profile and a progressive take on Chevrolet’s signature design cues will give the redesigned Spark a m More...

Before house hunting, do your homework first

At Lisa Hamlin’s Powerhouse Real Estate, we love the snowbirds! They keep our economy strong, and they make a lot of people a lot of money. More...

A perfect time to look at the history of Rolex

At Westchester Gold and Diamonds, we deal in a little bit of everything — antiques, collectibles, autographs, paintings, gold, silver and diamonds. We also do timepieces, both modern and vintage. More...

LED: Brilliantly lighting the way for tomorrow

The world is becoming more efficient every day, and in no other area is that more true than lighting technology. Leading the way is LED (light emitting diode) lighting. More...

How do you top off beautiful cabinets? Read on

Countertop choices abound in today’s market. From manmade products such as quartz, recycled glass products and natural stone, the choices and colors are almost endless.  More...

Shutters to screens, Active has all your openings covered

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...

Interior design or interior decoration: What’s the difference? Find out April 1

Haven’t you always wondered what the difference is between interior design and interior decoration? 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...

When you want it made in the shade, go vertical

When the Hamilton family is asked about the most popular item they sell at Absolute Blinds, Etc. of Port Charlotte, they are quick to respond: vertical blinds. But NOT your grandmother’s vertical blinds that you remember from years ago.  More...

Things to consider when purchasing new furniture

Quality upholstered furniture should be constructed using certain materials and methods. So keep these things in mind while shopping for furniture:  Frame   More...

Special Sections

Business News

Southwest Florida’s economist retires

Gary L. Jackson got an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton in 1971. “I think I was the first in my family to get through college,” Professor Jackson said. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Suze Orman gives good advice, but also leads by example

Just mention a personal finance topic, especially among women, and most likely Suze Orman’s name will become part of the conversation. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Martella’s ‘low-tech’ tool keeps goals on track

Last week, I shared the seven-step system attorney Mark Martella uses for achieving goals, which was part of his presentation at the second annual Small Business Success Boot Camp.  This week I’ll outline the “low-tech tool” he More...

Gene Gorman’s book recounts his rocky road to ‘miraculous’ success

Gene Gorman realizes it’s a miracle that he’s alive.  More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 8 P.M.  Magic Moments  The Best of ’50s Pop  More...

Market Outlook 2015 Conference set for April 3 at FGCU

An economic outlook conference returns to FGCU and Southwest Florida. More...

NEWS IN BRIEF

Local sports radio station launched   More...

HR Law & Solutions Seminar to answer workplace questions

The Employment Law Practice Group at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. will host the firm's 23rd annual HR Law & Solutions seminar on Tuesday, March 24, at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. More...

Peer-to-peer boat rentals: 10 tips for online dealing

Airbnb may a popular “peer-to-peer” lodging site on the web, but if you want to rent a boat in your local area or when you’re away, you’ve got options, too. More...

Prepare with loving care

End-of-life planning makes the inevitable easier on everyone

NOBODY WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IT.   More...

Sell your SW Florida home fast and for top dollar

Your Southwest Florida home is probably one of your most valuable assets, and selling it is probably one of the most important decisions you will make in your lifetime. More...

Knowledge in the fight against phosphates

Did you know that Florida is the phosphate capital of our nation? Most pool owners don’t even know that they could have phosphates in their pool water. More...

These are great dog days in Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida, it’s time to start putting away our jeans and jackets and start bringing out our shorts and bathing suits because spring is here. This is a great season, never too hot or too cold. More...

Can floors make you sick? Beware toxic products

Lately, there have been many articles and television broadcasts about the dangerous levels of formaldehyde in some flooring products. More...

Home décor is work in progress, survey reveals

When it comes to decor, most homes are a work in progress, with homeowners reporting that they are slightly more than halfway to achieving their vision for their home on average, according to the Houzz Decorating Trends Survey of more than 1,700 Houz More...

How to cut the hardest substance on earth

It’s a simple question: If diamonds are the hardest substance on earth, how can they be cut? More...

Wallpaper makes a comeback throughout the home

Trends tend to come and go. Some reappear after several years, while others reappear after decades. More...

Spring cleaning starts with the hotspot: Your kitchen

It’s that time of year again — spring, and with spring comes cleaning. Oftentimes, the best place to start cleaning in your kitchen. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting

4611 Grassy Point Blvd., Port Charlotte

This luxury estate home with almost 4,000 square feet of living area offers style and impeccable quality. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

DIVIDING THE ESTATE

HORTON FOOTE’S DARK COMEDY COMES TO FLORIDA REP

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CLAIMED THAT NOTHING IN this world is certain except death and taxes. Playwright Horton Foote’s “Dividing the Estate” demonstrates, with great humor, that Mr. Franklin knew what he was talking about. More...

Underwater plants, critical to maintaining a healthy environment, face multiple threats

Seagrass probably isn’t what you think it is.  It is not the smelly, slimy stuff that clings to your leg as you emerge from a swim in the gulf or washes up on the sand and gets even smellier as it decomposes. More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

Yee-haw! That ‘Oklahoma!’ show surely sounds purty!

You might expect a 72-year-old musical to be a little dusty — especially one about a state that suffered through the Dust Bowl.  But The Naples Players’ production of “Oklahoma!” is so full of life, the exclamation point More...