April 9, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 9 P.M.  Doc Martin  Season 4, The Departed  More...

FGCU programs present development opportunities for professionals

The Office of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs at Florida Gulf Coast University will host a series of training programs for the working professional that are both affordable and diverse. More...

Doctors co-host Wall reception

Dr. Mark Asperilla and Dr. David Klein will host a fundraiser for the Vietnam Wall project at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Kingsway Country Club in Lake Suzy. Guests will enjoy dinner, music, veteran presentations and military displays. More...

Journey of a ‘snowduck’ — projecting love out

You never know who you will meet when you choose to engage. Recently I noticed the good service I was receiving at Jack’s on Marion and complimented the server. More...

Coming up at the 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. Success Camp for Writers 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 22, More...

Update your marine electronics for safety and fun on the water

Marine electronics are constantly becoming more functional and powerful, yet researching and buying the latest onboard equipment can be frustrating and expensive. More...

Mazda’s MX-5 Launch Edition will be on preorder at website

Mazda has announced sales plans for the 2016 MX-5 Launch Edition, which will be limited to the first 1,000 roadsters earmarked for the U.S. market. Preorder registration and information is now available at longlivetheroadster.com.  More...

Tempus fugit … that’s how time flies in Latin

Bowling pinsetter. Lamplighter. Switchboard operator. These are all jobs that were plentiful in the past, but are now for the most part extinct.  More...

Get more from your beautiful floor with proper installation

If new flooring is on your wish list, be sure to visit one of the Friendly Floors locations to touch and see beautiful samples, as well as gather information from one of the informative flooring design specialists. 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...

Tile choices abound in today’s market, so step inside

Tile is an important design element of our Florida homes. Early mud and clay tiles date back 7,000 years. Today, most tiles found in the home are of porcelain, ceramic, or natural stone.  More...

A week to appreciate volunteers, animal officers

Even though we have beautiful weather all year round, spring break is unfortunately coming to an end — but that does not mean the fun has to stop. More...

A Powerhouse way to do real-estate business

The task of preparing your home to sell can be overwhelming, so local expert Lisa Hamlin of Lisa Hamlin’s Powerhouse Real Estate offers some helpful tips. More...

Easy-to-follow help for those with black thumbs

Gardening is one of the most popular pastimes in the nation (more than 75 percent of Americans enjoy it), but for many people, planning and maintaining a healthy garden can seem overwhelming.  More...

Market for collectibles fluctuates as items age

I'm often asked this question by collectors who are hoping that their prized items have appreciated in value: “What is this worth?” 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...

THE BACKYARD LIFE

Perfect outdoor space depends on lifestyle, budget

LET'S FACE IT — DID YOU MOVE TO FLORIDA to spend your life inside your house? You could have stayed up North had that been your intention. More...

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Business News

The view from the roof

Long days under the hot sun pay off in SWFL

It's really no problem finding work as a roofer these days. Not if you can do it with and emphasis on "if." More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Simple takeaways for a happy financial life

An ongoing, repetitive theme of this column has been to right order your financial priorities. Most people worry about investment portfolio and disregard several much more important financial decisions.  More...

Is your company a patriarchy?

How to tell, and what to do about it

It sounds like a notion that should have gone the way of the gold watch, three-martini lunches and the secretarial pool, but the truth is, patriarchy is alive and well inside of today’s companies.  More...

Music Festival brings big-name acts to SWFL

It’s common for major musical acts touring through Florida to play Tampa and roll right past Southwest Florida on their way to the West Palm Beach or Miami. If local fans want to catch the acts, they drive and book hotel rooms.  More...

Retired law enforcement officers raise money to protect canine officer with bulletproof vest

The Punta Gorda Police Department now has a bulletproof vest for Officer Spirit, its newest police canine. More...

Florida consumer confidence reaches a 10-year high in March

Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose in March by more than three points to 96.8, the highest reading in 10 years, according to a monthly University of Florida survey. All five components that make up the index increased.  More...

UU hosts Earth Day

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Charlotte will host an Earth Day celebration of art from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Now is the time to relocate unwanted bats

Bat maternity season starts April 15 in Florida, so if you have groups of bats roosting in attic, eve or chimney spaces and you want them to roost elsewhere, now is the time to act. More...

Research shows teen drivers most distracted by passengers, cell phones

Comprehensive research conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious a problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. More...

Lincoln raises luxury bar with Continental Concept

Lincoln has introduced the Continental Concept, signaling an all-new full-size sedan coming next year and the future of quiet luxury.  More...

Celebrating 10 years of design excellence in Southwest Florida

Suncoast Architect Inc., an architecturally licensed design corporation, is celebrating 10 successful years of business on Dearborn Street in historic Olde Englewood Village. More...

Is it time to downsize to a smaller home?

Many people move to Florida at retirement and buy their dream home loaded with everything they ever wanted in a house.  More...

Bring the outdoors inside for a fresh look

Nature and the outdoors are appealing to most everyone. The sky, earth, water, and other outdoor elements make us feel refreshed, calm and often even invigorated — all at once. More...

New model has hidden storage, other surprises

Storage is always a challenge, especially in an open-plan kitchen.  More...

Remodeling made easy with help of professionals

Have you been daydreaming about plans to remodel your home? Spring is a great time to start planning projects from simple upgrades to the renovation of your dreams. More...

It’s easy to wrap up unique, attractive blinds

A visit to Absolute Blinds Etc. on the Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte reveals so many options for window décor that it may be a bit overwhelming. More...

What’s it all about, algae? Here’s some spot-on advice

Algae spores constantly enter the pool, brought in by wind, rain or even contaminated swimsuits or equipment. When conditions are right, an algae bloom can occur overnight. More...

Book makes home maintenance a much easier fix

National Association of Home Builders  More...

Aloe vera plant can be soothing experience

Aloe vera is a hardy succulent native to Africa that’s easy to grow in our Southwest Florida climate. It thrives in poor soil and requires very little water.  More...

Color trends that will make a fresh splash

With the new year well under way, now is a fabulous time to start planning and preparing for the updates and remodels that you want to make to your home. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

15538 Aron Circle, Port Charlotte

This custom-built home is situated on a waterfront lot with no bridges and direct access to the gulf. Designed with columns, arches, crown molding and a variety of ceiling styles, it has three bedrooms and 2½ baths.  More...

REAL ESTATE COMMENTARY

The price of keeping our ‘small town’ feel

Well, it looks like the piston of the Southwest Florida economy is at its high point again. The prices of building materials are on the rise, subcontractors have increased their prices, and good times are here again. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank DIRECTOR ANNETTE TROSSBACH AND HER cast just can’t get through a rehearsal of “The Diary of Anne Frank” without someone s More...

Symphony’s season finale sets the stage for excellence in 2015/16

The season finale of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra concert “Vittorioso — Secrets of the Oscars Unveiled” was as much about giving thanks and celebration as it was about music. More...

THE DIVA DIARIES

Bound for The Masters, packing a par for fashion

Having attended social events on the regular for the better part of the past 15 years, I’ve gotten pretty adept at knowing what to wear to various functions, and I usually do a fairly decent job at interpreting what to wear for others. More...