May 14, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

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GM predicts future jobs that will drive auto technology

As smartphones get more sophisticated, watches connect us to the world and our homes grow more automated, cars will advance in ways customers cannot imagine. More...

Microsoft, Mazda team in MX-5 photo-sharing contest

Mazda North American Operations continues to integrate fans into the launch of the all-new MX-5 Miata through its third and final contest in Forza Horizon 2. More...

Shedding some light on modified diamonds

Americans love to be fooled. One prime example of this is the movie business. Logically, we know that we are watching two very highly paid actors reading a script. More...

New flooring? Hmm … What about the installation?

Thinking about new floors? Classic hardwoods, luxurious carpets, designer tile … those are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to selecting the right floor for your home. 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...

Solar shades are a hot way to save a lot of money

“Hot enough for ya?” As residents of Southwest Florida are aware, we’ve approaching the hottest months of the year. More...

Nautilus Pools wins 5 awards for design excellence

Local pool builder Nautilus Pools, Inc. of Port Charlotte received five awards in the Florida Swimming Pool Association’s annual Design Awards contest. More...

Give your home transaction the Power House edge

Wow! Another season has passed and the snowbirds are all leaving. Some people may think that the market will now slow down, but actually that’s the furthest from the truth! More...

Special Sections

Business News

South Florida lumber companies looking solid

Take all the wood to build the frames of all the homes permitted in the past 12 months in Lee, Charlotte, Collier and Palm Beach counties — the places where Florida Weekly is distributed. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Sometimes it pays to bet on a boring horse

My 6-year-old son, Leif, hates to lose at anything. I know that we all want to take home the trophy, but Leif really can’t stand to come in second. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Home Instead helps ailing seniors stay at home with their families

It’s appropriate that the offices of Home Instead Senior Care, 520 E. Olympia Ave., Punta Gorda (HomeInstead.com), are in a cozy old house, complete with a fireplace.  More...

Summer slow-down not so slow for businesses anymore

From a patron’s perspective, perhaps, there is some relief that the traditional summer alchemy still exists — the alchemy created by departing snowbirds, dwindling out-of-state tourists and therefore sharply declining prices at hotels, re More...

Free autism screenings offered for young children

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities ® of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to 5 years of age.  More...

Offshore Rodeo & Reggae Party aims to raise $80,000 for charity

The third annual Offshore Rodeo & Reggae Party, a benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at Salty Sam’s Marina. More...

Learn the ropes of safe boating from Peace River squadron

The Peace River Sail and Power Squadron has two instructional events this month that safe boaters won’t want to miss.  More...

WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY

Let quality, style, function cover the views from your home

IF THE EYES ARE THE PORTALS TO YOUR SOUL, THEN windows are the portals to your house’s soul. 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...

Garage doors made to suit your home’s style

Very often, one of the first things one notices about the façade of a house is the garage door. More...

Metal roof affords peace of mind during storm season

The experts at the nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance encourage homeowners to look for better ways to protect their homes and families from Mother Nature, which in Florida, means hurricane season this time of year. 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...

Are you pet-prepared for our summer storm season?

I'm sure everybody here is familiar with Mother Nature making her lovely visits to Southwest Florida, some when we least expect it. Florida has always been known for its summer rains and the accompanying hurricane season. 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...

You can strike out by swinging blindly with sports signatures

Let’s talk about some sports memorabilia. There was a ball that a customer brought into the shop signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, but it was a softball, not a baseball. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting

18359 Fremont Ave., Port Charlotte

This custom-built executive home with four bedrooms and 2½ baths sits on a lot of almost half an acre and comes with two attached and adjacent lots, giving the property owner a total lot size of almost an acre with no neighbors to the rear.  More...

Arts & Entertainment News

GIVING PROPS TO PROPS

ALL PROPS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL.   When actors reach it for  — a no prop, — they they need want it If to a book be there. More...

Cultural Center presents free inaugural Memorial Day concert

The Cultural Center of Charlotte County will present its first Memorial Day Weekend Outdoor Concert from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23. The event is free and open to the public.  More...

Charlotte Players offers summer drama workshops

The Charlotte Players is offering three two-week summer drama workshops beginning June 15. More...