December 22, 2016 RSS feed / Top News

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Doing it all

Successful caterers must be talented chefs, create amazing food, have a strong staff, be terrific at marketing — and get along with all kinds of clients.

This is not catering: You put some fancy appetizers together or you rustle up a three-course supper for 15 or 50, slap it in some Tupperware, run it over to a rich person’s house, reheat it on their stove if you have to and serve it up with goo More...

CDBIA announces winners of annual building awards

The Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association Nomination Committee has announced the following winners of the annual builder, sub-contractor, associate and member of the year award:   More...

Interest rate hike mostly a blip, but strengthens U.S. dollar abroad

MONEY & INVESTING

As most of you have probably heard by now, the Fed decided to raise its short-term target rate by .25 percent last week. So what does that mean for the average person? Not a whole heck of a lot. More...

117th Christmas count is for the birds

A partridge in a pear tree, two turtledoves and three French hens have little to do with the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.  The same is certainly true of four calling birds, six geese a laying and seven swans a sw More...

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Annual conch blow scheduled for NYE   More...

Real Estate News

House hunting:

1793 S. Haberland Blvd., Port Charlotte

Absolutely gorgeous 2006 custom built home with all the upgrades imaginable. This spacious three-bedroom, two-bath split plan — with more than 2,500 square feet under air — features a heated, salt-water pool and spa, built in 2015. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

TRUCKIN’ ON

Allman drummer has a new band, hits the road

The Allman Brothers Band is done, but drummer Butch Trucks is doing his best to keep the spirit of that long-running and influential group alive with his new group, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band. More...

‘Art is the Highest Form of Hope’

And other arts-related books from 2016

Books about the arts are tiny miracles. They instruct, support, nudge, challenge, provoke, inspire. They introduce us to new worlds, new concepts, new thoughts. They stretch our mind and help us expand our own creativity. More...

Yuletide fable brings stormy weather, murder to an uplifting finale

FLORIDA WRITERS

¦ “On a Midnight Clear” by Henry Hoffman. Melange Books. 164 pages. Trade paperback, $10.95. More...