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PORT CHARLOTTE RESIDENT Sharon Boyd is the mother of two school-age sons on the autism spectrum. Her son, Austin, is considered severe/low functioning, and her younger son, Adam, is high functioning (“what used to be called Asperger’s Syndrome,” she notes). Four years ago, Mrs.
They’re not just pillows. They’re blessings.
Representatives of the nonprofit agencies receiving a distribution of 2,200 pillows from the Harry Chapin Food Bank used the word “blessing” repeatedly when describing how the pillows would help them and the clients they serve.
I consider it my best hat trick: About 500 columns have appeared under my byline in this space, one a week for 10 years. Coincidentally I’ve remained married and stayed alive.
Robert “Bob” Carpenter is a “let’s get it done” kind of guy. Looking back on a wide and varied career, “Carp” served in many leadership capacities as a president and member of many boards and committees in Charlotte County, and he was the first general manager of Fisherman’s Village.
President Trump is only about halfway through his first 100 days, but you can’t discount the brevity of his tenure as a measure of its effects. It is an object lesson in how badly things can go at the highest level of government when a nation loses its moral compass. It is a sin to which we all are vulnerable.
Editor’s Note: House Republicans pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act Friday afternoon.
You have a built-in time machine. It’s lodged in your memory, and its “on” buttons, or triggers, are any one of the five senses — sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell — alone or in combination. When the right trigger is activated — bam! — you’re immediately transported to the past.
My 9-year-old dog, Harper, recently underwent a battery of blood tests and a fecal exam for an upcoming surgery. Her results were normal for the most part, but the fecal exam turned up an unexpected parasite: Eimeria spp. Dogs and cats are not normally hosts of this genus of coccidian parasites.
Earth Day is around the corner — April 22 — and with pristine beaches, unspoiled wilderness and expansive waterways, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach on the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast has the perfect ingredients for celebrating and enjoying the great outdoors.
During February, 946,079 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, a decrease of 4.4 percent compared to February 2016.
Year-to-date, passenger traffic is down 3.7 percent from the same period last year.
Captains for Clean Water raised more than $310,000 in one evening to fight for science-based solutions to save Florida estuaries and the Everglades.
The Freedom and Virtue Institute will hold its charity golf classic on Saturday, April 8, from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Grandezza Golf and Country Club, 11481 Grande Oaks Blvd. in Estero.
Emergency response course offered
Charlotte County Emergency Management is offering a Citizen’s Emergency Response Team training course, which is designed for anyone who is interested in gaining skills and knowledge to help make their communities prepared and resilient when an incident occurs. CERT is a volunteer program that educates people about disaster preparedness.
Catching chronic health conditions early — even before you have symptoms — seems like a great idea. That’s what screening tests are designed to do. Some screenings can reduce your risk of dying from the disease.
But sometimes, experts say, a test might cause more harm than good.
On March 20, the Lee Health kidney transplant program reopened as the Lee Health Transplant Institute at Gulf Coast Medical Center. With only nine kidney transplant programs active in Florida, the Transplant Institute is significant for Southwest Florida to keep patients close to home.
STRANGELY ENOUGH, PERHAPS, IT’S NOW possible to see the future in fairly sharp detail.
A great number of retail stores that focus on clothing are fighting for their very survival. They face pricing pressure from the likes of Walmart and Amazon. At the same time, these retailers must compete with fast fashion brands that speedily bring the latest styles to their shelves. And then companiesc
The Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University reminds the Southwest Florida business community that the deadline to submit final nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida is midnight Friday, March 31. The application process is online. Manual submissions will not be accepted. Apply online at www.fsbdcswfl.org/.
The Office of Continuing Education & Off-Campus Programs at Florida Gulf Coast University hosts a professional development workshop, Coaching Essentials for Nonprofit Leaders, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Cohen Center on the FGCU campus, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers.
Busey Bank will host a free lunch-and-learn event for businesses from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at its Port Charlotte Branch, 1490 Tamiami Trail.
7-Eleven Inc., the world’s largest convenience retailer, is searching for qualified candidates from the Southwest Florida area who are interested in learning more about 7-Eleven franchise opportunities. The company is hosting two free seminars in Fort Myers and an open house in Port Charlotte.
Learn about Crowdfunding for Nonprofits from 5:30 to 6:30 Thursday, April 6, in the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce conference room, 2702 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. As more and more donors are being exposed to crowdfunding for products and services, they’ll expect your nonprofit’s fundraising to shift toward those approaches as well.
1. Joyce Powell, Elaine M.
Sklom, Emerson Schooner,
III and Wanda Beasley
2. Danielle Haid and
3. Monica Amaya and
4. Jim Boone and Pam White
5. Steve Drake (SCORE
6. Joe Gallo and
7. Jay Aldridge and Steve
Keddell (SCORE mentors)
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More than four in five (80 percent) Millennials in the United States who don’t own a home intend to buy in the next five years, according to recent HSBC Group research.
Enjoy resort living in this furnished, three-bed/two-bath home in Kings Gate, a beautiful guard-gated community. This lovely updated Edinborough plan has been exquisitely maintained.
“It’s exquisite music,” says Andrew Kurtz. “Heart-wrenching music.”
The maestro is talking about Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” and why he’s looking forward to conducting his Gulf Coast Symphony for one of Gulfshore Opera’s three performances of the beloved opera.
Somewhere between Young MC and Vanilla Ice’s performances at Germain Arena this weekend during the I Love the 90s Tour, it hit me. I’m old.
¦ “Zero Day: China’s Cyber Wars” by T.L. Williams. First Coast Publishers. 350 pages. Trade paperback, $15.95.
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Year after year, school kids devote themselves to that annual torture called the spelling bee.
They memorize long lists of words they’ll never use in real life, as well as prefixes, suffixes and foreign languages.
“Trainspotting” (1996) was a jolt of a movie, an unpleasant inside look at heroin addiction and the hardships it entails.
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Avoid having someone else take credit for the project you started by finishing it yourself. Then it will be you lovely Lambs who will be wearing those well-deserved laurels.
THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 8 P.M.
Makers: Women Who Make
See portraits of the 2017 honorees
— authentic, passionate and inspiring
women who will leave a lasting impact on
the people, environment, economy and
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.
Q: I haven’t seen a lot from Will Ferrell lately. Can you tell me what he’s up to?
— Ben D., Hartford, Connecticut
It’s the time of year when snowbirds begin flying north for the summer. It’s been a great season, jam-packed with theater and music and all kinds of interesting events. And while there’s lots to do during our ever-extending shoulder season, it’s time for this columnist to take a break.
Street craft festival returns to Punta Gorda
FGCU theater professor Barry Cavin and Ghostbird Theatre co-founder Katelyn Gravel have teamed up to write “No. 27.”
“Dine with a Star” at the Burgr’ Bar, Punta Gorda, raising funds for the Fred Lang Foundation to benefit Charlotte Behavioral Health CareThu, 30 Mar 2017 09:26:01 +0000
1. Bill Truex, Julie Mathis and
2. Erik Hoffer, Diane Hoffer and
3. John Wright, Jill McCory,
Robert Lee and Ed Wotisky
4. Christa Callaghan, Liz Green
and Darcy Woods
5. Michael Riley, Jacqueline
Benjamin and Alan Benjamin
6. “Chris G”
7. Victoria Scanlon and Marjorie
1. Cheddy Hughes and Mark Boucher
2. Lip Synch Battle Performers
3. Dr. Alexander Glick, Carrie Blackwell-Hussey
and Sally Seymour, Celebrity Judges
4. Elaine Bates, Judy Ammon and Rita Kagan,
Fawcett Memorial Hospitals Volunteers
5. Alexandria Davis, Nicole Runyon and
6. Don Pasick, “DJ Cheq”
A lot of people enjoy wine, but not all of them appreciate it. There’s a difference. Enjoying wine means liking it. Appreciating wine means knowing why you like it.