Who needs a debt commission when White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is on the case? He wants to allow federal agencies to redirect half of any unnecessary, unspent money in their budgets to other initiatives and half to deficit reduction. Currently, agencies must return all money they don’t spend, giving them an incentive to spend it all. Let’s […]

One Eleven Wine pairing event

1. Jeff Weiler, Janeen Weiler and Dawn Cerbone 2. Courtney Faison and Brittney Parker 3. Karen and Charles Sliwkoski 4. Courtney Powell, Dorothea Cerbone and Desiree Cerbone 5. Dr. Betsy Triawa and Dr. Melvyn Katzen 6. Michelle and Jason Kloese 4 KURT WILLIAMS / FLORIDA WEEKLY

They always come out

On a friend’s Facebook page last week, this link appeared next to a thumbs-up “Like” icon: “Leaked Paramore Photograph.” I did what anyone would do: I clicked on the link. But I was too late. Facebook had already condemned the link and removed the paramour photograph. Curious, I performed a quick Google search and learned that, according to an MTV […]

Real estate caravans roll along

Real estate agents are still on board the caravan. Some area real estate agencies have regular caravans, during which agents carpool to a select number of listings. They visit the properties and provide feedback about the listing’s price, condition and other pertinent matters. “Most franchise companies have their own caravans,” Linda Pizarro, chief executive officer of the Punta Gorda- Port […]

New school superintendent takes the lead

The final bell for the 2009-2010 school year rang a few weeks ago. But work has just begun for the newly appointed Charlotte County schools superintendent, Dr. Doug Whittaker. Festive helium balloons stamped “congratulations” float above his office floor in contrast with the many somber tasks ahead. Dr. Whittaker’s official start date is January 2011 when he moves from assistant […]

Pets of the Week

To adopt or foster a pet These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. All animals are neutered and current with their shots. The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. To view adoptable pets, visit www.awlshelter. org.

An action plan for the cleanup

This oil spill thing is on everyone’s mind. As all boaters know, if we happened to spill even just a few drops as we are fueling our boat, all heck is raised. But this is not what I would like to talk with you about this week. Instead, it is how vacation-minded people are being scared away from our beaches […]

Our Deepwater Titanic

On April 15, 1912, four days into its maiden voyage, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic and sank. Designed by the most experienced engineers of the era and employing cutting-edge technology, the Titanic was deemed unsinkable by its arrogant owners. Because the ship was unsinkable, having enough lifeboats on board was not required. In the freezing […]

Weight Issues are complex – and so are the solutions

We see overweight people everywhere: at work, at school, at the mall — and in the mirror. You can’t turn on the television without seeing ads for some “get skinny quick” program or new supplement that promises to change your life. Shoe manufacturers have new styles to help you lose weight. Fast food chains are changing menus to introduce healthier […]

Gluten-free may not be what it seems


I recently read an article published by the J. American Dietetic Association that exposes the frustrations of trying to watch one’s diet. “Gluten contamination of grains, seeds, and flours in the United States: A Pilot Study,” revealed that products that are said to be inherently gluten-free, even single-ingredient foods like millet, may not be glutenfree due to cross contamination. Of […]