Realtors offer home sales tips

Local Realtor Brian Helgemo of Five Star Realty and Mary Moore, moving resources manager for Shell Point Retirement Community, will offer the seminar “Successful Selling in the New Real Estate Market.” The presentation focuses on tips for selling a home in today’s market, best ways to price and stage homes and how to make the best of the moving experience. […]

How I spent my summer vacation: The apocalypse


I don’t always have the best sensense of timing. I was born too late for the goldenen age of newspapers. I was way too young to attendnd Woodstock. And I inevitably pick the checkoutout line that takes the longest, even whenhen it looks the shortest. So I guess I shouldn’t have beeneen surprised that I picked the wrongong week to […]


Theater ‘S Wonderful – At the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers, through Oct. 1. (239) 278-4422 or www. BroadwayPalm.com. 1243 Miles to Broadway – At the Cultural Park Theater, Cape Coral, Sept. 8-18. (239) 772-5862. Thursday, Sept. 8 Naturalist Speaks – The Manatee- Sarasota Group General Meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of […]

Disaster’s common denominator

We were standing in front of the hotel, a handful of men and women, gearing up for a night out. Everyone was dressed up: The women wore skirts and heels, the men tucked in their shirts. One man even had on a blazer. Inevitably, someone brought out a bottle. “Shots all around,” the guy in the blazer said. There was […]


Writing Challenge round three starts with a limerick

One talented winner of Florida Weekly’s Writing Challenge will attend the Sanibel Writers Conference Friday through Sunday, Nov. 3-6, at BIG ARTS and the Sanibel Island Public Library. Throughout the next several months, Florida Weekly will provide prompts for writers and ask for submissions. The best submissions will be printed in these pages. A panel of editors will choose one […]

Art of the Craft

Sullivan Street Festival set for Sept. 10-11

SULLIVAN STREET IN DOWNTOWN PUNTA Gorda will once again be transformed into an outdoor craft showcase with the unique and original work of the south’s top crafters. Sponsored by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, the Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival returns Sept. 10-11 with a celebration of fine folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry and paintings. Personalized gifts, handmade […]

Punta Gorda Chamber Networking Luncheon at Burnt Store Grille

1. Josephn Rezek, Joanne Reid,Lisa Jacobson and Sammie Brooks2. Jim Carroll and Terry Williams3. Greg Dyer, David Atkinsonand Ralph Temple4. Mike Bladorn and Amy Issersohn5. Joy Masters and Gina Flood6. Denise Dull and Wendy Atkinson7. State Rep. Paige Kreegel8. Mary Ellen Taylor, Betty Gissendannerand Judy Schnabel9. State Sen. Nancy Detert

First Loves

Business leaders reveal their complicated affairs with their first computers

DAN CREIGHTON REMEMBERS TWO COMputer geniuses standing over him as they provided step-by-step instructions for using the new-fangled machine on his desk. Unfortunately, they weren’t around the next day when a lengthy letter he was about to finish typing disappeared with a push of a button. The screen went blank and Mr. Creighton’s document was never seen again, sucked into […]

It’s your business … War!

I happened across a website by a management consultant named Steve Blank (www.steveblank.com) and there is a section on start-up companies and business plans. According to Mr. Blank, “No business plan survives the first customer contact.” You can have a great business plan with excellent market research and even a great product or service backed by angel investors and if […]

Building the better fundraiser (and I thought it was a mousetrap)


As I was getting ready to write this week’s column (and waiting for my cup of coffee to brew), I turned on the television looking for The Weather Channel or ESPN, but instead came across a show called “Billy the Exterminator,” which addressed a job that entailed catching mice and the old cliché came to me about building a better […]