Unemployment is our problem, and ours to solve


The average Joe is trying to pay bills, keep a job or get a job, make payments on a home severely under water or, failing to have done so for any of a host of reasons, is facing eviction as a foreclosure process is under way. The thought of retirement funds other than Social Security is beyond his mental reach. […]


Dryburgh takes reins as district vice president Bill Dryburgh of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has been elected the Florida Realtors’ District 13 vice president for 2012. Mr. Dryburgh was elected at the Florida Realtors Convention & Trade Expo last month in Orlando. Mr. Dryburgh will be the most recent area Realtor to be a district vice president for the one-year […]

Fundraiser finished, Realtor rides on

Nancy Andreae has been finished with her cross-country bicycle trip for weeks now, but her cycling adventures are far from done. The RE/Max Harbor Realty owner and her daughter Adrienne Andreae completed the 3,667-mile trek from Oregon to New Hampshire with others through America by Bicycle last month. They raised about $4,000 for the Livestrong cause, according to Ms. Adrienne […]

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce August ribbon-cuttings

Charlotte County Chamber After Hours at McCory Title

1. Jay Gordan and Paul andLorraine Schaefer2. Dan Edwards and MaurieWoosley3. Dodie Mash and AnnaCrapet4. Jo-Anne Gorneault,Sara Wierhake andBruce Gorneault5. Mark Martella, Joanne Reid,Kat Padgett and Ed Hill6. Mark Payne and Jim Sproul7. Rima Riggs, MickeyGorman and Leslie Baber8. Teri Ashley, Jason andLiz Green9. Lorena Kutt andHeather Oskey

Beckwith featured in Florida Trend magazine

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, is featured in the August 2011 issue of Florida Trend magazine in the article, “Evolution of a Hospice: Hope Health- Care Services.” The article chronicles Ms. Beckwith’s 20-year history with Hope, an organization that has grown under her leadership from serving 50 patients to serving 2,400 patients a day. Hope […]

Smuggler’s Foundation awards grant to VBA free clinic

Smuggler’s Enterprise Foundation has awarded the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic a $5,000 grant. The nonprofit free clinic offers basic medical care to Charlotte County residents in need. The nonprofit Smuggler’s Enterprise Foundation was launched in 2008 by the 30-year-old Smuggler’s Enterprises Inc., the owners of The Captain’s Table, Harpoon Harry’s, Laishley Crab House, John Hall’s Goal Post and […]

Where the music led us: Duval Street

WHEN YOU LOOK AT A MAP OF THE UNITED States, and even when your eyes drift down by the Florida peninsula, you don’t generally notice the specks that curve out from the tip toward Cuba. One of the specks is Key West. In general, it’s an easy place to avoid not just geographical notoriety, but also whatever it is about […]

Bank panel shares info on business loans

Bill Blevins, market executive for Encore National Bank, will be guest speaker at the seminar, “Financing Your Business and How to Get a Commercial Loan.” A 25-year banking veteran, Mr. Blevins leads the Encore National Bank commercial lending team in Charlotte and Lee counties to support corporate business banking and lending needs. The seminar is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, […]

Bank sponsors video contest for kids

Charlotte State Bank is serving as a local sponsor of the American Banking Association’s “Lights, Camera, Save!” video contest. This national contest is designed to encourage young people to use the power of video to communicate the value and understanding of saving. The bank is inviting local students ages 13-18 to develop a creative way to illustrate the value of […]