Public invited to CCU open house April 26

Charlotte County Utilities invites the public to attend an informational open house on the upcoming East and West Spring Lake Wastewater Program. The open house is planned for 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Port Charlotte Beach Complex at 4500 Harbor Blvd. Registration is not required and the event is free. The East and West Spring Lake Wastewater Program […]


Theater ¦ Polish Joke – By Laboratory Theater of Florida through April 29. 1634 Woodford Ave. (239) 218-0481. ¦ Faustus Burns Brightly – By FGCU Theater from 8-10 p.m. April 27-28 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. $10. (239) 333-1933 or www.sbdac.com. ¦ 6 RMS RVR VU – At Cultural Park Theater, Cape Coral, through April 29. (239) […]

‘I’ll Walk Alone’


By Mary Higgins Clark (Simon and Schuster, $7.99) There is good reason why Mary Higgins Clark is called “America’s Queen of Suspense.” In “I’ll Walk Alone,” now available in paperback, Higgins Clark delivers yet another suspense-filled whodunit — her 30th in a long, illustrious career as one of America’s most beloved and prolific suspense writers. The novel’s protagonist is Alexandra […]

Searching for perfection

It was a classic oversell. The ad for the house — much like an online dating profile — promised big things: a great neighborhood, excellent square footage, modern appliances. If the house were a man, he’d be 6-foot-2, gainfully employed and driving a foreign-made car. But when the real estate agent drove me to a dingy neighborhood and parked in […]

Watching in the dark

David Edelstein on the art of film criticism

DAVID EDELSTEIN SPENDS MUCH OF HIS time in the dark, watching flickering frames of light. Then he writes about what he’s seen. He’s the movie critic for New York magazine and NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and a regular commentator on “CBS Sunday Morning.” His work also appears in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and in the New York Times, in both the […]

Edison’s Ragan continues to build her theatrical legacy

Cast into her own life play for as long as she can remember, Sherie Ragan has served as a surrogate mother to Charlotte County theater with a Broadway-worthy script. The successful producer and artistic director, singer and actress is a proud mother of three and grandmother of five. But with a life passionately dedicated to the stage, Ms. Ragan’s extended […]

Fishermen’s Village wishes Kidz well with donation

Patti Allen, general manager of Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, presented a check last week for $500 to the Yah Yah Girls’ Back Pack Kidz program. The donation came from a year’s accumulation of coins from the wishing well at center court. ¦

House Hunting:

829 Conreid Drive, Port Charlotte

This waterfront home’s location is ideal, conveniently near the beach, restaurants, shops and downtown Punta Gorda. Overlooking the intersection of two scenic waterways, the home is less than a mile from Charlotte Harbor by boat. The voyage takes travelers past multi-million dollar mansions. “You just feel like you’re living at the top of the world,” said listing agent Brett Slattery […]

Board of Realtors business card exchange

Edison State president’s scholarship luncheon