THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 10 P.M.Midsomer MurdersWorm in the Bud, Part 1 When the body of Susan Bartlett, wife of local farmer Simon Bartlett, is discovered in Setwale Wood, local villagers readily assume she committed suicide due to her inability to have a child. But when Barnaby discovers the timestamp on her suicide is from seven hours after her death, the […]

The Olympia Diner and Joseph’s Deli


The Olympia Diner has been a mainstay for Port Charlotte locals for years. It has a huge menu that covers all the breakfast entrees diners could wish for and more. The restaurant reminds me of the diners one would find up north in New York and Jersey. As the name implies, it has a Greek theme — and walls covered […]

There’s only one right play


One of the most common failings of many declarers is the tendency to deal with each suit separately rather than assess the play of the hand as a whole. Take this case where declarer won the opening club lead with dummy’s ten and played the K-Q of diamonds, hoping the defense would take the ace. But East uncharitably ducked both […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) There might be some facts you still need to know before leaping onto center stage. Best to move carefully at this time so that you can observe what’s happening around you. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) It’s a good time to expand your outlook by getting out and around, whether you do some […]

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’


No actor working today is more bold, courageous and daring than Tom Cruise. We thought it was cool when he climbed the outside of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, in the fourth “Mission: Impossible.” Then he dangled off the side of a plane at the start of the franchise’s next installment. That was mere child’s play […]

Must reads: Elaine Newton announces 2018-19 Critic’s Choice titles


Elaine Newton, presenter of the Critic’s Choice book lecture series at Artis— Naples, has announced her selection of titles for the 2018-19 season. And it’s full of surprises. Every spring, at her last lecture of the season, Ms. Newton releases a summer reading list of approximately 30 books. From that list, she picks six titles to discuss the following season. […]

When hate goes viral it can be good for the rest of the world

People can’t get away with anything anymore — and I love it. By “people,” I mean racists, gropers, homophobes and the like. For many of them, cell phone videos and the internet have proved to be game changers. This summer has brought a watershed of idiots being caught on camera showing their true colors. It started with “BBQ Becky,” who […]

Writing Challenge

Step up to the Florida Weekly Writing Challenge

“Writing … is a little like milking a cow: the milk is so rich and delicious, and the cow is so glad you did it.” — Anne Lamott WELCOME TO THE 2018 FLORIDA Weekly Writing Challenge. Over the next few weeks we hope to inspire the writers among our readers to craft their best short fiction based on our photo […]

Hermitage presents two music programs in August

The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood will present two unique musical programs in August. The first, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3, is “Brothers in Song,” which will be (weather permitting) performed on the beach at The Hermitage in Englewood. The concert features longtime collaborators/composers Ralph Farris (strings, voice, percussion) and Robert Mirabal (Native American flutes, voice, percussion) performing music from […]

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

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. Tai Chi for ArthritisNoon-1 p.m. Mondays andWednesdays, ongoingFee: $45 multiclass package;$7 per classInstructor: Sharon Fultz Tai chi has been proven by more than 30 medical studies to improve health for […]