2020-02-27 E-Edition

Do polls matter?

At one time the accuracy was revered. Nowadays, respect for the numbers has diminished.

Their numbers are often vivid, difficult to discount because they’re based on data, with low “margins of error.” They point to political truths without necessarily being the truth. In addition, they have a long history of being right, except when they aren’t. Political polls. Here, Florida Weekly takes a glimpse at what polls may do, how much influence or lack […]

The bald and the beautiful — and it’s all for the kids

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, is the leading private funder of childhood cancer research grants in the United States and around the world. Ben and Kathi Haynie introduced the foundation to Punta Gorda when they moved from Nevada in April 2018. They held the first St. Baldrick’s Shave-a-Thon in March of last year at the Celtic Ray […]

Bloombergians to the rescue

As Mike Bloomberg, 78, peeks out from behind a curtain of relative political obscurity, he’s irritating the hell out of people on both the political left and right — which proves lefties and righties will strongly agree about one thing, at least: a saddle burr named Bloomberg. They don’t like him. For Mr. Bloomberg, if he can’t win the nomination […]


Military Heritage Museum honors RDML Pamela Miller at banquet The Military Heritage Museum will be honoring Rear Admiral Pamela C. Miller as the 12th inductee to its Wall of Warriors, which annually honors a veteran of our city and county who has excelled in military service to the country and civil service to the community. The Wall of Warriors is […]

This time of year, Southwest Florida is for the birds

What a fantastic time of year to get out and enjoy nature. There are many more animals and wild creatures becoming more active (and frisky) due to warmer springtime temperatures. Thousands of species can be observed if you take the time and know where to look. Here, I want to only discuss some of the ones most visible to casual […]

Expert to discuss protecting region’s water and wildlife

Everglades Wonder Gardens welcomes Jennifer Hecker, executive director of the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership, as guest speaker at the next Flamingle Friday. Ms. Hecker will present “Protecting Our Water and Wildlife” at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a meet-and-greet, chocolate and champagne in the garden. CHNEP was formerly known as the Charlotte […]

Canine contentment

How do we really know if our dogs are happy? A new book digs into the science of dog happiness.

You probably know when your dog is happy. His face and body are relaxed, his expression is soft and there’s a good chance he’s wiggling his butt. But is there evidence to back up the idea that those behaviors are an expression of happiness? More and more scientists are studying the emotions of dogs, including happiness, and coming to conclusions […]

Pets of the WEEK

These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. We currently have 40 adoptable dogs, 50 adoptable cats and one pig. All animals are microchipped, neutered and current with their shots. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. To view adoptable pets, visit www.awlshelter.org. To learn more, visit […]

Upcoming CHEC programs

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following free programs. Unless noted, all walks begin at 9 a.m. For directions or further information, call Cedar Point Environmental Park at 941-475-0769. All programs can be found at www.ChecFlorida.org. ¦ Thursday, Feb. 27 – Join Kate Borduas on a guided walk through the scrub […]