2020-08-06 E-Edition

The Florida Vote

THE U.S. CONGRESS INCLUDES 100 senators and 435 representatives, with 27 representatives from the state of Florida, one from each of our congressional districts. Only California and Texas have more districts, with 53 and 36, respectively, while New York also has 27. Congressional districts in the United States average just over 700,000 people, based on the most recent completed U.S. […]

Florida Weekly earns top honors in state journalism awards

Named best weekly newspaper in state for the sixth time

The Florida Press Association has named Florida Weekly the best weekly newspaper in the state after the newspaper racked up 20 journalism awards at a virtual awards program Friday, July 31. This is the sixth time Florida Weekly has won the state’s top award. In addition to this year’s awards for weekly newspapers with circulation above 15,000, Florida Weekly writers, […]

Recipes in hard times

One of the most important actions in difficult times is eating and drinking. Funerals, weddings, affairs of state, affairs of the heart, family affairs, solitary moments — doesn’t matter. Food can make almost any circumstance at least a little better in joy, despair or understanding. It can also tell us who we are in this proud and conflicted country. What […]

Getting a grip on hurricane season

We are now well into hurricane season — about a month or so away from the peak. This does not mean we will actually get a hurricane, just that conditions are most conducive to their formation. All weather systems on earth are the result of the exchange of temperature. Hot air temperatures tend to rise and cold air systems sink […]

Pets ease grief

When death, injury or illness come calling, sometimes the love of a pet is all that can heal the pain

My father died last month, and less than a week later, my stepmother fell and broke her wrist and kneecap. In her grief and pain, she has had one lifeline to cling to: her love for her toy poodle, Spike, and her cat, Daisy. When Ann realized that she was facing up to two months away from home in a […]

Pets of the WEEK

These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. All animals are microchipped, neutered and current with their shots. We are open by appointments only. All of our adoptable pets are on the AWL website (www.awlshelter.org). If you see a pet that you would like to meet, call to make an appointment. We […]

Reduced smoking, drinking means fewer hip fractures, study shows


A new study, which analyzed 40 years of Framingham Heart Study data, found an association between lowered rates of hip fractures and decreases in smoking and heavy drinking. The rates of hip fractures in the United States have been declining over the past few decades. Although some experts attribute this change primarily to improved treatments for bone health, a new […]

Are meatless burgers a healthier choice?

By now, we’ve all probably heard the publicity about meatless burgers. These plant-based burger alternatives are selling in high volumes around the U.S. and appear in many well-known restaurant chains. Plant-based burgers aren’t a new concept, but new offerings designed to taste like meat are now being pitched to meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. I get questions constantly about whether these […]

Susan G. Komen recruiting “BigWigs” for campaign

Florida — it’s all about having fun and raising funds. The Susan G. Komen Florida “BigWigs” campaign does both while helping in the fight against breast cancer. The organization is proud to once again host its BigWigs effort and invites area business and community leaders to join in raising awareness and funds during a friendly competition that runs Sept. 21-Oct. […]