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Nearly 70 years of gratitude for Catanzarites
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — In seventh grade, Nancy Ridge’s math teacher in Hammond, N.Y., was Tom Catanzarite. Years later, Ridge’s daughter Crystal was in Catanzarite’s math class at Lemon Bay High School, … Find out how to read more online.
Help sea turtles over the Fourth
Tue  Jun 30 2015 05:08PM
ENGLEWOOD — This sea turtle nesting season is proving itself to be extraordinary. The July Fourth weekend, however, adds its own challenges for nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings emerging … Find out how to read more online.
Elsie Quirk Library looks for new leader
Fri  Jul 3 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Englewood library patrons have been in to say goodbye to a friend and leader who has become a integral part of the community. Jennifer Perry, head librarian, … Find out how to read more online.
Health care, family needs top homeless talk
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Immigrants in need of health insurance for their children can get help until the end of the month through a free local program. Tuesday, Sheryl Bobby, a representative … Find out how to read more online.
Paving hits roadblock
Tue  Jun 30 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — After reaching a consensus on what roads should be paved in South Gulf Cove, Charlotte County officials are putting the brakes on the repaving project. John … Find out how to read more online.
IDs released in Venice murder-suicide
Tue  Jun 30 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — The identities of the family found dead Friday in what authorities say was a double homicide and suicide at the Fairfield Inn & Suites have been released, but … Find out how to read more online.
Protecting the Peace
Tue  Jun 30 2015 11:10PM
There are times when the Peace River trickles at a pace. Fishermen don’t need anchors as their vessels float in place. Gators can bask along the banks without even the … Find out how to read more online.
Return fire!
Tue  Jun 30 2015 08:30AM
Students are enjoying this year’s Englewood Tennis Club Youth Summer Camp. The club offers weekly summer camps for kids of all ages and experience levels. Each week, there are instructional … Find out how to read more online.
Area ham operators have Field Day with purpose
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Hurricane Charley blew through in August 2004, Dave Hanson was prepared. With not one, but two, solar-powered radio systems at his home, the ham operator was … Find out how to read more online.
Esther Horton is newest ‘Smoked Mullet’ winner
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Esther Horton grew up barefoot on Englewood Beach. In the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, she could scoop up scallops, water-ski with dolphins and go trick-or-treating on days other … Find out how to read more online.
3 dead in homicide-suicide at Venice hotel
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — Three people were found dead at the Fairfield Inn & Suites off Interstate 75 Friday morning in what law enforcement officials are calling a double homicide and suicide. … Find out how to read more online.
Quick to be interim EWD chief
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Rather than go out on a hunt for a new Englewood Water District administrator, supervisors voted Thursday to promote Roger Quick to take over when EWD Administrator Mike … Find out how to read more online.
Expert: Do more for homeless adults
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– The county had made great strides in combating the homelessness issue, but there are still steps that need to be taken. This was the point made by … Find out how to read more online.
No Walmart at Rotonda Plaza shopping center
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
ROTONDA WEST — The rumors of a Walmart Neighborhood Market coming to Rotonda Plaza began swirling around the Placida community soon after the shopping center was purchased by Placida Village … Find out how to read more online.
Denise Lee foundation needs cookbook recipes
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Peggy Lee hopes locals will want to share their secret family or favorite recipes if they know it’s for a good cause. Lee is the mother-in-law of the … Find out how to read more online.
Turtle nests keep climbing
Mon  Jun 22 2015 06:25PM
ENGLEWOOD — While it’s too early for anyone to predict, Manasota Key and other local Gulf beaches could see record-breaking numbers of sea turtle nests this year. According to the … Find out how to read more online.
Sea turtle nest numbers keep climbing
Tue  Jun 23 2015 03:44PM
ENGLEWOOD — While it’s too early for anyone to predict, Manasota Key and other local Gulf beaches could see record-breaking numbers of sea turtle nests this year. According to the … Find out how to read more online.
Youth set sail
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
Thirty children, ages 10-17, participated in an Englewood Youth Sailing Camp recently in the waters just off Indian Mound Park. … Find out how to read more online.
CNN Top Stories
Share the beach with birds
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
Did you know that not all birds nest in trees? This time of year, though, I watch where I step because the nests, eggs and chicks of shorebirds blend in … Find out how to read more online.
Overtime overreaction?
Sat  Jul 4 2015 04:07PM
Local reaction to an Obama administration proposal to increase eligibility for overtime pay is split. It may mean more money in some people’s pocket, but many say businesses will just … Find out how to read more online.
Feral practices tamed
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The county is implementing a new procedure for the removal of feral hogs from county-owned land. The revised standard operating procedure, which went into effect June 1, … Find out how to read more online.
Boaters: Keep an eye out for manatees
Fri  Jul 3 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — An aerial survey in February suggested a record number of more than 6,000 manatees swam in Florida waters. But as 2015 progresses, more manatees are dying from watercraft … Find out how to read more online.
Help sea turtles over the Fourth of July
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — This sea turtle nesting season is proving itself to be extraordinary. The July Fourth weekend, however, adds its own challenges for nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings emerging … Find out how to read more online.
EARS meets zoning requirements
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — They had 30 days to adopt or find housing for 45 cats, and they did it. EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary, 145 W. Dearborn St., is in compliance with … Find out how to read more online.
New local community in the works on River Road
Tue  Jun 30 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– A Fort Myers land developer is eyeing property near Englewood’s Paul Morris Industrial Park for a new residential community. Randy Thibaut with River Road Investor Group said … Find out how to read more online.
An ‘adventure called family’
Tue  Jun 30 2015 11:36AM
The first seven months in her mother’s womb, Jasmine was motionless. Doctors told her mother that even if she lived, she would be in a persistent vegetative state. They urged … Find out how to read more online.
Marauders’ mission: Blow Po River bridge
Wed  Jul 1 2015 11:29AM
The target: a major bridge over the Po River near Pavia in northern Italy used by the Germans in World War II to move men and equipment south to the … Find out how to read more online.
EARS complies with Sarasota County regulations
Sun  Jun 28 2015 03:01PM
ENGLEWOOD — EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary had until today to relocate more than 40 cats following a zoning complaint that made it stop taking in new felines. Although EARS, at … Find out how to read more online.
Scott budget cuts hurt local free clinics
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
Gov. Rick Scott’s budget cut of $9.5 million to charitable clinics will hurt locally. State legislators supported a $9.5 million allocation to the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. The association … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte, Sarasota students best state average on 2 tests
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
A higher percentage of students in both Charlotte and Sarasota counties received passing scores on the 10th-grade English Language Arts Florida Standards Assessment and the Algebra 1 end-of-course exam than … Find out how to read more online.
Gasparilla Road construction moving fast
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — The expansion of Gasparilla Road is cruising. The 2.5-mile road project calls for the two-lane road to be expanded to four lanes from the Gasparilla Road … Find out how to read more online.
‘Operation Vittles’
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At the end of World War II, defeated Germany was divided into four sectors — the American zone, the British zone, the French zone and the Russian zone. Although … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte standardizes golf cart communities
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — While Charlotte County hasn’t had any new requests from residents wanting to become a “golf cart community,” commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday for an ordinance that sets basic standards … Find out how to read more online.
‘Goooooooooal!’
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
The Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp is underway at the Englewood Sports Complex. Thirty kids, ranging in age from 6 to 14, are participating in the camp that teaches a … Find out how to read more online.
Southwest Florida home sales hot
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
Home prices sizzled across the region as Southwest Florida’s real estate market continued to heat up in May. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Realtor Association, Charlotte County saw … Find out how to read more online.
Danger in the water
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
There have been about a dozen shark attacks off the waters of Florida this year, but health officials recently warned there is something else potentially more dangerous in the water. … Find out how to read more online.
Summertime heat hits with some afternoon showers likely
Mon  Jun 22 2015 08:30AM
It may feel like it’s over 100 degrees some mornings this week, so Southwest Florida residents could be grateful for afternoon showers. Temperatures in the lower 90s are only a … Find out how to read more online.