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    February 5, 2018

    From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

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    Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 92 years

    February 5, 2018

    Upcoming Chamber Events:

    Thurs. Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hottest Business Day in Paradise Business Expo, Event Center, Punta Gorda

    Wed., Feb. 14, Networking at Noon, La Fiorentina, 10361 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.

    Wed. Feb. 21, 8:00 a.m., Third Wednesday Coffee at Charlotte Sports Park with the Charlotte, Englewood, North Port, Punta Gorda and Venice Chambers

    Thurs. Feb. 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Business Card Exchange, Just Counters & other stuff, 1489 Market Circle, Port Charlotte.

    General Information

    Have lunch at the Expo on February 8th.  Whether you are an Expo sponsor, exhibitor or just want to stop in at the Expo over lunch, you may pre-order a boxed lunch to have ready and waiting for you. Lunches come with a bottled water, chips, potato salad and a cookie, choose from Turkey Croissant, Dogwood (roast beef, ham & turkey) or Watercress on wheat. Cost is $15.00   Order in the Chamber Store, and pickup about noon at the event center concession stand on Expo day, or print and return the Lunch Order Form  with your check by February 5th.

    Join us for Rays Spring Training Chambers Breakfast at Charlotte Sports Park on Wednesday, February 21 at 8:00 a.m. Light breakfast, guest speakers, networking and after breakfast.  Watch Rays pitchers & catchers in the first workout.  ChamberAppreciationFlyer[3] RSVP to the Chamber office 941-627-2222.

    Enjoy the Chambers Appreciation Game on Friday, March 2, the Rays vs the Phillies at Charlotte Sports Park.  Game starts at 1:05p.m. The cost for a Boardwalk ticket & free Draft Beer through the 3rd inning is $17pp.  Call 941-206-3515 or print and fax back the ChamberAppreciationFlyer[3]

    Changes to the Charlotte County Sign Code were adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 23 that became effective upon adoption. The major change made to the code is the reduction in the size, frequency and timeframe of allowable temporary signage, i.e. banners, flags, pennants, etc.  A copy of the official adopted amendment to the Sign Code can be found online at the Planning & Zoning Division web page or www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov. For more information, please contact the Zoning Office at 941.743.1964 or PlanningZoning@CharlotteCountyFL.gov

    Advertising Matching Grants Program to publicize the tourism advantages of the State of Florida. Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature Tourism Grant Program to provide funding for multi-county and multi-Partner marketing projects for the promotion of Florida’s cultural, heritage, rural, nature and education efforts.   Minority Convention Grant Program offered to local governments and non-profit corporations/organizations to attract national minority conferences and conventions.  Small Business Grant Program to assist small businesses (those with an income of less than $1,250,000 gross income per year, or a 501(c)(3), non-for-profit status) in publicizing their programs and tourism advantages of the State of Florida.  For more information, contact grants@VISITFLORIDA.org.

    This Week’s Happenings has posted. Click here for website • Click here to read online (PDF; printer-friendly). Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau

    Please patronize the Chamber’s Sustaining Partners:  (Click on the links to go to their websites.)

    · Platinum:  Bayfront Health Port Charlotte & Punta Gorda; Buffalo Graffix; Charlotte County Ford; Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center; Charlotte State Bank & Trust; Charlotte Sun/Sun Coast Media Group; Florida SouthWestern State College; Harbor Style Magazine; Integrity Employee Leasing; Monarch Direct; State Insurance Agency – Brian Chapman, Jr.; Strang, Olsen & Lynch, CPAs PA; Tampa Bay Rays/Charlotte Stone Crabs; Waste Management of Charlotte County; Worksite Employee Leasing

    ·  Diamond: Centennial Bank;  Farr Law Firm; Fawcett Memorial Hospital; Nix & Associates Real Estate; Panther Hollow Dental Lodge; St. Andrews South Golf Club; WhitCo Insurance Agency-Alexia Martin;

    ·  EmeraldFreedom Boat Club; Friendly Floors; Nolan Family Insurance; Port Charlotte Florist; Sandhill Healing Centers, Inc.; South Port Square; The Wyvern Hotel; Zaxby’s

    Ribbon Cuttings (to which all members are invited):

    Mon., Feb. 5. 5:30 p.m., Bayfront Health Port Charlotte, 2500 Harbor Blvd., PC (New Dialysis space)

    Tues., Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m., Rossini & Trattoria Gastronomica, 18101 Murdock Circle, PC

    Thurs., Feb. 15, 5:30p.m.,  Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross & McKinley, 1107 West Marion Ave., Ste. 111, PG 

    Tues., Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m., Bivens Animal Hospital, 223 Duncan Rd, PG

    New Members:

    Royal Palm Memorial Garden, 27200 Jones Loop Road, PG 33982
    Karen Monnier, Ph: 941-639-2381     
    www.royalpalmmemorial.com   monnierk@nsmg.com

    Lighthouse of Manasota, 7318 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34243
    Lisa Howard, Ph: 941-359-1404               
    www.lighthouseofmanasota.org   lisa.howard@lighthouseofmanasota.org                        

    Chamber Member Events

    Charlotte High School’s Troupe 0922 presents Into the Woods on Feb. 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 7p/m. and Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.  For tickets, please visit www.thecpac.net/tickets or call 941-505-7469 (SHOW).

    Over the Edge for Prevention – how would you like to rappel and SunTrust Building in Murdock to support Drug Free Charlotte County?  You can do it on April 14 if you raise $1,000 or more.  And, if you raise $1,500, you can qualify as an edger and can use a Go-Pro Video camera for the experience.  To learn more visit www.otecwe.com/charlotte-county.

    One hour seminar event by LineThin Productions on Friday, Feb. 17 at 3pm at the Mid-County Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte.  Have a 30 second TV commercial on your business website, social media and on national TV.  Advertise your business on a full page in a new magazine concept U.Magazine Florida for free.  You will also be able to advertise your free 30 second TV commercial on U.Magazine Florida website.  Space is limited, R.S.V.P. now on linethinproductions.com or call 941-800-6889. 

    Events LLC invites you to Hops & Horns, a soulful blend of bands and beer on Sat., Feb. 10 from 1 to 8 p.m. at City Marketplace, PG.  Admission is $10 and includes 10 free craft beer or boutique wine samples.  Music by Reverend Barry & the Funk, the Black Honkeys, The Boogiemen and Mama’s Batch.  For information and reservations, please visit www.edgewatereventsllc.com.

    San Antonio Knights of Columbus Council 12456 invite you to Mardi Gras 2018 on Sat., Feb. 10 at Holy Trinity Event Center, 2441 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte.  Cash bar, appetizers, traditional Mardi Gras cuisine, dancing with live entertainment, silent auction and more.  Get your ticket by calling 613-0060, 628-9669 or 631-300-8454.

    Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County’s 10th Annual BaseBall, an evening with the Tampa Bay Rays, Sat., Feb. 24, starting at 6 p.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park.  For ticket information, please visit www.bgcofcc.org or call 235-2472.

    “Tonight is the night when all my Knights…unite,” declares King Arthur in the Charlotte Players version of the hysterical “Spamalot,” the Tony Award-winning musical comedy opening at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County on Friday, Feb. 9. “Spamalot” runs through Feb. 18 at the Cultural Center, 2280 Aaron Street Port Charlotte. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and may be ordered at the Charlotte Players website (www.charlotteplayers.org) or by calling 941-625-4175, ext. 220.

    Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) Department of Nursing will hold informational sessions for those interested in the Associate in Science in Nursing degree.  We offer two accredited degree programs – the Associate in Science degree in Nursing (ASN) to prepare entry level Registered Nurses (RN) and the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (RN to BSN). LPNs are offered the Gold Standard pathway as entrance into the ASN degree program. FSW Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, Building E, Room 113, Tuesday, February 13, noon, Wednesday, March 28, noon. To register, email or call Wendy Morris at Wendy.Morris@fsw.edu or (941) 637-5667.

    The Military Heritage Museum will induct U.S Navy retiree, Captain Roger E. Terault into the Museum’s prestigious Wall of Warriors on Fri., Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Twin Isles Country Club.  Visit www.freedominsntfree.org or call 575-9002 for more details.

    The 14th Annual Tennis with a Heart Tournament benefiting The Homeless Coalition and The Punta Gorda YMCA brought to you by Premier Sponsor: Harbor Advisors with Raymond James.  Bring a dish to share Friday, February 9th at 6pm for the Kick-Off Party at the Punta Gorda YMCA located at 2905 Tamiami Trail in Punta Gorda. Registration is $45 per person. Regular doubles matches will be held all weekend, Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th. For more information call Alison Barone at 941-627-4313 Ext 134 or Joyce Protz at 920-323-9400.

    Who doesn’t love a good food truck rally?! Awesome trucks headed our way for a day of music, motorsports and food!!!! Destination Powersports March Food Truck Rally  on March 24 from 11-3 pm. There will be a variety of Food Trucks featured, so there will definitely be something for everyone. Local band “The Kollections” will be here for the live entertainment. Bring out the whole family! Food, Raffles, Live Music, and Fun!!  Mark your calendars!!  Join us at Destination Powersports, 1110 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.

    The Patriot Riders of America Chapter One Florida is hosting a Steelhorse Scavenger Hunt on March 10, 2018. It will start & end at the American Legion Post 110, 3152 Harbor Blvd Port Charlotte. The Patriot Riders of America is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization. All proceeds raised will be going to local veterans. We will have vendors (more are welcome), band, raffles, food, and of course prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. Please click on the link for more information; Patriot Riderss\2nd Annual Patriot Scavenger  Hunt(2).pdf www.patriotridersofamerica.org.

    The Charlotte Chorale presents: “Gabrieli to Gershwin”  concert, accompanied by the professional orchestra. March 3 at 4:00PM at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center,  701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda. To order tickets, please call:  941-204-0033. Price:  $25.00 adults, $10.00 Students

    “Chick Soup,” a play that embodies the current theme of sisterhood among all generations, continues through Feb. 11 at the Charlotte Players’ Langdon Playhouse. Performances begin at 7:30 Wednesday-Sunday, and there are 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.  The play uses music and dialog to tell the story of four women of various ages and circumstances who meet in an OB/GYN waiting room and become friends. Tickets are $18 adults, $9 for students, visit www.charlotteplayers.org or call 941-255-1022. Located inside the Community Theater Center, 1182 Market Street, Port Charlotte.

    Charlotte State Bank & Trust’s free “Do You Know?” seminars take place next week from 10-11:30 a.m. at the bank’s North Port office, 4300 Aidan Lane: “Do you know how and when ‘power of attorney’ is used?” Tuesday, Feb. 6; “Do you know how investment costs and risks are calculated?” Wednesday, Feb. 7; “Do you know how your estate can avoid probate?” Thursday, Feb. 8. Presented by bank vice president Christine Hause, the seminars are free but required advance registration at any bank office or by contacting Francine Wargo at 941-624-1944 or fwargo@csbtfl.com.

    Gulfshore Opera is thrilled to announce a Valentine Taste of Opera at the Isles Yacht Club in Punta Gorda on Sunday, February 11 at 4:30pm. This concert includes an elegant dinner with light entertainment of popular melodies and famous opera arias. Gulfshore Opera has employed several gifted Professional Artists, all with New York management, to deliver a superior performance. All are welcome to attend, not just couples! Come enjoy a special evening with us! Tickets: $75 (includes concert & dinner) Go to www.gulfshoreopera.org/tickets or order by phone (239) 529-3925.

    Join the Charlotte County Community Services Department and the Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center for the second annual “Come Sail Away” event. This free event will introduce participants to the excitement, thrills and joy of sailing in Charlotte County’s own beautiful Charlotte Harbor. “Come Sail Away” will take place Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Port Charlotte Beach Park, 4500 Harbor Blvd. in Port Charlotte. Call 941-627-1628 to register; registration ends Feb. 23 and spaces are limited. For more information contact Marc Solomon, at 941-627-1628, ext. 103 or marc.solomon@CharlotteCountyFL.gov .     

    Habana Nights – Join us for a sizzling night of Latin dancing, hosted by Higher Ground Performing Arts on Saturday, February 17th 2018 from 7:30 PM – 11:30PM at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Center, 2001 Shreve Street. Proceeds will benefit the Inspire the Arts Foundation.T he event will include hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and a complimentary Salsa lesson from Higher Ground @ 8:00pm.   Cash bar. $20/Person. Suggested attire: casual evening (Guayaberas, Cocktail Dresses). For sponsorship, to purchase tickets, or more info contact: Higher Ground at (941) 625-3622 or visit www.highergroundperformingarts.net

    A great Valentine’s Day gift!  Tickets to. John McCutcheon concert February 10, 2018 – 7:00 pm at the Riverwood Community Center –  4250 Riverwood Drive Port Charlotte.  The concert is a fundraising event presented by the Rotary Club of Murdock.   We’re almost sold out so call 941-624-2353 or email halliepowers@msn.com to get your tickets.   Reserved $35, general $25.  A cash bar will be available. 

    Heritage Oaks Presents Music on The Lawn – “Cupid Serenades.”  Heritage Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care presents our new monthly concert series, Music on the Lawn. Thursday February 22nd from 5pm to 7pm at Heritage Oaks – 7374 San Casa Blvd, Englewood, FL.   Open to the public, refreshments and lite hors d’oeuvres provided.  .  Call Today to RSVP 941-698-2600.

    Join us for a series of quality music concerts at the Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Boulevard, ranging from bluegrass to American roots to steampunk to ragtime to jazz. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and are free. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information call 941.613.3192 or visit http://www.youseemore.com/charlottecounty/ Wednesday, Feb. 7 – The Band Anastasia; Thursday, Feb. 15 – The Steampunk Stompers; Wednesday, Feb. 21 – Wild Carrot; Tuesday, March 20 – Sonny and Perley Trio; Wednesday, March 21 – Charlotte County Jazz Society.

    Announcing the first annual Peace River Revival on Saturday, April 7 in Laishley Park.  The Festival will feature Lukas Nelson and The Promise of The Real, The Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts, Donna the Buffalo and much more. Please feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the great music, food trucks and vendors! Limited VIP tickets available.  Click here to purchase ticketS. www.edgewatereventsllc.com

    Join Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center at a fundraising event which includes a lecture by Nancy S. Willie and Esther A. Horton on “A History of Englewood & Surrounding Areas” at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood from 5 PM to 7 PM on February 22, 2018.  Included in the $12 entrance donation ($8 for Friends of CHEC) is complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres, music by Gottfried Creek, as well as a silent auction.  For further information and/or reservations, phone 941.475.0769.  Space is limited.

    Charlotte County Historical Center will be presenting the art history of the Florida Highwaymen in an interactive event. The Highwaymen were a group of twenty-six African-American, self-taught artists specializing in Florida landscape paintings. They had their beginnings in the 1950s, during a time of segregation and Jim Crow laws. Highwaymen Art in the Park will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bayshore Live Oak Park. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, contact 941-629-PAST (7278) or Crystal.Diff@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

    February 8th is Lobster Night at F.M. Don’s, 201 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Three Courses: Crab & Corn Chowder, 1 1/4 lb Maine Lobster, New Potatoes, Green Beans and Key Lime Pie. 

    FunkFest’s party is so notorious, we had to add another day with more music and entertainment. FunkFest 9 on March 2nd & 3rd is sure to be weekend to remember. 15 bands, Funk Fest official schedule, on two stages, more vendors, more excitement!  For Tickets and information visit www.funkfestpuntagorda.com

    The Charlotte–DeSoto Building Industry Association Parade of Homes is March 3-11 with homes in Babcock Ranch, Englewood, North Port, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.  Visit www.swflparadeofhomes.com

    New York Time bestselling author Leanne Brown (author of Good and Cheap- Eating Well on $4 day) will be here on Thurs., Feb. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bayfront Hospital Medical Office in Punta Gorda.  Join the Early Learning Coalition, Charlotte County Healthy Start, Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies and Drug Free Charlotte County as we promote health meals habits for families. To register, please go to https://eatwell-livewellcharlottecounty.eventbrite.com.  CEUswill be available through the Florida Certification Board, Drug Free Charlotte County, certificate # 5302-A.  

    The Punta Gorda Library presents a series of quality music concerts and dramatic performances on Friday nights at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association. All performances begin at 6:00 p.m. and are free.  Feb. 16 – A Tribute to Les Paul and Mary Ford by Tom and Sandy Doyle; Feb. 23 – Classical viola and accompaniment by David Pedraza and Guest;  March 2 –  Acting Up – A One-Woman show written and performed by Joanna Olsen; March 9 – Lillian Hellman: An Unfinished Woman written and performed by Jenny Aldrich. For information contact Bill MacDonald at 941-613-3192 or Bill.MacDonald@charlottecountyfl.gov.

    King Fisher Fleet, headquartered at Fishermen’s Village, will offer a 1-hour Harbor Tour departing from Burnt Store Marina for a limited time this season. The tours will depart every Friday from February 16 through April 6 at 11:30 am. This 1-hour cruise in the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve includes historical narrative, and you’ll look for dolphins, seabirds, and other wildlife. Burnt Store Marina is located at 3200 Matecumbe Key Road, Punta Gorda. For reservations or more information about this cruise, call (941) 639-0969, or visit http://www.kingfisherfleet.com/cruises-harbor-tour-burnt-store.

    You are invited To A Gala Art Auction Hosted by Temple Shalom and The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic on Saturday Evening, February 10, 2018 at Kingsway Country Club, Lake Suzy.  Preview:   6:00 p.m.  ~ Silent Auction ~  Live Auction: 7:15 p.m.  Admission: $36.00 per person ~ $65.00 per couple  Door Prize ~ Complimentary Hors d ’Oeuvres, Wine and Beer ~ Cash Bar.  For Tickets or Information, order on line www.templeshalomfl.com or RSVP to:  Jeanette Burke  2481 Cologne Lane, Punta Gorda, FL  33983 or text Carol 941-626-3890

    Happy New Year! It’s a great time to make your Valentine’s Day plans & support Crossroads Hope Academy at the same time. Our 3rd Annual Sweetheart Ball is Feb 10 at the Cultural Center in PC. Be sure to get your tickets soon at: www.thesweetheartball.com.

    An introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association. Topics include fishing techniques, tackle selection, rigging, knot tying, lures, baits, tides, and fishing regulations.  Rods, reels, lures, nets and other fishing equipment will be demonstrated.  The instructor is fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen. The course is open to the public and is held on Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Wednesday, February 21. The cost is $45 and advance registration is recommended by calling 941-637-1655.

    The 39th Powder Puff Charity Classic Golf Tournament is on February 16, 17, 18, 2018 at the Port Charlotte Golf Club.  This three-day event, Charlotte County’s largest women’s golf tournament, is recognized as one of the best amateur women’s tournaments in Florida.  All proceeds from our 2018 tournament will be donated to your local Tidewell Hospice.  We need your help with sponsorship, raffle items, goodies for 130 goodie bags and playing.  Contact Stacy Jones, SJones@kays-ponger.com.

    Please join Florida Gulf Coast University at the Charlotte Sports Park on Feb. 20 from 10 am to noon for a program, Building Bridges thru Baseball.  Speakers include: Dr. Martin, President of FGCU (Video); Ken Kavanagh, Director of FGCU Athletics; Dave Tollet, native son of Charlotte County, and current FGCU baseball coach; Mario Leon, captain of the FGCU baseball team; Steve Dionisio, Supt. of Charlotte County Schools and Jared Forma, Manager, Charlotte Sports Park.  There will also be a meet and greet and lunch, provided by Cheney Brothers.

    Dancing with the Charlotte Stars, the most fun fundraiser in Charlotte County, is gearing up for its March 9, 2018, event with 8 local celebrities and four dance studios. Since 2009, 52 celebrities have raised more than $243,000 at this signature event of Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County (Charlotte Arts). Proceeds support arts in education grants and other local arts and humanities programming. Go to www.DancingWithTheCharlotteStars.org/ to learn more and vote for your favorite dancer. Join the fun and support the arts and humanities in Charlotte County! 

    Chamber Member News

    Rays spring training at Charlotte Sports Park will begin on Friday, February 23 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The full home schedule is available now at www.raysbaseball.com/spring. Place a deposit now to reserve your priority for the best seating locations. Season tickets start at just $258 and provide access to the best seats at the best prices, and other great benefits. Visit raysbaseball.com/spring or call 888-FAN-RAYS. Single Game Tickets go on sale Friday, January 12 at 10 a.m. at raysbaseball.com/spring, and at the Charlotte Sports Park box office on Saturday, January 13 at 10 a.m.

    Suncoast Humane Society’s pets of the week – Champ is a 4 year old collie mix that is well trained. He does well with older children. He isn’t good with other dogs, but is with cats. http://petango.com/Adopt/Dog-Border-Collie-37632657.  Brady likes to stay indoors and loves to sleep in a crate with the door open. He has lived with adults & teens as well as a dog & cat. http://petango.com/Adopt/Cat-Domestic-Shorthair-37498239

    Air Trek, Inc. is a family owned and operated Aircraft Charter Service and Luxury Travel Specialist that provides a unique travel experience for the exclusive and discriminating traveler.  Since 1978 Air Trek has provided special travel accommodations and arrangements for the most important VIP’s… our customers! All private jet flights include luxury concierge travel service for cruises, resorts, hotels, on-shore excursions, tours, ground transportation, tickets for shows and sporting events, or anything else your heart desires. For any additional questions or pricing please call 1-800-AIR-TREK (800-247-8735)  or visit     www.airtrek.aero.

    Stone Crabs Flex and Mini Plans are available for purchase. We offer a variety of plans to fit any budget! New this season is the Tiki Thursday Mug Club and the Mini Fireworks Plan. Save over 20% with each plan! To find out more details or to download an order form, click here.

    Take advantage of great rates! Book your tee time today at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club, 941-423-6955.

    Stop by any Charlotte State Bank & Trust office before Valentine’s Day and play the bank’s annual guessing game. Fill out an entry form and guess the total number of chocolates in a four-jar display. The person at each office who comes closest to the actual number without going over will win the candy and the Mason jars.

    You can’t order a background check on an applicant or employee on a whim.  You must have the person’s written permission.  Then, if you’re considering rejecting an applicant or terminating a worker based on information in that background check, you must inform the applicant or employee in writing and provide the person with a copy of the relevant report so he/she can dispute the information.  And, you must also inform him/her of your final decision in writing.  Contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks for further info.  941-488-8500; 800-531-6522; ninginfo@atlantic.net

    Center4Truth provides behavior modification training, academic tutoring, life/social skills development and more, to youth in general education as well as those with developmental delays. We are a youth service that fosters lifelong values, morals and integrity in today’s youth; empowering them to believe in themselves, lead themselves, and in turn lead others. We are currently offering half off initial consultation fees and $10.00 off regular service for student’s struggling with academic or behavioral expectations. Ms. Nicole is a certified teacher with EBD and ESE endorsements. Contact Ms. Nicole today at 269-325-9369.

    Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting free guided walks and programs in February 2018. Unless noted, all walks begin at 9:00 AM.  For locations, directions or further information, call Cedar Point Environmental Park at 941-475-0769 WWW.CHECflorida.org.

    The University of Florida Survey Research Center is currently conducting a survey of Charlotte County voters about an extension of the 1 percent local option sales tax in 2020.  Calls will be made to hundreds of randomly selected registered voters. Residents will be asked their opinion on the extension of the current sales tax, as well as their thoughts on potential projects under consideration for funding. The results of the survey will be published on the county website, www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov, in March.

    Save the date:  Pedal and Play in Paradise, March 9 & 10, 2018, A Cycling Celebration in Punta Gorda, pedalandplayinparadise.comTEAM Punta Gorda.

    Stock market got you nervous? It should. The Dow has pulled back over 1000 points this week. The current price to earnings ratio of the S&P 500 is still over 40% higher than the 144-year average, and the dividend is about half. Stock buy-backs have driven prices. This means that in theory, equities could pull back significantly more. Call to find out how to lock-in on gains, secure income, and protect retirement assets now. Call Alan T. Lane 844-484-3696 

    The Charlotte County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is receiving applications for the 2018 Summer and Annual Event Development Program.  The application is available on-line at www.PureFlorida.com/tdc/edp.  Applications for consideration at the March 2 meeting of the TDC are due no later than February 22 by email to Brynja.Phipps@charlottecountyfl.gov or by personal delivery to 1700 Tamiami Trail, G-2, Port Charlotte.   Applications for review at the May 4 meeting of the TDC, contingent upon available funds (the TDC will continue to receive applications until program funds have been expended) are due no later than April 28.

    Heron Creek Golf & Country Club invites you to take advantage of great prices! Book your tee time today. Call the Pro Shop at 941-423-6955


    Kathy Weithman, Broker/Owner, is pleased to announce that on February 1, Charlotte County Realty will expand its Southwest Florida business presence by opening in the Departure Area at the Punta Gorda Airport.  Ms. Weithman, who has 20+ years of real estate experience – 15+ years as a Broker, believes that the new Punta Gorda Airport location will allow Charlotte County Realty to go “above and beyond” by featuring homes to hundreds of travelers daily. For more information, contact Kathy Weithman at 941-613-9001, or visit our website at www.charlottecountyrealty.com

    Just for fun

    If you need a good laugh, try reading through these children’s science exam answers 

    Q: Name the four seasons. 
    A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar. 

    Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink. 
    A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists. 

    Q: How is dew formed? 
    A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire. 

    Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
    A: Keep it in the cow.

    Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
    A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards themoon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight. 

    Q: What are steroids? 
    A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs. 

    Q: What happens to your body as you age? 
    A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental. 

    Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty? 
    A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery 

    Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes. 
    A: Premature death. 

    Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? ( e.g., abdomen) 
    A: The body is consisted into three parts — the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels A, E, I, O, and U. 

    Q: What is the fibula?
    A: A small lie. 

    Q: What does ‘varicose’ mean?
    A: Nearby. 

    Q: Give the meaning of the term ‘Caesarian Section.’ 
    A: The Caesarian Section is a district in Rome 

    Q: What does the word ‘benign’ mean?’ 
    A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.


    Do you have exciting information about YOUR business?  Send it to the Chamber and we’ll share it with our other members! Email news about your business to Julie Mathis at jmathis@charlottecountychamber.org.  Please keep it to 90 words or fewer. We reserve the right to publish as well as edit any posting. BOL goes out weekly on Mondays; please email your news by the preceding Friday. 

    Julie Mathis
    Executive Director
    Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
    311 West Retta Esplanade
    Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

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