Friday September 3, 2021

 

The City of Belle Glade and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office are working together to come with different strategies, that will help keep young people busy. This is an effort by both entities to end a history of violence in the streets of Belle Glade. Mayor Steve Wilson says there are various events through Parks and Recreation that are already in place, to keep teenagers busy and out of trouble. Wilson says, his priority too, are the people who are NOT the targets, such as innocent bystanders. Another large issue in Belle Glade right now, as well as surrounding municipalities, is the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Wilson says, COVID-19 is also ravaging his beloved city, and many of its families. The mayor continued to urge residents to get vaccinated and wear their masks.  He says people have been dying needlessly in Western Palm Beach County, as many of these deaths, he says, are preventable.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Marquez Edwards. His last known address is Jimmie Lou Ct., South Bay. He is wanted for failure to appear on charges of being a delinquent in possession of a firearm, weapon or ammunition, being unlicensed carrying a concealed firearm, and resisting an officer without violence. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Marquez Edwards, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

A Florida judge issued a written order late Thursday afternoon, stating that Gov. Ron DeSantis and state education officials cannot ban local school districts from enacting universal mask mandates for students, and cannot punish them for doing so. Judge John Cooper announced his decision during a court hearing on Aug. 27. The judges written order yesterday though, makes it law. School districts in Palm Beach, Indian River, and at least nine other counties in Florida are requiring students to wear facial coverings inside school buildings and on school district transportation without the ability to opt out. The Florida Department of Education started withholding the salaries of school board members in Alachua and Broward counties on Aug. 26 as punishment for their mask mandates. However, with Cooper’s order now officially in writing, it’s unclear if the state will continue to pursue sanctions against school officials. Gov. Ron DeSantis has appealed the judge’s ruling.

Today is National Food Bank Day. Nationwide, food banks help assist the 42 million Americans who struggle with food insecurity. In Florida, specifically Southwest Florida, the struggle is no different. Richard LeBer is the president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. LeBer says hunger is a major issue, but is often invisible to the average person. The need is very clear, however, to the volunteers and employees of the food bank, who see families in numbers, every day, specifically in Hendry and Glades Counties.

LeBer says hungry families are from all ethnic backgrounds, age groups and socioeconomic status. He says much of the challenge exists when families are embarrassed to accept or ask for help. Nevertheless, Feeding with Hope will be in Montura Ranch Estates on September 15, and in Moore Haven and LaBelle the following week. For more details or for immediate assistance visit Food Locator – Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.   

Red Apple Supplies is a FREE teacher resource store, started in 2016, to help equip teachers with essential school supplies for their classrooms.  Since its inception, Red Apple Supplies has distributed over $1 million in school supplies to Title I schools. Its mission is to serve the educational and creative needs of children in Palm Beach County public schools, by providing a means to transfer donated school supplies from businesses, organizations, and individuals, to teachers, free of charge. Well, this year, The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is partnering with Stephanie Busin and the Hendry County School Board, as well as Brannan Thomas of US Sugar Corporation, to incorporate Hendry County Teachers in this years effort. Stephanie Busin, Chairperson for the Hendry County School Board says, thanks to the generosity of the Education Foundation, this will be an ongoing partnership. Brannan Thomas Community Relations Manager for US Sugar says, this an all-new lane for US Sugar, but the organization is and has always been, a generous supporter and donor to local education, but this time, they are boots on the ground. The Red Apple Store registration has opened. And teachers have already begun placing their orders for supplies for their individual classrooms. Teachers will pick up their supplies on September 9 and US Sugar headquarters in Clewiston.