Monday March 15, 2021

Palm Beach County began vaccinations for school employees age 50 and up this weekend at walk-up sites. There seems to be some confusion regarding who really qualifies. An order from Gov. Ron DeSantis authorizes vaccines only to educators 50 and up, but federal guidelines allow it for all ages. Several sites and pharmacies all over the state such as Publix and CVS, are already vaccinating teachers of all ages. Palm Beach County administered the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 4 walk up sites including Lake Shore Middle School.

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers are investigating the death of a local man, that occurred Saturday afternoon in Lee County. A 37-year-old Cape Coral man was traveling east in the inside lane on State Road 82, east of Bell Boulevard South. The 68-year-old Clewiston man was standing near an active construction zone between the outside lane and the inside lane of eastbound State Road 82, when FHP Troopers say he was hit by the SUV. The crash remains under investigation.

A crash in Hendry County yesterday ended with an overturned van and a DUI arrest. A 39-year-old Fort Myers man was traveling the wrong way, on westbound Helms Road, west of State Road 29 in Hendry County on Sunday, at about 3:35 in the morning. A 19-year-old Fort Myers woman was traveling west on Helms Road in the inside lane when she spotted the wrong way driver. She turned her van containing 5 passengers, to avoid hitting the man head on. He collided with the right side of the vehicle, causing the van to flip, landing on its roof. The man then tried to flee the scene, but his truck got stuck in the grass in an attempted U-turn. He was placed under arrest for leaving the scene, DUI, no registration, no insurance and driving the wrong way. He was booked into the Hendry County Jail. Everyone in the van, all residents of Fort Myers, came out okay. One passenger suffered just minor injuries.

Last week, Governor DeSantis said before the end of the month, everyone 55 years of age and older in Florida, is likely to be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine. He also said there is a chance everyone in the state could be able to get a shot in April. President Joe Biden, in his address to the nation Thursday night, wants to make all adults eligible for the vaccine by May 1. On Thursday, Walgreens announced it would offer vaccines at an additional 85 stores, including four in Palm Beach County. Walgreens’ expansion came two days after CVS Pharmacy announced 67 additional stores across the state would begin offering shots. It already offered vaccines at stores in Belle Glade and Clewiston.

Each year, Through With Chew Week raises awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco use (chew, dip and snus) and the effective tools available to quit. This “Through With Chew Week”, Feb. 21-27, Hendry County Health Department encouraged smokeless tobacco users to set a quit date and use Tobacco Free Florida’s free and proven-effective resources to quit for good. In the past, Hendry Tobacco Free Partnership has participated in the Swamp Cabbage Parade in LaBelle and the Hendry County Fair in Clewiston to help increase awareness of Smokeless Tobacco and Through With Chew Week. This year, due to COVID-19, the SWAT clubs took a different approach to spreading awareness. Hendry County School SWAT Club’s in both Clewiston and LaBelle Middle and High Schools participated in a “Skip The Dip” jump rope competition. Those looking to quit tobacco can create a personalized quit plan using Tobacco Free Florida’s free Quit Your Way tools and services. For more information on quitting tobacco, you can call 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669) or visit tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway.

Palm Beach County residents can dispose of their unwanted chemicals at any of the SWA’s seven drop-off locations for FREE! 

  • Belle Glade 
    Glades Regional Transfer Station 
    1701 State Road 15 in Belle Glade 
    Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Remember that any cleaners, paints, pesticides and automotive products you may want to get rid of don’t belong in the regular trash or down storm drains where they can expose people, pets and our environment to harm. 

Congratulations to CHS Track&Field Team for earning 1st place at the Glades Burger King Invitational in Belle Glade last week.  Head Track&Field Coach Jay Similien recognized the Girls for earning over 70 points which is the most points earned in the past 4 years. He says, “The best is yet to come!”