Monday November 2, 2020

Each year Pace Center for Girls in Alachua hosts its Anti-Bully March. This year, they held a virtual anti-bully panel which featured speakers who shared their unique experiences and perspectives on bullying. One panelist said she was bullied about her weight, another for skin color, a third from just being different. Antorris Williams was on the panel, and he talked about being bullied because of his sexuality. The Belle Glade native runs his own freelance marketing business and a mens mentoring group. He said that he was an anti-bully growing up and will always speak out against any forms of bullying towards himself and others.

Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the state of Florida has been awarded $5 million in funding to create a new pilot program, Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery through Workforce Development. Addressing the health and economic impacts of widespread substance and opioid misuse, addiction and overdose, funding will provide wrap-around services including recovery and supportive services, career training and employment services to participants directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Florida’s largest nonprofit scholarship administrator has awarded its 1 millionth education choice scholarship, fueled by growing numbers of Black and Hispanic parents. Step Up For Students, the nonprofit that administers five of the state’s six K-12 scholarship programs, awarded its 1 millionth scholarship this fall. Founded in 2002, the organization now serves more than 140,000 students each year, including more than 40,000 Black students and 50,000 Hispanic students. Roline Powe of Belle Glade secured a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship for her daughter, after she was badly bullied in her prior school. Now Armani is thriving at her new school, and has her sights set on becoming a veterinarian. Numerous studies show choice scholarships save taxpayer money that can be re-invested in public schools.

High school football over the weekend had its highs and lows around the lake. The Moore Haven Terriers lost against their away game against Evangelical Christian 14 to 35. The Tigers homecoming game showed a strong performance by the home team, pulling off a 15-0 win over Doral Academy. Glades Central Raiders kept Palm Beach Central from their end zone altogether, as the Raiders advanced 41-0. The Blue Devils of Pahokee were not so lucky, losing their first game of the season to Dwyer 22-25. Glades Day also suffered a loss to Okeechobee falling 27-62.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, there have been 807,412 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 796,802 Florida residents and 10,610 non-Florida residents. There are 16,789 Florida resident deaths reported, 208 non-resident deaths, and 49,404 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health. Yesterday, there were 4,865 total new cases reported and 28 new resident deaths reported. Glades County reported 610 total cases and 6 deaths. Hendry County reported 4 news cases overnight, bringing the total to 2,242. The county has suffered 44 deaths. Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

Registered voters in Palm Beach County who have not yet voted and need a ride to the polls can catch a free ride from the county. Palm Tran, the county’s public transportation authority, will provide free transit on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. Palm Tran’s bus system as well as its Palm Tran Connection paratransit service and its dial-a-ride service “Go Glades” will all be free on Tuesday.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Palm Tran says it cleans the bus at the start and finish of each route, but the following health and safety rules are in place for passengers:

  • All passengers must wear a mask or facial covering;
  • Practice social distancing. Stagger seating to allow for six feet between riders;
  • Enter and exit only through the rear doors of buses;
  • Buses have a maximum capacity of 20 passengers at a time.

For more information, visit PalmTran.org, download the Palm Tran app or call 561-841-4BUS (4287).