News 3-6-2020

Four high school students from South Florida have been selected to participate in the 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. Each student receives a trip to Walt Disney World to participate in the immersive, four-day experience that will take place March 12-15. Rouri Hall is a 15-year-old Jamaican student from Lauderhill. The 10th grade student aspires to own his own shoe store one day or become a sports-related physical therapist. Emma Moise is a 17-year-old dance enthusiast and a senior at MAST academy in Miami. She has completed a humanitarian mission in Haiti and is active in her school’s Black student association, coast guard and junior leadership programs. Diversity in ethnicity and gender is one the program’s hallmarks. Activities are inclusive, but young men like 17-year-old Jonathan Williams of Boca Raton will have a “boys only” opportunity to learn grooming and other etiquette through a program called, “Tied to Greatness.” He plans to go to Johns Hopkins or Stanford.  And lastly, Estefania Alcala is a 17-year-old senior at Glades Central High School in Belle Glade. She plans to attend the University of South Florida as a business major. Estefania believes that education is the key to overcoming poverty and changing generations. Collectively, these South Florida dreamers are among an outstanding group of 100 teens whose presence at the annual event represents a part of Walt Disney World’s commitment to helping the next generation of young people by inspiring them at a critical time in their development.

In support of The Glades Initiative’s Glades Area Food Bank, U.S. Sugar is announcing a multi-year partnership that will help the nonprofit expand its food services throughout the Glades region. The contribution brings additional food resources to the community. The Glades Area Food Bank utilizes a refrigerated truck and van for picking up food, specialized home delivery service, food pantry access and local drop-offs. Support from the company began in 2018 and continues through 2021, bringing improvements and new opportunities for reaching even more residents facing hunger in the Glades. U.S. Sugar Community Relations Manager Brannan Thomas says, “At its core, U.S. Sugar has always been about growing food and providing resources for our local communities”. He says, “We are proud to continue this successful partnership with The Glades Initiative to help feed more families in need.”

The Chalo Nitka Big Bass Tournament took place in Moore Haven on Saturday, Feb. 29. There was a total of 73 anglers participating. First place went to Mike Atteberry with a bass weighing 5.53 lbs. Second place went to Randy Coyle with a bass weighing 5.41 lbs. Third place went to Bobby Adams with a bass weighing 4.44 lbs. First place in the critter division went to Jennifer Savant with a mudfish weighing 8.85 lbs. The Chalo Nitka festivities continue tonight with a rodeo beginning at 7.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about a declared Sexual Predator, Ricardo Abel Salas, born in 1972, who is now residing at 12101 Everglades Street, Unit 13, Canal Point.

With all the reports of the Coronavirus beginning to affect people in the United States as well as Europe and other countries, there is also the lingering threat of the flu. The Florida Department of Health is encouraging people to get vaccinated for the flu as soon as possible. Amy Cormier, the health educator of Okeechobee County section of the Florida Department of Health says this has been one of the stronger flu seasons and getting a flu shot is the best course of action. The flu shot will not prevent you from getting the flu but if you get the flu shot, the flu symptoms are not nearly as bad and you can fight it off a lot faster. Cormier says if you cannot get a flu shot, the next best thing is practicing good hygiene (Cormier 2). Flu symptoms range from coughing and sneezing excessively to headaches. Cormier says as soon as you feel bad, go see a doctor and be tested. The latest nationwide report says there’s been over six million cases of people catching the flu and nearly three thousand related deaths. For more information, you can log on to www.FluFreeFlorida.com.