News 4-3-2020

A celebration for a Medal of Honor statue was undercut this year, but, that didn’t stop a small group who gathered at LaBelle Veterans Park Sunday, March 29. They came to honor young American men like Medal of Honor recipient Nicholas Cutinha who lived in LaBelle as a young boy. His bravery saved many American lives during the Vietnam War. Survivors made it home from a battle that claimed 49 lives and left 27 wounded. Those who survived did so because Nicholas Cutinha provided cover fire for them for six hours. He took hit after hit until he gave his own life. This small group visits LaBelle regularly to pay their respects at his grave in Fort Denaud Cemetery and to view his Medal of Honor, housed at American Legion Post 130, LaBelle. A larger celebration is planned for March 2, 2021.

In response to COVID-19, The Center for Progress and Excellence, Inc. (CPE) is providing crisis intervention and counseling via telehealth for people dealing with behavioral and mental health crisis. CPE’s services are free of charge to residents who live in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades, and Charlotte Counties. Response to a crisis is within 60 minutes and follow up for mental health services is available within 48 hours. CPE is also providing crisis intervention services to school districts, hospitals, social service agencies and any business who needs help. For more information about CPE, visit or call 239-689-8490.

Crimestoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Giovanni Lopez. His LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: SW 16th St., Belle Glade He is wanted for a VIOLATION OF PROBATION on DEALING IN STOLEN PROPERTY and BURGLARY OF A CONVEYANCE. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Giovanni Lopez, contact Crimestoppers of Palm Beach County.

City Manager Randy Martin says the City of Clewiston is asking all businesses and other entities catering to the public to incorporate social distancing measures immediately.  If individuals congregate anywhere on business properties, they must maintain 6 feet of separation from each other.  Per the Executive Orders issued by the Governor, it is strictly prohibited to eat food or drink beverages on site at any restaurants or other business locations serving or selling food.  Individuals in any business that are lined up for checkout or waiting for other services such as check cashing purposes must maintain 6 feet of separation from each other.  Non-essential businesses must not allow more than 10 individuals in a building at one time.  Business owners are responsible for monitoring this continuously during operating hours. City Manager Martin says we are all in this together, and we must all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.