Thursday March 11, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis said that after the state makes people 60 and older eligible for the COVID vaccine on Monday, it will soon lower the age to 55 and then probably open it up to the rest of the population. He said vaccinating the 60 to 64 age range may go quicker than expected because of the increase in supply of the vaccine. No exact date has been named for the change to take place.

A Belle Glade man was arrested in Louisiana on February 25, and now faces drug charges. 23-year-old Corey Jenkins was pulled over on I-10 in Scott last month allegedly traveling with just over two pounds of Cocaine. Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Valeri Ponsetti says deputies also recovered about 9 grams of Marijuana, one 9 mm AR Pistol and ammunition. Jenkins faces 3 different possession charges. His bond was set at $160,000.00.

Housing assistance has been at the forefront of the residents and city leaders in Palm Beach County since before the beginning of the pandemic. The Director of Palm Beach County Community Services Department, James Green says people need this money now more than ever. To that end, if someone is 80% below the median income, Green says residents should apply online to www.rentalassistancepbc.org. On this site, there’s an application for emergency rental and utility assistance; about 45 million dollars’ worth. This money must be spent by September 30. The county is willing to pay up to 12 months of rent for people who are behind on payments. But even those that are current and need help you receive up to three months of future payments. This applies to utilities as well. You have to be a Palm Beach County resident who experienced a loss of income as a result of the pandemic. Visit www.rentalassistancepbc.org to see if you qualify.

Do you have growing artist at home? Well, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is holding an art contest for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. They are being asked to fill out an art contest entry form and create an original piece of art from the official fish list. Grades 4-12 will need to write about their chosen species.  Participants can submit their artwork by March 31 through photos or a scanned copy of their entry to R3-MyFWC.com. They can also mail it in. For more information on the contest and for entry forms, visit www.StateFishArt.com.

Every year in February, the nation recognizes Heart Health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. The American Heart Association Southwest Florida has information on a variety of topics related to heart health like heart failure, stroke, and other associated risks. Sounds really scary until you realize how easy it can be to mitigate these potential dangers. Dr. Amir Kaki, an interventional cardiologist from Clewiston by way of Belle Glade, who now practices in Detroit, says you’d be surprised how what you put in your body, can make a difference. (Dr. Kaki – Heart Health) Kaki says it’s important to monitor your vitals, before you have to visit his office. Dr. Kaki recently made history installing the worlds smallest heart pump through the leg. The pump is only 3 millimeters long. The patient who received the pump, went home the next day.