Tuesday May 12, 2020 News

When the list of players signing Anquan Boldin’s letter to the attorney general over the death of Ahmaud Arbery became public, one name jumped off the page and into headlines. Tom Brady’s. Boldin, formerly of Pahokee High and Florida State University, wrote to attorney general Bill Barr last week in a letter signed by dozens of sports figures calling for an immediate investigation into the controversial shooting death of Arbery. Among those attaching their names were Dolphins linebacker Kyle Van Noy, former Dolphin and current NFL Vice President Troy Vincent and former Heat and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. But it carried special meaning to Boldin that Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ new quarterback, took a stance on social injustice. On Thursday, Gregory McMichael, 64, and son Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested and charged in connection with the shooting, but nationwide protests were held because it took more than two months for any arrests to be made. Vice President Joe Biden and LeBron James earlier raised concerns. Among the other white athletes and coaches who signed Boldin’s letter were David Andrews, Julian Edelman and Ryan Izzo of the New England Patriots and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Boldin said apprehension by white athletes to speak out doesn’t mean they don’t back steps to help the black community.  He said a lot of them just don’t wanna say the wrong thing.

A local elementary school teacher was recently awarded the Sabrina Katz Star Teacher of the Week. Holley Sweet teaches at Westside Elementary in Clewiston and in her 15 years of teaching she says teaching during the pandemic, virtually, is by far one of the most challenging experiences. It’s tough enough trying to be creative and engaging with her students online, but she still dealing with the fact that some of her students don’t have internet. But with the students she does meet with online, she actually played along with them in a scavenger hunt. She admitted that when it was time to find an item, her kids were much faster than she was. And to remind them they were not forgotten she organized a parade complete with signs and banners and drove by the students honking horns and showing support. If you would like to nominate a teacher to be the next Star Teacher of The Week you can submit their information to the Sabrina Katz Facebook page.

Governor Ron DeSantis says the coronavirus numbers are improving statewide, but there are large differences depending on where you are in Florida. “There’s more hospitalizations in Miami-Dade than in Collier, Lee, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Duval combined. And it’s not even close,” he said. DeSantis said Florida hospitals will receive the antiviral drug Remdesivir, but not right away. A federal government list shows New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts will receive the drug first. DeSantis said Florida will be in the second group of states to get it. DeSantis said he believes antibody tests will show that the coronavirus was here earlier than first believed. He also expects new antigen testing to arrive in Florida soon. The governor said there are 467 COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Florida hospitals. He said 263 of the state’s 6,500 available ventilators are in use. 

On Thursday, April 30, eight students were selected as recipients of the Glades Electric Educational Foundation (GEEF) scholarship. The students, all high school seniors, will each receive $4,000 to assist with their college expenses. Scholarship winners this year were chosen from 38 total applicants.

This year’s recipients were: Mary Brewer, Moore Haven Middle-High School; Madison Corwin, Moore Haven Middle-High School; Kimberly Forthofer, Sebring High School; Ashlynn Lytle, Clewiston High School; Brandon Mitchell, Okeechobee High School; Aubrey Pearce, Okeechobee High School; Jared Roberts, Lake Placid High School; and Aylin Xenes, Clewiston High School. If conditions permit, the GEEF Board of Directors plans to host the event later this summer to recognize these outstanding scholars. The foundation was formed in 2000 and has awarded over $481,000 worth of scholarships, which are funded by unclaimed Glades Electric Cooperative capital credits. To learn more about GEEF, visit gladeselectric.com/community/student-programs-information.

The Hendry County Economic Development Council, along with the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce has collaborated with the Hendry County Health Department to offer a free COVID-19 safety course for businesses and employees. The safety course will go over policies and procedures that can and should be utilized in order to protect both staff and customers. This will be a webinar featuring Dr. Joe Pepe from the Hendry County Health Department. A certificate will be issued at the end of the course. Course materials and instructions will be emailed to registrants prior to the class. There are multiple dates and times available for taking this course:

• Tuesday, May 12, from 2 to 3 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 12, from 6 to 7 p.m.
• Thursday, May 14, from 2 to 3 p.m.
• Thursday, May 14, from 6 to 7 p.m.

To register for the course: www.eventbrite.com/e/covid-19-safety-course-for-hendryglades-businesses-tickets-104534684054