Wednesday July 15, 2020

Another toddler has been found trapped inside a hot vehicle. On Monday, July 13, 2020, at 4:14 pm, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call of a 2-year-old little girl, locked, by herself, in a vehicle that was NOT running. To the relief of the deputies, the baby was still alive; crying, sweating and appeared to be in distress, but alive, nonetheless. The deputy immediately broke a window and removed the toddler from the vehicle.  Palm Beach County Fire rescue arrived and treated the toddler on scene. The investigation determined that the toddler was left in the vehicle for nearly twenty-five minutes while the mother, Thamyres Ponce was shopping inside the mall. She was arrested and charged with Child Neglect. 

Both Hendry and Glades County School boards gave parents 3 choices for kids to return to school as the districts begin the process of reopening.  Eastside Elementary Schools principal Sarah Sanchez was live on the Eastside’s Facebook Page yesterday to discuss these options and the safety procedures they have in place. The options include traditional, which is a return to school environment. Obviously, there will be safety procedures in place to honor the guidelines suggested by the CDC and the DOH. The second option will be remote learning, following the schools schedule of instruction from home. Devices and internet options will be available. Option 3 is a full-time virtual school experience with a flexible schedule between 8 am to 8 pm. This enrollment is a Florida Public School but is not through Hendry County. Chairperson for the HCSB Stephanie Busin has invited Dr. Joseph Pepe, Health Administrator, to the next Hendry County School board meeting which will be held in person on the 21st at noon at 475 E. Osceloa. Hendry and Glades Counties are both preparing to return on August 10. If you have not submitted your student intent to return form for Hendry County students, the deadline is today. 

Summer is here, and after months of social distancing, people are itching for a getaway. However, fears of the coronavirus are keeping most from their usual vacation spots. Rather than packing up the car or catching a flight to their preferred beach, we are planning for a summer staycation. A recent study found that some have reinvested the money they would have spent on a tropical vacation in a new RV, while others are opting for a swimming pool they can enjoy all summer long. Pools are suddenly so popular that some sellers can’t keep them in stock. This is the best-case scenario for scammers. If you’re thinking of making a major pool purchase:

   •     Beware of prices that seem too good to be true. 

   •     Confirm the company’s physical address. 

   •     Pay with a credit card or another secure payment method. 

   •     Check with BBB. You can find trustworthy companies to buy from at BBB.org

The Pahokee Subaroos robotics teams at Pahokee Middle and Pahokee High Schools are featured in the Summer 2020 issue of Palm Beach County Business Quarterly Economic Development Magazine, for gaining national academic recognition for its winning robotics program. The performance of the Subaroos teams has branded the teams as one of the best in Palm Beach County and South Florida. During the 2018-2019 school year, the success of the teams was so impressive that leader and Coach Luis Paniagua was named the “Robotics Coach of the Year.” It is especially significant to mention that Coach Paniagua said the robotics program’s stakeholders are helping to build a tradition that will make Pahokee known for academic achievement on the same level as their athletic accomplishments. The article is online at: passportpublications.com/pbcb_summer20.html.

A 51-year-old Mexican national died Sunday afternoon at a Belle Glade hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for several weeks. Onoval Perez-Montufa was an inmate at the ICE facility run by Glades County in Moore Haven. The preliminary cause of death is undetermined, a report says, a COVID-19 test administered by medical staff at the Glades County Detention Center came back positive on July 2, and Glades staff promptly notified the hospital. Perez Montufa had complained of shortness of breath, before being transported to the hospital for care.