Thursday, February 17, 2022

Local Homeless Shelter Gets New Food Pantry

Pahokee’s homeless shelter has opened a new food pantry. Lake Village of the Glades pantry is stocked with healthy and nutritious foods including non-perishable items, fresh produce, and a selection of frozen meats. The closest grocery story to the shelter is 20 minutes away, so the distance would make healthy options hard to come by. The shelter provides 42 one-bedroom/one-bathroom units for families, seniors, couples, and singles. The center offers medical services, shelter beds, employment assistance, life skills training and more. To find out more information or to donate, call Lake Village at the Glades at 561-996-4863 or click here.

Clewiston Man Breaks Car Window, Runs, Falls, Gets Arrested

A Clewiston man was arrested after he was caught breaking into a car Sunday night. Clewiston Police Department reports:  night shift officers and deputies, heard the sound of glass breaking. They found 26-year-old Juan Alberto Ramirez-Secaida committing a vehicle burglary in a parking lot in the area of San Jose and US27. Ramirez-Secaida attempted to flee on foot but fell.  He was then placed under arrest and transported to the Hendry County Jail. It was discovered that Ramirez Secaida had busted the vehicle window with large rock. Authorities were able to recover the stolen items and return them to the owner.

WISH Fundraiser Event

Women involved in supporting the hospital, or WISH, was developed in 2012 by a group of women looking for ways to give back to the community through the Hendry Regional Medical Center Foundation. This non-profit organization was designed to unite women of all ages and backgrounds in an effort to make a difference. WISH has donated over $320,000 to HRMC and provided countless scholarships for adults seeking college education in the healthcare field. This year, the WISH members have put together the first in person event luncheon in two years. The event will be held on February 19 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the John boy auditorium in Clewiston. The Theme? Motown in C-Town! So far this year with various fundraising efforts, the organization has raised over $50,000 to go toward valuable equipment the hospital needs, as well as scholarships. WISH officers anticipate at least $60,000 in sponsorships, donations and tickets sales after Saturday’s luncheon. There are still a few tickets left for anyone interested in attending this fun, fundraising event this Saturday. To find out more you can contact Electa Waddell at the Hospital foundation building in Clewiston.

Body Found in Pahokee

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call of a body floating in a drainage canal near the Pahokee Marina yesterday morning. Detectives arrived on scene to investigate, and no foul play is suspected at this time. PBSO communications says, more information will be released when it becomes available.

Get Healthy Florida

Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and other state officials, want to encourage Floridians to prioritize heart health by becoming more active. Florida’s network of hiking and accessible trails in Florida provides opportunities for a variety of activities for the whole family, including walking, or running.  As Floridians are encouraged to learn more about physical activity and establishing healthy habits, you can visit In addition to American Heart Month in February, the observance of Florida Hiking Trails Month promotes the state’s more than 10,000 miles of trails, including the 1,100-mile Florida National Scenic Trail. Find trails in Florida’s State Parks on the states online trail guide.

Tuition Reimbursement for Belle Glade College

Palm Beach State College announced its Money-Back Guarantee programs. Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Care, Welding, HVAC, Electrician and Welding are the inaugural Money-Back Guarantee programs, as presented by PBSC President Ava L. Parker at the latest meeting in Belle Glade. Students who enroll and complete any of the Money-Back Guarantee programs, who are not employed within six months after graduation, are now eligible to request a refund of their tuition. The Money-Back Guarantee program is a part of House Bill 1507 and the Reimagining Education and Career Help or (R.E.A.C.H.) Act. For more information, visit