Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Election Day in Pahokee

Its election day in Palm Beach County! And Pahokee residents will be voting for mayor and two commissioners. Mayor Keith Babb is seeking a third term in office against Vice Mayor Regina Bohlen. Babb, who is from Pahokee, has been mayor since 2016. Bohlen moved to Pahokee 15 years ago. Both candidates want to bring new business to Pahokee and add jobs to Palm Beach County’s western region. There are about 2,800 registered voters in Pahokee. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any voters waiting in line at 7 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot. In order to vote, you must provide a Florida driver’s license, identification card, U.S. passport or some other form of photo identification with signature. To find your assigned precinct in Palm Beach County, click here.

Morning Fog in Hendry and Glades

The Weather Channel is reporting hazardous driving conditions for Hendry and Glades Counties. Areas of dense fog are occurring, limiting visibility to about a half mile. Fog will likely persist into the morning commute. Motorists are advised to drive with caution as visibilities may widely vary over short distances. Weather.com advises motorists use low beam headlights and leave extra distance between your vehicle and others on the road. Allow extra time to travel to destinations. If lower visibilities occur, a dense fog advisory will be issued.

Advocacy Groups Call for Closing of Glades Detention Center

As of March 1st, Earthjustice along with 13 community advocacy groups who are part of the Shut Down Glades Coalition called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven, for unsafe and unlawful living conditions. Earthjustice.org reports, in a letter submitted to the federal agency, the coalition of groups are calling for the immediate release of those who are being harmed at Glades County Detention Center and for the EPA to investigate the illegal and unlawful use of chemicals at migrant detention centers in Glades County and across the country.

Local School District Recognizes Elementary Student

A Gove Elementary School student, along with others in Palm Beach County, is being honored through the districts character education program called Character Now!, which promotes Social Emotional Learning, and Positive Behavior Support initiatives. According to her teachers, honesty is truly the best policy for sixth grader Aleefa Ali.

The themes for the Character Now! Initiative program are:

• Showing empathy and kindness.
• Being responsible.
• Having a growth mindset.
• Demonstrating trustworthiness.
• Demonstrating respect.
• Being a good citizen.

Ali is being recognized for being trustworthy and reliable. Students are provided with instruction in the standards through the SEL and PBS initiatives. They are then recognized by their schools for demonstrating the character themes. Congratulations to Aleefa Ali of Gove Elementary School in Belle Glade, recognized for her honesty and trustworthiness by her teachers.

Hendry County Roadwork

All week long, Hendry County’s Contractor, will be conducting roadwork on CR833, from SR80 south to the Powerline Grade, and on CR846, from CR833 westward to the Collier County Line. Flagmen will be present to direct traffic. The speed limit will be reduced in the area. Motorists should expect lane closures and possible delays throughout the duration of the project and allow extra time for their commute. The work is expected to have a completion time of approximately five days, and this is day 2. Road work operations will occur all week long from 7am – 5pm through Friday, March 11th. Hendry County Engineering Department will notify of any changes. Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

Outta the Muck Documentary

Another documentary about the Glades has been released. The PBS series tells the story of a self-determined family in the deep south as it resists despair with love. It blends family, football and history in an intimate portrait of longtime residents of Pahokee and explores the shared history of a family that spans seven generations. The film is called “Outta the Muck,” and it just had a premiere at the Miami Film Festival this past Saturday. Ira McKinley, one of the films directors, said the film is an important step in getting back in touch with his roots. “Outta The Muck” had its world premiere at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. A self-titled documentary was released in 2019 by a different set of directors. It chronicled the hopes and futures of youth of Pahokee, during their senior year in High School. Check out the trailer for “Outta the Muck” here: https://watch.eventive.org/miamifilmfestival2022/play/61fd7eabe7a8860053d56b3b/61f189536239a200d2d658f1