Tuesday October 19, 2021

Florida is making plans to start the digital driver’s license program next month. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will allow drivers to verify and carry a digital version of their identification on their smartphone. The website says residents will be able to use a Florida Smart ID Verifier app, to share their Florida Smart ID through a scannable QR or barcode. Once the barcode is scanned, their information will be read and shared with the appropriate individual. Right now, they remain in the testing phase. But when its ready, people will still have to keep their physical driver’s license with them despite having digital access. FLHSMV says it remains state law to also carry the traditional physical driver’s license.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released a narrative detailing the circumstances surrounding a crash, that killed a 9-year-old boy on Friday. PBSO said Steven Arriaza Mercado of Royal Palm, was driving eastbound on CR880 in Belle Glade, when he veered off the road and flipped his car multiple times. Both Mercado and 9-year-old Nathanael Arriaza were ejected from the vehicle. Nathanael was fatally injured at the scene. Mercado was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in stable condition. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The State of Florida is recognizing the passing of General Colin Powell. Gen. Powell passed away at 84 years old. Powell was an American patriot who spent over 35 years serving in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Four-Star General. He was our nation’s first black Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and National Security Advisor. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and again in 1993. Powell will be remembered as a trailblazing soldier, leader, and public servant. To honor General Colin Powell and his impact on our nation, Governor DeSantis is directing the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida immediately, until sunset on Friday, October 22, 2021. 

The Glades Initiative Food Distribution is Changing. It will now be referred to as the “Pantry of Choice”. Here’s how it works. Patrons may come to shop in the pantry once per week at any time during open hours. In the “Pantry of Choice”, you choose the foods that you want and need! Food will no longer be distributed outside. In order to participate once a week bring a Valid ID or your Glades Initiative Food Pantry ID. The all-new Pantry of Choice will begin today actually, from 3p to 7p. The pantry will also have Wednesday and Thursday, morning and after hours of operation. The pantry is still located at the Glades Initiative Building at 149 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade.  
WHEN: Starting, Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021  3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Tuesday)
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Wednesday)
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Thursday)
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 149 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade, FL 33430 CONTACT: 561-996-3310

All month long HRMC is offering reduced mammo’s for $100 in LaBelle and $120 3D mammo in Clewiston. Call today to schedule your life saving test!
863-675-2356 LaBelle
863-902-3061 Clewiston

Trunk or Treat will be held at Sweetest Town Playground in Clewiston on Saturday October 30 from 6p to 830p. The event is free and open to the public. Contact the Clewiston Police Departments non-emergency number for vendor or food truck information.

The Howl-O-Ween celebration is going down in Barron Park this Saturday October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will have a pet costume contest, a parade and the 2nd annual Downtown Doxie Dash. Howl-O-Ween is four-legged-friend friendly! This Saturday October 23 from 10 to 2 in Barron Park for this year Howl-O-Ween event!