Wednesday April 21, 2021

Florida reports, Hearing loss is an issue for the over 4 million seniors living here in the state. Currently, only 15% of people who have hearing problems end up addressing the issue with a hearing aid. Unfortunately, in Florida, there are obsolete regulations on the books that reduce access to treatment for those with hearing difficulties. Florida is currently one of only two states in the nation, along with New York, that places a blanket restriction on delivering hearing aids by mail. Well, a bill this session, HB 957, would address this issue. If signed into law, the bill would undo the prohibition of the distribution of hearing aids through the mail. In a state that has as many seniors as Florida does, it makes little sense to restrict more access to treatment.

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County partners with the business community to raise money and donations for district schools. The Education Foundation operates the Red Apple Supplies Program to get school supplies in teachers’ hands at more than 60 schools across the School District of Palm Beach County. In the past, teachers would place an order, come to the Red Apple Supplies warehouse, and pick up the supplies already boxed up. But now, thanks to donations, the Education Foundation has a $60,000 truck to take the supplies directly to educators, to make things for pandemic friendly. The truck’s first trip on April 14 was out to the Glades, where Belle Glade Elementary School Principal Robera Walker was thrilled to see the boxes filled with books. You can learn more about the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County and how to help by clicking here.

Florida’s confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by over 5,000 Tuesday, and another 62 new virus-related deaths among Florida residents were reported, bringing the state’s total to 34,533. It’s being reported that the positivity rate for all cases, including people who have already been tested, was 8.76%, more than two percentage points below Monday’s 10.85% rate.

Aspiring athletes in the Glades have no shortage of examples who have risen from the muck to become successful professional athletes. From Rickey Jackson and Jessie Hester to Fred Taylor and Anquan Boldin. But football isn’t the only path to success for the Glades residents. Markenson Pierre, an Army veteran and an attorney was born in Haiti, and moved to Belle Glade with his family at the age of 11.  Pierre was a football star at Glades Central and, his senior year, Glades Day. After graduation, Pierre was commissioned in the Army as a logistics officer and served for seven years, including two in Iraq where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He then enrolled at the University of Alabama School of Law and received his juris doctorate in 2018. Last July, Pierre, who works at a commercial litigation firm in Miami, launched Muck Sports and is certified by the NFL Players Association. Pierre’s inspiration has come from his father and mother who worked in the packing houses. Both still live in Belle Glade. Markenson now practices in Miami.