Lehigh Acres Gazette Christmas Home Decoration Contest – Get your house ready for Christmas and win one of two prizes and your photo and story in the newspaper. 2015 Theme is “Peace on Earth”. Register your home or nominate someone else by December 19 by emailing the Lehigh Acres Gazette at email@example.com Name, Street Address and Phone Number
Get your house ready for Christmas and win one of four prizes and your photo and story in the newspaper. 2015 Theme is “Peace on Earth”.
Best of Show
Judging will be Sunday December 20th so you must register your home or nominate someone else’s home by December 6th by calling 239-245-4815 or emailing the Lehigh Acres Gazette at firstname.lastname@example.org your Name, Street Address and Phone Number ( Rules – You must live in the 143 square miles of the Lehigh Acres Fire District and the property most be able to be seen at the road).
FREE EVENT but must register by December 19 by 6:00pm
Jeremy Senglin scored 23 points and Weber State beat Murray State 75-59 in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Wednesday night.
Senglin was 8 of 9 from the field including four 3-pointers for the Wildcats (4-2). Joel Bolomboy had a double-double, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds. Dusty Baker added 11 points and three assists. The team averaged 56.5 percent shooting from the field including 9 of 17 (52.9 percent) from distance.
Weber State fell behind 30-26 late in the first half but a Bolomboy 3-pointer and a dunk by Zach Braxton helped the Wildcats take a 40-35 lead at halftime.
Senglin sank back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half to stretch the Weber State lead to 52-42, and a pair of 3s by Baker in the final four minutes sealed the win.
Jeffery Moss scored 17 points for the Racers (4-2). Wayne Langston added 16 points and eight rebounds.
The Lehigh Acres Gazette will be closed for Thanksgiving Day to spend some quality time with family and friends.
It was a case of ‘too little, too late,’ for the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team on Monday Night as they fell to Bowling Green 82-77 at the Alico Center on Monday night. Despite being down by 16 points twice in the second half, the Eagles (3-2) staged a furious comeback, slicing the Falcons’ (3-2) advantage to only four points at 78-74 with 49 seconds left to play, but were unable to come away with the victory.
Samantha Brister was crowned Florida Miss America’s US Teen. Ms. Brister was named most Photogenic and was the winner of Evening gown portion in her division.
Lexi James was a finalist in the Florida Jr. Miss American Beauty Pageant. Ms. James also won the Academic and Fashion Model award for her age division.
Redshirt junior Marc-Eddy Norelia recorded his third-straight double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the FGCU men’s basketball team (3-1) won its third-straight game with a 73-60 victory over North Dakota (2-2) Sunday night at Alico Arena in the second day of the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Classic.
Redshirt sophomore Antravious Simmons (Miami, Fla./VCU/South Miami HS) recorded 12 points and grabbed a season-high-tying seven rebounds, sophomore Christian Terrell (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence HS) recorded 10 of his 11 points in the second half and issued five assists and freshman Reggie Reid (Harlem, Ga./Harlem HS) dished out a game-best nine assists in only 19 foul-plagued minutes.
After playing a triple-overtime contest just 24 hours earlier, FGCU started flat and shot just 34.5 percent from the floor (10-29) in the first half as the Eagles hit the break trailing for the second-straight night, 31-28. However, FGCU flipped the script in the second half as it connected at a 63.3-percent clip from the field (19-30) in the final 20 minutes.
Behind a Division-I program-record-tying 34 points and a near-record 18 rebounds from Marc-Eddy Norelia, the FGCU men’s basketball team (2-1) overcame a 15-point second-half deficit and six-point deficit in the third overtime to claim a 104-101 victory over Youngstown State (0-3) Saturday night in the Eagles’ longest home game ever.
When: Saturday, Nov. 21 – Monday, Nov. 23
Where: Alico Arena (4,333 + 300 SRO) | Fort Myers, Fla.
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ESPN3: Saturday | Sunday | Monday
Live Stats: Saturday | Sunday | Monday
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DUNK CITY, Fla. - Coming off a home-opening win on Monday night, the FGCU men’s basketball team (1-1) welcomes three teams to Southwest Florida for the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Classic at Alico Arena beginning Saturday, Nov. 21, and concluding Monday, Nov. 23.
The non-exempt tournament features Youngstown State, North Dakota and Bowling Green as FGCU will play each team at 7 p.m. in consecutive days, while the two teams the Eagles are not playing that day will tip off at 4 p.m.
The No. 24 FGCU swimming and diving team finished the first day at the Georgia Tech Invite in second place after turning in a pair of school records and finishing first in two other events at the McAuley Aquatics Center on Thursday night.
“It was a great day one for the girls as they started fast and put themselves in a good position for the rest of the weekend,” said FGCU head coach Neal Studd. “We had a number of girls achieve NCAA qualifying times and broke a couple school records with Barbara and Lani. Overall, we showed a lot of depth and are excited to keep it rolling tomorrow.”
The 200-yard freestyle relay of Katie Latham (Deal, Kent, United Kingdom/Sir Roger Manwood’s School), Kristin Julien (San Fernand, Trinidad & Tobago/St. Stephen’s College), Barbara Caraballo (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Indian River/Newsome HS) andKatie Armitage (Bushey, United Kingdom/Queens School Bushey) got the final events started as they edged quartets from nationally-ranked Arkansas and Alabama to win the event in a season-best time of 1:30.61.
The CWC (Community Watch Coordinators) is a group of Neighborhood Watch Coordinators that meet once a month to help maintain and build neighborhood watch groups here in Lehigh Acres. Since 2008 when the CWC was formed by Neighborhood Watch Coordinators in the Lehigh area to provide continuing education, motivation and support for each other. Neighborhood Watch groups and coordinators are initially started and trained by Crime Prevention Specialist Larry Gutridge of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office where groups are taught that they are the “eyes and ears” of the Sheriff’s Office.
Gutridge will be retiring January 4, after serving the Lee County Sheriff Office for nine years.
Crime Prevention is the main focus of the CWC and Neighborhood Watches however they are involved in many activiti
es in Lehigh with a goal to help maintain active Neighborhood Watch groups and build strong community bonds. Groups have held neighborhood garage sales, BBQ’s and potlucks, sponsoring fun activities like bounce houses and kids games. In addition to fun activities, Neighborhood Watch groups have also been successful in holding neighborhood cleanups, picking up litter, maintaining and getting roads paved, adding street lights at bus stops and helping maintain property values by utilizing Code Enforcement. Many Lee County government agencies have partnered with the CWC and the Neighborhood Watch Coordinators on a variety projects as have some community action committees in Lehigh; together these agencies have helped the CWC improve Lehigh…”one neighborhood at a time.”
Larry Gutridge has legacay in helping Lehigh Acres became a safer community one Neighborhood Watch at a time.
The CWC meets every month on the third Thursday at 6:30 pm and is open to all Neighborhood Watch coordinators. At these meetings at least one member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office is always present, reporting on current crime trends and to answer any questions. Meeting attendees have had the opportunity to meet many of the Lehigh Acres/Bravo District Deputies and Detectives and learn how they do their jobs and how the citizens can help. Neighborhood Watch Coordinators have also learned through crime stat reports that those neighborhoods that have an active Neighborhood Watch have fewer crimes then in surrounding areas. Neighborhood Watch proves that it can and does prevent crime!
The conditions of the roads in Lehigh Acres are always the subject of concern by residents. At the last Lehigh Community Council, a discussion came up about road repaving and needed repairs.
Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann, whose district includes Lehigh, said commissioners were to grant amounts of fund for roads in the upcoming budget.
Recently, the Lee County Commission passed its budget for 2016-17 and certain funds were earmarked for the roads and streets in Lehigh Acres.
“Once again, I am very pleased to share with you the new lists of Lehigh roads scheduled for resurfacing this budget year. These lists represent two contracts approved by the lee county commission.
The Rotary Club of Lehigh Acres is celebrating their 10th year of providing a free Thanksgiving dinner for all in the community who have no place to go or who are unable to come up with their own dinner for whatever reason.
“We are happy to continue to do this project,” said Mike Buff, the chairman of the dinner.
“This year we will be cooking 28 big turkeys, each weighing around 20 pounds,” Buff said.
As in previous years, the free Thanksgiving dinner for next week will be held in the parish hall of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church on Lee Boulevard, across from the Lehigh Walmart.
Last year, Buff said there were about 500 people who attended the event which starts at 11 a.m. and continues to 1 p.m.
“We also have ham just in case we run out of turkey,” Buff said.
It’s called magic …. But the junk is still at the Homestead Fire Station but now it’s covered up with a bright orange home depot tarp on it.
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Three people were taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after a serious head-on crash in Lehigh Acres.
It happened just west of the intersection of Joel Boulevard and Country Club Parkway between an Escalade and a PT Cruiser.
Lehigh Acres Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to remove the driver of the maroon Escalade who was then transported to Lee Memorial Hospital along with his passenger.
The driver of the silver PT Cruiser suffered serious injuries and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital as a trauma alert.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating scene.
After a week off from competition, the No. 24 FGCU swimming and diving team travels to Atlanta, Ga., for the Georgia Tech Invite at the McAuley Aquatics Center fromThursday, Nov. 19 to Saturday, Nov. 21. The swimming preliminaries will start at 10 a.m. each day with the finals starting at 6 p.m. The diving preliminary and final events will start an hour after the swimming events.
“We’re excited to see the girls race under some great conditions at Georgia Tech,” said FGCU head coach Neal Studd. “I’m hoping they can take another step forward as we prepare for championship season in the spring.”