Between AVID students and the Athletes at ELCHS they had 50 seniors who have signed or committed to attend a College / University. Here is the list of schools:
- Florida College
- University of Florida
- Florida Southwestern State College
- University of Central Florida
- San Diego Mesa
And the total dollar amount of scholarship money received up to this point is over $200,000
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Colonial Boulevard will be closed to through traffic at the rail crossing from June 9th to June 23rd, weather permitting. Click here to read the memo.
Motorists are urged to find alternate routes. East of the rail crossing, local traffic only will be permitted from Metro Parkway to the Lee County School Board/O’Brien Hyundai driveways.
West of the rail crossing, local traffic only will be permitted from Evans Avenue to the Federal Express/Super 8 and Park Positano driveways.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette from the email by General Woman’s Club of Lehigh Acres
On May 19 at Faith Lutheran Church, the Club awarded six scholarships to single parents seeking to further their education. The $750 award is donated directly to each school.
This year’s recipients were: Sandra Allen, for the Chamberlain College of Nursing; Christina Brunel, for Fort Myers Technical College; Donna Faett, for Florida Southwestern State College; Deyaneira Mitchell, for Florida Southwestern State College; Linette Santiago, for Southern Technical College; and Anastasia Trusty, for Sunstate Academy.
Over the past 30 years, General Woman’s Club of Lehigh Acres as an organization has handed out $90,000 to local residents.
For more information about the club, visit on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/generalwomansclub
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After nearly two years of trials and tribulations trying to open a new restaurant in Lehigh Acres.
Deborah and David Greenlaw said, “it’s done Deb’s Seafood will be open for business May 27, 2017, at 11-8 pm.
Saturday, May 27 between 12 -2 pm is free sample time.
Deb’s Seafood is located at 4307 5th St W and has an entrance from Lee Blvd.
The restaurant building is all most 3,100 square foot to consist of a fresh seafood market and dining area for nearly 30 people.
According to Greenlaw’s, “Where else can you get a bucket full crabs in Lehigh Acres?, David said, “That’s right Deb’s Seafood”. “We will have all kinds of homemade soups and salads and seafood year around. “
The Greenlaw’s also owns 3 seafood takeout restaurants in the Philadelphia area with lunch and dinner lines around the buildings.
Starting Sunday normal business hours will be 9 am to 10 pm.
Greenlaw’s would like to thank the community for waiting patiently and to Tony Mayes from Mayes construction for his professionalism and loyalty in helping finish this project.
Amid multi-million dollar settlements, multiple class-action lawsuits, financial woes and two leadership changes, 21st Century Oncology’s ongoing troubles continued on Thursday with the company filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The company’s debts have totaled $1 billion, the newspaper reported.
Thursday filing is the latest negative development for the Fort Myers-based cancer care giant, which has been overwhelmed with controversy within the past two years
Homewatch CareGivers, a leading home care company domestically and internationally, announced today a strategic plan to expand into Lehigh Acres through franchising. This plan will allow the company to provide its high quality at-home assistive services to a greater number of clients throughout central Florida.
There are currently five offices in the state – Sarasota, Jacksonville, Lakewood Ranch, Palm Harbor and Northwest Tampa.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette from LCSO email
One person was killed in a shooting Wednesday night on 815 Alido Avenue, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said by email.
Deputies responded to a shooting at around 11:12 p.m. to found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound.
The victim was taken to the hospital but later succumbed to his injuries, according to LCSO.
While the isolated incident presents no threat to the area, deputies said, the circumstances leading up to the shooting are unclear.
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A 911 call came out to Lehigh Acres Fire Department that a small dog was trapped in a storm drain off of Parkdale Ave.
Lehigh Acres Firefighters of Station 105 sprang into action and rescued a small terrier.
The firefighters used the water hose off the truck to spray the dog out the drain and Lee County Domestic Animal Services trapped the in a safety net.
According to LCDAS the terrier was very thin
LCDAS has taken in the dog for the time being looking for the owner.
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Lee County’s Parks and Recreation Department is planning a new park in Alva. The Joel Agri-Eco Park will be situated on a 30-acre site located off of Joel Boulevard and East 23rd Street.
According to Jessie Lavendar, the park will focus on agricultural education and will feature an outdoor classroom where residents will be taught about edible plants. While it is currently in the planning and permit stage, (more…)
The seven-member panel voted unanimously to close Goodwill LIFE Academy on Monday, bringing the charter school’s 12-year run to an end in Fort Myers.
The school, which is home to about 50 students who have special needs, has faced financial problems ever since it opened, forcing Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida to pay a quarter of a million dollars a year to keep the school afloat.
The money came from the local nonprofit, where 89 cents on every dollar are ushered back into Goodwill’s programs and services.
The best stories are those that make you laugh, cry, or throw your hands up in anger. Why? Because of the characters. Come listen, as Ben Feldman breaks down some character traits and educates us on how to make a lasting impression for our readers. Our meeting will be held 10 am to 12 pm - June 17, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church, 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919. As always, first time guests are free. If you have any questions call 770-906-7785.
The Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida will meet Monday to decide the status of the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy.
This meeting comes after the announcement for $200,000 plus dollars needed to keep the school open.
Goodwill mismanagement or just lack of funds?
The Board of Directors’ meeting will begin at 4 p.m., and parents will have the opportunity to speak at 6 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria at 5100 Tice St.
The charter school, which is home to about 50 students who have special needs, has faced financial problems ever since it opened in Fort Myers 12 years ago, forcing Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida to pay a quarter of a million dollars a year to keep the school afloat.
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Lee County’s newest medical clinic catering to under-insured patients will open later this year.
The 6,000-square-foot clinic, located at 5705 Lee Blvd., will have 18 exam rooms and offer women’s health, pediatric and adult family medicine services, according to Lee Health, which is financially supporting the clinic.
by Lehigh Acres Gazette from LA-MSID
Understanding Use of Public Lands
The landscape in Southwest Florida is both beautiful and fragile. It is Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District’s (LA-MSID) responsibility to preserve and protect its waterways and lands in Lehigh Acres and the western portion of Hendry County.
Unauthorized Areas: Use of ATV/Off-Road Vehicles, etc. on all canal right-of-ways, roadways, public lands unless otherwise stated, and unauthorized use on private lands is prohibited. Public lands are areas owned by federal/state agency or any political subdivision of the state.
Violation of Florida Statutes will result in penalties. Penalties range from warnings and fines to confiscation of property, formal charges and jail time. For more information, review the Florida Statutes or contact your local Sheriff’s office.
Enforceable laws include but are not limited to:
Multiple vehicle accident on Leeland Heights Blvd on Sunday afternoon. Injuries unknown at these time, multiple persons were transported to the hospital by Lehigh Acres Fire Rescue District.
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First Christian Church on Bell Blvd had a fundraiser for the fire victims of the Ann Ave Fire on Sun 21, 2017. Though the event planning of this event was only three weeks in the making it was attended by a few hundred people over the six-hour event.
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The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a * Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for… Southeastern Charlotte County in southwestern Florida… Eastern Lee County in southwestern Florida… * Until 1015 PM EDT * At 845 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in the advisory area. Up to three inches of rain have already fallen. * Some locations that will experience flooding include… Lehigh Acres, Olga, Buckingham, Charleston Park, Fort Myers Shores, Alva and Gateway.
A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely.
A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location or timing is still uncertain.
An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely.